All About Everything…April Paper Pumpkin

It has been quite a while, but I am finally back.  Life has been really busy here.  Since returning from On Stage, we’ve had some work done on our home…a bathroom remodel actually.  The remodel took about a week and another week to get it painted and put back together.  Of course yesterday was Mother’s Day and my children, husband and I spent the day in Denver visiting with my daughter.  It was a really nice time.  Hubby and son returned to town yesterday evening, but I spent the night with her so we could have a little more mother/daughter time.

I’ve done some stamping in the last few weeks, but not as much as I would have liked.  I’ve needed a few birthday cards because I am participating in the challenge to bring birthdays back.  #imbringingbirthdaysback  This card is one I made to send to Stampin’ Up!’s Shannon West.  I liked it so much, I made a few more along with a video.  I’d originally planned another card set video with another box for this month, but life has been hectic.  So, this video is a quick one.  I used the bonus stamp set we got in April’s Paper Pumpkin, All About Everything and a stamp set that will be coming out in the new Annual Catalog that will be available on June 1.  It is called Love & Affection. I really like this set, and it is too bad that you can’t order it separately…the Paper Pumpkin bonus set that is.  But if enough people ask, maybe Stampin’ Up! will make it available.  Purely speculation here.   🙂  Here’s the card.  I hope you like it.

All About Everything April 2016 Paper Pumpkin Bonus

If you want to download the pdf tutorial for this project click here.

And the video tutorial is next.  I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


More on Common Courtesy

Another incident that makes me think common courtesy no longer exists is because of the experience I had during the Colorado Caucuses on March 1.

As required by caucus rules, my precinct members and I (approx. 50 of us) elected a caucus chairperson and secretary. Again, according to caucus rules, up to three people could speak on behalf of each candidate for the party after the initial vote. Individuals speak in an attempt to sway the other voters to vote for “their” candidate.

This is what happened.

We took the first vote after which a woman spoke on behalf of the candidate she was supporting. Next, a young man spoke his piece in favor of the opposite candidate. When he was finished, I raised my hand and asked the chairperson for permission to speak on behalf of the first candidate. After I took, my seat and second person spoke again for the second candidate. No one else seemed as if they had anything to say, so I again raised my hand and asked for permission to speak, and I did. Finally, a third individual spoke on behalf of the second candidate. Again, encouraged by the individuals who were in favor of the same person as I, I once again asked for the floor and again granted permission to speak. I ended with the rhetorical question, “I was just wondering how many of us are willing to vote for the party candidate, even if it isn’t the one we are presently supporting?”

At that moment, a young woman probably in her early thirties said rather rudely, “That isn’t any of your business!”

I looked at her and at the same moment as another member of the caucus, we both said to her, “You don’t have to answer.” In addition, I followed up with, “And you don’t have to be so rude.”

The young woman responded quite harshly, “Nobody wants to hear you talk all night. I have other things I need to do tonight as well.”

My response was, “This is the Democratic process at work. Apparently, you don’t know what a caucus is all about do you. If you are so busy, why did you even bother coming out tonight? I can’t help that I have a brain in my head that works.”

I probably shouldn’t have been so harsh with my words in return, but at that point, I’d had enough.

I later apologized to the group saying I hadn’t planned on being so long winded. As I did this, the mother of the young woman verbally attacked me again, by saying I was egging her daughter on. I ignored her.

At the end of the evening, an older man approached me and said I made a good point when I asked if we were willing to support each other’s candidates.

This is what I really think we need to do…


Enough about that.  I have been pretty absent from my blog lately, and that is because I’ve been busy crocheting.  I didn’t stamp at all last week, because I had a sweater I wanted to get finished.  Well it is done so today was spent in my stamp room.  I came up with a few creations that I want to share with you.  I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set again.  I believe it is one of my favorites!

Here is the first thing I stamped today.

Watermelon Wonder Birthday BloomsI stamped the image for this set on a piece of 4″ x 4″ whisper white card stock.  I then measured 2″ from the bottom edge on either side of the flower.  Using the Stampin’ Trimmer I cut a straight line from the left and right edge at the 2″ mark just to the edge of the image.  I then used paper snips to fussy cut the top portion of the rose. I colored over the center of the rose with the gold colored Wink of Stella.  The remainder of the flower was colored over with silver Wink of Stella  The sentiment on this card comes from the Water Color Wings  set.

The second thing I stamped today was this set of 3″ x 2″ cards that can be used as gift tags and cellophane wrapped box for the tags.

Birthday Blooms 3x3 cards

Birthday Blooms 3 x 3 boxTo make the box, cut a piece of card stock to measure 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Score it on all four sides at 1/2″ and 1″.

I made the cellophane sleeve by cutting an overhead transparency to 3 1/4″ x 8 1/4″.  With the long edge of the clear sheet at the top of my scoring tool, I scored the transparency at 1/2″, 3 7/8″, 4 3/8″ and 7 3/4″.  I used two sided tape to assemble the box and to adhere the ends of the clear sleeve.  You can download a picture tutorial for the box here.  I’ve shared these instructions before.  BE AWARE…follow the measurements for the sleeve I’ve posted here vs. the ones in the downloadable link.  If you do, it will be less of a struggle to get the box into the sleeve.  I also used retired Pool Party Baker’s Twine to wrap around the box.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!



Common Courtesy

Common courtesy no longer exists.

For me, common courtesy is something everyone should use every day. It is saying things like, “please”, “thank you,” “excuse me”, “yes, please,” and “no, thank you.” Common courtesy is doing things like holding the door open for someone whose hands are full, or helping someone up when they have fallen and asking if they are okay and not laughing. Common courtesy is giving up your seat so a pregnant woman or an elderly person can sit. Common courtesy is choosing our words carefully when we want to speak and not using inappropriate language in mixed company. Common courtesy is calling my parent’s friends Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so and not by their first names… even at my age.

I guess you could say I am old fashioned. I must be. I turned 59 last month so my thinking is probably outdated. That’s it! Also, all of the things my mother taught me when I was a kid were wrong because she taught me all of those things I mentioned were common courtesy. And to think I taught them to my children! What was I thinking? How could I dare to expect my grandchildren or anyone I interact with treat me with common courtesy. After all, this is the 21st Century…we no longer need to bother with COMMON COURTESY! Do we?

As most of you know, I am a retired middle school teacher. I loved my students to death when I was teaching and sometimes I miss the daily interaction I had with them! So, on occasion I substitute teach in one of our local school districts. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to sub in the high school from which my son graduated in 2006. It is a great school and in the past, I have never had an issue with any of the students that attend it. However, this past Thursday made me question my judgement and myself. Here’s what happened.

A group of seniors entered the classroom. Several of the men and woman were wearing their Junior Navy ROTC uniforms. As they took their seats, I mentioned they needed to put their cell phones away just as their teacher had told me in the lesson plans she left. One of the students in uniform didn’t like the fact that I was asking him to do this and he mumbled something under his breath. All I could make out of what he mumbled was the f-word and how he was not going to put his phone away. I politely asked again for everyone to store their cell phones when he again mumbled something using the f-word. I calmly walked over to him and said,

“Excuse me? And you want to be a Navy officer?”

With an air of rectitude he replied, “Yes ma’am. I have a mouth like a sailor,” and smiled at me.

I leaned closer to him and said, “That is totally unacceptable. I am a former Army officer and I never used that type of language when I was in uniform out of respect for what it represented. It is very inappropriate. Now it isn’t as if I have never said it, but we are in mixed company and whenever we are in mixed company, we should always speak as if our grandmother is in the room. Nor did I ever use it when I spoke to anyone that outranked me or anyone of a lower rank. Also, as I teacher I never used it in the classroom with my students. I also never used it with my boss. It is inappropriate plain and simple as that.   So, I believe you owe me an apology before you leave today.”

The young man retorted, “I have one more class today, but I think I am going to leave now,” and he proceeded to pick up his things and leave the classroom.

I was left briefly dumbfounded by his actions. I would have been good with a simple apology. We all slip up sometimes. However, because of his arrogance, I made sure to turn him in to the discipline office during my free period.

When I entered the discipline office, the Dean of Discipline greeted me. I briefly told him the name of the student I was reporting, the fact the student used the f-word in class and walked out when I asked him to apologize. The Dean’s response was, “What do you mean he used the f-word?” Briefly, I moved from feeling offended by the student’s behavior to apologetic for feeling that way. I felt as if my integrity was coming into question. What was to explain? I said precisely what had occurred the first time. Did the Dean not hear me correctly? I again began to explain in exact detail what happened. As I did so, I realized the problem wasn’t with me. It was with the Dean.  I ended with, “As a former military officer, I find his behavior inappropriate since he was in his ROTC uniform.” I left his office.

Later, I remembered why I retired in the first place. Discipline in the building where I taught full-time had been slowly declining in the five years before I left. It seemed as if the building’s administrators were afraid to stand up to students and parents. On the rare occasion when I sent a student to the office, I was the one with the issue. I was supposed to overlook inappropriate, disruptive behavior. There was always an excuse.  I felt I couldn’t do my job effectively anymore because of the lack of discipline in the building, so I retired. My days as a substitute teacher were now ending. When I have to justify to an administrator why I think a student needs disciplined for saying the f-word in class and walking out, it is time for me to move on. Since when has swearing and getting up and walking out of school become okay?

I saw this meme on Facebook the other day.  It says how I feel.

12705561_1734886710088933_995884833398752580_n[1]On to my card for this week.  I think the Birthday Blooms stamp set is one of my favorite out of the Occasion Catalog.  I water colored this one.  I stamped the image on vellum using  Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then water colored it using Aqua Painters.  Then I fussy cut the image.  Hope you like it…

Birthday Blooms-1Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!













Birthday Blooms

If I had to choose a favorite stamp set from the current Occasions Catalog, it would be this one Birthday Blooms.  I’ve made more cards with this set since it first came out than any other.  The quote from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” applies to this stamp set.  It doesn’t matter what color you make it, it is still beautiful.  Granted, both of my roses are water colored using blender pens  and Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette ink.  The difference is in their embossing and in the choice of paper color I used.  Which do you prefer?  My preference changes each time I look at them, but one thing remains true of both; they are each beautiful in their own way.

On a different note, the items in the Sale-a-bration catalog changed a little this past Monday.  I’ve posted  a copy of the new brochure items in the side bar.  All of the items in the original catalog that appear on pages 1 through 15 are still available with any $50.00 purchase.  Those on pages 16 through 19 have been replaced with the new items in the brochure.  Be sure to check it out.

Black Butterfly & Rose


Silver Embossed Butterfly & Rose

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!