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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Stepped Up Sunday, Partying Llama

Today I have a stepped up version of Saturdays card.

So, how could this be stepped up you ask?

Here is the front of todays card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, Stepped Up Sunday

I got you thinking don’t I??? Doesn’t look too different.

Well, yes it is. See –

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, Stepped Up Sunday

Another Z-Fold card! How cool and stepped is that?

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Party with Llama, CCMC416

So today is Thursday. Create with Connie and Mary challenges day.

And, for me humor day. You’ll see why.

We have a color challenge this week –


Always a nice color combination to create with.

I thought these colors were a bit masculine? And I went with that thought and created this little funny –

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, CCMC416, Llama

Yes. You’re seeing a Llama!

The awesome part of my card – because this is not a trapped Llama – is when you open it –

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, CCMC416, Llama

See? Right?

The front panel has an oval cut out in which you see the Llama through the opening!

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, CCMC416, Llama

It truly made me laugh when it was finished! And, I created this before a cup of morning coffee!

I think these are terrific colors to play around with! And you should too!

Take a look at what the other designers created at Create with Connie and Mary – some great cards to inspire you!

But first, did this Llama make you laugh? If so, tell me about it! I love to read your comments!

Supplies used –

  • Stamps – Birthday Fiesta (N)
  • Card Stock – Dapper Denim (N), Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe
  • Big Shot – Fiesta Time Framelits (N)
  • Ink – Dapper Denim (N), Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
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