Category Archives: Tools and Accessories

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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Thankful Gift Bag

Thankful Gift Bag

The other day I had pulled out a past gift bag project as inspiration for something else I was making with a friend, and looking at that project inspired me to make this Thankful Gift Bag. So you never know where inspiration will strike!  I updated this gift bag by using the Gift Bag Punch Board. At first, though, I had pulled out the Gift BOX Punch Board and was wondering why this bag was not likely to come out right as I started to use the wrong punch board!! I wasted a few pieces of paper on that one!  Anyway, it’s easy to make a gift bag with the Gift BAG Punch Board.

You choose the size bag you want by the measurement you want on the bottom of the bag. Then you can make it any length (tallness) you want. This is a very basic bag with Soft Suede Cardstock. I think I would have liked it more with a little stamping or embossing, but sometimes plain is okay too. The tag on the front is stamped with a greeting from the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  I used different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the stamp with multiple colors.  Just remember to “huff” (breathe) on the stamp after coloring with markers to remoisten the ink before you stamp. Then I stamped the acorns in the For All Things Stamp Set  (a beautiful fall stamp set from last year, still current, in the Annual Catalog).  I cut out a couple of the acorns and adhered them to my greeting, which was die cut with the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.

Use this Thankful Gift Bag to tuck in a little gift for a hostess when you go out during the holiday season.

Gift Bag Punch Board

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 10 2015

Some interesting Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals today, right out of the Holiday Catalog (mostly!)! The pretty Metallic Foil Doilies are in the Annual Catalog. You can use the two punches, the Snow Flurry Punch and the Festive Flower Builder Punch for your holiday cards right now. You can also get these punches in bundles with the coordinating stamp set if you prefer.  And then there are the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies if you love Christmas trees!  And who doesn’t?! Check out these deals and see if you want to add them to your order!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video about using the Festive Flower Builder Punch!

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal Nov 3 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 3 2015


Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for November 3 – 9.  Add one or more of these to your order and get some good deals!  The Old Olive Baker’s Twine will come in handy on those fall and holiday cards and projects, as well as the Flower Medallion Punch.  And the Piercing Pack and the Masks are extras that we don’t think of using as often as we should just to add a little something different to our projects.  Try them at a discount!

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New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal Oct. 13

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 13 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for October 13, 2015 through Monday, October 19. Just a few things this week to avoid any backorder situations, Stampin’ Up! says. The buttons, pearls and seam binding ribbon are always good to have on hand for that finishing touch for a project.  Sometimes you just need some little thing when you are creating and how good to pick up some embellishments at a discount?!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Speaking of saving money, don’t forget (like I do!) to check out the Clearance Rack before you finalize your order.

If you need a Halloween decoration, the Frightful Wreath Kit is available from last year and I remember mine was fun to make last year and everyone LOVED the beaded spider! So pick that up soon so you can make it for this Halloween!

Stampin' Up! Frightful Wreath

As I look through the Clearance Rack RIGHT NOW – and it can change at any moment! – I can see several things I would recommend that you pick up for the upcoming holidays just to have on hand!  Click on any item below for more information!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for Oct 6 – 12, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 6 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Purchase these items at a discount while supplies last today through Monday, October 12. These are always a good chance to pick up some accessories at a lower price!  Maybe you can use the Gusseted Cellophane Bags for Halloween treats or birthday parties or stock up for the holidays. And there are LOTS of ideas for using the Hamburger Box Die. Of course sequins are big right now as are metallics so you have both in the Metallics Sequin Assortment. And did you know the White Perfect Accents can also be colored with Sharpie Markers if you want accents in different colors than white? I admit, it took me awhile to get used to the Fast Fuse Adhesive, but now I really like to use it. Make sure you have the main Fast Fuse Adhesive before you stock up on the Refills available on the Deals! If you want some tape adhesive that HOLDS, this is it!

Here’s a fall box I made last year with the Hamburger Box Die and the For All Things Stamp Set.

Hamburger Box Die Fall Box For All Things

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How to Make Cotton Paper Flowers with the Floral Framelits

The Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies are on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal this week, and you will probably want them after you watch this video! This video uses the new Stampin’ Up! Cotton Paper in the new Annual Catalog, but you could also use card stock or colored tissue paper or whatever you like.  The Cotton Paper comes in an assortment of pretty colors as you see in this video.  It is lightweight but sturdy so good for a project like this where you want it to not be too heavy but hold up while making it!

We Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who have seen Bonnie (in this video) present on stage just love her and her humor. But there is a catch to this video! Be sure to watch it all the way through! I think you will enjoy the project! It might even take you back to your childhood when you made paper flowers out of tissue paper or kleenex!

The Floral Frames Framelits will make making cotton paper flowers easy!

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Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag for a Treat

Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag for a Treat

Make a fun Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag that you can use for a treat or any little gift. Grab a piece of the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board and you will quickly have a little gift bag all scored and cut and ready to be assembled. Directions are right on the Gift Bag Punch Board, but you can also watch a Stampin’ Up! video on how to use the board. Once you do it, you will get the hang of it! I made a Medium size bag with just a 4″ strip of the designer paper. I could have made it taller. I used the new Tear & Tape Adhesive to put the bag together.

After I made the bag, the fun began with decorating it!  You can punch holes with the punch board in the top for ribbon, but I left mine plain and then decided to add a folded strip of Rich Razzleberry to the top and closed the top with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler. I like a little purple on Halloween things! I definitely wanted to use the new Spider Web Doilies in the new Holiday Catalog. They are pretty large so I was able to cut one smaller to fit my bag, and now I have another piece left for another project! Next I used the Howl-o-ween Treat Stamp Set to stamp a little spider for the web and a little jack-o-lantern. I cut both of them out after stamping with my Paper Snips, forgetting that there are the Boo To You Framelits Dies that I could have used!!  Oh well!  The pumpkin is layered on a white circle punch and the Scallop Circle Punch in Rich Razzleberry. The greeting in the set was too large, so I finally thought of using a small one from the And Many More Stamp Set. And why not add a few Rhinestone Jewels just for fun to the spider web?!

Can you believe it is October already?  I did see my first Halloween decorations in someone’s yard yesterday! It is time to work on Halloween decorations and candy treats and Halloween cards and maybe something like this Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag to hold a treat inside! Just have fun with the season and the theme of Halloween!

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Happy Haunting Gift Bag Punch Board

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 29 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for Tuesday, September 29, 2015 through Monday, October 5. Lots of good accessories on here! Get punchy with the Gift Box Punch Board (handy to have for Christmas wrapping) and the Envelope Punch Board if you want to make pretty envelopes or some custom sized ones. You can actually make other cute things with the Envelope Punch Board, not just envelopes! If you are a gardener or know a gardener, you might like the Handpicked Framelits Dies. Even those I’ve seen used for other things, like the label dies used for labels to tie on a gift bag or candy treat. Use your imagination! The Floral Frames Collections Framelits Dies can make beautiful layered flowers. And if you want to get a head start on Valentine’s Day (of course hearts are good, like stars, for LOTS of things!) get the Happy Heart Embossing Folder. And don’t forget the Hearts Border Punch if you like hearts!

Do you have a Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?  I have a few extras if you would like one mailed to you if you do not already work with a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Or just click the link to view it online.

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Stampin’ Up! Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 22 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for September 22 – 28, 2015. All great items on the deals this week, whether you want some embellishments or framelits (everybody needs stars in their arsenal!) or a flower stamp set. Sequins are “hot” now.  Be sure to order the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen for adhering the sequins easily.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer with Paper Pumpkin

Stampin’ Up! is supporting the fight against breast cancer by donating $1 for every Paper Pumpkin subscriber and $1 for every NEW Paper Pumpkin subscriber to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation if you subscribe by October 10th! Subscribers will receive their papercrafting kit in a limited-edition pink box!

  • Mini spoiler alert! The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but we should probably let you know that it is not a pink project. That’s all we’re saying. ;)

Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes to you  in the mail once a month! All stamps, ink, and supplies are included except possibly adhesive and scissors.  You will be excited for your kit to show up in your mailbox each month and see what project is inside!  No risk, no obligation – you can “pause” or cancel your subscription at any time, just do it before the 10th of any month before the kits ship out.  You will not be billed until your kit ships.  And then you get a cute email from Paper Pumpkin telling you your kit is on its way!

JOIN Paper Pumpkin HERE, especially now, to help people while you have fun stamping!

Sign up before October 10th! The cost of each kit is $19.95 which INCLUDES shipping!  And once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any available full kits or refills from the past.

Paper Pumpkin is FUN!  Just sign up and try it out!  Give yourself a treat!  You deserve it!

Witching Decor Project Kit Witch Hat

If you are interested in this Witching Decor Project Kit, order it right away! Stampin’ Up! says demand is growing the closer we get to fall and Halloween and once they run out there will not be time to order more.  I LOVE this kit and made my witch’s hat in probably about two hours, if that.  It is not difficult.  The most time-consuming part is punching out the die-cut leaves, stamping a little texture (nothing exact) on them, crumpling and stringing. You will also need the Witches’ Night Stamp Set if you want to stamp the Halloween label on the front. But if you want, you can make up something with whatever stamps you have.  But I do love that label as is!

If you like Halloween like I do, you DO want this kit!  But I strongly suggest you order it as soon as possible so you can get one!  I think it is one of the best kits Stampin’ Up! has done.

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Paper Pumpkin Breast Cancer Support

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 15 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for September 15-21, 2015. In my opinion, there are a couple of GREAT deals on here:  the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (one of my favorites!) and the beautiful Butterflies Thinlits Dies. If you don’t own these already, I really think you will like them and get a lot of use out of them. You can use the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits for Halloween coming up for treats, even for Christmas for candy treats, small gifts or gift cards. The sizes of the treat bags can even be varied.  Also, you get so many other pieces to use with the basic treat bag die. And of course I’m sure you’ve seen beautiful cards and projects made with the die cut butterflies. The other items are the buttons, ribbons and Fringe Scissors, all things you can use to enhance the look of your creations! Get the discount while it is available!

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


Stamp Out Breast Cancer with Paper Pumpkin

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going PINK . . . or at least our October boxes are! And because we know our subscribers want to share the love too, we will be making a donation on their behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

To find out about Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting monthly kit that comes in the mail, click HERE.

Stampin’ Up! will donate:
$1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.

Together, we will make a difference!

Here’s how you can help:

Subscribe! If you’re new to Paper Pumpkin, click here to get started. Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you’ll want to hold onto forever-and we’ll donate $2 because you’re new!
Stay active if you’re a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
Spread the word! Help us get as many new subscribers as possible. Every current subscriber adds $1 and for new subscribers it’s doubled, so let’s get the word out and raise as much as possible.
Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.

More About BCRF

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year BCRF has invested $58.6 million in research, to support over 235 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit:

Additional Details:

New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past.
All funds will be donated in US dollars.
Mini spoiler alert! The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but we should probably let you know that it is not a pink project. That’s all we’re saying. ;)
Funds will be donated based on number of subscribers instead of boxes shipped. But, if you want more than one pink box, you can always increase your subscription quantity by logging into your account at before October 10.


A Way to Use Photopolymer Stamps

Photopolymer Stamping Tip

Here’s a way to use photopolymer stamps, certainly not my original idea, but one that I have heard yet never think about using! Put more than one photopolymer stamp on a block! Make your design with the stamp and then place the acrylic clear block on top. Your stamps will be placed exactly where you want them. Depending on your design, you might be able to stamp over and over with the combination of stamps on one block.

In the card above, I have stamped the colored blocks with the rectangle piece in the Layered Letters Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set. Next I laid out the letters I wanted to use exactly where I wanted them placed on the colored rectangles, stamping side down. (The stamps are stained, they don’t have ink on them yet!)

Photopolymer Stamping Tip with Block

After you have your photopolymer stamps laid out how you want them, place the correct size acrylic block right over them to attach to the block for stamping.

Photopolymer Stamping Tip with Stamps on Block

Now with the card I was making with the colored areas I was stamping on, since those area would be differently placed on each card I handstamped, I couldn’t use this same “thanks” stamp set up over and over again.  But if I wanted to stamp just the word “Thanks” over and over, I could place all the letters on the block and stamp over and over for the same look.

Don’t forget, tomorrow, Monday, September 14 is the last day for the current Weekly Deals! Be sure to check them out and see if you want anything!

I hope this way to use photopolymer stamps will stick in your head so if you come upon a stamping situation where it would be handy, you will remember it (better than I do!).

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Stampin’ Up! Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 8 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for September 8 – 14. I would say the highlight is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!  If you don’t have that already, get it! It will help make cute Christmas tags and many other tags and projects! Of course I have always loved the Glimmer Paper and this week the Silver Glimmer Paper is discounted!  Perfect for the holidays coming up! The Confetti Hearts Border Punch is good for making teeny tiny hearts – maybe to put in shaker cards or for some confetti – or to simply punch a unique border on a card or project or scrapbook page. Then we have a couple ribbons, pearls and metallic sequins to embellish with, always great to have an assortment of things to add like that. Sequins are the “in” thing right now and a great adhesive to use with them is the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen in the Holiday Catalog.

Clearance Rack Banner 2015

Stampin’ Up! has announced new items on the Clearance Rack today!  Check it out before you finalize your order!

Paper Pumpkin Special Offer Aug 2015

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And just a couple days remaining to take advantage of the special 50% off first two months of Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! kit that comes to you in the mail! Take a little time to relax and craft with a kit all ready for you!  You deserve it! Use Promo Code HALFOFF. Sign up by Sept. 10th to take advantage of this great deal! Let me know if you signed up so  can make sure you are on my list!

Now that we are past Labor Day, it’s time to really start thinking about the upcoming holidays! Get an early start and keep the holidays relaxed (yeah right!). If you need a Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, please contact me. Or check out the PDF HERE at this link.

Before you finish your order, be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack!

Jingle All the Way Bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Labor Day!  If you are just relaxing at home today and perusing the internet catching up on ideas for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, here is a Stampin’ Up! video about using the Jingle All the Way Bundle. I’m sure this will be a popular set as it is unique and fun! Watch the video for cute ways to use this Jingle All the Way Stamp Set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies. You will be able to make a stack of Christmas cards with just this Bundle (and of course a Big Shot!) The Bundle saves you 15% and also comes in wood-mount, of course. Be inspired for the upcoming holidays! Get an early start!

If you want a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog mailed to you, just email me at

If you love these ideas and want to shop for any of these great Stampin’ Up! products, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. If you prefer, I can place an order for you.

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack, & Holiday Catalog

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, available while supplies last, until Monday September 7, 2015. Don’t miss out! Great embellishments for your cards and projects in the Candy Dots and Rhinestones, of course! Both are adhesive-backed so all you do is stick them on!  Any Washi Tape is fun to use, and the White Seam Binding Ribbon is always useful!


Clearance Rack Banner 2015

Be sure to check the Clearance Rack before you finalize any orders. You never know what you will find. Stampin’ Up! plans to add new items next week! But if you think ahead to the holidays, right now you can stock up on the pretty Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon (more than half off!), the Real Red Satin Ribbon, the Mossy Meadow Satin Stitched Ribbon for some green,  and the Extra Large Gift Boxes are handy to have on hand for gifts! And there are many more things, but those items jumped out at me as something you can use soon – and all the time, really!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2015

And of course, in case you missed it, the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog went live yesterday!!  If you need a catalog (USA) please email your contact information to

Check out all the fantastic Holiday Catalog products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! .

Sprinkles of Life Blue Bell Ice Cream Cone Card

Sprinkles of Life Blue Bell Ice Cream Cone Card

Today is a red-letter day in Houston and some other places in Texas! Blue Bell Ice Cream is coming back, hence my Sprinkles of Life Blue Bell Ice Cream Cone Card to celebrate! Blue Bell had to close up shop after a listeria outbreak, but they haven’t lost the support of their customers, certainly not this one! We tried various other brands of ice cream, even some very expensive ones, but nothing compared.

When we lived in Oklahoma, my favorite ice cream flavor was Braum’s Chocolate Almond, but when we moved to Houston years and years ago and heard about Blue Bell, there’s barely been a time when we haven’t had a couple of cartons of Blue Bell Ice Cream in our freezer. One time my husband opened the freezer and and said, “I can’t believe some alarm is not going off! We are out of Blue Bell!” I’m always stocked up if out-of-town company is coming because they MUST taste my favorite flavors of Blue Bell. Only limited flavors are coming back for now, as everything must be tested first before it goes out to stores, but one of my favorites is in there – Homemade Vanilla! My other favorite is Chocolate Chip, but guess I will have to wait for that.

The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! is perfect for today because you can make an ice cream cone with however many scoops you want on it with the images. The ice cream scoops could also be clouds. There are lots of images in the stamp set and even a coordinating punch, the Tree Builder Punch, so there are TONS of creative things you can do with these stamps. And while you are having fun stamping and creating, you are helping out the Ronald McDonald House Charities because for every stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! donates three dollars to the charity.

The greeting on my card is from the Bravo Stamp Set. I easily could have used one of the greetings in the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set, but I decided on something more celebratory! And how can you have a celebration without some Gold Glimmer Paper stars punched with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack?! The card base is made with Tip Top Taupe, one of the new In Colors, and the layer is another In Color, Delightful Dijon.

Hard to believe today is the last day of August! And you know what that means! Tomorrow, September 1st is the beginning of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! So if you live where they start selling Blue Bell Ice Cream, maybe you can eat a bowl of Blue Bell while you decide on your Holiday Catalog order! So many delicious flavors of Blue Bell to come, so many delicious Stampin’ Up! holiday products to choose from in the cataog! Choose from kits if you want it simple or don’t want to do the designing. There’s fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holidays! Get an early start on your holiday cards or Thanksgiving table decorations. Tomorrow I will show you my favorite kit in the catalog! And I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out in just an hour or two.

If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator helping you, I’d be happy to send you a Holiday Catalog of your own. Just email me your contact information.

And if you are feeling charitable and would like to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities while you are having a good time stamping, try the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Then you, too, can make a Sprinkles of Life Blue Bell Ice Cream Cone Card with your favorite ice cream flavors or many other card designs.

Use Your Washi Tape for Gift Wrap!

Gift Wrap Using Washi Tape

Here’s a great way to use up some of your washi tape! Use your washi tape for gift wrap! Use plain white wrapping paper, as my friend did for my birthday present, and then decorate with washi tape. You could get real creative and colorful using washi tape this way.

Some other suggestions might be:

  • Tape down a little bauble or favor on top of the package with washi tape.
  • Write out the person’s name or initials in washi tape on the package.
  • Use it instead of tape to hold the wrapping together or to adhere the gift card to the package.
  • Use washi tape to decorate a plain white or kraft gift bag.
  • Make a washi tape banner to string across the package.

Stampin’ Up! carries an assortment of washi tape to coordinate with your other Stampin’ Up! products to use for your cards and other creations and scrapbook pages. Shop HERE!

Stampin' Up! Washi Tape

And there will be more washi tape coming in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, coming September 1, 2015!  That’s Tuesday!! Use your washi tape for gift wrap and have fun with it!

How to Label Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads

How to label Stampin' Up! Ink pads

If you are new to stamping, this is how to label Stampin’ Up! ink pads! You might not have noticed (or forgot, like me!) that there are ink color labels on the bottom of each ink pad. They come in different languages, as do most things these days, but you can use more than your country’s name! It’s very handy and useful!

Peel off the whole color label piece.  Underneath you will find the directions for opening and closing your ink pad so you want that uncovered anyway, especially if you are new to stamping. Choose the label with the ink color in your language and stick that on the front of the ink pad as shown. It fits perfectly along that top edge. (One time I thought I had to fit the label on the shorter space underneath, I don’t know why!)

Then use the extra labels in the other languages to trim off the color ends and adhere those inside the ink pad in the little well in the front. Sometimes you can’t tell one ink pad color from another when you have several open, so this way, you can look inside and see the color from the labels. Very handy at times!

Then since you still have some labels left, use another one, to adhere to the bottom of the ink pad. Maybe not likely you will be looking under there, but just in case your ink pad gets turned over, you can see at a glance what color it is! And maybe you will also learn a foreign language while you are placing all the labels on your ink pads!

Here are the features of Stampin’ Up! ink pads!

Classic Stampin’ Pads come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, grouped in collections to take the guesswork out of product coordination. The innovative ink pad design has a patented flip-top lid and a firm foam pad to give you a superior stamping experience.

* Fast drying, dye-based ink
* Always Artichoke
* Acid free
* Flip top for upside-down storage: pads stay inked during storage
* Firm foam pad lasts longer than felt pads and provides exceptional ink coverage, especially with solid-image stamps
* Can be re-inked with matching Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills
* Coordinates with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, markers, and embellishments
* 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Be sure to order an ink refill when you purchase an ink pad so you have one on hand. You can also use the ink refills for various techniques so they’re not just for reinking!

Now that you know how to label Stampin’ Up!  ink pads, I hope you will take the time and put the extra labels to good use!

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