Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop--FaBOOlous Holiday Sneak Peeks


Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for August. The theme for the hop this month is Holiday Sneak Peek and we are all excited to share some projects using new products from the soon-to-be-live Holiday Catalog.

You may be starting from here at my blog, Lori Mueller - Stampin' Dreams, or you may have come here from the previous person to me on the list. Please be sure to click the person after me to move along the blog hop. If you get off track at any time, the full line up below will help you move along from blog to blog.  So, here is my 'sneak peek'!

So, what do you think?  Pretty cute (and not very spooky), right?!!  I have been having fun playing along with the MOJO Monday Card Sketch Challenges lately and I thought this layout (MOJO412) was a perfect fit to show off lots of new products I had in mind.

Mojo412The sentiment comes from a stamp set that was a Prize Patrol win during Stampin' Up!'s Annual convention in July 2015.  This set is full of sentiments to cover all the holidays from Halloween through Valentines Day.  When I saw this particular sentiment, the first thing that came to mind was the Italian version of saying "Fabulouso"! (mimicking fingers to lips and throwing a kiss to audience).  Since this Grand Vacation cruise will land us in Italy, I just had to giggle.  So, you definitely want to Host a stamping event with your girlfriends so that you can earn this set and purchase with your Hostess rewards.  SUPER cute!  But, enough of my silliness...you are probably getting antsy and want to see the WHOLE card, right?  Teehehehe


Isn't it FaBOOlous?!!  This card is chocked full of brand new products available in the new Holiday catalog that goes LIVE on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

  • Outside of the "FaBOOlous" Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (I love every single pattern!), but, the Black Glimmer Paper...OMGOSH!!  I am soooo excited that we have Black.Glimmer.Paper!
  • If you were enjoying the Thick Baker's Twine that Stampin' Up! started offering, you might like to know that you *can* thread it through the larger Designer Series buttons. YAY!! I love adding fun embellishments...they really help fill an area where you may scratch your head wondering 'this area needs something, but what?'
  • MAILING WITH EMBELLISHMENTS TIP:  If you wish to mail a card that includes an embellishment that is bulky, I would recommend 1 of 2 options:  Take it to the post office and ask for the envelope to be 'Hand Stamped", which means that you will pay a little bit more for the postage, but this ensures that your recipient will receive your handmade creation in one piece. Otherwise, it could come back to YOUR mailbox indicating it needs more postage, or by luck, your recipient will receive it and wonder what kind of fight the card had with the post office machinery.  haha
  • The other option (which is what I do many, many times) is to take a piece of small cardboard (like the cardboard that your favorite snack crackers comes in) and cut a piece that will fit over top of the embellishment inside the envelope.  That lightweight cardboard will act as a buffer and form a gradual 'hump' versus an abrupt bump in the road for the postal equipment to fight with.

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop. With so many amazing and "FaBOOlous" ideas and inspiration throughout the hop, you won't want to miss a single one! Remember you are currently at (Lori Mueller's -- Stampin' Dreams blog), so please check the blog hop line up below and be sure to click the next blog participant's name on the list.


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Stamp It Blog Hop -- New Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks!!


Good morning stampers & paper crafters!

YAY!!  You have arrived for another inspirational ride along our Stamp It Blog Hop.  You may have just arrived here from Siara Acdal's blog or this may be your very first stop.  If so, thank you soooo much!  I am excited you are here. Our August hops are featuring some Sneak Peek creations using products from the upcoming Holiday catalog.  Let me tell you...EVERYTHING in the new Holiday catalog is super cute and fun that I struggled what to start creating with to show you....I wanted to play with ALL of my new products.   :) 

Have you ever needed a kick-start getting your creative juices started?  Or, you have so many ideas rolling through your head, but don't know where to start?  I have the same problem.  That's when I go searching for a "sketch", which is like a 'floor plan' for you to follow.  Just fill in the areas with stamped images, designer series paper, and embellishments, and you've got it made.  VOILA!  To tone down my long list of projects that I want to start, I recruited a little help from a MOJO Monday 411 sketch.  I am so excited to show you....let's take a PEEK!



  • Along with using a "sketch" to get me started, I like to look for Color Challenges to help me narrow down my choice of colors to use.  I love ALL of Stampin' Up!'s color choices...40 regular family colors (Subtles, Regals, Brights, and Neutrals), plus, the luscious In Colors...5 newly introduced colors each year.  I chose Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and Tangerine Tango.
  • There is a new embossing folder...Woodland that gives a beautiful texture of old trees in the woods.  LOVE it!!  I decided to pair it up with a brand new stamp set called Happy Scenes.  There are multiple 'scenes', but I chose the Fall-ish image and create a non-traditional Halloween card.  To me, a traditional Halloween creation uses Black, Orange and a neutral (White or Vanilla).  The Designer Series Paper comes from the Schoolhouse paper pack in the Annual Catalog.  It was the only Series that had Tangerine Tango patterns.
  • I re-discovered a few weeks ago the beauty of some specialty cardstock papers that Stampin' Up! has offered for a very long time...Shimmery White cardstock.  OMGosh!!  It is sooo much fun to watercolor images and backgrounds.  I smooshed ink into the lids of my Pool Party and Tangerine Tango ink pads to add ink to the 'skyline' and pumpkins using my Aqua Painter.
  • NOTE:  When you want to watercolor any stamped image, you should be certain to use a Permanent ink, such as, Stampin' Up!'s Jet Black StazOn ink.  I have discovered that our new Archival Black ink (available in the new Holiday Catalog) will also resist 'bleeding' or 'smearing' with the presence of water/liquid.  I inked my main image with Early Espresso ink, so I had to watercolor my Pool Party skyline first, then, stamped the Fall tree and pumpkin image after the watercolored area dried.  Soooo pretty!
  • The last steps on my creations is all about the little touches of 'WOW'.  The Happy Scenes stamp set has a bountiful selection of sentiments, but the one I wanted was a long 'phrase', so I only inked up the words 'Happy Halloween' in Lost Lagoon and stamped onto some scraps of Shimmery White cardstock.  I hand-trimmed the words and popped them up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I get sooo much mileage with my 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon because I LOVE to cut off the stitched side and pull fibers to use as 'ribbon'.  That little bow just melts it all together to create a lovely country-style Halloween card.

Creating Halloween projects with traditional colors is fun, but I hope you will try making a non-traditional Halloween project.  The Holiday catalog goes live on September 1st...only a week and a couple days away.  **squeal!**  While the card ingredients are listed at the bottom of this post, you'll want to head on over to Liz Miller's blog to check out her amazing and cute sneak peeks.  Just click on the 'next' button and you'll be on your way.








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  2. Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher
  3. Kim Quade
  4. Siara Acdal
  5. Lori Mueller  <= (You are here!)
  6. Liz Miller
  7. Mary Bush
  8. Stephanie Kolker


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My Spooktacular Stampin' Up! Anniversary!!

BOO!  I hope I didn't make you jump too much, but I am super excited today.  It's my Stampin' Up! Anniversary!  Yep!  I joined as a Demonstrator on the most Spooktacular day of the year.  LOL!  Like most people who join, I wanted the discount because I was spending enough to support myself!...Shhhh, please don't tell my husband!  I have enjoyed every moment of my 6 year adventure and looking forward to many more as a Demonstrator.  The many friendships created are the most valuable to me....along with the daily discount, loads of inspiration that is shared, and the love of helping others enjoy stamping and paper crafting.


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  • Toxic Treats set (clear mount)
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  • and all the goodies you need to make this boo-tiful project.
  • *Project kit does not include ink


Now for some Spooktacular eye candy displaying the FUN Motley Monsters!  I have had so much fun making cards with the Fall Fest stamp set and the coordinating Fun Fall Framelit Dies.  This card was one for my Halloween card class last month.  The z-Fold always accumulates the "WOW"  reaction when opened and displayed.


  • The Basic Black card base is 4-1/4"x11 with scores at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2", then fold on the scores to create a 'z'
  • Decorate the front panel with some Motley Monster Designer Series Paper layered onto some Tangerine Tango.
  • The inside is filled with Sahara Sand and a small strip of another pattern from Motley Monsters.
  • I inked up the 'hatch' stamp image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Sahara Sand, stamped off onto scrap paper, then onto the Tangerine Tango layer that the Fun Fall Ghost rests on.
  • LOVE the White and Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim as an added embellishment.


The sentiment was inked in Versa Mark and heat embossed with Basic Black embossing powder and a heat tool onto White Vellum.  The face of the friendly ghost was done the same way.  CUTE!!



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May God Bless You and Your Family!!


Stamp Set:  Fall Fest (135194-Photopolymer)
Cardstock Paper:  Basic Black (121045), Sahara Sand (121043), Tangerine Tango (111349), Whisper White (100730), White Vellum (101856)
Designer Series Paper:  Motley Monters (135819)
Ink Pads:  VersaMark (102283)
Markers:  None
Great Tools:  Fun Fall Framelits Dies (130911), Large Scallop Edgelit Die (127019), Paper Snips (103579), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Stampin' Paper Trimmer (126889)
The Finishing Touch:  White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim (135838), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Window Framelits for Fall Fest Pumpkins

I know, I know....another pumpkin from the Fall Fest stamp set.  LOL!  but, I am really enjoying this little bundle (Fall Fest stamp set and Fun Fall framelits Bundle)....these bundles make creating so much 'fun' and speedy!  I mean, really, do you miss the days of ALL that fussy-cutting every image with scissors?  I bet you are doing more layering and adding dimensionals to pop up the images that coordinate with punches and framelits than you are without, right?!!  Don't be afraid to admit it.  LOL!  This card finishes up my 'framed' stamping class I had a few weeks ago.


Let's peek into the window and see how this was put together....

  • The card base measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" out of Naturals Ivory cardstock....LOVE this paper!
  • Layered some yummy Color Me Autumn Designer Series paper onto Mossy Meadow cardstock.  Covered the seam of the 2 designs with a strip of Soft Suede and glued to the card base.
  • The focal image is created using some Flashback Designer Series paper and gluing it to a piece of cardboard from a favorite cracker or cereal box.  Die cut the 'window' using the Window Framelit Collection and the Squares Collection Framelits.  Popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals, inserted the center with the same size square framelit as the opening (glued to the base).  Inked the pumpkin (Fall Fest stamp set) in Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow, then stamped onto a scrap piece of Naturals Ivory...die cut using the Fun Fall Framelits and added Stampin' Dimensionals.  The leaf (Fun Fall Framelits) and sentiment layers (Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits Dies) are 'stolen' die cuts from the Mossy Meadow layer.  (See Tips below)
  • Sentiment comes from the Good Greetings stamp set (exclusive set for Hostesses), inked in Tangelo Twist, stamped onto Naturals Ivory and matted with the 'stolen' Mossy Meadow Project Life die cut.
  • The bundle of fibers is from the 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon.  I took about 12-15 of the short strands and tied them in the center and added to the window frame using Multipurpose Liquid glue.

Kind of festive, don't you think?  I was going for a country-style Halloween look versus the modern, funny/cute-sy type of card.  I think this layout renders any type of sentiment....birthday, congratulations, hello, Happy Fall or Thanksgiving, or Thinking of You to mention a few.



Window Frame(lits) Tip:  You want to make sure that you cover your designer series paper with any type of adhesive...Snail Adhesive, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Glue Stick, or Multipurpose Liquid Glue...because you don't want any edges of the paper pulling away after it has been die cut.  The reason I used the cardboard from a cracker box (or cereal box....anything thinner than Stampin' Up!'s Chipboard) is because I can use the framelits to die cut and still get a little bit of thickness to my project.  You see, the steel cutting blades are not as deep as the Bigz die steel blades.  I do recommend that you run it through the Big Shot a couple of times to make sure that all edges have a clean cut.


DEFINITION OF 'STEALING':  Did you realize that you can beg, borrow and 'steal' from a layer of cardstock that is covered with designer series paper, or another piece of cardstock?  I do this A LOT....here is my list of perks to 'stealing':

  1. Saves me from having to cut into a nice new sheet of cardstock and creating more scraps,
  2. No one will ever see these holes because they will be covered up,
  3. It's a lot of fun to cut other images and use on your next creation!

Did you notice that I stole more than what I used for my project? Yep!  I decided to punch out some Note Tags and die cut some extra leaves that will be used for some treat packages...future project and creative inspiration to share with you.




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May God Bless You and Your Family!! Make sure to give all of those wonderful people in your life a Hug.


Stamp Set:  Fall Fest (135194-Photopolymer), Fall Fest stamp set & Fun Fall Framelits Bundle (137628), Good Greetings (exclusive Hostess set)
Cardstock Paper:  Naturals Ivory (101849), Mossy Meadow (133676), Soft Suede (115318)
Designer Series Paper:  Color Me Autumn Designer Series (135820), Flashback (133699)
Ink Pads:  Tangelo Twist (133646), Mossy Meadow (133645)
Markers:  None
Great Tools:  Window Frames Collection Framelits (129021), Fun Fall Framelits Dies (130911), Squares Collection Framelits (130921), Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits (135707), Paper Snips (103579), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Stampin' Paper Trimmer (126889)
The Finishing Touch:  1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon (132140), Candy Dots (130934), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Fall Fest with Halloween Ghost & Goblins

I recently heard on the radio that September 1st officially marks the first signs of Fall.  I think they are right....all of a sudden I've seen the store fronts loaded with beautiful blooming chrysanthemums in the festive Stampin' Up! colors of Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, and Rich Razzleberry.  The last couple of weeks has brought in cooler temps, low-lying fogs, and College football....the sea of Red to Memorial Stadium.  GO BIG RED!!  So, to celebrate the coming of Fall in Stampin' Up! style, last week's stamping class focused on the new Fall Fest Photopolymer stamp set with coordinating Fun Fall Framelits Dies.  I illustrated the technique of 'framing a focal point' with the use of a variety of Framelits.  Absolutely love all my framelits....don't know how I managed creating before their time!!


Super easy (no spooks allowed) card recipe....

  • Crushed Curry card base measures the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" with the fold across the top.
  • Using the Hexagon Hive Framelit, die-cut a piece of the woodgrain Designer paper from the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper pack.  Layer the die cut onto a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock.
  • Ink up one of the goblin faces from the Fall Fest stamp set in Jet Black StazOn ink and randomly stamp in any of the open Hexagon shapes.
  • White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim was wrapped around the Hexagon/Tangering Tango layer and tied in a knot.  To allow for the thickness of the this trim, I added Stampin' Dimensionals to this layer, then matted onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock that measures 4" x 5-5/16".
  • Adhere this entire grouping to the Crushed Curry card base.
  • Die cut a Basic Black cardstock piece using the Circles Collection Framelits.  I used the 6th circle framelit from the center (or, in other words, the 4th largest circle framelit)....whichever direction you like to reference.
  • Die cut the ghost (from the Fun Fall Framelits) from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and pop up onto the Circle die using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used the Cupcake Builder Punch to create Basic Black eyes for my ghost.  Add more dimensionals to the Circle framelit and set in place onto the Hexagon layer.
  • Banner cut the sentiment from the Good Greetings stamp set (FREE with qualifying party!) with the Bitty Banner Framelits...inked with Jet Black StazOn ink and stamped onto scraps of Tangerine Tango cardstock.  Wrap them around some toothpicks and stick through the Two-Tone Trim.

INTRICATE DIE-CUTTING TIP:  When using framelit dies that have very narrow and intricate/delicate areas, use a sheet of wax paper to improve the removal of the newly cut piece from your die.  For instance, the Hexagon Hive die has lots of very thin strips to create the 'hive' edges.  When creating your Big Shot sandwich, layer in this order (from bottom to top)....Big Shot platform with all tabs (or use the Magnetic Platform), cutting plate, cardstock or Designer Series Paper, sheet of wax paper, Hexagon Hive Die, cutting plate....then run through your Big Shot.  You will find that everything will come out of the die slicker than a whistle.  For kicks, try it without the wax paper layer to see the difference in difficulty.



BUNDLES:  Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp set and Fun Fall Framelits Dies....purchase the Fall Fest Photopolymer Bundle and save 15%.  Want more savings?  Check out all of the Stampin' Up! bundles that will save you lots of moolah!  I love saving so that I can buy more of my favorites!



Flyer_GoodGreeting-FreeHostessSet-Image-LoriEarn the exclusive Good Greetings Stamp Set when your party (or online order) reaches $300... that's over and above the regular exiting benefits of hostess rewards (or stampin' rewards).  That's right, a FREE stamp set in addition to all the other exciting and generous benefits you get when you host a party from August 28 to October 31!

This versatile stamp set covers holidays from Halloween to Valentines and more.

The Fine Print:



NEED A PRINT COPY OF THE STAMPIN' UP! HOLIDAY CATALOG and would like to place your next Stampin' Up! order through me?  Contact me to order a FREE Holiday or Annual Catalog.  As a courtesy, if you plan to order Stampin' Up! products through another demonstrator, contact them directly for your copy, please.  Thank you!


May God Bless You and Your Family!!


Stamp Set:  Fall Fest (135194-Photopolymer)
Cardstock Paper:  Crushed Curry (131199), Bermuda Bay (131197), Tangerine Tango (111349), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315)
Designer Series Paper:  Motley Monters (135819)
Ink Pads:  Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Markers:  None
Great Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits (130911), Fun Fall Framelits Dies (130911), Hexagon Hive Thinlits (132965), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Cupcake Builder Punch (121807), Paper Snips (103579), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Stampin' Paper Trimmer (126889)
The Finishing Touch:  White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim (135838), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)