Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happenings - a fun night making cards with my bestie:)

I picked up SU's Happenings card kit last spring, but had never gotten around to using it.  Then this week I was getting together with my bestie & I thought, why not, instead of the usual meet for coffee/ice cream, why not make some cards...and she said she'd bring ice cream!  Perfect plan:)  First of all, just spending time with my dear friend is a treasure, but her idea of bringing ice cream turned out to be an ice cream cake?!:)  And all I had to do was pull out the Happenings card kit and a few stamps & prep time & maximum fun time!!  Often when I'm holding a class/club, I spend hours coming up with the project & prepping all the supplies, not the case last night.  Last night, the only thing we spent hours on was giggling & sharing & creating:) So fun!!

We each created what we wanted from the kit.  It was perfect because if we needed birthday or thank you or congrats cards, we could adjust them to our particular needs.  I loved the colour palette too:  strawberry slush, pear pizzaz, Bermuda bay, baked brown sugar and smoky slate...oh & sparkly silver too!:)  The stamp sets I pulled out were:  And Many More (has greetings for every possible occasion), Groovy Love (because it's brand new & I hadn't played with it yet:) and Sent with Love (Retired but an old favourite and it had some of the border and envelope bits that were perfect for the cards:)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Project Life Mini Album Class

This is just a preview of the sort of mini album I'll show how to create in my Project Life mini album on Thursday September 11th from 7-9pm at my home.  Participants are preordering their choice of card collection this weekend along with the pocket pages (with options to add an accessories pack to coordinate & the mini album binder). 

The class is pretty much full already because I want to keep class size small, but if you're interested in doing this too, let me know & I'll see if I can add another date. 

Cost of this class is just the cost of the preorder items, it's that easy!:)

I have totally fallen in love with Project Life and how easy it is to make beautiful albums & to help me get the pictures off my computer & phone

Friday, August 01, 2014

411 on the Big Shot!

Thought I'd share a little video on the Big Shot given the specials this month (see my previous post)...this should help anyone who is not familiar with the Big Shot or who is considering getting one but would like to see it demonstrated!

Big Shot Specials for August!!

 **Exclusive New Big Shot Bundles have Arrived!   
If you're anything like us, you absolutely love when BIG opportunities come your way. That's why we've brought you the chance to receive one of five free stamp set/framelit bundles below (your choice!) with purchase of a Big Shot.  AND ... If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these discounted bundles at an amazing 15% off! This is one deal you won't want to miss-only available from 1-31 August-as these bundles are one-time only exclusives.   
Item Number
Stamp Set
Discounted Price
Lot Paroles de fête
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
 $    38.95
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle CM
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
 $    38.95
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle WM
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
 $    41.50
Lot Jolie petite surprise
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
 $    44.75
Decorative Goodies Bundle CM
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
 $    44.75
Decorative Goodies Bundle WM
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
 $    52.50
Lot Festivités à la craie
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
 $    47.50
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle CM
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
 $    45.75
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle WM
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
 $    53.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle CM
Daydream Medallions
Floral Collection
 $    55.95
Flowery Daydream Bundle WM
Daydream Medallions
Floral Collection
 $    65.95
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle CM
Bright & Beautiful
 $    54.25
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle CM
Bright & Beautiful
 $    54.25
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle WM
Bright & Beautiful
 $    62.75
   **note the bright & beautiful stars is a beautiful new stamp set from the Holiday Catalog which goes live September 1!!  Message me if you want to see the images from this new set:)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paper Pumpkin - 50% off for *new* subscribers!!

Ever thought about trying out Paper Pumpkin?  Well now is a great time to do just that because if you are a new subscriber you can get 50% off your first 2 months!!  You can continue at regular price or cancel after that.  SU has made great improvements to Paper Pumpkin this spring and I am loving my kits which are chalk full of goodies these days.  Contact me if you'd like to learn more!!  OR go to to sigh up...make sure to use the code below!!

Offer Dates: July 16, 2014--September 10, 2014
Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $24.95 + tax per month (shipping included).
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $24.95.
  • You need to visit to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, "HALFOFF2" when you sign up. 
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Project Stampin Up!

 So here it first ever page using Project Life...our recent trip to Niagara, and it was so simple to do...but I'm addicted!;)  Truly, I *loved* doing it, loved the idea of making memory keeping so simple...and I am just learning.  I know you can't see the journaling etc well in this picture, but I think that's one of the genius parts of PL, the opportunity to journal and to write more:)

Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, recently teamed up with SU to create Project Life by Stampin Up.  You can find the results on pages 24-27 and 188 & 189 of the new catalog:)  I'm currently playing away with the 'Everyday Adventure Collection' (pictured below:)

I have an order going in on Saturday, so if you want to add anything or order Project Life for yourself to try, here is the HOSTESS CODE:  3EQ4Q7B3

More Blendabilities & Current HOSTESS CODE

Here's another blendabilities video today...this time showing how to achieve the ombre look that is so popular!

Also, I have an order going in on Saturday, so if there is anything you want to add to the order, you can use the following HOSTESS CODE  3EQ4Q7B3  or contact me:)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Blendabilities Available to the Public NOW!!

Yeah!!!  The following colour are now available for everyone to order from SU!!  (with the remaining colours to follow next month!:)

Available Products to customers starting July 1:
  • Cherry Cobbler   (Item #130995 - $15.95)
  • Coastal Cabana  (Item #131000 - $15.95)
  • Daffodil Delight   (Item #130998 - $15.95)
  • Old Olive   (Item #130999 - $15.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie  (Item #130997 - $15.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry  (Item #131003 - $15.95)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item #129370 - $31.95)
  • Memento Ink Pad (Item 132708 - $7.95 )
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item 133456 - $6.95 )
  • Colour Lifter  (Item 129369 - $6.95 )
I'm loving playing with my blendabilities.  Here is one of my favourite colouring technique videos:

What Sets SU Blendabilities Apart from other alcohol markers (including copics):
  • The Stampin' Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!
  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.
  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine. 
  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
  • Colour coded caps.
  • Stampin' Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our cardstock, and can be used with transparent sheets.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Still Becoming

That's me!  ...still becoming!  I had this little frame from a Michael's bin that I thought was perfect for the sentiment I saw long ago at Brave Girl's resonated with me, and so it's stuck.

I've been under-the-weather today, so spent the day 'in' and most of it organizing & cleaning my craft space, so took a few moments just now to create a tiny little something.

SU products used on this project:
- hello honey ink is sponged in the background, though the camera didn't pick it up, really has a warm glow
- rotary alphabet stamp
- papillon potpourri stampset
- blendabilities!  ***available to the public July 1!!:)

Friday, June 27, 2014

File Tabs Edgelits - Tabbing My Catalog

I was inspired by Connie Steward to make tabs with the new File Tabs Edgelits for my new catalog this week.  I downloaded her sheet with all the tab names already typed out; however, I found the cutting instructions on her download did not work for me, so I had to rerun them a second time.  In addition to cutting a half inch off the top of the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of printed card stock, I found I had to cut an additional 1/4" off the top and both the right and left sides, and then I could follow her cutting guide.  Each tag is cut at 1" and then run through the big shot with the centre edgelit.  I adhered the tabs to the appropriate pages of my catalog using the new fast fuse adhesive which is super stick and durable, so I thought it would be perfect for this purpose.

Here's a link to Connie's download etc. on this project.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Flower Patch Bundle - My Take on Pages 154-155 of the New Catalog

I would dare to say that one of the biggest surprises to me about the new catalog was the Flower Patch Bundle (and, yes, bundle, means there are matching framelits!!)  Confession...I haven't been a fan of photopolymer stamps, and while I still do prefer rubber the most, the Flower Patch stampset on page 156 of the new catalog got me interested in trying them again and seeing if there weren't some tricks to using them that would make me like them.

First of all, let me tell you that SU's photopolymer stamps are not the same as others you see in the market (that are often acrylic actually)...they are  much higher quality.  Still, they do not work exactly like a rubber stamp and need a little extra care at first to ink and stamp clean just have to get used the them....Also, I learned a valuable trip as I sat down last week to create my own takes on the project ideas on pages 154 & 155 of the new catty...**use the Stampin' Pierce Mat** under your paper when you stamp with photopolymer stamps (and any small words/greeting stamps, even if they are rubber)!!  I knew about the small greeting trick, but I had never tried this with large photopolymer stamps and it makes ALL the difference!  You'll find the Stampin' Pierce Mat on page 218 of th enew catalog for only $5.50, but it is worth every cent! ...and if you read the description under the product, after it talks about piercing it says, "Also get even pressure and ink coverage with detailed or background stamps."  So I thought, I should try it, and it WORKS!!  The mat is also a generous size at 6 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Below is a close up of my take on each of the projects on pages 154-155.  If you want to get together to learn to make these projects...from single layer to stepped up to WOW, please let me know as I'm thinking of doing a 'try it' technique class on these 3 projects for a small fee coming up (or free with order for those in Saskatoon who are close enough to attend:)
 The colour palette I used is different than used in the catalog... I used strawberry slush, hello honey & pear pizzaz...and the greetings are in Bermuda bay.

 In the above journal (the base of the journal comes 2 in a pack for 5.95 on page 200 of the new catty), rather than Bermuda bay, I actually used coastal cabana & island indigo (same with the greeting!)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Blessed by God

Today's card was made with my *favourite* new stamp set from the new catalog, Blessed by God.  I was inspired to create this tone on tone effect on the card by fellow demonstrator from the US, Kimberley Van Diepen.  I emboxxed the backgrounding using the lacey brocade folder, which has retired over a year ago, but is still one of my favourites.  The current baroque embossing folder would also be beautiful with this.  I also used some of the *new venetian lace trim to accent this project.  The card stock colour used was pool party.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Another 'Fabulous Work of Art' ;)

Today I have another card I made with the *new Work of Art stampset thanks to a little inspiration from fellow demonstrator, Becky Roberts.  Becky had made some treat bags using this stampset that got me looking at that zig zag image differently (the treat bags come pre-stamped with stripes from SU).  Anyway, this is what I came up with.  The new colour I used was that fabulous blue, Lost Lagoon.  Here I paired it with Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June Paper Pumpkin - Centrepiece & banner for Canada Day

I was thrilled when I received this month's paper pumpkin!  The seem to be getting better and better every month, with more and more goodies to craft with.  This month's kit has wonderful supplies to plan for a summer bbq or party or a patriotic vignette!  Yes, there was also a navy blue in the supplies in the box, but I chose to make this centrepiece and banner using mainly the red and white supplies s Canada Day is July 1st! 

I used less than 1/3rd of the kits' supplies to make my banner & centrepiece too so I have plenty left over to make other projects...or, to add to it...I'm planning on adding some creations in the blue to this display after Canada Day as Bastille Day is July 14th and France's colours are blue, white & red!:)

Below is  close up of the little banner I made for my back door.  The banner was not one of the project ideas that came in the kit, but I was inspired by a similar idea by the SU demonstrator site!:)
If you'd like to learn more about subscribing to paper pumpkin, you can leave me a comment or email me and I'll get you all the information you need!  Here's a link to the Paper Pumpkin site

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

This is the Father's Day card I made for my husband this year.  It was made with 2 new in colors:  mossy meadow & lost lagoon.  The stamp set I used is called 'Traveller' and is also new....and the greeting is made from one of my *favourite* things in the new catalog...the alphabet rotary stamp, don't miss it on page 191 on of the new catalog!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Perfect Pennants Card

I was so happy to see the Perfect Pennants stampset and coordinating banner framelits carried forward from the Occasions catalog to the new annual catalog.  This is a simple card I made using them.  I also used a piece of Moonlight dsp from the new paper stack.  The butterfly  from the Papillon Potpouri stampset was stamped in momento black ink and coloured using the new blendabilities which will be available to the public next month.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Another Work of Art Card

I was playing around with the new Work of Art stampset.  I thought that some of the paint blotch images looked like flowers, and that is how I came up with this tulips card.  I was also playing around with the new mossy meadow in color (you've seen me use the blackberry bliss which I did for the blooms before)...and I am loving this new green, it has a nice richness!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

New Catty Workshop - Treat Pouch

This was the 2nd make & take from my new catty workshop this week.  I actually got the inspiration for this project from the new catalog premiere that SU did for demonstrators at the end of April.  I used a piece of cardstock from the new moonlight designer series paper stack which was scored as follows:
- landscape: 1, 1 1/2, 2, 4, 4 1/2 and 5
- portrait:  1/2 (and then trim down to trim off all panels except for the 2" panel between the scores at 2 & 4; consider mitering a bit for ease in completing the project)

The tags were made by stamping the globe image from the new Traveller stampset in hello honey on a piece of hello honey cardstock that had been cutout with the banner framelit.  Then we stamped the ticket with the 'that's the ticket' stampset and the 'for you' greet with the Itty Bitty Banners stampset and punched the whole thing out with the ticket punch.  The assembled tag was embellished with the new Lost Lagoon stitched satin ribbon and adhered to the project using a mini clothespin.

Friday, June 06, 2014

New Catty Workshop - Work of Art Card

I held my new catalog workshop last night and this was the card we made as a make & take.  It highlights one of the new in colors, blackberry bliss, which I'm loving.  And it couldn't be easier to make...the card base is a piece of 8 x 4 blackberry bliss cardstock folded in a half, then images were stamped on a piece of 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 whisper white cardstock.  All images come from the new Work of Art stampset which has a watercolor/artist feel.  The swooshes were all stamped with the same image, stamped only once in blackberry bliss and then stamped 3 times consecutively on the white cardstock. 

I certainly had fun playing with new products and crafting with the ladies.  I think this year's new catalog is one of my very favourite!!

Monday, June 02, 2014

2014-2015 Annual Catalog is LIVE today!!

...and here's a link.  New catalog day is always SO exciting!!:)

And here is where you can place an online order.  Just click 'shop now' in the upper right corner.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time for some new colours! - Introducing Hello Honey!

Today's project is a little treat pouch made out of some a new dsp pack that will be in the new catalog that starts on June 2nd called Moonlight....and it feature one of the new in colors that starts with that catalog, Hello Honey...I love it!  It's warm & rich...I've actually been looking for a cardigan in that colour for some time now...maybe since it's an 'in colour' I'll see it in stores more!;)

The project is embellished with the fun clips that are retiring from the new ctalog, but everything else is sticking the scalloped tag topper punch that I used on the topper, the petite petals bundle that I used to embellish the topper and the stampsets That's the Ticket & Itty Bitty Banners that I used for the tag that I punched out with the tag duo punch on the bottom.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - Afternoon Picnic

I made this little lidded box out of some basic grey cardstock and decorated with the lovely afternoon picnic dsp that is retiring.  As you know I'm addicted to making roses with the Spiral Flower die (see recent posts!), and so I made 3 in coordinating colors that worked with this dsp for this project (wisteria wonder, coastal cabana & basic grey),  I also made a little tag with the Occasions Alphabet stampset that is retiring and punched it out with the ticket punch and adorned it with a bitty flower from the itty bitty punch pack that is retiring.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - Lidded Milk Carton

The other day as I told you I was inspired by Sam Donald as I was playing with using up some of my dsp, well, then I saw this adorable project and I knew I had to make my own.  This time I followed her formula to a 't' and got the darling boxes I'm posting today:)  I will admit this one is a bit trickly particularly the lid, but the result is cute and I like how easy it is to get into the box:)

The above one was made with the Afternoon Picnic dsp that is retiring  & I embellished with the Petite Petals bundle (stamps and punch), the 'for you' greeting from 'Itty Bitty Banners' & some flowers from the itty bitty punch pack which is retiring.  The wisteria wonder ribbon I used on the bottom is already retired, but I have seen some on the clearance rack not too long ago if you're looking for it.

The version of the box above is made the same way as the one at the top of the post except I used the Soho Subway retiring dsp and some summer starfruit card stock (a color that is also retiring).  The flowers come from the Petite Petals bundle and are embellished with the retiring dalias accents. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - More Modern Medley's

This adorable milk carton box is about 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" in the cubed area and would be cute for a chocolate or for a pot of lip balm etc.  I got the idea from Pootles when I was looking up dimensions for yesterday's project...It's almost done the same as this project of hers, so go to that link if you want to make one too!:)

I used the Petite Petals stampset & coordinating punch to decorate & more of that retiring baked brown sugar stretch trim.  Also the little bitty flower come from the punch pack that is also retiring...I don't plan to retire mine however, they're too sweet!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - How many gift bags/boxes can you make from a piece of DSP?

So this week, I'm going to feature some projects using designer series paper (DSP).  There are quite a few packs retiring at the end of May, and I determined a number of years ago not to be a hoarder, which for me means, **I  have to use my supplies, so if I want the new paper coming out in the new catty, I have to use the paper I have, so I can get the new stuff!;)  That might be just me...and after playing with the Modern Medley pack for this project, I'm tempted to buy more of it because it's just so  beautiful, so I want to continue to play with it for a long time even though it is retiring, *but in order to buy more, I must be using up my stash, so that's what I'm doing;)

Today I was inspired by Sam Donald to see if I could get 3 bags/boxes out of my dsp and these projects were inspired by her.  I believe she's gotten as many as 5 bags/boxes out of one piece of dsp...see her cute tutorial here.

What I used:
- 1 12 x 12 sheet Modern Medley dsp...I cut one strip at 4 x 12 to make the small box (score in landscape at 4.75, 5,75, 10.5 & 11.5; score in portrait at 1")...then I cut an 8 x 8 out of the remainder to make one of the bags (score in landscape at 1 7/8, 3.75, 5 5/8 & 7 1/2; turn and score in portrait at 1 17/8 & 7 1/2" ...thanks to Sam for the measurements...I  wasn't figuring out the 1/8ths on this one!)  and then made the other bag out of the remaining 4 x 8 piece  (score in landscape at 1, 3.5, 4.5, 7; turn and score in portrait at 1")
- I tied the bags shut  (and dolled up the box too) with the adorable baked brown sugar gathered stretch trim which is retiring
- Stamps used come from the set 'A Fitting Occasion' which is a real 'go to' set for me.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Club Project #2 This Month - Amazing Family Quilted Cards

Our second project his month was this quilted card.  Here is the process to create a quilted effect on the card:
- first punch squares of dsp (in my case, I used the Fresh Prints DSP paper stack).  I punched 4 squares of 4 different patters to achieve the effect above.
- then lay them out on your cardstock base, leaving the odd square blank/white (this makes all the difference when you quilt it!).  I find it works the best when I start in a diagonal line from the left corner to the right (perfectly vertical/horizontal can achieve a less authentic effect).  I was going for a patchwork effect:)
- then glue your squares down one you are happy with the layout
- trim any squares hanging over your card base
- emboss the card front.  I pulled out several of my embossing folders for club to use.  The most popular for this project were:  arrows textured and mosaic madness.
- stamp & embellish with a greeting!  The greeting above came from the Amazing Family stamp set which is sadly retiring.  I really luv this set as it is so versatile.  I did 'amazing mother' above as it's mother's day was coming up (and is in fact the day I chose to post this project...happy mother's day ladies!!)  Below you can see, that I did several of them too with 'amazing friend'.
Be sure to let me know I you decide to make a quilted card too!:))  I'd love to see:)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May Club Project #1 - Out of the Salt Shaker...Paper Roses

The first project I taught at this month's stampin club was this little bouquet of paper roses.  We made each of the roses using the spiral flower die and then attached them to a wire stem using a small flower I cut using the fun flowers die.  We punched a whole in the small flowers that I cut in old olive (as I ran out of gumball green...all of the retiring color cardstock seems to be sold out already!).  Then we punched a small hole in the middle and fed the wire through, bent 1/4" of it over at a 90 degree angle and adhered everything with glue dots.  It's just that simple!  Did I mention the rose is adhered with only glue dots too...each rose takes exactly 3 glue dots, that's it!!

The stems were then arranged in salt shakers, which is an idea I saw on pinterest.  I thought is was a genius way to help give the little bouquets structure, and I bought these salt shakers very reasonably at the dollar store.  We actually used the pepper shaker in club and I set the matching salt shaker home with each member to create something else with!
We finished off the project by embellishing with some retiring gumball green satin ribbon and a tag that was stamped in raspberry ripple (retiring) with an image from the Four Frames stampset and punched with the coordinating label punch.  Then we stamped in gumball green (retiring) either 'x is extra that's how special you are' or 'y is for you that's who this is for'.  Both of these images come from the Occasions Alphabet stampset that is also retiring.  We punched this image out with the large oval punch and popped it up on the frame with a dimensional.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

April's Paper Pumpkin...*new* Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions!...& Retiring Products Reminder!

I squealed when I opened this month's paper pumpkin...loved the project...a framable piece complete with frame & wrapping (in case you wanted to give it away for say mother's day or something;)  and supplies to make a ton of tags too:)

I didn't love the colours, I'll admit...a little tired of peachy tones, but no worries, I pulled out my stash and grabbed some real red coordinations card stock and my hearts a flutter framelits and created the darling heart you see above:)  That's one of the things I love about Paper Pumpkin, you can make them the way they come or do your own thing:)

BTW Paper Pumpkin can now be ordered as a subscription, meaning that you can prepay and order 1, 3, 6 or 12 months at a time and if you use the codes below hostess benefit is available too!  So you can subscribe for 3 months say using this method at your friend's workshop and it can add to their hostess benefit OR you can subscribe for say a whole year and since the amount is over the $200 minimum for hostess benefit, you can do it as your own workshop (contact me and I'll help you out if you want to see how, but it can even be done in an online order) and you'll earn a minimum of $35 of free products of your choice for yourself! Plus (as below) you'll be saving money on your Paper Pumpkin subscription too!!:)

Item#s -  Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858 1 month $24.95
137859 3 months $74.85
137860 6 months $143.70 -- save $1 per month
137861 12 months $275.40 -- save $2 per month

Paper Pumpkin also makes a great gift, so you can give it as a gift subscription to someone for their birthday or mother's day or just because:)

If you're a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, this works for you too!  When you place your order for a prepaid subscription, you'll receive an email with a code that you simply redeem on!  You can only redeem one code at a time, so if you were to buy or receive 2 subscriptions, you would load them consecutively.

Also, I'm just reposting the retiring lists because many items are selling out.  The lists at the links below are updated daily for items that are sold out.
- retiring stamps
- retiring accessories
If you are placing an online order and would like my current hostess code, it is:  UAVFZRVH

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saying Good-bye to Some of My Favourites!

When the retiring product lists came out this morning, I was sad to see some of my all-time favourite stampsets and accessories on the list.  So I thought I'd give you a list of the retiring items I'm going to miss the very most.  These are things I consider to be timeless and oh so versatile...I turn to them time and again!...

The reason this set is #1 on my list is the largest image in the set...the 'heartfelt' image.  I have used this on countless projects, a sample of which I've included below.  I think it's one of my favourite all-time stamps and it makes everything work for me. If you scroll down a couple posts on this blog, you'll see I also used this set on the KISS cards at my last stamp club...I love the swirl-y-ness!
Another reason I love this set is that every image in it coordinates with a framelit and many of the images also coordinate with a that makes for quick creating!!
This is another stampset that is SO versatile, and it's not just for family members, it also has a friend stamp.  I just love the font!!  It's great for chalkboard stamping, or embossing or just about anything you can think of!

This one is a background stamp, and, yes, it looks like a bookfront, but you can do so many different looks with it.  I love the old school vintage feel of this stamp.

Below is a project I made last summer with it, I'll also highlight the fact that this project also uses the butterflies Bigz die that is also retiring!

The little CREATE journal below pairs Ex Libris with Creative Elements (#4 on my list of favourite sets retiring below).

This next stamp set is a favourite because it goes with anything...the swirly large stamp in the set is literally in so many of the backgrounds to my cards, that I don't dare count.  If you were to check out my April 17th post below, you'll see it again there.  Below is a project I did when it first came out, a gratitude journal we made at that year's catalog launch workshop.  I still have one of these right beside where I work.  I'll also highlight that that delightful oval frame on the project below is from the frames embossing folders that are also retiring.
Just look at this little pin cushion I made with images from Creative Elements, still one of my favourite things I've made:)
This delightful banner below hangs on my craft racks where my punches also hang to this very day and it was also stamped with the CREATE image from the creative elements set.  The flower was made from the Fun Flowers die that are also retiring (I also made the wreath just posted below as well on my blog with that die...and the Fun Flowers Die is #5 on my list below).  The other dies used in the banner below are the Bigz pennant dies, which will also be retiring.  Say it isn't so?!!

I know a die is not a stamp set, but I have loved this die.  I used it most recently on the wreath just a couple of posts below this on on my blog (incidently I also used the Morning Post alphabet stampset in that project with is also retiring).  Here is a link.

Back to fun flowers though, below is the card box that sits in my craft room, where I store all my extras and it is adorned with this big beautiful flower I made with layers and layers of fun flowers.  No, I could not be without this die!  Love it!!
I made a multitude of bookmarks (ribbon bookmarks) with this die too, like the lovely one in wisteria below!

Also not a stampset, but the framed tulips embossing folder is next on my are 2 of my favourite cards I made with the effect on a card!!

I, frankly, think SU is going to regret retiring these adorable and versatile framelits, I've used them on cards, scrapbook pages, and even 3D items, like the one below that still adorns one of my shelves:)
Or, how about this bday card on embossed tinfoil?!
What a sweet stampset this one is and perfect for borders (so trendy!).  I've used this one on everything from valentines to birthday cards to whiteboards to baby cards...vers-a-tile!

It's in the little things...this one may not stand out as a focal point on many of my projects but it's there, usually as the perfect little tag...and some of the images even have postage and vintage charm:)  See the little 'sweet' label framed and stamped with this stamp set:)
Another stamp set that you'll be hard pressed to see as the focal point in the project, but it's always there with the perfect word or label or accent.  Love the font too!  This stampset is where the word 'friend's came from in March's double pocket card - see link here.
It's also where the greeting I used on this little box below that I haven't posted before came from.  I made this boxes to hold lip glosses to give to co-workers who've been helpful from a Pootles tutorial, didn't they turn out darling?!

Well I've made it to 10, but I realize I'm not nearly done, here are some other retiring products that I believe are top 10 worthy...if I have time, another day, I'll add links/photos of projects where I used them:
- Two frames embossing folder (used in creative elements gratitude journal above)
- Occasions  Alphabet stampset...truly something in here for every occasion!
- Morning Post alphabet the script in each of the letters!
- Stampin Wheels!  So many of them, but my very favourite are:
    Music Notes
    Travel Journal
    Viola's Lace
    Shop Around
    Very Vintage
- Blessings from Heaven - the sentiment in card #1 above comes from this; oh, and can't resist this one either:
- Sweet Essentials - I use these sayings/greeting on everything...just look at my April club KISS cards...the 'thinking of you' comes from this set!
- Boutique Details  - the lovely in color embellies that came out last summer!
- Vintage Trinkets...oh these are used all over my blog on projects, what will I use din their place?!
- Stitched Satin ribbon in the retiring in colors...the retiring in colors were gorgeous and I will especially miss the raspberry ripple and this ribbon which ties like a dream!
- Ruffle Stretch Trim...this one's in the current in colors, how can it  be retiring already, I'm still in luv with it?!
- Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die!!!!!!
- Postage Collection Hostess set...oh but I luv it...ok, here's a reminder...
- Scallop Edge Border...that MUST be a typo on the retiring list, no?!
- Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack...I will start a protest on this one!
- Modern Medley dsp
- Coordinations cardstock & the sanding surely have seen the beautiful roses one can create with this, surely they've gone mad at SU if this is on the list?!