Red Buffalo Plaid

Gingham EFI made this birthday card for my sister, Sarah, whose birthday is at the end of November.  I had just gotten this Gingham Embossing Folder which you can find on page 9 in the Mini Catalog.  It is part of the SWEET TALK SUITE and you can see two ways to use it in the pictures on page 8.  Use it to create background texture on your cardstock like the Happy Valentine's Day card on the left or use it with ink to create an obvious gingham pattern like the card next to it with the tiny envelopes.  The ink goes directly on the embossing folder so that when it is pressed through the Cut & Emboss Machine it creates texture and design.

I am sure you have seen lots of samples of recent products using the Red Buffalo Plaid.  I like it!  One of my gifts to Sarah was a pillow in this pattern and I even found wrapping paper to match!

Gingham EF suite (2)

Host Rewards

SEASONS OF FUN stamp set, #156576, $12

You can find HOST REWARDS in every Stampin' Up! catalog.  They are available when an order is $150 or more.  They are a 'reward' for a host of a party, stamp club order or personal order with friends (Christmas gifts?).  There is a % chart on the page that will allow you to determine the amount of your reward.  I made these cards using one of the two stamp sets that are set aside for rewarding a host from the current Holiday Catalog.  You can find them on page 78.


If you are placing an online order of $25.00-$149.00 please use the current Host Code (it changes every month). If your order is over $150.00 then YOU are the Host and you don't have to use the code. The Host code is for me to give my Online customers a little something extra as a thankyou at the end of the month ~ a surprise in your mail box!  Let me know if you have any questions and know that I appreciate all of your orders!


Ribbons....the color is up to YOU!

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Stampin' Up!'s ribbons are ravishing just the way they are—but, a little spunk and spritz can add a lot of glamour and glitz!
Fill a Stampin’ Spritzer with a mix of water or rubbing alcohol and any of the Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills for a stunning spray of color. Or, simply slide the  Stampin’ Blends markers atop a thin ribbon for a beautiful change of hue!
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Reflected In Nature

Do you remember learning about a stamping technique called 'mirror image' or the 'reflection' technique?  One of the ways that we can do this is by using window sheets.

However, there is a much easier way that Stampin' Up! has included in the current Holiday Catalog on page 60.  REFLECTED IN NATURE does the mirror image effortlessly.



I made this card last night using the BEAUTY OF THE EARTH designer series paper (page 130 in the annual catalog) and my MISTY MOONLIGHT stamp pad ~ love that color!  Actually I made two of these cards and, unfortunately, on the second one I added the image upside down!!!!  You can tell because of the reflecting lines on the lake.  It is a surprise to find an upside down image when you take time to look at what you've done.  So, out came the UN-DU to remove the cardstock, let it day overnight and add it to the base card this morning ~ without having to add more adhesive.  UN-DU is amazing and everyone should have it on their craft table!!!

Which Black Ink Do I Use?



General purpose ink.

Fade resistant.

Dries fast but make sure it is dry before coloring.

You can use with Stampin' Blends.

Clean with water or Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner, page 145 Annual Catalog (AC).

Tuxedo Black Pad ~ 132708 ~ $6.00

Tuxedo Black Refill, 0.5 fl. oz. ~ 133456 ~ $5.00



Permanent ink.

Great for using watercolors or stamping on nonporous surfaces like window sheets, cellophane bags, etc.

Clean stamps with StazOn Cleaner after using StazOn ink.

To protect the adhesive on cling stamp labels, rinse cling stamps with water immediately after using StazOn Cleaner.

You can find StazOn Black and Brown ink and the cleaner on page 129 AC.

Susan Tran, Guest Artist

Susan Tran

Susan's stamp club met on Wednesday this week and she brought this card to show me (and, all her friends in the club).  Gorgeous, right?  The stamp set is CORNER BOUQUET and it was part of SALE-A-BRATION in January & February of this year.  Susan used the designer series paper, FLOWER & FIELD DSP, that was also a SAB item this year.  Her technique?  The clever lady embossed the flower image in basic white embossing powder (#155554 on page 128, annual catalog) and colored over the embossing with various STAMPIN' BLENDS.  Great job, Susan ~ thank you for sharing!

Stampin' Up! Dies to die for....

152706 (1)

You can find these fabulous dies (PLAYFUL ALPHABET, #152706) on page 178 in Stampin' Up!'s ANNUAL CATALOG and look what they can do!!!!  I will be posting more of my fabulous CONGRATS cards in the next couple of days ~ don't miss them.  I am so impressed with the cards from these demonstrators and so thankful to know them all!

Marion Swaim
Created by Marion Swaim.
Pam Haskin CAT
Created by Pam Haskin, Fredericksburg, VA

Pam Haskin CAT 2

Retiring List? PUNCHES?

Retiring Punch (2)I didn't receive any emails from y'all about BUNDLES THAT WILL BE RETIRING so I thought I would try again!  What about PUNCHES THAT WILL BE RETIRING?  There are lots of choices beginning on page 165 in Stampin' Up!'s ANNUAL CATALOG ~ in fact, FIVE PAGES, and, then more in the JANUARY MINI CATALOG. 

And, here's one of my favorite punches ~ I know you won't be surprised to see Tripod!


2019-2021 In Colors are Retiring


Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose, Purple Posy, Seaside Spray and Pretty Peacock are retiring soon.  Check your supply if these are colors that you use consistently ~ be sure that you have the reinkers and cardstock in these colors.  All the ink pads, the Rococo Rose Stampin' Blends and Assorted cardstock are already in the category of 'low inventory' on the Stampin' Up! website.  Also retiring will be any of the products that have these colors ~ markers, DSP, ribbon, blends & embellishments.

Wide Storage Cases

Some of you Lovely Ladies have been looking for the wide storage cases that Stampin' Up! used to carry (in fact, they are in the catalog now but are not available ~ so sad).  These are the cases that measure 5" x 7" and are an inch and a quarter wide.  The ones that were absolutely necessary when we used rubber stamps on wood blocks.  A wonderful demonstrator, Jan Farring, shared a link to purchase them on Amazon.  I hope that helps.
(25) CheckOutStore Plastic Storage Cases for Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps (Clear/Spine: 40 mm)
(25) CheckOutStore Plastic Storage Cases for Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps (Clear/Spine: 40 mm)