Top 10 Retiring Holiday Products

It’s hard to believe that December is here and it’s time to wish 2017 a fond farewell. The good news is that we are celebrating with a Stampin’ Up Year-End Sales Event; and you won’t want to miss it. You’ll be smiling over the fabulous deals on select retiring products which are only available while supplies last.

The Year-End Sales Event is happening now through January 2, 2018. Supplies are limited and customer favorites are likely to sell out quickly.  If you have had your eye on a product, please place it before it’s gone!

Shop now and be one of the first to get your hands on the Year-End Sales Event deals!

Here are some of my personal favorite Top 10 Retiring Products in alphabetical order:
Beach Little Christmas
Black Rhinestone Jewels
black rhinestones
Carols of Christmas (bundle – stamp & dies)
Foil Snowflakes
 foil snowflakes catalog image
Merry Little Labels (bundle – stamp & punch)
Season Like Christmas
Snowflake Sentiments (bundle – stamp & dies)
Spooky Cat
Watercolor Christmas
Winter Wonder Embossing Folder
 winter wonder EF image
All of these items and more are available for purchase while supplies last through my online store.  Just click here and happy shopping!
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up’s biggest annual sale of the year!!

I realize you are focused on the coming holidays, but wanted to alert you to something special happening on January 3, 2018.  It is every paper crafters most favorite Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration of the year.  With specials on new exciting stamps and products for customers, hostesses, new demonstrators and current demonstrators – there’s something fabulous for everyone!  Plus the new spring catalog is released!

What do Customers get?

For every $50.00 you spend, you earn free items featured in the exclusive Sale-A-Bration catalog to add to your craft stash – which provides you with lots of design choices when you create crafting hugs! 

  • The more you spend in the new spring catalog or in the current annual catalog, the more goodies you earn.
  • Choose ONE free Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item when you spend $50 (before ship/tax)
  • Choose ONE free Level 2 Sale-A-Bration items when you spend $100 (before ship/tax)
  • When you spend $150 or more, you will earn Sale-A-Bration items AND qualify for the usual Stampin’ Rewards (10% of your purchase total before tax and shipping)
  • There is No Limit to the number of Sale-A-Bration Rewards you can earn.
  • This year, the exclusive Sale-A-Bration catalog items include: stamps, 2-step stamps, designer paper, card kits, coordinating card blanks and envelopes, memories & more card pack, ribbon packs and thinlit dies!  Wow!

You are invited to my launch party – featuring all the new items from the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure on Saturday, January 6th. Enjoy make and takes, door prizes, ordering incentives, snacks and party favors.  Full details coming soon

A Great Time to Join Stampin’ Up! Family

Sale-A-Bration is one of the best times to test drive the many benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! family as a hobbyist and as a career demonstrator.  Joining is one of the best decisions I’ve made! Contact me at and we can set up a time to chat.  I love what I do and would love to share it with you!   And, I promise – no pressure! 

What do “NEW” demonstrators get?

  • $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for $99 plus tax.  Shipping if FREE!!!
  • During Sale-A-Bration, you automatically earn two Sale-A-Bration items to enjoy crafting with and to promote your new business
  • Enjoy all the new Occasions products and those in the annual catalog at 20% off
  • VIP access to attend exclusive Stampin’ Up! events, business training and stamping inspiration – plus preview and preorder all the new and wonderful Stampin’ Up! products
  • Share what you love with your family & friends plus enjoy making new friends!
  • No risk. If you reach $300 in sales by the end of the first FULL Stampin’ Up! quarter, you will renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter. If not, you can “drop” with no penalty. (Note:  The best time to sign up is in January, you will have additional time to reach your minimums – as your first FULL Stampin’ Up quarter will end on June 30th!)

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


STAMPARATUS: New Reservation Window opens Dec 5th!

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The results are in! The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes, which provided Stampin’ Up! with some very important information: You LOVE this new stamping tool! We couldn’t be more thrilled; in fact, your response was so amazing that Stampin’ Up! decided to make some important adjustments to the reservation process.

GOOD NEWS!  You don’t have to worry about not being able to reserve yours because there are no more ‘while supplies last” because EVERYONE can get their name on the reservation list through December 30, 2017.  Just a reminder, this is a RESERVATION not an order. You will receive a notification when your Stamparatus is in and you can officially “order” it so all you are doing is reserving it

The next reservation window will open AND remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the reservation window until December 30th. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!

Please note the following changes:

  • The reservation window will open at 2:00 PM MT (4:00 PM ET) on December 5th
  • Beginning March 19, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19.
  • In order to accommodate demand, Stampin’ Up! will not be offering a third window.   Instead, you’ll have to wait until June 2018 to order it when the new catalog is released. 

In short, the faster you get your name on the list and reserve your Stamparatus, the faster you’ll get it. And the first shipment day will be on 19th March and continue through the following months. 

What is Stamparatus and why do YOU NEED ONE?  It will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it! 

  • Make multiple stamped images with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp — it will be perfectly aligned!
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Need product details??  Click here to watch this video.  

  • Compatible with both Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Use the foam mat with photopolymer stamps, and remove the foam mat for red rubber stamps
  • It has rulers and gridlines for quick measuring and alignment
  • It has 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • It has 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • It has 2 magnets to hold the paper in place, and conveniently store underneath the base
  • Retail Price–$49.00 US

TO RESERVE YOUR STAMPARATUS – From the Stamparatus page on my Stampin’ Up! website here, click on the RESERVE link, which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please see click here.

Reservation is accomplished by credit card.  Your credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.


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


Flurry of Wishes

Just like snowflakes, Christmas cards can be one-of-a-kind when you make them yourself.   If you have always wanted to make your own Christmas cards — here’s your chance!  Send a flurry of warm Christmas wishes with snowflake-adorned cards using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  This is one of my favorite stamp sets, and the coordinating Snow Flurry Punch is on clearance for 40% off (regularly $18, now $10.80).  This Snow Flurry punch will add interest and depth to your projects by punching out snowflakes and popping them up with dimensionals.

Believe me, there’s no better or easier way to cut out stamped images than using a punch!  Just stamp on cardstock or specialty paper.  Next, hold the punch upside down (so that you can see the hole punch) and insert the stamped image into the punch.  Align image with the hole, and slowly squeeze to keep the cardstock from moving.  Then snap the punch closed and the stamped image will pop out in your hand.  Easy Peasy!

Here are some gift packaging and card making ideas for using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the coordinating Snow Flurry Punch.


flurry of wishes sample

And look how delicate the snowflake images are when heat embossed on watercolor paper or on vellum.

flurry of wishes sample 2

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


Cyber Monday – Free Shipping All Day

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Hey everyone!  Just a gentle reminder.  Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING today only.  That’s everything in the annual catalog, the holiday catalog and on clearance. 

Stock up on the basics like adhesive and cardstock.  Purchase those items on your wishlist.  This is a great time to purchase those more expensive items that you’ve been wanting like the Big Shot Machine or the Stampin’ Blends — because you’ll save 10% on shipping.  

And, if you purchase more than $150, you will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards — and earn more free stuff in the catalog.  That’s pretty sweet deal!

Click here to visit my on-line store, and Happy Shopping!  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!





Free Shipping – Mon Nov 27th

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Stampin’ Up! just announced that on Monday, November 27th…

they are doing something that they RARELY DO…..

and that is FREE SHIPPING for all orders!

I’m so glad so many of you have been having fun buying sale items during the Online Extravaganza sale this week.  The sale ends on Sunday so make sure you take advantage of the 10-40% off offers on the sale list itmes.  Click here to see the sale list items.

But in case, you were waiting to get everything else on your Wish List… why not take advantage of FREE shipping on November 27th?  This is a great time to stock up on basics — like adhesives and cardstock — and also to purchase anything from the holiday and annual catalogs and/or clearance rack and pay NO shipping!  That’s a 10% savings on your total order — large or small — because there are NO minimums.

Free shipping runs from November 27th 12:00 am to 11:59 pm Mountain Time

*******That’s 2:00 am to 1:59 pm Eastern Time for us!*******

Are the new Stampin’ Blends on your wish list?  If you purchase a couple of additional items such that your total is $150 or more, you’ll qualify for Stampin’ Rewards, too!  Now, that’s a sweet deal!

stampin rewards chart

Have fun shopping on Cyber Monday and enjoy free shipping.  Click here to visit my on-line store.  

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




Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza starts Monday, November 20! This amazing promotion includes exclusive deals and sales available for a limited time. I know you’ll want some of these items, so I don’t want you to miss this!  

There are 3 parts to this sale:

  1. Monday Nov. 20th, 24 hour stamp sale: 20% off selected sets
  2. Nov. 20 – 26: Exclusive deals priced at 10% to 50% off stamps and products!
  3. Nov. 27:  24 hour flash sale… check back soon for all the details

This week-long promotion runs from November 20 to 26.  It kicks off with a 24-hour stamp sale on Monday.  Select stamp sets will be 20% OFF for the first 24 hours only of Online Extravaganza.  There are some great stamp sets in this collection that you’ll find you will use over and over again!  The rest of the week, there are amazing deals on paper pumpkin kits, ribbon, embossing folders, cellophane bags, punches, framelits and thinlits.

Click here for a complete list stamps and products offered for a limited time during this Online Extravaganza.

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


Stamparatus – An Amazing New Tool

stamparatus bannerIt’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything.  I know a lot of you have Misti’s or other brands of stamp placement tools that you love.  Well, Stampin’ Up! broke the mold when it introduced Stamparatus!  It’s a Misti-on-steroids!  This amazing new stamp positioning tool unlike anything else out there, and if you watch the video below, you’ll see just how unique it is!

Click here, if the video does not load properly.

Why do YOU need one? 

  • Stamps multiple images with precision placement
  • Provides consistently crisp stamped images and clean stamped sentiments
  • Apply more ink and re-stamp for darker impressions
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Creates 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates 
  • Learn new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement like the hinge-step technique shown in the video.

Here are the product details:

  • It is compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • It comes with a foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • It has built in rulers and gridlines for quick measuring and alignment
  • It has a large work surface with 2 open sides – making it easier to stamp on larger-sized paper
  • It comes with 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 work surfaces to use for precision placement
  • It comes with 2 magnets to hold the paper in place and the magnets store conveniently on the back
  • It is easy to clean with Stampin’ Mist or Baby Wipes
  • It is easy to store – store magnets on the back, and remove the plates from their hinges to preserve the precision alignment of this amazing tool
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD—it’s very competitively price and much lower than other tools on the market

Click here for a flyer with lots of FAQs and answers!!


With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system.   By taking reservations, SU will know exactly how many to order from the manufacturer, which eliminates those very frustrating back-order situations of popular items.  It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. There will be 3 reservation periods for those that want it early. 

  • November 16–30, 2017 – Shipping Approx. February 1, 2018
  • December 5–30, 2017 – Shipping Approx. March 19, 2018
  • January 15–30, 2018 -Shipping Approx. April 15, 2018
  • If you don’t want to reserve it now, it will be in the Annual Catalog coming out in June 2018!

To be ready to reserve one for yourself, you will need to create a Stampin’ Up account with a login if you haven’t created one before.  There will be a page to choose your demonstrator.  Please be sure to select Lisa Padgett from Chesapeake VA as your demonstrator.  

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window. 
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information and set up an account.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from Stampin’ Up!
  • When it is ready to ship, you will receive a notice that it’s ready, and the only thing to do is wait impatiently for the driver in the brown truck to bring your stamping happiness to your door!

Click here for a tutorial in making your reservation.  If you need assistance, I am happy to assist you!

And lastly, I’m offering a free class on how to use this new tool for anyone who purchases one.  More details coming as the Stamparatus starts arriving!

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


Dare to Dream (exclusive host set)

dare to dream stamp

This eclectic host stamp set is only available with Stampin’ Rewards.  What are Stampin’ Rewards?  When you have a qualifying order of $150 or more — that’s considered a party.  And, you earn free products of your choosing — anything in the catalog.  This includes the six exclusive host stamps found on pages 220-223 in the annual catalog.

Stampin’ Rewards are based on the total amount spent in a single order.  For example:  if you spend $150, you get 10% or $15 in free product.  The more you spend, the more rewards.  If you spend $300, you get 12% in free product.  If you spend $450, you get 14% in free product *plus* any one item at 50% off (including the Big Shot machine or new Stampin’ Blends markers).

Here is a card that I received from a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the United Kingdom.  I just love the warmth and feeling of sunshine created with yellow star burst on Glossy White cardstock.

dare to dream host RAK

The breezy, dreamy stamps in this host set will remind you that adventures and dreams are never too far out of reach. Piece together a sentiment that expresses exactly what the wind has been whispering to you all along.

What would you dare to create with this exclusive stamp set?  With the holidays ahead and the new Stampin’ Blend markers, it would be very easy to achieve the $150 qualifying order to earn this stamp set.

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


The History of the Half Full Stamp Set


half full sample 1This wonderful stamp set, Half Full, celebrates the holidays and good times spent with family and friends.  However, this stamp set has some history that makes it extra special.

  • First, it was inspired by Linda Bauwin, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, as part of her million dollar sales celebration.  (How cool is that?  That a company so appreciates their demonstrators that they make dreams come true — designing a stamp set!)
  • Second, it honors the love and support of her husband, Jay, who passed away before this stamp set was completed.  If you look closely, you will see that the year of their wedding, 1975, is included on label of the wine bottle stamp.  And, the wine bottle label reads “1975, a glass of wine makes life divine”.   Now, that is a worthy toast and lasting memento!

half full stamp set catalog image

With the upcoming holidays, you’ll love creating bags, tags and fun-filled gifts with the Half Full stamp set.

half full sample 2

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