This is the message you heard from the beginning. Love One Another. 1 John 3:11

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Stamping With Rachel

Today crafting with Rachel.      We combined 2 paper pumpkins one from October with the test tubes. We weren't able to finish them for Halloween, so we combined those test tubes, some mini jelly beans and the stamps and ears from the March kit!    Rachel is 5 and did all the stamping and putting the glue dots on to hold the faces onto the tubes.   Her favorites are dimensionals (mine too) but we didn't need those for this project.

Hope you find some time to craft today.    This trip to Maryland has been a busy one, lots of peaks and valleys...father in law recovering from injuries from a fall from a youngest grandchild, Emma hospitalized for dehydration from results of the virus (back to normal now). And my mother in law fell and broke her hip and had surgery last night!    On the mend was even sitting in a chair today !!!

We return on Monday to warm and sunny Florida!  Sale a Bration is over 😧 I hope you were able to take advantage of all the great bargains.   I was able to get most of the sale a Bration items and used them all....I can't use them in going forward in my business, so I have decided to part with them.....Here are the details:   

For every $50 in order you place your name will go in for a drawing to receive your choice.   Depending on how many SAB items i have (will check when I get home), and how many different people order.

PLace those orders thru me or my website using Hostess Code CK3S96PN.

Stay tuned for information on my April classes.  Tentative dates....April 13th for Florida and April 23rd for Maryland.    Here's one of the cards from my March class

This is a shaker. Card made with our clear envelopes.....easy!!! And such a cute set.

Hope you find time to stamp today!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Masculine birthday card

while visiting in Maryland I am so busy with children, grandchildren, meeting with friends, stamping.   But I can't seem to find time to blog or post on Facebook.

Today helping a friend/downline make a birthday card, she ended up with making 5 of them.... We are making a mess stamping, we are might as well make a bunch.   We used all of the DSP she had of this pattern.

We went right to Pinterest and searched for about 10 seconds and found the card we wanted to make. She used the stamp set Another Great Year (retired).   Night of Navy card stock and ink and Candy Dots....and of course dimensionals!

These are quick cards for mass production.   Switch out the stamp set, the colors, candy dots , rhinestones, pearls or whatever embellishments.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Balloon Adventures Shaker Card for class and my messy desk!

Here is my Stampin' desk before ( while making the card) and after with a little cleaning up and the finished shaker card.    This card is one of the projects we are making in my classes in FL on Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon in MD.  Yep, class in 2 different states in the same week.   And it's not too late to sign up for the class!   Message me to sign up for either class, but do it soon so I have everything prepared for you.  You can text, call, leave a comment here or email me to sign up.

There are only a few weeks left of sale a Bration to get FREE goodies from the sale a Bration Catalog.    We are using some of those freebies for this class.   The Avant Garden stamp set and the New Bermuda Bay glimmer paper!!!! OMG it is so beautiful 

Anyone placing an order $50 or more from my online store,  For now until March 31st will get a FREE sale a Bration item and a free item from the occasions catalog from me.   Once I receive your order, it will send you a gift I have chosen from the occasions catalog and send to you.  Orders from now - March 10th, Please use Hostess Code FMXGF9W7. 

All orders from March 11th - March 31st, use the Hostess CodeBFX9Z6D2.

And after

SO how does your crafting area look?  Need help with how to store items?   Maybe organization?  I'm pretty good at organization especially craft areas.    

Send me photos of your craft area and ask questions about your organization and storage., not matter what the space.  I love helping others to be able to love what they do, whether it is a hobby or a business.

I talked to my granddaughter tonight, Rachel age 5, I told her my craft room was messy and I needed to clean it up.   She said her bedroom was messy but she didn't want to clean it up....I feel her pain!  I also told her I would help her clean her room.    I will be visiting her next week so we are going to craft and I am going to show her how to do a video on her tablet with her American Girl Doll and she is going to help me do a stamping video.   SO stay tuned!

Don't forget to share your crafting area......

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!