Final Hours for Sale-a-Bration!

Final Hours for Sale-a-Bration Friends!  It’s the final hours for Sale-a-Bration!  Don’t miss out!  Stock up on Stamin’ Up! supplies or sign up to become a demonstrator.  Watch my short video to learn more! SHOP! Earn FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for every $50 you spend Stock up on supplies like adhesives, card stock, and embellishments Sale-a-Bration won’t be back until January 2018, so stock up now! If your order is $250 or more, you can earn $50 in hostess rewards!  That’s an ADDITIONAL $50 in free product of your choice from the Annual Catalog or the Occasions Catalog!! JOIN! Become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for only $99! Order $125 worth of product and pay only $99 plus tax NO SHIPPING! During the final hours of Sale-a-Bration, select an additional TWO stamp sets from the Annual Catalog or the Occasions Catalog (of ANY value!) Happy weekend!

Playful Pals Stamp Set ~ Cute Cards for Kids!

Playful Pals Stamp Set ~ Cute Cards for Kids! I have had the Playful Pals Stamp Set for several months now and I finally found some time to pull it out and make some really cute cards for kids.  I am a big fan of handwritten notes, and I believe it is really important to teach children how to write handwritten cards and thank you notes and MAIL THEM!  I remember my mother teaching me how to write thank you notes when I was little.  I think that is one of the reasons why I love cards and stationery so much today. Check out some of the cute animals you can create with the Playful Pals Stamp Set.  I also used the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies to make it a snap to cut the body parts.  NOTE:  there is NOT a corresponding die for every body part.  For example, you can only  die cut the elephant’s ear and the frog’s leg for one side.  There are two different stamps, one for the right side and one for the left side, but the die only cuts the body part for the left side.  Just use your paper snips to cut the corresponding body part. Of course I had to add googly eyes to my animals to make them even cuter! NOW is a great time to teach kids the importance of handwritten notes.  Make several of these Playful Pals cards WITH your kids and/or grandkids and have them bring a thank you card to their teachers on the first day of school, or make a pack of cards for the teacher.  Win, win!!  

Washi Tape Card How-To

Washi Tape Card How-To It took me a little while to fall in love with washi tape, but now that I have, look out!  Wahsi tape is another new obsession of mine!  Take a look at my quick one minute video to see how easy it is to make a really cool card in no time with three strips of washi tape. I love the Night of Navy and Whisper White color combinations of the Florial Boutique Designer Series Paper, and the coordinating Floral Boutique Washi Tape that I used to make this butterfly “Just Because” card adds the perfect amount of dramatic effect and flair to any card or project. Here are some thumbnails of other cards I have made with washi tape:                 Take a look at a slideshow of all of the washi tape that Stampin’ Up! has available in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog: And last but not least, a slideshow of the products I used to create the “Just Because” card: I know, I know!  It’s a lot of stuff, right?  I agree!  But it is so easy to accumulate everything on your wish list when you become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  Promise!  You can start out by ordering $125 worth of products for only $99 with FREE SHIPPING!  It really is a no-brainer!  To find out more, click HERE.

Last Day to Order From the Current Catalogs!

Last Day to Order From the Current Catalogs! Friends!  Today, May 31st, is the LAST day to order from the current catalogs!  Be sure to stock up on everything you love from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and the 2016 Occasions Catalog!  Tomorrow is the BIG DAY when the brand spanking new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog goes LIVE!!!!  Here is a peek at the awesome cover: But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!  Be sure to order all of the retiring In-Colors, Stamp Sets, and Embellishmets that are saying goodbye forever at midnight tonight.  Take a look at the items on the Retiring List and grab yours before it’s too late!  I hate goodbyes and I really, really, really hate change, but I love, love, love the new products that we can all start ordering beginning tomorrow, June 1st!!!  So take advantage of the last day to order from the current catalog and then get ready to fall in love with tons of new and exciting Stampin’ Up! products!! Here is a look back at some of my favorite designs from the retiring catalogs: The paper dress using Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper My obsession with using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies began with these cards that I made with the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper. And who could forget the gorgeous design of this piece of Designer Series Paper from the Timeless Elegance DSP pack? **** Thanks for reading my blog this past year!  Here’s to another fun year ahead with tons of new products and some great new projects!!

It’s My Party Treat Bag Pocket Card

It’s My Party Treat Bag Pocket Card Isn’t this “It’s My Party” Treat Bag Pocket Card adorable??? I have to admit that when I first saw the color combos that are part of the It’s My Party Suite in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, I was a little worried.  The stark contrast of Basic Black with Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron was a little bewildering to me: However, I’m so glad that I was able to see all of the products in the collection in person at the 2015 OnStage Global Event.  I knew immediately once I saw everything with my own eyes that I needed to have it all!!  I mentioned in my previous posts this week HERE and HERE that one of the things I love the most about the It’s My Party Product Suite is that the colors are perfect for cards and projects for both men and women. Today’s It’s My Party Treat Bag Pocket Card is no exception.  If you don’t like the Melon Mambo, just use Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, and Sahara Sand.  It’s that easy to make this card unisex. The It’s My Party Washi Tape is so colorful and versatile.  It’s so easy to add a belly-band to any card or project with Washi Tape for obvious reasons.  There is no need to cut and score; just put the tape around the center and cut it to fit, like I did in today’s It’s My Party Treat Bag Pocket Card.  That’s it!  Check out the great colors in the It’s My Party Washi Tape Collection: You can add an extra bit of pizzazz to your cards and projects when you use Stampin’ Up!’s mini clothespins with the It’s My Party Enamel Dots.  Take a look at how I used both on my It’s My Party Treat Bag Pocket Card: Ahhh!!!  I just love this It’s My Party Collection so much!  Can you tell???? Here is a complete list of the products I used to make this card: Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Party Wishes Stamp Set

Party Wishes Stamp Set Look at the fun card you can create with the Party Wishes Stamp Set from the It’s My Party Collection in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog!  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who attended the Fall 2015 OnStage Global Event created the first part of the card – the Designer Series Paper, the Happy Birthday sentiment, the punched balloon, cupcakes, and candle, and the Baker’s Twine – during one of the event presentations.  When I returned home, I added what we created to the Mint Macaron card stock to finish off the project. You’ll notice that I used the Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add dimension and texture to the Mint Macaron card base.  (Take a look at the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder that is part of the It’s My Party Suite on the card I showed you yesterday HERE.  Dimension on a card is fabulous, isn’t it?!) In my post yesterday, I also mentioned that one of the reasons why I love the Party Wishes Stamp Set and the entire It’s My Party Collection is because the images, patterns, and colors are perfect for creating unisex birthday cards.  I made today’s card a little more feminine by adding half of a Tea Lace Paper Doily to the bottom of the card to show you an easy alternative. Let’s talk about the adorable cupcakes, balloons, and candle, shall we???  How cute are they?!?!?!?!  I love them! After I stamped the images, I used the corresponding punches from the Party Punch Pack (sold in a bundle with the Party Wishes Stamp Set HERE) to punch them.  I love, love, love these new punches!  You’ll notice that the punches punch the exact size of each image – there is NO border!  You get a perfectly punched image every time without having to worry about making sure the border is even around the entire image.  Yea!! NOW is the time to order the products in the It’s My Party Collection!  For every $50 you spend, you can order FREE Stampin’ Up! products from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Woo Hoo!!!  Free stuff!!