My Thoughts are Happiest When…

Today (Friday) felt like a Saturday… but yesterday (Thursday) felt like a Friday.  Maybe because the day started at 1:15 a.m. followed by meetings and then Fourth of July entertainment.  A singer named Ashanti came out to put on a show for us.  She has a magnificently beautiful voice and the Good Lord certainly blessed her with powerful vocal cords.  Unfortunately, I had no idea who she was and I only recognized one song she sang…. but hey don’t judge me… LoL… I’m old(er) and from a different generation.

I felt a little shameful for not knowing more about her, but I felt better after my 18 year old son didn’t know who she was either… LoL.  Either way, I enjoyed the concert and I am thankful/grateful she took time out of her Fourth of July to entertain us.

My Thoughts2

Every card I have created since May has someone special in mind and this one is no different.  I love the flowers on the Gingham Designer Series paper.  I used my paper snips (another term for scissors) to cut the flower out and layered it on the Blossom Paper Punch.

You too can create your own field of beautiful, calming flowers on your projects with this stamp set.  Perfect way to bloom and grow flowers without a green thumb… no water or weed pulling required… LoL.  

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Happy Fourth of July

This morning at 1:15 a.m. I left my comfortable warm bed and proudly put on my uniform to give a Fallen Warrior my last respects as she headed onto her final journey home on the Fourth of July.

I had the honor of participating in a Fallen Warrior transfer ceremony about 2:00 a.m. this morning.

It was a warm night with no high wind, and you could hear a pin drop…  the casket was draped securely with our Nation’s great Red, White, and Blue flag as it was transferred from the truck to the C-130… the Commander called us to attention and our arms gave a slow solemn salute on her final flight home.

As we paid our respects and farewell, I couldn’t help but think of her… did she have children, was she married… I may never know, but I felt humbled, sad, proud, just a whirlwind of emotions.  I’ve done this before, and you never get used to it, but today gave the Fourth of July another level of what being American means to me… it will be a day etched in my memory.  May our Fallen Hero’s lives be celebrated for giving selflessly and unselfishly for all of us.

For those who have served our country or have had family members serve in the military, I say, “Thank you.”


Have a safe Fourth of July and before lighting up your grill and
fireworks pause and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,
so we may continue our tradition.

Clean and Simple Personalized Note Cards

Have you ever made your own personalized note cards?  I never have (yet) and this one was not for me.  Here’s the story… of a lovely lady, who had not two note cards, but four… LoL… her name was Mrs. Brady… LoL.  Let me stop laughing and continue with my note card story.

As I sat at our watering hole, Pete’s, minding my own business waving at the Marines walking by, a co-worker brought her chips and dip to share with me (I didn’t eat any because I’m trying to stay away from junk food)… the first thing I noticed were a set of notecards (whisper white in color and a golden embossed “P” on them).

I didn’t skip a beat and said, “*Pam, you know you could make your own note cards for much much much cheaper than what you probably paid for those!”  She laughed and replied, “oh really?  I paid a bunch of money for these!”

So, what did I do?  That very night, I made her a sample of what she could do.  My my my, I just happen to have some gold embossing powder and a heat tool in my room (wink).  I used my Morning Post Alphabet stamps and heat embossed it with gold.  To add some bougie to it… I stamped the envelope with a “P” in Soft Suede ink (126978).

*Real name not used to protect the innocent. (LoL)


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Stampin’ Up! For You

Have you ever received a package and you get all caught up in the excitement of tearing it open because you feel like it’s Christmas?  That happens to me each time someone sends me a card or a care package.  It takes me back to my childhood and I love every minute of it.

But sometimes… as the box is torn open I start looking for a note, a card, anything with the resemblance of someone’s writing… just to find nothing.  Although I’m thankful and pretty excited about my gift… I can’t help but feel cheated… LoL.

So, each time I’ve sent  a few gift to family or friends I try to always enclose a little gift card like this one.  Well, maybe not just like it, but something quick and easy or clean and simple that says, “hey, this is for you.”

The center of my flower came from the A Round Array stamp set.  The A Round Array set gives you endless, adorable possibilities for cards, banners, and scrapbook pages.  It coordinates with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, which I did not use.

Instead I took a sponge dauber and lightly sponged around the stamp to give it a daisy look.  I do apologize, but the tiny leaves are from our last Sale-a-bration Bloomin’ Marvelous.  If you don’t have it, you can always use the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die and add a little dimension to it..

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Stampin’ Up! a Love You

I am in love with the new Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series paper.  Talk about happy, bold, and bright all in one set of paper!  I sent this one home just the other day, but I won’t say to whom because my family keeps up with my blog.  I send my whole family a card, but with this one… I’ll let them be surprised… LoL.

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I embossed the scallop with one of the Mosaic Madness stamps in Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.  The silver heart was punched out with the tiny heart from the Two Step Owl punch.

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Double Thank You

I was overwhelmed with beautiful words of ‘Kindness’ from everyone who has visited my blog in the last few days.  These four cards are the perfect way to say “THANK YOU” for your kind emails, comments, and for those of you who now follow my paper journey.

I truly enjoyed reading your messages of support and appreciation for our military.  We truly are a great nation and I am proud to serve.

I love making cards and sharing them with my fellow Airmen.  I especially enjoy making sets, like these for my down-line, Circle of Pals.  They all share in Mary Fish’s awesome leadership and benefits.  We have an awesome virtual group and we give each other support and lots of encouragement.  Many of my Pals have sent me dozens of cards and I always share them on our private blog.

They have made this deployment an enjoyable one.  Everyday I check with our Xray Technician who doubles as our mailman and then we all gather around just to see what kind of card I have received.  It’s amazing the journey a card will take to reach me… I LOVE IT!

I get all the oooo’s and ahhhh’s and they comment on the cards.  This weekend I’m fixin’ to put some card kits together, so I can pass them around at work and they can make one for themselves.  My target?  The men!  LoL.

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June Pals Blog Hop: All That’s New!

Thank you for joining us for the June Pals Blog Hop and our kickoff to the new catalog! Are you ready to see wonderful creations featuring new products from the 2013-14 Stampin’ Up! catalog? Get ready to update your wishlist!

You should have just left stop number 3 on the Pals Hop – Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works.  If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Wooooo whooooo… my second  “deployed” blog hop.  I’m in awe that I’m still hanging on.  The long hours, late calls, and sometimes sleepless nights are all worth it!  I’ve been on three deployments and this one is different.  Why is it different?  Because although I’m far away from home, at the end of the day… I get to stamp and Stampin’ Up! makes it possible!

When I sit in my tiny room to make a few cards, I think about the 6,762 miles my cards will travel to get to their final destination in the United States.  WoW!  Can you imagine the adventure!?

So, if you’re a subscriber to my blog and you listed your mailing address… know that before I go home you will receive a card from me.  I am living proof that you can take Stampin’ Up! anywhere in the world!

I used the new Framelits – Oval Collection (129381) to make the base of the card.  These framelits are awesome and I love them!  I can’t wait to get the circles and square one’s in the mail.  Unfortunately, it takes two weeks for my mail to arrive, but I will wait patiently.

Supplies Used from New 2013/14 Catalog:
Wildflower Meadow Clear Stamp Set (129168)
Hostess Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set (130339)
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (129310)

The next stop is Lynn Hoyt at cattaildesigns, stop number 5 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

Thank you for visting!

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Fab Friday 19 with Love in a Field of Flowers

Card Sketch Brought to You By: Fab Friday 19

This week I have been reflecting about what this blog is all about.  Is it about my stories, my cards, or both?  I often wonder what makes this blog better than any of the others?  I know that for me, I enjoy reading other blogs not just for the beautiful cards they make that give me inspiration, but for the personal stories they share.  So if you are here just to look at the cards… enjoy them, I make them for you.

For those of you who like the cards, but are also interested in my stories… enjoy them, I write for you too!

On the other hand, do I want to have you join my Circle of Pals?  ABSOLUTELY!  But mostly, I want you to pick up a hobby, any hobby.  Did you know that people who have hobbies, live a happier less stressful life?

I know I am Livin’ the Dream… I am doing two of the BEST things I love “with love“.  What are they?  Keep reading…

With Love 2

First Thing I Love

Serve my country…. for you and for my son.  May you always know freedom.
I miss you with all my heart Avery.  I will be home soon.

Second Thing I Love

Making Stampin’ Up! Greeting Cards.  May they bring joy to those I give them to.

Will you make one with me?

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Explore Your Creativity

Quick Birthday Wishes!

Recently, I posted to my Facebook fans that I had stopped giving away free product because I didn’t feel there was a large enough interest in it.  One person, Ms. Maureen left me a message that was funny, so right then and there I decided to give her a My Paper Pumpkin kit.

She is a faithful subscriber to my blog and Facebook page and I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her.  Although I enjoy your comments, my blog is all about what I can do for you!

This card was made for a co-worker (at my deployed location) that was signed by everyone.  Inside it said, “Recent studies show that people who continue to have birthdays… live longer.”  Hilarious… why?  Because it’s so true.

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A Mata-fied Heart Framelit & Freshly Made Sketch

[pinit]I was invited to a luncheon for a friend who received a promotion at work.  It was only fitting to use the Freshly Made Sketch challenge as a layout.  As a hobby Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, my free time is very limited and it is easier for me to use a sketch challenge to make a card than come up with my own design, which can take an hour or more.  I highly recommend using sketch challenges to develop one’s paper-craft skills (like me) when time is limited.  The envelope was icing on the cake and it was a big hit.  The recipient held on to it and treated it like an extension to the card.  I found it funny because who keeps envelopes?  Do you?

Since we are just around the corner to Valentine’s Day and the Heart Collection framelits are so darn cute, I have been using many hearts lately.  I wanted to add a special touch to the message on the inside of the card and a heart just seemed to complete it.

I love {Freshly Made}, they provide challenges that even a novice stamper can handle.  It gets my imagination going and the sketches are ALWAYS realistic.  Thank you so much for helping me find my nitch.

Card Ingredients
Stamp Set: Perfect Words (Wood 122470, Clear 122472)
Paper: Mocha Morning DSP (122366), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670)
Cool Framelits: Hearts Collection (122559)

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Love is in the Air

Love is in the air as the Stampin’ Pretty Pals share the love with cards and projects for today’s Pals Blog Hop!  You’ve probably hopped over from Linda Fisher at Linda’s Stamin Loft, I’m stop number 2 on the Pals Hop and I’m glad you hopped in!  I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for love themed paper projects from the Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track.

[pinit]I want to know what loves is… I want you to show me… aahhh, I love Foreigner!  The theme to this blog hop is full of Foreigner’s lyrics to their hit song, and through the clouds I see love shine… go on finish it.  I knew immediately the AIN’T LOVE GRAND hostess stamp set was going to be a hit.  Upon finishing my card, I was reminded that LOVE NEVER FAILS.  Don’t forget to give those you love a special message of love on Valentine’s Day.  Check our blogs often to get ideas of what you too can make.

Card Ingredients:
Stamp Set:  Ain’t Love Grand Hostess Set (Wood 122507, Clear 122505)
Hostess (122381), Whisper White (100730)
Paper:  Lucky Limeade (122926), Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (122381)
Ink Pad:  Melon Mambo (115320)
Ribbon: Lucky Limeade (126060)
Marker:  Melon Mambo (121074)
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), 2 1/2 Circle (120906), Air balloon was cut with scissors after stampin it on Cheerful Treat DSP paper.
Embossing: Striped Textured Impressions Folder Die (123128)
Accessories: Basic Pearl Jewel Accents (119247)

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin Stuff, stop number 3 on the Love Is In The Air Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for “hopping” by!





  1. Linda Fisher at Linda’s Stampin Loft
  2. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  3. Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin Stuff
  4. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  5. Dawn Tidd at My Stampin’ Blog
  6. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  7. Susan Lankford at Stampin’ Crafty Corner
  8. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  9. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  10. Cindy Hall at Pretty Impact
  11. Frenchiee Hum at Frenchiee’s Spot.
  12. Kylie Nicolosi at Kylie’s Crafty Corner
  13. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin’ Blog
  14. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings
  15. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  16. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  17. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  18. Amanda Cramer at Mrs. C with Style!
  19. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions
  20. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space
  21. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  22. Leah O’Brien at Leah’s Stampin’ Corner
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  24. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  25. Emily Steggell at Em’s Creations
  26. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair!
  27. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  28. Jessica Ying at YoYoStamping Studio
  29. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  30. Joan Norris at My Creative Impressions
  31. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner

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