Great Class!

We had a great class on Thursday… even though the snow was disappearing by the minute!  Having a mini make up on Saturday at 1:00pm.

This was one of my downline’s version of my card.  Trisha did awesome!

Love when my downline or customer create their own card from mine!

Still having time to get in on the 15 Year Annversay sale of 15% off any order this month.  It can be an online or or one called in to me.  Contact me here for more information.

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Happy 15th Anniversary with SU! Retiring List and Color Revamp!!

I found out Sunday I have been with Stampin’UP! 15 years!  WOW –  how things have changed and time has flown by.  Wendy and I started doing stamping to have something in common to do.  Now we have made wonderful friends, have great customers, and traveled the world with Stampin’UP!  Our Stampin’UP! years were some of Wendy’s favorites.

We had a convention (SU calls them OnStage) in Milwaukee this past weekend.  The theme on Friday night was ’80’S’.  I went and had my hair done…. 80’s style… not know what to expect.  Want to see what the back of my hair looked like? I know people did this everyday!!  I think I just worked through the 80’s!  I certainly didn’t do my hair like this everyday… DID YOU??

This is a picture of me and Founder of Stampin’UP! taken in Milwaukee this past weekend.  It is always so fun to catch up with people.  To be with peers that really appreciate you and encourage you in your business.For my 15th Year Anniversary I am thanking YOU my awesome customers with 15% off your orders in April. You will want to use my Online store here to order retiring items as they are going fast – Let me know you ordered and I will give you 15% Gift Certificate to be used on your next order. You will have to send the second order in through me so I can pay for the 15%.

 It is that time of year in the Stampin’UP! world – retiring list and new catalogs!!

Click HERE for the retiring list in page order from the Big Catalog.
Click HERE for the retiring list in page order from the Occasions catalog.
Remember retiring items are “while they last” except stamp sets are through May 25th.
Please use my store to order, it is open 24/7 and so I will be able to give you the gift of 15% off your next order.
THIRTEEN of our beautiful colors (PLUS the 2016-2018 In Colors) are retiring to make way for more gorgeous, current, on-trend colors. If you want ink pads, ink refills, markers, Stampin’ Blends or cardstock in any of these favorites, BUY THEM NOW.  
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Soft Sky
  • Marina Mist
  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Rose Red
  • Always Artichoke
  • Island Indigo
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Perfect Plum
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugarplum
  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
The ink pads, ink refills, markers and cardstock in these colors are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and in my experience – They Will. Not. Last. 

The Color Revamp

Many of you will noticed the ink pads in the retired list , so let’s have a look at the color Revamp in detail, it will help answer your questions.
Why are the ink pads on the retiring list?
  • Stampin’Up! has improved the ink pad case and the ink formula. The redesigned ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive. Just insert your thumb in the lip and lift.
  • It has a tighter fit between the lid and the base and the lid won’t become accidentally disconnected. YAH!!!
  • It’s Stackable. The ability to stack the cases is easier
  • They are slightly smaller and slightly thinner and have a very new sleek look:
  • Yes they will still fit in the carousel
The Ink:  Don’t worry, the existing reinkers will still work in your old and new pads.
What did they change?  They put a de-foamer into the ink refill.
Download the Q & A sheet about 2018 Ink – HERE
Stampin’Up! likes to stay on top of current trends and every 5 years or so, they revamp our color selection to stay on trend.
There are still four color Collections.
Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Whisper White have been moved out of the Neutrals Collection to a new spot. A few new colors have been moved into the collection to make it more exciting and colorful.
Stampin’Up! sometimes brings back retired In colors to become part of our core colors.  Welcome back:
Black Berry Bliss
Mint Macaron
Flirty Flamingo
Poppy Parade
Mossy Meadow
Coastal Cabana
Down Load the entire color family set HERE

I know this was a lot if information but I didn’t want you to miss out on anything that is happening.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

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December 30th is the last day for you to reserve and get your Stamparatus until the new catalog comes out in June 2018!  You will reserve it now, and WHEN it ships your credit card will be charged.  Stampin’UP! will send you and email to let you know it is ready.

Place your order here!

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YES! the party is on!

OH, I realized (okay, Donna just called to say she was coming) I had not let everyone, YOU, know that this FRIDAY is Customer Apprection Party – starts at 6:00pm and goes until we or I fall sleep! I did remember to buy the candy (given) and have the Make n’ Takes and Have new toys to show…. I just forgot the most important – YOU! This is my (our) annual Thank You for being our customer! So if you have been to a class, bought glue or tape, ordered toys YOU are invited. I just thought everyone knew the first Friday of December to come play. No SNOW (sad me, happy neighbor whose mailbox gets hit) No tapioca (still haven’t learned to cook it – I promise, I will be able to next year, or the next year) But we have tons of fun planned for you. The picture was taken last night off my back deck – come see the beauty. Call and let me know you are coming so I have enough gifts on hand, or just come – you know I always do extra! See you Friday, when you can come!  Yes, this does mean it is December and Christmas is almost here – are you ready?  Me – ready – not so much!

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Blends and Birthday Blooms!

FUN, FUN, FUN with Stampin’Blends!


This is the card we made at class last month to introduce everyone to Stampin’UP! Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.  I love how easy they blend together with NO lines!

On this card I colored the entire flower and buds with LIGHT Pink Pirouette then went back and did my highlighting (really just followed the lines on the stamp) with the Dark Pink Pirouette.  Then I went back with LIGHT Pink Pirouette and blended the dark and light together.  I have found the easiest way to do this is one flower at a time and layer color on once then go back and add more in places as needed.  You need to try these for yourself.

A couple of tips:

Color each flower one at a time -they blend better wet, and they will go through the back of the paper so have something under your work.

The color does bleed out a tiny bit so you might want to not color all the way to the edge of the  stamped image.

Here is the link to learn about them and my personal special to get them in your hands!

Check out this Blends Brochure/ pricing and availability.

I am having a special for those of you that want the whole set which includes the Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter!
If you buy the whole set from me you will get a stack of Just Add Color DSP.
Can’t afford a whole set at once – join my Blends Club – 3 months – each month get 4 sets of two for $47.00 per month. Plus you get the Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter as well as the stack of Just Add Color DSP too!
Contact me here to join the club, order or with questions. You can also order online here and I will send the stack of DSP to you separately
Set: Birthday Blooms
C/S: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive
Inks:  Memento Black Ink Pad, Blends: Light & Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Old Olive
Others:  Merry Little Christmas DSP
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Stampin’ Up! has announced the AMAZING new Blends that go on sale Today – November 1st! You can buy them all at once, or a few at a time. What on earth are stamping blends?  Stampin’UP!’s new premier alcohol markers!  They are alcohol based markers that blend beautifully and make coloring so fun!  I can COLOR again!!!  I have to admit I am not a great colorer.  Now with the watercolor crayons of yesteryear I could color awesome – you could even see the shading!  Ink Pads, markers and aqua painter or blender pens – not so much!  Well let me tell you these alcohol markers are AWESOME!  I have been playing with them for about a month and we used them at class this month.  NO MORE LINES!  yes, you heard it here – you can color with no lines on the flowers, no lines in the middle of your circles and blending – out of this world.  Just the right amount of light and dark plus you can add layers of color or take them away.  

Check out this Blends Brochure/ pricing and availability.

I am having a special for those of you that want the whole set which includes the Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter!
If you buy the whole set from me you will get a stack of Just Add Color DSP.
Can’t afford a whole set at once – join my Blends Club – 3 months – each month get 4 sets of two for $47.00 per month. Plus you get the Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter as well as the stack of Just Add Color DSP too!
Contact me here to join the club, order or with questions. You can also order online here and I will send the stack of DSP to you separately

Check back over the next few days for cards made with the Blends!  If you want the best way to get the blends… 

Join my team and you will get one of the best deals Stampin’UP! has to offer.
You will get $125.00 worth of merchandise for only $99.00. You get to chose what you want, so you can even get your whole set of Blends for free!
The first three people to join will get the Merry Patterns Host Set FREE in addition to all your other merchandise. Contact me if you have any questions 608-237-7103 or
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YOU DID IT! Thank You So Much!

With your help I was able to send a check to American Red Cross for $300.00!  Stampin’UP! will match that so it will become $600.00!  Way to go FRIENDS!  This is a huge shout out to each of you that purchased anything from me in the last two months.


Here is the check!  As you can see by the date it took a bit longer than I thought!  I also have been working on my 2018 calendar so I made a mistake and just skipped the rest of 2017 and went to 2018!

Having lived in Texas for years, I have seen the devasation personally, so thank you for your help in helping the survivors of these storms.

Look for an amazing now post coming soon – hint – I can color again!!


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Let’s Help Our Friends!

Having blessed with so much here in America, When one of us hurts we all hurt.  Having lived in Texas and  spent time in both Florida and the Cribbean I want to help out friends there.   I am going to try and do my part for the people in Texas, Florida and the caribbean. I will be donating 10% of all my sales for the rest of September to them. You will also get 10% off your order as well. If you order on line, once I see your order go through I will let you know how much credit you will get. Order directly from me and the 10% will come off immediately. Let’s see if we can raise $300.00 dollars – you game? I will be posting different cards to give you some ideas of what to do with your new toys! Contact me or 608-237-7103 – Let’s do this!

I love this set so I thought I would start with it.  Here are the directions:

Sets: Timeless Texture, Vintage Leaves

Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla

Inks: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry

Other: Copper foil Paper, Copper Embossing Powder, Copper Trim, Versamark, Leaves Framlits


First, when using a specialty paper, such as the copper foil as a mat on your cards, cut out the center and leave only a 1/2 inch border.  Use the middle of the paper for something else, like the leaves on this card.  Then cover with your layer and no one will ever know!

Stamp randomly different leaves using the different inks

Adhere ribbon on the back of Very Vanilla c/s using Tear Tape, Using Tear Tape adhere to copper layer

Embossed the leaves with copper embossing powder.  It gives them a beautiful texture.  Be careful though, heat from underneath because the copper paper can bubble.  Don’t hold the heat in one place to long time and keep the heat tool moving.  Also very slippery when stamping with the VersaMark. Adhere leaves with Tear tape, one piece down the middle.  Adhere Copper foil to Rich Razzleberry c/s using Tear Tape

Adhere copper bows, use Glue Dots to keep them in place


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I am so excited about this new catalog.  I have been able to play with it for about a month.  We are going to have fun, fun, fun with all the new toys!  You still have a couple of days to order the Carols of Christmas Bundle (#146037 clear) before the new mini starts on September 1st!  

Yes, we have used this in a few… very few, classes already!  I will share one of the cards with you here.  I wish I was better at taking pictures so you could see how the trees sparkle with Wink of Stella.

The trees just pop in real life from the Wink of Stella.  I thought the red ribbon just added enough of a pop of color so you could still use this as a masculine Christmas card.  We will be having Christmas Card Classes in September and October.  You won’t want to miss them, go here to sign up right away.  

Used in this card:

Sets: Carol of Christmas

Inks: Tranquil Tide, Chocolate Chip

C/S:  Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Chocolate Chip

Others:  Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, Layering Square Framelits Die, Stitched Shape Framelit Dies, Wink of Stella, Red satin ribbon

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Very Unusual Post

The post below is from someone who I know.  I believe this too.  Only love will get through in the end and we all must take a stand at some point.  So my little stand is to include his post for you to read.

My stamping information is to go check out the Clearance Rack!  (Under Home on the left second row down.)

New Deals on Clearance Rack

A new season is almost here, and that means it's time for some change. What else does it mean? New Clearance Rack deals! Visit our online store now and save up to 60% on select products. These deals won't last forever though, so fill up your shopping bag before supplies run out!

Friend's Post:

I rarely post on social issues, but the events in Charlottesville and the re-emergence of white supremacists are just too much to bear. What is sad and alarming is that for every one of those who chose to participate in that alt-right event, there are family members, colleagues and others behind the scenes who taught them to think such misguided thoughts. Richard Rodgers put this to words back in the musical "South Pacific" in 1949 as his characters lamented racism and talked about how it is spread.

You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught

As one who plays just a small role in teaching youths, and as a parent and an uncle, I pray that I can teach others not to hate but to practice justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).

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Is it an Orange or is it a Peach?

I was making cards for our last SAS (next one is Sept 9th, get signed up now!) and I was using DSP.  I used two different packages – Whole Lot of Lovely and Naturally Eclectic DSP and showed how to make a card with each DSP…. okay, yes, there might have been more than 20 cards… but not by much!  When I came to a paper in the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP that I just had to use – you know that piece that you usually use the back of or worse yet it is left for your stack of old DSP from years ago! (Yes, we all have one or two stacks like that!)  So I was making the card and I thought it was an orange later I was told it was a peach.  Well, I was not going to redo the entire card so in the instructions I called it the "fruit".  I know you can squeeze oranges but did you know you can squeeze peaches!  Leave me a comment if you think it is a peach or an orange!  Hope you enjoy the card.  My 10/20 card class is this Thursday at the Quality Inn in Lodi  from 9am to about 9pm – drop in and say hi and make some cards with us!

The "fruit" is popped up!  Hard to tell in the picture.

Sets:   Playful Background, Lemon Zest

Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, 

Inks:  Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry

Other: Whole Lot of Lovely DSP,  Wink of Stella


Stamp saying on top left and bottom right of Whisper White card front with Tranquil Tide ink. Check where you want the large fruit placed, then stamp with Crushed Curry circles on the top right and bottom left on the Whisper White card front.  Stamp off, using Crushed Curry ink with the circles on the top left and bottom right of card front.

Add the large fruit to the card front using dimensionals.

Small fruit is for you to use as you wish on the card.  Yes, you have to fussy cut it out!

Adhere the Crushed Curry step down to the Tangerine Tango card base, then adhere the Whisper White card front to the Crushed Curry card stock.

Use wink of Stella on the small white flowers!

Thanks to Maggie J. for fussy cutting all the large fruit!

You can buy everything to make this card from my store here.  All sales over $50.00 get a special gift in the month of August.  If you order on line or direct from me.  You can see all the specials here, look for Carols of Christmas special, I will be sharing samples from this set this month and a special class (August 28th, 6pm) for anyone who buys the bundle.  If you can't come to the class I will send the cards from class to you.


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Guess the Flower and A Special Card

This is a flower from Wendy's hidden Garden out back.  I have no idea what it is, very short compared to the other lilies.  Anyone know?

Colorful Season Stamp Set is one of my favorite sets in the new catalog!  We have made tons of cards with it.  Here is the card and details.  Wednesday the 20th is a 10/20 class if you want to make some great cards!

Sets: Colorful Season

Card Stock: Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry

Inks:  Soft Suede, Old Olive, Crushed Curry (markers of same colors), Peekaboo Peach

Other: Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, mask, daubers, Wood Textures DSP Stack, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Marker Spritzer


Stamp four small leaves using Old Olive ink on a thin Whisper White strip, cut these out with the Seasonal Layer Dies. 

Stamp four large leaves using Soft Suede Ink on a Whisper White half sheet and color them using the daubers with Crushed Curry ink.  When using the daubers start off the actual page and use a circular motion.  Spray these leaves with the spritzer using Cajun Craze maker, cut the leaves out using the Seasonal Layer Dies. 

Cut out a Crushed Curry leaf using the Seasonal Layers Dies.  Cut this leaf so you are only using one per card.

 Layer a mask on the Very Vanilla CS.  Using the Peekaboo Peach ink color in the moon.  Start heavy on one side – ON THE MASK – and using circular motions color in one side heavy and the other side light. 

Stamp the saying on the top left of the Very Vanilla CS using Soft Suede ink.  Use the spritzer and Soft Suede, Old Olive and Crushed Curry marker to spritz the top right side of the Very Vanilla CS. 

The chair has Adhesive sheets on the back so just peel this off and place on the card front. 

Adhere the leaves to the card front as shown above using glue of all the leave except the small Old Olive ones, those use dimensionals. 

Adhere the Peekaboo Peach CS to the Cajun Craze card base, then adhere the Very Vanilla CS front to the Peekaboo Peach CS. 

Using the Crushed Curry marker, make some lines around the bottom of the chair to connect it, then use the Cajun Craze marker to add some extra color to the lines.

Join us on the 20th at the Quality Inn in Lodi.  First class is free!


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End of 1st Session of Bundle Classes

Had the last of my Bundle classes today! This was one of the fun cards we made. Hope you will join the new classes starting in July. Now to get ready for the Huge 8th Annual Stamp Sale on June 3rd… Who know I had this much stuff! No that is not a question that actually needs an answer!  But everything is going so it doesn't have to be moved!

This set and Framelits will be in the new catalog – just not as a Bundle.  Hope you enjoy the card!

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In Living Color!  These are the boxes left after taking many to be coiled bound!

If you would like a new catalog contact me here.  If you have purchased anything Stampin'UP! from me in the last year a regular catalog is FREE!  A coiled bound one is $8.00 with a $5.00 off coupon on your first order.  If you have not purchased from me, you can still get a catalog for $3.00.  A coiled bound catalog for $8.00 with a coupon included.

Just a note our big, I am MOVING – EVERYTHING MUST GO SALE is June 3rd starting at 10am.  You will get a gift with each purchase as well as a coupon towards a purchase from the new catalog in June.  Special pricing for any teacher!

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Last Day of Sale-A-Bration!

It has been a great Sale-A-Bration.  Thanks to all of you who have supported me and gotten FREE toys during this great sale.  I have only $80 to meet my goal.  If you want a last order today remember to use the online code FQSWGRYK to get your FREE SAB item and your FREE gift from me.

Not sure what to order – try Paper Pumpkin.  Sara Douglas, the new CEO of Stampin'UP!, designed a new one just for April.  Click here to learn about the special that ends today.  I signed up.  Be sure to use me as your demonstrator when you sign up.

Here is a card that we made at our Thursday class.  This is a drop in class the third Thursday of each month at the Quality Inn in Lodi.  Hope you enjoy the card. The sparkle comes from the SAB Glimmer Paper.

We used a new technique to glue down the eggs.  Hope you will join us for a class soon.

Card Information:

Sets:  Basket Bunch*  

Card Stock: Mint Macaron, Whisper white, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Glimmer SAB Paper

Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, Mint Mint Macaron

Others:  Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Basket Builder Framelits*

* You can buy the stamp set and Framelits together here and save 10%

Have a fun April 1st – What are you going to do on April's Fool's Day?

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