Third Sale-a-Bration Release!

We’re in the final days of Sale-a-Bration, and Stampin’ Up is offer even more free gifts — a total of 24 gifts — with qualifying purchases.  Simply click on this link to visit my on-line store.  And more good news, the very popular Organdy Ribbon is back in stock with limited quantities.  So, if you’ve been waiting — please place your order soon!Third SAB Release 2019.jpeg

And, Stampin’ Up is also offering Sale-a-bration Coordination promotion to purchase  coordinating dies, punches and stamps to go with those free gifts you love!

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If you have any questions, please let me know!  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st — and those 24 free gifts are while supplies last.

Sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Limited Release Coordinating Products Available Tomorrow – March 1st!

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Stampin’ Up is offering six new products to purchase that will make you fall in love again with those wonderful Sale-a-Bration gifts!  

Fair warning….  these items are “while supplies last.”  I would love to promise you that they will be available the entire month of March, but there is no guarantee.  If they sell out sooner, they will be gone forever.  If these products are on your MUST HAVE list, I highly recommend ordering early!

Click here for a download pdf on these six wonderful products that are available for purchase and that coordinate with the free Sale-A-Bration gifts.

What can you make with these new products….here is just a few ideas for taking your free Sale-a-Bration gifts to a new level with Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily, Painted Season, So Hoppy Together and More Than Words.

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


Three New Sale-a-Bration Items


I hope that you are enjoying the fabulous free gifts that you have earned with qualifying purchases during Sale-a-Bration.  We are halfway through Sale-a-Bration and Stampin’ Up has announced three new gifts to choose from at both the $50 and $100 levels. 

With a qualifying $50 purchase, you will can choose The All Adorned Stamp Set as your free gift.  It is so versatile and you can just change the colors to make a more feminine or masculine card design appropriate for any occasion.

With a qualifying $50 purchase, you can receive this gorgeous Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder to add depth and texture to any project.  Just lightly spritz a piece of cardstock with water and run it through your big shot for a super deep embossed floral pattern.

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And lastly, we have free Painted Seasons Bundle with a qualifying $100 purchase.  The Painted Season stamp set is specifically designed to be used year-round and represents all four season with beautiful distinctive images that coordinate beautifully with Painted Season Designer Series Paper.

You can still select from the other free gift offerings, through March 31st while supplies last.  Simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.

SAB Banner Coordinating Products

Hot Tip:  coming in March, you can purchase coordinating products (like die sets) that match some of the Sale-a-Bration offerings, including Lasting Lily stamp set and Painted Seasons Bundle.

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


Happy Valentines & Joy of Card Making

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Happy Valentines Day, My Dear Friends! 

I know that you know and appreciate the true joy of card making. It is the simple act of thinking of others.  It is a powerful token of affection that instantly provides a gift of wonder, warmth and joy.  And, it is appropriate for every occasion.

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In this digital age, receiving a homemade card in the mail is sure to bring someone a smile, melt someone’s heart and have someone doing a happy dance at the mailbox!  A homemade card is more meaningful and personal than an email or text message.  While it may be just as attractive as a store bought card, it means a lot more because someone took the time to make it by hand, took the time to write a personal note, and took the time to put it in the mail.  Someone did all of those things just because they were thinking of you, wishing you well or thanking you for just being you.

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Handmade cards are often displayed on fireplace mantels and bookcases with other collectibles.  People tend to keep handmade cards because it is a heartfelt gift, a masterpiece of art and affection.  Handmade cards are more meaningful than any present you can buy.

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There are many benefits of handmade cards.  You are making someone happy, which makes you happy.  It is fun.  It is creative.  It brings the joy of anticipation of the recipient’s reaction.  The bottom line is handmade cards bring a lot of joy to you and the lucky recipient!

What could be better?  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs AND Valentine kisses!


Best Catch

Relax, slow down, and create cards for dads and other fishing enthusiasts with the Best Catch Bundle. The Best Catch Distinktive stamp set makes it easy to create eye-catching projects and the coordinating Catch of the Day thinlits dies cut out stamped images with precision.  When bundled together, you’ll catch a 10% savings!

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This whopper of a fish is sure to make a big splash! 

Your fisherman is going to love how it pops out of the water, complete with water droplet embellishmentsThis card features the oval from Stitched Shapes framelit dies and Layering Oval framelit dies.  The stamped fish image was colored with Watercolor Pencils and blender pen for more control. Cardstock used includes Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.

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



Best Deal of the Year!


I absolutely love being part of the Stampin’ Up! family.  I love being a creative coach.  I love hanging out with people who love crafting.  I love when the UPS Man arrives at my door!  And, I love Sale-a-Bration because there are so many ways for happy shoppers and demonstrators to earn free product.

Sale-a-Bration is also the absolute best time to consider purchasing the Starter Kit.  Most people join because they are happy shoppers and want the 20% discount.  And, that is absolutely okay to join just for the joy of crafting and staying active for the discount.  And, if you’d like to join as a business, that’s okay too!  I just want you to know that:

  • I want you to be part of the Stampin’ Up! family!
  • I want you to enjoy making beautiful cards and gifts to share with the people you love.
  • I want you to feel inspired with sneak peeks at amazing new products in a new catalog.
  • I want you to day dream about stamp sets, punches, dies and new card design when you’re off doing something that you would rather not be doing.
  • I want you to have fun creating and learning new things so that we can share that with others.
  • I want you to get the most value from your crafting purchases by being aware of promotions and maximizing your benefits.
  • I want to help you organize your stamping space so that we can enjoy inviting others over for a day of crafting!
  • And, I want you to be a part of my team – The Crafting Hugs Gardeners – nurturing each other with inspiration and showering each other with affection!


During Sale-a-Bration, the Starter Kit is the ABSOLUTE BEST BUNDLE in the catalog – with $50 more than the average Starter Kit.  You love coordinating products.  You love saving money.   Then, you really should consider purchasing one of two Starter Kit options:

  • OPTION 1. For $99, select $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from your wish list. That is $50 more value than purchasing the standard Starter Kit any other time of the year.  You pay tax on $99, and your kit ships for free!  This is a savings of $105.05 – your money has twice the purchasing power!
  • OPTION 2. For $129, select $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from your wish list and the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote (valued at $50).  You pay tax on $129 and your kit ships for free.  This is a savings of $133.35 – again, your money has twice the purchasing power.  (This would be my choice for you!)

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Once you purchase the Starter Kit, you can enjoy test driving your demonstrator benefits RISK FREE between now and June 30th:

  • Receive a 20% discount on all future purchases immediately after joining and for as long as your remain active.
  • Continue to enjoy the same Stampin’ Reward benefits with qualifying purchases!
  • Attend in-person meetings and exclusive OnStage events with other demonstrators.
  • Participate on-line with private Facebook pages with other Stampin’ Up demonstrators for more fun and inspiration.
  • Plus, there is no obligation to sell, to host a party or to purchase anything more – unless of course, you want to!

If you have thought about joining and want to be a part of The Stampin’ Up family, please email me today.  We can set up a convenient time to chat and answer any questions you may have.

If you are ready to purchase your Starter Kit, simply click here.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


You Can Make It!

A fun feature in our Stampin’ Up catalogs is the “You Can Make It” projects.  Sprinkled throughout the new 2019 Occasions catalog are four fun projects.  Each lists the supplies featured to make these amazing projects.  For avid crafters, you can review the supply list, pull items from your craft stash and order what you may need.  And for beginner crafters, you can purchase a bundle with one of everything listed using one product number!  This really simplifies things and lets you focus on the crafting!

Hey Love Treat Toppers (#150811) on Page 8 

Do you want to make adorable Valentine’s Day treats for the people you love?  Or maybe you would like to craft with your second grader and make classroom treats.  Simply order this bundle, purchase some candy and share the love.

Birthday Statements Cards (#150812) on Page 19

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to send birthday cards this year? Well, the Birthday Statements You Can Make It Kit might help you to meet that goal.

Flowering Desert Cards (#150813) on Page 29

Stampin’ Up is always on trend and cacti are definitely on trend.  You will see them everywhere including your favorite home decor store.  This Flowering Desert Cards You Can Make It Kit has everything you need for simple stamping in order to make a gorgeous card set for gift giving or making a framed collage piece for home decorating.

Flowing Fountain Cards (#150814) on Page 41

The Flowing Fountain Cards are a beautiful collection of soft, sweet cards with special sentiments for letting people know that you are thinking of them.

It is my pleasure to help you with your crafting needs — whether its to share the excitement over something you created, to learn a new technique or to assist in ordering crafting supplies.  

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




A Few of My Favorite Things and Why

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings…
        These are a few of my favorite things.

While Julie Andrews may be able to sing on the mountain tops, it is a little harder for me to pick my top picks from the new 2019 Occasions Catalog and 2019 Sale-a-Bration brochure.   There are just so many wonderful things to choose from.

While you are jotting down items for your wish list, be sure to take a close look at a few of my favorite things.

Favorite Dies (while it only makes sense to purchase the bundle, these must-have dies will add that WOW-factor when you want something clean and simple — or — when you want to add a few special touches to your project)

Favorite Masculine Products –  As crafters, we never seem to have enough masculine themed images.  These products are timeless and you will be reaching for these again and again for years to come!  

Favorite Sale-a-Bration Items — Free with a qualifying purchase, so take advantage of some great limited edition items that coordinate with items in the current annual catalog and the new Occasions catalog.

Favorite Sentiment Stamps – Yes, I’ve been known to purchase a stamp set just because of the meaningful sentiment and font style!  But seriously, these are some great sentiments.

Favorite Bundle

  • Purchase Starter Kit/Option 2 with exclusive crafting tote (SAB page 4) – For $129, you get to select $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from your wish list and the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote (valued at $50). Your kit ships for free.  This option saves you $133.35!  If you have a long wish list, it only makes sense to consider purchasing the starter kit.  Please consider test driving your demonstrator benefits and saving 20% on all future orders between now and June 30th!

Please let me know how I can.  I’m happy to discuss your order and help you get the most value from your purchase.

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



Amazing Deal


With Sale-A-Bration in full swing, most happy shoppers ask “how awesome is the Starter Kit?”  It is an AMAZING DEAL.  If you have a big wish list, then you really should consider the Starter Kit and test driving the demonstrator benefits for a little while!  You receive $175 worth of products for $99 AND your kit ships for free.  Plus, you will receive a 20% discount on future purchases!

This year, there are two fabulous options that come with extra goodies: 

The first option is the regular $99 Starter Kit with $175 worth of product (instead of usual $125 worth).  What makes this deal so exciting is that you choose items from your wish list to customize your starter kit!  With an additional $50 worth of product during Sale-A-Bration, this is absolutely the best time to purchase the Starter Kit!

The second option is $129 Starter Kit with $175 worth of products PLUS an exclusive limited-edition tote.  This tote is a $50 value and it is great for organizing your craft supplies or stamping on the go. (If I were signing up, this would be my option!)

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Next, happy shoppers usually ask “how should I customize my Starter Kit?”  Well, it depends on you, your needs and your desires! 

If you are new to Stampin’ Up, then consider the Stamparatus plus few Bundles with punches and coordinating items from a Product Suite!

If you have been a happy shopper for a while, then consider purchasing most of the new Stampin’ Blends markers – or – purchasing the amazing Big Shot and a bunch of accessories – or – purchasing the new Stamparatus and a bunch of new Cling Stamps – or – changing over to the new ink pads.  You have many exciting possibilities!

So what are you waiting for? Start by studying the catalog and creating a wishing list.  Feel free to contact me so that I can assist you in customizing your Starter Kit for the best value.  If you still have items on your wish list after purchasing the Starter Kit, then you have the pleasure of placing future orders and receiving a 20% discount between now and June 30th.   There is NO RISK!


Sending crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and hopes of sharing my crafting fun with you!


Best Catch – Another Masculine Set!

best catch samplesAnother super great masculine stamp and die set is the Best Catch Bundle — it is perfect for the outdoors man or fishing enthusiast in your life!  The Best Catch stamp set and Catch of the Day thinlits dies has classic images of a fisherman, fish, cattails and fishing gear that can be used in hundreds of different ways to design one-of-a-kind masculine cards.  And, you can save 10% by purchasing the bundle with the coordinating stamp and dies.

best catch bundle imageOne of my long-time co-workers absolutely loves to fish — unfortunately, his wife hates everything about fishing — so he has to wait until this wife visits the grandchildren to enjoy his passion.  When I saw this stamp set, I just had to get it so that I could make fabulous cards for one of my favorite people!  So, here is the card that I made for Steve’s upcoming birthday.

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I colored the images using Watercolor pencils and a Blender pen.  The cattails are diecut in Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  To add interest, I used Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder on the piece of Wood Textures DSP, which was matted in Early Espresso cardstock to balance the design and create depth.

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Stay tuned for more masculine card inspiration!  And be sure to check out the other great products from the new 2019 Occasions Catalog by visiting my on-line store.

Sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!