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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Solstice, Visiting friends and family and Stampin' Up! Class

This is my all time favorite time of the year!!!!! I love summer......yes, I love the heat, sunshine, beach, surf, pool swimming too.

I am in Maryland visiting my family, daughters and grandchildren and lots of friends.   Of course there is stampin' too!

Last week, I held a class for some friends and I will be holding the same class this Sunday, 1p-3p, Belisimo's on Rt 140 in Finksburg, just North of Rt 91.  All are welcome to join us, I just need you to RSVP either by commenting on my blog, on facebook Stampin' with Stampergirl, calling or texting me.   I need you to RSVP no later than 5pm on Saturday.

Here is a photo of one of the cards we will be making

It's from the Hostess set, love you lots... So many cute images from that set.   I chose the elephant and mouse image to use as a birthday card for a friends birthday card....

Sometimes I get   "Design Block". I want to use a stamp set, but can't decide how to use it.   Way too many choices on Splitcoaststampers and Pinterest, Facebook stamping groups, I will either try looking at a sketch challenge or color challenge.   This is a sketch challenge from a Facebook group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that I belong to.   

I hope you enjoy Summer, and if it is too hot....You can stay inside the AC and stamp!!!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Stampin' Up's new In Color 2016-2018 Markers

If you are sure what new in color inks you would like to get.... The markers are a great deal for $15 you get 5 markers.  That is only $3 per marker.  There are two points for each marker, a thin and a brush point.   The thin point allows you to get into small areas of an image.  The brush point allows you to color in a larger area.   You can try the markers on stamps as ink color or to color an image and order all he in color inks or just ones you really love. A great deal for a small investment.

New In color  Markers $15
Crafting fun with granddaughter Rachel.....priceless

She was having so much fun coloring butterflies.......the markers held up with her hard pressure.  Rachel loves crafting with Grammy. I will bring stamps and inks over later this week for us to make her momma a birthday card...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Paper Pumpkin One Day Deal! $5

Paper Pumpkin has a One Day Deal!   $5 for your first month (new subscribers only)

Get ready for a flash sale! Starting at 5:00 PM (MT) on Thursday, get your first Paper Pumpkin kit for only $5 USD. Don’t miss this one!

The flash sale is here! Sign up for Paper Pumpkin now and get your first kit for only $5 USD. Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” at today.

Awesome Deal, Get a kit in your mailbox every month!  Go to to find out more.

Please choose me, Carol Valentine as your demonstrator.  When you receive your 3rd Paper Pumpkin, I will send you a gift from me.

This doesn't start until 5 PM  MT tomorrow, Thursday, June 9th....

Go to to sign up

Don't forget Promo Code:   ONEDAYDEAL

and Don't forget to choose me, Carol Valentine as your Demonstrator.

New products have arrived and I am busing making some projects for my upcoming class in Maryland.



Friday, May 27, 2016

New Stampin' Up! Catalog - coming soon - 5 more days!!!

The new catalog is almost here....only 5 more days til we can order from it, however you can look thru it now....Do you own a copy?  Contact me to get your copy today!  I am patiently (NOT!) waiting for my preorder from the new catalog.   The order is supposed to be delivered by the lady or man in Brown.
I only ordered a few things this time, the new  In Color inks, reinkers, card stocks and markers, 2 hostess sets we could order (YEP, that is a perk we get for being a demonstrator) and a few things from the current catalog.....that are not retiring, items I can always use...Dimensionals!   That is the most used item I order.  Almost every card gets dimensionals.

In the meantime, while we wait...................
Yesterday was my class here in Florida....I tried to use products that are retiring...Below is a photo of the projects we made. All copied from other Stampin' demonstrators either from groups on Facebook, blog hopping or from previous projects I have made over the years. The treat holder is made from a 6 X 6 piece of DSP from the Cherry on Top DSP stack. And we used that stack all up! You can make them from all sizes of DSP, just need even square, like 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12"..

Here are the different size pouches , I put items inside to give you an idea od what the hold.  The smallest uses DSP that is 6 X 6", then 8x8", 10x10" and the largest is 12x12".  These are so simple to make, the only tool you need is a bone folder, then you can decorate anyway you want and fill.   These would be great for table settings at a party or to give a little gift to someone.  Who knows, tomorrow I might bite the bullet and do a video.

I will be putting in an order on Monday, May 30th, contact me to place your order or you can order from my website..., please use the Hostess Code PCEB46Q4 when you order from my website if you order before May 30th by noon.

Thanks for checkin' in with me.  

Blessings and Enjoy!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Masking - Stampin' Up! Flowering Fields No layers card

I needed a no layer card and wanted to use my favorite stamp set from Sale a Bration, Flowering Fields.

This card is so easy to make and you can use any stamp set.   The card is very vanilla 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4".   I took a piece of printer paper, 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" and started to cut the center, then used my fingers to tear out the center, making a frame.   I using some temporary adhesive and placed on top of the very vanilla card.   Using sponges I made the background with Soft Sky, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz inks.  I removed the frame mask and used basic black ink and stamped the banner from the Number of Years stamp set on the sponged card and stamped it again on a post it note.  I fussy cut the banner stamped on the post it note and set it aside.  Next I stamped "happy birthday" using basic black ink in the banner on the card.   Next I placed the post it note stamped banner over top the stamped banner on the card.  I used the E block and placed all 4 flower stamps on the block, aligning them up the bottom.  I inked the flowers in black staz on ink and stamped them on the sponged card.  I removed the post it note banner (this is a mask).. .  The banner does not have any of the flower stems, thanks to the mask.  I colored the flowers with markers that are the same colors that I sponged with and a few more colors too.

Only a few days left to order from the current Annual Catalog and the Occasions catalog...  A few things:  prices for card stock are going up as well as DSP 6x6 stacks.   Also, bundle prices that are in the annual catalog and occasions catalog will not be available in the new catalog.   If the items are not being retired, they will still be available for purchase, but separately.

I am putting in my last order on Monday, May 30th.   I just took inventory of my card stock and I need 8 different colors, so I plan on ordering them in this order.   Need card stock but don't want to order a whole package?  Remember, I split card stock in half or thirds so you receive either 12 sheets or 8 sheets.   Just need to know what colors.    Want to order anything else?  You can order from my website or you can contact me and I will add your order to the order I am putting in on the 30th.   If you order from my website please use Hostess Code PCEB46Q4..  This code will be in effect til Monday the 30th, til about 2pm.

Hope you have a great day and get some Stampin' done.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stampin' News from Maryland and Florida

  WOW, this has been a long couple of weeks.   Some stampin' was going on but mainly lots of visiting with friends and family back in Maryland.   I enjoyed spending time with my girls and their little ones (and not so little ones), just wished we could have spent more time together instead of them having to work.   

While I was in MD, I attended a Demonstrator Meeting in PA with fellow demonstrators, sharing, demonstrating, and stampin'.  Always a great time and I even won a couple of prizes.   One of the new In Color card stocks - Emerald Envy (green!) and Melon Mambo thick baker's twine.    We stamped some cards using Flower Shop and the punch and all the new In Colors.   

I held a stamp class....we made 3 cards and a small gift holder - this one held 2 tea bags and 2 Honey straws.....Great for a get well, or a tea themed event.  You could put a Ghiradelli chocolate in it instead, or money, gift card.  So simple and made with the Envelope punch board.   The cards were fun birthday cards, which could be changed into almost any type of card, just switch out the sentiment. 

Here are the cards and tea bag holder....with the honey straws..

I have received a few catalogs with more to arrive next Wednesday, here in FL.  Maryland ladies....I will bring them with me when I come up.  Want a copy?  contact me to receive yours.

A few dates to remember....   The current catalog and Occasions catalog are available thru May 31st.   The New Catalog will start June 1st.

If there is a stamp set that is part of a Bundle (15% off), those bundles will not be available after May 31st......even if the stamp set is in the new catalog.   Bundles are only available when they are first introduced....Occasions catalog bundles that the stamp sets and framelits or punches that are being carried over to the new catalog, will be at regular prices, no bundles.  

Paper prices are going up....Card stock and  some specialty papers will cost more.   Stock up on your card stock by May 31st.    I also offer card stock and paper shares too.  DSP shares, I will split a 12x12 DSP pack with 2 people, one full sheet of each design per mail it, will cut those sheets into 6x6 pieces for easier mailing.  Card stock shares are with 2 or 3 people, depending on whether you want 8 or 12 sheets per color...Choose 8 sheets, and you need to choose 3 colors of card stock, 12 sheets and you need to choose 2 colors....These card stock shares do not include Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  Contact me if you wish to split those card stocks and I will give you the details.

When placing an order thru my website, please use Hostess Code PCEB46Q4 until May 31st.   Any orders placed in May (my Stampin' Up! Anniversary month - 12 years) will receive FREE shipping.   If you order from my website in May, I cannot give you the FREE shipment on the site, however contact me to receive it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stampin' Up!'s Retiring List, My most CASEd card from recent classes and Emma

  The Retiring List came out today from Stampin' Up! The List is on my website, under Shop Now stamps sets as well as accessories.   Some of the accessories are while supplies last, so don't delay, order them today.  Use Hostess Code 67RXUS7V.  

  The new catalog is available for demonstrators to see online and those attending ONSTAGE last week received theirs, however I have not checked it out yet....soon.   We will be able to order them soon and I will be passing some out in Maryland and when I return home to Florida.   Want one?  Just contact me for yours.

How many Stamp Sets do I have that are retiring?????  Email, fb or text me with your guess - The sets are all the current stamp sets in the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog and also includes Hostess sets in both of these catalogs.   The guess closest to the total without going over - will win a few items from me along with their choice of retiring stamp set that I have that I will not be keeping.  I do keep a few each year and will let the winner know which ones are not up for grabs.  Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded too.

While in Maryland, I will be holding a Class -  May 1st, 1pm - Bellisimo's- Klees Mill and Liberty Roads 

   Make 6 cards, 2 of 3 different kinds of Folds cards, with envelopes.  Why 2, one to keep to copy again at a later tiem and one to send to someone now.  You will also Make 1 CUTE Gift item (not candy).  Cost is $18 or free with a $25 order the day of the class.  

   Florida friends, I will be holding the same class later in May.  

Here is my most popular card from my recent was cased from a card I received from another demonstrator 

It has been recreated you most of my class attendees.  Every couple of days someone tells me they made another one....

Here is Emma, she is 6 months old, I can't believe how fast she is growing and she got her first tooth today.