Loyal & True: Guest Stamper … Gloria

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Memorial Day to you… just a quick post today.  I have a very special card to share with you today that was made by my friend and fellow demonstrator Gloria.  She is former military and created this swap at our Leadership event last weekend (and she gave one to me)!!  Gloria used the Loyal & True stamp set …

I loved the swooshes of red so I asked Gloria how she did it, and she said she just sponged the background … Love it!!  It gives a lot of movement to the card, like the flag is actually waving.

The simplicity of the card really makes a statement … Today is the perfect day to share this card with you, as we honor the fallen who gave their all defending our freedoms… true heros.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day,

Today’s Stampin’ Supplies …



Shine Like a Diamond / Guest Stamper: Peggy K.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well … Well … Well … Made it through Monday!! Hope you had a good day and your Tuesday will be even better!  Today I have another card share from our Stamping Retreat Attendee Swap. This swap was created by Peggy K.

This pretty floral card stands out in black and white with a pop of pink, and the Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set is the focal point to the card.  This is one of my favorite verses stamp set, especially when you are creating cards for friends.

Peggy also uses the Country Floral Embossing folder to create a subtle background with a touch of texture.  This folder was highlighted in the Sale-a-bration catalog but it will however be included in the upcoming 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog!  Wooo Hooo! That does not happen too often, but I’m glad it is returning because it’s a great addition and it’s beautiful.

I appreciate you coming back to see what I’m up to!! Stop back tomorrow and I’ll have something special to share.

Till then … Have a great day!

Winter Woods & Guest Stamper: Kathy C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night my Star’s by Design team met for stampin’ up dates, a light dinner and some stampin’ & swappin’.  So today I’m going to share one of the “Swap Cards” … it was made by Kathy using the beautiful Winter Woods stamp set.

The Winter Woods bundle is so much more than a holiday stamp set, these versatile trees can be used for any occasion! Kathy gave her card some dimension simply by stamping her tree twice without re-inking the stamp, giving you the lighter trees in the back that look further away!!

Don’t you love the way Kathy stamped her trees at a slight angle … gives the appearance that the trees are sitting upon a winter wonderland of snow … then, she added a some great texture by embossing with the Softly Falling embossing folder … it all looks so serene and peaceful. A simple greeting with a pop of color to attract they eye and her card is done!  Stunning!!

Such a beautiful card and so easy to make!  Follow me for the next few days as I share a few different seasons / holidays using the Winter Woods bundle.

Until then, I thank you for popping in today to check out my blog post and Kathy’s beautiful card.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

Easter Surprise

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share MaryJo Brydens card that she gave to me at the Shreveport OnStage Event. I’ve seen this one before but it is so much cuter in your hand! MaryJo did tell me that she cased this card from one she saw on Pinterest … by hey, we ALL do that!

The “SURPRISE” is the cutest egg created by using the Oval Framelits!! Isn’t that a great idea!? Let’s start with the stamp set that MaryJo used to lay down the color for her egg … the “Work of Art” stamp set. Her colors are Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Marina Mist and I believe Wisteria Wonder.

The pretty little flowers were created by using the “Petite Petals” punch and the “Wink of Stella” to give it that pretty sparkle! The pearls add a nice touch.

MaryJo added some texture to the pink cardstock by using the “Festive” embossing folder … You can emboss this either before or after you cut out the oval. I prefer embossing with my folders after I cut the image out.

It was so sweet for MaryJo to give me one of her swaps …I love these Stampin’ Up! events! You meet the nicest people. I feel the same way about all the wonderful people I have met who come and stamp with me!

Thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter tomorrow. Enjoy the blessings of family, good food and precious friendships.





Guest Stamper: Tatjana

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute card that was created for our Holiday Retreat Swap. Our stamper is Tatjana … she is also in my Thursday night stamp club and hails from Belgium! I thank her host “Cindy” for bringing her to our stamp club and introducing the fun of stamping to Tatjana.

Tatjana used the stamp set Mountain Adventure … doesn’t that just make you want to grab your jacket and mittens and go have some fun! Or at least a great cup of Hot Chocolate while we watch the adventure from the lodge.


She used a simple coloring technique to bring your landscape to life. Hmmm, “coloring” … let me just say that’s a “hint, hint” for our upcoming Occasions Catalog.

I hope you enjoyed Tatjana’s card as much as we did at retreat … very impressive for her first swap card.

Thanks for stopping by today, it’s much appreciated.

Have an adventurous day!





Guest Stampers: Trio of Christmas Stockings

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you some more of our Swap Cards from the Holiday Retreat. Our swaps are done by our guests, and when they swap they are entered into the card contest and a chance to win a Gift Certificate from me. It’s a lot of fun, and the best part about swapping … you get to go home with that many more cards!!

All three of the cards I’m sharing with you today were made with the “Hang Your Stockings” Stamp set and Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies.  This is one you can bundle and Save 10% on.

Let’s begin with Linda S.  This was her first retreat but you would never have guessed it by her swap. 


She used the Christmas Stocking Thinlits die to create both the stocking and the greeting. These are highlighted by having the beautiful designer paper behind it. You’ll find several great patterns in the “Warmth & Cheer” Designer Series Paper Stack.

Our next guest stamper is Marge G.  Marge has attended all of our Holiday Retreats only missing the Spring because she was a little snowbird.


Marge started her card with the “This Christmas” Designer paper that can be found in the Annual Catalog (our big one) not the Holiday catty.  Marge also used the thinlits to create her card, and then she added a little sponging to really make it pop!  Don’t you love how she used the snowflake cut out from the stocking on her card … no wasted space here. 

The last of the stocking cards was created by Abby H.   This was Abby’s first retreat and she was also our youngest guest (her Mom & Sister have been here many times before).  We have several Mother / Daughter attendee’s … it is a great getaway to have fun together and bond.


Abby not only used the thinlits, but she stamped her stockings! Now we get to see how cute the coordinating stamp set is, and what a nice job Abby did stamping and creating her card.  They are all lined up with the Brick background and ready for Santa!

For me … Everyone is a winner because they get to go home with extra cards and each card has a different style than your own.  Oh yes, and I get to keep a set … THANK YOU LADIES!!


I hope you have enjoyed the trio of stocking cards today, and that it inspires you to grab that ink, pick up your stamps and begin having some “you” time and releasing your creativity!

Thanks for stopping by …

Have a great day!




Guest Stamper: Connie C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today’s guest stamper is “Connie Collins” … she is one of our Artisan Team members, and this card was featured on Stampin’ Up!s GET INSPIRED Blog. (Clear here to view full post)

My main reason for sharing Connie’s beautiful card is that she has featured the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372)


The sentiment on this card was stamped using the Tin of Tags Stamp Set (item 142180) and die cut using one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Then she placed it on a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits (item 141705) before attaching it to my card. Notice how the Layering Circles, Layering Squares (item 141708), and Layering Ovals (item 141706) Framelits Dies work perfectly with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


The greeting comes from the  “Tin of Tags” stamp set, and is one of those that are currently 25% off!  I have the list here of all the stamp sets that are discounted… they coordinate with the new Stitched Shape Framelits.


Online Extravaganza Starts November 21


In less than two weeks, you can save up to 40% on select products during Online Extravaganza. Not only are there amazing deals to be had during this one-week only, online super sale running November 21-28, it’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for family and friends! This year’s Online Extravaganza will include 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special product discounts only available that day. Full details on items included as part of Online Extravaganza will be available on November 17 so make sure to check back for more information.

Let me know if you have any questions with the specials listed, and thanks for checking out my blog post today.

Have yourself a beautiful day.

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