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Year End 2017 Savings Event on Now

Year End 2017 Savings Event on Now

It’s the Year End 2017 Savings Event! Stampin’ Up! has announced the items retiring from the Holiday Catalogue (and some of my favourites are going 🙁 ).  See if the one you’ve been waiting for is going to be gone for good!

The sales event starts today and ending January 2nd, items will be available while supplies last.

You know you’ve seen lots of samples on my blog and Pinterest with many of these sets just like this Dog Lover’s card I shared a few weeks ago.  They’ve quickly become some of your favourites, just like this one with the Year of Cheer suite papers and foil snowflakes.

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But how about that greeting? The Snowflake Sentiments set and matching thinlits are staying so will be around in next year’s Annual Catalogue!  YAY! I love the bold sentiments in this set and have used it SOOO much this holiday season. But you know what?  The bundle IS beging retired so why not save 10% now on it?  So make sure to check out all the bundles that are being retired so you can save $$$ now!

But you won’t want to delay.  Items will sell out quickly and experience says some of these won’t last long! Discounts on lots of items…check here for the full pdf list of items on the chopping block arranged by catalogue page number and click on the button below to get your online order in now!


We Have An Online Extravaganza Raffle Winner

We Have An Online Extravaganza Raffle Winner

I’m excited to announce we have an online extravaganza raffle winner!  Remember my raffle for the Snowflake Sentiments bundle?  Today, you find out who won and I share a super fast and fun card to make with these fabulous stamps and dies which just might be my favourite from the Holiday Catalogue…maybe.

But first things first.  Our winner is…(drum roll please)



Congratulations Karen!  Here’s another peek at what Karen will soon be playing with in her studio!

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Or maybe you’d rather see a triple pretty card made with it?

It’s triple pretty since it’s pretty:

  • easy
  • quick
  • darn eyecatching!

In fact, Karen might like to make it with her new stamps and thinlits!

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Can you tell I love the sentiments in this set?  You’ve seen it quite a lot this fall and winter from my blog posts.  I used the exact same one yesterday with my easy and classy Christmas patterned paper greeting cards.  Same colour even!  It’s just the right size to stand alone and carry the card.

And don’t you love the font?  But that’s not the only good-sized classic greeting in that set.  Did you see the two others for Merry Christmas and Wrapped in the Warmth of Christmas?  Plus there’s a to/from for your tags, three awesome snowflakes, a pretty swirl, and two verses.  There’s lots of life in this set for only $29!

HINT: Did you see my quick tip above?  It’s a little hidden, but it’s one way I make cards quickly and easily.  I stamp the same greeting, same colour on a variety of papers while I have my stamp and ink pad out.  Then they’re ready for me to cut out with my Big Shot – or not (like in this beauty).  All it takes is one punch, some ribbon or a die cut, like this absolutely beautiful detailed snowflake trio, to finish a card in a flash.

we have an online extravaganza winner

And I couldn’t stop myself from adding a shiny metallic enamel shape into the centre of each of the snowflakes for the final touch.  You can JUST see them in this shot.  But I really wanted you to see how beautiful and intricate those snowflakes are.  And they’re a cinch to make with a precision base plate and your Big Shot machine.

Here is everything I used to make this quick card…you know, just in case I didn’t announce we have an online extravaganza winner with your name at the end of that phrase!


we have an online extravaganza winnerKeep your eyes peeled for another raffle give-away in December!  You might be the next lucky winner!

In the meantime, whip up a few of these quick cards with your detailed dies and you’ll have your Christmas greetings in the bag.  My little way to give you more time for sipping eggnog and stringing cranberries!  You’re welcome!

Online Extravaganza 2017 Starts Today!

Online Extravaganza 2017 Starts Today!

Online Extravaganza 2017 starts today!  You won’t want to miss this!  All kinds of stamp sets, dies, accessories and Paper Pumpkin on sale now!  10, 20, 30, 40, 50% off!

But don’t delay!  Some deals are only available today, November 20th.  And here they are!  Just click on the image to take you to my online ordering page.

And there are MORE deals too!  All the way to November 26th!  To see them all, download your copy of all the deals here.

But Stampin’ Up!’s not done yet!  There’s another fantastic day of specials to come November 27th!  We don’t even know what they are yet, but I bet they’ll be worth waiting for!

How about just a little extra incentive?

To sweeten the pot even more, place your $85 online order for any of these fabulous deals between Nov 20th and Nov 26th and get my exclusive November Bonus Gift  – a Wink of Stella – next month!  To qualify, you must enter the hostess code FT6ESYNK when you order.  See how here.

Plus, I’ll enter your name into a draw for the Snowflake Sentiments clear stamp set with the matching Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits!  The draw winner will be announced right here on my blog on November 27th!

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Online Extravaganza deals AND free stuff?  What could be better?

Place your order now by clicking on the button to have your items delivered right to your door.

With fabulous deals like this, your 2017 Online Extravaganza starts today!

BLENDS Make Cute Cards Even Cuter | VIDEO

BLENDS Make Cute Cards Even Cuter | VIDEO

Today I want to take an already sweet Christmas card and show you how BLENDS make a cute card even cuter! Rudolph has a special place in most of our hearts and today he’s getting a quick and easy bit of shading and dimension with Stampin’ Up!’s NEW alcohol inks.

Haven’t seen these yet? That may be because they’re not available until November 1st! But today I want to give you a sneak peek with my card and video. First let’s take a look at my card which is in my Easy Peasy Christmas Cardmaking Class at my friend Sue’s next week.

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So, cute right? Snippets of red, white and brown for a festive greeting that take about 5 minutes to put together. Perfect for batch card making at this time of year. Before you get started on those though, take a gander at this version…

blends make cute cards even cuter

Now be honest, which do you like better? If it’s number one, don’t worry I’m not offended.  But I’m guessing the colour blended one might be the winner? I do think the BLENDS take Rudolph to an “I’m the cutest animated reindeer in the world” status! I want to give you a close-up of how seamlessly the colours blend into each other.

blends make cute cards even cuter

Almost professional, isn’t it? And you know what? I’m a BEGINNER alcohol maker user! That’s how easy these markers are to use!

You know, I never did get on the Copic wagon. Too many colours, too expensive, and I just didn’t have that much time to devote to colouring (sorry Copic).

Though you’ve probably figured out by now…I DO LOVE to colour. Don’t get me wrong – Copic’s are fabulous for lots of detail and colour blending and I’ve played with my friend, Leslie’s a few times – and ALMOST caught the bug! But it came down to three main things for me:

  1. They didn’t match Stampin’ Up!’s colour families,
  2. The dollar investment to accumulate a good colour selection was just too great, and
  3. I just don’t have that much time to learn the colour blending techniques with over 250 markers!

Now Stampin’ Up! has solved all my issues at one go. SU! exclusive colours in just 12 colours. Certainly enough to create a rainbow of options. But I want to get back to your KISS card, so keep your eyes on my blog. I’ve got a whole post coming right up to introduce you to the BLENDS.

I’ve got the recipe to recreate this card below like I always do for my Keep It Simple Sunday series. But before I get there, take a peek at my short video showing you how BLENDS make a cute card even cuter.


  • Real Red 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • Chocolate Chip 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White 1” x 4”
  • Crumb Cake scrap at least 2 1/2” x 2”
  • Stampin’ BLENDS: Crumb Cake, Light and Dark, Cherry Cobbler Dark, Calypso Coral, Light, Bronze, Colour Lifter

blends make cute cards even cuter

Since it’s not Nov 1st yet, there are no links to the BLENDS. However I’ll update them on the 1st. In the meantime here is everything else to create this sweet card.

Let’s take a final peek at how beautifully blended these colours are.

blends make cute cards even cuter

If you’ve also been sitting on the Copic fence like me, BLENDS could be your answer. Professional looking results for a fraction of the cost! Easy and quick! Perfect coordination with Stampin’ Up! exclusive colours. In my next post I’ll help you through colour selection so you can see how BLENDS make a cute card even cuter for yourself!

LAST Day for Two Great Stampin’ Up! Opportunities!

LAST Day for Two Great Stampin’ Up! Opportunities!

It’s the LAST day for two great Stampin’ Up! opportunities!  They’re really somethin’ special so you don’t want to miss out!

LAST day for two great Stampin' Up! opportunities!

And that’s not all!  To sweeten the deal, I will match your bonus coupon from Stampin’ Up! so you get double the benefits to spend in August!  Awesome!

This is the RIGHT time to stock up on adhesives, paper, reinkers and embellishments!  When else do you get 20% off on current product?

What’s the second great opportunity?  Well, it’s not just great, it’s FABULOUS!

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Did you see my post yesterday with this new set?  When you join NOW you get it absolutely FREE – with other fantastic starter items!  Plus you can get the thinlits dies to go with it starting as soon as tomorrow by placing a pre-order!  It doesn’t get much better than this!


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So what else do you get when you join Stampin’ Up!?

  • fun team events and group activities
  • Design with Jo classes at a discount
  • a wonderful community of paper crafters to share ideas with
  • instant 20% off ALL your Stampin’ Up! purchases
  • opportunity to build a business and earn $$$
  • to see all the NEW stuff first (like the new Holiday catalogue for instance)!
  • no obligation to continue as a demonstrator – if you decide you LOVE these demonstrator perks, super!  If not, you get to keep your new (and FREE) product with no obligation

What to do now?

  1. make a list of $135 of WHATEVER you want in the catalogue
  2. click here to join up!

Don’t let this chance slip by!  Today is the LAST day for two great Stampin’ Up! opportunities!

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