Monday, April 27, 2020

Stampin' Up! Tropical Oasis and Ornate Garden Frames create beautiful cards

  • Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden Suite Collection
  • Stampin' Up! Tropical Oasis Suite
  • How can you be the first to get your hands on new In Colors?  May 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit! -- But only if you've already subscribed.  It's SOLD OUT!

Ornate Garden Frames and Tropical Oasis

Two suites that work well together are the Tropical Oasis Suite and the Ornate Garden Suite Collection.  Today's card uses parts from each suite to create this eye-pleasing card for a friend.  I also wanted to use some of the In Color products that will retire June 2 -- Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Pad, Lovely Lipstick cardstock and Lovely Lipstick 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon.  I'm so please with the way this card turned out.  I've used this color combination previously and the last photo shows another version of these colors.  Be sure to review the Retiring Products information I posted in my last post and order your favorites before they are gone.

The basecard for today's card is So Saffron.  Then another layer of So Saffron dry embossed with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder.  Then a frame die cut from Lovely Lipstick using the Ornate Layers Dies.  The flower print is from the Topical Oasis Designer Series Paper.  

I used a sentiment from Honey Bee Stamp Set and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White die cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Leafy accents are dies cut using the In The Tropics Dies out of Garden Green Cardstock.  Bows of Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon accent the corner of the sentiment.  

Here's today's card along with an earlier card I created using the same color palette. You can find the recipe for this card in this post.  Tropical Oasis Suite including the Designer Series Paper, Stamp Set and Dies and the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder are all retiring June 2, along with Lovely Lipstick ink, cardstock and ribbons, so be sure to place your order for them today before they disappear.

Let's keep stampin' as we think of others who would love to know you're thinking of them.  Sending handmade cards is a great way to stay in touch when you can't be with distant loved ones and your cards will be greatly appreciated during these times.

The new Annual Stampin' Up catalogs will be available to customers June 2, but I'm submitting my list to Stampin' Up! at the end of this month.  My customers who have purchased within the past 6 months are already on the list to be sent a new catalog sometime in mid- to late May.  f you don't have a demonstrator and want a copy of the upcoming Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, contact me.   I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.      


  • Stamps: Honey Bee (Sentiment)
  • Ink:  Lovely Lipstick
  • Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, So Saffron, Garden Green, Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper
  • Accessories:  Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder, Layers Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, In the Tropics, Lovely Lipstick 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon,   Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue 

To learn more about any of these items, click the photo of the items and you'll see more information in my online store.

NEW Stampin' Up In Colors for 2020-2022 with the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit - SOLD OUT!

The fabulous Paper Pumpkin kit for May will feature materials using the 2020-2022 In Colors, plus Purple Posy from the In Colors for 2019-2021.  But unfortunately, this Paper Pumpkin Kit sold in record numbers and May subscriptions have sold out.  This means that as a May Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you'll be first to get your hands on products using theses new In Colors.  However, new subscribers will not be able to subscribe until May 11, 2020, and will receive their first kit in June. 

The new colors, announced April 24, are: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider, Magenta Madness, and Misty Moonlight.     Here's what lucky subscribers who preordered this kit will get in the May Kit:

  • Kit includes supplies for 12 cards and envelopes
  • 8 Cards:  5-1/2" X 4-1/4"
  • 4 Cards are note card size:  5" X 3-1/2"
  • Includes stamp set and ink spot
  • Coordinating Colors:  Four NEW 2020 -2022 In Colors plus Purple Posy from the 2019-2021 In Color Collection 
  • Subscribe now for the May kit by May 10

If you're limiting your craft purchases right now, these all-inclusive kits are a great way to add freshness to your existing supplies for not a whole lot of money.

Paper Pumpkin kits can be purchases month to month or 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month subscriptions.  You can combine your subscription with your regular order, items on the Last Chance list, and Clearance Rack to maximize your Stampin' Rewards on purchases over $150 USD.  Again, new scribers will receive the June 2020 Kit, since the May

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Did you miss these changes on the Stampin' Up! Retired List ?

  • Bundles carrying over to the new catalog; get bundle pricing now
  • Dies Carrying Over with new item numbers
  • Embossing Buddy Retiring
  • Stamparatus Replacement Plates Retiring
  • Stamp Case Changes...and more updates from the Retiring Product List

More about Retiring Product List

Stampin' Up announced the retiring products list from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog and 2019-2020 Annual Catalog yesterday.  I spent some time with the retied list and the Annual Catalog last evening and wanted to call your attention to several upcoming changes.   

 2019-2020 Stampin Up Retiring Products List

Read through the items below.  These last-chance products from the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog will be available until June 2 or while supplies last only. This is your last chance to stock up on some of your favorites!  Retiring items sell fast.  Get your favorites before they're gone.  Shop the full list now.

 Shop all Stampin' Up! Last-Chance Products Now

Here are a few more details you might want to know about items on the Retiring list:

Favorites Retiring or Changing

Retiring Bundles That will Carry over as Individual Items:  
Please note that some Bundles on the Retired List will remain in the new catalog as individual stamp sets, dies or punches.  However, they will no longer be available at bundle prices--a 10% savings.  Here's the list of the bundles that will carry over.  This is a great time to pick up these carry-over sets at bundle pricing.  

Dies and Embossing Folders with new numbers:  I know.  At first I almost fainted when I saw several of these items on the retired list.  They WILL be in the new catalog.  They are just being reconfigured with new item numbers.  These Dies will carry over with new item numbers.  

Embossing Powder Retiring:  Four of your favorite Stampin' Embossing Powders are retiring including two of the staples I use often.  There are no replacements for these coming in the new catalog.  I'm stocking up on Black and Copper -- two of my favorites that are on the retiring list. The new annual catalog will continue to carry 4 current colors of Embossing Powder -- White, Clear, Gold and Silver. The four below are retiring. 

Embossing Buddy Retiring:  Embossing Buddy!  I don't see any replacement item coming in the new catalog, and I not only use my Embossing buddy for embossing when I stamp and emboss, but I find all kinds of uses for my Embossing Buddy-- like a sticker I want to mount on dimensionals--I'll use my Embossing Buddy to tamp the back side so only the dimensionals stick.

Stamparatus Replacement Plates Retiring.  I have several extra Stamparatus Replacement Plates, which makes it easy to set up a number of stamps that I'm using for classes or when I'm stamping multiple cards with multiple stamps.  While the Stamparatus and accessories will carry over to the new catalog, the Stamparatus Replacement Plates are on the Retired List.  You may want to order extra plates in the event you lose or damage one of your plates.  

Stamp Cases Changes and Price Increase.  We carry three sizes of empty Stamp Cases in the current catalog.  The new annual Stampin' Up! catalog will only carry two sizes.  The Half Wide cases are retiring, and as of this morning, it looks like they are already sold out.  The remaining two sizes are increasing in price.  Since I use the  Full-Wide cases for storing embellishments and the empty Clear Mount cases for storing my Paper Pumpkin stamps after I've complete a kit, I'm stocking up on these cases now.  The Full-Wide will increase to $10.00 for 4 cases, and the Standard/Clear Mount size will increase to $8.00 for 4 cases in the new catalog.

The Blue 3D Embossing Folder Plate Retiring.  This is the plate you currently need for your 3D Embossing Folders if you are using a Sizzix die cutting machine.  Since we will shortly have a new Stampin' Up! Die Cut machine with its own plates, this plate is being retired.  Since I have three Sizzix Die Cut machines, I wanted extra plates so I can use my old machines as back up.  We don't have a date when the new Stampin' Up! Die Cut machines will be available, although its very close.  Since it is a Stampin- Up!-designed machine, it will have its own, dedicated plates. 

Stampin' Mist is being reconfigured.  Currently, we carry a small, 2 oz. spray size and a large Stampin' Mist refill. The new catalog will carry only a large 8 oz. spray size.  I find that this product, of all others I tried, works best for cleaning sticky glue off my clear blocks. I love having the small 2 oz bottle sitting on my work table, and its a convenient travel size.


Stampin' Pierce Mat Retiring.  This is a staple I use during my craft classes and for my own personal stamping.  It provides a solid stamping surface for cleaner stamped images with stamps mounted on clear blocks when you're not using a Stamparatus. The Stamparatus comes with a removable mat.  Since I use clear blocks half the time and Stamparatus the rest of the time, I decided to order a few extras before the Stampin' Pierce Mat retires.

Bundles with Some Item Carrying Over.  You can buy these bundles together now, but the new catalog will only carry part of these bundles.  For instance, from the Woven Heirloom Bundle, only the stamp set will carry over. From the Delightful Day Bundle, only the Delightful Tag topper Punch carries over to the new catalog.  The Path of Petals Stamp Set remains, but the Petal Labels Dies Retires. From the Memorable Mosaic Bundle, the Timeless Label Punch will carry over to the new catalog. Order these coordinating sets whle they last. 

SNAIL retires June 2; replaced June 3 with something better

As mentioned in yesterday's post, You Say Goodbye, We say Hello. SNAIL is retiring from the Stampin' Up! product line.  But don't worry!  On 3 June its being replaced with something that we think you'll like even better.  If you love SNAIL, be sure to add it to your next order.  

Click on the SNAIL items below to add to your shopping cart.

Blends are NOT Retiring:  Will Be Sold only as Combo Packs 

You'll see all of the single Blends Markers listed on the Retiring List. Don't Panic.  Stampin' Blends Markers are NOT retiring.  Based on ordering trends, customers prefer to order Blends Combo Packs, which includes one light and one dark Stampin' Blends Marker.  So beginning June 3 or until Stampin' Up! runs out of single colors, Blends Markers will offer only Stampin' Blends Combo Packs.  You will want to stock up on single-color Stampin' Blends Markers while you can.  

Also, beginning 3 June, Bronze and Ivory Stampin' Blends Markers will be sold exclusively in a Combo Pack.  The Stampin' Blends Color Lifter will be the only Stampin' Blends Marker sold individually starting with the 20202-2021 Annual Catalog.  If you're like me, I always order two light Blends Markers with every dark Blends Marker, so I'll be ordering plenty of singles for my Blends Markers Collection while I can.  Avoid disappointment by ordering your most-used single marker colors now.

Add 2018-2020 In Color products to your Order

Every year the retiring In Color Collections tend to sell out as soon as they are announced as part of the annual catalog retiring products list announcement.  Avoid disappointment by ordering these products now.  

The five In Colors from the 2018-2020 In Color Collections are Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel.  Stock up on your favorites.  Ink pad, reinker, cardstock, Designer Series Paper,  ribbons, and other accessories in these 5 In Colors are all going.  Check out all of the 2018-2020 In Color Items that are retiring. Order before they're gone.

New Annual Catalogs coming June 3, 2020 

I'm finalizing my new catalog order to have catalogs shipped directly to my customers on April 30 for delivery in mid to late May.  My customers who have purchased within the past 6 months are already on my new catalog list.  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, contact me before April 30 so I can add you to my new catalog order.  

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:
To place an order: Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping