Making Memories with the Pals in Orlando

L to R:  Vicki Lozier, ME, Michelle Quinno, Marlene Welch

One of the most incredible and unexpected outcomes about joining Stampin’ Up! back in 2007 would be that my circle of friends would grow exponentially.  The Stampin’ Pretty Pals (plus their team members) are my cherished gift.  Over 100 Pals attended the Stampin’ Up! 30th Anniversary On-Stage Event this past week in Orlando.  We had a delightful time . . . filled with hugs, tears, joy (especially over the new products) and a big dose of nuttiness.  

A “sea” of Stampin’ Up! 7000+ demonstrators.  This is how we began our mornings waiting for the doors to open.

L to R:  Sara Stuart, Diane (Dee) Luth, Sharon Peretz

EVERYBODY WINS!  Prize Patrol is always a highlight of Stampin’ Up! events and this was an ALL attendee giveaway of the new (Occasions Catalog) Humming Along stamp set!

Pal Ann Schach wins Artfully Aware stamp set (Occasions), Janet Wakeland’s $1 million in sales stamp set.  Mike Funke couldn’t be more excited for her!

Michelle Quinno & Marlene Welch getting nutty at the make and take!  Marlene needs to flip that “30” around.  Shhh!

Pals celebrating the Stampin’ Up! 30 year anniversary!  L to R Pals Frenchie Hum, Venessa Torres, Debbie Reemtsen, Nancy Gleason, Karen Bell

SALUTE!  Stampin’ Up! recognizes our military demonstrators, including Pal (and veteran) Nicole Watt.  

A Pals “original!”  Almost 10 years of having Pal Mike Funke as part of the Pals and in my life.

AN EXCELLENT YEAR FOR MY STAMPIN’ UP! BUSINESS!  Recognition time on the jumbotron.  See more about my rewards and recognition for the Stampin’ Up! 2018 year here.  I love seeing my friend, Patty Bennett, smiling in the background.

Another Pals recognition moment (level 2) for Stesha Bloodhart.  She was selected to be on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team, too.  So well-deserved.  WOW!

The perfect ending to a great Stampin’ Up! On-Stage.  The Pals and guests (over 80 of us) dined in a private room at Maggiano’s Restaurant.  Four hours of food (and more food), friendship and fun!

Pal Debbie Dean was nothing but mischief as she drew winners for our prize patrol.   The Pals surprised me with a reminder that my 60th birthday is this month (hence, the crown) and and gave me a gift card to my favorite Tucson spa!  I have already booked my first massage, manicure and pedicure!

Friendly faces at the Pals event:  Kat Chancellor, Brian King and Kathryn Murray

More Pals’ smiles:  Tricia Chuba, Julie DiMatteo, Nancy Gleason

Huddling up for a photo!  L to R:  Patti Carbonell, Paula Butler, Marlene Welch, Tricia Chuba, Jackie Roberts, Michelle Quinno

I received these beautiful handcrafted birthday cards created by Pals Kathy Hendrey and Windy Ellard.

THANK YOU!  I can never wrap up a Stampin’ Up! year or event without thanking my Pals Stamping Community, my administrative assistants, Kris Kilcoyne and Stesha Bloodhart, customers, blog followers and Stampin’ Up! for your support, kindness and passion for Stampin’ Up!  products and paper crafting. You all play a vital role in my success and how precious this Stampin’ Up! experience has become

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Happiness Surrounds Blueberry Bushel Birthday Card

Create a simple Happiness Surrounds Blueberry Bushel Birthday Card Stampin' Up! Mary Fish, Stampin' PrettyThis birthday card was created with the Stampin’ Up! Limited Release Happiness Surrounds stamp set and is part of the Snowflake Showcase Suite of Products available until November 30th, or while supplies last.  Happiness Surrounds stamp set offers year round versatility!  You can see all the products, samples and details here.  Note:  The White Velveteen Paper (part of the suite) has sold out and is no longer available. 

149744G Happiness Surrounds Stampin' Up!

Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set – Images © Stampin’ Up!


Create a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base with Stampin’ Up! Thick Vanilla card stock and the Stampin’ Trimmer. 

Adhere a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock to the card base using Snail Adhesive.  

Cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to 3 3/4 x 5.  Using the Stamparatus stamp positioning tool, stamp the large image (Happiness Surrounds) several times as shown in Blueberry Bushel ink. 

Create a Birthday Card using the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

Wrap Blueberry Bushel 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon around as shown, securing with a bow.  Adhere to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Stamp the small flower in Blueberry Bushel Ink onto Very Vanilla card stock. Crop with the Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, and die (Snowfall Thinlits Dies).  Adhere with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional. 

Stamp “It’s Your Day” sentiment onto Very Vanilla card stock. Crop with a 1 1/4 Circle Punch.  Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Create a Birthday Card using the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Mary Fish, Stampin' PrettyAdd a Best Route Enamel Shape to the bottom right of the sentiment and the cropped flower center for an added pop of Blueberry.

Use the Stamparatus to stamp the floral border stamp in a row across a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.   Watch my previously shared video below to see a demonstration (along with other samples and tips for the Snowflake Showcase products.

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WOW! Picks from My Pals Stamping Community!

Today’s paper crafting projects were designed by the talented members of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals Virtual Stamping Community.  Links to blogs or Pinterest have been provided (when available) for more details.

Pals Pick of The Week 11.11.2018 Jeanie Stark

Jeanie Stark | More Details

Erika Rodriquez Pals Pick of the Week 11.11.18

Erika Rodriguez | More Details


Brian King | More Details

Beautiful Promenade Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot! Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Stesha Bloodhart | More Details

Pals Sunday Picks Julie DiMatteo 11.11.18

Julie DiMatteo | More Details

Karen Hallam | More Details

Alexandra Jones Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

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Patti MacLeith Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Patti MacLeith | More Details

Windy Ellard Pals Sunday Pick 11.11.18

Windy Ellard | More Details

Jennifer Michalski Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Jennifer Michalski | More Details

Debbie Mageed Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Debbie Mageed | More Details

Su Mohr Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Su Mohr | More Details

Tammy Beard 11.11.18 Pals Sunday Picks

Tammy Beard | More Details

Lori Pinto Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Lori Pinto | More Details

Pamela Sadler Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18Pamela Sadler | More Details

Lisa Ann Bernard Pals Sunday Picks 11.11.18

Lisa Ann Bernard | More Details

DO IT FOR YOU!  Purchase the $99 Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up! thru me and you’ll instantly become a member of my exclusive Stampin’ Pretty Pals Virtual Community.  It’s always a fun and pressure-free environment and you’ll have the option to share your work in my Sunday Picks!   

A 20% DISCOUNT & MORE!  I welcome hobby stampers!  The majority of the members of my Stampin? Pretty Pals Community purchased their $99 Starter Kit and joined through me for the discount (20 TO 25%) and chance to be part of my Pals virtual stamping community.  However, they STAY because of the exclusive resources available, 24/7 stamping discussion (private Facebook groups), card and paper crafting ideas, prizes, fun and friendships (all virtual) – ALL based on THEIR schedule and level of interest!  There’s no risk, no “catch” and no penalty to drop.

Does it really matter who you join through?  YES!!  Here’s my resume!


Have a question?  I’m ready to help!  Please email me here.

I’m so glad I am a part of your Pals!

Patti – a member of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community

I simply adore being part of the Pals and stretching my own creativity.

Michelle – a member of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community

Thanks for all you do for the Pals.  You provide exceptional leadership and rock solid business advice.

Ginger – a member of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community

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