Monday, January 21, 2013


Yep, Valentine's Day is just around the corner!  Next to Christmas, Valentine's Day is my next favorite time to make cards.  And let me tell you, Stampin' Up came out with so many awesome stamps and accessories in the Spring Mini Catalog that I had a hard time coming up with just one card design for my class this Saturday.  If you haven't received your catalog, you absolutely must contact me so you can see for yourself. 

Today I am featuring one of my cards for class on Saturday.  I have a lot of Valentine's Day samples but I always seem to end up creating a "me" card.  Don't know why I do that because I could save myself so much time when preparing for my classes.  I do have one card (received as a swap card at leadership) that I plan on copying for class as it was so cheerful.  I'll show pictures of the other cards in my next post.

Yep, had to do a little Shabby Chic for my card.  I'm in love with the new More Amore Speciality Designer Series Paper!!  This card also features the new Hearts A Flutter Framelits Die, Hearts Collection Framelits, Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, Mini Heart Punch, Champagne Shimmer, and new Natural Trim Burlap Ribbon.
These other three cards were designed by Ronda Wade, which I made at her Baggie Book event last month:
Designed by Ronda Wade, using the new Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, and new Paper Doilies.
Designed by Ronda Wade, showcasing the new Henry Says Stamp Set.
Designed by Ronda Wade, using the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set and Framelits Dies, and Pool Party Core'dinations Card Stock (love all of the Core'dinations Card Stock!!)
Until next time,

“At that moment I experienced the presence of the Divine as I never experienced Him before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying, ‘Stand up for righteousness, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.’ Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything.”
 --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Yes, I really was at Leadership learning lots of new ideas to share with you!!
Do I work for a great company or what!!  I just got home from Stampin' Up Leadership a couple of hours ago and am filled to the brim with tons of new ideas and new information.  Stay tuned for tomorrow when Stampin' Up unveils some new and awesome product.  Here are a few of the things to look forward to:
  • THE PAPER PUMPKIN!!  Check out the website Here:  A SURPRISE KIT of supplies delivered to your door every month for only $19.95 (includes shipping and tax!!).
Here are answers to some of the questions you might have: 

Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?

A: It's a surprise each month-anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You will need adhesive.)

Q: Does my Paper Pumpkin project come with instructions?

A: Yes, of course it does. The instructions will tell you everything you need to know. And they are so easy to follow-we promise.

Q: How long will it take to make each Paper Pumpkin project? (Now say that fast three times.)

A: We know you wish you had unlimited creativity time (we all do), but since you probably don't, we designed each Paper Pumpkin to be completed in 30 minutes or less! (We think of it as a spa treatment for your creativity.)

Q: Should I get on the Paper Pumpkin carriage?

A: Definitely, yes.  Just think of it-a Stampin' Up! surprise delivered to your doorstep every month (wahooo!).  Paper Pumpkin offers a simple, creative experience each month. What's more-sometimes, your monthly kit features . . . wait for it . . . some exclusive products you can only get through Paper Pumpkin. Try it and see what you think. You can cancel your membership any time.

Q: How much does a Paper Pumpkin membership cost each month?

A: Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 per month.  Because your Paper Pumpkin ships automatically to you, we have already built in the shipping costs of $5.00 to the cost of each kit.

Q: How do I start my Paper Pumpkin membership?

A: It's so easy - GO HERE AND SIGN UP.

Q: When does my membership expire?

A: Your membership will last until you cancel it.

Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin?

A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the 10th―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment confirmation e-mail.

Q: Can I skip a month?

A: You sure can! Simply log on to your account on and click skip a month before the 10th of the month in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you click skip a month on the 11th of the month, you will receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and not receive the following month's Paper Pumpkin.

Q: What if I want to cancel my membership?

A: You must submit a 10-page essay about why you would ever want to do such a crazy thing. (Just kidding.) It's simple. All you need to do is log on to your Paper Pumpkin account on and choose cancel before the 10th of the month and you will not receive any more Paper Pumpkin kits (how sad). If you cancel on the 11th of the month, you'll receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and will not receive any more Paper Pumpkin kits.

Q: What is the return policy?

A: If you are not thrilled with your Paper Pumpkin, please call us at 1-800-STAMP UP, we'll chat and make everything hunky dory.

  • SOMETHING FOR THE MAN (DUDE) IN YOUR LIFE!! You are going to love this -- THE DUDE KIT!!  It is designed for men who normally wouldn't be caught dead stamping!  I am ordering 2 of these tomorrow!!  One for me and one for my hubby.  (More info to come.)
Okay, I think that is enough exciting news in one post.  The main thing I want to say is that you have to see this new product in person to understand how awesome and fun it is -- so get to my next card class to see my samples!!  Can't make it to class -- call me to set up an appointment to check it out.  Oh, one more little detail:
My first 8 customers to sign up for membership to the PAPER PUMPKIN will receive a gift from me!!  So check it out!

Time for some more Leadership project pictures:

You might want to right-click on these pictures, select "open link in new tab" to enlarge and see these beautiful boxes.  All of these were made from one kit of the Boutique Boxes Kit.
Couldn't get them all in one picture.
Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit sample.
Artisan Embellishments Kit (bad lighting -- sorry).
Artisan Embellishments Kit -- this was so beautiful in person.
Until next time,
"Peace I leave with you."  -- John 14:27

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Talk about going from frigid winter weather into 80 degree sunshine!!  Yes, I made it safe and sound to Orlando yesterday.  Had a very nice afternoon and evening doing NOTHING but sitting by the pool and enjoying the weather.  Today was check-in for Stampin' Up's Leadership event.  Had a relaxing morning by the pool, then went to the convention center an hour early to swap and meet up with friends.  Another awesome day with beautiful weather.

Here is a picture of the pool and some samples using the new product from the Stampin' Up Spring Mini Catalog.

This spot is getting to be my home away from home!
Samples using the Artisan Embellishments Kit (next 4 pictures) -- so beautiful!!
I have many more samples, but will post more tomorrow.
Until next time,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." —  Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Don't ask me why I am sitting here at my computer when I have got a 2-page list of "Things to Do" before leaving at 3 a.m. tomorrow for Leadership in Florida!  But it has been a week since I last posted, and I have no idea how much time I will have in Florida to update my blog.  I really feel very blessed to have the opportunity to attend Leadership.  Normally you have to be a Senior Supervisor, or above, to attend Leadership, but this year all demonstrators were allowed to attend.  And, I am doubly blessed because this is Stampin' Up's 25-year celebration!! 

Last night at 11 p.m., I changed my mind and decided to do a few swap cards for Leadership.  I wasn't going to do any because my mojo just isn't clicking in lately, but I couldn't get to sleep so got back up and made this as my swap card:

I love this new Swallowtail Stamp.  This large background butterfly stamp is so beautiful you really don't even need to color.  I did use SU's Sponge Daubers to apply Summer Starfruit and their Water Pen to apply the Marina Mist Classic Inks.  I also used the brand new mini Butterfly Punch and Ticket Duo Punch.
I honestly have not seen anybody use this Happy Hour Stamp Set (in current Stampin' Up 2012-2013 Catalog) -- but I think it is so cute.  This was the perfect set to use for my BFF's birthday in a couple of weeks.  So simple, but really a WOW card in person.  I will be doing this card at my next class for sure!!
Here is the inside of the card (new Sale-A-Bration stamp set:  Vintage Verses).  Call me to see how you can get this beautiful 4-piece stamp set for free!!
Couldn't leave you today without showing you Stampin' Up's semi-truck parked at the Orlando Convention Center with, hopefully, tons of goodies for us!!
I love it, and I bet the drivers had a ton of fun driving this from Salt Lake City to Orlando.
I hope I will get some good pictures to post while I am down there!
Until next time,
"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all."
-- 1 Thessalonians 3:12