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Sunday, November 11, 2018

November and December Classes

Hello Everyone,

It's a cold, windy, but sunny day in Michigan! Although the sun makes it look warm, it isn't! I wanted to remind everyone about Stamp Camp next Saturday, November 17th from 10 AM - 1:00 PM. We will be doing four cards and all for Christmas. The pictures follow:

Next week is Thanksgiving (November 22nd); I can't believe it! Randy and I will be traveling to Maryland to see his son, wife and grandchildren. We can't wait to see them, since our October visit didn't work out. When we get back, I get busy with cards again by having the Fun-Fold Class on November 28th from 10 AM - 12 Noon. Picture of our project follows:

December has inched it's way onto my calendar. I'm always surprised how fast it comes up! This year is no exception, but never fear, Christmas Card ideas still abound at Create With Gloria Pollack's house. On Sunday, December 9th, from 1 PM - 4 PM we will do a Winter Sampler featuring some of the new stamp sets for Winter/Christmas. The sampler is 8 x 8 inches. If you wish to matt it on a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock, it will fit in a 12 x 12 frame. It would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone special.

On Saturday, December 15th, from 10 AM - 1 PM, we will have the last Stamp Camp of the year, and we will complete some last minute cards and a Christmas Gift Box. I can't wait to do this one with you.

Well, I've been busy! I'm sure you have, too. I can't wait to see you at some or all of the events coming up. It's not Christmas to me without your friendship, love and acceptance throughout the season that has captured the lyrics in "Love Came Down at Christmas". Love you all and hope your Holidays include crafting, friends and family.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

November Classes

Hi Everyone,

Randy and I have been back from vacation for a few days, and I've been so rejuvenated! We had a wonderful time, although Hurricane Michael shortened it. We didn't get to see Heather and Don in Florida, but now that Randy is retired, we'll be able to go at anytime.

I wanted to share a quick post about the classes coming up in November. Yes, I love all of the Holidays, and making things for our loved ones gets my creative juices going!

Wine and Card Class, Friday, November 9th, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
This is a new class for beginners and advanced card makers. Of course we will have wine, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic along with some other munchies, so our stamping doesn't get too crooked! Please invite your friends to come with you. It will be held on a Friday night which is a great time for girlfriends to get together. Cost is $15.00 and all supplies will be provided. I will teach this as a class, so, just come and enjoy.

St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center Holiday Card Making Class, Monday, November 12th, 1 PM-3 PM
This class is definitely for beginners and it will go through all the basics, including how to fold the card. All of the prep will be done for the participants. Cost is $8.00. Please sign up through the Senior Center. Limit 16 participants and pay at the door.

Stamp Camp, Saturday, November 17th, 10 AM-1 PM 
Stamp Camp is a way to see new and old friends while we make cards. There will be 4 different card designs, 2 each of each design. So, that's 8 cards and envelopes that we'll make.  Please bring your bone folder and favorite adhesives. Cost is $25.00 or FREE with a $25.00 order to Stampin' UP!

Fun-Fold Class, Wednesday, November 28th, 10 AM-12 Noon
I love this class! We make 2-4 cards with intricate folds. The amount of cards depends on how much we get done in the 2 hour span of time. Cost is $10.00. Please bring all of your tools and adhesives. I will teach the class step-by-step and provide the paper and envelopes.

That's all the classes for November. I'll try to post on Facebook, but no promises there, I have had some problems with trying to do it.

Take care,

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Notes From Gloria 


What is a CASE? Well in short, it's Copy And Share Everything, so yes, I don't get all my own ideas every month. Sometimes I take a bit of this or that from what I've seen on other blogs or Pinterest. All stampers CASE. Most of us aren't artists or design experts, that's not what we were trained to do. I was trained as an Oncology Registered Nurse; that is as far away from art or design as can be. But, we all have a little creativity in us and it sometimes needs a spark from others. That is why Stampin' UP! loves that we CASE. They encourage us to look at others work and be inspired. Of course, if you copy in its' entirety or use a specific idea, you should give that demonstrator the credit, that is just being fair and nice. I try to make sure that I do that, but, sometimes I fall short, as we all do from time to time.

Anyway, I wanted to thank all the stampers that came to the September Stamp Camp! It was a BLAST for me and I hope it was for you, too. I want to let you know that I will be taking October off because my dear Randy is RETIRING! Can you believe it? Well instead of parties and cake, we are taking a vacation out East and will be gone for two to three weeks. So, the next events I have will be in November. Yikes, I can't believe how fast the year has gone by!

What Is A Workshop?

I love having workshops! Workshops can be done anywhere, but are normally done in your home. I have done them in libraries, coffee shops, churches, and even in my home. Workshops are wonderful because YOU will be the Hostess and get all the Hostess Benefits. You provide a simple snack and drink to share with your friends, and I provide the fun! Once you achieve $150.00 in sales you'll get 10% of your sales in credit for Stampin' UP! product. That means you get $15.00 or more, to spend on exclusive discounted stamps or anything current in the catalog. I want to make the party fun, and a time of relaxation for you and your guests, so, I meet with you over the phone or at your house a couple of weeks before your party. We will plan it together and I'll provide the stamping fun.

News From Stampin' UP!

  • New items added to the Clearance Rack!
  • New Accessories Will be Available Soon for the Stamparatus!
Big Shot Plate/Pad TIP

Clear Big Shot Pads Curving? Start with a new set of plates and use the top plate only for cutting shapes out of your framelits by turning the Cutting Blades UP. This technique is for cutting a lot of shapes that haven't been stamped. The sandwich is from bottom to top:
  • Base/Magnetic Plate-Bottom
  • Clear Plate-Clean Plate
  • Framelit-Blades UP
  • Paper/Cardstock
  • Clear Plate-Used
    • The framelit will cut into this plate preserving the bottom plate. 
To cut a stamped image out, use this sandwich and Cutting Plate DOWN:
  • Base/Magnetic Plate-Bottom
  • Clear Plate-Used and Scratched but not warped
    • Make sure to flip this plate in-between cuts
  • Paper/Card stock
  • Framelit-Blade Down
  • Clean Clear Plate

Wine and Card Class - Friday - November 9th - 6 PM-7:30 PM
  • This will be a relaxing evening with the girls, wine both alcoholic and non-alcoholic will be served with some cheese and crackers on the side. We will be stamping cards that remind us of Tuscany and Grape Harvesting for Wine. I hope you'll join me, and bring a friend. Cost is $15.00.
St. Joe Senior Center Holiday Card Making - Monday - November 12th - 1 PM 
  • Beginners class for the 60 year old and over. Four simple cards/envelopes. $8.00
Stamp Camp - Saturday - November 17th - 10 AM-1 PM
  • After your late breakfast, tell your significant other you're going to stamp some cards and get together with friends old and new. Stamp Camp is a way to get together with your friends and to relax and make cards. We will make 2 each of 4 designs with a total of 8 cards/envelopes. Cost: $25.00 or Free with a $25.00 order from Stampin' UP! We will be concentrating on Holiday Cards at this camp.
Fun-Fold Class - Wednesday - November 28th - 10 AM-12 Noon
  • We will make 2-4 cards/envelopes based on the intricacy of the card to be made. Please bring your own paper cutter, scoring tool, bone folder, adhesives and anything else that you use to make your cards. I will provide the step by step instructions, cardstock and Designer Series Paper to make the project. You'll be cutting and scoring all pieces to complete the project.
Future Dates to Save:
  • Winter Sampler Class, Sunday, December 9th, 1 PM-4 PM
  • December Stamp Camp, Saturday, December 15th 10 AM-1PM
Projects Done This Past Month

August Paper Pumpkin

Fall Sampler Class

Fall Decor Item for my living room.

September Stamp Camp 

Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Rock and Roll Technique

Stamps: Pleasant Pheasants
Copper Embossing Technique & Ribbon Technique

Just had to add a Halloween Card that I didn't have time to make last year, but I used the new paper in the Holiday Catalog-Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalog and the Coffee Cup Framelits from the Big Catalog!

Stamps: "Country Home" in the Holiday Catalog along with Country Lane Designer Series Paper, Chicken Wire Element, and the Blends to color the image.

Have a great October! See you in November!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New Tool

Hi Friends,

I'm still in Seattle, (I'll be home Thursday) but wanted to share a new tool that I received before I left. The new tool is called the Take Your Pick Tool by Stampin' UP! I tried it out and it works like a charm to pick up itty bitty pieces, such as, sequins, sprinkles, gems, buttons and other small items with the tacky putty tip. The tool also has a paper piercer attachment, small and large stylus, and a mini spatula. It's in the Holiday Catalog on page 30, #144107. Cost is $10.00 which I think is quite a deal. The nice thing about it is you'll never run out of putty because Stampin' UP! offers replacement putty tips.

I know I struggle with getting small pieces on my cards because of the arthritis in my hands. This tool works for me and I hope it works for you, too. You can order it through my website: 

Well, I hope you have a wonderful day! It's sunny and 70 degrees in Seattle, and I'm enjoying my time with my eldest son, Mark, today, at his apartment downtown. Now, to break for lunch!


PS. If you need a holiday catalog, please let me know and I'll send you one.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

September Updates & Classes

Hello Friends,

I've had a busy month, and now I'm trying to finish up last minute things prior to going to Seattle next week. Everyone has had a hectic month. Some of you have participated in the Berrien County Fair or are trying to get kids decked out for school. I got to see my East Coast Grandchildren and next week I'm going to visit my West Coast Grandchild; and my Sons and their Wives.

TIP of the Month

I wanted to share with you a tip that I got from another demonstrator by the name Dena from the Creativity Cave regarding saving the life of your Big Shot Plates. I can't believe I've been using my Framelits and Thinlets wrong all of these years and wasting my Big Shot Clear Plates because of it.

Did you know that you should turn your framelits upside down? I didn't. I taught the gals this tip at the August Stamp Camp and at Craft-A-Thon. I didn't want those that didn't attend left out. Anyway, to save your clear plates from curving, here is a video by Dena. Copy and Paste this address in your Search bar and watch her video. Here it is:

August Stamp Camp Cards

The last e-mail I sent out said that I would post the August Stamp Camp Cards, and the products used for them. So here they are:

I love the Bella & Friends stamp set. It can be used in multiple ways, and if you're not into dogs, there is a Cat set, too, from Stampin' Up! called Pretty Kitty. I used Memento Black ink to stamp the image and the verse. To color the image I used the Stampin' Write Markers Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. The base of the card is Lovely Lipstick, although it can't be seen in this picture. I lined the card in Whisper White paper then I stamped a Blackberry Bliss and Lovely Lipstick Balloon on it. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) was given to me by my friend, Beth Rhode. I hadn't used it before it had retired, but I still love it. It is in Blackberry Bliss, which was an In Color at one time, but was brought back after it was retired this year in the color update. I'm so glad because I had two packs of cardstock saved from the retired offering (sometimes I hoard) The ribbon is also retired Blackberry Bliss. 

I saw this card on Pinterest by Roseanne Mulhern (thank you for sharing it, Roseanne) and I liked the idea she had, but she used more layers on the card. I did like her choice of papers, so I did CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it almost exactly. I used the new Share What You Love Specialty Paper by Stampin' UP! and the In Color Designer Paper Grapefruit Grove (DSP). The base of the card is Thick Whisper White and the DSP is adhered to a smaller piece of Grapefruit Grove. Before I adhered the DSP grid to the base of the card, I wrapped it with White Bakers Twine.  I stamped Oh Happy Day from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set on Whisper White paper and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. 

Okay, so this one I CASE, too, but added a few different things and changed up the colors. This card was originally from Jen Pitta on Pinterest (thank you, Jen).The stamp set is one of my favorites and is called High Tide. I love every single image in the stamp set which is available from Stampin' UP! The base is Slate Gray. I used our new color, Soft Sea Foam on the bottom layer on the front of the card; I first stamped Soft Sea Foam water from the stamp set on the cardstock. The next layer is a beautiful DS Paper called Tranquil Textures. I tore the edges and distressed it with a sponge dauber and Slate Gray ink. The image is stamped in a two-step technique with one layer in Slate Gray ink then the next layer also in Slate Gray, but stamped off before stamping the image (another technique). Lastly on the image, I stamped the verse in Memento Black. Before I adhered the Whisper White stamped image, I distressed the edges of the paper. I added some twine that I didn't use from a Paper Pumpkin Kit (Stampin' UP!). This was our time intensive card, but I think everyone loved it. What I didn't show in the picture is the inside of the card which is stamped with the water and some gulls standing on the shore.

Our last card is very simple and is quick and easy to make. The base is Thick Whisper White cardstock. The next layer from the bottom is Crumb Cake cardstock. I also used the Burlap Ribbon that is still available in the new catalog and some Dapper Denim Bakers Twine (retired) I had left over from another project. The DSP is from the last catalog, so it's retired and called Naturally Eclectic. The stamp set is Artistically Asian and is current in the 2018 catalog. I love the simple flowers and greenery of the set, but I took a different take on it and stamped the bamboo in Night of Navy ink and the Chinese characters in Crumb Cake. It tied in with the papers that I chose to make the card.

Coming up in September

Fall Sampler Class on Sunday, September 9th from 1 PM- 4 PM
Cost is $25.00 for the class. Please call or e-mail me to reserve your spot. 
E-Mail: or 269-930-8154

Stamp Camp will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 AM- 1 PM
Cards are still being developed for the camp. Please call or e-mail to reserve your spot. Cost is $25.00 or FREE with a Stampin' UP! or of $25.00 or more.

Fun-Fold Class will be held on Wednesday, September 26th from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Project is still in the development stage. We did this card in the August Fun-Fold Class:

Well, that's it from me. A lot of ideas for you if you didn't make one of the classes. Take care and I hope to see you in September.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

News from Stampin' UP!

Hi Everyone,
You know I love a sale no matter what I'm buying! I look for a sale at the grocery store, the department store, the pharmacy and even at the dollar store. Well, Stampin' UP! is having Bonus Days again in August. This is a good thing, friends! What a way to get a discount. So, every $50.00 you spend on product, you'll receive a coupon code worth $5.00 to spend in September. Now, you ask yourself, why do I want to wait to September, and why does Stampin' UP! offer the coupon code and we have to wait? It's because the Holiday Catalog will be out. Yay! We will be able to get new products at a DISCOUNT! Whoo Hoo!

So I wanted to share the flyer so you'll be ready to earn your coupons. Don't forget, you can earn them by ordering them on-line through my website, or if you like to have fun with the girls (I don't have any guys coming, yet), then, come to one of my events in August:

Stamp Camp is Saturday, August 18th, 10 AM, my house

Fun-Fold Card Class, Wednesday, August 22nd 10 AM, my house

Craft-A-Thon, August 24th and 25th at Woodland Shores Baptist Church. 
This event is for the whole community of crafters and was started and maintained by two special crafters, Sue Knowlton and Judy Owen. I want to share it with my team and customers. It's so much fun and I get a lot of scrapping and stamping done! If you would like to sit with me, please let me knowt you're going and I'll ask Sue and Judy to sit us together.

Hope to see you soon,

Sunday, July 29, 2018

I have had a busy couple of weeks and I haven't been able to blog much, but today is a great day to catch up on a few things. Because I've been busy with family, it's been hard to write down my thoughts and share things with you.

One of the things I'm doing is talking to my Granddaughter, Abby, each day via Face Time. What a blessing technology can be! It's nice to just chat and see what she and Josh are doing during the summer months. Abby started the process of calling me, and it has been almost a daily thing...I think she's bored. We have had fun reading and reviewing Nancy Drew books, and sharing craft and art ideas. Today, I was able to show her how I cut my paper packs for Stamp Camp on Saturday and also the cards we made. She wants to make all of them when she visits in August, but of course, she wants to make cookies, slime, art, go to the beach, play with Annie and a sundry other things that we talked about. Yikes, I hope I have enough energy to accomplish all of this!

So, these are the cards we made at Stamp Camp on Saturday:

This beautiful card was done with the Garden Impressions DS paper #146289 $11.00, the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set #143861, and the punch Pretty Label #143715.

I love this summery card done with the Tropical Escape DS paper #146916 and some retired framelit dies that I had on hand, but I can't wait to get the new Tropical Chic Stamp Set and Framelit Bundle #148399 for $44.00 that will work better with my design. 

I love this stamp set! It is modern and would be a great set for celebrations and birthdays; it's called Bubble Over #145868, $17.00, and to match, Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies #145663, $28.00.

Isn't this card elegant? It's done with the Darling Label Punch Box set #146855, $45.00. It includes a 6 piece Darling Label stamps, the Darling Label punch, 2 Stampin' Ink Spots, and a clear stamp block! Along with all of this, a beautiful box to keep all of the items in, which is shown in the picture.

Well, next time I blog, I think I'm going to give a card recipe or two!

Take care,

PS. Don't forget you can order from my On-Line Store via my website
Just copy and past in your browser:

Monday, July 9, 2018

We had a lovely weekend, and today is a normal Monday. First, I have to tell you what we did from Friday through Sunday. Randy was home last week, and we had a lot of things to do, but since the weather was beautiful on Friday, we visited the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. We've never been there and I felt good this past week and I was ready to try it with my Knight in Shining Armor! Anyway, it was an enjoyable afternoon. I walked for one hour and fifteen minutes...can you believe it? I haven't been able to do that for a long time. (Thank you Dr. Michael Lee and the University of Chicago along with my Physical Therapist, Heidi, at Lakeland Orthopedic and Physical Therapy. If it wasn't for these talented people, I still wouldn't be walking.)

Anyway, back to the zoo; we saw emus, white tigers, leopards, flamingos, monkeys, parrots, buffalo and many other animals. I am an animal and bird lover, so I had to read the signs and take my time looking at all the animals. My favorite TV shows are on National Geographic. Lately, I've been watching The Incredible Dr. Pol. He's a veterinarian from Weidman, Michigan which is in the lower peninsula in the north central part of the state. He IS incredible! He takes care of small and large animals and has two other vets to help him. I have learned so much about animal care and I think if I hadn't become a nurse, I would have become a vet. It's amazing how he helps animals.

Knight in Shining Armor


Galapagos Turtle

Brown Llama

Okay, on with the weekend, Saturday I slept in until 9 AM...that is unusual for me, but I think the zoo wore me out. I was looking forward to Saturday for over a week. It was crafting day with my friends at the Free Methodist Church in Niles, Michigan! The event is called Standing Stones, I don't know why...I will have to ask Joy M. who coordinates the event. This is a small crafting event and starts at noon and runs to 8 PM. Perfect for me, I can't last too much longer. I had a fantastic time with Beth R. and Vonnie R. crafting and chatting about all kinds of things. I got four scrapbook pages done, not the journaling part, I have to do that at home. But the design and title and pictures are attached (you can see a portion on my side of the table).

Vonnie and Beth

Sunday, I rested. I wanted to go to church, but I didn't get up until 9:30 AM. Our church starts at 9 AM. My story about church is for another time. Well, that was the weekend, it was fun and exhausting, but as you can see I'm trying to live each day as it comes and to enjoy the good times and nice weather.
Take care,

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hello Friends!
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and it’s time I get back to it. I started writing this blog yesterday, but had trouble adding pictures. The 4th of July is a special day on the calendar, Independence Day! I love the 4th of July, but in some ways it makes me sad, too. It marks for me, all of the lives lost, and those whom have lived to defend our country. I worry about the soldiers who have come back with PTSD, and all the fireworks during this time.

The Fourth of July also reminds me that this is the middle of summer for those of us living in Michigan. June so rainy, now July is hot and muggy! I don’t mind the weather, as long as, I can go outside in the mornings to enjoy my cup of coffee or two! I enjoyed a cup yesterday outside, but I'm not feeling that good this morning, so I relaxed in front of the TV and caught the news. In the heat of the day I work on stamping and scrap-booking. I have a few pictures to show you what we did on the 4th of for us, but maybe not so fun for others!

I bought a chair at a shop near here thinking it would be cute on the front porch last winter. Unfortunately, the paint came off and it looked terrible. So, I asked Randy to take the original paint off and to paint it red in a paint that could withstand the changing seasons in Michigan.

Annie relaxing on the swing. She's such a good dog!

I had trouble with these cards...they just weren't coming together as I wanted.

I changed this one because it looked too dark and added the white card base to the card after cutting off the original "Lost Lagoon" paper, then I added a bit of bling, but it still isn't my style. I guess you learn that as you're going along.

Now, this is more my style! I love the dragon fly which pops off of the paper. Underneath is a black stamped dragonfly. I painted the dragonfly with some Wink of Stella-Clear. It shimmers in the light and I added the sparkly pearl as the head.

Isn't this funny! I tried to get a selfie of Randy, Annie and I, but all I got was her snout!
I hope you enjoyed my blog post from the 4th of July. We had fun, even though it was hot!