Welcome to this month’s blog hop for the Stampin’ Up! Demos that earned Alaska incentive trip coming in the summer of 2018.  I am thrilled to be on these blog hops with such talented demos from around the world!

One thing that is probably true of most of the folks in this group is that we go to the fabulous events Stampin’ Up! puts on.  Earlier this month when I went to Salt Lake City for the main convention which is now called OnStage, demos around the world that couldn’t make it to the US, went to regional events near them, too.

And one of the perks of attending these events is that we get to see the new catalogs first AND we get to preorder some of the stuff in it… way before the other demos do even.  And I sure do love playing with brand new stuff, so I always order all that I can.

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I had to sneak away for a bit of craft therapy in the middle of the holiday rush of engraving things for my crafty friends to give their teams and clubs.

In particular, engraving lots of bonefolders… turning this craft staple into a custom and thoughtful gift for you crafting friends!

This is the one I gave my team last year, see the other things I engrave on this page.  Pretty cool!

Here are a couple of cards I have made this week with the NEW preprder stuff.

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Sometimes you see something and it just calls to you and you have to stop right then and create something with it.  That was the case when I opened this new Designer Series Paper.

This is a beautiful new Specialty DSP called Sweet Soirée  and it is just luscious!

Silver foil adds a textured look to these handpainted designs.

Silver foil accents on one side, colorful printed images on the other.

Did you notice the embossing folder behind the DSP?  How about that Berry Burst ribbon with the silver metallic edges?  SO pretty!

The stamps I used are new, too… more about them next month.

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So here is a second card made with one of the designs that has silver on it.

Oh, what a beautiful shine this paper has!

The playing will definitely continue when I can around here.

There are a lot of other goodies in my big preorder box to play with, this is just a little sneak peek for you guys.

Enjoy the rest of the hop and what my global friends have to share today!