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I have two children. My daughter Jennifer is 27 and my son Christopher is 25. And two step-sons, Trevor and Adam ages 24 and 26 along with their beautiful wives Emily and Julie and their babies, Noah and Madisyn. I also have I've been married for 12 years to my husband Gary. I'm a full time Junior High Language Arts teacher and stamping is one of my passions. All products I use are from Stampin' Up! Be sure to visit my Stampin' Up! website to view my calendar of events by clicking on the link to the right!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I've Moved

I've moved to a new blog home.  You can see what I've been up to by going to
See you there!  :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

This Too Shall Pass

I can't believe that I made the promise to post once a week four weeks ago and I have actually kept it.  I guess it is all a matter of what you set your mind to.  I have always believed that anything is possible as long as you set your mind to it and do what it takes to get it done.  :)

I found the layout for this card in Paper Crafts Magazine and thought it would be quick and easy, was!  Quick and easy is always good.  I think this lay out would be great for an Easter card too.  I love the colors from Stampin' Up!'s Subtles collection, especially in the springtime.  These seem like Easter colors to me!.

Speaking of Easter, I am already behind...I should have had my Easter cards make two weeks ago.  By the time I get them done, I am sure it will be too late to mail them.  Anyway...

Here is what I used on this card. 

Tea for Two DSP        129311
Pretty In Pink Card Stock      100459
So Saffron Card Stock     105118
Pool Party Card Stock     122924
Very Vanilla Card Stock     101650
Early Espresso Classic Ink     126974
Stamp Set From My Heart     (126555wood)     (126557clear)
Labels Collection Framelits     (125598)
I hope you like the card and thank you for stopping by.  Until next time...
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Feeling Sentimental

I just love, love, love this stamp set, Feeling Sentimental #129627(w)/#129630(c), that you can get in the current Sale-a-bration catalog! I decided I had to have it when I first laid eyes on it.  All three of the images from this stamp set remind me a little of  my grandparents.  I've always loved vintage style things and made myself a promise years ago that I would only have antique furniture in my home one day.  Well, I haven't been able to convert all of my furnishings to antiques, but I've got a good start.  My living room is 1947 style couch and chairs that used to belong to my grandparents...recovered of course.  Also in the living room I have 1940's style end tables and an antique Singer Sewing Machine with the metal petal that I used to watch my grandmother push when I was a kid.  My kitchen table is also from them, still in perfect condition and from the same era.  I sure do miss Grandma and Grandpa at times.  I have a lot of happy memories of them.  :)

I stamped this image using black Staz On ink onto a 2" wide piece of vellum.  I layered it with a piece of First Edition Specialty  dsp of the same size.  I did not heat emboss this image, but it would look awesome if you would stamp it in Versa Mark and use black embossing powder on it.  The sentiment is also stamped in black Staz On.

Here's a list of everything I used:

  • Crumb Cake Card Stock   #120953 -- $6.95
  • Core'dinations Card Stock (Pool Party)   #129321 -- $6.95
  • Stampin' Sanding System sanding block   #129367 -- $2.95
  • Stampin' Standing System sanding block refills   #129368 -- $1.95
  • First Edition Specialty DSP   #121878 -- $12.95
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock   #101650 -- $8.50
  • 5/8" Flower Trim   #126869 -- $6.95
  • Cute Clips--Hung Up   #129389 -- $4.95
  • Jet Black Staz On Ink Pad   #101406 -- $7.95
  • White Vellum Card Stock   #101856 -- $6.50
  • Pool Party Classic Ink Pad (on the flower)   #126982 -- $5.95
  • Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder   #129378 -- $7.95
I think that is everything.  Most items can be found in the new Spring Catalog.  The stamp set as I mentioned in the first sentence is a FREE set in Sale-a-bration along with the Pool Party ribbon that I used on the card.  For every $50.00 in product you purchase from now until March 22, you earn one free item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Both the Spring and Sale-a-bration catalogs can be downloaded by clicking on the photos on the right.  Or you could just use this list and click here to go to my online store.  Once there, click on the shop now button at the top right.

 Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Until next time...

Happy Stamping!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Two Days Late--Happy Birthday

Yes, I know, I was supposed to post this on Saturday, but since I was out-of-town for the weekend, that didn't happen.  We spent the weekend with friends of ours who just completed their mountain home.  It was fun to be out of the main stream even for 24 hours.  We enjoyed a lot of good food and wine and movies on the DVD player.  It is nice to get away even for a little while

This little card is made with two Sale-a-bration items...the Sycamore Street DSP and the Madison Avenue stamp set.  I thought this was cute and simple and really easy to make.  If you aren't aware of what Sale-a-bration is, for every $50.00 in Stampin' Up! product you purchase you get a free item out of the Sale-a-bration catalog until March 22.  There is a lot of nice stuff in that little catalog.

If yo have any questions about other things I used on  this card, please let me know.

Until next time...

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine Treat Boxes

Just a quick post tonight because I wanted to get these on here before Valentine's Day on Thursday.  Two treat boxes that I made for a few of the special people in my life.  To make the heart box I used the Hearts Collection Framelit #125599 ($26.95) that can be found in the Annual Catalog, and for the rectangular box I used the Fancy Favor Bigz XL die #115965 ($39.95) also in the Annual Catalog.  Designer Series paper and embellishments are in the Spring Catalog.
Hope you like what you see.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 
Until next time,

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

OH, Hello!

 True to my word last week, I am posting again today.  So far, so good on my resolution to be more consistent with my blog.
Today's card was an easy one to create.  Sometimes I think the simpler something is, the better it is.  Like cooking dinner, if I can get into the kitchen and out within 30 minutes, that's doing good for me.  This card was the same way.  It only took about 30 minutes to make. 
Here's what I used.
From the Spring Catalog:
  • Oh, Hello Bundle (131101/$38.95--clear or 131102/$44.95--wood) 
From the Annual Catalog:
  • Very Vanilla C/S  (101650/$6.95)
  • Tangerine Tango C/S  (111349/$6.95
  • Island Indigo Ink     (126986/$5.95)
  • Tangerine Tango Ink    (126946/$5.95)
  • Lucky Limeade Ink     (126984/$5.95)
  • Scallop Circle Punch 2-3/8 "     (118874/$16.95)
  • Scallop Circle Punch 1-3/4"    (119854/$16.95)
Have fun creating!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hearts a Flutter Valentine

It has been a while, hasn't it?  The last few months have been crazy hectic and I found little time to be in my stamp room.  It started at the beginning of November when my  25-year-old son went into the hospital for brain surgery.  Yes, that's right brain surgery. It seemed like science fiction.    He developed epilepsy about 5 years ago and since the millions of medications he had been on never seemed to work, surgery was the next step.  He was in the hospital in Denver for about 10 days where they did a temporal lobectomy.  It was rough going for him right after the surgery, but things managed to turn out okay for him.  He has made a speedy recovery and has been seizure free since.  He is back to to swimming, with supervision of course.  He always loved swimming along with scuba diving, but had to give it up about 5 years ago when his seizures started.  He also had to give up driving at the ripe old age of 20, but has been reassured by his doctors that if he remains seizure free for 6 months after the surgery, he will again be able to drive.  He said this morning that he is reminded often of the time before he started driving when he was sixteen, and he is once again counting down the days, weeks, months, until he could drive. 
My mother was also here for about 6 weeks during my son's recovery to help out with him and other things once I went back to work.  Then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year and back to work after the holiday break.  I am gradually getting back to normal where I can spend a little time each week in my stamp room.  I know I have been neglectful of my blog along with many other things.  One of my new year resolutions is to be a little more consistent with my stamping and posting.
Soon it will be Valentine's Day, or as some would say, "Single's Awareness Day".  :)  I wanted some special cards for the special people in my life and the debut of the new Spring Catalog gave me some of the inspiration.  You can get most of the supplies I used on this card in that catalog.    I had fun making it as I thought of the love of my life while I made this.  Hope you like it too.
Here's what I used.

From the Spring Catalog:
  • Hearts a Flutter Bunele (131097/Clear Mount/$36.95 or 131098/Wood Mount/$42.95)
  • Artisan Embellishments Kit (129328)  $9.95
  • More Amore Specialty Designer Series paper (129309)  $12.95
(I love the fact that Stampin' Up! is now bundleing their stamp sets with their Framelits Dies.  It makes so much sense to buy this way because it is sooooo much less expensive.)

From the Annual Catalog:
  • First Edition Specialty Designers Series Paper (121878/$12.95)
  • Pool Party C/S (122924/$6.95)
  • Real Red C/S (102482/$6.95)
  • Delicate Designes Folders (127023/$8.95)
  • Linnen Thread  (104199/$4.50)
  • Pool Party Ribbon from Sale-A-Bration  (Free w/ $50.00 order!)
Until next week...

Happy Stamping!