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Staying Calm among the Chaos

The Sale-A-Bration Last Chance
Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope you are well and managing life through these very uncertain times right now.  We are definitely navigating some unknown territory with this virus and it has many people understandably concerned.  And while I look at social media fairly regularly, it can be a bit overwhelming right now with information that at times seems to be contradictory.  My personal recommendation is to follow the CDC website and use that as a source of information.  It is also good to keep up to date with your state and local county news to see what recommendations they are offering for where you live.  But above all else, I am remaining calm and practical in my day to day activities.  And I hope you are as well.

So, what can you do if you are practicing social distancing and limiting your outside activities?  Why you stamp of course!  My plan is to catch up on creating some cards for occasions I have coming up and playing with some of the new items I’ve recently purchased.  I also am planning to increase my videos so that people who are staying at home can watch and use them as inspiration for their own projects.  So stay tuned for more posts going on my YouTube channel.  I would LOVE it if you would subscribe!  Once I receive a specific number of followers, I can start doing LIVE YouTube videos 🙂  Below is the link to my channel:

Toni Mari’s Creations YouTube Channel

Now, on to some Stampin’ UP! updates.  Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st,  that’s just a little over 2 weeks away!  With so many Sale-a-Bration reward options and the addition of coordinating products I’m sure you still have a couple items on your wish list – I know I do!

Now is the perfect time to stock up on some basics like Whisper White cardstock, adhesives, envelops, and embellishments. It’s fun to get rewarded with free, fun stamping goodies while making sure you have a supply of your essentials.  And with many deciding to be homebound for a while, you don’t want to run out of supplies.

Order today and check off your Sale-a-Bration wish list before these fantastic freebies are gone for good!

Happy Stamping!!



Last Chance to Earn the Tags In Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set (#152292)

Sale-A-Bration Last Chance

Sale-A-Bration Last Chance Sale-A-Bration Last Chance


Join Stampin' Up! - Amazing Starter Kit

If you are like me and your wish list is miles long, now is the best time to become a demonstrator! Your starter kit is always a great deal, but now it’s even better with the addition of the exclusive Mini Paper Cutter and 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler. Join my team today and you’ll start saving on the supplies you love and become a part of an amazing, creative community, too!

Choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! products for only $99!

Plus, only during Sale-A-ration, you’ll also receive three additional bonus items:
– Exclusive Mini Paper Cutter
   – 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler
    -Your choice of any stamp set offered in current catalogs (host sets and Sale-A-Bration sets excluded)

If you don’t think demonstrating is for you, joining to get the discount on your personal purchases is a great benefit. You can enjoy a discount of 20% or more on all future orders. Whether you join to share creativity, hold workshops and earn money, or get a great discount on your orders, we have options. All while doing what you love to do – stamp and share!



New Coordination Items Released Today!

If you weren’t already excited about Sale-a-Bration and the new Mini Catalog, here’s some news that will add to the excitement!  Stampin’ UP! has released 6 brand new items that you can purchase to coordinate with products in both the SAB catalog and the Mini Catalog.  But here’s the catch, they are only available while supplies last!  Last year we sold out of some of the die sets very quickly, so I’m suggesting that if there’s something that catches your eye, don’t wait to purchase it!

I created my own document to show you what the new Coordination items match with, I think it’s a little easier visually for you to see it in that format.   You can click on the picture to go directly to my online store!

And don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join my team!  SU! already has a great kit deal, but if you join during SAB, you can get even MORE for the $99 fee!

Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit is completely customizable. Build it your way! For just $99 you get:

* Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products
* A business supply pack valued at $50

That’s a total value of $175 (USD)


And during Sale-A-Bration, you get even MORE with your kit!   You get special perks that you won’t see any other time of year. Sign up between now and March 31, and you will receive the mini paper cutter, 6″ x 6″ designer series paper sampler, and your choice of a stamp set*.

*Host stamp sets and SAB stamp sets not included.


Look at the great benefits of becoming a Demonstrator!

It’s a great opportunity if you want to pursue your own business, OR, if you are only interested in the discount you receive on our amazing products.  There’s NO obligation at all,  you can stop at any time.

  • Get 20%–25% off all Stampin’ Up! products.
  • Earn additional income based on your sales and recruiting–just how much extra income is up to you.  And recruiting is completely optional, it is NOT a requirement!
  • Set your own schedule and put in as much (or as little) time as you’d like.
  • Get support through online training resources, events, and a demonstrator-only online community with thousands of project ideas.
  • Access to regular promotions, giving you an opportunity to purchase new product before anyone else even sees it.
  • Opportunity to earn incentive trips.
  • Chance to learn creative tips and techniques, share ideas, and come into contact with new friends who love paper crafting as much as you do!
  • And last but not least, you will become a member of my team, the Stamping Campanions!  We have a private Facebook page where we share projects and info as well as have a monthly online meeting to help keep everyone up to date.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, let me know!  I am more than happy to discuss them with you 🙂

Happy Stamping!










Top 5 Items from the Mini Catalog!

Do you ever wonder what our hottest items are when a new catalog is unveiled?  Well, I’m here today to share that news with you!  As you know, items appeal to people in so many different ways, we all have our likes and dislikes.  But I have to admit that I must have my finger on the pulse this time because I have already purchased all but one of the top 5 items, lol!  Have you purchased any of these items, or are they on your wishlist?  If you are interested in getting any of these sets, I’ve included the links on the photos so that you can get to them quickly in my online store 🙂



!.  Peaceful Poppies Suite – this is the whole shebang!  The suite comes with 2 stamp sets, dies, Designer Series Paper, White Crinkle Ribbon and a package of coordinating elements to help extend your creativity.  And here’s a tip you will want to save, you can take our SU! Blends and color the white ribbon any color you want!  This ribbon is a dream to work with, it ties so easily and doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your finished design.  You can click HERE to see a video of all the products in this awesome suite!


2.  Honeybee Bundle – If you are a lover of bees and beehives, this bundle is perfect for you!

And did you know, we have a coordinating SAB product for this bundle as well 🙂  The Designer Series Paper is not part of the bundle above.  But you can purchase the bundle and get the SAB items for free!


3.  Painted Poppies Bundle (just a segment of the Peaceful Poppies Suite)


4.  Heartfelt Bundle – While Valentines Day is very popular in the US, this set can certainly be used for many other occasions such as Weddings, anniversaries, or even just a “thinking of you” moment.  And I love the coordinating punches.  If you have scraps of designer series paper or cardstock lying around, use one of our many punches to create a stockpile of embellishments for upcoming projects!


5.  So Sentimental Bundle – I love having new sentiments to use, you can never have too many!  And having coordinating dies to go along with them makes it so easy to add them to your cards.  And don’t forget, sentiments aren’t just for cards, they can be used for so many things.  Take a look at the video so see how you can create adorable treats using some elements from the Heartfelt Bundle along with the So Sentimental Bundle.


So, were you surprised by the top 5?  I also have the top 5 Sale-a-Bration info that I will share with you on another post.  Remember, we still have 2 months of SAB left and we will also be revealing some new coordinating products on February 4th that you can pair up with both the 2020 Mini Catalog and SAB items!  Happy Stamping!




Cheers to the New Year!


Happy New Year’s Eve!!  I for one can not believe we are starting a new year.  It’s usually a time of reflection for a lot of people.  And it’s a time when we want to start new habits, such as eating healthier, getting in better shape, being a better person, travel more, or just vowing to do more things on our bucket list.  It seems like the idea of a fresh slate has so much appeal, that we can have a clearer purpose in life simply by flipping over a calendar page. We look back over the last year and assess  what we feel went right and what went wrong, and how to prevent those wrongs in the new year.

2019 was pretty emotional for me.  It was my first full year without my Mom.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic small cell lung cancer in May 2018 (Mother’s Day weekend) and it took her from us 6 months later on 11/6/18. Those 6 months and especially the last 2 months of that year I was just numb and the transition into 2019 was just a blur.  And to be honest, 2019 has had its share of personal pain, going through each “1st” without Mom, the various first holidays, first Mother’s Day (heartbreaking 😥), first birthday, etc.  And I’ve had to watch some family members experience some rough times as well, which made my heart ache.  Suffice it to say, I will be more than a little ready to close the door on 2019.

So what do I want for 2020?   I want to take every opportunity I can to spend quality time with family and friends.  Because those memories are more important than whether I get back to my “fighting” weight, or I’m more organized (it’s just never going to happen 😬).  And I want to make sure I am allowing myself to do things that bring a smile to my face, like crafting and card making and taking trips with my husband, because life is too short not to do the things that make you happy!  And I know Mom would want me to focus on being happy, it’s all she really every wanted for her kids ❤️

What do you resolve to do in 2020?  Leave me a comment on this post and I’ll send you a little gift for the New Year!

Oh, and here’s a couple of other views of my Cheers card.  The stamp set and dies will retire on 1/2.  So if it’s something you’d like to have, visit my online store and click on Year End Closeout!

I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!





Joy of Giving Tag Kit

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Make the experience of gift giving even more joyful when you top off the perfect gift with a lovely handmade tag!

The all-inclusive Joy of Giving Tag Kit includes stamps, ink, and all the pre-cut supplies you need to create 30 festive tags.

All Inclusive – Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Joy of Giving Tag Kit (#150700)
-Joy of Giving 17 piece photopolymer stamp set
-Poppy Parade Stampin’ Ink Spot
-Clear Acrylic Stamp Block
-30 tags, 10 each of 3 designs
-Designer Storage Box
-Instructions with sample photos (assembly video is also available online)

These tags are simple to create while watching a favorite Christmas movie or as a fun family activity. Once you’ve made the tags you still have the stamps and ink so you can create even more tags and cards!

The Joy of Giving Tag Kit comes packaged in a designer box for storage or gifting. A kit makes a great gift for crafty friends and a box of completed tags will be appreciated by anyone on your list!

Happy Stamping!!


Bag of Tags Gift

 Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Join my Email Newsletter List and receive my special holiday tutorials by email. With each mailing you will receive a picture of the finished project, a supply list, and a step-by-step tutorial.


KIT: Joy of Giving Tag Kit (includes tags, stamps, ink, & embellishments)
CARDSTOCK: Poppy Parade (#119793), Shaded Spruce (#146981)
ACCESSORIES: Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (#150691), Clear Envelope (#102619)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Glue Dots (#103683), Tear & Tape (138995#)
TOOLS: Beautiful Boughs Dies (#150661), Magnolia Memory Dies (#149578), Heat Tool (#129053), Detailed Trio Punch (#146320) (Optional)





Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

The Toile Tidings Suite evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas with vintage designs and traditional colors. This suite is ideal for creating cards, decor, and special gifts.

This gorgeous card below features a quick coloring trick for adding detail that you’ll love for it’s simplicity and speed.

Happy Stamping!!


————————————————– Cardinal Christmas Card

Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight Join my Email Newsletter List and receive my special holiday tutorials by email. With each mailing you will receive a picture of the finished project, a supply list, and a step-by-step tutorial.


STAMPS: Toile Christmas (#150469)
CARDSTOCK: Thick Whisper White (#140272), Whisper White (#100730), Old Olive (#100702), Cherry Cobbler (#119685), Crumb Cake (#120953)
PAPER: Woven Threads (#149497)
INK: Black StazOn (#101406), Cherry Cobbler (#147083), VersaMark (#102283)
ACCESSORIES: Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109131), Watercolor Pencils (#141709), Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins (#146933)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
TOOLS: Stitched Rectangles dies (#148551), Christmas Cardinal dies (#150640), Stamparatus (recommended) (#146276), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

Non-Stampin’ Up!: sticky note or copy paper





Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight


NC Demo August Blog Hop – Psychedelic Daisy!

Welcome to the NC Demo August Blog Hop!  I missed last month so it seems like forever since I’ve posted something.  I’m glad to be back in the swing of things though because I’ll be sharing lots of new stuff in the coming weeks!  Our Holiday catalog will go live 9/4 and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing new items.  If you’d like a copy for yourself, please let me know and I’ll get one to you.

Getting back to our blog theme, you may have just jumped over from Patricia Todd’s blog and I know she had a great project!  This month we were to make a card using a flower or flowers as inspiration.  I love all sorts of flowers and I really love bright colors.  So when I saw this picture, it was perfect as my inspiration for this month’s card.  These are African orange and yellow daisies and I think they are gorgeous!

I’ve been waiting to play with the new Pigment Sprinkles that were introduced in the Annual Catalog.  We had something similar last year but the colors were not specific to SU!’s colors.  But the Pigment Sprinkles are!  The colors are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo.

Since I wanted to try to get as close to the colors in the inspiration picture, I decided to use both Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  And of course, used Granny Apple Green for the leaves.

I started with a piece of our watercolor paper, sprinkled the various colors on the paper and then lightly spritzed with water.  You’ll notice that my colors look a LOT darker than the samples shown in the picture above.  That’s because I sprinkled a LOT of the pigment.  This is a medium where a little goes a long way.  You’ll need to practice to see how much you can vary the color based on how much pigment and water you use.  You can also spritz the paper first and then sprinkle the pigment.  It’s all a matter of preference.  Since I wanted to use this paper pretty quickly, I used our heat gun to accelerate the drying process.

While still wet

After drying

My next step was to stamp various images, using different ink colors to see what I liked best.  It’s a little hard to see the difference, but I used Black Memento InkCajun Craze and Garden Green for the inks to stamp my images.  My preference was the Daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set because it showed more of the overall background color, and I liked it stamped with Black Memento Ink.

Once I decided which images to use, I punched out the daisies using our Daisy Punch and fussy cut the stem.  Then I had to decide what colors of cardstock I wanted to use to create my card.  After several different layouts, I decided on a Granny Apple Green base, a layer of Whisper White and a smaller layer of Basic Black.  I spritzed the black card stock with water and used our Brick and Mortar Embossing folder.  Next, I used a sponge dauber and Craft White ink and lightly added some color to the black layer to give the bricks a little more definition.  I put my daisy together and used a Clear Faceted Gem colored with Dark Basic Black Blends for the center.  The daisy and stem were mounted with dimensionals so that it would stand out a little more.  All that was left was to use a piece of the leftover watercolor paper to stamp my sentiment, and I used the Here’s A Card stamp set and the 1 1/8″ Scallop punch for that.  I also punched the same sized circle using Granny Apple Green cardstock to use as an offset for the sentiment.


I’m really pleased with how this turned out!  It actually looks just the way I imagined it, and that doesn’t always happen 🙂 And I’m anxious to do more with the Pigment Sprinkles, they are so cool to work with.  Just be sure to keep some hand wipes close by because you WILL need them.  Or at least I did, lol!  Thanks for visiting me and please continue on with our Blog Hop.    Jo Anne Hewins is up next and I know you will love her project!

Happy Stamping!!

Anita Trippi

Patricia Todd

Toni Campana  – YOU ARE HERE!

Jo Anne Hewins

Tina Lesson

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley




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