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March 2020

Stay Home, Save Lives!


These are strange and trying times and probably most of us never thought we would be on "stay at home" orders from the Governments of our states.  My husband and I are not going stir crazy as I have read many are.  We are normally homebodies and absolutely love our home, so being held up in it has not been too hard.  We go out every morning to have our coffee down on our canyon "lookout" that he built in '13.  Our kitties go out with us, and we spend about an hour doing our zen coffee thing.  It helps us get some fresh air, practice social distancing while enjoying our morning coffee.  Plus, we have hobbies that keep us busy!

That being said, it was sad that I had to cancel my March Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering.  I missed seeing everyone and missed the creativity that we share.  It has been hard being away from my gals and enjoying some creative time together.  That is what I look forward to the most when we get control of this horrible thing.  I am very fortunate to have a boat load of projects to do in my Papercrafting Studio.  Mojo has been low, but I am managing to use some older kits from Graphic 45 that I have had since '18!  It will be nice to clear out that space they were all stashed in.  More room for upcoming Stampin' Up! goodies.  The new '20-'21 catalog is coming out in June!  There will be some changes to the catalogs this coming year.  There will be two "Mini" Occasions Catalogs January - June and July-December.  This starts in 2021.  This year the 2nd Mini Catalog (Holiday Catalog) will be coming out in August and good through December.  So, Annual Catalog good for 1 year, Mini's good for 6 months each. 

So here is some Stampin' Up! news...As demonstrators, we got the chance to purchase a new Suite called Ornate Garden Suite that will be available to customers April 1st.  I have to tell you, it is the most beautiful suite that I have seen in a very long time!  Here are some samples that Stampin' Up! made using the suite:

The Suite includes 2 stamp sets, 2 die sets, Designer Paper, Gilded Gems, Ribbon combo (2 ribbon colors), and an embossing folder.  It is such a delicate, beautiful suite. Remember, April 1st (and they aren't fooling! Ha!) it will be available for you to purchase.  The entire Suite is $136.75, but everything is available individually too!  Here is peek at what will be offered.

Click here to see Suite.

Also on the calendar!  Sale-A-Bration 1,2 and 3 (that was released yesterday) are available until March 31st!  Here is what is included in the Sale-A-Bration releases:  1st release: Click on the catalog on the right sidebar on this site.  2nd releaseClick Here for 2nd Sale-A-Bration Brochure3rd releaseClick here for 3rd Sale-A-Bration release.  Let me know if you would like to purchase any of these.  The links will not link directly to my site, so click on Let's Shop on the right sidebar or Shop Now at the top of my site. 

Well, I probably should get back to making some things with the Ornate Suite to display.  Until I post again, please all of you STAY SAFE and SOCIAL DISTANCE!  I don't want to lose any of you!  All of my friends, relatives and loves are more important than anything to me.  Love you all!

If you have time on your hands, wash them (ha!) and get CREATING WITH PAPER!

Luck O' The Irish!

Dia dhuit!  (That is hello in Irish!)

Even though I am Swedish and French I like to embrace the Irish holiday.  As they say, everyone is Irish for one day in March!

Let's cover the latest news first!  As you probably know, when we have Sale-A-Bration, there are TWO releases.  The second release is available March 3rd!  To see the 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration brochure Click Here

Both releases are good through March 31st.  Purchase $50.00 and you qualify for one of the free items marked with the "Free with $50 purchase" logos.  If you purchase $100.00, there is the logo for $100.  Purchases can be made from the Annual Catalog and the Mini Occasions Catalog.  If you need either of these catalogs and the Sale-A-Bration booklet let me know (note: my order for the 2nd release has not come in yet, so please use the link above).

Our February Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering was so much fun!  We did a card camp on a smaller scale.  I don't know how people handle the 15 card camps.  I can barely make up 5, so that is what I stick to.  My team and guests like the smaller version, so that helps ease my mind.  Here are the cards I made as the samples.

Credits for my CASEing...

The Lily Pad was CASE'd from Angie Juda.  She did it in the Subtle papers and so I just changed it up using the Lily Pad paper.  Thanks Angie! 
The Iris - thanks to Shannon at  I loved this one so much, I had to CASE it completely.
Tropical Oasis Die Cut Window - Thank You Wendy Cranford for your super video on how to make this card.  
The Honey Bee card, I partially cased from my friend Tracie Salo when we did a swap, but I also saw a similar one from Karen Ksenzahovic that was similar.  So Thanks to Tracie and Karen for the sweet honey inspiration. 
The Poppy card was also a CASE from my friend Mary Beth Guzzo in the same swap with Tracie and others.  Just used some different Poppy paper.  Thanks, Mary Beth!

Here are some other pictures taken that day..
Our working table: 
   Feb 23 table
Our group with their masterpieces:
Feb 23 e
My dear friend Nee always takes the most beautiful pictures and puts them in Pic Collage for me.  I really should learn how to do them but since Nee is here, I will leave it up to her!  :)

Our next Gathering is Sunday, March 22nd.  Come join us when we are going to do Easter projects.  What will they be???

Well, that is all for today.  I have some other cards to post but it will have to wait for a few days.  Be kind to one another, and take some time for Creating With Paper!