New Stampin’ Blends Colors and NEW Bundle Available August 1st!

Last week I received an order with all of the new Stampin’ Blends colors!  They are finally back in stock, and the new colors are gorgeous!  For this card, I used Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green (both light and dark shades of both), as well as Daffodil Delight for the centers of the flowers.  The large floral stamp is from a brand new stamp set called Blended Seasons, which will be available for a limited time beginning August 1st!  (More about that soon!)  I paired the colored floral image with the new color Mango Melody, because I just love the combo of these three colors together!

Another new product I used on this card is the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These new mats allow you to use cutting dies to emboss, rather than cut.  So the floral images along the right side of the card were actually made with a cutting die!  These new mats provide so many more options for decorating and adding detail to projects!  Here’s a close up of the detail on the embossed edge:

The die I used for the embossing is from a new set called the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  These new dies are part of the same limited time offer as the Blended Seasons stamp set.  The stamps and dies will be available separately, as well as in a bundle (save 10%), again, beginning August 1st!

Other products used on this card include the Touches of Texture stamp set, Stitched All Around stamp set, and Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also added just a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the insides of the flowers for a bit of shine!


Measurements for this card are as follows: 

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

Poppy Parade card stock strip:  2-5/8 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White card stock strip:  2-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

Floral stamp image:  2-3/4 x 4 inches (fussy cut)

Sentiment die cut:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches


I am a huge fan of the new Brights colors, and I love the way these three look together!  Please stay tuned for more information regarding the new stamps and dies, as I will be posting everything you need to know about it sometime in the next few days!

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!


Rooted in Nature Meets Daisy Delight

When it was announced at OnStage in April that Blackberry Bliss was making a return, I got super excited!  I absolutely love this color, and I was really sad when it retired a few years back!  This is the first chance I’ve had to use it, and I definitely wanted to go with something bold to showcase it.  So I made a large daisy with the Daisy Delight stamp set and cut it out with the Daisy Punch.  To get the fullness of the daisy, I stamped and punched TWO and then layered them.  I also paired the finished daisy with embossed leaves made with the Nature’s Roots Framelits (more on that a little later!)

The very first thing I did when making this card, was to finely spatter Blackberry Bliss ink onto the top layer using an Aqua Painter.  It’s hard to see in the pics, but it gives a nice bit of extra detail that’s actually really subtle!  While that dried, I made and assembled the daisy and leaves.  The leaves were made using two different dies from the Nature’s Roots Framelits.  The first is an embossing die that embossed the detail of the leaves without actually cutting them out.  The second die does the actual cutting.  I used Mossy Meadow cardstock for the leaves (another returning favorite!) as I think it looks so nice with the Blackberry Bliss!  Here’s a little bit of a better shot of the daisy and leaves up close:

The detail on the leaves is so pretty!  I also stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow to coordinate with the leaves and the middle layer of the card.  The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, which is available as a bundle with the framelits for 10% off.  (Of course, you can get both items separately as well!)


Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Mossy Meadow middle layer:  3-3/8 x 4-5/8 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches

Daisy:  2-1/2 inches in diameter

Leaves: 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches (approximately)


Other products used on this card include Linen Thread and Iridescent Sequins!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card listed below.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Enjoy your day!  Thanks for visiting!



Retiring Products are only available until TOMORROW!

Don’t forget, TOMORROW, May 31st, is the LAST DAY to order retiring products before they are gone for good!  There are still many products that have not sold out, and many that have been discounted up to 50%!  Be sure to visit the online store before May 31st at 11:50 PM Mountain Time and shop for your favorites!  Click the image above to visit the online store.  If you place an order less than $149 (before tax and shipping), please be sure to use host code 7FH6N3H7!  

Also, don’t forget about all of the retiring colors as well!  Be sure to stock up on your favorites, especially ink pads, reinkers, and cardstock!

Let me know if you have any questions or need anything!  Have a great day!


Color Revamp Hex Values

If you are like me, you like everything to match perfectly!  Many times I will be working on a project such as invitations or a personalized birthday card, where I need to print a portion of it on my computer printer.  Even though it may not be completely hand stamped, I want the text to match the ink colors I am using.  This file solves that problem!  In the picture above, you will find the Hex values for all of the colors in the upcoming Annual Catalog.  These codes can be used in word processing programs, as well as online programs for graphic design, labels, and more!

Many programs give you the choice of inputting either Hex Codes or something called RGB values.  If it gives the option for both, simply enter the six digit code in the Hex Code box.  Most digital programs, such a graphic design programs, will use the Hex codes, so that’s easy.  Just enter the code and # in the box.  If it only asks for RGB codes though, the Hex Codes need to be converted.  Microsoft Word is an example of a program that uses only RGB values.  To do this, simply do a web search for “Hex to RGB Conversion” and a bunch of different calculators will come up.  Choose one, enter the six digit code into the box, and it will give you the RGB values instead!  Then enter the RGB values in the appropriate boxes in Word, and you are good to go!

To download a printable PDF of the chart above, click HERE.

In 2008, I got married and handmade many items for my wedding.  This included my Save the Date cards, invitations, programs, place cards, menu cards, favor tags, and more!  I spent HOURS matching colors to the inks I used for all of these projects because I did not have a color chart such as this.  I really wish I had this back then, as it would have saved me a ton of time and aggravation!  I did use Stampin’ Up! colors (even though I wasn’t a demonstrator back then), as well as a Stampin’ Up! stamp set that is now retired called Baroque Motifs.  My colors were Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  Someday, when I dig my wedding album out of storage, I will share everything I made, even though it is all mostly retired now!

If you have any questions about how to use Hex codes, there are tons of great tutorials online on how to do so!  It’s very easy, and is such a great way to match Stampin’ Up! colors to all of your printed projects and graphic design images!

Have a great weekend!


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!  🙂