Sunday, April 22, 2018

SSC177 Dinosaur Pieces

Hi All, Time for another Sunday Stamps color challenge.  Today I am highlighting a retiring stamp set, Pieces & Patterns.  This set coordinates so well with the matching patterned paper.

I used this card as an excuse to practice cutting out the fun dinosaur shapes on the patterned paper with my Silhouette e-cutter and PixScan mat.  The difficult part was getting my scanner to work well with my computer.

And for consistency, I cut out the dinosaur stamped image with the Silhouette as well.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #332.  So sad that beautiful Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim are retiring as well.  {sniff}

Here are this week's colors.  Come join us!  Use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Pieces & Patterns; Paper: Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Pick a Pattern DSP, Coffee Break DSP; Ink: Dapper Denim, Basic Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Aquapainter, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week's hop focuses on the Occasions Catalog set, Magical Day, which coordinates with the Magical Mates framelits.  Now, this set and matching framelits are not carrying over, so you'll want to grab a set for yourself right now.  The dies will be while supplies last, so you don't want to wait. 

If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the lovely and creative Bronwyn Eastley's blog.

Once upon a snowy Northeast bomb cyclone night, while watching The Shining, I thought I'd attempt some no-line watercoloring.

This is sure a great stamp set for watercoloring!  After stamping lightly with Smoky Slate ink, I found that Smoky Slate is somewhat permanent, and I was unable to "erase" the lines by watercoloring. Good to know.

What started off as play turned into a card for my BIL.  It uses an old Freshly Made Sketches challenge, #113.  I added sky DSP above and tree DSP below to be reminiscent of a magical forest.  The sentiment "Hope your day is magical" is stamped inside.

Stamps: Magical Day, Lemon Zest; Paper: Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Myths & Magic DSP, Naturally Eclectic DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Tranquil Tide, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Fresh Fig, Smoky Slate, Versamark; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Sewing Machine, Thread.

I'll quickly share some past samples as well.  This is a stamp club card featuring Brusho Crystal Colour.

And a center step card I shared just last week.  I was super excited about this one, which I gave to my daughter to announce we were surprising her with a trip to Medieval Times for her birthday.

Hop on over to the fabulous Kelly Kent's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Reserve the Upcoming Annual Catalog

Now that you've had a moment to process the retiring list and retiring colors from the Color Revamp, let's talk about what's coming for a moment.

Don't get too hung up, as they aren't available yet, but something to look forward to... the new core colors and In Colors, starting on June 1.

I'll remind you again what the new Color Collections will look like.

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There will be an early release of the Share What You Love Suite on May 1, including bundles for every type of crafter and selected new colors.  More information to come closer to May.

And it's time to reserve your new catalog!  The new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog will be debuting on June 1, which will be here before you know it.  If you live in the U.S. and don't currently have a demonstrator, I would be happy to send you a copy for $5.00.

And BONUS - the cost of the catalog is refunded when you place a $25 order in the upcoming catalog year.  Win-win!

Reserve yours now; catalogs start shipping from Stampin' Up! on May 8.

Make sure you use or include your correct U.S. mailing address within the Paypal process or make a note of your preferred U.S. address.  I will use Paypal information unless otherwise noted.  Please order your copy of the catalog by April 29.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Retiring Products & Color Revamp News

It's been some time since a core color refresh.  In order to stay trendy and fun, it's time for an overhaul.  Make sure to stock up on favorite retiring card stock and reinkers, while you can!  Here's a visual of the colors saying good-bye.

  • Retiring core colors are: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Wisteria Wonder.
  • Colors will be retired on May 31.
  • Individual Classic ink pads and reinkers are guaranteed to be available through May 7.
  • All other items (card stock, markers, color collections, embellishments) are while supplies last.
  • The new colors will be available at the start of the new Annual Catalog (June 1).

Here's what the new color collections will look like (with Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black standing alone).

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It's that time again: we're getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the Annual and Occasions Catalogs. As sad as it is to see these products go, there's still time for you to get them before they're gone. Retiring products will only be available until May 31, or while supplies last, so grab your favorites before they're gone!

Make sure to mark your catalogs with the following files:

Annual Catalog Retiring Lists:
Occasions Catalog Retiring Lists:
  • Dates: April 9 - May 31, 2017 (or while supplies last).
  • Orders can be placed as a demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Accessories will be available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we'll keep producing retiring stamps until May 25 (not accessories - accessories are only while supplies last).

Receive a FREE make & take, including instructions, as a thank you with your online order of $25 or more.  If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code U46BEAJM.

Stampin' Up! OnStage Hartford

This past weekend demonstrators from around the world gathered at local conference venues for Stampin' Up's semi-annual OnStage event.  The day includes swaps, display boards, new catalog and products, and presentations.  And fun with fellow demonstrators!  This time around we got a preview of the new annual catalog (insert super excited screaming demonstrators here)!!

I attended the Hartford, CT event with my downline and fellow demonstrator friends.  Here are the little goodies I brought as gifts.

I combined several Paper Pumpkin kits with some current items to put together an OnStage survival kit.  I thought the burlap bags from the September 2014 Paper Pumkin Boo-tiful Bags would make a nice "coffee and chocolate-themed" goodie bag.

Stamps: Jar of Love; Paper: Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP, Naturally Eclectic DSP; Ink: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: Sept 2014 Paper Pumpkin Boo-tiful Bags, July 2015 Paper Pumpkin Thanks a Latte, Sept 2016 Paper Pumpkin Something Good to Eat, Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Everyday Jars Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

And, as time allowed, I created several little 3-D favors (Ghiradelli candies) to hand out.

Stamps: Jar of Love, Colorful Seasons; Paper: Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Very Vanilla Baker's Twine, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Watercolor Brush, Everyday Jars Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Big Shot.

I had such a fabulous time sitting with my downline and friends! Thank you for sharing the day with me.

Look at all the fun stuff I came home with!  Stampin' Up events are a blast, and you get so many exciting goodies!  Here's some of what you get at check in (or shortly thereafter).  The catalog being most important!

And at the end of the day you leave with this much stuff!

Notice how the Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party flowers carry through the favors, table setting, and decor?  Can't wait to start stamping with my new supplies.

I don't have a graphic of the new In Colors yet, but I can tell you the names are Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, and Blueberry Bushel.

Want to see some make & takes with new product?  Let me share those with you.

This is from the Share What You Love Suite, featuring Grapefruit Grove & Mint Macaron (returning!!).  The stamp set is called Love What You Do, and there will be an early release of bundles available from this suite on May 1.

This card features the set from the Nature's Poem Suite called Rooted in Nature (which I got to take home) and In Color Grapefruit Grove.

From the Delightfully Detailed Suite, this card highlights pre-printed watercolored note cards and Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.

Any Celtic fans out there?  This is the new Graceful Glass Suite, including designer printed vellum and set Painted Glass.  Very fun to use the stained glass technique by coloring with Stampin' Blends markers.  The new In Colors here are Lovely Lipstick & Pineapple Punch (hint: new Blends colors coming!).

Hope you enjoyed the first peek of the new annual catalog products!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

SSC176 Magical Medieval Birthday

Happy Sunday, Everyone!  Time for another Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.  This week I decided to create a card for my daughter's birthday to announce we will be taking her to Medieval Times (shhhh, don't tell her!).

I created a center step card, using a Splitcoaststampers tutorial, starting with a 4-1/4 x 11" base.  This card was inspired by an adorable one by Yvonne Pree.

And the inside -

Here is this week's sketch by Heather.

Stamps: Magical Day; Paper: So Saffron, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Myths & Magic DSP, Wood Textures DSP; Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Versamark; Accessories: Myths & Magic Washi Tape, White Embossing Powder, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Aquapainter, Sponge, Magical Mates Framelits, Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Rainbow Builder Framelits, Big Shot.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Retiring In Colors

The retirement lists will be out soon, making way for the new catalog.  But we know for sure the 2016-2018 In Colors will be retiring.  Now is a great time to stock up on reinker, markers, and card stock before they are gone.

So which colors are we talking about?  The colors include Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, & Sweet Sugarplum.  Do you have a favorite?

I thought it'd be fun to review some projects featuring the retiring colors.

Sweet Sugarplum -

Peekaboo Peach -

Flirty Flamingo -

Emerald Envy -

Dapper Denim -

Make sure to grab your favorite colors before they are gone.