Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stampin' Up! RETIREMENT Lists Posted Today!

You knew it had to happen . . . the annual retirement of Stampin' Up! stamp sets and accessories!  Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! (And remember that some items having amazing discounts!)  Take a look at these lists and be sure to order retiring accessories ASAP before they are sold out.  Retiring stamp sets will be available until June 3rd.

Retired Accessories List (only available while supplies last) 

Retired Stamps List (all available until June 3rd)

Also - you can add on current and Clearance Rack merchandise too.  Make your list for your favorites and get them before they are gone, gone, gone!

One retiring stamp set that I will really miss is the Hostess set called Four Seasons.  What a fun versatile set! Here are a few things I've made using this set . . .

These cards were made at a hostess appreciation party and feature a punched window trio - super easy when you follow Mary Fish's directions!





Close-up of the windows . . .

And here's the box we made to hold the cards - you can find easy directions on Mary Fish's blog!

This was a project from my Holiday Open House last November - it could be adapted for ANY season!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Four Seasons, Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz*, Peach Parfait*, Poppy Parade* (*retired), Cherry Cobbler marker
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, In Colors DSP Stack, Everyday Enchantment DSP (retired)
Extras:  Large Scallop punch, Medium Scallop punch, Circle/Oval/Square punches, Basic Rhinestones, Calypso Coral organdy ribbon (retired), Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF
Inspired by:  Mary Fish

Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE.

Four Seasons Clear-Mount Stamp Set 

Don't you just love this Four Seasons set?  Any order of $150 or more can earn you the chance to purchase this stamp set valued at $24.95 for only $15!  So make your list of RETIRING and Clearance faves, get a few friends together on an order, and you can add this to your collection.  Contact me today to place your order!

Friendly Phrases is retiring, too . . . sniff, sniff!  Catch it while you can!
Friendly Phrases - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Monday, April 22, 2013

Retirement is Coming!!

All good things must come to an end, and this week Stampin' Up! will announce which products they will retire at the end of May.  I will post the lists of both retiring stamp sets and retiring accessories on Wednesday this week!

This card uses a couple colors that retired a few years back - but the beautiful stamp Elements of Style is still current and available!  I totally CASEd a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers because it was perfect just the way she made it!

Besides the retiring products, don't forget the retiring COLORS!  Check your stash today to see what you want to stock up on before it is gone!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Elements of Style
Ink:  Soft Suede
Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal (both retired), Soft Suede, Whisper White
Extras:  Square Lattice TIEF, Metallic Brads, Dotted Soft Suede Grosgrain Ribbon reversed (retired).
Inspired by:  Sue N.

Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE.

 Elements of Style - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Thanks for spending some 'retirement' time with me today!  Be sure to check back on Wednesday for the Stampin' Up! Retirement Lists!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Morning Videos: Reverse Masking Technique

Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos!  How about a new technique?  Well, maybe not so new . . . but very cool!  Reverse Masking - it can be done with dies OR with punches.  I think this technique would be so cute done with the big Blossom Punch!  Take a look . . .

(Email readers go to my BLOG to see this!)

Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE.

See, isn't that cool??!!  Grab your favorite die or punch and try it today.  Happy Saturday!

Thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  And if you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Morning Videos: NEW Wood-Mount Stamp Cases!

Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos!  I've got some great news for you!

Introducing new wood-mount stamp set packaging from Stampin' Up! These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier. 

(Email readers go to my BLOG to see this!)

Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging. And empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalog. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! There will even be a template for you to create your own label for your old stamp sets (available May 31). A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $4.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $6.95.

Get ready for all the exciting new products in the catalog--especially the new wood-mount boxes!  Contact me to get yours starting May 31.

Thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  And if you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Another CLEAR stamp set - and it's da BOMB!

Happy day, stampers!  Stampin' Up! searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping - and is excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to the stamp line.  It has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 

Take a peek at this video!
(Email readers go to my BLOG to see this!)

What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
They are clearly a great choice.

And now there are 2 sets to choose from!

Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers Abound

Do you ever have one of those months where it seems like you need another sympathy card every time you turn around?  I have a list of names I need to send to - so I needed to get busy and create a stack of cards!

This is a simple card I saw on Splitcoaststampers by Lydia Fiedler - the faux letterpress technique is so pretty and quick & easy!

I patted an ink pad inside the front cover of a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF), carefully inserted my cardstock layer, closed the embossing folder, and ran it through my Big Shot as usual. The ink was pressed to the flat cardstock but not to the raised impression.  Love the result!

I added my sentiment and a strip of pearls and mounted the layer to the card front using Dimensionals.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers
Ink:  River Rock, Early Espresso
Paper:  Whisper White
Extras:  Flower Garden TIEF, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals
Inspired by:  Lydia Fiedler of Understand Blue

Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE.
 Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set
The ink pad I used on this card is none other than RIVER ROCK!  I know it's not used a lot out there in Stamping World, and it's being RETIRED!!!  (sad face.)  But I really like it and am glad I have it!  

Don't forget to stock up on your retiring faves before they are out of stock. 
 And if you order today, you get FREE Shipping!  Woo hoo!  

Take a trip over to my Online Store - and be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday Morning Videos: This and That for your SCRAPS !

Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos!  Do you have bits of This and bits of That needing a cute home?  Well, maybe the new scrapping line of products from Stampin' Up! is just what you've been wishing for!  It's called . . . "This and That"!  Take a peek . . .

(Email readers can view this on my BLOG)

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. So we're happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That will debut in the 2013-2014 annual catalog on June 1st, but we're giving you and everybody else the chance to get it now.  Check out This and That in my Online Store to see all the parts and pieces - or go for the Bundle - available at a discount through April 30th only!

To celebrate the early release of these new products, 
Stampin' Up! is giving away a free trip for 2 to San Diego!! 
Read the details on Facebook and Enter Today

And remember . . . FREE Shipping this weekend! Enjoy!!

Thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  And if you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Friday, April 5, 2013

Stampin' Friends & Shoebox Swaps

Every month on a Sunday afternoon - for years now! - I get together with a group of dear friends to shoebox swap!  What is a Shoebox Swap, you may ask?  Well, we each make a card sample and then pack a shoebox with the supplies and tools needed to make our sample card - and bring it along to share with everyone else.  We spend the time making each other's 'card kits' and chatting the afternoon away.

I wanted to share a couple swaps with you today - and more in future posts!  These cards are by the incomparable Shirley Guzzi and Sue Schmidt!

by Shirley Guzzi

My first attempt at using Copic markers! This could be addicting...

by Sue Schmidt

Paper piercing and embossing add SO much to a card!

And here's my shoebox swap ~ Treat Tubes!

Once I got used to the idea of giving up my Sunday afternoon nap once in a while and stamping with these chicks, I've never quit.  I love my time with them - I am always inspired, encouraged and refreshed by being together.

I encourage you to find a few stampin' friends and get together soon - you'll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Thursday, April 4, 2013


It's that time again - time to freshen up the color palette at Stampin' Up!

Watch the VIDEO of the Color Refresh!  

Here's the skinny:

10 SU! colors are retiring!  NOW is the time to stock up on ink, cardstock, and accessories in the colors you love and want before they are gone on May 31st.

10 NEW colors are being added - one for the first time (Smoky Slate) and 9 returning from their previous In Color status.

FREE SHIPPING on all orders this weekend, April 6, 7, and 8, 2013!

Here's the breakdown into Color Collections:
Print the Color Refresh Flyer

What does this mean for YOU?
All retiring color products (ink, cardstock, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. 
Some products may not be available to the end of the current catalog period (ending May 31st).  

Stock up on retiring color products this weekend and take advantage of FREE SHIPPING going on April 6-8, 2013.  Order your favorites NOW before they are gone for good - shop my Online Store today!

Take stock today of your color inventory - put together your Wish List - and place your order this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Petite Curly Label Punch available NOW for purchase!

The Petite Curly Label Punch that you saw in the Sale-A-Bration brochure is now available for purchase! You can buy it through May 31, and it will also be available in the new 2013-2014 annual catalog.

You can find the Petite Curly Label punch in my Online Store - shop anytime, 24/7!  I really love mine, and I know you will, too!  And it coordinates perfectly with this stamp set I've used a lot:  Ciao, Baby!
Ciao, Baby! Clear-Mount Stamp Set

You can also find the petite 7/8" Scallop Circle punch in my Online Store - such a deal!!
7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April's stamp set ~ "Best of ... Butterflies"

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, they are bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 collector sets, which will release - one set per month - during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

This month's set is "Best of ... BUTTERFLIES"!  Love these - especially the newest one that fits the Elegant Butterfly Punch!

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set

This set and all 12 sets will be available until the end of March, 2014!  Save up your proof of purchase stickers, put them on your Collector's Card, and for every 6 "Best of" sets you purchase, you can send in your Collector's Card for a FREE stamp set of your choice valued up to $14.95!

Print your own Collector's Card or ask me for one and get started on your exclusive BEST OF collection today!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

Monday, April 1, 2013

CLOcards Delivers! Order Handmade Cards Any Time

Are you ever in need of greeting cards - but want something really unique?  Yes, you could take the time to make it yourself . . . but you could also order it from me at CLOcards! That's what Brenda did recently.  She visited my CLOcards business page on Facebook, took a look in my Card Samples albums, and sent me a message requesting multiples of the cards below.  Fortunately I owned all the supplies to make these cards! That's not always the case, as many cards I post are from swaps I participate in.

Love & Laughter wedding cards

Easy Events birthday cards

Pleasant Poppies hello cards

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Love & Laughter; Easy Events; Pleasant Poppies, Tiny Tags
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette; StazOn Jet Black, Versamark, markers in Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz; Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper; Crumb Cake
Extras:  Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, basic pearls, Square punch, Elegant Lines TIEF; Cupcake punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Fancy Fan TIEF; Whisper White embossing powder, Jewelry Tag punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Framed Tulips TIEF.
Inspired by:  Mary Fish; Dawn Olchefske; Dawn Olchefske

Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE.
Love & Laughter - Clear-Mount Stamp
Easy Events - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Pleasant Poppies Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Tiny Tags - Clear Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

So the next time you need a card QUICK, just let me know!  You can always see what I have in stock in my "Almost Etsy Shop" album - or you can look through my other albums and place a special order.  CLOcards is happy to deliver unique, handmade greeting cards - for any occasion (graduations, weddings, milestone birthdays, etc.) and in any amount.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J