Technique Tuesday - Eclipse Technique

You have probably been seeing the cards ideas all over the place that have a word or a shape cutout of patterned paper or with stamping on a layer. I first showed you the technique when I Case-d a card I had seen on Pinterest. Mine used the cat punch had stamping on the cat but it let the Night of Navy cardstock show through. 

Cat eclipse technique

I wanted to share a great video that shows you exactly how to do this technique using any punch or framelits that you have on hand! Check out the video and have fun trying this technique for yourself.

You probably have seen this card technique done most often with the Large Letter Framelit Dies. I highly recommend that you invest in these versatile products starting January 2 so that you get the added bonus of earning a Sale-A-Bration reward or two! Watch for all the new products arriving with the start of the new Occassions catalog and Sale-A-Bration on January 2nd.

Stamparatus Part 2

Stamparatus five things to know

The results are in! The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes, which provided us with some very important information: You LOVE this new stamping tool! We couldn’t be more thrilled; in fact, your response was so amazing that we’ve decided to make some important adjustments to the reservation process.
As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open! 
Please note the following changes:
Beginning March 19, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19.

In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer or demonstrator.
Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you will have to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.
Please note what has not changed:
The reservation window will open at 2:00 PM (MT) on December 5. 

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool. Look for additional details on the Stamparatus product page as the second reservation window approaches.

Snowman Christmas Card


No Big Shot work, just a couple of pretty papers and add a dash of sparkly paper! The Seasonal Chums stamp set adds the cute snowman and the greeting.

Perfect Stamping Tool is coming soon

Exciting news out of Stampin' Up!'s recent OnStage convention!

There is going to be a new stamping tool called the Stamparatus. This is a MUST HAVE!!

Stamparatus - stamp placement tool

What's the Stamparatus? It's a stamp placement tool that will rock your stamping world, even if you already own a Misti or Stamp-a-ma-jig! 

You're gonna want to keep using your Stamp-a-ma-jig with your wood mount stamps, but the NEW Stamparatus will be a game changer for your clear mount stamps or photopolymer stamping!

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

  • You can make multiples with ease
  • Consistently be able to stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, which will save you time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
  • Do the Hinge Step! It's just one of the many new stamping techniques you'll be able to do with the adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.

Watch this video to see how it works:

Do you wonder "How can I get my hands on one of these RIGHT NOW?"

Well, Stampin' Up! is trying a new pre-order system for these. They aren't available right now (please don't be mad at me - I'm only the messenger).

Starting this Thursday, November 16th at 2 pm MT you can reserve your Stamparatus. I will add a link to use on Thursday to get on the list! They are only taking a limited number of pre-orders with a limit of 1 per person so you'll want to act fast!

To reserve your Stamparatus you'll need to enter your credit card information but you will not be charged until it ships (late January or early February). The first shipments are expected to arrive in your home very early in February! The longer you wait to reserve, the longer you'll have to wait for your Stamparatus.

Why is Stampin' Up! doing it this way? Hmmm. That is a good question! They are trying to avoid backorders. With the reservations you'll know exactly when to expect your Stamparatus and you can count down the days until it's arrival!

Making a difference one card at a time

Why I do what I do!

Stamping together builds friendships and relationships. One of my stampers attends my events almost every month. She has been coming for about 7 years! I enjoy getting to visit with her and just last year we even discovered we had common people in our families (through marriage). Often she attends with at least one of her sister-in-laws but often enough with all three. It is a hoot when they all can attend and stamp together! I enjoy designing cards for them, knowing that they might use it for a certain birthday or occasion.

Fall card idea for thinking of you or sympathy

Let them know. After last month's event she sent me an email telling me she had wanted to mention this, but forgot.

The email said: "My boss got promoted and I was helping to pack up some of his things to move and I found all the cards that I have ever made and given to him.  He said they are too special to throw out."

She went on to say, "My dad also has kept all the cards I have made for him, said he can’t throw them out, they mean so much."

She was most touched by the thought, "Two men who have a really hard time expressing emotion and a little paper card touches them."

She ended by honoring me with the sweetest words: "Thank you for teaching me to make such pretty cards to share with the special people in my life!"

That brought tears to my eyes. It is truly why I do what I do!

A business that isn't really a business.

Having a Stampin' Up! business isn't about spreadsheets and net losses or gains. It is about the people we stamp with and the people that they are stamping for.

Sure it's just a little card, but it can offer such strong emotions when words aren't easy to come by or a little spot of kindness is needed to give a break for even a moment from all the negativity and stresses of life.

I encourage you to think of someone you want to bless with a note or message and make them a card. Get out a stamp set, some ink, and some paper. Don't over think it, don't worry that it isn't a masterpiece or museum quality.

To the person receiving it, they might only get bills otherwise or you might be the only person who has reached out in awhile. They will cherish it! To them it is a masterpiece but most of all it is a small piece of you. Isn't that what we all want? To be loved and thought of by others.

In this we make a difference.

Stampin' Up! has a Mission Statement that they call the Statement of the Heart. It reads: "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments ... in this we make a difference." Isn't that beautiful?!

I am so proud and honored to be someone who is allowed to make a difference in other's lives. Even when it is only one card at a time!

I would treasure the opportunity to help you make differences in other's lives by having you join my team or by sharing weekly project ideas with you.

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Fancy Folds and One Sheet Wonders

Card making time savers! One Sheet of pretty paper and you can make many cards, all a little different. Learn the cuts you need to make that will give you useful patterns to use over and over for any occasion.

The next round of One Sheet Wonder class is getting ready to start. Bonus! When you join using my special link, I will include the instructions for this fancy fold card that I learned in a past class!

Fancy Fold and one Sheet Wonder hand in hand for sparkly snowflakes

Here is more information or go ahead to get signed up right away!

Pretty Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Can you ever have enough pretty papers? Probably not! 

Fortunately there's still time to stock up on your favorites during the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale this month!

Sale ends on Oct 31, but you can check your paper stash and fill it up with the papers you need for your upcoming projects!


Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper makes it so FAST & EASY to create cards and other fun projects.

The patterns and colors are so pretty and best of all they coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s basic colors of card stock and ink.

You can’t go wrong whether you are looking for All-occasion, masculine, feminine, Birthday, or Christmas paper!!

We've got it all!  SHOP NOW!

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Painted Autumn paper for the win


When you have paper that is so beautiful it is easy to let it shine and be the star of a card front! The Painted Autumn paper is one such pretty paper. Every sheet has beautiful patterns on BOTH sides!