Year-End Promotions

Hello and happy holidays to you!  I’m finally back after being MIA for the last few weeks.  This month turned out to be crazy for me so I had to put Stampin’ Up! on the back burner.  I took a week-long trip to Appleton, Wisconsin to help my brother out after knee replacement surgery.  This also involved taking care of his two large dogs, Ramsey, a 10-year old German Shepherd and Triton, a 2-year old Belgian Malinois, both of whom are taller than I am when they stand – what a handful!!   This was my second trip there this year, as I was there for his first knee surgery back in March.  His recovery is going very well so I’m happy for him.  For those of you that might not know, I have been a business reference librarian for over 35 years and have had my own consulting business since 2012.  Right before I left for Wisconsin I got a research project from a client and the deadline was the day after Christmas.  When you are in business for yourself, you take the work when it comes your way, so when I got home, I dropped everything and glued myself to my computer until I sent the completed project off to my happy client!  This meant dropping everything else, including making my own holiday cards, which I finally got in the mail yesterday, just in time to wish everyone a Happy New Year!! Sometimes a girl just has to do what she has to do!!

My brother Mark (with Buck, his first Shepherd, who is no longer with us)

Triton, left and Ramsey, right


Now on to these Stampin’ Up! end of year specials and promotions.

It’s almost time to say goodbye to the 2018 Holiday Catalog as we get ready for the Occasions Catalog sales period beginning on January 3.  You can still order items  from the Holiday Catalog, while supplies last, until January 2nd.  Click here for a list of retiring products, some of which have discounted prices.  Click here for a list of products. On the list are the First Frost and Winter Woods bundles.  These products will be carried over, however, they will no longer be sold as bundles, meaning that the stamp set and coordinating framelits dies must now be purchased separately.  Other items carrying over are the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim, and the Wishing You Well Stamp Set.  A number of items have already sold out and are now discontinued.  Click on this link to view a list of Discontinued Items Holiday Catalog 2018.

Stampin’ Up! has just refreshed the Clearance Rack and there are some deeply discounted items, including dies, punches, ribbons, ink, designer series papers and embellishments, while supplies last!  You can shop the Clearance Rack on my online store by clicking here.  Here are some of my favorite items.

Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies

Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies

Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies

Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies

Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies

Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies

Picture Perfect Party 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper

Picture Perfect Party 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper

Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper

Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper

Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit

Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit

Lemon Lime Twist 3/8" (1 Cm) Mini Striped Ribbon

Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ (1 Cm) Mini Striped Ribbon

Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon

Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon
I’m sitting on a large pile of brand new products from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs that I received at OnStage and through pre-order that I’ve been itching to play with.  With all of this past month’s craziness out of the way now, I can now begin posting projects featuring some of them in the days and months to come – better late than never!
 Thanks for stopping by today and Happy TGIF!

Holiday Products are Selling Out Quickly!

Demonstrators were informed by Stampin’ Up! this weekend that due to higher than forecast demand for a number of products in the Holiday Catalog, that some might run out as early as this week.  At this late date, it would be impossible for suppliers to fill these back ordered items with enough time for Stampin’ Up! to get them back into stock before the end of the Holiday Catalog season.  Once these products are gone, they will no longer be available, with the exception of those marked with an asterisk.  It was announced that those items will be carrying over into the next year and those orders will be filled as soon as supplies become available again.

  • CHICKEN WIRE ELEMENTS (item 147807)
  • 5/8″ STRIPED BURLAP TRIM (item 147889)
  • IN THE WOODS FRAMELITS DIES (item 147919)*
  • GALVANIZED BUTTONS (item 147891)
  • GALVANIZED CLIPS (item 147806)
  • TAKEOUT THINLITS DIES (item 147927)
  • TRANQUIL TIDE 1/4″ VELVET RIBBON (item 147802)
  • REAL RED 3/8″ MIXED SATIN RIBBON (item 147894)


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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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Wishing You Well

This little note card features the sweet Wishing You Well stamp set pictured on page 35 in the Holiday Catalog. When I saw the gorgeous bow image I was immediately sold!  This set is in the new line of Distinktive stamps that Stampin’ Up! introduced earlier this year.  These stamps have a realistic depth and photographic quality about them.


With the introduction of so many new colors in the recent color renovation, I feel like I’ve neglected some of the new 2018-2020 In Colors so this card uses Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  The finished card measures 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. Here are the steps to make this card:

  • Cut a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a 4″ square of Lovely Lipstick In Color designer series paper.  I chose to use the striped pattern.
  • Cut a 4 1/2″ piece of Lovely Lipstick 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and attach to middle of the designer paper square.  Attach this piece to the card base.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Stamp the floral spray with Granny Apple Green ink.  Overstamp the flowers with Lovely Lipstick ink.  Stamp the bow with Pineapple Punch ink.  Stamp “just a note” with Lovely Lipstick ink.
  • Cut a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock at 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and attached the stamped piece.  Attach this to the card.

If you are looking for a quick and easy card to make, give this a try!

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Dashing Deer Thanks

Today I’m featuring the second card I made using the Dashing Deer Bundle.  For this card I used the Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper shown in the Annual Catalog on page 95.  It is part of the Under the Mistletoe Suite.  Sometimes we get caught up in the excitement of all the new things in the Holiday Catalog and forget that there is a whole section of Holiday items in the Annual Catalog and I knew as soon as I saw this paper that I wanted to use it in this year’s holiday projects.


Here are the steps to make this card:

  • Cut a piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.  Cut a piece of the plaid paper of your choice from the Under the Mistletoe designer series paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Tie a piece of 1/8″ Solid Real Red Ribbon around paper to make a bow.
  • Using Gold Foil paper, die cut the deer  from the solid die in the Detailed Deer Thinlits set.  Die cut the open red flower with Real Red cardstock.
  • Emboss a piece of Old Olive cardstock with the Swirls and Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder shown on page 5 in the Holiday Catalog. Die cut this piece using one of the large circles in the Layering Circles Framelits. Die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with a coordinating scalloped circle from the set. Attach the two pieces.  Stamp the Many Merry Thanks sentiment from the Dashing Deer stamp set on Whisper White cardstsock and die cut using one of the smaller circle framelits.  Die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with a coordinating scallop circle.  Attach the two pieces.


  • Attach the plaid paper to the card base.  Attach the embossed circle to the card.  Attach the deer at an angle.  I used Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue because it allows you to move things around and position them more easily and it also dries clear.  Attach the Many Merry Thanks sentiment.

To download a copy of the 2018 Holiday Catalog click on the catalog cover pictured on the upper right side of this blog post.

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Dashing Deer Meets Joyous Noel

I finally found time to begin playing with all of the new products I ordered from the 2018 Holiday Catalog!  Today I am featuring the first of two cards I created using the Dashing Deer Bundle pictured on pages 8-9. I love how the deer antlers form a pretty flourish.  I also like the thank you sentiments included in the stamp set because at holiday time it is nice to reach out and thank people for things they might have done for you or the community during the year.  I decided to use the elegant Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper pictured on page 29 for my backgrounds.

Here are the steps I took to make the card:

  • Cut a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half for a portrait layout card.
  • Cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of the paper of your choice from the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Papers.  I chose one with a white background so that my focal piece would stand out.
  • Stamp the large image of the deer in Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White cardstock and run through the Big Shot using the coordinating Detailed Deer Thinlits Die.   It is hard to see in the photo but I brushed clear Wink of Stella all over the deer for a bit of shimmer and let dry. Die cut a Tranquil Tide flower from one of the flower dies in the set.

  • Cut a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock at 2 5/8″ x 3 3/4″.  Using the Merry Merlot striped paper from the Joyous Noel DSP cut a piece at 2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ and adhere to the cardstock. Adhere the deer to this piece and adhere the flower to the deer with a mini glue dot.  I added a small pearl to the center of the flower.
  • Stamp the Happiest Christmas Wishes sentiment with Tranquil Tide ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I used the banner thinlit from the Petals and More Thinlits but you can use any punch or thinlit that would fit the sentiment.
  • Cut a piece of the luscious new Tranquil Tide 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon, which is included in the Frosted Floral Suite shown on page 37.  Adhere lengthwise down the center of the card and then adhere the designer paper to the card base.  Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, attach the deer focal piece to the card and then attach the sentiment below this piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the card I stamped the sentiment with Tranquil Tide ink and the floral banner was stamped with Merry Merlot ink.

To download a copy of the 2018 Holiday Catalog click on the catalog cover pictured on the upper right side of this blog post.

You can purchase any of these products from my Online Store.

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