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Stampin’ Up! Abstract Impressions Pressed Flowers Sneak Peek

Happy Saturday, my peeps!  Hope your weekend is shaping up to be fun!  It’s Cinco de Mayo AND Derby Day!  Guess you’ll need to put some guacamole on your Hot Brown, huh??  And wash it all down with a Mint Jule-e-rita! 🙂

I feel a little bad bringing you a card that you can’t really make yet – unless you’re a demonstrator and you snapped these up in your pre-order!  But – I did it anyway!  My box came today – don’t worry, I’ll show you all the goodies on Sunday evening – and I just had to pull out a couple of things I’d really been waiting for!  One – the Abstract Impressions bundle…and the coordinating (and seriously gorgeous!!) Garden Impressions DSP.  And the second is the Pressed Flowers Host-Exclusive stamp set.  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Congratulations, Encouragement, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, General, Sneak peek | Tags: , , | 18 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Varied Vases Sneak Peek for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! We’ve got a great color challenge today, and I hope you’ll check out everyone’s projects when you’re done here!

I am really loving the Varied Vases bundle – with the gorgeous stamp set and the Vases Builder Punch!  It’ll be available on 1 June in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog (unless you’re a demonstrator – then you can get it right now!).  I used it over top of some beautiful, predominantly Old Olive, paper from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP (you can get this right now!).  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Just Hello!, Ordering Special!, Sneak peek | Tags: , , | 30 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Share What You Love With Coffee Cafe for the Stamp Ink Paper #146

Mornin’, y’all!  It’s Tuesday so…time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge!

I pulled out an old standby – the Coffee Cafe stamp set and matching Coffee Cups Framelits, plus the Coffee Break DSP for this one.  And added a little smattering of new goodies!  Take a look-see:


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Stampin’ Up! Nature’s Varied Vases Sneak Peek for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! It’s sketch week and we’ve got the full complement of hoppers today!  Do be sure to check out all their projects when you’re done here, won’t you?

I decided to play with one of the new stamp sets – actually a bundle! – in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  It’s Mary Fish’s Million Dollar set – called Varied Vases.  It’ll be available to customers on 1 June and will be bundled with the Vases Builder Punch.  To round it all out, I used the beautiful new Nature’s Poem DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Feminine, For You, Friendship, General, Just Hello! | Tags: , , | 23 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Watts of Courage for the World Autism Day Blog Hop!

Good morning, y’all!  Today I’m fortunate to be taking part in a wonderful Blog Hop celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (which is…well…today!) 🙂

While I’m not directly affected by autism, did you know that as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism?  And this number is on the rise.  Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at the startling rate of 10-17% per year. At this rate, estimates state that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.  And, autism knows no racial, ethnic, social boundaries, family income, lifestyle, or educational levels and can affect any family, and any child.

So – to show my support on World Autism Day, I made a card using the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and…Watts of Occasions!  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Best Wishes, Encouragement, Friendship, General, Just Because, Love, Thinking Of You, World Autism Day | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments

Stampin’ Up! A Whole Lot of Lovely True Gentleman Marker Holder

Hey, y’all!  Welcome to the weekend.  Again!  Wow.  Time is flying – Sale-A-Bration ends TODAY!  So…if you’ve been “waiting till the last minute”….uhm….the last minute is upon you! 😉

Friday was busy for me – Finn to the vet (he’s fine!), real-work busy-ness, horse-shoer….bottom line, when I got ready to get a project together to share with you for today, I needed to select from one of my quicker to-do-list goodies!

Enter…the Sharpie Holder! 🙂

I’d seen this quick and fun project on Pinterest – from The Papered Chef – and thought they’d be fun to make.  And since they’re quick and easy – they’re perfectly perfect if you need a bunch of them!  The base is simply a strip of DSP – I used the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP – and a sentiment.  I grabbed one from Truly Tailored – the punny-ness of it was just too cool.  Take a look-see:

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Categories: 3-D Project, Any Occasion, Gifts, Ordering Special!, Paper Pumpkin, Teacher Gifts | Tags: , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Hanging Garden for the Stamp Ink Paper # 143

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday – which means it’s time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge!  

I’ve got another Twist and Pop-out card for you today – I told you I would! 🙂  Today’s version, though, is a much different look!  I used Wood Textures DSP and the Sale-A-Bration Blossoming Basket bundle (you’ve got 5 more days to get this gorgeous bundle for free with a $100 purchase!) and the lovely Hanging Garden stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, For You, Friendship, Fun Fold card, General, Joining Special, Paper Pumpkin | Tags: , , , , , | 14 Comments

Stampin’ Up! March Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek and an Alternative!

Happy Friday, y’all!  Another weekend looms and hopefully it will be a nice one!  We’ve had a bit of a cold snap here – ever hear of “Dogwood Winter”??  Yea.  Neither had I, but it appears to be a “thing” here in Georgia.  The Dogwoods bloom and we have another little bout of “winter”.  Hence…Dogwood Winter.

Who knew??

So – I got my March Paper Pumpkin the other day and pulled all the pieces and parts out.

It’s pretty gorgeous, y’all!

Instead of making the kit per the directions, I decided to make an alternative card with some of those wonderful elements – including the “special gift”!  And I added in a little embossing with the Petal Pair TIEF (free now during SAB with a $50 purchase!).  Take a look-see:

Now – if you want to see the May Good Things Grow kit as it was “planned” – here’s a quick video!  If you want to remain surprised when you open yours, scroll right on by! 🙂 Continue reading

Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Joining Special, Just a Note, Just Hello!, Love, Paper Pumpkin | Tags: , , , | 18 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Baskets and Butterflies

Happy Happy Hawwwmp Day, y’all!  How’s the week going so far?

This card is one we made at our team meeting on Sunday!  I didn’t get it finished at the meeting, so I brought it home.  And made a few little changes from the original card.  It uses one of the coolest of the free Sale-A-Bration goodies – the Blossoming Basket bundle (available with a $100 purchase!).  Take a look-see:

We started with a Whisper White panel that we matted on Calypso Coral for the card front.  Then we adhered a Crumb Cake panel that was embossed in the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF! Continue reading

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Joining Special, Just a Note, Just Hello!, Love, Paper Pumpkin, Spring | Tags: , , | 14 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Daisies and Flirty Flowers for the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop!

Good mornin’, y’all – welcome to another edition of Amy’s Inkin’ Krew team blog hop!  Each month we make projects centered around a theme – and this month it’s Celebrate Spring!!  We can interpret that any way we want – so…be sure to check and see everyone’s projects – we’ve got a bunch of talented ladies hopping with us this month!  Speaking of – help me welcome Shirley Gentry and Nanette Tracy to the hop this week! 🙂  

I decided to go flower-y for Spring! To that end, I dove into my stash of Delightful Daisy DSP and pulled out the so-pretty Flirty Flowers stamp set from the Annual Catalog!  Take a look-see:


I borrowed from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things for the layout.

I started with some pretty paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP, Fast Fuse’d on a Daffodil Delight mat for the card front.

My art work, from Flirty Flowers, is inked using the marker-to-rubber technique (color the elements of the stamp with your Stampin’ Write Markers to get multiple colors in one stamped image!) – with my Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive markers.  I stamped it on a rectangle of Whisper White and matted it on Daffodil Delight.

I cut a circle from another piece of Delightful Daisy with a Stitched Shapes Framelits die and adhered it with Liquid Glue directly to the card front.

I wrapped a length of Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around the card front and tied a bow slightly off to the side.  Then I popped the matted art panel over it all with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My sentiment, from Flirty Flowers, is stamped in Night of Navy on a piece of Whisper White and cut with my 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  I cut a 1 1/2″ Circle Punch mat from Daffodil Delight and popped the sentiment onto it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Then I popped that whole thing on with Liquid Glue and a Stampin’ Dimensional.

To finish off, I nestled a Gold Faceted Gem in behind the bow and added some Daffodil Delight Enamel Shapes.

On the inside, I used my Markers again to color another flower image from the Flirty Flowers stamp set and added it in the corner of a Whisper White panel.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Daffodil Delight mat and into my Old Olive card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another of the Flirty Flowers flowers on the front…

…and a little Delightful Daisy DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Spring-on-a-Card! 🙂  And quick and easy thanks to some beautiful and – dare I say…Delightful!?! ;)…designer paper and the lovely little Flirty Flowers stamp set.  Hope you like!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself.

Now that you’ve seen my card, I hope you’ll take a little time to jump thru all the other projects we have to share. Click any name below, or you can use the Previous Blog button to jump to Sue’s page or the Next Blog button to see what Shirley’s been doing!  

Jaimie Babarczy

Nanette Tracy

Karen Finkle

Linda Richenberg

Sue Prather

Mary Deatherage – You Are Here!

Shirley Gentry

Julie Johnston

Amy Koenders

Have fun on the hop!




Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

Coming on 15 Mar – More SAB Goodies!


We are now in the final sales period of Sale-A-Bration! In addition to other available Sale-A-Bration merchandise, starting on 15 Mar – some of our regular products will be available as Sale-A-Bration rewards. 

Please note: The item numbers from the flyer must be used in order for the products to be redeemed as Sale-A-Bration items. The items have different numbers in the catalog that do not mark the item as part of Sale-A-Bration.  Click the picture below to open a full-size flyer!

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Beginning 11 March 2018 at 12:00 AM, Stampin’ Up! will give new subscribers 50% off their first two kits!  Whoo-hoo!!

Between 11 March and 10 May, new subscribers that enter this promo code will get 50% off their first two kits: SAVEFIFTY0418

Important Reminder about the Sold-Out March Kits:

  • For this month, you can decrease but not increase your kit quantity. (You may still edit your account information.)
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  • There will be no refills or past kits offered in the future for the March kit, as it is sold out.
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Old Olive Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2″ x 3 3/4″ (mat for art panel); 1 1/2″ circle (mat for sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 1 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ (art panel); 1 3/8″ circle (sentiment); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Delightful Daisy DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 1 3/8″ Stitched Shapes circle; envelope flap

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Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Just Because, Paper Pumpkin, Spring | Tags: | 12 Comments

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