Susan's Sesame Street

Sesame Street puppets Susan Tran

Susan Tran brought these darling stick puppets that she made to stamp club this week.  Evidently her young grandson's will be riding in the car for hours on a summer trip and she thought these cute guys might help entertain them.  She did want me to be sure and tell you that the inspiration came from Pinterest.  Thanks, Susan!

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.


Haroldine on Mother's Day 2016

Our friend, Haroldine, passed away on Thursday this week.  I wanted all of you to know because I think her enthusiasm for stamping & creating in the Cat/Art Studio affected all of us who knew her.  She was a lovely happy lady who lived life to the fullest.  Her daughter, Chris, called me on Friday afternoon and I am so thankful.  Haroldine ate breakfast and lunch at home, sat in her favorite chair and passed.  So nice to know she was in a loving space & surrounded by loving people.  I have wonderful memories and it is easy to smile, and even laugh, remembering .... Susan Elise

Candy Cane Blossoms & In the Bag Video

DO you need some quick and easy gift ideas for co-workers, teachers, the bus driver, the mailman or anyone else in your life? Take a look at this great video released by Stampin' Up! that can give you some wonderful ideas on how to wrap up the cute holiday cookies, Candy Cane Blossoms, ~ recipe below!  Enjoy!

Download Candy Cane Blossoms

 You can pick up the Guesset bags, or any other holiday products from my online store.

Stampin' Break...........

NBG Daisies

Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Sunday, July 17

~ my sister, Judy, and I walked and walked ~ it is soooooo green and all the plants are beautiful.  I recommend an early morning walk for you and a friend.  You will love it!


These beautiful flowers are the result of my sister-in-law's passion for Plumeria.  I think most of us would be familiar with them through the lovely Hawaiian leis you might receive on arriving on the island.  Laura is well known from the East Coast all the way to Hawaii for her expertise in growing these plants.  I spent time on Saturday afternoon learning about her collection.  Nice Weekend!

Introducing our newest team member..........

I just received a confirmation email from Stampin' Up! that my newest recruit, GERI FOSTER, is a STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATOR.  YEA, GERI!  She signed up at a great time in the Stampin' Up! year.  









Getting started is so easy ~ you just get the STARTER KIT ~ personalized by YOU!  You choose $125 worth of Stampin' Up! products ~ the ones YOU want!  Stampin' Up! will add the business products and send it to you ~ FREE shipping.  YOU pay only $99.  And, if you are ordering, or having your own party, you can use your STAMPIN' REWARDS to reduce the cost of your Starter Kit!

AND, if you join in JUNE you will get to choose two FREE stamp sets to make your STARTER KIT even better ~ Geri did!  You choose any two stamp sets you want in the new catalog!  I love Geri's happy face!  Don't you?

June new demo ~ Geri Foster

Katy ~

Katy ~ winner

Katy came to STAMP CLUB last night and while she was here she picked up her prize from entering a recent BLOG CONTEST ~ HER PRETTY ORANGE BOX IS MY PAPER PUMPKIN plus goodies for her!    The blog contest was to suggest super titles for the beautiful designer series paper that Janie created with the stamp set, BOTANICAL BLOOMS.  KATY also brought several cards that she had recently created to send to friends.  I asked her if I could share her ideas with you ~

Katy's Card 1

Katy's Card 2

Check back tomorrow as Janie brought some cards to share with you also!  And, in the meantime, let me know if you will be able to join us for BINGO on May 27 at 6!  Prizes, Door prizes, Bingo fun, Make & Takes with NEW products!  YES!  Susan Elise

Card Request

Mei Mei

This cute little dog is Mei Mei and she is a therapy dog who is helping a daughter of a friend of mine who is in Children's Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.  My friend is Meghan and she is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, someone I have known, and admired, for years.  Her daughter, Kyndall, is 17 and she is having difficult health problems related to kidney failure.  With all her problems the thing that brings a smile to her face is receiving cards in the mail.  I know if you are reading my blog that you have a spare card or two that you have lovingly made yourself or a friend has made for you.  Would you please put a card in the mail to Kyndall?  Her home address is 2317 Halyard Lane, Chesapeake  VA  23323.  Thanks so much for considering this request!  Hugs, Susan Elise

A heavy gift from Haroldine....

I stamped this afternoon with Haroldine and her friends and family.  I knew you would want to see my pictures as Haroldine has so many stamping friends that have missed her presence in the Cat/Art Studio recently.  She is such a lovely lady and I have missed her too!  As have the cats ~ Haroldine was always very fond of Jupiter and Jupiter loved her friend, Haroldine!!!  It was a fun afternoon!

Haroldine & Friends 3-12-16

Haroldine's daughter, Chris, took this picture.

Haroldine close up

And, this was a selfie of all of us ~ four generations of Haroldine's family!!!

Haroldine's Gift

And, this cute rock is Haroldine's Christmas gift to the Morton's ~ a little late but certainly appreciated.  You'll find it on the front porch next time you come by!  Thank you Haroldine for a fun afternoon!