Flowering Fields

Here is another card made using some of the FREE Sale-a-Bration products.
Flowering FieldsI used watercolor paper and an Aqua Painter to color the flowers after stamping the images with Archival Black Ink. After coloring the flowers I cleaned the brush tip of the Aqua Painter and then used just water to "bleed" the ink around the images. The flower panels are attached to a piece of FREE Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. An easy way to line them up is to place your vellum on a a sheet of grid paper. You can see the lines of the grid paper through the vellum making it easy to perfectly line up the top and bottom edges of the flower panels. To attach the vellum piece to the card base use SNAIL under the areas where the panels are so that it doesn't show through on the front.
Sale-a-Bration continues through March. Get your FREE products with any order of $50 or more. Would you like to come to one of my stamping events? Let me know. I would love to have you join us.


Just For You

One of the FREE Sale-a-bration products you can get with any $50 order is the stamp set Botanicals For You. These cards were stamped using this set. I did a feminine and a masculine version and offered my stampers their choice. The card with the flowers used just the Botanicals For You stamp set. I used one of the splotch stamps from Georgeous Grunge for the masculine version which I saw on online.

Just for You


Have a great wekend!


3 FREE Sale-a-Bration Products Retiring Early

Sale-a-bration continues through March but did you realize that 3 of the FREE items are only available until February 15th?  That's right! These 3 items will be retiring early so if they are on your wish list be sure to order before the 15th.  Receive one FREE with each $50 purchase.  Your BEST BET is a $150 order.. you will receive 3 Free Sale a Bration items, plus $15 in hostess $$ to spend any way you wish.
You can see all of the FREE Sale-a-Bration products by clicking on the Sale-a-Bration catalog link below.

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Newest Weekly Deals

Here are the newest Weekly Deals available through next Monday, January 25th.


I love the little Party Punc Pack. It coordinates with the Party Wishes stamp set. Of course, they can be used alone and punch out such cute little shapes. While this is a great sale price I just want to caution you that if you wanted the coordinating stamp set too the discounted bundle price is just a little better than purchasing this sale punch pack and the stamp set separately.

party wishes stampsParty WIshes: $27.00 wood mount, $19.00 clear mount  

Bundle, Stamp Set and Party Punch Pack: $37.23 wood mount, $30.50 clear mount

party wishesThis card uses the Party Wishes Stamp set, Party Punch pack, It's My Party Designer Series Paper and Baker's Twine Combo Pack all found in the new Occasions Catalog.


Balloon Celebration

Balloon Celebration
People send more birthday cards than for any other reason and this card just says it's time to celebrate!  And the stamp set is called Birthday Celebration. I love that there is a new balloon punch that coordinates with the two different sizes of balloons. I do like fussy cutting images but when you are doing a lot of cards having a punch makes it so much easier and faster too. I played around for awhile with this set and discovered that I liked the balloons a lighter, softer shade of ink so I inked up the stamp and stamped off lightly on scrap before stamping on my cardstock. See the photo below that shows the comparison of straight ink and stamped off ink. I used the new Wink of Stella glimmer brush on the balloons but it's hard to see in the photo. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post to learn about this great new glimmer tool.
Balloon Celeb



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A Few of My Favorite Things

Each new catalog I like to post a list of my favorite things. I usually limit the list to 10 things so I've cheated just a little bit by using the bundles of my favorite stamp sets and counting the bundle as a favorite.  There are so many wonderful new stamps and products so once again, I have purchased a wee bit more than I told myself I would get. It's easy to see that it's one of the reasons I am a Stampin' Up demonstrator. The discounts help with my wanting it all.
Here is a card from this weeks classes from the Botanical Gardens Suite. Botannical Blooms stamp set was the number 1 priority on my wish list. It's so tropical and so very different from any other leaf stamp sets I have. Some of the sheets of paper in the DSP package are designed to add some stamping accents. How cool is that!  And don't you just love the leaf cutouts on the left edge of the card? Easy peasy with the matching framelit dies. The flower framelit does a double cut so that the petals on the inside of the flower stand out. My card had been in a cello envelope for class purposes and I forgot to pop them out for this photo but you can see where they are cut. There is even a framelit to make that amazing flower center.


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Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration are Live!

The new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs are live! If you don't have the new catalogs let me know and I will make sure you get your own copy.  I tried to tell myself I wouldn't order so much out of this catalog but that was before I actually saw the catalog and some of the products. Wow, are there ever some great new goodies. And to sweeten the deals Sale-a-bration started this week so with every $50 in purchases you get to pick out a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure.



Paper Pumpkin On Sale –  Woo Hoo!  Read All About it Below


Great news! Our 3-month prepaid subscriptions are on sale for Sale-A-Bration (January 5-March 31, 2016)!

3-Month Prepaid Subscription  (137859) $55
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Or, take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription.

12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $215.40
Save $24 a year with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and get 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

If you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can still take advantage of this deal. 

Part of the Paper Pumpkin fun is the element of surprise each month. I love opening up the box to see what's inside. This past month the kit was a calendar along with a little easel to hold the different months pages.  While I almost always love what each kit is, sometimes it isn't quite what I like or if it's a kit of 8 cards I might not want 8 of those same cards. There are so many different ideas out there on Pinterest or on the Facebook Paper Pumpkin Fan Page that the sky's the limit with what you can do. Here is just one example:

DecPPThe December Paper Pumpkin Calendar Kit


PPalternate.jpbAlternate Idea: The December Paper Pumpkin Kit turned into cards by Paula Frieder


Check back tomorrow for my list of favorites from the new catalog.



Happy 2016!

Happy New Year to you all.  For a long time I had heard that when you get older the years just fly by. That is so true. I can hardly believe we are into a new year already.

One of my most popular classes each year is the CD Calendar. So here is the page for January. I will share the other pages at a later time.

CD jan

I also wanted to share a few of our family Christmas photos. We had a wonderful dinner and then opened presents for what seemed like hours. I know some people open their presents all at the same time but we have always opened gifts one at a time so that everyone can see what's inside the package. It does take a bit longer to do it this way but it's so much fun.

LA & IMy daughter, Lynn Ann, and I


LA & AlexLynn Ann and her son, Alex.


LA, Jason, & meLynn Ann, son Jason, and Me


ChristinaJason's girlfriend, Christina


JasonJason in his new slipper socks. He had some when he was a teenager and wore them outside instead of shoes. He wore them so much he wore holes in the bottom. When I saw these I had to get them for him. He said this was his favorite gift.


LA, Alex, DonAlex, Lynn Ann and her fiance, Don. She looks almost lost between these two.


Alex CollageAlex wanted money for Christmas so I tried to find clever ways to wrap it. This was a string of quarters.

Blessings for a very happy and healthy 2016!



More Christmas Cards

Here are a few more of the wonderful Christmas cards I received this year. Enjoy …

lindas cardStamped by Linda Sabourin


Pat's cardStamped by Pat Cook


sandras cardStamped by Sandra Bruce


Barbaras cardStamped by Barbara Burgoner


terris cardStamped by Terri Peabody


Elva's cardStamped by Elva Williams


karens cardStamped by Karen Knox

I have had a few weeks off from stamping and am ready to get back to making cards again. How about you? There is a new Occasions catalog coming up along with Sale-a-bration and I'm excited for all of the new and wonderful stamp sets and products. Those go live January 6th. Let me know if you would like those catalogs. I will be happy to send them to you. If you're local I will have them at our next stamp class or you can come by and pick one up before then.

Have a very happy and safe New Year's Eve.


Sharing Christmas Cards

I received so many wonderful Christmas cards this year andI want to share some of those hand stamped cards with you over the next couple of days. With a few exceptions, cards were done with Stampin' Up stamps and products.

donnas cardStamped by Donna Harold


bettys cardStamped by Betty Herring


carols cardStamped by Carol Loehr


Evelyn's cardStamped by Evelyn Moon


Mikes cardStamped by Cheryl & Mike White


Carol H's cardStamped by Carol Hall


judy's cardStamped by Judy Shapley

Check back tomorrow for more of my Christmas card shares.