A Wonderful Christmas

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas with family and friends. I hadn’t posted much lately as I caught the bug that seems to be going around and spent a couple of weeks sick with zero energy. That put my Christmas shopping and decorating and stamping at a standstill. Thankfully I recovered last week and managed to get everything done and we had a wonderful time.

I put up two trees, one with the tiny white lights and a smaller one with the old fashioned colored bulbs and bubble lights. They are in two different rooms but I can see both of them from where I usually sit.

I love everything about Christmas, the traditions and the memories that come to mind as I decorate. I have many, many old ornaments on my tree. Some belonged to my parents and some to my grandparents. And I have some antique toys that I put under the tree. These two dolls belonged to my grandmother when she was a little girl. They are about 110 years old.

And this doll was mine when I was a little girl so it is about 65 years old. My mother made the clothes she is wearing.

We had our family Christmas yesterday afternoon with a big dinner, some games, and of course presents although we don’t do as much as we’ve done in years past. But we always manage to have a great time together.  Christmas is always fun when there are little ones and our Owen is 8 this year. When I asked him last month what he wanted for Christmas he said a telescope, a green telescope. Amazon never fails. I actually found a green one there. And he loved it.

One favorite tradition and memory of Christmas is my dad singing in church. For as long as I can remember he sang Night of Nights in church at Christmas. Growing up it was just tradition. When I became older and moved away I often returned “home” and so was able to hear him sing what had become my favorite Christmas song. But I wasn’t always able to be there so one year for my birthday he made a tape singing this song and every year I play it. He passed away 9 years ago and when I was listening to it Christmas Eve it was almost like having him back. What a very special gift he gave me.


Year End Closeout Sale

Stampin’ Up!’s Year-End Closeout is almost here! Beginning December 3 and while supplies last, you can save big on a selection of retiring and surplus items including holiday catalog items, stamp sets, and Paper Pumpkin past kits. Shop early to avoid missing out! Supplies are limited and popular items will sell out quickly. This amazing sale ends on January 2.  Check back tomorrow for more information.

Because some items will sell out quickly the easiest way to be sure you will get what you want is to order through my online store here.

You can use this months Host Code unless your order is greater than $150 before shipping and tax.


Happy December

And just like that it’s December! It is so true that the older you are the faster the year goes by.  I recently finished two days of classes for next years CD calendar. It is one of my more popular classes every year. I am still working on my own CD calendars for next year (I am making 16 – will I ever get done?)

Here is the December calendar from this year:

And because I know I didn’t post the last several months pages here those are:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And for those who went Black Friday shopping let me just say there is no way I would get out in that mess. (smile) I did go Friday with friends to see the movie It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood and highly recommend it.

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Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape

This past Saturday was my friend and fellow demonstrator, Sandy Mitchell, and my 3rd all day retreat. Our Winter Wonderland theme focused entirely on the holiday catalog. After months of planning and preparing it was a fun day with 6 make & takes, demonstrations by our upline, Catherine Harwood, door prizes and table gifts throughout the day, a photo booth, games, and plenty of food.

Our goodie bags had $25 of Stampin’ Up product including samplers of some of the holiday suites, their make & take packets, and a package of the holiday rhinestones. Sandy made the centerpiece for each table which had an LED candle in the middle which had the trees from Winter Woods heat embossed on them. The winner at each table for one of our games got the centerpiece.

We had 7 display boards with plenty of samples.

The photo booth is always fun.


Something new added to this retreat was our silent auction of home decor items. We weren’t too sure how it would go and so happy when it turned out to be a big hit with some bidding wars going on. 

This was my first time making a curly paper wreath and I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

This beautiful wreath made by Sandy took a lot of die cutting to make.

The flowers on the lantern are on magnets and can easily be changed to other flowers for different seasons.

 Catherine and I at the name tag table right before we opened the doors.

Sandy and Santa at the candy bar.

Lunch was yummy chicken salad on croissants, deviled eggs, chips, pickles, and 3 different desserts. No one left hungry that day. My daughter, Lynn Ann, was our caterer for the day.

One of the make & takes using the Elfie stamp set.

We did have all of the die cutting done for the make & takes which made them much easier and quicker to complete.

The Holiday Helper is made using a white folder with pockets. Each side is then scored and folded. I made the  lists inserts which you can download below.

Holiday Heper Lists PDF

I don’t have photos of Sandy’s make and takes yet so will post them later.

At the end of the day we were two tired gals.

Thanks to all who came and shared the day with us.

Winter Woods Fall Card & Upcoming 24 hr Sale

Before I get to todays card I want to let you know about a 24 hour sale Stampin’ Up! has announced this coming week. They haven’t told us yet which day it will be but am thinking maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. Check back for more details then.

Now for today’s card:

I wanted to make a fall card using the trees from Winter Woods and was inspired by a card made by demonstrator Cindy Elam. You can see Cindy’s card here.  I changed up a few things to make this one my own.

The trees were stamped in Early Espresso and then sponged with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red ink. The Early Espresso mat was embossed with the Woodland embossing folder however it’s hard to see here. The spray of leaves at the bottom were die cut using In the Woods dies that coordinate with the stamp set. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and punched out with Classy Label Punch.


Another Quick Perfectly Plaid Card

This card was one from a recent Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. It used all of the same product as yesterdays card except the card base is white instead of Shaded Spruce and red rhinestones were added instead of metallic pearls. The trees were punched out and then pieces of designer series paper attached to the back.

Sandy and I are working hard getting ready for our 3rd all day retreat which is scheduled for November 2nd. The whole day centers around the Holiday Catalog Christmas products. Our theme is Winter Wonderland. We are at that point where every day is filled with retreat preparations mixed with a little panic and wondering why we are doing this! But it all comes together in the end and it’s a fun day for all.

Thanks for stopping by.

Missing in Action

This is the busiest time of the Stampin’ year for me so I have been neglecting my blog for a bit.  I’ll try to get back on track. (smile)

The Holiday Catalog is live and it’s hard to pick out my favorites. I do love any stamp set with a coordinating punch because it’s so easy for classes. This card was made for a team swap using the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch. And when you purchase the bundle you get both with a 10% discount.

The triangle plaid designer series paper at the top and bottom of the card was easy to do. Just measure the width you want the bottom of the triangle to be and then cut a square that size. Then cut that into four triangles.


Wear Your Sunscreen!

One other reason that hindered my blogging activity was a recent surgery for a basal cell carcinoma on my upper lip. It appeared as a very tiny spot but then one morning became black so I skedaddled to the dermatologist and a biopsy was taken. We were both surprised at the results. So then I was off to see a plastic surgeon. You know, on the face, and I didn’t want ugly scars. The process started with a MOHS procedure where sections were sent to a pathologist while I waited to see if the margins were clear. One additional cut and send out to be checked resulted in a pretty good sized “hole” (imagine nickle sized above your lip). Two days later I was having reconstruction surgery where they had to cut across my lip, up to the bottom of my nose, across to the side and then halfway up the side of my nose. Way more extensive than I even imagined. Now I didn’t want ugly but let me just say this was beyond ugly! My lip was swollen, hard and dropping down so far I could barely get a toothbrush under it. They have told me that it could take 3 months to completely heal and I’m just at 2 months now. It is getting much better but I will sure be glad when I’m “normal” again. So I’m sharing this as a reminder to wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun. Of course back in my younger days I was loving the sun and working on the perfect tan with no thoughts of sunscreen. We are more aware of that these days but putting sunscreen on your lips is often overlooked.

Holiday Catalog is Live

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! When the new Holiday Catalog is out. Let me just say this catalog is packed full of wonder. So many great stamp sets, so many great bundles and so much more. If you do not have a catalog and would like one let me know.

Here are a few of the Stampin’ Up! videos highlighting different products:

You can view the catalog by clicking on the image under catalogs on the right.

The past few days here on the East Coast of Florida were filled with uncertainty as we watched and prepared for Hurricane Dorian. Board up or don’t board up? Stay or leave? At the eleventh hour I did opt to board up with the help of my son-in-law and grandson. I have plywood so it made sense when reports were showing a category 5 coming our way. And then I headed to Orlando with a friend to stay at her son’s home. We spent 2 days there watching the news and wondering how our homes were doing. I have seen a lot of hurricanes come through since living in Florida but I believe this may have been the first coming at us as a category 5. And then it turned on a more eastern path and we were fortunate. In past hurricanes I always lost electricity and so I expected the same. Boy was I surprised when I came home and realized I still had power and had no damage. Feeling grateful.