Category Archives: Gifts

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

Companion Cards – Making a Matched Set!

By | January 30, 2017

Last time I posted a card made with the stamped image of the dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams set (left.) But there’s so much more that we can do with Dragonfly Dreams and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies (on page 26 of the spring Occasions catalog) so I used the same color scheme, ribbon and… Read More »

More “Thank You’s” Are In Order

By | January 15, 2017

Any day is a good day to receive a Thank You note, but it’s especially nice when you get two, and they are both handcrafted! This first card, made by Mindy, is so sweet that when I saw it, I wanted to make one just like it: There’s a lot to love here; hand-drawn hearts… Read More »

A Round of Thanks

By | January 7, 2017

After all of the giving at Christmastime, including hand stamped holiday cards, the next round of cards to go out are, of course, the Thank You notes! This year we sent Sherry and her family a box of pears, so it brought a smile to my face when I opened this handstamped thank you card… Read More »

Pocketful of Paper Pumpkin Fun!

By | April 7, 2016

Sometimes the stars align just right, and my Paper Pumpkin Peeps and I have the same days off from work during the week. That happened yesterday, it’s the perfect time for an impromptu get-together to pull out our kits and start stamping! Can I just say how much I love this kit? Pocketful of Cheer… Read More »

Sweet Spring Treats

By | April 5, 2016

Before the Easter season has completely passed I wanted to show these beautiful treasures that my friend Kathy Sawyer shared with our friends in the Hostess Stamping group. She made these with the  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Decorative Label Punch (she used some paper that she had found in San Francisco’s Japantown.)… Read More »

Little Things Mean a Lot!

By | March 15, 2016

Me, Ann and Denise enjoying a break at Ikeda’s in Auburn, CA I recently met with a couple of members of my Stampin’ Up! business team to catch up and share ideas (and a slice of berry pie!) It’s fun to get together with like-minded friends and sharing little gifts with simple wrappings is a… Read More »

Recycling Rubber Stamped Cards

By | March 8, 2016

One day recently I showed my co-worker Lindita a birthday card that I’d made for my son and she told me about the card ministry that she is a part of in her church. The ladies in the group all write upbeat personal cards or notes to someone in their congregation who needs cheering up… Read More »

Paying Attention to Details

By | February 14, 2016

. My grandmother, Nana, always chose the best gifts, and one year she gave me the perfect dress for my birthday. This was in the mid-1960’s, so it was kind of a Jackie Kennedy-inspired style, except made for a little girl. The thing I loved most about it was the colors – chocolate brown and… Read More »

Valentine’s Day Treats

By | February 3, 2016

Our Stamping Hostess Group met again on Saturday and Valentine’s Day was in the air! We made this card and treat holder: The red heart card was made with the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits dies. We made this project with the Fry Box Bigz L die and the new… Read More »

This Snowman’s a Work of Art

By | December 13, 2015

Created by Mindy Degree Our sister-in-law Mindy’s Christmas card arrived today, and I was delighted but not surprised to see that she had used the Stampin’ Up! Work of Art set to create the snowman for the front of her card! Mindy has been using this set so creatively in so many ways, and I… Read More »

Happy 26th Birthday, Anne!

By | December 4, 2015

My daughter Anne is celebrating a birthday today, three weeks before Christmas, so often her cards and gifts have a holiday look: I used Rich Razzleberry card stock and ink, Gold Glimmer paper and the new Gold Metallic thread on her card. The Pearl Basic Jewels look perfect with the Very Vanilla background. Here’s a… Read More »

Teenage Cat Lovers

By | November 15, 2015

When my husband and I first started teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds at church eight years ago, little did we know that we would start a relationship with a couple of twin sisters that would blossom into a great friendship that has endured as the girls have grown. Maybe it was because they found out… Read More »