New to Stamping? and How to Earn FREE Products

New to Stamping? No problem! Introducing the new Light the Candles kit

If you’ve never stamped before, Stampin’ Up takes the guess work out by providing their Kits Collection. No experience with stamping? No worries! A number of different card kits and craft kits are available for purchase and range from $12 to $19, making this an extremely affordable option if you’d like to get your feet wet and dive in! The best part about the kits is that everything is included to make multiples.

Stampin’ Up! just introduced their Light the Candles Kit and the kit is featured in the photos above. If you’re a busy person, new to stamping, or if you’re looking for a quick and easy project, the Stampin’ Up! kits are for you. The Light the Candles Kit includes everything you’ll need from start to finish:

* Light the Candles Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Acrylic Stamp Block
* Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Spot
* Predesigned projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
* 8 preprinted envelopes
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
*A 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go

You can purchase any of the kits from my Stampin’ Up! store. Why not give one of these kits a try. Click below to shop with me now!

Earn FREE Products – join the sale-a-bration

Sale-A-Bration is on now through February 28. What are you waiting for? Make purchases of $50 or more or $100 or more and earn FREE products! You can earn multiple Level 1 ($50+ in purchases) and Level 2 ($100+ in purchases) products depending on your order total. The order website takes the guess work out of what you’ve earned in FREE products, too!

If you’d like to host a party during Sale-A-Bration reach out to me and I’d be happy to set up a Host Code for your party. If your party reaches $300 you’ll qualify to receive the Calming Camellia Cling Stamp Set (item 158117) stamp set FREE (there’s that word again).

If you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration not only can you order $125 worth of products for just $99, but you’ll also be able to choose two FREE stamp sets from the current catalogs! Of course, there are many more benefits to becoming a demonstrator which I’ll highlight in a future post. I would love to have you join my team and this is a great deal.

New Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration are Here!

I’m so excited for you to see all of the new products offered in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog! There are some really amazing stamp sets in this catalog. My favorite is the Heart & Home Suite (page 58 and 59 in the Mini catalog)…but I’ve got my eye on several others! Plus, Sale-A-Bration starts today, too!

As a reminder, if you shop at my Stampin’ Up! Store you will receive a free gift when you spend $25 or more (excluding shipping and tax). You can choose a gift from the current catalogs valued up to $5. Be sure to use Host Code: Z4KP9CA4. Note: If you spend $150 or more, do not use the supplied host code as you will be eligible to receive Stampin’ Rewards (you’ll still receive the free gift, though).

 Earn Free Products During Sale-A-Bration: Shop between January 4 (today) through February 28, 2022 and you can earn FREE products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with orders of $50 or more or $100 or more. What are you waiting for? Earn FREE products through Sale-a-Bration and use the host code provided above to get an additional free item! It’s a win-win!

Host an Event During Sale-a-Bration and Receive an Exclusive Host Stamp Set: Hosting an event is even more rewarding during Sale-A-Bration season. If you host a party during Sale-A-Bration and your party reaches $300+ you can earn the Calming Camellia host exclusive stamp set for FREE (can be a personal order of $300+ or total party sales of $300+). Let me know if you’re interested in hosting a party to earn this free product and I’ll set up a host code for you.

…there’s more…

Join During Sale-A-Bration: If you purchase the Starter Kit between now and February 28 you not only get to choose $125 worth of products for just $99 (including taxes if applicable) you’ll also get to pick two free stamp sets with your starter kit (excludes the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and the exclusive host stamp set). Just to recap – if you join between now and Feb 28 you get $125 worth of products plus two FREE stamp sets! This is a great deal! Not to mention all of the great benefits of becoming a Demonstrator!

If you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration or the products, would like to host a party during Sale-A-Bration to earn the exclusive host stamp set, or would like to join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I would be happy to assist you. You can contact me at

Let me know in the comments below what you love most from the new catalogs!

Quiet Meadow Card Project

I mentioned previously that my husband surprised me with the Quiet Meadow bundle for Christmas (stamp set and dies). I found a beautiful “recipe” using this bundle on the Demonstrator site and wanted to share with you.

  • This is a standard note card using Evening Evergreen for the card base, Soft Succulent for the card front, and a piece of Basic White cardstock for the inside greeting.
  • I first stamped the flower image from the stamp set on the Soft Succulent card front twice using Soft Succulent ink.
  • I then stamped the dots and the sentiment using VersaMark and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set the embossing powder.
  • I cut two of the flowers from the Quiet Meadow dies in Soft Succulent cardstock and used Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends to color the stems of the flowers and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends to color the flower petals – using the darker Soft Succulent to create darker centers and shadows on the petals.
  • I then arranged the die cut flowers on the front of the card and used glue to adhere to the card front. I trimmed the stem of one of the die cut flowers so it wouldn’t be quite so long.
  • For the sentiment I used the Everyday label punch and cut one from Basic White cardstock and one from Evening Evergreen cardstock. The Evening Evergreen piece was cut in half and glued to either side of the white label. I then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the greeting.
  • Finally, I added a double bow to the left of the greeting using Mossy Meadow twine and added a Bee trinket above the greeting.

I think this card turned out super cute! Here are the cutting instructions along with a list of products used.

Cardstock Measurements:
  • Card Base – Cut one piece of Evening Evergreen to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score at 4-1/4″
  • Front of Card – Cut one piece of Soft Succulent card stock to 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
  • Inside Greeting – Cut one piece of Basic White cardstock to 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
All products used can be found in the May 2021-April 2022 Annual Catalog:
  • Quiet Meadow/Meadow Dies Bundle, page 110
  • Soft Succulent, Basic White, and Evening Evergreen Cardstock, page 123
  • Soft Succulent and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends, pages 122 and 123
  • Soft Succulent Stampin’ Ink Pad, page 123
  • Bumblebee Trinket, page 141
  • Mossy Meadow Twine, NA
  • Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, page 128
  • Everyday Label Punh, page 150
  • Pansy Patch Stamp Set (used for the sentiment), page 29

While We’re Waiting…Meet the Westies

While we’re waiting for the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration to launch on January 4th, I thought I’d introduce our two Westies – Maezie and Mackenzie! They’re cute, energetic and spoiled rotten…and true terriers! This pair keeps us entertained 24/7. Maezie will soon turn 4 and Mackenzie recently turned 8. Mackenzie, the senior of the two is very reserved, but a very sweet girl. Maezie still has her energetic youth, loves to smile and is generally our “happy” girl. Both love to chase the ball (and squirrels and rabbits) outside, enjoy treats and will roll over for belly rubs! Love these girls!

Look for more content tomorrow related to Stampin’ Up!. I’m working on another Quiet Meadow design…so stay tuned.

Yours in crafting,


Happy New Year!

Happy 2022! I hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year. Me and my family celebrated the new year relaxing at home with the Westies. May 2022 bring you friendship, good health and plenty of love!

Three Great Benefits to Sale-A-Bration – Jan 4-Feb 28

As we’re waiting for Sale-a-bration to kick off on January 4th I wanted to provide some additional details on the event. As you can see from the headline above, Sale-a-bration will run from Jan 4 through February 28.

Shopping During Sale-a-bration

Shop with me during Sale-A-Bration at my online store. When your order reaches the qualifying purchase amount required to earn a free Sale-A-Bration item, the site will let you know by highlighting the “rewards” icon. This will allow you to choose from multiple reward options depending on the total amount of your shopping cart. Before checking out, you can easily select which products you want from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! Check back on the morning of January 4th where you can find the Sale-A-Bration brochure, along with the new January-June Mini Catalog!

Hosting During Sale-A-Bration

 Hosting is even more rewarding during Sale-A-Bration season. When you host a party and your party reaches a certain amount in sales you can earn a stamp set for free! I’m happy to provide more details if you’re interested in hosting a party during Sale-A-Bration…just ask!

Join During Sale-A-Bration

If you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you will receive two free stamp sets after picking all of the products you want in your Starter Kit. The stamp sets need to be live at the time of picking them, so anything you see in a current catalog or at is eligible.  Please visit Join My Team page if you’d like to become a Demonstrator on my Team.

Quiet Meadow Bundle

My husband surprised me with the Quiet Meadow bundle for Christmas! There are so many possibilities for this bundle and the bundle can be used to create birthday, thank you, sympathy, and thinking of you cards…and more. The die cutouts can also be used to decorate a wrapped gift…so pretty and delicate!

Here is a card I made using the Quiet Meadow bundle. If you’re interested in purchasing this bundle you can visit my Shop My Stanpin’ Up! Store page. When you purchase the stamp set and dies together you receive 10% off. You can find the bundle on page 110 of the May 2021-April 2022 Annual Catalog – Item No. 155847.

What will you create with the Quiet Meadow bundle? Let me know in the comments!

Pansy Petals Easy Side-step Card and 4 Days and Counting!


I CASE’d the fold for this easy side-step card from Julie Davison…thank you, Julie! I liked this card fold for its simplicity. The cuts and scores for a traditional side-step card can be complicated…and confusing! This card was made from the Pansy Patch Bundle and the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper as well as a Bumblebee trinket. You can find this suite in the May 2021-April 2022 Annual Catalog.

The card base was cut from Pale Papaya cardstock. DSP from the suite was used to cover the three front panels. I used Fresh Freesia to cut out the pansy and the pansy bud in the foreground and used Evening Evergreen for the bud stem. I applied Fresh Freesia ink to darken the cardstock in certain areas for the pansies. The two pansies in the background were cut from the DSP using dies from the suite. The leaves were also cut from a piece of the DSP (how cool is it that you can use the dies to cut out shapes from the DSP?!). I used the Label Me Lovely punch (also from the May 2021-April 2022 Annual Catalog) for the sentiment in basic white and then again in Evening Evergreen for a shadow layer underneath. This particular card is for a birthday but could be used for Easter, a get well wish, thinking of you, etc. I think it’s so bright and cheerful!

  • Card Base: Cut to 5-1/2″ x 8″, then scored at 3″, 6″ and 7″
  • Side Step: Cut to 3″ x 6″, then score at 4-1/4″
  • Designer Series Paper: Cut one at 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ (for the front “step” on the card base), one at 2-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ (for the card “front”) and one at 4″ x 2-3/4″ (for the front of the “side-step).
  • Cardstock for inside sentiment is cut to 2-3/4″ x 4″
  • Optional cardstock for back of card: Cut to 2-3/4″ x 5-1/4″

HINT – When adhering the side-step to the card base, close the card base and adhere the side-step to the small step on the card base front first. Then, adhere the back of the side-step piece to the back of the card base…you will only glue about a 1/2″ of the side-step to the back of the card. Check placement before adhering!


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That’s right, the January-June Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration Catalog are releasing on January 4th! Can’t wait! Be sure to check back on January 4th to view the new mini catalog and the Sale-a-bration catalog. Don’t forget that during Sale-a-bration you can earn free products! Did I say “free”…yes, I did!

Have a fabulous day!

Eden’s Garden and Last Chance Products

Eden’s Garden

If you haven’t checked out the Eden’s Garden bundle (includes the stamp set and dies, Item No. 157382) I highly recommend that you do. This bundle will help you create beautiful, elegant, all-occasion cards. The Eden’s Garden stamps and dies will still be available in the upcoming January-June 2022 Mini Catalog, so you have plenty of time to order.

Items that are only available for a limited time – until January 3, 2022 or while supplies last include the Ever Eden 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (Item No. 159996), the Ever Eden 12″ x 12″ Cotton Paper (Item No. 159997), and the Garden Gems (Item No. 159277). As of this morning all of these additional items are still available, but don’t delay – order now!

Watch this blog for a future Eden’s Garden project tutorial.

Last Chance Products

With the release of the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog, some Stampin’ Up products are being retired from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. Check out the list of retiring items here and be sure to place your order for any of these items no later than January 3.

Have a wonderful day!

Yours in crafting,


Where did the year go? New catalogs coming soon and the January Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin kit!

Where did the year go?

If you’re feeling like I am, 2021 has zipped by in a FLASH! I mean, really, it feels like I blinked and we are now in the last week of December. Maybe it’s not a bad thing to be starting a new year – anyone else ready to put 2021 to rest? I’m personally looking forward to 2022. Each new year holds lots of promise and the one thing I’m most looking forward to is connecting with new friends and sharing my love of creating! Happy New Year to one and all! What are you most excited about in 2022?

New Catalogs coming on January 4, 2022

Is anyone else as excited as me for the upcoming release of the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration Catalog? Both of these catalogs are slated to be released on January 4, 2022 and I can’t wait! I’ll be posting the digital copies of the new catalogs on my site as soon as they release…so be sure to check back next week to view the catalogs! I’ve had a chance to review both, and I can tell you that there are some really great items included! Warningyou won’t be able to decide what to order first!

january kisses & hugs paper pumpkin Kit

With Valentine’s Day coming up in a few short months you might think the January Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin kit is just for this occasion, but that’s not the case. This kit would be perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, or a love note to your significant other as well. The kit comes with enough supplies to make 10 cards – 5 each of two designs and coordinating envelopes are included. You will also receive an exclusive stamp set and a Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Spot. The cards are heart shaped! The January Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin kits must be purchased no later than January 10th.

You’ll also be able to purchase a coordinating add-on – the Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes, Item No. 160147, for $10. You’ll receive 20 mini treat boxes (1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″), gold cord and the boxes are printed with gold foil. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these special boxes? To purchase this add-on, you must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and the add-on can be purchased beginning on January 25. Don’t wait until the last minute to order as supplies may be limited!

New Paper Pumpkin kits are released each month. You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and pay-as-you-go or sign up for prepaid subscriptions. To sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription, click here.


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