Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mucho Smoocho


We just had our Summer Smooches class this past Saturday. I had a blast…and I hope everyone else did too. And to end this month of April, I thought I would leave you with Mucho Smooches….  these are samples I made with the Bright Blossom stamp set and the entire smooches line.  I hate to tell you though…. the fabric smooch brads are all sold out!!  However… you can order the rest of the suite until the end of SU! Business (tomorrow 7:50 pm hst). But, this line will be in the new catalog come June 1.  If this is a preview, then I am very excited!! I love this wonderful set!!




You have seen some of these cards before but the rest are the other samples I have made. Do you remember which is which?  Anyway… I love these cheerful little flowers… they cheered me up after my post-tetirement list announcement mourning.    Speaking of retiring… if you haven’t seen the retiring accessories… you’d better check them out. They are only available while supplies last and several items are already gone!!


The Big Clean


Well, last night was our monthly Maui Stampers Teem Meeting.  The meeting began at 7:00– we chatted, stamped, but as soon as Anne’s clock DONGED 8…. we RACED to the computer, busted out the laptop so we could see what more items were going to be removed from the SU supply lines to join the others in the long, blissful rest of retirement.  Well.  Shocked doesn’t quite cover it….  It’s 12 pages long.  Holy Moley.

There are LOTS of 12×12 cardstocks, markers, and inkpads on the list.  Before you freak out that SU is changing their colors again (I had a small hiccup in my heart rhythm), they are changing the ink pad itself.  Not the color, but the actual design of the pad.  So, colors are the same.  But, they are doing away with the CRAFT ink (only will be offered in white or black).  So if you love craft ink, you should stock up.  The decor elements are gone…  Lots of bigshot dies retiring…    Well… why don’t you just look yourself:

Retiring Accessories

These items are ONLY available while supplies last.  So, the best way to get them is to order directly from my online store  There will be a link to the retiring products.

Also… in the middle of the retiring accessories list hoopla, we actually managed to make a card:


It’s beautiful.  Anne had it figured out for us to make.  And, FYI:  All the stuff on this card is retiring.  Sincere Salutations is one of my go-to stamp sets for a nice sentiment.  The ribbon is going too..  That Mocha Morning DSP.  It’s excellent…. I am quite sad that I waited until now to actually experience it.  The black swirls on this are actually flocked.  It gives a very elegant feel.  It’s wonderful.  And, all the other papers are beautiful.  I actually bought a pack just now…  This is one of those things that will go fast, so the faster you order, the better…

I’m actually going to copy some text from Anne, my friend, and downline…who can write things much more succinctly than I… just to summarize…  (Thank You, ANNE!)

  • Stampin’ Up! has announced that Classic Ink pads are being redesigned.  You will notice all colors of Classic ink are retiring but are not discounted.  The new design includes a different type of pad that promises a better image – exciting news!!
  • Craft Ink pads will only be available in Basic Black and Whisper White.  Stock up on your Craft Ink Refills!
  •  2010-2012 In Color products are all retiring.  The Stampin’ Write marker set, 12 x 12 smooth card stock and 12 x 12 textured card stock are discounted.  So are some of the Stitched-poly ribbons.  All other products from the 2010-2012 In Color line are discontinued (Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush and Blushing Bride).  If you have ink pads and don’t have refills, I recommend buying them.  If you waited to get the markers, wait no longer.  If you’re low on paper, buy now!
  •  12 x 12 TEXTURED card stock is retiring and will no longer be available.  12 x 12 SMOOTH card stock will only be available in select individual colors and in color family collections.
  •  Only select Stampin’ Write markers will be available for purchase individually.  Those markers not available individually will only be sold as part of a color family set.  Stock up on your favorites!!
  •  A lot of Big Shot items are being retired but most are not discounted.
  •  Are you a fan of MDS?  The MDS Collection DVDs found on page 7 of the Idea Book and Catalog are all discounted 60%.

Ribbon Share… hurry, hurry…


I was trying to figure out a way to post a really cute picture of ribbon, but the more I fussed around with it, the goofier it looked.  So, there is no picture… SORRY.

But, I was talking to my co-worker and fellow stamper, Bronwyn, and she told me that I needed to do a ribbon share with the Taffeta and Seam Binding ribbons.  Said it was the ribbon she could tie the best.  And, she, like many has no need for a million yards of a single color, but would rather a couple yards of many colors.  So, this one is for Bronwyn….and any one else in the same situation.  Both of these ribbons have a subtle sheen to them and are simply gorgeous.  They both are low profile…so they are easy to include on cards without them being too bumpy to go through the mail.

I have 2 ribbon shares:

3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Share:  Receive 2 yards each of 10 colors for $20. (all colors on pg 195 of IBC)

1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon Share:  Receive 2 yards each of 9 colors for $18. (colors on pg 195, plus pool party (in mini catalog) and daffodil delight (April special)

These are great shares…. the prices work out to $1/yard!

The only trouble with this is that we don’t have much time.  The retiring accessories list will be posted on April 25 (Wednesday).  So, this share has to go in by Tuesday.  Though I am not certain what ribbons will be retiring, if the retiring accessories follow the path the retiring stamps did, we will be out a lot of ribbons.  This may be your last chance to stock up on some of these ribbons before they are gone forever!!!

Please RSVP to me with which share you want to be part of by noon on Tuesday (April 24).  This will ensure I can get the order in in time!!

My FIRST Digital Studio Project


I’ve had the My Digital Software for about 3 years.  Well, I can’t exactly remember…. it may not have been out that long, but I’ve had it since it’s been out.  it’s was maybe 6 months ago that I actually OPENED the box and installed it on the computer.  And, I am happy to report, that I FINALLY made something with it.



This is a perpetual calendar.  Or sometimes called a birthday calendar.  It’s really great because it is all the months with dates, but the dates are not assigned to days of the week.  So,  you can use it EVERY year.   You write special dates, birthdays…anniversaries… anything needing to be remembered.  And, this beautiful calendar is something you are going to want to look at every year.

It was super easy to made.  It was a template that you can order from my online store .  It’s called the Book of Birthdays Swatchbook (Item #129923 for 12.95).  You can customize it or print it as is.  And, it comes with several beautiful digital papers.  In the template, there was space for 4 pictures.  I just filled that space with those papers.  Very sweet.  And, I had them printed through the Stampin’ Up! print services.  If you like these little birthday books and would want one for yourself, I’m selling them packaged (as in photo above) for $15.  Just let me know you want one.  They would make great Mother’s Day gifts, or gifts for a new graduate or bride…  (moving out, starting life on her own, this would be a great cheat sheet for family occasions).  Or,  you could make one for yourself. 

If you are new to the whole digital papercrafting/scrapbooking (that’s okay… I am VERY new to it all, we can learn together) you can download a free trial of the My Digital Studio Software by going to my online store and entering item number 129600. Before you do, I would suggest getting the photos together that you may want to use.  That’s the part of the process that takes a while.  Then, have it it!  I can see that MDS is going to be a very useful addition to my crafting experience!




I am a bit embarrassed.  I am trying to clean out my stamp stuff, stamp room (a task that happens needs to happen more than I care to admit.  And when it does, it is monumental…ridiculous…and takes way too long.  Anyway, when I was cleaning I found 12 of these turtles stamped on vanilla cardstock.  They are from a hostess (longfellows? maybe?) from LAST YEAR’S catalog.  Therefore, they are not available… (but the card is!!).  Anyway.  I liked the turtles, borrowed the set from somebody, made a bunch with the intention of completing an entire card.  Well, it’s almost 2 catalogs later, and here you go:

So…  Sorry to torture you with that, but now I have the turtles made into cards and all is well with the world.  Aren’t they cute?  I feel a sense of completion now that is finished.  And now I don’t have 12 little turtles residing on my stamp desk.

Now that you are irritated that you don’t OWN this cute stamp set, just remember… the current retired list is out.  Don’t get stuck without a stamp set that you really want.  Be sure to get your hands on those retiring sets before they are gone!!

And oh…  I probably won’t make my supply order for our April 28 Smooches class till tomorrow evening… So…If you put off signing up for it and thought you were too late… email or call me ASAP.  I can get you added!  We have a few slots left.


Cascading Card


Okay…. Here is the 2nd of the cards my April clubs are making:

So…. The ladies in my club are good to me.  They all had smiles the ENTIRE time they were working on this project.  (though I suspect they were muttering under my breath every time I stepped away…nah, kidding)  But, I think everyone would agree, that the card isn’t exceptionally difficult, just time consuming.  We used every punch imaginable, several dies, rhinestones, and a variety of papers to create this beauty.  And the I cannot praise enough the powers of the ‘Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive’.  I really wish I had the sense to take pictures of the ones that everyone else made.  The nature of this card allows for each person’s own creativity to show.  Everyone’s card was unique and gorgeous!!  Though my original plan was this to be a mother’s day card, it is the PERFECT card to send in spring….and amazingly cheerful.  The construction of the card allows it to be a free standing picture of spring, that can be placed on your desk!  How wonderful!!  (And, head’s up….BHS Club… you’re next!!)

And the Winner IS….


Well… before I get to that, you probably have heard, the SU list is here.  That’s how I was able to chose the winner.  ALL the entries I received were on the retired list, so competition was FIERCE.  So, without further adieu…. ANNE is the winner with “Season of Joy”.  Congrats to Anne, and thanks, everyone, for playing.  Anne will get the ribbon and brad pack from SAB!! (YAY!!)

And, here is the Stampin’ UP retired list:  Retired_List_stamps-LG-Page

A special thanks goes to Dawn Olchefske for creating the list in a larger and darker type…  Boy, my eyes are pretty good, but I was having a hard time reading the original list…

So, here are the details about the retiring lists:

  • Over 300 stamp sets are retiring (including all HOSTESS sets)
  • You can purchase any retiring set THROUGH May 31, 2012.  After that, you will be left to scouring ebay and other places for your long lost loves… and risk having to pay oh so much extra….
  • You can order your favorite retiring sets through me personally (by call or email) or you can check out my ONLINE STORE.  And while you are there, you might want to check out the Clearance Rack for other items you might want to have WITH  your retiring set.  There are things up to 60% off.  And over 50 new products were just items.  Clearance Rack items can only be ordered through my online store and are available while supplies last… so (as Isaac would say…hurry hurry…)  There are TONS of punches available (they’re the older design, but are current punches…)  A customer recently bought punch that was $16.95 for only $7!!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR APRIL 25!  The Retired Accessories and Décor Elements Lists come out on April 25, 2012.  These items are only available while supplies lastAlso… this is the end of the road for the Décor Elements line…. SU! will no longer be offering these decals so be sure to get what you like…and get it soon as they are sure to run out quickly!

Another Smooch


You may get sick of all the smooching around here… or maybe not.  This new Bright Blossoms set is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  In order to figure out what I was going to do for the class Anne and I are offering (see yesterday’s post) I made several samples…  And, I really enjoy the bright colors and cute, simple stamps.  They are perfectly cheerful…will make ANYONE’S day.  Wouldn’t  you love getting this card?

This card also features the Summer Smooches DSP.  I used the Tasteful Trim die to cut the ric-rac out…  And, that is Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (I think Seam Binding is my favorite all the ribbons).  We needing a good yellow ribbon…  Anyway, these products are sneak peeks into the new catalog coming out June 1…  This is your chance to get your hands on a few things early (only during April)…and there are a couple of items (the brads and stencil) that WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE during April…meaning they are NOT in the new catalog…  I will have upcoming samples with them…


And, for you clubbers… This is one of the cards we will make for the APRIL clubs…. exciting isn’t it…


Anne and Crystal’s Smooches Class


SU! has allowed us a peek into the NEW catalog… So, we decided to make a class…


By request, Anne and Crystal have teamed up for another round of projects.  Our focus is on the bright and cheery Summer Smooches Suite available as a Sneak Peak in April!  Come for one class, come for both – but come spend some time stamping with friends!  We’ll be back at the Maui Masonic Lodge on Saturday April 28.

9am til 11:30am – Smoochy card sets!

Make two A2 cards plus the brand new Petite Purse, PLUS

…the fancy favor box filled with 3×3 cards and DSP envelopes!

Cost of this class INCLUDES your choice of the Bright Blossoms stamp set (Clear or Wood Mount)

$25 clear/ $29 wood

Want to share a stamp set with a friend?  We have special pricing – contact us.

12 noon to 2:30  Summer Smooch Flip Scrapbook

This scrapbook is ready for your photos and notes –

Cost is $25 and includes a full roll of Sticky Strip.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 18  (it’s short notice, so sorry…)

Register by calling or emailing me…  ( 250-6515,… or click on the button on the side)

Here is the Smooches Promotion Flyer:


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, but no blue…


So, a co-worker asked me if I had any baby cards to welcome a baby girl…for another co-worker who just welcomed her new daughter…  I didn’t have anything on hand, so this is what I came up with…

You might be wondering what the title of this post has to do with this card.  Glad you asked:

Something Old:  The stamp set.  Sorry.  It’s called A Slice of Life.  Was  a hostess set last year.  we have tons of current baby stuff  (of which I do not own, yet..) that could easily be substituted.  Or any image for that matter.  Doesn’t have to be baby.

Something New:    I used the new diagonal plate on the Simply Scored to make the AWESOME envelope….

Something Borrowed:  The DSP.  The Blushing Bride color (and in this case it is the dsp the envelope and the strip on the card).  It is LIVING ON BORROWED TIME.  This color will be retired at the end of May.  So, if you want it you better get your hands on it!!

Something Blue:  It’s a baby GIRL card… sorry no blue…

Anyway, speaking of retiring…  My friend, Bronwyn, keeps wanting me to do BLOG candy.  Well, not sure exactly how to do that, but this is my idea:  The retiring list will be posted on SU on April 15.  So, I propose a little contest….  Submit to me (by posting a comment to this post) 3 names of stamp sets you think will be retiring.  For every correct guess you have, your name will go into a drawing.  I will pull a name from all the ‘correctly identified’ entries and the winner will get a special prize.  Make sure you have have posted your comments by 5pm (HST) and I will choose and notify a winner by SUNDAY…

Good Luck…