Wednesday, August 16, 2017


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Halloween Card Part 2

Here is the other card that I did on Tuesday.  Its nice that the Halloween stamps and accessories really coordinate!  The cat punch will work on either the Spooky Cat stamp set or the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  The Black Rhinestone Jewels made a perfect collar.  

Supplies: Very Vanilla, Basic Black card stock; Basic Black Archival Stampin Ink; Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin Up; Detailed Gate Thinlits dies; Everyday Label Punch.




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Sympathy Card

I always struggle when I have to make sympathy cards. What to put on it...what to write on the inside.  Yes, it would be "easier" to go to the store and buy one.  But the point of a hand stamped card is to give a gift that shows how much you care. I will steal the phrase "when you care to send the very best", make a card.

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Supplies: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White card stock; Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green Classic Stampin Ink; Versamark ink pad; Gold Stampin Emboss Powder; Painted Harvest, and Better Together stamp set.

 Every time I opened a hand stamped card that was sent to me when my Dad died, I felt the prayers and friendship the messages conveyed.   




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Where has the Summer Gone?!?


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Where Has the Summer Gone?!?
My Illinois grandchildren start back to school next week already. That got me thinking about Summer ending and Fall starting.  And that got me thinking about crisp Fall days and Halloween. I broke out some of my new product from the Holiday catalog and created some Halloween cards  

Its a batch of happy Jack-O-Lanterns!  I'm much more into happy than spooky! I cut some of the pumpkins from the designer series paper and stamped some with the Patterned Pumpkins dies with matching Pick a Pumpkin stamp set.
Supplies: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Pumpkin Pie card stock; Basic Black Archival Stampin Ink; Spooky Night Designer Series Paper; Pick a Pumpkin stamp set; Patterned Pumpkins thinlits Dies; Vintage Crochet Trim; Black Rhinestone Jewels; 


Friday, August 11, 2017


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If you are not yet a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber and have been thinking you want to be now is a great time to sign up!  If you sign up August 11th through September 10th you will receive your first kit at 50% off!  

I love Paper Pumpkin!  They include easy and detailed instruction sheets.  Each kit is comes with all of the supplies you need to make the featured projects and still have a lot of leftovers to create even more!

To subscribe, log onto www.paperpumpkin.com and enter the promo code HALFOFF0917

Here are samples of the June and July Paper Pumpkins: 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017


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Break from Holiday Cards!

 I thought I would give you all a little more of a break from Christmas cards. It's going to be hard considering August 1st was the first day that Stampin' Up demonstrators can order from the Holiday Catalog.  I decided to post a very cheery card, with lots of blooming flowers!  2017 has seen a lot of moves in our family.  Our daughter Yvonne moved back to Ohio from New York, Our son Mark and his wife moved from Scranton, PA to Athens, Ohio.  Julie and Jim sold their home and bought another one in Champaign, IL and my mom moved in with us.  The At Home With You stamp set is perfect for not only creating cards for new homes but is versatile for year round occasions. 
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Supplies: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Card Stock; Black Archival Stampin Ink;Watercolor Pencils & Blender Pencils, At Home With You stamp set; At Home Framelits; Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder








Tuesday, August 8, 2017


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I have just wrapped up my August hostess Club! I always look forward to having all my stamping friends to my studio crafting and learning about new products and techniques. If this sounds fun there are still seats available for new members. We meet once a month at my studio where you will make three projects. The cost is a minimum $15 order, and you will also be put on the calendar to be hostess and earn all the great Stampin' Rewards for that month! Come and have some fun!

These are the 3 cards we did for this month Club!  I received this beautiful card as a swap from Thailand! Unfortunately the very creative designer put her name on a post it and it didn't make it through our long journey!

Supplies: Thick white Cardstock; Old Olive Card Stock; Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette,Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink; Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set; Layering Square Framelits; Bouquet Bunch Framelits; Pearl Basic Jewels; Linen Thread.

I think its so great when you have stamp sets that coordinate with dies!  You can make flowers look very dimensional and colorful with them. This card was cased from the annual catalog page 21.


Supplies: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White Card Stock; Gold Foil Sheets; Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Early Espresso,  Soft Sky, and Calypso Coral Classic Ink Pad; Climbing Orchid Stamp Set; Orchid Builder Framelits; Stamping Sponge.

One of the new 2017-2019 In Color is Lemon Lime Twist!  It is such a refreshing color, Stampin' Up could not of picked a better name for this color.  I encourage you to try it, not only does it go well with all the other In Colors, it also looks great with so many of the Core Colors!


Supplies: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Whisper Whit card stock;  Fresh Fig Classic Ink Pad; Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set; Balloon Bouquet Punch; and Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine.


Thursday, August 3, 2017


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Another sneak peek!

Now that I can share the Holiday Catalog I can also share the make and takes from my incentive trip to Thailand.  I always love going to Stampin Up events not only to see all the great new products, but to play with some of them.  It's hard not to get inspired.  Makes me want to come home and create!

These great tags are from the Merry Little Christmas Suite.  I will be using this suite in my September 27th Christmas Card Class.  For people that love to really decorate your Christmas gifts this is the suite for you.  It has such sweet little ornaments, ribbon, and evergreen sprigs.

I just adore the Painted Autumn Suite, which is actually the suite I will be using for my October 19th Sweet Suite Class.  They used the new Leaf Punch to punch out a vellum leaf which really just finished these cards!

I think my mom will call this last card a WOW card and I will have to agree with her!  They used the Year of Cheer Suite, which I will be using for my November 16th Sweet Suite Class.  I just love all the foil accents, its so easy to make this card a WOW card!!!

I hope you enjoyed them all!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017



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2016 - 2017 Retired product Sale
I have just scheduled my retired product basement sale for August 18th 1 pm to 4 pm and August 19th 10 am to 2 pm.  I will have all my retired items for sale, which include: stamp sets; ribbons; big shot dies; punches; card stock and designer paper; and embellishments.  Come on over and pick up a bargain or two!



Tuesday, August 1, 2017


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It's a great early release kind of day!!
Staring today you can order a great new bundle from the not yet released Holiday Catalog!  I know I will be using this stamp and dies for a lot of my cards this season.  It is such a versatile bundle the possibilities are endless!
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Monday, July 31, 2017


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Happy Birthday Aimee!
Today is our youngest daughter Aimee's birthday! I designed her card using the Text ya Later stamp set. This stamp set has so many different little text phrases, making it so easy and fun to make text like conversations!

Supplies: Cake Crumb, Whisper White Card Stock; Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series; Peekaboo Peach Classic ink pad; Basic Black Archival ink pad; Text Ya Later stamp set.

Friday, July 28, 2017


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I can't believe I have been home for about 10 days and I'm still trying to get over my jet lag! I guess it should be expected since traveling half way around the world, and a 11 hour time difference.  We had such a beautiful time!  One of the highlights was my visit to the elephant sanctuary.  It was such a wonderful place, I was so thankful that I was able to experience it!  Also Love spending time with my

Stampin' Up family!

I designed this card for the swap I participated in while in Thailand.  The images are from the Grown with Love stamp, it has very nice large cheerful images and coordinating dies.  

Supplies: Whisper White Heavy Weight, Always Artichoke card stock; Berry Burst, Always Artichoke markers; VersaMark; Silver Emboss Powder; 1/8 Whisper White Sheer Ribbon; Grown With Love stamp set; Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Garden Grown Framelits; Wink of Stella Glitter Brush