Best Deal Ever! Join my team!

Join the team during SAB

Have you had a big ticket item on your list for a while? Maybe you have been wanting to get the whole set of Stampin’ Blends or the Big Shot or the set of large letter framelits? All of these items are a little pricey, but what if you could get them for half price?

Right now during Sale-abration, you can!

The starter kit is $99 and you can select $125 for free!! Plus during Sale-a-Bration, you also get to pick two ANY PRICE stamp sets for FREE in addition to the $125 in product so you can get over $200 worth of stuff for only $99 plus FREE SHIPPING — saving you an additional 10% .

Here is an example….( you can pick whatever you want)

  • Whole set of Stampin Blends ($121.50)
  • Extra Color Lifter because you know you’ll need it ($4.50)

Then get any 2 stamp sets you want,

  • Guy Greetings wood-mount stamp set ($52)
  • Letters for You photopolymer stamp set ($49)

You only pay $99 total for all of that!  That is over $225 worth of product for only $99!

There is no contract or obligation to buy anything else but the discount is nice if you want to stay active or if you want a little extra side money. 

Now, you can test drive your demonstrator benefits and save 20% on all purchases now through 30 June.   You can purchase all the items on your wish list plus stock up on consumables – like cardstock, designer paper and adhesives – and earn Stampin’ Rewards.  Things you know you will use AND enjoy!  And during Sale-a-Bration, your purchases also earn you more free products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure!  Wow!  More free stuff!  If you want to remain active, you will need to purchase (or take orders) worth $300 per quarter.  Otherwise, simply do nothing and enjoy using your wonderful new Stampin’ Up! products.

If you would like to get your stampin kit, just click on Tab above for “Best Deal Ever”.  I would love to have you join my team!

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




Epic Celebrations

Masculine stamp sets are hard to come by, finding a stamp set that is timeless and yet youthful, but not too young is even harder!!  The Epic Celebration stamp set is perfect for creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals you know.  This is another exclusive Sale-A-Bration item that can be yours with a $50 purchase. 

Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to perfectly stamp the electric guitars and sentiments to create this classic card.  I used my light Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends marker to color the electric guitars, added some splatters from Timeless Textures stamp set and some Black and White Baker’s Twine.  The image piece was then matted with cardstock and a piece of retired designer series paper.

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This next card has several layers.  First, I stamped and fussy cut the electric guitar on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, then colored it using both the light and dark Stampin’ Blends from Cherry Cobbler combo and Smoky Slate combo packs.  For the sentiment piece was die cut using Layering Circle Framelits — with second largest circle and scalloped circles.  I used the Huffing technique and my Stampin’ Write markers to color “EPIC” in Cherry Cobbler and the rest in Basic Black to create the sentiment piece which I embellished with three black rhinestones (now retired, but you can create your own black rhinestones by coloring Rhinestone Basic Jewels with a Black Sharpie).  I created my own dotted designer paper using a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Cherry Cobbler ink and the dots stamp with first and second generation stamping.  I embellished the dotted designer paper with a thin strip of Silver Foil.  The large layer of Cherry Cobbler was dry embossed using my new Simple Stripes embossing folder, and I carefully swiped Basic Gray Archival ink pad over the raised embossed image to add color and dimension.  The piece was then mounted on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock cut 5″x8-1/2″ and folded in half.

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This timeless yet youthful Epic Celebration stamp set is a must have for your craft room.  And, it can be yours free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion with runs through March 31st.

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


Paper Pumpkin celebrates 5 years of fun!


02-11-18_demo-landingpgheader_pp5yr_uscaMarch 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and Stampin’ Up! is celebrating five years of creating and sharing together.  And, to say thank you to all of our wonderful demonstrators and customers who have helped us reach this great milestone, the March kit will include a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed box. This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sured to be an all-time customer favorite!

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $6-$8 when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!
  • Current subscribers will automatically receive the free gift with their March Paper Pumpkin Kit.
  • New subscribers will need to sign up by March 10 at 11:50 PM Mountain Time (or 1:50 AM Eastern Time) as will those who would like to renew their previous subscription.
  • Paper Pumpkin has continued to evolve with fun craft projects and to connect with other demonstrators and customers who share their exciting alternative designs for their kits.  Today, there is truly something special for every crafter in every kit. 

One of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin is — I can craft on the go.  I can take it to my mother’s house, I can craft while sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics, or I can craft in my hotel room while traveling for business or pleasure.  It has everything I need in one box.    


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Just recently, I completed my January 2018 Heartfelt Love Notes kit from my hotel room in San Diego.  It was a pleasure to enjoy the view of San Diego Bay while crafting after a hard day of work!

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


Techniques using Brusho and Pattern Party Masks

Brusho watercolor crystals are fun to play with — simply sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  Check out this Stampin’ Up! video for several tips and tricks for using Brusho.  Trust me, you’re going to want to add Brusho to your watercoloring supplies.

When combined with Pattern Party Decorative Masks — you will embark on a new way to step up your watercolor technique — plus this technique will give you two background pieces for card making.

First, use washi tape to secure a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to your work surface.  Add a light spritzing of water using your Stampin’ Spritzers to the entire piece and then cover with your decorative mask.  Next very little sprinkle with two different colors of Brusho — remember a little goes a long way!  Here I sprinkled yellow Brusho in the top left, and Prussian Blue in the bottom right.  Add another light spritz with water and allow the color to burst and mix.  If necessary, use your Aqua Painter to add drop of water and spread the Brusho watercolor inside the negative openings of the mask.

Prepare a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and add a light water wash with your aqua painter.  Next, carefully lift up the mask from the first piece.  Since the mask is still wet with Brusho — place the mask upside down on a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to transfer the watercolor ink.  Spritz the second piece again and press down on the mask to help transfer the ink.  Allow both pieces to air dry.   You can speed up the process by using your heat gun, remembering to applying heat both sides of the piece to minimize the paper curling.

Now decorate your background pieces to create a card.  Here, I combined my background pieces with diecuts from Butterflies Thinlits (an old favorite product found on page 215 in Annual Catalog) and from Celebrate You Thinlits dies from Sale-a-Bration brochure.

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From now until March 31st,  you can receive free exclusive products for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Plus, you can earn bigger rewards, like Celebrate You Thinlits dies, when you spend $100.  Check out the amazing Sale-a-Bration products here.

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


Photo-Realistic Stamping with Heartfelt -Blooms

heartfelt blooms catalogVintage photos are often used to make beautiful photo-realistic stamps.  The Heartfelt Blooms from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is one of these amazing stamp sets.  This one-step stamp will create stunning projects whether stamped in one color, or stamped in a neutral color and colored in your favorite shades.  This is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item, which you can get FREE with a purchase of $50 or more.   

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In the future, Stampin’ Up! will be offering more photo-realistic stamps from a new line of Distinktive stamps which lay down ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth.  The trick to getting a great impression from a photo-realistic stamps, like Heartfelt Blooms, is doing a little prep work and making the right choices about paper and ink!

Prep Work

  • Clean your stamp first using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub in order to remove any residue from the manufacturing process. 
  • Next, ink and stamp the image several times on some scrap paper.
  • Gentle rub any areas on your stamp that do not leave a good stamped image, then clean your stamp again using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub. 
  • Once thoroughly cleaned, the stamp should ink up nicely without any puddles or pools of ink on the raised surfaces of the stamp.

Check the wetness of your ink pad

Your Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads and Archival ink pads should work wonderfully.  However, you may need a slightly drier ink pad to achieve a crisp detailed image — especially if you recently re-inked your pad.  If your ink pad is too juicy, the ink will collect between the raised lines of your stamp and blur when stamped.  Simple remedy is to pounce your juicy ink pad directly on some computer paper in order to remove the extra wet ink. 

Tip:  Avoid using VersaMark or pigment inks (like our Craft White ink) — these inks are thicker and will puddle between the stamped image lines creating a blurrier image. 

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Paper Finishes

The smooth finish of our Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks will provide a sharp, detailed image of your stamp.  Glossy White and Shimmery White papers will also work wonderfully because the paper coating allows the ink to sit more on the surface of the paper rather than to be absorbed into the paper.   You will need to experiment with other papers to see if you will get the desired results.  

Inking and Stamping

To get an even coating of ink, I like to pat the ink pad onto the rubber stamp.  Simply place your stamp on its back on your work table, and pat the ink pad onto the rubber.  Hold your stamp up to the light and make sure all the raised surfaces look shiny with ink.

To stamp your image straight down so that the rubber surface touches the paper at the same time.  The stamp positioning tool like a Stamp-a-ma-jig or the new Stamparatus may help you get consistent results.  If you do not have one of these tools, simply press your stamp straight down onto your paper, without rocking and lift your stamp straight up, holding your paper down with one hand. You should have a nice, clear image.heartfelt blooms sample 1

As mentioned previously, this is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set, which can be yours FREE with a qualifying purchase from my on-line store.

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


Moonlight Tropics using Waterfront

Masking and sponging — all that’s necessary to make this moonlight tropical scene with the Waterfront photopolmer stamp set.

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To create this card, you will need a post-it note pad, a 1-1/2 inch circle punch, a sponge cut into wedges, and aqua painter and Soft Sky, Dapper Denim and Tuxedo Black Memento ink pads.  I created a mask for the moon by punching a 1-1/2 inch circle out of a sticky end of a post-it note. 

To create my scene, I placed the circle post-it note on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Then, I lightly sponged Soft Sky ink around the moon and sponged Dapper Denim ink to create darker sky towards the top of the piece.

I used the straight edge of the post-it note, Memento ink and the long stamp from Waterfront stamp.  A little sponging above the island created the illusion of distance.  And, then stamped the palm trees in Memento ink. 

The water was created by inking up the water image with Soft Sky and brushing it with my aqua painter before stamping the image.  I also picked up some ink from the lid to create the horizon and to add some additional color with my aqua painter.  

The sentiment was added Memento ink from the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.  The edges of the moonlight stamped piece were sponged with Memento ink, matted on Whisper White cardstock and mounted on a retired piece of designer series paper.

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


Join My Team For the Best Deal

The Best Deal

  • Purchase the Starter Kit, choose $125 in product and only pay $99!
  • During Sale-a-Bration, get two additional stamp sets FREE with your Starter Kit – your choice from both the Annual and new Occasions catalogs.
  • Your Starter Kit ships for FREE! That is an additional 10% savings!
  • Enjoy your kit with NO STRINGS ATTACHED and NO OBLIGATION to make any future purchases.
  • If you should decide to place another order for yourself, you will receive a 20% discount on all future orders!
  • If someone places an order with you, you’ll earn a 20% commission and will continue to receive this benefit on customer orders while you remain active as a Demonstrator.
  • If you love Stampin’ Up! products and plan on purchasing more than $99 worth in the coming months, there is an amazing deal! So, be a smart shopper, get a discount on your crafting supplies, have fun, make new friends – and enjoy all these benefits and more!

Why sign up to my team?

  • I am available to assist you 24/7 as a friend, mentor and coach with info, ideas, and support.
  • You will have access to ALL of my class offerings for inspiration and pampering.
  • You will be a part of a larger local community of demonstrators.

What are the Perks?

  • You will receive a 20% discount on all Stampin’ Up! products (both retail and sale prices). And, that discount has the potential to grow to 25% as your sales grow.
  • You will enjoy sneak peeks of all the wonderful new products and have the chance to purchase and play with them before anyone else!
  • You will be invited to Demonstrator ONLY gatherings such as ON STAGE (twice a year) and local monthly meetings where loads of creative ideas, business tips and products are shared.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet and to make new friends with other creative people at Stampin’ Up! events, online communities and our local events.
  • You will get paid to do what you already love to do! You will get to share your passion for stamping and make some money – doing it your way and on your schedule!
  • You will receive Stampin’ Success magazine subscription for FREE with more creative ideas for inspiration, classes, simple make and takes and business tips.
  • You will receive a complimentary copy of every new catalog for FREE.
  • As a new demonstrator, you have a chance to earn Flex Points and more free product with the QUICK START PROGRAM. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy for you to build your business with all the products and supplies you need.
  • You will have access to a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips in the Demonstrator’s on-line website.
  • You will be invited to join Stampin’ Connection, an on-line resource where other demonstrators from around the world share inspiration, class ideas, tutorials and business tips which can be tailored for your use.
  • You have the option to treat Stampin! Up as a hobby or to grow it into a profitable business.
  • You will have access to me, my experience and my creative endeavors. I am available to support you with guidance and advice, especially in the areas of crafting, teaching workshops, event planning and blogging.
  • You get to choose all the products for your Starter Kit such as those must have and those wish list items from the current Annual and Occasions catalogs, plus Stampin’ Up! Corporate Office will send you the other business items that you will need to get started as a demonstrator.

I would love to have you join my team.   Email me at if you have questions, I would be happy to answer you.  

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


Thank You, My Friends!

I want to thank you for all of your support during the past year — attending stamp camps and workshops, following my blog, sending lovely comments, and sharing your creations with me.  The past year has been an amazing journey!  When I took a leap of faith of becoming your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I had no idea how much fun I would have nor did I realize just how important your friendship is to me.  I love having the opportunity to connecting with each of you on so many levels — by getting to know you better, sharing the extraordinary and ordinary moments of your life and enjoying our time crafting together.  Each of you is so very special to me! 

The month of January marks the anniversary of my first stamp camp and it is my birthday!  To help everyone to celebrate with me, you may choose any package of cardstock or designer paper for FREE with your order of $75 or more — plus you still earn the free Sale-a-Bration items.  Everyone loves getting FREE STUFF!  Just contact me with your order before the end of the month!

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To make this card, I stamped Postscript Background stamp in Sahara Sand ink and sponged the edges in Calypso Coral ink.  I stamped flower image from Beautiful Day stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored it using my Stampin’ Blends.  For the flower, I worked a few petals at a time.  I started with the dark Calypso Coral and blended out with light Calypso Coral, dark Pink Pirouette and light Pink Pirouette.  The leaf was colored with dark Old Olive and blended out with light Old Olive and light Daffodil Delight.  I used the sentiment from Hello Friend stamp set, a few punches and some Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon.  Because I fell in love with this card, I made extras to send as Thank You cards to those who place an order with me in January.   

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So will you receive this card?  Will you earn free products with the amazing Sale-a-Bration promotion?  Would you like a free paper pack?  Please contact me with your order, or shop on my on-line store using the links provided.

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



Heartfelt Blooms

One of my favorite stamps from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  It is a very beautiful, photographic stamp image with a vintage look.  It is sophisticated and elegant, yet has a delicate simplicity.  This Distinktive stamp lays down ink with different thicknesses that gives it a finished look with lots of depth and detail. 

It is stunning as one-step project — stamped in one color such as Elegant Eggplant with some Bermuda Bay accents.

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Or, stamped in a neutral color and colored with your favorite coloring method.  

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Or step up with design using multiple colors.  Here, I created a background paper by stamping the floral image in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral spray was stamped in Pear Pizzazz on the Whisper While card front.  Next, I colored the daisy and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock scraps in Peekaboo Peach,  Sweet Sugarplum and Marina Mist inks.  The daisy center was colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  The three daisies were mounted on the card front, with two daisies popped up with Dimensionals.  

heart blooms with colorful daisies

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase from now until March 31st.  Contact me to learn more.

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



Guy Greetings – Two Different Ways

My favorite masculine stamp set is Guy Greetings.  With its retro look, it is perfect for making cards to celebrate the men in your life!  I love the line artwork of this stamp set, especially the old car because the men in my life love restoring old cars.  This particular stamp set is available as wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer to match your individual stamping style.

Below, I stamped the classic car three times in Soft Suede on a piece of Wood Textures designer series paper stack, which was subsequently matted with Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede cardstock.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to ensure perfect spacing and alignment of the three cars.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped a fourth car, which I colored using a blender pen and Bermuda Bay ink pad for a softer coloring effect and then fussy cut.  The Bermuda Bay card and sentiment are popped up with Dimensionals, and I added a some Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon for a little extra pop of color.

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For my second card, I created a background paper using Night of Navy ink and Post Script background stamp for a more vintage vibe.  I sponged the edges and matted this background piece with Night of Navy cardstock to make it pop.  The car was stamped on scrap piece of Whisper White and die cut  and matted using Lots of Labels Framelits dies.  A piece of  Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon added for a shabby chic appeal and secured with a Mini-Glue Dot under the knot.  

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All of these items are available from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and can help qualify your to earn more of the things you love for FREE during the Sale-a-Bration promotion.  You earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product for every $50 you spend (total before shipping and tax) — now through March 31st.  

  1. If you spend $50, you earn one free level 1 product.
  2. If you spend $100, you earn one free level 2 product OR choose two level 1 items.
  3. If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items OR one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
  4. If you have a BIG WISH LIST and place an order of $250 or more, you will earn $25 or more in additional Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  

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