Stampin’ Up! OnStage Day Three

Saturday was the third and final day of OnStage and it was another fun-filled one! There were more product demonstrations, business training and demonstrator recognition sessions in the morning.  The highlight of the morning was Janet Wakeland demonstrating the new stamp set she got to design with Stampin’ Up! concept artists in recognition of hitting $1 million in sales earlier this year.  Stampin’ Up! has a tradition of inviting million dollar earners to visit the corporate office in Salt Lake city and while there they get to design a stamp set.  Janet’s set, which is in the new catalog, is named Artfully Aware.  She shared the images below with us.

During the three lunch events we got to take our picture with these props as a backdrop.  The lines were very long the first two days so I finally got around to doing it on Saturday.

These were the table decorations in the rooms where we had our lunches and did our Product SpotLight crafting. The plastic boxes stored all of the stamps and supplies we used on each of the two days that we did our make-and-takes.

The highlight of the afternoon was seeing Shelly Gardner, Co-Founder and Board Chair, and her daughter Sara Douglas, President, stamping together, as they have done for the last few years.  They work so well together and are also quite funny, so it is always a joy to watch them!

Of course, no day would be complete without Prize Patrol!  We were all given this super case that opens up into a gigantic tote bag!


We also received this new stamp set, which has really nice sentiments and a wonderful mixed font.

Wow!  My suitcase weighed 4 pounds more coming home from everything that Stampin’ Up! gave us LOL!!  I had such a great time at OnStage and would urge those of you that have contemplated going, to give it a try next year!

Even though the convention ended on Saturday, I was able to sneak in one more swap!  I had a 6am flight on Sunday and arrived at the airport before the check-in counters were open.  A number of women that had attended convention began arriving and as we waited we chatted away and someone on the line asked if anyone had swaps left – and I did – so we swapped! What a nice way to end my time in Orlando!

Stampin’ Up! OnStage Day Two

Hello again from warm and sunny Orlando!  OnStage Day Two was so much fun and excitement was in the air all day long.  There were several OnStage project demonstrations throughout the day, showcasing lots of items from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. I know you will just love them!  We learned that as of this catalog, wood-mounted stamps will no longer be available.  The rubber stamps will now be known as cling stamps because they are guaranteed to stick like crazy on the clear blocks!  Stampin’ Up! will continue to sell photopolymer stamps.  More information about this change will be available soon.


We got to make two cards during our Product SpotLight crafting time.  This card uses products from the All My Love suite.

This card features products from the Happiness Blooms suite. The images on the stamps and designer series papers remind me of Marimeko designs, bold and bright.

Of course more goodies were handed out during Prize Patrol! Everyone received a package of Gingham Gala designer series paper and a lovely line art stamp set, Humming Along.


Along the way I met up with my fabulous team leader, Janet Wakeland, who this past year ranked #7 in the top 100 Global Leaders!

I also got to meet Kylie and Bruno Bertucci.  I am a big fan of Kylie, Australia’s top demonstrator.  She and Bruno hosted a meet-up and swap in the afternoon and it was exciting to see them in person and get to chat with them a bit!  Kylie is known for  #loveitchopit and #randomactsof kindness.

More to come with a recap of day three.  I will also be posting some of the swaps I received once I get things organized.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stampin’ Up! Onstage Day One

Hello from Orlando, where I am attending Stampin’ Up! OnStage and celebrating SU’s 30th anniversary along with six thousand demonstrators from around the world!

We all received this beautiful box filled with a 30th anniversary commemorative tote bag.

Also inside the box were lined notepads, a pack of pens and a new stamp set, Amazing Life.

The highlight of the morning was getting a copy of the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs! Here is the front cover.

In the morning session two projects were featured and during  the lunch break we got a chance to make them.  They showcase two new product suites.  The card uses products from the Needlepoint Nook suite and the box uses products from the Classic Garage suite, which will be great for creating masculine cards.


This is what I got from Prize Patrol today – a pretty case to hold stamping tools and a new stamp set, Beauty Abounds.

Check here tomorrow for a recap of day two.  Thanks for stopping by!



Snowflake Showcase Promotion


You will not want to miss out on this amazing suite of limited-time products in the Snowflake Showcase promotion that runs from November 1-30, or until supplies last.  The five products included in this suite are two stamp sets, coordinating thinlits dies, white velvet paper and snowflake trinkets. Don’t just think winter with these products.  The Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set includes images and greetings that can be used all year round!


Click here to view the Snowflake Showcase flyer.

Watch this video featuring Shannon West as she gives you some product highlights.

Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set

Snow is Glistening Stamp Set

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

Snowflake Trinkets

White Velvet 12×12 Sheets

Here are some sample card created by the talented Stampin’  Up! staff artists.


Shop my online store to purchase any of these products.

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Happy Halloween!

Today I’m sharing two final cards I made for Halloween.  Both cards use the Toil & Trouble designer series papers, stamps from Spooky Sweets and stamps from the September Paper Pumpkin kit. While the Cauldron Framelits Dies are made to coordinate with the designer paper, I chose not to purchase them because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to make many Halloween projects this year due to a hectic schedule.  It was easy enough to hand-cut all of the images I used on both  cards.

I love the frogs on this sheet of paper so decided to feature it. The card base is Lemon Lime Twist and the frog paper is mounted on a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock. I tied a piece of the sparkly Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon around this piece.  I die cut two ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits set, one in Whisper White and the other in Granny Apple Green.   I used the Happy Halloween greeting from the Spooky Sweets stamp set.  After cutting out the cauldron, cat and frog from the designer paper, I arranged them on the ovals and glued them down with Tombow multipurpose glue.

For this card I used Crush Curry cardstock for the base and cut a piece of designer series paper at 4″ x 3″ and attached it to the base.  I cut two circles from the Layering Circles Framelits and on the white piece I stamped ‘spooky’ with one of the stamps that was included in the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  I added a large black faceted dot for a bit of bling.  I cut out three of the witches hats from the designer series paper and glued them down to complete the card.

I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as the inspiration for this layout.

I hope you have a fun-filled Halloween and that your trick-or-treat bags are filled to overflowing with lots of delicious sweet treats!

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Happy Halloween

Today I have a Halloween card and coordinating treat box to show you.  I’ve always loved celebrating Halloween.  I grew up in an apartment house in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950’s.  Many of the families had young children, so it was always a fun time going trick-or-treating without ever having to leave the building.  We went up and down all six floors, ringing bells to every apartment and always came away with  a huge haul of treats!  After we finished our trick-or-treating the mothers took turns making a party each year so we were able to continue the festivities, sharing our stash of treats and voting on the best costume.  I have lots of happy memories from that time!

The card layout uses a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

For the card, I used the Spooky Sweets bundle shown on page 51 of the Holiday Catalog, which includes the stamp set and the Spooky Bats punch. I also used Toil & Trouble designer series paper and Black Foil Sheets shown on page 49.

Here are the steps to make this card:

  • Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Using the grunge stamp from the Spooky Sweets set, stamp the front of the card randomly with Memento black ink.
  • Cut a strip of black foil at 1″ x 5 1/2″ and adhere to middle of the card.
  • Cut three strips of the bat paper from the Toil & Trouble designer series paper at 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhere to front of card, evenly spacing them.
  • Die cut circle from black foil paper using one of the smaller circles in the Layering Circles Framelits set or with smaller circle punches.  Stamp the “Happy Halloween” greeting with Pumpkin Pie ink, die cut or punch out and attach to black circle.  Attach to bottom of card.
  • Punch bats from black foil paper and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach to card.  I staggered them, with largest bat at upper left, medium in middle panel and smallest on right panel.

Here are the steps to make the treat box.

  • Select a piece of paper from the Toil & Trouble designer series paper.  I used the cat pattern.  Cut paper to 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″.  Using the Takeout Thinlits Dies pictured on page 50 in the catalog, die cut two box pieces.  Put pieces together with Tear & Tape.  I left the flaps up so that I could put a cellophane treat bag inside.
  • Cut the cat from black foil paper using the cat punch which is shown on page 211 in the annual catalog.  Attach to front of box using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp  “No Tricks Just Treats” with Pumpkin Pie ink using the stamp from the Spooky Sweets set and either punch out with a circle punch or die cut using one of the Layering Circles Framelits.
  • Fill a cellophane bag with the Halloween candy of your choice and tie the bag with a piece of black bakers twine.  Cut a piece of black glittered organdy ribbon and tie on top of twine.  Attach the greeting to the ribbon with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin in time for the holidays!

Not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  You won’t want to miss out on this specially-designed box. Get a start on making your holiday cards.  This kit is filled with everything you need to make 10 cards, 5 each of 2 designs.  The coordinating colors are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Gold, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Whisper White. Click here for further information and to subscribe.

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Birthday Sale-One Day Only!

Tomorrow, October 23 marks Stampin’ Up’s 30th anniversary and they are celebrating by offering a limited group of stamp sets at a 15% discount for this one day sale!  You may place customer, demonstrator, workshop and personal orders.  As a demonstrator, you will receive your normal discount on top of the 15% discount, for extra savings!  For any single stamps that are also included in bundles, the discount does not apply to the bundle. Download a PDF listing the sale items here.


Sale ends at 11:50pm Mountain Time.