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Friday's Card Class

Well, my mom arrived safely and we have been having a VERY nice time visiting today!

I was able to get my card class ready to go and all prepped BEFORE she arrived, so we have REALLY been able to visit. (She's actually punching out flowers in her favorite colors using one of my punches as I'm typing this. It's a punch she doesn't have!).

So, I was showing her the cards that we will be making on Friday and I MADE her choose one of the card designs - SERIOUSLY - I said "Mom, you gotta pick one for me to put on my blog!"

This is the one she chose for this posting.


What do you think? I have ALWAYS loved this stamp from The Open Sea. Used my Big Shot and the Deco Framelits and it made such a quick and easy card. Remember - all six of the cards we make on Friday will be quick and easy! What a way to start the new year!

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday the 1st at 1pm! Please remember to bring your favorite adhesive and scissors. AND your favorite coloring medium, …

Do You Like to Color?

It's been a while since I've posted. As many of you know, I had taken a bit of a break. I was able to sit down and make some new cards the other day and just had an ABSOLUTE BLAST!

One of my upcoming resolutions is to begin having card classes again. I thank you for those who have contacted me about having them. I'm so glad you enjoy them!

I'm on several email listings and received some the other day from some Big Box stores. Each of them mentioned that they were offering those Coloring Books for Adults. Which got me to thinkin... Why not offer a card class that WE can color? And then we have cards to send! YEAH!

Check out what I made the other day:

The printed papers are retired but the stamp set is current. And these were SO. STINKIN. EASY. to make! 

So, I'm going to offer a Coloring Card Class on Friday, January 1st, from 1p-3p. You may want to use that time to leave your home in the event there is some kind of game party going on at that time. :)  FYI - My wonderful…

Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up!

Whew! It has been a whirlwind week at our home! As many of you know, my mom is in Ohio visiting with us (and she's such a good cook - we are hoping that she stays a little bit longer!).

But this past weekend, we were able to attend Ronda Wade's Creative Convention in that state up north. I posted last week and showed our Shoebox Swap cards, along with mom's "regular" swap cards. SO. MUCH. FUN!

Well, to save time, we mainly stamped the cards that we made and then brought them home to put together (or put them together til something like 2 am...). Mom had most of hers put together but I'm working on two other projects right now - both non-stamping related - and I'll show pictures of the one project in about 10 days. It's for the boy's birthday, but since it's a surprise, I won't say anymore other than - it's been a bit time consuming!

SO, mom just had a couple of cards left to put together. Since she doesn't know where I squirrel away e…

Embellished Ornaments - Stampin' Up!

These are mom's swap cards from this weekend - LOVE how fast she put them together!



Mom used the following items. Remember, the items will not be available until September 1st!  Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set
Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies
Bundle (Clear) or (Wood)
I'll post more later but in the meantime - Enjoy!

Wonderland - Stampin' Up!

Still here in Michigan! This fun weekend goes through tomorrow - SATURDAY! YEAH!

My mom was able to stay most of the summer with us so I conned, I mean asked, if she wanted to go to this mini Convention with me. Guess what she said - YES! Aren't moms just wonderful? Especially when they are crafters too!
So... how about a peek at HER Shoebox Swap card from last night? 


Pretty, huh? She has such a good eye! First, I'll let you in on all the supplies she used, then a little story about the ribbon!
Don't you think this new Wonderland Stamp Set is just the prettiest? She also used Lots of Joy Stamp Set for the Merry Christmas sentiment. Her card base was the Whisper White Thick Cardstock (LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this stuff!). She used HER new favorite color, Mossy Meadow Cardstock and topped that with the plaid from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. Then she used her new Scallop Tag Topper Punch (it was a weekly deal a bit ago - she just got it and LOVES IT!).
To do the heat embossin…

All Ye Faithful - Stampin' Up!

By the time you read this post, I will be in that state "up north." For those in the midwest, specifically Ohio State University fans, you know that I mean Michigan. :)

I'm attending a mini Convention with Ronda Wade! And Sandy Haynes has coordinated a Shoebox Swap that begins at 7pm Eastern. So, I wanted to show you my Shoebox Swap card.


What do you think? The new All Ye Faithful Stamp set is my FAVORITE from this catalog! 

Two different embossing powders - Cherry Cobbler and Black - both on the Shimmery White paper. I think that really looks nice (click on the photo and you can get a close up).

The red printed paper is from the new Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper. One of my NEW FAVORITES! Then I used Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks. And did you see the really pretty embossing folder that I used? YUP! That's the new Boughs & Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder! GORGEOUS! (FYI - it is a slightly different size, so it doesn't exactly fi…

Waterfall Card - Stampin' Up!

Don't you just LOVE birthdays? Sometimes, we have milestone birthdays! You know the ones I'm talking about. For those who are younger, they may look forward to turning 16 (or 15.5 in some states!), turning 18, 19, 21, 25, even 29. Then we may (or may not!) look forward to some of the others for us who are young at heart - 30, 40, 50, even 60 and 70!

Well... (pause for dramatic effect)

One of my friends, and a fellow crafter, her husband and my husband work together! Her husband asked my husband for a birthday card for her, his lovely wife. And the last time she was at a card class here, she let me know that she would be turning 40 this year! Such a young 'un! At the card class, we were wishing we were turning 40! (huge smile!)

I just KNEW she was looking forward to a special card from her hubby! Game on, right? I definitely had to bring my "A Game" to make this card. No pressure; she'll only turn 40 once, right?

Because I just LOVE the English Garden DSP and how …

Latte Joy Team Meeting - Stampin' Up!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea - there are a LOT of photos in this blog post!

On Saturday, July 11th, we had our Team Meeting. There are five of us in our local group, but two were unable to attend. I try to set up the room(s) the night before, but on this particular day, it wasn't until the morning of the meeting. My helper, Cocoa, is showing that he set up the Big Shot station! Oh wait! That durn opposable thumb issue!  :)

Nina and Sandie were able to attend (we missed you Charlene and Jeannette!). We get together once a quarter to talk business and share ideas. Here's a photo of the three of us.

We started with the business portion, going over upcoming dates that Stampin' Up! provides for us. We all agreed that we cannot wait for the Holiday Catalog. As demonstrators, we can preorder in August, and it will go LIVE to our customers on September 1st. (If you have placed an order with me since the new catalog came out, yours will be mailed to you in mid-August.)

Then we started t…

Watercolor Wings Class - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Saturday is my Watercolor Wings Class. I LOVE the cards so much, I made a few extras.

Want to see a little sample?


Because I made a few extras, there is still time to sign up for the 4 cards for $10 class on Saturday. You can reserve your spot HERE. **The PayPal link will be disabled on Thursday at 5pm.**

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit - Stampin' Up!

Crafters  -

Today, I am anxiously awaiting Mr. Brown (that's the UPS guy) to deliver my package from Stampin' Up! I only ordered one item but it's an item I have been waiting for - since MAY! You see, as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, we get a few sneak peeks. One of them was the catalog. It came with our preordered items in May. That way, we can look through the catalog and prepare for our classes and kinda look at all the items in the new catalog.

My catalog had sticky notes all over it! And I had a Wish List about a mile long (slight exaggeration there)! Well, I saw the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set on page 80 of the catalog and thought "Yeah! I WANT this set! It has so many great sayings!" Anyone else think that?

Then I read the fine print underneath "Clear block included * Exclusively available as part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (p.155)" and I thought "Well, ok, that'll still work! And I'll have 20 cards! Cool!!!"

So, to the TO…

You've Got This - Stampin' Up!

Crafters  -

You already know what a GREAT company Stampin' Up! is. Their products are wonderful, the cardstock matches the ink matches the buttons matches the ribbon, etc. Wonderful!

Well, let me tell you about one of their wonderful people - the lovely Andrea Withers! I'm confident that many of the Stampin' Up! demonstrators know her. She's just the sweetest person you will EVER meet (IMHO).

I have blogged about Andrea a few times.
At Convention 2011, when I was a Make-and-Take Helper.At the Chattanooga Regional 2012, when she saw me standing in line. AND SHE REMEMBERED ME! I tell you, these young kids nowadays have WONDERFUL memories!  :)At Leadership 2013, when she was one of the speakers for the Ramping Up Your Social Media Presence.I also saw her at the April 2014 Unite and Excite in Columbus and thought I had a photo and blogged about it, but I guess not ???? She told me at that time that she was taking a few college classes and we discussed it.
So, fast-forward to th…

Online Quilting Cards Class - Stampin' Up!

Happy July 1st!!!

We celebrated hubby's birthday last month - and am STILL so thankful he continues to improve from his CRASH in APRIL!!! We were out in the sun the other day and I could see where he has healed on his face, because the skin is still a different color. His knee is still healing, slowly but surely (and don't call Shirley! - Anyone else remember that movie? Leave me a note in the comments section, if you do!)

ANYWAY, I digress! When hubby had his crash, I had several wonderful ladies at my home with me for my One Sheet Wonders Class. When we were crafting the cards, the quilting card was a big hit, so it got me a-thinkin'!



How about a class on QUILTING CARDS? The card design we made in that April class was a big hit, so I came up with a few other designs.

Here's the grouping of the four cards in the July 2015 Online Quilting Cards Class:

For those quilters out there, you probably recognize all of the patterns! I'm not a quilter (YET!), although I am workin…

Weekly Deals and...

FREE SHIPPING! (**See below for details)
Today's Weekly Deals are WOW!

There are a couple of Glimmer Papers on the Weekly Deals (the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper is so WOW!!), but the one that REALLY caught my attention was the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die! This thing is normally $40, but is now only $30. I have used this die in the past couple of months in my classes. For those of you who have attended, you KNOW how easy this thing is to use! LOVE IT!!!!

Here are two of the cards that used that die:

Love is Kindness CardOne Sheet Wonder Class
Now, because I really think anyone who has a Big Shot and who makes cards should have the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, I'm gonna offer a little something extra BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 30TH.

When you place an online order with me, and your online merchandise order uses Host Code VU766XBM, and is $50 or more (does not include shipping and/or taxes), you will receive FREE standard shipping! U.S. customers only. After you place your online order, se…

Cottage Greetings and Backorders from Stampin' Up!

Don't you just LOVE the new catalog?! I know I do! I may have to go back to work to be able to afford ALL of the items I want from the catalog. Is it bad to want just about EVERYTHING in the catalog? Ah... if I would win the lottery... oh well! I'm very blessed and thankful that I was able to retire, but I really wish I could have seen the new catalog before I did! :)

Seriously though, I do have a Wish List, just like many of you. I budget each quarter based on my class schedule and my personal "wants." The next few months of my classes were based on BOTH of those! I love when I can combine those (so does my hubby!).

My first class with this new catalog is the Cottage Greetings Class. The reservation deadline has already passed and I have placed the order. Everything I ordered shipped and the order is supposed to be here early next week.




Well... and because I have everything already for the class, I don't usually check the "Backorder Report" from Stampin&#…

Craft Sale

Whew! The room is all set up and it has been so nice seeing so many of you! 
Hope you are enjoying your goodies! 
Today's craft sale goes until 6pm. Don't forget - you can now pay by credit card too!

Items for Sale - HOLD

The Items for Sale page has temporarily been turned off.

My Crafting Sale is today (Monday, June 15th). I'll update the items after the sale has been completed and the dust has settled.

Thanks so much for your understanding!

Cottage Greetings - Stampin' Up!

I have been working on my Craft Room for the past week. I have NO IDEA how I have so much stuff! Thanks to all of you who have purchased some of my retired items. Several of you have already received your items and I really appreciate the nice emails from you! Thanks! Hope you enjoy your goodies!

BUT, now that I have most of my stuff into the right cubbies in my Craft Room, I actually got to play with my order that arrived on MONDAY! I think that it is almost a CRIME to have it sit there all week without any attention! Especially since I do have to prepare for my class at the end of the month! See? It's all about the business, huh?  (wink-wink!)

So, I grabbed my new Cottage Greetings Stamp Set and its coordinating Cottage Greetings Card Kit, and I prepped for my class. The RSVP date is Friday, June 12th (your payment is your RSVP). PayPal buttons are on the CLASSES page for your convenience. FYI - You do not have to have PayPal to pay, you will be taken to that page and then you can…

MORE Items for Sale - for the Big Shot!

Crafters -

A friend of mine emailed me and asked if I had any items for her Big Shot and would I be adding any photos to my blog. Well....

I found that box and added a few items! Here are a few photos.

The Fine Print
** The item cost is listed with the photo. Shipping is extra. Please contact me via email or telephone with your mailing address, so I can determine the most cost effective method to send them to you (unless you have a preference). I will send a PayPal invoice to you, so you can pay it promptly. The item(s) will continue to be available for sale until the PayPal invoice is paid. US only. Please ask any questions before you purchase. **