Countdown to the New Catalog!

This is a very exciting week~ the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog goes live this Thursday, June 1st! So many exciting pretty new things ~ wow!

Today I want to show you the new Lovely Words Thinlits Dies that will be available to you on June 1st. I love word dies, and I really like these because they not only have words, but each word is set in a shape! You can use them as is or cut the word out of its shape, as I did for my card above.

You can see in the picture above the three words and two of them are shown in their shapes. “Lovely” is set in a heart, “friend” is set in an oval, and (not shown) “hugs” is set in a circle. Basically you have two options for each die!

Actually, this card is made entirely of dies! The flowers and leaves are from the May Flowers Framelits. These are carrying over from last year and I’m glad because they are so nice.

Pretty Pointer:  White on white is very powerful. You don’t see it often, so when you do it really makes a statement. Here the flowers are lifted off the page with Stampin’ Dimensionals, which even adds more to the card and gives it some depth.

The flower centers are the new Glitter Enamel Dots. These have been so popular just with the demonstrators (we can order some catalog items early), that they are all gone! But, we’e got you covered! Tons of them are expected in the second week of June, so keep them on your list ~ you’re gong to love them!

Come back tomorrow! Each day this week I’m going to be previewing some items from the new catalog! If you haven’t already, get your wish list started!


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Sneak Peek: Some Daisy Love!

So, I needed a wedding card this week. Now I’m a card maker, and I could make a white and gold wedding card…that would be nice. But it’s a spring wedding, and this new Delightful Daisy Suite is calling to me: pretty designer series paper and a fun new daisy punch!

Oh my, I love it!! This Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is fabulous and it makes such a sweet background to this spring wedding card. For the daisy, there are actually four (4) punched daisies layered on top of each other. They are alternated, one Whisper White card stock daisy, one Shimmery White card stock (watercolored with Flirty Flamingo ink) daisy, and then again the same. A large Silver Faceted Gem sits in the center of the daisy 🙂

Behind the daisy is a silver Metallic Doily and some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon. That gives it some wedding elegance, don’t you think? The die cut sentiment is cut from Wisteria Wonder card stock using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. These dies are carrying over from the current catalog and are available now!

What do you think of my spring wedding card? It’s not traditional, but I think this couple will like it 🙂 And I sure had fun using this new daisy suite!

The new items will be available on June 1st, but in the meantime:


To celebrate my 5th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! this week only, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING!

Place an order of any amount (the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies would be great, Item No. 141489) THROUGH ME by using my Host Code (SYQBEYJQ). Go ahead and pay the shipping and handling at the end of your order. After you have placed your order, I will issue you a check to refund you for the amount of the shipping and handling, and send it to you by mail.

This offer is only good when you order through me using my May Host Code. This is NOT offered through Stampin’ Up!

Please be sure you don’t choose “No Contact” on your order. If you choose that I would have no way to send you your check.

If you order one of the special Eastern Palace Bundles only available in May, you will qualify for my FREE Host Code Giveaway this month. CLICK HERE to find out more.


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Sneak Peek: New Label Me Pretty and Coordinating Punch!

In just a little more than 2 weeks the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog will be released! I’m trying to show you as many new items as I can to help you get your wish lists ready. Today’s sneak peek is a new stamp set called Label Me Pretty, and the coordinating punch.

I really love this kind of oval scalloped punch. And right in the center is the perfect spot for a sentiment, either stamped by itself or onto an inset circle. For this card I used a little die from the Layering Circles Thinlits.

Oh, I almost forgot! This card also has some of the new Fresh Fig 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon and it’s matching Bitty Bow!! Isn’t it adorable!!

In advance of the new catalog, Stampin’ Up! has released the Eastern Palace Suite early. Click the picture below to find out how you can get these early release bundles!

If you don’t have a new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and you don’t have your own demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to email me and I will mail one to you right away! You will love it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Pals Blog Hop: Textures or Techniques

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and want you to enjoy our creations!

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

My card today focuses on both texture and technique, and it uses some continuing products and some new products! Let’s talk about texture. A card can be fun and interesting because of the texture on the card.

To add texture to my card I used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder on a panel of Shimmery White card stock. Then I watercolored the panel with Sweet Sugarplum ink. You can see how the ink filled in the white space between the petals in some places and not in other places ~ this also adds texture!

Pretty Pointer: Shimmery White card stock is perfect for times when you want to both watercolor and use an embossing folder. It is a paper that is recommended for watercoloring and is also thin enough to go through an embossing folder.

For more texture, I added some of the brand new 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in the new In Color, Berry Burst (loving this ribbon!). I topped that with some Very Vanilla 1/2′ Lace Trim and finished it all off with an open lacy-looking flower. The “lovely” die cut sentiment is from the brand new Lovely Words Thinlits Dies.

All the details of the items I used are at the bottom of this post. Hope this gives you some ideas for adding texture to your own projects!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  4. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  7. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  8. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards  <<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  21. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  23. Shawn de Oliveira at

All Products Used Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper: Whisper White and Shimmery White card stock
Tools: Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Lovely Words Thinlits Dies (available June 1st), May Flowers Framelits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments: 1/2″ Finely Woven Berry Burst Ribbon (available June 1st), Very Vanilla 1/2′ Lace Trim, and Glitter Enamel Dots (available June 1st)

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Sneak Peek: Ribbon of Courage!

This is going to be one of the most popular stamp sets in the new catalog (my prediction!). It’s called Ribbon of Courage and it was designed by $1 million dollar salesperson, Patty Bennett. Today I’m only showing you one of the sentiments in the set, but you’ll be seeing more for sure! This particular sentiment is so nice, it’s actually something I would say to someone, that’s what I love about it.

And, I’ve got more sneak peeks for you!! What do you think about the pretty flowered paper? It’s the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack in all the new In Colors! The one I’m using today is Powder Pink. It’s paired with a background panel of Sweet Sugarplum card stock.

Ok, now, for the third sneak peek! Just behind the sentiment circle is a watercolored paper punched with the new…….(wait for it!)….Pretty Punch!  It was just made for pretty paper cards!! I got the Pretty Punch in my preorder and really like the size and the scalloped edges. For the punched piece, I used Watercolor Paper and an Aqua Pen. I brushed water on the paper first and then added three different inks: Sweet Sugarplum, the new Berry Burst, and Flirty Flamingo. I really like the way they blended together.

Are you getting excited about all the goodies in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog? Well I can tell you I’m excited! The catalog goes live on June.

Would You Like a New Catalog?

Would you like a copy of the new catalog? If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to be your demonstrator and would be happy to send you a new catalog. Please email me or leave a comment with your contact information and I’ll get one out to you! (If you have your own demonstrator, please get your catalog from them.)


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Simple Way to Use Vellum on Your Cards

Vellum adds softness to any card, and today I want to show you a super easy way to do just that! Do you see the vellum on these cards?

It’s layered over a piece of the pretty Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (one of my all-time favorite dsp’s and it’s retiring…booo) to soften it. You can do this on any card to change the look of the card. That’s all you have to do!  On today’s card I layered a piece of vellum over the lower portion of the card and cut the vellum to the same size as that lower panel of dsp. Easy!

So is your mind whirling about how you can layer vellum over your cards? I’m excited to know how you’ll do it! Take it from me, it will be SO pretty!

Pretty Pointer: When using vellum, it can be hard to figure out where to put the adhesive. I put mine only on a place that will be covered by something else. On this card I used a bit of Fast Fuse Adhesive at the top center of the vellum. The rest of the vellum panel simply lays on top of the dsp…and it looks great!

Stampin’ Up! has excellent Vellum Card Stock, I love it. It’s thick and looks so nice on my projects. To check it out, click the graphic below 🙂

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All Items Used Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Birthday Blossoms and Beautiful You
Ink: Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz, and Vellum Card Stock, Fruit Stand dsp (retiring-get it soon!)
Tools: Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments: 2016-2017 In Color Enamel Shapes, Lace Doilies (retiring too!)

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Sneak Peek of Eastern Palace Bundles Available Beginning May 1

May 1st Stampin’ Up! is releasing two bundles of products from the Eastern Palace Suite (new in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on June 1) for EARLY customer purchase!  I can’t wait for you to be able to play with these fabulous new products! All the details (including FREE bonus gifts in each bundle) are below.

Today’s card shows you some of the products from the new bundles. This beautiful flower was die cut from the new In Color Tranquil Tide card stock using one of the dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. Isn’t it gorgeous? The “hello” sentiment (stamped in the coordinating Tranquil Tide ink) and the background stamp are from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

ORDER BEGINNING MAY 1st!  The two bundles Stampin’ Up! is releasing from the Eastern Palace suite for EARLY customer purchase are available May 1 – May 31. Get these products up to a month before they are available in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, which begins June 1.

Here’s a FREE pdf with three tutorials to create three beautiful card ideas using the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle. And you can print a flyer here describing all that is included in the two bundles.

The starter bundle (147196, $60.50) includes FREE Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes.  Does NOT include the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.

The premier bundle (147207, $103.50) includes FREE Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes & NEW Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock (8.5 x 11).  Includes Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.

BOTH bundles include THREE of the NEW 2017-2019 In Color Ink Pads, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist! This is your opportunity to get these wonderful products early!!

More Details about today’s card:

  • Card base is 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ scored at 5-1/2″ from the new Tranquil Tide card stock (available June 1 OR with the Eastern Medallion Bundles above)
  • Panel is 5-1/4″ x 4″ cut from the new Powder Pink card stock (available June 1)
  • Strip  is 5-1/4″ x 1/2″ cut from the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (available June 1)
  • Embellishments are 1/2 of a Delicate White Doily and a new Gold Faceted Gem (available June 1)

Thanks for stopping by today! I love your comments ~ please let me know what you think about today’s card!

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New Video: How I Store My Dies!

Dies, dies, dies ~ we love them, don’t we? And on May 1st you are going to be able to order the fabulous Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies as part of an early release bundle offered by Stampin’ Up! (yeah, yippee!)

So I made you a little video showing how I store my dies! It’s not a professional video, I’m just learning, so please bear with me 🙂

What do you think of the Eastern Medallion Thinlits?  Aren’t they cool? I wanted to give you a little sneak peek because they aren’t like any dies I’ve ever seen! We are going to have lots of fun with these!!

Look closely at the photo above. The large gold circular pattern is a new vinyl sticker that comes with the bundle. Then inside that is the die. See those neat “petals”? They pop up off the page!!

Please stop back by because I’m going to be showing you more cards using these dies. Actually, I have barely started playing with them!! 🙂

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my little video. I’m going to try to do more for you, and hope to get better!

Also, be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter. Every newsletter comes with at least three FREE project tutorials ~ my gift to you for signing up!!

DON’T FORGET to check out both the Retiring Items and the Clearance Rack! There are great deals over there! Just click the graphics below to find out what’s available. Remember, these are only while supplies last!





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New Eastern Palace Suite Available May 1st!

Today’s card was created with some of the fabulous items from the new Eastern Palace Suite. I’m so loving this suite!  It’s going to take all of us quite a while to exhaust all of its possibilities!

The rich color I’m using is the new 2017-2018 In Color, Berry Burst. I’ve done a watercolor wash with my Aqua Pen to really show it off.  And, it blends beautifully with our bright yellow Daffodil Delight!

  • The card base is Whisper White with a panel of Daffodil Delight on top. The next layer of patterned paper is the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.
  • Then we have a panel of watercolor paper with a little row of the fabulous Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers (love, love, love!!)
  • The “smile” sentiment and the circle are from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set. I used the 2″ Circle Punch to punch that little guy out.
  • A bit of 1/4″ Gold Natural Trim is wrapped under the circle, along with some Gold Thread.

GET IT EARLY!  On May 1st, Stampin’ Up! is releasing to customers two bundles from this new suite. That’s one month prior to the release of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  You can buy these bundles early!!  And, each bundle has FREE GIFTS! Whee!  See the details below.



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My On Stage Swaps!!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to show you my swaps from On Stage!  These are the cards I created to swap with other demonstrators.

Navy and yellow are so gorgeous together!  The Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper has been one of my favorites this past year.  I used various patterns in the pack, so the cards all had a slightly different look.

Daffodil Delight is a great yellow, bright and clear. I used it as a panel behind the dsp and also as a circle layer behind the sentiment circle.

The Jar of Love stamp set has some good sentiments.  I love the way this one looks stamped in Night of Navy!

YOU can make this card yourself!  Here are some pointers for you!

Pretty Pointer:  This beautiful dsp is on the retiring list and I want to make sure you get some before it’s gone!

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Item No. 141663

See all the retiring items ~ and some are discounted up to 50% ~ by clicking the image below!

Pretty Pointer:  Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut the two circle layers.  They give a finished edge to your sentiment!

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
Item No. 145372

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All Items Used on Today’s Card are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Jar of Love
Ink: Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Daffodil Delight cardstock, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (retiring)
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine and Lace Doilies (retiring)


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