A Little This and That …

Do you have trouble deciding what colors to combine on a card? I often start with a piece of Designer Series Paper on my card and that makes it easy. Just choose colors that are in the paper. Did you know that all colors used in a pack of DSP are printed on the back of the package? But what about when you are using DSP on your card? Here are some color combinations for the new 2020-2021 In Colors.






The following items are not yet available for purchase, although they are included in the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog:

  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (item 149653)
  • Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (item 150673)
  • Base Plate & Die Plate Pack (item 149657)
  • Specialty Plate (item 154711)
  • Mini Base Plate & Mini Embossing Plates Pack (item 151003)
  • Mini Cutting Plates (item 151004)
  • Magnetic Cutting Plate (item 149656)
  • Mini Magnetic Cutting Plate (item 151005)
  • Impression Mats (item 149660)

There is good news though as we’ve been told they will be available soon. Even though I do own Big Shots I plan on getting the new machine. I am most excited about the magnetic cutting plate which is entirely magnetized. The previous plate with the Big Shot only had strips of magnets which is why, on occasion, the dies jumped around. It is also a self healing plate and replaces one of the cutting plates in the sandwich. You simply place the dies directly on the magnetic plate.


Open House Dilemma

I usually have my new catalog open house event in July along with my BOGO sale of retired stamps. But this Covid pandemic has caused me to rethink that. As many of you, I have not been going out much and when I do I always wear a mask. I had initially decided I would try to do the open house mid July but with numbers of positive cases in Florida rising again and with the number of people who usually come to my open house I don’t think it’s a good idea right now to have the open house. I am hoping August will look better. I may post photos of my retired stamp sets allowing you to pick what you might want to buy with that purchase amount then available in free new product. Be watching for more information on that. And I will keep you updated with decisions on an open house and upcoming specials.

Have a good day and be safe.


Special Birthday Card for a Special Friend

I needed a special birthday card for a dear friend and grabbed my new Arrange a Wreath stamp set and coordinating dies which I had not used yet. There is very little stamping on this card. Just a whole lot of die cutting. I knew immediately I wanted to own this set because of the versatility of the stamp images and sentiments.  There are hearts, pears, eggs, flowers, leaves, and even a partridge! With greetings for giving thanks, best wishes, a happy Easter, a merry Christmas and a happy heart day you can easily make cards for all occasions.

The happy birthday die cut sentiment on the inside is from the Well Written dies.

I used the Stitched Lace dies to create the white lace background

Thanks for stopping by



Beautiful World

My first card using new stamps! I loved this stamp set when I first saw it and knew it would be great for all different kinds of cards including masculine cards. I confess I do have a lot of stamp sets with flowers but there are just occasions when flowers just won’t do.


I have used this card template before and it has become one of my favorites. It’s a bit of a surprise and doesn’t use quite as much cardstock and specialty paper. With the exception of the vanilla and black cardstock, everything used on this card is new product. The World of Good Designer Series Paper on the front panel is a map that has been printed with brass foil. It is truly spectacular. Adding the brass foil as a mat makes it really stand out. To create the mat I first die cut the globe from the middle of it saving paper. You could also just cut two strips of foil and attach to the two sides. The brass globe is attached with dimensionals. The Old World Paper 3D embossing folder was used to create the texture on the black cardstock.

Check out this video from Stampini’ Up!


2020-2021 Annual Catalog is Live!

Today’s the day we can finally order from the new annual catalog. If you don’t have the catalog yet let me know and I will make arrangements for you to get one. In the meantime you can see the catalog online by clicking the link on the right sidebar. As a demonstrator I could order early from a short list of some of the stamp sets and other products. Of course I did that and this morning put in another order. My wish list is quite long.


I already love the new In Colors and the names are always fun.



Stampin’ Up is giving an EXTRA $25 free in host rewards
during June for any order of $250!

I will be placing an order on June 15th. Send me your order and if  the combined  total from those who did is $250 or more you will be entered into a drawing for that $25 in host rewards.  I will pay the shipping on those orders sent to me before June 15th. When the order comes in I will add a card kit to your order.


Have you seen the new cut and emboss machines (yes, there are 2!) in the new catalog?  They are not available just yet but hopefully soon.

Here is a peek at them:



Lunaria Flower Farm

A couple of years ago my nephew, Kevin, moved from California to France to be with his girlfriend. He met Pauline when she was living in California more than 10 years ago but due to visa restrictions and family she returned to France. They kept up their relationship with visits back and forth and finally Kevin made the move. He is a free lance sound production specialist and has worked with several movies and TV shows. He was unable to get a work visa in France so he would fly back to the US when he had work. Pauline’s background is in floral design. With a lot of planning and hard work Lunaria, Ferme Florale (or in English, Lunaria, Flower Farm) was started. They live in Montaban, France. I’m so proud of these two.


France was on a very strict lock-down the past few months and have just opened up farmer’s markets where Kevin and Pauline said they sold out of all their flowers.

And they just got married!

I was suppose to go visit them last year. I was scheduled to cruise from here to Spain and then take a train to France. That cruise ship was the one the crane fell into and the trip was canceled. I didn’t mind missing the cruise so much but I sure hated not getting to France and seeing them. Hopefully another time.

Feeling the Love – Part 2

Yesterday I posted so many of the cards I recently received for my birthday. But I also wanted to share a few other cards I have been getting lately. So many beautiful hand-stamped cards with thoughtful messages.

Created by Cheryl and Mike White. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Judy Shapley. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Sharon Radcliff. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Nancy Clare. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Connie Chandler. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Johanne Lafebvre. Copyright Stampin’ Up!  Johanne lives in Canada so she stamps in French. She told me there are rainbows all over where she lives for Covid-19 support.

Created by Debi Stonewall. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Evelyn Moon. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Sandy Mitchell. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

My apologies if I missed posting a card that you sent. It is always the fear that when you do a post like this you may forget someone. I hope I did not.

And just to end the birthday celebration here are a couple more photos.

These beauties were from my daughter for Mother’s Day and my birthday since they are just days apart.

What’s a birthday without cake! Rosemary Shamrock had this yummy cake sent via Fed Ex.

And this beautiful “cake” floral arrangement was from my friend Jim.

This clever and beautiful arrangement of cupcake flowers was from my friend Terri Peabody.

Yes, I definitely have felt the love. Thank you my friends and family.


Feeling the Love – Part 1

My birthday was last week and I was showered with a lot of love and of course cards! There were plenty of Facebook messages, phone calls, and cards that were  hand-stamped and purchased in the store. Since my blog is all about Stampin’ Up! I am sharing those handmade cards here along with a few other thinking-of-you-cards I have received in the last few weeks.   You may notice a crimped corner here and there since they came in the mail. 

Created by Sandra Bruce. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Betty Herring. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Debi Stonewall.  Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Catherine Harwood. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Carol Loehr.  Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Connie Chandler.  Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Fran Nolan. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Carol Hall. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Grace Benjamin.  Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Donna Harold. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Linda Sabourin. Copyright Stampin’ Up!

Created by Pat Cook. Copyright Stampin’ Up!   (some non-SU products in this card)

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I will post more of the cards I have received.

I am inching back out into the world and I stress inching. I have pretty much stayed at home for the past two months but have ventured out to the grocery store a couple of times and to the post office and to sit by the river with my friend … all with a mask and 6 feet apart from others.

Having pizza by the river

With my friend Rosemary

Birthday lunch with my daughter Lynn Ann.

Cheers! My first margarita in years. I love them but they don’t love me anymore. It was yummy! We ate outside and were the only people on the deck. Staying safe.

Thanks for looking and for all of the kind thoughts and love my friends.



Share a Box of Sunshine

This exclusive Sara-inspired Paper Pumpkin kit is here to help you #sharesunshine. It includes supplies for eight handmade cards and is specially designed to help you create a box full of cheer. Once you’ve made all the cards, use any leftover pieces to decorate the box. Fill it with yellow goodies, add the included adhesive label, address it to someone special, and brighten their life with a little sunshine!  


Box of Sunshine

  • Kit contains supplies for 8 cards and envelopes (2 cards of 4 designs)
    • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
    • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)

Coordinating Colors: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, White, and Gold

Box of Sunshine Information: This kit includes extra pieces and stickers (including a sticker label) to help you create cards AND a Box of Sunshine filled with treats and goodies to send to a friend. (Treats not included.)

Hello May!

And just like that it’s May already.  I’m not sure I can say time is flying by with people, me included, staying home these days. I think I have lost track of how long I have been self-isolating. So far it hasn’t been bad other than missing my family and friends. But thankfully we have such sophisticated technology that we are in contact sometimes numerous times a day.

For May’s CD calendar page I used the Very Versailles and Butterfly Gala stamp sets and Pretty Peacock ink and a Daffodil Delight marker.