Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all who are receiving this in email or viewing the post on my website. I hope you had a marvelous day.  We celebrate our independence and no matter how much we disagree or have opposing views, the fact is that we can have them. We can have civil (well, most of us!) discussions and debates, and are all free to believe what we choose.  Men and women have fought to protect that right and there are men and women who continue to fight to defend that freedom (my nephew included!). I am forever grateful that my grandparents were immigrants to the US!

In honor of that celebration, I created this card today (on the 4th, some of you are seeing this on Thursday, the 5th via email). A fellow demonstrator saw the card, or something similar, on Pinterest and shared it. I’ve seen a couple of versions so far. We all see ideas, share our creations and then change it slightly based on our style or personality. 

The card uses the Waterfront stamp set and the Celebrate framelit in silver glimmer paper.  I also added a star and then used pearl embellishments instead of embossing stars or using silver glitter. 

I have a personal update before I share some Stampin’Up! news for July.  I am going to continue to post cards and updates on this blog, Facebook and Instagram.  Facebook and Instagram are the easiest and I love to post there! I mentioned once before that I was trying to find a difference between email newsletters and my blog posts. So after this blog post in email, I am going to turn off the connection to the email.  You have the link from the email, so check in weekly and you will see the new blog posts. I am working on ideas for my stamping, journaling and newsletters so if you stay on my list, you will see new items when I am ready to send them. I hope you will follow along all these places.

July Special Promotion – Designer Series Paper

 What a great time to buy some of our new DSP. Buy three and get one free (equal or lesser value on the list). Check out this link to see the DSP listed below. I know you will love them!

New Stampin’ Blends Colors Are Here!

I placed an order for most of the new colors last week, I can’t wait to try them. I’ll get the rest this month.  I used Stampin’ Blends to color the flower and leaves on this card. I saw a technique by an artist for another company on Facebook last night that I thought was so pretty and very easy! She simply stamped a flower image and then outlined the stamp vs. coloring it with watercolor pencils or blending tools. I used the flower image from Petal Palette stamp set because of the dark bold lines.  I like the way it turned out but I would like to order other flower images and try again.

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Stay tuned later this month a new stamp set and framelit bundle was made available to demonstrators on the 1st.  (Of course I ordered it!) Customers will be able to pre-order, while supplies last, in August. So far Stampin’Up! is only saying the stamp set might carry over to a catalog.  It will be great for general sentiments as well as Fall and Holiday greetings. I will share details as soon as I receive the bundle.

Another card in honor of the 4th that I created for my nephew, the stamp is by Tim Holtz. 

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes

Create Joy! Deena

Welcome Little One to this world!

Welcome Little One to this world!  What an adorable way to send a baby welcome than with the new Animal Outing Stamp Set.  It is such a sweet set and the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper helps create cute backgrounds, trims, patterns to fussy cut or use in scrapbook pages. 

We are so excited waiting for our first baby in the family. My niece Maureen and her husband Ben are waiting for Baby Holmes on July 1, so you may be seeing a lot of baby cards as I play and experiment with different cards! I can’t wait!

Animal Expedition DSP is one of the papers that will be offered in the Buy 3 get 1 Free special in July. Take a look online or in the catalog (stamp set and DSP on page 27 of the Annual Catalog) to start planning all the ways you will use this paper!

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ba-by  (noun) A little bit of heaven sent down to earth

Create Joy! Deena

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


Pumpkin latte please!

I turned the news on to see the weather forecast for the weekend, we’re going to get cooler weather in Illinois beginning Sunday.  I’ll take a Pumpkin latte please! 

I am really in the mood for Fall weather and sweaters. I have enjoyed the cool nights the past week or so. So, today’s card has lots of Fall colors and falling leaves.

I used the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper as the swirling background on Pumpkin Pie cardstock. This is one of the Designer Series Paper selections in the Buy 3, get 1 Free until the end of the month.  Click here to see the other DSP selections. 

I love the Merry Cafe stamp set with a nice mix of stamps for Fall and Winter coffee breaks. I used the leaf thinlets from the Seasonal Layers Thinlet Dies. 

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Paper Pumpkin Update

If you liked yesterday’s October Paper Pumpkin Holiday Shaker Card, let me know if you want a kit.  For the first time ever, instead of refill kits to subscribers, we will be allowed to order entire kits.  This means the stamp set will be included. It has gotten such great reviews, the Stampin’ Up! team is allowing us to order complete sets.  They will be available to us on Monday, October 23 but I don’t expect inventory to last very long. 

Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.    – Albert Camus

Create Joy! Deena

Happy Stampin’ Up! New Year!

Happy Stampin’ Up! New Year!  That’s right October is the start of a new year for us.  I also just celebrated my 5 year anniversary and so, this year I am hoping to hold more events, sharing stamping with more people and grow my Stampin’ Up! business.  And with your help, whether you stamp or just share my business with others that you know, my goal is to earn the Greek Isles Incentive Trip. 

Earning the cruise is a HUGE goal, an unlikely goal, but all my reading and focus on success and positive thinking assure me that if you don’t set a goal and take steps to accomplish it, then you don’t even have a chance. Greece has always been on my bucket list, so why not set that goal this year. At the least I will have fun, just like I have the past few months, doing something I love! 

I appreciate your support, no matter what form it comes in!  Until last year I was definitely my best customer but during the 2016-2017 year I decided to get more engaged in social media with my stamping and as a result have met so many new people like each of you!  So, 2017-2018 is going to be an exciting year!

World Stamping Day Oct 7

World Stamping Day is October 7 this year.  To celebrate WSD, Stampin’ Up! has offered 15% off 5×3.5 Note Cards and Envelopes and select stamp sets.  In addition, if you purchase Fast Fuse Adhesive, Stampin’ Up! will give you 2 FREE REFILLS! I must admit, I am a Snail Adhesive user but I think I just have to practice with Fuse, it is a great option for heavier layers or where extra strength is needed.

This special is only available October 1 – 10!

Check out the WCMD flyer and two samples of cards using the stamp sets that are on sale.  Don’t forget in my last blog post I shared Designer Series Papers (DSP) that are on sale – Buy 3 get one free – these cards are using DSP that is on sale from October 1 – 31.

Don’t forget as part of a challenge in one of the seminars I am taking, I will be trying to blog every day in October. Wish me luck! 

Create joy, Deena


Cubs and October – it’s going to be magical!

What fun this Fall is going to be! Cubs and October – it’s going to be magical.  Cubs just clinched the title tonight for the National League Central Division  (October play off fun!) and October is the start of the Stampin’ Up! new year!  The new year brings lots of fun specials and even some new products (more to come on that very soon!) 

As a reminder I will be blogging every day in October (as part of a training challenge – shorter daily updates and card ideas).  It will be a great way to keep you up to date on all the specials and news. And I will share cute card ideas for all the upcoming holidays!

As a first update on the new year, October will be a great month to try Designer Series Paper  that you haven’t ordered yet!  By popular demand, Stampin’ Up! is bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. During October, buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. Select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks are on sale too!  See the list below.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

More updates on Saturday morning as we get ready to kick off a fun month!

Create Joy! Deena