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We are Sailing Home!

After visiting Rome and then enjoying the 2019 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Cruise to the Greek Isles, we are sailing back to Rome and will be heading home to Ohio tomorrow. What an adventure this trip was! I'm grateful Andrea and I could spend a couple extra days vacationing as Andrea had never been to Rome. I'm grateful to Stampin' Up! for the many opportunities I am given to work hard at doing what I love, to earn free products, to meet new people and build countless friendships, and to earn such wonderful trips. I am very grateful to my stamping family, customers and team members alike, who encourage and motivate me everyday to keep learning and growing and supporting me on my Stampin' Up! journey and life's ventures. I could not accomplish all of this without you. Special thanks to my daughters Andrea and Emily whose own drive and determination and love of life drive me to be the best me I can be...which includes living in the moment while going after my dreams. 

As Andrea and I sail the big sea and then fly home, I hope you are inspired to create and share with another card I created. The Sailing Home Suite is so very popular. It makes great cards for everyone who loves life on the water and it's great for making masculine cards too. 

The card reminds me of the many sailboats I see on the Hoover Reservoir in the Westerville suburb of Columbus, Ohio, where I live. 

I hope you'll use and enjoy this downloadable PDF to create fun sailing cards!

Download Project Sheet - 2 Sailboats Sailing Home Card

Sailing Home Suite by Stampin' Up!


Floral Essence Friendly Thoughts Card

Where would I be without my family and friends? I don't want to even think about that. My relationships with my family and friends helped me to be the person I am today. Without any of them, my story would be different. Some of these people are family that became friends too, and some are friends that became family. I'm grateful for all of them, including my Stampin' Up! family and my stamping friends.

My card today celebrates friendships by giving you a #simplestamping card you can make in Calypso Coral as I did or in your favorite Stampin' Up! colors. I'm posting a project sheet to help you do just that.

Download Project Sheet - Floral Essence Friendly Thoughts Card

Floral Essence Stamp Set & Scripty 3D Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Floral Essence Stamp Set & Scripty 3D Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Paper Snips

Sending "thoughts of you" with Magnolias.

Doesn't just make your day to know that someone is thinking of you and tells you so. This hand stamped card is a perfect way to do that! The card features the Magnolia Lane Suite and an "easy-to-use-again" card layout. Give it a try! Then make someone's day but sending a hand stamped card today!

Download Project Sheet - Magnolia Lane Thinking of You Card

Magnolia Garden Stamp Set & Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper and Ribbon Combo Pack by Stampin' Up!


Magnolia Lane Suite by Stampin' Up!

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Paper Snips

From Garden Flowers to Pressed Petals

Remember the craft of drying flowers or pressing them in between the pages of a book? It's been a long time since I tried doing either of these, but I can certainly enjoy the look of pretty pressed flowers using the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! The Pressed Petals Suite is filled with loads of pretty products to coordinate with this beautiful paper. Gratitude, support, and love are themes used to describe this gorgeous product suite.

My blog post today contains 2 videos, one an introduction to the Pressed Petals Products Suite, the second from today's Stampin' Peace VIP Group Facebook Live filled with cards and creative ideas. I hope you'll watch and enjoy both! In addition, I've posted pictures of 3 cards using the Pressed Petals Washi Tape that I'll be mailing to 3 lucky viewers of today's Facebook Live. 

Pressed Petals Suite by Stampin' Up!


Pressed Petals Suite by Stampin' Up!


Pressed Petals Suite by Stampin' Up!



Come Sail Away!

Take a look at this fun card! The Come Sail Away Suite is filled with fun, nautical theme products to help you create a sea of awesome cards and paper crafts. Use this link to check out my weekly newsletter and to get a free project sheet for this card. It's a great card layout to show off the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper or any other favorite paper of yours.

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Download Project Sheet - Set Sail in the Direction of Your Dreams Card

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Stampin' Trimmer
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1-3/4" Circle Punch
1-3/4" Circle Punch

Live Life Fully and Enjoy the Ride

The older I get, the more I understand what it means to live life to its fullest. Be courageous, be adventures, take a risk, try new things, be grateful, spread kindness, do more of what makes you happy, and LIVE IN THE MOMENT! The Let It Ride Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! provides graceful horse images and several inspirational messages to create amazing cards and paper crafts to inspire and encourage others to live fully.

Let It Ride Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Let It Ride Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Let It Ride Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Get card layer dimensions and a complete tutorial with this edited version of my May 23rd Facebook Live on Stamp 'n Scrap with Mary Knabe. LIKE my Facebook Business Page to get notifications when I'm going LIVE with paper crafting projects, tips, and techniques to inspire you to Keep Calm and Craft On.



Now, go be your best YOU and live your best life! 

(And make sometime to do something creative everyday.)

Add a bit of Lemon Zest!

It's feeling like summer in Ohio this week which makes me look forward to long bike rides, lazy afternoons by the pool, pretty flowers in pots on my porch and patio, picking up fresh fruit and vegetables at the local farm market, picnics with family, and enjoying cold glasses of lemonade. Making fresh, fun cards is easy peasy lemon squeezy with the Stampin' Up!'s Lemon Zest Stamp Set and coordinating Lemon Builder Punch. Create and send Lemon Zest cards with happy greetings for the birthday guy or gal or someone you love.



Create Lemon Zest cards with messages of encouragement and inspiration for those needing a bright and cheery pick me up! I love the versatility of the sentiments in this stamp set!



And...Lemon Zest isn't just for making lemons and lemonade! How about using the lemon stamps to make limes? How about lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit slices? Change up your colors to make all kinds of citrus fruits for even greater variety of cards.


Please note that the Lemon Zest Stamp Set and Lemon Builder Punch are both retiring. Get them while supplies last! You might also want to pick up a Lemon Lime Twist Ink Pad and accessories as those are also retiring. ALL Last Chance Products are available on a WHILE SUPPLIES LAST ONLY through June 3rd. 

Tree Huggers Unite!

I thought you were due for a little Throwback Thursday Fun, so here it is!

It's so hard to say goodbye to the very popular and long-loved Lovely As A Tree stamp set. The stamp set debut in 2001 and has been a favorite of mine along with tens of thousands of other stampers worldwide. It's one of the very first stamp sets I purchased and have loved it over and over as you can see from my stained wood blocks. I found this video I made of 2 cards featuring Lovely As A Tree and demonstrated two techniques using Aqua Painters (a favorite tool of mine because they make me feel like a real watercolor artist but are so easy to use). Watch and then pull out your stamps, ink, and paper and create some beautiful cards of your own.

Don' have this stamp set but been admiring it? Order it now before it's gone. It is available in Clear Mount and Wood Mount (which at the time I bought mine was our only choice). Stamp sets on the Last Chance Products List have guaranteed availability through May 24th. After that, it's while supplies last only. 


Click here to see the products used in the making of the video. A few of the colors (Always Artichoke & Soft Sky) have been retired. You can easily replace them with your favorite current Stampin' Up! colors. Mossy Meadow and Balmy Blue are the two replacement colors I would choose. How about you? What current colors will you use?

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Happy Stamping!

PS...I'd love it if you would share my Stampin' Peace Blog and YouTube Channel with your friends! Thanks in advance for helping me share what I love to do!

Sentimental Rose Collage

I decided after running my first ever Quarter Marathon at age 54 that I would make a little something for myself as a reward and a reminder that I am Strong & Beautiful & Resilient. I used the Sentimental Rose stamp set and supplies from my April Paper Pumpkin Kit. I love this little gift to myself and hope you like it too! The Strong & Beautiful stamp set has been one of my favorites from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. So many great sentiments for strong women and girls!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

See alternate cards made with the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit using the following link.

Interested in having monthly Paper Pumpkin Kits delivered to your door? Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try for the first time or as a returning customer with the Hugs from Shelli May Paper Pumpkin Kit. Stampin' Up!'s own Shelli Gardner, Co-founder & Board Chair played a major role in the inspiration and design of this kit. It's filled with beautiful touches of nature, a gorgeous color combinations, and artfully created details. The "Shelli Kit" is sure to be one of the best and most popular Paper Pumpkin Kits yet! Don't miss out on this very special kit. You need to subscribe by May 10th to receive the Hugs from Shelli Kit. Contact me to place your order or subscribe at

Get a Sneak Peek of the very special May Paper Pumpkin Kit now! Then plan to subscribe by May 10th.


Products used in addition to the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit Sentimental Rose

Climbing Orchid in Blushing Bride

It give me great pleasure to showcase the creativity of one of my own Stampin' Up! team members.  My dear friend and Merry Stampers Team Member, Tracy Dahling, created this elegant card using the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set and Orchid Builder Framelits Dies. Isn't it beautiful? The orchid is stunning all on its own. Stampin' Up! colors Tracy used in creating this beautiful card are Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Early Espresso, and Smoky Slate.

Love the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set and coordinating Orchid Builder Framelits Dies? Order them now as they are on the Last-Chance List of products that are retiring soon! See the complete Last-Chance List of Retiring Products and order soon as products are available while supplies last through June 3rd. IMG_0826 (1)

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