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.



Magical Day Mermaid Center Easel Card

I have classes this week which feature Fun Fold cards, also called Fancy Fold. This easel card was easy peasy and is just so cute. I love, love, love the Magical Day stamp set with coordinating framelits and can’t believe it is retiring. You can get this stamp set, framelits and Designer Series Paper now but better hurry as items are selling quickly due to being on the retiring list.

  • Start with a half sheet of cardstock – 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • Score in half at 4-1/2″
  • Turn paper (short side) and score each side at 1-1/4″ only to the mid score line
  • Fold over the middle section between these flaps and crease with a bone folder.
  • Adhere the two flaps to the bottom of the card

The cut and scored piece should look like this.

What is not easy to see in the photo of the card is the glittery sparkle on the pieces of Designer Series Paper on the two side flaps and the Wink of Stella I added to the mermaid body.


OnStage Atlanta & a few Sneak Peeks

It’s been over 2 weeks since I went to Atlanta to the Stampin’ Up OnStage event and I’ve just been either too busy or too lazy to post anything. This is the event where we receive the upcoming new annual catalog so needless to say I have been spending a lot of time pouring over it and making out a wish list.

I am very excited with this catalog. So many stamp sets and new products that I love. I will have catalogs available the end of May for my customers and for those of you who don’t live locally I will send you one. If you are not one of my regular stampers and would like a copy just let me know.

One of the perks of reaching the title of Silver Elite is you are invited to attend what is called CentreStage, a special event the night before OnStage begins. We had a delicious buffet dinner, several new product spotlight presentations, make and takes, display boards filled with samples, and more. We were given our event bag when we checked in which held the first of several new stamp sets we received. It also had a set of the new InColor markers and this light box which has been fun trying out different messages. I finally put up my blog name.

This is the 321 Stamp group. It’s always fun to share these events with friends.

The gift I gave to my downline was made with the Magical Day stamp set and coordinating framelits and the silver gable box. I put in a small hand sanitizer, a Starbucks gift card, and of course a few wrapped chocolates.

Catalog sneak peeks with these photos of display boards:

Thanks for stopping by

Retiring Lists & Color Revamp

Today’s the day the retiring lists came out. You can access the lists by clicking on the links below.

View the Occassions Catalog Retiring List

View the Annual Catalog Retiring List

There is what Stampin’ Up is calling a Color Revamp. That is a significant change in the Stampin’ Up colors. There have not been any core color changes since 2013. The Color ReVamp in a nutshell is:

Keeping 27 of the existing core colors
• 13 core colors are going away
• Adding 10 new core colors
• Adding 6 returning In Colors that will now be core colors (colors offered in the past that will now be available again)

This is how that looks:

New Colors


The New Revamped Color Families

While I am sad to see a few of my favorites leaving I am thrilled that there are even more of retired favorites coming back. Super excited to have Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss and Coastal Cabana back. And I still have my ink and some cardstock. Also coming back are Mint Macaron and Poppy Parade.

As my upline, Catherine Harwood, said:

Changes can be confusing — but don’t worry. This will all seem like old news in a few months.

If you do have questions or concerns please contact me via phone or email.