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New Year, New Adventures, New Dreams!

Lots of you have noticed that I have been a little quiet lately and haven’t posted much on my blog or Facebook for over a month.  Well here’s the reason… I ruptured a blood vessel in one eye which has caused me to have double vision, not fun but it could have been worse. After an MRI, blood work and many other tests, it seems to be a waiting game. My handsome Neuro-Ophthalmologist (that part of my vision is still good!)  let me know that this condition is self-healing and can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks. I’m at the end of week 5 with no progress but I have faith that the next few weeks will be much better!

I’ve been very limited on my computer use since it gives me a headache after just 15-20 minutes. Designing and creating is not much better, it’s hard when I’m seeing 2 of everything or have no depth perception when I patch one eye to avoid the double-vision. I was very fortunate to have help from my son, daughter and Rita for my first class in December.

It’s time to work on my upcoming class next Saturday, my great-niece Riena is here to help and I’ll be counting my son and daughter too. Enough of my woos, I am very blessed with an amazing family, friends and so much more!

There are two new catalogs coming up with lots of new exciting products. There are also plenty of opportunities when you join my team. If you’re not on my mailing list contact me to get your catalogs. I’ll post more of this on another post, it’s getting hard to concentrate right now.

Take a look at the Stampin’ Up! video below that lets you know how I feel about doing what I love and sharing what I do!

I’m looking forward to creating, designing and sharing a lot with all of you!
Feeling Blessed!

Petal Palette From the Heart!

It took me a long time to purchase the Petal Palette stamp set. I don’t know why but I missed the opportunity to purchase it while it was bundled with the Petals & More Thinlits for a 10% discount. Now that I have the set I simply love it!

I’m using this stamp set for my upcoming Stamp-A-Stack class. I’m sure my stampers are going to love it too!


I was inspired by a card Jenny Moors had designed and below is what I designed.

I wanted to pair it with the lovely Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron cardstock. I also used the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to give it a full textured background.

Product List

Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Organza Ribbon

Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon

Notice: I didn’t realize when I used the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon it has since been retired from the Stampin’ Up! line of products. You can use 1/2″ Lace Trim (141672) instead.

I as mentioned in the beginning, I missed the opportunity to purchase the bundle for Petal Palette at a 10% discount. Don’t you miss out and our current bundles. Check them out by clicking on the link below:


More Europe Photos

While my sister Brenda and I were visiting Europe for 10 days we took so many pictures it’s hard to narrow them down to just a few but I promised more photos and here they are.

The following photos were taken by Loryn G Papania who was in our tour group. Loryn is an amazing photographer and was kind enough to share these photos with a few of us and gave me permission to share with you.

Now here are some photos that my sister and I took!

Tour Group Photo

Eiffel Tower at night, I’m pretty proud of this photo!

Another proud photo of the Eiffel Tower at night

Outside the Colosseum

Brenda making a wish at the Trevi Fountain

Me and our Tour Director Pascal Wilson, one of the best!

Yes, there are Pyramids in Rome!

It was amazing stepping into the Colosseum

Colosseum up close and personal

Dinner time with Brenda at Alfredo’s Rome, Italy

While in Rome we had a group dinner with the Tenors and my Tour Buddies!

When in Rome and left alone for a few hours my sister shops!

Views from our Paris Cruise on the Seine River

While visiting Le Louvre Musem in Paris I spotted this portrait that I thought looked a lot like my sister. What do you think?

Rome shopping adventures!

Our flight to Rome from Paris

More from the Seine River Cruise

My sister took a photo of every single meal we ate during this trip, I just wanted to share the delicious desserts in Rome.

Seine River Cruise photo

We actually visited the Eiffel Tower 3 times while in Paris, this was with our tour group

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of our time in Europe!

Europe Days 1 – 4

My sister Brenda and I are in Europe for 10 days and we’re having an amazing time. I shared most of these photos on my private Facebook page and I’m sharing note with you!

Catch the Party Panda!

Catch the Party Panda before he’s gone.

I couldn’t let Sale-A-Bration end without featuring one of our favorite products-especially when that product is as cute as the Party Panda Stamp Set! Earn the Party Panda Stamp Set as part of your Sale-A-Bration rewards before it’s too late.

Here are a few quick and easy Party Panda cards my stampers made at my last Technique Card Class. Using the Stampin’ Blends we colored the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (another FREE Sale-A-Bration item) in different colors using the Light and Dark versions of the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin’ Blends are sold individually for $4.50 each or you can purchase the entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection for $121.50 (147475). The collection includes all 26 colors plus the Color Lifter. This collection is the perfect item for you to earn your Free Party Panda stamp set and the Free Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper! You can place your order online using the March Hostess Code JJ44YYXE. Please note, if your online order is $150 or more do Not use the hostess code and receive your very own Hostess Benefits starting with $15 free products. Contact me with any questions.

Stampin’ Blends

Party on, Pandas, party on!

Growing Wish List…There’s a Fix for That!

Has your wishlist grown since taking a look at the new Occasions catalog? Are you constantly waiting for sales? How about a minimum 20% sale/discount every single day? That’s what you get when join my team!

But that’s not all. Joining at this you get your starter kit for $99, along with the choice of TWO additional stamp sets for your kit—any stamp set, any price. (Excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets.) That’s up to a $101 value. Plus, the kit ships for free (10% savings!)

Click HERE or on the photo below to get all the details.

Holiday Catalog Ends Today!

Today is your last chance to place an order for products in the Holiday Catalog. If you were waiting to purchase an item, this is it!

Tomorrow I’ll replace the Holiday Catalog with the new Occasions Catalog and I’ll also be adding the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Here’s another peek of one of the products in the Occasions Catalog. You can create gorgeous paper cakes with the Cake Soirée Stamp Set and the Sweet Cake Framelits Dies. Plus, save 10% when you buy them in a bundle! You can order yours starting tomorrow.

I used this bundle for my downline meeting a few weeks ago and we made a card I cased from Amy Koenders in Alpharetta, GA.

If you’re on my mailing list and haven’t received your copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog please contact me. If you would like to join my mailing list do the same.

Wine, Cheese and Cards…Part 1

A few weeks ago my friend Debra and I held a Wine & Cheese Gift Kit Class at Fig’s Prime in Altamonte Springs. We had a very good turn out and everyone had a great time. I have been so busy lately and haven’t had a chance to post pictures. I was getting ready to upload the pictures and the folder was corrupted! I have some pictures of the projects everyone made which I’m posting here. As soon as I get my pictures of the event I will post them in Part 2!

Designed by Wanda Smith

Designed by Wanda Smith

Designed by Debra LaFountaine

Designed by Debra LaFountaine

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Designed by Wanda Smith

Wine Blending, Oh What Fun!

Chateau Ste. Michelle

While visiting the picturesque state of Washington one of the best things to do is visit their wineries. My friend Christy was able to secure a Blending Experience for Nicole and I at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, WA . We had a chance to be a winemaker for a day! We created our own red wine blend while discovering different varietals and their attributes!

Before we started blending wines we got to taste a few.

I got to taste a few wines and make my own blend and create my own wine label. They even keep the recipe so if I want to order another bottle they will blend it and ship it to me!



My very own unique blend!

Pike Place Market Fun

One of the most famous neon signs in the US

During my Seattle visit my daughter Nicole and I visited Pike Place Market where I learned that locals do not appreciate it when we call it Pike’s Market (who knew). During our morning food tour Nicole and I learned quite a lot from our guide Patrick Savor Seattle Food Tours did you know:
Pike Place Market Historical District Boundaries:
9 acres, stretching from mid-block south of Pike Street, northward to Virginia Street (4 blocks north), and Western to First Avenues.
About 85 local farmers sell dozens of different crops/farm products. Most farms are in the Puget Sound region; some come from Eastern Washington. In recent years, almost half the farmers have been from Laos or Cambodia in Southeast Asia. Some are from Mexico, too.
About 225 local artists sell their handmade crafts and artwork each year. The Market’s crafts community offers one of the largest selections of arts and crafts in the Northwest.
About 500 people live in the Market in 400 apartments. It is a mixed-income neighborhood, with units for the many low-income, elderly or disabled, and market-rate apartments and condos for those with higher incomes.
About 240 small (“mom-and-pop”) businesses comprise the Market Historical District. There are 24 buildings in the nine-acre area. About 70 businesses are restaurants or food takeout stalls. Food is central to the Market’s economy, but there are shops that sell artwork, toys, herbal medicine, collectibles and books. There are services like barbershops, an acupuncturist and tattoo artists, too. There’s a hotel and a theater.
The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), a public, not-for-profit corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973. The PDA manages about 85% of the historical district’s properties.
Daily Operations:
About 100 janitorial, security, maintenance, administrative and office employees work at the PDA. Some janitorial and security staff work during the night to help prepare the Market for the next business day. Hours of the Market are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Individual business hours may vary. Many, like bakeries, fish and vegetable stalls, open earlier, while some restaurants stay open late.
Social Services:
The Market is home to a senior center, medical clinic, child care center, food bank and an assisted-care facility for elders. The Market Foundation is an organization that raises money to help pay operating costs for these services. The social services serve all people regardless of ability to pay.
Over a dozen are spoken and written, including Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, Hindi, Tagalog, Turkish, Russian, German, Japanese, French, Arabic.
Up to 10 million annually; between 20,000 and 40,000 daily.
Annual Sales for the Market Historical District:
Over $150 million in goods and services each year.
Oldest Market Business:
Virginia Inn, a restaurant at First Avenue and Virginia Street. It started in 1903 before the Market opened in 1907.
Largest Commercial Business:
Market Theater (home of Unexpected Productions), almost 6,000 square feet. It’s located at the Gum Wall in lower Post Alley.
Smallest Commercial Business:
La Vaca Burrito Express, 60 square feet. It’s located on First Avenue.

I just love the Rose Kale, beautiful.

One of the Pike Place Market proformers

There are two huge piggy banks in the market which supports the Pike Place Market Foundation

Lovely street proformer

My daughter Nicole at Pike Place Market Starbucks, the original Starbucks.

Pike Place Market Community Garden