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December 2015

Another Thank You Note for Cards for the Troops

This morning I received the following email:

Hello Joyce,

      I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the thoughtfulness that went into all the care packages and cards my team and I received while stationed over here in Iraq.

All the Cards, the snacks, the personal hygiene was all greatly appreciated!!

Please be sure to pass along our thanks and a Merry Christmas to everyone who participated!!!



I appreciate it when one of our troops takes the time to thank us for the cards. I send cards to Katie Deiter who is the leader of Operation LTM (Love the Military). She sends care packages that include our cards.

On the first Friday of each month (the second Friday if there is a holiday near the first Friday), I host an evening of stamping to make cards to send to the troops. These cards are for service men and women to send home to their loved ones. If you would like to join us in Hudson, WI, we would love to have you! Please mark your calendar:

Dates: Friday, January 8, 2016

            Friday, February 12, 2016

            Friday, March 4, 2016

            Friday, April 1, 2016

Time: 6-9 PM

Place: Joyce Hall’s house, Hudson, WI (send me an email to get my address and directions)

Bring: your own beverage

Optional: Bring a friend, a snack to share

Questions? Call Joyce at 715-808-0492 or 262-325-0607


We will make handstamped cards.

All materials will be supplied by Joyce Hall.

No stamping experience necessary, just an interest in helping our service men and women.

Product Playground Class Samples

Recently, I hosted a Product Playground Class and we made the following samples:

Product Playground Basket with watermark

Product Playground Samples with watermark

To make the basket, I used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

To make the gatefold card, I used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

To make the pillow box, I used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

To make the treat bag, I used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Want directions for the basket or any of the other projects? Send me an email at asking to be added to my email list and I will send you the directions.

Holiday Catalog Wrap Up

Stampin’ Up! will be saying goodbye to retiring products from the holiday catalog and giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites. Here is a file listing the products that will be retired:

Download US_HolidayRetiringList_ENG.12.8.15

Retiring products will only be available until January 4, or while supplies last, so now's a great time to order them before they're gone!

More news from Stampin' Up!: The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 139673 on page 39 of the Holiday Catalog) has been so popular that they are going to bring it back in the 2016 annual catalog! It will be available with the catalog sneak peak in May 2016.

Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin' Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until December 28 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last).

Items that are not on the retiring list will be featured in the spring Occasions Catalog.

Be sure to get your order placed right away before more popular items are sold out.