New things happening at Stampin’ Up!


As of September 1st, there were several things introduced and available to our customers.  Here is the latest!

The new Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine (#149653) is now available to you all!  At $120.00, this machine has a wide 6" (15.2 cm) platform that works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4). 

Plus, the Magnetic Cutting Plate (# 149656) is available. It is $24.00 and is a thin, fully magnetic sheet with self-healing cutting surface. Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich, making it even easier to take with you. Use with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

Why the Stampin' Up! Cut and Emboss Machine?  Well, they are

  • Durable machines with high-quality results. The solid steel construction frame and rubber feet that securely grip the work surface produce crisp, clean, precise cutting and beautifully detailed embossing.
  • Easy to use. The machine and tools are designed for an intuitive die-cutting and embossing experience. For example, all plates are labeled with a number and are color coded for easy reference and use when building your sandwich. And just like the name suggests, our Magnetic Cutting Plates have fully-magnetic surfaces to make it easy to securely position your dies and keep them in place.
  • Simple to store. The platforms on the machine folds for space-saving storage and it looks pretty too–the sleek, clean design suits any crafting space.
  • Portable. You can use this machine at home or on the go with its folding platforms and ergonomic carrying handles. It’s also convenient for you attending crops or other crafting get togethers.

Also this month is "The Get & Go Starter Kit" promotion.  It gives those of you who sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator additional products to help you get started right away. Promotion Dates are September 1–30, 2020.  For $99 USD (the basic starter kit), new recruits choose $125 USD worth of products.  You will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set—all for $99.00. 

So, if you are interested in becoming a Demonstrator this month, this is a deal you can't pass up!  Plus, Stampin' Up! provides some wonderful "recipes" to teach you how to best use your products included here.  Videos are available also!

Also, don't forget Paper Pumpkin kits!  Sign up by September 10th to receive the September box of fun!
The Kit includes:

  • Enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.
  • Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three!
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white

Sign Up Here

Just one more update!  The Clearance Rack has been updated! 

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store! Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. Check it out and save, save, save!  Click on CLEARANCE RACK at the top of the page!

Stop by later in the month to see some creative ideas I will be working on.  Until then, be kind to one another, be safe, and make time for some Creating With Paper!

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Michelle’s Halloween and Christmas in August is the name of the game

Here is hoping that we can actually celebrate Christmas when the real time comes!  But until then, I will keep on celebrating.  I held my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering on August 30th with a small group, but boy did we have fun!  Here are some photos that my dear friend Nee took and put into PicCollage.  We are in-between decorating seasons, but she does such a great job on these I love to share them.  We were social distancing, wearing masks (until we ate) and were having social fun!

Here are the sample cards/treat box I provided the girls…

I have to Thank Akiko Sudano for the inspiration of the Dove of Hope card.  I used the white velvet paper Stampin' Up! had last year on the Dove which made her very soft looking.  The Owl card was made because I just love the plaid papers in the Plaid Tidings Suite.  Of course, the Little Treat Box used everything in that Die pack.  It comes with the box die, and all sorts of little embellishments – there is another picture below.  LOVE!

Did everyone on my mailing list get their Holiday Mini Catalog?  I sure hope so.  It has plenty of fun things in it to really get you in the mood for the holidays.

I started my Halloween by making a "shadowbox" and used old and new Stampin' Up! Halloween designer papers.  I have so much of the retired papers it isn't funny and so thought I would use some since I won't be giving this gem away.  Also in my stash of collections are stickers from many, many years of collecting.  This year is my use up or get rid of some of them.  So, many, many stickers were used.  Stamps used are from the current mini catalog – used the Flight of Fancy little witch!  She is just so cute!  I also used some of the bats from Hallows Night Magic, the cauldron and witch hat from last years DSP, and the house stamp from a couple years ago!  As you can see, I hold on to my Holiday paper, stamps and dies.  Here is my creation!
Also, experimented with the Little Treat Box Die…just made one little Halloween box to try it out!  It is so stinkin' cute I almost can't stand it.  I have Trick or Treaters that are allergic to candy (God forbid I should ever have that affliction 🙂 ) so I want to make these for them and put in a little lip gloss or a few temporary tatoos, so they can enjoy the Holiday also. 
This brings me to a HUGE question!  Will we get to have Halloween this year?  A question to ponder.  Let's hope the little ones get to have fun…Halloween is my Granddaughters birthday, so it is very special to us (and her).  I hope she gets to enjoy Trick or Treating this year!

I cased this cute Halloween Gnome card from Marcy Denning.  I love the gnomes this year and I love the Halloween paper.  She did hers in Purple, which I may do another one in.  Also, would love to do one in Granny Apple Green.  All very cool Halloween colors.
Here is a Christmas card using the Ornamental Envelope Bundle.  I saw Lynn Dunn's cards she made with the bundle and fell in love with the "natural" colors.  So I cased it.  Thanks Lynn!  I need to practice on putting the die for the envelope on envelopes…I don't think I did it right, so will continue to experiment. 

Envelope bundle

I participated in a swap with 13 other girls.  I would love to show you the card, but will wait until I get all of them and give you a display.  We did this not too long ago, and it was such fun!  I received many darling cards.  Can't wait to show all of you those cards!

I will do another quick post with updates from Stampin' Up!  Until then, be kind to one another, stay safe and make the time to be Creating With Paper!  See you next time!

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Michelle’s still doing Christmas in July in August!

You are all probably saying,  what the heck does that mean?  Well, since our State (California) is rising in numbers of cases of COVID, I didn't get to hold my "Christmas In July" Sunday Gathering, so I am extending the project and adding some more to my August Gathering, naming it "Christmas In August!"  I would celebrate Christmas all year if I could get away with it! Unfortunately others in my family would not be too fond of that idea :).

Speaking of Christmas and Holidays, the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog (formerly known as the Holiday issue) is live and available to the public on August 4th!  Soon!  There are some carryovers from last years Holiday Catalog, so if you loved something last year, but weren't able to buy it then, check to see if perhaps it is in the new Catalog.  I like when they carryover some of the wonderful things – I get a second (or third or fourth – ha!) look and usually will purchase it! 

I was able to Pre-order some things to get my Christmas, Fall and Halloween projects started.  That is an advantage of becoming a part of my team as a demonstrator!  Discounts, previews of upcoming catalogs, most of all though being part of a very fun group!  If you are interested just click on "Join Me" and we can get you started!

In June, I did host a small group of my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering, and we had a Mystery Stamp session.  I love how Sharon Armstrong holds these on Tuesdays.  It is so fun to see all of the different ideas people come up with.  I put together packets that contained all the papers needed – cut and scored.  I had selected several sentiment stamps and several other stamps they would need!  Water color pencils for coloring in stamps, and any embellishments they wanted.  I read the directions to them and helped when I saw confusion on some faces.  It is not easy if you have no idea how it is supposed to look, but that is the fun of it.  They took home the directions so they could make more of the design.  

My dear friend Nee, put together some photos of our gathering.  She got some pictures of my home decorations and since we couldn't hold our regular potluck, I provided a variety of cheesecakes.  Third photo first row, are the "samples" from the new catalog that I displayed with the coordinating bundles or suites shown in the last photo.  My Mystery card was similar to Nee's Orange framed card.  I must have sent mine to someone, can't find it anywhere in my craft room…probably if I clean it again, I will come across it.  I just used a different colors on my flower.  Oh the second picture in the second row is a picture of some of the clothespin dolls I made.  I had the supplies probably for 5 years and decided to do them this year.  Do you all gather things up for years and finally say, enough!  I need to make these for more room!  That is my life in a nutshell.

As you can see, we were being safe – wore masks until we ate our dessert.  All of the others that came, Linnie, Ang, Irene, and Cathy (who stopped by) thought it was very fun… I am glad when they like the projects. 

Well, that is all for now, as always, I hope to blog more, but man life just keeps getting busier and busier.  I didn't think this is how retirement was going to be.  Oh well, I hope you all are staying safe, and when you are home, be sure to make time for some Creating With Paper!

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