Welcome to our ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!

This hop is coordinated by Janet Wakeland, demonstrator extraordinaire!  Taking part in this hop is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world – literally!  Welcome to my little corner of British Columbia, Canada 🙂

In this hop, we’ll be showcasing a mix of retiring products, as well as introducing you to some of the new and exciting products coming up in the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure.

In case you’ve never taken a blog hop before, no worries – we’ve done all the work; all you have to do is click on the link provided at the end of each post, and you’ll be taken to the next participating blog.  (just in case of technical gremlins, I’m adding the list of participants at the end of my post, so you can always refer to that, and hop around as you wish).  If you’re traveling in descending order, you’ll have just arrived from Janet’s blog – weren’t her projects amazing!  Such talent 🙂

I’ve chosen a couple of projects that not only show off some of the new upcoming products in the Occasions catalogue, but also use some existing products as well.  This way, you can see how you can combine ‘old’ and ‘new’, and see how well they work together!  I know – we all want to focus on just the new stuff, but hey – you’ve invested in lots of products, so let’s use them up! 🙂

My first project uses one of my favourite new sets from the Occasions catalogue; I’m sure you’re going to be seeing a lot of it – it seems to be a big favourite of a lot of people!

The stamp set is called Beautiful You, and it’s perfect for using a variety of colouring techniques!

I started with a piece of Watercolour Paper, and stamped the image using Archival Black Ink.  I used an Aqua Painter and picked up ink from the lid of the Calypso Coral ink pad, and watercoloured her top, and the background.  For her skirt and hat, I stamped the image again onto a piece of the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper – the same polka dot pattern that I used in the larger panel.  Then I hand cut the skirt and hat, and paper-pieced them, attaching them with Liquid Multipurpose Glue over the stamped/coloured image.

I stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink onto a smaller piece of Watercolour Paper, and I die cut the sentiment, the lady image and the panel behind the sentiment using the Big Shot and  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies – Squares.

Onto the Calypso Coral cardstock base, I added a  panel of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, then added the panel of  Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  I like how the DSP has a watercoloured look, as well!  I then layered on the stamped image and sentiment, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I love the cheerful, carefree feeling of this card, and the sentiment reflects that.  This picture below shows the paper piecing, and watercoloured background.


For my next project, I chose a fun, coordinating stamp set and Thinlits Dies in the ‘Lift Me Up Bundle‘.

I know I say it every time, but only because it’s true – purchasing the Bundle, and saving 10%  – not to mention saving yourself the stress of hand cutting so many pieces! – is the ONLY WAY TO GO!!

All of the cardstock and papers I used for this card are in the Annual Catalogue – it’s just the stamp set called Lift Me Up and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies that are new.

First, I chose to use the Thick Whisper White cardstock for my card base, as I knew I would be adding a heavy die cut image.  Next, I die cut a panel of Soft Sky cardstock with the clouds dies from the Up & Away Thinlits Dies using my Big Shot.  I used one of the same, and 1 additional cloud die (there’s a total of 4 different cloud shapes/sizes in this set), and die cut them from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

To create the hot air balloon, I first die cut the detailed image from Basic Black cardstock, using the largest balloon die in the set, the Big Shot, and the Precision Plate.  Trust me – you MUST use the Precision Plate for these detailed Thinlits – it’s the only way to get proper, clean cuts from these tiny details.  Using the Die Brush to release all the little bits is a big help, too!

After cutting the outline, I decided which colours to use for my balloon; Real Red, Emerald Envy and Night of Navy.  The great thing about the Up & Away Thinlits Dies is that the set includes the dies for each separate stripe of colour!!  Talk about making your life easy – and letting your design your balloon any way you want!

I used the Multi Purpose Liquid Glue on the back of the detailed die cut balloon, to attach each ‘stripe’ of colour, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the entire balloon and the glimmer clouds to the Soft Sky cardstock panel.  The sentiment was stamped using the Lift Me Up stamp set,  directly onto the Soft Sky panel in Night of Navy ink; I then attached it to the cardstock base, again using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This was such a fun card to put together – I was inspired by the picture on page 10 of the Occasions catalogue; I just made some changes to make it my own 🙂

That’s it for my projects – I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave; let me know what you think!

If you don’t already have your own Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and you’re in Canada, you can purchase the supplies used for these cards (starting January 4th for the new products) just by clicking the images below.

Thanks for spending time with me today – I know you’ll enjoy the re rest of the blog hop!  Next on the list is the fabulous Libby Dyson – you’re going to love what she has created for you!  Just click her name, or CLICK HERE to continue.


Until next time – happy stamping!


1. Janet Wakeland – Blog Post Link –
2. Deborah Smart –  – YOU ARE HERE!
3. Libby Dyson –
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4. Narelle Fasulo –
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5. Jayme Ziemer
6. Carole Anne Patterson
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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

25 thoughts on “RemARKable Blog Hop – SALE-A-BRATION!

    1. Thank you Marti! I’m really enjoying the new products – now I just need more time to play! 🙂

  1. I love what you did with the DSP for her skirt and hat, the color choice makes the card such a spring forward happy card, really well presented. Great job with the stripes, it looks like stain glass with the black overlay.

    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Carole Anne! I’m glad that you like how I chose to paper piece the skirt and hat 🙂

  2. I love the Beautiful You card, Deborah! I have just tried the paper piecing technique on the Tasty Trucks and I love it. Will have to try it on the dress, too.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Claudia! I’ll have to try the paper piecing with Tasty Trucks – I haven’t used that set, yet! Thanks again 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment, Janet – so glad you liked my projects. Thanks too for bringing us all together for this fun Hop 🙂

    1. I’m glad to read that you liked my cards, Katrina! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – I appreciate it 🙂

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