Valentine’s Blog Hop

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Hiya!  So glad you could join us on this month’s edition of the Di’s Country INKers blog hop.  You’ve probably arrive from Di’s blog, but if you’re just joining us, grab a cuppa and hop along with us.  We’ve got some cute Valentine’s Day and Friendship ideas to inspire you with.

I actually have two projects to show you today.  First up is a clean and simple Valentine.  I started with an 11 IMG_3249x 4 1/4 card base that I scored at 5 1/2 to form a tent-style card.  The second layer was partially embossed with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The stamped words are from the Crazy About You Photopolymer set.  Because Photopolymer stamps are clear, I was able to see right through the stamp to line things up properly.  A strip of Real Red 1/4″ cotton ribbon was adhered below the words and the corners were rounded using the Project Life corner rounder punch.  The two stacked hearts were cut from Real Red cardstock – the large one is die-cut from the smallest of the Hearts Collection framelits, and the smaller heart was done using a punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The final touch was to add black dots between the Love You’s with the Project Life journaling pen.

I don’t usually show two projects in one post, but January’s My Paper Pumpkin kit was just so darned cute that I thought I’d show you what they sent!



I really look forward to seeing that orange package in my mailbox each month.  Did you know that for the first time ever the price of a 3-month subscription to My Paper Pumpkin kits has been lowered?  Regularly $59.95, during Sale-A-Bration you can get it for $54.85, and, that qualifies you for your choice of the free Sale-a-Bration awards!  Place your order today and your first kit will be in the mail to you around the 10th of the month.

I’d love to stay and visit a while longer, but it’s time to send you over to Kathya for some more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by!






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So Long, Farewell…

Header_RetiredList_April2114_USAs a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, the one day out of the year that’s my least favorite is when the retiring products list posts.  There are only a few items on the list that made me go ‘sniff’ – not too bad.  And I’m REALLY pleased to see that Lovely as a Tree and Teeny Tiny Wishes made the cut!!  The only one that’s really killing me is En Francais.  I use that one a lot, but I’m hoping that there’s something equally wonderful in the new catty…

As a reminder, this year the accessories  as well as stamp sets are being sold only while supplies last.  The links below will take you to the retiring products lists.  Don’t forget – we also get FREE SHIPPING this week, so check your lists and make sure you take advantage of that!  When you’re ready to order, head over to my online store




Free Shipping Starts Monday


Just in time to pick up your retiring favorites, Stampin’ Up! announced today that all orders placed from April 21 – 25 (excluding expedited) will ship for free!

Be sure to check back on Monday when the retired lists are posted.  This year, the retiring stamp sets as well as accessories are available only while supplies last.  Look for your favorites on the list, shop in my online store, and get free shipping, now that’s a winner!



It has been an eventful few days in my household.  In a very good way, I’m happy to report!

My very first Grandchild was born on Friday night making me a new Grandma!  After nearly a full day of labor, Karly Grace made her entrance into the world.  Chris and I were invited into the delivery room as labor coaches and so we got to witness the miracle of her birth.  I think that as long as I live, I will always tear up every time I think about being present for those first moments of her life.  Other than the birth of my own daughter, this truly was the greatest gift I have ever been given, and I can never thank Jen and Jim enough for asking us to share that moment with them.

Yesterday, we brought my Mom up to the hospital to meet her first Great Granddaughter.  On the way there, Mom told me that she thinks everyone should call her GG for Great Grandma, but that it should be spelled GiGi.  I’m thinking that I kind of like that!  We’ve always called her Mom, Ma, Grams, Grammy – all the usual stuff, but this is kind of original and I think it fits.  Jen, who has always called her Grammy, is not so sure about that, but my Mom pointed out that maybe it’s time that I should be called Grammy.  I think it should be up to Karly to call me what she chooses, so we will have a little bit of a wait before my official Grandmother nickname is known.

GiGi managed to earn herself another nickname yesterday – Baby Hog!  She got a hold of that little bundle and was quite reluctant to share.  It’s all good tho as GiGi has a horrible sense of direction and would probably never be able to find her way to Jen’s house on her own – don’t think I’m gonna enlighten her either – Ha! - Barb and Rhonda


So, as if the weekend wasn’t special enough already, one of my dear Stampin’ friends from Arizona was in town.  This was a real treat as I only get to see her maybe once or twice a year at Stampin’ Up! Convention or Leadership conference.  We joke that my upline, Diana Gibbs, is my Stampin’ Mamma, and Rhonda, my up – upline is my Stampin’ Grandma so this has been a weekend full of Grandmother-ness!

We got together for breakfast this morning and had a lovely visit with our hubbys.  It was great to meet Dave and we hope to get to see him again soon.  Our visit was too short, of course, but I’m so happy that I got to see her.  Love you, Rhonda…

Now, if only some of my other Stampin’ family could have been here as well… (Di, Kristen, Marlene, Jacque, Melissa, Nina to name a few – sure do miss you guys!)

This Grandma has been doing a bit of hurried stamping during the week and not cleaning up after herself.  My stampin’ room looks like the wind we are getting outside today blew through it.  If I’m ever to think about making something pretty to show you next time, I’d better get my patootie in there and put things away.  Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!


New Classes Added for March

Just added – new stuff for March!  The Calendar tab at the top of the page will take you to see al that’s coming up…

Don’t forget, there’s still time to book your workshop during Sale-a-bration – give me a holler and we’ll set something up!

Have a great Saturday!


Feeling Sentimental



I participated in lots of swaps in recent weeks.  This was one I did for a Sale-a-Bration swap with my fabulous upline, Diana Gibbs!  Lots of SAB items used here:

Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (from the SAB catty)

Stamps:  Feeling Sentimental (SAB)

Ink:  Staz-On Black; Island Indigo; Tangerine Tango

Accessories:  Ovals Framelits; Honeycomb Embossing Folder; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Blender Pen; Rhinestones; Button & Ribbon from Sycamore Street Ribbon/Button Pack (SAB)


Want some Sale-a-Bration awards for your own stash?  It’s easy!  For every $50.00 of merchandise ordered, you get to choose one – for FREE!  Get your wishlist together and head on over to my online store to get yours!  To sweeten the deal, I am raffling off the Oh Hello! stamp set in clear mount.  Each $50.00 in merchandise ordered also earns you a chance at the stamp set – this is being offered through me only and is in addition to the Stampin’ Up! awards…

Do something creative today!



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