2018 Sale-A-Bration Catalog Sneak Peek

Sale-a-bration will be here before you know it!  Sale-a-bration (or SAB) is the time of year when Stampin’ Up! gives you product for free with a qualifying order.  It starts January 3, 2018 and it is always a very exciting time of year in the stampin’ world.

I used the stamp set called Lots Of Lavender to make this card.  This is one of the stamp sets you can get for free this year.  It is a two-step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  This set has eleven Photopolymer stamps in it which makes it really easy to do the two step stamped images.

If you look closely you will also see a sneak peek of a product that is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog too.  It is the sequins.  Now, Stampin’ Up! already has sequins in their product line but these are different than normal sequins.  They are adhesive backed which means you just stick them on without additional adhesive.  That is so awesome and they are so much easier to use.  They come in five different colors (Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie and yellow).

How did I get these great products before the catalogs go live?  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators can pre-order a month earlier than customers so I got to order things on December 1st.  That is one of my favorite things about being a Demonstrator.  If you are interested in joining just click on the Join Now button to the right of this blog.  By the way, if you wait until January 3rd to join you get $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS you get to pick two additional stamp sets from any of the catalogs!

Remember, you can’t get Lots Of Lavender and the adhesive backed sequins until January 3rd!  If you would like a 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalog just let me know!

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Daisy Delight & Blends

In case you live in a cave and haven’t heard, Stampin’ Up! just released their alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends.  I have had a few people ask me about the old Blendabilities and all the issues they had.  Stampin’ Blends do not have those issues.  The company who made the Blendabilities had hole in their caps which made the markers dry out.  The Blends don’t.  They also had these caps that were hard to put on correctly and if you did it the wrong way you would ruin your tip.  The Blends don’t have that issue either.  There is only one way to put on the cap.

I colored the daisy from Daisy Delight with the Rich Razzleberry Blends.  It was super easy to do because the markers do blend so well.  I find it easier to use the darker color first and then blend it with the lighter color.  Some people do it the opposite way.  Whatever works for you is fine.

The leaves are a new punch that is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Leaf Punch.  It goes with the stamp set called Painted Harvest but obviously you can buy it separately. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners.

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Christmas Quilt

I have a story to tell you.  When I was in 8th grade all the girls had to take the Homemaking Class.  This class was meant to teach us everything we needed to know to make a good wife.  Before you all go crazy, I find there is nothing wrong with this.  Back in the day, yes, that was what it was meant to be.  I think if they offered this course today (and maybe they still do) a lot of young girls and boys should take it.  They teach you to cook and sew which are not bad things to know (even today).  Of course, it would be better if they named the course something else like “How To Live On Your Own And Survive” and some of the boys might take the course.  My sons still do not know how to sew on a button.

Why am I telling you this?  Well the class was supposed to teach us how to sew.  We had to make a dress.  Our moms had to take us to the fabric store to buy the material, thread, buttons, zippers and pattern.  I picked out this simple pattern with cute fabric.  For the next 6 or 8 weeks I learned how to thread a sewing machine, put in a zipper, sew on a button, etc.  My dress came out gorgeous!  Every seam looked perfectly straight.  Every button was exactly where it was supposed to be.  I was meant to work at Simplicity Patterns!  Then I had to try it on.  It would have been gorgeous if one shoulder was just about 2 inches higher than the other.  It also would have helped in one knee was 3 inches lower than the other.  In other words, it would fix Quasimodo perfectly!  Unfortunately my knees and shoulders match.  All I can say it is a good thing I did the cooking section fairly well  because I did pass the course.

Anyway, for those who can not sew you can create awesome quilt patterns with the Christmas Quilt stamp set and matching Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.  Forget the sewing machine and just stamp!

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Christmas Quilt

Christmas Quilt is a new stamp set that is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  Even though the name has the word Christmas in it, it really doesn’t have to be used for the.  I made this birthday card for a friend of mine who is a quilter.  She makes the most gorgeous quilts.  Last year she made me two quilted Christmas stockings for Madelyn and Emory that were just beautiful.  I any case, I thought this card would be very appropriate for her.

Stampin’ Up! actually has a whole suite that goes with this stamp set.  Oh, wait.  I just noticed I didn’t even use the stamp set to make this card.  I only used the matching Framelits called Quilt Builder Framelits (if you buy both in a Bundle you can save 10%).  The suite includes the stamp set, Framelits,  Quilted Designer Series Paper, Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon and Stitched Felt Embellishments.  It is an amazing suite!  Even though I didn’t use all of these products, I will post the links to each below.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Birthday Banners.

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Beautiful Bouquet

This is the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  I do need to say that my stamp ladies are the best!  They are such fun to get together with and we all get along really well.  It is such a great group!  I love them all!

We used the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet to make this card.  This stamp set has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I know I say that a lot  but Stampin’ Up! really has a ton of stamp sets that do have matching dies and they always offer 10% off if you buy them together in a Bundle the first year they appear.  I probably own all of them!

The banner and sentiment are from the stamp set called Birthday Banners and the Framelits are called Bunch of Banners.

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Birthday Banners Candles

Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to make a card using the Ombre technique.

As you know the Stampin’ Up! 2017/2018 Annual Catalog starts on June 1st.  As a Demonstrator we were able to purchase a select variety of items from that catalog.  One of the items was ombre Designer Series Paper called Color Theory.  I decided that there was a good chance that Buffy and Jackie would use that Designer Series Paper so I decided to do something different.

I used the stamp set called Birthday Banners to make this card.  I know it is not exactly ombre but I thought it was close enough.  I stamped the candles using Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron.  Birthday Banners is a great set because it goes with so many other products.  It matches the Balloon Bouquet Punch and the Bunch Of Banners Framelits Dies.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  Do you think they used the new Designer Series Paper?  Wouldn’t it be funny if we all thought the same thing and no one used it at all?  No worries though.  You will see it soon enough!

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A Window Box Thinlits Card

One of the great things I love about Stampin’ Up! is how versatile their products are.  You can mix and match stamp sets, dies and colors.  Everything coordinates so you don’t have to guess what goes with what.

I used a die set on this card called Window Box Thinlits.  Now, as you can see, I didn’t make a box with it but instead I used a couple of the other dies in this set to make a card.  The candles and the polka dot squares were cut using these dies.

The banner is from Birthday Banners, Banners For You and Bunches of Banners Framelits Dies.  You can save 10% by purchasing the Banners For You stamp set and Bunches of Banners Framelits in a Bundle until May 31st.  After that, the Bundle price goes away.

The best part of this card is all the stamp sets and dies are being carried over to the new Annual Catalog!

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Window Box

Yesterday I showed you how to make a box using the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  One great thing about Stampin’ Up! is their products are very versatile.  Today I used the same set of dies to make this card.  Check out my post tomorrow to see another card made with them.

To make this card, first I stamped Happy Birthday from the stamp set called Birthday Banners a few times in the top right corner.  I cut out the candles using one of the dies from Window Box and then backed the dies with colored cardstock (Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight).  Lastly, I stamped “Make A Wish” from the stamp set called Window Shopping.   I think the hardest part of making this card was stamping Happy Birthday over and over.

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Nailed It

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I made this card using a new stamp set from the 2017 Occasions Catalog called Nailed It.  It was one of those sets that didn’t catch my eye right away but the more I looked at it, the more I decided I had to have it.  I think what happened is it has a Happy Fathers Day stamp in it and since I don’t have any fathers left I didn’t think I needed it.  The thing is, it makes a great man card.  All the tools and the sentiments are perfect for that.

The other nice thing about this stamp set is it has a set of matching Framelits called Build It.  Ya gotta love any stamp set that has matching Framelits!

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $104)!!

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

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It is Friday ~ my favorite day of the week!  It is the day Buffy, Jackie and I participate in our Stamp Off Challenge.  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge (which is also my favorite challenge).  I find sketch challenges the easiest because all you need to do it fit your stamps and paper into the sketch.


Here is my card:

High Tide, Birthday Banners, Stampin Up, susanstamps.wordpress.com

I used a new stamp set called High Tide to make this card.  It is a set that is in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The lighthouse is a two step stamp.  This is when you stamp once with one stamp and then stamp again with another stamp over the first one.  It makes the image look kind of 3D.  The sentiment is from Birthday Banners which coordinates with the the Framelits called Bunch Of Banners.  The “water” is Designer Series Paper called By The Shore.

Now let’s go over to see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I always love to see how they interpret one of our challenges.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $104)!!

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