Last Two Days For Sale-A-Bration! Do You Have ‘Hey, Chick’?

Hey, Chick Cards

Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion, Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end TOMORROW, March 31! Do you have your free Hey, Chick Stamp Set?  I would guess it has been the most popular Sale-A-Bration item from all the samples I have seen online. If you are into chickens or cuteness, this is the set for you!

And you can get it free with a $50 Stampin’ Up! order!

Hey, Chick Easy Card

How easy is this card?  Just add some designer paper to the card base, stamp the chicken and greeting, and add some scraps of designer paper behind for decorative layers.  The paper is from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. What a great stack of paper to have for many occasions and works well for masculine cards!

Hey, Chick Mini Egg Carton

Aren’t these some cute projects?!  The Mini Egg Cartons, page 18 in the Occasions Catalog, are so cute and can be colored yourself.  Unfortunately, the supply ran out and expected availability is now April 3. That’s pretty close to Easter, but as you can see, they can be for other projects, not just Easter.

Check over the Stampin’ Up! catalogs and products you might be interested in and see if you want to put in an order during Sale-A-Bration, which means today or tomorrow! Remember, no limits! For every $50 increment, you will earn a free Sale-A-Bration product. A few are no longer available but I think there is still a good selection to choose from!

Click HERE for my Online Store and you will see the three releases of Sale-A-Bration items!

Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Two of my favorites here in this blog post:  I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make this treat bag turned into a birthday pocket card AND the Cool Treats Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog! I used the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper for the Mini Treat Bag.

Watch the pattern when you run it through the Big Shot because the popsicles on the paper are going in one direction!  The first one I did I had it upside down! Since there are no mistakes in stamping, however, I will save that upside down treat bag and cut it apart and use the smaller pieces of paper on other projects! When you are working with patterned paper on any project, you do have to think about which way your design is going to go on your project and cut it or lay it out accordingly!

Although this die is named “Mini Treat Bag” you can design a card to add on the inside, which can be a greeting or hold a gift card. If you like another design, you can fold the top over and make a smaller type of little package. Click HERE to see my Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag. It was very cute, if I do say so myself!

There are lots of dies in this collection that can help embellish your Mini Treat Bag.  Use plain cardstock or designer paper, your choice.  It is easy to assemble and fun to make!

Today, tomorrow and Friday — these are the last 3 days of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to get your order in! If you are new, Sale-A-Bration has been going on since January but is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion! You can order from the Occasions Catalog or the Annual Catalog or even the Clearance Rack!

With every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise (before shipping and tax) you get to choose a FREE product in one of the Sale-A-Bration Brochures.

Remember, we had a few new options released last week! Here are the choices!

Original Sale-A-Bration Brochure

New February Releases

Final Days New Releases

Not all items are still available, so if your online order says an item cannot be added that means the supply is exhausted,

It’s time to shop! Get whatever you want! If you get close to another $50 increment, add on some adhesive or reinkers or cardstock so you can get another FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

Have fun! Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE!


Cool Treats Ice Cream Sundae Card

Cool Treats Ice Cream Sundae Card

When I first read the Occasions Catalog, the suite that stood out to me was the Cool Treats Suite! I didn’t order it right away, but I loved everything on pages 32-33. I haven’t really had time to stamp with it yet, so when I finally did, I started with inspiration from the Occasions Catalog.  I decided to mostly copy one of the cards on page 32.

Really the only stamping on the card is the greeting, the rest are all die cuts with the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies. I also did not make my card square as I believe the catalog sample is. Did you know that if you mail a card in a square envelope you have to pay a surcharge? Even if you make a square card, it is better to put it in a rectangular envelope. To stamp the greeting in the two colors, I inked it up with the lighter color, Peekaboo Peach, and then colored over on the “cherry” word with the Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker. Always remember to “huff” or breathe on a stamp when you have delayed stamping with it to remoisten the ink.

Before I adhered the ice cream scoops and bowl onto the Whisper White layer, I sponged some Pool Party ink for the background. For the little spoon, I die cut the Silver Foil paper.  How cute! Now you can die cut the sprinkles, but oh my, they are as tiny as a strand of hair! I don’t know how you glue those down, or barely even see them without magnifying glasses!  So instead, I used the Sprinkles Embellishments! These are a combination of sequins and tiny pearls, all very small. Just put a tiny drop of glue on the ice cream and then add the Sprinkles Embellishments. Or maybe punch some tiny circles or stars!

The little ice cream dish is die cut from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. Such cute designs on this paper!  Remember that usually Stampin’ Up! makes their designer paper so that one side is bold or graphic or themed, and usually the other side is something more generic that you can use for other things as well.

You probably have seen many yummy samples of cards and other projects with this Cool Treats Suite of products. I love the colors and all the cuteness! Not to mention I love ice cream!  If you like the stamp set and the dies, be sure to use the Cool Treats Bundle number to order and save 10%!

The Occasions Catalog will come to an end but not until May 31.  However, if you wish to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration, this is the last week!!  Can you believe it?! Get your $50 or more orders in by March 31 to take advantage of this fun promotion! A few Sale-A-Bration choices are no longer available.

If you love ice cream and other frozen treats, you might enjoy the Cool Treats Suite of products, especially with summer coming up!  Lots of potential for party invitations, birthday cards, neighborhood get-togethers, happy cards!

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How to Marble Paper With Shaving Cream and Ink the Easy Way!

Try a new technique this weekend, like how to marble paper with shaving cream and ink! There just just seems to be no end to creativity with stamps, paper and ink, or in this case with shaving cream!  I remember making some card backgrounds with this technique a long time ago and probably around Easter time. Of course you can do it for any occasion or season or holiday, just use the appropriate colors, but there is something soft and beautiful about this technique for springtime and Easter I think.

Watch Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office show you this easy technique for marbling paper!

Doesn’t that look fun and easy?!  And what a fun technique to do with your kids or grandkids, not to mention Girl Scouts or Cub Scouts!  Donna used an empty stamp case, but you can also use a paper plate or other container.  Use a plastic knife or a skewer to mix the colors, but don’t overdo it unless you are going for that look.

We always say, “There are no mistakes in stamping!” but I can also add, “There are no mistakes in marbling!”  Every piece of paper you do will look different!  Have lots of pieces of paper cut and ready to go because you won’t be able to stop!  You can save the pieces you don’t need right away and use them on other projects in the future.

As you can see in the video, the marbling technique isn’t just for backgrounds, you can punch or die cut pieces and shapes to use on other projects. If you use a large area of shaving cream, you could marble a whole sheet of paper, perhaps for a scrapbook page!  Once you start playing, you will come up with other ideas, perhaps inspired by the colors and marbling you create!  If you don’t like the color combination, just wash that cream away and start over. Perhaps you want your own can of shaving cream (remember that Donna said not to use gel!) for your papercrafting so your husband doesn’t get upset if you are using his!

Shop Stampin’ Up! ink refills if you need them for your ink pads or to to try this technique!

Only 6 more days of Sale-A-Bration, so if you need paper, stamps or ink refills, be sure to order soon with a $50 order so you can get your free Sale-A-Bration product!


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How are you going to keep up with all the latest Stampin’ Up! news?  We’re about to enter an exciting time period with Stampin’ Up!  Soon the Retirement List will come out for the current annual catalog and before we know it, it will be time for the new catalog! Right now Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end soon. Will you need a reminder? Do you know about the newest Sale-A-Bration items released? What about the April Paper Pumpkin Kit?? Do you like to see stamping projects to make that aren’t available online anywhere else??

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Making an Easy Paper Pumpkin Kit Bunny Favor For Spring

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Bunny Bag

I finally opened my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! and within minutes had made this cute bunny favor for spring. I wanted to take something to my friend who was in town when we met for dinner and I thought of this little bunny bag that would be perfect and something different than cards. All I had to do was open the Paper Pumpkin box and everything I needed was in there except a pair of scissors to snip the baker’s twine! Everything!  Well, except the chocolate candy!

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The little cloth bags were ready to be stamped with a bunny face, and the kit even included an adhesive dot with which to stick the little pom pom for the bunny tail on the back of the bag! So cute! Ears with adhesive on the back were included to stick inside the flaps of the bag. I stamped the little tag and attached to the bag with the tiny clothespin. All so easy!  All I had to do was add some chocolate treats inside the bag and tie with a 12″ piece of the included baker’s twine. My little favor was ready to go in just a couple of minutes, if that long!

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Bag

Even if you didn’t want to make all the bags for Easter, think how cute they would be to save for a baby gift, like a package decoration for your baby gift or for a little one’s birthday gift. They don’t have to be for Easter or even spring!  Little notecards are also included in the kit that you can put in the bag for a little gift! So many possibilities with these Paper Pumpkin Kits!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see the entire Paper Pumpkin March 2017 kit and assembly!

Join Paper Pumpkin now and get the April 2017 kit if you subscribe by April 10th. This kit is going to be extra-special because it is designed by the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, Sara Douglass, and will even include a FREE GIFT!  I can’t wait!  And at any moment, once you are a subscriber you can go into the Past Kits and purchase any that you might have missed and liked if they are available or the Refill Kits.

If you prefer, add a Paper Pumpkin subscription to your regular Stampin’ Up! order and possibly earn a free Sale-A-Bration product or maybe reach Hostess Rewards. You will receive an email with directions of how to activate your account.  Do this before April 10th to receive the April kit that Sara designed.


New Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Choices

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2017

Time is sure flying by since Sale-a-Bration started in January soon after Christmas. Seems like only yesterday, doesn’t it?! And even though we knew it was a long promotion, Sale-A-Bration is so much fun getting free products that it is hard to believe that it is going to end March 31, in just ten more days!

In case you are new and hearing about Sale-A-Bration for the first time, Sale-A-Bration is the biggest promotion from Stampin’ Up!  With every $50 purchase, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product from the special brochures. There is the original SAB Brochure, the second release with three more products, and today — a few more items to choose from! See below!

SAB 2017 New Releases Flyer

Here are several products from the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and the Occasions Catalog offered now as additional Sale-A-Bration choices for the last days of Sale-A-Bration! If you have already placed orders and chosen Sale-a-Bration items, you might like a few new choices! The bad news is that a couple of Sale-A-Bration choices have sold out and are no longer available:

  • The Card Tin (143833)
  •  6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831)

Also, the Ribbon Metallic 3/8″ Combo Pack is low on inventory. It is one of my favorites!I

You must use the given numbers for the products in the flyer above, not the regular catalog numbers, in order to receive these as free Sale-A-Bration items.

Besides free products, there are other benefits during Sale-A-Bration you may want to consider! Get some orders together with friends or place your own large order and  get extra Hostess Rewards.

SAB Hostess Rewards

As you can see, with an order of $250 or more, you will receive an EXTRA $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. This can be just your own order or you can go in with friends.

SAB Join

I hope you will contact me if you have any questions about perhaps joining Stampin’ Up! and starting your own business. It can be a rewarding opportunity, both personally and professionally, whether you choose to work hard and build a highly successful full-time business or whether you just order for yourself and possibly a few customers. If you love Stampin’ Up!, you will love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Read more HERE for some basic information about joining Stampin’ Up!. I’m happy to answer the additional questions or concerns you will have. During Sale-A-Bration, through March 31, you will get to choose two free stamp sets in addition to the contents of your Starter Kit.

Now it’s time to get your Stampin’ Up! order together and choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration products with EVERY $50 increment of your order! Don’t delay, because more of your choices could become unavailable. But now you have some nice additional products to choose from!

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Sale-A-Bration Adult Coloring Card

Sale-A-Bration Adult Coloring Card

If you like adult coloring, as it is called these days, you will enjoy the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper available FREE during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. Just spend $50 on any Stampin’ Up! merchandise HERE (which we all know is easy enough to do!) and choose a free product in one of the two Sale-A-Bration Brochures. And after you finish your adult coloring, you can make your creation into a card!

Now if you REALLY like coloring like we did as kids, you will love coloring in every image on this paper. Personally I find it a little time-consuming although I like it for a little while. A faster way it to take a sponge and ink it up with one color at a time and just sponge color on to the coloring paper.  You can do it in rows like I did on this card or do it randomly around the card, covering all the white space.

Today I have jury duty, or at least I have to report, we will see what happens, so besides magazines and my phone, I have cut pieces of the Inside the Lines DSP to take along and will color those with my Watercolor Pencils and soften with the Blender Pen. I don’t mind having a lot of sitting around time, I just hope I do not get chosen for something, but I’m afraid my luck might run out this time. I will definitely need “stress relief” while I wait so hopefully plenty of coloring will help to de-stress me! I absolutely love using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen! Hopefully playing with some of my Stampin’ Up! stuff will keep me calm!

If you are interested in the Watercolor Pencils, I would order them as soon as possible because they expect inventory to run really low soon. Blender Pens are backordered but you can add them to your order anyway and they will be sent when they come in.

This card is much like this one I made another day. However, for this card, I stamped with Stazon on a piece of Vellum Cardstock which I thought would soften all the colors a bit. To adhere the vellum, I wrapped the left edge around to the back of the designer paper with adhesive and also used a Glue Dot, but then covered it with an Enamel Shape.

Sale-A-Bration does not go on forever – in fact, it will be ending March 31 so we are getting real close to the last day!  Be sure to think about an order before you run out of time!  Remember, you choose a free Sale-A-Bration item for EVERY $50 you spend!

Go Spend $50 for Sale-A-Bration! Who Doesn’t Want Free Stuff?!


Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard

Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard

Stampin’ Up! has so many great products that it is difficult to keep up with all of them! One very overlooked product, I think, are the notecards and envelopes which make creating a card such as this Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard so simple and quick. The notecards are available in Whisper White and also in Crumb CakeSometimes you would even rather have a smaller card with less space because you just want to write a short and quick note and notecards are perfect for this!

Another great product in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper StackThere are many different designs, a lot that are perfect for masculine cards. On this Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard I used a Whisper White Notecard but put a layer of Soft Suede Cardstock on top and then a woodgrain patte.rn from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack.  The greeting is from the Window Shopping Stamp Set and die cut with the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then this piece was layered on a die cut made with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  For an embellishment, I wrapped a piece of the Kraft Rope (retired) around.

While we get very excited about the seasonal catalogs, such as the current Occasions Catalog, don’t forget to look in the main Stampin’ Up! Catalog because there are lots of goodies in there, too! In fact, this catalog will fairly soon be on it’s way out, so it would be a good idea to look through it and reacquaint yourself with the catalog so you know if there are any products in there that you want before the retirement list hits!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Notecards and Envelopes, both in Whisper White and Crumb Cake, although I would suggest the Whisper White ones are a little more useful. You can simply stamp right on the notecard with an image and/or greeting and be done. You can’t get any quicker and easier than that! Yet you can also embellish to your heart’s desire if you want! It is also great to know that you have the proper size envelopes with the notecards.

Click here to see a similar masculine notecard I made with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. We’re always looking for ideas for masculine cards and the Serene Scenery paper will really help you out!

Remember, with a $50 purchase, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  This promotion ends March 31.

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Retiring Stampin’ Up! In Colors 2015-2017

Stampin' Up! In Color 2015-2017 Ink Pads

Can you believe that it will be time for a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog before too long and with it the retirement of the Stampin’ Up! In Colors 2015-2017?!  Every two years we get a new set of current, trendy colors in ink, paper, and accessories and that means the set from two years earlier will be retired.

Why should you be thinking about it now?? Because often these colors sell out really quickly after the retirement list comes out. I guess we all procrastinate and even though these colors and accessories have been available for two years, now we decide we really must have them! If there are any of these colors in any of the In Color products that you want, I suggest you go ahead and order them as soon as you can.  In fact, if you order them during Sale-A-Bration, perhaps they will help you earn a free Sale-A-Bration product!

Just click on any of the photos below to go to the 2015-2017 In Colors Page.

In Color Products

In Color Products

In Color ProductsIn Color Products

If you are buying any of the ink pads, be sure to get the ink refills so you can keep using your pads in the future!  You don’t want to have to go online to buy them when they are in high demand! And if you already own the ink pads, get the ink refills right away!

Here is a card I made with some of the In Colors that are retiring.

Sprinkles Punch Easy Holiday Card

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A Fun St. Patrick’s Day Card Idea

A Fun St. Patrick's Day Card Idea

If you are wearing green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, here is a fun St. Patrick’s Day card idea. This is a card I had a little bit of a hard time getting it to come out like I had it in my head, but then it all came together!  I think  the stamped rainbow in the background really pulled it all together, and now I love the card!

Do you notice one of my favorite tools on the card?  It’s the Owl Builder Punch to make a St. Patrick’s Day owl!  I punched the owl out of Crumb Cake Cardstock and dressed him in a vest punched from Emerald Envy Cardstock.  I had tried various designer papers, but finally decided on plain green with a Gold Glimmer Heart. The owl’s hat is made from the Sale-A-Bration freebie, the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831).

The pot of gold is made from Basic Black Cardstock punched with the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, cut in half. Then I used the Owl Punch again to punch the gold coins from Gold Glimmer Paper.

The card base is Whisper White with a layer of designer paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper package. The smaller Whisper White center panel is 3″ x 4 1/4″. The rainbow is stamped with an image in the Work of Art Stamp Set. You can use whatever colors you like. I chose Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy and Pumpkin Pie inks. I did stamp off a little bit before stamping on the card.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The words are die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and layered on piece of Emerald Envy cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

You can use the St. Patrick’s Day Owl on a candy treat or little gift bag if you are doing something special today for someone. Or just make a pot of gold and stamp a greeting!  So many fun choices when you are a stamper!

Need some other St. Patrick’s Day ideas? Check out the votive I decorated.  Want to make some shamrocks?  See how I made them by stamping hearts HERE. And if you need a leprechaun, here’s a punch art one on a card on display at a Stampin’ Up! event. If you need more ideas, just type in what you are looking for in the Search box here on my blog down on the right side.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on March 31 which is starting to get closer and closer so don’t delay!  If you want this fun Glimmer Paper Pack I mentioned earlier, check out the new release SAB brochure.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making something fun like a St. Patrick’s Day card or a treat!

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April Paper Pumpkin Kit Designed by Sara Douglass

Paper Pumpkin Inspired by Sara Douglass

I think we may all be in for a special treat with the April Paper Pumpkin Kit because Sara Douglass, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! has designed it!  “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Sara described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin. We don’t know what the project is inside the box, but we do know that when Sara presents a stamping demonstration at any Stampin’ Up! event, we all enjoy seeing her projects.

Sara said she wants everyone to have a “creative successful experience” with the Paper Pumpkin Kit. And to make it extra fun, Sara has included a FREE GIFT in each kit! Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes in the mail each month. One of the great benefits of the kit is that the project, whatever it is, is all ready to go.  You don’t have to design anything, gather supplies or own a lot of stamps and ink.  Just open the box and create!



Purchase any of the Prepaid Kits on your regular Stampin’ Up! order and activate your account by April 10 to receive the April Kit. Spend at least $50 and receive a free Sale-A-Bration item. Prepaid Kits can help you reach Hostess Rewards, too!

The only clue Sara would divulge about the kit was the box itself!  It will be black rather than the usual Paper Pumpkin Red. I’m not sure what we can tell from that, but that’s a clue! Sara said in designing the project, she took inspiration from Pinterest, fashion magazines, and home decor and said that “inspiration is everywhere”.

Don’t miss out!  Join Paper Pumpkin TODAY so you won’t forget!  If you have skipped a month or two, be sure to reactivate your subscription so you will receive the April Paper Pumpkin Kit designed by Sara with a free gift inside! If you want to share, you might even want to go in to your account and order extra kits! Just be sure to be an active subscriber by April 10th!

St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick's Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 17th, so if you are looking for a fun little treat maybe for your family, your co-workers, teachers, whomever, here is a St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder. You can put a chocolate square on the inside or whatever you find that fits. Or modify the measurements to suit your treat!

This project is so easy to make and as usual, can be made and decorated for any occasion.  Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 2″ so that it will fit inside the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Score at 2 5/8″ and at 2 7/8″.  Then insert each end of the strip into the punch for the fancy top. If you don’t have this punch, you can leave it plain or snip off the corners at an angle.

For the decoration on the front, I made a pot of gold!  The pot is just a 1 3/8″ Circle Punch cut in about half. Either just cut little strips for the pot legs or use, as I did, the Classic Label Punch, cut in half or smaller. I first thought I would like the pointy ends for the legs, but I changed my mind. I also punched another strip to go across the top of the pot. If you have the retired Window Punch, that works great, too!

For the gold coins, I used the always-useful Owl Builder Punch!  If you don’t own this punch, you really need to put it on your next order. It’s so fun! I use it in so many ways. For the coins, I punched the small circles that would be eyes. They are adhered with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

Click here to see a similar St. Patrick’s Day design I made last year. As you can see, I used Gold Sequins.

The greeting is from another of my favorite things, the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There aren’t many places you will find a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” stamp but this set has it!

The ribbon is the one with gold accents, free in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, with a $50 purchase.  You get a Combo Pack of two ribbons, one with the silver accents and one with the gold accents. It’s called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.  The ribbon is very soft and nice.  You will like it.

Sale-A-Bration ends the last day of March and we know that will sneak up fast!

Be prepared for all special occasions by knowing how to make this St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder! 

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Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card

Here is a quick and easy Easter Bunny card that is fun to stamp and make! The stamp set, Basket Bunch, has so many possibilities and it’s not just for Easter! This bunny is so cute, he can be used for Easter, spring or baby cards and many other occasions.

For this card, I simply stamped the bunny randomly on the Whisper White card layer in Soft Suede ink. To color in the bunny ears and bow, I used the Pink PIrouette marker. That’s all I colored at first, but then I decided to add some brown to the one bunny to let him stand out from the others. I colored very lightly with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil and then blended the color with a Blender Pen. So fun to color with the Watercolor Pencils!  I also thought about coloring the ears and bows on all the bunnies on the card. There’s no one perfectly right way to design this card. Just do what you like. The card base is Soft Suede cardstock.

The greeting is one that is included in the stamp set.  I stamped it in Soft Suede ink and die cut with one of the ovals in the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and also die cut a pink glimmer layer with one of the scalloped ovals in the same set. The glimmer paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices when you spend $50 on a Stampin’ Up! purchase.

If you are interested in the Watercolor Pencils, order them soon before the supply runs out!

The Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set is in the Occasions Catalog and also has coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies together in the Basket Bunch Bundle, you will save 10% and have everything you need for this fun stamp set!

I hope you remembered to change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time! Just “spring” forward, this is when we lose an hour of sleep! But I think I’m looking forward to more daylight in the evening after dinner to go for a walk!

Try your hand at making a card like this Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card with whatever stamps you have, just stamp randomly on the cardstock and see what you come up with! It’s so much fun to just stamp this way!

If you need any stamping supplies and want to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration before it ends March 31, just check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

What You Need to Know About the Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine almost every time I am stamping or making a project. Sometimes I even realize I am using Big Shot die cuts more than I am stamping!  Since I use mine SO often and love it, I think I expect that “everyone” knows about the Big Shot and probably already owns one.  But I doubt that is really true, so I thought perhaps if you are person who does not own a Big Shot, maybe you would like to hear more about it.  After all, during Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to buy a Big Shot because you will get at least TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration products with the purchase of a Big Shot! And you probably will want some other accessories, too.

The BIg Shot is a die-cutting system that you can use to to make a multitude of die cuts and embossed shapes for cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and gift and decor items. It is manual, not electric, and easy to use and move around. There are many accessories that you can add on over time to give you so many choices for projects.

The Big Shot comes with a platform and cutting pads. Then you can add on more items when you are ready. One of my favorites is the Magnetic Platform, which holds the framelits and thinlits in place. But until you have one, if you think the die might move, you can lightly use a piece of washi tape to hold the die in place.  If you are going to be using the newer intricate dies, then it would be good to have the Precision Base Plate and, one of my favorite, the Big Shot Die Brush, which helps get all those little pieces released.

If you happen to watch any older Big Shot videos, you will see that the Big Shot used to come with a different platform.

If you are already a Big Shot owner, I’d like to suggest that you watch Holly’s video above for a refresher!  So many things have changed with these new platforms and intricate dies that we can all use a review now and then. Perhaps make a checklist to keep by your Big Shot to remind you what goes with what!  The instructions are on the platforms, I just forget to pay attention there!

Purchase a Big Shot for $110.00, add on another $40 either in accessories or other Stampin’ Up! products, and you will have a sales total of $150 which will entitle you to THREE Sale-A-Bration products, PLUS 10% ($15) in Hostess Rewards….another $15 to spend however you like! Now that’s a deal! Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2017 so don’t delay!  You will love your Big Shot!

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How To Make An Easy All-Occasion DIY Gift Bag

DIY Gift Bag

Save yourself a trip to the store and learn how to make an easy all-occasion DIY gift bag out of designer paper! You can make a gift bag using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board or you can make one by just scoring paper to determine the size you want. I use my Paper Trimmer as I cut the paper to score with the Scoring Blade, (one comes with the Paper Trimmer)  but you could also use the Simply Scored Board.

Decide what paper or cardstock you want to use.  I used the beautiful Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. While I could have used either side of paper, I had planned to use this soft bokeh-look pattern and that is what I cut.  But when I turned the paper over, I saw that the pattern on the other side was a butterfly print. Had I wanted to use that side and didn’t give it any thought, as you can see in the photo below, I would have the pattern going wrong, so be sure you check which way you want your pattern to go and make sure you cut the paper in the correct direction.

Designer Paper Pattern Wrong Direction

For this particular gift bag, I cut the paper at 6″ x 11 3/8″. I placed the paper “long-ways” (portrait) in my Paper Trimmer and scored at 1 3/8″ for the bottom flaps. Then I turned the paper “sideways” (landscape) and scored at 2 1/8″, 5 1/4″ 7 3/8″, and 10 7/16″. You can’t really see all the score lines in the photo below and the photo is not blurry!  That’s the design on the paper!

Designer Paper Scored for Bag

As you can see, I cut out that tiny little piece on one end that you will see after you score your paper. And just to make the flap easier to fold without the top and bottom edges showing, I trimmed off the edges of the flap. This flap is where you will put adhesive to start assembling your box. As for the bottom of the paper with the 1 3/8″ scored area, just snip each score line up to the 1 3/8″ scored line to form the flaps.  Assemble your gift bag and decorate!

To decorate my gift bag, I die cut a butterfly with the Big Shot and the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, the largest butterfly, out of a Gold Foil Sheet. (My daughter used to call butterflies “foof-flies”.) How beautiful is this large gold foil butterfly? And to make it even more elegant, I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the body. After I punched a hole in the top of the bag I tied on a Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (my all-time favorite ribbon!) using the ribbon with the gold accents in the Sale-A-Bration 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601)You can also add a greeting or tag if you want for whatever occasion you need.

Check out another card I made when the Butterflies Thinlits Dies first came out. These butterflies are made with the smaller medium size butterfly die, cut out of designer paper.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on March 31 so don’t let time fly by and miss it! Remember, there are three new releases since February 21 so you have two brochures to view at that link above.  One thing that is no longer available is the gold-striped Card Tin. Everything is available only while supplies last so don’t wait too long!

Make some easy all-occasion DIY gift bags to keep on hand for any last-minute gifts!

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Are You Backing Up Your Photos??

Computer photos

Do you back up the photos that are on your computer or even on your phone?? Do you intend to do it just as soon as you get the laundry done, after your vacation, after dinner, after you buy an external hard drive, after you get a new computer, after you organize all your photos first??!

Yesterday I listened to a Facebook Live video (it was live the day before) by Becky Higgins, the founder of Project Life®. Stampin’ Up!, of course, has partnered with Becky and Project Life on kits using Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors to make memory-keeping easier so we “get it done”. But this isn’t about Project Life, nor even Becky Higgins.

I know we all assume our “stuff” is all safe on our computers, laptops and phones and hard drives crashing is something that happens to someone else. Well, on this video, you can hear how one of Becky’s employees, who DOES know better, had her external hard drive crash where she had thousands and thousands of photos stored. You’ll hear the very human story at the beginning of her realizing what had just happened. The good news is that as she searched the house she found a pile of old CD’s on which she had backed up photos a long time ago and previous hard drives and she took all these devices and probably retrieved most of her photos, as best she can remember, without paying a LOT of money to try to recover data on her external hard drive that crashed. The two ladies have many suggestions for how to keep your photos backed up in case anything happens, although, as they claim, they are not experts and different systems work better for other people, but at least you can get some real ideas and then do your own research.  If nothing else, maybe it will remind you that this is something in this digital world, that we need to do in exchange for the convenience of all this computer stuff! As they say, if your hard drive hasn’t crashed yet, it will! Sometime!

Watch this recorded Facebook Live Video on Becky Higgin’s Facebook Page and start thinking about your digital photos and files and what would be best for you to do to protect them!  If you aren’t on Facebook, it probably will eventually be on her YouTube channel.

Back Up Your Photos! Don’t lose them!!

How To Make a Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is fairly easy to make and turns out really cute! I strongly suggest you watch the Stampin’ Up! video below on how to make the box, even if you have watched it before because you might need a review like I did!

To make this hexagonal gift box, use the Big Shot and Window Box Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! This set of dies is amazing! Besides the basic hexagonal box shape, it has pieces to decorate the to and sides of the box with decorative little cutouts! There are also other little pieces, one makes a tag and one makes those flag ends on a strip of paper.

On this box, even though it has those decorative dies to use, I opted to just make the basic box and then decorate it with designer paper and balloons for a birthday! You can make these boxes for ANY occasion or holiday! I’ve even seen them online where it is like they are stacked to make a taller box.  I’ll have to learn about that and try it! After I made the Hexagonal Window Box, I die cut  a piece of the polka dot paper in the Party Animal Designer Series Paper package with just, the lid portion of the basic box die. Then I cut along the score lines or slightly inside, so that it would fit on the top lid of the box. Around the side of the box, I cut a strip of the candles pattern paper to go around. Luckily a 12″ strip does fit and even overlaps a little on the back. For the candle pattern, I cut it so that the candles themselves would be fully pictured, which meant I first cut off a strip on the edge that just had partial images of the candles. My strip is 1 3/4″ wide, but you can make yours narrower if you like depending on the pattern or look you want. Another choice would be to stamp on the box before you assemble it. After I had the paper around the side, I tied on some 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Emerald Envy. For the top of the box, I stamped and punched three balloons with the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I attached some Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine to the balloons and tied on a bow.  If I hadn’t tied the bow, I might have put a “Happy Birthday Banner” instead. This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is a cute box and can be made in any colors for any occasion. It’s big enough for a small gift or some candies or treats.

Hexagonal Birthday Gift Box

To make the window box (with or without windows!), die cut two of the basic box pieces. If you want the decorative inserts you can cut them now or cut them before you assemble the box.

Window Box Pieces

One thing to remember is to cut off the end tabs of the straight strip portion on ONE piece. That is because when you go to assemble the box, you won’t need two tabs matching up, just one. Use a strong glue like the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Window Box Assembly

Fold the scored lines for the tabs.  I think it is easiest to glue the beginning part with the box laying flat. Just make sure everything is straight.

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! video to learn about and how to use these Window Box Thinlits Dies!

Now are you ready to make these beautiful boxes for gifts or even just decorations or party favors? Order yours today at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  Get the Bundle with the Window Shopping Stamp Set  so you have everything you want and save 10% over buying them separately. The cost of the Bundle will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration product as well!

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It’s Paper Pumpkin’s 4th Birthday in March!

Paper Pumpkin Fourth Birthday

This month marks the 4th Birthday of Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail each month from Stampin’ Up! in the cute red box! It’s wrapped just like a special present to you each month because it is! It’s the gift of crafting time for you to sit down and relax, de-stress, and only think about the contents in the box. You don’t have to design anything or gather supplies.  Just open the box! It’s all in there! Read the directions and watch a video if you like, then either make the project as designed or do your own thing with the supplies. Yes, you can change it up if you want!

Paper Pumpkin is a surprise every month! Even if you don’t like surprises (some people don’t!), live dangerously and try it out! It is not always cards to make.  We have had mini albums, candy treats, party favors, a calendar, small home decor items – it could be anything – anything that fits in the box! Some people would only like cards and some people want something other than cards, so a variety eventually pleases everyone, and, as I said, you can use the supplies to make something else if you don’t like the project. And if Paper Pumpkin is not for you, just cancel your subscription. If you know you are going to be too busy, skip a month.

Many people order an extra Paper Pumkin kit or subscription for another friend or loved one and do the kits together or know that their family member is working on their kit across the country at the same time! I send one to my daughter every month. Getting just the Paper Pumpkin Kit works for her and she has come to enjoy that amount of stamping. She doesn’t want the big collection of stamps and things that I have, so having it contained in a box and then being able to give out the project to her friends at book club or sending to her husband’s coworkers or mailing out the cards works for her. If she gets behind, she goes into her account and “skips” a month or two.


For sure do it by March 10th so you get the March Kit! That is FRIDAY!

If you join after March 10th, you will receive the April Kit. Once you are a subscriber you will have access to purchase any of the past kits or refills that are available.

Another option is to add a prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order. This may help you reach Hostess Rewards or get an additional Sale-A-Bration product. Check it out in the Online Stampin’ Up! Store!


I have no information on the March kit, so far! No sneak peeks or clues about it! All I can say is that since the first kits, Paper Pumpkin has done nothing but improve! Just be sure to sign up by March 10th to receive the March kit which will go out mid-month!  Barely any wait once you sign up!


Placing Glimmer Paper Under Die Cuts on a Card

Using Glimmer Paper Under Die Cuts

This blog post will be about placing glimmer paper under die cuts on a card so that you can use the beautiful new 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831) that you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration. You’ll find this Glimmer Paper Pack in the extra Sale-A-Bration Brochure that came out February 21 to give you a few more choices during Sale-A-Bration,  which ends March 31.

I love the beautiful Special Reason Stamp Set and especially the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. If you buy both in a Special Reason Bundle you can save 10% and you will be all set to go! It seems that Stampin’ Up! never wants us to be without flower choices!  These dies are particularly unique in the way they can cut out the flowers so that makes them even more interesting.

This card isn’t what I started out making, and I have to say, I don’t like my card! But since it is really about how I made the card rather than if I loved it and since I’m a bit under the weather today, I don’t really care that this isn’t one of my favorite designs!

I was going to just die cut a big flower and two smaller ones and place the new Glimmer Paper underneath. But then I realized that what I was thinking of was having the top card layer popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, so placing the Glimmer Paper underneath was going to be just a wee bit trickier. I couldn’t just place the glimmer paper underneath the die cuts directly, seeing what I was doing. I was going to have to adhere the glimmer paper to the card base and have it lined up perfectly with the die cut images on the layer I was going to place over it.

Glimmer Paper Placement Under Die Cuts

There was just a bit more playing around to make sure the color was under the entire area of the die cut flower without sticking out underneath the sides of the top layer or running into an adjacent flower. Once I thought I had it placed perfectly, I put a few pencil marks where the glimmer paper would go and glued down with my Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next I added the Stampin’ Dimensionals, with a few in the center of the card for support.

Using Glimmer Paper Under a Layer

Finally I stuck on the top layer on which, of course, I had already die cut the flowers with the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies.

Now after I did that, I realized I should have already stamped a greeting on the card front! I did finally take a chance and stamped a happy birthday greeting from the stamp set but it doesn’t look that eye-catching on the card. But for today, “oh well”!

The card still looked like it lacked something so I die cut some glimmer paper leaves!  They are pretty but I’m not sure they worked that well on this card.  Maybe they did on the big flower, but then the little flowers didn’t have anything!  So I took a chance and stamped some leaves with Mint Macaron ink around the little flowers. That didn’t look great so I added Clear Wink of Stella to the leaves. That didn’t do much, so I added the Gold Wink of Stella to the leaves! Finally I stamped the leaf veins and then I liked it a little better!

Maybe you like the card after all!  In some moments I do, but I think I could do better. Sometimes you have to know when to STOP when you are designing something! My friend and I used to always say that back in the day when we were painting tee shirts and wine glasses and plates! Maybe I will give this card another shot later, but now you know one way to use the Glimmer Paper, one of the new releases for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration, with die cuts!

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