Sale-A-Brate the Occasions Blog Hop

Hello!  Welcome to the first One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop of 2018! I am so happy that you are here today.  Whether you came here from Claudia Perry’s blog or just started here, welcome.

This month we are Sale-a-Brating the Occasions and today I have something to celebrate.  It’s my 44th birthday today!  The other day I was attempting to tell one of my sisters how old I would be today.  I actually couldn’t remember if I was going to be 44 or 45!  It’s so funny how birthdays used to be so very important, I NEVER would have forgotten if I was turning 17 or 18, and for sure I wasn’t confused if I was 29 or 30…

Did you know that right now, Stampin’ Up! is having their most AWESOME sale of the year?  It’s called Sale-a-Bration!  It’s super fun because with every $50 purchase you get to select a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Even better, this year, is that there are two items available to select with a $100 purchase.  My projects today use both of those items, as they are my favorites!

My card uses an AMAZING stamp set called Happy Wishes.  It’s a stamp set full of sentiments in a totally lovely font.

I love the femininity of the font and the detail on the “happy” and “best” stamps.  There are so many options using this stamp set but I decided to color those itty bitty flowers in with the Stampin’ Blends.  Our Ruffle embossing folder was the perfect feminine addition.

Seeing as how we are Sale-a-Brating this birthday celebration of mine, I completed the coordinating party popper with the other FREE product, the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  It’s the first time Stampin’ Up! has ever offered thinlits as a FREEBIE and they are GREAT!  The set includes three word dies, Celebrate, Amazing & You.  There are endless possibilities and even though I did not use it for these projects, they coordinate with the FREE Amazing You stamp set!

I cut the Celebrate out in Gold Glimmer and used it to decorate an party-worthy, candy filled popper!

Together, they make me feel good about this 44th year of my life!

I totally enjoyed this chance to Sale-a-Brate this occasion with me today and hope you enjoyed the projects.  I would love to know what kind of projects you would use these two freebies on if you had them in your craft room!  Leave me what you think, then hop on to see what Dena Rekow whipped up for you today!

Make sure you don’t miss any of the stops along the hop, here’s the full list:

  1. Jennifer Hill – You are here!

Thanks for stopping by today!



To take advantage of Sale-a-Bration, visit my online store:



Use the January Host Code and receive a special gift in the mail from me:

Sale-a-Bration is in FULL SWING!

It’s here!  Today is the launch of the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration!  I am sure that I have said this before, probably all of the last five years that I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator but…Sale-a-Bration is truly my favorite time of the year.  I remember when I was just a customer and it was this time of year, it was soooo exciting to choose FREE stuff when I was shopping!

So what’s all of the fuss about?  When you shop from January through March from any of our amazing products from our Annual Catalog or the newly launched Occasions Catalog (haven’t seen it yet?  Download your copy HERE.) you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog for every $50 you spend.  This year there is a bonus for you SUPER Shoppers!  We have 2 items that you can select for free when you order $100, or you can order two of the $50 level freebies.  Download your copy of the Sale-a-Bration Catalog HERE.

There are actually 3 ways to earn some perks during Sale-a-Bration…

Let me know if I can help you!

Here’s a quick video to learn more about the FUN of Sale-a-Bration!

Ready to take advantage of any of the perks?  Head on over to my store right now!

And don’t forget to use the January Host Code when placing online orders!  Use Host Code QU7FVJDK when placing any online order less than $150 and receive a FREE gift from me!  Do not use the host code for orders $150 or more as you will earn your own Host Rewards (extra $25 during Sale-a-Bration for orders over $250!) and you will still get a FREE gift from me!

So, today we actually have a SNOW DAY in Florida!  It’s mostly a wet and cold day which we will experience some freezing rain.  I am off now to take advantage of two days off of work (I work for the public school district here and we closed for these two days) and plan to play with all of my Occasions and Sale-a-Bration goodies!




Stamp away the winter blues with these January Stamportunities

Hello and Happy New Year!  I am happy to welcome in 2018 as I believe that it is going to be a wonderful year!

I have some super fun Stamportunities for you to stamp away the winter blues this month.  Currently we are having our very first multiple day span with below freezing overnight temps.  Today the temps have dropped all day and Gainesville currently sits at 35 degrees but it fells like 26 degrees!  That is about frigid for us!  But I am blessed to have a gorgeous fire in the fireplace keeping the house and I warm!

Mark your calendars for these fun stamping’ events and if you are local to Gainesville, come and join me!

Find all of the event specifics and RSVP by visiting my events calendar HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!




The Holiday Catalog and most of it’s products are retiring tomorrow!  Have you shopped the Year End Sales Event?  Get your favorites before they are gone!

Did you know that when you place an online order with me that I will send you a special gift?  Just use the Host Code when placing orders under $150.  Do not use the Host Code when placing orders $150 or more:

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop – Back in Plaid

Hello and happy Thursday!  Do you know what tomorrow is???  DECEMBER!  I swear, this year has flown by!  Am I the only one that feels that way?

If December is tomorrow then that means there is only one more hop in 2017, after this one, for this fun A Paper Pumpkin Thing group.  If it’s your first time here, welcome.  This hop is a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who take our monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, and we make an alternate project.  We use the kit supplies and maybe add a couple things from our stash then join here each month to share it with YOU!  If you would like more info about the Paper Pumpkin subscription, check it out HERE.

Maybe you made it here by way of Rick Adkins or maybe you just started here.  Either way, welcome!  We hope that you enjoy the projects and even make some on your own! So sit back, enjoy, and make sure you visit all of the blogs to check out what the other artists made for you!

This month’s kit, Back in Plaid, is totally adorable.  If you didn’t see last month’s kit, Pining for Plaid, it coordinates with the November kit!  See that kit and my alternate project post HERE.  Here is the kit, as it was designed:

They are adorable little linen stockings ready to be gifted or hung.  My alternate project doesn’t stray too far from the original project, but when I was holding the sweet little stocking in my hand, I wanted to use it, just differently than I had seen anyone else use it yet.  So if you have seen something like this – don’t tell me, because I haven’t!

I decided to make a Hanging Christmas Sachet, scented with my favorite holiday smells: Cinnamon, Allspice and Cloves.  First, one of the things I have seen other subscribers do, I embossed the stocking using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. Some have suggested spritzing it with water or hair spray before embossing, to help the design hold, but I chose not to do this.  The result was a soft texture.

I looked for cut cinnamon sticks, as I had read that they were enhanced with cinnamon oil for an extra fragrant effect.  They are rumored to be much cheaper than buying Cinnamon in the grocery store also.  I was walking out of the store, defeated, when my nose smelled something, CINNAMON!  I walked one isle over and found the culprit, a bag of cinnamon scented pine cones!  YES!

I used by heavy duty kitchen shears and clipped of each the scales.  Yes, this is what they are called!  I had to google it because my husband thought they were called petals…makes sense, but nope, they are called scales.

I filled my stocking with this approximate combination:

  • 1/3 C. Cinnamon Scented Pine Cone Scales
  • 1 T. Allspice
  • 1 T. Whole Cloves

I sealed the bag with with a couple strips of Tear & Tape.  I took a couple of the die cut green leaves and attached them to one of our Green Sprigs using glue dots.  Finished the sprig off with some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, that came in the kit and then attached to the stocking using glue dots.  To make it extra secure I would use a dab of Hot Glue.

I used a craft knife to cut a tiny slit in the corner of the top of the stocking and threaded it with Gold Ribbon.  Now it’s ready to hang in my truck, or my kitchen window…anywhere I want to enjoy the smell of Christmas!

So, let’s see what else the other’s have in store for us today!  Hop on over to Kelly Acheson, I know she going to wow us!  Click the button below to go straight to her blog:

Did you miss anyone along the way?  Here’s the full hop list:

Sara Levin
Rachel Tessman
Kimberley Morris
Tina Rackley Riddle
Audra Monk
Rick Adkins
Jennifer HillYou are here!
Kelly Acheson
Megan Thompson
Lori Mueller
Monika Davis
Dena Rekow

Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Products used in addition to the November 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Product List

Make time to Stamp this December and combat Holiday stress!

December is almost here!  Mark these dates for December Stamportunities:

Don’t forget to pencil in these other special events/dates:January 12th @ 7PM – Sale-a-Bration Stampin’ Bingo
February 10th @ 10AM – Winter Stamp Camp (Details coming soon!)
March 9th through 11th – Creative Escape Weekend Retreat!! (Details coming soon!)

I can’t leave without sharing a sneak peek of some new things coming in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs (Available January 3, 2018).  Here is one of the Make & Takes that we made while at Stampin’ Up! On Stage in Salt Lake City:

This project includes 3 of of my favorites that will be available to demonstrators on December 1st (Join my team to shop early!) and to Customers on January 3rd.  Here are my favorites in order of how much I love them 🙂
  1. Silver Mini Gable Box!  You will be able to score 12 of these cuties for just $8!
  2. Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon – we have already been in love with the White/Silver edged and Very Vanilla/Gold edged so this one is a NO Brainier!
  3. That paper…sigh…it’s SO PRETTY and comes that way!  It’s the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, one side of every sheet has the pretty silver foil accents!
I would love to hear from you – let me know what you would put in this adorable box!  Click here to tell me with an email [email protected].

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