DEC. 11TH, 2017

WOW! 15 Minutes And the Reservation Window Closed

Today was the day that Stampin' Up! opened up a new process of reserving a brand new item. They took the approach of enabling a reservation window for delivery in Feb 2018.
Well, not surprisingly, the Stamparatus proved to be a much sought after item as it only took 15 minutes for the supply of items to run out.
But don't worry!  There will be another reservation window open in early Dec!
For those of you that tried to reserve your Stamparatus, I am sorry that they went so quickly. For those of you that were able to reserve.... Feb will be hear before you know it!

Reserve Your Very Own Stamparatus!

What is a Stamparatus?  It is an amazing stamp positioning tool that will change the way you stamp!
At the On Stage event this past week, Stampin' Up! introduced this new tool. Be sure to watch the video to see how amazing the tool is. You won't want to miss out on the reservation of the Stamparatus.


Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  1. Make multiples with ease
  2. Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  3. If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  4. Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  5. Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  6. Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
Reserve your very own Stamparatus during the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window. Delivery will be on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. While supplies last.

Check out the FAQ on the Stamparatus here
Click here to find out how to reserve your Stamparatus

Recessed Panel Using Delightful Daisies DSP

I saw a really pretty card made by Monica Gale on Pinterest that inspired this take on the card. It uses the new daisy punch, Delightful Daisies DSP and Colorful Seasons framelits. It is hard to tell but I have done a recessed panel (the DSP) on this card. On the inside I have created a Book fold.  More to come on the inside of the card later in the week. 

Hearts Come Home & Mini Pizza Boxes

So excited! How stinkin' cute is this?  Today, my new friend, Lesley Lendon, from the UK graced me with this adorable Mini Pizza Box set! Thank you Lesley! Love this little gift. It features the Mini Pizza boxes - she cut out a window and stamped the sleigh and reindeer with stazon. The image in the back was sponged. It really looks 3D!

Stampin' Blends - Available Nov. 1st

A few years ago, Stampin' Up! introduced alcohol based markers. Due to manufacturer issues, they pulled them off the market until such time that they were confident that the markers lived up to Stampin' Up! high quality standards. Recently, Stampin' Up! relaunched the markers to the demonstrator community. As of Nov. 1st they will be available to the market at large. Check out this video!

Eclipse Technique Using Tranquil Tulips

Well my fall technique clubs are under way. This weekend marked the 1st month of the 6 month club. We had a fabulous time crafting. I taught 2 new techniques. The Eclipse technique shown here was one of them. The design is based on a card that I had seen done by Sandi MacIver.  Because the "Happy" is so big, the card is actually an 8 1/2" x 11" folded in half!  A large card with lots of space inside to write a wonderful message to the special person that will be getting this card!
I used Berry Bliss, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist as the main colors - all 2017 - 2019 In Colors.

Hometown Greetings

Inspired by Stampin Up North
I can't stop playing with these framelits.  My secret tip to adhering them is to use the adhesive sheets. OMG it make like so easy and no messy glue going in places you don't what it to go.  I layered the framelit cut out onto the beautiful Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.

Hometown Greeting Edgelits Meets The Bridge Card

Inspired by Amanda Bates
So you have probably seen all over Pinterest the "Bridge" card. Well here is my take on the technique.  It is not difficult, just a wee bit time consuming which is why I will leave this card to teach in my monthly technique club. My version has 3 levels to give it added depth. Featured in this card are the Hometown Greeting Edgelits, Hearts Come Home SS and Snowflake Sentiment SS.

Glittery Swirly Snowflake

Here is another design I created for this months Christmas Card Club.  The greeting is from the new Snowflake Sentiments and the border was done using Swirly Snowflakes thinlit dies. The card was finished with some rhinestones and the silver edge satin ribbon - gorgeous!

Winter Wonder Embossing Folder

This weekend marked the start of my 2017 Christmas Card Club.
I love making Christmas cards. One of the designs (see 2nd post down) uses the Winter Wonder TIEF. The folder needed to be centered on the cardstock. Well little mistakes happen the cardstock didn't get centered. So we sat it aside and started on a new piece. Not wanting it to go to waste, I decided to create a new design using this piece.   I love that I could use it and create a beautiful Christmas card. The greeting was embossed in silver and the center is silver glimmer paper.

Hostess Only! Earn The Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE!

As a hostess during the months of September 2017 & October 2017 you can earn this adorable stamp set for free with a qualifying party.
Be sure to check out the video with all the details and contact me (leave a comment below) to schedule and  host your holiday event! 

Winter Wonder Textured Impression Embossing Folder

Simple yet elegant. The new textured impression embossing folder ~ Winter Wonder~ is simply gorgeous & paired with some silver glimmer paper and the Seasonal Layer (snowflake) framelits add beauty and elegance to this card. Don't forget the silver trimmed satin ribbon.
This will be one of the cards my Christmas Card Club ladies will make in Sept. Want to join? I have 2 openings for the Saturday classes. Get the details here.

Merry Musical Specialty Designer Paper Christmas Card

In the 2017 holiday catalog Stampin' Up! has included this great musical specialty DSP. 24 sheets (12 x 12) in all - half are white with black and the other half is black with white.  Not the most traditional Christmas colors but none-the-less gorgeous.

On my card I have used the new Winter Wonder embossing folder  - a beautiful large snowflake as well as the Seasonal Layers thinlits to create the small sparkly snowflakes.  A definite "must do" for my Christmas card club that starts in 3 weeks.  

Hometown Greetings Edgelits Christmas Card

Ah edgelits!  I love them!  Hometown Greetings are coming in the new 2017 Holiday Catalog Sept 1st.   
The greeting is from Snowflake Sentiments - such a beautiful font. I couldn't decide which I like better - the one with the Holly embossing folder or the one without.  What do you think?

I Can't Get Enough Of The Christmas Lamppost Framelits

Just loving this set of thinlits from Stampin' Up! called Christmas Lamppost.  
In this card I have also used Year of Cheer Specialty DSP - lovely classic foil designs that just make cards pop.
Another must have for your stamping collection - just think of all the possibilities there are with this set of framelits.
The holiday catalog is now available for pick up. Contact me to receive your copy by leaving a comment.

Fall Technique Club Now Open For Registration

Looking for something to do in the fall? Join my technique club. Learn cool techniques and make beautiful projects.
Check out this beauty !

Get all the details and find out how you can earn hostess benefits in this club. Click club here and join today - spaces are limited!!

Christmas Lamppost

Another new product from the 2107 Holiday catalog. Christmas Lamppost Thinlits. 
There is a coordinating stamp set called Brightly Lit Christmas that I have yet to use but will be soon.  
I can't wait to play some more.

Hometown Greetings - Holiday Catalog 2017

Yippee!! My 2017 Holiday Catalog pre-order finally arrived!  I am thrilled that Stampin' Up! has come out with some new edgelits. These are called Hometown Greetings edgelits and there are 3 other "horizons" along with 2 other shapes.  Also new, is the greeting which is from Snowflake Sentiments.
No card is complete without a little bling. There are new black rhinestones in the 2017 Holiday catalog as well. And finally, phew this is a lot for one card, a new punch called Everyday Label.  Boy did I jam a lot into that card!  Of course I will be showing off these new products at my 2017 Christmas Card club - registration has begun so don't miss out. 

Christmas Card Club Starts Sept 8th

 I can't believe that I am already starting to think about Christmas!  But every September I begin my Christmas Card Club and this year is no exception.  I have started to prepare (the samples above use the Seasonal Layer Framelits) and have opened up registration. If you are interested in joining this 4 month club be sure to contact me by Aug. 23. You can find all the details here.

Inspiration for the design on the left came from Fusion Joy

Floral Statements - Hello

Finally had a few minutes to play with this set again.  I love how beautiful it is and how easy it is to color!

Floral Statements

This is my new favorite stamp set - Floral Statements. As soon as I saw it in the 2018 Stampin' Up! catalog I knew I had to have it.  In all 3 samples I embossed the floral arrangement. The purple one on the right I masked the flowers to stamp the background image.  All 3 were colored with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities (retired but hopefully back soon).