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January 2021


  • Greetings
  • News
  • Specials
  • Changes
  • Calendar
  • Tips


Fair warning this is lengthy. I provide a recap at the end. There is just so much to share.


Hello my favorite stampers! 


We are here! It is 2021 and 2020 is over. Can we say a big Amen we made through a rough year. I do not know anyone who was not touched, in one way or another, by events in 2020. 


We had plenty of good news in our family in 2020. My daughter graduated from college and is working fulltime in her field. In fact she is working “overtime” in her field. Ha ha. I reached 15 years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. My husband reached 25 years with his company. My son is nearing his own college graduation. We adopted a rescue cat, who has blended in with our family at age 16, as if she has been here all along. There has been a lot of good to focus on!


As we start 2021 it is that happy time at Stampin’ Up! when we Sale-A-Brate! Sale-A-Bration (which to keep me from typing that every time I will refer to as SAB) runs from January 5, 2021- February 28, 2021. For every $50 in merchandise (excludes shipping and tax) you earn and can choose a FREE item from our SAB brochure. There are no limits on how many SAB items you can receive. Ten unique items in all. There is only one way to get these exclusive items, through a purchase during SAB. If you place an order, or have a party and the order totals at least $300 you will receive a FREE stamp set – Punch Party, that coordinates with 5 of our punches, which includes our new double oval punch located on page 65 of the January – June mini catalog.  


Sale-A-Bration 2021 Brochure PDF


·      Purchase $50, choose a FREE gift from the SAB brochure. No limit on items earned. 

·      Place a $300 order, receive a FREE exclusive stamp set – Punch Party.

·      Join during SAB and receive 5 6x6” paper stacks, that will be in the upcoming Annual Catalog later this year, value around $60. 


Here is an example of what you can earn during SAB:


Sally placed an order for $267 in merchandise. 


She can choose the following options of FREE items from the SAB brochure. Any combination of her choice. As long as the item values, listed in colored bubbles above each item in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, do not total more than the value of her order. 


Sally can choose any combination of the following:

  • 5 SAB items that are $50
  • 3 SAB items that are $50 and one $100 item
  • 1 SAB items that are $50 and 2 $100 items
  • 5 SAB items that are the same!


Note: you can order multiple of one item. When you place your online order Stampin’ Up! will have an order grid toward the bottom of the screen to enter your selections and walk you through. They have a help button also. And I am available to you also. 


This year, and I probably say that every year, we have a fantastic selection of items. Those papers!!!!! And who doesn’t love a silly Donkey. Or do you need more greetings, we got you covered.


During SAB Sale-A-Bration, our Inking of You group is doing an online Extravaganza. That information will be coming in a separate email. Look for that in your in box. 





$99 plus your local tax to get started.

Gets you $125 of your choice of products in that starter kit. We want you to choose what you love. Yes, you get to choose more items than what you are paying for. That’s $26 extra shopping dollars. 

Business starter items.

Plus the 5 color patterned paper stacks during Sale-A-Bration. That ends February 28, 2021. 


To sign up you will need a credit card and your SSN. That’s it. That easy. No shipping on the kit. 




When you join Stampin’ Up! you get a discount on products you love, love, love, 20%-25% off actually. You also get those much coveted sneak peeks and early access to order on new items. 


A chance to learn creative tips and techniques, share ideas, and come into contact with new friends who love papercrafting as much as I do! 

You become your own boss and can build a business.  If that isn’t your thang, then enjoy that discount and not worry about the rest. It is easy to make the minimums you need to stay active. Very easy! Ha ha 


Building a business leads to other perks, such as incentive trips, bonus items and more. 


Get support through online training resources, a quarterly magazine, events, and a demonstrator-only website. A great local downline group. And of course, me. 



January 5, 2021-June 30, 2021


Among other changes with Stampin’ Up! we are altering our catalog cycles. We released our first of two mini catalogs on January 5, 2021. It runs through June. Then our next mini catalog runs July – December 2021. Our Annual Catalog will be shifting dates too. If you look on the back of your current catalog you will notice that it ends May 3, 2021, running only 11 month this year as we shift that cycle. Previously our catalogs ran until the beginning of June. Really no big deal, I just feel the need to share with you the change. 


You should have received a January – June 2021 mini catalog from me if you have purchased from me in the last year. Please let me know if you did not receive a paper copy and are interested in one. PDF of catalogs are always available under the Catalogs tab on my website if you forget. 


January – June 2021 Mini catalog PDF




So Long Whisper White Cardstock – Hello to Basic White Cardstock


I have copied this directly from Stampin’ Up! I was initially shocked. I understand that this was beyond anyone’s control. I know they will always do their best to give us top products


Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long. We love it and we know you love it, too. We are sad to announce that the supplier’s mill producing our Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of our other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.

We know Whisper White has a huge fan base; we’re big fans, too! And we are crushed that it’s going away. Even though this decision was out of our hands, rest assured that we jumped right into action to find the best replacement paper possible. We have dedicated many hours to source and test alternative cardstock options from several suppliers to find the perfect fit that still maintains the Stampin’ Up! quality you know and trust. We are happy to share that we have found a winner for our new cardstock, Basic White! 

The quality of our new Basic White was thoroughly tested by our quality assurance and product teams. It also tested very well with demonstrators and concept artists who gave it a huge thumbs up. We believe in the quality of the new Basic White cardstock and we know it will become your new crafting staple! 

What does this mean for you?

With Whisper White going out of production, this means a number of Whisper White products will be affected. We know preorder is a time for you to purchase new items to prepare for the upcoming months of your business so we wanted to give you this information before Whisper White products sell out and before all Basic White products are fully ready so you can include it in your business planning. Below is a list of all products that will be replaced with our new Basic White cardstock. These items are now available while supplies last with an order limit of 2 per item per order.

·       Whisper White 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)

·       Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)

·       Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)

·       Whisper White 3" x 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)

·       Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (100730)

·       Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (140272)

·       Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)

Our new Basic White products will become available to purchase as soon as we have them in stock. This means that some Whisper White and Basic White products may be available at the same time. Additionally, due to the nature of sourcing, some Basic White products may not be available before the Whisper White products sell out. Please know that we are working on getting these products available to you as fast as possible. 

Since this change is outside our control, we haven’t been able to tackle all necessary alterations at once. You may still see the name Whisper White on some of our non-cardstock product labels, catalog, and marketing material for a while. We will be working on a rolling change to address this. 

What does this mean for your customers?

While we expect this to come as quite a surprise, we hope that this transition to our new Basic White products can be an exciting change for everyone! To help soothe any nerves about this change, we want to provide as much information as possible to help you get the word out about our new Basic White cardstock. 

We’ve created a printable flyer FLYER for your customers with all the new Basic White product information in one place. We recommend you print this out and put a copy of it with any catalogs you hand out so your customers can easily access the new ordering information for these products.

We also have a video message addressing some potential concerns that you and your customers may have. This video goes over a comparison of Whisper White to Basic White so you will know what to expect with this change. You can watch the video here. Please feel free to share this video with your customers.

It’s always hard to say goodbye, but we are excited about the new Basic White product line and we encourage you to try it out! We are confident that you’ll love it just as much as we do.




Creating die cuts and embossed designs is easy, thanks to Stampin’ Cut & Emboss! Our die cutting and embossing products do the work so you and your customers can have the fun. 

Our Stampin’ Cut & Emboss and Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines offer multiple die cutting and embossing options for you to share with all types of customers–from beginners to seasoned crafters. Both of our Stampin’ Up!-exclusive machines offer the highest quality and make precise cuts and detailed embossed images every time. They’re also simple to store and easily portable, which makes packing for your events a cinch! They come with all the tools needed to get started right away, making it easy for your customers to have a fantastic die-cutting and embossing experience from the start.




So what sets our machines apart from the rest? Here are some of our favorite features: 

·  Durable machines with high-quality results. The solid steel construction frame and rubber feet that securely grip the work surface produce crisp, clean, precise cutting and beautifully detailed embossing. 

·  Easy to use. The machines and tools are designed for an intuitive die-cutting and embossing experience. For example, all plates are labeled with a number and are color coded for easy reference and use when building your sandwich. And just like the name suggests, our Magnetic Cutting Plates have fully-magnetic surfaces to make it easy to securely position your dies and keep them in place. 

·  Simple to store.  The platforms on both machines fold for space-saving storage and they look pretty too–the sleek, clean design suits any crafting space. 

·  Portable. You can use both machines at home or on the go with their folding platforms and ergonomic carrying handles. This makes it easy to showcase the product line in your classes and workshops! It’s also convenient for your customers who like to attend crops or other crafting get togethers.



The Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines come with the plates you need to get started.



Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

This machine has a wide 6" (15.2 cm) platform that works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4).


$120 USD/$163 CAD



Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

This cute machine has a compact footprint for easy storage and travel. The 3-1/2" (8.9 cm) platform works with many of Stampin’ Up!’s smaller dies and smaller embossing folders. Dies and embossing folders that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine are indicated in the product description in our catalogs and online store. Includes 1 Mini Base Plate (Plate 1), 2 Mini Cutting Plates (Plate 2), 1 Mini Embossing Plate (Plate 3), and 1 Mini 3D Embossing Plate (Plate 4).


$60 USD/$82 CAD







Wide 6" (15.2 cm) platform for all your crafting needs.


Smaller 3-1/2" (8.9 cm) platform for your on-the-go crafting options.

Weighs approximately 8.1 pounds (3.67 kg). Platform folds to make transporting easy and to take up less space when storing.


Weighs approximately 2.7 pounds (1.22 kg). Lightweight, compact, and portable. Platform folds to make transporting easy and to take up less space when storing.


Works with all Stampin’ Cut & Emboss dies and embossing folders.


Works with Stampin’ Cut & Emboss dies and embossing folders that are narrower than 3-3/8" (8.6 cm). Dies and embossing folders that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine are indicated in the product description in our catalogs and online store.


Simple to make a sandwich. Includes plates that are labeled with a number and are color coded for easy use.


Simple to make a sandwich. Includes plates that are labeled with a number and are color coded for easy use.


All the plates you need to get started are included: 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4).


All the plates you need to get started are included: 1 Mini Base Plate (Plate 1), 2 Mini Cutting Plates (Plate 2), 1 Mini Embossing Plate (Plate 3), and 1 Mini 3D Embossing Plate (Plate 4). 


Note: 3D embossing folders that are compatible with the mini machine are not part of our initial product launch, however we anticipate being able to add these to our product offering later in 2021.


Great for seasoned crafters who want a solution for all their die cutting and embossing needs.


Perfect for new or casual crafters who want a smaller machine that offers a high-quality die-cutting and embossing experience. It’s also great for all crafters who like to create on the go.
We encourage you to market it to customers who:

·  Are limited on space or on a tight budget.

·  Craft away from home, for example at crops, retreats, or on vacation.





In addition to videos that are always available on YouTube, I will be holding classes on Saturdays and the following Tuesdays via Zoom. I will have one class on Facebook. I will list the classes below and you can always find them on my online calendar, where you can register. Give me a day to get them up to date on the online calendar. I will be sending invites for each class under separate emails. All classes listed below are FREE and open to anyone of any ability.


Be sure to mark your calendar!!! Save the dates.


January 5, 2021 – February 28, 2021 Inking of You Online Product Extravaganza

Saturday, January 23, 2021, 11 am – 12:30 pm Paper Blooms Zoom Class

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 7-8:30 pm Paper Blooms Zoom Class

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 1-3 pm Hello Dear Friend Facebook Live Class

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 11-12:30 pm Punch Party Zoom Class

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 7-8:30 pm Punch Party Zoom Class

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 11-1pm Berry Blessings Product Suite Zoom Class

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 11-12:30 pm Sale-A-Bration Free for all fun Zoom class

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 11-12:30 pm Circle Celebrations Zoom Class

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7-8:30 pm Circle Celebrations Zoom Class

More classes TBD


Online Calendar



Here is a tip from me to you.


Photopolymer stamps – the clear stamps we sell. 


Because of the way they are manufactured they are sticky when they are shipped to you. It is a coating necessary during production and helps them stick to your blocks. But we don’t want sticky on the ink side. The ink doesn’t here very well when the stamps are brand new.


As you mount the stamp on a clear block, tap the ink side of the block on the back of your hand. The oils on your hand help neutralize that coating. It will help ink adhere better to your stamp. Since I learned this trick recently, I never have trouble inking those brand new photopolymer stamps anymore. Clean stamp as usual. 



  • Sale-A-Bration runs from January 5, 2021 – February 28, 2021.
  • Mini Catalog runs January to June 2021.
  • Join my team by February 28, 2021 and get lots of patterned paper in your starter kit. 
  • Whisper White cardstock is gone. 
  • New die cutting and embossing machine.
  • Updated Calendar.
  • Unsticky your photopolymer stamps.




January – June 2021 Mini catalog PDF

Recipes for JJ Mini Catalog Projects PDF

Sale-A-Bration Brochure PDF

Sale-A-Bration Brochure Recipes PDF





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Thank you for hanging with me. There was a lot of information to share. Please let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate each one of you and the 15 years I have enjoyed sharing with you. 


Keep being your creative best, Sandy







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