Yearly Archives: 2015

Starting Monday, Save Up to 50% on Stampin’ Up!

Starting Monday, save up to 50% on select Stampin’ Up! products!  Forget Cyber Monday!  How does Cyber WEEK sound? Take a look at all of the fun products that will be on sale during Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza and be sure to make a special note of the special FLASH sales that will be available on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th (the first and last days of the Online Extravaganza Sale.)




You can also view most of the items in the slideshow below.  IGNORE THE PRICES that you see listed under each item.  To see the sale prices, view the list at the link HERE.


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Here are some of my TOP PICKS!!  Please, please, please do yourself a favor and BUY THE MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR ONLY $24!!! The magnetic platform is  A MUST if you are a Big Shot owner!  It is normally $40.  I love mine so much that I am going to buy a second one.  NOW is the time to buy this item.  I have NEVER seen it priced this low. (The magnetic platform is what we use when we use the magnetic Thinlits and Framelits dies.  See some examples HERE, HERE, and HERE.)

stampin up cyber monday sale magnetic platform

On Sale for ONLY $24 November 23-30th Item #130658

While you’re at it, take a look at the great dies that are also on sale that you can use with your brand new Magnetic Platform!  Here is a look at the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die that is on sale for $28.  This set of magnetic dies is normally $40.  Take a look at a fun cards I made with this die HERE and HERE.    

Stampin Up Cyber Monday sale mini treat bag thinlits die

On Sale for Only $28 November 23-30th Item #137547

Be sure to check out the list!  There are so many other great buys, especially Paper Pumpkin Kits and Paper Pumpkin Refill Kits.  For the first time, these select kits are available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers AND NON-PAPER PUMPKIN SUBSCRIBERS!  Stock up now, especially if you’ll be hosting kids for the holidays.  They make for such a fun project!    

Important Notes 

  • If you are purchasing a bundle, you must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza, so order during the sales period November 23-30th.

  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order, so don’t forget to check the CLEARANCE RACK and the RETIRING ITEMS LIST.  Stock up now!
  • Items are available while supplies last, so don’t wait!  Place your orders starting Monday, November 23rd.

    To order, click HERE.

    Here is another peek at most of the items.  Remember, ignore the prices that are listed.  For the sale prices, refer to the PDF guide HERE



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    Act Now! Get Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products Before They’re Gone (Plus a Little Tidbit About Halle Berry)

    stampin up 2015 holiday catalog retiring stamp sets
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    For the first time, Stampin’ Up! has published the items from the current 2015 Holiday Catalog that will NOT be returning.  Click HERE to see the myriad of wonderful items that will be retiring for good once the Holiday Catalog sales period ends or once the items sell out.  You can take a look at my Portfolio page to see some of the fun items you can create with the items in the Holiday Catalog.  I’m sad that some of my favorites won’t be returning, but that just means that there will be room for many more great products in January 2016 when the new Occasions Catalog goes live.

    Speaking of the new Occasions Catalog, guess what?  I have a copy in my hot little hands!  On Saturday, I had the opportunity to join nearly 400 other demonstrators at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Local event in Tampa, Florida.  It was a great day!  Even though the number of attendees may sound small, it was actually a huge event!  It was Stampin’ Up!’s first ever GLOBAL event.  The main “convention” was held in Brussels, Belgium, but because of modern-day technology, the event was broadcast to eleven other locations around the globe where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gathered to watch, listen, learn, and have a blast!

    I can’t show you any of the upcoming products that will be offered in the new Occasions Catalog just yet, but let me just say that you’ll want to act TODAY and take advantage of one of this week’s WEEKLY DEALS before they end tonight.  Just trust me and buy the Festive Flower Builder Punch, okay?  You are going to DIE when you see what is in store for that little punch!  You won’t believe how ADORABLE it is…(You can order it HERE.)

    stampin up festive flower builder punch


    Finally, a special shout-out of thanks for all of your support and encouragement during my quest for the 2016 Artisan Design Team.  There’s always next year!  Also, a  special thanks to my daughters for reminding me of THIS ARTICLE of encouragement that I once wrote on their behalf about an important lesson we can ALL learn from Halle Berry.

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    Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit October 2015: Acrylic Block Tip

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015 alternate acrylica block tip

    Check out my YouTube video where I show you a fun trick on how to use Stampin’ Up!’s acrylic blocks to make your stamping go a little faster.  If you would like to order extra acrylic blocks that are identical to the block that came in your initial Paper Pumpkin Kit, send me an email:  There is no limit to the number of blocks you can order.  Seriously, the more blocks you have, the easier your stamping will be!


    stampin up paper pumpkin kit october 2015

    Be sure to get in on the Paper Pumpkin Kit action!  It is so fun to receive a surprise box full of goodies in the mail every month.  You don’t need to use any additional Stampin’ Up! products to complete the projects, but as you can see in my past Paper Pumpkin Posts, each kit can be a starting point for even more creativity!  Browse around my blog and see for yourself all the fun projects you make with Paper Pumpkin and will ALL Stampin’ Up! products!

    October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternate Idea Number Two: Add Some Texture

    I like to make projects that are out-of-the-box, especially when I can use my creativity to come up with alternative uses for the contents that come in each month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit.  However, for one of this month’s cards, I didn’t need to go too crazy.  All I did was add some texture to the background of the “Thanks” card.  Take a look:

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015 alternate ideas

    I used the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Background Folder and then assembled the card according to the wonderful instruction brochure that is included with every Paper Pumpkin Kit.

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015

    The Paper Pumpkin Kit for October 2015 also includes envelopes that are specially sized to fit the three different sizes of cards that are included in the kit.  I used the Envelopes Liners Framelits Dies to cut fun coordinating envelope liners from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack available in the Annual Catalog.

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015 alternate ideas

    Aren’t these color combinations fantastic?

    Did you know that you can order previously-released Paper Pumpkin Kits and their respective refill kits?  You can!  Click HERE for the details.  It’s never too late to get in on the Paper Pumpkin action.

    Be sure to check back Monday for a fun tip on how to use Stampin’ Up!’s clear acrylic blocks to make your stamping projects go much faster.  I’ll be showing you the fun tip and how you can use it to make the card below from the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  See you then!

    stampin up paper pumpkin kit october 2015

    October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit: Alternate Idea Number One

    Is fall in the air where you live?  I can’t believe that Halloween is this Saturday because as usual, it is 79 degrees and sunny outside.  I live in south Florida in the land of eternal summer.  I can’t look outside and easily be reminded of what season it is.  My mind usually plays tricks on me.  I know that a holiday is approaching, but because it is always warm outside and the palm trees are always green, I have to picture a calendar in my head to know what holiday it is.

    Another way to be reminded of what holiday is approaching is to work on the current Paper Pumpkin Kit.  One of the many reasons why I love Paper Pumpkin is because the kits are timely.  Remember last month’s Halloween treat bags?  I have the bags displayed around my house serving as decorations while I await the spooky holiday’s arrival.  The October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit is no exception.  As I describe in the reveal video here, the colors used in this month’s kit are perfect for fall.  They aren’t what you would initially expect to see as fall color combos (old olive, watermelon wonder, hello honey, crumb cake) but they work!

    After I assemble one of each of the contents of the Paper Pumpkin kit the way the kit is intended, I like to let my creative juices flow a little bit and come up with alternative ideas.  Here is a pic of the way the note card is intended:

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015

    My first alternate idea for the the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit is this little 3″ x 3″ butterfly note card:

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015

    stampin up paper pumpkin october 2015

    It’s great to be able to have the basic elements that are included in the kit and then add to them if you so desire.  That is why I love what I do so much!  There is no end to the creative possibilities!

    Card-Maker’s Block

    We’ve all heard of writer’s block.  We know it’s a real thing.  But have you ever heard of card-maker’s block?  It’s a real thing, too.  I know because I have experienced it.  It happened to me yesterday.  I couldn’t come up with anything.  Everything I tried turned out disastrous.

    I’m embarrassed to show you.  However, I thought it would be fun to do a post of my mishaps.  I was trying to engineer windows that would pull open to reveal a cozy indoor fireplace scene.  No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t figure out how to get the window on the left side to swing open.  I refused to YouTube it because I was determined to figure it out for myself.  (I’m stubborn that way sometimes.)  I gave up.  What was supposed to be a pull-out card with a fireplace scene using the Festive Fireplace Stamp Set, turned out to be a jeweled gold window winter scene.  Go figure.

    stampin up happy scenes stamp set

    I trashed the swinging window idea.  I was second-guessing myself the entire time I was making this card.  My mind was playing tricks on me!  Who has a gold window frame?  Stars in the sky aren’t gold.  What does the jeweled-toned piece of paper from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper have to do with a quaint outdoorsy winter theme?  How can I make a card without embellishments?  What?  No ribbon??

    stampin up season of cheer designer series paper

    To calm myself down, I made a standard size card and added a piece of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon.

    stampin up season of cheer dsp and happy scenes stamp set

    And then the mind games started all over again.  No sentiment?  Did I add too much “snow?”  You get the idea.

    I finished it all off by eating a bowl of ice cream and I felt much better.  The end.


    Do you ever have days like this?  Please share!

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    October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit Reveal Video

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    Friends! First, a big thank you to all who have recently subscribed to my YouTube channel and who have signed up to receive my newsletter. I promise you lots of fun as we create projects together!

    Here is a little sneak-peek video of the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit. I can’t wait until I can get home from having my greys covered (at what point do I just stop all this fuss and go natural) so I can get busy making the cards and more importantly, coming up with some alternative ideas for additional projects.

    As you will see in the video, the stamp set in the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit is fantastic!  The set alone is well- worth the price of the entire kit.  The cards in the kit can be used for fall, spring, or summer.  It is wonderful!  See for yourself… 😉


    Make a Gift Card Holder with Stampin’ Up!’s Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper

    season of cheer designer series paper stampin up gift card holder

    Use Stampin’ Up!’s Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper to make this gift card holder for your Christmas gift card gifts.  Gift cards are so fun to give (and receive!) and when they are given in a creative way, they are sure to be a hit.  Take a look at my video and the photos below to see how you can easily make this style of gift card holder.  One piece of 12 x 12 paper is enough to make two holders, so you can make twenty four gift card holders for only $11!  You certainly can’t purchase anything this cute in a store, especially at that price!


    Here is a look at the inside:




    Cut 12 x 12 piece of Designer Series Paper to 11-3/4″ x 5-1/4″

    Score at 2″, 3-1/2″, 5″, and 8-3/4″

    Cut the 3-1/2″ score line from the 3/4″ measurement to the 4-1/2″ measurement (see video for how to do this!)

    Here is a list of all of the products I used.  If you would like to order any, just click on the picture.  Thanks for stopping by!

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    Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternate Ideas: Video

    wickedly sweet paper pumpkin stampin up alternatives

    The Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! is such a wonderful box full of fun for September 2015!  The kit contains all of the products that you need to make eight fall/Halloween treat bags.  I showed you on my blog post HERE that you can also use some of the pieces from the kit with a few additional supplies to make a monster and a gift card holder.  Check out my YouTube video below where I explain how to make these alternate projects.  They are really easy!  The extra supplies are listed below the video.  Have a great weekend!  I hope you have lots of stamping time planned!!

    I love Paper Pumpkin kits for so many reasons!  Here are just a few:

    1.  Every month is a different surprise!  Who doesn’t love surprises?
    2.  The kits contain EVERYTHING you need to complete the project!
    3.  After you complete the project, you still have a Stampin’ Spot AND a stamp set!!!  Such a great value!
    4.  As I have shown you, you can use your creativity and make other things with the items that come in the kit.  Create, create, create!

    Did you make anything different with YOUR Paper Pumpkin Kit?  If so, leave us a link to your blog in the comments!


    September 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternatives

    The September 2015 Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit is called Wickedly Sweet.  The kit contains all of the Stampin’ Up! products that you need to make eight of these adorable treat bags:

    september 2015 paper pumpkin kit stampin up treat bags

    Today, I want to show you two additional projects that you can make when you combine the items from the kit with some other fun Stampin’ Up! products. The first is a monster bag and the second is a gift card with a coordinating envelope.  Take a look!

    wickedly sweet paper pumpkin stampin up alternatives

    This little monster was so easy to make!  Just poke the paper straw through the sides and attach the self-adhesive Kraft fringe.  Add some googly eyes and you’re done!

    wickedly sweet paper pumpkin kit alternatives

    The little fringed bag that comes in the Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin Kit is the perfect size to hold a gift card.  For this project, you will need to use the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin Kit items:

    wickedly sweet paper pumpkin kit alternative ideas

    Just cut off the fringe and decorate!  So fun and so easy!


    Have you subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet?  Why not?!?!  Click HERE for all the details!  I’ll also post a video tutorial soon and you can make the monster and gift card holder with me.  To see step-by-step instructions on how to make the Wickedly Sweet treat bag, visit my YouTube channel.