Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last Day!!!

Hi Stamping Friends!!
Today is the very last day you can order from the current 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! catalog!!! Don't forget to order your favorite stamp sets and accessories before they are gone forever!


Stamps: Clearly For You, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Paisley Petals DSP
Accessories: Designer Frame Embosslit, Oval Punch, Curly Label Punch, Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Finial Press Embossing Folder

The accessories I always hate to see retire are the ribbons. I LOVE ribbon!! I was super sad to see that they were going to retire my much beloved 1/4" grosgrain. GASP!! No!! Not my grosgrain!! But then of course SU! knew what they were doing, because they replaced it with a fabulous 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain which I love!! All the satin ribbon is being discontinued as well. Which is too bad, since it is the best quality satin ribbon I have ever found. And I've bought a lot of ribbon over the years!!!

I just recently purchased the Clearly For You stamp set and now it is retiring. I didn't get near enough fun out of it yet! I may have to keep it around for awhile. I just love those three little birdies on the wire.

Be sure to check out my Stampin' Up! website today. There is still time to order your favorite Stampin' Up! products before they are gone!! And be sure to stop back by tomorrow. It is the first of the month and that means another Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge. And what a fun one it is this month!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Farewell Flight of the Butterfly

Hi Stamping Friends!
Today we bid farewell to a dear friend, Flight of the Butterfly. This has been a beloved stamp set of mine for many years. And although I am sad to see it go, I can say that I enjoyed it very much while it was part of my collection. My set is well used and much loved. We made this card at my May Hostess Club...


Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Blushing Bride Twill Ribbon
Inspired by Jan Tink

Other items from this card that are retiring, Concord Crush card stock, Blushing Bride ribbon, Butterfly Punch. Another thing I get happy/sad about with new catalog season is the In-Colors. I love getting new colors, but I don't like losing colors. I'm really going to miss Poppy Parade. So glad that Stampin' Up! decided to keep the In-Colors around for two years instead of just one. It means I get to use them a little longer! They also hinted for us to keep all of our current In-Color items, as they plan to update their colors about every 3-5 years and they could add some of the most beloved In-Colors into the standard color families. Love that idea!!!

If you still have items on your "want" list. Make sure to order before June 1st. You don't want to miss out on something that will be gone forever!! There are still a few stamp sets that I think, "Why did I not buy that set?!!"  :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sayin' Goodbye

Hi Stamping Friends!!
It's almost time to say goodbye to some fabulous stamp sets and accessories. The current 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! catalog will end on May 31st. So place your orders now!! Here is a card we made at my May Hostess Stamp Club...


Stamps: Charming, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau DSP
Accessories: Designer Frames Embosslit, Modern Label Punch, Vanilla Seam Binding, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Pearls

The Charming set will be retiring. It was intended to be used with the Simply Adorned charms, and since the charms are retiring, so is this stamp set. Which is really too bad, since it makes such beautiful cards. I'm really sad to see the Lace Ribbon Border punch go. It is such a gorgeous punch. I love the delicate detail. It is really quite easy to use. I've never had a problem with mine. It is a punch that you have to set down on the table and press down on. You cannot hold it in your hands and just think you are going to squeeze it. It needs more pressure than that. But it cuts out a perfect border every time, if you use it properly. Not sure why Stampin' Up! is getting rid of it.

I almost always end up doing a "shabby chic" style card for my stamp club. And the Beau Chateau DSP is the perfect paper for this look. Too bad it is retiring as well. I have a love/hate relationship when it is time for a new catalog to come out. I'm always excited to see what fabulous new products Stampin' Up! is coming out with (because they always have fabulous new stuff!). But I am also sad to see some of my favorite things go away. Sigh!! What's a stamper to do?! Such a dilemma!! :) 

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Stampin' Connection (an online sight for SU! demos). Typical me. I rarely have an inspiration of my own. But with three busy kids and a student husband, I really don't even have a life of my own! So I am thankful to all the wonderful SU! artists out there who so wonderfully and graciously share their talents with all of us. Thank you!!

And if you want to get any of these products before they are gone, make sure and visit my website today and place your order!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Crazy May!!

Hi Stamping Friends!!
Where have I been you may ask? Well let me tell you!! May is a CRAZY month at our house. There are always lots of birthdays, holidays, activities and appointments in May for some reason. Here's a little recap... and it does include some stamping!

Father In Law's Birthday
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, retired DSP and blue (can't remember names)
Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Twill Tape, Vanilla Hardware, Oval Punch

EYL Swim Championship
16yo man-child placed 3rd in the 500 Free and the 200 Free. His 400 Free relay team placed 1st. His high school team finished the year by taking first place in their league.

Mother's Day Card
Stamps: Delightful Dozen
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Paper Doily die, Floral Fusion Sizzlet, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Decorative Label Punch, Pearls
We made this card for my Hostess Stamp Club

Mother In Law's Gift

"Sweet" 16th

Man-child turned 16 on the 16th so we tried to make his "golden" birthday extra special. He started the day by having cake and ice cream for breakfast and finished off the day with this "sweet" birthday sentiment from his tacky family...

Valley Swim Championship Finals
There were 46 schools at the Southern Central Cal Section Swim Championships. Our school took 4th place overall. Man-child placed 7th in the 500 Free (20 laps of freestyle) with a time of 5:03. He also got medals for the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. Great end to a terrific swim season. Now on to water polo!!

We were invited to 3 Jr. High School Graduation parties, 5 High School and 1 College. We didn't make it to all the parties, but I did send this card to everyone. The boys didn't get butterflies. That would have been too weird!
Stamps: Word Play, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard
Accessories: Label Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Modern Label Punch, Arrow Punch (retired), Striped Embossing Folder, Pearls

High School Survival Kit
DD and I put these "High School Survival Kits" together for some of her friends that graduated from 8th grade.
1. Be a smart cookie - a bag of cookies
2. Make friends - a picture frame
3. Look your best - mirror
4. Smile - lip gloss
5. Be organized - Daily planner
6. Be the teacher's pet - stuffed animal.
7. Follow the "golden rule" - ruler
8. Do your homework - pencils
9. Shine your light for Jesus - candle
10. Be on time - watch
Plus we added a bunch of "Smarties" candy in for filler and tied a smiley face balloon to the handle. Everything came from the Dollar Tree store, so all told, we spent about $12 on each girl. I think it was more fun for us to make than for then to get!

My Mom's (and her sister's and her brother's) Birthday
Yes, my mom is a triplet. She was born in 1948 (she is the one on the far left). The doctor had told my grandma he thought she was having twins, but boy were they all surprised when there was three of them! They were quite famous in their small MN town.

Bubba's 7th Birthday
Bubba insisted he had to have a birthday party ON his birthday. Problem was, all his cousins were going out of town or already had plans. So he was okay with just mom and dad and 16yo brother and 13yo sister. We had angel food cake, played Lego Creationary, watched Marmaduke, roasted Jumbo marshmallows, and made smores. All together a total successful party for a 7yo.

Memorial Day
Can't forget to mention Memorial Day. So thankful to all the men and women who have served to keep our country free. Afterall, freedom is not free. This is a pic of hubby and a few of his Army buddies from the 80's. He's the one sitting, looking all cool with his shades. 

And if that wasn't enough, hubby was gone for two weeks at school in MI. And the month isn't over yet! Tomorrow 13yo DD has an ortho appointment and 16yo man-child has a swim banquet. On Wednesday DD has a dentist appointment and a Freshman orientation. Plus we are trying to finish out our final two weeks of homeschool, plan a 8th grade grad party for DD, attend AAU swim meets and water polo tournaments, go to swim practices for all chilluns, and keep up with the dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and office job. Whew!! I'm tired just thinking about all of it! Now you know why I haven't been blogging!! Yet I wouldn't trade one minute of any of it. So many wonderful memories. Can't wait until next May when man-child and DD will both be in high school swim together!! Good times are still ahead!

Thanks for stopping by! (If you've made it this far!)
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stampin' Celebration Challenge #54

Hi Stamping Friends!
It's the first of the month and that means it's time for another Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge!!! This month we have a rainbow of colorful inspiration to get your stamping groove going!

Isn't this so fun?!! That rainbow jello dessert just makes me drool. And all those yummy, colorful fruits. I can't wait for summer!!


Stamps: Oval All (soon to be retired!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Summer Smooches DSP (available June 1)
Accessories:  Tasteful Trim die, Daisy die, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch

For this card I got my inspiration from the picture of the cute daisy centerpieces. How fun would those be for a summer party? If you didn't order your Summer Smooches DSP during the month of April... why not?! Now you will have to wait until the new catalog comes out to get it. But I just couldn't resist using it for this challenge, since the colors are just perfect!!


Stamps: Word Play
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Summer Smooches DSP
Accessories:  Label Framelits, Tasteful Trim die, Round Tab Punch (soon to be retired)

This is an 8x8 scrapbook page of my daughter, who will be graduating from 8th grade soon. I think this sentiment from Word Play is perfect for graduation projects. I love the flag/pennant trend. It's a fun, simple way to decorate a scrap page. I just use the corner of my square punch to trim the little "v" into the tail of the flags. Super easy!

Now that you have seen my colorful projects, it's time to visit the other Stampin' Celebration Design Team members blogs and see what amazing stamp projects they have created!

Allison Ohran -Not participating in May
Candace Lawlor - cj lawlor designs
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Krystal De Leeuw - Krystal's Cards
Marlene Peters - Hands On
Rochelle Gould - Not participating in May

Be sure to visit the Stampin' Celebration Blog so you can play along with us!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!