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About Sue

I am an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator with over 10 years experience. I am addicted to rubber stamping, paper crafting in general, and digital paper crafting using My Digital Studio software. I thrive on sharing this experience and knowledge with others through classes and workshops.

Stampin’ Up! Retirement List is Out!

Header for Retirement List

The retirement list is online! Just gotta make room for new product so Stampin’ Up! retires product that either didn’t sell well or has been around for a while. Some of the retiring product is on sale and will not last long so check the list out right away.  Of course, all the bundles in the 2016-2017 Annual Occasions catalogs retire even if the stamps and dies in the bundle do not retire so order them now and save 10%! Use the links below to see what is retiring.

Stamps

Bundles

Everything else

Items at 50% 0ff:
Balloon Thinlit Pop-Up Dies OC pg 5
Basket Builder Framelits Dies
OC pg 18
Sprinkles Embellishments
OC pg 32
Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
OC pg 51
Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies
OC pg 55
There are more items from the Occasions Catalog that are discounted up to 40% off so be sure to check the lists right away before these sell out. All the product in the 2015-2017 In Colors sells out quickly as well. Now is the time to stock up!

Check out the information concerning the retirement list that Stampin’ Up! posted:

Main Information:

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.

Order Information:

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.
  • Please start your orders for retiring products after the promotion starts. Orders that are started before the promotion begins will not include the discounted prices.

Have fun shopping and saving!
Sue

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photo of March Paper Pumpkin bunny treat bags

These darling bunny treat bags were the project in the March Paper Pumpkin kit. I bought two refills so I had enough to send to all our grandchildren and greats for Easter. They were so easy to make and so much fun.

photo of bunny treat sack from March Paper Pumpkin

When you subscribe to the Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up! sends you a unique project each month. It is like getting happy mail in your mailbox and is always a great surprise. The May kit promises to be an even more exciting project as April marks the 4th anniversary of Paper Pumpkin. Sara Douglas, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! designed the April project and has even included a free gift in the kit.

The thing is that you have to subscribe today to get the May kit. Go here for more information and to subscribe.

New Sale-A-Bration Freebies Available Feb 21!

Check out these three new choices for Free product during Sale-A-Bration! Just order $50 in product and choose one of these great FREE items. Visit my online store to place your order by clicking the button on the right. Remember that for every $50 purchased from me, you can fill in one of the boxes in my Frequent Shopper form. To read more about this program and download the form click here

New colors of Glimmer paper for Sale-A-Bration. photo of Reverse Words new Free product for Sale-A-Bration photo of Make a Medallion stamp set that is a new Sale-A-Bration Freebie

Detailed Dragonfly Birthday Card

Birthday card created with Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies and Watercolor Wash stamp set

Just look at those beautiful dragonflies cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper! Yes, you read that right…Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper. A pack of glimmer paper which includes 4 sheets each of Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, and Mint Macaron glimmer paper is one of the three new FREE Sale-A-Bration products you can choose from when you spend $50 in Stampin’ Up! products during January, February, and March.

Now on to the card. I resisted getting the very popular Dragon Fly Dreams bundle for a while because I already have all the butterfly dies Stampin’ Up! offers and really didn’t need to also have a set of dragonflies as well. Yeah…right! I especially love this particular die with the dragonflies flying up and it is this die that finally hooked me into getting the bundle.

I envisioned the dragonflies coming up out of grass with flowers in the background so I brought out my Watercolor Wash background stamp and used Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, and Pool Party markers on it. Then I spritzed it with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. The sentiment is from the Special Reason stamp set. Click on the images below to go to their place in my online store to order any of the supplies you need to CASE this card.

Sealed with Love Tags

Valentine tag created with Sealed with Love Bundle

This Sealed with Love Bundle of stamp set and corresponding dies is perfect for making a Valentine tag to add to a little box of chocolates as a gift for the childcare providers at our local MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group. I love the little envelopes and tiny note cards. Since these were for the childcare people, I thought the sentiment from the Swan Lake stamp set was the perfect choice. I embossed the tag after stamping the sentiment with the new Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think the name really should be Falling Hearts as they look more like hearts to me than petals. But then, I wasn’t asked…LOL!

Remember that this is Sale-A-Bration time at Stampin’ Up! and you can choose a FREE item in the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 you purchase in product from any of our current catalogs.

3 month prepaid subscriptions (137859) to Paper Pumpkin are an easy way to get that FREE SAB item. The 3 month prepaid subscription is on sale for only $55 through March 31st. You can order any number of multiples of the 3 month subscriptions. You will receive an email with an activation code for each 3 month subscription. Be sure to save those activation codes to use when the first 3 month subscription expires so you can begin the next three month subscription. If you are a current subscriber, your monthly billing of $19.95 will be suspended while you use the prepaid subscriptions.

To order the supplies I used to make this tag, just click on the images below.

Window Box Thinlits Again

Handmade Thinking of You card created with a Window Box Thinlit die

This die from the Window Box Thinlits Dies is so beautiful! A card on page 43 of the Occasions catalog looked to me like it was stenciled on the front. So I CASEd it but actually did use a die-cut piece as a stencil to create the image on my card. Since this particular die only cuts out the pieces and not the surrounding area, there is plenty of negative space to keep the sponging isolated just on the pattern. I sponged Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach, and Melon Mambo inks on the design. The greeting from the corresponding Window Shopping stamp set is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Melon Mambo ink and cut out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I backed it with a scalloped Layering Ovals die-cut from Melon Mambo cardstock and embellished it with rows of little pearls. Visit these two blog posts here and here to see a couple of other cards I have created using the Window Box Thinlits.

Remember that during Sale-A-Bration  you can choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 in product you purchase. Click on the images below to be taken to their location in my online store.

Window Box Birthday Card

Handmade Birthday Card using the Window Box Thinlits Dies

Yesterday I shared a quick Birthday card I created with one of the dies in the Window Box Thinlits Dies collection. You can see that card here if you missed my post. Today I want to share another fairly quick Birthday card using the candles die from that collection of dies. This time I backed the die cut strip with a different design from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. The greeting is from the Balloon Adventures stamp set. Both the Window Box Thinlits and the Ballomn Adventures stamp set are found in the new 2017 Occasions catalog.

Do you have one of these catalogs yet? Would you like to have one totally free to hold in your hands and pour over? It makes really good bedtime reading…wait…maybe it doesn’t because your mind will get filled with all the exciting creations you could make with the products in this catalog. Anyway, contact me if you would like me to send you a catalog. You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below to be taken to where they are in my online store. Shopping is just as easy as that! And….for every $50 you spend during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! And…don’t forget that when you order $50 or more online, you can check off a box on my Customer Appreciation Tracker. When you have 8 checks, you can order from me $45 worth of product for free. Check this program out here and download your tracking sheet.

Good Tools = Quick Cards

handmade birthday card created with Window Box Thinlits Die

When you have good tools, you can create a birthday card so quickly! This card used one of the dies from the Window Box Thinlits Dies, a Layering Ovals Framelit, one of the Stitched Shape Oval Framelits, and a greeting from the FREE Sale-A-Bration Avant-Garden stamp set. I put a square of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper behind the cutout and then covered it on the inside with another piece of Whisper White cardstock. (I didn’t want the cactus pattern which is the reverse side of this pattern showing on the inside. It doesn’t fit the theme of this card.)

The Big Shot Die-Cutting machine, great dies, and wonderful designer paper, plus ink, stamps and adhesives = great quick card! Click on the images below to order the supplies I used in this card so you, too, can make a quick card when needed.

Oh, and…the beautiful ribbon is a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice when you order $50 in product! This ribbon is soft and sooooo beautiful! It comes in a Combo pack of white ribbon with a silver metallic thread and Very Vanilla ribbon with a gold metallic thread.

Hey Chick!

Wiper card using Hey Chick stamp set

When I first saw the Hey Chick stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, I knew I had to make a wiper card with the set. This SAB set is absolutely darling and the best part of it is that it is FREE when you purchase $50 in product from me before taxes and shipping.

Now the closed card is cute in and of itself but just see what happens when you pull the ends of the card!

Opened wiper card using Hey, Chick stamp set

Giggle! I just love that floppy-maned chicken popping up to wish you a happy day! There are several online tutorials and videos showing how to make a wiper card. I followed Dawn Olchefsky’s  directions on this video  but made the tag a little longer so more of it would stick up. Wiper cards are fun to make but do take a little fussing to get them right the first time you make one.

The new 2017 Occasions catalog became live Jan 4th and that also was the first day of Sale-A-Bration which runs through March 31st. Sale-A-Bration is the exciting time of year when you can choose one of the FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 you purchase in Stampin’ Up! products. Contact me if you would like a copy of the 2017 Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I love giving them away for just the agreement that I can periodically give you a call to see how I can help you with your creative needs.

Check out this blog and my facebook page frequently to see samples I’ve created with product from these catalogs.

Clicking on the images below will take you to that product in my online store so you can order them if needed.