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 https://creatingwithpaper.stampinup.net.

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 day...my 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 wonder...you 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 anything...you 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 now...my 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!


BOO! EEK! Happy Halloween!

Just a quick post today as we have last minute things to get ready Trick or Treaters tonight.  I just wanted to post some of the cards I made for Halloween that were from a class given by my dear friend Cathy!  We had a lot of fun!  Here they are...

Love me some Tim Holtz!  Happy Halloween everybody!  Now on to Christmas getting ready for the 10th of November and my Sampler class.

Be kind to everybody and make time for Creating With Paper!

Creating With Paper is loving Peaceful Boughs!

Greetings All!

I have just fallen in love with the Stamp Set Peaceful Boughs and it's coordinating die set.  Sooo pretty!  I wanted to share 3 cards I made from it.  The gray one we will be making at my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering this coming Sunday!  It looks difficult, but it isn't and comes out very pretty. 

Here are the three cards I recently made with it (and the inside pictures too):

Here are the supplies I used to make them!

I encourage you all to get the bundle and save 10%!  Page 15 of the Holiday catalog.

I have had a chance to use the new Paper Trimmer that Stampin' Up! is coming out with.  It is similar to the old one, yet very different.  Several demonstrators have given their "opinions" on YouTube, so if you are curious, go check those out.  I love it!  My only concern is the opening and closing of the cutting blade/scorer "handle".  I am so afraid that I will warp it by pulling it up.  Probably fretting for nothing, but I had an old trimmer that had a warped arm and it ended up going in the trash because it wouldn't score and wouldn't cut good.   But that is the only concern I have.  It cuts extremely smooth - even on the whisper white card stock that was always the issue paper - scores wonderfully you don't even know it scores it is so smooth.  So all in all I think it is well worth it!  The blades are unique too!  I can see how these blades will last a lot longer than the old blades.  I will still take my old trimmer to classes and use it on jobs.  Keeping that fandangled new one all to myself!  Ha!

Well, that is all for today.  Be kind to one another and always make time for Creating With Paper!

Holidays are upon us! Yay!

Boo!  Be Grateful!  Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

Wow!  Here they come!  I am very excited this year about all of these Holidays and more!  But first lets see what my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering did on September 22nd!  We made a tea light Halloween lantern of sorts and two Fall cards that came from the August Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up!  I fixed Beef Stroganoff to try and get us in the Autumn Chill mood.  But low and behold it was like 78 that day!  Oh well, we still had fun crafting and filling our tummys. 

(You may have to click on the photos to see all of each one.  For some reason, my blog isn't capturing the full photo...eek!)  We always have so much fun at these gatherings.  I wish I could hold them more than once a month, but because I pretty much provide everything for them, it is just too exhausting.  The ladies love it just as much as I do though.

October 1st is bringing on some new things at Stampin' Up!  Demonstrators will get to Pre-Order the BRAND SPANKING NEW Paper Trimmer!  We are all so used to calling it the Stampin' Trimmer, but it is no longer referred to as that!  I am going to order it and a pack of 4 extra blades to try it out!  It still will score in addition to cut, so I am thrilled about that!  Plus!  It is only $25.00!!!  Cheaper than our last one.  Bargain, Bargain, Bargain!!! Here is a sneak peak at it:

Here is a cute video showing the new Trimmer

They do not have a release date for customers yet, depending on how it goes over with DemonstratorsAnother great reason to ask me about becoming a Demonstrator!  These pre-order opportunities just keep coming!  Click on Join The Fun or Join Me for more information on how to become one of my team members!  I would love to help you achieve your Paper Crafting dreams!

Another exciting announcement is October and November's Paper Pumpkin kits are Special Edition Coordinating Kits called Winter Wonders.  If you have never indulged in Paper Pumpkin, now would be the ideal time!  Subscribe by October 10th to get the October kit and why don't you try a 3 month subscription so you are automatically subscribed for November and December kits.  The last few Paper Pumpkin kits have been so cute!  They are changing things up a bit and improving them as per subscribers comments...and boy are they fun now!  They come with everything you need to make cards, a project or use your imagination!  Many post their Paper Pumpkin alternatives on line for you to see and try out.  It's worth a go!  $22.00/month.  Just click on this link www.paperpumpkin.com to subscribe and learn all about it!

Okay!  One more announcement and I will show you a card I have been working on!  October 1st once again, Stampin' Up! is offering the Pre-Order for Demonstrators the Christmastime Is Here Suite.  Then November 1st it will be available to you the customer.  It is a Christmas Rose and it is a SUITE, so it includes two stamp sets, dies, ribbon, specialty designer paper, gold glitter enamel dots AND a bracelet!  Wowza!  The entire suite will run $112.50 but it is availabe separately or a bundle option (2 stamps sets and 2 coordinating die sets) for $61.00.  Here is a picture of the Suite and several samples made by Stampin' Up!
Samples by Stampin' Up!

Now!  A card I recently made.  I have been making several lately, so will hopefully post another in a couple days.  I just love this little Elf named appropriately "Elfie". 
No peeking!
Here are the supplies I used...

Stampin' Trimmer
Stampin' Trimmer

Well, that is all for today my paper peeps!  Let me know if you need any of the supplies listed above (you can click on the picture and it will be linked to my site) or if I can be of any assistance to you in any way.

Be kind to one another and remember to make time for Creating With Paper!

Summer Over Blues? NO!

Can you believe that we are into the Autumn soon?  To be honest, I am looking forward to cooler weather and the upcoming Holidays! 

The new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is out and live for all of you paper peeps!  It is a great catalog this year and I want it all as usual!  In the midst of all of the Holiday Hoopla, don't forget the Annual Catalog.  It has wonderful ideas and things that will enhance your Holiday catalog choices.  If you need a Holiday Catalog, please let me know!  I can get you one in a flash!  I know you won't be disappointed!  Here is a cute, quick video showcasing some of the catalog. 


Also, if you would like to become a member of my Team, I would love to have you join me and my fabulous crew!  I can give you more details...just email me!  Need help deciding on product?  I can help with that also!  I love presenting and making new projects for my team and their families.  We all share our ideas and just love helping one another.  My purpose is to help you with a project or help you get what you need for your project.  I am here for you!

July 21st we had a Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering, luckily I found those pictures.  We did a Christmas card and a "manly" card...no muscles, though!  I finally fulfilled my dream of having Christmas in July.  He He!  Here are the photos!

On a personal note, we took a fabulous Alaskan Cruise the first part of August and as soon as we got home, I got sick!  This cold has hung around for 3 weeks now, but I am determined to shake it off!  So, I haven't been diligent about writing or crafting.  Just a few projects.  It seems all of my July pictures have disappeared in the transition from iPhone photos and Google photos.  I am still trying to figure out where they went, but technology is crazy, so hope to discover them in some unknown place! 

Well, I better get this posted...it is late.  In between writing this we went for a visit to the Grandkids in Sacramento area.  Oh gosh, they are growing up way too fast, and the two little girls they are fostering and hoping to adopt are just the sweetest little things.  Anyway, we had a blast...

Have a great month, be kind to one another, and make time every day for some CREATING WITH PAPER!


Stamping and Saving! July has it all!

Happy July Everyone!

Can you believe that the year is half over?  Man-O-Man, what is going on?  My only solace is we must be having a lot of fun!  I know that I am, but still, I wish it would slow down!  There are so many things to do and even planning your day out can be hard...we need a few more hours in the day!

So, June 23rd I held my Monthly Craftin' Gals Sunday Gathering.  I introduced the new catalog and displayed several sample cards, the paper packs that I used, and any coordinating Card Stock and Stampin' Blends that I used.  The ladies were impressed and the outcome of that launch has been great!  Here are the pictures of my samples:

As you can see, the first card and the last two cards show the insides.  I left the others blank for now.

We had 2 Make N' Take cards also...here they are...I CASE'd them from someone - wrote the name of her down on a post it and low and behold, it apparently got tossed.  Anyway, if you recognize these as yours, I want to THANK YOU, as the ladies absolutely loved them!!!
Last but not least, here are my lovely group of ladies and some pictures of our work in progress.  We have such a great time together!  Friends Forever!!!


Now for some business! 

Bonus Days Has Begun!  You can now start earning Bonus Days coupon codes to use in August! There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so now’s the perfect time to get items on your wish list from the 2019-2020 annual catalog. Here’s the deal: For every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used August 1–31, 2019.  Just click on Shop Now or Let's Shop and start earning your Bonus Codes!  If you haven't established a customer profile with me, do that now so you are assured to get your points emailed to you!
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Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?  Well, if you have even given it the slightest thought, if you join from July 1 until August 31, you as a new demonstrator will receive an additional $30 to put toward bonus products in your Starter Kit.  THEN, you will receive a $10.00 coupon code the following month.  What????  So, you actually will get $120 in free product to get your Starter Kit started and then still get the $10.00 the next month?  Yep!  That is the deal.  Talk about the deal of the century...well, you know what I mean!  I would love to have you become a demonstrator on my team.  You get a 20% discount on products you buy, previews of upcoming catalogs and products so you don't have to wait until they are live...you get a chance to attend the two OnStage Conventions we have every year.  Best of all, though, you can start sharing your new found hobby with all of your friends; have parties and demo new products, host events, and more!  If you are interested go to Join The Fun or Join Me on my blog page.  I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.  Don't delay!  Come join us for fun and frolic at Stampin' Up!

One last reminder...guess what will be coming out in September?  What season do we all love so very much?  The HOLIDAY catalog will be coming out for your stamping pleasure in September!  If you order on my site by July 31st, I will add you to the mailing list to get a copy of the Holiday Catalog.  I personally can't wait!  Oh, and another demonstator perk is you can participate in Pre-Order and get some items earlier than the rest of the customers!  Woo Hoo!  It is so much fun getting a jump on the new products and showing them off to any event you attend!  Once again, start thinking Christmas (in July) and shop on my site now! 
Until next time, be kind to one another and make time for CREATING WITH PAPER!

JUNE is busting out all over!!!

Summer is just a few days away, and boy do we have some fun in store for you!!!  First of all TODAY, June 4th the NEW ANNUAL (2019-2020) CATALOG is LIVE!  You can place your orders if you have received your catalog!  If you need one, please let me know and I will be happy to get you a copy!  It is just awesome!  Many of my favorite stamps and dies are carried over!  If they were a bundle in the 2018-19 catalog, they will show separate in this new catalog. 

Here is a cute video highlighting just a few of the items we are able to get now!

Before I forget, if you place your order online, be sure to use the:
June 2019 Hostess Code
At the end of your order, it will ask if you have a Hostess Code...you do!!!!  If your order is over $150.00 though, don't use the code as you will earn Stampin' Rewards, so use those!!!|

Soon, I will post some samples that I will be showing at my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering Catalog Launch on June 23rd.  I just placed another big order to make more samples!

Until next time, be kind to one another and always try to make time for CREATING WITH PAPER! 


Let's get to summer!

Hi All!

A lot has happened since my last blog (when was that?).  Family is so important to me, and my husband is probably the most important of all.  He is finally done with all of his cancer stuff, and we celebrated his last radiation treatment in mid-April.  Now with prayers, we won't worry about it any longer.

I managed to hold my monthly Craftin' Gals Sunday Gatherings despite the uproar...it was a very important thing to maintain my friendship with many wonderful ladies.  We met February 24th and did our Spring of our Four Season Cards (idea from Patti Bennett) using the new (then) Painted Seasons bundle.  We also did a purple lily card.  Here is the group shot we took. 
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We didn't seem to take pictures of our food for which we are famous for!  I believe this is the time we had homemade Vegetable Soup!  YUM!

On March 24th we did an Easter Card and decorated Styrofoam Eggs for Easter.  Using Fabled Friends for both, my egg idea was inspired by Christi Wroe!  She does such darling little things, that I tried very hard to make my sample as cute as hers.  The gals had a blast using bits of lace, the bunny stamp and blends, flowers from my stash and sequins and such to make some very sweet eggs.  Here are some photos and this time we got some great food pics! (HA!) Nee even got some pictures of my Easter decorations...thanks Nee!

Then, April 21st, we held yet another Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering!  Same decorations still up since it was just the week after Easter...shhh, they are STILL up!  Ha!  This time we had a mini tea with tea sandwiches, salads and a fabulous Greek hors d' oeuvre!  It was to die for.

We did a card camp with only 4 cards, but it was all I could manage at the time.  My black and white Thank You card was inspired by Kylie Page, the Varied Vases card was CASED from someone but no name on the picture, the Tropical Card was inspired or CASED from Su Mohr and the Blue Hibiscus was made by Marlene Ingram part of Rachel Tessmans group.  Here are our pictures..

So, Let's Get To Summer!!!  Many great happenings in June!  NEW ANNUAL CATALOG!  Yippee Skippy!  So many beautiful new things in there.  If you would like to have one, just email me and I can get one out to you!  My team will be getting theirs from the mailing list.  In fact, some got them yesterday!  One of my gals has already marked all of the things she wants!  The new catalog goes live June 4th, so save up some money and Shop, Shop, Shop.  If you need suggestions or help with anything, just ask.  I will be happy to assist you in placing an order in June for anything. 

Well, that is all for today.  Please accept my apologies for being MIA for a couple months, but it should be much better for the entire family now.  I also want to get back to making videos so I will let you know about that soon!  One last note...if you are having trouble seeing the pictures, put it on Full Screen.  I still am not sure how to get multiple pictures in a row.

Be kind to one another and don't forget to make time for CREATING WITH PAPER!

Look at What is coming in April!

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I would do a quick post as to the NEW Storage solutions that Stampin' Up! is bringing on board!  All will be available April 1st, and will be included in the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog coming soon!

Here is a quick video of the products:

Contact me if you are interested, or if you would like to order, April 1st, press the "Let's Shop" button!  I will be back soon with more projects and another catch up!

Take care, be kind to one another and remember to make time for Creating With Paper!