Friday, April 20, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Stylized Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Today's card is a cornucopia of retiring products. Can you find them all? Well, you can start with the stamp--it's the wonderful "Stylized Birthday" single stamp. I can't tell you how many times I've used it. I love it and I'm certainly going to miss it. I might use it a few more times before it retires on May 31st (to make way for new stamps).
What else is retiring? How about the Dapper Denim Ink and Card Stock? Yep. That's a retiring 2016-2018 In Color. Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, and Peekaboo Peach are also retiring. (Flirty Flamingo is returning as a core color!) If you want any of these 2016-2018 In Color products, you will need to act fast. The retiring In Colors normally sell out early--so get a move on if you want them. Don't say I didn't warn you.

What else? Well, the gorgeous Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper is retiring, too.  This rich, colorful paper has beautiful designs (like the two pieces on this card) as well as some gold foil sheets. They're beautiful! Don't forget to scoop them up before they're gone. (True fact: There are 3 DSPs that are already sold out: Whole Lot of Lovely, Coffee Break, and Delightful Daisy).

Anything else? Nope! The great Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon is NOT retiring and my much-loved Stitched Shapes and Layering Squares Framelits are NOT retiring. Whew! I almost couldn't take it!

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.

Have a great weekend! I'll be sharing more last-chance products next week so come on back!


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Birthday Delivery (Part 2)

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm about to say a fond farewell to the Birthday Delivery Bundle.  It's retiring at the end of the current catalog period that ends on May 31st (unless it sells out sooner)! It took a while for this cute suite of products to strike my fancy, but as I continued to play with them over the last year, they all grew on me and I fell in love with the suite. I'm really sad to see it go.

The Birthday Delivery Bundle is a great deal. You get three items bundled together and save 10% off the cost of purchasing them separately. You get the "Birthday Delivery" stamp set, the Birthday Friends Framelits--that match both the stamped images and the images in the designer series paper--and the Birthday Memories DSP. Get this bundle before it's gone forever!! (item 145294 $62)

I've got two really cute and really simple cards today that use this bundle. Both cards are made with the same layout, one simple stamped greeting, cut-outs from the DSP, a strip of DSP, and a ribbon. Aren't they adorable? That poodle is so sassy!

 And this little girl and her gift are so sweet!
If you want to re-create these cards--or others--with the Birthday Delivery Bundle, you'll need to order them soon. When they're gone, they're gone. Don't forget to check out the other retiring and clearance items in my online store. Just click the "shop now" button on the right to get started! Or click on the items below and you'll be taken directly to my store!

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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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