Friday, January 17, 2020


Links to learn more about (and/or purchase) the products featured in this post are highlighted in pink.  You're welcome.


When I flipped through the January-June Mini Catalog last month, my first thought was that I would never purchase the tropical products because I had done that in the past and didn't plan to go that route again.  But . . . that pineapple.  There was just something about that pineapple that I couldn't resist.  I thought about it for days, weeks--a month, really.  I said, "Self! Stop obsessing!!!"  I continued to have visions of myself getting a lot of use from this fantastic bundle, so I finally (with the absence of shame) bought it.  I love the two dies that make up the pineapple, and I love the size of it!  There's even an entire suite of products to pair with my gorgeous pineapple.  


Once my order arrived, I used a strip of fruity designer paper to create this cheery card to send to my niece and her family.  They moved to Michigan right after Christmas, and I thought they could use a little something tropical to make them feel warm and fuzzy (especially warm) . . . and oh, so loved and missed.  It was dark when I took the photo, so I apologize for the quality of it.  

Here's another look at the gorgeous Tropical Oasis designer paper:


Other new products featured on my card include this embossing folder that will get a LOT of use:


and this AWESOME set of dies:


There's a coordinating stamp set for the dies, but I didn't want to break the bank.  Do yourself a favor and give the dies a really good look because this is a fantastic collection!  

One last reminder . . . SALE-A-BRATION began this month, so don't forget that you can earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product with each $50 that you spend.  If you choose to make a purchase through my web site, I would appreciate it very much and will send you a handmade card!  I always appreciate when customers use my Hostess Code (on orders that are less than $150), and the current code can always be found in the top left sidebar on Ramsour's photo (my handsome Border Collie).  As of this writing, the January 2020 code is G J 2 2 H M 4 S.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Friday, January 3, 2020


One of my stampin' friends became a grandmother during the holidays.  Don't you know that was a special time?!?!  Well . . . that may be one of life's moments that you've experienced, but it's one that I've only known from the outside looking in.  Today I'm sharing a photo of the shaker card that I made for the occasion:

I used Stampin' Up!'s retired Something for Baby stamp set and coordinating dies for the onesie and bib.  I knew when I purchased this bundle that it would be a keeper, and it has come in handy a couple of times.  While this bundle has all of the baby-themed images that you could ask for, it doesn't have any sentiments.  Itty Bitty Greetings to the rescue with that perfect "sweet baby" sentiment inside the shaker window!  There wasn't anything difficult or unique in the making of this card, but I thought it was loaded with layers and texture--and just so sweet.  What do you think?