May 7, 2010


I just had to laugh when I saw this card - isn't it cute!! I drive a red VW bug and I love it, too.
Thanks to Lee Ann Greff for sharing this card on her blog (
I think I will make it my "signature" card for my male friend's birthdays. It would make a fun Father's Day card, also.
Thought for the day:
Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out.

May 4, 2010


It's not too early to start thinking about making Christmas presents for family and friends. This Days-to-Remember Calendar makes a great gift and is easy to make at just 3 workshops. My sister, Shirley, and I hold 3 workshop and make four pages each night. By holding the workshops mid-year it gives your ladies the rest of the year to collect pictures for their calendar. Remember that after the gift is used as a calendar the pages will fit into a 6" x 6" scrapbook and can be kept as a keepsake.

Thought for the day:
"The smallest act of kindness s worth more than the grandest intention".

May 3, 2010


This is a pretty card that I received for my birthday from my friend and fellow demonstrator, Karen H. Karen used the Thoughts and Prayers (#113252) stamp set and embellished the card with the pretty butterflies using the Beautiful Wings embosslits die from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I hope this embosslit die will find it's way into the new catalog coming out in July. The card could be used for any occasion by just changing the sentiment at the bottom.

Thought for the day:
"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden".
Corrie ten Boom

May 1, 2010


I always love it when a new "Mini" comes out. It's so exciting to see all the new stamp sets and accessories. From today until August 31st you will be able to order from this catalog. I think one of the big favorites will be the "Island Oasis" designer paper and the "Tropical Party" stamp set that will be great to use for all of your summer parties. Also, there is a wheel and stamp set that will be perfect for 'July 4th" cards and party favors. And, don't forget Dad by using the "King of the Grill" set.
If you would like a Summer Mini just email me at and I'll be glad to send you one.

Thought for the day:
"When Silence speaks for Love, she has much to say"
Richard Garnett

April 30, 2010


Today is the last day to order from the Occasions Mini Catalog. We never know what will be carried over into the new catalog so don't miss out on ordered some of the pretty stamp sets or accessories from the Mini. The "Sweet Pea" designer paper and "Sweet Pea Stitched Felt" was so popular that it sold out a few days ago.

Also, today is the last day to take advantage of the "Two-Step Into Spring" promotion. You can get a head start on the new 2010-2011 Catalog by purchasing the "Awash with Flowers" set either in the wood mount or clear mount. You can also purchase 4 other two-step sets at a 20% discount. Click on the shopping cart to go to my Stampin' Up! website for more details on these great promotions.

Thought for the day
"A noble person attracts noble people and knows how to hold onto them."

April 29, 2010


We learned earlier this week that the "Sweet Pea" designer paper and "Sweet Pea Stitched Felt" has already sold out from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I'm sure alot of you are sad, just like me.
These are some cards made by my friend, Bernice M., and designed by her demonstrator and my good friend, Karen H. The cards are made from the "Sweet Pea" designer paper and embellished with the "Sweet Pea Stitched Felt". Even though we can't use the same designer paper or embellishments we can use the design of the cards to CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) our own cards. Thanks Bernice and Karen for sharing your cards.

Be sure to check out all the other pretty stamp sets and accessories in the Occasions Mini Catalog. Tomorrow is the last day to order from this Mini.
Thought for the day:
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will."
Jawharial Nehru

April 28, 2010


You can become a "fashion designer" by using your designer paper and the scallop circle (#113468) die to make this cute little sundress. By using a 6" x 6" piece of designer paper you will have enough left after cutting out the dress to put a strip down the edge of the inside that will show behind the scalloped edge on the front of the card. It's a great little card to make at a workshop.

Don't forget that we only have THREE days left to order from the Occassions Mini catalog. Click on the icon on the right to view the catalog.

Thought for the day:
"You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration."
James Allen

April 27, 2010


Stampin' Up! has given us a chance to "sneek" into the 2010 Catalog and see this pretty two-step stampin' set. The "Awash with Flowers" set comes in the wood or clear mount and will be available to purchase through the end of April. You can order the set by clicking on the shopping cart. Four other two-step stampin' sets are offered at a 20% discount until the end of the month also. You can find them by visiting my Stampin' Up! website.

Thought for the day:
"We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems."

April 26, 2010


My birthday was on the 17th and this is the card that my sister, Shirley, sent me. Isn't it pretty. She made it with the 1 3/4" circle punch and folded the designer paper to make the center of the flower. You can find the directions posted on her blog on the 17th of April -

This is my granddaughter, Kalie. We usually celebrate our birthdays together since her birthday is on the 18th. When I took this picture she had stopped by to wish me a Happy Birthday. She was leaving for a dance competition in South Carolina. I can't believe she turned 14 and will be in high school next year. She is a pretty young lady and I'm very proud of her.
Thought for the day:
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

April 25, 2010


Today is my sister, Shirley's birthday. We both have been demonstrator with Stampin' Up! since 2005. We are a team and do our workshops, camps, and clubs together. We have met some wonderful ladies and formed many lasting friendships with our stamping ladies over the last 5 years.
This is the card I made for Shirley for her birthday. It was made from the wing and leaf and stem from the new bird punch in the Occassions Mini Catalog. This is a punch you will want to purchase as there are many pretty things other than the bird on a branch that you can make. Click on the shopping card to go to my Stampin' Up! website to see the punch.
Thought for the day:
"May the Lord, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!"
Deuteronomy 1:11

April 16, 2010


As you can tell, I really enjoy using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. This is a simple card that can be used in so many ways - Mother's Day, Birthday, Sympathy, Thinking of You, etc. The card is made with one of the new corner punches in the Occassions Mini Catalog. To step it up a notch just use the coordinating punch that was free in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. (Be looking for this punch in the new 2010-2011 Catalog. I feel sure it will be there.)

Remember that the Fifth Avenue Floral set can be purchased at a 20% discount until April 30th. Other sets that can be purchased with the discount are:
Greenhouse Garden - Page 94*
Flower Fancy - Page 101*
Trendy Trees - Page 112*
To purchase any of these sets just click on the shopping cart on the right of my blog.

Thought for the day:
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."

*Pages in 2009-2010 Catalog

April 15, 2010


I love the combination of yellow and black. I also love the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. You will see me feature it several times this month because it's featured in Stampin's Up!s "Two-Step into Spring" promotion. Through April 30th you can purchase this set along with 3 more two-step stampin' sets at 20% off. Check out the promotion by clicking on the shopping cart on the right of my blog.

This is a quick and easy card to make at your camp.To save time it's a good idea to go ahead and punch the borders on all of the cards except one. This gives the stamper a chance to use the punch but it's a real time saver, especially if you only have one punch. Also, don't forget to stamp something inside the card as well as something on the envelope. This takes your cardmaking to the "next level".

Thought for the day:
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

April 14, 2010


This card was designed by my sister, Shirley, and used at one of our camps last year. The card is made with the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set.
From April 1st - 30th you can purchase this set at 20% off the original price ($24.95/$19.96). Other stamp sets that are 20% off during this promotion are "Greenhouse Garden", "Flower Fancy", and "Trendy Trees".
Be sure to click on the shopping cart to visit my Stampin' Up! website to view the April promotions and make your purchase of one of these great two-step stampin' sets.
Thought for the day:
"You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration."
James Allen

April 13, 2010


This is another card inspired by my friend, Karen G.
You can watch Karen's video on how to make the cards by logging into her blog,

Thought for the day:
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."

April 12, 2010


This card was made at a downline meeting that my sister, Shirley, hosted several weeks ago. We all made this "double pocket" card that she designed. Shirley used the Shades of Spring designer paper along with the Sweet Pea felt flowers. This is a great card to hold a little treat or a gift card. You can contact Shirely at for complete instructions. Be sure to check out her blog at

Thought for the day:
"A great pleasure in life is doing waht people say you cannot do."
Walter Gagehot

April 10, 2010


Save up to 60% on select merchandise by shopping the Clearance Rack. Click on the shopping cart on the rifht of the blog to purchase your clearance items.

April 9, 2010


If you need a quick and easy card, this is it!! For the pinwheel cut two 2 5/8" squares and join together like a "star". Then punch out eight squares (4 of 2 colors) with the 1 1/4" punch. Adhere the squares on each of the "star" points. Tuck the last square in to finish the pinwheel. Put a brad or button in the center to embellish the pinwheel and you're done!!

Thought for the day:
"Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have -- so spend it wisely."
Kay Lyons

April 8, 2010


This is a beautiful card sent to me by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Karen G. She used the masking technique to make the pretty flowers. You can watch her video on how to do this technique by logging on to her blog,
Thought for the day:
"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does."
James M. Barrie

April 7, 2010


Here is a chance to get a Sneek Peek at one of the pretty sets that will be in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog. From April 1 - 30 only, you can purchase the brand new "Awash with Flowers" two -step stampin' set - or get it FREE when you host a $350.00 workshop.
117062 - $39.95 - Wood Mount
120549 - $27.95 - Clear Mount
Plus, get 20% off a selection of perfectly springy two- step stampin' sets from our current catalog:
113824 Page 94 Greenhouse Garden Sale Price $20.76
113734 Page 98 Fifth Avenue Floral Sale Price $19.96
111578 Page 101 Flower Fancy Sale Price $29.56
113258 Page 112 Trendy Trees Sale Price $14.36
Take your creativity to the next level by stamping with one of the pretty two step stampin' sets!!

March 31, 2010


Get out your wish list and order the supplies that you need or the stamp sets that you have been wanting. Remember, for every $50.00 (before s/h and taxes) in merchandise that you order you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set of your choice.
Click on the Sale-A-Bration catalog for all the details.
By purchasing the Clear Mount Bundle, shown above, you will qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration "freebie". Everyone that has used the Clear Mount Stamps at our camps really like them. The first THREE people to order the bundle from the Occasions Mini Catalog will receive the storage case absolutely FREE.
You are welcome to email me with your order ( or order directly from my website at
Thought for the day:
"To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?"
Katharine Graham

March 29, 2010


This little cards makes me want to pick up my handbag and go shopping.
The purse is made with the following Stampin' Up! punches:
Round Tab - #108340
Large Oval - #107305
Small Oval - #107304
3/4" Square - (Retired)
You are welcome to contact me at for measurements for the card.
Thought for the day:
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity".
Elmer Letterman

March 27, 2010


This is another card that my sister, Shirley, designed for one of our camps. She stamped the chocolate bunny (#116980) from the Occasions Mini Catalog on Whisper White cardstock (#100730) and layered it on Chocolate Chip cardstock (#102128). The carrots in the background are made from the Pick-A-Petal (#115042) and Priceless (#115052) stamp sets. Pumpkin Pie (#105117) and Old Olive (#100702) stamp pads were used.

The Priceless and Pick-A-Petal sets are a "must have" - both sets are so versatile.
Thought for the day:
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
Vincent T. Lombardi

March 26, 2010


Aren't these pretty cards? My sister, Shirley, made them for one of our camps. She used four 1" scraps of designer paper for the bottom of the card and used the eyelet border punch (#113692) on a piece of whisper white cardstock (#100730) on the top of the card. Stampin' Up! ribbon was used as well as the little butterfly from the Flight of the Butterfly (#111564) stamp set.
What a great way to use your designer paper scraps!!!
Check out Shirley's blog at to see other pretty cards and projects that she has made.
Thought for the day:
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin

March 19, 2010


This past Sunday our minister's sermon was on "Share Your Talents". While sitting in church I thought about what talent I could share.
I love to sew so I have decided to make baby quilts and donate them to the wonderful children's hospitals that we have in Charlotte.
What talents do you have that you can share with others?
Thought for the day:
"God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for giving."
Billy Graham

March 18, 2010

HAPPINESS IS -----------"

Happiness is seeing your granddaughter become a creative young lady.
My youngest grandchild, Jessie, is almost 9 years old and is very creative. She loves all sorts of paper crafts, especially making cards. She has even made several pillows on the sewing machine, with Nana's help.
Jessie loves to give her projects away. She made the St. Patrick's Day cards for her Dad and her two aunts and their families. She made the pillows for one of her aunts and another one for her Dad.
It's so rewarding to see you grandchildren enjoy some of the same things that you do.
Thought for the day:
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".
James M. Barrie

March 17, 2010



This is a card my sister, Shirley, sent to me wishing me a Happy St. Patrick's Day. It's made from a "retired" stamp set, Pinch Proof. The little leprechaun is so cute. There are just some stamp sets that you don't to get rid of and this is one of them.

Remember that there are only 14 left until the Sale-A-Bration promotion ends. Be sure to take advantage of this one a year promotion.
Thought for the day:
"May the road rise up to meet you , the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Old Irish Blessing

March 16, 2010


This is a cute and simple Easter treat that you can make in just a few minutes. A small white bag is attached to two Top Note cutouts. Then I used the "A Good Egg" stamp set, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches and the scallop punch to embellis the little purse. Finish it off by trying ribbon on the handle.


My friend, Linda, sent me this pretty St. Patrick's Day card.
Linda used her Big Shot and one of the Perfect Details Texturz Plates to emboss the Whisper White cardstock. Then she used her Garden Green marker and put a little dot at each of the points - this just made the card!!!
She used her Heart Punch to punch out 4 pieces of Designer Paper to make the 4-leaf clover. She even gave me a gold coin behind the "Pinch Proof" (retired) stamp by using the Brushed Gold Cardstock.
Remember to check out my March Special that I posted on March 5th. Be sure to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration while you can.
Thought for the day:
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."
John Ruskin

March 10, 2010


This is a cute little card to make for many occasions. It's great for a baby shower invitation, a birth announcement, or a congratulations card welcoming a new baby. What's even better is to make 8 or 10 and give them to the new mother-to-be as thank you notes.

Remember to check my posting on March 5th for my March special. This purchase will quality you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set.
Thought for the day:
"The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you."
Robert Louis Stevenson

March 9, 2010


Save all of your Starbuck's glass bottles from now until Easter, fill them with jelly beans (or your favorite candy), decorate with Stampin' Up! designer paper and ribbon and you have a special treat for your friends, co-workers, or your child's teacher.

Thought for the day:
"Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do."
Ortega Y . Gasset

March 8, 2010


Isn't he cute??

This little treat is so easy to make and great for your child's Easter or Spring party at school. The little triangle holds four Hershey kisses.
Email me at for directions.
Thought for the day:
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably wind up somewhere else."
Laurence J. Peter

March 6, 2010


The fabric flower pins have become so popular that I had to make one. My sister, Shirley, and I went to the fabric shop the other day and had a great time picking out all colors of fabric to make the pins. They are really quick and easy to make and will make great gifts to give to friends.
Check out Shirley's pin on her blog
Supplies used: Big Shot Die Cut Machine (#113439), Extended Cutting Pads (#113478), Extended Premium Crease Pad (#117630), Folder Flower Big Die (#115970)
Thought for the day:
"Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
John Barrymore

March 5, 2010


As a special promotion from me, the first THREE people to order the clear mount bundle, shown on page 6 of the Occasions Mini Catalog will receive the storage case shown above absolutely FREE. Also, by ordering the bundle you will qualify to receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set or decorative punch. Email me your order ( or shop online by clicking on the shopping cart on the right of my blog.

Thought for the day:
"Goals are dreams we convert to plans and take action to fulfill."
Zig Ziglar

March 4, 2010


It's so much fun making these tote bags and even more fun carrying them.
Email me at to purchase yours.
Price - $10.00 plus shipping
Thought for the day:
"Always do more than is required of you."
General George S. Patton

March 3, 2010


Daffodils are my very favorite flowers. When they bloom I know that Spring can't be far behind.
When I saw this stamp set, Abundant Hope, in the Occassions Mini Catalog I knew I had to have it.
This card was also made at our "GG" Stamper's Club last week (see yesterday's post). The "spotlighting" technique was used; therefore, there was very little coloring. Also, the new punch that is FREE in the Sale-A-Bration catalog was used to give a pretty scalloped trim border. If you would like dimensions for the card just email me at

March is the final month of the Sale-A-Bration promotion. Don't miss this chance to receive FREE merchandise. Look over the Sale-A-Bration brochure on the right hand side of my blog for details on this great promotion.

Thought for the day:
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence."
Vincent T. Lombardi

March 2, 2010


My sister, Shirley and I held our bi-monthly "GG" (Gorgeous Girls) Stamp Club last week and these are the cards that Shirley designed for the ladies. The one on the left is made from the pretty designer paper, Sweet Pea, on page 33 of the Occasions Mini Catalog. This 12" x 12" pack of designer paper contains a total of 48 sheets, 2 each of 24 double-sided designs.
The card on the right is "cased" right from the March issue of the Stampin' Success magazine. This is a monthly magazine that is sent to all Stampin' Up! demonstrators. It includes helpful articles and lots of ideas for cards and scrapbook pages.
If you would like dimensions of either of the cards contact Shirley at Also, be sure to visit her blog at

Thought for the day:
"If we all did things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
Thomas Edison

March 1, 2010

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!

Now that the Olympic Games are over maybe I can get back to "blogging". I really enjoy watching all the athletes that have trained so hard realize their lifetime goal of just being able to compete in the Olympic games. Congratulations to all the US teams that competed!!

This is one of my favorite St. Patrick's Day cards. I made this last year for some of my friends and next week I am going to help some of them make it themselves. If you would like the directions, please email me at

Thought for the day:

"You'll never be a loser until you quite trying."

Mike Ditka