Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hilton Head Stamping! Card Making Animal Outing & Lilypad Lake

Hello, my stamping friends!

We've just returned from Hilton Head, where I always get a huge shot of inspiration from my sister-in-law, Cindy and our wonderful friend, Linda!  Linda is in my level one team and Cindy is in Linda's level one team.  So.....creativity abounds!  Here is what I walked in to upon our arrival!  It took my breath away.  The colors!  The layouts!  These gals are just amazing.  Needless to say, you'll be seeing many of THEIR ideas in Ree's cards in the future!!

Somebody was certainly a busy bee prior to my arrival.  The cards on this side are Linda's and on the opposite side are Cindy's!  Enjoy!

Here are the cards we'll make in this week's classes.  We also made them in Hilton Head.  Lilypad Lake is such a versatile and perfectly coastal set.  I know everyone will enjoy these projects.  For these, I'm casing 2 of the cards created by Oksana Semenska at her catalog reveal yummy barbecue and stamp class.  I just loved them and couldn't wait to make more.  You can never have too many egret cards.  Thank you, Oksana!!  You can see more of Oksana's beautiful work at

And here is (finally) one of my originals using Animal Outing.  I just love these Aussie cuties.  Can't wait to send it to our Aussi friends, Colin and Judy!  You can't tell from the pic, but Momma's pouch and baby koala are poochy. I achieved that using a stylus on the wrong side of the paper.  Be sure to use a thick piece of foam underneath to get maximum results.

Have a lovely, crafty week, everyone!!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Seeing the Sights of Florida, Masculine "Shirt" Card and Floral Cards!

Hi, Stampers!

We went from my return from Centre Stage to preparation for our much anticipated visit from our Aussie friends!  We had a great time playing tourist and my friend Judy and even I went to my stamp class in Titusville. 

 Besides that, we visited the Magic Kingdom, the Space Center (I haven't been there for about 30 years and it is nothing short of moving and magnificent!!!), the Ft. Lauderdale Airshow, and a wonderful local production of Spamalot!  We even played putt putt golf in Cocoa Beach, where I somehow managed a hole-in-one, and had ice cream afterward.  We visited with family and friends and enjoyed a lovely shrimp boil at son Tom's lovely home.  

There were great restaurants with great views (and some not so much!) and I will go on record to say the finest meal I have enjoyed in quite awhile was hosted by our friends at the Trend French and so magnifique!!!

Here are cards that Judy and I made with my Titusville Library friends.  We then went to lunch with the "girls" and then Judy and I walked around Cocoa Village for awhile.
We also made these cute, easy peasy shirt cards. (Thank you, Oksana, for the quick collar making technique!!)
We made this fun fold card in Cocoa Beach yesterday.  Again, thank you, Oksana, for this great fun fold technique!!
 Here are some pretty florals we've created in the last few weeks.  The hydrangea card is back (waaaay back) by popular demand.  I LOVE it though I had to use retired punches for it.

Have a wonderful and creative week!  I'm off to my music conference in Daytona Beach this evening and I'll be preparing for next week's Stamp Club and a trip back to the Titusville Library!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sight-seeing in Atlanta, Centre Stage and On Stage!

Hi, Stampers!

I attended Centre Stage and On Stage in Atlanta last week and had such a fun and informative time.  I am so excited about all the new products and colors!  I can't wait to share them with everyone!!!

My sweet sister-in-law, Mary, picked me up at the airport.  I wish I had a video to share of my dashing through 3 lanes of traffic and struggling with my huge suitcase, but we did it!!  We then parked her car and walked to a wonderful restaurant, Atlanta Breakfast Company, where we had theeeeee best food ever!!!  Mmmmmm, I'm still rememberering a wonderful peach cobbler French toast and a fried green tomato BLT on a biscuit.  Even without the "B" for me, it was unbelievably delish!  I highly recommend!!!
Yes, she's trying to lean out of our picture but we are happy to have her join us!
We then walked on to our destination, the Museum of Civil Rights and Human Rights for a wonderful afternoon of meandering this beautiful museum and being touched by sooooo many of the displays, films, audio presentations etc.  Again, I highly recommend!!

Being that we were all coloring daffodils with on Stampin' Blends before Easter, I had to TRY to get a picture of one of the last remaining daffodils of Spring, I'm afraid.  I really couldn't see what I was doing but managed to get a semblance of the colors.  A week or so ago I'm sure the rows and rows of these everywhere were just amazing!!!  I so enjoyed the wisteria, dogwood, and apple tree blossoms!  I miss those in Florida!  Thank you, Mary!!!

Centre Stage had an 80's theme!  Oksana, my friend and creative coach looked 80's pretty and I went 80's casual.  I actually have on legwarmers.  It was a fun dinner and included leadership training.  We also received our bags and catalogs early, along with a stamp set and lots of other goodies.  (You can see those below!)

Here is the evening's all-important dessert table!  Chocolate and raspberries!  Mmmmm!

Here is Oksana with some of her Downline Team!  Next year we will meet in Orlando so I'm hoping LOTS of my Team will attend!!
Stephanie, Oksana, Sheri and Lori

 Oksana and yours truly!  We had a fabulous time!

 Ahhhhh, yes!  The mid-afternoon chocolate cupcake celebrating Stampin' Up's 30th year!!

Here is some of our "swag"!  We came home with stamps, stamp pads, new In-Color markers, a wonderful journal, supplies and of course, my own cowbell, seen in the cupcake picture.  LOL

Now then......La piece de resistance!!!
Oksana presented me with theeeeee most fabulous gifts in Atlanta.  Here they are!  I love the catalog holder that she decorated.  It is perfect!  And the the French wine and yummy cookies and THENNN a hand decorated box full of surviving Centre Stage supplies--chocolate, a wonderful purple Signo gel pen, tags, mints,  and so much more.  Her tags were even very special and beautiful.  She is amazing and I am inspired!! Thank you, my friend!!

Happy Stamping, Everyone!!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Banners are Back, Convention Swaps, Card Making Fun!

Hi, Stampers!

Yayyyyy!  My banners came back, my blog was restored and all is well with Visa and Paypal.  (Darn hackers!!)  That's life these days, isn't it!

I'll be off to Atlanta on Thursday for Onstage fun!  A great opotunity to learn new techniques and to peek at new product awaits!!  Here are my swaps!  I only made around 45.  The lollipops make them bulky to pack but I love making those little pockets and swappers enjoy receiving them.  

Of course I have to bring out my retired chocolate bunny stamp.  He is so cute and so versatile.  I also used a very vintage little flower stamp that I keep in my kit.

Here is our "pretty" Easter card.  It gave us a chance to use our Stampin' Blends.  I look forward to their return at the end of May!
I used crafty SIL's fold idea again.  I love it!  Thank you Cindy Davis!!

I'm also loving the Sale-a-Bration floral foil papers.  They are so elegant on their own and so beautiful when you take your Stampin' Blends to them.  This card is inspired by my friend, Oksana Semenska's, design.  So fun! See more of Oksana's beautiful creations at

Here is another of our class projects.  I just love this little mermaid but I would feel badly if I trapped her in the bottle, so I gave her a heart background instead.  We "hand carved" our waves with our bone folders since yours truly forgot the embossing folder we were to use.  Thank you, Ranell Schlatter, for the great idea!!
I always told my junior high choir students that I got my best ideas from them and the same is true with my stampers!!

 Coming up this week we'll be brave and make a Brusho card.  We'll also make a pretty friend or Mother's Day card using the stamp set "A Mother's Flair".

Have a great weekend!! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Boo Hoo! My banners are gone! (For now.)

So sorry that my cute blog doesn't have my banners at this time.  Evidently some sort of hack.  I've succeeded in getting the content restored but for some reason my banner is still disabled.  I hope it's pretty again soon.  In the meantime I'll continue to post.

All the best!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

And Where Do I Find My Stampin Inspiration? DIY Valentines With Art Gallery Cards

Hi, Stampers!

I love these valentines from several friends.  I was unable to attend my class with Fun Stamper Oksana Semenska last week but she sent her beautiful original samples to me. What a sweet friend!  I am astounded.  They are so pretty!  I wish I had time to make up the valentine candy heart boxes for my stampers!!

I actually neglected to take a picture of one of the cards!! but look at these beauties.  They feature the beautiful Painted With Love, 2-sided specialty paper and the Sure Do Love You Stamps.  Visit Oksana's page at

And then there is my friend, Jane, who never misses ANY holiday and always sends me beautiful, detailed and lovely cards.  Don't you love it??
And here is my final Valentine design for the year.  I, too, used the Painted With Love specialty paper and Sure Do Love You stamps so all of our cards are very different but a little alike too!  Enjoy and have a wonderful Valentine's Week!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hi, Everyone!

Here are a few cards that we've been creating over the last week or so and of course a wonderful basketful of Valentine treats!!

Love the Petal Palette Stamp Set!  Such pretty images!  I got my inspiration for this card from my pal, Cindy Lee Bee.  Enjoy more of her pretty creations at

Why be traditional when you can have fun with vibrant colors, great stamps and Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencils!!!??

Sweets for the sweet this coming week!  Each contains a York Mint Pattie heart shaped candy.  I only ate 2 but now I'd better shop for a few more.  :-)  Punches and Melon Mambo paper and Ink!  A few White Gel Pen Dots and a cute little bow, either handmade or In Color Bitty Bows complete the look!

Have a happy week!!