Beautiful Peacock Stamp Set, Sale-a-Bration 2018

One of the many exclusive free items available in the Sale-a-Bration 2018 Stampin' Up! promotion is Beautiful Peacock stamp set.  It's a photopolymer set which means you can see right through the stamps for super easy positioning.  That comes in handy when you go to line up all the pretty tail feathers for this very Beautiful Peacock!

My handmade card features Lemon Lime Twist, one of the 2017-2019 In Colors.  If you follow my blog at all, you know it's my fave!  I'd like to point out just a few things (4!) to you that I used on today's card that are brand new items from the Occasions Catalog 2018.  Then I'll list and link all the Stampin' Up! supplies below for your convenience.

  • I used Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Papers, a stack of 6 x 6 DSP with cute, tiny fruits on one side and bold graphic prints like stripes and grid lines (shown here) on the other.  It has great colors and versatile designs!
  • Yes, you see colored Glimmer Paper!  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper is another 6 x 6 stack of papers--this time it's all glimmer in 3 colors:  Turquoise (shown here), Light Green (be still, my heart!), and Iridescent (white).  
  • See that jaunty white bow?  The new Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon is beautiful but also handles so nicely that it makes bow-making a cinch!  You can also add color with Stampin' Blends for perfectly matched ribbon every time and only one purchase:)
  • Last, but not least, let me draw your attention to the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's a mouthful to say!  I love the scattered effect of the embossed sequins.  

That's it for today.  Be sure to check out all the free Sale-a-Bration rewards available here in my online store.  


Heart Happiness Valentine Scrapbook Pages

I'm so excited to share the Valentine scrapbook pages we made in my scrapbook club in San Antonio this month featuring Heart Happiness stamp set.  My 2 page layout is definitely on a love theme, and I was thinking Valentine's Day.  But I made the scrapbook pages broad enough in theme that they could easily be used to document:

  • Special anniversary
  • Date nights
  • Valentine's Day
  • Love
  • Prom pics!

My starting point that brought everything together is the drop dead gorgeous Painted With Love DSP.  This specialty Designer Series Paper will seriously take your breath away--just like true love:)  I'm sharing the Stampin' Up! video (scroll all the way down to the bottom of this blog post) that shows all the designer series papers in the Occasions Catalog because you really need to see them! Take special note of Painted With Love Designer Series Paper.

My favorite element in these Valentine scrapbook pages is the heart using a 4 x 4 piece of Painted With Love DSP, cut out with Bloomin' Heart die.  I think it's gorgeous! bloominheartpaintedwithlovedspstampinupbigshotcandyrattray

I'm also really chuffed with the doily on doily element in the lower left corner.  Because what's Valentine's Day without doilies??!!!  I grew up in the era when hearts-shaped doilies were a staple of Valentine's Day celebrations:)


If you are in the Greater San Antonio area and like to scrapbook, please check out the info for my scrapbook club in San Antonio.  There aren't many places left where you can gather with fellow scrappers, so come join us for scrappy fun!













Color Me Happy Bundle


colormehappystampinuprubberstampscandyrattrayColor Me Happy rubberstamps and coordinating Color Me Happy project kit are super fun to work with as well as being great value.  I have a Stampin' Blends Online Club, and this is one of the projects my club members made.  

The Color Me Happy rubberstamp set and project kit (available as a bundle with 10% savings) were specially designed to help us learn to use Stampin' Blends, the brand new line of alcohol markers by Stampin' Up!  Personally, I have never had art lessons and can't watercolor or shade or do anything fancy like that.  Stampin' Blends take this rank amateur and make my projects look really good!

My Color Me Happy card is actually what is often called an "alternative project."  That's because my card is different than the one Stampin' Up! designed.  I only altered it slightly, but I wanted to show off 2 "techniques" using the Blends:

  1. Coloring on DSP (Designer Series Paper)
  2. Coloring rhinestones or other non-porous embellishments

These are simple things that can help you customize your projects and really make them pop.

Want to join my Online Club featuring the Stampin' Blends and learn new ways to use them each month?  It lasts just 3 months, and you can still get in on it.  Click here for full information.








Southern Serenade Rubberstamp Set-Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog 2018

There's a lot to love in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, and one of my faves is Southern Serenade rubberstamp set.  I was drawn to it quickly because:

  • It's one of the rubberstamp sets that was featured in a live demonstration at OnStage in Salt Lake City in November.  I was immediately drawn to its many, many possibilities with techniques and different looks with its flower and lace images.  Add to that the greetings for Thank You, Birthday, and Friend in a lovely font, and you have a winning rubberstamp set!
  • The name!  My team is the Southern Sweet Stampers, so the name caught my attention:) southernserenadestampinupoccasionscatalogcandyrattray

I was anxious to get some ink on this new rubberstamp set, and I was participating in a mail-in swap where I needed to make 13 of a single card.  Do you have one of those little "treasure boxes" with die cuts left over from previous design sessions??!!!  They make great "writing prompts" for creating great projects  and had quite a few white ovals left over from a previous design that didn't come together the way I had hoped:):)  So the oval was my starting point.

I have loved the In Color Combo Chart (please click here to download and print).  I have it hanging in my Studio and use it constantly.  I had used this color combination previously and love it:

  • Fresh Fig
  • Blushing Bride
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Cherry Cobbler

I would never have put these colors together, but I think they make a very rich color scheme.  Click here to see a Christmas card I made with the same color scheme.

The little details that bring finishing touches are both in the Occasions Catalog:

  1. Love Mini Tinsel Trim (you get a roll of Blushing Bride and a roll of Gold tinsel!)
  2. Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends Marker allows me to alter my basic pearls and turn them into Cherry Cobbler Pearls!

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  If you don't yet have your own personal copy of the Occasions Catalog, please email me and I'll get one into your hands.  There are so many creative possibilities, inspirations, and new products you don't want to miss!

Sale-a-Bration 2018 Kick-Off Blog Hop, Happy Wishes Rubberstamp Set

SAB Blog Hop_1Welcome to the Sale-a-Bration (aka SAB) 2018 Kick Off Blog Hop!  Prepare to be dazzled and inspired with FREE stamps and supplies available during Sale-a-Bration.  I don't know about you, but I absolutely love free Stampin' Up! stamps and supplies!

I have a bit of a mega SAB project for you.  Why do I say "mega"?  Because I used so many free products!

  1. Happy Wishes Rubberstamp Set
  2. Shimmer Ribbon Pack
  3. Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper
  4. Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes

happywishesrubberstampsetsab2018candyrattrayMy quick and easy card is full of vibrant color, tapping into my favorite of the 2017-2019 In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist.  There are SO MANY stamps in the Happy Wishes Rubberstamp Set, allowing you to really customize a beautiful greeting that can also become a great focal point on your handmade card and a fabulous addition to your craft supplies.  I simply stamped the greeting in Basic Gray Archival ink and then sponged the oval with Basic Gray ink and then again with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I like the added depth the Basic Gray ink brings to the Lemon Lime Twist.  Please click on the video below to see ALL SIXTEEN stamps in the set!

Sale-a-Bration is Stampin' Up!'s biggest sale of the year with free items for everyone!  It's my favorite time in the Stampin' Up! year.  Here are the ways YOU can earn free products during SAB:

  • Free SAB reward for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), no limit on free items.  Shop here now!
  • Host:  Earn an additional $25 in free products of your choice when you gather orders totaling $250.  
  • Join:  Choose ANY TWO free stamp sets in any catalog FREE when you join Stampin' Up!  This is in addition to the amazing Starter Kit value of $125 of products you choose plus free shipping for just $99.  Click here to learn more about being a demonstrator YOUR WAY.
  • EMAIL ME TODAY with any questions about earning free products, hosting, or joining during SAB!


Everything I used on this card is listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by. Now click on the link below to head to the next blog in the Sale-a-Bration 2018 Kick-Off Blog Hop.