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Our New Adventure

Our family has made the journey from Maryland to Florida. We all arrived safe and sound and are now staying at my dad’s house until we go to settlement on the house we are planning to purchase. I don’t want to jinx us by posting pics of it yet but hopefully everything will go through with no problem since the first house we wanted ended up needing a new septic and lots of other things we couldn’t really handle.

For now we are enjoying time with our family in Florida and the boys are loving staying at poppops, so close to the water. My dad lives right on a canal and yesterday there’s were quite a few quick heavy rainstorms that flooded his lower dock. The boys thought it was the coolest thing. Here are some pics of the boys having fun in the water. I can’t wait to scrap the pics from yesterday.


My Digital Studio Express 30-Day Trial ~ FREE FOR EVERYONE!!

My Digital Studio Software


My Digital Studio is an intuitive digital design software featuring Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive artwork, colors, and templates. Be your own digital designer and create an array of photobooks, cards, calendars, slideshows, and more—which you can then print using Stampin’ Up!’s print services, or save to DVD, e-mail, or upload to the Internet.

My Digital Studio Express 30-Day Trial:

With the FREE trial, you’ll get:

  • Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
  • Full design functionality.
  • Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets–and everything in between.
  • Access to our professional print services.

Once your trial period expires, simply contact your demonstrator to purchase the downloadable or disc version of the software to continue enjoying My Digital Studio.

IT’S SIMPLE.   Just go to my website at and download the My Digital Studio Express Free Trial (item #129600) from My Stampin’ Up! On-Line Shopping Cart.  Then follow the directions to download onto your computer or laptop…make sure you load it onto the computer that you have your photos on and will use the most.

Fall Card

I just did this card with the girls in my Stampin Up class at the YMCA in Easton. It features the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper. This paper is beautiful and has perfect fall colors!! The colors include More Mustard, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz. The stamp set used for this card is Gently Falling which is available in the Holiday mini in wood or clear mount. I used the stamps to stamp the background in More Mustard and also stamped the big leaf in the center with this set. The leaf is colored in with More Mustard and Cajoun Craze using daubers.

All of the supplies used for this card can be purchased from my website or by contacting me at or 410-476-7757

Handmade Christmas Card Planner

When you send handmade holiday cards you are sending a message that the person receiving it is special to you.With just a bit of planning, you can create personalized Christmas cards and a joyful tradition! Take these steps and you’ll be on your way to sending your most heartfelt Christmas cards ever.

Plan & Schedule: August – Mid September

Just A bit of planning will go a long way in making your holiday card project successful and fun. Begin by checking your holiday list and deciding how many cards you are going to send out. Take a minute to determine your budget for materials as well as postage if you will be mailing them. Look at your calendar and decide when you want to send out the cards and also block off time on several evenings or a couple weekend days during which you can work on your cards. Of course the time you set aside will depend on how many cards you are making and how simple or
complex your design is. If you are adding a family photo, you’ll need to schedule a time to get everyone together to have the picture taken.

Pick a Design: Early – Mid September

If you are making just a few cards, then have fun designing any type of card you like. However, if you are making lots of cards, you’ll find the experience much faster if you have a design with fewer layers and intricate details. Using Designer Series Paper as a layer can add fast and easy detail to your cards. The Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels are beautiful, affordable, and speedy accents that will dress up your designs without adding a lot of bulk or effort. The Idea Book & Catalog and the gorgeous new Holiday Mini are wonderful resources since they are packed full of samples and ideas. Don’t forget to visit my website as I’m updating it often with seasonal inspiration.

Order Supplies: September – Early October

Once you’ve designed your card(s) and know how many cards you want to make, you can figure out what stamp sets and inks you will need. You can also calculate the amount of card stock, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, envelopes, and adhesive you will need. If you need help, just let me know.

Cut & Assemble: October-November

Create an assembly line system. Start by cutting card bases and layers so they are ready to go. Plan a get-together with friends where you can all chat and work on holiday cards together. Time will fly when you have some festive music, tasty seasonal snacks, and friends to make a merry atmosphere. Or sit down and create your cards with your family. Even young kids can help add adhesive, punch out shapes, color in stamped images or stuff envelopes. Consider a temporary storage option like our Stampin’ Card Keeper to hold your un-assembled pieces so you can put them away and start again easily. If your kitchen table is your craft area, having a storage option ready will help to make a smooth transition
when it’s time for dinner.

Mail: Early December

Avoid the lines and rush at the post office by mailing your cards in early December. You’ll enjoy a great sense of accomplishment when you check-off your to-do list early. Plus, you’ll have more time in December to relax and appreciate the special moments and activities of the season. Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes to surprise and delight your recipient.

Share the Joy

When you send handmade cards, you are sending a personal expression of love and thoughtfulness that will be warmly received and appreciated. If you have questions about making your holiday cards, please let me know – I am always here to help you!

Hostess / Technique Club

Do you have your eye on any of the exclusive hostess sets? Want to get together with fellow stampers once a month? Want to learn new techniques to use on your cards and in your scrapbooks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, My NEW Hostess Technique Club is just what you need!!

Here are the details: 

  • The class will run from October to March.
  • Registration fee is $15 and will include a binder that we will decorate at our first meeting to hold all your techniques in.
  • You then commit to ordering $25 worth of products each month from October to March.
  • Members will choose their hostess month in order of registration fees received.

Here’s what you will recieve while in the club:

  • A Technique for your binder each month
  • Hostess benefits that will include ATLEAST $25 in free products on your designated month. 
  • Time with a great group of ladies!

National Joke Day!!

Today is National Joke Day!!  It’s a great time to share your favorite joke! Laughing is great for the soul!!  What’s the funniest thing you have seen on a stamp  or handmade card? (Share in the comments below)

My favortie  funny stamp set from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog is called  “Not So Seriously”. It has a lady talking and there are saying that say, “Thank You from the bottom or my butt…….it’s alot bigger then my heart!” I don’t kno why but I chuckle everytime I see it.

Friday Night Framping

What’s Framping you say? Well, Stamping with Friends of course!!! My favorite part of Stampin Up is all of the new friends I have made through stamping!! I know getting together with your friends can sometimes be hard to coordinate so starting Aug 26th I will be holding a monthly Framp Night on the Fourth Friday of the month.

Cost: $5 + a snack to share
What’s included:
*Use of all of my non consumable supplies (stamps, punches, stamp pads, embossing folders, big shot, etc)
*Time to work on your projects.
*A chance to catch up with all of your stamping friends!!!!