Happy New Year

Hello everyone.  It is time for another BS & J Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is to make something sparkly.

Of course, this is perfect for celebrating a new year and using new products that will be coming in the new year and some that will be retiring.  What better way to say Sparkle then with a shaker card filled with Metallic Sequins!

I decided to use a new die that says “celebrate” which is part of  2018 Sale-a-bration sets.  This is my most favorite thing in the whole catalog (although there is a lot that I love).  There are three dies in this set and you can get them for free with a qualifying order.  I cut out the word using the Silver Foil Sheets.

The numbers (Large Numbers Framelits) were cut out of the Year Of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper which will be retiring on January 2nd.  I love the paper because every sheet has sparkle on it.  Some of them are gold, some silver and some are a gorgeous copper.

Now, let’s go see what Sparkly project Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure they will dazzle you!

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Reserve Your New Stamparatus Before December 31st

Stampin’ Up! is introducing a new products called the Stamparatus!  I was very lucky to be able to get my hands on one of these already.  It is amazing and I love using it!

The last day to reserve yours is December 30th.  If you reserve it now it should be available for shipment in March.  Otherwise you may have to wait until the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog goes live in June.

Here is some more information about this amazing tool:

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

The easiest way to explain what this is, is to watch this video:

Isn’t that amazing??!!

Product Details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

How Do You Get One?

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in their warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow them to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The global launch will feature one more reservation window.  Please note the following:

  • 1 tool per customer.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows (in case you reserved one in November).
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from their facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

    Click HERE to reserve your Stamparatus!


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December’s Paper Pumpkin Kit

I just received the December Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail.  Whenever I receive one of them, I always have to open it immediately to check to see what is inside.  This is one of the fun things about these kits.  You never know what you are going to get.  Each kit comes with everything you need to make the project(s) except for adhesive, although they give you some of that too!  You also get an ink cube and this month we got one in Berry Burst.

This month the kit makes two different cards.  It has some laser cut outs, sparkle paper, ribbon and Baker’s Twine.  I usually put a couple of the cards as planned together and then I make make my own design using the rest of the pieces.  It is fun to do.

Below is a video showing you the kit and how to put it together.

If you haven’t tried a Paper Pumpkin kit you should.  There is no obligation and you can cancel at any time.

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Butterfly Basics Sympathy Card

No one likes to have to send a sympathy card but sometimes you have to so I try to keep a couple on hand.  I made this card using a couple of different stamp sets.  The flowers are from Butterfly Basics.  This stamp set has been around for a little while but it hasn’t seen any ink in a long time.  You know how it is.  I get new stamp sets that I am so excited about and those poor older sets sit there on the shelf so lonely and sad.  This past month I have been trying to get out those sets.  They made me happy once and they still make me happy!

The sentiment is from Rose Wonder, another older lonely set.  This set has some great sentiments that can be used for most every occasion.  It has wedding, birthday, thank you and sympathy sentiments in it.  I love sets that can be so versatile.

The embossing folder is from the 2017 Holiday Catalog and is called Quilt Top.  Although the stamp set called Christmas Quilt and the Quilt Builder dies are retiring, this embossing folder is not.  By the way, don’t forget this is the last week you will be able to buy some of the products in the Holiday Catalog because they will be retiring on January 2nd. Product List

A Christmas Wish

Christmas Quilt

This year has been another crazy November and December for me.  I traveled a lot.  A new baby boy grandchild was born, I had to go help my 92 year old Mother for a few days after her surgery and we went to see another grandchild who lives in Alabama.   Then, as you know, Rob had hip replacement surgery.

As a result of this I didn’t have a lot of time to make elaborate Christmas cards.   I needed to go simple and the stamp set called Christmas Quilt was perfect for this. This stamp set is in the Holiday Catalog and it has a set of matching dies called Quilt Builder Framelits. Unfortunately, it is going to retire at the end of this month for good so if you like it you will need to order it before then.  By the way, if you order the Bundle you can save 10%!

Christmas Quilt is a two step stamp set.  The tree is made up of two different stamps that you layer on top of each other to make one image.  The stamps are Photopolymer so it is super easy to line up.  The sentiment is from Star Of Light.

I would like to wish everyone and very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and an amazing New Year.  Thank you for all your purchases, comments and support you give me throughout the year.  It is wasn’t for you, I would not be writing this crazy blog.

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Remarkable You

Stampin’ Up! has some “remarkable” Designer Series Paper.  It comes in all colors and so many different designs.  Some of them are called Specialty Papers because they have special sheets in the pack that are sometimes heavier, made of something different (like acetate) or are gold, silver or copper embossed.  These paper are just gorgeous and some you can’t really appreciate until you see them in person.

I made this card using some of this Designer Series Specialty Paper.  The piece I used comes in the pack called Eastern Palace.  It is Dapper Denim and the lines are gold.  It is just beautiful.  Of course, I had to pair this amazing paper with my latest obsession ~ the stamp set called Remarkable You.

It is a very simple card to make.  First I stamped the flower in Versamark Ink. Then I sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder over it and heat set it with my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool.  This Heat Tool is different than the others on the market because it has two speeds.  One is used for embossing and the other can be used to dry ink or water quickly.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink.  The whole process only took a few minutes.

So, remember even if you are in a hurry you can still make someone a card that they will enjoy getting.  No one needs to know it only took you a few minutes!

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