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Celebrate!  That’s what I’m doing today as the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is live and there are so many exciting new products to play with!  Here it is, just click and enjoy!

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Today’s card shows off my favorite new punch, the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  This punch is wonderful, seriously!  Some years ago before I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I had a punch that was similar to this one and I loved it.  I used it to punch the corners of the piece of card stock on the inside of the card.  It really dressed it up.  A friend liked my punch and I gave it to her, knowing I wanted to use all Stampin’ Up! products.  AND NOW WE HAVE ONE!!  Love, love, love!  So you see, you must get one! Here it is:

Curvy Corner Trio Punch

For today’s card I used this punch on all four corners of the little holly piece.  I love the way it came out!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Leave me a comment about your fave’s from the new catalog ~ I’d love to hear!

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Holiday Catalog Goes Live Tomorrow!!

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This is the last preview before the Holiday Catalog goes live TOMORROW!!  Tomorrow you can order all of these wonderful items!!  And you’re sure to love this new Reason for the Season Bundle.  The stamp set called Reason for the Season has some great Christmas sentiment stamps and some beautiful poinsettia stamps (even some two-step stamps)!

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For this card the flowers are made using only the inside poinsettia stamp (there is also a stamp outlining the border of the flower).  I love the abstract look of this stamp.  The flowers themselves are fussy cut to get the look I wanted.  The leaves are made out of Gold Foil Paper and embossed with the new Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  (I have to confess, I embossed this piece of Gold Foil Paper on the wrong side but think it still looks pretty…)


And this is the new Festive Flower Builder Punch!  The Gold Foil Paper leaves were punched with this punch.  It’s a great punch and actually makes an entire poinsettia!

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So, have you seen some goodies you want to order?  Get your list ready for tomorrow!  I just know you are going to be making some gorgeous Christmas cards this year!!


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Holiday Catalog Countdown!

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Yes, it’s the countdown to September 1st ~ the day the Holiday Catalog goes live!  There are SO MANY amazing goodies in this catalog.  Today I want to show you one of my favorites, the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies.  I used one of the dies to make this pretty red foil ornament.

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Speaking of red foil, that’s new too!  Red Foil Sheets!!  Oooh!  Isn’t this gorgeous?  I’m going to be using it on lots of Christmas cards for sure.

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And, Stampin’ Up! is giving us a wonderful new Precision Base Plate for cutting these little ornaments!  Whee!  It’s a steel plate for the Big Shot that gives improved performance for these very detailed dies, making those extra fine cuts perfectly!

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The leaves are made from Gold Glimmer Paper to give the card even more bling!!  For the little dots on the card I used a Blender Pen and dipped the tip in Real Red ink, then just barely touched it to the Very Vanilla card stock.  I love the soft dots it made.

So, have you got your wish list ready for Tuesday?  Stop back tomorrow to see another preview in the countdown to the live catalog!



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Fall Hello for the Pals!

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The Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge this week is great because it’s easy ~ yes, easy.  You can do almost anything with it.  It’s one of those sketches that’s fun and freeing!


So, for my card I cut the rectangle shape from Very Vanilla and edged it with one of the stamps from the Tin of Cards set.  I love this border stamp, it’s hidden among some strong sentiment stamps, but it is a great versatile stamp.

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These cute leaves were made with the Leaflets Framelits Dies and the Big Shot Machine.  For the leaves I used watercolor paper and washed it with ink using the Aqua Painter.  After the paper dried I cut out the leaves.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed the pretty wooden element at the center of the bow.  That’s one of the new Snowflake Elements available I’m the Holiday Catalog!  It just looked so fall-ish made of that wood, that it fit perfectly with the theme of this card!

Pop over to and see what the other designers have done.  While you’re there, enter your own card!  See you there!

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You’re In My Thoughts

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Today’s card is for a friend who is going through a hard time.  I wanted to make her something pretty to cheer her up, and this Best Thoughts stamp set seemed just the right thing.

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The flower was stamped in Rose Red ink on Watercolor Paper.  I used an Aqua Painter to very lightly pull the ink from the stamp into the petals.  Then I fussy cut the flower and put it on a background of English Garden DSP.

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The sweet little butterfly was stamped in Rose Red ink onto vellum, allowed to dry and then fussy cut.  I just love this whole stamp set, every single stamp is so pretty!

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Holiday Catalog Previews!

We are all getting super-excited for the Holiday Catalog to go live on September 1st (next week!!).  So today I’m going to show you a few previews straight from the catalog.  I have not made these items … but I want to!!  And you will too, so get your wish lists ready!  Here we go:


I love this new Season to Season Wreath Project Kit.  Do you see the banner in the center of the wreath?  There are cute little items in the kit to change out the banner for every season!

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You’ve seen this before (I posted it a week or so ago), but I just have to show it to you again.) This is a picture of the cute little new pillowbox die we have in the new catalog.  It makes these little boxes that are perfect for holding gift cards or treats or candies!  And there is a coordinating stamp set called “A Little Something.”  It has the sweet sentiments you see on the tiny cards above.  I mean, don’t you just think these are the cutest?

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Now, look at these sweet acorns ~ what do you think ~ darling?  Well, not only is there an acorn stamp set (called Acorny Thank You), but there is a coordinating Acorn Builder Punch!!!  How great is that?  Look at how they’ve done the pillow box on the right with that banner of punched acorns!  Can you stand it?

Well, that’s your preview for today.  What have you added to your wish list?  Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite!

PS ~ If you don’t yet have a Holiday Catalog and plan to place an order on or after September 1st, just email me and I will get a catalog out to you.  If you have a demonstrator, please contact him or her for your catalog.

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Golden Leaf ~ Beautiful Sneak Peek!

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Gold, gold, gold!!  For this project I pulled out everything I had that was gold and used it on this card!  I’m still loving the new stamp set called Lighthearted Leaves, I just can’t stop using it!  I can’t wait for you to be able to order it on September 1st!

This time I used gold embossing powder to bring out all the beautiful details of this large leaf stamp.  Then I used the Leaflets Framelits Dies to cut it out to perfection.

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This pretty gold and white paper is from the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper available September 1st.  Oh my gosh these papers are gorgeous!  I embossed the “Believe” stamp right onto the dsp.

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This is just the beginning of a beautiful gold season!  See everything I used on this card below (except the new Holiday Catalog items which aren’t available until—that’s right, September 1st!).


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Pretty Pink Poinsettia!

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Ooh I’m loving this new Festive Flower Builder Punch!  You absolutely MUST get this punch when it comes out on September 1st!  Since technically we are still in Summer, and here in San Diego it’s been quite hot this past week, I just had to make a pink summer flower, right?

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I just love Stampin’ Up! and all the gorgeous products they have.  I mean, where else could you get these beautiful items in these beautiful colors that all coordinate perfectly?

Are you ready for September 1st?  Get your list ready!!  If you need a catalog and plan to place an order of at least $25 on or after September 1st, just let me know and I’ll send you a catalog right away!

Here’s a list of the items I used.  (Reminder:  the Festive Flower Builder Punch and the coordinating stamp set won’t show up below because they aren’t yet available.)  Just click on an item you are interested in and it will take you right to my Stampin’ Up! store.


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Beautiful Fall Sneak Peek!

Grateful 4This card has some new products I haven’t shown you before ~ can you spot them?  First of all, do you see those absolutely adorable corners on the tag and the dsp?  Those are made with the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  Super CUTE!

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What else do you see?  The very pretty Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper is full of pretty papers, and this is one of my favorites.  This pattern is Very Vanilla with Tangelo Twist dots!

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And you’ve seen parts of it before as I’ve been using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set all week.  I just can’t help myself, it’s got so many stamps that can be used is so many ways!  Here I’ve used a leaf stamp that I think looks like a tree!  Don’t you think it makes a cute little tree?

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The sentiment is one I used the other day from Lighthearted Leaves.  I tried something new with this photopolymer stamp: it’s thin and narrow, and as I applied it onto the clear block I curved it into an arch shape.  I really like the way it turned out when I stamped it directly onto the dsp.  I was having so much fun I decided to stamp more onto extra pieces of Very Vanilla card stock and cut off the word “YOU.”  I cut some tiny pieces of dimensionals and used them to affix the small “you’d.”  It just adds a bit of interest :-)

Here’s a list of the Stampin’ Up! items used, but the sneak peek items won’t be available until September 1st, so they are not listed.  Start making your wish list ~ only 2 weeks left until you can order these great new items!!

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Sneak Peek: Lighthearted Leaves for the Pals!

PPC 263 PeggyHello and happy Thursday!  Today is another great color challenge at Pals Paper Arts.  Well you know I had to use some new goodies from the upcoming Holiday Catalog :-)

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Look at this adorable little ornament!!  Actually I think it’s supposed to be a leaf, but I decided that for my card today it’s an ornament :-)  It’s from the new stamp set called Lighthearted Leaves, and it’s a great set for Fall!  Be looking for it in the Holiday Catalog starting September 1st!

Here are the colors we are playing with this week at Pals Paper Arts:


Oh, and that cute little border that you see below under the sentiment?  That’s from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  Don’t you love it?

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Here are the items I used on this card (But the ornament and the sentiment from Lighthearted Leaves won’t be available until September 1st!).

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