#OnStage2018 Swaps Share

I am posting from my hospital room – my home away from home for the last six days. During my stay I have been receiving saline and three different antibiotics through an IV (a picc line was inserted either last Thursday or Friday because my veins were becoming hard to find for the daily blood draws).

I have had two surgeries so far – one on Saturday to clean and manually debride the wound that won’t heal, the other on Sunday by a plastic surgeon who attached a medical product called Integra Dermal Regeneration over the open wound. Waiting on cultures to come back before I am released to go home with my IV pump.

I had promised I would share with you cards I received from our group swap. I didn’t expect to still be in hospital so I am going to blast you with the all at once!

I hope you have enjoyed viewing these lovely cards. I am fortunate to be part of a very talented team of demonstrators!

I’m going to try to call it a day and get at least a few hours of sleep before the nurses and techs come in to check to see if I need anything my vitals, etc.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends!

Linda

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Right Ankle Set Back

Just when I was getting into a somewhat regular routine in my little space I can maneuver in the downstairs of my home I am thrown a curve ball and end up back in the hospital. Unfortunately one of the surgical wounds on my ankle is not healing and is inflamed. Doctors prescribed IV antibiotics and intense wound care.

So my return to crafting fun will be delayed a little longer.

I do have some swaps from #OnStage2018 that I can share with you so keep an eye out for those posts in the next few days. For now I will sit here and “lick my wounds” metaphorically.

Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Last Chance Products

I previously shared with you the lists of retiring products from the Occasions and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I thought it would be more fun to shop if you could look at thumbnails of the actual products.  Stampin’ Up! to the rescue with their sub-categories of products in the online store!

To view each category of retiring products, simply click on the categories below:

Now wasn’t that fun!?!

I am frantically working on my taxes and will return to my crafting fun as soon as possible.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Last Chance for Petal Palette Bundle

With the release of the Last Chance list of retiring products for both the Occasions and Annual Catalogs, and the anticipation of the upcoming release of the new products in June from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, it is easy to lose track of our crafting “wants” and “needs”.  Granted, sometimes it is very hard to separate the two (at least for me).  And I do not believe that I have ever cleared a single Wish List for any particular catalog since I discovered Stampin’ Up! back in 2005.

As one analyzes the retiring products list to see whether there is something that will not be available in the next catalog, you need to understand and make note of the special codes and refer to the key codes for certain products to fully understand why the product is on the list.  Sometimes the products themselves are not being retired, they will just no longer be offered together as a bundle at a 10% discount – such as the Petal Palette stamp set and Petals & More Thinlits Dies from the Occasions Catalog.

So to get to my point, if you have this bundle of products on your Wish List, buy them before May 31 to take advantage of the 10% bundle discount!

I used this product bundle to create a card a day or so ago and have been contemplating whether or not to share it with you as it is a bit more “colorful” that I am used to creating.  However, I thought why not – it may just be the perfect card for someone out there!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

(NOTE:  The Stampin’ Blends will not be available for purchase until late May or early June.)

Three of my stamping buddies at #OnStage2018 in Fort Worth used this bundle in the design of their swaps.  I have identified the person who created the cards if this information was provided:

While all four of our cards uses the same trio of roses, I love how each card has its own distinct look!

If you have any questions about the design aspects of any of these cards, including measurements or supplies used on the three swap cards, leave me a comment and I will respond ASAP.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Beautiful Day Butterfly for #OnStage2018

I am finally sharing with you today a project that I designed as my group swap at last Saturday’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Fort Worth, Texas.  Silly me had failed to take photos of my completed project so thanks to Amy Storrie for sending me a photo of the one she received.

I love both of the bold images that are the main stamps in the Beautiful Day stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  It was difficult deciding which one to use but I finally decided to go with the butterfly.  Good news is that this particular stamp set will carry over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!  (YAY!).

Here is my card:

I need to work on my “blending” technique a bit more as I could never get the look I was going for and then after working on so many of the butterflies (I needed 30 swaps) my Daffodil Delight blends were nearly bone dry!  Oh the agony!  (I blame my right ankle for this one – lol.)

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which you can add to your shopping cart with a quick click on the thumbnails below:

If you have any questions regarding measurements or other design elements, just ask.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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2018 Color Revamp – The 4-1-1

THE COLORS ARE EVOLVING!

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries.  When we see changes happening, we review our color spectrum to ensure that we remain consistently on top of the trends.  This brings us to the 2018 Color Revamp!

In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colors, we decided it was time to give our color collections a makeover.  With this revamp, you’ll have a new variety of shades that will inspire creativity and allow you to explore more sides of your crafting.  Read on for more information!

THE DETAILS

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors.  There is also a new color group called Basics (Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Whisper White).  In order to keep our color collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, we moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. We’ve also moved a few colors into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colorful!

Some additional colors have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below.  These changes were based on needing to maintain color balance in our updated collections.  For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.

IN COLORS

There are no changes to the In Color program.  Every two years we will continue to introduce five new In Colors that will be available for the ensuing two years.

We also have previous In Colors that are returning and joining our core colors:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

Without further ado, meet the new and revamped color collections:

IN COLORS:

NEW COLORS:

NEW COLOR COLLECTIONS:

NEW CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PADS

In addition to new colors, we also redesigned our ink pads.  The case is a new, more intuitive design and we’ve improved the formula of the ink, as well!

I can explain this in more detail if you are really interested, but all you really need to know or care about is that they are better and will still fit into your current ink pad storage unit of choice.

As you can imagine, the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is chock full of surprises.  Copies will become available for release to you, my friends, by mid-May.  If you would like to receive a catalog from me, just ask for one and leave me a private message with your address if I don’t already have it.

I am expecting my Product Purchase Premier items to be delivered today by Mr. Brown (a/k/a UPS) so I will have more Stampin’ Up! products in my downstairs area to play with while I continue to recover from my broken ankle. This means I should have something to share with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Retiring Products … While Supplies Last!

Just announced – the retiring items list for the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!

These products will be available only while supplies last.

2017-2018 Annual Catalog

2018 Occasions Catalog

Don’t miss out on getting those last few items on your Wish List!

More exciting information to come soon. Until then, stamp on my friends!

Linda

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Time to Say Goodbye … 2016-2018 In-Colors

The retiring items list for the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is expected to be released around mid-April. Items that are guaranteed to be retired (discontinued) are the ink pads, ink refills, markers, ribbons, papers and embellishments from the 2016-2018 In-Color Collection. If you have a favorite color, now is the time to stock up! What is your favorite color: Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugar Plum, Emerald Envy. If I had to chose just one, it would be Dapper Denim.

Q. Why order them now before the retire item list comes out?

A. Because once they appear on the retired list they are available only while supplies last.

Update on my right ankle:

I had my follow-up appointment with my surgeon today – or to be more precise his nurse and assistant surgeon – to see how my healing is progressing. They removed my soft cast (splints) and took x-rays and then decided the stitches on the outer side of my ankle were ready to be removed. Here is a before photo:

The stitches on the inside and top of my ankle need more time to heal. I have photos of those areas as well but they are way too horrible to share. I go back in another week for another follow-up. Instead of putting me back into a soft cast (splints) I have a boot that I can take off when I am not up moving around. However, I still cannot put any weight on my right foot. Best news this week is that is looks like I am being released from rehab by the end of the week!

But wait there is even better news, my amazing husband has agreed to bring downstairs tools and products I need to get my craft on so I hope to be sharing some new projects with you soon!

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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My Right Ankle

The story of my right ankle is not as dramatic or movie worthy as say “My Left Foot” starring Daniel Day Lewis – after all it’s not like I can paint with it – but it has become the equivalent of the Grinch who stole crafting.

As I go through my arm and leg exercises that are part of my PT and OT therapy I think of all of the pretty stamp sets, designer series papers, cardstock, brightly colored inks, ribbons and embellishments on my craft room table most certainly feeling neglected from lack of use. And then there is my Stamparatus that had just arrived shortly before THE FALL and was only used a couple of times.

There is hope. Tomorrow I am scheduled for a 4-hour excursion from rehab to my home for dinner with family and a few friends. My plan is to get upstairs to my craft room and pack a few (haha – seriously) must have products so I can make swap cards for upcoming OnStage in Fort Worth on Saturday, April 7. Of course my plan to go upstairs was met with strong objections by my husband, but it’s not like I can just tell him what I need. We shall see …

SALE-A-BRATION – FINAL DAYS!

Wow, believe it or not there are only 8 days left to get FREE Sale -A-Bration products with every $50.00 or $100.00 (before taxes) you buy in Stampin’ Up! products. Don’t miss out on these amazing products!

Free with $50.00 purchase:

Free with $100.00 purchase:

That’s about all I know from my room here at rehab.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope to have something pretty to share with you soon.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Room With Sort of a View

This has been my viewpoint since Thursday or maybe Friday.

To be honest with you all I really don’t know what day of the week it is. Everything after 6:30 AM on Monday, March 12, has been seen through a narcotic haze from morphine to Hydrocodone which while they have given me really bizarre hallucinations, they have not really done much to ease the pain.

Let’s see, there was the one day I could swear time was running backwards. As hard as I tried to sleep every time I looked at the clock it was an hour or two earlier than the last time I looked. Then I couldn’t remember that my Mom and husband had been there with me through the day. And let’s not forget last night when I could have sworn that the product tag on the privacy curtains was a giant bug just waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on me. Oh what fun – NOT!!!

The bright side is that I have seen first-hand the white knight who is my husband and who will stand up to people if he doesn’t believe I am receiving proper treatment within a reasonable time of pushing the call button. Perhaps it’s just due to the weekend and they are short staffed at night but if they continue to wait 20-30 minutes to respond they will be faced with more work later (ie) needing to change my bed linens. Just saying …

Another bright side is that I have had this beautiful peace of artwork to admire which I know will inspire me when I am able to put my stamps to ink to paper. Until that time, I would love to see what you are working on. E-mail me your projects and help brighten my day!

Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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