Sale-a-Bration – Avant Garden Stamp Set

Sale-a-Bration is one of my absolutely favorite times of the year.  And, if you haven’t looked at this year’s Sale-a-Bration catalog you definitely need to get a beverage of your choice, get comfortable, and take a look.

For every $50 order Stampin’ Up! order that you place through March 31, you can choose one item free from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  One of my favorite free items is the gorgeous Avant Garden stamp set.  Take a look below at some fantastic samples using this set.  Over the next week, I’ll be sharing three additional designs using this set.

If you don’t have a demonstrator and need any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, please leave a comment and let me know!

Happy stamping!

Product List

Window Shopping – Birthday Candle Card

We all love cards that are quick to make and have that Wow! factor.  The Window Shopping bundle from the new Occasions Catalog will help you create many cards that fit the bill.

Today, I would like to share a very fun birthday card that features the birthday candle die from the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  For those of you in the stamp club, this is another sneak peek of the techniques that we’ll use at Saturday’s meeting!



















This is the type of card that can easily be changed to be appropriate for anyone’s birthday.  Change the colors and the embellishments, and you’ll have a very different look!

Here are a few tips and tricks –

  • The “Happy Birthday” stamp in the Window Shopping stamp set is a perfect design to ink with markers.  In the picture, I used Dapper Denim on the top of the letters and Emerald Envy on the bottom of the letters.  After inking with your markers, give a good huff onto the letters before stamping on your card front.
  • Use your gold Wink of Stella to add some fun sparkles to your card.  Simply hold the Wink of Stella horizontally over your card and tap the barrel.  You’ll get great, random spots on your card.
  • Grab your scraps stash and figure out the best combinations to use behind the birthday candles cut out.  I’ve chosen to use Crushed Curry for the flames of the candles.  The candles are colored with Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy.  DSP can add a really fun touch also to the candle colors.  Experiment – you’ll find some great combinations!
  • This card was designed as a note card.  You can easily change accommodate the design to work as a typical A2 side card.

Listed below are the products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  I hope you are inspired by this card and use it to make a stash of your own birthday cards.  I would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Window Box Thinlits Dies – Stenciled Birthday Card

Before I got bitten by the stamping bug, I enjoyed many crafts including stenciling.  When I saw the Window Box Thinlits Dies, stamping and stenciling seemed to collide.  When you see the picture below, I think you’ll understand what I mean.

But first, take a look at the Window Box Thinlits Dies from the new Occasions Catalog.  The set is shown on page 43.  There are many unique dies in this set.  Rather than cut shapes, many of these dies cut intricate patterns into projects.  The result is a wonderful touch to cards, boxes, and even an added touch that takes on the art of stenciling.

This design is great for many occasions.  I decided to focus on birthdays since I need to stock up on my birthday card stash.  One of my New Year resolutions is to be much better sending birthday cards to family and friends.  [For those of you who are family and friends, please still act a little surprised if your birthday card looks like the one below!]

Here is the combination of colors used to create the card:

I hope this card inspires you to look at the Window Box Thinlits Dies and other similar dies in a new way.  The stenciled image is created by using the hexagon die from the set on a piece of white card stock.  Attach this piece of die cut card stock to the front panel of your card.  If you use either painter’s tape or a Post-It note, you should limit the chance of tearing your card front.  Use daubers and your favorite ink colors to stencil the pattern onto the card front.

When you’re done stenciling and are happy with the results, use the hexagon die once again on another piece of white card stock.  This will become the main focal point of the card.  Die cut the hexagon die cutout with your choice of dies from the Layering Circles Framelits.  I used the scalloped circle framelit that fits perfectly around die cut.

Finish the card with embellishments and the sentiment of your choice.  The Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set has many options for sentiments.

Below you’ll find the products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration – My favorite new products

[Feel free to start humming along at any point.  You’ll know the song!]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for stampers… the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration event started on January 4.  Sale-a-Bration lasts through the end of March.  For every $50 order that you have until the end of March, you can choose a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog!  Your $50 order can come from the annual catalog, Occasions catalog, Clearance Rack, Paper Pumpkin, and other Stampin’ Up! offerings.

Take a few minutes to read through the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Links are included below.  Members of my stamp club receive copies of all SU! catalogs.  If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like copies, please leave a comment with your email, and I will contact you directly.


Now that you’ve looked through the catalogs, you probably have started a wish list.  There really are amazing new products.  Below are a few videos of some of the new products.  You’ll get an even better appreciation for the products when you see creative ways to use them.

Below are videos of some of my favorite products in the Occasions catalog.

This is a great video for the Window Shopping stamp set and Window Box thinlits dies.  I have already posted this video.  Trust me – It’s worth watching again.  My stamp club will be using the stamps and thinlits in January.

Here is another of my favorites new products.  It is the bundle of the So in Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  These products will be featured in February at my stamp club.  There are just so many possibilities with this set!

Below is one more video of another new product, SU! Watercolor Pencils.  Way too much fun is all I can say about these.  We will be using these pencils at the March stamp club meeting on a variety of projects.  They are just amazing.

My next post will feature the projects the stamp club will be making with the Window Shopping stamp set and Window Box thinlits dies.

Until then….

Happy stamping!


Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Preview

Happy New Year Stampers!

This is definitely one of the most exciting times of the year for Stampin’ Up!  On Wednesday of this week (January 4th), products in the new Occasions catalog will be available and Sale-a-Bration will begin!  As a demonstrator, I’ve been able to pre-order products and earn Sale-a-Bration items.  You are absolutely going to love the new products!!

The first bundle that I’ll be focusing on is the Window Shopping stamp set and corresponding Window Box Thinlits Dies.  They are amazing.  Here is a sneak peek video.

We’ll be using the bundle at our stamp club this coming Sunday.  I’m working on the projects that we’ll be making and will share them over the next few days.