Thursday, November 29, 2007

Andrea received her blog candy! :)

This is the pretty card she sent me as a thank-you. Inside, she says:
"Thank you so much for all the wonderful goodies you sent out!! I have been using them already! Have a wonderful day!"
Thanks for the great thank-you card, Andrea. Everyone, pay special attention to the "faux eyelets" Andrea did at the center of each scallop! The paper is pierced, and then a white gel pen was used to do a circle around it. Really nice effect, Andrea - and I love all the little touches on the image, too. :)
Now, on to my last post. I really appreciate the thoughtful comments that have been left; everyone's been very respectful of each other, and stated how they feel. Thank you for showing me that I can, indeed, have thoughtful discussions on the topic without being beat up! :D
Jan had this to say: "....I stopped celebrating Christmas back in the mid 90's becasue the whole shop til you drop or go bankrupt is not what it is about. I am not religious. ANd I think we as Americans are a bunch of idiots to play this shopping game. Its about more than that-but no one cares anymore." Well, I don't think we can quite say NO one cares - because obviously you and I do, Jan. :) I really don't do the purchasing thing, either. For me, it's about being with family, celebrating the incarnation of my Savior on an arbitrarily-chosen day, enjoying the ability to give to others without them wondering what I want in return. :D I enjoy sitting in my home, listening to the music of Christmas, looking at the lights, talking to loved ones, watching my favorite movies and laughing with friends and family. I appreciate your comments, Jan; the commercial aspect of Christmas is definitely NOT what I think of when I think of Christmas. I wonder what would happen if more of us DID NOT shop so hard during December? (Of course, I used to own a retail establishment; us small stores really DID count this as the time to save up for the next year. It's sad that Walmart can turn a profit 365 days a year, but our neighbors are going bankrupt. But that's a whole other discussion!:D)
"Anonymous" left this one: "....With the whole PC thing, I agree with you! The funny thing is, I don't think, for example, Christians care that something says Happy Hannukah or Jewish people care about something saying Merry Christmas. It's usually zealot/have-nothing-to-do people who like to stir the pot and create controversy when there isn't any..." I so heartily agree with you - but I'm afraid I see more conspiracy than you do! The more we allow this sort of stuff to happen, the less freedom the MAJORITY of us have. Again, another discussion! :D And honestly, I'm one of the least political people I know! LOL!
I appreciated EVERYONE'S comments! Thank you for your insight, and honestly taking a moment to think about what you were replying. More comments are always welcome; I appreciate thinkers! :D
OK. I'm off to work on some more gifts - I'll have lots of photos to post after Christmas, but I obviously can't do it before people open them! :D So, go take the time to STAMP something - I am!!!!! (And I'm wearing the glitter and ink to prove it....:D)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


OK. For the past couple of years, I've been rather tired of how PC the retailers, especially, have become concerning CHRISTMAS. I've been waiting for maybe a backlash to happen? If we could even start a DISCUSSION, I'd love to talk to you about the whole thing! If you truly want to know what I believe, this video does an incredible job of explaining it - if you celebrate Chanukah, or Kwanzai, or anything else, that's fine with me. :) I celebrate CHRISTMAS! I just wanted to get some talking going: tell me what YOU think! Leave me a comment!

Only TWO more days until the Retired List comes out!

Good morning! How are you this beautiful day? Here, it's beautifully sunny; the trees that still have leaves are glowing gloriously, and it's supposed to be in the mid-sixties today. Dumb weather for almost-December, but I'm headed out to do some purchasing for a church event today - and I'd much rather not get wet and chilled! :)

My vacation started early; the class for tomorrow cancelled, so I've been busy working on gifts, and wrapping. I have this event I'm in charge of on Friday night, and then it's ALL about family, friends, and the Reason for the Season. :)

I wanted to share this super-simple card with you, in case you're giving homemade goodies this year. It's a pocket card, so you can put the recipe of whatever you're giving in the pocket! We just folded the card stock in half, then folded down however far we desired, and cut off the flap. We made the major cuts for the armholes with the 1-3/8" circle punch, and trimmed until we were happy with our apron shape. :) Next, we stamped the bottom part with the dots from POLKA DOTS & PAISLEY, in Brocade Blue, and stamped the "from the kitchen of" from LABELICIOUS - this stamp fit on the white flap we cut off, so no waste! We then trimmed it down to mat onto the Brocade Blue piece, and adhered it to the front. The "trim" across the front is a piece of 5/8" Brocade Blue grossgrain ribbon, as is the "neck strap". We wrapped the ribbon around the front piece of the card, then adhered everything down. Voila!

As a gift to you, I'm going to give you my grandmother's recipe for banana bread. It is the simplest bread, but EVERYONE loves it. The trick is to add an extra banana when you have them - it's VERY moist. Here you go! Let me know what you think if you try it! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! :)

Grandma Rhoda's Banana Bread
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
3 large banana
Cream butter and sugar well; add egg. Add bananas, then rest of ingredients. Bake in slow oven (300 degrees) for approximately 1 hour.
From Inez Rhoda

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sorry I've been kind of MIA!

I've got a cold that's been kicking my butt - besides all the other fun things going on in my life right now. :D I'm BUSY - which isn't a BAD thing. :D
This card is from the "WHAT ON EARTH IS CRYSTAL EFFECTS" class we did last night. The icicles are, anyway. :D We did the icicles, which are SUPER-SIMPLE, and everyone took their icicles home to put on their cards today.
To make the icicles, we put wax paper down on our grid paper, so we had straight lines to work with. Using Crystal Effects, we pulled a straight line across the wax paper - you can do it as long as you wish, but I told the attendees that you want at least 4" for this project. Then, you just start putting in the hanging icicles wherever you want them. When you've got as many icicles as you wish, just sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter on them - and let them BE for a while. I let mine dry overnight, to be safe - I have a horrible time of leaving fingerprints in my CE projects because I try to do something with them before they're dry. :D
Then we took Not Quite Navy card stock and stamped the tiny dots all over in VersaMark. We added Heat & Stick powder to that, and heated JUST until transparent. More glitter, then heated again to set the powder. (The inside is the "let it snow let it snow let it snow" stamp from PERFECT PRESENTATION, a level 2 hostess stamp set. WRONG!!! It's from GLAD TIDINGS!!!!) Then we put the house together: a rectangle of Very Vanilla, run through the crimper, is out house with siding. A triangle of kraft card stock is the roof. My card has some liquid applique on it as a snow line. You could also sponge some white craft ink on the roof and emboss with white embossing powder, and it would look like snow, too.
I hope you're having a wonderful week!!!! Stay warm, and TAKE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!! ;) 'Tis the season! ONLY THREE MORE DAYS UNTIL THE RETIRED LIST COMES OUT!!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Don't forget!

Sherrill's eBay auction for the great scrapbooking pages ends today! Be sure and check it out if you're interested in some great ideas from another Stampin' Up!® demonstrator!


Would you like to have the written instructions for these projects?
If your answer is YES, I have two options for you!
!. You may purchase the instructions only, no pictures, for either one or both of these projects. Once you've learned them, the possibilities are endless! Price for these are $2.50 each or both for $4.
2. You may purchase the instructions with detailed, step-by-step pictures. Price for these is $5 each or both for $8.
You may paypal to, or email me at for other payment options. Be one of the first five to purchase, and I'll include some designer paper for you to use!
Keep tuned in for more offers!

Cardmaker's Bill of Rights

This is floating around the web right now, and I wanted to post it here! So, read, believe, and take PRIDE in your stamping! :)

A Cardmaker delivers the most welcome kind of unannounced visitor: A handmade card. A card touches us - somehow, a small folded piece of paper can comfort, celebrate, reach out or just say hello. Creating a handmade card is an honorable and important task. As a Cardmaker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:

You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one handmade card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.

You have the right to send a card for no other reason than to show off your new stamp, embellishment or technique.

You have the right to create a fabulous card for your husband, partner or roommate - just because you know it will stay in your house.

You have the right to spread your cardmaking things out all over, just to admire them.

You have the right to purchase a certain cardmaking item for no other reason than because

a) you like it;

b) you think it's cute;

c) you'll never find it again, or

d) you know you'll use it someday.

You have the right to reserve using your most precious supplies on cards only for recipients who will truly appreciate them.

You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom or the kitchen table.

You have the right to make cards when inspiration strikes - whether the dishes are done or not.

You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less cardmaking time - guilt-free.

You have the right to let the handmade card be the gift, too.

You have the right to value your personal style. You are creating a treasure - and part of that treasure is you.

Now, go take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a TREASURE!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Floating card

Hi, everyone! Didn't want to just leave you with an advertisement today, so here's an unusual card! :)
This is a floating card, and one we did at my Advanced Techniques class on Tuesday. It's made on acetate, and that'sTHE SNOWFLAKE SPOT stamp set; the white is Shimmering White, the blue is Bashful Blue, and the gold cord and the stamp set, HOLY TRIPTYCH, are in the Holiday Mini, which runs out THIS MONTH! I love this cord, because it's stretchy. We colored the angel's wing with gold metallic ink and a blender pen.
Have a wonderful day!! Take the time to STAMP something - I am!!!!!!!! :)

GREAT special from Stampin' Up!

Go HERE to download the flyer! It's worth your time, believe me! Go on! :D

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving, dear readers. Know that I am grateful for you - for your friendship and support!!!! Enjoy your family today; enjoy the WHOLE day. Count each moment as a blessing, and it will be!
I will be counting YOU among my blessings!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Just wanted to share a couple more projects. :)

I know I've already posted the tag post today, but I have been a little slack in being able to share with you lately. If you've been coming to my classes, you understand WHY! :D But for you, my readers, here are a couple of things we've done in the past month. Nothing earth-shattering, just some simple ideas!

This card is from the Christmas card 10/10/10 at the beginning of the month. It's the So Swirly jumbo wheel on So Saffron, with Elegant Eggplant for the saying and with the magi stamped on it. The saying is from STAR-STUDDED SEASON, and the image is from HOLY TRIPTYCH. Those are both in the Holiday Mini, which is only good until the end of this month!!!! We embossed the image in gold embossing powder, then colored with Stampin' Pastels. The edges of the Elegant Eggplant are sponged with gold ink, too.

This card is from the November 10/10/10. Hey! Look! It's the So Swirly jumbo wheel again! :D I really like this for a background; it adds a lot of texture and elegance, with just a touch of whimsy. Again, a super-simple card; the corners of the Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla card stock are punched with the ticket corner punch (LOVE THAT PUNCH!!!), and the SINCERE SALUTATIONS saying is stamped in Always Artichoke Classic Ink. The card itself is Mellow Moss, and we rolled with Mellow Moss in the jumbo ink cartridge. I LOVE this color combination!!!

One more sample for you today - I have to save something for the rest of the month! :D

This is a 6x6 double-page layout from November's class. I REALLY like this color combination!!!! It's Cameo Coral and Very Vanilla. The only other color is the stem of the flower, which is Certainly Celery. Notice the ticket corner punch again? :D We did cheat and use a new pencil eraser for the polka dots. I love the size it is, and I don't have anything close to that in a stamp! :)
So, that's it for this post. I hope I've inspired you to go STAMP something! I WILL be posting tomorrow. :) Have a WONDERFUL day, dear friends, and take time to be GRATEFUL - for big things AND little!!!!

Eek! I've been tagged!

My friend and customer, Ginny, writer of A Crafter's Chronology, tagged me for the eight things you didn't know about me meme. When tagged you must list the person who tagged you and post the rules. At the end of the post you must tag and link to 8 other people.
1. I'm a Christmas fanatic.
2. My favorite colors are red and purple.
3. I was born in Pennsylvania.
4. My alma mater is the University of Texas, El Paso.
5. I was Leadership Development Co-Coordinator on-campus for three years - some of the best times of my life.
7. The number one reason I continue being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up!® is because I LOVE showing people how easy it really is to create beautiful cards and gifts for others.
8. If I could live anywhere in my known world, it would be the central Oregon coast.
OK. Not sure how many people I'll be able to tag, but here goes!
-- Ann with
I don't have time to tag anyone else right now, but if you want to tag yourself, GO FOR IT!! :D

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Busy week for you?

I'm feeling like I'm on vacation! LOL!! I have tonight's class, then one next Monday and one next Thursday, and I'm done teaching for the year! I LOVE what I do, but a break will be nice. Of course, I'll still be blogging - I love to hear your comments on what I show you! :)
I've been kind of amused at how many people are unsubbing from my blog feed because the contest is over. :) So THAT is what I'm supposed to do! :D
Andrea, if you're reading, I sent your package out today. It went the slow way, but have fun when you get it - and please let us know you received it!
Now, then. This card is one from the November 10/10/10. It's Blue Bayou (an IN COLOR choice), embossed with the paisley from POLKA DOTS & PAISLEY - the saying's from that one, too - in white ink and embossing powder. Then, we stamped the saying with Pretty in Pink on Whisper White, and distressed the edges with the distressing tool on the Cutter Kit keychain. Inside, we stamped the big "happy" from the set, and used the "everything" stamp from HAPPY EVERYTHING. It's a CUTE card, and reminds me of denim. :) Everyone seemed to enjoy the color combination!
I'm off - things to do, places to go, etc, etc. :D Have a WONDERFUL day, dear friends and readers!!! Don't forget to take the time to STAMP something!!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

We have a winner!!!!

Today is THE BIG DAY!!!! Are you ready???? I know there are a LOT of you who will be disappointed that you didn't win this great blog candy, but keep watching! I still have a challenge going on, too - send me either a scan or pic of your SPLIT NEGATIVE card, and we'll have a contest! I have TWO entries so far. Who else? If you don't enter, I'm going to seed it with MY CARDS so I have a chance of not having to give anything away! :D

SO. Do you want to know who won? :D Here you go.

The lucky winner is...

ANDREA HAYS!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, Andrea. :) I'm just waiting for her snail mail address to get it off to her. :) Be sure and tell me how disappointed you are - leaving me a comment, not hate mail, please. ROFL!!!
Thank you, dear readers. You sure do make giving things away fun!!! NOW, then, go make time to STAMP something - I am! :D

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Too pooped to pop!

WOW, what a week it's been! ONE more day to get through before I can SLEEP IN! LOL!!!!
This card is one from the 10/10/10 earlier in the month. It uses the Holiday Harmony designer paper - in the Holiday Mini, ONLY GOOD UNTIL NOVEMBER 30!!!! - with Always Artichoke cardstock and vanilla taffeta ribbon. SIMPLE and BEAUTIFUL, isn't it? :D
Do you remember me telling you that Stampin' Up!®'s Angel Policy was changing? Well, as of November 15, you can sell your hand-stamped items in permanent retail locations AND online, as long as you have the copyright stamped on them! A friend and fellow demonstrator, Sherrill, has taken advantage of this - and you're going to LOVE what she's doing. Go HERE to check it out - it's a great look, and worth investing in! You'll learn a lot, and have some great scrapbook pages!
OK, I'm off - I've still got a MESS here, and I'm wiped OUT. But I'm STILL going to make time to STAMP something - are you???? :D

Thursday, November 15, 2007

More scrapbooking! :)

PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an absolutely SLAMMED week it's been, and it's not gonna slow down for a few more days!!!! This week has proven to me that I LOVE what I do, or I would have quite two days ago. :D We had a WONDERFUL time today at the last 10/10/10 of the year. As soon as I can get back to some regular schedule, I'll scan and share. I don't think there was a clunker in the group of designs! LOL!

ANYWAY. This is another layout from the 6x6 scrapbook class Tuesday - SUPER, SUPER SIMPLE. Our punches are WONDERFUL sizes for this size page!!! The background paper is Chocolate Chip card stock, color blocked with some of the Evergreen Designer Paper - which is on sale this month!!! :) EASY, and I really like the look of this page!

OK. Off to finish some more things for a business fair in the morning - and if you're in the Nashville area, please think about coming to the Mt. Juliet Sr. Citizens Craft Fair at Mt. Juliet High School on Mt. Juliet Road, Saturday from 9 - 3. I'll be in Booth #2 in the cafeteria! :) Come say hello! (Of course, buying something is always welcome, too....:D)

Good night, dear reader. Thank you for tagging along on this CRAZY ride I call LIFE. :D Now, go take the time to STAMP something - I am!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How about some scrapbooking?

Yesterday was 2007's LAST 6x6 scrapbooking class, and what fun we had! This is one of the simplest designs from yesterday, but I like to think it's rather classic. :)
That's Really Rust for the background paper, wheeled with the Leaves Awash jumbo roller in Basic Brown. The mats are brushed gold on the bottom, kraft on top, and the beautiful oval frame (and the brads holding it in place) is from the Hodgepodge Hardware set. Simple, quick, and elegant!
I'm in the middle of getting ready for the year's last 10/10/10 tomorrow, and a business fair on Friday, and a craft fair on Saturday - so I'll be hitting quick posts at you the rest of the week. :)
YOU, on the other hand, should DEFINITELY make the time to STAMP something - I will be! :D

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Well, well, well!

It's true! Women DO have a serious sweet tooth! :D
Thanks for turning out in such large numbers to enter for the blog candy. The counter doesn't know what to do with itself - it keeps rolling over. :) Of course, I know it will slow down again soon, but I'm grateful for the hundreds of hits I've gotten in the last two days!
Please keep coming to visit me! I promise I'll be as loquacious as possible soon. I'm also going to be offering instructions and kits for some projects, so stay tuned!!!
This card was one of the Christmas 10/10/10 cards we did earlier this month. Good ol' Frosty; I kind of expect him to be saying goodbye when the Retired List comes out in 18 days. The tag is from the Level 2 hostess-only set, PERFECT PRESENTATIONS - if you want IT, you ONLY have until Dec. 29 to earn it by hostessing a $330+ party, dear reader! CONTACT ME TODAY!
Anyway. Colors are Brocade Blue, Whisper White, and Rose Red. I know it's an unusual color combination for Frosty, but I like it. :)
I STILL only have two entries for the challenge, readers! I hope you'll play!!!!!
And I'm still selling our calendars - I pick up the first printing tomorrow. C'mon, you can think of someone who would LOVE it, can't you!? Email me at if you have questions!
OK, I have to run! I have a new customer/friend coming to meet me in real life, and I don't want her to have to wait on me. :D Go ahead, enter the contest and challenge and buy a calendar - but TAKE THE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING, TOO!!! :D

Monday, November 12, 2007

It's BLOG CANDY time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We finally did it!!! We went over 6000 hits on the counter! (I'm convinced about a third of those are from ME, but we'll go with it!)

SO, it's time to give away some AWESOME blog candy. :) There's a Simply Scrappin' Kit called "Friends & Flowers" that was a hostess-ONLY item from last year, a current wheel called "Watercolor Joy", black hemp twine, a Sale-A-Bration set from last year called "So Very..." which is great for stamping OR scrapbooking, and a paper bag album for your use and/or inspiration! You're looking at a prize worth over $40!!!

How can you be the lucky, blessed winner of this wonderful blog candy??? Well, here's the deal. You can ONLY enter by leaving me a comment this week ON MY BLOG. No where else - not in my email, not telling me face-to-face, not hate mail, NOTHIN'. :D JUST by leaving a comment! A random winner will be drawn on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19! So start commenting - and be nice. :D Don't forget to leave me a way to get in touch with you if you win!!!!!!

OK, I'm off to work some more. Don't forget to leave a comment - and then go take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

REALLY, think about this Paper Pack Promotion!

We're having SO much fun with designer paper around here these days!!! :) You REALLY should think about going for the special while it's still available....
These trees are another project from our DECK THE HALLS stamp camp. They're just styrofoam cones cut in half, decorated, and with hangers on the back. Easy!!! :)
Here's the wording on the special, straight from Stampin' Up!®:
Stock up for all your upcoming projects with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive double-sided Designer Series paper. We've got so many pretty patterned papers to choose from; you're sure to find the perfect patterns to help you show off your unique crafting style. Best of all, you'll get a FREE pack of double-sided Designer Series paper ($9.95 value) for every three packs you buy-no limits, no restrictions! Visit pages 170-173 of the Fall--Winter Collection 2007 to view our beautiful double-sided Designer Series paper. And be sure to download the patterns and instructions for all of the festive projects featured on our home page.
So, there you have it! This morning is GIVE A HOLLY JOLLY stamp camp, and it's going to WOW everyone coming. Keep watching; I'll be offering a couple of kits from this one. :)
OK, time to go - it's time for people to start arriving! :) Have a WONDERFUL weekend, enjoy your loved ones, and TAKE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Can YOU resist "FREE"??????

Remember me talking about Pat Huntoon earlier, of Technique Junkies? Well, SHE is doing a great thing - involving FREE stuff!! Please be SURE to tell her I referred you. ;D
Here's what she says:
The Technique Junkie Newsletter is celebrating 5 years of publications, and I have been giving away stamps, gift certificates and vendor products all month long. As a culmination of the celebration, I am offering the Grand Prize:
Technique Junkie for Life.
Details are on my Blog:

I am also offering a special:
Five years, nearly 400 techniques. By far, the MOST extensive one-source library of step-by-step tutorials that exists anywhere. If you have not subscribed, what are you waiting for? Let me give you a little incentive: New subscribers, if you subscribe to the issues from 10-07 through 12-08, I will send you the 10-07 issue Free. Free. That is a $3.00 savings! So, $21.00 for the issues from 10-07 through 12-08. Hurry, though, I am only offering this until Friday, November 2nd! There will NOT be any extensions on this deadline. US addresses only. Email me for an invoice if you are interested.
Pat Huntoon
PO Box 16547
Stamford CT 06905
SEE?!?!??! You could LEARN a lot, see a lot of BEAUTIFUL artwork, and enjoy getting to know Pat! :) Email her today - then go take the time to STAMP something!!! :) (The above card was a technique in the August 2007 newsletter!)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I can finally share! :)

My Tennessee Stampers Secret Sister knows who she is now, so I can share the cards I made for her with you. :D
Faith LOVES purple, so every card I made for her has purple involved somehow - including this Halloween card! The circle punches have Bitty Boos II stamps on them; the cat is from Party Punch, a level 1 hostess set in the Fall Idea Book & Catalog. (Remember, dear readers, those hostess sets are ONLY AVAILABLE until December 31, and ONLY OBTAINABLE by hostessing a workshop OR purchasing enough to qualify for whichever level you desire!!) Isn't it FUN????
Card stock and ink colors are Only Orange, Lovely Lilach, Whisper White, and Basic Black. Easy, breezy! :) Use it as a template - and email me a scan/photo of what YOU come up with!!
Time to get back to prep work - I'm almost done with stuff for Saturday, then I have two workshops and a 6x6 to design for! :D But the month's almost half-gone already! WHERE did it go?!?!??!
Have a WONDERFUL day, dear friend!! And go STAMP something, would you??? :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

BLATANT ad, but I'm SO excited!!!!!

I've had a few people ask to see the photos that are in the calendar; here are thumbnails of them. They're all TN landscapes, and the calendar is printed on matte heavyweight paper, so you can write on the calendar part easily. They're being printed as I type - I take possession in less than a week, and I cannot wait!
We are SO excited!!!

This is a private printing; each one will be assembled by hand at the printer's, just for you. It is a 12-month calendar, with each month having a different landscape from rural Tennessee. Each month's picture is printed with a verse from Psalms on it. The calendar is coil-bound, and the covers are laminated - it will be a GREAT calendar that will give you or your gift recipients beautiful scenery all through the year.

It's a real deal at only $17.50 plus $4.60 PRIORITY MAIL shipping. If it's for a gift, we will ship directly to them, so you don't pay postage twice! We're going to begin shipping as early as November17! We've kept the cost as low as we can! Enjoy, everyone! Please feel free to forward this offer to whomever you wish. Any questions? Just email or call us! :)

You can click paypal us at, or contact us at for mailing information for checks or money orders.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and encouragement. Be blessed!!!

Helllllloooooooo, out there?!?!??!

OK, I'm starting to feel like I'm talking to myself again. :D
This is one of the projects from yesterday's DECK THE HALLS stamp camp; they're lovely star ornaments made from decorative paper. This will be this week's TEN WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS item; if you aren't on my regular email list, just email me at to get put on it! :) You'll get periodical emails from me about classes, Stampin' Up!® specials, and instructions for various projects. Like this one. :)
We had a wonderful time! I love all this decorative paper - it's so easy to work with, and the colors are wonderful. I'd love to hear what you think about them!
OK, I'm off to design some more things! Don't forget, my dear reader, to TAKE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING - then bless someone with it! :) Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Are you in the Houston, TX, area????

Greg McDougal is going to be in the area on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, to do a concert. He's got another concert in LA the next week: WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE HIM DO A CONCERT FOR YOU????? Please go to his website and email him, so he can get you on his schedule!!!! Let me tell you, his concerts are worth attending, and you will be SO blessed by their experience with God!

OK, on to stamping. :) This is a card from the Christmas Card 10/10/10 last week. It's a smaller card, because of the size of the stamp, but I really like it. We used Night of Navy card stock and ink, and Whisper White card stock; the white you see is matted on the inside on top of a little sliver of Summer Sun, the same color as the marker we used to color the star. The stamp is from the set HOLY TRIPTYCH, and the sentiment inside is from STAR-STUDDED SEASON - both of those are only available until the end of this month!!!! We used the Aquapainters to pull the ink color in from the stamped image. It's one of my favorite techniques with them - because you can still get the coordinating color, but it's not as dark as if you use ink directly.
Don't forget, too, that the DECORATIVE PAPER SALE is only good for this month, too!!!!! I'll be showing you some projects using it this week, because it's SUCH a great sale!!! Buy three at regular price - $9.95 each - and get one FREE!!!! Use it for your Christmas cards, decorations, gifts - SO much!!!!!! Email me at for more details! :)
OK, everyone. I'm going to get going; I have a class to teach this morning, and one tonight. Actually, they're STAMP CAMPS! :) All about DECORATING for Christmas! So tomorrow will be a picture of one of the projects. :) I can't wait to share with you!
Please forward my blog link to people! So many of you are now subscribing to my updates that the counter's not moving - and we all want to have a BLOG CANDY CONTEST, don't we???? :D
Have a WONDERFUL day, everyone!!!!!! Don't forget to TAKE THE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Challenge still going on! :D

Read on later for a reminder of what the challenge actually WAS.... :D

I'm sorry I've been So absent lately - life has completely taken over here. If teaching classes was the ONLY thing I had to do in real life, I'd be a happy camper.... :D Oh, well. Get on with it and get over it is one of my many mottos. :D

This is one of the cards from October's Advanced Techniques Class; it's called Rainbow Double, and is a technique I learned from Pat Huntoon at Technique Junkies. She's an incredibly talented stamper, and has some great designers working with her to keep our stamping techniques exciting and updated. be sure and let her know I sent you! :)

I'm not going to tell you how to do this card - that's why we pay her for our susbscriptions, and why you pay to come to my classes. :) This card is simply stunning in real life, and I think everyone felt that way. The next Advanced Techniques is coming up on November 20, and will be the last one for this year! Sign up NOW!

OK. The challenge that I mentioned before? It's from about two or three weeks ago, and I've only received ONE entry - from Becky P. All you have to do is design a card that uses the Split Negative technique - and this is the card that inspired the challenge:

Now, then, you have until November 30 to get me either a scan or a HARD COPY of your creation. We'll put them all up on a website, and then my READERS will get a chance to vote on whose card they love the most. :) EASY challenge, kids!!!
We're not too far from 6000 hits on my blog! There will be some BLOG CANDY when that happens, because y'all just rolled on past 5000 when it turned! LOL!!!!
Now, then. Go take the time to STAMP something! :) Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

WAY behind!!!

But I'm trying to catch up - the newsletter is already late going out, too!!!!! SO, here's some fun stuff for this post. :) I'll catch up with you again tomorrow.

Your Love Is Represented By a Red Rose

You love passionately and fully, without any reservations.
And while romantic love comes easily for you, you also love many people platonically.
You are a true romantic, and you always can see the best in people.