Happy New Year

Greetings to All!

First of all, I want to thank my loyal followers for not giving up on me.  Between traveling, Holidays, and day to day living, my hubby and I have been down for the count a couple of times with this flu that is going around.  We are very thankful that we didn't get the worst strain, but whatever one we got has been hard enough on us.  We are on the mend and hopefully this will be the end of the illness for our household here in San Diego.

Next, I need to catch you all up on what is happening with Stampin' Up!  The New Year 2018 brings the new Occasions Catalog (wowzer) and of course Sale-A-Bration catalog!  For every $50 you spend in the Occasions or Annual Catalog, you qualify for a "free" item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Bargain?  You bet!  I hope that my followers who order from me all got their catalogs, but if you haven't yet, please let me know and I will definitely get you the pair.  I am hoping that they come up with a Part 2 of the Sale-A-Bration booklet, because I have already received every single item in the first go around!  Talk about obsessed!  Yikes!

Often we get so excited about the Occasions Catalog, we tend to forget about the great items that are in the Annual Catalog.  Don't do that!  The annual catalog has absolutely a TON of fabulous items in it and it is good through May 31, 2018.  There is still lots of time to take advantage of the great bargains AND remember, for every $50, you get a free item - this is good through March 31st!  I just went through the Annual catalog, and even though I have many things marked as "received", I found some really cute things that I missed on my previous looksies!  So take time to peruse it too!

Now, for the things I have gotten done...I did manage to have a "Crafting Gals" Christmas gathering (took lots of drugs to mask my cold).  We did our annual Cookie Exchange after a Potluck lunch AND even had time to make some cards!  I wanted to keep it simple, so I pulled out a kit from the 2016 holiday catalog (or it might have been a Paper Pumpkin) that I had stocked up on.  The Shaker cards were a hit! Here is a picture of all of us.
December 10th cookie exchange and card making
We had an absolute blast (and ate a ton of cookies - after lunch of course!)

In January, I managed to make it through (until the very end) another "Crafting Gals" get together.  I used it to show off some of the items from the new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration.  We did a calendar for 2018, and a Valentine Card.  Here are some wonderful cards and calendars the gals made..
first some of the calendars, then the group shot with the Valentines cards.
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Here are my samples the girls CASE'd or went rogue with...ha! IMG_0671
I ordered my 2018 calendars from Taylored Expressions but only ordered 10 this year.  Last year I ordered so many and only used just a few.  So, when I went to make samples this year, knowing I was having at least 9 ladies, I had to use my 2017 ones up.  It worked out though.

Well, since I haven't posted in so long, I had better break up the long (very long) post I had planned and get this one out to you all.  Again, major apologies and since I am feeling much better, I can post more often, and I will! 

Take care everyone, and remember to make time to Create With Paper!!!

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Chela

Woohoooo! A very Happy New Year to you and Bill, dear Michelle! So glad you're feeling better now, keep up the good health! The January craft was awesome, I'm really looking forward to the rest of 2018 and your crafting parties, they are the very best!

Thank you for introducing me to paper crafting, loving it!

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