Retirement List is Here

This is the time of year in which we say goodbye to products and stamps, and eagerly await the new items to show up on June 1.

The best option is to go to the Retiring Products category at my online store. You will be able to see up-to-date availability. Be patient, though! The server may be slow.

The PDF version is usually updated at the end of the day with what is available. If I get different information, I will let you know.

I just got back from the Stampin’ Up! convention (now called OnStage Live). I had a couple of swaps I made, as well as a few gifts. This is the first time I jumped right back to work, instead of relaxing (and stamping) for a couple more weeks, so hopefully I can share them with you soon. That and I need a new memory card for my camera…

I’m really excited for some of the new things coming in June, so don’t be too sad about what’s going away. Just make sure you snag what you will miss!


Egg-stra Special

Hello again!

I’ve been crafting but struggling to find enough time to blog about it…

Here’s a recent card that I know the recipient already got:


Stamp set: Balloon Celebration (Occasions catalog), Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Early Espresso

Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty DSP, Corrugated Paper

Accessories: Linen thread, Balloon Bouquet punch (Occasions catalog), Gold Wink of Stella pen (Occasions catalog), Gesso

Isn’t that a cool idea for making eggs? I borrowed the idea from this Stampin’ Up! blog post. One change I made was to stamp with the back side of the solid balloon image. (Did you know you could do that?!?) That way, when you punch the shape, the ink goes all the way to the edge without any white (or vanilla) showing.

I stamped off all three colors before stamping onto Very Vanilla.

I spread a thin layer of gesso on the Typeset Specialty DSP to tone it down. I didn’t want the words so visible.


Today is the last day of Sale-a-bration! Yes, I know, I didn’t really blog about it, now did I? You can get free items for each $50 of products that you buy. You have until tonight at 11:50 pm MT to order.

Here’s a great last minute item: a Paper Pumpkin 3-month subscription is now on sale for $55. That is a savings of $4.85 over the regular price (which reverts tomorrow). You’ll also snag a Sale-a-bration item. TIP: add a couple of small items such as the Metal Rimmed Pearls (which are a Weekly Deal this week) or some It’s My Party Enamel Dots or even the Baker’s Twine combo pack. It will make the shipping a little bit more reasonable.

Why do I mention this?


Because Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its ONE MILLIONTH kit delivered! And, how may you ask? Well, all recipients of April’s Paper Pumpkin kit will receive a gift: and extra stamp set called “All about Everything”. Sign up by April 10 to be able to receive April’s kit.

By buying the 3-month subscription during Sale-a-bration (as in, tonight!), it’s like getting TWO gifts in return–the one Sale-a-bration item you can pick out and the extra stamp set in April’s kit.

Here’s the thank you from the CEO Sara:

Thanks for stopping by today!

(and I think I’d better get the sidebar updated…)

Year End Sale



Starting today is Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Sale.

You will find Clearance Rack items, as well as Holiday Retiring Items. Some of the retiring holiday items are being offered at a discount, some as much as 40% off!

Don’t worry if you can’t find the Clearance Rack at my online store. It’s currently integrated into the Year End Sale.

So, if there were some fall holiday items you would like, but never got, now’s the time! Plus, if you are behind, like me, on your Christmas cards, you can snag some supplies for that, too.

Note: since the Holiday Retiring List was published, Stampin’ Up! has since announced that the Woodland embossing folder was so popular (and hard to get your hands on one), that they decided they will bring it back in June with the 2016 Annual Catalog! (They listen if the demand is really good!)

Note 2: I have links on the right for both the Year End Sale and the Holiday Retiring list. Only the discounted retiring holiday items show up in the Year End Sale category of the online store…

What’s on my list? I really want more of the Black Glimmer paper, love the Real Red Pom-pom trim, and the Real Red Envelope Paper will be great for Valentine’s day.

The sale lasts until January 4, 2016. (And, you know what starts the day after that? The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration!)


Online Extravaganza — and camouflage


First, it’s not too late to take part in the Online Extravaganza! Sorry!

It started today, and there are Doorbusters for today only: Select Designer Series Paper packs are Buy 3, Get 1 Free. Available until 11:59pm Mountain Time, so hurry!

There are items at 20% to 50% off for the whole week, ending Monday November 30.

Finally there are Doorbuster bundles available on Monday November 30 only.

You can see them all at the online store or on this handy PDF.

To get you in the mood, I want to show you some projects I created when I had played with the Timeless Elegance designer series paper pack a while back (yes, I’m behind in posting projects). A few of the patterns are pretty: roses that look AWESOME if you sponge in some color. Then, there’s a floral border pattern that Lyssa Zwolanek showed how to color (with markers) during Convention. But, left behind are some patterns that, frankly, I thought was hideous. Such as this one.


I can’t remember where I saw the idea I’m about to show you, probably at Convention as well. Or online. In any case, I call it “camouflage of designer series paper”. If you cover up paper with vellum, it mutes the pattern and colors underneath. And, if you use a pretty shape and die cuts, it looks even cooler!

I did them in two different color schemes, just to try them out.

Perfect Plum coloring of the floral border, with Blackberry Bliss stamping and Very Vanilla seam binding (oops, sorry retired color for this ribbon, but we do have Whisper White).


Blushing Bride coloring of the floral border, with Watermelon Wonder stamping and Pink Pirouette seam binding (part of the Online Extravaganza, too!).


My husband said he liked the first one, but I like the second.

Here is a closeup of the butterfly. You can barely recognize the pattern of the designer series paper. I also tried to position the die cut so that the scallops of the lace pattern line up a bit with the curves of the butterfly.


I even made a thick baker’s twine version of the Perfect Plum card. My husband didn’t care for it either. I suppose the seam binding is softer, but I like the “naturalness” of the twine.


The Dangers of Websurfing

I’m sure you’re familiar with the danger of browsing the web for crafting ideas — you find a card made with a stamp set you weren’t planning to buy. But, now you want it. It happens to me constantly, and I try to resist.

I’m not sure if I’m always successful.

It’s funny, because I’m not sure exactly which card I saw that pushed me over the edge to get the stamp set I used on today’s card. Perhaps it was a combination of Mary Fish and her use of a white gel pen, combined with Dawn Griffith and her sponging of color.

To compound the matter, the stamp set coordinates with the Leaflets framelits, which can also be purchased as a bundle with another coordinating stamp set (Vintage Leaves from the Annual catalog). So, you know that projects with these items will show up here eventually, right? 🙂


Stamp set: Lighthearted Leaves (Holiday catalog)

Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Archival Basic Black

Paper: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey

Accessories: 2″ circle punch, Linen thread, Signo white gel pen, Stampin’ dimensionals, Sponge daubers

I started with Mojo Monday sketch 417. This time, I left off the set of three items. I forgot at first, and then decided that it wasn’t needed on this card. I used a backing panel of Cajun Craze behind the stamped panel to balance the card instead. The stamped panel has a bit of Cajun Craze sponged on the edges so it doesn’t get lost in the background.

I used a white gel pen on the circles in between the leaves. I love how the little bit of white makes the image just pop. Don’t believe me? Here’s another set of leaves that I colored (pardon the stray crease marks).


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