Thoughtful Branches COMING SOON!

July has been a month of working hard to get back in the groove!  I’m slowly finding more time to do the things I love….and that includes trying to find little snippets of time to stamp!  With the introduction of the new catalog this summer, I was even more motivated to get busy stamping with new colors, new stamps, and new accessories!  I’ve had alot of fun creating, and even more fun having some classes with some of my most favorite friends!!!

I’d like to let you know that Stampin’ Up! will be offering an exclusive stamp  bundle during the month of August.  This exclusive stamp bundle features 22 images and 9 framelits!  Whoa! You won’t even believe all the possibilities — including NINE sentiments for all sorts of occasions!  As a demonstrator perk, I was able to pre-order this bundle and get busy creating!  I’m having a blast working on samples for my class on August 15th.   This is a “WHILE SUPPLIES LAST” deal from Stampin’ Up!, so if you want this bundle, you should let me know right away.  I’ll order it for you on August 2nd when it first becomes available.  Here’s one of my first samples, inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, with some subtle changes to incorporate some new accessories that I was itchin’ to use!

Watermelon Wonder Card

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So much has happened since I last posted.  I had several things in life vying for my undivided attention this spring, but I think things are settling down and I’m getting back in the groove.  Maybe.  I’m trying to I’m trying to get back to my creativity and juggle all of my hats.  As many of you know, I focused on my daughter’s wedding in Alabama this spring, and it was a gorgeous weekend of celebrating!  The same daughter and son-in-law graduated from Samford University in May, so we have done quite a bit of traveling.  I traveled to Tennessee in April for one of her wedding showers, Alabama graduation in May, Alabama Wedding in June, Colorado girlfriends trip in July……and that doesn’t include 4 other weddings we have attended!  God has blessed us with LOTS of traveling mercies, and strength to make it through all the crazy-ness!  We’ve shared so many special memories and have taken thousands of photos to capture the moments!   I’ll try to share a few from time to time — for those who haven’t seen them on Facebook!  It seems like summer is starting to wind down, yet we have just barely started getting into the 100 degree weather here in Texas……so not sure I can really say that summer is winding down.  I’m not ready for school, so I’ll try to enjoy the next 3 weeks with less structure and play as much as I can with my little one.  I’m going to attempt to get back to my Blog Posting, so wish me luck!

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Honeycomb Hello Part 2

Honeycomb Hello Cards

I had alot of fun making additional Paper Piecing Cards using Honeycomb Hello this past weekend.  You may remember the cute little chicks from my last post, but I also wanted to show my Stamp Club ladies some additional samples in case they liked them better.  It gave them some ideas on how valuable the set might be (beyond a baby chick) and a few of them created the balloon card simply to avoid cutting out the chick!  But I was reminded how fun it is to paper piece.

For the Ice Cream card, I used Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, and Tip Top Taupe on the scoops.  The cone is colored with a Blender Pen and Soft Suede Ink.

For the Balloon cards, I colored the ribbon image with a gold marker, and then added the Gold 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon on top of the “Happy Birthday” card.  I wasn’t sure if I liked the ribbon or not, so I left it off of the “Hang in There” version.

All of the sayings on these cards were embossed with Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder. Supplies are shown below.

Card Dimensions:

  • Whisper White Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky Layer:  4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Whisper White Top Layer”  3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Small scraps needed for the paper piecing

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February Stamp Club Projects

I am so excited to share my fun stamping projects with my Stamp Club ladies this week!  I have two cards, and a 3-D project for them to create.  I can’t claim any creative credits for them……all of them were inspired by fellow demonstrators and can be found elsewhere.  As always, I will link you back to the place where I received my inspiration.  I am so thankful for Pinterest!  Can I get an “amen”???   Since I’m not doing so well with regular blog posting, I decided to lump all 3 projects into one blog post and go for it!  So, maybe this is a better solution for me at this stage of my life.  (*maybe*)

This adorable 3-D Cup Holder is my first project and was inspired by Lisa Curcio.  She does some great videos, as well……and I am not branching into the filming industry any time soon!  So I hope you will enjoy the details provided by Lisa and view some of her other Easter goodies while you are there.  CLICK HERE to head over to her blog.   You may have seen me use these mini coffee cups on other projects in years past.  I love them!  They are so tiny and adorable, and you can fill them with small candies, or a single K-Cup for a Keurig coffee maker.  They are available online at Webstaurant Store and the lids are sold separately (found here.)



My second project was inspired by Tami White’s creation on her blog Stamp With Tami.  I made a few minor changes to create more of a focus on the verse, rather than the “egg”.  I hope you enjoy seeing this project. The verse is from the Spring Occasions catalog and can be found in the set “Suite Sayings”.    Do you recognize the “swoosh” used to create the pastel strips on the egg?  That image is from the “Work of Art” stamp set.  Really?  Who thinks of these things?  Someone with more time and creative juices than me!  I am so thankful that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel……aren’t you?  I think I decided that I like the pearls in the center of the flowers (instead of the Rhinestones) — what do you think?

Easter Blessings Cards Set

My last project was inspired by a few that I saw on Pinterest, but not a specific website or blog.  I used the precious little chick from Honeycomb Hello.  It is one of our Sale-A-Bration stamp sets — FREE with any $50 purchase.  After you see all the cards I made with it, it may move to the top of your list 🙂

These three baby cards were made using a Paper Piecing Technique.  I stamped the image on cardstock and then cut it out.  I used So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Pink Pirouette.  So you will stamp the image on your Whisper White Cardstock and then AGAIN on your colored cardstock.  Cut it out and adhere it on top of your white cardstock.  Make sure you use a Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango marker to color the beaks and feet.  I embossed the words (from Crazy About You) with Versamark and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and added a gold bow.  Aren’t these the cutest things EVER?  But wait until you see the other images in the set.  My next post will feature some additional cards I made using this stamp set.

baby chick cards





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Hello, My Friend


Stampin’ Up’s annual Sale-A-Bration has begun, and this is one of my favorite stamps!  Such a simple little word, in a sweet little font, with such great potential to brighten someone’s day!  When I plan my classes, I work hard to make sure my gals are constantly using new products and new techniques that they haven’t purchased, or perhaps overlooked in the catalog.  I must confess, even I had overlooked the Happy Patterns stencils that you see on the background of this card.  And I totally missed the fact that we have an Embossing Folder that coordinates with it, also!  This all-0ccasion version was made using Rose Red ink and sponge dauber — lightly sponging the pattern.  The birthday sample below is much darker, but I pressed harder and created a bolder pattern.  Each one looks nice, but the first one took much less time to create!


This cute little stamp set has a few smaller images, such as the party hat, so my gals were able to pick what worked best for their needs.  I will try to edit this post later to include a photo of all the images in the stamp set.  I’m having trouble getting my new computer to do what I want it to do.  (I’m still learning how to do everything on a MAC!)  But, all the other supplies we used are shown below.  I also used the new heavy weight Whisper White Cardstock on this card so they would see how nice it is for card bases.  If you haven’t tried it out, I highly recommend it!  No more floppy cards!

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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from the Derrick Family!  We are finally getting back into the groove after a busy December, and I’m ready to start working toward blogging once again.  Hopefully I can get in the habit of updating it more regularly and keeping you inspired with some stamping and sewing projects, as well as some “life” happenings in our neck of the woods.  2016 will be an exciting year, for sure!  We are having our first wedding, and we will welcome our first son-in-law, Ben Coleman, to the family.   Lindsey and Ben will graduate from Samford University in May, be married in June, and he will begin his career with the US Air Force soon after.  We will certainly have many occasions to celebrate, as we will officially have two college graduates in the family, two children gainfully employed, and only ONE college tuition payment to make for the first time in 5 years!  I look forward to sharing some of our family adventures this year, and a little crafting along the way.  I’m finding that I can only squeeze in a minimal amount of stamping these days, and my classes are quite limited, but family comes first — and I’m thankful for everything in my life.  I love my day job at the bank, and I feel SO blessed to be able to say that!  God has provided an excellent boss, fun co-workers, and a stress-free work environment for me each day!  Although I miss more time to stamp, scrapbook, sew, cook, and do all things domestic, I must continue to STOP, count my blessings, and remind myself of all the things I have to be thankful for.  An “attitude of gratitude” is so important, and the older I get, the more I want to possess it.


We decided to take our newest little angel to Disney World for Christmas.  We managed to keep the trip a secret until Christmas morning!  She was so excited when we finally let the cat out of the bag — she almost didn’t know what to do or say!  She was a little more excited about flying on an airplane for the first time than anything else.  She took it all in just like a champ!  She had no problem keeping up with the big girls and rode every ride they would let her on!  No fear of the roller coasters or anything!  I’m eager to make a digital photo album with some of the 1200 photos we have, but not sure when I’ll squeeze that into my schedule.  I’ve been going to Starbuck’s during lunch a couple of days a week to just get out of the office an change the scenery.  I hope that I can start working on the album during my Starbuck’s hours.  The hardest part is always just getting started and getting all my photos organized.  I feel like I can make good progress once I just get the ball rolling.

I have a lot of friends who have chosen a “word” for the year 2016.  Others have set goals, or made resolutions.  I’m not really sure what I want to do, if any, but I do plan on being more creative this year, and finding more time to squeeze in creativity.  It is my “therapy” and I truly need my creative moments.  I have some creative goals, and I thought it might help me be more accountable if I listed them here.  So here goes….

  • Make new stockings for all 7 of us.  I have patterns and ideas for various quilting designs.  They will all be made with the same collection of material, but each will have a different design.  I will have the names embroidered on the cuffs.
  • Make a small quilt for Lila’s birthday with a “pig” on it.  She loves pigs and her lovey is a pig.  I have a cute quilt block I found with a pig on it.  But I want to super-size that block and make it into a very large pig head.  Hard to grasp, but I know what I want in my head 🙂
  • Get rolling on Lila’s Kindergarten scrapbook.  I am using Project Life for Lila’s scrapbooking, so it is incredibly quick and easy.  It’s more like “memory keeping” instead of scrapbooking.  And there are so many simple ways to record the everyday moments in her life.  I’m just getting further and further behind……the year is 1/2 over, and I’ve not done any official pages.  I’ve got to get on the ball!
  • In addition to the Christmas stockings, I would LOVE to finish a tree skirt that I started 2 or 3 years ago.  It’s adorable!  I just need to finish it!  I don’t know what’s wrong with me — so many unfinished projects!
  • I’ve pinned so many other small projects on Pinterest, that I couldn’t possibly do them all in my entire lifetime.  But I do have a few favorites that I want to piddle with this year in hopes of having some Christmas craft projects ready by next December.  I’ll share them throughout the year, and hopefully inspire you to try out a few new projects.  All year last year I wanted to find time to crochet some pot-scrubbers using netting that you cut into strips.  I’m eager to make a bunch of these and give them with some kitchen soap for gifts next year.





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Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack: Final Class on Dec. 3rd

Please join us for our final Stamp-A-Stack on Thursday, December 3rd.  We will make 12 cards — 4 each of these 3 cards.   If you need tags, I will be happy to help you make tags with these designs.  Come create a special card to package your gift cards, give to coworkers, teachers, and neighbors!  You will be so happy to have these hand-made treasures when you pass out your gifts!

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Online Extravaganza Starts TODAY!

Online Extravaganza Nov 2015

Starting today, and running November 23-30, save up to 50 percent on select Stampin’ Up! products during our week-long Online Extravaganza! To make it even better, there will be flash sales that last 24 hours on November 23 and November 30, the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. But remember: Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them while you can!


Shop online in my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE!  You can check out all of the extravaganza deals and see what you can’t live without!  Many items are 50% off………better stock up now while you can!   Remember, today’s deals are for 24 hours only, and next Monday there will be more!

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If you’d like for me to email you the entire list of all sale items, please let me know.

The final Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack will be on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30.  I will be happy to help you create cards OR tags with the designs, if you need tags for your gifts instead of cards.  I will post the sample cards in my next post (within in the next 24 hours)!   I have them ready, just didn’t want to confuse you with everything in one post!  Have a great Monday and Thanksgiving week!


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15% off Stamps! Hurry fast! Ends Friday!

I can’t believe it!  Stampin’ Up! has all stamps on sale for 15 percent off for just a few days. This rarely happens, so check it out and get your stamps ordered!  Must be ordered by 11:55 on Friday.  Please message me or order online 24/7 at MY STAMPIN’ UP WEBSITE. 


  • Dates: October 19-23, 2015
  • Host stamp sets, rotary stamps, and supply list stamp sets are not eligible for the 15 percent promotional discount on stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount. The stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased ala carte with the 15 percent promotional discount.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
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Sheltering Tree “Thankful for You” Card

I know it’s been a little “hit and miss” on my blogging, but things are always very busy in my life — and yours!  I can keep making a list of excuses, or I can just keep on doing the best I can.  I hope that I can just continue to post projects that I create, and hope that they will bless some of you.  I know how much I love seeing posts on other’s blogs, so maybe some of you that read will enjoy my projects.  This card was inspired and cased almost identically to one that I found on Pinterest.  Sometimes I find inspiration on blog posts, but mostly these days, I search Pinterest for ALL of my crafting and baking needs.  It is my “go to”!   The original card is from Crafting Clare and can be found HERE.

This card came together in this order, and ALL pieces are from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

  • Stamp 2 trees with Early Espresso to get 2 shades of brown.
  • Stamp 2 trees with Soft Suede to get 2 more shades of brown.
  • Stamp lots of little “grass” sprouts with Old Olive at the bottom and around the bases of the trees.  Don’t always re-ink between!  This will give you lots of shades of green grass.
  • Using the tiny “spots” image, stamp lots of Pear Pizazz spots all over the bottom part of the card.  Fill it all in with various shades of Pear Pizazz.  Don’t be shy!  Keep on spotting it up, and you’ll be amazing how it all comes together.
  • Stamp a few time with the long “wavy” image and Soft Sky ink.  This creates a little bit of “ground” at the bottom, and I stamped the ink off to create a very light color of Soft Sky.  Once again, just play without rules!  Have fun!
  • Stamp your words at the bottom with Early Espresso ink.
  • Use a sponge dauber and Crushed Curry ink.  VERY lightly rub some ink in a circle motion over to the left side to create a gentle sun peeking through the trees.
  • Sponge the “sky” and all edges of the card with Soft Sky ink.  Start slowly and softly —  and darken as desired.  This REALLY frames out the card and adds a finishing touch.
  • Mount the finished stamped piece onto the Whisper White Card Base.

I hope that my boss likes my card!  I think it is a “given” that most men don’t really think about the handiwork that goes into our hand-stamped cards.  But I think he is starting to “get it” after me being here for 10 months.  Since January, I’ve given him about 70 cards for various birthdays among our staff.  He likes to give cards to all of the employees who are in the business lines that he manages.  So, he has seen alot of my work this year!  Stay tuned for more craftiness!  I have several other items waiting in the wings to blog about!

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Go PINK with Paper Pumpkin and help stamp out breast cancer!

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Paper Pumpkin boxes are going PINK . . . or at least the October boxes are! And because Stampin’ Up! knows our subscribers want to share the love too, we will be making a donation on their behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Stampin’ Up! will donate $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber PLUS an additional $1 for every NEW subscriber.  Together, we will ALL make a difference!

Here’s how you can help: 

  1. Subscribe by CLICKING HERE, if you’re new to Paper Pumpkin (1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions). Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you’ll want to hold onto forever-and Stampin’ Up! will donate $2 because you’re new!
  2. Stay active if you’re a current subscriber so Stampin’ Up! can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
  3. Spread the word! Let’s all rally for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers to raise as much for this cause  as possible.

More About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

BCRF is a world-class organization, dedicated to ending breast cancer and Stampin’ Up! is excited to be teaming up with them to make this happen. Their mission is to advance the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. To learn about more ways to help, please visit

Additional Details: 

  • New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past.
  • All funds will be donated in US dollars.
  • Mini spoiler alert!  The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but according to Stampin’ Up!, it is NOT a pink project.
  • Funds will be donated based on number of subscribers instead of boxes shipped. But, if you want more than one pink box, you can always increase your subscription quantity by logging into your account at before October 10.

Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.

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