Down on the Farm Birthday Card


A friend of mine had a birthday last week. She loves pigs so I knew I wanted to do a card with a pig on it for her. This is the result after several starts and start-overs. 

I used Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick stamp sets with the coordinating dies along with This Little Piggy stamp set. The only one currently available is Hey Birthday Chick.  Sadly, the other stamp sets have retired. Growing up in Iowa I especially love the corn stalks.

Hey Birthday Chick Stamp Set 154464  $21       Birthday Chick Dies # 158200 $27


Have a great week

Expressions in Ink

Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper just might be my all time favorite paper from Stampin’ Up. It is rich looking with gold running through it on one side. It’s so beautiful that it truly is the star of any card you make.

The colors in this DSP are Gold, Evening Evergreen, Just Jade Magenta Madness, Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, Polished Pink, Mint Macaron, and Shaded Spruce. For my card below I paired the DSP with Polished Pink however it coordinates well with Magenta Madness also.


I used an adhesive sheet with the gold foil paper to make cutting and adhering them to the card a lot easier. You simply attach the sticky adhesive sheet to the gold paper, run it through the Cut and Emboss Machine with the die and then peel off the backing of the adhesive sheet leaving the entire back side of the leaves covered with sticky adhesive. 

Have a Blessed Sunday

In Color Coordinating Color Combinations

When I am making a card and using one of Stampin’ Up’s beautiful Designer Series Papers on the card it’s so easy to pick out cardstock colors. You just read the back of the package to see the list of colors in the DSP and pick from that. But if I am not using DSP I sometimes struggle to pick out colors to use together. The following charts show colors that pair well together.


So many possibilities. What colors do you like to use together?

Mini Catalog Retiring List

2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog Giant Closeout!

If you love great deals, our Giant Year-End Closeout event is the perfect time to shop.
  • June 1, 2021–June 30, 2021
  • You’ll get deep discounts on some of your favorite products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog
  • Retiring items are available while supplies last. 
  • Shop early to avoid missing out!


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The items below are the discounted products only.

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This months Host Code is MPUHRGPT. Use only if your online order is less than $150. 


The Kits Collection

I’m excited to share with you a new line of creative products called the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Up! has taken the guess work out of creativity and done the hard parts, and you get to do the fun stuff: craft! Each kit is all-inclusive and includes the predesigned projects, preprinted pieces, and even the adhesives you need to complete the projects.

There’s a wide variety of kits for all different occasions, and new kits are being added regularly. You can shop the current selection at  But hurry! Kits are available only while supplies last! 

Pick the kit that’s right for you.



9 note cards and envelopes $19.00 


9 note cards and envelopes $19.00



8 note cards and envelopes $19.00


YOU ARE MY ANCHOR CARD KIT10 mini cards with envelopes; 2 each of 5 designs; 4 boxes. $19.00


FOR THE GUYS CARD KIT10 cards and envelopes  $19.00


LET'S PARTY TREAT PACKAGING KIT8 pillow boxes.  $19.00


9 cards and envelopes.  $12.00

9 cards and envelopes  $12.00

8 cards and envelopes. $12.00

8 cards and envelopes  $12.00

Pierced Blooms

Today’s card is from my “I can’t buy it all” class. It uses the set of dies, Pierced Blooms, I bought but opted not to buy the coordinating stamp set, In Bloom, because I have so many flower stamp sets. Honestly I may have never noticed just how wonderful these dies are by looking at them in the catalog. After I started seeing cards other people had made I realized every die has stitching. 

For the class I put out 20 of the dies and lots of bright colored cardstock and they had enough flowers to decorate the front and inside of the card. 


Have a Blessed day

Plentiful Plants

I love plants but I don’t have a green thumb by any means and when a plant died, usually from overwatering it, I would just go buy another one. To my surprise I have a few indoor plants that have survived a few years now. When I saw the Plentiful Plants stamp set in the new annual catalog I loved it and it was on my first order list.


A beautiful hand made card is the perfect way to say “thank you”.

One of the things I love about this bundle is the plant hangers. They remind me of macrame which was so popular in the 70’s. Everyone, including me, made their own macrame hangers. I believe it has regained popularity.


This was my first time using the Tasteful Textures embossing folder and I love the subtle texture it gives. 



Alex chose not to walk for graduation so no cap and gown photo of him.
Have a wonderful day

My Birthday Week

I just recently had a birthday and it seemed to go on and on with time spent with lots of family and friends.

I was treated to a pre-birthday lunch with my friend Catherine. We always have lots to catch up on and it was good to actually spend time with her.

The actual day of my birthday (Saturday) my daughter Lynn Ann and I went to the Brevard Zoo. A few years ago it was named one of the top 10 zoos in the country by USA Today. Most animals have lots of room to roam “free” and many of them are rescues.


If you look closely you can see a baby kangaroo in the mother’s pouch. The legs and an ear are sticking out.

I love the giraffes and it’s such fun to feed them. The zoo has 6 giraffes.

Then Sunday my friend Donna treated me to lunch after church with our friend Jan joining us.

MondayI finally got together with my best friend for a relaxing few hours sitting on the beach. We had not seen each other in 15 months. 

Tuesday another celebration with my daughter, grandson, and my son Jason and his family. We met at a restaurant which is sometimes easier as he lives about 40 miles south of me.

My grandson, Owen,  watching while I opened a few gifts from him.

Jason and Allison

Owen took this photo – not too bad for a 9 year old.

On to the next day, Wednesday, and Epcot with my friend Jim.

The week finished with a birthday celebration and cake with my Mahjong gals, Debi, Sandra, and Evelyn but I didn’t get any photos from that day. And then there was a visit with my friend Rosemary to the new Buc-ees up in Daytona by the Tanger Outlets. It’s an amazing gas station and store. Huge!!!

This was an incredible week. I am blessed with wonderful family and friends.

I’m Back!

I don’t know why I tend to go long stretches without posting but here I am again. The new annual catalog is live and I started doing some live workshops so actually have things to post. This card is using product from my favorite suite, Expressions in Ink, found in the new catalog on page 96. The suite is also what is featured on the front of the catalog.


The Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with one side of each sheet accented with gold. I chose the new In Color Polished Pink to pair with the DSP but Magenta Madness also goes with this piece. The gold leaves were cut from a piece of gold paper that had been attached to adhesive sheets and then die cut. Once cut you just simply pull off the paper backing from the adhesive sheet and the entire back of the die cut is sticky. No need to try to put tiny dots of glue on the back. An extra bonus is when you pull that paper off most of those cut out bits just pull right out of the leaves. No need to “poke” them out. 


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