Stampin' Up Retirement List Ends Today

There is a brand new catalog coming in June and that means Stampin' Up needs to make room.  Grab your favorite items from the retirement list because it ends TODAY!!!!  

Here are some of my favorites being retired.

This is one of my all time favorite stamp sets.  It's been under-used, but I love it.  The scrolling images are just my style, and I am sad to see this one go.

First Sight

Several of the washi tape are being retired.  I like to use these to seal my envelopes before mailing and to add color to my planner.

Pop of Pink Washi Tape
Kinda Eclectic was the stamp set used on one of my most popular cards.  It's such a fun set to work with.

Kinda Eclectic

Clicky to see original blog post.  P.S.  The butterfly punches are being retired too along with Papillon Potpourri

It's nice to add a little sparkle to our projects without having glitter fall off.  I'm sad to see the Dazzling Details being discontinued. psst... they are on sale for $1.50 so grab a few.  ;)

Silver Sparkle Dazzling Detail

Mint Macaron from the 201502017 In Colors.  It always makes me sad to say goodbye to my favorite In Colors.
2015-2017 In Colors

This set has retired before I've even had a chance to use it.  I'll likely being showing a couple of cards in the future using it, so if you like it, grab it TODAY.  If I see one of my customers get it, I'll even do a video for you.  ;) 

Picture Perfect

Lots of bundles will be retired with the current catalog.  This is your last chance to pick up these sets at a discount.

Banners for You Photopolymer Bundle
Last, but not least is Gorgeous Grunge.  I can't believe this one is being retired.  It is the perfect set to add those background details that turn a card into from handmade to a work of art.

Gorgeous Grunge

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So, what is you favorite item being retired?  Go NOW, don't wait to place your order or your favorite just might be gone forever.

Clicky to see all retirement items.


StampNation Challenge: Anything Goes

It's been quiet here on the blog, but I've been a busy bee behind the scenes.  A new Stamp of Approval collection is coming out in less than 2 weeks, so I've been getting inky with some fabulous new goodies.  In case you were wondering, this is my favorite one yet!!!

Anywho, I do have a little sneaky peek to show you.  It's for the current challenge over at StampNation.  Can you guess which card is mine?  It isn't my normal card, yet it is still "me". 

StampNation members can find the challenge here.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member of StampNation.


CAS01 Full On Floral Encouragement

There is nothing like opening your mailbox on a difficult day and finding an encouraging card from a friend or loved one.  It makes the trying time just a little more bearable. When want to spread that encouragement, so Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps put together a new blog and challenge just to help us.  Each month, on the 18th of the month there will be a new challenge meant to inspire you to create a card of encouragement.

Stamps: Be, Full On Floral, Loving Thoughts (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Aquatini, Pixie Dust, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Bristol (Essentials by Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: 8 Round Brush; Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Sistahood Sparkle LE Sequin Mix (Pretty Pink Posh) White Embossing Powder (WOW)

Direct link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/ozClo875E-o

PRIZE!!!! Did I say prize?  Why, yes I did!  One entry will be chosen to receive $25 gift code to be spent in the CAS-ual Fridays store!  Can I get a woot?!!!  
If you've used CAS-ual Fridays stamps or Fri-dies on your card we'll double it!! Can I get a woot-woot?!!!  You have until the June 13th to enter, so get cracking.

photo credit: https://www.dreamstime.com/

CLICKY to check out what the new talented Encouragement Squad has come up with and to enter your own creation.


Never Give Up Hope

Calling All Sistahs!

It's the 17th of the month.  Time to do our breast self-exams and get those yearly mammograms scheduled.  This month we are changing things up and have a reminder post at the new Calling All Sistahs blog.  I'll share a link at the end of the post, but first my card & video.

Direct link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/C6LUlxsulPM

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog and see what our amazing team has come up with and come back tomorrow for the first Encouragement challenge.  You won't believe what the new Encouragement Squad has come up with.

Don't forget to use coupon code encourage17 at checkout for 15% off your order.

Stamps: Hope Ribbon
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine) Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder (WOW) Opera Pink (Daniel Smith) Basic Black Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up) 3/4" Flat Brush 


Tulips for Mother's Day

Making a mother's day card for mom doesn't have to be complicated.  This sweet little row of tulips stamped in various shades of purple is a perfect example.

Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/EmhObqjyT3U

Stamps: Simply Stated (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Midnight, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Stampin' Trimmer Scoring Blades (Stampin' Up)


Fancy Folds and Moving Cards

There is a fun new class going on over at StampNation called Fancy Folds and Moving Cards.  It is free to all StampNation members.  Today is my turn to share a technique with you, so I created a pinwheel card.  The idea isn't originally mine, but I used several sheets of paper coming up with measurements that would fit our standard  A2 size card envelopes.   Here is a sneak peek of what you will learn to create on today's tutorial.

Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/jDgyzwACRog

Stamps: You Did It (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Love Blossoms DSP stack, White (SU)
Accesories: Simply Stated: Congrats Die (CPD) Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate (SU)

Don't forget to check out the Calling All Sistahs blog to see who the first Girl Friday joining our Encouragement Squad is.  :)


Encouraging News

I don't know about you, but I could sure use some encouragement.  It's been a rough 7 or 8 months for our family.  I've lost a great aunt, a great uncle, an uncle, an aunt, and last week, my grandma.  There are days it is hard to pull back the covers, but I am still alive and I am still blessed in so many ways.  Several of my cardmaking friends have been sending me notes of encouragement, and let me tell you, it does make a difference!

Today I get to announce my changing role with Calling All Sistahs.  As you know, I have been the blog hop coordinator for the Calling All Sistahs reminder posts for the past year.  On the 17th of each month we have done a blog hop to remind you to do your breast self-exams and schedule your yearly mammograms.  We wanted to include more people, so Michele (of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) came up with a brilliant plan....


On the 17th of the month we will still be doing a reminder post.  We don't want any of our sistahs to forget to check themselves.  Instead of a blog hop, we have a design team and all the cards will be together on the blog.

Then, on the 18th of the month we will have a challenge and EVERYONE is invited to join and link up.  Even if you don't have a blog you will be able to link using linky tools.  :)  More on that to come later.

Today we kick off announcements with "me".  Michele asked me if I would coordinate this new blog.  Of course I said YES.  Who can say no to Michele? Who would even want to?  To kick things off, I made this card and video.

Stamps: Full On Floral, Peace Out, Special Delivery (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 004, 036, 042, 026, 027, 080, 081, 082, 083, 202 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Aquatini, Midnight, Pixie Dust (Catherine Pooler Designs) Razzle Berry (My Favorite Things Hybrid) Versamark
Paper: Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: #2 Round Brush (Silver) Black Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up) Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Opaque Bright White Superfine Embossing Powder (WOW) Sistahood Sparkle Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Direct link to video on youtube: https://youtu.be/sDTkS-dWQok

Technically, I made this card below, and then realized the stamp set I used was discontinued a year ago.  Stamp still works, but I didn't want to share a card none of you could make.  I was so proud of myself for having a Mother's Day card done early too.

Addition Supplies:
Stamps: Mums the Word (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Mint to Be, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)

Please go over to the new blog and leave me some love over there to let Michele know she chose wisely.  LOL