Monday, April 30, 2012


Today is the ABSOLUTE LAST DAY you can order the SMOOCH STENCIL.  It will officially retire at midnight tonight.  So sad to see it gone.  SU! is offering some exclusive products on a time limited basis now and when the products are sold out or the last day to purchase comes up, the product will retire.  It's not many products that this happens to, but it does happen.  The awesome summer smooch brads sold out last week.  This really cool stencil can no longer be purchased after today.  I'm so glad that I purchased the brads earlier in the month and that I also obtained this stencil.

I used the stencil (you can use either the positive or negative cutout) on the DOGGIE KISSES scrapbook page that my upline JANET WAKELAND designed for us to make at the REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT.    She actually entitled her page the same, and since I have a few photos of my super cute doggie LUIGI giving kisses, this was perfect for me.

This page uses Timeless Type alphabet for the BIG SHOT to die cut DOGGIE KISSES.  The butterfly is also die cut with the BIG SHOT (both of these items are exclusive to SU!).  The floral summer stencil is actually lightly stenciled onto the background paper.  I used a sponge dauber and SU! craft ink.  If you click on the page you can see up a little closer that I also spritzed some gold smooch spritz onto the page to make it shimmer.

Banners are HOT HOT HOT in scrapbooking and card making, so of course we used them on this page.  The banner colors really enhance this page, but the highlight (other than my doggie kissing me in the photo) is the summer smooch decor stencil.

Summer Smooches D├ęcor Stencil 125626
Regular Price: $8.83
Preferred Price: $7.95 if you purchase from my website

Create a one-of-a-kind summer garden on ceramics, walls, and more with this easy-to-use stencil! Available only for a limited time; will not be available again after April 30.


Sunday, April 29, 2012


It's NO SECRET - CHRISTINA DEYO is one of MARTHA STEWART''s TOP TELEVISION PRODUCERS!  And you may not know that I'm related to her.  YES!!!! My sister is an EMMY AWARD WINNING TELEVISION PRODUCER, and not just for MARTHA...she's done other amazing projects as well and she's worked for ROSIE O'DONNELL, SALLY JESSE RAPHAEL, and a whole lot of other famous people.  She's even a friend of Matt Lauer and they used to work together.  OK, OK, I'll stop bragging about my awesome sister! I guess long enough to tell you that one of my other awesome sisters - TERESA PANE - is an INCREDIBLE RN!  I met up with Teresa at her home in NJ and we headed on into NYC to CHELSEA to visit with CHRISTINA and MARTHA at the Martha Stewart TV studios.

To mark the occasion of 3 sisters in NYC, I scrapbooked this page with SU! DIE CUT BLOSSOMS and lots of pearls and buttons and awesome papers and embellishments. This page was so worthy of all the extras!  It's so cool in 3D.  You should even see it up close!
If you need to see the photo or any of the embellishments up close, click on the photo.

Just so you know...these SU! die cut blossoms are ONLY AVAILABLE until APRIL 30th - TOMORROW - MONDAY!

You can get yours on my website so be sure to head on over there to get some!

And if you want anything else in the SU! OCCASIONS MINI can only order from that catalog until tomorrow also.

In the meantime...enjoy this awesome photo of 3 great gals in NYC - LOVELY SISTERS! I have some other great photos of the day and many of them are posted on my facebook page.


This is the last chance to purchase the BLOSSOM BUILDERS kit by SU!  Just wanted to make sure everyone knew that it is NOT only die cut blossoms and banners, there are really cool pink tinted rhinestones in two sizes in the kit!  Get yours today.



Recently, my brother Anthony asked his girlfriend Juliana to marry him in the most romantic way I have ever heard of on Friday the 13th (of course to throw her off and make it the most awesome surprise).  I can't reveal all of their intimate details, but he rented a room at an upscale hotel in Jersey and lined the room with lit candles and rose petals and all sorts of cool things and had a hidden camera to capture the moments.  Ok, Anthony...where's the YouTube video for all of us to watch?
Of course, Juliana said "YES."

Since LIFE IS A DARING ADVENTURE and these two lovebirds are certainly on it...I thought I would make them a card to congratulate them using the SU! stamp set DARING ADVENTURE.  Too bad this stamp set is retiring May 31st!  Lucky that I have it already! 
This is the front of my card.  Notice that I used MIXED BUNCH stamp set with the blossom punch and a few other SU! goodies, including the button.  The Congratulations stamp is from the set DELIGHTFUL DOZEN.  Do you have your Blossom punch yet?
The card stock base is Bermuda Bay card stock which was one of our IN COLORS from 2 years ago.  I loved that color so much I bought several packs of that card stock to have on hand and I kept my Bermuda Bay ink pad.  I embossed the front of the card with Petals a Plenty embossing folder for the BIG SHOT exclusive to SU!

The stamped images on my card's envelope are from DARING ADVENTURE stamp set.  I stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay.  I love the footprints.  I made one set lighter than the other and these can be the bride and grooms feet walking next to each other on their adventure. 

I hope the lovebirds love their card, but more than that... I wish them a LIFETIME OF LOVE and HAPPINESS!

Saturday, April 28, 2012


This is a great stamp set and I'm so sorry it's one of the hostess sets retiring.  I love this set and the colors in this card are really wonderful.  Click on this card to see it up a little closer.  The floral stamp set is called ARRAY OF SUNSHINE.  The verse is from FRIENDLY PHRASES, which I believe will carry over into the new idea book by SU!

Simply Wonderful Card


• Array of Sunshine Set*
• Friendly Phrases Set

• Very Vanilla Card Stock
• More Mustard Card Stock
• Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
• Soft Suede Textured Card Stock

• More Mustard Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write® Marker
• Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker

• Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon 
• Linen Thread
• Regals Designer Buttons
• Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch
• 1-1/4" Circle Punches

Friday, April 27, 2012


I'm so enamored with SU! MY DIGITAL STUDIO.  I've been working with it since it came out a few years ago and I fall more deeply in love with this digital program.  It is the easiest program on the market to use.  I can either use a premade template and just drop my photos in or I can make my own design.  This is a 12 by 12 simple scrapbook page.  I designed it myself and it took very little time to design.  I just took a plain page, added a photo box then the photo, textured stamp and simple snapshots brush stamps that I earned FREE from my SU! order with the OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG by SU!.  The digital disc SIMPLE SNAPSHOTS is available until April 30th as a hostess item.  Be sure to get your digital copy before it retires.  It's an awesome disc with so many great papers, embellishments, stamp brush sets and more on it.
This $16.95 value DIGITAL CONTENT CD is available to hostesses at a discount of $10 hostess.
It's an awesome value!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Today we had Frozen drinks to celebrate administrative professionals week.

Featured in the photo are Donna and Debbie!

Thanks ladies for all of the wonderful work you do!  Maria



Take a moment to look at the Summer Smooches promotion going on right now.  The card below features some of the gorgeous designer paper, stamps and brads in the promotion.  This promotion runs until 4/30.  The brads are sold out (boo hoo hoo!) and the stencil is only available while supplies last.  The stamp set is so adorable.  Here is a card featured on my business website this month showcasing summer smooches.

Thanks Card

• A Word for You
• Bright Blossoms*

Tangerine Tango Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper*

Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin' Pad® 
Island Indigo Stampin' Write®  Marker
• Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write  Marker

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads*
Stampin' Dimensionals® 
Decorative Label Punch

*Part of the Summer Smooches Special Offer April 1-30!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012




The ACCESSORIES will go fast. 
Note that the ink pads are being reformulated.
We will no longer have TEXTURED 12 by 12 card stock -boo hoo hoo!
So many items are discounted and once they are gone, they are gone!


I was really fortunate to be able to attend SU! LEADERSHIP in San Antonio, Texas this past January.  During that month, SU! kicked off the BRAND NEW SU! OCCASIONS mini catalog and one of the featured stamp sets was MIXED BUNCH.  In fact, as part of the attendance package, each participant received the MIXED BUNCH stamp set for FREE and we used it in our MAKE AND TAKES.  The second card was one of our projects and the first one is the one I somewhat CASED.  I really love this stamp set and I love the coordinating punch which punches the beautiful blossoms.  Such a great set and stamp for springtime.

The yellow striped flower is a punch out die cut from the BLOSSOM BUILDERS which are also in the MINI OCCASIONS catalog.  These go so well with this stamp set, but more than that...I love how easy they are to use and they just make such a nice embellishment on a card.  We then added the daffodil delight button which coordinates so well on this card.  White twine from SU! is tied onto the button.

Here is the card I CASED.  Instead of daffodil delight card-stock, I used rich razzleberry.  I stamped the card very similar and I also used a BLOSSOM BUILDER and a coordinating button and twine.  As an addition, I sprayed some gold shimmering smooch spritz over some of the card-stock and punched blossom.  I love that!
This card also is embossed (base card-stock) with the BIG SHOT by SU! and my sentiment is KINDNESS MATTERS, from the stamp set of the same name.

I'm going to mail this card to my friend Denise Ehrich who coordinated our recent high school reunion.  I want to let her know that I really appreciate all of the hard work that she and the others
did to make our reunion and mass in honor of Whitney Houston (our classmate) and Judith Holler (another classmate) so special.  We had a fabulous luncheon I attended and some other great events.  They put a lot of effort into the events and it really showed.  

In the meantime, I also want to remind everyone that the OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG BY SU! retires April 30th.  That's only a few short days away.  MIXED BUNCH may or may not continue into the main idea book for 2012-13, as is the case with the BLOSSOM BUILDERS. I think the BLOSSOM BUILDERS are such a great investment and a great price that it's worth getting  a pack or two of these.  The buttons are a great addition, and twine on cards and scrapbook projects is really HOT right now.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Today is my niece GEMMA's BIRTHDAY.  She's 7!  Hurrah!  I was lucky to visit her last week to give her this card in person and to give her some gifts from Bill, JP and I.  This card was made with SU! BUILD A BEAR which is retiring May 30th.  If you love BUILD A BEAR, order the stamp sets, papers and dies for the BIG SHOT exclusive to SU! that go with this great group.  BUILD A BEAR is popular with young and old.  I loved coloring this bear and her flower in.  It reminded me of my own childhood days at age 7.  Aren't her shoes PAWSITIVELY PERFECT?

Monday, April 23, 2012


Today starts ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL'S WEEK.  We have some great Admin's in our office and on our Units.   I will be sure to wish them all a good week, but above all...I will be THANKING them for all of their hard work throughout the year to keep us all going strong.  Today, I want to feature the cards I made for Debbie and Donna.  They work in my office and are really fabulous.  I have had a lot of secretaries in my lifetime, but these two have been the best!  I really think they are two amazing women. 

The cards below are for them.  Today I'm featuring the MEDALLION stamp by SU!  It's on the retiring list, so you might want to order it before the end of May when it's gone for good.  I have really loved this background stamp and have used it quite a bit.  I also feature flowers in the center of the medallion from the BLOSSOM BUILDERS designer paper kit.  This kit is featured in the SU! OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG.  These are punch out die cuts and they are so cool.  They retire on April 30th, which is just a few short days away.  In the center of the flowers are the SU! larger sticky back pearls.  They are also in the MINI CATALOG by SU! I am hoping that SU! continues these.  I will need to purchase a few more packs before the end of the week just in case.

The sentiment in the oval punches on each card is from FRIENDLY PHRASES stamp set, which I  believe will continue into the NEW SU! IDEA BOOK coming out JUNE 1st.  That's right.  New book comes out June 1st.  If you ordered recently...within the last month or if you order from me before the end of May, you will receive this book absolutely FREE unless you need it mailed to you and then you just pay the postage to mail it.  I'm so excited that we will have lots of BRAND NEW ITEMS to purchase for our crafting and stamping pleasure!
The bee is a 3 dimensional sticker with rhinestone on her.  I found these stickers at the local craft store and wanted to add them for more color to my card.  I also added some pink blush blossom glitter to the card as dots around the MEDALLION.  


Sunday, April 22, 2012


We are supposed to get a lot of rain here in Baltimore today. It's going to make everything nice and green and lush!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


This is a really cool sweet treats purse you can make using SU! products featuring the SUMMER SMOOCHES promotion.

Sweet Treats Purse

• Bright Blossoms*
• Made for You


• Summer Smooches Card Stock
• Whisper White Card Stock
• 2011-2013 In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper


• Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
• Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
• Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin' Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories

• Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
• White Baker's Twine
• Brights Brads
• Boho Blossoms Punch
• 1/2" Circle Punch
• Big Shot
• Petite Purse Bigz L Die

*Part of the Summer Smooches Special Offer April 1-30!

Friday, April 20, 2012


This is a fabulous Quilling project that Hsiao-hui made for Linda for her birthday.  She used the CREATIVE ELEMENTS stamp set and paper quilled the flowers and ribbons inside.  It's really an awesome project that she framed for her.  Linda made a quilled framed project for Hsiao-hui at Christmas time and gave Hsiao-hui a quilling book and papers.  It's really a neat complimentary craft that you can do with your SU! supplies.  I love this project!
 Just Beautiful!
Two Beautiful Friends!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Today is my dear friend Linda's birthday.  I just wanted to share with you the card I made for her using SU! CREATIVE ELEMENTS stamp set and lots of embellishments - like smooch spray, crystal effects, pearls, vintage brads that Linda loves!


This is a card Sandi made for Linda.  Just wanted to share it also as Sandi is wishing Linda a really Happy Day! as well as all the Stampin Sistah's.

Tomorrow I have a special gift to show you that Hsiao-hui made for Linda.  Come back.  It's worth it!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Here's another great card from my SU! WEBSITE featuring the NEW SUMMER SMOOCHES FABRIC!

This is a great promotion month.  This package of products is so cheerful and friendly.  Get a head start on summer with these SU! products, and with the record temp in Maryland set to be 90 today - these products will be sizzling with the heatwave!

Grateful card

Pursuit of Happiness

Lucky Limeade Card StockReal Red Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
• Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper*

Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write® Marker
Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker

Stampin’ Up! Accessories

Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon*

Summer Smooches Designer Fabric*

Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads*

Blossom Bouquet Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch
1-1/4" Circle Punch
2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Several of us Stampin Sistah's went to Red Lobster on Sunday to celebrate the birthdays of Linda Kincaid and Kathy Winland.  Today is Kathy's birthday.  Linda celebrates on Thursday. 

Happy Birthday dear friends!