Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



Fabulous Mary

When I saw this card designed for Mary Fish, I was excited to share it, but I knew I had to wait until after Mary received it. Well, Mary achieved her million-milestone last week, and I forgot to share her card. I think you’ll agree that the card Sara and I sent her is fabulous, and so is Mary!

I did a "Workshop of a Lifetime" in Mary's home years ago, and the thing I remember most was how every guest in her home felt welcome and had so many good things to say about their friend Mary.

She was determined from the beginning to make her business a success, and she has definitely accomplished her goal! Congratulations Mary!


Warmer Weekend

When we realized the weather was expected to be cold and wet in northern Utah, we decided to trailer our horses to Kanab (for the employee barbecue) and stay for a couple of days to ride and make the most of our trip.

After finishing a couple of work projects on Friday, we rode up Hog Canyon to the Beehives overlooking Kanab. It was a breathtakingly beautiful ride after a couple days of rain! It was also late enough in the day that we couldn’t get good photos of Kanab…maybe next time.

Yesterday we attended the funeral service of Neil Crosby, an extended family member and native of Kanab. Our hearts were touched as we learned more about and celebrated the life of this wonderful man—an example of gentle humility and obedience with exactness. While we know his family will miss him, we’re happy to know he’s with his sweetheart who passed away many years ago.

We traveled last night so we could be home for the annual children’s program in church today. Cooper had a speaking part and played the violin with a group of other children for the prelude music, Phoebe sang a special musical number with her class, and Ashton was happy to be part of the larger group of smiling children who warmed our hearts as they testified through word and song. I love these programs!

We ended the weekend with a Sunday afternoon drive in the warm sunshine and the windows down. (It snowed while we were away, so we were grateful it warmed up today.) I’m not ready for fall weather yet and will enjoy every warm day we get!


Great People

Although the weather looked a little sketchy at first, it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for the Riverton summer party last week—nice enough to do some batting and play golf and Bingo in the sunshine.

And even though yesterday’s barbecue in Kanab was rained out, it didn’t dampen spirits in the least. The food was good and Bingo was still popular indoors, along with Jenga, ping pong and card games.

Both events were a chance for employees to have fun together and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed environment. It’s always a great time when you’re with the great people who work at Stampin’ Up!


Real and Fun

Sara asked if I’d like to join her for her Facebook Live event last night, making cards from the Oh, Happy Day kit. Well, who says no to spending time and stamping with their daughter? Not me!

Things didn’t go exactly as planned (when do they?), but we got to stamp together and chat with everyone who joined us on FB. After the event, we questioned some of the things we talked about, but we had warned it would be real, and it was! And it was really fun!



Moroccan Nights and Oh, Happy Day

I’ve always thought the Moroccan Nights set (and suite of products) is so cool, so I asked one of our artists to make some unique projects for me to share with you.

The first Moroccan Nights project was Shalae’s birthday packaging. The center part is just the DSP rolled into a tube and secured after cutting fringe on both edges—a perfect place to put rolled up birthday bills so they don’t fall out or get lost.

The other projects—all four fabulous cards—are great ideas for World Card Making Day! As always, photos just don't do these cards justice. I wish you could touch them and see them up close. They're beautiful cards with lots of texture!

If you like options (like me) and you’re looking for a simpler way to prepare for World Card Making Day, order the Oh, Happy Day card kit (if you haven’t already) and join Sara and me during her Facebook event on September 20 for tips on making some fun cards for any time—night or day. (Get it? Moroccan Nights or Oh, Happy Day! I thought it was a cute…thanks for humoring me just a little!)