Global Stamping Friends Hop – 2018 SAB and Occasions

Hi everyone!

It’s time for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, and it really is global!! This hops around every month on the first Friday. There are folks all around the world joining this, so please take a look at all the fun stuff people have to share. Each month is a different theme, and this month it’s Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog!!

This is pretty exciting because there are SO many new things available.  I’ve picked just a few of the many items to show you today.
I’m also working on getting some new posts up in the next week to cover all the details of Sale-A-Bration, and how you can benefit from this spectacular yearly sale – so stay tuned.

The first card I want to share uses one of my new favorites in the Occasions Catalog. It’s the Brusho Crystal Color, watercolor ink crystals. These things are fantastic! I’ve paired them up with some watercolor paper and the new Beautiful Day stamp set. Here is what I first came up with:

I used a quick and simple layout I liked, using some of the new Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) – which is all black and white images. This is perfect for pairing up with any pop of color!  In fact, I liked it so much, I made a few more using the same supplies and just changed out the color Brushos I used.

To use them, just add water to paper and sprinkle on! There are several ways to do that, and I hope to put some more info together in the near future on the differences. But the easiest way to play is with the Aqua Painters. I did that for my Winter scene card here.

Using the butterfly, here are the four different combinations I came up with:

I will definitely be using this technique lots in the future!  I also threw in a bit more color by using the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to color my rhinestones in the corners. You can make them a variety of different colors to match any card.

My next card for you features a new stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog that you can only earn (for FREE). It’s Happy Wishes, and it has a bunch of phrases to choose from – so you can use it for just about any occasion you can think of. I used the same layout as the butterfly card, just changing up the colors and embellishments:

How simple and pretty is that! I colored the flowers with watercolor pencils, and the lemon-lime paper accent was created from the Petals & More Thinlits, which coordinate with the Petal Passion DSP. I’ve also used some of the Naturally Eclectic DSP to get that splash of colors all at once. I used a variety of Blends to color a few more rhinestones different colors, and added Wink of Stella on the flowers. Such a stunning card, I think.

I hope you like these and I hope you enjoy hopping through the rest of today’s Blog Hop!  Click the “Next” arrow to continue on, or click on any of the names below if you get lost or want to hop around.

Lisa Ann Bernard
Amanda Farlinger
Anastasia Radloff
Jan Musselman
Karie Beglau
Kimberley Anne Morris
Libby Dyson
Tricia Butts
Ellen Woodbridge
Jenn Curtis Charles
Anita Wifladt
Kristie Neal Walthall
Courtenay Heuston
Rebecca Urban
Mary Ann Kay Rossiter <—  You are HERE!
Lisa Hardie
Cheryl Algie
Marieke Bart
Amanda Bates
Angelique Stempelkeuken
Rachel Macleod
Georgia Missy Aubrey-Gaydos
Lisa Henderson
Sarah McDermott



Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Happy New Year folks!  It’s the first of the month, and time for another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  With it being the new year, you will also notice a few new updates. We have new logos as well as some never before used themes coming up!  Fun times ahead for everyone. 🙂

This month’s theme makes me think of a chilly wintery night scene. That’s exactly what I decided to create! I combined a little bit of the new with the old and came up with this:

I used the Hometown Greeting thinlits for the rows of buildings, and the Star of Light stamp set for the swirly stars in the sky. I purposely left off the sentiment because I didn’t want it to take away from the scene. I made sure to leave some of the edges hang off the sides to make it a bit more 3-D. Here are the houses a bit closer, since it’s hard to see the black-on-black in the picture straight forward:

I didn’t want all the openings in the buildings ‘lit up’, just the windows, so I used some Daffodil Delight paper behind those, then used some more Black for the rest. It really makes the windows stand out even more. I added Wink of Stella to make them glisten along with the swirly sky.

The bright blue night sky is made with the new Brushos, which will be available on January 3rd!  I used the Whisper White card stock, and after I heat embossed the swirls in white, I wet the paper and quickly sprinkled some Brusho on it. The Whisper White paper won’t pool up the water like watercolor paper, so I then gave it a spritz of water and used an Aqua Painter to go back and forth to blend it in a bit. This is a completely different look from the watercolor paper, so you will want to play around with it yourself and see the neat combinations possible.

Here is the sky up close, I really love how it turned out:

It’s even more sparklie in real life! I hope you like it and I also hope everyone is staying warm this New Year’s Day!  It’s extremely cold where I am, and it looks like it will be for quite a while! So, get some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and take a peek at the rest of wonderful hop!
Thanks for stopping by!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the “Next” image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:
Crystal Komara
Anna Conetta Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill

Sneak Peek at Beautiful Peacocks

Hi folks!

I have a sneak peek for you today from our upcoming Sale-A-Bration selections that start in January!  Check out this card I made using the new Beautiful Peacock stamp set!

I first saw this set when it Stampin’ Up! showed to us at OnStage. How fun is it!? It has multiple stamps included, so you can mix and match colors! I used Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist here.
We were also shown a really cute way to make the tail with a bit more pizzazz! Also using a sneak peek SAB item, a pack of Shimmer Ribbon including Bermuda Bay, I made this variation! You can unravel the ribbon a bit and you get this –

Fancy tail!  🙂  Super easy to make and it’s so pretty!

Both of these items can be earned for free starting in January, so be sure to check back for more sneak peeks and info on SAB as it gets closer.

Don’t forget to RSVP for my class this Saturday!
Happy Stamping!

Surprise – FREE Shipping Today Only

Hi folks!

Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE Shipping for TODAY ONLY!  How cool is that?

Click the picture to go over to my online store, or contact me if you have questions!
Please use Host Code:  2NQ3W4BM if your order is under $150.


  • Please RSVP for my next class (Saturday) if you haven’t yet!
  • The retiring Holiday Catalog items are in the online store, and some are DISCOUNTED!  Make sure to check those out to use with FREE Shipping!

Happy Stamping, and enjoy the FREE shipping!

Shiny Foil Snowflake Holiday Cards

Hi folks!  Just a few updates here today!

I’m going through the wonderful cards that were shared with me at the OnStage event last month, and I the two I have for you today both use the Foil Snowflakes and Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper – which are on the retiring Holiday list!

Just a note on that list – The Year End Sale is going on right now, and you can click on my online store links, or click here, to see which items are being retired, and which ones are available at a discount! These are as supplies last, so you’ll want to scoop these up asap!

Ok, back to the fun shiny cards!  This first one is from my upline Linda Bauwin, and she used the Smitten Mittens Bundle, along with the Foil Snowflakes and Year of Cheer Specialty DSP. The mitten is cut from the Gold Glimmer paper.. so many pretty metallic colors!

This next one is from Mary Rodgers, also using the Foils Snowflakes, and Year of Cheer DSP. She also used the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle, white doilies and some gold metallic thread, finishing it off with some rhinestones. How festive!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!  I still have some more to share, so I will do my best to get them out here for you!

On a slightly different topic – if you missed the info on the Stamparatus the first time around, the second pre-order window is open!
There are a few changes from the first window – everyone can pre-order only one. And… the window will stay open all month! It doesn’t matter if 10 people reserve it or 1 million, they will ship in the order they reservations were received (starting in March). This will also be the last window open since they are not limiting how many people can reserve!!
Head over to my online store, login with your account – then click on the Stamparatus picture where it says “Reserve Yours Now!”
If you have any questions – just let me know!!

One last item – If you have not checked out the calendar lately, there is one more Card Class this month before the holidays! YAY!!

Make sure to let me know if you are coming so I can have enough supplies ready.
These will not be Holiday Cards, they will be other/all occasions. As a bonus, you will be able to see some of the NEW products coming up for January.

Saturday, Dec 16th at 1:00 pm
10 cards with envelopes (5 designs x 2 each)
Please bring your own adhesive.
Cost is $25, and non-refundable.
RSVP by Thursday night, Dec 14th at 9 pm.

I can’t wait to hear from everyone!
Happy Stamping!