Gifts in Review

Hi All!

  I’m in snowy New Hampshire this week with Matt’s wonderful family.  It’s just gorgeous here!  (and not having to drive or shovel it, I can truly enjoy it from inside the windows) .   Eating, napping, Rummikub, eating, digesting, eating…you get the idea.  Hey, I even learned a new card game called Spite & Malice!  Anyone else play that?  It’s fun and I’m surprisingly good at the spite part :0

Before I start posting pics, 3  quick things:

1st Quick thing: If you have purchased Stampin’ Up from me in the past year, you should have already received the new Spring Catalog AND the annual Sale-A-Bration brochure.  IF you have not, please email me at   While I think MOST of the mail arrives on time, I know that some gets lost or eaten by machines.  (and husbands interception skills….) If you haven’t seen me for a while or don’t have a current demonstrator and would like to have one mailed to you, email me with your name and mailing address.  I cannot post the links to show you or download the catties until Jan 3rd for the Spring and January 22nd for the SAB catty.

2nd quick thing is that SU has added 15 more items to the clearance rack (and is anyone else wondering how much they must have in their ‘closets’ to keep adding these things?!)  Here are the 15 additions listed and you can see what’s new HERE  

  • Neutrals Flower Brads
  • Regals Flower Brads
  • Subtles Flower Brads
  • Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • Bashful Blue 5/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • Chantilly 1/2″ Crochet Trim
  • Artichoke 3/8″ Denim Jean Ribbon
  • 2010-2012 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
  • 2011-2013 In Color 12″ x 12″ Textured Cardstock
  • Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
  • Well Worn Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Side Notes
  • Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies
  • Flower Burst Embosslits Dies

3rd quick thing:   Yes, I WILL be offering the DSP & Ribbon samplers for the new catties.    I’ll be posting those on January 1st here on the blog.

The last 3 weeks of December have been a whirlwind of last minute classes, orders and helping stampers with their holiday cards.  I’m sorry that I haven’t posted these wonderful gift ideas sooner but maybe if you see something you’d like to make, you can save it for next year OR change out the colors for another occasion.

These ideas were from a gift exchange at my demonstrator get together.  Over 35 stampers brought one handmade item to pass around as I read the annual stamping elf-left/right- story.  It’s always fun to see the gifts pass back and forth and eventually land in their ‘forever’ hands!  Here are a few of the favorites:

Sandi Grimes:  Altered Wooden Frame

Sandi Grimes: Altered Wooden Frame

Trish Niedergeses:  purse gift card holder

Trish Niedergeses: purse gift card holder

Linda Goldhersz:  bulletin board

Linda Goldhersz: bulletin board

Cute apron and post it note owl by Heidi LaFountaine

Cute apron and post it note owl by Heidi LaFountaine

Jenet Munden: Covered Clothespin Wreath

Jenet Munden: Covered Clothespin Wreath

Michelle Phillips:  cutie made with SU fabric

Michelle Phillips: cutie made with SU fabric

Barbara Benoit:  Altered Wooden letters

Barbara Benoit: Altered Wooden letters

Diane Olivi:  Coffee gift

Diane Olivi – Coffee gift and cozy

Patti Sharkey: Coasters

Patti Sharkey: Coasters

Michaal Rossi: Advent Box

Michaal Rossi: Advent Box
Teresa Evangelista

Teresa Evangelista

I hope you find some time to stamp today!   Linda

Swaps & Inspiration Demo Get Together 2/12

(Note to the Roadies on my Stampin’ Up Team:  I posted a video from Janet’s demo from our get together in case you couldn’t be there. Go to the Roadies page here on the blog and enter the team password.)

Hi All!   Matt and I had a fun road trip to Winchester, VA for our 7th anniversary (see his page on the blog for pics along the way)!  We realized that we don’t go away very often for non-stamping related events.  Usually our big trips are with our stamping friends on the SU incentive trips or conventions so this time was just the two of us! He’s great fun and up for anything so we had some unusual stops along the way!

On the stamping scene, here are some of the swaps and ‘show & share’ samples from our demo get together here in FL at the end of February. 

TO VIEW SLIDESHOW:   Click on the first picture, it will take you to a bigger page where you should see an arrow to the right to scroll through.  Enjoy!  Linda



Button Buddies: Snail Mail

created by LInda Heller

I love this little guy!  I’m usually late with my birthday cards as my friends know so I should make a whole bunch of ’em!

He is from the Button Buddies stamp set (Stampin’ Up! of course) and the DSP is called Berry Blossoms and is fresh with Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral.

Don’t forget!   All 10.95 Designer Paper is on sale buy 3, Get one free!  Call, email or place your orders online by the end of the month to get in on this deal!