A red snowflake, really

I think this Stampin’ Up! die cut is one of the prettiest snowflakes we’ve ever had.  Cut from Glimmer Paper, it creates a dramatic card — with very little work!

Did you recognize the snowflake from the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits?  I have been using that bundle like crazy, as you’ll see in the coming days.  Really sad the Tags & Trimmings items are retiring.

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Free shipping from Stampin’ Up! December 11 only!

Today is the day — the surprise day of FREE shipping from Stampin’ Up!  No minimum orders, no limits — it’s all good!  Order from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, the 2017 Holiday Catalog, products in the Year-End Sales Event, or the Clearance Rack!  (See all products here.)

To benefit even more, please use the Host Code QE3EDMT6 when you order at least $75 in product (before tax) through my Stampin’ Up! online store and receive a FREE package of Acetate Card Boxes from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  This will be shipped to you from me — do not add it to your order.  Important:  Do not use this Host Code if your order is at least $150; you will  earn Stampin’ Rewards on your own purchases.  I’ll still send you the Host Code gift!

Remember, FREE SHIPPING is valid today only, December 11, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (MT).

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Surprise! Free shipping Monday!

Imagine my surprise when I saw an email from Stampin’ Up! in my Inbox this morning with one last exciting offer before the holidays!

Monday, December 11, receive free shipping on all Stampin’ Up! orders.  Free shipping runs from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT).

Because there’s no minimum order for free shipping, I can order just

  • One spool of ribbon or
  • Two SNAIL refills or
  • Three packs of Thick Whisper White paper

See where I’m going with this?

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Blessed Christmas Wishes

Equally striking as the card I showed yesterday — but simpler — is this Night in Bethlehem card from my October Jingle Jump.  Thanks to the gingham ribbon, this version is a bit more casual, not so dramatic.


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Bethlehem Window

Now we are officially in the Christmas season, having observed the first Sunday in Advent a few days ago.  Many of my stampers share my love of the Night in Bethlehem bundle, page 26 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog.  This example (another to come tomorrow) was from October’s Inkspiration Saturday:

I hadn’t used Whisper White ink for ages before designing this card with my stamping partner, Elizabeth Hamilton!  (Did you know that the pad now comes uninked and includes a refill?)  Here’s how we made this card (keep reading for a list of products used):

  • The Dapper Denim base is a standard card, 5½” x 4¼”, with a top fold.
  • Cut an oval in a 5¼” x 4″ panel Dapper Denim.
  • Sponge Whisper White ink lightly around the oval, fading as you go away from the window.  Heat set the ink to dry and brighten it.
  • On Basic Gray scrap, stamp the Holy Family in VersaMark ink.  Heat emboss image with clear powder.  Die cut image and adhere to left of window with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • On card front, stamp Stars in Whisper White ink; heat set.
  • From Silver Foil, cut both Cityscape dies.  Adhere behind window with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere window panel to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • From Glimmer paper, cut Star die.  Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • On Whisper White card liner, stamp Sentiment in Dapper Denim ink.

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Good news about reserving your Stamparatus today!

Today the second reservation window opens for the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus.  If you were not one of the people who got yours reserved before the window maxed out in 15 minutes in November, here is good news!

As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period Stampin’ Up! will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30.  So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!

Please note the following changes announced by Stampin’ Up!:

  • Beginning March 19, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19 (as was previously announced).
  • In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer and one per demonstrator.
  • Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you and your customers to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.

Please note what has not changed:

  • If you reserved more than one stamping tool during the first reservation period, that number will not change; you will still receive the same number you reserved.
  • If you reserved one or more stamping tool(s) during the first reservation period, you may still order during the second window.
  • The reservation window will open at 2:00 PM (MT) on December 5.

So, the pressure is off!   Look for additional details on the Stamparatus product page as the second reservation window approaches today.

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Stamp Review Crew: Wood Words

The Stamp Review CrewHello again! So glad you’re here for the Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring Wood Words, a stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  If you’ve hopped with us before, you know we are an international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators getting together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop.  Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for just that set!  The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want.

If you’re hopping in order, you’ve just enjoyed Holly’s work at Rubber Redneck.  (Click the banner above for a complete list of participating blogs.)

As for me, my cards are nothing like I had envisioned them!  I guess that’s the way the creative process works, right?

I’m putting this card to the side for my husband’s valentine — glad I have a simple system to keep track of occasions!  If you doubt you’ll ever use math as a stamper, well, just try to stamp these nine hearts without it!  And my Stamp-a-ma-jig was smoking when I got done!  I lightly sponged VersaMark ink on the embossed panel so the copper embossing was not overpowering.

Next, I’m giving you a sneak peek of a beautiful die in the 2018 Occasions Catalog (December stamp campers, you’ll get your copy this month!).  It’s from the Cake Soirée bundle.

This floral image in Wood Words is probably my favorite one, and I especially love it embossed in white on a dark card stock.  I am pleased to say this card is already in the mail!

Those are my non-seasonal contributions to the hop — now you’re on your way to see what Charlet has inked up for you at Painted Orange!

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Year-End Sales Event starts today!


The Year-End Sales Event is a chance for Stampin’ Up! to do a little inventory cleaning — and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items. This promotion features a selection of items that are last-chance and limited-inventory, so be sure to get your order placed while supplies last!

Click here to get to my Stampin’ Up! online store featuring the Year-End Sales Event.

For a pdf file of items included in this promotion (in order by catalog page number) and those that are retiring, click here.  This list contains all of the retiring and surplus items featured in the Year-End Sales Event. Retiring products will no longer be available for purchase after January 2, 2018, or while supplies last.

Don’t forget to use Host Code QE3EDMT6 when you order at least $75 in product (before S/H and tax) through my Stampin’ Up! online store December 1-30, 2017, and receive FREE a package of Acetate Card Boxes from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.

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Party time!

I am not ready to send out Christmas cards — I could do it, but it’s a little too early for us.  But I am sending out an invitation for our annual neighborhood brunch later this month.  I’m using this card from October’s Jingle Jump as the invite:

I am using nearly every scrap I have of both of these Designer Series Paper packs.  Some of my favorite patterns ever!

I think this invitation promises a fun morning, don’t you agree?

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7th birthday party!

We’ve been talking about it for months, it seems, and now it’s over:  Peter’s 7th birthday.  He specifically asked for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and his name written in blue icing on top.  Of course, I obliged.

I was pretty pleased with my efforts, even though my medium is paper, not cake batter.  You can find the recipe for Favorite Chocolate Cake here.  It was really, really good.

I’ve always wanted to make one of these cake banners; the only thing I’d change is to use taller (longer) skewers next time.  Even though I used a Mini Treat Bag Thinlits die, I used only 1″ strips of paper so that I could fit 7 flags across.  Naturally we took the banner down before lighting the candles!

Wondering about that patterned paper?  It’s a sneak peek from 2018 Sale-A-Bration!  It’s called Bubbles & Fizz and coordinates with the Bubble Over bundle from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  You can barely see the reverse side of this paper, which is white hearts on a Calypso Coral background.  Love this fun paper, especially since it’s FREE!

Speaking of the OC, tonight I’ll be submitting my mailing list for catalogs being sent directly from Stampin’ Up!  That means if you are not already receiving catalogs from me or another demonstrator, I’d love to put you on the list.  Please let me know — immediately if not sooner!

Here’s a closer look at the birthday card, which uses Glimmer Paper from 2017 Sale-A-Bration:

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