Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018-2019 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog

My deepest apologies for the lateness of my post. As you may already know, time flies!

I have been very impressed by this year's Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog. I continue to be IN LOVE with all the products contained within the catalog!

Here are the TOP 10 PRODUCTS that I recommend to you (this is very hard to keep it to just 10)!
  1. Simply Shammy on page 206 - The reusable stamp cleaning mat is simply awesome! You can store it in a clear mount case.

  1. Stamparatus on page 207 - this is a must-have tool for all! You can perfectly align stamp images and stamp multiple times quickly and precisely.

  1. Stampin' Blends on page 205 - These are alcohol-based dual-tip markers that blend like a champ! Gotta have ALL of these, but PLEASE keep in mind that the "new" colors are not available until mid-month.

  1. In Color collections on page 183 - These colors are trendy and fun! I recommend getting the whole collection: stampin' pads, stampin' write markers, cardstock, and ribbon.

  1. Share What You Love Suite on page 177 - Every single product in that suite is absolutely stunning!

  1. Picked For You on page 171 - I personally have many teacher-friends and will definitely be using this stamp set to create some fun teacher gifts.

  1. Tranquil Textures Suite on page 155 - I love this suite because of the textures and colors used in it. Can't wait to play with it.

  1. Nature's Poem Suite on page 143 - Same as the other suites, I love the textures and colors....especially that twine!

  1. Itty Bitty Greetings on page 46 - This stamp set takes place of Teeny Tiny Wishes and it's pretty awesome with all the different fonts and occasions.
  1. Varied Vases on page 45 - There is so much versatility in this stamp set and when you pair it with the coordinating punch, it's the best!

I'd also love to share with you a document I created for all the designer paper in the catalog. I like to print it out and use it when I work on projects for a quick reference.

I hope you've been enjoying the new products and catalog! If you haven't received your very own copy of the catalog, please contact your local demonstrator. If you don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to help you in any way I can and provide you with your copy of the catalog.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Share What You Love Product Suite

It's May 1st and a wonderful promotion has been released early before the new Stampin' UP! 2018-2019 catalog on June 1st! 

The Share What You Love Suite is perfect for every level of crafting. You can choose from 4 different bundles: 

  • Just Getting Started Bundle
  • A Little More, Please Bundle
  • Gotta Have It All Bundle
  • 2018-2020 In Color ink pad Bundle

The 1st three Bundles features FREE items. You can view the the PDF by clicking on the link below.

PDF of Share What You Love Flyer

Some details that I want to highlight for you:

  • You may order items A la carte as shown on the 1st page of the PDF.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator starter kit.
  • Bundles are only available until May 31st.
  • The new 2018-2020 In-color collection is also available for ordering & it's at a discount!
  • The bundles are exclusive to this promotion and you won’t be able to enjoy the discounted price or FREE items when the 2018–2019 annual catalog comes out.

Here are some gorgeous samples using the bundles...

View the bundles in action in the video below

To order a bundle for yourself, contact your local demonstrator or if you don't have one, feel free to contact me at jretana06@gmail.com. You may also choose to order at My Online Store.

If you have any questions or comments, I'm happy to respond and help! 

Until next time... 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Graduation Money Holder

After taking a long hard look at the new Around the Corner stamp set as shown below from the Stampin' UP! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog (coming June 1st), it finally hit me....
I have a young brother graduating from High School this year and I could use this stamp set to create a little something for him.

AROUND THE CORNER stamp set (coming June 1st)

 I used a favorite returning color...mint macaroon as my main color and added some crumb cake and some night of navy. I used the popular eclipse technique on this project too. I love it!!!

I'm sure if I stuff this pocket with as many 20's as I can fit on there, my brother will be happy!

  • use the eclipse technique: stamp the cardstock to add a background, cut out the letters you desire, adhere the letters back in place of the cutout using dimensionals. Be sure to keep ALL the pieces you cut out. There's lots of videos and tutorials on Pinterest or Youtube you can view.
  • to create the pocket, I used a piece of crumb cake cardstock and cut it to 7 1/4"x7 1/4" then scored it at 1/2" then at 3 7/8". the overall size after you fold it is 3 3/8"x 7 1/4".
  • the inside crumb cake piece measures 3 1/4"x 6 3/4". 

  • mint macaroon
  • night of navy
  • mint macaroon cardstock
  • crumb cake cardstock
  • whisper white cardstock
  • Around the Corner
  • Sunshine Sayings
  • Alphabet rotary stamp (retired)
  • Big Shot
  • Large Letters framelits
  • 1/4" copper trim 

I can't wait to share some more new catalog projects and items with you as we approach the Catalog release on June 1st. Contact your local demonstrator if you'd like to receive a new catalog. Otherwise, I'd be happy to provide you one. Please e-mail me at the e-mail link on the top right of this page.

Also, be sure to check out the Retiring List and Clearance Rack and grab your favorites before they're gone.

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Welcoming the 2018 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Promotion

Happy 2018!!!
Stampin' UP! leads the new year with new and exciting products from the 2018 Occasions catalog and it's fellow Sale-a-bration promotion.

When you sale-a-brate with a product purchase of $50 or more, you receive a special Sale-a-bration item for FREE! 

Click on the images below to view the PDF of each catalog/brochure.

NOTE: Catalog runs from January 3rd through May 31st 

Get a glimpse of the Occasions catalog products on the video below by Stampin' UP!... 

The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set has already been a popular Sale-a-bration item with demonstrators and I'm sure it will also be a big hit with everyone else! Check it out...

Click HERE for all the videos of featured products in the new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure.

Be sure to take advantage of my Coordinating Colors Chart below to help you along with your projects as your create.

This color chart is also available under the 
Tutorials & Cheat Sheets Tab at the top of this page.

If you would like to receive a copy of the catalog and SAB brochure, feel free to contact me at jretana06@gmail.com or you can start shopping at my Online Store

Enjoy!~ until next time...

Friday, September 1, 2017

The 2017 Holiday Catalog

September 2017 is among us and Stampin' UP! is making your first day feel the excitement of the fall season and the upcoming Holidays.

Feast your eyes on the beautiful Holiday catalog.....

If you're a long time Stampin' UP! follower, you should know that they do not disappoint with their catalogs and products. 

I've created a resource for you to reference the Designer Paper patterns and colors. I create this for myself at every catalog and is quite useful. A tip is to print the PDF in high quality resolution (ONLY if you're printing a couple).

Check out all their Holiday videos to introduce you to the new catalog. Let's start with the yummy Designer Series Paper (DSP).

There's so many more videos to see! Click HERE.

Merry Patterns Host Promotion
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  • Through the month of September only, If you place an order at my online store using hostess code ZGTP7TVA, I will enter you into a drawing to receive FREE hostess rewards PLUS the Merry Patterns stamp set as shown below. 
  • Offer expires September 29th.
  • The grand total order from all orders received needs to equal $300 or more.
  • Hostess code is to be entered in the field under the Special Offers section of the shopping bag.

I look forward to seeing what others create with these beautiful products! 
If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Holiday Catalog, please contact your local demonstrator. If you don't have one, feel free to contact me and I will send you a copy at no cost to you!

Until next time....

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 2017 Paper Pumpkin

This month's Paper Pumpkin, Positively Picturesque, is so soft and simple. I really enjoyed putting every.single.card together! Go ahead and watch this month's video.

Here's my take on the this month's Paper Pumpkin:

"Love You" Card
I decided to use my new 1/2" finely woven ribbons in powder pink and lemon lime twist instead of the provided rectangle pieces in order to give it some more texture.

 I finished the inside of the card off to match the card front with some more 1/2" finely woven ribbon.

"Hooray" Card
I made a couple of changes on this card. 
First, I added the sun image aside from the starburst image for some more "pop".
Second, I placed some 1/2" finely woven Tranquil Tide ribbon behind the "It's your day" label. 
Third, I punched out the label with our Classic Label Punch.

I finished the inside of the card off to match the card front with "Happiest  Birthday" from the Cool Treats stamp set.

"Hello Friend" Card
This is probably my favorite card. I love the mountain wood element, this picture doesn't really do it justice.
Only a few changes on this card:
One, I added a strip of washi tape to the top of the card front.
Two, I stamped and then fussy cut the tulip flower to place next to the label.
Three, I punched out the label with the classic label punch.

I finished the inside of the card with some washi tape, a tulip and the phrase "you're the best".

"You're the Best" Card
This card front didn't change much. I did add some washi tape to the top edge of the card front then decided to stamp the phrase in lemon lime twist and punch it out with my retired word window punch.

Again, I finished off the inside of the card to match the front.

If you enjoyed viewing these cards, you really should give Paper Pumpkin a try. I've been a happy customer since I started! It really does make your crafting experience so much easier since all the guesswork is done for you.

It's very refreshing and relaxing when you get to work on these fun kits!


In honor of today's post, I am giving away this Paper Pumpkin Kit - Birthday Bundle (May 2015). Comes as complete as can be! Yes, the stamp set comes with, not pictured.

Please comment on this blogpost and tell me what's your favorite Paper Pumpkin Kit thus far?  Please post your comments by Friday, July 21st. I will randomly select 1 person and announce the winner on Saturday July 22nd.

If you are interested in learning more about Paper Pumpkin, go to mypaperpumpkin.com .
If you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to ask me! I'm always happy to help!

Until next time...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy 4th!

Not everyone can say that they have friends whose birthday falls on the 4th of July.
In my life, I have 2 and although my dad's birthday doesn't fall on the 4th, rather the 7th, this still calls for many celebrations at the beginning of this month.

I wanted to create a birthday card for these special people in my life and combine it with the U.S.A patriotic colors: red, white, and blue.
In Stampin' UP! language it's Real Red, Whisper White, and Night of Navy.

I'm pleased with how this card turned out. I sure hope that the recipients will enjoy their card as well.

My Tips:
While the card front is fairly simple, I did develop a quicker way of placing all the stars you see on the bottom of the inside card as shown below.

  • I used the star border punch (retired) for the stars and punched out a combination of real red and night of navy stars.
  • run a strip of fast fuse adhesive along the bottom edge of the inside card to make sure that the stars adhere to it.
  • pick up the stars with a sticky note then place it on the strip of adhesive.
  • After all the stars are in place, use a dry brush and place baby powder on the places where the adhesive is exposed to keep it from sticking to the card front.

Supplies Used

  • Retired Items:
    • Balloon Bash Stamp Set (Occasions 2015)
    • Confetti Stars Border Punch (2016-2017 AC)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome the new Stampin' UP! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog

The anticipation is finally over!!! I can't wait for you to get excited and feast your eyes on this beautiful Catalog!

First, allow me to provide you with some awesome New Catalog Resources:

Finally, Click on the image below to get started!

While SU! strives for accuracy in all publications, they sometimes find mistakes in their printed materials. If errors are discovered in their catalogs, their online store and catalog PDFs on the website are updated immediately so they are accurate, and the list below is also updated. 
See this PDF of catalog corrections.

This month only, for all orders over $350 or more, you will receive an additional $35 in FREE Stampin' Rewards.....that's a total of $70 in FREE products!!!!

  • Since I won't be hosting a New Catalog Open House, I will be offering a To-Go Kit! Here are the details of what you will receive in your kit:
    • One printed 2017-2018 Annual Catalog
    • One In-Color bookmark that showcases all the new In-Colors.
    • One Color-combination chart to help you coordinate some colors in the new catalog.
    • One New Catalog survival kit - a gift from me to you!
    • 1 card kit using the Delightful Daisy Suite (this will be stamped and cut for you, all you do is put it together).
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    • 1 card kit using the Eastern Palace Suite (this will be stamped and cut for you, all you do is put it together).
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  • Cost for To-Go kit is $15 for pick-up or $20 if being shipped to your home. 
  • Contact me by sending me an e-mail and letting me know how many kits you would like. I accept cash or PayPal for payment.

Contact your local demonstrator for a printed copy of the new catalog. If you don't have one, please feel free to contact me and I could provide you with one!

Happy New Catalog year to you!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Memory Tray

I've been preparing for Mother's day for a few weeks now and I can honestly say that I'm ready for the day to come! Cards are made and so are the special memory trays I created for my sweet mom and my sweet mother-in-law!

I had such wonderful & encouraging comments from many Stampin' UP! demonstrators and promised that I would post the instructions so they can create their own.

This is my creation. I mostly used the Falling In Love Suite from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. All supplies I used are listed on the last page of the instructions.   

Check out the Tutorials & Cheat Sheet Tab to view the instructions on creating this tray.

I sure hope I get to hear from you if you create a similar project. I would love some constructive feedback! 

Until next time & A very Happy Mother's Day to all of you that work day in and day out without pay to mother your children! You are a blessing from God!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


I'm too excited to share with you a couple of projects that I worked on this week. Since February is upon us I got started on my Valentines as soon as I could.

I created the following 2 projects from products using the Occasions 2017 Catalog. If you haven't experienced how fun these products are, it's never too late!

This adorable little treat bag below was inspired by the 1st Quarter Issue of Stampin' Success. This magazine is for Stampin' UP! demos only and I am always inspired by it.

project from 1st Quarter issue of Stampin' Success

My 2nd project features the Sending Love Suite from the 2017 Occasions catalog. I particularly love the special touch the Love Notes Framelit Dies give to the card. They're so fun to play with too!

If you would like to give these products a go and take advantage of receiving FREE products during Sale-a-bration, please contact your local demonstrator. If you don't have one, you're welcome to visit my Online Store and select me as your demonstrator.

I hope you enjoyed today's blogpost. Until next time...