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July 2008

Stampin' Up! Convention

Hi!  I'm here in Salt Lake City, UT at the 20th Annual Stampin' Up! Convention.  This is my 5th convention and I just know it's gonna be a blast.  My downline Laurie Z has joined me this year and we're gonna have the best time ever!!

Our flight left at 8:10am this morning and we arrived around 10:00am (non-stop it!)  After checking our baggage at the hotel we headed over to the convention center to get our convention bag.  Wanna see it?  Wish I could share a picture with you, but I forgot my computer camera adapter - darn!

The most exciting part about getting the convention bag is...

THE BRAND NEW 2008 FALL WINTER CATALOG.  Oh my gosh - you're gonna love it!  More about that in my next's so cool

We also received a convention pin (Laurie, the newbie will get "my first convention" pin too), pen, notebook, etc.

PLUS - new stamp sets!  Three brand sprankin' new sets... one with butterflies, one with cornflowers (gorgeous) and the other with a variety of floral stamps.

We had a visit to momento mall, the Stampin' Up! souvenir shop.  Picked up some adorable items!  Can't wait to share it with you all.  Then off to Riverton, UT to tour the Stampin' Up! corporate office.  Then quickly off to our Splitcoast Dinner with fun swapping and door prizes.

OK - so I'm pretty darn tired.  Tomorrow will come fast and we have a full day of activities, make & takes and awards night.  Oh - which reminds me...I have something awesome to share. 

Stay tuned...check back on late Saturday for an update.


Bye-Bye "Little Pieces"

I'm gonna miss another retired set, "Little Pieces" (top of page 116).  I know - it's just little shape set.  But I really liked it!  It's great for making quick and easy background pieces for most any type of card, whether Christmas or Birthday.  Here are a couple Christmas cards I made.  The tag features a past retired stamp set.



images (c) 1990-2008 Stampin' Up!


Wright County Fair

If you're in Wright County or surrounding areas...Stop by and see me at my Stampin' Up! booth at the Wright County Fair in Howard Lake.  I'll be in building #4 through Sunday.  I'll have the new In-Colors with me!

PLUS - 300+ retired/used stamp sets for sale.  Most sets are reduced by 25% or more of the catalog list price. 

See you at the fair - Dawn

Retired PMS (Pizza, Music & Stamping) Stamp Camp

Last Friday night 10 ladies and 1 guy enjoyed a fun night of Pizza, Music and Stamping!  This was my annual Retired Stamp Camp.  We made 15 cards, 3 of 5 designs.  See below for card samples...(some of which were inspired by SCS.)


Features:  French Flair and Carte Postal stamp sets (to be retiring), River Rock Cardstock & Ink (to be retiring) and Le Jardin Designer Paper (to be retiring) and Pretties Kit & Gold Brad.


Features:  Flowers Abound (Love it - so gonna miss it when it retires 8/10), Wild Wasabi & Purely Pomegranate Cardstock and Ink (to be retiring), Garden Green Cardstock & Ink, Regal Rose Ink, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals


Features:  Bud Basics & Much Appreciated (to be retiring), Soft Sky Ink and Cardstock (to be retiring), Blue Bayou (to be retiring), Old Olive cardstock, ink and 5/8" grossgrain ribbon, Slot Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals.


This card was inspired by my friend, Kendra W.  Thanks Kendra!

Features:  Word Search background stamp, Basic Black Ink, Summer Day's Simply Scrappin' Kit (for Designer Paper) Tempting Turquoise cardstock, ink & 1/4" Ribbon). 

Tip:  Use the eraser end of a pencil to create the dots over "Happy Birthday"!  Just dip into an inkpad and "stamp" onto cardstock.


This card was inspired by SCS - see here.

Features:  Spring Solitude (Level II hostess ending 8/10), Basic Black cardstock & Ink, Whisper White cardstock, Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper, Tempting Turquoise Ink, Black Gingham, Vintage Brads, Syamipn' Dimensionals


July Technique Tuesday Projects

Below is project #1 for July's Technique Tuesday class.  This is a special class that I do for my Stamping Club Members.  

This month's class featured the "Pretties Kit"..  There are so many fun things that you can do with the Pretties Kit.  Here's a display of the pieces you get with the kit (you'll receive several of each piece). 



This technique features "Flower Altering".  To demonstrate how one color can look used with different coloring tools...both cards feature the flowers altered with "Orchid Opulence".

The instruction card below features two ways to alter your "Pretties Flowers".   The larger flower uses Orchid Opulence for the Stampin' Pastels (chalk).  The smaller flower use Orchid Opulence Stampin' Write Marker.  Notice how you can achieve different shades of the same color by using different color tools.


The next card features brushing Orchid Opulence ink on with an Aqua Painter.




Block Party stamp set (to be retired) & Lovely Labels, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Chocolate Chip, Pretties Kit, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8" punches, Stampin' Dimentsionals, Aqua Painter



This project features the very cool "hat pin".  See below for pictures on how to assemble.





Labelicious (to be retired) & Stitched Exotics, Soft Sky & Whisper White, Pretties Kit, 1 3/8" & Scallop punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Taffeta & Double Stitched Ribbon


Stampin' Up! Retired Accessory List is here!

As most of you know...some of these retired items will go really fast.  So if you want to purchase an item, don't hesitate.  My first order will go in Tuesday contact me today with your order.  I'll confirm it this evening and send you a receipt.  If you didn't already know...Stampin' Up! takes credit cards now!

(Some of the items listed below are on sale for 25% off - see 25% SALE & HODGEPODGE HARDWARE)

This list will be updated as items are sold out.  For example - the In-Color Double Stitched Ribbon in Purely Pomegranate & Blue Bayou are already sold out.

Item Number

Product Description

Accents & Elements Build A Flower


Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 Accents & Elements Messenger  

Acrylic Graph & Grid


Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava  
108637 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color  
108640 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock   
108639  Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky   
108641  Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi   
108644  Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate   
103975  Card Stock Brushed Copper    SOLD OUT
108694  Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color    
107312  Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White   
107292  Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White   
109116  Notes & Envelopes Long Notes   
109118  Notes & Envelopes Love Notes   
109117  Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes*   
110729  Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes   
109119  Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes   
109018  Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou   
109019  Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava  
109017  Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate  
109016  Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock  SOLD OUT
109015  Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020  Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi  SOLD OUT
109013  Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou  SOLD OUT
109012  Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava  
109011 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate  SOLD OUT
109010  Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock   SOLD OUT
109009  Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky  
109014  Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi   
110751  Designer Series Paper Azure*   
110749  Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss  
109154  Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie  
110699  Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*  
109160  Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers  
109159  Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*   
110697  Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom  
110479  Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*  
109151 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin  
110748  Designer Series Paper Notebook*  
110750  Designer Series Paper Olive Press  
109153  Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*  
109175  Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*  
109177  Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke  
110696  Designer Series Paper Prints Bali Breeze  
109173  Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou  
109174  Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue  
109178  Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery  
109169  Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*  SOLD OUT
109168  Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava*   
109171  Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac   
109172  Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard  
109176  Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive  
109170  Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie  
109164  Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*  
109167  Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red   
109166  Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron  
109165  Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky  
109163  Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise  
110698  Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break  
110273  Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling*  
110271  Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes  
110272  Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky  
107299  Envelope Confetti Cream Medium  
105320  Eyelets Basic   
100375  Eyelets Bold Brights   
100381  Eyelets Earth Elements   
107233  Eyelets Fresh Favorites I   
107234  Eyelets Fresh Favorites II   
105316  Eyelets Rich Regals   
100378  Eyelets Soft Subtles   SOLD OUT
105515  Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter   SOLD OUT
105531  Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass   SOLD OUT
105532  Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper   SOLD OUT
101120  Metallic Art Pencils   
107307  On Board Accents   
109181  On Board Blossoms & Basic   
109179  On Board Ginormous Pieces   
107306  On Board Simon Lower   
102678  Paper Mulberry White   SOLD OUT
109227  Punch Box Three For You   
102686 Punch Handheld Rectangle   
100271  Pure Color Pencils   
109060  Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou   SOLD OUT
109063  Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava  SOLD OUT
109061  Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate  SOLD OUT
109062  Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*  
109059  Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky  
109058  Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi  SOLD OUT
109189  Ribbon Originals Beachfront*   
109187  Ribbon Originals District*  
109188  Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale  
109185  Ribbon Originals Jersey*  
109184  Ribbon Originals Sherbert  
109186  Ribbon Originals Theater   
110716  Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*   
110281  Rub-Ons Cherished Memories*   
110284  Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*  
110285  Rub-Ons Urban West*   
110557  Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend   
109610  Simply Scrappin' Confetti  
110572  Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy  
110567  Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl  
109597  Simply Scrappin' Home Again  
110562  Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage  
109648  Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627  Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl  SOLD OUT
110587  Simply Scrappin' Summer Days  
110577  Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot  
111184  Simply Sent Friendly Notes  
109228  Simply Sent Simple Delights  SOLD OUT
109229  Simply Sent Three Thoughts  SOLD OUT
106662 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field  
107561 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals  
109681 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog  
109678 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses  
107482 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad  
109680 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow  
109677 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe  
106610 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline  
107467 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday  
109571 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby  
109570 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends  
109569 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party  
108423 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte  SOLD OUT
107468 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike  
108980 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals  
107464 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture  
111261 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots  
109554 Stampin' Color Index Labels   
109553  Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)   
106694  Stampin' Kids Markers   
101399  Stipple Brushes   SOLD OUT


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* = 25% off


last updated 7/25 7:52am

Stampin' Up! Selected Retired Accessories - 25% OFF

Dates: July 21-August 10 (while supplies last)

Save 25% off the following retiring accessories:

Item # Pg. # Description  Regular Price  25% Off Price
109117  167 Pocket Notes assortment   $9.95 $7.46
110479  168 Jersey Shore Designer Series paper   $9.95 $7.46
110699  168 East Coast Prep Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109159  169 Flowers For You  Designer Series paper   $9.95 $7.46
110273  169 Spring Fling Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110748  170 Notebook Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109153  170 Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110751  171 Azure Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109164  171 River Rock Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109175  171 Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109168  171 Groovy Guava Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109169  171 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
110284  182 Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $10.95  $8.21
110285  182 Urban West Rub-Ons   $10.95  $8.21
110281  182 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons   $10.95  $8.21
109185  190 Jersey Ribbon Originals  $12.95  $9.71
109187  190 District Ribbon Originals  $12.95  $9.71
109189  190 Beachfront Ribbon Originals   $12.95  $9.71
110716  191 Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon  $7.95  $5.96
109062  191 River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon  $8.95  $6.71


Don't forget - Hodgepodge Hardware too!


Item # Page # Item Description Regular Price Limited Time 25% off Discount
105532 188 Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105531 188 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105515 188 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96


Check back soon for the entire list of RETIRE ACCESSORIES!


Bye-Bye "Sweet Shapes" - Funny Story

OK - one of fun things about the Stampin' Up! convention is all of the display boards!  There are tons of samples on display.  Some samples are from people that Stampin' Up! chose several months prior to convention to make very specific samples to display at convention.  These people are called "Convention Display Artists".  More about that in a later post.

However - most samples are from the everyday demonstrator that sends in their artwork to Stampin' Up! for monthly demonstrator contests or drop off samples to share at SU events through-out the year.  The later is generally what I do.  On to the fun part...of those samples that SU receives, they select some to go on the convention & regional seminar display boards.  A few years ago I started seeing some of my "drop-off" samples showing up on the boards - woohoo for me!.  So now it's kinda fun looking at the display boards and coming across one of your own samples. 

So on to the card.  This card must have been one of my drop-off cards (I don't always remember what cards I drop off - my memory fails me more often these days...LOL!)  Because at last year's convention - I came across it displayed on the boards.


You're asking, "What's so funny about that?"  Well - here it is on the display board. 


Hmm...can't see the card?  Let me come in closer...


Oh - there it is!  I kept looking at it, saying to myself..."that sure looks familiar, but I don't remember submitting a tag!"  Then it hit was on a card and must have fallen off.  They must have felt it display worthy - even if it was only a tag!

Supplies - Sweet Shapes stamp set (retiring), Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, various ribbon, Copper Metal Edge Tag (no longer available).