Saturday, January 24, 2015


I decided to start thinking "SPRING" today just because I'm tired of winter!!  So, I removed my winter scene from my framed picture on my wall and replaced it with lots of SPRING and lots of layers.  I only have this one project to show you today as I cleaned up my studio to get ready to fly down to Orlando, Florida for Stampin' Up's! Leadership Convention. WooHoo, going to catch some warmth and sun and have fun with thousands of stamping friends -- what more can a girl ask for!!  I hope to post pictures here on my blog while I am there -- if we don't party too much.

Anyway, here is my SPRING frame with all the layers, using product from the new Occasions Mini Catalog:

Okay, so I forgot to mention I'm also showing off my newest great-granddaughter, Hazel Ann (she's 19 days old here).  What better way to do it than using the beautiful new Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper!!!  I also used the new Bouquet Bigz L Big Shot Die (flowers petals around circle pictures), new Butterflies Thinlits Die along with Butterfly Punches, new Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim (love this!!), new Something Borrowed Embellishments, and sentiment from the Feels Good Stamp Set.
The new lace makes such a beautiful flower!!

Until next time (hopefully, in sunny Orlando!!),

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills -- from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."  -- Psalm 121:1-1

Sunday, January 18, 2015


I had so much fun yesterday at my stamping event to showcase some of the new product in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.  I love getting my friends together for a morning of stamping, catching up on the events in their life, and then all the ooh's and aah's over the new stamps and accessories.  We were all in total agreement that we loved and "wanted" everything in the catalogs -- best ever!!!  And for me, it was so difficult to narrow down my favorites to just 4 cards this month.  

Here is what I finally ended up with, but I'm serious when I say it was a really tough decision:

The #1 favorite this year for Sale-A-Bration is the gorgeous Lotus Blossom Stamp Set!  Here I have used the Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Old Olive, and some sponging with Sahara Sand Ink Pads; Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper; Sahara Sand Lace Trim Ribbon; Lovely Lace Textured Embossing Folder; and Whisper White, Sahara Sand, and Strawberry Slush Card Stock.

My friends loved the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, used here with Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss Card Stock; Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow Ink Pads; water-colored with Blender Pen; and Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Another personal favorite, the Moon Lake Stamp Set using Staz-On Jet Black Ink to stamp, then sponging with Pool Party Ink, and the Aqua Painters for water-coloring the water in Marina Mist Ink.  The image was colored with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Wild Wasabi Markers; Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pool Party, and Marina Mist Card Stock;  Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper; Marina Mist Chevron Ribbon; and On Film Framelits.  I was inspired and CASEd the layout of Hélène den Breezen’s card when creating this design.

One of the most versatile sets in the Occasions Mini Catalog is the Sheltering Tree.  Here is a simple Winter birthday card, using the Stamping-Off  Technique.  I used Whisper White and Soft Sky Card Stock; Soft Suede Ink; the new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine; 2-Way Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter and  Dimensionals.
Until next time,

"With God all things are possible."  --  Mark 10:27

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


One of the best things I always look forward to after New Year's Day is knowing that Stampin' Up! will be having one of the best deals of the year:  SALE-A-BRATION time!!! Yes, you can start earning FREE product for every $50 you spend on Stampin' Up! product (before taxes and shipping).  This means "any" product -- whether it is in the big Catalog, Clearance Rack, Weekly Deals, or the brand new Occasions Mini Catalog that also went live today!!!  I have to say, the products in the Occasions Mini are the BEST EVER and the same for the free Sale-A-Bration products.  It was a good thing I didn't spend all my money for Christmas -- because I want EVERYTHING!!!

Here are a couple of simple cards I made using a cute, cute stamp set from the Occasions Mini and the other is my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

I know this little guy probably has a name, but I'm out of the loop on the newest characters so please tell me his name!  I do know it is the "Cheerful Critter Stamp Set" with the "Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack" (love, love this paper and plan on getting another pack just for my scrapbook) -- both in the Occasions Mini.

My all-time favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set -- "Lotus Blossom"  --  and it's FREE!!!  Simple, forgivable, two-step stamping!!  I used the "Note Cards & Envelopes" (pg. 194) to stamp these quick thank-you cards. 

And this is why I didn't get my blog updated last week -- meet my newest great-granddaughter, Hazel Ann.

Hazel is 3 weeks old here.  My daughter and I took a trip to Escanaba to meet her and visit with mamma and daddy.  She is a keeper for sure!! 
Happy New Year!!

"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love."  --  Romans 12:10

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


You have no idea how hard it has been for me to finish with my Winter projects!!  But I really think I am done -- all my gifts have been wrapped with Stampin' Up! Festive Designer Kraft Paper and decorated with my previously shown name tags and ribbon.  Also, I'm done with all my Christmas and December birthday cards.  I may do some treat boxes (time permitting) to fill with chocolate; as my family has grown to love these little treat boxes on the dinner table.  I am so excited because Friday morning I can open my two UPS boxes from Stampin' Up with all new product from the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration (if you were a demonstrator you could have gotten yours a month early also)!!  I promised myself not to open any new product until I was done creating for the holidays -- and I did it!!

So here are my final winter projects:

Perfect birthday card for my brother-in-law!!

Inside of card.

A little Christmas Grinch punch card that took a long time.  Thank goodness I only made 3 of these for 3 special people!!

Inside of Grinch -- yes they were naughty for opening before Christmas!!

This is what you do when you run out of Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags -- make your own with the new Festive Designer Kraft Paper!!

And this is how they turned out (bottom 2 gift bags) -- just as pretty as the top one!!

And my favorite stamp set this year:  Visions of Santa!  I loved this set because Santa looks just like my husband (right down to the hair on his chest -- LOL)!!

Inside -- I love how he dances over the sentiment!!

Merry Christmas to all of you who have continually visited my blog throughout the year and took time to leave me a comment and give me inspiration!!

Until next year,

"The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.'" -- Luke 2:10-11

Saturday, December 6, 2014


WooHoo, I'm finally back!!  Have I told you lately how much I could use about 12 extra hours in my day??  Yep, it wouldn't be holiday time if our time wasn't spread a little thin.  I would prefer to be spreading a little "thin" body-wise, but maybe that will come with all the extra work required getting ready for the holidays!!  Hey, a person can dream!!

I went to Stampin' Up's! kick-off event for the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs this week and was WOWed beyond belief.  Wait until you see the new products coming out in January -- sorry, I can't ruin the surprise and show you anything right now, but stay tuned!!

So today I have a little mixture of some things I have been doing lately.  Enjoy, and I hope it gives you some inspiration to get your fingers inky while enjoying the holidays!

Yep, here's my Frosty treat boxes!!  He's all decked out in new SU product to hold tons of candy in each box.  The boxes are a lot larger than they look in this picture.  All the boxes were made with the cardboard included in the packaging of Stampin' Up's! Designer Paper.

Using "A Little Smile" single stamp and Blendabilities.  I love these guys, they make everybody smile! 

Simple birthday card using my favorite Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set and Bloom With Hope Hostess Stamp Set.

Having so much fun with Project Life!!  These pages use Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection, Day to Day Project Life Stamp Set, and the Epic Day This and That Journal.
Until next time,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"  --  Luke 2:14 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Brrrrr, it's getting way too cold here in Michigan!!!  Now I know why people go south for the winter when they are retired.  It's just not good for our bones -- they need to be kept at a steady 75-80 degrees 24/7, and without humidity!!  Just like I store my craft supplies and albums -- we are both worth preserving!!  But you didn't come here to read about my creaking bones, so I'm going to show you some awesome and SIMPLE projects to give gifts that won't take you hours to create.  The majority of these ideas were done either at Creative Convention or gifts I received at Creative Retreat (designed by Ronda Wade and Tamie Ackerson).  But all of them are adorable in person.

Easy-Peasy way to make pocket holders for those gift certificates!!  We made these at Creative Convention using:  Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack, Good Greetings Hostess Stamp Set, and the Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.

Gift bags also made at Creative Convention using:  Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack, Good Greetings Hostess Stamp Set, and the Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit

I made these gift boxes for my stamping group using the new Gift Box Punch Board, Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, Note Tag Punch, Merry Everything Stamp Set, Burlap Ribbon, and Sweater Trim Ribbon (on Clearance Rack).

My pillow gifts from Ronda Wade and Tamie Ackerson at Creative Retreat using:  Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (Project Life Journaling Pen inside), Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags (Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack inside), Star Framelits Dies, Tree Punch, Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon, and Clothespins.

More pillow gifts from Creative Retreat!!  I love how easy it is to just add a few embellishments to the Tiny Treat Boxes and Decorative Window Gift Boxes to make WOW packaging!!

I hope I've given you some good ideas on how easy it is to create awesome packaging for your holiday gifts.

Until next time,

"As I have loved you . . . you also love one another."  -- John 13:34

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


I went to our monthly RubberQueens' meeting last night and learned a lot, created a lot, laughed a lot, and won a lot!!!  I actually participated in the swap last night for the first time in probably a year.  I forgot how much fun it is to "receive" such creative cards from the artistic RubberQueens.  (I'll show you pictures in my next post.)  I admit I am a little prejudice when it comes to the RubberQueens, but I am always in awe of their talents. I have a few more fall cards I made at the Creative Convention shoebox swap to show you today and a 3-D snowflake I made based on Stephanie Zimmerman-Berg's demonstration last night.

I don't know who made this, but it was brought by one of the RubberQueens last night for the WOW table.  I loved it, and this picture does not do it justice.  (Made with Stampin' Up's! Burlap Ribbon.)

Most people call this a star, but I think it looks like a snowflake.  This was my first try making this, and it was so easy and fun to make.  I will be making more in different sizes -- this one is about a 14" diameter, using  the All is Calm Speciality Designer Series Paper.

Until next time,

"With God all things are possible."  --  Mark 10:27