Lemon Zest and Shannon West

2018 Milwaukee Shannon West

While attending 2018 On-Stage Milwaukee with my up-line Sherry Herzing, I had the opportunity to meet Shannon West, a Demonstrator Development Manager from Stampin’ Up! corporate office.  You’ve probably recognize Shannon from the many Stampin’ Up! videos showcasing new and wonderful products.  She is warm and beautiful, and graciously autographed my catalog on page 117 of the new catalog — on the Lemon Zest stamp page.  Why Lemon Zest?  Because she was wearing a lovely dress with cheerful yellow lemons!  And, because lemons add a little zest to your life, even on the most bitter cold days when it’s snowing outside in April!  Milwaukee was such a fun place to visit.  We saw Lake Michigan with snow flurries, brilliant sunshine, thunderous clouds and white-out snow events!  LOL! 

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Of the 100 swaps I received, the most frequently used stamp set was Lemon Zest!  While this stamp set and punch will carry over to the new catalog, the special bundle pricing will not.  If you want to save 10%, please purchase the bundle before May 31st.

Here are a few of the wonderful swaps that I received.

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It has been a week since convention and I’m still trying to play catch up.  In the days ahead, I’ll post more about the super fun and exciting time that I had while attending On-Stage, which is an exclusive event for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I met people who I’ve always admired from afar, like Shannon West.  I got to touch and play with the new products coming out in the new annual catalog (June 2018).  And  I laughed like crazy with new best friends!  I can’t wait to attend my next convention!

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Shelli Gardner – Founder

While attending 2018 On-Stage Milwaukee, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Shelli Gardner several times!  She is one of those genuine people who is every bit as friendly, warm and inviting when you meet her in person as who she appears to be on Facebook and Stampin’ Up! videos.  When I went to shake her hand, she pulled me into a biggest bear hug that I’ve ever received!!  For her teeny, tiny frame, she is strong and you  instantly know that you are loved and have a friend for life!

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Here is one of the lovely Make ‘N Takes we made using many of the wonderful products in the new catalog from the Product Suite called Nature’s Poem.  It will complement the “Lovely as a Tree” stamp set, which is classic, must-have stamp set for your craft room.

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I was able to walk home with this wonderful stamp set – so be looking for more sneak peeks in the days ahead.

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


Crafting Forever and Angel Policy

The Crafting Forever stamp set is perfect for sending to your craft-loving friends.  It has classic images of paint brushes, scissors, stamps and fountain pens, plus it has great sentiments for stoking your creative fires.

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Here are some colorful samples using the pot of paint brushes and ink pens.

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And, this stamp set is approved for use in conjunction with the Stampin’ Up! Angel Policy. It comes in clear-mount and wood-mount — every ready to meet your crafting needs!

What is the Angel Policy?  Stampin’ Up! welcomes all crafters who would like to use their copyrighted images on artwork and other projects on items for sale at retail stores, craft fairs, community fundraisers and internet sales.  All Stampin’ Up! asks s that your homemade, handcrafted items for sale be marked with the “(c) Stampin’ Up!” image.  For more information, just click on this link.

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



Apron of Love

Did you know that blacksmiths wear aprons? As do bakers, chefs, butchers, chemists, and more! Aprons symbolize so many things: love, dedication, and caring for others.  The Apron of Love bundle is an incredibly versatile set that can be used for just about anyone.  

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Whether you want to make a Father’s Day card for the grill-master in your life or send fresh baked goods as a thank you, this bundle is a fabulous “anytime” gift for almost any occasion. 

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Here are a few more cute ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This cute little gift box apron is filled with clothespins of baker’s twine and ribbon.  And, with mother’s day and father’s day celebrations ahead, look at these cute cards!

apron of love samples

Save 10% by purchasing the bundle with the Apron of Love photopolymer stamp set and Apron Builder Framelit Dies.  Tip:  if these items carry over into the new catalog, then will not bundled!  So if these items are on your wish list, please be sure to purchase before the end of May.

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


Different Types of Stamps

I am often asked which type of stamp do I prefer — red rubber or photopolymer.  Truthfully, I love both.  Each has unique properties and advantages.

I love the precise detail of a red rubber image that provides classic line drawings and photo-realistic images.  With red rubber stamps, the images have been etched or molded onto the rubber.  It is long-lasting and can withstand high temperatures like when you press them into molten embossing powder for deep embossing techniques.  In general, a red rubber stamp provides a crisper image with finer details than a photopolymer stamp.   And the built-in foam cushion backing for a red rubber stamp provides a more evenly stamped image, even when stamping with larger-sized background stamps.  If stamp positioning is important for your project, then using either the Stamp-a-ma-jig or the new Stamparatus alignment tools are recommended for the best results!  Stampin’ Up! offers wood-mount and clear-mount red rubber stamps.  Wood-mount are permanently mounted on maple blocks, while clear-mount will cling to acrylic blocks.

I love the ease of photopolymer stamps because their transparency makes it easy to line up repeating patterns and to perform two-step stamping with minimal adjustment.  Photopolymer stamps are flexible and bendable, and can be curved around an image or diecut for more creative options.  Multiple stamps can be placed on one large acrylic block or your Stamparatus for creating more detailed scenes.  It is perfectly normal that your photopolymer stamps will stain.  Therefore, it is best to “season” your stamp with VersaMark ink or another lightly colored ink to minimize the staining effect.  The photopolymer stamps will cling and stick to any smooth, clean surface — making them easier to lose on your desk!  So maybe a little staining is a good thing — making them easier to find!  LOL!

Of course, your needs and desires are different from mine; therefore, I simply recommend purchasing the stamps that you like working with best!

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


Coloring Black and White DSP

Do you love coloring?  Do you know that coloring is good for health and wellness?  Did you know that coloring can relieve stress? According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, coloring helps us to focus on a particular activity and not on our worries.  It generate wellness by giving us a little quiet time.  And, it stimulates the brain in areas related to our fine motor skills, our senses and our imagination.

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When I saw Petal Pallete DSP, I immediately thought of coloring! This collection just makes me want to pull out my coloring tools and start coloring.

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Every crafter needs the basics – stamps, inks and papers.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! offers a variety of coloring tools to spark our creativity and to encourage us to learn new techniques.

Due to they’re popularity, Stampin’ Blends and are unavailable until May.  However, you can still enjoy coloring, blending and water coloring with your Stampin’ Watercolor Pencils, Brusho Crystal ColoursStampin’ Write Markers and even your Stampin’ ink pads.  You can apply and blend color using aqua painters, blender pens, Wink of Stellasponges, sponge daubers, sponge brayers and spritzers.  

Need more coloring options?  There are several other designer series papers that you’ll love coloring — Just Add Color and Springtime Foils.  Both paper packs are available for free with each qualifying purchase of $50 or more — while supplies last — through March 31st, the last day of the Sale-a-bration promotion.  

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



Paper Pumpkin on Sale!


If you are new to paper pumpkin, here’s a great deal.  You have two months at a 50% discount to try Paper Pumpkin and see if you like it.  You must use the promotion code SAVEFIFTY0418 at checkout.

  • The 50% off discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two month of a new subscription.  
  • How it works:  If a new customer subscribes during April’s subscription period they will receive 50% off their subscription when billed in April and May. If a new subscriber subscribes during May’s subscription period they will receive 50% off their subscription when billed in May and June. I

With each little red box, you can escape your everyday troubles and find happiness crafting because it contains everything you need — stamps, ink, adhesive and embellishments — to create fun and innovative products.  Plus you have the choice to follow the instructions as written or to change things up and create your own unique designs.

The March 2018 kit was Paper Pumpkin’s fifth year!   This kit was so spectacular, it sold out!  Here is a quick video showing how to make the eight cards using the written instructions for eight cards with coordinating envelopes.

While I loved the project, I decided to change things up.  I added some extra cardstock and ribbon from my craft stash to create two each of eight card designs for a total of 16 cards.

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I loved the large vintage rose of the printed envelop, but preferred to use it as my card fronts.   I kept my design simple in order to showcase that large vintage rose image — which I matted with Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo cardstock or with Very Vanilla and Fresh Fig cardstock.

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Can you tell the difference or similarity between the cards below?  Both cards use of a large floral spray die cut.  The left card used the whole die cut.  The right card used a carefully trimmed die cut, with the extra pieces added to the top left of the design — give the card a totally different look.

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And here, I fussy cut the flower images that were stamped on cardstock and paired them with die cuts from the kit.   

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As you can see, Paper Pumpkin gives you lots of creative opportunities to make wonderful projects.  If you’d like to order Paper Pumpkin, please use this link .

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


Sale-a-bration ending soon!

SAB 2018March 31st is this Saturday at midnight, and Stampin’ Up! biggest sale of the year will end!  And, all of those fabulous, free and exclusive items will be retired!  If there is something that you have been wanting, you need to place a qualifying order as soon as possible.  Because after midnight, those fabulous, free and exclusive items will be gone!

This is your last chance to earn the Beautiful Peacock stamp set with a $50 purchase.

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This two-step stamp set is fun to use.  Tip:  I created the softer/blended look of the feather fan by applying Pacific Point to the bottom half of the stamp using a sponge dauber.  And, I then applied Emerald Envy to the top half of the stamp using another sponge daughter.  

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


Epic Celebrations

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Some images are timeless and yet represent youth and creativity like no other.  If you have teens or athletes in your family, you’ll have fun creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals using Epic Celebrations stamp set, which is exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

Here, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to exactly position the shoe image to create a custom background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used the fine tip of my Stampin’ Blends to color each pair of shoes a different color – dark Daffodil Delight, dark Pumpkin Pie, light Bermuda Bay, light Cherry Cobbler and light Night of Navy.

Don’t miss out.  This exclusive stamp set is only available now through March 31st with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided.

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





Maximize Your Sale-A-Bration Goodies

SAB 2018

There is still time to earn free amazing products plus Stampin’ UP! Rewards and there are a couple of ways to maximize your benefits during the Sale-a-Bration promotion, which ends March 31st.


During Sale-a-Bration, you can earn exclusive and amazing items from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for purchase of Stampin’ Up! products from the Annual Catalog, the new Occasions Catalog, the Clearance Rack and other on-line items like pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription.  This year, there are two levels of Sale-a-Bration items this year:  For every $50 you spend, you can select one Level One item to add to your order.  For every $100 you spend, you can select two Level One items OR choose one Level Two item. How fun is that?


For orders over $150, you will earn Stampin’ Up! rewards.  For orders over $250, you earn your regular Stampin’ Up! Rewards plus an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. 

  • Take advantage of bundles and save 10%. 
  • Stock up on retiring 2016-2018 In-Colors products (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum)
  • Stock up on necessities like adhesives, cardstock, envelopes, ink refills, Big Shot cutting plates, stamp cases, grid paper, daubers and sponges.

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Join Stampin’ UP!

The absolute best way to maximize your benefits is to purchase the Starter Kit for $99 (which ships for free).  Select $125 in any products that you want from the Annual Catalog, the Ocassions Catalog or Clearance Rack.  Plus, you will also earn two free stamp sets of your choice.  Test drive your demonstrator benefits until the end of June and save 20% on everything you purchase.  Plus you will get a sneak peek at the new Annual catalog and be able to order early product releases from it!  To remain active, you will need to purchase or take orders for $300 in product.  Now you can get everything on your wish list!  There is absolutely no obligation to purchase more.  If you love paper crafting, this is an amazing deal to get the quality products you want.

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If you like to learn more, just email me at lisap23322@gmail.com or sign here.

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