My Blog is Moving!

I know it’s been quiet over here lately.  Well I have news….my blog is moving!  I finally got my own domain name and I’m moving my blog over to the new site. Now you will be able to find me here –

So I won’t be posting on this blog site any more.  If you are subscribed by email you should automatically start receiving the updates from the new blog once I start posting over there.  I’m still working on getting everything cleaned up and looking pretty on the new site so there will still be some “construction” going on.  But I wanted to let you know that I won’t be posting here anymore.

I hope you will come join me At Monika’s Place …..


Thanks so much!




The Color Revamp

Stampin’ Up! is going to be doing a Color Revamp this year.  It’s been 8 years since we made a significant change to our core colors.  Color trends are change over time and we want to keep our color offering fresh, new, and relevant.

What does that mean? Let’s take a look.

  • Colors will be updated in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.  This will start on June 1, 2018.
  • the In Color program will remain the same – with 5 colors rotating in each year and staying for 2 years
  • keeping 27 of our existing core colors
  • 13 core colors are going away
  • 5 In Colors (2016-2018) are going away

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  • 5 new In Colors are being introduced – the 2018-2020 In Colors 2018-2020 in colors
  • adding 10 brand new core colors  new core colors
  • adding 6 returning In Colors that will now be core colors returning colors
  • our color offering will expand from 50 to 53 colors
  • we rearranged the color families a bit

2018 colors

I’m excited about the changes and the new colors.  The majority of the retiring colors were not any that I was using.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the new ones!

I received these color swatches at the CenterStage event last weekend so here are all the colors in a pretty rainbow swirl!


Be sure to order any ink refills, card stock and accessories in the retiring colors before they are gone for good.  You can shop in my online store – HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.



This week At Monika’s Place


Class Reminders for March

There are just a few more days to RSVP for Card Maker’s Class.

  • Wednesday, March 28 – Paper Pumpkin Craft Time – meet up to get crafty with our monthly paper pumpkin kit. Details here.

The Sale-a-Bration promotion is quickly coming to an end.  It’s your last chance to order and earn free items.  Qualifying orders earn Free Sale-a-Bration products and there are lots of things to choose from.  They’ve even added some regular catalog items as choices.


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See you soon!

Easter Bunny

Easter is approaching so quickly!  I really haven’t done any creating for it at all.  I normally have my extended family over and I make them handmade invitations but this year it snuck up on me and I didn’t get any made in time – so I had to do an evite – I’m so sad.

I did create this card for my Stamp Club this month.  I decided to use the Garden Girl stamp set with the cute little bunny.  And the Springtime Foils Designer Series Specialty Paper from Sale-A-Bration.  Sale-A-Bration is coming to and end – it will be here before we know it right there with Easter!


The Springtime Foils Specialty Paper is one of the Free Choices during Sale-A-Bration – you just need a $50 order and you can get the full pack.  I used the stripes for my card and this paper works so beautifully with our Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends to color in the stripes in between the silver printed stripes.  It’s subtle but pretty.  It would be fun to do bright colored stripes – and even cut the paper into egg shapes.

The bunny is stamped with Memento Black ink on Whisper White card stock – I did some coloring with my Smoky Slate Blends and cut him out.  The fence is stamped in Crumb Cake ink and colored in with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  Then add the grass in Wild Wasabi and die cut with a Stitched Circle.  Behind it is a Wild Wasabi scalloped circle cut from the Layering Circles Frameltis dies.

I tied some Silver Bakers Twine around the foil layer before adhering it with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the front of my card.  The small Happy Easter is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

I “hop” you enjoyed this card.  Thanks for stopping by.


Lots of Lavender Gift Box

There are less than three weeks left of Sale-a-Bration.  Did you already get your favorite items for Free?  One of the Level 1 choice is the beautiful Lots of Lavender stamp set.  It reminds me of the Lavender farm that we visited last summer.  We were on San Juan Island in Washington, State.


For today’s project though I decided to use Berry Burst for the flowers and I think they came out pretty too.


I created a box out of Berry Burst card stock added the Berry Burst Metallic Edged Ribbon and finished with a tag.  Inside the box I used the Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie – Crinkle-cut shredded paper that perfectly matches my box.


The outline image is stamped in Black, the flowers in Berry Burst, the leaves in Old Olive and the ribbon in Soft Sky.   I added Wink of Stella over the flowers but you can’t really see it in the photo.

I also used the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies to cut the Celebrate out of Silver Foil.  The dies are a Level 2 Sale-A-Bration choice.  It’s tied on with some Soft Sky Baker’s Twine.

Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st so make sure you do your shopping before then!


Thanks for stopping by today.


Birthday Wit

Have you noticed the Birthday Wit stamp set in the Occasions catalog?  It’s on page 9.  Since its basically all words it doesn’t stand out very well.  It is a fun set to have to make some birthday cards.


For this card I used the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It has gold foil accents.  And painted brushstroke patterns.  Some of the patterns are a bit bright for me so on this card I used the large sentiment from the Birthday Wit stamp set.  I actually stamped it multiple times in a variety of colors – Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry.  The main panel on the card was stamped with Soft Suede ink.  and then I cut out all the block words and covered them with the colored words.  This is another one of those short front cards where you can see the designer paper on both side.  I used the White cotton ribbon on this one.  And finished with some Gold Metallic dots.

I think it turned out to be a fun card!

There are only 3 more weeks of Sale-A-Bration left – if you haven’t placed an order to get your free product choices be sure to do it soon.  There are some great options and once they are gone – they are gone.  Now there are two things that will carry over into our new catalog – the Celebrate You Thinlits and the Basket Weave Embossing Folder.  But they won’t be free you’ll have to pay for them then and the coordinating stamp sets won’t be available after March 31st.

SHOP NOW and Sale-A-Brate!

Thanks for stopping by.




Wild Flower Wishes Blog Hop

Wild Flower Wishes Blog Hop

The February Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop is here – on March 1st!  The month of February was so short we had to push things out just a bit to make sure everyone received their kits and had time to create.  We will be sharing alternate ideas for the February 2018 kit – Wild Flower Wishes.  This kit contains supplies for 9 cards and envelopes, plus the stamp set and ink.

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I actually have two sets of cards to show you today that I made mostly out of extra bits from the kit.  One set uses Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  I always find those easy to pair with my Paper Pumpkin kits for making additional cards and alternate ideas.


I used the left over letter stickers and some of the flower stickers.  If you have the linen thread left you could use that or pull some from your stash.  I actually found some that I had left from an older Paper Pumpkin kit.  So really the only thing I added for these was the note cards & envelopes.  Here is a closer look at each one. You can click on each image to see it close up.


I also wanted to make a full size set of cards – well I really made these first and then I made the note cards.


For these I added card stock in the colors to match the flowers – Crushed Curry, Berry Burst and Tempting Turquoise.  I also used the bold word stamps out of the stamp set – those weren’t used in the actual cards from the kit.  I’m so glad the stamp sets include extra images to make the set useful once the kit is finished.

For each card I stamped the bold words repeatedly in the background on the card base – I used Sahara Sand ink.  And stamped multiple times before re-inking my image.  The Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ – so one piece of card stock would give you 8 cards.  I used the corresponding script text and stamped that repeatedly on the white piece.  I added some of the flower stickers and greenery on each one.  The bold words were stamped on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White.  And underneath is a strip of one of the card layers from the kit.  Some more Linen Thread is wrapped around the layer.  I also stamped the script text on each card in the Sahara Sand ink full strength to finish up the greeting.  The envelopes this time were stamped with the flower images.   Here is a close up of the three cards – the yellow is my favorite.


I hope you liked these alternate ideas.  I was quite happy with them and still had supplies to make the regular cards in the kit since I mostly used the stickers and stamps for these.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect crafty gift any time of year – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself Here.  Sign up by March 10th to receive the special March 5th anniversary kit.  Yes Paper Pumpkin is 5 years old and the March kit is going to include a gift for everyone!

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is Rachel Tessman – she has the most creative ideas for these Paper Pumpkin kits each month.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.

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Here is the rest of the Blog Hop List in case you get lost along the hop or just want to jump around.

Thanks for visiting.