Country Home on Tin Tile

Greetings to all my stamping friends!  I just spent the weekend at Amy Storrie’s beautifully restored historic home in Denton, Texas at her Holiday Retreat.  We spent two days making holiday cards, decorations, gifts and gift tags – it was so refreshing to be able to go and spend time with friends who love to get their fingers all inky just like I do!

I have had today’s project sitting on my desk for about a week waiting to be photographed – and to be honest I wasn’t actually sure if I was “done” with it when I last worked on it.  But after letting it sit there and looking at it with fresh eyes I realized it was actually pretty as is.  If you like “country”, then you are going to love the stamp set I used – here you go:

The only downside to this stamp set is that there is not a coordinating set of thinlets/framelits to cut out the stamped images!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card.  To add them to your shopping card, just click on the thumbnails below:

Amy used this product suite at her retreat and here is the card that she designed for us all to make:

Here are the additional Stampin’ Up! products that Amy used in the design of this card.  Again, simply click on the thumbnails below to add these items to your shopping cart:

This suite of products has so many possibilities.  I can’t wait to make more projects with them!

If you have any questions regarding measurements or design elements of either of these cards, do not hesitate to ask.  I will gladly provide you with a FREE tutorial.

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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It’s Finally Here … The 2018 Holiday Catalog!

The 2018 Holiday Catalog for Stampin’ Up! went live to customers on September 5, 2o18!  If you are already an active customer of mine, you should have received a complimentary copy of the catalog in the mail in mid to late August.  If not, I have plenty of copies handy and would be more than happy to send you a copy for you and/or your friends.

August was a tough month for me and my family.  We found out that one of our beloved pets had cancer and we had to make that “quality of life” decision that no pet parent ever wants to have to make.  We had a health scare with regard to my Mom (she’s 78 and hates the phrase “people your age”) and she had some tests done on Wednesday to see if her symptoms are heart related or something else.  Then there’s the mechanical issues of the upstairs A/C unit deciding it didn’t want to cool that part of the house so it made even thinking of spending time in my craft room unbearable.  We finally bit the bullet and called out a service technician and thankfully he was able to keep it going with adding more Freon (original units to home built in 1992 – it’s just a matter of time).

So, now that we are starting a new month and I have lots of new products to play with keep a lookout for new posts from me with some amazing projects.  The new stuff in this catalog will blow your mind it is that good!

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


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OnStage in Orlando!

Guess who will be in Orlando, FL in November. Me and about 7,500 other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators! We will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! and it will be a celebration you will not want to miss.

Registration opened today and as far as I know there are still seats available.

How can you attend this monumental celebration? You need to be a demonstrator – it is easy to join.

Why become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?

  1. $99 Starter Kit includes $125 in products and can be 100% customized by you. If you are not sure what you should start with, we have a list of suggested products to help you make your selections.
  2. As a demonstrator you receive a minimum 20% discount on everything you buy.
  3. As a demonstrator you will be able to see the new products before they are released to the public PLUS you can pre-order the new products before the catalogs go live.
  4. As a demonstrator you have access to online training tips and other resources that are AMAZING and make using your new products a breeze.
  5. As a demonstrator you get to attend fun events like OnStage!
  6. There is no obligation to make further purchases once you have received your Starter Kit. However, if you wish to maintain your active status your minimum sales per month would be $100, or $300 per quarter. You will have until the end of the first full quarter after you become a demonstrator to drop or bring your sales total to the quarterly minimum (this means you will remain active through December 2018 if you joined now).

There are many other perks of being a demonstrator when you advance in title and have recruits in your downline, including a higher discount and commissions on team sales when they hit their goals. I would be happy to discuss this further with anyone who is interested.

I have been a demonstrator for 9 years as of July. My title is Bronze Elite and my discount is 25%. I have sufficient rolling sales to advance in title to Silver; however, I do not have any recruits at the moment. Join today and select me as your Direct Team Leader – I solemnly swear that you will not regret it!

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


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Something Spooky This Way Comes

If you love Halloween now is the time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. If you subscribe before September 10 you will get the handmade Halloween look without the fuss with the exclusive hauntingly fun Halloween kit packaged in this special box (as shown).

Promotion Details:

  • New subscribers must subscribe by September 10 to receive the Halloween kit.
  • Canceled subscribers must enter active status by September 10 to receive the Halloween kit.
  • Current subscribers must remain active through September 10 to receive the Halloween kit.
  • Product availability may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.


You’ve probably guessed already, but there are no tricks in this kit, just treats—treat packaging, that is. If you aren’t wild about Halloween or prefer cards, here are some alternative options:

  • As with every Paper Pumpkin kit, September’s kit can be repurposed. For instance, you can add cardstock and make some cards! This kit’s coordinating colors are:
    • Mango Melody (item 146989) US
    • Gorgeous Grape (item 146987) US
    • Pumpkin Pie (item 105117) US
    • Basic Black (item 121045) US
  • Stampin’ Up! will release alternate projects and share ideas as we always do in our newsletter, Pinterest page, blog, and social media.
  • Remember, once you become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, if you don’t want a particular month’s kit, you don’t have to cancel your subscription; you can suspend and come back after the 10th of the month to get the next month’s (awesome!) kit.

If you need help subscribing or have any questions I am happy to help. If you decide to subscribe don’t forget to select me as your Demonstrator at the end of your registration process!

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


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Bonus Days Are Back!

If you are unfamiliar with this promotion, for every $50.00 USD you spend between August 1-31 (before shipping and tax) you will earn a $5.00 USD Bonus Days coupon code that can be used September 1–30.

There is no limit to the number of coupons you can earn (or redeem in September) so you might as well get everything on your wish list!


  • Earning Period Deadlines
    • Phone: August 31, 2018, by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: August 31, 2018, by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If a participant earns multiple codes from a single order, they will receive one email with multiple codes. If they earn multiple codes from multiple orders, they will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • Orders that are started before the promotion begins will not go toward earning coupon codes.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits, demonstrator supply items, and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.)
    • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed one time only.


These $5.00 coupons will be very handy and timely – the Holiday Catalog launches on September 5, 2018! If you have made any purchases from me during the past two years or so you will receive a copy of the catalog in the mail in a few weeks. It is simply marvelous! If you would like me to send you a copy all you need to do is ask. (My pre-order arrives early next week!!!)

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


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Color Your Season – Limited-Time Products


Get in the mood to create something full of colors and seasons!  Introducing the all-new, limited-time Color Your Season products: 

  • Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season (also available in French)!
  • Stitched Season Framelits Dies, a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images!
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colors! Note: These Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
  • Please note: The bundle includes the stamp set and dies only. It does not include the Watercolor Pencils.

Promotion Dates: August 1-31, 2018

  • Products available while supplies last until August 31, 2018. This means products will only be available until August 31 or while supplies last, whichever comes first. If a product’s supply is depleted before August 31, it will be made unorderable and will no longer be available for purchase.
  • New colors of Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
  • No limits apply during the customer sales period.
  • Items may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit.

Of course I just had to have this collection of crafting tools and FINALLY got over my funk long enough to complete a card!  Here is my card – the first I have made in about a month I believe.  It’s about time, right!?!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products I used in the design of my card which can be added to your shopping cart with a quick click on the thumbnails below:

I used my new stamp placement tool – the Stamparatus – to stamp the holly boughs using a technique called “hinge stamping”.  The plates for this tool are removable and have “hinges” that are very similar to paper ripped from a spiral notebook.  I stamped the first image, moved the plate down one hinge and stamped again and repeated until I reached the end of the paper.  This is super easy and makes reproducing a card design a breeze!

Here are a few samples of projects from the design team at the Stampin’ Up! home office:

This is an amazing bundle of products.  Get yours before supplies run out or the availability period ends on August 31, 2018, whichever comes first.

Thank you for stopping by today.  If you have any questions, you just need to ask.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!

It’s back! The Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper promotion, but only during the month of July and only for the select designer series paper products listed below.

If you have designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! then you know how beautiful it is and how hard it can be to cut it up to use on projects. Now would be the perfect time to stock up on your favorite designs. Price for each is $11.00 US Dollars.

*** I am posting this remotely and will edit later to add thumbnails to each DSP product in my online store. ***

Promotion Details:

  • Dates: July 1-31, 2018
  • Only Designer Series Papers listed in the table below qualify for this promotion. You may mix and match papers from any of the listed papers.
  • There are no ordering limits on this promotion.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion: customer, demonstrator, workshop, online.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with Stampin’ Rewards is not eligible for the promotion.
  • This promotion does not apply to starter kits.
  • In OEX and online ordering, when three qualifying Designer Series Paper packs are entered, a prompt to add a free Designer Series Paper will appear in the merchandising section.
  • In the online store, if a customer orders four packages of the same qualifying Designer Series Paper, they will need to enter three together and then order the fourth free item separately.

Ordering deadlines:

  • Phone: July 31, 2018; 6:50 PM (MT)
  • OEX/Online : July 31, 2018; 11:50 PM (MT)

Stay tuned for more exciting offers coming this month.

Since I had no orders through my June hostess code I have not yet created a July code. If you want to place an online order using a hostess code for July, please contact me prior to placing your order and I will generate the code for you.

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


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New Stampin’ Blends Are Now Available!

The wait is finally over!  The shipment of the newest colors of the Stampin’ Blends alcohol based markers that were offered with the release of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog have finally arrived at the Stampin’ Up! warehouse.  I am about to submit my order for the 11 new color combo pack; if you have had these markers on your wish list patiently anticipating their availability act quickly while they are in stock.  Based on earlier popularity, I would not be surprised to see these go into backorder status.

The items with a red “N” next to them in the above photo are the new colors.  To make your ordering easier, I have included thumbnails for all of the Stampin’ Blends in my online store below:

Even better news is that I have somewhat mastered climbing up and down the stairs in my home wearing my walking boot and using a cane!  This means that I have full access to all of my crafting tools.  Once I get everything back in order after my husband’s searching efforts for the past three months – plus purging retired and adding in the new products – I will be back in business!

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


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Painted Glass in Memory of Beth Grace

I received some heart breaking news today that a dear friend of mine who I met through Stampin’ Up! died this past weekend after fighting lung cancer (and she didn’t even smoke).  I last saw her back in April for a short period of time when I attended the first few hours of OnStage in Ft. Worth.  She had been on my mind all last weekend and I had intended to reach out to chat with her this weekend but we ran out of time.

I first met Beth back in 2010, when I was attending my first Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City (“Share What You Love”).  I needed a roommate and had posted on a message board and that’s how we met.  Every year after that when we both attended we were roommates and always had a blast.  Here is a picture of us at “The Rock” after we toured the Stampin’ Up! offices in 2011:

Beth’s favorite color is purple so in her honor and memory I designed my project today with her in mind.  I hope you like it.  It was inspired by a card that Mary Fish cased that was created by Ruth Petsel.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your online shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

I also used the following Stampin’ Write Markers to color the backside of the vellum images:  Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Mossy Meadow.  These markers are not sold separately and are available as a set of 40 (with a storage case) #147154 $123.00; or by Color Collection: Neutrals #147158 $30.00; Brights #147157 $30.00; Subtles #147156 $30.00; Regals #147155 $30.00.

If you have any questions regarding the design or measurements of this card, please ask.

Be sure to take some time to tell your friends and family how much they mean to you today – tomorrow may be too late.  I appreciate each and every one of you and send you all a virtual hug.

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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Rooted In Nature Meets Delightfully Detailed

I am having one of those design blocks where what formulates in my head does not turn out as I had expected on paper.  But to show you that not every project I undertake to make is a home run I wanted to share today’s card and get some feedback from you all as to what I could do to make it “better”.

First here is the card:

First, I didn’t have any vellum with me in my downstairs “cell” so I improvised and used a piece of the tissue paper that came in the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut DSP.  I’m thinking maybe I should have stamped the sentiment in Memento Black so that it popped more.  I like the cluster of laser flowers in the top left, but the leaves and loose flowers at the bottom are a mess.  This one definitely needs a do-over.

If you would like to try and improve on my design, here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card:

Don’t forget to use this Month’s Hostess Code — XFDEM34V — when you place your online order through my store.

I would love to see your version of this card!

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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