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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What if you knew it would never happen again?

This is a bit of a departure from my usual post, but, having lost my Daddy last March, and seeing Mom deal with being a widow, this blog post I'm linking to really hit home with me.

It isn't about Stampin' Up!, or baseball, or Thirty-One... not selling you anything....

Just hoping that you will take the message in this blog post to heart:

I receive blog posts from The Generous Wife every morning (there is one for hubbies, too), and her post today was about the above article to which I linked. If you are married or in a relationship, the message might serve as a bit of a wake-up call, or at least a reminder that none of us knows when our time together is up....

let's make the most of it together this holiday season - Christmas is important, and should be fun and meaningful - but your spouse or significant other should know how important they are to you throughout all the busy-ness of the season.

What do you think about this article?



Monday, November 21, 2011


Just a reminder that the online extranvana extracavaga evtraxazanga  <sigh> extravaganza has begun! To take advantage of these specials, go to my SU website and SHOP SHOP SHOP!

Here’s the link you need Smile - below is what you’ll find there… well, some of it, because there is just SO much goodness, I couldn’t possibly list it all!


122334 – Simply Scored – 20% OFF – so instead of $29.95, pay just $23.96 for this brand new, WONDERFUL tool!

125152 – Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps – also 20% off – $13.56 instead of $16.95


Plus – FREE MDS Downloads and more deals – you just REALLY need to click on the link above to my website and check it out!

Also, check out the clearance rack!

(Should that link for some reason not work, please go to my webpage: – and click on SHOP NOW in the upper right hand corner!)


Let the fun begin!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Scrappin’ STARS ~ September Blog Hop by SUStars

Welcome to my little piece of scrapping here - you should have arrived from Eileen LeFevre's blog if you are following the SUStars blog hop. The next stop is down at the bottom. A link to the home stop so you can go back to the beginning is also at the end of this post.

(Psst - my post is up early - I have had it scheduled for a couple of weeks - and just added the links and couldn't wait, so it's up Friday night - the blog hop actually starts Saturday morning, Sept 17)

This really is no big secret, but I was a scrapper before I was a stamper. I started scrapping when my youngest daughter Katie (who is 24 today, September 17 – Happy birthday, mi bebe!) was 4 years old. That means I started scrapping – wow – 20 years ago!

My friend Kim is really responsible for me beginning to scrap. We lived in the beautiful town of Iola, Texas ~ one block off Main Street on a dirt road in the church parsonage as my husband Bo was the pastor of the Baptist church in town there. One weekend we packed the kids in the car and went to Houston for a few days to see family and friends since that is where we are both from (we’re high school sweethearts Winking smile ).

We got to visit with Kim and her husband Greg, and Kim was showing me some scrapbooks she had started for her kids. I was SO excited about this great idea. Having always been into painting and creating things, I couldn’t wait to get back home and start pulling out pictures and put them in albums in a creative way. Turns out, it’s a really good thing I was so excited that I pulled them out before I unpacked. Unbeknownst to us, while we were gone the air conditioner pan had overflowed and was running down the wall of the little closet where ALL my photos, including my formal wedding pictures in their humongous white leather album were. The water (I can still see it in my mind’s eye) was only an inch or two from my wedding portraits!!!!

If not for Kim and her sharing nature, I would not have some of the pictures I so love to have scrapped over the years!

So, speaking of sharing, I have some things to share with you!

I used to make and sell a LOT of scrapbook pages, mini albums and scrappin’ lunch boxes on eBay, back in the heyday when you could make some serious money doing so. One of my favorite projects was to make a quick mini album like this one. this particular one was done with my stampers one year.


I’m not going to share the whole thing due to the fact that you have several other blogs to hop to, but this mini album included pages like this:


and was given to my mom. I think I still ended up putting the pictures in it for her :).

Currently, I pretty much scrap 12x12, mostly two page layouts, and have a ton of layouts I could share, but will limit myself to a few favorites:

One of the layouts from the album I created for Katie when she graduated high school and left home for the first time…The first sets of layouts were based on a song sung by Sandi Patty called, “Masterpiece”, but as they are not all SU, those are a share for another day…. this one celebrates just one tournament of many that Katie played in.

softball combined

…and a layout celebrating my first grandbaby, Ava – who is now a bit over 3…

(Circle Circus © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2012)

Circle Circus

I love Circle Circus and the circle punches from SU made this a snap to create. Some circles are popped up on dimensionals. On the title piece, I goofed up and smudged a stamping when I had it almost done, so I took the 3/4 inch circle punch and punched out a few holes to cover up – how did I do?

…and more recently, Emma, Ava’s baby sister, now 8 months old

(and yes, that’s my in the green jacket, and my hubby, Bo, in the next picture, and Katie in that great sunlit photo)

All letters and punch art shapes by SU – Big Shot for the alpha letters.

And Ava and Emma’s mommy, Kari – my oldest daughter – growing up pictures with Katie, and then the two of them with Ava at about a year old.

How quickly they grow SU ONLY 10-09

White gel pen, Big Shot letters and flower – simple, simple sketch!

Finally, a layout that means so very much to me because, however I started scrapbooking, it has become such a vital part of my life, and is so much cheaper than therapy ;)

January 2010 My heritage

My Heritage is the name of this layout – from the left are my mother’s parents and Uncle John, my dad’s parents and my sister Connie – they died the year I was born and this was taken before I was here. Then, my mom and dad’s wedding photo, in the middle, the two of them in uniform – Daddy was in the Army Air Corps and mom was a Cadet Nurse. Next a photo of my mom’s daddy, who died when I was only 7, and my Aunt Carolyn who died when I was 17, with her baby daughter Lisa, who was born on my 8th birthday.

Finally, my mom and daddy, holding the three granddaughters they had at the time. Hannah (4/15) my sister’s first grand, Ava (7/3) my first grand, and Zoe, born in August to our cousin/brother, John (long story – but he’s my big brother – trust me!). Daddy died in March of 2011.

I hope that you were inspired by my layouts and mini album. Please come back for more scrapbook sharing this week!

Click here for the next stop on the blog hop - Carol Parcell's blog:

Monday, September 5, 2011

A little Halloween surprise

I am not a big Halloweenie kind of a girl, but my kids always enjoyed it growing up, and I know that my stampers with kids and grandkids (like me!) will appreciate these projects. (Cue door bell ring as my three year old granddaughter drives her John Deere tractor over from their house which is in front of hours. Pause to text her daddy so he knows she came over here and doesn’t worry, lol.)

Next week for my Stampin’ Saturday club, we are making a couple of Sour Cream Containers (SCC) for Halloween. Now, the cool thing about these little containers is that you can get up to 6 from ONE piece of 12X12 Designer Series Paper (DSP), and they are SO easy to make!


The instructions are not hard to find on the web with tons of samples, but here is what I did to create these cute little critters:

o Cut DSP to 4X5.5 (6 per one piece of DSP – I used Frightful Sight 122351)

o Sticky strip (p 206) on two long sides and one short side

where to tape

o Peel sticky off short side and make it a tube.


o Peel sticky off one long side and squeeze that end/edge together to make one end of the SCC.


o Fill with wrapped candy and seal other end perpendicular to the first.


o Crimp ends with paper crimper (p 207) by inserting end into the wrong side of the crimper as far as it will go and then turning handle. You know it’s the wrong end because the little arrow I’m pointing to indicates the right end Smile


o Punch hole with 1/16” punch (p 212) and run White Baker’s Twine (p 194) through that and the punchart piece, tying a knot to hold it.


o Stamp sentiment, punch with Modern Label (p 209).

o Spritz with Color Spritzer Tool (p 203) and markers (p 202).

Some have asked how to get different sprays out of the spritzer – simple adjust how hard you squeeze along with the distance from the paper.



o Use dimensionals (p 206) to attach punched sentiment over string. (The ‘ghost’, of course, is the Owl builder punch with the ears cut off, and googlie eyes. The Spider is a circle with rhinestone eyes and lattice die legs)


Happy Labor Day!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011



Welcome Holiday Mini!!!!!!

Above you’ll see a picture I’ve been just dying to share with you for a couple of weeks – there is so much goodness in this mini, you just won’t believe it until you see it!

Beautiful new rubber, buttons – HUGE buttons – a Big Shot stocking die – it’s not just for Christmas, either, nosirree…. gorgeous fabric, glittery embellie, awesome new Designer Series Paper and my huge favorite – Simply Scored.

There are so many wonderful things in here, it’s hard to know where to start!

Diving in this evening, and plan to create some fun, which I’ll share with you!

What are YOU going to order from the mini?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Specials Ending SOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!

I just wanted to remind you that specials for both Stampin’ Up! and for Thirty-one end soon! When August ends, so do they.


Stampin’ Up! has the special “Buy 3, get one free” designer paper sale going on now. Select any three DSP packs (not specialty – but designer) and then select a fourth one for free! No limit!

In my 31 world, we have 15% off anything in the catalog – and personalization (if you want it) is still just $7!


I have purchased some great deals from myself this month, lol.


Back soon with some card and page shares – watch for it!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Texas Sales Tax Holiday!

Just got this reminder from Stampin’ Up! If you are in the great State of Texas, please read… if not, check out YOUR State’s Sales Tax Holiday!

The state of Texas is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $100.00 per item from August 19-21. Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the below list of items will be state tax free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin' Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax free. Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional city, jurisdiction, or county taxes. Make sure to contact your customers to let them know of this limited-time benefit!

The following items are tax-exempt during the Texas sales tax holiday:

Item Number Description Price
100425 2-Way Glue Pen $ 3.50
100902 Dotto Refill $ 6.50
101879 Watercolor Pencils (24) $ 19.95
102845 Blender Pens (3) $ 9.95
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $ 19.95
103305 Dotto $ 12.95
103579 Paper Snips $ 9.95
103683 Mini Glue Dots $ 4.95
104045 Anywhere Glue Sticks (2) $ 3.95
104294 Sticky Strip $ 6.95
104331 SNAIL Refill $ 4.50
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $ 6.95
104430 Stampin' Dimensionals $ 3.95
105021 Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen $ 3.95
105394 Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler $ 3.50
108360 Craft Scissors $ 29.95
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue $ 3.95
Varies Stampin' Write Marker $ 3.50
119700 Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $ 28.95
119701 Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $ 28.95
119702 Brights Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $ 28.95
119703 Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (8) $ 22.95
119801 2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5) $ 14.95
119802 Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $ 16.95
119803 Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $ 16.95
119804 Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $ 16.95
119805 Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $ 16.95
120962 Stampin' Pastels $ 24.95
123002 2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5) $ 14.95

Email me or go to my webstore NOW to place an order!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Punches Galore… or, in my case… GETTING PUNCHY!

Many of you will have arrived from Jane Hignite’s blog… some of you may not have.

At any rate, this is the last blog hop of this VC-Rocks season! We have prepared for you a selection of creative items using punches!

First up – a quickie baby card I made for a shower last weekend… the punches are really understated on the front… until you understand that this is a hybrid card and the pinkish looking circles in the background all have a 1/2 inch circle punched out and adhered to them, plus the shape holding “baby” is an MDS punch. I have a little tutorial for this on another day.


There is even punchart inside – the tag plus the little heart on the owl (awwwwww).


Another item I’d like to share with you today is this card. The flowers are from “Button Buddies” and I’ll have a tutorial on this one one day, but quickly – I stamped the flowers, punched them out with the scallop punch and used dimensionals to pop them up. I love blue and yellow together!!!!


OK, so this isn’t punch art, but it’s awfully cute…

Sunday Sunshine, Emma 3-27-11

Say “hi” to Emma, please Smile

Finally, some back to school punch art from the past using the owl punch:

First day owl in freehand tree smaller

The tree was handcut and given some wood texture. Big Shot letters were used on the title.

I hope you enjoyed my part of the blog hop – Continue on now to Elizabeth Kratzer’s wonderful blog!

Here is the hop order, in case you’ve missed someone!

01 Carey R Pedstamper Stamping Tree House
02 Linda R Pretty Inky Papercrafts
03 Sharon F Created By You
04 Patrice H My Little Patch of Dirt
05 Angela W Life with a Wiener Dog
06 Karen G Krafting with Karen
07 Kim A Stamping Fun with Kim
08 Janice H Stamping With Janice
09 Nichole S Scrappy Stamps & Ink
10 Jane H Stamp With Jane
11 Nancy K Scrapbook Kits and More
12 Elizabeth K Elizabeth's Stamp Room
13 Elaine W I Reckon I'll Stamp
14 Carolyn S InkingTheNightAway
15 Kris S Maddiebug Designs
16 Heidi S Cheekie's Ink Pad
17 Holly & The Dog InkPaperStamps
18 Shari D Shari's Stamp Pad
19 Stace C Stampin Stace
20 Diane Stampin Ldyglfr62
21 Kym Artful Imagination
22 Barb F The Love of Stamping
23 Debbie M Clever and Cute
24 Shirley N Stamper Shirley
25 Ellen K Blinkin', Thinkin' & Inkin'

26 Loni H Loni's Life

Have a great school year!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Teacher matchbox - Tutorial



A couple of years ago, I made this cute matchbox for a teacher gift at school. If I recall correctly, someone had shared one similar to this that I loved – if I knew who, I’d share – if it was you, please let me know!

Anyway, here is the story in pictures of HOW I created mine!

I cut Real Red cardstock to the width of the die and long enough to cover the bottom of the matchbox; more real red to cover the tags section, and John Deere Green, oops, I mean Garden Green :) to cover the top of the matchbox. I neglected to make note of the measurements then, but if you have the die – that should, well, cover it! I taped those in place with painter’s tape – love that stuff!

I ran that through my Big Shot… 

on my messy work table…

being sure to photograph the love seat with

priority mail boxes on it – isn’t that lovely?



Then I took my now-retired stamp set – Tart & Tangy – but Fruit & Flowers (Item 122607) would probably work pretty well for this – and colored the apple with my markers,



…and punched it out with my circle punch (1 1/4)...



then I punched out the 1 3/8 circle of Garden Green, put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back.


Notice I took the (retired) red gingham – but any red ribbon would work – see how I placed the dimensionals to allow for the ribbon? Unless you use wide ribbon, you can still do that :)

A FancyNancy thing – I rarely cut ribbon when I’m going to tie a bow around something like this – it keeps me from wasting a ton or two of ribbon – just one of my things!

I tied a bow around the matchbox’s closed edge (as opposed to the open ends where the matchbox full of chocolatey excellentness is waiting to jump out and straight into a teacher’s mouth)….

… and, finally – and probably most important to my educational peers, truth be told…. I tucked 4 miniature chocolates in there…


Now go grab your matchbox die, grab a couple of pieces of cardstock, some ink and ribbon, some dimensionals, and some chocolate…. and make a matchbox or two to give away.


Your teacher (or other) friends will love you for thinking of them!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MY THIRTY-ONE ~ WOW – Gifts and much, much more!

Recently I had the opportunity to sign up as a Consultant with a company named “thirty-one”. Thirty-one is a fairly young company, founded just 8 years ago. Cindy Monroe, the founder and CEO, had a vision.

Her vision is being realized as thirty-one has now expanded to included over 40, 000 consultants nationwide, including over 2, 000 in Texas alone!

The products are well-constructed, with a variety of fabric choices, and most with personalization options. As a consultant, I’ve already started my personal 31 collection – and while I’m not up to 31 bags/containers yet, I can see me getting there :)

I hope that you will check out the online catalog through my 31 website – linked to the right. If you would like to place an order, August is a fantastic time to introduce 31 products into your life as just about every thing is 15% off – for the whole month!

I am trying to establish my new business, so if you would like to book a real demonstration (short, sweet, to the point, let people handle the merchandise, have a few snacks, order and roll) OR a catalog party*, I would like to show my gratitude by offering the first FIVE people to do so a 25% discount** off ANY single item in the catalog in addition to the hostess goodies you would already get! PLUS if someone books from your party, you get 50% off one item that you order at their party from thirty-one! You just can’t beat a deal like that! And if you live in my area, you can have the party at MY house – you bring the snacks, I’ll show the stuff and help collect orders so you can get some cool goodies!

The above discounts won’t last – well, except for the booking discount – that’s just one of the hostess perks you get.

*To qualify for hostess benefits, a catalog, virtual or real party must reach a total of $200 retail in merchandise orders. For a $200 retail party, the hostess will get from thirty-one:

  • $25 in free products from the catalog
  • ONE half price item from the catalog (if it is personalized, that is half price as well)
  • hostess exclusive item at a fantastic discount price (or free depending on party total!)
  • for every booking from your party, you may order one item at 50% from your friend’s party when it is held (get three friends to book and you get three items for half off when they hold their party!)

For a $500 party, you can earn up to $90 in free product, TWO half price products, plus two hostess exclusives,  OR, earn all three hostess exclusives for free for a $1200 or higher party – and unlike many home demonstration companies – when you get to the top of the hostess benefits chart, the fun doesn’t stop – parties over $1200 continue to earn you $20 more in free product for every additional $100 in retail product purchased from your party!

All of these benefits are in addition to my initial offer of 25% off any item in the catalog for booking a catalog, virtual or real party with me now – **offer good only to the first five to book, hold and close a $200 or higher party by the end of September.

Learn more about being a hostess HERE.

Contact me today to schedule your party!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Easier Blog Posts

Connie Babbert just shared on one of my groups to try downloading Windows Live Writer if you like to have easier formatting and scheduled blog posts.

WOW! She was so right! This is really easy! What a great tool to have, bloggers!

Thanks to Connie for sharing that!!!!

What other tips do YOU have for making your blogging go more easily? Please leave a comment and share!

Sunday, July 31, 2011


This is it – really! This is your last chance to sign up as an SU demo AND get a free $40 Christmas project kit that will knock your socks off. If you live close enough to me to do so, sign up and we can assemble our kits together because I’ll get one of these cute Christmas projects, too as your upline!

Here are the details:

  • Limited time kit
  • Cost $99
    • Easy Events stamp set
    • Pennant Parade stamp set
    • Basic Black ink pad
    • Old Olive ink pad
    • Pumpkin Pie ink pad
    • Real Red ink pad
    • Brights 8.5x11 cardstock
    • Just Add Cake designer paper
    • Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots ribbon
    • Note cards (20)
    • Clear mount block C
    • Blender Pen (1)
    • SNAIL adhesive
    • Business supplies
  • BONUS – Christmas Keepsake Project kit ($40 value)
  • My guidance and expertise

You need to know that the minimum retail to stay active $300 per quarter, but you have until the end of your first COMPLETE quarter to get your first $300, which would be December! And once you get started with me in this new adventure, I can help you get some things going that will make getting that $300 a quarter a SNAP!


Go to my Stampin’ up! website to sign up NOW:!

You’ll be glad you did!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Card Layer Guide - adapted from a fellow blogger

I just discovered this great card layer guide created by Judy Marshall, a Canadian demo. She figured out all the layer cutting sizes (up to four layers) for all sorts of card sizes.

Because I don't make all those card sizes, I adapted it for my use and am sharing that with you - although you may want to check Judy's out if you make other card sizes, because she has quite a few on her list!

What I did to adapt it is to use only SU envelope sizes (with one exception - to fit legal envelopes) in order to share with my customer base. If you are not a demo or one of my regular customers, please be sure to check out my SU website for all the Stampin' Up! goodies, or, if you are in the Greater Northwest Houston area (Waller, Magnolia, Tomball, College Station, Hempstead, Conroe, Brenham, Cypress, Northwest Houston - are all within spitting distance!), come join me on the Second Saturday at 2:00 for my regular monthly meeting. At these meetings we create 2-3 cards and a scrapbook layout, and sometimes a gifty type item :)

I look forward to seeing you - just email me for directions!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

VC-ROCKS - Blog Hop #3 - Anything but a card!

To backtrack to Jamie's blog, click on her name.

Howdy from Texas! I have some scrapbooking goodies for you today! New goodies used in this layout are marker with an asterisk (*). If you are following the VC-Rocks Blog hop, you should have landed here from Jamie's blog - if not, button above will take you there, plus there's a complete list near the bottom of the post of all 34 stops!

As an avid scrapbooker, I get sketches from a LOT of sources. Some are top secret, some are secret because I just cannot remember where they came from, some really aren't a secret because ethically i have to give credit where credit is due, and some, well, some - I just flat make up, and will be the first to admit that there's a piece from here, one from there, and a few from yonder!

The sketch for this layout is based on one from gotsketch and adapted for Stampin' Up! materials and supplies. It uses: Top Note Die, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch*, Petite Pennants Builder punch*, Lace Ribbon Border
punch*; Garden Green, Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery cardstock, and Garden Green Pattern Paper from the Regals collection, plus a bit of Whisper White cardstock. White Baker's Twine finishes it up, with a supporting cast of Tombow Multi-adhesive, SNAIL and Stampin' Dimensionals.

I must confess, I have as yet NO, as in none, not a single one, of the current alphabet sets (sigh), so I printed the lettering from My Digital Studio in Garden Green, using just a plain old font (ain't it cool!?!).
The pictures in my layout are (from left) 6.5x6.5, 4x3, 3x3, 3x5 over three that are 2x2. The journaling leads into the title. This big playground was built in my daughter and son-in-law's back yard, which I can see from my stamping area (yes, you grandmothers... be jealous... be very jealous - now, if i can just get my other daughter living that close so her babies - once she's married and has any - can just come running over to Gramcy's house, too, I'll be in tall cotton!!!!). If I had known that it only cost $200 to have that sucker assembled for you, I'd have paid it somehow so my honey and SIL didn't have to nearly kill themselves building it!

Anyway, I thank you for stopping by my stop on the hop. Below is a list of ALL the hoppers, and at the bottom a button that should take you to Patrice's blog! Enjoy the rest of the hop - you are just over halfway done now :).

VC Rocks


Elizabeth's Stamp Room

Love 2 Stamp

Creative Designs by Jackie

A Touch of SOL

Stampin' Stace

Stamp With Jane

The Love of Stamping

Stamping Fun with Kim

Life with a Wiener Dog

Stampin' At Dawn

Created By You

Stamper Shirley

Scrappin' For Sanity

Bluegrass Stamper Studio



Wanna Be Creative

Scrapbook Kits and more

My Little Patch of Dirt

I Reckon I'll Stamp

Brenda's Stamping Corner

Maddiebug Designs

Stamping in the Moonlight

Stampin' Fevre

Artful Imagination

Pretty Inky Papercrafts


Nichole's Stampin' Corner

Clever and Cute

Mimi To Jett

Shari's Stamp Pad

Blinkin' Thinkin' & Inkin'

Krafting With Karen

Loni's Life

Click on her name to go visit Patrice's blog, the next stop in the hop!