Birthday Month Fun Continues

Birthday month fun continues with the Annual and Holiday catalogs! I’ve posted cards on my Facebook page and added to the 2017 gallery on my website so don’t forget to like and comment on the Facebook page or comment on these blog posts during August with a chance to win one of 3 prizes from the new Holiday Catalog.  Look for details on an earlier post.

New Catalogs should be shipping and arriving to you soon!

Stamping – short and sweet

This week’s Facebook Live video featured the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper and my Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, which I cannot get enough of! Love these stickers!

Paper Pumpkin Special – now is the time to try it!

The special is for new subscribers only but it is a great time to try Paper Pumpkin. I got an email that my August kit is on the way, so I’ll post a sample as soon as I receive it but they said we won’t want to miss the upcoming Fall and Holiday kits!

Something to make you smile!

Create Joy! Deena

Holiday 2017 Catalog Sneak Peek

What a fun time of year – time for demonstrators, like me, to begin posting our Holiday 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks! 

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2017 catalog is just FULL of wonderful new stamp sets, punches, framelits and edgelits, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Paper stacks and embellishments.  The more I look at the catalog, the more I want!

To see some of the items I ordered, go to my Facebook page, I posted a Facebook Live Holiday 2017 Sneak Peek video of my first order on my business page. I will be ordering again this month and throughout the Fall so follow me on Facebook so that you can see the latest products and cards. 

Carols of Christmas is available for pre-order

My customers will be receiving their catalogs in the next week or so (let me know if you are new to my blog and need a catalog, I’d be happy to send one to you) and may begin ordering on Sept 1.  

Carols of Christmas is a set that is available for pre-order during the month of August. Check out my Facebook page or previous posts for card samples of using this stamp set. Now that the new catalog is out, we have new DSP and washi tape to use with this set!

Other Holiday 2017 Sneak Peek Items!

I started with Fall items because I thought the Painted Harvest set would be versatile for my Birthday Month celebration.  The colors and the patterns of the Painted Autumn DSP are so pretty. I am definitely in the mood for these colors. I bought some new flowers for the house to add a bit of a Fall harvest look to the flowers I already had planted or arranged in pots. I will post some pictures on the Facebook page.

Don’t forget to comment on a birthday card post on Facebook, post a picture of a card you made on my FB business page or comment on one of my blog posts for a chance to win 3 prizes from the new catalog. I will enter all names and select winners at the end of August.  Isn’t this pretty? A special card for a special friend with an August birthday!

Halloween is so much fun!

As I said in my holiday reveal, even some of the patterns on the Halloween DSP has some cute black and orange patterns that can be used even if you aren’t fond of creating Halloween themed cards. One of my favorite items with this stamp set – the cat punch!

Something to consider…

I found this on Pinterest. I think it is true for stampers! I mentioned a few posts ago that I had a night that I just couldn’t come up with any ideas.  Well, with brand new stamp sets, especially when you receive them right away, there aren’t a lot of ideas besides what Stampin’ Up! shares with us. So you know what, you just have to play. I almost feel that the lack of ideas was more freeing. I didn’t have anyone else to compare myself to. AND I have gotten so much positive feedback on my ideas.  So, maybe the secret is to just play and not spend time looking for ideas or watching posts from other stampers.  Just do it to have fun and share your love of stamping with others! 

Create joy, Deena



Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Ending July 31

Just a quick reminder that Bonus Days are ending on Monday, July 31.  If you were planning an order, do it on Monday. For every $50 ordered, you will receive an email with a $5 bonus code to be used in August. There is no limit.  I just did a quick order to get a couple of additional bonus coupons that I will be able to use on the new Holiday catalog.  As demonstrators we can preorder on August 1.

August Birthday Celebration Time

I tried to strategize my order from the holiday catalog to share new product but also use for the birthday cards I will be posting in August. I want to introduce you to new product that you can order on September 1 but also use as birthday card options for my August Birthday celebration.  Check out the previous blog entry for all the ways you can have a chance to win product from the new catalog.

New Card Posts on Facebook

I used the Coffee Café stamp set and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to create these cards for my Facebook page.

This is a fun set to work with. I look forward to playing with it more!

Something to make you smile…

Don’t miss out on your free $5 coupons as Bonus Days are ending by close of business tomorrow, July 31. Stay tuned for lots of updates and card posts during the month of August!

Create joy! Deena

Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch is back!

Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch is back in stock!

The Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch have been one of the most popular bundles for Stampin’Up!  Good news – it is back in stock.  I think with all the attention on the holiday catalog (by demonstrators) in August, it might actually stay in stock for you.  July would be a great time to order it if it’s been on your list because we are in the final days of Bonus Days.

As a reminder – during Bonus Days, for every $50 you spend you get a coupon (save the email) for $5 to use in August. No limit!

This is a versatile set, just check out Pinterest for hundreds of ideas on this stamp set and punch. There are so many great ideas to CASE (copy and share everything) and tweak to make your own. The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) has so many pretty patterns to use but I actually have a lot of ideas using the other DSP packs too!

August – Birthday Month Specials!

August is my birthday month so we are going to have a bit of fun during the month. I’ll select THREE winners at the end of the month to win an item (new ribbon or trims, seasonal embellishment, or a new Winter embossing folder) from holiday catalog.

These are the ways you can win:

  • Post a comment on my Facebook business page when you see me post a birthday card sample during the month or a birthday card in my new Stamping – Short and Sweet FB live videos.
  • Comment on any blog post sent during the month of August.
  • Post a birthday card you made on my Facebook business page and send me a virtual birthday greeting.

I will also be giving away one of the new ribbons or trims if you place an order during the month of August. This is in addition to the prizes above.

Stamping – Short and Sweet

I am trying to improve my Facebook Live video skills (and equipment!) so I’ve challenged myself to share more online.  Tonight I posted my first “Stamping – Short and Sweet”  to demo the Daisy Delight stamp set and card shown above. This month, because of my birthday, I will be creating birthday cards during the segments, in addition to demo’ing new holiday product. My goal is to post a new card 2 – 3 times per week.

So, if you haven’t start following my business page yet, this is the month to do it. Be sure to comment or post after the videos or card posts for the chance to win items mentioned above.

Take time to relax

There is so much in the news or going on around us to get stressed about if we let it get to us.  So take time to relax, just like Bela did today (of course I was trying to work but that didn’t matter to him!).  Get up from your desk or task at home, stretch or go out for a walk or to water the flowers. Just breathe! You will feel better as a result. I know I did for the few minutes that I let Bela remain undisturbed on my desk  🙂

Create joy! Deena

Carols of Christmas Stamp Set in July!

Carols of Christmas Stamp Set in July!

I have seen decorations in the stores so I guess it is time to start experimenting with my new Carols of Christmas stamp set. I love this set. I think it is going to have lots of versatility for holiday cards, invitations, winter birthdays or thank you cards. I kept these first two simple – a little Wink of Stella to the branches for some glimmer and the returning Seasonal Bells stamp set and punch to “deck” out the card a bit. 


But I’m just not Creative!

We all have those days! Sunday I was just stuck, couldn’t think, sat looking at pictures on Pinterest…I mean stuck in a rut! So I just relaxed, didn’t force it and had a relaxing evening instead. Last night I used my July 2017 Paper Pumpkin to get me started, I made one card like the instruction card and then did my own thing on the second one.  Two of the million dollar achievers with Stampin’ Up! admit they seldom design their own cards but look to fellow demonstrators for ideas and then tweak to make their own.  You are creative! You can make someone’s day by sending a card you made. Don’t be afraid, just do it!

July 2017 Paper Pumpkin

I tried to copy the Facebook Slideshow but didn’t get it to work right. Check out my Facebook business page or visit You Tube for the Paper Pumpkin video for July 2017. It is so easy to make cards and projects with Paper Pumpkin!

Bonus Days Are Here

Don’t forget to place an order in July! For every $50 ordered in July you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in August (just in time for the Holiday Catalog you will get from me if you ordered from me or expressed an interest in getting a catalog).  No limit!  Just be sure to save the email you receive from Stampin’ Up!, it will contain your coupon codes that you will add to your order in August.  Don’t miss out!

Consider Joining Stampin’ Up! – this is a great time!

Ho, ho, ho! Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! New demonstrators will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And to get ready for the holiday catalog and season, Stampin’ Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! With so many basic items provided you can then spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!  For $99 you get to select $125 in Stampin’ Up! product and you get a Business Supply pack valued at $50. 

As a demonstrator you will receive 20-25% off product when you order and the ability to earn $ when others order from you. To remain active you need to order or place orders that equal $300 each quarter. Sharing with your friends and ordering for yourself makes it easy to hit $300 – believe me! Split it up, two orders of $150 or one for you and one for your friend. And by joining now you get the benefit of being in this quarter so you you don’t have to place your first $300 between now and end of the new quarter beginning in October. It’s so much fun, even as a hobby stamper, this is truly a great time to join the team!

Something to make you smile

So don’t forget, it’s just paper, ink and rubber stamps but you can change someone’s day by sending them a card you made!

Thanks to Facebook/queenandcompany for this great picture!

Create Joy! Deena

One Day Special – Get Paper Pumpkin for $5 (US)

One Day Special on Paper Pumpkin – June 30!

Don’t miss out on this deal! For one day only, Friday June 30, you can get your first month of Paper Pumpkin for $5 US/$7 Canada! This is for first time subscribers only! Sorry to those of you that need to renew or have been watching the latest kits and want to subscribe again! Don’t despair, great deals are coming up for all of us in July!


Paper Pumpkin is a coordinated project kit, everything you need ink, adhesive, cut out cardstock pieces, cards and envelopes if it’s a card project to create. I’ve added some samples from the May and June kits.

There are always great ideas on the Paper Pumpkin Facebook group or searching on Pinterest. Don’t pass up this awesome deal!

Other July Specials

Please stay tuned this weekend for other awesome specials for July – there are going to be Bonus Days to earn credit for orders placed and an awesome promotion for new demonstrators with extra items, such as paper snips, adhesive, clear blocks, grid paper, a bone folder – $52 US of extra items AND a Christmas stamp set demonstrators are able to preorder in July. I’m ordering mine next week!

July is going to be so much fun!

This past weekend I went on a retreat at the monastery that I am a Benedictine Oblate. The topic was The Art of Pausing.  We talked about about so many wonderful things but one topic that weaved throughout the weekend was allowing time to be creative – poetry, coloring, journaling, painting and of course, making hand crafted cards! Take time each and every day to pause and allow your creative spirit to soar!

Create Joy! Deena


Say Hello to New Stampin’ Up! Products

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, the new 2017 – 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog is here and the new items are awesome!  I mentioned that I would share my first order list and all the new items I ordered during the demonstrator pre-order month of May.  Putting my order of new products together was HARD!  There are so many stamp sets or new items that I want.

BIG NEWS – My catalogs arrived!!!

I will be mailing or dropping those off to individuals who ordered last year.  If you are new to my website or Facebook page, just reply to the email version of this blog post or send me a Facebook private message and let me know you would like a catalog. I will be happy to get one to you. If you just happened to find my site and aren’t receiving my updates in email, just go to the Contact Me link at the top of the webpage.

As I browsed the catalog…

I must say that I was equally as impressed with the number of returning items that I have and could check off as I browsed each page of the lovely new catalog.  So we will have that many more products to work with or for me to share ideas using those products!  That’s exciting!

So what did I order?

In the list below you will probably be surprised at some of the items I didn’t order yet.  If you have been following other demonstrator sites or Pinterest you have been seeing a lot of the Daisy Delight Stamp Set (page 127) and coordinating Daisy punch.  I shared a sample of a card after OnStage in Minneapolis. I LOVE that stamp set! But I found out it is currently on backorder so I decided to wait a month or so until it is back in stock and select other new items.  Also, Eastern Beauty Stamp Set (page 19) has been shared extensively, so I started with other items in my first orders.

  • Eastern Beauty paper and stickers, page 19 (ok I couldn’t pass it up completely!)
  • Bike Ride, page 20
  • Coffee Café and Coffee Cups Framelit Dies, page 31. There are tiny little framelits that cut out images on the Designer Series paper, too cute!
  • Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (DSP), page 41 (the little images are just too cute to pass up, I want to fussy cut and play with them!)
  • Tabs for Everything, page 43 (I won this at OnStage and didn’t order the punch yet but it is going to be FUN to play with this set!)
  • This Little Piggy, page 48 (Another OnStage Prize Patrol, lots of cute ideas with the flying pig have been posted!)
  • Petal Garden Memories and More Card Pack, page 57 (I didn’t get the DSP yet but I wanted to get a sample of our new memory keeping cards and embellishments. As I mentioned last week, we will no longer be selling Project Life items.)
  • Happiest of Days stamp set, page 70 (I love the simple look of this set.)
  • Birthday Delivery Stamp Set and corresponding Birthday Memories DSP and Birthday Friends Framelit Dies, page 69 (the framelits cut out the images on the DSP!! Fun!!) I also ordered the new 1/4 Stitched Edge Ribbon in Pacific Point. I think it looks so pretty, can’t wait to see it!
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Happy Birthday Thinlits, page 77 (I also ordered the new adhesive sheets on page 203 that should make the detail on this type of thinlit adhere to cards nicely.)
  • 1/2 Finely Woven Ribbon, page 95, in one of our new In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist.
  • Loyal and True, page 97. For those of you aware that my nephew is in the Navy and training in Special Forces (SEAL), you might guess that this set would be very dear to me. I pray each day for him and all those serving in our military, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude! God Bless them all.
  • Faceted Gems in gold, page 127.
  • Wood Words and Wood Crate Framelit Dies, page 159. I shared a video on Facebook of the adorable little crate you can make with this framelit. I can see it used for many seasons and in different colors. I also ordered the Burlap Ribbon on page 159.
  • Crafting Together, page 181.  I think the Made With Love and Do Something Creative Every Day won me over on this stamp set.
  • Of course with a large order (any order of $150 earns Stampin’ Rewards) I was able to select some free items, one of which is the Tranquil Tulips stamp set on page 223.  Yes, that one has been all over Pinterest and FB too, but I had to have it!

Hostess Code for Ordering

For those of you that place larger orders, you will earn Stampin’ Rewards for your order of $150 or more. The rewards increase (10% of your order) as you add more items.  You can go over the rewards total if you can’t get it to quite match up and the extra $ will be added to your order. This changed a year or so ago and I just love it!

But for those who place smaller orders, add this hostess code, BM6QYMGH, to your order (bottom left of the screen during checkout) and I will send you a gift for ordering with that code. I want you to benefit from your orders as well.  For those who order $150 and receive your own rewards, no problem, I will send you a gift too!

I appreciate all of you who order and keep the joy of paper crafting alive and share something handmade with your friends and family. We all love to receive cards and notes, right?!   As I love to say as I close my blog posts, Create Joy!

So, what do you think? Are we going to have fun this year? Of course we are!


Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by June 10 to receive this month’s kit, everything you need in one box for hours of fun! No clues from the home office yet on the theme. If I find out, I’ll be happy to pass the info along.

Once my order gets here I will be sharing card ideas and tips. I usually post more on my Facebook business page, so please be sure to “like” that page to see all the latest posts.

Create Joy, Deena


2017 – 2018 Catalog Launch June 1

The Big Day is here!

Thursday, June 1 is the big day… the launch of the new annual catalog.  I can’t wait for you to see all the new products and, of course, our favorites that are returning! You may have seen lots of samples so far on Pinterest or other Facebook pages so you have an idea of the fun stamping year ahead of us.

That’s the good news!

The bad news is that I had my catalog order loaded for all my customers that have ordered in 2016 – 2017 and when I checked it today to see if I added a catalog for a customer that purchased in person instead of online, my order was gone! I didn’t save it! I must admit April and May were crazy with business travel but I specifically checked the order on April 30 to make sure I entered it…how does a person that works with technology all day long forget the save/close button!!!  I wondered why all of you haven’t been emailing me to indicate how much you loved the new catalog when you received it! 😥

So today I placed an order for 2 bundles of catalogs and will be delivering them in person. They should be here next week. Unfortunately you will have to view the online catalog tomorrow until I can get a copy in your hands. For those of you that are out of town/state, I will get one in the mail as soon as I receive them!

Great idea

One of the leaders/demonstrators that I follow and take online class from, Lisa Pretto, had a great idea on one of her posts today…she shared her June 1 order list.  Since I wanted to take the time to update everyone on the catalog mishap, I don’t have my new catalog order put together yet. I’ll work on that for the weekend and share the items I’ll be ordering and the pages you can find them.  Then when we have a workshop, virtual party or card buffet (another new idea shared from the home office team!) you will have an idea of some of the stamps we’ll be working with first. I have some new stamp sets ordered from my preorders but I’ll send all in one list.

Hostess Code

For those of you that have placed large orders before, or hosted workshops, you know you can earn free product or hostess stamp sets with orders of $150 or more.  But for those of you that don’t need as much, I’ll create a hostess code for the month of June and then everyone that places an order online, and uses that code, will earn a free gift from me as a thank you for your order.


Stampin’ Up! is rewarding all hosts or hostesses of parties in June with even more rewards for parties with a total of $350 or more. Extra product, what’s not to love about that! If you are interested in hosting an event, in person or just an online catalog party, let me know and you can earn the extra $35 rewards!

Project Life

If you haven’t heard Project Life memory keeping is going away effective tomorrow, June 1.  Stampin’ Up! has enjoyed their contractual partnership with Becky of Project Life but will be ending that relationship.  Stampin’ Up! is introducing in the new catalog, MEMORIES and more, a similar system of card packs and pocket pages. I have loved what I have seen so far and am anxious to continue to put my pictures together in albums!

Paper Pumpkin

Join Paper Pumpkin during our “Creativity Starts Here” promotion and get 25% off your first 3 months! Skip to the fun and Stampin’ Up! will send—straight to your door—everything you need to make a fun, creative project. Join today at by visiting my site ( click here ), selecting me as your demonstrator and don’t forget to tell your friends about this great deal!

I think we were told June is an anniversary month and will be a special kit. I will keep you posted! Be sure to register by the 10th!

Join Paper Pumpkin today!

I am very excited about the possibilities with the new products and all the fun we can have.


As Sara has been sharing on Facebook, let the people who have made a difference in your life know that they are special to you. Make a card, Send a Card.  When you do, share it on my Facebook page using the hashtag #MakeACardSendACard  Let’s share our ideas and appreciation of others!

Visit my Facebook page by clicking here to share your cards, see card samples and videos or get more frequent updates!

Create joy, Deena

My Pre-Order Product Reveal from 2017-2018 Annual Catalog

Happy Easter!  I hope you had a lovely day. I FINALLY had the time to record my pre-order product reveal.  As a Stampin’Up! demonstrator who attended one of the many OnStage events around the world, I was able to place an early order of select items from the new catalog. The box arrived Thursday (I did 2 day ship of course!) but I finally had a minute to open it up!

I am still trying to coordinate the new tripod for my iPhone and record videos but I am still working on improvements. But you will get to see the new In Colors for 2017 – 2019 and some of the new product I could order.  I hope you enjoy it.  I will also be posting the retired items list in this post.  If there was an item that was on your wish list that you didn’t get around to ordering or a favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP) that you would like more of, order early!  The list advises you of items in the 2016-2017 annual catalog and the 2016 Occasions Catalog that will be going away. Don’t miss out!

Click on the link below to see the Retiring Products List.

Retiring_List_US April 2017

I hope you enjoy the video and I look forward to posting some pictures of some of the new products soon. (Traveling again this week, but I will try! I am hopeful May is a bit calmer than April has been!)

Share your love of paper crafting with others by creating a handmade card or note, it will mean the world to them!

Create joy, Deena

Sale-a-bration ending in a week!

Sale-a-bration ending in a week? How does the time go by so quickly?! We are in the final days of Sale-a-braton. Some items have sold out – the glitter paper and the adorable card tins – but Stampin’Up! has added new items for us to choose from.

So if you have been waiting, now is the time to order to be able to choose a free item (or more) with each $50 that you place.  Check out the Gallery, I posted some card ideas using the Make a Medallion stamp set. If you follow my Stampin’Up! business page on Facebook, I have posted a slide show of the two step process using Make a Medallion with the RIPL app.  (Ok, it was fun but I must admit I defaulted to that because all of my new technology got the best of me today and I gave up – I switched back to iPhone <SO HAPPY!!>, have a tripod for moving the phone camera around and a long stretchy arm thing for recording, but nothing was going right! So enjoy RIPL!)

The Occasions catalog will run until the end of May. In April the items that will be discontinued will be shared with all of us. If you wanted an item, especially the Easter items, I would order now. I hope to work on some Easter items this weekend, my stamp sets arrived this week!

I attend OnStage next weekend in Minneapolis and can’t wait to see the new Annual Catalog, the new In Colors (2015 – 2017 will be going away, so order your favorite colors in ink, ink refills and paper!). I don’t know where the year went and of course I didn’t get all the projects I wanted done, but we still have a couple of months!

Creating joy! Deena