Sale-a-Bration Second Release

We are at the half-way point of Sale-a-Bration, which ends March 31st.  And, Stampin’ Up! has just announced three new Sale-a-Bration offerings – some at the $50.00 level and some at the $100.00 level.  This is the best time of the year with Stampin’ Up! to get amazing deals on wonderful products and to stock up on items you use all the time – like cardstock, specialty papers and adhesives.

At the $50 level, there are two new offerings:  Springtime Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper (absolutely gorgeous and great for coloring with your Blends) and Eclectic Expressions (sweet and simple cardmaking)

And at the $100 level it is the Blooming Basket Bundle  — Blooming Basket stamp set and Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder — just in time for spring!

SAB blooming basket

Of course, all the other Sale-a-Bration items are still available — but only while supplies last.  Please do not wait because these exclusive items will likely not be seen again.

And, if you love the 2016-2017 In-Colors of Daper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum –– these will be discontinued when the new annual catalog is released.  So while June seems far away, please stock up on cardstocks and refill inks while you can and earn those exclusive Sale-a-Bration items.

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



Storage Uses for Clear Cases

While not shown in the catalog, the Clear-Mount stamp cases, Full Wide stamp cases and the Half Wide stamp cases are available for purchase from my on-line store.  In addition to storing your existing photopolymer, clear-mount and wood mount stamps, these wonderful little cases are capable of so much more!  Because, these cases are an affordable storage solution that sits neatly on your shelf with your stamp sets!

The Full-Wide stamp cases are great for organizing and storing your craft supplies such as:  ink refills, ink spots, embossing powders and adhesives.   This would make a handy storage solution for pre-cut 4-1/4″ x 5″ card bases.  Or think outside the box — create your own on-the-go Stamp Kit with snips, adhesives, paper piercer, tweezers, clear-mount block, post-it notes, etc. everything you need to stamp at a friend’s home or on vacation.  A package of Full-Wide stamp cases is $7 and contains four cases.

The regular Clear-Mount stamp cases are great for storing:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils, Baker’s Twine, Doilies, Pearls, Rhinestones, Enamel Shapes and all sorts of other embellishments like wooden elements, tassels and bows!  These are a great storage solution for Stamp and Die bundles.  The cost is $6 for four cases. 

A quick search on Pinterest found all sorts of storage solutions.  For example:

Kelly Kent, a demonstrator from Australia, posted this photo of her Stampin’ Write Marker and Ink Refills on Pinterest.

clear mount stamp cases storage solution by Janet Wakefield

And, Janet Wakeland, a demonstrator from Pennsylvania, posted another storage solution on Pinterest.  

These cases are great for organizing your Paper Pumpkin stamps so that you’ll get the most use out of these wonderful kits.  These smaller photopolymer stamps sets fit perfectly in the Half-Wide stamp cases!  If you want to keep the Paper Pumpkin instructions, you might wish to use one of the larger cases.  

Click on these links below to create your own stamp case inserts using these downloadable files:

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


PS.  A special thank you to my blogging friend and demonstrator Naomi Connolly for reminding me just how useful these wonderful little stamp cases are!  



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.  

heart blooms with blends

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!



It’s Party Panda Time!

To celebrate my birthday today, I just had to share my Party Panda card.  Can you imagine anything cuter than this sweet panda trio? No? I can’t either.  These pandas are so stinkin’ cute and they can be used for any occasion!  Here I combined Party Panda stamp set which is free Sale-a-Bration product with $50 purchase with the jolly holiday Half Full stamp set for some adult fun!

party panda drinking wine

Tune in tomorrow for details on how to create this fun card using your Stamp-a-ma-jig.

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




Technique: Eclipse Card

We love new techniques, especially when a technique is simple, fun, and creates an impressive finished product!  This 3-D card is the hot technique that can be made with so many of the different Stampin’ Up! die cuts and punches. 

If the video doesn’t play correctly, click here for link.


  • Any die cuts will work nicely for this technique but the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and Large Letters Framelits Dies are ideal.
  • To pop up the letters, the Foam Adhesive Strips are best because they are so thick and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals work great in small areas. 
  • Layer your die cut shapes or letters on top of the negative space so that the dark-colored cardstock will provide the shadow effect.
  • 3-4 letter words work great, if you use words of 5 or more letters, you may need to change the card dimensions and possibly use a business letter sized envelope.
  • Remember to keep any inside portions of die cut letters and words, like the centers of the upper case “B” or the center of the lower case “e” — especially of the pattern paper. 
  • For extra stability, stack layers of  the same die cut letters made with the dark-colored cardstock.  (Note:  this was not shown in the video, but I highly recommend this method when make eclipse word cards.)
  • For extra height, stack layers of foam adhesive strips or mini stampin’ dimensionals. 

LIST OF FUN WORDS:  baby, big, bold, boo, cozy, dad, dude, enjoy, all, fine, glam, grin, hello, hey, hero, home, hope, hug, hugs, i heart u, joy, kiss, live, LOL, love, mom, moon, meow, noel, peace, rock, sail, sing, smile, snow, star, sun, surf, talk, time, wild, wine, wish, yay!, you, yum, zoom

Instructions for Eclipse words and names:

Cut a piece of patterned paper (or make your own designer paper with a coordinating stamp set) that allows room for the word you want to spell. 

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Lay the patterned paper on the platform of  your Big Shot Machine, placing the letter dies on top. Push them close together (almost touching) and make sure they are in a straight line using a ruler, and secure in place with washi tape or a post-it note.  Die cut using the appropriate sandwich of cutting plates, paper and dies.

After die cutting the letters, mount the piece of pattern paper on a solid piece of dark-colored cardstock — including the inside portions of the letters.  (Note:  the center of the Letter “O” is mounted flat on the solid piece of colored cardstock with no extra layers of cardstock or dimensionals.)

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To add height and stability, die cut 2 or 3 of each letter using the dark-colored cardstock — this adds height and stability.  Glue the stack of letters together, and place a clear acrylic block on top to ensure good adhesion of the layers.  Fine tip glue pen works great for adding small dots of glue.

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Optional:  use Foam Adhesive Strips or Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the pattern paper  pieces and place them back in the negative space that they came from to create the  shadow or eclipse effect.   

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For my card, I layered three layers of Melon Mambo cardstock under the letters die cut from Patterned with Love specialty designer series paper.

Add any stamp images and sentiments to compliment your eclipsed word. 

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This card uses Large Letter Framelits DiesLovely Word Thinlits Dies and Gold 1/8″ ribbon.  All of these items and more are available from my on-line store, just click on the links provided or the SHOP tab above.

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




Sale-a-Brate Stampin’ Up! Style

It is time to time to dive into the new 2018 Occasions and fall in love with the wonderful new products while earning free products from the Sale-a-Bration catalog! 

You are going to love all the wonderful new products!  So take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, grab your new catalogs and your favorite beverage and enjoy these 15 videos showcasing some of the wonderful new products available starting TODAY – January 3rd.  Each video is 2-6 minutes in length.  You might want to grab some paper and pen to jot down some of the tips and tricks! 
















Download a copy of the new 2018 Occasions catalog here.

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store.  And during Sale-a-Bration promotion, you earn one free product for every $50 purchase.

Check out the amazing Sale-a-Bration items here.  

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



Reserve Your Stamparatus by Dec 31


The Stamparatus is a wonderful, new, must-have tool which will be launched in the new 2018 Annual Catalog (June 2018) but you can reserve one NOW!  The reservation window closes on 31st December and there will be no further opportunities to reserve one before its general release in June.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I am here to help!   Sometime after March 2018, the item will appear in your online shopping basket.  You can simply check out and pay *or* simply remove the item from your basket.  There is no risk.

How to reserve your Stamparatus:

  • Visit my on-line store, click the banner for the Stamparatus and then follow the instructions.
  • After receiving your reservation, Stampin’ Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery beginning approx. March 19, 2018.  The products will ship in the order they were reserved, so if you want yours to ship with the first batch, reserve right away! “First come, first served”.
  • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will not be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship. 
  • You will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! confirming your reservation, and another email in March letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order. 
  • If you like, you may ADD other Stampin’ Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME.  And, if you finalize your order before March 30th, you will receive Sale-a-Bration benefits.

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



Attaching Intricate Die Cuts

big shot machine

The Big Shot Machine is a “must have” for every paper crafter.  I absolutely love mine!  It is a manual, multipurpose die-cutting system that you can use to quickly and easily create die-cut or embossed shapes, envelopes, tags, and 3D items.

Here’s some tips for adhering those intricate diecuts:

  1. Use fine tip glue pen.  It’s slender precision tip lays down a fine line of glue. 
  2. Use mini glue dots strategically placed on the back of the diecut.  It’s super sticky, instant dots of adhesive with no fumes, no mess, and no drying time. 
  3. Apply multi-purpose liquid glue with a sponge on the back of the diecut.  While just a little bit messy, this is very effective and dries clear.  It is best applied using the silicone craft mat for quick and easy cleanup. 
  4. Use multipurpose adhesive sheets, in two ways…
    • Apply the sticky-side of the double-sided adhesive sheets to the back of a piece of cardstock before you diecut it using your Big Shot Machine
    • Simply touch the back of your diecut piece on the sticky surface so that it picks up the adhesive.

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




Free Shipping on Mon Dec 11th

surprise free shipping

Surprise!  Stampin’ Up! just announced that we are offering FREE SHIPPING for one day only – Monday, December 11th.  That’s a 10% savings on your entire order!

The best part is that you have time to get ready, to make the most of this deal, to check your list twice and to see who has been extra crafty and nice!

So if you have a wish list ready to go, or if you are considering placing an order — now is the time.  Please place it in my online store from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT) — which is 2:00 AM Eastern Time!

Here are some shopping ideas to consider:  

Please contact me if I can assist you in anyway!  And, forward this email to anyone with my contact information — if you want something special for Christmas!

Free shipping runs from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT).

For those of us in the Eastern Time Zone – it starts at 2:00 AM on Monday, Dec 11th and ends at 1:59 AM on Tuesday, Dec 12th!

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




End Of Year Sale

The countdown to year-end deals and discounts has begun!

Stampin’ Up! is ending 2017 with a bang! This is your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals.  This list contains all of the retiring and surplus items featured in the Year-End Sales Event. 

The items in the sale are last-chance and limited-inventory and will no longer be available for purchase after January 2, 2018. 

These items are available only while supplies last!  Please please check my online store for the most up-to-date information.

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