The 2008 Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! Catalog once again features one of my favorite Halloween stamp sets--Haunting Halloween. Being a life-long "cat person," I just LOVE the Cat Witch!!! It was especially fun recreating this pop-up card from one I made last year because this year there is some new Halloween Designer Series Paper--Ghostly Greetings--with which to play … [Read more...] about It’s Not Too Early for Halloween Crafts!
Today our grandson, Quintin Gaither, is 8 years old! Wow, where has the time gone?? I got to visit Quin last month, and even bought him a great birthday present from me and his Grandpa Harry. What is it? I can't tell right now because Quin's birthday party isn't until Saturday. So it will have to be a surprise until then. Of course, I made this card … [Read more...] about Happy 8th Birthday, Quin!
Before I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I used my Sizzix Big Shot machine a LOT. Now--finally!--I can use my brand new Stampin Up Big Shot to show off all my great Stampin' Up! products! I made this card with some of the Stampin' Up! exclusive dies, including the "Top Note Bigz Die" and the flowers and leaves from the "Birds and Blooms Sizzlits Die … [Read more...] about On a Roll With My Stampin’ Up! Sizzix
We all need a little R&R on occasion, and my FCE club is no exception. September 5th, Puna Wahine FCE Club will retreat with other local East Hawaii FCE clubs to Volcanoes National Park for a weekend of "R&R with Pampering." As part of the "pampering" group, I will be hosting a Greeting Card Make & Take on Saturday morning. These are two of the … [Read more...] about Family and Community Education (FCE) Weekend at KMC
My first event since returning from all my summer travels was with eight young women (seven "tweens" and one about-to-be-first-grader -- sister of one of the others). Boy, did they have a good time! (Me, too!) The project was to decorate the cover of a composition book. I had hoped to use some new materials to show off to their moms; but August 17th was just too … [Read more...] about A Class for the Younger Generation
One of the best things I've done in the past couple of years was to convince my sister, Andrea, to go have a portrait session with me. We went to one of those mall photographers who specialize in children. We told them we felt like kids, and said they should just pose us down on the floor like they did any other kids! (I'm on the left and Andrea is on the right in all the … [Read more...] about Sisters
There is simply not a better time to choose to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. From now until October 11, you have FOUR CHOICES of Starter Kits. Of course, there's the Traditional Starter Kit which, at $199, is always a great bargain. But during this promotion, you will also be able to choose an EXTRA stamp set of YOUR CHOICE from the catalog to enhance your starter … [Read more...] about The Perfect Time to Become a Demonstrator!
I returned home from Maryland to a stack of boxes from Stampin' Up! Several of them were loaded with the new Stampin' Up! Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. I still cannot believe how much fun I'm having going through this book! Of course I took it with me because I knew I was going to need time for some creative thinking while on my long airplane rides. So I'm madly trying … [Read more...] about Back to Work!
I am back from visiting my sister, Andrea, who is still in hospital in Maryland. My brothers are hoping that they will be able to move her to a rehabilitation center soon. We are still not sure what kind of recovery Andrea will have, but we are hoping that it will be sufficient that we can enjoy her humor and laughter once again before too very long. As I heard at the Stampin' … [Read more...] about A Double Rainbow to Brighten My Day
I just now received a phone call that my sister has had a stroke and is in intensive care in Maryland. So I will likely be out of commission for quite awhile. Please keep Andrea and our family in your thoughts and prayers. … [Read more...] about On a More Sobering Note…
Ah, I'm feeling much less stressed now that I've started to unpack all my Convention 2008 goodies. This morning I thought I'd share the wonderful cards that I received at the Split Coast Stampers Dinner Swap on Wednesday night of Convention. Many, many of these cards use brand new stamp sets, and I can hardly wait to show them off at my New Catalog Open House this Saturday, August … [Read more...] about Cards, Cards and More Cards!