Some Online Changes and Broken Links

Hi crafters!

Just popping in today to let you know that Stampin' Up! is updating some of its online resources - mainly an exciting update to the Online Store. Starting tomorrow - July 15, 2020 - if you're looking at older posts here or on Facebook, the link may not redirect you where it's supposed to. I'll be working on fixing any of the broken ones over the next few weeks, but just in case you get stuck, you can go directly to my website at and search for the products in my Shop.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,


Sailing Home Tiles

Hi friends,

Today I'm sharing a card I recently made for our Friday Night Stamping competition. If you follow me on Facebook, you're probably familiar with it. StamperMan Russ (my husband) and I have been stamping most Friday nights for over a year now, and last spring we launched a friendly weekly competition. We each make a card, then I post them on the StamperNan Facebook page without saying which of us made which. We take votes for a couple of days & declare a winner. It's a fun thing that keeps us stamping and is a great stress relief at the end of the week.

So I made this card two weeks ago using our Sailing Home stamp set and coordinating dies.

First of all, this card was inspired by this picture in our weekly email demonstrators got from Stampin' Up!

How fun is this? I used the same basic colors and the measurements. I didn't have patterned paper for the background, so I made a stencil with the anchor die and sponged it repeatedly on the card base. Super simple and fun. I really love a bright red with a pale blue.

Watch my Facebook page for some up close shots and tips for this card.

See you soon,


Sale-a-Bration 2020!

Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is finally here, and that can mean big rewards for you! It's a fantastic party that's happening now and runs through the end of March. Here's what's in store for you:

First, something for everyone in our SHOP option. Every $50 or $100 you spend (before shipping and tax) earns you a FREE selection from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. That's right, FREE - no shipping or tax on your free items. This year's brochure is 20 pages packed with six stamp sets, two 12x12 Designer Series Paper packs, one set of dies, a card kit, a punch, and an embossing folder! Whew - good thing this goes through March! You can download the brochure here.

The best part? There are no limits! If you order $150, you can choose three $50 freebies (or one $100 option and one $50). Watch the purple and red starbursts that tell you which options are $50 freebies and which are $100 freebies. Or better yet, just visit the SAB section of my shop here and you can see both lists.

Sale-a-Bration is always a great time to HOST a party - in person, on Facebook, or just a good-sized personal order (I won't tell), and this year is no exception. Orders tend to be a little bigger during SAB, since most people add a little more to reach the next freebie. That means more rewards for you! Get a HOST CODE from me and your guests' orders from near & far can count towards your party total. And this year you also earn the adorable Little Ladybug stamp set with your $300 party/order! You won't want to miss this one - images and sentiments together make this the perfect set to add to your crafting arsenal. Email me at to get your HOST CODE and get those orders rolling in.

Sale-a-Bration is always my favorite time of year to welcome new members to our team, but this year might be the best perks yet! You choose any $125 in products and pay only $99 plus tax - NO shipping. Plus you'll get all the business materials you need to get started included. You'll hit the ground running, whether you want to be a top business demonstrator or just get a discount on your personal orders. But during Sale-a-Bration 2020, you'll also get:

  • a FREE Mini Paper Cutter exclusive to this offer
  • a 6"x6" Designer Series Paper sampler - 48 sheets total (four each of 12 double-sided designs)
  • ANY stamp set from a current catalog (excluding host sets or SAB selections)
  • invite to our team's private Facebook page

Join here - it's easy! There's really no catch - no obligation after purchasing the Starter Kit. You'll be demonstrator with all the perks until the end of July 2020. If you decide to place orders or run your business, you can stay with us. Either way, I'd love to help you reach your goals.

So are you ready to jump into Sale-a-Bration? Whether you want to add to your stash, party with your friends, or join the best family around, I'm here to help. Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by,

Come Sail Away with Me

Hey crafters!

In honor of our Designer Series Paper sale, I've got several cards to share with you today, all using the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.

These cards use many of the products in the Come Sail Away suite, which you can see on my website or on pages 145-146 of the Annual Catalog. (Click on any of the products below to visit my website.) Some of you may have heard of the "love it, chop it" movement started by Australian demonstrator Kylie Bertucci. She started it to help those of us who were collecting our patterned paper start using our paper! I know I was guilty of collecting. 

But wait, did I say sale? Yes, I did. Now until the end of September, you can get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper for every 3 that you buy! Check out the choices here. Ten of our best selling papers are on the sale - including the Come Sail Away paper.

Stampin' Up! also updated our websites, so you'll see the new look when you click on any of the products below.


Thanks for stopping by,




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Beautiful You - CASEing the Catalog

Hey crafters!

I wanted to share StamperMan Russ's card from last Friday Night Stamping, along with the card from the catalog that inspired it.

And here's the card from page 20 of the annual catalog that he CASEd:

You see - a completely different stamp set - different style. He took the stamped panel on the right and used Designer Series Paper. And he used the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, the same as the catalog sample, for the "arrow" piece. As he worked on assembling his pieces, he decided to move the accent strip to the right side and lay it over the die cut piece. Then he colored the dancing woman with Stampin' Blends and "fussy" cut around the image. 

It's a very different looking card than the catalog sample, but having the basic layout done for you makes unleashing your creativity easier.

Thanks for stopping by,


Butterfly Gala - CASEing the Catalog

Hey Crafters!

So my hubby and I have been stamping on (most) Friday nights since March. After the first couple of weeks, I started putting a card for each of us on my Facebook business page as a poll for people to vote on. It's been so much fun, and he's been kicking my butt! This past Friday night we both CASEd a card (or two) out of the annual catalog. Here's my card:

And here are the cards that I used for inspiration:

I'm sure you can see that I started with the basic layout of the card on the top (page 190 of the annual catalog), and I loved the way the Birch background was used in the sample on the bottom (page 156). Remember that if you're looking for inspiration for your next project, look beyond just the samples from the stamp set you're using. Our catalogs are full of great layouts and color combos. 

Don't have your own catalog? Shoot me an email at and I'll send you one!

Thanks for stopping by,


Free as a Bird on Crumb Cake

Hey crafters,

I am in love with today's card. I started with an idea from Pinterest by Ann Craig. I loved how she stamped the birds on Crumb Cake cardstock, so I took that idea and the basic layout and ran with it.

The Petal Pink paper with the polka dots is from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. I used various Stampin' Blends to color in the birds. When we first were trained with Stampin' Blends, we were told to use the Memento Pad because it's water based and wouldn't run. Then I realized that our regular Stampin' Pads are also water based. So I used Soft Suede ink on this card for a softer look.

One of my favorite parts is the Woven Threads Trim. You can see how it comes off the roll in the picture, but just snip that thread at the top and pull and you have tassles! 

I've linked the products I used below. Just click to visit my shop - you can purchase right from there.

Thanks for stopping by,



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Perennial Essence Cards

Hey crafters,

So a few months ago, I was surfing on YouTube and came across a video from Australian Demonstrator Kylie Bertucci explaining her #LoveItChopIt movement. Basically, it's a movement to get all of us papercrafters USING our Designer Series Paper. If you're like me (and so many other stampers), you buy pretty paper and never use it because we're afraid to cut into it. Well, Kylie has converted me. I've been chopping my paper and loving it. Here are three cards I whipped up once I cut into the beautiful Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper. 

This paper is just gorgeous, so it's easy to make great-looking cards quickly. I have been chopping my papers into 4" x 6" pieces, and then cutting them down from there to what I need. I added some punches and embossing and poof - beautiful! (note: the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder isn't available just yet.)

Products used are linked below - just click to look at and purchase.

Thanks for stopping by,



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Leaf Punch