My Craft Booth

I decided to try having a craft booth at Alamo Craft Company in San Antonio.  A year or two ago, I had good luck selling off stamped cards made from years of swapping, so I thought it would be fun.  Here is my booth so far: I know I will be making changes; actually, every time I go in there, I change it a little bit.  So far, I have… Read More »

Tryouts for Stampin’ Up! Convention

I’m excited to be going to Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage celebration (convention) next month!  They are looking for people to create display boards for the event, and even though I have never done this before, I decided to apply for the honor.  They want 3 cards fronts, 1 scrapbook page, and 2 3-D items. From the hostess set in the Occasions Catalog.  I like to sew almost as much as I… Read More »

Tin of Cards

I think I might be the last Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to make this kit.  Back when the catalog came out last summer, I ordered it but then forgot about it.  Until this week.  WOW!  What a great kit!!  The kit comes with the tin (of course), the dividers, and all the consumable supplies to make 16 cards (4 of each).  T In addition, you will need the Tin of Cards… Read More »

Love You Sew

When the Stampin’ Up! 2016 Occasions catalog was revealed at our Convention event in November, I fell in love with the “Love You Sew” stamp set, an exclusive hostess only set.  Normally, I would have had to wait until January to place a qualifying order in order to get this set, but as a convention-goer, I had the opportunity to purchase it then.  I did struggle somewhat with the decision… Read More »

Getting Settled in a Real House

So, after 15 months living in a (real nice, large) fifth wheel, I couldn’t do it anymore.  I realized that I liked my space too much and missed the sturdy walls of a real house.  So the fifth wheel is up for sale and I am renting a nice house near Sea World in San Antonio.  I have been doing some stamping (but really need to finish the unpacking and… Read More »


I am pleased to share with you some Christmas Cheer: my annual SNAIL Sale! Plus some of my other favorite adhesives so that you can stock up for the year. Be sure to put these on your list (tax and shipping ARE included!) SNAIL Adhesive (104332): $6.50 (regularly $7 plus shipping and tax; in San Antonio that would be $8.34) SNAIL Adhesive Refill (104331): $4.00 (regularly $4.50 plus shipping and… Read More »

Trick or Treats!

I’m getting ready for the trick or treaters that we will have here at the park during our 2 Halloween weekends.  I wanted to make them look special, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money so, I am making these sour cream style packets to put the candy.  I am using retired paper in Halloween colors and I decorated them with a quick tag. Here… Read More »

12 Weeks of Christmas Starts Soon!!

There are just 2 days until I begin my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas program!  Each week, starting Wednesday (September 30th), you will receive, as my gift to you, a FREE holiday project idea that you can make. You will get a photo of the finished project, a list of product used to make it, as well as instructions for assembly.  Some will be cards, some will be holiday gifts,… Read More »

Are you on my Mailing List?

If you are on my mailing list, thank you!  If you haven’t signed up, you will will want to!!  Stay tuned for more details!  Or just go ahead and sign up now!  Just fill in the form to the right and click the Submit button – you won’t be sorry!!

Witching Decor Project Kit

The new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! has some wonderful kits and I couldn’t resist getting a couple of them.  I guess the question that remains is “will I get the rest of them?”  Maybe so, if they are as fun as the Witching Decor hat! This kit sells for just $22 and includes most of the supplies needed.  I also ordered the coordinating stamp set, and I already had… Read More »

Retired Stamp Sale!

I usually do a retired Stamp Sale in September, but because I am on the road, it would be difficult.  So my sale in ONLINE this year!  You can click the link above or just click HERE to see what is available.  Right now, there are stamps, punches, framelits, and embossing folders, but I will be adding more so be sure to check back often.  I have added photos of… Read More »

Hawaii Vacation, Part 3

The final installment on the trip of a lifetime.  To recap, 20 years ago, my sister, Mary, introduced me to Stampin’ Up! and I have earned the incentive trip almost every year.  On this, my 20th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I invited Mary as my guest to a wonderful week on Oahu. When her kids asked her what she wanted for her birthday this year, Mary said that… Read More »

Friendly Wishes

Each month, I send hand-stamped cards to my top sellers for the previous month.  I am actually a month behind, so these are the cards for April.  But with a brand new catalog and lots of fun new stamps to play with, I’ll get caught up really fast! These cards use the new Friendly Wishes stamp set with wonderful sentiments when you want to reach out.  They also use my… Read More »

Hawaiian Vacation, Part 2

A few days ago, I shared the first 2 days of my amazing Hawaiian vacation, thanks to Stampin’ Up!  Today, lets climb Diamond Head!  Diamond Head is an extinct volcano and climbing it is not an easy 3/4 mile hike.  We went up unpaved, rough paths, 74 steps, then a tunnel, 99 more steps, and more steps at the top.  The view was worth every step! Hanging with some of… Read More »

Hawaiian Vacation, Part 1

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have been blessed to earn a free trip almost every year and this month, I was able to take my sister on a 5 day trip to Oahu, Hawaii!  Since Mary introduced me to Stampin’ Up! 20 years ago, I thought it fitting to invite her to join me. This was one of those vacations that you need a week of rest to recuperate… Read More »

Corner Garden

The Retiring List has been released and it is a really big list!  One of my customers has ordered the Corner Garden stamp and I decided to use mine to make her a thank you card.  It uses the Corner Garden stamp, Yippee – Skippee stamp set, and Coastal Cabana ink and paper.  It is a simple yet effective technique: emboss the image with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder,… Read More »

Free Cards!

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I acquire a lot of hand-stamped cards, from card swaps or when I am planning a project or just when I want to “play”.  When I lived in San Antonio, I had a booth at the Alamo Craft Company where I could sell them, but I haven’t found a craft mall here in Virginia, so I am going to give them away! During the month… Read More »