Cactus Cuties

I do love a stamp set that has a coordinating punch and this new mini catalog has several. My last class focused on cards with punches including this one made with the Cactus Cuties bundle.




Below is the list of products I used for the card. The pot was stamped with Cinnamon Cider ink which I neglected to add to the list.The gingham check DSP is retired product as are the little embellishments on the cactus. Those are from the sprinkles that coordinated with the ice cream cone set in a previous catalog.

A friend sent this to me this morning.
It was a bit chilly this morning here in Florida!
Thanks for stopping by and stay warm!

A Few of My Favorite Things plus NYC Trip

When I get a new catalog I pour over the pages and mark the product that I love with a sticky note. I try to limit how much love I find because I can’t buy it all. But you know what happens. You see someones post of a card using a stamp set you didn’t think you liked and all of a sudden you have to have it! Here are some of my favorite things from the new January – June Mini Catalog.

Hello Ladybug Bundle.  #157699   $32.25

Cactus Cuties Bundle   #158058   $31.50

Happy Hedgehogs Bundle   #157985    $32.25

Cloud Punch   #157749  $18.00

Bough Punch  #157711  $18.00

Have you noticed a pattern in what are my favorites? I love punches!                                                        But there are other products on my favorite list.

Kite Delight  #157748   $18.00

How cute is this card using the Kite Delight stamp set and the Cloud Punch!


On the Horizon Bundle  #157779   $50.25

Best Delivery   #158026   $17.00

Daffodil Daydream   #157795   $54.75

Mischievous Mice   #158070   $12.00 (Host Set only available when earning Host Rewards)

What are your favorites?  If you don’t have a catalog and would like one please let me know. And remember with Sale-a-bration you can earn free product with qualifying orders. 

The week before Christmas I went to New York City for 3 days with my friend and Stamin’ Up upline Catherine Harwood. Up to this point I had only spent one day there many years ago. I went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island so really didn’t see a lot of the city. It has always been a dream of mine to go to a Broadway show there and to see the city all decorated and lit up at Christmas.  So I have to backtrack to last year when To Kill a Mockingbird was canceled from the season of Broadway in Orlando due to Covid. Catherine and I both have season tickets with our daughters and we were so disappointed. Then in June of last year I saw an ad about Broadway in New York opening back up and Jeff Daniels was going to come back and do 3 months only of his role in To Kill a Mockingbird. October – December. I asked Catherine if she had any interest in going and within a half an hour we bought tickets to the play, reserved a hotel, and both had enough points to get a free Southwest flight. I was so excited. Checking items off my bucket list. Covid was getting worse again and a few days before we were scheduled to leave on Dec. 17th many Broadway shows were being cancelled. We even talked about not going if our play wound up being canceled. But we had also bought tickets to the 9/11 museum and of course there were all of the Christmas decorations to see so with our supply of masks and hand sanitizer off we went. It was even more than I dreamed it would be. 

The tree with all the lights was even more beautiful than any picture can capture. The ice skaters were on a lower level and without a ticket to skate you could not go down to that level. And with so many people you couldn’t stand and watch them. Staff members were telling you to take your photo and move on. That was a little disappointing as I would have liked to watch them skate. We were very careful about wearing our masks but occasionally would quickly take them off for a photo if we weren’t in a crowd of people.

We did so much walking. The bottom left photo is of course in Times Square. The bottom right photo is eating a giant corn dog which was half hot dog and half mozzarella cheese. We were at an outdoor Christmas market in Central Park. 

Macy’s in NYC is nothing like our local Macy stores. It rained on and off this day but we trudged on. So much to see, so little time. The decorations in the store were stunningly beautiful. There were trees with owls and squirrels that moved. I was amazed at the escalators. Most were the old wooden ones.  

I didn’t take a lot of photos at the 9/11 museum.  Photos were prohibited in many of the areas and I just didn’t think appropriate at times.  We were a little early for our ticket admission time of 10:00 AM and had to stand outside in line for a half hour in 39 degree weather. It really was the only time I felt cold. The bottom right photo is the piece of steel support between the 93rd and 99th floor of the tower and where one of the planes hit. It was later identified by a serial number on the metal. 

I have always thought Jeff Daniels an amazing actor and he didn’t disappoint. The play was 3 hours of brilliant and thought provoking entertainment.  Celia Keenen Bolger who played the daughter, Scout, won the Tony award for best actor in 2019.  (Jeff Daniels was nominated but didn’t win. I think he should have.)  At the end of both acts Scout says, “All rise.” What she is really saying is that we are our own judge and what we do and how we behave matters in this world.

Have a great day!

Happy 2022

Another year is behind us and the end of last year was a busy one. I wasn’t sure I was going to do my annual Christmas card and CD calendar classes last year mainly due to the pandemic but I had so many people asking about them (and I make a lot of calendars for my family and friends) that I decided to do them with limited seating. I really can’t remember the first year I did the calendar but it has been a long time and every year I struggle with some of the designs for some of the months. But when Stampin’ Up came out with the cute penguin stamp set I knew immediately I would use it for January.

I grew up in Iowa with lots of snow. Living in Florida it’s one of the things I truly miss especially during the holidays. We did have a drop in temperature this week and I saw a picture of snow falling in the panhandle. Living in Iowa we didn’t really have hills but we managed to find places to go sledding and of course ice skating. The stamp set is Penguin Place. The penguin that is sledding is stamped and the other penguin was punched using the coordinating punch.

I am currently working on a fundraiser for the PEO chapter I am in. The daisy is the official flower of PEO so we are making daisy cards to sell. PEO is Philanthropic Educational Organization dedicated to educational opportunities for women. 




This card used the new Hello Ladybug stamp set and coordinating punch along with the new Bough Punch for the leaves. The gingham paper and some of the other punches are retired.

The new January – June Mini Catalog is now live along with a new Sale-a-bration brochure. You can see the new catalog and brochure by clicking on the links below or the link on the right side of my blog. 

January – June Mini Catalog

Sale-a-bratioin January/February 2022

I have also been busy this last week on redoing my stamp room. I am fortunate to have one of the bedrooms in my home dedicated to stamping. I have wanted to redo it for quite some time using the Kalex product from IKEA. It took months to get because it sells out quickly and when they would get it in the Orlando store I didn’t have access to a truck to go get it. It finally all came together the day before Christmas so my daughter and son-in-law and I picked it up. 

This is the beginning. I put these two units together. The first one took twice as long as the second one. I have more pieces that a friend is going to put together for me. Doing this has led to going through bins and finding things I didn’t remember I had, throwing away a lot, and creating a bin of “to be finished” cards. I have enough to do to keep busy for months.

I am still decorated for Christmas. I usually wait until Epiphany before putting it all away. I do love everything about Christmas and am still enjoying it all. I bought a new tree. Mine was so old and at 9′ tall it took a very tall ladder to decorate it. I love the new tree which is pre-lit and has a bit of frost and glitter on it along with some pinecones.

Just a note on the tree top. If you know me then you know that the tree top was what my parents bought for their first Christmas tree and I grew up with it being on our tree every year. It is 80 years old and looks a little sad but the memories are such happy ones. It use to be sparkly silver tinsel with red berries and red cellophane bells but after 80 years it has lost all of the bells and the tinsel isn’t bright anymore. We always called it the spider. My tree is full of memories. 

One of the perks of making and sending cards is getting them from your friends who also stamp. 

I had a lot of excitement during December so stop back by later this week for more stories and photos of my holidays.

Have a great day

Clearance Rack Updated & New Tag Kit

New Items have been added to the clearance rack today. Items are limited and many sell out quickly. Some items are up to 60% off. You can see them here.

Santa Claus is coming to town in the Love, Santa Tag Kit! This tag kit features oversized Christmas tags in festive, whimsical designs. Dress up your gifts this year and make them the “Santa” of attention!

 The Christmas season is the season of giving, so what better way to celebrate that than with a specially designed Christmas tag kit and coordinating treat bags? Dress up your delectable treats when you purchase this Love, Santa Project Collection which includes both the Love, Santa Tag Kit and the Love, Santa Treat Bags.  Item #159362   $26




Kit includes:
* Love, Santa Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Acrylic stamp block
* Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot
* Designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 12 tags: 3 each of 4 designs
* Finished tag size: approximately 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ (6.4 x 12.1 cm)
* Adhesive-backed sequins
* Adhesive to complete projects
* Printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go: 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm)

Product colors: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Night of Navy, Polished Pink, Poppy Parade

Let’s wrap things up this year in style! The Love, Santa Treat Bags are beautiful, food-safe cellophane bags that are perfect to fill with scrumptious treats and goodies. The white-printed designs are festive like frosted windowpanes and directly coordinate with the Love, Santa Tags!

*12 treat bags
*3 each of 4 designs
* 4″ x 9-1/2″ (10.2 x 24.1 cm)
*Food safe



CD Calendar – October, 2021


I’ve been busy designing next years calendar and almost forgot about posting this months page.  I gave some thought to not having the class this year however I have so many people who make them every year and I make about 20 myself for gifts to family and friends. I do have a few openings left for the calendar so contact me if you are interested. There are 2 classes, November 18th and 19th. 



Peaceful Cabin Bendi Card

Peaceful Cabin Bundle is my favorite in the July – December Mini Catalog and so perfect for making a Bendi fun fold card. I love that the card lays flat to fit in an envelope but when you stand it up the front portion “bends” outward. 
The backdrop of the card is a piece of the designer series paper which is glued to a piece of white cardstock that is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Score the white cardstock @ 2-3/4″ before adding the DSP.  
The back of the card becomes the place for your sentiment and hand-written wishes. I suggest stamping this before adding the front stamped and die cut pieces.
Adding a battery operated tea light transforms the card into a beautiful Christmas decoration.
You can see the two pieces that “bend” once the card is standing. The front piece is the cabin.
It is stamped on a piece of white cardstock 6-1/2″ wide and scored @ 1/2″ on both ends.
The other piece with the trees is stamped on a piece of cardstock 5-1/2″ wide and
scored @ 1/2″ on both ends.  
I did two versions of the card. One had the addition of Wink of Stella to the ares that would be snow on the cabin and the foreground. The other option was to add silver foil snowflakes instead of white to pick up the silver in the trees from the designer series paper that was used as the backdrop.

Penguin Place – Earn DSP FREE

One of the new stamp sets in the July-December mini catalog is Penguin Place. 


Besides the cute penguin images here’s what I love about it:

  • There is a coordinating punch
  • Can be used for Christmas or birthday cards (thank you Stampin’ Up!)
  • The coordinating Designer Series Paper is FREE with a qualifying order


One of the FREE Sale-a-bration products is the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper which coordinates with the stamp set and punch.

There are only a few weeks left for Sale-a-bration and this paper will not be available after September 30th (or while supply lasts)

During my open house a few weeks ago one of the make and take projects was made using Penguin Place and the Designer Series Paper.  




The cute bag to put the card into is one of the new InColor ombre gift bags. These are often overlooked when going through the annual catalog. And they are such a great buy. 20 bags for only $6.00.


Christmas Whimsy Card Kit Now Available

Christmas Whimsy is an adorably fun Christmas card kit with a modern design! Santa’s elves might be hard at work at the North Pole, but with this all-inclusive kit, the hard work is done for you! All pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to craft. The simplicity of this card kit makes it perfect for beginner crafters and kids, too! Grab a kit or two and gather around for a simple holiday season activity that everyone will enjoy.



All-inclusive project kits have everything you need in one box!

Kit includes:
* Christmas Whimsy Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Acrylic stamp block
* Night of Navy Classic Stampin’™ Spot
* Designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ 
* 8 coordinating envelopes with gold foil
* Adhesive-backed holographic embellishments
* Adhesive to complete projects
* Printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go: 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4

Product Number: 158166.  Price: $19.00



Beautifully Penned FREE Sale-a-bration DSP

I absolutely love a card that is black and white, sometimes with a pop of color, so when I saw this pack of designer series paper in the Sale-a-bration brochure I knew it was going to be one of my picks for FREE product. The card layout was inspired by another demonstrator, Julie Petrie. You can see her card here. I made a few changes to her card. Added some ribbon, red rhinestones and changed the sentiment.

I colored and fussy cut one of the flowers for the inside of the card.

This pack of DSP has 4 sheets of 3-double sided designs which gives you plenty of paper for making several of the same card or for large classes. And finding a design to use on the envelope flap was easy since they all coordinate. This is my favorite way to dress up an envelope.
The sentiments on my card are from Timeless Tropical. The ribbon is retired.
I hope you are enjoying this weekend.

ARRGH – September CD Calendar

September is not always an easy month to come up with a design for my CD Calendar page. So I did a search for special days in the month and came up with talk like a pirate day. Years ago when I was still working at the hospital I was part of a group who went from department to department dressed like pirates on September 19th giving employees treats. It was fun.