Last chance products will be gone soon! Don’t forget that at the end of May you won’t be able to order the retiring items in the 2017-2018 catalog. Yes, there are some great new items to order and enjoy, but I have a ton of favorites from last year and I am glad I have ordered while available. Some items are on sale too, so it’s a great opportunity to shop!
I used new colors (Pineapple Punch, Soft Sea Foam, Mango Melody) along with returning color Mossy Meadow and favorites Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive to create this card using a sentiment from retiring Birthday Blossoms and the designs from Paisleys and Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits. I created a stamped only version which was posted on Instagram.
I spent some time last week coordinating all the new colors and ink pads. I bought another paper holder but I could use another! I have several colors doubled up. I also included a picture of the new colors.They are so much prettier when you actually see and touch them!
I heard some of your received your 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! How exciting, don’t you love all the new Stampin’ Blends. We weren’t able to pre-order those, so I’ll be placing another order early June! I think I have enough of the new stamps that I want for now. Well, or more correctly, I have to start using some of them before I buy more!! 😛
Create Joy! Deena
There’s so much going on! Where? When? Right now in the world of Stampin’ Up! I have been doing so much posting on Facebook and Instagram since attending OnStage the first weekend of April, I’ve neglected my blog. We’ve got new In Colors, a complete Color Revamp, new designs for ink pads and stamp branding, special bundle pre-order options for all of you in May and of course a ton of new products coming to you in June with the release of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. Those of you who have ordered from me this past year will be receiving your new catalog some time this month.
Let’s start with the Color Revamp. The new colors are so pretty but I am thrilled that we have some returning colors. I was so disappointed when Mossy Meadow was discontinued a couple of years ago as an In Color, Guess What – It’s Back! There are a lot of new greens, they are going to be fun to play with and shade trees and leaves. Flirty Flamingo is being carried over as one the Brights color group and lots of others. The new In Colors are bright and sassy, love them! It will be easier to see in the catalog but here is a sneak peek on the color changes.
The stamp case is being changed this year too. I am still getting used to opening and using them, they open like a compact makeup case. I’ve been coming up with some helpful hints too, I’ll share as you start to receive them. They are stackable now but you can still use them in whatever stamp pad storage system you are using. All of the new colors will be in the new cases and then as existing colors.
There is so much else to talk about, but for tonight I’ll end with the Limited Time Bundles: Share What You Love. It’s a great opportunity to get some of the new stamps in a bundle with accessories. I ordered the largest bundle, I wanted it all!
Check out this video by Brandy from the Home Office on all the items included in the bundles. At the end of May it will not be sold as a bundle. Click here to watch the You Tube video.
Don’t forget that retiring items and items from the Occasions Catalog won’t be available after May 31. Be sure to order items that have been on your wish list soon, before they are gone. Check out my demonstrator site to see the retiring items. Click here and then once you get to the full product list, you will see the retiring items links.
Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily card photos and updates.
Create Joy! Deena
One more week of Sale-a-bration – it amazes me that we are at the end of March. It is also Holy Week and we are preparing for Easter on April 1. I may only get one more post in this week, due to business travel, so I thought I better send a reminder that Sale-a-bration will be ending next Saturday and that means this is your last chance to select FREE product with your order of at least $50. If nothing else, I would at least place one order to replenish cardstock or ink and select the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper. It is so pretty!
Visit my site to view the items you can order as FREE items for every $50 or $100 and place your order this week! Click here, then select any product line and click until you get to the complete set of links on the left side and you will see Sale-a-bration at the top to view all the options you can select as free items with your order.
I posted on my Facebook page today that you won’t be able to order Stampin’ Blends. Stampin’ Up! took them off the order list because certain items were starting to back order due to popularity of our Stampin’ Blends and they didn’t want to create a frustrating situation for those ordering. I hope the inventory will be restored soon and the awesome blends back in stock! As I mentioned on Facebook, I have purchased some other blender pens and markers, and the ease of use and look of the Stampin’ Blends is superior!
As Holy Week begins today, I started some Easter Card designs. I love the Hold On To Hope stamp set/bundle. I used Stampin’ Up! Gold Foil Paper for the cross in the middle. I saw this design on Pinterest and changed the flowers and sentiment a bit.
The little lamb is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp but so cute I had to use him for a card. I used current Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for the background and colored him with Stampin’ Blends.
My Stamparatus reservation was filled and was available for me to close the order and ship this week. I have been playing with it, it takes some practice. I find that the red rubber (clear) stamps work the best for me. I am not getting clear images with the photopolymer stamps yet but the good thing is that the stamp goes to the exact same place on the cardstock so I can reink and stamp again. My favorite use so far is getting the stamps lined up perfectly and stamping exactly where I want it! I added an image below, The two stamps are on the Stamparatus plate and the cardstock with the inked sentiment is on the foam bottom of the tool. This is the inside of the Hold On To Hope card with the crosses that I posted above.
As I mentioned I might try to post during the week if I am able. I will be posting more again in April and May as we close out the Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.
Create Joy! Deena
Valentine’s Day is almost here! Have you made your Valentine’s cards for those special to you? Right, I haven’t either! LOL! Just like Christmas, I’ve been busy making cards for stamp night and Facebook posts but don’t have mine done yet. But I hear there is a big game on Sunday and I will likely only watch the commercials, so plenty of stamp time!
This one was one of my favorite Valentine’s cards so far! I cut the heart out of the Designer Series Paper on the front, so I have a heart to use on another card!
The card below is one I created this week, a very different style than I have stamped before but I wanted to play with distress backgrounds and using stencils. I love it! The stamps are current and retired Stampin’ Up! stamps but the stencil and some of the ink in the background are Tim Holtz products.
I have included a post (below) from my Facebook page (easier to paste it!). February is a great time to order because of Sale-a-bration and my little party incentive!
I invite you to order during the month of February and use the party code posted in this picture. The party is being hosted by one of our stampers, Jan. The party closed February 25th.
To encourage you to order using this code. Anyone ordering $50 or more will not only earn a free Sale-a-bration (SAB) item but I will send you a free set of Painted Love Gold stickers (page 19 in the Occasions Catalog). The brilliant gold flowers, leaves, hearts and shapes are gorgeous additions on cards and envelopes. I 💛 them!!
Don’t forget, you earn a FREE item for EVERY $50 of your order! And new items will be available on Feb 16 besides those in the current SAB catalog. You can see the current items on my website by clicking here.
There are three new items that will be added on Feb 16; Eclectic Expressions stamps (my favorite), Springtime Foil Designer Series Paper (foil is huge right now in the paper craft industry!), and Blossoming Basket Bundle (a Stamp Set and Embossing Folder!). Pictures coming soon!
Share this with your friends and join the party!
Let me know if you would be interested in hosting a party too. Very easy, I create a code and you share it with friends and earn the rewards on your party sales. I will add a gift for orders on your party too!
It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans. – Mark Twain
Create Joy! Deena
We had a taste of Spring on Thursday, albeit brief, with the 50 degree temps. I took the outside decorations down while the ground was soft enough to pull out stakes etc, I was tempted to look at the flowers and plants to make sure they were still in their winter sleep!
So why not work with some bright colors and birdhouses! The Flying Home stamp set is perfect for watercolor pencils or our Stampin’ Blend markers. I used markers.
My Virtual Party was fun the other night too. I previously posted I was practicing with embossing paste and would finish a flower on a card during a live video during the party. This was the finished product. I love the embossing past and have decided to order Brusho Crystal Color (page 26 of the new Occasions Catalog) and play with that too. I wasn’t interested at first but have seen some beautiful cards from fellow demonstrators!
I also worked with the Waterfront stamp set. The watercolor look of the stamps and images that can be created are soothing and relaxing.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation. – Plato
Create Joy! Deena
Product List – Flying Home card sample
Product List – Happy Birthday card using embossing paste
Product List – Waterfront card sample (my house on a lake!)
Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste is so much fun! It reminded me of art class in grade school, spreading the paste, mixing colors, then watching the magic! The embossing paste is now available in Shimmery White (this is the paste I used) and Silver. I created one flower without adding color and then on the second added some Melon Mambo drops from an ink refill. The picture doesn’t do justice to the shimmer!
Tomorrow night during my Facebook Virtual Party I will have a short Facebook Live showing how to create a flower using Daffodil Delight on the card posted below. Most of the Virtual Party is just posts and information regarding the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration but I loved using the paste so I decided to do a live video.
The cardstock is taped using washy tape to a piece of chipboard to help prevent curling. I found the thick Whisper White cardstock was better for using the paste but the regular cardstock worked just fine. Another hint – WASH THE MASK USED IMMEDIATELY. I let mine sit while working on another card that I want to show during the Virtual Party, it came off with very hot water but it was work!
I used one of the card bases from the Tutti-Fruitti set in the Sale-a-bration catalog and stamped some flowers around the edges of the card stock before stamping the sentiments on the white carsstock. We will add the embossing paste to this during the live video.
Tomorrow during the Virtual Party I will also show a card sample using one of the cards from the Petal Passions Memories and More Card Pack. I just trimmed it up and stamped a couple of sentiments on it. I’ll be sure to post after the party, it’s adorable! I will also share a sample of one of the cards from the Lots of Happy Card Kit tomorrow. I hope you can join me!
Update on Stamp Night – we will meet on Monday, January 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. If weather is bad, we won’t be able to meet again until Monday, Feb 26 due to travel. So mark that night on your calendar too!
Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Create Joy! Deena