Hurricane Relief – Make a Difference

Members of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community and customers span the United States — many of them in Texas, Louisiana, & Florida where hurricanes, storms and floods are hitting hard.  While I’m safe from this weather in Tucson, Arizona, my emotions roller coaster with their stories of loss, sadness, strength and fear.  The Pals Community keeps in contact virtually daily (our private Facebook groups) and we are staying in close touch to support each other.  My heart goes out to all who continue to be threatened by this devastating weather as well as those who have already suffered losses.

Stampin’ Up! is widening this support even further by offering to match donations to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar (up to $50,000) as you’ll see below. I hope you’ll join in the support for those affected.  

From Stampin’ Up Friday, Sept. 8!:  Along with many of you, we are watching with concern as stories unfold about the devastation left behind in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. Though no one knows how many lives have been affected, Harvey is said to be one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, and the damage caused by massive flooding will be felt for years to come.

With you, we’re also trying to stay informed on the progress of Hurricane Irma; as we write this, Irma has not yet made landfall but is currently classified as a catastrophic Category 5 storm. It will almost certainly leave as much destruction in its wake as Hurricane Harvey and will affect the lives of tens of thousands of people.

As a Stampin’ Up! family, we invite you to help us give to those who are now (or will soon be) trying to rebuild their lives. From now until the end of October, Stampin’ Up! will match donations made to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, for up to $50,000. Please click here to donate.

The Stampin’ Up! community is already making a difference through ongoing hurricane relief efforts. Here are some ways people are raising money.

  • Demonstrators are donating a portion of their commissions.
  • Demonstrators are holding dedicated events, including retired product sales, where all proceeds are being donated to hurricane relief.
  • Customers are being invited to donate at events. 
  • Demonstrators are selling unused cards or are mounting past swaps on card bases and selling them to raise hurricane relief funds.

If you would like to help, please click here to donate to the American Red Cross.

Together, we can do incredible things!

We hope you’ll join us . . . because we truly can make a difference. 

A Better (Bigger) Look at NEW Holiday Designer Series Paper

View ALL the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper in one spot.  I find these graphics make it much easier to see and appreciate these pretty new patterns.  Many landed on the list of My Favorite Things!  For the full scoop on the Sept. 1 release of the 2017 Holiday Catalog, click here.

MY FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER COLOR CHART!  My  handy resource for quickly determining which Stampin’ Up! colors coordinate with our designer series paper.  I use mine almost daily!  

Designer Series Paper Coordinating Colors Chart – CLICK HERE to download and print!

To get more details or shop in my on-line store for the holiday designer series paper collections, click on the links below.


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2017 Holiday Catalog – My Favorite Things!

I’m ready to SPILL!  The following is a list of My Favorite Things NEW in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog.  It can be a tough job to narrow down my favorites with so many new products. However, this list includes what I believe will be popular, versatile, on-trend and smart additions to your paper crafting essentials and will spark your creative energy.

Here’s a handy holiday wish list to track your favorites!

What new Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog products make YOUR heart go pitter pat?  Did I pick ones you love?  What did I miss?  Share a comment HERE.  

Click here to view the 2017 Holiday Catalog.

Christmas Quilt Bundle, p. 5, (item #146026 | $45.75).  I’m not a quilter.  However, this suite of products really speaks to me.  I love how you can mix and match dies and play with color and bold designs year round.  It goes the distance for baby, wedding, birthday, sympathy . . . really anything! Save 10% when you purchase the dies and stamps as a bundle.  Here are samples and a video using these products from my sneak peeks.
Love this:  The Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (item #144673 | $30.00) coordinate with the Quilted Christmas 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper Stack (item #144617 | $9.00), too!

Night in Bethlehem Bundle p. 26, (wood-mount item #146043 | $54.75) OR (clear-mount item #146044 | $47.50)  I predict these beautiful Christmas dies and stamps will be top sellers.  They meet the customer demand for a religious stamp and die set with a striking, clean design. Save 10% when you purchase the dies and stamp set as a bundle.
Tags & Trimmings Bundle p. 15, (wood-mount item #146061 | $60.25) OR (clear-mount item #146062 | $53.00)  Oh, how I have missed having a Stampin’ Up! die for a pillow box.  However, these dies go beyond just a pillow box (small gifts, stocking stuffers, treats).  You can transform the pillow box into a stocking with dashing paper crafting personality.  The additional die shapes in the set and coordinating stamps will be wonderful on a variety of projects.  Save 10% when you purchase the dies and stamp set as a bundle!
Snowflake Sentiments Bundle p. 36, (wood-mount item #146052 | $54.00) (clear-mount item #146053 | $46.75)  They had me at the samples!  Don’t you love the layering of the sweet snowflake border?  Perfect for many winter holidays!  With a few snips the snowflakes can stand alone, too. The font and sentiments couldn’t be yummier!   Purchase the dies & stamp set as a bundle and save 10%.
Smitten Mittens Photopolymer Bundle p. 38, (item #146070 | $46.75  I was “smitten” the minute I saw these little cuties.  Oh what fun to add pattern, texture and so much character with the dies and stamps.  Save 10% when you purchase the dies and stamps as a bundle.  They go above and beyond the winter holidays into baby.   Check out my baby card as well as my my simple Christmas card.
Half Full p. 42, (wood-mount item #144996 | $30.00) OR (clear-mount item #144999 | $22.00). Cheers! Finally, a wine stamp set that feels fresh and fun!  The font is divine!  The images are fabulous for fall, birthdays (especially for my wine fanatic friends) and Christmas or the perfect touch on a tag for a bottle of wine.  I created this birthday card for a dear, wine-loving friend!

Festive Phrases p. 45, (wood-mount item #144957 | $24.00) OR (clear-mount item #144960 | $17.00)  If you are looking for a versatile stamp set that covers the fall and winter holidays (even Valentine’s Day and anniversary), Festive Phrases has you covered.  The Stampin’ Up! sample below is “love-ly” and I can’t wait to color that little elf or paper piece his elf shoes.   I created this Halloween card with the kettle image and used Wink of Stella to give it a wash of sparkle!
Painted Harvest p. 49, photopolymer (item #144783 | $21.00)  As one of the prettiest fall stamp sets I have ever seen, there’s no question this will be in high demand!  It has already been a BIG favorite of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who could order it early!  However, I took it beyond fall in Melon Mambo with this trio of 3 x 3 cards and gift along with tips in this WOW! video tutorial.

Get a closer look here of all the new holiday designer paper patterns.

Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper p. 12, (item #144621 | $11.00)  This pretty paper is an instant holiday classic in Old Olive and Basic Black.  However, I can see many of the patterns (especially the yummy buffalo check patterns) working for other occasions.  
Christmas Around the World p. 29, (item #144629 | $11.00)  If you’re mad about plaid (like me) and a big fan of the nutcracker pattern, add this to your wish list pronto!  Love this:  Dies from the Christmas Lamppost Thinlits Dies (item #144675 | $29.00) coordinate with many of the images.

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper p. 53, (item #144610 | $11.00)  In my opinion, this designer series paper is essential for Halloween and fall. I love these modern patterns and how happily they mix and match. This Halloween card using the paper and the adorable new Cat Punch is the CAT’S MEOW!
Love this:  The paper coordinates with the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set (item #144749 | $17.00), Cat Punch (item #144666 | $18.00) (buy the stamp set and punch together, Spooky Cat Bundle and save 10%, (item #146014 | $31.50) as well as the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies p. 51 (item #144670 | $27.00)

Everyday Label Punch p. 12, (item #144668 | $18.00).  This little workhorse punch will find it’s way into many of your paper crafting projects.  Think of all the sentiments and images that will fit!  I used it like crazy with my Treat Tubes and video tips here.
Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder p. 37, (item #144686 | $7.50)

If you are a fan of clean and classy texture, this gorgeous snowflake should go to the top of your wish list. It’s stunning in white and goes straight to WOW! when used with metallic card stock.

Leaf Punch p. 49, (item #144667 | $16.00)  Create a wreath, a soft background or the perfect touch in a floral arrangement with the darling stem and leaves.  Luscious for fall as well as year round projects.  I adore the soft touch it creates when cropped in vellum on these three samples.  Love this:  Coordinates with the Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set (item #144783 | $21.00).  Save 10% when you purchase the Leaf Punch and Painted Harvest Stamp Set as a bundle!

Stitched Felt Embellishments p. 5, (item #144619 | $9.00)  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have these charming stitched shapes on my holiday gifts and cards. Frankly, I indulged more than ever on embellishments in the holiday catalog.  Stampin’ Up! did an amazing job “enabling” me!  I have already put them to use on this Christmas card using the star as well as this holiday gift box using the tree!
Mini Ornaments p. 12, (item #144626 | $7.50)  Open your mouth and say AWE!  Awe-struck was my first reaction upon seeing this beautiful little gift sample from Stampin’ Up! below. Good things come in small packages, no?  Or can the package be the most exciting part about the gift?  There are lots of pretty things going on (I bought everything you see) but the Mini Ornament is truly a must-have in my gift giving book!

Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack p. 21,
 (item #144636 | $9.00)
  It’s tinsel time!  This festive, metallic trim comes in Real Red and silver (as a combo) and turns a simple gift or stocking stuffer into an instant WOW! How about tying it around a wine glass stem for a bit of holiday pizzazz? 
Foil Snowflakes p. 37, (item #144642 | $6.00)  Metallics are a hot trend in fashion, home decor as well as paper crafting – especially when mixed together.  These gorgeous die cut snowflakes come in silver and gold and look equally dishy mixed with copper and platinum accents.
Black Rhinestone Jewels p. 53, (item #144639 | $5.00)  Be-Jeweled!  These must-have Black Rhinestone Jewels are self adhesive and add instant glamour to any project year round.  They can go “solo” like on my friend card or get attention in many ways on these Halloween tags!
Mini Pizza Boxes p. 44, (item #144645 | $5.00)  Wave your magic wand and create an almost instant gift package. These little boxes are food safe (cookie, please) and accommodate the return of the Stampin’ Up! Whisper White 3 x 3 envelopes, p. 44  (item #145829 | $9.00).  My WOW! video here demonstrates how quickly the mini pizza boxes go together!
Treat Tubes p. 53, (item #144612| $5.00)   Don’t limit them to Halloween!  These treat tubes can hold other candies and treats as well as tea, cocoa – use your imagination!  I’m “hot” the idea of red hot hearts for Valentine’s Day – maybe I’ll tuck one under my husband’s pillow!   To show them off, I created 12 (they come 12 to a box) with Halloween tags along with a video here with oodles of tips for dressing them up.

Clear Tiny Treat Boxes ANNUAL catalog p. 195, (item #141699 | $7.50)  This Stampin’ Up! sample couldn’t showcase the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes any better.  Imagine them at each place setting for a baby or wedding shower or a perfect parting gift.  Perhaps set one on the night stand when your next house guest stays.  There are endless possibilities for Halloween as well as Christmas and winter holidays.

Santa’s Suit Bundle p. 23, (item #146060 | $37.75)

I always look for at least one stamp set that has a touch of whimsy but still classy and cool.  Santa’s Suit was my pick from the holiday catalog for his adorable wardrobe and the coordinating dies to make dressing him up fun and fabulous.  Save 10% when you purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle.

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit, p. 34 (item #144649 | $20.00) & Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set, p.34 (wood-mount item #144835 | $25.00) OR (clear-mount item #144838 | $18.00  Since I have the good fortune to create my own projects with lots of Stampin’ Up! products on hand almost every day, I don’t purchase a lot of kits. However, we have established a Fish family tradition of putting a holiday kit together and sharing the cards.  This kit immediately jumped out at me for it’s clean design and “font-a-licous” stamp set.  It looks amazing as the focal point on this Mini Treat Bag I created.
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Here are links to My Favorite Things from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!  Click on each product for more information or to shop in my Stampin’ Up! store!

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