Anchors Away Stowaways!

And . . . our January cruise is leaving shore, sailing to amazing ports of call. To hop onto the latest (and greatest!) Catty Cruise, just jump onto any of the links below. Either one will bring you safely back to your home port. If you get lost along the way, just come back here and rejoin your crew.

Enjoy! and Anchors Away!


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Come be Our Stowaways

Never a ship sails out of the bay
But carries my heart as a stowaway.
~Roselle Mercier Montgomery, The Stowaway

Our Catty Cruise stewards are feverishly putting the final touches on their projects for the next Catty Cruise, which launches this Friday, January 29, 2010.  This time we’re highlighting the incredible Occasions Mini Catalog and just in time for the Sale-a-Bration promotion. Our cruise Stewards’ projects will take you from Valentines all the way up to Easter, with fun ideas for all the days in between.

Here’s your lineup. Mark you calendars, set your alarms and pack your bags  for Friday when you can jump onto any one of the sites below to jump on board.

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Sailing Off in the Distance – for Now

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance;
they make the latitudes and longitudes.  ~Henry David Thoreau

0110CattyCruiseLSWow, what a fun time we had on our cruise. We loved reading all the sweet comments from all our cruise travelers.  Thank you, everyone, who helped get the word out, left us kind words, and just took time to sail with us. We made it from East to West and back again, and our vessel is anchored back at the home port, here . . . for now.

Our Catty Cruise Crew will be on furlough for a few months. But, good news, me hearties. The links to our Catty Cruise II are not going away, so you can still relive the adventures of the cruise over and over. And, we’re already making preparations for our next voyage.

On 01/29/10 our Catty Cruise Crew will highlight the bounty of treasures from both the Occasions Mini Catalog AND Sale-a-bration. Ye’d have to be a belly-crawling wharf rat to turn down a porthole peek – it’s going to be amazing.   Meanwhile, you just never know what crazy hi-jinks those sea dogs might be up to while they’re on furlough . . . so be sure to bookmark this site and come back and visit us from time to time.


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Man Your Stations, We’re Heading West

cattycruise copyThe Catty Cruise has weighed anchor. Our 11 amazing paper craft artists (Cruise Stewards) are  pushing off shore and heading West. You just won’t believe the view along this cruise as our Stewards highlight the newest products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.

You can start our cruise (blog hop) by clicking on any one of the sites below. There’s no real start or end, because you’ll eventually link back to where ever you joined the cruise. As you move along the cruise, you’ll travel across the United States from East to West. You can even start in the middle, go Westward and end up back on the East Coast. It’s a cruise, after all, and we just wanted to show off our compass skills.

So, jump in, the water’s great!


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Aye, tis’ National Talk Like a Pirate Day

“Avast belay, yo ho, heave to,
A-pirating we go
And if we’re parted by a shot
We’re sure to meet below!”
“Yo ho, yo ho, the pirate life,
The flag o’skull and bones
A merry hour, a hempen rope
And ‘hey’ for Davy Jones!”

Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook

Arrr, we couldn’t miss the fun of “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” har at Catty Cruise.

So ye be wantin’ t’ go to sea an’ ye don’t be wantin’ t’ end up in Davy Jones’ Locker. Then ye best be learnin’ t’ be talkin’ like the rest of us buccaneers.

  • Here’s a great pirate-speak translator. Just type what you want to say into the box, and it will translate it into pirate speak. You can even translate your website/blog, Here.
  • Here’s the “Official Site for Talk Like a Pirate Day.”
  • I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon. Get the kids away from the computer screen before you read the top ten pirate pick up lines (they’re hilarious!).

Aye, mark your calendar fer September 26 when the Catty Cruise weighs anchor again. Or else, ye’ll ne’er get me buried booty!


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No Place or Project like Home

As you may have read earlier this week, we asked our Stewards to share their favorite all-time projects. Connie Collins from Constantly Stamping said picking her favorite was easy.

My favorite project of all time was my “HOME” décor project. My husband was serving in Iraq at the time. That was probably the hardest thing I have ever been through in my life. I used my stamping as my outlet to help cope with the stress I was going through at the time. I actually made this project for my personal use in my stamping area.

IOnStageCover loved the finished project so much that I decided to take a chance and do a second one to send in to Stampin’ Up! for one of the monthly contests. I don’t think I have ever been more excited in my “stamping” life than when I got that call from Stampin’ Up! telling me that my project had been chosen. I was even more surprised when I received my “On Stage/Stampin’ Success”* and found they had used the idea on the cover of that month’s issue. Winning that monthly contest, along with some encouragement from my best friend and downline, Nancy Brown, gave me the courage and confidence to start my blog.

*Stampin’ Success and On Stage were monthly publications published by Stampin’ Up! for their demonstrators. They’ve been combined into one monthly magazine, Stampin’ Success. It’s jammed full of beautiful projects like Connie’s as well as instructions for new techniques or new ways to use the products.

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Wow, we’re so thankful Connie entered that contest because without it and the confidence it gave her to start her blog, we might never have had a chance to enjoy her beautiful work. And, of course, words can’t properly express our gratitude to her and her family for their sacrifices while her husband was in Iraq. You can read Connie’s original post about getting the news of her contest win here: Recent Contest Winner.

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Catty Cruise Favorites

Inquiring minds what to know.

We asked our Catty Cruise Stewards to pick and share their favorite all-time project with all of us. Hold on to your seats – buckle yourself in, because we think we have among the most talented paper crafters in all the seven seas.  They’re going to knock you overboard with their projects.

Lee Ann Greff from Flowerbug’s Inkspot sent us these beauties.


Lee Ann said this is one of her favorites because it’s so soft & pretty – almost Victorian.  “It was actually an original idea of mine in how to use and layer the Top Note die cut.” Lee Ann never had a die cutting machine/system before and she was apprehensive about adding it to her supplies. Wow, she really mastered it right out of the box. “And hard to believe, but we’ve had the Big Shot and Sizzix products available to us Demo’s for one year now!  I am absolutely thrilled they added these to our catalog.” Lee Ann gave some great tips for making these gems here: Big Shot Top Note.


This one is so much fun because it’s so very different from the soft Victorian card. It’s so bright and cheery.  Lee Ann says: “Love the primary colors which can be hard to use together.  I love our new polka dot ribbons – they add so much to a project.  And I think these Sweet Treat cups are so fun to work with!”


Lee Ann gives you all the details and the supplies she used to make this adorable card here: Holiday Mini Sneak Peak.

Oh, cruisers, this last project of Lee Ann’s is just a taste of the products from the new mini catalog the next cruise will be highlighting. Lee Ann and our other cruise Stewards have already started playing with their new toys so you’ll want to check their blogs on the right and be sure to come back on September 25 when the Catty Cruise weighs anchor again.


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