New Colors & The Last Chance Products Coming Soon!

The January–April 2023 Mini Catalog and the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be retiring soon! It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to a Stampin’ Up! catalog, but I am looking forward to all the new amazing products on their way!  There will be a Last Chance Sale on retiring products as well as a Color Refresh!

Starting April 4th you can save up to 60% on essential craft supplies. Last Chance Products are only available while supplies last.

To see the retiring lists and the sale prices click on the links below:

2022-2023 Annual Catalog Last Chance Products

2023 January – April Mini Catalog Last Chance Products

As an added note, Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying the Stamparatus.  If it does not sell out before the new catalog starts, it will be on the Online Exlcusives page and available while supplies last.  Also, as you browse the new 2023–2024 Annual Catalog during preorder, you may notice that some products are no longer included, like the Base Plate & Die Plate Pack (item 149657) and the Mini Base Plate & Embossing Plates Pack (item 151003). Not to worry, these products and others from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the January–April 2023 Mini Catalog will be carrying over into the new Online Exclusives category in the online store! They will be available on 2 May 2023.

There are fifteen colors that will be retiring on May 1st.  If you like any of these colors you should order them soon.  They go very quickly!

Stampin Up Retiring Colors

These are the new colors that will be added to the new 2023/2024 Annual Catalog.  You are going to love them!


Amazing Thanks

Stampin Up Amazing Thanks Sunflower Dies

I have been trying to go through and use my Stampin’ Up! products that have not used in a while and may have a possibility of retiring at the end of April.  In the last couple of weeks I have used the Plentiful Plants, Wisteris Wishes, Art Gallery and Cup Of Tea bundles.  These are some of the bundles I love and will miss if they retire.  Today, I decided to use the Sunflower Dies and Amazing Thanks.

I have to say this was such a simple card to make.  I tend to lean towards making CAS ( clean and simple) cards.  I think they are pretty even though they are quick and easy to make.  Intricate and complicated are gorgeous but honestly, I don’t have the patience to make them.  To make this card all I needed to do was cut out the sunflower outline from the Sunflowers dies in Basic White card stock and the word “thanks”  from the die set called Amazing Thanks in Basic Black.   I cut out a circle using the Layering Circle Dies and embossed it using one of the Online Exclusive Basics 3D embossing folders and glued it to the center of the sunflower.  Then I layered them onto a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Sun Prints Designer Series Paper.  I adhered them to a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White and a Calypso Coral card base.  Pretty simple, right?

As a quick FYI, I wanted to let you know that Stampin’ Up! is releasing a copy of their upcoming catalog online to Demonstrators this afternoon.  I am sure you are going to see posts from the thousands of demonstrators around the world talking about it.  So, if the Stampin’ Up! blogging world goes quiet, you will know why.  I, myself, can not wait to see what is coming!

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets & Around The Bend

I have been doing a lot of organizing of my stamp area and supplies.  It started because I was looking for something specific and I could not find it anywhere. I realized that it could have been in five or six different spots.  I am not good with chaos and that is how the room was feeling.  I purchased some bins from Amazon, threw out a bunch of things and I sold some.  Now, all my adhesives, embellishments, ribbons, etc. are in one place.  I have a great drawer for all envelopes. My 8,000 pens are together and my card stock is nicely labeled and in alphabetical order by color family.  It feels good to be able to find things easily.  I still have a long way to go but I am getting there.

As a result of this, I am selling some retired products on my blog under a separate page called Retired Products For Sale.  You can click on the page link just above this post. I will be adding more things as I get them photographed and labeled.   If you have any specific requests, let me know.

I made this card using the Framed Florets Bundle and Around The Bend dies.  I just realized as I was writing this blog post that Stampin’ Up! just added a new set of dies called Radiating Stitches as an Online Exclusive product and it matches perfectly with both of these die sets!  I see a new card using them all in my future.

The first thing I did to make this card is cut out all the flowers and leaves.  The card stock colors I used are Orchid Oasis, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.  I love all of these colors together.  I arranged them on a Basic White card base until I liked the way they looked.  Then I took a piece of Press & Seal and layed it on top of all the pieces.  The Press & Seal is a sticky so it picked up all the pieces and kept them exacly how I arranged them.  Then all you need to do is add some adhesive to the back of the pieces, flip them over (carefully) and adhere them to the card base.  I love this little trick that I learned from Jennifer McGuire.  Believe it or not, her husband actually invented Press & Seal!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Framed Florets and cut it out using one of the coordinating dies.  I used the same die to cut out the frame.  I adhered both of them to the card front using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.

Don’t forget to take a look at my separate page selling retired products!

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Elegant Borders

Stampin Up Elegant Borders

Well, I had a fantastic surprise last weekend.  My son, Zachary and his family came for the weekend unexpectedly.  They were supposed to go visit Mary’s (Zachary’s wife’s) father in Florida but he was not feeling well so at the last minute they called me and asked if we would like visitors.  I am sorry to hear about her dad but was so happy they were coming.  We had a great time with them but it went way too quickly (of course).  There is nothing better than a couple of grandchildren coming to visit!

Elegant Borders is a die set that is an Online Exclusive product.  As I told you before, Stampin’ Up! has offered some products for sale that are not in any catalog.  It is a way for them to stay more on-trend and I love the idea.  You can see the other products they are ordering HERE.  Some will be re-ordered when they run out and some will be gone for good so if you like something, I would not waste any time ordering it.  Again, this is also a reminder to order any ink colors (with refills) that are your favorites because Stampin’ Up! is having a color refresh with the next catalog.

I used one of the Elegant Borders to make this card.  I took a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of Basic White card stock and used the die to cut both the top and bottom of it.  I adhered that to a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Highland Heather and a Gorgeous Grape card base.

Next, I stamped the flowers and leaves from the stamp set called Happiness Abounds onto a piece of Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper using Memento Black Ink.  Then I cut them out using the Blooming Happiness die set.  I like how the images look like they were watercolored but it is really the DSP design.  I stamped the sentiment (from The Greetery) in Memento Black ink and then added some Opaqued Adhesive-Backed Gems.

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Art Gallery Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Art Gallery Stampin Up Cup Of tea

February was my 15th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I didn’t even realize it until yesterday when I got an email from Stampin’ Up! congratulating me.  I knew my anniversary was in February but I didn’t realize it was a big one.  Stampin’ Up! was very kind and even gave me a credit towards future purchases.  They are such a great company.

I made this card using a few different products.  The flowers and leaves are from the Art Gallery stamp set and the Floral Gallery Dies.  This stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means two or more stamps create one image.  I stamped the large flower background in Blushing Bride ink and the second stamp using Flirty Flamingo.  I stamped the smaller flowers in Flirty Flamingo and the leaves in Granny Apple Green.  Then I cut those images using the coordinating dies.

Next, I stamped the cup from the Cup Of Tea bundle in Smoky Slate ink and cut it out using the Tea Cup dies (you can save 10% by purchasing them using the bundle item number). I cut a 3.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and embossed it using the Gingham embossing folder.  I layered that on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock that I cut out using the Deckled Rectangle dies and layered that on a Basic White card base.

The sentiment is from the Beauty Of Friendship stamp set.  Lastly, I colored a piece of white Baker’s Twine using my Dark Flirty Flamingo Blends and tied it around the handle.

Here’s to another 15 years!

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Wisteria Wishes

Stampin Up Wisteria Wishes

I have seen a lot of cards online lately using a black background.  I love how the dark background makes the colored images pop so I decided to give it a try.  I also wanted to use the new “Online Exclusive” embossing folders that Stampin’ Up! has available for purchase.  If you don’t know about the “Online Exclusives”, they are various products such as stamps, dies, embossing folders and embellishments that are not in any catalog.  Stampin’ Up! is going to offer more products a few times a year.  If you would like to check out the products you can click HERE.

The first thing I did for this card was to take a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic Black card stock and emboss it using one of the Basics 3 D embossing folders.  This is a set of 3 folders you can purchase in a bundle.  They didn’t give specific names to each of them but the one I used is what I would call a cross-hatch design.  There is another one that has dots and another that has small flowers.  Here is what the “cross-hatched” one looks like up close:

Stampin Up Basic 3D embossing foldersI layered the embossed piece of Basic Black card stock on a Balmy Blue card base.

Next, I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes.  I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue ink and then took a Night Of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and dabbed some color over the Balmy Blue ink.  I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green ink and cut everything out using the coordinating Wisteria Dies.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies in a bundle you can save 10%.  I adhered the stems to the card using Multipurpose Glue and the flowers using Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heron Habitat in Balmy Blue ink and cut it out using the Stylish Shapes dies.  I adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Enamel Dots Essentials.

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

As most of you know, Stampin’ Up! releases their new Annual Catalog in May.  It is always such an exciting time in the world of stamping.  I love getting new products but I am also sad to see some things retire for good.  Therefore, I am starting to use some of my older sets before they are gone.  I don’t know what is going to retire and what is being carried over yet but I figure that if a set has been around for at least two years, there is a good chance they might be on the list.  By the way, if you are a Demonstrator you will be able to see a copy of the new catalog online at the end of March.  Then you can order a select group of new products in April.  Customers can order from the new catalog in May.

Plentiful Plants has been around for a while so I chose this set to use.  It has coordinating dies called Perfect Plants.  The stamp set has a few different pots, leaves and some very nice sentiments.  This is one bundle I really like and will miss if it retires.

I made this card by first stamping the different leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent inks.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  Next, I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out.  I layered everything on top of a circle from the Stylish Shapes die set that I embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder.  Then I adhered it to a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White cardstock, a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen and a Basic White card base.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment (from Sending Smiles) in Versamark Ink on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock and embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  I cut that out using a banner from Stylish Shapes.


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Honeybee Home

Stampin Up Honeybee Home

Things are starting to bloom around Nashville these days.  There are beautiful trees with white and purple flowers and the daffodils are out.  When we lived in Northern New York that wouldn’t happen until May.  That is one of my favorite things about Nashville.  There are actually four whole seasons here.

After looking at all the beautiful blooms I decided to take out the Honeybee Home bundle.  We don’t have bees out quite this early but some of the flowers are ready for them to come.   This bundle includes the stamp set with the same name and the Honeybee Blooms dies.  They are in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and if you use the bundle number to order them, you can save 10%.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers and bees in Memento Black ink and colored them using my Polished Pink, Soft Succulent and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers.  Then, I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Framed Florets Designer Series Paper (retired) and layered it on a Balmy Blue card base.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Evening Evergreen Ink and cut it out using one of the Framed Floret dies.  This particular die cuts out the oval frame and the inside at the same time.

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Hand Penned Petals

Stampin Up Hand Penned Petals

Last weekend the Nashville are got hit with some strong storms.  There were tornado watches (something I will never get used to), a hard driving rain and then 50-60 mph winds.  We were ok but my son and his family lost power early during the storm and it stayed off for a couple of days.  Lucky for us, they decided to come stay with us for the weekend.  We had a lot of fun crafting, playing minature golf and just hanging out.  Maybe I should wish for thier power to go out more often (just kidding, Tara).  Rob is collecting paintings done by our grandchildren for his office.  Emory, Maddie and Nolan did a great job on their’s.   When it is all done, I will share photos.

Today’s card is a fairly simple one to make.  I first used a 3..5″ x 4.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock with the Stitched Greenery die.  I love how this die just cuts little dots that form leaves.  It is a great way to add a subtle background to a card. I backed it with a 3.75″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White card stock and a Soft Succulent card base.

Next, I stamped the flower from the stamp set called Hand-Penned Flowers using Evening Evergreen ink.  I cut it out using the coordinating Penned Flowers dies and then colored it using the Balmy Blue and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink and cut that out using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.  I adhered that to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (retired).

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Easy Fancy Flora DSP Cards

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is that they sell beautiful Designer Series Paper.  The great thing is there are two different designs on each sheet.  Sometimes it is hard to decide which side to use.  The other great thing about their DSP is you can use it to create beautiful cards that are so easy to make.  Each of the cards I made took less than ten minutes.

To make the card above, I cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper and layered it onto a 3.75″ x  5″ piece of Orchid Oasis card stock.  I wrapped a piece of Soft Sea Foam ribbon (retired) around it and layered it on a Soft Sea Foam card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Charming Sentiments using Orchid Oasis ink on Soft Sea Foam card stock and cut it out using the Deckled Rectangle Dies.  I adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added a couple of 2022-2024 InColor Matte Decorative Dots.

This card was even easier and faster to make than the first one.  I cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper and layered it onto a 3.75″ x  5″ piece of Tahitian Tide card stock and a Starry Sky card base.  I cut out the sentiment using the Amazing Thanks dies and Tahitian Tide card stock.  Lastly, I added some Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins.

Try these simple cards when you need something beautiful but you don’t have a lot of time.

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