Monday, November 21, 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Starts Today!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Sale Nov. 21-28, 2016 with savings on select paper-crafting items.

Why wait around for Black Friday when you can start saving right now on stamps, ink, paper, and accessories for all your papercrafting projects.

The Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza begins today with up to 40% savings on select products. Some items are only available while supplies last, so shop the sale now for best selection.

In addition, there will be 24-hour flash sales on November 21 and 28 offering 20-40% off exclusive bundles and select products.

Get a head start on holiday shopping or just grab these hot deals for yourself.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's Here! The New Stampin' Up! Catalog Has Arrived.

Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog Front Cover

Woo Hoo! The wait is over - the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog is here.

Oh my gosh. My wish list is a mile long and after you see the catalog, I know your wish list will be long too!

For a tiny little peek at what you'll find inside the catalog, keep reading. If you can't wait and want to dive right in, you can view the new catalog here.

Here's a sneak peek of just a few projects made with brand new Stampin' Up! products:

Stampin' Up! Festive Birthday Suite is bright and playful.

The Festive Birthday Suite is bright and playful. And yes, that's a llama and there's a matching framelit to cut it out!

Affectionately Yours Suite with florals and copper.

The Affectionately Yours Suite offers a beautiful collection of florals paired with trendy copper.


A Little Foxy Suite to create cute baby critters.

A Little Foxy Suite pairs a darling stamp set with a new builder punch to create cute baby critters. Add in the coordinating Designer Series Paper Stack to create adorable projects.

Floral Boutique Suite with hand-painted florals.

The Floral Boutique Suite features hand-painted florals, beautiful Designer Series Paper and washi tape, along with the intricate Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies (swoon!) to create stunning keepsake projects.

Pop of Pink Suite features patterns that pop.

The Pop of Pink Suite features images and patterns that pop. Just for good measure there's bling too! The designer series paper and coordinating washi tape both incorporate gold foil designs.

By The Shore Suite is soft and nautical.

Soft and nautical comes to mind with the By The Shore Suite. Perfect for landlubbers and beach dwellers alike!

Irresistibly Floral Suite offers superb versatility and creativity.

The Irresistibly Floral Suite offers so much versatility and creativity. Irresistibly Floral Speciality Designer Series Paper features clear embossed designs that appear when you add ink and makes the perfect backdrop for stamped floral images die-cut with coordinating framelits.

Exclusive Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collections & Accessory Packs.

Project Life by Stampin' Up! combines the popular (and simple) memory-keeping system with exclusive Stampin' Up! designs and colors. See all the new collections and accessories including Hello Lovely shown above.

Okay, enough peeks. Grab a drink, grab a snack, put a do not disturb sign on the door, and take a grand tour through the new catalog.

Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog Front Cover
GO HERE to view the new Stampin' Up! Catalog


Don't forget a BIG piece of paper to write your wish list on!

Oh and try not to drool on your keyboard, okay?








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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Let The Sale-A-Bration Begin!


Woo Hoo! It's time to get this party started. Now that we've all enjoyed the most wonderful time of the year, we get to enjoy the most exciting time of the (Stampin' Up!) year with Sale-A-Bration.

During Sale-A-Bration, you have not just one, but THREE ways to earn free products!

  1. SHOP! For every $50 you spend on Stampin' Up! products (before tax and shipping), you get to choose one free product. It's the perfect time to purchase products you've had your eye on or brand new products featured in the Occasions Catalog.
  2. HOST! It's a great excuse to get together with friends and have a fun and creative time. Host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration and earn $25 more in Stampin' Rewards!
  3. JOIN! It's a fabulous time of year to join Stampin' Up! During Sale-A-Bration you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose $30 more of free products for your Starter Kit. That's $155 of products for only $99 and the kit ships for free!

Get started now by creating your wish list of must-haves from the new Occasions Catalog and/or the Annual Catalog.
Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and Annual Catalog 2016
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CATALOGS


Next, you'll want to pick out your favorite Sale-A-Bration products.

Stampin' Up! 2016 Sale-A-Bration Catalog. Earn free products now!
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And the last thing to do is place your online order or contact me personally for ordering, scheduling a party or to join Stampin' Up!

Happy Sale-A-Brating!








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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chalk It Up To Love - August Paper Pumpkin


How was your Labor Day weekend? Did you have any time for crafting? I managed to sneak in some craft time on Saturday preparing my project for our Stampin' Up! team meeting and swap. The meeting was on Sunday, so I logged a few more hours of fun crafty time that day as well. I'll be sharing a few of our swap projects soon. I think I even have a few projects to show you from the previous meeting as well. Duh.


If carving out some time for papercrafting is something you struggle with, I highly recommend Paper Pumpkin - the monthly papercraft kit from Stampin' Up! These all-inclusive kits come with everything cut and ready to go. There is always a little stamping to do and then you simply assemble the projects. It just doesn't get any easier (or quicker) than that.


Paper Pumpkin kits always include a stamp set and mini ink pad(s), along with additional supplies to create that months project. Typically, there are extra supplies in the kit which means that a) if you make a mistake you aren't totally screwed, or b) you can use the extras to create your own variation of the project or c) you can just add the extras to your stash for future use.



The August Paper Pumpkin kit - Chalk It Up To Love - was super cute. Those little boxes with the paper flower? Totally a-DOR-able! The cards are very pretty as well, with the shiny foil print on each of the two designs.

Paper Pumpkin kits usually ship around the 12th of each month and a few days later is when I start stalking the mailman in anticipation of that little red box! It's like getting a present every month. I love peeling back the layers of tissue paper to discover what is waiting for me inside that box. And the stamps and projects seem to be getting cuter and cuter each time.



Every month I say "ooh, this one is my favorite one yet" and it is - until the next month when it happens all over again. Ha ha. My recent faves (pictured above) basically prove this point. See? The most recent kits are my favorites. Six months from now, I'm sure I'll have new favorites.



If you haven't subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet, now is a great time because you'll get 50% off the first two months. Here's how it works and all the little details:

  • Offer is available to first-time subscribers only
  • Offer for 50% Off is valid through September 10
  • Use Promo Code: HALFOFF
  • After the first two months, the kit will be billed at the usual price of $19.95 + tax (includes shipping!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories (everything but adhesive) along with step-by-step instructions
  • Your first kit will include a clear-mount acrylic block. You will need your clear block each month to use the stamps that will come with your Paper Pumpkin.
  • There is no long-term obligation. You'll continue to receive Paper Pumpkin unless you cancel your subscription. You may cancel at any time. (Although we hope you won't!)
  • If you need to skip a month you can
  • Subscribe Now to Paper Pumpkin!


I really do love Paper Pumpkin. It allows me to just simply enjoy creating the projects that have been thoughtfully designed for me. I get to take a break from my usual routine of coming up with the ideas, designs, and project samples for others to follow.

It's important to note that Paper Pumpkin is NOT a monthly card-making kit. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly paper-crafting kit that may include cards, boxes, journals, bags, tags, and more. This is one of the many things I like about the kits - the variety of projects.

Another thing I really enjoy is that most of the time, the kits include some exclusive products that you can only get through Paper Pumpkin. And as a subscriber, you are often times able to purchase past kits (miss a month? no problem!) or past kit refills (supplies minus the stamp set and ink).

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

DIY Halloween: Witching Decor Project Kit

Photo image of completed witch hat for Halloween. Witching Decor Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Do you love decorating for Halloween? Are you excited to find new "spooky" decorations to add to your Halloween collection? Maybe you just enjoy creating fun Halloween crafts on your own, whether for parties or trick-or-treating. If you are nodding in agreement, let me introduce the Witching Decor Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

With this kit you'll create one witch hat centerpiece (or decor piece) that you'll be able to store and use again and again. And let me tell you - if you are already in love with this project, just wait until you see it in person! It's stunning ... in an eerie, yet adorable way.

Close-up image of completed project - Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit


The finished piece is approximately 13" x 13" and the base is chipboard. It's fairly sturdy, although part of the charm of this witch hat is that it's a little crumply so if it gets scrunched a bit during storage it won't really matter.


Photo image of Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit contents.

The Witching Décor Project Kit includes:
* Instructions
* 13-inch circle chipboard base
* Paper cone
* Designer Series Paper strips and labels
* Very Vanilla die-cut labels
* Die-cut leaves in Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, and Tangelo Twist
* Printed circles and banners
* Kraft die-cut images
* Burlap Ribbon
* Linen Thread
* Black rhinestones
* Spider Web Doilies
* Bell
* Sponge
* 5-inch foam ball (half)

You will have a few extra pieces left over from the kit - enough to make a few cards, tags, or treat toppers - let your spooky imagination run wild!

If you make this on your own, you'll also need a few additional products to create the witch hat exactly as shown in the photos:

Stampin' Up! Witches' Night stamp set artwork images.

* Witches’ Night Stamp Set (Used to complete the label featured on the front of the hat.)
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Jet Black StāzOn Pad
* Tear & Tape Adhesive
* Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* Bone Folder
* Paper Snips



Get your boo on! Shop now for the Witching Decor Project Kit.

In the video below, watch how to create the witch hat using the project kit including a few good-to-know tips and tricks for assembly.


I love this DIY Witch Hat Halloween project. It will look great along with my Halloween Wreath from last year. If you missed out on the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit, it's on sale now in the Clearance Rack section of the Online Store (while supplies last).

Why not get both DIY projects and go all out for Halloween this year. All your friends might be jealous, but they'll get over it. Ha ha!








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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Holiday Fun Begins Now With Stampin' Up!

Let the fun begin - the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog is live.

Photo image of Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog Cover

Ohmygosh. Just wait until you see the awesome new stamp sets, dies, embellishments, and accessories available this holiday season from Stampin' Up!

Go ahead - I'll wait here - then we'll chat.

Did you see all that glorious craftiness? My head was spinning with so many crafty ideas after seeing the catalog. If you're like me, you'll need to look a few more times to take it all in. And, of course, you'll want to have your wish list handy so you don't forget a thing.

2015 Holiday Catalog Highlights
I'll be sharing projects, videos, tips, and tricks in the weeks and months to come, but today I want to point out a few "don't miss" highlights.

Project Kits: Back by popular demand, there are four new holiday project kits available.

  • Witching Decor Project Kit (Witch Hat Centerpiece)
  • Season to Season Wreath (Makes 1 wreath with 3 interchangeable banners for Halloween, Autumn, and Christmas)
  • To You & Yours Shaker Cards (Makes 18 cards total; 6 each of 3 designs)
  • Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit (Makes 30 tags; 3 each of 10 designs)

*Additional products required to complete kits as shown. For a list of supplies, refer to the Holiday Catalog or the Holiday Kits section of the Online Store.

Projects created using Into The Woods Product Suite by Stampin' Up!


Product Suites: Collections of products that coordinate perfectly for easy creating. No guessing about which colors, designs, and accents go together - the work has already been done for you.

  • Home for Christmas - Make it cozy with vintage winter and Christmas hand-drawn imagery.
  • Winter Wonderland - A blend of simple elegance, a touch of gold, and serene beauty.
  • Season of Cheer - Cheerful feelings of the season paired with the soft look of watercolor.
  • Into the Woods - Cute forest friends, earthy colors, and hand-painted imagery bring fall projects to life.
  • Happy Haunting - Traditional Halloween colors infused with fun patterns and not-so-spooky characters.
  • Project Life - Hello December 2015 for daily journaling of special moments throughout December.
  • Project Life - Seasonal Snapshot 2015 is the perfect memory-keeping solution for everything from back-to-school to Christmas and everything in-between.

Photo image of simple to create photo Christmas card by Stampin' Up!

Bundle and Save: Coordinating products designed to be used together and offered as a bundle with 15% savings. Choose from 17 new bundles in the Holiday Catalog.

Exclusive Stamp Sets: Two new exclusive stamp sets available only to hosts or with a qualifying order of $150 or more. Create vintage tags and labels with the Antique Tags stamp set or choose the Six Sayings stamp set with greetings to use for fall and winter occasions.

Is your wish list ready? Shop now for Holiday Catalog products. And remember to check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack while you are there.








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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DIY Paper Bows with Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch

If you liked the cute little bows on yesterday's Birthday Bow Card/Box ensemble, you're going to love seeing all the different styles of bows you can create with just one punch.

Before I show you that, let's take a look at how to make a simple paper bow using the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch in the video below:


Yep, those little bows are really that easy to create using the punch. I definitely recommend using Glue Dots - it's so quick and easy and no mess.

If you don't have a bone folder, (gasp!) get one immediately. Just kidding. Okay, not really. If you are a card maker or like to make 3D items like boxes or bags or a project with lots of scoring, you really should have a bone folder in your basic tool kit. You'll be amazed at the clean, crisp folds you'll get and wonder why you waited so long.

If you still don't have a bone folder, try wrapping the bow pieces around a pencil to get the desired bend in the loop pieces.

15 Ways to use the Bow Builder Punch

There are endless ways to combine the bow pieces created with the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch. The chart below shows 15 variations of unique bows you can easily create for cards, tags, gifts, and other papercraft projects.

Photo image of Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch Chart with 15 different styles of bows.


Try mixing and matching patterned paper or combining patterned paper with solid colors for even more variations of this cute DIY mini paper bow.

A big thank you to Brenda Quintana for sharing her bow builder punch chart. I ran across it one day and quickly went to work to create all the bows and fill up my own chart. I shared this idea at a recent Stampin' Up! team meeting and everyone got to make their own bows and fill their own chart to share with their customers. Everyone loved it!

I hope YOU love it too.








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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Birthday Bows Ensemble: Card and Tiny Treat Box

Birthday Bows Card and Tiny Treat Box Ensemble

Bows. Bows. Bows! This happy birthday ensemble is tied up with little bows ... literally. These paper bows are so fun to make, it's hard to stop once you get going. All you need is some pretty patterned paper and the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch.

Stampin' Details:

  • This birthday card and coordinating gift box would make a cute gift for a friend or co-worker. Fill the box with a small gift or treat to celebrate the occasion.


Happy birthday card with bows.


  • The Pool Party card base is stamped with Pool Party ink using the Watercolor Wash background stamp. For a more subtle effect, I stamped off once on scratch paper before stamping on the card.
  • For the happy birthday greeting, I used the Cottage Greetings stamp set and Tangelo Twist ink. This new stamp set features small hand-drawn images plus greetings and sentiments in adorable fonts. (It coordinates with the Cottage Greetings Card Kit - super cute!)
  • Bow pieces are punched from the Sweet Li'l Things Designer Series Paper in coordinating colors and patterns to keep it uniform without being too repetitive.


Decorated Tiny Treat Box with mini paper bow.


  • A simple belly band around the Tiny Treat Box dresses up the box and provides a place to attach ribbon/trim and a greeting.
  • The bow on top completes the box and continues the bow theme. Additionally, with the box decorated in this manner, it can easily be opened and closed without ruining the look.


Photo image of assembled bows on greeting card.


If you like these cutie-patootie little paper bows, you should see what I have up my sleeve for you next.

I'll give you a hint - it's going to be like a bow explosion taking place.

Yep, bows galore. Bow mania. Bow palooza.

And I'm not talking about lots of the same bow either.

We're talking lots of different styles of bows.

All made with the same punch.

I can't wait.








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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Happy Day Wedding Card

Happy Day Wedding Card with custom coordinating envelope photo image

Can you believe there is only one little stamped image on this sweet wedding card? Surprise! I created this banner card by letting my tools do all the work and using designer series paper for the banner instead of stamping.

The stamped sentiment image is from the Banner Banter stamp set which includes images for banner pieces as well. The coordinating Banner Punch makes quick work of getting all the pieces cut exactly right. If this is on your wish list, save some money by ordering the bundle. You can choose clear-mount or wood-mount stamps plus the punch and get a 15% discount versus buying the items separately.

I'm loving this color combination of Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, and Whisper White for wedding colors. It's soft and elegant and dreamy. Yes?

Photo image close-up detail of banner card detail.


Stampin' Details:

  • This long 3" x 6" card will accommodate a store gift card, a check, or even cash. (Or just include it with your beautifully wrapped gift.)
  • Vellum cardstock is dry embossed using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder. Not only does it add interest and texture, it reminds me of rice or confetti.
  • The embossed vellum is attached to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals strategically placed behind the flowers and banner pieces.
  • I cropped the banner pieces from select patterns in the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. 
  • Creating a coordinating envelope was a snap using In Color Envelope Paper (Tip Top Taupe) and the Envelope Punch Board.



Happy Day Wedding Card with custom envelope by Gayle Wheeler | Stampingville


I mentioned above that the embossed dots remind me of rice or confetti. Does anybody even throw rice at weddings/receptions any more? I don't think so. I think these days it is bird seed or "fake" rice - whatever that is. Ha, ha!

I do know that making those little rice bag favors takes a long, looooong time if there are a lot of guests. Once you make a few hundred of those, you won't want to see rice again for a very long time!

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p.s. Me and my big mouth! Last week I mentioned that things were getting back to "normal" and I was looking forward to being back on a regular posting schedule. Yup - that jinxed it! We've been dealing with a sick kitty and multiple trips to the vet. Not a great week. Hope yours was better.








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