Christmas Party/Ornament Exchange!


Happy Monday!!


Oh hey--

Mark your calendars & get your wish list ready!!!

Free shipping
I was working on my blog and JUST received an email from Stampin' Up! saying Wednesday, 12/8, is FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more!!!


Having said that, please keep in mind:

  • Due to the global shipping crisis, all orders placed during the free shipping promotion cannot be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. 



I'll remind you again, but you can also come back here Wednesday and CLICK HERE TO ORDER.



I had a fun weekend--including our Ornament Exchange!


We had yummy food and a fun exchange.


Silly me.


I DID remember to take pics.

BUT--I only took pics of our projects!!

No people.

What was I thinking???


Well, enjoy our cool ornaments.

The only rule was it was to be handmade; it didn't have to be SU! products.


created by Cindy Booth,


created by Diane Bow,

created by Marcia Hill,

created by Nadine Stolt,


created by Diane Field,



created by Ann Maede,

created by Mary Bearss,






Have a fabulous day!

I'll be back tomorrow with my Live! closeups.

(I found some sunshine for taking pics. :D)



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Clearance Rack is Refreshed!


Good morning!


The Last Chance Sale happening, AND the Clearance Rack is refreshed!


Shopping bag


Click here and have fun shopping!

Use host code JTZZABGK with a $50 order for a free gift from me!



Have an awesome day!!



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REMINDERS--Classes, Kits & more


Hi again!!


It seems there are LOTS of reminders!

I don't want you to miss out!


Oh hey--Do you need Christmas ideas to give your loved ones?


Any denomination you'd like!

Or give them your wish list and my link:


Or have them contact me! I can help!!





Here's a pic of what's coming up. I'll give some links below.


December Classes pic



Click below to sign up!


Card Class - TOMORROW, 11/30 [deadline TODAY!]

Christmas Party/Ornament - this Saturday, 12/4 [deadline 12/2]

(new/changed) Boxes, Bags n Tags Class - Thursday, 12/9, 10am or 7pm [deadline TOMORROW!]




The BEST Deal in Town!!!



Through TOMORROW, sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demo and get $125 of products for only $75 (rather than $99.)


Wanna know some of the other benefits?

Click here for Dazzling Demos Team benefits. (This page shows NORMAL pricing for a Starter Kit; it does NOT reflect the deal going on through tomorrow.)




If you have more questions, let me know!

There is NO requirement to have classes; you can simply just enjoy the deal if you'd like!





Did you miss out on some Paper Pumpkin or Tags Kits recently??

All you need is scissors.


And these are CASH & CARRY!

Come & get 'em from me!!



Peaceful Christmas PP Kit

(1) left, $22 + a refill kit, $10

Makes 10 cards total; top are designed with instructions; bottom are my alternate ideas from my 10/27/21 Live! video.

Peaceful Christmas collage,



Are you looking for a fun & easy project for with your kids or grandkids?

I have several of these.

Love, Santa (Tags) Kit - $19

Makes 3 each of 4 tags


Love Santa Tag Kit, update,



Gifts Galore PP Kit - $22

I have 2 + extra pieces

These are adorable--and much bigger than I expected!! (about 6" without the treat bag)

Makes 3 each of 3 designs--the design is on both sides of the treat container



Gifts Galore PP Kit,




Do you love these kits and would prefer a Mommy & Me Class soon?

Give me a call!




Enjoy the rest of your day!!

I'll be back tomorrow!





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My Stampers Club wants YOU!


Happy Monday, peeps!!!


How has YOUR day been???


I spent my morning checking out spaces for my Annual Hostess Appreciation Party!!

(All the phone calls were last week.)



And I'm getting close!

You WILL wanna be there!

It's the BEST party of the year!


LOVE to spoil


Do you know how you qualify?

  • Be my hostess (even an online book party--as long as sales were at least $150/you earned host rewards)
  • Be in one of my Stampers Clubs
  • Be on my Dazzling Demos Team (yes, I include my team as well)


You have through 12/31/21 to qualify! (Save the Date info will go out before that, though.)




Speaking of Stampers Clubs...


I have a spot to fill in one of my clubs!

We meet the 1st Tuesday of even months.

(So the next one is Tuesday, 12/7.)



  • Commit to ordering a minimum of $25 each time we meet (every other month)--even if you can't be here. (We'll meet a minimum of 6 times--or however many members there are.)
  • Get to potentially meet new friends!
  • Get a fun girls night out with us!
  • Get to make a couple projects at my home each time.
  • Get to earn host rewards 1 of the times (and bring a snack that night.)
  • Get invited to my Annual Hostess Appreciation Party.
  • CAN invite friends to club; the first time they come is free. Every time after that, they need to order just like you.
  • CAN get outside orders to increase your workshop total/host rewards.



  • Have to clean your house for this party--even when you're hostess!
  • HAVE to worry about getting people to order, because host rewards are guaranteed with our group.



Please let me know ASAP if you're interested in joining our group!


If you're quick enough, I'll have your name in the random drawing; otherwise, you'll be our last month.




My Live! Closeup...


I finally caught some sunshine so I could take a pic of my sample from my Live! last week!


(I know this wasn't the first sunny moment, but it was the first one I caught!)


Love of Leaves,



Here's what you need:

Click any product pic to order!




Have a spectacular rest of your day!!



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Cow Cuddling???


What can you get for $75???




1) One hour of COW CUDDLING!! Yep, it’s a real thing!!






The discounted Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!!!



Cost: $75


…discounted stamping supplies

…sneak peeks and early order of new products

… & more!

Contact me today or purchase your totally customizable kit HERE at my website!


It’s the best investment that I MADE almost 20
years ago!


Join in on the fun with me!!


Have an amazing day!



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Backin' It Up!


I'm here!

Late on a Monday...

And I'm so sorry for my absenteeism last week!


Busy week, poor time management and not much sleep! :D


So I have some catching up to do!!



Let's start with finishing off the Crafting Retreat...


Here are the "pillow gifts" everyone received:




Btw, "pillow gifts" is a Stampin' Up! term. :)


On all incentive trips, Stampin' Up! gifts us with a surprise on our pillow every night!


So, it's a very beloved term.


Therefore, OF COURSE, pillow gifts are a required item for our Retreat attendees!!



Here are the projects everyone got to make with items from their goody bags:


Tidings & Trimmings bundle,


Tidings & Trimmings bundle, created by Nadine Stolt,




Here are the products used--part of which were included in goody bags:






While I'm here, I have reminders!



TOMORROW Stampin' Up! is starting a Seasonal Promotion:

From the Annual Catalog only (Nov 16-18)...

  • 10% discount on all cardstock
  • 15% discount on ink pads (EXCEPT bundles of pads and 3rd party pads such as StazOn, Memento & VersaMark)
  • 20% discount on dies
  • Use host code JTZZABGK with your $50 online order for a GIFT from me!



OR, you could ALSO combine this sale with a Starter Kit and join my team!

And you remember there's the Starter Kit Promotion right now?



I'll be back tomorrow with a reminder and more projects to share.


Have a great night!



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TODAY is the deadline for my 2nd Christmas Stamp-a-Stack!


The class is Thursday, 11/11. Click to RSVP:




Is there anything you need to order?



Text, email or send me a Facebook Message. :)



Have an awesome Saturday!!



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Start with Savings!!


Join my team and SAVE on the Starter Kit!



Did you read about the savings on the Starter Kit yesterday??


TODAY--and for the rest of the month--sign up to join my team and get $125 of product for only $75 + tax (no shipping)!!!


That is a 45% savings!!


Are you looking for the discount on product?

You get 20% instant income on all products.

Are you looking for a "side gig"?

You can grow your own business! Have classes...grow a team...sell stamped items...YOU CHOOSE!

Are you looking for your tribe?

My Dazzling Demos love to hang out and craft together! We're family.




  • Have classes or not.
  • Come to our Dazzling Demos team meetings or not.
  • YOU CHOOSE what products to include in your kit! You can EVEN choose the full size Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine--the "Big Boss"! (This is an item you CAN'T choose as your half off item as a hostess.)


Let me know if you have questions!

I'd love to have you on my team!!




Here are my closeups from my Live! yesterday:



Eden's Garden,


Eden's Garden,




To order any of these products used, click the pic:

Eden Dies



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Just a quick re-cap!


Happy Monday!!


I had an amazing weekend with My Best Love!


He took Friday off, and we went up to Traverse City Thursday afternoon!


It was wonderful relaxation--and we had a lot of FIRSTS!

(And we ate HORRIBLY/wonderfully. :D )


I'm a pretty good cook and baker, and I love to do both sometimes.

I'd consider it a "love language" of mine.

But I'm sorry...I LOVE GOING OUT TO EAT!!

And this getaway was full of it!



So we chose a condo on the water.

It was a nice view!

But we didn't sit on the patio at all--kinda chilly.






We were starving when we got there and had a specific restaurant in mind, but decided we weren't interested in what they had on the menu.


Todd had in mind a good burger and beer, and it sounded good to me!


Well, we chose burgers and shakes instead!

...and onion rings...and sweet potato fries. :)


Perfect old style diner with AMAZING shakes--at Don's Drive-in



The pink and turquoise building and sign cracked me up.


Sorry--but Todd took most of the food pics, and I'm not bothering him for most of them.


He wanted to taunt his co-workers. ;)


I chose the sweet cherry (real fruit, as opposed to just syrup) shake.


It was DELICIOUS!!! But oh so sweet!!

Todd chose (real fruit--you had a choice) strawberry.

Our bellies were full, and we were happy!



We decided to walk off our supper, shopping at Sam's and walking around the mall.



The next morning was our first FIRST.

(I guess supper the night before was a first, since we hadn't been there before.)


We've been up to Traverse City several times over the years, but we usually end up staying at a hotel with breakfast included. That means, we eat breakfast AT the hotel. Why waste the money, right???


So we'd always seen the Original Flapjack Shack--and finally went there.


It was really good--definitely very old decor of a family style restaurant.

I had the "pancake version" of the shake I had the night before:



Oh boy was it sweet!!! And delicious!!


Before our next FIRST, we did a little more shopping....

We have a kitchen, bathroom remodel coming up.

(Cabinets are expected mid/end-January.)


But if you've seen our upstairs bathroom, you know it's ridiculously narrow [currently housing a pedestal vanity], and Standale Home Studio couldn't find a small enough replacement. Our designer suggested Lowe's. 


We have no idea how much supply chain problems affect what items, so we took a little time to shop for it.

It was fun, and we were happy to have a few options.

Still need to do a little research, but stuff was in stock. Yay.


Our next FIRST was going to a lavender farm (


It was the off season; they were closing Saturday.

So we could just wander around the farm, instead of getting a "formal" tour.


But we still got to see some plants that weren't giving up (and they had to be chopped before the frost)!





Most of these are already chopped.


And they had a cute little shop--including lavender honey ice cream--with all sorts of lavender and cherry products. (They own Cherry Stop, too.) The farm owner, Sonya, was very friendly and helpful. She told us we need to come up in the last week in June through the 2nd or 3rd week in July, when they are in full bloom or harvesting them.


Like I said, we've been to TVC many times over the years--and always have to drive up the peninsula--but we had no idea they're there!


(We were GONNA try visiting a lavender farm in Maui, but didn't have time or something.)


Oh--I took this pic especially for our nieces, because I know they dry their herbs, too.

I thought this was really cool to see.

Clearly, their barn is FULL!





As I mentioned, we always have to drive up the peninsula--to the point.


It's always interesting to see the water level. 

Last year we took a day trip up the coast and ended at the point.

The water was almost up to the steps from the beach to the lighthouse.

Friday there was a "normal" size beach.

You can sort of see it here:





But now I have to show you what always comes back to OUR minds when we think of the water level at the point.


This was from 2010:

TC Coast 1


TC Coast 2

This was down in front of the same lighthouse!!


We have another pic [Todd couldn't find for me] where we were way out "in the water" on dry ground [Todd says a couple 100 yards--"easily a football field plus"] turned around taking a pic of the lighthouse way back at "shore."


Crazy how much it has changed!


Ok, on to our next FIRST....

We stopped at Bad Dog Deli for lunch.

It was good. Again, passed by it many times and heard about it...finally stopped.

I'm not sure I'd choose it again; it wasn't anything special for me.


Our next FIRST....

We did a wine tasting!

I know that's BIG for many people. 

But we don't drink much.

And Todd doesn't really drink wine, but he had the idea for me.

And he was happy to have the option of hard ciders.

We chose Peninsula Cellars--at the suggestion of the lavender farm owner, Sonya.

She said they were perfect--and not stuffy--for newbies like us!


I'm a sweet wine girl, and they helped me with my choices:


Oh, my fave was called Hot Rod Cherry!

It was a "cherry weekend" for me! ;)

Todd enjoyed his as well, but his fave was their homemade ROOT BEER!

He had to take some of that home.


The experience was fun--perfect!

And we even met a couple from Wayland there. :)

They were younger, and on a wine-tasting adventure to expand her horizon BEYOND sweet wines, per her husband's suggestion. :)


They were cute.


The rest of our weekend wasn't full of TOO many more FIRSTS.


Oh! I tried chicken and waffles for the first time!

We went to Blue Tractor Friday night for dinner.

We'd been there before, but Todd had something in mind there.


The crazy "rush" of dinner hour was funny in TVC.

We walked out of Don's Diner around maybe 6, and it was kinda empty!

We got to Blue Tractor shortly after 5:30pm and had to wait 15-30 min to get in.

We walked out around 7(?), and there was barely anyone waiting!

TOTALLY not how Grand Rapids rolls!



We did try another new [to us] place for breakfast--The Cottage.

Probably the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had!

The biscuits were so tender!!


It was a wonderful weekend to get away!!



We're going into a really busy month for me, so this was a nice slowdown. :)


I hope you had a fabulous weekend, too!



Have a spectacular week!!



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Halloween Party Animals


You asked for more of Walter...


He did NOT like his Halloween costume.

He was mad at Tyler.


Haha! Can you blame him?

This was the second one.

The first was a monster or dragon or something.

Then Tyler saw the llama.

It's a thing with Tyler and his roommate, Josh.

He HAD to get it.



Here's Walter and Ginger Snap partying like ANIMALS at their Halloween bash. ;)

It was only 7pm. :D

They seemed to have gotten all their partying out before the party!!





Ok, so I HAVE to tell you a story!


Walter loves people.

But unfortunately, he's afraid of other dogs/animals.

He was afraid of Ginger at first, but she didn't put up with that and quickly tore down his walls.


So, it sounds like Tyler and one or both of Ginger's owners plus Walter and Ginger go to PetSmart (or similar) fairly often.


Well, most recently, there was a German Shepherd there as well.

Clearly quite a bit bigger than Walter, who cowered behind Tyler at first.

Then--I don't remember what the other dog did, but Walter was so scared, he pooped right there on the floor!

Tyler was like, "oh great."

But there were many "clean up stations" around the store, so clearly Walter wasn't the first....

So Tyler's still trying to get Walter's job cleaned up....

And Ginger's like, "oh cool!! We can do that here???"

And does the same thing!!!




If you've heard Tyler tell stories, you know how good it was!


If you haven't, let me tell you, they're the best.

And his eyes were as big and "excited" as Ginger's surely would have been, since she has to do everything Walter does!


Oh my word.

I CANNOT stop thinking of that story.


And I CANNOT see a pet store again without the story coming to mind.


We drove into a strip mall parking lot this weekend and I saw the store and started laughing.


Todd knew exactly what I was thinking, even though I hadn't said anything. 


Too funny!

And another reason for ME NOT to have an animal!


I'll just take the stories! ;)



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