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Circle of Spring Embossed Wreath Watercolor Thank You Card

Circle of Spring Embossed Wreath Watercolor Thank You Card

This Circle of Spring Embossed Wreath Watercolor Thank You Card seems perfect for spring! Doesn’t the watercolor look just feel like spring? I found this watercolored and embossed piece laying in a pile of odds and ends because there was a little imperfection in the embossing. Do you have a little pile of pieces that maybe you punched out but didn’t use or scraps of cardstock or something you stamped and then didn’t need?

The focal point of this card is a layer of Watercolor Paper watercolored with several colors, perhaps with the acetate sheet method I think in my last newsletter. Then I used Versamark Ink to stamp the wreath from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set and embossed with the Heat Tool and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I recommend when you stamp or stamp to emboss on Watercolor Paper that you make sure your ink pad is juicy and make sure you give your stamp a good press on the paper since the paper is a little bit textured compared to regular card stock. To color the flowers and leaves of the wreath use either light-colored Stampin’ Write Markers or use the Aqua Painter and pick up small amounts of ink either from the ink pad or from a drop of ink refill.

The bow is stamped and diecut and actually trimmed a little bit with scissors to get off the excess white border. The small butterfly is punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch out of a scrap of watercolored paper that was lying around on my table.  The little turquoise rhinestones are actually some “contraband” I had in the drawer, but you can use your Stampin’ Up! Rhinestones and color them with Sharpie Markers to color them, or use the Blendabilities if you happen to have those that Stampin’ Up! used to carry.

The card base is Melon Mambo and the layer is Tempting Turquoise. There are several different greetings that come in the Circle of Spring Stamp Set so you can have your choice. You can use the Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies to cut out the wreath, bow, and hanger.

The wreath in the Circle of Spring Stamp Set will make a beautiful card for you whether you just stamp or emboss, watercolor or not. Make it look like spring or another season by the colors you use on the wreath and the rest of your card or project.

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Check the Retiring Products that are available this month while supplies last!

It’s the Last Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

 Last Week for Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Stampin’ Up! is changing things up!  This will be the last week for the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals as we know them. In the future, Stampin’ Up! will periodically have “Special Offers”. And of course there is still the Clearance Rack for bargains.

One of my favorite products is on the Weekly Deals:  the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!! And stars are so versatile!  They can be used for birthdays, congratulations, graduation, just for you, any occasion almost!  Be sure to take note of the Stars Framelits Dies!

Click on any of the photos below to see the product! You’ve got to add some of these items to your order this week!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly News and Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Banner

Last week Stampin’ Up! announced there were changes coming to the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and now we know! This week and next week are the last two weeks for Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals as we have known them.  Instead, Stampin’ Up! will have “Special Offers” every few months with more products and price tiers than the Weekly Deals. Plus, there is still the Clearance Rack. But in the meantime, we DO still have Weekly Deals and a LOT of them this week!  These deals are good today through April 11. Click on the Weekly Deals below!

Do You Need Trimmer Blades???  I Do!!

Trimmer Blades

We received a shipment of Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blades (item 126995) and they will be available to order beginning today, April 5, at 12:00 (noon) (MT).

Keep in mind that when this supply of blades is depleted, they will return to “not orderable” status until we receive the next shipment. The supply we’re receiving would typically last one month; however, we expect that the blades will run out much faster since they haven’t been orderable for several weeks.

Retirement Coming Soon!

Not mine, (at least I hope not!), but the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List! Retiring products from the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog will be posted sometime on April 18. In May, I’ll be able to start sending out new catalogs to my customers. If you do not have a Demonstrator you are working with and would like a catalog when they are available, please contact me. I would love to be your Demonstrator!

From past experience we know that certain items on the Retirement List can go fast, so I urge you to perhaps order anything you really want out of these current catalogs ahead of time or be ready to order that first day the list comes out. This is usually especially true of the retiring In Colors and ink refills. You just never know, so just something to keep in mind!

That’s it for today!  Check out those Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and order those extra Trimmer Blades if you need them!

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Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Videos of Newest Products

Tomorrow is the last day for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration! In case you missed the three new products Stampin’ Up! added to the Sale-A-Bration choices, maybe you want to take a look at these videos! Check out the flyer of the products after the videos down the page!

Sale-A-Bration New Products 1

Sale-A-Bration New Products 2

Sale-A-Bration New Products (February 2016)

Original Sale-A-Bration Brochure


Stampin’ Up! News and Deals

To celebrate ONE MILLION PAPER PUMPKIN KITS being shipped, the April Paper Pumpkin Kit will have a special gift in it!  An bonus stamp set, called “All About Everything” valued at $17! If you want to receive this April kit and the surprise stamp set, be sure you sign up by April 10th! Don’t delay and forget! Join Paper Pumpkin HERE for the monthly kit OR purchase the 3-month Prepaid Subscription on your regular Stampin’ Up! order to get Sale-A-Bration credit. No risk, no obligation. Pause your subscription for a month or two if need be and then resume! Every month is a surprise and a crafting treat in the mail for you!

Try Paper Pumpkin in April and get an extra free stamp set in your kit!

Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase any past kits or refills that are available!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 29 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today, March 29 – April 4. If you like making little boxes you are in luck with the Gift Box Punch Board and the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die. So many fun things you can make with these! The Leaflets Framelits Dies are great to have especially is you are making any fall scrapbook pages and the Hearth & Home Thinlits are fun to play with as you make scenes out the window! And for some bling, how about some Metal Rimmed Pearls for your projects?!

Stampin’ Up! says changes are coming to Weekly Deals so stay tuned next week when we find out what they have in mind!

OMG!  Sale-A-Bration ending March 31st!

Just purchase $50 or more from Stampin’ Up! by March 31 and choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!  No limit! Shop in multiples of $50 and get more free items!!

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure

New Sale-A-Bration Items Added in February

Stampin’ Up! Deals and Paper Pumpkin News!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Mar 22 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 22 – 28, 2016. If you need something new to pretty up your cards and projects, here are some fun embellishments – or maybe you want to stock up! Gold Glitter, Pearls, Satin Ribbon, White Accents and a very pretty corner punch! These embellishments are all very inexpensive, so add one or more to your Stampin’ Up! order to reach $50 or $100 or $150 or any multiple of $50 to qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration items. Hard to believe, but Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31 and that is in only a bit over a week!  Where has March gone??!

One Million Paper Pumpkin Kits!!

Paper Pumpkin Million Kits

Congratulations to Paper Pumpkin! Not only was it Paper Pumpkin’s 3rd Birthday, but the millionth kit was shipped this month!  I wonder who got it! Maybe it was mine (we all said!!)!

To celebrate, the April Paper Pumpkin Kit will have a special gift in it!  An bonus stamp set, called “All About Everything” valued at $17! If you want to receive this kit and the surprise stamp set, be sure you sign up by April 10th! You have some time to think about it but don’t delay and forget! Join Paper Pumpkin HERE for the monthly kit OR purchase the 3-month Prepaid Subscription on your regular Stampin’ Up! order to get Sale-A-Bration credit. No risk, no obligation. Pause your subscription for a month or two if need be and then resume! Every month is a surprise and a crafting treat in the mail for you!

Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase any past kits or refills that are available!



Punch Art Tulips with the Bird Punch

Punch Art Tulips with the Bird Punch

I was simply going to make a card for spring using the Bird Builder Punch to make punch art tulips. All you have to do is punch three of the leaves and layer them to look like tulips! As I started making the tulips and placing them on a Whisper White background, I somehow came up with this idea, tulips in a window box perhaps hanging on a wooden fence!

I put my Whisper White cardstock away, and got out Crumb Cake. I stamped with my Hardwood Background Stamp to make it look like a wood fence (everyone has wood privacy fences in Houston). It wasn’t quite wide enough so I did have to stamp again on the edge, but I got lucky and was able to line it up perfectly (or you could cut your paper a little narrower!). For the flower box, I used Sahara Sand cardstock and sponged it with a little green ink and Sahara Sand to give it that distressed look, like it had been hanging outside for awhile and had some mold or whatever growing on it! You can just clip the ends at a little bit of an angle to give it that look of a planter. For the scalloped edge, I used the scalloped square framelit in the Squares Collection Framelits Dies.  You could also use the retired punch with the scallop edge if you have that.

For the tulip leaves, I punched more leaves with the Bird Punch and just hand cut them about in half to look like those long narrow leaves tulips have. And to maybe look like some vines hanging out of the planter box, I punched some of the stems with the Bird Punch also.

I hope you had a nice first day of spring yesterday, but it sounds like lots of parts of the country were not so springlike, including here in Houston where it had been in the 80’s just a couple of days ago. Yesterday it was pretty chilly, and this morning it was even colder! But I’ll be wishing I could have that cold weather in August when the heat is unbearable!

Sometimes you just have to get out your stamping supplies and tools and see what happens!

Don’t forget, today is the last day for the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Check them out and add them to your order. And Sale-A-Bration is quickly coming to an end, so make sure your order is at least $50 to earn your FREE Sale-A-Bration product – or $100 for two free SAB products and so on.  No limit!

With it being spring officially and Easter coming up on Sunday, it would be perfect to try your hand at making some Punch Art Tulips with the Bird Punch.

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 15 – 21, 2016.  Lots of interesting things this week!

The Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment is very pretty and fun to use to make flowers, pom poms, treat bags, envelopes, lots of things! You get four each of these pretty colors: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, and Watermelon Wonder, all in 12″ x 12″ sheets. Use the Fringe Scissors with it to make certain flowers to fringe on projects!

The Festive Flower Punch was first introduced in the past Holiday Catalog for making poinsettias. But now, in the Occasions Catalog, it coordinates with the Friends and Flowers Stamp Set. And in fact, you CAN still purchase the Reason for the Season Stamp Set to go with the punch as it was carried over to the Occasions Catalog. It’s actually cheaper if you want the Bundle with the stamp set and punch, to purchase the Reason for the Season Photopolymer Bundle, than to get them separately even with the punch on sale!

The Fringe Scissors are just a fun tool to own! I used mine the other day, not for grass, not for flowers, not for fringe – but for shredding!! I had just a few papers going in the trash that I thought might be better if I shredded part of the personal info on them. Being too lazy to go drag out the shredder, I just used my Fringe Scissors to cut up the papers! You wouldn’t want to tackle a whole stack of paper this way, but it worked for the little bit I had! Just cut both ways and you have teeny tiny pieces. Or make confetti this way!!

The Gold Foil Sheets I have used a lot in my projects!  Sometimes it is nice just to have that little bit of gold on a card or project! Get some extra at this price just to keep on hand for when the need arises! (The Silver Foil Sheets are also pictured but this deal is just on the Gold sheets.)

The Happy Patterns Decorative Masks are just one of those extras you might enjoy playing with. Use the masks (stencils) to decorate backgrounds for a little extra fun! Spritz or rub on color or use in various other ways. Not an essential, but if you are a little more artsy, you might having another tool in your Stampin’ Up! arsenal!

Only two more weeks left of Sale-A-Bration! Go over your Wish List and see what else you want while you can get something for FREE with a $50 purchase – with EACH $50 purchase!  No limit! At $150 you will receive Hostess Benefits as well, even without hosting a party! If you need just a little extra to reach the $50, consider something from the Clearance Rack or the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals.

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Stampin’ Up! Deals & Offers

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 8 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 8 – 14. Be sure to check them out and add them to your Stampin’ Up! order!  They count toward Sale-A-Bration! If nothing else, I KNOW you need to stock up on the Rhinestone Basic Jewels!  They go with everything!

Paper Pumpkin 3 Year Birthday

If you aren’t already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, now’s the time to join! This month is Paper Pumpkin’s 3rd Birthday! Get the special blue box seen above this month to commemorate the big birthday! (Normally it is a red box!) You’ll still be able to spot the pretty blue box in your mailbox when your Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit arrives!  Everything is included for the project, and with your first kit, you will receive an acrylic block to mount your stamps.

Each Paper Pumpkin kit includes an exclusive stamp set, an ink spot, and all the materials you need for the project, whatever it is!  Each month is a surprise! Paper Pumpkin is for everyone – crafter/non-crafter, young/old, stamper/non-stamper, etc!

Click this link HERE for more information and to join by the month.  You can “Pause” your subscription at any time or even cancel if you must. Otherwise, sit back and watch your mailbox for your monthly kit!  Shipping is included in the price! Be sure to subscribe by March 10 to receive this special blue box with the March Kit.  They ship mid-March!

If you prefer, purchase a 3-month Prepaid Subscription that you add to your Stampin’ Up! order, which counts toward Sale-A-Bration and any Hostess benefits! Save $5 on the 3-month Prepaid Subscription. Click this link HERE for more information about prepaid subscriptions!

Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase any past kits or refills (depending on availability) that you may have missed!

Join Paper Pumpkin TODAY – for sure by March 10th – to celebrate with Paper Pumpkin!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack! Always check it before you finalize your order to see if there is anything new or to get some great deals! Sometimes you need just a couple dollars to reach your Sale-A-Bration offer or hostess benefits and maybe something cheap on the Clearance Rack will be just the thing! Check out some of the Project Life Accessory Packs on the Clearance Rack. Even if you aren’t scrapbooking, they are fun for cards or other projects!

#imbringingbirthdaysback Stamp

Announced last week, but sold out immediately, Stampin’ Up! manufactured MORE of the #imbringingbirthdaysback Single Wood-Mount StampEncourage yourself and others to make and mail out birthday cards (and any other occasions!) to your friends and family so they receive some REAL MAIL in their mailbox, especially on their special day!  Facebook greetings may be nice and simple and better than nothing, but nothing beats a real card in the mail! And who is better suited to do this than us stampers and papercrafters! Get this stamp and stamp it on the envelope or back of the card! You know everything is about the hashtag (#) these days!!

#imbringingbirthdaysback Single Wood-Mount Stamp  Item #143573  $12.00

Find it under “Stamps” > “Wood Mount”

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration may seem like it goes on forever, but it does come to an end on March 31! Don’t miss it! Receive a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure or one of the three new products with every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up! products. Two free with a $100 purchase! Three free with a $150 product PLUS Hostess Benefits! And on and on! Ask some friends and go in together!

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March Comes in Like a Lion Playful Pals Card and Pyramid Box

March Comes in Like a Lion Playful Pals Card and Pyramid Box

The saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” I don’t know if that saying will be true today or not for where I live and where you live, but I made some lions with the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle of stamps and dies in honor of March 1st.


Help Bring Birthdays Back!

Maybe you recall THIS STORY posted on the Stampin’ Up! blog a little while ago about Shannon West, an employee at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, realizing that people were just posting their holiday and birthday greetings on social media and not sending cards, and she decided to do something about it.  Stampin’ Up! joined in and now we have a new stamp that you can purchase and use on your cards or envelopes as Shannon is doing!

Here is a photo Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, posted on Facebook yesterday of the new stamp.  You can put Item #143573 on your Stampin’ Up! order.  The cost is $12.00. Right now it says the stamp is on backorder, but if you want it, I would put it on your order anyway. Maybe they just don’t have them all delivered to the warehouse yet for shipping.




Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals
Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 1 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 1 through Monday, March 7, 2016. I think the main thing I would want if you don’t already have it is the Tin of Cards Project Kit. This kit is featured on the front cover of the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. As soon as I saw the tin, I knew I wanted the kit, and the cards are cute too!  You can make the cards and then wait to attach the greeting for when you need a card and then you can choose what you need. The tin also has dividers so you can store additional cards.  All the other products make stamping more fun, too!


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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals February 23 2016 & Paper Pumpkin

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 23 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for you!  These are good today through Monday, February 29. Wow!  February is almost gone, and it is a Leap Year so we get an extra day in February!

This week we have a flower punch, the Flower Medallion Punch, that coordinates with the flower in Crazy About You. You can also use it to punch cardstock or designer paper to make a multitude of flowers!  The Happy Heart Embossing Folder just got a workout for Valentine’s Day, but of course hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day!  You can use it for any sweet card, birthdays, anniversaries, all occasions really.  The Stars Framelits Dies are great to have on hand!  I’m a big believer in having “stars” to use on all kinds of cards such as congratulations, graduation, kids’ cards, 4th of July, birthdays – you name it!

We also have the 2015-17 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers on sale!  I use my markers a lot in various projects.  And if you don’t own all the ink colors, you can get by with the markers.  Just color directly on the stamp with the marker. And if you like buttons, we have the Classy Designer Buttons which are a vanilla color. Great neutral to use for many projects, but if you prefer, color them with Sharpies for a custom color.

Stampin' Up! Star Framelits 4th of July Card

Paper Pumpkin Sale for Sale-A-Bration

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase refills of the February kit. This is a really pretty kit so you might want to add a refill to your regular order. Stampin’ Up! is also starting to send out a special Paper Pumpkin newsletter by email to Paper Pumpkin subscribers so watch for that!  Not a subscriber yet??  Add a 3-month Prepaid Subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order if you are ordering anyway and since it is over $50 you qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration choice. If you just want to try month to month, you can find more information and join HERE.  You can cancel or just pause your subscription at any time.  Join now so you will receive the March Kit!

Sale-A-Bration continues!!  Get a FREE product with every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase! 

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 9 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today through Monday, February 15, 2016. The Blossom Bunch Punch is currently in the Occasions Catalog on page 22 and coordinates with the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set. I’ve loved all the Sequin Trim that has been offered!  It often just adds that extra little bling and texture to a card or project that puts it over the top! The Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies make small box-making easier.  You can see some samples in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 59. Just check out the Weekly Deals and see if you want to add any to your order. Always nice to get Stampin’ Up! products at a discount!

Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack, too!

Paper Pumpkin Sale for Sale-A-Bration

If you would like to receive the Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit in YOUR mailbox in a week or so, sign up today or tomorrow.  You can sign up for just a month HERE for only $19.95 which includes shipping OR you can order a 3-Month Prepaid Subscription on your regular Stampin’ Up! order and save $5. This will also qualify you for a free Sale-A-Bration product that you choose from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Just join Paper Pumpkin by Feb. 10th in order to receive February’s kit!

Sale-A-Bration is ongoing! Time is flying! Be sure to place your $50 order or multiples of $50 to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product for each $50 spent! Remember, if your order reaches $150 you also get Hostess Rewards! And during Sale-A-Bration, if your order reaches $250 you get an EXTRA $25 in Hostess Dollars with which to choose MORE products!  Get some friends together and take their orders to reach those benefits. Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions count toward all of this, too!

Speaking of Sale-A-Bration! Some new product choices are coming! Here is a flyer with the upcoming new products available February 16. Click HERE. If you want any of these current limited products, be sure to get your order in by then:

  • Sky Is the Limit Stamp Set
  • Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper
  • Hello Stamp Set

I hope you are stamping and mailing some Valentines today!  Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14th!

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Valentine Heart Treat Bag

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Heart BagIf you have ever considered getting the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! now is the time because they are discounted on the Weekly Deals! Quickly and easily make cute little treat bags for candy, gift cards, small gifts, or even as an envelope to hold a card. They can be for any occasion and thanks to creative people who figure these things out, you can even make them into different sizes!  You just need to die cut with the Big Shot the one main front piece that has one of the back sides attached, plus the other back side. Score, fold, and glue and you have a cute treat bag!

As a bonus, you get all kinds of extra pieces to die cut to make embellishments for your treat bag or to use on other projects.

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Pieces

My Mini Treat Bag I made with Rose Red card stock because it coordinates with the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack that I used inside the heart window.  I used the heart die to cut that window and then just adhered a piece of the Love Blossoms paper on the inside before I glued the bag.

Mini Treat Bag Window Inside

Mini Treat Bag Window

Next just decorate your treat bag with any embellishments or die cut some of the pieces that came in your set for whatever occasion you are making this for! This bag I made could be for Valentine’s Day but doesn’t have to be. Make a separate card to slip inside and have the whole thing be a card rather than a bag. Fold over the top and make a bellyband to make it an enclosure. Just have fun with it and you will!!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and all the good products of Stampin’ Up! HERE in my Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal Feb 2 2016

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 2 2016
How exciting to see one of my favorite products on these Weekly Deals! Can you guess what it is??  It’s the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies! I love making the mini treat bags, but they’re not just “treat bags”!  You can use them as cards or gift card holders or vary the size and shape, whatever your creative mind comes up with! Plus you get all kinds of extra dies to use not just with these bags but any time (I need to remember that!!). Save $10 this week if you want to purchase these fun dies!

The Decorative Label Punch has always been a favorite so if it’s not in your collection already, you might want to put it on your order. The Gold 1/8″ Ribbon is one I have used a LOT!  Being so thin you can add it as a smaller accent and of course the metallic gold color really adds an oomph to your project!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack items all count toward Sale-A-Bration, the popular Stampin’ Up! promotion where you choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure for every $50 you spend with Stampin’ Up! Remember, products on pages 16 – 19 are available only through February 15! After that there will be some NEW items available through the rest of Sale-A-Bration, while supplies last!

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

And one more DEAL to think about!!  If you love crafting, but want to keep it simple or don’t have many supplies, or like a surprise, or even if you have an overflowing craft room, don’t forget about the Prepaid 3-Month Paper Pumpkin Subscription.  Save $5 during Sale-A-Bration and you will qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration product! Put the subscription on your regular Stampin’ Up! order and choose your free Sale-A-Bration product from the brochure. (I suggest ordering other things along with the subscription because you will pay minimum shipping for the SAB item even though the item is free.) Once you are a subscriber, you can order any past kits or refills that are still available. If you order by February 10th, you will receive the February Kit that goes out mid-February! This is also good to add to your order and perhaps reach Hostess Benefits! Stampin’ Up! will email me you a code and tell you how to activate your account!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Catalog Begin Today!

Stampin' Up! Occasions Spring 2016 Catalog

Sale-A-Bration 2016 Catalog

Today is the day!  The Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions Catalog 2016 has gone live as well as the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration!  Be sure to check out these online catalogs today!  If you would like hard copies and do not have a Demonstrator, I would be happy to mail some to you.  Just email me at

Sale-A-Bration has long been a very special promotion from Stampin’ Up! And boy, has it grown in the years I have been a Demonstrator! During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you spend on catalog product (from ANY of the current catalogs, my Online Store, or Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals), you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Brochure! And who doesn’t love free??!!

To clear up some confusion:  You do not have to purchase any specific products listed in the SAB Brochure in order to get a certain free product. Where it lists current product, those are just suggestions for the sample project. Just spend $50 with Stampin’ Up! and choose anything marked FREE in the SAB Catalog.

This year there are some products only available until February 15 and then there will be some new products coming February 16th!  Just to keep things fresh and exciting! I’ll remind you so you don’t miss out!

Have a workshop with your friends or place your own big order of $250 or more and receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!


Want to join the Stampin’ Up! family? Purchase the Starter Kit for only $99 and choose $125 worth of products. But there’s more!! During Sale-A-Bration choose an EXTRA $30 in product! That’s $155 in Stampin’ Up! products for only $99! Email me if I can answer any questions for you or CLICK HERE for more information!

OK, enough reading, go look at the catalogs and go shopping!  Have fun!!

Shop Stampin’ Up! for new products in the Occasions Catalog and then choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration items for EVERY $50 you spend!  No limits!

Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card

Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card

Before we get totally inundated in Christmas, after watching all the Star Wars movie promotions on TV I remembered I had made this Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card for my favorite son-in-law (my ONLY son-in-law, but a favorite nonetheless!). I’m trying to get slightly interested in Star Wars so perhaps I will go see the movie with my family at Christmas so I will know what everyone is talking about. I did see the first Star Wars movie way back when so I slightly know about the characters and such. Sometimes you just have to keep up with this stuff!

I found this idea to make R2D2 character on Pinterest or somewhere. I don’t think there were specific directions and when I made this card I was in a hurry to get it in the mail that day so I was lucky I remembered to take a photo of it, so unfortunately I can’t say for sure what size punches I used, but I am confident you can figure it out from the photo!

The head, of course, are two circle punches, the bottom blue piece another circle but trimmed into the shape shown. The body was probably just a rectangle with rounded corners on the bottom, punched with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.  The arms are made with the Word Window Punch (talk about a handy punch!) and the hands are just little scraps cut by hand. The little circles are probably cut with the Owl Punch (another super-useful punch). The background of the card is Basic Black card stock embossed with the Decorative Dots Folder.

If you want to see other Star Wars cards I have made, check THIS POST for a Yoda card and THIS POST for a Yoda and Darth Vader card.

Shop at Stampin’ Up! Online if you need any of the punches or materials to make this Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card or contact me if you have any questions or need help with your order.

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

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 20% Off

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See the whole PDF list of the sale HERE!

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Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box, Card and Envelope

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box Card Envelope

Today is the day, the day the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins! And to show off some of the products available on the special, especially the first 24-Hour Flash Sale for Monday, November 23, I made a few projects with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, the Gift Box Punch Board, and the Envelope Punch Board, plus the Bow Builder Punch!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Mon Nov 23

On the 24-Hour Flash Sale, you can purchase any 3 of the listed Designer Series Papers and then get a 4th one free! These are the designer papers shown in the Annual Catalog on pages 142-143.  You can also get the Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit, even if you are not a subscriber (yet!) for half price!  What a deal! And the Gift Box Punch Board and Envelope Punch Board are also on sale for 30% off! Those deals are only available today, Monday, and only while supplies last.

This sale begins at midnight Utah time (Mountain time) and runs for 24 hours for the first Flash Sale, but through November 30th for the entire sale!  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s answer to Black Friday!

But there are LOTS of other products on sale on the Online Extravaganza so be sure to check the entire 3 page list!!  Think what you could give others as a gift or what items you could use for gift-wrapping (lots of things!!), or simply what things YOU want!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza List HERE!

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You can add any other items to your order as well, including products from the Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to check out the products that will retire at the end of the Holiday Catalog. Also check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack!

For any more details, read THIS POST.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Flash Sale today and make your own gift box, card and matching envelope, then place your order today!

Make A Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Make this beautiful Christmas card using the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies with red-striped Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and the shiny Red Foil Sheets.  The card base is made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and layered with regular Whisper White Card Stock.  The striped vellum is then attached to the regular card stock using Glue Dots underneath the stripes to try to hide the adhesive. I popped up this layer (the Whisper White plus the vellum) on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

In order to cut the Delicate Ornaments with the Big Shot, I used the dryer sheet and waxed paper technique!  I do not (yet) own the Precision Base Plate in the Holiday Catalog.  I had heard both good and bad about it, and of course I had plenty of other products I wanted to order from the Holiday Catalog.  Even I can’t have everything! But recently I have heard very good things about this plate and might be inclined to put it on an order soon. It is supposed to help greatly cutting out these intricate dies with all the little pieces. But today I used this sandwich:

  • Magnetic Platform (or regular platform)
  • Dryer sheet (new) (can be used over and over)
  • Card stock (in this case, the red foil)
  • Wax Paper (you could also try Parchment Paper)
  • Thinlit (cutting edge down)
  • Top cutting pad

I ran this through and rolled it right back again, then ran it through and back again. This worked perfectly, I only had a very few pieces to poke out of the ornaments, no problem at all. The design is so intricate that you really don’t even notice if a few tiny pieces do not all come out. I used some tiny pieces I cut from Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the ornaments on the red striped foil. Then I tied little bows from the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon.  The silver ribbon would have been pretty also.

The greeting is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool.  The stamp is from the To You & Yours Too Photopolymer Stamp Set.

It’s time to be making Christmas cards, if you haven’t already! Try these intricate dies and shiny paper to make a Delicate Ornaments Christmas card that will wow your friends!

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New Stampin’ Up! Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 17 2015Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for November 17 -23.  Need a Christmas stamp set? Choose the Jolly Christmas stamp set with the reindeer and plenty of greetings.  Get the Season of Cheer Cardstock Pack so you have Christmas colors handy. The Season to Season Wreath Kit can be changed out (the center garland) for different seasons.  I also saw online a cone tree decorated party with the paper leaves from the wreath kit for something different. And then we have the Snow Friends Framelits Dies that coordinate with the cute Snow Place Photopolymer Stamp Set.

If you want any of these items, just add them to your order or place a separate order.  Also, keep in mind the products Stampin’ Up! has listed as “retiring” from the Holiday Catalog. This means that these products will not carry over after the deadline from the Holiday Catalog so if you want any of them and have put off ordering, be sure to get them ordered pretty soon. Unfortunately, the accessories will only be available while supplies last as there is not enough time for reordering by Stampin’ Up! However, stamp sets will continue to be made until December 28 since Stampin’ Up! makes the stamps themselves.

Holiday Catalog Goodbye Adieu

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