Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog

A Trip Down Memory Lane!

As this year is close to an end I have been thinking a lot about this year and years past! This year I have jumped into blogging more than I ever have before! Sometimes I struggle with what to write or if my project is good enough but sharing what I love makes it worth it! I have a new project to share today as well as taking a step back to see some from earlier this year!

Today’s project is a scrapbook page. I don’t scrapbook often since just one page can take me ages!! 😳 Next year I will be giving Memories & More a closer look for memory keeping so I can have my photos off of my phone and out to share! This scrapbook page all started with the Powder Pink 12×12 sheet from preorder from the upcoming Occasions 2018.

     I was inspired by my photo from Prom in 2007, the color of my dress is pretty close to Fresh Fig. It was my junior prom and my dress was custom made for me. It had a beautiful bow down the back and I just loved it!

I used the flowery cluster from Wood Words stamp set to add just a little rustic but girly look to the page. The only ink I used is the Fresh Fig from the 2017-2019 In-Colors. This scrapbook page really is a collection of some of my favorite products from the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog! The Wood Texture and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, the Stitched Shape dies and the Fresh Fig ribbon! I love how the ribbon is so easy to move to where you want it. I put Tear Tape adhesive on the back so I could fold the ribbon a little to make the ruffled look. Also never be afraid to layer different designer series paper onto each other. Finishing touches as always is some Wink of Stella on the flowers and some pearls!

I took a trip down memory lane looking at my old school pictures! It’s amazing how much life can change, but usually for the better! Here’s a look at some of my favorite creations from this year!

The first set is some of my favorite 3D projects! The first one is a little pocket that holds a small flat Nutella packet. The second project is just a fun decor piece that I used an embroidery hoop and designer series paper. The last 3D project is a gift bag for some birthday goodies! I used the treat bags die in a different way that what is normally used.

Last but of course not least! These three cards are my top 3 favorites from this year! I think I stepped out of my comfort zone with layering shapes and adding texture. The funny thing is all three are all kind of the same card sketch! Oops! Haha I guess that was my favorite style this year! Check out the embossing on the designer series paper! Isn’t that a fun technique?

Well off to go finish helping my dad paint! Can’t wait until OnStage Atlanta in April! Crossing my fingers for Display Stamper again!

I hope you have a great weekend and make sure to get a little inky!

Keep Stampin’!

Britney Vanderlaan

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Inspire.Create.Challenges #007

This week is going to be full of seeing my stamping friends, cleaning the house up and hopefully some baking! I have at least 3 types of cookies I want to make this year! Do you do any baking for Christmas? Throughout all the holiday craziness don’t forget to have some “Me Time” and join in on our #007 Stamping Challenge! It’s a color challenge that works before for some last minute gift tags, or place settings! IMG_5633

I hope you join us on this challenge! I have to confess I don’t have Crumb Cake ink and I’m unsure if the card stock I used in the project is Crumb Cake! WHAT?!?! How do I not have that color on hand?! It is so going on my next order!


The first project I created is this cute pocket for some candy sticks! You could put this on the table as a little thank you to your guests for Christmas dinner, hand it to you mail person, hair stylist. It is just a great little treat. You could switch out the candy stick (which I got at Cracker Barrel) for a chocolate bar, nail files, and more!

Here’s a closer look:


I die cut the pocket with the treat bag die and only used the smaller side. Then I dry embossed those with the Wood Grain embossing folder. I wrapped a piece of tranquil Tide card stock around to make a belly band. I then added a piece of the Pear Pizzazz designer series paper from the Coffee Break suite around the belly band.

For the tag I heat embossed the sentiment using Tranquil Tide and Versamark and added clear embossing powder. I did some fancy die cutting using the square Stitched Shapes die and made it cut rectangle. The trick for that is you lay the top plate on the die only where you want it to cut. Then move the die and make sure it’s lined up with what you have cut already and do the same thing with the top plate. I punched a hole in the tag and used Real Red ribbon to tie it around the pocket.


I also created a card with the inspiration of the candy pocket! I used the same products besides for the background I used an Aqua Painter. I wanted a water colored background to just add a little more of the Real Red in. I only put one coat is it’s a little on the lighter side but I like how it turned out. The sentiment is also from Every Good Wish stamp set. Sadly this stamp set is on the retired list! If you like it make sure to order it before its gone!

Here’s a closer look:


Last but not least I made a place tag to coordinate with both projects! I think this color combo is perfect for my wood dining room table! Sadly my pen was giving me some trouble when writing the name but in the end I think it turned out cute!


I hope you enjoyed the three projects I did this time! Please come join us in the Color Challenge! Remember you have two weeks to do it! We put out challenges bi-monthly! Don’t forget to go check out the other projects from the Design Team! Click the image below to go see the others!


Have a Great Wednesday!

Keep Stampin’!

Britney Vanderlaan

2017 Holiday Catalog, Designer Series Paper, Embossing

Let it Snow!

Now that we’re in December the cold weather is starting to come more often! I am not a lover of cold weather but I look forward to Christmas and being in some cozy warm blankets! We do not get a lot of snow here in North Carolina since we’re not in the mountains. I am thankful for this! I like having like 1 snow storm that lets me make some chili and enjoy a couple days in the snow and then back inside to warm up. We did get a small snow storm last night and today! It wasn’t a lot so it was nice! It was still very pretty and just feels magical! Winter is the perfect time to stay in the house and get creative making cards, home decor and gifts!

This card sentiment is Let it snow from Merry Little Labels! It has a coordinating punch that you can get as a bundle price for 10% savings! Who doesn’t like saving money?!

I used copper embossing powder and the watercolor wash background stamp to do a dramatic background!

I also embossed the sentiment in white onto a piece of the Wood Texture designer series paper! I love how rustic it looks!

To set it off a little I added the delicate doily. I used the black and white buffalo plaid designer series paper for a strip underneath the sentiment. IMG_5062

The card is on a Tranquil Tide card stock. I love how this card turned out! I was a little worried there would be too much Copper! I’m not sure that is even a thing! Haha Copper is so royal and timeless! 

I have some exciting news! Sale-A-Bration starts in January and I am going to start a Stamp Club! More information will be posted in the coming weeks so keep an eye out! Sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out on the information! I will be sharing it there first with a little extra goodie for my newsletter subscribers! 

Do you get snow from where you live? Tell me in the comments! During December if you place an order you will get the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs for free and it will include coupons and a new embellishment! Use the Hostess Code: M3PQ9C6S

Stay warm and Keep Stampin’!

Have a great Friday night!!

~Britney Vanderlaan

Annual Catalog 2017-2018

Inspire. Create. Challenge #006

I hope everyone here in the US had a great Thanksgiving! It is always nice to see family and eat too much food. Have you set up your Christmas tree or holiday decoration? We got a real tree again this year and set it up the day before Thanksgiving. We just finished adding ornaments to it. Just needs a hint more teal to it!

I can’t believe we are already on our 6th Challenge over at Inspire. Create. Challenge Blog. For the next 2 weeks you can participate in the challenge with the theme of Fancy Fold!

Click the image below to go to the blog to check out the other designer teams creations and to link your creation!

For my Fancy Fold I browsed Pinterest to find something I haven’t created before. I loved the Bridge Card I saw from Song of My Heart by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek.

I used the Coffee Break suite to create this card. It was my first card using the suite! I wanted this suite from the very beginning but I waited some time before ordering it.

I do love Frappe but not plain coffee. I just love how this suite makes you feel warm and cozy!

A fun card to send to a friend that you know loves coffee! Here’s another angle of the card.

The card makes for a great mantle card! It stands up so nicely!

The best part of this card is that it measures to close up to fit in a regular envelope!

These cards are pretty easy to put together once you have the measurements. Check out Lyssa’s blog here, to get the measurements.

You can get these products over at Stampin’ Up! Store here, use my new Hostess Code for December to receive some Happy Mail as my thank you!

Don’t forget to join in on our challenge! You can link your blog, Pinterest pin, or even Split Coast Stampers!

Have a great Thursday!

Keep Stampin’!

Britney Vanderlaan

2017 Holiday Catalog, Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Card Kits, Designer Series Paper

“Me Time!”

It’s the holiday season so you may not have as much time on your hands as normal but you still want to be creative! Preorder one or both kits so you can have some “Me Time!” when you need a break from the holiday stress! Today was the final day but I am extending it 2 more days for the Year of Cheer Treat and the Foil Frenzy To Go Classes! Both classes have the options of buying the coordinated stamp set to go along with the project or just the projects themselves! The best part about these kits is that all the prep work is done for you!

All the card stock and designer series paper are cut and scored for you. Everything is die cut or punched out for you as well unless you choose the Year of Cheer kit with the bundle!

All kit options also include a spool of ribbon that coordinates with the projects! That means you will have some left over for other projects you want to do! You will need a few basic stamping supplies to complete the projects.

They also include a PDF of step by step instructions on how to create the projects! It’s just like following a recipe!

Want to see the full projects instead of just sneak peeks? Keep on scrolling!!

This first set of pictures are the Year of Cheer Treat projects! From left to right: Hot Cocoa slider, Little Debbie holder, Sour Cream container of chocolates. and last but not least a Diary style packaging for a jumbo Caramel Wafer!

Beautiful packaging to class up some simple treats! You could gift these to your child’s teacher, your hair stylist, your fellow co-workers or even your friends and family!

Year of Cheer Treats Details:

Just the Basic ($29):
Includes all your paper cut, scored and die cut.
Plus a roll of the Gold 1/8″ ribbon.
This option is good if you have the stamp set or plan to switch it out with different sentiments.

Forever Yours ($71):
This includes everything from the Just the Basic plus the Merry Little Label clear stamp and punch bundle.

Add the candy & treats $5

If your tired of thinking about the holidays already the next To Go Class is just perfect!

Foil Frenzy To Go Class has both cards and a treat package! The treat package holds one Lindt Chocolate! The Foil Frenzy designer series paper is a beautiful heavy weight kraft paper with colored foil on it in 4 different patterns.

Foil Frenzy Details:

Just the Basic ($31):
Includes all your paper cut, scored and die cut.
Plus a roll of the Whisper White Classic Weave ribbon.
This option is good if you have the stamp set or plan to switch it out with different sentiments.

Forever Yours ($59):
This includes everything from the Just the Basic plus the
Colorful Seasons clear stamp set.

I’m extending preorder for the kits 2 more days! Nov 22nd will be the final date to preorder either of these kits! This allows me to order the product, prep it and send it out before Christmas since we have the treat class.

Each class can hold 6 people. If you would like to preorder please email me at Please include which class(es) and what kit option you would like. I will then invoice you through PayPal. Shipping is included in the class prices.

*Due to Stampin’ Up! policy kits are not allowed to have stamped images so I decided to offer 2 types of kits.

Have a Great Night!

Keep Stampin’

Britney Vanderlaan

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Sheer Woodgrain

Back home from visiting my family and having my last Christmas card class in her area. I love having some stamping time with my friends! Today was my day to get some rest, catch up on some training and, chores! My man and I even put together October’s Paper Pumpkin for our Christmas cards this year!

I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to share this Christmas card that has a new technique I learned about at the beginning of the month. In our team Facebook group someone asked about Sheer Embossing. I didn’t know what it was so I did some research. There is not many projects showing it.

So what is Sheer Embossing? From what I got from it, it is heat embossing onto Designer Series Paper. I saw it done in a couple different colors. I wanted mine to really be sheer so I did mine in clear.

I used Versamark and clear embossing powder to heat emboss the Woodgrain background stamp set onto the Merry Little Christmas designer series paper that has the little pine trees all over it.

I layered the designer series paper over a basic black piece then onto a Emerald Envy card base. I did add some basic black baker’s twine around the designer series paper layer before adhering it. I then stamped the Merry Christmas onto whisper white with Memento Black ink and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. the sentiment is from the Merry Little Labels stamp set. I did order the bundle to get the punch with it at 10% off!


I really like the look of the Sheer Embossing since it adds a different element to the card that normally would not be there. The Woodgrain background stamp matched this designer series paper perfectly! Makes it feel a little more masculine even.

Tomorrow I have an eye appointment so going to head to bed earlier tonight than normal. I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend!

Have a great Friday!!

Keep Stampin’

Britney Vanderlaan

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Inspire. Create. Challenge #005

This week has started off with a bang! As a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator we got to see the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs! Being able to see the catalog earlier than customer lets us be prepared to share some amazing projects and be able to learn the ends and outs of the products. I love seeing new catalogs! It always gets me excited about the upcoming months!

As of right now demonstrators can not preorder yet so we are trying to patiently wait. The worse part about a new catalog is we forget what we have in the amazing ones we have already!

Today’s card uses a beautiful stamp set and designer series paper from the Color Theory Suite in the Annual catalog. This is our 5th Challenge from Inspire. Create. Challenge! This is a Card Sketch challenge.

This card sketch is pretty basic but can be dressed up. I decided to keep my card more on the simple side. I wanted the colors and sentiment to really be the focus of the card.

I used a Berry Burst card base. The designer series paper is Color Theory. The Color Theory designer series paper has 8 different designs in 4 colors. I used the ombré pattern in Berry Burst and Crushed Curry. I simply cut the Berry Burst dsp to show more of the middle of the ombré instead of just the lighter or darker area. I also tucked in a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper at the top edge of the dsp. I then tied a ribbon around and adhered down.

I stamped my sentiment from Colorful Seasons using Berry Burst then die cut it with the largest Stitched Shapes circle framelit. I then added Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some more volume to the card. Don’t forget the bling! I added 3 rhinestones for that!

As I lay in bed Monday night I know my tomorrow will be as happy as today! Tomorrow I will be stamping and creating with my friends! As I teach class I don’t only teach, I learn! I learn from those beginner stampers that have questions that I once asked. I may do some fancy cards at times but I also need to remind myself simple is great too!

I hope your Wednesday brings you sunshine and happiness! Use the card sketch and create a card to send to the person that’s been on your heart this week!Remember to come join us with this card sketch challenge and link your blog over at Inspire.Create.Challenge! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a great day!

Keep Stampin’

Britney Vanderlaan