Color Your Season…

While supplies last, get in the mood to create something full of colors and seasons! Introducing the all-new, limited-time Color Your Season products:

  • Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season!
  • Stitched Season Framelits Dies, a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images!
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colors!
  • Please note: The bundle includes the stamp set and dies only. It does not include the Watercolor Pencils.

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See this beautiful set here! This shows a flyer of the created images above along with the details of the Color Your Season bundle.

Receive a FREE gift from me and the chance to win a FREE stamp set!

When you place an online order of $50 or more this month, I will send you a FREE gift (along with an instruction sheet). Be sure to use hostess code:VT7KNU3F when placing your online order. You will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE stamp set of your choice.

If you are placing an order over $150, DO NOT use the hostess code above as you will want to get all of the hostess benefits for yourself! You will still receive a FREE gift from me and be entered into a drawing to win a FREE stamp set of your choice.


Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Dog days of summer….

WOW! Where has summer gone?!?! I cannot believe we have only one month left before students are back in the classrooms! Where does the time go?…

Along with summer winding down, Stampin’ Up! is offering Bonus Days where with every $50 USD you spend from now until Aug. 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use Sept. 1-30! This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!


• Promotion period: Aug. 1–31, 2018
• Redemption period: Sept. 1-30, 2018
• An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
• It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
• Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.

Receive a FREE gift from me and the chance to win a FREE stamp set!

When you place an online order of $50 or more this month, I will send you a FREE gift (along with an instruction sheet). Be sure to use hostess code:VT7KNU3F when placing your online order. You will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE stamp set of your choice.

If you are placing an order over $150, DO NOT use the hostess code above as you will want to get all of the hostess benefits for yourself! You will still receive a FREE gift from me and be entered into a drawing to win a FREE stamp set of your choice.


Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou

Retiring Stampin’ Up! Colors/Color Revamp!

REMINDER!! Things are going away…..

REPEAT MESSAGE FROM LAST WEEK…….Please note that inks and paper will disappear fast. If there is something that you want, I suggest getting it sooner rather than later!CM100500B

Items from the occasions catalog that are retiring.

Items from the annual catalog that are retiring.

Please watch the ** and *** “asterisks” on the retirement lists. While some of these items are NOT going away, they will be un-bundled in the annual catalog and you will no longer be able to obtain them at the bundled 10 percent discount!

Repeat after me….change is good — change is very, very good!

Most everyone hates change, but there are times that change is a good thing. In this instance, it is going to be AWESOME!Generally, every five years, Stampin’ Up! does a color revamp as they pay attention to current trends in clothing, home decor, furniture, etc. The last time there was a revamp of colors was in 2013. I was a demo for about a year when that revamp happened–wished I had known it was coming as I had a LOT of ink pads, markers and re-inkers that I had just purchased disappear. Ah well, you live and you learn!

Retiring Colors

On May 31, 2018 — 13 colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist (one of two that I will truly miss!)
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder (one of two that I will truly miss!)

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Flirty Flamingo*
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugar Plum

*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available as part of our core color collection.

There are no changes to the “In Color” program. Every two years Stampin Up! will continue to introduce five new “In Colors” that will be available for the next two years.These previous In Colors are returning and joining our core colors:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

2018-2020 “In Color” Collection & 2017-2019

“In Color” Collection

And now, the new colors….


The fully “revamped” color collections….

new stampin' up! colors


Ink pads are changing too….

Stampin’ Up! has redesigned the stamp case and formula for stamp pads.   The details behind this decision follows:

Why did Stampin’ Up! change the case? The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. Stampin’ Up! can only use a mold a limited number of times before it needs to replaced, so they had to decide if they wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. They decided to improve it!

Do I have to replace all of my old pads? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Your old pads will still work and the new ink refills can be used on the stamp pads in the old cases. The EXCEPTION to that is basic gray and basic black archival inks (Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed).

So, how did the case improve?

  • They will be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
  • They have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
  • Stack-ability. Being able to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
  • Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
    • The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
    • The stickers include a new In Color icon.
    • We’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • We’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.

How is the ink different? Stampin’ Up! improved the ink formula because the old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. The improved ink formula will:

  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help lay down the ink better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink? Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you  recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.

Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad? Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.

Where is the archival ink? Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StazOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of our ink offering.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy? Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast.Please note that the color caddy will be retiring on May 31st or while supplies last – if you want it, you need to get it now!

If you have any questions about the color revamp, the new ink pads or the In Colors, please contact me by leaving a message in the comments section below or give me a call!



Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Items Retiring Soon!

Just got a heads up about Stamping’ Up! items that are retiring soon. In an effort to make room for new product when our June, 2018 catalog gets released, some items will be disappearing.

Please note that inks and paper will disappear fast. If there is something that you want, I suggest getting it sooner rather than later!


Items from the occasions catalog that are retiring.

Items from the annual catalog that are retiring.




I was going to hold a card buffet on Saturday, April 14. However, this last month has been challenging and I am canceling the event — I need some time to take care of me. Thank you for your understanding! Watch for news of a May card buffet being scheduled soon!


Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Remembering Alyssa Jo Furman


It has been a roller coaster 24 hours. It was about 4:00 p.m. yesterday that we found out that my niece AJ was about to get new lungs. At 10:30 last night, we were informed that was not meant to be–the lungs were no good.

Early this morning (3/28/18), God called home his newest angel! AJ’s lung transplant was not to be. She is now resting in His precious arms!

Along with continued prayers, we are needing a bit of help to get Alyssa’s body home from St. Paul, MN to Oshkosh, WI. I have set up a fundraiser to help my brother and his family out during this difficult time. Won’t you please consider helping our family out?

As my sister Mare Mare so eloquently put it this morning, “Alyssa can breathe again, but the rest of us, our breath has been taken away!”

Fly free beautiful butterfly…your cocoon is open wide!

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
~Jeffrey Glassberg
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Christmas 2013 with the cousins — from left — Alyssa, Crystal, Corrina and Catelynn.


Thoughts and Musings…Hope and Hugs…

The last few days have been a bit of a struggle. My 21-year-old niece has been fighting for her life. This quote truly hit home!


Alyssa Jo from Kokomo (as my dad lovingly called her) was born with cystic fibrosis. It is a horrid disease.

It is a disease that is as hard to pronounce for little kids as it is to live with on a daily basis. Young kids think it is pronounced 65 roses.

Can you imagine, waking up every day and not being able to breathe? I surely can’t and I will tell you that I truly take that for granted (as I am sure most anybody does). Alyssa can’t!

I remember AJ as a little girl, my brother and his wife always having to beat on her back to loosen the mucus that gathered in her lungs to clear them out enough for her to breathe. They always felt they were abusing their baby girl, but if you did not do it, she would not have lived.

Alyssa has been inside the hospital so many times that you lose count! At least on a yearly basis she would be in because she caught a bug and her breathing became more labored. Constant medications, constant treatment, constant prayers, constant…constant…constant!

A person with CF has to complete a combination of the following therapies on a DAILY basis:

  • Airway clearance to help loosen and get rid of the thick mucus that can build up in the lungs. Some airway clearance techniques require help from family members, friends, or respiratory therapists. Many people with CF use an inflatable vest that vibrates the chest at a high frequency to help loosen and thin mucus.
  • Inhaled medicines to open the airways or thin the mucus. These are liquid medicines that are made into a mist or aerosol and then inhaled through a nebulizer. These medicines include antibiotics to fight lung infections and therapies to help keep the airways clear.
  • Pancreatic enzyme supplement capsules to improve the absorption of vital nutrients. These supplements are taken with every meal and most snacks. People with CF also usually take multivitamins.

My niece is waiting to be put on the transplant list for new lungs. She was not sick enough a couple of weeks ago to be put on the transplant list — and now, she is too sick! The doctors are working hard on getting her to the point when she can be added.

AJ had emergency surgery late yesterday (3/20). They have bypassed her heart and lungs so they don’t have to work so hard right now for her. She continues to be on a ventilator and will be on it for a while. She is a fighter and we hope she continues to fight the good fight. She’s turned this corner but is not out of the woods yet, by any means.

The hardest part is being in Wisconsin as they are going through these struggles in Minnesota. I want to be there in the worst way–not only for Alyssa, but for my brother Doug and his wife Sam and their other kids Corina and Ryan. However, I am battling a cold right now and I can’t risk compromising anyone’s health.

This reminds me of one of my favorite cards. Hope and Hugs…that and many, many, many prayers are what I keep sending to my brother and his family these days!

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Hug your loved ones everyone. You never know when you will be able to do so again! And if you believe in the power of prayer (I do–as I am living proof they work), please say a prayer for AJ and her family!


Cindy Lou


Oh happy day…

The sun is shining, the temps are warmer and the days are longer….WOOO HOOOO spring has sprung! Let’s hope it stays here, right?!?! ~crossing my fingers!!~

More goodies were released for the last hurrah of Sale-A-Bration 2018. You can check out the new goodies here! Sale ends March 31, 2018!


Also, wanted to give you the heads up that soon Stampin’ Up! will be releasing our new annual catalog (June, 2018). That means, new In-Colors will be coming to us — and past ones will be retiring. They WILL GO FAST!! So, get them NOW before they are ALL gone!

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I hosted my card buffet this past Saturday and had a blast with a 12 x 12 One-Sheet-Wonder class. It was GREAT fun! Here are the cards that we made. I had masculine card stock and feminine card stock available to play with.

Here are copies of the cards that were made (2 of each design). One Sheet Wonder Cards #1

One Sheet Wonder #1 Inside

I don’t usually put sentiments on the inside of my cards. I like to write personal messages to folks. I had to chuckle, because inside EACH of these cards is a sentiment! Maybe I am changing my ways?!?!

One Sheet Wonder #2

One Sheet Wonder #2 Inside

Here is the grid for measuring and cutting 12×12-One-Sheet-Wonder. Isn’t it great that there is SO LITTLE WASTE (bottom right hand corner)?

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you enjoyed our One-Sheet-Wonder!



SAVE THE DATES — Event coming up!!

NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15.

RSVP by Thursday, April 12 so I will have enough materials cut and ready to roll! Hope to see you there!

Let me know if you have specific cards that you might need (i.e. baby, birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).


Check out the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs on the right hand side of the blog. Earn free product for each $50 spend (before tax and shipping) with Sale-A-Bration that ends Mar. 31, 2018.

A new batch of SAB goodies will be released on Feb. 16. Stay tuned for more!


Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou