Saying Goodbye (Again) To By The Tide

By The Tide

By The Tide is another stamp set that is retiring on June 1st.  Sigh.  I have always liked this set. The lobster and sea horse are adorable.  The fish is a little scary looking but I still like it.  It is one of those fish that you would not want to encounter in the water.  I am sure it is more afraid of me than I am of it, but that doesn’t make it any easier. It is a fun set to use and I have used it many times to make a masculine card.

I used on of the new In Colors to make this card.  It is called Dapper Denim.  It is a beautiful blue that is somewhere in-between Night of Navy and Island Indigo.

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase anything on the Retirement List.  After that the new catalog starts and all those items on that list are gone for good.  Don’t miss out on your favorites!

If you would like a copy of the new catalog, feel free to contact me.  If you live in my area you can come pick one up for free.  If you would like it mailed to you, you will just need to pay for the postage.  You won’t want to miss this catalog.  It is awesome!  Two more days!

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By The Tide Wood-Mount Stamp Set

By The Tide Wood-Mount Stamp Set
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Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

Stamp Off Logo Clean

I love Fridays because it is the day we have our Stamp Off challenges.  This week we have a sketch challenge by Jackie.  Jackie is the queen of sketch challenges which is good because she is so good at it.  Here is our sketch:

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I decided to use some new items from the Annual Catalog that comes out next week.  Here is my card:

Swirly Scribbles, Painters Pallete

First of all, I used two of the new In Colors.  One is called Peekaboo Peach and the other is Flirty Flamingo.  These colors are so summery and they remind me of sherbet.  The swirl is a new Thinlit called Swirly Scribbles.  It has a matching stamp set called Swirly Bird, although I didn’t use it for this card.  The sentiments are from Painter’s Pallette, which is another new stamp set in the new catalog.  It is actually one stamp that I masked off to stamp each line separately.

Now let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie made.  I am sure we will be pleasantly surprised! They are both amazing!

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Goodbye Fabulous Four

Fabulous Four

Fabulous Four is a sentiment stamp set that is retiring in a few days.  I always like this set because it has larger sentiments which can make a bigger impact.  There were four (hence the name) sentiment stamps in this set.  Each sentiment covers almost any thing you would want to say.  There is the thanks I used plus there are two different stamps that could be used for birthdays or graduations and there is a stamp you can use for a get well card.

I also used some glittering ribbon that is in the 2016 Occasions Catalog that is also retiring.  It comes in Pool Party and adds quite a bit of sparkle to any card.  The ribbon is really soft and easy to tie.  Lastly, the Designer Series Paper I used is also leaving us for good in a few days.  It is called Cherry On Top and was full of bright, fun colors.

Remember, there are only a few days left to buy things from the Retirement List.  After that, they are gone for good.

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In With The New, Out With The Old

Zoo Babies, Thoughtful Banners, Duet Banner Punch

All month I have been talking about how sad I am that some of the Stampin’ Up! products I love are retiring.  The thing is, though, it is also a really exciting time too.  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators were allowed to purchase some of the new items in the Annual Catalog that starts June 1st.  I decided to make a card using one of my favorite sets that is going to retire (Zoo Babies) with one of the new sets that is coming out.  That set is called Thoughtful Banners.  It also has a matching punch called Duet Banners.

In addition to that, I also used a new In Color with this card.  It is the dark blue color and is called Dapper Denim.  See the ribbon?  That is a new Ruched Ribbon that is also in Dapper Denim.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this ribbon.  I thought it might be hard to tie but it was actually easy.  It is a little stiffer which makes it easier to tie.  It comes in all the new In Colors.  You are going to love it!

Here is a picture of Madelyn on her first birthday in the dress I bought her.  She looked adorable in it, although she did not really cooperate with having her picture taken.  We must have taken a hundred photos and none turned out as well as wished.

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The Countdown Has Begun!

Going Global

There is only a week left before the the 2015/2016 Annual and 2016 Occasions Catalogs retire. That means there is only 7 days left for you to buy some awesome products that will not be available beginning June 1st.  Yes, the new catalog coming out is amazing, but make sure you have gotten everything you want out of the older catalogs before it is too late.

One of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog is called Going Global.  It was an entire suite in that catalog and included stamps, an embossing folder and beautiful Designer Series Paper.  I am sad that it is not being carried over.  I think it makes great masculine cards and we all know how hard that is to do.

I mixed a little new with the old on this card.  The banner and sentiments are from a new set in the new Annual Catalog called Thoughtful Banners.  It is a set that has 53 (yes FIFTY THREE) different stamps in it.  Plus, it has a matching punch called Duet Banner (because it punches out two different banners).

Remember, June 1st is coming soon!

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For You With Candy Dots

Petite Petals, Flower Shop, Pictogram Punches

This card uses some retiring products and some products that are being carried over.  One of the stamp sets that is retiring that I will miss is called Pictogram Punches.  I used it for the little flower on this card.  There is a set of matching punches called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack that is also retiring.  The biggest thing on this card I will miss are the Candy Dots.  They are perfect to add a little color to your card.

The good news is Flower Shop and Petite Petals, along with their matching punches are carrying forward into the new catalog.  I was surprised because they have been around for a while, but I believe they are still very popular.

Check out the Retirement List and order what you want before June 1st.  Once they are gone, they are gone forever!

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A Stamp Off Tribute To Six Sided Sampler

Stamp Off New Logo

It is that time again for another Stamp Off Challenge.  Before I go any further, many of you might have noticed that sometimes the three of us (Buffy, Jackie and I) use a “fuzzy” logo but sometimes I use a clean logo.  It is all about what style we each like.  I am a CAS (clean and simple) stamper.  Buffy is vintage and Jackie is somewhere in-between.  They both like the fuzzy logo.  I like the clean.  Truthfully, the fuzzy one gives me hives.  The thing is, it is ok to do whatever we want.  No one gets upset over such a silly thing.  So, in honor of my stamp mates, I am using the fuzzy logo today.  Next week?  You will just have to come back and see!  Which one do you prefer?

Now, on to the challenge. This week our challenge is to use a retiring stamp set that is one of our favorites.

Screenshot 2016-04-18 15.22.34I used Six Sided Sampler.  I don’t know why I love this set so much but I do know I will miss it.  Maybe it is because it has a matching punch called Hexagon and a matching Embossing Folder called Honeycomb.  There is also a matching Thinlit called Hexagon Hive.  All four of these products are retiring at the end of May (or while supplies last).  How sad is that?!?Six Sided Sampler, Gorgeous Grunge

The Designer Series Paper is called Cherry On Top Paper Stack (which is in the 2016 Occasions Catalog).  That is retiring too.  Oh my.  I guess the only thing that is not retiring on this card are the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and the stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge (another favorite of mine).  I added the Hexagon Hive and Honeycomb Embossing Folder in the links before even though we didn’t use it for this card.

If you would like to see what else is retiring, click on the link on the right side of my blog.  That list will show you what is retiring and what is no longer available.

Now go check out what Jackie and Buffy have made with their favorite retiring stamp set.

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