From Stampin' Up! this morning...............
We have exciting news that we know many of our European demonstrators have been eagerly awaiting: Stampin’ Up! will officially open in Belgium and the Republic of Ireland before the end of 2022!
Over the past few years, we’ve all felt the impact of the pandemic and other global challenges. Thankfully, even in difficult times we work to better our best, and we believe that challenges can inspire growth. So now is the time to introduce our amazing products, creative experiences, and unique opportunities to new friends!
Share this exciting news with your team members and customers around the world, and encourage anyone who’s interested to visit our new introduction websites: and 
We can’t wait to welcome new customers and demonstrators from Belgium and Ireland to our creative community!
Stampin’ Up!

Two ingredients????

Angel Food Cake
The cake is often served with berries and eaten for dessert. The name, which comes from the texture, which is "so light that angels could eat it and still fly without being weighted down", has given it a special association in some communities.  (Google)
I baked a Pineapple Angel Food Cake for a party last night and wanted to share the recipe with you because it is SO EASY!  The ingredients are ~ 1 box Betty Crocker White Angel Food Cake Mix and 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained.  
1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  In large bowl, beat dry angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 1 minute.  Pour into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
3.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown.  Cool completely upside down as directed on cake mix box, about 2 hours.  Run knife around edges; turn cooled cake out onto serving plate.  Use a serrated knife to cut into slices.  Store covered in refrigerator.
4.  I served mine with sliced fresh peaches (Wegman's or Taste on Shore Drive) and a can of whipped cream.  YUMMMM!  And, EASY PEASY!

Thank you Patty........

Another advantage of joining a monthly STAMP CLUB in the CAT/ART STUDIO ~ a delicious recipe from Patty Pauley in our Thursday morning stamp club.  She brought the apple dumplings which delighted all six members of the club (and me ~ and, Alan) and shared the recipe this morning!  ENJOY!


2 cans crescent rolls

2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and cut lengthwise in eights

1 cup sugar

1 T. cinnamon

1 ½ sticks butter melted

12 oz Mountain Dew

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll  and place in a 9 x 13 pan.  Pour a little melted butter over each roll.  Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture and continue layers of butter and sugar mixture until all is used.  Pour Mountain Dew over the top around edges of rolls so as not to displace the sugar on each roll.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Good News.......


The May 2022 - April 2023 ANNUAL CATALOG has made it to Hampton Roads!  I have heard from four or five of you that you received it in your mailbox this weekend.  However, DIXIE gets the prize ~ she was the very first!!!  And, the prize is the SHARE HOPE PAPER PUMPKIN KIT available now ~ #158541! 

The lovely picture above is on the back of your catalog ~ so pretty ~ love the mixture of flowers ~ real and stamped ~ can anyone tell me where I can find the stamped flowers in the new catalog.  Another prize for the first person to correctly identify the stamp set!

Our Guest Artist this week ~ Kelly Fidler!

IMG_7900Kelly also brought cards that she made with the RAINBOW OF HAPPINESS BUNDLE on page 18 in Stampin' Up's Mini Catalog.  The bundle includes the stamp set (14 stamps) and the coordinating dies (8 dies).  She used different colors of glimmer paper for the rainbow.


IMG_7902And, you might have some of this colorful SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS 6" x 6" DSP ~ it was part of SALE-a-bration this year!  It goes great with the Rainbow Bundle.  The products in the MINI CATALOG are all available until June 1.  At that point some of them will retire but I do not know which ones ~ sorry.  If you like these cute Kelly Cards ~ order now.  AND ~ HERE'S KELLY!


Waves of the Ocean & Kelly Fidler ~ Guest Artist

IMG_7897Kelly's STAMP CLUB met on Tuesday evening this week and she brought some wonderful cards that she created using these products with her.  She ordered the WAVES OF THE OCEAN collection in March and she used the stamp set, the dies and the DSP to give us all some great ideas!  Thanks so much for sharing Kelly!  (more tomorrow....)


The dies that Kelly used on this SLIMLINE card are on page 12 in the annual catalog ~ SEASCAPE BUNDLE.


Shipping & Stampin' Up!

Patty Pauley texted me this morning to ask if Stampin' Up's shipping charge was changing.  I didn't have time to respond (Monday is my late day to arrive in the studio) so I thought that I would share a recent Stampin' Up! announcement with all of you at the same time.  The answer is yes.  From Stampin' Up! ....

I want to let you know about a change to Stampin’ Up!’s shipping and handling pricing. Starting April 1,
the minimum shipping charge will increase by $1.00, from $6.95 to $7.95—or by one percentage point,
from 10% to 11% of the total order amount—whichever is greater.
I want to make sure you’re aware of this change, as it impacts both you and me. Stampin’ Up! is only one
of many companies that have had to increase their shipping and handling costs in response to the global
supply chain crisis. Stampin’ Up! has worked to keep the increase as minimal as possible so we can
continue bringing you the unique, high-quality, and coordinated papercrafting products we love.
I appreciate your business, and I’m happy to help you figure out the shipping costs for your order any
time you’d like to know before purchasing.