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Online Extravaganza and Technique Spotlight

Every year I look forward to Black Friday shopping. The in person, wait in lines and shove your way through a crowd kind. I'm not sure why - I really can't put my finger on it. There's just something about it for me. Most of the time, I find things we actually need. It's less about the gift-buying and more about the good deals on every day items. Likewise, every year I get excited to see what Stampin' Up!® decides to do as a Black Friday sale. It's a little different every year, and I kind of like that. This year it's super fun - a discount of 10% on most products in the catalogs. There are so many items discounted, that the easiest thing for Stampin' Up! to do so we know what's on sale is to publish a list of items NOT on the sale. I've attached that below. The biggest thing to remember: This sale is for 24 hours only!

Place your order online or message me with your order. If you order online, use my November host code 37PMJBFA. I'll send you a fun free gift when you do! However, if your order is $150 or more, don't use the host code. Instead, enjoy host benefits offered to you at that point. So much fun to spend free money!


Oh, how I enjoy Wednesdays, when I've set time aside each week to update you on the news in the stamping world and stamp for you. I've gotten into the routine of using a technique on my project each week, and this week's was a goodie. Have you ever tried Circular Stamping? For this particular version of circular stamping, a Stamparatus is used to get the circle just right.

The first important thing is to make a template. Use a 5"-6" square of our Window Sheets (card stock could work, too...window sheets are just more durable). Cut the largest square from the Layering Squares Dies to cut a square in the middle of the window sheet. Turn the die at a diagonal, and cut again. When both squares are cut, it should like this:

My technique card for this technique reads as follows:

Place your circular stamping template in the upper right corner of your Stamparatus and secure with a magnet. Place your 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla car stock in the template. Use the Stamparatus to stamp the image exactly where you want it, close to the outside edge of the card stock (In other words, place the stamp on your card stock where you want it, close the Stamparatus plate to get the stamp stuck to it. Ink and stamp. Leave the stamp in the same place on the Stamparatus plate throughout the next steps). Turn the card stock clockwise to the next position in the template. Ink the image and stamp. Continue moving and stamping the card stock until the circle of stamps is complete.

When using this technique, you can simply get a circle of perfectly placed stamps OR you can use multiple stamps to create a wreath, like the one I made Wednesday at What's Up! Stampers?

In this one, I used the Beautiful Autumn stamp set and Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry ink to create the wreath. As you can see, the circular stamping technique using my Stamparatus makes this wreath absolutely perfect.

Early Espresso cardstock:

-5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper:

-2 1/4" x 5 1/4"

Cajun Craze cardstock:

3 1/8" x 3 1/8"

Very Vanilla cardstock:

-2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

Need to see the process for yourself? Check out the video from my Facebook Live!

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