Color Revamp

color revamp

Stampin’ Up! likes to stay on top of current trends and every 5 years or so, they revamp our color selection to stay on trend.  This weekend, Stampin’ Up! introduced this color revamp at 2018 On-Stage convention that I was fortunate enough to attend as a demonstrator.

I promise you’re going to love these changes because Stampin’ Up! carefully selected these colors based on demonstrators and customers requests.  Many are returning favorites, while others were just simply missing from our color collection.  And just like fashion and home decor, colors are trendy and need to be refreshed to give us new exciting color combinations to play with!

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors of our core color collection and the five 2016-2018 In Colors will retire and be replaced by sixteen gorgeous new favorite colors and five new 2018-2020 In-Colors!!!  Our color collection will actually grow by three colors!!!

The 13 retiring colors are:  Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.  If any of these retiring colors are a personal favorite, you’ll want to order cardstock and reinkers soon! 

The 16 wonder new colors being added to our color collection are:  Balmy Blue (new), Blackberry Bliss (returning favorite), Coastal Cabana (returning favorite), Flirty Flamingo (carrying over from 2016-2018 In-Color collection), Gorgeous Grape (new), Granny Apple Green (new), Gray Granite (new), Highland Heather (new), Mango Melody (new), Merry Merlot (new), Mint Macaron (returning favorite), Mossy Meadow (returning favorite), Petal Pink (new), Poppy Parade (returning favorite), Shaded Spruce (new) and Soft Seafoam (new).  I can honestly say that these returning favorites are colors that I love and have missed.

Here is the new color collections by family name:


The new 2018-2020 In-Colors are really going to be bright, fun rainbow colors to design with, while the 2017-2019 provide the softer, more sophisticated color palette!


Here’s a closer look at the NEW core colors:

new colors

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Last Chance for Retired Products


It’s that time again, when we say goodbye to our favorite items from the annual and occassions catalog to make room for new products.  Without further ado, here are the lists:

Retiring from the 2017-2018 Annual CatalogClick here.

Retiring from the 2018 Occasions CatalogClick here.


These are in page number order, so it’s easy to look through your books and make your choices. If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Couple things to note:

  • Our classic ink pads are being reconfigured to make them easier to open!  Yeah!  I have an new stamp case and you’re going to love it.  It opens like your make up mirror or make-up compact.  
  • And, we are refreshing our color pallet — with fresh new colors and some returning favorites.  There will be 53 colors in addition to the 2017-2019 In-Colors and the new 2018-2020 In-Colors — for a total of 63 colors!  That’s three more colors!  More information to follow.
  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 25th because we make them in the United States.  
  • Everything else is while supplies last, so place your order soon to avoid being disappointed if an item sales out quickly!
  • Some bundles are retiring, but the products will be available individually in the next catalog.  If you want to save 10%, then order them before May 31st.
  • I predict that the products that will sale out first — ribbon, designer papers and the 2016-2018 In Colors

Now go grab your favorite beverage, pen and paper and check your wishlist.  

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Southern Serenade

southern serenade catalog

The Southern Serenade stamp set has beautiful flowers, lovely textures, and elegant sentiments to send a card to a close friend for almost any occasion.  It comes in both traditional wood-mount and the clear-mount on acrylic blocks.

southern serenade sample 2 rich razzleberry

The card is quick and easy using – Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends, Old Olive Stampin Blends, Petal Burst embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits and Whisper White 1/4″ organza ribbon.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


More New Sale-a-Bration Goodies!

We are now in the final sales period of Sale-A-Bration! In addition to other available Sale-A-Bration merchandise, some of our regular products may be earned as Sale-A-Bration rewards between March 15 and March 31st — items you’re going to love, like the:

  • Simple Stripes embossing folder
  • Myths & Magic glimmer paper
  • Petal Pair embossing folders
  • Petals & More Thinlit dies 
  • Color Me Happy Project kit
  • and a LOT more!​​​​​​​

Check out this flyer with regular products being offered as Sale-a-Bration rewards.  Note:  the flyer has different item numbers than the catalog!  So if you want these products as Sale-a-Bration rewards, use the item numbers from the flyer!

For every $50 you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product using two reward levels, giving you more flexibility and options for earning free items.   Let’s break it down:

  • If you spend $50, you will earn one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you will earn one free level 2 product, OR, choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you will have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Waterfront with Brusho

Recently, I spent the day crafting with Lisa Freeman, my second-level, upline and she taught me how to create my own ink pad using Brusho Crystals.

waterfront using brusho

Here is a You-Tube video where she explains how to make this card.  And additional details are available on her blog at

  • Stamps:  Waterfront, Heartfelt Blooms and Lovey as a Tree
  • Paper – Watercolor Paper (3″ x 4-1/2″)and Bermuda Bay cardstock (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″)
  • Inks:  Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Archival inks
  • Accessories:  Brusho Crystals, hallow dish, paper towel, spritzer and aqua painter.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Blossoming Basket Bundle

A brand new Sale-a-Bration item, is the Blossoming Basket Bundle that comes with the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set and Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This bundle is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration, Level 2 item which can be yours free with a $100 Purchase.

blossoming basket bundle

TIP:  To add an authentic-looking weaved texture for your projects, do some sponging in a coordinating ink to the raised embossing.

Here are some cards that I create using my Stampin’ Blends.

blooming basket 4p

The real red heart piece is made using heart edging die from Everyday Jar Framelits and backed with piece of Whisper White cardstock behind it.  For the next card, I created interest and nostalgia by cutting a Delicate White Doily in half.  Both of my grandmother’s crocheted the most delicate doilies — they would have appreciated the timelessness of this card.

blooming basket 1

This stamp set is perfect for sending spring greetings to a special friend or a loving grandmother.  I’ll have to add the appropriate sentiment when I send these cards.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Flying Home

With spring just around the corner, you’re going to want the Flying Home stamp set because it is so cute and versatile.  These line drawings of bird nests and bird houses is perfect for creating an endless variety of projects — such as happy birthday, welcome to the neighborhood, Happy Easter, hello spring, happy mother’s day, congratulations on your new home, etc.  You’ll fall in love with this stamp set because it is so much fun to color – especially with your Stampin’ Blends.

flying home catalogFor this first card, I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and allowed it to dry.  The image piece was die cut using my Big Shot Machine and the largest stitched circle die from Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, which was matted with large scallop die cutter from Layering Circles Framelits dies in Bermuda Bay and a Delicate White Doily.  I used my coloring blends to color the image.  And, I used the lightest share of Soft Sky Stampin’ Blends to color the background a soft blue.  The sentiment is from Picture Perfect stamp set.

flying home 1 doily

Here is another version colored with light and dark shades of Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake with subtle shading from light Cherry Cobbler and light Daffodil Delight.

flying home 2

Question:  Which Stampin’ Blends colors should I purchase first?  (This is a question that I often get asked.)  Answer:  If you love coloring, then you are going to want them all.  My suggestion is to look at the stamps that you already own, and purchase a few colors that would complement your stamp set — getting both the dark and light shade plus the Color Lifter marker.  Of course, you may want to purchase something new like  Flying Home (page 41 of Occasions catalog) or You’re Inspiring (daffodil stamp set on page 31 of Occasions catalog) and a few shades of Stampin’ Blends and practice coloring those stamped images.  Another option is to sign up as a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator before March 31st, and purchase the entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection for $99 (regular price is $121.50) as your kit, and receive two free stamp sets of your choice from either the Annual catalog or the new Occasions Catalog.  Even better yet, it ships for free!  Depending on the stamp sets selected, that’s a total value of $200 for just $99.  As a new demonstrator, you can test drive your demonstrator benefits between now and June 30th with absolutely no obligation to purchase anything more!  This is the best time of year to join!  I love being a demonstrator and love crafting with the wonderful products that Stampin’ Up! offers.  

If I can help you in any way, please give me a shout.  I have loved having you as a friend and customer, and would love having your on my demonstrator team.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Sale-a-Bration Second Release

We are at the half-way point of Sale-a-Bration, which ends March 31st.  And, Stampin’ Up! has just announced three new Sale-a-Bration offerings – some at the $50.00 level and some at the $100.00 level.  This is the best time of the year with Stampin’ Up! to get amazing deals on wonderful products and to stock up on items you use all the time – like cardstock, specialty papers and adhesives.

At the $50 level, there are two new offerings:  Springtime Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper (absolutely gorgeous and great for coloring with your Blends) and Eclectic Expressions (sweet and simple cardmaking)

And at the $100 level it is the Blooming Basket Bundle  — Blooming Basket stamp set and Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder — just in time for spring!

SAB blooming basket

Of course, all the other Sale-a-Bration items are still available — but only while supplies last.  Please do not wait because these exclusive items will likely not be seen again.

And, if you love the 2016-2017 In-Colors of Daper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum –– these will be discontinued when the new annual catalog is released.  So while June seems far away, please stock up on cardstocks and refill inks while you can and earn those exclusive Sale-a-Bration items.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Storage Uses for Clear Cases

While not shown in the catalog, the Clear-Mount stamp cases, Full Wide stamp cases and the Half Wide stamp cases are available for purchase from my on-line store.  In addition to storing your existing photopolymer, clear-mount and wood mount stamps, these wonderful little cases are capable of so much more!  Because, these cases are an affordable storage solution that sits neatly on your shelf with your stamp sets!

The Full-Wide stamp cases are great for organizing and storing your craft supplies such as:  ink refills, ink spots, embossing powders and adhesives.   This would make a handy storage solution for pre-cut 4-1/4″ x 5″ card bases.  Or think outside the box — create your own on-the-go Stamp Kit with snips, adhesives, paper piercer, tweezers, clear-mount block, post-it notes, etc. everything you need to stamp at a friend’s home or on vacation.  A package of Full-Wide stamp cases is $7 and contains four cases.

The regular Clear-Mount stamp cases are great for storing:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils, Baker’s Twine, Doilies, Pearls, Rhinestones, Enamel Shapes and all sorts of other embellishments like wooden elements, tassels and bows!  These are a great storage solution for Stamp and Die bundles.  The cost is $6 for four cases. 

A quick search on Pinterest found all sorts of storage solutions.  For example:

Kelly Kent, a demonstrator from Australia, posted this photo of her Stampin’ Write Marker and Ink Refills on Pinterest.

clear mount stamp cases storage solution by Janet Wakefield

And, Janet Wakeland, a demonstrator from Pennsylvania, posted another storage solution on Pinterest.  

These cases are great for organizing your Paper Pumpkin stamps so that you’ll get the most use out of these wonderful kits.  These smaller photopolymer stamps sets fit perfectly in the Half-Wide stamp cases!  If you want to keep the Paper Pumpkin instructions, you might wish to use one of the larger cases.  

Click on these links below to create your own stamp case inserts using these downloadable files:

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


PS.  A special thank you to my blogging friend and demonstrator Naomi Connolly for reminding me just how useful these wonderful little stamp cases are!  



Heartfelt Blooms

One of my favorite stamps from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  It is a very beautiful, photographic stamp image with a vintage look.  It is sophisticated and elegant, yet has a delicate simplicity.  This Distinktive stamp lays down ink with different thicknesses that gives it a finished look with lots of depth and detail. 

It is stunning as one-step project — stamped in one color such as Elegant Eggplant with some Bermuda Bay accents.

heartfelt blooms 1
Or, stamped in a neutral color and colored with your favorite coloring method.  

heart blooms with blends

Or step up with design using multiple colors.  Here, I created a background paper by stamping the floral image in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral spray was stamped in Pear Pizzazz on the Whisper While card front.  Next, I colored the daisy and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock scraps in Peekaboo Peach,  Sweet Sugarplum and Marina Mist inks.  The daisy center was colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  The three daisies were mounted on the card front, with two daisies popped up with Dimensionals.  

heart blooms with colorful daisies

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase from now until March 31st.  Contact me to learn more.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!