FINAL Sale-A-Bration card sample and chance for free gifts

Big Day Butterfly

This is it!  Today (Tuesday, March 31st) is the last day to take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! free Sale-A-Bration gifts!  It’s been so much fun to receive free gifts with qualifying orders over the past 3 months!  Why not take one last chance to choose an additional free gift or two while you can!  And you’re going to very much want the three Sale-A-Bration free gifts used to create today’s card.

  • My idea for this card came from the gorgeous Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.  I particularly love the butterfly print.  There are lots of fun things you can do with this vellum, like color in on the back side and use a stylus to push dimension into it.  But here I just used it simply – with a beautiful color like Coastal Cabana cardstock placed behind it so the color can shine through.
  • I love blues and purples together, and so I jumped immediately to my favorite purple – Rich Razzleberry – for the sentiment.  Here’s the second Sale-A-Bration product in my card – Big Day stamp set.  I used it for the “happy birthday” saying.  But what to do to make the sentiment really stand out? I heat embossed it by stamping in VersaMark ink, sprinkling on Silver Embossing Powder and heat embossing it with the Heat Tool.
  • I needed a bit more silver on my card to really tie it together so I used a Silver Button with two fibers attached.  This is the third Sale-A-Bration product on my card – the Coastal Cabana ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack.  I separated the vanilla twine away from the silver fibers of the Silver Baker’s Twine and added them in as well.  Don’t forget a package of Glue Dots – they’re the very best adhesive for adding embellishments to your card.

Big Day Butterfly closeup

Here are the links to view all of the various flyers containing the items you can choose free with each $50 order placed today:

Click HERE to view the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.
Click HERE to view the March additions to Sale-A-Bration.
Click HERE to view more great products added to the Sale-A-Bration offering.
In Colors
And speaking of Coastal Cabana, it is one of the five 2013-15 In Colors that will be leaving us very soon.  Not sure how I’m going to design without this gorgeous blue!  Be sure to grab all of these beautiful colors before they go on the retiring list in April.  They’ll only be available “while supplies last” and in past years they’ve flown off the shelves.  And, you might as well get Sale-A-Bration benefits while stocking up on these soon-to-be-gone colors!



And why not add on some of this week’s Weekly Deals!  If you don’t own one, you’ve just gotta grab a Magnetic Platform for your Big Shot!  And while you’re at it, there are lots and lots of accessories, too!  Here are your sale item:

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

Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with every purchase you make through me!   Earn free April card kits by using hostess code 2U99NU3W when checking out.  You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

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More Easter and Nature’s Perfection

happy easter natures perfection

I couldn’t stop using the fun rose template that is part of the Artisan Embellishment Kit in the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.  If you missed it, you’ll find another version HERE.  I’ve also explained how to use Sponge Daubers and Stamp Pads to create the background on that first card.  This one uses Real Red roses on a background of Old Olive.

  • I die cut two Basic Black cardstock pieces for this card.  The “happy” comes from the Hello You Thinlits, and the sweet edging is a piece from Finishing Touches Edgelits, both used with the Big Shot.
  • The butterfly and the row of flowers are both stamps contained in Nature’s Perfection, a newly added stamp set to the Sale-A-Bration offering this month.  Spend $50 (before tax/shipping) on any Stampin’ Up! products, and choose this beautiful stamp set free!
  • I wanted the butterfly to have the same softly colored feel as the stenciled roses, so I stamped in Black StazOn Ink then used my Sponge Dauber and Real Red stamp pad to add a splash of color to it.  And Stampin’ Up! has a coordinating punch called Elegant Butterfly that will line up with this stamp precisely.
  • “Easter” comes from the Indescribable Gift stamp set, also in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.
  • I came up with a pretty accent and something different for this card.  I used the smallest Basic Black Button in the Neutrals Designer Button packet, then placed the largest Rhinestone Jewel in the center.  Fits perfectly and gives the right look to the card!

happy easter natures perfection closeup_edited-1

We’re in the final days of Sale-A-Bration AND also the final days of receiving your FREE March Card Shoppe card kits!  Be sure to get your orders in before the end of the month!

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

Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with every purchase you make through me!   Samples for my March Card Shoppe Class By Mail are up and ready for you to see HERE.  Earn free March card kits by using hostess code 9FE3JXBA when checking out.  You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

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MORE Sale-A-Bration items added!

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Stampin’ Up! just added the above products to ones that you can take for free during Sale-A-Bration with each qualifying $50 order you place!  Click this link to see the full flyer:  NEW Sale-A-Bration Items Added!

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

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March Stamp With Me – attend or “by mail”

March Stamp With Me Class will show off the March-only Sale-A-Bration free gifts, as well as more from the Occasions Catalog.

I’d like you to be able to participate in whatever way that works best for you!

1.  Attend class on Thursday, March 12th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, at the Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge,  located at 60 Seneca Street in Geneva, NY.

2. Attend class on Wednesday, March 18th, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Hidden Valley Clubhouse, 199 Hidden Valley Rd., Rochester NY 14624.

3.  Get your card packets in the mail from me with my “By Mail” program – check it out HERE.

Here’s a sneak peek:

March Stamping Class
It was incredibly hard to design cards this month, because there is so much going on, and I wanted to show you all of it!
  1. Our Happy Hoppy Easter card uses the For Peeps Sake stamp set along with Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Paper, a free Sale-A-Bration product!
  2. Next is our For All You Do card.  You can also choose a “Happy Easter” sentiment for this card.  It uses three brand new Sale-A-Bration items – For Being You stamp set, Nature’s Perfection stamp set and Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.  We’ll be using markers to color in the vellum for a stained glass effect!
  3. And finally, you’ll be treated to a sample of the Paper Pumpkin subscriptions with our shaker card.  Sentiments will vary between “happy birthday,” “hello” and “thank you”.  Purchase three prepaid subscriptions to Paper Pumpkin and choose a free Sale-A-Bration gift this month only.

Class is $15 including coordinating envelopes, or your cards are free with a minimum $25 order, whether you attend or get your card kits “By Mail”!

Place an online order HERE using hostess/workshop code 2JB2TN6N.

to receive your cards and envelopes completely FREE!  And if you’re not able to attend, I will mail your card kits to you free of charge!

If you’re attending class, I’ll provide all of the supplies you’ll need to create your cards except for Stampin’ Up! SNAIL Adhesive and Dimensionals, which you’ll need to bring with you.  If you don’t have these adhesives, please let me know.  I’ll bring them with me to class.

Please register by the following dates for the option you’d like:

before Wednesday, March 11th for the Geneva location

before Monday, March 16th for the Rochester location and

before March 17th for your “By Mail” kit

Simply email me at to let me know that you’re attending one of the two classes or that you want your class “By Mail”.

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Best Day Ever – 2015 Sale-A-Bration

Best Day Ever

There are so many terrific Stampin’ Up! special products that you can take free.  But remember, this is the final month for Sale-A-Bration, the biggest sales event of the year!  Be sure to stock up on all of your basic consumables this month – things like adhesive, cardstock and envelopes – to earn free products.

Today I’m featuring the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Best Day Ever.  And good news – you can choose wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer!  Here are all of the images you’ll receive with this great little set –

best day ever stamp set

  • I wanted to try a rainbow effect with my color scheme, but was tired of the traditional bright colors.  Just for fun, I tried combining 2 Subtles colors (Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral) with 3 Regals colors (Rose Red, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo) for a bit of a different look.
  • I stamped each color of flower, turning the petals so that the striped one ended up in a different place each time.
  • Do you sometimes need more Black Candy Dots than all the rest of the neutrals color pack?  I definitely go through them more quickly!  For this card, I used the Very Vanilla Candy Dots (which I don’t seem to use very often) and colored them black with a sharpie.  It worked great!
  • Don’t forget to pop the main image up on Dimensionals!

Best Day Ever closeup


Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with every purchase you make through me!   Card samples are not ready yet, but begin earning free March card kits immediately by using hostess code 2JB2TN6N when checking out.  You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

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

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Lotus Blossom Sympathy

Lotus Blossom Sympathy

The Lotus Blossom stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Sale-A-Bration Brochure has been one of the most popular stamp sets ever!  People are falling in love with three-step stamping and it’s so easy to create such a stunning result.  And it can be yours completely free during the month of March with an order of at least $50 in Stampin’ Up! product.

Unfortunately I needed yet another sympathy card this week when a good customer’s brother passed away unexpectedly.  I usually have these cards on hand, but I wanted something super special for her, and she loves the Lotus stamp set.

  • I’m finding that rather than stamping the lotus blossom from dark to light, I’m stamping from light to dark.  It seems easier to me to line up the petals.  For my 3 colors for this card, I began with off stamping Rich Razzleberry (ink up your stamp, stamp on a scrap piece of paper then onto your cardstock).  Step 2 was using Rich Razzleberry full strength, and Step 3 I used Blackberry Bliss ink.
  • I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock as my card base and as the base for my main image.  The Mossy Meadow Ribbon coordinated nicely, and I used Mossy Meadow Ink to stamp the sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.
  • Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack contains this pretty Blackberry Bliss print.
  • Be sure to use Dimensionals to add depth to your card.  I popped up the main image and also the sentiment with this handy adhesive.
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set created the splatters in the background.  This is definitely the most used stamp set on my shelf!


Lotus Blossom Sympathy closeup

Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with your purchases through me.   Please use 2JB2TN6N when checking out to receive March Stamp With Me card kits FREE.  I’ll have card samples up soon!  You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.
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FOUR new Sale-A-Bration Products Added

SAB free gifts

That’s right!  Stampin’ Up! has added FOUR new products to the free gifts that you can earn during Sale-A-Bration!  Starting Sunday, March 1st, you can choose one of these new gift for every $50 for that you order. (Other Sale-A-Bration gifts are also still available.) Sale-a-bration ends March 31.

SAB Bonus Items

Click here to view the full flyer:  March Sale-A-Bration Additional Gifts


IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Stampin’ Up! is experiencing quality issues with the Blendabilities markers. Except for the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad Refill (item #133456), all item numbers have been turned off; this includes Blendabilities Sale-A-Bration item numbers. At this time, backorders for Blendabilities will not be fulfilled.  I know it is disappointing, but we will wait to hear from Stampin’ Up! as to what the problem is and when it might be rectified.  I will share more information as it comes in.

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2015 Sale-A-Bration Simply Wonderful

Simply Wonderful SAB

Today is the FINAL day to receive the February Card Shoppe cards!  Be sure to make your purchases using hostess code 2M9PZMM3 by the end of the day to receive free card kits this month.  What’s my free card kit program?  Read more about it HERE.

Can you count FOUR different 2015 Sale-A-Bration free products on this card?  This has to be the best selection of free gifts from Stampin’ Up! ever!  So here are the four:

  1. Simply Wonderful Stamp Set – it coordinates with the XL Oval Punch!  Use any of the great sentiments in this stamp set and make a stack of cards.
  2. Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper – both prints!
  3. Best Year Ever Accessory PackCrushed Curry Ribbon is used, and there’s also Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana ribbon, and buttons in all three colors!
  4. Calypso Coral Assortment Blendabilities – I used the darkest one to color the Pearls.

And, of course, I’ve been in a “lining the envelope” mood lately!  With free designer paper, why not, right?  Grab your Envelope Liner Framelits priced at $26.95, and you’re over half way to a free Sale-A-Bration gift!  And if you don’t own the Big Shot yet, now’s the time – you’ll earn 2 Sale-A-Bration free gifts when you purchase your Big Shot in March!

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

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Bokeh technique with Best Day Ever


I tried my hand at the bokeh technique (pronounced BOH-kay ) which is actually a photography technique but works beautifully with stamping, too.  Creating a beautiful background, I wanted to keep the overall card really simple, so adding a sentiment is about all that’s necessary.  Here I used Best Day Ever, a 2015 Sale-A-Bration stamp set that you can get free with a qualifying purchase.  Here’s how you’ll create this pretty background:

  • Cut a template out of scrap cardstock using Circle Framelits and the Big Shot.  You could also use various circle punches – just pick a few different sizes.  Here’s what my template looked like for this card:

circle template for bokeh

  • Using Watercolor Paper, various stamp pads and an Aqua Painter, color randomly, blending lightest color to darkest and overlapping in some places.  I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss.
  • Dry thoroughly before the next step.  If you want to move on, use the Heat Tool on dry setting No. 1 to hurry it along.
  • Use your circle template and apply Whisper White Craft Ink with a Sponge Dauber over the watercolored paper.  Pick different sizes and overlap them.


  • To complete my card, I stamped “Best Day Ever” onto Vellum Cardstock using Stazon Black Ink.  In order to attach the Vellum Cardstock to my card and not have adhesive show through, I used Mini Silver Brads.
  • I added a simple Pool Party cardstock flower punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower.  The center is a Rhinestone colored in with a Melon Mambo Blendabilities.  Yes, they’re not just for coloring in your images – you can color pearls, rhinestones and buttons with them, too.


Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with your purchases through me.   Please use TP4XVQVR when checking out to receive February Card Shoppe card kits FREE.  Samples are up for this great online class HERE.   You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

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

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Tuesday Tidbits

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Tomorrow’s the last day to either attend the Rochester Stamp With Me class or to get your card kit “by mail” free with an online purchase using hostess code TP4XVQVR.  Details can be found HERE.
February Card Shoppe 2015

Hostess/Ordering Code for February:  TP4XVQVR

To place a qualifying order to receive your card kits FREE, click HERE to go to my online store and add Workshop Code TP4XVQVR into your Shopping Cart.  Details about my free card kit program can be found HERE.

With each $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products from now until March 31st, you’ll get to choose a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.
One of your free choices might be the This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection.  Use these great cards to scrapbook or to create beautiful cards.  Item No. 138636
SAB PL Cards This Day
SAB PL card


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