The UPS Truck will be arriving at the end of their deliveries today!!

I’m at the end of their route … it’s not a big deal — my Stampin’ Up!® order will be delivered when it is delivered!! 

This gives me time to set up my camera in order to take pictures of my great order!! This seems to be what Independent Demonstrators do when they receive an order from a new catalog.

Sale-A-Bration doesn’t officially begin until January 3, 2019.

It is, however, good to plan ahead in preparation for this great launch!!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a team swap I’d like to participate in which required me to place an order from the Occasions Catalog — which is arriving late today.

I do find it interesting how one day there are no choices of stamps, dies, designer series paper, etc. available for me to use … and when my order arrives I’ll then have a dozen possibilities from which to choose. I do like to use a stamp set that others may not choose to use. I do want mine to be different from the others … but it will be, hopefully.

Since everything is so new, it is difficult to determine what would be popular among our team — I do like a textured card with die cuts. It does add another dimension that is both pleasing to the eye and to the touch. I believe everyone has their own “style” when it comes to making their cards. 

I enjoy a vintage look and feel … perhaps a bit shabby chic to a degree.

It also has to tell a story … not a story you can read, but a visual one. 

Before I select stamp sets and bundles, I like to look at each piece — sometimes this is difficult to do from a catalog, but Stampin’ Up!® does do a lovely job with their pictures and also making up sample cards. 

I like to set out my stamps and stamp them out … and also do the die cutting — just to see each piece.

So … along with setting up my camera, I’ll also have cardstock, my Big Shot and Stamparatus out on my workspace. 

I also cut out card fronts in order to have the correct dimensions before me prior to beginning and dry fitting the various elements together in order to build my card. 

I do like to add stamps and dies from current products from the Annual Catalog to give another perspective as to what “story” this card is telling. 

Sale-A-Bration is about spring and summer … What is it about those seasons that I wish to show? What feeling do I want the one receiving the card to feel? That’s the beauty of creating your own cards — there is definitely a personal story to tell … And with the lovely selection of Stampin’ Up!® merchandise I can tell it.

For me it is combining different stamp sets and die sets and even designer series paper, ribbon and embellishments to create just the right combination to bring forth memories … or a whole new imaginative creation.

Or perhaps use a whole new technique. I find it always worthwhile to visit YouTube.

Tina Zinck seems to have interesting techniques that work with a variety of stamp sets.

Her Emboss Resist Spotlight Technique is quite dramatic!!

I do love the way she was able to make a variety of cards using this technique. This is one I’ll definitely try out with the new stamp sets I’ll be receiving today — and perhaps use in creating my swap cards.

This is definitely a technique you’ll want to try for several different occasions. And perhaps experiment with different cutout shapes. You may be quite surprised.


Tina Zinck’s Emboss Resist Spotlight Technique Video Tutorial:


When making multiple identical cards, it is worthwhile to find a technique that impresses, but doesn’t require a whole lot of coloring — unless you enjoy coloring 🙂

I haven’t done a lot of embossing using the powder and the heat tool … so i obviously didn’t stumble upon this technique.

Tina did motivate me to do some experimenting with embossing powder. I hope you were equally motivated, too.

The thing about spring and summer is all about the flowers … and I kept thinking about the coloring … yet, it can be quite fun and relaxing … but this technique takes your stamp sets to a new level. 

I am truly impressed with the Emboss Resist Spotlight Technique and encourage you to try it.

In finishing my cards, I’ll do my die cutting and layering to make it a bit more vintage with the flower stamp set I decide to use. I think it will work for all “styles” of stampers.

Thanks for stopping by!