How To Survive the Retiring Lists

HOW TO SURVIVE THE RETIRING LISTS

It happens every year, and we know it’s coming; the Retiring List. But with the exception of the In Colors and the Designer Series Paper, which always retire yearly, we are never sure of what else will be leaving. Okay – this year was the BIG exception with the DSP – for the first time in memory, we have a DSP that is carrying over! It’s the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack!

With this years Colour Revamp, there are a few more surprises than usual; Island Indigo – retiring?! Say it isn’t so!! 馃檨聽 Wait – Blackberry Bliss is returning? Hurray!! All 3 purples are retiring?! But hey – look at the new ones coming in!

It’s a veritable roller coaster of emotions, every year. And my husband thought that me entering ‘that stage’ of life was bad enough! Ha ha! Seriously, though, if you’re having even a bit of the same reaction as me, I’d like to share some tips with you on how to get through the Retiring stage (of Stampin’ Up! projects, not life. I’m not there yet!).

CHECK OUT THE RETIRING COLOURS

This聽 is important! If you have a lot of ink pads, make sure that聽 you have the ink refills to go with them! You don’t want to be caught in the middle of stamping the most amazing project ever, just to find your ink pad dry, and no reinker.

Click the button below to see the retiring colours, and if you need the ink refill, or you’ve been procrastinating about buying the ink pad – buy both, now! Yes, I know that Blackberry Bliss is coming back this year, but there’s no guarantee that this year’s colours will be back in time for your next project!

Retiring Items I WIll Miss

You will also see, under this link, the cardstock, embellishments, dies, embossing folders, etc. that are retiring. BUY THEM NOW! If you want them, that is. Otherwise, you chance having to wait a year or more, in the hopes that some of them will show up on the Clearance Rack. Which they won’t, if they’re retired inks.

DON’T PANIC ABOUT THE COLOUR REVAMP

How to Survive the Retiring Lists

I repeat – DON’T PANIC about the colour revamp! Yes, Stampin’ Up! has reconfigured the ink pads, but that doesn’t mean you have to replace the ones you already have! Unless you want to, of course – I’m聽 happy to accept your payment! The ‘new’ ink refills for the continuing colours WILL work just fine in your current ink pads.聽 And the ‘old’ ink refills will work fine in the reconfigured ink pads (if you have a refill, but not the ink pad yet. what – I do that, if I bought the refill to use for colouring techniques!). You will want to purchase the new In Colors, and the new colours added to the colour collections, which you’ll be able to do as of June 1st.

In case you missed my post all about the new colours, and the ink pad reconfiguration, you can READ IT HERE. Here’s a look at the new In Colors, and the new colours. Grab a napkin, because you might start drooling! *wink*

How to Survive the Retiring Lists

BUNDLE UP!

You don’t need a sweater for this – but you do need to be smart! All those lovely Bundles in the Occasions catalogue, with their 10% Discount, WILL BE DISAPPEARING! Let me just be clear – while the separate products – the stamp set and the punch or framelits/thinlits – may not be retiring – THE BUNDLE PRICING IS GOING AWAY! So for example, you’ve been eyeing Petal Palette Bundle, with the Petal Palette stamp set (of 15 stamps) and the Petals & More Thinlits (with 10 dies).聽 Until the end of May – or while supplies last! – you can get the Wood Mount Bundle for $96.25, or the Clear Mount Bundle for $81.75.聽 You’ll be saving yourself 10% off the combined price of the stamp set plus the thinlits.聽 I don’t know about you, but I figure if I can save money on something I want, I use that saved money and apply it to something else I want! I win!! So come on – be smart, and Bundle Up! 馃檪

GET SERIOUS ABOUT SAVING

Do you really want to save yourself some serious money? How about get ready to save more money, in the near future? There’s a way that you can have your cake and eat it, too; er, I guess I mean buy your supplies, and not go broke! Wanna know how? It’s easy! Join my team as a Demonstrator!

Why join now? Well, regardless of when you join, you always get to choose what products you want in your Starter Kit. Join now, in April, and you can choose from any of the current, and retiring products, as well as those in the Clearance Rack, AND a very special limited-time special product pre-order items for demonstrators only!

If you join in May, again, you choose the products you want for your Starter Kit, including from the current, retiring and Clearance Rack items, AND from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue pre-order for demonstrators only!

Your Starter Kit will be $165 worth of products you choose, PLUS a free past Paper Pumpkin Kit, PLUS free catalogues, PLUS free order forms, PLUS FREE SHIPPING! Oh – and don’t let me forget to mention that after your Starter Kit, every product order you place will be at a minimum 20%聽 demonstrator discount for yourself, or you earn at least 20% commission on orders from your friends & family! All for only $135!

Interested? (like, I need to ask??) To join now, click on the button below, and you’re on your way! There’s no obligation to continue after you receive your Starter Kit (but I think you’ll want to, anyway).

How to Survive the Retiring Lists

DON’T WAIT – DO IT NOW!

One of the biggest things to remember is DON’T WAIT! It bears repeating that the retiring products are only while supplies last! Stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25th, but after that – all bets are off! Once products are gone, no matter how much you plead, or how nicely you ask – you’ll be out of luck.

Well, I hope these tips have helped you out! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email, or comment on this post. I promise – I read all your comments, and will reply!

How to Survive the Retiring Lists

Jar of Love for Theme Challenge

Today I’m sharing a card using a set I haven’t used in a while – the Jar of Love for a Theme Challenge! This week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge is a ‘Rustic Floral’ challenge, and the photo used reminded me of the Jar of Love stamp set.

Here the challenge photo for PCC288 – Rustic Floral.

Jar of Love for Theme Challenge

Doesn’t that remind you of the Jar of Love stamp set? The good news is that this stamp set, along with it’s coordinating Everyday Jars Thinlits, is carrying over to the new Annual catalogue!

JAR OF LOVE FOR THEME CHALLENGE

Jar of Love for Theme Challenge

This card reminds me of what Spring will feel like, eventually! Cut flowers from the garden, bringing in their beautiful scent indoors. Right now, we’re living through the ‘April showers’ portion!

DETAILS

Stamp your flowers and green stems onto separate Whisper White cardstock.聽 For my small flowers, I used a combination of Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach ink; the larger flowers are a combination of Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum. Remember that it’s Retirement time, so Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum are both retiring! Be sure to get them quickly, before they sell out!

Stamp the outline of the jar in Memento black ink onto Whisper White, and add the water image in Marina Mist ink (also retiring). Stamp the jar twice, so that聽 you can cut the top lip of the jar twice, for layering. Use the Everyday Jars Thinlits with the Big Shot to die cut the flowers, stems and jar.

After die cutting, lay your jar onto your 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Crumb Cake cardstock, and stamp a couple of the larger leafy stems directly onto the jar and Crumb Cake panel. Next, attach a 2″ x 3 3/4″ panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (carrying over – yay!) onto the bottom of the panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Cut a Lace Doily in half, and glue it onto the Wood Textures DSP. Next, attach your jar on top of the doily, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now you’re ready to layer your flowers and stems with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

When you’re finished adding your flowers, attach this panel to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Old Olive cardstock. Then attach it to your card base of Chocolate Chip cardstock. (I used this colour because it’s retiring, and I have a lot to use up!).聽 Finish off your card front by adding a few sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment, and add a multi-loop bow in Linen Thread under the layered lip of the jar.

Jar of Love for Theme Challenge

I love the different depths you can achieve by layering the the flowers, stems, jar and cardstocks.聽 Since this card can be for so many occasions, I left the front without a sentiment.聽 I didn’t get a good picture of the inside, but I did add a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set.

JOIN IN THE FUN!

I’d be thrilled if you would join this week’s challenge with us! Go to the Paper Craft Crew challenge page first, to check out the fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team. Then, after you’ve finished your card, grab the link from there, and add聽 your card. I can’t wait to see what you create for this theme!

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES

Be sure to order supplies early, especially if you’re looking at some of the Retiring Products! The Retiring Products are all available while supplies last, until May 31st. After that, once they’re gone, that’s it – unless there’s some left that may or may not show up on the Clearance Rack, sometime in the future. That’s too unpredictable, so please – don’t wait! To shop in my online store, click on the product images below, or my signature. If聽 you don’t already have a Canadian demonstrator, I’m happy to be there for you!

 

Watercolour Pencils for the Win!

Hey stamping friend! Right now, our Stampin’ Blends Markers are unavailable due to a supplier issue. So, I wanted to share with you another way to do some beautiful colouring. Watercolour Pencils for the Win! I love using these for a soft effect.

WATERCOLOUR ROSES

I used the Petal Palette stamp set for the beautiful roses.

Watercolour Pencils for the Win!

Good news – the Petal Palette stamp set and it’s coordinating Petals & More Thinlits are carrying over – but if you want to get the 10% Discount on the Bundle, you’ll have to buy it before May 31st! So be kind to your wallet, and get it now 馃檪

DETAILS

Die cut an oval from Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot and the Layering Ovals Thinlits. Then stamp the roses image from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento black ink.聽 Colour in the roses with the Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, and blend it with a Blender Pen, to get shading. Do the same with the leaves, using the Old Olive Pencil. After colouring the leaves and flowers, add some shading around the images by lightly adding some Bermuda Bay Pencil all around, then blending it with the Blender Pen. This creates some depth to your image.

Die cut the label shape from the Petals & More Thinlits in Basic Black cardstock. Stamp the sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set in Versamark ink, and cover it with White Embossing Powder. Heat set the powder with the Heat Tool. Next, die cut the intricate shape in Whisper White cardstock, also from the Petals & More Thinlits.

Layer the coloured oval onto a panel of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next, layer the sentiment label and die cut on top of each other, and add underneath the image oval. Now layer this panel onto a panel of Rich Razzleberry cardstock, then onto your Thick Whisper White cards base.

If this card looks familiar, that’s because it’s my CASE version from page 22 of the Occasions catalogue!

ORDERING YOUR SUPPLIES

As I mentioned, while the individual items are carrying over, the Bundle pricing for the combination of the Petal Palette stamp set and the coordinating Petals & More Thinlits is not – so get that discount while supplies last, or May 31st, whichever happens first! The DSP, embellishments and the White organza ribbon are also retiring, and are while supplies last. You can order these products in my online store; just click the product images or my signature, below.

If you order in April, and your order is $50 or more, please use Host Code KWPTAWEH, and I’ll send you a ‘thank you’ in May!

 

Life is Better with You

Happy Monday, stamping friend! As the title says – Life is Better with You! Thank you for all the well-wishes; I’m hoping that I’m nearing the end of this awful cold/flu. I’ve been going through off/on fever bouts for the last week; that’s gotta end soon, right?

Anyway, I’m back today to share with you a cute card created with the Birds & Blooms thinlits dies.

LIFE IS BETTER WITH YOU

Life is Better with You

Since it’s the start of nesting season here, for the birds and other critters, I thought this card with the big and baby bird was appropriate!

DETAILS

Start by colouring the branch stamp with your Stampin’ Write Markers in Crumb Cake for the branch, and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves. Stamp directly onto Whisper White cardstock.聽 Die cut the birds with the Birds & Blooms thinlits, from Soft Sky cardstock, and die cut the branch, all with the Big Shot. From Whisper White cardstock, die cut a large and small oval with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

After die cutting the birds, use a Sponge Dauber and the Pool Party ink pad to sponge the birds, adding some colour and depth. In the middle of the large oval, stamp the cross-hatch image from the Best Birds stamp set in Pear Pizzazz ink. On the small oval, stamp the sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set, in Pool Party ink.

LAYER IT TOGETHER

Attach the branch and birds to the large stamped oval with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then, attach the oval to a panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. (Note – I think this DSP is now sold out – sorry! And a reminder – the Soft Sky colour is retiring, so if you want it – get it now!). Next, attach a length of Burlap Ribbon across the bottom of the DSP, attaching it in the back with Tear & Tape. Layer the sentiment oval on top of it, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a multi-loop bow of Linen Thread, and attach it next to the sentiment, with a Mini Glue Dot.

Attach the panel onto a Soft Sky cardstock base, with more Dimensionals. Remember to add a panel of Whisper White cardstock inside, for your inside sentiment.

Life is Better With You

I think this sweet card could be for many different occasions 馃檪

ORDER聽 YOUR SUPPLIES – QUICK, BEFORE THEY RUN OUT!

As I mentioned, the Soft Sky colour is retiring, which means everything in that colour will be gone, as of May 31st, or before, depending on how quickly it sells out. You can check out the Retiring Products in my OnLine store. To shop, either click the product images below, or click on my signature. My store is open 24/7, so you don’t have to wait until ‘shopping hours’ to get your order in.聽 If your order is $50 or over, please use my current Host Code KWPTAWEH, and I’ll send you a little ‘thank you’ in May!

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Thanks for spending some time with me today!

 

No Fun Being Sick

NO FUN BEING SICK. SERIOUSLY!

It’s no fun being sick. It just isn’t! Do you remember being little, and you were sick enough to stay home from school? But not too sick so that you couldn’t get propped up on the couch and watch some of your favourite cartoons? Someone was there to look after you, bring you chicken noodle soup, and your favourite blanket. Boy, I miss those days!

These days, being sick means fighting through it, so you can still do the laundry, cook the dinner, and try to get things done that a Mum and runner-of-the-house should get done. *ugh*聽 That’s been me for this past week, which means that I haven’t had the energy to sit down and get creative!

So today, I thought I’d just share a few new things with you, that are coming up. First, how about a look at the new Annual Catalogue?!

2018- 2019 ANNUAL CATALOGUE

No Fun Being Sick

Isn’t this cover gorgeous? Look at those beautiful colours – can you spot some of the New colours? I think I can see the new Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape. How about Mango Melody, and is that Lovely Lipstick in the upper right corner? I am just loving these new colours, as sad as I am to see some of the current ones leave.聽 In case you missed which colours are retiring, here’s the list of them.聽 To purchase any of these colours before they’re gone, be sure to order them quickly – because colours always sell out quickly!

No Fun Being Sick

The best way to order is through my online store – it’s open 24/7, so聽 you can get your order in right away. Just click on the button below – it’ll take you to the correct page.

I’m sorry – but I can’t show you INSIDE the catalogue yet! That’s top secret! Of course, if you follow any of the demonstrators who attended the recent On Stage event, you can get a glimpse of any projects they made have made with products that they received. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, so I have to wait to share with you!

No Fun Being Sick

NEW IN COLOURS, AND NEW COLOURS ADDED

Along with the fabulous new In Colours, there are a number of colours that have been added to our colour families. Because of course they need to take the place of the retiring ones!

No Fun Being Sick

RETURNING COLOURS

If you’ve been using Stampin’ Up! products for a few years, you may recognize some ‘old’ favourites that are returning! There’s Mossy Meadow, Poppy Parade (this one is before my time – so that’s over 6 years ago!), Flirty Flamingo – this is from our retiring In Colours! -, Coastal Cabana, Mint Macaron (from just 2 years ago) and Blackberry Bliss (one of my favourites, also from 2 years ago).

So the great news is that if you have some of these returning colours, you can still use them, and there will be new products to coordinate with them! You’ll also be able to purchase the new ink refills for them; they will work with the ‘old’ ink pad style.

GET IN ON THE PREORDER!

Can I let you in on something exciting? As demonstrators, we’re going to get to order products from the new Annual catalogue as of May 1st! That’s a whole MONTH ahead of its release! If you’d like to get in on this fun, you can – by joining Stampin’ Up!, as a member of my Team!

If you join in May, you can choose items from the new catalogue, as well as the current catalogue, for your Starter Kit! If you join before May, you can choose from the current catalogue and the retiring聽 products for your Starter Kit.聽 Then, starting in May, you can order from our pre order selection – at your demonstrator discount of 20% off the list price! Does it get better than that? Well, actually IT DOES!

Your Starter Kit always ships for FREE – no shipping cost! You also get a complimentary package of catalogues to share with your friends, and order forms. You also get a free past Paper Pumpkin kit – all included in your Kit, at no extra cost!

So if you want to get in on this goodness, with no obligation, no hidden strings, then click on the Join button below! I’d love to welcome you into my team of amazing, fun and friendly ladies!

No Fun Being Sick

Time is Running Out for Early Bird Discount!

Hey stamping friend! A quick reminder here that time is running out for the Early Bird Discount for our Crop and Create! If you’re in the B.C. Lower Mainland (or if you want to travel!), you’ll want to join us on May 5th for this fun event!

Time is Running Out for Early Bird Discount!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

To get the best price deal, you must register by this Saturday, April 14th! Space is filling up, and you don’t want to be disappointed! We have set our Early Bird prices really low, so you’ll want to take advantage of them.

Along with the Crop, we are offering 2 different classes – the Framed Sampler, and the Ready for Birthdays classes. Each class will take a maximum of 2 hours (probably less), so if you register for both classes, you probably won’t have much time for the Crop (unless you’re a super-speedy stamper!).聽 If you’ve got lots of your own projects to work on, register for the Crop. You’ll have a 6 foot table to yourself (and you can request that your friends get the tables next to you). You’ll also have access to all of our punches, dies,embossing folders and Big Shots. All you need to bring is your own projects and adhesives, scissors and bone folder. The Crop is only $25 at the Early Bird price; it goes up to $30 on April 15th.聽

FRAMED SAMPLER

This is a very popular class, and is filling up. This class includes the frame itself, and the kit to complete each sampler square. You’ll use our stamp sets, inks, dies and Big Shots; just bring your own adhesives (glue dots and dimensionals suggested).

Time is Running Out for Early Bird Discount

If you wanted to make this exact same sampler yourself, at home, you’d need a total of 12 different stamp sets, not including the dies, punches and multiple ink colours, cardstock and designer series paper. Think of it this way – you’ll save a lot of money making it in class, using OUR supplies! This class is only $25 at the Early Bird price; it goes up to $30 on April 15th.

READY FOR BIRTHDAYS CLASS

These fun, colourful projects will have you ready for the next birthday party!

Time is Running Out for Early Bird Discount

This class includes not just the full kits (which includes the cardstock, designer paper and embellishments) for each project – but you ALSO get the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to KEEP! You’ll make one ‘standard’ birthday card, one fun fold card, one gift card holder/birthday card, one Mini Pizza Box gift card holder, and a treat made to look like a noise maker!聽 This class is only $30 at the Early Bird price – it goes up to $35 on April 15th.

REGISTER NOW!

If you register after April 14th, you’ll pay $5 more for EACH session! So – what are you waiting for? 馃檪聽 Need more reasons? Okay! How about the chance to win the fabulous DOOR PRIZE, which is a Stamparatus! That’s right –聽 you can win it before you can buy it!聽 Everyone will receive 1 Door Prize Ticket for each session they register.聽 So, if you register for the Crop, you get 1 ticket. Register for the Crop and 1 Class, get 2 tickets!聽 There will also be ‘mini’ prize draws done throughout the event, and everyone is automatically entered for those, too!

To register, please contact me at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll arrange with you so you can either e-transfer the registration, or pay by cheque or cash. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!聽

Time is Running Out for Early Bird Discount!

Another Brusho Background

Welcome to this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge – in which I share another Brusho Background! I simply can’t stop using this newest addition to our mediums. There’s so many different ways to use the Brusho Crystal Colours. If you don’t believe me, just type ‘Brusho’ into my search bar (left hand side), and watch what comes up!

PCC287 SKETCH CHALLENGE

This is another fun sketch challenge; you may even say it’s a bit of a challenge! 馃檪 Until your creative mojo starts working, that is.

Another Brusho Background

How’s that for an interesting sketch? Truth time – I had something totally different in mind to make, until I started playing with my Brusho Crystal Colours. Then I just HAD to use this awesome background I created.

ANOTHER BRUSHO BACKGROUND

Another Brusho Background

Okay – truth time (again). I love our Brusho Crystals so much, that I couldn’t wait to see if more colours would be added in the June 2018-2019 catalogue. I went online, and ordered a 12 Pack of Brusho Crystals direct from Sheffield, England! What can I say? I’m a girl who loves her colours! And when I want to make multiples, I prefer not to have to mix my own colours, due to lack of consistency (user consistency, that is). So, here you see some colours that are not included in our 5 pack.

DETAILS

Cut a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Shimmery White cardstock. Sprinkle on your Brusho Crystal Colours. I used Emerald Green, Purple and Ultramarine.聽 In case you’re curious, the other colours included in my non-SU! pack are Lemon, Leaf Green, Black, Dark Brown, Yellow, Scarlet, Turquoise, Brilliant Red and Orange.

After sprinkling on the crystals, spritz with water from a Stampin’ Spritzer. Watch the colours ‘burst’ and move! Continue to spritz with water until you’re happy with the results. Allow your panel to dry, or if you’re impatient, speed up the process with the Heat Tool.

For the focal area, use the Big Shot with the Birds & Blooms Thinlits to die cut 2 birds; one in Basic Black and one in Pacific Point cardstock. Then use the Petals & More Thinlits to die cut the small flower, again once in Basic Black and second in Pacific Point. Next, die cut the large leafy branch from the Petals & More thinlits from Emerald Envy cardstock.

From Basic Black and Emerald Envy cardstock, die cut 2 circles with the Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits. On the Emerald Envy circle, stamp the cross hatch design from the Best Birds stamp set in Emerald Envy ink.

PUT IT TOGETHER

Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to layer the 2 coloured birds together, slightly offsetting them to create a drop shadow effect. Do the same with the flowers. Layer the 2 circles with Stampin’ Dimensionals, with the Emerald Envy circle on top. Now attach the circles to the middle of your Brusho background, with more Dimensionals. Cut a length of 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon in Basic Black, and drape it across the circle, as shown. Hold it in place with Tear & Tape.

Attach the bird and flower with Liquid Glue. Cut apart the leafy branch, and tuck the leaves in behind the bird and flowers, as shown.

Another Brusho Background

You can’t see it in the picture, but the Shimmery White cardstock does let a subtle shimmer show through the Brusho. And the shimmery ribbon looks amazing!

Attach your Brusho panel to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Basic Black cardstock, then attach it to a Pacific Point cardstock base.

Another Brusho Background

I love the jewel-toned colours, and how the black sets them off perfectly.

JOIN IN THE CHALLENGE – IT’S EASY!

I do聽 hope you’ll join us for this fun sketch challenge! Joining is easy. First, go to the Paper Craft Crew blog page, and see what the rest of the amazing Design Team have created. That’s where you’ll find the link, as well, so when your creation is ready, you can add it to the page. Everyone will see it, and love it!! You just may be our next Top Pick! 馃檪

GET YOUR SUPPLIES ONLINE

You can purchase your supplies in my online store, 24/7. Click on the product images below, or my signature, to get there. It’s that easy! I’d love to hear what you think about my card submission for the team – please leave me a comment on this post, if you have time! Thanks for spending some time with me today. Now – go get creative! 馃檪

 

Retiring Lists Now Available

Hello stampers! Yes – the Retiring Lists are Now Available! You can purchase from the lists, and you may want to be quick about some products, as they tend to sell out faster than others.

Retiring Lists Now Available

RETIRING LISTS NOW AVAILABLE

The best way to shop, so you don’t miss out on anything while waiting, is to order directly from my OnLine Store. Everyone who places a $50 or more item online, using Host Code KWPTAWEH will receive a little ‘thank you’ from me, in May! Access my store by clicking the buttons below.

Retiring Lists Now Available

Retiring Lists Now Available

Retiring Lists Now Available

NEW INK PAD STYLES

Before you start to sweat, when you see all those ink pads on the retiring lists….breathe!! Stampin’ Up! has reconfigured the ink pad style, so that it’s now going to be easier to open (I always joke with my first-time stampers that it’s like a secret handshake!), the ink has been reconfigured so it doesn’t ‘bubble’, a tighter fit when closed, and more easily stackable.

COLOUR REVAMP

Don’t worry – you’ll still be able to use new ink refills on聽 your existing ink pads, and old ink refills on your new ink pads – the only exceptions being the current Archival inks. They WILL be retiring, so you don’t want to use your new Basic Black ink refill on a retired Archival Black ink.聽 In fact, both of Black and Basic Gray Archival inks are retiring; the Basic Gray is reconfigured and now a Classic Ink. The Archival Black is not being replace, but rather it’s suggested that you now use either the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, or – wait for it – StaZon Jet Black ink! Yes – it’s coming back, and I couldn’t be happier! 馃檪

RETIRING COLOURS – GET ‘EM NOW!

These colours are retiring – which means not just the ink pads themselves, but the ink refills, ribbons, embellishments, cardstock – anything with these colours, will be gone! Be sure to order them right away!

Retiring Lists Now Available

WELCOME THE NEW COLOUR COLLECTIONS!

If you recognize a few colours, it’s because a few of them are making a comeback! Did you notice that Flirty Flamingo, even though it’s an ‘In Color’, isn’t on the retiring list? That’s because it’s staying, just moved into one of the colour families.聽 A few more In Colors that are returning are; Mossy Meadow, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss. Have a look!

Retiring Lists Are Now Available

Retiring Lists Now Available

Missing something? No worries – there’s now a new Basics Collection for our Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Whisper White!

Retiring Lists Are Now Available

ORDER NOW – DON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!

Here’s the ‘fine print’ regarding the Retiring Products:

  • Promotion dates: April 9鈥揗ay 31, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT)
  • The retiring lists will be released simultaneously across our global markets; they will be listed per local time zone.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin鈥 Rewards with qualifying orders.
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Petal Palette Celebration

I’m again using my team member’s borrowed stamp set, Petal Palette 馃檪 Lynn had kindly lent it to me, so I could use it while creating the Framed Sampler for our Crop and Create. (You can read about this fun event, and see the sampler in THIS POST, if you haven’t seen it yet).

Anyway, I’ve been on a springtime kick lately – because regardless of the weather outside – the calendar says it’s Spring! LOL I don’t know about your weather, but we’re heavy into the April Showers here. At least there’s the guarantee of lots of green coming soon!

Today’s card focuses on the large flower image in the stamp set.

PETAL PALETTE CELEBRATION

Petal Palette Celebration

The simple layering adds a lot to the card front, along with the dry embossing of the Daffodil Delight panel.

DETAILS

Cut a panel of Daffodil Delight cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Use the Big Shot and Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This embossing folder was available during Sale-A-Bration (to earn for free), but if you didn’t get it then, don’t despair! It will be coming back in the Annual catalogue, on June 1st, for your to purchase! I’m so glad, because I love this new embossing folder. The texture is amazing.

Next, cut a 1 1/2″ x 5″ length of Old Olive cardstock, and a 2″ x 4″ length of retired DSP that coordinated with the Painted Harvest stamp set. Use the Banner Triple Punch to punch banner tails on one end of each length. Attach them to the embossed panel, with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

On a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the large flower image from the Petal Palette stamp set in Versamark ink, cover it with White Embossing Powder, and set it with the Heat Tool. Use the Brusho Crystal Colours as watercolours, and colour the flowers and leaves. To use the Brusho as watercolours, sprinkle the crystals (in this case, the Yellow and I used a Leaf Green from non-SU! Brusho) onto a Clear Block, and add water from an Aqua Painter. Pick up the paint with the Aqua Painter (dry it off, so as to not add more water), and colour in your flowers and leaves. After colouring the flowers yellow, I added some Gamboge (orange) crystals to the yellow paint, and added a touch more colour to the flowers. Once you’re finished painting, the Clear Blocks clean up quickly with a spot of gentle dishwashing liquid and water!

Use the Big Shot and with the Petals & More Thinlits, die cut the image. With the Big Shot again, die cut an oval shape with the Stitched Shapes Framelits from Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the sentiment from the Birthday Delivery stamp set in Old Olive ink.聽 Use the cross-hatch image stamp from the Best Birds stamp set, and stamp it in Daffodil Delight ink above and below the sentiment.

PUT IT TOGETHER

After attaching the two banners, slightly offset, to the embossed panel, wrap a length of 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Old Olive twice around the top of the panel. Hold it in place on the back, with Tear & Tape. Next, attach the oval in the middle of the panel, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now you can attach the die cut flower image to the lower left of the oval, with Dimensionals.

Petal Palette Celebration

Finish off the front panel by attaching 3 Pearl Basic Jewels to the bottom right hand corner of the panel. Now you can attach the front panel to your Old Olive cardstock base.

INSIDE SCOOP

I haven’t decided yet whether this card will be used for a ‘congratulations’, ‘anniversary’ or ‘birthday’ card, so i didn’t stamp a sentiment on the inside panel, yet. I did stamp one of the smaller flower images in the bottom corner, in Memento Black ink. I then used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Daffodil Yellow and Old Olive to colour the flowers and leaves.

Petal Palette Celebration

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Best Birds for Spring

Hello again, stamping friend! Well, we’re into Spring now – which is evident in the mixed rain, sunshine and occasional snow we’re getting! We have had a few pleasant days, which inspired me to create this card using the Best Birds, for spring.

I’m actually borrowing this stamp set and coordinating Framelits from one of my team members, Lynn. Thanks, Lynn! 馃檪 I had borrowed them to use while making the Framed Sampler for our upcoming Crop and Create – you can read all about it, and see the Sampler, in THIS POST. She said it was okay for me to use the set for cards while I had it – so here’s one of them!

BEST BIRDS FOR SPRING

Best Birds for Spring

This bird reminded me of the Black-Capped Chickadees that frequent my feeders, so I聽 coloured him聽 appropriately! (I think!) The Soft Sky and Old Olive I thought we also appropriate for Spring.

DETAILS

Start by stamping the bird and branch from the Best Birds stamp set onto a separate piece of Whisper聽 White cardstock. It’s difficult to see, but I stamped the bird in Versamark ink, then covered it with Gold Embossing Powder, and set it with the Heat Tool. For the branch, use the Crumb Cake and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers. After stamping, use the Big Shot with the Birds & Blooms Thinlits to die cut them.

Stamp the sentiment from the same set in Old Olive ink onto a piece of Whisper White. I used the retired Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut it and the Old Olive cardstock piece behind it; you can use the Lots of Labels Framelits if you have them, instead.

Colour the bird with the Stampin’ Write Markers in Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate. I didn’t colour in the branch or leaves, as I liked the sketched look to them. Plus, this way they don’t weigh down the card front with too much solid colour.

On a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Whisper White, stamp the cross-hatch image in the middle in Soft Sky ink.聽 The dotted image comes from the Petal Palette stamp set, and is stamped in Old Olive ink. The watercolour look of the dots keeps the colour from being too dark or heavy.

CREATE THE LAYERS

First, attach the branch across the bottom of the cross-hatch stamping, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next, perch the bird on the branch, again with Dimensionals. Layer the sentiment and the Old Olive tag shapes with Dimensionals, and attach them to the bottom right corner of the card front. Now, attach the white panel to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Old Olive cardstock.

Wrap a length of 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky around the left side of the card. Cut another shorter length of ribbon, and tie it in a knot. Now you’re ready to attach the front panels to your Soft Sky cardstock base.

Best Birds for Spring

I love watching the birds visit the feeders at my house! They hang outside my kitchen window, from a tree next to the sundeck. We have a wide variety of birds visit; Chickadees, Stellar Jays, Finches, Starlings, Sparrows, Woodpeckers and Crows! Don’t worry – I have a separate feeder for the Hummingbirds! 馃檪

STAMP ON THE INSIDE

I couldn’t resist using the sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set; I thought it went perfectly with the ‘It’s a Good Day’ sentiment on the front!

Best Birds for Spring

After stamping the sentiment in Old Olive ink, I went back and stamped over it with the dots image again, from the same set. Just for a little extra fun look!

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