2017 Wrap-Up

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished this year and where 2017 has brought me. Here are some of the highlights:

It’s been an amazing year! And I have no doubt 2018 will be just as great.

Thank YOU for being a part of it!

Party Planning Starts Here!

Sale-a-Bration (January through March) is the best time of year to host a party! It can be a virtual (Facebook) party, an in-person party, or a combination of both.

Facebook parties can last for a few hours or a few days; you can invite guests from any geographical area. We’ll play games and get to know each other, and I’ll share information about Stampin’ Up! products and specials. Guests can place orders at any time during the party; we’ll use a hostess code to ensure that all the rewards go to your account. There will even be prizes for participating in the party!

For an in-person party, we’ll choose a date that works for you; you invite your guests and provide a light snack, and I’ll bring all the tools and supplies needed for a fabulous fun night of crafting. You and your guests will get to try out a range of products and techniques, and bring home projects you made yourself. The $10 supply fee will be waived with a $20 purchase.

In either case, you as hostess will earn amazing rewards! During Sale-a-Bration, you’ll earn an additional $35 in free product with a qualifying party!

Contact me today to start planning your party!

One Design, Many Looks (and many many cards!)

As I’ve mentioned before, my summer 2017 goal was to use up all my retired DSP. It’s now winter 2017 (dare I say, the cusp of 2018?) and I’m still working on this goal! It was a far bigger project than I anticipated, but I am very pleased with my progress.

As part of this goal, I stumbled onto a method that I really enjoy. When I find a card design I like, I make as many of that card as I can with the paper supply I have, until every last shred of it is gone (or too small to use). In the case of the dragonfly card that you’ll see below, I made over 60 cards with that design to use up my beautiful Succulent Garden paper.

Then I discovered that I really, really liked this layout! It’s simple enough to make multiples (many many multiples … lol) and can be used with any paper and for any occasion. In the past five months, I’ve made several different card designs with this layout, and I can’t begin to guess how many cards I’ve made in total! It’s really helping me to get through my stash … with the new annual catalogue launching in June, it would be great to have lots of room on my shelves for the new paper and supplies I am sure to buy!

Here are the measurements for this card layout if you’d like to try it.

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5″
Background (if using; as shown in “Peace, Joy, and Love” card): 4 x 5.25″
Cardstock frames: 1.5 x 5 1/8″ and 3 1/8 x 3 1/8″
DSP: 1 3/8 x 5″ and 3 x 3″ (perfect for using up your 6×6″ paper stacks!)
White or vanilla for stamping sentiment

And that’s it! I hope you enjoy this layout and that it helps you use up your stash!

Drop me a comment below and show me what you’ve created with this layout, or tell me which DSP you just can’t bear to part with! Happy Stamping!

Tutorial: Sampler Frames

It’s easier than you think to create gorgeous samplers like these, thanks to Stampin’ Up!’s beautifully-coordinated Designer Series Paper! These would make a great Christmas gift!

For each sampler, you will need:
5 squares of Designer Series Paper (DSP), 2 x 2”
5 squares of co-ordinating cardstock to frame those DSP squares, 2.25 x 2.25”
1 large square of the same colour cardstock, 4.75 x 4.75”
1 large square of DSP or cardstock, depending on chosen design, 4.5 x 4.5”


The project is assembled on a cardstock base of 8 x 8”. I purchased the 8 x 8” shadowbox frames from Michael’s in a 3-pack.

Once you’ve chosen your design, decorate as desired. You can stamp on the large square, use punches or die cuts to decorate it, or even fussy-cut shapes to give it some texture and dimension. There’s a lot of customization possible for these frames. You could add a name, date of birth, wedding or graduation date … loads of possibilities! The Large Numbers and Large Letters dies come in very handy here. If you’re one of my Stampers’ Ten Club members and don’t already own these, you can borrow them from me!

I hope you have a wonderful time creating your very own custom sampler! I’d love to see photos of your creations when you’re done!

Happy Stamping!

New Product Alert: Say Hello to the Stamparatus!

A few weeks ago, I shared the video below on my Facebook page to let everyone know about the amazing new product Stampin’ Up! has just launched. I know many stampers have been asking for a positioning tool, and SU has been listening! They have delivered a terrific product that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Now that you’ve watched the video, you probably have a lot of questions. Hopefully this post will answer all of them – if I miss anything, comment below (or contact me) to get your question answered!

How much does it cost?
The Stamparatus is $65.00 (CAD).

When will the Stamparatus be available?
The Stamparatus will be in our next annual catalogue, which starts on June 1st. However, now that you’ve seen how amazing it is, you won’t want to wait for June – and you don’t have to! Stampin’ Up! is trying a new system wherein you can reserve your Stamparatus prior to the launch of the new catalogue. This system will allow SU to get the product to market as soon as possible, while avoiding back-orders and efficiently managing the supply and demand for the product.

So when can I reserve one?
The reservation window will be open from December 5th, 2017 (1:00pm Pacific Time) until December 30th, 2017.

How many can I reserve?
You can reserve one Stamparatus.

Do I order through my demonstrator as usual?
Nope, you’ll need to do things a little differently for this product. There are three steps to the process.

First, visit my online store and set up a customer account:

Then, once the reservation window is open on December 5th, follow this link to sign in to your customer account and place your reservation.

Finally, once the product is available to ship (on or after March 19th), you’ll receive a notification email to let you know. You’ll still need to finalize payment and close the order; your credit card won’t be charged until that time.

Can I add other products to my order?
You can add other products to your order once you’ve received your notification email that the Stamparatus is available. You can also take advantage of any other Stampin’ Up! promotions that are taking place during that time (for example, the Sale-a-Bration promotion to earn a free product with every $60CAD spent).

I hope this has answered your questions about the Stamparatus! If you have more questions, let me know and I’ll add them to this post!