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January 2013

Peek at Spring Catalog

Oh my gosh... I LOVE this saying!! These are fun new products coming in the Spring Catalog on Jan. 4, 2013!

Here is a clever Designer Series Paper trick: fold the corners to create a square, showing BOTH sides of the double-sided paper! COOL!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Feel Goods #129681 Wood mount or #129684 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Daffodil Delight #119683, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Whisper White #100730
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler #126966
  • Accessories: Parker's Patterns Designer Series Papers #131021, Designer Builder Brads #129329, 1/8" Mini Brads #122941, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch #127811, Big Shot #113439, Ovals Collection Framelits #129381

Spring Sneek Peek

LOVE this new Designer Series Paper, Single Stamp and Ribbon!! Start your SPRING Catalog wish list now! The Spring Catalog begins Jan. 4, 2013.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Just Thinking #129940 Wood only
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101630, Early Espresso #119686
  • Ink: Early Espresso #126974
  • Accessories: Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon #129287, Parker's Patterns Design Series Paper #131021, Basics Glimmer Brads #121003, Big Shot #113439, Window Frames Collection Framelits Die #129021, Dimensionals 104430

Lighted Boat Parade Pics & Video

Dec. 22, 2012 we were part of the Punta Gorda Isles Lighted Boat Parade - a real THRILL!!

There's my hubby as we prepare to leave with our good friends! The day was chilly by SW Florida standards.

We all got Santa Hats as we headed out with Captain John at the helm of the 35 ' sailboat!

The parade of 50 lighted vessels was lead by the Coastguard and Coastguard Santa!

We were the second vessel - right behind this ANGEL boat.

This sailboat featured a train under a Christmas Tree and leaping dolphins!

This boat had a really tall mast and lovely star design!

The parade route was thru canals. Vacant lots were PACKED with spectators all bundled up!

Residents generally decorate the canal-side of their homes.

This is a catamaran sailboat named PIG PEN, so they carried through the pig theme!

Shore decorations!

This home had OVER THE TOP blue decorations! WOW!

Frosty on a boat. My simple camera didn't really capture the lights. I wish you could have seen the beauty of all the lights reflecting in the canals, and music, and shouting of GOOD CHEER. It was a WONDERFUL adventure!!! My dear DAD sure would be happy I was in the Lighted Boat Parade! Below is a video by Denise Lindsey. We are the second boat, following the JOY boat at 4:08 minutes on the video. MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Sneek Peek at SPRING

These fun papers are from Print Poetry Designer Series Paper STACK in the SPRING Catalog which starts Jan. 4, 2013! The Paper Stacks are 48 sheets of assorted 4-1/2" X 6-1/2" papers - soooo versatile to have on hand. Watch for my announcment soon of a Spring Product Sampler SHARE!!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Word Play #120308 Wood mount or #120651 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, Midnight Muse #126843, Summer Starfruit #126839
  • Ink: Might Muse #126860
  • Accessories: In Color Dahlias #127556, Big Shot #113439, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, 1-3/8" Square Punch #119877, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper STACK #129312

Christmas Home Tour

We recently took a Christmas HOME TOUR in our city of Punta Gorda. It was the home of our fellow Punta Gorda Boat Club friends. Santa Claus (the homeowner) greeted us in the driveway with a candy treat.

Mrs. Claus gave the tour indoors, featuring SIX themed Christmas Trees.

The tub was full of snowfolks bathing in packing-peanut bubbles!

This tree was uniquely decorated in lovely vintage ladies hankies!

This was everyone's FAV tree...



The REDNECK TREE was decorated with SPAM cans, MT. DEW, bobbers, sling-shots, beer cans, Cheetos, Rabbit's foot key chain, Tinfoil, dog chain, ETC., ECT!!!  Most items were old or vintage. SO creative!!

Not sure when they had time to sleep??????????? They also decorated their backyard, dock and boat! It was a FUN tour. I'm sooo glad "I" don't have to take it all down after the season ends!

Placida Bay Paddle

My hubby, in the grey t-shirt, and I recently kayaked with our friends in the Punta Gorda, FL Boat Club. Here we are waiting to launch...chatting about low tide and breezy conditions.

This business had LOTS of these STAGHORN FERNS hanging from trees. These fern are epiphytes or air plants. They have antler-like fronds up to 3 feet long!

Cute sign! 100_2891
The tide was out...demonstrated by the sand bar on my right which was in the center of the bay!

Then our FEARLESS leader, Deb, ran aground! She got out of her kayak into ankle deep water and we all had a good laugh!

The low tide wasn't great for kayaking, but the wildlife loved it for feeding!

These are White Ibis, very common in SW Florida. The are wading and also in the trees.

This is the Kayak business's "not so feral" feral kitty named KAYAK KAT. She is spayed and well fed and sleeps wherever she wants! After our picnic lunch we headed for home. A very pleasant day in SW Florida!


Santa Tags

How cute are these Santa Tags I saw on Pinterest posted by Steph. I made one, then I just had to make MORE with Red Glimmer Paper!


The beard opens so you can write TO/FROM or your message! These are darling on the Christmas Tree, too. Make some TODAY!!

Supplies List:

  • Cardstock: Whisper White 100730, Pink Pirouette #111351
  • Punches: 1/2" Circle #119869, 1-3/4" Circle #119850, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, Scallop Edge Border #119882, 1/16" Circle Handheld #101227
  • Acessories: Red Glimmer Paper #101790, Basic Black Marker #100082, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine #123125

Luminary - Tutorial

Here's a great quick little LUMINARY for a neighbor gift or a special person in a Nursing Home. NO CANDLE needed.

Cut out a box using Red Glimmer Paper and the Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die. Stamp JOY on Vellum Cardstock using Jet Black StazOn Ink and let it dry.

Working from the back for better visibility, punch out a window using the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch centered on a large panel of the box.

Before building the box, attach the stamped vellum to the inside panel with Sticky Strip.

Build the box with Sticky Strip for great holding power! Insert a flickering BATTERY tea light.

Lovely!! Your gift is ready. Try this quick idea!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Joyous Celebrations #128066 Wood mount or # 128069 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Lucky Limeade #122926, Vellum Cardstock #101856
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn #101406
  • Accessories: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch #118874, Fancy Favor Box Bigz XL Die #115965, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die #114511, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons #127555, Brights Glimmer Brads #121006, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, Flickering Battery Tealight

Watercolor Winter

Don't you LOVE the piney smell of a fresh Christmas tree!?!?! You can almost smell pine when you look at this card!

I added Dazzling Details to make the pine cones look frosty.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Watercolor Winter #129724 Wood mount or #129727 Clear mount, Petite Pairs #122495 Wood mount or #122497 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, Gumball Green #126840
  • Ink: Gumball Green #126861, Soft Suede #126978, Early Espresso #126974, Cherry Cobbler #126966
  • Accessories: Cherry Cobbler1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon #124138, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine #123125, Regals Designer Buttons #119744, Finishing Touches Edgelits #127010, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, RegalsCollection Designer Series Paper Stack #117154, Dimensionals #104430, Dazzling Details #124117

Jolly Jingles Wheel

This FAST card was made with the Stampin' Up! JUMBO Wheel, Jolly Jingles! The jumbo wheels are very stable, giving great results! Perfect on envelopes and gift wrap, too!

I printed it in Gumball Green and again in Primrose Petals. Then I cut out the Primrose images and attached to the Green print for EASY color variation!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Jolly Jingles Jumboe Wheel #120864
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Primrose Petals #126841
  • Ink Pads: Gumball Green #126861, Primrose Petals #126858
  • Accessories: Jumbo Wheel Handle #103661, Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844, Dimensionals #104430, Sticky Strip #104294, Rhinestone Basics #119246, Brights Designer Buttons #119747, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine #125572


Classic and fast! Time is running out to get holiday cards into the snail mail. This design is QUICK!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet #126590 Wood mount or #126592 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Whisper White # 100730, Gumball Green Core'dinations Cardstock #127847, Raspberry Ripple #126842
  • Ink: Raspberry Ripple #126859
  • Accessories: Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #133439, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902, Sanding Block #124304, Dimensionals #104430

I'm worth it!

To: Nancy

From: Nancy

Your worth it! Merry Christmas!

 Just ONE of many reasons I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 16 years is the DISCOUNT and PRE-ORDER of NEW "toys!" What is life without your favorite toys??? BBBORING. You can join my demonstrator family by Dec. 16th and get 10 FREE new Ink Pads, a $49.95 value! Contact me now: [email protected] and give yourself a WONDERFUL Christmas gift!!

MAN-made Card!

Card by CFO scott
ANYONE can easily create digitally using My Digital Studio 2, Stampin' Up!'s digital program. This 21st Birthday Card was created by Scott Nielson, the CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER of Stampin' Up! How cool is that!! He did a great job on his son's card!!

Supplies List:

My Digital Studio 2: #130645 Disc or #130644 Download

Free MDS2 trial

Top Demos for November!

A HUGE congrats to:

Audra Moncur of Roscoe, IL

Shari Ball of Mt. Morris, IL

They are TOP Stampin' Up! Demonstrators 

in my North Star Stampers group for November!

Claim your gift merchandise in the next 7 days!

Travel Tip

I know you crafty people have empty brad and button containers. DON'T THROW THEM AWAY - RE-PURPOSE! These are my travel containers for meds marked "AM" and "PM." They are a GREAT space saver when traveling!!

Quick - Easy - Handy!! Try it!!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet #126590 Wood mount or #126592 Clear mount
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight #126944, Rich Razzleberry #126950
  • Accessories: Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902, 1/8" Mini Brads #122941, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #119309, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #120805, 2-1/2" Circle Punch #120906, Empty Stampin' Up! Embellishment Containers