Got shoes???

2021-09-19 (2)

CIRCLE A HOME FOR HORSES is collecting gently worn, used and new shoes to raise money. Not only do you help CIRCLE A, but the shoes also get a second life with those in need. It's a double donation!

So dig thru your closets, gather shoes from your friends and family.  Every pair counts!  Bring your shoes to the Cat/Art Studio and our stamping friend, Marti Jones, will pick them up to support this cause.  Or ~ locations below of drop boxes to support this cause ~

The shoe drive is thru October 7, 2021.  Drop boxes are located at Remax Alliance, 4701 Columbus Street, Virginia Beach.

Circle A Home for Horses 4345 Charity Neck Rd Virginia Beach

Farmhouse brewing, 1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach. 

Out of the area but still want to help? You can always make a direct donation at

 Circle A Home for Horses, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and rescued equines through paired bonding, learning, and fellowship.

STARS get-together this weekend

My STARS team meeting was last Saturday afternoon and five of us were able to make 56 cards to send to the 18 brave individuals who were injured recently and are in recovery at Walter Reed.  It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon of 9-11!  #SUDifferenceMaker

Samples of our patriotic cards.
This is Marie Shaughnessy who came with a boot on her foot and a little scooter!


Sarah Williams who came to relax and make cards!
Marion Swaim whose Mother told her to always do something you love on your birthday!
Diane Gibson came on her birthday because she loves to stamp!


HOME-connect-JL_ANNIVERSARY_53'Each day we remember the victims, the families, and survivors dealing with loss, recognizing the lasting consequences of 9/11 on individual lives.'

Backstage @ Home 2.0

241045442_10223386510268592_1586041258636802827_nI wanted to make sure that I didn't forget to tell you a little more about last weekend's virtual Stampin' Up! 'convention'.  I think that I mentioned that one of our keynote speakers was Carey D. Lohrenz who is the Navy's first female F-14 FIGHTER PILOT!  So impressive!  

240845514_10226608700422640_3922942172387367500_n (2)One of the things that she talked about in her presentation was our obsession with 'perfect' and the time we take to strive for 'perfection' and that 80% IS ENOUGH!!!!  Perfection is not necessary!  I pass this on because I think if we remind ourselves of this on a daily basis our life will be easier, more fun and less stressful.  What do you think?

Garden of Tomorrow Groundbreaking

IMG_6713This morning was the Groundbreaking Ceremony at Norfolk Botanical Garden for the GARDEN OF TOMORROW.  After years of planning the Garden is expanding to include the Hall Water Education and Rowing Center, Brock Parking Garden, Brock Entry Pavilion, Perry Conservatory and a Skywalk!  Alan looked forward to the reception & seeing the replicas by the Hampton Roads LEGO User Group.

Gold shovels for the actual groundbreaking!
At the reception after the groundbreaking! So clever!
LEGOS: Brock Entry Pavilion
LEGOS: Perry Conservatory
LEGOS: Hall Water Education & Rowing Center
Artist images of the above
Artist rendition of the new entry to the Garden
Thank you card to send to the Garden!

Katy's Christmas Card Class II

IMG_6601I am sorry that the camera won't pick up the sparkle in this card ~ the white snowflake is white glimmer paper which makes it very pretty.  The stamp set is SNOWFLAKE WISHES and the punch for the label is the LOVELY LABELS PICK A PUNCH on page 149 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  Love this picture from Wednesday's class.  Love the concentration!

IMG_6611One more card to show you.  This one is made with the stamp set, EVERGREEN ELEGANCE, from the annual catalog, page 91.  The trees are lovely as they are and we added SHIMMERY CRYSTAL EFFECTS to the tallest tree for some sparkle and embossed the greeting (from HEARTFELT WISHES) in gold.

IMG_6600If you like these cards you might want to sign up for my upcoming Christmas Card Class ~ this month on either Saturday, August 21 at 1 PM, or Tuesday, August 24 at 6 PM.  We'll be making 8 cards ~ 2 each of 4 designs ~ like the class on Wednesday but different cards.  Let me know if you can join us ~ RSVP by Sunday, August 15!  And, Katy, thank you ~ loved having all of you!

Katy's Christmas Card Class I

Yesterday was a day to remember.  Yes, it was certainly an all day rainy day and we needed the rain.  It was also the day that my friend, Katy Bryant, had scheduled to hold a CHRISTMAS CARD CLASS with friends in the Cat/Art Studio.  She has done this for the past several years and it is always fun ~ maybe it was even more fun yesterday because of the dreariness or it could have been just the lovely ladies ~ Anna, Kim, Martha, Michaela, Rori, Sharon, Karen, Maria and, of course, Katy!

IMG_6609It was the first time in a long time that I have had a large class of stampers & non-stampers making eight Christmas cards in a couple of hours.  Such fun!

IMG_6608There were four designs and everyone made two of each design to make a very busy morning!  


Raspberry Tiramisu by Rosie Morton

A wonderful treat for you from a member of the GOURMET STAMP CLUB that met last Wednesday morning in the Cat/Art Studio ~ Raspberry Tiramisu by Rosie!  The stamp club meets once a month and the hostess brings lunch for all of the members ~ a fabulous arrangement that has been going on for years.  Rosie was hostess and this is the dessert she made ~ print the pdf and enjoy ~ I guarantee you will get a rave review from friends!!!