Best Deals During Sale-A-Bration

Hello stamping friend! I hope you enjoyed your weekend 🙂 Today I thought I’d share some more of the projects I made for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration. I really think that the best deals during Sale-A-Bration are the free products that you can earn. Specifically, two of my favourites are the Amazing You stamp set, and Celebrate You thinlits dies.

I’ve shown some projects with these products in earlier posts; you can SEE THEM HERE and HERE (the 2nd is a link to the video), if you haven’t seen them already.


This is a quick & easy gift bag to create, but it packs a ‘wow’ because of the die cuts and gold glam!

Best Deals During Sale-A-Bration


Stamp the word from the Amazing You stamp set in Calypso Coral ink directly onto one of the white stripes of the Striped Treat Bag. Stamp 2 of the flower images from the set onto Whisper White cardstock. Colour the flower using the Stampin’ Blends Calypso Coral Light & Dark markers. Hand cut both flowers with Paper Snips; cut only the inner part of one of the flowers. Layer the flowers together with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Use the Celebrate You thinlits to die cut the word from Calypso Coral cardstock, with the Big Shot. Attach the die cut word to the bag, underneath the stamped word ‘Let’s’. Cut a length of Gold Sequins, and attach them to the back of the flower, then attach the flower to the bag. Add a few more scattered sequins, and you’re done!

The next project that I created highlights the Amazing You stamp set.


Best Deals During Sale-A-Bration


I wanted to show off the flowers without colouring, so I stamped them repeatedly onto Whisper White cardstock in Versamark ink. After covering them with Copper Embossing Powder, set it with the Heat Tool.

The sentiment is stamped onto Whisper White using Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz ink pads. Die cut the sentiment with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Big Shot. Use the Layering Ovals to die cut a large oval from Copper Foil Sheet.

Layer a length of Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon between the sentiment and copper ovals, winding it back & forth to achieve the look, above. Hold it in place with Tear & Tape, and attach the ovals to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Layer the image panel onto a panel of Powder Pink cardstock, then attach that to a card base of Berry Burst cardstock.


Best Deals During Sale-a-Bration

Inside the card, add a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the sentiments in Powder Pink and Berry Burst ink. Stamp one of the flowers in Berry Burst ink in the upper left hand corner.


The stamp set is very versatile, even without pairing it with the Celebrate You thinlits.  Combining the two of course increases the versatility in ways of using the 2 together. The stamp set can be earned with a $60 purchase; the thinlits with a $120 purchase. So if you’re like most people, and you plan on purchasing a lot of new products from the Occasions catalogue, this is a great deal for you! Plus, for the first time EVER, Stampin Up! has announced that the Celebrate You thinlits will be carrying over to the new catalogue! That makes me think that there may be at least one more stamp set that they will coordinate with, as well as being a ‘stand alone’ product.


Don’t miss out on any products selling out, or going on back order! Click on the product images below to shop in my online store. I appreciate every purchase made with me; it keeps me going as a demonstrator, and allows me to share new products, tips and tutorials with you!


First Stampin’ Blends Club

It was my first Stampin’ Blends Club meeting on Friday evening, and it was such fun! I’ve been using the Blends markers for a while now, so I’m used to using them. It was such a pleasure to see how much everyone enjoyed using them!

They’re very easy to use; the colours apply so smoothly, without leaving any streaky lines. Remember those markers when you were a kid in school? You would colour until you wore a hole through the paper, trying to get rid of the lines!

I wanted to give everyone a little surprise, so I used our Full Wide Stampin’ Cases, and created these marker holders for each of the ladies!


First Stampin' Blends Club

I used the retired Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to cover the exterior of the case. This serves two purposes; it’s decorative, and they can slide it out, practice their colouring, and slide it back in! 🙂 I then added each person’s first initial to the front of the case. The Large Letters Framelits are perfect for that; a quick run through the Big Shot with some Dapper Denim cardstock, and then attached to the front with some Mini Glue Dots.

On the inside, I created two boxes to hold the markers, so they don’t slide about or fall out of the case when it’s opened.

First Stampin' Blends Club

Everyone was very pleased with their gift! One case won’t fit the entire set, but it’s a good start for our first Club meeting.


After going over the important information of the care and use of the Blends, everyone did some practice colouring. Seriously, everyone caught on so quickly – it’s a testament to how easy these markers are to use! Then, it was time to move on to our first card. We used the Colour Me Happy stamp set, lanterns images.

First Stampin' Blends Club

Isn’t this cute? I saw a card like this made by my talented friend and SU! demonstrator Susan Horr, and adapted it. Thanks for sharing, Susan!

This stamp set was made specifically for using with the Stampin’ Blends (though of course you can colour the images with markers, Watercolour Pencils, etc.). There’s also a Colour Me Happy Project Kit that you can bundle with the stamp set, and save 10%! The kit is super cute; it makes 16 cards, and has gorgeous envelopes & embellishments.

The cardstock colours are Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. Tuxedo Black Memento ink is used to stamp the images and sentiment. The Blends markers used for colouring are Daffodil Delight (Light and Dark) and Pool Party (Light and Dark). I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits with the Big Shot for the sentiment layer in Whisper White and Pool Party.


Of course we stamped on the inside of the card! A panel of Whisper White cardstock is added, and stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

First Stampin' Blends Club

The next project uses the flower image from the same Colour Me Happy stamp set.


First Stampin' Blends Club

This time, the colour combination for the cardstock is Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. The Blends markers used are Pink Pirouette Light & Dark, and Daffodil Delight Light. The image outlines and sentiments are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Layer the panels together with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and attach the retired silver ribbon with Tear & Tape on the back of the large Pink Pirouette panel.


First Stampin' Blends Club

Everyone also received a Colour Lifter, and practiced how to use it to remove ink, highlight and create texture.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, and we’re all looking forward to next month’s Club meeting!

If you’re interested in joining my Blends Club, or forming one with a group of your friends, get in touch with me, and we’ll work it out!


To order the supplies used to create these cards and the cases, click on the product images below. You can shop at my online store 24/7, so it’s always convenient for you!


Celebrate Amazing You

Today I’m going to share a project made with 2 free products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. We are going to Celebrate Amazing You, with the Amazing You stamp set, and the Celebrate You thinlits dies.

The Amazing You stamp set is a Level 1 item, which means it’s free with a minimum $60 purchase. The Celebrate You thinlits dies are a Level 2 item, which means that they’re free with a minimum $120 purchase. Of course, if your purchase is $120 or over, you’re not restricted to the Level 2 items; you can choose 2 Level 1 items, instead!

To see which items are Level 1 and Level 2, click on the buttons below!

Celebrate Amazing You

Celebrate Amazing You

Some great news – the Celebrate You Thinlits will be carried over into the new catalogue!! This is a first, which makes me very happy! The 3 words in this set ‘celebrate’ ‘amazing’ and ‘you’ can be used for many different occasions, and don’t have to have a coordinating stamp set (though they do work really well with the Amazing You set!).


Celebrate Amazing You

Combining the patterns and colours gives this card a unique, eclectic look.


Create a card base of Sahara Sand cardstock. Add a panel of Designer Series Paper; I used the retired Year of Cheer Specialty DSP from the Holiday catalogue. Next, cut a 2″ wide strip of Fresh Fig cardstock, and create banner tails on one end using the Banner Triple Punch. Lightly spray the cardstock with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer, then run it through the Big Shot with the Hexagon Embossing Folder. Spritzing with water makes the cardstock more flexible, and prevents cracking.

Use a Sponge Dauber, and lightly go over the embossed areas with Craft Whisper White ink. Now, create the tag shape with the Big Shot and the Lots of Labels Framelits. Use the Amazing You stamp set, and stamp the rays image twice (once upright, the 2nd time upside down, butting up against the 1st stamping) in Crushed Curry ink.  Stamp the rest of the sentiment in Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide ink, leaving a gap between the top and bottom words (see picture above).

From Gold Glimmer Paper, die cut the word amazing with the Celebrate You Thinlits and the Big Shot. Use the Leaf Punch (carried over from the Holiday catalogue) and punch 2 sets of leaves from Tranquil Tide cardstock.


Attach the embossed banner to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals, to the left side and about 1″ below the top. Next, attach the 2 leaves to the back of the label, with Multipurpose Glue. Now attach the Label on top of the banner, with Dimensionals. Finally, attach the die cut word in the middle of the label, using either the Liquid Glue or Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Celebrate Amazing You

The layering of die cuts and embossed pieces really adds ‘oomph’ to this card!


You can get the supplies to create this card (except for the retired DSP) in my online store. Just click the product images below, or my signature. Remember that you earn the stamp set and thinlits used, with qualifying purchases!


Bird Banter Birthday

Hello again, stamping friend! I hope you’re having a great week 🙂 I’m back sharing another card that I had made as a sample for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration. I like it so much, in fact, that I made a second one, for my own Dad’s 86th birthday!


Bird Banter Birthday

This fun Bird Banter stamp set can be found on page 42 of the new Occasions catalogue. It’s whimsical bird images, along with the witty sentiments, captured my heart immediately!


First, stamp the bird images, the party hat and one balloon image onto scrap Whisper White cardstock in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Next, use your Stampin’ Blends markers in Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive to colour in the birds. Also colour in the balloon and party hat. Have fun!! The large bird resembles a Macaw, so I went with those bright colours. The smaller bird reminds me of a parakeet, so I went with the greens and yellow of that bird. Use your Paper Snips to cut out the images.

On two pieces of Color Theory Designer Series Paper, stamp the branch image so that they will be facing each other, when attached to the card. Add some extra leaves, then colour them in with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends marker.

Attach the 2 strips of DSP to a panel of Whisper White cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, so that the branches face each other (see picture above). Now attach the birds to each branch, so that they face each other, using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a bow with Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine, and leave 1 long strand. Attach the bow to the bottom of the balloon with Mini Glue Dots, then attach the long end behind the bird’s beak, so it looks like he’s holding the balloon.  Place the party hat onto the little bird’s head, with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

To finish off the front, stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock, and layer it on top of a piece of Real Red cardstock. Attach it to the card front, along with some Metallic and Iridescent sequins.

Bird Banter Birthday

The fun layering on this card make it extra special! Where did I get the idea? From the Occasions catalogue! I copied the layout from the picture in the catalogue! 🙂 And that’s okay – it’s called “CASE” – which stands for Copy and Share Everything. We share our ideas to inspire others!

The card I made for my Dad’s birthday (his 86th! woot!) is the same, except for the card base and balloon colour. I used Daffodil Delight for his card – have a look.

Bird Banter Birthday


The sassy, sweet sentiments are perfect pairings for the outside sentiments 🙂

Bird Banter Birthday

See what I mean?! 🙂  I added another little parakeet (budgie?) to the inside, this time looking the other way. The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.


Order your Bird Banter set by clicking on the product images below, or on my signature. My online store is open 24/7, so you can shop at your own convenience. Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration time – so  you can earn FREE PRODUCTS with qualifying orders of $60 or $120 (or more) before tax/shipping!


Party on With Party Pandas!


These adorable pandas get everyone smiling and in the party mood! And smiles get bigger, when you realize that you get this set for FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

There are so many ways  to use this stamp set; they can be for birthdays, Valentine’s Day or any celebration. I did one version that can be for Valentine’s Day and shared it in THIS POST, in case you missed it.

I also created this card for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration using the pandas. I saw this adorable card in a Facebook post by another demonstrator, and she even shared a video on how she created it. Here is the link to Beth’s Paper Cuts video – I’ve already thanked her for sharing, but if you like it, be sure to leave her a comment, too!


Party on With Party Pandas

You can’t get much cuter than a party hat wearing, balloon toting, panda! 🙂


Since you can get the measurement & scoring details from the video, I’ll share the colours and products that I used. The panda is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I die cut the hat and balloons from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies. The panda was hand cut using  Paper Snips, and all were attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To colour the White Perfect Accents, use the Dark Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends markers.

Across the bottom, add a strip of the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series PaperFree from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!


This is a fun fold card – here is a picture of the entire card.

Party on With Party Pandas

The sentiment is from the new Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set. It’s stamped in Bermuda Bay ink in the centre of the long panel. Confetti sprinkle images, from the same set, are added in Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist ink. More White Perfect Accents are added in the bottom of the long panel, as well as another panda. The partyhat is coloured with the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Dark Blends.


Now is a great time to order your new products from the Occasions catalogue, stock up on your basic supplies, and earn FREE PRODUCTS during Sale-a-Bration! Remember there are 2 levels of free items to choose from; Level 1 for a min. $60 purchase, or Level 2 for min. $120 purchase. Of course, if your purchase is $120 or more, you don’t have to choose the level 2  items – you can select 2 of the level 1 items! The choice is yours 🙂

Click on the product images below, or on my signature, to shop in my online store. It’s open 24/7, so you can order when it’s convenient for you!

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Brusho Crystal Colours


They’re not new; they’ve been around for at least several decades, made in England. I’ve seen videos highlighting these glorious, saturated colours, and gasped. And now – Stampin’ Up! is carrying them for sale!  Warning – this post is very image heavy – ’cause I’m loving these!

Look carefully for them; they’re on page 26 of the Occasions catalogue – it’s a little picture in the inner corner. They come in a pack of 5, 0.5 oz pots; 1 each of 5 colours; Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.

Brusho Crystal Colours

These are highly-pigmented, artist quality watercolour ink crystals. They hold amazing deep colours, and are activated by water. You can mix with water, to create watercolour washes, or sprinkle directly onto water-washed paper, and watch the colours burst!

Can you tell I’m in love with these?! I’m so in love, I just had to do a special demonstration with them at my Sale-A-Bration Celebration event this past weekend. The first card I did beforehand, using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.


Isn’t this amazing? But really, the part I enjoy the most is watching the crystals ‘burst’ when they react with the water.

There’s more than one way to use the Brusho Crystals; I used them by first stamping my dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams in Versamark ink onto Watercolour Paper. Next, cover the stamped images with White Embossing Powder, and set it with the Heat Tool.

Use your Aqua Painter to wet the paper where you want to apply the colour. Choose your colour – I used the Prussian Blue first – and sprinkle the Brusho Crystal Colours onto the wet areas. Watch them burst!! 🙂

NOTE ON USING THE BRUSHO CRYSTAL COLOURS: these crystals are very light, and a little goes a LONG way! Do NOT take the seal off the tub; instead use a push-pin or your Paper Piercer to poke 1 or 2 holes in the top of the seal. This is all you need, to dispense the crystals.  Removing the seal off the tub may result in a large cloud of crystal powder to surround you!! These crystals are highly pigmented, and will permanently stain, so make sure you’re not wearing your fancy dress, or using over your cherished antique Persian rug!

After sprinkling the Prussian Blue, I used my Aqua Painter to move the colour around a bit. Then I wanted to add another colour, so I sprinkled on the Yellow crystals. The watercolour paper had dried a bit, so I added more water with my Stampin’ Spritzer. This is such fun – the force of the water causes the crystals to burst faster, and the colour moves around a bit. Trust me – no matter how hard you try, you’ll never get 2 projects look exactly the same!

Brusho Crystal Colours


After the image panel had dried, I built the card. Trust me -the hardest part of using the Brusho Crystal Colours is that you have to let your project air dry!! For me, that gives the best results. You can use your Heat Tool to speed up the process, but be aware that the air may move the colours around, giving you a different finished look. But, you may want to try that, intentionally! 🙂

Attach the image panel to the Daffodil Delight cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Wrap Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the left side 3 times, attaching it at the back with Tear & Tape. Finally, attach the panels to a Island Indigo cardstock card base.

On the inside of the card, stamp the sentiment and the dots image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Island Indigo ink onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock.

Brusho Crystal Colours


As I said, I wanted to demonstrate the Brusho Crystal Colours for everyone. So first I created this finished card, as a sample to show what I was going to do. It uses the lovely Birthday Blooms stamp set.

Brusho Crystal Colours

Can you see why I’m in love with these Brusho Crystal Colours??!!


I used the same technique as detailed in the card above, to create this card. I used a combination of wetting the Watercolour Paper first with an Aqua Painter, then using a Stampin’ Spritzer after adding the 2nd colour. This time, the colours I used were Brilliant Red and Moss Green in the Brusho Crystal Colours. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and Old Olive ink, onto Watercolour Paper. Cover the stamping with Clear Embossing Powder, then set it with the Heat Tool. It’s then die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Brusho Crystal Colours

One thing I love about the Crystals is that they’re not one, flat colour; they have other colours mixed in! So you can see that the Moss Green has flecks of brown and a little bit of black; the Brilliant Red also has flecks of orange and a hint of yellow.


For the inside, stamp the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Old olive ink onto a Whisper White panel. Use the Real Red and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the flower image, and stamp onto the lower left side. Attach the panel to the inside with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Brusho Crystal Colours


These fabulous Brusho Crystal Colours are available now for you to order! Click on the product images below to order them in my online store. If you’d rather have me place your order, simply contact me directly at with your information, and I’ll take care of it!

Remember that Sale-A-Bration is happening right now, so if you order the Brusho Crystal Colours plus another $20 in products, you’ll qualify for 1 Level 1 item for FREE!


A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember!

Wowza! Wasn’t that a party?! Yesterday was a Sale-A-Bration Celebration to remember! The house was full; full of people, full of laughter, full of creative ideas and fun!

Before the party started, I made sure to take some pictures of my setup, because I usually forget to do that. I had my camera left to the side, so I could take pictures during the event – I love capturing people while they’re having fun creating! The joy on their faces is priceless.  Unfortunately – you guessed it – I was so busy chatting, sharing, teaching and laughing, that I didn’t get any pictures taken! Oh well; I do have pictures of my setup, and of each of my samples and the make & takes.

I just wish you could’ve seen the lovely group of ladies who were here,though.  One email I received last night, after the event, said “Thank you so much Deborah; just had a terrific time, and so many wonderful ladies! Your projects were certainly amazing and gave us all some great ideas to work with” – M.  Receiving that email just made my night! 🙂 That someone not only enjoyed the projects – but the other people, as well! That’s what it’s all about, for me. Truly, the new people and friendships we make.


Here are a couple of pictures from yesterday’s set up:

A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember

I like having lots of samples on display, and the products on the table to people to see, touch and play with!

A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember

I had 1 stamping table set up in the living room, and also a stamping table in my dining room! I  had over a dozen people in attendance, so there was so cooperative ‘turn taking’ happening 🙂

A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember


I had 2 stamping tables; my dining room table was one, and I had the 2nd one set up in the living room.  Everyone was gracious about taking turns, and the more experienced stampers helping out the newer ones, when I was busy answering questions and helping others.  Stampers are the greatest people! 🙂

A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember

One of the Make & Takes was this gift tag, made using the Beautiful Peacock stamp set, that you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.


The tag base is Fresh Fig cardstock, cut at 2 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. The banner tails are made using the Paper Snips. The image piece is Whisper White cardstock, 2″ x 3″. Stamp the feather plumage (behind the bird) first in Lemon Lime Twist ink. Next, add the longer tail feathers; they will stamp partially off the cardstock. Now stamp the bird image in Fresh Fig ink. These being photopolymer stamps, it’s easy to see where you need to place the bird. Stamp the sentiment, from the Beautiful Peacock stamp set, in Fresh Fig ink, above the bird. Finish the stamping by adding 2 different sized flower images in both Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist ink.

Punch the top of the image piece with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, then loop a length of 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Fresh Fig through the hole. Finally, attach the Fresh Fig tag base to the back of the stamped piece, with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


These adorable little pandas quickly become the hit of any party! Don’t let the simple black & white of the panda’s fool you; add  your own bright colours in the confetti and balloons!

A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember

This card is the 2nd Make & Take. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up (sooner than you think!) I thought we’d make this cute little panda hold some hearts, instead of a balloon. Also, I wanted to show off the beautiful Painted with Love Designer Series Paper! (please pardon the little smudge on the card – it get handled by a lot of people before I got to take the picture!)


Adding layers of cardstock and designer paper really takes this card from ‘oh, cute’, to ‘OH, CUTE!!

On the Rich Razzleberry cardstock base, attach a panel of Blushing Bride cardstock. Next, attach a panel of Painted with Love Designer Series Paper (found in the Occasions catalogue) to the bottom half. Set aside for now.

Stamp the panda image onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. You can leave the balloon uninked, as you’ll be covering it with a heart. Next, use the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and Big Shot to die cut 3 small hearts, and 1 medium heart from another design pattern of the Painted with Love DSP. Attach them above the panda, staggering the placement, using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Use the Black Stampin’ Write Marker to draw the additional 2 ‘string’s from the panda’s paw, to the hearts.

Next, attach 3 small ‘flags’, made from Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride cardstock, and the Painted with Love DSP, to the back, right side of the stamped panel. I used a retired mini punch, or you can use the Bunch of Banners Framelits or your Paper Snips to create yours. The next step is to attach this stamped panel to a 1/4″ larger sized panel of RIch Razzleberry cardstock, then attach it to the card front, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember

This picture, above, shows how the layers really add a lot to this card.


A Sale-A-Bration Celebration to Remember

Attach a panel of Whisper White to the inside of your card using the liquid glue. With dark cardstock like the Rich Razzleberry, you wouldn’t be able to see any stamping on it! Next, stamp the envelope holding panda with the Memento ink in the bottom right corner. Stamp the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink, then attach the 3rd punched heart next to that.


Both of the stamp sets used for the Make & Takes can’t be purchased – you can only get them for FREE! With each qualifying order of $60 , you qualify for 1 of the Level 1 sets, which include these 2 stamp sets. To check out all of the products you can choose for free, CLICK HERE to see them.

To order the other supplies used in creating these 2 cards, you can click on either the product images below, or on my signature, to go directly to my online store. It’s open 24/7, so you can shop whenever it’s convenient to you!

I appreciate every order that you place with me; without the orders, I wouldn’t be able to keep on stamping, creating and sharing with you!  Be sure to check back daily this week, as I’ll be sharing all of the samples cards I made for my Celebration!


A Work in Progress

Hello stamping friend! I’m afraid that I don’t  have a new project to share with you today. It’s not that I haven’t been creating – in fact, I’ve been spending a lot of time doing just that! However, it’s all a work in progress.

As I’ve mentioned before, this Sunday is my Sale-A-Bration Celebration, to kick off of the start of the new Occasions catalogue, and Sale-A-Bration. So, while I do have lots of new projects, I’m kinda keeping them ‘under wraps’ until my guests see them on Sunday! 🙂

This picture I took a few days ago of my work table; also known as my dining room table!


A Work in Progress

As you can see, it’s in pretty good shape! I had recently cleared it up, so that I’d have some more room to work. For Christmas, my boys had bought me a special holder for my Stampin’ Blends markers, and I had just finished putting them away.  As much as I love this case, wouldn’t it be great if Stampin’ Up! came out with one of their own? I have a weak spot for SU! branded merchandise! It looks cool, and helps people identify the products I use and sell!

Once I had my Stampin’ Blends all organized, I stamped a bunch of images from the Bird Banter stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and took them & my Blends to the couch, to watch tv and do some colouring!


A Work in Progress

I’m not the only one who does this, right? Because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who stamps into the night…. As you can see, some of the birds I’d already cut out. Yes – by hand, with my Paper Snips!

I really enjoyed colouring these images with the Blends markers; they colour so smoothly, without leaving streaks and blend very well. Plus, these birds are just so cute!


If you love colouring – or especially if you don’t, but you want your colouring to look good – I highly recommend these markers! They’re high quality, dual tip alcohol markers, and they come in Stampin’ Up! colours. That means that  you can easily coordinate your images with your project. They can be purchased individually, in pairs, or in a whole set. You’ll also want to get the Color Lifter, for creating highlights and removing colour. CLICK HERE to see them in my online store.

So, you’ll just have to either attend my Celebration this Sunday, or come back on Monday to see the projects, the make & takes, and the fun we have!

If you’d like to order, click on the images below, or my signature, to go to my online store.


Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!


Are you ready to party?! Wow, I’ve been so busy working on samples for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration kick off party this coming weekend that I’m stoked! Using the new products and stamp sets really gets you in the creative, party mood, you know?

You’ve seen my previous posts, showing off one of the Sale-A-Bration sets called Heartfelt Blooms. If you missed them, or want another look, click HERE and HERE for the post. (they’ll open up in new windows, so you won’t lose your place!)

This is what the stamp set looks like:

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

Isn’t this amazing? The detail is incredible! The stamp was created by taking a photo of an actual, living bouquet of flowers – then turning it into a stamp! When stamping, the stamp lays down the ink at different opacities, making it look like you’ve done a 2 or 3 step stamping, but in fact only stamping once!

Here’s a video created by Stampin’ Up! showing you ways to use this amazing stamp.


Isn’t technology amazing? And this is just the first in Stampin’ Up!’s new line of Distinktive stamps! I can’t wait to see what comes next! 🙂

Another set that I really love, that I already have from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue is the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits.

Here is the Amazing You stamp set

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

And the Celebrate You Thinlits:

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration


For every $60 CAD you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving your customers more flexibility and options for their free items.

Let’s break it down:

  • If they spend $60 CAD, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If they spend $120 CAD,you get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
  • If they spend $180 CAD, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalized Sale-A-Bration experience!

So, to get the Amazing You stamp set PLUS the Celebrate You Thinlits, you spend $180, and get the stamp set, which is level 1, and the thinlits, which are level 2!!

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up!, showing the possibilities of using these products separately, and together.


I’ve been having a blast creating with these new products – but I’m not going to show my projects until after my kick off party this weekend! I can’t spoil all the surprises!!


If you haven’t done so already, click these links below to check out the free products you can get during Sale-A-Bration!

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

Another thing to keep in mind – in mid-February, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing a second round of products to select from, added to the existing Sale-A-Bration products! So even if you think you’ve gotten all the freebies you want – stay tuned for more! 🙂

Let me know what you think about the new products, and the new 2 levels for SAB products! Just leave me a comment on this post – I always love to hear your thoughts!

If you’re not able (or close enough) to attend my Sale-A-Bration Celebration this weekend, but would like to receive the catalogues, send me a message at, and I’ll look after it!

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Hello there, stamping friend! It’s the new year, a new week – and a new challenge!

This week the Paper Craft Crew has a sketch challenge for you, and I can’t wait to see what you design!


PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

This fun challenge has lots of elements to play with! You get to choose whichever stamp set and colours you want to use. All you have to do is stay within the basic sketch when creating your project. You can keep the sketch orientation as it is, or you can flip it sideways, backwards, or upside down!

For my project, I decided to use a new FREE set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue called Beautiful Peacock.


PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Don’t you love this beautiful bird, showing off his plumage?


AS you can see, I kept with only 2 colours for my card. I wanted to keep the focus on the shape of the peacock, and his feathers.

On a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the body of the bird in Bermuda Bay ink. Next stamp the tail feathers in Lemon Lime Twist ink. With these photopolymer stamps, it’s easy to line up the tail feathers right behind the bird. Again with Bermuda Bay ink, stamp the 2 different long feathers in Bermuda Bay ink, extending behind and above the tail.  For the feathers on the left side, I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to ink only part of the long tail feathers to add behind the left side.

After stamping, attach the image panel onto a panel of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock that measures 4″ x 5 1/4″, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add that to a Bermuda Bay cardstock base, again with Dimensionals.

To finish off the front, add a 2017-2019 In Colour Bitty Bow in Lemon Lime Twist to the bottom left of the bird. Next, add some silver Metallic Enamel Shapes – circles – to the bow, and to the plumage.

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch ChallengeINSIDE DETAILS

Of course you need to add a panel to the inside. Since there’s no sentiment on the outside of the card, I decided to combine the 2 sentiments in this stamp set and put them on the inside.

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

The first sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink; the second in Lemon Lime Twist ink. To add a bit extra inside, I stamped the long tail feathers down the right hand side in Lemon Lime Twist ink.

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

This could easily have been done as a 1 layer card, but I think adding the extra layer of colour makes it ‘pop’ a bit more!


If you haven’t already visited our Paper Craft Crew challenge page, be sure to go there and see what the rest of the Design Team have created. You will also find the link there, to add your card to the challenge.


You can make this card yourself! The Beautiful Peacock stamp set can’t be purchased, but you can earn it for FREE with a qualifying purchase of $60 (before tax/shipping) during Sale-A-Bration. If you really like this set, you’ll want to order sooner rather than later, as we’ve had some really popular sets run out in the past! The other supplies can be ordered by clicking on the product images below or on my signature. My online store is open 24/7, so you can start ordering from the new Occasions catalogue, and earning your FREE Sale-A-Bration sets, as of today, January 3rd! 🙂