Category Archives: Projects

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 »

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 »

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 »

New Cards in the Spring 2017 Issue of Take Ten!

By | April 21, 2017

Well, I have to admit, this isn’t really “new” news, since the spring 2017 issue of Take Ten came out on March 1st, but I wasn’t able to write about it on my blog until now. Somehow, my Artist’s Copy of the magazine got lost in the mail, and I didn’t get a replacement until… 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 »

Here’s Looking At You, Kid!

By | April 4, 2017

The Spring 2017 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler has arrived, and I am happy to share my four sunglasses template cards that were included on the Challenge pages. My mother loved this one best, for obvious reasons: Here’s the original before I sent it in for consideration: I actually made these four cards about a… Read More »

Post-It Notes Rock – in a Box!

By | March 28, 2017

My stamping friends came over this weekend to make some of our favorite spring cards: But it wasn’t all card stamping – Nancy S. brought me a  handcrafted “thank you” gift that I just love! She made this box with Watermelon Wonder cardstock and the coordinating Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper Pack. A couple of… Read More »

Mentoring New Young Stampers!

By | March 6, 2017

Kathy Degree has been inviting her young friend Sarai to come over and stamp whenever she is visiting her grandfather, Kathy’s neighbor. Sarai is about six years old, and she has been stamping with her mentor, Kathy, for a year or two. Recently, Sarai came over to stamp a birthday card for her grandfather –… Read More »

Simply Sympathy

By | February 24, 2017

A friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to make a set of sympathy cards for her ladies’ auxiliary church group. I do occasionally accept commission work, so I have been working on set of 10 cards for her. I had already made five of the cards and realized that I was… Read More »

SU! Designer Series Paper – Four Great Reasons!

By | February 6, 2017

I can think of at least four ways that Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper is great to work with on your projects: It is thick and durable; you can even make boxes out of it! It is color matched to our cardstock and inks, giving your project a coordinated look. There are two patterns on… Read More »

Put a Soldier on Cloud Nine!

By | February 1, 2017

I got a message in my Facebook feed yesterday from a friend requesting surprise birthday cards for her sweet husband who was just deployed with the US Air Force to the other side of the world for one year. Of course, I was happy to make and send card for him: This man has a… 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 »

We’re Really on the Same Page!

By | December 31, 2016

Sister-in-law Sherry Pakulski and I have been submitting our card artwork to The Stampers’ Sampler and Take Ten art stamping magazines for about three years now. We have set some goals for ourselves regarding our submissions, but one thing we really, really hoped to achieve was to one day have our cards printed in the… Read More »

The Spirit of Christmas Continues

By | December 27, 2016

The gifts have been exchanged, the visitors have come and gone, but the Christmas tree remains, and we can still enjoy that spirit that comes but once a year. Here are a couple more beautiful handmade cards that we received this year that I haven’t had a chance to share with you yet! On the… Read More »