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.

shelli gardner and lisa

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!

stamp reference key

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.

petal promenade dsp

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!


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!


Nature’s Poem Product Suite

The Nature’s Poem product suite celebrates everything that is beautiful in nature with images of majestic trees, leaves and tree rings.  This product suite, found on page 142-144 of the new annual catalog, has beautiful coordinating designer series paper, twine and metallic leaf embellishments which will help you create amazing projects — year round for men or women — using any combination of the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.

rooted in nature catalog samples

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video showcasing this gorgeous product suite.

All of these products are available from my on-line store.  And, you can save 10% when you purchase the Rooted In Nature bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies).  Just click on the links provide.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


New Catalog is Live!


Oh my!  There is so much to love in the new catalog!  There are 14 new product suites of coordinating products; 80 new stamp sets; 26 new dies, 6 new punches and 7 new embossing folders.  To jazz up your project design, there are 16 new designer series papers, 32 new ribbons and 22 new embellishments.  With the color revamp, you will find 16 fresh new colors, 5 new In-Colors and 6 returning favorite colors to spark your creativity by trying lots of new color combinations.  And, if that isn’t enough, there are 3 new kits, 4 new Memories & More card packs and over 450+ samples to CASE (copy and selectively edit).  Here is a short video highlighting just some of these amazing new products!

Couple of items that I know you’ll want on your wish list:

#1 Stamparatus (Item #146276) — this is a must have tool for all stampers!  It helps you to align your align stamped images perfectly; to mass-produce the same project quickly; and to ensure complete ink coverage.  You may want to order replacement magnets (Item #148213) because these powerful magnets can snap together and crack.


#2 Simply Shammy (Item #147042) — this is a reusable stamp cleaning cloth.  Just rinse in tap water under the sink and wipe your stamps, blocks or Stamparatus clean.  After use, rinse out any excess ink and store in an empty, clear-mount, standard-size stamp case (Item# 119105).  If it dries out, simply rinse under the sink faucet.  The shammy is 100-times better than baby wipes because it leaves no lint, no residue on your stamps.  And, while the cloth will stain with repeated used — that just means it is well loved!

simply shammy cloth

#3 Clear-Mount Standard Stamp Cases (Item #119105) — Extra stamp cases are great for organizing and storing embellishments (pearls, rhinestones, doilies), dimensionals, watercolor pencils, paper pumpkin stamps and of course you new Simply Shammy.  The printed catalog shows incorrectly shows a higher cost, the correct price is shown on-line is $6 for a set of four stamp cases.  These cases are a great way for storing your items on the shelf with your stamp sets. 

To order any of these great products, just click on the links provided or use the SHOP tab above.  If you have any questions or would like to receive a complementary catalog, please contact me at

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


Another sneak peak: Lilypad Lake

Nothing says summertime more than sailboats and white herons!  Whether you love salt, or fresh water, Lilypad Lake stamp set is sure to please!

lilypad lake by sandy alexander

This card was designed by Inky Angels demonstrator by the name of Sandy Alexander.  She used So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  This card certainly celebrates summertime for me!

Lilypad Lake is a new stamp that will be available to purchase on 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

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



SNEAK PEEK: Abstract Impression

Abstract Impressions stamp set will make you feel like an artist.  This two-step photopolymer stamp set will let you create beautiful flowers and butterflies in dazzling colors to display for all the world to see!  This stamp set is reminiscent of an old favorite red rubber Stampin’ Up set called Spring Garden – a personal favorite.  You’re going to love this new stamp set, especially when paired with Garden Impressions designer series paper and the new rainbow colors in 2018-2020 In-Colors collection!

I love the new Garden Impressions designer series paper and it coordinates so well with  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight inks and some Green Envy ribbon (retired) in my stash of craft supplies.

abstract impressions 2

Here is the same card in Calypso Coral, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight inks with Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon.  The image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and diecut using Stitched Shapes Framelit dies — for a beautiful framed artwork effect.

abstract impressions 1

You’re going to make stunning projects crafting with these beautiful colors and wonderful new products — available 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Contact me to day, if you’d like to get your personal copy of the catalog.

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