Sweet Birthday Wishes

Did you hear the news?  The party just heated up with new, limited-time products that coordinate perfectly with select Sale-A-Bration products.  What does that mean you might ask.  Well for the first time Stampin’ Up! is releasing 4 sets of dies, a punch and a new stamp set all designed to coordinate with products from Sale-A-Bration that you can earn for free.  These new products will only be available during the month of March while supplies last.  Don’t wait – there won’t be more of them ordered so once they are gone they are gone.  I’ll be sharing more in the coming days.  Today I’m going to show you the new stamp set .  But here is a full list of products that are coming.

  • More Than Words stamp set
  • Hop Around Framelits Dies
  • Lily Framelits Dies
  • Call Me Cupcake Thinlits Dies
  • Four Seasons Framelits Dies
  • Story Label Punch

Now that you had a look at the products that are coming March 1st.  Let’s take a look at a project I made with the More Than Words stamp set.  You can use this set by itself or pair it up with the other Sale-a-Bration sets to give you more options for them. 

When you look at the stamp set it might be confusing to see the Wishes stamp and then see half of the word in another stamp.  They are designed to layer together.  I used my Stamparatus to line mine up perfectly and then I was able to stamp a whole stack of these cards.  My base Wishes is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and then the bottom layer is stamped in Bermuda Bay.  It gives an ombre effect to the word Wishes. 

Supply List

  • #150069 More Than Words stamp set (available March 1 – 31, 2019)
  • #48569 How Sweet It Is Cardstock pack
  • #100730 Whisper White Cardstock
  • #148568 How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper
  • #147097 Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • #147096 Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • #147051 Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • #146276 Stamparatus
  • #146281 Candle Embellishments

The little silver candle embellishments finish it off.  They are self-adhesive so super easy to add to this card.  I’d consider this a #simplestamping card – stamps, ink and paper.  Peel and stick embellishments don’t change how simple it is.

Gather your wish list and get ready to order on March 1st.  I’ll be leaving the February Host code open for the first few days in March so you can continue to use that code.  I send a little surprise in your thank you card when you do. 

Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

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Order online here – use hostess code QSVBK9XA for February-March 4, 2019.
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Amazing Adventures

Summer is quickly coming to an end which hopefully means our temperatures will cool down.  It’s been hot and in 10 days I’m going to be walking 30 miles for the Georgia 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk and really want the temps to cool down.  It is not fun walking when its 90 degrees outside.  By the way if you would like to donate to my walk you can sponsor me here on my walker fundraising page.

So did you have any amazing adventures this summer or maybe for fall break.  The schools around here are on fall break this week and many of my neighbors are at the beach one more time.  In my Stamper’s Club we have been making a scrapbook page every month and for September I created this fun Amazing Adventure Page for them. 

I wonder what amazing adventure photos everyone will add to this page. What would you put on here? My summer adventure included a whale watching trip in Alaska and that’s likely what I will be adding to this page. 

Supply List

  • Sea of Textures Bundle (stamp set + Under the Sea Framelits)
  • Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper
  • Night of Navy card stock
  • Soft Sea Foam card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Tranquil Tide card stock
  • Crumb Cake card stock
  • Tranquil Tide ink
  • Soft Sea Foam ink
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Stamparatus
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins
  • Triple Banner Punch
  • Celebrate You Thinlits

You can order the supplies needed to make this page by visiting my online store.

Here are a couple of close up photos of the details.  The netting and seaweed are stamped on the white background.  








I used my Stamparatus to stamp the Octupus.  Creating a template and then blanks so that everyone could easily line up the stamping.  I was able to ink and stamp a couple of times to make sure he was really dark.  It was like an octo-puzzle!








Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

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Register for classes here
Order supplies online here – use hostess code SCH7WNEU for September 2018.
Join my PAWS team here

Rooted in Nature with Stamparatus Tips

I hope you have enjoyed the Product of the Week focus on the Rooted In Nature Bundle.  Today’s card is the one I featured in my Facebook Live video on June 29, 2018.  In the video I showed several tips on how to use the Stamparatus to create this card.

The Stamparatus works beautifully with the large background stamps.  It’s easy to get full coverage from the stamp because of the precision placement that the Stamparatus offers.  In the video you can also see how to get a partial background image.  I share some tips with using grid paper – I just cut up used full size sheets into 7-1/4″ squares to fit in my Stamparatus.  This card also uses the Nature’s Twine – which is a little too thick for me, so I untwisted it into three strands and just used one for the card.  If you didn’t watch live on my FB Page you can watch it below on my YouTube link. 

Download the project sheet here ==> Rooted in Nature FB Live 6-27-2018.

And here is the video.  If you are reading this in an email you may need to click through to my blog or YouTube to see the video.  And while you are there be sure to sign up for my YouTube channel so you know when I post a new one.

Thanks for visiting me this week.  I hope you enjoyed the projects with the Rooted in Nature Bundle.

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Order online here – use hostess code ETSM4PDT for June 2018.  This week’s special for online orders over $30 – I’ll mail you a sampling of the Leaves Trinkets.


Emboss in any color with the Stamparatus!

It won’t be too much longer before the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog starts and the amazing new STAMPARATUS will be available for everyone!  The Stamparatus is a must have tool for all stampers!  One of the awesome features is that it allows you to perfectly align your stamp images and stamp multiples precisely.  And because it can do that it means you can get the look of embossing from all 50 colors of Stampin’ Up! ink without having embossing powder in all those colors!  Isn’t that amazing?  Let’s take a look at this card I made with my Stamparatus.

To achieve the embossed look on this card I stamped my images in Early Espresso classic ink.  I also used the step feature and stepped my plate over to stamp the image of the pens a second time – perfectly lined up across my card stock.  Next I cleaned my stamp – leave it on the Stamparatus plate – the new Simply Shammy is perfect for clean up when using the Stamparatus.  Now ink your stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp right over the original image.  Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set and now you have an Early Espresso Embossed image!  Choose any color of ink from our 50 colors and paired with the VersaMark ink and Clear Embossing Powder you can get any color that you want!  Here is a closer look.

I finished the pens by coloring them in with my Stampin’ Blends – also available in the new catalog.  Previously released colors will be available June 1st and new colors will be available mid June.  The Thank You greeting is also embossed the same way with the Early Espresso ink and then VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder over the top.  This would be nearly impossible to line up without the Stamparatus tool. 

Supply List

  • Stamparatus (available June 1, 2018)
  • Crafting Forever stamp set
  • Vertical Greetings stamp set
  • Early Espresso classic ink
  • VersaMark ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Blends – Smoky Slate, Bronze, Ivory, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Color Lifter (available June 1, 2018)
  • Soft Suede card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • 1/4″ Copper Trim

These pens are a perfect masculine card.  They look like inlaid wood pens that you’d find on someone’s desk in their fancy office. 

The Stamparatus will be available from Stampin’ Up! in my online store beginning in June.  I’ll be holding a Stamparatus Class on June 22nd in my studio at my house. Click to go to my events calendar here.

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Stamparatus Trick for the back of your cards

Do you stamp the back of your cards?  If you have a personalized stamp then I’m sure you do.  Did you know that if you sell your handmade cards you need to stamp the back with the Stampin’ Up! copyright?  That’s called the Angel Policy.  You can find out more about that here.  Over the years Stampin’ Up! has had a variety of stamp sets that include the copyright.  In the current catalog and upcoming catalog the Crafting Forever stamp set includes the copyright.  In the upcoming catalog the Make a Difference stamp set has images for the Angel Policy. 

I have been using an old personalized stamp and the copyright image from a stamp set called Better than Email.  Both are photopolymer and I had them on a clear block and used them to stamp the back of my cards.  The problem I had was I often stamped crooked (because I was in a hurry) or upside down (because I wasn’t paying attention)!  So I decided to create a solution using my Stamparatus. 

I mounted my two stamps on a piece of window sheet.  Then I created myself a template from some grid paper where I drew out my cards in the sizes I mostly commonly use – one was vertical and one was horizontal.  Using the template I can align my stamps in the correct position and then use washi tape to attach the window sheet to my plate.  I did this so I didn’t have to keep attaching the stamps to my plate and get them lined up each time.  Now I just pull out the window sheet and put it in position – ink and stamp and I’m done.


I’ve only been doing this a short time – I’ll have to see if it’s a permanent long term solution for me.  What do you think?

Supply List

  • Stamparatus (available June 1, 2018)
  • Grid paper
  • Window Sheet
  • Washi Tape
  • Photopolymer SU Copyright Stamp
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Make Your Stamparatus Reservation

What is a Stamparatus?  It’s the Best Stamp Placement Tool on the Market.  It’s so popular the first reservation period sold out in under 15 minutes!  But now is your chance to reserve yours during the second and final reservation window – Dec. 5 – 30, 2017.

Due to the incredible popularity Stampin’ Up! decided to make a few changes to the reservation process for this second time.

As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we 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:

  • 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.



Watch this video to see how the new Stamparatus works –

The second reservation window opens today – Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2 PM Mountain Time – That’s 4 PM in the Eastern Time zone.  Reservation Window #2 is Dec. 5 – 30, 2017.

You will need to go to my online store – HERE – and make sure you have an online account set up. Click on the reservation button to complete your reservation.  Download an instruction sheet here – Reservation Instruction Sheet.

You will need to have a credit card to create your reservation but your card will not be charged now.  Be sure your email is accurate.  Once the tools are in the warehouse and ready to ship you will receive an email that it is time to complete your order.  You will go into your online account and the Stamparatus will be in your shopping cart – DON’T DELETE IT!!  You can add additional items to your cart.  Add at least one item to bring your total over $50 in February and you will qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item!  You can also add a hostess code at that time and update your shipping address if it has changed.  Close out your order and your card will be charged at that time and your order shipped.

Here are some Q&As for you – Stamparatus Launch Q&A

Reserve your STAMPARATUS*

*reservation period #2 starts at 2PM Mountain Time on Dec. 5, 2017


Be ready to make your reservation!

Let me know if you have any questions.