Back to Education

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
    ~ Albert Einstein



I've been hoarding this stamp set, and, thanks to our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #18, I have a great excuse to pull it out – Back to School! I love the vintage feel of this set, since I am, well, vintage. Need proof?


Yep, that's my adorable twin sister and me on our first day of first grade with Mrs. Jacobs, Principal Mr. Horn, and my favorite all-time teacher, Mrs. Skirvin. Circa 1964! There were two classes for every grade, one through six, and sister and I were always in different classes. I think I got the better deal with Mrs. Skirvin that year. I spent most of the year on bed rest thanks to rheumatic fever, and sweet Mrs. Skirvin visited me at home every week to make sure I didn't get too far behind. I was so glad for her visit, I didn't mind all the homework. I know I never thanked her enough for the education she gave me about charity and kindness, oh, yeah, and there's that whole learning to read thing.




Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

May Arts Ribbon


My kiddos have all graduated from school (Whoop!) but I do remember how crazy hectic it was getting everyone ready. You can blame all this back-to-school jibber-jabber on Cheryl Gorka. She started it all with her fun back-to-school bookmark. I'm following her recipe with the primary colors, circles, notebook paper, Copic markers, ribbon, border punch, die cuts, matted panels, and sewing.

Of course, you don't have to use all her recipe or even as many of the ingredients as I did. Just pick and choose. You'll find all the details here – come join us! Some lucky random player will win more than 20 yards of 20 different ribbons provided to us by May Arts – THE leading distributor of high quality ribbon products, serving a wide variety of merchants from large retail outlets to home-based business in the craft and scrapbooking, gift, stationery, quilting, fancy food, floral, interior design and jewelry industries.


Here's the rest of my card's recipe.

  • Stamps – Stampin' Up! Greeting Card Kids, Lil' Inker Designs Sentiment Flags Stamps (set of 11)
  • Paper – Kraft and Prism Cardstock, October Afternoon Schoolhouse, cork sheets
  • Color Mediums – Memento Ink, Copics, Stampin' Up! Stamping Pastels
  • Fibers – May Arts ribbon and ric rac
  • Embellishments – Stampin' Up! Vintage Brads, Stampin' Up! Mini Library Clip
  • Tools – Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Sentiment Flag Die, Stampin' Up! border punch
  • Challenges – That's Krafty Thursday 53, Mojo Monday 203 (MOJO203)


Good luck to all of you going back to school and to all of us continuing our education.



I Want it All! – Stampin’ Up! Sale

Edited to Add: Caitlin's I Want It All! package as SOLD!

If you’ve followed my blog for long (God bless you!) you know I’m crazy proud of my daughter. She’s so much more courageous than I’ve ever been. You’d never catch met doing this!


Yeah, that’s her jumping off only the tallest building in the universe (Macau tower, okay, it's really only the 10th tallest)!

Well, now she’s jumping off to new adventures. In May she’s moving to Costa Rica to begin a new adventure teaching young Costa Ricans to speak English. To help fund her adventure, I told her she could sell some of my Stampin’ Up! sets. It’s a win-win for me – she gets some money for her travels and I get to make room for, yes, more stamps!

So . . . here’s my Caitlin’s sales pitch . . .




For $1,000, the I WANT IT ALL package includes

  • 100 retired and new Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and Stampin’ Around wheels (652 individual stamps). Many of these sets are retired or were never offered for sale to the public (hostess, sale-a-bration sets, etc.) and include fun extras like a demonstration card or matching Stampin’ Around wheel.
  • Over 50 beautifully crafted cards, many of them featured on Catered Crop.
  • 3 packages of Designer Series Papers.
  • Project kits.
  • Items that were sold exclusively to Stampin’ Up! demonstrators at Conventions such as a pens, cloth bag, stuffed puppy, water bottle and umbrella that match Stampin’ Up! sets;
  • Lots of surprises!

The stamps alone in this package retail at over $2,500 (not including the dozens of stamps we do not have are retail price for)! And, with 652 stamps in the package, that’s less than $1.55 per stamp.

You can find all the details such as the condition of the sets, fun extras included, original sale price, how many stamps are included in each set, which catalogs they appeared in, etc., in the spreadsheet below. Be sure to check the column “Item Details.” It will tell you really fun things, like that the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set includes the matching embossing folder and a limited edition matching umbrella.

Caitlin's I Want It All Stamp Up! Sale

The $1,000 I Want It All package comes tax-free and with drum roll . . . . free shipping!  Payment will be through Paypal.

The I Want It All package is only available until March 31. Beginning April 1 we will begin selling the sets individually (no April fool) at the prices listed at the column “Caitlin’s Sale price.”

This is the perfect package for anyone looking to extensively expand their Stampin’ Up! collection! If you’re interested in the package – do not leave a comment here, but instead, e-mail Caitlin at



Merry Christmas Deer Friends

DeerSpoonsStampin' Up! Deer Friends stamp set will probably always be one of my favorites. I found these great peppermint tea spoons at World Market – such a fun place to shop for Christmas treats. I just stapled the ribbon to the envelope of my Christmas card and got a little crazy embellishing the tea spoons. (Doodlebug Design, Inc. crushed velvet brads make an adorable Rudolph nose.)

I had fun passing these out to my fellow nursing home surveyors today. I am so blessed to work with such a wonderful and dedicated group of nurses, social workers and nutritionists. We are on the road so much together that they really are family. We've been through a lot together! Since none of them are really crafters, they're easily entertained by my little trysts with ink and paper.

If I don't get a chance to speak, write, Facebook, Twitter, or blog to you again this holiday, here's hoping all of you have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you all for putting up with all the silliness of my little blog. Here's looking forward to a wonderful 2010, with all the fullness of hope a new year brings.