Happy New Year!

I hope you had a marvelous Christmas (I did!) and you are ready for a new year of crafting!

There are only a few days left to get the Last Chance products (ends January 4)

The new mini catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure come out January 5.  This year there is only 1 Sale-a-Bration and it runs until February 28.  If there is anything in the brochure you particularly want, I suggest you order immediately as products are "while supplies last" and the most popular sell out quickly!


Do You Get in a Funk with Your Crafting?

Do you get in a funk with your crafting and just can't seem to get anything done?  Well, that's me and I've been this way for quite a while.  Ever since I was diagnosed with my breast cancer and finished treatment, I've been a bit depressed.  It's a side effect but I surely thought I'd be out of it by now.  Please be patient with me and I will get back into making cards soon.

I've also been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia.  With that, I get shooting pain in my jaw.  I've been dealing with that for about 3 years and have just been diagnosed.  I've been given a medication (anti-seizure) and we are working on getting the correct dose.  This medication makes me sleepy and I think it is contributing to my depression/craft funk.  I will be seeing my neurologist in a month or so and will check with him about whether it is.

I feel sure I'll be better by the first of the year.


Sun Prints Fun Fold

The Sun Prints DSP (Designer Series Paper) is so pretty and reminds me of the technique of using bleach on dark cardstock.  I decided to do a Pop-Up Fun Fold card using this paper since I wanted to show both sides.  



Here are all the details on making this card:


  • Stamp Sets – Nature’s Prints (158793)
  • Card Stock – Night of Navy (100867); Basic White (159276)
  • Stamp Pads – Night of Navy (147110); Ink
  • Misc. – Sun Prints DSP (158790); Decorative Circle Punch (159174); Stylish Shapes Dies (159183); White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (151326); 1/8” Starry Sky Metallic Woven Ribbon (159198); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Seal+ (149699); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Paper Trimmer with Scorer (152392); Bone Folder (102300)



  • Night of Navy:           4 ¼” x 11”                 
  • Basic White:           2 ½” x 2 ½”    2 ¾” x 2 ¾”
  • DSP:                           4” x 5” (cut 1” off the top and keep for the top of the card); 6” x 6”


  • Cut your card base at 4 ¼x 11” and score at 4 ¼” and at 5 ½”; use your bone folder to get sharp creases.
  • Attach your cut DSP and line up with the 1” at the top and the 4” square at the bottom.
  • Wrap your Seam Binding around the top of the card; Add the Starry Sky ribbon on top of the seam binding. Using your Seal+, adhere the top of the card between the two score lines (makes a book binding top)
  • Punch out the 2 ½” square.  Using Night of Navy ink, stamp off the floral image and then stamp onto the punched circle.  Stamp the sentiment full strength on top of the floral image.
  • Take your 6x6 piece of DSP and decide which side will be showing.  Fold the sheet in half and use your bone folder to get a good crease.  Fold in half the other way and get a good crease.  With the inside facing down, fold diagonally once.  Easily manipulate your paper to make a small square.  Make sure it will open the way you want before adhering to the inside of the card.
  • With your square sitting inside the card base, adhere the top and then the bottom.  Make sure you can open the inside for the pop up feature as pictured below.
  • Using the square die from the Stylish Shapes dies, die cut but do not separate from the square piece.
  • Stamp your sentiment and attach the die cut with the outer edge to the center of the pop up

And here is the inside pop up:


Tomorrow is the last day of June and the last day to get the Last Chance products from the January-June mini 

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It is also the last day to get the BOGO kits!  

Buy any two and get the more expensive kit 1/2 off!  No limits to the number of kits you can get!  Shop here for kits!


The new July-December mini and the second Sale-a-Bration start on July 1


If you don't already have a demonstrator and need these catalogs, please request one here


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Time at the Beach

My family spends the month of June at Ponce Inlet, Florida every year.  My kids come down at various times but my hubby and I are there for the entire month.  It has been a great time this year but our time is coming to an end.

It's been a big time here this year!  We've had 5 turtles lay eggs in front of our condo.  My hubby and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.  We went on a Catamaran cruise.  We saw dolphins.  And we saw sharks swimming right in front of our condo!  We saw a daytime launch of a rocket and best of all, a night time launch!  

Because of our trip down here, I won't be able to mail out my new January-December catalogs and the new Sale-a-Bration brochures.  They go into effect July 1.  I get home on the 1st and will mail out the new catalogs on the 1st and 2nd.  So please be patient! 


50th Anniversary

Today my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.  It sure doesn't feel like it's been that long!

My hubby gave me some beautiful flowers (my wedding bouquet was daisies with yellow roses)

And I received a Pandora charm for my bracelet.  We went out to dinner at the Chart House.

Butterfly Kisses Hello

One of the cards I sent out this month in thanks and appreciation to my customers was this Butterfly Kisses card

It uses the Butterfly Kisses DSP but I'm not especially crazy about the butterflies on the paper!  I really prefer the other patterns and loved this flowery side!  This card also uses a side gate-fold technique.  Instead of having the opening in the middle, it is more to the side.

All the details:

  • Fresh Freesia cardstock for the base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 1 1/2" and 5 3/4"
  • Butterfly DSP cut at 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" and 2 3/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Basic White enough to cut the circle from Stylish Shapes Dies 
  • Parakeet Party cardstock to cut the circle from the Layering Circle Dies
  • Greeting was from Nature's Prints and stamped using Fresh Freesia ink and attached to the side with dimensionals to overlap the other side (don't adhere to the right side)
  • I did cut a piece of Basic White 5 1/4" x 4" and die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies for the inside (no sentiment inside)


Don't forget about the BOGO kits deal!  Buy any two and get the most expensive kit at half price!  No limit to the number of kits you can purchase and get the same deal!



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July Paper Pumpkin kit

You can subscribe to the July paper pumpkin kit now through July 10.


Name: Sending Good Thoughts  

This kit includes:

  • Sending Good Thoughts Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Spot®
  • Printed dry-embossed card bases
  • Printed envelopes
  • Printed die cuts
  • Twine
  • Mini glue dots
  • Dimensionals

Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Fresh Freesia, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade

You can also use the Vintage Bottle punch (#158639) to make alternatives or enhance your cards!

Don't forget about the Last Chance Products sale through the end of June!

Shop here to see what is still available!

BOGO KITS all through the month of June.  Buy two kits and get the most expensive half off!  No limit to the number of kits you can purchase!

Shop for kits at https://bit.ly/shopSUkits


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