New In Colors Sneak Peek

Here is a Sneak Peek at the new Stampin' Up! In Colors that will be in the new catalog that comes out very soon. While I love all of them, I'm very excited to see a new neutral color (Tip Top Taupe). If you look closely you will also see a new butterfly stamp which coordinates with the popular butterfly thinlits dies as well as new lacy ribbon and embellishmenst in the center of the butterfly.  I have always imagined a group of employees sitting around a conference table charged with the task of naming the Stampin' Up colors. These new color names sound good enough to eat.


in colors

Retirement List – Many Items Discounted Up to 50%

The retiring products list and discounts begin TODAY and is only available through June 2, 2015 (while supplies last).


STAMPIN’ UP! is offering discounts on many of the retiring stamp sets, punches, dies, ribbon, paper and much more!  Some items are discounted as much as 50%!

  • Stamps will be available for purchase through May 26.
  • Accessories (punches, paper, dies, etc.) are available for purchase while supplies last and can sell out quickly.
  • An “X” in the far right column of the list means the item has sold out!


The best way to order if you want products that are retiring is to go to my online store here and put your order in as soon as possible because some items will sell out quickly.

Check out this video from Stampin’ Up! showcasing their Favorite 2015 Retiring Products.


While there are hundreds of products retiring, here are some of my favorites.

Stamps: (I was going to list 10 sets but can't get it down there are so many that are favorites)

  • Yipee-Skipee, p. 12
  • Label Love, p. 14
  • Four You, p. 19
  • Tape It, p. 37
  • Postage Due, p. 39
  • Itty Bitty Banners, P. 79
  • Just Sayin', p. 109
  • Love & Sympathy, p. 122
  • Blue Ribbon, p. 136
  • Mixed Bunch, p. 151
  • Truly Grateful, p. 152
  • Mosaic Madness, p. 163
  • For the BIrds, p. 168
  • Dictionary Background, p. 175


  • Blossom Punch, p. 219
  • Atrisan Label Punch, p. 220
  • Modern Label Punch, p. 220 (my most used punch – couldn't stamp without it)
  • Scallo Edge Border Punch, p. 222
  • Mosaic Punch, p. 222
  • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, p. 226 (could't do without this either)
  • Beautfully Baroque Embossing Folder, p. 226
  • Word Bubble Framelits, p. 230 (coordinates with Just Sayin' stamp set )
  • Labels Collection Framelits, p. 231
  • Top Note BIgz Die, p. 232

And don't forget the Weekly Deals with new items added today and on sale for one week only. You can see those items here.


Butterfly Thinlit Dies Now Available!

lligatorDoin' the happy dance!  The Butterfly Thinlit dies are finally available for order again and I know there are many of you who have wanted them and have been patiently been waiting to be able to get them. And Stampin' Up has sweetened the deal with a special offer to thank us for having patience as we waited during the shipping delays and hold ups which prevented them from being available during Sale-a-Bration and during the week of free shipping. Read on ….

butterfly thinlits

From today through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles ( Thinlits and Stamp Set shown below) at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!
Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)


This card was one of my Easter cards which I totally CASED from the very talented demonstrator Mary Brown. You can see her card and tips here.

Easter ButterflyNot only does this card use the Butterfly Thinlit but it also uses a piece of the Sale-a-Bration Irrestibly Yours DSP which we sponged with Daffodil Delight Ink. The white embossed leaves on the paper resist the ink and pop when you sponge ink on the paper. It was one of my very favorite Sale-a-Bration items. And now you can get it free if you order the Butterfly Bundle.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Gray

Paper: White. Daffodil Delight, Irrestibly Yours DSP, Vellum

Misc: Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Cotton Ribbon, Rhinestones, Sponge



Weekly Deals & a New Card

The card I am posting today uses the Labels Collection Framelits Die on sale this week as part of the Weekly Deals:

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 7.58.33 AMRemember, these sale prices are good through Monday, April 20th.



And the inside ….

birds inside

To make the front panels for the card follow these easy steps:

  • Stamp the grasses.
  • Emboss with Woodgrain embossing folder.
  • Sponge Crumb Cake ink over this panel.
  • Cut out center area with Labels Collection Framelit.
  • Lay this piece over the Soft Suede background piece of cardstock so that you can easily line up the smaller framelit inside the opening in the vanilla piece. Then carefully remove the vanilla piece and run the soft suede cardstock through the Big Shot. Save the cut piece of soft suede cardstock for the inside of the card.
  • The birds are inked with markers.


Stamps:  Wetlands, Label Something

Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist

Cardstock: Vanilla, Soft Suede

Misc: Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Sponge, Artisan Label Punch



New Weekly Deals

Love those weekly deals Stampin' Up keeps giving us. This is the newest set good through April 6th. If you have the Big Shot but never ordered the magnetic platform this is a very sweet deal.


And don't forget to check out the clearance rack for the newest additions. Lots of things from the last Holiday catalog have been added.



My granddaughter, Sofia, is in Cocoa Beach this week with her friend Gabby's family. I picked up the girls the other night and brought them home with me to spend the night and we met my son and daughter for dinner. The girls are having a great time at the beach during their Spring Break.


IMG_5197Cruisin' with the top down. #messyhair



Easter Butterflies

Today's card was inspired by one I saw by Stampin' Up demonstrator Bridget Sandovar. I loved her idea of embossing the watercolor paper. You can see her card at This is my version:

Two Butterflies

The background is watercolor paper embossed with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder and then painted with an Aqua Painter. The butterflies are die cut with the beautiful Butterfly Framelits. They were so popular that they currently are not available. The good news is that they should be available again in the next week or two. I sponged a little ink on them and then added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I'm a glitter girl. I use it all the time which means I often sparkle myself. smiley  The glitter is much more dazzling on the card than in this photo. The Happy Easter is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, one of my all-time favorites. There is a sentiment for just about anything.  The day we made the card in class Barbara Worthington just happened to coordinate with it.


Do you ever look at clothing and automatically use Stampin' Up color names to describe it? I do.


So I don't know how many of you are basketball fans. If you are then you know it's March Madness right now. I only follow UK Wildcats and of course my grandson, Alex's high school team, Titusville Terriers. The game the other night between UK and Notre Dame was such a nail biter. I could hardly watch the last minute of the game. UK won in the last few seconds of the game. They are now down to the Final Four with those games Saturday night. Michigan State is also in the Final Four and if they both win their games they will wind up playing each other for the championship. That will certainly be an interesting game in my son's household since he is a UK fan and my daughter-in-law, Becky, is a Michigan State fan. A house divided ….


Go Cats and Happy Stamping,



What Can You Do With Paper Pumpkin?

I am so excited to share what one of my customers is doing with her Paper Pumpkin. This was one of the recent kits. Everything to make cute accordian fold thank you cards.


Carrie Zirkle loves getting her monthly Paper Pumpkin and her son Christopher loves stamping with her. Carrie decided with this kit that each week she would ask Christopher who he wanted to thank and then they would give out random acts of Thank You's. I think this is such a great idea and whoever is lucky enough to receive one of Christopher's cards is going to love it.  Thanks for sharing your creative idea Carrie and a thank you also to your mother, Carol Loehr, for bringing it to my attention.

Chris and Carrie




RIght now is a perfect time to order (and prepay) Paper Pumpkin if you are not a subscriber or to prepay your subscription if you are a subscriber.


There is a special going on through the end of March. With a 3-month prepaid subscription you save $5 and you also qualify for a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  The 3-month is on special for just $54.95.

When your place your order, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem the prepaid subscription. Go to and enter the redemption code. Start enjoying your monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit the very next month!

This option IS available to current My Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.


Q: If I'm a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, can I order a prepaid subscription?
A: Of course! After you order and enter the code, the prepaid months will be used up before any future shipments are charged. When the prepaid months are over, the subscription will continue and be charged monthly to the credit card on file. Keep in mind that if you are already a current subscriber and are already attached to a demonstrator, the existing subscription will remain with the original demonstrator.

Q: Can I buy a prepaid subscription with host benefits/stampin' rewards?
A: Yes. A prepaid subscription can be added to either the free or half-priced host items.

Q: Can a prepaid subscription be ordered as a gift?
A: Yes. Although this isn't officially a gift subscription program, you can buy a prepaid subscription and give it as a gift. You'd just purchase the prepaid subscription and when you receive the redemption code, share it with the recipient of your choice who can redeem the subscription at



Stampin' Blendabilities Markers Discontinued

There has been quality issues with the Stampin' Blendabilities Marker line. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin' Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. 


Blendabilities Q & A

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will continue to be available for purchase.  (The Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad is my personally my favorite go-to black ink.)

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended.  For me, I've only experience a couple of markers drying out, and a few customers have experienced that as well.    

Q: What if I have Blendabilities markers that are defective?  
A: If you ordered them with me, please email me and I will take care of you! If you ordered through my online site you will be receiving an email from Stampin' Up.

Personal Note:  As disappointed as I am that Stampin' Up! will no longer be carrying this product, I'm proud to be associated with a company committed t0 quality and that is brave enough to pull a popular product due to quality issues.



New Photopolymer Stamp Set

stamp set                                        It's called "Just Kidding", #140667 and it is $15.95.



Something Lacy

I just got this background stamp and I love how beautifully it stamps the image. This is the first card made with it.


I used Blackberry Bliss cardstock for the base of the card. Images are stamped on Vanilla cardstock. Here is the inside:

Lacy inside

I find the easiest and best way to stamp background images is to lay the stamp on the table with the stamp facing up and pat the ink pad all over the stamp. Then just lay your cardstock on the inked stamp. Then just press all over the cardstock. Be sure to put some scrap paper over the cardstock so you don't wind up with inky fingers.  smiley 

Stamps: Something Lacy, Beautiful Bunch, Flower Shop, And Many More

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Vanilla

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Misc: Fun Flower Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Blackbery Bliss Ribbon, Pearls


Are you watching The Voice? It is one of my favorite TV shows. There have been some great singers on there so far. So I'm watching and they are doing the blind auditions and there is a girl on there from the town in KY where I use to live. Too bad, she didn't get any of the coaches to turn around for her. She was too nervous.





Newest Weekly Deals & Blendabilities Update

There are some great savings with this weeks Deals:




Have you tried the Blendabilities Markers yet? They are the new alcohol markers and we were initially told that Memento Black ink was required to stamp images with when using the Blendabilities Markers. When I went to Leadership a few weeks ago they told us there are several inks that also work with these markers. Look closely at the flower images below and you can see that some of them were stamped using ink other than black.