I'm sure, as you click through the Stampin' Up! Website, you'll find references to 2013 being the Company's 25th year making a difference in the lives of its Customers, Demonstrators, and countless others through sharing and encouraging creativity, and philanthropy.

Throughout 2013, Stampin" Up! will be offering many different and fun promotions to celebrate this milestone, so I'm sure this will be a great creatively fun year for all of us who are watching it unfold and joining in the fun.

I was introduced to Stampin' Up! by my sister, and my first workshop was at her home 14 years ago.  Last night I was going through my special card box, and feeling a bit nostalgic. Some of the cards I stamped back in 1999 each have a story, and I could remember exactly where I was and who I was with when I stamped them. Kind of neat, right?

This would never happen with a store bought card! I'm sure you feel the same when you look back through your card collection.

So, without any more rambling from me, I want to take you for a short walk back in time and showcase a few cards that made me smile then, and make me smile now, all for different reasons. 

This was the very first card I ever stamped…it was the "Make & Take" at my first workshop. The Stamp set is called Fantastic Foilage…it's in the 1999-2000 Catalog. I was so impressed with that corner punch and loved my ragged edge scissors. There were a fun bunch of ladies at that Workshop. None of us knew what we were doing, but we certainly did a lot of laughing….and the demonstrator was so patient with us…but we had her laughing, too!  She was great! She managed to turn a few of us into very happy stampers!!!

The next card is also from the 1999 – 2000 Catalog featuring the Hand Painted Petites Stamp Set.  This one showcases "two step stampin". I loved to "two step"!


And the next two are my absolute favorites…also from 1999, the first one was designed by my sister (I CASED it). The Sweet Herbs stamp set is featured…I even stamped the envelope, and that's hemp twine on the plant pots.


And the one below was inspired by the picture in the 1999-2000 Catalog. I used blender pens and Stampin' Pastels for the color. Perfect Plum and Old Olive card stock were (and still are) a favorite duo of mine. 


The next is another "1999 moment" from the Just A Note Mini stamp set. I made a very strong statement here with mulberry paper! Pretty Geraniums colored with Stampin' pastels and a blender pen.  Another stamped envelope!


The last one, for now, is more card coloring, also from 1999, called Bountiful Blessings. Lots of blending and some gold organdy ribbon! This was a square card, and I remember making the envelope for this…without my scoring tool! My bone folder got a work-out, though.


Hope you enjoyed my nostalgic moments. I will take another "Walk Back In Time" in a future post, so be sure to check back.

I also hope you participate in some of the very special, unprecedented promotions Stampin' Up! is featuring. I'll be posting more details for those shortly. There really is a lot happening now.

Sale-A-Bration begins on Tuesday! For every $50.00 in product that you purchase, you will get a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. The Brochure will be showcased here on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Tomorrow, I'll feature another pretty stamp bundle from the Spring Catalog.

Hope you enjoy, and remember…

"…the only limitation is your imagination!"

Express your creativity!



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