Farewell Old Friend: Lovely as a Tree

Ladies and gentlemen, Stampin’ Up! and the rest of us are finally saying good bye to Lovely as a Tree.  This stamp set was released in 2001 and after 18 years, it’s leaving us for good.  I must confess, when I joined Stampin’ Up! in 2003 and first saw this stamp set, I called it “Ugly as a Tree”.  I know, I know, that’s very rude, but it just didn’t speak to me.  There were so many other stamp sets that were calling my name, so I ignored it….

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree, Stampin' Studio

….until….I stated seeing samples created with it.  This stamp set more than any other in the history of Stampin’ Up! is the “GO TO” set for stunning techniques and simple stamping.  It’s fool proof for beginning stampers, and a comfort for the casual stamper and amazing for the avid stamper.  I looked through boxes and files for some of my card samples using Lovely as a Tree and couldn’t find a single one, so I googled it and came up with some stunning creations made by others.  I am not taking credit for any of these, I just wanted to share all it’s lovely-ness with you.

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree, Stampin' Studio

Honestly, this is as simple as it gets…paper, stamps and ink.

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree, Stampin' Studio

Kicking it up a notch with some patterned paper and ribbon but still just a black ink pad.

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree, Stampin' Studio

For those who like layers and techniques, check this out ….

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree, Stampin' Studio

….or fabulous techniques like the “mirror image”.

So now you can see why I think Lovely as a Tree is a must have in every stamp room, stamp table, stamp box, or where ever you create.  If you don’t own it yet and feel a need to add it to your list please shop my store.

Whohoooo! Shop Retiring Products While Supplies Last!

Stampin' Up! Last Chance products, Stampin' StudioHere it is!  Last chance to get some of the fabulous product that Stampin’ UP! is moving out of their inventory.  This retiring products lists contain items from the 2019 occasions catalog and 2018–2019 annual catalog. Products are available until June 3, 2019, or while supplies last only. Some items will sell out quickly, don’t wait to get what you love.

Want to print out the lists so you can page through your catalogs:  Here you go! 

2019 Occasions Catalog Retiring List

2018-2019 Annual Catalog Retiring List
Click on each image to shop that category!

WAIT:  Important news about the stamp sets on the list:
With the new Annual catalog all red rubber stamp sets will be sold as the cling stamps, so many of the stamp sets that show up on the retired stamps list will still be around, just sold in the new type of cling stamp.   


Pop of Petals
Label Me Pretty
Special Celebrations
Itty Bitty Greetings
Botanical Bliss
This Little Piggy
Flourishing Phrases
Stitched All Around
Hold on to Hope
Peaceful Place
Barn Door
Accented Blooms
Birthday Backgrounds
Perennial Birthday
Dashing Deer
Winter Woods
Kindness & Compassion
Dandelion Wishes
Healing Hugs
Sorry for Everything
Love You to Pieces
Tropical Chic
Bee Thankful
Animal Outing
Little Elephant
Beautiful You
Painted Glass
Little Twinkle
Beautiful Day
Magical Mermaid
First Frost
Rooted in Nature
Country Road
Lilypad Lake
Sea of Textures
Artisan Textures
Gallery Grunge
Bokeh Dots
Crafting Forever

Please keep in mind that some items will sell out very fast, so be sure to order what you really want right away, before they’re gone for good.  Every year i have people that are disappointed that they miss out on some things they really want.

Are you ready for the new catalog and In Colors?

Saturday was Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage Conference which was held in many locations around the globe.  We had a close family friend, who’s son got married on Saturday, so we opted for the wedding over the Stampin’ up! event.  We had a fabulous time at the wedding, but I must admit, it was sad to miss out on the reveal of the new Annual Catalog and all the presentations and time with other stampers.  About 18 members of my Stampin’ Sisters team attended On Stage in Minneapolis on Saturday and they were gracious enough to share some group photos.  Looks like they’re having a great time doesn’t it?


At the event, everyone received the new Annual Catalog and saw lots of displays and presentations of new product. My sister Peggy stopped by on her way back home to Illinois on Sunday afternoon, and brought me all kinds of special gifts from my team members.  They are some of the most fabulous people on the face of the earth.

Stampin' Up! On Stage, Stampin' Sisters Gifts, Stampin' Studio

She also shared the new catalog with me.  I got to ooh and ahh over every single page of it.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

Stampin' up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Stampin' Studio

I am loving the rustic feel of the cover which features both feminine and masculine projects.  What’s inside you ask?  Well I can’t show you but I can tell you what my favorites are….that would be everything between the front and back covers.  Honestly this is one of the best catalogs I’ve seen in a long time.  The products are amazing and the projects are gorgeous.  Like the cover says, Creativity is calling.

Stampin' Up! 2019-2021 In Colors, Stampin' Studio

One of the things that we stampers tend to be most curious about are the new In Colors.  Every Year Stampin’ Up! retires 5 old In Colors and debuts 5 new “In Colors”.  These new colors will be part of our color palette for the next 2 years.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell from a picture how you feel about a color, but I think we’re really going to love combining these colors with some of our existing colors for some fabulous color combinations.

Let me introduce them to you- from left to right in the photo above we have:

Terracotta Tile

Rococo Rose

Purple Posy

Seaside Spray

Pretty Peacock

So by now you may be wondering, when you’ll get a chance to see the new Annual Catalog?  June 3rd is the date it goes live where we can all order from it.  But, do you want to know the good news?  As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, we all get to see it online very soon and can start ordering some of the products as early as May 2nd.  If you would like to get in on that action, all you have to do is purchase the starter kit and become a member of my Stampin’ Sisters family.  The kit is just $99 and you get to choose $125 in product of your choice and you will save a minimum of $25 on all future purchase while you remain active.  Have you got questions about that?  If so just contact me and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

What products are on the Retiring Products List?

With a new catalog coming, that means that some of the product from the existing 2018-2019 catalog is retiring.  I’ll update this blog post as soon as the Retiring Product List is posted.  Because retiring product is only available while supplies last, be sure to pop on over to my online store right away before your MUST HAVE ITEMS are gone for good.