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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Springtime Foils duo

I think this is the last of my Sale-A-Bration projects.  Actually, I have two final cards — these are simple and so we made five cards instead of the usual four in camp this month.  Here’s the first, colored with Stampin’ Blends:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | 2018 Sale-A-Bration | The Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper has four patterns of metallic foil designs on glossy 12x12 cardstock. Fun to color with alcohol markers or in other ways. Click for details!

There’s only a tiny bit of blending here, but it’s so striking.  Next, we used Sponge Brayers to create an ombré effect with three colors of ink.  This card was incredibly fast to create!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | 2018 Sale-A-Bration | The Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper has four patterns of metallic foil designs on glossy 12x12 cardstock. Fun to color with alcohol markers or in other ways. Click for details!

That’s it!  This will be fun in other colors, like my go-to pinks.  Don’t forget to use a cotton ball or tissue to wipe the ink off the foil, as it is not absorbed.

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Spring Blossoming Basket

I hope you’ve been able to earn this FREE Sale-A-Bration bundle!  I’ve seen beautiful cards produced with the stamp set and embossing folder used together and also individually.  I’m happy that this folder will be part of the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Blossoming Basket | Although this stamp set is a limited edition, we can look forward to the Basket Weave embossing folder in the next Annual Catalog. Click for more information.

I suppose there’s a name for this “fancy fold” where the front of the card is just a partial panel — do you know what it is?  It’s so simple to achieve, but you do have to be careful about how you adhere the stamped and matted panel to that short side.  (We had a few interesting results this month!)  Here’s a different view:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Blossoming Basket | Although this stamp set is a limited edition, we can look forward to the Basket Weave embossing folder in the next Annual Catalog. Click for more information.

Of course it was fun to color this basket, even if the colors are far from nature.

The little “bow” is simply a short piece of ribbon cinched with some Linen Thread, which is then tied in a bow.

Remember that you can only earn this Sale-A-Bration freebie through Saturday, March 31!

Click the images below to add products for this card (except for the Blends, which are currently unorderable) to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store:

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You’re awesome (but you knew that!)

I almost didn’t get Epic Celebrations as one of my Sale-A-Bration freebies, but I’m glad I did!  It’s a great guy/kid set:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Epic Celebrations | This set is another great one for coloring. Here, I used Stampin' Blends. Lots of FREE 2018 Sale-A-Bration items on this card; click for more details.

Since I **love** Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay, I just had to design this card with the Sale-A-Bration Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes and Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper — both Sale-A-Bration freebies.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Epic Celebrations | This set is another great one for coloring. Here, I used Stampin' Blends. Lots of FREE 2018 Sale-A-Bration items on this card; click for more details.

Adding those funky dots in LLT to the card base gives another layer of interest.  I stamp tone-on-tone images on the diagonal quite often, especially on quick cards.  Turn the stamp each time to make it slightly different.  Beginner stampers, take note!

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Bunny Love

Easter brunch is at our house Sunday around noon.  The Burgin family always eats “dinner” early (a throwback to the days on the farm).  We celebrate Resurrection Day in worship in the morning, then rush home to get things in the oven and on the table.

My Easter decorations are secular, complete with bunnies and eggs and flowers.  It’s spring, and that’s worth celebrating.  So I designed this Easter (or baby!) card for camp this month, using the “floral spray” stamp from Lots of Lavender.  Although you are tempted to start coloring this image, there are three (!) stamps that do the coloring for you:  the main flower, the right set of leaves, and the left set of leaves.  It’s a perfect two-step stamping set for beginners, whom I will have at camp tonight.  Can hardly wait to see their reactions to our projects!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! 2018 Sale-A-Bration | Lots of Lavender | A Good Day | You can find images hiding out in the most surprising places! Click for more details.

There was a little bit of coloring on this card — the berries in the flower swag and a tiny bit on the bunny.  We used a Watercolor Pencil to lightly outline the bunny to “lift” him from the paper.  It’s one of my favorite coloring tricks!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! 2018 Sale-A-Bration | Lots of Lavender | A Good Day | You can find images hiding out in the most surprising places! Click for more details.Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store:

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Lavender bunch

All this week I am featuring projects using Sale-A-Bration items.  I can’t believe it will be over at the end of Saturday, March 31!  If you need a review of benefits you can earn during this extraordinary opportunity, see my initial SAB post here.  Since that post, two more sets of free items have been added to the SAB lineup.  You can see them all here.

This card uses the pretty Lots of Lavender set, and this interpretation is pretty literal!  But it’s not the only way to use this set — come back tomorrow for a March camp card.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Lots of Lavender | A simple card using this 2-step stamp set FREE during 2018 Sale-A-Bration!

If there’s any project that needs a bit of sweetness, I reach for the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  When we use it at camp, I’m often asked which is the “right” side of this floral folder.  The answer is that it depends on which one you like better for the project!  It is an essential product to own if you have a Big Shot — and you can get it FREE with a qualifying purchase of just $50 in product (before S/H and tax) during Sale-A-Bration.

I would use this card for a girl birthday, Easter, or even sympathy.  The photopolymer stamps are so easy to use when doing two-step stamping — no coloring needed!

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