The New Stampin’ Up! Catalog is Here!

Aloha, all!

     As this blog post is being published, I am in the full swing of placing my first full order from the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog – the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I've been waiting for this day since I first saw the catalog online a month and a half ago. It was bad enough when we demonstrators got to see it a month before it went live. But with the new schedule, we're being teased evern earlier!

     Now you, too, can see the catalog today by clicking here. And, while I'm sure you've seen many samples of products that we were allowed to pre-order before today, I thought I'd take the time today to show you a project that I CASEd from the new catalog. Check out page 146 to see the original.

     For my version of this project, I used both sides of two of the sheets of paper in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set. The White and Navy Blue Daisy pattern is on one side of a sheet and the Old Olive leaf print is on the other. The Floral Print is on the other side of the Calypso Coral graphic design. The ribbon is the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. There are two other colors of this ribbon, and I've ordered them both. Actually I've ordered a BUNCH of ribbon, though not all that is new in the catalog. Suffice it to say that I have enough to keep me for a while.

     The "Thank You" sentiment is from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, which also includes the line of daisies that I stamped along the bottom of the Calypso Coral paper strip. The actual stamp has 3 little daisies, but they do stamp nicely in a row.

     Oh, and about this card – I've already sent it out to a dear friend who had us over for dinner at her gorgeous ocean front home just a couple of weeks ago. She's always so appreciative of cards that I make, and I love making them for her!

     Even though I'm ordering from the new catalog on the first day I can, I still won't get my order until late next week – maybe at last as early the following week. Do you know how many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and Customers are at their computers or tablets at this very moment placing a first-day order??? Absolutely a lot. I guess if I wanted to pay a bit extra for special handling, I could. But I think I want to use that money to buy new products! I do have a class scheduled this month, but it's not until the 19th. So there's no reason to speed things up because of that. Or maybe there is. Hmmmm.

     As I write this, I don't have access to the online pictures or links related to products I'm featuring in this project. But I'll get on here and update this post later today. If you're interested in anything in the new catalog, you can just go directly to my Stampin' Up! Online store!

     Meanwhile, you might want to know the one thing that I'm ordering from this catalog that I could not possibly do without. It's the Climbing Orchid Bundle. Oh, I can hardly wait to color up some of those orchids to mimic those real orchids we have growing in our garden! I'll be posting one of those as soon as I get everything put away next week! And that bundle will be featured in my class later this month, too.

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Posted on : Jun 01 2017
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Just Waiting….

….Sigh. No more retiring products! But the Stampin' Up! Catalog is not yet live.

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The. Worst. Time. Of. The. Stampin. Up. Year!

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Posted on : May 31 2017
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The Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is Getting Serious!

Aloha, all!

     If you've been keeping up with what's available on the retiring product list (there's a link at the top of the column on the right), you may have noticed that Stamp Sets are starting to appear on the list or products no longer available! There are likely going to be more and more on that list as the week goes on – until Wednesday night, when everything will go dark for a bit!

     You see, Stampin' Up! makes their own stamp sets. And, at a certain point in the catalog life, they stop making them. Yes, there may be some in stock at that point. But, once they stop making those stamp sets, they're not going to be made again!

     So – a word to the wise shopping: If there's a stamp set you're really interested in, you might consider ordering it NOW! Like today!!! I'm not sure we're going to get an update to the retiring list until Tuesday when the regular work week starts again. So, even if it looks like it's there today, who knows what's going to happen come Tuesday.

     If you really want a stamp set, either order on my Stampin' Up! store or just send me an e-mail to let me know what I can order for you!

     Time's a wasting!

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Posted on : May 28 2017
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It’s a Busy Time in the Stampin’ Up! Year!

Aloha, all!

     If you're wondering where I've been, I've been in my Craft Room getting ready for the new Stampin' Up! Catalog – which is just a week away from being published! Yay!!!

     So two things have been going on, with many steps involved in each:

  • First, I have been clearing retiring Stampin' Up! products out of my shelves, drawers, closets and other places where I store my supplies. Here's evidence of one part of that process:

     This is all that's left of my stash of 12" x 12" Designer Series Papers from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. Yes, they're all cut up into pieces that will fit on the front of an A2 sized greeting card. Those cards are 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" when folded, and these pieces of paper are 5-1/4" x 4", which leaves a nice margin of the card base around the paper. That size is also fairly easy to cut and I end up getting 6 card front pieces from each full sheet. Of course, much of what I had left weren't whole sheets of paper, but they were still easy to cut.

     Today I finished cutting all the left over papers from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, and organizing all my 6" square "stack" papers into piles. I have a total of 4-1/2 pounds of paper cut up and bagged for my sale of retiring products (which will be in late summer/early fall).

     Everything else, including my retiring stamp sets (I'm keeping three, two of which I'll be using in a scrapbooking project next month), ribbons and other embellishments, are already packed away in boxes to be stored until I get them ready to be sold.

  • The other part of this project is studying the NEW Stampin' Up! catalog to determine what I should be buying to demonstrate here and in person over the next year. I think my list is pretty well complete.

     These two projects go hand in hand, of course. My Craft Room is cleaned up and ready for the new product shipment! It may not look like this by Wednesday as I do plan to do a bit of crafting with products I've been able to pre-order as Stampin' Up! demonstrators can do. I'm really itching to get those other new products, though!

     In case you're wondering about all those punches in the storage units – those are products that I hardly ever get rid of. I've had to really retire some as I've run out of room. But these babies are really hard to find and, even if I only need one once or twice a year, it's worth it for me to keep them, and they don't take up much space. And, yes, I'm rationalizing!

 


Posted on : May 27 2017
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Retiring Products Have Just 2-1/2 More Weeks!

Aloha, all!

     Well, it's actually less than 3 weeks before everything that's on the Stampin' Up! List of Retiring Products will really be retired. Now I know that some things don't actually sell out and end up on the Clearance Rack a couple of months down the road. But when it comes to things that I want, the products really do run out before the retiring date gets here. Just a thought….

     Anyway, here's another recent project that I made to show off several retiring products.

     Unfortunately, I had to make a sympathy card to send to a friend whose husband just passed away after a long illness. I was quite thankful that I still had some large pieces of the retiring Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper to use for this card. The pinks and purples go together so well to make a soothing card. I used one sheet that's primarily Blushing Bride in color and another – the mats behind the sentiment and the main card layer – that's primarily Rich Razzleberry. Since I was on a mission to use up some retiring products, I used the lace stamp from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, and stamped it twice along the right side of the card front.

     To give the card front some texture beyond the faux texture provided by the lace stamp, I added a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock that I embossed using the retiring Elegant Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then for the final touch before adding the Sentiment Layer, I tied a piece of the retiring Blushing Bride 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.

     For the sentiment, I chose one from the NOT retiring Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set (so glad this isn't retiring!), which I stamped using Rich Razzleberry Ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock before die-cutting it and the Designer Series Paper layer using the also NOT retiring Lots of Labels Framelits. For just a tad more texture and interest, I included some Rich Razzleberry Enamel Dots just below the sentiment.  I adhered this layer to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     Now off to make some more cards using some of my favorite retiring products. Believe it or not, I've already packed most of them away in boxes that will be stored until the Fall, which is when I usually put all my retiring products up for sale on eBay. But there are a few still hanging around, and you'll see some of them as long as they're still available. This is the time in retirement season when stamp sets start getting sold out, so keep thinking about stamp sets you'd like to buy – better sooner than later! Rarely do rubber stamp sets end up on the Clearance Rack. Just sayin'

     Here are the products in this project that will be retiring come May 31st:

And here are the products I used that are NOT retiring

 


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Posted on : May 15 2017
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New Stampin’ Up! Catalogs Are Here!

Aloha, all!

     I just finished packing up a bunch of new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogs for mailing to my customers. Yay for me getting them done a couple of weeks before they "go live"! I've included several helpful inserts with each catalog, of course. But I also couldn't resist making a note card to go with each one!

     I got quite a way into my envelope stuffing before I realized that I'd not taken a photo of the little 3" x 3" cards – but I think this grouping makes a nice picture, don't you? What's especially nice about these cards is that I used 3 brand new products in putting them together: There's the super-lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, and a bit of the new Tranquil Tide Ink that I used to stamp the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     The Delightful Daisy paper set has some gorgeous designs, but this side of this sheet is almost my favorite. I promise to get out my absolute favorite sheet to show off before too long. The Double-Stitched Ribbon will come in 3 colors: Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler, besides the Daffodil Delight. As you can see from the photo, the stitching on one side is a cross-stitched 'X' and the other side has a double running stitch. This is what two different sides of my cross-stitching looks like when I make a row of 'X's, and it makes both sides fun to work with. It's also fun to tie a bow. Now, I could have sworn I tied every bow the same way as I was doing it off the spool. But, as you can see, the bows turned out differently. It doesn't matter, though, because the patterns are so much fun.

     Besides the new products, I turned to my favorite sentiment stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes, for the sentiment and the Modern Label Punch to punch it out of the Whisper White Cardstock on which it was stamped.

     So – I've used up my supply of catalogs for the moment. But I would be happy to order some more and get one out to you if you're not one of my current customers. All you have to do is to change that non-customer status and place an order of $50 or more before the end of June, and I'll send a catalog off to you FREE! This means you can order now from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog (click on the "Current Stampin' Up! Catalogs" picture over on the right) or from the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog when it is published June 1st. I'll have a link to an online copy of the catalog in the same spot on the right when it's published!

     For those of you who are already my customers, you should get your catalog in your mail box next week. If you don't, be sure to let me know!

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Posted on : May 12 2017
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Countdown to Retirement – For Stampin’ Up! Products, That Is!

Aloha, all!

     I'm back from a month-long vacation and am SOOO ready to be back to my paper crafting activities. In fact, I started over the weekend, and I have at least a week's worth of projects featuring retiring Stampin' Up! products ready for you. Before I share my first project, though, here's some up-to-date information about the list of retiring products.

  • Over to the right is an icon that links to a list of Retiring Products (English language only), with those that have already sold out shown in lined-out red print. This list is current as of the date shown below the icon. But things change fast this last month of the Stampin' Up! year – so read on!
  • Stampin' Up! updates its list in real time, though, so the real clue to what's still available is in the store on my Stampin' Up! Website. Click the icon for The Sun Is Setting to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to see what's still around – and to order, of course.

     It's hard for me to say which of the retiring stamp sets and other products are my favorites or are products that I'm really going to miss. Of course, if I'm really, really, really going to miss them for my own needs, then they may find their way into my personal stash. But I want to be able to demonstrate current products most of the time, so I'll not be using most of these in my blog posts after May 31st.

     So let's get started with a week or two of new products and reprises of some of my favorites, such as the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP.

     I especially like the Copper Accents in this sheet, which is one of 7 different sheets in the set, two of which have the Copper Accents. The Copper Foil that I used at mats for both layers in this card will continue into the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But the paper won't. So buy it while you can!

     Two of the colors that are featured both in the Designer Series Paper and in the colors that I used in the stamped layer are also retiring as they have had their two years in the limelight as Stampin' Up! In Colors – Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. As of the time that I am writing this the Stampin' Write Markers that feature these colors are still available – at 20% off! – as are the Classic Stampin' Pads for both colors. All of the ink refills are sold out, though.

     Oh, and this fun stamp set is going to retire! The stamped layer includes two of the stamps from the Mixed Borders Stamp Set. These stamps make such as elegant border, that you can make as delailed or plain as you'd like. I'm so disappointed that it only stayed around for one year. It's a favorite, but I'll be retiring it from my collection come May 31st. You may see it again here during this coming month, though!

     For the final touch, I added some Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy Enamel Shapes. Those, thank heavens!, are NOT retiring. So glad I stocked up on them when they were on sale last fall.

     Here are the retiring products I featured in today's post:

     And here are the other products included in the project:

    


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Posted on : May 02 2017
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Eastern Elegance: A Brand New Product Suite!

Aloha, all!

     It's May 1st, and that means it's only one more month before Stampin' Up!'s newest Annual Catalog will be released for the public. There are so many products in it that I can hardly wait to get my hands on! As a demonstrator, I'll be able to snatch up some of the new products beginning tomorrow.

     BUT EVERYONE CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON ONE FABULOUS PRODUCT SUITE BEGINNING TODAY!

     This new product suite is the Eastern Elegance Suite, and, yes, just about the whole suite is available for purchase – as bundles!  There are two bundles and, no matter which bundle you purchase, there will be another free new product or two that you'll get as part of it! Just click on the picture above to find out more about these bundles. But I'll tell you right now what my favorite new product in this deal is – the Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock!. Yes, we've had the Whisper White Thick Cardstock for a while, and it's gotten a lot of use in my craft room, mostly for card bases. It's great to hold lots of layers and not bend under the weight. But every time I've wanted to make a Very Vanilla Card Base, I keep the layers down a bit, and wonder why we don't have the thick cardstock in that color.

     Now we do!!!  And any of us who purchase one of the new bundles will get a pack of the new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock at no additional cost! And, no matter which bundle you purchase, you'll get a free set of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes. Those excite me, too. And they're definitely a size that the U.S. Postal Service (at least) lets us mail without any additional postage.

     So clicki on the link above and find out more about this fab offer – and go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order it today!

     Oh, and the FREE Very Vanilla products are only good on these bundles, which are only available this month!


Posted on : May 01 2017
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I haven't really gone fishing – though I'll be seeing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico while I'm gone! And there may be some fish on a dinner table now and then!

I'm putting my blog on a bit of a vacation while I take my own, visiting family all over the United States Mainland. I'm sure that, while I'm gone, there will be news from Stampin' Up! as they're having their Spring 2017 gatherings during April, and news will be filtering out shortly after that. To keep you up-to-date with that, I'll be posting on my Facebook Page, RobinsCraftRoom. So check things out there – and Like my page! – while I'm gone. To get to my page quickly, just click on the word, Facebook, over at the left.

See you in May!!!

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Posted on : Apr 01 2017
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Aloha for the Month of April!

Aloha, all!

     Aloha means many things here in Hawai'i. When I use it to greet you each time I write a blog post here, I mean it as a sense of wishing you an affectionate, "Hello." When people speak of "living the aloha spirit," they are talking about the sense that we should live in peace and with love and compassion.

     But today, I'm using it in another way, as I'm saying goodbye to you – but just for a very short time! My husband and I are taking an extended vacation during the month of April to visit family all over the United States mainland, including attending the wedding of one of our nephews in the Washington, D. C., area. Of course I've made a personal card for the bride and groom, and my last post until I return is featuring that card.

     When I first saw the Lucky Elephant Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, I wondered if it would be appropriate as a card for this wedding, especially as our nephew is marrying a woman of Indian heritage. Surely I'd be able to use it! Then, when my sister-in-law said that the bride was going to be wearing a "stunning gold tunic with a red gown" for the wedding reception, I knew JUST what I was going to do with this elephant – Emboss it in Gold on Real Red Cardstock.

     After that, I tried to use all kinds of other gold products in the Stampin' Up! catalogs. But every time I tried to add something such as the Gold Foil Doilies or the Gold Ribbon or Gold Twine, the card just started to look too gaudy. And gaudy wasn't what I wanted. I wanted something simple and, hopefully, elegant. I do think that the final card has that feeling.

     The gold embellishments, both the circles on the rug on the back of the elephant and the hearts in the background are from the Metallic Enamel Shapes assortment. After I matted the main stamped layer using Gold Glimmer Paper, I felt that was all I needed.

     The sentiment is from another stamp set in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, Beautiful You. I seems to fit right in. There is a bit of fussy cutting work with the rug on the elephant's back. For that, I stamped and embossed just that part of the Elephant stamp on Pacific Point Cardstock. I then cut it out along the outside edge of the elephant stamp and just above the bottom part of the rug. (My first try was to stamp/emboss on Whisper White and then on Very Vanilla Cardstock, and color in the empty spaces with the Pacific Point. After not liking what I ended up with, I had the "duh" moment that led me to stamp/emboss on Pacific Point cardstock itself. Well, duh!

     Here are the products I feature in this card. Even though Robin's Craft Room will be on vacation, don't forget that my Stampin' Up! store is open all year, regardless of my personal plans. Just click on any of the pictures below to go to that store, learn more about any of the products, and then buy them if you'd like!

     Aloha for a month!

    


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Posted on : Mar 30 2017
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