Friday, May 7, 2010

Stampin Ups 2010 retiring colors in a biiiig way!

I just want to send a note about Stampin Ups retiring list. Every year Stampin Up retires about half the catalogue stamps and many of the accessories in preparation for their new catalogue release July 1st. This year, they are doing an overhaul in a huge way and I want to make sure everyone knows about. They are retiring 30 colors including all the paper, ink, markers, and accessories and they are bringing in 45 new (and some retired in colors) to replace them. Originally, the company said that they would provide an opportunity to order any of the retiring colors through the end of May and then as available but because of a massive reaction to to the retirement, they are now running out of colors and it will be as supplies last. Note, if you order smooth cardstock, you may get textured as a replacement. I will be placing an order on Tuesday May 11th so if you want to order, please get it to me by end of day May 10th or you can order it yourself at . Note by going directly through the website, you need to select a demonstrator to get regular catalogue pricing (pick me, pick me!!!!) or you will pay 10% more I think. If my name doesn’t show up in the regular list, you can find me by searching (Robin Williams Champlin MN 55316)

Here is an excerpt about the color renovation or you can go to for the entire article

… Stampin' Up!'s renovated color collections available July 1, 2010 has something that everyone will love. The renovated color collections will include 25 carryover colors, 10 returning In Colors (which are now core colors), 5 new core colors, and 5 new In Colors, for a total of 45 colors. The company will continue to offer five new In Colors each year, and In Colors will have a lifespan of two years. Colors are divided into four collections: Subtles, Brights, Regals and Neutrals.

Additionally, the last chance list is out June 1st. I will provide a list on my blog,, or you can read it for yourself by going to on June 1st.

I will include an attachment but if you cant open it, the following colors are retiring;

Pink Passion

Pixie Pink

Pale Plum

Orchid Opulence

Lovely Lilac

Lavender Lace

Almost Amethyst

Bordering Blue

Brocade Blue

Ballet Blue

Brilliant Blue

Taken with Teal

Glorious Green

Handsome Hunter

Sage Shadow

Mellow Moss

Green Galore

Gable Green

Barely Banana

Yoyo Yellow

Summer Sun

Apricot Appeal

Only Orange

Really Rust

Ruby Red

Cameo Coral

Blush Blossom

Creamy Caramel

Close to Cocoa

Going Gray - free books for children in need

I have blogged before about my sponsored children in Chile through Childrens International and I want to tell you about a cause that you can support by investing only a tiney amount of your time and no money. is an online community supporting international children in poverty. They are partnering with Visa to provide $50,000 worth of books to children in need. You can help by visting and clicking on the Click for a Cause link in the upper left side of the main page and you can do it once a day. Please take a few minutes to help this worthy cause.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Removing Nasty Odors

I have memberships in many different types of groups on 'Linked In' and one of them is a Home Stagers group. When I requested membership, it seemed interesting but now I follow it regularly because of the great, cheap decorating tips. Recently a stager was looking for ways to get rid of cooking odors that have seemingly seeped into to the carpet, walls and woodwork and the responses were quite helpful. Here is a summary of ways to get rid of lingering household smells;
  1. Replace air filters
  2. Clean sink traps
  3. Have the ducts cleaned
  4. Saturate anything that doesnt stain with an enzyme spray
  5. Spray the rooms with a homemade spray using distilled water and these essential oils; lavendar, lemongrass, eucalyptus
  6. Put a new 10 lb bag of charcoal in the room with the heaviest smell

Let me know if you have others.