Thursday, April 23, 2015

Just Kidding.....

I've been absent so long, I've forgotten how to blog! Not really, but it sure seems like it. We just got home from visiting family in Tennessee and searching for a place to retire to, and we found it! Needless to say, sorting through forty years' worth of accumulated things and packing what we absolutely must keep is going to be a huge task over the next few months (my craft room alone is going to be a Herculean task), so I may continue to post sporadically. Please bear with me! Once the dust settles after our move, I'm sure I'll be back to posting on a regular basis.....unless I get too distracted by this gorgeous view out my window!


Speaking of retirment, the Stampin' Up! Retirement List is out and, as usual, I am distraught over some of the things going away forever, and then giddy with anticipation over the new things that will be coming soon in the annual catalog. I'm so conflicted! This tidbit is straight from the home office:

*Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we'll keep producing retiring stamps until May 26 (not accessories - accessories are only while supplies last)
 
So, if there is an embellishment or tool you've been wanting, better get it NOW before the supplies are exhausted!  BTW, Stampin' Addicts will be be having a blog hop featuring the retiring stamp sets, so be sure to check back here Friday, May 1st!


This card was made with the new Just Kidding photopolymer stamp set, which is ridiculously cute and funny! I did use some retired DSP From the Fresh Prints DSP Stack, and retired Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon ribbon which, as of today, is still on the Clearance Rack for only $2.79 for 10 yds! Here's the rest of the stamp set:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=140667&dbwsdemoid=2054459

*Practicing my Southern accent*
Hope y'all are having a nice Spring, those of you who aren't still getting snowed on!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!


I know some of my stamping friends back East are getting snow yet again, but it really is Spring, and it will arrive for them, too, soon! With that in mind, I had happy Spring colors on the brain. There are some great color combinations in the All Abloom DSP Stack, so I used them for inspiration for this card. I'm always in need of Thank You cards, and this was a quick and easy card.


I love this Simply Wonderful set from Sale-A-Bration, and if you love it too, you'd better act quickly because it's going away forever in just eleven more days! Place a qualifying order before March 31st, and you can get it for FREE!

STAMPS: Too Kind, Simply Wonderful (SAB item)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush
INK: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pistachio Pudding
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Happy Heart embossing folder, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (SAB item), Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, March 14, 2015

New Team Member Welcome!


I absolutely love it when someone decides to take a chance on becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and all the opportunity that goes with it. It's even sweeter to me when it's someone I don't even know who chose me to be their upline! I feel very honored, and then wonder how the heck did they hear about me, and what made them choose ME?

No matter what drove their decision, I'm ecstatic to have more enthusiastic stampers on my stamping team, and as part of the welcome packet I send, I include a card, a welcome letter with basic info they need to know right away, and a color sample chart of current Stampin' Up! colors (note: this picture is an older chart).

A few years ago SU had a great business stamp set called Workshop Words, with stamps pertaining to many aspects of the business. One of them is this wonderful stamp! I will never part with this stamp set!!!

Even if you don't need a "welcome to the family" card, this card could be used for other occasions, and it features the All Abloom DSP Stack, that's part of the weekly deals this week!

STAMP: Petite Petals, Workshop Words (retired)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, All Abloom DSP Stack
INK: Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi
ACCESSORIES: Petite Petals Punch, Hearts Border Punch, Crushed Curry Ribbon from Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration item, while supplies last), Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Aarrghhh!


Two things are making me tear my (already thin) hair out - the first is Stampin' Up! has decided to stop selling the Blendabilities alcohol markers. The manufacturer just couldn't meet SU's high standards consistently, so rather than have unhappy customers returning defective merchandise, they've been proactive and stopped selling it. They do realize how popular the alcohol markers are, so they are going to try to find a solution. I certainly hope so, because I love coloring with them!

The second follicle-threatening thing is I keep making cards and sending them before I remember to take a picture! (That's probably due to the fact that I'm frequently rushing to get them in the mail on time.) Poor planning on my part, but I'm going to TRY to be better about planning ahead!

This was one of the cards we made at my stamping team meeting last night. I try to show my downline cards that are cute, but don't take too long to make, especially if there are a lot of stampers making the card. People could get impatient waiting for the stamp and ink pad to came around, ya know?
Smiley from Millan.Net
So this was perfect for the project. The Love & Sympathy stamp is great for using the "marker to stamp" technique and, while the stamp set is geared toward sympathy cards, the image can be used for just about anything. And BONUS - the All Abloom DSP Stack is one of the weekly deals this week!


STAMPS: Love & Sympathy, Simply Wonderful (Sale-A-Bration item)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, All Abloom DSP Stack
INK: Old Olive ink pad, plus Old Olive and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers
ACCESSORIES: Texture Boutique Machine, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Crushed Curry ribbon from Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration item)