Best Deal Ever! Join my team!

Join the team during SAB

Have you had a big ticket item on your list for a while? Maybe you have been wanting to get the whole set of Stampin’ Blends or the Big Shot or the set of large letter framelits? All of these items are a little pricey, but what if you could get them for half price?

Right now during Sale-abration, you can!

The starter kit is $99 and you can select $125 for free!! Plus during Sale-a-Bration, you also get to pick two ANY PRICE stamp sets for FREE in addition to the $125 in product so you can get over $200 worth of stuff for only $99 plus FREE SHIPPING — saving you an additional 10% .

Here is an example….( you can pick whatever you want)

  • Whole set of Stampin Blends ($121.50)
  • Extra Color Lifter because you know you’ll need it ($4.50)

Then get any 2 stamp sets you want,

  • Guy Greetings wood-mount stamp set ($52)
  • Letters for You photopolymer stamp set ($49)

You only pay $99 total for all of that!  That is over $225 worth of product for only $99!

There is no contract or obligation to buy anything else but the discount is nice if you want to stay active or if you want a little extra side money. 

Now, you can test drive your demonstrator benefits and save 20% on all purchases now through 30 June.   You can purchase all the items on your wish list plus stock up on consumables – like cardstock, designer paper and adhesives – and earn Stampin’ Rewards.  Things you know you will use AND enjoy!  And during Sale-a-Bration, your purchases also earn you more free products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure!  Wow!  More free stuff!  If you want to remain active, you will need to purchase (or take orders) worth $300 per quarter.  Otherwise, simply do nothing and enjoy using your wonderful new Stampin’ Up! products.

If you would like to get your stampin kit, just click on Tab above for “Best Deal Ever”.  I would love to have you join my team!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Sale-a-Bration Second Release

We are at the half-way point of Sale-a-Bration, which ends March 31st.  And, Stampin’ Up! has just announced three new Sale-a-Bration offerings – some at the $50.00 level and some at the $100.00 level.  This is the best time of the year with Stampin’ Up! to get amazing deals on wonderful products and to stock up on items you use all the time – like cardstock, specialty papers and adhesives.

At the $50 level, there are two new offerings:  Springtime Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper (absolutely gorgeous and great for coloring with your Blends) and Eclectic Expressions (sweet and simple cardmaking)

And at the $100 level it is the Blooming Basket Bundle  — Blooming Basket stamp set and Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder — just in time for spring!

SAB blooming basket

Of course, all the other Sale-a-Bration items are still available — but only while supplies last.  Please do not wait because these exclusive items will likely not be seen again.

And, if you love the 2016-2017 In-Colors of Daper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum –– these will be discontinued when the new annual catalog is released.  So while June seems far away, please stock up on cardstocks and refill inks while you can and earn those exclusive Sale-a-Bration items.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Perennial Birthday

Who says you can only celebrate birthdays once a year? There are dozens of them—as many as you know people. And the Perennial Birthday stamp set will help you to stay in party-mode all year long!  It coordinates with a Perennial Birthday Project Kit to create 16 cards – 4 of four designs and to customize a storage box with 12-dividers for monthly birthday reminders so that you’ll never forget another birthday.

Here is a darling card that I made at a recent Inky Angels demonstrator meeting.  It is just so sweet!

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The Layering Ovals Framelits were used to die cut the largest scallop oval from Calyspo Coral cardstock and largest oval from Whisper White cardstock.  We randomly stamped flowers from the Perennial Birthday stamp set on the Whisper White oval piece using Basic Black Archival Ink, and then used sponge daubers to color in the large flowers in Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.  Stampin’ Write Markers in Bermuda Bay and Old Olve were used to color the leaves and the small blue flowers.  The background piece was created by dry embossing Bermuda Bay cardstock using the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The sentiment was cut from scraps of paper and the card was assembled using Snail adhesive.  The ribbon embellishment case tied using the gorgeous shimmery ribbon pack from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Epic Celebrations

Masculine stamp sets are hard to come by, finding a stamp set that is timeless and yet youthful, but not too young is even harder!!  The Epic Celebration stamp set is perfect for creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals you know.  This is another exclusive Sale-A-Bration item that can be yours with a $50 purchase. 

Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to perfectly stamp the electric guitars and sentiments to create this classic card.  I used my light Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends marker to color the electric guitars, added some splatters from Timeless Textures stamp set and some Black and White Baker’s Twine.  The image piece was then matted with cardstock and a piece of retired designer series paper.

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This next card has several layers.  First, I stamped and fussy cut the electric guitar on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, then colored it using both the light and dark Stampin’ Blends from Cherry Cobbler combo and Smoky Slate combo packs.  For the sentiment piece was die cut using Layering Circle Framelits — with second largest circle and scalloped circles.  I used the Huffing technique and my Stampin’ Write markers to color “EPIC” in Cherry Cobbler and the rest in Basic Black to create the sentiment piece which I embellished with three black rhinestones (now retired, but you can create your own black rhinestones by coloring Rhinestone Basic Jewels with a Black Sharpie).  I created my own dotted designer paper using a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Cherry Cobbler ink and the dots stamp with first and second generation stamping.  I embellished the dotted designer paper with a thin strip of Silver Foil.  The large layer of Cherry Cobbler was dry embossed using my new Simple Stripes embossing folder, and I carefully swiped Basic Gray Archival ink pad over the raised embossed image to add color and dimension.  The piece was then mounted on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock cut 5″x8-1/2″ and folded in half.

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This timeless yet youthful Epic Celebration stamp set is a must have for your craft room.  And, it can be yours free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion with runs through March 31st.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Paper Pumpkin celebrates 5 years of fun!


02-11-18_demo-landingpgheader_pp5yr_uscaMarch 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and Stampin’ Up! is celebrating five years of creating and sharing together.  And, to say thank you to all of our wonderful demonstrators and customers who have helped us reach this great milestone, the March kit will include a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed box. This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sured to be an all-time customer favorite!

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $6-$8 when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!
  • Current subscribers will automatically receive the free gift with their March Paper Pumpkin Kit.
  • New subscribers will need to sign up by March 10 at 11:50 PM Mountain Time (or 1:50 AM Eastern Time) as will those who would like to renew their previous subscription.
  • Paper Pumpkin has continued to evolve with fun craft projects and to connect with other demonstrators and customers who share their exciting alternative designs for their kits.  Today, there is truly something special for every crafter in every kit. 

One of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin is — I can craft on the go.  I can take it to my mother’s house, I can craft while sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics, or I can craft in my hotel room while traveling for business or pleasure.  It has everything I need in one box.    


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Just recently, I completed my January 2018 Heartfelt Love Notes kit from my hotel room in San Diego.  It was a pleasure to enjoy the view of San Diego Bay while crafting after a hard day of work!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Lots of Happy Card Kit & Refill

Did you overlook this fabulous all-inclusive card kit in the new Occasions catalog?  I know I did — until I started seeing all the wonderful card designs popping up on Pinterest.  The Lots of Happy Card Kit from Stampin’ Up! makes it quick and easy to make 20+ all-occasion cards.  If you need even more cards, a refill kit is available to purchase separately.  Plus, this kit coordinates with an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Lots of Lavender, which can be yours free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion, which will end on March 31st.

This all-inclusive kit comes with everything you need to create 20 cards – 4 of 5 designs as designed or mix-and-match the components of the kit to make your own designs.  While this kit comes with four full-sized watercolor pencils, you may wish to purchase a full set of 12 watercolor pencils and 2 Blender Pens for more color options.  Plus the sentiments for this stamp set works nicely with the new Tailored Tagged punch.  This kit really gives you lots of design options.  Here are a few samples I made using the kit in Sweetsugar Plum.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Techniques using Brusho and Pattern Party Masks

Brusho watercolor crystals are fun to play with — simply sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  Check out this Stampin’ Up! video for several tips and tricks for using Brusho.  Trust me, you’re going to want to add Brusho to your watercoloring supplies.

When combined with Pattern Party Decorative Masks — you will embark on a new way to step up your watercolor technique — plus this technique will give you two background pieces for card making.

First, use washi tape to secure a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to your work surface.  Add a light spritzing of water using your Stampin’ Spritzers to the entire piece and then cover with your decorative mask.  Next very little sprinkle with two different colors of Brusho — remember a little goes a long way!  Here I sprinkled yellow Brusho in the top left, and Prussian Blue in the bottom right.  Add another light spritz with water and allow the color to burst and mix.  If necessary, use your Aqua Painter to add drop of water and spread the Brusho watercolor inside the negative openings of the mask.

Prepare a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and add a light water wash with your aqua painter.  Next, carefully lift up the mask from the first piece.  Since the mask is still wet with Brusho — place the mask upside down on a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to transfer the watercolor ink.  Spritz the second piece again and press down on the mask to help transfer the ink.  Allow both pieces to air dry.   You can speed up the process by using your heat gun, remembering to applying heat both sides of the piece to minimize the paper curling.

Now decorate your background pieces to create a card.  Here, I combined my background pieces with diecuts from Butterflies Thinlits (an old favorite product found on page 215 in Annual Catalog) and from Celebrate You Thinlits dies from Sale-a-Bration brochure.

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From now until March 31st,  you can receive free exclusive products for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Plus, you can earn bigger rewards, like Celebrate You Thinlits dies, when you spend $100.  Check out the amazing Sale-a-Bration products here.

Until next time, sending  you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Photo-Realistic Stamping with Heartfelt -Blooms

heartfelt blooms catalogVintage photos are often used to make beautiful photo-realistic stamps.  The Heartfelt Blooms from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is one of these amazing stamp sets.  This one-step stamp will create stunning projects whether stamped in one color, or stamped in a neutral color and colored in your favorite shades.  This is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item, which you can get FREE with a purchase of $50 or more.   

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In the future, Stampin’ Up! will be offering more photo-realistic stamps from a new line of Distinktive stamps which lay down ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth.  The trick to getting a great impression from a photo-realistic stamps, like Heartfelt Blooms, is doing a little prep work and making the right choices about paper and ink!

Prep Work

  • Clean your stamp first using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub in order to remove any residue from the manufacturing process. 
  • Next, ink and stamp the image several times on some scrap paper.
  • Gentle rub any areas on your stamp that do not leave a good stamped image, then clean your stamp again using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub. 
  • Once thoroughly cleaned, the stamp should ink up nicely without any puddles or pools of ink on the raised surfaces of the stamp.

Check the wetness of your ink pad

Your Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads and Archival ink pads should work wonderfully.  However, you may need a slightly drier ink pad to achieve a crisp detailed image — especially if you recently re-inked your pad.  If your ink pad is too juicy, the ink will collect between the raised lines of your stamp and blur when stamped.  Simple remedy is to pounce your juicy ink pad directly on some computer paper in order to remove the extra wet ink. 

Tip:  Avoid using VersaMark or pigment inks (like our Craft White ink) — these inks are thicker and will puddle between the stamped image lines creating a blurrier image. 

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Paper Finishes

The smooth finish of our Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks will provide a sharp, detailed image of your stamp.  Glossy White and Shimmery White papers will also work wonderfully because the paper coating allows the ink to sit more on the surface of the paper rather than to be absorbed into the paper.   You will need to experiment with other papers to see if you will get the desired results.  

Inking and Stamping

To get an even coating of ink, I like to pat the ink pad onto the rubber stamp.  Simply place your stamp on its back on your work table, and pat the ink pad onto the rubber.  Hold your stamp up to the light and make sure all the raised surfaces look shiny with ink.

To stamp your image straight down so that the rubber surface touches the paper at the same time.  The stamp positioning tool like a Stamp-a-ma-jig or the new Stamparatus may help you get consistent results.  If you do not have one of these tools, simply press your stamp straight down onto your paper, without rocking and lift your stamp straight up, holding your paper down with one hand. You should have a nice, clear image.heartfelt blooms sample 1

As mentioned previously, this is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set, which can be yours FREE with a qualifying purchase from my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Storage Uses for Clear Cases

While not shown in the catalog, the Clear-Mount stamp cases, Full Wide stamp cases and the Half Wide stamp cases are available for purchase from my on-line store.  In addition to storing your existing photopolymer, clear-mount and wood mount stamps, these wonderful little cases are capable of so much more!  Because, these cases are an affordable storage solution that sits neatly on your shelf with your stamp sets!

The Full-Wide stamp cases are great for organizing and storing your craft supplies such as:  ink refills, ink spots, embossing powders and adhesives.   This would make a handy storage solution for pre-cut 4-1/4″ x 5″ card bases.  Or think outside the box — create your own on-the-go Stamp Kit with snips, adhesives, paper piercer, tweezers, clear-mount block, post-it notes, etc. everything you need to stamp at a friend’s home or on vacation.  A package of Full-Wide stamp cases is $7 and contains four cases.

The regular Clear-Mount stamp cases are great for storing:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils, Baker’s Twine, Doilies, Pearls, Rhinestones, Enamel Shapes and all sorts of other embellishments like wooden elements, tassels and bows!  These are a great storage solution for Stamp and Die bundles.  The cost is $6 for four cases. 

A quick search on Pinterest found all sorts of storage solutions.  For example:

Kelly Kent, a demonstrator from Australia, posted this photo of her Stampin’ Write Marker and Ink Refills on Pinterest.

clear mount stamp cases storage solution by Janet Wakefield

And, Janet Wakeland, a demonstrator from Pennsylvania, posted another storage solution on Pinterest.  

These cases are great for organizing your Paper Pumpkin stamps so that you’ll get the most use out of these wonderful kits.  These smaller photopolymer stamps sets fit perfectly in the Half-Wide stamp cases!  If you want to keep the Paper Pumpkin instructions, you might wish to use one of the larger cases.  

Click on these links below to create your own stamp case inserts using these downloadable files:

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


PS.  A special thank you to my blogging friend and demonstrator Naomi Connolly for reminding me just how useful these wonderful little stamp cases are!  



Moonlight Tropics using Waterfront

Masking and sponging — all that’s necessary to make this moonlight tropical scene with the Waterfront photopolmer stamp set.

waterfront palm tree islands with aqua painter

To create this card, you will need a post-it note pad, a 1-1/2 inch circle punch, a sponge cut into wedges, and aqua painter and Soft Sky, Dapper Denim and Tuxedo Black Memento ink pads.  I created a mask for the moon by punching a 1-1/2 inch circle out of a sticky end of a post-it note. 

To create my scene, I placed the circle post-it note on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Then, I lightly sponged Soft Sky ink around the moon and sponged Dapper Denim ink to create darker sky towards the top of the piece.

I used the straight edge of the post-it note, Memento ink and the long stamp from Waterfront stamp.  A little sponging above the island created the illusion of distance.  And, then stamped the palm trees in Memento ink. 

The water was created by inking up the water image with Soft Sky and brushing it with my aqua painter before stamping the image.  I also picked up some ink from the lid to create the horizon and to add some additional color with my aqua painter.  

The sentiment was added Memento ink from the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.  The edges of the moonlight stamped piece were sponged with Memento ink, matted on Whisper White cardstock and mounted on a retired piece of designer series paper.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!