Retirement List Coming Wednesday

The annual catalog retirement list will be out Wednesday after 3 PM. Some things will be discounted and many things will sell out quickly, especially anything from the In Color family that will be retiring. If you have those color ink pads you may want to order additional re-inker and cardstock. The retireing colors are:

I always look forward to seeing what is going to retire and always have a few favorites that I hate to see retire. But if we didn’t have things retire there wouldn’t be room for new and that is even more exciting. 

I will share the retiring list as soon as I can on Wednesday. 


So last week I flew to Kentucky to see my son and his family. It had been 14 months since I had seen him and my granddaughter when they came to Orlando for a dance competition. It had been almost 2 years since I had seen my grandson and my daughter-in-law. Those first hugs were the best and I didn’t want to let go. It was way too cold for this Florida gal and rained a lot but so worth the trip. 

Sofia is a senior and trying to decide on which college she will go to next year. She has applied and been accepted to so many it’s not going to be an easy decision. 

Anderson (green shoes) is 14 and I was lucky enough to be there for a soccer game. It was so cold we watched from the car. 

Because of my trip and being on two plane rides I am following CDC guidelines for air travel. Even with being vaccinated the recommendation is to  have a rapid test 3-5 days after travel and self quarantine for a week. So I will be at home this week. 


CD Calendar – February & March

I missed posting February so I will post it along with March.

My youngest son had a birthday a few weeks ago. He loves donuts, in fact he had a donut cake a couple of years ago. So when I saw this card made by Connie Tumm I knew I had to make it for him. You can see her card here along with the list of punches used to create the donuts. I used a combination of punches and dies to make mine.  

A friend posted a link on Facebook to Food & Wine with a list of the best donuts in every state. The best in FL is the Salty Donut in Miami.  When I realized there was another location in Orlando (40 min. from home) I knew I had to get him donuts for his birthday. 

The donuts truly are amazingly delish!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

Sweet Ice Cream

This was my first card made with products from the new Spring mini catalog. I signed up for a demonstrator swap and made 9 of these. I have to say that all of the cards I received from the swap were awesome and no two were done using the same stamp set so I have some great samples.

The measurements for this card are:

  • Blackberry Bliss – 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ 
  • Blackberry Bliss – 3-1/2 x 4-1/4″
  • Petal Pink – 4″ x 5-1/2″
  • DSP – 3″ x 4″ cut into 1″ strips

I did emboss the Petal Pink cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder. When I stamped the ice cream and the cone I inked the stamp and then stamped off on scrap paper first to create a lighter color. The sprinkles are stamped full strength.


For the inside of the card I stamped Happy Birthday and a few sprinkles and added an ice cream cone cut out of the DSP.


Now is a great time to order because of Sale-a-Bration. With each $50 or more in product before shipping and tax you can select a free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. And if you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can prepay for 3,6, or 12 months and get free products.  Your automatic payment will be deferred until the prepaid order has run out.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber this is the perfect time to try it with a subscription which will qualify you to also receive free Sale-a-Bration product. Each month a fully designed project kit will arrive with stamps, paper, ink and everything else you will need to complete several projects. Once you order you will receive a code via email to redeem your subscription.

  • 3 month subscription: #137859 $63    Earns 1 free Sale-a-Bration (SAB) product
  • 6 month subscription: #137860  $114  Earns 2 free $50 SAB or 1 free $100 SAB product
  • 12 month subscription: #137861. $221. Earns 4 free $50 SAB or 2 $100 SAB or 2 $50 and 1 $100 SAB product

CD Calendar – January 2021

Wow, how time really does fly. January is almost halfway through and this is my first post of the new year. What better way to begin the year with the CD calendar page for January. I knew I wanted to do snowflakes and use the beautiful balmy blue glimmer paper. 

This was the only class I had since the pandemic began. So may of my customers wanted to make them so I scheduled numerous classes over several days and only allowed 3 people at a time in each slot. Masks were required and because of the small class size I was able to social distance them. It turned out a success and everyone was happy. I made 20 calendars this year for family and a few special friends. One of mine was suppose to go to a little town outside Cincinnati and when I checked the tracking information I realized it was being sent to Montana. I distinctly remember addressing the package with their name and address but what I accidentally did was put a different zip code on it. Thankfully when it arrived in Montana someone at the post office corrected the zip code and it arrived safely and a bit late.

Sale-a-Bration has started with free product with qualifying orders. If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like catalogs let me know.



Thanks for stopping by


Year End Closeouts

If you love great deals, our Giant Year-End Closeout event is the perfect time to shop. Some items are discounted up to 50% off.
  • December 8, 2020–January 4, 2021
  • You’ll get deep discounts on some of your favorite products from the August–December 2020 Mini Catalog
  • And you’ll get a peek at the list of items carrying over to the new annual catalog.
  • Retiring items are available while supplies lastShop early to avoid missing out!


Year-End-Carryover PDF

You can shop in my online store here. If your order is less than $150 before shipping and tax use the host code JXQMVCAB

I do appreciate my customers and your continued support of my business. And remember I do gift certificates. 



A Little This & That

During the recent virtual On Stage Stampin’ Up event Sara Douglas, CEO, shared some fun facts with us in the form of questions and answers so I thought I would share it with you. You’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the post to see the correct answers.

#1.  Which of the following stamp sets do you think was most popular last year?

Happy Birthday to You

Dressed to Impress

Thoughtful Blooms

#2. How many packs of cardstock were sold last year?

  • 1.6 Million
  • 1.8 Million
  • 2.0 Million

#3. What was the top color sold?

(answers will be at the end of the post)

Here’s a fun Christmas gem I found on the internet:

T’was a Month Before Christmas 2020

T’was a month before Christmas and all through the town,

People wore masks that covered their frown.

The frown had begun way back in the Spring, When a global pandemic changed everything.

They called it corona but unlike the beer, It didn’t bring good times it didn’t bring cheer.

Contagious and deadly this virus spread fast, like a wildfire that starts when fueled by gas.

Airplanes were grounded travel was banned,

borders were closed across air sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown to flatten the curve, the economy halted and folks lost their verve.

From March to July we rode the first wave, people stayed home they tried to behave.

When summer emerged the lockdown was lifted But away from caution many folks drifted.

Now it’s November and cases are spiking, Wave two has arrived much to our disliking

Frontline workers, doctors and nurses,

Try to save people, from riding in hearses.

This virus is awful, this COVID-19,

There isn’t a cure, let’s hope for vaccine.

It’s true that this year has had sadness a plenty, But we’ll never forget the year 2020.

And just ‘round the corner, the holiday season, But why be merry? Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house and put up the tree, when no one will see it, no-one but me.

But outside my window the snow gently falls, and I think to myself, let’s deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon, the garland and bows, As I play those old carols, my happiness grows.

Christmas ain’t cancelled, and neither is hope.

If we lean on each other, I know we can cope.

Now for those answers:

#1   Thoughtful Blooms

#2   1.8 Million

#3.   Misty Moonlight

Did you guess them correctly? I didn’t.  I missed the top cardstock color.

Have a great week.



December 2020 CD Calendar

Well here we are – it’s the last month of 2020. It has certainly been a different year and many will be glad to see it gone. This calendar page was an easy one because it has a punch to go with the stamp set, Perfectly Plaid. And it is still available (and the push too) in the annual catalog. 

Our weather took a giant turn and we woke up to 40 something this morning. I’m not exactly sure how low it got but it’s currently 48 degrees at 10:30 am. For us in FL that is cold. So what do you do when it’s that cold …. 


I do love a nice, cozy fire and it looks so much better since I painted the bricks white. 

I started decorating and managed to get two trees up with lights a few days ago but no ornaments yet. The tree in my living room is probably about 25 years old and no matter what I do I can’t get it straight and I can’t find one I like to replace it so I just think of it as a Charlie Brown tree leaning a bit. It’s so tall it’s a two ladder job to get it decorated.

Enjoy this nice weather and come back soon.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and precious memories. 

My daughter and son and their families will be here later to share what has become a favorite Thanksgiving meal of soup and a salad bar. We each make a different soup (I made two) and put out anything you could imagine for salad and we each make our own. The table is set and I just need to make two desserts.

This is also a day for remembering my brother who was born November 26th and it happened to be Thanksgiving day too. He left us way too soon. It’s been 28 years. He was 5 years older than me and a wonderful big brother. I can still hear his laughter. It was the best.

I am feeling grateful and blessed today. I hope you are too.


Beautiful Autumn Thanksgiving Card

Today’s card is my version of the scrappy strip technique . It is a fun way to use up bits and pieces of paper.  I love this Beautiful Autumn bundle because it includes the 3 little punches (see below).

I embossed the Mint Macaron cardstock before cutting it into strips. Then you just cut angled strips of that and the DSP and alternate it with the 1/4″ strips of copper foil. I used a mat of Mint Macaron cardstock and put down 4 rows of adhesive and then attached the strips to that. Cut your strips a little longer than you need and when finished just trim the excess away. I attached this completed piece to a mat of copper foil. Punch out some leaves from the foil before attaching it since it will be covered. The sentiment is embossed with copper embossing powder (sadly, it has retired). The leaves are Mango Melody cardstock stamped with Cajun Craze ink and Merry Merlot cardstock stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink. The acorn is Crumb Cake stamped with Soft Suede ink. There is also a leaf punched out with copper foil paper. 


What are your plans for Thanksgiving? My family and I are doing a very non-traditional meal. We are having soup and salad bar. We have done this several times in the past, sometimes for Thanksgiving and sometimes for Christmas. When I asked if they wanted turkey and all the trimmings or soup and salad they all chose soup and salad. My daughter and son and I all make different soups so there’s lots to try and leftovers to take home. For the salad, we put out a “fix your own salad” table with everything you could imagine putting in a salad. Add some rolls and desserts and it’s a yummy meal. And so easy.
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24 hour Sale Tuesday, November 24th

Tuesday, November 24th, Stampin’ Up is having a 24 hour sale on just about everything from the annual catalog. Most items will be discounted 10% with the exception of a few exclusions. Click on that list below. You can order in my online store here or send me your list on Monday as I will be putting in an order Tuesday morning. If you order online use the host code DU3SYHVG.

My November special is:

Purchase the Beautiful World Bundle (p. 24) and receive the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder FREE (p. 185)

Due to the continuing Covid pandemic I will not be having a November class. For those who put in an order this week I will give you a card kit to put together at home.

Exclusions list

Thankful for friends and customers like you