Every three to five years Stampin’ Up! evaluates their Color Collections to make sure they are current with the latest trends. They recently announced that with the release of the new catalog on June 1st they will be doing a Color Refresh. They will be retiring some of their current colors, bring back some past “In Colors” and adding a new color “Smoky Slate”. With this Color Refresh they are also moving some colors to a different color collections.
I am the most excited about some of the returning In Colors – Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, and Pool Party.
With this Color Refresh there are several products that will be retiring. Make sure to order your retiring accessories before they are sold out! Click here to shop now.
Dear Mother Nature-
I think you may have turned your calendar the wrong direction. It is MAY. Easter has passed and Mother’s Day is just over a week away. The new Stampin’ Up! catalog release is less than a month away. So why do I feel like singing .. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”?
A snow storm went through our area Wednesday night and dumped several inches of heavy wet snow. The sadest part about the storm is that the snow was so heavy that is did a lot of damage to many trees. Our gigantic evergreen tree in front of our house lost several branches from the weight of the snow. We will have to wait for the snow to melt to see the extent of the damage.
For my card to Mother Nature I used the stamp set Lovely as a Tree (115026 wood/127793 clear). I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter (102023) to the trees with a two-way glue pen (100425). The “Seriously” sentiment is from this month’s Paper Pumpkin subscription. Click here to learn more about Paper Pumpkin. The backgound behind the trees was created by masking 3/4″ from each side of my Whisper White cardstock with post-it notes and then sponging Soft Sky ink onto my cardstock to create the rectangle. Soft Sky is a past In Color from Stampin’ Up! that is part of the Color Refresh that will be happening when the new catalog is released June 1st. Check out my post tomorrow for all the details.
The weather is cold and dreary but you can shop my online store from the comfort of your own home! Click here to shop now. Don’t forget to check out the retiring products list. Click here and you can download the PDF lists of all retiring accessories and stamps.
Stampin’ Up! has introduced their second Submit a Project kit–the Dolled-Up Birthday Kit–voted on by you via the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Chris Gilmore, a fellow demonstrator.
The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
- Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
- 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
- 2″ x 4-1/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
- Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
- Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
- Dress Up die-cuts (6)*
- Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot (1)
- Vanilla 5/8″ Flower Trim (6 pieces)
- Sponge Dauber (1)
To assemble one card, follow the instructions below:
- Place the stamp on clear-mount block D or H rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot.
- Stamp “Happy Birthday” at the bottom of the card front.
- Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
- Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
- Very Vanilla Cardstock
- Dress form
Click here to order now and get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!**
Don’t you just love surprises? I do. One of the really fun things about the Paper Pumpkin subscription program is that each month you get a little surprise in the mail. (Just a note- I am a day late in posting my samples from the April 2013 Paper Pumpkin kit but I knew you would understand. Yesterday was such a big day as Stampin’ Up! posted their annual lists of all of the wonderful stamp sets and accessories that will be retiring from their product lines. I also have to tell you that as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I was able to view the new catalog online and it is amazing. You probably think I say that every year ( and I do – because it is!) I think the new catalog has a different feel this year and I can’t wait to show you some of the new products!) But back to Paper Pumpkin…
Each month when you get your shipment, you get all of the supplies you need to complete a quick and fun stamping project. The only thing you need to provide is adhesive.
The April kit included all of the supplies pictured here. Enough to make 4 cards.
For my first card I followed the instructions provided. A quick, easy card.
Then I played with the kit elements a little to come up with another layout design. I really like the “Seriously” saying and I can see adding this to other cards and scrapbook pages. The only downside to the Paper Pumpkin subscription program is that if you are not signed up and a kit comes out that you really like, you are unable to go back and order past month’s kits. So get signed up! At just $19.95 per month with free shipping – this is a really great deal. Especially for those of you that feel like you are too busy to create. I just spoke to Vickie, one of my subscribers, last night. She got her kit in the mail Wednesday of last week and was able to make all of her cards Friday night. I am so happy that you are enjoying Paper Pumpkin, Vickie!
Click here to see my past posting of supplies and cards you can make with your Welcome kit – the first month you subscribe.
Click here to see the free gift you will receive if you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me.
If you want to subscribe in time to get started with Paper Pumpkin next month, the deadline to register is the 10th. Click on the Paper Pumpkin icon on the left sidebar of my blog or click here to sign up today!
Dates: April 24-June 3, 2013 (select items available while supplies last)
Details Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they’re gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! (And some items having amazing discounts!)
Click here to download a PDF file of the stamp sets that will retire.
Click here to download a PDF file of the retiring accessories.The products on this list are available while supplies last. Updated lists will be posted as supplies are depleted.
Make sure to visit my online store to get your retired items today! Click here to shop now.
Have you signed up for Paper Pumpkin yet? Yesterday I shared a post that included the supplies that come in your first month kit once you subscribe. Today I am featuring a card that I am sending out to all of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Don’t you love the Designer Builder Brads (129329) from the Spring mini catalog?
The card is included as part of a gift I am sending to everyone who selects me as their demonstrator when they subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. Included each month in your subscription are clear mount stamps so I have created a case for you to store your stamps in. I used My Digital Studio to create an insert for the Stampin’ Up! clear mount stamp cases (119105). (By the way – Did you see that Stampin’ Up! recently reduced the price of My Digital Studio to just $19.95? I just love working with this amazing software. Anyway – I seem to be getting sidetracked.) The clear mount case insert that I designed has plenty of space on the cover for you to stamp your images as you get them each month.
The spine of your case was designed to match your other clear mount stamp sets. You will be able to tell that these are your Paper Pumpkin stamps!
If you have not yet subscribed to Paper Pumpkin here are some details to remember. Subscriptions are shipped once a month. You need to sign up by the 10th of the month to get that month’s subscription. They will ship around the 15th of each month. At this time every subscriber gets the same kit for their first month. Click here to see my post of the projects I made with my Welcome kit. After your first month each kit is a surprise! I just got my April shipment and I will post samples tomorrow!
Click here to sign up now for your Paper Pumpkin subscription!
The first month of the Paper Pumpkin stamping subscriptions arrived last month! (Month #2 just arrived.) I am so excited about this program. If you haven’t heard about Paper Pumpkin yet you can click here to see one of my earlier posts. A full color instruction sheet is included with each shipment. No matter when you sign up you will always receive the kit featured in this post as your “Welcome” kit. After that each month is a surprise. Your welcome kit includes all of the supplies to make 4 cards. For my first card I followed the instruction sheet that was included in my kit.
After my first card was completed I started to play with the elements that were included and came up with some more layout ideas. I also “stepped up” my cards a little by simply adding some Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine (125572).
For my last card I stamped the “hey there friend” greeting three times. Stamp your greeting three times in a row without reinking to get the fading effect. Or if you are like me and want to make sure you have words lined up nicely try using a Stamp-a-majig for perfect placement.
Click here to sign up today -and get your Welcome kit in May!