SAB Paper!

Tomorrow’s the big day! The new July-December Mini Catalog (Holiday Mini) goes live and I cannot WAIT. Once again, Stampin’ Up! has created an amazing book for us with beautiful products as well as pages and pages of inspiration.

Also going live tomorrow is the new Sale-A-Bration (SAB) brochure. This used to be a once-a-year sale, but for the first time SU is offering SAB a 2nd time with the release of the Holiday Mini. I love SAB time — spend $50 (or $100) and you get something additional. You’ll be spending anyway, especially gearing up for holiday projects, so I’m so thankful for the 2nd SAB offering this year.

Today’s post focuses on the some of the paper offerings in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Y’all KNOW I love love love SU’s paper. Well, here we go! Christmas paper that is perfect for all of your holiday cards and handmade items, and GORGEOUS chucky sparkly paper. Holy. So I will tell you off the bat that this 6 x 6 glittery gorgeousness is another product that has limited quantities. NOTE: I should have included in yesterday’s Sheep post that the Sheep Dies are also limited.

What does that mean? Well, since SAB is only two months long, during this round of Sale-A-Bration, some products will only be available while supplies last. This means that once they’re gone, they’re gone for good! The Sale-A-Bration products with limited supply include:

  • 156629 Be Dazzling 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Specialty Paper
  • 156600 Sheep Dies
  • 156618 Summer Shadows Dies

Okay, I know, get to the samples….These cards use the SAB paper called Peaceful Prints.

It is 12 x 12 in size and you’ll see tomorrow it coordinates with the Peaceful Deer Bundle coming out in the Mini. You don’t need the bundle though to make quick, beautiful Christmas cards.

You can see on this card I simply used the DSP as a background, used a strip of the Be Dazzling DSP, the more of the Peaceful Prints DSP, and finished it off with a sentiment. There is a stamp set in the Mini coming out called Encircled in Warmth, which coordinates with the Encircled in Beauty Dies in the Annual Catalog. Here’s the full set I made using each of the designs:

The cards came together so quickly thanks to this gorgeous paper! Be sure to add them to your wish list as you get ready for ordering tomorrow! You can place an order any time through my online store. Remember, use my August Host code if your order is under $150: PKSW7T4D. Many thanks!


2 days and a Wake-up!

It’s August 1st! That means only two more days until we Sale-A-Brate. Today’s sneak peak is a card made with the Counting Sheep stamp set and the coordinating Sheep Dies. Every Sale-A-Bration there is usually a cute animal set. Last spring it was the Donkeys, and I wasn’t a huge fan, but these sheep are pretty cute. And I am a sucker for coordinating dies and these dies are terrific. They have a great fence, adorable sun and clouds (that could also be used for grass), and cute birthday things. Each item is free with a $50 order starting August 3rd.

I paired these items with the Give it a Whirl Dies that you may have missed in the Annual Catalog. This was my first time playing with these dies so I will be doing some more cards later to keep practicing. They aren’t hard to use, but I’ve learned a few tricks even with this first card. More on all that in a future post.

Patterned paper is from Pattern Party DSP pack (from Stampin’ Rewards) and the fence is from the Beauty of the Earth DSP pack.

In addition to getting these Sheep for free, there’s another huge promotion going on during Sale-A-Bration.

If you look through the mini catalog, you may think “oh man, I have a huge wish list.” Well, we have you covered there too. Sign-up to be a discount shopper under me during Sale-A-Bration and not only will you receive $125 in free product (you only pay $99 for your kit, plus tax), but you also get free shipping on your kit, AND you get to pick a free bundle! Here’s the list of bundles to choose from:

156795Arctic Bears Bundle$47.50 USD
156819Beauty Of Tomorrow Bundle$50.25 USD
156801Christmas Season Bundle$54.00 USD
156806Christmas To Remember Bundle$60.25 USD
156807Frosted Gingerbread Bundle$48.50 USD
158609Gorgeous Leaves Bundle$44.00 USD
156813Nature’s Harvest Bundle$53.00 USD
156816Peaceful Cabin Bundle$54.00 USD
156391Peaceful Deer Bundle$36.00 USD 
156789Penguin Place Bundle$31.50 USD
156798Sweet Little Stockings Bundle$47.50 USD
156810Whimsical Trees Bundle$51.25 USD

With this Free Bundle offer, you will receive up to $108.28 in free product — even more than what you’re paying for your starter kit.

Here’s how the savings breaks down:

Click here to learn more about joining. What’s to lose?

Thanks for reading this far if you made it–sorry for the long post there’s just so much exiting things coming up soon. Happy stamping! Kelly

3-2-1 Countdown!

Hope you were on here yesterday and checked out the Fun Fold Blog Hop I was on. If not, be sure to click back to my main blog page and visit “Fun Folds” and then hop along through the “Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop” — it is SUCH a great hop with so many amazing fun fold ideas. The ladies I have partnered with on the blog hop are incredibly talented!

So, what are we counting down to? Well, in three days (and a wake-up) the new Aug-Dec Holiday Mini Catalog and Sale-A-bration #2 Brochure will go live. I cannot wait. This new mini catalog is amazing…well, did we expect anything else? SU continues to outdo themselves with their product offering. The best part with this release on August 3rd?? For every $50 you spend, you get a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! For every $100 you spend there are other options. For every $150 you spend, you can choose either 3 free items, or 1 Level 1 item and 1 Level 2 item, and qualify for $15 in Stampin’ Rewards, of course.

Okay, enough words already…time for a card share. Here’s another card made with the beautiful Summer Shadows Dies — this set of dies is free with $100 order and coordinates with the Shaded Summer Stamp Set. These dies have limited quantity, and when they run out, they run out. As soon as August 3rd hits, place your order! You can either contact me, or visit my online store.

  • If you order is under $150, please use my August Host Code:
  • If you order is OVER $150, do not use my Host Code…you’ll have your own “party” and qualify for Stampin’ Rewards on your own!

Card Recipe:

  • Stamps/Dies: Shaded Summer Stamp Set, Summer Shadows Dies (SAB, Level 2), Scalloped Contours Dies
  • Ink: Pale Papaya, Basic Gray
  • Paper: Pale Papaya, Highland Heather, Basic White Cardstock; In-Color 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, 2021-2023 In-Color Shimmer Vellum
  • Embellishments: 3/8” Open Weave Pale Papaya Ribbon, Opal Rounds

Thank you so much for your looking. Happy Stamping!


Fun Folds

Hello, welcome to the Journey to Silver Elite Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators with a common goal to support each other as we build our businesses. This month our theme is “Fun Folds.” If you’re following the blog hop, you arrived here from Libby Stamps — isn’t her project amazing? Enjoy my post, and click the arrow at the bottom of the post to keep “hopping” along to Crafty Karen Designs (and the full line-up of all the projects can be found at the bottom of this post as well).

Here’s my project: Sweet Strawberry Vertical Trifold Window Card:

Supplies: (Include product number):

  • Stamp Set(s): Sweet Strawberry (154394, $18)
  • Card Stock: Thick Basic White (159229), Basic White (159276), Real Red (102482)
  • Designer Series Paper: Pattern Party DSP (155426, $18 with Stampin’ Rewards)
  • Stamp Pad(s) and Ink(s): Real Red (147084), Momento Black, Granny Apple Green (147095), Garden Green (147089), Daffodil Delight (147094), Mango Melody (147093)
  • Dies and Embossing Folder(s): Layering Diorama Dies (155565, $29)
  • Embellishments: 2021-2023 In-Color Jewels (155571, $7)
  • Tools: Strawberry Builder Punch (154239, $18)


  • Thick White card base – 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”
  • Real Red – 4” x 10 ½”, scored at 5 ¼”
  • DSP: 5 ¼” x 4”, 3 ¾” x 5”, ½” x 3 ¾”, two scrap pieces for the Diorama
  • Basic White: 3 ¾” x 5”, scraps to stamp and punch strawberries, leaves, and flowers


  1. Fold and burnish the Thick White card base. Adhere first DSP layer to the front of the White Card base and cut out the diorama shape out of the front to make a window. Note: if you are looking at the diorama set, if the smallest shape is #1 and the largest is #7, I used #’s 2-4. For the front window, you want the largest one of those 3, so #4.
  1. Fold and burnish both smaller Real Red card base. This will be the “inner” card. Add adhesive to the back of this “card base” and adhere to the inside of the white card base with the fold at the bottom and centered.
  1. Fold the inside card in and fold the top down so you can look through the “window” onto the inner card front. Stamp two strawberries and tops, 5 leaves, and 3 flowers. Cut out two diorama shapes with different patterned DSP (I used #’s 2 and 3 of the set). Embellish inside “front” with diorama shapes, strawberries, leaves and flowers so that the diorama shapes “peak” through the window. Stamp Just For You in bottom corner of the inner red card front.
  1. Open the Red inner card and decorate the bottom piece with more strawberries, leaves, and flowers.
  1. Finally, stamp your sentiment and decorate the “inside” of the card with the skinny DSP strip.
  1. Fold the whole card back up. Stamp greeting “Hello There” on small piece of scrap white and adhere to the front.
  1. Add In-Color jewels to front sentiment banner, and to the flowers inside the window.

Lots of options with this layout! I hope you are inspired by my projects and those of my fellow Demonstrators. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from blog to blog, or you can click the arrow below to move to the Karen’s blog.

Don’t forget to leave comments because I love hearing from you.  And, if you’re curious to hear what more I need to achieve my business goal, please contact me!

Journey to Silver Elite Blog Hop Line-Up

Janice PiechowiakCreating Treasures with Janice
Linda MooreMoore Fun Stamping and Creating with Linda
Nedine Hunter DuPreeCraft Lounge Creations
Libby Fenslibbystamps
Kelly TarantoThe Late Night Stamper You are here!
Karen EganCrafty Karen Designs Next up!
Tricia ButtsTricia’s Stamping Creations
Eva DietzHomemade with Heart – Stampin’ with Eva
Diane MarieCreative Stamping
Cathy RoccaFromTheStampStudio
Sue KremerNorthStarStamper
Tracy ByersCards, Crafts and Stamps with Tracy
Laurie BradshawCraft Coach Laurie
Nancy ReynoldsStampin’ With Nutsy
Xenia StanfordHeritage Stamp Arts

Shaded Summer & Summer Shadows

Summer is going so quickly, and my family is enjoying every minute. When I’m not at work or at the pool with my family, I’m stamping – of course! And what a better set to use last night than Shaded Summer from the Annual Catalog.

This beautiful stamp set only has 3 images (2 floral bouquets, and one leaf), but 7 sentiments. The sentiments are each mixed font with all caps and script and they include heartfelt sayings. I especially like “May the good you do come back to you.” I send a LOT of thank you cards and this is a wonderful saying that is a different from anything else in my stamp collection.

SNEAK PEAK! To make this stamp set even better, Stampin’ Up! Is offering a coordinating die set as one of the Level 2 freebies in the Aug 3-Sept 30 Sale-A-Bration suite of products. This set just got twice as beautiful!

The die set includes 11 dies: 3 dies cut out the images of the stamp set, and there are 5 flower dies and 3 leaf dies. One nice feature about the flowers and leaves is there is a solid layer and a more detailed layer you can overlay on the solid. This will work for each big flower and the big leaves.

Here are two samples made with this bundle.

The best part about this die set is it will be FREE with a minimum order of $100 starting August 3rd. The Shaded Summer stamp set is $23, so simply adding this stamp set to your cart will get you a quarter of the way there. More sneak peaks to come–be sure to mark your calendar for August 3rd, and if you’d like a Holiday Mini Catalog and SAB Brochure (both start Aug 3), reach out to me!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Product Used in Samples:

Simply Elegant, Simply Stunning!

The Simply Elegant Suite in the Annual Catalog is one that caught my eye from the beginning, but since it isn’t typically my “style”, I kept moving along. But it kept calling my name and when my monthly class members asked to do a class with it, that was enough for me to say yes, and boy am I grateful for them. The stamp set, Elegant Said, is versatile, pretty, and has great sentiments. The elegant tag punch is a great addition to your punch collection, and the Simply Elegant 12 x 12 Specialty Designer Series Paper. Well. Y’all know how I feel about Stampin’ Up!’s designer series paper, but this paper is now ranked one of my top 10 favorites. It is simply stunning.

Here’s a card I made using the stamp set and DSP.

The card base is Smoky Slate cut 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored on the long side at 4 1/4″. You take a piece of DSP measuring 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and adhere it to the inside of the front flap to make a full card front, and that glorious foiled DSP will shine through when it is opened. (This project also uses the Simply Elegant Trim and the inside also uses the Word Wishes dies and A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.)

Below are more projects I made with this Suite:

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Welcoming the New and Cherishing the Old

Hello, welcome to the Journey to Silver Elite Blog Hop! I’ve joined a group of Demonstrators that are all working to achieve the title Silver Elite, which would make us part of Stampin’ Up! leadership circle. I’m halfway to achieving this goal, and hope to be Silver Elite by next year. Until then, I’ll be doing fun activities like this. Welcome to my first Blog Hop! This month our theme is “Welcoming the New, Cherishing the Old.” 

This theme challenged us to use at least one product from the new catalog, one carryover product, and a new color. I chose the Nothing’s Better Than Stamp Set and Love You More Than dies as my “oldie” and the Picture This dies as my “new product,” along with the new in-colors (cardstock, ink, and coordinating DSP).

In-Colors used are Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Soft Succulent.


  • Begin with a card base measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • Cut layer from coordinating In-Color 6×6 designer series paper measuring 5 1/4 x 4 and use the stitched rectangle die from the Picture This Dies on that layer.
  • Cut layer from Basic White cardstock measuring 5 x 3 3/4.
  • When stamping the front, lay the DSP layer on top of the white, but do not adhere. (You can use Washi tape on the back to keep the White layer from moving). Do all of your stamping and coloring, and then decide how you want to adhere. For the Cocktails and Coffee cards, I changed the orientation from the other two, and adhered the rectangle layer directly onto the Basic White layer. For the Chocolate and Cookies cards, I used dimensionals to pop the rectangle layer up.
  • Don’t forget to stamp the inside of the card as well! See the Coffee card insert above for a sample.

Lots of options with this layout! I hope you are inspired by my projects and those of my fellow Demonstrators. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from blog to blog, or you can click below to move to the next one.

Don’t forget to leave comments because I love hearing from you.  And, if you’re curious to hear what more I need to achieve this goal, please contact me!

Journey to Silver Elite Blog Hop Line-Up

Nancy ReynoldsStampin’ With Nutsy
Nedine DupreeCraft Lounge Creations
Janice PiechowiakCreating Treasures with Janice
Cathy RoccaFrom The Stamp Studio
Julia MazurSimply She Stamps
Libby Fenslibbystamps
Polly CrouchStamp with Polly
Tricia ButtsTricia’s Stamping Creations
Tracy ByersCards, Craft and Stamps
Terri HartleyRustic Barn Cards
Theresa TuckerTucker Topnotch Designs
Sue KremerNorth Star Stamper
Kelly TarantoThe Late Night Stamper YOU ARE HERE!
Tammy GillStampinkspired Click here to keep hopping!
Linda MooreMoore Fun Stamping
Debra NortonStamping By The Lake
Jane ProffittGal Friday Stamping
Sharon JacobsStamped Inkspired Designs

Happy Stampin! Kelly

Hats Off!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. In honor of my husband, a father of two boys and baseball-cap-wearing kinda guy, today’s post features the Stampin’ Up!’s Hat’s Off Bundle.

This card also features the Spiral Dye background stamp

The Hats Off bundle is a must have for your stamp collection. It naturally fits with all-things adventure and the outdoors celebrating dads, men, and boys in our lives.

Isn’t this adorable for a Tiger Cub??

At $35, it is a great price point considering how many stamps and dies you get.

The bundle features two products:

  • Hats Off stamp set – a stamp set with 15 photopolymer stamps that includes one large hat stamp, 8 hat “patches” and a star image which is great for backgrounds, and 5 sentiments.
  • Hat’s Off Dies – a die set that coordinates with the stamp set, featuring dies that cut out the hat and patches as well as a mini stitched hat, and 5 coordinating solid images.

You can even use just the little images as a card accent, like I did in this card (stencils and stamps used are from the Here’s to You Paper Pumpkin kit from March 2021):

The patches dies in the Hat’s Off Dies are “double-dies” giving you more options. There is a shadow die that cuts out the outside of the patch, and an “inside” die that adds a stitched border to the inside to the patch. Here’s a card using the patches as a focal point:

And, this bundle doesn’t have to be limited to masculine cards.  There are some girly ways to wear this hat too!

This bundle is so versatile you can really make the hat style any color for any occasion.

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Visit my Online Store to shop the products used:

  • Hats Off Bundle
  • Buffalo Card: Here’s to You Paper Pumpkin Kit (stamp set and free stencils)
  • Spiral Dye background stamp
  • Polished Pink You Truly Inspire Me Card also uses sentiment from Beauty of Friendship Stamp set, Painted Textures 3D embossing folder, Basic Borders Dies, and Polished Pink ribbon
  • 2021-2023 and 2021-2022 In Colors: Inks, Cardstock
  • Other Colors used for cardstock and ink: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana

I Scream!

Happy new catalog launch week! It has been a whirlwind of a week with the new Stampin’ Up! catalog launching on Tuesday, submitting customer orders, and working on some new catalog swaps. I need to pick a time to start a flurry of blogging about new product – maybe starting this week. Anyway, until then, I hope you enjoy this ice cream card (and who doesn’t love a rainbow!?)

A rainbow of ice cream!
Inside of the card and matching envelope

Happy stamping! Kelly

So Cool!

While I’m not at all ready for summer because I’m enjoying springtime in North Carolina, I love the Ice Cream Corner Suite in the Jan-Jun Mini Catalog and LOVE this month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit called “So Cool” that coordinates with it. This month’s kit includes two full sticker sheets and all supplies needed to make 12 fun-shaped summer-themed cards with matching envelopes, but to me, the real star of the kit is the stamp set. Here’s a look at the kit contents:

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The popsicle, the watermelon slice, and that font…LOVE.

I follow a number of cardmaking boards and on one of them, recently they posted a fun watermelon-slice-turned-smiley-face card and it made me so happy that I saved it. Low and behold this month’s kit has a perfect watermelon slice for me to replicate this idea! I hope the birthday gal this is going to smiles when she sees it (her birthday is today, April 25, so you may know who it’s for!)

Here’s the inside of my card–love this font and the speckles to go with it!

Supplies Used:

  • Card Base: from last May’s Paper Pumpkin kit called A Kit in Color
  • The adorable hot pink and white Baker’s twine and lined envelope are from the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin as well.
  • White cutout is a sneak peak! It is from the Scalloped Contours dies that will be available starting May 4th in the Annual Catalog.

Want a catalog? Contact me!

May’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Batter Up. Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by May 10th if you’re interested using this link.

Happy stampin! Kelly

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