Monday, January 04, 2021

New Year, New Stampin' Up! Catalog and Sale-a-Bration -- begins 5 January


  • Stampin' Up! Valentine Keepsakes Stamp Set
  • How to Get the Most from your new Mini Catalog Order tomorrow
  • Final Hours of Gian Year End Close Out Event

If you've been waiting for the new stamps from the Stampin' Up! January-June 2021 Mini Catalog, tomorrow, 5 January, is the day customers can begin ordering from the new catalogs.  And, yes!.  You'll also earn Sale-a-Bration Selections for each $50 or $100 you order.  

If you ordered a Paper Pumpkin subscription during Sale-A-Bration last year, you can do so again this year.  Add your Paper Pumpkin subscriptions to your order during Sale-a-Bration, and earn even more free Sale-a-Bration selections, plus a $150+ order qualifies your order as a Host to earn Stampin' Rewards on top of your Free Sale-a-Bration Selections.  Read more below.  

Today I'm using the Valentine Keepsakes Stamp Set again.  With very few supplies, you can create your own backgrounds using Water Painters and ink pads.  Then a simple stamp set and ribbon and a few enamel dots combine to create a colorful Valentine Card you'll love to send to someone you want to wish a Happy Valentine's Day.  Add a sticky note to page 16 of your Stampin' Up! January-June 2021 Mini catalog to remind yourself to order this set beginning tomorrow, 5 January 2021.                    

Watercolor wash background on a Valentine Card

The card above uses a basecard of Basic Black.  Then a layer of Magenta Madness. The image layer is Whisper White.  I cut a Rectangle using the Rectangle Stitched Dies to use as a matt and created a watercolor wash on the inner portion of the Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Water Painters to first lay down a light layer of water.  Then, similar to another card I made using this set, I used four different color ink pads to layer on colors:  I used Poppy Parade, Magenta Madness, Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride inks. You'll find that every background created this way will be a bit different. 

Valentine card with a watercolor wash background

To speed up drying of the water color area, I used my heat tool.  Then I stamped the images and sentiments in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink using the heart flower images from the Valentine Keepsakes Stamp Set.  The sentiment is also from the Valentine Keepsakes Stamp Set.  To finish the card, I added a bow made of 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, and then added three Magenta Madness dots from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots pack 
Two Valentine cards using water color wash backgorund and Stampin' Up! Valentine Keepsakes Stamp Set

Above are the two cards I created using the watercolor wash background and the Valentine Keepsakes Stamp Set . You'll want to add this new stamp set to your Wish List and order it beginning 5 January 2021 to get an early start on your Valentine cards.  Order items directly from my Stampin' Up! site when ordering begins. 

If you live in the USA and don't have a demonstrator and want a copy of the upcoming 2021 mini catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Brochure contact me. My customers have already been sent their catalogs, and my order for new catalogs has arrived. I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


  • Stamps: Valentine Keepsakes,  (Available from the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog to customers beginning 5 January, 2021 or on a Demonstrator Pre-Order today)
  • Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Poppy Parade, Magenta Madness, Rococo Rose, Blushing Bride
  • Paper:  Magenta Madness, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots,  Water Painters, Heat Tool, Rectangle Stitched Dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Seal 

To learn more about any of these items,  visit my online store.  Some items will be available 5 January to Customers. 

Shop My Stampin' Up! Store, now!

How to get the most from your new catalog order.

Let the ordering begin!  Tomorrow, that is.  The release of the January-June 2021 Mini catalog on 5 January. is also the start of Sale-a-Bration. 


Earn Free Sale-a-Bration Selections.  What is Sale-a-Bration?  It is a special sale for Stampin' Up! crafter, where you can earn Free items you select from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure to add to your order for each $50 to $100 (not including tax and shipping) you order.  Anything you purchase from the current Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog or from the new 2021 January-June Mini catalog counts towards your total.  

What to maximize your order for even more Free Sale-A-Bration selections?  You can add your Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription to your order to increase your total order size, giving you more free Sale-a-Bration picks  

Existing Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.  If you're an existing Paper Pumpkin Subscriber who purchased a Paper Pumpkin subscription during last year's Sale-a-Bration, you'll want to sign up with a 12- month subscription again to earn up to four Sale-a-Bration items.  Plus, you don't want to miss the January kit, which has a Valentine/Anniversary theme. 

New or former Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.  This is a great time to try, or sign up again for a 3-month pre-paid subscription, which qualifies for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item. 

Add these item numbers to your order to earn more free Sale-a-Bration Products.  Or order just your Paper Pumpkin Subscription:

1 - Month Paper Pumpkin Subscription - 137858 - $21.00

3 - Month Paper Pumpkin Subscription - 137859 - $63.00 - Earns a $50 Sale-a-Bration Selection

6 - Month Paper Pumpkin Subscription - 137860 - $114.00 - Earns two $50 Sale-A-Bration Selections or one $100 Sale-A-Bration Selection

One Year Paper Pumpkin Subscription - 137861 - $220 - Earns four $50 Sale-a-Bration Selections or two $100 Sale-a-Bration Selections

Earn Stampin' Rewards:  When your order total reaches $150 (minus tax and shipping) or more, your order not only qualifies for FREE Sale-a-Bration selections, but you also qualify as a Host, and you receive Stampin' Rewards.  See page 88 of your new 2021 January - June Mini Catalog for how much free merchandise you can select based on your order.  

PLUS, as a Host, you'll also qualify to purchase the Suite Sampler Host set,  on page 88 of the new Mini catalog.  You'll definitely want this stamp set as this set includes images that extend or add to other stamp sets you are likely to order from the new mini catalog.  For instance, the dragonfly in the Suite Sampler matches the Dragon Fly Garden Stamp Set; or the sea shell coordinates with the Friends Are Like Seashells Stamp Set.  This is one set you'll want to order; but it is only available with a $150+ (minus tax and shipping) order.

Earn Free Sale-A-Bration Host Set.  When your order total reaches $300 (minus tax and shipping), your order qualifies you for:
  • FREE Sale-a-Bration selections
  • FREE Stampin' Rewards merchandise picks from current catalogs
  • FREE Punch Party Sale-A-Bration Host Set 

Sale-a-Bration is one of the best times of the year to refresh your stamp sets with fun new images, themes and crafting tools to help you create greeting cards and scrapbooking pages you'll love to share.

Look for more information tomorrow, including links to the on-line versions of the new catalogs and information about the great value when you Join Stampin 'Up! as a demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration. 

Today is the final day of the Giant Year End Closeout Event

Just a friendly reminder that you have just a few hours left to take advantage of the Giant Year End Closeout event.  Check the remaining selection of retiring items and make sure you place your orders by 4 January 2021.  

Note:  Although some bundles will carry over to later catalogs, the bundle pricing will go away as of 4 January 2021.  Order these bundles now, before the bundle pricing retires.    Read more about this sale in my earlier post, including where to download the Retiring August-December 2020 Mini Catalog Items and the Carryover list for that mini catalog.

Shop Paper Pumpkin, now!

  Visit the Stampin' Up! Online Store to check out the 

The Stampin' Up Online store has more ways to search, and larger images making it easier to find and see close ups of new products.  If you haven't visited the store since the launch, you will need to enter your password as the new Online Store also has a new location.  Just once; then you're all set.

Want more motivation for creating cards?  Join my Meetup Site, with over 8,000 photos, plus you'll receive project ideas and notifications of my upcoming classes. 

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