I’m always quite amazed by how quickly the months go by . . . We’ll be in summer before we know it and will be seeing what the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog has to offer . . . 

From my limited experience as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, I am excited about the new annual catalog and I am looking forward to the 2018 Holiday Catalog coming out in the fall.

I know there are many who are much more excited about Sale-A-Bration . . . but for me . . . my crafts and my interests are all about “the holidays” which for me begins in the fall.

I do enjoy seeing what Stampin’ Up!® has done with their new annual catalog with their “carry over” items we love as well as falling in love with the new products that have been created for us to use throughout the year . . . and maybe longer.

I’ve been enjoying making Christmas crafts throughout the year over at ChristmasGoRound.com

I do have an affection for the fall months with the leaves and Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love pumpkins . . . and, of course, it is wonderful to share in the excitement of “Back-to-School” . . . We can all relate to our own School Daze . . . which may be a love-hate thing . . . but there were some good times . . .

Stampin’ Up!® still has their Carry Over Sale and Last Chance Sale going on while supplies last or until May 31, 2018.

I understand from several Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators that many of these items will sell out before the end of May.

I have seen some encouraging others to purchase some of the hostess sets from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog while they are still available. I know I purchased these right after I joined Stampin’ Up!®, but haven’t used them very much. I suppose now is a good time for me to do.

You can choose a Hostess Reward with a purchase of $150. or more. There is still a lovely selection available:


I do love the Tranquil Tulips and the Cozy Cottage as well as the others. This is a lovely selection of stamps that make lovely cards and background on bags and boxes. I think you can have some wonderful fun with these stamp sets.

They are Stampin’ Rewards, so you can’t purchase them . . . you can select one of these stamp sets for free with a purchase of $150. or more. This is something for you to keep in mind as you shop the Last Chance and Carry Over Sales.

I do love the stamps, but I do seem to go for the punches and the die cuts. It’s not that I don’t like fussy cutting, I do enjoy it, but I love how the dies and punches make it so very much easier . . . especially the dies. Some are very detailed — no way could I cut those out.

The Stamparatus, Stampin’ Up!®’s new stamping platform will be available to purchase in June, 2018 from the new annual catalog.

The reason I’m bringing it up is because of a video I saw the other day using it with a butterfly punch. I think you may enjoy this video:

The Stamparatus does make this stamping process so very much easier.

I think this stamping platform is a “must have” to put on your wish list.

Many of you may have purchased it earlier when Stampin’ Up!® did their pre-launches. Although there are other stamp platforms on the market, it seems Stampin’ Up!® went several steps further to allow us to do the two and three step stamping process in a much easier way. It does enhance the stamping process for the Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets.

It is very logical that Stampin’ Up!® needed to create their own stamping platform in order to address the special needs of their stamp sets.

I think you’re on your way to creating some outstanding cards for your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. in the months and years to come.

I hope you found this post informative.

Thanks for stopping by!