A Stamp Off Sneak Peek

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This time our Stamp Off Challenge is a sketch challenge.  I love sketch challenges the best because I find them the easiest to do.  I know that sounds bad but I have a much harder time with the other challenges.  I won’t even try to guess who made this challenge because I usually get it wrong.


Here is my card:

Sealed With Love, Love Notes, 2017 Occasions Catalog, Stampin Up, susanstamps.wordpress.com #onStage2016

I used a new stamp set and some new dies that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  This catalog will be available January 4, 2017.  You are going to love it!  The stamp set is called Sealed With Love and the dies are called Love Notes Framelits.   You will be able to save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I absolutely love the heart edge die in this set.  I think it will get a lot of use all year round.  It cuts out the hearts on both sides but only scores them in the middle so they pop out.  The stamp set has 27 stamps included with it.  The dies, oh the dies, are awesome.  It has hearts, arrows, two little envelopes and so much more.  You are going to love it!

Now, let’s go check out what Jackie and Buffy made for this sketch challenge.


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Monthly Shoebox Swap

I think I may have told you this before but once a month I meet with a group of very talented ladies to make cards together.  We each design a card and bring all the supplies for the other members to make that card.  It is really fun for me since I am the one who usually is doing all the designing.  I love seeing what other people make and to learn new things.

I decided to show the ladies the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.  I had them make one tag to put on a bottle of wine and another to put on a package.  Here are the tags I designed.

Cheerful Tags, Stampin Up, susanstamps.wordpress.com

The funny thing is Laura also made bottle tags.  They are so cute and so easy!  Here are her tags.

Wine bottle tags, Stampin Up, susanstamps.wordpress.com

Karen made a cute card using the Perfect Pines Framelits and Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  She showed us a new technique using dryer sheets and glitter.  Disclaimer:  I totally messed up my dryer sheet so I ended up taking it off and using Wink Of Stella to make my trees sparkle.


Judy had us use the stamp set called Christmas Pines with the matching Pretty Pines Thinlits.  We sponged the pine needles with Whisper White Craft Ink and then sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds on it.  It makes the pine needles look frosted.  It was gorgeous!

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Aren’t they all so talented?  I loved every one!


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Birthday Fiesta

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I decided to take a break from Christmas cards with my club and use a set they haven’t used yet.  This is the card we made.  It uses the stamp set called Birthday Fiesta, which has matching Framelits called Fiesta Time.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

When I first saw this set I didn’t think I wanted to get it.  Then my Stamp Off partners, Buffy and Jackie, started using it.  They made the cutest cards with it, so of course, I ended up buying it.  It really is a cute set.  It also includes a cactus, a couple of banners and some great fiesta flowers.  The Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper that matches this set is so bright and colorful and the Brights family is my favorite.  I actually cut the hat the llama is wearing out of this paper.


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Santa’s Sleigh

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We all know that red and green are Christmas colors but you don’t always have to stick with them.  Sometimes you can use other colors just to be different.  I made this Christmas card using Sweet Sugarplum and Smoky Slate.  I think it looks a little elegant with these colors.  Plus, to top it all off, I used a lot of sparkle on this card.  It is hard to see in the picture but not only does the ribbon sparkle, but the scallops on the bottom are silver, the sleigh overlay is silver and the sequins added a bit more glitter to the card.

I used the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set along with the matching Thinlits (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  The ribbon is the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack in Sweet Sugarplum.  You also get a roll in silver with this pack.  The sequins are Fancy Frost Sequins.  All of the products above are in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Remember, this catalog ends on January 3rd.  Last but not least, is the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate on the bottom of the card.  This acetate is silver on one side and gold on the other.  I love it!


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Project Life With A Sneak Peek

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Here is a quick and easy thank you card for the bride and groom to use after their wedding day.  It uses the Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection.  I love these card collections even though I don’t scrapbook.  They are great to use when you need you don’t have a lot of time.

The sentiment is a sneak peek of a stamp set that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  It is called All Things Thanks.  It is a stamp set that has nine thank you stamps with different themes.  Obviously the one I use is for a wedding.  There is also one for thanking people for a baby gift, for joining us and one for “everything”.  It is a great set when you need to say thank you for something specific.


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A Stamp Off Double Z Challenge

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Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I do our Stamp Off Challenge.  Today’s challenge is to make a Double Z card.  I did some research on this card and apparently there are different layouts you can use that are all called Double Z.  Of course, I took one of those layouts and changed it even more.


Here is my card:

Balloon Adventures, Balloon Pop Up Thinlits, Confetti Celebration, Stampin Up, 2017 Occasions Catalog, #OnStage2016, Susanstamps.wordpress.com

I used a new stamp set and Thinlit dies that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog to make this card.  The stamp set is called Balloon Adventures and the matching dies are called Balloon Pop Up Thinlits.  When the catalog goes live on January 4th you will be able to save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I also used some new Designer Series Paper called Party Animal which will also be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

Here is the inside of my card:

Ballon Adventures, Ballon Pop Up Thinlits, Confetti Celebration, 2017 Occasions Catalog, #OnStage2016, susanstamps.wordpress.com

This is the little extra I did to my Double Z Fold Card:

Ballon Adventures, Ballon Pop Up Thinlits, Confetti Celebration, 2017 Occasions Catalog, #OnStage2016, susanstamps.wordpress.comMaybe I should call it  Double Z Card with an extra C!

Now let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie made.  I always love this part of our challenges because we don’t know ahead of time what the others make.


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Year End Closeout Sale


Click HERE to see the Year End Close Out List.

Click HERE to see the Retirement List.


• Promotion period: December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017
• All products (and discounts, if any) can be found in the Year-End Closeouts category of the online store.
• Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.
• Following the Year-End Closeouts promotion, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack; other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
• High-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3; beginning
January 4, they will still be available, but at regular price.
• Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21,
after which they will be only available while supplies last.
• Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
• Retiring items will only be available while supplies last. All retiring items
will be discontinued after January 3.
• To see the list of holiday carryover items, click HERE.
• No minimum purchase is required to participate in Year-End Closeouts.
• Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
• New demonstrators may add Year-End Closeouts items to their Starter Kit.
• Items and discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.

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