Category Archives: What’s Retiring

In The Trees

In The Trees

So much happening at Stampin’ Up!

Today is the first day that you can order the Share What You Love bundles! These bundles are made up of great new products in the 2018-19 Annual catalog that will go live on June 1st—but you can get your hands on some of these great products even sooner! Take a look at this video below to see what you can get:

But I also want to let you know that there are some FINE stamp sets that are retiring soon….and I don’t want you to miss out.

One of the most overlooked stamp sets in the Occasions catalog is In the Trees.   I know–you missed it, right?   Well I am here to show you how fun this set is and how for $16, you can’t go wrong.


I have made a little video to show you just how quickly this card comes together.   Enjoy:

(I am not kidding when I tell you my sister’s family would camp like that. Who needs a tent when you have a couple trees and some hammocks?!)

In any case, if you are interested in anything you saw here today or have any questions at all, head over to my website where you can order or contact me for more information.

Let me know if you are a one or a two hammock family!!

Thanks for stopping by.



Berry Bowl Basics

Berry Bowl Basics

In my last blog post, I was telling you all about the fantastic little Fruit Basket bundle.

A-Door-A-Ble!!!!   As I mentioned here, the punches are the best!   They are “easy to use and hard to lose!!” Well, I am not done telling you about it yet!

Here is another card I made with this little bundle:


I know!!   Adorable little strawberries!!!   So here are some things that might help you to recreate this card:

I added just a little swish of Smokey Slate (using Aquapainter and ink) to anchor the bowl.  And–are you sitting down?–I fussy cut (!) the bowl.   Honestly, it wasn’t bad.  (I NEVER fussy cut so that should be a gauge for you to know that it really isn’t awful OR time consuming!).

Now,–the difficult part of sets like this where you need to “contain” something  (like fruit in a bowl) is making sure the said item (in this case, strawberries) are actually contained.  There are different ways of doing this.  This is how I did it:  I punched out all of my strawberries and made sure they fit IN the bowl.   (“Masking” is also an option but, frankly, if you have a punch, this is easier!).   I wanted dimension so that it really looked like a bowl FULL of strawberries, so this is how I accomplished that:


(I know–it is a weird angle!)  I actually worked from the bowl backwards, adhering three strawberries right against the bowl –sticking out in different directions .  Then I added dimensionals  BEHIND that layer and stuck more punched strawberries to that.   And there you go!


One final strawberry on the outside of the bowl and done!!—And, the good folks at Stampin’ Up! made sure that our Mini Dimensionals fit perfectly on the backside of the strawberries!  (and citrus, and pears, and pineapples!)

Did I mention this bundle is retiring???  I am in love with how fun this bundle is to use.   It is perfect for so many fun summertime cards….but it won’t be for sale in the summer.   So you best get it now!

Thanks for stopping by.   Let me know if you have any questions.


Color Revamp and what to do when your favorite retires!

Color Revamp and what to do when your favorite retires!


Wow!  Wow! WOW!!!!

I have seen the future (catalog) and it is good!!!   I was at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage this weekend in Hartford, CT where the new annual catalog was unveiled.  The catalog will go live on June 1st.   I don’t want to tease you but it is GOOD!!   Probably the biggest news of the day was the Color Revamp.   Stampin’ Up! promised us years ago to stay current with color trends and as such, they would revise colors every few years.   This is the year!   They are adding some stunning and fun colors that will make creating that much better.   But to make room for the new, they are retiring some colors who have had their day in the sun but it is time to head off to Ink Pad Retirement Land.

We have all had that friend who was ready to retire but we weren’t ready for them to go. Well–I am here to tell you–to warn you, really–that if you have a friend retiring, you have to act quickly!   You MUST go to my website   immediately and order the ink REFILL and Paper Packs of your favorites.  They WILL sell out!   If  you are not a club member of mine, please use the hostess code:  9ARBTWBN.

All online orders using this code will receive a package of 5 hand stamped cards from me.  (If you are a club member, check your email for the hostess code that applies to your club).

Colors are not the only things retiring!   To see the list of everything retiring , check it out here Please note that stamp sets will be available until May 25th but everything else is “as supplies last” (read:   Git it ordered NOW!).


Stamp A Stack Samples

Stamp A Stack Samples

I had a great time this weekend meeting with my local group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.   They are so talented and FUN!   I challenged them to come up with some “Manly” card samples this month.   I will take photos today of their works of art to share with you.

In the meantime, it is Stamp  A Stack week.   That means I am having classes where we will make a stack of cards.   If you are local, I hope you can attend!  (RSVP here.)

I apologize for this photo.  (Can I just say, it is time for a new phone!).  In any case, I hope you get the idea.  These are two of the cards we will be doing this week:

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Both of these cards are using sets that will be retiring soon!  (Chase Your Dreams and Crazy About You).   I know!  It breaks my heart too!  If you want to see/purchase any retiring items, you can find then all here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Retiring Products –Get them NOW!

Retiring Products –Get them NOW!


Wowzer!  Stampin’ Up! announced their list of retiring products from both the Annual Catalog:


And the Occasions Catalog:

20161007_occ17-cover_en-usThere are some fantastic products that are retiring that you will want to get your hands on before they are gone for good on May 31st.   Good news for you!  Some of those products are on sale for up to 50% off!!  That is great news.  The downside of that is that they are likely to sell out.

So carve out some time soon to sit down with your favorite beverage and go through the list.  Here is where you can see what is retiring and shop!

While I place orders pretty frequently, you will want to order these on my website right away so that you don’t get shut out.

NOW–I have also seen what is coming.   The future is bright!!!  Trust me!   More on that when I am able to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products Just Announced!


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Stampin’ Up! has announced the list of products that will be retiring from the current Holiday catalog.  That means, if you don’t get them now, you will have to pay a pretty penny for them on ebay.  And I would hate to see that happen.  SO–check out what is retiring  here.

The stamps will be available for sure thru Dec 28th.  The accessories, however, are until they sell out.  SO–get shopping!  Don’t miss out!

Once you have decided what you can’t live without, you can order it to be shipped directly to your home.

IF you are not in a current club, you can use the hostess code : NAV424HW

IF you are in a current club of mine, I will send you an email with the code.

Baby, We’ve Grown and New Weekly Deals

Baby, We’ve Grown and New Weekly Deals

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Happy Tuesday!  Tuesday is the day that Stampin’ Up! offers new deals that last for one week only!  You can see this week’s deals here–trust me, you want to see this!  Sticky Strip, my beloved Sticky Strip is on the list!

As I said yesterday, I feel the need to use those products that will be retiring all too soon as much as possible.  So here we with today’s sample—again, inspired by a couple of challenges.

Over on Paper Players, here is the challenge this week:

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I combined that with this sketch from Can You Case It :

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Here is the final result using one of my favorite retiring sets, Baby, We’ve Grown:

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blog may12.1And because you know that I am on a mission to use up my old Designer Paper, here is the completed project with the matching envelope:

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If you too love this set and need it for your collection (and trust me, you do!), you can find it here.

Stamp sets:  Baby, We’ve Grown, Teeny Tiny Wishes (not retiring)

Paper and Ink:  Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding, In Color DSP

Other:  Big Shot, Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Neutral Buttons, Envelope Punch Board, Blender Pen

Mother’s Love for Sunday AND Monday (challenges)!

Mother’s Love for Sunday AND Monday (challenges)!

I know, I know!  I have been a little MIA-ish lately.  Sorry—no excuses–just sorry!

I know that YOU know that there is a new Stampin’ Up! catalog around the corner.  I have seen it (altho online only—and we all know that is NOT the best way to truly enjoy it).  What I have seen–I like!!!   And I can’t wait to get playing with some new fun stuff.

That said, the “old catalogs” are not quite done yet and I want to give the products in them their due.  Today, I combined 2 different challenges (One from “Sunday” and one from “Monday”)and came up with a sample featuring s set that is not quite done yet, Mother’s Love:

Here is the sketch for the first challenge, Mojo Monday:


And then I found this challenge at Sunday Stamps:

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So here is what i came up with :

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The colors I chose to use were Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, and Smokey Slate.  The weird thing is, that Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon (which, sadly,  is retiring) looks different colored in this photograph than it does in real life!  It must be one of those “Is the dress blue or gold?” things!

The little bit of “bling” I added was the In Color (soon to be “OUT colors”—Kidding—Coastal Cabana will never go out of style!)   sequins.  Here is a close up:

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Finally–I don’t know about you but I tend to buy (too much!) Designer Paper and then am hesitant to use it….just in case!  Well, my goal going forward is to use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without….Ok–truth be told:  I found that quote on Pinterest.  In any case, that is what I am going to attempt to do because–as it turns out—I have seen the new Stampin’ Up! catalog (sorry to rub that in again!) and the NEW Designer Series Paper is even better than the old one!!!  Yup!   So I am going to use up this paper and get myself the new one! Besides, nothing dresses up an envelope like lining it!

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So if you yourself are interested in owning any of the goodies I used here for this card, come shopping here!

Stamp set:   Mother’s Love

Paper and Ink:  Brights DSP, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Argyle Folder,Envelope Liners Framelits 2 1/2 ” Punch, 1 3/4″ Punch, Sequins

Card fit for Royalty??


Before I forget, I just wanted to remind you about the Catalog Kick Off Buy One Get One FREE Open House here on Saturday.   I have been working on the garage all week and transformed it into a Stamp Haven!   SO much available for you!   PLUS I have samples of new products and, of course, some stampin’ for you!  If you haven’t yet RSVP’d, please do so here.  That way, I will have enough materials for everyone.

Just a sampling of what is available!

Just a sampling of what is available!


Ok–so you might be wondering about what “Royalty” I am making cards for.   Here’s the scoop.  MONTHS ago, I met Shannon West, Stampin’ Up! Royalty and all around good soul, at a Stampin’ Up! event (?Leadership?).   I attended a class she taught and she asked us to give her something (I honestly don’t really remember any of this well) and maybe she would send a card some day.  Well, I did…and then I forgot (shocking!).

BUT—SHE–being Royalty and all–did NOT forget!  And on my birthday–she sent me a card!!!  NO KIDDING!

Well–I need to thank her.  So I altered a card we did at our team meeting a couple of weeks ago and this is what I am sending her:

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Hope she doesn’t read my blog–actually–I HOPE she DOES!  If you do, Shannon, act surprised when you get it!

So the reason this card really is for royalty is the gold glitter on it.   We used the Essential Wooden Elements and then adhered Gold Glitter on it with the Tombow Multipurpose Glue (“green glue”).   Did you know that that glue has two sides??  Yup!  there is a fine detail side (probably the one you use most) and then a “chunkier, flatter” side that is perfect for mushing glue onto wooden elements!   You have to wait a bit for it to dry but it is SO worth it!

Here is a close up of it:

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Ok–so you can’t see the glitter so much but you will have to trust me that is perfectly glittery!

I had a few pieces of this Typeset DSP left over in this odd size so I arranged them so the diagonal was “offset” a bit.  Turns out, it makes you less dizzy!   Win Win!

Hope she likes it!  I will let you know if I hear back!

STamp set:  Age Awareness

Paper and Ink:  Gold Foil, Typeset DSP, Vanilla, Basic Black, Momento Ink

Other:  Essential Wooden Elements, Gold Glitter, Tombow Multipurpose Glue

Stampin’ Up! Deal and Catalog Kick Off!


I have been busy prepping for the Catalog Kick Off this weekend featuring the Buy One Get One Free sale!  I hope you can make it.  The way it works is that you get to purchase oodles of retired products I will have out and available.  Then, for each $ you spend there, you get to shop again in the brand new catalog for FREE!  (plus tax and shipping).

Yeah–right?   Bring your friends too–there is so much that will appeal to so many!   You can RSVP here so that I will have your Make and Take packet ready for you!

Here are some deals going on this week at Stampin’ Up!   I HIGHLY recommend the Envelope Liner Framelits!  They really complete your handcrafted creation!!   They are on sale until next Monday night so don’t forget to order soon!!

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