All Good Things Must Come To An End

Today is a sad day.  It is the last day of Sale-A-Bration.  Who doesn’t love free things?  Usually when I order from Stampin’ Up! it is more than $50 and during the months of February and March you get extra free things when you place an order of this amount or more.  They had some beautiful things you could get for free this year.  I think it has been one of my favorite Sale-A-Bration catalogs since I started with Stampin’ Up!.  You can see all the items available by clicking on the Sale-A-Bration catalog on the right hand side of my blog or click HERE.

Here are some examples of cards I made using the 2014 Sale-A-Bration products:

Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper:


Banner Blast and Banner Punch:


Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and You’re Lovely:



It is also the last day you can order any of “The Best Of” stamp sets.  It was fun to see what stamps would show up each month.  My favorite, of course, is The Best of Flowers.  To see all The Best Of sets just click on the link above that says “Merchandise Not In The Catalog” and scroll down.  This is a great way to see all the items available for purchase that are not in any catalog.

Hurry and order today before it is too late!

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A Banner Birthday

Create A Cupcake

Every once in a while I will look at my stamp sets and realize I have not used one of them in a while.  This is how I felt about Create A Cupcake.  It is a great birthday set and also has a matching punch called Cupcake Builder!  The punch is great because, not only does it punch out a cupcake, you can also punch a candle, cherry and sprinkles!  I decided to pair this stamp set with one of the Sale-a-bration sets you can get for free with a qualifying purchase called Banner Blast.  This set also has a matching Banner punch making it so easy to create banners.  I think they are perfect together!

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March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop


Welcome to another edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  You must have just come from Jackie’s blog.  Weren’t her projects amazing?  She always does such a nice job!

This month our assignment was to do whatever we wished.  I always like assignments like that.  I decided to do a couple of birthday cards because everyone needs birthday card ideas.

My first project uses the Stampin’ Up! Pop ‘N Cuts Card Base Big Shot die with the Label Insert.  Pop ‘n Cuts cards are always so much fun because when you open then, there is a surprise inside that is not expected.  In 2012, Stampin’ Up! introduced the Pop ‘N Cuts line with the Dress Form Insert and in 2013 they added this Label Insert.  I think it is very versatile and matches our Deco Labels Framelits perfectly.

The card base uses the Designer Series Paper called Quatrefancy Specialty Paper.  The great thing about Designer Series Paper is that each side has a different pattern with different colors.  It is perfect to used with the Pop ‘N Cuts dies.


One side of this paper uses Daffodil Delight while the other side is Strawberry Slush.  I added Rich Razzleberry because it looks good with both of those colors.  The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants and the Mosaics are from Mosaic Madness (which has a matching punch also called Mosaic).

The inside of the card uses a couple of different stamp sets.  The banners are a Sale-a-bration stamp set called Banner Blast that you can get FREE with a qualifying purchase.  That set also has a matching punch (you have to love those sets that have matching punches because it makes life so much easier).  Look closely at the stamp in the middle.  Have you ever seen it?


Now the fun part about this card (besides the Pop Up) is the stamp I used in the middle of it.  I actually designed this stamp.  Stampin’ Up! now offers a Photopolymer Stamp called Circle Monogram (item # 132852) where you design what it says.  This particular stamp is a Happy Birthday stamp.  Here is a close up of it:


Don’t you just love it?  I had so much fun designing it and it was easy to do.  When you order it, a window pops up and you just put whatever you want it to say in the blanks.  I made two of them.  The other one has my name, email address and web site address on it.

My second project is also a birthday card that is a Fun Fold Card.  Karen Burniston is the woman who designed the Pop ‘N Cut dies for Stampin’ Up!  A couple of years ago, I saw a card she made that she called an Accordion Card.  I purchased the template from her and finally decided to use it for this hop.  I must admit that Karen makes it look so easy to make, but honestly, it took me a while.  I also decided to just use three panels instead of four.

Here is the front of the card ( I also used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching envelope that you can see in the background):


I used the stamp set called Starburst Sayings with the matching Framelits that are in the Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is called Sweet Sorbet and is a Sale-a-bration item you can get for FREE with a qualifying purchase.

When you open the card, it looks like this:


Here is a close up of the middle panel:


I used the Small Oval Punch and the feet in the Owl Builder Punch to make the balloons.

Here is the last panel:


This stamp is from the Occasions Catalog and is called Another Great Birthday only I did not use this stamp set.  Confused?  I don’t actually own this set.  I downloaded a digital download of it to My Digital Studio and then printed it on my printer.  The “real” stamp is actually a lot bigger than this and would not have fit on this panel.  My Digital Studio was perfect because you can re-size it to whatever size you need.

My last project is a last minute thing I actually decided to add yesterday.  I know.  It is so unlike me to do a last minute thing and I am sure I will get lots of comments about this. I can’t help it.  I am a planner.  Anyway, I saw a video on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page and decided to try it out.  It uses My Digital Studio and some Plastic Shrinkable Pages (in other words Shrinky Dinks!).

Key Chains


I made key chains for some ladies who are taking a My Digital Studio Class with me.  All you do is design the little charms using My Digital Studio.  Then print them out on the Shrinky Dink Plastic Pages, cut them out and put them in your oven for about 2 minutes.  Well, there is a little bit more to it than that because they are double sided.  You can watch the video here.

The designs do shrink quite a bit.  For the larger circles I used Designer Series Paper called Sweet Sorbet from the Sale-a-bration Digital Download called One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014 (you can get this download for FREE with a $50 purchase).   I cut them out using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  This is how much they shrank:


That is it for my projects for the March Blog Hop.  Now hop on over to Marsha’s blog to see her amazing projects.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed!  If you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and click on the Next Button to go to Marsha’s blog, the Previous Button to go back to Jackie’s blog or the Home Button to go to the Blog Hop home page.  Happy hopping!



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Nautical Birthday Card


Banners are big right now in the world of stamping.  You will see them everywhere.  The nice thing about banners is you can turn them sideways and they become flags.  The Banner Blast Stamp Set from the Sale-a-bration catalog makes perfect nautical flags if you turn them sideways.  The set has a matching punch which makes life so much easier because you don’t have to cut out each and every flag.  You can get these items for free with a qualifying purchase until the end of the month.  The punch is going to be in the next catalog but the stamp set is only available during Sale-a-bration.

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Make A Birthday Wish


I made this card for a young boy who was turning 5.  I know most boys don’t care too much about birthday cards by themselves but when you put a little something in it, it becomes more interesting to them!  I do have to admit though, I used a lot of different stamp sets to make this card.  I couldn’t find one alone so I figured why not use multiple sets.

The stamp sets I used were all from Stampin Up!, of course!  A couple of sets are in the 2014 Occasions Catalog, one is in the Sale-a-bration Catalog and the other one is in the Annual Catalog.  The stars are from Banner Blast, a stamp set you can get for free with any $50 purchase.  The Make A Wish is from Perfect Pennants and the Celebrate is from Starburst Sayings.  Last but not least, the splatter is from Gorgeous Grunge.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time!  Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase!  Get an extra $30 in Hostess Benefits with a $300 workshop (or order)!  Join my Stampin Up! family and get an extra $25 with your starter kit!

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You & Me Banner Blast


This is the last card we made at our February Stamp Club Meeting.  There are so many new products in this card as well as some you can get for FREE!  The tag was made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  This is a great punch because you can make the tag as big or small as you wish.  The punch only cuts out the top.  The You & Me stamp is from Perfect Pennants, which is in the Stampin Up! Occasion Catalog.  The little banners are from Banner Blast which you can get for FREE with a $50 order.  The banners are punched out with the Banner Punch which is another item you can get for FREE with a $50 order.  If you order $100 you can get both!

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time!  Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase!  Get an extra $30 in Hostess Benefits with a $300 workshop (or order)!  Join my Stampin Up! family and get an extra $25 with your starter kit!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

Welcome to my first ever blog hop!  For those of you who do not know what a blog hop is, it is where a group of Stampin Up! demonstrators make projects based on a theme and the viewer goes from blog to blog to see everyone’s projects.  You probably just came from Jean’s amazing blog.  Her projects are always gorgeous!

Why the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  If you are a Stampin Up! demonstrator you have access to a forum called Stampin Connection where only demonstrators can enter.  On that forum is a thread called the Wacky Women’s Watercooler.  It is basically a thread where we talk about anything and everything (except business!).  The demonstrators who go there the most decided to do a blog hop a few months ago.  I could never participate because I was usually out of town on the dates they picked but this time I am home and here (although a little nervous!).

This hop’s theme is about the products in the Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogs.  The first card I made is a wedding card.  You could probably use it for just about any holiday or event (well maybe not a masculine birthday card).  Just change the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and it becomes whatever you want.  The card uses the Spiral Flower Originals Die that is in the Occasions Catalog.  It is so easy to make a flower using this die.  It is a Bigz die so you can cut up to 4 pieces of cardstock at a time.  I didn’t have a black brad so I decided to dip a brad from Antique Brads in Versamark and then Black Embossing Powder and heated it up with my Heat Tool.  The Designer Series Paper is called Modern Medley and is in the Annual Catalog.


Here is a close up pictures of the flowers.


The next project(s) I made used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch which is in the Occasion Catalog.  I actually saw this technique on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  I had to figure out how to make it but it wasn’t hard to do.  If you look closely, the “tag toppers” are all one piece with the card.  Of course, I decorated it differently then the card I saw, making it my own.  I actually made two of them, one has the tabs on the side and one has them in the middle.  Both cards use the Designer Series Paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Sweet Sorbet. You can’t buy this paper but you can get it for free with a qualifying purchase.  I love the colors of this paper.  I used the stamp sets called Perfect Pennants and Chalk Talk for these cards.

DSC01904Here is a closer picture of the tabs.


The last card I made uses the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Banner Blast and the matching Banner Punch.  You can not purchase these items right now but you can get them for free with a qualifying purchase.  The card also uses the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder that is also in the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  By the way, the Banner Punch and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder will be available for purchase in the 2014/2015 Annual Catalog that comes out in June but you can only earn the Banner Blast Stamp Set through a qualifying purchase.  The Birthday Wishes stamp is from Four You.


Well I hope you enjoyed my projects for the Blog Hop!  Now hop on over to Heidi’s blog to see her amazing projects!  If you get lost along the way you can click on one of these blog buttons.  The “Next” Button will take you to the next blog (Heidi’s).  The “Previous” button will take you back to Jean’s Blog and the Home Button will take you to the home web page where all the blogs and their addresses are listed.

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Banner Blast Valentine


Apparently I have been calling “my style” the wrong thing.  I always thought I was CAS (Clean and Simple) but I guess that means no layers at all.  Just a card with some stamping on it.  The category I should label myself in is CAL (Clean and Layered).  You learn something new everyday!

I made this card using the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Banner Blast.  The little “love” banner is included in this set.  You can get it for FREE with a $50 order during Stampin Up’s Sale-a-bration.  It even has a matching punch (aptly names Banner Punch) that you could also earn free.  Click on the Sale-a-bration catalog picture on the right side of my blog to see what other products you can get for FREE!

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Simple Gold Sale-A-Bration Valentine


Sometimes simple is better.  At least it is if you are a CAS (Clean and Simple) stamper like me!  I like the clean look.  I also like the vintage look but just can’t manage to make it look right so I stick with what I know.

This white on white Valentine uses the stamp set called Delightful Dozen.  This is a great stamp set because it has a greeting for just about any holiday or theme you might need.  It includes a greeting for birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Get Well and, of course, Valentine’s Day (and more!).  I always recommend this set, especially for a beginner stamper who doesn’t have much because it covers everything.

I embossed the sentiment and the banners with Gold Embossing Powder.  The banners are a stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  You can get it free with a $50 purchase.  It has the a matching punch too!
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The Open Sea Birthday Card


This card can be used as a masculine birthday card.  I know they are always hard to come up with but The Open Sea stamp set is usually a great one to use when trying to make a card for a man.  You know, this set was first available in a mini catalog.  After the catalog retired, the stamp set retired.  People loved this set so much, they wrote Stampin Up! and begged to bring it back.  I don’t know the exact number of letter they got, but I do know it was significant enough for them to listen.  I am so glad they brought it back!

I made the banners using the stamp set called Banner Blast that is in the 2014 Sale-a-bration catalog.  It has a matching punch too!  Beginning January 28th you can get this stamp set for free with a $50 purchase and with a $100 purchase you can get both the stamp set and the matching punch!  How awesome is that??