Today is the day – the new Occasions & SAB Catalogs!

A new catalog is always exciting!  Today is the day – the new Occasions & SAB Catalogs!  That’s right, January 3 at Midnight MST (3 a.m. EST), the catalogs will be live online and you can place your orders.  Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-a-bration items for every $50 you order from the Occasions or Annual catalogs.

One of my favorite items in the new catalog is Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. The Silver Foil added to each sheet creates an elegant and textured look to each design. 

This is a card sample, using that DSP, that I created after seeing a similar card that a demonstrator posted from a card swap. Unfortunately she didn’t list who created the card, so I can’t provide kudos for such a sweet card.  The Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates deep impression on the card stock. I added more sparkle by applying some of the new glitter epoxy shapes to a few impressions.

I’ll post the Product List at the end of the post each day.  It might be easier if viewing the posts in email to see all the updates, then the product list.  Let me know if you prefer this.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time, let me know if you need a copy of the catalog!

Paper Pumpkin Red Box Challenge

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, or were in the past,  take the Red Box Challenge!

Put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit—or buy a past kit that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge before January 31 and you will be entered into a random drawing to win Paper Pumpkin’s March kit, AND the winners of the drawing will get the kit before anyone else!

You can see the contest details by clicking HERE

Update on Stamp Night Dates

I must have been looking at the 2017 section of my planner! The dates I provided were Tuesdays!  The options are Monday, January 15  OR   Monday, January 29.   So far, I have 1 Jan 29 and 1 no preference, others responses were unable to attend or questions about my mistake!  Thanks for catching that!

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!  – Albert Einstein

Create Joy! Deena

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I am grateful for your support and encouragement – whether it was liking a post on Facebook or Instagram, responding to a post with a comment or attending a Stamp Night during 2017.  I wish each of you and your families a very Happy New Year and a year full of creativity and fun!

Isn’t this an adorable card?! I saw the idea on our demonstrator Facebook page by fellow demonstrator, Nadine Schweda.  She used a pretty light blue for the 2018 and a lighter cardstock background so I thought I would try it with Navy numbers. The pandas are one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets which you can order FREE with a $50 order from the new Occasions or the Annual catalog beginning on January 3rd.

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So, make a 2018 goal to spend more time creating – whether it is stamping, memory keeping/scrapbooking or coloring (with our great watercolor pencils or our new Stampin’ Blends markers).  I’d love to have you join us for a Stamp Night.  I’ve only heard back from one person so far – whether to meet Jan 16 or Jan 30, so please let me know what will work for you.

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Again, Happy New Year!

Create Joy! Deena

Goodbye 2017 and Getting Ready for 2018

It’s hard to believe we are saying Goodbye to 2017 and Getting Ready for 2018 today!  Where has the month gone, especially this past week between Christmas and New Years!  For those following along on Facebook you know I was really under the weather and not able to post very much and certainly not in the mood for stamping. (I know, hard to believe!) I got a bit more energy back today and the medicine is helping with the cough. So here’s hoping for a better 2018!

There are so many great new products in the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs so I am excited to try to share many of the new products I have purchased so far.  Before we start talking about the new catalog, let’s not forget that we are in the final days of the Holiday catalog and retiring items.  We have until January 2 to order any of these items, then January 3 they go away and you can begin ordering from the new catalogs.  If you didn’t receive a new catalog, let me know and I’ll be happy to send one to you.

I’ll be placing my final order about 3 p.m. on New Years Eve. If you can pick up your items here and want to save on the minimum shipping costs, just let me know by 2 p.m. CST. I’d be happy to add the items to my order. 

Click here to see Year End Specials!

One of the stamp sets I was very excited to receive and create with is the Heartfelt Blooms.  Stampin’ Up! is introducing a new type of stamp (patent pending) that lays down ink at different opacities giving the finished product more depth and detail, almost like a photograph.  I did learn in creating this card that the stamp pad needs to have sufficient ink. 

Needless to say, I will be stocking up on a few colors of Stampin’ Refills so that I can liven up some of my stamp pads.  After trying Old Olive (it needs refreshing!) I knew some of my new In Colors were going to have the most ink and were a color I wanted to play with (I’m SO over working with Real Red and Garden Green – HA!). 

I am so happy with the end result and anxious to play with more colors and card designs.  Isn’t it beautiful! The detail on the stamp is amazing.  This is the Sale-a-bration catalog so it’s an item that can only be ordered FREE when you place an order of $50 or more from the new Occasions catalog or the Annual catalog.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post there are also sets (new thinlets and a stamp set with more stamps in the set) that can be ordered with a $100 order. You can get two FREE $50 items too but don’t forget to check out the 2 $100 items.  About half way through Sale-a-bration some new items will be introduced. There will be plenty of FREE items to order!

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We were going to target the last Monday of the month as stamp night which I was thinking would be January 23 but two things came up: 1) I was advised I have to travel January 23-27 on a business trip and 2) that wasn’t the last Monday of the month anyway.  So my preference is for January 16 but we could meet on January 30.

Please reply to the email if you receive this blog post that way and let me know which Monday evening you would prefer:  Jan 16   or Jan 30   

If you are viewing this post online, you can email me at [email protected] or use the Contact Me link at the top of the website.

Create Joy! Deena 

Are you working on your wish list?

Are you working on your wish list?

Have you received your Occasions Catalog? Are you working on your wish list?   You may have noticed that the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalog did not provide my email or web address. We received an email from Stampin’Up! regarding the error on the SAB. They stated that the Occasions catalog correctly provided the info. So hopefully you have all the info you need.

If you don’t have a Catalog  (or demonstrator), let me know and I would be happy to drop off a catalog or mail one to you.

I posted a product reveal during Wednesday’s Facebook Live – Stamping Short and Sweet. If you didn’t see it, go to my Stampin’Up! business page if you would like to view it. I have another new product order coming Monday. I will start using the new product so that you can see it before the placing your first order in January. My next order should be here on Tuesday (maybe maybe Monday) so I will share more product during the week.

Paper Pumkin – December kit

I opened up and started creating with the new Paper Pumpkin. I made one as designed but I think this will be a kit that I will enjoy making alternate cards or variations.

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring and Discounted items on my website. I will post (or repost) some cards using some of the Retiring sets that I have this week so that you can see them again.

Creativity takes courage.  – Henri Matisse

Create Joy! Deena


It’s Free Shipping Monday!

It’s Free Shipping Monday

That’s right! It’s Free Shipping Monday at Stampin’ Up!  What a great time to check out the Retired and Discounted List on my website or just to restock basic supplies!

One of the stamp sets being carried over is the adorable Hearts Come Home Stamp Set and Edgelits. These cute little houses in the Stamp Set can be used on other cards after Christmas too!

I might take a break from Christmas cards this week, well posting anyway, I am still working on my card idea!  My Occasions Catalog order will be here Monday or Tuesday so I will be  anxious to start playing with the new items. My Facebook Live on Weds night will likely share something from my order.

Have a great Monday. Instead of a quote, enjoy this inspiration.

Create Joy! Deena




What’s staying, what’s not

What’s staying, what’s not…it’s time for Stampin’ Up! to announce items that are going away, from the Holiday Catalog and those that are staying. I know, crazy right?! We just start making our Christmas cards. Well, you might be done, but I have to still make mine!  I’ve been busy with a private stamp party, a Holiday vendor fair and Christmas Card workshop here in my craft area!  But in the world of selling items, we are already focused on the new catalog that you will be able to order from in January. I can’t show you the inside of the catalog yet, only items I have purchased and created with. I have a few items and an order on the way, so stay tuned!  Also, if you have ordered, your catalog will be on the way soon!

But, back to the Holiday Catalog… because I was busy with all those events, I have only posted on Facebook. So if you aren’t aware from visiting my site, Retired and Discounted items have been listed. They are while supplies last, so be sure to order.  I am sure as we get close to the end of the month, some of those items on Retired will go to Discounted, but if you really love it, I would order now. 

The Christmas Quilt is a stamp set that is retiring. I wasn’t going to order it but then saw so many pretty cards with it, I thought it would carry over. I am very surprised it is retiring! I can’t show you some of the Christmas designs I saw on Pinterest and worked with, because they were made in our Christmas Card workshop on Monday and I wouldn’t want to spoil a Christmas card surprise if you will be receiving one from one of my stampers. I also wanted to show the versatility of the card for other than Christmas cards.  The inspiration was the afghan blankets my grandmother (Noni) used to crochet, she used the pattern that had all the little colorful squares (granny squares?) attached together. So while not a quilt, I thought I would give it a try.  The framelit cuts out the outer edge of the flower and then I mixed and played with the inside petals. I would make it different the next time, probably a smaller Stitched Shapes framelit square so I could use a regular 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card base. I had to cut and score a bit odd to fit the squares, but here it is anyway. 

The Painted Harvest set is going to be carried over, it was an extremely popular stamp set in the Holiday Catalog! We used it (and shared in previous posts) for autumn cards but I have seen holiday wreaths made, so I thought I would try that. I layered the top layer a few more times, slightly moving it, to make the wreath look fuller.  I have listed all the products used below.

So, click on this link and then click on the Year End Sales Event to see the list of items that are retiring.  Click here

Product List – Christmas Quilt

Product List – Painted Harvest Christmas Wreath

Stay tuned, I will continue to post some holiday ideas but I will begin to share some of the products from the new catalog.  January is an exciting month because we can order all the new products but also it is the beginning of Sale-a-bration, the best opportunity to order FREE product from Stampin’ Up!   For every $50 ordered, you select an item from the Sale-a-bration catalog but this year for every $100, you can either select 2 of the $50 options or one of the $100 options. It’s wonderful to have options. I will share some of the SAB items as soon as mine arrive!

I look forward to posting more again. The weekend was fun (but exhausting!) and I realized that stamping at Stamp Nights and blogging is more enjoyable for me. I love sharing ideas and stamping products with you! 

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Create Joy! Deena


Year End Sales Event starts now

The Year End Sales Event starts now! Wow, so many items I thought would carry over! The items are grouped in two categories on the website Discounted and Retiring. The Retiring will likely be Discounted eventually but there is probably limited supply so Stampin’ Up! will see if they sell them first. Items are while supplies last. It’s hard to believe we are just finally making our cards and items are now going away. This is the time to order!

Some of the items on carry over list are Painted Harvest, Labels to Love and Hearts Come Home Stamp Set. Also the new Leaf and Everyday Label punches.

Click on the Shop button on this page, then the Year End Sales Event to beginning reviewing the items on the two links for Discounted and Retiring.

Holiday shopping!

Create Joy! Deena

Online Extravaganza – Cyber Monday Free Shipping

Hello! Just a quick post to update those that have not heard!  Stampin’ Up! Has announced for Online Extravaganza – Cyber Monday Free Shipping!

Just need a few supplies or still working on your Christmas Card order, today is your day!

As a reminder, I am finalizing my order for the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration flyer this week. If you have ordered this year or attend Stamp Night you will receive one. If you are new to this blog, have been busy or just in a stamping slump, just reply to this email and I will be sure to add to you to the mailing. They will ship in December so that you can start building your wish list for January and the start of Sale-a-bration!

Have a great day!

Create Joy! Deena


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.

My Product List:

Thank you for visiting my blog!

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

Create Joy! Deena

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