Thursday, August 11, 2022

Christmas Scottie - sooooooooo cute!

I hate to say it but it won't be long until Christmas.  Every year I try to make as many Christmas cards as I can during the summer months in an attempt to be ready for November mailing.  No matter how many I make I always seem to need more.  

When I placed my first order from the July- December Holiday Mini catalogue, the first thing on my "must have list" was the "Christmas Scottie" bundle.  Wow, this set doesn't disappoint and it's good value for the money.   

Christmas Scottie 

Here are some of the cards I've made using this set:


For this card's focal element I combined two of the tags from the Taylor Made Tag Die set.    In the back ground I've made a mat with scraps of designer paper mounted onto a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card Stock.  Love the design!

Since I'm trying to use up paper supplies, these cards feature a lot of retired Stampin' Up! DSP as well as some from other sources.  To get started with these Christmas Scottie cards I began by gathering up all my dsp, coordinating card stock for mats and card bases, pre-cut tags, stitched circles and other accessories and put them on my desk top in handy reach.  

Next I stamped at least 40 of the Scottie dogs - each of the three images and either punched or fussy cut them.  The shape of the Scottie Dogs lends itself well to fussy cutting as there aren't too many tight spaces.   See my tip below about getting the best image.  All my Scotties were stamped at least 4-5 times on my Stamperatus before I began fussy cutting them.  

Once the Scotties were stamped and cut out, I stamped bows and boxes and punched or cut them out.  I used Stampin' Blends to colour the small items like holly leaves, boxes and bows.  

I also decorated the insides of the cards to coordinate with the card fronts.  Here are some inside samples.  

Some Tips for Getting the Most out of this Bundle:

1.  Only the Scottie in the bottom right corner of the stamp set can be cut out with the punch, but you can make mirror images with the cutout.  

2.  To get the best image when stamping the Scottie try using a stamp platform such as the Stamperatus.  I inked, stamped the image, and repeated 4 times to get the really black look I was trying to achieve.  Believe me it's worth it.  If you don't have a Stamperatus, make sure your ink pad is very juicy and hold your ink block down against your card stock for a second or two to allow the ink to transfer.

3.  The stamp that's just two lines is actually a box or present and the bow that is standing up fits in the middle (see picture) 


I found the best way to layer the images was to stamp the bow first and then stamp the box over top of it lining up the stem of the bow in the opening.  

I used the retired Stitched Circle Dies to cut my red circles and a layering circle for the black ones.  I think they provide a great focal point for the card and by pre-cutting a bunch of them ahead of time, assembly of your card is quick and easy.    

I fussy cut dozens of these little present boxes while I was watching tv, so I could add as many as I wanted to my cards.  A little red rhinestone placed below the bow adds some colourful sparkle.  The mini dimensionals fit perfectly on the back of these tiny boxes, so they really pop when they're adhered to the card. 

4.  For a plaid Scottie you can use the "kissing technique".  Simply ink up the plaid image in your favourite colour and then press the image of the Scottie you want to stamp into the plaid image.  The ink will transfer the plaid design to your Scottie stamp image.  

This card features the "kissing technique" see #4 above for explanation.  The background papers are Non-Stampin Up!.  

Let me know if you have a favourite from these cards.  I love them all! 

To add to my Christmas Card making inspiration I've entered my first card in the Krafty Chicks Christmas Card Challenge #624  Make sure you check out all the great cards for this challenge.

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot!

Penny Hanuszak, CDN Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

More To Celebrate - Summer Sale-A-Bration Freebies!

Sale-a-bration continues and so does your chance to get some FREE products.  

The following products are SOLD OUT and no longer available in the SALE-A-BRATION FLYER:
  • ITEM NO.  159938  TREE LOT DIES 


From August 2 to 31st ten new products have been added to the existing products in the Sale-A-Bration Flyer.  You're going to love them and they're now available so you can shop, earn, and redeem during Sale-A-Bration.   Check out what's new here:  

For every $60.00 spent prior to S&H and Tax, you can order one of these for FREE:

  • $60 Timber 3-D Embossing Folder Item No. 163094
  • $60 Silver Foil Specialty Pack 12" x 12" sheets Item No. 163096
  • $60 Gingham Embossing Folder Item No. 163097
  • $60   Seashells Embossing Folder Item No. 163100
  • $60 Kraft Gift Boxes Item No. 163101
  • $60 Brushed Metallic Sheets 12" x 12" Item No. 163103

For every $120.00 spent prior to S&H and Tax, you can order one of these for FREE:

  • $120 Flowers of Home Dies Item No. 163095
  • $120 Dots and Spots Embossing Folder Item No. 163098
  • $120 Daffodil Dies Item No. 163099
  • $120 Aspen Tree Dies Item No. 163102


Why?  Because if you use the order numbers from the Annual or Mini catalogue, instead of the SALE-A-BRATION Item Numbers, you will have to pay full price for these products. 

Three Ways To Earn
Sale-A-Bration Free Products:


Hosting is even more rewarding during Sale-A-Bration season. Book a virtual or in person party with me to earn free products during Sale-A-Bration.  

When you host a get together and your total sales reach a certain amount you can also earn the Perfect Pomegranate Photopolymer Stamp Set for free! Even if you reach a certain amount on your own outside of a party, you can earn the same stamp set for free through my online store. You'll  simply add it to your cart the same way you would with any other Sale-A-Bration product!


If you want all the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demo then join my team during Sale-a-Bration.  For your startup fee of  $135.00 CDN you'll get to choose products to build a start-up kit as well as business resource material totaling $200, plus you'll also receive the exclusive Making Plans Collection which includes a planner, notebooks, and stamp set.

NOTE:  The Making Plans Collection is only available as an exclusive add-on during Sale-A-Bration and as long as supplies last.  Once this Collection is gone, it will not be re-ordered or back ordered. 

  • 8" x 9-1/2" (20.3 x 24.1 cm) faux leather carrying case, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" (14 x 21.6 cm) planner pages, monthly divider pages, page lifter, 4 sticker sheets.

  • Making Plans Notebook Trio - 3 creative journals. 5-3/4" x 8" (14.6 x 20.3 cm) each.

  • Making Plans Stamp Set - 28 photopolymer stamps (suggested clear blocks a, b, c). Includes the “© Stampin’ Up!” image so you can easily make and sell your creative projects under our Angel Policy (AC p. 119).


If you're only interested in placing an order, you'll still earn free products for every $60 spent.  Shop in my website store - just click here: 

Shop in My 24/7 on-line store - It's easy just open an account with me.  I'll be happy to provide your with excellent customer service and year's of experience!  


During the month of August add my Hostess Code # 7KFBR7CF to your order if its under $200 before s&h and sales tax, and I'll send you a thank you card and a special gift for shopping with me.  

If your order is over $200, you will automatically receive Stamping Rewards on your order, and you'll still get a thank you card from me.


Penny Hanuszak, CDN Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Sweet Sunflowers - July Paper Pumpkin Kit

The July Paper Pumpkin is now available to order.  I'm really excited about this one which is called the "Sweet Sunflowers", and I know I'm going to have a lot of fun creating cards with this one.  This month’s kit includes watercolor designs inspired by nature and an all-new twist technique. As a bonus, this month’s kit also includes a FREE gift that will add the perfect golden accent to these projects. Here's the scoop on what's included in the kit and subscription or ordering information:


Name: Sweet Sunflowers

Item Number: 161120


  • This kit contains all the supplies you need to create 9 cards or more.  There are enough supplies to make 3 each of 3 designs and it comes with coordinating envelopes.
  • The all-occasion stamp set that's included expresses words of gratitude, friendship, greetings and beautiful wildflower designed images.
  • There are specialty Vellum honeycomb shape pre-cut pieces.
  • Wow, it also has 2 Classic Stampin’ Spots (Crushed Curry and Soft Suede) for a Two-Step stamping experience with a twist!
  • There are additional paper pieces and embellishments with watercolor designs and images.
  • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • An added bonus for this month's kit  - You get 8 Gold Foil Honeycomb Sheets as a FREE GIFT.
  • Completed card size: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Evening Evergreen, Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede


Subscribe to the July Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 July and 10 August at!  Click here to go to my Paper Pumpkin site

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Can't wait until this one arrives and I can share it with you!  

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot 

Sunday, July 3, 2022

July Is Watercolor Month


Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month?  Stampin' Up has lots of watercoloring products to celebrate! Their product list includes watercolor pencils, paper, stamps, ink refills and more for crafters of any level to use in their crafting projects?  Click here to check out the details in my online store.

Throughout the month Stampin' Up will be sharing videos and watercolouring techniques, and I'll be sharing them with you.  To begin with check out this video where you'll learn some awesome and simple ways to add watercolouring to your list of papercrafting skills and get ready for some fun! 

I'm off to my craft room, to try some of these out and will be sharing my results in coming posts. 

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot

Sympathy Card with Flowing Flowers


Although this stamp set recently retired I wanted to share this very special card I made for a neighbor whose husband passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer.  

The Flowing Flowers stamp set is part of the "distinktive" stamps that give a very deep impression and look very realistic.  To make this card, I began by stamping various floral images, leaves, butterflies and hand written text on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of whisper white card stock.  This technique is called a One Sheet Wonder (OSW).  I stamped the images with Highland Heather, Fresh Freeshia, Polished Pink, Soft Succulent and Tranquil Tide inks.  

When I had finished assembling this card, I made a serious mess stamping my contact information stamp on the back of my card, and the image was all smeared.  I would never be able to send a card out like that, but luckily I had an additional 4" x 5 1/4" panel of the OSW cardstock, so I adhered that to the card backing and Voila the card looked pretty again. 
The inside of the card features whisper white panels that are trimmed with 1/2" x 5 1/4" strips of the OSW and sentiments stamped with Tranquil Tide ink.  These sentiments are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Love & Sympathy".

I stamped the floral image from the Love & Sympathy stamp set in Garden Green and then adhered the small flower cluster from Flowering Thoughts with dimensionals.

I hope you liked this card and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the extra layers for the inside and how you cover up stamping boo boos like I did on the back of the card. Enjoy!
Until the next time............

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

July Paper Pumpkin - Time to "Seas the Day"

 “Seas” the day and set sail across the ocean with the Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit comes with beautifully designed nautical imagery, a fun message in a bottle motif, and sentiments that are “shore” to please, because this month’s kit is full of warmth and fun. Subscribe before July 10th and this kit will arrive on your doorstep.  Click here to learn more.

Each kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 daring designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit will have your loved ones feeling sand-tastic!

Check it out, there's also a special game for you to play—take part in the Sea if You Know Paper Pumpkin quiz to learn more about Paper Pumpkin and this month’s kit! Plus, subscribers to the Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit will be entered to win a 1-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin code! Demonstrators can also play the quiz and all active subscribers (demonstrators included) are eligible to win the prize.

Play the Sea if You Know Paper Pumpkin quiz and share it with your friends! Good luck!

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Happy July - New Catalogues

Welcome to the month of July.  Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian Customers!  Hope you enjoyed the special day and were able to participate in the celebrations.  

Click here to see this catalogue

The new Mini Catalogue runs from July 2022 to January 2023 and offers an amazing range of paper crafting products designed to meet all your needs for autumn, winter, spring, and every occasion in between.  

And, it’s also time for Sale-a-bration (July - to August 30th) with all new items you can earn for free with every $60 spent pre-tax and shipping. This Sale-a-bration cattie offers 9 great products to choose from including the Hippest Hippos and Hippo Dies. So cute!

Click here to see this catalogue

To see the exclusive products you can earn this Sale-A-Bration season, browse this digital brochure and be sure to take a look at the coordinating products from the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog so you can pair them with your Sale-A-Bration steals! 


It’s a Starter Kit exclusive! With the purchase of a Starter Kit during Sale-a-bration you will receive the Making Plans Collection. The Collection includes 18 month of planning pages with a cover, stickers and monthly dividers plus three notes pads and a stamp set. As always, the Starter Kit includes $165 in your choice of products from any catalogue, GST and free shipping for only $135.

Buy a Starter Kit and receive a discount on your future orders, be the first to see new products and join an amazing community of demonstrators. 


Hosting is even more rewarding during Sale-A-Bration season. Why not contact me during July or August to host a party.  It can be in person or virtual, but ever way you choose to hold it, if your party reaches a certain amount in sales, you can earn the Perfect Pomegranate Photopolymer Stamp Set for free! 


Spend $50 to $199 before tax and S&H and you'll receive a gift from me.  Just remember to add this hostess code to your order.  


Christmas Scottie - sooooooooo cute!

I hate to say it but it won't be long until Christmas.  Every year I try to make as many  Christmas cards as I can during the summer mon...