Holiday Catalog is Live

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! When the new Holiday Catalog is out. Let me just say this catalog is packed full of wonder. So many great stamp sets, so many great bundles and so much more. If you do not have a catalog and would like one let me know.

Here are a few of the Stampin’ Up! videos highlighting different products:

You can view the catalog by clicking on the image under catalogs on the right.

The past few days here on the East Coast of Florida were filled with uncertainty as we watched and prepared for Hurricane Dorian. Board up or don’t board up? Stay or leave? At the eleventh hour I did opt to board up with the help of my son-in-law and grandson. I have plywood so it made sense when reports were showing a category 5 coming our way. And then I headed to Orlando with a friend to stay at her son’s home. We spent 2 days there watching the news and wondering how our homes were doing. I have seen a lot of hurricanes come through since living in Florida but I believe this may have been the first coming at us as a category 5. And then it turned on a more eastern path and we were fortunate. In past hurricanes I always lost electricity and so I expected the same. Boy was I surprised when I came home and realized I still had power and had no damage. Feeling grateful.


Over the Moon Faux Shaker Card

This card has the appearance of a shaker card but actually is not. I adore these cute cows from the stamp set Over the Moon because they just have such adorable character.

To create the card start with stamping the sentiment on the piece of checked DSP and then adhere to the mat. Die cut the black frame using the Rectangle Dies and attach using foam strips. Stamp and fussy cut the cows and add to the card.  Finish it by adding some faceted dots. To get black ones I used the black Blends marker to color some of them.


This is a list of my upcoming classes, events and workshops. Please note that the special classes are limited to the number of attendees and prepayment is required so that I can prepare the correct kits.  RSVP early to be sure you get a spot. I will also post this schedule under the Classes and Events tab at the top of my blog.



New Catalog Open House/Customer Appreciation Event

Each year with the release of the new annual catalog I like to host an event that combines my BOGO sale of retirement stamps and products and customer appreciation. I didn’t get too many photos but thought I would share what I do have. You may recognize some of the display boards since they were used at our Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape Retreat in June and I posted photos of those back then.

I do try to pamper my customers with a few gifts during the event in addition to door prizes. The first one was at the table as they came in. I created the tabs for the catalog and had packets for them to pick up. The folders on the table each had a copy of a “shopping” list, my class schedule through December, monthly special coupons, a monthly birthday list, and a Stampin’ Up! word search puzzle.

I did have a nautical theme to my event.

These open top boxes had Hershey’s kisses in them. Gotta have a little chocolate!

Lifesaver packs


Make & Take #1 ready to go

I found these cute bottles on Amazon and filled them with bath salts, a couple of pieces of sea glass and a shell which I picked up on the beach on my vacation 2 weeks ago.

I am over the moon for these adorable cows!

Everyone got one of the cow tails candy treats.

My friend and down line Connie Chandler made me want this stamp set with her gorgeous cards. I didn’t think I wanted it but ordered it today!

Once the door opened and I let people in (they were lined up waiting) I got pretty busy so I didn’t get pictures of everyone. (sigh)

Tara and Sandra


Debi, Terri, Donna, and Judy peaking out from the back


Robin said she had birthday money to spend! She found some great deals.

Mother and daughter, Lynette and Gina

Pat, Carol, and Linda

Sandra & Evelyn.  Shopping done, cards made, orders placed. Time to eat!

Be sure to check back later in the week and I will share the make & take projects.

Feeling very blessed that my Stampin’ Up customers are also my friends.


Same Layout 3 Ways

I have a class at a community room that I have been doing for at least 13 years. When it started I came every other week and usually only from October – May since so many residents travel North for the summer. It has turned into doing the class 2 times a week, every week and I rotate doing the projects with 2 of my downline. We do meet during the summer months but only 1 time a week since the attendance is lower. Last week my 3 cards were using the same layout with different Designer Series Papers and different stamps and embossing powder. The first card uses the new Magnolia Lane DSP and stamp set. The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder. The stamped flower is die cut after stamping and Wink of Stella added after coloring.

The 2nd and 3rd card use retired Designer Series Paper with current stamps and punches.

The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder. The flowers are stamped using Perennial Birthday stamp set and colored with markers.

And this card is embossed with black embossing powder. The flowers are made using the new smaller Daisy punch and new colored Vellum.

Each card had a floral element next to the sentiment. One was die cut, one was punched, and the 3rd was fussy cut. And all three cards used the same DSP to cover the envelope flap. That’s my favorite way to dress up an envelope.

3 different embossing powder stations

Everyone is always helpful in loading supplies in my car when the class is over. When I came out I found Terri taking a sit down. She’s always full of fun.


Today is my annual new catalog open house, retired product BOGO sale and customer appreciation event. I’ll be back later this week with photos from it. A lot of work but fun and my wonderful daughter is doing most of the food for me. Lucky mom.


Have a beautiful weekend.



Daisy Framed Art

Two friends came over today to make the daisy framed art piece pictured in the catalog. They each made 2 of them. Even though I had already made 3 myself I had fun helping them get all of the pieces punched an die cut.

Evelyn and Debi show off their finished masterpieces.

Make note of the difference when talking about the flowers and the daisies. The flowers refer to the finished stack of daisies.

To make one of these you need 4 large flowers and 4 small flowers in your choice of colors. Flowers are made using stamped and punched daisies in addition to punched daisies that are not stamped. The colors I used are Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride, Highland Heather (stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink), Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, and Grapefruit Grove. I used Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow for the leaves.

Large Daisies: Stamp and punch 2 large daisies. Additionally punch out 1 that you don’t stamp. Do this for each color flower you want.

Small Daisies: Stamp and punch 2 small daisies. Additionally punch out 1 that you don’t stamp. Do this for each color flower you want.

Using a bone folder curl the petals upward on all daisies.

The centers are punched 1-1/8″ scalloped circles that have been cut part way towards the middle in between the scallops. Curl with bone folder.

Small brown centers are the large daisy stamp center punched out with a 1/2″ circle punch adhered using a dimensional.


Each large daisy stack consists of a total of 3 large daisies and 3 small daisies with the non stamped daisies on the bottom of the stamped ones. Each small daisy stack consists of a total of 3 small daisies with the non stamped one on the bottom.

Glue daisies together rotating the petals.

Large Flower: Use glue or a dimensional to adhere the small daisy stack to the large daisy stack. These are all the same color. The scallop circle center is a different color.

Leaves are a combination of punched and die cut leaves and punched sprigs.

Here is the close up again of the one I made so you can see the layering.

I hope this all makes sense.

It’s been a long day since I woke up at 4 AM and have been busy ever since so I’m headed to bed.





Daisy Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card for a special friend and had loved a card I saw on Craft-Somnia’s blog using the daisy stamp sets and punches. I love using those two daisies together. I pretty much recreated her card only changing the centers of the daisies. You can see her card here.


I used the gold faceted gems for my flower centers and colored them with the bronze Blend marker. The other change I made on my card was to punch out leaves using the leaf and sprig punches.

Each of the large flowers is made by layering two stamped and punched large daisies with one small daisy. The daffodil flowers center is made using a die from the Magnolia Lane dies.

Have a great Wednesday. I am heading to the gym this morning, have a special class this afternoon, and another class tonight. Gonna’ be a busy day.

My Top Ten New Stamp Sets

There are so many new stamp sets I am loving but each new catalog I try to pick my top ten.  These are not in the order of my favorite but rather in order as they appear in the catalog. Of course it goes without saying that if there are dies or a punch that coordinates with the stamp set it’s a favorite also.

Here’s a Card    page 15

Daisy Lane     page 23

Good Morning Magnolia     page 38

Over the Moon     page 32

Back on Your Feet     page 83

Above the Clouds     page 89

Free as a Bird     page 92

Very Versailles   page 113

To a Wild Rose     page 141

Sailing Home     page 146

If you don’t have the new catalog and would like one let me know. And if you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like to attend a class let me know. I would love to have you join us.

You can see these stamp sets and more by going to my online store here.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July whether you were celebrating, working or just taking it easy. As for me, I stamped a little, purged my clothes closet, and did some cooking. And now I can see fireworks out my back porch windows that someone is setting off close by. All in all a good day.

This is a photo my son took last night from Cocoa Beach. Because there are several towns that all run into each other they do fireworks on 3 different nights. He lives on the beach so just a few steps from his door to the beach. I went last year to watch them with him and his family. They are pretty spectacular from the beach.


Bonus Days Are Here Again!

Bonus Days are here again. For every $50 in purchases (before ship/tax) you will earn one $5 bonus coupon to be used in August. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn. Spend $100, you will get two $5 coupons. $150 and you will get 3 coupons. You must have an email address as Stampin’ Up! will email you a code to use in August to redeem the coupons. Be sure to keep that email/code.

Here are some Stampin’ Up! videos of featured products. Enjoy.










June 2019 Retreat & 2 New Classes

I have been neglecting my blog posts for some time and that is partly due to all of the preparations getting ready for an all day retreat that was held last week.  This is the 2nd all day retreat that my friend and fellow SU demonstrator, Sandy Mitchell, and I had with amazing help from our upline, Catherine Harwood. 

We started planning even before we could see the new catalog that would be going live June 4th. That was a bit of a challenge since we wanted to focus on new catalog product. We settled on a barbecue theme after finding really cute paper party supplies and hoped there might be a barbecue stamp set in the catalog. Well, there was not but the new Daisy Lane bundle coordinated perfectly with our theme and we added daisies and lady bugs to the decorations and went with a color palette of black, red, and white.


It is important to us that the goodie bags are a bag that can be reused as a gift bag. The decoration on these bags was made using both daisy punches along with the sprig and leaf punch. There is a tiny ladybug on each daisy which I purchased from Amazon. Each goodie bag had a pack of dimensionals, a pack of the new In Color faceted dots, the new embossed gratitude journal, all supplies and instructions for the make and takes, half package of metallic pearls, an ink pen and 6″ x 6″ samples of the Perennial Essence vellum,Noble Peacock Specialty DSP, Pressed Petals Specialty DSP, and Come Sail Away DSP.


The event was held in a church hall. We had 51 people attend with 12 tables set up.


Photo booths are fun and great opportunities for having pictures with friends. The frame is one we reused from our first retreat by just changing the flowers. Our photo props included call outs, two chef hats, and red bandanas.


Janice and Gladys


Sandy and me

 We know how much we love seeing display samples at Stampin’ Up events and knew our stampers would too. We made several boards. Two of our downline demonstrators also made a display board. (Connie Chandler & Janice Estes)


Bird Ballad Suite (Sandy) & Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin (Janice Estes)


Sandy decorated this birdhouse with paper from the Bird Ballad Suite


Magnolia Lane Suite (Sandy) & Come Sail Away Suite (Beth)


Over the Moon (Beth) and Daisy Lane Bundle (Beth)


Memorable Mosaic Suite (Connie Chandler) & new In Colors (Sandy & Beth)


Sandy’s husband made the little wooden houses and she decorated them with In Color DSP and other SU products. Notice the shipping boxes in front of the house. We love to see UPS come with a delivery.


Follow Your Art Suite (Janice Estes)



Of course we had to have barbecue for lunch. We had chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, chips, deviled eggs, pickles, cole slaw, & watermelon. The desserts included banana pudding, brownies, cookies, and an apple Snicker dessert.


Sandy with my daughter Lynn Ann who made most of the food and even delivered it right before lunch in a downpour of rain.


Ladybugs standing watch over the food table. The jar with the tea light holder was also the decoration on each of the stamper’s tables.  During the day we had two games, one that had a single winner and the other game a winner at each table. The centerpiece was the prize for that game.


Catherine Harwood did two demonstrations for us. One was using color, highlighting Blend markers and the new Pigment Sprinkles and the other was tips for using the Stamparatus. Unfortunately I was too busy to watch her demos.


Lynn, Carol, and Nancy working on make & takes. Nancy came all the way from Massachusetts for our event.


Jan, Betty, Barbara, Mickey & Karen stamping their make & takes


Mickey showing her completed 8″x8″ Magnolia Lane sampler


Each of the 6 make & takes had samples and instructions for them to follow with die cutting and embossing at a table next to the stamping area.


An altered CASE (copy & share everything) of the catalog card using Lovely is the Day bundle.


Another make & take project was this journal from the catalog also using product from Lovely is the Day bundle. The journal is filled with printed pages featuring design and gratitude quotes.


Over the Moon stamp set is featured on this make & take card using the new Rococo Rose coordinating products including the new in color faceted dots. Each goodie bag had a whole package of the dots.


Above the Clouds stamp set and Not Air Balloon punch were used on this card. The Pretty Label punch makes perfect clouds.


This card using Magnolia Lane products is actually a gift card holder.


No SU event is complete without a candy and snack table.


And no SU event is complete without Prize Patrol and door prizes. We did have several door prizes throughout the day and 4 all attendee table gifts.

This was the suggested color combinations for the new In Colors printed and put on a ring with some of the new Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon.


Garden Lane DSP covered Hershey nuggets


Magnets to go along with our theme


The new shipping boxes with tag using You Always Deliver stamp set. Each box was sealed with the Follow Your Art Washi tape (the one with the SU label) and each box had a spool of the Navy and Sahara sand baker’s twine inside. Additionally 4 of the boxes had a hidden “winner” tag inside with either a flower and ladybug photo frame or a set of watercolor pencils.

Lucky Sandra with her flower and ladybug frame

We worked hard but also had fun putting on this retreat. In fact we have already started planning the next one! 

I have the following two classes scheduled. If you would like to attend let me know asap. There is limited space available.


 Daisy Flower Frame Class – $20

Includes all supplies to make the flowers. The stand is available at Hobby Lobby

Two sessions available: 

       Saturday, July 6th at 1:00 PM or Wednesday, July 10 at 9:30 AM


Hope as an Anchor Sampler Class – $35

Includes a package of the Sail Away Trinkets and supplies to make the 12″ x 12″ sampler.  The frame is not included but any craft store sells them.

There sessions available:

        Thursday, August 1st at 1:00 PM or Saturday, August 3rd at 1:00 PM