Come Sail Away Memories and More Video

With the Summer in full swing, take a look at this Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack.  It's a great way to have products on hand that will help you create scrapbook pages, projects and cards all in a flash.  Watch the video peek below and see what you get.

I love this product line.  There is so much you can do to document your memories each year for holidays birthdays, almost any occasion.  

Show our Memories and More product line in my online store here. 


Welcoming friends on Saturday.........

Thea and her friend LisaThea and her friend, Lisa, being creative with Stampin' Up!'s new In Color ~ Terracotta Tile and the popular host set, NEW WONDERS!  The other 'make & take' on Saturday used the stamp set, SEASIDE NOTIONS, on page 139 in the new catalog.

In addition everyone who attended made cards using VBSTRONG that I will deliver to Building 1 at the Municipal Center.  Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to express your feelings and send your love and prayers.

Andrea White
Andrea White
Diana Turner
Diana Turner

May the road rise to meet you.  

May the wind be always at your back.  

May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again....

may God hold you in the palm of His Hand.

...An Irish Blessing


And, your favorite Stampin' Up! shade of green is?

Team Meeting Cake

Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the cake that I baked for our March Team Meeting but it seems that everyone wanted the recipe after tasting it.  So I thought I would share it with you!  It is quick and easy and YUMMMMMY!


1 package lemon flake cake mix

3-ounce package lemon flavor gelatin (Jello)

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup salad oil

4 eggs

Lemon glaze

Empty cake mix into large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients.  Blend at low speed of electric mixer just to moisten.  Beat 3 minutes at medium speed or with a spoon until creamy.  Pour batter into a 10-inch tube pan which has been lined on the bottom with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 degrees, 50 to 55 minutes, or until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 15 minutes.  Loosen from sides and center of tube with knife and gently remove cake.  Cool on cake rack.

To make lemon glaze, place 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar in small bowl.  Gradually add 1 tablespoon hot water, blending well until mixture is thin enough to spread.  Add 1/8 teaspoon grated lemon rind.  Spread over top and allow to run down sides of cooled cake.  Sprinkle with additional grated lemon rind.  (my recipe is on a yellowed newspaper dated 'summer '69' so you know how long I have been baking this cake...........enjoy!)

Owl Prowl

On Thursday this week I attended an Owl Prowl at Norfolk Botanical Garden.  An Owl Prowl?  Well, we didn't actually get to 'prowl' as the gardens were too wet from all that rain on Thursday but we did get to meet three lovely owls ~ up close and personal.  What a treat!  Dana Lusher was the educator who brought her owls.  She is certified by the state and federal as a wildlife rehabber who specializes in birds with a passion for raptors, particularly owls.

Screech owl
Tiny screech owl
Tiny screech owl
Very tiny screech owl

My friend, Thadine, and I to show you the size of this owl.

Barred Owl w DanaThis is a Barred owl with Dana.  He fell out of the nest when he was very young, was rescued and given to Dana to rehab.  I think she said he was about three.  He thinks Dana is his Mom.  He is very vocal and makes a great education owl!

Barred Owl 2Isn't he beautiful?

Great Horned Owl w DanaThis is a Great Horned Owl with Dana.  She said that he is about 15 years old and that if he were living in the wild he would probably only live about five years.  It was a great evening!  You can find more information on FB ~ Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Did you know......

Library 1That the CAT/ART STUDIO has a little library behind this closed door?  You've probably not noticed it as you walk in the door.  It is the first cabinet to the left so check it out.  What will you find?  Books to borrow!  Novels, mysteries, some about crafting, some about tea.....I guarantee they are all the easy read style .............just for fun books...........that will guarantee a relaxing read.  And, you're welcome to take and return at your convenience!

Library 2

Sharing Laurie's pictures .....

Norfolk Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights ~ tonight is the last night to drive through this fabulous display (5:30 to 10:00).  My friend, Laurie Holtan, was there earlier this month and shared her pictures with me.  So, if you haven't had a chance to walk or ride through her wonderful pictures will be all you need (but, put it on your 'bucket list' for next year!).  Thanks, Laurie!

Laurie 1 Laurie 2 Laurie 5
Laurie 4
Laurie 3 Laurie 6 Laurie 7

Laurie's Inspiration...

My friend, Laurie Holtan, (who many of you know through stamp club) lives in Maryland and she sent me beautiful pictures that she took of Monarch Butterflies on her butterfly bushes.  The first one she sent was this one of a tagged Monarch on her butterfly bush.  She read the tag and sent the reporting form to Monarch Watch.  They can track its path from where it was tagged to places along their migration route to Mexico!

Tagged Monarch

Laurie said that the Monarchs were in her yard for at least a week but that they are all gone now because of the chilly weather.  Here are some more of her fabulous photographs....

2 Monarchs on red flower

Three butterflies on the butterfly bush
Pumpkin Pie Monarch
Pumpkin Pie close up

And, then a sad note ~ who knew that a Praying Mantis would eat a butterfly?  I thought it was a beneficial insect that ate larger insects ~ beetles, grasshoppers and crickets.  Another picture from Laurie ~

Praying MantisShe said she found butterfly wings on the ground under her butterfly bush ~ now, we know why.  Laurie ~ THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE LOVELY PICTURES!!!  And, the insect lesson.