Happy Presidents' Day

President's Day

Presidents' Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington.  When I was in school it was celebrated on February 22, the date of his actual birthday.  It was changed in 1971 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (providing three day weekends).  Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and features Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.  I would love to see it ~ on my bucket list!   Happy Presidents' Day!

Lantern Asia is returning

Header in rust color

Lantern Asia first came to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens two years ago.  It was a beautiful display of Chinese art then and......it is returning (with different displays).  The Garden is temporarily closing beginning today and will reopen on March 8.  Thirty visiting Chinese artisans are building and installing forty structures for the exhibition that opens March 9.  Alan and I drove over last weekend to see the colorful piles of art waiting to be installed!

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Today Only


Today Only ~ FREE shipping from Stampin' Up!  Order online through my Stampin' Up! website ~ access through the cute cat in the upper right hand corner of this blog.  Or, email me or call me (757-641-9354 or 757-587-1542) with your order by 6 PM today and I will place it for you.  



Laurie October 2017

The Gourmet Gang stamp club meets once a month in the Cat/Art Studio for stamping and lunch.  The hostess brings lunch for everyone in the club and this tradition has been going on for years ~ a lovely tradition!  Laurie Holtan, above, lives in Sykesville, Maryland and has been a club member for years.  She drove down for our club meeting this week ~ and, brought lunch (grapes, pumpkin bread, apple cake and her Hot Chicken Salad) !!!!  

Laurie's Lunch October 2017

Her HOT CHICKEN SALAD was delicious and she agreed to share the recipe with all of you.  Enjoy!

Download Laurie's HOT CHICKEN SALAD

Thanks so much, Laurie!!!

SALE SAMPLES & an announcement......


WORLD CARD MAKING DAY  ~  Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set ~ reduced from $17 to $14.45 (#144807)


  WORLD CARD MAKING DAY ~ Coffee Cafe stamp set ~ reduced from $21.00 to $17.85 (#143677)


WORLD CARD MAKING DAY ~ Colorful Seasons stamp set ~ reduced from $27.00 to $22.95  (#143726)

And, an announcement from Stampin' Up! this morning ~

As part of our planned World Card Making Day offer October 1-10, we offered two free Fast Fuse Refills with every purchase of a Fast Fuse Adhesive. This offer was much more popular than we anticipated, and Fast Fuse has since gone on backorder. Because of the costliness of backorders, after October 5 at 8:00 AM (MT), we will no longer be offering this promotion in North America. Current orders on backorder will be filled shortly. 

Stampin' Up! mentioned in the email that they would bring back the offer in several months ~ after they had restocked.  Sorry!  Susan Elise

Celebrate with 15% off


World Card Making Day is a day dedicated to doing what you love most - making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones, and it's a great time to make your own cards to send to family and friends.

This year the world celebrates the day on October 7, but one day wasn't enough for Stampin' Up!. For ten days (October 1-10), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you'll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all - card making!

Print off the PDF below that lists (and pictures) the notecards, the stamp sets & the adhesives that are on SALE!  EMAIL ME if you have any questions!

Download WCMD_DEMO-Flyer_US


An extra treat.............

Merry Patterns Birthday

Stampin' Up! has a wonderful surprise for hostesses this month and next month ~ the stamp set, MERRY PATTERNS, will arrive with any order with $300 in sales.  This is in addition to any host rewards you may also earn on your order.  Let's get started ~ your home or my studio?  If you and five friends order $50 from the new HOLIDAY CATALOG ~ the cute set is yours.  Click below for the project sheet for the card above and get a head start!

Download Merry Patterns Birthday (2)