It always seems to be that I buy stamp sets that I love, but don’t show them that love until I realize they’re going to retire. Do you have sets like that? One of mine is Time for Tea and its coordinating dies. I liked this set so much I also purchased the coordinating Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack and Tea Room Vinyl Stickers.
I’m a bit of a tea nerd and love trying new blends, so this set was a must-have. Current favorite tea? It’s a tough call because there are so many good ones in my collection, but the first one that popped into my head is Raspberry Beret from TeaSource.
(I’m still sad about what happened with Teavana, and my cupboard contains relatively large stashes of Monkey-Picked Oolong, Strawberry SlenderPu-ehr, and Mrs. Earl Grey that I have as an occasional treat until it runs out.)
The first card I made features a card and self-adhesive die cuts from the card pack and a vinyl sticker on the inside. This isn’t my “normal” sort of card, but I enjoyed how quickly it came together. It’s a little difficult to see, but I promise there’s some Copper Metallic Thread there.
The second card also has a card from the card pack since apparently I didn’t get around to ordering the Tea Room Speciality Designer Series Paper.
In just a few short weeks, we’ll have a new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog to be inspired by (I received a copy at a demonstrator-only event this past Saturday, and I can’t wait for you to see it too!). To make way for the new, however, we also have to let some things go. The list of retiring products was released today, which you can find here.
One retiring stamp set I’ve had fun creating with is Bloom by Bloom, part of a suite featured in the Occasions Catalog. The suite includes Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a Memories and More pack with bold and beautiful colors: Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy, and Pineapple Punch. I wanted to see what other color combinations would look great with this set. And sometimes when there’s no DSP that works for what I want to do, I just create my own.
The first card uses Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape.
The second card uses Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Blackberry Bliss.
Once in a while, you just have to do something for you. My day job is in public service. I also spend a lot of my time volunteering for the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and while I find the work important and worthwhile, it is work.
You may remember that back in the early days of this blog, I was an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, from 2006 to 2012. The reasons I left made sense for my life at the time, but I’ve always missed it. I missed being able to preorder products, I missed the demonstrator exclusives, I missed the inspiration to design and create. This introverted person even missed the special national and regional events and the other socializing opportunities. I never stopped buying Stampin’ Up! products, but I used them less and less over time.
I have thought about rejoining many times over the years. I’m not sure why I didn’t. Part of it was certainly my frustration of having to start over as if the six years I spent didn’t happen, and the lingering sadness about having to make the decision to leave in the first place.
A month ago (January 19), I decided to get over it and signed back up. It’s a little weird to sign up under a friend I helped introduce to SU! back in the day, but I also seemed to have lucked out into a great upline group.
Most of my time over the past month has been spent getting my crafting space (some might call it my dining room) reorganized. I have been playing around with my stamps and supplies, but so far haven’t managed to quite produce a card I’m happy with.
I have though, also been working on a card kit I bought a while back (I’ll get back to that in a future post) and a couple of Paper Pumpkin kits. I’ve been subscribing for years, but have not been so great at actually creating items. I really love playing around with the items to see what else I can do, but for now, a few items completed more or less as presented in the kit. I really like to ink the edges of paper when they’re not layered onto another piece (and sometimes when they are), so that’s something you’ll see with these projects.
First, cards from the August 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Blissful Blooms. The colors that coordinate with this kit are Blackberry Bliss (the sentiments are stamped in this), Flirty Flamingo (I inked the edges of the labels with this), Lemon Lime Twist, and Old Olive. I used the stamp set that came with the kit to add a flower to each envelope, using Blackberry Bliss, Flirty Flamingo, and Pineapple Punch.
The January 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Be Mine Valentine, provided materials for adorable treat boxes. I plan to use most of the materials for other projects (in combination with the Animal Expedition Suite from the 2019-2019 annual catalog), but I did want to make one of each box. I sponged the edges of the Pool Party scalloped pieces a bit to bring out the stitched edge a little more, and of course inked around the edges of the white sentiments with Melon Mambo. The coordinating colors for this kit are Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, and Pool Party.
I’ve really been falling down on my blogging goals, but I’m hoping to get back to it by at least posting some new cards I’m creating, and hopefully posting some older ones eventually too.
As always, I’m facing a continuing challenge in balancing all the things I want to do. This month I really wanted to finish a Tunisian crochet lace scarf I started quite a while ago, but it’s just not going to happen. But it’s okay, because I’m finding my paper mojo.
This 3″x3″ gift enclosure card was created on February 8, 2014, to enclose with a baby shower gift for a dear friend.
All supplies are Stampin’ Up!
Stamp set: Zoo Babies
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, and Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape
Tangerine Tango Candy Dot
I have no idea how I’ve been managing to get up for work this week, because I’ve been up later than I want to be every night. Mostly, of course, I’ve been working on house stuff, trying to put things away or organize or whatever. I’ve also been trying to catch up with some TV, which is proving hard to fit in.
Tonight I’ve been working on something a little more fun than finding places for my groceries, creating the projects for the Stampin’ Up! workshop a friend is having this Saturday. I have an idea of what I’m doing for all four, but need to work through the actual design, details, and techniques I want to use. I’ve got one card done, which is fairly simple but I think pretty, but for the second I want to finally use the watercolor crayons I bought a while back, and I’ve been playing around with how to get it to work. I had a bit of a breakthough with that, so now I’m just going to write this and head to bed.
While I was working through the first card, my mom and friend Barb worked on patching all the holes in my master closet. There’s one pretty big hole left that my mom is going to get a patch for on her way home from work tomorrow. She’s also going to see about getting a part I need so I can put a shower door back where it belongs. I think it was yesterday when I was innocently opening the door when it fell into the tub. I knew something wasn’t quite right, but I wasn’t expecting that. I don’t really like shower doors much to begin with, but at the moment I’d rather just make the quick fix than remove them. Eventually, though, I’m looking forward to using the shower curtain and hooks I found a few years ago that I love.
Today at work we had a banquet* during the noon hour to celebrate service awards. We receive a little something for two years, five years, and each five years after that. I received a lovely Mikasa vase for my 10 years of service, which is going to stay at work for a while until I find a place to put it at home that’s safe from the cats. It might be there a while.
*In this context, “banquet” means pizza from Savoy, which is pretty good stuff.
Thanks to Dawn for mentioning the diet soda popsicles — I finally tried a couple, and they’re fabulous. Except no jokes on mine; maybe next time. I don’t usually go for popsicles of any type — I think it has more to do with having senstive teeth than anything, but thanks to sensitive-teeth toothpaste they don’t bother me as much — but I’m glad I sought these out. Not that it was difficult; I only had to look at Super Target.
Also at Super Target, my favorite everyday ice cream is back: Archer Farms Peanut Butter Fudge. I’m not sure why it was gone (my best guess is that it has been downsized, like I’ve been reading about lots of products lately), but it’s just as peanut buttery as ever, and I think the ice cream is actually being back to being more fudgey and less just chocolatey.
In other news, the 2008 Stampin’ Up Convention — 20th anniversary! — is a mere month away. I really need to figure out what I’m doing for swaps.
Just a little post to catch things up from the past couple of weeks.
Dad’s home. He was in the hospital for six days before moving to a rehab facility. He was there for just over a week. He has a good amount of pain yet, but the healing is going pretty quickly, all things considered.
I bought myself a Christmas gift: a Nintendo Wii. I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while, but wasn’t really planning to get one when I was running errands last Wednesday. I popped into Best Buy since I had to drive right by it anyway, thinking I’d probably just get a Nintendo DS game or something. But lo and behold, they had a Wii, and it’s now residing on my computer stand (good thing my monitor is a flat screen…eventually I’m hoping to move the Wii into the entertainment center instead).
I haven’t played much on the Wii yet, as I ended up coming down with stomach flu/food poisoning on Thursday, and I pretty much just slept and read books until Saturday morning. I hardly ate anything for those two days, and it was such a nice feeling to wake up Saturday with a normal appetite.
Over the weekend I got pretty far in feeling caught up for the holidays by finishing the design for my Christmas cards and actually getting far enough with assembling them that about half of them went into the mail today. Usually I spread out the card creation over a few days; my right shoulder and elbow are a little sore from all the stamping.
Tonight I took a break from the cards to put together a playlist for a holiday music CD swap I’m running a bit late with. It’s mostly done, other than listening to see if I like the flow, and maybe adding a song or two.
Pretty much the only other thing I really need to do this week is pick up something for my mom for Christmas.
So there you have it in a nutshell. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back to my plan of posting at least two or three times a week now that things are a little more under control.
Mostly stamping and cards, with a little reading, fibercrafting, and baseball.