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Jar of Love Bundle


This JAR stamp set in the new Stampin' Up! catalog really caught my eye!! I, personally, can never have too many flowers! Be sure to notice that the TWO STEP BUNDLES have tiny TABS on the stamp images and framelit dies. They are guides to lining up the images quickly!! SO VERY HANDY, but they are tiny and you could miss them if you didn't know!


Start building your floral arrangement from the background forward. End by placing the small elements into any empty spaces or over any "mistakes." FUN-FUN-FUN!! Come back for my next post with a different JAR idea!

Jar of Love BUNDLE

#142342 - $52

37 photopolymer stamps & 17 Framelits Dies

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Jar of Love bundle $52

Swirly Bird Wreath


Aren't there just tons of GREAT ideas in cyberspace for this FUN new Stampin' Up! BUNDLE called SWIRLY BIRDS!! I thought I'd give you a simple idea - the wreath!


This is such a nice basic layout that let's you mix up colors any way your heart desires. I'm in love with this VERSATILE bundle!!

Swirly Bird BUNDLE

#142353 - $46.75

24 photopolymer stamps & 9 dies

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Swirly Bird Bundle $46.75


Swirly Bird Tree


Stampin' Up!'s Tree Builder Punch is a GREAT partner for the NEW, popular Swirly Bird BUNDLE! It provides a tree trunk, apples and clouds for this card.


There are lots of options for this BUNDLE and PUNCH to compliment each other!!

Tree Builder Punch

#138295 - $18

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Tree Builder Punch

Guest Shari

Shari's shaker

Check out this adorable SHAKER CARD, Shari Wicks shared at our recent Florida North Star Stampers Team Event! FUN colors, movement and texture!!


It has a double flap opening making it even more unique!!


Shari used the NEW Layering Squares Framelits, NEW Playful Palette Designer Series 6X6" STACK and NEW Foam Adhesive Strips for a VERY FESTIVE message!! Great job SHARI!! Thanks for sharing.

Layering Squares Framelits

#141708 - $35

19 dies

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Layering Squares $35


I'm back...

Exterior front

I'm back online after relocating to the small town of Godfrey, IL near our new grandbaby!! We will be snowbirds. We live in half of a duplex in a homeowner's association...that means NO LAWN MOWING for us!! I have a tiny bit of flower gardening space to dabble with if I choose.

Back view

This is the back of our home with a walk-out basement. We have a gorgeous view of a hilly, wooded golf course. I love all the birds! The neighbor has 3 VERY active hummingbird feeders which are quite entertaining! Hummers are tenacious and the only birds that can fly backwards!


We are beginning to feel settled with medicinal chocolate in the refrig!

My bare ofc 2016
Here is my bare, echoing office....impatiently waiting for my new U-shaped desk to arrive. My hubby will need to assemble it. He has been the "BESTEST" husband - hanging hooks, setting up and assembling a variety of necessities without a single complaint!!

First motel stay June 2016

Some of you have asked about Maxie. HE did so well on his 17 hour drive north and first motel stay!! Here he is in the motel, VERY HAPPY to find his precious "Mr. Squirrel" came along too!

Bath at 8 weeks

AND here is the reason for our summer relocation - LILY, our first grandchild!! At 8 weeks she loves her bath time!! She has changed so much and is starting to coo and smile! She is such a JOY to us!!




Used Stamp Sale in Illinois



Sat., June 18th

8 - noon

14310 Dorr Road, South Beloit, IL 61080

This is part of my North Star Stamper Team selling tons of retired products!

NINE demonstrators are participating!!

Don't miss it!! Take a FRIEND! Ask about classes, too!

Thoughtful Banners BUNDLE


FIFTY-THREE images come in the Thoughtful Banners BUNDLE, which is paired with it's coordinating Duet Banner Punch! Create lots of sentiments and phrases! This stamp set also coordinates with the NEW Classic Label Punch! Punching sure beats "fussy cutting!!!"


This FUN paper is the NEW "Playful Palette" 6X6" Designer Series Paper STACK. I LOVE STACKS!!! I had a little strip left over, so used it inside the card for a splash of color!


Such a FUN, COLORFUL card to send!!

Thoughtful Banners BUNDLE

#142330 - $35

53 photopolymer images &

Duet Banner Punch

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Thoughtful Banner Bundle $35



Moroccan Nights

By Michelle

Today's guest creator is my friend and team member, Michelle Miller, from Rockford, IL. She used the NEW "Moroccan Nights" Stamp Set of 6 images on her card, paired with the NEW In Color, Sweet Sugarplum! Lovely results!


The detail of the image is so intriguing! As newlyweds, my Naval Officer hubby and I lived in Spain...many years ago. We ferried across the Straits of Gibraltar several times to visit Morocco!! The colorful intricate tile work fascinated me! Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

Moroccan Nights - 6 images

141715 wood - $25

141718 clear - $18


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Moroccan Night


Swirly Snowman


Swirly Bird BUNDLE is SOOO MUCH FUN!! I built a snowman with arms

punched out using the Tree Builder Punch!


I'm just giggling at these results!! This is a MUST HAVE "bundle" for hours of creative FUN!

Swirly Bird BUNDLE saves 10%

#142353 - $46.75

24 photopolymer images

& 9 coordinating dies


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Swirly Bird Bundle $46.75

Swirly Bird BUNDLE


This is one STINKIN' CUTE, versatile product!! It's the NEW Swirly Bird Bundle!! TWENTY-FOUR photopolymer images lets your imagination run wild to build all kinds of images!! Check out how VERY different these two cards are using the same stamps! Guaranteed FUN!!


Asymmetric vines cradle the sentiment!


Now we are sailing the open seas!


Swirly Bird BUNDLE saves 10%

#142353 - $46.75

24 photopolymer images & 9 Thinlits Dies


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Swirly Bird Bundle $46.75

How to save paper when layering


Want to know a secret about this card! Ready?

I used the "Lots of Labels" Framelits #138281 to SAVE on the Gold Foil Paper!


How? I cut the bottom gold layer to the size I needed. Then I cut the top layer out of the very CENTER of the gold sheet, leaving a "hole."


SHA-ZAM! After the card is all layered together, NO ONE KNOWS (except us!) that the bottom Gold Foil Paper layer has a hole. The top gold layer has been cut from the bottom gold layer, saving paper! The sentiment layer is cut from the next smaller framelit to reflect the same shape! This works with any concentric framelits when you want the top 2 layers to have the same shapes! Try it!


 I used the lovely NEW "Affectionately Yours" Specialty Designer Series Paper and the NEW "Love and Affection" Stamp Set of 13 photopolymer images.

Affectionately Yours 12X12"

Specialty Designer Series Paper

#141632 - $13

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Affectionately Yours SDPS $13 Affectionately Your samples


Foxy Friends Bundle Video



Isn't this ADORABLE!! Such cute youth cards for all ages! And there is a coordinating 6X6" Designer Series Paper STACK, too. I love that pine "trees" are included, because that puts this into the Christmas category, too. Very versatile!

Foxy Friends BUNDLE

#142326 - $40.50

29 Photopolymer stamps &

stackable Fox Builder Punch


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Foxy Bundle