Category Archives: Stampin’ Up! Product

Ideas and, I hope, helpful advice about Stampin’ Up! products.

Paper Pumpkin

This first time I herd the name “Paper Pumpkin” I thought, “What, does it disappear at midnight?” Thankfully, it does NOT. Here is what it is:

It’s a red box that gets delivered to your door with a paper crafting project inside. Everything you need to make the project is there… well almost everything. you might need to find a pare of scissors or glue. But everything else is there. Here’s the best part: including instructions! You don’t have to think about it. You get the stuff, you follow the instructions (if you want to) and suddenly you have fun cards, or treat bags, or who knows what, to give away, or decorate your home, or whatever. And then people think you are amazing. “How did you have time for that?” “Where did you get that fun idea?” “I’m not as creative as you. What’s your secret?”

All you have to do, is click the link below and sign up for Paper Pumpkin. It’s only $24.95 a month (that includes shipping, but not tax). If there is a month you know you won’t want, you can tell it to skip that month. If you want to cancel your subscription, you can (although I don’t know why you would want to do that).

Or if you want a deal, you can let me know you want to get a pre-paid subscription. You can get either 1, 3, 6, or 12 months at a time. The 6 month is only $143.70 (save $1 per month), and the 12 month is $275.40 (save $2 per month). With the 12 month, you could also get some free hostess benefits from Stampin’ Up! That’s a $24 savings plus $40 of free product! Just e-mail me at and tell me which pre-paid subscription you want and give me an e-mail address to send it to you, and you will be on your way.



saying good-bye… or hello

So the retiring list is out. Most people think that this is a time to say good-bye to all the things that won’t be available anymore. I say it’s time to say hello to all the new goodies you are going to get because this is your last chance to get them. Like stampin’ around the wheel stamps and accessories. It looks like they will be fazed out. For me, it’s always hard to know if it’s worth it. I know Stampin’ Up! will be replacing the retiring items with other really cool items. So do I spend the money now, or wait for something new?┬áIt really depends now how much you love that stamp set or punch. A few questions to ask would be:

  • How long have I wanted it?
  • Are they retiring the whole line of product?
  • Exactly what would I use it for?

But in the end, I usually flip a coin. Heads, I get it. Tales, I don’t. The thing is, it really doesn’t matter what the coil tells me. It’s how the answer makes me feel. If getting it makes me feel like I’m spending money un-necessarily, I don’t get it. If I get tales and that makes me want to cry because I’ll never have something I know I would love and use, I get it anyway. Because no matter what, I always seem to know how much of a good idea, or bad, idea something is.

So click on the image at the top of this post. It will take you to all the wonderful things that you might never see again… unless you get them for yourself.

The Colour Families

I used to find myself frequently wondering, “What colour would be best for this card?” Or perhaps something like, “What colour should I get that would be most versatile for me?”

The answers for these questions are going to change from person to person. So here’s an idea: first try getting the packs of card stock that contain two sheets of each colour from a particular colour family. The packs are only $8.50 each and you get 20 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. “What’s a colour family?” you ask. Here’s a picture to show what a “colour family” is…


There are four families: subtles, brights, regals and neutrals. There are ten colours in each of the families. (Not all colours are shown)

This wonderful idea that I came up with came at a bit of a cost. I thought I knew right away what colours I would love, so I got them. As it turns out, there were a few that I really didn’t like as much as I thought I would. So I spent more money and got more colours.

If I had just gotten the packs of card stock that came with two of each colour, I could have seen how much I loved one colour over another. I would have saved money by only getting the full packs of the colours I knew I would use a lot of.

Also, this way, I would have at least two sheets of card stock of every colour. So if I suddenly wanted a colour that I rarely used, I would have had it.

Another great way to figure out what colours you are going to use the most is to look at the card ideas in each of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues. You can see on every page how colours are used. Tag each page that you like the colours on (even if you don’t like the cards), and then see what colours show up the most on those pages.

Here’s a closer look at each of those cards and a list of all the colours in each family.


Colours I used: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz.
Additional colours: Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, , Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi.


Colours I used: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Old Olive.
Additional colours: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mombo, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango.


Colours I used: Cherry Cobbler,

Colours I used: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green.
Additional colours: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Perfect Plum and Rose Red.


Colours I used: Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.
Additional colours: Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.

Hope that helps you figure out where to go next with your paper crafting ideas.


Stamps For the Beginner

I recently did a party where there was some people who had never done stamping before. I guess I’m not used to that because when one of them asked me, “What would you recommend?” I was at a total loss on what to suggest. So I decided it was time for me to put together a “beginner” list.

These are some stamp sets that I can see as holding their own. They come with sayings that are usable for multiple occasions, and some designs or pictures that can be used to make nice backgrounds or decorations. These are just from the main 2013 – 2014 catalogue. The prices and links are for the wood mount sets. The clear mount sets would be cheaper, you just need a clear block.

Hello Lovely $40.95

Oh, Hello $31.95

Blooming with Kindness $27.95

Too Kind $24.95

Wetlands $26.95

A Fitting Occasion $46.95



















These are two sets that I think have a lot of versatility. One is more feminine and then other more masculine. Pick one, or both, of these, add one set that is of all greetings, and you are good to go for a long time.

Clockworks $28.95

Everything Eleanor $44.95