Sunday, December 30, 2012

More Christmas Cards Received

Had a great trip to Pennsylvania to see family and friends for Christmas.  It snowed Christmas eve.  Not too much, just enough to give us a White Christmas.  Picture perfect!  Then they were calling for another storm coming through the day after Christmas starting at 7 a.m.  So mighty Rick and I headed back to SC at 8:30 p.m. (Christmas night) and got home at 4:00 a.m.   It was a long night, but after a very late sleep-in, I got up to some more home made cards awaiting me.   As promised, here they are ...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tea Light Card

At December Diva we made a card that was truly a hit.  While I don't share all the special cards we make at Diva club, I wanted to share this one ... it's very unique ...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Leadership Swaps

I've been busy getting some swaps together for my upcoming Leadership Conference in Orlando in January. Here's one of my swaps I'm working on ...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Homemade Christmas Cards #4

Here we go again.  Christmas Eve and I'll be at my Sisters ... Here's her beautiful card to me ...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Homemade Christmas Cards #3

So now I have your attention.  I'm always amazed how many zillion of card ideas are out there.   And the different styles of each gal ... Here are two more ...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Receiving Homemade Christmas Cards

one of my favorite times of the year ... I LOVE receiving homemade cards from my fellow cardmaking, friends and relatives ... in the next few days leading up to Christmas, I'd like to share them all with you ...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Hour Beer Stein

Here's a fun card we will be making the first week in January as part of our Mens' Stamp a Stack class on January 7th & 8th ...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

How creative are you???

At convention this past summer, this card was the talk of the convention.   Again, I can't give you a lot of specifics, but you can have fun figuring it out.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A few Christmas Card Ideas ...

Wow, it's been a while ... 4 brand new KISS classes (Keep it Simple & Stunning) and 4 Divas classes in the last two weeks ... just doesn't allow a lot of time to blog.  Well, I'm back and hopefully will get to post a few things of interest before Christmas ...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Guest Host, Judie F.

Another beautiful day in Sunny Sun City South Carolina!   I just love this time of the year ... especially this weekend.   It seems like all the kids and grandkids come to visit their parents here in Sun City for Thanksgiving weekend and the playground (next door) is alive with the sound of youth.   It's exhilerating!

Okay, back to work ...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just another day to be grateful for all the blessings in my life.  Although we won't be with family in PA today, we will be having some other couples over for our feast.   This has become our tradition to invite those who, too, won't be with their families.  It's actually a lot of fun!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Online Extravaganza Starts Monday!

The Online Extravaganza promotion is our biggest online sale of the year and it starts Monday November 19th and end at midnight on November 28th.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall 2012 Retreat Recap

Wow, what a fantastic weekend.  About 40 gals gathered into one room for non-stop, marathon stamping, sharing hundreds of ideas ... just one great weekend.  Here's are some photos so you can see what you missed ...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Retreat Day #4

Today is the sad day ... we have to leave Stamp Camp ... but after 3+ days of almost non-stop stamping, it's probably time ... but still sad.  Today we don't have a make and take, but the girls did wake up to a surprise at their tables ...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Retreat Day #3

I know you gals out there who are following this blog are jealous ... We are having so much fun in Asheville at Stamp Retreat.   Please join us in the Spring - March 14-18, 2013!   Save the date ...

Here's today's Make & Take  .......

Friday, November 9, 2012

Retreat Day #2

Today a few more girls will be checking in!  We do offer two packages -- a 3 or 4 day package!   Most girls decide, however, that once they try the 3 day they want the 4-day package next time!   It's just too much fun!!!

Here's today's make & take:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Retreat is Here!!!!

Wahooooooo !!!!!  Today starts my second retreat near Asheville, NC.   I just love retreat ... and while it's a little different now that I have to prepare and bring everything here, I still love the excitement of seeing 40+ women piling in with their carts of paper crafting supplies to do a marathon stamping weekend!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Stampin' Up! Ink-Redible Starter Kit Bonus!

A great Stampin' Up! Starter Kit deal just got even better!  NOW through Dec. 16, Stampin' Up! is including a FREE color collection of our new Firm Foam Ink Pads with the purchase of the $99 Starter Kit.  You can select either the Brights, Regals or Subtles collection (10 ink pads).  Value $49.95.  The Neutrals collection is not included in this offer. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stampin Trimmer is Here!

You’ve patiently waited for five months – well the wait is over!!!  The new Stampin' Trimmer is finally here! 


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Upcoming Classes

I'm excited to announce some upcoming classes ... If you are local, here's the schedule with brief descriptions ...  Bring a friend to join in a class who's never been to one of my classes and receive $5 off your class fee!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

One Day only Stamp Sale - Monday 10/29/12!!!

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is having a 1 day stamp sale.  Almost every stamp set Stampin' Up! sells will be 15% off on Monday, October 29, from 12:00 a.m. (MT) until 11:50 p.m. (MT).  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Monday, Octoer 29th - One Spooktacular Day!

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! will be reducing just about every stamp set in both current catalogs by 15% on MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH ---

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Have a New Helper!

Yes, it's official ... if you are wondering where I've been ... well I've been training my new helper ... and she needs a lot of help ...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Postage Due

This month's Diva we will be using this fun stamp set!   Here's just another card that was made using this stamp set.  Again, it was a swap.

Postage Due stamp set (pg 108).  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Not Quite Navy.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Major Clearance Sale

Just got the memo that Stampin' Up! has added over 70 items to its clearance rack ...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Snow Much Fun

With the beautiful weather we've been having, it's hard to think about snow.  But before we know it the Christmas holidays will be here.  Here's a starter...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Another Bootiful Card

Now this one was received at convention from a card swap.  So I can't take credit for it, but just loved it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bootiful Occasions

We're quickly approaching Halloween so it's time to start making those Halloween cards ...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ronald McDonald House Fund Raiser

When:  Thursday and Friday - October 11 and 12th
Where:  My House
Times:  Thursday - 1-9 p.m.
Friday - 1-5 p.m.
Cost:  $15-$25 depending your option!

You get to make 8 cards, get 8 envelopes and depending on option chosen, a Moving Forward Stamp set.

RSVP today (deadline) -

Monday, October 8, 2012

Angry Bird

In honor of my daughter's visit with her family this weekend ... and my three grandsons ... wahoooooo!, here's a fun container I found at convention that reminded me of my little guys ...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Reason #4

Another reason to come join the fun on October 11 and 12 .. Ronald McDonald House Charity fundraiser!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Reason #3 ++

Here's another reason to join our fun helping to raise for the Ronald McDonald House Charities ...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

One More Reason ...

to join in on the fun at the Ronald McDonald Stamping Event!   For the next 7 days I will give you another reason every day to get this fun stamp set!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ronald McDonald Event & Techniques Class

So busy preparing lots of classes ... so little time to do my blog . . .

Many of you have asked when will I be doing the Ronald McDonald fund raiser class ... The dates will be Thursday, 10/11 fro 1-9 p.m. AND Friday, 10/12 from 1-5 p.m..  You will make 8 cards with envelopes (2 each of 4 designs).  The cost will be $15 OR for $20 you can make the 8 cards and receive a free clear set of the Moving Forward stamp set (pg. 209) OR if you place a $40 order, the cards and envelopes are free (no stamp set included).  Whichever option you choose, $3 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald charities, either from me or from Stampin' Up!  It's truly a win/win for all ...

Here's a sample of what you will be making ...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Moving Forward

Wonder where I've been ... well we got home from vacation only to have my computer's hard drive crash the next day.  So while I'm home and doing fine, my computer's been at the Best Buy Hospital for a week.   I'm happy to welcome it home today ... all fixed and running well!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lean on Me

How many times do we need a card to send to a friend who's going through a rough time?  Unfortunately too many times.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Summer Smooches DSP

Since I'm on the road with these postings, they will continue to be simple but sweet with little descriptions ...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bird Punch

Here's another simple but sweet card to use up some of those scraps of paper.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Lovely as a Tree

Been wondering where I've been ... well we are on vacation and we were camping in the beautiful area of Bar Harbor, Maine.  While the views were spectacular, the internet connections were not so good. ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Snow Flurry

Oh, is it a little early for snow when it's 80 degrees outside ... Well here's a sample of the card I made for Kim's Team Event this past Saturday...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 Fall Retreat Classes

Stamping Retreat will be here before we know it!   If you have not signed up for our retreat, please do so by emailing me for full information -- BZSTAMPIN@LIVE.COM.   If you are signed up, here's the class information you've been waiting for.  If you are not attending retreat, I hope you enjoy these great ideas ...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Paper Doily & Bordering on Romance

So busy getting ready for our big Team Event this Saturday.  Also busy getting ready to post the class selections for our up-coming Stamping Retreat in November.  In the mean time, here's a very pretty card idea for you...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Moving Forward - Benefiting Ronald McDonald House

Every year Stampin' Up! chooses one stamp set to help fund the Ronald McDonald charity.  If you look on the back inside cover of our current Catalog (pg. 209) you will see this fun stamp set.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another Inspired Card

As we were driving around on Sunday with our friends from PA, Jane and Fred, we noticed a beautiful white picked fence with knock-down roses growing in front of them.   I was once again inspired ...

Monday, August 6, 2012

What a FUN Weekend

Had company for the weekend, and they just left.  This couple came to visit a few years ago ... Fred and Jane.  Fred was one of Rick's long-time Nascar buddies ... back when Nascar wasn't even popular.  I wasn't that excited about their first visit as I didn't know either of them. . .

Friday, August 3, 2012

Two pretty cards ...

As I'm sitting here waiting for out of town company for the weekend, thought I'd put up a quick post for your weekend enjoyment.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Halloween Recruiting Special

If you love Halloween, now's the time to join my team.  Whether you want to start a business or just capitalize on the product discounts or have access to the fabulous demonstrator website with thousands of ideas ...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 Holiday Mini Becomes Live Today

It's always exciting to be able to start selling from a new catalog.   As a demonstrator I've had a whole month to order and play with my new stuff.  It is awesome.  My divas will be previewing many of the new products next week. ... If you have not seen the new 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog ...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Birthday Cards

Arrived home safely from my Salt Lake City (Convention) and Michigan with friends excursions yesterday afternoon to a counter full of birthday cards.  I have to say one of my favorite things about being a demonstrator, besides getting to know so many great gals who also love to make cards, is receiving cards from them!!!  I just have to share them with you now ...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Birthday Cards

Wow, what a beautiful birthday yesterday.   A big thanks to all my Facebook friends with birthday wishes.   We left Mackinaw City in northern Michigan and drove back to the Battle Creek area via a beautiful town of Potaskey on Lake Michigan.   Absolutely beautiful and fun shops.   I think I could live in Michigan, even in the winter, if I could have one of the homes on Lake Michigan :-)

Speaking of birthdays, here are a few birthday card ideas from Convention to keep you going until I get back and back to work ...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Even more Cards from Convention

I have so many cards but at his writing only a few uploaded to my computer.  Enjoy these, too.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

More Cards from Convention

There is no method to my madness here.  Just hoping to keep giving you some card ideas while I'm busy at Convention and traveling.   Enjoy!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

More Convention Photos

Such long, great days.  We start early and we go until after 9 each day.  Last night was awards night and I had the awesome opportunity to go up to the stage twice for two great awards ... Fiji ... wahooo!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Convention Highlights

Arrived yesterday, been exploring Salt Lake City and had a fun tour of the Stampin' Up! home office today ...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Off to Convention ...

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go ... to Convention ... Wahooooo!  I've been practicing my "wahoo's" ... just a fabulously fun time.   One of my downlines, Sheri, will be sharing the fun with me this year along with a lot of my other great friends I've made through this great Stampin' Up! family.  Check out what's in my suitcase for my 3-D swaps.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blossom Punch

This week as I was running Christmas in July, I walked into my supply closet and right there in the middle of the floor was a scrap piece of Floral District DSP (pg 163).  I was about to throw it out but got distracted.  So there it sat on my work desk ... did not make it to the trash can ... So glad it didn't...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Christmas in July -- Today and 7/31

Well, we had 12 girls show up on Tuesday to make their Christmas cards early.  What a fun day ... and believe it or not, there are still plenty of cards to make ...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July & One More Reason to Love the new Ink Pads!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY ... And a big THANK YOU to everyone out there who has worked so hard to preserve our independence!  This card is for you!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Reason to Smile

July ... that alone is a reason to smile ... not only is it the month to celebrate our independence ... but it's also my birthday month ... and my daughter's birthday month!
I cannot believe my daughter will be 30 in two days ... whew ... I still remember the day they placed her in my arms and I just melted !!!!  Thirty years ago ... Now as for my age ... well let's just say I will be celebrating my 31st anniversary of her birthday!

With that said, I think it's time for birthday presents ...  I've teamed up with Stampin' Up!'s July special to give you one awesome special!   If you email me an order of $50 or more BEFORE JULY 25TH (Christmas in July), you will receive from Stampin' Up! this awesome stamp set --- A Reason to Smile -- for only $5.  AND ... if I receive your order BEFORE JULY 25th ... I will pay your 10% shipping AND your taxes*!  Please read on ...

Above is the stamp set ... and below is a card we made at a recent Shoebox Swap using this sweet set ... This card is thanks to my super upline, Kim!  Read on ...

So now it's your turn.  Grab your new catalog or click here to view an online copy.  Make your wish list, and simply email me your list to:  Be sure to use this email address to make sure I get it.  Also, let me know if you want WOOD MOUNT or CLEAR MOUNT.   I will be placing the order after the 25th.  If you are local, I will email you when your order is here.

*If you are not local, please place your order online by clicking here and click on "shop now".  Once you have entered $50 or more in product, then enter one of these item numbers to get your set for $5.:

Wood Mount:  131274
Clear Mount:  131275

Then simply print out your receipt, send me a copy and I will reimburse you for your shipping and taxes.  Your order will come right to your house.  You can mail your receipt to me at:  23019 Kingfisher Drive, Indian Land, SC 29707.  You, as an out-of-town follower, may email me your order if you don't want to order online, but I would need a check or your credit card information prior to July 25th as well.   Either way ... we'll make it work.  Email me if you have any questions!

Happy shopping!  This is your opportunity to save about 18%!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bootiful Occasions

Well, I've saved my favorite card swap for convention for last.   Have you seen this fun NEW stamp set yet???  Bootiful Occasions (pg 50).

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wahoooo --- It's Official!

Just got notification this week that I have officially earned the Grand Vacation from Stampin' Up! --5 days, 4 nights in FIJI for two!!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Back from Vacation... Another Swap idea...

Ten days in PA with 5 grandkids in the motorhome for a week was Wonderful and Exhausting.  We're back and I'm busy finishing up some more swaps for convention ...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Spritzer Clarification

On my last blog posting showing the use of the spritzer tool and one of my card swaps for convention, there was some confusion.  Let me try to explain a little better ...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ribbon and DSP Share

With the release of the new catalog, here's a chance for you to get a sampling of some of the new products:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Final Two Days of Current Catalog

Yes, it will be tough to say goodbye to a lot of the goodies in the current catalog ... Remember, as of June 1st, we will no longer carry a log of items ...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Simply Sent Notecards

I will miss these simple cards.  Here are two samples we used at Diva club last month ...

Friday, May 25, 2012

New Ink Pads

Wow, I was at a stampin event on Wednesday night and used some of the new ink pads ... all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW ...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bye, Bye Best Friends Forever

This is such a great set in so many ways.  First, it's an excellent set to use for your Best Friends ...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"C" is for Cat

"C" is for Cat and "D" is for Dog (pg 72) will be retiring as of June 30th!  Here is a flip card that I had made using some retired DSP ...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die

Love this die!!!   Here's a sweet card that was made using it and the Layered Labels set (pg. 103 of new catalog) and the new Apothecary Accents Framelits (pg 191 of new catalog) ...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Oval Accent vs. Top Note

...  you be the judge.  For those of you who know me, the Top Note Bigz Die has been a favorite of mine for years.   Now, with the release of the new catalog, it's got some competition ... The Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (pg 192 of new catalog).

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers' Day!!!

... to all of you Mothers out there!  Today is our day to be pampered!   Before you start your day, here's a sneak peak of some of the new items from our new catalog.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bye, Bye Upsy Daisy!

Okay, I know they have to make room for more new, exciting stamps .... but no, not Upsy Daisy on the chopping block!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another Mocha Morning!

If you attended the Spring retreat, you got the opportunity to see Sherahl's great ideas using Mocha Morning DSP (pg. 183).  While Sherahl is extremely talented, this paper is so awesome that when you combine a great cardmaker with some great paper, you can't help but get great results...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cottage Garden

Such a busy and fun time of the year at Stampin' Up!  New catalog coming out June 1st, and we as demonstrators get to see it on May 7th!  Can't wait.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Vintage Vogue

Soon to be retired is an other one of my favorite stamp sets .. Vintage Vogue (pg. 147).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

More Bright Blossoms

Can you tell I really like this set.  When I first saw this set, I again wasn't that impressed.  Then I started seeing cards made through our demonstrator website.  Then I came along some notes I took at convention at one of the sessions I attended.   I started thinking about what I learned...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Note Card Open House this Week

For all of you Local Followers, I will be having open houses today through Tuesday to make my very popular Note Card Sets ...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012


The Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 Annual Catalog begins June 1 and will offer over 200 pages of card samples, papercrafting ideas, new products and the reveal of the 2012-2014 In Colors.  I'm personally offering a special promotion to get the catalog to you FREE and ASAP.

  • Place an on-line order thru me of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) between April 25 and May 15.   
  • I'll reward you with a FREE catalog and FREE PRIORITY MAIL delivery (2-3 business days) so that you get it ASAP.  Your catalog will arrive separately from your product order.
  • Be sure to log into your Stampin' Up! on-line profile and update your address and contact information if they will change by 5/15.
  • This is not a Stampin' Up! company promotion.  It is a personal promotion for customers making a qualifying on-line purchase thru me.

Just FYI and before you panic (like I did when I saw the Retired Accessories list and saw most markers retiring and all ink pads retiring), please read on.  I thought there was another Color Renovation going on.  I did panic.  But that's not the case!  In the new catalog markers will be mostly sold in groups only.  A few colors will be sold individually.  So if you want a few markers, now is the time to order them.

As far as the ink pads go, they are re-configuring the pads and replacing the felt pads with foam pads.  The outside style of the ink pads will remain the same (allowing you to store the pads upside down), but the new foam pads allow for easier inking and a more uniform end result.  I'm thrilled.   I will most likely use my older style for some time until I can slowly get the newer ones.  So, again, don't panic.

Most of the ribbons will be retiring.  Stock up now with your favorites.  Buttons, brads, punches, big shot dies, etc. are all on the Accessories List.  AND, SOME OF THE ITEMS ARE DISCOUNTED UP TO 70% OFF!!!   These items must be ordered online only and ASAP.  My suggestion to you is to click on the above lists, make a list of the item numbers you would like, then go to my online store and click on "Shop Now".  Enter all the numbers and check out as soon as you can.  Once the items are gone, they're gone.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bright Blossoms

Here are a few more from this collection to keep your creative juices flowing ...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bright Blossoms - Summer Smooches

The grandkids are back in PA along with Rick.  Diva Club will be in full swing all week.

Stampin' Up! has made available to pre-order in April several products from the Summer Smooch Collection, including the Bright Blossoms stamp set and a wonderful designer series paper collection with beautiful, bright bold colors.

While I'm busy in the next few days with Diva club, I will be sharing with you a few cards I made for a board I made to show my Divas.  Enjoy ... all of the products used here are available for you to order online NOW!   

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Love & Laughter

Weddings season is coming up.  Are you ready?   Check out this great stamp set and Jumbo Wheel on page 29 and get them before this Occasion mini catalog expires April 30th...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sweet Shop

Great collection with awesome designer series paper.  One side is cutsie (with ice cream cones, cakes, etc.).  The other sides are really great for any type of cards.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Prints

Here are a few cards Frances made for retreat.  These are adorable cards.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mixed Bunch

I am so thrilled that this week I have my three precious grandkids here for the week.  So, not to let you miss out on creative ideas, I have pre-posted a few blogs.  These blogs will show you a few cards made from stamp sets in the current Occasions Mini Catalog.  Remember, this catalog expires April 30th.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Retired List is Here

This is the day I've been waiting for.  What's staying in the new catalog and; more important, what won't be in the new catalog ...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Just Believe

Friday a.m. and off to tennis in a few minutes.  Before that, I thought I'd share this sweet card I made last night.   Rick's coming home tomorrow night with my three grandkids.   I CANNOT WAIT!!!!  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sweet Shop Class - This Saturday & Clearance Rack

Just a reminder to those who signed up for this Saturday's class (April 14th at 1 p.m. at the Lakehouse in Sun City) ...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Summer Smooches

As promised yesterday, here's the scoop on Stampin Up!'s latest promotion ... Summer Smooches ..

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Ribbon Easter Basket

Another absolutely beautiful day yesterday, Easter Day, here in sunny SC!  While Rick was enjoying himself in PA, I had a great day with several friends here.  Here's what I made to take to my Easter Brunch invite ...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days here in SC.  Not too cold, not to hot, just perfect.   I started the day with a 5K walk, then to the Lakehouse to watch the "grandkids" of Sun City collect hundreds of eggs.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Catalog Coming June 1st-Get your Free Copy

Stampin' Up! has changed their release dates for their yearly catalogs.  The new one will be available June 1st this year instead of July 1st (from previous years).  If you need a catalog, here's your chance to get one from me FREE ...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More Retreat Card Photos and Divas

My divas are arriving this week for Diva Club and have been asking me why the Diva group photo from retreat was not posted.... well it goes ... along with some more fun card ideas from retreat.

Here they are (minus one, Sheri baby, who had to leave early to go to work :-( ...
Thanks to all my great divas who attended my first retreat.   Hope you'll all come back in the fall along with more divas ... It's a great "gals'" weekend!  (Nov. 8-11, 2012)

Now, onto some cards from retreat.  These are made with the new edgelits and framelits, now on sale through the end of April in our Occasions Mini Catalog.   But if you'd like to get some free goodies, order now before the end of March to get a free item from our Sale A Bration catalog for every $50 you spend in product.  See to the right of this blog for both catalogs.  Time's running out for FREE sale a bration items!

Bordering on Romance stamp set (pg. 11 of Occasions Mini catalog) was used on these first three cards along with the Labels Collection Framelits (pg 6) and the Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (pg 7)

The above card uses the Apothecary Art stamp set (pg 24 Occasions).  Again, check out both catalogs to the right, if you haven't seen them yet.  

You can always order online 24/7.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I'm back ...

okay, I confess ... the retreat took a lot out of me ... and catch up is always a challenge ... but was it worth it .... YES!!!!   What a fun, fun four days in the beautiful mountains just outside Asheville, NC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Back to Reality Ranch ... preparing for Techniques class this Thursday.  We will have a class at 10:00 a.m. at the Sun City Lakehouse.  Then for those of you who work, we will have a 6 p.m. class at my home.  If you haven't signed up, please contact me now.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Retreat - Day #4

Sad, sad day ... we have to go back to reality ranch today ... No more stamping morning, noon, and night.  No more beds being made for us ... No more three daily meals, all prepared and cleaned up for us ... No more ideas, ideas, ideas ... back to Reality Ranch ... meals to cook, beds to make, dust bunnies staring us in the face ....

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Retreat - Day #3

Today we are going to have fun with our newest punch, Blossom punch (pg 17 Occasions Mini).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Retreat 1st Day

Well, the most of the girls will be arriving today.  And the Make & Takes will be starting as this blog is posting ... come along and join the fun.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rue Des Fleurs

Here are a few more ... stop back tomorrow to see what the gals at retreat will be working on ..

As mentioned previously, when the stamps are awesome, you don't need a lot of extras.

Add a few punched flowers to our Hat Pins (pg 18 Occasions Mini), and you've got a masterpiece! 

Now talk about simple ... this takes the prize ... and what a great card.  I used the scoring tool and scored a simple line around the edges of the stamped whisper white piece.  This simply ties in with the simple  card.

Well, if you're not sold on Rue Des Fluers yet, there may be more.  As mentioned in my first blog on this stamp set, I love it.  And, there are a few more images that may show up again.

Stop back tomorrow to see Thursday's Make & Take at retreat ...  Happy Stampin!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rue Des Fleurs

I first saw this stamp set and thought, "what in the world?"  Then, as usual, I started seeing cards made with this set, and it was love ... just not at first site.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Everyday Elegance Simply Sent Cards

Okay, these have been in the catalog since the catalog was brought out last July (pg. 193).  But if you were like me and didn't get excited about them when you first saw them, well now's the time for you to try them for free ...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Diagonal Scoring Plate at Work

As promised, here are some finished projects made with Stampin' Up!'s new Diagonal Scoring Plate ...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Oh Wow ... the Diagonal Scoring Plate is Here!

If you were wowed by our Simply Scoring Pad, then wait til you see what is available today!!!  I got mine last week and have already designed a card and class to go with it...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Easter Cards

What a great weekend ... lots of free time and spent a lot of it making another board for retreat.
This board will show numerous cards made from the Easter Dove stamp (pg 43-Occasions Mini) and the Crosses of Hope (pg 77) stamp set.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Girls' Night Out Stamping Party!

Want to have a fun night with your friends stamping the night away with no one there bugging your friends to buy any product???  ....

Thursday, February 23, 2012

F-A-M-I-L-Y Frame

Here's a new project I came up with the help of my PA friends.  They attended a class and shared a photo of what they made...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Retreat Classes

Busy, busy, busy finalizing the details of the retreat.   I asked some very talented demonstrators who are attending retreat to put a class together.  They've come up with some awesome class ideas.  I thought on this blog I would share the photos of the projects.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Aviary (pg. 83) was one of those stamp sets I fell in love with when it first came out.  Then, in normal Stampin' Up! style, they bring in so many great new stamp sets, this one took a back seat for a while...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kindness Matters

Another FREE stamp set if you purchase $50 in product during Sale A Bration ... wait until you see this beauty!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tea Shoppe

What a great day today ... up early and just got so much done, including a great Valentine Tea with our Cooking Fingers group ... always a fun time.  About 150 ladies in a large room with beautifully decorated tables ... a big thanks to my diva, Pat S and her group for our wonderful table, complete with Valentine goodie bags and all!   Then home to play and then to Tennis-tini ... our tennis team's martini monthly group ...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Designer Frames

Designer Frames Textured Impression Embossing Folders are one of my new "favorites".   And from now until the end of March, 2012, you can get them FREE through Sale A Bration (SAB).   Here are a few cards made with these great folders ...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

FREE, yes FREE Sale A Bration

I love this time of year ... Sale A Bration ... You've been wondering where I've been ... busy with classes and orders for free sale a bration items ... here's something you can make for free ...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Button Buddies with Petite Pairs

When I first saw Button Buddies stamp set (pg 71), I wasn't impressed.  Then when I went to the fall retreat and saw my leader, Kim's, Button Buddies board with tons of ideas, I fell in love with it. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Free Trial of My Digital Studio

Effective February 1, 2012, Stampin' Up! is making an awesome offer.  Everyone can try My Digital Studio FREE for 30 days!!!  Read more for all information...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lovely as a Tree Sparkles

Had an awesome techniques club meeting yesterday at our Lakehouse activity center here in Sun City.  To my amazement, 20 gals showed up.  The room was hopping, and I think this was one of the favorite cards and techniques ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Everyday Enchantment with Love & Laughter

Combining the Occasions Mini products (Love & Laughter, pg. 29) with your FREE Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper AND the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Packet and see what you get ...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sale-A-Bration starts today!!!!!

Yes, it is the best time of the year ... Sale-A-Bration!   For every $50 you spend in product, you get to pick one FREE, yes FREE, item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  If you haven't received your Sale-A-Bration catalog yet, you can click on the photo to the right and see all the goodies ...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wow ... what a Leadership Conference!!!

What an incredible week ... I learned so much, met so many awesome demonstrators and spent time with those across the country who I only get to see at these events ... and CARD ideas ... whahooooo!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Off to Leadership in San Antonio!

I've been so bad at posting blogs lately ... life's just been crazy and hectic.   My daughter's home from the hospital with a new bionic arm.  While in a lot of pain now, we're hoping for a full recovery.  Thanks to all for your kind words and prayers ...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I'm back...

It's been a while  ... between a week in Florida and getting back to the news of my daughter being hit by a car on Wednesday night and hospitalized and me turning around and making the trip to PA, well, it's just been a little hectic ...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wow, 2011 is over and we're into 2012.  As we age I really think times flies quicker!   Before I put all my decorations and cards away, I wanted to share with you a few more of the beautiful homemade Christmas cards I received ...