Deadline for Retiring Stamps May 22

Matt and I are leaving tomorrow for the Stampin’ Up Incentive cruise and it dawned on me (in the middle of packing LOL) that there’s only a few more days of guaranteed inventory of retiring stamps.

That means that after May 22nd, any of the stamps on the retiring list will be ‘while supplies last’.  Until the 22nd, Stampin’ Up will still make more if needed.

To view all the retiring stamps and accessories visually, you can see them  HERE in my SU shopping area.

I can take email orders until tomorrow by 6 pm (eastern time)  but after that you may want to just order online since I may not have access to the internet til I get back into port each night.

Here are my picks for the retiring stamps.  Remember, there’s LOTS of good ones coming in the new catty June 1st so pace yourself) but there’s a few I recommend if you don’t have something similar already.  Where I’m listing clear mount item numbers, wood mount is available also.

ZOO BABIES  #130456 Clear Mount

This baby set is really sweet and just google it or look on Pinterest and you will see how popular it is!  Sad to see it go and nothing close in the new catalog.  If you have little ones or little ones coming, get this one!


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BY THE TIDE  #129120  Clear Mount

What in the world are they thinking retiring this beauty?!   LOVE the coral, the fish, the shell….and the sea horse.   There are a million ideas online for this one – it’s a classic.

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by the tide 2

Serene Silhouettes  #127324 Clear Mount

I have used this one SO many times.  I love the silhouette stamps for scenery techniques like brayering, water coloring or sponging skylines and just stamping in black ink.  Same thing with the one below called World of Dreams.

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World of Dreams  #134186 Clear Mount


A Dozen Thoughts   #131059 Clear Mount

I’ve sold this stamp set more than any other greeting set because of the “Just Because” stamp!  I do use 3 or 4 of the others but that one is perfect!   I love the font and it really stamps nicely.

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You can view them visually HERE in my SU shopping area


Delightful Dozen

Delightful Dozen

Off to pack and try to narrow down my shoe choices:)


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Hello Peekaboo Peach!

Admittedly, this is my least favorite new IN Color.  I’ve never been a fan of peach and I do look dreadful wearing it.  That being said, I do like how it looks paired here with Bermuda Bay and a pop of black with with layered card stock and greeting.

I was playing around with other color combos and I landed on this one. Small doses of the peach and it kinda looks like a warm yellow to me so it works with butterflies.  I can see it will look GREAT paired with Pumpkin Pie, too!

(By the way, I”m SO happy the Watercolor Wings are carrying over into the new catalog! )


Yes!  I will be hosting my annual catalog 6×6 paper shares!  I love it when I get emails this times of year asking me to do it again:) 

Here’s the skinny:  Per SU policy, I cannot accept payments for them until 7 days prior to the start of the catalog, June 1st.  I will be in Rome that day on the Stampin’ Up Mediterranean cruise,  so with dependable internet not an option, I’ll be posting the shares on May 30th when I get back.

I can, however, take a list of names to be in Round 1.  If you would like to be on my pre-list, I”ll collect names and email you all the details along with a link to purchase on the 30th.  I haven’t finalized my numbers yet but usually it’s around 100 sheets of 6×6 paper for around $25-$30.  I’ll work on that on the plane ride to Barcelona:)  I”ll also post Ribbon shares.

You can email me at

and request Paper Shares.

You probably will not hear back from me until May 29th but I’ll reply back then once I’m back in the US.

Off to pack!   Hope you find time to CREATE this week!





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New SU catalogs on their way!

Just popping in for a quick note!

I spent today packaging up new Stampin’ Up catalogs to mail out to all of my wonderful customers.  As my 16th year as a demonstrator closes and a new one begins in just a few weeks, I’m reminded how many great memories were made because of rubber stamps.  I smiled as I put on the labels, seeing faces and remembering fun times, phone conversations and even those I haven’t met but feel like I know over the ‘wires’.   Because of these special stampers and a supporting team, Matt and I will head to our 12th incentive trip in a few weeks and I’m so grateful:)

I’ve sent one to everyone who ordered with me this year and hopefully they will arrive by Saturday. (please let me know if it doesn’t arrive – there’s always a few that get lost)  It is a beautiful catalog and my favorite over the last 3 catalogs.

If you aren’t a demonstrator or have a demonstrator already, I’d be happy to send you one too.   Just email me at with your name and address.   I’d love more stamping friends!


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Hello Flirty Flamingo! 

Here is color #4 of the 5 new Stampin’ Up In Colors!  I lost a few of my samples from the On stage display boards but 3 of these made it home!

I thought it would be fun to use the gift card holder framelit to make a party invite.  They stuck these together pretty good on the display board so I can’t pull them apart:)  The left elephant and balloon is how it would look folded.  The other is how it looks open.

This one may be my favorite using the frog.  So simple but he’s so cute ! I just stamped him on Pear Pizzazz.  The punched hearts are from the owl punch.

Cutting him out and adding some white gel pen around the eyes makes for easy coloring!

Just a simple elephant birthday card, stamped in Basic gray and a little shading with the blender pen and Smoky Slate.  I’m sure he didn’t forget his friend’s birthday:)

Off to print catalog labels!  My cases of the new catalog are due in tomorrow!!


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Hello Emerald Envy 2016-2018 In Color 

final-31Hello Emerald Envy!  Definately going to be one of my favorites while it’s in season.  It’s one of the new Stampin’ Up In colors during 2016-2018 for paper, ink and accessories.  Emerald has been a HOT color for a few years.  Truthfully I was expecting it in last year’s In Colors but it’s even more popular now:

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    It’s gotta be hard to keep coming out with new colors!  After a while, they start to look alike.  This new Emerald is fresh and bright with a touch of blue.  You can really see it here comparing to our other greens:


    We had a Glorious Green years ago, it might be closer to that.

Here are some of my Emerald Envy displays from the 2016 On Stage event:

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I do LOVE these polka dot glassine bags!  They are still available right now but they are on the retired list.  In the new catalog, there will be plain glassine bags, which will be nice also for embossing.  These are called Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags.   I slide a card in backwards so it’s solid and looks nice with the decorated front.  I used the Botanical bundle to decorate with the Emerald and the new Peekaboo Peach card stock.


The next few samples I made using a new set coming out in the annual catalog called Love You Lots.


This is a little 4-1/4″ square card using the frog.  The Emerald striped paper is from the 2016-2018 paper stack with the 4 patterns.  (avail June 1 as is the new Ruched Ribbon!)


I stamped the frog on whisper white, sponged him and then fussy cut him out. I used my blender pen with smoky slate to ground him with a light shadow.


Here are 2 using the ladybugs.  I like to imagine they do this in real life, standing and hugging atop flowers:)


(side note: another use for WD-40….photo prop!)


In both of them, I fussy cut the flower or leaf and glued down.  Then I stamped the lady bugs on the flower and again on red card stock.  I cut out just the bodies and glued on top of the stamped image so I didn’t have to cut out the legs and ‘antlers’.


When I first saw the elephant and mouse, I knew I had to make a zoo cage of some sort.  Yes, I do believe the mouse can really bust him out of there because that’s what friends do:)


I stamped the mouse on the Emerald ‘grass’ and then stamped him on Sahara sand and cut him out and glued over the stamped image.

I hope you like the new Emerald Envy, coming soon June 1st!

Here are a few things that I used that are still available now:

Go Stamp Something!


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Hello Sweet Sugarplum!


LOVE this new In Color! It’s a softer orchid, almost pink but not quite purple either. It’s called Sweet Sugarplum and will be available in the new annual catalog beginning June 1st.

Every year Stampin’ Up brings on fashion forward colors called In Colors. Trendy and around for just 2 years.  You can see how the new In Colors are perfectly on trend this year!  Below are all of our new colors in one shot:

talbotsBelow I paired it with Always Artichoke, a deeper green with the mossy hues. I love the stamp set called Wild about Flowers (see my links at end of post) along with the brick embossing folder.


Here’s a sneak peek stamp set called Sitting Here. You saw more of it on my last post showcasing Dapper Denim. If you look closely you can see the new ribbon, which has a pretty shirring but it’s not elastic, so it ties nicely.


Another favorite combo color is the Sweet Sugarplum and Dapper Denim together!  Such an easy card but looks like you went to a lot of trouble:)


Pardon my blue background – having light issues today but I got tired of messing with it and decided it’s ok not to be perfect!  Just show the cards:)


Black, white and Sugarplum are snappy together ! I added a layer of vellum card stock to help take up some blank space behind the greeting.

This little balloon punch set will be retired at the end of May, so get them before they are gone.  (see end of email for shopping details)


For this card, I wanted to show all 5 In Colors together with the new In Color Washi tape.  They are fun together but I still like a little space in between the stronger colors!

Here’s a list of what is available now and we will have to wait til June 1st for the new colors!  You can order online in any of the links below or email me.  Linda  

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Introducing Dapper Denim 

Hi All!

I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks with the stamping convention in Utah and a trip to see my customers and team in Florida.  I finally feel caught up and can share some SNEAK peeks with you!

It’s a tricky time of the year for me as a Stampin’ Up demo.  We still have another month before the new annual catalog begins on June 1st.  Stamps and accessories are retiring so I need to be sure you know what going, what’s staying and also the beautiful Occasions catalog is still active until the end of May.  I don’t want to get too ahead by showing too much new stuff you can’t get yet but also excited to show you a few things to get you ready for the new catalog!

If you haven’t yet, you can view and print my Excel Retired List HERE

I was lucky to be chosen as a Display Stamper for the On Stage convention in Utah! Here we all are after setting up before the conference began.  So fun to work with such talented stampers!

2016 on stage display stampers

We have a Pinterest Board for our samples displayed if you are on Pinterest!  I don’t have mine all on there yet – hoping to do that today!  You can view it HERE

Today I’m sharing Dapper Denim!


(note the cute new stamp that can be a badge or a bird cage that coordinates with a new punch!)

It’s a little bit in between our retired colors, Midnight Muse and Not Quite Navy. I like it!

This stamp set is called Sitting Here.


The swing is stamped in Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake card stock. I used an exacto blade to cut out the slats on the swing.  I scored some wainscoting on whisper white paper, every 1/2″ and 1/4″.   I stamped the sleeping dog on So Saffron card stock using Basic Gray ink. I used a blender pen to add saffron shadows.

I love the pops of our new In Colors, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy, on the pillow and cushion!  I also fussy cut around the flower pot so I could have it sit in front of the wainscoting on the ‘floor’. Here’s a close up:


Here’s another sample, this one is smaller sized about 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. This one was fun! I added a leg to turn the swing into a bench. Rather than mask the basket and cat, I just cut a slit in the basket and nestled him in.  I love how our Brick Walk folder works as a background on the blue.


I also used the pillow as a type of tile flooring!


This next one is an easy one!  No fussy cutting:)  I just stamped the swing and bird in Soft Suede in on Crumb Cake card stock.   I love the Dapper Denim and the Crumb Cake together with a pop of white.


This one below is pretty easy with cutting out only the cat to sit on the bench. You can see a peek of the new In Color ribbon here, too! I stamped the swing on Very Vanilla and used blender pens/ink pads to color in.


I love the Petite Cafe Bags for easy gift giving (and they are food safe).  I added the new Dapper Denim designer series paper (2016-2017 In Color assortment) diagonal strip and the Balloon Celebrations set. You can see a snippet of the new Dapper Denim ribbon also.


Here’s a close up of the glitter. I dotted my fine tipped glue pen and sprinkled on some silver glitter.


 I’ve included a few links to products available now to create the gift bag! The Dapper Denim blue won’t be available til June 1st but you can create these in any color of course!

I’ll be back in a day or 2 to highlight the next new color, Sweet Sugarplum!


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