When Susan’s away…it’s time for BLOG CANDY!


Yesterday I shared that I was “away” for some “continuing education” (ha-ha) with a fellow PAL and I am hoping to be able to hop on the computer later today to share with you what we are up to…trust me, it is going to be fun!

I thought – what could we do that would be FUN and I think I have a keeper for you! What will you win???? Well…how about this – you all know that the NEW CATALOG is right around the corner and you all know that we have 5 NEW IN COLORS….so how about a pack of the new in colors Cardstock and also a pack of the NEW MINI Stampin’ Dimensionals. (as soon as I can order them I will)

I have a feeling that there are going to be multiple people that guess the answers so if that is the case, I will use random.org for the winner! I just love trivia so let’s see how you do!

Leave your comment and good luck!

  1. What is the name of Stamp Set that has been in the Catalog the longest?
  2. What is the most popular bundle from the Occasions Catalog?
  3. How many pages was the first Stampin’ Up Catalog?


This will be funny to see the answers. I called Stampin’ Up! to ask the questions and answers. Good luck and until later!

Get ready for a SMILE!



Good Morning….I feel like it is Christmas Eve….do you remember the feeling when you were a peep and you just could not wait to wake up for Christmas morning…..that was JUST THE BEST!  Well…that is me today as I am leaving to meet a fellow PAL….for let’s call some “continuing education”  😀

This is a little “something” for my dear friend Michelle. We are escaping away for 3 quick days to be HUGE sponges to learn. laugh and have FUN! (I call this my POST TAX SEASON Wife get-away for being the “queen” wife)….and John – he is off to go fishing way before you read this quick post 😀

Do you see the sentiment? It is super cute…RIGHT???? Well this is a NEW kid on the block! You know me, I just love sentiments sets and this just seems to do the trick for a sweet gesture!






I think that we forget the fact that we have so many ways to make smiles with adding a little “something ~ something” to a basic white box to bring a smile to ones face and a pitter -patter in their heart!

When I make things like this….I think of my Mom. My Mom was the QUEEN of making people feel special. She taught me that it is the extra little touches that make people feel special.

It truly does not take much extra time and the end result is a WIN ~ WIN for all. All I did was cut the DSP to 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ and then matted it with Sweet Sugarplum just a wee bit larger, 2 5/8″ X 2 5/8″…add ribbon and then the fun!





Let’s chat about the FUN on TOP…this is from the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle…and guess what? This IS being carried over but not as a bundle. Just look at the fun elements of both the stamp set and the framelits…so why not save an extra 10% now? (I have the line up at the end of the post)

This is not only so on trend, it is just elegant with the details that it has and the sentiments…..need I say more – A KEEPER!






I would LOVE to get some comments going on ….do you like to fru-fru when you give something to someone? I must admit, the “inside” is not as important as the packaging to me….do you ever feel that way?

I think that is goes back to the Christmas thing….my favorite part was the stocking as my Mom would put all sorts of odds and ends in there and I would just be sooooooo excited…and naturally they were all wrapped – I could hardly wait to get the little goodies opened!

I hope that this post reminds you of “less is best” as it is the thought that counts that makes the difference! Guess what tomorrow is….YEP – BLOG CANDY….so I hope that you will pop back in because – WE LOVE OUR BLOG CANDY…and remember – “life is always better with friends”




A BIG & BOLD Birthday!



Happy Hump Day!!! Wowza…yesterday I posted about the clearance rack having some new additions and WOW….things flew out but there is still plenty of great basics to stock up on and the other item that went ZOOM was the April Paper Pumpkin Refill – that does not surprise me one bit as it is just adorable and I am glad that I took advantage of them!

At the end of this post I have an animal funny for you….it will bring a big smile and giggle to start your day off!

Here is a Susan kinda card for you today…it is one that I refer to as a “formula” card. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?….easy  ~ a classic that you can make over and over with some changes of a DSP and/or the sentiment and you are good to go! I love cards like this because I bet if I were to show it to you with changes you would never say or think – Isn’t that the card that Susan did in April! (I’m going to try it on you one day to see if anyone notices)

The sentiment is from the stamp set Big on Birthdays and I am thrilled that this is being carried over. It is a great stamp (even if many of us do not care the one that says the “pretty comment”) – you can click here and here to see posts that I have used this stamp set.




The card base is the “walking the plank” In Color that has been so popular and one that we all are going to miss….Mint Macaron – as of last night it is still available and I admit, I am surprised as I know that this is a soooooo loved color and I admit, I picked up an extra pack to have as I just love how it goes with so many color combinations.

Here is the “formula” for you and I hope that you jot it down to use in the future or better yet – find a bit of “me time” today and have fun – remember…..use what you have and you will be surprised at how this formula will work for many stamps you have!





  • The base is a horizontal card (A-2) 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4′ in Mint Macaron


  • The Sweet Sugarplum is 5 1/4″ X 4″ and ran thru “Mr. Big” with Large Polka Dot folder that is already sold out but trust me, it will always be on Randall Lane as I adore this one. You just tilt it to the side and adhere it – then simply trim ff the excess (I love this look)





  • The White card stock  is 5″ X 3 3/4″ and then the sentiment is stamped in Tip Top Taupe….and yep, I am so glad that I listened to you all and use this color more (and I love it…too bad that it is retiring)


  • The DSP strip is 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ and then the solid strip is just 1/4″ X 3 3/4″ and then I used a white gel pen to add the dot accents. I did use the aqua painter a wee bit to add some color to the flowers but you could easily just use a marker to color it in.





Super simple right? Can you see how you can make this formula over and over again? I admit, I adore this DSP, Succulent Garden– the colors are so fresh and fun and I just adore ginghams….and this pack has 2 different ones. At the time of typing this it is still available and it is just $6.60!





I hope that this sweet card perked you up this morning and I hope that you will give it a try! This is such a funny time of the year for us with Stampin’ Up! as we all are getting super excited to see the new Annual Catalog and I can hardly wait for you to see if yourself.





As soon as I get my paws on this catalog to mail to you… If you have placed an order with me over the past year, I will sent you a catalog and a little In Color fun for you to get excited.

If you are anything like me, you need to FEEL IT in your hands and go over it again, and again…..and then another time to take it all in! :- I cannot tell you how many times I have flipped through it….and each time ~ I see something new! I will be able to order it on May 2nd….that is NEXT TUESDAY! 😆

Now for a FUNNY.….never a dull moment on Randall Lane. Below is Rosie. She is a mess….a BIG MESS. She is the one that some creep was trying to sell at a Yard Sale for $25.00 and she became an Itell about 2 years ago.

When we saved her from this terrible situation, she did not move from our family room for about 18 hours. We had her in a kennel to introduce her to the other dogs and she was terrified and actually she was kind of mean. By nature I am not afraid of many animals but she was a feisty little thing….

I will never forget it because it was the day before Thanksgiving when we picked her up and when John and I woke up Thanksgiving morning and came out to check on her…..she was still in the back of her kennel and growling at us…..I honestly thought that there was no way that it would work out with our other dogs….

John said…..let’s sit on the floor…open up her kennel door and just have a cup of coffee and see if she will come out (HECK – I thought…..well what fairy tale are you livin’ in) but we did it and after about 30 minutes…..she walked out of the kennel and went right to John and the REST IS HISTORY. 

Most of our animals like me the best except for her and that dumb donkey. She lives and breathes for John. It is truly pathetic. He tells her when he is leaving for work and she waits at the door each and every night.

The below picture is a bi-weekly thing that happens to her during “grass season” if she is outside when John is mowing the fields. We usually try to keep her in because I am truly afraid that she is going to get too close to the tractor but what she does is sit at one end of the field…..and as John turns to do the next piece of field….she runs to the ends to wait for him….and keeps doing it and below is the end result!

She is ONE LUCKY LITTLE GIRL and when you talk about a Daddy’s girl….that is Rosie. That 1st Tax Season that John went through after we rescued her…..I said – you should take take Rosie to the office with you on the weekends as she would LOVE to be with her Daddy. Well, that lasted one afternoon as when John came home and I said – how did it go…..I loved his response –



That’s my 8 lb. girl…..she loves and protects her daddy….Smart girl. Have a GREAT day!






Clearance Rack updated – WOOT-WOOT!


Hello and this is the 2nd post for today!  CLICK HERE to see my 1st post today…Tips for your Tuesday!

I have been trying to stay away from the computer today as I am working on my kits but I remembered that it is TUESDAY and each Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! offers updates to Demonstrators ~ so while eating my lunch I looked at the updates….. and when I saw that the clearance rack was updated…..I had to take a peek….



Yep, I ordered as when there are “keepers” in the Clearance rack – I do take advantage of a great deal so the moral of the story is….go take a peek – and if there is something that you want (or should I say….go WOW) get it before it is gone!

What tickled my fancy? You can see that the majority of by picks are ribbon and I can say…..when you can get a deal on ribbon – go for it! I use ribbon to fru-fru packages all the time BUT I AM WARNING YOU…..we have some AMAZING NEW Ribbons coming out in the new catalog and YES – I WILL BE DOING A RIBBON SHARE…..but these below items are just too good to pass up!

You know I love my Bakers Twine….you can never have too much! Please do not forget to shop the retired section as well – there are some great deals in there as well and many have already ZOOMED OUT THE DOOR!

Enjoy seeing my favorites that I could not pass up on!


Have fun….isn’t shopping from your computer FUN!


A tip for your Tuesday!


Happy TIP TUESDAY! Last week I was surfing around looking for something specific and look what I stumbled on.

On Amazon, they have a broader way for you to look and see options for specific interests ~ This is called Shop by Room, Craft Room. I admit, it was super fun to click away and just see what is out there!

By now you know that I love to share with you things that make life easier, make us smile, make us happy…. 😀

I invite you to have some “me time” and click away and see what tickles your fancy! I am a container junkie….with doing a SUPER QUICK breeze through...I saw this….and thought – this would be perfect for me when I am working on putting my kits together as I love things that stack as (stacking saves room and stacking makes things look tidy)

You could just have a “hay day” going through all of the different items that are things that “work for our needs”  – here is one that I use….a BUNCH….but I will give you a “HEADS UP” that in the new catalog we are going to be coming out with a similar product and I cannot wait to try it to see if I like it as much!



I know that I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator but I also know that there are many other great resources out there and I don’t know about you…but I do not buy all of my clothes from the same store or do I buy my groceries from the same store …you get it!

Here is an item that we DO HAVE but we do not have it in FUN COLORS…and it is only about the color for me in this instance…WHY????  = EASY….I have GREAT INTENTIONS of keeping a set of plates for just embossing….and if they are clear…somehow – someway – they get “in the mix” so having a FUN color it makes me STOP and use them just for embossing!



Well…this post can be short…because you can have FUN! Please share with us in the comments something fun and interesting that you think we all can find unique and useful!

Have a great day….tomorrow is HUMP day and I have another “keeper” Birthday card for you….that is one thing that we all seem to always need and appreciate ideas for!




Here is a HEADS UP! – the retiring list is M E L T I N G ….so please do not overlook the goodies that are out there….and in closing….as PROMISED – I would let you know when the April Paper Pumpkin Refill was available…and WOOT-WOOT – it is! Click here to grab yours….but remember, you  need to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase them…





So….if you really want it – and it is GREAT….and true ~ you will not get the stamp set with this refill….but REALLY – how can you go wrong with being able to get 12 complete cards with FUN liners for just $9.00….and we all know that you have many sentiments that will work….so GO FOR IT!

How can you get it without being a subscriber????….EASYhit that below button for a months subscription…and then after you do that – you can order this refill (I would get many) as I adore it and remember the examples that I showed you……CLICK HERE TO SEE! 

See you tomorrow….. 😀





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