The BEST Bundle in the Catalog!





Ok….hands down….I think that this is the BEST bundle in the new Occasions Catalog! For us Stampin’ Up! fans….it gives us the best of all worlds – great florals….amazing sentiments…. Fantastic artwork on the stamps…and framelits that will WOW us in many ways….I say a HOME RUN!

The minute I saw this catalog…I knew that this bundle would have a forever home on Randall Lane. It is just stellar in so many ways. When you have the best of all worlds it makes it super easy to create. That sums this up…it is just one beautiful bundle and I ask you, how can you go wrong when the “moon and the stars line up” like this does! đŸ˜€






No worries about fussy cutting this gem….in the picture below you will see that there is a framelit that cuts out this beautiful cluster of flowers. Here is another thing that you could easily do…snip off a portion of the flower and adhere it with a dimensional to add another layer of a flower for a dramatic POP!

The other thing that I think is a win-win about this bundle is the large, detail framelit that is just the “greenery” For my card today I did cut (2) different colors out, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. I know it is hard to see that I have both colors, but in person the variation of the green colors makes a statement.

The reason that I like this piece is that it is a great “filler” when you need to tuck a little something “here and there” to round out a design! Hopefully that makes sense…but I often finish a design and stand back and say….it needs just a little something more….and YEP – this die allows you to snip a little off if needed….a quick tuck and BAM!







The size of this card is a good old Whisper White Notecard, so it is 3 1/2″ X 5″ . I was thrilled to be able to use this bundle with a smaller size of a card…..again, you are getting the best of both worlds! This would be a super card to make a bunch up and give it as a gift….we all know that handmade gifts from the heart are the ones that are super special!

Because this layout is so simple….I would go ahead and stamp up several of the sentiments on a 1/2″ white piece and then tuck them in with a bunch cards to give as a gift! I would put a piece of tear N Tape on the back of the sentiment strips so the recipient can simply pull off the release paper and adhere it to the card.

Trust me, this would be a gift that not only is so thoughtful and practical….but it would be one that she would remember……because YOU took the time to show you cared by making it!







We have another new product in this new catalog that totally deserves some “talk time”…and that is the 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon! WOW – this is beautiful and it makes the most “well behaved bows” – What the heck is a well behaved bow????

To me…..(because I am a bit bow challenged) it is when you can tie a simple bow just like you are tying your shoe and it works out to be perfect! YEP, this ribbon does just that…you can “fluff up” the loops and they will “behave and stay put” or you can press the loops flat and it looks perfect each and every time!

Because it is white…it works perfectly with just about any project, I am thrilled with this addition. Also remember, this ribbon you can run it across your ink pad and make your own “custom color” of ribbon. Jeanie does this all the time and the results are amazing….but then again, what doesn’t she do that doesn’t look amazing!







Can you also see that I tucked under the “behaved bow” some silver thread? This is a great added touch that take little time with a big return. Using a simple glue dot helps hold everything in place.

Did you forget about this DSP that I used for the back flap of the envelope? It is from the Delightful Daisy DSP collection. When I go to create I simply grab a swatch book and flip through to find a perfect, complementary color and feel of DSP to finish my project.

I am a HUGE believer of the swatch books as they are total time savers. My 1st wave of product shares are closed but if you want to get in the next one, please email me – you will love having a “bit” from all….without having to buy it all! I have the new Occasion Swatch Books available and trust me, once you have them….you will see what I mean about being a lifesaver.







We need to chat….a chat about the coloring and rhinestones. It is so ridiculously easy when you use the Blends…yep, that’s right…these alcohol based markers do all of the work for you without having lines. It is coloring 101 with great results each and every time.

I did not “blend” at all….all I did was put down the lighter of the color (daffodil delight and then old olive respectively) and then went over where there are the darker, pronounced areas are and used the darker shade – THAT IS IT!

For the rhinestones…you can make any color of a rhinestone by simply coloring them with a Blend….or you can also use a Sharpie Marker – it is fast, easy and no mess….leaving you with a perfect “bling” that creates that extra special something to a project!






There you go…a clean and oh so special notecard that is just beautiful! I am using this bundle this month for my monthly card kits ( I knew it the minute I saw it)….It is just a wonderful addition that is just timeless! Remember, if you purchase this bundle, you will qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item… see…that is why I say it is the “sweetest time of the year” – we get to pick FREEBIES!

If you are interested in my Card Kit, please email me…..I have a couple of spots open and the last day to sign up will be Thursday. I know you you will enjoy the offering and you will be a happy stamper when you can sit and create designs that I made! It is always my goal for you to feel confident about your stamping experience!

Enjoy the day and trust me, you will see me use this bundle a bunch as it is just a keeper! All of the 1st wave of my Product Shares are OUT THE DOOR today and now I am turning my time towards my Monthly Kits…… it feels great to have them completed and I know that you all will be thrilled to receive the newbies!

Until Hump Day…..go make someone smile!







How about a “lemon” and more Blog Candy!




Hip Hip Hooray….it’s Friday! I am feeling more like myself and I am hopeful that I have had my one and only cold this year! I am having so much fun with our week of  Blog Candy fun…and today will be another keeper day as one lucky winner will win this fabulous stamp set, Lemon Zest!

Before we get to that and we have some business to take care of – let’s call it the stand up and stretch … how about it – stand up and give yourself a good stretch but if your name is Maureen you need to jump up and down and squeal like Daisy Mae would and then shake it – shake it….cause’ you won the A Little Wild Stamp Set from yesterday!

I ADORE the part that she said “I thought she was so talented……but I learned that SU is fun and easy” – Is that the BEST or what! So true…so true – there are soooo many tricks up our sleeves that make people say… really made that!!! Please email me and woot-woot to you!

p.s. – READ the comment to make sure you are the correct Maureen….this happened to me before that someone saw their name and was sooooo excited…but it ended up to be a different person as she did not read the comment….too darn funny!




I adore reading your comments and if you have not had the opportunity to do so….please consider this a huge treat to do so. Grab that extra cup of coffee and read the amazing comments that people have left as to when they started stamping. I think that you will see the general theme…once they caught the bug…it was nurtured, cherished…and still bloomin’!

The part that warms my heart is the common thread of “doing this” with a family member or friend most of you were introduced in that way….and then it happened, you were hooked.

Just think of the relationships you have made because of “this”…just think of the smile you have made because of “this”…just think of the “confidence and pride” you have given yourself because of “this”….


Guess what…“THIS” does make a difference!


O.k. – let’s get to todays card and I am SUPER excited to read your comments for todays question! I do not know about you but when a new catalog comes out….I do the usual flip through….take it in…..flip though again….take it in some more! I feel that I am a pretty good critic of picking out what I think is going to be a “keeper” in my eyes.






I like to call these items my Blue Ribbons or just “keepers” and this bundle….it’s a keeper! In my eyes there were several factors that made this bundle become an easy “keeper” for me.

  • It’s a bundle…so right out of the gate it is a 10% savings and then I get an additional 25% off so here comes a woot-woot.
  • The “bundle” part is a punch! (love it when SU has a new punch….fast!)
  • The images are classics and the sentiments and fonts….another woot-woot! You can see a win-win all the way around!


I am sure that you have see a ca-zillion amazing projects made with this bundle but today I wanted to do something a bit different to add my own “twist” to the feel of the lemons!






What did I do to accomplish that???….“easy-peasy lemon squeezy”…after I stamped the images I crumbled them up and then opened then and smoothed them out to give our lemons some texture!

I have not done this in a while (actually I forgot about it) and when I was creating this I asked John what it needed….his answer – the lemons need some texture so PRESTO….I balled up a lemon and the rest is history!







Now how about that wee bit of Bakers Twine to add a POP….I have told you – BAKERS TWINE is the BEST…..such a quick and easy accent that is so affordable. I always like to do the “wrap” of the twine and adhere it to the back and then add the bow with a glue dot.

Once you get in a habit of using more that one strand of twine…you will never go back – it adds a bunch!

The envelope love…yep – another keeper…this is made from the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder. This one gives you such a “3D Dynamic Textured Impression” – definitely another “keeper” or “must have” in your craft stash! Thank you SU for continuing to come out with this amazing embossing folders!





Now for today’s question for you to comment on…

When you create and make a boo-boo… you let it roll…do you start over….do you repurpose it for another project…or do you just say – OOPS….it is Handmade – not Hallmark?


One lucky winner will win this stamp Set….

Lemon Zest….just leave a comment and GOOD LUCK!


Please leave me a comment and also let us know how you “make LEMONADE out of LEMONS” when you craft!…..and pop back tomorrow to see who won the stamp set!

There are 4 days and counting for you to take advantage of the Bonus Day offering…..for every $50.00 – you get a $5.00 coupon to spend in August….I feel like we are at Kohls as this is what they do and yep, I take advantage of it there as well! đŸ˜€




If your order of $75.00 or more….you will have a DOUPLE BONUS….a $5.00 off coupon from SU (you get $5.00 for each $50.00 increment) and then one from ME… opportunity to GO TO THE VAULT…..this is a private perk for you.

There are 100’s of stamp sets that have been retired and you can pick one free!!! Please use the hostess code of 4W9UWEG6 (current hostess codes are always on the right of my blog) Trust me, there are pricy stamp sets in there and if you want a bundle – no worries, I will gladly sell you the framelits that match your free stamp set at 50% off!

It is FILLED TO THE BRIM and all of the ones that were just discontinued (as of end of May) are in there…..I’ve been kinda worried about a couple of folks….they have been stuck in the vault for 2 days now….I hope you are not locked in! (your husband emailed me and he wants dinner!!!)

There is a bunch to take in as there are some amazing stamps, bundles and MORE…..



For our Weekend Post….we will be POPPING up with some DAISY’s...(and no, not my sweet swine Daisy Mae) but I have a East Coast/West Coast throw-down….stampin’ style going on…and YEP – more Blog Candy to end the week…my thanks for your amazing support to me!

Have a great day…..leave a comment and I will see you in the morning!



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