January is a wonderful time to place a Stampin’ Up! order. With a purchase of $50, you will receive your choice of free product from this catalog.  

This is my absolute favorite new product: The Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper is gorgeous! It has shiny gold foil accents. So glam! So very Coco Chanel with those black stripes. Love, love, love this. 

This adorable Thoughtful Blooms stamp set is also available free with a $50 purchase. So sweet. Do you need to send thank you notes? I know I do.

If you spend $100, your choice of free product expands to additional items, such as this Small Blooms Punch, which coordinates with the stamp set shown above. If you have little ones who want to help you with your stamping, letting them do the punching for you is the perfect task.

Those are a few of my favorite things. Take a look at my Catalog Archives page where you can download a copy of this Sale-A-Bration catalog as well as the January – June 2020 Mini Catalog also.

Finally, if you place an order through Stampin’ Up! and select me as your demonstrator, you can earn small gifts of appreciation from me. For an order up to $40, I will send you an ink refill.

For an order between $40 and $100, I will send you a stamp pad. For an order of $100 or more, I will send you both the ink refill plus stamp pad. These items would be in addition to the Sale-A-Bration products you would earn. See my Shop/Contact page for more details.

What is your favorite new product? I would love to hear from you!

Modern Heart

The Modern Heart stamp set plus the Blushing Bride ink and cardstock equals a match made in heaven.  

Elevate the embossed heart with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add a couple pieces of rose gold bling from the Metalic Brads embellishments. Then maybe tie a crisp white ribbon, and we have such a sweet thank you card.

The largest Stitched Rectangles die was used to cut the Blushing Bride layer: 5 1/4” x 4” and second largest rectangle was used to cut the Whisper White layer: 5” x 3 3/4”. The largest Stitched Shapes circle was used to cut the embossed heart layer: 3” diameter. All pieces were affixed to a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock: 4 1/4” x 11” scored at 5 1/2”.

To achieve the bolder gold heart shown below on the left, I stamped the image first using So Saffron ink, then stamped again using Versa Mark ink, followed by a dusting with the embossing powder and application of the heat tool. To achieve the lighter gold on the right, I skipped the So Saffron layer. I prefer the bolder gold. The embossing powder I used is retired. I would recommend the current Stampin’ Gold embossing powder to achieve a very similar result. 

Stampin’ Up! materials used: Modern Heart cling stamp set, Blushing Bride ink pad and cardstock, Versa Mark ink pad, So Saffron ink pad, Whisper White cardstock, Whisper White thick cardstock, and Whisper White envelopes, Sheer Ribbon, Metalic Brads, Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Other materials used: Marvy Embossing Heat Tool, Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

Wouldn’t this be a wonderful stamp set for Valentine’s Day? What do you think? Please leave a comment. I love hearing from you.

Winter Woods

I have been thinking about the Winter Woods stamp set a lot. I love this grouping of beautiful detailed trees. 

Leaving the stamp set out on my desk to ponder until inspiration came, I would go about my chores. Passing by with laundry basket in hand, I’d glance at those trees and think about layered papers and color schemes, which is really a wonderful way to let your mind peruse while accomplishing tasks.

I settled on this darkest blue, and stamped the image of the trees in Night of Navy ink on white cardstock, and then stamped again on vellum. The images have been aligned and then affixed using eyelets. I spent more time than I’d rather admit trying to get the sizing of these papers just right. But the rain was falling outside my window, and I was happy to fuss with my crafting on this quiet winter afternoon.

This set has one simple sentiment, but it is universal. With any recipient in mind, the thought is apropos. There are so many people who struggle during the holiday season. To me, this set evokes a feeling of melancholy yet absolute beauty. That is what I want to say to those who are hurting. I see your sadness and your beauty. You are loved.

Stampin’ Up! materials used: Winter Woods stamp set, Night of Navy card stock and ink, Vellum cardstock, Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Naturals White cardstock (retired)

Stampin’ Up! Free Shipping Day

Stampin’ Up! will offer free shipping on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 

Here are the details:

  • Order must be opened and completed on same day.
  • Order must total $50 prior to tax.
  • Free shipping will apply to Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, but not month to month Paper Pumpkin purchases.
  • Order may include a coupon code, but still must total $50 before tax.

This is a pretty sweet deal. Keep in mind that Stampin’ Up! Headquarters are located in the Mountain Time Zone. I am going to make my list ahead of time so I am not rushing/decision making at the last minute. Enjoy!

PANTONE 2020 Color Of The Year

PANTONE has released the color of the year for 2020 which is Classic Blue.

Meant to inspire a sense of calm, it evokes the peaceful night sky or refreshing cool water.

We will be seeing this gorgeous color in interior design.

And in fashion.

Are you wanting to incorporate this lovely color in your crafting?

Stampin’ Up! says, “I got you.”

A monochromatic project working with this rich blue could be a simple task on our “To Do” list. This card features the Winds of Change stamp set with Pacific Point ink and cardstock.

Stampin’ Up!’s Blueberry Bushel might be the closest match Pantone’s Classic Blue.

Select me as your demonstrator and place an order of $40 or more and I will send you one of the Stampin’ Up! ink pads shown above. You choose your favorite beautiful shade of blue: Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, or Blueberry Bushel. Write me an email with your request and I will send it to you.

Do you love the PANTONE color choice for 2020? What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from you.

Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout Sale

Stampin’ Up! Is holding a year end closeout sale from December 3rd to January 2nd, 2020. Retiring products are on sale at deep discounts. Tap the link below to view the list of items.

Need stocking stuffers for a crafter on your list? Do you have a wish list of your own? Please select me as your demonstrator when placing an order. You will receive a thank you gift from me. See my Shop/Contact Page for more details.

Toile Tidings

The Stampin’ Up! Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper is traditional, iconic, heart-warming, and just plain gorgeous! It is absolutely perfect for holiday cards. Because we want to make multiples to mail and share, letting this paper be the heart of the project makes our task simple.

Originating in the late eighteenth century in a region outside of Paris, the phrase “Toile de Jouy” is a French term meaning linen fabric, literally from the town of Jouy near Versailles.

The French designers created fabrics which displayed detailed repeating patterns, usually pastoral scenes.

Stampin’ Up! has designed a suite of products that captures this French countryside feeling. With multiple images represented, you will find stripes, checks, woodland creatures, ice skaters and sledders, winter foliage, and sweet old fashioned village scenes.

And so on trend. While browsing the Pottery Barn website I landed upon this beautiful Crimson Toile duvet cover.

The Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper is so rich, and really should be the focal point of our project. Like the welcoming room pictured above, this DSP requires no dressing up. And so we show restraint with the bling, which will be the most challenging part of making a sweet, simple card.

Stampin’ Up! materials used: Very Vanilla Thick cardstock cut to 11”x 4 1/4” and scored at 5 1/2”.  Garden Green cardstock cut to 5 3/8” x 4”, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper cut to 5 1/4” x 3 3/4” using Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Vellum paper cut using a circle with diameter of  1 3/4” from Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Greetings of the Season stamp set, Garden Green ink, Snail Adhesive.

Do you love this French countryside theme? Please leave a comment. I enjoy talking with you about our creative experiences.

Pleasant Poppies

There is a new Stampin’ Up! Poppy Suite coming in the new year and I am sooooo excited! In the meantime, I am enjoying a retired set that has been much loved.

I have the Pleasant Poppies set which is a simple field of blooms with long graceful lines. You can just imagine these beautiful flowers swaying in the spring breezes.

I am partial to poppies. They are the national flower for my home state. Also known as “copa de oro”, or “cup of gold”, the Eschscholzia Californica species is native to California and Mexico.

I enjoy pairing retro stamp sets with new colors and bling. The combination of the new Stitched Rectangles Dies along with this C. S. Lewis quote on vellum with eyelet is wonderful, I think.

Stampin’ Up! materials used: Very Vanilla Thick cardstock cut to 8 1/2” x 5 5/8” and scored at 4 1/4”: Poppy Parade cut to 5 1/4” x 3 3/8” with Stitched Rectangles dies, Very Vanilla cut to 4 3/4” x 3 1/2” also using Stitched Recatangles, Poppy Parade ink, Pleasant Poppies stamp set, Summer Solstice stamp set, and Vellum cut to 4 3/4” x 1”.

Looking to the future and available to purchase in January 2020, the Peaceful Poppies Suite is simply beautiful. A bundle of one stamp set plus companion dies called Painted Poppies will be offered for those of us who are frugal.

And for those who want to splurge, the Peaceful Poppies Suite will include two stamp sets with two sets of coordinating dies, along with Designer Series Paper, ribbon, accent elements, and sequins. This is what Stampin’ Up! does so well, which is to provide the coordination of images, sentiments, color schemes, and all the bling to make your projects pop.

Until then, we fondly remember the past. Do you have a beloved stamp set or a sentiment that speaks to your heart? Please leave a comment. I so love hearing your thoughts.

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza


On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, Stampin’ Up! will offer these discounts on select products.  Paper and ink will be on sale, as well as eight stamp set bundles.   Scroll to see a detailed list.

  • Stampin’ Up! has chosen to offer these discounted opportunities now as their Black Friday Sale, early, and for three days.  What a wonderful way to plan, shop, and save.

Do you have any crafters on your Christmas list?  Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • Stamp pads as stocking stuffers
  • Teacher gifts
  • Secret Santa gifts
  • Hostess gifts
  • December/January birthday

Do you need supplies to prepare for your Christmas crafting?  Will you deplete your stash during your December crafting?

So many reasons . . . better start brainstorming.

Nature’s Beauty & Granny Apple Green

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My Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink pad with refill has arrived and I have been playing with this gorgeous color.

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I paired this bright spring green with the dark, Early Espresso chocolate brown, which is not one of my “go to” colors but is absolutely perfect for these Nature’s Beauty forest creatures.

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To frame the edges, I used the Stitched Rectangles dies, which I do reach for often.  To adhere the rectangles, I used the Snail Adhesive, which is really makes the taping/gluing task so simple.  I adhered the layered rabbit image using Stampin’ Dimensionals which add . . . well . . . dimension, always stepping up the level of satisfaction a notch.

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For a touch of understated flair, I used eyelets and this 28 gauge wire which I picked up at the craft store.  I opted for no sentiment on the front, and left the inside blank, so these versatile little cards could be used for any occasion, or just a note to say, “You are on my mind”.

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For every purchase of the Nature’s Beauty stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to a mental health organization in your community. What a wonderful way to give back. I think this stamp set is the epitome of peaceful, and have really enjoyed creating with these lovely images. The detail on the creatures and trees is exceptional.A couple other coordinating products from Stampin’ Up! are the Textured Weave Ribbon, and these Stampin’ Blends pens which come in Light and Dark Granny Apple Green, as well as the ink refill.  The Designer Series Paper also comes in Granny Apple Green and can be found in the Brights collection.

Stampin’ Up! products used:  Whisper White Thick and Standard cardstock and envelopes, Granny Apple Green cardstock and ink, Early Espresso ink, Nature’s Beauty stamp set, Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, Snail Adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Playing With Color

I have purchased the Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink pad along with the ink refill and I am so excited to play with color combinations.


This green is so vibrant, and I am pairing it with Basic Gray and then adding a third color to create a mood.  The Night of Navy is traditional, like the Basic Gray, but with this green, is really a vibrant trio.


How about this combination?  Seems like a citrus theme.  Bright and cheerful.  Maybe these would be good for children’s birthday cards.


Or this grouping?  Seems a little softer, like early Spring.  I am thinking gender neutral Baby Shower card.


And maybe my favorite, Granny Apple Green with Basic Gray and Blackberry Bliss for the impact color.  Wow!  Wouldn’t these colors make an absolutely elegant Christmas card?  Just beautiful.


Like the Blackberry Bliss, the Merry Merlot is also quite lovely with the gray and green.  So sophisticated.  These are some deep, beautiful colors for cold winter months.

This Textured Weave Ribbon will provide some flair for the finishing touch.


Do you have a favorite?  Have you played with some of these color combinations and found a trio you love?  Please leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.Tagged basic GrayBlackberry BlissCrushed CurryGranny Apple GreeninkMerry Merlotnight of navyPumpkin PieStampin’ UpTextured Weave Ribbon

Land Of The Free

Monday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day.  We set aside this day to honor those who have served or are serving in American military branches.  Formerly known as Armistice Day, this holiday was originally established as a day of remembrance to acknowledge the end of World War I.

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This card features an older stamp I kept because it is so clean and simple. I love it. I have so many stamps I just can’t part with because their messages or images are wonderful. They speak to me.

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The background paper is current DSP from the Come Sail Away Suite, along with the Real Red and Night of Navy inks, and Whisper White Thick cardstock, which are all available in the current Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.

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I am also loving the Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I find I am using them for almost every card I make.  These can also be found in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  Highly recommended.

My son is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps. Do you have someone you would like to honor and thank this Veteran’s Day?

Tagged Armistice Day, Come Sail Away DSP, Land of the Free, Marine Corps, Military Service, night of navy, Real Red, Stampin’ Up, Stampin’ Simple, Veteran’s Day


So I am still creating with the beautiful Rooted In Nature stamp set.  Here is a card made with one image stamp and this simple sentiment written in all caps.

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I am also enjoying the beautiful Designer Series Paper.  I did not realize how substantial the weight of this paper is.  It is thicker than typical printer paper, but thinner than cardstock.  It does not easily wrinkle or bend.  It maintains its crisp corners.


If you look closely, you will see that I was able to run it through the machine with the Stitched Rectangle Dies. Worked like a dream.

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Each sheet is double sided.   I am loving the classic cursive script and the simple plaid. I think I have just discovered something wonderful that you have all known about for a long time.  Will definitely purchase more of this.


I chose the plaid and diamond patterns to add interest to this monochromatic card.  The leaf trinket attached with 28 gauge wire through an eyelet adds a little flair.  What do you think?  Does it work?

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Stampin’ Up! Products used:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Mossy Meadow ink, Rooted In Nature Stamp Set, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Designer Series Paper In Neutrals, Leaves Trinkets, Stampin’ Dimensionals adhesives


If you are like me, you will want to start looking at the catalog images now, because deciding will be difficult. There are soooo many wonderful sets to choose from.

Do you have Stamping friends? Now might be a great opportunity to select a few of these sets to give as gifts. Or just reward yourself for staying the course and working hard every day . . . I know you do!

Is there a set in this list that you have been thinking about? Do you have sticky note tabs on multiple pages of your catalog? 

Would you like to make simple and beautiful cards on the long winter days to come? Find the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on my Shop Page.

Teach Like Finland

It’s no secret that other countries are out-performing American students in standardized achievement testing.

What is impressive is the way in which Finland is doing so, and the Finnish teachers and students are not necessarily working any harder than we are.

Author Timothy Walker, an American educator who worked as a teacher in Finland, makes some simple, yet bold observations.

He says, “What we can learn from teachers in Finland, based on what I’ve experienced, is they way in which they seem to value happiness more than achievement.

Or this statement:

They make small, simple decisions to promote joyful teaching and learning, and in the end, as numerous PISA tests have shown, their students do well anyway.”

I am intrigued. I have enjoyed my long, summer days pouring over this wonderful book. Teach Like Finland is thought provoking and highly recommended.

Winds of Change

A long time ago my mother and aunt went to a summer festival in a quaint little town called Oak Harbor, which is on Whidbey Island in Washington State. They bought this adorable trivet for me as a souvenir.
Years later, I came upon the Winds of Change stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 collection.
The combination of fond memories and this lovely stamp set was a recipe for a delightful afternoon of joyful crafting.
Stampin’ Up! offers these three gorgeous blues. Night of Navy is a favorite, and Blueberry Bushel would likely be the best color match for this rich blue shown above, but I settled on the beautiful Pacific Point for the project.
The result was the following set of cards.
The sentiments are so sweet.
Little poetic analogies.
Has this Winds of Change set inspired you? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used: Stamp Set: Winds of Change; Paper: Whisper White Thick cardstock, Whisper White cardstock and envelopes, Pacific Point Cardstock; Ink: Pacific Point; Dies: Stitched Rectangles

All My Tools Are Not Stampin’ Up!

Confession: Not all of my tools and supplies are from Stampin’ Up! . . . but, I wish they were. I have used the 40% or even 50% off coupons to shop at the local craft store (You know what I am talkin’ ‘bout) to buy, for example, this Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.

I have this and love it. Stamping with one of these will change your life. But, you know what? The Stampin’ Up! product is better. Why? Well, for starters, the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus has two plates rather than just one. 

The Stamparatus has two reversible plates, providing us with four surfaces for stamp placement. Use both sides of the two plates. This is great because we can make adjustments to the placement of our stamps, testing the location of our stamped images, and then when everything is perfect, ‘cuz that’s how we roll, we can stamp multiple cards. Each card will have our stamped images in exactly the right place. No smudges. No do-overs. No wasted cardstock. Oh. . . My. . . Goodness. Life changing.

Log in to Stampin’ Up! where you will find a video which shows the Stamparatus stamp placement tool in action. 

And this is just the pièce de résistance, this small grid paper, bringing the whole experience to a higher level of goodness. You can line up your cardstock on this background perfectly. You can stamp on the edges of your cardstock without leaving ink residue on your platform. Stampin’ Up! speaks to the perfectionist in me.

Ready to shop?  If you purchase the Stamparatus through my store, I will send you the small grid paper as a reward. When you are on the Stampin’ Up! site, make sure my name is in the upper right corner.

Tell me what you think. Do you agree that this tool is pretty great? Do you have the Stamparatus already and can testify?