New Catalog Live Today at 2pm Eastern


2020-2021 Annual CatalogClick to view the new catalog on-line!

TODAY’S THE DAY! You can begin ordering from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog starts at 2 PM Eastern Time!

IF YOU NEED A COPY OF THE CATALOG?  Please let me know so that I can send you a complementary catalog as soon as possible.  If you are one of my current customers, then you should have received one by now; if not, please let me know because I have catalogs on hand!

The launch of a new catalog is always exciting, and I have wonderful news about a couple of amazing promotions that Stampin’ Up is offering today when the catalog is live.  If you have a really big wish list, then you will want to take advantage of these two promotions!  Of course, the best deal is the starter kit.



THIS IS A GREAT DEAL!  Not only will you get your choice of up to $125 in Stampin’ Up! products for $99 PLUS FREE SHIPPING (a 10% savings) on the kit—you can ADD any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE!  There are 34 amazing bundles to choose from for your FREE BUNDLE!  There are 8 PUNCH BUNDLES (pg. 168-169) and 26 DIE BUNDLES (pg. 173 – 179), and these range in price from $31.50 – $60.25!  And, one of those bundles could be yours FREE in your starter kit!  When you consider that your starter kit will ship for free, this promotion almost doubles the value of your starter kit.

When you purchase the starter kit, you will enjoy all the demonstrator benefits – discounts on all future purchases of 20-25%, being part of my Crafting Hugs team, being part of the larger Stampin’ Up community of crafty people and participating in exclusive demonstrator only events.  There is no obligation to purchase more products, to share with anyone, or to hold classes – unless you want to.  If you have thought about joining and want to be a part of an amazing online community of stampers, please email me today. I would love to answer your questions and chat with you about my amazing journey.



Planning on placing a large order or together with a friend?  Stampin’ Up is giving an EXTRA $25 free in host rewards in during June for any qualifying order of $250 or more! 

What are Stampin’ Rewards?  There are great benefits for purchases or orders with a friend that total $150 or more. Orders over $150 earn an additional percentage of the total purchase (before shipping and taxes) in rewards. The rewards earned can be redeemed for any product you choose – catalog items, clearance products and price reduced hosts sets. Orders over $450 earn a percentage off plus earn a free item of their choice at 50% (Note:  Stamp Bundles can be selected as a 50% off item, but Suite Bundles do not qualify).

Stampin Rewards

Between today and June 30, orders over $250 earn their respective percentage of rewards PLUS an additional $25 in rewards.












We are in unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Unfortunately, some products will not be available at the launch of the catalog, such as our new cutting and embossing machines.   Some products will sell out quickly because many of our suppliers, like those companies that make our inkpad cases and ink refill bottles, are busy making plastic medical supplies.  To comply with federal and local guidance for the protection of workers, Stampin’ Up warehouse has reduced the number of workers per work shift while adding additional work shifts.  Unfortunately, shipments are running on a 5+ day delay from the warehouse.  If you really, really want to receive your order quickly, please choose “express shipping” at checkout with the understanding that there may be shipping delays by UPS, who is federally mandated to prioritize shipments of critical supplies first.  These are definitely unusual times, so thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

PLACING AN ORDER TODAY?  If you are placing an order for $150 or more, I want you to enjoy all of the Host Rewards you have earned.  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you please add this Host Code –  – when prompted. Thank you!

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


Sneak Peek: Carols of Christmas

For the month of August, you have the special opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set, Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, or both in a bundle (and save 10%) a month before it is even released in the holiday catalog.

***If you earned Bonus Day coupons in July, they can be used to purchase these products.  Just click on the SHOP tab above or any of the links.


The stamp set includes two large sentiments which can be the focal point of your card design.  Here, I showcased the sentiment with silver heat embossing powder with simple layers of Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Silver Foil and Vellum cardstock and bow tied with Cherry Cobbler satin ribbon (retired).

This stamp set is so versatile that it can be used for years to come!  The first card design is just a classic design with traditional colors — .  And, here is another card design using the exact same sentiment — do you think anyone would recognize it from the previous year?  Probably not.

carols of Christmas 2

For this second card, I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Peekaboo Peach and Garden Green ink.  Next, I stamped the tree image from Lovely as Tree using Archival Basic Black ink.  After waiting for the sponged ink to dry, I  swiped my Embossing Buddy are the card front piece to prevent extra embossing powder from sticking to my project.  Then, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark, applied silver embossing powder and heat seat the sentiment with my heat tool.  To create the skyline, I first die cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builders thinlits and then matted the piece on Silver Foil to allow the moon and stars to shine through the die cut holes.

And here is a quick video with other great card making ideas from Stampin’ Up!  You’ll love the idea on how to dress up the family photo!

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




New Product Videos by Stampin’ Up!

In the last 24 hours, Stampin’ Up! has released 12 new videos featuring tips and techniques for using the wonderful new products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!   Find a comfy chair and grab your favorite beverage so that you can enjoy viewing these videos.   And, you might want to find a pencil paper in order to write down the tips and tricks for using products on your wish list.

  • Click here to see tips for using the new 3D Embossing Folders that are extra deep
  • Click here to see how the new Memories & More products coordinate with other fabulous Stampin’ Up! products for memory keeping, card keeping and gift giving
  • Click here to see new cardmaking techniques using the new Embossing Paste for adding texture and interest to your crafting projects
  • Click here to see the new Coffee Cafe bundle — just what every coffee drinker craves!
  • Click here to see the Home Life bundle
  • Click here to see the Oh So Eclectic bundle
  • Click here to see the Little Wild bundle
  • Click here to see the new Move Me bundle
  • Click here to see the Eastern Beauty bundle
  • Click here to see the Hello Friend Heat Embossing Card Kit — this card kit is a great value — you learn new heat embossing techniques and make 15 cards — either five of three designs or switch it up and make your own unique cards.
  • Click here to see the Love Today Planner Kit with refills available
  • Click here to see the new Designer Series Paper
  • Click here to see the new Specialty Designer Papers

Remember the “We Heart Hosts” promotion, especially if you have a large wish list. Starting June 1 and ending June 30th, with a product order of $350 or more (before shipping and tax) you earn $35 in bonus Stampin’ Rewards in addition the regular Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  That’s extra free product!

Leave me a comment or send me an email about your favorite products.  My list of favorite items is coming in a future blog post.

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


Video – Comparing Three Black Ink Pads

During my February stamp camp, I realized that I needed to order another black ink pad.   While this seems like a simple task, I quickly realized that I needed to do a little homework to select the right ink for my purposes.


Here is my first video — it’s about 6 minutes and it compares StazOn Jet Black, Stampin’ Up! Archival Basic Black and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads.  All three ink pads were brand new, just out of the wrapper.

Click here to see the video.

These days, the Stampin’ Up! catalog offers three different black inks because the different black ink formulas offer unique advantages which better support our crafting needs.  Here is a quick summary of what I learned about the advantages of each type of black ink pad:




Basic Black is rich bright ink, while Memento has a softer gray tone.  Note:  the Memento Ink started to bleed when water was applied with an AquaPainter.

Basic Black Archival Ink

  • Special solvent-based ink formulation that is acid-free, archival-safe and water-proof
  • Permanent  Ink (so while it will stain your stamps, this does not affect their performance)
  • Works amazingly well with both photopolymer stamps and red rubber stamps
  • Recommended when using embossing powder
  • Heat setting is recommended or allow a little extra time to air dry
  • Recommended for water-based techniques like water coloring, and when using AquaPainter, Stampin’ Write markers or other dye, water-based markers
  • Easy clean up using Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist
  • Of the 3 black ink pads, this is the most bright, true black color
  • Not recommended for Copic or other alcohol-based markers because the colors will bleed

StazOn Jet Black Permanent Ink

  • Solvent-based ink when stamped, shows the fine details of a stamped image 
  • Permanent ink (so while it will stain your stamps, this does not affect their performance
  • Acid-free, archival-safe and water-proof
  • Perfect to stamp on designer paper and cardstock (it is absorbed into the paper)
  • Works great on non-porous surfaces like:  glossy papers, Window Sheets/acetate, glass, metal, vellum, wood, plastic, laminated paper, cellophane bags, polymer clay, terracotta, ceramics, buttons, foils, leather, etc.
  • Heat setting is recommended as the drying time may vary based on the stamping surface and the humidity.  The manufacturer suggests air drying stamped paper for 3 minutes or other surfaces for 5 minutes to avoid smearing the wet ink)
  • Recommended for water coloring with AquaPainter, Blender Pen or watercolor brush
  • Needs to be re-inked more often as solvent-based formula tends to evaporate quickly (this is why the stamp pads have an inside plastic liner)
  • Requires a special StazOn cleaner.  Because the cleaner is oil-based, it is best to wipe off the cleaner with paper towel and then clean your stamp with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist Cleaner to remove any oily residue and to protect and condition your stamps
  • Not recommended for photopolymer stamps
  • Not recommended for Copic or other alcohol-based markers because the colors will bleed

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

  • Water-based dye ink that is perfect for most stamping projects
  • Great for sentiments and images
  • Recommended when working with Blender pens, Copic markers or other alcohol-based markers
  • Fade resistance and acid-free
  • Fast drying ink
  • Easier to use with the Stamp-a-ma-jig positioning tool
  • Easy to clean using Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist
  • Not recommended for water coloring (not water-proof)

Bottom Line:  Eventually, you probably will want to own all three ink pads because of the extra flexibility in your crafting.   However, if you only want to purchase one at a time, here are some quick tips to help you prioritize your purchases:

  • Purchase the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad if you mostly use photopolymer stamps
  • Purchase the Basic Black Archival ink pad if you like to color with your Stampin’ Write markers
  • Purchase the StazOn Jet Black ink pad if you like to watercolor.

And… matter which ink pad you decide to purchase, it is always best to purchase a matching ink refill at the same time.

I hope you enjoyed the video.  Until next time, happy crafting!