Distinktive, a New Kind of Stamp

Because there is always room for innovation, Stampin’ Up! has trademarked a new style of red rubber stamp called Distinktive.  Do you remember the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Heartfelt Blooms?  Well, it was the first Distinktive stamp set and everyone loved the photo-realism of that red rubber stamp!  Now, our amazing Stampin’ Up! designers have created five new Distinktive stamp sets with that same wow factor for creating a monochromatic stamped image with different opacities for realistic dimension, depth and intensity.

The five new Distinktive stamp sets are:

healing hugs catalog image

Whether stamped in soft subtles or bold rich colors, these Distinktive stamped images will make your projects stand out! Check out these projects created by Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists using the new Healing Hugs stamp set.

Tips for best results:  (1) clean your stamp thoroughly to remove any manufacturing residue; (2) ink your using the middle of the ink pad.  Inking stamp along edges of an ink pad may cause ink lines to appear in the final stamped image; (3) if your ink pad is too juicy, the ink may puddle and blur the image.  Simply blot your ink pad on scrap paper to remove the excess ink.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Country Livin’

For those country lovers, or simply for those who enjoy a slower pace, some sweet tea and value the outdoors, the Country Livin’ stamp set is sure to please. 

country life swap

country living catalog

country living samples

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


Sheltering Tree and Colorful Season

Combining organic elements from Sheltering Tree photopolymer stamp set and the Colorful Season bundle gives you more creative options for seasonal cards.  This card says let’s sit in the share, enjoy the spring weather and a little visit.

sheltering tree swap with colorful seasons

This card has several layers, starting with a Whisper White layer on which the tree and grass were stamped in Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz.  Next a later of Crumb Cake was first dry embossed using Pinewood Planks embossing folder and then die cut using large oval from the Layering Oval Framelit Dies.  Then, leaves were stamped, die cut, and layered to create interest, and the Adirondack chair was die cut to create depth.

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


Share the Love

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Happy May 1st!  To help celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Stampin’ Up! is offering three specially-priced bundles from the new Share What You Love Suite plus the new 2018-2020 In-Colors:  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.

You are going to love these products!  Stampin’ Up! created the Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today!

Check out this short video as Brandi explains this promotion.

Check out this downloadable file for more details on products.

Look at the gorgeous cards that you can make combining the items in this product suite.

Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.  If you’ve ever thought about becoming a demonstrator, purchase one of the bundles as part of your demonstrator kit and position yourself to order even more wonderful products in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog at 20% discount!  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact me.

The Just Getting Started Bundle has everything a new crafter needs to start stamping and experiencing the joy of creativity.  It includes the Love What You Do photopolymer stamp set, Very Vanilla cardstock, A2 blank cards and envelopes, plus Grapefruit Grove and Old Olive ink pads and a clear acrylic block.

just getting started bundlelove what you do

A Little More, Please Bundle will help spark your creativity and hone your crafting skills. These items will help you push your creative boundaries.  It includes everything in the Just Gettting Started bundle plus it includes 24 sheets of colored cardstock, pearlized doilies, rich razzleberry velvet ribbon, colored pearls and embellishment kits.

a little more please bundle

The Gotta Have It All Bundle is absolutely perfect for passionate papercrafters who want to share their love of stamping.  If this is you, it is perfectly priced to be your demonstrator kit — for instead of paying $127, you pay $99 and it ships for free!  It includes everything from the other bundles plus 24 sheets of gorgeous shimmery 12×12 specialty designer series paper, a coordinating embossing folder and the exclusive Statement of My Heart stamp to help jump-start your business or to help other’s understand why you share what you love to do!

gotta have it all bundle

And finally, get your hands on the new 2018-2020 In-Colors ink pads — with the new ink pad design has a patented flip-top lid that opens like your make-up compact, with the same firm foam pad and new anti-bubble ink formula to give you a superior stamping experience.  Plus, these ink pads stack for easy storage and transport.

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Some important notes:

  • Bundles are exclusive to this early release promotion and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018.  (Individual items will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit.
  • Papercrafters everywhere are falling in love with these bundles.  Order soon while there are ample supplies.
  • If items in the bundles become unavailable during the sales period, available items will ship, and backordered items will ship separately when available.

All of these items are available from my on-line store, just click on the links provided.

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




Color Revamp

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Stampin’ Up! likes to stay on top of current trends and every 5 years or so, they revamp our color selection to stay on trend.  This weekend, Stampin’ Up! introduced this color revamp at 2018 On-Stage convention that I was fortunate enough to attend as a demonstrator.

I promise you’re going to love these changes because Stampin’ Up! carefully selected these colors based on demonstrators and customers requests.  Many are returning favorites, while others were just simply missing from our color collection.  And just like fashion and home decor, colors are trendy and need to be refreshed to give us new exciting color combinations to play with!

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors of our core color collection and the five 2016-2018 In Colors will retire and be replaced by sixteen gorgeous new favorite colors and five new 2018-2020 In-Colors!!!  Our color collection will actually grow by three colors!!!

The 13 retiring colors are:  Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.  If any of these retiring colors are a personal favorite, you’ll want to order cardstock and reinkers soon! 

The 16 wonder new colors being added to our color collection are:  Balmy Blue (new), Blackberry Bliss (returning favorite), Coastal Cabana (returning favorite), Flirty Flamingo (carrying over from 2016-2018 In-Color collection), Gorgeous Grape (new), Granny Apple Green (new), Gray Granite (new), Highland Heather (new), Mango Melody (new), Merry Merlot (new), Mint Macaron (returning favorite), Mossy Meadow (returning favorite), Petal Pink (new), Poppy Parade (returning favorite), Shaded Spruce (new) and Soft Seafoam (new).  I can honestly say that these returning favorites are colors that I love and have missed.

Here is the new color collections by family name:


The new 2018-2020 In-Colors are really going to be bright, fun rainbow colors to design with, while the 2017-2019 provide the softer, more sophisticated color palette!


Here’s a closer look at the NEW core colors:

new colors

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


Last Chance for Retired Products


It’s that time again, when we say goodbye to our favorite items from the annual and occassions catalog to make room for new products.  Without further ado, here are the lists:

Retiring from the 2017-2018 Annual CatalogClick here.

Retiring from the 2018 Occasions CatalogClick here.


These are in page number order, so it’s easy to look through your books and make your choices. If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Couple things to note:

  • Our classic ink pads are being reconfigured to make them easier to open!  Yeah!  I have an new stamp case and you’re going to love it.  It opens like your make up mirror or make-up compact.  
  • And, we are refreshing our color pallet — with fresh new colors and some returning favorites.  There will be 53 colors in addition to the 2017-2019 In-Colors and the new 2018-2020 In-Colors — for a total of 63 colors!  That’s three more colors!  More information to follow.
  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 25th because we make them in the United States.  
  • Everything else is while supplies last, so place your order soon to avoid being disappointed if an item sales out quickly!
  • Some bundles are retiring, but the products will be available individually in the next catalog.  If you want to save 10%, then order them before May 31st.
  • I predict that the products that will sale out first — ribbon, designer papers and the 2016-2018 In Colors

Now go grab your favorite beverage, pen and paper and check your wishlist.  

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Southern Serenade

southern serenade catalog

The Southern Serenade stamp set has beautiful flowers, lovely textures, and elegant sentiments to send a card to a close friend for almost any occasion.  It comes in both traditional wood-mount and the clear-mount on acrylic blocks.

southern serenade sample 2 rich razzleberry

The card is quick and easy using – Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends, Old Olive Stampin Blends, Petal Burst embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits and Whisper White 1/4″ organza ribbon.

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


More New Sale-a-Bration Goodies!

We are now in the final sales period of Sale-A-Bration! In addition to other available Sale-A-Bration merchandise, some of our regular products may be earned as Sale-A-Bration rewards between March 15 and March 31st — items you’re going to love, like the:

  • Simple Stripes embossing folder
  • Myths & Magic glimmer paper
  • Petal Pair embossing folders
  • Petals & More Thinlit dies 
  • Color Me Happy Project kit
  • and a LOT more!​​​​​​​

Check out this flyer with regular products being offered as Sale-a-Bration rewards.  Note:  the flyer has different item numbers than the catalog!  So if you want these products as Sale-a-Bration rewards, use the item numbers from the flyer!

For every $50 you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product using two reward levels, giving you more flexibility and options for earning free items.   Let’s break it down:

  • If you spend $50, you will earn one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you will earn one free level 2 product, OR, choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you will have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

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



Waterfront with Brusho

Recently, I spent the day crafting with Lisa Freeman, my second-level, upline and she taught me how to create my own ink pad using Brusho Crystals.

waterfront using brusho

Here is a You-Tube video where she explains how to make this card.  And additional details are available on her blog at Stampingwithlisa.com.

  • Stamps:  Waterfront, Heartfelt Blooms and Lovey as a Tree
  • Paper – Watercolor Paper (3″ x 4-1/2″)and Bermuda Bay cardstock (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″)
  • Inks:  Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Archival inks
  • Accessories:  Brusho Crystals, hallow dish, paper towel, spritzer and aqua painter.

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