Crafting Forever

Welcome crafting friends!

As recommended by the sentiment in the Crafting Forever Stamp Set, you should “do something creative every day!” With these beautiful line-art images of crafting essentials, it’s easy to jump right in and get creative anytime. But this set is cut out for so much more!

crafting forever stamp set

It also fulfills the Angel Policy, which allows you to sell hand-stamped items using Stampin’ Up! products while honoring the copyright laws.

crafting forever stamp set

This fun stamp set will remind you how much you love sharing your creativity with others.  Here another fun card using Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack.

crafting forever stamp set idea

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


Rewards of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

You already know how very generous Stampin’ Up! is to its customers.  But, do you know how generous Stampin’ Up is to its demonstrators?  

Here are some great reasons for joining me as a demonstrator:

  1.  $99 Starter Kit — Customize your kit with $125 in product from the new catalog using your wish list.  Your starter kit comes withfree Paper Pumpkin kit (that’s a $20 value) and free catalogs (that’s $40 value) to share with eight family members and friends.  Your starter kit will ship for free (that’s another $10 savings)! And, there is no obligation to host workshops, sell products or personally purchase anything beyond the contents of your kit!
  2. Happy shopper discounts of 20% to 25% on purchases while earning full-price sales credit in Stampin’ Rewards  Stampin’ Up! recognizes that its demonstrators are great customers, too!  Therefore once you join as a demonstrator, you receive same great products at a discount price while earning the full-price value of the Stampin’ Rewards of a customer.  THIS IS TRULY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — customer benefits AND demonstrator benefits — with same ability to earn more free stuff!  So, stock up and save on your favorite products, including the cost-saving bundles and other promotions!
  3. Social Aspects — As a demonstrator, you will enjoy stamping with friends and family, making new friends, being part of world-wide Stampin’ Up! community and attending exclusive SU events locally, nationally and internationally. 
  4. Extra spending money, free products and incentive trips — Many demonstrators start out as hobbists to offset the cost of crafting supplies, and then realize the benefits of a successful business in direct sales.  There are many perks including incentive trips and flex point rewards for sales, advancement, leadership and recruiting.
  5. Sneak Peeks and behind the scenes information from Stampin’ Up!  As a demonstrator, you’ll receive weekly emails and a quarterly magazine with latest news, trends and crafting ideas.
  6. Creative Inspiration You will have access to on-line resources, exclusive demonstrator websites and inspiration from Stampin’ Up! family of demonstrators for more crafting ideas and techniques.
  7. Advance purchase of new products before a catalog release As a demonstrator, you can preview new catalogs and purchase new products in August, before the new Holiday Catalog is released; in December, before the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion are announced; and next May, before the new Annual Catalog is released!  
  8. No risk to join! — Enjoy the demonstrator benefits from now through the end of the next full Stampin’ Up! quarter.  If you enjoy the demonstrator benefits mentioned above and wish to continue with those benefits, then you will need to make minimum purchase of $300 (in personal and/or customer sales) by 30 September, and quarterly thereafter.

Joining is one of the best decisions I made! Contact me for more information and we can set up a time to chat.  No pressure, I promise!  I love what I do and would love to share it with you! 

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



PS:  Stampin’ Up! quarters run from January – March; April – June; July – September; and October – December.  Depending on which month that you join, you may receive additional time to enjoy those benefits, to make that first $300 minimum and to decide to continue as a demonstrator or drop with no penalty!  If you join in June, you will have until 30 September to make your minimums and be able to take advantage of “We HEART Host” promotion in June — earning $35 in extra Stampin’ Rewards for more free products.  If you join in July, you will have until 31 December to make your minimum, but you will miss out on June’s We HEART Hosts promotion.  Let’s talk about your situation and when might be best time for you to join!


The New Catalog is Finally Here!

2017 2018 catalog

The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog has lots of new wonderful products to spark your creativity.  It is hard to believe, but this catalog is bigger and better than last year’s.  Here is a list of the new goodies that you’ll find in the 233-page catalog:

  • 5 new In-Colors
  • 3 new Card Kits
  • 1 Day Planner Kit
  • 6 new Hostess Gifts
  • 6 new Punches
  • 7 new Embossing Folders
  • 14 new Coordinating Product Suites
  • 15 new stacks of Designer Papers
  • 18 new Embellishments
  • 19 new sets of Framelits and Thinlits for die cutting
  • 22 Cost Saving Bundles
  • 56 new Ribbons
  • 74 new stamp sets

Just click here to shop using my on-line store.  

***Remember: All ordering from the new catalog will begin at 12 noon Mountain Time (that’s 2 pm Eastern Time) after Stampin’ Up! transitions their computer systems to the new catalog.  

extra stampin rewards

And starting today, Stampin’ Up! is launching a new “WE HEART HOSTS” promotion along with the new catalog. With qualifying hostess orders greater than $350 (product total excluding shipping and sales tax) through June 30th, you will earn an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards—that’s in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards you already earn.  What a wonderful incentive — more free stuff!  There are lots of ways to take advantage of this promotion:  order everything on your wish list *OR* combined your order with a friend and share the rewards *OR* host a party with your friends to reap bigger rewards.  The party can be on-line, in-person at your home or invite your friends to my place.  Just make sure you close your party orders by June 30th.  Just let me know, and I will help you earn free stuff!

stampin rewards for june


Apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward your very own starter kit and become an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Select items on your wish list from the new catalog for your starter kit — including the cost-savings bundles!  And, Stampin’ Up! with provide the business supplies and ship your starter kit for FREE! (note:  Starter Kit orders do not qualify for the We HEART Hosts promotion mentioned above, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.)

As a demonstrator, you can stock up and save 20% or more on your favorite Stampin’ Up! paper, stamps, inks and tools PLUS earn more free and discounted products thru Stampin’ Rewards and other Stampin’ Up! promotions.  There is no risk and no penalty if you decide to drop.  From the time you join through the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter,you can “test drive” demonstrator discounts and benefits! If you reach $300 in sales by September 30th, you will automatically renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter. If you don’t reach $300 in sales, you can “drop” without any penalty.  Contact me for more information!  Joining was one of the best decisions I’ve made!  This is a great way to support your hobby and share what you love!

Sending you crafting hugs!


New Product Videos by Stampin’ Up!

In the last 24 hours, Stampin’ Up! has released 12 new videos featuring tips and techniques for using the wonderful new products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!   Find a comfy chair and grab your favorite beverage so that you can enjoy viewing these videos.   And, you might want to find a pencil paper in order to write down the tips and tricks for using products on your wish list.

  • Click here to see tips for using the new 3D Embossing Folders that are extra deep
  • Click here to see how the new Memories & More products coordinate with other fabulous Stampin’ Up! products for memory keeping, card keeping and gift giving
  • Click here to see new cardmaking techniques using the new Embossing Paste for adding texture and interest to your crafting projects
  • Click here to see the new Coffee Cafe bundle — just what every coffee drinker craves!
  • Click here to see the Home Life bundle
  • Click here to see the Oh So Eclectic bundle
  • Click here to see the Little Wild bundle
  • Click here to see the new Move Me bundle
  • Click here to see the Eastern Beauty bundle
  • Click here to see the Hello Friend Heat Embossing Card Kit — this card kit is a great value — you learn new heat embossing techniques and make 15 cards — either five of three designs or switch it up and make your own unique cards.
  • Click here to see the Love Today Planner Kit with refills available
  • Click here to see the new Designer Series Paper
  • Click here to see the new Specialty Designer Papers

Remember the “We Heart Hosts” promotion, especially if you have a large wish list. Starting June 1 and ending June 30th, with a product order of $350 or more (before shipping and tax) you earn $35 in bonus Stampin’ Rewards in addition the regular Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  That’s extra free product!

Leave me a comment or send me an email about your favorite products.  My list of favorite items is coming in a future blog post.

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


Sneak Peek: At Home with You Bundle

Open the door to your creativity with this “a-door-able” bundle, containing the At Home with You Stamp Set and coordinating At Home Framelits Dies.  

In this 3-minute video, Brandi shows you some of the creative possibilities with this bundle.  Whether you are designing a Christmas card or a congratulations on you new home or something else — you’re going to want this bundle on your wish list because it is just adorable!  

Here is a sample of what you can create.  


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


Sneak Peek: Color Theory Product Suite

You are going to love this new product suite in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog by Stampin’ Up!  With it, you can create cards and projects for every season. The products in this suite feature beautiful brushstrokes with nature-inspired colors and images. 

While I can’t show you the catalog, here is a sneak peek 3-minute video showing the stamps, dies and designer papers with a few of the new embellishments to tempt you.

Click here to watch the video. 

I had so much fun playing with my pre-order especially the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  Here are some of the cards that I made.   For the card on the left, I used 2-step stamping technique and my stamp-a-ma-gig tool to create the sling-back chair using Dapper Denim and Soft Suede. 

As for the card on the right, I just love those Adirondack chairs die cut from Crumb Cake cardstock, and then sponged using Soft Suede to add some character to those chairs.  I used Soft Sky and my watercolor background stamp, and then stamped the sentiment in Dapper Denim.  I really love the font and the message of those sentiments!

This stamp set has many more great sentiments, including:  “May all your tomorrows be as happy as today”.  Trust me, this is going to be a bundle that you’ll have on your wish list from the new catalog.  And, here is what is “new” in the new catalog…..


Good news!  Stampin’ Up! is mailing out the new catalogs this week!  How exciting is that!  All of my current customers will receive a copy of the catalog by mail — so be on the look out for it.  I can’t wait to hear what you think.  I know that you’re going to love it!

If you do not have a demonstrator or are new to Stampin’ Up!, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Please send me an email at, and I’ll be happy to send you a complementary copy of the new catalog, too!  There is nothing more fun that sipping your favorite beverage and flipping through the new catalog for the first time!

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


Sneak Peek Video: Wood Textures Suite

Thanks for stopping by!  

Here is a short 5-minute video introducing you to the Wood Textures Suite, that will be available June 1st.  This charming suite of products will add the rustic look to your projects.  It is a great option for masculine cards and projects.  And, the wood patterned paper stack will add that special design element for die cutting little crates to package treats for family and friends.

Here are two very different cards that I made using Wood Words stamp set that is part of this product suite.  The card on the left uses Copper Stampin’ Embossing Powder, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie markers, and some Linen Thread.  For the card on the right, I created a focal point by ruffling and sandwiching the Very Vanilla Lace Trim between two die cut ovals from Stitched Shape Framelits.  The lace is held securely in place with Fast Fuse.  Both cards have a homey, country flare that is sure to brighten someone’s day!

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



Paper Pumpkin Promotion

Starting TODAY (May 11) and ending June 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers will receive an introductory 25% discount on the June, July, and August 2017 kits.

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Benefits of Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Creating projects such as card sets, gift giving and home decor items.
  • The option to craft together with friends or to craftng on the go — easily portable and slips into your tote bag or suitcase!
  • The ability to purchase refills of your favorite kits so you have flexibility of making more items or creating alternative projects.
  • Purchasing past kits while supplies last.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • Anticipation with the surprise factor!

Fine print of this promotion:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions only, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95.
  • Enter the promo code, “STARTHERE” upon checkout.

Paper Pumpkin kits include all you need for a monthly creative fix!  

Add a subscription to your next Stampin’ Up! order.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



SNEAK PEAK: New Designer Series Paper Stacks

Check out this video of Stampin’ Up!’s newest Designer Series Paper Stacks from the upcoming 2017-2018 annual catalog.  Each paper stack contains 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs) of exquisite 6″ x 6″ designer papers perfect for cards, memory keeping, and all of your paper crafting needs.  These beautiful papers will be available to order June 1st.  I know that you’re going to enjoy crafting with them.

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


Stampin’ Rewards

You know, I really do adore the rewards program that Stampin’ Up! offers us, both as shoppers and as demonstrators. As shoppers, we get some great rewards – all year round, if you spend over $150 you get 10% of your order total (or $15 in free products) to spend on anything you like in the current catalog, including a selection of Exclusive Hostess stamp sets. And that percentage goes up with your order total.  If you spend over $450, you will earn 14% in stampin’ rewards (about $63 in free products) plus you can choose one other item for 50% off (and discount even applies to the Big Shot)!  

stampin rewards

All of the Exclusive Hostess set can be seen on pages 198-201 in your annual catalog as well as on page 3 of the new Occasions catalog.  These are only offered for limited time, and are retired when the new catalog comes out with new hostess set offerings.  Below are the current offerings, some are available in French and German too!

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