I just love the products in this year’s first Sale-a-bration brochure. Today I’m sharing a card that I made with two of my favorites – Awesome Otters and Simply Marbleous Designer Series Papers. To really show off both of these, I used one of the dies from the Picture This die set from Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog and Stampin’ Blends that are new this very month!

Catalogs and Brochures Have Some Great Ideas!

The two Sale-a-bration products that I used for this card are pictured in the centerfold of the new Sale-a-bration brochure. If you look at those two pages, you’ll see a card that was made using the Picture This circle dies. I just thought that was a fun idea, so I CASEd the idea and made my own card.

For my card, I used all three of the cute little otters in the stamp set. I also needed a birthday card this week and was so very pleased to see that this stamp set has some birthday-themed stamps, too. Perfect!

New ‘Natural Tones’ Stampin’ Blends Aren’t Just for Skin Tones

This month sees a new collection of Stampin’ Up! products, many of which will be featured in the 2022 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Today I’m showing off a few of the new Stampin’ Blends that are called, ‘Natural Tones Blends Collection.’   (Product number 160940). The idea is that these Blends can be used to create the perfect skin tone for all the wonderful stamps that feature people in them. Think the new In The Moment Stamp Set. But that’s not just all that they’re for! Look at how nicely they blend to color in these fun little otters.

The new Blends do not have color names but have numbers. For the otters, I used SU600 for the base color, then used SU 300 around the edges of the critters, blending them back in with the SU600. For the tummies, I used SU700 and blended that in with the SU600.

There are 5 sets of the new Stampin’ Blends. I have a brochure that has specific information about the Blends as well as the other products that are in the new ‘All Together’ collection of products.

Have You Seen the US Postal Service Stamps?

This set of USPS stamps is oh so cute and so perfect to go with the Stampin’ Up! otters! The set was released earlier in the winter. I think I’ll be using them as long as I’m using this Stamp Set. Add an otter stamp onto your envelope and you’re sending the cutest card ever!

Let Me Know If You Have Questions!

If you have any questions about the new All Together collection or about Sale-a-bration, I’m ready to answer them. Just give me a call, comment on this post, or send me an e-mail!

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Technique: Poppin’ Soft Pastels

by ktstamps, 7:37 PM


  • Stamp Set of Choice - Amazing Silhouettes (157814), Encircled in Friendship (155408)
  • Versamark Ink (102283)
  • Coastal Cabana Ink (147097)
  • Basic White Cardstock [CS] (159276)
  • Soft Pastels (154585)
  • Take Your Pick - Spatula tip (144107)
  • Brushed Brass Butterflies (158136) 
  • Silicone Craft Sheet (127853)
  • Sponge daubers (133773) or Q-tip
  • Soft tissue


For Sample Card:

Stamp Sets – Amazing Silhouettes, Encircled in Friendship 

Ink – Versamark, Coastal Cabana

Paper (including cutting dimensions) – Basic White Cardstock  8 ½” x 5 ½”

Accessories – Brushed Brass Butterflies, Soft Pastels - (Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana), Take Your Pick - Spatula tip, Silicone Craft Sheet



1. Fold cardstock in half to form a card base.

2. Stamp image on cardstock in an upper left area with Versamark ink.

3. Scrape a little pile of Granny Apple Green and a little pile of Coastal Cabana chalk onto the craft sheet with the spatula end of the Take Your Pick tool.

4. Use a sponge dauber to burnish the chalk into the Versamark ink.

5. Use a tissue to remove excess chalk especially on the uninked areas of the cardstock.

6. Stamp greeting in the lower right corner with Coastal Cabana ink.

7. Add one small and one large Brushed Brass butterfly to the card front.

Have fun...Please share your projects with me...you can post them on my blog!

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The Catalogs are here

by ktstamps, 9:35 AM
The New Catalogs are here.   Please take time to check them out with a cup of your favorite hot or cold drink.  The catalogs are beautiful and fun to browse through.   

Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalog

Stampin' Up! Spring Sale-A-Bration

Thank you for stopping by!   

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Happy New Year!!!

by ktstamps, 4:25 PM
Happy New Year!!!

Here is a card I made for the New Year.   I wanted something quick and easy!   
Here are my supplies:
Stamps:  Mixed Drinks (retired) and Happy Heartfelt
Ink: Memento and Blushing Bride
Cardstock: Basic White, Gold foiled, Red Glitter, Black Glitter, and Be Dazzling (Retired SAB) 
Accessories: Playful Alphabet Dies and Starlit punch

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