Lots of Lavender……another Sale a Bration set that could be yours for FREE!!

This stamp set can be as simple or elegant as you choose!  I paired up this card with tranquil tide and elegant eggplant with a touch of gold:

The dotted background is achieved by using our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  You can see it on page 194 of our Annual Catalog.  One of the fabulous things about this acetate is that you can use the gold side as I did or turn it over and have silver dots!  Pretty neat, right?

I do have to note that this card is much prettier in person!  I used our Decorative Ribbon Border punch for the accent over the foil strip.  The gold foil behind the lavender was cut from the center of the background layer with our Lots of Labels Framelits, (page 214, there are 7 dies in this set!).

The beautiful ribbon is from Petal Palette suite on page 23 of the Occasions catalog.

Not to repeat myself, but, wanting to make sure you are aware, this is a stamp set that you can get for free with a $50 order from our Occasions or Annual catalogs.  Also, if you would like to join my stamping family, this is a great time to do that, (well, anytime is great), but, during Sale a Bration you sign up for $99 and get $125.00 in products of your choice and two, yes, two stamp sets of your choice for FREE!  That’s a GREAT deal!!  Contact me for more information!

Happy stamping!

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Brrr…..cold and windy here in Wisconsin

However, I have heard from some of my stampers that winter in Florida that they are only about 5 degrees warmer than here!!  Yikes, for most Floridians that’s pretty darn cold!  For us here that’s balmy!

I have a few cards to share today that use some of the fabulous Sale a bration stamp sets available for FREE with a $50 order:

First one is using the Party Pandas:

These pandas are on stage delivering a happy birthday message.  I paired them up with the colorful designer paper from the Picture Perfect Party selection.  You can check out the whole assortment of dsp on page 5 of the Occasions catalog.  (If you don’t already have an Occasions catalog and Sale a Bration flyer, please let me know.  I would be more than happy to get them to you!)

Here’s the inside message:

This guys sitting down with the birthday balloon.  I love the little sprinkles stamp that comes with this Party Panda stamp set.

Next in line is my version of a perfect teenager card.  It uses the Sale a Bation stamp set Epic Celebrations:

This set is so much fun!  It’s on page 12 of the Sale a Bration flyer.  There are six stamps in the collection.  For this card I paired up two of our in colors, lemon line twist and berry burst.  I adore the 1/4″ ombre ribbon.  A nice soft touch to add texture.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

I used washi tape to decorate the inside of this card.  It’s a fast and fun way to add a little something extra.  What child do you know that doesn’t use the term “that awwweessoomme”!

Hope you enjoyed the cards today!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning!

I’m stamping away this morning, getting ready to get together with some of my stamping family tomorrow.  We are going to be making cards directly from our Occasions catalog.  They have such great cards in the catalogs, but, to tell you the truth,  they look even better in person.

Here are some of the cards that I prepared to share:

This card is on page 18 of the Occasions catalog. It from the stamp set Sure do Love You which has matching framelits!!  I was not entirely sure how I was going to attach the gold glitter flakes on this card.  Here is a closer view for you:

See those little round gold flakes?  Well all I did was run my tombow adhesive where I wanted the flakes, tapped them down lightly with my finger and then tapped the extra off back into the jar for the next card.  Very simple and looks striking on the card.

This beautiful card is on page 48 of the Occasions catalog.  The stamp set is call Waterfront and is fabulous!!  In the catalog they stitched on the verse in the front, but, since I don’t have my sewing machine up and running I added a bakers twine bow instead.

One of my little pet peeves is not having the inside of my cards done.  By that I mean every card MUST be layered and stamped inside, not stamped on the base cardstock.  Drives me crazy to see cards like that.  They just don’t seemed finished to me.  When my stampers leave their cards are completely finished and ready to send out.

Here is the inside for the card above:

Now, doesn’t that just finish off this beautiful card.  Nice little images stamped inside and room to write a personal note!

What do you think?  Do you finish off the insides of your cards?

Happy Stamping!

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My computer and phone are not speaking together…

I wanted to share with you the beautiful displays that Lisa and Julie put together for us, but, my connections are still being difficult.  I was able to pull out this one picture for now:

One of the cards we did at Techniques this month was the roller coaster card.  After making my first one, I decided to watch a few videos on it to see if I could gather some tips from some more experienced stampers.  I found a few that stated that it was somewhat difficult.  I don’t think it’s a difficult card, it just takes more time that others to get the folds right.  So, please don’t be afraid to try this one.  The end results are oh so sweet!:

Here’s the front of the card.  Those cute little cars are stamped two at a time with cut out with a die that separates them.  Ready for the great reveal?  Here’s the party inside the card:

A cute little pop up lemon lime twist roller coaster!  Against the pacific point it really pops!  What do you think?  Would you like to try your hand at this card?  Think of the smiles of those opening it!!

Happy Stamping!

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A BIG THANK YOU for all of you who attended my Open House!

I have so much fun getting ready for my Open Houses.  I’m always nervous before it starts but get over it when you all start coming in.  I just LOVE sharing all the new products with you!!

We stamped this little note card at the Open House.  They are so totally sweet I could not pass up added this set to my stamping arsenal!

With Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to show off our little “love notes”.

These little cards are such a deal!!  You can check them out on page 19 of the Occasions catalog.  You get 20 thick white note cards with envelopes for only $8.00!!  What a cute little card to use as a love note or to decorate and leave on someone’s desk when they are having a not so good day!  Wouldn’t that make you smile?  They also fit inside our Lots to Love Box on that same page.

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU all for supporting my business!!

Happy Stamping!

P.S.  I wanted to show you my beautiful table displays that Lisa and Julie, (my Paper Monkeys),  put together, but, alas, my computer is not allowing me to import the pictures.  I will work on that and get those pictures to you soon!

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Getting ready for my Open House!!

We are celebrating our newest Occasions catalog and the start of Sale a Bration!  This is always a highlight of our stamping year!  For every $50 you purchase you get to pick a FREE item from our Sale a Bration brochure.  This year we have special items in Sale a Bration that you can choose from with a $100 order!  There are even framelits this year that you can get for FREE now, but others will be purchasing from our next Annual catalog!

Want some even better news?  If you sign up now and become a member of my stamping family you get $125 in product for only $99 and in addition to that you get to pick two FREE stamp sets from either catalog!!  (That alone could cover the $99!!)

Lets talk cards:

This is the flower I showed you the other day.  We stamped that one in basic gray and colored it with our Blends.  This one is stamped in real red.  I used some dapper demin washi tape as an accent.  Check out the shape of that verse!  That is our new Tailored Tag punch!

Happy stamping!

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Brusho! An exciting new product in our Occasions Catalog!

I am so exciterd to share this new product with you!  I have been playing with it and am thrilled with all the things you can do with these intense color crystals!  We will be making this beautiful butterfly at my Open House:

Here is a close up of the fabulous colors you can get with the Brusho:

It’s really so much better in person!  Guess you’ll have to come to my Open House to see it and make it!

Open House:  Friday, January 5th 3-8p.m. and/or Saturday, January 6th 9-1:00.  Please let me know if you are planning on attending!!

Happy Stamping!

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Cozy Cottage ………a Hostess set in the Occasions catalog.

I feel like this stamp set was designed just for me!!  My whole stamping experience has been a wonderful journey.  Hense the name of this blog site:  Stamping Journey.

The Cozy Cottage stamp set has a verse in it that reads:  A journey is better with a friend.  That describes my journey, where I have met so many people who I describe as my “stamping family”.  I feel so very blessed to be sharing my home and my love of stamping with many of you!

I made this card for a special swap I’m in using this wonderful stamp set:

I used blends to color in all of the images.  I just fell in love with this set, can you see why?  Who would not want to visit this “Cozy Cottage”?

I stamped the images on shimmer cardstock with black memento ink.  If I were to do this card in class I would suggest embossing the images due to the amount of ink I put down on the roof to blend daffodil delight and the dark crumb cake.  But, with all done and said, this card makes me smile!

What do you think?  You could own this set by being a hostess with me any time between January 3rd through March 31st.  Not only will you get to pick a Sale a Bration item for every $50 in purchases, but, with a $250 party you also get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards.  (That means with a $250 party you get to pick $50 in FREE product!!)

Happy Stamping!

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Tonight is the first class of the new year…..Hostess Club!

Yesterday, I shared two of the Hostess club cards, so, yes you guessed it today, I’ll share card number 3.

The floral image is from our Sale a Bration catalog.  It’s called Heartfelt Blooms and comes with three verses.  Here is a quote directly from the catalog explaining how special this stamp is: “Our new Distinktive* stamps lay down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth-jst ink the surface lightly for a perfect potographic finish.  *Patent pending”.

The designer of this stamp actually brought in bunches of flowers and took photographs at different angles and flower combination until she settled on this design.  It is absolutely beautiful!!  You can use the blends as I did above,  watercolor pencils or just stamp in the color of your choice.  It makes a soft image that is just lovely!  This will be one of the stamps you can try at my Open House!

Looking forward to stamping with you in the new year!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy New Year!!! WOW…….2018!

2018, I can hardly believe it!  My Mother always told me the older you get the faster time moves, she was so right!  2017 seemed to fly by!

Well, with the new year excitement is afoot with our new Occasions Catalog!  I have been playing with some of our newest products and am wild about them!!

I’m looking forward to sharing some of the fun at my Open House.  Set aside some time this Friday, January 5th from 3-8 or Saturday, January 6th from 9-1 to join me in the new catalog celebration!

I do have my first Hostess Club meeting tomorrow, so, of course I used one of our new Hostess sets.  The name of the set is Yay You.  Here’s one of the cards my club members will be making:I do enjoy making Christmas cards, but, I must admit it was fun to use “non Christmas” colors!  This card uses peek a boo peach, lemon lime twist and flirty flamingo.  I added texture with an embossing folder and a soft peek a boo peach bow.

Here’s another one of my club cards:

This stamp set was inspired by one of Stampin’ Up!’s Million Sales Achievers, Brandy Cox.  It’s a beautiful set with coordinating framelit dies.  I used powder pink and fresh fig on this card.  (I didn’tt realize it until now, but, guess I used all incolors on these two cards!)

Let me know if you are planning on attending my Open House.  You will get to play with new products, receive our new Occasions catalog and our new Sale a Bration catalog!

Happy New Year and happy stamping!!

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Here are the Camp Stamp in Oga cards I promised you…

Yesterday I had all good intentions of bringing you some of the cards we designed for Camp Stamp in Oga, January session, but, my computer went blank!  Everyone knows that I am NOT computer savy in the least bit.  After panicing, I called Geek Squad and they took care of my problem.  So, this morning after they did a “deep cleaning”, I’m back in business!!

Sarah S., my Upline was here yesterday along with her daughter, Adria.  We had a wonderful time!  We have not been able to stamp together for a very long while.  We had fun and accomplished alot!!

Here is card #1 for camp:

This is also a sneak peek at one of Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp sets called Charming Cafe.  This reminded me of our trip to the Mediterranean.  We sat outside and enjoyed our time together drinking delishish coffee.

This set is sold as a bundle with it’s own framelit dies!  (Which means you save 10%!!)

On to card #2 which is a stamp set that will be offered for FREE during Sale a Bration, starting January 3rd, 2018.

Aren’t these guys the cutest?  The set is called Party Pandas and I think this will be a Sale a Bration favorite!

Camp Stamp in Oga is on January 20th, 2018.  (Yikes, 2018 is almost here!!)  You can get more details and sign up on our Camp Stamp in Oga facebook page!

Happy Stamping!

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I’m playing with some new products today!!

I have a stamping day ahead of me with my upline!  Looking forward to making cards for Camp Stamp in Oga and just playing with some new products from the new Occasions catalog, which will start on January 3rd.

I will update my schedule later today.  But, keep January 5th and 6th clear so you can come to my Open House and check out a lot of new items!

I will be back later with some sneak peaks!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning!

What do you get for that person that has everything or refuses to give you a list?  Many of us then turn to gift cards.  I don’t like to fall back on gift cards, but, I must admit I have to for some people.

For this months Sassy Saturday, I am designing gift card holders.  Here is the one I finished last night:

I used navy blue as a base and foil frenzy paper to accent the front.  To me it looked like little snowballs.  I designed around the ribbon!  I love love love this 1/2″ gingham ribbon!  I had to find something to cut a slot into the cardstock for the ribbon to go through.  I went on a hunt checking out all of my dies and came up with one from the Bouquet Bunches Dies, #143659.

This was the perfect slot to pull the ribbon through!

Let’s take a look at the inside:

The gift card will tuck in the bottom portion.  I wished I would have stamped the message a little more in the middle, but, it’s a hand stamped card, made with love, flaws and all!

Hope you enjoyed todays project!  Let me know what you think……

Happy Stamping!

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FREE SHIPPING from Stampin’ Up! today!!!

Hit that red button on the right and shop away saving yourself 10%!!

Don’t forget to check out the clearance rack!!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Afternoon!

Beautiful blue sky in Wisconsin today, but, very cold!  However, my friends in Texas are the ones getting the snow!!  Go figure!!

Here is my card today, the last one I designed for my Kismet class next Monday and Tuesday.:

Red and black with some sparkle!  The black and white designer paper is from the Holiday catalog, Merry Little Christmas, page 2. The snowflakes are thinlets from the Seasonal Layers collection in the Annual catalog.  I love that the snowflakes match the paper.

But, where, oh where is the stripe from?  You tell me and if you are correct, you will receive a card!

Happy Stamping!

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It’s a wonderful life!

One of my most favorite stamp sets in the Holiday catalog, (and by the way it’s retiring), is called:  Wonderful Life.  It’s on page 46 of the Holiday catalog and I feel that it’s one of those quiet sets that I don’t want you to miss out on!

Getting ready for one of my last Christmas classes, I had to use this set.  It is simply sweet!  You can do wedding cards, fall cards and Christmas cards without even thinking outside the box!

Here’s my card for next week:

This is a perfect set to use our Blends on, which is what I did on this card.  The only thing it’s missing are the children’s heads inside the car! We had six children in my family growing up and I can remember traveling with all kinds of packages on top of the car, covered of course with a large tarp.  But, when we were packed up and going down south to visit my Mom’s family, it was always an adventure!  The best memories of my childhood were those gatherings!

The next card is a little different.  But, in linking these two cards, I would like to think this is the destination of the above car filled with presents:

This stamp set is in the Annual catalog, on page 54, it called At Home with You.  This is available in a bundle with framelits, saving you 10%!  One thing you can do with the framelits is have the door open!! All of the items were cut our with framelits including the squares of windows in the door.

This is another great set to practice using the Blends.  I used the wood textured designer paper in the background with the woodgrain embossing folder.

Hope you enjoyed the cards today.  Which one is your favorite?  I would encourage you to get your Wonderful Life set ordered before it’s too late.  Retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed until December 20th.  That’s right around the corner!

Happy Stamping!

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“Cat” on a card…..for Christmas.

Many of you know that I have a crazy cat, named “Cat” who lives down here in my happy place.  She is very beautiful and totally unfriendly, unless the contact is on her terms.  (It’s often said:  she could have sooo many friends if she were just nice”.)

We have Halloween designer paper that has cats on it along with a matching cat punch. I have been talking about using up the black cats left over from a Halloween card for some time now.  One of my stampers asked me to make a “cat card” for Sassy Saturday.  I love a challenge!  This is what I came up with:

Here is my sassy cat wound up with a red ball of yarn, (or ribbon).  “Wraped in the warmth of Christmas”.  We added the green “carpet” after the card was all together to anchor her.  I used cherry cobbler and tranquil tide paper and ink.  The background designer paper is from the Year of Cheer selection.  The stripe designer paper is from the Be Merry collection.  To tell you the truth, I used scraps that were left on my desk from the last couple of cards.  But, I think it works, (I hope it works!).

So, Joan B., I hope you like your “cat” card.  I must go now to wrap the balls of ribbon for the cards for everyone attending the class.  It’s a bit tedious so I thought I would get that part done ahead of time.

What’s your preference:  Cat or Dog?  We have two dogs who rule the upstairs and one mean cat that rules the lower level, so, I love them all!

Happy Stamping!

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Christmas Wishes……are you ready?

I’m shopping almost everyday online for my Christmas gifts!  I love getting boxes delivered, then going through them and getting them wrapped for my family.  (Ok, nothings wrapped yet, but, I plan on doing that!!)

It’s the easy way for me to get it all done and still stay home getting things accomplished here.  As many of you know, I love to stamp either very early in the morning or late at night when my husband and the dogs  are sleeping and don’t need my attention!  My apologies to Shirley and Candace, they were here while I was still in my private time, (which means I’m not showered and still in my jammies!).  Pretty scary site…..I’m not going any further than that!!

I did get a cute card designed this morning for my Sassy Saturday class on December 16th.  Here it is:

A very simple card that highlights one of my favorite Christmas papers from the Annual catalog, the Be Merry DSP.  I added a little pop with the garden green layer being embossed with the Oh My Stars embossing folder and the quilted ribbon from the Holiday catalog.

This paper uses cherry cobbler and garden green in all the pages.  That keeps it simple and clean.  The stamp set I used, Merry Mistletoe is a companion to go with this dsp.

Remember to check out what retiring and what’s staying and plan your attack for the items you need in your stamping arsenal!  Just hit the red button on the right and get your order placed before items are no longer available.  Contact me if you would like me to place your order.

I do want to thank you all so much for your support in my business!  I LOVE what I am doing, but, also, this is how I help support my family.  “Thank you”, two small words that mean so much!

Happy Stamping!

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Guess what’s staying from the Holiday catalog? Here’s the list!


Stamp Sets

144999 42 Half Full Clear Set $22.00 USD
144996 42 Half Full Wood Set $30.00 USD
145416 39 Hearts Come Home Clear Set $21.00 USD
145413 39 Hearts Come Home Wood Set $29.00 USD
144967 45 Labels to Love Clear Set $21.00 USD
144970 45 Labels to Love Wood Set $29.00 USD
145282 26 Night In Bethlehem Clear Set $21.00 USD
144809 26 Night In Bethlehem Wood Set $29.00 USD
144783 49 Painted Harvest Photopolymer Set $21.00 USD
144823 7 Ready for Christmas Photopolymer Set $27.00 USD
144948 47 Seasonal Chums Clear Set $21.00 USD
144945 47 Seasonal Chums Wood Set $29.00 USD
144820 34 Snowflake Sentiments Clear Set $22.00 USD
144817 34 Snowflake Sentiments Wood Set $30.00 USD


145829 44 Envelopes 3×3 $9.00 USD
144748 37 Foil Sheets Champagne $4.00 USD
144687 5 Big Shot Quilt Top TIEF $8.50 USD
144685 46 Big Shot Seasonal Tags Framelits $29.00 USD
144679 6 Big Shot Thinlits Christmas Staircase $39.00 USD
144678 35 Big Shot Swirly Snowflakes Edgelits $30.00 USD
144676 26 Big Shot Bethlehem Edgelit $32.00 USD
144668 11 Punch Everyday Label $18.00 USD
144667 49 Punch Leaf $16.00 USD
144666 53 Punch Cat $18.00 USD
144645 44 Mini Pizza Boxes $6.00 USD
144631 29 Ribbon Solid 1/8″ Real Red $7.00 USD
144628 13 Clear Acetate Boxes (NA) $6.50 USD
144671 38 Big Shot Edgelits Hometown Greetings $32.00 USD

One thing to remember is that even though these items are staying if they are currently available as a bundle, they will NOT be available in a bundle in the future!  So, if you want the 10% bundle discount, get those items now!

Happy Stamping!

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Christmas in the Making….

Inbetween shopping on Amazon for Christmas presents I have been enjoying designing Christmas cards for my classes.  My sweet stamping family just can’t get enough of our Christmas offerings!  There are so many beautiful sets that are going to be leaving I feel hard pressed to use them all as much as possible while they are here!

One of my favorites that will be retiring is the Christmas in the Making stamp set.  It’s an adorable 50’s looking set.  You can check it out on page 16 of the Holiday catalog.

Here is my latest design using this set:

The verse is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  This little lady is holding an ornament.  Now, if you are not quite sure about coloring in this tiny ornament, I discovered that our White Perfect Accents, (#138416, pg. 196 Annual catalog), can be colored with a cherry cobbler blend and looks perfect between her hands!  Now she is holding a beautiful “glass” ornament!

What do you think of this “flashback” stamp set?

Happy Stamping!

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