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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An anniversary bonus for you!

Saturday marks my 12th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator.  My love for stamping is stronger than ever — I dream about colors, stamps, events, and even the cover of the next new catalog!

Those dreams have been especially frequent — and wild! — the past two weeks as I’ve spent hours at my worktable preparing for my display at OnStage in Minneapolis.  We’re just about ready to head north, and I’m crazy excited about what we’ll hear!  While I’m gone having a good time, I want you to have a good time, too!

From now through Thursday, April 13, earn Bonus Burgin Bucks!  That means that you’ll earn double the usual number — but only for orders placed online HERE using hostess code A6ACVTWU.  Click the Burgin Bucks badge above or HERE to read the details of this rewards program.

In short, for every $50 in product (before S/H and tax) ordered online with me using host code A6ACVTWU, earn TWO Burgin Bucks.   When you’ve earned 10 Burgin Bucks, choose a stamp set of any price (except host-only sets) and I’ll give it to you for FREE!  Some of you are so close to earning a free set of your choice, I fully expect to come home from OnStage to be able to celebrate with … you?

This offer closes midnight Central on Thursday, April 13.  You’ll find the space for the host code (A6ACVTWU) at the bottom left corner of your online shopping bag.

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Spring wreath

It doesn’t seem like my last All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack was two months ago, but it was!  I must do a little housekeeping and post the rest of the cards, including this one:

In January, this wreath seemed unseasonably cheerful!  As it turned out, our winter was mild and now we are ready to turn the corner into full bloom.  If it stops raining, that is.

If I lose Swirly Scribbles, I don’t know how I’ll make these twig wreaths!  (We’ll see the retirement lists in just a few weeks.)  Just as in real life, start with a plain wreath for the base and dress it up for the season or occasion.  I’ll never tire of these little flowers and matching punch.  Of course, I absolutely had to give them a little sparkle!

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Pencils inside the lines

Last week was my last Watercolor Pencils 101 class of the spring.  I’ve had a lot of fun working with this new product, and I hope to see an expanded color palette in the new annual catalog.

On the other hand, one thing we experimented with in class was achieving colors other than what is listed on the pencil.  We created a chart of “pure” colors, but playing around yielded some interesting and exciting results!

For example, the leaves on this card are colored with the Old Olive pencil (the only green pencil), but when blended with Daffodil Delight, the effect was very different.  My card here is a very pastel version of these colors; it was amazing to see how each participant’s project was unique!

I love this variation on spotlighting using this fabulous Sale-A-Bration paper.  Do I need to remind you that we’re in the final days of 2017 Sale-A-Bration?  On Saturday, April 1, it will all be over:  no more incentive to sign up as a demonstrator, no more free items for a qualifying purchase, no more Stampin’ Rewards bonus.  (If you need to refresh your memory about all this, read about 2017 Sale-A-Bration here, although be aware that additional free items have been offered and some are no longer available.)

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