Scrapbooking through the Seasons? – Stampin’ Up! has you covered!

Hi All,

Are you a scrapbooker who works year round on pages in and out of the season you are currently experiencing?  Luckily Stampin’ Up! has you covered.  With stamps and embellishments for all seasons in our Idea Book & Catalog we have your every need covered.

Here’s a few impressive samples from Stampin’ Up designers to inspire and delight you no matter the time of year.

Christmas Holiday Time

( though if you altered the punch piece a bit you could also have a page of driedels :D)


The Ingredients for the page:

Delightful Decorations and Four the Holidays sets; Sassy Sparkles Stampin’ Around wheel; Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card stock; Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, and Wild Wasabi textured card stock; Subtles Patterns Designer Series paper; Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pads; Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter; linen thread; Frost White shimmer paint; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Dotted Scallop Ribbon, Ornament, 1/16″ Circle, and 1/2″ Circle punches; Big Shot; Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz die; Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits die set; sewing machine and thread



(or change the colors and substitute another image like snowflakes  for almost year round)

The Ingredients for the page:

Define Your Life, Flower Fancy, and On Your Birthday sets; Fine Flourish and Solid Stripes background stamps; Naturals Ivory and Not Quite Navy card stock; Wild Wasabi textured card stock; Newsprint Designer Series paper; Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose, Sahara Sand, and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pads; Not Quite Navy Stampin’ Write marker; Subtles Designer buttons; Subtles brads; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Color Spritzer Tool; 1/2″ Circle punch; Big Shot; Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die; Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; crochet thread; hole punch


Friends Forever!

The Ingredients for the page:

Friends 24-7, Grunge Rock, and Jayne’s Type Alphabet sets; Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Whisper White card stock; Cajun Craze textured card stock; Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, and Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pads; Basic Gray Stampin’ Write marker; rhinestone basic jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Color Spritzer Tool; 1″ Circle punch; Big Shot; Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz die set; sewing machine and thread


More wonderful scrapping samples of all sizes can be found on the following pages in our latest Idea Book and Catalog:

12, 28, 33, 35, 46, 54, 63, 69, 71, 78, 87, 100, 104, 112, 120, 126, 133, 148, 153, 159, 171, 178, 181, 184, 210, 213, 214 

And from the new Holiday Mini:

12, 18, 32, 38

 (Don’t have a catalog? – Order one today in my online store or receive one free from me with an order over $75, or download a digital one here for free!)

Tip:  Have a favorite card?  Turn that card into a scrap page by adding it to a larger page and adding journaling,  pictures and other coordinating embellishments.   And you can keep sizing up…a card can become a 6×6 page…a 6×6 can become an 8-1/2 x 11…an 8-1/2 x 11 can become a 12×12!   So whether brag books or full size books are your passion you can begin any page with something smaller and build from there!  And of course who says your pages have to have corners…create round or other shaped (Top Note perhaps?) pages with Big Shot dies (for little books) or use the Circle Scissors Plus (pg.198) to create larger Circle pages.  Of course our On Board Journals make a wonderful Brag Book or quickie album too.

And…to house your lovely pages Stampin’ Up! has a number of new album designs as well as our usual Linen albums and all the ingredients you need to complete them.   Check out page 180 to see the basics and don’t forget for a limited time the two smaller albums from the Summer Mini are still available while supplies last.

To see the full line-up of albums check out this link to the online store and please don’t forget to select me as your demonstrator should you decide to place an order :D. 

And of course don’t forget our latest in Digital Scrapbooking Product….My Digital Studio!

For links to program information and tips and tutorials download my helpful PDF or Word Document from this previous post – (midway down the post).


Links to more Scrap Page Samples on my Stampin’ Up Web site:

While many of these projects use retired stamps and colors the layout and general appearance should give you some ideas to work from.


Check out this Video featuring Stampin’ Up Scrapbooking tips (note the promotion and mini mentioned have expired – Sorry about that.)

More Scrapbooking Project Videos from my Stampin’ Up Website:

Again some of the product may not be available but the project details will easily work with other papers and stamps.


With all the inspiration, materials and project ideas available from Stampin’ Up there just is no excuse not to get “scrappin”!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

New resources for the new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up catalog: Links, Scribd files and more

I may have been quiet here on the blog pages of late but I have been busy……

With a new catalog, new product and crafting already starting up for a new year I thought I’d pull together a series of resources you might find helpful.

Punch Chart

First up for those of you with punches, looking to purchase punches or just wanting to track what the current punch sizes are and their measurements I’ve created a cool new tool.   For details check out this previous post.

Here’s the download links for the New Catalog Punch Chart:

New Style Punch Chart & Inventory – revised – 2010-2011 IBC – PDF version

Excel version can be found here in my SCRIBD files –


2010-2011 Catalog Samples – Templates and Tutorials

Every year I’m blown away by the artistry of Stampin’ Up and their in house artisans.  This years catalog is no exception.  So I set out to create a set of links and template resource lists for some of the most popular samples in the new catalog all in one Word document you can keep adding to as you find new items you just have to make.  That too is being posted in my SCRIBD files.

Instructions or tutorials for new catalog samples  – Word Document

If you find these samples tantalizing you might want to check out SU’s Facebook page.

Not sure why it took me so long but I just discovered SU’s Facebook page.  Turns out you don’t have to be a Facebook member to access it.  One of the more recent entries introduces us to several of the sample project concept artists.  Cool peeks of their working spaces too! Click on the pictures to see the captions. Check it out here –   or see the full page at –


2011 Mini Calendars

For those of you looking ahead and wanting printable mini or bookmark calendars for 2011 here’s a lovely lady who creates and shares those types of files –


Designer Series Paper Charts – Coordinating Colors and More…

Also from Cat…Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper Charts with coordinating Colors, Stamp Sets and more.  Cat has two charts.  One with only current 2010-2011 papers (including the Holiday Mini) and one with a fairly comprehensive list of several years worth of papers.


My Digital Studio Tips Tricks and Tutorials

For My Digital Studio (MDS) users here’s a start on a tips, tricks and tutorials sheet you might find helpful:

MDS Tips, Tricks and Tutorial Links Word Doc – Word Document (revised)

MDS Tips, Tricks and Tutorial Links – PDF Version (revised)

Note:  Stampin’ Up just released two more MDS training videos I’ll get added to the list ASAP – Jean 09-02-10.


Crafting with Stampin’ Up corkboard ideas:


Envelope tips and tricks:

You’ll also notice on my lefthand sidebar you can find links to Stampin’ Up customer video’s from the company website, YouTube Channel and in the right hand sidebar a link to my SCRIBD files that are full of helpful flyers, spreadsheets and tools of all sorts.
Hugs and blessings – Jean

2010 Summer Mini – The last Hail and Farewell! Goodbye to August’s Hostess Promotion extra $$$’s too!

Hi All,

Midnight approacheth……Today is the last day to say farewell to a well beloved friend!  

Who is that you ask?

Why… the Stampin’ Up 2010 Summer Mini of course!  Today is August 31st and the last day an order can be placed.  The last day too for our Hostess Special.   Place a $350 order (or get your friends to help you do so) and you garner an extra $25 in hostess free merchandise in addition to the free stamp sets (yes that’s plural 🙂 and the usual $40 in Hostess Free Merchandise. 

To download a copy to make your final order just click on the picture above then head on over to my SU website, click on shop now and place your order.   You can also email me your order as long as you leave me time well before midnight to get it placed – LOL!

Luckily close to 50% of this mini made it into the new catalog so for those items you have a bit of time.  For the other wonderful Stamp Sets, Papers and Accessories and Embellishments though you like Cinderella have until midnight before the Summer mini morphs to the Holiday mini and all that good stuff goes Poof!   No glass slippers will bring this stuff back so order while you can!!

Blessings and Fond Farewells – Jean

Got Stampin’ Up! Punches? Want Stampin’ Up! Punches? You need this new reference tool! (And a sad change to the catalog.)

Greetings my friends,

First off the sad news:  Stampin’ Up recently announced that the Punch Caddies featured on page 200 of the catalog, pictured above, will not be offered after all:

…As you know, the Punch Caddy is listed in the new Idea Book & Catalog (pg. 200) as “Coming soon.” We are disappointed to report, however, that due to serious production and quality issues with the manufacturer, we will not be able to offer the Punch Caddies at all. And because the manufacturer will likely not be able to meet our quality standards for the Punch Caddy in the future, we do not have any plans to offer a revised or equivalent product in its place.

For an explanation and some answers to questions, check the Q & A at the bottom of the post.


On to the GOOD news….

From my Count there are 50 separate punch sets in the new body style though since there are 3 in the itty bitty punch pack you technically have 52 punches in the new style plus a hand punch for a total count of 53 individual punches that break down in the following way:

25 Extra Large (XL)
9 Large (L)
3 Medium (M)
7 Small (S)
6 Borders
2 Corners 
1 Handheld

53 Total Punches

Wow!  Talk about a nice selection and choice!

As you can see from that accounting Punches now come in 7 sizes or types:

Extra Large, Extra Large Double, Large, Medium, Small, Border and Corner

Most are self-explanatory and refer to a type such as the new Double punches that perform two separate actions with one punch (see the new video on this post for an explanation) or the Border and Corner punches that create Borders and matching Corner punches.  The others refer only to the size of the Punch body itself and less to the size of the punch piece.

All our previous punch designs now available in this new style create the same sized punch pieces as before.

Some names of familiar punches were changed so you wouldn’t be confused by previous names with sizes in the title.  And a little name inflation crept in along the way. 

The former Tag is now Extra-Large Tag  and the former Small Tag is now called Large Tag.  The actual sizes of the punch pieces however are the same.  The new size designations are only refering to the sizing of the punch body itself.  So new title same job…sound familiar….LoL!  😀



To help you keep track of your new punches I’ve created a spreadsheet that includes all the new punches in list form with an Inventory Section, Sizing and Measurements section and a few other odds and ends.  This chart is also in my SCRIBD documents as well as uploaded to other stamping forums.

 In this Punch Chart Spreadsheet I created with Excel you’ll find the following:

An inventory section so you can track which punches you have and whether they are new or old style.

The order numbers and prices so you can have a one page reference (well actually 3)  for future orders.  (Probably should have added a column for Wish List but I wanted all columns to print on one page – LOL!  Perhaps you could put a W in the New column so you know you WANT that punch.)

Punch size designation and chart.

A listing of all punch piece measurements (yep even the itty bitty owl eyes were measured!) of every piece that every current punch produces. 

Please keep in mind these measurements are somewhat approximate.  They depend on my less than engineering class ruler (the calipers were in the garage packed away with my husbands drafting tools) and my less than perfect mid life eyes – LOL!  I did remember to include the new punches in the Holiday mini though so you’ll be up to date until I revise it in Januarywith the release of the Occasions mini if Stampin’ Up issues more new punches.  The only thing missing is pictures (that’s what catalogs are for – duh!)!    

 New Style Punch Chart & Inventory – revised – 2010-2011 IBC – PDF version

Excel spreadsheet version can be found here in my SCRIBD files –


Tip:  Kim Score in her blog post here –  suggests the following as the basic punch set you want for making a wide variety of fun punch creations:

Ornament (119847)
Wide Oval (119859)
Large Oval (119855)
Small Oval (119863)
1 3/4″ Circle (119850)
1 3/8″ Circle (119860)
3/4″ Circle (119873)
1/2″ Circle (119869)
Modern Label (119849)
Heart to Heart (119881)
Scallop Circle (1198534)

(order numbers are from the US catalog)


Punch Caddy Q&A

We, like you, are disappointed that we cannot offer the Punch Caddies for sale. But because of our ongoing commitment to providing you with the highest quality products, we simply cannot allow this product to go live. If you have additional questions about this matter, we’ve prepared a brief Q&A.

Q: What were the quality issues with the Punch Caddy?
A: Through usability testing we discovered problems with the functionality of the Punch Caddy, as well as issues with materials and aesthetics that did not meet our standards.

Q: Will you offer a Punch Caddy in the future?
A: We have no immediate plans to manufacture the Punch Caddy as it is currently designed. We will possibly look into an equivalent product in the future, but we do not have any firm plans to do so at this time.

Q: Why don’t we get a different vendor to produce the Punch Caddy?
A: The problems with the punch caddy are in the design, molds and materials. Even if we selected another vendor, it would not be possible for them to manufacture a product that would meet our quality standards.

Q: Why are items that are not yet for sale included in the Idea Book & Catalog?
A: The timelines of the Idea Book & Catalog and product development sometimes overlap, and some products are still in development when the catalog goes to press. At the time of printing, we have assurances from our vendors that the products will be ready at or shortly after catalog launch. As the Idea Book & Catalog is the Stampin’ Up! storefront, including them in the catalog provides them with the broadest exposure—much more than they would receive if we were to launch those products independent of the Idea Book & Catalog. Unfortunately, in the case of the Punch Caddy, difficulties arose that will prevent it from being offered at all. Future print runs of the 2010–2011 Idea Book & Catalog will not feature the Punch Caddy at all.


Enjoy your new punch tracking tool.   Feel free to share it around – though I wouldn’t mind if you want to give me credit for it :D.   And sorry I had to break the sad, bad news about the punch caddies…they sure looked lovely.

 Hugs and Blessings and happy punching!


Tightwad Tuesday Returns! – New Color Kit options and more great deals!

Hi all,

Todays Tightwad Tuesday is taking a look at the new color kits available in Stampin’ Up’s new 2010-2011 catalog.  Lots of wonderful deals and practical solutions to adding the new colors to your collection.

If you haven’t already you can see the new flyer describing these kits here –

 and several are also noted in the catalog on page 194.

The purpose of the kits is to allow you (and me 😀 ) to catch up with all the new and returning colors that were introduced in Stampin’ Up’s recent Color Renovation – for more on the Color Renovation see this previous post.

So lets get started….

First off starting with the basics of paper and ink you have a couple of choices with two kits.  The most basic one includes the five newest core colors (core colors are continuing colors found in each of the 4 new collections and distinct from the ever changing In Colors) and the retitled Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft) that now has matching ink to go with the paper (Yay Crumb Cake – one of my all time favorite colors).  And the second paper/ink combo kit includes not only these 6 core colors but also several of the returning and previous In Colors that you may or may not have in your stamping arsenal.

This means you have a few choices to make.  Check out my unbiased price comparisons and then you will be able to tell whether it’s a better deal to buy kits and maybe get some extra ink with the larger kit or if it’s a better deal to get the smaller kit with all new colors and pick up the returning colors as individual papers and ink.


The cost savings of this first kit break down like this.

6 stamp pads @ $5.95 each = $35.70  

That’s the standard cost for inkpads in the new catalogwhich is more than the cost of the entire kit.  So in essence you are not only getting the paper for free you are also saving almost $.13 each on the ink pads as well.  The paper alone is worth  $6.95 (the price of most paper packs with 24 sheets) thus making the savings wrapped into this kit a luscious and colorful (tee, hee just had to put that in there)  22%.  


This second kit provides not only the 5 new core colors from the earlier kit but also the ink pads and papers from the returning In Colors.  Now if you already have the returning In colors the first kit is fine if you don’t you have to figure out how many of those colors you are missing.   If you were to buy each of these ink pads separately you would pay $95.20 plus the cost of paper which isn’t available in this type of package.  So once again if this kit works for you then you are getting the paper for free and saving $.25 in total on the pads.    The paper alone is valued at $9.27.  Add the paper and the savings on the pad and you have a 10% savings.   That being the case if you have more than 1 of these pads unless you want the extras as gifts you would be better off buying the first kit to get the new core colors and purchasing the extra pads by themselves as needed.   If on the other hand you’ve never dived into our In Color Collections you are going to love this kit and you’ll soon see why we were all nuts over them the first time around!


Trust me when I say these pictures of the new In Colors just don’t do them justice!   Once you see them in person you’ll be happy you picked up this bundle!

For the first time Stampin’ Up is offering an In Color Bundle kit to everyone!  In the past you had to be a demonstrator to have access to a deal like this.  Now it’s available to everyone.  Once again it breaks down like this:

5 ink pads @ $5.95 each = $29.75.  So the paper is costing you only $.20.  A pack that normally costs $6.95.    That’s a 22% savings wrapped into this kit!  A steal of a deal and these colors will be available for two years now so you know you’re going to want them all!   I might also point out that these wonderful new In Colors also have their very own set of matching markers too.  You can find that set of markers on page 194 of the catalog (#119801, $14.95).


Both practical and cost effective this kit provides not only cash savings but it allows you to fill in your previous set of markers with the 5 new colors and 7 of the returning in colors that were never before available in markers.  It also provides a new index card for your full size kit.  Of course if you don’t have any of the markers yet your best deal is to buy the new full Many Marvelous Markers Kit on page 194 that provides each of the colors in the Collections (except Whisper White and Very Vanilla)  in one handy carry pack.    You also have the option to purchase each collection’s markers separately for a total of 4 sets that allow you to spread the  cost over time.   Three markers from the returning In Colors were not included in this kit because Stampin’ Up felt many would already have purchased the 2009-2010 set of In Color markers.  Those colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & Soft Suede.  If you don’t already have these they can be purchased individually and added to your kit.

Note: This kit also does not include the new set of In Color markers.  Some people are getting confused about this.  Check the listing of colors to see exactly which marker colors are included.

 Here’s the price breakdown and savings of the kit.

13 markers @3.50 each = 45.50  which equals a 27% savings or an average price of  $2.77 for each marker.

Tip: If you already have some markers or are looking for a more convenient storage solution for the individual collections of markers try using our new Clear mount stamp cases ( # 119105 page 192).  For $4.95 you get  a total of 4 cases and each one will hold 10+ markers, blender pens, etc.  These cases are also great for storing stencils, rub-ons, die cuts, punch pieces and more.  And being mostly clear its easy to see what you have in them.


This kit has had a hold up from the supplier so can’t yet be ordered but once it arrives you’ll be loving it.  Not only will it update your current pastel collection but it comes with an entirely new case for your chalky darlings.  Narrower (or is that less deep?)  it fits on a craft desk/table much more easily making it’s use more practical.  With 19 new colors – many never before available in pastel form – you’ll have an almost half brand new set of pastels and you’ll still have the old case to store the retired colors in.

No real money savings on this kit except that it saves you the cost of  an otherwise full new set of pastels.  Basically you are paying about half the cost of the full kit plus about $2 for the new case.  A reasonable deal since it saves you $10 you’d otherwise have to spend to get these very cool new colors.

Tip: If you are just getting started with Pastels and all the many techniques but money is tight you can get half the full set of colors with this kit and save $10 over the price of the full set.  Of course once you start using them you’ll want the full array of colors so you might want to save up and get the whole set anyway! 😀


Another kit with a supplier bottleneck giving you time to decide which way to go –  this is a great way to expand your current set of  WaterColor Wonder Crayon collection.  Once again you get not only 17 new colors – many never seen in this format before – but you also get 4 new tins with all new color inserts.   If you already have the complete set of Crayons this is the way to go to upgrade.  If you are somewhere in between that’s a bit more difficult as you will end up with some duplicates as you fill in or purchase all new collections.  On the other hand if you are going to have duplicates these are the colors to have!

This is also another kit that’s hard to evaluate the savings for.   The average cost per crayon in the full kits are $1.70 each (not splitting out for the cost of the tin they come in.  This kit the cost average is $2.35 a piece though you are also getting 4 new tins and index cards.  See what I mean about being hard to evaluate?   It all depends.  If you have the previous 4 tins then this is a cost effective way to get all the newer colors since otherwise you’d spend twice as much to purchase the new collections individually.   If you only have maybe one collection I’d go ahead and buy all new.  If you have two tins well then it’s a bit of a toss up and the best I can tell you is that once again these are colors you’ll use and the extra tins can be used for lots of other project uses as well as storing Crayons!  Only you can decide for yourself on this set.


Hopefully this has been a helpful showcase and evaluation of the new kits being offered.   I have to say I was impressed when Stampin’ Up! let their demonstrators know these would be coming.  Not all companies do the best they can to ease the pain of wholesale transitions.  Many would just expect you to replace old product with all new sets.  I love that Stampin’ Up has their customers (and their demo’s) crafting interests and their budgets  in mind.  Besides saving on the new colors gives us that much more to spend on stamps right??!!   LoL!  Yep – I’m addicted to stamping…can you tell?


If you need any of these kits to round out your own collections click on my Shop Now button at the top of the sidebar and you’ll be whisked away to my online store for easy shopping.  Anyone purchasing one of these kits online from my store will receive a special thank you set of goodies along with a handcrafted card (just to make these great deals even better!).


Come back for Frugal Friday when we’ll be discussing what you need to get started stamping if you are just starting out or are looking for a starter kit for friends or family members with a gift occasion coming up.  Of course even your own supplies might be ready for a bit of freshening up as well so stay tuned.

One last note:

I’ve found another very fun blogger you really should check out – fabulous designs and fun stories and pictures from life on a horse ranch.  This post was a lot of fun – loved the line about mothers of red heads –


Hug and blessings to you all and I hope you had a smashing 4th of July! – Jean

New Punch Video from Stampin’ Up!

Hi All,

Stampin’ Up has posted a new video on the customer site you might find helpful.  It shows a number of our new punches and how they work as well as comparing to the old style.

How to Use The New Punches Video




Hugs and Blessings – Jean

New Catalog Day!!! Yay!!!

Hi All,

Thanks for your patience while I’ve been missing in action. 

Today is the day!  New Catalogs….Yay!!!


I can finally show you the latest catalogs gorgeous cover…and…better yet…I can give you links to download your very own digital copies as well as the coordinating recipes/supplies list for all the gorgeous new samples.

I hope you’ll be as impressed with this new catalog as I’ve been (yep as a demonstrator I got mine a whole month early!  Ask me how you can get the same kind of benefits and so much more by joining my team). 

New layout, new colors, new samples and lots of tips, tables and easy creative crafting info and ideas right at your fingertips. 

And the stamps!!  Lots and lots of new stamp designs and of course cool new accessories and embellishments too.   New storage solutions, new tools (Distressing tool kit looks especially cool), new papers and so much more.  I’m positively giddy with delight even after a month of previewing…probably giddy because I had to hold my breath so long before I could tell you all about it!


For my own personal new catalog special – to celebrate when you place an order that qualifies for hostess benefits on my Stampin’ Up website – not only will you the get free stamps and products as Hostess Rewards – I’ll also send you a free catalog so you can see this gorgeous book up close and personal.  Schedule a workshop or class event as a hostess locally and I’ll give you the same deal!  😀

AND…for internet orders or in person workshops I’ll also include a surprise gift pak too…hmm…what might it be…a new marker and some paper samples…an incentive stamp…or….you’ll have to order to see – hee, hee!


Depending on your connection speed it may take a few minutes for the downloads as some of the files are fairly large.

New Catalog Links:

Definitely Decorative Catalog PDF (Decor Elements) –
Now that you’ll be able to see all the new colors and accessories you may be wondering if you have to buy all new product to get the new colors. 
The short answer is nope not necessarily.  Stampin’ Up has created a set of kits that will allow you to convert some of your older supplies to the newest lineup of colors and at very attractive prices. 
Below is a link to a flyer describing all the kits and their order information.   I’ll be talking more about these in tomorrows Tightwad Tuesday post.  For now download the flyer so you can  start your planning.
New Color Renovation Kits Flyer (SU’s official one) –
Enjoy the new catalog, samples and supply lists my friends.  I’m off to read the recipes so I can finally figure out how they made all those cool new samples.
Hugs and Blessings and have a great New Catalog Day!  – Jean
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