New Stamps 7: Endless Thanks

Aloha, all!

     When it comes to featuring a stamp set that is all words, there needs to be something else in the card to make it a bit more interesting. I've had the idea for the layout of this card since back when the SUO Challenge group had its Stars and Stripes challenge. I just wasn't sure that this met the bill too well, so I used something else for the challenge. Now I'm thinking differently!


     Does this paper not have stars on it? And does this little bit of weaving not make stripes? So it's "Stars and Stripes," right? Thought so!

     It took a bit of measuring to end up with the stripes somewhat symmetrical with a card that remained a standard A2 size. Once I thought of making the sentiment the central strip in the overall design, with it wider than the stripes just before and after and those wider that the top and bottom stripes, it all seemed to have the right balance for me.

     Now where did I find this fun paper with the stars?  In the Sweet Li'l Things Designer Series Paper. I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't have much to make or demonstrate in the way of baby projects. My nephew in Maryland has a baby, but that's as close as I am to any baby. There are none in the rest of my family or among my customers or their families.  BUT I learned a few years ago that the "other" sides of Designer Series Papers with baby patterns are usually wonderful to use for any kind of project. And thus it is with this year's set of "baby" papers!

     The color in this set of papers is Hello Honey. As it's in one of the In Color groups, I chose another in that group – Mossy Meadow – as the accent color. I think it works nicely!

     The stamped sentiment is made up of three different stamps – the banner, "thanks," and "so much." It's amazing how well I can squeeze images together with the Photopolymer stamp sets, of which this is one. I knew what width I wanted that layer to be and I made those words work!

     To finish off the project, I used a piece of the new Thick Baker's Twine in Very Vanilla. That worked well as the base color in this paper set is Very Vanilla,

     It was a fun project and I'll share the measurements for it in my next newsletter. If you're interested in my newsletter, just sign up in the upper left corner of this page! My next newsletter will be towards the end of July after a fun visit from my teenage grandson earlier in the month.

Here are the products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Endless Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set (138796)
Sweet Li'l Things Designer Series Paper (138447)
Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine (138411
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (101650); Mossy Meadow (133676)
Ink: Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad (133645)



Posted on : Jun 30 2015
Posted under Stamping |

Every Once in a While…

…I find just the perfect paper for a project and it's (gasp!) NOT Stampin' Up!


Aloha, all!

     This week we are visiting my husband's sister and brother-in-law at the family cabin on a lake in Northern Minnesota. It will be a quiet visit as our children and grandchildren aren't here. I love the peace and quiet, but I definitely miss our three grandchildren who won't be traveling to the lake until later this summer. Because we won't see them, I thought it might be a nice idea to make little accordion fold scrapbooks for each of them with photos from previous summers at the lake.

     As I was contemplating what papers and colors I should use for these projects, I paid a completely unrelated visit to my local scrapbooking store. I walked in, and there were the PERFECT PAPERS for the scrapbooks. With cute pictures of bears (the lake is Bear Lake), sentiments such as, "Life is better at the lake" and my favorite, "We didn't know we were making memories. We were just having fun!" I couldn't pass the papers up. Oh, and one of the sheets had pictures of a lake with bears and deer and signs to the campsite (there's an old CCC campsite nearby). I was totally smitten by the whole series of papers, and ended up buying several.

Bear Lake

     Now the scrapbooks are finished – complemented by Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede and Night of Navy Stampin' Up! cardstock and images punched with Stampin' Up! punches. When it was all over, I thought I needed to do something with the scraps, so I made them each a card telling them why I made the scrapbooks. That's where Stampin' Up! (mostly) comes in.

     The sentiment is from the new Watercolor Words stamp set, stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. The sentiments looked a bit too large as I was considering whether to buy the stamp set. But they turn out to be perfect for this kind of a greeting card layout. I have one of my series of "New Stamps" blog posts planned for this stamp set later this summer and I'll chat a bit more about it then. For now, it was perfect for a card accompanying a small gift. I accented the card front with little punched hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, using Soft Suede Cardstock.

     I'm so glad to have found this paper! But by my next post, I'll be back to featuring Stampin' Up! wonderful sets of Designer Series Papers – which are so much more flexible in the possibilities for their use than these single sheets at the local scrapbook store.

     But every once in a while….


Posted on : Jun 28 2015
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

New Stamps 6: Remarkable You

Aloha, all!

     I'm quite happy to continue to be using my brand new stamp sets from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog, especially the stamp I chose for this weekend's VC Rocks group blog hop. VC Rocks is a group of Stampin' Up! users that forms each May and continues to have fun online at a "Virtual Convention" throughout the summer.


     The Remarkable You Stamp Set was actually the very first stamp set that I put on my Wish List when I first saw the new catalog online. My grandson's mother had just recently posted a fabulous photo of a yellow Calla Lily on Facebook, and I could just see the Calla Lily stamp in this set in bright Daffodil Delight ink.

     Well, try as I may, I could not make the lilies look as nice as I wanted coloring it in. Rats!  So I gave up and moved on to something else. Then an idea struck in the middle of the night (most great ideas do) and the next morning I stamped the lilies using Momento Black Ink on Daffodil Delight Cardstock. Just what I wanted! Well, not quite once I thought to make the stamp the centerpiece of an oval card I wanted to make with the Ovals Collection Framelits. I was inspired by the square card I'd made earlier in the week, and the oval seemed just perfect. But the original image was just a bit of the wrong shape and size.  So I fussy-cut both lilies out and tied them together with a bow of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon. Now that was what I wanted.

     The second part of my design idea was to make a frame, also of Daffodil Delight, and then show off one of the new Greetings Thinlits as part of the frame.  A bit of texture in the background from the new Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and some Garden Green Candy Dots, and the card was done.

     I hope not only that you've enjoyed my card for this blog hop, but that you'll take the time to visit some of the other hoppers in this group. Links to all of the participants are on the VC Rocks Home Page.

Products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Remarkable You Stamp Set (wood mount – 139891; clear mount – 139894)
Ovals Collection Framelits (129381)
Greetings Thinlits (138275)
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288)

Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White (100730); Daffodil Delight (119683)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black Pad (132708)
Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (134559)
Garden Green Candy Dots (from the Regals Collection – 130932)


Posted on : Jun 26 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

New Stamps 5: From the May Paper Pumpkin

Aloha, all!

     Well, this isn't exactly a "new" stamp set as in a stamp set I ordered from the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog. But it is new in my craft room and I haven't used it on its own until now. You see, this is one of the stamps that was included in the May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit.  While I love those kits, I tend not to feature them here too much because it's not something that I can offer to sell you, as I can offer all the other products that I feature in my blog posts. But there is the possibility that you can get some of these stamps, and I'll explain at the end of this post.

     For now, we're at the time for another SUO Challenges biweekly challenge!  This time the challenge is to have something other than a straight, clean, line for the edge of our projects. As I looked around my craft room, my eyes fell on the Squares Collection Framelits, and I wondered how that might work for this challenge.  Pretty well, I think!


     Once I chose a square for my card shape, I decided that the various layers would also be squares. It just was the simplest way to get the project done! Then I went looking for stamps to fill a small, center, square, allowing the paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack to show its colors. That's when I ended up taking out the very square stamp set from my May Paper Pumpkin kit. My layers for that central image are Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, then some Pool Party Cardstock. Pool Party is one of the colors in the balloons floating skyward in that designer paper, and it's an easier color on which to stamp than the Crushed Curry or the red or green would have been.

     One of my fellow SUO Challenges Design Team Members, Karen Barber, is forever making the most gorgeous projects with ribbon tied up and floating all over the place.  So, in looking for an embellishments for this card, I took a small page out of her book and let the Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim go wherever it wanted. Then, of course, I had to make an envelope to fit the card, and out came my brand new 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper.  Yes, envelope paper – 12" square, light printed paper that is PERFECT FOR ENVELOPES made using the Envelope Punch Board. This card ended up being 4-1/2" x 4-3/4" so I made an envelope to fit that shape.  Reminder: square enveloped cost more to mail in the U.S.

     In case you've never used on of the Stampin' Up! framelits to make a card, what you do is to (1) fold your base card in half and, (2) run it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the folded side just barely inside the cutting edge of the framelit. Really very simple.  The base of this card is the Whisper White Thick Cardstock, and two thicknesses of it was cut by the framelit just fine.

     For the first layer, which also has the scalloped edge, I ran a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock through the Big Shot using the largest square framelit, BUT I moved one side inwards one scallop's width.  Once I had the three scalloped edges, I just had to trim the fourth edge to fit the same distance from the folded edge as the scallops were from the scalloped edge of the card base.

     Now, about the Paper Pumpkin Subscription:  You can subscribe for 3 or 6 months.  Once you become a subscriber, you have the option of purchasing earlier kits or even just the disposables from earlier kits.  Availability is limited. Of course, you can always just order a Paper Pumpkin kit one month at a time, which is what I frequently do. I've had fun with my kits.  They good not just for beginning stampers, but for those who like something quick and easy to do once in a while!

Products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Cherry on Top Paper Stack (138443)
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White Cardstock (100730); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder from the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (139002); Pool Party (122924)
Ink: Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (138323)
Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim (138425)
2015-2015 In Color Envelope Paper (138312)


Posted on : Jun 22 2015
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

New Stamps 4: Watercolor Wings

Aloha, all!

     Throughut the Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, there are "Tips" and other hints for using stamps and other products in the catalog.  Last week, when I was going through the catalog trying to find something to copy for a challenge, I found suggestion:  "Try using just the outline stamp or just the solid stamp or use the together for more creative combinations."  This quote referred to the stamp set, Garden in Bloom, but it could refer to any similar set in the catalog collection, including the featured "New Stamp" in today's post, Watercolor Wings.


     In fact, I featured BOTH of these stamp sets in this project, and for both I used only the solid stamp from the set.  The large butterfly on the top layer is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set, and the small butterfly repeated on the left set of layers is from Gardern in Bloom.

     The one thing about this project that was most fun was that, not only was it a challenge, it was a challenge to use a sketch that I had included in a blog post three years ago! I actually could have just about repeated the whole design because the two main stamp sets in that card – Papillon Potpourri and Sassy Salutations – are still in the catalog.  But that would have required me to get away from my new stamp sets, and that's a no-no this month!

     The colors I used for this card are my current go to colors, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush, both new 2015-2017 Stampin' Up! In Colors. As I was looking to see what I have planned in the way of blog posts over the next few weeks, I see that I have one more project using those colors coming up next week.  After that, they'll be scarce for a while. There really are other colors in the catalog!

     To go with the colors, I added one of the Cucumber Crush sheets from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack as the main background, and matted it with a bit of Watermelon Wonder cardstock before wrapping a piece of the Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim.  The sentiment is also from the Watercolor Wings stamp set, and fit perfectly in the space allocated for it.  That always makes me happy.

     Have a great weekend, everyone! And I hope you have a chance to do some paper crafting with some fun Stampin' Up! products!

Now here are the products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Watercolor Wings Stamp Set (139424)
Garden in Bloom Stamp Set (139433)
Cherry on Top Paper Stack (138443
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White Cardstock (100730); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder from the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (139002)
Ink: Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin' Pad (138324); Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (138323)
Watercolor Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim (138425)


Posted on : Jun 19 2015
Posted under Challenges, Layout Sketch Provided, Stamping |

New Stamps 3: Birthday Blossoms

Aloha, all!

     Once again I have a project that resulted from a challenge. This particular challenge was to CASE (an acronym for Copy and Share with Everyone) a project in the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog. 

     As I went through the catalog, I realized that I had, indeed, been very frugal about what I bought from this catalog that was new to Stampin' Up! On the other hand, CASE does not mean that everything in the project has to be copied exactly – in fact, most CASEd projects are just trying to get the sense of the original project.

     For some reason, I started at the back of the catalog and started going through it towards the front.  Wouldn't you know it that I got all the way to Page 8 before I found something that felt that I really wanted to try to CASE it for the challenge.




     And, yes, this is one of my new stamp sets from the new Stampin' Up! catalog, and I'm still on track to using only my new stamps from the new catalog before I work with anything else!  The set for this project is Birthday Blossoms.  I bought this set more for its flowers than for its various birthday greetings. But I was happy to use the greeting on this card, too.

     While I didn't change the layout for this card too much, I did change two of the colors just because I felt like it.  I really like the new Mint Macaron color of green, and chose that for the leaves just because I'd not used it much since the colors first arrived in my craft room. I wasn't sure which color had been used for the sentiment and one of the flowers, but I decided on Cherry Cobbler because I definitely had Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine in my ribbon collection. Two features that I did keep from the original was stamping the Hello Honey Cardstock with the small flower stamps from the set, using Hello Honey Classic Ink.  I also used a brush dipped in some watery Hello Honey reinker to make some splatter on both the card base and the Whisper White Cardstock layer.

     The big change was in my use of a slightly trimmed Deco Labels Collection Framelit, which the sample in the catalog used one of the new Lots of Labels Framelits. As for the slightly showing Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim, I had intended just to leave the trim out of this project.  So far I've only bought Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim, and not the Delightful Dijon that seemed to be featured in the sample.  But then I decided that just a tinge of watermelon color couldn't hurt. I tried it out before I glued everything down and liked it more than I thought I would.  So stay it did!

     As I was going through the new Stampin' Up! catalog, I did see some other projects that I thought it would be fun to CASE.  I've already tried out one other, and I'll be sharing it with you for another challenge project in a couple of weeks. Oh, and it uses one of my new stamp sets, too!

     Meanwhile, here are the products that I used in this project!

Products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set (139167 – wood mount; 139471 – clear mount)
Pansy Punch (for punching the 3 large flowers) (130698)
Classic Stampin' Pads: Hello Honey (133643); Cherry Cobbler (126966); Mint Macaron (138326)
Cardstock: Hello Honey (133678); Whisper White (100730)
Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim (138425)
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (123125)

Posted on : Jun 16 2015
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping |

New Stamps 2: You’re Sublime

Aloha, all!

     The Stamp Set, You're Sublime, is a sittch!  I just love having at least one stamp set with fun images and creative sentiments. Nothing about this set takes itself seriously, and I smile every time I look at the images. Here are two that I made as part of a challenge to make something monochromatic and make it in less than an hour.


     Less than an hour?  I made these two in much less than that.  They are so much fun, espeially with two of Stampin' Up!'s newest In Colors, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  Actually, I thought of Cucumber Crush first because of the word "lime" in the name of the stamp set. One of the images in the set is a little submarine (thus the "sub" in sublime) and I first tried to envision that in a monochromatic card.  Maybe Tempting Turquoise?

     But I digress.  I really wanted to use the Cucumber Crush polka-dotted paper from the new 2015-2017 In Color Paper Stack. Then I looked at the little toad, and off I went!  Well, I had the new paper stack out, so out came the cute little crab.  I think I could just stand at my work table and make cards out of othese cuties for hours! Cards don't have to be fancy to make me smile!

     There are a couple of products in this project that do not really show themselves.  Did you know that Stampin' Up! now sells Whisper White THICK Cardstock? It's so much better as a card base than the regular Whisper White cardstock, which tends to bend a bit if my card is heavily embellished or layered (and I do layer!).  The other new product idea is that Stampin' Up! is packaging cardstock in packs of 3 colors to go with many of their Designer Series Paper sets.  I bought the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (8 sheets of 3 colors) because I could see myself using the three colors in that pack more than a pack of the In Color Cardstock pack would give me (4 sheets each of 5 colors). 

     Fun project!  If you're only going to get one "cute" stamp set this season, Your're Sublime is definitely the one!  Here's a picture of everything in the set:


Products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

You're Sublime Stamp Set (wood mount – 138732; clear mount – 139309)
2015-2017 In Color Paper Stack (138432
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White Cardstock (100730); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder from the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (139002)
Ink: Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin' Pad (138324); Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (138323); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder Stampin' Write Markers (5 markers in the In Color Pack – 138333)



Posted on : Jun 13 2015
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping |

New Stamps 1: Circle of Spring

Aloha, all!

     When I was packing away all my retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets last week, I realized that there were several of them that (gasp!) I.HAD.NEVER.USED! It's very likely that, as some of them were older, I had managed to obtain them through other than purchases. We get free stamp sets at Convention and there are promotions throughout the year some of which involve getting a free stamp set.

     Nonetheless, I find it absurd that, with all the crafting that I do, there were stamp sets that sat unused in my craft room.  So beginning with stamp sets from the newest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, I am NOT using any other stamp sets until I have used all my new stamp sets at least once. The good news is that I only bought 9 new stamp sets. Yes, that may seem like a lot.  But I needed to fill some theme voids in my stamp collection. Oh, and there were a couple of new sets that I just couldn't pass up regardless of what I "needed."


     I pulled out today's stamp set because I loved the latest Create with Connie and Mary weekly challenge, and I thought the wreath would be fun for one of the challenge's layer elements. The stamp set is Circle of Spring and it goes with a framelits set we've had in the Stampin' Up! collection since last fall's 2014 Holiday Catalog – Wonderful Wreath.  The images that I cut out with the framelits are the wreath itself (it takes two to tango with this image!), the bow, and the small flower under the sentiment.

     I stamped the wreath and the small single flower using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, and I colored both in using the Stampin' Write Markers in two of our newest colors, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron.  I added a little bit of Daffodil Delight, but ended covering much of it up with the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots from the Brights Candy Dots Collection. 

     For the background, I cut two rectangles as called for in the challenge sketch, one using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and one using Mint Macaron. I adhered them to the top Whisper White Cardstock layer and then texturized them using the brand new Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I had determined that the "Thank You" sentiment would just about fit inside one of the "bricks," so I waited until after I'd run the card front through the Sizzix Big Shot before stamping it.  I love how easy it is to get Photopolymer stamps right where I want them!

     After I adhered the wreath, using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added a bow to serve as the final element required in the sketch.  I stamped the bow using Watermelon Wonder Ink onto Watermelon Wonder Cardstock, then cut it using the ribbon die from the framelits set. After adding the small single flower to the bottom right of the card using Glue Dots, I added several of the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots. 

     The last – and maybe best? – thing that you should know about this card is that the card base is not just Whisper White Cardstock.  It is the brand new HEAVIER (100 lb wt) Whisper White Thick Cardstock, that's much better for card bases than the plain, lighter, Whisper White.

     It's a fun sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary, and it goes on for a week. You might want to try it out for yourself!

Products in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set (138964)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits (135851
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730); Whisper White THICK Cardstock (140272); Watermelon Wonder (138334); Mint Macaron (138337)
Stampin' Write Markers: Both Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron are in the 2015-2017 In Color Marker set (138333); Daffodil Delight is in the Brights Collection (131259)
Classic Stampin' Pads: Mossy Meadow (133645); Watermelon Wonder (138323)
Brights Candy Dots 130931)




Posted on : Jun 11 2015
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

New Gold Patterned Paper!

Aloha, all!

     If you've looked through the brand new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog, you've probably noticed that there are new Designer Series Paper (DSP) stacks for each of the color families in the catalog.  The one that interested me most was the Neutrals Color Collection DSP Stack because not only are the neutrals colors (excluding Whisper White and Very Vanilla) included, Gold and Silver Papers are also included!  So nice to have something other than the foil and vellum sheets with which to work for a gold accent.  So here's my second Gold card in a row.


     I thought of using the striped paper in this set for this card because it's time for the latest SUO Challenge.  The current challenge is Stars and Stripes. I really wanted to get away from the USA Red, White and Blue colors – there's plenty of time for Fourth of July projects! So I decided on the Gold Striped paper from the Neutrals set.  In choosing an accent color, I picked out Night of Navy just because that's what I felt like picking – I'm allowed!

     For the stars and sentiment, I went to my tried and true Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, "Be the Star."  I always think of my oldest grandson when I pick up this set. It just looks like a set to use for a card for a teenager.  In fact I used this very set the last time I made a card for him, and it was also for one of the SUO Challenges. Hmmm, it had stars and stripes, too.  Wonder if I could have recycled it – no, of course not.  I know the rules!

     To embellish this card a bit, I ran the striped background paper through the Lucky Stars Sizzix Textured Impression Embossing Folder, and added some Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon and a couple of Night of Navy Candy Dots from the Regals Collection Candy Dots.

     Now I think I'll send this off to Quin "just because."  We get to go see him in his latest play later in the month, and he'll definitely be one of the stars. Cool kid.

     I'm sure you have some ideas about how to use Stars and Stripes in a project – Independence Day or not!  Be sure to share them with us over at the SUO Challenges Blog – starting today, June 9th!


Products in this project:

Neutrals Collor Collection DSP Stack, 138345
Night of Navy Cardstock, 100867
Be the Star Stamp Set, 135731 (wood mount); 135734 (clear mount)

Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon, 134571
Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, 135827
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 126970
Whisper White Cardstock, 100730
Regals Collection Candy Dots, 130932
Versamark (for stamping the stars), 102283
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder
, 109129

Posted on : Jun 08 2015
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Cheers to a Special Birthday Guy!

Aloha, all!

     What a busy week it's been here in my Craft Room! Stampin' Up! catalog transition time is always hectic, and this year I had a few more projects to complete before I was ready to place my very first order of the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog.

     But first – remember that today is a "Triple Witching Day."  Today – June 2, 2015 – is the first day that I can remember when we can order from THREE CATALOGS!  Yes, the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog AND the 2015 Occasions Catalog are all still alive and kicking today!

     I couldn't decide which catalog to feature until I remembered that tomorrow, June 3rd, is my husband's birthday. And I've frequently considered Happy Hour as a stamp set to use to make a card for him.  Since today is the last day for this retiring stamp set to be active, I decided that this was the time to finally do it.


     There are a few other items in this card that are also retiring today, some of which may already be sold out.  I LOVE the already sold out Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Brushed Gold Cardstock, both of which are retiring and sold out quickly when the 2015 retiring list was announced.  Rats!  I'm almost out of the gold cardstock.  I will not be removing it from the Craft Room for a lot of reasons, the first of which is that it doesn't take up much space.  It can sit right there with the few pieces left of the long-ago retired Brushed Copper Cardstock. So I DO keep some retired product around, despite my frequent protestations that I get rid of everything retired.

     There's lot of gold in this project, including the retired or retiring Metallic Gold Encore ink, the Watercolor Wonder Metallic Gold Washi Tape, and the gold-looking sequin hearts from the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment.  Those "Baked Brown Sugar" sequins sure do look gold to me! In fact, I may keep those around, too.

     The last product that I used for the card front is the Balloon stamp from the Age Awareness Stamp Set, which will still be around tomorrow when the new Stampin' Up! catalog is out there all by itself!

     So that's it for my sharing of any retired products for this year.  I'm hoping that I'll have some new stamp sets by this time next week so that I can share something brand new with you then.  Meanwhile, my birthday guy and I are off to a well-earned vacation from all of our normal activities. Sun and fun and a few special meals to celebrate and I'll be ready to show off my new Stampin' Up! products when we get back!

Posted on : Jun 02 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |