Should Have Worn Gloves!

I decided today to clean my ink pads. They wind up with ink and adhesive on them after doing classes so occasionally I need to give them a good cleaning.

IMG_0261Both hands look the same. It's going to take some major scrubbing to get this off before church in the morning. Remembr the days when we wore gloves to church or when dressed up? 

Me - 15Here I am at age 15 with my gloves on.

This would have been a good time for gloves to be in fashion.  I could hide my inky fingers. Oh well, it's the mark of a happy stamper. If you don't have ink on your hands I say you aren't stamping enough.  (smile)

Hae a blessed Sunday,



Happy Valentine’s Day

February and the new Sending Love stamp set was the perfect match for the latest collage. This is the fourth in a series (the first being the Seaside, followed by a Fall and then a Christmas theme). The idea was to create several different ones which could be changed out in a frame depending on the season or holiday. Some of  my stampers have done this while others have purchased a new frame for each one. I have always done two different sizes, an 8" square and a 12' square. While most of it is done with the Sealed With Love Bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelits) a few other stamps were used. This is the 12" x 12" design:

12 Valentine Sampler

And this is the 8" x 8" size:

8" valentine collage

Hugs and Kisses – the chocolate kind, maybe!



Beautiful You

One of my very favorite stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog, Beautiful You. When I was in Atlanta this past year for On Stage (a Stampin' Up event for demonstrators) this was one of the several sets that was demonstrated with different cards and projects. These cards are my first using the set.

Beautiful You Trio

 Having the one stamp that is used to color the dress makes these quick and easy.  The two cards on the left are made with Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and DSP. The card on the right is done with Pear Pizzaz. The sentiments are part of the stamp set and die cut using the Stitched Framelits which I'm happy to say are available for purchase again. See below for ordering information.



stitched framelits


Yesterday my daughter, Lynn Ann, and I went to Orlando to see Wicked. It was wicked good! We both loved it. The sets and costumes were awesome and the cast, so talented. I wish photos were allowed in the theater but they are not. There was such bad weather forcast for the afternoon so I was dreading driving in what they said would be high winds, rain, tornados, etc. We were so lucky to have only a few drops of rain on our was back to our car after the play. On our drive home we saw a huge rainbow and we started singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. smiley










Lift Me Up!

This new set, Lift Me Up, with the coordinating framelits is just fun. I have already made several cards with it (more samples to come later). This card was for a swap with other demonstrators. The stamp set comes in either wood mount or clear mount. If you purchase the stamp set and the framelits there is a 10% discount on the bundle price. The Designer Series Paper used for this card is from the Sale-a-Bration catalog which means it was FREE! (with a qualifying order of $50 or more)

Balloon in clouds

And this is the inside:

Balloons in clouds inside


Love Notes

Christmas has just passed and before we know it Valentine's Day will be here. The new Ocassions catalog has such a great new stamp set called Sealed with Love which is full of hearts and some absolutely love-filled sentiments. And there is a Framelit set to coordinate along with a DSP paper stack, ribbons, embellishments and more. I knew I wanted to make a card for Valentine's Day for this weeks classes but just as I was working on this I needed to mail out some late Christmas gifts and wanted to stick in a small note. I keep some 3" x 3" note cards on hand for those times when you just need a small card. I decided to create 3 note cards instead of doing one regular card. This is what I came up with:

Love notes

The base of the note cards is white card stock cut 3" x 6" and scored at 3".  For 2 of the cards I used DSP as a mat and the other card used red card stock as the mat. It's a little difficult to see that the hearts in the die cut on the middle note card pop out. I also added a pearl to the middle of each one. The twine that I used to tie around the little envelope is a retired white and red twine. As you can see below and in the catalog there is a bundle which combines the stamp set and framelit dies with a 10% discount.

New Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration!


I love this time of year when we have a new Stampin' Up catalog and it's Sale-A-Bration (SAB). There are so many wonderful stamps and accessories and once again it was hard not to just want it all. The icing on the cake is getting to select something FREE from the SAB products with any $50 purchase. If you don't have the new catalogs let me know and I will give you them. You can also see them by selecting the images on the right sidebar.

Here's the particulars on SAB:

SHOP: Select a FREE item of your choice from the SAB brochure for every $50 you spend before shipping and tax.

HOST: Host a qualigying party of $250 or more and earn an additional $25 in Stampin' Rewards.

JOIN: In addition to the standard starter kit of $125 of your choice of product (for $99 start up fee) you get your choice of TWO FREE stamp sets! That's an added value of up to $104.

Check out this fun video with some of the Occasions products:

One of my favorite new stamp sets just happens to be a Sale-A-Bration set. It's called Hey Chick and by the number of card samples I've seen already online I know it's a favorite of many. Here's a card we made in this weeks classes.

Hey Chick

And the inside:

Hey Chick inside

I used the new Hexagons Dynamic Embossing folder for the background. Kinda looks like chicken wire don't you think. These new Dynamic embossing folders create extra thick texture. I also used the new Watercolor Pencils to color my chicken. The set of 13 Stampin' Up colors are perfect to use alone or with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter. I used Shimmery White paper for the chicken on the front and regular white for the inside. When you are not using Watercolor paper Shimmery White holds up better to the moisture of a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter than regular white cardstock. StazOn black ink was used to stamp the chicken. The inside sentiments are from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. If you missed ordering the Stitched Framelits during the November special you will have to wait until the new annual catalog comes out in June.

January CD Calendar

Happy New Year Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year's eve. I don't celebrate on New Year's Eve anymore. It seems I just can't stay awake until midnight and I don't want to be out on the roads with people who have had too much celebrating.  I had a 2 week break from stamping classes and I thought I would get some things caught up that I hadn't finished. But that wasn't what happened.  I guess I needed that break because I just didn't feel like stamping or being crafty. So my annual CD Calendars that I give to friends and family didn't get done until December 31st.  I am determinded to do them earlier in the year next time. So here is January's calendar page"

CD Clendar Jan 2017

This might look a bit familiar. I did a similar card a few months ago. There are a few months that are harder than others to create a design for and January is one of them. I do like to have some glitter and sparkle on the January page so the confetti punch and silver glimmer paper were perfect to use. I love how versitile the swirl stamp is from Star of Light. I have used it many times for a card that is not Christmas.

The calendar pages are printed on Stampin' Up white cardstock. My friend and upline, Catherine Harwood, creates the templates each year and they can be printed from her blog 321 Stamp.


CD Calendar – December

Here is the last month of this years CD Calendar. I am still working on finishing up my calendars for next year. I had two classes last month but I always make so many of them for family and friends that it takes me awhile to get 'em done.

CD Calendar Dec

I had a stamp class this morning and have spent the afternoon and evening off and on putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. It's a lot of work and with back problems I have had to take several breaks. But it's so worth it. I love Christmas and my tree. I have ornaments that were on my tree when I was growing up and even have one ornament that was my great grandparents which makes it well over 100 years old. This is the little German man that we have a photo of my grandmother as a little girl in front of the tree with this ornament on the tree.

Xmas German Man

Xmas crocheted angelMy mother made this crocheted angel many years ago. It's always been special but especially this year since it's my first Christmas since she passed.

Xmas tin can lidI have a few of these ornaments that I made when I was a little girl at church. They were made from a tin can lid which was snipped and those pieces twisted and then stickers put on the centers. I doubt anyone would let kids do this now. Seems a bit dangerous.

I still have another whole box of ornaments to put on the tree but as Scarlet said, "Tomorrow is another day".

THanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Holiday Catalog Closeouts – Up to 60% Off!


Gotta love a sale and if you didn't yet get those things you wanted from the Holiday Catalog now's the time. Many items that will be retiring with this catalog are now on sale. Check them out with the link below. You can order through my online store here.



I just returned from a cruise with a good friend. I didn't have access to internet while I was gone so here are a few of the pictures of this wonderful trip. We went to Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico.

Ship CollageEach morning we started with room service coffe on the balcony. The center picture was at Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. I didn't climb the falls but it was fun watching those who did. The last photo is taken standing between my ship, Oasis of the Seas, and one of the Royal Caribbean sister ships. It was amazing to see these two ships so close together.

Fun Facts

  • Oasis of the Seas is the largets ship in the world.
  • It holds over 6000 guests and over 2000 crew. It's like a small floating city.
  • For Thanksgiving they cooked 500 turkeys.
  • !00,000 meals are served every day.
  • There are 3 doctors and 5 nurses onboard.

Ruins CollageOne excersion in Cozumel was to a Mayan ruin and then to a beach. Our tour guide was full of information. I didn't like the iguanas (see one in the tree above). They are huge! When we went to the beach we had lunch at a restaurant where the tables and chairs were set up right in the sand. The water was crystal clear however the sand was so soft that you just sunk into it and it made walking a bit unsteady even in the water.

Beach day Collage

catsThe entertainment onboard was outstanding. We saw several shows including CATS. And we managed to get a front row seat. It was so good and I believe equal to anything on broadway in NYC.

I managed to not get sea sick with the help of drugs but since getting off the ship I have been lightheaded and dizzy. I can actually feel the ship swaying at times. And yesterday I even started throwing up and had to cancel a stamp class. I don't know if that was related to the post cruise symptoms or not. Thankfully it didn't last more than a day.



Black Friday Starts Monday!

online extravaganza

1 Day Sale on Nov. 21 ONLY

1 Week Sale Nov. 21 – 28, 2016

1 Day Sale on Nov. 28 ONLY

View the products included in the Online Extravaganza here (PDF file). All the discounted products will be loaded on my Online Store on November 21 at
Online Extravaganza runs November 21 – 28, 2016.
Online Extravaganza includes two 24-hour sales: November 21st and November 28th.
Some products are bundled and you must use the bundled item code to receive the discount. Discounts will not be applied if the individual item codes are entered.
Some products are available while supplies last.

If ordering online please use HOSTESS CODE BVY7GPBN  if your order is under $150.

I will be one a cruise this week and therefore unable to order for you so you will need to order online.  I can't even order for myself. sad

I know this image below is a bit small so hoping you can read it and see exactly what is going to be on sale. I clicked on the image twice and it enlarged it so I could see it better.


Sale images


Have a great week and a Blessed Thanksgiving,