Goodbye Lemon Lime Twist

Hello everyone!  Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to use some or all of the retiring InColors.  These include Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.  If you know me at all, you know I love Lemon Lime Twist.  Of everything that retired, this color retiring makes me the saddest.  I am hoping if and when Stampin’ Up!® does a color refresh, they bring it back because it is one of my all time favorite colors!

Another favorite product that will be retiring on June 3rd is the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper that is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  I love this DSP.  Plaids are back in style (at least with paper and stamps they are) and this DSP was really popular.

To make this card, I first adhered a piece of the Gingham Gala DSP onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  I cut out a Coastal Cabana hexagon and a smaller one out of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiments from the stamp set called Sorry For Everything using Memento Black Ink.  This is a great stamp set for sympathy cards for people or pets as well as get well cards, belated birthday cards and farewell cards.  The smaller sentiments cover all those occasions.  Lastly, I stamped the butterflies from the Butterfly Gala stamp set in Stazon Ink and colored with my Lemon Lime Twist and Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Markers.  When using markers you need to use Stazon Ink so it doesn’t smear.  When using Blends, you would use Tuxedo Black ink for the same reason.

If you like Lemon Lime Twist cardstock or ink you will need to order before June 4th because if it has not sold out yet, it will be gone forever.

Now let’s go see what Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite retiring InColor(s) are.

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Cards From A Friend

As most of you know, Buffy is my long distance BFF.  I talk about her all the time so I know you have heard of her.  Not only is she my BFF, she is my hero.  You also know that I flew to Charlotte, NC to go to OnStage with Buffy and got really sick and ended up missing it.  Buffy had to go without me but she brought me back some of the giveaways (which is why she is my hero).  Then to top it all off, she made me some gorgeous cards.

The first card Buffy made uses a set from the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog called Love What You Do.  This set is retiring this year.  The Designer Series Paper is called Share What You Love.  They are part of the Share What You Love Suite.

The next card Buffy made is a sneak peek from the upcoming 2019/202 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It is called Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set and is just gorgeous!  Funny thing about this stamp set.  It was actually the one I won at OnStage.  Buffy won a different set that was not vintage.  Buffy loves vintage makes wonderful vintage cards (as you will see below).  I make awful vintage cards.  So we switched sets.  It was a match made in heaven!  I do have to say, after seeing this card, I might have to steal it back someday (just kidding, Buffy).  My attempts at vintage are pathetic so I don’t even try anymore.  Most of them end up in the garage.  I just realized that Buffy also used a couple of the new InColors on this card.  The dark green one is called Pretty Peacock and the pink is Rococo Rose.  They are beautiful!

Aren’t both cards just lovely?  She is the best!

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Sea Of Textures

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Sea Of Textures and the matching dies called Under The Sea.  This is such a fun set and has lots of really nice but different dies.  Although these products will be carried over into the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, you won’t be able to get the 10% discount Bundle Price after June 3rd.  If you like it, buy it while you can get the special price.

To make this card, I first stamped the sea plants in Old Olive twice onto Whisper White cardstock.  When you stamp something twice without re-inking it, you get darker and light images which gives some depth.  I cut out the net using one of the dies in Blueberry Bushel ink.  I cut out two coral in Calypso Coral cardstock and the sand dollar in Whisper White.  I layered everything together and then cut out the little fish (one die cuts them all out at once).  Then I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and layered it all onto of a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock that I had cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.  I layered all of that on a piece of Best Route Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper.  It is the first time I have almost used an entire package of DSP.  Sadly, it is retiring on June 3rd.  Lastly I adhered all the layers to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I decided to offset it into one corner for a different look.

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Butterfly Gala

Butterfly Gala is a stamp set that is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It has a matching Punch called Butterfly Duet Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle until June 3rd.  I never got a chance to use this set after I first ordered it.  Normally Stampin’ Up!® sells about 10,000 punches.  When this catalog came out, they sold twice that amount.  That was totally unexpected!  They had trouble getting it back in stock so it became un-orderable for a long time.  Thankfully it is back in stock now and it will be carrying over into the new Annual Catalog that comes out June 4th.  If you like it you need to take advantage of the 10% discount because when it goes in the new catalog it will not be offered as a Bundle.

To make this card, I inked up the large butterfly only and stamped it a few times using Memento Black Ink.  Then I inked up the small butterfly only and stamped that.  The butterflies are actually attached to each other which makes it easier to punch out but I wanted to stamp them randomly around so I only did one at a time.  You can mask off the butterfly you are not using or you can just ink carefully.  I masked.  I thought it needed something more so I added the flower stamp from Bloom By Bloom.  This stamp set will be retiring on June 3rd. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink and punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.  Then I stamped one more butterfly and colored it using my Cherry Cobbler, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Balmy Blue Stampin’  Write Markers. Then I punched it out and adhered it to the card.

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Sweet Cups

I made these cute little cups for my stamp club and for Buffy to give her at OnStage.  Stampin’ Up!® sells these adorable little cups and tops, called Sweet Cups in the Occasions Catalog.  They come in white but you can stamp them or cover them with cardstock or Designer Series Paper.  I covered mine using the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper.  I cut out a circle for the top out of Melon Mambo cardstock using the Layering Circle Dies. I stamped the Bunny from Fable Friends and cut it out for my Club Members to put on top because out meeting was close to Easter.  I forgot to take a picture of them when I was done so you can’t see how cute they were.  I stamped Buffy’s sentiment using the stamp set called Eastern Beauty and punched it out using a new punch that will be in the Annual Catalog.  I love this sentiment and I truly feel this way about Buffy.  She is one of my favorite people.  Then, of course, I had to fill them with Easter Candy.  They are called Sweet Cups for a reason!

Unfortunately some of the products I used on these Sweet Cups are retiring.  The cups themselves will be gone at the end of May (or while supplies last), The How Sweet It Is DSP and the stamp set Eastern Beauty are also retiring.

I promised pictures of Madelyn since she turned four last week.  I can’t believe how grown up she is.  She is so funny because she is such a Tom Boy but she also loves to wear sparkly princess dresses and she also loves to play Super Hero.  In the second picture she is A Super Hero Paw Patrol Princess!   I think that about says it all!


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Lift Me Up

Lift Me Up is a stamp set that is in the current Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog but will be retiring this year.  This stamp set has matching dies called Up & Away which will also be retiring.  This is a great stamp set that has 16 stamps in all.  It includes hot air balloons, clouds and a ton of very cute sentiments.  There are 15 dies in the set, one of which cuts out the amazing balloon and background pieces I used on this card.

To make this card, I first used a mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.  This pack includes 4 different masks including the cloud one.  I used a Stamping Sponge with Balmy Blue Ink and then added a little Smoky Slate along the bottom of the clouds to give them a little depth. I then cut out the outline of the hot air balloon in Basic Black cardstock and the pieces used behind the outline in Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, and Gorgeous Grape.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Well Said and the matching dies called Well Written.   This stamp set and the dies will be in the new catalog but you won’t be able to save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle so if you like this set you will need to order it before June 4th.

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Mother’s Day Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to make a Mother’s Day card.  Easy, right?

I decided to use a retiring stamp set called Falling Flowers.  This set has matching dies called May Flowers.  The dies are retiring too.  Both of these products have been around for a while so I am not surprised they are going.  Still, I like this set so I will miss it.

If you look closely at the card you will also see I used a die from Flourish Thinlits.  These dies will be in our next catalog.  I wanted to add a little texture to the background so I thought this die worked well.  I layered it on a piece of cardstock I cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays.  This set is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog and is carrying over to the new catalog.  This is a great set full of different birthday greetings.  As you can see, I used it for Mother’s Day too  because I don’t have a Mother’s Day stamp!  Can you believe that??

The colors I used for this card are Soft Sea Foam,  Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.

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