When items retire……

So Sad. Stamping products retire so quickly! I was planning to have my top 5 items to order before they sell out but it was too late. The retirement list has only been up a week and already significant items are no longer available to order.

There is never any problem in ordering retired stamp sets because they make them until the end, in-house.

But, it’s a little bit sad when products retire after being in our catalog a really, really long time. An example of this would be Crystal Effects (it’s no longer available) which was in my last post. I think this product has been in our catalog over 18 years. I was going to write – get some before it’s gone but-too late, poof!, it’s gone, sold out.

Next items were the Iridescent Ice and Black Stampin’ Emboss Powders. Poof! Gone!

On to the next must have item.

The white Uni Ball Signo gel pen. Gone. That was also a stunner. Poof!

The Stack and Store Caddy. I have three of them and planned on getting another, but that too-Poof! Gone.

So, my suggestion to you is, if you want any of the retired items on the list, get them before they are gone. Just check out the retired list on the right side of my blog. Then click on my order online button either at the top right or at the bottom of my posts.


In the mean time, I’ll share a card from my Spring Card Buffet that was held last Saturday.

This card has items that are retiring. The stamp set A Dozen Thoughts, the White Bakers Twine and the Updated Essentials template.

The ink colors are Red Rose and Garden Green with the Stazon Black ink.


As you can see I used the paper piercing tool to poke holes. To poke them in a perfect line, use the Updated Essentials template.


of course, paint on the colors with Wink of Stella Clear. Use just like you would with a blender pen or add a bit afterward on top of the color. The picture is not doing it justice. It’s always better in person. It was the favorite card for all the ladies.



Here are the Supplies I used:

Red Balloons


I love Red.

I love Red Balloons.

The Crystal Effects gave the balloons the right glossy look that I needed for today’s post.

Thoughts of red balloons have been on my mind lately.

This is probably because of the short film and book of my youth-The Red Balloon. In fact, I just found the book in my youngest daughter’s room on a bookshelf. I think I have always been fascinated with the color RED. All of my vehicles have been Red and I look good in red hues. Yet, as a young girl, I loved the color Blue. Blue dresses, Blue Carnations, Blue walls in a room. It’s funny how are tastes change with time. Colors can inspire you. As a Demonstrator, I dabble with all colors. You can choose your own combinations from our 4 great color charts. These Balloons would probably look great in Pacific Point Blue or Blackberry Bliss. My idea today is not geared toward a child’s gift bag and card but rather an elegant adult version. I have turned the Mini treat bag into a fun box/bag. This just might fit a small bottle of wine or mini Champagne with a straw. OK, Chocolate-Dark Chocolate! So let’s get started.

Elegant Red Balloon Birthday

Here is a Picture Tutorial for You:

You will start by Cutting out two main pieces of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. And-it’s on sale this week too. How convenient!


Now trim off the top edging. These are your sides of your box.


Do this on both pieces.


Score at 3/8″ on both pieces. These will fold in and attach to inside of box.


Now add Tear and Tape Adhesive. If you have time-use the Tombow Glue. I never have time so use the sticky tape. Fast fuse will work as well.


Fold over with a bone folder and make sure score lines are crisp. Line up your edges and tape together.


Now you have the main box. Flip over.


The tape goes end to end.


Your smaller piece will be 4 1/2″ X 1  6/16″. Yes, it’s a tight one. You may have to play with the width a bit on this. Every box is a bit different so by going a tad wider first and then adjusting with scissors is best.


Your box bags!


I hope this Box idea made from a small the Mini Treat “bag” die will inspire you. Need more inspiration-Click here and Check out a post from a year ago.

Elegant Red Balloon Birthday

Here are the Supplies I used:

It’s our last week of the Weekly Deals.




On the Horizon

The New catalog is closer then you think. Do you want one? It’s Free to all of my customers who have bought Online and in person from me in the last 6 months. If you are new to my blog, and you would like one sent to you in May, You need to place an order with me by April 23rd. If you have placed orders but hit the “No Contact”, I have no clue who you are and unfortunately I will not be able to send you a catalog for Free. You can get one but you need to pay the shipping. So, when you place an Online order-don’t forget to click Yes I allow my Demonstrator to contact me and Yes to information etc. Then I can put you on my Newsletter list and let you know my Events, and Specials. Plus, I would like to thank You, my New Online Customer with a gift.

Now, if you shop with numerous demonstrators, and I am not your primary demonstrator, Please let me know (email-stampingoose@charter.net) so that I don’t send a duplicate catalog. You can contact your Primary Demonstrator and let them send you one.

Once I order the catalogs, they will be sent out in May to my customers of the last 6 months. You will begin ordering out of the New-June 1st, 2016. New Demonstrators that sign up with me during May will get both the current and Brand New Catalogs. I would LOVE to have you on my team-The Dairy Best Stampers! Click HERE to learn more about being a Demonstrator.

We have lots and lots on sale this week for Weekly Deals. Unfortunately, this program will be ending on April 18th. Stampin’ Up! is planning on offering specials on and off over time. In the mean time-Dig in and grab these deals:


 While there, Visit the Clearance Rack too. Just click here.

For my Local customers, I will be starting my Lake Geneva Stamp Club again on Thursday April 21st. If you are interested, Contact me today.



Down to the last week or so

SALE-A-BRATION is almost over. Say it isn’t so!!!

You have 9 days left to enjoy the Free items that you get when you place a $50.00 order or more.

You do like FREE, Right? It’s truly Stampin’ Up’s! Biggest sale. The FREE items, the stamps, Designer Series Paper, Washi Tape, these items will not show up in the next main catalog. These items are exclusive to this time period only. Go ahead, find something that you truly need/Want/Have to have/Needed an excuse and Now you have it!!! Now is as good a time as any to get what you need and pick an item or two or three for FREE, depending on the size of your order. You can see the items for sale on the side column listed. If you need a catalog, contact me today. If you need help in placing an order and you would like personalized help, give me a call. I would Love to help you. Even if it’s your first time ordering with our company-Stampin’ Up!

The other great special-

Paper Pumpkin.


This is such a fabulous deal that several of my customers signed up during this special.

Here is an example of what I and many of my customers received a few days ago:

Ok, maybe your thinking about it. How about one more video that might interest you:

Ok, so are you ready to place an order? CLICK HERE!


Maybe join up for a few months with Paper Pumpkin. CLICK HERE!


Maybe you would like to join Stampin’ Up!® Click here to learn more!

Lots of options, so many choices.

Go ahead, You deserve a fun shopping experience.




Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2016

Need a little instant shamrock today? Just use your Heart punches.


I “scoped” on Periscope yesterday. This was the little candy creation I made in 15 min. I’m trying to keep my “scoping” shorter but Oh, Well!


You can find me on Periscope, Twitter and the replays at Katch.me

If you get this in your email box before 11:00AM-you will still find me up on Periscope Laura H. H. Zaraza @Livinglakelife

Just send me some Love with Hearts and share me with others- I’m trying to build up my audience.

 We are totally loving this Genre/Medium.

I hope your day is Lovely and that you have a designated driver tonight!

Enjoy and Happy Shopping.


Deals Deals Deals!!



Just a little Easter Bunny Jar

How is this for cute!


The backside!



Yup, He’s kinda cute!

These particular jars came from Target. Most of the time I get them from Ikea.

Oops-I did forget the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch #119860 $16.00.

Here are the Supplies I used:

This Weeks Deals:
We are down to the last few weeks of SALE-A-BRATION! Do YOU need to fill up on tape refills, Ink Refills (Don’t forget to get the In-Color 2014-2016 that will be going out in the next two  months), Envelopes, etc? Now is a Really great time to do it. You can get a free item from our really great SAB pamphlet. You can also sign up for a Paper Pumpkin kit and save with the 3 Month or 12 month deals. Did I mention you get Hostess Dollars with the 12 month Subscription? That’s Free Stuff that you get to pick out. Just Click HERE to begin getting this fun kit delivered to your door next month. I am patiently waiting for my March Subscription to arrive.
ENJOY! and Happy Shopping!

Updating information today

 Some days you just need to do a bit of house cleaning, updating, paper work etc. Today is looking to be that day. Way behind on posting to my calendar. Right now I just look like a slacker! As if!! I just updated my Twitter account so that those of you who enjoy following me on Periscope can follow me. Plus, it now reflects my Blog title. You will also be able to see all my videos on my Katch account. I plan on having a scope up shortly.

In the mean time, I wanted to share my Spring Peat Pot Class that I had with a Girl Scout troop at Waller School- Burlington, WI Tuesday night.

As always, I have so much fun helping the girls create. Create they did, as well as a bit of messy. And because I was so busy helping, I forgot to take a picture of the 17 girls at the tables. Oh, well, but I did manage to get a few finishing up:

Girls Scouts creating crafts

So Happy!


Pure Joy!

It just never gets old for me. This is why I am so passionate about Stampin’ Up!




 Adding a bit of Wink of Stella to her Butterfly. These pens were Very popular. I will share, I went through 2 Brand New pens last night-both colors-the Clear and the Gold. If any of the Mom’s would like to purchase these-The numbers are #141897 Clear and #141898 Gold. The are $8.00 each. They last awhile if you don’t squeeze out too much. Just click here to shop with me.


Look who I found. This cute Girl Scout from last years class. How fun to watch them grow up.


Look-who-I-found Grew-up!

Now-On to this Weeks Deals:


Just a quick and VERY Important note. Don’t forget to get the inks, papers and of course, RE-INKERS of the Current 2014-2016 In-Color Colors.

They will be retiring soon and I do not stock up on them except for myself. They go fast too by the time we get later in the year. New Catalog will be out in June and by then it will be way to late.

The colors are Blackberry Bliss/Hello Honey/Lost Lagoon/Mossy Meadow/Tangelo Twist

You can find them on page 137 in the Current Catalog. Now is a great time to get them as you can stock up and maybe get a Free Sale-A-Bration item in the process.

ENJOY and Happy Shopping!


Pics from my Fabulous Frigid February Stamp fest 2016

Last week I had my Annual Fabulous Frigid February Stamp fest. We stamped, we had a fabulous lunch, then we stamped some more. Here, take a look.

Serious Stamping here people!


We stamped and embossed this B-day card plus everyone took home the pattern/template to create 0ver 14 cards from one 12″x 12″ sheet of DSP. (Thanks Angie Juda)




As always, lots of laughs and catching up.


Love this New Cups and Kettle Framelits dies.


The finished pieces:


The bag was created with our Gift Bag Punch Board (thanks for the pear sample from Erica Cerwin) and the cute Tea caddy was created by making 4 boxes from the envelope punch board. I showcased several of our newest tools as well more helpful techniques using the Big Shot.

Products we used:

This Weeks Deals:


Important facts when placing an order:

 1. If you click the NO CONTACT, I won’t be able to send a Thank you to you for placing an order with me because it will not tell me WHO placed an order. I have a fun Thank You gift that will go out in April for everyone who shopped Online with me during SAB Jan-March 31st. I wouldn’t want you to miss out.

2. Don’t forget to add all the Free items for your order. Since it’s Sale-A-Bration time, make sure your order had over $50.00 before the shipping/tax. If it’s 49.95, you will miss out on the Free item of your choice.

3. If you have enough items -over $150.00-You get Free Hostess dollars to spend. Meaning you get at least $15.00 of any product from the catalogs (except the SAB).

With that-Happy Shopping!