Happy 66th Anniversary!

By | November 17, 2017

Today Reggie and I will be joining my parents at lunch for their 66th anniversary – really an event to celebrate!

Mom and Dad August 2016

Vernon and Jean (Webber) Krause were married on November 17, 1951 in Auburn, CA

My dad was a draftsman in the Air Force when I was born, and after leaving the service he completed a teaching degree in Art/Industrial Arts. He was a public school teacher for over 40 years.

My mother was a homemaker and worked for a while as a switchboard operator at the local hospital. Later in life she was a member of the Planning Commission in their hometown of Auburn, CA.

My parents always win the prize for “Longest Married” at their Placer High School reunions. As my dad always says, “We started young!” (19 and 17 respectively!)

Here is the card I made for my parents this year:

Here are the cardstock and ink colors on this card:

And here are the supplies that I used:

September Sunflowers

By | September 1, 2017

Happy first day of September (rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, Mindy!) My cousin Renee is also celebrating her birthday today, and if I counted correctly, it’s the big  6-0 for her!

Sunflowers are such a common flower, seen from east to west planted in fields, volunteering by the roadsides and in many gardens. They could be called the Giving Flower, because like Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, they seem to delight in sharing their bounty with us – seeds, oil and beauty!  Where we live there are huge fields of sunflowers; this one is in Dixon, California:

September Sunflowers

Last fall, while visiting Vermont, I took this picture of myself with some stray sunflowers growing on Main Street in Colchester:

September 1st is also the first day of the new Holiday Catalog! I’m always attracted to the Harvest and Thanksgiving stamps first, and on page 49 we’ve got a fun new two-step photopolymer set called Painted Harvest. The stamp group ladies and I used this set to make a Z-fold card last weekend:

The technique for making this different style card is easy; just cut your cardstock the long way (4 1/4″ x 11″) and score it in the middle. Then take the front panel and score that in the middle, too. Fold it back and attach the stamped panel to it.

Here are the colors that I used for the two-tone flowers and leaves, plus the brown sunflower centers:

And these are the supplies that I used to make our September Sunflowers card. Click on any picture to see more, or to order (Current Host Code is BZK3MCGM.):

What I Did on My Summer Vacation!

By | August 30, 2017

Oh, my goodness, Dear Readers, when my computer broke down in the middle of July I never thought it would take me six weeks to get back on here and post again! But a lot has happened, so let’s get right to it with a throwback to those old school essays that we used to write at the beginning of each new school year:

The first thing I did on my Summer Vacation this year was shove everything from the family room and kitchen…

Stuffed Front Room

…into the front room! We did some remodeling in the other rooms  – wall texturing, paint, ceiling popcorn removal, flooring and lighting.

Egypt on Ladder

During the work, Egypt just couldn’t resist climbing to the top – I watched her nimbly negotiate every ladder step up there!

After we got everything done, Ziggy enjoyed stretching out on the new laminate flooring in the family room:

Ziggy on new floor

Adjoining the family room, new linoleum in the kitchen and a fresh paint job really brightened up the place!

New kitchen floor

This is where we stamp on the 4th Saturday of each month, in the breakfast nook on an antique oak table.

Later in July, we started putting everything back into place, but that is a big job and it isn’t done yet!

After the front room was at least partially put in order, I was able to retrieve my art supplies and start stamping again:

Brick Wall Primrose

Here’s one that we made in the 4th Saturday stamp class; I love how the Brick Wall embossing folder looks with Cajun Craze cardstock and a little White Craft ink to lighten it up. I used some of the watercolor swash stamps from the Work of Art stamp set to apply the white ink to the bricks.

Here are the supplies that we used on this “Yellow Rose of Texas” card, so named to honor my grandmother Imogene who was born there in 1917:

Price: $110.00

Speaking of Texas, we want to send our love and prayers to our friends on the Gulf Coast who are enduring the terrible rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. May all things work together for the good as they rebuild their towns and their lives.

My Personal Best!

By | July 7, 2017

In November, Stampin’ Up! will hold gatherings for demonstrators in locations all around the world; I’m going to attend in Salt Lake City, Utah! One thing we always do at these events is bring card swaps to trade with each other, giving us new ideas to share with our stamping friends. Also, some demonstrators are invited to prepare project samples for the display boards. To that end, I am sharing some examples of my cards and projects for consideration!

First, I’ve chosen three cards that I have already shared on the blog, to show what I consider some of my “best work.”

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I made this first card with the new Label Me Pretty stamp set, coordinating Pretty Label Punch and some Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper:

I used Powder Pink, one of the new 2017-2019 In Colors, along with Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso. The flowers were watercolored with Blender Pens, and I die cut some leafy accents with the Pretty Pines Thinlits set from Wild Wasabi and Vellum cardstock.

This card was specially made for my mother, who loves pink carnations. The images from the Touches of Texture set were just right!

I used Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette ink and cardstock, plus a little Pear Pizzazz ink for the leaves. One of my favorite techniques is making my own background paper by using one color of ink on the same color of cardstock. It gives a subtle pattern that looks lovely with coordinating focal images.

This card is one that I made for a demonstrator’s swap, using images and a sentiment from the Garden In Bloom set and dies from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits:

A little ink sponging behind the die cut flower swirls makes this a quick card to reproduce. I used Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride, and Crumb Cake cardstock, plus Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip inks.

This next project is new to the blog, although I have made a lot of Post-It Note holders lately! These are very fun to make and use:

This is constructed with some new In Color products; Fresh Florals DSP, Fresh Fig cardstock and ink, and Berry Burst cardstock and Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. I also used my set of Layering Circles Framelits and a little bird from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits. The sentiment is from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.

This tealight candle holder is made with another new In Color, Tranquil Tide:

I love the Eastern Medallion Thinlits used here; so many in this set would be perfect for these tealight holders as well as for cards and other projects. I used a Fresh Fig Mini Tassel and some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon on the side. The cut panels are covered on the back with squares of Vellum cardstock attached with Mini Glue Dots – perfect for letting a soft glow of light through the die cut designs!

And finally, here is a scrapbook page dedicated to my mother, Jean and my daughter, Anne:

I’ve used a color scheme of Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst and Basic Black, with lettering from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, a sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, the Layering Ovals Framelits and leaf images and scallop from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.

“May all your tomorrows be as happy as today” – a wonderful thought and a wish for all of my stamping friends!




Garden Gazing through the Window

By | June 27, 2017

The Jar of Love photopolymer stamp set has an amazing 37 stamps to mix and match! When it came out in last year’s catalog I remarked that this set could keep you creating for a long time with all of those images to pick from. So, now that we have some new In Colors to play with, I decided to give my Jar of Love stamps a try again, this time with a garden window motif:

Window Garden front

One of our perennial favorites, Rose Red, provides a wonderful complement to the two new In Colors, Powder Pink and Fresh Fig.

Another standby, Old Olive, is the perfect green to go with these shades of pink.

Window Garden side

All of the stamp images, from the flowers and sentiment, to the hearts and the bow, are part of the Jar of Love photopolymer set. I used two dies sets; the Everyday Jar Framelits that coordinate with the stamp set, and the Hearth & Home Thinlits for the window and sill. And look at that background made with the Hexagons embossing folder; this is one of the new 3-D Dynamic Textured Impressions style with deeper embossing power. I love how this industrial-style can go soft and feminine with the right color of cardstock!

Here are the supplies that I used to make my Garden Window card. Click on any picture to read more (the current Hostess Code is 9EUM7XB2):

Price: $110.00

While we’re on the subject of new flowers and new In Colors, here is a card that I received in a recent swap with other demonstrators in my Stampin’ Up! group:

Swap by Vicky

Vicky used the new Berry Burst In Color cardstock, ribbon and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper that peeks out behind the punched Daisy image. This punch was so popular at the beginning of the month that it went on backorder – but we have a new stock of them now!

Flower stamps, Thinlits dies and punches are some of the most fun to work with; do you have a favorite?




Easy Layout for June Celebrations

By | June 21, 2017

I posted the card that I made for my dad for Father’s Day last time; today I want to show you the simple layout that I used for Reggie’s Father’s Day card:

Guy Greetings and Suite Sentiments (retired) stamp sets, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.

The thing my husband loves best is baseball – “America’s Pastime!” So, I made this card with a simple layout of embossed cardstock background and a baseball focal element at the top left-hand corner. Although I used a retired stamp from the Suite Sentiments set (Best… Ever.) I stamped the word “husband” from Guy Greetings, cut it out and applied it on top of the other greeting. I stamped the “World’s Greatest” on Smoky Slate cardstock and cut out the banner with my Paper Snips. And what do you think of the embossing on the Real Red cardstock? Ruffles can be feminine, but look how great they work on this card to give the look of movement with the baseball motif!

Tip: You can easily make a baseball image by cutting out a Whisper White circle from the Layering Circles Thinlits (I used the 1 7/8″ size for this card.) Then, with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, just draw the lines and stitches onto the circle! I also sponged a little Smoky Slate ink all around the sphere for dimension. And here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know – there are 108 stitches on a baseball!

We are lucky to live close enough to enjoy some Sacramento Rivercats’ baseball every season – AAA affiliates of the San Francisco Giants!

Now here is another card that I made for a celebration this year – nephew Joe’s graduation from the University of Vermont with an BS in Computer Science:

(Retired products used: Blue Ribbon stamp set, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. Gold Satin Ribbon.)

I didn’t realize at first that these two cards were made with virtually the same layout – an embossed cardstock background with a focal point in the top left-hand corner. But it works in Emerald Envy/Night of Navy as well as Real Red/Basic Black! And it is quick and easy when you need a card fast!

Here are the current products that I used on Reggie’s Best Husband Ever card. Click on any picture to read more or to order online with Code HGHWSG7J:




Happy Father’s Day!

By | June 19, 2017

My sister and I are very lucky that we ended up with such a nice dad, and that he is still here with us so we can wish him a “Happy Father’s Day!”

Happy Father's Day!

My dad, Vernon Krause, my Sister Karla, and her new puppy Riley.

The card that I made for him this year was a hybrid; I have a stash of older cards that I’ve made or swapped for in years’ past, and this card started out as another card that I had made, maybe 15 years ago. It was a nice enough card, but what I made then and what I make now are two different things! So, I took the rather plain card, cut it apart and used the front of it, including the ribbon, the leaves and the gold embossed sentiment. I then attached that smaller panel onto the front of a new card base with Designer Series Paper on the background, and I die cut a bird from Birds & Blooms Thinlits to attach to the front of the card as a focal point:

Happy Father's Day!

Chocolate Chip and Old Olive cardstock, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Birds & Blooms Thinlits.

Have you ever given your dad a gift of flowers? My sister Karla and I both did on Father’s Day; men like flowers too!

Guy Greetings and Best Birds Photopolymer Stamp sets, Chocolate Chip ink.

As I mentioned, this card was started years ago and so it has some older stamped images on it along with the current ones. Here is a list of the things that are still available:

Supply List

 I hope you were able to celebrate with your dad this Father’s Day, or remember him with love in a special way!

Wish I Could Be… Under the Sea

By | June 15, 2017

We have several SU! colors with names and shades reminiscent of the ocean, Bermuda Bay and the new In Color Tranquil Tide being two of them. Using them together is a double delight because they evoke the peace and calm of a seaside scene, and another new In Color, Lemon Lime Twist,  is the perfect bright complement to these two!

Wouldn’t you agree?

I enjoyed the card swap that I attended a few days ago with my Stampin’ Up! group, and I wanted to be sure and show you a card that I made, designed by one of the other demonstrators:

Wish I Could Be... Under the Sea

Magical Mermaid (144017) is one of the new stamp sets in the catalog, and as you can see, a little Melon Mambo doesn’t hurt, either! Our friend had these mermaid gals stamped for us in Basic Black Archival ink on watercolor paper, and it was fun to fill in the color with Aqua Painters and ink from the stamp pads. Tip: Press the lid in with your thumbs a couple of times before opening your pad, and you will have a little patch of ink on the inside of the lid, perfect for watercoloring!

Wish I Could Be... Under the Sea

We made this Eastern Beauty card at a recent stamp class!

This card of mine is stamped with the new Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set, with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits (Available as a bundle -145348.) I know it looks very similar to a card that I already shared (with a peacock feather on it!) But when I prepared the materials for my class to make it, I decided to stamp right on the 3-D lotus flower as well as on the strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I liked being able to take this up a notch with extra stamping, and my friends loved it too! I used the new Oh My Stars embossing folder (142710) on the background panel of Tranquil Tide cardstock.

Here are some of the supplies that were used on both of these cards; click on any picture to see more or to order online (and be sure to use the current Code H6HWSG7J):

Do you know some of the other “ocean” or water-inspired colors that we have in our catalog? See the answers below!

Wish I Could Be... Under the Sea

(Answers: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist and Pool Party)

Stampin’ It Up With My Friends!

By | June 12, 2017

This weekend the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in my group got together for a Shoebox Swap. This is where we each design a card and then bring all the supplies for our friends to make their own copy of it!

Stampin' It Up With My Friends!

Valory Degree, Ann Clemmer and Susan Anderson from the 24/7 Stampers group.

We do have a friendly competition with this; you can see in the background the board where we all clip a sample of our cards, then we vote for our favorite. I usually don’t try to be the “winner” with this, though; when we get together and stamp, we might have 15 or 20 demonstrators together, making each other’s cards in the allotted time! This can be a challenge, so I usually try to make a card that will be simple enough to reproduce quickly. Here is the card I designed:

Stampin' It Up With My Friends!

The new Label Me Pretty stamp set, Pretty Punch, and 2017-2019 In Color, Tranquil Tide.

We always have the cardstock cut and scored to size, leaving only the stamping, embossing and assembly to do. Sometimes we help out by having some of the stamping done ahead of time, too; on this card I stamped and punched out the sentiment circle beforehand to save a little time.

Here is the color scheme for this You’re The Best thank you swap card:

It’s always nice to have a few color combo ideas to start with when working with the new In Colors for the first time!

After I made the swap card, I still had some of the supplies sitting on my work table, so I designed another card with similar colors:

Stampin' It Up With My Friends!

Eastern Beauty set, Hearth & Home and Detailed Dragonfly dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

The addition of Cajun Craze is a good complement to this card:

Another combination for the new Tranquil Tide In Color!

Here are the supplies that I used to make both cards; click on any picture for more information or to order online with Code H6HWSG7J:

Price: $110.00

What do you think of Tranquil Tide? What other color combinations could you use with this new In Color?

Representing Idealized Love

By | June 11, 2017

I’ve had a few commissioned projects in the past couple of months, and today’s extra large card is the latest! My friend Karlyn will be teaching a lesson today for the women’s group at church on the topic of marriage. She asked me to make a card that would represent the ideal of love, the kind that we all dream of and expect when we first marry, before the challenges of life set in (and things settle into a more realistic version of what love is!)

Representing Idealized Love

My friend had some specific elements that she wanted on this card, and I showed her step-by-step what I was doing. She liked these die cut hearts from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits set, and although they look nice in solid red like this, I suggested that we decorated them with some gold embossed flowers:

Representing Idealized Love

The flat spots on the heart die cuts are designed to be embellished with these large and small flower stamps and dies.

Representing Idealized Love

Here is the completed card, with the word “love” die cut in Gold Glimmer Paper, and some understated dry embossing on the white background.

Representing Idealized Love

Here is a another view of the background embossing. Karlyn wanted a very large card, 9 inches tall, but I didn’t have an embossing folder in that size. So, I embossed several images onto another sheet of Whisper White cardstock, then cut out the designs with my sharp little Paper Snips. I carefully glued the designs onto the card front as shown. Necessity is the Mother of Invention, as they say!

Although the embossing folder and the sentiment die cut are retired Stampin’ Up! products, several of the other supplies that I used on my Ideal Love card are available in the latest catalog! Click on any picture to read more, or to order online:

Have you ever made a very large card like this? This was my first, and I was happy with the result!

Little Boxes Take a Cross Country Trip!

By | June 7, 2017

As  I mentioned in a previous post, I recently finished making a set of fifteen Post-It Note boxes for a friend who lives on the East Coast. She has now given them to her colleagues and team members at work. The original idea for the boxes came from my friend Nancy, who gave me one that she had made, and when Debbie saw it, she immediately asked if I could produce a set for her co-workers!

I started out by making one complete box, then I made the rest, leaving them flat and unassembled.

After putting the boxes together, I kept them in a Stampin’ Up! shipping box for safekeeping from the cats! I attached the lids last, and decorated each one differently. Here they all are, before shipping out to their destination Back East.

This was a really fun project since I used different Designer Series Papers, cardstock colors, images and embellishments on each one. And I’m happy to hear that the recipients loved their gifts, particularly enjoying the unique designs. I usually make cards, so this was a good “out of the box” experience for me!

Little Boxes Take a Cross Country Trip!

Here’s where I do my work, on an antique table, surrounded by my Stampin’ Up! supplies.


Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

By | June 5, 2017

The Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (144131) includes all five new 2017-2019 In Colors in an array of beautiful floral motifs:

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

Fresh Florals in Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.

I decided to use a couple of the Powder Pink floral designs paired with an image from the new Label Me Pretty stamp set (143858) to make a classic birthday card:

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

This new color is aptly named; it reminds me of a pretty pink powder compact that my glamorous grandmother might have used in the 1940’s – think Max Factor, Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder!

I paired the Powder Pink with Early Espresso, Old Olive and Whisper White for a fresh and classic color combination:

I used the Petal Burst embossing folder to make a background strip of Powder Pink cardstock on which I placed one of the Label Me Pretty images, punched out with the coordinating Pretty Punch:

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

I used leaves and berries dies from the Pretty Pines Thinlits set in Old Olive and Vellum!

I colored the leaves and flowers quickly with Calypso Coral and Old Olive Watercolor Pencils (141709) and activated the colors with Blender Pens. The leaves and berries die cuts were taped to the back of the punched out sentiment, and then the entire piece was centered onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here are all of the supplies that I used to make my Powder Pink Label Me Pretty card; you can order these, including all the brand new products,  through the online store by clicking on any image:

Price: $110.00

Which of these new products do you love the most? All of the new 2017-2019 In Colors are at the top of my list!

Surprise! Fun Boxes Full of Treats!

By | June 3, 2017

I have a new friend who recently discovered Stampin’ Up! and has been having so much fun with stamps, paper and ink! In fact she decided to sign up under me as an SU! hobby demonstrator so she can take advantage of special discounts and other incentives on her new favorite papercrafting supplies! Patricia was so excited about Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, in particular, that she decided to make me a “bouquet” of boxes, each unique and designed to say “thank you” for some help that I had offered her when she was just getting started with Stampin’ Up!

Surprise! Fun Boxes Filled With Treats!

Patricia made six containers, some decorated with SU! Designer Series Paper. She told me that she loves working with SU! paper vs some of the other papers that she had on hand. I have to agree; not only is SU! paper high quality and heavy weight, but it coordinates with our exclusive colors and stamp designs!

Here are all the boxes, opened up:

Surprise! Fun Boxes Filled With Treats!

The light blue box in the back contains purse pack tissues. And the watermelon paper box held a watermelon-flavored lip balm; great attention to detail!

I want to say a special “thank you” to Patricia for taking the time to make all of these sweet boxes and filling them with gifts for me.

I did make a special gift for her, too; a Post-It Note box using the same template that my stamping friend Nancy used on the one she made for me a while back. Unfortunately, I was so excited about getting it to Patricia that I forgot to take a picture of it! But the good thing is, I also made fifteen other Post-It Note boxes for my friend Debbie, who ordered them as gifts for her staff at work. I do have pictures of those and will be posting them later, after Debbie receives them in the mail (she wants to be surprised – I made each one different!)

Isn’t it wonderful how papercrafting, and Stampin’ Up! in particular, can bring so much joy to our lives? It’s a simple thing but it just takes a little time and creativity to warm someone else’s heart. Indeed, this is the essence of the Stampin’ Up! mission statement, our “Statement of the Heart”:

To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments… in this we make a difference!


Make a Note: You’re the Best!

By | May 25, 2017

Who are the best people in your life? Your partner or your children? Your childhood friend? The neighbor who always mows your lawn when he does his own?

Well, whoever it is, here’s a card that is sure to delight anyone and let them know that you appreciate their kindness:

You're the Best Balloon front

This is the third card in a row that I share here with Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist as main colors – I must really like them!

On this card I used one of the new In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist, the new Oh My Stars embossing folder, and a new stamp set (Label Me Pretty) with the coordinating Pretty Punch! All of these products will be available on June 1st when the new Annual Catalog goes live.

This card design came about by happenstance – I made the label with these colors and a narrow band of black cardstock to frame it (punch out the label shape from black cardstock, cut in half and attach to the back.) Then, glancing over to my scrap pile, I saw a Bermuda Bay die cut balloon and I knew they were made for each other!

You're the Best Balloon open

Black and white are the perfect complement to the neon-bright colors.

A little note attached with Linen Thread adds interest to the front of the card, and two stamped balloons finish off the inside.

Aside from the new products that will be available on June 1st, here are the things that I used to make this cheerful friendship card (click on any picture for more information.)

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old…

By | May 23, 2017

To continue with the color and image theme from my last post, I’ve used a sentiment from the new Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set and framed it with a die cut from the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits set:

Eastern Beauty_Garden in Bloom front

Like last time, I’ve cut the medallion from Bermuda Bay cardstock and paired it with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Designer Series Paper, this one from the new Fresh Florals stack. I’m also using Tranquil Tide ink; both Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide are new 2017-2019 In Colors, and they look super together!

Eastern Beauty_Garden in Bloom side

On this card, though, I’ve used images from an “old friend,” my Garden In Bloom photopolymer set, to turn this medallion into a flower, wrapped with Bermuda Bay and White Thick Baker’s Twine and accented with a Melon Mambo and pearl butterfly!

Here are some of the products that I used that are available now; the Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine is being discontinued as of May 31st, but there will be a new Pool Party Thick Baker’s Twine in the new catalog that would work just as well! The Pearls that I used are now sold out, but there will be a new set of Pearls available in the new catalog on June 1st. And finally, the Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlits are available now, through May 31st, in two special bundles detailed here.

Supply List

I’m having so much fun with these new Eastern Palace Suite products, and the new 2017-2019 In Colors! I know you’re going to love them, too.