Designer Series Paper Alternative – Gift Wrap

Greetings my stamping friends! I spent a little more time in my crafting space over the last few days finalizing my Christmas cards and “wrapping” some gifts for friends and family. I should be packing up my large collection of crafting tools so we can have our carpets cleaned this week, but fun time first, right!?!

I am giving several family members a surprise gift which is flat and I didn’t want to use a box or a bag this year. Instead I decided to create ENVELOPES to “wrap” them in. If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up!’s products, then you know we have the best designer series paper – ever! I selected this medium to use to create the envelopes.

I needed an envelope that was approximately 4.25″ x 7.00″. Since I tend to “hoard” my crafting tools, I still have my Envelope Punch Board that retired a few years ago. If you also have this or a similar tool in your craft arsenal, here are the details for your starting paper size and first score mark:

  • Cut your preferred 12″ x 12″ designer series paper down to 9.25″ x 9.25″
  • Make your first score line at 3.75″ and punch the notch
  • Rotate paper 90 degrees counter clockwise
  • Align score mark with the score guide, score and punch
  • Repeat so that all four sides are scored and punched, always remembering to match your SCORE LINE on your paper to the SCORE GUIDE on the punch board (the 3.75″ starting point only applies to the first scored side)

Your finished envelope will measure 4.50″ x 7.00″.

I then made gift tags using one of the tag punches by Stampin’ Up! (Ornate Tag Topper, retired) and decorated the tags with scraps of matching designer series paper and a die cut. The ribbon I used is also retired, but it was all I had that fulfilled my needs. Feel free to substitute the punch and ribbon with whatever you also happen to have on hand.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of these envelopes that remain available for purchase. You can click on the thumbnails below for more information and to add these items to your shopping cart. (NOTE: Some items are currently included in the Giant Year-End Closeout and are available only while supplies last.)

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If you have any questions regarding this project, I would be happy to help. You simply just need to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Still Photos from December 2nd Facebook Live

Greetings my stamping friends! I am finally spending some time in my crafting space today and before I switch over to packing mode, I wanted to share with you the still photos from my Facebook Live demonstration that I shared on December 2nd. This presentation featured the October and November 2020 Paper Pumpkin kits, as well as the Tag Buffet Project Kit from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

In case you missed my Facebook Live, here is the link to the saved video on my YouTube Channel:

And now for the still photos:

(November 2020 Paper Pumpkin on card bases from October 2020 Paper Pumpkin)
(October 2020 Paper Pumpkin cards)
(Tag Buffet Project Kit – made 5 tags of each design)
(Tag Buffet Project Kit – alternative as a card)

NOTE: Paper Pumpkin kits are available by subscription only. From time to time, there are extra “refill” kits available for purchase at the end of the month once all subscriptions have been fulfilled. These refill kits are also 0nly available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers. If you are not already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, HERE is my personal link to subscribe now. The next kit to be released is Valentine’s themed. Deadline to subscribe for each month’s kit is the 10th of the month.

The Tag Buffet Project Kit and coordinating stamp set are still available for purchase. Here are the links to the products on the online store for ease to adding to your shopping cart:

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UPDATE ON THE GIANT YEAR-END CLOSE-OUT:

The following products from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog have SOLD OUT and are no longer available for purchase:

  • Poinsettia Place Suite Collection (p. 15)
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper (p. 15)
  • Merry Moose Bundle (p. 27)
  • Merry Moose Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 27)
  • Adhesive-Backed Snow Flakes (p. 29)
  • In the Pines Bundle (p. 43)
  • Pine Woods Dies (p. 43)
  • Gather Together Bundle (p. 47)
  • Gather Together Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 47)
  • Gold Cards & Envelopes (p. 51)
  • Rectangular Tins (p. 55)

The following products from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog currently in LOW INVENTORY status and likely to be SOLD OUT soon:

  • Gift Wrapped Bundle (p. 12)
  • Gift Wrapped Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 12)
  • Christmas Gleaming Variety Bundle (p. 19)
  • Christmas Gleaming Cling Stamp Set (p. 19)
  • Wonder of the Season Suite Collection (p. 31)
  • Cherish the Season Bundle (p. 33)
  • Sounds of the Seasons Dies (p. 33)
  • Snowflake Splendor Suite Collection (p. 37)
  • Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (p. 37)
  • Lots to Celebrate Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 64)

If any of these products remain on your Wish List, be sure to submit your order ASAP to avoid disappointment when it sells out.

If you have any questions regarding any of the projects shared in this post, Paper Pumpkin or taking advantage of the Giant Year-End Close-Out, remember that I am here to be of assistance. I love sharing with you all my love for paper crafting, and specifically the marvelous products available from Stampin’ Up!

If you would like to embark on a career as an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!, I would love to have you as a member of my team. New promotions will be announced in January with the release of Sale-A-Bration — the BEST time of the year to join!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Whisper White Cardstock – Important Notice

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you are all doing well and are getting your creativity mojo in gear making lovely holiday cards and gifts for your friends and family.

Please make note of this announcement from Stampin’ Up!:

Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long. We love it and we know you love it, too. We are sad to announce that the supplier’s mill producing our Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of our other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.

We know Whisper White has a huge fan base; we’re big fans, too! And we are crushed that it’s going away. Even though this decision was out of our hands, rest assured that we jumped right into action to find the best replacement paper possible. We have dedicated many hours to source and test alternative cardstock options from several suppliers to find the perfect fit that still maintains the Stampin’ Up! quality you know and trust. We are happy to share that we have found a winner for our new cardstock, Basic White

The quality of our new Basic White was thoroughly tested by our quality assurance and product teams. It also tested very well with demonstrators and concept artists who gave it a huge thumbs up. We believe in the quality of the new Basic White cardstock and we know it will become your new crafting staple!

While we expect this to come as quite a surprise, we hope that this transition to our new Basic White products can be an exciting change for everyone!

Our new Basic White products will become available to purchase as soon as we have them in stock. This means that some Whisper White and Basic White products may be available at the same time. Additionally, due to the nature of sourcing, some Basic White products may not be available before the Whisper White products sell out. Please know that we are working on getting these products available to you as fast as possible.

Below is a list of all products that will be replaced with our new Basic White cardstock. These items are now available while supplies last with an order limit of 2 per item per order.

  • Whisper White 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527) — LOW INVENTORY
  • Whisper White 3″ x 3″ (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock (100730)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock (140272)SOLD OUT
  • Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)

If Whisper White is a staple in your card making, be sure to grab you one or two packs before these are sold out!

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends!

Linda

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December 2020 Paper Pumpkin – Beary Comforting

Greetings my stamping friends.

If you haven’t heard already, Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up!’s monthly One-Stop Box™ that offers a wide variety of unique papercrafting projects for subscribers of any skill level! These themed, all-inclusive craft kits encourage crafters to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting.

December’s cute and cuddly Paper Pumpkin kit—called “Beary Comforting”—is designed to uplift your loved ones as this “beary” tough year finally comes to a close. After a year like 2020, we all could use a big bear hug! With the help of this bear-themed kit, you can create 12 unbearably cute cards featuring warm and fuzzy friends, sweet stamps, and meaningful messages. Near or far, send your friends and family the extra comfort, love, and encouragement they need with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit!

You have multiple options to subscribe:

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A prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin makes the perfect Holiday gift for that crafter of every level on your gift list!

The deadline to subscribe to receive the December 2020 kit is Thursday, December 10!

If you want to become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, HERE is the link to get you started. When prompted, select me as your demonstrator if you please.

If you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin or need help becoming a subscriber, I am here to help. You just need to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Giant Year-End Closeout – Starts December 8th!

Greetings my stamping friends. If you missed my post on my Facebook Business Page, the Year-End Closeout of the August-December Mini Catalogs starts tomorrow, December 8th.

All items are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST so the sooner you place your order for those must have items the better your chances are to not be disappointed by their selling out.

I posted some links which I understand from other posts by demonstrators aren’t yet working for their customers. So here is a PDF of the products on sale, etc.

If you have any questions or need help placing an order, I would be happy to help.

If you place an online order of $50.00 before tax & shipping and use HOST CODE RZ7D2R26, I will enter your name into a random drawing to receive one of the extra Photopolymer stamp sets from either the October and/or November 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. If your order is $150.00 or more, do not use the host code (so you get the stamping rewards), but you will still qualify for the drawing. This offer is valid December 8-January 4.

OCTOBER 2020 PAPER PUMPKIN
NOVEMBER 2020 PAPER PUMPKIN

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza – Extended

ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA HAS BEEN EXTENDED!

We know that many of you experienced problems with the Online Extravaganza promotion. Due to these challenges and the amount of time it required to resolve them, we have decided to extend this promotion until 11:59 pm (MT) on 25 November 2020.

That’s great news for everyone, including me. Get out your shopping list and GO!

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Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza

Are you just about ready to start your Christmas countdown? The big day is only weeks away, which means your are starting to think about holiday papercrafting plans. Perhaps you would like to make an advent calendar, create some handmade décor, or prep some scrapbook pages. The possibilities are truly endless! And since the busiest shopping season is going on now, this is the perfect time for Stampin’ Up!’s Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza, with 10% off select annual catalog items. Adding a personal touch to the holidays can make the season even more meaningful and fun. So make sure you take advantage of this fabulous sale so you can make the world a more beautiful place this Christmas season!

There are a few exceptions (items not included as part if the sale) which you will find on this list:

This is a ONE DAY sale only on November 24. Deadline to place your online orders is 11:50 pm (MT).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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#imbringingbirthdaysback – Cards in the Mail to Me

Greetings my stamping friends! Today (November 12) is my birthday. Sadly I am receiving one of my IGG infusions for my autoimmune disease today, so I will be “celebrating” on another day.

Over at Stampin’ Up!, Shannon West started a list of birthdays where demonstrators and others could compile their names and we could all send birthday cards to each other to continue Shannon’s #imbringingbirthdaysback card mailing campaign that she started in 2018. She had even carved a special stamp back in 2018 for her campaign:

I was overjoyed to receive cards this week which I am going to share with you, in no particular order.

Charlotte Hollingsworth – Colorado Springs, CO
Martha Emory – College Park, GA
Lynda Nunez – Kerrville, TX
Melissa Bolinger – Spring Grove, PA
Theresa Tucker – St. Joseph, IL
Stephanie Boyer – Fairview, OK
Deedra Corona – Perris, CA

If you need information for the Stampin’ Up! supplies for any of the cards show on this post, please let me know and I will try to see if I can figure out all that was used. Some I recognize, some I do not.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Poinsettia Petals Gift Card Holder

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you are all doing well. I don’t think I have mentioned to you all yet, but I am participating in two different business development “zoom” groups at the moment to help me be better and more consistent on sharing my love of Stampin’ Up! with you guys. One group is with my “family tree” and direct demonstrators and another is a group of demonstrators with various strengths who are working together to help others grow and develop. Believe it or not, I am a little on the shy side when it comes to face to face interactions and I feel more at home speaking to you all here on my blog. I hope that I will learn to become a little more comfortable as time moves on to break out of my shell. Until then, I appreciate those of you who come to see what I have to share with you here on my blog.

Now, for today’s project share, I am going to show you the “mystery stamp” project we created this evening during our family “Connect & Share” meeting. This one was little less “mystery” and more of a show me, but it was still fun to make and I will most definitely be making more of this type of card.

This is a gift card holder! The information we were given to gather and prepare as supplies were as follows:

Heartfelt Holiday Mystery Stamping Project – Choose your favorite holiday designer series paper as your guide to colors and images.

1) Cut 3 pieces from chosen DSP: 4″ x 2-1/4″, 4″ x 2-3/4″, 4″ x 1″
2) Cut cardstock in coordinating color: 4-1/4″ x 11″, score at 5-1/2″ and 2-1/2″
3) Cut 3″ x 3″ cardstock in same color as #2
4) Cut Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock pieces: 4″ x 4-1/4″, 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″
5) Cut 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ cardstock that coordinates with DSP but different color from #2 and #3
6) A sentiment that will fit on WW/VV piece measuring 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ from #4
7) Ink color that coordinates
8) Tear and Tape or Multipurpose Glue
9) 1″ Circle Punch (or close to)

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of my card. You can add these items to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

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If you missed my post mention yesterday of the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle that will be available in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog, but is being offered now as an early release bundle, here is the information and all of your options for buying these products before the release of the new catalog. NOTE: The holiday designer series paper will not be offered as part of the suite once the catalog goes live in January! I have added hyperlinks for each of the four options below which will allow you to add these items to your shopping cart.

If you have any questions regarding the Curvy Celebration bundle or the design elements of the gift card holder, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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#OnStageAtHome – Saturday Finale

Greetings my stamping friends. Our first virtual OnStage event came to a conclusion on Saturday. It was lots of fun, but I did miss rubbing elbows with thousands of my demonstrator friends as we have in years past. The above photo shows everything that we received in our event kit – an awesome bag, three notebooks, an ink pen that changes colors as you use up the ink, a collection of three enamel pins that you can keep or swap and a new stamp set that will be available in the upcoming 20201 January-June Mini Catalog – Enjoy the Moment.

The original plan was to go back out to Amy Storrie’s house in Denton, but she was suffering from either a cold or allergies on Friday and I opted to stay home. Just as I was logging on for the first General Session, I saw the breaking news of the Election results which I had been closely watching and was a little disappointed that I missed it live, but OnStage was much more important at the moment!

It was another fun-filled day of stamping demonstrations and breakout mini-sessions. The closing session was the most anticipated of any event each year – a stamping presentation by Shelli Gardner and Sara Douglas. If you are a Stampin’ Up! fanatic then you know who these ladies are; if not, Shelli is a co-founder and Sara is her daughter and current CEO. They are so much fun when they are on the stage together – they could go on tour and make a killing on the comedy scene.

A perk of attending an OnStage event is being able to pre-purchase items from the upcoming mini catalog BEFORE the demonstrator purchase period (which begins in December). I submitted my order this evening and will be sharing some of the new products with you soon! They are amazing – and yes, I know I always say this, but it is true.

On Friday, four of us that attended the event at Amy’s did a shoebox swap. Here are two of the cards that we made. One is the card I designed; and one the card that Amy designed. I will share the other cards on a later post.

My Card:

My card uses a product bundle that is being released with the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog, but it is being offered as an early release NOW to customers! NOTE: There is a package of holiday dsp that is being offered as part of the early release that will not be included once the catalog launches.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of my card. You can add these items to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

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Amy’s Card:

Amy used the designer series paper, Lady Bug embellishments and the Mossy Meadow linen thread from the Dandy Garden Suite and the Enjoy the Moment stamp set that we received in our event kit in the design of her card. These products will be able for purchase with the release of the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog in January. If you can’t wait until January, you can order them in December if you join my team as a demonstrator. Ask me about the benefits of becoming an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, including a minimum 20% discount on all purchases you make!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that Amy uses in the design of her card that are now available for purchase. You can add these items to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

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If you have any questions regarding the design elements on either of these cards, including measurements of the layers, do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.

Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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