Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Out with the old - Pals Blog Hop

 Welcome to the May Pals Blog Hop. This is the first hop on our new day - the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Before we celebrate the release of the new Stampin' Up! catalog next month, we want to take time to say goodbye to our favorite retiring products. This month we are showcasing projects that feature stamps or accessories that are retiring along with the 2013-14 Idea Book & Catalog on June 4th.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #8 Michelle Quinno at Shell's Life on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog.

I'm always excited to see the new catalog each year, but also sad to see some of my favorite products retiring, especially the Dies! My faves this year I'm saying good by to are:
  •  Delightful Dozen Stamp Set (clear) #122652 or (wood) #128547 - this the perfect little stamp set for all occasions.
  • Scallop Circle Bigz Die #113468 - this is my favorite for making round cards. Perfect for cutting chipboard too.
  • Tasteful Trim Bigz Die #120893 - this die I adore and you will continue see me posting projects using it to make custom edges and borders. It has scallops, rick rack, and pinking designs--a fantastic variety of classic options.
  • Blossom Party Originals Die #115971 - you can make the most beautiful flowers with this die.
  • Little Leaves Sizzlits Die #114511 - don't you love how simple and elegant a small stem of leaves can be?
  • Modern Medley DSP #126926 - classic patterns in classic styles. I have quite a stash of this DSP.
  • Raspberry Ripple Card Stock #126842 - this was my fave In-Color from the 2012-2014 Collection.
  • Raspberry Ripple Satin Ribbon #126845 - gorgeous satin ribbon.
  • Naturals Designer Buttons #127554 - trendy, wood-like adornments.

There you have it and if you haven't seen the list of retiring products, the links are provided below:
  • Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

TIP: Do you love to add Stickles to your projects? You can make your own with Stampin' Up! Ink Refills for a color coordinated project! I learned this nifty trick several years ago from Julee Tilman's blog - Poetic Artistry.
  • Mix some Crystal Effects #101055 with a pinch of Dazzling Diamonds #102023 and add a drop of your color choice of Stampin' Up! Ink Refill.
  • If it's too runny, add more glitter. Too thick add more Crystal Effects.
  • Apply with a very fine brush or stylus.
The next stop is #10 Amy Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  2. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  3. Debbie Pierce at Stampin' Sunshine
  4. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  5. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  6. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  7. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  8. Michelle Quinno at Shell's Life
  9. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  10. Amy Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy
  11. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  12. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  14. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  15. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  16. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  17. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  18. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin' 
  19. Marlene Heringer at So Many Toys So Little Time
  20. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  21. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery's Owlery
  22. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  23. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  24. Christie Crosby at Stampin' Creativity
  25. Kalyn Shubnell at Stamping Chronicles
  26. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  27. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  28. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  29. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  30. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  31. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  32. Donna Kopenski at Crafty Cardmaker
  33. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings

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  1. Love this Beth.....bold, feminine and oh so sassy. ooxx

  2. It would almost make it all worthwhile to be sick, to receive this gorgeous card!!! Whoever receives it sure is going to feel loved. All the little details are great, and I always love to see your bows! SUCH a great card. : )

  3. Just picked my jaw back up...stunning, Beth! That flower is incredible!

  4. wow that's awesome! It just pops!

  5. Those colors are gorgeous together, Beth! I think this card would cheer anyone up. Thanks for the tip on the stickler too!

  6. So beautiful Beth. Love the Sitckles tip too. Fantastic!

  7. Great color combo and use of DSP!

  8. Wow, love the Raspberry Ripple flowers and ribbon they look fantastic against the black and white. Stunning!!

  9. Fabulous, Beth!!! The colors and the scalloped design are just beautiful....sorry we have to loose these wonderful products and more!

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  11. So pretty. Great mix of style, color and texture. (In my first attempt to comment, auto type took over. It was hilarious.)

  12. Seriously Beth, you make amazing cards! I love your bows and flowers - on every card you make. I am always excited to see what you do, and this card is, like Kerry mentioned, jaw dropping. I'd never even heard of stickles, but now I even know how to make them! Keep making beautiful cards, girl!

  13. wowza! stunning creation.
    paper hugs,