January 2021 Free Gift Bundle – Playing with Patterns Suite

We’ll head back to the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog this month for our January Free Gift Bundle. Playing With Patterns is a beautiful, super versatile suite with lots of options for both males and females!
You’ll notice that on pages 100-102 of the Annual Catalog, Stampin’ Up! is featuring the Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes with this suite, and so does this month’s bundle! I’ve never done a 3D item before, and I think you’ll love playing with this. And as always with Stampin’ Up! products, these boxes are high quality, sturdy and food safe. They’re also a nice, generous size.
AND I’m continuing to add either die cut or punched card stock elements to all of my bundles!  This month’s pieces are from Tasteful Labels Dies, as well as a few hearts (both in epoxy and cardstock) to use for Valentine’s Day. I can definitely see using this Suite for a masculine Valentine’s Day card and treat including the box!
You’ll be all set for some fun creating with this Bundle!
Here’s what you’ll receive:  
  • 1 each of (12) 6” x 6” sheets of double-sided Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper 
  • 1 sheet each of 5 colors of 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” cardstock in Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Purple Posy and Crushed Curry
  • 1 Mini Paper Pumpkin Box
  • 5 each of 3 colors in three sizes (15 total) Playing with Patterns Resin Dots
  • 1 yd. each of three different ribbons (3 yds. total) in Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack
  • 1 yd. Purple 3/8″ Tricolor Ribbon
  • RETIRED: 1 yd. Crushed Curry 3/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
  • RETIRED: 1 yd. Calypso Coral 3/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • RETIRED: 1 yd. Night of Navy Baker’s Twine
  • RETIRED: 4 epoxy Hearts
  • NEW! Tasteful Labels Die-Cut pieces and Heart Die-Cut pieces
Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors are: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Purple Posy and Whisper White.
When you purchase a minimum of $45 in Stampin’ Up! products from me (before shipping and tax) you’ll receive this gorgeous Free Gift Bundle – I even pay for the shipping! 
I want to really show off the versatility of these designer papers, and so I have shown you both sides in the photo above. You’ll receive what is listed above, not what is shown.
Some of these items have retired and are in my “stash” but I’ve found that they coordinate beautifully with the rest of the current suite. I’ve estimated that there should be plenty of the retired items I’ve included in the bundle, but if for some reason they are used up, I cannot reorder. All the more reason to get your order in early in the month!
INTERESTED IN COORDINATING PRODUCTS?  You’ll want to order the items below. Just click on the image and it will take you into my Online Store where you can see a better image and order. Check them out!

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To place a qualifying Stampin’ Up! order to take advantage of this month’s free gift, click HERE to go to my Online Store and add the Host Code 4WM94GMT to your Shopping Cart. 
Orders over $150 automatically receive this Bundle – don’t use the host code AND take host rewards!    
It’s as easy as that! I’ll receive notification of your purchase and will then send you an email confirming that your Free Gift Bundle will be mailed to you at no cost! 

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Great Deals JUST Announced!

Paper Pumpkin Deal – 50% Off June’s Kit


Haven’t gotten your Paper Pumpkin subscription yet?  Well, now you’ll definitely want to give this great product a try!  Subscribe by Friday, May 23, and receive 50% off your June Paper Pumpkin kit.  And that’s not all – you will no longer receive the Welcome Kit on your first month.  You will receive the June kit just like everyone else!  And it your first kit will be a clear block.  Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator, and I’ll mail you a special Thank You gift!  Click here to
Join Now! and enter the promo code SHELLIDEAL.



Retired List Blow-Out Sale


Many items, both stamps and accessories, are 25% to 50% off now through June 4th!  But hurry – at these prices they’re sure to go quickly!  Some of my favorites are:

  • 50% off Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon – now just $2.48
  • 40% off Calypso Coral AND Island Indigo Baker’s Twine – now just $1.77
  • 40% off In Color Dahlias – now just $4.77
  • 30-50% off on ALL designer papers
  • 25% off Backyard Basics and Secret Garden Framelits – now just $18.71
  • 30% off Secret Garden clear stamp set – now just $13.27
  • 25-30% off several Embossing folders
  • 25% off Tasteful Trims Die – now just $32.21



  • Retiring Stamps (Available thru June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available thru June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

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So Grateful Birthday

grateful birthday
I had a slew of birthday cards to send this month, so I made a large group of this pretty card featuring So Very Grateful stamp set.  It was super easy putting it together when you have pretty designer paper like Sweet Sorbet Sale-A-Bration paper to use!  Color scheme is all set for you – Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit – yum!

  • So Very Grateful has several coordinating images.  I stamped the tone-on-tone flower image with one stamp then used the larger stamp to create the main image using VersaMark Ink, Black Embossing Powder and heat setting it with my Heat Tool.
  • Watercoloring is a snap with the Aqua Painter and stamp pads.  I love watercoloring inside heat-embossed images.  It's kinda like embroidering or cross-stitching when you add the black around the image and it comes to life!
  • My very favorite corner rounder?  The Envelope Punch Board!
  • The black zig-zag edge is from the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die – I use this all the time!  (If you follow my blog you know what I mean!)
  • "Happy Birthday" is from a hostess-exclusive stamp set called Express Yourself.  And what better month to host a workshop than March – earn $30 more hostess dollars with a workshop over $300!  Or get together a few friends and host your own online workshop to qualify.
  • A Black Candy Dot is my only embellishment so as not to detract from the embossed and watercolored flowers. 

grateful birthday closeup

Don't Forget!

Order these and all your favorite Stampin' Up! products at my Online Store HERE. 

THINGS YOU'LL NEED – Just click on the photo below to view more details or to add them to your shopping cart in my Online Store. 

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Simple Stems So Grateful

raspberry flower

Today's the last day to purchase this week's Weekly Deals.  My favorite product on sale is the Tasteful Trims Die – I truly use it all the time.  It's perfect for cards and scrapbooking, since the die cuts 12" strips.  Now's the time to pick it up on sale for just $32.21!  Notice the scalloped white cardstock on the left is created with this fantaastic die.

I hope you enjoy seeing this card today.  I had some time over the weekend to just play, and it's so much fun to create with no time pressure or class in mind!  It's a unique color scheme for me – Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay and Raspberry Ripple.  And it's a real crossover, since each color is in a different color collection.

raspberry flower closeup

  • Simple Stems stamp set is used for the flower and stem.  I stamped the flower 3 times, cut out three layers of the flower and assembled them one on top of the other with Dimensionals, then added a Bermuda Bay Candy Dot.
  • The sentiment is from So Very Grateful stamp set, stamped in Elegant Eggplant and mounted over the stem with Dimensionals.
  • I added a Bermuda Bay cardstock piece cut out with the Deco Label Framelits to the bottom.
  • A pretty piece of Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon ties it all together!

And don't forget about all the other great products, on sale just today!
Weekly Deals Feb. 11

THINGS YOU'LL NEEDJust click on the photo below to add them to your shopping cart in my Online Store. 












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So Very Grateful for Sale-A-Bration!

Flower thank you

Okay.  I admit it.  I LOVE to color.  In fact, I actually received a brand new beautiful box of crayons for a Christmas gift when I was 20 years old!  And so my addiction hasn't strayed too far, since I can now do "grow-up" coloring with my Stampin' Up! products.  You can imagine that So Very Grateful was one of the very first stamp sets I purchased from the Occasions Catalog this year.  I definitely saw the "coloring" possibilities!  Here I used my stamp pads in Crisp Cantalope, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party along with an Aqua Painter to color in the pretty flower image and punched the image out with a 2-1/2" Circle Punch.

And Sale-a-Bration is in full swing with a beautiful brochure of free items you can choose with each purchase of $50 from now until March 31st.  I'm highlighting two coordinating products you can receive free – the Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper and the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  In the accessory pack, you'll receive three spools of special twine in Crisp Cantalope, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit, plus fun printed adhesive-backed cork pieces.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED: Flower thank you closeup
Item No. 133050 So Very Grateful wood $22.95 OR
Item No. 133053 So Very Grateful clear $16.95
Item No. 118764 Vintage Trinkets $5.95
Item No. 103954 Aqua Painters (2) $16.95
Item No. 120906 2-1/2" Circle Punch $16.95
Item No. 133521 Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper – SAB free gift with order of $50
Item No. 133522 Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack – SAB free gift with order of $50

So Very Grateful

So Very Grateful stamp set

Click here to view the SAB flyer.

Order these and all your favorite Stampin' Up! products at my Online Store HERE. 

WEEKLY DEALS are ready for you for the week of Feb. 11 – 17th
If you follow my blog regularly, you'll know how excited I am for you that the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die is on the Weekly Deals!  I use this die ALL THE TIME!!!  There are lots examples of projects I've made with it HERE.  Grab this die – you won't be sorry!

Weekly Deals Feb. 11

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Vivid Vases


You're going to love Vivid Vases, a brand new single stamp featured in our 2014 Occasions Catalog!  And there are several other brand new products featured in this card, too! 

  • I'm loving the soft colors of Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper; I used the Island Indigo zig-zag paper here.
  • Make way for one of your soon-to-be favorite embossing folders – the Scallops Folder!
  • I used two pretty fibers on this card – the Island Indigo Baker's Twine and the Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, which is held in place with  a Hardware Clip.  Don't like the image on the clip?  (This one was the "&" symbol.)  Then just put that to the back.  You still get the cute metal clip on the front and a place to tie your ribbon.
  • I added a strip of Garden Green cardstock run through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die to coordinate with the Garden Green leaves and stems in the flowers.

vases main image

These sweet little flower vases are the perfect stamp to try your hand at watercoloring.  Remember to stamp in Black StazOn Ink, then use your Aqua Painter and stamp pads to do the rest.  I used Pool Party ink for the "watery" look in the vases.  To get the shading, just go over the entire vase lightly with Pool Party, let dry, then apply more ink in the shaded areas.  I like using Naturals White Cardstock because it absorbs the water much better than our Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks.  Of course, you can also use Watercolor Paper for optimal results.


THINGS YOU'LL NEED:vases square
Item No. 133818 Vivid Vases – wood only $11.95
Item No. 132971 Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 132994 Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 125575 Island Indigo Baker's Twine $2.95
Item No. 130018 Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $8.95
Item No. 129964 Hardware Clips Essentials $5.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 102316 Naturals White Cardstock (40) $7.50
Item No. 103954 Aqua Painters (2) $16.95

Don't Forget!
The first few 2014 Occasions Catalog Shares are going out soon!  If you haven't gotten in on this great way to sample all of the new products, do it today!  I have just 2 spots left for the third round of shares and will be ordering them this week!  Click here for all the details on this year's Occasions Catalog Shares.

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You’re the Best and Weekly Deals

youre the best

The bright, fun colors of the new Kaleidoscope Designer Paper is certain to get your attention!  Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate and Basic Black is the color palette.  And the Just Sayin' stamp set has the perfect, modern feel – another new addition from the 2014 Occasions Catalog.  Stamped in StazOn Black Ink, I've colored in the circles with Stampin' Write Markers to coordinate.

  • Set off the triangle-themed Kaleidoscope paper with a strip of Summer Starfruit cardstock run through the Big Shot using the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die.
  • Oval Framelits cut out the main image as well as the Strawberry Slush cardstock border. 
  • Grab your Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack to paper pierce neatly around the edge.
  • I've punched out Basic Black cardstock with the 1/2" Circle Punch, adhered it to the oval and used my Paper-Piercing Tool to make a hole for the Silver Glimmer Brad.
  • Making a cute accent to the oval is a snap – punch a hole and thread Summer Starfruit and Bermuda Bay ribbons through, and tie in place with a piece of Silver Ribbon.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED: youre the best square
Item No. 133200 Just Sayin' stamp set wood $26.95 OR
Item No. 133203 Just Sayin' clear $18.95
Purchase in bundle along with Word Bubbles Framelits Dies
Item No. 134819 wood stamp and framelits bundle $43.95 OR
Item No. 134820 clear stamp and framelits bundle $37.25
Item No. 132995 Kaleidoscope Designer Paper $10.95
Item No. 129381 Ovals Collection Framelits $26.95
Item No. 129387 Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack $7.95
Item No. 126189 Paper-Piercing Tool $3.95
Item No. 126199 Stampin' Pierce Mat $4.95
Item No. 121003 Basics 3/8" Glimmer Brads $4.95
Item No. 126846 Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon $8.95
Item No. 131206 Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon $5.95
Item No. 32137 Silver 1/8" Ribbon $4.95
Item No. 119869 1/2" Circle Punch $5.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95


Weekly Deals Jan 15

These wonderful products are on sale for one week only –  order online HERE or email me and I'll place your order for you.

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Welcoming new team members

I was so thrilled to have 20 women join my From the Heart Stampers group in September!  It was truly cause for celebration!  And what better way to celebrate with everyone than to send hand-made cards.  Each member who signed up a new person to the team received the congratulations card below.


And each new team member received the card below welcoming them to the team.


  • I wanted to use up some scraps I had left over from my Brights Collection Designer Paper Stack.  Punching out the squares with the 1" Square Punch made it a breeze. 
  • I added some texture with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder, and the flower image came from Flower Shop stamp set, punched out with the Pansy Punch.
  • The Large Rhinestones are the perfect touch for centers of the flowers.
  • The Basic Black strips are die cut with my most favorite die – the Tasteful Trim Die.  While this die is a little "pricey" it's something I use all the time, both for cards and scrapbook pages.

Item No. 130134 Brights Designer Series Paper Stack $21.95
Item No. 124094 1" Square Punch $15.95
Item No. 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 130698 Pansy Punch $15.95
Item No. 130939 Flower Shop wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 130942 Flower Shop clear $17.95
Item No. 129324 Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40) $4.95

Don't forget!
This is the final day to sign up for my journal class!  Click here for all the details.

Be sure to order your Weekly Deals – more information here.

There's always free card kits to be had for your online orders!  It's so simple – just grab the code for the current card kit (you'll find them HERE), enter the code in your shopping cart along with a qualifying order and I'll send you the card kit completely free – there's not even any shipping cost!  Start your order now!


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Here's a fun congratulations card I made for my team members who were in the Top 5 in sales this past month.  I love the fun colors and stamping on the designer paper from I Am Me Designer Series Paper.  But you're probably wondering where in the world I got those two stamps!  Well, they're from the August Paper Pumpkin kit!  If you're not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you really need to be!  You're missing out on some really fun crafting kits!  Click here to view more details on joining My Paper Pumpkin.

  • I used the Chevron Embossing Folder for the Real Red cardstock background.
  • The So Saffron cardstock was cut with the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die.
  • The arrow comes from the Label Card Thinlits Dies – I love all the little pieces that come in the set!
  • Yet another framelit – the Bitty Banners Framelits – creates the "you did it" banner.
  • You've gotta add some bling!  I got out my 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Details Glitter to jazz up the bold letters.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:Wahoo closeup
My Paper Pumpkin Subscription!
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 127749 Chevron Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 133479 Label Card Thinlits Die $32.95
Item No. 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits $14.95
Item No. 102023 Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter $4.50
Item No. 100425 2-Way Glue Pen $4.50

Don't Forget!

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Birthday Candles – is it a wheel or a stamp?


I don't think I've ever liked the colors put into a Stampin' Up! designer paper more than I like this one, called Birthday Basics.  It's a yummy mix of both of the In Color palettes with lots of color choices – Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.

I did some surgery on my Birthday Candles Jumbo Wheel so that I could use it as a stamp rather than a wheel.  Just find the seam in the rubber, slice it with an exacto knife and pull it off the wheel.  Pull the two pieces apart so that you have just the red rubber separately.  Then mount it to Clear-Mount Cling Foam and you're ready to stamp!  This is a great way to get a multi-colored image easily by using Stampin' Write Markers direct to the rubber stamp.


I've also cut it so that I have 3 candles together that I can use for smaller images and the rest for full-sized cards or for more candles.


And with this gorgeous designer paper, don't forget to add some to make a coordinating envelope!  The new Envelope Liners Framelits Dies fit all three sizes of envelopes – the "regular," medium-sized envelope, the note card envelope and the 3"x3" envelope.

And don't forget a little Dazzling Details on the candles for some sparkle!

Item No. 130145 Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 130270 Cycle Celebrations wood $21.95 OR
Item No. 130273 Cycle Celebrations clear $16.95
Item No. 130111 Birthday Candles Jumbo Wheel $8.50
Item No. 126879 Basic Gray 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
Item No. 124117 Dazzling Details $2.50
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 107300 Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (40) $6.50
Item No. 132172 Envelope Liners Framelits Dies $26.95
Item No. 124236 Clear-Mount Cling Foam $10.95

FINAL DAYS TO SAVE 15% ON THE BUTTERFLY BUNDLE.  Purchase the Papillon Potpourri (butterfly stamp set) and Bitty Butterfly Bundle together and save!  Offer ends 9/30.  For details on saving 15% off your bundle, click here.

LOW SUPPLY OF THE ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD.  Due to high demand for the Envelope Punch Board (Item No. 133774), Stampin' Up! reports that the current supply is low.  It's still available for purchase at the time of this post (so don't delay).  However, it will likely go on back order in the next few days.  A new shipment is expected in mid-October.  See a video and more details on the Envelope Punch Board here.

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