Million Bulb Walk

Norfolk Botanical Garden's Million Bulb Walk is better than ever!  My friend, Thadine, and I walked it last night and I want to encourage you to go.  The light displays are walkable until November 30.  December 1 the walk turns into a drive and lasts until December 31 so there is plenty of time to enjoy driving through the beautiful light show!  A car full of friends costs $30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; $25 Monday through Thursday.  It is available from 5:30 to 10 pm each day.  You can find out more at 

Beginning lights


Blue & Green Trees

Also, I have one ticket that I would love to give to someone who reads my blog.  EMAIL ME!


Reserve a Stamparatus


The option to reserve a Stamparatus opens up at 2:00 pm (Mountain time) today... that is 4:00 Virginia time.  At that time, you may log into my 24 hour online store, and place your reservation there.  You will need to have an online account already set up.  If you haven't done that before,  you can do that ahead of time, so you are ready; or, do it then.  You will need a charge card and a password.  If you already have an online account, just log in to your account.  You can then place your reservation.  There should be a banner up at that time that will direct you.   

You can reach my online store on this page ~ just click on the kitty cat at the top of the blog.  This is the first reservation period, there will be others.  You can only reserve one this afternoon (one per reservation period).  I will let you know when the next reservation period is scheduled.  This is a very different ordering process for all of us.  I will have more information in the future for you.



Love it, Live it, Share it......

Denise & I Live It Love It Shaare It

Stampin' Up's  ONSTAGE in Salt Lake City was fabulous ~ I am so glad that I decided to go!  Denise Caudron (above), a new member of my team, attended her first meeting and loved it!  I haven't been able to attend in several years so it was a real treat for me too!  We received the next catalog ~ 2018 Occasions ~ the new Sale-a-Bration brochure, saw demonstrations and SO much more!   AND, Stampin' Up! announced a new placement tool ~ one you have been waiting for ~ the STAMPARATUS ~ COMING SOON!


Colorful Seasons for Fall

I thought you might like a beautiful Fall card to add to your collection.   Our leaves in Hampton Roads seem to take a very long time to add color to the landscape but we can make our own!  Each card will turn out differently so never fear ~ just enjoy!

Colorful Seasons Thinking of you leaves and wash

Download Colorful Seasons leaves & wash (1)

Happy Blending with Brandi...

The video today builds on the use of the Designer Series Paper that we talked about yesterday ~ JUST ADD COLOR on page 189 in the annual catalog.  Brandi gives us additional information on the new alcohol markers, BLENDS, using the COLOR LIFTER and the SKIN TONE MARKERS.  Really interesting and a video you may want to watch and re-watch!!!  I did!  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise




3" x 3" Envelopes & heavyweight DSP

3 x 3 cards for stamp club

Did you know that the 3" x 3" Whisper White Envelopes have returned?  They were in the Stampin' Up! catalog years ago and they were so nice to use for little gift cards.  You can find them on page 44 in the Holiday Catalog and I think that Stampin' Up! included them because they fit perfectly in the new MINI PIZZA BOXES.  3" x 3" cards in a little gift box ~ what a great way to say thank you to a friend.  

Did you wonder what the Designer Series Paper on page 189 in the catalog was all about?  I am sure that it was designed to use with the new BLENDS.  It is 12" x 12", 2 sheets each of 6 single-sided designs.  It is a heavier paper than the other DSP so that it holds the color with the alcohol makers.  The two cards above are part of our NOVEMBER Stamp Club projects so that everyone has a chance to use the new Blends!

I would love to share with you............

Persimmon November 2017

I took this picture in our backyard this morning ~ we have loads of PERSIMMONS this year and I would love to share them with you!  They are not ripe yet but will be soon so, next time you stop by, be sure and ask me about taking home some Persimmons for you and your family.  Martha Stewart has loads of information and recipes ~ just GOOGLE Martha and Persimmons!


There's a new kit in town........

The Color Me Happy Project Kit makes 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  It was designed by Stampin' Up! as an introduction to the use of the new alcohol markers called BLENDS.  The very best way to learn about the kit is to see the video below ~ Andrea will tell us all about it.



Let me know if you have questions, if you would like to see the kit or if you would like to order the kit and/or the BLENDS.  Feel free to stop by and try them out!  Susan Elise