Stampin’ Up! Blog Hop – Stampin’ Blends

Welcome to our Blog Hop and thank you for visiting my blog!  Our Theme tonight is Stampin’ Blends.

I used the Count My Blessings and Color Me Happy Stamp Sets along with a variety of Stampin’Up! Blends Markers to create my card.  My product list is below the links to hop from blog to blog.

I hope you enjoy my card and have fun as you hop along.

You came here from Ginny Harrell’s blog.  

Next on the list, is Christy Fulk. Visit her blog and enjoy her creation.



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Thank you for visiting my blog!

I am thankful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.   – Henry David Thoreau 

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Stamparatus is coming!

Stamp a what? That’s right, Stamparatus is coming! We had the good fortune to hear about and see the Stamparatus at OnStage last week before the marketing info was launched today (Monday).  It was so hard not to share the news online! It is going to be amazing, much better than other stamp placement tools by other vendors. 

I have posted a picture of what it looks like, the Customer Q/A for pre-order, and a video from Stampin’ Up! on using the Stamparatus. I have also posted a picture of the new Occasions Catalog which you will be receiving from me in December if you have ordered this year or attend Stamp Night. (If not, just send me a message with your address and I will add you to my list. Please do so by November 26 so that I can close my catalog order online by the end of the month.) 

FAQ’s – This is a long list but I want to be sure everyone is aware of the ordering details if they choose to participate in the pre-order beginning this Thursday, 11/16. 

One of the key points is that when the order is ready to ship in February we will receive an email that we can finalize our order. The good thing is that we will be able to add to the order if we would like to earn a Sale-a-bration item (Reminder – for every $50 we purchase, we choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration catalog). The Stamparatus will be $49 (US), so you will need to add a stamp set, paper or snail refill! 

Customer Stamparatus Launch Q & A
Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the
RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step
instructions, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on
the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any
given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our
warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets?
A: Yes.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will
then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment
and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add
other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We
will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to
complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your
Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you
would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the
number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability
depending on demand.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?
A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as
well as Stampin’ Up! branding.

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on
a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked
block or die or other instrument

Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a
particular activity or purpose
Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

Click here to watch the video regarding Stamparatus!

Finally, I had mentioned to those of you attending Stamp Night on Monday night that we were not able to show the catalog or products to you until December.  Well, I know we can show the cover (posted below), but I would be so tempted to open it up!  However, today I saw several demonstrators share products we received at OnStage on their Facebook pages. So just like this week’s pre-order by demonstrators or when the entire catalog goes live in December, if we have the product we can share it.  So during Wednesday night’s Facebook Live I will share the stamp sets I received and the cards we made in our make & take sessions. For those not on FB, I will share again in a blog post later this week.

If you haven’t this week, visit my demonstrator website to see the new logo and the awesome changes to the site. There are pictures or videos by each stamp set when you click on it for more details, design changes and lots more.  I really love it!  Click here!

You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.    – Nate Berkus

Create Joy! Deena

OnStage 2017 is over!

Stampin’Up! OnStage Conference was held in Salt Lake City Utah. But I am sad to say OnStage 2017 is over and it is time to head home. I loved spending time learning from Stampin’Up! Home office team and other demonstrators in our sessions, celebrating the joy of demonstrators accomplishing goals at levels big and small. Just attending, celebrating and visiting with some of the 2100 attending demonstrators was fun!

I know you know what else was fun…seeing the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Catalog, watching demonstrations of new product and receiving new products! I look forward to the new year and sharing them with you. I will be placing a pre-order and starting to play in December but we have so much time left to get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that will remain our focus for stamping for now! If you are a demonstrator on my team or fellow demonstrator that was unable to attend, I only have one word…WOW! Wait until Monday!

This will be short because I am writing the blog post on my phone at the hotel, preparing to leave in the a.m. I would like to post a couple of pictures. One of them is my first chance to “walk the stage” for my 5 year Stampin’Up! Anniversary. I miss blogging and sharing with you, but prepping for OnStage and some other personal events kept me busy. I will try to get back at it this week! I will also likely post a Facebook Live in the next couple of days of some of the amazing swaps I received. We may work on a couple of them at Monday’s Stamp Night.

This marked the beginning of the Stampin’Up! 30 year anniversary so it will be a great year ending with OnStage in Orlando next November. Local OnStage will be in Milwaukee (closest for me) in April, consider joining and attending with me! We’ll be seeing the new Annual Catalog at that event. I know it is bound to be exciting!

Stampin’Up! Mission/Statement of the Heart – To love what we do, share what we love as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference! 

Create Joy! Deena

Color Combo Blog Hop

Color Combo Blog Hop


I love Stampin’ Up! demonstrator blog hops! Our challenge was to create a card using the Stampin’ Up! colors of Melon Mambo, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist. I thought the Paisleys and Posies stamp set would be a perfect set with these colors. 

We have a small group today because so many Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are preparing for OnStage in Salt Lake City (I am so excited!) but I hope you enjoy the cards that you have seen. To hop back to the beginning of the hop and see Elisabeth’s post again, click on the image below.  The products I used are listed below that link.

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Color Me Happy Project Bundle

It was a dreary rainy Saturday morning so it felt like a great time to unwrap and play with the Color Me Happy Project Bundle. This stamp set and card project kit were designed for use with the new Stampin’ Blends. I posted the Thank You card on my Facebook page Saturday a.m. and said I would make the other three designs as demonstrated in the project kit flyer, but I only made it through one more following Stampin’ Up! guidelines. It’s just too hard not to play and add a personal style or tweak to the cards, just as I do with Paper Pumpkin each month. 

I really love the Stampin’ Blends but feel I have to practice a bit more with shading. They are so easy to work with though, it was very relaxing!  Visit my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website (Click Here) to see all the Stampin’ Blend color options or watch the Stampin’ Up! video on YouTube to learn more about the blending markers and the Color Me Happy project kit. Click here for YouTube.  

This is a picture of the cards as designed. I didn’t change too much. I wanted a colorful “Oh Hello” instead of black and I added an extra flower to the “So Happy For You” card. I will have them available to practice as one of the card choices for November 13 stamp night.  (Please let me know if you are planning to attend.)

I will be busy working on swaps for On Stage in Salt Lake City but will post again before leaving and then again from Salt Lake City.  I am so excited to see the new products for 2018!

The best thing you can do when it is raining is to let it rain.    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Introducing Stampin’ Blends!

Happy November, wow, how did that happen?!  The beginning of the month and we have a brand new item to share with you.  I mentioned them in October but they are now available and I finally had some time to experiment so that I could share them with you.  My Stamping – Short and Sweet weekly Facebook Live featured the blending markers and some of the ways I was coloring with them.  I put the items together in a picture to share here but if you have access to Facebook, you will be able to listen to some of the tips I shared.  I am sure we will be learning more as demonstrators create and share things they have learned. 

I used two retired stamps that were introduced in the time frame of the original markers. I loved them with the blenders then so I wanted to use them again. So Pretty!  Then I stamped leaves using Memento Black ink (recommended so that it will prevent bleeding of the colors when you use the blending markers) and Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  I love using the blending markers on the dark leaves!

I would also like to share the Stampin’ Up! video on YouTube featuring the Color Me Happy bundle, stamps and card project kit.  I ordered the bundle today so we will each be able to work with a card during Stamp Night on November 13 after I return home from Convention. I am sure they will feature the Stampin’ Blends and share lots of tips with us.

Click here to learn about the Color Me Happy Card Kit

Each Stampin’ Blend marker can be purchased individually @ $4.50 or the Combo pack (light and dark of each color) @ $9.00.   You can purchase the entire set of 27 markers for $121.50.  A great way to purchase the whole set is to join my team as a demonstrator. You can join and order $125 in product for $99. To maintain status and get the best discount on your product you will need to order $300 a quarter.  But the good news is that by joining during 4th quarter of 2017  (Oct – Dec) the quarter we are already in, you have until March 2018 (end of 1st quarter).  We will be receiving the new Occasions Catalog next week and all new demonstrators are able to pre-order in December.  Wouldn’t that be exciting! Just send me a note if you would like to discuss this further. I would love to have you on my team!

Click here to visit my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website to see all the color options, information regarding the Color Me Happy project kit, stamp set or Bundle pricing for the kit and stamps.  My bundle should arrive on Friday so I will try to post some of the cards this weekend.

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.       – Robert Fulghum, author All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Create Joy! Deena

Happy Halloween & Thank You!


I did it, I made it to October 31 and completed my 31 Day Blog Challenge.  So, Happy Halloween & Thank You!

I loved the challenge of writing every day and creating cards and posts to share with you.  It was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks to all of you for reading and following along. I am especially thankful to those of you who took the time to comment either in a post or by replying to the email you receive. I can’t tell you how much it means to receive feedback and comments.  Thank you to each of you!

I will continue to blog but not every day like this month. It will probably be 3 – 4 days a week just because there will be so much going on and new things to share with you from now until after the New Year. The new Stampin’ Blends will be available this week, November 1 and I will be attending Convention in early November and hearing about the new catalogs and products. Of course, we are still making cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. I won’t be able to share information regarding the new catalogs right away but as soon as we can I’ll be excited to share so that you can begin planning for January and the best sale of the year, Sale-a-bration! 

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So enjoy all the little ghosts and goblins for Halloween but please be sure to keep pets inside and safe, all the excitement can be upsetting to them.

Double double toil and trouble;  Fire burn and cauldron bubble.    – William Shakespeare

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Whole Lot of Lovely

I hope you enjoyed my slight departure from daily Stampin’ Up! posts regarding my theatre day this weekend. Unfortunately Les Miserables ended but if it returns, make sure to see it.  It is probably my favorite musical so I was so happy to see it before it ended.  To have the opportunity to stay and see Hamilton at night was amazing! It may have taken a top spot on my favorite list. It is awesome, if you live in Illinois make sure to see it before it leaves Chicago in March.  It is crazy how fast time is flying by and one other thing you don’t want to miss is the end of the Buy Three, Get One Free Designer Series Paper special.  It ends on Tuesday, October 31.  I will post the papers that can be ordered as part of the special below.  But today, I am featuring one of the designs from Whole Lot of Lovely DSP. This flower pattern is one of my favorite of the designs. 

For those new to Stampin’ Up! 12×12 Designer Series Paper packs, there are 12 sheets, 2 sheets of each of 6 double-sided designs (unless it is a foil sheet, then single-sided). The Paper Stacks, such as the Wood Textures DSP stack including in this special, are different. They have 48 sheets, four 6×6 sheets each of 12 double-sided designs. 

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Click here to visit my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator site for a list of all the papers available and an ability to see the designs for each pack. 

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.   Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Create Joy! Deena

 

Les Mis and Hamilton

Guess what I am doing today, Saturday, Les Mis and Hamilton! If you haven’t figured it out, I write the post in the evening for the next day to post at 6 a.m   So, we had tickets for Les Mis at the Cadillac and decided to walk over to CIBC to see if there were tickets for Hamilton for the night! You can buy anything online!

So no one can say I am not spontaneous!!

Enjoy life

and

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Peace on Earth

I combined Peace on Earth from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Bethlehem Edgelit Dies to create my favorite Christmas Card so far this year! I absolutely love this card! I want to try several variations of the Night of Bethlehem stamp set and the Edgelit Dies with the sentiment.  

I used Gold Foil Sheets to create the Bethlehem background and the Christmas Star.  There are many beautiful sentiments in the Night of Bethlehem stamp set but I think it is perfect with “Peace on Earth”.  This is certainly a message that I pray for and a sentiment we all need to share more. 

I can vision this combination of stamp and Edgelit dies used with so many of our pretty cardstock colors but I love Tranquil Tide as the background and for the figures of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem. 

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O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight.     

– Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) wrote these words in 1868 after a trip to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine.

Create Joy! Deena