Three Children’s Cards

Hello Stampers!  Today I am sharing the three cards I made for my grandchildren to celebrate the end of their school year and how hard they worked homeschooling and virtually.

All three of them love their cards and matching envelopes. They proudly display them on their dressers. 🙂

This card was for the oldest girl who is finishing 6th grade. She loves teal/turquoise and her new kitty.




This next card was for my grandson who is finishing 4th grade. The family has 7 chickens and he is responsible for them and gathering eggs. We call him “the chicken whisperer”.  






The youngest girl who is finishing Kindergarten LOVES dinosaurs. 





Hope you enjoyed seeing these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. It’s so much fun to make a card with special people in mind. 

If you have children or grandchildren remember to give them the praise they deserve for staying the course and finishing these last few months of school without the benefit of the their teachers personal assistance and not being able to be with friends. It has been hard for us adults and even more difficult for children.

Stay well and be safe!    Donna


A Couple Cards

Hello Stampers! My husband and I are still in good health and hope that continues. Our dear friend, who we traveled with, is not doing so well. In the U.K. they don’t test until you are hospitalized and so far his breathing problems have not gotten that bad. He is in our prayers for a full recovery.

I still don’t have my card making mojo back so I’m posting a couple cards I made at a fun Stamp Event a couple of my fellow demos held. Some of you also attended so sorry about showing the same cards you also made. 🙂 I must admit it was REALLY nice to be an attendee and be handed the kits without all the pre-work. LOL










Sorry about the photos…I didn’t “fix” them so these are straight from my phone. 

We also made the cutest tote bag which I haven’t finished yet but will and then post. 

I promise next week I’ll have a new card for you and it will be back to my normal presentation. 

I do want to wish you a Blessed Easter and Happy Passover. This is a difficult time for all of us but we have so much to be thankful for. I wish that you all stay healthy and enjoy this time with your family and if you are alone…keep in touch with family members by phone or email at least.

Happy Stamping!    Donna



Dear Stampers,

You are probably wondering why there is no card today…well…here’s my explanation. Up until today I had scheduled all my card posts so you never knew what was really going on in my life. Here it is!

The reason you haven’t heard from me is because we have been out to sea for the last month. We left on Feb. 29 to fly to Buenos Aires, boarded the Celebrity Eclipse on March 1 and started the first of our two cruises around South America. We totally enjoyed Argentina and Uruguay and went down around Cape Horn and through the Magellan Strait. We made a couple ports in Chile and were to complete the first cruise in San Antonio, Chile. On March 14 (day before reaching San Antonio) we were told that Celebrity cancelled all future cruises until April 15. Chaos broke out. Around 400 of us were back to back cruisers. We were given 125% of the cost of our cruise toward another cruise and everyone got free unlimited wifi and beverage package for the remainder of our time on ship.
We would all depart at San Antonio and they would bus us to Santiago to catch flights on March 15. Since we booked Celebrity Air to get to Buenos Aires they would handle our return flight. Luckily Rich and I received emails stating all this and we immediately went to Guest Relations who told us to line up to use computers connected to travel people. We were second in line. After 2 hours we walked away with a flight from Santiago to Dallas to Chicago to San Diego. We weren’t thrilled but happy we got a flight. Our flight wouldn’t leave until March 16 so they also booked us a hotel at the airport. All at no cost to us. Doesn’t sound too bad…right!
Well, the morning of the 15th we were told by the Captain who was now making announcements every 2 hours that they were in negotiations with Chile because Chile did not want us to dock. After 2 days of circling offshore (they wouldn’t even let us drop anchor) all negotiations fell through. Chile did tell us to sail to Valparaiso in order to receive provisions and fuel. Of course our provisions were sitting there in San Antonio! We sailed that night and in the morning we were in Valparaiso. They let us anchor but we could not dock. We had to wait a day for the provisions to be sent by truck so in the meantime we refueled. Once provisions arrived everything had to be brought by barges which took 2 days. While there Celebrity realized most people had only planned on a 15 day cruise and needed meds. Celebrity took info and ordered meds. Again no cost to passengers. They were short on insulin so more negotiations. 3 days off Valparaiso, after midnight, the Captain announced we would sail straight to San Diego. Rich and I cheered from our bed.
The next morning we were told that we would make a short stop during the night in Manta, Ecuador to pick up more insulin. Once again, they had to bring it to the ship…no docking. Then we were off to San Diego.
The Captain, crew and Celebrity made it as enjoyable as possible. The entire cast was to disembark so costumes etc. were cleaned and waiting for the next cast to board so they creatively made up new shows. The Cruise Director made sure there were plenty of activities and fun things to do. All meals were served as usual and nightly entertainment never stopped. They were AWESOME.
Luckily we were travelling with a couple from the U.K. so we continued to have a great time. This was our 3rd cruise together. They had only planned on the first cruise but we wound up staying together for 30 days! We were told it was the longest cruise in Celebrity history!!
All along the Captain informed us that no one was sick with Covid-19. We sailed straight for 16 days having NO contact with anyone else. We felt very safe. On March 30 we docked in San Diego. Immigration came on board and when that was done we started to disembark. Rich & I were in group 7 so we were off fairly quickly. Our temperature had to be taken before we could get off. As we were getting off Rich ordered an Uber and he was waiting in the lot for us. Since there was little traffic we made it home in record time.
Tuesday morning I got up and went to Costco at 8 AM for senior hours to get food. The ship had given us a mask and gloves as we got off so I used the mask and gloves. I got home, unpacked and cleaned everything then Kristi, our daughter, called to tell us that a woman from the ship who had heart issues and was also being treated for pneumonia was taken to the hospital, tested and was positive. I told her they had to be mistaken…we had gone 16 days with no contact with the outside world. Later in the day it was reported that 3 crew members were positive. Celebrity sent an email explaining this and told us to self isolate. What a shock…guess what…Covid-19 can incubate for longer than 14 days!
We are home safe and sound and that’s what counts. We have been taking AirBorne and taking our temperatures 2x a day. A friend is bringing grocery items and leaving them on the porch. We have a FB page for passengers and family and daily we have seen more passengers testing positive. We have our fingers (and everything else) crossed that we escape the virus.
I haven’t even done a thing in my craft room but I should see my way clear soon since washing and ironing is done and little by little I’m cleaning the house. Next Friday I should have a new card done to post. Until then…wish us luck that we stay healthy!
You be safe and stay healthy too!
Happy Stamping!

Thank You Cards

Hello Stampers!  Today I have three quick and easy Thank You Card ideas for you.

I didn’t use any stamp sets or ink on this one. The inside is blank to write your own note of thanks. The paper I used is Come to Gather DSP, Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron and Whisper White. I accessorized with Well Written Dies and Gathered Leaves Dies. Everything is popped up with dimensionals except the word “thanks”.


I used Healing Hugs Stamp Set; Melon Mambo & Granny Apple Green Ink; Purple Posy, Black & Whisper White Cardstock,; Thank You Die

The photo shows the background a bit yellow but it is really Whisper White. Again the inside is blank for your own message.


I really like the way this card turned out. Remember…there are a lot of ways to use DSP. On this card it makes a great background.

I used more items on this card even though it looks simple:  Floral Essence & Daisy Delight Stamp Sets; Memento Tuxedo Black & Blueberry Bushel Ink; Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry Cardstock and Perennial Essence DSP; Sprig Punch, Perennial Flower Punch, Wild Rose Dies, 3/8″ Circle Punch and Balmy Blue Ribbon.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these cards. I have some birthday cards for you in my next post and then I’ll have Valentine cards. 🙂

Happy Stamping!    Donna

Holiday Catalog

Hello Stampers!  Today is the day the 2019 Holiday Catalog is available for ordering!

Items in this catalog are available from September 4, 2019 to January 2, 2020.

Click Here to view the new catalog.

You will also be able to view the catalog any time on the right hand side bar.



Holiday Catalog is now LIVE!

Good Morning Stampers! Today is the day that the Holiday Catalog goes LIVE!

As usual, I’m having difficulty linking the catalog photo to the actual catalog. This happens with each new catalog – so I’m posting the catalog here for you.



Just click on the photo to view the wonderful items inside this super Holiday Catalog.

Have fun! You can order on line using my Shop Now button or you can call me with your order. 

Happy Stamping and Happy shopping!


Circle of Spring Greetings

Hello my fellow stampers! Hope you all had a good week. Today I have a visit back to the Wonderful Wreath Thinlits and the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. **Note – sorry for the yellowish tint on my photos. I took these outside but in the shade of the house and I’m afraid the beige stucco of the house cast this tint on my photos.

The Flirty Flamingo cardstock is so nice and springy along with the little Pink Pirouette and Tempting Turquoise flowers. The Daffodil Delight centers add another touch of spring. I used Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Old Olive ribbon – they blend together well.

The background was done using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

After making a couple more of these, I decided to sponge the wreath with a little Wild Wasabi. I like the white on white but decided the wreath needed to stand out a bit more.

I haven’t finished a card with this sponged wreath yet but I think it will stand out better. Where you see the blank flowers is where the cut out Tempting Turquoise flowers will be “popped up”. I purposely had darker spots rather than all the same color green. Any comments?


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets – Circle of Spring, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi)

Paper – Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories – Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Wonderful Wreath Thinlits, Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon (R)


Now that I look at the white wreath on white…I’m not sure about the sponging. 🙂 I need to complete a card with the green sponging and then I’ll make a final decision before I complete the rest of the cards. I had quite a few left over from my March classes so I’m finishing them with various greetings – Mother’s Day, Birthday, etc. for my upcoming Craft Fair. This is proof that the more we look at a card the more ideas we can come up with.

Take care, stay healthy and have a great weekend! Until Monday…Happy Stamping!   Donna