Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The New In Colors

We're nearing the final month of school here.  I can't believe it!  Soon the kids will be out for the entire summer! I've been busily trying to catch up on work, classes, family schedules and more!  I have a big class coming up this weekend and it's consumed nearly my entire week, but I'm excited about the class. It will be a great time!  Today I wanted to introduce you to the new 2018-2020 In Colors!  I love these colors so much!  They're beautiful individually or together.  The first is Lovely Lipstick.  It's a beautiful rich, dark pink that I will reach for often! 
Next up is Pineapple Punch.  This bright yellow is my new favorite yellow of all time!!  I'm not a big yellow fan but I LOVE this color!!!  The cards are all identical with the exception of colors.  I used a new set called Detailed With Love.  This greeting is my favorite "So many of my smiles begin with you" How great is that!!!
Next up is Grapefruit Grove.  Those of you sad about Peekaboo Peach leaving, have no fear Grapefruit Grove is an awesome substitute....I may even like it better.  It's a little bolder and brighter than Peekaboo Peach but that's one of the reasons I love it!!  The cards all also feature the new Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.  This is going to be my favorite ribbon ever!  It's so pretty and soft!  I LOVE IT!!! 
Blueberry Bushel is up next and it's a gorgeous bright blue!  Perfect for so many projects!  This is a great classic blue to keep in your stash!  I used the Layering Ovals to cut out the greetings and the scalloped black tags behind the greetings.  So pretty!!! 
Finally, our last color is Call Me Clover.  This is the perfect shamrock green and will be a great addition to our line of colors.  So that's it! That's a good look at some new products, and our new In Colors! Do you have a favorite color?  I can't choose I love them all!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Animal Outing Trio

I can tell this set will get used A LOT!!!  My kids love these animal images and I think they're pretty cute too!!!  I saw this card on Mindy's blog and LOVED the simplicity of it, obviously I had to create my own versions!!!  I used my Stampin' Blends to color all my images.  I used the same products on all of my cards.  The DSP banners is a new DSP coming in MAY!  It's part of the Share What You Love Suite coming soon!!  For my giraffe I used Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blends and mounted it on a Daffodil Delight card base.  
For my rhino card I used Smoky Slate blends for the rhino and Rich Razzleberry for the bird.  All the animals are outlined in Pool Party blends to add a little dimension.  I used a Rich Razzleberry card base for this one to bring in the color from the bird. 
Finally for the kangaroo I used Crumb Cake blends on the Kangaroo with a little of the Ivory blend on the pouch.  The koala in the pouch is colored with Smoky Slate Blends.  I grounded the kangaroo and rhino with some grass and the Old Olive blends.  The kangaroo is on a Crumb Cake base.  LOVE all of these cards!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!! 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Painted Glass Roses

Yesterday I shared a card using the Painted Glass Suite and today I have another card featuring that suite.  It is truly one of my favorite suites in the catalog!  I stamped and colored a bunch of roses with my blends.  I still have some spare ones on my desk that I didn't use.  I cut them out with the coordinating framelits and I also cut out that gorgeous black window frame!
I adhered the frame to my card with some fine tip glue then I used my blends to color that in too.  I love the look of it.  The greeting is also from the set and I used the flowers to finish off the frame and the card.  Such a sweet pretty and simple card that looks like you spent hours on it!  This is a suite you'll have to have!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Painted Glass Suite

I've been having fun playing with all my new stuff!!!!  One of the new suites in the catalog is this Painted Glass Suite and I LOVE IT!!!!  It's a gorgeous suite that features lots of images that look like stained glass and is simply gorgeous!!  I used only the butterfly and thank you greeting from the stamp.  I colored them with my blends and used the coordinating framelits to cut them out. 
I covered my butterflies with Wink Of Stella for some shimmer and then I covered the butterflies with our fine tip glue pen to give them some extra shine!  I finished the card by embossing the greeting in white and attaching to the card!  I have another card tomorrow sharing more from this suite!

On a personal note.  This week I lost a friend.  Jennifer Riordan was tragically killed on Tuesday while flying home from NYC.  I met Jennifer years ago at a Stampin' Up! workshop.  She truly was one of the most amazing woman I knew and the entire city of Albuquerque is grieving for her.  She leaves behind a husband and 2 young children.  Her family released a statement on Tuesday night, "In Jennifer's memory, please remember to always be kind, loving, caring and sharing."  Kind, loving, caring and sharing is truly how Jennifer lived her life.  Today when you go out in the world carry these qualities with you, let's all be kind, loving, caring and sharing.

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Team Meeting Make and Takes

Last night I held a meeting with my team members and we discussed the new catalog, the Color Revamp and more!  I provided two make and takes for my team using ALL NEW products!!  This first card is soooo pretty and it uses lots of products from the Share What You Love Suite.  Stampin' Up! is releasing a suite of products in May for everyone to get early.  Demonstrators can order them NOW though.  Just another fabulous perk of joining my team!  This card not only uses the new Love What You Do set but it also includes, new DSP (Share What You Love DSP), a new color of ink and cardstock (Grapefruit Grove!) and some new Rich Razzleberry thread.  (*The thread is not part of the Suite but is a new product coming in June!).  I lover everything about this card!
The second make and take from my meeting is this ADORABLE card using the new Varied Vases set and punch!  I've also included LOTS of new In Colors on this card!  So cute!!!!  These are all products you can't get until June with the new catalog.  However if the new colors and the awesome Varied Vases set and coordinating punch are on your wish list considering joining my team in May and you can get them in your starter kit or join my team today and preorder these and other amazing products in May!

Thanks for looking see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New Colors and Enjoy Life

By now you're all caught up on the new Color Revamp.  If not check out this post I did last week that explains it all.  I'm so excited about the new colors!  I spent a lot of time last week redoing my filing cabinet where I store all my cardstock.  Files had to be relabled, moved, new ones added.  It meant I got to pull out my label maker so I was happy!  I always cut a small piece of cardstock to stick in the plastic tab that divides each color.  After I was done doing all the new colors I had LOTS of 1/2" strips of cardstock in all the new colors.  I decided to cover a piece of cardstock and make a card with them. 
Some of the strips I cut down to 1/4", some I left at 1/2" I adhered them all diagonally and then stamped and heat embossed in clear an image from the new Enjoy Life set over.  The greeting is also embossed on Vellum and is also from the new Enjoy Life set.  I love all the new colors especially all lined up on a card like this, so pretty!!!!  Plus a great way to use up those scraps!!!

These are all products you can't get until June with the new catalog.  However if the new colors and the awesome Enjoy Life are on your wish list considering joining my team in May and you can get them in your starter kit or join my team today and preorder these and other amazing products in May!  

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Animal Outing Masking

I have had soooo much fun playing with all new stuff!!!  I have lots of cards with brand new products to share over the next week or so! Most of these products won't be available until June.  However if you LOVE something and can't wait until June contact me about joining and in May you can get BRAND NEW stuff in your starter kit!!  Yay!!!!  What's better than brand new stuff and joining my awesome team!!!??!  Today I have 2 super cute cards made with the new Animal Outing set.  We got this set free at On Stage and it is soooo cute!!!  I haven't been able to put it down!!!  I did a Facebook Live video last week on how I did the masking and stamping of these cards so check that out below.  I stamped them all identical then colored them with our Stampin' Blends and Watercolor Pencils.  This first card is done with the blends and you can see how bold and vibrant that color is.  Plus the coloring is super smooth and just beautiful!!!   
This one done with the Watercolor Pencils gives a softer look.  I think I actually prefer this one.  While I love coloring with the Blends I LOVE the natural organic look to watercoloring on this card.  Both are super cute and you can't go wrong with either!  Remember to get these products early in May you need to join my team!!  Contact me today to join or JOIN NOW!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

On Stage Wrap Up!

I had a great time at On Stage with my team! I was so excited that so many of them got to go.  We left on Thursday and drove halfway to Flagstaff, AZ.  There were a couple of stops on the way out.  Friday morning we got up early and headed to Vegas! We got to Las Vegas around lunch time, shopped in IKEA for a while then headed to the hotel.  Michelle and I were honored to be able to attend CentreStage on Friday night.  CentreStage is an event exclusively for Stampin' Up! leaders.  It was 80's themed and sooo much fun!!!  We got our catalog on Friday night and had a wonderful dinner and learned all the big news!!!  
Brandi Barnard was our Stampin' Up! hostess with the mostess!  She's so cute and was so much fun!!!  We chatted a little about Shannon and how she attended my event last fall and I had great time getting to know Brandi!  
Saturday we were up and out the door early to hit the ground running for On Stage!  I was fueled with lots of and lots of water and caffeine! On Stage started at 8:30am and went until about 5pm.  It was a full day packed with fun, demos, and lots and lots of info! 
There were about 650 demonstrators at the Las Vegas event.  Event's were happening around the globe that day with multiple events in the USA.  I was fortunate to sit at a table with my entire team and with our new friend Cathy! 
Stampin' Up! had lots of surprises throughout the day, including a cupcake break! Yay and YUM!  
Michelle and I got to walk the stage for promoting to Silver Elite in February.  It was so much fun and I'm so glad I had Michelle to celebrate with!!!  
The best part of On Stage was the people I surrounded myself with for the trip.  I drove up with a few of my team members and we had the best time throughout the entire trip!  These friendships and memories will last a lifetime!!!!!  On Stage certainly would not have been as enjoyable without these ladies.  Kim and I are BFF's!  We had a great time!  
Finally here's myself and my team!  From L-R there's Anne, Kim, Me, Erin, Michelle and Carmelita!  Carmelita even joined us from CA! I'm proud and blessed to have such a strong and wonderful group of women to share this stamping journey with!  Can't wait to do it again ladies!!!

I'll be back Monday with all new posts and NEW products!  I've spent the week pulling retiring sets, inks, cardstocks and more! I need a couple days to regroup and get some stuff done!!!  Have a great weekend, I'll see you Monday!!!

For all the info on the Last Chance Products see this post.
For all the info on the Color Revamp see this post.  

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sliding Tag

Last weekend was Stampin' Up!'s On Stage event!  On Stage is a demonstrator only event that allows demonstrators from all over the world to meet up, share ideas, get exclusive training, see all new products and soooo much more!!!  I went with some of my team to Las Vegas, NV and we had a blast!!!  I gave all my team members this sweet gift! At On Stage we get an exclusive Stampin' Up! bag that you can only get at the event. Everyone has the same bag so I made tags for everyone to tie onto their bag so they'd know who's bag was whos. This is the outside of the tag. I used the Jar of Love stamp set and some of my favorite colors (Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo).  
When you pull the top the whole thing slides up, but there's a surprise at the bottom too!  You name pops out!  Sooooo cute!!!  I made a few cards like this years and years ago, this is by far my most favorite version of this sliding technique!!  Fellow demonstrator Julie DiMatteo has a great tutorial on how to make a sliding treat holder.  Check out her video to make one.

I'll have a FULL wrap up of On Stage on my blog tomorrow!  Check back to see ALL the fun we had! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Last Chance Products

With a new catalog comes a retired list.  We know it's coming every year and here it is!!!

Here's the retiring products from the Occasions Catalog.

Here's the retiring products from the Annual Catlaog.

Here's some things to keep in mind regarding the retired lists.
  • Bundle prices DO NOT carry over.  A bundle might be listed to retire, unless the stamp set and framelits are also listed individually the only thing that's retiring is the bundle price.  If it's something on your wishlist, get it now and save!  
  • ALL the ink pads are listed, that's not because all the colors are retiring. Some colors are leaving us for good but our ink pads are getting a new design so our current ink pad design is retiring.  For more info on that and the entire Color Revamp check out this post.  
  • Retiring products are only available while supplies last. Shop early to get all those items on your wishlist! 
  • You can view all retiring products in my online store here.  Click SHOP NOW to start shopping.  All orders placed in my online store through April 21st will receive a free gift!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Color Revamp! All You Need To Know

You might be asking yourself what is going on with the colors at Stampin' Up!? Every single color is listed on the retired list, people are talking about new colors, so what is the story?  I'm so glad that I was able to attend On Stage and hear this news from Stampin' Up! so that I can relay this information to you.  This year Stampin' Up! is undergoing a huge Color Revamp.  That means some colors will be discontinued, some will be brought back and some will be brand new all together.

Let's first talk about the WHY, especially the 'why is EVERY color listed on the retiring list?'.  The mold for the ink pad design we current know and love was about to expire.  We've used this type of ink pad design for about 15 years and 15 years is the life span for the mold.  So in addition to the Color Revamp our ink pad design will also be changing.  We'll be getting a new pad design that is easier to open and close, that provides a tighter seal and that holds the highest quality of ink giving you the best stamped impression.  Since it was time for a new ink pad design Stampin' Up! also decided this was a good time to change the colors giving everything a new fresh facelift.  That is the basic of why it's being done now.  We haven't undergone a Color Revamp since 2013 so now is a good time to do it.

Let's talk specifically about the colors:
These are the colors that are retiring this year.  You can see the color groups they're coming out of in the graphic.  These colors were chosen to retire based on trends and sales.  There are the 5 In Colors that we knew were going to retire anyway those are Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  Then from our core colors we have Chocolate Chip leaving from the Neutrals and Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise leaving from the Brights.  The two color groups hardest hit were the Subtles and Regals.  Leaving from the Subtles is Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.  From the Regals we're saying goodbye to Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, and Rose Red.  If a current color isn't listed above but it's on the retired list, that doesn't mean the color is retiring, it's just the ink pad being reconfigured.  Take a deep breath and know it will all be OK.  IF any of your all time favorites are above and you don't think you can craft without them NOW is the time to stock up on their products.  Get their cardstock, reinkers, pads, etc NOW!!  Do not wait to get them, they WILL sell out and then you're out of luck.  However, if you're like me and most of these colors leaving you don't use anyway, you might be ok with the change....let's move on to what's coming!

Here's a look at the BRAND NEW colors that will be joining the color families. These are all brand new to us and they're really going to make our color groups shine!!  Our new In Colors for the next two years are some of my all time favorites!!  They look like your basic colors but they're so bright and fun you'll love adding them to your projects.  They are Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel.  They are some of my favorites and I can't wait to get my hands on them!  In addition to the 5 new In Colors new colors are being added to our color families too.  In the Neutrals there is Merry Merlot and Gray Granite.  Joining the Brights is Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape.  Those of you asking for a purple you'll LOVE Gorgeous Grape! Coming to the Subles family we have Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather.  Finally in the Regals we'll welcome Shaded Spruce.

We also have 6 returning In Colors.  These are colors that were formally In Colors that are now part of our core colors and will join our color families.  First up in the Neutrals is Mossy Meadow.  In the Brights we have Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo (if you remember this was a retiring In Color this year-shortest retirement ever!) and Coastal Cabana!! Coastal Cabana is my favorite returning color. I. CAN'T. WAIT!!!! In the Subltes we're welcoming back Mint Macaron. In the Regals we have Blackberry Bliss.  Whew!!!!  Are you still with me?!  I know this is a BIG change but what is life without constant change?  Let's now take a look at the new color offerings as a whole and how these colors fall into the color groups.

At first glance you might notice that no longer included in the neutrals are Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  Those are now in their own group of 3 called the Basics.  We've already been over the new In Colors for this year and you know about our In Colors for 2017-2019, those haven't changed.  Our color families have moved and been shaken up so let's look at the new families.
  • The Neutrals now consist of: Merry Merlot, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy.  Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy were added to the Neutrals because trends showed that these 3 colors were treated as neutral colors more and more.  I think it's a great addition to our Neutral family.  
  • The Brights and bolder and brighter than ever!!! We have: Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.  Don't they look great together!?!  
  • Our Subtles family bring a new look to the pastel world.  They are: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather.  My favorites are Soft Sea Foam and Balmy Blue, they're just gorgeous! 
  • Finally we wrap up our Regals family with lots of familiar colors: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce, Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry.  You might have caught that lots of former brights have joined the Regals.  With all the new brighter brights the old brights fit in nicely in the Regal family. 
So that's it, that's our Color Revamp! What do you think??? It's going to be a lot of reorganizing on my part but I'm so excited about the changes.   I'm so excited about all the new possibilities this brings!!!  Remember if your favorites are leaving get them NOW! You can shop anytime at my online store here. If you have any questions on the new colors, the old colors or anything else please contact me!  I can't wait to share all our new colors with you!!!

Check out this video I shared on my Facebook page discussing the whole Color Revamp

Thanks for looking see you soon!!!  

When Pigs Fly

This card makes me so happy!!  First look at that stinkin' cute little pig! I used the This Little Piggy stamp set and colored him with my Stampin' Blends. The cloud pattern DSP works perfectly for this card, the patten is from the Myths and Magic DSP in the Occasions Catalog.  Finally what makes this card so perfect....
...is that the little piggy 'flies' across the card!  On the DSP piece I used the Classic Label punch and punched a 'track' across the card.  I fussy cut the pig out, and place it in the track with a dimensional, then added that onto a longer piece of the DSP.  When you pull the long piece the pig moves along the track making it fly!  SOOOO cute!!!!  I kept the DSP in place by adding a row of dimensionals on top and below the DSP so the pig can only go back and forth not up and down.  The entire thing is attached to another piece of DSP to keep the cloud background continuous. Then attached to a Powder Pink card base.  This card is so cute!  I love it to pieces!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!     

Monday, April 9, 2018

Thoughtful Banners

I am loving everything rainbow lately, especially these soft pastel rainbows! I pulled out my Thoughtful Banners stamp set. I used my Stamparatus to stamp all the colored bars. Using the Stamparatus I was able to get them perfectly straight and perfectly lined up! I used Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, and Powder Pink.  
I stamped a different message in each of the bars.  To finish I added some bakers twine and some sequins.  So pretty!!! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!