Aloha, all! Sadly, no matter the time of the year nor the current political or economic climate, people about whom we care experience the loss of a loved one. I've written about this before, encouraging all of us who make cards to have a few sympathy cards on hand. If we have the cards on hand, it's easy to write an encouraging note and send it off quickly so our friends know that we care. … [Read more...] about A Clean and Simple Sympathy Card
Handmade Sympathy Card
Aloha, all! What is On Stage and why did I go? On Stage is a Stampin' Up! event where demonstrators learn what's going on in the company. We hear about the development of the newest catalogs and practice using new products. It's like a convention, but for most demonstrators, it's only a 1-day event. Because of the time and cost to travel from Hawaii to anywhere on the U.S. mainland, I'd never … [Read more...] about Catching Up with On Stage – Event Projects!
Aloha, all! In the middle of everything that's been going on this month and last, I was very sorry to hear of the death of an old friend. Clarence's widow, Denise, is really the person whom I think of as my friend. But wherever Denise was, there was Clarence. I belong to a group to which both Clarence and Denise have belonged for a long time. And Clarence was always there to help when we needed … [Read more...] about Sympathy for the Loss of a Friend
Aloha, all! I mentioned last week that I'm traveling this week and next. Our first real stop came this morning when we arrived at my husband's family's cabin in the North Woods of Minnesota. Harry's family was one of several families that found a nice lake northwest of Hibbing that was perfect for their summer vacations. In the beginning, they camped at a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC - part … [Read more...] about Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend
Aloha, all! One of my favorite activities when I’m in a bit of a design slump is to find a sketch with which to work. Just looking at a sketch and then trying to figure out what in my own personal stash would work with it gets my creative juices flowing. A while back, I created a sketch for a class I was preparing, then let it lie without being used. And today, there it was right when I needed … [Read more...] about Having Fun With a Sketch!
Aloha, all! Here we and much of the rest of the United States are under heat advisories. And yet I just looked at next month's calendar and saw the phrase, "First Day of Autumn," right there in black and white!!! Yikes (with more exclamation points). The good news for me and my stamping friends, though, is that this … [Read more...] about Next Month is Autumn???
Aloha, all! Well, it's actually less than 3 weeks before everything that's on the Stampin' Up! List of Retiring Products will really be retired. Now I know that some things don't actually sell out and end up on the Clearance Rack a couple of months down the road. But when it comes to things that I want, the products really do run out before the … [Read more...] about Retiring Products Have Just 2-1/2 More Weeks!
Aloha, all! I do hope that you're not tired of my efforts to CASE some of the projects on the Stampin' Up! Catalog pages featuring the Seaside Shore Stamp Set. But once I got started on them, I really wanted to try them all out to see how the stamps and the papers worked together. And, for today's project, to see how the lovely new Seaside Textured … [Read more...] about One Last Seaside Shore CASE!
Aloha, all! In my last post, I showed off some of the shapes from the new Jar of Love Stamp Set. But equally important, I also showed a couple of die-cut shapes that I made using the Everyday Jars Framelits set. Today, I'm going to feature just the framelits set - but it's still a CASE from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! … [Read more...] about CASEing With Another Jar!
Aloha, all! I may have mentioned that I really, really LOVE the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) set. So today and in my next blog post I'm going to share one of the designs in this set, along with stamps from the Sale-A-Bration Lotus Blossom Stamp Setb! First a word from my sponsor - Stampin' Up! This is the … [Read more...] about Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog Coordination!
... life happens. Aloha, all! Yesterday a good friend called to tell me that someone she'd known for a long time had passed away. She wanted a sympathy card that had her particular touch on it. Her particular touch is to have a card with an orchid on it. As you may know, there's … [Read more...] about Even in the Holiday Season…