Last week I was in Mexico for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip with my husband, Mark.  I want to thank all of my customers who placed orders last year and helped to send me on this wonderful and very relaxing trip! This is the third trip I’ve earned but only the first one I could attend. The first one I earned was during Covid and the trip was cancelled and I earned it last year but my mom passed away and I decided not to attend the Norway trip.

Stampin’ Up! spoiled all of us and a great time was had by all. Disclaimer per Stampin’ Up! policy: Less than 1% of demonstrators worldwide will earn the incentive trip. 

I was so sorry to miss the launch of the new catalog but I scheduled some blog posts to go out while I was gone. I’m trying to get caught with everything in my business.

You may not have heard but in February, Close to My Heart announced that they would be ceasing operations. My heart goes out to all the Makers (demonstrators) that lost their company.  Stampin’ Up! was able to purchase a limited amount of their products and offered their Makers to join Stampin’ Up! with a special joining offer. You might have seen Close To My Heart products in the online store but the product quantities Stampin’ Up! acquired from Close To My Heart® are extremely limited (and while supplies last). This means the product offering is only available to our new friends from Close To My Heart. This includes previous Close To My Heart Makers, VIP customers, and customers who had an online account with Close To My Heart.

I do miss having pages in the catalog for just Designer Series Paper and Punches so I’ve compiled some resources for you (and me!).  You can find them below but first I’d like to share some pictures of my trip. 

This first one is just one of the pools in the Xcaret resort. 


There are so many colorful birds all around.  Whenever we were outside we could hear birds chirping and it was so nice! 


We could take our picture when we went across this bridge. I’m afraid of heights so this was a challenge for me but by the end of the trip, I was still hanging on to the “rail” but walking more confidently. Ha, ha! We were headed to the pool. 


Ok, here are the resources I was talking about below.  I hope they are useful to you. If you click the product description in blue, it will take you to the Stampin’ Up! website. 

  • This first one has all the Designer Series Papers in the new catalog.  You can download it here
  • This one has the Punches & Punch Bundles in the new catalog.  You can download it here. Please note that some of these punches have coordinating stamp sets and can be found on pages 74-80 in the new Annual Catalog.
  • This one has all the Dies and Die Bundles in the new catalog.  You can download it here

These next lists are the Online Exclusives and they can be discontinued at any time. 

  • This one has the Online Exclusives Designer Series Paper. You can download it here
  • This one has the Online Exclusives Punches & Punch Bundles.  You can download it here
  • This one has the Online Exclusives Dies & Bundles.  You can download it here
  • This one has the Online Exclusives Embossing Folders. You can download it here


If you ever want to take a look at the Online Exclusives on the Stampin’ Up! website, it’s easy. First go to the top of the website and click on Menu. You’ll find the Online Exclusives in the drop down Menu! 



Two New Kits by Stampin’ Up!

Click the images below to get more information about the kits. 




Starter Kit Special


Stampin’ Up! is now offering a Starter Kit special! New demonstrators will receive the following products in their Starter Kit at no additional cost (these products are an $82 value):

  • 2024-2026 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pad Bundle (all five new In Color ink pads)
  • 2024-2026 In Color 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in each of the five colors
  • 2024-2026 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
  • 2024-2026 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

The Starter Kit is $99 but you’ll get to pick out $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice and don’t forget the In Color products with a value of $82! The Starter Kit always ships FREE!  Being a part of Stampin’ Up!’s creative community also comes with several perks, including early access to products, special discounts, earning product credit, exclusive trainings, demonstrator-only events, and so much more!

Click here for a flyer of the Starter Kit Special! 

Click here to purchase the Starter Kit! 



Mystery Boxes Are Still Available with a New Host Code


What’s a Mystery Box? 

I offered Mystery Boxes last year but I still have SO MUCH retired Stampin’ Up! product in my home and I’d like to give it all to a new home. I’ve been a demonstrator for almost 15 years so you can just imagine how much I have! I have Medium Rate Flat Rate USPS shipping boxes stuffed with retired Stampin’ Up! product.The boxes contain Designer Series Paper, stamps, dies, ribbon, embellishments and more! The boxes are already sealed and every box will be different and a mystery as to what’s inside! The value of each box is well over $200. 

All of the products in the Mystery Boxes have retired but some have never been used, some are used and all are “as is”. Some of the stamp sets are wood mount. 

You can place an order HERE.


There are two ways to get a Mystery Box

  • Place a $125 or more order (before shipping/tax) at my Stampin’ Up! online store using the host code VCQST97K. I will send a Mystery Box to you as a free gift and I’ll even pay the postage! Using the host code will alert me that you want a Mystery Box. If your order is $150 or more, please DO NOT use the host code so you can receive Stampin’ Rewards (free product) directly from Stampin’ Up!. After you’ve placed your order (only if your order is $150 or more), please email me that you’d like a Mystery Box (click “Email Me” on the sidebar).
  • If you don’t want to place an order, you can purchase a Mystery Box for $80 plus $15.00 postage. Email me that you want a box and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice (click “Email Me” on the sidebar). 


More Information

  • You must use the host code VCQST97K when placing your order (if your order is over $150, do not use the host code – see above)
  • $125 order must be before tax/shipping amount
  • One box per order
  • Using the host code will let me know you want a Mystery Box
  • You’ll receive at least TWO Bradley Points with your order
  • No refunds or exchanges.
  • All boxes have two Designer Series Paper packages, at least three die bundles, an additional four stamp sets and other goodies added in. 
  • Each box will be different and a mystery! The boxes are already sealed up and I’m unable to take requests for the contents of the boxes. 
  • Once all the boxes are gone, I’ll update this page. 
  • Feel free to email me before placing an order to see if I have boxes available. 
  • Only available while supplies last.





The Best There Is Paper Pumpkin Kit



Click here to purchase The Best There Is Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Purchase the coordinating Thanks & Beyond Dies (only available to active Paper Pumpkin subscribers). 




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