Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Stamp & Camp with Mary #SimpleStamping - November 28, 2018 - Simple Stamping Healing Hugs and Delightfully Detailed Note Cards

Today is another #simplestamping project.  This one uses again my favorite Note Cards & Envelopes the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes.  The Stamp Set is Healing Hugs and it will be the Stamp Set Featured on Decembers Stamp A Month Club Classes.  You can sign up for the Stamp a Month Club Class by clicking here.  This class is a great class for all stampers I have simple stamping, casual stamping, avid stamping those for customers and if you are a Demonstrator you have ready made classes. I usually start the month with a few simple stamping classes and then I step one or more up and then finish with fancy fold or new technique.

Most people use the Rose from this set.  I love the Rose but I wanted to do a little more than just the Rose.  So this card uses another one of the stamps in that set.

I put the flowers down a little because I love the Mint Macaron and wanted to use it as sky, but you can start higher if you like.  Just make sure that you have enough space for your saying.

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Now let's see how to do this.

Product List

Supplies: Stamp Set -  Healing Hugs [Clear 146530, Wood 146527]; Ink - Tuxedo Black Memento [132708]; Card Stock - Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes [146911].


  1.  I used the Mint Macaron note card and Memento and  just stamped the small group of flowers around in a circle leaving a space for the saying.
  2. With Memento I stamped the saying

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Have a great week.  Happy Stamping

Friday, November 23, 2018

Stamp & Camp with Mary - Nov 23, 2018 - One Month Anniversary What have we learned.

So Don said that today was our 1 month anniversary.  Well we sold the house 1 month ago but we didn't start on the road until the 24th but I will give him this one.

So I just wanted to do a post on what we have learned so far.

1. Stamp - No matter how many times you go through what you want to bring you will not bring everything you need.  I forgot my Staz-on Cleaner.  Had to find a Michaels to get one.

2. Camp - Make sure that the bathroom door is closed when you sit down or you have the TP in hand before you sit down.  No matter how much you try to level the trailer when you sit down with the door even a little open it will open all the way and you will not be able to reach the TP.

3.  Stamp - When you are going to do a live event go over at least 3 or 4 times what you are doing so you have  all the supplies.  You will always forget something and it will be in the box in the back of the truck when you need it most.

4. Camp - When the ratings state 4 or 4.5 believe them. 

5.  Stamp - It is hard to maintain your monthly minimums as it seems not as many people want to buy from you. It is hard for you to buy the minimums because you can not send packages to yourself.  I hate begging folks to buy from me.

6. Camp - Be Careful of how much you buy as the space it limited and there is not extra spots to place the over bought items. 

7. Stamp - Be careful when you move some stuff inside the trailer your husband may notice and tell you to put it back out in the back of the truck.

So that is just a few things I learned so far.  A month in and Don and I are still talking to each other, our Rummy games are now 5 to 1 with 5 wins for me and he still wants to play.  We seem to be talking about more things rather than just the girls and it is fun to see so many new areas.

We are now settled down for 9 days in Bandera TX, Holiday Villages of Medina Lake.  I tell you this is one of the favorite campgrounds we have been in.  30 spots and we are not on top of anyone.  Was a little bit to get into but I bet we don't hear any highway traffic or trains or planes. 

Here is a photo of our neighbors.

So were have we been since we left Bee's Resort.

Short day first day and we went to KOA in Perry FL It was a nice KOA and we had a good time.  IT was close to the Gulf Coast so we took a drive to a couple of beaches.  Don had never been to the Gulf course so this was one off of his list.

We were interested in that it seemed that the Stilt houses went really far away from the coast so we knew it would get some really bad weather.  WE discovered that the following day.

Day 2 we headed to Alabama heading down I 10 and saw all the destruction from Michael.  I don't know how many time I said OMG look at that.  Here are just a few photos and since we were going down the road I don't know if you will see it as well as we did being there.

We spent the night in Robertsdale AL  At a Coast to Coast and it was nice and a great area to walk in. It was called Sticksriver RV Resort.  Was fun as they had a ton of things with it it was on a river, they had tours and float trips, a gun range it was fun.

Then next day we were heading to Louisiana and we got to see a few things along the water way including a battleship in Mobile AL
I tried to take a photo but the bridge got in the way.  We really want to come back to LA and do a swamp tour.  We saw a few advertisements as we traveled and figured we can go back to around New Orleans with a Coast to Coast resort for 2 weeks and see the area and take in some good food.  We spent the night at a KOA in Scotts LA the campground was nice but being on the busiest travel day it took us almost a half and hour to go from the exit of I 10 to the campground and you could see it. There was a traffic circle and they had 5 cops directing traffic there. I don't think the traffic circle was built for 2 I 10 exits and local traffic.  That evening we heard a a lot of Sirens and looked out and we could see one of the entrances to I 10 and they were all there for about 2 hours I hope everyone involved was all right. The traffic seemed to clear up when we Left on Thursday Thanksgiving.

We had to travel about 400 miles on Thursday as we could not get anything in the way of campgrounds until San Antonio.  Don did suggest staying in a Walmart parking lot but I said no as the next day was Black Friday and they started coming to Walmart the day before and we would not find parking or sleep.

We got into the KOA of San Antonio and it was very nice.  Mainly catered to families as there were a ton of things for kids, bikes and scooters to rent. Swimming Pool, a few playground etc.  Looked like they had put a lot of money into it recently and it was a perfect location.  There was even a bus you could take to downtown and the River Walk. 

This morning it was not more than an hour to our campground so we left late and found our way into this great campground.  We did call for directions and glad we did.  I love the area and we may look at a reasonable priced housing here.  Though I wouldn't mind spending some time here and touring the Hill Country I always loved it.
  Here are a few photos of the campground  I will write more about this one later.

It use to be an Exotic Hunting Ranch so we saw a few different things coming in.
 Not many people only 30 sites but I am OK with that.  Campground hosts are really nice.
 Huge open space across from our trailer.
 Bath House and Laundry.  Does cost $3 for a shower but I can shower in ours.
Hope you all have a great week.

Don't forget my live event on Sunday at 1:30 PM Mountain Time.  You can find it here

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Simple Stamping - November 21, 2018 - Simple Stamping Winter Woods and Designer Series Paper

Another Simple Stamping Card.  I really love this series I am doing.  I hope you do also.

This one is the take off of last weeks Simple Stamping Card just a little change.  Can you see what is different?  What is the Same?

So let's see how to do this one.

Product List

Supplies: Stamp Sets - Winter Woods [Clear 147661, Wood 147658], Itty Bitty Greetings [Clear 146667, Wood 146664]; Ink - Tuxedo Black Memento Pad [132708]; Card Stock - Whisper White 8 ½ x 5 ½  [100730], Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 [101650], Garden Green 5 ¼ x 4 [102584],
Cajun Craze 5 ¼ x 4 [119684]; Designer Series Paper -
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack 5 x 3 ¾ [144177]; Accessories - Stamparatus [146276], Glue Dots [103683].

  1. With Memento Black Stamp the Row of Trees and the saying you choose on the light colored Designer Series Paper.
  2. Attach the Designer Series Paper to the Coordinated Card Stock and then to the Whisper White or Very Vanilla Card Base.

Question for my friends and fellow stampers?

As you know I am living in a 24 foot trailer and we travel a lot so it is hard for me to get orders shipped to me. I have always given something to those that order over $50 from me.  I usually give embellishments, maybe a sheet of dimensionals or something on that order, of course you always get a free card and earn Stamping Circle rewards.  Since I have a hard time getting orders I am running short of the of those free gifts.  I am thinking of changing the gifts and would like your opinions.
1. I was thinking of sending anyone who orders over $50 a PDF Sheet with instructions of 2 cards.
2.  I was thinking of sending anyone who orders over $50 Instruction for 1 card and then some of the supplies to finish the cards. Supplies would be mainly card stock and items that I have here.  I can not send any of the stamped images as we are not allowed to send them, but would do the other items.

So the Question which one would you like to receive with your order?  1 or 2.

You can e-mail me your answer by clicking here.


Monday we camped at the KOA in Perry FL.  It is a great KOA off the main road and very nice.  Quiet and very helpful.  Since we got in early we decided to go explore.  Don finally got to see the Gulf of Mexico  this was one of the items on his list to do.
WE went to a few beaches and saw a lot of house on stilts as Don said some were a way from the Gulf so you know that they have some severe weather here.  I still wouldn't mind spending some camping time around here on the beaches.  At least with a trailer you can move it when it gets bad.  I liked the small town of Steinhatchee.  We are both pretty impressed with the area around here, so out in the rural area, some times it looks just like the UP except for a few different types of trees.  I loved the small of the salt marshes, and the cool breezes.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog if you have please comment and share with your friends.

Have a great week.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Huge Stampin' Up! Sale Coming I mean Huge everything will be on sale during this sale.

Huge 6 day sale.  November 23 until November 28
This is a great way to save.  In fact during the sale almost everything will be on sale from the Annual Catalog. There are 3 48 hour sales.
First sale On the 23 and 24 will be almost all of Paper and Embellishments from the Annual Catalog.
Sale ends at 11:50 PM MT on November 24.

From November 25 and 26 Stamps and Kits will be on sale.

This part of the sale ends on 11:50 PM MT on November 26
The November 27 and 28 sale will include Tools & Ink
This part of the sale will end on November 28 at 11:50 PM MT.

Don't miss out.  Remember to use this month's Hostess code of  MC69RTEA for even more goodies.

Even more for the first 3 orders on November 23 that use the hostess Code MC69RTEA  i will give you a $5 off coupon for next order good until December 11, 2018.  So you can get an extra $5 off your Stamps if you buy Ink and Embellishments on the 23.

Don't miss this great sale. Check my Facebook Page ( ) for additional information during the sale.  Shop by clicking here.

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19, 2018

Stamp & Camp with Mary - November 19, 2018 - On the move, what we did in Florida.

Today we are leaving our home of 2 weeks the Bee's RV Resort.  It has been a good place and the area is great.  People are really friendly and there was a lot to do at the resort along with the area.  This area would be high on our list to return to.

WE got here on Monday the 5th of November the place we go for our camper had a concrete patio slab but was a tight fit and today as we pulled out we realized how tight it was. WE are still in one piece but it was tight and short on temper to pull out. So we are heading to the KOA in Perry right now.

Tuesday morning we got up and headed to find a body shop that could help us with our little Shreveport booboo to the truck.  Found a Cleiber not far from the campground and a long the way discovered a winery.  The Stampin' Up! On-Stage Convention was starting on Wednesday so Don dropped me off at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Orlando and I left him to take care of the repairs.  WE did have to extend the  time at the park to a full 2 weeks just to make sure that they could fix it in time.   No problem we picked it up the following Monday but we just didn't know as they said it might be a few extra days to get parts. He did have a rental truck so he went exploring while I went stamping.

  You can see my last blog post to see all fun I had at the convention and all the new stamping items I got.  I also have a live video or two on my Facebook group Mary's Stamping Happenings Group you can see all the new things coming out and also see the new cling stamps.

So Don dropped of the truck on Wednesday and just hung around the campground.  Then on Thursday he  went to the War Bird Air Museum and had a good time.  Then I got this very disturbing text on Friday.  I am glad I don't buy anything big unless you are with me.  All the time coming down from GA we were seeing advertisements for LoveOTOW the great 55+ Active Living Community.  Well since I had nothing better to do I googled it and discovered it was in Ocala FL not that far from where we were staying and it sounded interesting.  WE had never explored a 55 + Community before So On Top of The World sounded like a fun place.  We were going to see if we could visit it after the convention but Don had nothing to do so he said so he went up one day and fell in love.  Some of the places were in our price range around $160K to $240K and he loved that there was so much to do.  He only took a short tour but wanted me to head up for a longer one when I got back.  So I said why not.

Sunday Don picked me u and we went to Universal Studios for Harry Potter.  Expensive to do a 2 park one day pass fore each of us.  Don is not a very big Harry fan so I know he did it for me.  We had a great time, at least I did, and then had supper at Margueritaville, expensive, but fun day.

Monday was spent just taking naps and catching up on things I had to do at the trailer.  I thought Don would have rearranged everything in the trailer but he didn't do much.  WE did get to pick up the truck on Monday and had to drop off the rental but that was about the only thing we did.  Don did arrange that we would go see On Top of the World for Wednesday. 

Tuesday we went to the Lakeridge Winery and had a tour  it is the biggest winery in Florida.

 Of course we bought a couple of bottles for ourselves.  Not bad wine  more traditional rather than the small mom and pop ones, as Don said no cute names. I was hoping for a citrus wine and thought that would be good. I loved the Citrus beer the Moosehead Radler I had at Epcot and thought that a grapefruit or orange wine would be good but no fruity wines there. 

Went touring the area and discovered a few more RV resorts and 55+ Communities.  Had to do some shopping for groceries and just a laid back day  got some packages out in the mail.  Meigan is staying at school over Thanksgiving and the dinning halls are closed so we sent her a few things to tide her over.  Though they do have a Thanksgiving dinner for kids that stay and then one on Friday for left over I guess. 

Wednesday we went to On Top of the World and I do say I was impressed.  But would we really like to live in Florida.  I am still leaning toward Michigan only because of family but sure was a nice area.  They had about 4 neighborhoods  Each neighbor hood had a set of houses for that area, they each had a recreation area, fitness center and pool.  Then there was a a big Recreation Center with classrooms, there was an Life Long Learning Center, a huge and I mean huge fitness enter and  pools. They also had a place for Concerts and dance halls, a lot of places to eat and paths for golf carts, bikes and walking.  You could get a neighborhood which was attached to one of the 3 golf courses (we don't golf so not really interested in that one)  they have a solar powered neighborhood but I think you can outfit all their house with solar.  I was hoping the solar powered neighborhood was more innovative and that the roofing tiles incorporated solar but no just solar panels attached though they were all out fitted for collection and distribution. There were 10,000 people living there are they had about another 1000 houses to go but they were not going super fast so build out time was like 20 years. I loved the life long learning and all the classes you could attend, even say a class in stamping while I was looking around not Stampin' Up! but another company.  You could use the recreation center and classrooms for what you wanted if something was not scheduled.  This will be high on our list in the future.

We got back to the trailer and I searched for Tea Rooms and found one in Clermont and set up a serving for Saturday. Thursday was a stay at home day but we did have a few visitors to the site.

Well on Friday we decided to head to the 55+ community across the road  called Triology ( they have some in a lot of states).  Was a nice community, was really smaller and I thought a lot better in the community feeling.  The houses were more expensive and you could not really customize it as you would like they just had themes which was OK.  The houses were not as nice as the Top of the World but we cold manage.  The one thing was they did not have as many amenities as the other.  The big thing was no Life Long Learning.  I think we could live here I do like the area.

We did drive around and went down to Clermont and scoped out Erika's Tea Room.  Nice downtown and surrounded by lakes  I guess that is why it is called Lake County.

Saturday  we had a reservation for Noon for tea and it was a very nice tea room.  The staff very friendly and the food very good.  Though we still like RX Tea Time Scones better.  We also got to pick out our tea and the list was so large, we needed an hour to just do it justice.  They also gave choices of  Scones, Salad or Soup, and 4 different types of sandwiches.  The sandwiches were more like regular sandwiches rather than tea but they were very good.  Here are a few of the photos from there.

We walked around downtown and then to the lake and around a nice little historical village.  We really loved this downtown and the area.  So we went looking for places to live and shockingly found out it is very affordable for smaller homes.  We even found one on the Main downtown road just 3 block from downtown and 4 blocks from the Catholic Church.  It was not the best looking house and since it went from $250K to $140  we assumed there is some major structural problems.  We are leaving this on our we could live here list.

Sunday I got to attend church and felt so good and the sermon was what I really needed one of the last things the priest said - we should never fear the Lord and the end of time.  Huge church very beautiful.  I don't think there was another Catholic Church for about 20 miles so it was a large area.

Sunday Afternoon I had my Facebook Live Stamping event and then we had to get the camper ready to leave. 
Here are some of the photos from the campground.

 The Lake and Pagoda.
 The Main Office
 Just one of the Streets
 Another Street

This is on their Nature Trail.

I really liked the area and the campground was alright.

All in all the two weeks were great.  Stamping, Harry, Wine, Tea and possible place to stay.

Did you catch that  am doing a  new Video series Simple Stamping.  Check out here on the blog
 Or catch it here on You Tube.

Here is the first card.

We are now in Perry FL at another KOA I will up date you on Wednesday.