Remembering those who Served

As a small child trips to the cemetery where a frequent event.  We lived less than a half a mile as the crow flies and family members as far back as my paternal Great-Great Grandfather was buried there in 1881. 

I went most often with my Grandmother (my father's mother).  Looking back I realized that when I was small her grief at the lost of my Grandfather was still fresh.  She was only 53 years old when he passed.  We would dig up the ground around his grave and plant Marigolds as they can serve the heat and sunshine.  Then we would make the trek across the meadow and water them a couple times a week.

Kitana & Hayley

Last night I took our too oldest granddaughters to the Cemetery to deliver the final pot of flowers.  I still live just across the way from the cemetery., however the meadow is now filled with homes and so the road to the Cemetery is a bit longer. 

My House
I often tease I haven't gotten far from home, we built a home next to were I grew up about 15 years ago.  Our Son and his family, live just next door in the house I grew up in.  It is also the house my father was born and raised in.  Five generations have lived in this house. 

Carol and Gene Mullen
I was fortunate to have two amazing parents, there were partners in life and were great examples of how to live and give back.  My father has been gone 10 1/2 years now and my Mom 5 1/2. 

My father served in the Korean War leaving just shortly after my mom and him were married.  I often thought when I was first married how it would have been to have Tom gone for over a year, not knowing if he would return alive. 

I not only honor the men who served and those serving today but their wives and family the sacrifice is great.

Kim Jolley

Today's was shared by Kim Jolley on a Facebook group I am on.  I absolutely love this card and while she made it to celebrate the 4th of July, the flag motif is perfect for today. 

The stripes were made using the new Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Thinlits 141497 is from the New 2016-2017 Stampin' Up1 Catalog and will be available this Wednesday June 1.

The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits have a great coordinating Stamp Set called Swirly Birds 141749 and don’t forget if you bundle the two you save 10% Swirly Birds Bundle 142353

Real Red, Whisper White and Night of Navy colors the flag.

If you made it this far thanks for letting me share some memories from the past.  Who are you remembering this Memorial day?  CLICK HERE to share

New Affectionately Yours Designer Paper and Bear Hugs

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy here and I am so stinkin' excited I can hardly wait to put in my huge order Wednesday when the new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog goes live.

One of the first things on my list is the Designer Series Papers.  Having the patterned paper makes creating so much fun. 

Click here to see how you can get it all for only $28.60.

Bear Hugs Stamp Set & Framelits, Affectionately Yours Designer Paper, Floral Affection Embossing Folder #stampinup 2
Today's card features a couple of new products...

  • The Affectionately Yours Designer Paper 141632
  • The Floral Affections Embossing Folder 141713

They are both part of the Affectionately Yours Suite in the new catalog and you will want to add them to your paper crafting supplies. 

You are going to LOVE this suite of products!

Bear Hugs Stamp Set & Framelits, Affectionately Yours Designer Paper, Floral Affection Embossing Folder #stampinup


  1. The Watermelon Wonder Cardstock (138334) Card Base is 4 1/4" x 11
  2. I embossed the lower edge with half of the Floral Affection Embossing Folder (141713)
  3. I stamped Happy Birthday (from the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set 140675) in Early Espresso Classic Ink (126974) on the 2 3/4" X 4" Whisper White Cardstock (100730) and Matted it with a piece of 3" x 4 1/4" Early Espresso(119686) and adhered it to the front of the card just above the embossing.
  4. I stamped the bear in Early Espresso Classic Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock (120953) and cut it out with the Coordinating Bear Hugs Framelits (140275) and attached him with Dimensionals just above the Happy Birthday.
  5. I stamped the little skirt and bow on the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper (141632) and cut them out with the coordinating framelits and finished the card off by applying them with glue dots.

Don't forget that the Bear Hugs Bundle where you can save 15% on the Stamp Set and Framelits ends Tuesday! 

  • Bear Hugs Bundle Wood-Mount 140822 $48.25
  • Bear Hugs Bundle Clear-Mount 140823 $41.50

And don't forget you can have a 6 x 6 piece of the new Designer Papers by being a part of my Stampin' Up! Paper Sampler Share CLICK HERE for details. Spots Limited to respond early!

Live in Canada Click Here to view what Alison Paper Share.

Want Stamps?

You Can Have it All, See How
(96 new Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers)

Paper Sampler

The new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog will be out in less than 5 Days!

  • Do you love patterned paper as much as me?
  • Would you enjoy having every pattern at your finger tips?
  • Would love to have it all?

To have all the new Designer Papers would cost over $200...

But you can have 96 pieces of 6 x 6 for only $26.80 plus $6.80 Priority Shipping (includes insurance and tracking).

Here is how it works. 

  • When 8 of you sign up for a paper sampler, I order one of every New Designer Paper (Click Here to view List and Coordinating Colors)
  • It is Shipped to me.
  • Then I cut it all up 8 ways
  • Sort it out
  • And this year I am placing them in a great little clear storage box.
  • I will mail them out Priority Mail
  • You will have a 6 x 6 piece of each of the New papers for creating amazing projects.    

How to Order:

  • I will send a confirmation email and a PayPal invoice.
    I usually answer within 24 hours, so if you don’t get a reply, email again just in case it got lost in cyberspace! 
  • Spots are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.  When one Sampler fills up with 8 participants, I will start another.  The samplers that are filled I will place the order ASAP on June 1st when we are able to place our first orders from the new catalog.  It will take about 7-10 days to arrive and a couple of days for me to package it up and get in the mail.  I hope to have them out by the 15th of June*.

*Shipping Times will vary depending on when Paper Sampler Spots are filled.  

If for some reason a paper pack is back-ordered (BO), I will email you immediately to let you know of the delay.  You can choose to have me wait to ship it all together once the BO paper arrives or pay additional postage to ship the BO paper separately when it arrives.  Keeping my fingers crossed that no paper will be on back-order!

It is so much fun to have a little of it all for creating a variety of cards!  Hope you join in the Fun!

This offer only good through Patsy Waggoner and I can only ship in the US.

My Canadian Readers can take advantage of my Border Buddy Alison Solven's Paper Sampler Offer Click Here Contact Her for Details.

Top Picks Retiring Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

Get retiring products before they are gone!  Everything including stamp sets is only whiles supplies last until May 31, 2016 and that is just around the corner!  

You can click here to view all 2016 retiring Stampin' Up! products some are discounted up to 50% off

Here are my Top 5 Picks of previous blog posts featuring retiring stamp sets. 

1. Perfect Pennants Stamp Set
CLICK HERE to read more about this card...

Perfet Pennant Stamp Set #stampinup

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Retiring Party Wishes Stamp Set #stampinup

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Fun Flower Punch Birthday Card Sample

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I hope you enjoyed a little walk on memory lane.  Be sure and get those orders in for any retiring products ASAP.

I am always sad when someone contacts me after things have retired, wishing they had purchased something on their wish list and I am no longer able to get it for them.  So don't be sad next month when you aren't able to get that set you have been thinking about!