Stampin’ Addicts Sale-a-Bration Blog Tour is Here! Stop#11

Hi All,

Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts SAB Blog Hop that runs today through Monday at midnight.   Each blog will be featuring different products from the free items available to you when you order during Sale-A-Bration.  As many of my frugalista readers know I’m big on good deals and you can’t get any better than free!  And during SAB for every $50 in product you purchase you will qualify for 1 free product from a list of  over 80 items to choose from.  There is no limit on how many free items you can qualify for.  As an added bonus if you host a workshop or place an order over $300 you will qualify for an additional free SAB item (for every increment of $300 get another extra bonus item free).  A friend recently placed a $600 order and came away with 14 free SAB sets, 2 hostess stamp sets and $75.00 in hostess benefits free merchandise – her choice from the entire full catalog or mini’s list of products.  Talk about a frugalista deal!

If you are traveling forward in the blog hop you just came from Yapha’s blog  and the fun and frolicsome D is for Dog stamp set.  I hope you left her some comment love to reward her for her hard work and creativity.  Yapha is our hop mistress and coordinator of all that keeps us hopping :D!

Note:  I’ve put up my hop entry a bit early to make sure everything works.  The hop officially begins at noon on Saturday.


Here at stop #11 I am showcasing the single stamp Elegant Thank You. . This is a single stamp carried in the big Idea Book and Catalog on page 144 and available as an SAB alternate selection.   

 This year Stampin’ Up! has expanded our selection of SAB choices.  Stampin’ Up! will be letting you pick from a  list (on the last page of the SAB brochure) of over 70 regular stamp sets from the big Idea Book and Catalog.  Some also available in French or Spanish!  There are also 6 wow products (stamps, a punch, and paper) in the SAB brochure available only through March 31st, 2010.  The border punch featured also coordinates with a corner punch available in the Occasions mini available for the same time period and already promised for the new catalog coming out in July!   To see or download the full list of SAB alternate stamp set images click here.

So on with the show…….


First up is my card that celebrates the upcoming Chinese New Year.  Here in Jacksonville, Oregon that holiday is a really big deal with parades, special events (sometimes even featuring llamas!), great food and a town dressed in red.  Jacksonville is an historic old mining town and had at one time a sizeable and diverse Chinese immigrant population that is still celebrated today!   Can’t wait to see what this years event coordinators do to emphasis the year of the tiger.  Who knows Sandycat and Wicket may decide they want to be part of the parade too!

This card made use of Stampin’ Up’s exclusive Lattice die for both the cut out and the actual lattice section as well as the new wider striped ribbon.  Of course the colors emphasized red, black and gold with just a hint of green.  While green is not considered an auspicious color in Chinese culture it is a reminder to me of the new life spring will be bringing.  And not a bad contrast either!   Happy Year of the Tiger everyone! 

Check back on Wednesday for more details on how this card was put together. 

Stamps: Elegant Thank You

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Naturals White Cardstock

Ink: Gold Encore, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice Die, Gold Brads, Dimensionals, 1-1/4″ Striped Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch


Second in this stops  line up is a crazy colorful kinda country style “Elegant Thank You”   This was to show you that Elegant can still be fun.

A stamp from the set (also available as an SAB alternate) Itty Bitty Backgrounds was used to create the chicken scratch background using Rich Razzleberry and Dusty Durango inks.  The Very Vanilla background is a bit hard to see against the white background from the scanner but is a standard tent card size.  The Top Note and Daisies (yellow flower pieces) were created with the Big Shot and a couple of Bigz dies that will work in most die cutting machines.   Flower is also layered with a Circle Scallop punch piece and a flower from the Boho Flower Punch set of three.  The center inked flower is from Baroque Motifs and the whole piece is anchored with a gold brad.  That little flower stamp image in the center is probably one of my all time favorite stamps and gets used probably more than any other stamp in my collection!    

Stamps: Elegant Thank You, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (also a free selection with SAB), Baroque Motifs

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango,

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz die, Daisies #2 die, Curly Label Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Stamping Sponge, Scallop Circle Punch, Boho Flower Punch, Gold Brads and paper snips.


Third and last up and slightly 3D while still being a mailable card is this folding  side step card.  Folded up it’s the same size as a standard card.   This card also makes use of the set Friends 24-7 and the the Elegant Thank you is more of an adjunct accent or sentiment text.  Note on this card I used the Elegant Thank You stamp two ways. One the full image and two just one of the little flourishes inked with a marker.  As you can see I also went a little crazy with the punch flowers and brads to mirror the flower stamp image.   Makes for your own paper bouquet for someone special doesn’t it?

I  used markers to color in the focal flower image from Friends 24-7 though for the leaves I used the thinner pen end of the marker for a different more stylized look.  Got out the piercing tool as well.  I wanted to keep it simple so passed on using any kind of background on the card base itself though I’ve been considering doing some kind of texturing or wheeling on the next one.  I did use texture paper for the punch flowers to add another layer of interest.  And of course my favorite gold brads I seem to be addicted to lately.

Tip: To make this a 10 minute or less card I keep several side step bases cut and scored and ready to go in various colors as well as a few base layers in neutrals and a box of prepunched flowers.  Makes it quick and easy to put a few together quite quickly.

Stamps: Elegant Thank You, Friends 24-7

Paper: Kraft, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Real Red Cardstock , Real Red Textured Cardstock (flowers)

Ink: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede (text) classic Pads – Real Red and Always Artichoke Markers

Accessories: Gold Brads, Boho Flower Punch, Paper snips (slit the flowers), Paper Piercing tool and Mat Pack, Paper Trimmer


That’s it for this stop!

Don’t forget to check back on January 20th for the how-tos on the different projects I created.

Next on the blog hop train is Kim’s wonderful and creative blog.  She will be showing you projects created with the stamp Extreme Dirt Bike.  Another single stamp from the alternate list of sets available from the big Idea Book and Catalog and one guaranteed to appeal to the teen, male or adventurer of any gender in your life.   Should I mention I know a couple of dirt biking Grandma’s??!

Click here to go to Kim’s blog.

In case you’ve  gotten lost along the way or links aren’t working here’s the list of entries for all participating blogs:

1)Heather – Vintage Labels
2) Stella – Happy Moments
3) Barbara – Happy Moments
4) Sarah – Good Neighbors
5) Joyce – “Welcome Neighbor” Designer Series Paper pad
6) Sharon – Whimsical Words
7) Marie – Whimsical Words
8) Cindy – Scallop Trim Border punch
9) Holly – Bella’s Bloom
10) Yapha – D is for Dog
11) Jean – Elegant Thank You
12) Kim – Extreme Dirt Bike
13) Trina – A Flower for All Seasons
14) Holly K – Forest Friends
15) Allison – Hello Again
16) Sarah M-B – Just Football
17 ) Lisa– Ribbon of Hope
18) Rhonda – Spring Song
19) Melina – Thank You Kindly
20) Heidi – Things I Love
21) Twila – Very Thankful

I hope you enjoyed seeing the projects made with the products that you can get free with a $50.00 purchase during Sale-A- Bration. Contact your demo to find out how.

On with the hop!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

P.S.  This is my first ever time participating in a Blog Hop so I’d love to hear how you think I did.   All suggestions for improvements, additions, deletions gratefully received.


26 Responses

  1. Great job on your first hop, Jean!! Love that last card – it’s so pretty!

  2. […] next stop on the blog hop is Jean,  showing you projects created with one of my favorite single stamps, Elegant Thank You. I hope […]

  3. Jean, I love the Itty Bitty chicken scratch technique. How cool! The side-step card is very pretty!

  4. Jean, I love the way you used the flourish element on the stair step card separate from the sentiment.

  5. Hi Jean!! I’m so glad you got your computer back up and running so you could participate in the tour :).. missed you last time around!! Love all your projects, but I have to say the stair step card is my most favorite of all!! Keep up the fabulous work, and glad to have you along on the tour!

  6. Beautiful cards! I love the Chinese New Year one, it is stunning!

  7. Great projects, Jean! I especially love the stair step card – it’s just perfect! I have never made one of those…yet! Take care and have a great weekend!

  8. Great projects Jean, don’t know what you were worried about 🙂 Love your stair step card!!

  9. Very pretty projects! Love the color combos you used.

  10. Such great cards! Love the stairstep card!

  11. Beautiful cards Jean, I love how you’ve cut and layered the scallop punch on the daisies die – super clever!

  12. Beautiful projects.

  13. Wow Jean-great projects! I love your Folding side step card! Great variation on the old stair step!!

  14. very pretty cards-my fave is the side-step card-great colors

  15. I like your 3-d card. I am going to give one a try.
    Sharon L

  16. I love, love, love that stair step card! So beautiful!!!

  17. Great cards, Jean! I love the stair-step card! Such a fun hop!

  18. Congratulations on your first blog hop! Your projects are amazing!

  19. Jean, great cards! I love your star-step card too.. so beautiful, and such a neat way of doing it.

  20. Great job on our first hop. Awesome3-D card.

  21. Oh girl, I am so loving that Chinese New Year lattice lantern card! And the extra flourish on the first step of your stairstep card is the perfect finishing touch–great job, Jean!

  22. Jean I think you did a fantastic job showcasing the stamp! They are all wonderful
    projects – very inspiring!

  23. I really like your work, especially the side step card! Very interesting — I would love to make that!

  24. Well I think you did just great for your first hop. Love that last stairstep card. Black, red and white makes a very pretty clean look I think.

  25. Oops I meant brown not black!

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