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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Moving Forward!!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!!!

I know it has been a long LONG time since my last post.   It has been busy crazy in my life and I will give you the short version.   We put our house up for Sale the end of August, and had to DOWNSIZE all of our belongings (most of them mine), my husband does not collect "stuff" like I do, SO I was busy having yard sales, going to Flea Markets, making many trips to Good Will, Salvation Army, local Thrift Shops and a few Craft flea markets, in the end, I got rid of a TON of stuff.   We sold our house and moved out the week before Thanksgiving!   Spent time in Maryland with family until after Black Friday shopping with my daughters and then headed SOUTH, almost 1000 miles.   Stayed with my brother in Melbourne, FL for 2 weeks searching for a house to be our new home.    After viewing hundreds (probably 1000 or more) houses on line, we visited about 30 or so and picked one.   It is located in Palm Bay, Florida and we will settle and move in just after the New Year...   Here is our new house:

 Fast Forward a week......We are back in Maryland for Christmas with our families and hopefully for the birth of my 3rd grandson.....He is being stubborn though, I was hoping he would come early so I could help my daughter for at least a week.....But we head back to Florida on Sunday, so he better hurry up!

Since we don't have a house, and my daughter's house is too small for us to hold Christmas and my oldest daughter lives too far away....My good friend, Karen let us use her Church Hall.   The kids had a great time running up and down the hall.   We had chicken from the Joppa Rd KFC (Great Service!!!) and then we exchanged gifts.   As usual, I didn't put tags on two boxes when I wrapped them and my son in law started opening his box and it was really for my other daughter!!!...Lots of laughs

Here are my 3 grandchildren, Colin the oldest, Jacob and Rachel.
 Here is my daughter, Robyn getting to open her box....a neat toy for her dog, call the ifetch, it is a machine works on battery or cord, put the ball in and it shoots out....We are trying to get the dog to put the ball in so it will automatically shoot out.
 Here are me and my girls, Me, Robyn, Christine - due any day and my granddaughter Rachel and Aimee (mom of Colin and Jacob)

I just got my preorder from the Occasions Catalog and Sale a bration. and our POD gets delivered on the 2nd and can't wait to get my Stampin' Stuff out and start creating.    First Class (of course I need a place to hold classes) will be the Perpetual Calendar Class - I have the stamp sets and inks to complete the project, all you will have to do is purchase the Calendar Kit from me.   I hope to have this class by the 3rd week of January.   Stay tuned for more information.  

If you did not get an Occasions catalog and Sale a bration catalog, contact me either, comment on here, email, txt or call me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

World Card Making Day - Oct 4th

Where has the summer gone??? It's October and before you know it, Christmas will be here.  I have not much blogging or stamping over the last few months....  Between downsizing everything in my house, including tons of stamps and craft supplies and putting our house for sale, Stamping and blogging had to take a back seat.   But all that is done I can now focus on some fun things:  STAMPIN' and that is what I am doing.   I started this week, everyday stamping something, making a card or finishing up projects that were started.  Do you have some of those projects sitting around??? I challenge you to get them out and get creative, it's fun and therapeutic!  
I have had to cancel stamp clubs and stampin' events due to showings on our house. SO, starting now, my classes/clubs will be held at Belisimo's which is just 3 miles from my house. I will be holding a few Christmas Card mini stamp a stacks there too - Dates to be announced.
Saturday is World Card Making Day and I wanted to plan a day of card making but with the house on the market, it just is so hard to do here at the house, so here is my plan.  I have kits to make cards from past stamp classes and you can come make any of those cards or purchase extra kits.   They all are $2 per card kit.  I have to reserve the room for Saturday, and need to have you RSVP by Thursday afternoon.   Contact me via email, text, fb to RSVP.
Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - are awesome! and my pick for this week:   Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit, pg 197 of the Annual catalog. It is usually priced at $19.95 on sale for $14.95 + shipping and tax. This awesome kit makes 20 cards with envelopes!!!! Now the card stock is not the same as our usual card stock, but still great.  This kit is great if you need some cards and need them quick.   Need a gift for someone who loves crafting.....this kit is a great gift for anytime of the year.   Not a stamper but would like to try it....this is the kit. You can go to my website and order the kit directly - use the Hostess Code P9AQENVP or contact me to order it. Everyone who orders this kit will get a gift from me either in your order when it comes in or if you order online, I will send it in the mail.
Check out these Weekly Deals!
Starting today and only for 6 days, Stampin' Up! has put a bunch of items on sale in honor of World Card Making Day. Check them out!

Thinking you may want to join my team of demonstrators, to just get the discount, earn some extra income, help pay the bills, earn stamps gifts and more? Starting today is also a special for 6 months receive a package of DSP (your choice) each month! How cool is that?
One share for today, more later this week.

This was one of the stampers club cards we made.   Using the For All Things stamp set from the Holiday catalog and using the Baby wipe technique.   Want to learn more, contact me.

Thank you for stampin' with me for 10 years now!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sharing some creations, House of Sale and more!

Greetings from least for now.  

I have been so busy this spring and summer, downsizing, packing, selling, giving away, donating STUFF!    I still have a great deal of STUFF to give away, donate and sell, but enough has been done to put our house on the market.   SO, it's official, the house is for Sale, and today we had our 2nd person to come check it out! 

I have tons of Stamping/Paper Crafting items for Sale....So if you are searching for an item, leave me a comment or contact me via phone, or email.   Hopefully I will be able to get my list of Stampin' Up! retired sets ( almost 200! )and accessories on this blog later today.   It is buy 2 items and get a 3rd FREE.   All my items listed whether they are stamp sets or accessories.  Also, anyone purchasing will get a FREE gift with their order.  Place an order thru my website, and get a FREE gift from me.   This will continue thru the end of the year.

There is just a few more days of Stampin' Up!'s New Demo Special.....sign up now and get $150 in merchandise for your "kit" and only pay $99.   Awesome Deal - want more info?  contact me today.

Here are just some of the cards my Mom, Ed and I made from August' Paper Pumpkin!  I still have pieces left over ad we made 4 more cards too.   and I also have the 5 piece stamp set and ink spot in Hello Honey too!   An Awesome deal for $19.95 a month.

and from now until September 10th, it is half price!!!

Check it out!

Here is one of the Club cards my Stampers Club is making this weekend.   I CASEd a swap from convention, from Sue Begger, I changed the color from Hello Honey to Strawberry Slush, I changed the card to be horizontal instead of vertical...I don't have that embossing folder yet, so I decided not to use any Big Shot items on this card.   I added a butterfly to my card  (to cover a smudge!!!!) and instead of using the Label Love sentiment the gal had used, I stamped my sentiment about the flower images.  

Here is her card:

I love them both, and as soon as I get that embossing folder (maybe this week) I will definitely be copying her card exactly.

Here is another card my club is making this weekend - this one I copied exactly like the swap I received from Sherri Peters....only change, I don't have any Foil Sheets....I know, can you believe it????, she used the foil sheet for the camera lens. I also pierced the scallops in the circle scallop around the greeting.....inside "I remembered and thought....   but then I forgot!  Happy Belated Birthday"   that cute greeting is from the Remembering your Birthday stamp set. 

First mine:

and here is hers:

That is it for today.   Now I will try to put my Used Stamps and Accessory List on the front of my blog.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Over a Month!?!?!?!

 It has been over a month since I posted here on my blog!!!  Where has the time gone?     Well, let 's see, I have had 2 yard sales, taken tons of clothes, furnishings, craft things to Goodwill, New Life for Girls (here in Westminster) and a few other places.   Thrown away probably another couple hundred pounds of stuff in the house, lurking in the closets, under cabinets, etc.   Living in a house for 12 years, I have collected lots of STUFF.   It is getting easier to part with things I never would have a few years ago.  We have had most of the house painted inside, Rodney painted one room, he has painted the outside shed, doors, and split rain fence.  It looks Great.....  So we have had a painter here, the tree trimming guys, even new carpet this week.   Whew!!!   Our garage is still housing some furniture.    AND our shed if FULL of items left to part with.   SO this Friday and Saturday, I am having another yard sale, and yes I have over 100 stamp sets, and a box or 2 of accessories to sell.  Every purchase of my Stampin' Up! items, gets a free Stampin' Up! gift too.   I have furniture to sell, and more household items.   When we move to Florida, I will be purchasing most things I need and it will give me things to look for at yard sales and flea markets down there. 

Yesterday was my birthday and it was a Great day, my phone kept buzzing all day with well wishes from friends on facebook, calls from a few close friends and about 20 cards in the mail from friends.   I had lunch with 2 of my daughters and Rachel at Nalley Fresh in Hunt Valley....YUM YUM salad.   Rachel wanted to take SELFIE's of first the 2 of us, then she took about 30 more of herself, most of the time just the top of her head...and this is at the age of 2 1/2!!!  We did some shopping and I got a new pair of flip flops, by Tidewater -never heard of them before, but they are really comfortable and for under $10 a bargain......I got these at Greetings and Readings, a card/book store and so much more!  My husband and I had dinner at Red Lobster the night before since last night was my Weds night girls Stamping night.   We have been meeting for 13 years now, every Weds night.   I will miss them in the Winter when I am in Florida, and next spring and summer be back up here with them stamping.

SO, last week was Stampin' Up!'s Convention!   Can I say, this was a SUPER FUN TIME.   With Stampin' Demos I know from here, to meeting new stamping friends from all over the world, to meeting up with friends I have met over the years at conventions.   It was AWESOME!   I did miss a few, Michelle Deslandes, Jackie Bultje, Gwen Brown and her sister, Lynn just to name a few.   But I will share a few swap cards with you.   I made about 100 cards, 90 3x3 cards and 50 3d items.  I hope to find pictures of my items I swapped and over the next few days share those as well as some highlight pictures from Convention and share some of my favorite swaps I received.

First up, I walked across stage twice this year, once for $100,000.00 in Sales in my career with Stampin' Up! and the 2nd time for my 10th Anniversary with Stampin' Up!  Here are a few of those pictures, not that good, but the only ones I have.  

This is during my walk across stage for my 10th Anniversary walk, there were a lot of us there!
 Here is a picture of Me and a friend from NY, Karen Pichura, both celebrating our 10th Anniversary

That is all for today, I will have to take pictures of my swaps later today and start posting them tomorrow.


Friday, June 6, 2014

HUGE Sale and New Catalog Open House

I'm having a HUGE Craft Sale today and tomorrow, so if you are in the Westminster, Maryland area, stop on by,  today til 8pm, tomorrow all day til 4pm.

Here is a picture of my garage

I have a New In Color bookmark for you to make and a card using new In colors and some regular colors and a new stamp set, with a returning one from last catalog.   Here's the card, love that Lost Lagoon new In Color, so much, that is the color of my new car....

Hope to see you today or tomorrow.
Contact me for more info.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

IT's Here, The New Catalog!!!

Well, the New Catalog has arrived and it is FULL of some many great new In Colors, I love them, so much, my new car is Lost Lagoon!!!!

Did you get your new catalog yet????   Contact me to get yours, or better yet, if you live in the Westminster, MD area, stop by on Friday, June 6th, I will be having a HUGE Stampin' Up! Extravaganza from 9am - 2pm and again from 6pm - 8pm. and for those that would rather come on Saturday, RSVP to me and I will make it a date!   I will be here all day on Saturday too, so stop on by sometime this weekend.   It will be held, rain or shine in my garage...I will have FREE door prizes for everyone who attends, a few Make and takes and any new product from the New Catalog will be on display and everyone can try the new Stampin' Up! Blendability alcohol markers.

Stamp Club starts in June and I have a few openings. Most months we meet on the 3rd Friday at 7pm and 3rd Sunday at 1pm. You choose when you want to come. This club will run from June thru November and committment is only $20 order each month. Each month someone is the hostess and receives hostess benefits - FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise of your choice. AND you can get extra orders from those not in the club from your friends or family, or hold a party in your home and add those totals to the club total to earn you more hostess FREE merchandise. Want to know more? Contact me ASAP.....
Want to earn a discount on all Stampin' Up! merchandise, earn FREE stamp sets, accessories, and SO MUCH MORE. Join now for $50!!! and after you join, you will get 30% off your first order! Contact me to find out more. I would LOVE to have you on my team.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Card and Bookmark

Today I am meeting with a group of women who have been in a Book Study at church, Crossroads Community Church.   We have been doing a book study since the beginning of the year and have finished reading the book and are meeting for a breakfast at a local cafe, J's Cafe on Main Street in Westminster, MD.   I CASEd a card/bookmark from fellow demo, Brianna Thompson and had my Stamp Club members make it for one of their May projects.   I wanted to make something for these women of the Book study, more than just a card, Thanking them on walking thru this path of my journey with me, encouraging me and  just sharing their life with me.

I used some of my beloved Baja Breeze Card stock and ink.   I figure that I would share something I love with these women who have shared so much with me.

ENJOY and share today....a smile, a handshake, a kind word,  a hug, a card, an act of kindness.

More Challenge cards

I got a few more challenge cards from my friend, Joyce,    I know there is probably an easier way to do this, and I hope to figure it out.   Until then, email me your challenge cards or go to my facebook page and post them there, Stamp with Stampergirl.

Joyce used the stamp set, Flower Shop which is probably one of my favorite sets.    Soon to be joined by the Petite Petals set....both with their matching punches....making it so easy to stamp and punch and create with.    Petite Petals is currently in the Occasions catalog, but you will be able to order it when the new catalog starts in June, because the stamp set and matching punch are both in it.   HOWEVER, if you want to save 15% on the bundle (stamp set and punch), you need to get it before June 1st.   The Bundle price will not be available in the New Catalog.   You can contact me to order your Bundle or go to my website, and SHOP NOW, Choose Occasions catalog and enter 134822 for clear mount and 134821 for wood mount.   Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

RETRY of my Mom's card

Evidently you cannot always do the same things on an iPad as you do on the laptop......

This photo seems to be one of them.   So here is a second card she made:

She added Dazzling Diamonds and Washi Tape.


OK, who has a submission for the color challenge?      Email it to me and I will post on the Blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Challenge card by my Mom

Ok guys and gals, here is the first person to submit a challenge card.   I had to prompt her a couple of times.......she emailed the picture to me and I am posting here.   If you have made a card and want toenail me. The picture, I will post. It on my blog and Facebook, stamp with stampergirl.

Great job Mom,   Did you put glitter on the. Butterfly?  It looks like you did....

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Photopolymer Stamp Set - Endless Birthday Wishes

LOVE IT! and ordered it today. 

Stampin' Up! released a new Photopolymer stamp set, Endless Birthday Wishes.  Similar to the Snow one they had in the Winter (that sold out).   I ordered mine earlier today.  

You Can order yours today.    Go to my website, go to Shop now and use the Hostess Code  UDE7WPN2 and order this stamp set and anything else you would like to order....Clearance Rack, Weekly Deals, Retiring Items.    It will be shipped directly to you and you will not have to wait for the Party to be submitted, which will be Sunday or Monday, but your name will go in the drawing for Hostess Benefit $$$.

Here is the set,

If I have any questions about ordering this stamp set or any other Stampin' Up! Merchandise
don't hesitate to contact me, phone, text, email or leave a comment here or facebook.   Stamp with Stampergirl

For all of you who know my friend, Shirley Brown, friend, stamper, stamp club member, Nancy's Mom....She passed away this morning.   I'm going to miss her.   Here is a picture from her surprise birthday party a few years ago.


My challenge card

This post has been floatiing in internet land for about a week.    Sorry it is late and I am extending the date to May 26th.  
Color's my card..   The base is rich razzleberry and I embossed it with the pebble embossing folder from Sale a Bration ( which is in the new catalog for purchase). I used half of a doily and colored it with pool party ink and my aqua painter.   I punched out a tag with the scalloped tag topper punch in occasions catalog (also in the new catalog )used black staz on and the large flower stam from So very grateful in occasions catalog and not going to be in the new catalog 😢... I colored the flowers in using the aqua painter and pool party, Bermuda bay and pear pizzaz inks, some. I used rich razzleberry    I was making about 20 of these to give/send out as Mother's Day cards, however I stamped the flowers too high on tag 😥 lesson learned:  punch tag top before stamping....there was no room for Happy Mother's Day!!!   So friends I was hoping to send you a card for M D, however I didn't get them done, I have 20 done, but no greeting on them,  so maybe I will get them fixed and send out next week.   Sending lots of Love to all the Mothers whether you are a mother, or a sister,daughter, aunt or female --- you all give motherly love.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Color Challenge - Prizes Awarded

I belong to a large group of Stampin'  Up! demonstrators that are fairly local.   We meet once a month for sharing, learning new techniques, revisiting old ones, swapping and of course, Stampin' !!!!  We also have a closed group on facebook for those demonstrators and every 2 weeks is either a color challenge or a sketch challenge and we get FREE Stampin' Up! goodies if we are randomly chosen as the winner.   I just received some goodies in the mail since I was a winner last week.    SO, I thought what a Great way of getting us to share on this facebook group.   Now, I won't limit the sketch or color challenges to Stampin' Up! items, however if you use Stampin' Up! products in your challenge, you will receive an extra bonus if you are the winner.    First Up, a Color Challenge - now if you don't have these exact colors, use something close.  AND you don't have to use all the colors in the challenge.

Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and any neutral - whisper white or very vanilla.      The more people that enter this challenge, the BIGGER the prize!

I posted a card using the new stamp set from the New catalog that we received at the Catalog Premier last week.   I used Pool Party as the card base, very vanilla as the cardstock the image was stamped on and I also used Bermuda Bay on the stamp image along with Coastal Cabana and Pool Party.  
Check out the post from April 29th.  

I will post my submission for the color challenge tomorrow....  This challenge is also being offered on my facebook page, Stamp with Stampergirl

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stamp set we received at the Stampin' Up! Catalog Premier

Last night we received a stamp set from the upcoming new catalog, which I love......It is a wood mount stamp, which I love, BUT all the wood pieces fit just so I the box.   Word of caution - whe. You open the box, take a picture of the wood blocks in the case before removing (even before mounting the set). I printed the picture and slid it on the inside of the case so that whenever I use the set, I can fit it back in the case.   

I recently purchased a bracket my iPad on my tripod to take videos...Now the tripod is too light so I had to hold it down on the table while I filmed this very short video of the finished card.   I can't post any pictures of the actual stamp set, or picture of the stamp set in the catalog, however I can post any pictures of cards or projects made with's my first one.  

Ok so after several attempts, I can't figure out how to link my video herein my iPad....however I was able to upload it to YouTube .

So here's the picture


The New Catalog !!!! MY 10 Year Anniversary with Stampin' Up! and more.

EnjoyenjTonight was a Great Night.    THe Reveal of the 2014-2015 Catalog Event was held tonight, simultaneously across the US and in Canada.....SO, yes we received our new catalogs and We each received a Stamp set from the new catalog  - A Work of Art and yes and maybe I will crank out a project or 2 and post them here, so stay tuned.   In the meantime, here is a picture of the front of the catalog.....Only thing I can share online!!! for now.

Also, because I FORGOT to place the order the other night for FREE SHIPPING!!! Today is my 10th Anniversary with Stampin' Up! so I am going to give FREE SHIPPING on any order I receive from now until Weds evening.     Joyce, Diane and Dale, your orders you gave me with be FREE SHIPPING!!! not to worry.   So, don't wait, let me know what you want to order - via email or give me a call or better yet, stop by and say Hi, (See the new catalog), touch it, and even look thru it.

Had a Great time at My First Card Buffet on Saturday, I will have another, sometime in Jne, stay tuned for a date/time.   Here is the most made card that day....Out of the 10 different cars, this one was made 8 times.


Monday, April 21, 2014

The Retired List is Here!!!

The Retired Stamp and Accessory List is Here, and DON'T FORGET, EVERYTHING on the List is While Supplies Last ONLY!   Everything......  and Talking about Everything, Everything Stampin' Up! sells is FREE SHIPPING!!!    EVERYTHING!  Retiring or NOT!

IF YOU GOTTA HAVE IT and it is on the list you should go to my website and order those items now, don't wait, because it may sell out.

IF YOU WANT IT but were waiting to order it, and if it sold out you would not be me and I can put a group of orders together and everyone can share the hostess benefits.

Contact me if you have any questions, today the best way to reach me is by txting me or email.

Here is the Retired List

Friday, April 18, 2014

Carol's Card Buffet - Saturday, April 26th 9a - 12 pm and again from 1p - 4pm.

SAVE THE DATE!!! Saturday April 26th -Carol's Card Buffet –

Carol’s Card Buffet – Saturday April 26th from 9am –12pm and again from 1pm – 4pm.

Come to the buffet of cards, cards and more cards! There will be 10 different designs and you can make as many cards as you want! Limit of 4 of each design. Cost is $2 per card. After the 2ndSession, any leftover card kits will be for sale at $2 each. You will need to bring your scissors, bone folder (if you use one) and your favorite adhesive. I will have Stampin’ Up! Snail adhesive for sale if you don’t have any adhesive.   I will have dimensionals and sticky strip that will be needed for some of the cards.

Bring a FriendBring a friend who has never attended any of my classes, stampers club or events and you will each get to make any one card for FREE.

Place an order – Place an order of $25 and make any 3 cards for FREE. Order $50 and make any 6 cards for FREE.

RSVPs are WELCOME,  but not required.   RSVP and receive a FREE item from my Goodie Bag.  

Retired List coming Monday!!! FREE SHIPPING TOO!

WOOHOO!!!!          FREE SHIPPING!!!          on EVERYTHING!

Stampin' Up! announced today that they will have FREE SHIPPING on EVERYTHING.   That includes, stamps, accessories, tools, paper, card stock, ink, punches, BIG SHOT, BS dies and embossing folders.....EVERYTHING, even MDS printing.....  This is only from April 21st to April 25th.  

The Retired Stamp and Accessory List comes out Monday, April 21st too, and in the past Stamp sets on the list were available until the new catalog....Well not this time!   Everything on the Retiring list is going to be while supplies last only!

You can order from my website,  Click on the Shop Now button and Shop away, in your pjs if you like......You can contact me and I will put the order in for you, or if you want to wait a day or 2 and chance your items not depleting, I can put a few orders together and share the hostess dollars among those that do put in the orders together.  Local peeps only......   If you are long distance, when you order from my website, you need to put the shipping address to you.

Everyone have a Blessed Easter

Carol Valentine

When the Retired list comes out, I will post the list and any other information regarding this wonderful offer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New - Project Life - Becky Higgins coming to Stampin' Up!!!!

wOW, This is pretty BIG news!!!   I am always in search of new ways, ideas for scrapbooking and today Shelli announced the partnering with Becky Higgins and her Project Life - check it out here
I can't wait and demonstrators are going to be the first to try it out!!!

This is exciting news and I have more to share too:

Here are the cards my ladies did at Stamp Club this month

The first a card in a box - these have been all over different blogs, pinterest, facebook and more.  Not too hard to make, the first one takes longer.  But fun to make and I am sure even more fun to receive!
 Here is one of my Easter Cards this I just need to get them all in the mail tomorrow~
 And Easter without chocolate????!!!!   This cute bunny holds a Ghiradelli Chocolate...YUMMY.
 Of course I have to share a picture of my granddaughter, Rachel.  This was taken at the Rosedale Library - Storyville.   It was a playdate for Rachel and my friend's grandson, Cameron.   They were born one day apart.   They had their first kiss here at Storyville when they were just crawling....

I can see a page - with Project Life coming up  in my future!

Stay tuned for more information on the Project Life, Retiring Stamp and Accessory List (Apr 21st), New Catalog and more.

I am celebrating 10 Years with Stampin' Up! on the 28th of April, SO  Leave a comment guessing how many stamp sets that I have that are on the retirement list when it comes out and the person with the correct guess (or close to it) will get their choice of one of my retired stamp sets on that list.....EVEN if I want to keep it forever, you will get it too.   One winner, if more than one person guesses the same amount, I will draw a winner.  I will have lots of prizes to give away too, so if you guess the wrong number, you could win a prize too.


Carol Valentine

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Carol's Stampin' News and Stampin' Up! News too

It's Spring!!!! YEA!    I am enjoying the longer days and the sunshine, I just wish that it was a bit warmer.    This morning it is 32 degrees and today my youngest daughter, Robyn and I are walking in Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Shuffle, that's a 5K, I had hoped to do a fast walk this year, but with the winter we have had, I have not been motivated to do any walking to prepare for it.   So, I will be shuffling......Pictures tomorrow.

Winter is over and that means so is Sale a bration and if you missed it, I have a few products from the Sale a bration flyer that can be yours FREE when you have either a Stampin’ Up! Party in your home (or mine) or a Catalog Party when the sales reach $150.   

In just a little over 2 weeks the Retired Stamp List and Retiring Accessories List will be coming out!   SO, if you want/need any of the In Colors 2012-2014 – like Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, or Summer Starfruit, in anything they come in:  ink, card stock, reinkers, ribbons, markers, Dahlias,  Buttons, any DSP with those colors – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS LIST COMES OUT!!   These items disappear off the list, sometimes within minutes and usually by the end of a few hrs of the list going public, they are gone!   And once they are gone, they are so hard to come by later on and when people do post them for sale, the prices are higher than what they are now.
With the end of the catalog, the new one will be arriving June 1st , They will be shipped to me in the end of May and if you want one, and are not part of the Stampin’ Club, contact me to get your copy.
As many of you know, I will be moving to Florida!!!, not full time yet, but at least for the winter, and after this past winter, I cannot wait!   For now there will be no changes.   Starting next January, I will decide on what to do for those months I am away from Maryland.   The Florida ladies – We will have some classes going on somewhere in Melbourne!!!   

Stamp Club - Starting June will be the start on my Stamp Club(s).   Since we have 6 months of Stamp Club before I head to Florida, Stamp Club with consist of 6 members so that everyone will get to be the Hostess one month.   When the first club fills up, I will start a 2nd Club.  Club members get a new Catalog and each month one member will be the Hostess and receive all Hostess Benefits.   Commitment is for 6 months and a $25 order each month.  We meet the 3rd Friday evening, 7pm and the 3rd Sunday, 1pm, you can attend either one, whichever day/time suits your schedule.    We make 3 projects each month and if you cannot attend Club on either of the dates, you will get your project supplies with your order when it arrives and I will supply pictures of the products via email so you can recreate with your supplies.   Attending Club is not a requirement….So if you want to purchase and not attend, but want to get the Hostess benefits, just sign up.  
Sign Ups start today!   Just  contact me via email, facebook, call me or txt me to sign up or if you have ANY questions, don't hesitate to call me.
Stamp Club for April will meet on April 11th next Friday at 7pm and again on April 13th next Sunday at 1pm (due to Easter being the 3rd Sunday).  In addition to your favorite adhesive and scissors, bring a blender pen if you have one.   If you are in the Westminster, Maryland area why don't you stop on by to see what it is all about, come a little after we get started and then I can spend a few minutes with you.   Contact me to find out more.   Anyone not in my Stampin' Club is invited to come, cost is a $20 order.   You must RSVP though so that I have supplies ready for you.

 SAVE THE DATE!!!   Saturday April 26th - Carol's Card Buffet –

Carol’s Card Buffet – Saturday April 26th from 9am – 12pm and again from 1pm – 4pm.  

Come to the buffet of cards, cards and more cards!   There will be 10 different designs and you can make as many cards as you want!  Limit of 4 of each design.  Cost is $2 per card.   After the 2nd Session, any left over card kits will be for sale at $2 each.   You will need to bring your scissors, bone folder (if you use one) and your favorite adhesive.   I will have Stampin’ Up! Snail adhesive for sale if you don’t have any adhesive. 

Bring a Friend – Bring a friend who has never attended any of my classes, stampers club  or events and you will each get to make any one card for FREE.

Place an order – Place an order of $25 and make any 3 cards for FREE.  Order $50 and make any 6 cards for FREE.

RSVPs are welcome but not required. 

ENJOY this SUNNY Day and hope to see you soon.

Carol Valentine

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sale a bration is almost over😢

I am not sure what product from SAB that I will miss the most.......maybe the DSP, it is So beautiful.   Last Saturday I held a Scallop tag topper punch class, it was a lot of fun, even had some do overs.....and sponging to disguise some ink booboos.....Here are the projects we made in the class.  
This first card, is something like the card we did last month for stamp club, I CASEd the card from SCS but can't remember who.....when  I find out whose card it was I will update this post.
The DSP is the DSP paper that I am going to miss...and computer issues.... Such a cute card using the new scallop tag topper punch.   Want to order the punch, contact me. Today and get a free gift from me.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easter Treat Holder

had Stamp Club this week and one of the projects was this super easy candy treat holder.

I used the oval framelits, the 4th one from the smallest.   I stamped the Happy Easter from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set using Marina Mist ink.   The back of the treat holder is Marina Mist card stock and the front is some retired Subtles DSP.   You know how that paper accumulates, and this is a great way to use up some smaller pieces.  The treat coupes are a real bargain at $2.95 for 12 cups.    Even with shipping and tax, they are only 29 cents each!!!!  The circles to punch out for the treat cups is the 1 3/4" circle punch.   I used some of the yarn from the Sale a bration accessory pack to tie a loop at the top, so you can hang for a Easter Tree or anywhere.   

This one, I added something...

And the I decided to add to it, so I stamped the bunny from the stamp set, Baby we've grown from the  Occasions  catalog and colored it using the aqua painter and the lids of ink pads and cut it out using my paper snips! they are the best.   Want to make some of these Easter Treat holders, contact me to order any supplies you need, do it soon as I will be placing an order on Saturday an you could save on shipping and I will be giving gifts to all who place an order this week, no matter how small.

Carol Valentine

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spiral flower !!!!!

In the Occasions catalog on page 32 is a new Big Shot die...It's up in the top corner and I skimmed over it more than once.    A few weeks after receiving my copy of this magazine, I saw some projects using this die, so I purchased it.   It arrived and promptly sat on a table in my craft sat and sat, still In the wrapper.  FOR OVER A MONTH!  Does anyone else do this??????

Well, last week I attended a Stampin' Up! Demo only meeting...not boring like most meetings!!! here we have lots of fun, learning new techniques, seeing products demonstrated by fellow demonstrators, swapping card fronts, and of course stamping.  There is recognition for sales and new demos and chances of getting free stampin up goodies!   OK so now the demonstration starts with this new die, cut card stock to fit on top of die, two pieces,  run thru the Big Shot now you have two.   Start a center and twirl til you get to the larger end and secure with hot glue!    That was it!! OMG So so easy. And so so pretty..   They had samples using all kinds of color combinations.  I only took a partial picture, but aren't they gorgeous??? 

I came home opened the package, took out the die, measured around the cutting part do the die and cut 2 pieces of card stock 4" x 4 1/2".   I put both of them on top of the die and ran it thru the big shot.  On one of the spirals I sponged some same color ink on the edges, I think next time I will do more ink. Next take a pair of tweezers and start turning from small edge til you get to the large end, then have your hot glue gun on and ready and put some glue on last Petal and press.  

The leaves are scraps of card stock cut out with the Sizzlet Little Leaves die, pg 188 of the regular catalog and only $5.50.   

If you want to learn more about this Stampin' Up! Big shot die or any of the great products we carry, just leave me a message here or contact me.

Carol Valentine

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Giggle Greetings

When I attended Convention last year, I participated in a 3x3 card swap and then made about 100 regular sized card swaps.    I received so many great swaps and have used many to CASE (copy and share everything) and to made exact copies of the swap card and give to friends and family.   One of the cards I received from a friend, from Leadershp 3 years ago, Jackie Bultje, I just changed the color of the card base and added some Crystal effects to the cherries!

Speaking of  Convention, leadership! friends........In my almost 10 years of being a demonstrator, I have attended 11 conventions, and 2 Leaderships and met hundreds of new friends, all thru this wonderful company, Stampin' Up!.   My life changed for the better the day I signed up to be a demonstrator...I signed up to get the discount, never expecting to demonstrating products, teaching classes, or having a stamp club!   Now 10 years later, still enjoying Sharing what I Love.  In November I reached a milestone, $100,000.00 in lifetime sales!!!   WOO HOO.   I celebrated by giving gifts to every customer who had ordered $50 in these years and to my top 10 customers, I had planned something special for late in December, however I had a medical incident and completely put that on hold.   Now with this crazy winter, lots of snow and cold!!!  I am going to reschedule it for sometime in April...
The ladies listed are my TOP 10 ---- 
First, my Mom, Edna Hurtt, good friend, Shirley Brown (mom to Nancy), Valerie Morazzani, friend who I don't get to see much anymore --life makes us all busy, friends Diane Strotz, Roberta Marye,and Linda Trevey --- all three part of the wed night stampers, my good friend, Phyllis Miller, my sister Joyce Riesett, longtime friend, Joyce Clark and friend, Anne Bates.    Ladies look for a email invitation to come to special event just for you..    Thanks to all my customers, now friends for being a part of my are all special to me.

If you think you might like to join this fun company of Stampin'Up!, I would love to have you join my team.   It is Sale a bration time now and besides great deals for customers and hostesses, it is a great time to join.   You get an extra $50 in free merchandise, and I have new, unused stamp sets, each person signing up gets to choose one of these sets.    You can contact me to learn more...the bonuses are available until March 31st.

Ok, now onto the card made with the stamp set Giggle Greetings


Friday, March 7, 2014

Birthday Card Class - New Stamps and Accessories from the Occasions Catalog

Wow! has it been almost a month since I posted???   Where does the time go?  This gloomy, cold, snowy weather sure hasn't gone as fast as time has....Is everyone ready for Spring as much as I am?

Last month we travelled to Florida for our Anniversary, vacation and to start our search for a home to Snowbird to!   We saw a few houses and since coming home, the real estate agent has sent us some listings for others.   I can't wait to be in Florida for the winters!!!!

While in Florida, I held a Birthday Card Class with some friends of my Mom's, it was a lot of fun stamping with you ladies - Adela (thanks for the use of the hall), Elaine, Irene, Becky and my Mom.  The next week, we had a craft day at my Mom's too and got some stamping done. 

I didn't take too many pictures, but here are a few:

These are the birthday card class the ladies made.   I am repeating this class tomorrow and have 2 openings.....if you are in the Westminster, Maryland area and can make it, give me a call....starts at 10am. - Cost $20, includes everything except adhesive so bring your favorite.

These cards were made by the ladies on our craft day at Mom's

 I love this one that Becky made....the designer paper had the designed embossed on!
 Of course I had to share a picture of Rachel!   All bundled up for our walk.   After we got home from Florida, we had a few warm days so I met Christine and Rachel for a walk around a park (paved!!!) too much melting snow to go to an unpaved park.  
 Here is a card my Stamper's Club made for February...It uses the fantastic new Scallop Tag Topper punch#133324, $22.95.    I have used this punch SO much since receiving it a month ago, I just LOVE it.  SO, I have scheduled a class using this punch:   March 29th, 10a - 12noon (-/+) Scallop Tag Topper Punch Class - Cost $30, which includes the punch and 3  4 projects made with the punch; 2 different cards, a treat holder and a tag card. RSVP with payment only no later than March 16th.
You can email me, call me, txt me to RSVP.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stampers Club Cards

Here are the Stampers Club Cards for January. 

This first card is a star burst card....a great way to use up some of those smaller pieces of DSP.

Cut DSP in strips of 1 1/2" x 3".   Put a strip in your paper trimmer and  place so that you are cutting diagonally on the long side.   On my card I also used some pieces of card stock that I embossed using various embossing folders.

Next take a scrap piece of  paper    4  1/4"  X  3", I used some cheap, thin card stock and measured half way at 2 1/8" and drew a line from top to bottom.    Next using Stampin' Up's great glue sticks applying glue over entire covering over  entire piece.  Start placing your DSP strips beginning at center line and the next on the other side of the line and keep alternating til the whole piece is covered, making sure the strips cover all the tips of the corners.   Let glue dry about 2 or 3 minutes.

I used the label framelits cutting the smaller in whisper white card stock and the next size in crisp cantaloupe, and used  the paper piercing template and pierced around the edge.   I used the stamp set from Sale a bration (SAB) Petal Parade and stamped all over using the colors in the DSP, Sweet Sorbet (also from SAB).   I stamped the birthday greeting in basic black ink. 

This is a little Valentie treat holder using the scalloped tag topper punch, punching both ends.  I used a 1 7/8" by 5" piece of card stock and  scored it at 1 7/8" and 3 1/8", wrapped my Hershey's nugget in some festive  DSP and secured candy with some snail.   Tied some real red stitched ribbon at top and stamped the front using Around Array stamp set and 7/8" scallop circle punch and used the new banner punch for the tag and an image from one of the Valentine special stamp sets.   These were so quick and easy to make...for any occasion.

My favorite stamp set in the new Occasions catalog, Happy Watercolor.   I CASEd this card from Stampin' Up's! Demo only magazine, just another benefit of being a demo.    I used whisper white card stock and stamped "the blob" in coastal cabana (I stamped off each time).  I stamped the flower in smoky slate, the. Stamped another one on a scrap piece of whisper white card stock, using black staz on ink.   I colored the flower in using crisp cantaloupe and my aqua painter.  I cut it out using one of my favorite tools, my paper snips....the best tool for $10.00.

I have been enjoying Fllorida's sunny weather and glad to miss all the snowy cold weather at home.  Heading home tomorrow.