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Happy New Years Card get head for next year!

Happy New Years to you, I hope you are able to share this special day with special friends or family.   I want to share a creative 2017 Happy New Years card.  

You read that right!  I always say I am going to stamp next years cards earlier in the year and not wait to the last minute.  After all we know it is going to happen.  

Why not plan on sending out a New Years Card next year instead of a Christmas Card.  Your card will arrive after all the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.    

Number of Years Happy New Years Card 2016 Occassions Stampin' Up! Catalog #stampinup #numberofyears #newyearscard 2

This card was created using the following items.

Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog

  • 1406530 Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set 
  • 140622 Large Numbers Freamlits Dies 
  • 140552 It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack 
  • 140555 Baker's Twin Combo Pack

Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog

  • 134174 Fabulous Four Stamp Set
  • 140272 Whisper White Thick Cardstock 
  • 138424 Mint Macaron Cardstock 
  • 132708 Tuxedo Black Ink Pad 
  • 132622 Gold Foil Paper
  • 133363 Fancy Foil Designer Vellum 
  • 107301 Whisper White Envelopes

  Omit Stamping Techique Stampin' Up! Fabulous Four Stamp Set

This is one of my favorite stamps, but I only wanted to use the celebrate from the stamp so I colored it with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Mark omitting the words I didn't want.  


Large Numbers Framelit Dies cutting numbers out of center of foil mat www.stampinupcom #stampinup #largenumberframelits 2

I like to conserve when ever I can especially if is a specialty paper like the Gold Foil Paper.  I cut the numbers out of the center of the Gold Foil Mat.  The I'ts My Party Designer Series Paper covered up the cut out numbers and no one will every know.

So think about getting a huge head start for next year.  You can begin to order items from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog on January 5.  

I hope you will be able to use the little stamping tips I shared today!  

Have a wonderful New Years!



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New Stampin' Up! Occasions Number of Years Stamp Set

Today I paired the new Number of Years stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog with the Celebrate Today stamp set and the Cherry on Top Designer Paper Stack from the Annual Catalog.  

Number of Years Birthday Card Occasions Catalog #stampinup 10

For the card base I used the Whisper White Thick cardstock (4 1/4" x 11"), this is a new product in this years annual catalog and is the same weight as the colored cardstock.  It makes a great sturdy base for your card.  

I layered Watermelon Wonder cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") and stamped Happy Birthday in Basic Black on the bottom.

The balloon patterned paper (3 1/4" x 4") is layered on a Pool Party Mat (3 1/2" x 4 1/4").  


Number of Years Stamp Set Occasions Catalog #stampinup #brithdaycard 3

I tied the super duper 3/8" Pool Party Glimmer Ribbon (also from the Occasions catalog) around the Pool Party cardstock about 3/4" from the top.   This is a very soft easy to tie ribbon.


Number of Years Stamp Set Occasions Catalog #stampinup #brithdaycard 10

The balloon is stamped in Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink and cut out with the Coordinating Balloon Framelits.  The #4 was stamped in Pool Party Classic Ink and cut out with it's coordinating Number Framelits and adhered to the balloon with a dimensional. 

The finished it all off with a Linen Thread  balloon string. 

Think of all the special people you can customize a Birthday or Anniversary card for using these numbers.  

Did you receive a 2016 Occasions Catalog in the mail yet?  Everyone who has placed an order with me in the last 12 months should have or received or will shortly the Occasions Catalog in the Mail.  If you didn't please let me know.  

If you don't have a demonstrator and would like to receive an Occasions Catalog from me, contact me to learn more. 

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Stampin' Up! Occasion Catalogs Arriving Across North America

Hello Stampers,

Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy here.  

Okay I can't wait any longer to share a really great stamp set that you can use for an endless amount of occasions.  The Stampin' Up! stamp set is called Number of Years and is one of the new stamp sets in the 2016 Occasion Catalogs, you will be able to see this catalog online and able to order from it starting on January 5th.  

Because it is not released yet I am unable to show you the entire set, but I can share a card made with it. 

Number of Years Birthday Card Occasions Catalog #stampinup 4

I can also tell you what stamps are included. It has the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 to create any number you want.  

It has the words...

  • ~GRADE~
  • {AGAIN}
  • ST
  • ND
  • NO.
  • RD
  • TH

The saying...

the number of years the world has been a better place because you're in it.


Number of Years Stamp Set Occasions Catalog #stampinup #brithdaycard

The number and banner are cut out using the Numbers Framelits Dies that.  

The stamp set also includes the above banner and a small pennant and  also some leaves and stems, small flowers, and a swish!  I stamped up 8 cards last week using this set and can't wait to share them with you.  


Number of Years Stamp Set Occasions Catalog #stampinup #brithdaycard 2

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards from our December Border Buddies Bundles cards.  I stamped the numbers  and cut them out with the coordinating Numbers Framelit and the Big Shot.   And don't forget when you bundle the stamp set and dies you save 15%.

In the United States CLICK HERE here to learn more about my Border Buddies Bundles

In Canada CLICK HERE to learn more about Alison's Border Buddies Bundles

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Merry Christmas Stamping Friends

I totally enjoy getting ready for it Christmas.  I love to wrap gifts and creating fun Christmas tags to go with them.  As the years go on it gets a bit more challenging to come up with new tags.  Each year the kids look forward to seeing what I have come up with.   

I was excited that our Daughter-in-Law altered my tags from last year to use this year.  

Click Here to see last years packages and tags.

Home for Christmas Designer Series Christmas Tags 2015 #stampinup #christmastags

The minute I saw  the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and the Striped Ribbon I knew I wanted to use them for my Christmas tags this year.


Home for Christmas Paper Christmas Tags

This tag is made using Whisper White Thick Cardstock 2" x 4 1/4" with a layer of Home for Christmas Designer Paper (dotted Pool Party and Very Vanilla pattern).

The tops are punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.


Home for Christmas Paper Christmas Tags #stampinup #christmastags #homeforchristmas

I cut the Santa's out of the Home for Christmas Designer Paper and adhered to the tags.  I then placed a layer of snowflake foil vellum over the top and tied them together with the Real Red Stripped Ribbon.  

Embellished each silver snowflakes with the Basic Jewel Rhinestones.  


Home for Christmas Paper Christmas Tags #stampinup #Santa #christmastags 2

For the other packages I created used Whisper White Thick cardstock and layered with the Real Red Stripped Foil Velum.

The tag was embellished with the awesome Pool party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon that will be available in the New Occasions Catalog that starts on January 5, 2016. 



Home for Christmas Paper Christmas Tags #stampinup #Santa #christmastags

I am excited to see all our Children and Grandchildren's faces when they see the package tomorrow.  

Thanks you for stopping by today,  I hope this finds you enjoying the warmth and love of family and friends this Christmas.  

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

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Great Last Minute Christmas Gift!

It's not to late to give your stamping friends and family a wonderful Christmas gift delivered right to their door each month.  Or maybe you want to treat yourself.  

Paper Pumpkin Stamping Kit Subscription #paperpumpkin

You can purchase a one-month, three-month or six-month and even a year for that special stamping friend (or that special You!).  

Each month a fully designed project kit will arrive with stamps, ink, paper and step by step directions –everything ready to go. 


And Stampin' Up! even has a video online to go with them like this one.  If reading this in your email click here to view video


November Paper Pumpkin Christmas Card #stampinup #paperpumpkin #christmascard 2

Last month's Paper Pumpkin had 10 Christmas Cards - 2 Styles, this is one of the cards.  

Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are just $19.95 per month and that includes S&H so that is under $2.00 per card. 

November Paper Pumpkin Christmas Card #stampinup #paperpumpkin #christmascard

This is the other card that was in the November Paper Pumpkin kit.  

I created the cards and sent them to my Top Ten demonstrator in sales on my team.  

I love Paper Pumkin myself!  It is  fun for me to sit down and create 8-10 hand stamped cards or projects that I don't have to prep myself.   If you love paper crafting you will love Paper Pumpkin!



Do you need a few more things under the tree or perhaps a stocking stuffer.  

Just visit my online store and select how many month's you would like.

CLICK HERE to Check Paper Pumpkin Out!

After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail you can wrap up in a package and slip under the tree or place it in a card to put in their stocking!  It's easy to Redeem your subscription with the code at  


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As quick as a WInk...Wink of Stella that is!

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week with a preview of an awesome new product coming in the Occasions Catalogue!  it's called Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and it is fabulous.  It's a glitter pen that adds sparkle to your stamped images.

Here's how it works:

1. Stamp your image (an outline image works great)

2. Colour in the image using any medium you wish

3. Use the Wink of Stella pen over the top of the coloured parts and you have instant glitter accents!  They just shimmer!

4. Voila - easy peasy it's done!




This is a card I made using the new stamp set Birthday Blooms from the Occasions catalogue (launches on January 5!) and I simply stamped the image and embossed in silver, watercoloured it with an Aqua Painter and inks and then went over the petals with the Wink of Stella Glimmer Brush pen.  It takes a nice image and just makes it POP right off the page!




I wish I could "show" you how much this glimmers in the light because it is stunning!


  Birthday Blooms Stain Glass


Here's another card using the same new stamp set - Birthday Blooms - with the Stained Glass Technique.  To make this card you will:

1. Stamp your image on Vellum with Versamark and apply White Embossing Powder.  Heat set.

2. Turn the image over and working from the back add colour using Stampin' Write Markers.  Use strong colours as they show through the    vellum better.

3. Add the shimmer with the Wink of Stella Glimmer Brush pen.

Here's a close up of the flowers and I think I caught the glimmer look better in this example.


Birthday blooms close up


Can you see the "sparkle" on the petals?  The Wink of Stella Glimmer Brush comes in both Gold and Clear.  I used the clear brush in both of today's examples.

So are you excited about the new Occasions Catalogue?  Patsy and I mail out copies to our customers but if you aren't on our mailing lists please let us know and we'll mail one to you - US Customers should contact Patsy and Canadian Customers should contact me (Alison Solven). 

The exciting catalogue release is for Sale-a-bration which takes place January - March and offers customers free rewards with a purchase of $50 (US) or $60 (Canadian).  There are so many adorable stamps and accessories and they are all FREE. 

Patsy and I want to wish all of you in cyber stamping land a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We thank you for your business this year and for following our blogs and look forward to sharing our passion for stamping in 2016!


Want Stamps?

Click here to order from Alison in Canada       or click here to order from Patsy in the US

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What is your favorite stamp set
in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

Sometime when the catalog first comes out I love a particular item - then after awhile I fall in love with something else.  Now that the Holiday Catalog is coming to a close I thought it would be fun to share my Top 3 stamp sets.

#1 Cozy Christmas

Love this stamp set and the coordinating Home for Christmas paper it tops my list!

#2 Winter Wishes

Winter Wishes stamp set

It was a pretty even tie between one and two, I was really hoping this one would be held over, it is the perfect stamp set for winter masculine cards.


Don't you love the sled.  Our daughter has this vintage sled on her step decorated with Christmas Lights.


#3 Wonderland


This is another great stamp set for those "guy" cards.  It is also the best tree to come along since Lovely as a Tree. 

I would love to hear what is your favorite stamp set in the Holiday Catalog - I know it is hard to narrow it down to one! 

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your busy schedule - it means so much and I hope I have been able to give you some inspriation for your next stamping project.  

I would love to hear which is your favorite stamp set in the Holiday Catalog....
Just click on the comments link below my signature at the end and leave a comment please.   Happy Stamping!

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Border Buddy Card Sketch - BB004

Welcome to Border Buddies Monthly Card Sketch.  It’s the Third Wednesday of each month. We hope you will play along and have a chance to win a free gift.  This month's sketch is by Alison Solven and I'm guest posting today on Patsy's blog.

BB Sketch 4 - final-001

How to play:

  • Stamp a card using this months Sketch
  • Use only Stampin' Up! Products (can be current or retired)
  • Snap a picture and post it to our facebook pages (doesn't have to be picture perfect!)
  • You can submit as many samples as you wish - Please use BB003 for your card
  • Each time your post a card your name will be added to the drawing.
  • You have until Monday December 13 to post your cards on our facebook pages to be eligible for the drawing.
  • Once we have announced the winner, you have 24 hours to email us with your snail mail address. (we will announce the winner in our Wednesday December 16 Blog Post)

Patsy's Page - US Stamper's Post your card Here!
Alison's Page - Canadian Stamper's Post your card Here!

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and enter as many times as you wish!

We hope you are inspired to sit down and stamp a card using the sketch.  Would love to see lots of cards this month!

BB Sketch 4 - pines

Here is my card for this month.  I used the Peaceful Pines stamps and matching Perfect Pines Framelits Dies. Purchase them together in a bundle and save 15%!


 And here is the card Patsy made using the Sprinkles of Life and matching Tree Builder Punch - the current Ronald McDonald stamp set.  Stampin' Up! will donate $3 from each stamp set sold to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

December Border Buddies Card Sketch BB004 #stampinup #BB004


Border buddies sketch winner

Sadly you must have all been busy and forgotten to enter!  You can enter more than one month and you can enter more than one card.  I'd love to send you a present in the mail so make sure to go to our Facebook groups and upload your art!


*We will randomly pick two winners (one from the United States & one from Canada).  I will post the US winner on my Blog - Alison will post the CA winner on her blog.  Then on the 3rd Wednesday of the following month when we post our new Template we will announce the winners and post the winning cards on our blogs!  The winners will receive a small gift in the mail.

Note:  We can only Ship to the US & Canada.  The Winner will have 24 hours to email us their mailing address so stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!  Good luck!

So Let's Get Stampin'!

Want Stamps?

Click here to order from Alison in Canada       or click here to order from Patsy in the US

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2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Ends January 4, 2016

This week is going to be filled with Christmas baking and wrapping presents.  I like to make special tags for our Christmas packages so some stamping will be in store too.  I will share the packages when I have them wrapped and under the tree. 

Hopefully I will have time to get some Christmas Cards in the mail too - I am a bit behind on that.

Are you ready for Christmas? 

January 4, 2016 sounds a long ways off but it is just around the corner.  I want to share with you a few Stamp Sets that are only available until January 4, 2016 or...

While Supplies Last!

Joyful Season Photopolymer Stamp Set pg. 29

Joyful Season Circle Punch Cardinal Card #stampinup #joyfulseasons #Christmascards

Make a awesome Christmas Card or...


Joyful Season Stamp Set, Happy Birthday Card, #stampinup #joyfulseason #birthdaycard

Turn the cardinal into a blue-jay and use all winter long.


Jolly Christmas Stamp Set pg.27


Check out the cute little Reindeer paper clips accent.

Now on sale 10 for only $2.80



Don't you just love to stamp a little something extra inside as shown here?

CLICK HERE for more Holiday Catalog Items on Sale & Year End Sale items

CLICK HERE to view and/or download the Holiday Catalog Retiring List

Hopefully you won't miss out on the items still on your Holiday Catalog Wish List!  Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for this months Border Buddies Card Sketch.

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A Great Handstamped Card for Any Occasion

Stampin' Up! Year End Sale

Hello Stampers,

Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy here.  I wanted to share with you the All Abloom Paper Stack that is one of the items in the End of the Year Sale. 

All Abloom designer series paper stack #stampinup #patternedpaper

This awesome stack comes with all these patterns.  This pack of
48 sheets is only $2.78 and yes you are reading that right!

Colors it coordinates with: Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White.


Hello You Thinlits Die Card Stampin' Up! #stampinup #bigshot #thinlitsdies

I shared these two card last spring but thought I would share them again as they are great example using the All Abloom paper.   The Hello is from the Hello You Thinlits Dies.

Hello You Card Stampin' Up! Thinlits Dies #stampinup #bigshot #thinlits

This card uses the same template but I used the negative part of the thinlit to create a see through with cardstock behind it. 

Want to check out more samples using this paper...

click here to visit my pinterest board!


Hello You Thinlit Dies Stampin' Up! #stampinup #bigshot #thinlitdies

Here is what is included in the Hello You Thinlits Dies.  Thinlit dies help you create detailed die-cuts with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle. Includes ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily. Words are about 4 1/4" x 1 1/2".  

So don't wait too long before you hop over to our online Stores and check out the End of the Year Sale.  Remember items are while supplies last only!

Want to check out the sale?

Click here to order from Alison in Canada     

Click here to order from Patsy in the US


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