Swap for On Stage Atlanta


On the 5th of November I am attending the On Stage Atlanta event (the "local" event in conjunction with the Stampin' Up! event in Australia). Swapping card fronts is a big part of these events and here is the card I created.

On Stage Atlanta

I'm heading out to Atlanta for the On Stage Local event.  It's being held on Saturday and I'm so excited!!!  I always return rejuvenated and excited for stamping!  At this event we'll be receiving a copy of the new Occasions catalog (which will be coming to you in January) and I'm excited to see what new goodies Stampin' Up! has in store for us!  I know I'll come home with at least one new stamp set so that will jumpstart my cardmaking for spring.  I'll be able to order a few things from that catalog early and will showcase them for you when I get them.

We'll get to try out some of the new items in the catalog and of course, swapping is a big deal at these events.  I showed you one of my cards I am swapping and now I have another one to show you!


You can view and print the instructions here.

Have a great weekend and I'll be back to show you some of the swap cards I received!  Happy Stamping!



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Football Birthday Card

My grandson turns 6 next week and I made his birthday card this week.  He played flag football this fall (his last game was on Saturday and he scored a touchdown!) so I decided to make his card about football.


My "theme" for birthday cards this year is slider/spinner so all of the children get those kinds of cards.  I used the retired stamp set Simply Sports and some football paper I had lying around the craft room.  The slider portion is done using the Sliding Star Framelits (141820) from the annual catalog.

NEW Stitched Dies and 25% off Stamps

I love stitched dies!  They give your projects such a finished look.  We asked for them and Stampin' Up! has delivered!  These were supposed to be new in the annual catalog coming out next June but they decided to release them early.  Happy Dance!  I love that you get 3 different shapes--circles, ovals, and squares--all in one set!  12 dies for $30.  What a super deal!  AND these dies coordinate with the Layering Dies that were released in the annual catalog.  


And for the month of November Stampin' Up! has some stamp sets for 25% off!  So if you had some items on your wish list that you hadn't gotten yet--now is a great time to purchase these stamp sets!



Here's a look at those stamp sets


Here are links to all those items:  Stitched dies, Greetings from Santa Wood Mount, Greetings from Santa Clear Mount, Blooms & Wishes, Baby Bear, Christmas Pines, Tin of Tags, Merry Mice Wood Mount, Merry Mice Clear Mount, Suite Seasons Wood Mount, Suite Seasons Clear Mount, Oh What Fun, and Hang Your Stocking

These would make great Holiday gifts too!  The sale is only until the end of the month so don't delay if you want to get any of these!



Final Days of the Designer Series Paper BOGO

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock...  Time is running out to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper BOGO special--BUY 3, GET 1 FREE!  This special ends on Halloween, October 31 at 11:50 MT.  


Apparently there has been some confusion about this special.  ONLY the paper pictured above is eligible for the special.  Please don't let this special pass you by if you love pretty paper! The quality of Stampin' Up!'s paper is superb!  It's double-sided and color-coordinated.  Stampin' Up! even makes it easy to know what color ink and card stock matches--they post all those colors on the paper packs!  I often use the heavyweight cardboard that comes in the packs to make dividers for my finished cards, dies, or stamps.  It's easy to cut up to whatever size you need.

Happy Stamping!



Special November Sales

I am so excited!  Stampin' Up is offering some really great deals for the month of November.  One of the items will be in the annual catalog NEXT year but they are going to let us order them during the month of November.  STITCHED SHAPES FRAMELIT DIES!  I love the look of stitched dies and now Stampin' Up is offering them!  A set of 12 dies for $30 (squares, circles and ovals) that will also coordinate with the Layering Dies!  WIN!


Here are the dimensions of these dies in both inches and centimeters:

US and Metric Sizes of the Stitched Shapes Framelits

Inch Measurements: Ovals 1. 5/8 x 1-5/8 in 2. 1-1/8 x 2-1/8in 3. 1-7/8 x 2-5/8in 4. 2-1/4 x 3-1/8in Circles 1. 1-1/4in 2. 1-3/4in 3. 2in 4. 2-3/4in Squares 1. 1in 2. 1-1/2in 3. 2in 4. 2-1/2 Centimeter Measurements: Ovals 1. 1.5 x 4cm 2. 2.9 x 5.5cm 3. 4.3 x 6.5cm 4. 5.5 x 7.8cm Circles 1. 3cm 2. 4.3cm 3. 4.9cm 4. 6.9cm Squares 1. 2.5cm 2. 3.8cm 3. 4.9cm 4. 6.2cm

Stampin' Up! has released a video about these dies too! 

To coordinate with the release of these dies Stampin' Up! is also having a sale on several stamp sets--25% off!

Here are the stamp sets available and their sale prices 



And here are pictures of the different sets:  



So if you've been holding off on getting some of the stamps on your wish list, now is a great time to purchase these!





Hidden Catalog Gems

Do you ever look through the catalog and then later see something and say "Whoa!  Where was this? I never saw that!"  Well, this little post is about some of the things that I thought you might have missed.

Love those little ink spots in your Paper Pumpkin kit?  I use mine all the time when I travel and when I am using my MISTI.  It's easier to ink up your stamps on your MISTI or other stamping tool with the smaller ink pads.  Wish you had them in other colors?  Well, Stampin' Up! now offers a set of 5 uninked spots for $9 (141822 found on page 180 in the annual catalog)!  


You just add ink from your re-inkers and you are all set.  I mark the color name on the bottoms with a Sharpie so I can easily find them.  This is a great way to slowly build up your color selection if you can't afford to purchase the full size pads.  Buy these ink spots and the re-inkers of your choice and then when you can afford the larger pads, you will already have the re-inkers (I always recommend purchasing re-inkers at the same time as the ink pads so you will have them if you need to ink them up).

Another little gem from the annual catalog is th Silicone Craft Sheet (127853 $6, found on page 182 in the annual catalog).  Hate how when you are adding snail to your cards and you get some on your grid sheet or table?  Then it's sticky and everything sticks to it.  Well, using the Silicone Craft Sheet under your card will solve that problem.  NOTHING sticks to it!  It will just rub or roll off! 




The next few gems are found in the new Holiday catalog.  Want 12 x 12 Cardstock?  We've asked and Stampin' Up! has delivered!  Not all colors are available yet but Stampin' Up! has made some available within the different Suites in the Catalog.  Real Red (141982--20 sheets for $11), Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green (141992--10 sheets of each color for $11) are three of the colors available right now.  These all coordinate with the Designer Series Paper in their suites.  If you scrapbook, or just need a lot of paper for different projects, this is for you!

Did you notice that Stampin' Up! quit selling individual Stampin' Write markers for most colors?  In the Holiday catalog, they now have some markers available that matches the colors in the different suites.  For the Candy Cane Lane Suite, you can now purchase the Real Red & Crumb Cake markers in a two-pack for just $7 (141973, page 5).  And for the Warmth & Cheer Suite there is a two pack of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green (141972, page 13).

I'm really hoping that Stampin' Up! will continue to do this with future catalogs.  It will be a great way to build up your stash of 12 x 12 cardstock and markers. I use the markers a lot to color my rubber stamps (and even the photopolymer ones sometimes) in order to add different colors on one stamp.  

The last item I want to draw your attention to are the Seasonal Decorative Masks (141848) $6, on page 43 of the Holiday Catalog.  For a long time, I didn't really use these masks (or stencils) but discovered they are wonderful to create beautiful backgrounds


To use these, I put over my card stock and adhere with washi tape.  Carefully hold them in place and sponge away to create new patterns!  

I hope you've enjoyed these little "gems" from the catalogs.  They are not very expensive but pack a big punch!


Happy Stamping!