Soft Seedlings


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Soft Seedlings, CASE'd from Nadine Stolt,



(#1) Embossing resist:

Pool Party card base: 4 1/4" x 11"; scored at 5 1/2"

Soft Suede: 4" x 5 1/4"

Very Vanilla: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" and 1" x 3"



Paper Snips




Soft Seedlings, Rustic Harvest DSP,




Crushed Curry card base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; scored at 4 1/4"

Basic White: 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"

Pumpkin Pie (3): 1 5/8" x 1 5/8"

DSP (1): 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"; then after "coloring" cut at 1 1/2" twice (into 3 pcs 1 1/2" x 1 1/2")

Washi Tape: approx 6" total


Paper Snips



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Fun at BackStage in New Orleans




I thought I'd take this "day off" to share some of my Stampin' Up! trip to New Orleans. This was "BackStage"--a training conference for leaders of a certain title and above. I've talked about OnStage many times--which any demonstrator can attend. But this is the first in-person BackStage we've had....Years ago it was called Leadership, and they had done away with it for many years.


NOTE: I'm hoping all my pics show up the way they're supposed to. I had a horrible time uploading, and it took me forever. If you see a spot that is supposed to have a pic but it's only a link that says Download [the numbered name of the pic], please let me know! Thanks!!


I had a fabulous time with 500+ demonstrators from around the world--specifically a few of my favorite friends!


I'll warn you right now...I'll be talking about FOOD a lot! ;)


Food, friends and training.

Great combo, amazing trip!!


Among many things, NOLA is known for beignets--a form of donut, typically smothered in powdered sugar.


Let me tell you, I'm a BIG fan of donuts, so I was pleased to find out (before I even left GR) that I didn't even have to leave the airport before enjoying my first! There was a Cafe du Monde at the end of my concourse as soon as I got off the plane!! Yay!!! AMAZING, but they kept getting better...I'll share one of my faves later.


Beyond Cafe du Monde, our next plans weren't until dinner reservations with friends.


This is my friend and roomie, Julia.




And it was an awesome first meal in NOLA--shared crab cake appetizer (no filler), surprisingly moist red fish and pecan pie!

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The next morning we had scheduled a cooking class with these same friends. It was SO much fun!! And we learned a lot of NOLA history, too!


This is part of my "cruise family" Cheryl.


Cheryl's upline Sarah (a million dollar sales achiever) and friend Angela


Julia, Sarah and Chef David



We made shrimp & grits, praline bacon (pig candy) and eggs benedict over crab cake with never-ending mimosas. It was all FABULOUS!!


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Angela, Sarah, Julia, Steph, Cheryl, Robyn


We did a little walking around Jackson Square.


Banana trees!






Julia was smart and suggested she needed a salad for dinner, after having a huge brunch in the morning/afternoon. We found a place we were interested in, but I have to say, it was my least favorite meal. Not JUST because it was soup and salad. My choices just weren't my fave. Julia tried turtle soup, though! I tried a little of the broth but wasn't impressed. We had a fun dinner with friends Christi and Inez that night, though.



Later Stampin' Up! had a welcome reception with lots of swapping, desserts (yes, beignets! cimmamon sugar) and entertainment. I forgot to take a pic of any of the entertainment. They were all sort of circus type acts--juggling, a metallic man, etc.




Our breakfasts were always wonderful! Julia had a platinum Marriott membership, so we got in the members only room all day and had free, fantastic breakfast, too.


How gorgeous are these??? The beignets at the hotel were pretty delicious!


They had a fairly large buffet and a made-to-order omelette station.



Friday we had a day full of training and more friends.



We took this pic Saturday, but this is Lisa Marie--my other "cruise family" member. :)




At the cooking class, we found out the school was participating in offering a 3-course dinner as a way many local restaurants were trying to get more business during their slow time. Julia and I wanted to come back for it, and I invited Lisa Marie and her hubby and daughter to join us. It was so great, because I chatted with Chef David to see if he could prepare it pork free (Julia's need) and gluten free (for Lisa Marie and her daughter.) He was very happy to oblige and went above and beyond and found an even better option of flour for the meal. (Lisa Marie said it was the best kind.) So he prepared for us chicken gumbo before we got there and NOLA style barbeque shrimp (no BBQ sauce is involved) and bananas foster for us tableside. This meal was EVEN BETTER than the cooking school one!!

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We had such a fun experience at the school and got ALL the recipes that we made or that he made for us. And I've made several of the recipes this weekend! I learned how to poach eggs, too. So helpful. I thought I was doing it wrong.


Saturday was the last day. We had training all day and a farewell party at night.

This is Julia and I with Shannon, our Great Lakes area Demonstrator Development Manager. (ps: she's the one who first showed "how to mail a big thick card" like I showed at my Hostess Appreciation Party several years ago when you thought I was off my rocker! haha!)




We also had lunch with Sara Douglass (CEO of SU!) and her hubby, Sean! They just came up and asked if they could sit with us! Love them.





At the end of the day we had a party!!!





Part of the farewell celebration at BackStage 2022 in New Orleans….SURPRISE!! Stampin’ Up! paid for a permit for 500+ demonstrators to participate in a Second Line (parade at a time other than Mardi Gras) in the streets near our hotel. SU! gave us a parasol, sequined mask and feather boa when we arrived in the grand ballroom. They also provided pedi-cabs for those who couldn’t walk in the parade; you can see these fairly early in the video. This video segment is from the beginning outside; but they started us inside the grand ballroom with the band leading the way!




We were lead back to the hotel for appetizers and desserts. I didn't take pics of anything but a couple of the cute little desserts. A few of my friends said the shrimp & grits was really good there, but I looked it--and the small shrimp--and decided I wanted to remember it how I had it at the cooking class. :)


This was some sort of s'mores dessert. Delish.


And this may have been white chocolate bread pudding with a bourbon sauce. (But I may just be remembering that from a menu at a restaurant. Either way, it was scrumptious!)



I had one more day in NOLA, since my flight didn't leave til after 4pm. And it has goofy stories--that definitely sound like my speed. But I'm sleepy, and I'm just gonna drop a few more pics I took on Sunday. I spent the day with Christi and Inez again. Julia left in the morning right away. We went on a streetcar, a ferry (not the pictured Riverboat) for a view from the water, a pedi-cab, and ate more beignets--this time FILLED ones...crab, peanut butter & jelly and praline. All SO good!!









I took a pic for Todd, too, of the Superdome. :) Some of the demos and corporate team went to a pre-season game on the night we had our tableside dinner.



One last pic for the day. This little guy was shaking but so adorable on my flight!





I had a great time and learned a lot to bring home to my team and my business!


I hope you enjoyed my trip, too! ;)


Enjoy the rest of your day!!!




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Closeups and MORE!!


Hey--Happy September!!!

Can you believe it's here already???


I have my closeups from my Live! yesterday, but I have a bunch to share for September, too!

So I'll give you all those details first!




Stampin' Up! released some new dies [that will only be available THIS MONTH, thru September 30] that coordinate with stamp sets in current catalogs!


They're also offering them as bundles at the 10% discounted price in case you haven't bought the stamp set yet.


Here's a flyer you can print: PERFECT_PARTNERS flyer


And here are links to view/order online:

(hopefully tomorrow I'll have my normal links with pics!)


Click any item number to order:

162526 Apple Harvest bundle 53.00
160255  Apple Blossom dies 35.00
162519 Fresh Cut Flowers bundle 50.25
160251 Fresh Cut Stems dies 34.00
162521 This Birthday Piggy bundle 48.50
160254 Playful Piggy dies 31.00
162522 Trimming the Tree bundle 46.75
160256 Tree Trimming dies 34.00
162520 Waterfall Canyon bundle 53.00
160252 Waterfall Canyon dies 37.00
162529 Yeti to Party 41.25
160253 Yeti dies 28.00




click to see THIS week's deals!


During September, Stampin' Up! is offering WEEKLY DEALS!

New deals begin Sept 1, 8, 15, and 22 (and end the 28th.)


Check out THIS week's deals!

(click any pic to order!)

Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes
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Brushed Brass Butterflies
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Classic Matte Dots
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Summer Shadows Dies
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Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots
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Kraft Gift Boxes
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Kraft 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Paper Pack
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Round & Square Brads
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Linen 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Paper
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Pale Papaya 3/8" (1 Cm) Open Weave Ribbon
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Snowfall Accents Puff Paint
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Here are my closeups--including the swaps I shared yesterday.





Hippo Basic White: 2" x 2 3/4"







Soft Seedlings,



Thick Basic White card base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; scored at 4 1/4"

Basic White: 2 5/8" x 4 1/8"

Basic Black: 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"

DSP: 1" x 4"






Here are the 2 swaps--that I received--that I shared yesterday, too:


swap created by Patricia Humbert,


swap created by Jackie Noble,


It's September--so I have a new host code, too.


Click to order with my host code!


Have an amazing day!!!



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Guess what!! Registration is OPEN!!!


HEY--Happy Monday!!!


You can register for our Fall/Christmas 1-Day Retreat now!!!


Fall Christmas cc event


Here are all the details:


Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10am – 10pm


Calvary Christian Reformed Church

3500 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI


Invite your friends and join us for a fun day of crafting!!


Bring your own crafting project(s) to work on

(and your own adhesive)

& we’ll provide some Stampin’ Up! projects for you, too!


Retreat includes:

goody bag ● make-n-takes ● “pillow gifts”

lunch & supper ● your own table

access to our punches and dies ● friends and more!!


Cost: $65


Register with payment by October 1**

If any spots are open after October 1, registration is $75; check for availability.



** No refunds after October 1.

If you can’t attend, please contact us to pick up your goody bag, make-n-takes and pillow gifts after the retreat.



Wanna see the fun we had at our LAST retreat??

Click here for our Summer Retreat post:


If you didn't already receive an invitation in your email, join my mailing list here:

And I'll send you an invitation to the retreat, so you can register online.



If you prefer to send me a check, contact me to make sure there are still openings.


Hope to see you on October 29!!


Have an awesome week!!



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Get ready for Mystery Stamping!!


Happy Saturday!!


If you watched my Live! this past week, you should have heard me mention that I have Mystery Stamping planned for next week!


I'm teaching a technique.

It's new to me...maybe to you, too!


If you want to stamp along with me, here's the list of everything you need--including measurements.


Cut and prep everything listed.


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I'll remind you again before Wednesday, 8/10.

I go Live! on Facebook at 10:30am ET.


But when I'm done, I always edit and post to my blog as well.

So you can stamp "along with me" later, too. 

Just get your stuff ready before you start it! :)


See you Wednesday!!


Have an awesome weekend!!



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Another look at Nourish & Flourish


Hey there!


Did you see my Live! yesterday and the cute lunch bag that holds the kit???


The kit is perfect for any crafter--and a GREAT way to introduce [card making] to even those who think they're not crafty at all!


Here are pics of the final projects and a closer look at the bag:

(There's enough supplies to make 3 of each design.)


Nourish & Flourish Kit,


Nourish & Flourish Kit,

Nourish & Flourish Kit,

Nourish & Flourish Kit,


Remember $3 from every kit ordered is donated to organizations helping to find hunger--or as Stampin' Up! puts insecurity. :)


Order your kit(s) here:



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Secret Stamper Deadline


Hello! Happy weekend!!


One last reminder in case you were thinking of joining Secret Stampers....


Today's the last day to sign up for this year.

Join the fun!


Here's a look at the rules again:


NonDemo Secret Stampers Rules pic


To sign up to join the group, you need to complete this survey:




Here's a swap to check out, too!

More Hues of Happiness. :)


Hues of Happiness, created by Georgianne Everhart,


Click here to shop:


Enjoy your weekend!


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Facebook Live! with Robot Buddies & Our Remodel!


Happy Live! Day!!

Today for my Live! I showed the Robot Buddies Card Kit AND I did a walk through of our kitchen/bathroom remodel!
Card Kits (NOT Paper Pumpkin) are BOGO Half Off this month only!
These kits are all-inclusive...all you need is scissors if there's any ribbon in your kit.
You can find any available kits online, but also I have them listed below (at least what was available a few days ago when I published this.
My Live! winners from last week are Jamie Rose and Terri Kosten. Congrats girls!!




Here's Kit info:

BOGO Half Off Kits in June


BOGO Half Off

I thought I'd give you a look at the kits that are available (at least at the time I composed this post...ALL kits are always available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and may come and go in Stampin' Up!'s online store. In fact, there was at least one that I didn't picture here, because it's currently unavailable.)

Click any product pic to order!


Place a $60 order online with host code 3U2QP7DU to receive a free gift from me.


Shopping link with host code applied:




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Remodel REVEAL


Good morning!!


The post is finally here you've all been waiting for!


I have remodel pics to share with you!!

It's complete--no more touchups or fixes.

(By the way, we loved our painter and would highly recommend: Brayden Bissell, 616-460-9329.)


We just still have to plan window treatments and maybe some decor.


We're SO HAPPY with our new kitchen and updated bathrooms!!


Here's our original kitchen:

These pics were actually taken last year--in fact, almost a year ago--as visuals to go along with the measurements we gave to our kitchen designer.


Original kitchen




A few of the biggest changes:

  • We had the bulkheads removed--to replace with cabinets to the ceiling.
  • New counter/cabinets were installed in the back nook to replace Todd's grandma's buffet and the tall stand alone cabinet. (We're still not sure what we're doing with her buffet.)
  • We also had SO much electrical work and updating done! (starting with...we previously had NO grounded outlets in the house! We gave our electrician A LOT of work and were VERY HAPPY with him and his team!! Aaron Kindel/Ark's Electric 616-636-8289. They're in Pierson, MI.)



Here was our "glamping station" in the basement for a couple months for any meal prep we had:



I was very thankful Tyler let me go over every week for a cooking day!


Some weeks I only needed to have a dishwashing day. :)



Before and after pics from a few angles:

(old flooring was vinyl squares; new is snap in [floating] laminate)


Side Entryway--going up to the kitchen/the door used 95% of the time:

Entryway remodel.oldvsnew



My favorite part of my new kitchen is that big top drawer!!! (Notice the open hole on the right in the old pic? That's the size of a drawer underneath that held all my big spoons, spatulas, etc.)Kitchen remodel.oldvsnew.2



We LOVE our herringbone flooring!
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Eventually, we'll be putting our table back, but up against the wall in it's 2-person-wings-folded-down version.


And our big, deep sink, too!Kitchen remodel.oldvsnew.4



We love having the more functional counter and cabinets in the back! We got rid of most of the stuff we were just storing in the buffet and had a cabinet made large enough to store my Kitchenaid mixer and dehydrator.
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Downstairs bathroom--notice my Rich Razzleberry hand towel ;)

The flooring is the same as the entryway--laminate, but not herringbone since it's such a small space.

Bath down remodel.oldvsnew



Upstairs bathroom--SO thankful for a more functional vanity! It definitely takes up more space, though. ;)

Bath up remodel.oldvsnew



We are completely loving our remodel!

It's such a strange feeling having everything done!


I keep looking around like something's missing.


The little blue tape pieces (to mark where work was needed and/or where someone's work removed paint), the bumps or scrapes off the paint...

They're gone!!

And some of them we'd been staring at for a couple months.

The painter got his work done and waited til everyone was out before finishing.


Haha. It's just surprisingly a funny feeling.

We're so thankful for our beautiful new kitchen and bathrooms!



Ok, I'm done sharing for now!

I will be going Live! Wednesday at my normal time--10:30am ET, and at the end I'll do a walkthrough of the remodel.


Have an amazing day!!



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Our Summer 1-Day Retreat was Great!!


Hey Happy Tuesday!!


We had a wonderful retreat Saturday!!

Thank you so much to all who joined us!


And SPECIAL THANK YOU to my team member and co-host, Nadine Stolt, who did a lot of the behind the scenes prep while I was on vacation!!!


Mark your calendars for next time!!

Our Fall/Christmas 1-Day Crafting Retreat is Saturday, October 29!!


Nadine and I didn't talk specifics, but I'm guessing we'll open registration around the last week of August.


If you're reading this and aren't already on my email mailing list, make sure you join it, so you get first hand info when registration opens!! Click here:



We had a great time with all of you!


I remembered to start taking pics after lunch:































Our sweet Arlene always has to be a goof, so I always oblige and call her bluff and actually take the shot! ;)










Here's our goody bag and pillow gifts:

(Thank you to Sarah Wheeler for the yummy chocolates!)












I'm not sharing our make-n-takes here right now, cuz I'll show it on my Live! tomorrow.


We used our new Masking Paper--and if you can't tell...the Sweetest Cherries bundle. :)



Have an awesome day!!

I'll see you Live! tomorrow!



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