A Calendar for Katie!

Every year, I create 5 X 7 panels for my daughter Katie’s desk. It started with a Stampin’ Up! kit a number of years ago, one that included an easel for the desktop, so replacing the panels is something I look forward to each year.

I purchased a calendar from Taylored Expressions, and decorated each panel with some old, some new…I had a ton of fun! I’d love to share the panels with you!

Aren’t they fun?? I would invite you to try your own calendar — click on the link above to buy your template and start creating. I’ve included some of the main Stampin’ Up! Products that I used below — just click on the link to start shopping with me!

Don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration, going on now through the month of February. For every $50 you spend, you’ll be able to choose FREE products. HERE is the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Need new catalogs? I’d love to send them to you! Just email me HERE!

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Daisy Punch

Sale-A-Bration: My Favorite Things

I can’t wait to share My Favorite Things from the Stampin’ Up! 2021 Mini and Sale-A-Bration Promotion Catalogs with you! The Mini Catalog runs January  5, 2021 – June 30, 2021.  This list includes a little of everything, and believe me, I will only be able to mention a few of the wonderful products!!  

Stampin! Up! 2021 January - June Mini Catalog Cover

Get a copy of the 2021 Mini Catalog & 2020 Sale-A-Bration Promotion Catalog!  If you would like free copies of these catalogs, just email me HERE! And don’t worry — there’s a complete list of all of these great products at the end of this post for convenient shopping!

My Favorite Suite

Fine Art Floral Suite from Stampin' Up!

FINE ART FLORAL SUITE COLLECTION:  Modern & Elegant, the Fine Art Floral Suite Collection offers rich textures, lovely florals, gold leafing, and more for a fine art experience that is sure to yield beautiful results. 

The Fine Art Floral Suite Collection includes:

  • Art Gallery Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Floral Gallery Dies
  • Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder
  • 3/8″ Fine Art Ribbon
  • Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper
  • Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate
  • Gilded Leafing
  • Heat & Stick Powder

COORDINATING STAMPIN’ UP! COLORS: Bumblebee, Flirty Flamingo, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Terracotta Tile, Whisper White

My Favorite Bundles

WHY BUY BUNDLES?  The thing I love about Stampin’ Up! bundles is that they pair stamp images with dies or punches for plenty of crisp coordination! The icing on the cake is that you’ll save 10% when you purchase Stampin’ Up! bundles.  Discover more Stampin’ Up! 10% off Mini Catalog bundles here.

Lots of Heart Die Bundle Stampin Up

LOTS OF HEART DIE BUNDLE: Includes the Lots of Heart Stamp Set and the Many Hearts Dies. Full of fresh patterns, a fabulous mix of dies, and sweet fonts. 

SIMPLY SUCCULENTS BUNDLE: Includes the Simply Succulents Stamp Set and the Potted Succulents Dies. The stamp set is easy to color and has versatile fonts. This bundle had me at the background die-cut and label dies for sentiments.

IN BLOOM BUNDLE: I love the retro feel and flower building possibilities. The In Bloom Bundle includes the In Bloom Stamp Set and the Pierced Blooms Dies.  You MUST see the darling stitched designs of the flowers and leaves!

SWEET STRAWBERRY BUNDLE: The punch has with four different shapes.  I love the 3D sample created with folded shapes. The Sweet Strawberry Bundle includes the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and the Strawberry Builder Punch.

SWEET ICE CREAM: So very versatile, the sentiments paired with the watercolor images make it simple to create a card for any occasion. The Sweet Ice Cream Bundle includes the Sweet Ice Cream Stamp Set and the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch

My Favorite Stamp Sets

Happy Thoughts Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

HAPPY THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SET: You’ll be filled with happiness with the thoughtful, kind greetings in the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set. Pair the versatile greetings with any images to customize your creations. 

My Favorite Tools

DOUBLE OVAL PUNCH: Create ovals with ease using the Double Oval Punch by Stampin’ Up!  Pair it with the Oval Occasions Stamp Set for quick and easy creations for all occasions.  Use them to cut out stamped images or make your own embellishments.

My Favorite Embellishments

MATTE BLACK DOTS: Add dimension and the perfect pop of personality to your handmade cards and other paper crafts with these Matte Black Dots.

BLACKBERRY BLISS STRIPED RIBBON: Make a bold statement by dressing up your cards, tags, treat packages, and more with our lovely 3/8″ Blackberry Bliss Sheer Ribbon.

SNAIL MAIL TWINE: Baker’s Twine is Back! Tie up your projects with the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack. It’s perfect for tags, trimming, and tying.

My Favorite Masculine Bundle

WELL SUITED SUITE COLLECTION: Your projects will be the best-dressed when you craft using the products in the Well Suited Suite. Create guy-inspired projects for the guys in your life: Father’s Day cards, masculine birthday cards, scrapbook pages. If you love neutral colors and classic textile patterns, you’ll love what you can do with these products. 

COORDINATING STAMPIN’ UP! COLORS: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate


Stampin' Up! 2021 Sale-a-Bration Promotion Brochure

SALE-A-BRATION:  Our biggest promotion of the year!  Earn FREE products for every $50 you spend (total before shipping and tax).  Click on the image above for a PDF of the entire brochure!

OH SO OMBRE 6×6 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER: Your projects will be right on trend with these ombre sheets that seem to melt like the summer sun, fading gracefully from rich color to white. This pack includes four of our most popular colors on double-sided sheets—one with a pattern and one without.

COORDINATING STAMPIN’ UP! COLORS: Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green, Rococo Rose

This item is free with a qualifying purchase! Add at least $50.00 to your cart to qualify for this free item.

HEAL YOUR HEART STAMP SET: Will help you heal the hearts of others by providing support and encouragement. The elegant heartfelt greetings will pair with your favorite image stamp sets to customize your project for the occasion whether you want to express gratitude or sympathy. The set includes greetings for both the outside and the inside of your cards.

This item is free with a qualifying purchase! Add at least $50.00 to your cart to qualify for this free item.

FLOWER & FIELD DESIGNER SERIES PAPER: Add a bit of dramatic flair to your next papercrafting adventure. Floral prints contrast with both dark and light colors to create a perfect backdrop for any project. 

COORDINATING STAMPIN’ UP! COLORS: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Shaded Spruce, So Saffron

This item is free with a qualifying purchase! Add at least $50.00 to your cart to qualify for this free item.

PUNCH PARTY STAMP SET: The Punch Party Host Stamp Set is the perfect way to say thanks, congrats, sorry, get well, and more. This all-occasion set stands on its own as a fun and useful addition to any collection. Take it to the next level by combining the stamps with any one of three coordinating punches and have your own Punch Party! 

Coordinating punches (sold separately): 152709 Rectangular Postage Stamp, 154242 Double Oval Punch, 151292 Heart Punch Pack

This item is available exclusively through Stampin’ Rewards — Add at least $300.00 to your cart to qualify for this free item.

What are YOUR favorites?? I’d love to hear from you! Shop below by clicking on any of these items, and don’t forget your Sale-A-Bration free items!

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Pals’ Blog Hop: Sale-A-Bration is Here!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects featuring “Sale-A-Bration Products.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments. We love hearing from you! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My card starts with the Sweet Strawberry bundle from the new January-June Mini Catalog. Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers are the prettiest in the business, and my project utilizes a set of DSP from the Sale-A-Bration rewards brochure. A punch bundle is the BEST, don’t you agree? It’s time saving, and yet adds some detail and dimension to the card. I grab up every one that comes out from Stampin’ Up! How fun is this bundle going to be — all through spring and summer! And check out the beautiful fonts on the sentiments. L-O-V-E.

Sweet Strawberry Bundle

My project starts with a card base of 4 1/4″ by 11″, and a panel of cardstock (Granny Apple Green) that measures 4″ by 5 1/4″ that I ran through my Cut and Emboss machine with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.

Next, I used one of the patterned sheets of DSP from the Berry Blessing bundle – a stamp set and a set of Designer Series Paper – available through Sale-A-Bration with a $100 purchase. I loooooove this bundle and how it coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry bundle from the new Mini Catalog – a perfect combination!

Here’s a fun way to cut your beautiful DSP that allows you to make many cards with just one sheet of 12″ by 12″ paper. I love the way this technique adds these fun patterns and goes a long way! I got this angled cutting tip from Susan Campfield at https://www.suestampfield.com/blog/.

Start with a 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP, and make a small pencil mark at 1 1/2″, then turn clockwise and make the same 1 1/2″ tick mark on each side of the paper.

Then line up two pencil tick marks from opposite sides of the paper, and cut from one side straight down to the opposite side. Keeping the paper intact after the cut, turn the paper clockwise, and cut from the other tick mark to the opposite side of the paper.

This method leaves you with four angled cuts that you can use for four different cards! Just match a corner of your card base with the correct angled piece and adhere! You can make four cards with a 6 by 6″ panel of DSP!

I adhered one of the angled cuts as an additional layer on the card. From there, I used a Stitched Shapes circle diecut and stamped a sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set onto the circle. I then stamped three strawberries (in two steps with Poppy Parade ink) onto a scrap of Basic White cardstock. I stamped three leaves for the strawberries with Garden Green. I punched out all the shapes with my new coordinating punch, and positioned them on the card. I topped off the card with some Elegant Faceted Gems.

The Sweet Strawberry bundle and the Sale-A-Bration coordinated bundle Berry Blessings are going to be SO popular!

Berry Blessings Bundle from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure

Here is another project I made using a different piece of the DSP, and a Rich Razzleberry/Garden Green combination. See how this angled panel comes from the bottom right of the card instead of the top left? And don’t forget — four cards out of a 6″ by 6″ square of paper!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my two projects from the new Sweet Strawberry and Berry Blessings Bundles from Sale-A-Bration! I know these bundles will be getting a LOT of use in the new months of spring and summer!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 10th when our theme will be “Birthday Bonanza” where the design team will be sharing birthday projects that celebrate our family and friends. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.


  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  19. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  20. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  21. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  25. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
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Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine
Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine



TODAY is a huge day at Stampin’ Up! First. Both the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration launch today and are now available for ordering! The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is available starting today as well as Basic White new products! Here we go!



The January-June 2021 Mini Catalog launches today and will be available through June 30! There are 8 amazing Suite Collections available in this catalog! I love the suites, because everything coordinates so beautifully! Here’s a look at them:

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Sale-A-Bration kicks off today through February 28! Choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product with every $50 or $100 you spend (before tax and shipping)! Here are the Level 1 (free with $50 purchase) items:

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And the best part of Sale-A-Bration is the FREE, exclusive gift with the purchase of a Starter Kit! Not only do you get to choose up to $125 in product for only $99, you’ll also receive an assortment of five 6″ x 6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Paper – a total of 200 sheets for an added value of $57.50!


The day is finally here when you can order the adorable and practical Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine!

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BASIC WHITE – Our new line of white paper products!

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Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you need your own set of free catalogs! Email me HERE and I’ll get them right out to you!

The Biggest Event of the Year is Almost Here! Sale-A-Bration 2021!

The biggest and most exciting promotion of the Stampin’ Up! year is almost here and it’s time to start getting ready for the big day! On Tuesday, January 5th the new Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotion will go live! I’ve sent all of my current customers catalogs and they should be arriving any day now, if they haven’t already. If you’ve placed an order with me in the last 6 months or been part of one of my online classes you will find one in your mailbox from me. There are SO many new products that I just LOVE, and I know you will, too!


One thought: I know your shopping lists will be long (I know mine is!) and the best bang for your buck is the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!

Starting Tuesday, January 5th when you purchase the Starter Kit for $99 you will receive:

  • $125 in products of your choosing from the Mini and Annual Catalogues
  • 5 paper packs from the upcoming Annual Catalogue – valued at nearly $80!
  • Free shipping!

* That means for your $99 (PLUS TAX) you’re receiving an additional $86 in FREE product plus free shipping. 
The Starter Kit is truly THE BEST deal, but it’s not just about the money savings and additional products. There’s long term perks you’re going to fall in love with too! 

  • VIP Access: Be the first to see catalogs and order new product!
  • 20% discount on all purchases and depending on how much you sell (or buy!) each month that discount can go up to 38%!
  • Minimum of 20% income on your sales (if you want to sell to friends or acquaintenances (OR you don’t have to sell a thing!)
  • Exclusive website full of stamping samples
  • Opportunities to attend convention, regional events, and demonstrator get togethers (when available)
  • Opportunity to earn cash bonuses, product bonuses, and incentive trips

Go HERE to get more information, and the JOIN for your own custom Starter Kit!

If you don’t already, please join my Facebook Group, Up North Stampin’ Gang! Go here and request to join! We have some fun events coming up, including a Stroll through the Catalog, and a Valentine’s Card Swap!

Do you enjoy making Wish Lists, like I do? Click on this graphic to access, print your own Wish List, and start shopping on January 5th!

January Paper Pumpkin Kit: Love is in the Air!

The January Paper Pumpkin Kit provides EVERYTHING you need to show others in your life how much your care for them! AND there’s a coordinating Add-On that goes live TODAY!

What is Paper Pumpkin?

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up!’s monthly kit subscription. Each monthly kit offers a wide variety of unique paper crafting projects for subscribers of any skill level! These themed, all-inclusive craft kits encourage you to explore your creativity, try new techniques, and discover your potential in paper crafting. Yay!

Here’s more:

  • With a monthly Paper Pumpkin craft subscription box, you’ll save time and money…and eventually build a collection of versatile Stampin’ Up! crafting supplies.
  • Your first kit comes with a FREE, clear stamping block. The box you receive each month contains all the materials you need to craft with ease, from adhesive to pre-cut paper. All you need to do is follow the crafting instructions and assemble the pieces to create a Stampin’ Up! card or project. Feel free to let your creativity flow and personalize your Paper Pumpkin craft!
  • As part of your monthly subscription, you’ll receive a unique, decorative stamp set and at least one ink spot. Our stamp sets are ideal for all types of crafting projects. We don’t repeat an ink color in a 12-month period, so you’ll quickly collect a variety of reusable stamps and ink spots.
  • Every kit is guaranteed. If you experience any problems with your monthly crafting subscription just contact me.

January’s Paper Pumpkin Kit

Love is in the air, and January is a wonderful time to send a little something special with the Sending Hearts Paper Pumpkin Kit. From heaps of heart-shaped elements to red and pink paper pieces, this month’s kit has everything you need to create eight adorable cards for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and an occasion centered around love. Here’s a quick look at the theme for January 2021’s Paper Pumpkin kit:

Here are some details about this fun kit:

  • The kit contains enough supplies to create 8 cards (four each of two designs) and coordinating envelopes. Each card is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, and each envelope is 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″.
  • The kit contents can also be used to design uplifting cards, gift tags, and other paper projects.
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, gold, Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate and white

You have until January10 to subscribe and receive this kit, but why wait?!


Paper Pumpkin Add-On

The inset photo above shows some little containers and fun cutouts. Those aren’t part of the kit — they are an add-on that can be purchased starting on January 1. They will only be available while supplies last, so if you want to maximize the versatility of your January kit (you know you do), then you’ll want to check this out!

Click on the image below to learn more:

With the add-on to January’s sweet and sentimental kit, there’s even more love to share! The add-on — called Little Love Boxes (#156842  $8 USD/$11 CAD) is now available and includes 20 tiny, printed boxes and 24 die-cut, heart-shelled snails and sentiment labels. When combined with the remaining components from the Sending Hearts kit, you can create treat packaging, additional cards, and so much more! Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Coordinating colors: Basic Black, gold, Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate, white

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I invite you to give it a try. The BEST thing about PAPER PUMPKIN KITS is the YOU control your account. By subscribing with a credit card, you can skip a month, suspend your subscription, or cancel at anytime. And your Subscription Paper Pumpkin is always delivered with FREE SHIPPING!

 CLICK HERE to sign up by January 10th for this next kit.