Category Archives: Holidays

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 »

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 »

Happy Mother’s Day!

By | May 14, 2017

My family and I had a happy visit with my parents yesterday, to celebrate Mom and let her know how much we love her. My sister Karla couldn’t be there as she is working out of state this week, but she sent Mom this beautiful vase of flowers! Speaking of flowers, my mother loves them… Read More »

Spring Cards From Vermont

By | April 30, 2017

Before the month of April is out, I wanted to be sure and share these two Easter cards that we received from Kathy and Sherry, my husband’s sisters who live just a hop, skip and a jump from each other in Colchester, VT. These cards are both such a cheerful expression of the holiday and… Read More »

Happy Easter, Happy Birthday!

By | April 16, 2017

My husband and I will be in church today, each teaching an Easter lesson to our respective classes, but it is also my dad’s 85th birthday! The family gathered yesterday to celebrate Dad, and one funny thing that happened is that everyone gave him the same thing – Taco Bell gift cards! You can’t mess… Read More »

The Problem With Perfection

By | April 9, 2017

First of all, I want to wish our nephew Sam a very Happy Birthday today! I’ve been thinking about Sam’s card for weeks now, mulling over how to make the perfect card for him. The problem of perfection is that if you go down that rabbit hole, chances are you won’t get the card made… Read More »

Same Card, Two Ways

By | April 8, 2017

Last fall, some of my stamping friends and I acquired a Photopolymer stamp set called Basket of Wishes (142200.) While it was definitely appropriate for Thanksgiving, with three different baskets, four images to fill them with and several all occasion greetings, this is really an all purpose set. I decided to pair it with an… Read More »

We Both “Love You”

By | February 14, 2017

Ok, I have to admit, this was really fun… yesterday afternoon I made a Valentine card (the one on the right with the dragonflies) and about an hour later, I got a Valentine card in the mailbox (the one on the left) from SIL Sherry. It wasn’t until I had looked at both of these… Read More »

Love is in the Air

By | February 13, 2017

During the weekend my husband and I drove east on California Interstate 80 to visit my parents in Auburn. We have had so much rain during the past few weeks that we noticed places here and there on the way that were filled with water, like this floodplain on either side of the Causeway between… Read More »

You Soar Above the Rest!

By | February 10, 2017

Happy 27th birthday to our friend, Jamai – February 10th! I wanted to make a special card for my daughter’s boyfriend, so I chose to make another hot air balloon, this time with brighter colors and a couple of rubber stamped images of smaller balloons from the Lift Me Up stamp set, featured on page… 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 »

Happy New Year From Friends Near and Far

By | December 28, 2016

One of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is that I get to teach what I love. I’m already an elementary school teacher at my other job, but when I get together with friends and family for a stamp workshop, it’s more like recess – a time for fun and play! I… Read More »