Friday, December 31, 2010

My Dear Friend Leisa Jane - FS203

So I was so excited and thrilled to see that my dear friend Leisa Jane had been chosen as SCS Featured Stamper for the week. Her creations are incredible and many have a prominent place on my Wall of Fame in my craft room. She is so talented and this honor is well-deserved. She is also a devoted Stampin' Up! fan.

I chose to case one of her terrific creations and changed the colors, stamp set and the buttons to flower adornments. This also serves as a sneak peak of some of the terrific items that are in the new Occasions Mini that goes live on January 4th. I am just loving the vintage look in crafting that is all the craze right now.

All supplies can be purchased on my Stampin’ Up! website.

Stamps: Easter Blossoms, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke, Basic Gray
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Very Vanilla and Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, Chantilly and Victoria Crochet Trim, Vanilla Rosettes, Vintage Flower Adornments, Filigree Brads, Silver HPH, Crop-a-Dile, Silver eyelet

Blessings, Diane

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Location:Morriswood Dr,Franklin,United States

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Isabella Song Stader has arrived!!!!

On November 22nd we received the most wonderful blessings as we welcomed the arrival of our first grandchild, Isabella Song Stader. She was born at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville at 3:58 pm and weighed 8 lbs. She was born at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville at 3:58 pm and weighed 8 lbs. 8-1/2 oz. She was 20 inches long and had a headful of dark hair. Parents Jennifer and Bo are doing great. Grandparents are thrilled!

She is 5 weeks old today and what a busy five weeks it has been. We spent almost two weeks in Franklin after she was born and three or four days a week since then. We stayed pretty frantic during the holidays, but it was certainly worth it.



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Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Digital Studio - 50% Off - Next Week Only!!!!!!!!!!!

I just learned that My Digital Studio software will be 50% off during the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza next week.  I will have more details Monday morning, but wanted to give you a heads-up on this amazing special.

Be sure to check in at my website early Monday morning and check all the Thanksgiving week specials.  We got a sneak peak today of a few of the items, and the gorgeous Christmas fabric will also be 50% off, plus you get free shipping on all orders of $150 or more!

Here are a couple of my very first digital creations.  Notice the stamp images and designer paper, plus ribbon and brads.  I am not an expert yet, but having so much fun learning and creating.  And no messy desk!

You'll be able to order online, send me an email or just call me with your order.

More on Monday,


Friday, November 19, 2010

No Time to Stamp - My Digital Studio is the answer - Enter to Win!!!

Do you love to send special cards to special people?  Do you want your cards to be unique and not one of hundreds in the stationery shop  But, you don't have the time, supplies or space to make a one-of-a kind?  I have the answer for you!  It is My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up! and comes packed with digital images of Stampin' Up!'s unique and award-winning stamping images, colors and accessories.  Print on your computer, or better yet, have your cards, books, calendars or scrapbook pages professionally printed with just a click of your mouse.

And don’t just take my word for it—see for yourself! For a complete list of items that come with the My Digital Studio boxed software, click here!  And while you are there, take a look at some of the awesome creations designed by people just like you.  You will be amazed at how your creativity will grow every time you log on.

But wait!  There's more!  From today until November 24th, you can enter to win one of four copies of My Digital Studio software.  Click here to get all the entry info and good luck!  I hope you are one of the lucky winners, but if you aren't you can order your own copy from my Stampin' Up! website for $79.95 and when you do, I will send you a 40 sheet package of Whisper White cardstock to get you started!



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Incredible Offer - Join Stampin' Up!!! for 50% Off -

Would you like to do what I do? Have you been thinking about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator? Well, you don't have to think any longer. Starting November 15, and lasting until November 30, 2010, you can purchase the Standard or Digital + Starter Kits for only $87.50 - that is 50% off the regular price of $175 for over $310 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!

In addition to the incredible online resources and support Stampin' Up! offers, here are just a few more terrific benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator:

--Earn additional income while sharing creativity.

--Make new and lasting friendships.

--Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas.

--Receive a free subscription to an exclusive
  monthly magazine.

--Receive two free months subscription to your
own business website. 

--Opportunity to earn free products and

  incentive trips.

Take a look at what you get in your starter kit:

The standard Starter Kit includes:
  • Four complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge  
  • Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools
The Digital+ Starter Kit includes
  • My Digital Studio software suite
  • Three complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • Assortment of card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Brights Designer buttons
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools

Want more details?  Click here to learn more.  You can sign up online today and your starter kit will be on its way.  

And, as a new demonstrator, you will get an extra 10% off your first hostess order placed within your first 45 days as a demonstrator.  That is 30% off your first order!!! 

I will be with you each step of the way as you develop your business- what fun we can have working together!!

Remember this is a limited time offer.  Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and join my team!!



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Handmade Holiday - All Bundled Up! Don't Miss This Holiday Sale....

Stampin’ Up’s Handmade Holiday bundle sale starts today! From October 19-December 16, 2010,  Stampin’ Up is offering holiday bundles perfect for creating Amazing cards,Beautiful packaging, and Cherished gifts–all at 20 percent off!
Stamp Set Bundles

Bundle DescriptionWood-Mount Bundle ItemWood-Mount Bundle
Sale Price
Clear-Mount Bundle ItemClear-Mount Bundle
Sale Price
Vintage Christmas Card Bundle
  • Bells & Boughs Set
  • Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
Contempo Christmas Card Bundle
  • Contempo Christmas Set
  • Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Tags til Christmas Bundle
  • Tags til Christmas Set
  • Decorative Label Punch
Gift Packaging Bundle
  • Gifted Set
  • Mini Lunch Sacks
Simply Adorned Gift Bundle
  • Charming Set
  • Simply Adorned 1″ x 1-1/4″ Charm
  • Simply Adorned 24″ Chain

Non-Stamp Set Bundle
Bundle DescriptionBundle ItemBundle Sale Price
Frame Gift Bundle
  • Definitely Decorative Chunky Frame
  • Small Chocolate Chip Dotted Flourish Décor Elements
You can contact me to place your order, or order online today!
I am really staying busy with Stampin' Up! workshops and trying to get my Christmas cards finished before I take a little break to enjoy the arrival of our first grandchild- Isabella Song Stader- on November 26th.  I would love for you to ready more about this upcoming event and the wonderful things happening my our lives on my personal blog Tennessee Joy.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

No Greater Joy

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4

This is one of my favorite Scripture verses as it probably is for many parents.  Today was especially joyous for Bob and I as we listened to our oldest son’s testimony on his last day as Youth Pastor at Nashville Chinese Baptist Church.  Bo and his wife Jennifer are expecting our first grandchild, little Isabella, in just a few weeks and he felt it was time to step down in this role he has held for five years so that he can devote his free time to their first child.  It was so inspiring to hear how God has worked in his life.  He quoted Paul’s message in Romans 8:28 as the guiding force in his life these past few years as he and Jennifer have dealt with her illness and how blessed they are that God is providing this miracle baby to them. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

We enjoyed this special morning with our youngest son Scott and Jennifer’s mother, who just arrived from Shanghai to help with the baby for the first year.  And, on Friday night we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the church and the special night they had arranged for Bo and Jennifer.  Delicious food, wonderful comments from the members thanking Bo and Jennifer for their dedication to the youth and then a church-wide baby shower.  More than 75 people attended – over half of the membership.  It was so much fun.  Before the gifts were opened, many offered “baby” advice- all very good and some very funny.  I was so proud and so thankful that we were there to enjoy this special time in their life.

God has blessed us with two wonderful sons- both dedicated to Christ and to furthering the kingdom.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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Countdown to Bella – 40 Days and a Wake-Up

Isabella Song Stader should arrive on the morning of November 26th and so many people are waiting to love this miracle baby.  Here are a few special memories pre-Bella.  Hope you enjoy!

View Bella August-Oct

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

World Card-Making Day and Christmas Card, Treat and Gift Workshop

Let's get a head start on the holiday season and celebrate World Card-Making Day with handmade cards and gifts for those special folks in your life.

Please join Amy Miller and Diane Stader for an all day, come and go, card and gift workshop at the Barn at Fellowship Bible Church on October 2!  We will be there from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  We will have four projects, plus bonus items, ready for you to make at the workshop or take home and make at your leisure.  You can choose one or all.

No experience - No problem.  We will be there to get you started.  Detailed instructions and supply lists will also be provided.

All supplies are premium high quality products from Stampin' Up!

Christmas Cards - 12 cards and envelopes with decorated box: 4/2 each of 3 designs; $24 per set of 12; $12 per set of 6.

Note Card Gift Set - 8 all occasion cards to include Birthday, Congratulations, Thanks, Thinking of You, New Baby and more; Includes decorated box and envelopes. $16.00

What a Treat!!! - 5 different treat bag/boxes for the small gifts for students, teachers, etc. $6.25 per set includes candy.

Gift Tags - 6 Christmas gift tags with cute little box. $5.50 per set

All supplies, except adhesive, will be provided, cut and ready for stamping and assembly.  Bring your favorite scissors and premium glue sticks or a double-sided tape roller.

Snacks will be provided and door prize drawings held throughout the day.

We would love to know if you are planning to come and what projects you are interested in so we can make sure we have enough materials.  

Check out the photo for some of the projects we will be making.  More projects will be posted during the week.  Let us know what you think!  

Fun, Fellowship, Food - We hope you will join us!

Where:  The Barn at Fellowship Bible Church, 141 Pleasant Plains Rd, Jackson, TN 38305

Time:  9:30 am - 4:30 pm (come and go)



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The 44 Year Old Recipe Book

Do you tear recipes out of magazines?  Or save the magazine that has a great sounding recipe in it?  Or have 50 cookbooks loading down your cabinet?  I do all of these things and have for all of my 44 years of married life.  And with today’s technology, I am always searching for recipes on the web.

Wooden Recipe Box But, I especially treasure the little recipe box that I received at my church bridal tea in 1966.  It is filled to overflowing with “keepers”; many in the handwriting of that special friend who shared her favorite at a bring-a-dish pot luck event throughout the years.  The first index card in the box read:

“May you fill this little box with many favorites throughout the years.  One of my favorites is the “recipe for happiness” found in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13.”

So I dedicate this first blog post to the wonderful ladies at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church in 1966.  The memories of those days and these sweet ladies are priceless.

And now, from one of those magazines I have saved- Southern Living, January 1999 included the recipe for Hummingbird Cake, and it remains the most requested recipe in Southern Living history.  And it is also the cake that my family requests the most.  One slice and you know why. 

Southern Living’s Hummingbird Cake

Yield: 16 servings

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  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  cups  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 3  large eggs, beaten
  • 1  cup  vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1  (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1  cup  chopped pecans
  • 2  cups  chopped ripened bananas
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pecans


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.

Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. (Diane’s tip:  I use parchment paper in my cake pans.) Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information - Calories: 642; Fat: 34.2g; Cholesterol: 71mg; Sodium: 312mg

Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 3 cups

  • 1  (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup  butter or margarine, softened
  • 1  (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Nutritional Information - Calories: 71; Fat: 3.6g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium 34mg

I would love to hear your comments if you take time to make this delicious cake.  I’ll bet your family and friends will sing your praises for days after that first piece!

Until next time…..



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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Three Little Words………

Busy, busy, busy!  We went to Franklin last week to visit our son and daughter-in-law and help a little bit with baby things.  Isabella will arrive around December 1st and there is so much to do and I am so thankful that they are welcoming our help.  Can’t wait to hold the little darlin’- our very first grandchild.

While were in Franklin I made a day trip to Columbia to visit with my wonderful friends Cleo, Leisa and Lisa.  I am so blessed to have friends like them.  They don’t come along often enough in life.   You can read all about my visit, plus the SURPRISE BABY SHOWER (with pictures) in my next post.  I am still smiling.

I was honored this week by my sweet young friend Amy who asked if I could come help her a little bit with her beautiful little month old daughter.  I spent part of three days with this sweet family and loved it so much.  Thank you Amy- hope to post pictures later.

I absolutely LOVE this card!  I borrowed the design from a fellow stamper on Stampin’ Up!’s demo community.  The colors are awesome together and I got to use my new embossing folder, Elegant Lines.  I have so many new stamp sets- and love playing with them every day.  I am getting ready for a workshop on Saturday- wouldn’t this be a great card to demonstrate?  The Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoast today is to use Versamark.  Versamark is a sticky watermark element and the challenge was no problem for me- I probably use it every day.  I love the texture and finish it gives a solid or colored image.  And combined with the bird image from Punch Potpourri, a Level 1 Hostess set, it really makes this card “pop.” 

I also really like this cute set- Three Little Words.  The inside of this card reads – Thinking of You.  My friend Lisa said it should read – Send More Stamps!!!

I sure hope you are having as great a week as I am. 



All supplies can be purchased on my Stampin’ Up! website

Stamps:  Three Little Words, Punch Potpourri;    Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Gray;           Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray;   Accessories:  Two Step Bird Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Stampin’ dimensionals, Gray Satin Ribbon, Versamark


Monday, August 2, 2010

Tax Free in Tennessee!

This coming weekend, the State of Tennessee is having a “back to school” tax free holiday on many items and over 30 Stampin’ Up! items qualify for this tax-free purchase.  I always stock up on glue sticks/pens, tape runners (SNAIL) and refills and other consumables that I know I will be using throughout the year.  Tax FreeThis year I am going to treat myself and buy a set of Watercolor Crayons and save almost 10%!  Here’s the complete list, with item numbers.  Maybe you will want to save too!  It would be the perfect time to get those Many Marvelous Markers that have been on your wish list.
Item # Description Price
100425 2-Way Glue Pen $3.50
104332 SNAIL Adhesive (tape runner) $6.95
104331 SNAIL Adhesive Refill $4.50
103305 Dotto $12.95
100902 Dotto Refill $6.50
104045 Anywhere Glue Stick $3.95
104294 Sticky Strip $6.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
103683 Mini Glue Dots $4.95
103579 Paper Snips (My favorite!) $9.95
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $29.95
101879 Watercolor Pencils $19.95
105021 White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen $3.95
102945 Blender Pens $9.95
Various Stampin’ Write Markers $3.50
120948 Many Marvelous Markers New Color Kit $35.95
119801 Many Marvelous Markers In Color $14.95
119700 Many Marvelous Markers Subtles $28.95
119701 Many Marvelous Markers Regals $28.95
119702 Many Marvelous Markers Brights $28.95
119703 Many Marvelous Markers Neutrals $28.95
120949 Watercolor Wonder Crayons New Color Kit $39.95
119802 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Subtles $16.95
119803 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Regals $16.95
119804 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights $16.95
119805 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Neutrals $16.95
105394 Basic Black Stampin’ Write Journaler $3.50
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue $3.95
120962 Stampin’ Pastels $24.95
120963 Stampin’ Pastels New Color Kit $14.95
Stay tuned for information on my new monthly promotion.  I think you’re gonna love it!



Saturday, July 31, 2010

Attention Stampers: Extra $25 Hostess Promotion through August 31


2010-08-hostess-promo21Stampin’ Up! just announced that for a limited time, workshop hostess benefits  for a workshop of $350 will be increased by $25 in Stampin’ Up! products!  This means if your workshop order of $350 is placed by August 31st, you will receive the normal hostess benefits of your choice of a Level 1 or Level 2 Hostess gift  and $40 in Stampin’ Up! products + $25 in products

I have dates open for your workshop.  Just call or email me and we will start planning.  You can even start collecting orders right now!




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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Under Construction.......Thanks for your patience!

I am redesigning my blog, so it may be messy for a few days and I appreciate your patience.  I am trying to design a custom header and background and really am not sure of what I'm doing!  Come back and check out my progress!!!


Friday, July 23, 2010

Fabulous Friday!!! Part 3 – 23.4 lbs. of Fun!!!!!!!!!

What a great week this has been!  I have played in my craft room all week trying to use all my new catalog Stampin’ Up! stuff.  I made a few cards, got to visit with new and old stamping friends, rode to Chattanooga with my sweet Lisa (well, not really ride- she was driving and we were talking on the phone) and today talked for 45 minutes with my good friend and stamping buddy Cleo. 

Plus, I started Nutrisystem on Tuesday and have had fun trying out their food.  Usually I am waiting outside for Brown (UPS) to deliver my Stampin’ Up! order, but on Monday I was waiting on my big ole box of food!  140 meals – 5 weeks of food.  So, I went to the grocery early Tuesday to get fruit and veggies to supplement and then dropped by my mom’s garden for fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.  So far, so good.  As of this morning I had already lost a pound!  Yoo-hoo.  Many more to go, but I am pumped about how easy this is.  No planning.  Just read the book and do what it says.

Back to the important stuff- making cards!  Here’s a couple of cards made with a couple of pounds from my first new catty order.  I loved these so much that I made several of each.  Both are a variation of examples in the new Idea Book and Catalog.  The samples in the catty are absolutely awesome and I know I will be CASEing even more of them. 

7-17-10 ElizabethIsn’t this gorgeous?  10 minutes from cutting to finish – Easy Peasy. I used several new items (listed below), but the main image is the brand new A la Carte stamp  Elizabeth.  And everytime I think of the name, I keep hearing “ Oh, E-liz-a-beth” by the Statler Brothers.  For you younger folks and non-country fans, the Statler Brothers ruled the group category of country music for more than 20 years.  That pretty, pretty flower started out white and I colored it with my Pear Pizazz Stampin’ Marker to make it fit my card.  These flowers are a brand new item and you get 40 daisies (10 each of 4 sizes) for only $6.95.  It’s a steal! (item # 110243, page 188)

Here are the deets: (All supplies by Stampin’ Up! and available in the 2010-11 Idea Book and Catalog.)

Stamps:  Because I Care – Hostess Level 1, Elizabeth (A la Carte stamp #117120, $9.95  – page 18)
Paper:  Daffodil Delight Textured, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz (Marker)
Accessories:  Pearls, Punches: Oval and Scallop Oval,Paper Daisies,  Stampin’ Marker, Pear Pizazz ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals, SNAIL

7-17-10 Simple Friendship-Kind Thanks-Crumb Cake Simple Friendship

I was fortunate to earn this gorgeous set of 7, Simple Friendship,  during Sale-A-Bration.  A big thank you “shout out” to my customers for helping me get free stuff!  The sweet sentiment is from the 4 piece Thank You Kindly set that I use almost every day.  It’s one of those “go to” sets that you keep on your craft desk.

Deets: Stamps:  Simple Friendship (#113397-page 108, $25.95; Thank You Kindly (#111700-page 158, $13.95)  Both of these are wood mount only
Paper:  Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft), Naturals White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  1-3/4 Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Kraft Taffeta ribbon (retired), Dimensionals, SNAIL

I’ve been making covered notebooks and Post It note holders all day long.  I can’t stop- intervention is needed!  So stay tuned ‘cause next post I am gonna tell you all about these cute projects as well as the saga of the falling chandelier.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

23.4 lbs. of Fun – Part 2

Hallelujah, Glory Be To Our Great God!  Can’t stop humming that song from our worship service this morning.  I hope that you and your family also enjoyed an awesome Sunday worship. 
Latisha Yoast, aka 1busymomof2, is being honored this week as the Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers.  If you have a chance, drop by and take a gander at her amazing gallery.  If you aren’t already checking out SCS and the amazing creations and tutorials and just about everything under the sun…go right now and take a look.  Lots of great ideas, card and scrapbook sketches…you get the picture.  I would love for you to browse through my gallery on SCS too…..Lost in the 60’s.
Now, to further honor Latisha, I have chosen one of her creations to CASE (Copy and Share Everything), changing an item or two to make it my own.  I chose to CASE this card.
And, as Part 2 of 23.4 lbs. of Fun…I am using a bunch of brand new stuff from Stampin’ Up! including my very favorite new stamp set Just Believe.  I predict this awesome set of 9 be around for a very long time.  I’ve included a picture of the set.  Also used, for the first time, Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Paper. It’s the pinkish layer behind the image.  I sponged it with Blushing Bride ink and like magic, err, Presto!, the pattern appeared and it is GORGEOUS.  Can’t wait to demonstrate this at my next workshop.  More new stuff Pear Pizazz stamp pad and ribbon and the Blushing Bride ribbon, plus the Pearl accents.  All in all, it was a pretty easy card to make…but IRL (In Real Life) it is stunning.  Take a look:
View Just Believe - Presto - 7-18-10

Give me a shout if you want to learn how to make this pretty all occasion card.  Hope your weekend is continuing to be peaceful and restful.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

23.4 lbs. of Fun – Part 1

Brown arrived at my house last week with 23.4 lbs. of brand spankin’ new playthings from the 2010-11 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  For those of you who do not know about Brown, that is our nickname for the UPS truck.  I tore open the box and sorted through my order….16 new stamp sets, stamp pads, a zillion packs of new color paper, pearls, jewels, brads, markers, paper flowers, designer series paper, etc. etc.  It was like Christmas in July. 

7-17-10 A Little Bit CountrySo, my goal is to put ink to all the stamp sets so you can see what you can create with these gorgeous images.  Today I decided to play in Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge – IC241 based on this website.  I chose this interesting tea towel as my inspiration and used the new masculine stamp set, Countryside.

I sponges the edges of the outer layers and designer paper with Always Artichoke and Early Espresso and watercolored the apples and grass on the main image.  The twine is from my father’s garden stash- he uses it to tie up the tomatoes (which are just getting ripe and are de-licious!).

I will be working on Part 2 tomorrow, so stay tuned.  The new sets include:  Elizabeth, Simple Friendship, Tag Alongs, Come to Bethlehem and my favorite, Just Believe.

Stay cool and enjoy the weekend.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Because I Care…..about Cleo- it’s Elemental!

My dear friend and stamping buddy Cleo celebrated her birthday last week and I regret I wasn’t able to join in the festivities.  She and her precious daughter Leisa Jane live about 2-1/2 hours away and I don’t get to see them nearly often enough.  But, I did take the time to make a special birthday card for her.  I think I’ve mentioned before that making a card for a fellow stamper puts a lot of pressure on the creative process.  It’s just got to be perfect!  Well, this card isn’t perfect, but I was very pleased with the way it turned out.

I used the terrific new Level 1 Hostess set, Because I Care.  It is truly one of the prettiest hostess sets that Stampin’ Up! has ever offered.  I love hydrangeas (who doesn’t) and have already made a box full of cards with the image.  Lots of new stuff on this card- at least new to me.  The punches, butterfly embosslits, paper and ink.  Tell me how you like it… are a few techniques I used:

  • Watercolored the main image and a bunch of little flowers
  • Added flower centers using a white gel pen
  • Clear embossed the whole lot
  • Cut out the main image and all the little flowers and the leaves
  • Sponged the edges of the two embossed butterflies

I used the same techniques on the Elements of Style card (first ink on it), plus used the little flowers from the Because I Card set.  I’m pretty proud of myself and, since I usually make two of every card so I have one to keep, I can admire my creations all day long!  (insert a chuckle here)

Cherry BecauseBecause - side 

Stylish BirthdayStylish - Inside 

Here’s another tip that I learned from Cleo and Leisa Jane…..your card is not finished unless the inside and the envelope is decorated.  I’ve included photos of the inside and I also decorated the envies just as nicely.  I hope the recipients smile when they see a card from me in their mailbox and know I was thinking of them when I made it.  That smile is my reward!

I would love to show you how to make these cards.  Just give me a shout and we will get together.  In the meantime, you can get all the supplies in my online store.  Just click here.

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Supplies: Stamps:  Because I Care – Hostess Level 1, Elements of Style (current Idea Book and Catalog)
Paper:  Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Concord Crush, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Accessories:  SU! Pearls, Punches: Oval and Scallop Oval, Dies for Big Shot: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Big Circle, Scallop Circle, Signo White Gel Pen, Sponges, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Versamark, AquaPainter,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Terrific Weekend! New Baby and the Name Game….

Oh, what a terrific weekend!

All my children were here visiting and we were also blessed with a new addition to our family.  Sons Scott and Bo and sweet DIL Jennifer arrived at various times during the week and we had such fun.  We celebrated (a little late) Jennifer’s birthday- she turned 29 on July 4th, and niece Marcie and hubby Michael’s first child, Easton James Williams, arrived at 5:12 a.m. on July 10.   I cannot believe I was holding this sweet angel just 30 minutes later.  Things have really changed since my fellas were born.  All went well- God is good.  I’ve added a few photos – isn’t he adorable?

It was so nice having my boys and Jennifer around for a few days.  We ate great and large and visited family and laughed and just had a great time.  It was totally a baby weekend because Bo and Jennifer are having our first grandchild in early December!  And it’s a girl!!! Jennifer is doing great and we are all so excited about this miracle baby.   At Jenn’s birthday get together we all got to “vote” on the name.  Bo posted the “top ten” on a chalkboard and everyone voted for their top three.  Scott assigned a value to each place and tallied the official results.  And the winner?  ISABELLA….with AnnaKate and AnnaBelle coming in 2nd and 3rd.  I guess we all knew that Bo and Jenn’s top name has been Isabella from the get-go and they hadn’t even heard of Twilight when they picked it!   So, as of today and, maybe subject to change, we will be welcoming Isabella Song Stader later this year.  Sweet!!!

Sure hope your weekend was wonderful too.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Idea Book and Catalog is Here! Check out this hostess set…..

The brand spankin’, hot off the press, new and gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog is here and you can order from it right now!  My Wish List is pages long and I am waiting very impatiently for my first order and recent workshop order to ship.  Take a look- you’re gonna love it just like I do. 

Just look at this Level 1 Hostess gift- just one of several you can choose from with a $150 workshop or individual order (plus you get $15 in free merchandise).  It is Because I Care and is a set of 5 available in wood or clear mount.

Because I Care

Tomorrow is July 4th and I want to take a moment to say thanks to all the brave men and women who are leading the charge for our freedom.  I am humbled by your loyalty and service.

To all of my friends- thank you for taking the time to visit me and I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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Supplies: Stamps:  Because I Care – Hostess Level 1
Paper:  Pear Pizazz, Early Expresso, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Early Expresso
Accessories:  Pearls, Antique Brass HPH, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Oval punch, non-SU ribbon (waiting on my order of Early Expresso), Dimensionals, SNAIL

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Fabulous Friday! Free For All Challenge # 17

It’s Fabulous Friday at the Stader house and we are giving thanks for a wonderful week and looking forward to a great weekend and especially Father’s Day.  I hope you and your family are getting ready to celebrate this special day honoring Father’s who are still with us and those who are with Jesus. 

The F4A (Free for All) Challenge today is to create a tribute to our best animal friend.  Well, as you all know, her name is Shelby and she is just about the prettiest dog you will ever see. Shelby Spring 2010 She’s 14 and even though she doesn’t act like a puppy anymore, she still LOOKS young.  And, when she goes to the doggie salon for a trim, she looks 10 lbs. lighter.  Maybe I should start going to her salon – lol!

This card is one of my favorites.  I love this little boy loving on his best friend.  I am so glad that I am blessed with many friends, aren’t you?

Best Friend - no SCS 

Designer paper, cardstock, brads, twine, ink and markers all by Stampin’ Up!. 

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday!!!

A wonderful Wednesday at my house today.  My BFF and stamping friend Lisa and her mom JoAnne drove two hours to spend the day with me.  We had such fun stampin’ , creatin’, laughin’ and eatin’!  Lisa showed me how to make those gorgeous paper flowers made with Stampin’ Up! punches.  I can’t wait to make a whole bunch more.  One of God’s great gifts is that of good friends and I am so thankful that he blessed me with my sweet Lisa.  Here are a few pix from today.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Do What You Love!!! Join Stampin’ Up! for only $99 in June!!!!

I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost a year now and have enjoyed every minute of it.  I love to be “on the inside” and be among the first to know about new products, promotions and other cool stuff.  There are so many perks on the demo side, but the most important benefit is sharing and creating with people you love and love to be around.  It’s just grand.

During the month of June you can join the Stampin’ Up! family for only $99 and just look at what you get for your $$!!  Any item, other than business items, can be changed for a similar product of equal or less than value.   So if you already have the Watercolor Trio stamp set, you can substitute for $22.95 or less.

Item Description Price
117050 Watercolor Trio stamp set (wood-mount-Summer Mini) $22.95
118571 I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (clear mount) $18.95
118486 Clear Mount Block C $6.95
116978 Homemade single stamp* $8.95
100730 Whisper White card stock (8-1/2 X 11) $8.50
119706 Brights Collection assorted card stock
(8-1/2 X 11)
115656 Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
119667 Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
115658 Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
100814 Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad $6.95
119261 Basic Black 1/8” taffeta ribbon* $6.95
121620 Color Coach* $14.95
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95
    Retail value of products in kit $124.90

*Sneak peek items! from 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog

The Mini Starter Kit also includes the following business items:

  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
  • Recruit Folders (5)
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Hostess Brochure (20)
  • Hostess Benefits Form (10)
  • Customer Order Form (50)

I would love to talk to you about it…give me a buzz or email.  You can read more about this special limited promotion here.

It’s a great day in Jackson, Tennessee and I hope you are having a wonderful week.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What a Great Tuesday! CAS70

’ve had such a good day today.  It is my sweet Mother’s 85th Birthday and her Facebook page is full of wonderful, heartfelt wishes from friends all over the world.  She is so special and I love her so much.
I’ve spent the day going through the new Stampin’ Up! catalog for the umpteenth time.  I just can’t wait to share it with you.  My supply will be shipped on June 18th – so get ready for some fantabulous new stamp sets, beautiful new colors and lots of exciting surprises.  I will publish links as soon as we are allowed.
In the meantime, I made this card using Greenhouse Garden for the very first time.  This two-step set is in the current catalog but I didn’t get it until recently.  Wow, I just didn’t know what I was missing.  It is terrific as you can tell by this CAS (Clean and Simple) card.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig makes lining up the images sooooooo easy.  If you don’t have one, order right away.  It helps so much to line up your sentiments or any floating image- wood mounted stamps or clear mount.
I used two of the new core colors- Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight and love, love them.  Especially the Marina Mist.  Today’s favorite.  I love the new core and new in colors so much that I will be changing my favorites daily!
I sure hope you are having a great day and wish you great blessings,

Supplies: All supplies are current Stampin’ Up! products
Stamps:  Greenhouse Garden, Elements of Style, Well Scripted
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Basic Black, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Basic Black gingham ribbon, SU! dimensionals, Clear blocks, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Corner rounder punch


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