Painted Seasons

Hello! Today I’m featuring a set of four cards I made using the Painted Seasons stamp set and Designer Series Paper that are part of the Sale-A-Bration Second Release offerings. In addition I used the Four Seasons Framelits Dies that are one of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination products. I designed these cards to showcase the gorgeous designer papers, which really speak for themselves! This stamp set doesn’t include any greetings so I went through all of my current stamp sets and pulled a variety that I thought would work well.

These are the basic measurements for all of the cards. Other measurements and supplies are listed under each card.

  • Card base – Whisper White Thick Cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Card mats – various colors – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Ribbon – various colors – 16″-18″ – give yourself enough slack to be able to tie a pretty bow. Tie bows onto the matted piece before attaching sentiments, etc.
  • Mat – Lemon Lime Twist card stock
  • “Life is a Beautiful Thing” sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set – stamp with Pool Party ink onto Whisper White card stock
  • Die cut stamped image and die cut piece of Pool Party card stock using Layering Squares framelits. Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp succulent image with Lemon Lime Twist ink onto Whisper White card stock and die cut with coordinating Four Seasons framelit. Attach to edge of sentiment piece.
  • Ribbon – Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon (Retired)

  • Mat – Mango Melody card stock
  • “So Glad We Are Friends” sentiment from Incredible Like You stamp set – stamp onto Whisper White card stock with Mango Melody ink and stamp small leaf from Painted Seasons stamp set with Lemon Lime Twist ink.
  • Die cut sentiment using Layered Circles Framelits and die cut piece of Mango Melody card stock using coordinating circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits and attach to sentiment.
  • Ribbon – Granny Apple Green 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon

  • Mat – Poppy Parade card stock
  • Stamp floral image on piece of Whisper White card stock using Petal Pink ink. Using Early Espresso ink stamp “Thank you for Being So Sweet” sentiment from Treat Time stamp set on top of the flower. Die cut using the circle die from the Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies. Attach to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Ribbon – Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack – Petal Pink

  • Mat – Call Me Clover card stock
  • Stamp “Hello” greeting from the Accented Blooms stamp set using Early Espresso Ink. Punch out greeting with the Tailored Tag Punch.
  • Stamp two ferns with Call Me Clover ink onto Whisper White card stock and die cut with coordinating Four Seasons framelit. Attach leaves using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and attach greeting on top of the leaves.
  • Ribbon – 1/4″ Copper Trim

I had a great time making these cards! The stamps and designer papers are so versatile and lend themselves to many different possibilities.

Thanks for stopping by today!

 Product List  

New Sale-A-Bration Items!

Stampin’ Up! has just added a number of new Level 1 Sale-A-Bration items from the annual catalog for you to choose from with your order of $50 or more. If you love our Designer Series Paper and you love flowers, the beautiful Petal Promenade paper is one of these items. In addition, the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper, which was part of a SAB bundle last month is now available separately.

Sale-A-Bration Coordination products which were announced last month are now available for purchase throughout the month of March. These products are designed to coordinate with current Sale-A-Bration products and are available while supplies last.

Call Me Cupcake Framelits Dies
Four Seasons Framelits Dies
Hop Around Framelits Dies
Lily Framelits Dies
Story Label Punch
More Than Words
Photopolymer Stamp Set

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration items or need assistance placing an order. Click here to shop my online store. Thanks for stopping by today!

It’s a Wonderful Time to Join Stampin’ Up!

This is an exciting time as the 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs go live on January 3rd!  There are some awesome new bundles, stamp sets, dies, papers and accessories in the Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration offerings keep getting better and better every year.  This year there are a several items that specifically coordinate with products in the Occasions catalog and they can be yours for free, most with a $50 purchase.

The Sale-A-Bration sales period, which runs through March 31st, is a wonderful time to join Stampin’ Up!  There are two options this year.  First option is $99 and you get $175 worth of products.  Second options is $129, you get $175 worth of products and the exclusive  Craft & Carry Tote (a $50 value) that is only available as an incentive when you join.  Normally you would get $125 worth of products in the starter kit, however during this period you get to choose an additional $50 worth of products!

Check out this video for further details about the tote.

What are the benefits of joining Stampin’ Up!

  • Who doesn’t love a discount?  If you are already a happy shopper, by joining you will receive a 20% discount (rising to 25% when you reach a certain level)  on every order you place. You have until June 30th to meet your first quarterly sales minimum of $300.
  • You get to create your own starter kit, including bundles.  When you join during Sale-A-Bration, between January 3rd-March 31st, you can select from two great options.
  • You get to view new catalogs and place pre-orders one month before new catalogs go live so if you join during this period, you will be able to place pre-orders for the upcoming 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. You also get to pre-order other promotional products that are introduced during the course of the year.
  • Receive many resources from Stampin’ Up! including access to the demonstrator website, weekly online updates, quarterly Stampin’ Success magazine
  • Become part of my team and receive additional training and perks directly from me.
  • You do not have to make this a business!  You can continue to be a happy shopper and be in it only to receive the discount!  If you do not reach your $300 sales minimum by June 30th you will be given a one month grace period and will then be dropped without any penalties.  There is no obligation to make any further purchases beyond the kit.

To join my team click here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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!

Onstage Swaps-2 & Online Sale Continues

Oops!  I meant to post this earlier today however we had a power outage in my neighborhood early this evening and the lights didn’t come back on till almost 8:00pm.  Today I am sharing the second group of beautiful swap cards I received at OnStage last month. I have one more group that I will post later this week.

There are just a few hours left for you to purchase stamps and kits at 10% off.   Tomorrow and Wednesday are the last days for this year’s Online Extravaganza.  You will be able to purchase tools and ink at 10% off.

Thanks for stopping by today!


OnStage Swaps-1

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I was so excited to be able to attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage in Orlando two weeks ago.  One of the yearly rituals at OnStage is swapping.  As promised earlier, here is the first of several posts with some of the swaps I received.  The first two are the swaps I made.  Both of these cards feature designer series paper.  Kylie Bertucci, Australia’s #1 Demonstrator coined this term, #LoveItChopIt as a way to encourage you use up all those packages of paper you are afraid to cut into.

These first two cards use products from the beautiful Share What You Love Suite, which was created specially to commemorate Stampin’ Up’s 30th anniversary.

These next two cards use Petal Promenade designer series paper and the sentiments are from the Love What you Do stamp set.  I used one of the dies from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies to create these gorgeous die cut flower overlays.

Here is the first group of some of the swaps and I’ve included the name of each card maker on the photos.

Watch for more swaps in the next few posts.

The Online Extravaganza runs through Wednesday, November 28.  This promotion includes only products in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.

The sale on paper and embellishments ends tonight.

All stamps and kits are on sale Sunday and Monday.

Tools and ink are on sale Tuesday and Wednesday.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Online Extravaganza Sale Begins Tomorrow!

It’s that time of year once again!  The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, we’ll be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!

November 23-24


  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 23-26


  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits


November 27-28


  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases
Additional Details
  • Promotion includes items from the 2018–2019 annual catalog only.
  • While discounts will be available for most items, some exclusions apply. These non-discounted items include—but are not limited to—the following products:
    • Host stamp sets
    • Paper Pumpkin (prepaids, monthly subscriptions, past kits/refills)
    • Big Shot
    • Stamparatus
  • Bundles will not receive additional discounts during this promotion.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounted pricing may or may not be available for items featured in the promotion throughout the entirety of each 48-hour sale.
  • Discounted pricing for items featured in this promotion will be available only during each allotted 48-hour sales period. (E.g., discounted cardstock will available only during Paper & Embellishments sale; discounted ink pads will be available only during Tools & Ink sale.) 

If you have any questions or need assistance with placing your order during the Online Extravaganza ordering period please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for stopping by today!