The Shades Among Us

One of the best things about Halloween in Duluth, GA, are local walking tours offered by Duluth Ghost Walks. It seems our oh-so-modern southern city is more than a metropolitan suburb…it is a community named for a French explorer, on land originally occupied by Cherokee Indians and rife with stories of hauntings and things that […]

An Old-Fashioned Open Sleigh Christmas

I spent yesterday battling technology. Technology won. Who knew that the simple purchase of a new HDTV would lead to upgrading everything from our TIVO and sound system to our wireless router, modem and internet provider? Never fear, I will return to fight again. I sought solace last night with the things that soothe me. […]

Happy Birthday, Shelli!

The co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! is having a birthday today. I've been a long-time advocate of not showing up for work on your birthday. Now there's a union demand I could support. I wonder if Shelli gets today off? We'll have to check her blog at So Shelli later today to see if […]

World Cardmaking Day: Moving Forward

We cardmakers are celebrating our art today. I can't think of a better way stamp set to highlight on such an occasion than Stampin' Up!'s Moving Forward (Wood 126320; Clear 126322). Every year, Stampin' Up! designs a child-centered stamp set that's featured prominently in the catalog as the "RMHC set". In our current catalog, you […]

Card Ideas: Framelit Openings

We had such a good time at our Stamp Divas meeting last night! (My team meets to talk business, learn techniques, share ideas and create projects once a month — just a perk of being in my downline.) We did four projects based on the very first presentation last Saturday at the Chattanooga Regional meeting. […]

Chattanooga Regional Meeting: More Samples

First, I have to share a photo of our team at the Chattanooga Regional Meeting last Saturday. Some of our group were unable to stay for dinner on Saturday, but those who did enjoyed a meal together filled with stories, laughter and fun! (Lorraine is going to kill me when she sees this photo of […]

Rhapsody in Blue

In honor of George Gershwin's birthday today, I thought I'd show you my favorite "Rhapsody in Blue." This is a card by Mary Kay Molnar I recently received in a Holiday Wow Swap. It features a sparkly piece of handmade designer glitter paper that my photo just does not adquately capture…it's gorgeous! StampsSnowflake Soiree (Wood […]

Chattanooga Regional Meeting: Samples

Oh, how lovely it is to have so many talented people in one room sharing their artistry! Here are samples from the Chattanooga Regional meeting this past Saturday.     A feast for the eyes, don't you think? I'll be showing more samples from the Chattanooga Regional Meeting all week, plus I'll be featuring some […]

Wedding: Love & Laughter

It's been a while since we've had a wedding in our family, so it was a delight to receive a call from home that a favorite nephew is engaged. It was not so delightful to learn that the wedding will take place in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada…in February. All my extended family is in Canada. […]

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Holiday cards, two fabulous kits, a couple of stamp brush sets and darling bows, scrunched and knotted ribbon rounds out the new download offerings today. Priced from $2.50 to $12.50, there's something to tickle your design fancy and your pocketbook. #131217TOPSY-TURVY CELEBRATION KITINCLUDES: 38-piece SVG stamp brush set; 12 DSP patterns; 14 embellishments; 4 templates […]

Just For Fun: Pinwheels!

Pinwheels are everywhere these days! We used a pinwheel theme for my granddaughter's birthday party last weekend. Check back later this week and I'll have photos of the pinwheel cake decoration and pinwheel favors we handed out to all the kids, as well as a tutorial. Meantime, you may want to check out a special […]

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

What if you could have 10 holiday cards and 16 tags designed for you, so all you need to do is tweak them a little? And what if you could then send them for professional printing at a 31% savings? Wouldn't that be an easy way to check off "Make Christmas Cards" off your to-do […]

Convention 2012: Samples

Love those samples! What's your favorite? Cheers,

Convention 2012

Big excitement in Salt Lake City's Salt Palace today, as the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention kicked off with gusto. Here's the Convention theme pin for this year. And some pictures from Momento Mall – where demonstrators can purchase Stampin' Up! branded merchandise and business tools. The main events, of course, are the meeting sessions and […]

Mention Convention

Stampin' Up!'s annual Convention starts Wednesday in Salt Lake City. Don't you wish you were a demonstrator attending four days of demonstrations, classes, make 'n takes, and FUN???? You may not be in attendance, but stay tuned to this blog for the rest of the week…not only will I be reporting on the exciting Convention […]

Heartfelt by Jini

My friend, Jini Merck, is a demonstrator in Clarkesville, GA. Jini brought this great card to swap at this week's demonstrator meeting. StampsLayered Labels (Wood-mount #127070; Clear-mount #127072)  InkCajun Craze Classic Stampin' PadMidnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad  PaperComfort Café Designer Series Paper (#126898)Cajun Craze card stockMidnight Muse card stock AccessoriesBig Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)Apothecary Accents […]

Marvelous Mackenzie & A Secret

Ah, she's a beauty…and so smart! Mackenzie will turn two next month and I can hardly remember life before she bounced into our world. This scrapbook page came together quickly. I started with a template in My Digital Studio from the Always Elegant Kit, item #119839. I added some flowers, the name text and a […]

Coming Attraction: My Digital Studio 2

With the new My Digital Studio software you'll be able to: Design in spreads Create with custom canvas sizes Add more than one color to a single stamp image Resize vector stamp images while keeping them crisp See color combination suggestions With more than 75 new features to make designing smoother than ever, MDS 2 […]

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Some great kits in this week's My Digital Studio releases — check out the Back To School Ensemble! #130980BACK TO SCHOOL ENSEMBLE5 templates (page, journal, décor, greeting card, calendar); 59-piece stamp brush set; 12 DSP patterns; 71 embellishments AND lots of templates: 2-page 12" x 12"; 6-1/4" x 8-1/4" journal front and back cover; 5" […]

$5 Stamp Set Reserved For You

The Reason to Smile stamp set — in your choice of wood-mount or clear-mount — is yours for only $5 when you place an order of $50 or more this month ONLY. Sweet! Ordering online? Simply enter the appropriate item number once you reach $50 in your shopping bag: Reason to Smile – Wood Mount […]

Celebrate the Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate this day with family in Washington, D.C., I wish you the best on this national holiday. Words of Courage Wood-Mount Stamp Set     #126335Words Of Courage Clear-Mount Stamp Set     #126337Words Of Courage Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download     #130858 Honor the heroes in your life with cards and […]

Reason To Smile

Spend $50 on any current Stampin' Up! products to get the exclusive Reason to Smile Set for just $5. The Reason to Smile Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after July 31, 2012. Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set #130826 $20.95To get it for $5, enter #131274 when your shopping cart […]

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine: Happy Birthday

Sometimes all you need is a frame to make a beautiful sentiment really stand out. This one was made using the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Labels Collection Framelits Dies. Add stitching for extra sizzle and pop. StampsFabulous Florets Stamp Set (Wood #123025; Clear #123027; MDS #124110) PaperTangerine Tango Card StockWhisper White Card StockFan […]

Hot Weather Solution

Baby, it is HOT outside! How hot is it? Check out this scene… With record-breaking temperatures in Atlanta — a high of 106, yikes! — I'm looking for any way to stay cool. So my mind, naturally, turns to Christmas. This Christmas card leads me to thoughts of chilly nights, candy canes and snowflakes. I […]

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Tuesday's mean new digital downloads for My Digital Studio, so here's today's great releases for digital scrapbooking, cardmaking and photo journals. Dahlias #130979 includes 50 embellishments in 50 colors (Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, […]