Ready (or not) for Retirement

Last-Chance Products

Ready or not it’s Retirement Time! Stampin’ Up! has just released the list of retiring products and some items are on sale. Now is the time to get those items on your wish list ordered before they are long gone.  

Here are my Top 3 Tips for the Retirement List:

  1. In Colors: All 2020-2022 In Color inks, paper, and embellishments are retiring. These items usually sell out quickly so don’t forget to add ink refills and extra cardstock to your craft stash. You don’t want to miss having these gorgeous colors in your collection!

  2. Bundles: Bundles, with their 10% savings, all retire! Even if the bundle items carryover to the next catalog the discount does not – so if you have your eye on a bundle, get it now and save!

  3. Stamps vs. Accessories: Retiring stamps are available through 2 May 2022. All other retiring items, such as paper, embellishments, and dies are only available while supplies last, so you don’t want to wait and miss out.

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Stampin' Up! In Color Collection

Peachy Cassette Gift Box

Are you old enough to remember the cases a cassette tape came in? For you youngsters, that was what we recorded and listened to music on before CD’s, which were before MP3 players, which were before cell phones and music streaming services.

Never mind how long ago that was…let’s just focus on how cute this gift box is:

While this project is easier with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, the Sweet as a Peach bundle is discounted 20% off in March 2022 during the Savings Are In Bloom promotion, and sadly, this personal favorite Peach bundle is retiring at the end of April, so don’t miss the chance to add it to your crafting collection.

When I make these boxes, I like to imagine what might fit inside: candy, earrings, money, gum, lipstick, a personalized rubber stamp, a deck of cards, etc. With a finished size of 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and 1/2″ deep, tell me what you can think of to wrap in this retro-design-inspired box!

Now, if you are old enough to handle crafting tools, try your hand at crafting a few of these boxes with this printable tutorial, and thanks for choosing me to purchase your supplies from!

So Loved, Ladybug

Crafting can be so simple: Stamps, ink, card stock…and a punch!

This card took me less than 15 minutes to make, from start to finish.

Paper pieces you’ll need:

  • Magenta Madness card stock base 4-1/4′ x 8-1/4″ scored at 5-1/2″, plus a 4″ x 2-1/2″ for top
  • Basic Black card stock 2-3/4″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • 2 pieces of Basic White card stock 3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ to stamp on, plus 5-1/4″ x 4″ for inside card, plus a scrap to stamp the ladybug on.
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (polka dot) 2-1/2″ x 4″

HOT TIP: Magenta Madness is retiring, so order extra card stock and ink pad refill TODAY!!

Inspired by the #tgifc360 #simplestamping challenge:

Product List
Hello Ladybug Bundle (English)
$32.25
A Grand Kid Cling Stamp Set (English)
$21.00
Magenta Madness 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
$18.00
Magenta Madness Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00

Coloring On Vellum, the Easy Way

Vellum is beautiful, but a few of the challenges with it are:

  1. Stamping and coloring on it (because of the coating on the paper, it takes forever to dry), and
  2. Adhering it so you can’t see the adhesive.

For this card, I die cut a frame to adhere the vellum to and colored it on the back side with Stampin’ Blends, which don’t leave streaks and dry quickly because they are alcohol based:

As paper crafters, we hate wasting paper so I have another tip: Make TWO cards at a time to most effectively use your card stock. You can cut the frame from the center of one color and use the outside edge as a matte for your Designer Series Paper for the other card (watch video below):

The In the Moment stamp set works perfectly with the New Horizons Designer Series Paper and with these sentiments, I can imagine sending it to a friend to encourage them to take some time off from the hustle-and-grind. They are excellent reminders that self-care is also taking time to unwind!

Here’s a short HOW-TO video and you can order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store by clicking the links after that:

I’d love to hear how you liked this tutorial…leave me a comment below!

Product List
In The Moment Cling Stamp Set (English)
$24.00
New Horizons 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Sahara Sand 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Stitched Rectangles Dies
$35.00
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00
Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends Collection
$45.00
Polished Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Night Of Navy Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Evening Evergreen Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

Strawberry Hello

Call me slow, but I *just* realized (3 decades into paper crafting) that you can send a birthday card that DOESN’T SAY “Happy Birthday”!

I was panicked that I needed more birthday cards at the beginning of March, but didn’t have time to make any. My “generic” card stash was overflowing, so I grabbed a few of those and just wrote a birthday message inside, and slapped my forehead as I realized they worked wonderfully! DUH.

LESSON: Let any generic greeting card become whatever you want it to be!

On that note, here’s a card that can be embossed quickly and will help get you out of any “JAM” (get it?) you are in for a mailing moment! I’ve even got a printable HOW TO for you:

Hope the remainder of your day is as sweet as this card is!

New at SU! Case the Catalog Cactus Cuties

This month we are having so much fun expanding our creativity by getting inspiration from the Annual Catalog in our hop around the world! When you “Copy And Selectively Edit” – or CASE – a project from the catalog, you’ll expand your crafting ideas in ways you never dreamed of.

For instance, I was inspired by THIS card on page 157 of the Annual Catalog using the All for Baby bundle:

Using the Cactus Cuties from the January-June Mini catalog, this is my project inspired by that one:

It was surprisingly easier than I imagined! Here HOW TO:

  • On a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of basic white card stock, mask off the card at 1.75″ using washi or painters tape. Use a blending brush to add Pale Papaya ink to the first panel, getting lighter as you move up the card. Repeat and mask off the Papaya side AND farther down the card at 3.5″ for Soft Succulent. Then mask the first two colors and blend on Misty Moonlight.
  • Lay the mask over the card front and use a sponge dauber to color the pattern over the same colors. You may want to keep a mask over the other sections so you don’t get the colors mixed, but I just eyeballed it! It will help to tape the mask down on your desk so it doesn’t move and your card under the mask.
  • Stamp and fussy cut cactus. I used the punch only for the flowers.

Isn’t that just FUN? I had a blast making this card, truly!

Now you can now move on to Annette’s post to see how she was inspired by the annual catalog to create her project with the Symbols of Fortune suite from the January-June catalog. I hope this helps you look at the catalog as an Idea Book every day.

Product List
Cactus Cuties Bundle
$31.50
Soft Succulent 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Basic Pattern Decorative Masks
$8.00
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

March 2022 New at SU! Roll Call: C.A.S.E. the Catalog

Joni in the Spotlight Stamping – Hello Ladybug

Stamping the Cape – Easter Friends

Stamping With the Copper Cropper – Seas the Day

Creative Juice by Loni – Cactus Cuties

De Kijkkast – Symbols of Fortune

Playing with Paper Crafting – Arfully Composed

Stampin Xime – Flowering Tulips

Stampin’ Dreams – Boughs & Blossoms

Carterie Plus – Flowering Tulips

Scraphexe – Flowering Flowers

Stamping Scene – Tulip Fields

Tricia’s Stamping Creations – On the Horizon

Stamping Flair – Arfully Layered

24/7 Inkspiration – Let’s Set Sail

Mini, but MIGHTY: Discounted in March!

Savings are in Bloom Promotion - 20% off

Gave you a peek yesterday at what you could create with the adorable Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. The mini machine is the mini- but mighty- crafting companion that sits out on my desk all the time, at the ready for cutting and some embossing.  I still have the big one that I pull out for larger embossing folders, but the mini is my go-to tool and saves me valuable crafting space!

During the month of March, you can snag the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at a 20% discount! This miniature machine is compatible with a large selection of Stampin’ Up! embossing folders and dies. 

Plus, during March you can save 20% on a selection of stamp-and-die bundles that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine!

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Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

Stampin' Up! Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine All Squared Away Bundle By Stampin' Up! Beauty Of Friendship Bundle By Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle By Stampin’ Up! Includes Stamps And Dies Garden Wishes Bundle By Stampin’ Up! For Paper Crafting Create Handmade Cards With The Hydrangea Haven Bundle By Stampin' Up! Pansy Patch Bundle By Stampin' Up! Quiet Meadow Bundle By Stampin' Up! Make Cards Using The Seascape Bundle By Stampin' Up! Sweet As A Peach Bundle By Stampin' Up! Welcoming Window Bundle By Stampin' Up! Make Cards Using The What's Cookin' Bundle By Stampin' Up! Wild Cats Bundle By Stampin? Up! Art Gallery Bundle By Stampin’ Up! For Paper Crafting

It’s perfect for budding beginners who want to branch out, papercrafting pros who want to craft on the go, and those who are short on storage space…so pretty much everyone!

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In-Color Sunflowers in Bloom

We are closing in on the end of the Annual Catalog, and that means we must say good-bye to the 2020-2022 In-Colors. Two of those colors are featured in the #tgifc358 color challenge this week and that got me dreaming of this sunny card:

During March, Stampin’ Up! has the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine on sale for 20% off, plus some stamp & die bundles are on sale that can be used in the mini machine…including the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. I’ll share more about this tomorrow, but this is the card I created for the color challenge, using items from the Savings Are in Bloom promotion.

If you have Bumblebee, Magenta Madness (or Just Jade, Midnight Muse and Cinnamon Cider) ink pads in your stamping supplies, make sure you order the refills for your ink pads along with extra card stock NOW so you can continue crafting for a long time with these beloved colors! Once the Retiring List is announced ON MARCH 23, those are traditionally the first things to sell out.
Product List
Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle (English)
$51.25
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock
$8.75
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
In Color 2020–2022 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Neutrals 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
1/4" Bumblebee Gingham Trim
$7.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
$3.75
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00

Tidal Wave of Craftivity!

Waves of the Ocean Collection

Rolling in on the tide of creativity in March is the Waves of the Ocean Collection!

Discover the depths of the ocean—and your artistic abilities—with the Waves of the Ocean Collection! This collection includes an inspiring set of stamps and detailed dies, both early-release products from the upcoming 2022–2023 Annual Catalog. Plus, a pack of paper made from images of hand-poured paint, blue-hued foil sheets for a sea of shine, and radiant rhinestones for a splash of sparkle—each an exclusive product you can purchase only while supplies last from March 1st – May 2nd!

With these seaside supplies, you’ll dive into inspiration and swim in a sea of creativity! Order now so you don’t miss out!

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Waves of the Ocean Collection

Waves of the Ocean Collection

And that’s not all that’s sensational this month…

Savings are in Bloom Promotion - 20% off

Meet your mini- but mighty- crafting companion! The adorable Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine is durable, portable, and easy to use.  With this trusty tool, you can make precise cuts and embossed designs for your projects with one pass.

During the month of March, you can snag the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at a 20% discount! This miniature machine is compatible with a large selection of Stampin’ Up! embossing folders and dies.

Plus, to make it even easier to build your craft collection, during March you can save 20% on a selection of stamp-and-die bundles that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

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Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

Stampin' Up! Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine All Squared Away Bundle By Stampin' Up! Beauty Of Friendship Bundle By Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle By Stampin’ Up! Includes Stamps And Dies Garden Wishes Bundle By Stampin’ Up! For Paper Crafting Create Handmade Cards With The Hydrangea Haven Bundle By Stampin' Up! Pansy Patch Bundle By Stampin' Up! Quiet Meadow Bundle By Stampin' Up! Make Cards Using The Seascape Bundle By Stampin' Up! Sweet As A Peach Bundle By Stampin' Up! Welcoming Window Bundle By Stampin' Up! Make Cards Using The What's Cookin' Bundle By Stampin' Up! Wild Cats Bundle By Stampin? Up! Art Gallery Bundle By Stampin’ Up! For Paper Crafting

It’s perfect for budding beginners who want to branch out, papercrafting pros who want to craft on the go, and those who are short on storage space…so pretty much everyone!

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Mother All Flowers Remind Me of You

I had an extra daffodil I had embossed and colored for my last project sitting on my desk, and since my mother looked forward to them each spring, it made sense to create a Mother’s Day card with it.

You can make this too!

Measurements:  
Pear Pizzazz cardstock: 5 ½” x 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼” for card base
Fresh Freesia and Vellum cardstock: 3-1/2” x 4-3/4”
Basic White: 3-3/4” x 5”
Seam Binding ribbon: 14”

Instructions:
1. Emboss the Fresh Freesia card stock with Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. 
2. Using white ink and embossing powder, heat emboss the daffodil bunch in bottom right corner of vellum card stock and greeting on top left corner of Fresh Freesia card stock. Rip the top right corner of vellum away, being careful not to tear through embossed daffodils. 
3. Turn the vellum card stock over and color image with Stampin’ Blend markers.
4. Adhere Fresh Freesia layer to White card stock. Line up vellum over Freesia and use Take Your Pick took to pierce holes in the 3 corners to insert small white round brads through. 
5. Tie ribbon around the layers, then adhere to front of card with dimensionals.

Product List
Daffodil Daydream Bundle
$54.75
Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Fresh Freesia 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
$7.50
Round & Square Brads
$7.00
Tasteful Textile 3 D Embossing Folder
$9.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00
Take Your Pick
$10.00