Bee Happy Banner Made with the NEW Lined Alphabet Stamp Set

Sorry for the late post today!  My boys and I all fell asleep early last night and I didn’t get a chance to write my post until now!

My project today is the banner I made for my display board at OnStage.  It features the NEW Lined Alphabet Stamp set, as well as some current products as well! The letters were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers. The banner pieces are made from Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, and the bees were cut from dies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.  The letter and bee layers were cut and layered using the Layering Circle Framelits.  Here is a close up of the new alphabet set:

Each of the letters is only about an inch to an inch and a quarter in size, so they are a great size…big enough to be seen, but small enough to use on small projects!  There are also coordinating framelits available for this set, though I did not have those for OnStage!

Each banner piece measures 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches in size. I started out with slightly longer pieces and then cut the point on each by hand with Paper Snips to get them to 4-1/2 inches long.  They are strung together with Solid Black Baker’s Twine, and the yellow piece on the top of each banner piece was cut using a die from a new set called Spot of Tea Framelits, which will be available June 1st when the new catalog comes out!

Here’s a couple of close ups of the rest of the banner:

Items I used to embellish this project include Metallic Enamel Shapes, Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon, Silver Mini Sequin Trim, and 1/4 ” White Organza Ribbon.

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!



My OnStage Display Board in Hartford, CT

Today I am sharing my display board from OnStage!  I was sent a box of new product in February and asked to create 15-20 projects to display this past weekend in Hartford.  I had originally planned to make everything coordinate, but then I decided to go the opposite route, and use lots of different colors and patterns instead!  I made sure to make a variety of projects, including card fronts, mini note cards, tags, a banner, a scrapbook page, and even a couple of 3D items.  I’m very happy with how it came out, and I will be sharing each in more detail here on my blog and on my Facebook page over the next couple of weeks!

The three stamp sets I was sent to make my projects are called Sitting Pretty, Love What You Do, and Lined Alphabet.  All of these sets will be available in the NEW Annual Catalog on June 1st!  Love What You Do will actually be available a month EARLY as an early release item (more details to come on that!)  Here’s a closer look at the three sets I was sent:

Sitting Pretty


Love What You Do


Lined Alphabet


These are only a few of the amazing new sets that will be available starting June 1st!   Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to check back tomorrow for the first project that I will be sharing from my board!  🙂

Have a great day!



Mini Pizza Box OnStage Team Swap and Gift

For OnStage this past weekend, I only had time to make swaps for the other members of the team I am on.  I usually make a card for the team swap, but this time, I wanted to make something a little different, so I put together this Mini Pizza Box using NEW products from the upcoming Annual Catalog!  The top of the box is decorated with Early Espresso cardstock for the bottom layer, and the top layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  But the flowers and sentiment come from the ALL NEW Love What You Do stamp set!  This set was one of three stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! sent me for my display board, and it was hands down my favorite of the three.  It contains multiple floral stamps, water color backgrounds, and sentiments, and was designed by Stampin’ Up! with demonstrators in mind.  It really is a gorgeous set!  Take a look for yourself:

The set contains 13 stamps, and is a photopolymer set.  And the best news is that this set will be part of a suite of products that will be available to customers as an early release!  So that means you can get this set and coordinating products a whole month before the new catalog comes out in June!  I will give more details about the early release as we get closer to May, so please stay tuned for more information soon.

Other products used on this box include Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers, the NEW Tea Room Ribbon, Layering Ovals Framelits, and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Each box is embellished with Glitter & Clear Epoxy shapes from the Occasions Catalog.  I should also add that the flowers were fussy cut using Paper Snips.  (This set does not have matching framelits.)  Inside each box are three Ghiardelli Chocolate Squares, so this doubled as both a swap and gift!  I made ten of them, placed each one in a cellophane bag, and tied with a 1/4 inch White Organza Ribbon bow to complete the package.  I was very pleased with how they came out!

Tomorrow I will show my full display board so you can see what all of my projects looked like together on the board.  This specific box was not on there, but I did make another one very similar to it, just with different colors!  I will be sharing each project from my board individually over the next couple of weeks.  I hope you will check back in the see them!

Thanks for visiting today!


2018 Stampin’ Up! Color Revamp

So perhaps the biggest news to come out of OnStage this past weekend is that Stampin’ Up! has completely revamped their color palette!  We all knew that the five 2016-2018 In Colors were retiring, and that we were getting five NEW In Colors to replace them!  However, turns out we’re actually losing and getting a whole lot more than that!  In a nutshell, 18 Colors are retiring this year, 15 NEW colors are being added, and 6 colors that previously retired are returning as core colors!  It’s a huge shake up in the color palette, but one I believe is for the better!  The new color palette is gorgeous, and so many of the new colors are right on trend!  So let’s take a closer look at exactly what is happening with color when the new catalog comes out:

Retiring Colors

This year, there are a total of 18 colors retiring. (Sort of. You’ll see what I mean in a bit!)  The five 2016-2018 In Colors are retiring, as well as 13 core colors, as shown in the chart above.  (If you really love any of the retiring colors, NOW is the time to stock up, as they may sell out quickly now that the retiring list has been released!)

In Colors

The five colors on the above left are the NEW In colors for 2018-2020, and the five on the right are the ones that were introduced last year.  The new In Colors are gorgeous!  I just love how bright and fun they are!

New Colors

In addition to the five new In Colors mentioned above, there are also ten other new colors being added to the core color collection!  What do I mean by “core color”?  I mean the four main color families: Subtles, Regals, Brights, and Neutrals.  There are two colors being added to the Neutrals, three to the Brights, four to the Subtles, and one to the Regals!

Returning Colors

SIX former In Colors are returning to the color palette as core colors!  So remember near the beginning of this post when I said that 18 colors are retiring this year, “sort of”?  If you look closely, you’ll see that Flirty Flamingo is actually staying as a new core color in the Brights collection!  So it’s “retiring” as an In Color, but will still be available as a core color.  This is definitely exciting news for fans of Flirty Flamingo!

Here’s a look at the full NEW core color palette:

You will notice that each color family still has ten colors.  You may also notice that some colors have been moved from one family to a different one.  For example, Real Red was in the Brights collection for years, but is now part of the Regals collection.  There are a few other colors that have been moved around as well!  You may also notice that Basic Black, Whisper White, and Very Vanilla are no longer part of the Neutrals.  They have been put into their own NEW color family called the Basics collection (not shown).

So did you get all that?  I know it’s A LOT to process!  All total, there will be 53 colors available from Stampin’ Up! when the new catalog comes out in June.  This is up from the 50 that have been available in the past.  More colors means more opportunity for mixing, matching, and creativity!

Be sure to check out the online store for all of your favorite retiring color items!  This is especially true of cardstock, ink pads, and ink refills.  Be sure to stock up before they are gone for good!  I will list them all below for quick access, but you can also visit the Retiring Products section of the online store by clicking HERE.

I have so much more exciting news to share about the new catalog, but I think that’s probably enough for today!  Please check back tomorrow for more info.  Thanks for stopping by, and please let me know if you have any questions!  🙂



The 2018 Retiring Product List and NEW Annual Catalog Cover!

As promised yesterday and this morning, I have the official Retiring Products List from Stampin’ Up!  There are two separate lists.  One is for the current Annual Catalog, and the other is for the Occasions Catalog.  Both lists will open as PDF files, which can be downloaded and printed!  Please note that now that the lists have been released, all products on them have officially reverted to “Available While Supplies Last” status!  Many items WILL sell out quickly!  And once they are gone, they are gone for good, even though the catalogs do not retire until May 31st.  I suggest ordering sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment!

To access the Annual Catalog Retiring List, click HERE.

To access the Occasions Catalog Retiring List, click HERE.

Once you’ve got your wish list together, please visit my online store to shop!  Be sure to shop early for best selection!


You can also go directly to the Retiring Products section of the online store HERE.

And of course, I know you’re dying to see the new catalog!  I can only show you the cover right now, but here it is:

Isn’t it pretty?!?!  I just love the colors!  Speaking of colors, there is a LOT of exciting news about the Stampin’ Up! color line that I need to share with you!  Please check back tomorrow for all of the news about Stampin’ Up’s new color palette!  They are retiring a bunch of colors, adding a bunch of new ones, and even bringing back some from retirement!  You will NOT want to miss it!

If you have any questions, or need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!  🙂


Retiring Product List and NEW Annual Catalog Cover to be Released Today


Hi! Thanks for stopping by this morning!  The Retiring List and Catalog Cover will be released this afternoon, so I don’t have that info for you just yet.  The list is scheduled to be released at 1:00 PM Mountain Time.  I will post the list of retiring products, catalog cover, and some additional exciting information as soon as possible after that time!  I hope you will check back later today!

See you soon!


OnStage News!

I got home last night from OnStage in Hartford, and all I can say is WOW!  It was such a fun day, with lots of laughs!  But let’s be honest, the big question is:  WHAT IS IN THE NEW CATALOG?  Well, I can’t tell you anything specific just yet, but I will tell you that the new catalog is AMAZING!  Just the front cover is stunning…it’s truly one of the prettiest catalogs I’ve seen yet!  You are going to LOVE it!

So when can I share it with you?  Well, starting Monday, April 9th, at 1:00 pm, we can begin sharing pictures taken at OnStage events, as well as samples made with new products.  I can also show you the COVER of the new catalog, but unfortunately, I cannot show you any part of the INSIDE of the catalog (at least not yet).  But don’t worry, you will get to see enough to know whether or not you want your own copy (trust me, YOU DO!)  If you would like a copy of the catalog, and you do not already have a demonstrator, please contact me with your name and address, and I will add you to my mailing list when the catalog is sent out!  (One copy per customer, please!)

Also, don’t forget that the retiring products list will be released tomorrow as well.  Please check back here, or on my Facebook page ( after 1:00 pm Mountain Time to see what’s on the list!  I will post the info as soon as I can!

In the meantime, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!



The Cherry Blossoms are in Bloom!

My card today was made for our monthly team Facebook hop!  (If you are joining me from our Facebook hop, WELCOME!)  Each month, demonstrator’s from my upline’s team create projects based on a specific theme.  We all create projects based on that theme, and post them to Facebook at a specified time. We also post links to another person’s page in our posts.  This allows visitors to “hop” from one page to another to see all of the creations.  Once you get back to the first project you started with, the hop is complete!  If you have ever paged through a blog hop, it works the same way, just with Facebook pages!

This month, our theme was “Colorful Spring”.  My original plan was to make a card with tulips, because I LOVE tulips!  But then this morning, I was reading an article about how the cherry blossoms in Washington DC are at peak bloom this weekend, so I decided to go with cherry blossoms instead!  To do this, I used the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle.  This bundle contains the 24 piece Colorful Seasons stamp set, as well as the 17 piece Seasonal Layers cutting dies.  There are three stamps in the set with coordinating dies that make perfect cherry blossoms!

To make the flowers, I put all three flower stamps on one long block.  I then colored them with Flirty Flamingo ink using my Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then added Melon Mambo ink using the Melon Mambo marker, but purposely only added a little in the centers.  I then stamped them on Shimmer White Cardstock.  After they dried, I went over all of the flowers with my Powder Pink marker and filled in any light spots, or spots that weren’t fully stamped in.  I wanted the flowers to have a varied look as far as color.  Using the three shades of pink definitely helped accomplish this!

The branch is stamped in Soft Suede ink.  The flowers are arranged and adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and the card is finished with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon. I tried to find a suitable greeting for the front of this card, but any I tried seemed to throw off the balance of the card, so I decided to leave it as is.  I very rarely leave sentiment off the front, but I really like the simplicity of this card, and thought it was fine as is.


The measurements for this card are as follows:

Shimmery White card base:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Shimmery White top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Coffee Break DSP strip:  2 x 4-1/2 inches

Shimmery White scraps for flowers


Here’s a close up of the flowers.  You can also see a hint of the shimmer in the paper as well in this pic!

I added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers for a little added embellishment.  Real Cherry Blossoms don’t have such a defined center (I don’t think), but I liked the way it looked, so I went with it!

The bundle pricing for the Colorful Season Bundle is only available until May 31st!  Purchasing the bundle before May 31st will save you 10% off the cost of the stamps and dies separately.  If this bundle carries over into the new Annual Catalog, the bundle pricing will no longer be available starting June 1st!   The items will still be able to be purchased, but the discount for purchasing them together will no longer be available!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am attending OnStage in Hartford, CT, so I should have lots of exciting info to share with you soon!

Have a great day!



Getting Ready for OnStage in Hartford, CT

So you may have noticed that over the last week or so, I have not had very many of my own projects to share with you.  I’ve been sharing a lot of announcements and stock photos from Stampin’ Up! instead.  There is actually a pretty good reason for that!  The truth is, I really HAVE been creating many new projects…I just can’t share them with you yet.  Why?  Because I am using BRAND NEW product that hasn’t been released yet, and I can’t show ANY of it until sometime next week!  The reason for this is because I was chosen to be a Display Board stamper at Stampin’ Up’s OnStage event this coming weekend in Hartford, CT.  I am super excited and very honored to have been chosen!

OnStage is a convention type event that Stampin’ Up! holds twice per year for demonstrators.  It’s an event where demonstrators get to meet new people, create lots of fun projects, and see new catalogs!  We also win prizes, get lunch, and have tons of fun!  For each event, Stampin’ Up! asks demonstrators to apply to be Display Board Stampers.  The demonstrators that are chosen receive new product, and make projects with it that are displayed throughout the event!  A few months ago, when I applied, I had to submit six samples of my work to Stampin’ Up: three card fronts, two 3-D items, and a 12 x 12 inch scrapbook page.  I collected all of my sample images and created a dedicated Pinterest Board, so that they were all in one spot for Stampin’ Up! to check them out.  (If you would like to see the board with my submission samples, please click HERE.)  A little while after applying, I received an email that I had been chosen!  I then was sworn to secrecy (legally and everything – no joke!), and in early February, they sent me a box of new product from the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  I was asked to create 15-20 projects with what they sent me.  I just finished my last sample YESTERDAY.  This coming Saturday,  I will be given a spot on the display boards at the event in Hartford, CT to display my projects.  I’m excited, but also a little nervous too!

So honestly, I haven’t been slacking!  I just have been working on things I can’t show you yet.  But I CAN tell you, I think you’re really going to like what’s in the new catalog!  There’s some beautiful new products in there…and that’s pretty much all I can say right now!  🙂

So stay tuned for lots of new projects coming soon!   In the meantime, I’ll try to sneak in a few more projects with current product too (if I can get some done before Saturday)!

Thanks so much for checking in today!  See you again soon!


The Retiring List is Coming!

The current Annual Catalog will retire May 31st! In order to make way for exciting new products, many current products will need to be retired. The full list of retiring products from both the current Annual Catalog, as well as the 2018 Occasions Catalog, will be released on April 9th. On that date, I will post the list here on my blog, as well as my Facebook page. Once the list is posted, all tools, accessories, embellishments, etc. will revert to “available while supplies last” status. This means that if something sells out right away, it will no longer be available even though the current catalog does not retire until May 31st. Retiring stamp sets are the only exception to this. Because Stampin’ Up! manufactures all of its own stamps, they will continue to produce retiring stamp sets according to demand until sometime around the third week of May. At that point, retiring stamp sets will also become “available while supplies last“. Be sure to check your wish lists once the list comes out to see if there’s anything you wish to order. Once retired items sell out, they are gone for good!

Don’t forget that retiring In Color items tend to sell out FAST!  Be sure to stock up on all of your favorite 2016-2018 In Color products before they are gone!  The following colors are retiring this year:

Please note that in years past, some In Color items have sold out within a day of the Retiring List being posted!  If you really love these colors, I suggest stocking up sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.  These are gorgeous colors and are very popular, so I expect that they will go quickly! To shop retiring In Color products, click HERE.

Be sure to check back in the afternoon on April 9th.  The retiring list is scheduled to post at 1:00 PM Mountain Time.  I will post the list, as well as links to the online store, as soon as possible after the list posts!  I will also post the info on my Facebook page as well!

Please contact me with questions!  Have a great day!