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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

Stamp-A-Stack with New Stampers

This past Saturday I held my monthly Stamp-A-Stack and I had 5 new stampers to my group! It was great seeing new faces and they all enjoyed each other’s company. During the last few months of the year I usually have my stampers make Holiday/Christmas cards. This is the best time to build your stash of Christmas cards for sending to family and friends. When you make them yourself they have an extra special touch.

Left side going up… Marcia, Janet, Kathy Right side going up… Diane, Pat, Diana, Rita

A couple of them haven’t stamped in a while and one of them was a complete newbie who has never stamped before. That’s whats great about my stamping classes, you don’t have to have experience and you leave with awesome cards while you unleash that creative side you never knew you had!

Below are the cards they made and the products used.


I wanted a contrast of cardstock and foil. I also added some glimmer paper leaves for some extra shine.

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Here’s the second card they made…


I just LOVE the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, there are so many possibilities and the foil! Another great product are the Foil Snowflakes, there are 24 in pack, 12 fold and 12 silver. As an added bonus, if you don’t want foil snowflakes just turn them over and you have vanilla snowflakes.

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Get your Christmas Card list started and send these shiny cards!


It’s that Time of the Year!

The Holiday Catalog is live today and ready for orders!

Orders can be placed on my on-line store, or you can contact me to place your order.

Oh So Eclectic!

Eclectic, what does that mean? According to the dictionary…
deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
synonyms: wide-ranging, broad-based, extensive, comprehensive, encyclopedic

Stampin’ Up! loves the idea of broad and diverse range of sources that they used the ‘Oh So Eclectic’ stamp set on the cover of the new annual catalog. I love the bright colors, water coloring possibilities and so much more!

Stampin’ Up! trainer, Shannon West, demonstrates many of the eclectic ways that the Oh So Eclectic Bundle can be used to create fun and interesting projects!

You can order these products in a bundle and save 10%, and you can save an additional 10% with FREE SHIPPING during the month of June when you order a minimum of $50 directly from me!

There are a total of 13 dies in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies set.

Unleash your creative side and get busy with the ‘Oh So Eclectic’ bundle today!


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OnStage 2017 – Post 1

I’m so excited to be in Savannah attending the Stampin’ Up April event. I love seeing friends and stampers I’ve met over my 10 years as a demonstrator. In addition to being here with my awesome Stampin’Amigas, one of my downline was able to attend. Welcome to OnStage Carmen Delgado! Here are a few pictures, I’ll be posting more later to share what I can. 

Patti Sharkey, Me, Debra LaFountaine, Cyndra Alderman

Here’s my 2017 OnStage badge

Carmen Delgado & Me

Napkins that Sparkle & Shine

You will never look at napkins the same way after learning how to use them for card making. In my recent Technique Class I showed my awesome stampers two Napkin Techniques. I’m going to share one of those techniques in my blog today, I call it the Napkin Glitter Technique!

I picked up a pack of Easter napkins at a local store for a couple of dollars and made these beautiful cards, click and zoom in so that you can see the sparkle!

This technique is not difficult but there is a process in order to get it right. Take a look at the video below and see how it’s done.

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Reverse Words Going Forward!

Go forward and earn your free Reverse Word Stamp Set when you place a minimum order of $50. This stamp set was recently added to the Sale-A-Bration free products available until March 31st.

Take a look at Andrea while she demonstrates what makes this stamp set so COOL.

Contact me or place your order on my Online store.

Inspired March Cards

I host 3 regular monthly classes and sometimes I just need help to come up with new ideas. There are times when I think the ideas are great as is and why change a good thing? For my monthly Oviedo Mall cards I copied two cards from a couple of talented stampers.


This card was inspired by Lynn Starl, you can see her original post HERE.

The above card was inspired by Tana Boser, one of our 2017 Artisan Designers. You can see her original card HERE.

My stampers loved these cards and I’m glad I found them!

It’s Been 18 Years!


My baby boy is not a baby anymore, he recently turned 18 and we celebrated with a few family members. I got nostalgic and started going through previous birthday photos and wow, what a difference…he’s turned into this bearded young man!

Join me down memory lane as I reminisce on the little boy I once had.

Happy 18th Birthday Jared!