Michelle's still doing Christmas in July in August!

You are all probably saying,  what the heck does that mean?  Well, since our State (California) is rising in numbers of cases of COVID, I didn't get to hold my "Christmas In July" Sunday Gathering, so I am extending the project and adding some more to my August Gathering, naming it "Christmas In August!"  I would celebrate Christmas all year if I could get away with it! Unfortunately others in my family would not be too fond of that idea :).

Speaking of Christmas and Holidays, the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog (formerly known as the Holiday issue) is live and available to the public on August 4th!  Soon!  There are some carryovers from last years Holiday Catalog, so if you loved something last year, but weren't able to buy it then, check to see if perhaps it is in the new Catalog.  I like when they carryover some of the wonderful things - I get a second (or third or fourth - ha!) look and usually will purchase it! 

I was able to Pre-order some things to get my Christmas, Fall and Halloween projects started.  That is an advantage of becoming a part of my team as a demonstrator!  Discounts, previews of upcoming catalogs, most of all though being part of a very fun group!  If you are interested just click on "Join Me" and we can get you started!

In June, I did host a small group of my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering, and we had a Mystery Stamp session.  I love how Sharon Armstrong holds these on Tuesdays.  It is so fun to see all of the different ideas people come up with.  I put together packets that contained all the papers needed - cut and scored.  I had selected several sentiment stamps and several other stamps they would need!  Water color pencils for coloring in stamps, and any embellishments they wanted.  I read the directions to them and helped when I saw confusion on some faces.  It is not easy if you have no idea how it is supposed to look, but that is the fun of it.  They took home the directions so they could make more of the design.  

My dear friend Nee, put together some photos of our gathering.  She got some pictures of my home decorations and since we couldn't hold our regular potluck, I provided a variety of cheesecakes.  Third photo first row, are the "samples" from the new catalog that I displayed with the coordinating bundles or suites shown in the last photo.  My Mystery card was similar to Nee's Orange framed card.  I must have sent mine to someone, can't find it anywhere in my craft room...probably if I clean it again, I will come across it.  I just used a different colors on my flower.  Oh the second picture in the second row is a picture of some of the clothespin dolls I made.  I had the supplies probably for 5 years and decided to do them this year.  Do you all gather things up for years and finally say, enough!  I need to make these for more room!  That is my life in a nutshell.

As you can see, we were being safe - wore masks until we ate our dessert.  All of the others that came, Linnie, Ang, Irene, and Cathy (who stopped by) thought it was very fun... I am glad when they like the projects. 

Well, that is all for now, as always, I hope to blog more, but man life just keeps getting busier and busier.  I didn't think this is how retirement was going to be.  Oh well, I hope you all are staying safe, and when you are home, be sure to make time for some Creating With Paper!

Catalog LIVE today!

Happy June Everyone!

Even though we are still on partial lock down, it looks like things are trying to get back to normal.  I don't know about you, but my June hair appointment is so needed, it isn't even funny!  Still, let's keep to our Social distancing and Wear Your Masks. 

Well, today is a big day!  The Annual 2020-21 catalog is now Live for all of you to order!  I placed my order, and am excited about all of the new things I will be getting.  If any of you want to place an order from the new catalog this month, please use this Hostess Code.  If your order is over $150.00, don't use the code as you will earn Stampin' Rewards.  Just click on Let's Shop on the Side Bar or Shop Now at the top of the page.  Happy Shopping!  I promise you won't regret it! :)

June 2020 Hostess Code
If you need a new catalog, please email me and I will get you one.  Until then, click on the catalog front in the side bar to get a copy of it.  Many are on my mailing list so you may have already received one.  I hope you like the new products, but there were a lot of carry overs which was a good thing for me.  As the year went by, so many people had examples for many of the stamp sets and at times, I wished I had purchased a particular stamp.  Thank goodness most of those are in the new catalog, so I still can order them!  Yay!  PLUS, guess what is coming out soon?  The July-December Mini Catalog (formerly the Holiday Catalog) will be coming out early this year!  Preview of the catalog will be late June and Pre-Order will start July 1! It goes live in August!  In 2021, it will go live in July and be good through December.  They will have 3 main catalogs now every year.  The January-June Mini Catalog, The Annual Catalog, and the July-December Mini Catalog.  So, a good reason to join my team - you get the Aug-Dec Mini Holiday Catalog EARLY!  Woo Hoo!

We hopefully, keeping fingers crossed can hold my Monthly Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering in June.  I am pushing it out to the very last Sunday (the 28th) so perhaps things will relax a little bit.  I have been toying with the idea of doing a video conference sort of thing, but I think we all are hungry for face to face (albeit masked faces) contact. 

If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator, my team and I would love to have you join us.  Discount purchases, sneak peeks for catalogs and new products, conventions and trips (although this year they are virtual, but hey it still is fun!) and just all around fun with new friends!  NOTE: If you join in June, you get to choose a Free Bundle!  See the promo!  It is a bit hard to read, but here is the run down...Between June 3-June 30, you can choose any Stamp/Tool Bundle from the new catalog.  This bundle is FREE!  Wowza!  Click on "Join Me" on the sidebar or "Join the Fun" at the top, and start the rewards coming!  


Well, I just wanted to check in and share the big News on the catalog, so now I will go back to my paper crafting studio and work on some new things!  So, be kind to one another, stay safe, and remember to wash your hands then make time for CREATING WITH PAPER! 

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 shannonkaypaperie.com.  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!