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.

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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!

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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

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 –

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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??

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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!

Hello Stylish Stems

I’m quite busy in planning cards for my March Card Buffet this upcoming weekend. Whew! Time flies!

Took some time out to design a card for Try Stamping on Tuesday. We have a cool sketch to follow this time around –

Challenge #313. Optional Theme : Beautiful Flowers

I had a card in mind just by looking at the sketch! Something fun and springlike –

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Isn’t this great? I love it because it’s a little different from what is all over the interweb.

Of course, this is a favorite color combo of mine……

Notice the lovely background DSP? It’s FREE. Yes, free! Spend $50 from Stampin Up and you can select this as your free item because it’s Sale-a-Bration.

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These die cut flowers really add some nice POP to this card! Both flower shapes come in the set.

Hard to tell in the picture, but I adhered just the round center to the black flower back. Either way, still a lovely card! I think it will be on the Card Buffet this weekend!

Comments are always appreciated.

Check out what the other design team members created and play along with us! We’re on Facebook too!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Encouragement / Sympathy

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

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Our theme this week is Encouragement/Sympathy.

I was a bit stumped on this as I’m sure you are – especially, when you need one of these cards – you’re never in the frame of mind to create one.

I created one that would be suitable for anyone going through something challenging –

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tee, Stylish Stems Framelits, Stylish Stems, sympathy, encouragement, Sale-a-Bration 2017, SAB17

Clean lines. Simple colors. Made with free stuff. Can’t get anymore comforting than this.

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This framelit shape I thought was unique and perfect for this fold over style. The top one, I stapled a piece of Baker’s twine to the edge and just tied it in a bow. A simple, yet effective embellishment. The bottom one, I just stamped my sentiment in two parts (because it wouldn’t fit all the way across) and folded it under the DSP.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Designer Tee (free during Sale-a-Bration)
  • Framelits – Stylish Stems
  • Card Stock – Smokey Slate, Mint Macaron,Whisper White
  • Ink – Night of Navy
  • DSP – Carried Away (free during Sale-a-Bration)
  • Other – Stapler, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Write Markers

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The Create with Connie and Mary March Mini Session opens 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.
  • 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

Stylish Wish Birthday

I have a fun and bright birthday wish today for try Stampin’ on Tuesday.

We have a new challenge –

Challenge #309. Optional Theme : I Wish…..

This is what I created –

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Nice. Bold. Bright!

I combined three different product lines here : the 2016-2017 Idea Book and Catalog, the 2017 Occasions Mini and the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog!

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Altogether, they created a wonderfully bright fun card! These focal points are from the mini. I punched out circles and then die cut them.

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This sentiment is from a great collection of several sentiments, Better Together. (When I decided what color to stamp it in, I debated between the Memento and Basic Grey, Looks like I should have gone with the Memento…oh well…)

In person this is a really fun card! What do you think? I’d love to read your comments!

And, you can see what our design team created on our blog or our Facebook page. You can also play long in either place too!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Endless Thanks

Yesterday was a big day for me with three posts and lots of creative ideas to share!

Today, I have designed a card for Create with Connie and Mary as I usually do on Thursdays.

Here is our sketch to get your creative juices going –

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I created something really sweet for all who stopped by to see me Wednesday leaving all the endless comments!

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Isn’t this nice??? It’s just very sweet.

I am LOVING these Stylish Stems Framelits! I can seem to quit designing with them!

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I have the matching stamp set, Special Reason, but I chose to use a different one for this sentiment. Endless Thanks was perfect for the sentiment here. I fussy cut – I know, your favorite thing to do – the banner here.

I hope you love this special card I created. Thank for following me and leaving me compliments!

Please view our sketch challenge and see all the inspirational design team creations over at Create with Connie and Mary. To show off your card, go to our Facebook page to link up your creation.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Endless Thanks
  • Dies –Stylish Stems Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits
  • Card Stock – Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Pear Pizzaz
  • Ink – Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant
  • Other – Petal Burst Embossing Folder
Happy Stampin’
Libby