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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New Storage Solutions

Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you. Our new product line, Storage by Stampin’ Up!, provides you with modular storage solutions that let you organize—and customize—your space your way!

Storage by Stampin’ Up! is designed to store and showcase your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Ink Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils, and other accessories. Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

  • Keeps products organized, tidy, visible, and trackable at all times.
  • Ensures that your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.
  • Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable, and modular.
  • Blends in naturally with most home decor with its white neutral color.
  • Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

A Valentine Challenge

Today’s BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge is to make a Valentine.  This was not a hard challenge because Stampin’ Up!® has some awesome stamp sets and Bundles to make them.

To make my card I used the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies for the background.  I cut out five of the heart border die and adhered them to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I wanted the hearts to hang off the edge so I trimmed to cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″.  I added some of the hearts randomly back that were left when I cut the background.  Then all I had to do was stamp the sentiment from the stamp set called Another Wonderful Year in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and attach it to the card.

Now let’s go see what kind of Valentine Jackie and Buffy made.  I can’t wait to see!

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Bloom By Bloom Sneak Peek

Here is another card using a new stamp set that will be in the 2019 Occasions Catalog called Bloom By Bloom.  This stamp set is part of a suite called Happiness Blooms.  This suite includes this stamp set, gorgeous Designer Series Paper clued Happiness Blooms, ribbon, enamel dots, an embossing folders, 4 mini punches and a Memories & More Card Pack.   I love this set because it has big, bold flowers and leaves and the DSP has big, bold prints in bright colors.  You can purchase the stamps and the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack in a Bundle and save 10%.

This card is a perfect card for a beginner stamper.  It is Clean And Simple (CAS) and all you need is some stamps, cardstock and ink.

To make this card, I first stamped the background in Crumb Cake ink.  Then I stamped the flowers in Gorgeous Grape, the leaves in Tranquil Tide and the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The sentiment is from a retired set called Hello Friend.  I don’t usually use retired stamps on my blog but I needed an “hello” card and it seemed to fit well because it is a bold sentiment.

Tomorrow is a wonderful day in the world of Stampin’ Up!®!  It is the beginning of Sale-a-bration  and the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It is an awesome time to be a stamper and/or become a Demonstrator.  You can earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase and get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 single or group order! If you join my Stampin Up! family you can get a $175 worth of products for $99  or get the Carry & Craft Tote and $175 worth of products for $129!

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