Saturday, December 31, 2011

Valentine Love and A The embedded image Technique

I entered these in a  contest on the SO Shelli blog.  It uses our Valentine Love Stamp set from our main Catalog at Stampin UP! and the new set in our Occasions Mini catalog PS I Love You.   Also several of our punches and border punches. Love the Melon Mambo color with the Cherry cobbler Cardstock.

 The other card is using a technique where you glue punched pieces on your base piece and then run it through the square lattice die giving it the effect of a embedded image.  I used our sizzix sizzlet with the heart  and the heart to heart punch as well as the bird builder punch.
The technique is one I use alot and is quite fun.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Clearance Rack BLitZ going on now!

Don't Miss out on the clearance rack items some up to 80% off.  Go to my Stampin' UP! website and click on Shop now and them Clearance Rack.  Tons of Goodies to choose from.

My Grandchildren all 5 together

It is rare that all of my grandchildren get together at  once; infact that last picture we had of them together was two years ago when I was in the hospital at Christmas and Abby the youngest was not born yet.
Here are a couple of pics of them after a church service at Crossroads Community Church we attended.
My daughter sang in a Service Her Children are CJ age 5
 Abby age almost 2 and Emile age 7  They are dressed in the black and Red.  The other two are my step daughter's children Mikaila age almost 8 in the pink coat and Jacob age 5 on the right.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Online Extravaganza!!!

Online Extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. This promotion is perfect for online orders during an especially busy time of year.
Log on to my Online Store  by going to on Monday, November 21, to take advantage of great savings, like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!
In addition, there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT])-so make sure you check back for the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza! 
You don't want to miss out!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Promotion extended

If you have not signed on to join my team yet.  Good news the Big shot offer for new recruits has been extended to Nov 11th.  so if you want to take advantage of our demonstrator special with the FREE BIG SHOT  make sure you go to my website and sign up to be on my Lucky Ladies Team.  I will also throw in 2 classic Stamp pads of your color choice.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mountain Dew and Sierra Mist Christmas Wreath

With all the dillying with Lollies lately; that is the medalian looking folded piece everyone is making with the new Stampin' UP! Simply Scored Tool. They are fun to make and we learned how to do them at Convention this year in our Village of Cuteness class

Well I thought I had a brilliant idea and then found that someone else and someone else had the same idea.  I think alot of us that are think our of the box ladies often come up with the same or things that are alot alike.  If you look on Stampin Connection you will see quite a few of these.  It is a Wreath made from Aluminum cans and the SU snowflake die.  All the different color combinations are so cool.  I have seen blue and orange ones; and blue and red; and red and green.  I am thinking the silver and Gold in the Beer can form would be pretty too.    Anyway enjoy the pictures. 
I also used the snowflake punch from SU and a 3/4 inch circle punch  to complete the project.  To make the cardboard Wreath I used a Pizza Box and just traced a dinner plate and then a saucer size and cut the circle out and the inside circle so you get what looks like a donut to attach the Snowflakes to.  I just used my cropadile and punched 10 sets of two holes close to each other.  Then I tied the Ribbon through the wholes till I had all ten sets done and then began to tie the snowflakes on.  If you sandwich two of the aluminum snowflakes together and kind of snap them together pushing one point down and every other point they will stay together pretty well.  Put the ribbon through them and build the other snowflake (punched from Glossy White paper) with a 3/4 " circle and put two holes with the cropadile so it looks like a button poke the ribbon through and tie it on top.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Goodbye to a Dear Friend

My Friend Loretta has moved away to Austin Texas well Actually Round Rock TX.  She had a little granddaughter born recently and could not bare to be miles away from her.  What a wonderful thing for her to be able to see her little Lucy growing up and being able to be close to her family.  Little Lucy only weighed a bit over 2 pounds when born and I am happy to say that Loretta told me she had doubled her size in weight and would be going home from the hospital soon. 

Our friends from our crafting group met at the Olive Garden the other night to send Loretta off in style.  It was so hard to say Good Bye to her as she has not only been a great friend but my downline and my accompaning partner and roomate for various conventions and trips.  I will miss her alot but know that I will get to see her shortly as we plan to meet up for leadership in January.  Even though I have already shed some tears and will definitely have to look hard to find someone else just as fun to hang with.

I want to share the card I had made for Loretta and the Frame I made for her granddaughter Lucy.

The Frame is made with the Christmas Paper and Embossed with the Melon Mambo embossing powder with a bit of irredesent ice added in it.  The Letter's are made with Stampin' UP! Sizzix simple letters.  I used the Simply Scored to make the cute folded butterflys with some of our DSP from last year.  I also sprinkled some Rhinestones in and used some of the pink Pirouette ribbon to add a few bows.  I know it will look nice in her room with the pink and chocolate theme she has.

another view

close up of butterfly

Here is the card I created for Loretta.  The little box on the side holds 5 Hershey's Nuggets and has a cute bookmark in the pocket.  I used the Stamp set Little Friends for the image in the front.  The inside bookmark uses the set thoughts and prayers. The sentiment Sweet Friend is from the new stamp set in the Holiday Mini "You are Loved" I also used the Ribbon lace punch and the beautiful wings embosslit for the pretty butterflies.  I added a touch of smooch to the wings.

Cards From Ronald Mc Donald World Card Making Event

Just wanted to share the cards from World Card Making Day event.  All the cards and the money for making them went to Ronald McDonald House.  I was there this past Wednesday and dropped off several packages of stamps and also about 150 - 200 cards.

I am going to begin working with students of the Lecanto High School so they can earn bright scholars volunteer hours at selected Saturdays at the Homosassa Library soon.  They will be a big help in helping me fullfill the needs of the RMH in St Pete that I am a Stampin' UP! Appointed lead for the 3 houses near All Childrens' Hospital.  Many of our local families have already used the houses there.

Designed by Debi Pippin

Designed by Debi Pippin

Designed by Jo Ann Mc Hale
                                                           and taught by Diane Henderson
                                                           since Jo Ann  could not be there

Designed by Michele Ryder

Designed by Loretta Ingerman

Designed by Barb Harmon
                                 My upline

Designed by Fran Schaak

I want to thank these ladies for designing and teaching cards on World Card Making day.  With out you the event could not have happened.  With the success of this years event we will be holding a second annual one next year. So if you missed it we will remind you throughout the year.  If you would like to donate cash for stamps and envelopes or handmade cards to the Ronald Mc Donald house through me just give me an email or call and I will gladly pick them up or accept them from you when I see you. I cannot begin to tell you how happy the residents and patients have been that have either received a card or needed one to give and were able to have one on hand to send. If you would like to join me at the Homosassa Library to help out I would love the extra help.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Limited Offer...

Stampin' Up! has a limited number of kits to make a special Christmas Keepsake Box available. This gorgeous box would make a lovely gift by itself or a fantastic gift box for a special gift. It can be kept to hold special cards, photos, notes, or other treasures from year to year.
The Kit includes almost everything you need to make the finished box including pre-cut accents and instructions. You will only need to provide some Paper Snips and some adhesives for the assembly. If you want your finished box to look like the one shown, you will also need the Pines & Poinsettias Set on page 21 of the Holiday Mini and a few markers.
To order the Christmas Keepsake Box Kit, please contact me at    use the # 129024 and order yours for $19.95
simply shop on line at  
Don't forget to check out the clearance Rack for great savings while you are there.  
Here are the item numbers and prices for the Kit and some other recommend items:
  • Christmas Keepsake Box Kit, # 129024, $19.95
  • Pines & Poinsettias Clear-Mount Set, # 123764, $14.95
  • Pines & Poinsetties Wood-Mount Set, # 123762, $19.95
  • Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, # 100052, $3.50
  • Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker, # 120975, $3.50
  • Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, # 119680, $3.50
  • SNAIL Adhesive, # 104332, $6.95
  • Stampin' Dimensionals, # 104430, $3.95
  • Sticky Strip, # 104294, $6.95
  • Mini Glue Dots, # 103683, $4.95
  • Paper Snips, # 103579, $9.95

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Birmingham Stampin' UP! Regional 2011

Just want to say I had the best time at the Birmingham Regionals.  Shelli was not there but all my favorite presenters were there Donna Shannon and Carrie! Also Brian was the most awesome Videograher ever.  I was able to get decent pics this time.

Donna is always funny and here the 3 are laughing on stage because Donna said a funny thing about watching her son create a baby.  Then she realized what she had said and everyone was roaring.  She then corrected herself and said she was not going to watch her son create the baby but she was going to watch it be born today.  It was her first grandchild so she has a right to get mixed up and be a little giddy.  I remember when my first one was born.

This is from the new Sweet Cake set that you can get if you become a demonstrator this month and join my team the Lucky Ladies.  you will also get a big shot machine and I will throw in a couple of ink pads as a thank you for joining.  Just go to my website at  and sign up.  You only have until Oct 22 if you want the sweet stamp set too.  I can offer this for the next 2 weeks only because I attended the regional.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Stampin' UP! Birmingham Regional

I won the creative swap challenge with this card!  $50 shopping spree

I am on my way to the Birmingham Regional today.  Just wanted to post some of my swap cards for you to view.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ronald Mc Donald House World Card Making Day Event

This is the main House in ST Pete

 A Few of our card makers and my upline Barb and side line Michelle

 Another shot



Card Making
Fran and Faith

Our youngest card maker

another view

My volunteers from local highschool
They were able to earn volunteer hours for bright scholars

 Fran with Dean and Faith
Just wanted to give an update on the Ronald McDonald House.  Saturday Oct 1st we had a fund raiser for the RMH on World Card Making Day.  Several of my local demonstrator friends gathered and taught.  There were 6 of us in all.  Each person donated $2 at each table and made 2 cards.   One card they donated to RMH and one they kept for themselves.  We offered refreshments and had door prizes each half hour.  If you missed it we have decided that we will do this annually.  It was a great day and everyone seemed to enjoy making the cards and we raised about $300.  We plan to buy postage stamps and envelopes for the cards we will be donating in the future.  So far we have donated over 500 cards.  I will be bringing the current load down on next Wednesday.  We hope to do a card making event at the Ronald Mc Donald House for the families soon.   I will post pictures of the cards soon.

Updated Picture of my kitten Simba

Just wanted to share an updated picture of Simba  this is him at about 9 weeks

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Big Shot For FREE!

Friday, September 30, 2011

World Card Making Day

This year my downlines upline and sidelines with Stampin' UP! in our local area are doing a community charity event for the Ronald Mc Donald House of St Pete. Florida.  The event will be at the Withlapopka community center located at 11104 E Flounder
Floral City  FL 34436  on Oct 1st Saturday from 11 am - 3PM  If you are coming from the North head south on 41 and turn left at Gobbler (near the Circle K)  if coming from the south it will be a right hand turn.  Follow the yellow lines all the way around and across the bridge.  Turn right onto Blue Dolphin and then a left at Flounder and it is on the right side.  There is a playground for the kids and Stampin' Cards inside for the adults.  Each Demonstrator will be running a table that you can donate $2 and make 2 cards one for the Ronald McDonald House and one to take home.

We will also have some baked goodies to purchase and drinks and Pizza coming at Lunchtime.  Just be sure to donate generously to the kettle.  All proceeds will go toward buying postage stamps and for envelopes and Supplies to keep our card makers going.  It will be a fun time to get hands on instruction and get to know some of our Stampin' UP tools and materials.  SU has the finest papers and ink and accessories and Tools.   I use my Table top cutter,  my Big Shot and my Simply Scored almost every day.   Won't you come and join us and do something great for our friends.

I personally took a tour months ago and was amazed and very touched to hear that 65 families from our own town used the center and it's housing last year and over 70 from neighboring Hernado County used them as well.   They not only house these people but keep their family there and feed them and provide laundry services and emotional support. Each room is responsible for a light housekeeping chore and a small charge if they can afford it but they will not turn anyone away that cannot pay. The expenses of a hospital stay can be astronomical but with the help of RMH these families can afford to be close by for their children.  One house is built right onto the hospital and is reserved for families of ICU patients.

All Children's Hospital is known for it's great medical services and has seen many successes.  I know if my child had to be hospitalized it would be the only place I would want my child to be treated.  Although we didn't have a choice in the hospital back then  my son was treated at Gainesville Hospital at age 4 because of a hole in his heart.  We also stayed at the RMH in Gainesville and were so thankful for their services.  I took on the job of lead as a way of paying back for letting us stay with them so many years ago.  Today Noah is an active and healthy 16 year old.  Thank you Ronald Mc Donald House

The 3 houses are located within a block of each other and the All Children's Hospital.
Stampin' UP! had appointed me lead of these houses back in June and I accepted.  They did not have a former lead and had not had one in years.  The houses also did not have nice Stampin' UP! cards to share with their guest.  I am proud to announce they are now an Active house and each house has a box of 100 greeting cards to share with their guests.  

After tomorrow I hope to present them with at least another 300 cards.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A New Kitten In The House

We lost another Siamese.  Sadly enough someone stole the Cat we adopted from the Animal Shelter a few months ago.  This was the second Siamese to be stolen so we opted for a different type of cat.  We normally adopt from the Animal Shelter older cats because we know they are less likely to be picked and we like to rescue them but this time we decided to help out a friend who needed to find a home for a sweet kitten.  My I had forgotten how entertaining a kitten could be.  They bring pure Joy and create destruction whenever they can.   I am sharing our sweet guy that was suppose to be a girl.  I called him Bella forever and then decided that he was a boy kitty.  My son called him Chuck Norris because our other cats were named Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.  But I prefer to call my new Kitten Simba.    The kitten loves toys especially balls but his best play toy is our Australian Sheppard Quantum.  They just love sparring with each other and although sometimes I think they play  too rough they love each other.  Quantum seems to love all our cats and likes playing with them.   Infact I think he is the one that missed the other cats the most.  He is happy with the Kitten and takes his duties as head kitten sitter seriously.  I hope to post some updated pictures soon as the kitten has really grown fast.  His favorite thing to do now is to climb our curtains and hang like Tarzan on them.  Who knew what joys this little creature would bring to our household.  Amazing.