Category Archives: Tools and Accessories

It’s the Day to Reserve Your Stamparatus, the New Stampin’ Up! Stamp Positioner

Today, November 16, is the first day that we can all “reserve” the new Stamparatus, the Stampin’ Up! stamp positioning tool!  Beginning this afternoon, the first “window” to “preorder” your Stamparatus, will open at 2:00 pm MT.

  • 1:00 PM Pacific Time
  • 2:00 PM Mountain Time
  • 3:00 PM Central Time
  • 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Here’s how to reserve your Stamparatus!  You know you want one!

  • Go to my Online Store as if you were placing an order.  You must have an account, which you do if you have ordered online from me before. Make sure you see my name and information on the top right corner of the Account page. If you don’t have an account, just look on the left side, under the Stampin’ Up! logo and click “Create Account”.
  • You will surely see some big banner about the Stamparatus!  It is not there now as I write this. Click that and it will take you to a reservation page. Or here is the link to the Reservation Page (which is not “live” yet).
  • Fill out the form with your name and credit card number.  Your credit card will not be charged today! It is just a “reservation”.
  • In early February, you will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! saying the Stamparatus is in your Shopping Cart!  Be sure not to accidentally delete it or it will be gone!
  • Now you can add other products to your order like usual, at any time, or simply order the Stamparatus.  Remember, in February it will be Sale-A-Bration (spend $50, get a Sale-A-Bration product FREE!) so it will almost be like getting a bonus for ordering the Stamparatus! The cost of the Stamparatus is $49.
  • If you miss the November 16 -30 window, there will be two more “windows” during which you can reserve the Stamparatus.  This November window will have expected delivery of the Stamparatus around February 1st. Reservations will be taken in each window only as long as supplies last. If you think you are interested, I would go ahead and try to do this November window.  You can always delete your reservation.

Here’s how to reserve your Stamparatus!

Stamparatus How to Reserve Form

And if you missed the video from Stampin’ Up!, here is Carrie explaining all about it!

I know this is a busy time for everyone, including me, but if you are excited about the Stamparatus, I would try to put in your reservation TODAY or very soon.  That way it will be done before Thanksgiving and hopefully they will not fill all the spaces!  I would guess the website will be VERY busy right at the time it opens so just be patient. We often crash the website when something big is happening!!

If you have any questions, please let me know!  Remember, this is just reserving the tool so you can get your hands on one around February 1st when Stampin’ Up! gets them in stock!  I’m sure there will be heavy demand.  Eventually it will be available in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog and ordering will be as usual.  This method is just to get it available to us as soon as possible!

Reserve Your Stamparatus TODAY or Soon!!!

What Is a Stamparatus?

Stamparatus Ad

A new tool from Stampin’ Up! that positions your stamps precisely, stamps multiples with ease, easily creates 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images, compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps, and more!

I feel like we should play “Jeopardy”!  “What is the STAMPARATUS, Alex!”

Yes, we are getting a new stamp positioning tool called the Stamparatus!  How about that name??!  As you probably know, there are other similar products out there on the market, but Stampin’ Up! has stepped up all the features in order to be the BEST stamp placement tool on the market!

Watch the video below from Stampin’ Up! to hear and see Carrie explain how to use this new tool coming SOON!

Since this tool is brand new, first announced at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event over the weekend and announced to the public yesterday, there is going to be a new way to order your Stamparatus!  Sort of like a preorder!  You will reserve your spot and Stampin’ Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

This is how it will work:

From Nov. 16-30, 2017 you can RESERVE your Stamparatus. There will be a limit of 1. Reservation quantities are while supplies last. I suggest you plan to reserve yours as soon as possible. You will be required to provide your credit card information, but it will not be charged until the product ships from Stampin’ Up! During this reservation window, the Stamparatus will likely ship around February 1st, 2018.

You will go HERE to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store on Nov. 16 (or after) beginning at 2:00 PM Mountain Time. You will click on the banner for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions.  These are the steps you will take on the day you RESERVE your Stamparatus HERE.

You will need to have your own Stampin’ Up! online account set up, which is easy to do, if you haven’t ordered from me as yet.  Just click HERE to go to my Online Store, then under the Stampin’ Up! logo on the left side of the page, you will click on “Create Account”. That’s all there is to it!

How to create a Stampin' Up! Account

It’s a lot of information to take it all at once, but I think we will all figure it out! Basically, you can order/reserve a Stamparatus beginning Nov. 16 at 2:00 pm MT and it will ship around the first of February. This gives Stampin’ Up! a better way to control inventory since it is a new product.

If you aren’t ready to reserve the Stamparatus Nov. 16-30, the second window is Dec. 5-30 with availability approximately March 19, 2018. The third window to reserve will be January 15-30, 2018 with estimated availability April 15, 2018. The Stamparatus will be available in the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalog for 2018-19 and ordering will be as usual at that point.

When the Stamparatus is available after you have reserved one, the reservation will be put into your shopping cart in your account. At that time, whenever you are ready, you can add other products to your order if you like, just don’t delete the Stamparatus reservation from your account or you lose it!  Then you just complete your order as usual and your order will be shipped to you.

Just circle November 16 2:00 PM on your calendar and check it out!  If you really want to reserve a Stamparatus, go ahead and do it as soon as you can in that window of Nov. 16-30. Be patient with the website early on, I suspect a lot of people will be on it!  I will be one of them!

Let me know if you have any questions!  I will TRY to answer them!  Watch the video, especially to the end to see the extra special features of the new Stamparatus, the new stamp positioning tool!

How to Use the New Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin' Blends Brochure

The new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up!, Stampin’ Blends, are here and ready for purchase!  These markers will take your coloring to new heights! Everyone can look like an artist!

The markers have dual-tips and each color has a light and dark shade.  You can buy the markers individually or in a complete collection. The Memento ink is recommended to use with the alcohol markers.  You can use Whisper White Cardstock, but it is recommended to use the Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  The Shimmery White Cardstock also works well and is pretty as well!  The ink from the markers is likely to bleed through the paper so you always want to have a scrap piece of paper of some kind underneath your work.

Watch these videos to learn more about the Stampin’ Blends Markers and how to use them!  They really have a delightful feel to them when you color!

As you can see in the videos, you can start with the most basic coloring just to get used to the  feel of the markers.  Then add in blending and even blending different colors together rather than just the light and dark shades of one color. As Brandi showed at the end of her video, she used various colored markers to make different skin tone colors. You can be as basic or as stepped-up as you want!  They are your markers to use!

I think you will find the Stampin’ Blends have a really nice feel to them when you color.  And we know coloring is good for the soul! Just sit and color and relax, forget everything else for awhile! I remember how I used to love it when I was young if my mother would sit down and color with me because, of course, I thought she did the best coloring in the world!  Now you can do the best coloring in the world with the Stampin’ Blends Markers!


New Stampin’ Blends Coming Soon!

Stampin Blends Are Coming

Stampin’ Blends, the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! will be released for customers to purchase on Wednesday, November 1, 2017!  They have been available for Demonstrators to order for a short time, but soon they will be available for customers, sooner than I expected!

Alcohol markers allow you to color and blend easily, making everyone look like an artist!  These Stampin’ Blends come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in two shades.  They are dual-tipped markers, one end a brush tip and one end a narrow tip. There is also a Color Lifter in case you want to remove some color to make something lighter. Two other markers that will be available are Bronze and Ivory.

While supplies last, there will be a limited-time stamp set called Color Me Happy plus a Color Me Happy Project Kit to make cards.  These two items will get you started with the Stampin’ Blends!

Here is a card I made by stamping the two birds in the Color Me Happy Stamp Set. It sort of copies one of the cards in the project kit, but without the extra embellishments.

Color Me Happy Stampin' Blends Birds Card

This card is a 4 1/4″ square card with the fold at the top.  The birds are stamped on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. The Thick cardstock is recommended, as well as Memento Ink, which is what works well with alcohol markers. The birds are stamped and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends in Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie, plus Daffodil Delight for the little beaks and a touch of Crumb Cake for the legs. I decided to add some grass for the birds, so I just drew in the blades of grass willy-nilly with the Old Olive markers and kind of filled in with some light Crumb Cake. Next I sponged in the sky, with masked clouds, with Soft Sky Ink.  The greeting is from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and I stamped on a scrap, cut it out and adhered it to the front of the card.  The card base is Soft Sky. That’s it!

While I haven’t done a tremendous amount of coloring yet, I have found the markers to be really easy to color with, very smooth, and very fun and relaxing! You can use just one shade for basic coloring.  You can use both light and dark shades of one color and blend to soften the edge. Or you can use different colors together and blend and see how it looks!  Just play!

The lids at each end are pretty tight to take off and put back on.  Just make sure you hear it snap when you put the lid back on.  That means it is sealed properly to keep the air out. The marker shape is square so no rolling off the table!

Stampin’ Up! has spent time testing these Stampin’ Blends for evaporation and life testing, and they feel confident with the results. There will be videos to help you learn to use these markers the best way.

You will want to have a scrap piece or two of paper underneath when you color as the color does bleed through to the other side.  Here is the back side of my birds which I colored on my Grid Paper. The markers haven’t bled through my Grid Paper, but if you want to be extra careful, just use a couple sheets of paper underneath.

Stampin' Blends Other Side of PaperIt won’t be long and these Stampin’ Blends Markers will be available to purchase! Mark the date  on your calendar! I’m sure you will hear even more about the markers as the time gets closer!

Check out the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway by Stampin’ Up! on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page HERE!

Two Tips For Making a Be Merry Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Two Tips For Making a Be Merry Quick and Easy Christmas Card

I wanted to make a quick and easy Christmas card with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper, and as I went along I realized I had several tips to share with you. I like this Be Merry Paper. It seems like a traditional, nice little unassuming Christmas paper that will do the job! It’s mixed in with all the designer papers in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 188 so you might have overlooked it. When the catalog came out, none of us were thinking about Christmas just as summer was coming on. If you like this paper (and some of the patterns can be used any time of year, not just the holidays) take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale going on right now!

Back to the card.  The card base is Cherry Cobbler, cut at 11″ x 4 1/4″ so the fold will be at the top. The patterned paper is cut at 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″. The greeting from the Labels to Love Stamp Set is stamped on Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler ink and punched with the Everyday Label Punch. 

Tip #1:  I was catching the edge of the greeting stamp every time when I stamped, so I just trimmed the rubber around the words carefully, like we used to have to do in the “olden days” with our little Craft & Rubber Scissors or whatever they were called. Just be careful you don’t cut into the image. I don’t normally do this but this stamp just seemed to have quite a large border around the edge, and since I was having trouble stamping, I just trimmed it.

Trim a Stamp

Tip #2:  Somewhere online I saw something about using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch as a layer for the Everyday Label Punch. I didn’t even find out about all the details, but I thought I would try it today. I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock 2″ wide and punched one end, then estimated where I wanted the other end, cut it, then punched that opposite end.  You can see that tag in my first photo. It’s not an exact match with the Everyday Label Punch but the curved ends so match up nicely and I think it provides an easy way to layer this punched piece!

Next I wondered how to use the Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon. I’d already glued down the patterned paper onto the card front, so I would have had to wrap the ribbon around the inside of the card, which would be okay.  But then I got the idea to punch a hole in each end of the greeting and just tie some ribbon through those holes.  Then the greeting is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Two Tips For Making a Be Merry Quick and Easy Christmas CardReally, if you have the materials and tools handy, this card takes no more than a couple minutes to make! And there are other variations you could try as well!

Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free Special Offer

Designer Paper Sale 2017

Click to Read!

Stock up on some of your favorite designer series papers during the month of October! ONLY THESE SELECT PAPERS ARE INCLUDED IN THE OFFER!  Purchase 3 packages of paper and THEN choose the 4th package that you want to get FREE. When entering your order, enter the 3 packages you want to pay for and then the 4th package will come up as $0.00. In other words, don’t order the more expensive one first and expect to get that free.


World Cardmaking Day Shareable 2017Check out the flyer for World Card Making Day with select stamp sets and Note Cards & Envelopes on sale for 15% off just for the first 10 days of October! These stamp sets coordinate with the designer series papers offered for sale. Note that Fast Fuse is no longer available on this sale, but will be offered again when Stampin’ Up! replenishes their stock.  It sold out faster than they ever could have predicted!



Learn New Embossing Techniques

You will enjoy this video from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office about embossing techniques and learn new things!  Embossing with the Heat Tool is one of the things that really amazes new people to our craft when they see it demonstrated! I think heat embossing remains magical even to us experienced stampers every time we do it, especially with the metallic embossing powders!

After stamping and applying the embossing powder, the Heat Tool melts the powder and leaves a raised, stamped image that really adds some pizzazz to your stamping repertoire.

You do need the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool in order to do this kind of heat embossing. Ours has the metal tip that gets hot while in use that is protected by a plastic cover. This makes it safer to use. I recommend always unplugging the heat tool when not in use, just so it doesn’t fall off the shelf or get bumped and accidentally turn on. I also generally recommend letting the tool heat up for a moment or two before aiming it at the embossing powder.

Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy by rubbing across your paper before stamping.  This eliminates some of the static and keeps the embossing powder from sticking outside the area you are going to emboss.  After applying the embossing powder and dumping off the excess, be sure to look over your piece and try to wipe off any stray specks of embossing powder.  I like to keep a small watercolor brush handy to wipe off any stray powder.

We used to have separate Craft Ink pads that were good to use when embossing.  However, as you see in this video, if you work quickly, you can use our current ink pads before the ink dries. It is worth your while for many other reasons to own the Versamark Ink Pad and surely every stamper has one!  This works great for embossing and is mostly what everyone uses.  Be sure to have the Versamark Refill because you will definitely need it.

I love this gold embossed Definitely Dahlia card I made that you can see HERE.

If you haven’t already tried heat embossing, you might want to after watching this Stampin’ Up! video!  Try it, I think you will like it!  It certainly is impressive on cards and projects and will stun the recipients!  They will think you are a highly talented professional (which, of course, you are!). You can choose various embossing powders to use.  I recommend gold or silver to begin with just for their stunning beauty!



The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Live Today! Sept. 1st!

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2017 Catalog is LIVE today! Finally the day is here!  Can you believe it? Time for stampers and papercrafters to get going to get ready for the holidays!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017

Click on Photo to View Catalog!

Click HERE to View the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Click HERE to See the Holiday Catalog Products Online in the Store!

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and want a Holiday Catalog, email me your contact information at  As of this moment, I don’t know when our regular mail service will be restored after Hurricane Harvey so it might take me until next week to find an open post office and know that it will get out of Houston! The airports opened yesterday so maybe mail will start coming in and out as far as planes are concerned, and by truck as more and more roads completely open up!

And during September and October, Stampin’ Up! has this special Host Promotion! If  you have your own large order or gather some orders from friends, if your workshop or order total reaches $300 or more, you will receive this FREE exclusive stamp set, Merry Patterns!  This is in addition to your normal Hostess Rewards benefits!

SU Merry Patterns Host and SampleMore information on my blog post yesterday HERE.

SU Merry Patterns Stamp SetGo ahead!  Start enjoying the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!  Ordering begins today, September 1st. Get your favorites right away before they are backordered!

Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE!

Buy Stampin’ Up! During Your State Sales Tax Holiday!


It’s State Sales Tax Holiday Time for Back-to-School!

And You Can Get Stampin’ Up! Supplies Tax-Free!


There are 13 US states having state sales tax holidays for school supplies. What does that mean

for you? Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax-free for a limited time! If

you live in one of the lucky states, make sure to take advantage of the holiday!

Click on each chart below to enlarge it.

Click HERE to see the full Sales Tax Holiday Chart (there are two parts).

Double-check with your state to make sure these dates are correct.  I believe the Texas dates are wrong….I’m seeing next weekend August 11-13 advertised as our Sales Tax Holiday, not this weekend as shown on this chart. Put some tax free items on your order and make sure you are not being charged sales tax!State Tax Holiday Chart 2017 page 1

State Sales Tax Holiday Chart 2017 page 2

You must place your order with Stampin’ Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free (midnight on the first day to 11:59 PM on the last day of the tax holiday).

Keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional county, city, and special jurisdiction taxes.

Happy Shopping!  Be sure to check the dates!

Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE!

Buy Stampin’ Up! During Your State Sales Tax Holiday!


It’s State Sales Tax Holiday Time for Back-to-School!

And You Can Get Stampin’ Up! Supplies Tax-Free!


There are 13 US states having state sales tax holidays for school supplies. What does that mean

for you? Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax-free for a limited time! If

you live in one of the lucky states, make sure to take advantage of the holiday!

Click on each chart below to enlarge it.

Click HERE to see the full Sales Tax Holiday Chart (there are two parts).

State Tax Holiday Chart 2017 page 1

State Sales Tax Holiday Chart 2017 page 2

You must place your order with Stampin’ Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free (midnight on the first day to 11:59 PM on the last day of the tax holiday).

Keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional county, city, and special jurisdiction taxes.

Happy Shopping!  Be sure to check the dates!

Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE!

The Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch is Back!

Daisy Punch

The popular Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch is back in stock!  This Daisy Punch has been so popular since it was first released in a pre-order for Demonstrators ahead of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog that it has been backordered a couple of times because Stampin’ Up! couldn’t keep them in stock!  If you have been waiting for the Daisy Punch to make lots of fun cards and projects, today is your day! Go ahead and order yours as soon as you can to make sure you get your hands on one!

Click HERE to order the Daisy Punch!

Yes, the Daisy Punch can be part of a Bundle if you would like to save 10% by ordering the Daisy Punch with the Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Click HERE to order the Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle!

Here are a few examples of cards you can make with the Daisy Punch!

Easy All-Occasion Daisy Cards

Easy Thank You Card With Delightful Daisy

And really fun to use the Daisy Punch with the Wood Crate Framelits Dies!

4th of July Patriotic Crate With Daisies

Use the Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set or just punch plain cardstock with it as well! Decorate the daisy center with a punched cardstock circle or something like the Gold Faceted Gems. Add a few other Stampin’ Up! products to your order to reach $50 and get a Bonus Coupon to save $5 in August! Bonus Days end July 31.  Have fun shopping!

Wedding Card with Bloomin’ Heart Inlaid Design

Wedding Card with Bloomin' Heart Inlaid Design

You can make a beautiful, elegant wedding card with sparkle and glimmer just like this Wedding Card with Bloomin’ Heart Inlaid Design using the Big Shot and the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies.

This card came about because a customer asked me how a similar card she’d seen online was made. At first I thought there was some complicated technique to prevent the heart from being completely cut out of the paper. Then it dawned on me that it really was very simple! The heart was die cut out of the top card layer but NOT removed from the paper, as we typically do. Every card I have made with this die, I have separated the heart from the paper and adhered just the heart to another piece of paper. Here is an example of a card with just the die cut heart itself adhered to the front of the card.

To make this type of Bloomin’ Heart card, cut the piece of paper that you want to be on the card front, whether it’s a top layer or the card base itself.  This paper that I cut as  a normal layer is  4″ x 5 1/4″. Then using the Big Shot and the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die, die cut the heart. When you pull off the die from the paper, use the Paper Piercing Tool or other sharp item or the Die Brush to just loosen a bit of the heart from the die without lifting the whole thing out of the paper. Get just enough of an edge so you can use your fingers or a the Piercing Tool or sharp scissors so you can pull the heart out of the die carefully while leaving the heart IN the paper.  In other words, pull the die off the heart, leaving the heart in place. Either use the Die Brush to carefully and lightly loosen the die cut bits in the heart to remove those or use your sharp tool to poke them out.

Next, there needs to be a layer behind the heart. On this wedding card, I adhered a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper to the Whisper White card base.  I cut this glimmer paper just slightly smaller than the die cut layer so nothing would show. Then I adhered the die cut layer over the glimmer paper making sure no edges were sticking out, making sure it was layered on straight on all sides. I only put Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the borders of the die cut heart layer although perhaps I should have put glue on at least a few of the inside die cut pieces, but then this allows the die cut areas to look a little more 3D not being glued down to the glimmer paper underneath.  You can decide how to do yours.

I had also die cut the little flowers to glue onto the heart. I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to them for a little shimmer on the flowers. Then I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centers of the flowers.

Finally it was time for the greeting.  I might have used silver embossing for the greeting, but didn’t want to risk messing up the card at this point so I chose to just stamp with Powder Pink ink!  The greeting is from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. Lots of great greetings to use in that set!

As you can see by this Wedding Card with Bloomin’ Heart Inlaid Design, you can use the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die to create a different look than perhaps you can done before!  Try it!

Order the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies at Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

Quick and Easy Thank You Card

Quick and Easy Thank You Card

Need a quick and easy thank you card?  This one is certainly easy enough for anyone to make and has a little pizzazz besides! For some inspiration, I opened the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, barely turned a few pages, and found a card of this design on page 129. It’s even labeled “Quick & Easy” on the catalog page!  I wanted to try out my new Starburst Punch so this card was perfect.

I started with a sheet of paper from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series PaperI love the watercolor look of this pattern!  Probably something we could make ourselves as a background with reinkers and an Aqua Painter! I looked on the back of the package to see what colors coordinated and Emerald Envy was one.  Since I haven’t used this color very much, I thought this would be the perfect time so I made the card base with Emerald Envy Cardstock.

I stamped the greeting from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and the punched with the new Starburst Punch. This is a beautiful and useful stamp set.  One of my favorites! It’s usually best to stamp first and then punch so you can see the placement of the words or image in the underside of the punch, but the Starburst Punch is pretty large so you can punch and then stamp if you prefer. Behind the punched out greeting, popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals,  is a strip of ribbon folded over and criss-crossed for a decoration with the greeting. In this case I used the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon.  And then for just a finishing touch, I tied a small bow with the Linen Thread.  The Linen Thread is a great product to have on hand, very useful in many ways.

I see the Starburst Punch being a great punch to have on hand. It is large enough to stamp many different greetings or add some embellishment on the stamped piece, Practically all you need is some designer paper on the card and this punch for the greeting! You will have a quick and easy thank you card in minutes!

Shop Stampin’ Up! For All the Supplies You Need!

Make Your Own Gift Bag With the Gift Bag Punch Board

Make Your Own Gift Bag With the Gift Bag Punch Board

When I received my new catalog order the other day, as I quickly skimmed through the papers in the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, this pattern with the black background and little flowers just struck me that it would make a pretty gift bag! Of course the inside with the white polka dots is also really cute….which side to use??!

Instead of looking up directions online for how to measure, score, and fold  the paper to make a gift bag, I pulled out my Gift Bag Punch Board. The instructions are printed right on the punch board so I didn’t have to go looking for them. A scoring tool is tucked right into the board in a storage slot.  You can make the bag so that the sides are just straight, or you can score it as you make it so that the sides are gusseted and fold in a bit on the sides. This bag is basically a 3 3/4″ square size, but you can make various sizes with the punch board.

To finish off the bag, I just punched two holes in the top and threaded some new Pool Party Shimmery Ribbon through.  Very pretty ribbon! I also made a little tag using a stamp in the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set. I die cut that with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Die and layered the tag on a die cut scalloped circle made with the Layering Circle Framelit Dies. I used some Linen Thread to tie the tag onto the bag.  Linen Thread is a valuable product to have in your collection to use in many ways, sometimes as a visible accent and sometimes are something that doesn’t detract from the rest of the design.

Here’s the Stampin’ Up! video you can watch about the Gift Bag Punch Board and see how to use it.

I urge you to take a good look at the new designer papers in this new Stampin’ Up! Catalog because I think they are especially beautiful this year! I would say this Whole Lot of Love Designer Paper is my favorite, but then I’d say the Delightful Daisy paper is my favorite, but then I’d love the Foil Frenzy Paper, too!  So look them over and let me know which ones are your favorites!  Then try making your own gift bag with one of your favorite papers and the Gift Bag Punch Board!


Stampin’ Up! Is Taking Orders From the New 2017-18 Catalog!

New Stampin' Up! Catalog 2017-18

Stampin’ Up! is taking orders from the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog now!

Shopping has begun!

If you click the photo of the catalog or the link, you can view the new catalog online. If you are new to Stampin’ Up! or do not currently have a Demonstrator to help you with your ordering and projects, I would be happy to be yours! If you would like a real copy of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog I can mail you  a complimentary copy if you just contact me with your information. Email me at

Need a Shopping List??  Just click HERE!

Stampin' Up! Shopping List

Need Color Help?  Stampin’ Up! In Color Combinations Chart

Special Promotion For Hosts (or very big orders!)

During the month of June, if you hold a workshop or put some orders together from friends or have your own really big order of $350 or more, you would earn an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards.

We Love Hosts June 2017 Promotion

Catalog Corrections:

  • Empty stamp cases are still available but were left out of the catalog. They can be used for your stamps or storing other items. Maybe you want to cut this illustration out of your OLD catalog and paste it into your new catalog. Or print out this photo below.

  • In the Regals Collection (page 4), the color swatch for Garden Green is incorrect. Click here to see the correct color.
  • The Soft Sayings Card Kit Refill (page 11) does not include a clear stamp block. The text should read as follows:
    “Includes everything from the Soft Sayings Card Kit—minus the stamp set, ink, clear stamp block, and box—so you can create 20 cards.”
  • The It’s Your Birthday sample (page 73) uses the bows from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (in the 2017 Occasions catalog), which retired May 31.
  • The Super Duper Stamp Set artwork (page 74) makes it appear as though the dotted line image is part of the Yay! Image. They are actually two separate images.
  • The photo for the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (page 188) shows the two center papers with the wrong designs on the back. The black paper with the bold flowers should be shown with the multicolor stripe design on the back, and the green paper with white leaves should be shown with the pink and white flowers on the back.
  • The Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Mat (page 205) includes two replacement mats, instead of one as listed.
  • Some of the images in the Tranquil Tulips Stamp Set artwork (page 223) are sized incorrectly.

I hope you will find the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog exciting and inspiring!  Just think of the millions of ideas, card and projects that will come out of all those wonderful products in the catalog!

The Store is open! You can shop for anything you want in the new catalog.  There are a few things backordered.  You can figure those were extremely popular with Demonstrators during our Preorder. There are some things that we blasted through more than Stampin’ Up! could ever have imagined or predicted, but don’t worry, they are working on getting everything back in stock as soon as possible!  Let me know if you have any questions!




What is Your Retirement Plan For This Weekend?

Retirement Plan and pen, business concept

What is your retirement plan? I don’t mean the one where you turn 65!  I mean what is your retirement plan for not missing out on Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring Products!  Can you believe this is the last weekend for the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog, and, don’t forget, the Occasions Catalog?! Both of these catalogs will come to an end on May 31 at 11:55 Mountain Time (for online orders). Select products have discounts up to 50% off!  All current Bundles are retiring as “Bundles” although some stamp sets and dies have carried over into the new catalog but will be available separately. So if the Bundle is still available now, get it for 10% off. If both stamp set and dies are on sale, check the math to see which is the better deal.

Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

Click photo to view the Annual Catalog!

Occasions Catalog 2017

Click photo to view the Occasions Catalog!

Click These Links!

Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List PDF

(some of these products are already sold out)

Easiest thing!  Shop Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products Online!  If they come up in the store, the products are still available!

For more Bargains, add on some products in the Clearance Rack!

Don’t Forget!  The Eastern Palace Suite Bundles are only available, with a FREE GIFT, until May 31.

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Click the share buttons below if you think your friends would be interested in knowing about Stampin’ Up! and the promotions going on right now!