Hugs from Shelli

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You are in for a treat with May’s Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s board chair and cofounder, designed this very special Paper Pumpkin kit just for you! It’s exclusive, collectible, and one of a kind. Die-hard Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! fans won’t want to miss this special edition.

I got a sneak peek at OnStage Charlotte.  And guess what, this paper pumpkin kit complements a new Bird Blooms product suite in the new Annual Catalog coming in June!  So you will have lots of opportunities to enjoy paper crafting with this kit.

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Isn’t this an adorable card?  It is actually a note card size, but I matted it with Fresh Fig and created a full sized card.  And look how I re-purposed the pre-printed envelope — double matting with Granny Apple Green and Soft Suede, and I used first and second generation stamping on the card blank for added interest.

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The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant, feminine, and so full of springtime details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit!  And what else comes in the box????  Well, you’ll have to wait and see.  The box itself is something that you’ll want to keep!

And guess what, for this kit only, there will be an option to order it online by May 10 since it is a special edition.  That’s right so subscribers and non-subscribers will have the ability to get this kit. 

Here is some exciting news, more Paper Pumpkin kits, like Hugs from Shelli, will be coordinating more with Stampin’ Up! catalog products in the future.  This will provide you with more opportunities to enjoy paper crafting!!

If you’d like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, click on this link.

Stampin’ Up! is committed to offering Paper Pumpkin at the best possible value for the lowest price point.  In six years, there has not been a price increase until now.  Beginning 1 June, the price will go up from $19.95 to $22.00 to cover increasing shipping costs in order to continue providing you with an incredible value month after month!  And, it is a truly incredible value, typically making 8-12 cards or 24 gifts, and there is always enough supplies for alternative project designs for more creative fun.

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




Changes Coming with New Catalog

Hello my crafty friends!  As you may have heard, Stampin’ Up has announced what’s retiring.  While stamp sets are guaranteed through May 24th, all other retiring products are while supplies last through June 3rd.  While we hate to say goodbye to our favorites from the retired list, we are ready to welcome new favorites with which to craft! 

Here are a few changes in the new annual catalog that you need to be aware of:

First, all the clear-mount and wood-mount stamps sets, that are carrying over into the new annual catalog, will be reconfigured to the new and improved cling stamps.  Be sure to check these lists.

Stamp Sets Carrying Over and Reconfigured to Cling

Retiring from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog

Retiring from the 2019 Occasions Catalog

Second, after many problems with back orders and manufacturing in China, Stampin Up has decided to discontinue its partnership with Sizzix and we will no longer be offering the Big Shot.  Instead, Stampin’ Up has decided to design its own die cutting/embossing machine and to find a manufacturer in the US!  When this new die cutting/embossing machine is offered — it will work with all of your existing dies and embossing folders!  And, the new dies will be designed to make it easier to align — because the cutting edge will hug the edge of the stamped image!  If you need any cutting plates, you many want to order those from Amazon.   

Similarly, Stampin’ Up has discontinued the 12″ personal trimmer after repeated manufacturing problems with the trimmer blades.  Stampin’ Up will be designing and offering a new paper trimmer in the near future.  Stampin’ Up has ordered extra shipments of replacement trimmer blades to meet the expected demand — with a limit of six packages per order.  If trimmer blades are un-orderable, recommend adding your email on the ordering page to receive notices for when these items are back in stock.  

I want to leave you with one final thought.  Stampin’ Up wants to provide you with the best crafting experience and only offers the best quality products and tools.  You can count on Stampin’ Up to research, design, and test its products before offering them.  When other companies were quick to offer stamp alignment tools, Stampin’ Up took the extra time to design something extraordinary — the Stamparatus — which is the very the best alignment tool on the market.  I know that when Stampin’ Up offers their own diecutting/embossing machine and its new trimmer – that you are going to love them!  

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


Retiring List


It’s time to say goodbye to some retiring products from both the 2018 / 2019 Annual Catalog and the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

These products won’t be carrying over, and are now only available WHILE STOCKS LAST, or until June 3rd, whichever happens first.

Stamp Sets Carrying Over and Reconfigured to Cling

Retiring from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog

Retiring from the 2019 Occasions Catalog

Important Note!  Read carefully!!

  • Some stamp sets are listed as retiring, but are actually just being reconfigured into clear mount and will be carrying over.   Double check that first list!
  • For some, the bundle pricing for saving 10% is retiring, but the stamp set and coordinating item may be carrying over to the new catalog.  So, remember to purchase the bundle now when you can save the 10%.

Some surprises on the retiring list:  Lovely as a Tree, Ribbon of Courage and Large Letter Framelits

If you place your order online (which I would recommend so you can see in real time what’s available still), don’t forget to use my April Host Code for a small gift in mid May.

April Host Code:  Q3GY2PY3

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Storage by Stampin’ Up!® is Here!


Coming April 1st – NO FOOLING – Storage by Stampin’ Up!® for your Ink Pads, Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, ribbon and more!  Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you. Our new product line, Storage by Stampin’ Up!, provides you with modular storage solutions that let you organize—and customize—your space your way

The new storage systems allow you to configure the components any way that works for your products.  And you can add pieces as your collection of inks grows.

Here’s some of the other features and benefits of the new system:

  • Keeps your products organized, tidy, visible and in easy reach at all times.
  • Stores your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Blends horizontally as recommended.
  • Designed to be functional and modular so that it can be arranged to fit any space.
  • Coordinates naturally with any decor with its white neutral color.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

Check out this video — you’re going to love how simple it is to customize!

Click here to see the product details.

Click here to determine how best to configure your storage system and organize your ink pads, markers, blends and reinkers.

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



Benefits of Your Stampin’ Up! Business


Obviously, we love Stampin’ Up! products.  We love new catalogs, attending classes and learning new techniques.  One of the benefits of having a Stampin’ Up hobby (and business) is to relieve life stresses to do something enjoyable, and to improve your overall happiness.  Plus, Stampin’ Up! allows you to spend time doing something that you enjoy and that benefits others.

Here are just a few ways that a Stampin’ Up! business can improve your life.

  1. It will give you a sense of purpose to share what you love with others.
  2. It offers new challenges and experiences to explore you and your talents.
  3. It provides you with opportunity to save money as well as make money (part-time or full time).
  4. It provides a pleasurable and productive distraction from your day job and personal troubles because it is a great stress reliever.
  5. It stimulates your brain, improves your focus and your ability to think creatively.
  6. It can help you transition to a new career or to retirement with a fresh start and gain a new perspective.
  7. It will strengthen your relationships with family, friends, coworkers and new acquaintances.
  8. It provides you with the opportunity to meet new people who have similar interests, to make lasting friendships and to increase your social circle.
  9. It provides you with the opportunity to give back – as a creative coach, a mentor, a team leader, a fundraiser and a volunteer.
  10. It will make your more interesting with more fun stories, experience and skills to share.

The starter kit is always a great deal.  However, during Sale-a-Bration promotion, there are EXTRA GOODIES – with $50 more in free product!!  


If you are interested in joining the Stampin’ Up! family, I am happy to talk with you.  If you have already made your decision to join, simply click here – and I will contact you shortly to welcome you to the Crafting Hugs Demonstrator Team.  Please be sure to join before March 31st in order to receive more free products in your starter kit.

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



Sale-a-Bration Gifts – while supplies last!

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Cock-a-doodle-do!  Hello to my crafting friends!  If you still have Sale-a-Bration gifts on your wish list, please get them as soon as possible.  
The GOOD NEWS that there are 22 wonderful Sale-a-Bration gifts to receive between now and March 31st — including this handsome guy from the Home to Roost stamp set.
The BAD NEWS is that Sale-a-Bration gifts are only available while supplies last.  Four Sale-a-Bration item are already SOLD OUT!  And once those Sale-a-Bration gifts are gone, they are gone for good.  Unfortunately, this includes our extremely popular coordination products too.
If any of those gifts are on your wish list, please act soon to avoid being disappointed! 
Click here to see what gifts are still available with your qualifying purchases.  And click here to see what coordination products are still available.  

Sale-a-bration Items Sold Out: 

  • Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Butterfly Elements
  • Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets
  • Precious Parcel Card Kit

Sale-a-bration Coordination Items Sold Out:

  • Call Me Cupcake Framelits Dies
  • Hop Around Framelits Dies

Sale-a-bration Coordination Items in LOW SUPPLY:

  • Lily Framelit Dies

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


Enjoy this Amazing Tote

craft and carry tote

This great tote is exclusively available to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, but only for a limited time (promotion ends March 31, 2019).  You can join my Crafting Hugs Demonstrator Team and get this amazing Craft & Carry Tote!

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You will enjoy this multipurpose tote you will use for years to come. This stylish canvas bag has two carrying straps making it super each to take your crafting supplies with you anywhere you go.  It has adjustable panels for rearranging the interior carrying space to accommodate all your favorite products.

In this video, George from the home office demonstrates all the features of this amazing tote — making it a must have item to promote your business, to organize your crafting supplies or to craft on the go!


This tote is only available as an option to new demonstrators who join Stampin’ Up! between January 3 and March 31, 2019. Want to join us? Find out more here.


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



2017-2019 In-Colors

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If you love Powder Pink, Lemon-lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig – these colors will be retiring in June when the new 2019-2021 In-Colors are introduced.  Please stock up on your favorite In-Colors very, very soon.  Why you say?  Every year, inventories on retired products go quickly, and I would hate for you to miss out on stocking up with your favorite color! 

Do you need Reinkers?  Or ribbon and embellishments in your favorite color? 

Please order NOW while supplies are available AND earn those fabulous Sale-a-Bration gifts, too!

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


Third Sale-a-Bration Release!

We’re in the final days of Sale-a-Bration, and Stampin’ Up is offer even more free gifts — a total of 24 gifts — with qualifying purchases.  Simply click on this link to visit my on-line store.  And more good news, the very popular Organdy Ribbon is back in stock with limited quantities.  So, if you’ve been waiting — please place your order soon!Third SAB Release 2019.jpeg

And, Stampin’ Up is also offering Sale-a-bration Coordination promotion to purchase  coordinating dies, punches and stamps to go with those free gifts you love!

SAB coordination limited edition

If you have any questions, please let me know!  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st — and those 24 free gifts are while supplies last.

Sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Limited Release Coordinating Products Available Tomorrow – March 1st!

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Stampin’ Up is offering six new products to purchase that will make you fall in love again with those wonderful Sale-a-Bration gifts!  

Fair warning….  these items are “while supplies last.”  I would love to promise you that they will be available the entire month of March, but there is no guarantee.  If they sell out sooner, they will be gone forever.  If these products are on your MUST HAVE list, I highly recommend ordering early!

Click here for a download pdf on these six wonderful products that are available for purchase and that coordinate with the free Sale-A-Bration gifts.

What can you make with these new products….here is just a few ideas for taking your free Sale-a-Bration gifts to a new level with Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily, Painted Season, So Hoppy Together and More Than Words.

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