CD Calendar – December

Here is the last month of this years CD Calendar. I am still working on finishing up my calendars for next year. I had two classes last month but I always make so many of them for family and friends that it takes me awhile to get 'em done.

CD Calendar Dec

I had a stamp class this morning and have spent the afternoon and evening off and on putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. It's a lot of work and with back problems I have had to take several breaks. But it's so worth it. I love Christmas and my tree. I have ornaments that were on my tree when I was growing up and even have one ornament that was my great grandparents which makes it well over 100 years old. This is the little German man that we have a photo of my grandmother as a little girl in front of the tree with this ornament on the tree.

Xmas German Man

Xmas crocheted angelMy mother made this crocheted angel many years ago. It's always been special but especially this year since it's my first Christmas since she passed.

Xmas tin can lidI have a few of these ornaments that I made when I was a little girl at church. They were made from a tin can lid which was snipped and those pieces twisted and then stickers put on the centers. I doubt anyone would let kids do this now. Seems a bit dangerous.

I still have another whole box of ornaments to put on the tree but as Scarlet said, "Tomorrow is another day".

THanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Holiday Catalog Closeouts – Up to 60% Off!


Gotta love a sale and if you didn't yet get those things you wanted from the Holiday Catalog now's the time. Many items that will be retiring with this catalog are now on sale. Check them out with the link below. You can order through my online store here.



I just returned from a cruise with a good friend. I didn't have access to internet while I was gone so here are a few of the pictures of this wonderful trip. We went to Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico.

Ship CollageEach morning we started with room service coffe on the balcony. The center picture was at Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. I didn't climb the falls but it was fun watching those who did. The last photo is taken standing between my ship, Oasis of the Seas, and one of the Royal Caribbean sister ships. It was amazing to see these two ships so close together.

Fun Facts

  • Oasis of the Seas is the largets ship in the world.
  • It holds over 6000 guests and over 2000 crew. It's like a small floating city.
  • For Thanksgiving they cooked 500 turkeys.
  • !00,000 meals are served every day.
  • There are 3 doctors and 5 nurses onboard.

Ruins CollageOne excersion in Cozumel was to a Mayan ruin and then to a beach. Our tour guide was full of information. I didn't like the iguanas (see one in the tree above). They are huge! When we went to the beach we had lunch at a restaurant where the tables and chairs were set up right in the sand. The water was crystal clear however the sand was so soft that you just sunk into it and it made walking a bit unsteady even in the water.

Beach day Collage

catsThe entertainment onboard was outstanding. We saw several shows including CATS. And we managed to get a front row seat. It was so good and I believe equal to anything on broadway in NYC.

I managed to not get sea sick with the help of drugs but since getting off the ship I have been lightheaded and dizzy. I can actually feel the ship swaying at times. And yesterday I even started throwing up and had to cancel a stamp class. I don't know if that was related to the post cruise symptoms or not. Thankfully it didn't last more than a day.



Black Friday Starts Monday!

online extravaganza

1 Day Sale on Nov. 21 ONLY

1 Week Sale Nov. 21 – 28, 2016

1 Day Sale on Nov. 28 ONLY

View the products included in the Online Extravaganza here (PDF file). All the discounted products will be loaded on my Online Store on November 21 at
Online Extravaganza runs November 21 – 28, 2016.
Online Extravaganza includes two 24-hour sales: November 21st and November 28th.
Some products are bundled and you must use the bundled item code to receive the discount. Discounts will not be applied if the individual item codes are entered.
Some products are available while supplies last.

If ordering online please use HOSTESS CODE BVY7GPBN  if your order is under $150.

I will be one a cruise this week and therefore unable to order for you so you will need to order online.  I can't even order for myself. sad

I know this image below is a bit small so hoping you can read it and see exactly what is going to be on sale. I clicked on the image twice and it enlarged it so I could see it better.


Sale images


Have a great week and a Blessed Thanksgiving,


On Stage – Atlanta

I'm in Atlanta for Stampin' Up's On Stage event. Tonight was the Center Stage special leadership evening with a dinner and presentations from Stampin' Up staff and other demonstrators. We received some goodies including one of the stamp sets from the upcoming Occasions catalog. We also received a copy of that catalog and the upcoming Sale-a-bration catalog. Let me just say you're going to love them. My wish list is growing each time I look through it. I just am not allowed to show any pictures of products yet so you'll have to trust me that they continue to bring us amazing new stamps and product.

On Stage - me

Part of the fun at any Stampin' Up event is swapping. I made this card for a team swap.

B'day balloon swap

I will have to come back later with the supply list since I don't have my catalog with me. I am off to bed now because tomorrow is going to be a long, jam-lacked day starting very early.





Christmas Samplers (Collage)

I've been doing a series of Samplers (aka Collage) and the classes for the Christmas one recently finished. This one was so much fun. Well, actually they all were fun and I just can't decide which one I like most. People had a choice of making the 8"x8" or the 12"x12" and furnished their own frame.

This is the 8" x 8"

8x8 Xmas


And here is the 12" x 12"

12x12 Xmas

There are a few differences because of the size of the squares. The individual squares in the 8" sampler are 2" and in the 12" sampler they are 3".  I used Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper in some of the squares and for a background mat.

Thanks for stopping by,



New! Stitched Dies & Discounted Stamps Coming November 1st


stitched-5I love the look of stitching around a stamped image or sentiment but if you're like me creating this look was just too difficult or time consuming. So I'm very excited that we have these new dies coming that will cut and "stitch" all in one step. There are various sizes of squares, circles and ovals.

stitched-2-e1477406328704.png                                          See the stitched look aroud the edge of the oval die cut sentiment.


The Stitched Dies will be in next years annual catalog but we have the opportunity to get them beginning November 1st. In addition there are some stamp sets that coordinate very well with the dies that will be 25% off during the month of November.

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I will be putting in an order November 1st so let me know if you want to order or you can order online and use the Hostes Code 96DEQV9W if your order is less than $150.





October Paper Pumpkin – Fall Shaker Cards

I love shaker cards and these are super cute and super easy with this month's Paper Pumpkin.

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin' Up's crafting subscription program. Skip to the fun with everything you need to make creative projects every month. See how you can order subscriptions here.  You can also add Paper Pumpkin to any workshop order.

CD Calendar – October

I always seem to be behind in posting the monthly CD calendar pages. My goal is to post them on the first of the month. Maybe next month. smiley At least it's still October.

CD Calendar Oct. 2016

I've been busy with classes. This is my busiest time of the year. Christmas Card classes, the sampler (collage) classes, CD calendar and my annual Tags, Bags, and Treats class. I just had two Christmas card classes last week and this week is three Christmas sampler classes. I'll be posting pictures of those later in the week.

I recently went with a good friend to Sanibel Island for a week. Her husband passed away the day after my mother passed so we decided we would go away for a restful, relaxing week. It's our third trip there together and one of our favorite places. There is not much to do in Sanibel other than the beach and it was just perfect. It wasn't crowded, the weather was great, and we walked the beach, floated in the pool, did jigsaw puzzles, read, ate good food, and just relaxed.

Sanibel 1st night

Sanibel morning walk

Island CowOur favorite place to eat was the Island Cow. Great food and interesting decor.            The frog is on the ceiling.

Sanibel CollageWe made shell decorated mirrors.

IMG_8674My favorite photo from the whole week.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


Surviving Hurricane Matthew

What an exciting few days. Living on the East coast of Florida put us right in the path of Hurricane Matthew. My daughter-in-law, Becky, and my grandkids, Sofia, who is 13, and Anderson, who is 9, had planned a trip down here from KY since it was Fall break up there. Her niece was flying in from California and her sister was flying in from Michigan and they had plans on staying in Cocoa Beach, going to the Halloween party at Disney World and then to Universal. Matthew really changed up those plans. Cocoa Beach, along with all of the barrier islands, was evacuated so the beachside condo was out. Since the hurricane was scheduled to hit Thursday night the Halloween party at DIsney wasn't going to happen either. And her sister was flying in on Thursday so that didn't happen. They did manage to go to Magic Kingdom on Wednesday and because of the hurricane coming the park was not crowded at all. They were with me Thursday night during the hurricane and then Friday they went to Orlando and got a hotel room so they could get to Universal early this morning (Saturday) before they flew home this evening. What an adventure.

I have lived here almost 50 years and this hurricane had me a bit worried. I have plywood for the windows. My son, Jason, came over on Thursday morning to help put them up. I don't have plywood for the windows on my sun porch so I wasn't in total darkness. Once the plywood goes up it gets very dark in those rooms that are covered.

Hur shuttersSee the hole in the middle of the plywood on the right? It's the kitchen window and the hole is for looking out into the front yard to see what is happenig. 

Hur ceilingEarly into the heavy rains I realized the ceiling in my spare bedroom closet was cracked and water was dripping in the closet where my most treasured Christmas decorations and some stamping supplies are stored. We quickly moved everything out of there and into my stamp room which was a good thing because a little later the ceiling came crasing down.

Hur ceiling2

Hur. Stamp room collageMy stamp room overloaded with the stuff from the other closet. What a big mess!

Hur partyOur Hurricane dinner. We had not lost power . . . yet! 

Hur fenceI watched my backyard fence blow down. sad

Hur cardsWe still had power but lots of wind and rain so there was card playing, games, reading and even yoga to pass the time away.

We did lose power at 5 AM Friday morning. And as of now, Saturday night I still don't have it back. It's so interesting that carrying a lantern into a dark room you still automatically reach for the light switch. Having no electricity means you have no air conditioning in addition to no lights. And by now food in the refrigerator is going to have to be thrown away.

Hur rainAfter the strong winds moved on we went outside to check out the neighborhood. It was still windy and raining and quite exciting.

Hur treesLater in the day we went for a drive. Some of the hardest hit areas were actually just around the corner from my house. We saw so many downed trees and power lines.


So for the second night I am staying with a friend who has gotten their power back. I am really hoping mine comes back by tomorrow. My son and daughter don't have power back yet either. And my daughter is getting married Monday morning at 7 AM in an outside wedding.  Very thankful that the hurricane has moved on and we will have a nice day for the wedding.

Today was spent cleaning up debris, fallen branches, putting the house back in order and even doing some stamping. It's been a long, hot day and I'm ready to call it a day.

Thanks for stopping by and goodnight all,




Fall Samplers

I just had my classes for the Fall samplers (also know as collage). Remember the ones we did with the fish? The idea is to make several for different holidays or time of year and rotate them in your frame. It was a little more difficult to do this Fall project because finding stamps with this this theme was not all that easy. I had to bring out some of the retired stamps.

8x8 Fall

The 8" x 8" sampler has squares that are 2" x 2".

12x12 FallThis 12" x 12" sampler has squares that are 3" x 3".

The class included every person receiving half a package of the Petals and Paisley Designer Series Paper, 1 sheet of Copper Foil paper and 1 sheet of Pumpkin Glimmer paper. The piece of paper used for the background was perfect for lining up the squares.

Hurricane Matthew is heading our way. There are mandatory evacuations beginning tomorrow for the barrier islands which are just 20 miles from us. I have heard there is no more bottled water or plywood available, many gas stations are out of gas, schools are closed Thursday and Friday, and many people are boarding up their windows. I have lived here almost 50 years and have been through several hurricanes. The worst I have experienced is 5 days without electricity and a few fallen branches. I am hoping this storm takes a turn and we only get hit with a little wind and rain. My daughter-in-law and grandkids just flew in from KY this afternoon for Fall break and her niece and sister are flying in tomorrow. Their plans were to stay on the beach and go to Disney and Universal. sad Matthew is really putting a damper on their vacation.

Thanks for stopping,