Retiring Products from Stampin’ Up! in 2013

Dates: April 24-June 3, 2013 (select items available while supplies last)

Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they’re gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! (And remember some items having amazing discounts!)

Check out the list of RETIRING STAMPS, and the list of RETIRING ACCESSORIES.

Things to Remember:

  • Orders can be placed online here.
  • Retiring accessories are only available while supplies last.
  • If you’re placing an order for less than $150 and want to participate in my Mystery Hostess Show, use Hostess Code P4ZJQPTZ (for instructions, see my Mystery Hostess post)
  • Order deadlines:
    • Phone: Monday, June 3, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT) / 5:50 PM (PST)
    • OEX: Monday, June 3, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT) / 10:50 PM (PST)

Happy Shopping!


We’re moving…help me clear out my stash!

We’re moving! I’ve gone through my inventory – and I have too much. Many stamps that just have not received enough love – they need new homes. I have until January 30th – help me clear these out !

Please leave a comment or email me with your zip code at whatsheloves [at] yahoo [dot] com. Prices are listed, but I’m open to your best offer. I’ll ship via most economical way possible, including Delivery Confirmation ($.85 extra), between USPS First Class or Priority; please let me know if you have a preference.

**I accept PayPal only
**Prices do not include shipping
**I’ll charge actual shipping costs
**All items from smoke-free home

Thanks for helping me bring more love to some beautiful red, rubber!
Martha Stewart and Fiskars tools are listed towards the end.

Unity Kit of the Month sets can be purchased as a set, or stamp by stamp, but only if individual stamps are listed. I will add to my list as I find more that needs adopting.

A Girl and Her Adventures: Melody Ross (NIP) $15
Sunny Happy Skies: Bella Blvd $12
Love Builds a Home $5
Quote Bundle Pack $15
Time for Travel $12
Comfy Cozy $12
Sending My Love $8
Donna Poppy background: Donna Downey (NIP) $12
Scalloped Border $4
Bella Blvd. Mr. Frosty (1/4″ wm) $4
Liz Hicks Alpha (NIP) $27
So & So Loves $5

Kits of the Month
Aug 2008 KOM “Remember Happiness” (all below for $5)
–tall flower $1
–butterfly with heart wings $1
–large & small flowery flourish $3
–double cups of java with heart-shaped cream $2

Sept 2008 KOM “Friendship. Love. Miracles.” (all below for $5)
–heart-trees trio $2
–mini tree with falling leaf $1
–snowflake with flourishes $1
–autumn splendor sentiment $1
–row of 5 tiny trees $2

June 2009 KOM “Perfect in Every Way”
–blossoming branch (#12) $1
–clothesline (#3) $2

Sept 2009 KOM “Go Ahead…Wish”
–cup of coffee/tea $2 SOLD

Feb 2010 KOM “Nothing But Blue Skies”
–bird singing on branch $2 (I have 2 of these to sell)

March 2010 KOM “Rockin’ It Unity Style” (all below for $4)
–thinking of you bubble $2
–ladybug $1
–butterfly $1
–sunflowers & fence $2

April 2010 KOM “Together We Bloom”
–hummingbird $2
–one of a kind $1

May 2010 KOM “…A Little Happy” (all below for $4)
–promise winged heart $2
–parachute “H” $1
–life is not measured by… text in frame $1
–outdoor nature scene $2

July 2010 KOM “Happily Ever After” (all below for $3)
–apples trio $2
–fleur/brocade $1
–triple blossom flower embedded in “friend” text $1
–flower silhouette in square flower background $1

Aug 2010 KOM “All You Need” (all below for $5)
–cherries $1
–bird background $2
–trees trio $2
–flowered bird silhouette $2

Sept 2010 KOM “When I Am With You”
–house scene $2

Oct 2010 KOM “Take Time to Laugh” (all below for $4)
–Happy Holidays frame $2 SOLD
–crossword bird $2
–dotted apple $2
–sweet cherry square $1 (I have 2 of these to sell)

Nov 2010 KOM “Picture Perfect”
–flower $2
–heart trio $2
–happy birthday sentiment/image $2 SOLD

Dec 2010 KOM “Just Be You” (all below for $16)
–leaning tree flower with scallop circle blossom $2
–mushroom ladybug scene $2
–snow days happy days sentiment $2
–rain boots in the rain $2
–heart and patchwork bee $2
–heart telephone $1
–enjoy teacup $3
–snowman $3
–heart ladybug $2
–flower trio frame $2

Feb 2011 “The Best is Yet to Come” (all below for $5 )
–ribbon & bow frame $3
–flower & vine flourish edge $1
–rainbow heart $2
–patchwork LOVE $2
–bicycle with balloons & balloons make every birthday better sentiment $3 SOLD

March 2011 KOM “Just You” (all below for $14)
–winged heart $2
–believe you can fly $2
–you’re so / loving / kind / generous $4
–ice cream cone trio / hope your day is sweet $4
–heart in dotted background $2
–butterfly frame $2
–tall dried flower $2

May 2011 KOM “Think Happy Thoughts” (all below for $10)
–dress on hanger $2 SOLD
–solid circle with 5-petal flower $1
–Fathers and Sons sentiment $3
–my heart sings $3
–plaid frame corner $2
–dotted circle daisy frame $2 SOLD
–textured poppy trio $3
–double daisy, single heart $1

June 2011 KOM “All Smiles” (all below for $4)
–ice cream cone stack $2
–dragonfly trio $2
–so sweet watermelon $2

July 2011 KOM “Better Together” (all below for $6)
–sun & farm scene $2
–Sorry for your loss sentiment $1
–ice cream cone $2
–polka-dotted pot & what’s cookin’ sentiment $3
–happy lives here house $1

August 2011 KOM “What I Know” – (all below for $18 )
–Movie Night / Popcorn trio $3
–Alpha strip $2
–Recipe banner / Dotted apron / from the kitchen of $4
–Potted Flowers trio $2
–happy, fun, lucky arrows $2
–5 Things About You $1
–You are Amazing $2
–Anniversary Wishes $2
–You Are Amazing $2
–Soda Bottle trio / 25-cent Refreshing $3

Sept 2011 KOM “All Seasons” (NIP) (Full KOM $26.00)

Oct 2011 KOM “Faith, Hope, Love…Live by it” (all below for $5)
–stars & butterflies $2
–pair of leafy vine & flowers $1
–lightbulb $2
–you’re the light of my life sentiment $1
–sprouting flowers with 5 blossoms $1

Nov 2011 KOM “Take Your Time”
–row of houses $2 SOLD
–cardinals and berries $1
–true friend listens frame $1
–cup of steamin’ love $2 SOLD

Feb 2012 KOM “Lucky to Have You” (all below for $16)
–shamrock & stitching border $1
–Good Times sentiment $1
–Tulip flower border $1
–umbrella with raindrops & this too shall pass sentiment $3
–raindrops background $3
–Celtic border $1
–spring is in the air sentiment $1
–May spring bring her blessings sentiment $2
–sunflower & fence scene $2
–hanger image & you never leave me hanging sentiment $3
–ladybug frame $2
–have a nice journey sentiment $1
–seriously missing you sentiment $2

Itty Bitty’s
Peace & Joy (NIP) $4
Out of This World (NIP) I have 2 of these to sell $4 each
Bitty Flower Background (NIP) $4
Direction of your Heart (NIP) $4 SOLD

Ippity by Unity
How You Doin’ $12 SOLD

Stampin’ Up!
Array of Sunshine (Hostess) $8 SOLD
Bliss (Sale-A-Bration) $10

Ink Pads
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Rose Red Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Peach Parfait Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ pad $3
More Mustard Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Old Olive Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Concord Crush Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ pad $3

Cornish Heritage Farms
Critter Singles – (full set of all stamps below for $8 )
Tulips $2
Cosmo Turtle $2
George & Esther Lovebirds $2
Chloe the deer $2
Penguin (I only have the penguin from the image for sale) $2
Owl with birthday hat (I only have the owl with birthday hat from the image for sale) $2
Owl in nest (I only have the owl in the nest from the image for sale) $2

Our Craft Lounge
Love Notes $12.50

Hero Arts
Large Artsy Circles (wm) $6

Fassi Jewel $6

Hibiscus Flower Flourish 99186 (wm) $6
Daisy Flower Flourish 99184 (wm) $6
Stamping Gear Oval Stamping Cog (NIP) $4.50
Stamping Gear Round Stamping Cog & Stamping Gear Paddle (I only have the cog and paddle from the image to sell) $4.50

Stamp Pads
ColorBox Pigment Gold (NIP) $4
ColorBox Pigment Evergreen (NIP) $4
ColorBox Pigment Treasure (lightly used) $3
ColorBox Metalextra Platinum (NIP) $6
VersaMark Dazzle Frost (gently used) $4.50

Other Tools
Martha Stewart Scoring Board $8
Scor-Bug (use with Scor-Pal to created dotted embossed lines) $4
Fiskars Shape Cutter Starter Kit (includes self-healing cutting mat, cutter, 4 templates: frames, shapes, bubbles, flowers) $24
Fiskars Shape Cutter Shape Template (Circles, Ovals, and Rectangles) $7
Scotch Pink Advanced Tape Glider (empty, and with 2 refills) $12 SOLD
Fiskars Paper Trimmer with 12” swing-out arm (plus 2 replacement cutting blades AND 2 replacement scoring blades $15

Marvy Uchida Scalloped Heart Giga Punch $10
Marvy Uchida Tag LV-SJCP Giga Punch $5
Fiskars ¼” Star Hand Punch (w/ yellow rubberized grip instead of lavender as pictured) $3

Provo Craft
Cuttlebug “Birds and Swirls” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Floral Fantasy” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Divine Swirl” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Stylized Flowers” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Victoria” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Spots and Dots” Embossing folder $3




My Rainy Valentine

I know, I know…Valentine’s Day was three days ago, however, hubby and I are celebrating this weekend, and what better way to keep the spirit of love alive than to extend the holiday just a wee bit.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, 2010 (and still continuing) has been quite rough on us.  Fortunately, we’re not alone facing the meanness of life.  We have our faith, we have our loved ones, and we have each other.  Even with the challenges we’ve had so many moments of deep, rich laughter, and of course, over the silliest things.  How cool is that!

When thinking about creating my Valentine’s valentine, a particular image and sentiment came to mind — Unity’s Rain or Shine.  I love the sentiment, “through rain or shine, you’ll always be mine” — perfect!  I used Get Sketchy’s GS#74 as my guiding inspiration for the layout, and knew that I wanted to use red, white, black, and yellow (hubby likes those classic colors) so that the card would have a clean and classic look.  Using one of my new favorite tools, the Stampamajig (seriously, all that hype out there — I say worth it!), I lined up my various umbrellies from Unity’s Rain & Flowers set on three panels of cream-colored CS, then layered them on some Me & My Big Ideas B&W polka-dotted DP, and adhered it to Papertrey Ink’s Pure Poppy CS.  I tied a small bow with some red ribbon from Michaels.  For my sentiment, I stamped it in ColorBox Frost White on black CS from Michaels, then embossed with white detail EP.  I then stamped a cloud from Unity & Bella Blvd’s Sunny Happy Skies (using my Stampamajig for layout!) around the sentiment in Frost White, cut it out, and adhered it with 3D adhesives.  On the inside of the card I stamped the image from Rain or Shine in Versamark to give it that watermarked look, and signed around it in white ink.  Then the most important part…I placed the card on top of hubby’s dresser…in perfect view to surprise him after work.

To the one I wanna spend all my “under the umbrella” days with — Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!

stamps: Unity Rain or Shine, Unity Rain & Flowers, Unity & Bella Blvd. Sunny Happy Skies

ink: ColorBox Frost White, ColorBox PaintBox, Palette Black Noir, Versamark

accessories: Papertrey Ink CS, Me & My Big Ideas DP, Detail White EP, ribbon from Michaels

My Two Dads

Reminiscent of the late 1980’s U.S. sitcom, I have been blessed with “My Two Dads”.  My relationships with each are as different as they are.  For the many reasons that makes them each unique, I wholeheartedly love them both, and am thankful to have them in my life.

Many things that I love about my dad can be categorized by his zest for life.  He likes things bright, bold, and a little zany.  Here’s what I mean — his favorite color is orange, and I don’t mean some muted burnt sienna orange, or a light pastel orange, I’m talkin’ neon, calling your attention, bright orange!  He drives what we call “The Blue Bomb” — it is one of the easiest cars to find in the parking lot and one of the easiest to follow on the freeway — it truly striking in its hue.  From all the places my dad visits — near or far, there are two items he must have to commemorate his travels — a shot glass, and a bumper sticker.  He loves all foods spicy, flavorful, and always followed by chocolate.

A graphic word cloud created by "Wordle" using  dad-related words
A graphic word cloud created by “Wordle” using dad-related words

To make my dad’s Father’s Day card I employed the use of Wordle, one of my favorite free Internet tools for creating graphic word clouds.  I basically did a free word association with all things “dad” – and for those words that I wanted to appear larger, I repeated them.

The result was a word cloud graphically represented in my choice of colors, font, layout preferences, etc.  I printed the image on dark green card stock, punched out several squares and then used a glue stick to arrange them over a textured wheat-colored card stock.  I punched out two gift tags, stamped “No. 1 Dad” and attached the tags with an orange eyelet, and stuck them on with a double-sided 3D foam adhesive.  Inside I used an Autumn Leaves “You are Amazing” stamp.  The result – a masculine and personalized card acknowledging the truly amazing dad that I have.

Number One Dad Father's Day card

Handmade Father's Day Card using Wordle

When I think of my Papi, I think of his love and fascination with all things scientific, historical, and indigenous.  As he is himself a mix of French and Incan, the interest in native people from his native Perú (and all over the world) totally makes sense.  The Nazca Lines have always intrigued him — how did they get there?  what do they represent?  what can we learn from them?  — all curious questions.  In addition to his insatiable appetite for knowledge and learning, my Papi also likes to stay below the radar.  This can be chalked up to humility, or simply attributed to his desire for a simple contented life.  When I hear my Papi’s voice in my head, his rant and rave will forever be “hay que preservar el castellano” — he never referred to us speaking Spanish, it was always “el castellano”, which can be literally translated to Castilian (but refers to Spanish) — but this has always been his way to remind us that we didn’t merely speak Spanish, but “castellano” — big difference!

In honor of Papi, I chose a bright pattern, highlighting geometric lines often associated with Native cultures, made sure to choose stamps bearing good news in “castellano”, and kept is simple and below the radar with a small, but honest, “Happy Father’s Day” message.

Handmade Father's Day card for my Papi

Papi's Father's Day card

To both of my dads, I love you, I am grateful for you, and wish you a Happy Father’s Day.

Look Ma, I’m cable-free!

I have to confess — when the conditions are right (i.e. gloomy weather, slow day, some additional time on my hands, etc.) I enjoy a good movie in the middle of the day.  Whether it’s watching Barbra Streisand drive Yves Montand crazy in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever or take a trip to Hertfordshire to witness the blossoming relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, it can be comforting to have some additional voices, characters, and an engaging story added to my day.  Today was one of those days.

Most recently in the land of homemade cards I have been playing with dimensions, using cut shapes, and adding fasteners.  As I was working on some cards for upcoming events (will post pics and more details later) I pulled out my hubby’s laptop to stream a classic from Netflix.  Midway through watching Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole figure out How to Steal a Million the mail came, and along with it a new cool tool.  My husband recently saw an email from Netflix, informing him that a new option is being delivered, allowing viewers to take advantage of “Watch Instantly” streaming options via the Nintendo Wii platform.  He liked the idea and signed us up.  So today in the mail, a special disc (looks no different than your typical CD, DVD, or Wii game disc) arrives, that upon being loaded into the Wii console and then activated, allows us to stream our viewing choice — no cables.  Being the curious, ever-experimenting, always learning individual that I am, I decided to watch the second half of my movie via the Wii.  What a treat!

Set up was incredibly easy.  Just load the disc (seriously more complicated to figure out which mode my TV has to be in to access the Wii), follow the instructions to activate the disc via the laptop, and then browse through viewing options.  Netflix has set up a very Wii-like menu interface, that allowed me to use the controls on the Wii remote to navigate through genres, titles, queued listings, and descriptions to make my choice.  Since How to Steal a Million was already in my queue it was easy to find.  So, while Hepburn and O’Toole talked about precious art and forgeries in the background, I happily made some art of my own.  The viewing quality was great, the convenience well-appreciated, and I was able to pause from across the room using the Wii remote.  Thanks Netflix and Wii.  And thank you, to my husband for signing us up.

Not Just For Directions

For nearly four weeks now I’ve not only been stretching my legs through my neighborhood streets, but also Googling my way through various twists and turns trying to find the best routes.  The best route can include anything from pretty houses to downward slopes to pedestrian-

friendly sidewalks.  With the aid of Google Maps I was charting my path and mapping out my distances.  The “map-by-walking” feature was nice to give me an estimated time, however, the one drawback was the fact that my feet did not always take the same path as the wheels on the cars around me.  Minor, and totally livable, but a drawback when every step, every minute, and every tenth of a mile count.  I don’t know how I found it, but the other day when searching for local 5K and the like in my area, I came across the Gmaps Pedometer.  This is a cool tool.

Here's what the Gmaps Pedometer interface looks like

Using the Gmaps Pedometer one can map out a running/walking or cycling route, can follow paved streets, or add in those cuts through the park, measure distance, measure calories burned, and for those with the inclination — even measure via the metric system. You can even view an analysis of the elevation, but truthfully, when I clicked that option the results meant very little to me, other than viewing a small graph with hills and valleys.

Here’s a quick run-down of how it works.  It is pretty intuitive, free, and even produces a URL for saved routes that one can bookmark or save to favorites for future reference.  NOTE: I accessed this tool using Firefox on my Mac; it might vary slightly across other browsers, and even possibly, other platforms.  When you first visit you’ll likely see a screen with the main interface (pictured here), and a map with a box for entering your starting point.

The Gmaps Pedometer map

If starting your route from home, you can just enter the address and click go.  There is the additional option of customizing the zoom level before clicking “go”, or just enter go and adjust the zoom on the map itself.  When you’re ready to start adding points to route, click the “start recording” button.  You can now either enter addresses, or use the cursor to drag the map to your desired direction, then double click to enter a new point on the map.  As you continue adding points, you’ll see the distance begin to add up.  By default, the pedometer will be set to automatically draw the route for runners or cyclists, but if you like to take those non-wheel-friendly cuts in the path, you can switch to the “manually” (straight lines) option, make that cut through the park, and then go back to automatically — finally a way to go off the beaten path.  If needed, you can “undo the last point” or even “clear all points and start over”.  If you choose to do so, you can even enter your weight and receive a “calories burned” number.  When finished, you can click “save” and the program will produce a URL for you, that you can use to “save to favorites” or “bookmark”, you can print, and for those who need it, there is also an option to export to GPX.  Like I said, very cool.

Here's what my route most likely looked like in college...

In addition to creating a really nifty tool, the good folks at Google, have also been kind enough to put together some basic usage directions.  Of course, I saw these after playing with it and finding my way around, but like I said, it’s quite intuitive.

For those of you interested in a review of the Gmaps Pedometer alongside some other route-mapping tools, check out this article from Anick Jesdanun in The Berkshire Eagle.

Happy mapping!