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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a cute, simple card with the Darling Donkeys stamp set, a free Sale-a-Bration item! You can get this stamp set FREE with your qualifying purchase, but only until 11pm tonight (PST). Don’t miss out – follow the links in the product list below the post, and get your free items before they’re gone!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25″
Contrasting DSP: 1.25 x 4.25″


I also used one of the scalloped rectangle dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set to cut out some white cardstock, but you could easily use a different shape, or simply a rectangle cut on your trimmer.

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Have you made a card with the Darling Donkeys? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and simple card using the new Double Oval punch, the newest layering punch from Stampin’ Up!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Contrasting cardstock: 3.25 x 4.75”
DSP: 4.5 x 3-1/8”

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Once you’ve made your own card with the Double Oval punch, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to do a simple technique with the Blending Brushes to create a beautiful shadow effect around a shape.  I’m using the Dragonfly Garden bundle for my project, but you can use any stamp set you like!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25
White: 3 x 4.25″
DSP: 4.25 x .75″

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Have you tried out the Blending Brushes yet? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is by popular demand! I posted this photo of some beautiful Post-it note holders I made as gifts for my club members, and several people asked me for a tutorial – so here it is!

You’ll need:
DSP: 8.5 x 6”
Cardstock: 3-3/16 x 1” (2 pieces)

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Here’s the link to my favourite source for CANADIAN stick-on calendars: Tricia’s Custom Treasures.

Once you’ve made your own Post-it note holder, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a twisted gatefold or diagonal gatefold card. I’m using the beautiful Designer Series Paper “Paper Blooms” which you can find on page 3 of your Sale-a-Bration brochure. This paper is a Level One reward, meaning you can get it FREE with your $60 purchase until February 28th!

You’ll need:
One full sheet of cardstock to make two cardbases – I’ll show you the scoring and cutting in the video.
DSP: 2.25 x 4-7/8 (2 pieces same pattern)
Cardstock: 2.5 x 5-1/8” (2 pieces)
White: 2-5/8 x 5-3/8”
one additional piece of DSP measuring 2.5 x 5-1/8”

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Once you’ve made your own twisted gatefold card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a beautiful, simple card with Stampin’ Up!’s water painters and the Touch of Ink stamp set, a FREE Level Two Sale-a-Bration item. You can earn this stamp set free with your $120 purchase until February 28th!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 4 x 5.25″
Some ink refills and at least one water painter

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Have you used the water painters on a project? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’ (…or paintin’)! 😉

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a fun and simple card with the Berry Blessings bundle. This is a Level Two reward item from your Sale-a-Bration brochure, meaning you can earn it free with your $120 purchase from the annual or Spring Mini catalogue – but only until February 28th!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
Mat layer: 4.25 x 2.25
DSP: 4 x 2″
And a white circle (or other shape) for stamping your sentiment.

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Remember that the Berry Blessings Bundle is a Sale-a-Bration reward that you can earn for FREE with your $120 purchase! Don’t wait to place your order, Sale-a-Bration products are only available until February 28th or while supplies last!

Happy Stampin’!

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The new Spring Mini catalogue is now live! And wow oh wow, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new catalogue. I think Stampin’ Up! has really outdone themselves this time!

Here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners Sweet Strawberry stamp set

I love that this stamp set has a charming variety of sentiments, a whimsical collection of images, and two co-ordinating punches you could add on if you wish (Strawberry Builder and Small Bloom). That makes this the perfect item to start your stampin’ collection – all you need is paper and ink, and you’re ready to start creating!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetHappy Thoughts

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Jackie Bolhuis, this stamp set is a versatile collection of thoughtful, kind greetings ready to be paired with any other product to customize your creations. This stamp set is simple, striking, and indispensable!

Best Graphic Stamp SetPretty Perennials

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow, this stamp set includes a delightful collection of blooms you can layer, customize, and enjoy! I’ve chosen this as the Best Graphic stamp set, but it also includes a terrific set of sentiments that will have you reaching for it again and again. Bundle with the co-ordinating dies and/or the FREE Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper, “Paper Blooms“, for even more fun!

Best EmbellishmentGilded Leafing

This new embellishment is as stunning as the name suggests! Gilded Leafing offers a truly luxe feel at a very affordable price. You will love dressing up your projects with this gorgeous new product!

Best Designer Series Paper Fine Art Floral

Imagine an artist, delicately painting individual canvases in a classic impasto style… that’s exactly how Stampin’ Up! created this paper! First, an artist hand-painted canvases with beautiful florals and textures in classic Stampin’ Up! colors. Then the canvases were photographed and turned into this unique designer series paper, including florals, patterns, colour variance, and all the touches of professional paintings.

Runner Up: Love You Always Specialty DSP

Not just for Valentine’s Day, this elegant paper is striking yet subtle. Don’t believe me? Look at this gorgeous Christmas card I received from fellow demonstrator Heather:

Thanks to Heather, I’m completely sold on this stunning paper!


Best Punch BundleSweet Ice Cream

I love that Stampin’ Up! has offered us this adorable, versatile stamp set with a handheld punch, making it affordable and accessible for every level of crafter. The stamp set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more, that will make everyone’s heart melt. The bundle is fabulous on its own, and the co-ordinating Ice Cream Corner paper is perfect for punching out those frozen treats!


Best Die BundleSimply Succulents

If you can only buy one die bundle from this catalogue, it should be this one! The gorgeous ‘negative image’ background is absolutely stunning, the stamp set offers a great combination of sentiments and images, and the rest of the die set includes not just dies for the stamped images, but lovely label pieces for these and many other sentiments as well. This bundle has it all!

Here are some beautiful hand-coloured samples of this set from my teammate, Dianna!

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Best New Tool – Blending Brushes

These brushes are a game changer! It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the blending surface is not foam or sponge; instead, it’s thousands and thousands of velvety soft bristles that blend ink perfectly. You can apply extremely light shades of ink, create soft gradient backgrounds with no lines, use them with Decorative Masks or stencils, and so much more!

My first time playing with the Blending Brushes!

Kits

The Spring Mini Catalogue has three terrific kits for you to enjoy. Stampin’ Up! kits offer choreographed crafting experiences, expertly designed with precut pieces, instructions, and co-ordinated products for you to have a stress-free, successful crafting session!

Hello, Dear Friend is an all-inclusive card kit that makes 12 cards. Everything you need to complete the project, from beginning to end, is included.

You Are Amazing is a project kit that makes 16 cards and a decorated box to hold them. You will need to purchase the co-ordinating stamp set and inkpads separately, or use your own supplies to complete the cards.

The Flowering Cactus Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that you can use to create whatever you want – cards, scrabooking/memory keeping, decor projects, gift packaging, or anything else you can imagine! Let your creativity run free, with the confidence that your end projects will co-ordinate flawlessly.

In Case You Missed It:

Imagine being able to stamp 18 messages with one stamp … and then flawlessly cut them out with one co-ordinating die! Make cardmaking quick and easy with the amazing Many Messages bundle. Prepare your sentiments ahead of time and be ready for any occasion at any time!

The much-anticipated Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available!  The mini machine comes with all the plates you need to get started. With a compact footprint and a price tag of just $82, it’s both affordable and convenient for crafters at any level!

I’ve had my new (standard size) machine for a few months now and I love it. It is steadier than the Big Shot, easier to use thanks to the numbered plates, and beautifully sleek and compact (did I mention the platform folds up when not in use?).

Remember that you’ll also earn a free Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item with your purchase of the fabulous new “Mini Machine”! This product is also available as a half-price item with a qualifying party of $550 or more!

Speaking of parties, the exclusive hostess set this season is “Suite Sampler“. As you might guess, the set includes a variety of stamps that coordinate with the suites in the Spring Mini – Dandy Garden, Fine Art Floral, Hydrangea Hill, Sand & Sea, Love You Always, and Ice Cream Corner.

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit on page 89
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue! Choose up to $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. PLUS, if you join before February 28th, you’ll also receive a beautiful assortment of 6×6″ Designer Series Papers – absolutely free!

You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

It wouldn’t be right for me to end this post without mentioning Sale-a-Bration, or as we seasoned stampers like to call it: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what Sale-a-Bration is all about, I’ll give you a quick explanation: this gorgeous little brochure full of awesome products should have landed in your mailbox recently (if it didn’t, let me know and I’ll send you one!). As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue; even the Clearance Rack on the Stampin’ Up! website! You’ll see there are two levels of rewards available: Level One rewards are earned with a $60 purchase, and Level Two rewards are earned with a $120 purchase. Sale-a-Bration items are only available until February 28th (or while supplies last) and will not be offered again.

Thanks for reading my Top Picks post today! What do you think – do you agree with my choices, or did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a really quick and simple yet stunning card using two of our free Sale-a-Bration products: Corner Bouquet stamp set and Oh So Ombre DSP.

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
White cardstock: 3.25 x 4.5”
DSP: 3 x 4.25”

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So what do you think – which of these Sale-a-Bration products are you excited to get your hands on, for FREE? Don’t wait to place your order, Sale-a-Bration products are only available until February 28th or while supplies last!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a Split Panel card featuring the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. Happiest of Birthdays is the featured product in this month’s Creativity to Go – be sure to subscribe by next Sunday, January 10th to receive this stamp set plus the prepared supplies and tutorials to complete five fantastic cards!

To create this split panel card, you’ll need:

2 pieces of cardstock (same colour):
6.25 x 5.5”, scored along short side at 2”
1.25 x 5.5”
White: 4 x 5.25”

Designer Series Paper (same pattern):
1 x 5.25
1.75 x 5.25
Different, but co-ordinating DSP: 1.25 x 5.25”

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Once you’ve made your own split panel card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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