Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Sale-a-Bration Release!

New product is always fun, especially when it is FREE!!  Stampin' Up! is releasing three more products to the Sale-a-Bration line that can be earned for FREE, starting Friday, February 16

(Click on photo to view PDF)

You can choose from most items with a $50 purchase. There are a few larger items, including a die set or a coordinating stamp and embossing folder set, that you can earn with a $100 purchase -- look for the Calypso Coral medallion to denote those.

 New items include a stamp set, specialty designer series paper, and coordinating stamp and embossing folder set. These items are only available through March 31, so don't delay!

Here's a quick reference of all the FREE Sale-a-Bration items at a glance.

Friday, February 9, 2018

IF Love it. Live it. Share it. Blog Hop

Hello Everyone, I'm joining a group of Inky Friends for the Inky Friends Live It. Love It. Share It. Blog Hop, which features amazing products from the new Occasions Catalog.  Sit back and enjoy some wonderful ideas using the newest stamping goodies!

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Sarah's blog featuring Picnic with You.  She always has beautiful projects!  And today I will show you some projects using the set Let the Good Times Roll, which also can be bundled with coordinating Thrill Ride Pop-Up thinlit dies.

I love roller coasters and ferris wheels.  I can't resist these fun images!  So I picked this bundle to use for our recent downline meeting.

This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #319.

Stamps: Let the Good Times Roll; Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP; Ink: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Versamark; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Thrill Ride Pop-Up Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

And I *may* have a preview of this weekend's Sunday Stamps sketch challenge (shhh!).

Wanting to incorporate the Thrill Ride thinlits into the card front, I cut out the bottom part of the pop-up track, similar to what Shelli Gardner had shown at November's OnStage convention.

One of the cool things about the photopolymer stamps is that you can bend and curve them, like I did with the sentiment.  Using the new Stamparatus stamp press tool to accomplish this and ink several times is very helpful!

Here's this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.  Can you see the sketch in my card?

Stamps: Let the Good Times Roll; Paper: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Myths & Magic DSP, Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper; Ink: Berry Burst, Tangerine Tango, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay; Accessories: Thrill Ride Pop-Up Thinlits, Big Shot.

Although I didn't use pop-up feature of the thinlit dies into today's projects, I wanted to illustrate it.  It is pretty straight forward, and adds a lot of fun to a card.  If you are interested, Stampin' Up! produced a video showing how to put it together.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Rhonda at The Stampin' Bunny put together using Cake Soiree. She has made some amazing projects!  


Friday, February 2, 2018

Jan 2018 PP: Heartfelt Love Notes

Hello Paper Pumpkin fans!  For the past few years, I've used the January Paper Pumpkin kits for my kiddo's school Valentine's.  This year will be the same, although I'm a little sad this is her last year of grade school.  **Sniff**  With this morning's snow delay, Missy and I put together a stack of treats for her class.  We don't have quite enough treats with one kit; refill kits are available.  For us, we have extras from previous kits, so we'll be digging through those to round out the numbers. 

Alternative ideas and projects is a great way to get more use out of your Stampin' Up product.  As part of the exclusive Paper Pumpkin Gurus group of demonstrators, my Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  Each tutorial includes photos, step-by-step instructions, all measurements, and full supply lists.  Here's a sneak peek at this month's alternative projects. 

And a quick look at how this month's kit was originally designed.

Want in on the additional kit ideas every month?  You can subscribe with me to receive the additional benefits of the Paper Pumpkin Club, as well as get all these wonderful ideas every month.  *Important: Sign up by the 10th to start your subscription this month. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-a-Bration 2018

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  Today we have a special bonus hop focusing on this year's Sale-a-Bration offerings.  This is a great time of the year to stay indoors and get some crafting done while also earning FREE product!  You can check out all the Sale-a-Bration products HERE.  If you are following the hop in order, you've arrived from the fantastic Deb Burgin's blog.

For our recent downline meeting, we exchanged Sale-a-Bration card swaps.  I paired the Bubbles & Fizz Sale-a-Bration paper along with Epic Celebrations for my project.

I love how this card turned out.  Reminds me of my 31-year-old son, who's still all headphones and sneakers.

Stamps: Epic Celebrations; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Bubbles & Fizz DSP; Ink: Lemon-Lime Twist, Basic Black; Accessories: Lemon-Lime Ombre Ribbon, Burlap Ribbon, Aquapainter, Stapler, Dimensionals.

I have to admit I always run to the free Designer Series Paper and coordinating ribbon.  This year's selection coordinates perfectly with the Bubble Over set from the Occasions catalog.  Here's a project we created for this month's stamp club.

Stampin' Up! Bubble Over
I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to create some subtle background bubbles.

Stamps: Bubble Over; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray; Accessories Shimmer Ribbon Pack, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stapler, 3/4" Circle Punch, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Finally, I was stamping on New Year's Eve, and this fun card materialized.  I didn't have anything specific in mind, just playing.  Those are the best kind of cards!

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas
Stamps: Party Pandas, Weather Together; Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Foil Frenzy DSP; Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Black; Accessories: Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon, Silver Elastic Cord, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to Stesha Bloodhart's blog to see what she put together with some Sale-a-Bration items. Her projects are always beautiful!


SSC171 More Than Chocolate!

Morning all!  Time for another Sunday Stamps color challenge.

Today is an ode to main catalog sets, but incorporating a color scheme similar to the Painted with Love DSP in the Occasions catalog.  I used More Than Chocolate to create a Valentine's Day card.

It's fun to put together a box of chocolates in fun colors -- Mmmmm!

Here's today's colors.  Please join us, and remember to use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: More Than Chocolate; Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Powder Pink, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Versamark; Accessories: SAB Shimmer Ribbon Pack, Gold Embossing Powder, Banner Triple Punch, e-cutter

Sunday, January 14, 2018

SSC170 Rainbow Connection

Hi All!  Time for another Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.  For today's card, I pulled out a new bundle from the Occasions catalog, Sunshine & Rainbows.

Stampin' Up! Sunshine & Rainbows
How fun is it to build up a little rainbow?!  Here's some lyrical inspiration... The Rainbow Connection.

Here is this week's sketch by Lisa.  Can you see the sketch in my card?

Hope you'll stop by and play with us!

Stamps: Sunshine & Rainbows; Paper: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Perfectly Plum, Whisper White, Vellum; Ink: Crushed Curry, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Jewels, Rainbow Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stamparatus Tips & Tricks

Did you get a chance to preorder the new Stamparatus?  I hope so!  Customer shipments are to begin on or around February 1.

As part of the L2L (level-to-level) group of demonstrators, I was able to order mine early in order to review it and work out any bugs.  I made a quick video below of the best benefits and features that came to mind the first time I used it (as compared to other stamp presses on the market).  Have a look.

Disclaimer: Super quick made with a selfie stick and my really dirty grid papers.  Yep, that's really how I roll.  I hate to waste anything.  :)

I do have to mention unfortunately the window for Stamparatus preordering is now closed. It will be available in the next annual catalog, so keep a look out for that if you missed the preorder.