Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of my stamping friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! I have all of my children and grandchildren here this year and am so grateful anytime we can be together. My son and his family from KY arrived Tuesday night after driving in pouring rain most of the day and getting stuck in a 2 hour traffic stop due to an accident on down the road.  Yesterday we went to Hollywood Studios. It was another day with a lot of rain but we decided to go anyway knowing the weather was to clear up later in the day and thinking it might keep some people home and the crowds wouldn't be too bad. That didn't happen! I have never seen so many people there. Every Fast Pass was taken by the time the park opened. We stood in line for Toy Story for an hour and a half. The good thing was we were out of the rain … and the ride was fun and one I had never been on. The day ended on the street of the Osborne Christmas lights and snow which is my favorite and certainly puts you in the Christmas spirit.























Here is just one of the Thanksgiving cards I made this year:

Fall Trees & House

And the inside ….

Fall Trees & House inside

Have a truly blessed day of Thanksgiving.


Online Extravaganza Starts Monday

The Online Extravaganza is back!  Monday, November, 24th and Monday, December, 1st will be door buster sales for that day only, but there is so much other stuff that is on sale all week through Dec. 2nd.  Everything is while supplies last so check out the list and get your order in before items might run out. Lots of items 50% off, 40% off 30% off and 20% off.


Monday nov 24

Items below at 50%, 40%, 30% and 20% are available from Nov. 24 – Dec. 2while supplies last




These items below are available only Monday, December 1st.


You can order through my online store here.


Happy, Happy, Happy

When I was at a Stamping event recently I saw a similar card to this and loved how the stamp set What's Your Type can be used to spell out words.



Stamps: What's Your Type, Petite Pairs and the " small happy's" are from retired sets

Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Night of Navy, White, Maritime Designer Series Paper


Weekly Deals

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These items are on sale through next Monday, November 24th. You can see them and order them from my stamping store here.
 The buttons are great that they are very flat and mail easily.

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Nuts About You

I have seen several versions of these cute little acorn people online and was anxious to try them. They are easy to make using the retired ornament punch. Stampin' Up! demonstrator France Martin has a great video on how to make the acorn faces. You can see it here.


The inside of the card:

Acorn inside


Stamps: For All Things, Nuts About You, For You

Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Rose Red (cheeks)

Paper: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Black, Naturals Ivory

Misc: Ornament Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Petite Curly Label Punch, Glimmer Brads, White Gel Pen, Linen Thread


I was just recently in Kentucky to visit my son and his family and my mother and especially to see my granddaughter, Sofia, in the play Annie. She played the part of Annie and did such an outstanding job. So very proud of her!

Sofia as Annie

Many Merry Stars Kit

It's been awile since I posted anything. A couple of trips and some health issues have just gotten in the way so I will try to get back on track. This was one of the gifts I received when I was on the Stampin' Up Incentive Trip to Washington DC. I have not had time to put these stars together yet but after seeing so many great ideas and pictures of them I can hardly wait. The kit is from the 2014 Holiday Suppliment. It is not the Holiday catalog but an additional brochure thatjust came out. It has a few stamps sets along with this kit and some Project Life by Stampin' Up products for memory keeping. You can see these additional items here.

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

# 138104      $25.95


Make your own 3D stars this season in a variety of sizes and patterns. Use them for ornaments,
home décor, place cards, and more. The largest star can take the place of honor on your front door or on your mantel.


star boxes

star plate deco

You get enough to create a 15" star and 25 smaller stars, 5 each of 5 sizes:

• Printed, die-cut star pieces
• Printed, self-adhesive die-cut side pieces
• Wooden snowflakes
• 7 sheets die-cut tags, banners, greetings, and accents

star kit



New Photopolymer Stamp Set

This beautiful new Christmas set will work well with Blendabilities for a gorgeous stained glass look.


Gentle Peace

Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set      #139523      $15.95

You can order this stamp set through my online store here.


I have been traveling again, this time to visit my son and his family and my mother who all live in Lexington, KY. One of the highlights of a trip to Lexington beyond spending time with family is going to the races. Keeneland has thoroughbred horse racing in April and October so I try to plan trips during those months. Jeff and I managed to get in the last 4 races on Sunday. I love to try to pick out a winning horse and will place a small bet. I never do well and that may be in part due to the fact that I pick a horse using a combination of several factors including the name of the horse, what it looks like, the color of the jockey's silks (that's his outfit for those who don't know) and then I try to take into consideration the really important things like how much money has it won in the past and how many races it's won. I never spend more than $20 total with betting. I figure that's a good days entertainment fee.  I spent my $20 but I managed to win back $5.20 on one race. And spending the afternoon with my son was priceless!

races Collage
Jeff bet on this horse to win and it did. The Jockey is 26 year old Rosie Napravnik. She has been in the top 10 by earnings for two years in a row and is the highest-ranked woman jockey in North America.

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Washington DC – Postscript

Just a couple more photos of my fabulous DC trip. We certainly had good food while we were there. Every morning Stampin' Up had a buffet breakfast for us with just about anything you could want. Well, I was hoping for yogurt which was never on the buffet but I certainly found plenty of other yummy offerings. You can see the buffet picture in the bottom row along with how Stampin' Up had decorated all of the tables for us. The first night we went with a few other demonstrators and their guests to PJ Clarke's for dinner. I had a delicious crab cake and Lynn Ann got chicken pot pie. That was the best and thankfully a very big portion as I kept taking bites of hers. Interestingly, we found chicken pot pie available on many menus. Two days in a row we ate lunch in the cafeteria at the American History Museum. They had the best salad bar. One night we were just way too tired to go out anywhere to eat so we ordered room service. (I ordered chicken pot pie!) And two nights we opted for frozen yogurt because our salad lunch had been so late in the day. What's a vacation without a few splurges!

DC Food Collage

Here I am in the photo above with demonstrator Missy Shipman.

I have a collection of show globes from the places I have visited. Whenever I go somewhere I am on the lookout for just the right one to add to my collection. I often find the best ones are at airports. It has to have the name of the city or the state on it. We really didn't see many shops that sold that kind of thing so I did wind up getting this one at the airport on my way back home. I think it's just perfect.

snow globe

Well, that's it for my DC adventure. I uploaded all of the photos last night from my camera to computer. All 345 of them. I see some Project Life x Stampin' Up Scrapbooking in my future. And we have some amazing products in the catalog to make a great scrapbook memory.

From a Flower to a Fish

I admit it, I spend a good amount of time looking at cards and paper crafts on Pinterest. But it's one of the perks I think we get with retirement … lots of time to spend doing what we enjoy. I found a card on there one day made by Martha Inchley when I was searching for ideas for the stamp set Flower Patch. Now this set is all about flowers, lots of petals, flowers, and leaves. But Martha used those stamps to create an underwater fish. I loved it and just had to try it. I made a couple of very small changes in her design.

Flower Patch Fish

This stamp set does have matching framelits however I chose to hand cut the petals for the fish as I didn't want the white border around the edges. I used the new heart border punch for the mouth and colored the rhinestones with a Blendabilities marker.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.



Washington DC – Day 5

Our last full day in DC we headed out to see the National Cathedral. This meant a Metro rail and Metro bus combination to get there.  It was worth it for sure. It is the 6th largest cathedral in the world. We took one of the tours so we could hear all about the building of it and about the windows and other things. It took 83 years to build. Amazing. There are 3 schools there and we found out the only way to have a wedding there is to have gone to one of the schools or given a lot of money to them and then our guide said you would need about $25,000 or more for the wedding. He told us about one wedding where live cherry trees were brought inside. The Rose Window below has a few clear pieces of glass in the center to represent the scripture "Let there be light". The red needlepoint pillow is a kneeling cushion. There are cushions that represent every president and other notable persons. They were all quite interesting. There are flags from every state hanging along the inside and we were told they pray for a different state every week, and then one week they pray for DC and US Territories and the final week is for our country which is always the week of July 4th. Then they start over.



The photo above with the 3 stained glass windows is the crypt of Woodrow Wilson. Also buried at the Cathedral are Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan (their ashes).

This Space window below commemorates space exploration and the first steps on the moon. Michael Collins was one of the three astronauts on that mission and he went to school here.  There is an actual piece of moon rock in the center of the window. This had special meaning for us being from the Space Coast of Florida but even more importantly because that is the day my daughter was born.

space window

We left the Cathedral and headed to the National Zoo. Of all things we did this was probably our least favorite. In fact for those of us living here locally, we like our Melbourne zoo much better. First time either of us have ever seen a Pringle vending machine. Too funny.


Washington DC – Day 4

The Stampin' Up Getaway trip was 3 days but because there is just so much to see and do in DC we decided to stay an extra 2 days.

I have wanted to see the Holocaust Museum for a long time. I knew it would be emotional and tears started before I even got inside the building.


One of the things that made this visit special is the woman we got to talk to. She is 97 years old and a survivor. She told us she experienced medical experiments and was unable to ever have children because of that. She had an amazing spirit and continued to say we need to "just love".

Then we took the Metro out to Arlington Cemetery. The Metro is the way to get around in DC for sure and so easy.


By the time we got to Arlington we opted for their bus tour. Aching feet and sore backs! I loved watching the ceremony with the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also saw Kennedy's grave and the Eternal Flame and a few other notable grave sites.