I did something last night that I haven’t done in 25 years!

Hi Friends,
Ok, so I may be giving my age away here, but I did something last night that I haven’t done in 25 years, maybe more!  Truth is I haven’t done this in so long that I can’t exactly remember the last time I did it, but boy it sure did bring back some fun memories.  No, it wasn’t illegal!  No, it wasn’t anything childish.
I went to the Drive-In Movies!  
Drive in Movie theater
With my husband & son.  It was SO.MUCH.FUN!   I’ve been planning this, and looking forward to it, all week, and I’m so  glad the weather was nice!  My son, who is 24, has never been to a drive-in movie theater so I know it’s been at least that long.  Actually, I have never been to a drive-in since moving to PA and that’s been over 30 years ago! 
Gone are the days of the old metal speakers that you hung on the car window, although the poles were still there. (Does anyone else remember them?) Now, the movies are in HD and you tune your radio to a specific frequency to hear the audio. 
We saw Cars 3.   The movie was a double-feature with Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Lies but we didn’t stay for that movie. 
Cars 3 was FABULOUS!   I really love the Cars movies.  I think it’s because of the friendship between all the characters.  You’ve got so many different personalities but everyone works together and everyone encourages one another to use their gifts and talents, and to unite together for the greater good.  No one is too old or too rusty to be useful.  I think it is a beautiful picture of how life could be if we all just valued one another, rather than trying to compete with one another. 
It was a wonderful, heart-warming story and the story has been with me all evening and all day today.  I love a good sappy movie that stays with you long after you’ve watched it. 
The Cars community actually reminds me of my online Community, the Pals.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators under Mary Fish, my upline, from all over the country.  Some are old, some are young, some are new to stamping and some have been around a while.  Some are business builders, many others are hobby-ists.  But we all share a common love of stamping and it is the most positive, uplifting, community and it’s a place that I love to hang out in.  If you would love to belong to a group like that, than please email me  or just join now. 
I hope that you have something fun planned for your weekend.  Maybe you can take your Dad, your hubby and your kids to see Cars 3 for Father’s Day! 
But whatever you do, I hope you manage to carve out some time to get in your Craft Room and do something creative for yourself. 
My Paper Pumpkin kit came yesterday and I know I will be get that all inked up this weekend (you can see the June kit on my facebook page).
If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, or order some other supplies from the new catalog, just click here or on the catalog cover below to go to my online store. Please use Host Code PMNEDFV3 for your order less than $150.- thanks!
Be sure to check my blog and my facebook page regularly to be inspired and stay on top of current promotions. 

Meet the New 2017-19 In Colors!

Well you saw the unveiling of all of my new products from my pre-order, if you follow me on Facebook. I did a live video of me unpacking my box from Stampin’ Up! with all of the new products I ordered. One of most anticipated items of the annual catalog release is the new In-Colors. Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces 5 new colors, they are trendy colors and are only with us for 2 years. and they are called In-Colors. They are in addition to the standard color collections (Neutrals, Regals, Brights & Subtles). So at any given time, we have 10 In-Colors, and every year, 5 retire and 5 more are introduced.
Here are the 5 new In-Colors for 2017-2019.
2017-19 In Colors

I’ve made some quick comparisons so you can see the new colors alongside  our favorite colors.  You’ll see that these new colors play well with our existing color palette.

First up is Lemon-Lime Twist.  This color is like  none other that we’ve ever had.  It’s much more Yellow than any green, and much more green than any yellow.  It’s bright and vibrant and will certainly add fun to your projects!

Lemon Lime Twist Color Comparison

Next is Tranquil Tide.  A rich blue-green color, it’s blue-er than Emerald Envy and green-er than Island Indigo.  This color will play well with both of these colors and add a sense of richness to your projects.  Tranquil Tide Color Comparison

Next up is Fresh Fig.  I love this color; it reminds me of our retired, but not forgotten Blackberry Bliss color.  Not quite as dark and rich as that, but it is a deeper color than Rich Razzleberry, but more brown than a true purple like Elegant Eggplant.  Fresh Fig   Color Comparison

Berry Burst is going to be a popular, well loved color.  Already I have been seeing this color in alot of clothing.  This sits well between Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry.

Berry Burst Color Comparison

Lastly is Powder Pink.  A pale, subtle color that sits right between our other light pink colors.  Powder Pink Color Comparison

So which color do you think is your favorite?  Please leave me a comment and let me know which color you like best.

While we say hello to new colors, we say goodbye to other retiring colors. If you want to shop the 2015-17 In Colors or order them before they are gone, here is a link to order directly.   Don’t forget to use the April host code Q29AP26B when you order with me and your order is less than $150 before shipping and tax.  Click here to shop online now, and don’t forget to get your favorite retiring items before they are gone for good.

Thanks for stopping by My StampinSpace.  Come back soon,



And the Winner of the SuperBowl contest is……

Did you watch the SuperBowl?  Well it sure was an upset victory!  Most of my fans were pulling for Atlanta and it sure looked like they were going to win, and then, The Patriots scored and tied in the final minutes and into overtime they went!

The New England Patriots won the game!!!

So here’s the deal;   I counted up my New England Patriots votes, and randomly selected a number, #3, which is Vicky Blackwell! 

Superbowl Contest Winner

Congrats to the Vicky Blackwell  – you just won the SuperBowl!   Well, okay, not really the SuperBowl, but it might feel like it when the confetti starts falling all around you, and your fans rush the field to get your autograph, and the cameras are flashing all around you….

Vicky please contact me with your mailing address so I can send your loot to you.  You have until midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 8th.  Party Animal EmbellishmentsYou can email me or PM me on my Facebook page.  I’ll get your winnings right out to you.

Thanks to everyone who played along with me and took the time to leave me a comment.  I had fun, and hope you did too.  Please join me in congratulating our winner, Vicky.

I have a class tomorrow, and I’ll post what we make later this week.  Until then, happy stampin’


Teaching a New Technique

I teach classes regularly, and I just love getting together with a bunch of people, having fun, and stamping!  Mostly I love watching someone who has never stamped put ink to paper for the first time!  And watching them as they complete their first project successfully never gets old!  I also love sharing new techniques with my students and watching them add a new skill to their paper crafting arsenal!  My classes usually are 2 projects, and I try to not only make a project that is fun and seasonally, but also to include a new tip, trick ,or technique.  I want my students to learn something too, not just make something.

Tonight I wanted to teach heat embossing, as several of the newer regular students have never done that. My upline Lisa Pretto shared a card that she made that I just had to totally CASE (copy and selective edit)!  It was just perfect for my class.  This card includes heat embossing (in white) on colored cardstock for the sentiment and heat embossing white on white AND resist embossing!  Win-Win!  So here’s my take on Lisa’s card:  It features the Avant Garden stamp set (free during Sale-A-Bration) stamped with Versamark ink on whisper white cardstock and them embossed with Whisper White embossing powder.  Resist embossing is accomplished by rubbing ink (with the help of a sponge dauber) in a circular motion aroumd the stamped image.  The ink does not stick where the heat embossing is which creates that soft muted background.  A quick ribbon and a little tag with a sentiment is all you need.

I thought this card could be made in any color, or with any sentiment, so I tried it out in a few other colors.  Here it is in Sweet Sugarplum:

And here in Wisteria Wonder.  My MIL’s birthday is this weekend and she loves purple so this is for her.  I stepped it up a notch by adding a Wisteria Wonder cardstock layer under the feature panel.

Which color is your favorite?  I love to read your comments, so please leave me a comment and tell my what you think of this card, and what color you like the best.

I wish you could attend my classes and learn these new techniques with me.  Next class will include sponge brayers and inking up embossing folders.  If you live in NEPA, consider taking this class with me.  Feb. 6th from 6:30-8:45PM.

Don’t forget, you can always order online from me 24/7 thru my online store.  You can access that here.  When shopping, please use January Host Code 2BUYMMWN when placing an order that is less thaln $150.   When shopping, you’ll earn 1 Free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend (before shipping and sales tax).  The Avant Garden stamp set used for this project is a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Want to learn more about Sale-A-Bration?  Click here.

Happy Stampin’






What happened at the Meadowlands?

While most people know the Meadowlands as the place where the NY Giants play,  hundreds of Stampers across the NorthEast gathered together last weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center for the Stampin’ Up! convention called OnStage.

I traveled to the OnStage Event in Secaucus, NJ with two of my down-line, and we had a fabulous time!  It was a fun-filled time spent with my downline, and other demo’s from the Northeast.  OnStage included time to see new products, stamp and create with those products, recognition for the top demonstrators (including my upline Mary Fish, #1 Demonstrator in the WORLD!!), training from top leaders at Stampin’ UP! and of course, the new catalogs!

Here I am with Kathy Snyder & Lynn Pahoski enjoying ourselves at the hotel.


Look at me!  So surprised and elated to be recognized for Sales, Recruiting and Leadership!


Kathy was recognized for achieving a Quick Start level!  Yah, Kathy!  🙂


Here we are at the table waiting for the fun to begin!

img_81581 Stampin’ UP! provided some photo props.   img_82241

Make & Takes are such a fun part of this event:  We made 4 on Saturday:  xwod11731

That’s the outside, here is the inside!   How exciting; another Pop Up Die!!!


Can you say “Adult Coloring”




The highlight was the catalog reveal of the 2017 Occasions catalog (January 4 through May 31) and the 2017 Sale-A-Bration catalog (January 4 – March 31).  This is my favorite perk of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – I get to see the catalogs BEFORE they are revealed, and order product from those catalogs!  If you want to enjoy this perk yourself, then join me in this incredible Stampin’ Up! Journey!  For the cost of the starter kit, $99, you get all this and more!   Talk to me about getting your starter kit today.  You can join just for the perks, and stay for the discount, or drop without any obligation.

Either way, you’ll want to start saving today, because there are so many fabulous products in these new catalogs, that your wish list is going to be huge.  (BTW – I offer Gift Certificates.   When your loved ones ask what you want for Christmas, tell them you want Stampin’ UP!  – have them contact me to order a gift certificate, or better yet, fill out a Wish List.  List the items you want, or the $ amount of a gift certificate, and the names of people who normally shop for you.  Get your list back to me and I’ll contact your people on your behalf.

Thanks for letting me share my fun trip with you.  I hope that you will consider joining Stampin’ UP! and join me at the next OnStage event in April 2017.  Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up!

See you soon,


Only a few hours left

Time to start getting ready for Christmas.   There are just a few hours left to sign up for the “Forever Evergreen” project kit class.  If  you want to join my class on Tuesday Oct. 11th, the kit needs to be ordered today to ensure delivery on time.

You can order the “Forever Evergreen” project kit alone or with the optional stamp set.  You can order online (using Host Code CSC6VNTH), or order thru the Class Schedule link here or on the right and use the PayPal button.


My 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter campaign will be starting on Wednesday, Oct. 5th and continuing for 12 weeks.   My readers LOVED this  12 week campaign featuring Christmas projects using Stampin’ UP! products last year, and I’m sure you will love this year’s projects too.  But only subscribers to my mailing list will get this special newsletter.  So if you don’t already subscribe to my mailing list, click on the Sign Up box just to your right and subscribe now.




What’s all the Fun About?

This past weekend, I finally got to play with some of new goodies from the holiday catalog!  It took me long enough, but I sure did have lots of fun!  What’s all the fun about?  Halloween Night – the new product suite from the 2016 Holiday catalog.  If you know me, you know how I love product coordination and all of the stamps and dies and accessories in this product suite play so well together!

First, I just had to play with my Halloween scenes Edgelit dies. This is what I made:

Halloween Scenes

Isn’t this so much fun?  I just love these dies.  And they pair so well with our new Foam Adhesive Strips (#141825).  They are strips of stampin’ dimensionals and I used them to prop up the fence layer to create that look of dimension between the fence and tree layer.

Notice the little bow?  It’s the new Kraft Rope Trim.  I love this because it so thick.  It is actually 3 strands braided together; I separated the 3 strands and used just one!

I had a class tonight and the ladies in my class really loved this set and making this card too!

We made another project too, but you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see that project!

holidaypreorder_demosite_catalogpage_us-232x300In the meantime,  if you want to order any of the Halloween stamps and dies I used, click here to shop the new Holiday Catalog.

specialoffers_header_demo_sept2016_naDon’t forget about our Special Sale either.  Click here to shop our Special Sale.

clearancerackBONUS:  Stampin’ Up! has just loaded many new items into the Clearance Rack.  Click here to shop the Clearance Rack for the last chance to get some of your favorite retired product before its’ gone for good.
If you are going to place an order with me, and it will be less than $150, please use the HOST CODE  9QWR7K6M.  Thanks!

Thanks for your support, and for shopping with me.   I apppreciate this so much.!

Happy Stampin’











Sale-A-Bration TAKE 2!

What will you choose for free?

When Stampin’ UP! launched their annual Sale-A-Bration campaign this year (Jan 5 – March 31), a few of the items were Limited Time only (thru Feb. 15).  Several new items were just added on Feb. 16 which will be available thru March 31st.

To see a list of the new items, click here.  To see the new items in action; watch the videos below.

What is Sale-A-Bration?  Only the best promotion ever!  Click here to learn more about Sale-A-Bration

With a qualifying $50 order of products, you can choose either of these products for FREE.  So which will you choose?  Leave me a comment and let me know which new Sale-A-Bration item is your favorite, and why.


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Not just for Rednecks!

I have to admit when I first saw the Wonderland stamp set in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, I did like the trees and especially the sentiments, but I wasn’t really digging the antlers.  Well, I finally caved, and ordered the set, because I thought that my son, who is a big Duck Dynasty fan, and self-proclaimed redneck, might like it.

Well, I found the cutest way to use the antlers!  I’m sure you’ll agree, these antlers are not for rednecks, but for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

IMG_5789Adorable, right?  I made this in my last class and the girls LOVED it!  It is so quick and simple to make too.  And the folks over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge decided this week to include a deer in your card, so I’ll be submitting this to their challenge too.

Whisper White paper cut to 2″ wide and 4-1/4″ long was shaped in the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  The Antlers from Wonderland are stamped with Soft Suede ink, as well as the To/From from Festival of Trees stamp set.  The eyes are punched from Early Espresso cardstock using the Owl Builder Punch.  The nose in this sample was punched with Real Red cardstock, but in my class, we used the larger dot from the Home For Christmas Enamel Dots.  A little white hi-light on the eyes using the Signo White marker and your done!  We added a 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ strip of Real Red cardstock and tied them together with the 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon.  Easy Peasy!

I know you are going to want to make this yourself, but you’ll have to hurry.  Stampin’ Up! just released a Retiring Products List from the Holiday catalog and this stamp will be retiring 🙁

No worries, you can still get it now, but pretty soon it will be too late, and then you’ll just be sad that you missed out.  Now would be the time to snag this stamp set and stock up on the Enamel Dots and ribbon too!

So, shop the RETIRING PRODUCTS LIST, while you’re there, check out the WEEKLY DEALS and the CLEARANCE RACK for some great deals, too!

Check out my facebook page;  I’ve created a photo album of projects using the Wonderland Stamp set.  This set is so versatile and so much fun, that I’m having a hard time putting it down!  You’ll be inspired by the many projects you can make with this set.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space!

Stamp On,

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How to make a Double Loop Bow Video

Hi Stampers,  I featured a Double-Loop bow on a card I made recently:Double Loop Bow

(you can see the full post here) and today I want to share a video that shows you step-by-step how to make that beautiful Double Loop Bow.  Grab your popcorn and sit back & enjoy the show:

It may take some practice so grab a piece of ribbon and just play around.  I found I needed to make this bow several times before I finally got the hang of it;  I just untied and remade the bow until I finally got it.   You may also need to ‘fuss’ with the  loops & tails a little but I find that the glue dot holds the bow in place.  On the card featured above, I wrapped a piece of the ribbon around the card and secured it in the back.  Then I made the bow and just adhered it with a glue dot onto the ribbon.

MORE VIDEOS COMING SOON!  I am investing in training & new equipment to produce better quality videos and am planning on producing more & more videos so we can stamp together virtually!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my video.  Also, please feel free to tell me what videos you’d like to see.   Is there a certain technique you’d like to learn?  A stampin’ related question that you’d like to ask?  I want to make videos that YOU want to see, so please give me your feedback!    Thanks 🙂  This technology will allow me offer VIRTUAL STAMP CLUBS soon so watch for more details.

LIVE CLASSES:  If you are in Northeast PA and want to stamp with me live, I have 2 open, upcoming classesMonday, May 18th from 6:30-8:45 PM that will feature masculine cards.  Monday, June 1st (same time) is a class centered around Celebrations (birthdays & graduations).  The class fee of $12 includes ALL SUPPLIES so you only have to bring your smile!   Please email me if you would like to RSVP or have questions.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  Please head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe so that you won’t miss any future videos from me.  If you are on Pinterest, please help me out by pinning this so others can see it too!

Thanks, see you soon,



Sayin’ Farewell to Mixed Bunch

IMG_4758I made this card with a class a few months ago, and I just LOVE it!  I love how the Daffodil Delight just pops against the Black & White.  I also like how I was able to make my own background “DSP” with a stamp set.

I just used the large flower image, and stamped in Momento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock to create the background.  Then I used the small circle image to stamp a few images onto a scrap of Whisper White, and punched them out with a circle punch.  I glued those onto the flowers to make that custom background.  I’ve used this treat many times, and often I’ve reached for Mixed Bunch to make that happen.  So sad that this trusty, go-to flower set is retiring!

I just had to share with you this card again.   If you think you would like this seretired stamp playing golft before it goes away, then you’d better pick it up quickly. In a few short weeks, it will be gone, retired to Florida to play golf all day!

My supply list is below for those of you who want to recreate this card, or order supplies to make this yourself.  My online store is always open!   Click here to shop now.

The RETIRED LIST is here!

Without any further adieu, here it is:

The Retired List – (PDF Format)


As announced previously, Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the MDS (My Digital Studio) software line.  While you can continue to use the software, you will no longer be able to purchase downloads after May 31.  All MDS downloads are on sale at 30% off




The days leading up to the Retired List are usually full of anticipation and speculation for me.  When the list finally posts, I usually curl up on the couch with a red ink pen, my catalog and the list.  I go thru each page, item by item, and carefully put a red “R” (for Retired) next to each item that is retiring.  (I also put a black check mark next to every item as I purchase it so I know what I have and what I don’t!)

This way I can see what I have that is retiring (you might find this soon in the Yard Sale page of my blog), and what I don’t have that I’ll really miss if it retires and I don’t have it.

The latter will cause me to spring into action, and order that item before it is gone.   I’ve let that happen once or twice and I’m still bummed by the things I’ve missed because I waited too long!  Grab a sponge to catch my tears. 

Once an item goes on the Retired List, availability is while supplies last.  Last year, the retiring In Colors sold out within days.  I fully anticipate that happening here.  If you want it, get it while you can or you’ll be crying too!

So when you hop online to start shopping for the ‘must-have’ items from the retired list, don’t forget about the Clearance Rack (recently updated) and the Weekly Deals either (new today!).  That way you’ll score some really good deals all the way around.  Don’t forget the New Items either.

What is the item you are going to miss the most?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Then share with me what item you really want from the Retiring List that you don’t already have.

Enjoy shopping the retired list.


We’re down to the wire

Only 1 day left for the biggest sale of the year!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.  This has been one of the biggest Sale-A-Brations since I’ve been involved with Stampin’ Up!  Due to the fact that the Blendabilities line was discontinued, several embossing folders were added to the offering of products that could be earned FREE with a $50 order.    I think the array of products offered was incredible.

My favorites have to be the Lotus Blossom stamp set IMG_4531the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP

Irresistibly Yours

the In Color Accessory Pack138637Sand the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.


You can get these (and more for FREE) but once we flip the calendar to April, it’s too late.  You will NEVER be able to get these products.   Click here to shop and choose 1 free items with every $50 purchase.

Thanks for helping to make this Sale-A-Bration a great one 🙂



A challenging Color Challenge

I have this funny thing about combining different shades of reds, or even red & orange.  So when I saw the color challenge for the Paper Players was Calypso Coral, Real Red, & Black, my first thought was, ooh, I don’t think I am going to like this.  But that thought only lasted a fraction of second, quickly followed by the thought that the Stacked with Love Specialty Designer Paper was Real Red, Crisp Canteloupe and Calypso Coral along with Black & White.  Fear and doubt were quickly replaced with thoughts of easy peasy!

I love when Stampin’ Up! makes things so easy.   I knew exactly what I wanted to make too, and it wasn’t a card.  

photo 1(3)I made a banner using Real Red, Calypso Coral, Black and White.  Here is a close-up shot of the banner.

photo 3(2)

photo 2(2)The solid color cardstock forms the backdrop for the pennants.  I cut Real Red and Calypso Coral into 2″ x 3″ triangles.  And cut the little letters from Basic Black cardstock using the Little Letters Thinlits dies.

The Stacked with Love DSP gave me the fun part!  I used the 1-1/4″ Scalloped Circle Punch to create little backdrops for my letters and little banners for the spacer pennants.

photo(9)I just love how the patterned paper pulls all those colors together so beautifully and makes easy work for me to play along with the Paper Players Color Challenge this week!

Be Mine BannerIf you’d like to see what the Paper Players did with this color challenge, head on over.   Challenge yourself and play along.  I’d love to see what you create with this color combination!.

If you’d like to order any of the supplies I used to make this banner, you can click here to shop on line.  Don’t forget, with Sale-A-Bration in full swing, you can earn a free item for every $50 you purchase.