Friday, May 24, 2013

Retiring Stampin’Up Sets!

Sorry about the short notice, but I’ve been kind of maxed out the last month or so.  Stampin’ Up gave us the retirement lists about that long ago, but I didn’t even look at them until a few days ago. Off to the left on the side bar are links to the PDF files of retiring stamps and accessories.  So I could mark big red “R’s” in my catalog, I asked Russel to put them in order by page numbers.  I will be e-mailing those lists to my customers.  In that e-mail, I will reference this blog to see some of my favorite cards made with those retiring stamp sets.  The list is long and bloody and major changes are in store in new catalog, including a color refresh, but first, let’s mourn the retiring sets.

First up, the Build a Blossom stamp set and punch will be retiring.  It’s a two-step stamp set, allowing for lovely color combinations, one of my favorite techniques.  The ornament was made with the large petal on the punch.

 Build a Blossom 1Build a Blossom ornament

These next two cards were made with the Build a Blossom punch medium and small size petals and the greeting is from the retiring Merry and Type set.

Merry & Type 6 Merry & Type 5

Belles and Boughs is going away.  sniff  The jewelry tag punch and Tiny Tags set is also retiring.

 Bells & Boughs 3

Christmas Lodge first came in the Holiday Mini in 2011.  I was so happy when it was in the current catalog.  Now, it’s going away for good.

Christmas Lodge 2 Christmas Lodge 1

Delightful Decorations and the ornament punch are retiring.  sigh

Delightful Decos 1 Delightful Decos 2

Elements of Style, another of my faves.  Also the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.

Elements of Style spotlight Elements of Style on pink

Perfect Punches.

Perfect Punches 1

The Summer Afternoon hostess set is retiring, as is the Praying Hands set.  sniff

Summer Afternoon1 Praying Hands

Snow Swirled is going away. 


Tags til Christmas is also going away. 

Tags Till Christmas 2

These are just some of my favorite cards made with the retiring sets.  You can contact me on how to get any of these sets, but they all will be available only until June 3.  With the color refresh, a lot of accessories will sell out before then. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

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Monday, May 13, 2013

May Creative Images Meeting

We had three former members, good friends, join us last Wed. night and we all had a good time.  Very happy to see Dee, Pat and Genny again. They brought exchange cards, too, so we had lots of cards.  Our exchange card theme this month was “Seaside Adventure.  Therese used her bathing beauty from January’s stamp camp transfer on canvas taught by Jeannie.  Click on any card to see details, then “back” to return.


Dee made the palm trees with white micro glitter and gold outline stickers, colored with Copics or whatever she used.  I love this technique.  You can see more about it in my previous post.  On the right, Ella made this little fussy cut girl on a sandy beach.  Definitely bright and sunny!

Ex-Dee Ex-Ella

Genny did this lovely Father’s Day card with a water colored lighthouse.  Jeannie made this great card with three sailboats with lots of bellies for interest. 

Ex-Genny Ex-Jeannie

This next card is my three bathing beauties done from the stamp camp, with flip flops and tiny shells added.


Pam used one of my favorite SU sets for this lightly color washed beach scene.  I always think of my sister when I see this stamp.


Pat water colored this beautiful, relaxing, beach scene.  It feels more New Englandy than Florida.


Tange made this lovely, simple card with the same SU set Pam used.  She stamped it and then used bleach in a water pen to remove color.  Will have to try this again, soon. 


Eleanor did the project, a technique new to most of us, white embossing on black cardstock, colored with pastels.  You can see a tutorial on Splitcoast here.  Here’s four of her samples.  Gorgeous!

Ella's Samples

Most everyone took to heart my concern that not many of us ever finished the project at the meeting, especially when someone goes to the trouble to teach it to us and provide everything we need to do it.  Almost everyone finished their cards!  I got pictures of most of them.

For contrast in techniques, here’s a Black Magic card I made long ago that is similar, but uses white craft ink instead of white embossing and pencils instead of pastels.  Both have great end results, especially if you can’t find your pastels!  LOL

Kind & Caring Black Magic

Tange’s birthday was in April and Jeannie gave her a belated birthday card at the meeting.  Tange is one of a kind!

Tange BD card

Last, but not least, Ella submitted her proposed project for the January stamp camp.  The colors behind the fussy cut silhouettes are from brightly colored bits of egg shells! 

Stamp Camp proposal

That’s it for this month.  Thanks for stopping by.  Comments always welcome.

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