Take Your Pick

We all know that any task is easier when you have the right tool. Try hammering in a nail without a hammer. I used the bottom of a kitchen pot one time! Cutting tree limbs. Used an electric knife once! Neither worked very well and you can imagine what it did to the pot and knife.

Stampin’ Up! has a new tool and if you are a stamper or paper crafter then this is the tool for you. It is almost a hidden gem in the new Holiday catalog. (page 30) It is one of the best products I have used and I don’t want you to miss out on all it can do.

  • Putty end for picking up those small embellishments such as sequins or papers
  • Tiny spatula tip for scooping things like rhinestones off the paper
  • Paper piercing tip
  • Stylus tip for scoring

But wait! It gets better. This amazing, handy-dandy tool is just $10. That’s right, just $10! Check out the video to see it in action.

As an added bonus, order the tool in September and your name will go into a drawing for a free putty refill.

I’m off to the gym and water aerobics. Wishing you have a great day.

What’s New in September

There is a lot happening this month. 

Holiday Catalog Launch September 5th

Be sure to get your copy. If you would like one let me know.

Holiday Catalog Paper Shares

The Holiday Catalog has so many new beautiful papers it’s hard to decide what to get. And if you’re like me you can’t buy them all. Then this is just for you. You will get a little of each one without all of the expense. I will divide the paper into 6×6 pieces so you get one 6×6 sheet of every paper rather than having to buy a whole pack. This special is limited to 8 people so reserve your paper share now.

53 sheets total – $15

6 sheets – 6×6 All is Bright Designer Paper
6 sheets- 6×6 Festive Farmhouse Designer Paper
6 sheets- 6×6 Santa’s Workshop Specialty Paper
6 sheets- 6×6 Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Paper
3 sheets- 6×6 Glimmer Paper, one each in Tranquil Tide, Merry Merlot & Copper
6 sheets- 6×6 Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Paper
6 sheets – 6×6 Country Lane Designer Paper
6 Sheets – 6×6 Toil & Trouble Designer Paper
1 sheet – 6×6 Black Foil Sheet
1 Sheet – 6×6 Galvanized Metallic Paper
Bonus! 6 sheets – 6×6 Under the Mistletoe Designer Paper from the annual catalog

Santa’s Workshop Christmas Card Class

 I am adding an additional Christmas card class to my usual schedule of classes (which I will post later this week) using the Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card Pack.  These card packs make quick and easy (and super cute!) cards.  I am working out the details now and will post more information later this week for this class. You won’t believe how cute the Memories & More cards are. Many of them even have glitter on them! Here’s a sample. Be sure to check back later in the week for all of the details. Below is a sample of one of the cards.

Dashing Along Host Promotion

Hosts will receive a FREE package of this DSP with a qualifying total of $250 or more. This pack brings back some old favorite patterns in fresh new colors. This special ends September 30th.

Redeem Your Bonus Day Coupons!

If you earned Bonus Days coupons in August be sure to use them by September 30th. For every $50 purchased you received a $5 off coupon code via email from Stampin’ Up!. You can use it either when ordering online or ordering through me. I just need to know what your code is.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

September 2018 CD Calendar

This months calendar page was created using the stamp set Daisy Delight.

I do have a class planned for creating next years calendar. Now I need to get busy and design the pages! If you would like to make one let me know. They are a great gift and so easy to mail. The entire calendar fits into a CD case. It’s one of my most popular classes.


When you place an online order that is below $150 use this host code when ordering. If your order is more than $150 do not enter a host code and you will receive Stampin’ rewards. You can always click at the top of the blog under Host Code to see what the current code is.

Illuminated Christmas – Holiday Sneak Peak

The Global Design Challenge this week is a color challenge using Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, and Flirty Flamingo together.

                                                           Color challenge! #GDP153

I have to say I don’t think I ever would have put these colors together in a card but I like the outcome. Using these colors on a Christmas card is a bit non-traditional but then why be predictable! This is one of the Christmas stamp sets in the new Holiday Catalog. If you would like to have a catalog let me know. It goes live September 5th and is filled with some pretty wonderful stamps and products including this stamp set called Illuminated Christmas.

I used Stampin’ Blends to color the stamped images, adding a little Wink of Stella on the star. The metallic pearls come in a package of silver and gold however I needed pearls to coordinate with the copper foil paper and the designer series paper so I colored them with the bronze Stampin’ Blends.


Rooted in Nature Goes Pink

It’s hard to say what Stampin’ Up! product I love the most but right up at the top of the list has to be the Designer Series Paper (DSP). First of all it’s always so beautiful. The photos in the catalog hardly do it justice. The inspiration for a card usually starts with a piece of DSP and it’s easy to pick out the colors for a card. Just use the colors in the paper. I often find combinations that might not have occurred to me. Like this one below. It’s certainly not traditional colors when you think of stamping leaves but I love how it turned out.


Miraculously it missed hitting my daughter’s car which was parked right next to the truck. The police called someone with the city who came and cut and moved what was blocking the street. Then it was up to my daughter and son-in-law to call a tree service to remove the rest of the tree. It actually took them 2 days to get it done as they were being so very careful not to cause more damage to the truck.  The tree was completely cut down. Several weeks and several thousand dollars later he has his truck back from the body shop. This could have been so much worse.
Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape
Don’t forget to register for the first ever Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape. Sandy and I are making lots of plans, designing and creating, and getting lots of registrations already. The early bird discounted fee is good through September 3rd so get yours in. See previous post for all of the details.
Have a blessed Sunday

Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape


Need a break from the daily routine? Wishing you could get to those overdue craft projects? Are your Paper Pumpkin kits piling up? Then this is just for you! Let us spoil and surprise you all day long while you spend the day crafting with friends and having fun.

Registration Fee: $70  Early Bird Fee $60 before Sept. 3rd.

  •         $25 of your registration fee is non-refundable
  •         Registration ends September 25th

Retreat fee includes:

  • Goodie bag of new Stampin’ Up! product ($25 value)
  • Table space
  • Lunch and dessert bar
  • Plenty of yummy snacks and candy throughout the day
  • 7 Make and Takes
  • Photo booth
  • Fun and inspirational displays ~ bring your cameras
  • Door prize drawings including the new Stamparatus and several special surprises!
  • Access to our stamps, ink, and tools
  • 9 hours to craft on anything you want! Bring all those projects you’ve been meaning to get to! You’ll have plenty of time to get lots of your own crafting done plus our Make and Takes.

The Make and Takes will focus on the holidays! All materials except adhesive will be provided for these.

We will have our stamps, inks, Big Shots, framelits, embossing folders and punches available to use that day. You will need to bring your adhesive, acrylic blocks, scissors, bone folder and additional paper and card stock to use for your own projects along with our stamps, ink and tools. we will have a couple of paper cutters but if you have one you may want to bring it also.

Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape Ordering Discount

     Free shipping and we will pay the tax on any orders placed the day of the event.

If you would like to add on one of the following kits to provide some fun crafting for you that day select one or more of the following kits and add it to your registration fee. FREE shipping and we’ll pay the tax on these retreat special add on’s when ordered with your registration.

  • Note of Kindness Kit – $35   All inclusive kit
  • Lots of Happiness Card Kit – $35   All inclusive kit
  • Sincerely Santa Tag kit – $22
  • Timeless Tidings kit – $20

All inclusive kits come with everything you need except adhesive. We will have the stamp set that coordinates with Sincerely Santa and Timeless Tidings kits for your use that day.

Reserve your spot by sending payment for the event along with payment for any add on kits to: 

  • Beth Daniels
  • 3580 Sawgrass Drive
  • Titusville, FL    32780

Please contact me if you have any questions.

  •  bdaniels@cfl.rr.com  
  •  321-480 1375



Save the Date and a Cutting Blade Tip

No I’m not getting married! Ha! But I wanted to let you know that my good friend and fellow demonstrator, Sandy Mitchell, and I are planning our first full day retreat.  

Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape will be Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. We are working on the final details of our registration form so be on the lookout for it to come very soon.

Today’s been quite busy with registration this morning for OnStage in Orlando in November. This is the Stampin’ Up! event for demonstrators and because this is SU’s 30th year it was filling up quickly. I’m sure they will sell out all of the more than 7000 available spots so demos were all anxiously awaiting the opening of registration to be sure they would get a spot. I am so excited to go to this. Stampin’ UP! puts on amazing events. And then after I got registered I was out and about scouting things for our upcoming Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape.

Here’s a little video tip on getting more use of your Stampin’ Trimmer blades. When they begin to leave frayed edges you can get clean cuts by following my tip.


Holiday Catalogs will be available soon. I have mine already and just did a huge preorder because that’s what we demonstrators get to do. Order early. You’re gonna’ fall in love with it. So many great new products.

That’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by



Casing the Catalog – Oh So Eclectic

We all look for card ideas and with so many card samples being posted on social media sites it’s easy to find inspiration. But don’t forget that our catalog is full beautiful cards. CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything and today I decided to case a card right from our annual catalog. With a bit of a twist. The card is the one on page 16. I actually didn’t own the stamp set Oh so Eclectic and this is the card that pushed me into deciding to get it. Because I didn’t have all of the stamps used to create the card I made a few substitutions and I added a white mat to my card.


It’s not easy to tell from the photo but the swooshes in the background are actually gold embossed. I used two of the stamps from Waterfront for this.  To get the cut-work piece in the background you need to die cut the card stock and then fussy cut around it. I colored around the edges of the cat using a sponge dauber and Crumb Cake ink. The flower is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the sentiments from Dragonfly Dreams.


Rooted In Nature

One of the first things I look for in a new annual catalog is whether or not Lovely as a Tree stamp set has been retired. It was first introduced in 2001 and it’s one of my favorite sets. So one might ask why do I need another tree themed stamp set. When I saw Rooted in Nature set in this newest catalog I knew immediately I needed it. The trees are different and the leaves, sentiments and coordinating framelits just make it a beautiful bundle. I have certainly loved making cards with it and all of the other products in this suite.

You can see in the card that there are leaf images included with the framelits that emboss and other framelits that cut out. I think the cooper embossed leaves just make this card stunning. I can already envision using these on some Fall and Thanksgiving cards. The sentiment is from Painted Glass stamp set and the framelit used to die cut it is from Lakeside Framelits.