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Never Really Retires


I wanted to take a moment before I began my Memorial Day Weekend to pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. To say Thank You to our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, both past and present, and their families, whose lives are affected everyday by their choice to serve. Once a soldier ~ Always a soldier. That's just the way it is ~ a soldier never really retires.

Stampin' Up! is currently promoting it's Retiring Stamps that will no longer be available to purchase after June 3rd. As you can see from my card today, Stampin' Up! stamps never really retire. This is the 2001 'God Bless America' special edition stamp, and it looks and stamps as if it were newly purchased. That's just the way it is ~ a Stampin' Up! stamp never really retires! 

God Bless America and God Bless Our Soldiers 


Posted on May 25, 2013 and filed under Cards.



Stampin' Up!'s catalog transition is a BIG deal. Out with the old & in with the new - kind of reminds me of ringing in the New Year now that I think of it. Today's card has me transitioning some of the new products in with the current (not officially "old" yet) products. I have "sneak peeked" a splash of Quatrefancy Specialty paper alongside the current First Edition Specialty paper. The card stock is also a sneak peek of the new 2013-2015 In Color  'Coastal Cabana'. The happy birthday blimp from the  'Moving Forward' Hostess-only stamp set is stamped in the newest addition to the Brights collection 'Bermuda Bay'. It is gently sponged around the edges in the newest Neutrals collection color 'Smokey Slate'. The embossed clouds are sponged with Stampin' Up!'s new Subtle colors 'Soft Sky'. I added a touch of embellishment with buttons from the current Neutral collection that resemble the design on the Quatrefancy paper. I love how the word innovations sits below the blimp on the bottom left hand corner. Could easily be given to a male or female -  young or old - it is a birthday card that works for anyone - my kind of card! 

Product Information + Order Numbers

Stamp Set: Moving Forward (Wood-Mount 126320, Clear-Mount 126322)

Paper: Coastal Cabana (131297) First Edition Specialty (121878) Quatrafancy Specialty (130141)

Ink: Bermuda Bay (131171) Smokey Slate (131179) Sky Blue (131181)

Cool Tools: Big Shot Die –Cutting Machine (113439) Scallop Squares Duo Bigz (120903) Cloudy Day (127022) 

The Perfect Touch: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743)

Posted on May 24, 2013 and filed under Cards.


If you are at all familiar with Stampin' Up! you are in the know that there are TONS of cards showcased on numerous blogs and websites. One could spend hours upon hours admiring the handiwork of stamping/card enthusiasts worldwide. You know you've come across something special when you see a card that makes you smile, and the thoughts start racing, "Do I have that stamp? Do I have that color ink? Do I have that punch? Do I have that paper or something similar? big is that - 1" or 1-1/4"?

Fondly known as "CASE-ing" - Copy And Share Everything! This was one of those cards that started out as a CASE, but ended up unique by the time it was finished. Being short on materials that exactly matched the original, I wound up using a different color paper, a different punch, adding new words, and voila you have what I call  a 'Plan B' card! And the new rendition still made me smile...

Product Information + Order Numbers

Stamp Set: Field Flowers (Wood-Mount 122760, Clear-Mount 122762)

Paper: Summer Starfruit (126839) Very Vanilla (101650) Tempting Turquoise (102067) Melon Mambo (115320)

Ink: Tempting Turquoise (126952) Melon Mambo (126948)

Cool Tools: Piercing Tool (126189) Big Shot Die- Cutting Machine (113439) Blossom Party Originals (115971) Postage Stamp (122334) Vines Embossing Folder (n/a Sale-A-Bration item)

The Perfect Touch: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

Posted on May 23, 2013 and filed under Cards.

Just a little something...

This is a card I made tonight to say Thank You to my daughter Kate for all of her help getting this website up and running. I LOVE YOU!

Product Information + Order Numbers

Stamp Set: Seasonal Sayings (Wood-Mount 131937, Clear-Mount 128009) Patterned Occasions (n/a Sale-A-Bration item)

Paper: Very Vanilla (101650) Real Red (102482) Chocolate Chip (102128)

Ink: Real Red (126949) Chocolate Chip (126979) Pacific Point Marker ((120968)

Cool Tools: Decorative Label (120907) Small Heart (117193) 1-3/4” Scallop Circle (119854) Piercing Tool (126189) Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439) Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L (126999)

The Perfect Touch: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) Large Basic Pearl Jewels (125577)

Posted on May 22, 2013 and filed under Cards.

Hello + Welcome!

Welcome to my website! How perfect that it is a Monday for my first "official" posting. First day of the work week, first day of the school week and first day of the web week!  I thought it fitting that I post my first card I ever shared with the public, which I posted as a guest stamper on Mary Fish's blog on February 3rd, 2013. It was close to Valentine's Day, but I didn't want to do the traditional - red - be my valentine - love you forever - card. My sister shared the card on her website, and called me soon after to see if I wanted to sell it...I have been busy trying to keep the orders filled ever since. 


It is a very busy time at Stampin' Up! as they are winding down their current catalog, and gearing up for the new catalog sales to begin on June 1st. Don't miss out on the stamp sets that are retiring, and will no longer be available after June 3rd

Currently, I am quite busy getting ready for my Open House scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. This event will be an opportunity for anyone who is interested to get a chance to see who, what, and where all of the card-making happens, and to come see, look, and learn! In addition, I will begin offering monthly classes the third weekend of each month beginning in June. I am hoping to share what I have learned, and to ignite a spark  that will inspire the artist within you. It all started with that magical crayon and a piece of paper oh so many years ago!

Product Information + Order Numbers

Stamp Set: Pursuit of Happiness (Wood-Mount 121907, Clear-Mount 121970)

Paper: Marina Mist (119682) Rose Red (102544) Basic Black (121045) Whisper White (100730)

Ink: Basic Black (126980)

Cool Tools: Decorative Label (120907) Scallop Trim Border (118402)

The Perfect Touch: 3/16” Metallic Brads (119741) uniball Signo Gel Pen (105021) Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Posted on May 22, 2013 and filed under Cards.