Happy 4th!


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Hello everyone!  I need to get this post typed up quick! The boss just old us that we can start the holiday weekend early today! YAY!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating the freedoms that we have here in the United States. We are truly blessed!

I made a set of cards to share with our church’s shut-ins. I send them once a month, and they have been very well received. This month I sent out some fireworks cards.  A lot of communities in our area are not having fireworks due to Covid. That’s ok. I have some on cards!

I stamped the Happy 4th sentiment in the middle first. Then I made a mask for it by stamping it on a post it note, cutting it down to size and then putting it over the words before stamping the fireworks. This assured me that the fireworks wouldn’t stamp over the words. I could have also used my Stamp-a-ma-jig.


This card uses a very retired stamp set as well as a retired ink and card stock color. Please excuse the Stickles smudges. I  was having some issues tracing the stars.  Good grief getting older and the issues that come with that is not for the weak.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Happy Fourth
Card Stock: Brilliant Blue and Real Red
Ink: Brilliant Blue and Real Red

Non SU Product:
Neenah 110lb white card stock
Stickles – Xmas Red and True Blue

Have a blessed 4th of July! I will post again soon. Thank you for stopping by!

Crockpot Chicken & Gravy


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Hello everyone!  Long time no chat!  I hope to get back to a weekly post now.  It will be mostly cards with some recipes, and I plan to share my story of why  I have been missing in action.

I love to use the crockpot on hot days. I don’t want to be standing over the stove, and I sure do not want the oven on.

This recipe comes from the Plain Chicken blog. I love their recipes. I have a lot of favorites from over there. https://www.plainchicken.com/crock-pot-chicken-gravy/

I did use chicken broth with this recipe. It says it is optional, but I used it! I also prefer cream of celery soup. There is just something about those little chunks of chicken in the cream of chicken soup that gross me out big time! I used two forks to shred the chicken when it was done.

I served this one with instant mashed potatoes. My Dad would be so disappointed that I didn’t use fresh taters, but there it is.  I needed quick and easy. 🙂



  • 3 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 (0.87-oz) envelopes of chicken gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth optional
  • hot steamed rice


  • Place chicken in the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Whisk together soup, gravy mix, and water (if using). Pour over chicken.
  • Cover crock-pot and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
  • Before serving break the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Serve over hot steamed rice.


My Dear Friend Sandy

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I wrote up a post. I have been dealing with some life stuff. By life stuff I mean breast cancer. I’m not going to post about that today though. I have a lot to say about it, but that will be saved for future posts.

Today, I want to remember my friend Sandy. Sandy lost her fight with cancer earlier this week. I am glad she is resting in peace and no longer in pain. I am glad to have another guardian angel.

I was blessed to be her friend for a good twenty eight years or so, give or take a few months.  Back in the day we worked at Wal-mart together. I was working full time and going to school at night for my Accounting degree.  We became friends as we worked together. We discovered we did not agree in politics, but we had a lot more that we did have in common!  She stood up in my wedding.  We had a lot of great times together!

Sandy and I both love to make homemade greeting cards. You all know this as a lot of my posts are cards. Sandy loved to cook and bake. I have shared a few of her favorite recipes here. She loved her gardens. In fact, she was a master gardener.  How cool is that!  She LOVED Christmas and nut crackers.  She enjoyed a good meal out and going to a movie too.  Most of all, she loved her family, a LOT. Her husband was her rock, and she has always been incredibly proud of her son. They are both wonderful people!

She had a heart of gold, and she stuck with me through all of the crap in my life, including my divorce and my cancer.  What a great friend!

I didn’t want to share with Sandy that I had breast cancer. She had so much already going on.  When her Mom passed, I had to tell her because I was unable to attend the funeral.  I felt terrible about it. She was glad I told her. Sandy has been one of the most supportive friends through my journey.  I hope that I was able to encourage, love and support Sandy as much as she did for me.

I regret not calling and visiting her more often. I know she loved receiving cards I sent. I regret not giving her more hugs.  I had a lot of appointments, work, and chemo kicked my butt.  We texted often.  It’s not the same though. You know?

I joked with her son the other day that the last time I chatted with her on the phone, I was glad we were on speaker phone.  She fell asleep. I guess I was boring! LOL, seriously, I know she was sleeping a lot at that point.  Her husband was in on the conversation too, so he let me know and we hung up. All good.

I am glad we had our annual lunch on Black Friday. That was the last time I saw her.  Elise, Sandy and I had made this a tradition, and I am so glad we did it!  Elise and I will hopefully continue from here on out.

I know Sandy is watching over us now. The signs are there without even looking very hard. Be well Sandy. Know how much you are loved and missed. God bless.

Instagram update

Well don’t I feel silly. My Instagram name is stamperlaurie. There is no period in between.

I haven’t had a lot of time to stamp or cook lately. Hopefully within a few months (I am guessing the end of May) life will get back to whatever normal was. I will share my story then.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thank you!

Hello everyone.

I am writing to let you know that this will be my last blog post for a few months. I plan to be back this summer to share more cards and recipes.

Life has taken some big changes for me lately, and I need a break.

It has been fun. I hope you have enjoyed my posts.

I will continue to share my cards on Instagram. My name on there is stamperlaurie.

Thank you for following my blog. 😊💜

Perfectly Plaid Christmas Card


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World Card Making Day is the first Saturday in October, so this year it was October 5th.

I love to make cards, and I wish I had more time on this day to make cards. I was able to make one though, and I was so excited to use my new Stampin’ Up! supplies! I am just totally in love with this bundle.  It is fun to work with.  There is Designer Series Paper that coordinates as well – Wrapped in Plaid.

The bundle I used is called Perfectly Plaid.  The item # is 151143 and the US price is $31.50. You get the stamp set and the punch.


I think part of the reason I love this set so much is because my Dad always wore flannel shirts in the colder months, and the tree, set name and coordinating paper remind me of him.

I love to decorate the envelopes for my cards. I do not like to send nekkid envelopes. I love the sentiment North Pole Delivery. I don’t know if it was the designer’s intent, but it is perfect for the envelope!

Here is the card and the inside.  I love this tree punch.  It is so fun to use!

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Perfectly Plaid
Card Stock: Forest Foliage (VERY retired)
Ink: Forest Foliage
Other: Pine Tree Punch, Be of Good Cheer DSP (retired)

NON SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock, Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder (Item#D056344S at Michael’s)

Thank you for stopping by!

Christmas Penguin Card


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Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a cute penguin Christmas card that I will be sending out this year.  The idea is certainly not mine, but it is the sole reason I bought the owl builder punch. 🙂

I started by punching owls out of  Only Orange card stock. Then I punched more out of Basic Black card stock.  I cut the ears off both and the feet off of the black owls. I punched the vest and eyes out of white card stock.  The dots in the center of the eyes on most of the cards were done with a black Sharpie marker. I tried adhering the tiny little pieces from the punch, but that did not work out so well for me. The beak is the heart that is part of the punch.

The hat is made thanks to my awesome Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Barb letting me use her Jolly Hat Builder punch.  I had some contraband red glitter paper that I used for these along with some Neenah 110 lb white cardstock.  Very cute indeed!


I am bummed because I didn’t take notes as to which stamp set the Merry Christmas came from.  Sorry about that!

Stampin’ Up! product:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Only Orange, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Other: Northern Flurry embossing folder, Owl Builder Punch, Jolly Hat Builder punch

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock, Neenah 110lb card stock, Christmas Red Stickles, black Sharpie marker, red glitter paper from Michaels (purchased at least three years ago! Yikes!)

Thank you for stopping by!

Heartfelt Sympathy


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I needed to restock my stash of sympathy cards. I loved this stamp set, and I am glad I bought it right away. It did not stay in the catalog for long.

I went with a card that is all the same color. I don’t do this often, but I think it turned out pretty. The goal was/is to start using some older DSP that I have had for far too long.  No more hoarding! The paper is 6×6, so I used the scraps to punch out the butterfly. I love being able to use the scraps like that.  Wasting is just not my thing.


I thought the swirls of the DSP worked well with the image from the stamp set.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Heartfelt Sympathy
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Other: Elegant Butterfly punch, Pattern Pack DSP

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock, Notched corner punch

Thank you for stopping by!

Cream Puffs


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One of the biggest draws to the Wisconsin State Fair is the cream puffs.  People absolutely love them. I think they are ok.  I have always preferred my Mom’s homemade cream puffs. I’m not sure which cookbook she took this recipe from, but it is a keeper.  She always served them with French vanilla pudding inside. YUM!!!

Mom said it would be ok to share the recipe with you all, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do if you decide to give them a try.

Cream Puffs
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs
Confectioner’s sugar

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about one minute or until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at one time; continue beating until smooth. Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls 3 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from draft. Cut off tops. Pull out any filaments of soft dough. Carefully fill puffs with French vanilla pudding (or filling of your choice). Replace tops and dust with confectioners sugar. Refrigerate until serving time.