A Simple Sale-A-Bration Hello Card

Stampin up stamp it pretty mary fish saleabration sweet sorbet thanks & hello handmade card idea
It’s 3:30 a.m. and 20 minutes ago I didn’t have a card ready for you.  As I have shared previously, my husband and I have moved to a new home (simplifying our “digs”) and the last of the boxes was moved in this week.  The reality is that we have remodeling going on at the same time (including a new stamping studio–woo hoo!) and it makes unpacking and organizing a challenge, especially for a girl who needs everything neat as a pin.

Stampin up stamp it pretty mary fish saleabration sweet sorbet thanks & hello handmade cards idea

Fortunately, I was quickly inspired in the wee hours by the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper in the Sale-A-Bration promotion brochure (including scooping part of the idea from the sample on page 4) and popped out a note card (Stampin’ Up! Note Cards & Envelopes) in minutes.

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The even bigger blogging challenge among my mess is taking a photo.  So for those of you who wonder how I take my photos, this (above) ISN’T the norm.  LOL!  This is a shot of my kitchen which is getting a facelift.

Stampin up stamp it pretty mary fish saleabration sweet sorbet thanks & hello handmade card ideas

A couple quick tips for you today (before I head back to bed for a few hours and the painters arrive).  I used the Scallop Edge Border Punch to trim the Summer Starfruit Cardstock and the Vintage Faceted Designer Button to add splash and sparkle. The buttons are on sale through Monday, January 27, as part of this week’s Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals.  You could substitute the Scallop Trim Border Punch, which is also on sale!   Click to see ALL the Weekly Deals for Jan. 21 – 27.


FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER COLOR CHART.  Please enjoy this handy (and printable) chart that includes all the coordinating colors for the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog as well as the Occasions Catalog.  I’ll update it with the colors for the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White) when Sale-A-Bration begins.

My Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Color Chart

Paper Hugs...Mary

Order Stampin' Up!

Stamp Set:  Thanks & Hello (Wood-Mount Only 131459)
Paper:  Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper* (133521), Whisper White (100730), Summer Starfruit (126839)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (126976)
Cool Tools:  Full Heart Punch (119883), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Paper Snips (for flagged end, 103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Other:  Stampin’ Up! Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)

*Earn this product FREE during Sale-A-Bration (Jan. 28 – March 31), with a $50 product order (before shipping and tax).


  1. Carol Carriveau

    Not my color preferences but nonetheless, a beautiful card and love the heart!

  2. Nancy Schultz Toops

    Mary; we would have forgiven you had you not had a card for us. Enjoying going through all the excitement of your new move with you and lookiing forward to many new photos as your new craft room comes together. But someone really got a steal when they got your old craft room. Love you for all you do to help us.

  3. Veronica Meyer

    Mary, love your card. Great tips on how to take picture. I’m glad I am not the only one who gets inspired anytime.!

  4. great job cranking out a beauty of a card despite the circumstances. Pretty sure I would have just gone back to bed! Thanks for the great sample and for the fun photos of your current working conditions….moving is fun but challenging! I keep thinking of the beautiful “light tube” you had installed in your old house and how you must have hated leaving a beautifully finished studio loft but I’m sure the new place will be awesome can’t wait for the photos! Can’t wait to see the progress in the new stamp room!

  5. Mary, you created this, in the midst of remodeling, unpacking, etc and at 3:30 in the morning? It’s DARK out here at 3:30 in the morning! Great card! Love the colors, and no matter what, I know you will be so excited to have your new cabinets ready to go soon. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Can’t think of a better present than that…well, maybe chocolate! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nancy Farrell

    How nice, a hello card! Sounds so happy & upbeat! I love it. Perfect size too. 🙂

  7. Guess I was a little bleary eyed this morning. The Scallop Trim Border Punch is on sale as part of the current weekly deals, not the Scallop Edge Border Punch. I updated the post. Thanks, Elisha, for pointing this out!

  8. This is quite an amazing card, considering the circumstances. I’m really looking forward to this DSP, and I’m happy for your getting a new house, Mary! Congrats!

  9. Mary, You are amazing. Here you are in a total chaos. A remodel and still you put out an amazing card. You are a trouper.
    I hope you will soon have your studio done. I know what it is like to be in a middle of a remodel. We remodeled our whole house. I was not doing my stamping like you are during this. I also love how you took the picture of this great card. You are amazing. Hang in there my friend. It will be all done in no time. Then you can settle your craft room the way you want it. Hugs, Ellen Hinds

  10. MsMary , you do great weather your prepared or not
    That’s why we’re good at what we do , we have you to teach us , DO NOT LET NOTHING GET IN OUR WAY !!!!
    RIGHT !!!
    We love you , and hope it all soon comes together ,
    We’re looking forward to it :)))
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  11. Hi Mary, can picture you with your card table again. I remember before. You sure like a challenge!
    Sure hope a stamper got your kart house. Have fun, young lady, it will be fun and interesting to watch.
    You are ready for it all this time – good luck , FL. Hugs
    Pretty card!

  12. Mary, can picture you on your card table again. You always make the best of whatever!
    Fu. To watch you again. I hope a stamper hot your house. Have fun! Hugs.

  13. Hey Kadie . . . Im back up and waiting for the painters to arrive. Eeked out about 20 minutes of sleep (kept dreaming I found new rooms I didnt know about in my new home–bizarre) but managed to rest. I have good energy this a.m. Will likely wilt later today 🙂 M

  14. Hi Maria: Thank you for your encouragement. My stampin studio cabinet install is scheduled for 2/13! Im counting the days! Hugs, M

  15. Thank you for the Designer Series Paper Color Chart!

  16. Ha ha ha! I get such a kick out of you, Mary! Love this card and I adore Note Cards & Envelopes, so I’m excited to see the newest DSP’s continue to be so card friendly. Thanks, too, for letting us in on the chaos of your move. You are one smooth operator to manage that AND blog! Cheers!

  17. Great way to crank something out in a short amount of time. Well Done Friend! (Next time….text me at that hour and you can have some company while your up at the early morning hours! I too was up at 3:30 this morning.)

  18. Mary, Mary, I love the photo of the way you took the picture of your lovely card!! LOL dear friend, you are indeed creative!!! I haven’t moved in 8 years and I don’t plan to do it ever again, but we all know the total chaos of packing and unpacking an entire house. Even under such conditions you managed to come up with a beautiful card, simple and fresh. I love the addition of that pretty button, it’s all the bling this card needs. I hope soon your craft room will again be a dream come true, I also hope you can share some pictures of your new crafting paradise.

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