Stampin' Up! Dies to die for....

152706 (1)

You can find these fabulous dies (PLAYFUL ALPHABET, #152706) on page 178 in Stampin' Up!'s ANNUAL CATALOG and look what they can do!!!!  I will be posting more of my fabulous CONGRATS cards in the next couple of days ~ don't miss them.  I am so impressed with the cards from these demonstrators and so thankful to know them all!

Marion Swaim
Created by Marion Swaim.
Pam Haskin CAT
Created by Pam Haskin, Fredericksburg, VA

Pam Haskin CAT 2

Retiring List? PUNCHES?

Retiring Punch (2)I didn't receive any emails from y'all about BUNDLES THAT WILL BE RETIRING so I thought I would try again!  What about PUNCHES THAT WILL BE RETIRING?  There are lots of choices beginning on page 165 in Stampin' Up!'s ANNUAL CATALOG ~ in fact, FIVE PAGES, and, then more in the JANUARY MINI CATALOG. 

And, here's one of my favorite punches ~ I know you won't be surprised to see Tripod!


2019-2021 In Colors are Retiring


Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose, Purple Posy, Seaside Spray and Pretty Peacock are retiring soon.  Check your supply if these are colors that you use consistently ~ be sure that you have the reinkers and cardstock in these colors.  All the ink pads, the Rococo Rose Stampin' Blends and Assorted cardstock are already in the category of 'low inventory' on the Stampin' Up! website.  Also retiring will be any of the products that have these colors ~ markers, DSP, ribbon, blends & embellishments.

Wide Storage Cases

Some of you Lovely Ladies have been looking for the wide storage cases that Stampin' Up! used to carry (in fact, they are in the catalog now but are not available ~ so sad).  These are the cases that measure 5" x 7" and are an inch and a quarter wide.  The ones that were absolutely necessary when we used rubber stamps on wood blocks.  A wonderful demonstrator, Jan Farring, shared a link to purchase them on Amazon.  I hope that helps.
(25) CheckOutStore Plastic Storage Cases for Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps (Clear/Spine: 40 mm)
(25) CheckOutStore Plastic Storage Cases for Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps (Clear/Spine: 40 mm)

Lovely Labels Pick a Punch

07.20_PUNCH_EXTRA_MONTHLY_FOCUSThis punch is bundled with the LOVELY YOU stamp set on page 22 in the Annual Catalog.  It is six punches in one!!!  Two designs, three widths, any length!  You can punch 1/2', 3/4" and 1" widths.  



Seeing Spots?

SPOTS (2)Stampin' Up! has a great set of spots that you will definitely want to see!  There are eight SPOTS in the CLASSIC STAMPIN' SPOTS ASSORTMENT on page 147 in the annual catalog.  There are eight colors for $24.00 (#153183).  The 'spots' are one inch square ink pads and are great for starting an ink collection.  My sister, Sarah, is an artist with loads of art supplies but ~ no stamp pads and she has been enjoying PAPER PUMPKIN lately.  That lovely little box arrives with a spot in every box but she wanted some other colors (she's an out-of-the-box creative lady) so I gave her the little collection above.  Why would you want this little collection ~ to take with you when you travel, for your grandkids or as a gift for a new stamper?  Definitely a good way to be 'seeing spots'!


Another reason....another tip!

I probably didn't need another reason to love the 'green' glue ~ MULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE (page 162 in the annual catalog, #100755, $4.00).  It is my glue of choice for most of my projects and the main reason is that when you are layering cardstock you have the ability to move your cardstock a little so that everything lines up correctly.  So many adhesives do not allow you to move them AT ALL once the papers are put together.  Another reason is that you only need to use a small amount of this glue to secure your project.  Now we have another reason to love this glue and I know you will appreciate this!  Particularly those of you who are allergic to tying bows!  This helpful hint was sent to me by my stamping friend Susan Tran a while back ~ thanks so much, Susan!


Storage/Craft Supplies

This picture represents Patty Pauley's answer to storing those pesky little ink refill bottles ~ it is a divider drawer for silverware converted to storage for craft supplies.  Patty says, "Works well and takes up very little space.  And, they're upright!"  Thanks for sharing, Patty!

Patty's reinkers

Fine Art Floral Suite

Gilding 2
The FINE ART FLORAL Suite on page 33 in the January - June Mini Catty includes something called GILDED LEAFING EMBELLISHMENT.  You can find it on page 33 on the left in the middle (below).  These tiny flakes of gold are packed into a jar and, when opened, like to fly everywhere.  So, if you have ordered this embellishment (#154550), please have a large tin available to store part of the flakes ~ one with a tight lid.  You will also need Heat & Stick Powder (bottom row, center) to adhere the gold to your stamped image.  Some of you may have this powder as we used it years ago to attach embellishments.  I created the card above last night with my stamp club friends.  This stamp set, on page 34, includes two parts to the flower.  I stamped the larger flower with Rococo Rose and then inked up the flower highlights with Versamark and stamped it on the Rose image.  Then I added Heat & Stick Powder, heated it until it was shiny and added the gold flakes.  I think this is too confusing ~ sorry about that ~ I will try to do a video so that you understand what I am talking about.  Do you think that will help?? 


Stampin' Up!'s Multipurpose Liquid Glue ~ a great idea!

IMG_5736When my friend (and fellow demonstrator) Barbara Schweiger came to STAMP CLUB on Wednesday night she also brought a great idea with her.  The picture above shows her idea on how to be sure that the glue in the Multipurpose Liquid Glue bottle is instantly ready to be used ~ no waiting for the glue to run to the opening in the bottle ~ no shaking the bottle while it gets to the right location!!  

You can find this bottle of glue on page 162 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  It is #3 and is $4.00 per bottle.  I really like it and use it often because it does not dry instantly and allows you to move your cardstock around if you are layering and trying to get those margins just right!  

Barbara bought the little plastic cups (on the right side) at the $ Store.  She used her hot glue gun to add hot glue in the bottom of the cup, added the green cap of the bottle of glue to the hot glue (made sure it was standing correctly) and added additional hot glue around the cap.  The cap holds the Multipurpose Liquid Glue upright insuring the glue is always quickly available when you need it!  Thanks, Barb!!!