Who ever said Stampin’ UP is just for cards???

As you well know, Stampin’ UP’s alcohol markers are the best in the industry, at least in my opinion. Well, let me fill you in on a couple of bits of information that most regular stampers might not know. Classic car and street rod enthusiasts absolutely love to have mock ups of their “dream cars.” Just ask Chip Foose and he’ll tell just how much lol. Those mock ups are hand drawn, colored with alcohol markers, and then presented to the client as a memento from the designer/upholsterer/artist that created the newly designed car or street rod. Having just stated this information, I wanted to also pass along some news that might help some of our demonstrators. My DDF (dear darling fiance, in case many of you were wondering what that meant) is a street rod upholsterer, and specializes in custom interiors. He needs to make mock ups for his customers, and sometimes these mock ups take multiple attempts (both with his customers as well at the drawing board) to get the perfect look. He just did his first mock-up with MY SET OF STAMPIN’ BLENDS (instead of his own alcohol markers)!!!

So, now with the color revamp in the new 2018 catalog, the Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker collection is larger and I will be able to not only meet my own color needs but my fiance’s color needs as well. It also means I will also have to keep more Whisper White Thick cardstock on hand for him so he can create his one of a kind mock ups for his clients, and so I can continue to use it for my projects. Not only do I absolutely love Stampin’ UP’s alcohol markers, but my fiance has taken over my workspace for his coloring needs! I can’t wait to see all the finished mock ups that get created with Stampin’ UP’s Stampin’ Blends!

If you know an artisan who loves to create their works of art with alcohol markers, send them on over to get a set of Stampin’ Blends (pg 205)! They can’t go wrong with a full set of the markers, and as an independent demonstrator who uses them all the time myself, I can’t recommend them enough for those special products.

I hope this little tip helps many of you stay creatively stampin’ as always!



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…to June, our monthly Blog Hop, the new catalog launch…and sooooo much more!!! I am so excited to finally introduce you to Stampin’ UP’s new catalog! With great new color lineups, wonderful new products, and a goodbye to some of my favorite colors, this new catalog year will bring some fantastic project ideas, starting with a Christmas card class beginning with this month (June…and details will follow).

Despite the busy schedules here, there is always time to create beautiful projects. Here’s a card made for a birthday swap that uses one of the new In Color colors called Blueberry Bushel. It also uses Whisper White cardstock. The In Color line up is so pretty with 5 new colors to last over the next 2 years, I think you’ll love them as much as I do! With this card I used Blueberry Bushel cardstock, ink, and ribbon. I also used the new Painted Glass stamp set, which looks like stained glass pieces, the Label Me Pretty stamp set, and the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper.


Here’s another card I made using products from the Share What You Love Suite, and a few other products. I used the Painted Glass stamp set, and the Garden Impressions DSP as well. The base of this card is on Blackberry Bliss, one of my old favorites that is part of the color revamp (oh I’m so in color heaven with this catalog!!), which goes so perfectly with not only the Garden Impressions DSP but the Share What You Love DSP as well. I also used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Black Ink, the Pearlized Doilies, Mint Macaroon cardstock, and the Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon.



To see the entire color revamp that’s included in the new catalog, click here to watch a short video that describes all the changes. Not only are the old In Color group retiring (2016-2018), but as I mentioned before, the new group (2018-2020) of In Color inks, papers, markers, and accessories are introduced. The retiring colors as well as the new colors are introduced, and the returning favorites are also announced!

And for those of you who missed ordering your own Stamparatus, it’s now available!! Don’t wait to get this amazing tool! I used it to create each of the cards above! One of the issues I have always had was not putting enough pressure on my stamps to create an evenly inked image, so I would either have to re-stamp and hope I could realign the image properly, or just re-stamp the image on a new piece of cardstock. Now, with the Stamparatus, I can re-stamp the image as many times as I need to without having to worry about ghost images or wasting cardstock! The Stamparatus lines up my stamped images perfectly each and every time!! If you want to know how, just send me a quick comment by clicking on “Contact Me” at the top of the page. I’ll help you place your order and walk you through your first use of the Stamparatus! I just know you’ll come to love it just as much as I do.

I hope you are just as excited as I am to see all the new and exciting products in this new catalog. If you can’t wait to get started on projects of your own, stop by my webstore and place your order for any of the products above, or any of the new products you see in the brand new 2018 catalog. I hope you enjoy browsing through the pages as much as I do!

For more ideas and projects from the new Stampin’ UP catalog, check out the other blogs in this month’s hop. Just click on the button below, or follow the next links below the button. Remember if you get lost, just hit your back button until you arrive back here at my blog and then follow the links to wherever you want to be. If you want to let me know you liked any of the projects shown on this or any of my other posts, please click the “Contact Me” button at the top of the page. It’s that simple! Enjoy the hoppin’, and I “hop” you get plenty of inspiration for the new catalog!

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Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com     (next blog)

Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com

Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com

Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com

Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog      (you are here)


As always, keep on creatively stamping!


Last Day to Pre-order!!

As of midnight, May 31, 2018, the 2017-2018 catalog will be retired. That means that today, May 31st is the last day to pre-order your Share What You Love Suite goodies. The pearlized doilies, the mint macaroon and blackberry bliss cardstock, the Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon…all in kits that fit almost every budget. Stop by my webstore to pick up your bundle before the pre-order sale ends at midnight!

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Enjoy the suite bundled sale, and as always, have a creatively stampin’ day!



That’s right!!! There’s only 6 more days until the new 2018 Annual Catalog arrives, bringing new and exciting products to your door…and mine!! June 1st is the launch day for the NEW 2018 Stampin’ UP Annual Catalog, and I am so thrilled. Joining the mix of exclusive colors, there will be brand new colors to explore, as well as a couple of returning favorites. I can’t wait to start using Blackberry Bliss again!!

One of the many changes you might notice is the new ink pad case! It’s a bit smaller in size, but it’s the same great ink pad on the inside, and it’s sooo much easier to open! The new case opens just like a compact does, so no more push-slide-flip to get to the ink pad! YAY!

There are plenty of new stamp sets to replace the retired sets, as well as new framelits.  and new bundles, too! I have already pre-ordered some of my favorite things from the catalog, and can’t wait to start with classes again!

Oh my goodness! I hope you are just as excited as I am about the new catalog, and are looking forward to another fun year of creatively stamping with me!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Pre-order time!


This couldn’t be more true for me, and this stamp is one of the items that’s available with the pre-order promotion. Are you interested in getting your hands on some of the other new items from the 2018 Annual Catalog? Then wait no more! From now until May 31, 2018, you can order the Share What You Love Suite bundles, the same bundles I have early access to as a demonstrator. This amazing suite uses the new colors from the 2018-2019 as well as the new pearlized products, such as the pearlized doilies and Artisan pearls.  The photopolymer stamp sets are beautiful and very versatile, with the Make A Difference stamp set having individual letters and text so you can create full sentences should you choose to do so! I absolutely love this new suite, and have ordered all the products in the suite myself.

Check out the video below to see the products that are available to you now, and stop by my store get the bundles for yourself. Be on the lookout for more gorgeous projects over the next couple weeks as I preview more great items from the new catalog. Remember, retired items are running out quick, and the new catalog launches June 1st, so now is the time to pick up extras of any of your old standbys before they’re gone for good.

Share What You Love preview

Pick up your bundles here

Retiring items

Thanks for stopping by, and remember…always have a creatively stamping day!


Hopping around Mother’s Day

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It’s May 1st, and it’s time for another blog hop! This month’s theme is  Mother’s Day! There are so many great ideas hoppin’ around blogs this time of year that I thought I’d do something a little different. I took part in my group’s monthly “card guts” challenge, which I always try to do. Here’s how it works: my Stampin’ UP upline gives each of us who sign up a card base along with some cardstock scraps and has each of us make a card. The one rule is that we must use all of the pieces she sends us in some way. We are free to add to the collection if we choose, things like embellishments or ribbons or even additional cardstock. Call it an imaginative creative challenge, but it really gets me thinking outside the box every single month, and I absolutely love it! Since I knew the blog hop theme was Mother’s Day, and I still hadn’t been able to complete my challenge (yep, it was already April 29th, and the pieces were STILL sitting on my craft table in the envelope screaming at me), there was no better time than the present to complete two tasks with one challenge. So open the envelope I did…and squealed with delight! Inside the envelope I found a mini note card, a piece of Whisper White cardstock, a piece of starburst punched vellum, a 1 1/4″ punched DSP, a strip of black cardstock, a strip of DSP and a piece of DSP 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” (Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper: Dinosaur Print/Yellow Dotted, Camera Print, and Green Weave Print). When I saw the dots, I thought of a Cheetah with reversed spots…I know, it’s silly, but it worked! I used the vines from the Petal Pair Embossing Folders to create “grass” on the Whisper White cardstock piece and then sponged it with Old Olive ink. I used the Fox Builder punch and the DSP to create my “cheetah”, glued it to an extra piece of black cardstock and cut it out. Then, I glued everything together. I also used Whisper White Pigment ink to stamp Hello on the black strip, using Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Here’s the finished card:

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Here are a couple other projects I’ve been working on this past week. You can always tell what mood I’m in by the color combinations I use. The theme for my birthday card swap seems to have narrowed down to black as the major color. Despite that, the cards turned out beautifully. Here you see how black can show off any color and just make it “pop”!


I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to my blog today, and have gotten some cute, useful tips for creating your cards this month. Please visit my store to purchase any of the items used for making the projects listed above. For some more useful tips, as well as other projects that are quite amazing, follow the links below (or click the next button below) to get to the next blog, which Diana Gibbs’ page. Should you get lost along the way, just click your back button until you get back here, and use the links below to see each blog that’s in the hop.

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Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com  (next up)

Kathya   http://www.stampwithkathya.com

Connie   http://www.texasschoolmarm.com

Ellie   http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com

Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog (you are here)

Changes coming!!

It’s almost the end of April, which means Stampin’ UP has posted the list of retiring products, and soon the new catalog will be out! YAY!! In the next couple weeks, I will be able to start showing projects made with the “Share What You Love” products, which is one of the new suites from the 2018 catalog. I can’t wait to show them to you all!!

One of the changes you’ll see is some new colors, and some returning colors…but that also means that some of the current colors will be saying good-bye. When you take a look at the list of retiring products, you may see a long list of ink pads. Don’t panic, it’s just a revamp of the cases. Most of our favorite colors are sticking around for yet another year!

Just to get you super excited about the new catalog, and so you know what to look for when it comes in the mail (if you have placed at least a $30 order with me, it’s free, if not, go to my store and place your order on June 1st), here’s a preview of the cover:

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Here’s the retiring products list so you can click here to be taken to my store to place your order. Remember to check out the clearance rack while you’re there since you might find some great deals (up to 60% off) while you’re looking!


April Blog Hop means Spring is Here…

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And Sale-a-Bration is officially over! I hope you were able to get your favorite items before the close of the sale because all the free items are gone for now. That means we get to focus on the yearly catalog again, which means lots of great choices, colors, and coordination. Despite the seemingly nice weather gradually rolling into the area, this has been a crazy week for me, from computer problems to celebrating birthdays to medication backfires to starting new treatment routines…among other things. With that in mind, I decided to rehash one of my favorite cards I made as a challenge called “card guts”. I had a lot of fun making it, and think it turned out cute. It still represents Spring to me. Let me know what you think.

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In this card you see the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and matching Detailed Dragonfly Framelits, Whisper White, Old Olive, and Lemon Lime Twist card stock. The ink is Basic Black, and in the middle of the black dots, which were made with the 1/2″ circle punch, are some Basic Pearls. While there are a couple retired products in this card, it’s still a cute card. Great substitutes for the retired DSP would be the Color Theory DSP or the Petal Garden DSP. An excellent replacement for the ribbon would be the Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, in Black of course, and using some Black card stock with A Wink of Stella, or maybe even some silver glitter held in place with the Fine Tip Glue.

This is a super easy, super quick card that is perfect for any Spring occasion! If you like the idea of this card, or any of the other projects on my blog, stop by my store and shop around. I look forward to becoming your Stampin’ UP demonstrator and sharing my ideas with you.

For more wonderful Spring ideas, hop on over to the next blog, which is Diana’s, by clicking on the button below. If you get lost along the way, just hit your browser’s back button until you get back here, and then follow the links below.

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Di   http://www.stampingwithdi.com  (next up)

Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com

Kathya   http://www.stampwithkathya.com

Connie   http://www.texasschoolmarm.com

Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com

Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

Trisha   http://www.creativelystamping.blog  (you are here)

Last Call

Sale-a-Bration ends tonight at MIDNIGHT!!! If you haven’t gotten your absolute favorite items by now, make sure you place your order by then in order to make sure you don’t miss out. Once the clock strikes midnight, the sales are done, the freebies are gone (at least the freebies for Sale-a-Bration) and they won’t be back until next year! I know I will miss the products that are available until then, and hope my favorites will be sticking around long after the sale is over. I’ll post the carry-overs later next week.

Happy Sale-a-brating!

Sale-a-Bration Videos

The creative team at Stampin’ UP! is so creative! The projects they come up with inspire me even in my least creative moments. Here are a couple of videos they put together using some of my favorite Sale-a Bration stamp sets. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me!

Blooming Baskets stamp set is part of the second release. Click here to watch the video done by Shannon over at Stampin’ UP! This is a fun stamp set with lots of flowers and baskets. During Sale-a-Bration, you can get it bundled with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder to up the notch on any project you create using this set. The bundle is a level 2 set with any qualifying purchase of $100 or more.

Bubble Over is another fun stamp set you can get during Sale-a-Bration. I love this set because it is fun not only for adults but for kids as well! With the fun bottle shapes, straws, cute accessories, framelits, and matching paper, it’s easy to create beverage themed cards anyone is sure to love! Click here to check out what Andrea over at Stampin’ UP! has to say about the entire Bubble Over suite.

One of my absolute favorite stamp sets from Sale-a-bration is Heartfelt Blooms. It’s a new style of design, called distinktive, which is a photo realistic type of stamp. There are so many ways to use this stamp set, the list is almost endless. Brandi, from Stampin’ UP!’s home office, shows just a few ways to use this unique stamp. Click here to watch the video to catch the same excitement for Heartfelt Blooms that both Brandi and I have.

If any of these stamp sets sound amazing, or if any of the projects you saw in the videos sparked some new creative ideas, head on over to my store to get your Sale-a-Bration stamp sets before time runs out! Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st! Don’t miss your opportunity to get these stamp sets and supplies because once Sale-a-Bration is over, the stamp sets are gone as well!