A Day Without Coffee

…is a sad day, indeed!  My daily minimum is two cups a day, and this morning, my curling iron broke while I was rushing to get ready.  (My grandmother would say I was being “hoodly.”)  It fell on my second cup of coffee and knocked it into the sink, breaking the cup. I didn’t have time to get more, so I was running on fewer cylinders today.  And it didn’t help that I almost stayed up to see the retiring accessories list.  I made it to 1:45 a.m. (it posted at 2 a.m. here), but just couldn’t do the last 15 minutes.  Even if I had stayed awake, I probably wouldn’t have made sense out of the list.

Here are the retiring lists – all in one place.  I’ll also add them to the pages (at the top of my blog).  A few things to know.  I haven’t checked the current edition of the list, but the paper snips and craft scissors are not retiring.  If you see them on the list, it’s a mistake.  (They also aren’t being discounted.)  Also, it looks like all our ink is retiring, but it’s not.  They’re reconfiguring the stamp pads.  I’m so excited about that, because mine are consistently dry.  The new ones will be much nicer.  The new ink refills will work with either type, though, so if you have all the current (old) pads and need a refill for one, you’ll be ok with the new ink.  Sadly, craft ink will be disappearing except for Basic Black and Whisper White.  I love to stamp in craft and emboss with clear powder, but there are other ways to do it!

All in all, I’m really excited about the changes, and I’m looking forward to the new catalog!

Here are the lists –




Retiring stamp sets will be available through May 31.  Discontinuing accessories and Definitely Decorative products will be available while supplies last.  Some have already sold out, so if there are things you want or need, do order them early.  You can order online (best option if you want to be sure you get everything you way), or call or e-mail me your order with payment information.

We had our Wednesday club today, and my friend Liz brought a box or gorgeous cards she had made.  One of the techniques was embossing an image, then coloring the areas not embossed.  I’m not sure I picked the best stamp to try this with.  There are others that would work better, I think.  But I wanted to use a few retiring items.  (Remember, the Occasions Mini Catalog will be ending April 30, so be sure to order anything you want from it now!)

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Stamps:  Tea Shoppe+, Ink:  Very Vanilla craft*; Marina Mist, Blushing Bride*, Soft Suede classic; Marina Mist, Blushing Bride,* Soft Suede stampin’ write markers; Paper:  Blushing Bride*, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla card stock; Beau Chateau designer series paper*; Other:  Blushing Bride poly-stitched grosgrain*, punches:  corner rounder, large oval, wide oval; basic jewels – pearls, stampin’ pastels*; permanent markers (Tea Shoppe available in the Occasions Mini Catalog through April 30; all other products are available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog; *Retiring; +Occasions Mini)

I love this technique!  I embossed the Very Vanilla teacup, then colored the flowers with Blushing Bride and Marina Mist.  The cup was a little light, so I added some Soft Suede chalk (“Stampin’ Pastels”) with a sponge dauber.  I’m really going to miss Blushing Bride.  It’s funny, because that was not my favorite In Color when they came out way back in 2010.  Now – it’s at the top of my list.  I’m sure the new colors will be even more gorgeous, though.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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