Posts Tagged ‘Retiring 2012’
Ooh… exciting times! Do you have everything you *need* from the old Stampin’ Up! Catalog? Because today is the last day to order from the retiring lists of stamps & accessories (sale details — find them here). Tomorrow begins the *NEW* Stampin’ Up! Catalog! Don’t log on too early to see it… I think you’ll be able to browse the new stamps, accessories & more by noon (MT).
My project for today is sort of “out with the old” and “in with the new”. This past weekend we hosted a ‘bon voyage’ picnic for my friend and fellow SU demonstrator Kim Peck, as she moves across the country. Anyone need a great house in Mahomet, IL? I know a fabulous one for sale!
Anyway, I decided we should have flowers with a tag, so I used the the fabulous new Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set (get it as part of Stamps in the Mail Club!) and the fabulous (but retiring!) Curvy Verses stamp set (see it online — only today!).
The verse reads, “Time passes, but friendship stays right where it’s put”. The bird is stamped in my fav new In Color — Summer Starfruit. And the tag is cut with my fav new Big Shot accessory — Apothecary Accents Framelits.
So be sure to check the ideas I’ve been sharing for the retiring stamps and accessories, and be sure to place any orders before Midnight (MT) tonight!
Are you ready for the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to retire on May 31st? I’m not, but I am looking forward to the new catalog on June 1st In the meantime, I’m trying to share all the rest of the ‘retiring’ projects that I have to show you! Here’s a fun little bureau box that I created for a hostess gift at my workshop last week, featuring the retiring Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper (see it online) and the retiring Matchbox Die (see it online).
The box top also uses the Beveled Windowpanes (see them online) which will soon be retired. Both the windowpanes AND the Filigree Brads (see them online) are on sale — 40% off, while supplies last (or through May 31).
Wish you had more ideas for the beveled windowpanes before they retire? Here are some fun cards on my blog.
Looking for more reasons that you “NEED” the Matchbox Die? Here are several project ideas.
Looking for more Big Top Birthday ideas? Here’s a quick & easy gift using this fun paper.
This past weekend we needed a quick birthday gift tag, so I pulled out my Crazy For Cupcakes stamp set (see it online) and my Scallop Circle Die (see it online) and put them together with a Sneak Peek of the NEW In Color, Gumball Green, available right now for demonstrators (you can be one!) or on June 1st for regular orders.
The words on the tag (Look Who’s Turning…) and on the inside are from the On Your Birthday stamp set (see it online), also retiring on May 31st. It’s my go-to set for birthday cards, including the popular “live, laugh, love; Happy Birthday” greeting.
***BIG SHOT Technique*** The tag is an easy project — just fold your card stock in half and place it on the Big Shot Die so that the fold is INSIDE the cutting area. When the die cuts the shape, the fold remains and you have a shaped card!
Crazy for Cupcakes is a terrific birthday set with great words — here are more Crazy For Cupcakes projects from my blog. Be sure to check out the sweet pop-up card!
Who loves a sale? Who loves a 70% off sale?! The Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric (see it online) is part of the retiring accessories sale (see the list) and instead of $9.95, it’s $2.99. This fabric is just about the cutest thing since buttons with holes. If you’re looking for a project for it, then pull out your Big Shot and try making a few Scallop Square Totes:
These little totes are the perfect size for SO many goodies — here are a few ideas:
- Clear Acrylic Blocks (you’re a stamper, after all!)
- Card storage (can you picture them all lined up on a shelf?)
- Swap Totes (are you going to the Stampin’ Up! Convention this summer?!)
I have a Video Tutorial on how to use your Scallop Square Die to make these Extended Square Totes – you can watch it on my blog. In addition to the fabric, you can even get the matching buttons on my Clearance Rack online right now — while supplies last!
There are really flexible dies for the Big Shot that I love — ones that can make the ‘intended’ box or shape, plus a WIDE variety of other items. The soon-to-be retired Matchbox Die (see it online) is definitely one of those “greats”.
The die makes both the sleeve and the box, and the box folds together easily without even needing adhesive!
(click on the project photos for original posts and details)
And here’s my fav for this die — a little chest of drawers! The Designer Paper on this has been retired for a year or two (see what’s retiring & “gone” on May 31st!) but you could do this with any fun paper. Gotta love double-sided paper for projects like this one!
Only a few more days for the goodies on the retiring lists…
Looking for more Matchbox Die ideas? Here are some other past projects on my blog.
These last few days before May 31st, I’m sharing some of my favorite “going, going, gone” stamp sets. Hang in there — you have a few days left to order these, but after May 31, they’re, as we say, GONE!
One of my fav sets of all time is Baroque Motifs (see it online) and it’s easy to see why I love the set. Not only are the images timeless, but they’re also terrific for a variety of techniques, like the heat-emboss resist I shared here:
(click on the photos for the original posts)
It’s also a terrific set for Wedding Ideas (check other wedding ideas on my blog):
Looking for more Baroque Motif ideas? Here are a few on my blog.
Do you like to give little treats? The You’re A Gem stamp set (see it online) is my hands-down favorite for adding tags to little treats. And it’s going, going, soon-to-be gone on May 31st! The greetings are just perfect for the occasion when you just want to give something sweet, without making a big deal.
(click on the photos for the original posts):
Also retiring on this project are the Small Cello Bags (I’m going to miss them!):
(see them online – they’re even on sale!)
Looking for more You’re A Gem ideas? Here are some past projects on my blog.
These last few weeks I’ve been sharing some of my favorite “going, going, gone” stamp sets. You will have until May 31st to add these to your collection, and after that they’re officially retired.
Do you find yourself missing the style of greeting you need when you are ready to finish up a card? Sincere Salutations (see it online) is hands-down one of my favorite flexible greeting sets. Since there are two fonts on each stamp (one flourish-y and one blocky) the greetings match lots of different stamp styles.
Plus it has 8 different greetings that color all occasions — definitely helpful to have on hand.
More ideas? Here are some Sincere Salutations samples from my past blog posts.
The most common thing I hear when I demonstrate watercoloring is that people can’t seem to make it look “right”. Guess what? There are some easy tricks that will make your watercolor look ‘right’ every time. Here’s a card that we made at stamp club last week, using the soon-to-be-retired Beary Best Friends stamp set (see it online).
Beary Best Friends and the matching Beary Nice Wishes set (see it online) will be available along with the rest of the Build-A-Bear Product Suite (see it online) but only until May 31st (learn about the retiring items & sale).
The bear is on the inside of the card — peeking through the window!
- Use Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper for best effects. I know, it sounds like I just want you to buy paper from me… but I’ve tried other papers from big craft stores, and they just don’t work right. If you want to be successful, it’s important to start with good quality materials.
- Draw a small line with a Stampin’ Write Marker where you want color to be darkest.
- Use Aqua Painters to wet the line and move the color around on the paper – leave blank spots to get an authentic watercolor effect.
- Remember that you can always add more color, but it’s tricky to remove color if you start with too much.
- Outline with River Rock Stampin’ Write Marker & blend to finish. This will keep your image ‘anchored’ to the paper and add dimension to the background so that it doesn’t look flat.
Looking for more Build A Bear ideas? Here are several on my blog.
Happy Watercoloring! (and stamping)
Here’s a card that includes three windows and three techniques!
- Punch ‘placer’ circles from scratch paper.
- Adhere lightly on card front where holes are desired.
- Punch over the ‘placers’ so that holes will be exactly where you want them.
Second — love the doily on the inside of the card? It’s from the Flirtatious Designer Series Paper (see it online) which is on sale for 25% off while supplies last (or until May 31st). The paper includes 2 sheets of 12 doilies each. Use them all at once, or clip them apart to make them last longer.
Third — like the technique on the flowers? That’s pretty easy, too. Just ink the bold image stamp in Daffodil Delight ink first, then use Stampin’ Sponges to dab Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo onto the stamp before applying to your paper.
Looking for more retiring stamp set ideas? Be sure to check my blog!
And if you’re interested in the Flower Fancy stamp set, you’ll definitely want to see some of my favorite Flower Fancy ideas.