Bee Bingo

Last week before all of the limitations were put into place about groups of people I held my second bingo event. As it turned out it became my last stamping get-together for awhile as I am sheltering in place along with so many others. I had 12 people come and my overall theme was bees because I LOVE the new Honey Bee stamp set.

Each bag had a set of the Stampin’ Up note cards and envelopes, supplies for the make & takes, a Honey Stinger Waffle (Amazon), a little honeycomb jar filled with honey hard candy, and a Burt’s Bees chap stick.


Any order received that day got $5 off . And they all got to keep the RSVP pens which had pieces of the coordinating DSP inserted in the barrel.


There were plenty of prizes including stamp sets, dies, DSP, embellishments and more. There were also plenty of raffle prizes.


Since toilet paper is in such short supply right now I thought this bee looked cute perched on top of a roll and who knows, that roll just may come in handy for the person who won it.  Speaking of toilet paper, one of the guests, Kym,  brought me the cutest gift. She machine embroidered right on a roll.


Guests received extra raffle tickets if they brought a snack to share so we had plenty of goodies to eat. These cookies were made by my friend Debi and I. We have both taken two classes in cookie decorating and we have lots to still learn and much more practice before they look like we want them to look but for our 3rd try we were happy with these.


We had fun doing it but as you can see it can be messy. I don’t know if I will ever use black icing again!


My friend, Donna, came well prepared to hand sanitize. She put it in one of Stampin’ Up’s spritzers. Clever idea Donna!


Terri, Debi, Evelyn and Connie

I’m not sure what Evelyn is pointing to but she is one of my mahjong buddies and we play often. When she had a bingo on her card she yelled out “mahjong”.


Donna, Kym, Barbara, and Jan


Terry, Dee, Kathy and Diane


Terri won a stamp set, pearls, and ribbon.


Debi won a stamp set and coordinating punch


Connie selected a Paper Pumpkin kit as her winning prize


Diane won the Honey Bee Designer Series Paper, a package of card stock and a roll of ribbon. She also was the lucky winner of the last “cover all” bingo game and won the $50 shopping spree. While guests could only win one of the bingo prizes they all were eligible to win the shopping spree and some of the raffle prizes.

Jan won a stamp set and embossing folder


Barbara won the roll of toilet paper with the bee perched on top.  With the shelves in the store empty this just may have been the best prize of all!


Dee won this cute soap which was one of the raffle prizes.


Another raffle prize won by Evelyn


Kathy won this raffle prize. A little pillow that says “It’s good to be queen”

It was a fun day and I’ll plan another bingo in the future for sure.

I hope everyone is keeping their distance from others, washing hands, sanitizing and being smart.  That’s what it is going to take to get through this pandemic. Remember you’re not only protecting yourself but other people as well. My daughter is a nurse and I worry about her and everyone else who is required to work.

Have a great day

My Wonderful Family – April Paper Pumpkin

For April, Stampin’ Up! created a fun, family appreciation themed card kit that would make it easy for customers to share their hearts with those they love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving your customers the perfect way to show their appreciation for beloved parents on their special days with a beautiful, handmade card.

One more thing about this “fam-tastic” kit: The Paper Pumpkin team knows that everyone’s clan is unique. With that in mind, they provided sentiments that would include anyone in your life who feels like family; for instance, “brothers” and “sisters” who have helped you along the journey of life.



If you have been thinking about Paper Pumpkin, now is the perfect time to give it a try! 

WHY? From now through March 31, you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration item(s) when you purchase a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription.  


Be sure to order and activate your subscription by April 10, to receive this kit. You can subscribe by going to

Thanks for stopping by and


Global Design Project Winner!

I was super excited to learn that my entry in last weeks challenge was selected as one of three winners. That project is my previous post which you can see here.  There is a new challenge every Monday and I have followed them for quite some time but have never entered before. Since I had this project ready for my bingo event and it fit the theme of the week I decided to enter. You don’t actually win a prize or money or anything other than bragging rights so I’m taking that and bragging a little bit. Or a lot.

You can follow Global Design Project and the team here. Anyone can enter the challenges. And it’s not restricted to Stampin’ Up or demonstrators so make a card and give them a try. Who knows, maybe you’ll be a winner too.



Honey Bee 3″x3″ Cards

One of my favorite sets in the mini catalog is Honey Bee. I was thrilled when one of the SAB free items was the Golden Honey designer series paper (it was so popular it has already sold out). Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to create cards with their coordinating products.

I have a bingo event next week with a bee theme so look for another post later with more photos of the all that fun. This is a sneak peek at one of the make and takes. I decided to play along this week with Global Design Project’s theme of flutter and fly.  #GDP231

I love little 3″ x 3″ cards. A set makes a great gift and you can still mail one if you put it in a regular envelope. A quick and easy way to say “I’m thinking about you”.



Thanks for stopping by and keep those hands washed. (smile)
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March CD Calendar & Bingo Event

March is always one of the most difficult months to do for the annual CD Calendar. I usually just try to go with something green. I used one of the Tasteful Backgrounds dies for this month and created a little shamrock at the bottom with a small heart punch.


My last bingo event was such fun I am having another one! I am joining stamping and bingo for double the fun. Included there will be:

6 games of Bingo
3 make & takes
5 prizes of Stampin’ Up products including stamp sets, framelits, & more
Grand Prize for the last game is a $50 shopping spree! Extra bingo cards for the last game may be purchased for $5 each
$5 coupon good towards orders placed at event
Snacks of course
Goodie Bag valued at $15
Table gifts
Raffle tickets for more prizes (see below for ways to get more tickets)

Monday, March 16th at 1:00 at my house
$25 – Prepayment required to reserve your spot. Only 12 spaces available. RSVP now

Earn raffle tickets:
Register – 1 ticket
Prepayment – 1 ticket
Bring a friend new to stamping – 3 tickets
Bring a snack to share – 3 tickets
Place order at event (the earlier the better to get your tickets) – 5 tickets



New Coordination Product Available Feb. 4th

It’s called Coordination Products, as they coordinate with products either in the Spring 2020 Stampin’ Up Catalog or the 2020 Stampin’ Up Sale-a-Bration Brochure.

  • There are 5 die collections and one fabulous Designer Series Paper (Pleased as Punch).
  • Each new Die product coordinates with a stamp set
  • The Designer Series Paper coordinates with FOUR punches !

Click here to view the Coordination Products.

  • February 4–March 31, 2020 – while supplies last
  • They are NOT free Sale A Bration items.  BUT…when you purchase them, they can go towards earning FREE Sale-a-Bration items!

Contact me with questions or for more information.


February CD Calendar

February is the month of love and romance and flowers and candy. On occasion I have received flowers on Valentine’s day and there was one special year I remember well. I was working at the hospital and was walking the hall on the 2nd floor overlooking the atrium and noticed several flower arrangements at the front desk waiting to be delivered. There was a sea of red flowers and in the middle of all that red was a big bouquet of yellow roses. They really stood out and were quite beautiful. A short time later they were delivered to me.  I never much cared for red roses and have always thought yellow much prettier. I can still picture that vase of yellow flowers surrounded by all the red flowers.

Happy February to you. Hugs

Happy New Year!

Somehow last year just flew by and here we are in 2020. Seems like only a short time ago we were ushering in the year 2000. Do you remember all of the concerns regarding things crashing back then? I was still working in the hospital laboratory and it was crazy all of the documentation we had to go through to make sure our instruments would still be working. We even purchased headlamps in case electricity went out. Yep, crazy.

I have been making CD calendars for years and this is my page for January. I don’t generally make resolutions but I am going to try to remember to post the calendar pages at the beginning of each month this year.

Someone asked me yesterday if I missed snow and the answer is YES! Growing up in Iowa, winter was definitely a wonderland. So even though I’ve lived in Florida over 50 years I have never adjusted to not having snow at least for Christmas.

There are just a few days left to order from the Holiday Mini catalog. January 3rd begins the new and exciting mini catalog along with Sale-a-bration. What’s better than free stamps and product? With each $50 in orders you earn free goodies. If you would like to come stamp with us let me know. I have a group that meets once a month at my house and we rotate hostesses who can earn free product based on the orders that month.

Thanks for stopping by and Blessings in 2020

A Wonderful Christmas

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas with family and friends. I hadn’t posted much lately as I caught the bug that seems to be going around and spent a couple of weeks sick with zero energy. That put my Christmas shopping and decorating and stamping at a standstill. Thankfully I recovered last week and managed to get everything done and we had a wonderful time.

I put up two trees, one with the tiny white lights and a smaller one with the old fashioned colored bulbs and bubble lights. They are in two different rooms but I can see both of them from where I usually sit.

I love everything about Christmas, the traditions and the memories that come to mind as I decorate. I have many, many old ornaments on my tree. Some belonged to my parents and some to my grandparents. And I have some antique toys that I put under the tree. These two dolls belonged to my grandmother when she was a little girl. They are about 110 years old.

And this doll was mine when I was a little girl so it is about 65 years old. My mother made the clothes she is wearing.

We had our family Christmas yesterday afternoon with a big dinner, some games, and of course presents although we don’t do as much as we’ve done in years past. But we always manage to have a great time together.  Christmas is always fun when there are little ones and our Owen is 8 this year. When I asked him last month what he wanted for Christmas he said a telescope, a green telescope. Amazon never fails. I actually found a green one there. And he loved it.

One favorite tradition and memory of Christmas is my dad singing in church. For as long as I can remember he sang Night of Nights in church at Christmas. Growing up it was just tradition. When I became older and moved away I often returned “home” and so was able to hear him sing what had become my favorite Christmas song. But I wasn’t always able to be there so one year for my birthday he made a tape singing this song and every year I play it. He passed away 9 years ago and when I was listening to it Christmas Eve it was almost like having him back. What a very special gift he gave me.