Happy Birthday, USA!

Happy Birthday, USA!  It's the fourth of July and America's birthday!  Thanks to all those who sacrificed to make this the home of the free!

July is Sizzling Hot with these Deals!

Wow!  Stampin' Up! is making July sizzling hot!  There are two specials ongoing that you won't want to miss!

Do you love pretty papers?  I certainly do and Stampin' Up! is making it easier to stock up on them!  During the month of July, you can Buy 3 and get 1 FREE!  You can mix n match any of the papers or stock up on a particular one (ready to get started on Christmas cards???)  The specialty papers aren't included but you have 10 different options to stock up on!

The second deal is one of the best ever!  If you purchase a Starter Kit at $99 (plus tax, shipping is FREE), you get to choose $125 worth of products (whatever you want) AND Stampin' Up! will give you a set of new ink pads in the color family of your choice!  That's 10 stamp pads at a value of $67.50!  Stampin' Up! will also give you a Paper Pumpkin kit and other supplies.  The value of the Starter kit will be over $200!  What a deal!  And by purchasing this kit, there is no further obligation unless you want it to be.  Who doesn't want to be a Happy Shopper saving 20% on all your future orders???   You can go here to get more information and to get your starter kit.  If you have any questions, just ask and I'll be happy to answer.   You can join other happy shoppers who got their kit to save on future orders and are now members of a huge stamping community!

And here are all the color families you have to choose from


All the New Stampin' Blends Available NOW!

All of the new Stampin' Blends are now available to order!  You can order each color individually or in a combo of light/dark.  Some will be sure to sell out (although more are on order) so if there is a color you particularly want, don't delay in ordering it!


Are You a Paper Hoarder?

Stampin' Up! creates such beautiful Designer Series Paper and I have often hated to cut into them BUT now, I'm telling you to CUT IT UP!  With each catalog there is even more beautiful paper so use what you have and create some beautiful cards!

Today I am sharing some One Sheet Wonder cards using a 6 x 6 piece of paper.  (Only have 12 x 12?  Cut out a 6 x 6 piece!)  I've made 4 cards using this one sheet of paper.  One of the cards has a "bookmark" on it so you could make 3 cards plus a bookmark if that's your preference.

The first set was made using the new Garden Impressions paper stack.  Oh, my gosh!  These are some beautiful papers and wonderful colors!  Any of the would do for this technique.  I chose the one I did because I love blue and yellow.

I used So Saffron, Pacfic Point, Sea Foam Green and some Blueberry Bushel cardstock.  On the card with the Sea Foam, I wish now I had embossed that sheet--it would have looked better.  But I was in a hurry to get them made before heading out to the beach! 

The stamp sets used were Detailed with Love Bundle (for the Happy birthday greetings and the punch in the bundle made the flower cutouts on the seafoam piece), Enjoy Life (for the thank you kindly and the saying on the bookmark as well as the flowers and butterflies on the card), and Stitched All Around (Enjoy your Special Day).  The Stitched All Around comes in a bundle (save 10%!) but I didn't use the dies for this card.

My second set of cards (using the same dimensions as the first) uses the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Paper.  It's 12 x 12 so I just cut up a 6 x 6 piece of it.  You could use the entire sheet and 16 cards.  I used Whisper White Thick, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, and Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

You can't see the shimmer on the paper but it is gorgeous!  And this paper is a little heavier weight so would be great for making boxes or other 3-D items.

The stamp sets used for these cards are Love What You Do (the thank you and flowers, the watercolor background and flowers on the other card), Animal Outing (for the thank you big time)--I have got to use those animals!  They are fabulous!--And there is a bundle so no more fussy cutting those animals. The sentiment set on the pearl doily is from Enjoy Life and the sentiment on the book mark (notice I embossed that piece this time!) comes from Waterfront (such a versatile stamp set!)

Other items used on these cards are:  Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Velvet Ribbon, Whisper White organza ribbon (now retired), Pearlized Doilies, Delicate White Doilies (also retired), Blueberry Bushel 18" grosgrain ribbon, the Detailed Trio Punch, and the Banner Triple Punch.

So, go ahead and cut up your pretty papers!  Use them and don't be a hoarder!  You'll feel better and your craft room will thank you for getting some stuff out of it!

Where Have I Been?

Sorry that I have been "MIA" this past week.  I am at the beach for the month of June and was spending time with my family.  I had all six of my grandchildren here for a bit and all of the ones staying in my condo left for home yesterday.  Hopefully, I will now be able to play with some of my new goodies.  My car was really full of craft supplies so I am hoping I have the energy to actually get some cards made!  Here is a photo of the beach from my balcony

Isn't that peaceful and so lovely?

We had a huge thunderstorm this evening.  It was truly awesome seeing the lightning hitting the ocean.  But there was a lovely rainbow in the midst of it all.

And here is a photo of my grandkids having fun on the beach

And look at this fellow walking on the beach.  Doesn't he remind you of our new stamp set Lilypad Lake?  I may just have to use that stamp set first!

I'll be sharing some cards soon!  Check back!



Blends Are Back!

Ordering for the Blends has been turned back on (current colors only--new ones won't be available until mid-June).  So if you are interested in coloring with alcohol markers, now is the time to get yours in our Stampin' Up! colors.  You can shop here to get yours!  


Time is Running Out

Time is running out to take advantage of the ability to purchase the retiring stamp sets and bundles.  All of the current bundles (stamps + dies/punch) go away on May 31.  While many of the individual items in the bundles may carry over to the new catalog, they will not be bundled together, saving you 10%.  Stampin' Up! never puts stamp sets on the clearance rack (they donate any left over stamps) so if there is something in the annual catalog or the Occasions catalog that you particularly want, you should get it while you can.  You really don't want to have to try to find these things on Ebay later, as those prices are always very inflated.

Are you excited about the new catalog?  I certainly am.  The new catalog will go live around noon MT on June 1.  But Stampin' Up!'s website will be down from midnight until they get everything loaded for you to purchase.  They anticipate that it will be noon but could come up earlier.  If you still need a catalog, just request one and I'll be happy to mail one out to you!



Memorial Day 2018

Today is Memorial Day, often thought of as the kick-off to summer (and when you can begin wearing white shoes) BUT while that may be the case, Memorial Day is all about honoring the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe and to protect freedom.  

As the spouse of a retired army officer who spent almost 29 years in the service, I am highly aware of the possiblity of that ultimate sacrifice.  So today is a day to honor those who gave their lives and their families who have also made the sacrifice of their loved ones.