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Balloon Adventures

I’m going to miss the Balloon Adventures bundle from the Occasions catalog. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Yup, sounds like a country song. But it’s true.

Balloon Adventures ~ a complete product suite!

balloon adventures

It had everything, in Stampin’ Up! fashion: Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy ribbon, little balloon trinkets, and a great pop-up insert for cards:

balloon adventures

The bright, cheery color palette is perfect for birthdays for young and old, male and female. I’m definitely going to hold on to this stamp set and framelit, because now that I have rediscovered it I will put it back in my must-use pile.

All this is to say, don’t be afraid to hang on to your old stamp sets and dies. Inspiration is a fickle thing, and sometimes you have to look at the past to see into the future.

Not to mention the fact that Stampin’ Up! products never go out of style – or demand. Now, if you have no space, or need to liquidate for other reasons, no worries. Just know that you aren’t the only one out there who is a craft hoarder. We are many and we are determined!

Now go forth, raid your stash, and do something creative today!

Hit Me One More Time

You may have guessed by now that I am smitten with the Eastern Beauty stamps, as are most of you out there, according to the Sales Department. You’ve gone and bought up many of the pieces parts of the Eastern Palace Suite and now some of them are on back order!

Come on, hit me one more time!

one more time

I promise, that for the near future, at least, I will try to restrain myself from bombarding you with the Eastern Beauty. But one of the things I love most about it is that while it may look complicated and intricate, this card is actually fairly simple. One cut, some patterned paper, a tassel and some easy stamping, because it is a photopolymer stamp set so you can see exactly where your stamped image is going to go.

I came across another example of a card made with this set, and what really impressed me is the color palette used. It gives the card a whole different vibe.

one more time
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Here Sylwia has cut out a scalloped circle first and then she cut out the medallion. The card front also has the medallion cut out (in Crumb Cake) and the Whisper White medallion sits over it. Then she mounted the Crumb Cake card front to a Whisper White card base. Not the gold tassels, the sweet wood-cut leaf embellishments, and the gold trim. Just yummy!

So thanks for humoring me one more time, and tomorrow we will return to the catalog order reveal. I got my shipping notice today, and it usually takes about a week for it to come east from Utah, so I’ll just have to hold on a little longer!

In the meantime, go forth and do something creative today!


Catalog Order Part 3

Something you will notice in the new catalog is that there are a number of stamp sets with big, bold sentiments. These definitely make a statement, and seem to be one of the latest trends in card making images. So without further ado, here is my

Catalog Order part 3

While I am waiting for my order to arrive I have been scouring the interwebs and Pinterest to scope out what everyone has been creating with the same products that I have on order. Today I’m focusing on Floral Statements. Coloring is a hot new trend, and using a bigger stamp with a sentiment as well as an image to color in is genius on the part of Stampin’ Up!


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Folks, believe me now and hear me later, cause this stamp set is going to be the one that everyone puts on the back burner and then when they see a project made with it, they run right out to get it. Running, you know, to the computer. Cause you can’t get all this pretty at any old store!

It is hard to find samples out there using Floral Statements, but I came across a couple. The first one is from the Artisan Design Team at Stampin’ Up!

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See what I mean? Stunning! Here are a couple of projects from the Stampin’ Up! corporate office:

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Yup, that’s another new stamp, Sheet Music, that is the background for the Floral Statement. This next one is also easily as magnificent.

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So there you have it, this lovely, lovely set. I’m itching to get my hands on it! Can’t wait to try it out. Have you enjoyed seeing these little peeks at my catalog order?

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Catalog Reveal part 2

Today I’m going to highlight Wood Words for our

Catalog Reveal part 2

This is a fun little set that can be used in so many ways! It includes

  • a stamp set:
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  • coordinating Framelits Dies:
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  • a matching Designer Series Paper Pack, Wood Textures:
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  • and there is also a Bundle:
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Now let’s take a look at some of the projects my fellow demonstrators around the world have created. I think you will be surprised at how different each of these samples look considering they were all made with the same product!

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I love how Paula has used the Wood Textures paper as the background for her card base. Note the cute Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon as well!

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This one from Nina really highlights the floral image of the stamp set and the die cut heart is a nice little embellishment. Next up is a set of note cards from Sacha:

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All of these great project ideas can be made with the stamp set. But the Framelits also include this adorable little wood crate, which Janneke has used to hold some little note cards:

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Okay, that’s it for day 2 of the catalog reveal. Tomorrow we’ll look at Floral Statements.

Now go forth and do something creative today!


My Catalog Order Part 1

Greetings and Salutations from Baltimore, and welcome to my catalog order part 1 reveal!

Baltimore is named after a Lord Baltimore, and in the war of 1812 it was condemned by the British for being a “nest of Pirates.” Now that’s an interesting tidbit – pirates sound both romantic and scary at the same time! So today I am going to share with you some of the “booty” from the new catalog and a glimpse at my “treasure!”

Catalog Order part 1:

There are so many new bundles and paper packs and ribbons and trim that it can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, we want it all, right? Today I will highlight my number one favorite product in the new catty.

Birthday Memories Suite

You will find this nostalgic and colorful suite in a two-page spread on pages 68-69. There are 6 products in this suite:

  • Birthday Delivery, which features 23 fun photopolymer stamps: over half a dozen sentiments and ten delightful images
  • Birthday Friends Framelits, that includes a total of 10 dies: BONUS: the images in the paper pack coordinate with the framelits, so if you don’t think your coloring techniques are up to par you can just die cut your favorite images right from the paper
  • Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, a total of 12 double-sided sheets, 12″ x 12″
  • ¼” Stitched Edge Ribbon in four bright coordinating colors
  • Birthday Memories Cardstock Pack which includes twenty-four pieces of 8½” x 11″ paper in Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Soft Sky
  • Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments: 12 pieces in three colors, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Soft Sky

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your lineup:


And here are some cute ideas using this product suite:

Birthday Delivery Catalog Order Part 1

Sandi is a Canadian demonstrator who is sharing a card made by cutting out the images in the Designer Series Paper Pack using the framelits. I love the colors she has chosen for her backgrounds, they are so bright and cheery!

And here is the entire suite of products in a delightful birthday party display, created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!:

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Reminds me a bit of the old Golden Books from back in the day!

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Back around Mother’s Day I shared with you the card I made for my daughter, and I told you that I would update it with new products since some of the items I had used have now retired. This was the card:

Happy Mother's Day 2017

Please bear in mind that I have not yet received my ginormous product order with all the many new things coming my way; ordering only opened yesterday, so it’ll be next week some time till I get it. So what I wanted to share with you today is a CASE I did of my own card, using only new or still available products:

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

I’ve already told you that I’m just crazy for balloons, and the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous has two: one with texture and one with the Hooray sentiment.

  • I used Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay inks and papers
  • the embossing folder is called Softly Falling, and it gives a nice light texture to the paper
  • See those balloon strings? I separated a piece of Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine into two-strand segments, and after I punched the balloons I hand-tied all the strings to each piece.
  • The cute little bow is from some new Bermuda Bay chevron ribbon
  • I threw some of the Glitter Enamel Dots on there for some bling
  • the congratulations sentiment is also from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set

As you can see, I followed the same basic template for this card as for the other, but I was able to change it up with a few different products, all of which are available to purchase.

I am on my way to visit my daughter for a few days, so I have decided to highlight some of the products I have ordered (and am impatiently waiting for) with ideas and videos from Stampin’ Up! So stay tuned, and

Go forth and do something creative today!


Adirondack Chair

My husband recently celebrated a birthday (don’t ask; let’s just say the Fire Department could have been called). The card that I made him I have shown you previously, the black and white hot air balloons card.

Let’s show the Adirondack chair some love today!

Have I ever mentioned that my husband and I are both originally from upstate New York? Not the White Plains upstate, but the real one, Albany and further north. His mother’s family is from a tiny town named North Creek, and it is located, obviously, in the Adirondacks. You see where I’m going, right? Yup, the origin of the Adirondack chair. Knowledge is power, my friends!

So my sister-in-law, who also happens to be my downline, sent him the card below for his birthday. Totes adorbs, am I right? I love the way she distributed the elements around the card, and of course, the fancy fold makes it that much more special. Cute, right? Makes me long for the beach!

Adirondack Chair

Isn’t it amazing how just folding a piece of paper in a different way can totally change not only the way a card looks but the impact that it makes? So thank you, Linda, we all loved your card!

That adorable little Adirondack chair is from the Colorful Seasons Bundle; it’s part of the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies. The coordinating stamp set is called Colorful Seasons, and you can see all the pieces parts in the new Annual Catalog, pages 146-147.

Now go forth and do something creative every day!


Eastern Palace Product Suite

I really can’t say enough about the Eastern Palace Suite. And I know I have talked about it before, but I just can’t get over my excitement about it.  It really is amazing. And I showed you a scrapbook layout I did with it previously, but I will share part of it with you again:

The color combos in the Designer Series Paper Pack are so versatile. You will have to get your hands on the Gold Vinyl Stickers to understand just how beautiful they are – and being vinyl, they are very easy to use because they aren’t flimsy like a regular sticker. And yes, I admit it, I do have an unnatural fondness for polka-dots. So there. 🙂

And if you’re a card maker, then you will certainly appreciate how the thinlit dies you get look so amazing on a card. And every little detail has been thought of, so the stamps that match the thinlits give you endless different ways to stamp around the medallions. Here are the three cards I made using a template from Stampin’ Up! (which you get for free as a demonstrator):

I don’t know which one is my favorite, because they’re all so pretty! And p.s., I was in Target just the other day and I can tell you for sure that tassels are really in this year. They were on everything from shirts to shoes to purses!

This suite of products is my second favorite suite in the new Annual Catalog. My very favorite and number one product suite that I can wait to get my hands on is the Birthday Delivery Suite, on page 69 in the catalog. And I just ordered it today, the first day that we, as demonstrators, can order from the full catalog – and yes, we do get a discount, thank goodness. And no, I have no idea where I’m going to put all the things that will be coming. But they’re just so pretty, and I like to have pretty things around me.

Oh, you haven’t seen the new catalog yet? Seriously? Well, just  Click here to download a digital copy of the new catalog.  And then go look at that page and see how cute that Suite is.

Now go forth, and do something creative everyday!

The NEW Catalog is Here

The wait is over, my friends, because

the new catalog for 2017-2018 has arrived!

And to celebrate the occasion I am sharing with you today a new card, with new colors, and a new, FREE tutorial!

New Catalog

OMG, I am over the moon for the newest In Colors, and in the card above I have used three of them: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Powder Pink. Wow. What a palette! I also used one of the new photopolymer stamp sets, Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

And I promised you a free tutorial, so just click HERE to get a download (PDF) to make the Happy Birthday Gorgeous card (above). If you don’t have a PDF reader you can get one for free from the internet – just look for Adobe Reader – and it’s free, BTW.

The other two new In Colors I haven’t shown you yet are Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide, and you can check them out in this little pretty:

new catalog in colors

You know I wouldn’t lie to you. SPECTACULAR, am I right? There is so much to love in this catalog – I mean that! I think it’s my favorite catalog so far.

NOTE: The products listed above without prices are temporarily on back order, but should be available soon.
Keep in mind that the new catalog won’t go live online until Noon Mountain Time on June 1st, which will be 3 PM here on the East Coast (due to Daylight Saving Time).  You can go window shopping and check out all that’s new – there’s no charge for that! 😉
Until then, go forth and do something creative today!

My Beautiful Balloon

Would You Like to Ride in my Beautiful Balloon?

Anybody out there remember the Fifth Dimension? The singing group, not the real 5th dimension. I loved that song, Up, Up, and Away – as well as their other hit, Wedding Bell Blues. And their version of Aquarius, from the musical Hair.

(Little known fact: the lead female vocalist, Marilyn McCoo, and Robert Wagner (DiNozzo’s dad on NCIS) shared the first ever television interracial kiss on the show It Takes a Thief).

I have never been in a hot air balloon, beautiful or otherwise, and I’m not likely to ever do so in my lifetime. Paralyzing fear of heights and all that. But I love the look of a beautiful balloon, which is why I decided to use a beautiful balloon on my hubby’s birthday card.

Up Up and Away Thinlits and Lift Me Up beautiful balloon

I went with a black and white theme, cause he tends to like things that are more Clean and Simple in their design. Not to mention that that makes my design life a little easier, haha!

Here’s the trick to lining up the stamped images and the cutouts –

  • Cut two pieces of card stock that are identical in size. (I used Whisper White above).
  • I did use a MISTI for the stamping, in full disclosure. You gotta get one of these! I decided where I wanted the stamps to be and lined them up on the MISTI, and stamped in Basic Black on one of the Whisper White pieces.
  • I then took out the stamped paper and put in, in the exact same place, the other piece of card stock that was identical in size to the first.
  • I did NOT move the stamps around, just re-inked them and stamped exactly as I did on the previous piece.
  • I then took the coordinating framelits and cut out the two balloon images on one of the stamped pieces of card stock. (I kept the cutout pieces and used them on the inside of the card).
  • Next I took the piece with the cutouts and stamped a couple of clouds and then colored them in with Wink of Stella.
  • I adhered the cutout piece directly on top of the stamped piece of card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals, lining up the two pieces of card stock. Done!

I finished with stamping my sentiment on a separate piece of card stock, taping a piece of copy paper over the area above where I wanted the sentiment so I could have just the phrase hope your day is on cloud nine without the Happy Birthday phrase on top.

I then did the same on the inside of the card: I taped a piece of copy paper below where I wanted the Happy Birthday so I could avoid the lower half of the sentiment and just have the birthday part.

Now go forth and do something creative today!