New Sale-A-Bration items

Again this year Stampin' Up! is adding some products to the Sale-A-Bration offering to keep us all excited. Starting tomorrow (2/21) you can pick from these three new products when you place an order that qualifies for SAB goodies. Of course, all of the products in the original SAB flyer are still available, so this is all up-side!

The first product is this gorgeous pack of glimmer paper. Two of the colors are from the In Color collection and the third is from the Brights collection. The colors coordinate with different patterned papers that you can find in the Occasions catalog as well as some of the papers in the "big" catalog.

The second product is this pretty medallion stamp set. Because these are photopolymer stamps you can easily create some beautiful layered images. They also coordinate with the Layering Circles framelits. I don't have them (yet), but I suspect that they may also work with the Stitched framelits that came out in November.

The third option is this watercolor effect greeting duo in good old rubber. Watercoloring is all the rage right now, and these stamps allow you create a beautiful watercolor look with the ease of rubber stamps.

If you want to place an order to get any or all of these fun new products remember that they aren't available until February 21st. When placing an on-line order, please consider applying host code Q9FK2PXW when checking out. However, if your order exceeds $150 (thus earning you at least 3 SAB products), please don't use the code – this will ensure that you can also select the free Host benefits that you qualify for with your order.

Posted on : Feb 20 2017
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February 2017 Classes

I am so happy to announce that I have two stamping classes scheduled for February. Please contact me to sign up, or if you have any questions. Without further ado, here are the details:

This is a quick and easy class where you will build a stash of 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs) from the Designer Tin of Cards kit. These cards really are gorgeous and they go together so quickly that you'll be amazed. The kit also includes a really cute tin with dividers to hold your class creations and some more.

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 11
  • Time: 10 am – noon
  • Location: First Congregational Church of Essex
  • Fee: $35
  • RSVP: February 1st
  • Class includes the Designer Tin of Cards kit
  • Please bring your own adhesive

This class is a bit more involved, and I will teach you a technique (called One Sheet Wonder) that you can use over and over to create a batch of cards. You will stamp a sheet of Whisper White cardstock with the stamps and inks that are included in the class. I will provide a template and instructions that show you how to cut up your stamped paper to incorporate into 7 gorgeous cards. I offered this class a few years ago, and I just had to bring it back. I love this technique, and I'm sure that you will too!

  • Date: February 26th
  • Time: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Location: First Congregational Church of Essex
  • Fee: $65
  • RSVP: February 15th
  • Class fee includes: Blooms & Wishes stamp set, Affectionately Yours washi tape,  3 ink pads (we'll coordinate on colors), and white envelopes, other materials are prepared for you.
  • Bring your own adhesive, paper cutter and clear blocks.

Posted on : Jan 25 2017
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Sale-A-Bration 2017

It's that time of year again – the biggest sale that Stampin' Up! offers, and it's really fantastic! This is your opportunity to get some great Sale-A-Bration (SAB) exclusive products for free with a qualifying purchase. There are stamp sets (of course) along with a cute kit, some accessories and some fantastic Designer Series Papers. This annual promotion is running until March 31st this year, so there is time to collect several of these exclusive goodies.

The Sale-A-Bration promotion seems a little complicated, but it is actually pretty straightforward. The interesting part is that there are additional perks available while the promotion is going – I'll attempt to describe them all here:

  • For every increment of $50 in merchandise that you purchase, you can pick a SAB exclusive item for free. For example: purchase $102 in products (before shipping and tax) and you can select two free SAB products. Purchase $156 in merchandise and you can pick three free SAB items.
  • When you host a party during the Sale-A-Bration promotion, if the total amount of merchandise ordered for the party is > $250 then you will receive an additional $25 in host rewards. That is even more free goodies for you on top of the normal host benefits that you can earn. Because of this Sale-A-Bration is a fantastic time to host a party – contact me to schedule one today!
  • If you have been considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, Sale-A-Bration is a great time to do it. You can join for the regular price of $99 and get the usual set of products to get your business off the ground. Additionally during Sale-A-Bration you get TWO additional stamp sets of your choosing for FREE!

There are so many great SAB products this year – I thought I would highlight some that I think are going to be super popular.

Since Stampin' Up! has added some amazing watercolor pencils to our crafting arsenal with the Occasions catalog, I just had to point out some SAB products that coordinate wonderfully with them:

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There are also some SAB products that coordinate with suites of products from the Occasions catalog. I'll list them here so you can check them out.

Lift Me Up bundle:

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Falling in Love Suite:

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Custom Tee bundle:

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There are several other products that I haven't listed – click on the Sale-A-Bration link on the right to check out the catalog on your computer so you can see all of the great stuff. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding SAB, and I look forward to talking with you about holding your own party.

Posted on : Jan 09 2017
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Stitched Framelits and Stamp Sale!

Stampin' Up! has announced a fabulous new product that is available starting today – they are a new set of Stitched Framelits. I'm so incredibly excited about this because I have been wanting to incorporate this look into my projects for ages, but Stampin' Up! didn't offer dies to do it. And being a true-blue Stampin' Up! gal, I didn't want to purchase dies from another company because it wouldn't help me in my business. As of today, my wishes have been granted! Check out this video below to learn more about these great dies:

To help celebrate these lovely dies, Stampin' Up! has discounted several stamp sets 25% for the month of November.  Below are links to my store for the discounted stamps (the prices listed here do not reflect the discount, but when you click on the link, you will see the discount there). Also, I don't have a link available yet for the dies, but once you've started a cart you can easily add them, or use this link to start shopping with these new dies.

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Posted on : Nov 01 2016
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2016 DSP Sale

DSP Paper SaleStampin' Up! is offering a great deal on their Designer Series Paper for the month of October. They have offered this special before and I always use it as an opportunity to stock up on their gorgeous papers. The special does not include all of the patterned papers; the DSP stacks and the Specialty papers are not part of the sale. However, the sale does include two of the paper packs from the Holiday catalog. The papers pictured in the graphic here are in the "Moroccan" DSP pack, and they feature colors that are perfect for your fall card making. Of course there are other great patterns, and I love them all! The Festive Birthday pack is perfect for cheerful birthday cards at any time of year, the Blooms and Bliss pack is great for some soft floral images, and the Candy Cane Lane pack is just the ticket for some cute Holiday cards. The By the Shore pack is all you need for scrapbooking your summer memories, or bringing back the feel of summer with some other projects (even if the air is starting to get a little crisp). I could go on and on – you get it, I love the papers. I think that you'll love them too!

You can really leverage your craft $$ if you combine this deal with the World Card Making Day special that runs from October 1st – 5th. If you don't need those products, this DSP sale is running for the whole month of October. When you place your on-line order, you need to enter the 4 packs of paper that you want. When you add the 4th pack, it will show as a price of $0 (or at least, that is the way that it has worked in the past). Also, I should point out that you can order multiples of the same papers – you don't have to pick different paper packs to get the special. Happy shopping and crafting!

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Posted on : Sep 30 2016
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World Card Making Day 2016

word card making day dealsStampin' Up! is offering a few products for a great deal starting this Saturday to celebrate World Card Making Day. This promotion is a fantastic way to replenish your supply of card making essentials. The image links below do not include information regarding the discount because I'm posting this before the sale has started. The cardstock packs are discounted 15%, the Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill is free when you purchase a Fast Fuse Adhesive, and all other products are discounted 25%. If you want the Fast Fuse deal, I'm guessing that you will need to add both items to your shopping cart. I expect that when you add both items, the refill will appear with a cost of $0. There is the possibility that the refill will be added auto-magically when you add the Fast Fuse Adhesive to your cart.  I can't tell you for certain because I can't test it out until the sale "goes live".

I'm especially excited that the Designer Tin of Cards kit is included in this promotion. This kit is a fantastic way to build out your stash of cards to have on hand for ready mailing. Alternatively, this kit will make a fantastic gift for a crafty friend or family member this Holiday Season. I'll definitely be purchasing one of them to take advantage of this great deal!

If you do take advantage of this fantastic kit, you should know that the list of additional products in the catalog is incorrect. Stampin' Up! has an extensive editing process for their catalogs, but with something this big and complex, a few errors may occur. The products that you need are: Designer TIn of Cards stamp set (p. 161); Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pads (p. 169-170); Fast Fuse Adhesive (also part of the promotion – p. 182); Mini Glue Dots (p. 182); and Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 182).

There is another Stampin' Up! promotion that starts on October 1st that runs for all of October, and you can take advantage of both offers until October 5th. I'll share the other promotion in a post tomorrow – they are both great deals, so please take your time to check them out.

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Posted on : Sep 29 2016
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Clearance Rack Deals

I just wanted to let you know that a whole bunch of products have been added this morning to the Clearance Rack. There are lots and lots of items that were retired from the previous "big" catalog and the Occasions/Spring catalog, and there are some real deals. Some of the deals will inevitably be snatched up right away, and these items are only available while supplies last. You can check out the store using this link, and while you're there you can also check out the Special Deals of current merchandise that are currently on offer.

I have to say that the red foil (shown here) is one of my favorite items that is now on sale. This item was introduced during the 2015 Holiday catalog, and it is just plain gorgeous! If you want some bling for your Holiday cards this year, you can't beat the almost 50% off deal that you can get on this great paper.

Posted on : Sep 13 2016
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Cable Knit Paper

As I shared the other day, the Holiday Catalog products are now available from Stampin' Up! and there are some gems to be had. I tried to be wiser with my money this time when I placed my pre-order, and focused on fewer products that I knew that I could use right away. I tend to go a little nuts with a new catalog – especially the Holiday Catalog. So, in my frugality I didn't purchase the Cable Knit embossing folder. What was I thinking?!? Of course I can use it right away – just do a search for some samples and you'll see that demonstrators have gone to town creating some awesome projects with this gem. I'll admit that I was reluctant because I don't want to purchase something that will be useful for a short time. But seriously, who am I kidding? All those Christmas sets that I can't resist are "uni-taskers" and that doesn't stop me from buying them. After doing some Pinterest surfing and the video from Stampin' Up!, I think that I will include this product on my next order. Thankfully, Stampin' Up! produced some great videos of Holiday products, so without further ado… here is the video about the Cable Knit embossing folder:

If you want to purchase one today, you can go to my on-line store here. While you're there, check out the other great Holiday Catalog products as well as the Special Deals.


Posted on : Sep 07 2016
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Holiday 2016 Stamp-A-Stack


It's that time of year again – time to get started on making your Holiday cards to avoid the last minute creative rush. I'm teaming up again with several demonstrators to offer a Holiday Stamp-A-Stack on Sunday October 9th. Pictured here is the collection of cards that the participants created at the event last year. As you can see, we have designed a wide variety of cards, and I'm sure it will be the same again this year.

holiday_sas_gifts_2015Every participant will receive a door prize handmade by the participating demonstrators. Shown here is part of the collection of gift bags that we gave out last year. You'll want to sign up for the event so you can get a lovely handmade gift again this year (tip – it will not be a gift bag this time wink).

Space in the event is limited, and we have sold out for the last several years. Please contact me today to reserve your spot – also, all registrations have to be pre-paid because we have to purchase and prepare all of the kits in advance.

Here are the details for the Stamp-A-Stack:

  • Date: October 9th, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 – 3:00
  • Location: VFW in St. Albans, VT
  • Fee: $35 for 10 cards
  • RSVP: September 25th
  • Included in class: 10 cards with envelopes, home cooked lunch, handmade door prize, ordering special, 50/50 raffle
  • You bring your own adhesive, please make sure to bring a bunch

I hope that you'll join us – we are going to have loads of fun!

Posted on : Sep 05 2016
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Holiday 2016 Catalog Launch


Today is the big day! The new Holiday catalog products are now available, and there are some truly amazing items in this gorgeous catalog. As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order some goodings during August and I have had fun playing with the items in the Petals & Paisleys suite as well as the Presents & Pinecones suite. Just last evening I finished creating my sample for a demonstrator swap using the Christmas Pines stamps and the Pretty Pines Thinlits. I'm in love! Don't let the image above fool you into thinking the catalog is all about Christmas. Admittedly, the largest portion of the catalog is for that holiday, but there are a few fall themed stamps, and there are a few fun Halloween products, too. And there are a few stamp sets that have images and/or phrases that are for multiple Fall/Winter holidays. You'll definitely want to check it out!

To see the products on-line, you can click on the image above to open my "store". If you received the paper copy and have been salivating, now you can order some of these great products. If you would like a paper copy, let me know and we can figure out how I can get one to you.

Posted on : Sep 01 2016
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