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Santa’s Sleigh card

Today I have a card that I made using the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set Santa’s Sleigh from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog available on September 1st!  I am really loving this new Holiday csleigh3_watalog and couldn’t decide what to order – so actually ordered 6 new Christmas sets (usually I order 3).

Anyway – this set is really neat – it has a Sleigh with a detailed die to cut out a fancy overlay for the Sleigh.  This cards was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  I actually made the card on Tuesday but am just getting time now to post it!
So the details on this card:

The Designer paper is the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.
The base of the Sleigh is cut from Gold Foil with the overaly cut from Red Glimmer paper.

So I am liking this Designer paper so much, I couldn’t decide which side of the paper to use…  So this is a secsleigh2-1wond card that I made using the other side of the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.  So the details on these cards.

The Card bases are Real Red and Crumb Cake on the second card.  The second layer is cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The Designer paper is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.

The second card has the Sleigh base cut from Copper Foil with an overlay of Real Red Foil, which has been discontinued, but I have a couple of pieces laying around!

The Ribbon on the first card is a piece of the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon that will be available in the Holiday catalog.

Each of the sleighs are layered on a white doily.  The “merry” is cut using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.

So which Santa’s Sleigh card do you like better?  Card #1 or Card #2?

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Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Wow – A Paper Pumpkin Special from August 11th to October 10th.  So what is Paper Pumpkin?  It is a magical escape that you receive once a month in the mail.  It is a complete stamping project kit that comes with everything that you need, precut papers, stamps pp_bogo_fb-thumbnailand a little ink pad.  All you need to add is adhesive.  A perfect way to try out papercrafting!

Purchase one Paper Pumpkin kit before October 10th and receive the next month for FREE!  This special only applies to new subscriptions and doesn’t apply to prepaid subscriptions.  So if you order now before September 10th you will receive the September kit and October kit for FREE.  If you order between September 11th and October 10th – you will receive the October kit and November kit for FREE!

Here are the details:
  • Only applies to new subscriptions
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions
  • Ends Oct. 10th (the last day to subscribe to the October kit)

Order Paper Pumpkin HERE.  Make sure to use the Promo Code BOGO when you place your order!

….and here are a few samples of past Paper Pumpkin kits:

June 2016PP May 2016 PP

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Garden in Bloom Card

Today I am sharing a handmade card made with the Garden in Bloom stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  This card was inspired bloom-w2by the color challenge from the Global Design Team for this week.  What a pretty color combination!
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So the details on this card:
1.  The card base is Flirty Flamingo cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.
2.  The next layer is Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″
3.  And last is a piece of Fruit Stand Designer paper cut to
3 3/4″ x 3″.  I cut this piece at an angle.

Time to Stamp:
1.  I stamped the flowers with Black Momento ink on the piece of Whisper white towards the middle/top of the card since I am going to add the Designer paper to the card.
2.  I stamped the large flower from the Garden in Bloom set with two leaves and the small flower that are partially covered by the Fruit Stand designer paper on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.   I also stamped a butterfly.  Next cut all of these out of the Whisper White cardstock. bloom-cu
3.  Now for the fun part – Coloring – I used a Blender Pen and my Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz ink pads to color the flowers and leaves.  

Tip for coloring with Blender Pens: 
Before you open your ink pad press down on the lid which will make a puddle of ink on the lid.  You can use the puddle of ink to pick up the color that you are coloring!  When you are finished with  a color and ready to move onto the next color just scribble onto some scrap paper until the blender pen runs clear.  The Blender Pen tips will get stained with color but as long as it runs clear you are ready to start with another color.
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4.  Attach the Fruit Stand Deisgner paper to the front of the card.  I added a piece of ribbon over the seam of the DSP and White cardstock.  Then attach the flowers that you have cut out with dimensionals.
5.  Next I colored just the word “Friends” from the sentiment with a black marker and stamped that on top of the card. 
6.  And of course you can’t forget the bling!!  I used Rhinestone Jewels on the center of the flowers.  And then I colored each of the flowers and the butterfly with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  I just love the way that pen adds sparkle to a card.  Pictures just don’t do these colored items justice!
7.  Last I added the triangle that I cut from the Designer paper to the top of the inside of the card.  I colored the rest of the sentiment using my black marker and stamped this on the inside of the card.

I have to say that I really like the Fruit Stand Designer paper even though I didn’t purchase the Fresh Fruit stamp set…  I wish I could buy all the sets that I really like – but then where would I store them??

Here are the supplies that I used for this project:

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Happy Stamping!

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3D Poinsettia Christmas Card

Today I am sharing three 3D Poinsettia cards made with the Stampin’ Up! Reason for the Season stamp set and the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  I purchased the Reason for the Season set and coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch last fall when it came out since poinsettias are my favorite Christmas flower.  But unfortunately I never got the chance to use the set.  So last week I decided to pull out some of the Christmas sets that I had purchased last year but didn’t have time to use.  So they were incorporated into my Christmas in July class for this year!

So here we are.  I am loving this new Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  This product is a window sheet with designs stamped in gold and silver.  If you use one side it is gold and flip it over, it is silver.  What a great idea!  I can see some really pretty wedding invites with this acetate too!  Ok – so for the details of these cards. 

I made this card using the 3 different shades of pink cardstock.  The top left is Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo and then Pink Pirouette cardstocks.  For each card, I used the coordinating ink to stamp the poinsettia petals.  The leaves are Garden Green card stock with Garden Green ink.
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The base of each card is the color of the flower for that card.  Then I layered a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Next is a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate cut to the same size as the white piece. 

The large flower is made using 8 Large petals stamped and punched from the Blushing Bride cardstock.  There are 4 medium petals stamped and punched and 2 of the small double petals.  I used a 1 1/4″ circle (the size of the circle doesn’t matter) to build the flower.  The Fine Tip Glue Pen was used to put the flowers together.

The smaller flower is 8 Medium petals and 2 small double petals.

I used the Christmas Greetings thinlits to cut out the Peace and Merry from Silver and Gold foil to match the side of the acetate that I used.

And to make it easier I recorded a video with all the details.

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I hope you have enjoyed my 3D Poinsettia cards today!

Did I mention that Poinsettias are my favorite Holiday flower?  What is your Holiday flower?

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Limited time offer for New Thoughtful Branches Bundle

For the month of August, Stampin’ Up! is offering a new stamp set with matching dies, Thoughtful Branches.  This is an exclusive stamp set and only available for the month of August.  What a beautiful set with some great detailed dies to make trees and detailed flowers.  A great set to make items for your fall cards.

Click HERE to see the detail images for this stamp set and dies…  I have seen some beautiful projects made with trees and flowers using these dies and stamps.

Item #Product NameRetail
144328Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG)$52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
144329Thoughtful Branches Bundle (FR)$52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
143539Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG)$27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
144264Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (FR)$27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
143538Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies$31.00 USD/$41.00 CAD
Ready to order?  If you order is under $50 then use the HOSTESS CODE  6FUFNHW6 and I will send you a sampler of the new in-color ribbons.  Of course if your order is over $150 then use the hostess benefits yourself!!

Also – don’t forget, it’s time to use your coupons that you earned in July!  You can redeem them on a Stampin’ Up! product order from August 2nd to August 31st. 

Happy Stamping!

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Christmas in July is Here!

It is time for the Stamping New England Design Team’s Christmas in July projects again!  This year the Stamping New England Design Team is using the This Christmas designer series paper with the Stampin’ Up! Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits.  I love the cards that we have designed for this month!  Lots of great new and unique techniques for the beautiful Embellished Ornaments stamp set.

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This tutorial includes 12 card designs and one ornament design for using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits with the This Christmas Designer Series Paper.
And there are two ways to get these instructions:

1.  Make a purchase of the Embellished Ornaments stamp set (139759), the Delicate Ornament Thinlits (139667) and This Christmas Designer Series paper (141628) from my online store HERE.  Send me a message and I will send your the link for the card patterns for FREE!

2.  Purchase my Christmas in July Tutorial for $11.95.  This includes lifetime access to a FREE video showing you how to make a card with a Shaker Ornament! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code FAXV2DPB   and receive a sampler of the new in color ribbons from me.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!  I love to share the hostess benefits with my customers!
Until next time!

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All Occasion Card

black & pink-wToday I am sharing a handmade All Occasion card that I made using the new Stampin’ Up! Desinger paper Pop of Pink for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.  I love the combination of a bright color with black.  In this case the Pop of Pink Designer paper combines Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Gold in the papers.

So here are the details of this card.
The Card Base is a piece of Melon Mambo card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored and folded at 5 1/2″.  Next is the black layer with a piece of Basic Black card stock cut to 5 1/8″ x   3 7/8″ with a piece of the Black Herringbone designer paper cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Next is a layer of Melon Mambo card stock cut to 2 3/4″ x 4″ and a piece of Melon Mambo designer paper cut to 2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.

I love the new detailed thinlits that Stampin’ Up! is offering with this new catalog.  I used the floral images from the Flourish Thinlits to create a delicate cut out flower.

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Last I added a message using the Black Glimmer paper from last year’s Holiday catalog which  I happen to have laying around.

Here are the supplies that were used to create this card:

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This is the last week of Stampin' Up!'s  Bonus Days;  For each $50 that you spend in project, you will receive a $5 coupon to be used on August!  So this is the time to stock up on all the new stamp sets that you just can't live without!  

Ready to place on order?  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code FAXV2DPB and I will send you a sampler of the new In-color ribbons!  Of course if you order is over $150 collect your own hostess benefits!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my All Occasion card today!

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Christmas in July card

shaker ornament Christmas cardToday I am sharing a Shaker Card that I made using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set from Stampin’ Up for my upcoming Christmas in July Class!  Since Stampin’ Up! has come out with the new Foam Adhesive Strips (141825).

This card was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  As soon as I saw this sketch I thought of a shaker card!mojo456  When I saw this sketch I thought of two potential shaker cards.  One with a Christmas ornament and another with a large flower such as a Dahlia.  If I have time I will make the Dahlia card later this week.

Anyway – the details for this card:
Card base:  Whisper White cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″.  The background layer is a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock cut to 5 3/8″ x
4 1/8″.  I embossed this layer with the Softly Falling embossing folder.   Attach this layer to the top of the whisper white card base.

Next I used a piece of the This Christmas Designer Series paper for this Christmas project.  I choose the garden green plaid paper cut to 3 1/4″ x 4″.  I used the long thin ornament from the Delicate Ornaments thinlits that match the Embellished Ornaments stamp set to cut an ornament shape out of the designer paper.  I used my handy Fast Fuse Adhesive to attach a 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of a window sheet to the back of the ornament.  This is what will hold in your shaker items.

Next I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips to outline the ornament on the back of the piece over the window sheet. I used sequins that I pulled off of the Stampin’ Up! sequin pieces.  I used a mix of Blushing Bride, Silver and Gold Sequins.  I used several dimensionals on each corner of the square to hold the edges of the piece down.  This piece is applied to the front of the card on a diagonal.  Next I cut a small poinsettia and an ornament topper from a scrap of Blushing Bride Glimmer paper.  I tied a small piece of the 3/8″ silver ribbon thru the ornament topper and used a dimensional to attach it to the top of the ornament and the fine tip glue pen to glue the poinsettia on the front of the ornament. ornament cu

Next I cut a 1″ x 3″ piece of t he diagonal stripped designer paper.  I stamped the message “Thinking of you at Christmas” with Cherry Cobbler ink and embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

Last but not least is the bling!  I randomly added sets of 3 Rhinestone jewels around the edge of the card to look like snow.

Here is a video that I made showing how I made this Shaker Card:

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Did I mention that pink and green is my favorite non-traditional Christmas Color combination.  What is yours?

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Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days


For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has prepared a special deal you will want in on:  Bonus Days! For every $50 you spend between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5  Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. This is a great opportunity to get items from your wish list, whether you buy them now or with your coupons in August!

Here are the details:

  • You will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 you spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.  Stampin’ Up! strongly recommend you both save emails containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND that you write down the coupon codes in a safe place.  The codes cannot be resent if you lose the email. Stampin’ Up! cannot recover lost codes.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, except for Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.

Once again, the dates to earn coupons are July 7 through July 31.  The coupons can be redeemed August 2 through August 31, 2016.  Get ready to place those orders!!!

Ready to place your order??  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code FAXV2DPB and I will send you a sampler of the new In-color ribbons!  Of course if you order is over $150 collect your own hostess benefits!!

I’m so excited about Bonus Days! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…

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Happy 4th of July!!

Today I am sharing a couple of Patriotic cards that the Stamping New England team has designed over the past couple of years.  What a perfect card for the 4th of July!!

4th of July cardSo what is the Stamping New England Design team?  We are 4 very creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators that have very different styles.  So each month we each make 3 projects using the same Stampin’ Up! Stamp set and Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper.   I love to see the 12 very different projects that we make each month.

I use these projects each month for my Stamp ClubStamp Club members that are local to me (in the Boston area), get a class each month learning the techniques used to make the cards and then they receive the instructions for the 12 projects.  If you are not local to me, then you can join the club and receive access to the projects and videos for each month.  You can check out more information on my Stamp Club here.

Here is a display of several Patriotic cards that we made.

Enjoy Your 4th of July!!  I am in Boothbay Maine site seeing with my Sister and Brother-in-law!

Baby Card

baby card_wToday I am sharing a baby card that I made for a friend’s baby shower last week using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Something for Baby. In this case, the new little one is a girl so I used a couple of shades of pink cardstocks.  In this case I used the retired Strawberry Slush cardstock and coordinating Designer paper that matches the color for the background layer.

One of the best things about using Stampin’ Up! products is the coordinating colors.  For each Stampin’ Up! color there is a matching ink, cardstock, and marker.  And all of the Designer Series papers coordinate with the colors so it is very easy to mix and match supplies and you can be sure that your colors go together!

Well back to my card.   This is a 5 1/2″ square card with Strawberry Slush and the coordinating Designer Series paper as the card base.  The Strawberry Slush is 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock folded at 5 1/2″ to form the card base.  Next is a layer of Whisper White cardstock. cut to 5 3/8″ sqaure.  Then a piece of Strawberry Slush Designer paper cut to 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. 

The next layer starts with a piece of the new Flirty Flamingo cardstock which measures 4 1/4″ square.  Then a piece of Whisper White cardstock which measures 4 1/8″ sqare and a piece of retired Beyond the Garden Designer Series paper that measures 4″ square.  The Baby carriage is stamped using Flirty Flamingo ink on a piece of Blushing Bride Herringbone Designer Series paper.  Using up some of my old papers.  And I love the way that they coordinate.

The Carriage is mounted on a circle of Whisper White cardstock on a scalloped piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock.  The ribbon is a piece of Blushing Bride Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Pearl Jewels were used below the ribbon and on the wheels of the carriage.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today.

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You’ve Got This Card

Today I am sharing a caryouve got this-wd made with the Stampin’ Up! stamp set You’ve Got this that was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project team.  This week’s challenge is a color challenge using the new Stampin’ up! In-color Sweet Sugarplum, with Whisper White and Night of Navy.  What a great combination of colors!

So the details on this card.  The card base is Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ to make the card base.  Next a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ layer of Rich Razzleberry which complements Sweet Sugarplum very nicely!.  Then I used a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.

Next is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  I stamped the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set using Night of Navy ink and embossing the flower with Clear Embossing Powder. 

COLORING NOTE:  I love coloring these images with an aqua painter filled with water.  I make a little puddle of ink in the top of the ink pad by squeezing the ink pad before opening it.  You can also use a couple of drops of re-inker in the top of the ink pad.   I have found that when coloring in an outline image like this one, I like to emyouve got this cuboss the image which allows me to use a little more water with the ink to soften and shade the flower.  I used Pear Pizazz ink to color the stem and leaves of the flower.  The center of the flower is colored with Crushed Curry and highlighted with the Gold Wink of Stella pen.  The flower is layered onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. 

I wrapped a piece of the white organza ribbon around the flower and added it to the front of the card.

Next I stamped the message “Celebrate You” from the Suite Sayings stamp set with Navy ink and punched the piece out with thyouve got this-insidee Decorative Label Punch.  I used a sponge to add a little ink to the edge of the sentiment and layered it onto a piece punched from Night of Navy with the Decorative Label punch.

Did I mention that this card is for my Darling Daughter Emily’s 21st Birthday which is Wednesday?  Here is a picture of the inside of the card.  The message is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.

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Here are the supplies that are used to make this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Falling Flowers Card

falling flowers-wToday I am sharing a Falling Flowers card that I made for the Global-Design-Project Challenge.  This card uses the Falling Flowers stamp set with the coordinating framelits May Flowers.  Make sure to order the bundle!

One of the things that I love about this bundle is the detail of the flowers – I am a sucker for floral stamp sets, but also the detail of the matching framelits.  The framelits not only match the images in the stamp set, but there are also several other flowers and a leaf with details in142329S the framelits.  And there is a beautiful background swirl!  Always great for making a background!

The details on this card:
Card base is Blushing Bride Cardstock with a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The plaid paper on the side is from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.  I stamped the decorative flourish from the stamp set with Blushing Bride ink on the Very Vanilla cardstock.

The leaves are stamped using Pear Pizazz ink on a scrap of Pear Pizazz cardstock and cut out with the May Flowers Framleits.

The Dahlia on the card is cut from Flirty Flamingo cardstock and attached to a piece of very vanilla cardstock.  I used an aqua painter and Flirty Flamingo ink to paint in the flower.  Then I cut around the image – the set doesn’t have a framelit for the outline of the dahlia image…  And to add a little zing to the card, I painted the flower with the Wink of Stella marker.

Last but not least I wrapped a piece of the Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine around the Designer paper.

I hope you have enjoyed this card!  Here are the supplies that you need to make this project.

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Flower Patch Card

Today I am sharing a card that my one of my fellow designers and friend Lisa designed using the Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  fresh printswith the new Affectionately Yours Designer paper.

I belong to a Paper crafting Design Team:  Stamping New England.  Each month, 4 of us make 3 projects each using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set and designer paper.  So we each have 12 unique projects made with the same supplies but each with a different style…  I love this since everyone has their own style and I love having other designer’s ideas to use!

So what I love about this card is the 3D Flower in the center of the card! ….and what really surprised me was how this card was made!  The Flower Patch stamp set comes with a coordinating set of Framelits – the Flower Fair Framelits.  So the flower is made by cutting the Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy cardstock with the leaf framelit and gluing them together to make the flower!

I would have never thought of that!

The background on this card is Whisper White with a layer of crumb cake.

This card is one of 12 projects that I offer in my June classes.  I will be sharing this project with my Stamper’s Club this month.  My Stamper’s Club projects are also available in my online store HERE.  Interested in getting projects in your email box every month?  Check out my Stamper’s Club!

Thanks for stopping by!

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the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is HERE!

Happy June and welcome to the new Stampin’ Up! catalog!   

Click on the catalog image below to see the new catalog! 

2016-annual-catalog_engDo you have a copy of the catalog yet?  If not and you are in the US – enter your name HERE and I will send  you a copy.

Not only is there a new catalog this month but also two great specials for the month!   This is going to be an EPIC month!


Earn an extra $35 in Host rewards for orders over $350! 

So let’s get this Done!  Schedule a party with me — either in your home, a virtual party on Facebook, or just collect orders — and if it totals at least $350 you will receive an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards!  Contact Me at for more information!

… and did you know you can use your Stampin’ Rewards towards the purchase of a starter kit?  That’s right, you could host a party and get started in your new diy home business at the same time!  A $350 party would net you $77 in Stampin’ Rewards… and the starter kit is $99 plus tax!

And best of all – Join my team this month and receive 2 EXTRA stamp sets of your choice in your starter kit!  That is a value of up to $104 in addition to the $129 worth of supplies that you already get with the starter kit!

What are the benefits?  The Stampin’ Up! kit is completely customizable and always a great value. And shipping is FREE! PLUS get an immediate 20% discount (or more) on future purchases.

Check out more information on joining Stampin’ Up! and my team today.

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