Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I was not fortunate enough last night, at the Stampin' Up! New Catalog Premier, to win a prize patrol, but I found this comparison of the new In-Colors to our existing colors here.
I saw them in person and they are very pretty.  I especially loved the blue and the green. 
It was wonderful to sit in the theater and watch the presentation.  I think this was a unique and fun way for Stampin' Up! to get the catalog out to us.  Our group (about 50) all got together at a Panera afterward to eat and look at the catalog and squeal and chat!  It was so fun to see some ladies that I hadn't seen in a long time.
The catalog is beautiful.  Everyone will have their own opinion of it.  I liked it, for the most part.  I'm still a bit disappointed in the DSP selection.  All too "geometric" and contemporary for me.
There is, however, enough in the catalog that I like for my bank account to suffer severely!
Anxious for the May 1st pre-order.  Then I can start playing with new "toys".  I'm MOST excited about our new alcohol markers, called Blendabilities.  I've resisted buying any alcohol markers up to now....just due to the cost.  Now I can justify it since I'll be buying from my own "store".
You will all get to see the catalog about June 1st.
Ta ta for now.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trying to catch up

Wow, I had not realized just how long it has been since I updated this blog!  I apologize to those of you who have subscribed! 

My post today will be of Fall and Thanksgiving cards.  Hopefully very soon I will get my Christmas Cards posted. 

This card uses the Stampin' Up! Sweater Weather DSP.  I love that paper.  The ribbon is the seam binding dyed with Espresso reinker.  The leaves were stamped with the Wonderfall set in VersaMark...then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The DSP was dry embossed then sponged with Early Espresso.  The saying and Acorn are from a Papertrey Set.  The inside, shown below was cut with a deckled Nestability set and stamped with Early Espresso.  The card base is SU's Sahara Sand.

The next card was made for our South Stamp-a-Stack in September

This card also uses Sahara Sand for the Base.  The other colors are Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Always Artichoke.  The leave are all from Wonderfall, stamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The "Thankful for..." is from Truly Grateful.  All items are Stampin' Up!

Well, can't for the life of me get this to rotate!  This is the inside and the paper is some I've had for forever so not sure whose or the name.  Not sure if SU or not.  The punch used was a border punch from my stash.

And, last one for today:


This card uses the Best of Autumn set (which I love) and is colored in a combination of colored pencils and markers.  The saying is again from Truly Grateful and the paper is the Sweater Weather DSP.  Th ribboon is the dotted Espresso.
The focal point is stamped on a die cut from the new Deco Label Framelits.


The card base is Crumb Cake and the inside is Very Vanilla.  A strip of the Sweater Weather paper is behind the punched out border to add a little color.

That is all I have time for today.
I'm headed to a friends home to work on a different type of craft project.  I'm making little gifts for the loyal people who attend Tami and my classes each month.

Have a wonderful day and hopefully will see you here again soon.

Hugzz, skm

Monday, August 12, 2013

Difficult day - non stamping post

Yesterday was a difficult day for me.  As those who know me well are aware, my "baby" girl and her baby boy and hubby are moving away.  Jay got a great promotion and the family is moving to Chicago.  This breaks my heart but I have to admit it is a good thing for them.  The rest of us, however, will all miss them terribly.

They had a going-away shindig yesterday at one of their favorite places, The Platte Bar and Grill.  SO many turned out to wish them well and reminisce.  I enjoyed, SO MUCH, seeing all their friends come to see them off.  Many of their friends feel like my kids too...they have been around for so many years!

I just want to share this wonderful photo of my kids, taken by one of their friends yesterday.

Travis, his lovely wife Courtney. Megan and her wonderful husband, Jay. Lucas and his darling girlfriend, Jessica!
This group of people are the most important people in my and Lee's life!  Just missing the Grands!!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August class

Tami and I had smaller classes this month than usual, but we still had SO much fun.  The group of ladies that come are so special.  Love them all.

Tami's cards this month were incredible.  This first one was inspired by an on-stage presentation by Pam Morgan at the convention last month.  So simple....yet so stunning!

Gold embossing on DSP.

Tami used her favorite new stamp set (and one of mine too) called Gorgeous Grunge!  Love this set.

Tami's next card was very vintage.  Inspired, I believe, by a card by Jackie Pedro.
Tami used some of her birthday gifts from friends on this card.  Stamps, embossing folder and clock die are not SU.

The flowers were made with the pansy punch and the Boho Blossom punch.

My first card is a fun-fold card.  Paper used was the Modern Medley (My absolute favorite) and basic black.  Stamp set was Petite Pairs.  The Happy Birthday Die was not SU.

View from the top.

The second card is also a fun fold.  Stamps sets used were Teeny Tiny Wishes, Papaya Collage, and our retired In My Thoughts.  The designer paper is Winter Frost, from the Holiday Catalog.  Some of the designs are appropriate for non-winter/Christmas cards as this card shows.  The rose is shaped and popped up, then painted with the retired Shimmer Smooch.


Close up of the Rose (Pool Party paper and leaf colored with Pistachio Pudding marker)

Detail of closure.  Retired slit punch with button and baker's twine bow.
Hope you enjoy!

Bye bye for now,