Beautiful Balloons One Sheet Wonder

Hey Stampers!

Today’s video is a quick one.  I demonstrate how to create your own designer series paper using a clean and simple stamping technique using criss cross stamping.  It’s easy!

Using an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of white card stock, cut 1″ off one short and one long edge so you will have a piece that measures 10″ x 7-12″.  Using the stamp and colors of your choice, begin stamping randomly across and down the center of the card stock.  Add a sentiment and when you are finished, cut the stamped piece in half at 5″ on the long edge and at 3-3/4″.  Adhere to a coordinating colored card base.  Cut the card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Use the adhesive of your choice.  Embellish as desired and you have 4 totally different cards that you can use.

I chose to use the Beautiful Balloons stamp set and several different coordinating colors for the card bases.


I would love it if you would share your creations with me.

Hope you enjoy the video! Until next time…

Happy Stamping!








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My Thoughts on Turning Sixty-five and A Christmas Card Box

Hello Stampers!

I decided to do something different today.  I’m going to share my thoughts on turning sixty-five this upcoming February.  I know it’s still three months away, but a few things happened this past week that got me thinking about it.  So, I’ll share my thoughts with you and then I’ll share the video tutorial on how I made this card. I am also sharing another craft I recently completed other than stamping.  I made some snowmen door hangings for decorations this Christmas season.  I hope you enjoy everything.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Soon I will celebrate sixty-five circles around the sun. That’s right! I will be 65 years old. Old enough to be on Medicare.

The last few times I spoke with my mother, I mentioned the fact that I would soon be signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan. And whenever I mentioned it to her, she would laugh that “HA HA HA , you’re getting old laugh” !  When she does that I just ask, “So tell me what it’s like to be ninety years old, Mother?”  (We celebrated her ninetieth birthday this past May.) Then she says she can’t believe she is old enough for her youngest to be on Medicare; that’s why the laugh.  Guess what, Mom? Neither can I!

The thought of turning sixty-five makes me shake my head in disbelief and ask myself, “How?”… “When?”… “Really?”… “Oh my God!”…  “Seriously?”

After a recent visit to the eye doctor, I learned I have the beginning of cataracts. CATARACTS! Did I hear him right? That’s something that happens to old people, isn’t it? My grandfather and mother had cataracts. How in the hell did I get them? When I told my husband about the cataracts,  he laughed and said in a teasing tone, “You are getting old!” “Not as old as you who will be seventy next year!” I replied.   When asked how it feels to be this age, my answer is, “What age? How does it feel to be any age? I don’t know! I’ve never been this age!”   

If I think about my cerebral age, I think I’m not that old! I think I’m in my thirties, forties, or fifties. In my mind, I’m still forty! Not much has changed about my cognitive abilities since then. At least I don’t think much has changed. Except I notice that I do spend a lot of time walking up and down the steps in my house, (we have four levels) looking for my phone. Sometimes I even forget what I’m looking for. When I finally do remember, I thank heaven for my Apple watch! I remember I can use it to ping the phone’s location. I also notice that when I’m giving driving directions to someone, I will verbally say something like, “Turn right at the light” but I’ll gesture left. What’s that all about?

When I was in my fifties and still teaching full-time, my students would sometimes ask me how old I was.  I never revealed my age, but I would give them a response like, “I still look good for someone in her sixties.  Don’t you think?”  And they would look at each other and say quietly, “She’s sixty!” as if to say…
“GAWD YOU ARE OLD!” and I would chuckle under my breath. In my mind, I am still in my fifties.  

If I think about my corporal age, I think I’m able to do more than the Silver Sneaker seniors at the YMCA can do in their Silver Sneakers classes. I can still spin a good twenty miles in a 50-minute spinning class or walk unassisted for an adequate length of time. Never mind that my adult children walk as I did in my thirties. My mother used to tell me to slow down then. Now I say to my children, “You go ahead and run; I will walk.”  And they chuckle and reply, “Mom…”  What’s that all about?

Along with reaching Medicare age, I sometimes think of how much time I might have left, and I ask myself if I accomplished enough in the time I have been given? Did I do enough good? I wonder if I should die tomorrow, if I’ve done enough for my children so they will be good, responsible adults on their own. Did I teach them enough about life? Then I remind myself; they are responsible adults on their own right now. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t need me anymore, does it? I’m going to be sixty-five and at times I still need my mother. Besides, I’m not ready to leave them alone quite yet.

When I think of my mortality, I feel sad because one day my life will be over. Will my friends and family miss me? I will no longer be able to participate in the lives of my children and grandchildren. Was it that long ago that I gave birth to my kids? Will I get to meet my great-grandchildren?

So, as I chose a Medicare Advantage Plan earlier this week, I realize there are a lot of questions I have that only time will be able to answer. But as I prepare myself for the celebration of my 65th revolution around the sun, I tell myself to make the most of each day. Don’t take a moment for granted! My Italian mother once told me of an old Italian saying about the creases in the palms of our hands. Are you looking at yours right now? The creases form the letter “M” in each palm which stands for “Momento Morire.” Or in English, “At any moment, death;” nature’s way of giving us a daily reminder that our time on Earth is limited to a certain number of days.

I vow, as I age…I will do all I can to stave off both physical and mental degradation. I’ll stay as active as I can both physically and mentally. I realize I will slow down more as I grow even older. Certain things that  happen to me might even be beyond my control. I will do all I can to ensure I have a quality of life before my time comes. I. Will. Not. Be. Afraid. Of. Another. Birthday! My incredibly wise father used to say at each of his birthdays as he grew older, “Keep them coming!”  It sure beats the alternative!

These are the snowmen door/wall hangings I made.  I used picture frames and some Christmas supplies from the dollar store along with some retired Stampin’ Up! ribbon and DSP and a few current Stampin’ Up! supplies.

On the first snowman I stamped a piece of Basic White card stock cut large enough for the frame using Mint Macaron Classic Ink and the water color-wash stamp from the Artistically Inked stamp set just to give his face a little texture.  I cut 1″ circles for his eyes using a 1″ circle punch and 1/2″ circles for his mouth and buttons using a 1/2″ circle punch.  They are cut out of Basic Black card stock.  I used the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to make dots for button holes on the mouth and three buttons on both snowmen.  I drew the carrot for the nose and hat free hand on both.  The nose on both is cut from a piece of  scrap Pumpkin Pie card stock and outlined with the dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend. The hats are cut out of black felt (2 pieces per hat).  I drew the hat on a piece of cardboard from a pack of 12″ x 12″ DSP and cut it out, then traced it onto a piece of black felt a little larger than the cardboard cut out.  I then hot glued a piece of felt to the front and back of the cardboard.  All the decorations are from Dollar Tree except for the green striped ribbon on the first snowman and the red ribbon around the hat on the second snowman.  Both of these ribbons are leftover retired stuff.  All decorations on both snowmen are hot glued to the front of the frames.  I cut a length of ribbon (I didn’t measure) and hot glued it down the center back of each frame.  You could also add  three branch arms to each if you like.  I don’t think I am quite finished with each of these.  I may add a big bow to the “neck” area on each and maybe arms.

I used some left over Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper for this second snowman.  Unfortunately, it was a fall Sale-a-bration item and is no longer available.



So my card today is more of a gate fold box card.  I saw it somewhere on but for the life of me can’t remember who it was that was sharing it.  It took awhile to figure out, but I managed to get a pattern down for the card.  You can download a copy of the template for it here.



I hope you enjoy the video and the other things I had to share today.  If you have any questions about any of it, please let me know.  Until next time…




Happy Stamping!



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Winter Cabin Paper Lantern

Hello Everyone!

Gee it has been awhile! As I mention in my video, I’m really not sure what I’ve been keeping busy with, but I’ve been keeping busy with everything EXCEPT stamping! I spent some time traveling to Northern Colorado to visit my daughter and grand-daughter in May. I also spent a few weeks in May having my kitchen cabinets re-painted.  What a mess that was, since I had to totally empty them and I had stuff EVERYWHERE!!  Then in June we traveled to my hometown, Struthers, Ohio, to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday with close family. Since we’ve been back I’ve been busy, but if I had to tell you EXACTLY what I’ve been busy with, I would not be able to say.

I have managed to get into my craft room to complete a few crafts, mostly other than stamping. THIS one is my most recent stamp project which doesn’t really involve stamping at all. I really like these Cabin Dies and the Peaceful Cabin stamp set.

I’ve always had a fascination with paper lanterns especially after seeing some of the really cool ones when I browse Pintrist.   I made my grand-daughter a paper lantern hot air balloon basket for Easter…that was in April.  It turned out really cute.  You can find those on Pintrist as well.  I purchased that paper lantern at a local craft store…it was round.  But as I was browsing Pintrist,  I quickly realized that I need one of those fancy paper crafting machines where you buy programs to print out the patterns for all of  the lanterns similar to this one.  So….I decided to create my own pattern that can be printed out on a regular computer printer, hand traced onto a piece of card stock and then cut out.

This is the pattern I developed.  I have a link to a printable pdf that I am willing to share, but please keep in mind, I am only able to do this after you place an order in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  The video I share is very long to watch (about 38 minutes) as this is NOT a quick project.   I did manage to cut the video down from 60 minutes.  🙂




(Unfortunately, I felt the disclaimer was necessary!)

Here is a list of measurements for the card stock.  You will need…

  1.  Night of Navy card stock—4 pieces that measure 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2 “, 4 pieces that measure 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, 1 piece that measures 1″ x 6″, 1 piece that measures 4″ x 4″ with score marks at the 1″ mark on all 4 sides to make the electric candle stand, and 1 piece that measure 8′ x 2”.  The 8″ x 2″ piece should be scored with the long edge at the top of your score tool at 1-7/8″, 3-3/4″, 5-5/8″, and 7-1/2″  You also need a piece of scrap Night of Navy

      2.  Vellum card stock—4 pieces that measure 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ and 4 pieces that measure 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″

Other items you will need in assembling this lantern are  a ruler and pencil.  You will also need an electronic candle.

Now…get yourself your favorite drink and sit back and enjoy the video.  As I mention in the video, I had a few stops and starts during the entire process.  You would think at this point I would have learned to make sure the camera battery is charged and I have a big enough memory chip inserted into the camera.  What can I say?!




Until next time!  Happy Stamping!





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Friends are like Seashells…

“Friends are like seashells, you collect them along the way!”  And in my life I have been blessed to have collected many!  Some have been life-long friends.  Some are are recent friends that I know I will eventually be able to call life-long friends.  Some were friends because of our common circumstance.  And of course, there have been those who I thought were friends.  It happens.  Their loss!

Today I’m sharing several cards I’ve created using Friends are like Seashells stamp set.  The first two pictured below use the Pearlescent paper Stampin’ Up! sells along with Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper.  I included the items I used to create these two cards at the end of the item showcase at the bottom of this post.   The video includes the process for creating your OWN pearlescent paper and a card using it.  You may have already seen other videos on this technique.  I like it because it is quick and simple, and you can create peralized paper in any color you want.  By the way,  I love this entire suite of products!

The easel card base requires two pieces of card stock.  The first piece measures 4-1/4″ x 11″ and it is scored at 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″.  The second piece measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  To see how to assemble an easel card, Splitcoaststampers  has a good tutorial.

And finally, my video!  I hope you enjoy it!  Happy Stamping!