Introduction to New Stampin’ Up! Products – Part 1: The Coffee Cafe Bundle!

Aloha, all!

     While I wait for my new Stampin' Up! products to arrive on my doorstep (well, my lanai here in Hawaii) I thought I'd share some of Stampin' Up!'s introductory videos of some of my favorite new products.

     One of the first products on my list of "must haves" is the new Coffee Cafe Bundle, as well as the paper that goes with it. I just love coffee, and a lot of my friends and relatives do, too. In fact, when we travel to visit family and friends on the U. S. mainland, we always travel with several bags of Kona Coffee to give as housewarming gifts. It's the best!

     Here's the video, and the best way to go to order these products is to check out my very own Stampin' Up! Online Store, search for the Coffee Cafe Bundle number (145331). You save 10% on the price of both the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set and the Coffee Cups Framelits Set when you buy the bundle. The item number for the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper set is 144155.

 

     This will surely be one of the first sets I show off when my box of new goodies arrives!

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Posted on : Jun 02 2017
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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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An Early Birthday Card for My Husband!

Aloha, all!

     At the end of next week, my husband will celebrate his 75th birthday. That's a big one as far as I'm concerned. Actually, at our age, every birthday is a big one! But from now on, any that ends in a 5 or a 0 will get extra special treatment. Extra special in the case of Harry's birthday card is one that's made with the popular Pop Up Twist design. (OK – everyone I know calls is the "Twist Pop Up" card. But I just like the way it rolls off my tongue when I say, "Pop Up Twist."

     This is also the day that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge group starts its next challenge, which is to make a Masculine style card. No frou-frou or flowers this time! But that doesn't mean that it can't be a really nice card, and I think that this one is!

     As with most of my recent cards, I made today's project using a retiring set of Designer Series Paper. Yep, just one retiring product – the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. And wouldn't you know that it's already beyond retired – it's gone! Don't forget – even though it might still be on a page in your catalog, if it's retiring, it could run out soon! So don't hesitate to order something you might really like! Order at my Stampin' Up! Online Store!

     To decorate the front of the card, I used the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set to stamp the "strings" and three solid balloon in the background. Then I punched balloons from the Designer Series Paper using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I adhered two of them using SNAIL adhesive and two using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up a bit.

     For the inside of the card, after I'd adhered two sheets of paper to the top and bottom, I stamped the "Look Who's Turning" and "Happy Birthday" using stamps from the Number of Years Stamp Set. For the Pop Up section, I stamped two more balloons – this time just the outlines – on the two center sections. Then I die cut the 7 and 5 using the Designer Series Paper and the Large Number Framelits die set. I cut the two hearts using the heart shape in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set. That's all I put on this as you really need to keep the layers in the folded section a bit on the flat side so that the card will close cleanly.

     I debated adding some embellishments onto the front of the card. But my final decision was not to as I think this card has enough interest with its Pop Up feature. And those balloons on the front are in three different layers, and that seems to add a bit of interest.

     I hope that you like this idea for a masculine card and will try either this or some other design to enter into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time. It runs through June 3rd, and that's actually my husband's birthday. We're going on a short vacation to celebrate, and I know he'll love this card. If you'd like to try out this Pop Up Twist technique, I highly recommend the Split Coast Stampers website. The video there was definitely helpful!

     Here are the products I used for this project. All of these products are in the current Stampin' Up! Catalogs AND will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!

    


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Posted on : May 22 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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Fun With Watercolor Pencils!

Aloha, all!

     I have just never been good with Watercolor Pencils. I've been through several iterations of Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils. I still have a set from years ago, along with the current set. Then this month's Paper Pumpkin set came along and I'd promised one of my downline that I'd put the kit together with her and her kit. So I had to just do it! The best thing ever was Sara Douglas' Paper Pumpkin video for the April set (which she designed). I didn't do too badly with that set, so I decided I'd better keep doing this so that I can finally get to be at least an intermediate watercolorist. Today I was kind of forced into doing this because it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. And the challenge is Watercoloring!

     My first intent was to make this simple – just a few colors and not too complicated a design. The water lily stamp from the Remarkable You Stamp Set seemed to be just simple enough. It allowed me to use two colors (Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo). I was just going to stamp it on Watercolor Paper, but then decided it needed something else. Well, heck, it's a water lily, so why not some water?! So out came the Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay watercolor pencils, too.

     After that, I assembled the card with the sentiment stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock that I punced using the Banner Triple Punch, tied it with some Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, and adhered to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     The key part of the watercoloring that I've been paying attention to is how much water is on my brush. I had been using an Aqua Painter in all my watercoloring efforts. But with the Watercolor Pencils, I just don't need as much water as I thought I needed. My basic watercolor training back in the day used tubes of paint, and I knew how to use the paint out of the tube to do my dry brush painting. I don't think I can do dry brush painting using Aqua Painters. So I'm back to using a brush (thank you, Paper Pumpkin kit!), and I have a nice selection for just about any project I might try. Oh, and for the watercolor pencils, i squeeze most of the water out of the brush. Who knew!?

     I hope you have fun with your own watercoloring! Why not try a project over the next two weeks and join our challenge? You don't have to use the Watercolor Pencils – just get a bit of ink from your favorite stamp set and start watercoloring away!

     Here is the one product I featured today that is retiring this month:

     And here are the other products I featured, all of which are current and will continue in the new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:

 


Posted on : May 08 2017
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My Projects for a Fund-Raising Fair!

Aloha, all!

     As many of you know, I belong to a group called Family and Community Education (FCE). It's part of a USA national group of the same name, which is also part of a worldwide group called Associated Country Women of the World. In our small part of the world, my club focuses on educational projects such as giving books to newborns, providing materials for 4th graders to participate in a Character Counts art and essay project, and supporting healthy cooking demonstrations (many more,too).  We also do some charity work such as (and you may have to live in Hawaii to truly understand this) providing the local elementary schools with rubber slippers. OK – the explanation is that many children in our area where rubber slippers to school (not a problem – I wear rubber slippers everywhere, too!). But what they wear may be their only pair and, if they break during the school day, they'd have to go around barefoot the rest of the day, and maybe for a while longer. So we give the schools some extras so they can help these kids out.

     To raise money to do all of this, we participate with other clubs in our local FCE council in hosting an arts, crafts and baked goods fair every May. That's what I spent this past Saturday doing. But I spent a lot of time before the fair making covered composition books to sell at the fair. I'm the paper-crafter in the club, so I get to choose the paper-crafted project for the year, and this year it was the notebooks.

     This is one of the books that I made this year. I use 4 sheets of the same patterned paper to cover one book. The way Stampin' Up!'s schedule works, Sale-a-bration is always the perfect time for me to stock up on good quality Designer Series Papers for this project (which I've been doing for several years now). Then decorating the fronts of the books with Stampin' Up! die-cut flowers and other shapes, using coordinating cardstock, really makes the books stand out in the crowd of crafts.

     I also add a pen for each notebook. These pens, called "R.S.V.P." pens have a clear cover over the ink tube, and all I have to do is cut a small piece of matching Designer Series Paper, roll it into a tube, and slip it into the pen. Voilà, matching pen.

     Here's a notebook I made with paper that's not Stampin' Up! paper – it was 25¢ at a local craft store, so I snatched it all up! But I used Stampin' Up! Ribbon to hold the pen, and I added a Watermelon Wonder Butterfly die-cut butterfly that perfectly accented the butterfly printed on the paper. These books sold fast!

     There were several other designs, but these were my favorites! And our club ended up making enough to keep us in our projects for yet another year – even enough to perhaps up our donation of those rubber slippers!

     I hope you had as great a weekend as I had!

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Posted on : May 07 2017
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