Welcome to the January Blogging Friends Blog Hop.   This month our theme was anything from the Occasions Catalog, we got to take that and run with it.   This month is also special because we have another Special Blogger with us this month.

I get the pleasure again to introduce our wonderfully talented special guest again this month.   This month we are super excited to have this talented demonstrator hopping along with us.  She really needs no introduction, she has been a Demonstrator for 20 plus years and during that time she has enjoyed company recognition every full year since she joined –having earned 4 appointments to the prestigious Stampin’ UP! advisory board, 14 out of 15 Founders Circle, 21 incentive trips , multiples sales, recruiting and leadership awards and just recently being name the #3 demonstrator in the US and the #4 demonstrator in the World.  We are super excited to welcome this award winning, trainer, leader, and fellow demonstrator Janet Wakeland to hop along with us this month.

When I approached Janet to be a guest hopper I wasn’t really excepting her to say yes, but when she did I immediately contacted Crystal and told her that Janet had said yes and we were all super excited (I know I have said that about four times but it just goes to show how much we are).  I am glad to co her a fellow demonstrator, and look forward to what she has in store for us this month.   You will be able to go to her blog in the blog list below.  So I will share with you may project for this month’s hop.

Since today is the first day of the new year a lot of people are happy to see 2016 behind us, and are looking forward to the new year.   This has been a year of loss for a lot of people in many different ways.  From childhood figures to political parties etc.   I have seen many posts on social media about how people are looking forward to saying goodbye to 2016.  So that inspired my card for today.


On today’s card which is also part of my (Day 6) Nine Days of Sale-A-Bration event; I used products from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration brochure, the Occasions & Annual Catalogs.   I wanted to use the Sale-A-Bration paper Carried Away, which is one of the items that you can select for Free during January 4 through March 31.  I paired it with the Number of Years stamp set and the large number framelits to stamp and cut out the numbers to create the 2017.


I stamped each number in a tone on tone style using Peek A Boo Peach to pop off the Night of Navy designer series paper that I picked for this card.


Color Combination:

The color combo for this card was actually picked from the designer series paper pack.  I used all the colors that are in this wonderful paper pack.  These colors are so cheerful and welcoming so it was the perfect paper for this card. Carried Away Designer Series Paper Colors  .jpeg

My first thought was to just use the background paper and use just the numbers as balloons but the more I played the more I didn’t like the way the card was looking.   SO I came up with using the Up & Away thinlits to create a hot air balloon using the colors in this wonderful paper pack.  The bright cheerful colors just pop off the card off the Night of Navy cardbase and Designer Series Paper.


To tie the inside of the card together with the color theme and the entire uplifting theme of the card I stamped the Just A not to Lift Your spirits (from Lift Me Up Stamp Set) in Night of Navy as well as A large hot air balloon in Watermelon wonder and two small ones in Mint Macaron and Peekaboo peach.  To tie the colors in even more I matted the inside with Mint Macaron and the outside with Watermelon Wonder.

Here’s another look at today’s card, and I hope that you enjoy this month’s hop.


Thanks for dropping by today remember that all these new products will be available starting January 4th.   I know that all the other designers have created some great projects for you this month and I hope that you enjoy the hop.  Please make sure that you leave a commit to each designer and let us know what you think about our cards this month.   See you Monday with Day seven of my Nine Days of Sale-A-Bration.


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Rick Adkins (You are here!)
Janet Wakeland (January Guest)
Crystal Komara
Anna Conetta Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jodi Skrip Horsley
Leanne Dillon Johnson
Michelle Clarke
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter
Tammy Hibbit Gill
Lisa Harvey Reber
Jenny Lane Gauthier


Price: $110.00