Thoughtful Branches – Limited Time

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Stampin' Up just released a gorgeous new stamp set and die-cut bundle called Thoughtful Branches! It's a beautiful 23-piece all-occasion set featuring nature images along with some really nice sentiments. These are exclusive for August and available only while supplies last, so you won't find them in any catalog! I have seen so many beautiful cards made already with this set.

thgoughtful branches stamps

beautiful branches thinlits

Remember to use your Bonus Day Coupon Codes this month. If you purchased product last month for $50 or more you received an email from Stampin' Up with a code for $5 off your order placed in August.


Seaside Shore Collage Class

I saw a collage recently using the Seaside Shore stamp set and immediately thought of doing a class every few months doing a different themed collage. The idea is that you would purchase a frame and rotate the collages depending on the time of year. I will provide the designs and materials to create the collage on a piece of cardstock.  You will have a choice of doing a 12" x 12" collage or an 8" x 8" collage.

fish collage, both

I have framed the smaller collage but have not bought the frame yet for the larger 12" x 12" collage. Because most of these square frames are either white, black, or a wood tone I am going to design the projects to work with one of those options. Of course you can purchase any frame you choose to coordinate with your finished collage. Using a 40% or 50% off coupon from one of the craft stores to get your frame makes this a very affordable project.

fish collage on rug

I put this on my furry rug to take the photo. Doesn't it look like is on top of some seaweed!

fish collage 8x8

The class size will be limited so you need to RSVP right away to reserve your spot. You also need to let me know if you want to do the 8" x 8" or the 12" x 12" size. There is a lot of Wink of Stella glitter on this project so the price will include your own Wink of Stella pen which you will take home with you and will have for future collages. I already have plans for a Fall and a Winter/Christmas collage. Next year I will continue with a Spring collage and maybe a Valentine themed collage.

This Seaside Shore collage class will be Thursday, August 18th at 6 PM or on Friday, August 19th at 1 PM. The class fee is $12. Subsequent collage classes will be less since you will already have the Wink of Stella pen. You don't want to miss out on this. To sign up for this class send me an email at



More Paper Flowers

I had two classes last week for the giant paper flowers.  The thing about putting these together is that you think they are not going to turn out or look good but when you get them all finished they are just beautiful.  Everyone picked out the colors they wanted and it's just hard to decide which ones are the prettiest.

paper flowers connieConnie

Paper flowers Debi & EvelynEvelyn & Debi

paper flowers donnaDonna

paper flowers margieMargie and Marla

paper flowers SandraSandra

Linda and Pat also made the flowers but I wasn't thinking and didn't get their pictures before they left. sad


Seaside Shore Z-Fold Card

Fish Z-fold card

I made this card for a swap with some of my demonstrator friends.  We had to use new product and I had just ordered this stamp set and wanted to use it. I also had recently done a square Z-fold card and wanted to redesign it to fit into a standard envelope. The Z-fold cards are fun to do. Score a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of cardstock at 4-1/4" and 2-1/8" then fold the front section backwards. The small strip is 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored the same and then turned the opposite direction so that the longer section is across the front of the card. It's not evident in this photo but I used some of the Clear Wink of Stella on some of the images.



Online Ordering & New Hostess Code


There is a new Hostess Code for online orders totaling less than $150 before shipping and tax.

Hostess Code:   D2MBC7VY

I truly appreciate my customers who order online.  Occasionally I receive notice of an order but have no idea who placed it and therefore cannot thank them. Here is why this happens:

  • When you select "no contact" in my online Stampin' Up! store it literally means don't tell me who I you are.
  • Maybe you didn't realize this is what the "no contact" box means.  Maybe you thought it meant, "just let me place my order but don't bother me with other stuff". But it doesn't.   I can't tell you how disappointed this makes me since I cannot thank you.


CD Calendar Catch Up

I am playing catch up with the posts for this years CD Calendar. I didn't post a few of them during that time I was in KY taking care of my mother.

CD Calendar April '16

CD Calendar May 16

CD Calendar  June '16It's about time to start thinking of ideas for next year's calendar. This is the biggest project I do all year because it takles so many stamps and ink to do all 12 pages and I have to be sure I am not duplicating ink colors or stamps for the different months and I also have to have enough blocks for all of the stamps. It's quite a juggling act. Here's a little info on how I make it all come together:

I print out the pages on our white cardstock. My friend and up line, Catherine Harwood, creates the page templates every year and puts them on her blog 321 Stamp. I'm so grateful she does this. Thanks Catherine!

As I begin to create the designs for the pages I first do them on sheets of copy paper with the calendars printed on them. I do this because it often takes a few tries to get the design just how I want it and I don't want to waste our good cardstock. Once I have the design I like I then create it on our white cardstock. I put a little label on the ink pad so that I know that color is being used already.

I try to keep the designs easy to duplicate with no or very few instructions. Most stampers can look at the design and know what to do. If there are specific instructions I list them on the box (see below). I also try to keep the designs easy enough so that it doesn't take a lot of time since they are doing 12 different pages.

I keep a list of each month with the stamps, ink, and anything else needed.

When I do the class I put all of the supplies for each month and the designed sample page in a plastic shoe box and line them up on a table. Stampers receive the pages for the number of calendars they want to make and then pick up any one of the available boxes. They take the box to their workspace and stamp their page(s) for that month. Once finished they return the box to the table and pick up another one. I limit this class to 10 people so that no one is having to wait for a box and no one is sharing supplies. It is one of my favorite classes.

Thanks for stopping by,


Bonus Days & New Hostess Code


Bonus Days are here! For every $50 (US) you spend (before tax and shipping)  between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon emailed to you that you can use between August 2–31, 2016! 

Here are the Details from Stampin’ Up:

  • Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Promotion Deadlines: July 29, 2016
  • Coupon Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Redemption Deadline:  August 31
  • A valid email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email so be sure it’s an email you can access to retrieve your coupon.
  • We strongly recommend that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email, SU cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • If your order is over $150, you will still be able to earn host rewards along with coupons.


This is what the coupon will look like in your email after you order:


bonus days coupon

There will also be a special bundle coming out in August so stay tuned for that!  It’s a limited stamp/framelit bundle not in any catalog.

For online orders that are less than $150 before shipping and tax please use the Hostess Code 9THN7A46.


Happy 4th USA!

This is the CD Calendar page for July.  While I am having a quiet holiday, somewhere close by celebrating began last night with fireworks and loud booms going off until very late.

CD Calendar July '16 with flag

Have a safe and fun day however you are spending it.


Retired Stamps List Updated & July Calendar

sale-hanging-labels_23-2147513958I have updated the list of retired stamp sets that I have for sale. Click on the link at the top of the page. I will gladly send photos of the stamp sets you are interested in. Some sets are used, some new and some sets have only 1 or 2 stamps that were used. Prices have been greatly discounted.

I have been working on my July calendar of events and classes.  There has been so much interest in the Giant Paper Flowers that I have decided to do a class for them and will do additional classes depending on interest. The class size is very limited so sign up early.

July Calendar



Baby Bear Love

This adorable bear is just stinkin' cute! I don't tend to lean towards the cutesy stamp sets but this little guy stole my heart.

Baby Bear

Here's a look at the inside of the card:

Baby Bear inside

The stamp set is called Baby Bear. It is a photopolymer 2-step set meaning that images are designed to stamp on top of each other creating an image with some shading and dimension. The bear is done with 3 stamps and the bow with 2 stamps.  Since I don't know anyone having a baby or gettng married I just used the "love you" stamp along with the heart embossing folder for my card. I have lots of people I love. heart

Baby Bear Stamp SetBaby Bear        #141859         $26.00

Card Details

Stamps: Baby Bear

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, White, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Misc: Happy Heart Embossing Folder, Sponge, Retired Punches for Hearts and Tag


more stampsThere are only 8 days left to take advantage of the special offer when you join the Stampin' Up family of demonstrators. In addition to getting to select $125 of any product of your choice for just $99 you get to choose any two stamp sets absolutely FREE. That's an added value of up to $104 depending on which sets you select.  Makes sense. Spend $99 plus tax (the shipping is even FREE) and you get to pick out up to $229 in products. That's a lot of FREE stuff. And with this new and inspiring catalog I imagine your wish list is just like mine, very long! Want more information, contact me and we can chat.