Category Archives: Seasons

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Name That Song!

By | April 2, 2017

Twice a year on Saturday and Sunday, our church holds a big conference that is broadcast on TV, hence the nickname “pajama church.” As I told my husband, while in the comfort of one’s own home instead of in the pews, it is possible to listen to conference and rubber stamp at the same time!… 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 »

I’ll Be Home For Christmas…

By | December 22, 2016

I got a phone call from across the miles from my sister-in-law Sherry today, which was nice because she had great news for both of us about the upcoming January issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! I’ll let that news be for another day, however, because I want to show you a couple of cards that… Read More »

More Winter Birthday Cards

By | December 8, 2016

My daughter Anne received some more hand crafted birthday cards from her stamping aunts: I love both of these cards so much! Mindy used a cute set from last year’s holiday offerings and the addition of the punched out black cardstock circles, top and bottom, add additional polka dot whimsy to this winter scene. This… Read More »

Glittered Leaves – Inspiration is Everywhere!

By | November 30, 2016

These two Thanksgiving cards arrived on the same day from a couple of sisters-in-law in Northern Vermont! The handstamped one in the foreground from Kathy is embossed with the Petal Burst folder (141493) using the retired Dusty Durango cardstock. Lori sent the commercially-produced card in the background, and as she often does, she picked something… Read More »

Anniversary Card to Celebrate 65 Years!

By | November 16, 2016

November is one of those busy months in our family; I’m going to take a break from birthday cards to show you what I just made to celebrate my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary! My parents were married on November 17th, 1951. Vernon was 19 years old and had come home for a short leave from… Read More »

Hand Stamped Fall Birthday Cards for Men

By | November 13, 2016

If you were looking for some ideas for hand stamped birthday cards for the men in your life, here are a couple of fall-inspired choices: Between out-of-town family commitments and birthday festivities for my husband and myself, I’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks and my blog postings have been few and far… Read More »