Still staying at home and stamping!

Greetings from the Masked Stamper! (Pun intended)

A surreal time for sure.  I feel like the Masked Singer, except not quite as good of singer as most of them are.  We have been watching that show for the first time this season, and find it a nice break from our usual news junkie days.  Yes, we are news junkies unfortunately at times, but at least we are informed (or I hope we are). 

This post is just a reminder that the new Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up! is going live in June!  It is filled with new things and old things - not old per say, but you know what I mean...carry overs.  I find that nice so I don't feel so bad if I haven't used a stamp set from last years catalog.  I still have a chance to consider it "new" and not "retired".  Here is a picture of the cover...
2020-21 cover
New In Colors are coming too!  Yippee!  The inks will be available some time in late June I believe.  I will keep you all updated when they are available.  The In-Color paper is available and so are the ribbons.  Many of us demonstrators took advantage of a pre-order this month, and hopefully we didn't buy out everything in stock.  You know us, we get anxious and want to plan for events and give aways, so possibly buy out something very quickly.  Our bad...

I am featuring a couple cards that I CASE'd using the Ornate Garden Suite.  At first, it was a tad lacy and frilly for me, but I found that some have found the right combination to make them classy.  I love vintage, flowery looks, but too much pattern and lacy elements not so much.  So, I have to be picky about my cards and not get them too jumbly (is that a word? Ha). 

The first card is CASE'd from Akiko Sudano. 
The next is CASE'd from Julie Gilson...
Both have inspired me to do more with this Suite so Thank You Akiko and Julie.  It really is a gorgeous array of stamps, dies, ribbon, embossing folders, and embellishments.  If you would like to know what I used, let me know and I will send you a list of Stampin' Up! items used on both cards. 

One other feature...Every Tuesday (except for the next two), Sharon Armstrong does a "Mystery Stamping" live.  It is a whole lot of fun because you just never know what the finished card will look like.  Everyone that participates picks out a different paper and card stock, and they all come out so fun!  Here is the last one I did...I was quite happy with the results!  It is a Z fold card.  Sharon's opened from the left, but I went rogue and made it open on the right.  I love going rogue!  Ha!

If you would like to get pre-orders, a discount on all items in the catalog, a chance to participate in the On Stage Virtuals (for awhile) please consider joining my team! The more the merrier.   I hold my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gatherings once a month (hopefully we will start up again in June or July) and we have a blast making cards, 3d items and I like to hold a Card Camp once in awhile.  If we are able to get together in June, I will be introducing the new catalog and showing off a few things.  Door prizes and other fun prizes are coming too!  Just click on Join the Fun at the top or the Join Me box on the side bar. 

Well, that is all for today!  Please be kind to one another and stay safe, stay home!  At least those of you in California!  So, if you have time on your hands, wash them (:)), and make time for CREATING WITH PAPER!  See you next time!

Stay Home, Save Lives!


These are strange and trying times and probably most of us never thought we would be on "stay at home" orders from the Governments of our states.  My husband and I are not going stir crazy as I have read many are.  We are normally homebodies and absolutely love our home, so being held up in it has not been too hard.  We go out every morning to have our coffee down on our canyon "lookout" that he built in '13.  Our kitties go out with us, and we spend about an hour doing our zen coffee thing.  It helps us get some fresh air, practice social distancing while enjoying our morning coffee.  Plus, we have hobbies that keep us busy!

That being said, it was sad that I had to cancel my March Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering.  I missed seeing everyone and missed the creativity that we share.  It has been hard being away from my gals and enjoying some creative time together.  That is what I look forward to the most when we get control of this horrible thing.  I am very fortunate to have a boat load of projects to do in my Papercrafting Studio.  Mojo has been low, but I am managing to use some older kits from Graphic 45 that I have had since '18!  It will be nice to clear out that space they were all stashed in.  More room for upcoming Stampin' Up! goodies.  The new '20-'21 catalog is coming out in June!  There will be some changes to the catalogs this coming year.  There will be two "Mini" Occasions Catalogs January - June and July-December.  This starts in 2021.  This year the 2nd Mini Catalog (Holiday Catalog) will be coming out in August and good through December.  So, Annual Catalog good for 1 year, Mini's good for 6 months each. 

So here is some Stampin' Up! news...As demonstrators, we got the chance to purchase a new Suite called Ornate Garden Suite that will be available to customers April 1st.  I have to tell you, it is the most beautiful suite that I have seen in a very long time!  Here are some samples that Stampin' Up! made using the suite:

The Suite includes 2 stamp sets, 2 die sets, Designer Paper, Gilded Gems, Ribbon combo (2 ribbon colors), and an embossing folder.  It is such a delicate, beautiful suite. Remember, April 1st (and they aren't fooling! Ha!) it will be available for you to purchase.  The entire Suite is $136.75, but everything is available individually too!  Here is peek at what will be offered.

Click here to see Suite.

Also on the calendar!  Sale-A-Bration 1,2 and 3 (that was released yesterday) are available until March 31st!  Here is what is included in the Sale-A-Bration releases:  1st release: Click on the catalog on the right sidebar on this site.  2nd releaseClick Here for 2nd Sale-A-Bration Brochure3rd releaseClick here for 3rd Sale-A-Bration release.  Let me know if you would like to purchase any of these.  The links will not link directly to my site, so click on Let's Shop on the right sidebar or Shop Now at the top of my site. 

Well, I probably should get back to making some things with the Ornate Suite to display.  Until I post again, please all of you STAY SAFE and SOCIAL DISTANCE!  I don't want to lose any of you!  All of my friends, relatives and loves are more important than anything to me.  Love you all!

If you have time on your hands, wash them (ha!) and get CREATING WITH PAPER!

Luck O' The Irish!

Dia dhuit!  (That is hello in Irish!)

Even though I am Swedish and French I like to embrace the Irish holiday.  As they say, everyone is Irish for one day in March!

Let's cover the latest news first!  As you probably know, when we have Sale-A-Bration, there are TWO releases.  The second release is available March 3rd!  To see the 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration brochure Click Here

Both releases are good through March 31st.  Purchase $50.00 and you qualify for one of the free items marked with the "Free with $50 purchase" logos.  If you purchase $100.00, there is the logo for $100.  Purchases can be made from the Annual Catalog and the Mini Occasions Catalog.  If you need either of these catalogs and the Sale-A-Bration booklet let me know (note: my order for the 2nd release has not come in yet, so please use the link above).

Our February Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering was so much fun!  We did a card camp on a smaller scale.  I don't know how people handle the 15 card camps.  I can barely make up 5, so that is what I stick to.  My team and guests like the smaller version, so that helps ease my mind.  Here are the cards I made as the samples.

Credits for my CASEing...

The Lily Pad was CASE'd from Angie Juda.  She did it in the Subtle papers and so I just changed it up using the Lily Pad paper.  Thanks Angie! 
The Iris - thanks to Shannon at  I loved this one so much, I had to CASE it completely.
Tropical Oasis Die Cut Window - Thank You Wendy Cranford for your super video on how to make this card.  
The Honey Bee card, I partially cased from my friend Tracie Salo when we did a swap, but I also saw a similar one from Karen Ksenzahovic that was similar.  So Thanks to Tracie and Karen for the sweet honey inspiration. 
The Poppy card was also a CASE from my friend Mary Beth Guzzo in the same swap with Tracie and others.  Just used some different Poppy paper.  Thanks, Mary Beth!

Here are some other pictures taken that day..
Our working table: 
   Feb 23 table
Our group with their masterpieces:
Feb 23 e
My dear friend Nee always takes the most beautiful pictures and puts them in Pic Collage for me.  I really should learn how to do them but since Nee is here, I will leave it up to her!  :)

Our next Gathering is Sunday, March 22nd.  Come join us when we are going to do Easter projects.  What will they be???

Well, that is all for today.  I have some other cards to post but it will have to wait for a few days.  Be kind to one another, and take some time for Creating With Paper!

What fun we are having!


Wanted to share our January Craftin' Gals Sunday Gathering that was held January 23rd.  We opted for a lighter fare for food because all of us indulged during the Holidays.  I made homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in our Insta-Pot and we had a salad bar and fresh baked French bread.

We celebrated Valentines Day since our February meeting will be after Valentines Day.  I made two samples of simple projects ~ a Valentines Candy holder House and a simple Valentines card.  Here are the samples the gals used.

Here is the group

I just have the best group of gals, missing a few...Love them all! 

I have had a chance to work with the beautiful Parisian Blossoms Suite.  The two "bundles" are so gorgeous, I didn't want to stop!  Here are my "experiments".

I also whipped up this birthday card for the sweet 1 year old cousin of mine.  I love the little ladybug stamps and dies.
Ladybug birthday
Our next Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering will be held February 23rd.  I want to introduce more new Mini Catalog samples to my team and show some Sale-A-Bration ideas.  I better get busy, huh?  If you are in the San Diego area and wish to join us please let me know.  It is also listed on my Stampin' Up! website

I want to remind all of you "thinking" about joining Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration, it is absolutely the best time to do so.  Joining my team will be welcomed and here is what you can get for $99.00.

  • $125 worth of products from the Annual or Mini Catalog (or both) because you choose what is in your Starter Kit! A Mini Paper Cutter! 
  • A 6x6 Designer Series Paper Sampler (48 sheets).  It is comprised of some of all the new Designer Papers (an $11.50 value). 
  • A FREE stamp set of your choice; any value up to $45.
  • A PAPER PUMPKIN kit (a $20 value).  If you aren't familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a monthly kit that sometimes makes cards, or a project, or tags and includes everything you need including ink, dimensionals, and mini glue dots. 
  • FREE SHIPPING on your Starter Kit (which is a $12.50 value)
  • 20 to 25% off all orders you place whether for you or your friends.
  • EARLY preview of the 2020 Annual catalog and you can order before anyone else!  A perk that all demo's love! 
  • An invitation to join thousands of fellow demonstrators at Stampin' Up's! Annual Convention "On Stage". 

Let me know if you are interested as I would love to be your upline.  Just click on Join The fun at the top or Join Me on the side.

That is all for today...please be kind to one another and make time for Creating With Paper.

Where did 2019 go???

Greetings, my friends!

I can't believe that I missed the November and December posts!  I was busy as a bee getting things decorated inside and out.  My husband is in charge of the fabulous light show outside and his famous Macy's window in our Den bay window.  I am in charge of all the other interior decorations with his help.  Every year we put up 6-7 decorated trees averaging 6' tall.  We love Christmas and decorating to the hilt.  Now, taking everything down is another story!  The inside is about 50% down and packed, the outside about the same.  Thanks to my Sis-In-Law and a dear friend, the inside has gone smoothly.

Updates to share!   I hope you all received the new Mini Catalog (formerly known as the Occasions catalog) that was mailed out late December!  January 3rd you could start purchasing from it, and don't forget our Annual Sale-A-Bration has started!  Free items with a $50.00 purchase from the Mini or Annual catalog.  There are some cute things this year.  If you need assistance on choosing when you get your catalog, just let me know.  You can order right here on my page.

Now let's catch up...Our November Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering was sooo fun!  We made "samplers".  I purchased some 8x8 frames and made 2 samples that the gals could go with.  The imagination that was shown was just amazing.  Here are some of the pictures of their handiwork!  First are my samples: 

Here are some of the gals and their projects...they all turned out just beautiful!

We all had such fun and the food of course was a big hit too!  It always is! 

Decembers Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering featured our Annual Cookie Exchange!  I always treat my peeps to a complete lunch and they bring cookies to eat and trade!  We had some awesome cookies that my husband and I enjoyed for a week after our Gathering!  Our project was an older Stampin' Up! kit that made Star boxes.  I had two kits and had tried to use it up several years in a row!  So, this year I made a pact that these ladies were going to make Star boxes.  They were fairly easy, except the "stick um" tape didn't hold very well, so we had to use glue.  But here are some pictures of our friend Nee put them in such a beautiful PicCollage file.

I am sharing some Christmas cards that I made  using some of my stash as I am getting overwhelmed with beautiful papers, stamps and dies.  There are many different manufacturers/designers used, and I always use Stampin' Up! items whenever I can.  Sometimes though I just need to expand my use of items I have collected over the years.  This way I can make room for more of the new Stampin' Up! things! 

Now, I want to let you in on a secret as to how you can save on each and every purchase at Stampin' Up!  During Sale-a-Bration, you can join my team of Craftin' Gals for $99.00! 


But wait!  For that $99 you actually receive:

$125 worth of products from the Annual or Mini Catalog (or both) because you choose what is in your Starter Kit!


PLUS, you will receive a Mini Paper Cutter!  They are the cutest darn things and work very well for those teeny tiny projects that you don't need your normal size paper cutter!

PLUS, a 6x6 Designer Series Paper Sampler (48 sheets).  It is comprised of some of all the new Designer Papers (an $11.50 value)

PLUS, a FREE stamp set of your choice; any value (now that is a bargain) up to $45 value.

PLUS, a PAPER PUMPKIN kit (a $20 value).  If you aren't familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a monthly kit that sometimes makes cards, or a project, or tags and includes everything you need including ink, dimensionals, and mini glue dots.  It is a wonderful way to relax and make cards up in an evening. 

PLUS, FREE SHIPPING on your Starter Kit (which is a $12.50 value)

PLUS, 20 to 25% off all orders you place whether for you or your friends.

PLUS, an EARLY preview of the 2020 Annual catalog and you can order before anyone else!  A perk that all demo's love! 

PLUS, you are invited to join thousands of fellow demonstrators at Stampin' Up's! Annual Convention "On Stage".  This is such a wonderful experience.  Swapping and making new friends, and demonstrations from fellow demonstrators, and meeting Shelli Gardner and Sara Douglass the two most wonderful Mother and Daughter team of Stampin' Up!  Shelli basically started Stampin' Up! 30+ years ago and Sara is now the CEO of Stampin' Up!  They are the best!

All of the above for the price of only $99.00!  If you are interested, give me a jingle or an email and let me know and I will assist you in getting started!  I would absolutely love to have you on my team.  Just a note for some who probably don't have to be local to me to be on my team!  Anywhere in the US is just fine! 

If you are still hesitant, saying, I just want to stamp on my own, and not have to sell don't have to sell anything.  Many stampers that are Stampin' Up! demonstrators are doing it just for the love of creating, stamping, and playing with awesome product.  So, put that worry aside and do it for the discount!  That is how I started!  I wanted to get more for my money when I joined.  Believe me, selling is not a requirement.  So, go for it!  Click on Join Me and become a member of a fantastic team of paper lovers.

Well, that is all for next Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering is scheduled for January 19th and we are doing a Valentine mini house and a card using the new From My Heart Suite on page 8,9 and 10 of the new Mini Catalog. 

Until we meet again, be kind to one another and remember to make some time for Creating With Paper!