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


Everything is Rosy

This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating products is available during May only or while supplies last. This medley of products is packed with so many creative possibilities.


The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″
  • 6″ x 6″  Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″  Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz.

Here are just a few ideas for inspiration.

You can order the Everything is Rosy medley beginning May 1st in my online store here. Remember this is just while supplies last.

Item #  150059    $80

This months host code is GHCSVNYH.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Time to Say Goodbye – Retirement Lists

It’s time to say goodbye to some of our Stampin’ Up! stamps and products. I always feel a bit sad to see certain things retiring (Lovely As A Tree!) but that makes way for new and exciting things.


View/Download the PDF retirement list here. Be sure to note those stamp sets that say “returning in cling”. These will be carried over to the new catalog but with the new stickier cling label on them. Also note that “No longer bundle” means that it will carry over to the new catalog but will not be offered as a 10% off bundle.

Retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 24th, after that they will be While Supplies Last. Everything else on the list is While Supplies Last – papers, inks, dies, and accessories.


Happy Spring

I am so in love with this bunny from the Fable Friends stamp set. This card was inspired by one from Nicole Künzig with a few changes to make it my own version.

For the subtle dots in the background I pulled out a retired favorite stamp from Gorgeous Grunge which was stamped off before stamping on the white card stock using Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, and Pear Pizzazz Ink. I stamped the bunny on the white just to know the placement of the green leafy image on either side of the ears. I used a small stamp from Forever Lovely stamp set for this however you could use any small leafy stamp. I colored it in witih a Pear Pizzazz marker. I then stamped the bunny again on scrap white and colored the image with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut (that means cutting by hand which makes some of my stampers a bit fussy themselves!) I personally love to cut but not everyone does (smile). The punched out flowers were crumbled up to soften the paper and make it easy to squish them up next to each other.


Living in Florida makes having a Disney annual pass a must if you like Disney and theme parks … and I do. My favorite of the four parks is Epcot and right now the Flower and Garden Festival is going on. I was there a few weeks ago and snapped a few photos of the beautiful flowers.

This display was made from improperly discarded trash.

And finally a day at Disney isn’t complete without a Mickey sighting.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Mark Your Calendar

There is a lot of news from Stampin’ Up this week so I want to make sure you are aware of some upcoming dates and important changes.


April 15th:    Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog Retiring List
Stampin’ Up retires about 1/2 of the catalog to make room for new! Remember that many items sell out immediately. Be sure to stock up on retiring In Color card stock, ink refills, and other coordinating items before they are gone.

New Annual Catalogs will be out in May!  I will be giving them out the last week of May. Ordering from the new catalog begins June 3rd.

June 15th: Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape A day of stamping and fun hosted by Sandy Mitchell and myself. Get your reservation in early to hold a spot and take advantage of the early bird fee.  More information and reservation form at the end of this post.

June 29th: My annual Open House & Sale of Retired Stamps & Products 1:00 PM



Stampin’ Up Trimmer and the Big Shot are retiring  There will be a gap in time between when the Big Shot and the Stampin’ Trimmer retire with this current catalog (or sell out) until the time when the new replacement products are available (we don’t know exactly how long this will be, but there will NOT be a Big Shot or a paper trimmer in the new 2019-2020 catalog in June)

  • Continue to use your Big Shot or other die cutting machine with all Stampin’ UP! embossing folders and dies
  • Watch for a new style of dies and embossing folders in the new 2019-2020 catalog!! Continue to use them with your current die cutting machine.
  • Dies, embossing folders and trimmer accessory items COULD sell out quickly, so shop early and don’t wait for the retiring list on Monday, April 15 to place your order if you have had your eye on any of the current dies or folders!

If you need to stock up on some Stampin’ Trimmer supplies, do that soon. They have ordered what they hope to be a 6 month supply of trimmer blades, but they could go quickly.

Ordering Links:

  • Big Shot and Accessories – click here
  • Stampin’ Trimmer – click here
  • Trimmer blades – click here
  • Scoring blades – these are sold out
  • Trimmer Mat –  these are sold out

Price Increases There will be price increases on some items in the new catalog. So you can plan for these before they begin, here is a link to a PDF that outlines all of those increases that will be in the new catalog starting June 3.


Registration and info for Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Time to Replenish Product for Retiring In Colors

The retiring list will be coming out in May which is just around the corner and we know that any of the retiring In Color products sell out almost immediately . Now is the time to check your inventory and get those ink refills and extra cardstock as well as the coordinating ribbons and embellishments.

I really do hate to see Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide leaving but I feel confident that Stampin’ Up will have some great new colors in the new annual catalog which will come out June 1st. And with Sale-A-Bration still in progress this makes ordering now even better. With a $50 purchase of any product you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.