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’

Watercooler Wednesday #116 – Kath’s Masculine Challenge

Happy Watercooler Wednesday my stampin’ friends! We have a new challenge starting today.

Love the ‘masculine’ theme. Love the ‘anything goes’ theme!

I decided to play around with this bundle a little more before they are totally retired from Stampin’ Up’s catalog. I think they are already sold out as well.

libbystamps, stampin up, Nailed It, Build It Framelits, Nailed It Bundle, WWC116

It’s a classic red tool chest! Looks so realistic doesn’t it? Very easy to create as well! I’ve created a few versions of it, because, well, there are different tool boxes!

libbystamps, stampin up, Nailed It, Build It Framelits, Nailed It Bundle, WWC116

This would make a great ‘any’ style card – Father’s Day, birthday, thank you – you name it!

Check out what the Design Team members created. I hope we have sparked your creativity! Please join us! Challenges are so much fun!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Nailed It
  • Framelits – Build It
  • Bundles – Nailed It
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Smokey Slate, Basic Black,
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • Punches – 3/4 Circle, 1/2 Circle
  • Other – Silver Foil Sheets
Happy Stampin’

Nailed It

It’s Thursday which means a new challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary!

This week, a color challenge to spark your creativity –


I wasn’t sure just what direction I wanted to go here. These are terrific colors and they speak to me in many ways. Ultimately, I decided on this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Occasions Mini, Nailed It, Build It, Nailed It Bundle, CCMC448

A simply fun, masculine card!

This was the first set I got from the Occasions Mini catalog and I have yet to showcase it. ‘Bout time!

libbystamps, stampin up, Occasions Mini, Nailed It, Build It, Nailed It Bundle, CCMC448

I really liked the detailing alongside the focal panel! This ruler marking IS in the framelits!! How cool is that?

This was a super fun card to create! I am very happy to have played with this bundle. It will go for a great occasion I am sure!

So, what you think? Cool card?

You can join our challenge on our Facebook page or checkout the design team cards for inspiration on the Create with Connie and Mary site.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Nailed It
  • Framelits – Build It
  • Bundles – Nailed It Bundle
  • Card Stock – Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink – Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip (freshly inked, so it is dark!)
Happy Stampin’

The Create with Connie and Mary March Mini Session opens in just a few days on March 11th!  Our mini sessions includes the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:March 2017 Collage

  • 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.
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