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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams Stampin' Up! Emboss Resist

WOW another post - Yep I have been stamping almost everyday.   How about you?   It is a fun pastime and very relaxing.

Today I did FaceTime with a longtime friend (52 years!) stamper and customer.   We now live 1000 miles apart and since it is winter....I am staying put in Sunny/Warm Florida.  I miss stamping with my friends, and of course I miss my daughters and grandchildren....  Getting ready for a visit from one daughter and two grandchildren!   but today, I got some stamping done.

Emboss Resist is my Favorite technique of all time!   What is your favorite technique?

Today, my friend Joyce and I did FaceTime and we each made a Sketch Challenge card.   We used Paper and Ink Challenges #11.

I used Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, Oh So Succulent stamp, and Heartfelt Sympathy stamp sets.  I also used Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Dimensionals, Stitched Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits.   The colors used are the ones in the Designer Series Paper -- Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to pick colors to go with one another.   The colors are Blushing Bride Cardstock and ink, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand inks.  AND of course a sponge wedge for each color ink  that I used.

Share - what is your favorite technique?  

Leave a comment with your favorite technique for a free Stampin' Gift from me.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stampin' with Stampin' Up! Stamps and past class card kits

A fun day of Stampin' with Mom and Adela.   I had many card kits leftover from classes, so we CASEd them using some of the same stamps, others using different stamps.

What a fun and productive day

When you are trying to figure out what kind of card to make...sometimes the best way is to take some card parts you have from another creating and pick a stamp and start stamping....

Give it a try!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sealed with Love by Stampin' Up!

This month my stamp set of the month was Sealed with Love, those that purchased this set received the 3 cards, if they purchased the bundle, they received the candy Valentine holder too (fun size M&Ms).     Next month stamp set of the month and/or bundle is the Dragonfly Dreams set.  You must order it thru my website using the Hostess Code RD2UZURG.   You can order anytime from now thru February 15th.   You will get 3 completed cards, order the bundle and receive a 3D project too.   Have this stamp set already??? Need more information ??? Contact me via email,, leave a comment here or go to my website and order

Today I am working on a birthday card for my son in law and I want to get it in the mail today!

I looked through my box of card kits, these are kits left over from my clubs or classes, and I found one to make.

Do you have any card kits sitting around in a box at home?   Take them out and see what you can make.   Here is the original card on the left....on the right is the card I made today...  It uses the Traveler Stamp set - a great set for masculine, teen cards.  I also used an old stamp set, World Map.   

Tomorrow I plan on taking some other card kits and creating different cards with them.   Give it a try!

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Computer, New Post, New Year, New Catalogs, New Challenges, New Fun

Greetings from Sunny and Cool Florida....Today is cool, but not as cold as it is where most of my family and friends are in Maryland.    I hope you all had good holiday celebrations, I sure did.

Here are photos  of my grandkids, some taken before, during and after our Christmas Celebration.  Christine's two children, Rachel

and Ryan, wanting to open those presents, no matter who they were for!

Aimee's two boys, Jacob
and Colin
and Robyn's daughter, Emma, with me..
I have some great photos of the day, but they are on my camera, I have to put them on my computer, later.

SO much happening, Christmas came so fast and I wasn't at all prepared!!!   I even sent out a few of my Christmas cards after returning to Florida Tuesday!    It was a lot of fun, spending it with my family, my girls, grandchildren and friends.   I am planning on being better prepared next year.  HA, we' will see how that goes!

The Holiday Catalog is about to end on Jan 3rd, so if there are things you would still like to get from the Holiday catalog, you need to get them by then.   Here is the list of the Retiring Items....The bundles will no longer be available, but the stamp sets and framelits still may be available to purchase, you just won't be able to get the 10% discount.

The Occasions catalog will start on Jan 4th and there are SO many fun stamp sets, coordinating framelits and more...If you didn't receive a catalog, just contact me and I will get one to you.

Here is a card I made using one of the new sets, Yummy in my Tummy.   I used retired Designer Series Paper, stamped him using Black Archival Ink and colored his horns, teeth and paws using Island Indigo Marker.

New Challenges....A lot of new ones for me.   A new computer, planning ahead! and planning something for my Maryland stampers since I will not be coming up until Spring.  Learning how to do videos and post them.

New Fun - Lots and Lots of new fun....Stamps, Watercolor pencils that are Stampin' Up! colors, coordinating framelits to go with those stamp sets, new tools, and of course Sale a bration (SAB) with Freebies to earn with purchases.

I hope you get a chance to Stamp today!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Paisleys and Posies Birthday Card, Day 3

Can you believe it???? Posting 3 days in a row!

 I will be getting my new computer today.....SO sending emails, blog posts and Facebook posts should get easier.   I hope to conquer video taking too....I know I have a lot I would love to share.

Today's card uses my favorite technique, Emboss Resist.   I used Paisleys and Posies stamp set and stamped with versamark on vanilla card stock and used white embossing powder.   After I embossed the images with the embossing tool, I let it cool for a minute and then sponged with Wisteria Wonder ink....I kept sponging for a bit because the ink color is darker  than the card stock and didn't look good until I had sponged several coats.   

I layered this panel onto a very vanilla that was 1/4" wider.   I used dimensionals to put this onto the Wisteria Wonder card and stamped Happy Birthday from Guy Greetings using black ink.  

A great find for me today on a facebook sale group and only $20, has 4 sides and swivels all around...and the best thing, holds about 200 DVD cases, THAT'S A LOT OF STAMP SETS!

So what do you think?   I can find a stamp set so quick now!

Let me know what you store you stamp sets in?   Maybe some of your other stamping supplies?  I am looking for ideas for this room.   Leave a comment with your organizational tip/storage item and I'll pick a winner for some freebies.  You have until Wednesday, the 16th.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stampin' Up! Paisleys and Posies - 3x3 Thank Yous

This stamp set  is on page 47 of the Holiday Catalog and has coordinating framelits.   The stamp set consists of 18  Photopolymer stamps for $21 and the framelits have 19 dies for $29.  The bundle for both is $45 which saves you 10%.  

I have a confession to make.......When I saw this stamp set, I thought....not my style and moved on looking thru the catalog.  When the catalog went live back in September, I started seeing samples and to tell the truth, I didn't really like any I saw.  Then about a week ago, I spotted a card on a blog and I had to get this set....I wanted to recreate the card I saw.   I called my friend and one of my downline Phyllis and asked if I could borrow hers for my upcoming class, and could she send it to me right away!!!!   Of course she says....THANK YOU PHYLLIS.   I recreated the card for my classes this month, I'll share later in the month.  

I wanted to make some other cards using this set, so this is what I came up with.... My own creation (doesn't happen often).   I had been cutting some leaves using the leaf framelits for my Mom using Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry and I just love the color Cajun Craze.....So I made these and used the Cajun Craze and Soft Suede ink and Copper wire.  

These cards are fun to make (and give to others)....It uses the basics....Stamping, no Big shot, just lots of stamps and ink and card stock.... and a punch to make the flag tails on the Blessed greeting.  I made the cards assembly line style.  First I cut the cajun craze card stock 6 x 3 and scored in half.   Next, I cut insides using Very Vanilla card stock at 2 3/4" square.  Then I went thru my scraps of Very Vanilla card stock and pulled out a bunch of scraps, I stamped the greeting in Soft Suede ink and cut the tails using the Triple Banner Punch.  I stamped the front of the card with Cajun Craze ink, stamping each image on all the cards before stamping the next image...I think I used 6 different stamps in that set!   To adhere the copper wire, I put snail on the back of the greeting tag and wrapped wire in a figure 8 pattern pressing into the snail as I made 2 figure 8s.  I put dimensionals on back of the greeting tag and put onto the card.  I stamped "I thank you for your part in my journey" which is one of the stamps in the set, on each inside 2 3/4" square, because I really am blessed and grateful to these people that I give these cards to.

These small sized cards are great to give out all the time for a variety of reasons.   I give my server's tip in these cards at restaurants, to the conscientious person in Panera's who is clearing tables when they see me or those I am with struggling with trays of dishes and grandchildren!  The person in any store who is helpful in my search for a specific item or they go out of their way to help in a variety of ways, Hairdressers, bank tellers, and just about anyone.  They are easy to make and Make a Difference in someone's life.

WOW, it is 3 hrs earlier tonight writing this post than it was last night!   I might even get to stamp a little tonight.   I'll use this stamp set too and post again tomorrow!   Three days in a row?  I don't know if you all can take it.

I challenge you to make someone's day.   Grab some card stock and make a few 3x3 cards or even smaller. If you have some scrap card stock that you need to use up, fold it in half and challenge yourself to stamp on it to give away - someone might need a pick me up and you could be that person.

ENJOY and be kind to one another!



3rd time is a charm! Stampin' UP! Specials and Life stories

I have started drafting this post 2 times before this try.....this last time I have spent an hr on the post, only to delete it by mistake when trying to add this photo.....So you're getting the photo first and then the post with the story.....

These card were made using the Star of Light stamp set from the Holiday catalog.   All done in Night of Navy and white.   This stamp set has 21 stamps and a coordinating framelit set.   If you purchase the bundle, the stamp set and framelits, you save 10%!    I used at least 7 stamps from this set.  I didn't use the framelits on these cards, however on a card from last month's stamp class, I did use 2 of the framelits.   This set is so beautiful and versatile too...The stars you can use on a Congratulations or Birthday cards.....  I will share the card from class on my next post.

Now for the story and Stampin' Up! Specials

My last post was in September and on September 30th, a palm tree next to our house was struck by lightning, but we didn't know it at the time.   My daughter and family were visiting and we had gone shopping, my hubby stayed home.  There was one terrific storm and we had to wait over 30 minutes in the car until we could get out of the car to go into the store...

When we arrived home, there was no power, it was hot and humid here in Florida and my husband was sitting in his car in the driveway with the AC running.   I went into the house and started walked from one end of the house to the other (in the dark) and suddenly felt water rushing over my feet.  My husband was able to turn the water off and we stayed at my brother's house nearby for the night.

Upon returning to the house, we observed that the tree was struck by lightning and power had been restored, but garage door opener would not work!  Clue #1.   There was no longer water flowing in my house, all the floors in the house, wood laminate, had sucked up all the water....but this was just the beginning.

Fast Forward 6 weeks.   Hurricane Matthew blew thru here and knocked over a very large ugly cactus.   That's it!  Very Thankful.   However, that storm was another story.....We have replaced all the floors in the house, while staying in the house, moving all our belongings that weren't ruined into the garage and out on the screen porch.  We have had the plumbing and lots of electrical damage repaired.  A couple tvs, cable, garage door opening system, all replaced or repaired.  

God was surely watching over us that night.....Everything we lost was just stuff!  replaceable stuff!

I have finally started creating again and the cards in the beginning of this post are some I made today using a sketch challenge.

My computer is 8 years old and doesn't function as well as it once did, but I have just ordered a new one and it should be here soon!!!!!!  In the meantime, any publication flyers Stampin' Up! puts out, I cannot download.   Any photos (like the one above) I must use my iPad to put the photo on the post, then come to this computer and resize the photo and either finish my post or save it.   When I was adding the photo about an hr ago, midnight my time, I accidentally erased the long post I had drafted!!!!!  And I had started a post the other day too....So this is the 3rd time. and I am staying up until I finish and I publish it!  There is probably an easier way to upload a photo on my iPad and resize it then....but I haven't figured it out.  I want to do some videos too, but need some assistance in pulling that off, maybe with a new computer, it will be easier!!!

Here are some specials going on thru Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! has come out with some Stitched Framelits, they are in circles, squares and ovals!  Mine are on their way here and they are available for anyone to purchase.   They will be in the new Annual Catalog in June, but you can order yours today.   You can order right on my website -- When you go to my website, there you check check out the details of the Stitched Framelits.   There are samples and I believe a video...GO check it out.

They also have selected a few stamp sets from the Annual and Holiday catalogs for purchase at 25% off the cost.....check out my website for those too.

When you order, please use the Hostess Code 3J34YMQA  - I enter everyone who places an order with me, whether in person, at a class or thru the website for some FREE current merchandise goodies.

Today, November 10th is the last day to sign up for this month's Paper Pumpkin.   This is a great kit in the mail.....Want to learn more, check it out on my website or contact me to learn more.   A great value for $20.  A great gift idea too.
I hope to post again tomorrow, actually later today since it is almost 130am!!!! and I can barely see the print on the screen....

Take Care, Love one another... We sure need more Love in this world!


Monday, September 19, 2016

My Stampin' News and Travels

    My Paper Pumpkin People....... The Paper Pumpkin kits are in the mail and on their way.   Can't wait to get mine, but I haven't had time to do last month's !!!!  Yikes I better get started....Maybe this afternoon.   Don't know what Paper Pumpkin is all about?   Go to and check it out!   It's a craft kit that comes in the mail every month that comes with a stamp set, small ink spot, and all the items you need to complete the projects - you just need a clear block and adhesive....$19.95 + tax, shipping is already included in that price!   AND from now til Oct 10th, if you have never tried Paper Pumpkin before, it's BOGOF    You buy one month, get your 2nd FREE.   After your first 2 months, you can skip a month, or cancel at any time.    Want to know more, Have questions??? Just give me a call, we can meet up and I can show you in person what the kits look like...Sometimes it's better to see it in person...

Clearance Rack -  WOW it has been updated with tons of items, check it out on my website:     along with the Special Deals that Stampin' Up! is offering this month.   Only a few more days to take advantage of Special Delas from Stampin' Up!  Check them all out on my website and when ordering , use Hostess Code X4AG7CFY .  If you order $150 or more, then don’t use the hostess code, you can get all the Hostess Benefits yourself.  

October Classes – MD and FL

I will hold the same class in FL and MD in October.  We will make 3 Christmas cards and at least one could be made into December or Winter Birthday Cards if you wished.   I will also have a gift holder  item to make.

FL – Thurs Oct 6th, 10am – Casa Loma Clubhouse

MD – Sun Oct 9th, 1pm – Belisimo’s – Finksburg

Both Classes, all supplies included to make the projects except adhesive…. If you have them, bring your paper snips and bone folder.
For both classes, RSVP by Oct 1st to receive a Stampin’ goodie from me.   These goodies are usually retired items (sometimes they come from the Clearance rack)…

The last day to RSVP for the class at either location by Oct 5th.

Just wanted to Thank You all for Stampin’ with me…….I appreciate and enjoy it!

Here's a few swap cards using some of the new goodies in the holiday catalog

A non holiday stamp set from the holiday catalog, Totally Trees.... I used this set for my Thank You cards for my customers. 



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Stampin' Class this week, and a much needed stamp room makeover it theworks

Blogging from an outdated laptop and iPad is very difficult.    I am searching for a new laptop, one that I can actually download and upload.....One that I can share photos....and maybe post on my blog as well as search the internet and read and send emails and visit social media.

It has been a busy summer and I am a bit excited to slow down visiting Maryland, at the same time missing spending time with my children, grandchildren, family and lots of friends.

My Mom has moved closer to my brother and I, saving lots of gasoline and lots of time.

I have been cleaning up my stamp room and trying to organize it better for more efficiency which will save me time searching for items.   I'll share a few photos of "before" and then by the end of this month, show you the "after"   why so long for the after?   I have been rearranging items and realize some of my storage in my stamp room is not the right furniture.   So I am in the hunt for some new items:  bookcase to house my stamp sets.   Maybe a shelf to put on my desk to increase some space....and who knows what else I'll find to use in here.

How does this happen!!!!!  Anyone else have a desk so cluttered?   Send me a photo of yours and I will award some prizes....for the most cluttered desk!

This Wednesday I am holding a beginners class at Casa Loma Mobile Home Park, Melbourne, FL.   I have no idea how many people will show up, but it is open to the residents there and I planned a card for them to make as well as showing some of Stampin' Up!'s great products, all color coordinated too.  If you are in the area, stop by 10am - 11am.  Here is a card I was going to use, because it uses a punch and stamp set, but when done, I thought it was too much for a beginner.

I am also holding a class on Thursday, same place

Stamp Class, Sept 8th, 10 am. Casa Loma Clubhouse, Melbourne, FL. The Class is $10 or FREE with an order of $20 or more the day of the class. Bring your bone folder and paper snips if you have them and your favorite adhesive. All other supplies are included in the class.  Bring a new stamper to my class and receive a gift from me. Both you and the new stamper.

Stampin' Up! is offering Special Offers from Now thru Sept 21st.   Different offers each week.   The first week ends tomorrow.   Check them out!

This is a screen shot from my laptop, cause either my computer is too old to convert PDFs to JPEG2000, AND I am too challenged to figure it out!

You can order on my website for these great offers as well as any Stampin' Up! products,  Please use Hostess Code   SQKHMBJC when ordering online.    You can also contact me to place your order too.

Ok back to laptop to resize photo......!   

Photo resized finally.

Thanks for sticking with me,

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stampin' Up! Embossing folders and duct tape

Yesterday I held a class here in Florida.   When I. Was packing up, noticed the Woodland embossing folder was bent on one side, almost cracked completely through.    So I showed the ladies what could happen if you didn't make sure it was going through the Big Shot straight.  

TOok it hope and thought about just ordering a new one......Duck Tape to the rescue.    Works perfect.

Here is the card me made using the embossing folder.  CASED from Pinterest.

What is one of your "household fix its" for Stampin/paper crafting?   Let me know in the comments section and I will randomly choose one to win a gift from Me.

I hope you get a chance to get some crafting done and have fun creating today....I will be helping my Mom and stepdad move, no crafting til Monday or me.