Friday, October 7, 2016

October already..... personal, family & Stampin' Up information (aka the good, the bad & the ugly)

For the Bad:  I just realized in all the hassle & bustle  of my currently crazy life I'd forgotten to get my October 1st Stamping Online project information up on my blog.....Sorry it is late but there is a good reason for this. 
For the Ugly: We're moving to Arizona the end of the month!!!!!  My husband retired rather suddenly in May and we have been waiting for the last few months to hear about my back surgery lawsuit.  Well we finally heard and the news is UGLY, the Federal Judge said that even though we had evidence showing that Blue Cross of Idaho had violated their own policies when determining their refusal in the appeal from me to have the surgery and the evidence showed that it was against their own policy and that it was always going to be conducted that way for the kind of surgery I need to have to fix my SI joint problem,they still have the right to refuse to pay my claim thus they win the case because we did not show enough proof that this was an ongoing issue within Blue Cross of Idaho.  So you can imagine since our lawyer had told us for over 2.5 yrs that we had a "slam dunk" case against Blue Cross of Idaho how devastated I was to hear we lost and that even though we proved to the judge that our argument was true it wasn't enough to cause him to side with us........I guess you win some and you lose some.  So While I wait to see what else can be done at this time we have decided to move closer to family and get out of the very cold winters of Idaho. Both my husband and I feel better joint wise in Arizona. We are selling our home and getting the items we want to take packed up. This is a heavy task as you can imagine for someone to have lived in one house for 22+ years.

For the Good: Our youngest son past his Bar Exam, has received his license and has moved back home to help us with our upcoming move. For that I am very grateful. We will be living in the Phoenix area and have to deal with Eastern Idaho winters any longer. I will be retiring on October 13th as I have resigned from my current position from the private practice where I work as a LPN and will not be seeking further employment due to the SI joint issues I have, not that many doctors would hire me anyway.

More Good: There are 2 sales going on at Stampin' UP.  The first is a BOGO Paper Pumpkin sale it is limited to new subscribers only but until October 10th you can get a free month kit with the purchase of 1 month.   Here's a direct link to my Paper Pumpkin website and you can order from there 24/7. It's a great time to sign up as you'll  be getting not only October's kit which usually has a fall or thanksgiving theme but November usually has a Christmas theme.  Last year November had some super cute christmas cards and the best part is all the prep work is done for you by Stampin' Up you just stamp and assemble and you have some cute projects. I made the cute little treat bag above using supplies from the September kit.  The second Stampin' UP sale is their annual Designer Series paper sale.  Until October 31st if you buy 3 package of the Designer Series paper that is listed at $11 you will be able to use the buy 3 get 1 free deal.  This even includes 2 of the Christmas paper designs.  You don't want to miss out on this sale!!!

Still More Good: Since I didn't get my Stamping Online information posted to the blog until today I'm allowing anyone who places a $35 order (before shipping and tax) on my Stampin Up Website using the October host code SHECJ6HE by October 20th to receive the October Stamping Online project kit. This kit will be mailed from me to you by October 25th so make sure you DO NOT use no contact or I won't be able to send you out this super cute project kit.  Here's a  peek at what you'll be able to make with the's a clue it has to do with Christmas...
I think this months project is super cute and I'd love to earn your business.  If you don't have a catalog or if you have any questions please  leave me a comment below or you can email me at

Well that's about it for today.  Thank you for your patience with me in the delay in getting my Stamping Online Class project information posted for you. 

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web. Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.  Until next time Happy Stampin' 



Monday, September 12, 2016

A video, a class & Stampin' Up's Special Offers week 2

Hi All,
On August 1st I share a card with you all and told you I was hoping to get it uploaded to my blog later that week... Well I finally learned how to embed (add) my videos to my blog posts so here is my Hedgehog Thank you card video. This video would not have been made without a ton of help from a very special forever friend Brenda Paulsen.  I can't thank her enough for all her help and patience with me because you can put what I know about the Internet in a thimble and still have room for a 32oz soda.....Anyway here's my first You Tube Video. I've listed the products I used for the card in the video at the end of this blog post just in case you missed them on the video. I hope you Enjoy it. Please let me know what you think.....

I also want to remind you that with a $40 product order (before shipping and tax)at my Stampin' Up Online store using my September Host Code N9QGGVYM you will qualify to receive my September Online Stamping Class project packet.  September's packet is all about Birthdays this packet comes with all the supplies you need to complete 4 birthday cards, envelopes and a set of complete written instructions for all 4 cards. You can use the "Shop Now" button up on the right of this post. You have until the 13th at midnight to get your orders in so don't delay!!!!

One last thing Stampin' Up is offering weekly special offers for the first 3 weeks of September and here are this weeks Special Offers they are good through Wednesday September 14th and the final week of Special Offers will begin on Thursday September 15th  so check them out...

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Please leave a comment so I know you were here.  Until next time Happy Stampin' !!!

****Products used for the card in the Video****

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day......

Happy Fall y'all,

I know that my opening sounds so silly coming from me as I was only born in Texas. I  didn't live there much as I was raised all over the USA as a military brat but being born in Texas makes me a Texan, right??? At least that's what I tell my family.  While I may not usually talk with a southern drawl, at this time of the year I love saying "Y'all" as it rhymes with fall. :)

Anyhooo.....I have a quick update for today. I just had to share this super quick and easy fall card. I was inspired by the wind we have here in Eastern Idaho as it started blowing again a few days ago.  I kid you not we were at 93 degrees less than a week ago and then out of nowhere BLAT!!! The early fall weather arrived and for 3 days now the high temperature has been in the low 70's and today we will be lucky if we get to 65 degrees for our high that's about 10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of the year.....okay, okay enough about the weather, let's back to my card.... I made it using watercolor paper & one of my favorite stamp sets " Sheltering Trees" of course I added a twist...can you see it??? I used what I want to call a "gust of wind" stamp from the new Holiday Catalog stamp set " Star of Light."  I love this new stamp set.  The sentiments are absolutely beautiful. The stars are delicate & elegant. It has matching thinlits too.  I can see myself using that stamp set for my Christmas cards this year and probably many other projects too. Now I did not come up with the "gust of wind" idea all by myself. I had seen another demonstrators card about 1 month ago and I thought at the time once fall arrives here it'll be great but right now it's 95 degrees out and I am enjoying my summer weather. I think that thinking about fall was just too far away for me at the time. Well I must have I forgot to pin it so I spent several hours yesterday trying to find it again, I wanted to give that demonstrator credit but alas I could not find it again. I know that mine doesn't look exactly like the other one but still I like to give other demonstrators credit when I use their idea as a starting point for mine. I decided to go ahead and entered it into a challenge over at my upline's Facebook group. Since it's a closed group I thought I'd share it with you today.  As part of the challenge I had to use at least 3 of these colors:  dapper denim, cajun craze, emerald envy, delightful dijon & early espresso in my entry.  I used all 5 and I just adore how it turned out.  I stamped the "gust of wind" into the center of the watercolor paper using delightful dijon and simply stamped the tree trunk using early espresso ink right on top of the wind stamp . I "stamped off" the stamp first on a scrap piece of paper so that it wasn't too dark for the watercolor look I wanted. I think it looks just right.  I then inked up the larger leaf stamp in emerald envy and then "pounced" the stamp using markers with the other 3 colors. I then misted the stamp and then set it down on top of the branches. I then for the grass below the tree I took the grass stamp inked it up in delightful dijon, then stamped it off before I pounced it with emerald envy. I then misted that stamp and set it down below the tree.  I stamped the sentiment in the lower left corner in dapper denim. I then stamped the small leaf stamp so that it looks as if they are being blown/falling out of the tree heading to the ground in several of the colors.  I then attached a piece of the Moroccan Designer Series paper to a dapper denim card base that measured 8.5 x5.5, scored at 4.25 inches. Then using dimensionals I attached the piece of watercolor paper on top of the designer series paper. I just love it even without my usual bling.  You'll find the list of products I used to complete the card below. I hope you like it too....

Remember you can still join my "Online Stamping Class"!!!! You just have to order $40 before shipping and tax by September 13th from my online store (just click the button above that says "Shop Now") and you will receive a class packet with the supplies to make 4 Birthday Cards FREE by September 25th.  Check out all the details on my August 31st blog post.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.

Until next time.... Happy Stamping!!!

            *** Products used on this card****

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Family first and then News, News, News.....

Hi All,

First of all I want to say that I am sorry that it's been awhile since I last posted an update.  I had my lovely 13 year old granddaughter and youngest son visiting. It's been 3 years since I last saw my granddaughter in person and since May since I've seen my son. Hopefully you will understand my absence. (They are pictured above). My granddaughter's dad is my oldest son and he is serving his country in the USAF. I am very proud of his service as he is a 3rd generation serviceman.He is currently stationed at Langley AFB in Virginia about 2 hours south of Washington DC/. So, as I live in Idaho it's been a bit hard to get together these last few years. I had just over 4 weeks to visit with her & we had a time, but I will miss her sweet face. As for my youngest son he is still waiting to hear if he passed the Nebraska Bar Exam.  He graduated Creighton Law School this past May and had to wait until July 26th & 27th to take the exam. He will not hear the results until September 15th at the earliest.... talk about a cliff hanger.

Anyway on to the NEWS, NEWS, NEWS... I have loads to share....

First I have posted my 1st You Tube video but it won't embed here, (I still have some learning to do with these videos), but you can view it by going to You Tube and in the search bar put in my name or Hedgehog Thank You and it should pop up. I'd really love to know what you think about the video.

Second I can hardly believe that August is almost over and that September is just 1 day away. I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself because on September 1st the new 2016 Stampin' Up Holiday catalog goes live to all customers. YEAH!!!  As a demonstrator I've been able to pre-order since the 2nd of August and have been working on some super cute projects and a 3D card for a swap that I will share once I get my swaps back which should be by end of the first week of September, stay tuned for that.  While you wait, Stampin' Up for the first time ever has posted for customers preview videos of the new products. You can find them by going to There are 10 videos to watch and they are awesome. Be sure to check them out.

Before I go on I need to let you know that anyone who purchased $50 inproduct from Stampin' Up in July got those bonus days coupon email codes and those codes expire at 11:59pm MST on 8/31/16 so don't miss out on redeeming those codes.  You still have another day to redeem the codes!!!

One way to use those coupon codes to to get yourself a exclusive limited time bundle, that bundle is the Thoughtful Branches Bundle. You could originally only order the bundle through August 31st, while supplies last. But as of this morning's demonstrator updates this bundle has been extended until further notice as there are still some of these bundles available but once they are gone they are gone.  Check it out at my online store at This is an awesome bundle with loads of uses. You can see some of those ideas on Pintrest.

Next starting September 1st and running for the first 3 weeks in September, Stampin' Up is running a Special Offers sale. You will be able to pick up some of their awesome products at 25% off. The items will change weekly. You can see each weeks list at my online store at

Finally for all of my far and near family, friends & customers you will be able to stamp with me wherever you are & whenever you want. How can that be you ask? Well.... I am starting an "Online Stamping Class" as of September 1st. This is how it will work: By the first of each Month I will have a blog post with that month's Online Stamping Class project. That month's project packet will be sent to you if you place a $40 order by the 13th of the month (that's $40 before tax and shipping) using that month's Class hostess code at my Online store at  You will receive the packet with supplies to complete that month's Online Stamping Class project FREE by the 25th of the month. Each month will have a different theme and project packet. There's no commitment, so place a $40 order in September and see if you like it. This would be a great way to gather your friends near you to complete the monthly kit.  I'd love the chance to earn your business & have you in my Online Stamping Class.  If this goes well I will be adding videos that will be exclusive to customers who purchase product using my Online Stamping Class hostess codes.

Okay enough about the details here is my September's Online Stamping Class Project.
 As you can see in the picture it's 4 Birthday cards. I made these cards using only 1 stamp set, the Build a Birthday Stamp set. The candle cards are simple one layer cards with just a touch of bling. The cake cards are little more detailed one layer cards with a touch more bling. September's Online Class hostess code is N9QGGVYM. September's packet will include the papers, envelopes, die cuts and embellishments need to complete the 4 cards as well as a set of written instructions for all the cards. The packet will not include adhesives, big shot dies or machine, punches, scissors, stamps or ink pads. Below you will find the supply list, of course if you already have the supplies you can choose other products so long as your order totals $40 before tax & shipping and you use the September Online Class hostess code N9QGGVYM by the 13th of September. You will receive the packet of supplies and written instructions by the 25th of September.  If you have questions, want to get a set of catalogs or need help you can contact me at  

WOW this is a loaded update but there is just so much I wanted to share with you.  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Leave a comment so I know you've been by.  

Until next time.... Happy Stamping!

**** September Online Class Project supply list***

Product List