Beauty & Joy

No one likes to have to send a sympathy (or prayer) card due to a death in the family or a serious illness but, unfortunately, it is a fact of life.  Stampin’ Up!® makes this hard task a bit easier because they offer a lot of choices when it comes to this.

For my sympathy card I used the stamp set called Beauty & Joy.  This stamp set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is great set because it has choices of the pots as well as the tree.  It is also a DisINKtive Stamp set which means it has depth to the images using one stamp.  The sad news is this stamp set will be retiring on January 2nd so if you like it, you need to purchase it before then.

To make this card, I first stamped the basket in Crushed Curry.  Then I stamped the trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves in Pretty Peacock.  The Designer Series Paper is called Garden Lane and is in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings.  I stamped that in Pretty Peacock and then cut it out using the Classic Label Punch.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter in law had an accident which left her unable to get around very well so I flew down to Alabama to help out.  That means I got some Emy time which is always a good thing.  Emy is 2 going on 16.  She is sweet, sassy and beautiful (if I do say so myself).

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Band Together

This is the birthday card I sent to Buffy (you all know who Buffy is by now) earlier this month.  Well, I probably sent it in August because you also know I am always early.  In any case, I wanted to send her something special and not one of my usual quick and easy cards.

To make her card I first embossed the flowers from the stamp set called Band Together using Versamark and White Embossing Powder.  Then I colored them using the light and dark Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Old Olive and Soft Suede Stampin’ Up!® Blends.  I actually tried to find a real flower that is similar to this one and color it as correctly as I could.  I am not the best colorer but I think I did pretty well on this card.  Blends make colorer so much easier because they blend so well together.  Then I cut the flowers out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I adhered that to a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Brights in Old Olive.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and cut it out also using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I couldn’t find one that fit perfectly but you can make your own size by cutting it multiple times.  Here is a picture on how I did it.

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Stitched Stars Ornament

This is one of the projects we made at our monthly stamping class last week.  You can either use it as an ornament or a tag for a gift.  It was very easy to make and didn’t take long at all.

To make the star I used a set of new dies that are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog called Stitched Stars.  These dies have a matching stamp set called So Many Stars and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t use the stamp set on this project but we did use it on another that I will show you in the near future.  It is appropriately called So Many Stars because the stamp set has 21 stamps and the die set has 23 dies!

I first cut a large star using Night Of Navy cardstock.  Then I scored it five times as in the picture below.  I drew the lines so you could see where to score easier.  Then you just fold it on the score lines with the points being a mountain fold and in-between the points being a valley fold.  This gives it a 3D look.

After I made the star I cut out the swirl using another one of the dies included in the Stitched Star set and Copper Foil Sheets.  When you cut this out, it also cuts out various sizes of stars which I saved to add to the project.  I adhered the swirl to a circle I cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Then I mounted the Night Of Navy star using three Black Dimensionals on top of each other.  I was so excited to see these in the Holiday Catalog.  Sometimes the white Dimensionals show so the black are great.

Lastly I added a piece of White Baker’s Twine.

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Friendly Silhouettes

Friend Like You is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It has matching dies called Friendly Silhouettes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  It is a fun stamp set with sentiments, silhouettes, palm trees and dragonflies.  The die set has three large silhouette dies.

The colors I used in this card are Sea Foam Green, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called A Wish For Everything and the matching dies called Well Wishes.

I have a crazy adventure to tell you about.  Rob has been looking at trucks for a few weeks.  Right now he drives a company car so he didn’t really have a vehicle of his own.  He decided a truck would be best so it could pull the boats and use it for other things that can only be done with a truck.  He found out if you buy a truck from this dealer in Maryland you could save a ton of money as compared to the dealers up here.  He found the one he wanted, got a great price for it and decided to go ahead and purchase it.  The only bad thing is Maryland is 7 hours from us.

On the morning he wanted to go, he made me get up at 3:45 AM to get a 5:00 flight out of Watertown to fly to Baltimore.  We had to stop in Philadelphia for a layover but we were in Maryland by 10:00 AM.  The dealership picked us up at the airport, did our paperwork and we left around 12:30 for the long drive home.  Only crazy people would do this.  My husband is one of these crazy people!

Anyway, Rob got his new truck and he loves it.  Even I think it is very nice for a truck!

I wonder if he will ever let me drive it!

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Emma & Friends

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know about Emma.  She was the sweetest dog ever.  She was my buddy, confidante (she never told anyone the secrets), my stamping companion and ghost finder.  Yes, I am saying was.  Sadly, Emma passed away a couple of weeks ago.

I have to say though, that becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I met so many people through stamping that have become wonderful friends.  I met these amazing women through my classes and club, stamping conventions and my BFF Buffy through an online forum for Demonstrators.  I met wonderful, talented people I would never had met without this crazy hobby of mine so when some of them found out about Emma they sent me beautiful cards (some homemade and some not).  Each one touched my heart and made me cry.  I thought I would share some of them with you.

This first one was made by Carol.  Isn’t just gorgeous?  Carol was new to stamping when I first met her at one of my club meetings and she has become amazing at it.  This one looks just like a painting.

This next one was made by Buffy.  Buffy is my hero.  She makes the most beautiful cards that I do a miserable job at copying.  She has such an eye for color and placement that totally escapes me.

Debby made this next one.  Debby’s card is so sweet.  She makes the best CAS (clean and simple) cards.  Each one is beautiful.

This last one was made by Laura.  Laura was an avid stamper before I even heard of this hobby.  She is so talented.  I wish I could stamp half as well as Laura.  She is the one who should be teaching classes (and me)!  Plus, Laura’s card is a fun fold, which everyone knows is my favorite.

I want to thank each and everyone of my wonderful friends for the beautiful cards whether they were homemade or not.  Each one touched me in a special way and helped me great through the loss of Emma.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Emma – thank you for your love, companionship  and the joy you gave me.  I’ll see you sometime in the future.


Happy 4th!

Happy Birthday to the United States of America!  

I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with family, friends and fireworks.

Last Day To Order Retiring Merchandise

Today is the last day of the Stampin’ Up!®  2018/2019 Annual and Occasions Catalogs.  After today you will no longer be able to buy anything that is retiring.  If you would like to see the list of the discounted retiring Annual Catalog products you can click HERE and you can see the discounted retiring Occasions Catalog items HERE  (you will have to scroll to page two to see the sale prices).

One of the sets I will miss that is in the Occasions Catalog is called Bloom By Bloom.  Here are some cards I made with this set.


Tomorrow the 2019/2020 Annual Catalogs begin!!.  You will not be able to order anything until 2:00 PM EST while they update their systems.  It will be so hard to wait until then because there are so many wonderful products in this catalog.  You are going to love it!

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