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You can never have too many purses!

Hello Stampers!  I'm back!  Remember how I told you that I had injured my eye?  Well I went to the eye doctor on Monday morning.  I had something embedded in my cornea, and my eye had started to heal itself around the object!  They had to scrape my eye to get the object out!  They left me with exposed nerves and a very painful eye!  I even had to drive myself home from the doctor!!!  I could barely open it because it was very painful and watering like crazy!  I came home and went to bed.  He told me to do nothing for the rest of that day!  Finally, in the evening I was able to open my eye for about 4 - 5 seconds at a time, and it gradually got better.  This morning it was better, and the blurriness was going away.  Finally, this evening, it is fairly close to normal.  Every 4 - 5 hours I have to rest and close it for a while though.  I'm still on pretty heavy amounts of Advil too!  Never a dull moment!

I was just glad that I got to stamp again today!

Blog 657 Here is the card that I made today. Still trying to use up some of my retiring papers.  This cute purse is just a top note die from the Big Shot.  You can either use double sided paper or I cut two of them so that my flap could be a solid color.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Little Flowers, Short & Sweet

Cardstock - Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, To The Nines designer series paper

Stamp pad - Chocolate Chip, Rose Red

Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note die, grosgrain ribbon, brads, 1/2" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Birthday Casie!

Hello Stampers!  I don't have much time to post today since it is my daughter Casie's 15th birthday!  We are having her family party tonight and there is much to be done still!  I also injured my eye somehow, and everything is blurry out of my right eye, which makes it difficult to type and even read what I've typed!   Never a dull moment!

Blog 656 This is the card that I made for her!  She just LOVES penguins!  This is a pattern that I received from a punch class that I'm in!  Isn't he just the cutest!!!

I'm off to get more work done!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Birthday party & more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  Well, tonight is my daughter Casie's 15th birthday party.  She had some friends over to spend the night and we went to a local Japanese restaurant for dinner.  It is the sort of restaurant where they cook your food at the table!  Casie wanted to go there so that she could dance when they played music for her! 

Blog 653 So here she is!  For any of you who know her, this is so unlike her!!!  She is usually fairly quiet and reserved, but this is the new her!!!







Blog 652 As we were getting ready for her party, she informed me that she didn't want any decorations!  As time got closer, she decided that maybe some would be alright!  Luckily, I had just gotten the pennant die for my Big Shot, and this was my time to try it out!  Her favorite color is teal, and her bedroom is teal too.  So, I made this banner in teal so that she could hang it up in her room after the party.  She loved it!!!



On to the retiring stamp sets.  Today's card uses the Great Grad stamp set.

Blog 655 Isn't this swap nice?  My upline, Jeri Holm, made this!  I love the black and white coloring!

If you need this stamp set before it is gone, just let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Mother/Daughter class and more retiring

Hello Stampers!  Last night we went to our outdoor theatre again to see the weekly show.  We have season tickets and last night was Annie!  Although I have seen it performed there several times, it was still great!  It really helped that we knew the girl in the starring role this time!  Abby did a wonderful job as Annie!  My mother-in-law was still out of town, and Casie did not want to go to this one, so Amie got to bring along two friends.  They had fun!  Then the girls spent the night with us.  They had a contest to see how late they could stay up, and they claim that they made it til 3:45! 

For those of you who are wondering, Amie's test results have all come back negative so far, which is really good!  They are still waiting on a couple more, but x-rays looked good, and negative for Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.  Keep praying!!!

Tonight was my first Mother/Daughter stamp camp of the summer!  We made a couple of cards and

Blog 650 this really cute Ghirardelli chocolate holder!  This is simply a top note die folded in half with the chocolate stuck on the inside.







Blog 651 Aren't they cute???  The designer paper on the outside is from the Scrappin' kit that is retired called Confetti.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - ABC Images

Cardstock - Summer Sun, Rose Red, white, Confetti Scrappin' kit (retired)

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note die, So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, Small oval punch, Large oval punch, Scallop oval punch

More retiring cards using retiring stamp sets!

Blog 648 This cute swap uses the Happy Heart Day set.  This card is simply two pieces of cardstock the same size, both pieces scored at 1/2" and 1" from both ends.  It folds to make a shadow box card!  Cute!  This swap was from Tammy Potts.






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This cute swap is by Sara Cimbaro and uses the A Little Birdie Told Me stamp set.  This card is paper pieced which is done by simply stamping your image a second time on designer series paper and cutting it out.  When cutting out, be sure to leave the black outline.  Too cute!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!




In Color Quilt and more retiring

Hello Stampers!  Boy has today been a really long day!  I spent four hours this morning at doctor's appointments for my daughter, and we still don't anything!  She has been having pain in her ankles, knees, heels, and toes.  Today was seeing a specialist and more blood work and xrays.  Should know some results by Friday!  Then I raced to my own physical therapy for my shoulder.  Enough doctors for one day!

Tonight was my downline meeting.  I had this cute quilt card for them to make so that they had

Blog 642 a sample of the new in colors.  They also got a chance to use the Big Shot again!!!  And don't you just love the new polka dot ribbon???  Don't worry!  I will be doing a ribbon share soon on that one!!!  Love it!






Now for more retiring stamp sets.  Today I will focus on Heartfelt Thanks again.

Blog 643 This was a swap that I made a couple of years ago.  Isn't it funny to look back at how far you have come as a stamper over the last couple of years!!!  This one even showed up on Stamper's Showcase on the SU! website!






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This was a card that I had for one of my classes.  This was using the baby wipe technique.







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I can't remember where this card came from, but I think it was a make n' take that I did once.












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This was a swap from Paulette Malecek.  I love these springy colors together!







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This was a swap from Elena Schmidt.  I do like these colors together too!

If you still need this stamp set, just let me know soon!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Sunflower Basket and more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  I'm back!  I had a great time at my Mom's for a couple of days, and her Stamp Camp was a huge success!  There were 16 of us there happily stamping away and creating cute things!  I think all had a great time!  If you were at the camp and you are reading this, leave me a comment!  I'd love to hear from you!  The way to leave a comment is to scroll down to the end of this post and click on the word Comments.  It should be underlined.  Then it will let you leave me a comment! If you have a problem, go up to the top of my left sidebar and click on Email Me that is just under my pic!  If you will do this, I will enter your name in a drawing to receive a free card at the end of next week!

Blog 637 This is one of the items that we made at the Stamp Camp!  Isn't it cute???  The sides are from the Baskets & Blooms die cut with the Big Shot.  We then added a 5 1/2" X 8 1/4" piece of cardstock, scored at 2 3/4" from each side, in between the handles to form the basket.  The sunflowers are formed using the scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch for the center, and 5 petal punch for the leaves!  Here's the rest of the recipe:

Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Candy Lane designer series paper

Accessories - Baskets & Blooms die, Big Shot, Scallop Circle punch, 1" circle punch, 5 petal flower punch, Eyelet border punch.

Now for some more cards made with retiring sets.  Today I am focusing on the Wild About You stamp set!  It is an adorable set, and I'm not letting go of mine yet, even if it is retiring!

Blog 641 This cute card is one that I made as a swap.  I don't know if you can see it or not, but the lion's head is actually three layers!  I stamped it and cut them out separately so that the mane could be a different color from the face and body!  Too fun!











Blog 638 This card was a swap from Missy Brinkman.  I love that little penguin!







Blog 639 This swap did not have a name on it.  Too bad, because it is awful cute!!












Blog 640 Finally, this fun swap was from Miranda Thygesen.   The head on this lion was also done in three layers.  And the cut grass definately adds to the cuteness!

Now I know that this is a set that you really need!  Contact me fast because there is only one week left to get this set!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Father's Day and still more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  A Happy Father's Day to any guy that may be reading this!  I hope you all got to spend some time today with your Fathers, Hubbys, or any other important man in your life!  We got up this morning and went on a family bike ride!  We rode about 5 miles, and by then it was very hot and humid and we had to call it quits.  My daughter Amie and I are actually leaving town this afternoon to head to my Mom's.  She is having a SU! stamp camp at her house tomorrow evening!  It should be fun!  I won't be posting anything until I get back though.

Blog 636 See this cute little matchbox I created for Father's Day!  Isn't he cute?   I have seen several cards like this, including the one I had for my kid's camp this week, and I figured since the matchbox is the same shape, I could make one of those like that too!  It was fun!  Don't you love the cute little rhinestone brad tie tack???  Here's the recipe:

Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Delicate Dots designer series paper (retired from Sale-A-Bration)

Accessories - Big Shot, Matchbox die, Rhinestone Brad

For the retiring stamp set today we are going to focus on Life's A Breeze.  It's a fun set!

Blog 632  This cute swap was from Sara Cimbaro.  The images are all covered with glitter!  She just inked them up with Versamark all over and embossed them with Irridescent Ice embossing powder!






Blog 633 This swap was from Monika Davis.







Blog 634 This swap was from Jane Martin.







Blog 635 Finally, this swap was from Stacey Condrey.

If you need this cute little set, just let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Swap and more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  Today I went to a shoebox swap with some gals that have formed a group on Splitcoaststampers.   We had a fun time at Sandy's house!  Thanks for having us and for letting me join your group!  

Blog 627  This is the card that I took for the swap today.  Our theme for this month was Strawberry Lemonade, and I took it literally!  Don't you love the sugar around the top of the glass?  I just put on a strip of SNAIL and sprinkled on my dazzling diamonds glitter! Too fun!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Tart & Tangy, Baroque Motifs

Cardstock - Pixie Pink, White, Yoyo Yellow, Clear Vellum, Tea Party Designer Series Paper

Stamp pad - White, Yoyo Yellow

Accessories - Dazzling Diamonds glitter






The retiring stamp set that I'm going to feature today is Zoofari!  This set is so cute!!!

Blog 629 I made this card for one of my classes not too long ago.












Blog 628 This cute card was a swap from Tammy Potts.













Blog 630 This swap was from Ann Brockwell.  Don't you love the ribbon around the neck???












Blog 631 Finally, this swap was from E. Wemhoff.

If you want this set, which why wouldn't you???  just let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Father's Day card and more retiring

Hello Stampers!  Last night my girls and I went to our first show of the season at the Muny.  The Muny is our outdoor theatre here in St. Louis.  Every year we get season tickets.  Last night we saw 42nd Street.  It was pretty good.  It was very hot though!  Our heat index yesturday was 105 degrees!  WOW!

Blog 626 I wanted to show you a Father's Day card that I made some time ago for my Spring craft fairs.  This shirt is really fun to make!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - All Holidays, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Kraft, White, Manchester designer series paper

Stamp pad - Always Artichoke



Alright, more retiring stamp sets.  Today I'll be showing you Heartfelt Thanks again.  I do love that stamp set!

Blog 621 This is a swap that I made for convention a couple of years ago.  I used Pearl Ex on the boxes with the flowers.







Blog 622 This swap I received from Daveda Leppke.













Blog 623 This is another swap, but there is no name on this one.







Blog 624 I received this swap from Nora Guzewich.







Blog 625 Finally, this swap was from Jana Weaver.  I love the colors on this one!

If you need this stamp set, just let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, and more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  Today is my wedding anniversary!  20 wonderful years we have been married!  Do you want to see what I got???

Blog 617 Aren't they pretty!  Can you tell what my favorite color is??  PURPLE!












Blog 612 And here's the card that I made for my swetie! Isn't it cute???  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Owl Together Now, Teeny Tiny wishes

Cardstock - Kraft, Always Artichoke, White, Manchester designer series paper

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Watercolor pencils, Blender pens, 1/16" hole punch, brads


I also wanted to wish my friend Dawn a happy birthday yesturday!  I guess it is better late than never!

Now for some more cards made with retiring stamp sets.  These cards are all using the stamp set Wild About You.  I love that set!!!

Blog 613 This cute card was a swap from Susie Brown.













Blog 614 This cute card was a swap from Paulla Opry.  Don't you love the way she cut the elephant out of designer series paper!  The ear is even lifted up with a dimensional! Too cute!











Blog 615 This swap did not have a name.













Blog 616 This fun swap is from Kathy Alt.

If you need this very cute stamp set, just let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Father's Day and more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  Are you getting tired of seeing retiring sets yet?  How could you?  Everybody loves to see lots of card samples!

Tomorrow I have a Kid's camp scheduled.

Blog 586 I thought this would be a fun and cute Father's Day card for the girls to make!  It will be fun to see how their cards turn out with different patterns of paper from the Manchester designer series paper pack.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - All Holidays

Cardstock - Kraft, Vanilla, Manchester designer series paper

Stamp pad - Creamy Caramel

Accessories - Brads, 1/16" hole punch







Want to see more cards made with retiring sets?  Today we are going to focus on three different sets.

Blog 640 This card uses the SU! stamp set Big Flowers.  I received this as a swap from Monika Davis.







Blog 641 This card uses the stamp set Just B.  I received this as a swap from Jane Martin.












Blog 642 These next two cards use the stamp set Sweet Celebrations.  This card was a swap from Tammy Neperu.












Blog 643 This swap didn't have a name on it.

If you feel you have to have any of these stamp sets, just get in touch with me!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Possible swap and more retiring

Hello Stampers!  Well I spent the day trying to come up with some swaps for convention.  I figured since it is just over a month away, and I usually take 300 - 400 swaps, I should probably get started!

Blog 638 This is one that I came up with, and I just can't decide if I like it or not!  I have you remember, that I typically do 50 - 75 of each design!  I colored on my stamp to make my flowers different colors, and I glued a bead in the center of each flower.  It's kinda cute!  Let me know what you think!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Close As A Memory, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock - Real Red, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, White

Stamp pad - Brilliant Blue

Accessories - Markers, Key Tag punch, bead duos





Now for more cards make with retiring sets.  I already showed you cards made with the stamp set Doodle This, but today I have some more!

Blog 637 This is a card that I made for one of my Christmas card classes.







Blog 633 This is a swap that I received at convention last year from Maria Harris.












Blog 634 This swap I received from Meghan Kopaska.  I like these colors together.







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This is a swap that I received without a name on it.  Notice the faux brads in the corners on the green cardstock!  Too cool!







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This swap I received from Nita Mann.


If you just have to have the stamp set Doodle This, get in touch with me!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!







Karen's party and more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  Yesturday afternoon was Karen's party!  She had a house full, and we really had a good time!  Hello ladies! 

Blog 624 This was one of the cards that we made.  Don't you love it?  It totally CASE'd it off of Chicn' Scratch.    Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Owl Together Now, Short & Sweet

Cardstock - Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, White

Stamp pad - Bashful Blue, Black

Accessories - Markers, Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, white gel pen.






More cards from retiring sets again today.  Today I am focusing on the SU! stamp set, Heartfelt Thanks.

Blog 632  This was a card that I made a couple of years ago for a class.  You can't see it very well in the picture, but there are microbeads in the center of all of the flowers.  All you have to do to get them to stick is use Crystal Effects.











Blog 625 Isn't this one a pretty one?  I received this swap from Robyn Scherzer.













Blog 626 I really like the look of this black and white.  This was a swap from Rachel Stelzer.












Blog 627 This swap did not have a name on it.













Blog 630 This swap is very similar to the last one and is from Karin Warner.












Blog 629 This final one is from Jennifer Trotter.

If you just have to have this set before it retires, let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Quilt card and more retiring!

Hello Stampers!  I decided it was finally time to make one of the quilt cards that I keep seeing on people's blogs. So here is my try...

Blog 623 Isn't it cute?  And it was really easy!  All you have to do is punch out 1 1/4" squares of the paper you want to use.  Adhere these all on to a 5" X 3 3/4" piece of cardstock.  Run this through your Big Shot with the Top Note die, and your quilt piece is finished.  Here's the rest of the recipe for mine:

Stamp set - Fmily Phrases

Cardstock - Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy

Stamp pad - Not Quite Navy

Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note die, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Baha Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon.

Now for more cards made with retiring sets.  Today we are focusing on the stamp set Seaside.

Blog 617 This is a swap that I received from Margaret Waddell.  She used actual sandpaper as a mat!












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This card was a swap from Leslie Knight.  Aren't these colors neat together?







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This is a swap from Lene.  She embossed this shell!












Blog 620 This swap is from Nance Paine.













Blog 621 This swap is from Janet Favia.  She actually stamped on the sandpaper across the bottom!  Too cool!







Blog 622 Finally, this swap is from Pam Shearer.

If you feel that you have to have this stamp set, Seaside, let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!