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.  


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Masculine Cards Aren't That Difficult

We're still experiencing one of our wettest springs in this part of the world. It seems like summer will never come but we have to make the best of it.  For me one of the good things about summer rainy days is not feeling guilty that you're inside paper crafting and not outside, working in the garden or enjoying the sunshine. At least that's my theory, and I'm sticking to it.

This past week I've been making cards that could be used for any masculine occasion, simply by changing out the sentiments.  All of my sample cards feature Stampin' Up! products from the He's All That Suite which I featured earlier in this post.

Diamond Flip Birthday Card: 

Take a look at this fancy fold called a Diamond Flip. What fun!  I first saw this design on CindyLee Bee Designs blog and after watching Cindy's great instruction video I shamelessly CASed this card. 

Just like the video, I used the Brewed For You Bundle .  I did change up the embossed layer on the diamond with a retired script embossing folder.  If you'd like to try out the Diamond Fold, then check out her awesome card and video here. 

I stamped the sentiment on a 1" strip of Crushed Curry in Momento Black Ink.  Love how it looks on the side of the card.  Seriously  it looks so good! 

I used Crystal Effects to  add a glass like finish to the beer glasses.  

Stamp Set:  Brewed For You #159093
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry and Basic Black 
Designer Series Paper:  He's The Man 12 x 12 DSP #1259068

Cut N' Shuffle Technique:

The Cut N' Shuffle technique is a fast way to mix and match designer papers and use up your stash. The paper featured is from the "He's The Man" #159068 designer series paper.  

If you've never heard of the Cut N' Shuffle technique I encourage you to try it.  With every stack you cut you'll make four beautiful cards in no time flat.  My inspiration came from Michelle Satchow of Michelle's Creations blog.  Check out her video tutorial and explanation of the process in this video.  Note: The dsp measurements in my card are a little different from Michelle's but it's the same process.  

My third card features the Book Binding Fold.  You can check out my instructions for making this super fun fancy fold card in this post

My next card was a specially designed birthday card for friend's dad who is turning 97 this month.  When making custom designed cards you really have to rely on the details you're provided.  Stampin' Ups! retired Sail Away and Traveller stamp sets, were among the many used to create this montage design.      

This is a slim line card and matching envelope.

The sentiment  on the inside of the card was a digital custom made saying.  

I was also asked to custom make a Father's Day card with a "prairie like" design.  I created a backdrop for the weather vein and fence from the Ride The Range stamp and die set with designer series paper called On the Horizon.

Please leave me a comment if you liked these cards and if you have any questions I'll try my best to answer them. 

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot 
Penny Hanuszak

Free Shipping - One Day Only Event!


It's the first day of summer and what better way to usher it in than with a Free Shipping Day!  Stampin' Up! is offering Free Shipping from 12:00 midnight on Tuesday June 21st until 11:59pm so don't miss out.  


All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).

The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $100 CAD or more (before tax).

  • If you're using a coupon code or product credit, please remember that they are non-commissionable and will lower the order’s retail amount. The order must still meet the qualifying threshold to be eligible for free shipping.
  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period the promotion is live in each market; this means that the order must be opened and closed on 21 June 2022.
  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion.
  • Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping under the same rules as all other Stampin’ Up! items during the promotion.
  • Month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are NOT eligible for free shipping. Subscriptions billed and shipped this month will be charged for the normal amount ($23.50 USD | $32.50 CAD shipping included) + tax.
  • The free shipping promotion does not cover the additional cost for expedited shipping.


Phone: Tuesday, 21 June 2022; 6:50 p.m. (MT)

OEX/Online: Tuesday, 21 June 2022; 11:59 p.m. (MT)


Since 1 December 2021, Stampin’ Up! is no longer taking orders for products that are not in stock. In other words, Stampin’ Up! no longer accepts backorders.

Need to check an item’s availability? Just contact me and I'll tell you if it's in stock.  Contact me: 

Happy Stamping!

Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

My June Hostess Code


I really appreciate receiving orders from my customers, whether they're big or small.  As a token of my appreciation you will receive Stampin' Rewards based on the size/amount of your order.  Here's how you can qualify during the month of June:   

  • If your order is under $200.00 before shipping, handling and tax.  You will quality for:
    • a  special thank you card featuring one of the new stamp sets and products for 2022
    • a PDF copy of instructions for the card
    • a Stampin' reward which I choose - it's a surprise! 
    • automatically receive catalogues mailed directly to your home for the catalogue year (if order is between $50.00 - 199.00 before shipping, handling and tax). 
  • If your order is over $200.00 you will automatically receive Stampin' Rewards which you can choose.  The amount of the reward is based on your total merchandise order (before shipping, handling and tax).   

  • You'll also receive from me:
  • a special thank you card featuring one of the new stamp sets and products for 2022 
  • a PDF copy of instructions for the card 
  • automatically receive catalogues mailed directly to your home for the catalogue year (if order is between $50.00 - 199.00 before shipping, handling and tax).
Just remember before you close the order on your shopping cart to add Hostess Code ZKYWQYDQ.   If you're not sure how to add the code contact me and I'll walk you through.  It's really easy.  


Penny Hanuszak, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator 


Sunday, May 29, 2022

One For the Guys

Hi everyone.  Father's Day is just around the corner and I've been busy making a variety of Father's Day cards showcasing one of the masculine stamp sets from the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue called ""He's All That".  

This 11-piece red rubber cling stamp set is definitely going to be a keeper.  These vintage images and versatile greetings are perfect for Father's Day, birthdays, and just because.

Product #159071.  STAMP SET ONLY

Product # 159079 THE BUNDLE

Here's My Card:

I wanted a bold layered look so the Freshly Made Sketch #537 was the perfect design.  Here's a look at the FMS sketch:

I used the "He's The Man" #159068 designer series paper for my card front layers and it really steals the show. In fact, while I had intended to do more stamping on this card, but the dsp pulled it together very quickly. I also used the Rustic Metallic Adhesive backed dots #159082 to add some manly glam. 

I really enjoyed using the label dies from the set.  For the inside of the card I stamped the image on Whisper White and cut it out with the label die.  I then cut out a second label using the rectangular die and mounted the two together.  

This Designer Paper coordinates so well and there is absolutely no waste.  And if you don't have the stamp set to add a sentiment, no worries as there are two pages of labels including the one in the picture that can be applied.  The bow tie was added with dimensionals to the base of the words and a small gem was added to the center. 

Well that's it for today.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  I hope you enjoyed this card.  

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 
Penny Hanuszak, CDN Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Nuts and Bolts for Freshly Made Sketches 536

For all my Canadian friends and family where ever you are, have a happy and safe Victoria Day long weekend.  Hope you're getting sunshine like we are.  Two days in a row, whoo hoo!  Yeah, it's been such a long time.

Speaking of long times, it's been a while since I participated in a card sketch challenge, so I thought I'd dive in with this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  The moment I saw it I knew what I wanted to create with this fun sketch.  

Click here to see the Freshly Made Challenge

Here's My Card:  

The Details:  

I fell in love with the red rubber cling stamp set called Nuts and Bolts when the January to February 2022 Sale-a-bration (SAB) started.  It was so cute and FREE in the SAB.  My only problem was I bought so many stamp sets and bundles from the new Mini that I never got around to using it before it retired the end of February.  So when I saw the sketch from FMS I thought here's my perfect opportunity.  

Stamp Set:    

Nuts and Bolts stamp set featured in the January to February Sale-a-bration catalogue.  Product # 157650.  This item is now retired.  

Product #157650 from the 2022 Jan-Feb Sale-a-bration Sale.  

  • 8 1/ x 5 1/4" Marina Mist for Card Base scored at 4 1/4"
  • 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" Misty Moonlight card stock for 1st layer on card front, scrap for sentiment
  • Cut two 4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White layers for the front and inside of the card.  Emboss the front panel.
  • Additional scraps of Whisper White to stamp the sentiment and robots on.  All the robots were fussy cut and coloured with blends. 
Designer Series Paper:
  • 2 1/2" x 6" piece of Simply Marbelous DSP from the Jan/Feb 2022
  •  Sale-a-bration catalogue. 
  • Punch out three 1 3/4" circles from Simply Marbelous DSP  
  • Momento Black ink  for sentiment and stamped images.
  • Blends - Petal Pink, Pool Party, Smokey Slate and Basic Black light.  
  • 1 3/4" circle punch
  • gemstones 
Well that's it for today's post and for this Freshly Made Sketch challenge.  I hope you enjoyed it.  


Penny Hanuszak, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Pick of the Crop May Paper Pumpkin Kit


Although you wouldn't know it from our current wet weather trend but summer is on its way.  We live in the "berry belt" of Canada so summer berries and fruit are top on our list.  This year in particular because of the shortage of bees and the wet soggy weather we've had our berry crops are taking longer than usual.  We'll just have to have patience and when they arrive  support our local farmers during this hardship time.  Can't wait!  

I also can't wait to get my hands on the May 11 to June 11th "Pick of the Crop" Paper Pumpkin kit.  It looks like it's going to be yummy! 

Check it out on my website store by clicking here. 
The Pick of the Crop Paper Pumpkin kit is chock full of fun and includes many of my favourite colours and berry themes. This all-inclusive kit includes enough supplies to:

  • create 9 cards with card bases measuring 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"  - you get 3 each of 3 designs
  • 9 printed card bases featuring coordinating colors: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Soft Succulent 
  • 9 coordinating envelopes (4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm))
  • Photopolymer Stamp set to express love, gratitude and style.  The sentiments say “Love you a whole bunch”, “You’re the pick of the crop”, “You are the sweetest,” and so many more
  • a selection of die-cut paper pieces including some specialty vellum pieces 
  • a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • Adhesive
  • Bonus: This kit includes a canvas mini shopping bag that measures 5 3/8" x 6", which can be used to hold a couple cards for a unique craft element. 

Note: Additional bags will be available to purchase separately on my shopping web site.

Just look at this cute little "bonus" canvas bag that's
included in this month's kit!  

This kit can only be ordered up until June 10th, so if you're interested in getting it don't hesitate.  Order it now.  

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot

Penny Hanuszak, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Colourful New Reasons to Join Stampin' Up!


It's a brand new season for Stampin' Up! beginning today, and it just couldn't be any more exciting. Why am I excited to share this news with you:
  • We have a new Annual Catalogue 
  • Five brand new fabulous InColors

   Join Now Promotion 
Click here to Join My Team 
In Color Starter Kit
Do you love to craft? Would you like to earn a supplemental income? Do you want to be a part of a fantastic community of creative people?

Then becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator may be the perfect opportunity for you. Join now and with your Starter Kit you’ll also receive FREE 2022–2024 In Color products, including In Color Grid Paper, In Color Ink Pad Collection, In Color Cardstock Assortment Collection, and In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Assortments. 

That’s an additional $91.25 value of products just for joining the team!

For just $135 CAD, you’ll get to order your own customized Starter Kit with $165 CAD of products + FREE shipping + the business supplies you need to get started.

And for this month only, you’ll receive the following In Color products for FREE when you sign up between 3–31 May: 

    • 2022–2024 In Color Grid Paper (item 160009)

    • 2022–2024 In Color Ink Pad Collection (item 161108)

    • 2022–2024 In Color Cardstock Collection (item 159204)

    • 2022–2024 In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Assortments (item 159253)

    • Don’t miss out! Join now and with your Starter Kit and you’ll also receive a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit ($30.00 value).
      This is a great opportunity to start out with the new products or if you were a previous demo to come back with a fresh start.  


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