Monthly Archives: August 2015

What’s Up at Stampin’ Up! and Last Day for Blog Candy….

Well, back from my whirlwind business trip.  Found a leetle package when I got home – my Stampin’ Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog pre-order!  Whoo-hoo!  The box – which is hefty, but actually smaller than I’d hoped (I wanted a box that needed to be forklifted!!) – the good folk at SU! are disturbingly and enviably efficient at packing! – is sitting provocatively in the kitchen.  Just waiting for me to come tear into it.  My plan is to get the horses taken care of, work for a while and then…..maybe as a little break…..yep.  You got it!

If I were you guys, I’d anticipate tomorrow’s card share to be something from inside that box! 😉  I can’t wait to see it all and make something!

For now, let me remind you that this is the last day to sign up for the 3rd 100th Blog-post-iversary Candy package!  You need to go to this post and leave a comment before 6pm Mountain time TONIGHT!  We’ve already had two winners:

Blog Candy #1 – JRGH

Blog Candy #2 – Patricia

Blog Candy #3 – Will it be YOU?!? 🙂

There are some fun new Weekly Deals to be had – check them out and get them while they last!



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Stampin’ Up! Vintage Leaves Express Thoughts and Prayers

Good Monday morning.  My name is Mary and I am, apparently, a stamping addict!  I’m on a one-day business trip, changed time zones, drove half the day.  Before I left the house this morning, I made sure I had my card to reference to post this post, my Cottage Greetings stamp set, my Cottage Greetings card kit, my Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray and Tuxedo Black Inks, my bone folder, SNAIL, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, craft ruler, SU! Paper Snips, and the “recipe” for my card.

Oh – and a few clothes for my meeting tomorrow!

I even remembered my make-up.  Don’t laugh – I went on a trip once – where I didn’t wear makeup on the airplane cause I was being pure lazy, and so I left my make-up bag in the second drawer in the bathroom.  Forgot earrings, too.  Had to make a mad dash to Target!! 😉  Since I drove to this meeting – I didn’t wear makeup today, either.  So it’s fortunate that I remembered everything!

Here we go!  Sadly, today’s card is going to be headed to my friends who lost their old Lab yesterday.  Black Jack – or BJ or just B – went to the Rainbow Bridge at the ripe old age of 14.  He was the patriarch of a large family of dogs – several labs, two miniature Doxies and an Australian Shepard.  He was a benelolent leader.  He was father to several beautiful and coveted litters of hunting Labs.  He was a very good boy, and he will be missed.  Jan and Ed and the twins (the same young men I’ve mentioned so often here), will miss his grinning face every day, but will carry their memories of him in their hearts.  I hope this card will let them know that I share in their sorrow.  And surely do understand it completely….

I went with the new Vintage Leaves stamp set and the matching Leaflets Framelits.  Which I bought as a 15% off bundle!  I paired it with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, which has so  many wonderful sentiments for this purpose.  Take a look-see:

Vintage Leaves Sorrow Outside 1 watermarked

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Stampin’ Up! Sunday’s Here and So is the Winner for Blog-post-iversary Candy #2!

Good morning, y’all!  Happy Sunday.  Just to start out, I wanted to thank the folks over at Can You Case It for selecting me yesterday as the top pick for their CYCI #80!!  This is my first challenge win and it was SO exciting to see the announcement!  There were LOTS of really wonderful projects in the challenge, so it was a real honor to be singled out! 🙂 Here‘s the card that won.


Getting that news yesterday morning ALMOST made up for the impending Cleaning.  House cleaning, for me, is a dichotomy.  I HATE doing it.  I mean – would-rather-go-to-the-dentist hate doing it.  As my house gets dirtier and “The Cleaning” looms closer, I get a little more….unpleasant to be with.  It’s my response to looming.  On the other hand, I LOVE my house when it’s clean.  Love it.  Life is happier for all those around me.  Unfortunately, I have yet to figure out a way to go from Dirty to Clean without CleanING.  I want  – no, I NEED! – Alice – from the Brady Bunch.  If I could just win a little teensy lottery!

But, the house is now clean, so I have a reprieve for a minute, until the looming builds again!  And it was indeed lovely to have some folks over last night for a dinner of Paula Deen’s Maple Glazed Grilled Salmon.  She wasn’t here or anything, except in cookbook-form! 🙂

As I anticipated, though, our company stayed late, so no card today – sorry!  I did have an hour or so to work on a card between the end of The Cleaning and getting dinner together, but I didn’t get it done.  So – it’s in the queue for tomorrow!

But – I DO have the results of the second Blog Candy give-away celebrating my 100th Blog-Post-iversary.  Scroll down to see!

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Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic Fluttering Thanks….and Blog Candy #3!

Well, as promised – here’s the final package of Blog Candy that I’m giving away to celebrate my 100th Blog-post-iversary (which actually happened last Tuesday!).  So far, we’ve had one winner!  Blog Candy package #2 is still out there to be won – go to this post to enter, before 6 PM Mountain time TONIGHT!!  Then be sure to read all the way to bottom of THIS post to find out how to win the finale Blog Candy! 🙂

Quick back story.  Y’all have surely figured out that I’m a horse person.  I’ve followed the teachings of Clinton Anderson now for several years (PSA – if YOU are a horse person, check his training method out.  It works!).  When you go to one of his clinics, there’s an exercise that he has the attendees do – in a large group of horses and riders, they all just trot or canter around the arena – with all the riders holding on to the horn of their saddle and the reins just flapping.  They’re not steering their horses at all.  The purpose is for the horse to maintain whatever gait has been asked for.  It does work, but it can get pretty….sporty.  At some point, every horse ends up trotting or cantering right up to a fence and then he gets to the fence and he makes a decision.  Left?  Right?  Well, if the rider has decided that the horse is going to go left….and the horse goes right….there’s likely to be a parting of ways.  So, Clinton always says – don’t decide which way the horse is going to go.  Stay in the middle of the saddle and don’t anticipate.  That works – cause you’re not already thinking one way, only to be….disappointed.

And what, exactly, does this story have to do with stamping and this card?  Stay with me here…..

Today’s card was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch #135:

CTS 135 sketch

I should have called this card my “decisioning, debating, dithering” card, cause that’s what I spent quite a bit of time doing today.  I pulled out Sheltering Tree.  I took out the large leaf from Vintage Leaves.  I considered Sprinkles of Life.  Finally decided on Awesomely Artistic, because…well, just because I love it!  And here’s where the back story comes in.   I decided I was going LEFT before I knew what my horse was going to do.  Metaphorically speaking, of course.  In card-making-speak, I made an “ingredient” decision and wouldn’t let it go.  It all turned out okay, but it resulted in lots more debating and dithering to.  To be exact, I decided I was going to use the new 5/8″ Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon.

Perhaps the analogy was looser than I thought…. ?

Here’s what I came up with.  Take a look-see:

Awesomely Artistic Fluttering Thanks CST 135 Outside 2 watermarked

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Stampin’ Up! Garden in Bloom Hello and Blog Candy #1 Winner!!

Yikes – can you believe it’s Friday already?!?  Crazy how fast time is flying by!  Seems like I look up and it’s Monday, blink and it’s Friday.  How about you guys – is the summer flying by for you?

My card today was inspired by two different challenges.  After you finish here, do take a minute to go over to their blogs and check them out, okay?

The design comes from Freshly Made Sketches, #198:

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 sketch

The color palette was inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge #260:

Garden in Bloom Hello PPA 262

With those two starting points and the desire to add a “Hello/Just Because” card to my stash, here’s what I came up with.  Take a look-see:

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Outside 4 watermarked

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree at Moonrise

Well, the big cat just determined he was done with my lap – at least for a little while – so I can actually DO a blog post tonight!  Leo is a lap hog  – he stretches across my lap from one arm of the recliner to the other.  And stretches luxuriously and yawns (he yawns quite cute-ly – with the end of his tongue all curled up!) and turns half upside down – all across my lap.  And he does NOT think that it’s a good idea for me to set my computer on him whilst he’s doing all this.  So….cat -yes.  Computer – No.  Until he’s done with me.  It’s what we do.

My card tonight is inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest.  Not of a card, but….

Hare at Moonrise

When I saw this photo, it just spoke to me.  About a 1000 years ago, in a galaxy far far away, I spent some time in the panhandle of Oklahoma.  Quite a while, actually – another business trip (yes, you’ve figured out my secret – I get ALL the great garden spots for my business trips….).  And it was in a pretty isolated little town (Super Walmart came while I was there and the whole town turned out.  It was BIG!).  So, I tried to find things to do (at that time, I didn’t do stamping, so I didn’t have a room full of crafty things to do) and on one of my little trips, I ended up at a preserve of some sort – no clue what it was called any more.  Wide open spaces.  Buffalo roaming.  Longhorns playing.  Bunnies frolicking.  Prairie Dogs barking.  It was big and, in its own way, beautiful.  A prairie preserved.  Anyway, I got a bee in my bonnet that it would be really cool to be there at night when there was a full moon.  So, one weekend, I dilly’d and dallied about until it was finally dark and the moon had risen over the prairie.  I wasn’t alone – other folks apparently shared my bee.  It was spectacular.  I don’t even remember the time of year now, but it wasn’t too hot or too cold.  It was just beautiful.  The light of the moon was….ethereal.  If it wasn’t too crystal-chaneling woo-woo….I’d say I could hear the creak of the wagons and the rustle of the wheels rolling thru the prairie grasses.  Truly one of the coolest experiences of my life.

Well – that picture took me back to that night.  And I wanted to re-create it on a card.  So I tried.  Take a look-see:

Lovely as a Tree Noel Color accurate watermarked

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Stampin’ Up! Color Me Irresistible and Tin of Cards say a Vintage Patriotic Thank You!

Well, this morning a very very cool thing happened to me.  Possibly the coolest thing that’s happened to me in….well, a really long time!

After I got done with the horses this morning, Wayne and I were sitting on the porch behind the barn, enjoying the 2.3 minutes that remained before the heat cranked up from yucky to miserable.  He was just sitting drinking his coffee and I was buried in my phone looking for a recipe.  All of a sudden he says – kind of quiet-like “Mare (that’s what he calls me – I assume it’s a shortening of my name and not a comparison of my hindquarters to those of my ponies…)”  “Mare, there’a a hummingbird”.  I look up and there, indeed, was a hummingbird!  About 2 feet in front of my face, hovering there with his little wings going so fast they were a complete blur.  He looked right at me for about 20 seconds and then he was gone.  I’m sure the feeders are filled and fresh, so…not sure what he was after, but – I’m so very glad he stopped by for a chat! It. Was. Way. Too. Cool!!

He may have been telling me thanks for the feeders – I’ve got two that I keep going this time of year.  I’ve even started making nectar – after having read that the commercial stuff is bad for them.  Or perhaps he’s a teenager-hummer and he was saying “hey lady! What’s with the “health” food?!? We LIKE the commercial nectar with the chemicals and the preservatives and the Red Dye #2!!  Bring back the junk food!” 😉  I don’t know.  I’m just going to treasure the moment!

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What’s Up at Stampin’ Up! AND 100th Blog-Post-Iversary Blog Candy!!


Hard to believe, but it’s true!  To commemorate the fun I’ve had sharing the great Stampin’ Up! products and the cards that can be made with them, I’m giving away some MORE Blog candy!  Scroll down to see how to get entered…..and there’s still a couple of days left to get in on Blog Candy Giveaway #1.  Go HERE to play for that one as well!  For those of you who’ve been following me all along, thank you! 🙂

Well, it’s finally here!  Demonstrator sneak peek ordering from the new Holiday mini-catalog opened this morning.  I’m not one of those demos that will stay up all night to order right at midnight, Utah time.  Just cain’t do it!!  But, by the time you read this, my MasterCard will be in the ICU trying to recover.  I whittled my list down as far as I could go….and it’s still gonna hurt.  You can look forward to cards and projects that will be beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Maybe some Halloween, too!

Speaking of the new catalog – here it is!  Well, just a PICTURE, to whet yer whistle!  If you’ve ordered from me this year, you should be receiving your catalog soon – hopefully around the 20th or so! You’re going to love the new goodies, I promise!  If you are not a current customer of mine but are interested in ordering from me and would like to receive a catalog, please go to my Contact Page and let me know that you’d like the 2015 Holiday Catalog and I’ll mail one to you later this month.

2015 Holiday Catalog Cover

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Stampin’ Up! Sprinkles of Life And Many More

When I take either of my cats to the vet – which I avoid at all possible costs (due, mostly, to the fact that they both get quite carsick and it’s pretty much a nightmare for all of us) – they somehow….know.  Long before I actually GET the cat carrier.  I don’t know how.  Cat ESPN, perhaps?  Whatever it is, as soon as I even THINK – “hey, I need to get the carriers so we can take the cat(s) to the vet” – they’re just gone.  Under a chair, deep in the bowels of the chair actually (sorry I said “bowels” on the internet).  Up so high that they can’t be reached, cowering in fear.  Yes, they detest the carrier, the car, the vet, the outdoors…. 🙂

Why do I tell you this story, you ask?

Well, right now, my MasterCard is pulling a “cat about to go to the vet” routine in my wallet.  Trying to make itself as tiny as possible, in the hopes that it will be passed over…..


Tomorrow is the start of the SU! Demonstrator Pre-Order for the 2015 Holiday Catalog! Whoo-hoo-hoo-HOO!!  I’ve tried so hard to not make a list as long as my arm, but….I’ve been a little less than successful, I fear.

My husband would be relating to my MasterCard’s feelings. If he only knew…shhh….let’s just keep this a little thing between you, me and the blogisphere, shall we??

Anywho….on to today’s card.

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Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic Butterfly and….Blog Candy!

Well, I promised some blog candy to celebrate the 100th post on Stamps-N-Lingers, and this is Day One!  Not sure yet how many days there will be, but it’s definitely more than One.  Less that Ten! 🙂  Read down to see what the offering is and how you can get in on the fun!

Have any of you seen Birdman?  With Michael Keaton?  I think it won a few Oscars.  We’re watching it while I type this blog post.  We’re like 45 minutes in and neither one of us have a clue.  It’s pretty weird….and we have yet to find a point to it.  Oh wait – now he’s moving stuff with his mind, apparently.  What??  I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be real, or if he’s whack-a-do, or….?  And, for some reason, the soundtrack is some danged drums just drumming and drumming and drumming.  All the time – even when the dialogue is going.  So far I’m pretty darned glad we didn’t spend any money to see it in the theater!

Can you tell it’s been a pretty boring day?  Laundry and groceries.  House cleaning I SHOULD have done, but didn’t.  But, in the midst of the incredible excitement, I made a card to share with you!  Take a look-see:

Awesomely Artistic Window SSC 106 Outside 1 watermarked

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