Special Birthday Card

A friend recently asked if I could make a birthday card for her daughter’s 30th birthday. She sent me a photo of the birthday announcement and told me she liked pink, hearts and anything girly.

When I saw the announcement I immediately thought of the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper.

So I set to work using some of this paper and combined it with pink and hearts and this is the final card.


I had a workshop Saturday at my house. There was a card table chair kind of in the way so I moved it away from the stamp table and over by the door to my bedroom. Later I needed to go in the bedroom to get some change and walked right into the chair. (I was barefoot!) Now you wouldn’t think walking into a card table chair leg would be all that bad but it hurt … a lot. And then, coming out of the bedroom, I walked into it again!  With the other foot. You know how we laugh at those movies and videos when someone gets hurt. Well, everyone stamping at that table all began to laugh. Me too. If I didn’t laugh I might have just cried. The next day the toe turned all shades of blue and purple and I’m pretty sure it’s broken. I was suppose to go to Disney with a friend but that had to be rescheduled. And no gym for a few days either.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Gingham Gala Suite

OK, I do have several retired butterfly stamps and punches but when I saw the Butterfly Gala bundle that includes a punch in the new Occasions Catalog it was a first choice for me. I love the butterfly images, the punch and the fact that the stamps stamp both the larger and smaller butterflies at the same time and the punch will punch them both out at the same time.  And while I love framelits I do love having a punch for images. It’s quicker and easier when doing classes.

This suite includes not only the stamp and punch but also the 6″ x 6″ package of gingham check Designer Series Paper in 5 colors. There is a white flax ribbon and round and flower shaped adhesive backed sequins in 5 colors.

This is the card we are doing this week in classes which was inspired by demonstrator Linda Dalke. The only change was adding a mat of the same color and embossing it with the Subtle Embossing Folder.


The butterflies were colored by using a sponge dauber and just coloring the centers. The background mat of butterflies takes 8 with one of them cut in half and then adhering with glue. The square main image is popped up with dimensionals.


Occasions Catalog Paper Share

I admit I am a bit of a paper hoarder. Not intentionally, I just love all of Stampin’ Up’s! Designer Series Papers and sooner or later usually wind up ordering most of them. Then even with doing classes it’s not always easy to use it all up. So it looks like I’m hoarding my paper. If you love their papers too, and who wouldn’t, then I have a deal for you. I am offering a paper share. You will get 6″x6″ pieces of ALL of the new DSP from the Occasions Catalog for just $12. If you were to buy all of them it would be more than $90 by the time you add shipping and tax. By purchasing a paper share you get plenty to use and decide which, if any, you might like to have a whole package of. This deal is limited to 8 people so be sure to reserve your share before they are all taken.

Floral Romance – my favorite! This includes beautiful vellum pieces.

Gingham Gala – Large checks on one side, smaller checks on the other

Happiness Blooms – Bright florals on the front, all purpose patterns on the back

How Sweet It Is – Delicious colors and images

Needlepoint Nook – Photo images of actual hand stitched embroidery


Classic Garage – Perfect for those masculine cards

The best thing about Stampin’ Up’s! DSP is that it perfectly coordinates with stamp sets, ink, paper, and more. There’s no guesswork when you start creating. I usually start with a piece of DSP and let it easily direct what colors I am going to use for a card. 

It got a little cold today here in Florida. 49 degrees with a high today of only 60. For us that’s cold.

Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Go Live Today + New Cling Stamps

Today, January 3rd is the go live day for the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Stampin’ Up! never disappoints with new products. While I have been able to pre-order I still have a very long shopping list of must haves. You can view the new catalogs by clicking on the images below or on the links on the right sidebar.

Exciting New Cling Stamps!

Have you ever had your stamp fall off the acrylic block? Well read on. You’ll love these new stamps.

Beginning with the 2019 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure, all new stamp sets will be available either in cling (for red rubber stamps) or photopolymer.

Due to the declining sales of wood mount stamps they will no longer be available beginning with these catalogs and the new 2019-2020 annual catalog with the exception of the large background stamps.

Labeling cling stamps is a slightly different process than you may be used to. It is important to follow the steps below to assemble cling stamps. Each cling stamp case will also include labeling instructions.

Note: Once you place the label on the stamp, it is adhered permanently.Attempting to remove or adjust the label will damage the stamp’s foam.
  • Remove the paper backing from the label.
  • Remove your selected stamp from the rubber sheet and remove the paper backing from the stamp.
  • Line up the foam side of the stamp with the image label, then press it evenly to adhere it to the label. Make sure it is correctly positioned before you adhere it to the stamp.
  • Remove the stamp and its newly-affixed image label from the label sheet.
  • Place the stamp on an acrylic block to begin stamping.

Best Practices

To remove the stamp from the block, grasp securely near the image label and remove slowly. (Cling stamps stick so well that if they are not carefully removed from the block, the foam can tear.) To clean the labels, simply rinse under running water. Avoid alcohol-based cleaners.

I have not used any of my pre-ordered stamp sets and have not yet attached the labels to the stamp. I have seen demonstrator comments regarding how well they stick. No more falling off the blocks. However they stick so well that you do need to be careful in getting them off the block. One demonstrator put a piece of washi tape over one corner of the stamp making it easier to lift the stamp from the block. See below.

Are you wondering where to find this adorable frog stamp? Isn’t he just the cutest thing! He’s one of the many FREE Sale-A-Bration choices with a $50 order.

Have a great day.

Our Family Christmas

We had a few problems getting to Christmas but once we did oh what fun! My son Jeff and his family live in Kentucky and were driving down Christmas day. Since it’s a long trip we planned our celebration for the day after Christmas. They expected to get here sometime around midnight but at 9:30 PM Jeff called saying they had car trouble. Broken down on the side of the road. After a call to AAA and a two hour wait they were towed to the nearest town where they got a hotel. Thankfully it was fixed early, not too serious, and they were back on the road. Here are some very candid photos of our Christmas.


Ugly sweaters were certainly big this year and we decided early to do sweaters or shirts. It didn’t take long for me to change from my sweater into a shirt. It wasn’t cold enough for sweaters!

Lynn Ann made her own shirt and it definitely was the best. There is a lot of background chatter going on here but I wanted to show how cute her shirt really was. She had a Christmas stocking with every family members name on top.

This was a Christmas filled with sock gifts. Everyone received several pairs including these hilarious socks.

I had seen a similar sign to this one months ago and thought it would be a fun game to do however there were no directions. It seemed simple enough so I told everyone to bring 2 wrapped $5 gifts.  Well, it was fun indeed. And something even the youngest could do.

Love these grandkids!

Jeff and his family went home yesterday and the house is once again pretty quiet. Love having everyone here and together but it’s always nice to get back to your normal routine. Not sure when I will put away the decorations and take the trees down. I’m still enjoying them.

Hugs and Blessings


Happy New Year! + January CD Calendar

I hope everyone had a happy New Year’s Eve. Mine was quiet and with a houseful of company it was nice to have that quiet time. Besides I’m not one to party and be on the road with the people who party too much.

New Year’s day was also quiet. It began with my daughter and I taking my grandkids out for breakfast. Then they left to go back to KY. So the afternoon was spent washing and remaking beds and cleaning up. It’s amazing how messy a house can get after a week of company. But so worth every bit of mess and clutter to have my whole family here for Christmas.

So on to a new year. Do you make resolutions? I don’t but I do have a few goals for this year. The biggest one is to simplify my life which will begin with getting rid of clothes I don’t wear and things I don’t use. (smile)

2019 CD Calendar – January

Wishing you all the very best in 2019!

Sale-A-Bration is Just Days Away

One of the best times of the Stampin’ Up! year is Sale-A-Bration because that means earning FREE product. It begins January 3rd and runs through March 31st. There are several ways to benefit from Sale-A-Bration.


  • For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Level 1 Sale-A-Bration product.
  • For every $100 you spend (before tax and shipping), you can either get two FREE Level 1 Sale-A-Bration products OR you can get a FREE Level 2 Sale-A-Bration product.

Here are some sneak peaks of some of the SAB products.


Host a qualifying party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards!


During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose EVEN MORE for free for your Starter Kit.

The Starter Kit is always an excellent value: $99 + tax for $125 worth of product. But during SAB, the kit is $99 + tax for $175 worth of product – $76 in free product ($50 more than usual)! You choose what you want to get in your kit AND you don’t pay shipping. You’ll also get free business supplies and a bonus Paper Pumpkin kit at no extra cost. You can even add in the beautiful new Craft-n-Carry Tote (a $50 value) for an additional $30!



I would love to have you join my Indian River Stampers team. There are business demonstrators who hold classes and there are others (hobby demonstators) who never want to do that and simply enjoy the special discounts and benefits for themselves. You are free to make your demonstratorship what you want it to be. And there are no penalties if you decide you don’t want to stay active.

These are just some of the benefits of joining in addition to the extra FREE product you get to select when you join include

  • Customize your starter kit with any products you choose.
  • 20% discount on products
  • Pre-ordering new products
  • Joining a demonstrator only Facebook group which is filled with cards and 3D samples, business tips, and more
  • Invitation to attend a monthly demonstrator meeting hosted by my upline, Catherine Harwood.
  • Stampin’ Up events available to demonstrators only.

Please contact me if you have any questions.






Tags, Bags, & Treats

Every year I have a class to make some Christmas tags, a few decorated gift bags and some treats. Here are just a few of the things we made this year.

I used some retired DSP for this tag background and then fussy cut the snowmen out of this years Santa’s Workshop paper  which was so popular it sold out quickly. I love fussy cutting so I cut out the snowmen for all of the stampers who came to the class. The snowflakes are cut from the Blizzard Thinlit Die which is 4″ x 5″ so you get a flurry of snowflakes all at once.

The idea for this tag came from Patty Bennett. I made a few changes to make my Santa down the chimney tag. The feet are punched from a retired heart punch, and the bag from the owl builder punch. The stamped tag is from the set Sincerely Santa.

Another set of tags using the Santa Workshop DSP.  Most of the images were die cut using Santa’s Signpost Framelits. There was a little more fussy cutting on some of the images that didn’t have a matching die.

This snowman treat holder is one of my favorites and is done using the envelope punch board and a few punches. He opens up to reveal a chocolate treat. Can you identify all of the punches that were used?

This again uses Santa’s Workshop DSP and 3 of the Tiny Treat Boxes put together with  glue dots.

The center box holds a tea light with one of the wreath embellishments on top.

Making Christmas Bright stamp set was used to make this gift bag which would easily hold a gift card along with a small treat. The string of lights was perfect for stamping on the gold striped bags and markers used to color the bulbs. 

There were a few more projects which I have not photographed yet.

I had a very quiet Christmas. My son and his family are coming from Kentucky. They left yesterday so we decided to have our Christmas today, the 26th. My youngest son was in Jacksonville and my daughter was at her dad’s house. The KY group should have gotten here around midnight but at 9:30 last night my son called and said the car broke down in Georgia. They had actually just witnessed a two car accident so although a breakdown is bad news it could have been worse. They called AAA for a tow and were checking into a hotel. I hope they will find someone early who can fix the car and that it’s not something serious.

Thanks for stopping by

Merry Christmas!

Some of my favorite childhood memories were of Christmas caroling with my family and friends. I grew up in Iowa so it was always very cold with lots of snow. Even though it was freezing I loved it.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas.


Signs of Santa

Only four may days until Christmas. I know Santa is busy getting all those presents ready for delivery.

When I first got the Holiday Catalog I wasn’t planning on getting the Signs of Santa stamp set. It’s cute but you know, can’t get everything! But after I started seeing projects using it I quickly changed my mind. And it became my favorite and most used set from the catalog.

This was one of the cards from my Christmas card class this year. He is just so stinkin’ cute. The embossing folder is Swirls & Curls. I used Stampin’ Blends for coloring Santa and the North Pole. On a sad note, I lost the smallest snowflake die after the first use. The hazards of stamping in a messy space.

This gift card holder was from my regular stamp classes.Again, Santa was colored using Stampin’ Blends. Notice the outline with the light Smoky Slate Blend. It really does add to the image giving it a look of some dimension.

When you open the card the inside piece pulls up the gift card.

While I don’t always do it I love have a coordinating envelope to go with a card. This is my favorite way to decorate the envelope and so easy. Just cut a piece of 6″ x 2-1/2″ piece of DSP and attach it to the back flap of the envelope. Then simply turn the flap over and trim to fit. One of my goals for next year is to have no naked envelopes!

Only a few more days to place an order this month. There are some great buys on the Clearance Rack and the Holiday Retiring List is out with some products on sale. You can order through my online store here and I will give you a coupon to use in January for 20% of the amount of your order before shipping and tax. That coupon will come in handy to reach the $50 amount needed for FREE Sale-a-bration product.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m off today to see the new Grinch movie.