Saturday, April 28, 2012

Catching Up on Posting Some Cards

This card uses the Bright Blossoms stamp set from the Summer Smooches promotion.  I really love these colors together.  Melon Mambo and Pacific Point. 

With this week being Administrative Assistant's Day (week) Linda made two cards for the occasion.  This one she gave to Jean - isn't it gorgeous!!!??? and the one below she gave to me.  I think they both came out beautifully.   The above card uses the Twitterpated DSP - I'm going to hate to see that go, it's just so pretty and of course the one below uses Summer Smooches which will be available again in the new catalog in June.

This adorable card idea comes from Maria Sanchez - her card can be found on Splitcoast Stampers here.  The Owl Punch is used for the "overalls" and then snipped to look like shorts.  The clouds were formed with the Cupcake Punch.  Brittney made this one for a baby shower she's going to this weekend.  I think it's one of the cutest cards I've seen in a long time!

Hope you're having a great weekend!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Join My Team for $99.00!!

Beginning May 1st, Stampin' UP! is offering a fully customizable Starter Kit for new recruits at a new lower price of $99!

This will give you the perfect start to your business (or hobby addiction) your way!

When you join as a new demonstrator, the choice is yours to put together a kit with any of our current high-quality products -- you can choose up to $125 worth of any Stampin' Up! products! You'll also receive a business supplies pack (valued at $65) to create a kit with a total value of $190 that still ships for FREE!

With the introduction of the new Starter Kit, new demonstrators will no longer have the option to purchase another kit or the add-ons. If you want to order the current kit option, you will need to place your order by 30 April 2012, 11:50 PM (MT).

So, even if you don't want to be a Demonstrator, this is a great way to get all of your own supplies at a 20% discount on every order plus receiving incentive awards along the way.

Please contact me if you are interested in joining my team.  I'd love to have you!

Have a great weekend!

~ Donna

Thursday, April 26, 2012

While Supplies Last...

The release of a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is always an exciting time for stampers. This year, the catalog will be  released a month early and I'm so excited to see it!  However, whenever we get a new catalog, we have to say goodbye to the old one. 

It's time to say goodbye to stamps and accessories that will be retiring but the good news is some of them are available at discounted prices.  Be sure to check out the retiring stamp sets and accessories now - so you don’t miss out on your retiring favorites! All the stamp sets on the list are going away on May 31st. 

All accessories are available only while supplies last. Order online to avoid disappointment.

UPDATE: I just talked to Demonstrator Support and was told that the Paper Snips and Craft Scissors were incorrectly included on the Retired Accessories List. These 2 items will NOT be retired.

2nd UPDATE: Just wanted everyone to know that the Summer Smooches FABRIC BRADS are sold out - darn, I loved those!

WARNING:  These lists are long! All ink pads are on the Retiring Accessories List because the pads are being reconfigured. Also, look for the * sign, this means that the item is being reconfigured. Finally, read about the Stampin Write Marker, the craft pad, and the 12x12 cardstock changes below.

Per Stampn' Up:
"Get them before they are gone! The retired accessories and Definitely Decorative (including Décor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long--these items are only available while supplies last!

When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of our Stampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) we are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog.

The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.
In addition, please note the following about the new catalog:

  • Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in color collections will continue to be offered)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colors and color collections"
The Occasions Mini Catalog will end this month and the current Idea Book & Catalog will retire at the end of May instead of the end of June! If you are one of the many stampers with items still on your wish list, now is the time to place your order.

Happy Shopping and please let me know if you need any assistance with ordering.  I know there are a few things on the list that I want before they go away.

~ Donna

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retiring Accessories List

It's here! The Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessories List is now available and check out the amazing savings on many of the retiring products!!! Click to view STAMPIN' UP! RETIRING ACCESSORIES LIST BY CATALOG PAGE NUMBER. Retiring accessories are only available while supplies last. Be sure to order your favorites before they are gone. Check out the RETIRING DEFINITIVELY DECORATIVE LIST.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Creative Saturday

Had a great creative day with Brittney today.  It seems like it's been ages since we've had unlimited Saturday Crafting Time!  I still need to make another birthday card for someone special but for now, here's what was created today.

This first card is for a little guy who celebrates half-birthdays and loves cars!  I searched on Splitcoast and found this cute car idea.  I want to add a rhinestone to the front for headlights and color one red to put on the back for brake lights.  I just realized I hadn't done that yet.  Sorry!  :)

The car is made from the Modern Label Punch (119849), Large Oval (119855), 1/2" Circle, and the circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309).

The balloons are from Patterned Party (w-123065 / c-123067) and the sentiment from On Your Birthday (111664 - wood only - and Retiring the end of May).  I love this stamp set - it is one of the ones I'm really going to miss on the Retirement Cards.

I hand cut the grass from Garden Green and sponged the clouds with Bashful Blue.  I hope Aiden likes it!

This one is for his big sister who will be graduating from 8th grade in May.  Her school colors (if I got it right) should be navy and gold, so I chose Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.  I couldn't find anything to make the Mortar Board with, so I hand drew it.  Kind of pleased how it came out actually. 

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Basic Black. 
Stampset:  Curly Cute (w-117014 / c-120510)
Tools:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138) and Scallop Edge Border Punch (118402), Perfect Polka Dots (117335) Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021).

This card was made by Brittney.  It's a remodel of one of the Stamp-a-Stacks we did recently.  She changed the white base card to Sahara Sand and added More Mustard striped paper from the Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack.

I also realized that I never posted the card that we made at our last workshop.  It is posted on my facebook page (StampsWellWithOthers) but missed being posted here.  I CASEd this card from Dawn Olchefske.  Isn't it beautiful?

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Concord Crush
Ink:  Concord Crush, Old Olive
Tools:  Simply Scored (122334) and the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586)
Stamps:  Bright Blossoms (w-125495 / c-125497) and Delightful Dozen (w-122650 / c-122652).

Thank you for looking in.  Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

~ Donna

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fun Day Making Cards

I had a great time on Sunday making cards and I wanted to share them with you here.  Yes, I know it's nearly Thursday, but that's just how my weeknights have been!  haha!

This card is my very favorite.  I actually got the idea from several locations but when I went to do mine, I discovered I cut it "wrong" for the way I had seen on the samples.  BUT, it seems I like my way better in the end as I only had to decorate one side.  The others I saw had to decorate both sides of the cut.

Recipe for the above card: 
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Water Color Paper
DSP:  Flirtatious Specialty
Ribbon:  Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Stamps:  Apothecary Art (w-125525 / c-125527); On Your Birthday (111664 - wood only and retiring May 31st)
Stampin' Write / Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
DSP:  Big Top Birthday
Stamp Set:  Bring on the Cake (w-121899 / c-121958)

The above card was leftover from a Stamp-a-Stack which came in extra handy when I needed a fast card.  This stamp set is another one that will be retiring the end of May.  I have to admit it's one of my favotires and I'll be sad to see it go.

Lastly a very retired stamp set "King of the Grill" but one of my favorite go-to sets for the BBQing men in my life.  Who doesn't have the need to make a card for when Dad is doing his best to keep the grill under control?  Gotta Love It!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Retiring Stamps List is HERE!!

Dates:  April 15-May 31, 2012 (select items available while supplies last)

Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2011-2012 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!

When you view the retiring stamps list, you may notice it's longer than in years past. During this transition to the new annual catalog, there are a higher number of stamps being refreshed and replaced than usual. While many stamps are going away, most are being replaced so that the breadth of our stamp lines is every bit as broad as ever!

Off I go to mark my book and see how much damage is done to my own inventory!!   Happy Sunday!

~ Donna

PDF of the Retired List

Friday, April 13, 2012

Stampin Up! Retired Lists to be issued this weekend!

Exciting news - Stampin' UP! will issue the Retired Stamp Sets list on April 15th, and then issue the Retired Accessories list on April 25th!   I will post the lists on my blog as soon as SU! gives them to us.  I'm really excited to see what will be going and praying my favorites will not be on the list!

RETIRING INFO: The Retiring Stamp Sets will be available until May 31st, but the Retiring Accessories will only be available While Supplies Last.   Learn from my experience and if there is something on the list you really want... buy it right away, don't wait!  Too many times I've waited, even an hour too long and I missed out on something I really wanted.  Same can be said of the Clearance Rack.  There are new items being added there, so be sure to take a peek and see if there are any of your favorites there.

The current Catalog will end on May 31st this year and the 2010 In Colors (Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, and Blushing Bride) are retiring. We also know that the Decor Elements vinyl wall decor line is retiring and the Simply Adorned jewelry line is retiring.  I really LOVE the Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz colors, so I know I'll be stocking up on those. 

NEW CATALOG INFO: The NEW 2012-2013 Annual Catalog will start June 1, 2012 and go through May 31, 2013.  There will be fewer pages because the NEW Semi-Annual Catalogs (Holiday Catalog and Spring Catalog) will be larger in size and hold more specialty items and season-specific items that will be taken out of the Annual Catalog. For example, the Annual Catalog will still have some Christmas items, but not as many as there are now. There will no longer be 3 Mini Catalogs anymore, instead we'll have 2 Semi-Annual Catalogs that run for 5 months instead of only 4 months! Even more exciting is that the Holiday Catalog will start August 1st, lots more time to plan those Christmas and Holiday cards.

My guess is the Retired List may be longer than usual since they are downsizing the main catalog so much, so be prepared to make your lists as soon as you see what will be going away. 
Have a great weekend everyone!
~ Donna

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tempting Turquoise Wedding Cards

A co-worker of ours is getting married this weekend and the colors chosen perfectly match with Tempting Turquoise.  How nice that is for making beautiful cards for him and his bride!

These two cards are both made by Linda from our craft group.  I think she did a fabulous job on both of them!  Her inspiration was found on Splitcoaststampers by searching under "wedding".  The card with the butterflies was done by "mrsbriggzee1" and the one with the hearts was done by "lbl".  I'm sorry I don't have more information on them but neither one had a blog or details.

Aren't they both beautiful?  I think Linda did a wonderful job!

Thank you for looking in.
~ Donna

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

Working on several things today that I've been wanting to try.  I just finished this Masculine Birthday Card and I was so thrilled with how it came out that I just had to share.  Even more exciting is it's my own design for a change... haha... no CASEing today!  This truck is one of my favorites to watercolor - it just looks perfect with the watercolor look, no matter what color is used.

Card Recipe:

Stamp set:  Countryside (w-116998 / c-120495)
Stampin' Write Markers - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Garden Green, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper
DSP:  Mocha Morning (122366)
Extras:  Antique Brads (117273), Aqua Painter (103954)

Thank you for looking in.  Hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

~ Donna

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bright Blossoms - Summer Smooches

I just love this little stamp set that you can purchase this month - 2 months before it is available in the next catalog.  It is called Bright Blossoms and I just love all the possibilities that it holds.  This adorable card idea comes from Sandi MacIver.

Recipe:  Cardstock - Whisper White
Ink:  Stampin' Write Markers - Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi
Stamp Sets:  Bright Blossoms (125495 w / 12549 c) and Delightful Dozen (122650 w / 122652 c)
DSP - Summer Smooches (125409)
Extras:  Dimensionals and Eyelet Border Punch (119853)

Thank you for looking in!  Have a fabulous weekend and a Happy Easter!

God Bless!
~ Donna

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stampin' UP! Summer Smooches Promotion


No need to wait until the new Stampin' Up! Catalog begins on June 1st.   You will have a special opportunity to pre-order cool new products from the Summer Smooches collection, April 1 through April 30, 2012.

125495Bright Blossoms Wood-Mount Set$16.95
125497Bright Blossoms Clear-Mount Set$12.95
125409Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper$10.95
125583Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon$6.95
125411Summer Smooches Designer Fabric$9.95
125589Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads*$6.95
125626Summer Smooches Décor Stencil*$7.95
125606Petite Purse Bigz L Die$32.95
129919Summer Smooches Photobook Template$17.95
129601Summer Smooches Digital Kit$9.95

*Exclusive to the Summer Smooches Special Offer; will not be available in the 2012-2013 catalog

Product Details:
  • Designer Series Paper coordinating colors: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry.
  • Designer Fabric coordinating colors: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango.
  • Fabric Designer Brads: 24 pieces, 8 ea. of 3 designs.
  • Summer Smooches Photobook Template and Digital Kit are My Digital Studio downloads.