Friday, May 21, 2010

3/$5 Card Making Night -May

I had a GREAT turn out for last night's 3/$5 card making at my house - 17 stampers!! I feel so blessed that now I have a home big enough to house all 18 of us comfortably. I had 3 tables set up with a card and supplies at each table. It was fun to see some of the ladies go "out of the box" and create something all their own instead of using the examples I had. I like to see that creativity.

The following are the cards that we created last night:

This first card could be used for a congratulations or a birthday card. I used some retired DSP, but the giraffe just looked perfect with the polka dots, so I went ahead and used it for this event anyway. I wish this paper would have stuck around!

Animal Crackers, A Little Birthday Cheer (sentiment)
Paper: Sweet Always DSP (retired), Regal Rose, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip (used watercolor pencils and blender pen for the image)
Accessories: 5/8" Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, scalloped edge punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, clear gemstone (non-SU!)

With Father's Day coming up, I knew there was a need for one of these. I fiddled around quite a bit to get this one just right, but I really like how it turned out!

Stamps: Eight Great Greetings
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Night of Navy DSP (from the hostess pack)
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: hemp twine, dimensionals, Big Shot Stars #2 Original Die, Star Designer Brads

This last card used the new Watercolor Trio out of the Summer Mini Catalog. I LOVE this set (I purchased it in clear mount). I'm glad I stepped outside of the box for this one because I don't really have anything like this in my collection so far. It's not my style per se, but I will enjoy playing with this set anyway and I know I will love it! This card was pretty closely CASED from this gorgeous card by Silke Ledlow. I just loved it so much I had to share it with others! (This particular card is 4.25" x 4.25".)

Watercolor Trio
Paper: Barely Banana, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron (didn't have BB), Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Accessories: silver brads, dimensionals, paper piercing tool, ticket corner punch

Hope to see some of you at my next 3/$5 card making night on Thursday, June 24th, 6-8 PM.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Color Renovation - coming your way!!

Stampin' Up! has recently announced that they will be re-organizing their color collections and they will debut their new collections in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog coming out on July 1, 2010.

However, with anything new that means change. And change is often hard. In order to re-energize the color palette, Stampin' Up! will be saying farewell to a handful of colors. Among these colors, are some of my favorites and at first it really saddened me to think that I will be saying goodbye to some of my "well loved" colors, but then I realized that when you say goodbye to one thing, this usually means you get to say hello to another! There are many exciting bright and vibrant colors we are welcoming and even some "in-colors" that have retired, but will be coming back!

For a complete list of the retiring colors, please click on the image below. These are already selling out quickly as many are wanting to get their hands on these colors before they go away for good! If you have a favorite color on the "fond farewell" list, please do not hesitate to place an order because once they are gone, they are gone forever! As always, order online at or contact me today by e-mailing me at heidilynneboos{at}hotmail{dot}com.

Now onto the new and exciting stuff...

I would love to share with you a sneak peek at the fresh new palette of colors that Stampin' Up! has created to inspire new possibilities using their new color collections! In the past, Stampin' Up! has had 4 color families with 12 colors in each family, along with the 6 neutral colors which were separate. Plus, with each new catalog we welcomed 6 new "in-colors". This is a total of 60 colors!! When you look at the new color collection below, the first thing you might notice is that there are only 40 colors (plus the addition of "in-colors" - see more info below). They are grouped into 4 collections (10 colors in each collection).

Color Renovation

What you need to know about the new color collections:

-There are six new colors making their debut: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, and Crumb Cake (formerly called Kraft).

-Past/present "in-colors" will become regulars: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, & Soft Suede.

-In July, Stampin' Up! will release 5 new "in-colors" with the new catalog. These will be available for 2 years. Every year an additional 5 new "in-colors" will be added and then retire after 2 years, basically rotating in and out 5 "in-colors" every year, but you'll have 10 "in-colors" to choose from starting in July 2011. (Let me know if you need more clarification for this!)

Does this mean that you'll have to buy all new Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Stampin' Pastels?

No. Stampin' Up! will be offering kits that you can purchase which will have new tins (for Watercolor Wonder Crayons) or plastic cases (for Stampin' Pastels) along with inserts and product in new colors. A new Color Coach will be available to purchase to help you mix and match the new colors.

I will do my best to answer any questions that you may have regarding the new Color Renovation. Again, if you have a favorite color that is on the fond farewell list, PLEASE do not wait to get it! I don't want you missing out on one of your favorites!

This is a snippet from a note Shelli, Cofounder and CEO of Stampin' Up! recently wrote to all Stampin' Up! demonstrators regarding the availability of the discontinuing colors.

The situation is more complex than that. The main problem is that, if we place orders for the discontinuing products, we run the risk of postponing product production of our new colors. To begin the new Stampin' Up! year without inventory on our new colors would be tragic. On the other hand, not having inventory on hand to fill orders for our discontinued products through the time period we stated is also tragic. But we can't do both...

...We determined that our highest priority is to have product on hand for our new colors. We also committed to filling as many orders as possible for discontinuing products. We will do this by 1) substituting textured card stock for smooth card stock in cases where we run out of smooth, and 2) continuing to place orders for other discontinuing items such as inks and markers in backorder status and work with our vendors to fill those orders. Some backorders may take weeks to fill, but they will get filled.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

clearance rack - don't miss out!

I've really been lacking in being crafty lately, but I'm getting closer to those creative juices starting up again! I've officially unpacked my craft room, but now it's a matter of getting everything organized and put away so I can use it and work efficiently and effectively. I'm dying to be able to makeover my craft room, but it will have to wait for many, many months as we are in the midst of working on other "more important" rooms to makeover. More important than my craft room...yea, I know! Who would have thought?!


I did want to take a moment to shout out that Stampin' Up! has added some new items to their Clearance Rack online and I know how everybody loves a good deal these days! Most items are 60% off. Everything in the clearance rack is retired, and it goes pretty fast, so if you are in the area (Portland-Metro, Oregon), I'd be happy to add anything that catches your eye to my order that I am placing on SATURDAY AT NOON! If you don't live in the area, but still would like to order something at "preferred pricing", visit my website at and shop away! (Shipping starts at $6.95, but it will be mailed directly to your door!)

What's in the clearance rack you might ask? So many fun things! Designer Series Paper Packs, ribbon, buttons, rub-ons, misc. embellishments, stampin' wheels, etc. You really must go see for yourself! Check it out HERE.

And, because it kills me to do a post without some inspiration. Here is a card I made for my cousin who graduated from college last weekend. It was so fun to make this card...even if it took me forever to come up with the layout. Sometimes I re-position things over and over until I get it just the way I want it! (P.S. Too bad this paper is no longer. It was out of the last mini catalog (Sweet Pea DSP) and I loved it!!)

Congratulations to all the graduates for 2010! What an accomplishment!! And I can hardly believe that I graduated from college 10 YEARS AGO!
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