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The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List for 2017 Is Here!

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products Banner 2017

It’s certainly sad to see some of these Stampin’ Up! products being retired, but it is fun to shop the retirement sale and to look forward to new products coming June 1st in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!

Click HERE for the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List and Sale!

Click HERE to go shopping at the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Remember, products are available “while supplies last”! However, since the stamp sets are manufactured by Stampin’ Up!, they will continue to manufacture all retiring stamps until May 22 and then they will be available “while supplies last”.

Be careful that you are not choosing one of the foreign language stamps unless that is what you want! With so many things to choose from, sometimes we choose the wrong number item!

More information later!  Just go enjoy the list and the shopping!

If you were a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you could be getting a peek at the new catalog online right now! Just buy the Starter Kit for $99 and choose $125 worth of product and you’ll be a Demo in minutes online!

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!!

Time to Scrapbook Those Christmas Photos Easily With Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

We all have those photos on our phones and cameras from the holidays, so let’s get those printed (doesn’t have to be all of them!) and do something with them that we and our family can enjoy and SEE! Put them in some kind of album and do a little journaling (YES, in your OWN handwriting!) while you remember the dates and stories. I promise you will appreciate having this in a few years and your family will really appreciate this years from now when they look back! The easiest system to use is Project Life by Stampin’ Up!!

You can do traditional scrapbooking and make it as fancy as you want, and if that’s what you like and have time for, do it! But if you feel intimidated by that, then just print out some photos, slip them into the Project Life Photo Pocket Pages  and add some cards for decoration and/or journaling. Project Life by Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy! And the card kit and accessory packs make it so easy and fun!

Becky Higgins is the founder of Project Life and has partnered with Stampin’ Up! with products that coordinate with our colors. Even Becky Higgins, the famous scrapbooker, advocates just getting some photos into an album, don’t fuss over it. You don’t have to even add the embellishments and make it all fancy, JUST slip some photos in the pockets, add some journaling….DONE. Just do it! Just do something simple.  You will be glad you did.

You can probably find sales on photo printing at your local drugstore right now or other places so we should all pause and get those photos printed.  Once you’ve done that, then just slip them into the pockets. Becky even really pares down her photo choices, which is something I would have to work on because I love to use ALL the photos! It’s too difficult, too many choices that way! Just choose a few. Before you know it, you will have an easy album of your holidays or your December, or your year!  Whatever you want!

You might already have some Project Life supplies in your stash, but if you don’t and would like to order some, just click HERE for the main page to start selecting your items!

While you are sitting around today waiting to get ready for that New Year’s Even party, or better yet, if you are staying home and relaxing, either get some photos printed or go through a box you already have. Becky says to start with what you are the most excited about.

Watch this video of Donna from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office show you how to use Project Life! It will give you lots of ideas!

Have a safe, happy and fun New Year’s Eve!

Spend Time Looking at Old Family Photos Together With Your Family at Christmas

Old Family Photos

With Christmas coming up and families gathering together, I was thinking that spending time looking at old family photos together with your family might be a wonderful activity to share! The holidays and family gatherings might be a perfect time to pull out a box of old photos and go through them with your relatives or even just your own children.  If you are lucky enough to still have your parents with you and have other family members in your life, particularly older ones, see how many photos they can identify for you of people from the past. When you get out the boxes of random old photos you probably have in an closet somewhere, you most likely will find a lot of them with no names or dates on the back.

Recently a relative sent me a box of random photos that she found going through things in her mother-in-law’s house. She was able to identify that this batch of photos belonged to my maternal grandmother and sent them to me. What a surprise and thrill to get these old photos, even though I already have plenty!

As much as I think it is a good idea to have scrapbooks and albums and some kind of organization for any photos, looking through just a random assortment of photos is really fun! Just in this box of photos I received, there are very old photos of relatives, probably at least early 1900’s, then maybe pictures of my brother and me as babies, then back to some older relative, then pictures in my other grandma’s backyard with both grandmas, then a toy my grandpa built for my brother, then probably the house my grandpa grew up in in Chicago, then maybe a photo Christmas card of my mother’s friend’s children, and then back to my brother’s confirmation or my parents’ wedding photos. So fun! I would say that most of them have no names or dates on them. A lot of them I can at least identify the people but have no idea of the dates or sometimes places.

Some of the older photos are printed on the backside of a postcard! But except for one or two, there is no writing on the postcard!

Old Photos Post Card

Speaking of handwriting, because I can recognize my mother’s handwriting or my grandparents, I can decipher if a photo just says “Mother” on the back and I know it’s my mother’s handwriting, then I know that’s an old photo of my grandmother! I just hate that people are ashamed of their “bad” handwriting or that these days there isn’t even much handwriting with computers, yet I feel something viscerally when I see someone’s handwriting that I recognize. I think handwriting is so special, and I don’t think many people appreciate that! We’re missing something as a generation when we email everything or print out labels on the computer or order Christmas cards with family names already printed on them and no note, no handwritten signature.

Another thing I treasure in these old photos, is getting a glimpse inside my great-grandmother’s living room, or my grandma’s kitchen, or my great-aunt’s backyard!  Even though the photo is almost always about the person in the picture, it’s the background in the photo that sometimes is the fascinating part! In some cases, I now have that lamp or that table or candy dish in my own house. I love the reminder of what my grandparents’ houses or the house I grew up in looked like on the inside!

Think about the photos you have right now, whether printed out or scanned or on a “device”. Think about your grandchildren or great-grandchildren looking at these exact photos 75 or 100 years from now. What are those people going to know or learn about your photos? Do any of them identify the subjects in the photo or have any dates? It’s a big task to keep up with all this, but think about someone coming across a box in your attic of all your photo albums, scrapbooks, or random photos thrown in a photo box from the craft store years and years from now. What will you want them to know about these photos if you aren’t there to explain them?

Whether you choose traditional scrapbooking or something like Project Life or some other system or organizing and identifying your photos, do something. If you have your relatives with your over the holidays, let them look through some old photos and identify the subjects or even just tell you the stories that they know. (And I would daresay write it down because you will not remember everything!) If it is just your children, let them look through the photos with you so perhaps they can get a sense of their ancestors or even just their own baby or growing up photos and tell them the stories while YOU remember!

Just some things to think about if you are going to be with relatives and family members over the holidays!  You might be surprised how much some might enjoy looking at your old photos, bringing back memories or hearing or relating the old stories.  If you don’t have old photos, go through your own photos, because someday your photos are going to be the vintage ones!

Make a December Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Album Now

December will be here before we know it, so be prepared to document your December days or even the holidays with a Project Life album all ready to go!  Nothing could be easier or cuter! Watch how Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office goes about making hers with the Project Life Hello December 2016 Card Collection and Accessory Pack. If you want to keep it super simple, just use the cards and your photos.  You can always go back and get fancy with embellishments later, just get the photos and some journaling into an album right away. However, the Accessory Pack is a cute bag of goodies, you just might want it on hand regardless! This is the album that Donna refers to in the video, the Emerald Envy 6″ x 8″ Project Life Album.

Here is a link to the template she shares:  Project LIfe Template

Watch the video below by Holly at the Home Office and find out more about the Project Life Hello December 2016 Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  They are so much fun!

To order any of these Project Life products and others, please visit the Project Life section in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Offers Galore!

Special Offers September 15-21 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Special Offers good today, September 15-21. This is the last group of Special Offers for now so check them out!

There are a few other versions available in French, too.

Whether you are doing any Project Life memory-keeping with the cards and accessory packs, they are just so cute and fun to own! You can use them to make cards or even framed art and other projects!

The Hello Lovely cards are ESPECIALLY beautiful!  You should get these just to have and maybe sometime in the future you will try Project Life memory-keeping or other papercrafting projects!!Project Life Hello Lovely Cards

You can see these cards and the Hello Lovely Accessory Pack on this video and see how you can use them in the pocket pages for scrapbooking or memory-keeping, or the new way Pam Morgan from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office uses these products as “mail art”!

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Shop Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

Bargains!! Stampin’ Up! Bargains on the Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner 2016

Wow! This is how to start off your day!! Tons of Stampin’ Up! products added to the Clearance Rack today!

RUN, don’t walk to check them out and don’t hesitate to order if you see things you want! Products only available while supplies last. Lots of ribbon! Designer Papers! The Black Spider Web Doilies from last year! Punches! Lots of things!

Shop the Clearance Rack NOW!  Don’t delay!

Also:  Special Offers available today and tomorrow!

Thoughtful Branches still available, too!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Ready For You!

Holiday Catalog 2016 Banner

Today is the day!  It’s September 1st (can you believe it?!) and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!



Special Offers Week 1

AND Special Offers September 1-7! (Kind of like the old Weekly Deals!) Add these to your order!

New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though!  You will love the Enamel Shapes!  Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!Stampin' Up! Holiday Houses

Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now!  Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Holiday Catalog Videos by Stampin’ Up!

What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?!  Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!

This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!

Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear.  But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!

If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at  You will love this catalog!!  It will be online Sept. 1st as well.

If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself!  We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too!  It only takes minutes to sign up!  Join the Stampin’ Up! family!  Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog videos!!

Try Project Life by Stampin’ Up! for Memory-Keeping

Project Life Banner 2016

One of the really fun and cute products, I think, in the Stampin’ Up! Product Line is Project Life by Stampin’ Up! You can choose from cards like you see in the photo above that decorate your pocket pages or give you a place to do some journaling.  I think it is SO important to do some journaling IN YOUR OWN HANDWRITING, I don’t care how bad you think your handwriting is!! (Getting on my soap box here!) When I see someone’s personal handwriting, I see the person. This is all the more relevant when looking at old letters, scrapbooks, memorabilia, etc. But back to Project Life! Besides the cards that come in a cute box, you can use the coordinating stamps and the oh so fun Accessory Pack of the cutest little embellishments to use, if you want, on your pocket cards. You can even buy just the Accessory Pack if you want some extra embellishments for your regular card-making or projects!  Lots of choose from!  And be sure to get the Journaling Pens!

Try Project Life for your Memory Keeping today!

Project Life for a Child’s Summer Vacation Activity

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Banner

Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you Project Life products in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. It makes a simple way to get your photos into albums by just slipping them in the pocket pages and adding Project Life cards. Add a bit of journaling and maybe some embellishments if you like, but it’s much easier and simpler than traditional scrapbooking.

On their blog today, Stampin’ Up! has an article about getting your kids off their devices during the summer and having them work on a Project Life album, perhaps chronicling their school year or whatever they like.  Project Life is simple enough even for kids! Surely the rest of us could do it as well!!

Watch the appearance of a mom from Stampin’ Up! and her daughter on a local Utah TV show encouraging parents to give their children some alternative ideas for summer fun besides being in the digital world constantly. Click HERE to watch the show segment!

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Paper Pumpkin January 2016 by Stampin’ Up!

Don’t look if you haven’t received or opened your Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit yet!

Mine is still unopened in the box, but it was a busy week and I think this weekend might be a good time for some Paper Pumpkin time! Don’t delay too long with your kit as there is a time factor involved! And I have to remind myself of this, too — you can use the stamp set that comes in the kit for other stamping projects! I often use it for the kit project and then put it away!  I missed out on using the greetings in one kit on other cards for a holiday because I just didn’t think about it!  Some people store their photopolymer Paper Pumpkin stamps in the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Photo Pocket Pages and then in an album for easy access. I think I need to get organized and do that!

OK, so if you are still reading then you probably want to see what the Stampin’ Up! January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit is all about!  Here is the Stampin’ Up! video that shows how to put the kit together. Keep in mind, with each kit you can follow the directions….or not!  Sometimes you can make part of the kit as they describe and then make alternate projects with the remainder of the pieces.  It just depends. Each month’s  kit is different! And I love that Stampin’ Up! provides a video to watch, if you want, for each kit. So besides reading the directions, you can also watch how to make the kit.

If you would like to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit in your mailbox once a month (or whenever you choose), the best deal right now during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion is to order the 3-Month Prepaid Subscription and save $5. This will qualify you for a free Sale-A-Bration item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! I recommend adding some other products to your order because you will be paying the normal $6.95 minimum Stampin’ Up! shipping for your free SAB item. Might as well get some adhesive and Paper Snips or ribbon or cardstock along with it to make the shipping worthwhile! That’s my opinion anyway!

When you order before the 10th of any month, you will receive that month’s kit!  So order before February 10th and get the February kit.  Order later in February and you will receive the March kit.  Whatever you prefer.  Once you have subscribed, if you want to pause (or, heaven forbid, cancel!) your subscription, just do it before the 10th of the month because Paper Pumpkin starts shipping out around the middle of the month.

You can order extras for gifts! On the prepaid kits, you will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! telling you have to set up and activate your account with a special code.

If you prefer, there is still the monthly subscription HERE.

Either way, I think you will really enjoy the thrill of getting that Paper Pumpkin box in your mail every month!  And who doesn’t need some “happy mail” once a month!

Save $5 on a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription

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Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week and always check the Clearance Rack! And for every $50 you spend with Stampin’ Up! through March 31, 2016 you will get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! (Some products are only available until February 15th and then a few new products will be introduced!)

Cyber Monday! Stampin’ Up! Flash Sale & Online Extravaganza Last Day!

Stampin' Up! Flash Sale Nov 30 2015

It’s Cyber Monday and today is the last day for the full Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza, plus a Flash Sale all day today (while supplies last!)!

Be sure to use the Bundle numbers to order.

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 50% Off

C’Mon, You Gotta Click HERE!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 40% Off

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 30% Off

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 20% Off

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See the whole PDF list of the sale HERE!

My Recommendations (hard to choose!): 

Shop the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza HERE now all day,

while supplies last!

Project Life Let’s Get Away Bundle

Project Life Let's Get Away Bundle

Summer vacation is coming to an end soon with the start of school!  Are your photos just on your phone and you’re only going to enjoy them when you happen to scroll through your pictures looking for something else?

I have a better solution! Print those photos right away! Then order the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Let’s Get Away Bundle and save 15%. Also order an album or at least the Page Protectors, whatever size you like. Maybe start with a Variety Pack of 6″ x 8″Choose the photos you want to include and insert them into the pockets. Add the Project Life cards and some journaling. If you want, add some stamping and maybe embellishments with the Accessory Pack included in the Bundle! Such cute items in there always!  These Project Life products are nearly irresistible!!

I’m working on choosing my vacation photos to be printed.  And then I’ll use Project Life to make a fun scrapbook of our trip! Easy with no scrapbook page designing. But if you do like traditional scrapbooking, you can still use some of the Project Life cards and embellishments on your traditional pages.

You’ll have fun preserving your memories and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction once your album is complete. And if you haven’t gone on your trip yet, make the basics of the album first and it will be ready to just add your photos and journaling when you get home!

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Jump Into Project Life By Stampin’ Up! With Moments Like These

Project Life Moments Like These Cards

Stampin’ Up!, as you know, has partnered with Becky Higgins and Project Life to provide us with these wonderful kits for memory-keeping! These special kits coordinate with our Stampin’ Up! colors and come with an optional accessory pack plus coordinating stamp set. When you buy the Bundle (the card collection, the accessory pack and the stamp set) you save 15%!

The Project Life by Stampin’ Up! system is easy!  Just gather your photos, insert them into the pocket pages, add some of the cards to decorate or explain, write in some journaling, and you are done!  Now if you like, add some stamping and add some embellishments with any of your stamping supplies or use the too cute accessory pack that coordinates with each card collection. Do as little or as much as you like.

Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins featured the new Moments Like These set on their blogs! Check out Becky’s post HERE.