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Posted on April 26, 2018

Why Do We Send Greeting Cards?

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Hey Stampers! It is FRIIIDAAY for me! I'm heading off to a stamping retreat with some of my downline and customers. My friend Irene organizes this retreat a few times a year. I so look forward to it; I get lots of things on my crafting “to do” list accomplished at these weekends. I have lots of new products to play with and will be creating my May events projects. I have lots of fun things coming up so, if you don't receive my email newsletter, you'll definitely want to sign up (just put your name and email above)! You'll get a free gift immediately and also I'll send you a video series that you'll enjoy.

Have you ever thought about why we send out greeting cards to our family and friends; how did this tradition start in the first place? I did some research that I wanted to share with you today.

The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800's. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer's and manufacturer's perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850's.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer's used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer's held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum. New Year's cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn't gain popularity until the late 1700's. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine's offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800's, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800's. By the end of the 1800's, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world's first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn't have its own greeting card!

Kind of interesting, ‘eh?

There are lots of amazing new products coming in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog; they'll make creating your own handmade greeting cards fun and easy! The samples below are made with exclusive bundles that customers can pre-order in May:

Customer Pre-order Bundles

Why Do We Send Greeting Cards?

Oh, one more thing. If you have any interest in saving money, you can get one of the bundles as part of a Stampin' Up! Starter Kit.  You can choose any products up to $125 and pay only $99 plus NO SHIPPING! Whether you are looking for a  business or just want to save money on your favorite products, this might be a great option for you!

HAVE a great weekend and be sure to check out retreat happenings with me on Facebook. I'll be posting LIVE throughout the weekend!

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Posted on April 23, 2018

Need a WOW Graduation Card?

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hey Stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend! Seems like ours are always filled! I had a stamp group and then our daughter and her husband had dinner with us on Sunday night. Their doggies had been with Gee and Poppa for a few days so they had to come and collect their “kiddos”! The big one is Buckley, a goldendoodle and the smaller one is Brodie, a rescue. Now, if I could just teach them to stamp!! 🙂

Need a WOW Graduation Card?

I also spent some time getting ready for my next Online Class, Brusho Artistry. If you need a WOW Graduation Card, this class is for you!

Need a WOW Graduation Card?

Whether you own almost everything Stampin' Up! sells or you own zip, zero, nada you can benefit from this class. My goal is to teach you techniques and give you tips and tricks to make you a better crafter, no matter what products you prefer! Now, I use Stampin' Up! products in my classes since that is my business, and, of course, it makes me happy when you see products you must have! 🙂

But, what makes me even happier is when I've helped you with your stamping “challenges” OR I've helped you to just have fun while learning a new technique or two.

I hope you'll join me for the class; you can sign up now at the special pre-launch” price. You can attend “live” on Facebook or watch later!

Find out more about Brusho Artisty now.

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Posted on April 19, 2018

Be Part of the 30 Year Celebration!

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Hey Stampers; happy Friday eve! This weekend, I've got a fun stamp club coming up and get to go to a Baby Expo; no, nothing new to report here! 🙂 Any trips or fun celebrations in your plans? Speaking of celebrations, I would love to have you on my Stampin' Up! team and Be Part of the 30 Year Celebration! That's right, it has been 30 years since Shelli Gardner and her sister Vonna founded Stampin' Up! I  joined in 2002 and have been on the best journey ever since. Both the company and I have “come a long way baby”. Look at the difference in catalog covers from then and now:

Be Part of the 30 Year Celebration!

One of the reasons I joined was to be able to get my hands on all the new goodies before anyone else. Demonstrators get to “pre-order” select items a whole month before the catalog is released to everyone else. Did you know you can actually choose BRAND NEW STUFF when you purchase your starter kit?!! Yep, for $99 plus tax (Stampin' Up! pays the shipping), you get to pick $125 of products. AND you get all your business supplies like catalogs and order forms, too!

“Anne, I don't really want to be a Demonstrator right now. I'd rather just order from you, come to your classes and enjoy your AH-MAAA-ZING customer service! But, I would like the catalog”.

My stamp club members will get a free new catalog in May at our meetings and I would be so happy to get one into your hands, too! Just email me and I'll let you know how to get one. If you already have an active demonstrator, please ask them for a  catalog. I do not want to take business away from someone else.

Please note that I am only able to mail catalogs within the United States per company policy. Catalogs will be mailed around the middle of May and you can begin placing orders June 1.

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Posted on April 18, 2018

Learn to “Brusho” Like a Pro!

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Hey Stampers! Let's face it; learning a new skill can be intimidating. Remember when you were a kid and were taking your first spin around the block on that shiny new bicycle? C'mon, admit it…you were afraid of falling off. It might hurt! But, I  bet with mom, dad, or older sibling's help you learned how to ride like a pro, despite a few tumbles! We're past the cycling days (well, at least on our pink Schwinns of old) but we still can  get intimidated learning a new technique or mastering a new product. Take Brusho Color Crystals for instance. Have you  seen this product in the  Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog and flip right on by? In my latest class, Brusho Artistry, you'll Learn to “Brusho” Like a Pro!

I find many of my customers get unnerved when they begin to watercolor. Getting “messy” and using a technique which often turns out differently each time presents a challenge for them. if you find yourself in this boat from time to time, it doesn't have to be that way. I can help you become the “watercolor artist” of your dreams! 🙂

Here are snippets of some of the projects I'll be teaching.

Learn to "Brusho" Like a Pro!

I know you will come away from class loving the Brusho Color Crystals as much as  I do!

Click here to see a short video and get  all the registration info! See you in class!

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Posted on April 11, 2018

Retiring In Color Sweet Sugarplum

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Hey Stampers! We've had several pleasant days of weather so I am hoping Spring has finally made its way into North Texas! I'm sure we will have some more rain and maybe even thunderstorms before April ends, but I'm still thinking spring projects. Today's project share features Retiring In Color Sweet Sugarplum Classic Ink.  Instructions, including all products used and measurements can be found  at the end of this post.

Retiring In Color Sweet Sugarplum

If you missed my earlier post on exactly what is retiring, you can catch up here. At my stamp club last night all the ladies ordered packs (at least one!) of the Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper, which is  also retiring. Here are the cards we made. In case you didn't know, I also do an online stamp club. If you order at least $40 in merchandise from my online store using HOSTESS CODE VAGY4PBW by April 15, I'll send you free kits to make all three cards!  No stamped images but all other consumables, including envelopes will come in your kit. You may order any products you wish, just be sure to put in the hostess code prior to checkout!

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There is so much happening at Stampin' Up! right now! Retiring products, new colors, and more! If I can help you navigate through everything, please give me a shout! I'm here to help! 🙂

TRANQUIL TULIPS (featuring Sweet Sugarplum ink) PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets –Tranquil Tulips (143767); All Things Thanks (143097 c, 143089 w)
  • Card Stock – Melon Mambo (115320); Crumb Cake (120953); Whisper White (100730); Rich Razzleberry (115316)
  • Stamp Pads – Pear Pizzazz (126950); Rich Razzleberry (126950); Melon Mambo (126948); Sweet Sugarplum (141395); Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
  • Misc. – 1 ¾” Circle Punch (119850); 2” Circle Punch (133782); Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177); Glitter Enamel Dots (144200); Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon (144132); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Snail Adhesive (104332); Paper Snips (103579); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Melon Mambo Card Stock: 4 ¼” x 11”, folded in half
  • Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Whisper White Card Stock: 4” x 5 ¼” and scrap approx. 4” x 3”
  • Rich Razzleberry Card Stock- scrap approx. 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper- 2” x 4”

Instructions:

  1. I started with the Sweet Sugarplum flower. First, stamp the stem and leaves then the bigger portion of the flower on your Whisper White card stock. Then stamp your smaller flower piece on your Whisper White scrap card stock. Next, I did the Melon Mambo flower by starting with the stem, leaves, then the bigger flower portion. Don’t forget to stamp the smaller flower part on your scrap Whisper White card stock. Repeat the same process with the Rich Razzleberry flower.
  2. Stamp the detail inside the flower with Memento Black ink.
  3. Hand cut the smaller flower portion of the flowers with your paper snips. This will be layered on the flower at the end.
  4. Attach your Wood Textures DSP to the bottom of the card front using Snail Adhesive.
  5. Wrap your ribbon around the Whisper White card stock at the seam and adhere to the back using snail adhesive or mini glue dots. Tie a bow using the ribbon and attach to the front with mini glue dots.
  6. Punch a 1 ¾” circle out of your scrap Whisper White card stock. Stamp the sentiment using Rich Razzleberry ink. Then attach it to a 2” Rich Razzleberry circle.
  7. Attach your circle layer to your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Now attach your white layer to your Crumb Cake layer then on to your Melon Mambo card front.
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Posted on April 9, 2018

The Stampin’ Up! Retired Product List – Don’t Wait!

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Hi All,

Dave here…  Anne asked me if I would handle the Retired Product List today.

This is THE list of all of the Stampin'Up! products that will be “retiring” and going away forever!  Naturally, as Stampin'Up! cleans house to make room for new products, there are going to be a buncha' things that ‘we' all like on that list, right?  😉

This is the time to grab them
before they're gone!

The Stampin' Up! Retired Product List - Don't Wait!

I understand that the first things to go will be anything InColor. Any InColor papers, DSP, ribbon, other embellishments, will be on the list and go fast. Be sure to look at the list as soon as you can. If you have some favorites, grab them early! (Unfortunately, some people buy up bunches of them and then sell them at MUCH higher prices on EBay so don't wait!)

Here is the list. We have it either as a PDF, or as a ‘sortable' Excel file! (The sortable Excel file would be my choice, but I'm kind of an Excel geek! LOL!) Here you go…

SU Retiring Product List – Occasions Catalog Excel

SU Retiring Product List – Occasions Catalog PDF format

SU Retiring Product List – Annual Catalog Excel

SU Retiring Product List -Annual Catalog PDF Format

You can order at Anne's online store. Use hostess code VAGY4PBW and you'll receive card kits free for Anne's April online club.

Best Regards,
Dave

Please contact Anne if there is anything we can do to help you with the retiring list.

 

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Posted on April 5, 2018

Ft. Worth Stampin’ Up! OnStage Excitement and Swaps

Classes / Events/ Memories & More/ Scrapbook

Hey Stampers! Today I wanted to share some Ft. Worth Stampin' Up! OnStage Excitement and Swaps with you! These big events are always a blast, but this one will be  even more exciting for me because I am a presenter! It's an honor to be chosen; I'm a bit nervous but I've practiced a lot and some of my team will be there  to cheer me on!

I'll be driving over tomorrow morning with one of my team members; stopping at Starbucks on the way of course! In the afternoon I have a rehearsal for my Saturday presentation and later in the evening the CentreStage event for silver Elites and above. We always get some fun “goodies” (aka new products coming out in the 2018-2019 annual catalog!) and get to party with our stamping friends!

One of the most fun things about attending an event such as this is making and exchanging “swaps”. We get lots of great ideas. I used one of our Memories & More kits to make mine.

Ft. Worth Stampin' Up! OnStage Excitement and Swaps

I just love these card packs. You get so many cards of 2 different sizes, along with some sticker embellishments. You can  put together cards in a snap or use these kits in your scrapbooking. Check out all of our Memories & More offerings here.

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and  attending these OnStage events is the  ability to see and pre-order new products before anyone else…woo hoo! I had some ladies join my team during our Sale-A-Bration special and they are uber excited about getting to order NEW STUFF!  I won't be able to actually share product pictures until Monday after the event (confidentiality rules), but I'll try to post my stamping friends and I having fun!

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Posted on April 2, 2018

On This Day In History…Dyngus Day!

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Hey Stampers! Did You Know Today is Dyngus Day? Did you even know there WAS a Dyngus Day? I sure didn't until today. My Stampin' Up! business coach records a message for me every Monday morning. He gives me highlights of special days in the upcoming week. This week kicked off with…you guessed it, Dyngus Day!

Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus, is a fun Polish Holiday. It is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities all across the United States. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of just plain fun.  It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter.  Polka music is a tradition on Dyngus Day and it is often mandatory for participants to dance at least once.

Perhaps the most well-known Dyngus Day tradition is that in which single boys try to splash water on single girls as an expression of interest.  This tradition dates back to the baptism of Prince Mieszko I on Easter Monday in 966 A.D. The water symbolized purification. The rite of sprinkling water on the holiday is an expression of gratefulness that the first Polish king was baptized, and that Catholicism entered Poland. Participants use buckets or, in modern day, squirt guns. Some boys use cologne instead of water.

Lest you think the boys have all the fun, single girls can reciprocate or “retaliate” on Tuesday by throwing dishes and crockery at the boys. What a hoot!

I really enjoy finding out about traditions all over the world and I hope you got a bit of fun out of today's share, too!

Oh, one bit of stamping news to share, too. Mark your calendar for April 9. This is the day the list of retiring Stampin' Up! products comes out. The new annual catalog makes its debut on June 1, so lots of products are “retired” to make way for new stuff. Stay tuned!

 

 

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Posted on March 21, 2018

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

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Hey Stampers; happy hump day! We are on the downhill slide of another work week, but CLOSER to a weekend of fun! For me, this weekend is going to include more fun with the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. I've been creating samples for next week's Facebook LIVE Class, Cardmaking Made Simple With Designer Series Paper. I am pretty dang happy with these cards:

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

They were all created using only ONE sheet of 12 x 12 DSP. Think of the time and money you would save if you learned a strategy and had a template and measurements for doing just that!

I invite you to check out my upcoming class. Not only will you get

  • a template
  • measurements for cutting your paper
  • tips for the ombre technique used here
  • precise instructions for creating cards similar to these

but, there's so much more I'll be teaching you in this class. Interested? CLICK HERE to see all the scoop and I hope I'll see you next week in class!

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Posted on March 18, 2018

Love It Live It Share It by Stampin’ Up!

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Love It Live It Share It by Stampin' Up!  This is on the front of our current seasonal catalog and it is what we do! My recruit had her second workshop and I went up to help and be moral support for her. She really didn't need any moral support; she's flying great on her own! But, it's always fun to meet new crafters, right?! Here are a few pictures of the evening:

Love It Live It Share It by Stampin' Up!

We had younger ladies, a few seniors and even one in a wheelchair; each one left with two handstamped projects and boy were they proud!

Stampin' Up! has wonderful products to share but sitting around a kitchen table with kindred crafters is what it is all about!

If you might be interested in gathering a few of your friends together either locally or online, or might be interested in what being a Stampin” Up! Demonstrator might offer you, let's chat! You can call me (214-293-4461) or email me for a chat.

 

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Posted on March 13, 2018

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP – NEW Facebook LIVE Class

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Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP – NEW Facebook LIVE Class! I'm thrilled to announce my latest Facebook LIVE class at my pre-launch price! You can either join me “live” or watch the recording later on your schedule.

In this class I'll show you how to use just one sheet of Designer Series Paper to create 8-10 cards like these:

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP - NEW Facebook LIVE Class

Not only will you learn a great way to use up some of that pretty paper you've been hoarding (we all hold on to our faves!), I'll also share other tips and tricks to help you in your papercrafting!

My Stamp Slave, Dave (aka my hubby and partner in my business) recorded a short video to tell you more about this class. Watch HERE.

 

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Posted on March 6, 2018

Would You Like To Make This Gift Card Holder?

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Would You Like To Make This?Would You Like To Make This?

Would You Like To Make This Gift Card Holder? Please join me on Wednesday at 7:00 pm CST when I'll be doing a Facebook LIVE tutorial where I'll be completing this gift card holder using the beautiful Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.

Set yourself a reminder to grab your favorite beverage and pop in on Facebook. I will be using Berry Burst Cardstock and ribbon, but feel free to use whatever you like and follow along. I've included the project measurements below in case you want to have everything ready to go ahead of time!

Hope to see you on Wednesday! 🙂

Measurements:
​Berry Burst Cardstock Base:  4 1/4″ X 11″, Score at 2″, 71/4″ and 7 3/8″
Berry Burst Insert Piece:  3 3/4″ X 6 1/2″, Score at 1 3/4″ and 6″
Powder Pink Layers: 3″ X 4″ and 1 3/4″ X 4″
Sweet Soiree DSP:  2 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ X 3 3/4″
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Posted on February 26, 2018

Cardmaking Made Simple with Designer Series Paper

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Hi stampers! FINALLY the sun has come out in north Texas. We've had so many days of cold, rainy weather; I was beginning to think I had clicked my ruby slippers and ended up in Seattle…HA! But, you know what rainy weather means, right? I get to stay inside and stamp! This weekend I was creating cards for my next online class, Cardmaking Made Simple with Designer Series Paper. Mark your calendar for March 21 at 7:00 PM CST.

Cardmaking Made Simple with Designer Series Paper

This Facebook LIVE Online class will show you an easy new twist on the familiar One Sheet Wonder. I take one 12 ” x 12″ sheet of Designer Series paper and show you how to create 8-12 cards. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your home to take this class!

You can join in LIVE, or watch the recording anytime at your convenience. I step through each card and give you lots of helpful tips and tricks.

The Pre-Launch price will be $24.95 and registration at that price begins on Friday, March 2, and will end on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM CST.  (Once the class has launched the price will be $35.00).

I'll post all the details here on Friday, on Facebook, and in my newsletter (join and get your free tutorial and video series).

The beauty of this class is that it will work with any sheet of Designer Series Paper. I know you have some of that just lying around, so why get it off the shelf and put it to use! 🙂

 

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Posted on January 6, 2018

#CaribbeanARTadventure2018 Starts NOW!

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#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW! My friends have gone on these cruises a few times and they finally convinced me to go! We are leaving to drive down to Galveston today and tomorrow we board our Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas. Seven days of fun, crafting and sun await us!

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW!

The most exciting part of this trip for me is the fun new papercrafting techniques I'll be learning AND will share with all of you when I return. One of the projects is a 3D adirondack chair; how cute will that be!!

My plan is to post each day (internet willing) so you can journey along with us!

One of the swaps for the trip is a tag swap; check out this awesome idea. Think I'll definitely make some of these after collecting sand for our beach stops!

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW!

Oh…remember Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and there are so many freebies awaiting you as you shop, party, or join the SU family!

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Posted on December 13, 2017

Where Are You Christmas?

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Can you believe Christmas is almost here! I've been listening to Christmas songs during the day while I work. We do all sorts of fun things at our office, including cube decorations. Our Underwriting gang is doing a “Grinch” theme and I am loving it!

Where Are You CHristmas?

Have you seen this movie? Brings tears to my eyes every time I hear this Faith Hill, Where Are You Christmas?, one of the songs from the movie.

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I think this song captures the best moment in the movie, when the Grinch's heart became full of love and spilled over to the folks in Who-ville.

Love. Isn't that what Christmas is really all about? Yes, the presents with glittery bows, the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven, spending time with family and friends are all wonderful. Who doesn't love shaking that special present under the tree in hopeful anticipation? The joy in my grand-cherubs eyes brings ME much joy, too. But truly, without love, where would we be?

If you'll indulge me for another moment, I want to share a couple of pictures from our Girls, INK Christmas party last night. My heart is always so full after our annual party. Even though not everyone could attend, it truly is an evening filled with laughter and love. We come from different places, all joined Stampin' Up! for different reasons, but we truly love each other and what we do!

Where Are You Christmas?

Where Are You Christmas?

Love. Yes, my heart is full of love this season. I have wonderful family and friends whom I dearly love and love me. And, I believe, I have an even greater love. The love of God in the love of His son Jesus. Indeed I am truly blessed.

Love. I wish lots of love to you and your families as we head into this Christmas season. Thanks for stopping by today!

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