The most exciting time of the year is almost here!!!

When Stampin’ Up! rolls out their annual catalog, there are always so many new and exciting products that it is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year.  This happens June 1st of every year.  But this year,  we get our catalogs a day early!  That’s right.  The new annual 2013-2014 catalog will be released May 31st.

Stampin’ Up! has already teased us with a taste of what’s to come by showing us the Color Refresh, and their decision to bring back a few favorite colors from past years, and the introduction of a soft gray shade: Smoky Slate.

As always, in order to make room for the new, some older items will be retired.  Stampin’ UP! will release the Retired Item List on April 24th so you will have time to get those items that you want before they are gone for good. The Retired Item Promotion will run thru June 3rd, but items on a retired list are while supplies last and there are no guarantees.  (Since the Color Refresh announcement, several colors of retiring card stock have already sold out!)

As a demonstrator, I get to order select new product beginning on April 24th.  (That’s my favorite perk!)  I already have my list started; I’ve seen, and fell in love with the new In-Colors that will be introduced with this catalog as well as a few sneak peeks of stamps, tools, paper, and let’s such say “EXCITED” doesn’t quite cover it!   Card stock, ink pads, makers, and ribbon in the 5 new in colors and Smoky Slate will be first on my order.  Getting a discount on my orders helps me stretch my stampin’ dollars farther; getting more items for less money (my 2nd favorite perk of being a demonstrator!).

Would you like to receive the perks of being a demonstrator?  Get new product sneak peeks, a discount on your order, chance to earn free products, receive exclusive paper crafting training across several mediums, meet new friends, and be connected to a virtual community of fellow stampers?   You can join Stampin’ Up!  – signing up now will entitle you to all the perks & benefits now thru Oct. 31st without an obligation to sell the product or hold workshops if you don’t want to, and no penalty to leave.  If you choose to continue to stay on, you can decide to be a ‘hobby’ or ‘business’ demonstrator by sharing as much or little of Stampin’ Up! as you feel comfortable.

Right now, you join for only $99 (plus tax) and receive $155 worth of any current products you choose.  We even pay the shipping for you!  Click here if you are ready to take the plunge into the Stampin’ Up! family.  You’ll never regret all the money you’ll save and the friends you’ll make.  Joining now will entitle you to get the sneak peak into the new annual catalog as well as the Holiday catalog – even if you decide not to stay on.

Jump In!So Jump In; all the cool kids are doing it! 

 

 

 

Baltimore or Bust

Oh my goodness!  I had SUCH A GOOD TIME at the Baltimore Regional Stampin’ Up! event on  Saturday I’m still on a high.  The makes & takes, the WOW demos, the Prize Patrol, the swaps.  It was all good!

I’ve posted some pics on my Facebook page (had trouble posting from the convention center but all the pics are up now) so “LIKE” me on Facebook if you haven’t already.

I’ll be posting pics of the swaps  in the coming days AND I’ll be teaching some of the new techniques I learned during the event.  Why don’t you join me, I have a class scheduled April 25th so if you are nearby, join me.  Or host a workshop of your own.

Our new annual catalog goes live May 31, 2013.  I can’t share with you (yet) all the new products that will be introduced in the new catalog but I can tell you, you won’t want to miss it!  So book a party with now beginning May 31st and be the first one on your block to host a Stampin’ Up! new catalog party!  You’re friends will be green with envy!

I can share the new Color Refresh with you now.  Stock up on your favorite retiring colors before they are gone. Colors that have been announced as retiring will only be available while supplies last.  And Not Quite Navy cardstock has already sold out!

Well off to bed for me; to dream of new colors!  They are dreamy!

 

 

Butterfly Birthday

Here’s a quick and simple card that is short on time to make, but big on style!  butterfly birthday
A simple white on white background with just a bit of texture is the perfect backdrop for all this color!
The butterflies were a cinch to make; just a quick trip thru the Big Shot machine with the butterfly embosslits.  I layered a smaller butterfly on top of a larger one for added interest.  The line-up features Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Lucky Limeade & Crushed Curry butterflies each accented with a Basic Pearl Jewel.

Did you notice I used 2 retired colors?  Well, they will be coming out of retirement when the new annual catalog is released this Spring.  Yes, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry will be making a comeback.  See my post for the color refresh just announced to see which of your favorite colors will be returning, and to see which colors will go into retirement.

Easy Peasy!

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FREE SHIPPING this weekend!

FREE SHIPPING

That’s right:  FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on any order placed now thru 11:50 PM (MT) Monday, April 8th!   Need just one package of cardstock but don’t want to pay the $6.95 minimum?  No problem.  Want to save 10% on a large order?  No problem.  With FREE SHIPPING – you won’t pay any shipping costs.  No minimums, no maximums.  Order as much or as little as you’d like and pay no shipping.  Yippee!!  Makes me do the happy dance.  Whew, now I am going to curl up with catalog and place my order.  You should do the same.  Go ahead.  You have my permission.  The housework can wait.  There’s some serious shopping to do, and savings to be had.  But just for a few short days.  And then it’s gone.

Speaking of gone, a few of our colors are headed for retirement, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.  Color Refresh Chart

So if you want to stock up on some of our soon-t0-be-retired colors, you’ll want to do it now.  Pretty in Pink or Baja Breeze a favorite color that you’ll hate to see go?  Is Certainly Celery going to be hard to say good-bye to?  Stock up now.  On Cardstock, Ink pads, re-inkers, ribbon, etc.  Get these colors before they’re long gone.  See the Color Refresh Announcement here.

Hang On To Your Hats!

I am SO EXCITED to share with you some exciting news hot off the press from Stampin’ Up!  In 2010 Stampin’ Up! totally revamped their color collections and announced at that time that we would ‘tweak’ their color families every 3-5 years to keep the colors fresh and trendy.  This would be in addition to the In Color collections introduced each year.

Well, I’m happy to announce that a new Color Refresh has just been released.  This includes bringing back, or keeping, several In Colors as well as the introduction of a never before seen color, Smoky Slate!   I’m in love with Smoky Slate – we’ve needed a soft shade of light gray and this just fits the bill.  And I’m thrilled that some of my favorite InColors will be hanging around:  I couldn’t stand the thought of losing Pool Party, or Calypso Coral  Island Indigo.  And while I’m sorry that Lucky Limeade didn’t make the list, Pear Pizzazz is coming back, along with Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry.  In order to make room for these new colors to stick around, something had to give.  The chart below details which colors are moving out of the way to make room for the new:

Now if you are dreaming of colors, and wanting to stock up on your favorite colors before they are gone, Stampin’ Up! is giving you the chance to order your favorite colors (cardstock, ink, ribbon, etc.) and anything you so desire with FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEKEND!

Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE shipping on EVERYTHING April 6-8 (excluding expedited orders)!  That’s right.  There is NO $6.95 shipping minimum or limit on how large or small your order must be.  Free shipping starts: Saturday, April 6, 2013; 12:00 AM (MT).  Online orders must be completed no later than Monday, April 8, 2013 by 11:50 PM (MT)

Start making your wish list now and place your order this weekend!