Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!


Wow!  Can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a month but a lot was going on…vacation, college tours, college drop off, recovering from college drop off and more college tours…..and before you know it, it is SEPTEMBER!!!!   Sort of sad about that but sort of looking forward to gorgeous fall weather. ….

And one more thing to look forward to:


Yes it is finally here!   September 1st seems like the perfect day to focus on Christmas, right?   Well, in the world of crafting, it is!   Last week, I got together with a group of my demonstrator friends and we made holiday cards so I have lots of samples to share with you in the upcoming weeks.   In the meantime, if you need a catalog, call on me!

You can see the catalog here if you can’t wait to get it in your hands.

I have to run but stay tuned for samples!!


Thoughtful Branches is the Little Black Dress of papercrafting!

Thoughtful Branches is the Little Black Dress of papercrafting!

Tuesday morning, you can begin to order Thoughtful Branches.  Why do you want to order this?….THIS is why:

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‘Nuff said!!   Hands down, the BEST BUNDLE STAMPIN’ UP! HAS EVER OFFERED!  SO veratile.  You can use it every season!!  It can be cute or elegant!  Works for every paper crafting need you have!   –In fact, it is the “little black dress” of paper crafting.

OK–so here is where and how you can get it:

Beginning August 2nd, you can click here and order it.   The item number is 144328 (for English).   Once you add it to your shopping cart, you will see a prompt for Hostess code.   Please use this code if you are not in one of my clubs:KFS969D2.

In case you need a reminder of what is in the set, here it is:


SO fantastic!!!    I know you will enjoy!

Thoughtful Branches Coming Soon!

Thoughtful Branches Coming Soon!

I AM in love!!  Thoughtful Branches is a brand new bundle being offered by Stampin’ Up! August 2-31 (while supplies last).

Hands down the BEST BUNDLE EVER released by Stampin’ Up!


This is what it looks like.   Oodles of stamps and fantastic framelits to match.  When I tell you this is the most versitile stamp set I have ever used, I am not kidding.   It helped that the good and wise people of Stampin’ Up! released this set to the Artisans (REALLY talented stampers) ahead of the rest of us.  They got the ideas rolling.  You can see THEIR ideas beginning here.

The bundle is $52 (US) and I won’t even bother giving you the stamp set and framelit prices separately because it would just be plum crazy NOT to get the bundle!

I received my bundle last week and began to copy ideas and then I just couldn’t stop.   I LOVE this bundle (Did I mention that??)

This weekend was my team meeting.  Here is one of the make and takes we did (actually–this is slightly altered as I sponged brayered Island Indigo and then added a layer of Night of Navy towards the top).

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While this set does not specifically have any holiday greetings, you can see how it could be easily used for your Christmas –or winter cards.

Tip:  In my opinion, the framelits with this set work best with the Precision Cutting plate.–and there is a fair amount of “paper poop” —but SO worth it!

Now–how do you get this, you ask?

IF you are in a club of mine, I will email you the code for your club order.   You can use that beginning on August 2nd.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can go here to order it–beginning August 2nd.   I would appreciate it if you use this hostess code: KFS969D2

If you do, I will send you another card made with this gorgeous bundle.

**Note:  Stampin’ Up! is offering this as a limited time deal.  They say if it sells well, we might see it again somewhere but no promises (I said that, not Stampin’ Up!).  That said, order it  (on August 2nd) right away and get busy!  You are going to love this set YEAR round!!

Stay tuned as I have LOTS more samples using this set.

Thanks for stopping by.



Stamp A Stack Preview and MORE good news!


Next week I am hosting a Summer Stamp A Stack.  You can get details and RSVP here.   Here is a sample of one of the cards we will be making:

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Flourishing Phrases and matching Framelits!142323S

SO many fantastic greetings–and you will get to choose the one best for YOUR card!  Check out the detail you can add:

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Just squeeze a little Fine Tip Glue onto your image and wait (a while!).  You will have texture and pop!   (“Texture and Pop”–sounds like the name of a band!)  That is right!  For those of you who were bent out of shape when Crystal Effects was retired–and you know who you are–Good news!!  The Fine Tip Glue works exactly the same.  AND–better news than before—You have more control over it with that fancy “fine tip”!!


Ok–go sign up for the class now.

Don’t forget that you will earn bonus $$ for purchases of $50 this month.  Shop here.

Thanks for stopping by.   Later, gator!

Bonus Days and Moroccan Nights

Bonus Days and Moroccan Nights

Check out this little gift!!


Stampin’ Up! just announced this deal and I thought I would help you out with some ideas for what you need to buy!  (Like you needed help!)

Yesterday,  got the opportunity to play around with one of my new favorite stamp sets, Moroccan Nights.  Anybody that knows me knows that one of my favorite places in the world is Disneyworld!   And one of my favorite parts of Disneyworld is World Showcase in Epcot.   And one of my favorite countries in the World Showcase is Morocco.

morocco(Truth be told–I love ALL of Disney World–all the parks and all the countries)  Look at this–how could you not love this detail.   It is said that Moroccan government officials were actually sent  to Disney to help with the design of this place.  I have never been to Morocco but I am pretty sure it paid off!

When the new catalog came out and I saw this stamp set , Moroccan Nights, I knew it would be mine.   And then I saw the matching DSP, well– it was love!

Seriously–look at this:


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LLLLLAAAAAAAAAA –craft angels singing!    I was determined to make something that would be fitting these gorgeous lanterns:

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Well, Stampin’ Up! recently introduced Copper Embossing Powder which perfectly complients the rest of the Moroccan Suite.  I haven’t heat embossed in FOR-ever!   When I first learned to stamp, THAT was THE technique!!!   When I first heat embossed–I was HOOKED!   Today, I heat embossed and I felt just like I did 20 years ago when I first embossed!  There is something so magical (lanterns–wink!) about watching that powder melt!

BUT–be careful!  When you are embossing on a little piece of paper, you don’t want to burn your fingers!   Those finger are essential for stamping!  So here is a little tip:

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This is an aside but recently, my high school graduate daughter asked me what you call “those things”!!!  WHAT?!?!   Oy!   In her defense, I only use them for crafting and not laundry but really?!?

Ok–back to the card.

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Once I was done embossing the image, I thought it needed something–like light!

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Once you have embossed the image, it is so easy to color in as the ink stays within the boundaries of the embossed image.    I added some Delightful Dijon as it matched the DSP.

Here is the final result:

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Because I am a Gemini and because there are so many more choices of paper to use, I also made these:

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I know you are going to want this Suite!   Actually, I know this really isn’t everyone’s style but if you have read this far, it surely is YOUR style!

Check it out here.   And don’t forget, for each $50 you spend from now until the end of the month, you will earn yourself some free $$ to use next month!


Palindrome Anniversary!

Palindrome Anniversary!

This past weekend was my parents’ 56th anniversary—56th!   You read that right!  So that certainly called for a special card.    I had in mind that I wanted a card with the their actual wedding date–June 11th, 1960.   Now, I have been making them anniversary cards for a few years now and I certainly have KNOWN their anniversary!  BUT–it wasn’t until I was creating this card that I realized their anniversary date was a palindrome?  That means it is the same forward as backwards—like ‘civic’ and ‘kayak’.   Truth is, I don’t know if dates can be palindromes but I am going with it!

Here is the card:(Side note: this card actually has 3 color blues on it….as homage to the fact that my parents at one time had a different color blue on every side of their 4 sided house…..but that is another story!)

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Turns out, THEY never knew about this palindrome thing either!  If they had, I bet their wedding invites would have looked a lot like this!   Or at least their “Save the Date” cards….like anybody needed a card to remember to save the date in 1960….

I also found out this weekend that this date is the date on the iconic Norman Rockwell wedding license picture!


So you can see, it was a match made in heaven—or at least in Olneyville, RI!

If you too, would like to make a date card, you can check out Large Number Framelits and Number of Years stamp set I used.

Thanks for stopping by.





Just a few more hours …..


And this pumpkin is going to turn into…..the regular price!

The $5 Paper Pumpkin deal is almost over.


I have had a few of you ask about it.  THis is kit that you receive once a month that includes EVERYTHING~  Paper , ink, stamps-EVERYTHING along with directions to make the project.   There is also a online video if you prefer to watch instead of read (no judgement!).

We don’t know what the projects will be from month to month but they are usually timely.   The kit takes about a 1/2 to complete if you do it all at once.

Right now, until tonight, you can order your first month for only $5!!   After that, the price will be $19.95/month.  You can cancel at any time so you have NOTHING to lose!

So–to get started, go here.   Once you have entered your info, just please add me (Betty Saccocia) as your demonstrator.

IF you have received Paper Pumpkin before, know it has gotten better!  If you would like to try it again, simply use a different email address to be considered a new customer.

THIS DEAL ENDS AT 9:50 (Eastern) so don’t delay!  You know you are going to get distracted on Pinterest after dinner so go now!!!  You won’t regret it!

Paper Pumpkin Mega Deal!

Paper Pumpkin Mega Deal!


That is right–$5! You have nothing to lose! You will receive an all inclusive kit that contains paper, ink and stamps, along with all the other supplies you need to complete the project. There are directions and access to an online video as well.

If you like what you see, you can continue receiveing Paper Pumpkin monthly. (Beginning next month, the regular fee of $19.95 will apply). You can cancel at any time so –really–you have nothing to lose! Give it a try!
(This is for new subscribers only).

Click here and don’t forget to add me (Betty Saccocia) as your demonstrator when you are filling out your info.

This deal begins Thursday June 9th at 7 PM (Eastern) and only runs until Friday 11:50 PM. Don’t miss out!

Even MORE frosting this year!


It was a big weekend in our house!   My oldest daughter graduated on Friday night–which also happened to be her 18th birthday.   That also happened to be my husband’s birthday.  If you have followed my blog for a while, you might also know that is the beginning of “birthday week” or “Frosting Fest” as we have 4 birthdays in 6 days in this household.   And a graduation….


SO much frosting!

So I have been a little lax at posting recently.   This week I actually have an excuse as opposed to most weeks when I just slack!

In any case, I am holding my June Stamp a Stack this Wednesday and here is a sample of one of the cards we will be creating:

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This card was HEAVILY influenced by Flowerbug’s card here.   What’s that?  You prefer boats to trains?  Got you covered.   There is a stamp for that as well.   My guests will be able to switch up the cards –with their favorite mode of transportation….as long as that mode is a boat or a train, that is!

That said–what if your favorite mode is a motorcyle???  Stampin’ Up! has a stamp for that too!!  Here is the new OneWild Ride


SO many new stamps in this BRAND NEW CATATOG!!!

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You can check out the catalog on line here or let me know that you need you need your own copy.   Better yet, plan to come to my Open House on June 28th.

Hope you can make it to either the Stamp a Stack or Open House or both!   Be sure to RSVP so that I have materials ready.


New Stampin’ Up! Catalog is LIVE!

New  Stampin’ Up! Catalog is LIVE!

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Today is the DAY!!!!   We can finally order from the new catalog!   I can’t tell you how excited I am to get some of the new goodies being offered.  I just completed my order and will have the stuff next week so I can start prepping for my Open House on June 28th.

Squeeal!!!!   If you could only see the ideas in my head right now….you would clear your calendar for the 28th so you can be here!!   You can RSVP here.  Did I mention I am also having a sale of my retired items??  YUP!   Bonus!!   Purchase my retired items and get new ones from the new catalog FREE (tax and shipping applies).   Craft math= DEAL!!!!!

Here is a little tease of what is coming!!

I can NOT WAIT to get those dies in!!!!  Imagine the wedding cards or invites you could make with those!  SQUEAL!!!!!! (Did I already say that?)
So–get on over and reply that you will be able to come to the Open House! You are going to want to see these new goodies up close and personal!

If you can’t wait until the Open House to order, you can get started right here now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Tune in tomorrow when I will have samples of next week’s Stamp a Stack.