Author Archives: ValoryDegree

A Tisket, A Tasket…

By | February 22, 2018

… I have a new stamped basket! The 2nd Release products for Sale-A-Bration are now available, and I love the Blossoming Basket Bundle stamps and coordinating embossing folder: I stamped the basket of flowers with Tuxedo Black Memento ink so I could color the images with some of the new Blenders markers in light and… Read More »

“Lavender’s Blue, Dilly, Dilly” … or Not!

By | February 21, 2018

Do you remember this English folk song and nursery rhyme from when you were little? Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green, When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen. While it’s true that the lavender flower is usually a shade of purple, some varieties are pink or white. Luckily, when it comes to… Read More »

The Groundhog Got it Right

By | February 20, 2018

Groundhog Day was a couple of weeks ago on February 2nd, and according to the reports, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter. Now, even though the rest of the country was doomed to continue with the cold and the snow, here in California we were already enjoying weather in… Read More »

Men Love Valentines, Too!

By | February 19, 2018

At least, my husband does! Among the many things that I love about Reggie, one thing that is particularly sweet is his sincere delight and interest in the cards I make. And he even reads my blog! So, when a card-giving occasion comes around, I always enjoy making something special for him: I used a… Read More »

Valentines From Vermont

By | February 18, 2018

When you live far away from family, one of the best ways to keep in touch is to send a card. The first handcrafted Valentine we received this year was made by Sherry Pakulski of Colchester, VT: Sherry and I both have the same “all you need is love” stamp; a great sentiment for  a… Read More »

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! 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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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!” My dad, Vernon Krause, my Sister Karla, and her new puppy Riley. The card that I made for him this year was… Read More »

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… Read More »

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! Valory Degree, Ann Clemmer and Susan Anderson from the 24/7 Stampers group. We do have a… Read More »

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… Read More »