In a NY Subway


Oh how I miss visiting New York.  I’m a West Coast girl who loved living on the East Coast for four whole years!  I don’t mind cold weather… it gives me a reason to stay inside and craft… LoL.

Shoveling snow?  Well, that’s a part of life and a great way to stay fit.  Many have asked what was my favorite thing about New York… I must say I can’t point out one specific thing.  I loved everything… even the people… LOL.  They aren’t rude – just straight forward!

SSSC213This is a new sketch challenge for me and when I saw it, I knew I just had to try it!  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 213


Lesson Learned:  Don’t ever be afraid to make a card size that is outside your comfort zone.  I very rarely make card that are not the standard A2 size (4-1/4″ x 5″ or vice-versa).  The card base on this oddity is 7-5/8″ x 8″ and once it’s folded in half it becomes 7-5/8″ x 4.

However, I knew not to worry about finding the perfect envelope because once I figure out who I’m going to mail it to… I will use my handy dandy Envelope Punch board to make one with. HA!  The envelope punch is so much fun to use there there are days when I just want to make envelopes all day long… LoL.


Quick true story… during Sale-a-bration (sorry if you missed it), I earned a FREE Big Shot Die-Cut Machine.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m thrilled to know I’ll have an extra one to use during a workshop.  Then again, I toy with the idea of giving it away once I hit a certain milestone in my Stampin’ Up! journey.  Kicker is, I’m gonna let y’all determine what I do with it.  I welcome your comments with suggestions of what you would do with it if you were me.

Facebook LikePerhaps I should give it away the moment I get 500 “Likes” on my Facebook page… hmmmm… now that’s an idea.  My thoughts are churning.

A Happy Perfect Blend Birthday!

Simple, elegant, and clean is what I see in this card.  Today is the last day that Stampin' Up! will keep it simple to join our fabulous group of stampers for just $25.

Here's the BLUF:

  1. Order between $25-26.95 of product.
  2. Receive some catalogs and business supplies (you can chuck them if you want).
  3. Get 30% off your first $150 or more order… and EARN additional hostess benefits.
  4. You become a part of my Circle of Pals.
  5. Order as much product as you want at 20% discount until April 2014.
  6. Absolutely NO OBLIGATION to hold workshops or sell anything ever!

​​Won't you please take us for a test drive?  You can change your mind, get your fabulous product and just quit!  NO questions asked ever!  Get started now… click here!

I made this card for my friend Pam's birthday… obviously… LoL.  I didn't have my Simply Serif Mini Alphabet stamps, so I actually free-handed her name.  Not bad don't you think? =) 



Timeless Masculine Birthday Card

Often, card maker's such as myself, don't put out a whole lot of masculine cards.  This one was a request by our interpreter. She asked for a masculine card in English.  The only thing she asked for was that it have some blue in it with a masculine touch.  I think her request was met, do you think?

The lines are hand drawn to give it the sound effect.  I can hear happy birthday playing with that little scratch in the background just like an old phonograph player.  Don't you think it even makes it seem like it's on high volume?  I think so… LoL.


30% Off on Your Entire Wish List: Limited time only! (Until Oct. 21st) Celebrate with Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary and let them celebrate YOU!  Get ALL the product you want for 30% off! Read more…

Party More… Get More: Get extra $25 hostess dollars when you have a qualifying party.  Get more info…

Blog Candy: In case you missed it, I offered a free pack of Basic Rhinestones on World Card Making Day.  All you have to do is click here to leave a comment to be entered to win.

More Free Product (Pals Blog Hop): Enter to  a brand new Hostess stamp set… Stacks of Wishes.  To win this set you must leave a comment on the Blog Hop found here.


Stamp Set(s):  Timeless Talk Clear
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Soho Subway
Tools/Punches/Dies:  Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder

You Made My Day!

Thank You

Several times I have received care packages, cards, and emails that have just made my day.  My time to go home is drawing near and I am forever grateful to those of you who have sent me well wishes and have kept up through My Paper Journey.

For those of you who think you do not have any creativity in you… guess what!?  You don't need ANY!  That's why there are sketches.  Then Stampin' Up! makes it easy with the Color Coach to help pick the colors!

Card Sketch

Today's sketch is brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches #106.

Thank YouThis was my first time using the Heat & Stick to make the Glitter stick.  I know now why some of my crafting friends don't like glitter… as soon as I took this picture… I spilt the glitter all over my desk… ugh!

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ONE MORE DAY:  Starts tomorrow!  Stampin' Up! will have a special $25 Starter Kit (your choice of up to $26.95 in product and ships FREE) which will only be available to you from Oct. 7 – 21st.  Mark your calendar, set your alarm!  This is the special of the century and we have all been waiting for!  It is budget friendly and very affordable.  Time to "test drive" this awesome opportunity.  Join now and you will have until April 2014 to get ALL your product at 30% OFF!  Get your kit through me, and you'll instantly become a part of my Circle of Pals.  The benefits far out weight the price to join right now.

World Card Making Day:  In case you didn't visit me on Operation Write Home's World Card Making Day, you can still see it here.  Leave a comment there and be entered to win a pack of Basic Pearls Jewel Accents.

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Paper:  Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Soho Subway DSP
Inks/Color: Rich Razzleberry

In about a week my Stampin' Up! supplies will be packed and shipped home.  I'm already in withdraw mode and I don't like it.  But I'm thinking… maybe it's time I should work on some My Digital Studio cards.  I was supposed to get into MDS when I arrived, but did not.  Maybe I can start practicing on my way home.  I dunno… we'll see. =)

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful Sunday.

Thank You So Much

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Live!

2013 Holiday Catalog
(Click links below to open)

– Catalog Flipbook
– Catalog PDF (You can download this version to your iPad for “on the go” access window shopping.)
– Stampin’ Supplies
– Spanish Flyer
– Now there’s an interactive APP for your smart phone!  Details on p. 5 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday   Catalog.
– Purchase $35 in product and become eligible to win a FREE Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine from me!  Click here for details.


Thank You

This morning (12 hours ago, while you were sleeping) one of our young Airmen received news that he passed his test and will be promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.  It was the best news he has heard in a very long time.

I made him a “Congratulations” card, but I made it in such a hurry I failed to capture it for you.  Tomorrow I will ask him to share it with a picture of him and the card.

For now, you can marvel at this card I made for a customer who recently bought a retired stamp set from my store.  A few short moment ago I updated the stamps now available for sale.  Check them out here.

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My friend Lynn left me a comment yesterday and told me she has a terrible time with color coordination.  Well there is a fix to that!  The color coach helps people like me and Lynn who can’t seem to get colors in their right shades to match… LoL.

If I didn’t wear a uniform I probably would look a little dorky dressing myself… LoL.  I think I’ll just stick to green… LoL

Color Coach 130118

Thank You

Stampin’ Up! Used to Make Card

Lots of Thanks Clear Stamp Set
Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Early Espresso Card Stock
Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock
Sahara Sand Card Stock
Basic Pearls Jewel Accents

Field Flowers and So Much More

There are great things going on right now… I am overwhelmed… in a very good way!  Many Airmen will find out if they will be promoting in the morning… in fact, by the time you read this, many of them will be celebrating – and I along with them!

Today is the last day to stock up and save on select Designer Series Paper.  It would be a shame if I didn’t tell you.  This is a limited-time offer to buy 3 and get 1 FREE!  Click here to get yours right now… don’t let this awesome deal pass you by.

The best thing going on, however, is the Big Shot give-a-way from me.  Place a Stampin’ Up! on-line order thru ME of $35 or more (before shipping & tax) between now and Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Noon, Pacific Time, and you will be entered into a drawing for a brand new Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.

You’ll need to use a special Hostess Code to qualify (please see below).  Limit one entry per order.  This offer is exclusively through me.  If you need assistance using the hostess code, click here for step-by-step instructions.

Every order will also receive 12 sheets of FREE 6×6″ cubed designer series paper from the 2012-13 catalog from me!  So everyone is a winner!!!

Hostess Code:  AGZD493Q

Now on to the card.  The sketch is brought to you by Clean & Simple Stamping – Fall To Layout 251.  It’s a cute sketch and since I’m on a roll right now with challenges… I knew I just had to try it!

I’m still not sold on my color choice, but it’s still pleasing to the eyes… what do you think?  Is the color combo okay for your dreamy eyes?  LoL.

(Click Picture Below to View)

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Purchase the Stampin’ Up! $99 Starter Kit by August 31 and you’ll become part of the Stampin’ Up! family (demonstrator discounts and perks) and my Circle of Pals and exclusive interaction with the Pretty Pals Community (exclusive resources and virtual fun) PLUS get a FREE bonus project kit!  Hobby stampers are welcome!  Click here to learn more.

Stampin’ Up! Products Used

Field Flowers Clear Stamp Set
Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock
Sahara Sand Card Stock
Cajun Craze Stampin’ Pad
Adorning Accents Edgelits
Pansy Punch

If you’re reading this, you’re the BEST visitor in the whole wide world… LoL.  Thank you so much for spending at least 5 minutes with me today.  Have a beautiful day and may you be abundantly blessed!

Stampin’ Up! Millions of Thank You’s

My favorite saying is “A Million Thank You’s Are Never Enough!”  There has been countless people in my life that have gone out of their way to do things for me.  From the simplest things to bigger than anyone can imagine.  For each and every one of them… I am thankful!

In my entire working life I have had TWO bosses that have taught me important lessons in life.  During this deployment I found the THIRD one.  We call him ‘The Godfather’.  I’m not sure how he acquired that nickname, but it fits.

He’s protective of his staff, leads with conviction, and is living proof that laughter is the best medicine!  He plays devils advocate just to get you to think about a choice you’re about to make.  You know he’s around the moment you hear his laughter… and boy is it contagious.

He’ll be leaving us shortly for another assignment and I sure am going to miss him.  To him I say, “A million ‘thank you’s” are never enough for your leadership and best of all your friendship!

Have you ever had an unforgettable boss?  Do you consider yourself an awesome boss?

Lately, I haven’t been able to make a card without my Butterfly paper punches.  Here I used the Bitty Butterfly and it’s so petite and cute.  Quick tip… when I layer designer series paper with solid card stock, I don’t let the unseen card stock go to waste… I use it to punch out butterflies, tiny flowers, or anything else.  It’s a great way to maximize the use of your paper.

Products Used:
Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140)
Bitty Butterfly (129406)
1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon-Crumb Cake (122332)

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Until the Next Post:

Check out products carried over from Holiday Catalog Here