Friday, April 30, 2010

Change is coming!

Well, I'm really not sure how I feel about this yet, but sometimes change is good. Stampin' Up! announced earlier this month that they are going to be changing the core colors . They are retiring some of the current colors, keeping some of the current In-Colors, bringing back some of the former In-Colors and introducing 5 new core colors. Whew - that makes me tired just thinking about it. In addition the In-colors will now last for two years, instead of one. The new In-colors will be announced at a later date. So beginning with the new catalog, July 1st, there will now be 40 core colors assembled in four color "collections" and 5 new In-Colors. Next year 5 more In-Colors will be introduced for a two year life span. Stampin' Up! is striving to keep up with current color trends and the way they have structured the color rotations will make it easier to do that. I think this will be a good thing, but I'm still crying over saying "goodbye" to some of my favorite colors.

The new colors will be available with the new catalog. You still have until the end of June to stock up on your favorite colors before they are gone forever. Here's a chart of the new colors and a chart of the colors that will be retiring.

New colors as of July 1st ------

Retiring Colors as of June 30th -----

Let me know if you want to start stocking up on your favorites and start making your list of what you'll need starting in July.

Have a Great Day!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Quilt Swap

Have you ever wondered what you could do with your Big Shot besides make cards and other paper crafts??? Did you know that the steel-ruled dies will cut 50 different types of materials??? Including things like thin metal & cork. Well, that also includes just regular fabric.

I recently did a quilt block swap using the Big Shot dies. Here are the three blocks that I did. Unfortunately, I couldn't do the "quilting" part due to sewing machine issues. I was going to applique around each of the items and hopefully when I get the issues resolved I can find the time to do that. I think that they came out really cute though. Hope you like them.

This one uses Build-A-Bear, Scallop Circles and Serif Essentials Alphabet dies. You can't tell from this picture, but the bears are cut from a fuzzy type of fabric.

This one uses Stars and Serif Essentials Alphabet dies.

This one is probably my favorite because I love the bright colors. It uses the Flower Layer #3 and the Stampin' Up! exclusive die - Beautiful Butterflies.

Hope you enjoy seeing these. I just wish that I could have finished them out with the quilting ---- well - that's a project for the future.