Friday, January 18, 2013

Stampin' Up! Best of 25 Years!

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, they are bringing back some of the favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Check back here every month to see the new Best of stamp set.
Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
Here is January's Best of stamp set birthday themed below.

To order this set go to than click "Shop Now" under the Products tab.  You will need to enter item #132929.

Also, you will need to download the Collector's Card so you can collect the 6 stickers starting in February to send in to redeem your FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!  You can download and print your card here: 


Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Single Stamps

Stampin' Up! introduced single stamps a few months ago and they have become a BIG hit! 10 more never-before-seen single stamps were revealed during Leadership that you can order now until March 31, 2013.

•These stamps are available on any order type-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online.
•You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers at the following links:
•Single stamps can be ordered in the online store.
•These won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
•This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
•The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.
•There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
•These stamps are only available through March 31, 2013, so get them while you can at

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Your Creative Carriage Awaits!

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .

  • I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
  • I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
  • All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!
Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family - every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month you will receive a unique, surprise kit with a project - cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories - everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • Your Paper Pumpkin will be ship on or around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, your kit will be sent around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, your first kit will be sent around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, there will be a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month for $16.95 + shipping.

Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin by visiting and click Get it.
A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift - a clear acrylic block!
Questions? I've Got Answers
Q: Why are we offering Paper Pumpkin?
A: Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin' Up! We designed it for crafters that want to create a project each month, but don't have the time or aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).

Q: How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?
A: Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!). Because they will be auto shipped, the pricing structure is slightly different from our other Stampin' Up! products.

Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?
A: It's a surprise each month—anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You will need adhesive though.)

Q: Does my Paper Pumpkin project come with instructions?
A: Yes, of course it does. The instructions will tell you everything you need to know. And they are so easy to follow—I promise.

Q: How long will it take to make each Paper Pumpkin project? (Now say that fast three times.)
A: We know you wish you had unlimited creativity time (we all do), but since you probably don’t, each Paper Pumpkin can be completed in 30 minutes or less! (We think of it as a spa treatment for your creativity.)

Q: Should I get on the Paper Pumpkin carriage?
A: Definitely, yes. Just think of it—a Stampin’ Up! surprise delivered to your doorstep every month (wahooo!) Paper Pumpkin offers a simple, creative experience each month. What's more—sometimes, your monthly kit features . . . wait for it . . . some exclusive products you can only get through Paper Pumpkin. Try it and see what you think. You can cancel your membership any time.

Q: How much does a Paper Pumpkin membership cost each month?
A: Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 per month. Because your Paper Pumpkin ships automatically to you, the shipping of $5.00 has been built in to the cost of each kit.

Q: When does my membership expire?
A: Your membership will last until you cancel it.

Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin?
A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the 10th―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment confirmation e-mail.

Q: Can I skip a month?
A: You sure can! Simply log on to your account on and click skip a month before the 10th of the month in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you click skip a month on the 11th of the month, you will receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and not receive the following month's Paper Pumpkin.

Q: What if I want to cancel my membership?
A: You must submit a 10-page essay about why you would ever want to do such a crazy thing. (Just kidding.) It’s simple. All you need to do is log on to your Paper Pumpkin account on and choose cancel before the 10th of the month and you will not receive any more Paper Pumpkin kits (how sad). If you cancel on the 11th of the month, you'll receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and will not receive any more Paper Pumpkin kits.

Q: What is the return policy?
A: If you are not thrilled with your Paper Pumpkin, please call Stampin' Up! at 1-800-STAMP UP, to chat and make make everything hunky dory.

Q: Will the items in each Paper Pumpkin be available for sale individually?
A: Part of the fun of having a Paper Pumpkin membership is receiving exclusive products to play with! Most of the items in your Paper Pumpkin are exclusive, never-before seen products (can you say yippee?) You will, however, see a few tried-and-true products in your Paper Pumpkin that you can buy individually in the catalog.

Q: Is there any other way to buy monthly Paper Pumpkin kits?
A: You need to be a member to receive the monthly Paper Pumpkin. Past kits will not be available at this time.

Q: How do I see the upcoming Paper Pumpkin kits?
A: One of the best parts of your Paper Pumpkin membership is that you never know what is going to be in that beautiful red box. It’s like opening a present every month—we don’t want to ruin the surprise for you!

Q: What if the package never comes?
A: If your Paper Pumpkin does not arrive on your doorstep please call Stampin' Up! at 1-800-STAMP UP, and one of the friendly customer service agents will help you.

Q: When will I be charged?
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as your Paper Pumpkin ships.

Doesn't this sound like something you want to take advantage of?  I signed up for my kit and will be anxiously awaking my welcome kit in the middle of March.  I hope you join me on this new journey and enjoy creating something new each month!  If you are ready to join you can do so by going to and click Subscribe.  Please include my name, Brittny Smith, as your demonstrator when prompted.

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2013 Recap

This was my first Leadership and it just happened to be in Orlando, FL.  What a great break from our cold, snowy weather in Pittsburgh.  If you want to read about my family vacation we made of it then click here.

Leadership started Thursday afternoon.  Once I got my badge and packet, which included a free stamp set and a coupon to order a free stamp set, I walked around the hall to see all of the samples and information there was.  I then went to a first timers meet and greet where we played a Bingo game and won a container of embellishments.  The first day was sort of just a check-in day so I took lots of pictures of the different samples on display.

Checking out the samples
Friday started with a general session where Shelli, the owner and CEO, started it off by speaking about 25 years of business.  Her daughter, Sara Douglass, came on to stage next for a stamping demonstration and to show the new man's kit called Dude, You're Welcome.  Then another home office worker, Bonnie Thurber, unveiled another new product line called Paper Pumpkin.  This is one of the most things that I'm excited about and hoping it helps get some new customers.  It ended with all of us getting the Try it Kit and Welcome Kit for the Paper Pumpkin.

We broke in to classes and the one I took was about Social media.  It gave me some good tips for blogging, Facebook and YouTube.  I'm hoping it inspires me to start making videos.  After lunch there were mini 20 minute classes about all different topics.  I learned so much and have some great ideas to help grow my business.

We ended Friday with a pajama party general session with stamping demonstrations from more home office employees.  We learned the locations for this years upcoming Regional events.  I'm already planning to get to the Baltimore regional on April 13th.  Finally, we all received DSP and a stamp free!  It was a successful but long first day.
Cute Valentine sucker treats
Another one of my favorite samples
Saturday started with another general session.  We celebrated by having demonstrators walk on stage for their latest promotion of that year.  I got to walk with other demonstrators that promoted to Supervisor this year.  It was so cool and I hope to be able to do that again and again and again!  Shelli Gardner came out to demonstrate more products from the Spring catalog.  Finally, Scott Nielsen revealed Best of 25 years Stamp Set promotion and gave us all silver glimmer paper and some embellishments.

I attended a class about meeting new people to grow my business.  After lunch I attended a class about helping my downline through their first year and am most excited about implementing these ideas.  Leadership ended with a final general session with more demonstrations and inspirations.  Check out what we did after one of the talks.

The day ended with Shelli coming out one final time to wrap it up and give away one final stamp set to all attendees.  It was such an amazing experience that I will never forget.  I am so glad that I was able to go and hope to go back to many more in the future.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Our Family Vacation in Orlando

This was my first Leadership and it just happened to be the first time in Orlando, FL too.  My husband and I took advantage and made it a week down there as a family.  We flew in Sunday, January 6th and had 3 days to run to different parks together.  Monday we went to Legoland and the boys had a blast.

Here they are with Batman and Robin

Tuesday we went to Disney Hollywood Studios and got to meet Jake from "Jake and the Neverland Pirates."  That is one of their favorite shows on Disney Junior.  They were Jake and Cubby for Halloween this past year too. 
Wednesday we went to Magic Kingdom and got to meet even more characters and ride a few of the rides that they were big enough to ride.  I loved seeing their faces when they meet the characters.  Here they are chasing and popping bubbles at the Magic Kingdom.

Thursday night we went back to the Magic Kingdom to see the park at night and to watch the fireworks.  The boys really did love our time at the parks and it was a great week with beautiful weather.  I  attended Stampin' Up! Leadership Thursday through Saturday that you can read about tomorrow.  We flew back to Pittsburgh Sunday morning.  It was a week that we will never forget and I'm glad we took advantage of our opportunity!

Learn About the Chalkboard Technique with Stampin' Up!

Chalkboard Technique

Q:  I love seeing new techniques used for stamping. Can you tell me more about the Chalkboard technique?

Chalkboard Technique - To You From Me Designer Template - Digital Download #132811
  You hit right on a very popular trend in the papercrafting world! The Chalkboard or Faux Chalk Art technique is a fun twist on the basic resist technique. It creates the vintage look of old chalkboards, chalkboard art, and advertising.  Here’s how you can create the Chalkboard Technique...

     Card Stock:  Basic Black (or use Garden Green or Not Quite Navy for the look of old green and blue chalkboards)
     Ink:  VersaMark, Whisper White Craft ink, ink matching the color of your card stock
     Other:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Watercolor Pencils (White Pencil), Stamping Sponges, ruler (clear is best)

Step 1:  Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy. Stamp images with VersaMark ink. Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (Try stamps such as: Amazing Family (#129189 wood, #129192 clear) pg. 7 of Spring Catalog or Forever with You (#126725 wood, #126727 clear) pg. 132 of Annual Catalog.)

Step 2:  Sponge edges of card stock with matching color to create contrast. Wipe off excess ink with tissue.  Lightly sponge around embossed images and in blank areas with Whisper White Craft ink. Sponge some areas darker and some lighter to create the look of chalk dust.

Step 3:
  Use a ruler or freehand draw lines through or above and below stamped images with the White Watercolor Pencil. Draw a border 1/4" from each edge of the card stock with the White Watercolor Pencil to create a frame around the chalkboard. Remember this is all “chalk” drawing on a board so being perfectly neat isn’t necessary!

  If desired go back and shadow stamp over embossed images with Whisper White Craft ink. By stamping over, but slightly off center of the original image you create a blurred shadow effect. Allow craft ink to dry.

Step 4:  Embellish with vintage items such as bits of Doily, ribbon, Delicate Details Lace Tape (#130966), Paper Doilies (#129399), Linen Thread (#104199), Baker’s Twine, buttons, or pieces from the Artisan Embellishments Kit (#129328).

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Leadership 2013

I have been in Orlando, FL since Sunday on a mini vacation with my family until today. Today started Stampin' Up's leadership event. This is my first time attending and its in sunny Florida!!

Just want to write a quick recap of my favorites from today. Received a free stamp set in my welcome kit along with a chance to order a free stamp set with my next demonstrator order. There was lots of nice displays with new product and product shares. I enjoyed new product being demonstrated as well and have lots of ideas for upcoming events. My last favorite is receiving more free product when I attended the first timers meeting. So far it has been a great first day and look forward to tomorrow.

I am off to Magic Kingdom with the family tonight  but want to leave you with some pictures from today.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Valentine Treat Bundle

Valentine Treat Bundle

Dates: January 3-21, 2013
From January 3 through January 21, you will have the opportunity to purchase the exclusive Valentine Treat Bundle. This bundle, created specifically for this special offer, contains the brand-new Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp
Valentine Treat Bundle
and a package of 1" x 8" cellophane bags for just $5.95!

Bundle Item
DescriptionRetail ValueSpecial Bundle Price
132771Valentine Treat Bundle 
Includes the Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount) and 1" x 8" cellophane bags

The Fine Print
  • The promotion will run January 3-21, 2013.
  • During the promotion, you can place orders on any order type (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • The Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp coordinates with the Full Heart Punch (item 119883; $16.95), but the punch is not included in the bundle.
  • There are no limits to the number of Valentine Treat Bundles that you can order.
  • Promotion deadlines:
    • Phone: Monday, January 21, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX or online: Monday, January 21, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)
You can order at than click "Shop Now" under the Products tab.  If you like this promotion, you are going to want to check out our My Little Valentine promotion as well by clicking HERE!


My Little Valentine

My Little Valentine

Dates: January 3-21, 2013

During the My Little Valentine promotion, you will get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE-a $7.95 value-when you purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Set. This four-piece set was created exclusively for this promotion and will not be available again after January 21!
The My Little Valentine Stamp Set is only available in clear-mount item #132242 for $9.95.
My Little Valentine Clear-Mount Stamp Set

The Fine Print
  • The promotion will run January 3-21, 2013.
  • During the promotion, you can place orders on any order type (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • For every My Little Valentine Set that you purchase, you will get a Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE!
  • There are no limits to the number of My Little Valentine Sets that you can order and the number of Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kits you can earn for free.
  • Promotion deadlines:
    • Phone: Monday, January 21, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX or online: Monday, January 21, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)
You can order at then click "Shop Now" under the Products tab.  If you love this promotion you will want to check out our Valentine Treat Bundle as well by clicking HERE.

Spring Catalog!

Spring Catalog

The Spring Catalog has arrived and you are going to LOVE it!  Click on the picture to download a PDF of the entire catalog.  When you are ready to order you can do so at then click "Shop Now" under the Products tab.

I would love to hear what you are most excited about from this new catalog by leaving a comment on this post.