Card Basics

Card Basics ~~ One 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock will make a base for 2 cards. Cut it at 4 1/4 portrait and score at 5 1/2. Or for landscape cut at 5 1/2 and score at 4 1/4.

Here is a list of some of my favorite tools: BIG SHOT die cutting machine ~ Grid paper ~~ Stampin' UP! Stampin Trimmer (cutting and scoring) ~Bone Folder - this little tool is a MUST! ~Multipurpose Liquid Glue ~ Glue Dots ~ Stampin' Dimensionals, Score tape, Stickles. BLING, BLING AND MORE BLING.... If it sparkles, I love it!

Friday, December 27, 2013

December has been so busy!

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I blogged!!!!!!!!  HOLY COW!!

Well,   I've been busy working on my Christmas d├ęcor, finding "just the right gift" for my husband, getting Christmas cards made and in the mail... soooo much going on...   

Had my first live Christmas tree (in many years) up,  and one day it just "fell".  I don't know why, it just took a dive!! I was so upset.  Broken ornaments everywhere.  Some of them I've had for years!

It just broke my heart.... but there was not much I could do but whine, cry and yell for hubby to help!!  He lifted it up and helped me get all the glass and stuff up.  It demolished my star on top.  :(     But I pulled up my big girl panties and decided to do what I could to get it back together.

Here is the tree all put back up... the best I could... My beautiful wreath was sent by a sweet friend in Australia.  She donated in my name to a Rabbit Rescue and they shipped a live wreath to me!! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I pray you will be blessed beyond measure in 2014!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Giving Thanks! 5

Well, today is a day off for many people, and a day of shopping for lots of others. For me, I'll be getting ready for an upcoming Christmas card class. 

Today is also the last day in my Giving Thanks series and to finish it off, here is a card for you using all Stampin' Up! supplies...

Very Vanilla card stock,  the Truly Grateful cling stamp set #131733,  Crumb Cake Ink, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper #132184, and Tangerine Tango card stock, Linen Thread & Regals Designer Buttons

Have a Blessed Day and a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks 4

Today is Thanksgiving and I'm thankful that God blessed me with my husband and all the time we have been able to spend together over the years.  We have a nice home and food on the table and most of all we have Christ in our hearts.  

Here is another card I designed for the fall / Thanksgiving season.

Have a Blessed Day and don't forget to give Thanks!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giving Thanks 3

Thankful for rain today because it sounds so comforting!    Sounds like a good time to share a 12 x 12 2 page layout with you!! 


Have a Blessed Day!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Giving THANKS 2

Just popping by to share another cute card I made with you!!!    

Short & Sweet.... I'm thankful for so much!!  
Have a Blessed Day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Giving THANKS!!

This is the week of Thanksgiving and I'm giving lots of thanks!   I'm thankful for my family, friends and so many things.   I'm thankful that you've come to my page to check it out!! 

Here's a fall card I recently did in my class...


Thanks for stopping by to check out my designs!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

NEW BEST OF 25 YEARS set from Stampin' Up!

BEST OF 25 YEARS October set - Best Of Christmas Set ~
GET YOURS TODAY! only $14.95!! Item #134384  use order code:   SAJE2QY6   go to my site:   

** In my Christmas Class last Sunday  we made a card that used a deer from the hostess set  in the Holiday Catalog ~ Warmth & Wonder page 39   #131883 (c)   #131880 (w)... (here's the card)

The deer on the BEST OF CHRISTMAS set would be AWESOME for this card too!!



Things you will need to make this card:
Regular Catalog
Whisper White Card Stock #100730
   (used as a base, you can get 80 cards from this! or save a couple of sheets for the little "Season's Greetings" and make 75!)
Pool Party Card Stock  #122924 
Stampin' Dimensionals  #104430
Snail Adhesive  #104332 or  Multi Purpose Glue #110755
Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246

Holiday Catalog
Winter Frost DSP Stack #132183 $6.95 (48 sheets) pg 29

If your order will go over $150.00 let me know and I'll get you - your own special code that you can get hostess goodies with!!!  If you order $250.00 or more (or have that many orders...) you will get $65.00 in hostess goodies!!!!  Get some friends to order too!!


Only 96 busy days 'till Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by to view my blog!   I appreciate your support!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween will be here before ya know it!!

Hello friends!! 
Since Halloween is coming soon... I've been working on a witches hat as a decoration. The hat is from Michaels. It's paper mache,  I covered the hat in STAMPIN' UP! Halloween DSP, and decoupaged it - used some green, purple, yellow card stock at random. Then mixed SU inks with the decoupage medium and came up with some neat colors. Threw in a little sparkle with some Wink of Stella - Orange here and there, had some black glitter tulle on hand as well as the jewels, and purchased the spiders and the bird.  The bird's name is EDGAR lol (Edgar Allen Poe)

Thank you for taking a moment to read my little blog!! Have a BLESSED DAY!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ok I'm getting the hang of this (I think)

I've been a busy bee lately.... here are some more cards I've made and wanted to share.

Stamp:   Hello, Doily #122847(c)   #128610 (w)

I heat embossed in white on Melon Mambo  on one card and Perfect Plum on the other.

Then I stamped the poppy from the Simply Sketched (hostess set ~ let me show you how to get it!!) and then colored it in with matching ink.

NEXT is the big thing!!  I punched it with my circle punch and also punched a circle of double sided tape ( Stampin' Up! sells sheets of this!!  Multipurpose Adhesive sheets 12 12x12 sheets $14.95  #120805)

Carefully pulled the back off the adhesive and laid it on the stamped image... then pulled the backing off the top.    Then I put very fine glitter on it Dazzling Diamonds #102023  and rubbed it in... keep rubbing and it takes all the sticky off and keeps the fine glitter on the image. .....TAAA DAAAA!!

Then I put it in the center of the doily and put my ribbon on! It's all ready to go in the mail!

It's really pretty "in person",  so to speak.   Hope you like it!!

Thank you for taking a few minutes to stop by and check out my blog!!   Have a Blessed Day!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Did I tell you?

I have earned the position of   Senior Supervisor!!! YAY!!   I'm so happy!

When I started with Stampin' Up!  I told my upline... "really, I just want to do this part-time, and see if I can make my first quarter goal."  I really didn't think I would do it. BUT much to my amazement - I did it! Whew!  I was worried.  I wanted to do this, but didn't know "if I could" do this.  Does that make sense?  I still worry about meeting goals. And  I just always thought I would have to "breathe, eat, sleep" Stampin' Up! to promote. But that wasn't the case.  I've had to put some work into it. But I did it!  I just started last October, so my year anniversary is coming up and I still get excited over sales or promotions and new products!  I've always been a crafter, but STAMPIN' is my thing!

I have some awesome family & friends and they have hung in there with me too! THANK YOU 

#1  GARY (aka Honey)  I love you & thank you for being so supportive of me. You have put up with dinner being late, or having to make it yourself, having to find something to do when the house has been commandeered for Stampin' Up!, and you critique my work with openness and honesty.  I'm so BLESSED that you're my husband!

#2   Sandi Grimes  - my upline - thank you for all the time you've given me in answering questions, giving me ideas on how to work my business, and just being there when I send a message saying "hey :)  have you got a minute?"  because we both know... it's going to be more than a minute!

Linda - my marketing director   ;)  2nd best critic, and partner in crime!
Diana - for being my bud, hanging with me on "those days" and signing up!
Teddy, Marge, Dee, Sue, Bea, Hullah, you guys are all my buds and AWESOME

Thank you for buying Stampin' Up! from me, and for coming to my classes and letting me share what I love with you!     HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!

Thank you to all my customers!  YOU ROCK!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

hi y'all!!

Well it's a FACT  I'm not very good at blogging! I'm sorry friends....

I'm going to catch you up real quick....  We were out of town for a bit in August, then got home and our AC went out!  UGH NOT FUN!! August in Florida without AC is not pleasant... and it took a week to get the new one installed... blah blah blah blah blah...I could go on.... blah blah blah blah~~  ok, all caught up!  Let's move on!

Now let me show you some things I've been working on!  For my August 18th class, I thought I would do some UN-Christmas cards. You know, everyday cards with Christmas paper! I thought they came out really cute.

I used the Season Of Style Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin' Up! #132181  (of course),  and the other colors of cardstock are Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler & Gumball Green.   With basic jewels and pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals and my Stampin' Trimmer & snail glue.

The stamp sets are Stampin' Up! 

                                                    Feel Goods
                                                    #129684 (c)   #131916 (w)

Happy Day
#130297 (c)       130294 (w)


Simply Sketched (hostess set)
** let me help you earn this set!!!**
#129672 (c)      #129669 (w)
Oh, Hello
  #130733 (c)     #131931 (w)


Also from the Simply Sketched
(hostess set) 
#129672 (c)      #129669 (w)

Thanks for stopping by and have a BLESSED DAY!!! 
Don't forget to leave me a little note to say "hi" ~

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hello, sorry for the delay!!!

I had set this up to post automatically... I guess it didn't work....just realized it! I'm sorry!!

We've had a long time friend of our family visiting from out of state,  I had a workshop on Saturday and it's just been a blur the last few days!!   I'm sorry I kind of put posting on the back burner, but we'll get it going again!

Now... where were we???

Hmmmm there are a lot of backpacks in this photo!!    They are really cool!!
This is my "up-line" Sandi   :)

This is a facebook friend that I was lucky to meet up with at the convention.  We had agreed upon a swap and with the help of cell phones and texting... we actually found each other!!!
Hi Elizabeth Kuter Bowman!!

One of the things we did that was cool (to me) was we set a world record for the most greeting cards mailed at one time from the same place.  To participate you had to #1 make a card using all Stampin' Up! products. #2 Have a stamp.... #3  WAIT in a really long line!!   I wanted my mom to share this with me so this is the card I made and mailed to her so she could be a part of setting a world record!! And WE DID IT!!! This card was number 4195!!

Until next time, have a blessed day and thanks for taking time to check out my blog!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hello Shelli!!!

This is Shelli Gardner, Cofounder and CEO of Stampin' Up!
I met her (and got a hug) at Leadership in Orlando in January 2013.  She was the sweetest, just down to earth person!!   When she speaks to an audience, it's like she is speaking to you as an individual. I guess I kind of expected her to be "hoity toity" because she is the Cofounder of SU.  BUT boy I was wrong. She gets emotional and she makes you laugh... I like this photo because she was doing a presentation and I thought she looked like a school teacher....
She's a very pretty lady.
Here are a couple of photos of her presentation!
This beautiful bow was made with the
Gift Bow Bigz Die #129977
This beautiful bow was also made with the
Gift Bow Bigz Die #129977
This is Bonnie Thurber another sweet Stampin' Up! lady!!
Here are a couple of photos of Bonnie's presentation on the
Season of Style This and That Journal  #132277
And the sitckers #132276 and the Naughty and Nice
This and That Rotary Stamp #132278 

And here are more photos of cards from the walls at convention!!

Have a Blessed Day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Are you ready for more?

Well say hello to 6000 of  my best Stampin' Up! friends!  You might say... well are those really all of your friends?   And I would say YES! Definitely.... I just haven't met them all yet!!   One thing I love about crafters of all kinds ~~ we are friendly and love to share our ideas and help each other!

This is TONS of fun!!  We all have different colored armbands on and when there is a prize patrol they either choose a COLOR or EVERYONE gets a prize! The screens light up and the music starts and we're all on our feet clapping and just enjoying the moment ---- hoping our color will be called!!  But even if it's not, we're happy for those that win!
These ladies were sitting behind me... you'll notice the backpacks... pretty awesome huh?  YES we ALL got one AND they had 3 sets of stamps inside!!  Catalogs and a lanyard, pin and silver ink pen.
 One of the nice things that happened... they did the first prize patrol and it was MY COLOR!!! YAY!! but it was something that I already have... The next prize patrol the Canadian lady (notice the maple leaf lanyard) behind me won... but I heard her say "I wish I had one the first prize... I already have this!"  And I wanted the prize she got... so I turned and said  "hey would you like to trade? I already have this set and would like the one they just gave you...."  She was very happy to trade with me!! How nice was that?
Here are some examples of projects they did for us, and also some card samples...

They have rows of boards up that have sample cards on also, so all of us could go through and take photos which helps inspire us all!
There are some really talented people that got their cards on the boards. I got tons of pictures but these are some of my favorite. I'll be posting more! I wish I could give credit to the persons that made these cards, but I couldn't see on the back. 

Here are some photos of a lot of us demos participating in the service project.  I felt really good about doing this, it was really one of the highlights of my adventure. I could have stood here all day doing this but we did have to let others that wanted to,  participate too. 
  These sets were made for the children in a local hospital.  Thousands of children are in the hospital on their Birthday each year. We just wanted to show them we care and hope it brightens their day!

Ok that's all I've got for today... tune back in soon!!! 
 I'm getting the hang of this blogging thing and I've learned how to schedule my blogs !!  Yippee!   
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about my adventure!   Have a Blessed Day!   Don't forget to leave me a little "hello"!!