Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

Hello stampers! Wow! I can’t believe its been so long. I’m saddened to say that after almost two years with cancer, my senior dog, Missy passed last month. But she didn’t pass from the cancer, or her seizures for that matter, she went into renal failure. She fought through and overcame so much in the last few years from a chronic Lyme disease, a status epilepticus seizure, osteosarcoma in her front leg, a vestibular stroke, and finally her poor kidneys could no longer keep up the fight to clean her body. The last few months she became lame in the leg with the cancer, and needed help getting up. That last month she needed help walking, and even though we expected accidents, she never once dirtied her bed. She lived a good life, she was 14 years old. She lived 4 years longer than her biological brother, Dante. Now the two dogs in my logo are no longer with us. 🙁

Of course it has been a time of adjustment me and my family. We miss her dearly. We are now dealing with Ranger not quite understanding where she went and being upset with her absence. We have to be careful not to say her name, because Ranger’s ears perk up and he runs to the basement door looking for her. I think on some level he does understand that she’s passed on. Poor guy. Somehow I think he needs to be in my logo.

Needless to say I’ve had more time to craft and the crafting helps me cope.

Here’s what I’ve been doing… infatuated with butterflies lately…

I hope you like them!

Remember it’s Sale-A-Bration until March 31st! Free products with any order over $50!

Merry Patterns Promo

Merry Patterns Promo

Its hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner. I don’t know about you but for me it seems that as soon as summer is over the rest of the year flies. Its like I blink and its Christmas. Every year I tell myself I’ll make my Christmas cards early. Are you with me? Well, this year lets ACT and get them done early! This Merry Patterns promo may help check off one item on our holiday to-do list!

Is your holiday catalog wish list huge like mine? You could earn this exclusive host stamp set when you place an order or hold a workshop, or online party of $300 or more (excluding shipping and taxes)

Here are some samples…
Can you tell what this is? Its a decorated mini pizza box! Super cute!!

I think this is my favorite sample using the Merry Patterns set! See how versatile this set is?

You know if you have a hunter in the family, this doesn’t have to be a Christmas card!!

Check out the Merry Patterns set in action…

Here’s the Merry Patterns Promo info…

  • Promotion period is September 1–October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after October 31!!
  • In order to qualify, the merchandise total must reach $300 (before shipping and handling and taxes)
  • There is no limit to the number of times the Merry Patterns Stamp Set may be earned, but only one set can be redeemed per qualifying $300 order
  • Orders must be closed by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 31 (Halloween!)
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampin’ Rewards
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set may not be exchanged for another stamp








I started with good intentions

I started with good intentions

This post is not about stamping. I just needed to get this out and I'm hoping I will feel a little better.

I started back into the swing of crafting again and then it came to a screaching halt. My beloved dog Dante has been sick. After many trips to the vet over the last 2 months, with the last one to a specialist, and it has been determined he has a large mass on his spleen that has been leaking blood. He is scheduled for surgery today to remove his spleen. His lungs and heart have been checked and they do not appear to have any masses or spots. The side of his liver that was seen on the ultrasound looks good. Trying so very hard to stay positive and hope that he will pull thru this, but it is so terribly hard.
My dogs Missy and Dante are in my Raissa Stamps logo. They just turned 10 on Saturday. They are brother and sister. Here are a few old pictures of Dante. He was still a puppy in them (and still acts like a puppy when he has a good day):

My buddy Dante

Petfinder PetNotes Dante_Page_1(He must have seen either a chipmunk or a squirrel, hence the really alert look)

Please help me pray for him!

Thank you!


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Stampin’ Up! Online Classes

Stampin’ Up! Online Classes

Basics Class

The Basics (item 133385)

class offers innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from
stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you
need to start creating with success. Divided into six PDF documents this
class includes written instructions, step out photos, a few videos, and
supply lists for 30+ projects.

The following topics are covered in the class:
* Basic Stamping
* Embossing
* Masking
* Stamp-a-ma-jig
* Watercoloring and Markers
* Big Shot Basics


Seeing the Posibilities

Seeing the Possibilities (item 134532)

This class provides all
the basics you need to make the most of our newest photopolymer stamp
offerings: Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets. Take this class to
discover how quickly and easily you can line up the stamped images for
precision placement, achieve just the right ink coverage, combine images
together exactly where you want them.well you get the idea. The
possibilities are endless!

The following topics are covered in the class:

  • Backgrounds
  • Building
  • Layering
  • Versatility
  • Gift Giving
  • Memory Keeping


This class is also offered as a bundle! When you order the bundle you receive the everything listed below:

Show & Tell Bundle (item 134533)

  • Seeing the Possibilites Class
  • Show & Tell 1 Stamp Set
  • Show & Tell 2 Stamp Set

Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets feature over 60 versatile images
that you can mix and match to create personalized backgrounds, patterns,
layers, and dimensions to make any project stand out. These sets are
featured in our Seeing the Possibilities Online Class, where you’ll
learn how to maximize your photopolymer stamp sets. Purchase all three
items together and save 15%! (Class available for download only.)


WhatToWashiWhat to Washi (item 134742)

Offers seven different sections of Washi wisdom, this class includes
everything you need to know to make the most of one of the hottest
crafting trends out there. Originating in Japan, Washi Tape has taken
the crafting world by storm, offering an incredibly quick, easy way to
add a fresh, colorful look to any project. What to Washi explores a
myriad of Washi options and provides much more than the basics for you
to begin your own Washi adventures. Divided into seven PDF documents,
this class includes written instructions, step-out photos, instructional
videos, and supply lists for more than 30 projects.


But wait, there’s more! This class is also being offered as part of
the What to Washi Bundle. When you order the bundle you receive
everything listed below:

What to Washi Bundle (item 134743)

  • What to Washi Class
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
  • Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape
  • Season of Style Designer Washi Tape
  • Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape
  • 20 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

Each Washi Tape package contains three coordinating rolls of Stampin’
Up!’s exclusive Washi Tape for a total of 12 rolls. And when you order
the What to Washi Bundle, you’ll be the first to receive our Season of
Style and Witches Brew Washi Tape packages; they aren’t available to
individual purchase until August 1! (Class available for download only.)


PC Instructions

The files will be downloaded as
archive files that you can then extract and save on your computer. When
you click on the download link, an extraction program will automatically
launch. Choose the location where you would like to save the files (make sure to

Note where you save the files (I often choose the “desktop” since its easy to find). Follow the prompts on the extraction
program, then navigate to the location where you saved the files. Click
on the file, open and enjoy!

Mac Instructions

When you click on the download
link, the file will be mounted as a drive. Once it is mounted, open the
drive and drag and drop the files to the location of your choice on your
hard drive. The files can then be opened.