Piece Of Cake

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting during April.  I love this card because it is so bright and cheery.  We used the stamp set called Piece Of Cake.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Cake Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The sentiment came from another stamp set called Amazing Life.  The Designer Series Paper is called How Sweet It Is.  All of these products are in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

To make this card I first stamped the cake in Memento Black Ink and then colored it with my Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch and Bermuda Bay Stampin’  Blends.  Then I punched out the cake and the stand (in Pineapple Punch cardstock) using the Cake Builder Punch.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink and colored the word cake using my Pineapple Punch Blends.  Lastly I added the sequin from the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins.

I told you I had been traveling a lot during the month of April.  The first weekend I flew down to Montgomery Alabama to visit my son, Zachary and his daughter Emory (Emy).  Mary, his wife, was away so I had the job of watching Emy while Zachary was at work.  It was a tough job but someone had to do it and it was awesome!  We had such a good time.  The last time I saw her was at Christmas.  It amazes me how much she has grown in a few months.  She went from saying one or two words at a time to speaking full sentences.  Of course, she is two so most of her sentences start with the word no!

Here are some pictures.

Isn’t she just adorable?  (I know.  I am a little prejudice!!)!!

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Retiring Products

Stampin’ Up!® has just released the list of products that are retiring this year.  These products will be available until June 3rd or as supplies last, whichever comes first.  If you want any of them, I highly suggest you order them quickly.  Once they are gone, they are gone for good.  Some of them are actually gone already.

One of the things you need to remember is the lists show all Bundles as being discontinued.  That is because they only offer the 10% discount on Bundles the first catalog they appear in.  After that you can only buy the products separately.  This is another reason to purchase the Bundles you love while you can still save 10%

Occasions Catalog Retiring List

Annual Catalog 2018-2019 Retiring List

Here are some details:

Promotion Dates: April 15–June 3, 2019

  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types:  workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after June 3.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, these items will have guaranteed availability until May 24; all other products are not guaranteed and are available while supplies last only.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets may be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party only.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 9.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.


Hello everything.

Last weekend I flew down to Charlotte, NC to go the the Stampin’ Up!® OnStage (convention).  Rob and I flew down on Thursday and met Buffy and Mike there.  As you know, Buffy is my BFF. We only get to see each other twice a year at Stampin’ Up!® Up! events but it always seems like I just saw her yesterday.

Friday night we did a little shopping before attending CentreStage.  CentreStage is a dinner and training for Stampin’ Up! leaders.  You have to be Silver Elite and above to attend.  The best part was we got our hands on the new 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  I have to say, it is gorgeous and full of amazing products.  You are going to love it!

Saturday was the actual OnStage Local event.  The only problem was, I didn’t make it.  I picked up a really bad stomach bug and could not even get out of bed.  All day.  It was awful and I was so upset to miss it.  Needless to say it was an expensive trip for spending the day in a hotel bed.

I do have some pictures to show you that I took while at CentreStage.  There are not the best pictures because I just took them quickly thinking I would get better ones the next day.  Of course, that didn’t happen.

Here is a picture of the cover.

Here are the new InColors.  They are Rococo Rose, Purple Posy, Pretty Peacock (gorgeous), Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile.

Here are some sneak peeks of some of the bundles beginning with my favorite called Come Sail Away:

If you would like more information about the perks of being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator feel free to contact me!


Vibrant Vases

I love it when Stampin’ Up!® comes up with new products that go together with other products. In this case, the new stamp set in the 2019 Occasions Catalog called Vibrant Vases matches the stamp set called Varied Vases and the Vase Builder Punch which are both in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  Both stamp sets are two step stamp sets which means it take two or more stamps to make an image.  They are easy to line up because they are Photopolymer stamps that you can see through.

To make this card I first stamped the vase in Memento Black Ink and colored it with the Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then punched it out using the Vase Builder Punch.  Then I stamped the flowers in Memento Black Ink and colored it with the Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Up!® Marker onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I adhered the vase with a Dimensional to give it a little depth and then stamped the greeting underneath that.

The ribbon I used is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog and is gorgeous!  It is Coastal Cabana on one side and Granny Apple Green on the other.  The ribbon is 3/8″ and has a satin finish to it.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Broadway Bound and is in the Annual Catalog.

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OnStage Bound & Some News

This is just a quick post to let you know I am on my way to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend the Stampin’ Up!® OnStage Local Event.  I am so excited!  OnStage is a Convention for Demonstrators only.  There is one live OnStage Events and a bunch of local events.  This year the live event is in New Zealand.  As much as I would love to go there, it is just not feasible right now which is why I am going to Charlotte for the OnStage Local Event.

There are so many reasons I love going to these OnStage Events.  First of all, I get to see Buffy.  You all know Buffy since I talk about her a lot.  She lives in Virginia so it is hard to see her very often.  I will also be with a lot of other Demonstrators from around the country. who are wild and crazy and fun to watch.

Secondly, we get  a copy of the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog!  I love seeing all the new products in there and I get to order some of them early.  I am not a patient person so this makes me happy. The new catalog will go live for everyone else on June 3rd.

Last but not least, I also get new FREE stuff, which is always awesome!

When I get back I hope to share some photos (if I remember to take any).  Sometimes I get caught up with everything and forget to get that camera out but I will try to do my best.

If you are interested in attending one of these fun events just click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.  You can purchase $125 worth of products for $99 (with free shipping).  There is no obligation to buy another thing but I know you will because you get an awesome discount too!

There is a little bit of news that has been released from Stampin’ Up!® early.  In the past all the dies and embossing folders were made by Sizzix.  I am sure this is not a big surprise since Sizzix’s name is on most of them.  Stampin’ Up!® has decided to not continue doing business with Sizzix and to have their dies and embossing folders made directly by a manufacturing company.  In essence, this cuts out the middle man.  Some of the problems with all the backorders during Sale-a-bration were caused because when Stampin’ Up!® had to order dies, they needed to contact Sizzix and then Sizzix would deal with the manufacturer.  Going directly to the manufacturer should speed things up a big and (hopefully) have less backorders.  As a result of all of this, Stampin’ Up!® will no longer carry the Big Shot.  Sizzix makes the Big Shot so this makes sense.  They are researching other products to replace the Big Shot but that is not done yet.

The other bit of information is Stampin’ Up!®  has also decided to stop selling the Stampin’ Trimmer so it also will not be in the new Annual Catalog that begins in June.  They will also not be selling the replacement blades, replacement mats or scorers. Unfortunately they are already out of the blades and replacement mats.

I know that some of this news will be a bit upsetting to some of you and I apologize for that.  In the long run, I think Stampin’ Up! will come up with better products which will benefit us all.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

In the meantime, have fun stampin’!!

Happy Tails

This is the first card we made at our monthly stamp club.  It uses the stamp set called Happy Tails.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Dog Builder Punch.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  This stamp set has some very cute sentiments with it (besides the one we used) such as “Keep calm and wag on” and “Just Fur You”.  There are a few more that go along with the dog theme.

To make this card I first stamped the outline of the dog on Whisper White cardstock and then the spots in Memento Black Ink and punched it out using the Dog Builder Punch.  I attached it to a piece of Gray Granite cardstock and cut it out using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment and bones along the bottom.  I attached this piece to a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock that I had cut out using the same dies in a larger size.  I stamped the paw prints in Cherry Cobbler Ink and adhered everything together.  I punched out the Cherry Cobbler heart using the Dog Builder Punch too.

Today is the last day you can sign up for the April Paper Pumpkin card kit that is going to have a set of DisINKtive stamps included in it.  For more information click HERE.

Fable Friends

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I am not a big cutesy stamp person.  I do think those kinds of stamp sets are cute, they are just not what I buy.  So what happens?  The most amazing, beautiful, handsome and smart grandchildren come along.  My wonderful daughter in law asked me to make Valentines for them and I look around and have very few cute, kid sets.  All I had was retired dinosaurs and elephants.  Well, I decided this just would not do.  What will happen when they get a little older, come to visit and want to stamp with me?  So, now I am buying some sets with them in mind.

Fable Friends is one of these sets.  It is cute.  The bunny is adorable.  Even thought the squirrel is a , um, squirrel, it is also cute.  Look at these ducks.  They are so sweet!

To make this card I first stamped the ducks in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them using my Granny Apple Green, Night Of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends.  The grass is from the stamp set called High Tide and the sentiment is from Life Is Grand, a stamp set in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is Gala Gingham.

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