Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Warm wishes for a Happy New Year to my fellow stamping fans!

Remember, a new year means it's time for Sale-a-bration and the new Occasions Mini Catalog!

Click  HERE for Sale-a-bration and Occasions information.

  I hope you all have a heart-warming new year!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hi Stampin' Friends,

Stampin' Up is having THREE great promotions this month! Click HERE
to see them all. 

We have a great offers: 

Spend $50 in one order in July and get a $5 coupon to spend in August!
An early release of a darling Christmas bundle, Carols of Christmas. 
A Christmas in July special for new demonstrators: Sign up in July and receive an Essentials Gift Pack and the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set in your starter kit (in addition to all the other products you select). 

See the details and more photos HERE.

​Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Carousel Birthday Surprise

Carousel Birthday Surprise

So, I keep thinking that after soo many years of loving Stampin' Up, I must have every kind of stamp I could ever need. Hah! Every new catalog brings designs so unique and fresh, I have to have them. Case in point: Carousel Birthday. The classic carousel horse is so pretty, and the cupcakes on the ferris wheel are so cute, I had to have it!

Now, I think any card made with this set (and the Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack) is automatically cute. I'd been sketching out some ideas for a card for my monthly class but hadn't found the design...and then I received a lovely card with a surprise action from a dear friend, and that was that! I had to learn to make a Twist and Pop card!
Look at those cute cupcakes!

The Twist and Pop Card as designed by Amy Helms at MayMayMadeit.com is a great design to use with this set. It looks like a nice little card on the outside, but when it is opened, va-voom! The inner panels pop open, giving plenty of space for decoration, lettering, or sentiments.

Drop me an email if you would like a copy of my instructions.

Thanks to MayMay it isn't hard to make, and it is so much fun to design. Thanks also to Amy Helms for giving me permission to use her instructions!

See the happy cupcakes on the ferris wheel? The pieces can be easily cut out with dies from the Up & Away Thinlits Dies!

And speaking of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies, which are bundled with the Lift Me Up stamp set, they make my own take on the Twist and Pop card (it is vertical!) super easy:  

   I am so loving working with the Up & Away dies!

There are several balloons and lots of clouds to play with.

The fact that I have always been entranced by hot air balloons might have a little to do with my enjoyment of this set. ;)

Happy Spring, everyone!


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Baby Bear Hugs

A quick public service announcement:  Click HERE for limited time specials. There are some great deals! Now back to the fun stuff!

It's finally sweater weather here! Which means I'm cold all the time. But I recently got a heartwarming card from a friend, and got permission to share it here. (Many thanks to my  DSA!)

Such sweet bears!

The bears are so cute with their cheerful bows, and check out the background! That lovely texture is made with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It has really deep impressions, so it's almost like holding an actual sweater. (I really like sweaters!)

I hope everyone is enjoying some happy autumn stamping!


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stampin' Up: Online Extravaganza

From November 21- 28, a selection of items are discounted!

Click  HERE for the list of discounted items. Look carefully: 
there are two sections that are available for one day only.

   Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Christmas Card Surprise

     It's early for me to even think about designing my Christmas cards (not December yet), but my friend Brenda Quintana has given me inspiration. We both love the possibilities of the Sweet Home stamp set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits dies. We both also love cards that do something. What, you may be thinking, could a card with a house do?

     It's pop-up time!

     As a member of Brenda's Bee Stampers Team, I got to see and test out her Home Sweet Home Pop-Up Card Tutorial. (Thanks, Brenda!)

Here's my idea:

The reindeer from the Foxy Friends stamp set and Fox Builder Punch looks so sweet in his holiday home!

     This card makes me so happy!

     You might know that there are a lot of little dies in the Home Sweet Home thinlits. I had to adapt the storage so I could keep up with them all, and I want to share it with you.  


     The first thing I do when I get a die set that has a lot of dies, before I even use it, is to take the sheet out of the envelope and photocopy it. No piecing a puzzle together after a long session of stamping: the photocopy shows me exactly where each die fits nicely AND helps me be sure that all of the dies in the set are put away. My second step: cut the photocopy to fit on the die storage sheet. Then I cut a magnet sheet to fit on the storage sheet. Next, I tape the photocopy to the magnet sheet, transfer the dies to the magnet, and once the storage sheet is free of dies, stick it onto the back of the magnet sheet for sturdiness. It's a quick and easy way to keep all those little dies safe.  

Happy stamping!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Little Haunted House

New classes coming up! Please click HERE for information.

    Summer is ending, which makes me sad, but Autumn is setting in, which means gorgeous colors and cute Hallowe'en decorations, which makes me happy.

    The Sweet Home stamp set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlets Dies struck a happy note with me when I saw the oh-so-cute haunted house sample. The tiny bats! The diffident little ghosties--they aren't sure if they should be scared of you or not, but I think they would like to be friends. AND the house is easy to fill with sweet treats or little surprises!

    Here's my little haunted house:

Such a sweet little bat!

Don't scare the ghosties!
Vellum and White Emboss Powder make perfect ghosts!
Look closely--who is watching you?

The ghosties have told me that as soon as Hallowe'en is over, they will be decorating for Christmas. I can't wait to see it!

     Happy Stamping!
  ~ Valli

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