A Week at the Beach

I was fortunate to be able to spend last week at the beach on Anna Maria Island which is on the Gulf side of the state just below Tampa. I had never been there before and after a fabulous week I am sure it won’t be the only time. This trip all started with my friend, Alice, suggesting we should go the the Holocaust Museum in Orlando which is about 30 miles away. It then became a discussion that we should keep heading west and spend a couple of nights on the other coast. Quickly, it became a week and we never did make it to the museum.

Anna Maria Island is just 7 miles long and really not a lot to do there other than water activities but that is just what we wanted.

We were in the bottom left unit which was literally just steps from the water. It is so much nicer than the Atlantic beach and water. The water in the gulf was clear teal blue. You could actually see your feet no matter how far out you walked. And no or very little seaweed. I don’t go in the ocean here at home anymore because I want to see what I’m walking on but last week we were in the water every day floating on our noodles.  In fact we alternated daily between the gulf and the pool.

Alice and I both love doing puzzles and we did four of them while we were there. I also read two books and we played a new game, Qwirkle. It was such fun I just ordered one.

We found great food while there. This was from the Waterfront restaurant. Shrimp and grits and brussel sprouts. We also found a great French restaurant and ate there twice.  And we tried 3 ice cream shops. Needless to say there was no dieting last week.

Everyone comes out of where they are staying to watch the sunsets. It reminded me of the people lining up to watch a launch at home. While this was pretty it was not quite as spectacular as the rest of the nights. (below)

It was suppose to rain two days during the week but it wound up only raining about 15 minutes the whole time we were there. And then this happened!

One of the shops we went into called Ginny & Jane’s was a combination restaurant and gallery of very unusual decorations and artist items for sale. There were decorated bicycles hanging from the ceiling and jewel adorned items everywhere.


A week goes by way too fast and vacations do have to come to an end. Now it’s back to going to the gym, working out, and making cards.

Thanks for stopping by

Tropical Chic

I’m in love with everything in the Tropical Chic suite. The first thing that caught my eye when I first looked through the new catalog was the pink and green colors of the paper. I think I had more fun making card samples for my open house with this suite of products than any other.

This card uses the leaves embossing folder for the background. The Bermuda Bay leaves are punched using the leaf punch. The rest is all stamped and die cut. Easy card to make for sure.


Again, more stamping and die cutting of the flowers and leaves. The center panel of die cut leaves is my favorite. And with the new embossing mat you can turn this, or any die, into an embossing die. Check out the video from Stampin’ Up below to see it.


DSP – Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!

We know how much you love Designer Series Paper, so we’ve got a fantastic deal for you! 

The sale runs July 1-31.  It’s a great time to stock up!  You could pair up with a friend and split the deal. Each get 2 packs or each get half of 4 different packs.

Stampin’ Blends Now Available & New Promotion

The wait is finally over and ALL Stampin’ Blends are now available. Your coloring options just got so much bigger with the addition of all of the new colors. I love coloring with them.


New Recruit Promotion in July

From July 1 to 31, Stampin’ Up! is offering one FREE ink pad assortment of your choosing as part of your regular demonstrator Starter Kit. That is in addition to the $125 worth of products you get to select for just $99. No matter which ink pad assortment you choose, it’s an incredible value ($67.50).  Already have some or all of the ink pads?  This is a great way to get the newly designed ink pads with the new anti foam ink. This promotion is the perfect opportunity to join my team—and the Stampin’ Up! family—and start your new business off with a huge haul of new products!


  • Free assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads available only to new demonstrators who submit applications within promotion dates.
  • Each Stampin’ Pad Family is an assortment of 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors. ($67.50 value)
  • The 2017–2020 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads bundle (item 150289) is exclusive to this promotion and includes all colors in both the 2017–2019 In Colors as well as those in the 2018–2020 In Colors.
  • The Neutrals assortment does not include the three Basic colors: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White.
  • New demonstrators who submit their IDA before July 1 or after July 31 will not be eligible for this promotion.

Open House Fun

Saturday was my annual Open House to kick off the new catalog, sell my retiring stamps and accessories, and a customer and downline appreciation event all rolled into one day. It is my one BIG event of the year.

This is where they signed in for door prizes and picked up a catalog if they didn’t already have one along with some other giveaways. The folders on the left held a new wish list, my monthly coupons, an inventory sheet, scavenger hunt, and a new paper color chart.

I bought a small See & Say and converted it to my Spin to Win incentive. With a $40 or more order that day only they could spin to win one of the products. It was fun as the animal noises could still be heard when the cord was pulled.

I used the new stamp set Tropical Chic as the basis of my open house theme. I love doing a special theme every year so all of the food and decorations were tropical.

Everyone got one of these stick candy treats.


Rooted in Nature is a favorite stamp set. On my top 5 list for sure!

This display board held samples from many new stamp sets. There was also a candy giveaway at this station. See below.

This held two chocolates. You have to have a little chocolate gift.

When your house is not too big and you run out of room for displays just use the stove! It worked out great although the photo is a bit shaded due to the vent overhang. I think the new Graceful Glass Vellum was a favorite of everyone.

I saw the idea for flowers inside a pineapple and had to do it since it went so well with my theme. It wasn’t that easy to get the pineapple out leaving the outside intact. And because it’s not very deep the flower stems had to be cut very short. But I loved how it turned out. So tropical!

It was Evelyn’s birthday that day and even though she had plans for the day she made time to come to the open house. Her friend Lynette gave her a Stampin’ Up gift certifiate for her birthday. Also pictured are Barbara & Renee, Judy, and Jan.

Tara and LaNelle working on one of the two Make & Takes

Shirley, Pat, and Carol taking a break and having a snack.

Sandra, Debi, Brenda, and Dana making the other Make & Take

Gina was one of the lucky door prize winners.

These are just a few of the approximately 25 people who were here. With so much going on I just didn’t get photos of them all I’m sorry to say.

While I didn’t get pictures of the food you can see some of it in this short video I took just before it was time to start.

I love what I do. I love my stampers who have become my friends. I am happy so many were able to come. If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like to come to an event let me know. And if you don’t have a catalog I would be happy to give you one.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week.






June 2018 CD Calendar

With so much excitement over the new catalog going live on June 1st I totally forgot to post this months CD Calendar page.

I hope those of you who have the new catalog or those who are viewing it online are finding lots to love. I have been busy trying to get things done for the Open House on June 23.

Have a good week

Happiness Is . . . A New Catalog

Happiness can be many things but today happiness is the new catalog live! If you have received a copy I am sure you have already started a wish list. If you don’t have your copy yet let me know. My own wish list is way too long. I think this is one of the best new catalogs we have had for some time. Being a demonstrator I was able to preorder which I did. And I have another order going in today.

The Stampin’ Up website will be down in the morning so they can move things over. Ordering will be available beginning 2 PM EDT. If you do order online you can use this months Host Code. I have also added a new link at the top of my blog where you will always be able to get the current hostess code when ordering online.

While you are looking through your catalog (or looking online) check out some of my favorite things. It’s a good bet that we will be making cards using some of these sets in the future. What are your favorite sets?

Explosion Card with Picture Perfect Birthday

The Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and the 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper were perfect for doing this explosion card. The out side is fun but then …


wait for it …….


                                   It unfolds as you are opening the card.

The inside piece is stamped on a 8″ x 8″ sheet of copy paper. Then it is folded. I was inspired by the video created by LeeAnn Greff. Watch her video here for the directions on how to fold.

The stamp set is being carried over into the new catalog out June 1st. However the DSP is only available for a few more days (until May 31st or until it sells out, whichever comes first). The photographic images on one side of the paper are amazing. This just doesn’t even begin to show you how spectacular the paper is. Check out these cards on Pinterest made with this paper.

I have an order going in on Monday so let me know if you would like to order this or anything else.


Saying Farewell to Favorites

I have some favorite stamp sets that are retiring and while I won’t be using them in future workshops or events I will hang on to them and use when I am making cards for myself to send. It’s hard to say so long to old friends isn’t it? These cards were part of a Fancy Fold class.

The butterflies are from Papillon Potpourrie which retired last year and the other images are from Butterfly Basics retiring this month. This is the first time I have done a Center Step Card. I love how it looks when you stand it up.

Here is a template for how to cut and score the card stock.

Another favorite of mine is Watercolor Wings. I hadn’t used this stamp set in awhile and forgot how pretty these butterflies look.  This one has a surprise inside.

Have you used embossing folders on your envelope flaps? It’s a simple and elegant way to dress up the envelope. The card and envelope are embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

When you open the card the butterflies inside seem to fly off the card.

This is easily done by stamping and die cutting three butterflies. Fold each one in the center with the stamped image to the inside. Attach together with glue dots at the top of the wings. Fold them all together and lay one end down on the inside of the card. Then close the other side of the card and they wind up in the just the right spot.

The last card uses the beautiful retiring Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper which is still available as of Friday afternoon and is 20% off the regular price. Paper and other consumables are only available while supplies last until May 31st. Stamp sets were guaranteed through today but you probably will be able to still get them or at least most of them until May 31st.

One side of each sheet of the DSP has silver foil accents on it. I can’t remember where I saw this kind of card or what it is actually called if it does have a name so I am just calling it a flap card. The Old Olive background is 1 quarter sheet of card stock. There is a 3″ x 11″ piece of thick white card stock scored at 5-1/2″ as the piece that opens. Attach a 3″ x 5-1/2″ piece of DSP to the side that will become the front. The 1/4″ narrow strips on each side are coordinating DSP. What holds it in place is the 5-1/2″ x 1″ strip of cardstock which you just finger fold to the back and attach with a little Tombo glue. I used the thick white card stock for the layered circles to give it extra weight to hold it closed.

The opened card.

Check back in a few days and I will show you another card I made using this template and a new stamp set and new Designer Series Paper.

While I was working on this post I reached for my drink and knocked the glass which I was able to catch before it hit the floor but not before the grapefruit drink splattered over about a 5 foot area. Thankfully not on the rug.  Ugh!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Pre-order Unboxing

I just got my pre-order form Stampin’ Up a few days ago. That’s one of the many advantages of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. You can order products earlier than everyone else. So I decided to video getting things out of the box. Well, it took 3 tries to get this. One of them was sideways. So while it’s not professional it does show some of the new products that I have ordered. One mistake in the video is that when mentioning Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set I said the sentiments were all the same font which is actually not true. Ugh. I hadn’t used it in awhile. I also said I was going to the zoo tomorrow. That actually happened last Friday since I did the video on Thursday. I am just learning how to use iMovie on my Mac and had issues with that also.

I love our local zoo. It is all very natural and animals have large areas to roam. Not like zoos when I was young when animals were kept in small cages. I didn’t take very many photos that day but here are a few. The giraffes are my favorite. There was even a little one born 2 months ago.

Beautiful coat on this ferocious looking cat!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was quiet as my kids had to work. One is a nurse and the other in the restaurant business so holidays always have to be staffed. And the third lives in another state. It’s been 2 years since my mother passed away so in her honor and memory I wore her pearls yesterday.


Have a blessed week