Creation Station Blog Hop: How to be a Millionaire

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Welcome to The Creation Station Blog Hop! I am so excited to have you stop by The Creativity Cave!  If you've never been here before, I am Dena Rekow, and I am so glad to have a minute to inspire you today! This month our theme is How to be a Millionaire!  I may not be that, but I am pretty honored to have this as our theme as I have the opportunity to highlight what is CLEARLY the best set in the upcoming catalog (just two days away): Pretty Perennials, my $1M Sales Achiever Stamp Set! 


Just over 2 years ago, I hit my $1M in sales with Stampin Up! (I still can't believe I achieved this level of success, to be honest!!) and as part of my recognition, I choose to design a stamp set! The process is a lengthy one (not so much the designing of it) but the fact that things are created so far in advance of the release.  So much goes into designing, creating, sourcing and delivering the products that we create with–and this was an amazing experience!  I wanted my stamp set to be "HAPPY" and I wanted watercolor-looking florals.  I was thrilled when they told me I could also have dies to coordinate, so that was AWESOME! Hitting my $1M in sales was thrilling–but let me tell you–SO MUCH hard work went into it!  I am really looking forward to my next big goal:  Hitting $2M! Just a few more years and I'll be there! 😉


During my recognition trip to Stampin Up's Home Office (May of 2018), We met with Cathy Pitt, the chief illustrator for Stampin Up! I've known Cathy for many years and LOVED working with her on my stamp set! We met on a plane MANY years ago after a Stampin Up event. She and I paged through the catalog one page at a time and she asked me what I thought about everything–it was really fun! She explained some of the things that go into creating images (It was really a cool flight!!) I was so happy with how she brought to life everything that I wanted and the process was really exciting!

Are you ready to see what I created?  Here we go (I'm giddy!!):


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Gather Your supplies:

  • 1/2 Sheet Magenta Madness
  • 4 3/4 x 3 1/2" Whisper White
  • 4 7/8 x 3 5/8" Melon Mambo
  • Playful Pets Ribbon Combo
  • Elegant Faceted Gems
  • Black StazOn, Magenta Madness, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple green ink pads
  • Dimensionals
  • Pretty Perennials Stamp Set

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This is my favorite card–clean and simple–bright and HAPPY!
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LOVE IT! Watch for my Pretty Perennials Online Class (posting Jan 5th!) You can also get an autographed copy of my stamp set!
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Gather Your Supplies:

  • 1/2 Sheet Poppy Parade
  • 4 7/8 x 3 5/8" Field of Flowers DSP (Sale-a-bration item!!)
  • 3 3/4 x 5" Basic Black
  • 3 1/4 x 1 1/2" Field of Flowers DSP (for sentiment)
  • 3 3/8 x 1 5/8" Basic BLack
  • Black StazOn
  • Bumblebee Ribbon
  • Happy Thoughts Stamp Set
  • Pretty Perennials Stamp Set

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I love the simplicity of this one!
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Great showcase of DSP, too!
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I had to stamp the inside!!

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Gather Your Supplies:

  • 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" Basic Black
  • 5 3/8 x 8 1/4" Poppy parade
  • 2 x 4" Whisper White
  • 4 1/8 x 2 1/8" Poppy Parade
  • Scraps of Black for die cutting
  • Gilded Gems
  • Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Pool Party, Memento Black Ink pads
  • Black Merker
  • Dimensionals
  • Take your Pick Tool

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OOOHHHH, this is another fun one! 

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I love the colors!!
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Which is your favorite?  Please let me know in the comments!  And watch for my upcoming online class!  Click here to join my mailing list to be the first to find out about my events!

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Need some supplies?  Oh, how I would appreciate your business!  I am so happy to help you with your creative juices–and when you support my online store it brings more amazing videos to you! Plus I love to reward my customers– I have a fantastic VIP Rewards program for that includes all kinds of perks (you can check them out here!) and you can order from my online store by clicking on the product images below. When you spend $50, you'll get my All Star Tutorial Bundle PDF for Free (December's PDF is the Artistry Blooms's Suite).  Make sure to use December's Hostess Code: 4AWVN6XQ.   

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Want some more inspiration?  Check out my online classes!  I have a fantastic selection of Online Classes available with different options to fit your needs!  Classes are typically sent within 24-48 hours of purchase unless they have not been released (there will be a date next to them if they are not yet released).  I have had amazing feedback on my classes with lots and lots of satisfied customers!  Try one out! You can see them here (or click ONLINE CLASSES in the side bar—–>).


Thank you so much for joining me!  Make sure to share this post on your favorite Social Media Platform and subscribe to my newsletter so you know about all the happenings for The Creativity Cave!  I am so honored to stamp with you and I am grateful for your support!

Product List

Magenta Madness 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad

Magenta Madness Classic Stampin' Pad

Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad

Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad

Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad

Poppy Parade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack

Elegant Faceted Gems

Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Bumblebee 1/4" (6.4 Mm) 2020–2022 In Color Ribbon

Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Pad

Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad

Gilded Gems

Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Stampin' Seal

Stampin' Seal

Stampin' Dimensionals

Take Your Pick

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine


8 thoughts on “Creation Station Blog Hop: How to be a Millionaire”

  1. Hey Dena! Congratulations! I love this stamp set and finally was able to purchase the bundle! Can’t wait to play with it!
    So glad you enjoyed the Maui trip!
    You are amazing!


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