Kits make Perfect Christmas Gifts

If you have a few more Christmas gifts to get this holiday season, Stampin’ Up has several all-inclusive card making kits that make wonderful gifts for beginner, casual and avid crafters.  Actually these kits make perfect gifts anytime, all year long.  We have measure, cut, coordinated all of the products to make 20 all-occasion cards, and you have several kits to choose from to meet your gift giving needs.

Stampin’ Up offers three different all-inclusive kits:  Lots of Happy card kit, Notes of Kindness card kit; and Soft Sayings card kit.  Each kit comes with enough products to make 20 all-occasion cards and includes a coordinating stamp set, envelopes and embellishments.  Plus, refill kits are available to double your crafting fun and create even more cards!  Simply click on the links provided to order these kits from my on-line store.

And, Stampin’ Up offers an awesome subscription service to put you on a fast track to creativity with our easy-to-make kits. You can order these kits for yourself and/or as a gift for someone special! Paper Pumpkin kits are so popular that December’s kit sold out even before it was offered!


The January 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit, called Be Mine, will have you ready for Valentine’s Day!!  Plus it coordinates directly with the Animal Outing bundle on page 27 of your Annual Catalog.  All decked out for Valentine’s what better way to “step it up” with this adorable kit and the bundle!  If you’ve cancelled in recent months, consider treating yourself and re-activating your subscription today!!  If you’ve been wanting to try the wonderful subscription that comes right to your front door every month, . . .  Now is the Time!!!  Don’t wait.  Supplies are limited, and as mentioned earlier, Paper Pumpkin is VERY, VERY popular!

To subscribe or reactivate your Paper Pumpkin subscription, please use this link.

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







Sneak Peek: Happy Tails

Pet lovers are going to love these new stamps and punches in the 2019 Occasions catalog premiering in January.  Here is a sneak peek at Happy Tails stamp set and coordinating dog punch.  And, of course, there is something for cat lovers too!

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How pawsome are these cards?  Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of delightful projects using the new products coming in January.

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


Holiday Quick Tip – Aqua Painter & Timeless Tidings Project Kit

Whether you are making your own Christmas cards, using the Timeless Tidings Project Kit or sending lovely purchased cards, you are going to love this tip.  Purchase a pack of aqua painters and use one for sealing your envelopes.  You’ll never have to lick another envelop again, plus it is a lot more sanitary!  And, it is great for numerous watercolor techniques!



The coordinating Timeless Tidings stamp set will ensure that you have the perfect holiday greeting for each of your Christmas Cards.  

All of these wonderful products are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Simply click on the links provided.

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


Cut & Read Card Bases – Quantities are Limited!

Save time making your cards this year with Cut & Ready Card Bases!!!  Stampin’ Up! has asked a small group of Demonstrators (that’s me!) to offer these awesome card bases to their customers for a limited time and in limited quantities to see how they sell…And if they sell well, they’ll likely be adding them to the catalog offering in the future!  

Because this is a SPECIAL MARKETING TEST, these A2 card bases are made in your favorite retired colors like Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Rose Red!  

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These card bases are perfect for making party invitations and holiday gift giving.…and while you could certainly buy a pack of cardstock and cut some A2 card bases yourself… is definitely worth the extra $0.02 cents to have everything pre-cut, scored and ready to go for making multiples!  Plus, you have a beautiful array of coordinating colors of cardstock.  Now you can create a stack of cards in no time! Each base is cut to 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” and scored at 4-1/4 to make a perfect A2 sized card.  

Both the Cut & Ready Winter pack and Cut & Ready Valentines pack are available to order from my on-line store.

Just add some stamped images from your favorite stamp set, some coordinating ribbon, some medium envelopes and an acetate card box to create some appreciated gifts for family, friends and neighbors!  Yes it is that quick and easy!

So add some to your orders now if you like them and want to see more of them!  The card bases will be available through December 31 while supplies last!

Wondering about this stamp set — well, this is a SNEAK PEEK at Humming Along cling stamp set in the new 2019 Occasions catalog, available January 3rd!  Our red rubber stamps are now better than ever! That same high quality red rubber stamp that you’ve always loved now comes with a new adhesive image label that will cling like crazy to your clear acrylic blocks or Stamparatus plates every time they use them!

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





Stampin’ Up new sales & promotions

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This is a somber day in many regards – a National Day of Mourning for President G.H.W. Bush.  While I have the day off, I would like to be able to watch the ceremonies taking place in our Capitol today, but just the little bits of TV news coverage makes me cry for our Nation, the Bush Family and even Sully the service dog.  Oh my.

On a happier note – there are several big news items from Stampin’ Up!  Please read carefully because there are some very special, limited offerings!

The Year-End Closeout is your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items. During this promotion, you’ll be able to save on a selection of retiring and surplus items— and some are “last-chance” and limited inventory.  I suggest you place your orders sooner rather than later, because supplies are limited and the Year–End Closeout ends on 2 January.  After that, some of your favorite retiring items may be gone for good!

Here’s the details:

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Surplus items from 2018 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party/order
  • Ordering deadlines: 2 Jan 2019 at 11:50 PM (Mountain Time!)

The Year-End Closeout is broken into two categories – be sure to check out BOTH lists carefully to make sure you have everything you need before submitting your order!

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RETIRING FAVORITES:  This list has all the 2018 Holiday Catalog products that will not be offered in the 2019 Occasions Catalog or in the 2019 Annual Catalog.  Check ’em all out and get them before they’re gone-baby-gone!

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DISCOUNTED PRODUCTS:  There are lots of great products that are discounted during the Year-End Closeout — included select retiring products AND some overstocked items.

Note:  While some items will carry over from the 2018 Holiday Catalog, the bundled pricing goes away!!  Also some bundled products are discounted, so you need to check carefully as to which is the better deal — either bundled together or purchased individually at a discounted price.

Also the CRAFT & CARRY STAMPARATUS BAG is now available for purchase!

If I can help you in anyway, please let me know.  And, thank you for shopping using my on-line store.

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


Gift Cards & Envelope Punch Board

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The ubiquitous gift card.  It comes in all forms and practically any denomination from a favorite store or restaurant.  Gift cards are one of the most popular holiday gifts because:

  • No gifts to return or exchange.  Gift cards take the guess work out of choosing the perfect gift, or size or color.  The recipient gets to choose exactly what he or she wants.
  • Nice add-on, bonus gift.  It is perfect when you want to spend another $25.  A gift card fills the void nicely to go along with another gift purchase.
  • Easy to send.  If you have friends and relatives that live far away, it is easier and far less expensive to send a gift card than to ship packages through the mail.
  • Easy to personalize.  As paper crafters, we have lots of options for making something special for the recipient to open, especially using the Envelop Punch Board!

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Here, I used a 6″x 6″ piece of Wood Textures DSP and my envelop maker punch board to make a 3″x 4″ envelop.  The belly band secures the envelop flap and offers the perfect place to decorate and personalize it for the recipient.

The envelope punch board is easy to use — and it makes 66 different sized envelopes.  Click here to view a short four-minute video on how to use it.  For convenience, these simple steps are printed on the face of the board:

  • Select the card size (3″ x 4″ for this project)
  • Trim the paper to the correct size (6″ x 6″).
  • Insert paper in the punch board, against the top rail, and align the paper on the left size using the ruler across the top of the punch (the score measurement for this project is 2-5/8″)
  • Punch and score paper using the point of the scoring tool.
  • Rotate the paper counter-clockwise, this time align the score mark you just made with the SCORE GUIDE, punch and score.
  • Repeat the previous step two more times, until there is a score mark and a notch punched out of the four-sides of paper.
  • Round the corner points using the REVERSE PUNCH.
  • Fold and burnish your score marks and assemble the envelop using your favorite adhesive.

To create a belly band, use a 2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of cardstock, and fold gently around the width of the completed envelop.  Now decorate.

The Christmas version is made using Winter Woods bundle (the sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set, the tree die from In the Woods Framelits), the branch from Seasonal Layers Framelits and the new sprig punch.

The owl is made using Rooted in Nature bundle (save 10% when purchasing the Rooted in Nature stamp set with coordinating Nature’s Root Framelit)

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Alignment Tip using Your Stamparatus

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Sarah Lancaster, one of Stampin’ Ups Artisan Design Team Members posted this brilliant tip for aligning your photopolymer stamps, like Country Home stamp set using your Stamparatus.

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We all know how “clingy” photopolymer stamps can be.  Sarah keeps a quarter-sheet sized piece of Window Sheet handy when using two-step stamping technique for the Country Home Stamp Set.  After stamping the coffee pot, Sarah places the floral image on a piece of Window sheet and slides it into place; then closes the Stamparatus.  A little press, and the photopolymer stamp clings to the Stamparatus Plate.  

Sarah says this trick does two things:  (1) it ensures perfect stamp alignment; and (2) it eliminates residue ink transfer if your stamp isn’t quite clean.  

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Window sheets are terrific for making windows in boxes, shaker cards or clear accents using Big Shot dies.  Window sheets can also be stamped with Jet Black StazOn Ink or colored with Stampin Blends

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


Flash Sale and 30th Birthday Celebration


Put on your party hats, and get ready to save. It’s time to celebrate our 30th birthday!  And, we’re throwing the It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale to celebrate!  For 24 HOURS ONLY, you can save 15% on select stamp sets.  So, time is of the essence!

Download the list of products and where they are located in your catalog here.

Fine Print:

  • All selected stamp sets may be applied to Starter Kits.
  • Discount applies to select stamp sets only when purchased individually during the 24-hour promotion period. Bundles featuring stamp sets from the promotion will *not* be discounted.
  • In the event that we run out of any stamp sets, we will honor the discounted price as long as the order is closed within the promotion deadlines. You will receive your discounted stamp set as soon we are able to fulfill your order.
  • This promotion ends at 11:50 PM Mountain Time on October 23, 2018 (that’s 02:50 AM Eastern Time).

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




Flash Sale coming this Tuesday

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24-hour Flash Sale on Tuesday, October 22

I have no information other than Stampin’ Up! will have a flash sale.  Every other demonstrator has no idea what’s going to be on sale.  Here’s what we do know:

  • It’s going to be awesome.
  • It’s going to last for 24-hours.
  • More information is coming on Monday, October 22. I will let you know all about it as soon as I have the information.
  • You will want to mark your calendars and then pop over here on Tuesday – I don’t want you to miss anything.

Sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


New Product Alert – Shimmer Paints

Adding shimmer and glitz to your projects — sponge on stamps, paint accents on cards, or stamp and heat-set on fabric.  The new collection of shimmer paints from the Stampin Up Holiday catalog will add subtle shimmer and shine to your paper crafting projects in four bedazzling colors: 

Product Information

  • These are non-toxic, acid-free, and come with 1/2 fluid oz. in each container
  • For best results, shake the container vigorously before each use. 
  • Shimmer Paint can be used with Aqua Painters, Sponge DaubersStamping Sponges, Stampin Spritzers, Embossing Folders and more!  Be sure to wash all of these immediately after use!!!
  • If applied to a stamp, wash the paint off as soon as possible with water, mild dish washing soap by Dawn and an old toothbrush.  Then clean and condition your stamp using your Stampin Mist and Stampin Scrub.
  • Do NOT use with Blender Pens.

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Above, some gold shimmer paint was painted on the trees for a splash of color and lots of glimmer.

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Above, I added Frost Frost and Champagne Mist using a sponge dauber.  The combination of the two colors added a subtle softness — that doesn’t quite capture on camera.

Here are a few Stamping Technique to try using Shimmer Paint:

  1. After shaking the container, use a Sponge Dauber to lift paint from inside the lid and apply it directly to your project.  For a softer look, first daub on a piece of scratch paper before daubing on your project.
    • Add a gold halo or copper edging to your project
    • Add shimmer frost to flowers, trees and leaves using Champagne Mist and First Frost
  2. Use a sponge dauber to apply paint directly to your stamps — be sure to clean your stamp immediately!
  3. Paint an accent color to a stamped image or embossed piece using an Aqua Painter, paint brush or sponge dauber.  
  4. Add a shimmer coat over a piece of cardstock or DSP — simply add a couple of drops of shimmer paint in Stampin Spritzer and fill with rubbing alcohol.  Shake well and spritz.  Or, pounce a ball of Saran Wrap to create a faux marble background.
  5. Stencil using shimmer paints using sponge dauber and our Pattern Pretty Decorative Masks or make your own stencil by die cutting cardstock or window sheet with coordinating thinlits and framelits dies.  
  6. Paint embellishments like the Jewels, Pearls, Chicken Wire, and wooden elements for more glitz and glimmer.
  7. Shimmer Paint is permanent once heat set on fabrics and ribbons.  Fabric will retain its original texture.  Try it stamping on our new Santa Bags in the Holiday Catalog!  Use sponges or aqua painters to apply to ribbons!
  8. Heat emboss with Shimmer Paint — while the paint is still wet, apply clear embossing powder and heat set
  9. Mix Shimmer Paint with the Embossing Paste for a shimmery textured accent.
  10. Flick shimmer accents on your project using an Aqua Painter.
  11. Create a shimmery background wash using an Aqua Painter.  The more you thin or dilute the paint, the more translucent the wash.
  12. Create your own favorite color of Shimmer Paint — simply add a few drops of reinker to some Frost White or Champagne Shimmer Paint.

As you can see, adding glitz and glimmer — soft and subtle or bright and bold — just got a lot easier.  If you’d like to order shimmer paints or any of the products mentioned in this post, please click on the links provided.

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