Yarn needed...........

This request is from my friend, Diane, who is an avid card maker. She and her husband are knitting away the winter and need a little help from us. Any donations would be appreciated!

"My husband and I keep busy. Over the spring and summer we knitted 230 scarves to be donated to shelters

Etc. They are just about gone. Someone ( KofC ) is handling this for us.  So now we have a new batch of yarn and

are starting all over again. This time we are adding a matching cap. Sitting just watching TV is so boring.

I don’t usually ask for donations, but if any of your club members have yarn they don’t know what to do with, and it’s

Just sitting around in a closet, well………………We could put it to good use.

We got our annual report and Card Care sent out 65,000 cards this year made possible by 400 card makers and volunteers.

It’s also in its tenth year."  Diane V.

State of Stampin' Up!

Thoufhtful Blooms

Do you remember the stamp set, THOUGHTFUL BLOOMS, above?  It was in this years Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I didn't remember it.  Guess I should have.  One of the announcements during the recent OnStage@Home virtual meeting for all demonstrators was that this was the MOST POPULAR stamp set this year!!!!  Did you choose it during SAB?  Did you love it?  Do you still love it?  Let me know ~ show me a sample of how you used it.  I would love to see your creativity!  Comment.  I will send you a special card..............

And, what else was significant during the last Stampin' Up! year (which runs from October to October)?  There were 1,721,240 orders worldwide last year.  There were 1.8 million packages of cardstock sold.  There were 16,000 new Stamp & Emboss Machines sold (no, the Mini is still not available but the word is 'soon').  The largest single sale day was the day the new catalog launched with over $6 million in sales!  There were 24,003 new demonstrators for a total, worldwide of 60, 565.  The year ended with a total of 57,040 demonstrators.  Thought you might be interested........any questions?

What a mess.........

I am busy, busy, busy preparing for my CALENDAR CLASSES that begin on Sunday afternoon and, I have created quite a mess.  And, I have only completed January through July ~ I still have a long way to go!!!  I do like what I have created so far which makes me feel good.  I didn't want to 'not post here' but I don't have time to create a meaningful post!  Sorry.  Just wanted you to know what was going on in the Cat/Art Studio on National Cat Day!

Calendar prep

Pumpkin Patch....

HALLOWEEN 2watermarked
Have A Hoot stamp set

This time of year, everyone needs to know where the closest PUMPKIN PATCH is so I wanted to let you know where my cute pumpkins came from ..............my fav pumpkin patch is on the corner of Government Avenue and Granby Street in Norfolk.  It is a fund raiser for Miles Memorial United Methodist Church and a fabulous patch....check it out and have a lovely weekend !

Pumpkins 1

Pumpkins 2

Pumpkin take a picture


Inspiration from Agnes..........

My stamping friend, Agnes Leach, lives in Yorktown and has been a member The Gourmet Stamp Club for years (I wish I had journaled more so that I had a date) ~ a really fun group of ladies who not only stamp together but have lunch together every month ~ compliments of the hostess (and, they are all wonderful cooks!).  The card below is the one that Agnes brought me for my birthday in September.  I love it!  She didn't bring the directions to the card so, this afternoon, when my friend, Lynne, came by we made our own version.

Agnes's card

However, Agnes, I am so sad to tell you that I had to tear yours apart to figure out how you made it.  Lynne and I used the stamp set HALLOWS NIGHT MAGIC BUNDLE on page 53 in the Fall Mini Catalog.  This is our creation.  What do you think?

Pop Up Card 1

Pop Up Card 2Not perfect but I think we have it figured out.  Now, to figure out if I can teach it.  Frankly I am skeptical.  Maybe after I make a few more I will be confident enough to try!  Anyway ~ I hope your have a FUN, SCARY (the right kind) and FABULOUS OCTOBER!

A Granddaughter Card....

This card is so cute I just had to show you ~ and, it is one you might want to CASE!  The card is a birthday card created by Lynne Henderson for a great granddaughter in North Carolina whose birthday wish is for a 'makeup kit' that she saw in a local store.  (I don't think I knew what makeup was when I was turning 7!)  Lynne, the card is terrific (and, she will LOVE it!)

Do you have a card or stamped project that you would like to share?  Let me know ~ my blog is dedicated to sharing CREATIVITY ~ YOURS and mine!

Dressed to Impress stamp set, January to June Mini Catalog, page 56

Happy Birthday 7 inside

Sunday mystery....Simple Stems?

Our friend, Rusty, is looking for this stamp set.  She would like to buy it from one of you who may have it in your collection if it is not one you use currently and would part with it.  The name of the set is SIMPLE STEMS and it is a set of seven.  I don't know the year or the catalog.  I haven't been able to find it in the catalogs I have (but, I don't have ALL the catalogs), can you help?  Rusty is willing to pay full price for the set.  Let me know ~ thanks!