“Witching” You a Happy WCMD!

Today, card makers all over the world are observing World Card Making Day by making – and mailing – handmade greeting cards! YOU are welcome to create along with Stampin’ Up! from 2-5 pm MT virtually HERE!

Maybe you’ll want to break out of the traditional card style and try something new, like a fancy fold! This little lady “witches” you a fun day…it’s in the cards!

Once you slide the belly band off, here’s how it opens:

This type of card suits almost every stamp set and Designer Series Paper combo! Give it a try.

Just a reminder: Tomorrow (10/2/22) is the last day to register for the Utah County Fall StampFest on Saturday, October 8th! Click to get your ticket:

New at SU! Perfect Partners: Apple Harvest

Like a burger & fries, Sheldon & Amy, or apple pie & ice cream, some things are BETTER TOGETHER.

Like rubber stamps & coordinating dies.

Which brings me to our September NEW AT SU! Blog Hop Theme: PERFECT PARTNERS: We are showing you how coordinating dies make your stamps more enjoyable and versatile! There are also a few SEPTEMBER-ONLY Perfect Partners you DO. NOT. WANT. TO. MISS.

This is my friend Lou Ann (who is also my Sprinkled Ink team member). We’ve served in church callings together and now we stamp together, and I love her efficiency, effort and energy. This frame just captures my love for her!

The Apple Harvest stamp set was in the July-December Mini catalog, but the coordinating dies are LIMITED EDITION and can only be purchased this month! If you purchase the bundle (stamps + dies), you save 10%.

In addition to the dies that cut out the stamped images, I appreciate that there are a few “extras”; like the apple blossoms (two different sizes), multiple leaves (so you can cut a whole tree of leaves at once), a long label and a scallop border.

This box holds an apple-shaped bath bomb I picked up at our local farmer’s market from Soak and Lather Soaps. I demonstrated how to make this box on my Facebook Live last week…you can watch the tutorial, but I’ll warn you that the sound was horrendous (time for a new phone).

You can pick up a wood frame from the Dollar Tree, trace the shape and cover it with Designer Series Paper (a complete coat of liquid glue works great on the back of the paper), then decorate it as desired.

Which of your friends deserves a reminder that they are a blessing in your life?
Don’t miss some of the other Perfect Partner pairs…along with some classic stamps & die combinations from the other wonderful demonstrators in the hop:

Stamps + Dies = Perfect Partners: September 2022 New at SU! Hop

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World CardMaking Day: An Open Door

Did you know that October 1st is WORLD CARDMAKING DAY?

This year, Stampin’ Up! is hosting a virtual craft-along event…and it’s FREE!

World Card Making Day is all about making beautiful, heartfelt cards. During the event, we’ll walk you through several projects, and you’ll create the cards right along with us. You’ll end up with new project ideas and some stunning new cards!

What you need to know:

Who: Anyone!

When: 1 October from 2:00–5:00 p.m. (MT)

Where: Online

Price of Event: Free

*You don’t have to register for this event but registering will keep you informed of all the fun crafting in store!

Supplies You Need: To make the most of this experience, you can order the Cottage Rose Bundle from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog, the Cottage Wreaths Bundle from the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog, or the Warm Welcome Bundle, which you can get early from the January–June 2023 Mini Catalog!

When you order one of these three bundles (Cottage Rose Bundle, Cottage Wreaths Bundle or Warm Welcome) you’ll get a FREE gift of Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels! (Note that even if you order all three bundles, you’ll only receive one Iridescent Pearls gift.) 

Depending on the bundle you are using, there are measurements for the cardstock and/or ribbon you’ll need:

Are you registered? Will you be attending virtually with me? Comment and let me know!

Now that you are ready to craft along with us, here’s a look at a card I created with the Warm Welcome pre-release bundle. You can print out the tutorial for this card below!

30 Years of Stamping

It’s a BIG milestone to commemorate: Today is my 30th Stampaversary!

That’s a looonnggg time to have a hobby AND a career that I love, and every day has been a joy!

I had just given birth to my second child when I joined Stampin’ Up! in 1992 and while I strongly feel Motherhood is a noble calling, I REALLY needed some adult conversation and a talent that made me feel validated. My babies were wonderful, but they never said, “Good job! You are so awesome!” (until they grew into adults).

That’s why I started… and I stayed because I found a family of other creative people who loved making and sharing pretty things: Some are part of my team and others are life-long customers, and some go back-and-forth from one to the other. It’s a privilege to help others discover their inner artist, and to find validation and joy in their talents.

What makes YOU happy and brings you satisfaction? If you are looking for a purpose and passion which spreads sunshine to others as well, there is a place for you with Stampin’ Up! Come sit by me.

Now, about that “Celebrate You” card… I gave my team a challenge to make a project inspired by sunflowers, and this was mine. The supplies will be listed below, and to make the background, I spritzed a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper with water, then used my clear blocks to pick up ink from my stamp pads and rubbed onto the wet paper. Once it was dry, I cut out the sunflowers and frame from Soft Suede card stock that I had pre-adhered adhesive sheets to, then they stuck to the front of the watercolored background. Trim around the edges and adhere it to a card base!

I’d like to think it’s because of my Stampaversary that SU! is having a 24-hour SALE on all stamps excluding hostess sets) in the Annual Catalog tomorrow (9/15/22)

If you choose to take advantage of this and add your favorite stamp sets to your cart, don’t forget to:

  • Stack on the savings by including some of the September Weekly Deals to your order (new deals arrive on Thursday)
  • Add your Perfect Partners bundle or dies to match a set you already have ~ these exclusive dies are only available in September (while supplies last).
  • Want to craft with us on World Card Making Day? You can add the Warm Welcome bundle (or one of the other suggested sets) to the same order. It’s a brand new set that will be in the 2023 Jan-June mini catalog!
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An Apple A Day

…keeps the boredom away! The Apple Harvest bundle is sure to inspire your creativity as it has mine; To be honest, the stamp set from the July-December catalog wasn’t really on my radar at first, but when the Perfect Partners Promotion introduced coordinating dies for the Apples, I perked up and paid attention! Fair warning: You may be feasting on many apple-inspired projects over the next few weeks.

Thanks to the #tgifc385 sketch, this was an idea that woke me up at 3 am:

Aside from the dies that cut out the apple images, there are LOTS of leaves (making it easier to cut out many at one time), a branch, different sizes of flowers that can be used on their own, a long label (I cut mine down to fit the THANKS sentiment), and my favorite: A double scallop! The scallop can cut a scalloped edge or a fine detail…like I used on my card.

Also being used a LOT in my current projects are the Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels…they pick up whatever color you stick them on and add a rainbow sparkle. Who can resist that?

There’s my inspiration – and to get you inspired, check out ALL the Perfect Partners pairings…but don’t hesitate! The coordinating dies (and thus, the bundles at a discount) are only available during September 2022 (or while supplies last).

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Summer Weather, Fall Card

It seems funny to be stamping an autumn card in a record-breaking heat wave (111° in Southern Utah today), but like Pumpkin Spice season, you can’t stop me from showing up in hopes that the fall weather will catch up to my crafting. Besides, Fall is also the theme for the Global Design Project #gdp359 and it gives you time to add these seasonal items in time for your fall crafting.

My card started with the Leaf Fall 3-D embossing folder on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock:
Using sponge daubers to add ink from an ink pad to an embossed (raised) image gives a messy, windblown feeling, even if it’s not happening outside…yet.

Alternately, you could color the leaves with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers:

Because leaves are individually “one-of-a-kind”, I used a sentiment from the the August Paper Pumpkin kit on my Leaf Label. ***Remember to look through the stamps from your past kits*** when you need the perfect greeting! (Not yet a subscriber for monthly craft kits from Paper Pumpkin? Try it– you’ll love how fun and easy they are to assemble by yourself or with a friend.)

Back to the Leaf Fall embossing folder: Don’t limit yourself to fall colors! Look at how lovely the leaves look colored in Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Petal Pink, and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends, then cut out and grouped on a card:

So which will you try? Sponging or coloring your embossed images with Stampin’ Blends?

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A Sensational September of Stamping!

There is SO MUCH HAPPENING in September: From IN-PERSON events to Weekly Specials…you won’t want to miss any of the crafty things going on!

FIRST: SU! created six new dies that coordinate with stamp sets in the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog. These die sets can be purchased separately or in a bundle with their coordinating stamps. These are ONLY AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2022 -don’t miss your chance to order them separately (if you already ordered the stamp sets) or TOGETHER in a bundle (save some $):

SECOND: Each week of September, new weekly specials will be announced on Thursdays. Here are these week’s special deals:

I’ll be demonstrating the Splendid Day Designer Series Paper and Kraft Note Cards on my Facebook Live on Monday!

NEXT: It’s more fun to STAMP TOGETHER, and there are 4 events coming up that you will want to be a part of…some in person and some Virtually:

✂️ Join me Thursday, September 8th at 10 am or 7 pm in LaVerkin, UT to stamp a Fall Sampler which you can frame and use as Fall-iday decor! Cost: $12

✂️ You’ll want to bring a friend to the Fall StampFest in Hurricane, Utah on September 24th or Spanish Fork, Utah on October 8th! This is our bi-annual event where you’ll be spoiled by us, enjoy a Stampin’ Snack Bar, and create memories while making multiple marvelous stamping projects from cards to gifts! Register early and save $10…click the one you want to attend and get your ticket today:

✂️ If you don’t live close enough to join me in person (or you can never get enough stamping, like me!), mark your calendar for Saturday, October 1st from 2-5 pm MT for our first ever VIRTUAL WORLD CARDMAKING DAY event!

World Card Making Day is all about making beautiful, heartfelt cards. During the event, we’ll walk you through several projects, and you’ll create the cards right along with us. You’ll end up with new project ideas and some stunning new cards!

While the event is FREE to register for, to make the most of this experience, you can order the Cottage Rose Bundle from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog, the Cottage Wreaths Bundle from the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog, or the Warm Welcome Bundle, which you can get early from the January–June 2023 Mini Catalog! If you want, you could even order all three bundles! 

When you order one of these three bundles: Cottage Rose Bundle, Cottage Wreaths Bundle or Warm Welcome Bundle you’ll get a FREE gift of Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels! (Note that even if you order all three bundles, you’ll only receive one Iridescent Pearls gift.) 

WHEW! That’s a LOT of information for today! Happy September Stamping!

New at SU!: Cast a Spell With a Magic Card

We are back to inspire you to try fancy fold & fun interactive cards! The International New at SU! Design Team is going to ignite your imagination…try copying one of our creations, or use what you have to make something similar. You’ll have so much fun trying something new!

While a “Magic Card” isn’t a new idea, it felt like the new Best Witches stamp set was a perfect one to use:

If you’ve never made a Magic Card before, give it a go…it’s immensely fun to pull it out and watch the image magically become colored before your eyes! I’ve created a video tutorial, and you can pause it as you craft along with me:

I’ve listed all the supplies you’ll need at the bottom of the page. Go ahead and pin this post to remind you to try a magic card, then hop on over to the other ingenious card ideas from the other design team demonstrators:

Fun Folds for Fall: August New at SU! Blog Hop

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Start with a Sketch: Sweet Candy Canes

If your stumped about how to start a card, start with a sketch!

On my Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting video today, I followed the #tgifc381 sketch:

And here is the card I created, using the Sweet Candy Canes bundle:

Following a sketch really gets me excited because you can start with what you have and make something completely unique!

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