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Colorbox Chalk Ink


Chalkboards are all the rage, I'm sure you have noticed! I used the Rose Coral Colorbox Chalk Ink on the new Chalkboard Paper. It needs a minute to dry OR a shot with the heat tool. I like the Rose Coral best because it seemed a brighter color to me than the other two choices.


I was thrilled to see these ADORABLE rosettes back as a product in the Occasions Catalog called the Artisan Embellishment Kit.

Artisan Embellishment Kit

#137909 - $9.95

Artisan Embellishment Kit OC


A Happy Thing


This plump little bird makes me happy! I was fiddling with the 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon which I love to use for TEXTURE! I pulled a few threads and wove a ribbon through the opening!! Glue dots secure the ends. I used Crystal Effects on the Bird's eye and beak, but the picture doesn't show it.


The little bird is colored with Blendabilities which can be your FREE selection during Sale-A-Bration Promo through March 31, 2015. You must try them!!

Today, I'm at Stampin' Up! Leadership in Orlando, FL with my North Star Stamper Team!! Love chatting, swapping and sharing with my gals!! Can you hear us giggling??

Embellished Events


I received this very creative New Year's card from my team member, Janell Lewellen from Illinois! Do you recognize the MUSTACHE Framelits #133741??? It makes such a cute "mask!"


Here is the complete card - FUN!! The stamp set is Embellished Events with 11 images. Thanks for sharing , Janell!

Celebrate Today


One of my favorite relatives is having a special birthday - and her first in a Nursing Home. This calls for an extra special CHEERY card! I grabbed my NEW "Celebrate Today" BUNDLE!!


I chose warm, festive colors of Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantalope, and Calypso Coral with a dash of Silver Glimmer Paper!!


Inside I used the "Memorable Moments" Stamp Set for a VERY PERSONALIZED birthday!! I hope this card will show how much I'm thinking of her on her birthday. Through her childhood stories, I have gotten to know my Great-Grandmother who was her Grandmother! Precious tales of life on a farm in Illinois!!

Make a SPECIAL birhday card today...

for someone dear to YOU!

Celebrate Today BUNDLE (save 15%)

#138869 photopolymer $36.25


Used Stamp SALE Saturday




Sat., Jan 17th  8-1pm

Cash only (unless you are my regular customer)

Sorry, no early sales.



Snail mail set

Check out this adorable NEW photopolymer stamp set called,

"Better Than E-Mail"

#140463 - $15.95

This set qualifies for the Angel policy requiring the Stampin' Up! copyright to appear on any handmade items you sell made with Stampn' Up! images.



Weekly Deals

Deals jan. 12

Weekly Deals Jan. 13-19, 2015

HOLY COW! I was so busy PRICING for my Used Sale

I almost forgot to get you these great deals!

Sale is Jan. 17th 8-1 pm

my home in Punta Gorda, FL

Sheltering Tree


Look at this new stamp set called "Shelter Tree!"  It creates seasonal trees and much more! Way CUTE!


I chose to make my tree a spring flowering tree for all my friends "suffering" through winter! Think Spring! The colors are Soft Sky and Rose Red.


I really love this sweet stamp set!!

Sheltering Tree - Photopolymer

#137163 - $24.95 - 14 images

Sheltering Tree OC

Used Stamp SALE


Annual Used

Stamp, Scrap & Craft SALE!!

Sat., Jan. 17th  8-1pm

Three Stampin' Up! Demonstrators!

Also: clothing, linens, plants & household.

Cash only, no early sales.

Key West Holiday

Keys 2014

Our two daughters and one S-I-L visited us for the Holidays. We drove to Key West for an adventure. 1700 islnads make up the Florida Keys - a gorgeous area! We had lunch in Marathon with my brother and his wife. They own Marathon BioDiesel, converting used restaurant cooking oil into fuel.

Seated: Jeff Lillie, ME (Nancy Lillie Ferb,) Nancy Lillie. Standing: Dean Ferb, Chris & Kelly, Katie Ferb DeMunbrun.

  Gate 2

We enjoy staying at the Westwinds Inn ( circa 1900) walking distance to the infamous DUVAL STREET! This is me and our two beautiful daughters!


We lounged around the pool. There is Katie on the left, finishing up breakfast poolside.


We fed this little bird (maybe a warbler) egg leftovers. It was quite tame...and hungry!

Crab spider

I little "crab spider" was watching us so Kelly fed him egg, also.


Our first stop was Ernest Hemingway's Home....because the three of us are cat-lovers!


Hemingway loved cats also. His cats were polydactyl - meaning extra toed. All his cats were named after Hollywood actors.


Here is a good shots of a polydactyl cat!! Many descendants of the original cats roam the property today. They have freedom to go anywhere and still sometimes sleep on Hemingway's bed.


 Old cement.


Cats were everywhere! This fellow liked the hum of the A/C!


Hemingway's Home is LOVELY and well worth the tour to hear about his "colorful" life!


Then we headed to BLUE HEAVEN for lunch! It was very eclectic - with a shower barside! Live music, too.


There were hens and chick running around the outside restaurant! We saw two huge iuguanas in the tree top, too. Lots going on!

Key lime pie

I highly recommend Blue Heaven's mile high Key Lime Pie! YUM!!! Just HOW do they cut this pie????IMG_0240

An interesting restaruant! Our server was a gal from Russia.


The kids and I visited John Fogerty's Bar. Remember the song: "put me in coach?"

Beach Santa

The kids found SANTA!!!! He was drinking a beer at the beach while getting a thorough tan!!! The taxi driver told the kids, "That guy has an "OUTFIT" for every holiday!!


A BIG photo op is the "Southern Most Point" sign! Kelly and hubby, Chris.20141224_105717-1

I visited the Key West Garden Club in an "old fort." This huge banyan tree has engulfed an old archway and turned it into a work of art! I went to see the orchid arbor and there was not a single orchid in bloom which great disappointed me.


I walked over to the Butterfly Conservatory and passed this breath taking Bougainvillea! WOW!


The butterfly "greenhouse" was AMAZING. It's a lush tropical garden and stream with butterflies everywhere...and tiny tropical birds, a pair of Flamingos and koi fish! So tranquil!


So brilliant!


This butterfly was about 5-6" across!



I had no idea they could live sooo long!


As I existed the Butterfly Conservatory, there was a lovely orchid display!!

Urankian pedicab

I was VERY tired so I took a "PEDI-CAB" back to the inn. My cyclist was a young gal from the Ukraine!

New teeth for Kelly

The girls are always ready for a new adventure!!


We FOUND "Dorothy" of Kansas fame!! She grew up and hangs out at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West. DID NOT SEE "Todo."


This sign took Kelly's eye!


There are street performers...some have two legs, some have four! This is "Cocoa," and she is 2 years old.


Dominique Lefort is a long-time French sidewalk performer at sunset on Mallory Square! He acts very "CRAZY" and has somehow (????) trained cats!!! AMAZING!


Heading home we had to "play tourist" at this giant lobster! Key West is a very interesting, unique place. We always find something new each time we visit! I've included several hot links if you want more info. Visit soon and make some memories!

Painted Petals


This is ONE of my new FAVS from the Occasions Catalog 2015 - Painted Petals Stamps Set of 13 images. The "two-step" format makes it easy to create multiple colors on one image. I chose the colors of Old Olive and Strawberry Slush for this card.


This stamp set has endless possibilities with 13 images!!

#138819 wood $32.95

#138822 clear $24.95

#137146 photopolymer $23.95

Sale-A-Bration is coming!


Sale-A-Bration is EVERYONE'S favorite time of year!! It starts Jan. 6, 2015 and here is a peek at one of the FREE items with a $50 purchase.


This chubby little bird is perfect for Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers!! He's a happy fellow in bright colors! A HAPPY THING Stamp Set of 4 images is FREE with purchase. Card is 4.25" square.