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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:

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:   

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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!

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Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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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.

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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:

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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!


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Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! What's Carol Been Up To?

Hey there! What have I been up to? I've been busy busy, but not stamping. I belong to a women's prayer group at church called Ladies Friendship Circle that meets monthly. Earlier this year I volunteered to host the Christmas meeting at my house. Now, I have stampers in for classes every month, and my family is here several times a week, but for a Christmas gathering you kind of need to up your game a little bit, ya know? So every day this week, Monday through Thursday, someone has helped me dress the house for Christmas. Monday it was Maddie Kate & Ava, my two oldest granddaughters. They decorated my tree. Tuesday Alisa hung lights all over my dining room/living room. Wednesday Logan and his best girl, Faith, helped dress the rest of the house with my collection of Christmas decor, and Logan helped Mark put up lights outside. Thursday Mark helped with general cleanup to put the finishing polish to the house. I couldn't have done it all without my sweet family's help! Oh, I think I forgot to mention I babysat Darcy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with Darcy's first dentist visit on Monday, Tuesday School on Tuesday, and Dance/Tumbling Classes on Wednesday!

Here's my little nest:


I know it's a humble abode, but this is the place where I raised all 6 of my babies and the place where my grandchildren play on cold or rainy days. We gather here almost every Sunday after church for lunch and then relaxing together!

The only other thing I need to tell you today is that the Year End Close Out has begun! Retiring items from the Holiday Catalog, as well as select Annual Catalog products are on sale through January 2nd, but everything is while-supplies-last, so don't wait to place your order! Click on the graphic below to go to my online store, click "Shop Now", then click on "Year End Closeout".


After you get click on the closeout you will have two choices:

CM10091S    OR   CM10092S

After you have selected the products you are ordering, be sure to add Host Code:

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Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! Ivory Zora Has Arrived!

Hey there! Baby Ivory Zora has arrived! It was a long night, but Ivory didn't make us wait all day to see her! She arrived at 11:20 a.m. yesterday, October 7, 2016! Amazingly, I had picked her birthday months ago! Shortly after all of our grandbabies' coming is announced, a family poll is taken. Everyone guesses the date we think the baby will arrive. I think this is the first of all 9 grandbabies that I got it right! Here she is!


Her color is PURPLE, in case you haven't guessed it! She has some hair, about the amount her mother had when she was born.

A mama and daughter selfie, just a few hours after her birth!


With biggest brother Oakley. Lando was in too much motion to get a pic with his baby sister, although he seems to think she is pretty great!


My first chance to hold her!

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We were all happily exhausted by the time she arrived. I have been blessed to be present for all three of Alisa's babies' births. Truly a miracle from God, and we are so thankful!

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet, but I hope to be back tomorrow morning with a Sunday Swap Day for you!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!



No baby yet!

Hey there! No stamping today. We are at the hospital awaiting the birth of grand-girl #4. Pretty sleepless night, but she is more than half-way to the finish line. We hope to greet our little girl in a few hours. All is going well, but please pray for a safe and healthy delivery for mommy and baby.


Will keep you posted. I have a little stack of projects waiting to share with you in the next few days, so I'll be back! And of course I will share some pics of her too!


Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Back to Blogging Tomorrow!

Hey there! We are heading home from Branson, MO, today. Mark & I usually take a little anniversary trip this time of year. Our anniversary is September 10th. We will be married 39 years!

I was successful blogging on the first three days of our trip, but we had to change hotels on Saturday and they internet here is not conducive to uploading pictures to the blog. ugh.

Just wanted to let you know I will be back to blogging tomorrow. I still have fun things to share with you, so please don't give up on me!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!