Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Sweet Emma

My sweet Emma hasn't been herself since Thanksgiving, but on the Monday evening before Christmas, she lost the ability to move her back legs.  After an overnight stay in the hospital, we were referred to a neurologist.  She will have her appointment on Tuesday to find out if surgery will help, or something else.
In the meantime, she is required to stay still and I carry her outside to do her business.  I have to use a thin blanket as a sling for her back end to hold it up while she walks.
She is on a lot of medications, but yesterday really seemed to perk up.  She got a new toy for Christmas, and was having fun chewing on it.
She has been my best buddy for the past 10 1/2 years, helped me through all the rough patches I had with my health.  So I am definitely here for her as she goes through her rough patch too.
She is such a sweetie, please keep her in your prayers!
Thank you and God bless!
Update:  Emma is going in for surgery on Tuesday afternoon.  It turns out her disk is really being compressed on her spine pretty severely, but the doctor gives her an 80% chance of returning to normal.  She will be in the hospital until at least Wednesday afternoon, then I will be in charge of her physical therapy to keep her legs and joints from stiffening.  She was shaking so much from being scared, I hope she does ok.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

My Christmas cards for this year.
(Please note: the upper card has an image and sentiment from Paper Smooches) All other items are Stampin' Up, including the coloring on the upper image.

Merry Christmas everyone and a very happy 2015!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Extras from Stamp Camp

In addition to the cards, each participant made a treat box and 4 holiday tags.  Don't you just love those cute little metallic clothespins!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat Card

This was my card for our demonstrator stamp 'n chat last evening.  The new tree punch is so convenient and fun to use, making this a very easy card to put together quickly!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gentle Peace

I used the brand new photopolymer stamp set Gentle Peace to make this card.  I just love this stamp!! So beautiful!
Just click on the name of the stamp set above to see how you can purchase this stamp set!
I used our Blendabilities to color this design after embossing in gold.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

An Anniversary Card for My Hubby

This was an Anniversary card that I made for my hubby.  He told me he couldn't believe we had been married for so many years.  I guess time flies when you are having fun!
The feathers were cut using the new Stampin' Up feathers framelits.  I did use another brand of product for the embossing folder.  It just matched so well, I couldn't resist.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A New Grandchild!!

I am excited to announce that I am a grandma once again!  I now have a granddaughter to add to my wonderful 3 grandsons!
It doesn't get any better than this!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat

This was my card for our monthly demonstrator stamp 'n chat last evening. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stamp Stock & Save October 1-6, 2014

Click on link to go to my website to see this amazing promotion!  Only October 1-6, so hurry!

Holiday Stamp Camp

These are the cards that we will be making at my Holiday Stamp Camp on Sunday, November 16th, from 1-4 pm.  We will be making 2 of each as well as some holiday gift tags and a special gift box.  The fee for the camp is $25 and is for ages 16 and up.  RSVP by November 8th with your check to reserve your spot!
Questions, just let me know!
I would like to thank the following people for their inspiration for these cards:  Lyssa Zwolanek, Chris Slogar, Deidre Wong, and Hermelinda Wirth.  I used their card ideas and changed them around a bit to get my final samples.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekly Deals

Weekly deals Sept. 23-29

Eclectic Paper-Piercing Pack by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96
Faces I Love Swatchbook Template -- Digital Download
Price$12.95 $7.77
Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Price$7.95 $5.96
Gold Glitz Dazzling Details by Stampin' Up!
Price$2.50 $1.88
Hamburger Box Bigz Xl Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$42.95 $32.21
Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack
Price$7.95 $5.96
Ovals Collection Framelits Die
Price$26.95 $20.21
Party Pennants Bigz L Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$32.95 $24.71

Friday, September 12, 2014

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat

Here is my card for last evening's demonstrator stamp 'n chat.  I decided to add the little bow in the upper right hand corner as an option.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Swap for Unite and Excite Demonstrator Event

This was the card that I made for the special Stampin' Up event swap called Unite and Excite.
I was inspired by Brenda Sue Hillard's card on the demonstrator site, Stampin' Connection.

The recipe for this card is listed below:
stamp sets
Cheerful Christmas 
Holiday Home Photopolymer

Lost Lagoon stampin' write marker
Mossy Meadow stampin' write marker
Versamark ink pad

card stock/paper
Lost Lagoon card stock
Whisper White card stock
Silver Glimmer Paper

tools and embellishments
Filigree Frame embossing folder
Window Frame framelits
1/4" circle punch
Silver embossing powder

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holiday Mini Catalog starts today!

The Holiday Mini Catalog starts today!  
Click on the catalog above or on the side panel to take a look!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simple Stamped Card

Most of the time I like simple stamping projects.  This one is like that.  I colored directly onto the tree stamp with SU's markers and stamped the image.  I ran the front of the card through the Big Shot with a new embossing folder from our Holiday mini catalog.  That's it!  Only one card layer, yet still fun!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Easy Peasy with Blendabilites

Stampin' Up's new Blendabilities can be used for beautiful detailed coloring--or--just simple sketching like on this card.  I stamped the Thank You image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then took various Blendabilities markers and just turned the card sideways and swiped back and forth.
So simple, yet it gives you a quality card!
Endless variations are possible if you buy several colors of the sets.  
Why are these better than regular markers for something like this?  Blendabilities are alcohol-based markers, and you don't see the streaking that you often do with regular markers, which is great for large area coloring.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat card

This was my card for our monthly demonstrator stamp 'n chat this evening.  These items are a preview of products from the new Holiday Mini Catalog which will go live on August 28th.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Anniversary Card

This is a card that I made for an anniversary card for my daughter and her hubby.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat card

This was my card for the demonstrator stamp 'n chat last evening.  I am loving this new single stamp!  The coloring was done with blendabilities markers.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

I created these fun pinwheels with the June Paper Pumpkin kit.
Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Convention Bag Tag

One of my downlines is planning to attend Stampin' Up's annual convention later this month.  I wanted to make her a bag tag for the tote she will receive when she goes.
I know she will have a great time!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thank You Card

The past few weeks have been quite difficult as my mother-in-law had her final days on earth.  My husband's sister came over from Australia, and his brother from So. California, to be with her.  
The funeral was just the way she wanted it to be.  We were blessed that our son was able to celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.  My MIL was very religious and was so happy when she knew our son was studying to become a priest.  Unfortunately her mild dementia prevented her from fully realizing that he had been ordained last year.
She is now with her Lord and maker and I know she is truly at  peace.
The above card is one that I made to use to thank our family and friends for their kind words of support during this time.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat card

This was my card for our monthly demonstrator stamp 'n chat last evening.  
I used the following to make this card:
Work of Art stamp set
Endless Birthday Wishes photopolymer stamp set
Night of Navy classic stampin' pad
Night of Navy cardstock
Maritime Designer Series Paper
Whisper White 1/4" cotton ribbon
Itty Bitty Accents punch pack

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thank You Card Using Blendabilities

This is a card that I created using some stamp sets from the new catalog and Blendabilities.  I love how the alcohol-based markers are so smooth.  They will be available soon from Stampin' Up, so contact me if you are interested in ordering them.
The stamp sets that I used on this card are:
135377 Watercolor Thank You $8.95
133958 I Like You (Hostess Set)
I used the Coastal Cabana and Old Olive Blendabilities markers and the new In Color Lost Lagoon classic stampin' pad. The card base is Pool Party cardstock. I also used the black Memento ink pad.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day Card with Paper Pumpkin!

This was the Father's Day card that I created with the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  So fast, simple, and fun!
Contact me for more information on how you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin monthly kits!

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Catalog goes live at 11 am today!

The new 2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog goes live at 11 am today!  Go to my website to see the catalog and/or place your order!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Birthday card

This was a birthday card that I made for my grandson's 6th birthday.  The stamp set is a new photopolymer set available now from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wedding Invitation

   I designed a wedding invitation last December and have it shown above.  I covered the parts that had personal information, but you can see the basic format on the inside.
It was designed to be natural and outdoorsy!
Do you recognize the tree from the stamp set, Lovely as a Tree?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

I was asked by a priest in my parish to give a talk on my experiences of motherhood today.
I have been nervous all week, writing and preparing for this presentation.
I don't consider myself an orator, so being in front of a filled church assembly was a daunting proposition.
I think it went well, maybe better than I anticipated.  I had a lot of support and prayers around me, so I know that helped.

So I wish all of you a relaxing and fun Mother's Day!
Remember, you are all amazing!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Demonstrator stamp 'n chat card

This was my card for last evening's demonstrator stamp 'n chat.  I used some new items from the upcoming catalog. (new in-color, Lost Lagoon!)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Card

This was my card today for the Ronald McDonald House.  

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sneak Peek of a new stamp set

When I went to the catalog premiere on Monday, I received not only the new 2014-2015 Stampin' Up catalog, but I also received one of the new stamp sets from the catalog called Work of Art.  I was also fortunate enough to win one of the prize patrols, which was a package of the new in-colors card stock.  It also included the Moonlight Designer Series paper stack.  
On the above card, I used Rich Razzleberry ink and  card stock. The DSP is from the new paper stack. You can see how well Rich Razzleberry works with Blackberry Bliss.
The new catalog will be available soon for shipping.  Contact me if you would like one.  Orders from the new catalog start at noon on June 2nd and I will be posting the link to the online catalog that day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Retiring Stamp and Accessories lists have posted!

The retiring stamp and accessories list has posted.  Click on the above picture to be taken to my website with the items displayed.  All items on this list are available on a first-come, first-served basis until June 4th.  Many items are already sold out, so don't delay!  Place your order this week and get free shipping too until April 25th!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Free Shipping from Stampin' Up April 21-25!!!

Free shipping April 21-25!! Go to my website starting Monday to place your order!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Another Easter Card

Here is another Easter card that I sent out to a family member.  See how I used the small pennant punch?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Congrats to my downline!

This is a card that I made for my downline, Lois.  She recently promoted to Senior Associate.  Congrats Lois!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat card

This was my card for our monthly demonstrator stamp 'n chat. I really like the fun fold. It makes it so unique!