Tuesday, January 5, 2021

 January 2021 Stampin' Up! News

Happy 2021 to you all!


Here's hoping this new year brings us back together!  I've missed our classes and gatherings.  

With the new year, we have a new 2021 January - June Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration begins!  I have been working on getting the catalog and brochure delivered but if you still have not gotten one please let me know and I will arrange to get them to you.  

With the new catalog the Mini Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine is now available!  

While many of you are familiar with Sale-A-Bration, let me refresh your memory.  This year we will have 2 Sale-A-Bration periods!  The first will be January & February and will feature only domestically sourced products.  Stamps and designer series papers that are made in this country.  In July & August be be the 2nd Sale-A-Bration period featuring items sourced abroad.  With every $50 you spend from the Annual catalog or the Mini catalog you earn products from the exclusive Sale-A-Bration brochure!  There are a couple selections that can be earned with a $100 purchase.  

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In case you haven't heard about our Whisper White Cardstock, here is the official news we received from the home office:

Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long. We love it and we know you love it, too. We are sad to announce that the supplier’s mill producing our Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of our other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.

We know Whisper White has a huge fan base; we’re big fans, too! And we are crushed that it’s going away. Even though this decision was out of our hands, rest assured that we jumped right into action to find the best replacement paper possible. We have dedicated many hours to source and test alternative cardstock options from several suppliers to find the perfect fit that still maintains the Stampin’ Up! quality you know and trust. We are happy to share that we have found a winner for our new cardstock, Basic White!

The quality of our new Basic White was thoroughly tested by our quality assurance and product teams. It also tested very well with demonstrators and concept artists who gave it a huge thumbs up. We believe in the quality of the new Basic White cardstock and we know it will become your new crafting staple!

What does this mean for you?

Below is a list of all products that will be replaced with our new Basic White cardstock. 

  • Whisper White 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)
  • Whisper White 3" x 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (100730)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (140272)
  • Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)

Our new Basic White products will become available to purchase as soon as we have them in stock. This means that some Whisper White and Basic White products may be available at the same time. Additionally, due to the nature of sourcing, some Basic White products may not be available before the Whisper White products sell out. Please know that we are working on getting these products available to you as fast as possible.  Here is a link to the flyer with the Basic White products listed. 

Since this change is outside our control, we haven’t been able to tackle all necessary alterations at once. You may still see the name Whisper White on some of our non-cardstock product labels, catalog, and marketing material for a while. We will be working on a rolling change to address this.

What does this mean for your customers?

While we expect this to come as quite a surprise, we hope that this transition to our new Basic White products can be an exciting change for everyone! To help soothe any nerves about this change, we want to provide as much information as possible to help you get the word out about our new Basic White cardstock.

We have a video message addressing some potential concerns that you and your customers may have. This video goes over a comparison of Whisper White to Basic White so you will know what to expect with this change. You can watch the video here. Please feel free to share this video with your customers.

It’s always hard to say goodbye, but we are excited about the new Basic White product line and we encourage you to try it out! We are confident that you’ll love it just as much as we do.

Class schedule:

While our community is still seeing an increase in virus cases, I will opt on the side of caution and not hold any in person classes this month.

Buying club news:


We will start a new buying club this month!  The club runs for 6 months at a time.  There is room for a few more to join!  Members of the club commit to making a minimum $25 purchase each month for 6 months. Each member has the chance over one of those months to be the hostess and get the hostess rewards!  January  orders will be due to me by Friday 1/29/21.  The hostess for January will be  Joyce N., and the online order hostess code is V9Z6CPEW.

Love is in the air! Send a little love to someone special with the Sending Hearts Paper Pumpkin Kit. From heaps of heart-shaped elements to paper pieces in red and pink, this month’s kit has everything you need to create eight adorable cards—with coordinating envelopes—for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and every celebration of love in between!

With the add-on to January’s sweet and sentimental kit, there’s even more love to share! The add-on—called Little Love Boxes—includes 20 tiny, printed boxes and 24 die-cut, heart-shelled snails and sentiment labels. When combined with the remaining components from the Sending Hearts kit, you can create treat packaging, additional cards, and so much more!


Name Sending Hearts


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards—four each of two designs—and coordinating envelopes.
  • Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, gold, Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate, white


Name Little Love Boxes


  • Add-on contains 20 printed mini boxes and 24 die-cut decorative pieces and sentiment labels.   The dimensions are 3” long x 2” wide x 1/2” tall.
  • Item number: 156842
  • Price: $8 USD/$11 CAD 
  • Available 1 January, while supplies last!
Note: Add-on is not included in January’s Paper Pumpkin subscription. It must be purchased through a separate order. 

Subscribe to the January 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 December and 10 January!

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Monday, November 2, 2020


November 2020 Stampin' Up! Newsletter

New products available!

Beginning  Nov. 3rd, you can purchase these exciting and innovative products!  The Curvy Celebrations Bundle includes: Quite Curvy Bundle, (Quite Curvy Stamp Set & Curvy Dies), the Curvy Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set, and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper at a 10% discount.  The exclusive Designer Series Paper and Curvy Christmas Stamp Set are available only during the Curvy Celebrations promotion.   While the Christmas items will only be available until Jan. 4th or while supplies last, the great news is this is just a preview of new products that will be coming out in the January - June 2021 Mini Catalog!   This is your chance to pre-order these awesome new products!

See The Curvy Celebrations Flier Here
The Christmas Card Stamp Camp was held on Saturday Oct. 17th.  It was quite a busy day and I'd like to thank everyone that came!  While it was not the type of event we are used to, everything worked out well!  

I do have a limited number of kits left.  If anyone is interested please let me know. The cost of each kit is $55.  They come with complete directions including pictures and everything you need except for the adhesive, ink and stamps.   Contact me by phone or email to arrange delivery of your kit!

That reminds me, if you ever text me and I do not respond, please double check the number you sent the text to.  Recently a few people ask why I didn't respond to their text messages.  Come to find out they sent a text to my home (a land line) number and of course I don't get texts there.  So let me update my numbers for you, my home (land line) phone number is 928-369-3701 and the number to my cell phone (where I do receive text messages) is 928-242-0700.  Please know that when ever I get a message I will respond, be it an email or text.  

Class Schedule:

While our community is currently seeing an increase in cases of the Corona virus, I will opt on the side of caution and not hold any in person classes this month.

Buying Club News:

This month our hostess is Diane Y.!  Please be sure to get your orders in to me before Friday, Nov. 27th.  The Hostess Code for online orders is: 3JUMA4MJ 
Would you like to learn how to quickly make 4 cards at one time?  

I'm going to offer a couple Zoom classes to show you how to quickly create this type of card set.  I used only 1 stamp set, the Forever Fern stamp set (#152559  $24.00).  You might have something at home you can use too or if you'd like I would be happy to order this stamp set for you. 

The materials I used are:
3 sheets of Very Vanilla card stock, 2 sheets were cut into
   5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for the card bases.   
1 sheet of a coordinating colored piece of card stock,
   cut into 4 - 5 1/4" x 4" pieces. 
An assortment of ink pads. 

Dates for the Zoom classes will be: 
Tuesday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.
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Thursday Nov. 19th at 7 p.m.
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I hope that you can join me at one or both of these times.  Even if you don't want to stamp along, just come to visit!
I'm so excited about the November Paper Pumpkin kit!   I love giving (and getting!) gift cards for gifts and this kit will make the giving even more festive.  I for one cannot wait to see it in person. 
Sign up by Nov. 10th to get your kit!



Name:  Jolly Gingerbread


Kit contains enough supplies to create 15 gift card carriers and coordinating envelopes.
Kit contents can also be used to design traditional holiday cards, gift tags, and other paper projects.
Contents arrive in a collectible, special-edition box!
Project size: 2-1/4" x 4"
Envelope size: 2-3/4" x 4-3/8"
Coordinating colors: Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Blushing Bride, and Whisper White
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

 2020 Christmas Card Stamp Camp

While everything is different this year, I was able to hold this annual event.  It took place at The Country Court Event Hall in Lakeside on October 17th.   Thank you to everyone that came!  I took a few pictures before and from the afternoon session.

In keeping with the COVID guidelines, there were 2 sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  The ladies that came got to make their 35 Christmas cards, received door prizes, enjoyed snacks and were able to socializing while stamping and assembling their cards.

In order to help the attendees, I had already punched and die cut everything I could so the only thing they needed to do was stamping and some dry embossing with the embossing machines.  

For those that couldn't come to the in person event,  I offered "kits" with all the materials for completing the cards, except for the ink and stamping.  There are still a few kits available if anyone is interested, please let me know.  

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 2020 Stamping News

Hello my crafty friends!  

I'm so excited to share with you the August-December 2020 Mini Catalogs and have been busy trying to get the new catalogs out! Please let me know if you are still waiting for one.  The catalog has so many great new products and ideas and even the return of some favorites from last year!  The catalog sales period begins on August 4th and if you earned Bonus Dollars coupons last month you certainly can use them to purchase from any current catalog through out the month of August.  

Thinking ahead, I have been asked by many if we will do a Christmas Card Camp this year.  Let me start by saying that we cannot use the Event Room at Solterra this year.  I do have an alternate venue at a friends recreation center near Walgreens in Show Low on Saturday October 17th.  With the current virus conditions in our area, I would like to propose something a little different.  IF we can meet in person, I would like to limit the number of people attending at one time.  So I am thinking 2 different 4 hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon so that everyone would get a chance to do their stamping.  (Please understand that it is against Stampin' Up! policy that I provide you with any stamped images.)  I would set up differently so that you would be able to do all your stamping and use a different table/area to assemble at least 1 of each card and if necessary you would be able to finish assembling at home.  

I have created an online survey to gauge what interest there would be this year, it is only 7 questions long.  I would really appreciate your feedback!  The survey can be found here: 
Stampin' Up! has been updating their website/store!  It is going live on August 4th.  Hopefully this new update will allow you to easily make your purchases online.  One of the exciting features is it will show in real time if a product is on back order or is low inventory, which I think will be very helpful for your online shopping!  Please be sure to let me know if you have any difficulty navigating the new website.
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Class Schedule:

While our community is still seeing high infection rates, I am opting on the side of caution and will not hold any in person classes this month.

Buying Club News:


This month our club hostess is Diane Y.!  Please have your orders in to me by Friday August 28th.  The hostess code for online orders is:  H7FKUGYU


No one knows when the time will come that we'll be able to safely gather again and enjoy each other's company at card classes.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.  In particular if you need ideas or have questions about any Stampin' Up! products.  Please stay safe at home and stay well!


With Paper Pumpkin, subscribers are provided with everything they need to explore their creativity and discover new ways to craft. As we navigate a “new normal” in today’s world, there’s plenty of opportunity to papercraft! And, more importantly, there’s no better time than now to create something that’ll show the essential people in your life just how awesome you think they are.

Lately, it’s become especially clear who the everyday heroes are—they’ve always surrounded us! Teachers, doctors, hairdressers, nurses, delivery workers, cashiers, and even our friends, kids, and family members go above and beyond to enrich our lives. These people are truly the world’s greatest at what they do!

Celebrate and appreciate the everyday heroes in your life with the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. The cards included in this kit are specifically designed for celebrating life’s champions! 


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes.
  • Card size: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2” x 5-3/4” (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, gold, Mint Macaron, Pacific Point, Soft Suede, white
  • The kit’s stamp set includes Distinktive stamps
  • While the elements of the August kit can be used to show appreciation for anyone, the masculine card designs are perfect for the men in your life!
  • Be sure to sign up by August 10th to get your kit!
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Friday, April 3, 2020

April, 2020 Newsletter

Hello my crafty friends!

Well this year is sure going to go down in our memories as unusual.  I have been staying home, like you are, with my husband and son since mid March.   I hope that everyone of you has been taking care of yourselves.

Stampin' Up! introduced a new suite, the Ornate Garden Suite to demonstrators last month and now it's available to you!  There are 2 stamp sets, 2 dies sets, a simply beautiful package of Designer Series Paper, a gorgeous embossing folder,  coordinating ribbon set and gold Gilded Gems.  Stamp sets and dies are of course bundled together to help you save 10% on them. 

This first bundle features the Ornate Thanks Stamp set and these 9 great new Ornate Border Dies.  Bundle #154115 and is $46.75.

This next bundle includes the stamp set Ornate Style and 8 super gorgeous Ornate Layers Dies.  Trust me when I tell you these dies are awesome and will be favorites for us!  Bundle #154119 and is $52.00.
This is the 12" x 12" Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It features lovely flowers plus all-occasion designs for a modern take on classic Victorian florals. Some sheets include gold foil designs. Excellent card making and scrap booking paper. Product colors: Bumblebee, Early Espresso, gold, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile, Whisper White Product #152488 and is $15.00.  12 double sided sheet are in this pack.

Just look at the texture in this lovely new Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder!  I just love this!  The product #152725 and it is $9.00.

The Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack gives you double the creative options with two spools of silky, shimmery ribbon. Use it on cards, tags, treat packages, and more.
* 2 spools: 1 each of 2 colors
* 1/4" (6.4 mm) wide
* 10 yards (9.1 m) total: 5 yards (4.6 m) per spool
Product colors: Old Olive, Terracotta Tile

Product #152479  $7.00
Gilded Gems152478
Price: $7.00
Add a little sparkle to your handmade cards and other paper crafts with these opaque gold Gilded Gems.
* Adhesive backed jewels
* 90 pieces—30 each in 3 sizes: 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm
Product color: gold
All these products will all be in the new Annual Catalog that will be coming out soon and sales period begins June 3, 2020.  But this suite of products are available to you NOW!  

Later this month we will get the retirement list of products that will be gone after the new Annual Catalog comes out.  One thing I know for certain is that the 2018-2020 In-Colors will say good bye.  I wanted to mention this to you in case you wanted to stock up on card stock, ribbon, ink pads and ink refills.  Those colors are:  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick & Pineapple Punch.  These products always sell out, so if you think you want anything from this collection, please don't wait!

five ink pads

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Class Schedule:

All in person classes have been cancelled until further notice.  

Buying Club:

Our hostess this month is Cathie!  All order should be to me by Friday, April 24th.  The hostess code for online orders is: 

No one knows when the time will come that we'll be able to safely gather again and enjoy each other's company at card classes.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.  In particular if you need ideas or have questions about any Stampin' Up! products.  And please keep staying at home and well!
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About the April Kit
Kit contains supplies for 8 cards and envelopes
Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
Coordinating Colors: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam

Subscribe for the April Paper Pumpkin kit from March 11–April 10 at paperpumpkin.com.
Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

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