Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Last weekend I attended one of my favorite 3-day events:  Creative Retreat!!  Ronda Wade puts this event on 4 times a year now -- because so many want to attend.  Everybody brings the craft(s) they like to create (we have quilters, card and 3-D enthusiasts, scrapbooking, and so much more).  Some just come to see old friends and do Ronda's classes.  I usually take my scrapbooking materials because this is what I love to do the most.  However, I had tons of card kits that I needed to catch up on, so I worked on them and visited with many friends I haven't seen in a long time.  Here are pictures of a couple of cards I did and one of the many, many pillow gifts we receive from Ronda: 

I love this card -- it is so pretty in real life.  It is called a "Fan Fold" and you use your scoring tool on the Stampin' Trimmer or your Simply Scored Scoring Tool to create the "fan" affect.  In this one I used the gorgeous Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Here is another "Fan Fold" using the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper.

I loved this card also.  Ronda Wade created the design as part of a kit I received from her Create for Christ one-day retreat.

One of our pillow gifts sitting at our work stations when we got up Saturday.  I loved this and plan on making more.   The treat box is made using the Envelope Punch Board.

Until next time,
"It's good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace."  --  Hebrews 13:9

Friday, October 7, 2016


We had another awesome RubberQueen meeting this month at Ronda Wade's new storefront studio.  (I really need to remember to take some pictures next month so you can see how beautifully she has decorated her studio.)  Today I'm sharing with you my swap card and Tamie Ackerson's cards she made for her technique presentation.  Tamie demonstrated the "oldie-but-goodie" Dryer Sheet Technique.  I only wish my camera would have accurately depicted all the dazzling diamond beauty in her cards -- they truly shimmered in real life. 

My very favorite stamp set in the Holiday Mini:  Father Time!

Supplies:  Father Time Stamp Set; Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Vanilla Card Stock; This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper; Real Red, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black Archival, and Versa Mark Stamp Pads, Copper Embossing Powder; Candy Cane Baker's Twine; Layering Ovals Framlits Dies; Sponges; Aqua Pen; Heat Gun; and Big Shot.

Tamie Ackerson's Dryer Sheet Technique (also for the next 3 cards).

Until next time,

"I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." -- Psalm34:4

Friday, September 2, 2016


Breaking News!!  The new Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog is live!!!  Every year I say to myself I am not going to get another new Christmas stamp -- and every year Stampin' Up comes out with the most adorable, stinkin' cute, and "gotta-have" stamp sets.  Check it out by clicking here to see all the new stamps and accessories.  Here are a couple of projects I did for Creative Convention last weekend and a couple of make'n takes:

This was my 3-D treat swap for the Creative Convention evening party.  Yes, they are filled with candy!!  I used the cute snowman from the new Christmas Magic Stamp Set (stamped on Paper Pumpkin tissue paper and adhered to the jars); the sentiment is from the new Tin of Tags Stamp Set; the lid is wrapped with the new and beautiful Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; and the cord is the new Kraft Rope Trim.  So excited about the new embellishments.

A better picture of the top of the decorated jelly jars.

This was my swap card for Convention -- I love these mice from the new Merry Mice Stamp Set!!  The tree is from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set (in the big annual Stampin' Up Catalog).

One of the many make'n takes we made at convention, using the:  Cookie-Cutter Stamp Set and Embossing Folders, Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.

Another make'n take card using the same product as above.

Cute little tags we made using the new This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tin of Tags Stamp Set, Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set, and Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.
I have lots more to show you in future posts.  In the meantime, take a few minutes and click on the link to see the awesome new product for the upcoming holidays.

Until next time,

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  -- Matthew 5:10

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Hello stamping friends!!  Hope you are all enjoying the summer and keeping cool while stamping!!  Stampin' Up! is offering a COOL deal this month: 

Click HERE to learn more and order.
For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you will get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2-31, 2016. This is a great opportunity for you to get items from your wish list, whether you buy them now or with your coupons in August. This is the first time we have offered this type of promotion, and it's a deal everyone will want in on!

NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn. *Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax).

So how about some samples of new product you can order to earn those coupons!!

This is such an awesome bundle; the Jar of Love Stamp Set and Framelits (Catalog, p. 75).

The beautiful Touches of Texture Stamp Set (Catalog, p. 141)

The adorable Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Builder Punch (Catalog, p. 57).  I have seen so many cute cards using this bundle.  These are little critters holding a candy kiss inside.  I forgot to take picture before I handed out other critters!

This is a window box using the new Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set and the new Very Vanilla Lace Trim Ribbon.  Every girl (especially me) has to have a little bit of vintage in their stash!!
Until next time,

"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you."
--  1 Thessalonians 3:12

Sunday, June 12, 2016

2016-2017 CATALOG IS HERE!!

Yippee!  The new 2016-17 Stampin' Up Catalog has arrived.  And I haven't verified this for myself, but the word is that EVERY new stamp set with images has a matching Framelit or punch to cut out the image.  Don't you just love it -- so many more options now to create that perfect card without hand-cutting.  If you don't have a catalog and are one of my customers who purchased from me last year, contact me to get a free catalog.  Or put in a $50 order and I will get you one for free!!  Here are a few of the projects I have done this month:

This was my swap card for our June RubberQueen meeting using the new "Painter's Palette" stamp set (with a bit of Origami curtains, which are hard to see in this picture). 

This is one of the cards I made for my Craft Day event on Friday, using the new "Foxy Friends Stamp Set" with matching punch (I can't wait to show you more samples using this great bundle).  I also used the new "Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set" with matching punch (another bundle) for the sentiment.  And of course the backgrounds use the "Woodland" and "Brick Wall" Embossing Folders.  I plan on giving this to my husband for Father's Day.

This is one of our make'n takes from the June RubberQueen meeting using the new Hostess Stamp Set "Love You Lots."

And finally, I have to show you a gift I made for my granddaughter.  I got her a new Bible for her birthday and wanted to make it special so I made a book cover for it, to keep it nice through the years.  I have to admit:  I DO NOT SEW, DID NOT HAVE A PATTERN FOR THIS, and DON'T KNOW HOW TO MEASURE (as you can tell).  However, God was looking down on me and saw my struggle -- I managed to get it all done with only one small mistake.  I somehow lost the elastic loop for the button -- so I had to open a couple of small spots and put a new one on.  (All the while, God was saying over and over, "Have patience child.")  She loved it, and I was thrilled!!  P.S. That is Stampin' Up ribbon used for the bookmarks.
Until next time,

"Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, 'Courage, daughter!  Your faith has saved you!'" --  Matthew 9:22

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Well you know it has been a long time since you have posted on your blog when it pops up with a message to "sign in."  A lot has happened since I last posted -- mainly, I have a brand new computer (thanks to my old PC dying), new software (yah, that big "Windows 10" monster!!).  Some changes I truly like, and a few things I'm sad to say I lost.  So for the last couple of months, I have been recovering old data, trying to learn how to use this PC (what a trip!!), and learn how to use all new, updated software.  Plus, I trying to deal with that "cloud" up there that's raining on my sunshine (yah, I got a "notebook" from my husband to add to my problems).  All in all, I love all my new "stuff" but having a hard time dealing with the fact I can't use all the upgraded features yet (patience, patience my child!!).

Good news -- we have a new Stampin' Up Catalog coming out next week!!  I have mine, and my wish list has many pages!!!  I can't wait for you to see all the new product!!  Don't forget you only have until May 31st to purchase product on the retired list.  Here are a few things I've done since I last posted:

Once a month I have a Crafty Saturday with my granddaughter and daughter.  I design page layouts for them to re-create using my design as a starting point to create their own pages incorporating their personal styles.

Another Crafty Saturday layout.

Get this bundle (A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set and Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies #141074) before it is gone forever.  See page 34-35, in the Occasions Mini Catalog for details and ideas.

Inside of the card.
Until next time,

"In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:6)