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


Retiring IN-Colors and Easter Treats

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Another annual catalog is almost here so what exactly does that mean for us? Every year Stampin’ Up! comes out with another 5 brand new In-Colors so unfortunately these 5 will be expiring. Did you have a favorite from the 2016-2018 In-Colors? Mine changed throughout the last two years but I’m ending with Peekaboo Peach. It goes with everything!

The reason I’m already talking about the new catalog is because when the new comes in, the old goes out and that means getting them while supplies last! That means cardstock, ink pads, ink refills, and ribbons or embellishments are all gonna be going, going, gone very soon and I don’t want any of you missing out!

I made these adorable favors that I CASEd from Pootles. Here is a link to her video.

The measurements are:
Cardstock or Designer Series Paper: 11″ x 3 1/2″

Score on the LONG side at 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 9 3/4″, 10 1/2″

Score on the SHORT side at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″, 3″

These are super easy to make multiples of and they are perfect for filling up with chocolate Easter eggs and putting into Easter baskets.

I used the Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Heartfelt Blooms to stamp all over the cardstock and also for the sentiment. The Sale-a-Bration freebies end on March 31st.  Stock up on your favorite in-colors and then get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Stampin’ Up! has added even more items for FREE below.

Click on the links below to check out all the other SAB items available.

SAB 1st Release

SAB 2nd Release

The month of March is my birthday month and I am giving a gift to you!  Use the hostess code below to ensure you receive your gift!

I’m also having a Birthday Party Stamp-A-Stack on March 30th.  Cost is $9 for 9 cards or FREE with a $15 order.  RSVP soon because space is limited to 16 people and it’s already more than half-way full. I am also offering this as a TO-GO kit class. You will provide the stamps and ink…I will do all the cutting, punching and big shot work for you!  (Additional shipping cost of $4 or free with $15 order.)

We will be having treats and cake and there will be lots of fun give-aways!  I hope you can join me!

Host a party and you can earn your own rewards!  If you book a party for April before the end of March, I will give you a FREE ribbon of your choice!

Here’s another version of the Treat Box I did for Easter:

Your BFF,

Jenn

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 9

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Welcome to another month of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  This blog hop is titled Sorry You’re Leaving.  We are picking our favorite items that are retiring from the last catalog to make room for brand new items in the new catalog coming out June 1st.  Thank you for joining us.  Make sure you hop around to all the blogs to see projects made with these “have to have” items before they sell out!

First on my list of favorite retiring items is Gorgeous Grunge.  I have used this stamp set in so many projects.  It is a great background stamp to break up white space.  It always adds just what I need to a project.  Here I have it paired with another of my favorite retiring items Petite Petals.  Petite Petals is one of my favorites because it has a punch!  It’s quick and easy and makes such a great addition to any card.  And the punch is on sale!

    

I used Gorgeous Grunge to make the strip of pattern paper on the card and the splash behind it.  I’ve also used the Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes. They are a great neutral to pair up with almost any other color. I use them a lot to make card sets as gifts for teachers and gift card holders.  The crumb cake note cards are retiring but we will still be carrying White Note Cards and Vanilla Note Cards.

Next on my list is the Made with Love stamp set, Something for Baby stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I’ve used these on so many children’s cards, baby cards, baby shower cards, invitations and gifts.  This is definitely a keeper!

    

I made this cute card set with thank you cards because what new mother doesn’t need thank you cards?!

 

  

Did you notice that I also used Gorgeous Grunge on these cards.  I LOVE Gorgeous Grunge!  Anyway, the last project I made uses two retiring items.  The Decorative label punch and the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.

The watercolor swish in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set is a go-to for so many things!  I’ve used it here as the sky.  It’s subtle but  beautiful!  Can you see where I’ve used the Decorative Label Punch?  At the bottom to make the “legs” of my folding screen.  The trees are from the Sheltering Tree and it’s NOT retiring yet!

Thank you for hopping along with me today.  Thankfully I’m not crying too hard over here because I already own all of these favorites.  The retiring list is while supplies last so don’t miss out!  I am offering a free gift to anyone who orders using the hostess code: 4Z3AYGQ during the month of May.  Next up is Ilse from the Netherlands with her wonderful projects! Click NEXT to get to her or scroll further for a full lineup of everyone participating.

Your BFF,

Jenn

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
4. Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com
5. Angélique Stempelkeuken http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
6. Lisa Ann Bernard www.queenbcreations.net
7. Rachel Macleod http://onthewingsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk
8. Anita Wifladt www.letsgetstampin.wordpress.com
9. Erica Jones www.fortheheartofstamping.blogspot.com
10. Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffstampers.com <——-YOU ARE HERE
11. Ilse van Vliet www.ilsevvliet.nl
12. Carole Anne Currie Patterson www.Fabric-Paper-Scissors.com
13. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com
14. Petra Wenninger www.frauwolkenblau.de

 

Upcoming Events (RSVP on FB; BFF Stampers):

May 6 – Stamp Camp

May 16 – Open Crop

May 26 – Teacher Appreciation Gift Day

June 4 – Catalog Launch BINGO!!! (Info Coming SOON)

 

Introducing our New Eastern Palace coming out in the new catalog but available as bundles to you now!  Click on the bundle links below to check out the two exclusive bundles.

 

 


SUO Challenge #172

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I entered this challenge because the theme is Sympathy and Caring and I have been meaning to make a card for my Grandmother because last week my Grandpa passed away. He had been sick and it was expected but it still leaves a hole in us, doesn’t it?

My Grandmother is not big on attention or sympathy for herself so my card is more just a, I love you and I’m here for you all the time type card. I love her so much and I really miss my Grandpa already. I don’t share a lot of personal stuff so excuse me this time around.

I hope you get inspiration from my card. It’s using one of my favorite colors that is retiring this year and I’m kinda sad about it, Mint Macaron.

Here is a link to the retiring list.  It is *While Supplies Last* so don’t wait too long!  The new Catalog comes out on June 1st.

Thanks for stopping by,

Your BFF,

Jenn