Time to Stock Up on Retiring In Color Products

While the new catalog won’t be out until June the current catalog retiring list will be out very soon and that means some things will sell out immediately. Retiring In Color products sell out right away so if you have any of these ink pads you might want to get an additional ink refill or two and coordinating card stock or other products BEFORE that list comes out. There is usually no discount in the price so it pays to get them now.

These are the colors that will be leaving us. I have heard discussions with people wondering if Stampin’ Up might do a color refresh with the new catalog. If that was the case there is a slight possibility that one of these colors might stay but that would be a very slim possibility so if you want any of these color products I encourage you to get them now. I am putting in an order March 31st if you would like to get anything.

I’m not a huge sports fan however I do like a little basketball. I especially loved going to games when my grandson was in high school and on the basketball team. My family and I are all huge University of Kentucky Wildcat fans and while I don’t watch games during the season I always watch March Madness because the Cats are usually playing. They have now advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. If they win this bracket they will advance to the Elite Eight followed by the Final Four. I sure hope they go all the way. UK’s men’s basketball team is the winningest program in the history of college basketball. They lead all NCAA schools in all-time winning percentage (.762) with an all-time record of 2111–661 and have won 8 NCAA national championships.

Go Big Blue!

Their next game is Thursday night at 9:30. That’s PM! Ugh. Might have to take a nap that afternoon.

I just have to share how serious March Madness basketball is in my son’s home. He and his wife both are such fans that this is how they keep up with it all. Side by side tv’s.

Have a great week


3″ x 3″ Magical Day Notecards

I love making small 3″ x 3″ notecards. They are perfect to use along with a gift or make a set of them and give as a gift. I was super excited when the 3″ envelopes were brought back so I bought several packages of them just in case they wind up retiring them again. I made a set of them using the Magical Day stamp set with coordinating framelits when I was at the girlfriends crafting get-away last week in Georgia.

I do plan on decorating one of the mini pizza boxes as they are the perfect thing to put these in.  The Stampin’ Blends were used to color the stamped images and each card has spots of Wink of Stella added to give it that magical sparkle.  Parts of each card are popped up with dimensionals. (the knight, the unicorn, the flame and the wizard) Each Blends color is available in both a light and a dark marker. For the dragon and the knight I used both the light and dark markers. For all other coloring I used just one marker which I have indicated on the list below. There is a 10% discounted bundle which includes both the stamp set and the framelits however I have listed them both as a bundle or as singular items. Note that the stamp set also comes in wood mount.



New Sale-a-Bration Items Added March 15

Wow, thank you Stampin’ Up! Round 3 of SAB items have been added. What a great way to end Sale-a-Bration with even more FREE products to choose from with your order of $50 or more.

I do plan on placing a last order on March 31st so let me know if there is anything you would like to order.

Here are two cards recently made in my stamp classes using Lots of Lavender featured in the first set of released items. All previously released items are still available and you can see them by clicking on the SAB link under catalogs on the right.

This card was inspired by Michelle Last. You can see her card here. I loved the added silver glimmer paper I used as a mat. You can see some of the flecks of glitter that fell off on the bottom of the card. If I had realized it I would have brushed them off before taking the photo.  (smile)  I used the new Stampin’ Blends to color the flowers instead of using the stamp in the set to add color. The Blends are my favorite way to color. I did use a retired embossing folder on this card.

This next card using the same stamp set was inspired by Lea Denton. Her card can be seen here. I never would have imagined turning the flower stamp upside down to create wisteria. There is so much creative thinking and inspiration all around.

I needed an Easter card for classes and pulled out a retired, but favorite, sentiment for this card. It is popped up with dimensionals. What you can’t see in the photo is the Wink of Stella shimmer that was added to the flowers.

Lots of Lavender Stamp Set – FREE with a qualifying order of $50

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March CD Calendar

Can you believe it’s March already! Seems like I was just putting up the Christmas decorations. It is true, the older you get the faster time goes by.

For this CD sheet I used the Lift Me Up stamp set.


Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration is still in full swing. You have until the end of March to get FREE product with a qualifying order of $50 or more. And be sure to check out the new items recently added for SAB. You can see them by clicking on the link on the right.

Paper Pumpkin is a perfect time to get a FREE SAB item by ordering a prepaid subscription. If you are a current subscriber your automatic payment will be put on hold while the prepaid subscription is used.

  • Order a 3 month subscription for $59 and you will be able to select 1 FREE item.
  • Order 6 months for $114 and you save $1 per month plus you can select 2 $50 items or 1 $100 item.
  • Order the 12 month prepaid subscription for $215 which saves you $2 per month and you will be able to select up to 5 SAB FREE products. And if you add just $35 more  to your order bringing it to $250 and you will not only be able to select FREE SAB items but you will also get Hostess Rewards of $50 in anything you want from any catalog.

February CD Calendar

My goal this year was to try to post the CD calendar sheets on the first of the month … and I’m not doing too well. When I turned January over I realized I didn’t have a February one at all. Then I got busy and forgot about it. So here it is on the last day of the month. 

Check back tomorrow for March’s CD calendar.


New Sale-a-Bration Items Added

The second release of Sale-a-Bration product is here and I can hardly wait to get them. They are available FREE with a qualifying purchase through March 31st along with the first released products.


Watch the Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Basket video below.

You can see all of the SAB items by clicking on the links to the right under catalogs.

A Hole in The Floor!

An update on the water leak …. I had two men here for over 4 hours from the plumbing company yesterday to locate and repair the pipe with the leak. It was a very interesting process to observe. It took about an hour to pinpoint the exact spot and I’m amazed they can even do this. With specialized equipment paired with actually down with ear to the floor they finally started jack hammering a hole in the tile floor and sure enough they had the right spot.

That tiny hole at the top of the pipe was losing about 2 gallons of water per minute. That water bill’s going to be high!

After replacing the bad pipe they poured cement into the hole and I had water back about an hour before our family birthday dinner. Next task is to pick out new flooring and have it put down.

Jason loved the card I made with the 46 candles. Said it was the best card he had ever received. Made this mother happy.

I’m trying to stay awake to watch the Olympics but with very little sleep last night worrying about an MRI this morning and then leaving for Orlando at 5:30 AM for it (and a xanax because I was anxious about it) I am one sleepy gal. I worried because when you have an MRI of your neck you cannot swallow. So my imagination went wild and I just knew I wouldn’t be able to swallow for 20-30 minutes and I would have saliva running out of my mouth. Ha! It was the easiest one ever. There were only 4 scans and I was allowed to swallow in between them. They ranged from 1 minute to 3-1/2 minutes. This should be a lesson to me to not worry until you know exactly what you’re facing. Ya, sure!

Hope you have had a great Valentine’s day, whether with a spouse, significant other, or even a family member or friend. My daughter drove me to Orlando this morning and spending time with her is always love filled.



Easy Access Storage & a Card

It seems like I am always reorganizing my stamping supplies. As you buy more things you run out of room or find better ways of storing things. I wanted to share one of my favorite items I use purchased from one of the craft stores. I have two identical units that sit on my stamp counter and they hold my blocks, markers, Blends, reinkers, pens and miscellaneous other items.

Each unit has an upper compartment with smaller spaces which are perfect for holding the markers and Blends. There are two drawers on the bottom. In one of the unit’s drawers I store my blocks and ink pens and in the other unit’s drawers I store all of my reinkers. The shelf in the middle holds extra ink pads including the In Colors pads. They don’t take up much room on the counter therefor these items are always very accessible.

So Saturday night I happened to hear the sound of water running but there was not any water on. It was coming from the main bathroom and sounded like it might be under the house. Of course it was late and the weekend so I went to bed and would think about it “tomorrow”. Sunday my daughter and son-in-law came over. By turning the main water shut-off valve to the house off we determined there was a leak so I filled the bathtubs with water for flushing and got bottled water for brushing teeth, hand washing, etc. Monday morning I called the plumbing company who came and confirmed there is a leak under the foundation. A leak detection specialist is coming Tuesday to “fix” it. Ugh! And in the midst of all of this we are having a family birthday celebration Tuesday night at my house. It should be memorable to say the least.

Jason is my youngest, turning 46. I had seen some of the cards being made with large numbers of candles and decided to do one for him with 46 candles. I chose the Picture Perfect Party DSP for his card because he LOVES donuts. I didn’t have any directions or measurements and just started putting cardstock together. Some of it should have gone the opposite direction but I was working with a bit of a painful neck issue I have and was just trying to get it done. So even though there are a few mistakes I know he will love it.

I even decorated the back panels of the fold out card:


Picture Perfect Birthday Party

You can never have too many birthday cards (or too many birthdays!) and the Picture Perfect Party suite in the Occasion’s catalog has everything for making fabulous birthday cards and party goodies.

Usually when I like a particular suite of products it begins with loving the stamp set but this time I fell in love with the Designer Series Paper with the photographic imagery on one side first. Those donuts look good enough to eat! After ordering the paper I knew I wanted the stamp set too. I was disappointed when, due to manufacturing issues, they had to discontinue the paper ribbon. Don’t overlook the adhesive backed sequins which are included in another suite of products because they work very well with the birthday products.

The stamped party blowers are done with 3 different stamps but because they are photopolymer they are so easy to line up. And very easy to cut out. I adhered one of them flat against the card the the other is popped up with a couple of the mini dimensionals. The sentiment on the front of the card is also popped up with dimensionals. When I made this card I actually grabbed RIch Razzleberry ink instead of Berry Burst which is the better match. However I think it goes ok but in the supply list below I entered Berry Burst.

Flying Home Baby Card

It is very rare that I need a baby card so I don’t usually purchase stamp sets specifically for that kind of card. So of course I need one now so I decided to use the adorable set Flying Home. The nest with the baby birds certainly can be adapted for new parents even if they aren’t having triplets. (smile)

I enjoy coloring and with the new Stampin’ Blends it is so easy to look like a pro. Some prefer starting with the lighter shade and then adding the darker one and others like going from dark to light. I have tried both ways and find either way works well. When I did the light Daffodil shading around the nest I used a circular motion instead of going back and forth.

The “hello” and the circle around it are from the Tabs for Everything stamp set. The scalloped circular punch is retired but it worked so well with this. The sentiment inside the card is from Baby Bear stamp set.

Do you see that little black spot on the bottom left of the card? I was just finished making this card and had black ink on my finger and got it on the card. Does that ever happen to you? Ugh!