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Guest Janell


Today I have a guest creator: Janell Lewellen, my friend and very creative demonstrator from Byron, Illinois! I have never thought of a black flower, but look how very striking Janell's design is with a black flower paired with Blushing Bride cardstock!! WOW!


Notice the black leaves with clear embossing - that adds another texture. Lots of great details here!

The clothespin is even covered with designer series paper. SO SWEET for sure. Thank you for sharing, Janell!

Spiral Flower Die

#129379 - $18

This Die cuts multiple flowers at once!

Spiral flower die $18



Midwest Travels

This is PART TWO.

See yesterday's post for part one.

SP Water Tower

Onto Spring Park, MN to visit our daughter Kelly & hubby, Chris.

This is LAKE country.

In boat

Weather was perfect for boating the many interlocking lakes of the Minnetonka Area! Fun looking at all the lake homes, including mansions like the Pillsbury Estate.


I ALWAYS think of my Dad when I see graceful sailboats!


This is Lord Fletcher's lakeside bar & restaurant - quite busy as summer just arrived in Minnesota!

Tonka also

Kelly and Chris took us to the TONKA TOY MUSEUM in Mound, MN. Saw some "antique metal trucks" my brothers had...deja vu!! Small but very interesting! 

Driveway dinner

"Driveway Dinner!"

Chris is a master of the grill!


It was great to see everyone, but ESPECIALLY our two daughters!!

Boat & sunset

Kelly and Chris' boat at peaceful.


Dirty laundry 2015

It was a wonderful 4,000+ mile trip, but there is no place like HOME!! MAX was very happy to have us home. He played in the dirty laundry and then settled in for a nap!

All is good.

Midwest Travels

Ruby Falls 2015

Early June 2015, Dean and I headed north by car to visit family & friends.


Our first visit was daughter, Katie and her hubby, Tim. They took us to the CITY MUSEUM at 750 North 16th St., St. Louis, MO. In the background you see the old 10 story International Shoe Factory that houses City Museum. See the School Bus hanging over the top corner of the building? That's part of this gigantic interactive playground. A better name would be a "amusement park of unrelated recycled junk!" It's weird and fun!


On the City Museum roof, you climb UP a cage and then SLIDE DOWN right under the cage. This is Dean being a kid again! Too high for me!!!

Tower 2

 Katie and Dean climbing into a giant cage on the roof for this picture...


...say "CHEESE!"

Dean 2

A giant playground for kids of all ages! City kids can do what

country kids do - climb in barn, hop across creeks, explore caves.


Back in the building, I could not resist this silliness!

Fat Tire beer

Dean had a FAT TIRE BEER to relax!

Rolling chair

These TWIRLING, TIPPING chairs felt like you were falling over backward...then swiveled around!! GIGGLES!!!



This sign spoke to me!! We didn't have time to see everything - like the 7 story SLIDE! We highly recommend the CITY MUSEUM

for kids of all ages!!

Check back for my next post on

our vacation time in Minnesota!

TWO Used Stamp $ales

Used Stamp, Scrap, & Craft Sale


Sat., June 20th,   9am - 1 pm
Oregon Coliseum (upstairs) – 4th St. entrance
(Elevator available if needed)
Corner of 4th and Franklin Streets, Oregon, IL
 Come check it out & grab some great bargains!
Stateline Stampin' Stravaganza
Sat., June 20, 2015
8 AM - 12 NOON
Large Building located behind house
14310 Dorr Road, South Beloit, IL
In addition to great deals on stamping and
scrapbooking supplies, there will be door prizes.
Both of these Used Stamp Sales are sponsored by
my North Star Stampers and are multi-demonstrator events!
Take a ROAD TRIP & visit BOTH for BARGAINS.


You've Got This


This Stamp Set, You've Got This, has a very unique linen-look background image!! In this sample, I have used it as a border instead of a background. The colors are Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, and So Saffron.

You've Got This Stamp Set of 5 images

Clear - #139575 - $28

Wood - #139572 - $39

You've Got This

Work of Art


I love getting NEW COLORS!! I've been playing with the new 2015-17 InColors, pairing them up with olde favorites! This is NEW Mint Macaron and old Soft Sky. NICE! I'm partial to blues, greens and aquas. 


The Stamp Set, WORK OF ART, looks totally new to me in these yummy colors. The T-H-A-N-K is die cut using Little Letters Thinlits. TRY some NEW colors and WAKE UP your old favs!!

Little Letters Thinlits

#133730 - $29 - 3/4" tall letters

Little Letters

You've Got This, again


This is the same stamp set and technique as my last post, but using Wisteria Wonder for the flower color.


Color makes such difference.


Here are the cards for a color comparison. The Wisteria Wonder color gives a soft comforting impression. The Watermelon Wonder color is gay and cheerful. Which do you like best?

You've Got This Stamp Set of 5 images

Clear - #139575 - $28

Wood - #139572 - $39

You've Got This

You've Got This ideas

You've Got This


A great new stamp set for watercoloring is "You've Got This." After heat embossing the image in black, I used Aqua Painters and ink from an ink pad lid to color this flower with the new InColor, Watermelon Wonder.



 The reverse layered banners are made with the NEW Triple Banner Punch - FUN & EASY!

Triple Banner Punch

#138292 - $23

Makes 2", 1-1/2", and 1" wide Banners

Triple Banner Punch and samples


Celebrate Today


This card was made to CELEBRATE the retirement of someone special to me! She is thrilled to be retiring and starting a new phase in her life!


Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight colors give this message bold excitement! The stamp set is called, CELEBRATE TODAY, and has coordinating Thinlits!

**BE SURE you have purchased your "must haves" from the 2014-2015 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog because it ENDS tomorrow June 2!!


Celebrate Today BUNDLE

#138869 - $36.25

Celebrate Today Bundle