My Trip to On Stage in Charlotte!

This past weekend I was able to go to On Stage in Charlotte, North Carolina! Yes, I flew from San Diego to Charlotte to attend a Stampin’ Up! conference AND to get my hands on the brand new 2019-2020 Catalog! I traveled with my friend and stamping buddy, Robin, and we had TOO MUCH FUN! And, I have pictures!

We arrived a few days early to tour around Charlotte. We discovered a darling French bakery called Amelie and ate yummy fresh-baked macarons!

Friday evening I was honored to attend Center Stage dinner. This picture is of our placemat and a little brochure and pen we received. It was so pretty I had to take a picture! The magnolias may give you a clue to a beautiful new suite in the new catalog!

Saturday we attended the conference and oh boy, was it fun! During the day we were able to create “make & takes.” That means fairly easy cards that we made there and brought home. The card below is one of my make & takes that is a part of the upcoming May Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit was designed by Stampin’ Up!’s founder, Shelli Gardner, and I LOVE IT! I’ll be using this set often, you can be sure!

Another card we created featured the new Free As A Bird stamp set. This is going to be an absolute favorite! Don’t you just love those sweet little birds on the branch? We stamped them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored them in with Stampin’ Blends. The stamped panel is layered over a piece of the new Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper and oh boy is it so cute!!

Usually when you attend On Stage you take your team. For my team, both Robin and Christine were able to come, isn’t that neat??

We had SO much fun together! We won and were given 3 brand new stamp sets! Everyone who attended received one of the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalogs and the minute we got them we ooh’d and aah’d! This is a fabulous catalog with lots of fun and beautiful new stamp sets and papers and ribbons and inks! We were also able to place an order right away for some of the new product! Yippee! These are some of the benefits of being a demonstrator and we love it!

We left early Sunday morning headed to Chicago to change planes and return to San Diego. But do you see in the photo above what happened when we arrived in Chicago? When we first got off the plane it was wet, rainy and cool. But as we had a 2-hour layover and were wandering about — the rain turned to snow!  Well, this little California girl a bit concerned. By the time we were ready to board, our gate had been moved and the gate to board our planes was now different. The rain was still coming down fairly lightly. By the time we arrived at the new gate we found out that our flight attendant crew had been held up on another flight and would not be able to come to our plane for about 1/2 hour. By now the rain had turned to snow. We boarded the plane and it promptly needed to be de-iced. We then had to wait a bit more for our turn to take off, and in the meantime our plane needed to be de-iced again! I felt that we may not get out of the Chicago airport yesterday at all! Well, after the second de-icing we were cleared to go and took off. And we flew out of that airport as fast as we could. It was wonderful to land back in our beautiful San Diego!

Because I was gone over the weekend I couldn’t choose the winner from Friday’s post until today. 

The Winner of the Gumball Jar Card is…

Ronalyn Eppinger!

Ronnie, please email me as soon as possible and I’ll get your card out to you right away!

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2017-2019 In Colors Are Leaving Soon!

The Beautiful 2017-2019 In Colors

Do you love Lemon Lime Twist? Are you thrilled about Tranquil Tide? These In Colors are rich and vibrant, and we’ve LOVED working with them over the past two years. You may know that the Stampin’ Up! In Colors stay around for two years and then they’re gone, and the time is approaching for these colors to retire. Take a look at the 2017-2019 In Color retiring products below.

IF YOU LOVE THEM, GET THEM NOW!  These products will retire (and be discontinued) as of June 3, when the 2019-2020 annual catalog begins. Retiring In Color products can sell out quickly (and forever).


Thank you all for the fabulous guesses of the number of gumballs in the candy jar on yesterday’s post! The winner will be revealed on Monday April 15th! This weekend I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage conference! It’s a fun time when we get to see the new annual catalog – and new In Colors! – and learn lots of new things! I can’t wait to tell you about all I find out!
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Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!
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Guess How Many Gum Drops and Win The Card!

Stampin' Up! Detailed With Love - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Today’s card is SO MUCH FUN!! It’s made using the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper, and this paper is really sweet! It’s all about bright candy: lollipops, gum balls, gum drops, suckers, oh my!

Stampin' Up! How Sweet It Is - Peggy Noe - stampinup

The candy jar is actually cut out from one of the pieces of the designer series paper. Isn’t it cute? Do you see all the gum drops in the jar? If you can guess the exact number of gum balls, I will send you this card! And, if more than one of you guess the correct number, the card will go to the first comment to get it right 🙂

Stampin' Up! Life Is Sweeter - Peggy Noe - stampinup

The Coastal Cabana dotted paper and the striped piece are from the same designer series paper. On top of the dotted piece is a panel of Whisper White card stock embossed with a few dies from the Stitched Labels Framelits. In the center of the panel I used the embossing criss-cross die, and on the upper and lower edges of the panel I used an edging die that stitches and scallops!

The “sweet” sentiment is from the Detailed With Love stamp set, and it’s been heat embossed on the Coastal Cabana piece and then cut out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies — lots of stitching going on here, right?

Stampin' Up! How Sweet It Is - prettypapercards - stampinup

The New Annual Catalog is Coming!

And you know what that means… many items in the current Annual Catalog will be retiring 🙁  Be watching because the Retiring List is due to come out next Monday April 15. I’ll be posting it as soon as I get it. If there’s something you’ve been wanting that ends up on the Retiring List, order it right away to assure that you get it.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you win the card!!!



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Guest Artist With Accented Blooms!

Stampin' Up! Accented Blooms - Robin Daus - stampinup

Today I have two gorgeous cards for you created by my friend and downline, Robin Daus! She’s an amazing crafter and I’m privileged to show you her cards. Today’s projects feature the Accented Blooms stamp set and the coordinating Tailored Tag Punch!

Stampin' Up! Accented Blooms Navy - Robin Daus - stampinup

This card was created with Night of Navy card stock and ink. For the sentiment piece she’s used a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad. To color the flowers she’s used a bleach technique.

The nice thing about the Accented Blooms stamp set is that it has five (5) different sentiments! Stamp sets that contain both images and sentiments are super versatile, that’s one reason this is such a good set.

And, don’t you love punches? Card making is so quick and easy with punches ~ just stamp and punch! This punch is different, it has angles and a modern look. If you like modern angles, this is the punch for you!

Stampin' Up! Accented Blooms Merlot - Robin Daus - stampinup

Here is the other card she made using Merry Merlot card stock and coordinating ink. She’s embossed the flowers with Copper Embossing Powder and put a strip of Copper Foil under the left side of the Merlot piece. She’s also added some Copper Metallic Thread. 

Stampin' Up! Accented Blooms Merlot Card - Robin Daus - stampinup

You can see the the flowers on this card also have been bleached to lighten the card stock color. I have to say that I don’t know this technique, but wanted to show you Robin’s cards as they are SO pretty! 

Please leave a comment below for Robin. I know she’d love to hear fro you!

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy stamping!