Stampin’ Up! Fabric Frenzy through March 31st

  Jump into Stampin’ Up!’s spring fabric frenzy!!! For one week only, all of our beautiful Designer Fabrics are 50% off! Monday, March 25 through Sunday, March 31, 2013. No minimum purchase required to receive the discount. All items are limited quantity at the discounted price. Purchase online at The Stampin’ Up! Designer Fabrics product line combines our exclusive designs and colors with high-quality fabric, which makes coordination with our other products a cinch!     Designer Fabric details: 100% cotton Patterns coordinate with select Designer Series Paper designs. Each assortment includes three coordinated designs in an extra-wide fat quarter size. (28″ Continue Reading →

Nurse Joyce

Owl Builder Punch / Image (c) Stampin’ Up! I often wonder, is there anything more exhausting than sitting by a patient’s bedside at the hospital?!?!?! Okay, okay, sure, I guess it has been a LITTLE BIT harder on hubby, after all, he is the one who had major surgery for the second time in five months, but at least he’s getting the good drugs! Ha ha!!!Johnny’s surgeons, Dr. Shiraz Patel & Dr. Brian Kern, are FANTASTIC and the nurses here at Lourdes Hospital have been WONDERFUL.  My only complaint is that the Starbuck’s in the lobby closes at 1:00 pm and isn’t open on Sundays! Johnny’s getting Continue Reading →

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! with Stampin’ Up!’s Gnome Sweet Gnome

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.”~Anonymous May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.            ~Irish Blessing  Peace, Love & Joy, Joyce All supplies used are from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.  You may order supplies online at Download St. Patrick’s Day Gnome Sweet Gnome Tutorial Card CASE’d with permission from Barb Mann on Stampin’ Connection. To gain access to this exclusive forum and gallery Continue Reading →


Today, March 15th, is the Ides of March. The Ides of March is the first day of the Roman New Year. It also marks the first day of spring in the Roman calendar! This Pleasant Poppies card was CASE’d from Mike Funke. Image (c) Stampin’ Up! Download the step-by-step tutorial:  Pleasant Poppies, Mike Funke Design   And what a glorious spring day it was! We visited historic downtown Paducah and had lunch in the garden at jP’s Bar & Grill at Market House Square. The singing of the birds, the splashing of the water fountain, and the lovely breeze provided us with a beautiful soundtrack for our Continue Reading →


My iPhone has a new Easter outfit!  I love being able to “dress-up” the cover of my iPhone for the holidays, or to match my outfit and my mood! Today my iPhone is wearing three different Designer Series Paper patterns in the “Birds of a Feather” DSP collection from Stampin’ Up! I think it is the cutest iPhone ever!!! Love how all the designs in the collection coordinate so perfectly. Here’s an equally cute “baby chicks” dish for Easter Sunday. Aren’t they adorable?!?!?!?! Almost too cute to eat! Sending wishes that your Easter season is filled with…. Peace, Love & Continue Reading →

How a Hot Air Balloon Lapel Pin Led to Marriage

Today my husband and I celebrate our anniversary.  If it hadn’t been for a hot air balloon lapel pin it may never have happened. I had seen him out and about quite often. It seemed he was always the center of a crowd, telling stories and making everyone laugh. He wasn’t really my type. I never sat out a song and he never stepped on the dance floor. He looked like an eccentric professor and I hated every day of high school. He was quite a bit older.  I was intrigued. I had a mutual friend introduce us. Apparently he was not impressed because Continue Reading →

Remembering the Day the Music Died

But, February made me shiver with every paper I’d deliver  Bad news on the doorstep – I couldn’t take one more step  I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride  Something touched me deep inside the day the music died  So, bye bye Miss American Pie  Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry  Them good ol’ boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing…  This’ll be the day that I die  This’ll be the day that I die “American Pie” Lyrics – Don McLean I was twelve when this song came out Continue Reading →

Go RED for Women!

February is American Heart Month! “Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.” – Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. That’s why the entire month of Continue Reading →


I LOVE Stampin’ Up!’s Clearance Rack.  I just bought $225.30 in SU products on the Clearance Rack for only $29.71. I added a few supplies I needed and it brought my total merchandise up to $50.11, which meant I got a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I chose the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set that sells for $11.95 in the catalog. Download SAB 2013 Sale-a-Bration Brochure After my demonstrator discount was applied, I got a total of $257.65 in merchandise for only $51.04!!! Yay!!!  ($40.09 + shipping & tax)   Now’s a great time for you to check out the Continue Reading →

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!!! More Amore for Valentine’s Day

Sunday afternoon I spent several hours in my craft room (a/k/a our dining room) working on projects for my February stamp camps.  I was all excited about this little tic-tac holder I had designed. It has everything you want for Valentine’s Day: hearts, candy, flowers and bling, all tied up in one adorable little package. Image (c) Stampin’ Up! More Amore Tic Tac Holder Then Monday night I got an email from my Best Friend Jan.  She said, “Check out Stampin Pretty’s card today using DSP More Amore & Pool Party Valentine. (Very nice!) Looks like it would be fairly easy Continue Reading →

Wait a minute Mr. Postman!

  Image (c) Stampin’ Up! I can’t use my Stampin’ Up! Postage Stamp punch without humming to myself…. Please Mr. Postman look and see If there’s a letter, a letter for me I’ve been standin’ here waitin’ Mr Postman So-o-o patiently For just a card or just a letter….. I get so excited when I get a card or letter in the mail and I would be absolutely thrilled if it was a hand-made card from a friend!!! This card goes together pretty quickly when you use the Postage Stamp punch to cut out the pieces of Comfort Cafe Designer Series Continue Reading →


Image (c) Stampin’ Up! Features Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper cut with Postage Stamp punch. I can’t use my Stampin’ Up! Postage Stamp punch without humming to myself…. Please Mr. Postman “Please Mr. Postman look and see if there’s a letter, a letter for me. I’ve been standing’ here waitin’ Mr. Postman so-o-o patiently for just a card or just a letter….”   I get so excited when I get a card or letter in the mail and I would be absolutely thrilled if it was a hand-made card from a friend!!! This card goes together pretty quickly when you Continue Reading →


Sale-a-Brate good times!!! It’s time for Sale-a-Bration, the best time of the year to be my customer! You can choose from all kinds of fabulous items that you can get FREE with purchase during Stampin’ Up!’s big annual sale.  Download SAB 2013 Sale-a-Bration! brochure. We will be using some of the FREE Sale-a-Bration and new Stampin’ Up! 2013 Spring Catalog products at this week’s stamp camps.  RSVP by midnight on Tuesday, January 22nd for the camps on Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. and/or Friday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m.  Contact me to place your order or order online at “Like” my Facebook page, Peace Continue Reading →


Image (c) Stampin’ Up! When I was a little girl, I remember the old ladies at church talking about going to a quilting bee.  I never understood why they would want to do that, I was scared of bees!!! (That’s actually a true story!!! Remember how literally you took everything when you were a child?!?!?!) I immediately fell in LOVE with this precious card the very first time I turned to page 3 in Stampin’ Up!’s new 2013 Spring Catalog. I had to have everything so I could make this one, it’s just soooo cute!!! My card is almost an exact CASE of Continue Reading →

DIZZY IN MY HEAD!!! with all the NEW Stampin’ Up! Products

There are so many new announcements coming out of Stampin’ Up!’s headquarters this month that I feel like I’m spinning in circles! (Remember how fun that was when you were a little kid?!?!?!  You would spin and spin until you were so dizzy that you fell down giggling!!!) Image (c) Stampin’ Up! Scroll to end of post for info!   I’m so Dizzy, my head is spinning, Like a whirlpool, it never ends, And it’s you girl, making it spin, you’re making me dizzy! (Dizzy by Tommy Roe – 1969.)   January is definitely an exciting time at Stampin’ Up!   Continue Reading →


Saturday I woke up and it felt like spring: the sun was shining, the high for the day was 64 degrees, all was wonderful in the world…..then yesterday I woke up to 18 degrees and the world was covered in a sheet of ice.  Not nice Mother Nature!!! Yesterday was my husband 70th birthday!  Happy Birthday Johnny!  He is my biggest fan and is so supportive of all the time I spend Stampin’ Up!  I had a card design all planned out in my head that used Stampin’ Up!’s new Honeycomb embossing folder because it reminds me of a molecular structure Continue Reading →


The first big snow storm of the winter started early on Christmas evening.  They were forecasting a blizzard and we woke up to a winter wonderland the day after Christmas!  I was really excited, it was sooooo beautiful…. ….and then reality struck.  Not only was it COLD, a dirty 4-letter word in my opinion, but the snow was deep, which meant it would be a scary drive to celebrate Christmas with the other side of our family. I’ve not always had a love/hate relationship with snow, and I won’t bore you with the long story of when the love affair ended. Let’s just say Continue Reading →

Stampin’ Up! CLEARANCE RACK BLITZ! Up To 80% OFF!!!

Stampin’ Up! has added over 300 items to the clearance rack, some items are 80% off! Here are some of my favorite things that I’ll be ordering from the clearance rack: I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE “Beyond the Garden” Designer Series paper!!!  It’s so bright and happy!!!  While the “Mocha Morning” Designer Series paper has to be the richest, most gorgeous paper ever!  And the striped grosgrain ribbon is my favorite ribbon that Stampin’ Up! has ever offered.  There are several colors available on the Clearance Rack and I just might order every single one.  I always wanted the Serif Essentials alphabet Continue Reading →


Forget about standing in line at 5:00 am to get the best bargains! Order Stampin’ Up! products through me and get FREE SHIPPING* from 12:01 am on Black Friday through 10:00 pm on Cyber Monday. COMBINE FREE SHIPPING offer with the 20%-50% OFF bargains found in Stampin’ Up!’s ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA….add in some fabulous finds from the CLEARANCE RACK….and you will realize you don’t have to pitch a tent in a cold parking lot to get HUGE SAVINGS!!!! Check out the Online Extravaganza Sale and the Clearance Rack at, then put your Wish List together and contact me with your order! (Hint: This would be a really good time to “accidently” leave the Continue Reading →

Stampin’ Up! ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA Starts Monday, November 19th

Visit me at and click the Shop Now button! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza starts Monday, November 19th!  Stampin’ Up! is having a huge online sale with 20% – 50% off some of your favorite products, including MDS-2+ for half price! The sale runs from November 19th through November 28th only. There’s MORE!!!  Special DOORBUSTER DEALS on Monday & Wednesday!!!  This would be the most AMAZING time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  You could customize your Starter Kit with items that are already marked down and get even more value for your money!!!  (The Starter Kit includes your choice of $125 Continue Reading →