Have you checked the Clearance Rack lately?

If you’re kicking yourself for missing something out of the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog, check out the Clearance Rack!  Dozens of items were added yesterday — must clear out the old to make room for the new!

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Beautiful layers

If there’s one thing that immediately jumped out at me from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, it was the number of dies.  Many are returning sets — and please don’t forget that if dies were part of a bundle in any of this year’s catalogs, they will not be offered bundled with stamp sets again.  Save yourself 10% and order before this catalog retires on May 31!

Anyway, I was not surprised to find in my display box a set of dies (in a zip-lock bag!) without the coordinating sets.  Now that I have the catalog, I can tell you that the dies are Beautiful Layers and the stamp set is the gorgeous Beautiful Promenade.  Be sure to look for it!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Beautiful Layers | I use this "tumbling leaves" layout frequently. This card is perfect for someone experiencing loss or difficulty.

Here, I used my “tumbling leaves” layout with one of the dies, cut from three different colors of card stock.  The sentiment is from the set I showed yesterday, Lilypad Lake.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Beautiful Layers | I use this "tumbling leaves" layout frequently. This card is perfect for someone experiencing loss or difficulty.

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store (and wait till June 1 for the Lilypad Lake stamp set and Beautiful Layers Thinlits:

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Sailing on Lilypad Lake

My Dad was a Navy man, and perhaps that explains his love of sailing.  When I was a freshman in high school, over the winter he built a 14-foot sailboat from a kit.  I can still smell the epoxy (or maybe the fiberglass).  It was impressive, and so heavy.

Unfortunately, before that sailboat had much use, we moved to an area with no lakes close by — not close enough, anyway, to drop what you were doing, pack a picnic supper, and head for the water.

Still, we taught ourselves to sail (from a book!) and occasionally went to Wisconsin, where we could finally say things like, “Prepare to come about!” and trim the sail so we could almost fly.  I loved the quietness and adventure of it and would go again in a minute.

This is another project from my OnStage display board.  The set is Lilypad Lake, available June 1 in the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  I masked the boats and sun so I could sponge the sky and water.

I love the egret image, but it has yet to make it to paper.  The set also has wonderful sentiments, one of which I used on card you’ll see tomorrow.

Click the images below to add products for this card (except for the stamps!) to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store:

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The hidden sea creature

I cannot tell a lie, I was dismayed when I opened the box of new products I could use for last weekend’s OnStage display.  One of the stamp sets, Sea of Textures, had a large image of what I consider to be one of the most repulsive, horrible animals created by the hand of God.

Naturally, once I expressed my feelings after the display was up, friends told me how much they enjoy eating this animal.  Gag.

And yet, everything else in the set is very appealing (lovely sentiments!), so I decided to use almost every stamp in a collage:

I copied a layout from one of my favorite non-SU! stampers, Susan Raihala.  Because of the subject, I started with a Calypso Coral card base, then surprised myself by getting the other colors right on my first attempt.

So, do you see it?

I used a stitched vellum mat behind the sentiment — I love the way the background appears through the sheer paper.  However, I had to laugh when I saw I had used the same element on two other cards for my board!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store (although you’ll have to wait until June 1 for Sea of Textures!):

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If I may be graphic …

I gave you the Color Revamp overview the other day, but it may be more understandable in graphic form.  Note that the way these colors are represented on screen may differ significantly from their paper and ink versions.  Click on each graphic to open it in another window.

First, in addition to the Basics (Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black), we’ll still have four gorgeous collections — seeing them like this explains why I’m so excited about the changes:

There are colors that are leaving the core as well as former In Colors returning and brand-new colors:

Finally, here’s a recap of the In Colors:

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Wild about the Color Revamp!

Didn’t.  See.  This.  Coming.

I had no inkling (I crack myself up!) that Stampin’ Up! would be significantly updating the color palette.  Sure, not too long ago they said not to be surprised because the plan was to  freshen up the colors every 3-5 years, but I guess I wasn’t expecting it in the next annual catalog!

When this was presented at OnStage last weekend, I was floored and excited and eager to get started with the new (and returning!) colors.  I’ve had only a fleeting bit of sadness over some colors that are leaving; mostly I am ready to freshen up.  I can hardly wait to get them in my hands and set up my paper file system!

What you need to know now:

  • If you noticed that all the ink pads were listed on the last-chance retiring list, the reason is that the Stampin’ Up! ink pad cases have been redesigned.  In some instances, the colors themselves are retiring, but all current-design cases will be discontinued.
  • There are still four color collections, each with ten colors.  There is also a new color group called Basics, containing Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black.
  • 27 of the existing core colors are being retained.
  • 10 new core colors are being added.
  • 6 former In Colors will be available again as core colors:
    • Mossy Meadow
    • Poppy Parade
    • Flirty Flamingo
    • Coastal Cabana
    • Mint Macaron
    • Blackberry Bliss
  • 13 core colors are retiring on May 31, 2018:
    • Always Artichoke
    • Chocolate Chip
    • Elegant Eggplant
    • Island Indigo
    • Marina Mist
    • Perfect Plum
    • Pink Pirouette
    • Rose Red
    • Soft Sky
    • Tangerine Tango
    • Tempting Turquoise
    • Wild Wasabi
    • Wisteria Wonder
  • 2016-2018 In Colors that are retiring on May 31, 2018 are:
    • Dapper Denim
    • Emerald Envy
    • Flirty Flamingo (retiring as an In Color, but becoming a core color)
    • Peekaboo Peach
    • Sweet Sugar Plum

What does this mean to you?  As always, if you love a color that is retiring, make sure you have at least one ink refill and card stock before supplies are depleted.  Although the retirement date is the end of May, products are only available while supplies last.

This is big change, and I’ll have more information when I know it is “legal” to be shared.  Stay tuned!

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Last-Chance Products!

Select products from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are retiring — and this is your last chance to get them!  First, here are the lists:

Retiring Products List (pdf) – Occasions Catalog

Retiring Products List (pdf) – Annual Catalog

Check out all the promotion details below:

  • Promotion dates: April 9–May 31, 2018.
  • 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’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 8.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
    • 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.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing.  If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.
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Wait for it …

I’ll see you at 2:00 CDT with the retiring product lists!

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Loving what we do for 30 years

Tonight and tomorrow I’ll be in Milwaukee celebrating (with several hundred other demonstrators!) the 30th anniversary of Stampin’ Up!  I wouldn’t miss this for anything, and my plans are already being penciled in for the BIG anniversary event in November in Orlando!

Some time ago, having cleaned out her stash of hobby magazines, stamper Linda gave me this ad from the October 2002 issue of Crafts:

Seeing this brought a flood of memories!  I think this appeared the year before I had my first encounter with Stampin’ Up! products, but I recognize the style of art and techniques.  Think of it:  torn edges and crinkled card stock, fussy-cut letters for scrapbook titles, and wheels but no clear blocks or photopolymer stamps.  Still fun and beautiful projects.

It’s good to see where we’ve been, and by the close of OnStage tomorrow evening, I’ll know where we’re going.  After 13 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’m still wildly excited about seeing a new annual catalog!

One more thing:  Also in the pages from this magazine was an interview with Shelli Gardner, the co-founder of Stampin’ Up! (and now Chairman of the Board).  She’ll be speaking in Milwaukee, and I know her “voice” will be as genuine as it is in this article.  Click here to read Shelli’s 2002 interview (and check out her ‘do!).

What are your memories of long-ago Stampin’ Up!?  What was your first set?  Ink color?  What do you hope for the future of Stampin’ Up?

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Strawberry happy birthday

I have had a wild week of stamping, preparing for my display board at the OnStage event in Milwaukee this weekend and getting ready for April camps that start next week.  It’s been busy, but fun — I’ve spent hours and hours alone with a room full of supplies!

Before it is too far in the past, I must share another card from Inkspiration Saturday, actually only about five weeks ago, but feeling more like several months!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Fruit Basket | I love working with these tiny fruit images! You don't need a lot of clutter to get the "happy birthday" message across! Click for more details.

It’s too bad I couldn’t adjust my settings to show the “appliqued” scalloped circles.  Red on red — simple and fun!

When I first used the Fruit Basket set for a make-and-take project last November at OnStage in Salt Lake City, I thought “Cute, but no.”  I should know better.  It only takes someone like Allison Okamitsu — and lots of others — to prove how shortsighted I can be to a set’s possibilities!

The strawberry and cap are stamped as a 2-step image, then punched out with the cutest little punch.  That’s it!

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