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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Train Traveler

Traveler train

Here’s another card using the Traveler stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  You may have missed my previous post using Traveler – find it HERE.

I saw a card in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog using only neutrals, and I really liked it.  I’m usually all about color, but I wanted to introduce you to a few new products.

  • The first new product is Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This ultra lightweight paper has a very vintage feel.  You’ll receive 24 12″x12″ sheets, 4 each of 6 double-sided designs, for just $12.95.
  • The second new product is the Kraft Cardstock.  You might have missed this little gem in the catalog – it’s on pg. 192 and doesn’t look like much, but I guarantee you’re going to love this cardstock – heavier than our regular cardstock with a beautifully natural kraft color.  There are 12 12″x12″ sheets to a package for just $5.95.
  • The third new product is the Zig Zag Embossing Folder.  It feels decidedly masculine on the Kraft Cardstock and I can see it’s going to be a really useful folder to have on hand.
  • I’ve used the Says It All stamp set for the happy birthday greeting stamped in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.
  • I added a couple of metallic elements – the Gold Metallic Twine, a circle punched from the Gold Foil Paper and the addition of a gold brad from the Antique Brads collection.

Traveler train closeup

Don’t Forget!


BOGO image

Buy brand new Stampin’ Up! products from the new 2014-15 Annual Catalog, and receive my retired, gently used merchandise FREE!  Sale ends June 30th!  Click HERE for more details!


Click HERE for my list of Retired Stamps.

Click HERE for my list of Retired Accessories.





Place a qualifying order with me, either online or by contacting me, and you can receive FREE card kits!  I just added the hostess code for July’s classes – please use YWXPSZV6 when checking out to receive July’s Stamp Shoppe and/or Cards & Coffee card kits FREE.

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

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Blended Blooms and Moonlight

Blended Bloom

This card features lots of brand new Stampin’ Up! products you’ll want to put on your wish list to order on June 2nd – new stamps, In Colors, ribbon, designer paper and cardstock!

  • Let’s start with this great new designer paper.  It’s called Moonlight, and it’s a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ paper stack for just $6.95 – so useful and economical for card makers!  Colors are Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.
  • Are there some names in that list you don’t recognize?  They’re the new In Colors for 2014-16!  Check out my IN COLOR CLUB to get all of your supplies more affordably.
  • The featured stamp set is called Blended Bloom and is a single wood-mount stamp.  You’re going to be THRILLED to know that we now carry a black Memento Ink Pad.  It was initially added to our product line to use with our upcoming Blendabilities markers, but let me tell you, it’s going to be your most favorite black ink ever!  It’s similar to StazOn ink in that it gives nice, crisp lines to your stamped images, and it also doesn’t bleed when using the Aqua Painter with it, but it cleans off your stamp completely without leaving any staining to the rubber.  Don’t think I’ll be using another black ink again now that I have my Memento Ink Pad!  I’ve colored this image with my Aqua Painter and Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey stamp pads.
  • The “happy birthday” sentiment is from another great new stamp set called Something to Say.  Think lots and lots of great sentiments with a couple of cute images that line up with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (yet another new product!).
  • And last but not least is the new 2014-16 In Color Ribbon in Hello Honey.  I’m so glad we have a good substitute for our retiring Summer Starfruit!  This great yellow has a little less brown and is a little more vibrant.  It’s definitely a good addition to our Stampin’ Up! colors!  And the ribbon ties so nicely!  Join my In Color Club and receive 2 yds. of each of the 5 new colors of In Color Ribbon!


Blended Bloom closeup

Don’t Forget!

Place a qualifying order with me, either online or by contacting me, and you can receive FREE card kits!  Use hostess code J26ZFXH2 when checking out to receive June’s Stamp Shoppe and/or Cards & Coffee card kits FREE.

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.  NOTE:  You won’t be able to order the new items until June 2nd.

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NEW Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set

endless wishes projects

Here are some beautiful projects from the Stampin’ Up! home office using the brand new photopolymer stamp set called Endless Birthday Wishes.  At just $13.95, this stamp set is one you’ll sure to want for your collection.  Here are all of the images you’ll receive:

endless wishes stamps

Don’t delay – the fantastic Endless Wishes set at Christmas time sold out!  This one may well sell out, too!


When Stampin’ Up! announced the retired list, the 2012-2014 In Color 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock sold out very quickly. I’m happy to announce that they’ve been able to obtain additional product, and there are limited quantities available again. Once this new stock runs out, it will be out for good.

The following items are available, only while supplies last:





Gumball Green 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock


Midnight Muse 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock


Primrose Petals 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock


Raspberry Ripple 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock


Summer Starfruit 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Don’t Forget!

Place a qualifying order with me, either online or by contacting me, and you can receive FREE card kits!  Use hostess code Q9GYBTHG when checking out.

Order this 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 it to your shopping cart in my Online Store.

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Another Great Year with Flowers

another great year floral

Once again, Stampin' Up!'s beautiful designer papers have come to the rescue with a beautiful color palette for my card today.  I've used a piece of designer paper from the Birthday Basics collection, then set about to make some flowers in Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo and Gumball Green.

Another Great Year is a super fun birthday stamp set from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occasions Catalog  There are so many components that I'm sure I'll be showing you what else you can do with this set in another post.  Here, I've just used one of the sentiment stamps and stamped it in Basic Gray ink.  Here are all of the images you'll receive when you order Another Great Year:
another great year

I let the flowers on this card do the "wow" work.  Flowers are punched with the Pansy Punch and the Petite Petals Punch (which I'm afraid is on backorder right now), and the greenery is cut out with the Big Shot and the Secret Garden FramelitsXL Rhinestones set off the centers.

another great year floral closeup

Don't Forget!

Sign up for the April Stamp Shoppe or Cards & Coffee – either to attend or to receive your kits "By Mail".  Use hostess code JTFSHDYB when checking out to receive April's Stamp Shoppe or Cards & Coffee card kits FREE!  I've posted the cards for April Stamp Shoppe– check them out HERE And here are the Cards & Coffee cards and envelopes.

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 deetails or to add them to your shopping cart in my Online Store. 

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Birthday Simple Stems

 flower HB

I decided to combine the old with the new for this card using Simple Stems stamp set along with Cycle Celebrations stamp for the sentiment.  This pretty designer paper called Birthday Basics has such terrific colors – Gumball Green, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Raspberry Ripple.

  • A little paper piercing around the circle adds some extra interest.
  • I used Finishing Touches Edgelits to cut the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock at the bottom.
  • The new Petite Petals Punch is a must and looks cute with a Raspberry Ripple Dahlia in the center.

flower HB closeup

Don't Forget!
Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st!  Which gift are you going to choose free with your next order?   View the Sale-A-Bration flyer HERE.  Click here to place your order in my Online Store. 

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

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Fresh Prints Birthday from Julie

Julie's Birthday Card

What a beautiful birthday card I received from Julie Timm, one of my From the Heart Stampers team members and friend!  Julie uses the fun, new color scheme from Fresh Prints Paper Stack for her card design – Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White.

Julie's Birthday Card 2

  • Circles Collection Framelits are the perfect way to make all your circle sizes economically.  At just $26.95 for 10 different size circles, you'll get lots of bang for your buck!
  • Though it's been around for awhile now, the Polka Dot Embossing Folder is still my favorite!
  • "happy birthday" comes from the handy coordination of Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and Bitty Banners Framelits.  Julie heat embossed with white embossing powder on Real Red cardstock for a definite wow!  Don't forget to use your Embossing Buddy to prevent extra embossing powder from sticking to your project where you don't want it.  Just rub it across your cardstock before you begin.
  • Julie picked the perfect little accents – some White Baker's Twine for a sweet bow, heart from the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits and a small Pearl accent.


THINGS YOU'LL NEED:Julie's square
Item No. 132996 Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack $6.95
Item No. 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits $14.95
Item No. 130911 Circles Collection Framelits $130911
Item No. 125596 Fashionable Hearts Embosslits $11.95
Item No. 132022 Itty Bitty Banners stamp set wood $15.95 OR
Item No. 126257 Itty Bitty Banners clear $11.95
Item No. 119247 Pearl Basic Jewels $4.95
Item No. 124262 Whisper White Baker's Twine $2.95
Item No. 129053 Heat Tool $29.95
Item No. 109132 White Stampin' Emboss Powder $4.75
Item No. 103083 Embossing Buddy $5.95

UPDATE:  I have TWO card kits for each track from this weekend's Stamp Shoppe – get yours free with a qualifying order!  Click here for all the details.

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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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Not Just for Christmas!

Have yourself

Today I want to highlight one of the kit products I love in the Holiday Catalog.  I've put together one of the cards from Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit found on pg. 27 so you could see the finished results using the instructions in the kit.  It coordinates with the Merry Little Christmas stamp set and is the perfect card done in a snap!  I love the color combination – Coastal Cabana, Gumball Green and Real Red

Here's what the kit looks like:

Merry Cmas Simply Created

You receive all the consumable pieces you need to create 8 cards – pre-scored cardstock cards, die-cut designer series paper and cardstock accents, buttons, baker's twine and even envelopes with envelope liners!

Not ready to think about Christmas yet?  No problem – think outside the box!  This card kit can be used with other stamps to create cards for other occasions.  I combined the kit with two other stamp sets – the Best of Birthdays and Wishing You – to create a birthday card.  And even Wishing You stamp set is really a Christmas set – I just used the packages for birthday intstead.  I also added a Coastal Cabana cardstock circle behind the button.



THINGS YOU'LL NEED:celebrate closeup
Item No. 132158 Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit $9.95
Item No. 131826 Merry Little Christmas stamp set wood $13.95 OR
Item No. 131820 Merry Little Christmas stamp set clear $10.95
Item No. 132929 Best of Birthdays clear only $14.95
Item No. 131748 Wishing You stamp set wood $14.95 OR
Item No. 131751 Wishing You stamp set clear $11.95
Best of Birthdays
Best of Birthdays stamp set
Wishing You
Wishing You stamp set

Merry Little Christmas
Merry Little Christmas Stamp Set

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Don't Forget!
Order these and all your Stampin' Up! products through my Online Store HERE


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Dog Talk!

Dog Talk 2

Who says Christmas designer paper has to be used just for Christmas?  I designed this cute birthday card around the Season of Style Designer Series Paper.  Choose either the Paper Stack – 48 sheets, 24 each of 2 double-sided designs, 4-1/2"x6-1/2" OR the traditional 12"x12" Designer Series Paper, including 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs.

  • I love the Animal Talk stamp set – 4 different images and coordinating sentiments makes this a really versatile set.
  • Was it too much of a stretch?  I used the Crumb Cake and White polka dot paper from the Season of Style pack to replicate the cute little dog – stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock and spots colored in with White Gel Pen.
  • Actually, the main image got a little boost by stamping with VersaMark ink, pouring on some Early Espresso Embossing Powder and heat setting with the Heat Tool.  That made a nice little "home" for the white gel pen to be applied.
  • The lower line of text was simply stamped with Early Espresso Ink.
  • I found the Island Indigo and White plaid paper in the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper pack.  Just right for this card!
  • All that was left was to give this card a little accent with White Baker's Twine.
  • For those of you looking for masculine card ideas, this would be perfect!

Item No. 132340 Season of Style Designer Series Paper (12"x12") $10.95 OR
Item No. 132181 Season fo Style Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2"x6-1/2") $6.95
Item No. 126392 Animal Talk stamp set wood $26.95 OR
Item No. 126392 Animal Talk clear $18.95
Item No. 129053 Heat Tool $29.65
Item No. 128980 Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder $A4.75
Item No. 102283 VersaMark Pad $7.50
Item No. 105021 uni-ball Signo Gel Pen $3.95
Item No. 124262 White Baker's Twine (25 yds.) $2.95

Animal Talk

Item No. 126392 Animal Talk stamp set wood $26.95 OR
Item No. 126392 Animal Talk clear $18.95

Each month, I randomly draw one name from those customers who've placed an online order with me and send them something fun.  I've been highlighting things you can do with Note Cards this month.  In fact, I'm not done showing you some of my ideas for these cute  5"x3-1/2" cards – more to come!  For the month of August, everyone's a winner!  Place an online order with me HERE for any of your favorite Stampin' Up! products, and receive one of the Note Cards I've made.  It will come with an evelope and won't be written in so that you can use it to send.  One lucky winner will receive a set of eight Note Cards and envelopes!  All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is place an online order at my Online Store HERE.

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