Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Retirement List!

It's one of the many things I look forward to around this time each year.  The Stampin' Up! retirement list.  It was released yesterday.  Stamps and accessories.  It's long, it's good, it's sad, but there are great things around the corner.  So grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and take a look.  Oh, and many thing are on sale.  Up to 60% off sale.

Click HERE to go directly to my website and check out the list.  It will be the most up to date with availability there.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


That's right folks, FREE SHIPPING this weekend!!!  Did you scream with excitement?  I did when I found out.  Head on over to my website this weekend and stock up on those retiring inks, reinkers, cardstock, and discounted sneak peek bundles.  You could save $6.95 + on shipping alone.  The bundles are on sale so check them out too.

Spring Surprise
Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set
Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set 133345
Price: $14.95
Did you know that every year Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico, and that the migration might span multiple generations of butterflies?


Of course, you can just stamp a butterfly from the Best of Butterflies Stamp Set on a card and mail it ANYWHERE in the WORLD. Take that, Mr. Monarch butterfly!

Every month during 2013, we’re combining some of our all-time-favorite stamps with a new, never-before-seen stamp to create a monthly “Best of” stamp set. Best of Butterflies is our April offering, but don’t forget to check out the sets from previous months as well. They’re available all year!

Note: Clear-Mount Blocks B, C, and D needed for this set.
 So now you are all caught up with what is new.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Secret Garden

Today I am sharing a card I made for swap group I am part of.  Each month we are given a different technique or color combo.  This month we were given a technique.  Fussy cutting.  I have a love/hate relationship with this technique.  I love the effect, but it is tedious.  I find that I use it less and less thanks to all the wonderful framelit dies and punches that Stampin' Up! offers.  Anything to make my life easier :)

I used the Secret Garden set and coordinating framelit dies in the Spring mini.

A double bow was made with Soft Suede ribbon.  It was my first attempt.  I made several and this is as good as it got.  I need some more practice.  I took the large flower image and stamped it on several patterns of DSP that coordinates with this set.  I then cut the various layers of the flower and glued them using 2-way glue.  The leaf was cut out with the coordinating framelit.  The middle flower was popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  My tip for paper piecing/fussy cutting, a really good pair of fine tipped scissors.

Color Refresh

Color Refresh

Q: What are the new core colors, and what are the In Colors that are returning as core colors?
A: The one new color is called Smoky Slate. The nine returning In Colors as core colors are Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Soft Sky, and Wisteria Wonder. Check out these colors displayed in their new collections!

Q: Why are colors being discontinued?
A: We retired colors based on sales history and focus group feedback. We also looked at our overall color offering and determined what colors were not working with others. We sent out surveys, looked at trends, and determined what colors are out of date, etc.
Q: Why have some of the carryover colors changed collections?
A: With the changes, we found that a few colors fit better in a different collection. We also organised our colors to be more complementary within each collection.

So there you have it.  I am SO EXCITED about this change.  How about you?  What colors will you miss and what colors are you happy to see return?  Leave a comment below.