You Are Amazing

I hope the title of this post has made you smile, because really, doesn’t everyone need to hear “You are amazing”? This is a strange season we are in…the personal connection we all crave has been diminished…and we are all feeling it. That means that now more than ever, it is SO important to reach out to people with a written note or card.

Do you have a supply of cards on hand that you can just grab when you need one? I keep mine organized by theme which makes it easy to see when I’m running low on a certain type of card. Coincidentally, I have a section I call You Are Amazing. It has cards that will uplift and encourage and bring a smile to someone’s face.

If you need to replenish your card supply, I have a solution for you. There is a card kit in the new Stampin’ Up! mini catalogue entitled You Are Amazing.
You-Are-Amazing-KitIt has 4 different designs and I love the bright and cheery colors. You do need to purchase the You Are Amazing Stamp Set separately and the ink colors are listed in the photo. If you don’t have those, you will want to add those to your order.
You-Are-Amazing-3I made up my kit the other day while I was crafting on zoom with my 4-yr. old grandson. He facetimes me regularly and says “Nona, you want to traft with me?”  He can’t say his c’s yet :) He has rules though…I have to be trafting and not cleaning my desk while he trafts. LOL! He always makes me show him what I’m making. So this is what I made.
You-Are-Amazing-1Then they all fit in this box. It would make a great gift for someone! You can make a set for you and a set for someone else. It doesn’t take long at all because instructions are included and all the pieces are die-cut and ready to go.
You-Are-Amazing-2The supplies for this kit are as follows:
#155370 You Are Amazing Project Kit $41
#154534 You Are Amazing Stamp Set $29
Additional products needed…Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody and Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pads, and adhesives

Sale-a-bration 2021
Choose a FREE Sale-a-bration product with every $60 or $120 you spend (before tax and shipping).

BONUS free gift:
As a thank you, when you purchase this You Are Amazing Project Kit and the coordinating You Are Amazing Stamp Set, I will send you one other card design and a package of dimensionals.
You-Are-Amazing-5When placing an order online this month, please use this hostess code at checkout.

Hostess Code: Z46GFEEW

(Unless your order is $200 or more…at that point, you will be able to choose your own free product!)

You can go to my online store HERE and set up a customer profile if you haven’t already done so. (Please make sure you always double-check to see that my name is at the top and it shows you are shopping with Winona Semler.) If you have any problems, please contact me and I’d be happy to help you.

Thank you for checking in today. And don’t forget…You are amazing!

Playing with Fall Colors

The leaves are changing color and I put on a pair of wool socks yesterday. What?
Fall-Quotes-1Fall leaves can provide some very pretty color combos to inspire our creativity. I’d like to share a card today that uses some sponging and watercoloring techniques.
Love-of-Leaves-2The card base is simply a Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  scored in half at 4-1/4″. (I use our Thick Whisper White Cardstock for all my bases.)

A few steps:
1. Start with a 3-1/2″ square piece of watercolor paper. I masked off 1/4″ all around the edge using post-it notes. Our grid paper comes in very handy…each square is 1/4″!
masking2. Now sponge Soft Suede ink around the edges. Just make sure you sponge off a bit of ink onto your grid sheet first. Come at it from the edges so it’s not so dark as soon as you put your sponge down. Does that make sense? Start light. You can always add more. Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can remove the post-it notes. You will be surprised at how lovely it looks with a border around the edge.

3. Take your leaf stamp and ink it up with our new Bumblebee ink. Flip it over and sponge some Cajun Craze and Soft Suede right onto the stamp. Give it a little “huff” and then stamp it onto your watercolor square. I stamped mine over to the left side so I would have enough room for my sentiment. You might even want to stamp your greeting first so you know how much room you have.

4. Your leaf will look quite light and washed out. But now the magic starts! Take a water painter (aka aquapainter) and begin to blend the colors on your stamped image. I even dabbed on some extra ink from the lid of my stamp pads to darken it up a bit. Play around with it. It will look different each time.

5. Let it dry…and if you’re inpatient like me, you can heat set it with your embossing tool. Now center the stitched leaf die over your leaf and run it through your die-cutting machine. It will give it that beautiful stitched detail.

6. Finally, die-cut your finished piece using our layering square dies. I used the largest square which is 3″.

7. Finishing touches…off-set it a bit and pop up the middle with dimensionals. Tie a gold bow and attach with glue dots. Voila!
Love-of-Leaves-BundleHave you fallen in love with this Love of Leaves bundle yet?

Ink Colors: Soft Suede, Bumblebee, Cajun Craze …and an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Additional Tools: Layering Squares Dies, Sponge Daubers
Embellishments: Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack

shopping cartPlacing an Order
You can order anytime through my online store at
Use the September Hostess Code 3Y42YFDW at checkout.
Unless your order reaches the $200 threshold…then you will receive free hostess dollars!!

Did you know?
I purchased my starter kit at this time of year and it was perfect timing for all those holiday crafters. It was pretty easy to get orders from friends and family right off the get go. So many people love to give handmade gifts and cards at Christmas. Even if they don’t consider themselves crafty, there’s just something about the holidays that makes them want to try it out.

We even have four Christmas Kits in the mini catalogue.

Joy of Sharing…

Tag Buffet…

Christmas Countdown…

And finally Most Wonderful Time …

Maybe you could advertise those to your friends and family? It was a big confidence boost getting those first orders. I thought…”wow…I can actually turn this into a little business!”

Get&Go Starter Kit PromotionHave a great day everyone!

Seriously the Best

The Seriously the Best Project Kit is probably one of my favorite kits. It’s the colors…
Seriously-the-best-kitthe font used in the coordinating greeting set…
Seriously-the-best-stamp-setand the beautifully decorated box that it comes in!
Seriously-the-best-kit-cardsThese kits are great for gatherings like craft nights because you and your friends can each buy a kit and then share stamps, ink, and adhesive.

* Makes 16 cards: 4 each of 4 designs
* Folded card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
* Includes 6″ x 4-3/4″ x 1-13/16″ (15.2 x 12.1 x 4.6 cm) printed designer box
* Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately
* Recommended products to complete the kit: Seriously the Best Stamp Set, Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ pads, SNAIL Adhesive, and Stampin’ Dimensionals

Product Colors: Balmy Blue, gold, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile

Girls Gathering
Many of you know that I am currently in Melbourne, Australia visiting our daughter. I didn’t bring much “work” along, but I did bring a few kits. So yesterday we had a little gathering for some close friends and family. 
Girls Day-1Being able to host a stamp gathering together, and actually just being in her home, is seriously the best!
Girls Day-2It was super special to share the afternoon with this circle of women who love and support Samantha here in Australia.
Girls Day-3I would highly recommend hosting a craft afternoon or evening with a few of your friends. Many of these ladies were new crafters, but the ease of the kits allowed them to feel proud of their creations. 

How do you order?
You can order these kits or any other products by shopping through my online store 24/7 and have your order shipped directly to you.
If you order a few kits, and your order is at least $200, you will receive hostess rewards and earn free stuff. (If your order is over $200 you will not use the hostess code.)


Don’t forget about the Sale-a-bration Rewards as well!

It’s simple…spend $60 (before shipping and tax) and pick a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. You get one for EACH $60 that you spend!

View the Sale-a-bration Brochure HERE.
View the complete Mini Catalogue HERE.

Thanks for checking in,