Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Last-Chance Products--Birthday Delivery

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   It's that time of the Stampin' Up year that's a little bit exciting--anticipating the new catalog and new products--and a little bit sad--knowing that some of our favorite products are going to be retiring and gone forever.  The best way to see what's retiring is to click on my on-line store button over there on the right and then on the "Last-Chance Products." (While you're there, you might want to check out the Clearance Rack because there are some great things on it at 60% off the original price!)

Here are a few things to remember about the retiring items. Retiring stamp sets will only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. ALL retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.

Seriously, if you want something from the retiring list, you need to act FAST!! The 2016-2018 In Color Ink Pads and Refills are destined to sell out quickly. And there are  items that are SOLD OUT already: Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper; Coffee Break DSP, Delightful Daisy DSP; the Pansy Punch; and the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. All these are already gone!!

One of the stamp sets that I'm really sad to see go is the "Birthday Delivery" set. I did not like this set when I first saw it--and then it grew on me until I fell in LOVE with it! I love that the Birthday Friends Framelits fit the stamped images as well as the images on the adorable Birthday Memories DSP.  Look at these cute cards that I whipped up in no time flat! (I fussy cut some of the animals.)

As of today, the Birthday Delivery Bundle is still available. You get the "Birthday Delivery" stamp set, the Birthday Friends Framelits, AND the Birthday Memories DSP for 10% off when you order the bundle (item 145294 $62). If you want these items, don't wait. Get 'em today!

If you're not convinced yet, I'm going to share a couple more cards that I made with this bundle tomorrow. Come back and see!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I'm Back!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #onstage2018   I'm back! I took a little bit of a break from blogging last week. I gave myself permission to take a break so that I could come back refreshed and excited to tell you all about Stampin' Up's news for the upcoming catalog.

If you haven't heard already, Stampin' Up is having a color revamp. How is that different than a color refresh? Well, not only are there retiring colors, but there are new colors, and there are returning colors--but the stamp pads themselves have been revamped! I'm totally stoked by this!! There are still four color collections PLUS a Basics (Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black). Here are the new colors, beginning on June 1st!

Announcing the 2018 Color Revamp! ALL the news in one location

The colors below are going away. If you want these colors, you need to stock up NOW. The stamp pads and refills are guaranteed to be available only until May 7, after that, it's "while supplies last." Everything else in these colors is NOW "while supplies last!" This includes the retiring 2016-2018 In Colors: Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, and Dapper Denim. (Flirty Flamingo is coming back as a core color!!)

Color Revamp by Stampin' Up! - BJ's Stampin' Spot
Two of my team members and I had a great time at the Hartford, Connecticut, OnStage event. We were greeted with some cute table decorations and the admonition not to peek inside the box because that's where all the new Stampin' goodies were hiding! But see those butterflies? That might be a little something new!

Because we're celebrating Stampin' Up's 30th anniversary, we were surprised with some yummy cupcakes after lunch. (Ask me about the "cupcake incident" at the 25th anniversary celebration!)

Here I am with my team members Annette and Lynn. Yes, my eyes are closed. I must be dreaming about that cupcake!!

I was honored to be chosen as a display stamper, so I received a box of NEW product about 6 weeks before the OnStage event and I made some cute (at least I think so) projects to display at the event. I'll be sharing these separately in upcoming blog posts--but I'm going to concentrate on the soon-to-retire sets in the next few weeks.

Does this look like fun to you? It should! If you'd like to get in on the Stampin' Up action, I'd love to have you join my team. The info is in the tab above. And, if you join now, you'll be eligible to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration in Orlando, Florida, in November! Ask me for more info!!!


Friday, April 6, 2018

Birthday Soiree

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I've been in a birthday card making mood this week. Stampin' Up has so many great stamp sets that help us celebrate the birthdays of the ones we love. This card is inspired by yesterday's card and by a card that Dena Rekow featured using the "Cake Soiree" stamp set in a way that I never even imagined! Dena's card is beautiful in its simplicity and I had to try one of my own!
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel.  I stamped the large and small flowers from the "Cake Soiree" stamp set in Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, and Bermuda Bay along the left side. I added some flower and leaf elements in Basic Black Archival Ink and a few leaves in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. Then I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Bermuda Bay Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Picture Perfect Birthday" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White piece and cut it out with an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I cut a scalloped oval from a piece of Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper using one of the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Here's my PRO TIP for working with Glimmer Paper: Use Stampin' Dimensionals! I adhered the glimmer paper directly to the card--that sticks just fine. Then I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the glimmer paper--and that sticks great, too.

Dena's card was awesome and I'm glad to have her as an inspiration for today's card. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Fab Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I just love the graphic designs in the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper. It's so much fun to use these papers as the focal point for a quick birthday card. I'm always in need of a birthday card--and I'm always in a hurry to get one made. Amiright?
Today's card came together quickly and it's so cute, too! I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Picture Perfect Party DSP and adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat. I wrapped a length of Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron around this and then adhered it to a Bermuda Bay Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Picture Perfect Birthday" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White scrap. I cut this out with an oval Stitched Shapes Framelit and then adhered it to a scalloped oval cut with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits from a piece of Basic Black Card Stock. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finally, I added some bright Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins just because they're so much fun! I really love how this card turned out--in no time at all!!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Pretty Poodle

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   With all the excitement of new mini catalogs and Sale-a-Bration, we sometimes forget that there are wonderful products in the annual catalog! One of the first sets I got from the catalog was the "Birthday Delivery" set. It's adorable! I love the whimsical images in this set--they're reminiscent of some of my favorite childhood books and advertisements. And the coordinating Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper is so colorful and fun!

I've been thinking about this poodle for quite some time. He reminds me of a Dr. Seuss character. Now that I have Stampin' Blends Markers (available again at the end of May), I actually almost like to color. I know! For this guy, I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock piece.  I used Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Markers and the Light Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend for his bow. I cut him out with a square Stitched Shape Framelit. Then, in a burst of inspiration, I used the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend to color in the background--just like the DSP! Lookie!!
I adhered him to a scalloped Cherry Cobbler Card Stock mat that I cut with one of the Layering Squares Framelits.

Next, I stamped the same poodle image in Crumb Cake Ink randomly onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Crumb Cake mat. I adhered a 1-1/2" by 5" strip of Birthday Memories DSP and wrapped a length of Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon around before adhering everything to a Cherry Cobbler Card Stock card base.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the "Birthday Delivery" set in Cherry Cobbler onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch. I tucked this under the ribbon, adhering it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Isn't this just the cutest card? IKR?!

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