Cards for the USS Cole on Friday night...........

We had a studio full of stampers on Friday evening with everyone working on cards to send to the sailors on the USS Cole.  I got pictures of everyone (except Rosie as she was one of the first to leave ~ sorry about that!) to show you that productive fun was had by all ~

Barbara Schweiger

Barbara is the one who actually sends the cards and is in contact with the Chaplain on the ship.

Christina and her Mom

This is Marilyn who drives all the way from Zuni to stamp with us.  She brought her daughter, Christina, who is in the Navy and presently at the Portsmouth Navel Hospital.  Christina was definitely a nice addition to our group with her personal perspective.

Marti Jones

Marti and her beautiful smile ~ I wish those on the ship could see these happy faces!

Pam Campbell

Pam with pretty Mother's Day cards.

Ann Butler ~ silly lady

I love this silly picture of Ann ~ do you think we had a good time?  Here is Ann's card ~

Ann's llama card

And, here is what I was working on ~ cards for kids ~ does anyone remember this?

Cards for Kids


I had a lovely weekend in Richmond attending Stampin' Up!'s regional meeting, ONSTAGE STAMPIN' UP!  The main 'convention type meeting' was in Amsterdam with five regional meetings in the United States, two in Canada and two in Australia.  We arrived Friday afternoon with a dinner that evening that included leadership training.  Saturday morning started early with many of my team driving up and attending a Stampin' Up! event for the first time ~ so proud to have twenty SOUTHERN STARS there with me!

The day included receiving the 2017-2018 Catalog, display boards, videos from the meeting in Amsterdam, Swaps, Prize Patrol, introduction to new products and presentations by demonstrators of those new products.  The day also included recognition for demonstrator achievements in the last six months and that is where the THANK YOU comes in because I was awarded for both sales and a promotion!  I can only thank my stamping friends for your support of my business ~ YOU are why, and how, I was able to advance by business.  Thank you for your support ~ and here I am onstage on Saturday afternoon ~

SEM OnStage

So exciting, really!  I was up there twice (by myself) and came back to my seat ~ smiling and shaking.  WOW!  I hadn't been to a Stampin' Up! event for two years and it was so nice to be back.  Now, so excited to get back to work!  Thanks again!

Kyndall + Luke = good news

Many of you have been following Kyndall's situation for several years (and sending lovely cards to her), & known that she was scheduled to have a kidney transplant as soon as her health would allow.  Kyndall's Mom, Meghan, sent me some pictures over the weekend and is allowing me to share them with you.  You will be so happy!  The transplant was on Tuesday, March 28.  The kidney she received was from her hero, Luke, a relative through her Father. David.  This picture is of Luke & Kyndall before the transplant.

Kyndall & Luke before

And, after the transplant....

Kyndall & Luke after

And Luke ~ a true SUPER HERO.

Luke Super Hero

And, Kyndall, yesterday ~ busy making thank you cards with the Pretty Pocket Card Kit from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration gifts.  

Kyndall making thank you cards on Sunday

Wonderful!  Meghan told me yesterday that things are going so well that Meghan may get to go home this week (rather than a 3 week hospital stay that was predicted).  Kyndall would love to continue receiving cards from you ~ she loves mail ~ please send your cards to her at ~ Kyndall Hodgins, 2317 Halyard Lane, Chesapeake  VA  23323.  Thank you.

Chaplain Everts on the USS Cole

My friend (and a brand new member of my team!), Barbara Schweiger, received a lovely email on Friday from the Chaplain on the USS Cole, below.  It seems we will be collecting cards again to forward to the ship.  All contributions will be welcome!  We have set aside two Fridays at the end of the month to make cards for the sailors and hope you can join us.  Please put Friday, April 21, and Friday, April 28, on your calendar NOW.  The Studio will be open for card makers from 4 to 9 PM both days ~ do let me know you are coming.  I will update you with more information as soon as I can.  THANKS!


If it is possible, the crew wants more.  We have used probably close to 2/3 of the cards already!  The smiles on the faces are such a blessing out here.  I have one sailor who loves making cards and she sat in my office for 30 - 60 minutes just looking at the cards you sent.  She actually felt more relaxed and it brought joy to her.  These sailors are amazed by your talents.  Thank you so much for making this happen.  I know, personally, I have enjoyed writing cards that I sent my wife, children and other family.

I do have one sailor that would like to send chocolates to you and those who helped.  They are chocolates in her words that are the best and it is what she sends her mom during Easter.  I was wondering if you would be okay if I gave her your address.  If not, I completely understand, but at least I wanted you to know the level of impact these cards have been to some sailors.

Blessings, Chaplain Everts

Easter fun tomorrow afternoon..........

Easter Bunny candy gift

Join me tomorrow afternoon any time from 2 to 4 to create two projects for Easter.  It falls on Sunday, April 16, so you have time to put your cards in the mail and enjoy some cute Easter candy treats. EMAIL ME to let me know you are coming so I can have your projects ready!  It's free and it's fun!  See you tomorrow.  Happy Easter!

Can't come over tomorrow and would like to make the Easter treat above ~ directions below:

Download Basket Bunch candy bag 

Basket Bunch Sunday

Thanks a Bunch bunny card

This cute little bunny is from the stamp set BASKET BUNCH.  The set is on page 18 in the Occasions Catalog or you can just click on the link!  Would you like to use my stamp set and dies?  If so, stop by on Sunday afternoon, April 2, between 1 and 4 to make two Easter cards with envelopes.  The get-together is FREE ~ do bring a friend.  Do let me know that you are coming so that I will have your cards ready for you. EMAIL ME NOW!


I don't know Linda Kaufman but I saw her card and knew I had to share it on St. Patrick's Day ~ so cute!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!


A lovely message from the Cole..........

My friend, Barbara, received an email from the Chaplain on the USS Cole and I thought you would be interested.  Don't ever think your cards don't make a difference. 

  USS Cole

"I am beyond amazed by what you all created and sent!  You all have an amazing gift, and I thank you for taking the time to send these beautiful cards.  One of the sailors on board wanted to take a thank you card just to send it back to you because she loved them so much.  I just had another sailor amazed and wanted me to say thank you for him.  I may have myself wishing I had taken all 650 cards ;).  This will definitely help raise the spirits of the crew.  Thank you again!  Blessings, Chaplain Everts"




Friday Night BINGO in the Cat/Art Studio

BINGO was so much fun last night ~ thanks everyone who came to play and relax with stamps and friends!  And, thanks, Wanda for your BINGO expertise ~ she is amazing ~ she knows so many ways to play that game!  And, she let me use her BINGO PHONE APP to call out the numbers ~ I didn't even know there was one!


This is the table full of prizes before we started playing.


This is a picture of the BINGO 'place setting' for each person ~ Bingo card, SNAIL gift, $5 off certificate and CHOCOLATE goodies.




And, Tonesia brought her husband, Rich!


This is Barbara Schweiger's picture that I cut from her FB post ~ it's all about BINGO!

Chrysler Museum

Toulouse-Lautrec evening

Last night was the opening of "The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters" exhibit at the Chrysler Museum  The art work is on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and will be at the Chrysler through June 18 (admission is free).  I went to the event last night with my friend, Marion Swaim, and my sister, Sarah Miles.  Last night was food and fun including the cabaret singer, above, and cancan dancers!  It was extremely well attended so I saw very little of the actual exhibit.  I will definitely be going back and I also encourage you to visit!  Denise Watson in yesterday's Virginian-Pilot wrote, 'He (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec) was commissioned to design the Muolin Rouge's iconic posters and is describer as the first artist to make advertisements look like fine art.'