Monday, April 30, 2012

Since the pastels are retiring, I decided to feature them this week for my stamp class and club. You may see the remainder of the projects on my projects blog. (A link is in the left column at the top.)

Pullin' Pastels is a technique I usually use at Halloween, but for this card I tried it with the retiring Fifth Avenue Florals set. I think it is elegant and daring in a fun way. The other three items seemed shabby vintage, so to me this one breaks that mold.  The sentiment may of course be changed.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stampin' Addicts 2012 Retiring Sets Blog Hop


Welcome to the Stampin' Addict's Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop!  Join us as we bid farewell to some fun stamp sets that will no longer be available after May 31st. If you've arrived from Shelley's Miss Mad Stamper blog, you enjoyed her dramatic creations with the Fifth Avenue Floral set , but if not, the blog is circular, so you won't miss a thing if you just click next.  Should you get lost or want to see a list of the hop stops, visit the Retiring Stamps Blog Hop chat thread on Stampin Addicts.

I chose the set Inspired by Nature for the hop because I love its versatility.  I loved this set with Orchid Opulence because it was so realistic, so I tried it with Wisteria Wonder for a change. I like to intentionally streak the petals because to me they look like that in real life. Corner bling add sparkle and a nod to the retiring ticket corner punch.

In a further attempt to show versatility, I used the retiring Clear Circle big shot die and the retiring Stampin' Pastels.  I used the poppin' pastels technique to create bright Melon Mambo petals then made a So Saffron colored background to age the layer and highlight the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon and pearls.

In this 12X12 layout, I used the main coneflower image to create a stamped break in the picture spots for a sweet look.  I realized I hadn't used this set with Peach Parfait and Soft Suede, so I paired them with the chameleon-like green, Old Olive for a sweet look.  (The picture featured is of my daughters in the same dress at the same age.  My younger daughter is taller than my older daughter by several inches.)

Now it is time to travel to Tanya's Tinkerin' in Ink blog for a look at her lovely creations with the Autumn Splendor set. I hope you enjoy our tour.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stampin Up! Retiring Accessories List

The retiring Stamp Sets are shown here . They are available through May 31st, so my local customers should be fine to order with May stamp club.
Accessories are first come, first served however. Here is a link to the pdf file and the excel file , but I have hit some of the highlights below. Remember these items are only available while supplies last, so get your order in as quickly as possible. Either CALL me by tonight at 10:00 p.m. to let me know you have an order or after that time order online and choose me as your demonstrator (you don’t want to pay extra by not choosing a demonstrator). As always call or email with any questions—I’m happy to try to help.

 There are 12 pages of Retiring items listed today. Some of them are expected, such as the complete retirement (ribbon, inks, paper/cardstock and markers) of the 2 year old In-colors (2010-2012), hostess items, designer series paper, several Stampin’ Around wheels and the Simply Adorned items. A good quantity of retiring ribbon has also been the norm in recent years, and the ¼ inch grosgrain, satin and Wide 1-1/4 inch striped grosgrain are retiring. Other items are unexpected such as the mat pack, cropadile, a variety of punches and Big Shot folders and dies, the Versamarker and the Stampin’ Pastels.

1. The Craft inks other than Black and White are all retiring, and the Classic ink pads are being redesigned to have a firm foam surface. The idea is to prevent the “curling or cupping up” of the edges of the ink pads when they need to be re-inked and to improve quality.

You do not need to replace your ink pads!! Only the 5 colors mentioned below will ever need to be replaced in my opinion. The problem will only be that you will need to re-ink new pads with new formulas of re-inker because they had to change them a little. If you have an old ink pad, it can be re-inked with old or new re-inker. The new ink pads for ONLY these 5 colors need NEW re-inkers. For the other colors, New ink pads can be re-inked with Old re-inkers nicely.

This is a link to the explanation about the ink pads:

Please note: Five ink colors have undergone formula changes to improve functionality and color stability with the new firm foam pads. These colors are
•Basic Black
•Basic Gray
•Marina Mist
•Perfect Plum
•Tempting Turquoise

2. Textured 12” X12” cardstock will no longer be available. Several colors will no longer have separate colors of 12X12 smooth cardstock available for purchase and will only be available in the color family combination packs. Colors not on this list are assumed still available in a single color pack. (8-1/2 X11 cardstock is unaffected and available in all colors.) These colors are:
  • Regal Rose
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Perfect plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Always Artichoke
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • Cajun Craze
  • Not Quite Navy
  • River Rock
  • Melon Mambo
  • Pacific Point
  • Baja Breeze
  • Bashful Blue
  • So Saffron
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Garden Green
  • Riding Hood Red
  • More Mustard
  • Basic Gray
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Sahara Sand
  • Soft Suede
3. Some Stampin’ Write marker colors will now only be available in the color families (or the large marker caddy). Now is the time to check your markers for wear on the brush tip ends, so that you aren’t disappointed later. The markers that are no longer available individually are:

· Always Artichoke
· Bravo Burgundy
· Cajun Craze
· Elegant Eggplant
· Garden Green
· More Mustard
· Not Quite Navy
· Riding Hood Red
· Basic Gray
· Chocolate Chip
· River Rock
· Sahara Sand
· Soft Suede
· Melon Mambo
· Pacific Point
· Regal Rose
· Tangerine Tango
· Tempting Turquoise
· Baja Breeze
· Bashful Blue
· Perfect Plum
· Pink Pirouette
· Rose Red
· So Saffron
· Wild Wasabi

I’m excited as I imagine the lovely new things Stampin’ Up! will have for us when the new catalog arrives. I’ll be able to order boxes of catalogs for you all at midnight on May 7th, so they will likely be here the next week. If you are in Stamp Club, of course your catalog is free. For everyone else, the slightly smaller catalog will only cost $3.00. I’ll send an email when they’ve arrived.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Retiring Stamp Set List (available through May 31st)

Check it out friends!  Lots of pretty things going that you ~may~ need.

pdf file

sortable excel file I like this one because it prints in black and is easier to read and check off the "R"s in my catalog.

Of course an order will go in on May 4 for stamp club, but call anytime to place an order or order online in my store here:

The stamp sets on the list are available through May 31st. The retiring accessories (ribbon, designer series paper, etc) list will be up on April 25th....First come, first serve and while supplies last like usual on the accessories.
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