Stampin’ Up! October Specials

There seems to be a day to recognize everything, including a day to recognize card making!  This year, World Card Making Day is October 7th.  It is a day to make your own cards to send to your family & friends, celebrating the personal connection a handmade card creates.  It is truly a gift from the heart.

To celebrate,  Stampin’ Up! is offering 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets October 1-10.  Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE!  So stock up on your card making essentials and celebrate the best hobby of all!

Click here to view the specials.

Many of the stamp sets discounted with the World Card Making Day special coordinate with Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs.  For the month of October, purchase 3 packs and get 1 FREE!  There is no limit to the number free packages you can earn during this sale.

See the details here.


When you place an order of $300 or more (excludes shipping and tax) in October, you earn an EXCLUSIVE, limited-edition Merry Patterns Stamp Set .   This includes online orders and is in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards earned.

Happy Stamping,



Watercolor Thank You

Today I’m sharing a pretty little fall thank you card.  I have been playing around with the watercolor technique using acrylic blocks and this is my first card using that technique.  The colors are not traditional fall colors, but I really like them behind the copper foil leaf.

To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper roughly 3.5″x3.5″.

Using the Island Indigo and Crushed Curry Ink Pads, I inked up acrylic block D.  It is best to start with the lighter color as you will overlap the two colors.

Next, I spritzed the block until it was completely wet.  This is the part that took me some practice to know how much water was needed.  I also found that I had better results when I held the spritzer about 6″ above the block.

Then I carefully turned the block over and pressed it onto the Watercolor Paper, letting it set for a few seconds for the paper to absorb the ink.  After carefully lifting the block off, I used the tip of a paper towel to soak up just a little bit of the ink in places that may have puddled up.

As it dries, the colors will blend together where they overlap, creating the pretty green.

When it was completely dry, I very lightly spritzed it again, let the drops set for a second or two and then blotted with a paper towel, leaving the fun water spots.

I used the largest square of the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the background.  That was layered onto a scalloped square of Island Indigo.  I embossed the sentiment in copper on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added the watercolored square.  Using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I added the copper leaf and smaller Crushed Curry leaf.

I’ll be entering this in the The Paper Players Challenge #362 featuring a harvest theme.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons, Rose Wonder

Paper: Island Indigo and Very Vanilla cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Copper Foil Sheet

Ink: Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, VersaMark

Embellishments: Copper Embossing Powder

Tools:  Stampin’ Spritzer, Acrylic Block D, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Big Shot

Earn a Free Stamp Set

I hope you have enjoyed browsing through the new Holiday CatalogHosting a holiday catalog event is always fun—and Stampin’ Up! just sweetened the deal with the exciting Merry Patterns Host Promotion. When you host a party with $300 in sales by October 31, you’ll earn the FREE Merry Patterns Stamp Set in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards.  Contact me to see how you can earn this free stamp set.


The Holiday Catalog is Here!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog sales begin today!  It is full of beautiful products to make your holiday cards and gifts.  Click on the image below to browse through the catalog.

Be sure to check out all 20 bundles included in this catalog where select stamps and tools are bundled to save you 10%.

If you want to give handmade cards or ornaments but don’t want to do the prep work, there’s 2 kits for you.  The Be Merry Kit includes 12 ready-to-assemble festive rosette ornaments that you can hang on your tree or wreath or use as gift tags or on packages.  The Watercolor Christmas Project Kit coordinates with the Watercolor Christmas stamp set to make 20 cards.

I hope you enjoy browsing through this catalog and making your wish list.  You can shop my online store anytime!





Make A Card – Send A Card


Stampin’ Up!’s CEO, Sara Douglass, recently asked people to share on Facebook the impact of receiving a handmade card.  Today, I’m sharing a card I received from a friend and fellow demonstrator, Kim Quade, after my recent knee replacement surgery.  It really brightened my day!  Sometimes I get too focused on the creativity I put into making card when really what counts is how it can brighten someone’s day.

So, let those dear to you know you are thinking of them – make a card and send a card!


Cool Treats

Today I’m sharing another card made with the Cool Treats stamp set and coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits Dies.  Popsicles seem like the perfect way to cool off in hot July weather, and we have been experiencing some very hot temperatures here in Nebraska!   This card also features the fun new Foil Frenzy Speciality DSP.

To make this card:

  • Start with a Soft Sky card base.
  • Add a 1-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Soft Sky Foil Frenzy.  I just love the shimmer in this paper.
  • On a 3″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Pool Party and Berry Burst inks.
  • Stamp the 3 popsicle sticks in Crumb Cake.
  • Stamp the popsicle image 3 times onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock – once each in Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Pool Party.  Cut out each image with the matching framelit die and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Layer this panel onto a 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Berry Burst cardstock.
  • Adhere this to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!


Summertime Blues

The theme for the current TGIF! challenge is the Summertime Blues.  What’s a cure for those blues – enjoying ice cream with our granddaughters at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in LeMars, IA!

And that was the inspiration for my card, along with the Fab Friday sketch challenge.

To make this card, I started with a Pool Party card base and added the blue background print from the retired Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.  I adhered a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon to the card background.

I cut all the pieces for the sundae using the Frozen Treats Framelits.  The scoops of ice cream are cut from Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, and Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  The topping is cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock, the spoons from the Silver Foil paper, and the bowl from Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.  The Multipurpose Liquid Glue works well for assembling the sundae.  Using a sentiment from the retired Tasty Trucks stamp set, I made a small banner which is adhered to the back of the ice cream dish.  Next, I tied a small bow of Linen Thread around the two spoons and attached them to the bowl using a glue dot.  A small Real Red cherry tops off the sundae.  I then adhered the sundae onto a Whisper White circle cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and added the cute Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.   Finally, I popped up the assembled circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now I may need to go enjoy some more ice cream!


Current Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

  • Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Silver Foil
  • Ink: Archival Basic Black
  • Tools: Big Shot; Frozen Treats, Stitched Shapes, and Layering Circles Framelits
  • Embellishments: Linen Thread, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon