Last Day of Cat’s Away Give Away

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Mine was calm and quite … just the way I like it!

I am having a blast packing up the cards and goodies in their mailing boxes & getting them ready to send out to all of the participants from my “Cat’s Away” Give Away promotion! Today is the last day …


Cats Away1All On-line Orders of $35 or more thru May 31st, will receive in their mailer …

  1. A package with 10 gorgeous homemade cards to use and copy!
  1. A Free retired stamp set from this year or years past
  1. A paper packet or other fun stamping accessory

AND a FREE embellishment from the NEW 2016-2017 catalog! Can you say….METALLIC Enamel Shapes!!
This is like 50.00 in FREEBIES! …

Be sure to NOT select no contact, because I won’t know who to send all these goodies to!


Now … I’m just waiting for the turning of the calendar page and the start of the new Annual Catalog so I can get your New METALLIC Enamel Shapes and pack them with the rest, then in a few days, you will receive your package of goodies as my thank you for joining in this fun on-line event!

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Don’t miss out, get those last few items on your list before they retire and be a part of our Cat’s Away Give Away! Use Hostess Code: HEESBTSZ  (It will appear at the end when you checkout)

Thanks for checking in today, let me know if I can help you.

Have a “PURRfect” day!

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Stampin’ Hugs ~




Happy Memorial Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you are enjoying your Holiday Weekend. Today’s post is dedicated to the men and women in all branches of our military who paid the ultimate price for our freedom with their life, and to those who stood with them and have now passed on.



Thank you for taking time out of your holiday weekend to stop by my blog.

God Bless America and our current military and their families.

Forever grateful ~


Simply Sunday: Birthday Wishes

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you are enjoying your Holiday weekend. Today I want to share a very simple card. It’s that time of year that seems to be super busy with graduations, birthdays, weddings, and the list goes on! So keeping it simple yet having that hand-stamped card for your special gift is the perfect touch!

Today’s card is celebrating birthdays … but you can easily change this layout to a graduation or welcome baby card!


With just a special stamp set and our Balloon Framelit Dies, you can create a card in a matter of minutes!

The wonderful greeting you see is from our “Remembering Your Birthday” stamp set … It is on the retiring list and I just checked and the status is “Low Inventory” so if you want it, please hurry! There have been far too many of my stampin’ friends who did not get the stamp set they wanted because it retired (They do not restock when they run out of inventory … It’s gone)

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All On-line Orders of $35 or more through May 31st, will receive …

  1. A package with 10 gorgeous homemade cards to use and copy!
  1. A Free retired stamp set from this year or years past
  1. A paper packet or other fun stamping accessory

AND a FREE embellishment from the NEW 2016-2017 catalog! Can you say….METALLIC Enamel Shapes!!
This is like 50.00 in FREEBIES! …

Use this link to order so I know it’s YOU. Be sure to NOT select no contact, because I won’t know who to send all these goodies to!

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Click the RETIRING LIST to see what’s left and the deep discounts that are available to you!  Make sure you have all your 2014-16 In-Color Refills and Paper that you need (some may be already gone).

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Hope you enjoyed today’s Simply Sunday card share, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding my “Cat’s Away” sale going on now!

Thanks for sharing a piece of your Sunday with me …

Have a “PURRfect” day!

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Stampin’ Hugs ~



Floral Thanks Card & Door County getaway …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s good to be back on my computer again … I thought “no more interruptions” the internet kept cutting out during my vacation (maybe it was trying to tell me something) anyway … come home to “no internet connection” at all last night! But I’m back up and ready to share!


Click on any of the item descriptions to view the item and get all the details about the product.

Endless Thanks Stamp Set

Whisper White Note Cards

Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pads®
VersaMark® Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
Gold Stampin’ Emboss® Powder
Gold Metallic Thread
Stampin’ Dimensionals® 
Heat Tool


As promised, here are just a few of the pics from my Stampin’ Getaway in Door County …

This is the view of the Landmark resort where Eileen and I stayed. Our room is near the center of the photo hidden by the trees …


This is the view from our room –  a beautiful shot of the sunset on our first night. Can’t beat that view unless you are right on the water …



Part of the fun of Door County is trying all the different places to eat!  One of our first stops was Wilson’s and their delicious Chocolate Malts …


Trust me … that alone is enough to fill you up!

If you’re looking for something fun and some good food … try Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay. We had to stop and pick up some of their famous Lingonberry Jam. We actually ate there twice, once for lunch and then back on our last day for breakfast. This place has people stopping in the streets …


Everyone stops to get a picture of the goats on the roof. I thought I had the perfect shot before these two fine gentlemen stepped in front of me to take their picture.

My favorite for our entire trip was the Fireside in Ellison Bay. I had the “Jamaican Pork Chops” – just listen to this … Jerk marinate pork loin with seared peaches and pears, over garlic redskin mashed potatoes and szechuan green beans! OMG …


The pork chops were tender and juicy and the flavor combination was out of this world.  Not too hot or spicy … but just a little kick. It was just right!

The entire staff was amazing and Chef / Owner Blake Schar came out to greet us and see if we were enjoying our meal … YES, yes I was!  The Bloody Mary was pretty darn good too.

They took good care of us and the food is awesome … If your planning a trip to Door County – be sure to stop in at the Fireside in Ellison Bay. I may sound like a commercial but they really were that good!

I’ll share one more to say good-bye for now …


This was a shot from the pool deck at sunset … a wonderful getaway! We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful state! When posting pics on my facebook page, friends thought I was on a tropical vacation!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~



Last Chance for Retiring Products!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~


It’s that time again: we’re getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the annual and occasions catalogs. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them. Plus, retiring products* have discounts up to 50% off! We’re excited to offer this amazing opportunity, so be sure to get these products before they’re gone.

*Retiring products will only be available until May 31 or while supplies last. Some items are already gone! Click here “RETIREMENT LIST” to view

All On-line Orders now  through May 31st, will receive …

  1. A package with 10 gorgeous homemade cards to use and copy!
  1. A Free retired stamp set from this year or years past
  1. A paper packet or other fun stamping accessory

AND a FREE embellishment from the NEW 2016-2017 catalog! Can you say….METALLIC Enamel Shapes!!
This is like 50.00 in FREEBIES! …

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Have a fabulous Friday!


Sending a Smile Your Way …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

We are one day closer to the weekend and less than one week from the release of the new annual catalog! Both are great reasons to get excited, and I have something else that will get you even more excited over the release of the new catalog … another sneak peek!

Today I’m going to share a card that Sarah Douglas (CEO of Stampin’ Up!) shared yesterday …

13246345_1200592106632406_611009076560249765_oThe beautiful designer paper comes from the “Affectionately Yours” Specialty Designer Series Paper. Don’t you just love the new embossing folder … It’s called “Floral Affection”.

The stamped flowers and greeting come from the “Love & Affection” stamp set.  All of these items can be seen on pages 44 and 45 of your new annual catalog … It’s the Affectionately Yours Product Suite!

It’s on my Wish List … How about you?

Thanks for stopping in today, hope you have a good one.


A Playful Sneak Peek …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you doing this Wednesday? Still on vacation (will share some photos when I get back) but till then I have a sneak peek for you …


You are getting a sneak peek at our new Playful Palette Suite! This suite has beautifully coordinating products such as the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper, and the Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugar inks.

Our new layering Squares Framelits are going to be yous and this suites BFF. The dies will really bring the Plainters Palette Stamp Set to life!

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek, and thanks for checking out my blog today.




Drapery Fold Cards

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Quick post today… struggling with internet connections and such. Must be trying to tell me that I’m on vacation and I shouldn’t be working, however, I don’t feel that sharing and chatting with my stampin’ friends is work at all … I love it!

Today I’m going to share a group of cards that are made with the drapery fold.


This card is created with our Simply Score and a bit of folding.  Very simple … and when I get back home, I will be sure to share the directions with you.

Have a great day … and I’ll try to figure this out so I have a better post for you tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by ~


Masculine Cards & Manly Envelopes

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you all had an incredible weekend! I must say … this stampin’ getaway was just what I needed. Eileen and I are enjoying the Door County area and the wonderful food, but we’re also planning some fun stamping events. More on that at a later date.

I’m excited to share some fabulous cards with you today.  When I saw Shannon Lane’s card on the Stampin’ Up! blog: Get Inspired, I just had to share with you.  The following is Shannon’s post:

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With June just around the corner, I’ve got Father’s Day on my mind. It’s a holiday that many paper crafters struggle with, as masculine cards can be a challenge for us all!

One of my favorite stamp sets for occasions like this is Guy Greetings (item 137178), and I’m SO glad to see that it’s not on the retiring list! I wanted to share some cards with you to inspire you to create for the men in your life. With that said, I’m also a big believer in first impressions, and that’s what your envelope is for—so let’s fancy that up a bit, shall we??

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When I found my much-loved Typeset Designer Series Paper (item 133704) on the retiring list this year, I decided I was going to work to use it all before it expired. I really wanted to give it some extra love one last time! It’s a brilliant vintage, classic, neutral paper and it pairs so well with the fabulous vintage images in Guy Greetings. Using the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774), I whipped up an envelope with one of the sheets to add an extra-special touch.

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Many of us give gift cards to the men in our life because (let’s face it!) they can be a bit difficult to buy for. Luckily, the measurement table on the Envelope Punch Board goes all the way down to gift card size! Using the beautiful striped paper in the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (item 138435), I created a tiny, little envelope. (Tip: If you don’t like the other side of the paper—I found the florals on the other side decidedly unmasculine!—you can cut and score two pieces of paper and glue them back-to-back to create your choice of print for the inside.)

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A belly band perfectly decorates the gift and holds the envelope closed without adhesive, and you can decorate both sides!

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While you’ve got your Designer Series Paper Stack and your Envelope Punch Board out, you may as well create one more. This fabulous nautical card and envelope are a perfect pair!

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Square cards and envelopes are a nice change from rectangles for an extra-special touch. And don’t forget—metallics are manly, too!

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I hope these projects inspired you today to create for your fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons, and to use your favorite Designer Series Paper and Envelope Punch Board to make a beautiful first impression!

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Shannon Lane
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016

Now let me just say … I love this stamp set, and wouldn’t you agree with me, Shannon did a beautiful job on her cards and projects. I just them them!! We have an amazing Artisan Design Team, and any demonstrator to try to get on the team.

I thank you for stopping by today, and happy that you got to experience Shannon’s cards with the rest of us.

Have a fabulous day.


Cat’s Away Sale …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a really cute card to share with you, and it is the day I head out for the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to the Greek Isles. I will be flying out because of you, the one’s who have been with me and made this possible … so I have a special sale just for you, with awesome goodies you can use or share … the details are listed below. First our card share …

Today… quick and easy cards are the focus because many of us are so busy these days, but will still need our creative time.  Have you ever had left over cardstock pieces from other projects (happens to me all the time) so we can’t let that go to waste can we … no, we revise and make it a totally new card!

I used the left over pieces from my XXX to create this card.  Keep life simple and use up those left over pieces.

NOW … I want to share a promotion with you that I am hosting …

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The other day I told you that I was going on a Stampin’ Get Away to beautiful Door County Wisconsin to prepare for the New Catalog Kick Off and …

Because you’ve been so good to me this past year, from today through Sunday, July 14th (Use Hostess Code: )

All orders of $50 (before shipping & taxes) you will receive … 

A package with 10 gorgeous homemade cards to use and copy!

Orders of $100 (before shipping & taxes) will receive )

A package with 10 gorgeous homemade cards to use and copy!

A Free retired stamp set from this year or years past

Orders of $150 (before shipping & taxes) will receive (Do NOT Use Hostess Code … YOU are the hostess!)


A package with 10 gorgeous homemade cards to use and copy!

A Free retired stamp set from this year or years past

AND a FREE package of the NEW Nobel Peacock Rhinestones!

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Use this link to order so I know it’s YOU. Be sure to NOT select no contact, because I won’t know who to send all these goodies to!

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This is the perfect time to start shopping from the NEW Catalog and cross a few items off that Wish List and get some great card samples and extra goodies!!


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Hope you enjoyed today’s card share.  I will have limited access while I am cruising but don’t be afraid to contact me with any questions you may have regarding my “Cat’s Away” sale going on now!  I will check as often as I can.

Thanks for sharing a piece of your Saturday with me …

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Have a “PURRfect” day!


Fancy Fold Card: Masculine

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Welcome to my blog and welcome to the weekend! I am really excited because I am leaving tomorrow to begin my vacation / stamping getaway! While basking in the beauty of Door County Wisconsin, we will also be catching up on some stamping (I did get a few items from the new catalog pre-order … I love being a demonstrator!)

Speaking of getaways … Today’s card share comes from my 2016 Annual Spring Stamping Retreat. It was one of several masculine cards that we made. The minute I saw the “Into the Meadow” stamp set, I knew I had to have it. We will be combing a fancy fold with the watercoloring technique for a truly stunning card.


Don’t you just love it? Although I didn’t have time on today’s blog for a full tutorial on this card, I will post one in the near future for you.

I stamped my image in StazOn onto the Thick Whisper White cardstock (you may use the watercolor paper, but we did not for this project). I used the Aqua Painters and the ink refills *colors listed below, to simply watercolor my images. Stampin’ Up! makes me look like an artist!

The “You Are Totally Awesome” comes from the stamp set “Grateful Bunch” which comes from the Occasions Catalog, which ends soon; May 31st!

The card stays nicely closed by tucking the top flap under the pretty “Antique Brad” from our Annual Catalog. This item will be retiring so if you like it … Don’t forget to place your order before they are gone for good…. May 31st.


The brad is secured to the Marina Mist cardstock which was embossed with the “Chevron” embossing folder to give it some added texture. Our base card is Basic Black.

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As you open the flap you will see additional stamping and watercoloring (on the Thick Whisper White) The inner or top flap is mounted on the base which was covered in this cute pattern that is found in the “Cherry on Top” Designer Series Paper Stack! That is a fun pack of paper!

I love how the 2 pieces of the card interconnect folds … it’s like a note card on a big card meshed together to create one fun card!


Keep an eye out as I will be posting a tutorial on “how to” make this style of card. Till then, I hope you enjoyed.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to stop back tomorrow to see a new card share from my Simply Sunday series and a fun announcement!

Thanks ~





More Tunnel Cards!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Finally Friday … Awesome!  I am back today to share more Tunnel cards with you! The first three are the cards we made in our Technique Club this month.  They all have the same layout, but I used different colors to match the Designer Paper “Cherry On Top”.

The last card will be a spin off of the original Tunnel Card I shared.  I used the same paper, dimensions, ribbon … I just switched out the stamp sets. AND instead of stamping on the inner flaps … I used the Elegant Butterfly Punch. 

Enjoy …

This is our Cucumber Crush “In-Color” teamed up with Melon Mambo. The greeting and inside verse comes from the “A Whole Lot of Lovely” Hostess stamp set.


The inside layout is also the same on all the cards so I’m just showing the Cucumber one today.


This was made with the “Crushed Curry” cardstock with a touch of Marina Mist.


For my last card with the same layout, I used Bermuda Bay with just a hint of the Crushed Curry.


Are you ready???

Remember the cardstock for the original? Here it is …


NOW … Combine those with our “Friendly Wishes” stamp set and this is what I came up with. As you can see, I added a butterfly from Papillion Potpourri and the  Elegant Butterfly punch to catch your eye!


The inside has been stamped with the butterfly too but the bottom right has been punched out to create some awesome texture. Inside greeting also comes from the Friendly Wishes stamp set.


Hope you enjoyed the additional samples, and thank your for stopping back to check them out.

Have yourself a fabulous Friday!!


Today’s Highlighted Stampin’ Supplies ~


Masking Tutorial and Blog Candy WINNER!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry for the wait … I know you are anxious to see who one the Blog Candy.  Let me just say a quick “Thank You” to all of you for participating and sharing your comments! If you liked the sneak peek, you are going to LOVE the new catalog!

Congratulations to our Blog Candy Winner ….

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Now I would like to share the front of our Tunnel Card with you and the Masking Technique. Very simple to do, but it leaves an awesome impression! First I’ll refresh your memory with the dimensions of the cardstock we used …








Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me today.  Stop back tomorrow, I will be showing you the additional cards I did using the Tunnel Card technique! I know you’ve been waiting to see them.

Have a wonderful day ~


Tunnel Card Tutorial

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Middle of the week … closer to the weekend!! Hope you are having a good day!

Today I’m going to show your the steps I took to create the Tunnel card that I shared with you on Sunday …


I will start from the beginning which includes the dimensions of the cardstock I used.


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I will share the “how to” create the masked front tomorrow along with some additional samples.

See you then …

Thanks for visiting me today!


New Catalog Sneak Peek!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I missed you yesterday but I have been trying to get a few of my ducks in a row… so to speak. I also know that I promised the Step by Step instructions to Sunday’s card – I have them and will be sharing those with you (along with an extra card sample)!

Today I’d like to share a Sneak Peek of the new catalog … 5 fabulous cards!


Do you see a bit of a theme on the cards? Jar’s perhaps? The catalogs are here and if you ordered from me in the past 6 months your name is on my list to receive one! To my long distance stampin’ friends (customers) … hope you got your surprise in the mail!!

Please tell me which is your favorite of the 5 cards (just comment below) and I will put your name in a drawing for ….


Our BLOG CANDY packet today includes our “Celebrate Banner” just in time for graduation parties, Botanicals Vellum paper stack, “For Being You” stamp set and a mixed cardstock package!!

To enter … just comment below on which of the 5 card samples from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog you like best (and why).  The name will be randomly drawn tonight a midnight and the WINNER will be announced on Thursday’s Blog Post.  GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you for stopping by today ~

Hope your day is a good one and all your ducks are in a row … lol