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Please Hang in There With Me!

Hey there! Just thought I had better check-in with you since it's been awhile since I have posted anything here. NO I have not quit Stampin' Up! YES I am excited about the new catalog coming in May!

So what is going on?

We made the decision in February to have my youngest daughter and her family (hubby and 6 littles, ages 8 months to 9) move in with us while they renovate a home they have purchased. This has been and continues to be a BIG undertaking. I am still working on going through my 20+year crafting stash (Stampin' Up! plus sewing and other craft endeavors), as well as figuring out the best place for everything I am keeping and deciding what to let go. Throw in the day-to-day of cooking, cleaning-up, laundry, etc., for a household which has grown from 3 to 11,  and you can probably imagine how busy my days are.

That said, I do have a few things made that I will be posting occasionally over the next few weeks. The Last Chance List from the 2022/23 Annual Catalog has posted, along with the Last Chance List for the January/April Mini Catalog. I will post links for those below.

You can contact me with any questions about the lists (or anything else stampy) by phone or text:

618-237-6281 or email me at: [email protected]

I hope to have this life-change under control by the time the new catalog goes live on May 2, 2023, so please keep checking in on me.

(Yep, I've seen the demonstrator-only PDF of the catalog and it is WONDERFUL!)

For now, here's the links download the Last Chance Lists:

Annual Catalog:

Download 2022-2023 AC LG PRINT PDF_Page Last Chance-3

January/April Mini Catalog:

Download Jan-Apr 2023 LARGE PRINT PDF_Page Last Chance-1

Everything on these lists is while supplies last. To place your orders soon, go directly to my online store:

Use this Host Code when your place your orders:



Using this code will help me greatly. If you forget to use the host code, I have to call Stampin' Up! and have them add it for me. I can only add ten codes per month, so if I need to add more than that, I can't.

All of my monthly specials continue to apply to qualifying orders. I know I am currently behind with commitments, but once I get this crazy straightened out it will happen.

That's all for now! Have a Stampin' Rox! day!







Stampin' Up! No Post Today!

Hey there! Just wanted to pop in and let you know I am not able to post a project today and probably not tomorrow either. Today my husband & I are heading up to Springfield to see my brother, Don. He is in the hospital having testing today and is looking at open heart surgery tomorrow for 4 or 5 by-passes. He's my only brother. I was born 18 years after him, (he's 81 to my 63) so he knows me better than I know him. For the past 5 years or so he been calling me every day just to chat. He's also blind and was living in a nursing home before this heart problem was discovered. At the end of every phone call he always tells me he loves me.  I know no one lives forever, but I'm really not ready to let him go. I do have a sister, Connie, who is 12 years older than me, and I am so thankful for her. I will probably be seeing her while we are up there. Just pray for us all the next couple of days, please.

If you need anything, you can always text or email me. My contact info is at the bottom of this post.

It is the last day of the month, which means Sale-a-bration is half over. So far nothing has sold out from the Sale-a-bration brochure, but the most popular items, the Dainty Flowers Designer Paper, Day At the Farm Designer Paper, and Favored Flowers Designer Paper may not last through the end of February, so don't delay in placing your order!

I will try to check in with you all while I'm gone, but we'll just have to see how things go. I will be back as soon as things calm down.

Use any of these clickable links to find the products I used in my online store:

Shop with the Host Code:

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Here's the box where you put the Host Code in my online store during check out in my online store.  Simply click on "ADD HOST CODE", then type in the code I've provided for the current month shown above. Contact me if you have any problems or questions!


Order any amount online in January, receive a Card-of-the-Month!


Order at least $50 online in January, receive a surprise package of embellishments free from me!

Order at least $50 online and use the current Host Code (posted above) receive 10 Blue Sox Rewards Point for every $50 increment! Redeem 50 points for $25 in free merchandise. Get all the details and download the form to keep track of your points HERE!



Have you seen the new Mini Catalog?

You can click on this link to my online store to find the new Mini Catalog:

Or click on this link to download the catalog to your computer:

January/April 2023 Mini Catalog

All products are available today, but some may sell out fast. All are available while supplies last. Some products may become temporarily unavailable to order but will be back in stock in a few weeks. Others will sell out and be gone for good, so don't delay placing your order!

If you need a copy of the new Mini Catalog and don't have a demonstrator you normally place orders with, just send me an email and I will pop one into the mail to you for free! [email protected]


To make ordering in January and February sweeter, Sale-a-bration is also going on now! You get to choose a free gift of a stamp set or designer paper pack with every $50 order you place!

You can click on this link to my online store to find the new Sale-a-bration Brochure:

Or click on this link to download the catalog to your computer:

Stampin' Up! 2023 Sale-a-bration Brochure

If you need a copy of the new Sale-a-bration brochure and don't have a demonstrator you normally place orders with, just send me an email and I will pop one into the mail to you for free! [email protected]


Purchase the Starter Kit just to get the great deal or to join my team, no obligation to sell unless you want to!

20% discount for through April 2023!

Option #1: Choose $175 worth of products PLUS get the Boho Blue Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, pay only $129!

Option #2: Choose $175 worth of products PLUS get the White Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, pay only $129!

Option #3: Choose $175 worth of products, pay only $99!

Contact me for help signing up or with any questions!

Call me:  618-237-6281
Email me: [email protected]

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Taking Care of Fiona, and the Tummy Bug Stinks!

I apologize for no post yesterday. I kept Fiona overnight on Wednesday, but before I put her to bed she puked a little bit. She's had a cold and has been coughing gunk for awhile, so I didn't know for sure if it was from that, but before morning she was sicker with diarrhea. I kept her all day anyway because it turned out her mommy and siblings were also sick at home, so I lounged on the couch most of the day and she lounged on me, lol! Shortly after returning her to her family I came down with it too. Guess it's one of those things that just has to run its' course.

I am on the mend, but instead of a card, how about a couple of puzzles? I learned how to make these recently, so I've been playing with this program, using mostly project pictures with new mini and SAB catalogs. If you like puzzles, these are fun!

First, a puzzle that shows projects created with the Awesome Otters, Catching Butterflies, and Driving By stamp sets in the Sale-a-bration catalog:

A few tips I had to figure out on my own:

The pieces DO NOT turn. They are shown in the same direction that they fit in the puzzle. I wasted a lot of time on my first puzzle trying to make them turn.

You can click the "open" box at the top of the puzzle to only do the edges first. After you complete the edges the rest of the pieces will appear.

Next to the open box there's another box that shows you what the picture looks like.

Finally, the timer starts as soon as you click on the first piece to move it. As far as I know the timer never runs out, it's just to see if you can better your best.

Here's one more, with cards and products used with the Friendly Hello Bundle, an item you can choose with a $100 order!

Ok, I'm going to sign off here now, but I will post my regular end-of-post things before I go, just in case you decide you want to place an order:

Place your order in my online store and you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure with a $50 purchase! There are 5 stamp sets, 3 designer series paper packs, and one stampset/designer paper bundle to choose from (one larger stamp set and the bundle are available to choose with a $100 purchase).

Shop with the Host Code:

New Host Code for the rest of the month! If you wrote down one previously, discard it and use this one! That workshop order rose high enough to need to be closed! Thank you!


Here's the box where you put the Host Code in my online store during check out. Simply click on "ADD HOST CODE", then type in the code I've provided for the current month shown above. Contact me if you have any problems or questions!


Order any amount online in January, receive this Card-of-the-Month, inspired by a swap I received from Susie Wood!



Order at least $50 online and use the current Host Code (posted above) receive 10 Blue Sox Rewards Point for every $50 increment! Redeem 50 points for $25 in free merchandise. Get all the details and download the form to keep track of your points HERE!

Sale-a-bration is here! Click on the Sale-a-bration brochure link on the right side of this blog to view the brochure! Sale-a-bration lasts through February 28th!


You have three chances to participate in Sale-a-bration fun!

Shop! Choose a freebie from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 spent!


Host a Party! In-person or online! I can help you either way! Just contact me: [email protected] and we can decide which way you want to party and receive free products!


Purchase the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit! Choose $125 worth of products from any current catalog, pay only $99 plus applicable sales tax! Purchasing your Starter Kit during Sale-a-bration lets you choose TWO MORE FREE STAMP SETS TO ADD TO YOUR KIT FOR FREE!


Call me:  618-237-6281
Email me: [email protected]

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Our Newest Granddaughter is Here!

Hey there! I don't have anything new stamping-wise to share with you today, but I do have quite a stash of pictures to share of my newest granddaughter, Scarlett Adaline! Scarlett is my 13th grandchild and the 8th granddaughter!

Scarlett is the daughter of my son, Troy, and his beautiful wife, Grace! If you've followed my blog over the years you probably know that Troy waited and prayed for a wife for many years. He was about to give up when God brought Grace into his life. They've been married since March of 2019, when Troy was 36. Now he is a new dad just a few weeks before he turns 39! BTW, Grace is 12 years younger than Troy, but she doesn't mind a bit!

This picture was taken late last winter when Grace was just a few weeks along in her pregnancy. Don't they make a handsome couple?


Here's Grace just a couple of weeks before Scarlett's birth:


On Halloween:


After a couple of sleepless nights of labor, Miss Scarlett finally made her entrance into the world via c-section. I love how happy Troy's eyes are holding his baby girl!


Troy, Grace, and Scarlett. Scarlett has blonde hair just like her mommy and daddy!


I'm not sure what the purpose of the Boppy pillow is around Troy's neck, but it makes a cute picture anyway!


I was thrilled to get to visit them before Scarlett was 24 hours old! Scarlett weighed 8 lbs, 13 oz, and has her mommy's chubby cheeks!


A tired but happy mommy and baby got to go home yesterday!


That's it for today! Hopefully tomorrow I will have a new project to share with you!

Next week is the Seasonal Sale with Stampin' Up!

November 16-18 only, take 10% off card stock, 15% off inkpads (some exclusions apply), and 20% all dies in the Annual Catalog!


And YES you CAN combine the Seasonal Sale with the Start with Savings Starter Kit Special! Get even more value in your kit!


You DON'T have to do parties or sell to anyone but yourself, taking advantage of your 20% Demonstrator discount with every order you place!

But if you do want to do a party now and then or want to build a Stampin' Business, I can help you with that! Just contact me with questions!

If you want to take advantage of this great deal, just go to my online store: then click "Join" and follow the prompts.

Call me:  618-237-6281
Email me: [email protected]

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Our Family Pictures!

Hey there! No card sharing today, but I'll be back tomorrow with a new creation to kick off the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog. Today I'm sharing our annual family Christmas card and pictures of our growing family.

First, our family Christmas card. We took most of these pictures in September during our September family birthday celebration. Right now we have birthdays in all months of the year except March and June!

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My daughter, Jessica, is our photographer. She used a timer to set up the shots and jump in before the shutter snapped!

The back side of our card featured all of the grands. Left to right back row: Oakley, Maddie Kate, Ava, Cohen, and Liam.

Front row left to right: Jaxon (holding Avara), Darcy, Cyndal, Fiona, Ivory, and Lando.

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Now I will share individual family pics. Starting with Jessica's family left to right: Luke Thompson (Maddie Kate's fiance'), Maddie Kate, Jessica, Johnny, Cohen, Ava, with Jaxon in the front.


Christmas pic: Jaxon (almost 9) Madddie Kate (19), Ava (15), and Cohen (almost 13) . Cohen's  shirt says "I paused my game to be here"!


Next, Kimberly's family: Liam, Kimberly, Tony, Darcy. Baby Fiona in front.


The back of Kimberly's Christmas card: Darcy (almost 6) Fiona (as a Christmas tree 11 months) and Liam (8).


Next is newlyweds Troy & Grace. They will celebrate their 2-year anniversary in March!


Alisa's family. back row l to r: Oakley, Cody, Alisa. front row l to r: Cyndal, Avara (this was from Avara's newborn session in June), Ivory, and Lando!


A Christmas: Lando (almost 6), Avara (7 months) Oakley (7), Cyndal (2 1/2), Ivory (4)


Our second set of newlyweds Logan & Faith. They celebrated their 1st anniversary in August. (that's my grand-dog Roxy too!)

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Last but certainly not least, our youngest son, Benjamin. He is currently living with us again while he takes classes to become a high school English teacher.

That's it for today! The January-June 2021 Mini Catalog starts tomorrow. I will be posting the link to it and the Sale-a-bration brochure here on the blog tomorrow too. I know many of you haven't received your catalogs from me yet due to the slowness of the P.O., so if you still need paper copies just let me know and I will pop them in the mail to you!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


January 6-10

The Fourth of July!


Hey there! I don't have a project to share today, but I do want to share a few thoughts about the 4th of July!

The 4th of July has always been a celebration day in my family. From the time I was a little girl we always went to see the fireworks, which for just about everyone is the epitome of what the 4th of July is all about. states: 

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
The Declaration of Independence:

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

(there is a long section I have omitted that contains all of the grievances against the King of England)


We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

I am thankful for the Declaration of Independence and the resulting fight for our nation's freedom. I pray we will never allow ourselves to be ruled by any other nation or body of people other than our own legally elected citizens.

Now, enjoy your day, and say a prayer of thanks for the freedoms we all share, including the right to give thanks to God, the creator of us all.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Sunday Swap Day!

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June 29-July 4th

Stampin' Up! Here's What's Happening In June!

Hey there! I've been preoccupied since May 31st helping with my daughter's new baby, Avara Noelle, and her older four. The new Annual Catalog started last week, so it's time to share what's happening!

First a baby peek:

Avara Noelle

All of my grands in age order: Maddie Kate, Ava, Cohen, Jaxon, Liam, Oakley, Lando, Darcy, Ivory, Cyndal, Fiona, and Avara!


Now for the new Annual Catalog and two June Specials!


If you would like to receive a copy from me as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator,  email your request along with your snail mail address: [email protected]

Stampin' Up! June Specials!

The Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration! Spend or gather orders of at least $250 to receive an extra $25 in free Host Rewards!  At the normal $250 merchandise level (before tax & shipping) you would receive $25 in free products of your choice. However, with the Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration that same $250 order will receive $50 in free products of your choice! Contact me to place your order or go to my online store by June 30, 2020!


The second June Special is for all of you who would like to take advantage of the best deal: the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit!


When you purchase your Starter Kit, new recruits can select ONE stamp and punch bundle (p. 168–169) or ONE stamp and die bundle (p. 173-179) from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog—in addition to their regular Starter Kit. You will also pick your own Starter Kit products valued at $125, but only pay $99 plus applicable sales tax! Shipping on the Starter Kit is free!

You'll become a member of my Yes Mam! Stampers Team and can join our Facebook sharing group!

You'll receive a 20% discount on all future orders placed while you are demo in active status. (active does not mean you have to do parties or classes)

I'll be back tomorrow with a new creation from the New Annual Catalog!

If your order is less than $150,shop with the Host Code:   

June 2020 Carol Payne Stamps Host Code

Order any amount online in June, receive the Card-of-the-Month!

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Order at least $50, receive Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels plus the Card-of-the-Month!

Carol payne stamps June online ordering gift

Call me:  618-237-6281
Email me: [email protected]

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Carol Payne Stamps Summer signature

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June 9-12

Stampin' Up! Enjoy Your Saturday!

Hey there! Today I  want to share with you something new that will be available to order on May 1st. It's a new product offering called a the "Everything is Rosy" Product Medley. Everything you need to make gorgeous projects with exclusive-only-in-May designer series paper, stamps, and embellishments!


Bits of the products close up:


The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1"
  • 6" x 6"  Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6" x 6"  rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4"
  • Melon Mambo 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz.


Here's the link to view the full PDF of this flyer:

The stamp set included in the kit:


And a video from Stampin' Up! featuring this medley:

Samples created with the kit by Stampin' Up!











I will be blogging tomorrow for a Sunday Swap Day, so be sure to come back and check it out! I have a collection of SIX spring-y cards for you, mostly with the Fable Friends stamp set and Gingham Gala 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. You really don't want to miss it!

Shop in my online store:  use Host Code: BHCHEQJSAny order placed in my online store through April 30th will receive this Birthday Cheer easel card as my thank-you:

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The Retiring List is here! Check it out in my online store to order your retiring favorite stamps and accessories!


NOTE: Not all retiring stamps are actually retiring. Wood-mount and clear-mount versions of some sets are just being reconfigured to the cling-mount version. To be sure a set is really retiring, check out this list:

Stamps with an asterisk* beside them WILL appear in the new 2019/20 Annual catalog.

Call me:  618-237-6281
Email me: [email protected]

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Today's the Day!

Hey there! YES today is THE DAY we've all been waiting for and I've been praying about for over 15 years! Today my oldest baby boy is getting married!

Mr & Mrs Troy Payne

I took this pic several weeks ago when someone gave me this present to pass along to Troy and his bride-to-be, Grace. I have to admit I shed a few happy tears to see the title on the card.

Lots to do today. Hair do's for me and Darcy (the "flower pot" as she calls herself) and I get to put on my princess dress and dance with my son at the reception! I can hardly wait!

Tomorrow's post will be a pre-scheduled Sunday Swap Day, and then Monday I will share the favors I created for the Rehearsal Dinner.

Hopefully Tuesday I will have some actual wedding pics to share.

Love to you all!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! I Found My Dress!

Hey there! I don't have a new creation to post today, but I do have some good news! Some of you may not know, but my oldest son is getting married for the first time later this month. I have three daughters and three sons; all three daughters have been married for several years, but none of my sons have ever been married. Last year my oldest son, Troy, started dating a lovely girl named Grace, and they are getting married on March 23rd! Troy & Grace introduced my second son, Logan, to Grace's friend, Faith, and now Logan & Faith are getting married August 3rd! That just leaves my youngest Ben, but he still has time!

I've had three turns being the mother-of-the-bride, so I've been thinking this mother-of-the-groom gig was pretty easy, until the subject of my dress for the wedding came up. Like a lot of moms, I wanted to lose some weight before shopping, so it was this week before I felt confident enough to get into a dressing room. My oldest daughter, Jessica, went with me to advise and give a honest opinion.

Did you know that if you want to get a mother's dress from a bridal shop that it takes 3-4 months to arrive? I guess I bought my dresses for the girl's weddings off-the-rack at a department store, so I had NO idea!

I also discovered that most shops don't carry any "mother-of" dresses, because most gals think they are too "old lady" and are too expensive (for Southern Illinois, anyway) After checking with a couple of local shops and with less than 3 weeks  before the wedding, it was "back to the rack" for me! 

We headed to Dillard's, which was not too far away, and found "the dress" right away! I also found shoes and jewelry to go with it, so with just a little bit of length alteration, I'll be set! I'm so excited! I feel a little bit like a princess in this dress! I will share it with you after the wedding, so stay tuned for the week of March 25th!

We had set aside today to drive over an hour away to shop, but we decided on a whim to check out those bridal shops last night, so today is a free day to stamp! yay!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new card and instructions to share!

Until then you can always shop in my online store:

use Host Code: MFHEJDJ6

Any order placed in my online store through March 31st will receive this Hello Cupcake card from me.

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Any order of at least $50 (before tax & shipping) choose a free Sale-a-bration product!


Purchase the Starter Kit during Sale-a-bration, choose $175 of products for only $99! Add the Sale-a-bration Recruit-Exclusive Craft & Carry Tote for only $30 more! Contact me with questions, or go directly to my online store and click "Join" to get started!


Call me:  618-237-6281
Email me: [email protected]

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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