Customer Thank You Gifts

Hi friends! how are you today?

Here’s a recent little thank you gift I created for my wonderful customers. I included some retired DSP from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog and some retiring ribbon and embellishments.

This paper is one of my favorites and coordinates with the Lift Me Up Bundle, which is also retiring. (Both the dies and stamps will still be available, just not as a money saving bundle.)

These were so fun to make and the layout could easily be used on a card. Don’t they look pretty all piled up, ready to show my appreciation to my fabulous customers?

One of my all time favorite products that is retiring is the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack. The diagonal striped Mint Macaron was perfect for this project.

The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is great for creating pretty ribbon holders. Thankfully, it is not retiring!

Stampin’ Supplies: (Be sure to check out these retiring products out before they’re gone!)


In the United States and need to order?

Want a sweet little gift of your own in the mail?

It’s easy! Just place your order here and use this Hostess Code by June 15th: PBW927GP

A couple of notes:

  1. If your order is $150 or over, YOU can earn the hostess rewards, so please do not use the Hostess Code- the free stuff goes to you!
  2. Don’t worry, you’ll still receive a thank you gift from me in the mail after you order!


Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see a few more projects with some of my favorite retiring Stampin’ Up! supplies.


Until then…

Happy stampin’ friends!


Easy Teacher Gifts

Hi friends! How are you?

Here is a fun and easy gift idea, perfect for all the teachers on your list! Tart green apples, sweet caramel dip and a fun thank you die help these go together quickly and say thanks to the wonderful teachers who work so hard to educate our little ones.

Want to make some of your own? These items are all retiring, so be sure and grab the supplies before they are gone for good! (And what’s even better, the ribbon is on sale for $5.60!)

Click any image below for secure online shopping.


Happy stampin’ friends!


Favorite Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products

Hi friends! How are you today?

Have you had a chance to see all the amazing products from Stampin’ Up! that will be gone soon? Some of my all time favorites are on the list, so I’ve decided to share some previous projects to highlight retiring items before they’re gone for good!

And what’s even better, many of these items are on sale! Whoot whoot!

The tag above features a few of my favorites from the Affectionately Yours Suite, including the gorgeous Designer Series Paper (141632) and the Washi Tape (141635). The sweet little butterfly was created with the Botanical Blooms (140625) flower (simply remove a petal) and Affectionately Yours Washi Tape. The green leaves are also from the Affectionately Yours paper and the Botanical Blooms die set.

In case you are not convinced you need the Affectionately paper and washi tape, here is another project that uses them:

And another:

And another:

And another! (The project below also features the Love and Affection Stamp Set (141545) Which is not on sale, but is such a beautiful set!

For a complete supply list you can see my original posts here and here. (Some items my be sold out already, but as of this post the ones I highlighted above are all still available!)

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by tomorrow to see more past projects using some of my favorite retiring Stamping’ Up! products. (Better yet, click follow in the sidebar above so you’ll never miss a post!)

Happy stampin’ friends!






My son continues to recover from autoimmune encephalitis at home. He has long bouts of being unable to swallow or talk, mixed with altered mental status and muscle tremors, which are very very hard, but today is a good day. He ate some eggs and has been talking. We also celebrate the fact that his symptoms are not severe enough to put him back in the hospital.

Last week, on one of his best days yet, he said to me, “I sure am happy to still be alive!”

To all who have supported us during this very severe, drawn out illness of his, thank you! Your kind words, prayers and support have truly been an anchor in the storm and I appreciate you so much!




A Gift Tag With Suite Sentiments

Hi friends, how are you today?

Here is a recent project I created for our Stamp of the Month Club members with the April stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Each month, I design a special tag to show our club members how must I appreciate them. It’s one of my favorite parts of my job. This tag features some really great retiring items, so be sure to pick them up before they sell out!

Stampin’ Tips:

~These went together quickly with a stapler instead of glue.

~The trim was cut from the Very Vanilla Lace Trim, I just cut the edge off and used that.

~The butterfly looks so pretty cut from the cloud pattern in the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack.

~Many of these items are retiring, so pick them up while you still can!


Stampin’ Supplies: (Click on any image for easy, online shopping)


Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy stampin’ friends!


More Fun With Cool Treats

Hi friends! How are you today?

My son continues to battle his illness, which has finally been diagnosed as autoimmune encephalitis. This means his immune system is attacking his brain, which wreaks havoc on both the body and the mind. Recovery can take up to two years. About 25% of people either never recover or pass away, but we hold fast to the hope that he will get better. He has long periods of time when he does not speak, swallow or even know what is going on, but he randomly comes back around and when he does, he is still himself. Words can not describe how wonderful those moments are. If you are interested in learning more, the book “Brain On Fire” by Susannah Cahalan is a first hand account of a young lady who lived through the nightmare of autoimmune encephalitis. It is so similar to Thomas’ battle that I often put it down and just cried.

As a result of his health struggle, which has been going on for almost eight months now, I have not been able to keep up here at Stampin’ 365, yet so many of you have continued to support me. Thank you! These moments of creating and sharing with you are very therapeutic and I appreciate each of you so much. You are why I do this!

So today, I thought I would share an easy little treat sack I created with the Cool Treats Bundle for the display boards at Onstage.

With all the little ice cream cones, sundaes, and popsicles, the Cool Treats bundle is so much fun to play with and perfect for last minute gift giving!

Stampin’ Supplies: (Click on an item below for easy, secure online shopping.)

Thanks for stopping by today and a huge thank you to all my readers, customers, and team members for your continued support. The road has been long and hard, but you have helped to ease the load!

Until next time, happy stampin’ friends!



Sale-A-bration is almost over, so don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities!


Until March 31st, for every $50 you spend, you can earn a free product!

Starter Kit

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up!, now is the perfect time! For just $99, you will receive a business starter kit, $125 worth of the products or your choice, and two free stamp sets of your choice! The two extra stamp sets offer is only until March 31st, so don’t wait, sign up today– I want you on my team!

Hostess Code: M9S4Y9JQ

Shop for amazing Stampin’ Up ! products online at, use the above hostess code, and receive a free gift from thankful me to wonderful you!

Clearance Rack

Don’t miss the clearance rack for up to 60% off fabulous Stampin’ Up! products!

April Stamp of the Month Club

Dont’ miss out on the April Stamp of the month Club- there are only a few more days to get in on it! Click here to find out more and then email me at today to sign up!

Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin is an amazing monthly papercrafting subscription. If you’ve never tried it, April is a great time because the April Paper Pumpkin was designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO, Sarah Douglas, and will include a free gift! Sign up by April 10th to receive your very own!

A Birthday Set With Cool Treats

Hi friends! How are you?

Today’s project is a sweet little birthday set I created with the Cool Treats Bundle.

Aren’t these little 3D strawberries just the cutest?

The Cool Treats Bundle comes with 36 adorable stamps and 17 dies: (Click on the image below for more info.)


Have you had a chance to play with the Cool Treats Bundle? Which of the stamps and matching dies is your favorite? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Happy stampin’ friends!




A sincere thanks to everyone who has been checking on my son. He has had four treatments of plasmapheresis and started talking again after 12 days of being unable to speak. He has one more treatment tomorrow and then they hope to send him home!

A Fun Watercolor Technique


Hi friends, how are you today?

Here is a tag I created for our February Stamp of the Month Club members, using the Blooms and Wishes stamp set, watercolor paper and an aqua painter.


I just love this easy watercolor technique. Simply stamp your image and while the ink is still wet, use your aqua painter to pull the color out. After it has dried completely, you can add the flower centers and a sentiment. Another tip is to let each color dry completely before stamping the next color, otherwise the two colors will run together.

Have you had a chance to try this technique? Leave us a comment and let us know how you liked it. It’s so much fun to hear form you- you’re the reason I love to share!

Happy stampin’ friend!




Below is a list of current classes and promotions- don’t miss out!


During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you spend, you can earn a free product!

Starter Kit

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up!, now is the perfect time! For just $99, you will receive a business starter kit, $125 worth of the products or your choice, and two free stamp sets of your choice!

Hostess Code: MAV3XBWT

Shop for amazing Stampin’ Up ! products online at, use the above hostess code, and receive a free gift from  thankful me to wonderful you!

Clearance Rack

Don’t miss the clearance rack for up to 60% off fabulous Stampin’ Up! products!

March Stamp of the Month Club

Dont’ miss out on the March Stamp of the month Club- there are only a few more days to get in on it! Click here to find out more and then email me at today to sign up!


A Hostess Gift


Hello friends!

One of my favorite parts of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is creating handmade gifts to show my appreciation. Here is what I created and sent out to our January Hostess Code shoppers.


This little gift includes DSP, envelopes, thick baker’s twine and some retired buttons, and I had so much fun putting it together.

Would you like to receive your own little gift from thankful me to amazing you?

It’s easy! Simply shop online in my store at and enter the Hostess code: MAV3XBWT. Your order will come straight to your door and soon, a little something from me will arrive, as well, just to say thanks!

Don’t forget: for every $50 you spend during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn one free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! Hooray for free Stampin’ Up! products!

Happy stampin’ friend!




Don’t miss out on the March Stamp of the Month Club! Members will receive the Lift Me up stamp set and everything they need to create four exclusive cards with envelopes for just $34.95. Click here to find out more and then email me at to sign up today!



Cool Treats Bundle by Stampin’ Up!


Hello, friends, how are you today?

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog has so many fun new bundles. One of my favorites is the Cool treats stamps set and matching dies. These adorable ice cream cones are SO detailed and SO much fun to make!


Stampin’ Tips:

  1. Remove detailed die cuts easily with the Big Shot Die Brush.
  2. Use multipurpose glue, a silicone craft sheet and a piercing tool to glue the tiny sprinkles in place. Simply place a dab of the glue on the craft sheet, dip the toll into the glue and then pick up the sprinkle with it.
  3. Use a versamark pad to add subtle matching detail to your yardstick background.
  4. Due to popularity, the Stitched Dies are currently unavailable, but they will be back! They layer perfectly with the layering ovals, circles and squares if you have those dies already.
  5. Don’t forget to pick up some of the thick baker’s twine to add gorgeous texture to your projects!

Stampin’ Supplies: (Click on amy image for easy, online shopping.)


New Hostess Code Program in 2017! When placing an online order through me, use the monthly hostess code, and I will send you a handmade thank you card and a surprise collection of paper and embellishments from the new 2017 Occasions catalog as a thank you. (If your order total is $150 or more, you can earn the hostess rewards, so in that case, please don’t use the code.)

The January Hostess Code is: Z9P6FK7A



Happy stampin’ friends!




Many of you have continued to support me during my son’s difficult, sixth month long illness. Thank you so much. The recent news was hard to take. Thomas has severe cerebral palsy and we found out that people with his condition can experience a premature aging of the brain, similar to the dementia elderly people may go through. The neurologist said that the brain shuts down in a very predictable pattern, and our son has followed that pattern over the past six months. He is only 20.

To say this was hard to take is an understatement. Perhaps equally hard to hear is the doctor’s opinion that our son needs a foster home for medically complicated patients. To be honest, I don’t know if I can do that, but have to face the fact that it may be what is best for him. During this hospital stay, he quit breathing twice and required the rapid response team. Obviously, there is no such support in our home.

However, we are hopeful that he could still make a full recovery. When this whole thing started, he was writing a book (My Life On Wheels), talking about starting college, and watching the Downton Abbey series with me. He was fine one day, and not fine the next. To say that I miss him is an understatement. He is still with us, but he only comes back mentally in tiny bits and pieces for a short time.

Miracles still happen, but regardless of the outcome, I am so happy for the gift of Thomas.

Home For Christmas!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays friends!

Are you ready for a fun project and some very happy news? First for the project, is this Christmas tag. Every month, I design and create tags for my Stamp of the Month Club members to show how much I appreciate them. Adding a handmade touch makes such a difference. And now, for the happy news: my son is finally home from the hospital!

He still has a long, hard road to recovery, but it is so wonderful to have him home. For those of you who may not have heard, he became seriously ill on August 1st. He ended up having 8 surgeries and multiple complications, including three different serious infections. More than once, we feared he would not recover. The doctors do not believe he will ever be the same, but we have faith that he will eventually get back to his old self. Regardless, we are so thankful to have him home.


So many of you have reached to show support during this long, difficult time in my life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! You are the reason I keep this blog and sharing my projects with you is such a joy. Thank you all for taking time to comment, email, send cards and for your love, prayers and support. It has made all the difference in the world.

I have so many fun plans for 2017 and I look forward to sharing them with you.

Happy New Year friends!