New 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog Goes Live!

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Love Today Planner Kit 

 Here’s a new product that I ordered today that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  I love planners!  How about you?

Eastern Palace Sunflower Card

How much fun is this card?  I love sunflowers…how about you?  They have a special meaning for me as every time I see one it causes me to stop and remember a special little boy.

If you know me, you know that I love clean and simple cards.  It’s my style for two reasons…one, I need for my card making to be quick!  If I have to spend too much time it just isn’t fun for me.  Are there many of you out there that feel the same?  And two, luckily, I love the look!

I’ve been playing with the Eastern Palace Suite for a couple of weeks now and though I love the entire suite I am crazy in love with the dies!   So I decided for stamp club this month they would get to make this fun clean and simple sunflower card.

  • The Eastern Palace die used for the petals is perfect for making sunflowers.  I use the Precision Plate and Die Brush for all my intricate dies now.  The Precision Plate helps to make deeper cuts so that all the intricate parts of the die are cut through.  Then the Die Brush with it’s mat make it so you don’t have to sit and poke all the little pieces out. These are must have tools if you are into intricate dies.
  • There are a number of wonderful sentiments in the Eastern Palace Stamp Set but I am loving the two curved ones so much!


The Eastern Palace Suite is so much fun. Today's card is a sunflower card made with one of the dies. I love this set the more I use it and see the possibilities.

  • Embossing folders are a great way to give your cards texture.  Here, the center of the sunflower is a 2″ circle that’s been embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I’m sad to say that this folder was on the retiring list and has been sold out since I designed this card for my stamp club.  But, with all the embossing folders both new and old I’m sure there’s a folder that would still look great.
  • The little bee, if you are loving her, is one of the stamps in the Touches of Texture stamp set.  You do have to fussy cut her out but it’ s really easy to do if you have a pair of Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips.  They are so sharp and easy to use.

The Eastern Palace Suite is in the new annual catalog that will go live on June 1
but, you can get it now as an early release.
For details on each of the bundles, what Free Gifts
you get with each, and how to order click Here.

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Stampin’ Up! Updated Clearance Rack & Retiring List

It’s the Best Time to Shop for Crafting Supplies!

Have you checked out the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack? Time to stock up...even for the holiday!

The clearance rack was updated two weeks ago and there are still some awesome products available at great prices.  That’s right – bargain store prices for high quality Stampin’ Up! products.  It’s time to Stock Up!  Shop my Online Store Now!

Here’s a a cute case for holding your crafting supplies decorated with one of my favorite patterned papers – Petals & Paisleys.  This designer series paper is now 60% off!  Only $5.20!

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Don’t Forget to Check the Retiring List 

Stampin' Up!'s Retiring List is out with big discounts!

Lot’s of products at great prices.  Grab your In Color card stock before it’s gone for good!  Goodbye Mint Macaron…I have loved you so much!  And Watermelon Wonder…I’m going to miss you too.

Mint Macaron - my favorite color is on the retiring list! Don't miss out.

Beautiful You using Mint Macaron Card Stock and the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack

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Contact Me For a Free 2017 -2018 Annual CatalogCatalog

There’s nothing better than sitting and perusing your very own Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  Making a wish list and dreaming about how you will use all the amazing products!  Ask me how I know!  If you would like a FREE copy and plan to place your order in my online store request it Here. The catalog will include some fun extras and a coupon for your first order.

Eastern Palace Suite – Flowers or Medallions

Today I wanted to share two additional projects we made at my Happy Heart Stampers Team gathering in April.  My locals get together to share, learn and to make generally 4 projects. The team members that aren’t local always have the option of ordering a “To Go” Kit so they can make the projects along with us. So of course with the early release of this awesome group of products I decided to concentrate on the Eastern Palace Suite.

Eastern Palace is an early Stampin' Up! release that you don't want to miss. The dies can be nested to make lots of different designs. Order yours today -
In this first card I decided to feature the dies that actually cut a flower.  A pretty flower that you can use on just about any card.  But when paired with the beautiful Eastern Palace designer series paper still has that eastern look.  And yes that’s one of the new colors –  Lemon Lime Twist.  It’s a bright and fun color that I know most of you are going to absolutely love like I do! And then there are others of you that are going to have to give it time to grow on you. I know that from watching and listening to my team as they played with the new products.

These are the two dies that cut the flowers.  The flowers on the left of the card use the small die.  It cuts the petals leaving the center attached to the card stock.  When you nest it with the larger die you get the Dapper Denim individual flower.  And the fun part is that many of the other dies in the set work in the same way giving you lots and lots of possibilities.

This card uses another die that doesn’t cut all the way through the card stock.  It’s still attached at all the points in the medallion. I’m also using two additional new In Colors – Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig. Below is an image of the two dies used for this card and the way they are nested when you run them through your Big Shot.

The sentiments used in both cards are included in the bundle along with several others.  I have a card to share with you soon that uses one of the curved sentiments in the set with a sunflower.  Make sure you continue to stop back and visit me.

During Stampin’ Up!’s early release of the new Eastern Palace Suite you can purchase it in one of two bundles.  The Starter bundle or the “I Want It All” Premier Bundle.  Take a look and decide what’s best for you…but me…I’m an “I Want It All” kind of gal.  How about you?

Click HERE for more details on the 2 bundles and the 3 ways you can purchase them. But if you’re ready to shop right now, visit my Online Store and I’ll be happy to send you the new 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalog.

Measurements for projects below.


  • First Card:
    • Dapper Denim card base – 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 folded in half
    • Very Vanilla – 4 x 5-1/4
    • Designer Series Paper – 1-1/2 x 5-1/4
    • Vanilla circles 1-1/2 for sentiment and 1/2 for flower centers
  • Second Card
    • Fresh Fig card base – 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 folded
    • Tranquil Tide – 3 x 4-1/4
    • Very Vanilla – 3-1/2 x 3-1/2


Eastern Palace Bundle – 2 Bundles, 3 Ways To Order

Two amazing Eastern Palace Suite bundles are part of an early release of the new 2017 – 2018 Annual catalog.  They are available through May 31 and include Freebies!  And you know we all like getting something for free.

Why order from me?
1. You will receive a FREE 2017-2018 Catalog
2. Access to my Stamp and Embellish Facebook group
3. My customer newsletter where I share project tutorials, tips and tricks and current updates from Stampin’ Up! and myself
4. A Free gift.  You must use Hostess Code DDYYVVRC

Two early release options for the Eastern Palace Suite Bundles. May 2 - May 31

My favorite part about this bundle are the dies.  They can be used alone or nested together to create all kinds of effects.

I used the outer two dies for this flower medallion and then snipped between the flower pedals to release it from the card stock.  Instead of using the center die a punched a solid circle for my sentiment.

There are two exclusive bundles to choose from and each comes with a FREE gift from Stampin’ Up!.  Plus look at the 3 ways you can purchase.

  1. Good – You can purchase either of the bundles from my ONLINE STORE.  Use this code (DDYYVVRC) to receive a bonus gift from me.
  2. Better – Or earn stamping rewards with friends.  If 2 or 3 of you order the bundles together you qualify for stamping rewards that you can share.
  3. Best –  purchase the Starter Kit – Choose either of the bundles and additional new catalog pre-order products that are only available to demonstrators in May.
    • Select $125 in product for just $99
    • You still get the FREE product promised with the bundle
    • You get a Free paper pumpkin kit to see if you love it
    • Free shipping – $12.50 savings
    • Enjoy a 20% discount on future purchases and that includes the exclusive pre order products in May
    • Your personal purchases count towards sales requirement if you decide to stay active
    • No risk or obligation and you will be active until the end of September.  If you choose to stay active you have until the end of September to meet the $300 quarterly requirement and all sales with the exception of your starter kit will be included.
    • You get to be part of our online Facebook community where we gather for fun and sharing.
    • You get free catalogs so you won’t have to wait and you get extras to share with friends.
    • You get me.  I love to support both my “happy shoppers” enjoying their discount or those that are business minded.

Now take a closer look at the two bundles: Click on the product number or the image for more details and to order

Eastern Palace Starter Kit

The Eastern Palace Suite is now available until May 31. Exclusive bundles that include FREE gifts

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

If you would like me to place your order for you I would be happy to help you.  Just email me your order with information and a phone number to contact you.

You’re going to love this Bundle…I know I do!

Balloon Adventures – Let’s Celebrate!

During my goal setting time in early December I decided that I would send way more cards in 2017, especially birthday cards.  I was tired of feeling like the shoemaker who’s children had no shoes.  I’m a card maker for pete’s sake…let’s get them in the mail!  Then as luck would have it I got sick for weeks and fell hopelessly behind.  So now I’m catching up and renewing my goals.

The Balloon Adventures Bundle will help you make perfect fun birthday cards

So today I have a simple birthday card I shared with my team last month.  It uses the Balloon Adventures Bundle from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. When you purchase it as a bundle you save 10% off and now through the end of March you get to choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  Win- Win!  You can browse the Free items Here.

The Balloon Adventures Bundle will help you make perfect fun birthday cards

Polka dots and stripes…love them together.  How about you?  And what do you think about the new doilies in the Occasions Catalog?  I really never used doilies much except in vintage cards until just recently.  I was at an event in November and saw how one of the Artisan’s used them everywhere and now I’m kind of into them. And you know what’s special about these?  They’re Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other!

I mentioned above about getting a free product during Sale-A-Bration but I didn’t want to forget to tell you about the best deal right now.  The Starter Kit is only $99 and you get $125 in product of your choice PLUS you can pick TWO Stamps for FREE!  If you have a long wish list – it’s the thing to do! If you have questions please feel free to email me or pick up the phone and give me a call. Information to reach me is at the very top of the blog.

Make it Now!

Watermelon Wonder card base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Smoky Slate layer 3 x 4-1/2
Whisper White layer 2-3/4 x 4-1/4
Tasty Treats – Designer Series Paper 2 x 5-1/2

  • Using Watermelon Wonder ink, stamp the balloon image from Balloon Adventures on to the whisper white layer and then stamp the tiny bow.
  • Stamp the balloon string in Smoky Slate.
  • Glue the stamped layer to the Smoky Slate layer and tie the whisper white ribbon around the bottom and tie a knot.
  • Using a scrap of white, stamp the banner outline in Smoky Slate and the sentiment in Watermelon Wonder.  Fussy cut the banner and add it to the ballon layer with dimensionals.
  • Glue the stripped Designer Series Paper to the left side of the card base and then adhere the doily (I used half a doily).
  • Now add your stamped layers to the card base and then stamp a happy birthday sentiment on a white 4 x 5-1/4 layer on the inside of the card.
  • It’s always fun to add a balloon or two on the envelope.

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