Clearance Rack sale!

Ink, ribbon, stamps, tools, embellishments — so many items were added to the Clearance Rack yesterday.  And look at the banner (click it to see the entire Clearance Rack):  there are discounts of up to 80%!

But these items are available only while the last.  Take a look, but do it fast before those wish-list items are gone!

Place your order at my online Stampin’ Up! store front here!

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My Heart Smiles

“Don’t get excited,” was my husband’s warning to me on more than occasion yesterday.  Because, as you also may have experienced, nothing goes the way it’s supposed to during a remodel.  And it’s possible my voice got a little … louder and higher.  No, I was not singing.

I’m just hoping everything is finished by Thursday evening so my All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack stampers don’t have to step over boxes and tools — oh, and can have all the comforts of home downstairs!

Here’s the card I wrote about yesterday with the unusual color combo:

Do you love it, too?  You can find my inspiration on page 20 of the Occasions Catalog.  I never feel I spend enough time really studying the samples in the catalogs.  I need to buckle down and spend some serious time with the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog — I think I need a rainy day or two to keep me inside.

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Fear of colors — I never even knew there was such a thing!  It’s not something I suffer from; rather, my problem is a lack of confidence using color.  (Is there a name for that?)

For example, we’re making a card in camp this month using the Succulent Garden suite.  The combination of colors is strangely compelling, but I would have been a skeptic if someone would have suggested I use them — and would like the effect.  I’ll show you this card later in the week.

Still, a 4¼” x 5½” card is one thing, a powder room is something else entirely.  That’s the project here this week:  someone is remodeling our back-door tiny bathroom.  Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house:

Yes, that is orange and yellow shag carpeting on the floor, yellow iridescent plastic tiles, and a heavy, textured, striped wallpaper on the wall.  Don’t overlook the retro medicine cabinet and coordinating plush toilet lid cover.  Charming, would you not agree?

We had a new floor installed and removed the wallpaper before we moved, but the tiles remained.  Until today — DEMO DAY.  I have taken the Easter decorations down from the shelf on the opposite side of the wall (I learned my lesson when our old house was re-sided).

But.  The new color.  That’s my dilemma.

If the Property Brothers visited this house, they’d say “It’s like an Easter basket exploded!”  I have a silvery gray, Pool Party, Certainly Celery, sunny yellow, and a paint called Muslin, which looks just like it sounds.  I don’t want drama on the walls, but I feel like I want to do something lively and fresh in this little room.

Do you have any suggestions for me?  Pictures you’d like to share?

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Olive bucket or basket?

Did you wonder why I compared the OnStage display stamping experience to the Food Network show Chopped?  In both situations, there seems to be no logic to the items in the box!  I received a stamp set, but not the dies to cut out the images.  I received a set of dies, but no packaging to explain how they should be used and no coordinating stamp set.  Then there were some embellishments that simply perplexed me!

So it was fun to see the new catalog and and the big picture of the products I received!

I suppose this container in this sweet image could be a basket, but I saw it as a vintage olive bucket and so colored that way.

I colored the strip of Glossy White Cardstock with a scrunched-up baby wipe dabbed into several different ink pads.  The look here is subtle (and reminds me of when we used to “rag” paint walls), but you can create some drama with a heavier hand.

2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peeks:

  • At Home with You stamp set
  • Pool Party 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ Glossy White Cardstock

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Hello, Tweetie!

I have not missed many SU! events over the years, and there are many reasons why:  information, long-time friends, stamping, all-attendee giveaways, long days and late nights, training, new friends, road trips, new products, recognition, SU! corporate staff, Prize Patrol, inspiration … and more!

So when Stampin’ Up! issued the call for demonstrators to apply as a display stamper for OnStage Local, a regional gathering, I didn’t hesitate.  And when the email arrived that started “Congratulations…,” well I admit I stopped reading and ran upstairs to tell my husband.

My assignment was to prepare 15-20 samples using product from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  That exciting box arrived with plenty of time to play, and I appreciated not being rushed — it felt something like the stamper’s version of Chopped!

Here’s the first sample I’m sharing with you:

I have to laugh at the extensive supply list for this little scene!  Here’s the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek:  Pool Party 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

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Stamp Review Crew: Cool Treats

Perfect timing for this edition of the Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  Cool Treats is a suitable stamp set to use in my part of Illinois now, where temps are warming up and the sun is (usually) shining bright.  Not to say that there’s a bad time for a frozen confection, but it seems more legit now that we’re feeling like spring here.

Is this your first Stamp Review Crew hop?  We are an international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop.  Each hop features a single stamp set to give you lots of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, which means you will be able to click through any SRC hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop at your convenience!  And you can click on the banner of this post, above, to go to the master blog roll for this hop, also.

If you’re hopping in order, you’ve just come from Charlene Harreveld’s blog, Stamping with Charlene.  I love her style!

My scrapbook page is probably not what you’ve been seeing on this hop — no stamped or die-cut ice cream cones or frozen pops!  Because how could I compete with my sweet boy and that delicious fudge pop?

This picture is from a few years ago, taken while we took a break from our water fun in the driveway on a hot July day.  I have other pictures showing just how messy this treat was, but I love this picture because he still looks like a little preschooler.

I used this layout on my OnStage display board last weekend; I’ll start showing my work (with 2017-2018 product sneak peeks!) over the next several weeks.

You’re probably aware that Cool Treats was not on the retiring list released last week (just the bundle of stamp and coordinating dies).  Hooray!  Local stampers, you’ll be using the bundle at May camps, so be sure to eat up all the inspiration on this hop!

And now you’re off to see what Mike Funke has at Stampin- Style.  Enjoy the treats!

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Simply thanks

One of the goals I set earlier this year was to send more thank-you cards, both for my Stampin’ Up! business and “regular” life.  It’s not enough to assume someone will know I appreciate what they’ve done without making some effort.  So at the end of the month, I have a tidy pile to mail.

Naturally, I have to use pretty simple designs (Mary Fish inspired the card below), and I also use our Note Cards & Envelopes to speed up the process.

Except for these Whisper White Note Cards, everything on this card is retiring!  Even though it’s the truth, I won’t keep saying “I can’t believe it’s going” or “I’ll miss” or “I don’t know how I’l get along without” so many items on the retiring list.  Just believe me!  And know that even though the list was released less than 48 hours ago, quantities have already been depleted on some products!

To see the retiring items that are still available, click here.

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The sun is setting, and what that means to you!


Yesterday the Stampin’ Up! demo world was fidgeting and fussing, going from one chair to the next, checking the clock over and over — all this awaiting the retiring products list.  Or maybe that was just my behavior, ahem.

And finally it’s here!  I’ve modified Stampin’ Up!’s version so that it only includes the English stamp sets and is in order by publication and then by page.  See the 2016-2017 retiring products list here.   Do not overlook the discounts being offered on some products!  Click here when you’re ready to order, where you’ll always see what items are still available.  And take note of these details:

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
  • These discounts will not be pre-announced.
  • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

Remember that your order will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards when it reaches $150 US (before S/H and tax) and you’ll earn Burgin Bucks for each $50 you order — and you’ll earn double Burgin Bucks through Thursday, April 13, when you use host code A6ACVTWU.

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For your Easter table

Time to make plans for next week’s Easter brunch at our house.  Brunch is easy for me, and I don’t vary the menu from year to year.  We hope for good weather so some of the group can be on the back porch.

We made this treat holder a few weeks ago at the Heartfelt Inkspiration team meeting.  Download the pdf directions here.  I love the way it turned out, but I confess that I had already made a version for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Minneapolis display board last weekend, using product from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Equally cute!

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Lifting your spirits

This is the last card from January’s All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack.  It’s a layout that’s not unique (because hot air balloon + sky), but this version is great for a guy.  There are excellent sentiments in this set.

So will this set return in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog?  Time will tell — in fact, in only a few days! — but this much I know for sure: there will not be a bundle available for this set and its coordinating Thinlets.  Save 10% and order them while Bonus Burgin Bucks is in effect (through April 13),

Don’t miss the next edition of this fun stamping event on April 28-29.  Choose from one of three times to make 10 cards that each should take 10 minutes or less to complete.  Read more about the April edition of All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack here.  You can register online there as well (or mail me a check).  Registration closes Wednesday, April 19 or when full.

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