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

Discounts Announced on Retiring List Product

Yea!  64 retiring items have had their prices slashed! save up to 50% off on select overstocks of these discontinuing products while supplies last. There’s some great stuff on this list!

Download Discounted Retiring List Now:

Just a reminder that stamp sets will be guaranteed until May 25th while accessories are only guaranteed while supplies last so some of the listed items may be sold out already. If there is something still on your wish list better get it quickly. Click on my name below to go directly to my online store. The items in my store will reflect what is still available. If you don’t see something listed there then it has sold out.


Get New Product Now

If you’re like me you can hardly wait to get new stamps and product and Stampin’ Up knows we are anxious. So they have early released three bundles that you can get now through the end of May.

The early release promotion includes products from the Share What You Love Suite grouped into various limited-time bundles and includes free item(s) in each bundle. 


New to stamping? This bundle is perfect to get you started.


This bundle comes with 2 FREE products.


Get 3 FREE products with this bundle.


And if you are someone who loves getting all of the new InColors every year this bundle is for you. It is 10% off.  $33.75    #147153


I haven’t had a chance to play with these products yet so I found a few samples of cards online.

This card from demonstrator Diane Sisneros shows how beautiful the new embossing folder is.


These cards by demonstrator Kim McGillis have flowers cut from the paper and show the glossy pearl look some of them have. The papers are absolutely gorgeous.

You can order any of these bundles through my online store or by contacting me. If you do order online remember to use the Host Code if your order is under $150.

Have a blessed Sunday

Sneak Peek at New Stamp Sets

We still are not allowed to share photos of the inside of the catalog however we are allowed to share these Stampin’ Up! images of some of the things in the new catalog so I though I should get you a wee bit excited over what’s coming next month.

These projects are from the Graceful Glass suite which included the Painted Glass stamp set with coordinating framelits and beautiful designer printed vellum which you can then color. The diagonal patterned card bottom left, the birds on the wire, and the yellow notecard in the middle are all done using the vellum. I have already ordered this but have not done anything with it yet.

Animal Outing is a stamp set all demonstrators received who went to OnStage so I’m ready to play with it. There are also thinlits that coordinate so you don’t have to fussy cut anything. I need to order those as Stampin’ Up only gave us the stamp set (along with a lot of other goodies).

Enjoy Life was designed by Connie Fitzgerald, a Million Dollar Sales Achiever. It has beautiful sentiments and I like the silhouettes. I’m amazed that anyone has sold $1,000,000 worth of products. While it would certainly be nice it’s not in my future. After 15 years I am just about to reach $200,000. in sales.

Peaceful Place, another set with beautiful sentiments.

See anything you like? These are all ones I really like a lot so you may be making some cards in the future.

Check back in a few days for some additional sneak peeks.

Happy May

May’s CD Calendar just had to be flowers. You know, April showers bring May flowers. And it’s the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. This is one of my favorite calendar pages.

Today is also May Day. Did you ever celebrate May Day? Growing up in Iowa May 1st was called May Basket Day.  We made little baskets and filled them with treats. The basket was usually a small paper cup decorated with stickers or crepe paper and some flowers, sometimes with a handle made from pipe cleaners or ribbon. You would go put the basket on a friend’s porch or door handle, ring the doorbell and run away. The recipient would then run after trying to catch you and give you a kiss.  Great fun and a happy memory from my childhood. I found these pictures online of how our May Baskets may have looked.

One May Day when I was an adult I found a big straw basket on my porch decorated with daisies and filled with goodies from my mother. She was like that. Special.

Have a wonderful day.


Magical Day Mermaid Easel Card Video

I did a video today of the Mermaid card. It’s the first video I’ve done for my blog in 4 years so I’m still getting use to the set up. My daughter use to come over and video me but I bought a holder for my phone so I can do it myself. And then I tried editing the video so I could put in the measurements and that program was new to me. So with some practice I suppose it will get easier and I will do more. (smile)


Now if you loved my blue sparkly nails let me tell you how easy and fun they are to do. I used the new Color Street nail polish strips. They come in a huge variety of colors, solids, glitter, and designs. What I love about this blue is that it is more blue on one side and fades to a silvery blue on the other side but you don’t really notice the difference unless you roll your hand from side to side. The best thing about them is that is is real nail polish, it’s flexible, and slightly stretchable to fit to your nail and there is no heating or anything extra to make them stick to your nails. My friend and a fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Betty Herring,  has a website which you can check out on the link below.

Color Street with Betty Herring

Have a wonderful weekend.