Happy New Year 2019!!

I hope each of you and your families had a wonderful holiday season.  Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!!!

If you’re familiar with the Stampin’ Up! calendar, you know that a new year marks the start of an amazing event – Sale-a-Bration!!!  For every $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) that you make, you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product. 

Just as in past years, the Sale-a-Bration products are truly amazing.  Check back on Thursday, January 3rd, and I’ll point you to the “live” Sale-a-Bration and Occasions catalogs. 

For a sneak peek at a great group of products, take a look at the picture below.

Happy stamping!


New Lovely Floral Dynamic EF – I’m Hooked!!

Before I share information about the featured card, please let me give you a little background.  It will make sense in a minute (or two)!

Last month, my mom had two cataract surgeries – one on each eye.  When we got to the hospital at a very early time for the first surgery, neither of us really knew how much time the procedure would take.  As an obsessed stamper (you can identify, right?), I brought a few pre-stamped images and my Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to use while I waited.  Now, confession time – I did not use a current SU! stamp set.  The stamps I used are from a retired hostess set that focused on nature.  A good friend of mine and fellow stamper gave me the set.  But, I digress…

First, and most important, my mom’s surgeries went very well.  In fact, after both surgeries were completed and the healing of both eyes was underway, she was able to read without glasses.  For years, she has worn a prism on one lens after a nasty fall.

Second, and not as important, I thoroughly enjoyed coloring as I waited for the surgeries to be completed.  It was very relaxing and productive.  In fact, a few of the other folks who were in the waiting area asked what I was doing.  It was fun to share stamping and coloring with them.

If you haven’t added the SU! Watercolor Pencils to your stash, what are you waiting for?  They are really easy to use and add so much depth to your projects.  Just add layers as you work the colors of the image.  I actually “googled” a few photos on my phone to get examples of the colors for blue birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies.  The card I am sharing today highlights a great blue bird stamp.

After I had the coloring finished, I needed to figure out how to add the image to a card and create a fun background that complemented the stamping.  The new Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder did the trick!  It is absolutely amazing.

I also decided to use my new favorite color, Grapefruit Grove, to the background.  Grapefruit Grove is one of the new In-Colors and is really pretty, especially in-person.  I cut a piece of Grapefruit Grove cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add the embossed pattern.  Rather than use the embossed side for my card, I turned the paper to the de-embossed (not sure that’s a word – but, you know what I mean) and used Grapefruit Grove ink to stamp over the de-embossed area.  I used the largest solid image from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I overlapped the stamped images in some places to get an interesting background.  Okay – another confession – I used a stamp from the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add lines horizontally and vertically in Grapefruit Grove ink.  The result is a really vibrant, almost fabric feel for the background.

One of my absolute favorite retiring stamp sets is Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I was thrilled to see that SU! has a new stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  It is full of wonderful sentiments and various fonts.  I’ve already used it several times of different types of cards.  Guaranteed – It will be on your “have-to-have” list.  The “Happy Anniversary” stamp is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings set.  I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and my Stamparatus.

To finish the card, I used Mint Macaron cardstock to frame the blue bird image and also the Grapefruit Grove background.  Circle dies from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection are perfect for the blue bird image and Mint Macaron background.  A piece of gold twine from a Paper Pumpkin kit added the final touch for the focal point image.  The Mint Macaron piece behind the Grapefruit Grove piece is 4″ x 5 1/8″.  A piece of Basic Black card stock, cut to 4 1/8″  x 5 1/4″, is layered behind the Mint Macaron piece.  A card base from Thick Whisper White card stock finishes the card.

I hope you try this technique.  You’ll find stamping on the de-embossed side to be very pretty.  Also, if you combine ink and card stock from the same color, I really think you’ll love the effect.

Below are some of the products that I used to create the featured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember – Items from the new catalog won’t be available until June 1st, the day of the new catalog launch.

Happy Stamping and Coloring!


Rooted in Nature – Sneak Peek

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope you and your families have a happy and safe holiday.  Sincere thank you to all who have served in the military.

June 1 is just a few days away!!  The new Annual Catalog will be available then.  I keep changing my list of the “I-can’t-live-without-these-new-amazing-products” every time I look at the catalog.  But, there is one bundle that continues to be at the top of my list!  It is called Rooted in Nature.

Take a look at the video below to see some of the ways to use this bundle.  It is incredibly versatile and will be used to create cards and other projects for many different occasions.  You’re definitely going to want to make sure you put this bundle at the top of your list as well.

I hope you’re enjoying looking through your copy of the new catalog.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator and will be sure to get a catalog in the mail to you.  Just leave me a comment with your email address.

Happy (only a few more days to the new catalog) stamping!!


Lovely Floral Birthday Card

The retiring Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders gave me the inspiration for these cards.  If you’ve used this embossing folder set, you know the folders are designed to de-emboss the images.  The corresponding stamp set, Happy Celebrations, has many stamps that can be used to stamp over the de-embossed areas to highlight the design.  You have until the end of May (or while supplies last) to add the Celebration Duo Embossing Folders and the Happy Celebrations Photopolymer Stamp Set to your collection.  The retiring products are shown below.

I have thoroughly loved creating with the products from the Share What You Love suite.  The cards pictured below feature the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from this suite.  I embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock and then turned the card stock to the de-embossed side before stamping.

The inks I used are from the new 2018 to 2020 In Colors.  I used the gorgeous Grapefruit Grove ink and the awesome Pineapple Punch ink.  The stamped designs are made with the solid stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set which is also part of the Share What You Love suite.  My goal was to get enough color over the de-embossed area to really highlight the floral design.

A piece of Basic Black card stock is added as a frame.  Both the Basic Black and stamped Whisper White pieces are corner rounded.  It’s a little hard to see in the picture – just trust me on this – I also stamped the card base with the solid stamps.  The stamping was done in the same color as the card base and just around all edges.  This gives an irregular, almost marble effect to the card base.

I used a recent Paper Pumpkin stamp for the Happy Birthday sentiment.  A few extra sequins (also from Paper Pumpkin kits) were added to give the card a little bling.  Small pearls are added on top of the sequins.

Now – Go look in the your stash of embossing folders.  I can almost guarantee that you’ll find one that you’ll be able to use to try this technique.  But, don’t blame me if you absolutely cannot live without the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You will love it!

Below are some of the main products that I used to create the featured cards.  The products from the Share What You Love suite are currently available only as bundled purchases.  You’ll be able to purchase the individual products beginning June 1.  Also, the Celebration Duo Embossing Folders and Happy Celebrations Photopolymer stamp set are only available through the end of May or while supplies last.

Happy stamping!


New Annual Catalog – Sneak Peek!!

I’m sure you’re as anxious as I am for June 1st!  That is the day that the new SU! annual catalog will go live.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator and will make sure you get a copy of the new catalog.  Just leave me a comment with your email.

There are several videos and pictures of some of the new products that are in the new catalog.  I’d like to share a video that highlights a very versatile suite called Delightfully Detailed.  After you watch the video below, you’re going to put this suite at the top of your wish list.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!