Time to Replenish Product for Retiring In Colors

The retiring list will be coming out in May which is just around the corner and we know that any of the retiring In Color products sell out almost immediately . Now is the time to check your inventory and get those ink refills and extra cardstock as well as the coordinating ribbons and embellishments.

I really do hate to see Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide leaving but I feel confident that Stampin’ Up will have some great new colors in the new annual catalog which will come out June 1st. And with Sale-A-Bration still in progress this makes ordering now even better. With a $50 purchase of any product you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.



Sale-A-Bration Coordination – New Products

During the month of March you can purchase  products that coordinate with select Sale-A-Bration products.  There are several sets of dies which make cutting images so easy.

Lily Framelit Dies    #150071      $27

Lasting Lily Stamp Set      Free with a $100 purchase

Hop Around Framelit Dies     #150073          $27So Hoppy Together Stamp Set       Free with a $50 purchase


Call Me Cupcake Thinlit Dies       #150072      $27

Hello Cupcake Stamp Set       Free with $50 Purchase


Four Seasons Framelit Dies         #150074        $27


Painted Seasons Bundle      Free with $100 purchase

More Than Words Stamp Set     #150069       $17

Story Label Punch      #150076        $18


Sale-A-Bration New Items now available

These new items are in addition to those from the first released itmes.

All Adorned stamp set FREE with a $50 order


Country Floral Embossing Folder – FREE with $50 order

Painted Seasons Bundle – Free with $100 order


As you may know some Sale-A-Bration product from the first release brochure sold out quickly. These products will be as available until March 31st.

The weather here has been all over the place. Yesterday when I woke up the house was so cold. Perfect time to have another fire in the fireplace. We don’t get that many here in Florida. By last night I had to turn on air conditioning! Crazy weather.

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Botanical Bliss

I ordered this stamp set and framelits bundle quite some time ago but had not used it until last week and now I wonder what took me so long. The Botanical Tags framelits cut out such beautiful toppers. I designed this card based on the tag from the annual catalog. All I needed to do was come up with the background. For my card I chose the Sheet Music background stamp.


  • Once the tag is cut (4-1/2″ x 2″ piece of Crumb Cake CS) I stamped the leaves using VersaMark ink.
  • The bird is stamped and fussy cut.
  • Because I wanted the music to be a subtle background I added a layer of Vellum over it.
  • Attach the tag to the Vellum. Then turn the Vellum over to see where to put adhesive – where you have attached the tag.
  • Attach the large Crumb Cake mat with stamped images to the card base with dimensionals.


Occasions Catalog Top 10 List

I like to do a top 10 list of favorites when a new catalog comes out. This is going to be hard to limit it to 10. There is so much that I love from this catalog. If there is a favorite stamp set that comes in a bundle I am listing the bundle as one item. That way I can include more. (smile)

Wonderful Romance Bundle


Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper



Butterfly Gala Bundle



Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper


Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies


Bloom by Bloom Bundle


Lace Embossing Folder


Be Mine Framelit Dies

Golden Afternoon



Sweetest Thing Bundle 

What’s your favorite?

Special Birthday Card

A friend recently asked if I could make a birthday card for her daughter’s 30th birthday. She sent me a photo of the birthday announcement and told me she liked pink, hearts and anything girly.

When I saw the announcement I immediately thought of the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper.

So I set to work using some of this paper and combined it with pink and hearts and this is the final card.


I had a workshop Saturday at my house. There was a card table chair kind of in the way so I moved it away from the stamp table and over by the door to my bedroom. Later I needed to go in the bedroom to get some change and walked right into the chair. (I was barefoot!) Now you wouldn’t think walking into a card table chair leg would be all that bad but it hurt … a lot. And then, coming out of the bedroom, I walked into it again!  With the other foot. You know how we laugh at those movies and videos when someone gets hurt. Well, everyone stamping at that table all began to laugh. Me too. If I didn’t laugh I might have just cried. The next day the toe turned all shades of blue and purple and I’m pretty sure it’s broken. I was suppose to go to Disney with a friend but that had to be rescheduled. And no gym for a few days either.
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Gingham Gala Suite

OK, I do have several retired butterfly stamps and punches but when I saw the Butterfly Gala bundle that includes a punch in the new Occasions Catalog it was a first choice for me. I love the butterfly images, the punch and the fact that the stamps stamp both the larger and smaller butterflies at the same time and the punch will punch them both out at the same time.  And while I love framelits I do love having a punch for images. It’s quicker and easier when doing classes.

This suite includes not only the stamp and punch but also the 6″ x 6″ package of gingham check Designer Series Paper in 5 colors. There is a white flax ribbon and round and flower shaped adhesive backed sequins in 5 colors.

This is the card we are doing this week in classes which was inspired by demonstrator Linda Dalke. The only change was adding a mat of the same color and embossing it with the Subtle Embossing Folder.


The butterflies were colored by using a sponge dauber and just coloring the centers. The background mat of butterflies takes 8 with one of them cut in half and then adhering with glue. The square main image is popped up with dimensionals.


Occasions Catalog Paper Share

I admit I am a bit of a paper hoarder. Not intentionally, I just love all of Stampin’ Up’s! Designer Series Papers and sooner or later usually wind up ordering most of them. Then even with doing classes it’s not always easy to use it all up. So it looks like I’m hoarding my paper. If you love their papers too, and who wouldn’t, then I have a deal for you. I am offering a paper share. You will get 6″x6″ pieces of ALL of the new DSP from the Occasions Catalog for just $12. If you were to buy all of them it would be more than $90 by the time you add shipping and tax. By purchasing a paper share you get plenty to use and decide which, if any, you might like to have a whole package of. This deal is limited to 8 people so be sure to reserve your share before they are all taken.

Floral Romance – my favorite! This includes beautiful vellum pieces.

Gingham Gala – Large checks on one side, smaller checks on the other

Happiness Blooms – Bright florals on the front, all purpose patterns on the back

How Sweet It Is – Delicious colors and images

Needlepoint Nook – Photo images of actual hand stitched embroidery


Classic Garage – Perfect for those masculine cards

The best thing about Stampin’ Up’s! DSP is that it perfectly coordinates with stamp sets, ink, paper, and more. There’s no guesswork when you start creating. I usually start with a piece of DSP and let it easily direct what colors I am going to use for a card. 

It got a little cold today here in Florida. 49 degrees with a high today of only 60. For us that’s cold.

Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Go Live Today + New Cling Stamps

Today, January 3rd is the go live day for the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Stampin’ Up! never disappoints with new products. While I have been able to pre-order I still have a very long shopping list of must haves. You can view the new catalogs by clicking on the images below or on the links on the right sidebar.

Exciting New Cling Stamps!

Have you ever had your stamp fall off the acrylic block? Well read on. You’ll love these new stamps.

Beginning with the 2019 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure, all new stamp sets will be available either in cling (for red rubber stamps) or photopolymer.

Due to the declining sales of wood mount stamps they will no longer be available beginning with these catalogs and the new 2019-2020 annual catalog with the exception of the large background stamps.

Labeling cling stamps is a slightly different process than you may be used to. It is important to follow the steps below to assemble cling stamps. Each cling stamp case will also include labeling instructions.

Note: Once you place the label on the stamp, it is adhered permanently.Attempting to remove or adjust the label will damage the stamp’s foam.
  • Remove the paper backing from the label.
  • Remove your selected stamp from the rubber sheet and remove the paper backing from the stamp.
  • Line up the foam side of the stamp with the image label, then press it evenly to adhere it to the label. Make sure it is correctly positioned before you adhere it to the stamp.
  • Remove the stamp and its newly-affixed image label from the label sheet.
  • Place the stamp on an acrylic block to begin stamping.

Best Practices

To remove the stamp from the block, grasp securely near the image label and remove slowly. (Cling stamps stick so well that if they are not carefully removed from the block, the foam can tear.) To clean the labels, simply rinse under running water. Avoid alcohol-based cleaners.

I have not used any of my pre-ordered stamp sets and have not yet attached the labels to the stamp. I have seen demonstrator comments regarding how well they stick. No more falling off the blocks. However they stick so well that you do need to be careful in getting them off the block. One demonstrator put a piece of washi tape over one corner of the stamp making it easier to lift the stamp from the block. See below.

Are you wondering where to find this adorable frog stamp? Isn’t he just the cutest thing! He’s one of the many FREE Sale-A-Bration choices with a $50 order.

Have a great day.

Our Family Christmas

We had a few problems getting to Christmas but once we did oh what fun! My son Jeff and his family live in Kentucky and were driving down Christmas day. Since it’s a long trip we planned our celebration for the day after Christmas. They expected to get here sometime around midnight but at 9:30 PM Jeff called saying they had car trouble. Broken down on the side of the road. After a call to AAA and a two hour wait they were towed to the nearest town where they got a hotel. Thankfully it was fixed early, not too serious, and they were back on the road. Here are some very candid photos of our Christmas.


Ugly sweaters were certainly big this year and we decided early to do sweaters or shirts. It didn’t take long for me to change from my sweater into a shirt. It wasn’t cold enough for sweaters!

Lynn Ann made her own shirt and it definitely was the best. There is a lot of background chatter going on here but I wanted to show how cute her shirt really was. She had a Christmas stocking with every family members name on top.

This was a Christmas filled with sock gifts. Everyone received several pairs including these hilarious socks.

I had seen a similar sign to this one months ago and thought it would be a fun game to do however there were no directions. It seemed simple enough so I told everyone to bring 2 wrapped $5 gifts.  Well, it was fun indeed. And something even the youngest could do.

Love these grandkids!

Jeff and his family went home yesterday and the house is once again pretty quiet. Love having everyone here and together but it’s always nice to get back to your normal routine. Not sure when I will put away the decorations and take the trees down. I’m still enjoying them.

Hugs and Blessings