April 2018 Stamp ‘N Hop – Retiring Annual Catty Favorites

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I can’t believe another annual catalog is almost up (May 31st) and a brand new one is coming out with a ton of new stuff!  I went last weekend to OnStage and got the new Catalog and let me tell you, you are going to love it!  But today, we are here to talk about what we will miss the most!

Thank you for joining me today.  You are visiting Jenn Charles @ BFF Stampers.  I have so many favorites that are retiring so it was too hard to pick just one.  So I’ve made a few cards with colors and stamp sets that I believe are must have’s in your craft room.

Rose Wonder is a beautiful stamp set with some wonderful greetings that I use so much. I will really miss this set. It coordinates with a matching thinlit set that is retiring also.  For this card, I’ve heat embossed the rose stamp with white embossing powder and then used Brusho and my Aqua Painter to make the vibrant colors.  I’ve used Peekaboo Peach (retiring) on one and Real Red and Wild Wasabi (retiring) on the other.  Below is a close-up of the red one.  I stamped it onto Shimmery White cardstock.  It’s so fancy.  It’s my first time using this cardstock and I love the all over glimmer.

Can you see the sparkle on the leaves?  I love the way the Brusho looks on these leaves also.

My next stamp set is called Butterfly Basics along with the Butterflies Thinlit Dies. All the butterfly sets that we’ve had coordinate so beautifully!  I’m really sad to see all these butterflies retiring.  I use them often.

I’ve paired it here with Peekaboo Peach again and Pear Pizzazz.  If you haven’t been able to tell yet, Peekaboo Peach is my favorite In-Color that is retiring.  But a little secret, they are bringing back one of my old In-Color favorites, Coastal Cabana and making it a core color!  So it makes it a little easier to let it go.

The color on this last one is a little harder to let go.  It’s soft sky.  I’ve just recently started using this color a lot more and now it’s retiring.  I’ve paired it here with Crumb Cake and the stamp set So Many Shells.  I just got this set a few months ago from a friend.  This is actually the first time I’ve used it.  I’ll be keeping it for awhile because it’s a perfect set to lift a friend up.

A list of everything I’ve used on these cards is below.

So now that I’ve told you a little about the color re-vamp, here’s an image to show you all the retiring colors.  There are quite a few core colors retiring along with the 2016-2018 In-Colors and Stampin’ Up! has changed around the colors in the core groups.  I think you will really like the change.  One more thing they’ve done is change the stamp pad itself.  It’s a lot easier to open, a new pad that doesn’t foam up and they are stackable!  I know you will love them as much as I do.

Here are the retiring colors.  Keep an eye out on Monday for an email all about the color re-vamp and the new colors.  Sign up for my newsletter if you aren’t already receiving my emails.

Are any of these your favorites?  Protect your investment you’ve already made by stocking up before they sell out.  Don’t forget the cardstock, ink refill and coordinating accessories.

Here are the retiring lists of Everything retiring!

AC Retired List-US

OCC Retired List-US

Use the hostess code below to SHOP through the 15th to get a surprise from me in the mail.  If your order is over $150, do not use this hostess code!  You will qualify for your own rewards!

Thank you for checking out this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop.  Next up in the hop is Idonna Miller.

Happy Hopping,

Jenn

Here’s the list of everyone participating this month, click on the names below if you want to hop around.

Kayla Adams

Amy Grendel

Tracie Evans Langley

Cheryl Taylor

Linda Hadford

Susan Simpson

Laurie Meier

Christina Walker

Britney Vander Laan

Lisa Kmiec

Melissa Kerman

Kirsten Aitchison

Tracey Gouraud

Rachel Traudt

Ilka Teschke

Danielle Kassing

Mo Rootes

Kim Smith

Courtenay Heuston

Jenn Charles

Idonna Miller

Terry Montgomery

Joanne Hodge

Sandra Roberts

Laura Mackie

Mikaela Titheridge

Karen Pearmain

Tracy Lewis


RemARKably Created Blog Hop – Stampin’ Blenders!

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Welcome to the RemARKably Creative Blog Tour!  You are currently visiting Jenn Charles at BFF Stampers.  Today we are showcasing projects made with the Stampin’ Blends.  For someone who does not like coloring, I love these smooth markers.  They blend beautifully!

I’m having a special on the Stampin’ Blends.  If you buy the whole set of markers, I will give you the Memento Ink Pad for FREE!  You will also be entered into my drawing (on November 26th) for the Merry Patterns Stamp Set that is no longer available with any purchase of one or more Stampin’ Blends products.  Check them out in my store here.

Hop along and check out more amazing projects using these makers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Your BFF,

Jenn



CASE-ing Cards with BFF Stampers

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C copy / A and / S share / E everything

Have you ever noticed that we are raised to believe that “copying” is bad?  In the DYI world copying is the biggest form of flattery.  However there are some rules.   Everyone has their own rules such as, give credit to the person who made the card, if you remember where you got the idea, or make sure the copied image links back to the original blog post. These suggestions are just plain courteous. However, if you like one of my cards, my rule is just COPY IT! I take this as a compliment!

Sometimes to get me into the creative mood, I will search for cards to case.  I may case a card exactly because it’s gorgeous, and sometimes I use the idea, but with the products I have.  I encourage our customers to look for inspiration on blogs and in our Stampin Up! catalog because most of them are new and don’t know where to start. I tell them to first find something they like out of the catalog and case that. Our Annual Stampin Up! Catalog is full of amazing ideas that I’ve used myself to show how easy it is to copy.

copy cat

Almost exact copy, I didn’t have the washi tape so I used It’s My Party DSP along the sides.

 

Then I turn to Pinterest. The creativity on Pinterest is AH-maze-ing! Recently I had a friend that needed to make a bunch of sympathy cards. The only sympathy stamp set I had was Rose Wonders. So I typed Rose Wonders in the search on Pinterest and up came hundreds of gorgeous cards that she could choose from.

Now, some people can’t see past the colors of a card or the certain stamp set.  For example, they don’t have that specific stamp set so they don’t think they can make that card, or they don’t have the exact colors and don’t think they can make the card. I try to get them to see they can use just the sketch or the colors with a different stamp. Case-ing helps when you don’t have a lot of time to come up with something yourself.  Here are the cards from Pinterest that we cased (Pinterest on top / our version underneath).

4 Corners

Here is the card she found on Pinterest. We didn’t have the exact butterfly so we improvised.

4square

We used different colors that we had available and we used 2 small butterflies instead of the 1 big butterfly.

Rose Wonder

This was from Pinterest.

rose

This is our CASE. Almost identical because it was so beautiful!

Embossed

Beautiful sympathy card but I don’t have this stamp set.

sympathy

We used the Rose Wonder stamp set and watercolored the flower.  Very Pretty!

 

I also love Splitcoaststampers.com because you can look up Stampin Up! stamp sets by name and get a lot of ideas.  They also have stamps by companies other than SU.

Birthday Blooms

We got this card idea from Lisa Young off Splitcoaststampers.com

 

birthday wonder

This is the card we came up with. It’s a little simpler, but the Splitcoaststamper card is what inspired us.

Do you have a favorite person that you CASE from?  If so, please share in the comments below.

Happy Stampin!

Your BFF Jenn