Gift Packaging with Bags & Boxes

Are you looking for ideas for small hostess gift, party treats, wedding favors, graduation gifts?  Instead of buying bags for small treats and gifts, create them in a variety of sizes using the cardstock or Designer Series Paper of your choice.   

Check out all of these amazing ideas in the NEW 2018-2019 Stampin’ UP! catalog!  They are perfect to have on-hand and ready-to-go when you need a little something to let people know that you are thinking of them.

Use these acetate boxes for packaging A2-sized cards or other small gifts and fill up these clear tiny treat boxes with tiny treats.  Add your own personal touch with a belly band, twine or ribbon, and you’ll have a wonderful little gift for someone.

Use these cellophane bags for smalls treat and goodies. Just pop the treat into one of our shiny cellophane bags and add a cute tag or stamped header. These bags come in three sizes:  flat 2″x8″ size, gussetted 3″x6″ size and flat 6″x8″ size — just perfect for any of your crafting needs!  And very affordable!  

The Gift Bag Punch Board makes it super simple to create gift bags in varying sizes. All you have to do is punch, score, and adhere using your favorite color cardstock or DSP. 

And, Gift Box Punch Board creates boxes in a variety of sizes, up to 4″ and it is currently on clearance at a lower price!

And, these mini gable boxes are adorable to decorate and are food safe.  They come in silver or lustrous white. They can be diecut using your bigshot and colored using sponge or brayer to match any design concept.

And, these die-cut pillow boxes and mini-pizza boxes are perfect for gifts and goodies!

And for a little bit of shine — the gold striped bags and copper tea tins are sure to please.  The bags may be customized by stamping, spritzing or brayering on the white sections.  And, you can add your personal touch to decorate the tea tins and fill the inside with treats or notecards.

Yes, all of these items are available to purchase using my on-line store, just click on the links provided.  Trust me, you’ll want to have these products available on-hand for creating a small personalized gift, especially when those last minute needs arrive.

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




Must Have Stamps from new Catalog

The new annual catalog is a hit with demonstrators and customers!  I am having so much fun flipping through the 240+ page catalog for inspiration.  Of course, I love stamps from Stampin’ Up!.  Just like children, it is hard not to play favorites….but here are three brand-new, must-have stamps that I believe every paper crafter needs to have:

Itty Bitty Greetings — 32 sentiments for almost every occasion

Friendly Expressions — five big sentiments for when your heart is full

Healing Hugs – because sometimes only a hug will do

All of these stamps sets are available in clear-mount or in wood-mount, and available in English and French.  Just check on the links provided to learn more about these wonderful must-have stamp sets.

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


Favorites Bundles in the New Catalog

Oh my, where to begin?  When I first sat down with my new catalog, I created a three  page list of must haves!  LOL!  With the color revamp, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Blends and 240+ pages of inspiration — it is easy to create an extra long wish list this year!

Let’s start with bundles because you receive two new coordinating products for a 10% discount!  Bundles always end up my wish list because of the fabulous results of their coordinating designs and the discount price is only good for the current year.  Since I love nature, it is not too much of a surprise that these bundles where at the top of my list:

Abstract Impressions Bundle (with stamp set of the same name and coordinating dies Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies) is part of the Garden Impressions product suite that’s perfect for releasing your inner artist for watercolor floral images, great sentiments, intricate butterfly and flower cluster dies.


Check out this video showcasing the Abstract Impressions bundle.


Lilypad Lake Bundle (with stamp set by the same name and coordinating Lakeside Framelits dies) for creating feminine and masculine cards with lake and ocean scenes.


Rooted in Nature (with stamp set by the same name and coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits dies) is part of Nature’s Poem product suite that’s perfect for creating feminine and masculine cards year round.


Not convinced that this will be a personal favorite, check out this video featuring the Rooted in Nature bundle.

And finally, Sea of Texture (with stamp set by the same name and coordinating Under the Sea Thinlits dies) is part of the Tranquil Texture product suite and is perfect for creating oceans of fun this summer!


While these are my four must-have bundles, the new catalog offers 32 new bundles!  So there is certainly something to inspire your crafting talents.  Just click here to view these fabulous bundles from my on-line store.

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


Starter Kit Facts and Suggestions

When you received your new catalog, did you create a crazy long wish list?  With the color revamp and 240+ pages of inspiration, it would be easy to create an extra long wish list this year.  Have you thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so that you can purchase those items at a discount?

Seriously, all paper crafters should consider purchasing the Starter Kit.  And, here are eight questions and answers worth considering:

#1 – What will you get in the Starter Kit?

  • Up to $125 worth of any product you want
  • a case of eight new 2018-19 catalogs to share with family and friends
  • a package of business supplies & order forms
  • a free Paper Pumpkin kit to try out
  • your demo ID number and exclusive website access

#2 – How much does the Starter Kit cost and how long does it take?

  • $99 plus your local tax rate plus your kit ships for free!
  • 20% basic demo discount begins with your first order (not the starter kit)
  • takes about one week to arrive, typically

#3 – What other perks are there for getting the Starter Kit?

  • immediate access to the demonstrator forums, gallery and training resources
  • free subscription to the gorgeous Stampin’ Success magazine (quarterly)
  • be part of a community of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who freely share tips and ideas
  • join so you can attend monthly meetings and conventions like OnStage
  • having me as your upline for assistance and for fun!

#4 – What if I don’t want to make a business out of it?

  • join just for the discount and the fun
  • join to improve your crafting skills
  • expand your stamp collection and supplies
  • stay active with a low $300 quarterly minimum order (it really isn’t hard to do!)
  • remain a “hobby demo” for as long as you want or decide to turn it into a business

#5 – What if I DO want to make a business out of it?

  • set your own hours around what works best for you and your family
  • track expenses and select purchases wisely
  • start with 20% discount off and proceed to 25% as your business grows
  • earn additional income based on the volume of your monthly sales 
  • earn free stamps through the Quick Start program
  • invite people to join your growing team and make commission on their sales
  • earn stampin’ rewards, bonuses, product credit, incentive trips and more

#6 – Where do I go to sign up?

  • contact me and join my team 
  • it will take about 15 minutes to enter all your info and select your Starter Kit
  • all major credit and debit cards are accepted.

#7 – What should I choose for my Starter Kit?

  • pick items on your wishlist  (up to $125 worth but not over) “OR” select items from and coordinate with your favorite Product Suite “OR” view a suggested Starter Kit 
  • select complimenting items to Stampin’ Up! products that you already own
  • pick your favorite color family and focus choices that compliment it
  • use an Excel spreadsheet or calculator to do the math — select products “up to” $125 worth but not over that amount — mix and match to get the most value for that $125 — then put the remaining items on your first order (you start receiving the 20% discount with your first order)
  • ask me for assistance

#8 – Is there anything else I should know?

  • there are no strings attached!  You can continue for as long as you want.  No one is going to pressure you!
  • be prepared to have ridiculous amounts of fun
  • be prepared to meet many fabulous people on this paper crafting journey 
  • be prepared to make new best friends from around the world
  • learn why paper crafting is all about building relationships — if you don’t understand that now, you will very, very soon!
  • you are going to love it because this was truly one of the best decisions I made

If you have any other questions, please let me know.  I’ll be happy to welcome you to my Crafting Hugs team!

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


New Catalog, New Features

05.02.18_SHAREABLE_AC2018_CatalogCover_USCA (1)This new catalog is amazing!  I’ve had lots of fun leafing through the pages, creating and then recompiling wish lists!  Gosh, I want it all!  But, if I got it all now, I would have trouble deciding what to play with first!  LOL!

A couple of things, that I enjoy when doing while reading and re-reading my catalog, is lingering over the letter from Shelli Gardner, Co-founder and Board Chair for Stampin’ Up!  In her open letter to all of us (on the inside cover), she reminisces over starting her business 30 years ago.  And because Stampin’ Up! started as a family business in her living room, Shelli shares recent photos of her husband, her five daughters and their families.  Believe me, Shelli is the genuine article.  She is sincere, sweet, gracious, humble and a friend to everyone she meets!  I know because I spent time with her at On-Stage Milwaukee in April 2018.

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A NEW feature in the catalog is a unique product number for “You Can Make It” projects.  The older catalogs had inspiring or quick-to-create projects for crafters of every experience level.  The new catalog offers six specially bundled projects with a unique product number so that you can order everything needed to recreate the project plus it lists all the individual product numbers so that you order the items that you don’t already own!  These projects are great for new crafters and feature some of our favorite stamp sets like Waterfront, Beautiful Day and Daisy Delight.

you can make it

And did you see this icon legend in the catalog?  Be sure to note the blue ribbon seal for special bundle pricing for 10% discount that only applies during this catalog period — these products may carryover into the next year’s catalog but without the special pricing.  And, the youtube icon indicates video tutorials!  Wow!  What fun!

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Let’s take a look at this stamp set from the catalog.  Notice how some of the stamp images have different color backgrounds.  A yellow background indicates a coordinating punch.  A gray background indicates a coordinating framelit die.  In the title description, you’ll find the name and page number of these coordinating products as well as the suggested block sizes.

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The new 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog is filled with products and inspiration in its 241 pages. I’m certain you’ll be flipping through this amazing catalog over and over again, revisiting certain pages repeatedly.  Here are pages that you’ll want to bookmark — either with a paperclip, post-it note or your handmade tabs using the circle tab punch.

  • Page 4:  All 53 exclusive Stampin’ Up colors
  • Page 182:  All coordinating products in exclusive Stampin’ Up colors
  • Page 188:  Designer Series Papers
  • Page 197:  Embellishments, Ribbons & Trim
  • Page 205:  Stampin’ Blends
  • Page 210:  Punches
  • Page 213:  Adhesives
  • Page 214:  Big Shot, Dies and Embossing Folders
  • Page 224:  Stampin’ Rewards (so you never miss out on free goodies)
  • Page 230:  Stamp Index

If you need a catalog or any assistance in your paper crafting adventure, please contact me.  I’d love to send you a complementary catalog and have you attend my local stamp camps.

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



Behind the Scenes Look

petal promenade

Floral designs are “on-trend” this year, so it is no surprise that Stampin’ Up! created the Petal Promenade product suite with a gorgeous abundance of flowers to properly celebrate all the good things in life through paper crafting cards, scrapbooks and 3-D projects.  And, some of the papers include trimmable elements to add extra pizzazz to your projects.

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Check out this video to see how Kaitlyn Zumbach, a product designer, used her love for fresh  flowers and computer technology to design the new Petal Promenade designer series paper.   

Who knew that they would actually use real flowers??  And, who knew that so many of the new Stampin Up Core Colors were inspired by nature?? 

Which colors?  How about — Blushing Bride, Fresh Fig, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate and Tranquil Tide — just to name a few!


With so many wonderful new DSPs in the new catalog, it is probably a great time to offer my first paper share!

What’s a paper share?  That’s where I purchase the packs of paper, divide them up, and offer them for sale in smaller quantities.   This way, you get to enjoy crafting with all of these beautiful papers but at a lower cost.  Stay tuned for more information because I’ll be taking orders at the end of June.

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


Distinktive, a New Kind of Stamp

Because there is always room for innovation, Stampin’ Up! has trademarked a new style of red rubber stamp called Distinktive.  Do you remember the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Heartfelt Blooms?  Well, it was the first Distinktive stamp set and everyone loved the photo-realism of that red rubber stamp!  Now, our amazing Stampin’ Up! designers have created five new Distinktive stamp sets with that same wow factor for creating a monochromatic stamped image with different opacities for realistic dimension, depth and intensity.

The five new Distinktive stamp sets are:

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Whether stamped in soft subtles or bold rich colors, these Distinktive stamped images will make your projects stand out! Check out these projects created by Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists using the new Healing Hugs stamp set.

Tips for best results:  (1) clean your stamp thoroughly to remove any manufacturing residue; (2) ink your using the middle of the ink pad.  Inking stamp along edges of an ink pad may cause ink lines to appear in the final stamped image; (3) if your ink pad is too juicy, the ink may puddle and blur the image.  Simply blot your ink pad on scrap paper to remove the excess ink.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Designer Series Paper (aka DSP)

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There are 21 new designer series paper or pattern paper offered in the new catalog.  It is just gorgeous!  

We all love to buy pretty designer series paper or pattern paper.  If you are like me, you buy it with all the best intentions of using it — yet, it sits on the shelf because either:  (1) we didn’t have an immediate use for it, (2) it’s too pretty to use, or (3) we are saving it for something special.  Since February 2018, Kylie Bertucci, a demonstrator from Australia, has been challenging us with her #LoveItChopIt campaign on Facebook to use our stash of DSP. 

Kylie is giving us permission to tear open the plastic on our 12″x12″ DSP and cut it up.  Why?!?  Because once a sheet inside the package is cut, we are more likely to use other sheets from it!  And you know, she’s right!  When I looked at my paper stash of DSP, I had used more paper from inside “opened” packs of paper.  While other paper packs were forgotten and unloved, sitting in their original plastic wrap.  

And guess what else?  That 6″x6″ size of paper is much easier to store.  And that piece of white cardboard with the DSP label with a list of Stampin’ Up colors, can be trimmed to be divider (7″x6″), or cut to size and slipped into a plastic bag for storage.

Jackie Bultje, a Canadian demonstrator, suggests cutting up your 12″x12″ paper as ready-made card bases, each 4″x5-1/4″, which is the perfect size for matting with cardstock.  First, Jackie cuts her paper into 4″x12″ strips, and then cuts each strip into 5-1/4″ long segments (4″x5-1/4″).  The remaining small piece (1-1/2″x4″) can be used as an accent — because all DSP has two sides.  Now, those ready-made cards bases only need a sentiment and some embellishments to create a completed card!  Click here to check out Jackie’s YouTube video

Other standard sizes for cutting 6″x6″ paper for stamping, Jackie suggests cutting some into 3″x3″, which is the perfect size for mounting a card sentiment, or cutting the rest into 6″x2″ strips. 

For storage of chopped up DSP — Jackie recommends purchasing additional stamp storage cases — in Standard DVD size or in Full Wide/Wood-mount stamp set size.  A set of 4 empty stamp cases is just $7 — very affordable!  And best yet, your chopped paper is handy, sitting on the same shelf as your stamp sets!

Here are a couple of thoughts shared by Alessandra Winfield, another Australian demonstrator, from her #LoveItChopIt experience:

  1. Stampin’ Up mission statement is to Love it – Live it – Share it.  Alessandra sees no point in saving paper.  If it is sitting in its original plastic wrap, she feels like she is wasting money because that beautiful paper is not being enjoyed and it is not fulfilling any purpose!
  2. If you don’t have a specific use for your DSP, then she recommends cut it up as ready-made card fronts, or at least 6″x6″ rather than storing it as its original 12″x12″ size — it will take up less space in your craft room.  
  3. Cutting up your DSP will give you a sense of accomplishment because you will gain storage space, reduce clutter and have a purpose for your DSP — as ready-made card fronts.

In the days ahead, I’ll give you some ideas for using your DSP.

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




Varied Vases Bundle

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The Varied Vases Bundle was inspired by Mary Fish, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator from Tucson, Arizona and a million dollar sales achiever!  I love the simplicity of these floral  designs and the two-step stamp technique that can be used to make hundreds of different projects.  These flowers will never wither, and you can create many different vases by turning them upside down or cutting them.  Please note the tiny tulips — that’s a classic Mary Fish’s signature item.  And, as a special treat, here is Mary Fish’s video showcasing the Varied Vases bundle.  The video is about 15-minutes long and showcases many products designed by Mary.  Enjoy!

Here are just a few of the designs that you can make using this bundle.

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And while you can purchase the Varied Vases photopolymer stamp set and Vases Builder Punch separately, you will save 10% when you purchase the bundle.

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


June’s Paper Pumpkin Kit Surprise!


Because perfectly coordinated products have always been one of Stampin’ Up’s strengths, June’s Paper Pumpkin is designed to coordinate with the new spectacular Broadway Bound product suite found on page 68-69 in the new annual catalog.  Woohoo!  Now you can expand your creativity with the full range of coordinating products. 

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Our brand-new Broadway Bound Suite has movie star quality meets project runway!  Just think of how many more spectacular projects that you can make and how many ways you can be inspired with creative alternate projects using this bold new color combination of Lemon-Lime Twist, Lovely Lipstick, Basic Black and Shimmer Gold paper! 


Paper Pumpkin is an incredible value!  And, you have the ability to expand your creative options with all the coordinating products from the Broadway Bound product suite.  If you are a current subscriber, you will automatically receive this kit.

If you are a new subscriber, the deadline to subscribe for the June Paper Pumpkin kit is June 10, 2018 11:59 PM (MT).   If you are a previous subscriber, now is a terrific time to reactivate your subscription.  Please note that it is entirely possible that this kit could sell out, so don’t delay!

Please use this link to subscribe or to reactivate your subscription.  

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