Thursday, August 23, 2018

Another Halloween Card with Stampin' Up! Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper

  • Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek with Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper
  • Going batty for Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog
  • Preview the new Take Your Pick Tool

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

Here's another cute Halloween card using the Stampin' Up! Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper, and the Cat Punch.  The Cat Punch is from the annual Stampin' Up! Catalog, and the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper, from the Holiday Catalog, includes a print covered with these cute bats.  Additionally, there's a Spooky Bats Punch in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog that make punching out these bats super quick and easy. I love the way the stamp sets, papers and punches make it easy and fast to create a Halloween card like this.  

In addition to the Toil and Trouble Designer Series papers used on this card, I also found this subtle Fresh Fig print in the Country Lane Designer Series Paper pack, that looked wonderful on this card.  Again, thank you Stampin' Up! for not only making it easy to coordinate new products designed as product suites that work together, but for giving us papers and products that work across the entire product line!    



Punches make this an easy card to create.  You can almost see this cat's tail flick as he watches the circling bats against the moonlight.  

Directions for today's card:

  • Fresh Fig basecard  
  • Next layer is Granny Apple Green  
  • Then the Country Lane Designer Series Paper
  • The moon image is punched out of Daffodil Delight using a 2-1/4" Circle Punch  
  • The bats are punched out of one of the Stampin' Up! Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper prints with the Spooky Bats Punch
  • The cat is punched out of Basic Black cardstock using the Cat Punch   
  • The green dots print beneath the cat is another print from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper package.


  • The sentiment is stamped using the Make a Difference alphabet set.  Its stamped on Whisper White with Fresh Fig ink and then die cut using one of the small dies from the Stitched Labels Framelit Dies set. 
  • The black accent is a Black Faceted Dots, one of the embellishment packages from the annual catalog


Stamp: Make A Difference
Ink:  Fresh Fig 
Paper:  Fresh Fig, Granny Apple Green, Country Lane Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight, Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Accessories:  Cat Punch, 2-1/4" Circle Punch, Spooky Bats Punch, Stitched Labels Framelits Die, Black Faceted Dot, Big Shot, Big Shot Platform, Standard Cutting Pads, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Stampin' Trimmer, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue 

To order current items, go directly to my Stampin' Up! store.  Stampin' Up! Sneak Peek Holiday catalog items will be available September 5.

Price: $18.00
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Multipurpose pickup and precision tool

One of the new items in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is the Take Your Pick Multipurpose pickup and precision tool.  It arrives in its own small box, and I almost missed it in my Holiday Pre-order.  It was such a nice surprise to open this new, useful tool, called Take Your Pick.  

This new tool has a tacky putty tip, which helps you easily pick up sequins, paper accents and other small objects.  Twist the dispenser and more putty appears.  But there's more to this new Stampin' Up! tool! 

The other end of this tool includes a mini spatula.  Its removable and when you turn it around, it becomes a paper piercer.  You can remove and replace this end with another end which includes a small stylus on one end or a larger stylus on the other end.  In addition, the Take Your Pick tool comes with a second Take Your Pick Putty Refill.  And when that runs out, you can order additional Take Your Pick Putty Refills separately.  What an incredibly useful little tool!  Check it out on Page 30 of your new Holiday Catalog.   Just one more item you'll want to add to your Holiday Catalog Wish List!

Don't have a Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog yet, and don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?  I would love to be your Demonstrator!  Need a catalog?  Contact me and I'll put one in the mail to you if you live in the US.

Limited-time Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2

You remember the first Watercolor Assortment introduced by Stampin' Up! last year that sold out almost immediately an we waited a long time to get our back orders, but they finally arrived and we loved our new pencils!  

Do you know that Stampin' Up! introduced more Watercolor Pencil colors as part of the Blended Season Special announced August 1?  You can purchase the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 separate from the Blended Season Special.  But this second assortment of Watercolor Pencils is only available to order until August 31.  Order these now using item #149014.  You'll receive 10 pencils in Stampin' Up! colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy.

Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 - 149014

If you also need to order the first Watercolor Pencil Assortment, use item number 141709.  The first assortment included 13 pencils in Stampin' Up! colors:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White.  

You'll love having the additional option of using Watercolor Pencils to add color to your stamp images.  Be sure to add a set of Aqua Painters or Blender Pens to your Watercolor Pencil Assortment order to get the most out of your Watercolor Pencils investment.

Here's a quick video showing how to use your Watercolor Pencils using different techniques with your Pencils and stamped images. If the video doesn't show up in your email client, view it here. Every Watercolor project is a unique work of art, as every watercolor project is different.  You'll enjoy seeing what you create with Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils.

Visit my Stamped Sophisticates Blog for more ideas and Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks.

To Order:   

1.  Orders over $150 (not including tax and shipping), qualify for shopping rewards. You select free merchandise from the current catalogs to add to your order.  You can also purchase hostess sets with a $150 order.

2.  If the purchases on your Wish List are over $100, the $99 Starter Kit is one way to save on your purchase today.  And save even more on future orders.  You can order $125 worth of product for your $99 starter kit.  After your initial $99 order for merchandise you select from anything in the current catalogs, place an order for the remainder of your Wish List as a demonstrator, and start saving 20% on your purchases.  Need help building your shopping list? Contact me, and we'll work through your starter kit order together. 

3.  Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping.  I would love to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Let me know if you need an Annual Catalog or the upcoming Holiday Catalog. 

4.  Clearance Rack items - while quantities last.

5.  Order current or previous Paper Pumpkin monthly craft kits.  If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, you can try it now for $50% off your first month. 


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