Soaring Love

My husband is a pilot, so when I saw the set, "Sky is the Limit" in the 2016 Sale-A-Bration catalog, there was NO WAY I would let this one pass!  There are two catches with this set: 1- you MUST get this one before February 15, 2016 AND 2- it is a Sale-A-Bration set, so it's FREE with a $50 purchase.

A $50 purchase isn't hard when you look at page 38 and 39 of the 2016 Occasions catalog which has products that would perfectly compliment this stamp set!  The Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack is great!

Since the theme of January's Stamp Class was Valentine's Day, we made a cute airplane card that would be great for your significant other or even for that little boy in your life...

Stamp Set:
Sky is the Limit (2016 Sale-A-Bration catalog - Limited-Time - order by February 15, 2016)

Marina Mist, Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White cardstock
Marina Mist, Tip Top Taupe Stampin' Pad
Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker

1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon
Blender Pen
Stamping Sponge

Bloomin' Love

For January's Stamp Class, we focused on Valentine's Day.  I love the delicate floral heart the Bloom' Heart Thinlit Die creates.  When paired with the Bloomin' Love stamp set, you can create delicate and beautiful card that is perfect for that special someone.  It would also be just gorgeous on a wedding card, too!

The Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Pack has some adorable patterns and would be a great addition to your Valentine's Day cards!

In this Valentine's Day card, I used all three of the products I mentioned above.  I created two versions of the same card by layering the two hearts I die-cut oppositely.  One, the Rose Red heart is on top and the other card, the Whisper White heart is on top.

You'll also notice that I punched the corners of each card with different sides of the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  Which one is YOUR favorite?

Stamp Set:
Bloomin' Love

Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Rose Red cardstock
Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack
Crumb Cake and Rose Red Stampin' Pad

Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die
Curvy Corner Trio Punch
Blushing Bride 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
Pearl Basic Jewels

Grizzly Love

My daughter attends the University of Montana and their mascot is a Grizzly Bear.  When I saw this set, I just HAD TO HAVE IT!  :)  For January's Stamp Class, we are working on Valentine's Day cards...  We must think ahead a month to prepare, right?  

The "Bear Hugs" stamp set has a coordinating Framelit Die called "Bear Hugs" as well.  This makes it a cinch to cut out these little guys and their coordinating accessories.  And using the Magnetic Platform, it makes it easy to line them up and run a few pieces through at a time.  

You can purchase this Bundle at a 15% savings for $48.25 for a wood-mounted set or $41.50 for the clear-mounted set.  During Sale-A-Bration, just a little extra added to your order... Like some cardstock or some adhesive and dimensionals, you'll push your total above $50 and you'll have the opportunity to choose an item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for FREE!

Once you have cut out your large bear, stamp the back side of the bear (it's symmetrical) and you'll be able to fold over the arms to create an actual BEAR HUG!  :)
Stamp Set:
Bear Hugs (2016 Occasions catalog)

Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock
Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo and Marina Mist Stampin' Pads

Bear Hugs Framelits Dies
Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine
Fringe Scissors
Stamping Sponges

Playful Pals

Imagine the cute creations you could come up with using this stamp set and Thinlits...

Kids' birthday party favors... Valentine's Day gifts... Halloween/Christmas gifts... Etc...

I played with the stamp set and thinlits yesterday and made a simple, but cute, elephant using Smokey Slate cardstock and a Basic Gray Stampin' Pad... I could have added more to my little elephant, but really I was just playing around and having fun.  

As an added bonus, if you were to order the Bundle (Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and Playful Pals stamp set), item #141069 for $59.50 (a 15% savings when purchased together), you would also receive an item from our 2016 Sale-A-Bration catalog for FREE!  WIN!

Click on the Sale-A-Bration catalog to the right to see what you could earn for FREE!  

2016 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs

To say that the Occasions catalog is my favorite, would be a lie... Because EVERY catalog that comes out is my favorite!  I love all the new ideas and inspiration and all the the new GOODIES that come with each catalog.  

I'm also really excited about the Sale-A-Bration catalog this year. I love the exclusive stamps and accessories and really love that just for placing an order, I can get one (or more) of those items in that catalog for FREE!  That's right!  For every $50 you spend, you earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

So take a look at these wonderful catalogs by clicking the links on the right side of my blog... Be prepared to be INSPIRED!!

Butterfly Convention Swap

SWAP!  I forgot about my SWAP!  At the Convention each year, Demonstrators from ALL OVER come and one of the main things we do is swap.  We create the fronts of a card and then swap them with other demonstrators to share ideas and inspiration.  This year I created 100 swaps.  (the last convention I created 250! EEK!)  So, after swapping all my cards, I have come home with 100 new ideas to use and share.

Here was my personal swap... I decided I wasn't going to buy a thing, but I didn't have enough to make all the same color, so I made 5 different colors based on which cardstock I had the most of... smart, huh?  :)

This swap used Tangelo Twist, but I also made Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Rose Red and Lost Lagoon.  Shame on me for not getting pictures of all the colors, but all the cards had the same layout just different color butterflies and base card. 

Stamp Set:
Butterfly Basics

Any color for base and butterflies, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Cozy Christmas

The stamp set and paper I have used in this sample have a very fun vintage feel to them.  The Designer Series Paper reminds me of old wrapping paper from my younger years and the stamp set sentiments also have that vintage flair.

Available on September 1st:
  • Cozy Christmas stamp set (wood or clear mount)
  • Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) - The Santa is cut out from one of the sheets!
  • Home for Christmas Designer Buttons - the poinsettia is adorable, right?
  • Very vanilla 1-1/4" Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon - VERY subtle striping and beautiful!
At the Stampin' Up! 2015 Convention, we were given so many sneak peeks of the upcoming 2015 Holiday Catalog and we were able to play with the a few of the items!  I love that this card features quite a few of the new items.  This was originally made as a tag, but I decided to mount it to a card instead.  Either way works beautifully!

Here is the tag we made at the Stampin' Up! 2015 Convention.

And here, I have mounted the tag to a card to create another something special.  The Old Olive cardstock layer has been scored in a grid pattern and then distressed by crumpling the paper and rolling the corners and edges.  Kind of a cool effect!
I can't wait to share this Holiday Catalog with you!  Come to my next class and I will have them out for you to peruse as well as all the swaps I have from the Convention! 

Your Presents

When I choose a stamp set, I ask myself how I can use it.  Is this just a one-occasion set, or are there other ways to incorporate it into my year?  If you are just starting out with stamping, look for sets that can be used all year long.  You'll be surprised at how many ideas are out there when you just search for the name of the stamp set you are wanting to buy online.  Just adjusting the color scheme can transform a Christmas card into a Birthday card.  Be creative!  Just the simple act of creating a hand-made card will make any recipient grateful that you spent the time thinking of them! 

Here are more samples of the "Your Presents" stamp set that will be available on September 1, 2015.  As I mentioned in the previous post, this is a year-round stamp set.  The two handmade cards are what we created at the Stampin' Up! 2015 Convention as our Make-n-Takes and I just love the varied ideas on the same stamp set!

Birthday Packages

The Stampin' Up! convention is sadly over.  I had a great time in Salt Lake City, UT with my Demonstrator friends and I learned a lot at the same time.

Part of the fun of Convention is getting the awesome bag and the free goodies as well as cheering on our fellow demonstrators and their accomplishments.  This year, in addition to the bag, we received a whole pack of the upcoming Holiday Catalogs!  I won another stamp set and all attendees received a newly formulated Basic Black Archival Ink stampin' pad.  I have used the stamp pad already and I LOVE the full BLACK color of the image!  I know you'll love it!

I have put together a sample using the stamp set we got with our bag at check in called Your Presents.  Although featured in the Holiday Catalog with a holiday themed card, this stamp set can be used all year long for birthdays, anniversaries or baby showers.  A technique that goes really well with this stamp set is the kissing technique which is the process of stamping one stamp onto another stamp and then putting that down on cardstock.. so fun and the possibilities are endless!

Let me know what you think!

Stamp Sets:
Your Presents (new for the 2015 Holiday Catalog available September 1st!)
Sassy Salutations

Marina Mist, Real Red and Whisper White

Washi-Tape Birthday

I have a really good friend (and downline) who despises torn washi tape. She will cut the edges straight and then place even though the card has torn washi-tape.  I have been planning how her birthday card would look for almost a year now.

You can guess my inspiration, right?

It HAD to have TORN washi-tape... and not just a little.

I have to say that it actually turned out really cute (in my eyes) and I was really excited to give it to her today.

Happy birthday, Pam!  Lots of love and birthday wishes to you!