Happy Father’s Day

rooted in nature fathers day card

I older I get, the more I realize I was so bless to have a father like my Dad.  My Dad taught me many life lessons of the importance of family .  He also taught me to enjoy and to appreciate the beauty found in nature, and shared his passion for being outdoors, including camping and hiking.

Naturally, I took inspiration from his love for the outdoors to create his Father’s Day card using the beautiful stamped imagery from Rooted In Nature stamp set, the stately fir tree die cuts from Majestic Mountain dies, the sentiment from Well Said stamp set, some punched accents using the Sprig punch and texture using the Woodland embossing folder.  The color combination in Very Vanilla, Crumbcake, Garden Green and Soft Suede is very appropriate for the outdoors and for a masculine card.

I hope that you are celebrating the good men in your life today.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Share a Box of Sunshine

06-01-20_header_pp_june_naJune 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit 

This exclusive Sara-inspired Paper Pumpkin kit is here to help you #sharesunshine. It includes supplies for eight handmade cards and is specially designed to help you create a box full of cheer – especially with those you love but haven’t seen in a while because of COVID-19. Once you’ve made all the cards, you can use any leftover pieces to decorate the outside of the box.  How fun is that!  And, you can fill your box with lots of yellow goodies, add the included adhesive label, address it to someone special, and brighten their life with a little sunshine!

Watch this video with Sara Douglas to see how this box of sunshine is being shared world-wide.   

Reserve your June Paper Pumpkin as soon as possible so that you can #sharesunhine as part of this world-wide effort.  The May kit sold out in April, so please do not delay!

If you are new to Paper Pumpkin and would like to subscribe, click here.   Your Paper Pumpkin crafting kit subscription will begin with the June 2020 kit (mailed around June 13 and received around a week later).  You can cancel at anytime, but I know you’ll love these fun monthly papercrafting and card making kits delivered right to your mailbox each month! 

If you have cancelled or temporarily suspended your paper pumpkin kits, you may wish to order this kit of sunshine!  Click here

Act quickly in order to spread lots of sunshine.  This is a one-of-a-kind kit and crafting experience designed especially for sharing sunshine when we need it most.  

The June Kit of Sunshine contains supplies for 8 cards and envelopes (2 cards of 4 designs) using the coordinating colors of:  Basic Black, Bumblebee, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, White, and Gold.  The kit includes extra pieces and stickers (including a sticker label) to help you create eight A2-sized cards AND a Box of Sunshine filled with treats and goodies to send to a friend. (Treats not included.)

Until next time, sending hugs and inspiration wishes for #sharesunshine!


Crafting Hugs Bingo!

Who loves to play Bingo?  Who loves to save money on their Stampin’ Up order? 

Play along during the month of May – and – receive 10% off your next order placed before May 31st.  Or, choose a gift certificate to apply your May savings to new products being released on June 3rd.

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



Make A Difference – COVID-19 Giveback


Help us make a difference today!

This Share Sunshine PDF Download is packed with both lighthearted and thoughtful sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we are currently in.  These lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments are sure to brighten someone’s day–friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers! 

  • Download this digital imagery immediately for your cardmaking and papercrafting projects. 
  • Print the imagery on cardstock using your computer printer and use it right no!  No shipping.  No delays.
  • Cut it out the imagery using your favorite Stampin’ Up!’s products — such as your paper trimmer, punches and dies. (The PDF provides suggestions for Stampin’ Up coordinating products and colors.)
  • Make a card and send a card today!
  • Now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family!

covid 19 giveback catalog

As part of Stampin’ Up!’s Making a Difference program, 100% of the Share Sunshine PDF Download proceeds will go to COVID-19 efforts through these organizations:

  • The World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund
  • United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund

Important Notes:  these charities are the sole beneficiaries of each purchase—that means every cent goes to these organizations!  Please purchase and print your own as 100% monies raised will go to help vulnerable communities and frontline responders. 

  1. The Share Sunshine PDF Download is for personal use only. 
  2. You choose how to split your donation – give to one organization or to both organizations. 
  3. Please make your purchase now (before June 2, 2020).  

Thank you for helping to make a difference.  You can purchase your Share Sunshine PDF Download here.

Buy it here.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for sharing sunshine and for helping others.


Clarifications & Announcements

The 2020 retired list is here!  Stampin’ Up! has released the last chance list and recently refreshed the clearance rack. Visit my website and shop early for the best selection as retiring products and clearance rack items are available while supplies last. Many items are on SALE for up to 80% off!

Snail Adhesive is retiring.  Stampin’ Up! has announced that Snail adhesive will be retiring. A new adhesive will released in the new annual catalog (coming June 3rd).  Stampin’ Up! has thoroughly tested its new adhesives for making cards as well as 3D project.  I know that it will be amazing.  So check your adhesive supplies and be sure you have enough on hand until June!

Stampin’ Blends are NOT retiring!  While Stampin’ Blends are on the retired list, they are being reconfigured and will only sold as combo pack starting with the new catalog.  If you love purchasing single markers,  I recommend doing so now before they sell out!  Also, please check your check your Stampin’ Blend tips and replace those markers with bent/soft tips so that you can continue to enjoy the best coloring experience.

2018-2020 In Colors are retiring.  Shop early for refill inks, cardstock, ribbon and embellishments as these tend to sell out quickly.  I just love these bright bold colors!

  • Lovely Lipstick
  • Grapefruit Grove
  • Blueberry Bushel
  • Pineapple Punch
  • Call Me Clover

All Current Designer Series Paper Packs and Memories and More Card Packs are retiring!  If you scrapbook, please shop early for the best selection – especially if you have a specific project in mind. 

Special Announcements:

  • Enjoy a tropical escape paper crafting experience with May Happy Kit.  Please order your Happy Kit by May 1st.  May Happy Kit will showcase Tropical Oasis product suite, provide color instruction for making 4 cards and extra goodies to inspire more card making fun.  May kits will be ready May 12th and I’ll do another Facebook Live on May 13th so that we can craft together!
  • Every month – starting May 5th – I will be sharing a 2-page scrapbook layout using Stampin’ Up products and showcasing how beautifully these wonderful products coordinate for making amazing scrapbook layouts.  Scrapbooking or memory keeping is another great way to use our craft stash of lovely ribbons, pretty embellishments and gorgeous Designer Series Paper.  As a reminder, Stampin’ Up sells 12×12 cardstock by Color Family (Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals and In Colors) and each package of Designer Series Paper lists the coordinating colors for making amazing scrapbook pages.  
  • The May Paper Pumpkin Kit will feature four of the five new 2020-22 In ColorsBumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, and Misty Moonlight plus Purple Posy, an In Color from the 2019-2021 collection.  As a Paper Pumpkin subscribers, you will be the first to get your hands on new In Color products. 
    • CLICK HERE to learn more about these great kits.
    • To receive this kit delivered to your mailbox, you need an active Paper Pumpkin account by May 10thCLICK HERE and login to reactivate your account and please verify your preferred payment method in order to renew your subscription.
    • If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I invite you to give it a try.  Simply CLICK HERE to sign up and begin your subscription.  There is no obligation. You can cancel at anytime.
    • May Pumper Pumpkin Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Pumpkin Pie, and Purple Posy.  The banner advertising shows three of the new 2020-2022 In Colors.  Can you identify them????

05-01-20_header_pp_may_color 2-ways-to-subscribe to pp

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


Last Chance – Retiring Product Lists


These last-chance products will be available until June 2 or while supplies last.  Please place your order soon so that you can enjoy crafting with your favorites!

Remember—retiring items sell fast! Popular items –  like 2018-2020 In Colors, Designer Series Paper packs and bundles — will sell out REALLY, REALLY FAST! 

Annual Catalog Retirement List (PDF)

Annual Catalog Retirement List (Excel file)

Spring Mini Catalog Retirement List (PDF)

Spring Mini Catalog Retirement List (Excel file)

Please review your wish list, prioritize what you really want and cannot live with out, and order it SOON!  Click here to visit my on-line store.  If you are taking advantage of my ordering special, please email before April 25th.

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



Retirement List Coming Wed April 22

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On April 22 at 3pm Eastern, Stampin’ Up will post retiring product lists for the Spring Mini Catalog and 2019–2020 Annual Catalog.

These last-chance products will be available until June 2 or while supplies last only.  Remember—retiring items sell fast! Popular items sell out REALLY, REALLY FAST!  So, if there is something on your wish list that you cannot live without, please order it SOON!

My best advice review your Wish List TODAY and order your favorites NOW — before the retiring list comes out! 

With every new catalog release, Stampin’ Up has to make some difficult decisions on what should carry over from one catalog to the next.  To make room for exciting new products, some of our old favorites have to be retired.  Once the stock is depleted, that retired item is no longer available.  While it may show up as a clearance rack some day in the future, do you want to take that chance when you could enjoy crafting with it now??? 

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. With disruption to shipping due to COVID-19, some annual catalog items may no longer be orderable before the end of the catalog sale period on June 2nd.
    • Stampin’ Up just announced that the Brights 6×6 DSP (item 149613) and the Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder (item 151797). Stampin’ Up is unable to get more inventory of these two items before the end of the catalog sales period, so these items are no longer be orderable. (Existing backorders will be fulfilled.)
  2. The Spring Mini Catalog sales period ends June 2nd. Mini Catalogs offer seasonal and on-trend items.  Their offerings are only available during the sales period for that catalog and only about  1/3 of those items will carry over to the next catalog.
  3. All bundles are only offered at a 10% discount in their first catalog offering. While the stamp set and coordinating tool may carry over to the next catalog, these items will offered only as individual products — without the bundle pricing.
    • TIP: If you have a bundle on your wish list, then you need to purchase it now in order to take advantage of the bundle discount.
  4. All of the 2018-2020 In Colors will be retiring. These items are usually the first to sell out.
    • TIP: Stock up on your favorite colors, especially the ink refills, matching cardstock, DSP and embellishments so that you have coordinating products in order to continue to create your projects.
  5. Nearly all of the Designer Series Paper will retire. Our beautiful paper packs are usually the seond thing to sell out.  DSP is specially designed to coordinate with our stamp sets, dies and punches for endless design possibilities.
    • TIP: If you love a certain paper pack, please purchase it now to get the most use and value from your stamp set purchase.
  6. Many of the Ribbon and Embellishment offerings will be updated to reflect new Product Suites. With the new catalog, Stampin’ Up will be offering exciting new product suites.  Therefore, some coordinating ribbon and embellishments will be retired, updated and refreshed to reflect the colors, styles and themes of the new product suites.
    • TIP:  If love a certain color ribbon, trinket or charm, purchase them now.
  7. All Host Stamp Sets will be retired at the end of every catalog offering.
    • TIP:  If you place an order of $150 or more, you may choose any of the Host Stamp Sets shown in the back of Annual Catalog and Spring Mini Catalog.

It is always sad to say goodbye to our favorite catalog offerings, especially when we do not know what is replacing them.

I assure you that Stampin’ Up strives to new heights with each new catalog. You are going to love the new Stampin’ Up product offerings and be inspired to create with the new on-trend 2020-2022 In Colors. 

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


Make-a-Card: CASE-a-card Challenge

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What is “CASE-ing”?

It is an acronym meaning to “Copy and Share Everything” or “Copy and Selectively Edit”. 

In the world of paper crafting, there is no shame in copying.  In fact, Stampin’ Up! encourages it for inspiration to pull out your craft supplies and create something special. 

As the card designer, you can copy a project exactly or you can change some of the elements to adapt it.  For instance, you could substitute a different stamp set, use different colors of inks and cardstock, change the layout (portrait or landscape orientation) or relocate images (from bottom-right to top-left).  You have a choice of copying a design exactly as shown or changing it up a bit with different colors, textures and embellishments. You could even decide to turn a card design into a framed art piece!  

peaceful poppies Ann Murray

Today, I am casing the card above which was designed by one of my best Demonstrator Friends, Ann Murray. She created a card using the Peaceful Poppies Product Suite and adding a sentiment from the Friend Like You stamp set, the splatters from Artisan Textures stamp set and the sprigs from the Botanical Tags dies.  Her card uses Coastal Cabana ink and Memento Ink, whisper white solid bakers twine and Black embossing powder.  When I saw it, I knew that I had to CASE it.

You probably have a friend like Ann, so without further ado… here is the card that I “cased” using Ann’s card as inspiration.

painted poppies CASED from Ann Murray

When I looked at Ann’s lovely card, I realized that I needed to make some substitutions for stamp sets and dies that I did not own.  I also realized that Peaceful Poppies product suite had everything I needed to create a similar card, including the splatter images.  Working with Lovely Lipstick ink and Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I created two large poppies and two small poppies using Painted Poppies stamp set and then die cut them using Painted Label Dies.  I die cut two small poppies, two leafy stems and several floral stamens using the Poppy Moments dies.  Using Whisper White panel, I added some Lovely Lipstick splatters and created a cluster of poppy images and dies.  I decided to add three sprig punches using the Sprig Punch to complete my cluster.  The Peaceful Moments stamp set had the perfect sentiment to honor my friend, Ann.

So you are probably wondering who is Ann Murray.   I met Ann Muray at OnStage Milwaulkee two years ago and we instantly became close friends.  We share craft ideas.  We inspire each other in our Stampin’ Up businesses.  We talk about things important in our lifes – like friends and family.  In other words, we share from the heart like the best of friends.  A typical phone call lasts a couple of hours.  LOL!  Under other circumstances, I probably would never have met Ann (who lives in Illinois) but Stampin’ Up brought us together at a convention.  And, I am forever grateful to have found her as a friend. 

You will probably see more sharing of Ann’s creative endeavors as we are planning some collaborations in the future.  In the meantime, if you can follow Ann’s blog for more inspiration.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for CASE-ing fabulous designs!


Make-a-Card: Create a Scene Challenge

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Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  Today’s challenge is to create a scene with your stamps. 

Stampin’ Up offers many different stamps sets that may be used to create a scene, like Waterfront, Snow Front and My Meadow stamps sets.

waterfront catalog sample mountains

snow front lisa 1

my meadow catalog sample

However, you can also mix and match stamps to create a scene like this card below that uses the tree images from Snow Front and the horse images from Let it Ride.

let it ride maryann glimmer

The possibilities are endless.  So, what scene will you create today?  I can’t wait for you to create it and share it.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for making and sending a card TODAY!