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.

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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

Shamrockin’ Good Luck

Top ‘o the Friday to ya! Happy March 17th – Saint Patrick’s Day – Friday – whatever it is to you!

I did made little treats for my coworkers. I also decided to create a card to go with them. A dear coworker and friend is leaving and I wanted to wish her well.

Color Throwdown also had great colors that just fit my needs perfectly too! Here are there challenge colors –

Very festive I’d say.

And, from the looks of my card, their picture inspired me too!

libbystamps, stampin up, Custom Tee, Fresh Fruit, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, kisses, shamrock, clover

I like how fun my card is!

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These are the treats I made too!

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Fun and festive!

I followed a tutorial here for the shamrock/clovers. It was pretty easy once I got started.

The card, of course was my own design! I used two greens that really clash, Cucumber Crush and Emerald Envy. I liked how the gold and black offset them in this card.

What do you think? Fun? Festive? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Going Green

Time for a Saturday blog hop for Create with Connie and Mary!

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Our theme this week is Going Green. That could mean several things. A green card, St. Patrick’s Day, recycling, to name a few.

I decided to go with a green card featuring ‘shamrocks’ just for you –

libbystamps, stampin up, Create with Connie and Mary, Fresh Fruit, Watercolor Words, Lots of Labels FramelitsA simply sweet card! Great for lots of occasions to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

libbystamps, stampin up, Create with Connie and Mary, Fresh Fruit, Watercolor Words, Lots of Labels Framelits

I stamped flowers from the Fresh Fruit stamp and cut the fifth petal up the center to create the stem. On each one, I used a different petal to create the stem. The result? A more natural shamrock look. Kinda cool, huh?

These nifty, thinking outside the box sort of things can be found in our tutorials through Create with Connie and Mary. Check the other great designers and see what they have to share with you today and take the time to leave us a comment!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Fresh Fruit, Watercolor Words
  • Framelits –  Lots of Labels Framelits,
  • Card Stock – Whisper White
  • Ink – Emerald Envy
  • DSP – 2016-2018 Envelope Liner Paper
  • Other – Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Thank You, Peary for CCMC

Thursday, oh how I love thee!

It’s Create with Connie and Mary challenge day today.

This week, we have a sketch challenge to spark your creativity –

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I thought about what to do with this sketch and in no time, I came up with this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit, pear, CCMC431, thank you

Another non-Christmas card. Because this time of the year, we need these too!

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit, pear, CCMC431, thank you

I added Dimensionals to every other pear for a little added ‘pop’. And, my fold is on the left side instead of my usual top fold.

The stems are all the same, but I hand cut them using either leaf, not both. Of course, the pears are hand cut too!

I love this card! I can’t wait to send it out! It’s fresh. It’s fun!

And, backed in Real Red instead of Crumb Cake, it would make a nice Christmas thank you – even with the pears!

Check out what the other designers created at Create with Connie and Mary and join us! Challenges are really fun!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Fresh Fruit
  • Card Stock –Old Olive, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink – Garden Green
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Team Trading

Last week I was able to get together with my downline for some stampin’ and chattin’.

We chatted. We stamped. We traded.

Here is what we created –

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Stand DSP, Layering Circles Framelits

Nice, simple card.

The other was a bit more amped up.

libbystamps, stampin up, Pineapple, Bow Paper Clips, June paper Pumpkin, Z-Fold

A Z-Fold oriented tall.

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See how cute! We also incorporated the June Paper Pumpkin too.

I used these little summer baskets the other day and wanted to give them to my team for holdin’ all there goodies –

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We just made a simple tag addition with various punches.

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It made for a really nice ensemble!

I’ll share tow of the swaps –

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Here is Carole’s. Terrific job on the colors and sentiment.

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This one holds a surprise….

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So clever Tina! Great slider – magic window – gift card holder – card! I’ll have to get the directions for this. I’ve never made one of these! I was intrigued!

Looking forward to our next get together ladies!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Age by Stories, TSOT#279

It’s been a couple of weeks already! Time for another Try Stampin’ Or Not On Tuesday sketch!

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This week we have a fun one –

Challenge #279. Theme : The Wonder Around Us

So after I finish a card I need to put everything away. Everything. But, I don’t. I had last weeks cards sitting in front of me as well as the supplies I used. It was sort of the inspiration for my card this week.

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See what I mean?

I really liked creating that plaid background last week. So much that I did it again in two different colors! It’s fresh. It’s fun.

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The lemon I thought went well with the colors here. I even used it on the border.

All in all this card is pretty sweet! Don’t you agree? Please do leave a comment. I’d love to read it!

Then hop on over to Try Stampin’ Or Not On Tuesday and see what the others have created. You can play along with us on the website or Facebook too!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Plaid’n Peaches Birthday, CCMC414

These summer weeks are flying by!

It’s Thursday again. Time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge. This week, it’s a color challenge –

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Nice, fun, bright summer colors too!

I was in the mood to play around with my stamps this week and I created a nifty background pattern using the Cucumber Crush and Tangelo Twist. I was a bit on the fence as just what to do with it though. I sat it aside and I moved on until I could figure out how to use it.

I made a couple of peaches because the stamp was still in my work area and these colors looked peach-like. After playing around with different card bases and card stock, this was my final card using both stamped pieces –

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit , plaid background, CCMC414, peaches

I love it! It’s sooo fresh and fun! Don’t you agree?

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit , plaid background, CCMC414, peaches

I really liked the plaid background too. I made it by inking up my stamp, and stamping it twice to get this 2 color effect, just like stamping off. I did it in both directions.

The finish was stamping the words in the Tangelo Twist. Done. Love it!

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit , plaid background, CCMC414, peaches

These peaches were inked up with the lighter, new color Peek-a-Boo Peach then edged in the ink pad with the darker Tangelo Twist. Gave lots of dimension to the fruit.

So, now that I have enticed you with these delicious colors, go create something yourself and join us at Create with Connie and Mary. And, take a look at what the other designers have made too!

Supplies used –

  • Stamps – Fresh Fruit (N)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Peek-a-Boo Peach (N), Cucumber Crush,
  • Ink –Peek-a-Boo Peach (N), Cucumber Crush, Tangelo Twist
  • Other – Thick White Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby