Talking Tags & Fancy Friends

As promised, this post is all about two products that were introduced recently to Stampin’ Up! customers and demonstrators: Talking Tags and the Fancy Friends Kit.


talking tag

Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts to personalize your project! Buy them as a sheet – 10 tags for only $7.95 (item #129723).

How to record a voice message:

  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on your smartphone from, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you’re ready!).

You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you’ve completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.

To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.


fancy friends kit

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item #132319). If six isn’t enough, add Note Cards to your order (item #107311) because extra rhinestones are already included in the Fancy Friends kit.

To assemble the cards:

  1. Stamp the doily image in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink three times on the card and once on the envelope, re-inking between uses.
  2. Stamp “Friends” in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink on the front of the card.
  3. Adhere the flowers to the card. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.

NEW: Year, Catalog, & Promotions!

Happy New Year! I know it’s cliche, but can you believe it’s already 2013? I feel like the last two months have completely flown by and gotten away from me.

Being a full-time stay at home mom from April through September really got me in a pickle. I discovered new blogs, new craft projects, sewing, and the reality of Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong – I had a great time; but now that I’m back to work, I can’t figure out how I managed everything!

I have no doubt that the new year is definitely going to be challenging, but I hope you’ll stick with me. I have so many projects that I have already made and want to make – and of course, share with you. I won’t try to commit to a certain number of projects a week; I’m just going to do my best.

That being said, there are several new things with Stampin’ Up! that I’m excited to share with you!


spring catalog 2013 cover image

The Spring Catalog is here and runs January 3 – May 31, 2013. I hope you like it as much as I do – I’d love to hear your thoughts about your favorite items in the comments! It’s so hard to pick a favorite – I love the Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP.


valentine treat bundle_jan 2013

Stampin’ Up! is offering two great Valentine’s Day promotions and bundles from January 3 – January 21, 2013. Get the details on my Promotions page.


sab cover image 2013

Sale-a-Bration 2013 starts on January 22 – and I think you’ll love the products that are available this year. I’ll be showcasing some as soon as I receive my order!

What is Sale-a-Bration? This year, Sale-a-Bration runs January 22 – March 22, 2013 and offers free products for every $50 (before tax and shipping) that you spend in any of the catalogs. Sale-a-Bration products are not priced – they are free with purchase – and range from paper to accessories to stamp sets.


I will only be keeping my online ordering website active until the end of January. I originally signed up to allow my customers to order Clearance items and order 24 / 7. But, I’ve noticed that most would prefer to contact me directly – and I love taking care of you! If you’d like me to keep it active, please let me know in the comments below.

I think that’s enough for now! I’ll be back later this week with some products that aren’t in the catalog. 🙂

Online Extravaganza!

Stampin’ Up! just announced its biggest online sale of the year – Monday, November 19 – Wednesday, November 28! For 10 days only, you can get amazing discounts – up to 50 percent – on some of your favorite products. In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24 hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza – Stampin’ Up! doorbusters.

Curiosity got the best of you? Well, this Online Extravaganza Flyer outlines everything that will be on sale, including current and discounted pricing.

The Fine Print: No minimum order requirement. May be added to order with other products from the Holiday Catalog and Annual Catalog. For product bundles, please use the special bundle item number. If you use individual item numbers, you will not get the bundle discount. 


Stampin’ Up! is kicking off November in a big way! From November 1 – December 16, the new ink-redible promotion offers an entire collection of stamp pads for FREE when you host a qualifying party ($450 or more before tax and shipping) or sign up to become a demonstrator. That’s a $49.95 value!

HOSTESS: You can invite your friends to a party at your house, where we’ll complete a make-and-take and a demonstration and talk stamps! Or, you can host a catalog party, where your friends can order from the catalog, and you get the benefits. Not only will you get a new stamp pad collection (excluding Neutrals & InColor Collections), but you’ll also get free merchandise based on your party total.

DEMONSTRATOR: Be a part of the Stampin’ Up! family and share what you love with your friends while earning extra income and getting product discounts. You can join my team by signing up to be a demonstrator. Not only will you receive $125 of product for only $99, but you’ll also receive a free stamp pad collection (excluding Neutrals & InColor Collections) and other great perks!

The best part? You have no commitment to make purchases or sell product to meet quarterly sales minimums until April 2013! There’s no penalty for quitting, but we’re pretty sure that once you start, you won’t want to stop!


Stampin’ Up! added two assortments to the Single Stamp Pilot that I mentioned a few weeks ago. Check out the assortments – including several never-before-seen stamps (!) – on the Promotions page.


Bi-monthly, demonstrators receive an exclusive publication from Stampin’ Up! filled with inspiration, business tips, and information from other demonstrators. For the first time ever, it’s your turn to get a glimpse of Stampin’ Success Magazine. It’s only one of the benefits you’d receive if you sign up to be a demonstrator too.

Annnnnnnd, before I go, I promise I’ll be back next week with some creative inspiration! I apologize for my absence – vacation and Halloween got the best of me. Oh, what’s that? You’d like to see a picture of us at Halloween? I’m pretty darn proud of this, so I’ll take a second to brag – I made the Mario hat and the Toad costume, except the shirt!

Check out these amazing tutorials that I used for the costumes: Mario Hat  |  Toad Hat & Vest  |  Pajama Pants

Have a great weekend!

15% Off Stamps, 50% off MDS Kits, & New Single Stamps


It’s your chance to help make history – Stampin’ Up! is setting a goal to sell as many stamps in one day as possible – and that day is today! This is an unprecedented sale with no minimums and no limits on the number you can buy.

Click on the image to the left to place your order today. This offer does not include hostess sets, bundles (they’re already 15% off!), and digital media.


From October 29-November 5, ALL My Digital Studio kits will be 50% off! Below is a listing of these kits; you can view and purchase them in my online store.

Also, Stampin’ Up! will be offering THREE free downloads, also through my online store. BONUS – if 18,000 free downloads are received, Stampin’ Up! will offer another free download.

Item Designer Kit Retail Value Sale Price
50% Off
130861 Afternoon Daydream Kit $9.95 $4.97
129928 Afternoon Tea II Kit $9.95 $4.97
119839 Always Elegant Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
129358 Attic Boutique Kit $9.95 $4.97
122175 Autumn Spice Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
127600 Autumn Traditions Kit $9.95 $4.97
130969 Bandstand Kit $7.95 $3.97
130970 Be of Good Cheer Kit $7.95 $3.97
123728 Celebrations Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
130982 Chevron Punch Kit $7.95 $3.97
123956 Christmas Cheer Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
120880 Christmas Cocoa II Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
127362 Convention 2011 Digital Photo Kit $9.95 $4.97
128876 Day in the Life Kit $14.95 $7.47
130059 Fifty Nifty Kit $9.95 $4.97
130062 File it Fun Kit $7.95 $3.97
131228 Friendship Preserves Kit $3.95 $1.97
128875 Frosty Days II Kit $9.95 $4.97
129924 Get it Done Kit $5.95 $2.97
129870 Good Times II Kit $7.95 $3.97
118465 Happy Birthday Digital Kit $14.95 $7.47
128872 Holiday Harmony Kit $7.95 $3.97
127773 Holly Berry Bouquet $9.95 $4.97
118466 Hoppy Memories Digital Kit $14.95 $7.47
128999 It’s all Me Kit $9.95 $4.97
130850 Joyful Times Kit $9.95 $4.97
124230 Just Add Cake Digital Kit $14.95 $7.47
124446 Leadership 2011 Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
124568 Leadership 2011 Digital Photo Kit $9.95 $4.97
124443 Love Birds Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
131231 Lovely Little Labels Kit $7.95 $3.97
129359 Mixed Bunch Kit $7.95 $3.97
119978 My Sweet Pea Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
132264 Neon Notes Kit $9.95 $4.97
129898 New Heights Kit $7.95 $3.97
122174 Nite Owl Digital Kit $7.95 $3.97
129340 Number One Kit $9.95 $4.97
129360 On the Go Kit $9.95 $4.97
124463 One Great Year Kit $9.95 $4.97
131360 Ornament Keepsakes Kit $6.95 $3.47
127599 Party Animal Kit $9.95 $4.97
131226 Picture This Kit $4.95 $2.47
130851 Pinwheels on Parade Kit $7.95 $3.97
126027 Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
131227 Providences of Provinces Kit $7.95 $3.97
130983 Raspberry Splash Kit $7.95 $3.97
118869 Recipes By Design Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
127163 Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit $5.95 $2.97
130060 Season By Season Kit $9.95 $4.97
127587 Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit $7.95 $3.97
129605 Special Delivery Bright Kit $7.95 $3.97
129606 Special Delivery Subtle Kit $7.95 $3.97
127759 Spice Cake Kit $5.95 $2.97
130852 Spring Break II Kit $9.95 $4.97
129608 Spring Fever Kit $7.95 $3.97
130076 Summer Happiness Kit $9.95 $4.97
118464 Summer Home Digital Kit $14.95 $7.47
129601 Summer Smooches Kit $9.95 $4.97
124229 Sunset Serenade Digital Kit $5.95 $2.97
129339 Sweet Shop Kit $9.95 $4.97
129882 Tea Time II Digital Kit $7.95 $3.97
132190 That’s a Wrap Kit $7.95 $3.97
127431 Tickets & Tags Kit $9.95 $4.97
125757 Tickets & Tokens II Digital Kit $7.95 $3.97
131217 Topsy-Turvey Celebration Kit $9.95 $4.97
121071 Travel Journal Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
126022 Travel Log Kit $9.95 $4.97
129332 Twitterpated Kit $9.95 $4.97
129607 Walk in the Park Kit $9.95 $4.97
132567 Winter Wonders Kit $9.95 $4.97
127609 Wicked Fun Kit $9.95 $4.97
131218 Wonderfall Kit $7.95 $3.97
120881 Write Stuff II Digital Kit $9.95 $4.97
128883 You’re My Sunshine Kit $7.95 $3.97


Are you excited about the new single stamps pilot, available until January 2, 2013? Me too! Well, Stampin’ Up! has announced two new single stamp assortments, including several NEVER BEFORE SEEN stamps! Click on the links below to view the stamps and click on the link to the right to place your order.

All single stamps are included in the one-day 15% off promotion!

Assortment #1  |  Assortment #2

Penny Spinner Tutorial

The Penny Spinner technique has so many possibilities and creates an exciting interactive piece! I used this tutorial by Stampin’ Up! to create my Penny Spinner Birthday Card. Essentially, you need to create a track for the penny to ride on; it can be any shape. Consider a circle, angle, or curve – use an X-acto knife or several dies to help. You need a 3/8” wide shape as a track. Just have fun with it!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make it:


(1) Use Word Window punch to punch a track into your card stock. Stamp card stock as desired.

(2) Sandwich a Stampin’ Dimensional between two pennies.

(3) Insert pennies into slot, carefully pulling at edges to avoid tearing card stock.

Not Pictured: Stamp and cut out your spinner image. Adhere to penny. Adhere card stock piece with spinner to your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tutorial pictures and steps taken by and copyright Stampin’ Up!

I’ve posted the tutorial of the Penny Spinner Card PDF to the Tutorials page so you can reference it whenever you need. I’d love to see your Penny Spinner creations!


Penny Spinner Birthday Card

My mom celebrated another anniversary of her 29th birthday yesterday. 🙂 It was even more special this year because we spent it together – in fact, we’re all at the beach this week soaking up the sun! This is the card I made for her and I’ll share a tutorial on Friday.

The penny spinner card is an interactive design using two pennies as a basis for the spinner. I used Patio Party DSP and the coordinating InColors. The Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon is smooth and very easy to work with. I used A Fitting Occasion Stamp Set to finish off the spinner, and Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment underneath the spinner.

Come back on Friday for a complete tutorial on how to make a Penny Spinner Card.



Paper: Midnight Muse, Patio Party, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Ink: Gumball Green, Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, A Fitting Occasion

Punches: 1″ Circle, 1 3/8″ Square, Word Window

Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip Adhesive, 3/8″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon