Arrange a Wreath, Christmas Version

One more card using the Arrange a Wreath stamp set and coordinating dies.

There is so much foil in the background DSP and in the sprig die I used it was not easy to get a good photo due to the light reflection on the foil. I did one sprig die cut with copper foil paper and one with cherry cobbler card stock and the leaf die is mossy meadow card stock. The flower is two layered die cuts. I put a circle of white card stock behind the center so it would show through the holes in the middle of the flower.

I was able to get away for a few days to a cabin in Georgia and it was wonderful to have somewhere to go with a few friends where we felt safe. It’s our twice/year getaway for crafting and mahjong. We never go anywhere, just check in and craft awhile then play awhile.

Enjoy your week. Thanks for stopping by.

Arrange a Wreath & August CD Calendar

I lost my stamping mojo for awhile but over the past several days seem to have gotten it back. Yea!  I have been in the stamp room making cards and planning on an upcoming event for my downline and customers. I don’t have all of those details worked out yet but it will definitely be done with all of the safety precautions in place. More on that later. Yesterday I played again with Arrange a Wreath stamp set. I had posted a card previously using that set. If you missed it you can see it here.

This set is so versatile with stamps and sentiments for several different occasions. The dies come with two different large wreaths which I used on the card below. Once cut out I weaved the leaves in among the sprigs. The background is embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and punched out using the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch Pack.

The inside:

For the inside sentiment I used the So Sentimental stamp set and coordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies adding a circle cut using the Stitched Shapes dies and a few die cut leaves.

I created this envelope using the new Envelope dies that coordinate with Ornamental Envelopes stamp set. This die cuts out the design and then you just add paper behind it. Pretty cool.

Now on to the CD Calendar for August.

Free as a Bird is one of my favorite stamp sets. I colored it using Blends and just outlining it with the Balmy Blue Blend marker gave the illusion of sky. I am getting ready to start designing the calendar for 2021. I think we will all be glad to get this year behind us. It’s been pretty scary.

Thanks for stopping by and be safe.

Holiday Catalog is Live Today & A New Christmas Card

Today’s the day we can start ordering from the new Holiday mini catalog. I think it just might be the best one yet. It certainly is larger than previous mini catalogs, 80 pages of holiday goodies. I did have Stampin’ Up mail catalogs to my customers. If you didn’t get one please let me know.

Check out this 1 minute video from Stampin’ Up.


How’d they do that?

Ever wonder what products were used in a card from the catalog. Click below to see exactly how each sample was made.


The new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine isn’t orderable yet but the wait is almost over. Demonstrators can order the larger one today (the mini isn’t ready yet) and customers will be able to order in September. However if you want one now you can get it by joining my team. When you join you select $125 in product for just $99 and shipping is free.  The machine is $120 so you just add it to your starter  kit.

  • All the plates you need to get started are included: 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4)

When you join my team of Indian River Stampers you not only get to select $125 of product for just $99 but you also will get a 20% discount on anything you order and more perks. Let me know if you have questions.

One of the fun things we demonstrators do is swap cards. I just did a swap of cards using product from the new holiday mini catalog. It’s always fun to have those sample cards. I especially like getting a card using a stamp set I don’t have (that’s right, I don’t buy everything). See my swap card below.

Christmas in July?

Well, I know it is August but I did make this card in July. Does that count?  This is the card I made for our team swap.

And the inside:

I used the Dove of Hope bundle, Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder, World Map dies and Stitched Rectangles dies to create this card.

Home Renovation Starts Today

Today begins the start of some updates I’m making in my home. I’m super excited. The first change is to tear down the lighting in the kitchen ceiling. This was probably really nice back in the 80’s when my house was built but it’s dated now and it’s coming down. Recessed lighting will take it’s place.

If you click on my link below (with my name) it will take you to the new SU online site and to my store. It’s an all new site so if you need to be sure my name is at the top to be shopping with me as your demonstrator. Because it’s a new site if you relied on your login information to automatically populate it will not. You will need to log in again. One new thing I love is the ability to create wish lists. See the little heart in the image below? When you click on that it puts the item into your favorites.

Y’all have a great day and thanks for stopping by

Love My Morning Coffee

I have developed quite a morning routine in the past few months and it starts with a big cup of coffee in one of my favorite mugs. Since I usually am not going anywhere I take my time with it along with the news, reading, and the internet. Today I made another card using the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set.

The word Coffee was die cut using the new Foam Adhesive Sheets. They are double sided sticky sheets which you can cut to the size die you are using. Then stick your cardstock to one side and place the die on top, die cut and your image will basically have the entire backside covered in a popup ready to stick to your project.  Perfect for those things too small for dimensionals. I colored the coffee cups with Blends markers.

What an amazing dancer. I discovered he taught himself to dance 5 years ago by watching You Tube videos and now he is a You Tube star and has performed world wide.

There are a few days left of my BOGO sale. Check out the link at the top of my blog for Retired Stamp Sale – BOGO

You all have a great weekend.

Nothing’s Better Than

When a demonstrator reaches a million dollars in sales one of the many perks they get is to work with Stampin’ Up’s artists to create a stamp set which is then posted in the catalog with the demonstrators name and with a special 1,000,000 emblem. Demonstrator Connie Stewart recently reached this milestone and I knew right away I wanted to purchase her fun stamp set, Nothing’s Better Than. It’s on page 91 in the catalog.

There’s not much better than coffee, cookies, chocolate, and cocktails, right?  Especially lately with Covid, with staying home, having vacations canceled,  and so much more.

I have been making some cards this past week with this set and having fun with it.

The coffee cup and the top cookie are popped up with dimensionals. The & sign is part of the Playful Alphabet dies.


This card started with the red cardstock that was on my desk and it just evolved. I didn’t really have a plan. The base is actually white cardstock with just a 1-1/2″ flap on the left side. I embossed a 1-1/4″ real red piece and attached it to the left flap. Then I wrapped the polka dot ribbon around and tied in a bow. Next I attached the embossed real red cardstock to the back side of the flap. It covers the ribbon on the inside of the card.

The coffee cup, chocolates, and cookie are all popped up with dimensionals and have a bit of Wink of Stella on them. Another one of my new stamp sets is A Grand Kid and it had the perfect sentiments to turn this card into a birthday card for my granddaughter.


This is my sweet Sofia who will be getting this card for her birthday.   Her birthday isn’t until November (she’ll be 18!) so now all I have to do is remember that I have already made it. I’m not one to be ahead of the game, rather I find myself last minute getting a special card done. I have friends who already have their Christmas                 cards done for this year. You know who you are! 


One last note about Stampin’ Up’s Million Dollar Achievers. In addition to inspiring a new stamp set they also receive a trip to the home office in Utah where they are welcomed and celebrated by staff,  go out to dinner with some of the administrative staff, have special tours, and often have time to stamp with CEO, Sara, or Co-Founder, Shelli. And they get a big check for $10,000. There have been about 35 or so who have achieved this milestone and just this week one demonstrator reached 3 Million in career sales. Just for fun I have wondered what kind of stamp set I would want to inspire if I were to reach a million in sales!  But not to worry. It took me about 10 years to reach $100,000 in career sales. I’ve been a demonstrator now for 17 years and am over $200,000 in sales. But even that comes with perks. Each of these milestones earns you $1000. If you would like to see photo’s and read about Connie’s celebration click here.


This Little Piggy . . .

. . . wears a mask!

I made a few of these cards last month to send to my grandkids. Watching the news and seeing the rise in numbers of people getting Covid is heartbreaking and scary. I try to stay safe and always wear a mask when I go anywhere. And I don’t go out often.  I’m thankful that I don’t mind staying home and don’t really get bored. I have been stamping, reading and even took up a new craft thanks to my neighbor telling me about Diamond Painting. It’s a bit like paint by number only with little multi faceted beads so when the project is complete it really sparkles. This is one of the several I have done. Of course you can’t see the sparkle which is what makes these amazing. If you decide you want to try this my recommendation is to order 5D (the number of facets which create the sparkle), Round Drill (the beads are called drills and round are easier to work with as opposed to square) and Full Drill (which means the entire canvas is covered with drills).

Have a Blessed Sunday


It’s In The Bag!

Stampin’ Up stopped including bags with workshop orders and instead sell a thicker, sturdier bag. I decided to do something different for my regular customers. I ordered bags from Amazon and created a personalized tag for each one which includes their initials. When an order comes in I will put it in their bag. When they come to the next event and place an order they bring the bag back and leave it for me to use when that order comes in. If they forget the bag the order goes in a plastic grocery store bag.

I used the Forever Greenery DSP and Forever Flourishing Dies along with the butterfly from Butterfly Gala stamp set for this tag. The other tags do use some retired product as I was trying to match the tag to the color of the bag.

For those people who ordered last month from me I included two card kits for them to assemble at home. Because part of the demonstrator guidelines states that stamped images cannot be included in a kit I did all of the embossing, die cutting, and punching and they just needed to stamp one of their sentiments and put the card together. These were the two cards:

Embossing Folder, DSP, and Forever Flourishing Dies from the new annual catalog were used for this card.

This card used the Medium Daisy Punch, the Small Bloom Punch, and the Sprig Punch in addition to some retired punches. The card was inspired by demonstrator Angela Meiritz-Reid.


Someone posted this video on Facebook recently and I fell in love with it. Such amazing talent and to have put all of these voices together when each one was performed independently at home during the Covid pandemic is incredible. Enjoy . . .


One Voice Children’s Choir began in 2002 when the Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, UT. From those humble beginnings, OVCC has grown into a force in the entertainment world: Quarter-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent Season 9, singing at the White House, touring in many countries and across the USA, and now, and even approaching 3 million subscribers on YouTube. One Voice Children’s Choir has become a household name on a mission to spread hope, joy and love through their original arrangements of popular music.

Hello July, Hello Bonus Days and More

Happy 4th Stampers!

This CD Calendar page was fun and easy to make using the balloon punch.


Bonus Days are Back!

For every $50 you spend July 1st – August 3rd (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used  August  4th – 31st.

Here’s the scoop on the deal.

  • Earning Period – July 1 – August 3, 2020
  • Redemption Period – August 4 – August 31, 2020
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period. 


Paper Pumpkin Add On Kit


Celebrate the magic of summer nights with the Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin Kit! In this exclusive fun-filled kit, you’ll unbox enough supplies to create nine postcard-style cards, coordinating envelopes, and die-cut tealight bags. What’s even more spectacular about July’s kit is the add-on you can purchase along with it! The Summer Nights Add-On includes 24 card bases and envelopes in coordinating Summer Nights designs. This add-on is perfect for helping you expand the Summer Nights creative experience beyond the Paper Pumpkin kit. Between the add-on and the leftover supplies from your Summer Nights kit, you will be crafting a summer night worth celebrating all month long!

Item 154973 | $10.00 USD

Summer Nights Add-On

Contains 24 preprinted card bases and coordinating envelopes.

The Summer Nights Add-On is not required to complete the Paper Pumpkin kit projects. Even if you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can still get this kit of card bases and envelopes and create your own cards.

How Paper Pumpkin Works

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a crafting subscription kit that delivers creativity to your door every month. Each box includes everything you need to make a stunning project.

We’ll surprise you with projects like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more for just $22.00 a month (shipping included). Talk about happy mail!  Subscribe by the 10th of any month to receive that month’s kit. Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period. 

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here.


New Catalog Coming Soon

I’ve had some catalogs mailed directly from Stampin’ Up! and I will have catalogs available in a few weeks. I received mine and have already put in an order for some great new stamp sets and products. That’s one of the perks of being a demonstrator. Early ordering. Now off to play with all of my new goodies.


Be Safe Everyone and thanks for dropping by.

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.