Free shipping November 27 only!


Wow! As the grand finale to Online Extravaganza, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping on all orders placed today until 11:59 p.m. (MT).  It’s a great time to stock up on items that weren’t on sale earlier, like

  • Cardstock
  • Envelopes
  • Ink refills (maybe for the colors that are retiring in May?)
  • Adhesives
  • Trimmer blades

Of course, you’ll earn Burgin Bucks — and if your order is under $150, don’t forget to use Host Code PEH77VAQ to get a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder of your choice ($7.50 value) FREE from me!  Don’t add it to your order; just let me know your choice and I’ll get it to you after next week.

Click here to begin your order at my online Stampin’ Up! store — and enjoy the final Online Extravaganza fling!

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Deer and Evergreen

After one of the most unusual autumns I’ve experienced, somehow I wasn’t prepared to see snow over the weekend!  And not just that is-it-rain-or-is-it-something-else wimpy stuff, but Giant Flakes.  It was fun to see, and more fun because it almost immediately melted.

This camp card from October is useful as a post-holiday birthday card, and in fact I already have it ready to go for our brother-in-law’s special day in January!  See another version of this wintry scene with this Jingle Jump card.

Here’s how I made this card:

  • Punch one end of 2″ x 3⅝” Night of Navy panel.
  • Cut top of tag with Moon and Stars die.
  • Flat adhere piece of Glimmer paper behind tag; flat adhere curved piece to front of tag.
  • From Crumb Cake scrap, cut Deer; adhere to “hill” with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • From Old Olive scrap, cut Tree; adhere to hill, slightly over deer, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere tag to Thick Whisper White card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, leaving room for ribbon.
  • Thread ribbon through hole at top of tag; knot and tie bow around ribbon with twine.

You’ll notice I attached the tag to the card front and then affixed the ribbon.  If you work by yourself, as I do, it seems you often need a third hand to deal with ribbons, knots and bows!  Having the tag attached (and even using a sticky note to temporarily hold the ribbon ends down) makes this a bit easier.

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Online Extravaganza starts today!

Online ExtravaganzaDon’t pinch yourself! We assure you, this isn’t a dream. For 24 hours only, select stamp sets from the 2017-2018 annual and 2017 holiday catalogs are 20% off during Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza.

This is a limited time offer (and some quantities are limited), so don’t wait to start your order!  Stamp Sale starts November 19, 11:59 pm (MT) and ends November 20 11:59 pm (MT).

Meanwhile, other Stampin’ Up! products are offered at 40%, 30%, and 20% savings for the entire week!  Dies, punches, Paper Pumpkin kits and refills, Watercolor Pencils, and embellishments are on sale November 20-26.

Click here to find all Online Extravaganza deals in my online shop! Enter my Host Code PEH77VAQ in your cart to receive a free gift from me (see here for details). Thank you!

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Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest

Welcome to the last Stamp Review Crew blog hop of November! This time we are playing with Painted Harvest from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. There are 18 stampers on this hop — from all over the world. Remember that although you may have arrived here from Stesha’s blog, Stampin’ Hoot, you can always see a list of the participating blogs by clicking on the banner above — and go back at any time!

I’ve used this set so much (I got it when I was on the Thailand incentive trip back in July!), but I have several projects you haven’t yet seen, either here or in person.  First is a simple note card that I “stitched” with the Quilt Top embossing folder.  Only problem was that I had the folder upside down, so it’s not embossed, it’s debossed.  And actually, it looks more like stitching that way!  This simple card was one of the samples I presented to a client for a custom order.

Although I have loved the sunflower in this set, and experimented with different color combinations, I also adore the other images; the only one I haven’t used is the acorn.  This thank you note card uses the pretty “detailed” leaf or fern:

We don’t have a big group for Thanksgiving here; there will only be eight at our table.  And that’s a good thing, because I ambitiously decided to place a favor at each place.  I stamped the topper on a coffee filter so that it would not rip when I placed the ring on the jar.  The snack inside the jar (not enough to ruin the meal!) is a slight variation on Spiced Cranberry-Almond Party Mix, perfect for fall and winter.  You can read about it here.

If you’re going to keep hopping (and not stop to make this snack mix!), your next stop is to see what Adriana’s got for you at Escape2Stamp.  Enjoy!

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Thankful Thursdays #12

Did you know I was a music major in college?  Specifically, I was working towards a degree in Choral Music Education.  Well, that never happened, for a variety of reasons.  But I never lost my love of music.  From my first performance in elementary school (O Little Town of Bethlehem) through dozens of years in church choirs, I have been singing — or humming or whistling or just listening.

I am thankful for music.

When I returned from Salt Lake City, my husband said (as he always does), “It was so quiet around here!”  Tunes are always playing somewhere.

I am glad to finally offer a camp card this month using the Musical Season bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog:

As I happen to know someone who plays the french horn, this card is for her!

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Coming soon!

Get ready for Stampin’ Up!’s annual Online Extravaganza!  It begins Monday, November 20, with 24 hours of stamps on sale — a whole bunch of them at 20% off!  The savings continue all week with dies, punches, Paper Pumpkin kits and refills, Watercolor Pencils, and embellishments on sale November 20-26.  Click here for a list of items on sale November 20 and November 20-26.

Then stand by for another 24-hour flash sale on Monday, November 27.  Details will follow when they are released!

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Stamparatus: Everyone’s talking about it!

At last week’s OnStage in Salt Lake City, Stampin’ Up! unveiled a brand-new product — and a new way to order it!


I am pleased to say I am on the Leader to Leader (L2L) team that worked on this project, although my input was limited.  This is a new concept for me — I have never used a stamp placement tool!

Are you equally new to this concept?  Learn the basics in this corporate video:

To recap, here’s what you can do with the Stamparatus:

  • Make multiples with ease.
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over.
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money.
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Frankly, I’m wildly excited about this product!  Are you?  Then you’ll want to know these details about the new reservation system we’ll use.  Stampin’ Up! is testing this system to more effectively manage inventory.  Simply, you can reserve a Stamparatus if there is one available.

There are three “reservation windows”:

For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window, but you may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from the Stampin’ Up! facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

See the four steps to reserving your Stamparatus in this pdf.

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Peace on Earth

Suddenly it seems like I have a lot of Christmas cards to share!  This one, inspired by Sharon Burkert, was a camp card from August.  I remember thinking it was way too early to share it — and now we’re on the verge of Thanksgiving!


I actually had a “version A” of this card, but decided on a Soft Sky panel for the front to show off the beautiful die cuts on the edges.

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Thankful Thursdays #11

This week’s item on my my thankful list is especially important to me as I travel to Salt Lake City for OnStage this week.

I am thankful for Stampin’ Up!.

I know it sounds a little dramatic.  But 14 years ago when I held my first rubber stamp and the staff of Stampin’ Up! helped me create some simple make-and-take projects at the scrapbooking convention I was attending, I simply had no idea the impact that ten minutes of time would make on my life and heart.  Have I shared this picture before?  It’s from that convention — the first thing I ever created with Stampin’ Up! products:

I think I’ve come a long way!  And so has Stampin’ Up! — I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s ahead for January 3, the day the 2018 Occasions Catalog goes live and Sale-A-Bration begins.

As this post is published, the activities at OnStage have not even started!  Yesterday I went on a tour to the Stampin’ Up! home office in Riverton, Utah.  (I posted pictures on my Instagram account here.)  When the event kicks off in a few hours, I am positive there will be loud music, screaming, hugging, dancing — and probably some crying, too.  That’s just the way it goes.  I am anxious to see my Stampin’ buddies from all over the country, and beyond.  And I’m loving that so many of my downline are experiencing the “big dance” for the first time this year!

What about you?

Do you love to create things?  Want to experience friendship and fun with other demos?  Or just enjoy a product discount and the opportunity to play with new products before the general public sees them?  Or go big and earn the incentive trips?

There’s never a *bad* time to become a demonstrator — and early November is a great time because we are on the verge of a new seasonal catalog and Sale-A-Bration, both of which can help your business.

And if you’re not even *thinking* about starting a business, not even a bit (as someone who just wants to support your habit, as we say), you can earn the very same benefits as someone who works at this full time, as I do.

Want to know more?  Find more information at the link here, then let’s talk about it!

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Playing with Stampin’ Blends #1

In spare moments here and there, I’ve been playing with the new Stampin’ Blends. I’m actually taking them with to Salt Lake City tomorrow so that we can experiment with them in our group and learn from each other.

I want to give you my impressions of these new-and-improved alcohol markers, but I’ll wait until I am back in Illinois.  Meanwhile, here’s one project:

I’ve been sending these thank you notes to customers this month.  So fun!  Here’s how I used the Stampin’ Blends colors:

Some other tips on this card:  I stamped the image on a separate piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  That way, if there was “a problem,” I wouldn’t ruin the entire note card.  To highlight the edge of the stamped panel, I held it perpendicular to the Pumpkin Pie ink pad and walked it gently across.

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