2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Brochure Available Now

Oops! I almost wrote 2018, but yes, folks, it’s January 2019, which means not only can you order from the new 2019 Occasions Catalog, but you can earn free products with your qualifying order. All it takes is an order of $50 or more. 

For every $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! products you buy from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions Catalog and even from the Clearance Rack, you earn one free Level One Sale-a-Bration item. For every $100 you spend, you earn one free Level Two Sale-a-Bration item or two Level One items. The free items you can earn are cumulative, so if you place $150 order, you can choose either three Level One items or one Level One item and one Level Two item. Price totals are before taxes and shipping.

Don’t forget that if you spend $150 or more, you get the Sale-a-Bration free items and the host reward dollars to spend. If you place an individual order or host a party totaling $250 or more before March 31, 2019, you earn an extra $25 in addition to the regular host rewards. 

Sounds good, right? Who doesn’t like free stuff? The only way you can get the exclusive Sale-a-Bration items is to place a qualifying order. Place your order online with me HERE. You will find all my contact information there in the upper right corner of my store site or email me by clicking the Contact button at the top of this page. I’d be happy to help you place your order.

Sale-a-Bration items are available from January 3 to March 31, 2019 or while supplies last.


Download the 2019 Sale-a-Bration Brochure PDF here.

2019 Occasions Catalog items and prices are good from January 3 to June 3, 2019.


Download the 2019 Occasions Catalog here.

Don’t forget the Annual Catalog is still current. You can download the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog HERE. The Annual Catalog also expires on June 3, 2019.

If you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like a paper copy of the catalogs, send me an email by clicking the contact button at the top of the page. I will send you a complementary catalog in the mail.


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Cards made with Navy & White Emboss Resist Backgrounds

Here are the cards I promised to make with the background layers from Beautiful Backgrounds #1: Navy & White Emboss Resist. The idea here is to let the backgrounds take center stage.

I used Thick Whisper White cardstock for most of the card bases and Night of Navy for a couple for a different look. I used matting layers of Whisper White with the Night of Navy card bases and also lined those insides with Whisper White to make it easier to write a note. I also used Real Red and Night of Navy cardstock for some simple matting and layering. All the sentiments are stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I added some small embellishments to finish the cards.


Flagging one end of the cardstock and adding rhinestones give the sentiment a little pizzazz. The sentiment is from a retired Christmas stamp set called Oh, What Fun.


This card can be used to celebrate anything. Customize the card with a sentiment stamp for the inside or leave it blank to write a note. I used Night of Navy cardstock for the card base and added a layer of Whisper White behind the embossed background. The “celebrate” is diecut from Real Red using a die from the Celebrate You thinlit dies.


I fussy cut the sentiment for this card. It comes from the All Things Thanks stamp set. I backed it with a Night of Navy circle punched with a 2″ Circle punch to make the sentiment stand out just a little more.


A very simple design for a nice thank you card. I accidentally cut the embossed navy layer smaller than I had planned, but it turned out okay. This card is the second one I made with a Night of Navy card base and a Whisper White layer under the emboss resist background layer. I stamped “For Everything” inside the card.


What a great sentiment for a card for a special person! Love that sentiment. It comes from the Petal Palette stamp set. I added a bit of the retired Night of Navy corduroy ribbon and some rhinestones.


“Just a Note” seemed like the perfect sentiment to pair with the Post Script background stamp. The sentiment comes from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. It is die cut with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits. I used a little piece of the Night of Navy corduroy ribbon behind the oval.


Another great sentiment to use for a special occasion or for every day. I used the Stitched Shapes framelits again to cut out the Real Red layer behind the sentiment. To get the size of layer I wanted, I traced the inside of the die around my sentiment and cut it out by hand. I used a length of Real Red grosgrain ribbon that has been retired for years but was still in my stash.


Again, a really simple layout with a little ribbon for embellishment. More Night of Navy ribbon from my stash–got to get that stash used up! “Just Breathe” is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.


I had a Real Red oval sitting on my desk that I thought I was going to use earlier, but it worked here. The sentiment is actually punched out with the Everyday Label punch, but I trimmed it a bit to fit inside the oval. I put a silver star brad on each side of the sentiment. If I had the Basic Brads, I would have used those since the set includes Night of Navy brads. I haven’t ordered any of the new brads yet, so back to my stash.

For cards like these, let the backgrounds shine. Use up little embellishments from your stash if you think the card needs a little something extra. If you don’t have the right color of ribbon, you can always use a strip of cardstock in your desired color. Now it’s your turn to escape to your craft space and make some cards to have on hand when you need one to send to a friend.

If you need any of the supplies used on these cards, all of the items are linked to my store. Just click on the name of the item to order. The items used to make the backgrounds can be found here. Remember to check for matching dies and product bundles to save 10%. And don’t forget the envelopes!

Stamped images © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!®  Photograph images © 2018 Sara Eby



Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale!

The month of July is a perfect time to buy some Designer Series Paper! Why? Because it’s on sale. The sale runs from July 1 through 31, 2018. It is a Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale. Here are the Designer Series Paper packages that are on sale:

These papers are found on pages 189 and 190 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. The Specialty Designer Series Papers and the Color Family 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Papers are not included in this sale.

Here’s a video to show you more detail of all the Designer Series Paper lines, including the Specialty Papers that are not included in the sale. (But they are great, so you might want to pick up some of those, too.)

Video © 2018 Stampin’ Up!®

Beautiful Backgrounds #1: Navy & White Emboss Resist



What’s more classic than the combination of navy and white? A few years ago, Stampin’ Up! used the Night of Navy and Whisper White combination in a selection of Designer Series Paper and card samples in their catalog. That inspired me to use navy and white in my card projects. I love this combination of colors because it is so crisp. It can easily be masculine, feminine or patriotic.

The emboss resist technique is a great technique. The smooth surface you get from  the melted embossing powder resists the ink. You can use any dye- or water-based medium for this technique. You can make sprays made from reinkers and water. You can use Brusho and water. You can watercolor with your inks over the embossed images. All of these ways will work. I chose to use my Night of Navy ink pad and sponges. I also like to use the Direct to Paper method to apply the ink to the cardstock.

Be prepared with lots of pieces of Whisper White cardstock. This technique can be a little addicting. You will want to try it with tons of your stamps to see the magic when the images appear as you apply the ink. I will make cards with these backgrounds and show them in another post. Cards made with these backgrounds can be found here. All supplies are linked at the bottom of the page.


Using Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and white emboss powder



Using Flourishing Phrases stamp set and clear emboss powder–This larger stamp covers more area with fewer images.



Using Colorful Seasons stamp set and white embossing powder



Using Petal Palette stamp set and clear embossing powder–This stamp image is supposed to be varied in texture, not a solid image.



You can use several images, as in this background, or just one. It’s up to you.

How to Make the Emboss Resist Background
  1. Rub your Whisper White cardstock with an Embossing Buddy (antistatic powder tool). This step is very important. Any stray specks of embossing powder will be very obvious on your finished project.


    You can see some extra embossing powder in the upper left and along the lower right edge. These spots can be trimmed off or covered with a sentiment or embellishment.

  2. Stamp your images with Versamark ink. You can make a specific pattern or stamp randomly. Both look good. If you have trouble seeing where you have already stamped, hold your paper in the light at an angle. There should be a slight glare where you have already stamped an image.
  3. Cover your images with clear or white embossing powder and tap off the excess. Use a scrap piece of paper (or your favorite method) to catch the extra embossing powder. Make sure all of your images are completely covered with powder. Use a small, dry paint brush to remove any stray flecks of embossing powder.
  4. Put away your excess embossing powder! Make sure the lid on the powder container is closed.
  5. Use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder. When the powder turns shiny, move to another area. If you keep heating one area too long, you can burn the embossing powder and your cardstock. Watch your fingers! The heat tool is hot.
  6. Allow the melted embossing powder to cool for a moment. It is still soft for a few seconds after heating and can smear
  7. Cover your work surface with a large scrap piece of paper. Junk mail or grid paper works well for this.
  8. Apply Night of Navy ink to the entire surface of the Whisper White cardstock. You can sponge the ink onto the cardstock with a stamping sponge, a sponge dauber or a sponge brayer. You can also drag your ink pad directly across the surface of your cardstock. It is natural to have slight variations in the ink coverage. Add more ink for a deeper color.
  9. Take a soft cloth or a paper towel and buff the ink from the top of your embossed images. You can slightly dampen your towel with a little water to help remove the ink.
  10. Set aside your backgrounds to allow the Night of Navy ink to dry.
  11. Cut your cardstock to the appropriate size and apply to your project.


  • Your fingers will get inky. Make sure you wash your hands before moving on to another part of your project.
  • Don’t skimp on heat tool or embossing powder quality. You want a heat tool that gets very hot. You cannot use a hair dryer because it doesn’t get hot enough to melt the powder. You want an embossing powder that melts quickly and smoothly, leaving behind a nice, shiny finish. Both the Stampin’ Up! heat tool tool and embossing powders will give you a good result.
  • Make sure your ink pads are juicy. You need a well-inked Versamark pad to get good stamped images. The embossing powder sticks better if your Versamark pad isn’t dry. You will use a lot of Night of Navy ink for this project, especially if you make more than one. Reink your pads as needed during the project.
  • You can vary the amount of ink you add to get a streaky or mottled look.
  • Cut pieces of cardstock slightly bigger than you want to use in your final project, if possible. For a 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer, I start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. I can then trim it to size after I have completed the emboss resist technique. The edges of the cardstock can sometimes have fingerprints or other imperfections that don’t look so good. This leaves some room for them to be trimmed off.
  • Warm up your heat tool before you start to melt the embossing powder. This will help melt the powder more efficiently without warping the cardstock as much.
  • The heat tool can blow loose embossing powder all over the place, so make sure to replace any loose powder into your container and close the lid. Otherwise, you might have a big powdery mess to clean up.
  • I like to use the sponge dauber to apply ink. I apply about 3 or 4 layers of ink to get the depth of color I like. The fastest way to apply ink is using the Direct to Paper Method. Direct to Paper also uses the most ink so you definitely will need to reink your Night of Navy ink pad.
  • I like to place a piercing mat under my cardstock when I stamp with photopolymer stamps or large background stamps. This helps get a crisp, complete image when stamping.
  • I was looking at my finished pieces laying in a pile and thought it would be great to make a navy and white themed photo album. Hmmm, there’s a thought for a future project….

Supplies Needed:


Inky fingers are happy fingers! Did you know that the Stampin’ Scrub can remove ink from your fingers, too? Run water over the insides just like when you are cleaning ink from it and rub your fingers on the pads.

Stamped images © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!® Photograph images ©2018 Sara Eby

Stamping 101 Terms: Direct to Paper


Using the Direct to Paper method to apply ink

Direct to Paper refers to a method of getting ink onto the cardstock. It means to apply ink directly to your cardstock using the ink pad. The ink pad is rubbed or pressed directly onto the cardstock. This is a quick method to get the ink onto your paper. You can apply small amounts of ink by lightly dragging the ink pad across the cardstock. You can apply lots of ink by pressing a bit harder on the ink pad or making multiple passes across the cardstock. It also can use a lot of ink if you are doing a big project, so have your ink refills ready to reink your pad.