Apparently EVERYBODY has their Lovely As A Tree….

Apparently EVERYBODY has their Lovely As A Tree….

I was lucky enough to attend Stampin’ Up!’s Onstage Local this past weekend in Atlantic City.   It was a fun filled event where I got to be with a bunch of other stampers who get me!  We laughed, cried (just a little), ate, and stamped.    We also were among the first to see the next catalog!!!


I think you are really going to enjoy it.     But I can’t talk about that yet.   There are more pressing matters:


That is right!   It is that time of year again when Stampin’ Up! let’s us know what is retiring.    And…apparently everyone in the world now owns Lovely As a Tree because it is actually retiring!    LOVE that set and never thought it would leave….but it is…Along with a bunch of other items.

You can check out the lists of what is retiring below or go here to see it on my website.

Annual Catalog list:SU AC 18-19 Retiring List_US SU OCC 19 Retiring List_US

Occasions Catalog list:SU OCC 19 Retiring List_US

What you need to know (especially when viewing the Annual Catalog Retiring list):   Anything that is “grey” and has an “*”, ignore.   Those sets will be coming back but as “Cling” stamps (the red rubber stamps that you will use with clear blocks).

That said, there are still a lot of stamps, paper, ink, accessories, tools, etc that are going away.   And if you notice above, this is until June 3rd OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!   That means ACT QUICKLY to avoid disappointment!

If you are in a club of mine, please use your hostess code.   If not, please use: ABQNFCZ4

(Anyone ordering using this code will get a free sampler of all kinds of retiring papers, ribbons, embellishments and more. This helps me clean out my space for the coming catalog and gives you a whole bunch of fun stuff to add to your collection.)
Thanks for stopping by!

New Storage Answers by Stampin’ Up! (You KNOW you had questions!)


Ok–so, truth be told, my workbench is not SO organized. In fact, my WHOLE “Stamp Lab” will NEVER be in a magazine….or at least not the “after” picture. But that said, I can appreciate organization and long for tools to help me know where things are when I need them. Admit it, when you get in a crafting mode, you just got to go with it. Which means, things tend to end up all over the place. If you are lucky, you get a few minutes to find where things go before you must rush off to make dinner, get to work , attend to others’ needs, whatever! That is not always the case but what if you had tools that helped you out??
Drumroll, please:

That is right! Stampin’ Up! is introducing storage to help us out! You can see, there are spaces for NEW ink pads (please note the older ones don’t work with this system.If you have a combo of different pads, just buy what you need for now), markers, ink refills, blends and then some space for “the other stuff”. And this system can be built UP or built OUT….or both! I can’t wait to organize my dest…..Ok–MAYBE that is an exaggeration but I do look forward to my desk being neater!!

Storage by Stampin’ Up! is designed to store and showcase your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Ink Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils, and other accessories. Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

Keeps products organized, tidy, visible, and trackable at all times.
Ensures that your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.
Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable, and modular.
Blends in naturally with most home decor with its white neutral color.
Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.
Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

Need some of your own? You can shop right here. (April Hostess code:ABQNFCZ4)

Sale a Bration comes to an End….Grab your outgoing In Colors!

Sale a Bration comes to an End….Grab your outgoing In Colors!



“All good things got to come to and end” (~Jackson Browne….and a lot of other people!)

This is no exception.   Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 SaleABration is almost in the books.   But you have  a LITTLE time left to take advantage of picking up some staples or “really wants” and getting some freebies at the same time.    (Sale ends Sunday!)

Check out what you can get here .

Now–while you are checking items you might need, I STRONGLY suggest you check out all of the outgoing In Colors:

These items and anything that matches them WILL SELL OUT!!   Their “shelf life” is only until June 2nd but traditionally, people scoop up the outgoing colors and their matching accessories long before the end date.

You were warned.   Act now!!    You can shop for any Incolor item here (along with anything else you might need!).  And pick yourself up a freebie at the same time!!


Thanks for stopping by!

A Cupcake, A Cloche, and a Terrarium

A Cupcake, A Cloche, and a Terrarium

It has been a while but I am BACK!!!

I had the opportunity to spend some time in my Stamp Lab today and had a ball!!   LOVING all the new goodies Stampin’ Up! has out now and REALLY love the fact that some of them are FREE!!!!!

The most recent freebie I acquired from Stampin’ Up! is the Painted Seasons Bundle.   It comes with this gorgeous stamp set features realistic painted – looking stamps…..and  appropriate for every season (hence the name) as well as some beautiful coordinating 12 x 12 paper. Check it out:

In addition to the latest Saleabration freebies, Stampin’ Up! has introduced some Saleabration Coodinations!    That means you can purchase some items to enhance your Saleabration freebies.  You can see them all here.   My current favorite is this one:

It coordinates with Call Me Cupcake

I think you can see the images that can be cut out from the stamp set but did you check out the extra added bonuses?!?!   You can cut out a cloche (True story: I didn’t know what that was called until “Chopped”!)!!   And the candles and the baby hearts!   Who doesn’t love baby hearts?!

I started playing with the framelits and combined them with my new free stamp set and here is what I created:



Here are some close ups so you can see a little more detail:



I cut out the cloche shape from Whisper White CS, stamped it with various shades of green, added a little bit of “gravel” with Timeless Texture, and then layered a window sheet (also cut out with the cloche framelit) to give it that glass look (hard to photograph).


I used a couple of different sheets of the Wood Textures paper to make it a bit more rustic.   I love rustic!

I do love me a cupcake in a cloche…..but love that you can turn that into a terrarium too!!!

Thanks for stopping by.    Let me know what you think.  Should you need a cupcake, a cloche and/or a terrarium, check out my website here.

10% off All Sorts of Stamps!


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week (It FEELS like a week, doesn’t it?) and had a little down time to soak in all that is good and important in your life…even if that means binge-watching the Hallmark channel!   I sort of missed Thanksgiving this year as  I have been away for enjoying some family time with the whole family being able to visit together as one of my daughters is studying overseas this semester.  (For details on my trip, you can check out her blog here.)

What surprised me about our trip was that we actually saw “Black Friday” sales being advertised.   I thought that was an American thing.   Well–the getting out to the stores at midnight to rush in, plowing through all your fellow shoppers to get the biggest flat screen tv you can find  is DEFINATELY an American thing!   But sales are something we all enjoy–no matter where we live!

Here is Stampin’ Up!s sale:

The deals change every 2 days during this time period so to see what is on sale today, go here:







Snowflake Showcase—while we still LIKE snow!

Snowflake Showcase—while we still LIKE snow!

Let it snow! Or at least, create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products. With two stamp sets,
paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit is your creativity!

Stampin’ Up! has released this limited time suite that you definately need to check out:

Act quickly as these products are only available until the end of November OR until they send out. And let’s face it, snowflakes are very popular at this time of year. By March, not so much but right now, we all love snow–or at least the idea of it.
Look at this beauty:

So get on over to my store and check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

24 Hour Stamp Sale!

24 Hour Stamp Sale!

Stampin’ Up! is turning 30 and to celebrate, they are offering a bunch of stamps on sale for one day only. That DAY is Tuesday, October 23rd.!

Check out my store here to place your order. Please use hostess code:Z2HJ7YYX. (IF you are a club member, you should have received a separate code.

How to Handle Glitter on your Ink Pad!


I have recently been doing some Facebook Live videos with some projects or tips and tricks.    I know that Facebook can be a love/hate type of thing and there are times you can miss out on this “Live” content and it then it seems to get sucked into the Facebook Cloud vortex or outer space—I am not sure which.

In ANY case,—I decided it might be helpful to  include that content here.   Now–mind you–this isn’t a prettied up video with editing….this is recorded  LIVE—and sometimes things go wrong.   But sometimes the idea that something COULD go wrong is alluring, right?   (Disclosure:  If things go REALLY wrong, I would not repost it here.)

A couple of weeks ago, I had a bunch of my team over stamping some holiday cards.  My card involved Dazzling Diamonds glitter.   When you use glitter, you chance bits of glitter getting on your ink pad.  That might not seem like a big deal but it WILL effect everything you attempt to stamp with that ink pad.   SO—here is a recap of my Facebook Live video sharing how you can deal with pesky glitter that sticks to ink pads:


Now–If you want to actually follow me “Live” on Facebook, you can find me @PowerOfPositiveInking on Facebook. Once you “like” my page, you should get an update when I am going “Live”.

If there is a stamp related question you want to know about, leave a comment and there is a good chance I could address it.

If you are wanting to get your hands on some of that Dazzling Diamonds , click here.   If you just want to shop in general at my store, click here.

Thanks for stopping by!

World Card Making Day Sale!

World Card Making Day Sale!


World Card Making Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, Stampin’ Up! has a limited time sale going on!   You can check out the items on sale here at my store.

If you want my opinion, I strongly recommend you take advantage of this sale with all the adhesives—Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals (SO cute AND practical!), AND Tear & Tape!    There are some great other kits and stamp sets in there as well.  (You can add any other items from the annual or Holiday catalog to your order as well!)

Everyone placing a $50 or more order with me during this sale and using hostess code:X3UQRDGE

will receive a box of 4 assorted hand-made greeting cards from me!

Click here to start shopping.

Calling all Stamparatus Fans (and who isn’t, really?):

Stampin’ Up! has introduced some accessories that you might need to add to your Stamparatus stash.   I love the fact you can now get extra stamp plates…..because sometimes 4 surfaces are just not enough (speaking from experience!!)!    You can check them all out here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Framelit Magnetic Board Tutorial

Framelit Magnetic Board Tutorial


Today, I have a video for you to make a Framelit Magnetic Board.  I LOVE framelits.   Who doesn’t?   Framelits save you from fussy cutting.  I know SOME people LIKE fussy cutting but I am not one of them….and frankly, I don’t trust those people!  (Kidding!).    But I do love the idea that I can easily and accurately cut out intricate patterns with just a framelit and a Big Shot.

What makes me NUTS is losing a framelit…..that I JUST had!    When you start creating, you KNOW things get out of control on your work space pretty quickly.    Framelits are light, tiny and oh so easy to lose.    A few months ago, I was visiting a fellow demonstrator (Hey, Barbara!) when I saw her solution to this problem:

A Framelit Magnetic Board!   This will allow you to easily keep your framelits in one (magnetic) place while you  work.   This is a bonus if you are creating with other people!  You only need to keep out the framelits that you are using for that particular project.   And –this is cheap!   And EASY!

Check out the video!

If you have any questions or need any supplies, feel free to contact me or visit me here