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.


Share Sunshine – Making a Difference

Stampin’ Up! is committed to making a difference in our global communities and caring about people first. As part of the Making a Difference program they are offering a product giveback opportunity to support organizations that are helping COVID-19 frontline responders and communities vulnerable to the pandemic.

The Share Sunshine PDF Download is a digital stamp set that’s packed with both lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we’re currently experiencing–including many ideas that came from demonstrators and customers! You can use the download in your cardmaking and papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on cardstock and cut it out using your Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family by sending cards!

The PDF download is 15 pages of digital sentiments and images. It includes both funny and heartfelt sentiments in black and also in different Stampin’ Up colors. The price of the download is $12

100% of the proceeds will be donated to COVID-19 efforts. The two global charities chosen (because Stampin’ UP is a global company) are WHO and United Way. When you order you will have the option to select either one or to select the money to be split between the two organizations. 

 Sara Douglas, Stampin’ UP CEO did a video on Facebook showing all of the included pages. I have shared that post to my Space Coast Stamper Facebook page. 

I have not made any cards yet so I am sharing a couple that other demonstrators have made.

Created by Jean Addis


Created by Susan Campfield


And one last note. I know you can create your own sentiments and print them out to use on cards.  The advantage to purchasing this download is that you have such a large collection of them in different colors and fonts and you didn’t have to spend time trying to create you own. There are such clever sentiments included that I’m sure you wouldn’t think of.  And you are giving back with your purchase to organizations helping to fight this pandemic.

You can purchase the download here

Have a great day, stay safe, and be well.


Tropical Oasis Suite

Some time ago, when I could still have stamp classes, I did a class of three cards all using the same layout, the same stamp set and the same Designer Series Paper pack. Living in Florida getting the Timeless Tropical Bundle was a must.  My inspiration came from demonstrator Lisa Curcio. You can see her card and video here.  I didn’t buy the braided burlap ribbon from the suite of products so I used the regular burlap ribbon from the annual catalog. Lisa’s card had the back side of the front folded panel adhered between the card base and the designer series paper. For my first card  (the one with the cars) I did that but decided later that I actually liked it better adhering it so that the back became a mat for the white insert. You can see the difference in the cards below. Some of the photos were taken with the card in a cello protective envelope which I do for my classes so there is some glare. And I am not sure where the actual cards are right now. I am in the process of reorganizing my stamp room.

The palm trees are stamped in Old Olive (stamped off) and then Pretty Peacock ink dabbed directly onto the inked stamp right over the Old Olive ink with a sponge dauber. The trunks are then colored with an Early Espresso marker right over the Old Olive ink. Do all of this before even stamping on your paper.

The pineapple bottom portion is sponged with Crushed Curry ink. The top is sponged with Garden Green ink.

The flower is inked with Mango Melody ink and then the center sponged with Real Red ink right on the inked stamp prior to stamping the flower on your paper.


The stamp set and dies have been so popular that they are currently on backorder but expected to be available the week of the 27th. You can still order them now but there will be a slight delay in getting them.

I am enjoying the most heavenly rainly, cool day. It has been so hot lately making my one and only outing of the day (walking) miserable with temperatures still close to 90 degrees in the late afternoon. Today it’s 65 degrees and wasn’t currently raining this morning when I decided to go walk. I got as far as the end of the driveway when the rain came. So much for a morning walk. Maybe later today.

Make someone’s day. Send them a card.