Blogging Friends Blog Hop – May – Retiring Favorites

May first and before we know it, the new catalog will be here. This is the first of two blog hops for the day!

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In honor of the current catalog ending, we will say farewell to some of out favorite Retiring Products. This post is all about retiring products. A few that I really liked out of several that are retiring!

I created five 4×4 cards to share. No particular order. libbystamps, stampin up, Nailed It Bundle, Nailed It. Build It Framelits, Sending Love DSP

From the Occasions Mini, the Nailed It bundle sold out as soon as it went on the retiring list. I just love it – so versatile and a masculine set for once! I paired it with the Sending Love Designer Series Paper.

libbystamps, stampin up, Stylish Stems Framelits, Special Reason, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP

This Stylish Stems Framelits was my favorite flower framelit, also from the Occasions Mini. The coordinating Special Reason stamp set was ok, not my favorite as the words are too small. Of course, I purchased both of them. This paired well with the (soon to retire) Pop of Pink Specialty Designers Series Paper.

libbystamps, stampin up, T-Shirt Builder Framelits, Custom Tee Bundle, Custom Tee, 2015-2016 In-Colors

Of course, the In-Colors are always sad to see leave. At least they are around for a couple of years! My favorite color was the Cucumber Crush! I used the T-shirt Builder framelits, Custom Tee Bundle, to create this. These are also from the mini. I liked the ‘Happy Stamper’ stamp. That is SO usable for us!

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta Bundle, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, Festive Birthday DSP, Llama

From the large, main catalog. The Llama. Who does not love a llama? Who? This was an awesomely cute bundle! The designer series paper was pretty cool too.

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Stand DSP, pears

The last stamp set I’ll share is the Fresh Fruit. I loved this. It was simply sweet.

libbystamps, stampin up, Gorgeous Grunge, Banners Framelits, Layered Letters Alphabet, 12x12 Kraft Card Stock, box

Lastly. The 12×12 Kraft card stock will no longer be available. I created (from scratch) a nifty box to hold all these cards. And, yes, the Banners Framelits, the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the Layered Letters Alphabet will not be in the upcoming catalog either. Gorgeous Grunge? I got so much use from this set!

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Whew. That’s a lot of retiring stuff! And, I didn’t even touch the tip of all the things I really loved from the 2016-2017 catalog. Not too sad though. Can’t be. Lots of new, wonderful items coming our way. If you feel compelled to need any of these or other items, please order here.

So, this is a blog hop, before heading over to talented, Mary Blocher, please leave me a comment.

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Stamp’n Chat Fun!

I wanted to share briefly about my class on Friday night.

A group of ladies created this –

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I did already show you, but I wanted to refresh your mind again. This, It’s a Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin was a HIT!!!

The ladies really enjoyed themselves!

As a thank you to the host, I gave her this –

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She loved it! It was one of the envelopes sealed, then border punched out to create an opening. Viola! An instant gift bag!!

I also gave away prizes for a few participants along with a free Card Buffet class at my house –

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They loved these as well!

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The two gifts were a hit in addition to the class itself. Perhaps this will be the beginning of future Stamp’n Chats!!!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – It’s a Sara Thing, Custom Tee
  • Framelits – T-Shirt Builder
  • Bundles – Custom Tee
  • Card Stock – Melon Mambo
  • Ink – Melon Mambo, Memento Black
  • Other – It’s a Sara Thing April 2017 Paper Pumpkin
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Punch Art/Die Art

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary blog hop filled with wonderful ideas to spark your creativity

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Our theme this week is Punch or Die Art. This is a wonderful idea! We all see other uses for dies, framelits and punches other than what they were actually intended for.

I went with the Window Box Thinlits and created a cute little number –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labeler Alphabet, Window Box Thinlits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, teacher gifts

An APPLE!!! Of course it’s for a teacher.

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And, a gift card will fit inside the box! How cool is that??

libbystamps, stampin up, Labeler Alphabet, Window Box Thinlits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, teacher gifts

I thought the ensemble was adorable. Perfect timing to create a few of these before you will need them in May!

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labeler Alphabet
  • Framelits – Window Box, Stylish Stems, Large Letters
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Ink – Cucumber Crush, Black Memento

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets.
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts.
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips.
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Silver Elite and Team Meeting SWAPS

Good news! Good news!

I was promoted to Silver Elite during the most recent Sale-a-Bration! Yay! So excited!!!! Thank you to Joan and Karen for joining my team! Welcome!

At our team meeting last night, my upline, Pearl Robb, surprised me with a sweet little, unexpected, gift! I just had to take a picture because, she too was promoted too!

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We also did a few make’n takes and created cards to swap!

Here are the swaps from everyone.

I’ll start with mine of course! I also had it on my Card Buffet this weekend. It’s a really cute graduation card –

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It’s standard card size too!

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I got the idea from Debbie Henderson. She has a great tutorial for this shorter version. Check her out!

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Pearl’s card.

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Joan’s card.

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Cheryl’s card.

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Cari’s card.

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Shirley’s Card.

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Gail’s card.

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Nancy’s card.

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Diana’s card.

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Sally’s card.

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Susan’s card.

All the cards were awesome this month! Happy to have these samples!

We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up on things! I wished were all able to meet more often!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets.
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts.
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips.
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Oh the Places We Will Go

Happy Saturday before Easter! We are still having our Create with Connie and Mary blog hop! Thanks for joining us this weekend!

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Our theme this is Oh the Places you Will Go or Travel.

I combined the two and created this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Lift Me Up, Up & Away Thinlits, Lift Me Up Bundle, Serene Scenery DSP Stack, CCMCLooks like a nice ‘travel’ card. Great to stash in the suitcase and mail when you away!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lift Me Up, Up & Away Thinlits, Lift Me Up Bundle, Serene Scenery DSP Stack, CCMCI used the card stock velum behind the balloon for a nice sheer look. And, for the clouds too! Glad these framelits are sticking around for a while!

I know the other design team members created some really awesome cards with our theme – enjoy!

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Lift Me Up
  • Framelits – Up & Away
  • Bundles – Lift Me
  • Card Stock – So Saffron, Whisper White
  • Ink – Marina Mist
  • DSP Serene Scenery
  • Other – Card Stock Vellum
The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets.
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts.
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips.
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Congratulations, Graduate!

Today we have a super sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary –

I was really inspired by it. As we know, graduation season will be starting next month (I know, right? You didn’t realize it, did you!?). I decided to get to work on grads ideas! I have made two recently, here is one of them using our sketch this week –

libbystamps, stampin up, Suite Sentiments, Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, graduation, graduation gift card holder, CCMC453

How fun and fresh and modern is this???

libbystamps, stampin up, Suite Sentiments, Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, graduation, graduation gift card holder, CCMC453

…..and, when you open it, it’s a gift card holder too! I used the same size Whisper White panel as the front, this time, I only adhered it to three side leaving the left side open to slide something fun in the pocket. Use Tear & tape for this for the extra strong bond.

TIP : if you’re adding a gift card, place the gift card down first then adhere the panel. That way, the gift card will slid out easily. 

libbystamps, stampin up, Suite Sentiments, Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, graduation, graduation gift card holder, CCMC453

I can wait to create more of these. Maybe in local school colors? This is just a great design to create with!

Check out our design team inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary. Get inspired? Link up your project on our Facebook page!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Sentiments
  • Framelits – Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • DSP – Fabulous Foil Acetate
  • Other – Tear & Tape Adhesive
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets.
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts.
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips.
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Watercooler Wednesday #114

Middle of the week. You know what that means. Time for a Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Penny is our host. She chose some wonderful colors –

I stared at them for a while. I just pulled out my inks and a stamp set. I went with a favorite that will be retiring –

libbystamps, stampin up, Perfectly Wrapped, WWC114

I created a simple ‘Thanks’ card. Really, is there any other type of card for me to create? 

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My flowers were all randomly stamped. Followed by the nicely inked up centers! I like the contrast of the Calypso Coral words. And, of the course the addition of the bow. These have become my favorites!

I hope to have inspired you to join up with our challenge this week! You can see the other design team cards on our blog, Watercooler Wednesday!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Perfectly Wrapped
  • Card Stock – Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
  • Ink – Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo
  • Other – Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby