Always In My Heart Anniversary

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I want to wish all the Moms a belated Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you were able to spend quality time with your families.

May 10 is actually my 7th wedding anniversary so today’s project is the card that I made for my husband.

I don’t know about you, but masculine cards are one of the most difficult for me to design. I am all about the ribbons, bling and layers when I make cards. This project is a quick and simple design with bare dimensions (believe it or not I didn’t use even one dimensional on this card!)

I used the Always in My Heart stamp set and coordinating Floral Heart Dies to make this card. To try to make it more manly, I used the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper which includes textile designs and wood/plank images. The banner for the Happy Anniversary sentiment is included in the coordinating dies set and it scores the banner where it will fold under and over to create the flying banner look. (The banner is attached with mini glue dots.) I love this die set!

Here is a complete list of the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card with quick link thumbnails so you can quickly and easily add them to your shopping cart if you need (want) them:

Product List

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a trip out to Winstar in Oklahoma. We had dinner at Kirby’s Steakhouse and then tried our luck at the slots. The wait staff at Kirby’s was amazing as was the food. We were given a choice of a free dessert in recognition of our anniversary – we chose the Chocolate Spice Cake. Oh my, it was so good!

And I came back with more money in my purse than when we left; my husband wasn’t as lucky. 😉

If you should have any questions about recreating a card using this design, or regarding any products offered by Stampin’ Up!, please do not hesitate to contact me. I love being able to share my love of Stampin’ Up! and paper crafts!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends!


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A Bouquet of Hope for Mother’s Day

Greetings my stamping friends! I wanted to share a quick card with you that I made for my Mom for Mother’s Day.

If you follow my blog posts, then you likely have read posts promoting the monthly card kit from Stampin’ Up! called Paper Pumpkin. I love this monthly kit because it includes all of the supplies I need to make each month’s projects, and the projects are predesigned so I don’t have to “think” too much when I am creating with them.

Since I needed a Mother’s Day card and I’m not completely organized in my crafting space (but great progress was made on Friday!), I checked my most recent kits for a project that I could use for this purpose. I was awed by the February 2021 kit – Bouquet of Hope – and while it is meant more as sympathy or pick me up messaging, I thought I could make it work for my needs.

Tada! On the inside of the card I stamped the large bouquet of flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored in the image with a variety of colors from my collection of my Stampin’ Blends (hands down one of the best alcohol marker sets on the market!). I will also write a personal message inside the card just for my Mom.

The outside design of this card is all die cuts that are included in the kit. This particular kit supplied enough materials to create 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs). A month to month subscription for the Paper Pumpkin kit is $22.00/month plus taxes (US) (shipping is included). I’m not sure how much cards cost in retail stores (since I have made all of my cards since 2009), but surely they are more than $22.00 for 9 cards! A bargain at twice the price, right!?

And in case you haven’t taken time to browse the new Annual Catalog (yeah, right – who am I kidding), Stampin’ Up! will be introducing a new line of all-inclusive kits in the very near future. Go to for more details. (As a reminder, Paper Pumpkin kits are only available by subscription.)

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up!, their kits, or any of their other products, please contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Batter Up!

Step up to the plate, take a swing, and knock it out of the park! With the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit, it’s your turn to go to bat for all the people who’ve gone to bat for you. This month’s timeless kit with a “throwback” theme contains enough grand slam supplies to create nine cards—and coordinating envelopes—featuring classic colors, pinwheel and pinstripe patterns, and vintage-washed paper pieces. There’s no “batter” way to root, root, root for your home team and honor the all-stars in your life!

A beloved baseball-themed kit would be incomplete without the sport’s signature, sticky snack—the official bubble gum of the MLB! A favorite in the field, the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit contains a couple sticks of the chewy staple; chew while you craft, slide a piece into a card, or save it for later.

Send a seventh-inning stretch in a classic card with all-star stripes, a nostalgic nod, and a stamp set fit for an MVP! But, before you give it all you’ve got, give this month’s promotional video a watch. See what the Batter Up! kit is all about, then share the message with your friends and family! Play ball!

If you are not already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, be sure to sign up or reactivate your monthly subscription BEFORE MAY 10 if you want to receive the Batter Up! Kit!

A monthly subscription in the US is $22.00 per month + taxes. Shipping is included. You can pause your subscription at anytime and can increase the number of kits you want to receive per month as needed if you want to share with friends or family. You can also “gift” a kit to that special crafter in your life – however, for it to ship directly to them you will need a separate account and email address.

If you have any questions on how you can receive a box of fun in your mail box each month, just ask me. I am here to help and am just an email or phone call away.

Here is my personalized LINK where you can check the status of your subscription or start a new account. An email address will be required to become a subscriber.

Thank you for stopping by to see what’s new. Until next time, stamp on my friends!


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New Annual Catalog is LIVE!

Greetings my stamping friends. The long awaited 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is now open for business.

If you have placed an order from me within the last year, you should have received a printed catalog from me by mail. If you did not receive your copy, please let me know and I would be happy to send you one as soon as my boxes arrive.

You can also view and download an e-copy (PDF) of the catalog by clicking on this LINK.

I am still trying to get my crafting space organized after our move to our new home at the end of March. I should be back to stamping in the next week or so. I will be more than ready to get my fingers all ink stained again!

Thank you for stopping by to see what’s new. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Last-Chance Products List!

Greetings my stamping friends!

I wanted to pop on and post the retiring list that was just released today. These items are available while supplies last!

Retiring inks, papers and embellishments sell out fast so be sure to get your items off your Wish List before they are gone for good!

Thank you for your patience during my move. I will be back posting once I am moved into my new home in April!

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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CASEing the Catalog (sort of) – Snail Mail Suite

Greetings my stamping friends! I hope those of you who live in Texas (like me) have survived the winter storm of 2021. We were fortunate to just lose power and (knock on wood) we have not had any water pipes burst. I have discovered that I have few survival skills and could not live somewhere without electricity and WiFi!

The projects I am sharing with you today are CASEd (copy and share everywhere) from samples in the January-July 2021 Mini Catalog; with slight modifications. They were lots of fun to make and I hope you are inspired to create something of your own.

Can you pick out what I changed from the samples? For a better look, check out page 54 of the Mini Catalog.

All of these projects use products from the Snail Mail Suite. Below are the product thumbnails with hyperlinks so you can easily add them to your shopping cart (I will include the Suite link as well as for each product separately):

Product List

If you do not want the entire Suite, but do want both the stamp set and the coordinating dies, be sure you order the “Bundle” option. When purchased as a bundle, you save 10%. There is not an additional discount if you purchase the Suite (besides the 10% bundle); the collection order option is just so you can “add it all” with one click if you want it all. (And who doesn’t want it all? It is stinking cute.)

If you have any questions on the design or layout of any of these cards, please ask. I am happy to share my tips with you.


Reminder: Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28, 2021. Be sure that you have placed your qualifying orders before the end of the promotion so you can receive the FREE products while supplies last.


Also, don’t forget that during Sale-A-Bration, if you purchase the Starter Kit for $99.00, you will receive five (5) packages of 6″ x 6″ designer series paper at no additional cost (and our designer series paper is AWESOME so this is a win win)!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Hello, Dear Friend Card Kit Possibilities

Greetings my stamping friends! I have been very crafty over the last few days and I am excited to share with you my creations.

This will be a rather long post with 22 – yes 22 – cards I created when I combined the Hello, Dear Friend Card Kit (available in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog) with just two additional products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. (I send a special THANK YOU to Jann McCollom for sharing her projects with me, upon which I based several of my card layouts!)

First I will share with you four (4) cards that were made according to the kit’s directions:

The kit comes with enough card bases and other card elements to make three (3) each of the four (4) card designs. The skinny cards will measure 4.50″ x 2.50″ and the larger cards are standard size and measure 5.50″ x 4.25″. Both sizes have a coordinating, size appropriate envelope. (Total of 12 cards with envelopes.)

By making just one of each design from the kit per the directions, by adding some designer series paper (Flower & Field Designer Series Paper [FREE Sale-a-Bration product available through February 28, 2021 or while supplies last]) and/0r a few embellishments (2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots) to the remaining kit supplies, I made the following eight (8) cards:

After making these 12 cards, I still had elements left over from the kit. So, by adding the Flower for Every Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes I was able to make 10 more cards as follows:

Whew! That’s a lot of cards, right!

If you want to make these cards (or your own variation of them), here are the Stampin’ Up! products you will need (or want) to have on hand. I have included the thumbnail quick links for adding these products to your shopping cart:

Product List

If you purchase the Hello, Dear Friend Card Kit, the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes and the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots (total purchase of $51.00 before taxes & shipping), you will qualify to receive the Flower & Field 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper for FREE as part of Sale-A-Bration (which ends on February 28, 2021).

I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and feel inspired and emboldened to mix and match the products that Stampin’ Up! has to offer to stretch your all inclusive kit’s potential. The ALL INCLUSIVE KITS provide you everything you need to make the projects as designed — including the stamp set, an ink spot and all adhesives — and are an economical way to build your crafting supplies.

It has been a very long time since I have bought a card — yes, I have handmade ALL of my cards to friends and family since 2009 and they appreciate them much more than a store bought card. How much would 22 cards cost you at the store? More than the $51.00 (before taxes)? Most likely.

If you have any questions about these projects, I would be happy to share my design information with you. This would even be a fun project to do together with friends through Zoom.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Mystery Stamping Pocket Card

Greetings my stamping friends! Wow – winter has really made her presence known today! I’m usually a stickler to the thermostat rule of “it stays at 69” during the winter season, but with this artic cold front I had to raise it to 71 and I have still been cold when it cycles off. I hope you are all warm and cozy.

After seeing my header photo, are you asking yourself “what is Mystery Stamping”? If you know what it is, then you know how much fun it can be.

If you don’t, it’s a multi-person event where you are given a list of supplies such as card stock, designer series paper, inks, embellishments and sometimes a particular stamp set, but most often you select from what you have. You are provided with measurements for cutting and/or pieces you will need to punch something out of. The host will then give you assembly instructions for step 1, 2, 3, etc. until all elements of your project have been used, but not how exactly they are to be laid out. When everyone is done, you then share photos of your projects (or if done through Zoom, you hold it up to your camera). It is fun and amazing how so many people, given the same instructions on supplies, come out with completely different project designs.

Today’s project that I am sharing with you was a Mystery Stamping card from my leaders during our monthly Zoom meeting this week. We were provided with the following information:

  • 1. Choose a DSP that you really like both sides!! Cut it 4 x 10-½. Score at 5-¼ and 9-¼.
  • 2. Choose cardstock that coordinates with the DSP. Cut three pieces: 4-¼ x 5-½,
    3-1/8 x 5, and 2-½ x 2-½.
  • 3. Cut basic white/very vanilla (whichever goes with your DSP) 2-7/8 x 4-¾ and
    1-½ x 3.
  • 4. Choose word stamp that will fit on 1 ½ x 3 basic white/very vanilla piece.
  • 5. Pick a punch that will punch out your word image.
  • 6. Choose a punch to punch out piece to go behind your punched out word image. This will be punched from the 2-½ x 2-½ cardstock from #2.
  • 7. Pick out small stamps and inks to stamp on 2-7/8 x 4-¾ bw/vv.

You’ll also need:

  • Tear & Tape
  • Dimensionals
  • Bone Folder
  • Stampin’ Seal
  • Multipurpose Glue
  • Rhinestones
  • Ink to coordinate with DSP choice

After being given each step for creating our project, here is what my card looked like:

The finished project is called a “pocket card” and is a quick and easy way to send someone a short note to let them know you are thinking about them. You would simply write your message on the card that fits into the “pocket”.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this project, along with the convenient thumbnails with hyperlinks to add them to your shopping cart:

Product List

NOTE: The Flower & Field Designer Series Paper and the A Touch of Ink stamp set are both Sale-A-Bration items and are only available while supplies last, or February 28, 2021.

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to ask.

Do you want to join me for a “Mystery Stamping” event? I would be happy to host a “Mystery Stamping” event through Zoom. If you would like to be part of this fun event, let me know and I will schedule a time within the next month to stamp along with you.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Sending Hearts – January 2021 Paper Pumpkin

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope this post finds you all doing well. I have some good personal news to share with you all — my home in Carrollton is officially under contract with a scheduled closing of March 29, AND our new home will be completed mid-March and has a scheduled closing date of March 30! Now it is time to get serious about packing, but first there’s always time to create, right!

In just a few days we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day (or at least those who recognize this as a day to celebrate) and I finally got my Paper Pumpkin kit finished from January, as well as the add-on kit. I made the cards pretty much as designed (I did my ribbons a little differently) and for the add-on kit I added a DSP strip that measures 3/4″ x 6″ to create a belly band to keep the boxes closed (v. using ribbon).

The treat boxes are adorable IRL and will hold two Ghirardelli chocolates or three Hershey nuggets. Assembled they measure 3″ x 2″ x 1/2″.

Here is the video from Paper Pumpkin that shows the contents of the kits that made the cards and the treat boxes:

The Snailed It stamp set and the Forever & Always stamp set coordinate with January’s kit as well. You may notice that I used the “hello” stamp from Snailed It as well as the coordinating designer series paper from the suite on the treat boxes. The Forever & Always stamp set has a “Love” stamp that matches the die cut pieces from the January kit. I LOVE how easy it is to mix and match our products! How about you?

I have added some product thumbnails if you want to add these stamp sets and/or designer series paper to your shopping cart:

Product List

Today, February 10, is the last day to subscribe to receive the February kit — Bouquet of Hope. This kit will include lots of sentiments to help you send comfort and hope to loved ones during this time of worry about the pandemic. You will not want to miss out on this, I promise.

If you are not already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, HERE is my personalized link.

When it comes to subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, you have multiple options: (1) month-to-month, and (2) prepaid subscriptions:

Product List

A prepaid subscription of 3 or more months counts towards redemption of FREE products during Sale-a-Bration! If you are already a monthly subscriber, you can still purchase a prepaid subscription — you will just need to go into your account and enter the code that you will receive by email. Once the prepaid period has passed, your credit card on file will be charged for each month’s kit until you cancel or pause your subscription. Yes – you can put your subscription on PAUSE at any time before the 10th of each month. You will just want to make sure to remove the pause before the 10th of the month you want your subscription to become active again.

Speaking of Sale-a-Bration, there are only 18 days until this event ends (to return in July with new products). If you have not already redeemed the products you want from the SAB brochure, be sure you get your order(s) in before 11:50 PM (MT) on February 28!

Did you know that you can JOIN as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator for just $99.00? Did you know that for just $99.00 you will receive $125.00 of products? Even better than that — now through February 28, if you join Stampin’ Up! you will also receive FREE Designer Series Paper as part of Sale-a-Bration (a $57.50 value)! If you do the math, that means you will receive $182.50 worth of products and supplies for just $99.00 — that is almost a 50% discount.

If you have a wish list that is as long as your arm (like me), then you would benefit greatly if you decided to join my team. Not only is the Starter Kit 100% personalized (meaning, YOU pick what you want in your Starter Kit from each product category), you will immediately receive a discount on each order you place after your demonstratorship becomes effective. For a new demonstrator this is a minimum of 20% off of everything you buy! Not sure what to select as part of your Starter Kit, no worries — I can provide you with a suggested list of products.

If you are interested in hearing more about why I love being a demonstrator or need help signing up, I am here to help you.

Wow, that was a lot of information. If you have any questions about anything I have mentioned here, please ask me for more information.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Bouquet of Hope by Paper Pumpkin

What is Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin is our monthly One-Stop Box™ that offers a unique variety of paper projects for subscribers of any skill level to enjoy! These thoughtfully-themed and all-inclusive craft kits encourage Stampin’ Up! customers to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting.

Why Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin introduces crafters to an impressive collection of Stampin’ Up! products, from our one-of-a-kind ink pads to our eye-catching embellishments. Plus, the carefully-chosen components of each Paper Pumpkin kit highlight the unbeatable versatility and coordination our products provide! This easy and exciting way to stock up on supplies—and create small-batch projects for occasions of any kind—inspires crafters to continue crafting. With Paper Pumpkin, it’s simple: share what you love, and help others enjoy creativity!

So, what’s in store for this month’s kit? February’s Paper Pumpkin kit—Bouquet of Hope—provides a way to offer comfort, care, and condolences to those enduring life’s challenges. With beautiful blooms and supportive sentiments, the Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit will soothe sorrow and share sympathy in a heartfelt, handmade way. While you can create nine cards of comfort and coordinating envelopes with this month’s kit, the kit’s exclusive, versatile stamp set can be used to uplift loved ones during trying times, any time.

To learn more about this kind-hearted kit, keep reading!



  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and coordinating envelopes. Kit includes card bases, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments, and more.
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Rococo Rose
  • Coordinates with the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper, an exclusive Sale-A-Bration item.


155223 | Flower & Field Designer Series Paper

  • Earn this pack of paper for FREE with a purchase of $50 USD or more during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion! 
  • The Sale-A-Bration promotion will run until 28 February.


Subscribe to the February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 January and 10 February at!

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

If you have any questions about becoming a Paper Pumpkin subscriber or need help creating your account, please let me know.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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