My “GUTS” for the team!




Happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend. This is a FAST week fro me as I am leaving tomorrow to start the trek to Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up! Event! WHEW…..I fell like I just unpacked my suitcase and here I go again!



I bet you are wondering….what the heck is this title about? Hang tight… will make sense.



Two months ago I started to send my team some “GUTS” – yep, that’s right…..GUTS…Now you might be asking what is guts? To me, it is elements that they can take and create. The main goal is to just HAVE FUN….perhaps STRETCH YOURSELF….and to THINK OUT OF THE BOX.

This is something totally optional as trust me, I get it…..sometimes you just down’t feel like participating but my hopes are to create a fun activity and let me tell you….it is super fun to see what they come up with!

For those that choose to play…..I send them a goodie…..remember, there are no winners and no losers…it is just a fun team activity! I am a bit behind the 8 ball as I have not posted the fun cards they made with these guts to our facebook group….but I am always amazed at how each of us can start with the same elements and come out with something totally different.

Before we go much further I have a confession…It was not until I was completely done this card that I realize that I did not use an element that I provided…..and that was the color soft suede. What I would have done was to have matted the DSP in the soft suede to add that element! (Silly Susan!!!)






Here are the “GUTS” that I gave to everyone. No rules….just have fun creating… can add anything else…but you need to use the below elements….(AGAIN….I was the SUPER LOSER as I forgot, totally forgot an element)

  • a white doily (I chose this because I NEVER use them and wanted to S T R E T C H myself and see the inspiration from others)
  • a piece of the DSP from the Coffee Break Collection
  • a piece of Soft Sky and Soft Suede

I am sure that you can imagine the vast array of interpretations there are…as many use the “flip side” of the DSP….today I was playing it safe with this subtle print but the star of the show was using this below stamp set……Hug in a Mug.







At a first pass through the catalog I breezed right past this but then I received a card from my upline, Lisa Pretto and she used it….I thought….WOWZERS….

Once I saw that it was a photopolymer….easy decision – it needed to be on Randall Lane. I admit, I am getting rather picky about the stamps I purchase as I adore the photopolymer ones…..just think how adorable this would be for tags and even cards all Winter long.





I invite you to look at the small elements that are in this stamp set…they are SUPER -DE-DUPER “fillers” as I like to call it for space that you need a “little something”…just sayin’

This is a super straight forward card…..and it was fun to whip up! I did use the Stampin’ Blends to color in the images. I am having fun playing with them. After I adhered everything together, I took the Wink Of Stella pen over to add some shine…..a fun and fast touch!





I know that it is hard to see the Wink of Stella but please do not forget about this gem. It adds just the right amount of sparkle/specialness to your project!

Let’s quickly chat about the blends…..last Wednesday in Nov 1st…..I blogged about the Blends……CLICK HERE to see that post. These new pens have been the BUZZ,,,,,,and for good reasons….they are super easy to work with!






My goal is to have you NOT GET ALL WORKED UP about knowing how to blend. What I want….is for you to feel comfortable and enjoy the process and THEN…..we can work towards the blending……there is no need to stress….it will come – in time.

With that said, I decided to offer something that will help make the experience a bit more basic….a bit more relaxing….and also a little easier on your pocketbook buy stretching it out over 3 months.

***FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE ALREADY EMAILED ME TO JOIN….look for an email from me this afternoon with the colors for you to order and your first assignment! We are going to have fun together….learning and exploring!***

Here’s the scoop…please join the fun as this is how we will learn…..EMAIL ME and put in the subject line BLENDS CLUB and I will add you to the list. Please commit before this Friday the 10th so we all can get going on the assignments at the same time…..remember, this is a fun learning way for all of us to get a feel of these new markers….




HOW??? WHAT???…..Click here and put in the subject line BLENDS CLUB and I will send you a hostess code and the colors of markers for you to purchase for that given month. We will do this for the next 3 months….November, December and January. You need to email me saying that you want in “the club” by November 10th.

Each month you will order (4) color sets and a single marker that coordinates with the entire collection….so at the end – YOU will own the BIG KAHUNA….breaking it down for you….you will spend $40.50 each month to be in the “club”

Each month I will send you goodies/support training that will help you navigate the “in’s and out’s”  of this product. We will have fun, even for me – it will be a learning experience. The one thing that I can guarantee that you will do is PRACTICE… that is the KEY TO SUCCESS in learning anything that is new to you!

Now lets all go and have a FABULOUS day….and I will see you on Wednesday…..I have a post that will make you say…..WOW – now that it super practical and versatile…..I know you’ll LOVE IT!







A 1,2,3 post of FUN!




Hi there, did you miss me? We have soooooo much to catch up on and 1st – how was the eclipse?

I was here on Randall Lane and it was exciting, (well I guess) Daisy was in the air conditioning (in the tack room) …Arnold and Oscar were in their stalls and the dogs and I went back and forth from the TV to the outside with my DIY Cereal Box Glasses! (I should have taken a selfie)

I shared with you that me and my new friends on Interstate 95 South had fun on Friday but let me tell you, we had more friends coming home on Sunday! (hats off to all of you that have to deal with traffic….it stresses me!)

I bet you are thinking…what the heck is she talking about with this title of the blog today! Well….let me explain. I have been in the “stampin’ trenches” trying to get my kit completed and WOW – they look amazing (if I must say so myself) but my kits are a big part of what I do so that’s what I have been up to! (and….if this is the trenches…I am lucky!)

Last week I shared with you that when I create, I try to make them go in stride with current “life happenings” and this is what I am talking about…1,2 & 3! (and…I have 1,2 3 photos for you!)






Today’s card (which is super sweet) and tomorrow’s card (which is super sweet, again!) goes with Friday’s project…(which is super yummy) and you will see why the post is named this!

I also shared with you some videos of some of my favorites in the new upcoming catalog, and YEP….I really, REALLY love this bundle! If you missed this video…please treat yourself to this “fun watch” (this is a fantastic bundle of fun!)







By the end of the week, this blog title will make sense to you! Today I am meeting a “special someone” a very dear friend that I want to write her a note to say “thank you” and with…..(well , #3 on Friday)

This bundle will go ALL YEAR LONG….just a simple change of colors and POOF – an instant card! I know that Jennie is a very clean and modern person so I challenged myself to play with classic colors that are both “style and fresh” I think that I accomplished both!

The color scheme is Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla and good old Whisper White! I ask you….how can you go wrong….(let me answer for you…YOU CAN’T)

I cut the colors to a 3′ X 3″ square and then put the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (a life saver) as there is an adhesive backing on the flip side of the card stock and again, POOF…it sticks!

I did not make an envelope today because it will go with Friday’s post and then you will see that “it all makes sense” We are very fortunate to be able to take a project and add it along with some great packaging…and make a really, REALLY special gift!





The ease of these framelits makes this not only a super fun & classic card but it actually allows you to make many cards as all you do is swap out the inside pieces and PRESTO you have another card! Today I just used the outer shell but the other pieces will easily make another card/project so you can see – endless possibilities!

It is so much easier to go ahead and cut this whole die out with the multipurpose adhesive from the start (even if you do not use the inside pieces on the project) because WHEN you need to use the pieces….PRESTO – they are there ready for you to just peel off!

Did you see the great sentiment? We all have loved this bundle, Lovely Inside & Out Bundle….the ability to be able to snip-out the words and use them in the fashion that I am today is a win-win…super fast and effective!

I am a HUGE lover of “fonts and die sentiments” and I think that you can see that YEP, a single word can be super effective! I actually cut several of them and stacked them up, again, super easy with the adhesive sheets.

I know that it is hard to tell in the picture but the 1st layer of “friend” is out of Sahara Sand and then I stacked the rest in white. Having that off set a wee bit made a great effect.





That’s it for today….a super sweet and simple square card that will make someone smile! That is just the way I like it! I know that one thing that we all have in common…we like to craft, we like to make things with our hands!

Trust me, I “get it” as I am the same way but that darn way but I also know that  the “time thing” also gets in out way – I think you can see….this is a timeless card…..(a keeper…a classic)  😆

Have a great day….see you in the morning –  time to play a game!!!!




It’s Time to EXPLORE!




Happy Hump Day and it is time for John and I to “EXPLORE” today as we are going to see some temples today in beautiful Chiang Mia (I think I have the day/date correct). This is stamp set that I would wager to say was “passed by” in the new catalog but I just love it! (it is on page 35 in case you want to know)







You can see that this is a “Susan kinda card” as I just love those stamp sets that lend itself to a clean and simple card. You can see that this is all about the basic’s…..and BAM – YOUR DONE!

  • The Stitched Framelits
  • The Aqua Painter for a quick and simple pop of color
  • Layers of Card Stock (that always is an eye pleaser)
  • Doing a simple tone on tone stamping to create an INSTANT interest







In the below picture you can see that I did a tone on tone stamping with the suitcase stamp (I thought this would be soooo appropriate as we are traveling) but just look at the fun feel it gives to this card!

You can also see the super quick coloring I did….the colors that I used are in the line up at the end of the post and how about that linen thread? Does the trick each and every time!








To me, I just adore the color combination of Pink, Grey and White! How about you? The icing on the cake is the envelope fun as always using the Whole lot of Lovely DSP!

I hope that this has perked yo your day and that you will take a look at this fun stamp set! I see lots of possibilities for the small images and then adding a BIG sentiment from another set….that will be for another day!






We are winding down on our travels and I am hoping to edit my pictures and share with you the fun we have been having…..I am sure that our critters at home will be wanting some LOVE from their Mom and Dad – we have never left them this long!

Have a great day and until tomorrow!





Good Friday to all….it is a GREAT day for many reasons but the reason that you will like the most is…..(drumroll…drumroll…)




The Daisy Delight Bundle is off BACK ORDER!!!!




I know that many of you had ordered the Daisy Delight Bundle and Stampin’ Up! will be shipping your item and for those of you that have been waiting to be able to order…..I say ORDER AWAY as it is obviously ONE HOT ITEM!







I think that it is clear to see that this was a product that just FLEW OUT THE DOOR….and took the projections for sales up in smoke – but as for today – the GREEN LIGHT is on so if I were you….I would HIT THAT PAW PRINT and make sure you secure this bundle.

Most of the time when we think if a bundle….it is a stamp and framelits….this is a stamp and a FABULOUS punch. By getting the bundle you will save an instant 10%….and I think that you can see with this simple card that the stamped flower that is over the stamped/punched out flower creates a fun feel for this card.






I think that it is far to say….Stampin’ Up! has amazing DSP and I know you guys….I know that there are lots of you that have “paper addictions” – well I get it….I am guilty as charged and if that is my worst addiction in life….than I’ll take it. This paper, Delightful Daisy is beautiful, just beautiful.

At first I thought – the prints are so big and busy… am I going to make it work? Well here is a tip…..when I have paper that I need to “figure out” – I keep a couple of the patterns out in my work area that I need to “see it” – by being forced to look at it as I walk by etc….it always jumps in my head and makes me think of ideas – try this….I bet you will see that it helps you break through that “what can I do block”






In honor of the GREEN LIGHT IS ON for this product that we have been waiting for….I chose to do the post in greens and also use the faceted gems as they too are off of being backordered!

For those of you that participated in the product share….I am happy to say that these are back and I will send you the missing items from the embellishment share. You can see….that Stampin’ Up! is making many of us super happy with the back orders being caught up!

You all know that I am not a BLING BLING kinda gal….true I like a “little makeup” by I am not one that likes a bunch of glitter and bling (truth be told – I am happiest in my barn comfy clothes) but these faceted gems are quite stunning. There are times that a touch of bling makes a statement…and these make a statement.







I can remember when I would see posts that had the “nestled thread look” and thought – I like that look for a change up….but when I attempted to recreate it – IT WAS A HOT TANGLED MESS(sound familiar to anyone) After trying and trying to master it I found the easiest way….

  • Make sure you have ample adhesive on the back of whatever you are sticking it to
  • Just roll the tread around your hand (I either use 3 or all 4 fingers depending on the width of my nest) and make sure that you wrap many, many times as you need more than you think.
  • Cut it…Take the circle of thread to the adhesive and PRESS….AFTER you have it adhered then you can fru-fru it to the look and feel you are going for.


I used to try to get it “just right” and then attempt to adhere – that’s when Mr. FRUSTRATION set in…..doing it this simple way – it is fast and easy.







I am happy that this product has the GREEN LIGHT for you. What is more clean, crisp and classic than a good old Daisy!

Speaking of Daisy….she is in HOG HEAVEN as I had a call from my Postal Lady saying… church made a bunch of strawberry shortcakes for a bake sale….and I have a bunch of strawberry tops for Miss Daisy….well – THAT IS MUSIC TO MY EARS and I gladly drove in to make my girl smack her lips! She just LOVES strawberries!!!

Mr. Perfect update…..well he is still perfect, we all know that…he still is not able to put much weight on his wee little leg but he is happy and in no pain. Being that he has soft tissue damage….they want him to try to put weight on it to start to get the muscles stronger and then he will get a cast back on right before we leave for Thailand. (I think that Dr. Hurry knows that I am more worried about the animals) so while we are away I know that it will be protected.

The things we do….never a dull moment but a moment that is “just my life” and that makes me roll! 😀

Speaking of rolling….IT IS ALREADY the deadline day for Product Shares! If you wish to take advantage of a share….THIS IS IT – today is the last day to hop in a SHARECLICK HERE to see the offerings!




Just Cruisin’ along…




Happy HUMP day! Ok – are you smiling when you see this classic bike? I bet you are and this is a super fun bundle from the new catalog. The details that Stampin’ Up! put into this bundle is over the top…..(kinda the way that I felt about the Hot Air Ballon Bundle) – I think that we can all agree that there is just something classic about a bike…no matter your age!

It’s not hard to have a fun card when you have fun products to work with! Yesterday I chatted about stepping out of the color box that sometimes I think that we get trapped in….so today I challenged myself to use just solid colors of paper…and it worked and I was happy!

Here is a good peek at this dream of a bundle! You can see that again, I took the “freebie” idea that was right in front of me to get my mojo going for the card! This truly is a fun set to work with….so fresh!

You can see that there are a bunch of diecuts….(15 in all) and next we will chat about an idea that I like to do when I make the investment of a new bundle. I admit, I was doing the happy dance that this is a photopolymer…..they make stamping soooooo easy for perfect placement each and every time.







This is what I do when I get a “newbie in the house” – I will say that the stamp sets that I do not do this to right when I get them….I find that they are “SHELF SITTERS” for a while……does this sound familiar to anyone or am I on the “Island of I have never used that Stamp before” by myself!

Below you will see a picture of the images of the stamp set as well as the die cut pieces in the bundle. I will be honest, this takes time to do but the outcome is well worth every minute that you take in getting to know your stamps as well as condition them. I have blogged about this before but I wanted to mention it again….

We all spend so much money on our stamps and goodies…we need to make sure that they work the best possible way for us! I do like to stamp them in black as it does help to SPOT IT when you are in the trenches of playing! It’s funny, it used to bug me that the stamps were stained….now I LOVE the stains!







The sentiment came from this adorable Stamp Set, Pieces & Patterns. This IS a keeper set. I know at a glance you say…it’s ok…but I’ll wait – well let me point out….there are LOTS of little stamps that are perfect “fillers”. I think is you were to go onto Pinterest you will see what I mean….people are coming up with fantastic projects with this set….and the matching DSP  – can you say adorable!







Enjoy the pictures and let me know how you like this inspiration for today! It is just wonderful when you have a great basic element to let your card ROLL….I tucked in some clouds hear and there from the Up & Away Framelits…..they are the best clouds with little effort. I have a little container of white clouds so when I need a little something – BAM….right at my fingertips!






A quick chat about the “road” – Is this the best or what! In the framelits there is a small little one that creates an embossing effect….it was so easy to do – just position it in Mr. Big …crank away and presto – you are riding down a road. I took a sponge and soft suede to “dirty up” my Soft Sky card stock.

The other thing that is the best are….THE MINI DIMENSIONALS….those little guys are perfect. When you first see them you will say – WOW, these are really tiny…..but when working with them you quickly see that you want them tiny… more sticky scissors and the size is perfect for many little areas that need that EXTRA lift!







A card would not be a card without a beautiful envelope! This bike image would be adorable stamped on the front of an envelope….Here’s what I envision that would be super ….. Make a custom envelope out of the Soft Sky or Lemon Lime Twist and then stamp the back wheel going off the envelope with “enjoy today” stamped multiple times….. 😀

Wouldn’t that be super cute! We all can come up with lots of great ideas but sometimes that TIME thing gets in the way!






Here is the picture to Pin….just hover over it and the “P” will be right there…and presto – you have an idea for the future. There truly are so many different ways that you can go with this bundle. It is a classic…it is a keeper and today I just did a quick way to use it but truth be told – I love this card just the way it is!

That is a great tip I can give you….if YOU are happy with a project….than stick with it – no reason to make it harder than it needs to. We do this “THING” of stamping because it is to be FUN….

Before we leave…a quickie about the sentiment…..After I stamped it my plan was to have it in a banner…..well – I was not happy with the width of it so PLAN Bsnip it and let it roll!







Now to my little buddy….he is laying low and actually doing what he does best – SLEEPING and hanging out with Mom! He is in no pain….it just looks worse than it is – he IS a sweet angel that brings me more joy than one will know…..we go back to the Vets tomorrow and then next – Orthopedic Specialist….he has always been “gimpy” but we need to make sure that he has not damaged it more.






That’s it for today! I hope that you enjoyed this card as much as I did. I am really looking forward to playing with this bundle more. It is definitely a “KEEPER” and a classic! I hope that you do take it to heart to condition and really get to know your products.

I know that I try my best to share and teach you some ins & outs of basic stamp care and things that I have found to be helpful. It is great to have products….but you really need to know how to make the most out of the products that you have! When you take the time, your results will be better …hence –  you will even be happier stamper!

Little by little we learn and once we implement change, it becomes second nature to us! I cannot wait for tomorrow….it is the DEBUT of the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge….and WOWsooooooo much talent~ I hope that you will PLAY!!!!





Let’s Soar Away!



Good Monday….oops Tuesday to you! I hope that you had a great Holiday Weekend but if you are anything like me….when there is a Holiday on a Monday than I feel like I am playing catch up all week trying to figure out what day it is! It was a great weekend but reality is here!



This is a BIG WEEK… and a fun week for us as the NEW CATALOG launches in just 2 days! 

I know that you totally understand that it is a great upcoming week because of new catalog…but then that must mean that it s a week where stamps and lots of FUN STUFF are getting ready to walk the plank!




With that said….please do not forget to check out the items that are leaving us! There are many “keepers” in there that to me are “true blues” !

Even though this “stamp & framelits” are being carried over to the NEW CATALOG… WILL NOT be carried over at a discounted price. For those of you  that are new…..let me fill you in – when we have a BUNDLE (which means that it is an instant 10% off) they will not always be priced that way….soooooo, the moral of the story is – you have today and tomorrow to decide!







I have blogged about this bundle many times and I will hold true to what I have said….Stampin’ Up! did a fantastic job on this bundle as the stamps are SPOT ON but the framelits – AMAZING! The details are just the best!

If you are anything like me ….you will agree that we all need more encouragement. I know that that seems so simple but really is something that I think it is fair to say  – that we all need more of!

Today…I paired it up with the fun photopolymer stamp, Over the Rainbow that IS walking the plank into the Stampin’ Up Sea of Retirement and I think that you can see….it is another keeper! I love the fact that it is a Photopolymer and for today. I used So Saffron but stamped it twice to get a heavier coverage of ink…and it was super easy to do as you can see right through!










I have a confession….I am super picky about clouds. I know that this seems strange but clouds are a hard thing to look “ok” – I like these clouds because they come in 3 sizes and they are perfect for many cards we make!

Many times, I use a dauber to sponge the sides but today – I decided to leave them plain.  Think about how many project that we make that these little gems would be the perfect “tuck in” ? I like to adhere some flat and then some popped up for more interest.







There is a Retiring Bundles list and here are my top picks for bundles (or should I say products that ARE being carried over) into the new catalog but they WILL NOT BE A BUNDLED DISCOUNTED PRICE.

  • Best Birds – I was LATE out of the gate in getting this one but I am glad that I have it….Click here to see a post on it.
  • Cool Treats – I say no more….nothing more classic that Ice Cream…Click here to see a post.
  • Dragonfly Dreams – Another classic and the framelits…..A M A Z I N G ….Click here to see a post.
  • Lift Me Up – You can see from today’s post….a super versatile bundle to lift anyone way….Click here to see Phyliss soaring!







I know that when we have a NEW Catalog coming….naturally that means that some of us are going to be sad with the retirement of products. I can honestly say that the big “hole in my heart” item that is leaving are the DSP Paper Stacks. Many of you remember that I always had them on my product shares and I am sad about that because they were just the BEST go to’s!

Many of the color families sold out ZOOM FAST but the In Color DSP Stack that I used for today’s card is still available. These In Colors will be with us for another year so if you do not have this gem, I would take a hard look at it. I think that main reason that I adore these stacks are they do the work for you….how fun and classic are the prints!

Here is your “picture ti PIN” – just hover over it and hit that familiar “P”!






Well there you go! A “keeper” of a card if I must say so myself! With the balloons the color combinations are endless and we all know the feeling inside when we see a beautiful Hot Air Balloon  – one beautiful sight! So as we bring this Stampin’ Up! Year to an end…I am sure that we will continue to soar together!

Remember, you have just have today and tomorrow to order any of the items that are leaving us. One product that I would toss into the cart (and I will have no problem with multiples) is Bakers Twine. You can never have too much Bakers Twine and even though I used Crushed Curry on this card…IT WORKS….This is on sale for just $1.80 –

Here is a great idea – you can click here for the Ribbon & Trim and see all of the offerings – who would not love a basket of ribbon and also throw in some Embellishments….what a great gift for a crafty friend….and the card that I would put with that gift….



EASY = Pop back tomorrow and it will be FRONT and CENTER!

Now go have a GREAT day!







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