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Exciting News From Stampin’ Up!

Trimmer Blades in Stock 6/27!!!

Good news! We’ve received a shipment of Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blades (item #126695), and this item will become available to order on Thursday, June 27th at 10:00 am MT. If you need blades, you will want to place an order right at 10:00 am MT. I anticipate that they will sell out in under an hour. I plan to set an alarm on my phone so I don’t miss this! Orders will be limited to 3 sets per person. 
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Holiday Stamps on the Clearance Rack

Stampin’ Up! is adding stamps to the clearance rack!! This is an unprecedented event. Stamps have been on the retiring sale, but never offered as clearance items.  I was on the fence about the So Santa set, but now I have to have  it - it would be perfect for making cards with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit! Which set will you add to your order?

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Bonus Days Are Back!

During the month of July, for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you will earn a coupon for $5 that you can redeem in August. There is no limit to the number of coupons you can earn on a single order or during the Bonus Days earning period.  You will need to provide your email when you order so Stampin’ Up! can send you an email with your coupon code(s).


July Paper Pumpkin

I am super excited about the July Paper Pumpkin kit! This kit has cards that coordinate with the Woven Threads, Garden Lane and Come Sail Away Suites in the Annual catalog. There are nine full sized cards included in the kit - one design for each suite theme. I love that you can mix and match the kit with the products in the catalog giving you more creative options! Subscribe by July 10th to get your kit - you won’t want to miss this one!!

You Can Stamp the Wood Butterfly Elements!

Did you know you can stamp and sponge on the wood butterfly elements?

I inked my stamp with Blackberry Bliss and then placed the butterfly on the stamp. I left it on for several seconds so the wood could absorb the ink. After that I sponged Highland Heather over the stamped image. I think darker colors would show up best.

This gives so many more options for using the butterflies!

Best of all, this card features three free Sale-A-Bration gifts - the Butterfly Elements, the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack, and the gorgeous Botanical Butterfly designer series paper. These are my favorite SAB items!


Happy Stamping!

Christy Frank

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January Simple Stamping Challenge

January Simple Stamping Challenge

Stampin’ Up! is getting back to the heart of stamping by challenging us to create simple cards using mainly paper, ink and stamps. Each month there will be a challenge with specific guidelines to follow.  January’s challenge is to make a Valentine’s card using only paper, ink, and stamps.  A punch may be used, but it isn’t necessary.

I am going to be perfectly honest, while I love the look of simple clean cards, the idea of making is difficult for me. When I see all the supplies Stampin’ Up! carries, my mind starts spinning with ideas to use the pretty papers, embellishments and ribbon.  I rarely if ever see a stamp set and think to use only a stamped image on a card.

So, I cleared off my workspace, got out the Meant To Be stamp set and chose Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick and Petal Pink inks.  I love to make my own DSP so I took the three smallest heart stamps and they made a sweet fun patterned paper for my card. The card came together quickly and I was pleasantly surprised that I could make a cute card without a lot of fuss!

Now I challenge you to participate in the January #simplestamping challenge!  I would love to see what you make so message me a with a photo of your simple Valentine’s card!!

Happy Stamping!

Card Recipe

Cut List:
  • Flirty Flamingo - 8.5” x 5.5”, scored at 4.25” in the 8.5” side; 2” x 3” for sentiment
  • Whisper White - 4” x 5.25”
  • Lovely Lipstick - .5” x 5.25”


Starting with the largest of the 3, randomly stamp the heart on the Whisper White card front. Be sure to angle the heart in different directions and stamp some off the edge of the card front. This will give an organic look. To keep spacing between the images looking right, start with the largest image first and work down to the smallest. I used Flirty Flamingo for the largest heart - I love the striped detail of this heart! Using Lovely Lipstick ink, I followed the same process to stamp the heart with the doodles. I used Petal Pink to stamp the smallest heart. I stamped the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick on the 2 x 3 Flirty Flamingo cardstock and then punched that out using the Pretty Label Punch. I added a heart in Flirty Flamingo on each side of the sentiment to finish the sentiment label.


Adhere the .5 x 5.25 strip of Lovely Lipstick so that it divides the stamped card front in half horizontally.  Adhere the sentiment centered on the Lovely Lip Stick strip.  And you are done!

Sale-A-Bration Is Here!!!

This is the best time of the year!  Here are the benefits of Sale-A-Bration:

  • Earn free stamps and accessories with every purchase of $50 or $100. Checkout my store to see the all the gifts!
  • Earn an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards when you host a party with $250 or more in order
  • Join my team and get additional products in your starter kit - with option 1 you get $175 in product for $99 or with option 2 you get the exclusive Craft & Carry tote and $175 in product for $129!  I welcome hobbyists who just want to enjoy the demonstrator discount as well as those wanting build a part or full time business.

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Spectrum Pad in Fall Cards

Fall is my favorite season!  When I saw the Spectrum pad in the annual catalog, I knew I had to have it to make fall cards. I inked my pad with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, and Cajun Craze. As you can see, I went a little crazy stamping all sorts of leaves!! It was a lot of fun to mix and match stamps from different sets. In the samples below, I used the limited-edition Color Your Season bundle, Rooted in Nature bundle and Color Seasons stamps and coordinating dies.
Card #1

I wanted to make my own DSP using the Rainbow Spectrum Pad, but it didn't turn out as planned. My idea was to use the diamond mask to stamp onto paper which didn't work. When I stamped the pad over the mask, nothing showed on the card stock. I suspect that the mask was too thick for the felt pad to reach the paper. Not to be discouraged, I misted the mask and then laid the card stock onto the mask to create this lattice look DSP. Misting the mask really helped the inks to blend out on the paper. I just love happy accidents! I stamped the leaf cluster in the Blended Seasons stamp set randomly onto Whisper White card stock for the top portion of the card. I misted the solid leaves before stamping them. The detailed leaves and accents were tapped directed onto the Spectrum Pad. I used my Stampin' Blends to color the rhinestones and added some gold thread to give the card some bling.

 Card #2

This card came together quickly! I used the leaf cluster from the Rooted in Nature set. Stamping the leaves was super easy. I just picked different parts of the Rainbow Spectrum Pad to be sure to have a variety of color. To form the wreath, I used the two largest circle dies and made a ring to adhere the leaves. I love the way the long sentiment showcases the color range in the ink pad!

Card #3

The first thing that I did after inking my Spectrum pad was putting direct to paper and dragging it across to make stripes. I like the end result, but it took several passes to cover! I think glossy or shimmery white paper would work better and use less ink. When stamping some of the leaves, I misted the stamp after inking it to help blend the color. I like the effect when I was able to get a super fine mist which keeps the detail of the stamp while allowing the colors to blend more. I used the speckle stamp from the Waterfront set to emboss gold specks on the leaves. It is hard to see in the picture, but I layered vellum, then a gold strip, and then tied these with twine and topped it with the gold embossed sentiment. To tie the gold together, I matted the card with gold foil. The card was still missing something, so I added the little flourish accents from the new Stitched Seasons dies. So far, this card is my favorite using the Spectrum Pad. Please leave me a comment below to tell me which is your favorite!

Card #4

This card did not turn out as I envisioned. It is the result of a lot of trial and error. The Rooted in Nature stamp set is one of my favorites in the new catalog. It is the whole reason that I inked my Rainbow Spectrum Pad with fall colors. The trees were lovely stamped in autumn colors. I wanted a trifold card that revealed a forest changing color. I used the Stitched Seasons large die to frame my forest. I used the Waterfront stamp set to ground my trees and painted a Balmy Blue wash for sky. To create depth, I stamped off some trees in the distance. Then I layered the die cut images over this by gluing two directly on the card and then popping the center tree on Dimensionals. The card opens upward and then down for the trifold effect. I used the trunk on the center tree to keep the frame in place. It worked perfectly. My issue was the frame took so much card stock that my card was not functioning the way I wanted. So, I cut it down and attached it to another base and made a stand so the card will stay upright when closed. It was definitely a challenge, but all in all it didn't turn out too bad!


Don't miss out on the Color Your Season Limited Time Products!

I am in love with the new Belnded Seasons bundle!  It is so versatile. It covers birthdays, holidays, weddings, all occasion - the possiblities are endless.  Have you been hoping for more colors of watercolor pencils? This offer includes a new set of pencils in 10 fabulous colors. These products are only available in August while supplies last - get yours today!

Bonus Days are back!!!

For every $50 you spend in August, you will earn $5 to spend in September! What a great way to save on all the new items in our Holiday catalog!!

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July DSP Special!

The Petal Promenade DSP is one of my favorites in the new catalog!  I love cottage roses so this paper speaks to my heart.  The real beauty is that the paper doesn't need a lot to make a special card!  These cards came together quickly and they are quite stunning if I do say so myself!

Wishing You All The Best

Cut List:
Base - Petal Pink 5 1/2" x 8", scored at 3 3/4" to leave a 1/2" on back of card
Petal Promenade DSP - 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"
Strip of Soft Seafoam CS 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Scalloped Border Strip from Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut DSP

The sentiment "Wishing You All The Best" is from the new Blended Seasons stamp set available in August.  It is stamped in Petal Pink on a laser cut label from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.

Using Tombo glue the detailed scallop border to the edge of the card front.  Next, glue the Petal Promenade DSP to the card front. Thread the Soft Seafoam strip through the laser cut label.  It is hard to tell in the photo, but the label is arched slightly and has a double layer of dimensionals in the center and single layer on either side of the double layer.  This will help keep the arched shape.  Center the label on the Soft Seafoam strip and use Tombo or snail to adhere to the card base, but only at the edges.  Next, trim out the center of a Pearlized Doily and then arrange it under the sentiment. I preferred not to use a full circle and cut mine into two wedges.  I adhered the doily with Tombo and added an extra bit under the Soft Seafoam strip to secure it once the doily pieces were in place.


I added two Artisan Pearls in Petal Pink to the label and that was all the embellishment the card needed!

Petal Promenade Gift Card

Cut List:
Base - Highland Heather 3 1/4" x 6 1/2", Scored at 3 1/4"
Petal Pink Mat - 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Petal Promenade Rose Frame DSP - 3" x 3"

Stamp the rose cluster from the Petal Palette stamp set in Highland Heather and again in Mossy Meadow.  Using an aqua painter, pull out the color from the border of the stamped image.  Stamp the "For You" image from the Blended Seasons stamp set in the lower left side of the frame.

Adhere the Petal Promenade Frame to the Petal Pink Mat and then adhere this to the card base. Trim out the roses and leaves.  Arrange the roses in the upper right edge of the floral frame and pop them up on dimensionals.  Glue the leaves directly to to the base tucked under the roses.

I added three Artisan Pearls in Petal Pink to finish off this gift card!

Don't miss out on the July DSP Sale!
Check out all the fun patterns! Which packs will you choose?