Category Archives: Stampin’ Up! Promotion


So, I woke up around 3 am last night – I rarely sleep through the night these days. I picked up my phone to check the time, when I saw that a message had come through from Stampin’ Up! Once I see one of those, I have to immediately check what it says!

It was titled: Surprise! Free Shipping is Coming!

So, here are the details. Free Shipping all day Monday. That means from 12:00 AM until 11:59 PM, Mountain Time. Free Shipping. No charge. At all.

Perfect for a gift. Or something for yourself – after all, you deserve it!

Best of all, this falls right in the middle of the Year End Sales Event.

So you can purchase retiring Holiday products. You can save on the purchase of some of those products. And you won’t pay for shipping.

But on only on Monday. So, be sure to visit my online store and shop!

What You Must Know about the Stamparatus Reservation

The second and final reservation window for the Stamparatus begins today. The Stamparatus is a new positioning tool, that allows you to easily, and repeatedly, stamp your images exactly where you want them. Watch this short video to learn more about it.


Doesn’t this sound like the next great tool you need to add to your stash? Here’s how to reserve your Stamparatus:

  1. Go to my online store and sign in. (If you don’t have an account set up, then you must do that, too.)
  2. Beneath the Stamparatus Is Here banner ad, click on the Click Here button. This brings you to the Reservation app.
  3. Enter your credit card information.
  4. Click the Reserve button.
  5. Check your email for a confirmation message!

There are 3 main changes to this reservation window:

  1. There is no limit to the number of reservations that Stampin’ Up! will take.
  2. The reservation window will last for the entire time – i.e. Dec 5 through 30.
  3. Orders are fulfilled in the order that they are reserved. (Hmmm. This is a good reason to reserve early.)

You can reserve only 1 Stamparatus.

You are not charged for the Stamparatus until it ships.

When it appears in your shopping cart, you can change your credit card information. You can also add more items to your Stampin’ Up! order.

You can cancel your reservation at any time.

Since Stampin’ Up! will accept all reservations, they have canceled the reservation window in January.

So, no need to wait or stress any longer. Head on over to my online store and reserve your Stamparatus today!

Year End Sales Event is Here!

The Year End Sales Event is Here!

Did you finish all your shopping during the recent Online Extravaganza? How about on Black Friday? If not, you’re in luck. Today is the start of the Year End Sales Event.

Year End Sales Event

From now, until January 2, 2018, Stampin’ Up! is discounting a number of retiring items (in the Holiday catalog) and other items.

Note that all bundles in the Holiday catalog are retiring. The individual items in the bundle may be carried forward on their own, but not in a bundle.

To find out what’s on sale, visit my online store.

Shop for yourself. Shop for a gift. It’s all good!

To help you plan, I’m attaching a pdf file. It lists all the sale and retiring items. Download the list here.

Please remember, that quantities of all items are limited, while supplies last. So, don’t want until the last minute to make your purchases.

Happy Shopping!

Stampin’ Up! Flash Sale on Monday!

Stampin’ Up! just announced it’s Flash Sale for Monday, November 27.

Free Shipping

Free Shipping on all orders, placed between midnight and 11:59 pm, Mountain Time.

I wanted to give you as much time as possible to plan your shopping.

So, here are the Black Friday Cyber Monday promotions that you must be aware of:

  • Until Sunday, 11:59 pm Mountain Time – Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza. Download the flyer here to see what’s on sale.
  • Until Monday, 11:59 pm Central Time – Pre-order Stamping Basics for just under half the regular price. View the details here.
  • Monday, midnight to 11:59 pm Mountain Time – Stampin’ Up! is giving you FREE SHIPPING on all orders.

So, figure out what you want to do. Then be sure to put some reminders in your calendar. There are a bunch of things going on and you don’t want to miss out!


Start Black Friday Week with a Flash Sale!

Black Friday is coming. It’s a traditional Sales Day in the States. And we’re continuing the tradition this year!

To begin, Stampin’ Up! is having its Online Extravaganza. One week of savings on all sorts of Stampin’ Up! products.  But, to kick off the week, today only, they are offering a Flash Sale on a select group of stamps.

2017 Flash Sale on stamps

Until 11:59 PM Mountain Time, purchase these stamp sets at 20% off:

Item # Description Catalog Page # Retail Price Discount Price
139891 Remarkable You Wood AC 2017 142 $45.00 $36.00
139894 Remarkable You Clear AC 2017 142 $33.00 $26.40
140643 Bloomin Love AC 2017 88 $17.00 $13.60
141054 Éclosion d’amour AC 2017 88 $17.00 $13.60
143775 Celebrate You Wood AC 2017 72 $25.00 $20.00
143778 Celebrate You Clear AC 2017 72 $18.00 $14.40
142982 Cool Treats AC 2017 82 $27.00 $21.60
143440 Souhaits frais AC 2017 82 $27.00 $21.60
138682 You’re so Sweet Wood AC 2017 42 $27.00 $21.60
139440 You’re so Sweet Clear AC 2017 42 $19.00 $15.20
140180 Juste comme ça AC 2017 42 $19.00 $15.20
143949 Garden Girl Wood AC 2017 168 $27.00 $21.60
143952 Garden Girl Clear AC 2017 168 $19.00 $15.20
143740 Good Vibes Wood AC 2017 169 $27.00 $21.60
145080 Good Vibes Clear AC 2017 169 $19.00 $15.20
142871 Super Duper Wood AC 2017 74 $27.00 $21.60
142874 Super Duper Clear AC 2017 74 $19.00 $15.20
138764 Heartfelt Sympathy AC 2017 100 $17.00 $13.60
140098 Des adieux du fond du coeur AC 2017 100 $17.00 $13.60
144865 Every Good Wish HC 2017 8 $18.00 $14.40
144862 Every Good Wish HC 2017 8 $25.00 $20.00
145103 Que de bons voeux HC 2017 8 $18.00 $14.40
144870 Good Tidings HC 2017 8 $21.00 $16.80
145124 Bouquet de houx HC 2017 8 $21.00 $16.80
142954 Milestone Moments AC 2017 71 $21.00 $16.80
143426 À souligner AC 2017 71 $21.00 $16.80
143689 More than Chocolate AC 2017 33 $17.00 $13.60
140653 Number of Years AC 2017 178 $27.00 $21.60
141091 Au fil des ans AC 2017 178 $27.00 $21.60
140386 Oh What Fun AC 2017 115 $21.00 $16.80
140469 Hourra pour Noel AC 2017 115 $21.00 $16.80
141934 Touches of Texture Wood AC 2017 152 $45.00 $36.00
143251 Touches of Texture Clear AC 2017 152 $33.00 $26.40

Yes, it’s a long list. And there is so much variety. To help you a bit, here are some cards I’ve posted before:

Lots of fun, don’t you think?

And if you’re looking for tools and embellishments… There are lots of those, too, during the Online Extravaganza.

In fact, there are so many items to choose from, that it’s best if I give you the entire flyer here.

So, here are the important dates:

  • Flash Sale on Stampstoday only. Until 11:59 PM Mountain Time.
  • Online ExtravaganzaUntil November 26, 11:59 PM Mountain Time.
  • My Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday Special runs from Friday though Monday.

Details on my black-Friday-cyber-Monday Special will follow later this week.

Until then, visit my online store and start shopping!

The Blendies are Coming! The Blendies are Coming!

Starting tomorrow… The Blendies are coming!

Actually, they’re the Stampin’ Blends. But “Blendies” sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?

Well, whatever you call them, they ARE fun!!Garden in Bloom, colored with Stampin' Blends

You all know how much I love Garden in Bloom, right? Well, when Stampin’ Up! introduced the new alcohol markers, I was a little skeptical. We all know about the previous Blendabilities. While many people still have and use those markers, Stampin’ Up! faced a real issue with consistent quality. So, I proceeded cautiously this time.

Stampin’ Up! introduced 12 sets of colors (where each set has a light and a dark version), plus a color lifter and some other stuff. I bought only 3 sets of colors and the color lifter.

Stampin’ Up! also offered a limited time stamp set. I decided to work with the ones that I already own.

And here is my first project, above.

I learned lots on this first card. I’ll be sharing these lessons with you over time.

The first thing I learned is that its difficult to blend 2 different colors. Under the matted sentiment is a flower colored in yellows and reds. Ummm, not so nice. But you know how any mistake is really an opportunity to embellish…

Improvement over the Old Alcohol Markers

So, let’s focus on what was done well. Here are my top 4 observations:

  1. Stampin’ Blends have air-tight caps that protect the brush tips.
  2. Each Stampin’ Blend color has a light and a dark shade. Perfect for blending, without all the hassle of the previous 3 shades.
  3. You can buy individual Stampin’ Blend markers. So, when one dries out, you don’t need to replace the pair of them.
  4. You can buy some Blends or ALL the Stampin’ Blends. It depends on your experience and budget.

Those lessons learned… Remember to work on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I accidentally used regular Whisper White cardstock. The ink bled through. Not a problem, as I would on Grid Paper. But it is a problem for those of you who do not.

And, while you can blend different colors, become good at blending like-colors first! (Baby steps.)

Am I glad that I bought them? YES!!

Do I wish I had bought more? Yes!! But the good news is that they are here for a long time. I can buy a few at a time, or go crazy and get them all. Decisions….

The Stampin’ Blends will be available for sale starting tomorrow, November 1. So, if you’re thinking about placing an order, think about adding some Stampin’ Blends. They’re totally fun and make for real easy beautiful results!

To learn more about Stampin’ Blends, download the Stampin’ Blends flyer here.

Clean & Simple Thank You Card

Sometimes, the classic designs are the best. Today’s project shows a simple and clean card design. This classic design allows the sentiment to be the focus. Take a look.

Clean & simple thank you cardThe beautiful, curvy lettering is stunning. That alone makes the sentiment stand out. By the way, this stamp is part of Daisy Delight. It’s one of my favorites. Can you tell?

For even more emphasis, I added 3 mats under the stamped layer. Their widths vary. I find it makes a more interesting image, don’t you?

Another star of this card is the Designer Series Paper on the card front – Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I needed only the single layer on the card front. This saved me tons of work. And stamping.

World Card Making Day Promotion

But here is the best part. The main components of this card design are on sale! Yes, you read it correctly. On sale.

To celebrate World Card Making Day (October 7) Stampin’ Up! is offering 15 percent off a select group of stamp sets, including Daisy Delight. I love saving 15 percent.

Also on sale are the Very Vanilla and Whisper White note cards and envelopes.

And if you’re still looking for an incentive, purchase a Fast Fuse dispenser, and receive 2 refills free. I love FREE even more than saving 15 percent!

Check out the flyer here.

Designer Series Paper Savings

Designer Series Paper is also on sale. Stampin’ Up! selected a group of 13 different packages. Buy any 3 of these and pick a 4th one for free. For those of you into math, that’s a savings of 25 percent!

Check out the DSP flyer here.

The best part of all this is that the products in each of these promotions coordinate!

Yay! Save money and buy products that coordinate. Talk about making the work easy.

That means you have more money and more time for fun. Win-Win!

If you need some help choosing, well, come to me. I’m happy to lend a helping hand!

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – Just a Day Away

And while you’re getting ready for World Card Making Day, don’t forget that the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects begin tomorrow, Wednesday (October 4).

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

It’s what’s inside that counts. Isn’t that what we’ve been told, since we were little? Well, that’s true… to some extent. But when it comes to hand stamped cards, what’s on the front counts, too!

It's What's Inside that CountsThe sentiment is part of the Tags & Trimmings stamp set that is in this year’s Holiday catalog. This set is so fun. And it’s good to use all year long.

Did you notice the bling that dots the second “I” in “INSIDE”? It’s one of those Glitter Enamel Dots. They are so cool, that I try to use them sparingly. At first, I put one on each “I” – but it was too much. I have no idea why I settled on the second “I” – except that maybe it’s because it’s more in the center of the word. In any case, I like it there. How about you?

The background on the card front is made by stamping images from Timeless Textures. For each inking, I stamped twice. Otherwise, the lines and dots were too dark.

I popped up the matted sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, to add depth to the design.

Other than that, this is probably one of the simplest cards to make or CASE (which means Copy And Share Everything).

And what’s on the inside???

It's What's Inside that Counts

Supplies I used to Make This Project

Note that Tags & Trimmings is not listed here, as it will only be available, starting on September 1.

By the way, do you have your copy of the Holiday catalog? If not, then let me know and I’ll get one to you!

I know it’s only the middle of August, but (for some of us) it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!

24-Hour Paper Pumpkin FLASH Sale!

Here’s some good news for you! For just 24 hours, news subscribers can receive their first month of Paper Pumpkin for just $5. That’s 75% off the regular price (of $19.95). Amazing!

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale

The image above pretty much tells it all, but here are the fine points:

  • It’s for first time subscribers only.
  • Sale starts June 29 at 11:59 pm and ends on June 30 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time.
  • Use Promotion code ONEDAY0717.
  • You cannot apply the discount to prepaid subscriptions.
  • After the first month, the subscription price goes to $19.95.
  • Visit here to sign up!

Don’t let this pass you by. It’s the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin!

Still Loving Eastern Beauty

I’m still loving Eastern Beauty. I worked with this stamp set a lot during May, since it was the ONLY  product I could sell from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But now that the entire catalog is open for sale, I find than many people are leaving this stamp set on the side.

Why? This stamp set is still amazing! It works so well with our other Stampin’ Up! products. Bus most importantly, it makes it easy to implement good design practices. Pull it off your shelf and use it. Here is a fun – and well-designed – card that I designed.

Eastern BeautyCan you guess what stamp set I paired with Eastern Beauty? I’ll tell you, even though I think you might have figured it out. (I don’t want you to need to work your way through my post!) The background splotches and the repeated Celebrate are part of Beautiful You. Love it!

Eastern Beauty stamps contains intricate lines and there are almost an infinite number of ways to combine them. The result is that Eastern Beauty easily lends itself to forming a focal point in almost any project design. An that’s exactly what I did here.

I stamped the sentiment, then cut a circle around it, sponging the edges. then I stamped the unusual shape for a mat. I could give this stamp set and card stock to a dozen people and each one would come up with something totally different!

The best feature of Eastern Beauty is that no matter how simple or detailed your stamping taste is, you can easily design a fabulous focal point. And every project – whether a card or a scrapbook page – needs a focal point!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

Bundle and Save $$$

Did you notice in my supply list that you can buy the Eastern Beauty stamp set with the Eastern Medallions Framelits in a bundle? Why buy a bundle? To save money, of course. When Stampin’ Up! bundles products, they reduce the price by 10%. So, if you like the products and believe that you’ll buy both, then purchase the bundle and save! Another WIN-WIN!

Just one more reason why I’m still loving Eastern Beauty!


Happy Birthday to the New Catalog!

It’s finally here! The 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! And here’s a card to say Happy Birthday to the new catalog!

Happy birthday catalogThis card shows a bunch of new products. Isn’t it fun???

Let’s start with the colors. The card base is Berry Burst. It’s richer than our soft pinks, and richer than Rose Red. The green layer is Lemon Lime Twist. Oh my gosh – this is the best color. I absolutely hated it when I first saw it. Too bright for my taste. But when you set it with other more neutral and traditional colors, it relaxes a little. The flowers are 2-step flowers, inked with Berry Burst and Powder Pink. All 3 of these colors are new In Colors, here until 2019.

The sentiment is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlit. I love this font, don’t you?

The stamped flowers are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, one of the new stamp sets. Those flowers are so cute. And the sentiments that come with the set are perfect for the inside of this card.

I added a Metallic Enamel Shape to dot the “I” in Birthday and Glitter Enamel Dots to each flower center.

The Order Entry System is down now. Stampin’ Up! promises to bring it up by noon, Mountain Time. That’s when the shopping fun begins!

Because it’s a new catalog, we know that they will run out of some things. I predict that the Thinlit I used will go on back order very shortly.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

This is one of the best catalogs in a long time. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to my customers who say this!

How to Order

Get your credit cards ready. Shop at my online store. Or, if you’re worried about products running out, send me an email and let me place the order for you. (This offer is to previous customers of mine only.) But don’t procrastinate. It’s almost time to shop from the 2017-2018 Catalog! Happy birthday to the new catalog!!


One Last Look at the Annual Catalog

On the last day for shopping in the 2016-2017 catalog, here are some of my favorite cards… In addition to showing each card, I’ll explain why I like it so much!

Lots of Flowers Make me Ridiculously Happy

I love flowers. I love to stamp flowers. And, whenever I can stamp bunches and bunches of flowers, I’m especially happy!!

Colors include Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim. How can you help but smile when you see this card? Read more about it here.

Love & Affection - http:/

Pop Up Balloons are the MOST Fun!

Because I love flowers so much, I often stamp them on a birthday card. However, this year, there was a huge selection of other birthday images to use. I especially liked the balloons!

This card, in addition to stamps from Balloon Adventures, it also it used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They are the best, adding an unexpected surprise to the card when you open it. As a demonstrator, I keep very little product that retires. But this pop-up is a keeper!

Read more about this card here.

Birthday Pop-Up -

Groundhog Love. Sigh…

I’m not one for cutesy cards. I don’t have a nickname for my husband. But these little groundhogs are irresistible! I’m sad to see them go. However, they were a host reward, so, by definition, they were in the catalog for only one year.

Read more about this card here.

Love You Lots -

What Will You Miss?

How about you? What products are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment.

But don’t be too sad. Tomorrow will be the start of a new catalog! I can’t wait!






May Paper Pumpkin Project & a Special for YOU!

Do you know about Paper Pumpkin? It’s a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! that provides a whole lot of fun delivered right to your home. Here’s a quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing the May projects.

Isn’t that cool?

How to Get Paper Pumpkin

There are a few ways to subscribe. You can subscribe

  • month-to-month for $19.95
  • prepaid 3 months for $59
  • prepaid 6 months for $114
  • prepaid 12 months for $215

Shipping is includes. Sales tax is extra.

What’s Included

Every month, the kit contains a unique stamp set and an ink spot (i.e. a tiny ink pad). The colors are not repeated for at least 12 months. Plus, you’ll receive everything you need to complete the project, except for scissors and your favorite Go-To adhesive. Sometimes the projects are cards. Sometimes they are ornaments, decor or some other 3-D item. Projects tend to be seasonal. Instructions are complete and easy to follow.

In your first month, you’ll receive a slat clear block on which you can mount your stamps. Keep that. However, if you don’t want to collect the stamps and ink, toss them when you’re done! The choice is ALL yours!!

Have Fun!

The most important benefit of Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are FUN. I spend up to 60 minutes finishing my projects. It takes me longer if I decide to make alternate projects.

There’s no need to stress. Just enjoy!

Save 25 Percent on Your New Subscription by June 10, 2017, using the promo code STARTHERE, and you’ll save 25% of the first 3 months! Why not try it?

  • This promotion is good only for first-time subscribers.
  • You can apply the discount only on month-to-month subscriptions.
  • After 3 months, the price automatically returns to the full price.
  • You must enter the code STARTHERE when you sign up.

As they say, it’s easy peasy. So try it out. But you must sign up by June 10.

Stampin’ Up! refers to Paper Pumpkin as Creativity in a Box. And it is.

Give it a shot and sign up today.

Chase Your Dreams Using Glitter!

It’s important to chase your dreams. Today, I show a card that demonstrates how to chase your dreams using glitter!

Chase Your DreamsThis card has so much going on. Let’s examine some of its features.

The 4-1-1

  • Glitter 2 Ways – I used glitter by adding Gold Glimmer Paper – both in the horizontal strip about 1/4 from the bottom and in the die-cut star at the top right. That’s one way. I also added glitter with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the building. By the way, both the Stars Framelits and the Gold Wink of Stella glitter Brush are retiring at the end of this month.
  • A window on the world – Use the Hearth & Home Thinlits to create the window. It lets you look out on “what’s out there”. That always makes me feel hopeful and happy!
  • Brick wall adds even more texture – Running the Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is yet another kind of texture on this card.

Don’t you find the combination of all these textures interesting? I know that I do!

The main star of this card, however, is the stamp set, Chase Your Dreams. It includes images of architecture from all over the world. I wouldn’t normally include 2 buildings from different cities on one card, but this is for someone who has traveled a lot. So, it feels appropriate. The important point I want to make today is that this stamp set is retiring on May 31. And it’s on sale! At least, the rubber clear-mount version is on sale. The rubber wood-mount version is full price.

The card design was inspired by one of my sidelines. That’s another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who has the same upline as me. One of the fun parts of being a demonstrator is participating in swaps. That’s where each person designs and makes several copies of a card. You mail them to the organizer. She puts together packets where each has exactly 1 of each card. Then she mails the packs to each participant. So, you design one card and receive a bunch back. Talk about inspirational!

Call to Action

So the message today is to be sure to pick up anything that you need from the retiring list. May 31 is just 8 days away.

And, if the idea of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator sounds interesting to you, let’s talk. Until you have all the details, you can’t make an informed decision. Being a stamping business owner maybe just the right thing for you!

So, chase your dreams using glitter!

I Invented Something! Or, Maybe I Discovered Something!

What a productive day I had yesterday! I invented something new!

Or so I thought. Later on, I found someone on Pinterest who made the same “discovery”. I guess Great Minds think alike!

First, My Discovery

Here are 2 of the stamps in the Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set. Simple. Clean. My favorite kind of design… other than a flower, that is!

Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingThen, I stamped each image again. But the second time, I rotated the stamp a bit. Since they are photopolymer, I could sort of see through them to place them accurately on the cardstock. Here is what I stamped.

Eastern Palace - I discovered something Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingAren’t these designs cool?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Card Design with the Technique I Discovered

Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingSo, I started with my cool design. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock. Cropped it with a die from the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I matted it on a circle cropped with a Stitched Shapes Framelit.

The next challenge was to create a card to go under this fabulous element. Do you ever do that? I think it’s a backwards way to design. True confession time. I do that sometimes. Sigh.

The card is done in Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Whisper White. Other than my main image, the stamped images are from Timeless Textures. I created a collage on the card. The Thick Bakers Twine “grounds” the central circle, so that it doesn’t float in the air.

Here are the Supplies I Used

The stamp set is part of the Eastern Palace bundles, here until May 31. The items making up the bundles will be in the new catalog. But not the bundles. Hmmm. Decision. Time

But, I’m serious. Tell me what you think about this discovery. Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

Then , fell free to share your discoveries!!

Proud to have discovered something new!!!!


Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers

Happy May! We’re just one month away from the new catalog, and Stampin’ Up! is providing the opportunity to order some new products NOW. How cool is that? Today’s project, Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers, is the very first card I made with the new products. It came together so easily! You can click on the photo to see it larger.

East Eastern Beauty FlowersLet’s start with the stamp set, Eastern Beauty. These 21 photopolymer stamps are primarily “abstract” in design. The circles and other shapes can maximize your creativity. It was by accident that I discovered the shapes I chose resembled flowers! Okay, it’s springtime and I have flowers on my mind LOL!

I used 2 different stamps. The first stamp created the outline of the petals. Then the second stamp gave me the detailed design on each petal.

Then I grabbed the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. These are more abstract dies with what I (privately) call the inside-outside-design. Some Thinlits cut out a shape. Then other Thinlits cut out the interior design, allowing the layer beneath to show through. Use them together or separately. They provide a ton of design possibilities!

So, I cut out my flowers with the 6-point shape. Then I place the smaller 6-point shape over the first piece and ran it through the Big Shot. The petals were partially cut out. After stamping the smaller design on them, I gently raised them up with my finger. You can see it better in this photo.

East Eastern Beauty FlowersThe 4-1-1

  • Stampin’ Write Markers are FAST! – I could have cropped the stems for the flowers. But, you know what? It was quicker to just grab a Stampin’ Write Marker – Wild Wasabi, as a matter of fact – than to search through my Thinlits. Just SWOOSH and you’re done.
  • Regals Enamel Shapes finish the design – I put an Elegant Eggplant enamel shape in the center of the primary flower. I think it just finishes the design nicely. If you look at the second, lighter flower, you can see how it looks without an enamel center. Both work. But the enamel shapes are on the Retiring List. Just saying…
  • Abstract background works well – At first I was trying to make a traditional grass-and-sky background for this card. But then the collage background started to appear. Does that ever happen to you? You start with one design in mind and end up with something totally different?

How You Can Buy Eastern Beauty in May

This is so special! During the month of May, you can purchase one of these bundles. There’s the bundle created for the newer paper crafter, or the person who doesn’t want to collect a lot of stamping “stuff”. The Starter Bundle costs $60.50.

For the avid crafter and those people who want to collect a lot of stamping “stuff”, there’s the Premier Bundle. It costs $103.50.

These may seem like a lot of money at first, but look at all that you get. here’s the catch. These bundles are only available until May 31. After then, you can buy the pieces a la carte. So, you won’t miss out on the products. Just on the bundled priding. Something to think about.

So, bottom line, do what fits for you.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

Whatever you decide to do, head on over to my online store. Take a look at how cool these bundles are. Order yours today and make your own Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers!



One Big Thank You Card Design

When I design a Thank You card, I like the words to be “front and center”. I like the font to be large and easy to read. That’s exactly what I have on this one big Thank You card design.

one big thank you card designI started this card design with the Moroccan Designer Series Paper. I love the lines and the colors. The color combination certainly makes me step outside my comfort zone. But, oh, what a result!

Please note that this Designer Series Paper is going to retire, as soon as supplies run out. Furthermore, it’s on sale for $7.70. Quite the bargain!!

The sentiment, from the One Big Meaning stamp set, was stamped in Emerald Envy. While I’ve always found this color to be fun and almost-flirty, it comes across as quite serious and meaningful on this card. Do you think it’s the paper design? Or maybe the words themselves?

I mounted the sentiment on a series of rectangles and a banner. You don’t always need to keep your lines parallel!

But the angles lines of Rhinestone Basic Jewels are critical to the lines. They run parallel to the end of the banner.

By the way, these rhinestones are also on the retiring list. However, Stampin’ Up! says they’re going to be “re-configured”. That means they will come in new packaging. Sometimes that means that the price is going up. Just sayin’…

Supplies used to create this card

This is a pretty short list, isn’t it? I believe the detailed design of the paper makes it unnecessary to add lots of “stuff” to your card design. As they say, Keep It Simple, Sister!

This is the perfect way to say one big Thank You!




Say Goodbye to the Retiring Items… Sob!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to say goodbye to the retiring items. I find that time flies by faster and faster. Wasn’t it just last week that I was offering sneak peeks to the 2016-17 catalog?

Retiring itemsYesterday, Stampin’ Up! published the list of items that will retire with the current catalog on May 31. There are several different ways to look at what’s on the retirement list.

At my online store:

  1. Retiring Stamp Sets – As Stampin’ Up! manufactures its stamp sets, these will be available until May 22. From then until May 31, stamp sets on the list will be available while supplies last.
  2. Retiring Bundles – The bundled items offered at a 10% discount are available until May 31, only while supplies last. In some cases, the stamp sets and accessories making up the bundles will still be for sale afterwards. But the special bundled pricing will be over.
  3. Everything Else – The products on this list are available until May 31, only while supplies last. So, if there’s something on this list that you want, don’t put off your decision to buy. You may miss out.

If you prefer a printed list to look over, here are a couple:

  • PDF file, listing products by page number. Unfortunately, the Occasions catalog and Annual catalog pages are mixed together.
  • Excel spreadsheet, that can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy searching.

After May 1, some of the items may be discounted. These discounts will not be preannounced. Furthermore, if you purchase an item at full price and it’s discounted later, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.

I suggest that you order anything you really want, as early as you can. Avoid the disappointment of missing out.

My advice is pour yourself a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and spend some time going through the list. It’s pretty long. Stampin’ Up! needs to make room for all the new products arriving in June. So, shop away!



Another Sale-A-Bration Thank You

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it now. I love the So Very Much stamp set. It’s one that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration – which runs until March 31.

I love this stamp set so much, I used it on other cards. You can read about one of them here. The other card designs are still sitting on my work table. But trust me. I made almost as many of these as the cards from Hey Chick! As always, you can click on the photo to see the card enlarged.

Sale-A-Bration Thank YouCombine Simple and Detailed Lines

I love the simplicity of the font in this stamp set. It stands in the center of the top layer of the card front. Enough said about that.

For the background, I randomly stamped two images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set, which was carried over from the last Holiday Catalog. I used VersaMark ink so that the images are the same “color” – although darker – as the background card stock.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

I stamped the sentiment on a square of Whisper White cardstock, then mounted it on a square of Basic Gray cardstock, 1/4″ bigger all around. I randomly stamped the detailed circles all over the card front. I attached the matted sentiment to the center of the card front. Finally, I added a couple of rhinestones to some of the letter.

This card is so simple, in fact, it’s suitable for mass production. That means that you can easily make up a stack of these, perhaps in different colors, to keep on hand. Best of all, you can earn this stamp set for free during Sale-A-Bration! How perfect is that?

Designer Tee Is Designer Easy!

As we approach the end of Sale-A-Bration, I’m starting to bring out the stamp sets I haven’t used yet. Among them is Designer Tee. To be truthful, the whole T-shirt thing doesn’t appeal to me a lot, even though I wear T-shirts a lot. go figure.

Designer Tee EasyBut more than the T-shirt images, I love the sentiments in this set.

I combined the sentiment and cake, with the birthday balloons. Fun!

Just an example of how easy the Designer Tee is. But it’s here only until March 31. So, don’t forget to place your Sale-A-Bration order at my online store.