1/23/2021

Plaid Bunch

Howdy all, happy weekend! I finally finished some cards I started back around the first of the year. It was a great idea, just a little more labor than I thought they would take! But, I mailed 14 cards yesterday and that feels GREAT! So, there are two versions, here is the first.


Inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. You all know I love sunflowers and this just spoke to me! The plaid is Designer Series Paper from the August-December mini catalog which unfortunately is no longer available. The colors and blends from the plaid designs are awesome. This one is pretty basic in Bumble Bee and white but it is perfect for a sunflower! Tomorrow, you'll see one with more color :)

Card base is Bumblebee. Background is Whisper White embossed with the Tasteful Texture 3D folder. The dies from the Sunflowers set cut the background flower (plaid), the accent flower in Early Espresso and 3 leaves in Bumblebee. The rectangle is from the Stitched Rectangles die set. I stamped the saying in Early Espresso and added some rhinestones. The flower accent was attached to the background with fine tip glue as were the leaves to the background. The rectangle is attached with Mini Dimensionals, and the flower with regular Dimensionals. In the center of the flower I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects.

I need more practice with the Fine Tip Glue, I had it everywhere! My fingers were definitely sticky, not inky this time! Thanks for stopping by today! Product details and shopping links below. Remember Whisper White is now Basic White. I have lots of Whisper I'll be using up, butI will get a Basic soon to compare!

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1/11/2021

Cajun Art Birthday

Howdy all, Happy Monday! I tried to stamp last night but it just wasn't clicking. But, woke up this morning with an idea running through my head so to the stamp room I went! The rest of my to do list will wait! And, luckily it worked today. Came out quite nice actually:) Here is the card


Colors inspired by my friends over at The Color Throwdown. Rust, Cream and Brown. 


Or in Stampin' Up! colors, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede. This is a new set from the January - June Mini Catalog, Art Gallery. Beautiful flower set with great sayings, coordinating dies and DSP! You'll be seeing more of it for sure! The card base is Thick Very Vanilla, with a Cajun Craze accent layer under the large Stitched Rectangle Very Vanilla background. I stamped the stem in Soft Suede, and the flower in Cajun Craze. I did a second flower on a separate piece of Very Vanilla and die cut. It is attached over the first one with Mini Dimensionals. Saying on a small rectangle also attached with Mini Dimensionals and new Fine Art Gold ribbon knotted over the stem.

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1/05/2021

New Mini & Sale-A-Bration!

 Today is the day!!

Click the photo below to view the January-June Mini catalog. Right click to save to your computer.


Also, Sale-A-Bration!! Click to view, right click to save!


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1/02/2021

2021 Part 2

Hey, all! Happy New Year! Quiet weekend at home for us so I'm alternating between things around the house, taking down Christmas and stamping. I got the second half of my desk calendar done yesterday and started on another project I'll share when mailed. For now, here are the 2nd half for 2021.

Same set, Beauty Abounds, and  mostly just dots like the first 6. July. No real reason to pick purple, except that purple is always the right answer :) My reason last time was that flowers around here are generally in full bloom and they are almost always purple! This is all 3 shades of purple we currently have: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. Large circles are Grape, small Heather, dots Posy. Card base and accent also Grape. Tricolor ribbon knotted around. 


August. I made notes of my colors last time and this one said Sunflower. Sunflowers generally do bloom around then here and I am a big fan! Colors here are the new In Color Bumblebee (large dots, speckles, base and accent) and Cinnamon Cider (small dots). Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon tied around for accent. 

September. This is a very different combo than any done previously. This says fall to me, like Mums. Blackberry Bliss and Bumblebee. Large dots, background and accent in Blackberry. Small dots in Bumblebee, splatters in Smoky Slate. Bumblebee ribbon for accent.

October. This is a combo I stumbled on accidentally last time with these: Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake. The Merlot always feels a little red to me, and I'm generally not a fan of that. But Merlot (the wine!) I am a huge fan of! October is the time of year we generally go to Napa, or I should say in the past have gone to Napa. Not sure that will ever happen again, but I still like this combo! Large dots, base and accent layers are Merlot. Small dots and ribbon Crumb cake. Smoky Slate splatter dots.


November. Fall, Thanksgiving. The splatter is a little too dark on this one, but I'll live with it! Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede. Suede splatter, Curry small dots, Pumpkin large dots, accent and background.


Lastly! December. Cherry Cobbler and Gray Granite. Did the dots a little different, they kind of make me think of snowmen! and no small dots, just some splatters. Cherry dots, accent and base layer. Granite splatter and ribbon. Done!

Thanks all for stopping by today! Ask if any questions. I haven't been doing product detail link, but I can help if you have questions. Some of the ribbon I've used are retired but colors this round are all current. I'm going to go finish a few Christmas boxes and try to get back to the stamp room for a while!

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12/28/2020

News and Updates!

Morning all! This may get long, but read it through! Some important changes coming!

First, a reminder that My Host Code is closing today at 3 pm. Get a chance at the Hostess Benefits by pacing an order. Code is ECPMQ6QN. Shop Here! 

Second, there is a Year-End Closeout going on with items from the Holiday Mini. Some discounted, some just retiring. Some have likely already sold out, but take a peek. You find find a GREAT deal :)

The Holiday Catalog sales period ends January 4th. New Catalog starts January 5th! Bring on Spring!! Sale-A-Bration also starts January 5th. Both catalogs will be posted then (as soon as I can). Contact me if you need either, I will be ordering later today and can send them out next week.

A change is happening with Sale-A-Bration this year. They have actually broken it into two periods, one is January to February, the second is July to August. One brochure each - there will not be additional releases or items added. I have the current brochure and there is some good stuff! Free items with both $50 and $100 purchases. There is a free set for Hostesses who reach a party total of $300. And if you join Stampin' Up! During this period you receive a bonus gift from the upcoming annual catalog - 5 stacks of 6x6 Designer Series Paper. One for each color family and one for In Colors! That is a deal! Contact me if any questions about these changes! 

Next, a product change. Whisper White cardstock is going away 😞 The mill has permanently closed with little notice to SU! But, they jumped right into action and found a replacement. Basic White will be the new staple! Products will transition as Whisper White sells out and Basic White arrives. Whisper White items will be limited to 2 per item per order. Here is a list of items affected:

  • Whisper White 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)
  • Whisper White 3" x 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (100730)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (140272)
  • Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)
I'm confident SU! has done the testing and this new product will be great! Two more things below 💜


First, the January Paper Pumpkin sign up period is NOW through  January 10. The Kit is Sending Hearts and will include supplies for 8 cards, 4 each of two designs with coordinating envelopes.  And there is an add on called Little Love Boxes, available January 1 for $8. Item 156842 and includes 20 printed mini boxes and 24 die-cut decorative pieces and sentiment labels. Sign up here! 

Lastly the Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss will be available to everyone January 5th!


Item 150673 $60 This cute machine has a compact footprint for easy storage and travel. The 3-1/2" (8.9 cm) platform works with many of Stampin’ Up!’s smaller dies and smaller embossing folders. Dies and embossing folders that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine are indicated in the product description in our catalogs and online store. Includes 1 Mini Base Plate (Plate 1), 2 Mini Cutting Plates (Plate 2), 1 Mini Embossing Plate (Plate 3), and 1 Mini 3D Embossing Plate (Plate 4).

Thanks all for stopping by today! Hope to be back soon with the rest of my desk calendar and hopefully other creations. Snow is headed our way this week so sounds like a good time to spend time in the stamp room! Happy New Year!! 

12/27/2020

2021 Calendar part 1

Hey all, remember me? Finally some ink on my fingers today! 😍 Hope your Christmas was wonderful! Different I'm sure as it was for us. Luckily both boys made it home and we had a good time!

I started on my 2021 desk calendar today. History, this started as a Paper Pumpkin kit in 2015 for a 2016 calendar. I did that first year and really liked having it on my desk. Didn't realize there was an option to have it again for 2017 so I got by without. Then I realized someone had made the 2018 calendar and I was back in business! I didn't get a full year done for 2018, 6 of 12, but for 2019 I did a full year using my favorite then set Painted Harvest. 2020 I cheated and didn't start over but redid the calendar parts. I still like this set, but it felt like I should start all over for 2021. No bad karma to continue into next year from 2020!!

So, here is the first half of 2021! I settled on Beauty Abounds for my set. Love these dots!! Note also, these are going to be a little rough. They are just for my desk so I wasn't too worried about perfect. Partly because I forgot to change the printer to a nicer print quality! I also cut these free hand so the corners especially are rough!! And there will be retired items used, especially ribbon! 

I stuck with my same color reasoning as from 2019. There will be changes I'm sure. But, for each month I think what color goes with? January is cold, winter, snowy. So blue. This one is Seaside Spray, Pacific Point, Misty Moonlight and Smoky Slate. Large dots are Seaside, small dots in both Pacific and Misty. Splatters in Smoky Slate, some full strength, some stamped off once. Base and accent layer are Misty Moonlight, ribbon is Seaside Spray, background is Whisper White.

February is Valentines day so Red or pink. This is all Poppy Parade. Red is not always a favorite for me, but I do like this Poppy! Always so cheerful! Large dots are all full strength. Small ones are a mix, some full, some off once and maybe twice. Splatters in Smoky Slate. Base and accent layer are Poppy Parade. Retired Poppy Parade striped ribbon.

March, St. Patrick's Day. Green. Not a holiday we celebrate at all, maybe we do corned beef and cabbage but that is it! But I do like the challenge of using green. I went back to an old favorite here, retired color Lemon Lime Twist. Love it! Large circles in Lemon Lime, smaller in Smoky Slate. Splatters over all in Smoky Slate, some full strength, some off once or twice. Retired Lemon Lime ribbon.

April. Generally Easter, so pastel colors come to mind with Easter Eggs. I grabbed my Purple Posy because Purple. Remember this color ink was discontinued because of issues. I'm starting to see variance. It was OK at first, but the ink is definitely more blue now than the cardstock. This is more light than I would have liked too, but I didn't want to start over. All circles stamped in Purple Posy, some splatters with Smoky Slate. White weave ribbon for accent.

May. Things are coming back to life and generally the first flowers I see around here are roses that are bright pink. So I grabbed the In Color Magenta Madness. Not sure I've used it before, but I like it! All dots are full strength Magenta and I added some butterflies to the largest circle. A few light dots in Smoky Slate. Magenta Madness ribbon for accent.


June. This might be my favorite! Summer, Flag Day, Fathers Day. Probably several options there for other colors, but one of my boys was born on Flag Day so Red, White and Blue is my choice here. I did opt for a lighter blue though and I like it. Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade and Whisper White cardstock for the white.  Larger circles in Balmy Blue, smaller for accent in Poppy Parade. No splatters this time for a very clean look! That accent on the 15th will be our 30th Anniversary, wow!! 💜

Thank you for stopping by today! I will have a news update post tomorrow and hopefully the rest of the calendar year soon!

Reminder: my Host Code for December closes tomorrow at 3 pm!

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12/06/2020

Retiring and Carry Over from Mini Catalog!

Howdy all! So sorry for the lack of communication from here! Have not been in the stamp room at all! It is starting to make me sad, but so much other stuff going on and Netflix has been winning the battle of what do to do when there is a free moment! Hope you are all staying well! I think I'm about done with Christmas shopping so maybe I can make it up there in the near future! I will let you know I've seen the upcoming Mini and SAB catties and of course they are full of fun new things 😍

On that note, SAB with be a little different this year. Actually, there will be 2! The original will occur during January and February. One catalog, no extension or additional items. The 2nd will occur in July and August and be *While Supplies Last*! Details to come on that! 🌻

OK, to the point! It is time to start the retirement process for the current Mini Catalog! Some items will continue to either the next Mini, or next Annual catalog. Others will retire, and some of those will be on sale! **Starting Tuesday, December 8!

I'm trying something here I haven't done recently, so please let me know if it does or doesn't work! The Lists are in Excel format so I've uploaded to Google Docs and hope that you can get from there! I can always email these too, just ask!

*Edited to add: I've updated the links and they should open. Hopefully! Sorry to the few of you who tried and it didn't work! Learning curve 😎

First, the Carryover List! (click to open!)

Next, the Retiring Items! (again, click!). and **NOTE** some of these are on sale! Far right column!!

Thanks all! Contact me if any questions!!