September 1, 2016 A new beginning!

I know I have been absent for quite a while.  Like everyone else in this world, I have been crazy busy with lots of different things!

I feel like I am living in the “Money Pit”.  If you have not seen this movie, (it’s very old with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long), watch it and see what I’m talking about!  Here is my new kitchen so far:IMG_1992

No cabinets yet, but they are on order.  Where that 1/2 wall is was a closet.  Now you will be able to look from the kitchen into the great room.

Here is our new bedroom, please note now I am sleeping with all my stamping supplies as the bed is in my “stock” room with all my extra supplies!IMG_1963

Travis, Tami, Carter, Parker and Elliana moved all our furniture and “stuff” out into the garage and created a “Man Cave” for Peter so that he would have somewhere to go and not be surrounded by stamping stuff!IMG_1962He has our big screen TV so he can continue to do his Parkinson’s cd, his computer, his stationary bike and even a blow up bed when he wants to rest!

One last picture to show you then I will get to the cards!  This past weekend, my family got together and surprised Miss Tami with a patio make over for her birthday!  I must say, I’m so proud of how this project came together.  We had talked about it a little and my daughter in law, Christine just ran with it!  They created a beautiful 16 x 16 oasis for Tami in one day!


I promised you some cards!  Here is one inspired by a card made by one of my downline, D’Anne.  She had her tree filled with apples, but, I went with the birds.  The beautiful background is done with our watercolor paper and of course, my favorite tool, the aqua painter!


I LOVE this little card!  I used the Ronald McDonald set, My Hero, as seen on page 209 of the Annual catalog.

More cards tomorrow!  The two cards above were done at my Kismet class last month.

Happy Stamping!


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Last Kismet card for this month:


I have been promising to use this set for a while and just didn’t get around to it.  The name of the set is called Over the Rainbow and comes with some really wonderful verses.  Check it out on page 54 of the Annual catalog.  So happy I finally brought it out, such a great verse!  With everything going on in the world around us, we need to remember all the little blessings around us such as rainbows!

So, this is the last of the Kismet cards for this month, what do you think?  I wanted to end on a happy bright thought.

Hope you enjoyed my Kismet selection!

Happy Stamping!

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Yes, you guessed it, another August Kismet card!


Just had to use our newest stamp set!  Thoughtful Branches is an exclusive, limited-time stamp set with matching Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies!

You can get the exclusive, limited-time Thoughtful Branches bundle between August 2nd and the 31st while supply lasts.  Only one month to purchase this beautiful bundle, so don’t delay!!

The designer paper is from the floral boutique selection.  I paired up night of navy with garden green with a little pop of color with the butterflies, rose red.

Don’t forget to get your Thoughtful Branches Bundle before they are sold out!

Happy Stamping!


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Kismet cards – Day 2

Today’s card uses a Hostess stamp set called Pun Intended, on page 200 of the Annual catalog.

I paired up the cute little camera and a piece of Festive Birthday DSP.  There are so many colors that go with that DSP!  I used just the stripe/floral 12 x 12 and created 12 very different cards with one sheet!  This is one of my favorite ones:


This is a fun card!  I think it looks like a party without even trying!  This paper selection reminds me so much of our trips out west.

Enjoy! Happy Stamping!

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August Kismet class preview!

As many of you know, my Kismet class is my favorite class because it’s my 5 favorite cards of the month.  This month the cards could not be more different!  I am looking forward to sharing them with  my stampers!

Card #1 is a three step process which uses the Penned and Painted stamp set.  A color combination of old olive, garden green, sweet sugarplum, rich razzleberry, perfect plum, elegant eggplant and last of all memento!  Quite a heavy basket with all those colors!  Opps!  I almost forgot, I also used the rich razzleberry ombre pad for the verse on the front.


I think this is one of the most forgiving 3 step stamping sets ever!  It’s so easy to get a fabulous result!

One more card for today.  This one is from the Love Live Grow stamp set.


There is a little masking within the  plants, but other than that, again, super simple.

It’s been a little crazy around here.  We are getting ready to do a little remodeling in the kitchen and with our flooring.  So, it’s almost like we are moving!  Everything must be moved into the garage, or downstairs in my little workshop!

I now have a  little kitchen down here.  We are lucky that while things are coming apart upstairs, I can still do a little cooking, (very little, I’m taking frozen pizza’s and soup!).IMG_1948

Well, closing for now.  More Kismet cards to follow the next 3 days!

Happy Stamping!

P.S.  Don’t forget to use your $5 Bonus coupons this month!!


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Live Love Grow – Day 5

IMG_1938I know that this just looks like it’s featuring the  Seaside Shore stamp set.  However, the delecate leaves that I used on the second card I shared yesterday worked well as seaweed!  To me they look like they are flowing around.


I guess you maybe happy to read that this is the last sample with the Live Love Grow stamp set!  But, I’m hoping you see all the possibilities that this set offers!

I wanted to line up my little catus, succulants with one missing where a friend would be.  (Get it, or am I just being strange?)  The designer paper is from the Pop of Pink collection.  (Remember, I used a few other pieces from that collection for the card with the flower pot?)

Let me know what you think of the Live Love Grow stamp set.  If you need to add it to  your collection, just hit that red button on the right, or give me a call or email.

Happy Stamping!

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Live Love Grow – Day 4

Here is the Christmas card I talked with you about on day one:


I was going for an elegant look, how did I do?  I used a piece of our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  The coolest thing – you can choose which ever color you want to use, silver or gold depending on which side it up!  Of course in this case I used the silver side to go along with the basic gray layer and the silver foil “peace” element.  I used my markers to color in the succulant and added “flowers” by coloring a few leaves in with my real red marker.


I did a little masking and sponging to create a soft background for these long delecate leaves.  In this case I did not use the outline stamp for the leaves.  I maybe should have used vanilla for the base since I ended up using washi tape with a vanilla background, but, I never where I’m going to end up when I start designing!  I added some white pearls to try and blend the vanilla and white elements.

Happy Stamping!

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Live Love Grow – Day 3


This card reminds me of my visit to San Antonio for one of our Leadership Conferences.  One day we walked quite a ways to eat at an authentic Mexican restuarant.  We passed a lovely little neighbor park that was set up with strings of colored lights, colorful tables and even a childs play area.  It was where the neighbors would get together for group dinners.  It was just a beautiful setting, I wish we could have seen it where there were parties going on!  I could imagine everyone having a good time, children running about and music blaring and people dancing all while sharing each others favorite foods!

The little flower on my cactus is from the tree builder punch.  Just the right size to add a little punch of color.


This is the card I made for our group swap.  I am head over heals with the 5/8″ burlap ribbon!!  I would use it on every card if I could!  Also, don’t you just adore the new doilies?  The are so lacy!  I do like that they are not bright white, nor are they vanilla, so you can use with with either of them or spritz them with color.

Enough chatting!  Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

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Live Love Grow – Day 2


This was my second card.  Sometimes when I’m designing I challenge myself to use what I can find on my desk.   (My desk is generally over flowing with “stuff”, so I’m not without options!)

I turned the globe from the terrarium up side down and stamped onto a piece of designer paper to create a pot for my plants.  I decided to add a cherry cobbler pop to top off the pot.  I used soft sky for the background and another piece of designer paper for the “table cloth”.  The designer paper is from the Pop of Pink Specialty paper selection.

Hope you enjoyed my card for a dear friend!

Happy Stamping!

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Live Love Grow – featured stamp set

For our business meeting with my wonderful upline, Sarah S., we sometimes get a nice little gift and the challenge to make an inspiration board with the stamp set she gifts us.

This month was crazy busy, but, I was given the challenge with a stamp set I didn’t think I needed, Live Love Grow.

It didn’t take me very long to change my mind about this stamp set!!  I had a ball making everything from a fiesta birthday card to a Christmas card with this versitle stamp set!


This is my first card.  I was also given some of our new embellishments, so, I felt compelled to use them as faux flowers on this card.  The designer paper is from the Moroccan designer paper collection.  That was the starting point and I pulled the colors from that dsp.  For some added texture and interest I used some washi tape from the Affectionately Yours collection.

The next card I want to share with you is the third card for my Hostess Clubs this month:


I went a totally different route with this one compared to my “soft” cards from my last post.  I love the collage look of this card.  I had some requests for a card with a butterfly and thought of this stamp set, In This World.

It comes in both wood or clear mount and is a somewhat electic set which lends it’s self to the shabby chic, collage look.  It’s a creative set that you should consider for your workroom!

Thanks for checking in. Tomorrow I will share more cards from the Live Love Grow stamp set.

Happy Stamping!

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Flourishing Phrases In This World with Fresh Fruit

Looks like a crazy sentence, right?  It includes the stamp sets that I am using this month in my Hostess club classes.  I ended up with two “soft” colored cards and one collage card.

I made up a simple card with Flourishing Phrases with some of our new in colors, flirty flamingo, peek a boo peach, and cucumber crush.


This is one of those cards that you could sit down and make in nothing flat!  I added a little washi tape and used my markers to color in the flowers, leaves and flourishes.

Here’s my second “soft” card.  I am totally in love with the stamp set Fresh Fruit!  Besides the set being adorable and easy to use, the designer paper is scrumptious!


The background is the coordinating designer paper.  I stamped the peaches in tangerine tango and used garden green for the leaves and stems.  I added some 3d flirty flamingo flowers to give it some additional dimension accented with epoxy embellishments.

What do you think?  Is the adjective “soft” correct for these two cards?

Happy Stamping!

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Joyful Nativity – Christmas in July!

Here are a few more cards that we made today in my product class featuring the stamp set Joyful Nativity:


For this card and the next one,  I did use the Christmas paper from our annual catalog, This Christmas Secialty Designer Paper.  I love any paper with musical notes on it and thought it paired up well with my musical angel!  Totally LOVING the new lacy doilies and the new lacey ribbon.  I put some red foil paper behind the angel and the ribbon to help show them off.


This card is somewhat subdued.   But, if you are making oodles of them you will appreciate this card design.  Not too much fuss and yet beautiful.  You can’t see it in the picture very well, but I did put one of our metalic stars over the star.  Tone on tone with a little black and white accents.  More earthy looking so I added a linen thread wrap and bow.

Happy Stamping!

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Stamping and life in the Lentz household updates!

I know that you’d rather I go directly to the stamping updates, but, let me get a couple of things out of the way first!  Thanks!

My father who is 90 is visiting and so we have had a lot of family gatherings both planned and unplanned since his arrival.  All have been tons of fun with lots of laughter.  Not that that is an excuse, but, I have not been down in my workshop as much as usual!

We took my younger sister, Mary, and my Dad for their first pedicure!  At 90 and 50 something it was about time.










I purchased a rather large raft for in the pool because it had enough holes in it for all the grandchildren.  We finally had a beautiful day with everyone swimming and got the perfect photo of Carl and Christine with all their children:


Well that’s all for the family updates.  How about some cards?  (I’m hoping that you said yes!)

This month I am featuring the stamp set Joyful Nativity in my product class.


Here are a few of the cards we will be making tomorrow in class:


I used our copper embossing powder for the angel and the “Joy”.  The bottom designer paper is from the Affectionately Yours selection.  I used my markers to color in the larger flower and leaves to give it a more Christmasy look.  (Is that a real word:  Christmasy?)  It is layered up with emerald envy and the base of the card is crumb cake.


This card base is one of our newest in colors, dapper denim.  The designer paper is from the Moroccan collection.  So, my point is, you don’t have to use Christmas paper for Christmas cards.  Check out all of your designer paper collections and find one that suits your card and design!

Happy Stamping!

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July’s Hostess Club cards:


I wanted my stampers to work with our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, so that’s on card number one.  The super cool thing is that you can use either side of the acetate!  On one side it’s silver and on the other side its gold!  Very versitle, don’t you think?  Check it out on page 175 of the annual catalog.

Card number two uses the sweet stamp set Bella & Friends on page 101 of the catalog.  Very sweet set with six different verses.  Not too much coloring for those of you who are not fond of that technique.  On the card above I used a blender pen for Miss Bella and her pariot friend.  One item that you can’t see is that Miss Bella’s nose looks wet.  I colored in her nose with our black marker and put a drop of our Fine-Tip Glue on it.  When it dries it’s clear and not sticky!

For the third card with the wonderful pink cupcake I also used the Fine-Tip glue on the frosting after brushing it with our clear Wink of Stella.  Too bad you can’t see it in person.  A very fun easy way to add dimension to your cards.  The stamp set is call Sweet Cupcake and has matching framelits, which are called Cupcake Cutouts.  (The framelits also coordinate with My Hero Stamp Set!).

There you go, two days in a row.  Can I say that “I’m on a roll!”  I’ll keep trying to visit more often!

Happy Stamping!






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Last post for today!

I wanted you to see the last card I designed for this months Techniques class!  My favorite one is the truck and second in line is this sweet little card:


I designed it right before church on Sunday while singing Yellow Submarine!  Which card with the white wash technique did you like?

Last Saturday our youngest grandson, Isaac, fell and fractured two bones in his wrist.  While it was a painful experience, getting the right colored cast can put a smile on his face:


Bright red! Waiting for him to learn it can be used as a weapon!  It doesn’t seem to be holding him back from any activities so far!

Happy Stamping!

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First ever : Bonus Days!!

“Hurry! We only have a few weeks of Bonus Days! Stampin’ Up! has never done anything like this before: You’ll get a $5  coupon (via email) by spending $50 in July. You can use the coupons in August on any item you want! The best part is that you can earn another coupon for every $50 you spend. The sky’s the limit! I recommend using this time to stock up on essentials or splurge on your wish list items. Once August rolls around, you’ll get to have fun shopping again with all your Bonus Days coupons.”

Give me a shout out to take advantage of this fabulous deal from Stampin’ Up!

Happy Stamping!

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It’s only 10:37pm, I still have time to keep my promise from Facebook

This morning I promised to write a note here and share another card.  Well, here’s keeping my promise:


Ok, I must confess, this is not a card that I stamped!  I guess I did not download any of the cards that I made this past weekend.  However, this is a beautiful card that I took a picture of when on our cruise.

I do want to try making those beautiful flowers.  They are made with one of our new punches.  Do you know which one?  Let me know and you’ll get a prize!

I locked myself in my work room this past weekend and did nothing but stamp.  I did not see my grandchildren or any of the many fireworks that were going off around here. I did have a frightened dog under my desk and my naughty cat hiding out in the back room due to the excessive noise of the celebrations going on about town.  But, I just kept stamping!  I will be sharing which ones have been chosen for my up coming classes in the next few days.

I wanted to remind you all about my upcoming Bingo night.  Saturday, July 16th at 6:00 pm you could be here winning oodles of new products for your stamp room!  The cost is $25, for that you receive a product gift, we stamp three cards in between our Bingo games.  The first to get Bingo on the first game of each session gets to pick from 3 rather large prizes!  The second Bingo gets a gift, (just not as large!).  If you happen to win the cover all on the last Bingo game you will receive a $50 gift certificate!  The more people I have attending the bigger the prizes.  So, come on bring a friend or two and enjoy a night of stamping and Bingo!  (Did I mention that there will also be snacks including chocolate?)

Chat with you tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

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A couple of little notes……life changes.

Life changes and I’m just trying to run along side and keep up!  In doing that I have to adjust some of my class schedules and prices.  (Yikes!!!  This is a hard one to cover!)

Hoping that you all will understand and continue to support my stamping business.

First, those of you who come here on a regular basis know that my husband, Peter has Parkinson’s disease.  Along with the progress of this disease one of the changes here is that Peter is no longer driving.  He had some testing done and they felt it was better due to his response times that he no longer drive.  I’m so proud of the way he has excepted this big life style change, (not an easy thing)!

So, that is where the class times have some adjusting to do.  Peter goes to an exercise class Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  His Tuesday and Wednesday classes begin at 12:00, so I need to get him there by 11:30.  Therefore, classes on Tuesday and Wednesday will begin at 8:00am and end at 11:00.  His class is about 15 minutes away and I do come back home after dropping him off.  So, if you are not quite finished, you may stay and finish, however, I may not be here the entire time.

The next difficult subject is my classes prices.  I have not increased my class prices since I started in 2008!  But, as you know, my supply costs have gone up.  I have decided, after much praying  and discussion to increase classes to $18.00.  The only exception will be for my Saturday class that I run with one of my downline, Amy P.  My Saturday class will remain at $15.

My cards are always “mail ready”.  Meaning they are finished on the front and the inside of each card and I always include an envelope. I try to always give you the lastest and greatest of all Stampin’ Up! has to offer and I will continue to do that as long as I’m holding classes!

So there is the long and short of it!  Whew!  I have been totally putting off this difficult discussion.  I pray that you all will understand.  If you have questions please let me know.  I certainly don’t want this to deter anyone from coming to class due to financial reasons.

Lets look at some cards and relax!IMG_1836IMG_1837IMG_1838

These were all done at my Technques class this month.  It was a bit time consuming, but, they all turned out beautiful!  If you haven’t tried it you really should experiment with paper piecing.

Thank you for your time and understanding!

Happy Stamping!

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Where do you find inspiration for your cards?

That’s a loaded question.  There is so much out there to view and case.  Between Pinterest, (which is a total time sucker for me), Splitcoast Stampers and our very own demonstration website there is always something at your fingertips.

My very favorite thing to do is sit in my messy little corner with one stamp set at a time and just play!  I do love to look at black and white layouts for cards.  I prefer then in black and white so that I don’t get a color or color combination stuck in my head.

I also love to make special cards for individuals when I get a list or know what they love to do, favorite colors etc.  Recently, I went to a wedding shower and of course a few hours before we were to leave, I decided I had better get a card made.  At first I was not sure what to do, so, I pulled out the invite and decided to mimic the design.  Here is the invite:


Pretty nice, right?  I love the lace and the wood background.  I was sad that I had not ordered our new lacy doilies yet, but, decided to use what I had at hand.  Here is what I came up with:IMG_1853

I was not sure whether to go with the pink or blue.  But, you see in the end I did stick with the pink.  I’m happy I did because when we went to the shower at the bride’s home, her bathroom was pink and brown!  I also got to use my coffee stained baker’s twine on this card since I wanted a vintage look.  (Remember awhile back I spilled my coffee twice on my messy desk!  I covered my white bakers twine and just decided to dry it and use it where I could.)

I have also added a special project to my schedule.  Last night I finally had time to made up my patriotic collage.  IMG_1851This project will be done on two days, Tuesday, June 28th from 3-8pm or on Wednesday, July 6th from 9-12.  The cost is $25 which includes the shadow box.  I do have a limited supply of frames, so, get on the list when you can.

Also, for you Bingo players I have scheduled another date.  Saturday July 16th at 6pm.  Cost is $25, with that you will receive a Stampin’ Up! product give, play 6 games of Bingo and possibly win some GREAT prizes!  Light snack will set off the evening festivities.  We will have a guest caller for our numbers again!  This time we have wrangled Vi’s husband, Ron into joining us!  Space is limited, let me know as soon as possible if you want to be on the list!

Happy Stamping!

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Oh happy day!!



  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only. Discount applies to one kit for June 2016. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Have you ever said, “One day I’ll sign up for Paper Pumpkin.” Today is that day! Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” at and get your first kit for just $5 USD!

Don’t you just LOVE a great deal?  I have another great deal for you:  If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin you will also be invited to my Paper Pumpkin Party!  We party the first Wednesday of each month!  Starting between 5 and 6pm my Paper Pumpkin stampers start coming in and setting up to create their monthly kits.  We have a light dinner and enjoy some very interesting conversations with lots of laughter!  

I’m feeling pretty blessed today for a number of reasons.  1.  I found a photopolymer stamp that I had lost over a year ago!  Yes, I was so mad at myself for loosing a little flower from the Flower Patch stamp set!  Low and behold, the other day I stood up to get something from an upper shelf and there on the back of a shelf was my little flower!  I couldn’t believe it!  (Do you think I need to clean my desk more often?)

Next blessing, this past Monday, Chris G. placed an order that got me to the magic number to get me to Thailand!  This is the the first time I have qualified this early in the game!  Thanks to all my stampers and downline!

When we were in Florence we took a cooking class.   (Which is so funny to my family since I really don’t cook and when I do it’s not very good!)  Well, this past Sunday we got together with Carl, Christine and all the grandchildren and we made homemade pasta!  I must say it was not exactly as it was in Florence, but, the filling for the ravioli was spot on thanks to Christine!  We purchased pasta machines and cranked away.  It was great fun. I need to get the pictures from Christine to share them with you, but, in the mean time here is where the experience started:


The long table there is where we made the pasta.  The picture of the steeple is looking out that window!  It is one of the most beautiful places in the world!

How about some cards?  Thank you if you have read all the mumbo jumbo above!  I am really excited for my Techniques class this month!  It is going to require some additional work from me, but, so worth it!  We are doing paper piecing with the rose thinlits.


This class is going to be just fabulous.  My Monday sessions are all ready filled to capacity, but I do have some spots on Tuesday afternoon.

More pictures to follow tomorrow!  You won’t want to miss them!!

I also have another Bingo night scheduled for all you Bingo players!  We play Bingo and between games we stamp!  You receive a Stampin’ Up! product gift for coming to play and have the chance to win big bundles of Stampin’ Up! goodies!  There is a $25 fee to save your spot on Saturday, July 16th starting promptly at 6pm.  

Happy Stamping!





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