Mummmm … cupcakes!

My sister is staying with us for the summer as she’s interning for a caterer in Wisconsin. Some days she comes home with “homework” to experiment and create something new.

She made these cupcakes since the caterer was in need of some baked goods. Isn’t the design fancy?

She raided my craft room and discovered that the xtra-large kraft boxes were the perfect size to place 4 cupcakes in to present to her bosses.

Lucky for her, these are on sale in the retiring list! Score!

June 2nd is quickly approaching and all retired items will be unavailable for purchase. Hurry, these boxes make not only great cake presentation, but will just about put a little spin on any gift.

Now, if you’ll excuse me … mummmmm!

Bouquet kit and other things for sale! Last call!

Last chance!

This is the last full week to get your hands on the products retiring from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, as well as the 2015 Occasions Catalog! It’s also your last chance to stock up on your favorite colors from the 2013-2015 In Color Collection!! So if you love these colors, stock up on cardstock and ink refills while you can! 

You have until June 2nd or while supplies last!!

While you are paroozing the retired list, don’t forget to look at the current weekly deals. Pssssttt … there’s a certain bouquet kit that I just looooove … and you won’t want to miss.

Memorial Day and memories.

Memorial Day means different activities for people. It boasts the beginning of summer with higher temperatures, parades, motorcycle convoys and barbequing. The real reason we as Americans are able celebrate this holiday is due to the men, women and their families who have served our country in the armed forces, and have paid the ultimate price.
I cannot fathom life without my family, so those who have lost a loved one for our freedom is not taken lightly as we hold those families in remembrance.
Family is important! Each year, we travel to Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee, to take up residence for the weekend in the park’s cabins. Next year will mark the 30th Garland Family reunion and so as you can tell, we’ve been sharing this experience with siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins for quite some time. It’s an amazing view the Smoky Mountains provide, but the time we spend as a family is the best!
Away from cellphone signal and Internet connection, we literally “unplug” from our busy schedules to do fun outdoor activities, cookout and yes … smores!
Why Tennessee? To make a long story short, my maternal grandmother was born on the Roan along with 5 other siblings. Two boys and four girls, in pairs were split up once her mother passed. The [oldest children] boys stayed on the Roan with my great grandfather, the two middle children were sent to an orphanage, and the two youngest girls (this included my grandmother) were sent to live with an aunt in Ohio.
As the years wore on and the children grew up, they were only truly familiar with the sibling they were paired with after leaving Roan Mountain. My mother, 29 years ago did some searching for her aunts and uncles, and piece-by-piece, clues were uncovered to where they were finally able to reunite, thus beginning a family reunion each year.

Documenting these precious moments in time is the real reason I continue to scrapbook. I enjoy reviewing the special moments shared with loved ones.

It’s amazing to think that so long ago, my grandmother enjoyed a few of her childhood years on the mountain we revisit each year. There’s a sign hanging on the wall in our cabin that reads, “Living in the mountains just means you’re a little closer to heaven.” What an awesome tradition to be able to revisit with my grandmother’s memories of home and feel her presence on that mountain.
Happy Memorial Day!


While I am away from my stamps, please enjoy this My Digital Studio (MDS) creation composed by guest stamper (and my Super Awesome Upline!), Shirley Merker.  When she started the design process, she was not quite sure what the final product would be.  After reviewing her downloads, she decided to create something heartfelt for the Memorial Day holiday.  Peace.

April showers bring May … pumpkins!?

My May 2015 Paper Pumpkin has arrived! Boy, is it a fun kit!

This kit couldn’t have come at a better time with all of the graduations, weddings and birthday celebrations just around the corner.

This paper pumpkin comes with all of the supplies you need to assemble 6 cards and 4 gift bags. Check out the video now! (If you are viewing from your smartphone select the option to view in full website mode.)

Look interesting to you? Well, you’re in luck because Stampin’ Up! is running a special for new paper pumpkin subscribers. Receive your first 2 months at 50% off! Click HERE for more details.

Housekeeping!! Knock, knock, knock …

Housekeeping!! Are you traveling for the holiday weekend? Normally, our trips require hotels and so we catch a few late morning ZZZs … thus prompting the … “knock, knock … housekeeping!?” However, we are heading to the mountains for a traditional family vacation/reunion (I will explain this in a later post).

I wanted to leave you for the weekend with a few housekeeping details. Hopefully, if you are my customer, you have already received your new Stampin’ Up! catalog for those on my mailing list! YAY! Wherever you are headed, take it with you … I know I am, for some extra “gawking, drooling” … oh ahem, I mean reading. 😉

First and foremost, ordering from the new catalog begins June 2nd! If you still have your heart set on something from the retiring list, don’t wait, it might not be there later.

Paper Pumpkin 50% off for 2 months deal is only available if you sign up before June 10th (new customers). Note: This will be a different account in addition to your Stampin’ Up! customer account.

My Digital Studio (MDS) is coming to completion so if you have any of those last minute print orders, quick, send them! I know I have been ordering the remaining discounted MDS downloads this past week. If you currently have downloads and/or wish to order some at a discount, you can select the zip-drive option and use them in other software programs. I, personally, have used mine in PhotoShop and they work just fine.

I’ve been working on a project for my husband’s aunt who has her own wedding cake business. She needed a banner made for bridal shows and other marketing events.

The banner pennants, burlap roses and white hardware are all MDS downloads.
I am excited to use these additional downloads in upcoming projects!

Welp, have a great holiday weekend! Please, also keep in mind the real reason we are celebrating this holiday … for the men and women who serve our country.

A special gift.

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? And why not? 😉

I wanted to share a special gift I received in the mail just a few days ago from Stampin’ Up! It was an extra pumpkin kit!! Showing appreciation for their customers and demonstrators, the home office sent out this fun kit.

Adorable isn’t it? I love it so much I may just gift it to a dear friend. Afterall, I enjoyed constructing the kit and the end result is too good not to share!

Paper Pumpkin is not just cards and packaging, it’s also a way to showcase unique crafts such as this cute frame.

Not to mention, if you are already a subscriber, you get to reap the benefits of ordering past refill kits that were your favorite.

Now is the time to subscribe to get your pumpkin! For new subscribers, kits are 50% off for the first two months. Click HERE for more information!

50% off of pumpkins!

Stampin’ Up! is running this promotion again this summer! I am sooo glad, it was a super savings hit last year! 🙂

Right now, new Paper Pumpkin subscribers can skip to the fun for less!

Get 50% off your first two months of Paper Pumpkin when you sign up by June 10th. That’s less than $10 per kit for all of the great supplies you will receive!

Go to the Paper Pumpkin link HERE and use promo code: SAVE50

After your first two months, keep the creativity coming for just $19.95 USD/$24.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included). Each month a fully designed project kit will arrive at your door with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go!

It’s commitment-free! You can suspend your membership at any time. So, go on, sign up for Paper Pumpkin. You’ll love it—we guarantee it!

(For new subscribers only, not valid on prepaid subscriptions. Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. Offer ends June 10, 2015 at 11:50 pm (MT).)

Still not sure? Check out the most recent Paper Pumpkin kits below:

April’s kit

March’s kit

January’s kit
This was one of my favorites!

Con – GRAD – ulations!

You may have read my previous post about graduation season. Well, it’s still going strong and so I received another graduation announcement … and I made this card! 🙂

Little girl – meets – classy woman … I had no clue what I was going to do, but I love it!

I am trying to use up much of my retired product to make room for new supplies so most of this card is not currently available. The colors and glimmer paper is still current and available. I’m not a huge fan of glitter, but I can handle the glimmer paper as it stays contained.

Still need a card for your grad? Are you on a tight budget or just saving up for something special? Take a look at the retired list for some awesome supplies!