Monday, June 30, 2014

It is time to celebrate!

The end of the Stampin' Up! year is today.
So this is a fun card that I sent to each of the gals that are directly under me
in my Iowa Inkers team.
I hope they liked it!

I am just a lovin' the new Back to Black Designer Paper
& this new 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes' stamp set.
PLUS I am also in love with this new BLACK ink pad!
It is the Memento one that you use with the Blendabilities-
but is works great to stand alone just as a great ink pad to stamp 
onto white or vanilla cardstock.
 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes' & 'Fabulous Four'
cs:  Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White
dp:  Back to Black
ink:  Memento & Real Red
supplies:  2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 2/8" Circle Punch, NEW 2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls

Yesterday did not go as planned.  
I woke up with a migraine, so laid back down for awhile.
When I got up I went to pull a pan out from under out kitchen sink so that I could go grill some brats.
AND it was wet!
Yep- my sink drain had rusted out & I had water standing inches deep under my sink.
So I removed everything!
Deke came in & we headed to Menards for parts to fix it.
5 hours & over $200 later- he got it all put back together.
While we were fixing it we decided to replace all of the pipes 
& the garbage disposal too.
What a mess!
We are still drying it out & he'll go to our local lumber yard today to have them 
cut a piece of plywood to put back in for a base piece 
so that I can put things back under there.
This mess so wasn't on my schedule for yesterday.
I'm just thankful that Deke is talented enough to fix it & it is now done.

I'm headed to town for Trey's 2 week check up here soon.
We'll have a busy day!!
Manda & I didn't get to stamp together yesterday like we had planned-
so that is now on our list of things to do later this afternoon/evening.

I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Back to Black meets 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes'!

I made several cards the other day that I sent out.
I loved playing with the 
NEW Back to Black Designer Paper.
And I combined the awesome new set- 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes' with it.

I hope you have a SUPER Sunday!!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Our visitors today.....

I LOVE that Stampin' Up! has brought so many friends into our lives over the past 13 years.
Thankfully many of them are close by that I get to see often & stamp with!
But others are far away & I get to see them 1-3 times per year at our Stampin' Up! events.

How honored we are that my dear demonstrator friend Diana Gibbs from Arizona & her family made a special stop at our farm on their way through Iowa today.
 Photo: YAY!! We're here!! Love my Susie
Me & Diana
Diana- holding Trey, Eric, Jeff, Brayden & Deke
I love to cook I got to make them all lunch!
Our kids (Nathan, Manda & Steve) & 4 grandsons were all here to join us too.
I made breaded tenderloins, cheesy potatoes, sweet corn & oreo dessert!
It was yummy!
I think they left with full tummies.
 Diana also got to cuddle with Trey some too!
How blessed I am!!!
Happy Stamping!

Another win last night in Columbus Junction for Mid Season Championship!

Nathan & Brayden
Photo: Picked up win #6 tonight. Car is close.  Just in time for the $$ next week!

Red, White & Blue Pinwheels!

Here is a cute pinwheel banner I created with 
my July "My Paper Pumpkin" kit!
It is so cute!
And was so fast & easy to make.
 Look at all of these pinwheels!
There were 24 of the in the kit......
 Here is my completed banner.
Doesn't it look cute hanging on my family room entertainment center!
And here is are the pinwheels that I put into a mason jar as a centerpiece.
I had fun using my fringe scissors making the shredded paper in the the jar.  
I'm so EXCITED that my demonstrator friend Diana Gibbs, 
her husband Jeff & son Eric are coming to visit us at our home today!!
It is so amazing that Stampin' Up! has brought so many 
awesome friends into my life!
Diana is only one of the hundreds of friends that I treasure
& I love sharing our passion of stamping together.

So.....gotta run!
I'm gonna make sure the Gibb's don't leave here hungry.
Jeff will hopefully like the breaded tenderloins that I mam making for him.
So I still have lots to do before our guests arrive!

I hope you have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stampin' Up! NEW Blendabilitie Markers will be avialable on July 1st!!!

The following items will be available to purchase beginning: JULY 1st!!
  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)

In addition, the following accessories will also be available:

  • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)
  • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
  • Color Lifter (item #129369)
Contact me about my Blendabilities Marker Club!

I'd love to have you join my Iowa Inkers Team!

For just a few more days you can join Stampin’ Up! for just $50 US! 
This amazing opportunity will only last until June 30, 2014, so take what you already love doing—stamping and crafting—get the 20% discount and/or make a little money while you're at it! 
When you join Stampin’ Up! during this limited-time offer, you’ll receive: 
  • $55 worth of products of your choice
  • A 30 percent discount on your first $150 order placed within 45 days of joining
  • A 20 percent discount on all your orders
  • Free Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • You can also choose the $99 starter kit where you get $125 in merchandise of your choice.
  • You can choose to order some of our new Blendabilities in your starter kit too!  These are only available to Demonstrators for now- until July 1st!
To join my Iowa Inkers team-
and click on JOIN THE FUN!

Brody, Drake & Trey


Another 'Birthday Surprise'!

A week ago or so I shared with you a cute birthday card that I made.
This is almost the exact same card- but it is going the other direction.
I used the new 'Birthday Surprise'- stamp set!
'Birthday Surprise'
cs:  Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla & Early Espresso
ink:  Early Espresso & Calypso Coral
supplies:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Spiral Punch, 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Star), dimensionals 
The balloons & this word stamp set are also included in this set!
It is an awesome new stamp set!
Wouldn't this be a great stamp set for not only card but for scrapbooking too!

The guys will be headed to Columbus Junction tonight to race if we don't get too much rain.
I will be home stamping & getting caught up on some things here.  

I can't believe that it is Friday!!!
I hope you have a FABULOUS day!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

'Work of Art'

This was one of my June workshop cards.
It is just like my swap from our SU! cruise in May- 
except that I changed the colors.
You can check out that card if you missed it by CLICKING HERE!
'Work of Art'
cs:  Melon Mambo, Smokey Slate & Whisper White
ink:  Melon Mambo & Smokey Slate
supplies:  Neutrals Candy Dots (Smokey Slate), Dimensionals, Paper Snips

We all went to the races last night.
It was Trey's first time.
Everyone was so good.
Nathan got 6th place.
Here is G'ma with her 4 boys at the races!
I hope you have a very special Thursday!
Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This is - 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes'

Here is a cute card that I created using a new set called-
'Peace, Love & Cupcakes'.
How cute it is!!
It is perfect for many occasions.
 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes'
cs:  Chocolate Chip, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
ink:  Calypso Coral & Chocolate Chip
supplies:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, 2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Basic Pearls, dimensionals

Brayden has been here since since Sunday afternoon-
as Nathan has been in Des Monies this week for his superintendent classes.
Nathan will get home tonight.

Yesterday Brayden spent the day with Aunt Kathy & Uncle Jerry.

I met Jenny to get her pork for her moms party yesterday morning 
& then went to Manda's.
Last night was a late night on the farm with the piggies.
Thankfully it wasn't too hot.
Brayden was lovin' being here to help again.
He is quite the little farmer!

Tonight we'll be headed to Oskaloosa racing!
We are wishing the 52 team good luck!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin now has "Prepaid Subscriptions".......

Be sure to contact me directly on more information about doing this option!
We’re now offering prepaid subscriptions for Paper Pumpkin, our monthly subscription kit program. Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper–everything cut and ready to go.

Just order the subscription length of your choice (US/CA), and you’ll receive a redemption code where you can use it to redeem your subscription on
Item Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858  1 month $19.95 US/$24.95 CAN
137859  3 months $59.85 US/$74.85 CAN
137860  6 months $113.70 US/$143.70 CAN--save $1 per month
137861  12 months $215.40 US/$275.40 CAN—save $2 per month

This weeks- WEEKLY DEALS- June 24-30, 2014!

A NEW In Color Bookmark!

Here is an In Color Bookmark that I made for my Open Houses earlier this month.

I love all of these NEW In Colors.
Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist
 They are very rich looking.
Since fall is my favorite time of the year I'm so excited 
about all of the cool projects I will be making using these new colors.
Now to find time to 'play' so that I can show them to you!

We have a crazy day here!
And tonight will be a late night on the farm helping Deke sell hogs.

I hope you have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 23, 2014

'Beautiful Bunch' with coordinating Fun Flower Punch!

 Check out this card made using a new stamp set & punch,
with left over pieces laying on my stamp room table.
 I love that so many of our SU! stamp sets have coordinating punches to go with them!
And I love these 2 new In Colors too!
Hello Honey & Blackberry Bliss!
They are just so rich looking & coordinate awesome together.
'Beautiful Bunch' & 'Sumthin' Sumthin'
cs:  Whisper White, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss
dp:  Moonlight Paper Stack
ink:  Hello Honey & Blackberry Bliss
supplies:  Big Shot, Circle Framelits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Fun Flower Punch, Petite Petals Ppunch, Basic Pearls, Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Our kids came for supper last night to celebrate Deke's birthday & Father's Day.
We grilled out on the porch since it was raining.
And had a great time with everyone here.

Deke is in the office this morning.
I'll pick him up at 10 & we are going to my friend Teresa's funeral.
What a sad day....she was such an awesome person & will be missed in our community so much.

Brayden is here today- so I'll drop him off at his G'ma Trudy's 
& then pick up back up after the funeral.

Tonight one of my downline- Cindy- is coming & we'll be designing 
& cutting her swap for convention!

I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New 'Age Awareness' photopolymer set......

Here is the quick & simple black & white card
that I made for Deke's birthday.
I LOVE this new photopolymer set called- 'Age Awareness'!
Isn't the script & size of this image just perfect!
'Age Awareness' & 'Pictogram Punches'
cs:  Basic Black & Whisper White
ink:  Memento
supplies:  dimensionals
All of our kids are coming for supper tonight
for a belated Father's Day & Deke's Birthday celebration.
I'll be making some of Deke's favorite things for supper.
So I will be busy the majority of the day in the kitchen.
Last night I got my eggs & potatoes boiled for the potato salad & deviled eggs.
We rushed off to take Brayden home yesterday morning to see his Uncle Bryce, 
picked up the twins & went to the parade.
We had a fun day with the boys.
I took them home early last evening & got to visit a bit & cuddle with Trey.

The guys all went racing- including Brayden, his Papa Mark & Uncle Bryce.
Nathan got 5th- but came home in one piece- thankfully.

I hope you have a SUPER Sunday!!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another 'Blended Bloom' card

Good morning!
Here is another card created with some more new catalog products.
Check out the stamps, designer paper & new embossing folder.
I made this card especially for a special lady & mailed it to her this week!
'Blended Bloom' & 'Num-Num'
cs:  Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White & So Saffron
dp:  Back to Black
ink:  Versamark, Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie & So Saffron
supplies:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (flower), Basic Pearls, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge, Dimensionals & Glue Dot

My downline Dawn used this new Back to Black Designer Paper & similar layout for her swap she did last weekend for our team meeting.
I thought it was so pretty, so I changed it somewhat & ended up creating
 this card from her inspiration.
(I'll post her card sometime soon.)
Dawn's card is red, black & white & I know you'll love it!
Don't you love this new Back to Black Designer Paper?
 I know that I am in LOVE with it!

When you buy 3 packages of any designer paper in July you will get the 
4th package for FREE!
Woo Hoo!
So how many of you are going to be buying this awesome new 
Back to Black Designer Paper??
And there are so many other new Designer Papers too to choose from.
We are off to the Hedrick parade this morning!
We need to stop & get candy & pick up the boys.
 We'll be headed to West Liberty tonight to race.

Nathan got 4th in Bloomfield last night- as Columbus Junction cancelled due to wet track.

Gotta run.....
I hope you have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 20, 2014

'So Very Happy' with Blossom Flower Punch!

Here is another fun fold card that everyone made at my June classes.
Shown here are 2 of the new In Colors-
Hello Honey & Blackberry Bliss.
Aren't they just gorgeous together!
 'So Very Happy'
cs:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Whisper White
dp:  Moonlight Paper Stack
ink:  Blackberry Bliss
marker:  Hello Honey
supplies:  Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 
Scissor Snips, Big Shot, Circle Collection framelits

Check out the fun fold!
Nathan brought pizza last night & we all ate supper in the shop together 
to celebrate Deke's birthday.
The guys got the car ready for more racing tonight.

Today is Steven's last day home with Manda & the boys before returning back to work on Monday.
It doesn't seem possible that Trey was already a week old yesterday!
He is just so precious!
 Trey had his first bottle yesterday that daddy gave him & did great!
And he got to go on his first walk!
Photo: This is how we roll....
Enjoyed a long walk before the rain this morning!! And the boys had to pick flowers for mommy. σΎ°€

We have another full day here.....
This morning I am off to help on the farm.
We had lightening hit the grinding shed last night & took out the scale.
I'll be headed for parts if we can find someone that has them on hand,
 so that Deke can get it fixed & be able to grind feed today.
As the piggies have to be fed.
Deke has meetings all afternoon in Mt. Pleasant for a board he is on for 
his Board of Supervisor job.
And then he'll be home to chore & we are all headed to Columbus Junction tonight to the races.
Brayden is going to my sisters this afternoon to go swimming with my 
great-nephew Lawson & will then be coming out here.

I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Another angel!

 Here is a photo of my dear friend Teresa Hoffman & her son.
She has always been an angel- but she left this world last night after 
a very long & hard battle with cancer.
She was just a beautiful person- inside & outside.
 She was so talented & creative!
She loved scrapbooking & stamping!
She will be missed by many.

A 'Birthday Surprise'!

Happy Birthday to my awesome husband today!!
He is the love of my life & I'm so blessed!
Love ya Deke!
Gosh....we started dating when he was 19....been together a long time....
but they are all wonderful years! 

We'll celebrate his special day on Sunday night with our kids & grandsons here for supper.

 This isn't his card.....I'll have to find time to make his yet today and post it sometime soon.
This is a cool birthday card though, that I made earlier this week 
for a swap that I'm in.
There is a ton of new products used here......
  • 'Birthday Surprise' set- pg. 52
  • Large Polka Dot embossing folder- pg. 227
  • 2" Circle Punch- pg. 221
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (set of 3- used the star)- pg. 222
  • Spiral Border Punch- pg. 222
I love the big words & images in this new stamp set.
Wouldn't this be a great set for scrapbooking too! 
'Birthday Surprise'
cs:  Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla & Early Espresso
ink:  Early Espresso & Calypso Coral
supplies:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Spiral Punch, 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Star), dimensionals 

We had a fun night at the races last night.
The twins were so good.
Nathan got 3rd.....and looked good driving his black car again.
The guys have spent several hours/days/nights over the past few weeks
 in the shop getting it back together.

I hope you have a very special day!!
Happy Stamping!

Happy 13th Stampin' Up! Anniversary to me!!!!!

 13 year anniversary-001
I hope you will celebrate this awesomeness with me!!
Today is my 13th Anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!
Woo Hoo!
I'm so blessed to have gotten to share my love of stamping with so many of you over these years.
I look forward to many more years & lots of stamping with each of you!

A special thanks to a demonstrator friend Jody that made the above image 
with MDS for her 13th Anniversary & I CASED it!
Isn't it CUTE!

I hope you have an awesome day!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A circle flip card with 'Open Sea'

Here is one of my May workshop cards.
I just realized that I hadn't posted this card yet.
I love it!
What a fun & simple guy card.
 'Open Sea', 'World Map'
 ('Delightful Dozen- words are now retired)
cs:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky & Basic Black
ink:  Black Stazon, Soft Sky
marker:  Soft Sky
supplies:  Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit, Circle Thinlit, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Sponge

My 3 boys & I spent the majority of our day yesterday outside having fun.
Trey got a good report from Dr. Mary & is gaining weight.
We had a late night on the farm selling hogs.
Brayden got to help us & was lovin' it-
he is a definite farmer that is forsure.
Deke has a meeting this morning.
I'll be at one of my other jobs today- in the office doing farm bookwork.
Then tonight I'll be going racing with my family.
And I've offered to the take the twins with me as I know they love cheering on Uncle Nathan.
I hope Nathan & the 52 Wood Racing Team has good luck!

Gotta run....
I hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This weeks Weekly Deals- June 17-23, 2014!

Check out this 'Blended Bloom' big flower!

Here is a card that I made for my downline meeting swap using stamps from the new catalog.
Isn't this big flower just beautiful!
I made a card similar to this last month for my monthly class.
I'll post that card sometime soon.
 I CASED the layout for these cards from the new Catalog.
Check out page 116 to see it!
Of course it isn't the same stamp sets & the colors are different too-
but it started my inspiration to create this card.
 'Blended Bloom' & 'Num-Num'
 cs:  So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
dp:  Maritime Designer Paper
ink:  Versamark, Black Stazon, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
supplies:  Paper Snips, Coastal Cabana Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch (flower), Basic Pearls, Embossing Buddy, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, sponge, Paper Doilies, Envelope Punch Board, dimensionals, glue dots

Note:  To color the flower I sponged on So Saffron ink & the sponged Pumpkin Pie on over it.
Brayden & Nathan were here last night when I got home from my stamp delivery run.
I brought pizza home for supper & we all ate together in the shop.
Brayden ended up talking us into letting him spend the night 
since Nathan had an early meeting today.

I know that we have a full schedule today. 
 I'll be enjoying my 3 bigger boys together here.
Trey has a dr appointment to see how much he weighs & will get to meet Dr. Mary.
I'll be so excited to hear all about that.
Then tonight will be a late night on the farm, 
as I'll be a farmer helping Deke sell hogs.

I hope you have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray!!


Here is the card I created yesterday for the guys in our lives 
for Father's Day!

I am lovin' the new star framelits!
And the little star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
Check out the new Spiral Punch too!
These are just my colors!
This is a total me card.....
I don't think that you can ever go wrong with Crumb Cake.

'Perfect Pennants', 'Work of Art' & 'Hip Notes'
cs:  Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip
ink:  Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip
supplies:  Big Shot, Star Fremelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (small star), Burlap ribbon string, Spiral Punch, dimensionals, glue dots

Yesterday Manda, Steve & Trey got to leave the hospital.
So the Seeley's are all together under one roof!
I went to their house yesterday for a few hours & did a few things for her.
 The guys spent the day in the shop working on the wrecked race car.

Deke has meetings today.
I'm home alone- working on a swap that has to be mailed out today.
And getting stamps & things ready to make my monthly stamp delivery run tonight.
I was hoping Deke could go with me- but don't think that is going to work out now.

I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!!
Happy Stamping!