Stampin’ Up! Retiring List

Some really incredible times are retiring and will no longer be  available- so don’t miss out!

Retiring items are only available while supplies last and some are discounted up to 50% off! (Also, many bundles will be going away, so take advantage of the bundle price while you still can!)

Click the image above for the official retiring list and then head over to http://www.stampinforu.stampin.net to get your favorites before they’re gone!

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

P.S.

It has been rough around here lately with a relapse for my son, so I am behind on my thank you notes and hostess code gifts. If you have ordered, please know I appreciate and love you so much and that working on them brings me a much needed break from the stress of his illness. I have not forgotten you and hope to get them in the mail very soon!

 

 

Almost Time To Say Goodbye: In Colors

Hi friends!

One of my favorite things about Stampin’ Up! is the fabulous color collection. To keep things fresh, Stampin’ up! introduces five new colors every year. These “In Colors” are carefully researched to see what will go with the existing collection and what the hottest trends are.

The 2015-2017 In Colors are so beautiful. Here are some boxes I created for Onstage with them:

Each collection is “in” for two years, which means things are kept fresh, new and exiting. But, it also means saying goodbye to some really beautiful colors!

If you are in love with any of these, now is the time to purchase them because they will sell out fast! (A few are already on back order, so don’t delay!)

Watermelon Wonder is one of my all time favorite stampin’ up! colors and I am really going to miss it! which of these will you miss the most? Leave a comment and let us know!

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

 

2015-2017 In Color Products: (Click on any image for easy, online shopping.)

 

 

The Long Journey Continues

hospital

Hello friends, how are you today?

It has been a long time since you’ve heard from me because my son continues to fight for his life. His struggle started on August 1st. The day before Thanksgiving, we went by ambulance to the PICU at a hospital two hours away from us. We found out he had a fungal infection in his blood which developed because of his pic line. He also could not clear the post operative meningitis, so the doctors removed his baclofen pump and spinal catheter to give his body a better chance of fighting the infection. He spent a week in the PICU before moving to the regular floor. The photo above was his view.

He continues to struggle with fevers, delirium, and pain. The doctors did an MRI and found “debris” in his brain. Yesterday was quite terrifying as we waited to find out if they would do brain surgery to remove it. Late in the day we were told that the “debris” is old, treated infection that will clear up on its own and he will not need brain surgery. You can imagine what a relief that was! We also found out that the fungal infection is gone. (That infection has up to a 60% fatality rate, so this news is overwhelmingly good.)

Currently, the plan is to keep him in the hospital on iv antibiotics for 10 more days and then send him home. We do not know why he continues to have delirium and fevers. It could be baclofen withdrawal, but it usually would have passed by now, so the doctors continue to look for another source. We also do not know if he will have long term damage from all of this, but the MRI did not show evidence of brain damage, so the doctors are hopeful that he will make a full recovery.

To watch one’s child suffer and be helpless to put an end to it has to be one of life’s greatest trials. But today, Thomas continues to fight and we are so very grateful. So many of you have reached out to me with comments, emails and cards. THANK YOU! Your love, prayers and support have been such a life line through all of this.

Despite my absence, November was a great month for my business. Thank you to my team and my customers, as well as my readers. You are all wonderful and I am looking forward to getting back to the joy of creating and sharing with you. Until then, thank you rom the bottom go my heart for your support.

 

Michelle

 

When Tears Become A Way Of Life

tears

Sometimes, tears become normal because life can be hard. So very, very hard.

The photo above is the view from my son’s hospital room. His illness first started on August 1st and he is still desperately sick. He now has post surgical meningitis and his pain is immense. Tears are never far from my eyes as I watch, helpless to ease his suffering. But do you know what he does?

He sings praise.

His spinal column and brain are filled with bacteria and pain, but he sings praise.

His hope has never grown dim and yesterday, when he could barely speak and was going in and out of delirium, he said to me

“Mom, I love you. Never lose faith.”

 

Can you imagine? In the midst of his suffering, he was encouraging me. Tears still come, but I wipe them away and carry on for him because if he can be that strong, so can I.

To all of my wonderful readers, customers and team, I have been pretty missing in action due to all of this. Thank you for sticking by me. I have so many Stampin’ Up! things I need to share with you, but they have to wait because my boy needs me. Thank you for your support, your business and your understanding, and thanks for stopping by today.

Many of you have shared your own stories of personal health struggles or watching loved ones suffer, and some of you have even recently lost those closest to you. My heart is with each of you who have shared. If you are in the middle of a season of tears, my message to you is the same as my son’s:

Friend, I love you.

Never lose faith.

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Stampin’ Up! Catalog

Catalog

Today marks the launch of the beautiful new Stampin’ Up! catalog. So many exciting new products- which is your favorite?

If you need a copy, please email me at stampin265@gmail.com and I will be happy to send one out to you. (US residents only.)

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products On Sale- Up To 50% Off!

Farewell banner

Check out the Stampin’ Up! retiring list and get retiring products before they’re gone! Discounts up to 50% off!

 

For retiring stamps, click here and everything else, click here.

Here are some projects with a few of my favorite retiring stamp sets:

September Stamp of the Month Club

Graduation Card

June Stamp of the Month Club

Apple of My Eye Stampin365

And a fun project I made up with the envelope liner dies, which are going bye bye:

Shine On Notecard Holder 9

Shine On Notecard Holder 15

Remember, things go fast, especially the old In Colors, so shop early before it’s gone!

Happy shoppin’ friends!

Michelle

 

Pedal Pusher

Pedal Pusher

Hi friends, how are you today?

Here is a simple card I made with the adorable Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Pedal Pusher, available for free with a $50 purchase until the end of this month.

The little tandem bike is so fun to color with stamp pads and blender pens.

Pedal Pusher 2

And the swish from the Work of Art stamp set is perfect for a bit of road under the bike. (I stamped it upside-down.)

I love stamp sets that come with sentiments, and this one is so nice.

Pedal Pusher 3

Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to create handmade cards for every occasion to show how much you care.

If you have been thinking of placing an order, now is the perfect time because for every $50 you spend, you earn a free Sale-A-Bration item of your choice. Sale-A-Bration ends march 31st, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

Stampin’ Supplies:

 

Easy Valentine’s Day Decor

Valentine Decor 2 Stampin365.com

Hi, friends, how are you today?

Here is a fun project I made last year and never got around to blogging about. I purchased the square frame at a local store.

Valentine Decor Stampin365.com

It came together surprisingly fast. First, I traced the hearts onto a piece of graph the same size as my white cardstock.

Valentine Tutorial 2 Stampin365.com

Next, I punched a hole in an extra heart.

Valentine Tutorial 4 Stampin365.com

I marked the graph paper hearts and punched through the mark.

Valentine tutorial 6 Stampin365.com

Then I layed the graph paper on top of my cardstock and marked the holes with a Sharpie.

Valentine tutorial 9 Stampin365.com

My cardstock looked like this:

Valentine Tutorial 7 Stampin365.com

Next, I stamped the sentiment. It’s from the Perfect Pennants stamp set.

Valentine Tutorial 12 Stampin365.com

Then I added a dimensional to each mark.

Valentine Tutorial 8 Stampin365.com

Finally, I added the hearts.

Valentines Day Decor

During February, I miss my days of teaching with the cute little mailboxes and excited kids, so I decorate my house and celebrate Valentine’s Day with my own kids. It makes me so happy.

 

So how about you?

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Leave me a comment and let me know- love it or hate it? XOXO or MEH for the day of love?

 

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

January Paper Pumpkin

Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin? Each month, a fully designed project kit arrives at your door with stamps, ink, and paper- everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun!

During Sale-A-Bration, a three month Paper Pumpkin subscription is onsale for $55 and qualifies you for one free Sale-A-Bration item.

Sound fun? It really is! Check out this month’s Paper Pumpkin with the option of adorable Valentine’s Day treat sacks and/or a banner:

Want to know more about Paper Pumpkin? Click here for the details.

For more paper crafting inspiration, scroll down to see my February Stamp of the Month Club!

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle