Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: Out with the Old and In with the New

Welcome to my stop on the May Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! If you're new to my blog you've probably come over from KatheD's blog, and welcome! For those that are new to blog hops, you can go forward and backward using the water cooler buttons at the bottom of this post to check out the 15 lovely ladies around the world that have put up posts featuring some old and some new Stampin' Up! products and projects.

Each of my projects uses a mix of retired (or retiring) product, current product, and product that will be in the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue, available on June 2nd.

My first card features one of the new products I'm most excited about, Blendabilities! These alcohol based markers make colouring a breeze, and while I still love water colouring, I'm sure this will be a fabulous addition to my technique repertoire. The Blended Bloom stamp I used here (along with the new Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad) is so much fun to colour, and a snap to fussy cut.

I also used a new hostess set for the greeting, and coloured a rhinestone with a matching Blendabilities marker (oh ya, you did know they did that right?).

I am however sad to see Summer Starfruit leave as an In Color. I loved all five of the 2012-2014 In Colors, but Summer Starfruit was just a great in between yellow-ey green-ey shade that I just couldn't get enough of.

Another product I'm sad to say goodbye to is the Watercolor Wonder card bases. I just discovered these right as they're leaving us, so luckily I still have a  bunch, but they're so handy! 

I used some matching colours on this one (Island Indigo, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight and Real Red) and stamped the heart from the new set Something to Say a few times (including on the envelope). The ones I stamped on water-colour paper I punched out with the new matching punch (it comes in a pack with a super cute flower and star too) and popped them up on the card base. A quick sentiment in Memento ink, and in a few minutes time I have a thank you card done!

Last but definitely not least, this was one of the sets I was the most excited for! Traveller is going to be a go to set for me for masculine cards for sure. Here I paired it with sentiments from Gifts of Kindness, which is current and will still be available in the new catalogue. The Alphabet Press embossing folder I used on the front will also still be available! I'm so happy because I just got it, and am just finding fun ways to use it.

The button I used is long retired unfortunately, they were some of my favourites. The Natural Trim ribbon is another favourite that sadly is leaving us, though there are some other great ribbons we will be adding!

My biggest sadness about retiring products is also featured on this card. Core-dinations card stock was short lived, but so welcome in my craft room! I loved using it as regular card stock for a great texture, but also distressing it like I did here. I still have stacks and stacks of almost every colour, so I'm sure this won't be the last of it, but I'm very sad to see it leave the catalogue.

So now pop on over to the next blog on the hop (Buffy) and check out the rest of the stops along the way! If you'd like to buy any of the products featured in my, or anyone else's, projects, get in touch with any Stampin' Up! Demonstrator to place an order.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your projects. I loved all of them!!

  2. Your Blended Bloom is stunning Stefanie. And I agree with you on the Traveller stamp set. It's on my wish list.

  3. Fabulous designs Stefanie! And a great coloring job with the Blendabilities. You've really caught the feel and style of the new catalog. And showcased some of the products I'm excited about in the new catalogue (yep that spelling was for you :D) and retiring ones I'm sad to see go. Terrific hop entry. Thanks for adding to the fun.

  4. Thanks for being part of the blog hop, Stefanie. I looked at your design for the Watercolor Wonder card base and realized that I haven't used one card from that set yet. Amazing! And yours turned out so beautifully! I've bought several of the Blendabilities but not the Blended Bloom stamp. I wasn't sure I wanted it but the more I see it, the more I know I will buy it. I love the look of the Rich Razzleberry for yours. And then there is the Traveler stamp set. Love your card! I have the set and will be using it a lot. What a great way to make a vintage card! Yours is going to be CASEd.

  5. Love the Rich Razzleberry on the Blended Bloom, Stefanie - that colour is on my list! You did a wonderful job with the colouring. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Stefanie, these are so wonderful. The Travel stamp set is definitely on my next order.
    I love those little notecards, too and have stocked up for those quick and unexpected needs cards.
    The Blended Bloom is gorgeous. I haven't had a lot of time to play with my alcohol markers but I hope I can do as well with them.

  7. Your Blended Bloom is wonderful! I just got mine and will be giving them a try.

  8. Your cards are simply amazing Stephanie. As soon as I saw your first card I was hooked on getting the Blendabilities. My favourite card though is the Traveller one. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wonderful cards, Stephanie! I can't wait to get my Blended Bloom and more Blendabilities!

  10. great collection of projects, Stefanie - you made those Blendabilities seem like a necessity, and the Traveller stamp set, too!

  11. Love the first card so much I added it to my Pinterest.