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It's the most wonderful time of the year!!! We have tons of brand new products coming your way starting January 3rd and it's Sale-a-Bration time!!!! If you're new to this stamping thing, Sale-a-Bration (called SAB for short) is a HUGE promotion that runs from Jan 3 to March 31. With every $50 you spend, you get to choose a level 1 item from our special SAB brochure for FREE. With every $100 you spend you get to choose a Level 2 item for FREE. There are 13 different products to choose from:

  • 7 exclusive stamp sets
  • Card Kit
  • Shimmer Ribbon Pack
  • Memories & More Card Pack
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Cards & Envelopes Pack
  • Thinlit Dies

And on top of Sale-a-Bration - we have a brand new Occasions Mini Catalog that comes out January 3rd too!!! OH MY INKY GOODNESS!!! It'll be just like Christmas all over again! If you've ordered from me in the last 6 months - you automatically qualify for catalogs from me. If you're long distance - you should be receiving them in the mail right now until the end of the month. If you're local - I have them available on my front porch in the striped box next to the red bin. You can pop by and pick them up when it's convenient. Don't forget to grab one of each!

You might be arriving from the fabulous Debbie Henderson or you might be starting right here with my blog...either way...make sure you go to the bottom and look for the NEXT button and continue on the hop with us! There are 11 blogs in this SNEAK PEEK blog hop to share with you.

I chose the PICTURE PERFECT PARTY SUITE on page 4 & 5 of the Occasions Mini Catalog today! This gorgeous Picture Perfect Party 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP) is the BOMB! It uses photographic imagery on one side and graphically designed imagery on the other. It is soooo delicious and easy to create with. And when you combine it with the Picture Perfect Birthday set you can create amazing birthday cards to your hearts' content!


The card below uses the party hat paper - isn't it FUN???? I chose to use the Berry Burst Metallic Edged Ribbon on page 13 and the Silver Mini Sequins to embellish my banner. The bottom of the banner is punched with the Banner Triple Punch to make it super easy. I stamped my greeting in Memento Black ink and also stamped one of the candles in this stamp set using Pool Party for the solid candle, Peekaboo Peach for the polka dots on it and Daffodil Delight for the flame. My card base is Peekaboo Peach.


  • Peekaboo Peach card base 11" x 4-1/4 scored at 5-1/2"
  • Berry Burst 1-1/2" x 3-3/4"
  • Whisper White 1-1/2" x 3-1/2"
  • Picture Perfect DSP 4" x 5-1/4"


This card (below) was fun and easy to make too! I took the DSP and cut it 4-1/2" x 3" and then cut 1-1/2" off the bottom (1-1/2" x 3") and turned it over to adhere on the left side. I love double sided DSP because it always coordinates - making designing so easy. I added the Berry Burst Metallic Edged Ribbon and a little strip of the Silver Mini Sequin Trim again. And this time I have a little different banner - I took a 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the greeting and confetti. Then I cut the banner ends very shallow. I adhere that to a piece of 3/4" x 2-3/4" Basic Black cardstock and cut the banners to match the white. This layer is popped up on Dimensionsals and set to the far right of the Lemon Lime card base to make it pop. Don't you love the bow DSP? It just screams PARTY!


  • Lemon Lime Twist 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Berry Burst 3-1/4" x 4-3/4"
  • DSP 3" x 3" & 1-1/2" x 3"
  • Whisper White 1-1/4" x 2-1/2"
  • Basic Black 3/4" x 2-3/4"


And then we have the candle card!!! If I had to pick a favorite one - I think this might be it. Again a super easy card to make. I layered Basic Black cardstock behind the DSP layer before attaching to my card front to make it pop and POP it does! Then I chose the Everyday Label Punch to stamp my greeting on. The words are in Memento Black and the little bow on the punched images is Lemon Lime Twist. I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch to punch out a 1-5/8" strip of the turquoise Myths & Magic 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper (page 37) for the top and bottom of my greeting - BOOM! Isn't that easy and FANCY? I wrapped some Black Metallic Thread around 4 fingers and added it to some Dimensionals and then the whole thing to the front of my AMAZING BIRTHDAY CARD!


  • Berry Burst 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Basic Black 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Candle DSP 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"


The insides of all these cards are decorated in various ways - here's the inside of the candle card. I used the bottom piece that I cut off of the candle printed paper to trim it down for the inside of my card - super cool right? And don't you love that party horn??? Stinkin' adorable!





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melissa davies

Your cards are so fun! Love them!

Debbie Henderson

You made using this designer paper look so easy. Such pretty cards!

Cindy Elam

Great spotlighting of a sweet Suite! Love these, Kelly!

Julie Davison

This paper is so much fun! I love the cards that you've created -- it really shows up for the paper!

Dawn Olchefske

Fun cards Kelly!

Carol Carriveau

Very fun ideas!


How fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I'm making cards with some elderly shut-ins, and your ideas will be perfect to help them be successful in their card making efforts! I plan to CASE them...with some minor adjustments.


Just love these...great job...

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