Retirement Lists

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Today, Stampin’ Up announced that a good many of our favorite products are retiring in order to make room for new products in the new annual catalog. Therefore, it is time to dust off your wish lists because chances are that something you want is retiring and at a discount!

As we already know, the 2019-2021 In Colors of Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy are retiring. We also know that almost all Designer Series Paper will be retired. And, many of the last chance items have huge discounts of 20-60%.

Click Here to visit my online store and to see what products are retiring.

Click Here to download pdf list of retiring products.

I encourage you to act quickly as these products are while supplies last! And, remember while individually the stamp set and its coordinating tool may carry-over to the new catalog — the bundle pricing does not carry-over from annual catalog to annual catalog. Save 10% on those bundles by placing an order now.

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


Just CASE-it

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Welcome!

Nearly every experience paper crafter will CASE (Copy and Share Enthusiastically or Copy and Selectively Edit or Copy and Share Exactly) a project on a regular basis. For instance, you see a card in a catalog, focus on something you like about it, then re-create it with your own spin. You can add layers or simplify the project, but the main point is to enjoy being inspired by the work of others. Our creative minds start working when we study and learn from a project someone else has made.

And that is just what I did! I found an eye-catching card made with the Lovey You Stamp Set on page 22 of the Annual Catalog. The Lovely You Stamp Set has delicate silhouette images of florals, fronds, and flourishes — just perfect for creating my own designer paper. I loved the color combination of Night of Navy, Bumble Bee, Petal Pink, Gray Granite and Basic White.

So, I stamped various images on 8.5×11 piece of Basic White cardstock using Night of Navy, Bumble Bee, Petal Pink and Gray Granite ink to create my own designer paper. I stamped quickly with no particular pattern, first using the larger images and then using the smaller images to “fill in” empty spaces. I just kept stamping until I thought it looked “just about right”. Remember, you can always turn the cardstock over and start again.

PRO TIP: when creating your own designer paper, turn your stamp left, right, upside down as you stamp to give it a more random and organic pattern.

Next, I used my Stampin’ Blends Marker in Dark Mango Melody to add some shading to the Bumble Bee flower. This is a design decision — and, strictly one that is a personal preference. Other options are to use Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Write Markers or to simply do nothing. It will create a lovely background paper for your project.

So what did I make? I made a 12×12 scrapbook layout and a card to send to my sister. I had everything out and I was having so much fun creating my own designer paper — that I just kept going.

PRO TIP: One of my favorite tricks for using punches is to “extend” its length. Here, I simply inserted one end of cardstock strip into the “window” on the backside of the punch and thus only punched one end of cardstock strip. The Everyday Label Punch is 1.5″ wide, so I cut a strip of cardstock just slightly smaller so that it slides easily into the window opening and between the cutting surfaces.

The scrapbook layout was embellished using Everyday Label Punch and strips of Bumble Bee and Petal Pink cardstock. One of the sentiment stamps from Lovely You Stamp Set as the title of my scrapbook page, and was perfect sentiment for a card for my sister. Using scraps of cardstock, I punched several flowers using the Small Bloom Punch which I embellished with some Elegant Faceted Gems. The bloom punch and sentiments were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And, I used some Misty Moonlight Twill Ribbon to embellish the card.

If you wish to be inspired, find something you absolutely love about a card design you see on Pinterest, social media, or in a Stampin’ Up! catalog—then use that inspiration to make something new and original! Refresh it, repurpose it and make someone happy—including yourself! Select your inspiration project and use the following ideas to make it your own:

  • Copy it exactly
  • Copy the layout
  • Copy the color scheme
  • Copy the technique
  • Change its purpose. Change a wedding card to a sympathy card, simply by changing the sentiment stamp. Change a card into a gift tag by simply changing its size.

The possibilities are endless. So pick up the Annual or Mini Catalog and look through the pages until you find something that really makes you want to pull out all your crafting supplies and start working. There are just so much to wonderful ideas to inspire you! Cards, bags, boxes, tags, etc. Whatever you select, have fun! After all, that is why we craft—to have some fun creating beautiful things to enjoy and to share.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Free Shipping Today Only!

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Lucky you! Today is the day!! Today you’ll get FREE Shipping on your order of $50 or more!!!!

So stock up on all your favorite items from Stampin’ Up! Pull out your wish list because what you save on shipping can be applied to more crafting goodies! Click here to visit my online store.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on all your favorite items In Colors for 2019-2021 and favorite Designer Series Paper.

  • Purple Posy
  • Seaside Spray
  • Rococo Rose
  • Terracotta Tile
  • Pretty Peacock

The retiring list will be released next week, and these items will be “while supply lasts”. And, as you know, In Colors and Designer Series Papers are the first things that run out. If you have a favorite color or favorite pattern paper pack, please order now and you enjoy the FREE shipping! Click here to visit my online store.

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


Free Shipping for One Day Only

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! I am excited to share that Stampin’ Up is offering free shipping for one day only — Wednesday, March 17th. How lucky for you! It’s been three years since Stampin’ Up offered free shipping so please take advantage of this special offer and stock up on crafting supplies, including things like adhesives and cardstock, to ensure that your order is $50 or more.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite crafting supplies!

  • Wish List Items that you’ve been dreaming about and that will get you super excited to play in your craft room
  • In Color 2019-2021 items – these will be retiring very soon, so now is great time to stock up on your favorite colors
  • Butterfly Bouquet early release items (especially the Butterfly Bijou 6×6 DSP and Natural Touch Specialty Paper which are only available between now and May 1st).
  • Hey Chick Bundle
  • Spring Mini Catalog items in order to make something special for Easter and Mother’s Day
  • Crafting Essentials like cardstock, adhesives and envelopes
  • Purchase those more expensive items you’ve been wanting such as Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Stamparatus, bundles or tools
  • Add to your color collection of Stampin’ Blends Markers or Classic Ink Pads
  • Pretty Designer Series Paper. If you love our designer series paper then stock up now! Our retiring list will be shared later next week and that means your favorite papers will sell out fast! And, it is very rare that a pack of DSP will carry over into the new catalog.
  • If you spend $150 or more, you earn Stampin’ Rewards for more free products! What a wonderful way to stretch your crafting budget!

If your order is more than $50, you will receive a thank you gift and card for shopping with me on Wednesday, March 17th.

Fine Print: This free shipping promotion applies to all new orders made during this 24-hour period on Wednesday, March 17th. All Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion, including year-end closeout, preorder items as well as *new* pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for stretching your crafting budget with Free Shipping and Stampin’ Rewards!


Fancy Phrases

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Happy Pi Day! Fun Fact: March 14 is the yearly celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Engineers, physicists and mathematicians celebrate March 14th since 3, 1, 4 happens to be the first three numbers of the mathematical constant of π. The first calculation of π was done by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. Unfortunately, I do not have a pi card to share. But, I do have a little something just for you!

The Fancy Phrases stamp set with its beautiful floral line art and fun sentiments. This stamp set is perfect for making birthday cards, friendship cards and more.

For this first card, I created the background piece by first stamping the large floral image several times using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloring the flowers and leaves using my Stampin’ Blends Markers: Old Olive (light & dark), Daffodil Delight (dark), Seaside Spray (dark), Highland Heather (light & dark), Rococo Rose (light & dark) and Color Lifter. This background piece is double matted with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape cardstock. For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and punched it out using the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch. To add some color and dimension to the sentiment piece, I touched each edge of the punched sentiment piece in Gorgeous Grape ink pad, matted it with a piece of Highland Heather cardstock and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The card front is embellished Basic Pearl Jewels and Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon.

If you do not have the patience for color, you can still create colorful cards with Fancy Phrases Stamp Set with monochromatic cards. This second card is created almost the exact same way. I stamped the large floral image in opposite corners using Melon Mambo ink — on small piece of Basic White cardstock and on the card base. The smaller stamped image is matted with Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock, embellished with the Basic Pearl Jewels and Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon. The sentiment was stamped in Melon Mambo ink, punched out using the Tailored Tag Punch and matted using two punched shapes in Basic Black.

And, I decorated the inside for a little extra touch.

Do you like the inside message in the middle of the card or in the lower right corner? Please leave me a comment to let me know which way you prefer and why. Thanks for stopping by!

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


Friends are Like Seashells

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Today, I wish to share a stunning card that I received in the mail from my good friend and downline, Kim Barbish. I wish I could say I taught her everything she knows, but this girl has oceans of talent!

Kim used the amazing products from the Sand & Sea CollectionFriends are like Seashells Bundle, Shells 3D Embossing Folder and Pearlescent Specialty Paper. And, I just love her color combination of inks (Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Seaside Spray and Basic Gray) and of cardstocks (Very Vanilla, Seaside Spray and Gray Granite). This card is just stunning in real life and that Pearlescent Specialty Paper really takes her design to the next level. 

And, let’s take a look at how she decorated the inside with Seaside Seashells die cuts and more Pearlescent Specialty Paper.

While I have the Sand & Sea Collection, I have not had the opportunity to use the stamps, dies and embossing folder together. Needless to say, I’ll be getting back in my hobby room to play with it soon. I definitely want to CASE – copy and share excitedly – this amazing card design.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for oceans of fun crafting with your favorite Stampin’ Up products.


Scrapbooking with Butterfly Brilliance

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Today, I am sharing a two-page scrapbook layout using Butterfly Brilliance Collection and its kaleidoscope of brilliant color. The Butterfly Brilliance Collection includes — Butterfly Brilliance Cling Stamp Set, Brilliant Wings Dies, Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper and Natural Touch Specialty Paper.

To create the background paper, I tried two methods of tone-on-tone stamping of the images — first, stamping straight up and down, and second, stamping in an offset pattern on a diagonal — using Butterfly Brilliance Stamp and Soft Sea Foam ink on Soft Sea Foam 12″x12″ Cardstock. As you can see in the photos below, both backgrounds turned out lovely. For my design decision, I choose the offset diagonal pattern. The F-sized Clear Arcylic Block is best used to create this layout.

Tip: when using a large background stamp, make sure that the stamp is thoroughly inked and apply solid pressure for about 5 seconds so that you get a good transfer of ink to the cardstock.

Using the Brilliant Wings Dies, I diecut the butterfly images from two pieces of the Butterfly Bijou 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper using my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. The butterfly die cuts were used to create the border and to embellish the Title Block.

To create the border, I cut several 2.5″x2.5″ squares of Bermuda Bay and So Saffron cardstock and 1/2″x12″ strips of Melon Mambo cardstock using my Paper Trimmer. I added some photo mats in various sizes using cardstock and some Bermuda Bay pattern paper from the pack of Butterfly Bijou DSP. The two small butterflies diecut from Butterfly Bijou DSP were used to embellish the Title Block (matted Basic White in top left corner) and were re-colored with Stampin’ Blend Markers in Magenta Madness and Flirty Flamingo to better match the layout color scheme.

This two-page layout is now ready for photos taken on the next bright spring day when I catch butterflies fluttering among the flowers. Did you know why butterflies flutter? A butterfly has four wings — a pair of fore wings in the front and two hind wings in the back. When they fly, their wings move up and down in a figure-eight pattern.  That is why butterflies flutter here and there, rather than fly in a straight line.

As a reminder, the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (stamp and dies) is an early release from the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. However, the Butterfly Bijou 6×6 Designer Series Paper is only available now through May 3rd, while supplies last. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please click here to visit my online store or use any of the links provided.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for creating a flutter of scrapbook pages!


Butterfly Brilliance Collection

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Today, I’m sharing a new early release collection from the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that lets you bring in the brilliance of nature to your craft room with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle. Bring in the beauty of nature with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and coordinating designer series paper, along with textured specialty paper that will put a pop of brilliance on every project. These items are available to order now through May 3rd. And, for a limited time, you can purchase the coordinating designer series paper and textured specialty paper!


Instead of ordering each product individually, purchase the Butterfly Brilliance products as a collection – just one product number needed (159408). Includes the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (at 10% off and is an early release for the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog), plus the exclusive the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper.

***Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper *** are available ONLY through May 3rd – or – while supplies last. These brilliant specialty papers will not carryover into the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.


Prepare yourself for a burst of butterflies with the Butterfly Brilliance Background Stamp. It is perfect for every butterfly occasion. Use this stamp to create projects for Mother’s Day, weddings, and more. Pair this stamp with greetings of your choice to customize it for the season or occasion. Not only is the art style realistically detailed which allows for a wide range of versatility, these butterflies are modeled after butterfly species from around the world! The butterflies on this single stamp are arranged for an easy background stamp, or alternatively, use a masking technique to stamp individual butterflies! Stamp the line-art image and add color with your choice of coloring technique, or apply different colors of ink to the stamp before stamping to create a unique look. Whatever you do with it, the results will be glorious! 

Brilliant Wings Dies

Create beautifully detailed butterflies for all of your paper crafting projects with the Brilliant Wings Dies. Once you’ve cut out a swarm of butterflies, you can create a background, make a focal point, or use them as accents. There’s so much you can do.  With the Brilliant Wings Dies, you can create your own butterflies that will lift off the page! You have the option of simple die-cut butterfly shapes, intricately detailed die-cut butterfly wings, or layer both styles to create wonderful 3D dimension! Get creative with how you color the spectacular wings with a range of inks and sponge daubers. And, these dies perfectly die cut the images from the exclusive Butterfly Bijou 6×6 Designer Series Paper.

Butterfly Bijou 6×6 Designer Series Paper Exclusive, While Supplies Last

Some people call a group of butterflies a kaleidoscope, and that’s what you’ll get with the Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. Choose from glorious butterfly patterns in shades of aqua, pink, and yellow or water-colored patterns that coordinate beautifully. You can’t go wrong with these unforgettable patterns.  The paper pack contains 48 sheets of patterned paper: 8 each of 6 double-sided designs. Colors include: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, So Saffron.

Natural Touch Specialty Paper Exclusive, While Supplies Last

Add lovely texture to your creations with the Natural Touch Specialty Paper. This pale woodgrain is versatile enough for any project and any time of year. It feels just like wood, yet you can stamp on it, emboss it, and use it with dies. Use large pieces of it as a background or cut out pieces to use as accents. Each package contains two 12″ x 12″ sheets. This Exclusive Specialty Paper is only available through May 3rd and while supplies last.  This will not be available in the 2021 Annual Catalog. And, believe me, you are going to want this paper in your craft stash — so please order soon. I already purchased two packages for myself.

Please click here and visit my online store. You are going to want to create something brilliant with these coordinating products.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for colorful kaleidoscope of butterflies.


Tips for Stamping like a Pro!

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Today, I would like to share eight tips for getting the best stamped impression. Stamps seem like straight forward art supply — just stamps, ink and paper. While many of you are already familiar with these tips, a reminder is always helpful.

  1. Before their first use, clean your stamps using your Stampin’ Mist and your Stampin’ Scrub to remove any oils and residue from the manufacturing process.   If you use your Simply Shammy, make sure that the surface of your stamp is squeaky clean.
  2. Select your clear acrylic block to more closely match the size of your stamp.  Choosing the right sized block makes it easier to hold and to control, providing you with even pressure and minimizing the potential for ink smudges.  Apply firm, even pressure to the stamp. Do not rock the stamp or slam it down. This will cause over stamping or blurring of the image. If using your Stamparatus, place stamp away from the hinges in order to provide even pressure when the stamp makes contact with the paper. 
  3. Tap-tap-tap your stamp on the surface of the ink pad using a light touch.  Make sure the stamp is well inked by looking at its surface. The ink should appear “shiny”. If there are areas that appear “dry,” you need to ink the stamp more thoroughly. Do not press too hard into the foam ink pad otherwise ink will “puddle” inside the groves of the stamp image and result in a blotchy stamped image.  You will know when you are pressing too hard in your ink pad, if you see a faded stamped image on surface of the ink pad – OR  –  if you are getting ink on the edges of your clear acrylic block.
  4. For the best impression, make sure to use firm flat work surface and add a cushion under the cardstock using a pad of grid paper or using the Stamparatus Foam Mat.  Card and craft tables tend to bow when pressure is applied to your stamp. This could cause problems stamping a good image on larger designs. Red rubber stamps already have a foam layer, but a cushion provides an even better image.  When stamping with photopolymer stamps, I definitely recommend to use a cushion.  Tip:  Fun Foam from your local craft store does the trick.  It is typically sold as 12”x18” sheets and works wonderfully with our grid paper.
  5. Large stamps and stamps with solid areas require more ink, more pressure, and longer contact time for the ink to transfer to the paper. Apply even pressure to entire stamp block using your fingertips, apply pressure for 2-3 seconds without moving the stamp. If you release the pressure too quickly, then not enough ink will transfer and penetrate into the cardstock. For large stamps or designs with a lot of filled in areas, you may apply more pressure if you stand up to stamp.  
  6. If photopolymer stamps are dirty and are losing their “stick”, recommend washing time with a very mild dishwashing soap and warm water.   Rinse them well and tap dry on your Simply Shammy.  Do not dry with paper towels as your stamp will pick up lint and paper fibers – affecting its stick!
  7. The photopolymer stamps DO stain, especially with red, purples and brown inks.  The good news is that staining does not affect performance, rather it shows that your stamps are well loved.  If you would like to minimize the staining, first ink your stamps using Versamark ink then apply the colored ink.  Stamp your image and clean promptly using Stampin’ Mist.  This will help minimize stains but will not prevent them. 
  8. Refresh your ink in your ink pad when it dries out!  With the newer foam style ink pads, constant pressure in the middle of the ink pad pushes the ink towards the outside edges.  Add a few drops of ink from Ink Refills, and use a plastic spoon to move the ink around evenly around the ink pad.  Pretend you are icing a cake or buttering toast.  Pull the ink inward from the edges of the ink pad.  This will help insure that you get a solid ink image.
  9. Store your stamps away from direct sunlight.  Red rubber will dry out, get a chalky surface and become brittle, while photopolymers stamps will turn yellow and become less pliable.  It is best to condition your stamps using Stampin’ Mist before you put them away.
  10. Finally, I recommend using Stampin’ Up cardstocks for the best stamped images. Different papers have different properties that affect the transfer of ink. Stampin’ Up papers are manufactured to work perfectly with all Stampin’ Up inks — Classic Inks Pads & Refills, Stampin’ Blend Markers, Stampin’ Write Markers as well as Water Color Pencils, Versamark Ink and Stampin’ Emboss Powders. If you are mixing products from different manufacturers, expect to do a lot of experimenting in order to find the right combination of paper and ink. Over the years, I have learned that Stampin’ Up Products provide the absolute best results!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for most enjoyable time stamping!


Something Sweet to Eat

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends! Add sweetness to someone’s day with the Sweet Ice Cream Stamp Set — complete with ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more. For a sweet deal, consider purchasing the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle — stamp set and coordinating Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch — it is perfect for thank you and birthday cards, as well as scrapbook pages for summertime fun.

This sweet card is made with lots of layers — Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper with Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss and Basic White cardstock. The ice cream scoops were stamped, punched and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And a touch of Wink of Stella was applied to add a little shine to the yummy ice cream. And, for a bit of texture, some Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon is tied around many of the card layers.

This photopolymer stamp set is a Two-Step Stampin’ set; it allows you to layer two or more images to create one final image with extra texture and dimension in the colors you want. Because the stamps are clear, it is easy to perfect align the stamped images.

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