Surprise! Weekly Deals Starting Today

Do you love getting a deal?  Really, who doesn’t, right?  Smile  Well, after Stampin’ Up! announced last week that they were going to have a Flash Sale each Thursday in October (basically one day only sales on some product in the online store), I thought that was it for the extra deals this month.

Whelp, I was wrong! 

They just posted this morning that each Tuesday they are starting weekly deals as well!  Now I’ll admit I think I’m going to go just a little bit cross-eyed trying to keep all the deals straight, the good news is that between the different specials, there is a good chance that at least some of your wishlist is on sale at any given time.

And yes!  If you are a demonstrator (or sign up now as part of the $25 sign-up special), you get the discounted prices PLUS your 20%+ discount on top of that!

This week’s deals are as follows:

Squares Collection Framelits Dies: 130921
Regular Price: $26.95
Discounted Price: $20.21


Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder: 127749
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96


Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack: 126187
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96


Festive Paper-Piercing Pack: 127857
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96


Petite Curly Label Punch: 129405
Regular Price: $12.95
Discount Price: $9.71


Today & Everyday Designer Photobook Template – Digital Download :126157
Regular Price: $14.95
Discount Price: $7.48


And just so you can see some fun ideas with some of these items, here are a few past projects that I’ve used them with:


Festive Piercing Pack Card

Essentials Piercing Pack Card

Petite Curly Label Punch Card

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Quick & Easy Thank You Card for a new Design Team!

Today is the kick off for a new blog that I’m excited to be a design team member for – Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration!  It is a blog that will have daily posts to help give you new ideas and project challenges to inspire new ideas for you to try at home!  Most of the posts will have a particular theme and have many of the design team members showing you different takes on that theme.  Fun, right?

So, the theme for today was Quick & Easy Cards and you know that is right up my alley!  I love clean and simple and with 2 small kids, quick is key.  So, here is my take on the idea:

I will tell you this card was inspired by a card I saw from my friend, Katy Kirwan, and while the finished project doesn’t really look anything like what she created, I still like them both. Smile 

To create my card, I created my own designer paper by using the Chevron background stamp from Stampin’ Up! and then layered on the punched out sentiment.  It still needed a little something, so I added some of the Pear Pizzazz Chevron ribbon (sshhh, don’t tell anyone I used two different greens on this card!) and while I was worried the fact that the stamped and the ribbon chevrons go in different directions, I still think it totally works!

Card Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up unless noted)

Stamps – Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set, Chevron Background
Ink – Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper – Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon

So, what do you think?  Quick? Easy?  But totally fun!  I’m actually using this for my Cute & Classic Card Class tonight, so hopefully they have fun with it too! 

And if you are looking for more quick and easy ideas, hop on over to our Inkspiration blog and check out all the fab ideas for more great projects. 


Oh, and before I forget!

It’s Here! The Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Attachment is now Available!

imageOk, I may be the only person on the planet who is excited about this, but I-CANNOT-WAIT to order my rotary trimmer attachment

Why do I care so much?

I have found that I really LOVE my Stampin’ Trimmer and the little blades that come with it work great.  But when you are cutting grittier material (like glimmer paper) or want to cut more than one sheet of cardstock at a time, the little blades just don’t do as good a job. 

So I had been periodically missing my rotary cutting board (except not missing the fact that that Fiskars board could not cut a cardbase straight if I had to!).  But now I have the best of both worlds!  This replaces the clear arm and track for the little blades and the rotary attachment is available as of 8/9/2013!  So, I’ll be ordering mine today and will let you know how it goes. Smile 


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Pair Up Those Punches!

When they announced the Color Refresh and told us that 10 colors were going to be retiring, I looked at the list and was a little sad but overall thought that I didn’t use the colors that much and so I wasn’t going to miss them too much.

Well, then I decide to pull out the colors and make a card with them…. who knew they were so cute together!?!

Colors used:  Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, River Rock, Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink

Colors used: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy

These are my thank you cards for customers who ordered from me this month.  I decided to pull out my punches and using them to create layered embellishments.  And if you didn’t grab this Petite Curly Label Punch during Sale-a-bration, it is now available to order too!
Anyway, it turns out, that mixing and matching shapes and colors looks pretty cool. Smile Use a stamp to act as a background for your embellishments and they will pop just that much more!

Just a Note:
If you love any of these colors, be sure to be checking your stash!  Some of the ink and papers are already selling out, so be sure to hop over to the online store and grab your favorites before they run out too!
Get the full details about the color refresh here!


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Supples Used
– Oh Hello
Paper – Whisper White, River Rock, colors listed above
Ink – Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery or Not Quite Navy
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Natural Trim Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

LAST DAY!! Sale-a-Bration Send Off: Pretty Petites

Well, its been a fun couple of weeks and now here we are on the LAST DAY of Sale-a-Bration.

  • So, if you have been thinking of signing up as a demonstrator and getting the extra 25% worth of stamping supplies for free….. check out the perks and then hit the JOIN NOW button on the left to get going!
  • If you have those last couple Sale-a-Bration exclusive stamps or items (like the awesome Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack) that you were meaning to get….. knock some items off your wishlist in the online store and pick out those last chance items!

Did you miss anything?

Click here to download the PDF

Ok, now back to the last Send Off this week – Pretty Petites and the Petite Curly Label Punch!

Pretty Petites

Now, I’m a total sucker for stamp sets that have matching punches.  So when I saw I could get the stamp set AND the punch both free during Sale-a-Bration…. I’ll admit those were my very first items ordered!

Wanna see some of the ideas that I came up with or I was swapped at Leadership?

Psst! Did you notice the ink spots on the lower right corner of the card?  Know where those are from?  It is one of the stamps in the My Paper Pumpkin welcome kit!  Just because those stamps are exclusive to that kit doesn’t mean you can’t use them on other projects, right? Smile

Here is the close up of the stamped images:

And this awesome birthday card I received as a swap from Lisa Althouse.

Cute, right?

So, now I’ve highlighted Petite Pairs, Vintage Verses, Madison Avenue, and Bloomin’ Marvelous.  I know I skipped Feelin Sentimental, but I somehow managed to miss getting that set.  But if you want another idea, I loved this one from Lori Reid:

So, you’ve gotten lots of ideas.  Leave me a comment and let me know which set or sets are your favorites?

As I’ve been doing all week, everyone who leaves me a comment will be entered into my blog candy giveaway!

I hope you had a great Sale-a-Bration and got all the goodies you were hoping for.

Are you entered?

In addition to the blog candy, there is still time to be entered in my BIG DRAWING!
From free stamps, gift certificates, and more!  Get entered as many times as you want.  Get entries for

  • Every $25 you order by Friday night using hostess code 7BGPE37S (shop online here)
  • Stopping by my Sale-a-Bration send off party on Friday
  • 5x the entries when you let me know you want to host a private party or class!  I even do long distance parties!

Check out this post for all the details!

PS – if you made it this far, be sure to check back tomorrow when a fun new product is being announced from Stampin’ Up!  I’m super excited to share as soon as I can!



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Sycamore St Scrapbook Layout: Great Grandparents

Some incredibly talented girls I know started a paper crafting challenge blog a year ago called The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.  They post challenges twice a month for fun and (sometimes) prizes.

Well, I was so honored to be asked by them to be one of two guest designers this month – so I totally know what cool challenge is coming up later this month… and no, I’m not going to tell you.  hee hee!

Anyway, today is their first challenge for February and it was:
Use Twine in Your Project!

Ta da!

Now, their challenge doesn’t have to be for a scrapbook layout – I could have done a card.  But I do cards all the time and I figured I needed the extra challenge. Smile

So, I decided to show some quick and easy ways to use twine.  I grabbed my Island Indigo Baker’s Twine and wrapped some around all four sides of an 8.5” x 8.5” piece of River Rock cardstock.  Then I tucked some pictures under the twine – I was going for the “memo board” look.  So parts of the pictures are over the twine and some are under.

Thanks to my amazing foresight, I made sure to dress my daughter in a brightly striped shirt so that it would match great with the new Sycamore St designer paper that you can get free from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Ok, so this picture was from May 2012 and I totally lucked out, but I’ll take it!

I also wrapped some twine around the “G” in “Great” at the top of the page, but of course realized late last night that the top of the picture is a bit blurry.  Oops!  So, trust me, it is wrapped around the “G” and looks cute.

TIP:  If you have alphabet letters that you think are starting to blend into the background of your page like mine were.  Grab a marker (in this case, my Island Indigo Stampin’ Write marker) and with the fine tip, trace around the letter on your page.  It gives the letters a subtle border that really helps it pop!

Think you have a cool idea for using twine or just want to try to use the twine you have sitting at home?  Visit The Paper Girls Challenge Blog to see more inspiring ideas and then create your own project and add it to the challenge list.  I’d love to see what different ideas you create!


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Size Doesn’t Always Matter!

It is easy for me to make my cards to the standard card base size; sometimes mixing it up with a square 4 1/4” x 4 1/4”.   But usually sticking with my basic because it is so efficient with cardstock.
(for me, a standard card base is 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” – if a visual helps, I have a post on cutting a standard card base here)

Well, sometimes, I have a vision of a card in my head and as I create it I discover that it totally does NOT fit the standard size.  But when I finish, I realize that it may be an odd size, but it works!


I started with the little elephant from the Cross My Heart stamp set and was drawn to the new Sycamore St designer paper from the Sale-a-Bration flyer.  So, I grabbed some punches and got to work.

I saw a card created by Amy Barnes that used the mini brads in the center of the Petite Curly Label punch and loved the look, so I knew I needed to incorporate that as well.  Then add some varying dimension with Stampin’ Dimensionals and glue dots and I had a row of patterns and shapes as my focal point.


But in the end, I needed the background strip to be narrower to make it look right.  And then the base needed to be narrower to balance it out.  So, the end result was something like 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”.  I finished it with a sentiment from my new favorite stamp set – Oh, Hello.  So, it may be an odd shape, but that is OK by me!


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It’s the Styling Stampin’ Squad January Blog Hop!

Alright, this is my second month with the crew of talented stampers and this month we are sharing project ideas using items from the new Spring catalog and Sale-a-Bration items.  Because who doesn’t like fun ideas with new stuff? Smile

Well, I have a couple quick projects for you and I hope they inspire some new ideas for you.  First up is a little card… I call it a calling card because it is actually significantly smaller than a standard card front.  I made these to send with some spring catalogs and SAB catalogs I was mailing out.  Something quick, cute, and let you see new stuff in action.

I highlighted two of my favorites from the catalog – the Honeycomb embossing folder and the Natural Trim ribbon.  I love how deeply the honeycomb embossing folder creases the paper and it actually looks good on both sides of the paper.

And don’t let the ribbon fool you.  It has that rough, almost burlap-like look when you see it in pictures but it is SO SOFT when you feel it in person.  I normally have a hard time using up all the ribbon on a spool but I have a feeling this is one I’ll actually be buying extra of before the catalog is over. Smile

Anyway, I thought that my honeycomb needed a bee, so I grabbed the new Collage Curious stamp set and found the bee was a perfect fit.  Cute, huh?

And if you haven’t seen that “Hello” sentiment before….check out your copy of the Sale-a-Bration flyer… it is the free Pretty Petites stamp set and the matching free Petite Curly Label punch.  LOVE!!

Alright, how about one more share for you?  You can’t say no, huh?

This card makes me so thankful for the Stampin’ Success magazine for demonstrators (an awesome perk when you join the Stampin’ Up! family!)  They have project ideas and samples for inspiration and CASE-ing and this color combo and initial layout idea came from a past issue.  It used a different stamp set and I had to tweak up the embellishments because I was so excited to use the new Sycamore St ribbon and button pack (also coming up free as part of Sale-a-Bration).  This is my second project with these buttons and ribbon (you can check out my scrapbook page from a few posts ago to see my first project).

So, I hope you enjoyed my projects this month and the blog hop we’ve put together for you!

I’m off to check in to the Leadership convention in Orlando today and hope to share even more inspiration with you over the next few days.  But until then, check out the rest of the blogs on the hop for more great ideas.


Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  2. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin’
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Terry B of Goin’ Over the Edge
  11. Justin K of JK Cards
  12. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  13. Jennifer B of NW Stamper <— YOU ARE HERE!
  14. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  15. Diana E of Stampin’ Fun with Diana

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