2018 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List & Color Refresh

We are nearing the end of the current Stampin’ Up! catalog which means the Retired Product list has been released and the items will go quickly. You will want to click the download link below because it is continually being updated and by clicking the link, you can see the most current version.

Every year I release a catalog walk through video where you can follow along and highlight the retiring stamps in your catalog so that you can easily identify what you want to grab before it’s gone. below is a PDF of the Catalog. I will be uploading that for you later this week.


If you’ve been around Stampin’ Up! for a few years you have probably been through a Color Refresh where inevitably some of your favorite colors retire and some oldies but goodies come back. It’s REFRESH TIME!!

While I am sad to see some of these colors go, I am excited that Coastal Cabana is back!!! As for the retiring colors, they are available until supplies last, so get them now if you are smitten, buy them before they are gone because once they sell out, they are gone.

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

And here are the new Color Families:

Bunny Cake Recipe

Mini Bunny Cake Recipe from StampinFool.com

Hoppy Hoppy Monday!

I have the best recipe to share today! It is adapted from a mini bundt cake recipe paired with my Nordic Ware Mini Bunny Cake pan. The almond extract gives these little cakes extra depth of flavor.

  • Makes six mini cakes in three adorable bunny shapes.
  • Durable cast-aluminum ensures even baking and crisp browning.
  • A premium nonstick finish guarantees your cakes will come out of the pan perfect.
  • Made in the USA by Nordic Ware, a family-owned company famous for its fine bakeware since 1946.

Mini Bunny Cakes

Sweet little bunny cakes are both cute and delectable.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 mini cakes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

  2. Spray pan with baking spray making sure to cover the bunny details well.

    Lightly coat with a dash of extra flour.

  3. In mixer, cream sugar and butter on low until combined. Increase to medium and beat until fluffy.

  4. Add flour, milk, baking powder, salt, eggs and extract and mix. Do not overmix batter.

  5. Pour evenly into pans. It will fill 1/2 to 3/4 of the way. Do not fill to the top.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. 

  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

  8. Serve warm with fresh strawberries and a powdered sugar dusting.

I love how the outside gets a nice golden crunch while the inside retains the perfect warm center and not dried out. The perfect pound cake!

Mini Bunny Cake Recipe from StampinFool.com


Mini Bunny Cake Recipe from StampinFool.com

Mini Bunny Cake Recipe from StampinFool.com


Gymboree Sale: Top Picks

https://bit.ly/2H3VIoU    Everything 40-70% Off this weekend! Adorable baby outfits on sale! #gymboree #ad #affiliate

Top Picks from Gymboree Sale

Do you love Gymboree? You know I do!! I’ve made you a list of my favorite new Spring & Summery picks. I’ve included links to each item for your convenience! **Affiliate Disclosure: If you buy from these links, I get some craft money (at no cost to you– and not enough for a pony :) ).**

  1. Pink Puffy Short:  How cute are these little bubble shorts. And they come in a two pack! Perfect for a gift or for your little one.

Top Pick: from Gymboree
Top Pick: from Gymboree

   2. Naval Stripe Suit- AHH I cannot get over how cute this is! Perfect for the beach or pool this summer.

Top Pick: from Gymboree
Top Pick: from Gymboree

3.  Bunny Romper- It’s never the wrong time to wear bunnies!

Top Pick: from Gymboree
Top Pick: from Gymboree

4. Lemon Lemon- I love lemons! A lemon dress is about as spring/summer as you can get. Anything lemon- sign me up!

Top Pick: from Gymboree
Top Pick: from Gymboree

5. Lemons again? Yes! This adorable lemon top with little navy shorts is perfect for warm weather. Come on Spring!

Top Pick: from Gymboree
Top Pick: from Gymboree

Top Picks for Boys

  1. Pink and Blue- Because blue isn’t the only boyish color. These pastels make summer stylin.

Top Pick: Boys by Gymboree
Top Pick: Boys by Gymboree

2. Suspenders- Anything with suspenders. Pair the overalls with a polo and you are set to go.

Top Pick: Boys by Gymboree
Top Pick: Boys by Gymboree

3. Plaid- Brightly colored, spring plaid is where it’s at. It’s trending yet timeless. You can’t go wrong with this blue and green color combo!

Top Pick: Boys by Gymboree
Top Pick: Boys by Gymboree

from: Gymboree, Crazy 8 & Janie and Jack


https://bit.ly/2H3VIoU    Everything 40-70% Off this weekend! Adorable baby outfits on sale! #gymboree #ad #affiliate

Life with Helen: DOCKATOT REVIEW

When baby number two was on the way I was still struggling to get preschooler one to stay in his bed all night. Would the revered baby product DockATot be the answer? (Hint, YES it would & this post contains affiliate links- you buy, I receive a percentage).

It’s no secret that new moms don’t get much sleep. (Prego moms don’t get much sleep either, making the start even rougher). Mom fears are the worst!

Helen loves her DockATot

Enter Helen. She is the sweetest. But, she wouldn’t sleep anywhere except on my chest. When you’re exhausted and your baby eats ever two hours and she won’t sleep ANYWHERE you start to go a little crazy. We tried it all- the bassinet, the crib, the swing, the bouncer during the day to practice. It didn’t work. Although she never cries at any other time and is a happy baby, she refused to sleep anywhere and I am very serious about safe sleep. I was too scared to have her sleep in the swing or rock and play type toy unsupervised (aka while I was sleeping). So we resorted to my husband sleeping on a mattress on the floor of my son’s room and me and baby camping out, sleeping sitting up in our king size bed, with no blankets or pillows.

By the four month mark I was getting desperate. Most nights she was still waking herself up every two hours. I had seen posts about the DockATot on Instagram before Helen was born. They have two sizes, the for babies 8 months and younger and the Grand for older babies to use into their toddler years. The online reviews seemed to all be unanimous – the DockATot is a must have! I have to admit I was a little reluctant to make the purchase. This gift from above comes with a price tag between $175-290, depending on the size and design you choose (click here to check out the variety of options they have to offer). I didn’t know if I would need it and didn’t want to buy it before she was born. But she was here now and the need was great. I decided that I needed to commit.

PS they have this new banana leaf pattern cover and I LOVE it!

Helen loves her DockATot

We are using the Dock-A-Tot to transition Helen to sleeping on her own, though it is important to note that DockATot does NOT recommend the use of the DockATot in the crib – Helen is always supervised – in our own bed for co-sleeping so that I can feed her as needed.

While its best quality is the quality of sleep I am now getting knowing she is both safe and sleeping longer at night, I also tote it around the house for Helen to play in while I do laundry, dishes or work.

It is definitely our favorite household thing!

Finally, because we are friends, I’d love to help you save a couple bucks for your own purchase of the Dock-A-Tot.  Click here for a sweet $10 discount!

Swede dreams (get it, it is made in Sweden), friends!


SEE IT NOW! The NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Crafting Catalog & Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I get excited ever June when our New Annual Catalog comes out.  It is always fun to see the cover, look at the newest stamps and paper, and see hundreds of card samples that I can easily recreate.

Love crafting?  You’re going to fall in LOVE with this new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  It truly is a guide book to crafting.  It has built in product lists, “how to” tidbits, and hundreds of card and gift samples you can make for yourself.  Don’t you need a copy?

See the Catalog

I have uploaded the catalog here so that you can see a side by side page view of the entire thing.  You can also view it below- make sure you click “full screen” so that you can see everything better.



Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras


Don’t have time to plan a creative project? Paper Pumpkin has you covered. Get three months at 25% off if you sign up by June 10. Contact me for details.



GIFT & HOST CODE:  PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (before shipping and tax) thru ME in my on-line store in June, enter the host code JV2D7XE2 (see below) and you will earn the NEW Clear Faceted Gems (shown above) FREE.  This offer is available exclusively for orders placed through my online shop.   Your Gems will arrive in mid-July, separate from your order.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you should NOT enter the code.  You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards.

How to use the Stampin Up Hostess Code



It’s that time of year again!  The time when the Sneak Peek’s start showing up and the Retiring Products are released.

Do you love being the first to see new crafting products? I do!!
And I have a huge surprise for you today. This past weekend I attended the Stampin’ Up! ON STAGE 2017 Craft Convention, where I got a look at new stamps, ink, paper, and crafting supplies.
Let me tell you, THEY ARE AWESOME!!!
I took a ton of photos of the displays and I have shared them with you on the blog today. So head over and check them out.

Don’t forget to ORDER FROM THE RETIRING LIST TODAY! See the details at the bottom of this post.

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RETIRING:  The retiring product list is out and available TODAY!

It’s here! The 2017 Retiring product list is here.
The IN COLORS are leaving us! They will sell out after April 10th, so stock up now.  Bye, bye MINT MACARON, you’ll be missed.
2015 In Colors RetiringIf you’ve ever tried to order from the retiring product list, you know how quickly things sell out.  Don’t be disappointed, place your order today!
See the PDF list here.
HAVE YOU HEARD?  Every month an all-inclusive kit arrives in my mailbox with everything ready to go for a fun project. Sign up today so you don’t miss the April kit, designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass. It’s BOLD, BRIGHT & this month is CARDS!!

Favorite Things Roundup

Favorite Things Roundup

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a chance to enjoy this time with the ones you love.  I know our family will be taking a much needed break from working and relax all weekend.

Black Friday is tomorrow, so I want to share a few of my favorite things so that you don’t miss out on any deals!  I like to shop Thanksgiving evening online (mainly Amazon because it ships straight to my door for free). Here are a few of my favorite things!

*Disclaimer: I love Amazon. So I use my love for blogging and Amazon together.  So when I share things, they go through my links.  I only share things that I truly love.  All of the things listed on this page I own personally.  I wouldn’t recommend things that I don’t trust.   *April Waltrip aka [StampinFool.com] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.*

Happy Shopping!!


KitchenAid Stand Mixer:  This is the big boy && it is on super sale. Seriously, if you were even considering it, this is the best deal I have seen for the 5 Qt. It is less expensive than my 4.5 Qt. And I have it in Ice blue in case you were wondering!

I’m kind of obsessed with my Ice Blue Kitchenaid.  You can also see another fav, the salt and pepper and butter dish. They are listed below. img_4157


Amazon Echo:  If you don’t have it you need it.  I am a total Amazon junkie (I love the Prime tv, but this is amazing).

Amazon Fire.  Two years ago we ditched cable. Crazy right? Well, we love it. We love that we can watch movies and shows on Amazon and Netflix, we have no cable bill, and we can stream PBS Newshour live every night on You Tube to our TV.   If you are considering ditching cable, do it.  Make sure you have a Prime account, otherwise you won’t have the thousands of free shows and movies and who wants to pay for movies if you don’t have to.  I will say that we love ordering the occasional New Release after the babe is in bed; one that is still in theaters.  We can watch it from home for under $20 and don’t have to get a sitter.



Against All Grain. I love this cookbook.  I seriously love it.  With my son’s wheat allergy and me moving towards a Paleo eating style, this book is perfect.  It has amazing dinner recipes for all sorts of allergy friendlys and the most amazing truffle recipe ever.  Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.


Pioneer Woman: Turquoise Jar Shakers and Butter Dish. SOLD. I ’em. I saw them hit the market via and email and knew I had to have them right away. The color is stunning and they are so cute.


Project Life FUSE Tool. I love the Fuse tool for making Project Life pockets. I can enclose small bits and pieces like movie ticket stubs, my sons first lock of hair (weird, I know, at least I don’t keep teeth!), sequins, confetti, bits from my favorite birthday and Christmas cards,

I’m currently working on my December Project Life Album using the Hello December Stampin Up cards. Love the emerald and red colors together! ah. img_4164


For the Love. Are you a reader? Do you have a best girlfriend who needs a pick me up? This Jen Hatmaker book is for you. I read it the night it was released via kindle and immediately ordered a second copy on Amazon and shipped it to my best friend. It was perfect timing, and full of grace.

Modern Girl’s Guide to Life. I really enjoyed this book. It has great practical advice for young women coming into their own or starting their own household (married or not).

My Modern Girl’s Guide to Life book is stashed in my office right beside my Project Life cards. I guess I thought all things pink needed to be together. img_4162

Here are a few more of my Favorite Things!

A little bird of Thanks

Things I love:  Best Birds and Jars of Love.

A  few weeks ago my best friend sent me a thank you card for hosting a baby shower.  It was a bright floral wreath with a pretty little pink bird right in the middle.  It gave me the inspiration for this bird and wreath card.

I stamped a few layered flower on a scrap of Whisper White and cut them out with the Jar of Love framelits.  I finished it off with a cute Melon Mambo bird just like my inspiration.

Best Birds Thank You card from StampinFool.com

Supply List:


Don’t forget we are still having a sale on Designer Series Paper during the month of October.  Now is a great time to stock up!


Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art

Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art

When I first saw the Paisleys and Posies stamp set and framelits I knew I wanted to create a peacock from them.  I instantly fell in love.  #1- I love peacocks.  #2- I want to make all things peacock.  #3- This stamp set jumped out at me and I knew I wanted it.  Although the paisleys make great Fall themed cards and projects, they can also be used in layering and creating anything from flowers to animals- punch art of sorts.

To make the peacock framed art I grabbed a piece of 12 x 12 White card stock, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi card stocks and started stamping and die cutting.  If you want to recreate this too, you’ll want to cut the card stock in half to 4 1/4″ and stamp about five of each of the large and medium paisleys and circle medallions (both sizes) in each color.  I also stamped some in Versamark and white heat embossed on colored card stock.  Die cut all of the pieces and start piecing them together to find a good fit.

For the Peacock body and plume, you’ll want to layer dimensionals under each layer and adhere each feather with dimensionals.  Stamping: start from the body and attached feathers and stamp your way down, out and to the sides with the larger stamps first, filling in with medium and then smallest stamped images.

Finally, after it is all stamped, dimensionaled down and adhered to the 12 x 12 mat it’s time to embellish. The feathers are embellished with dimensionals, rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, and Bermuda Bay sequins pulled off of the sequin trim.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the peacock body made of paisleys.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Detail of the stamped and die cut fan pieces.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

I love love this stamp set and it makes seriously beautiful peacocks!  What do you think- do you love it?  Do you also love peacocks as much as I do?

Stampin’ Up! Supply List:

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Designer Series Paper SALE: Buy 3, Get FREE

Woot Woot!  It’s a SALE that you won’t be able to pass up.   Designer paper is on sale during the month of October, which is perfect because with Christmas around the corner you’ll need lots of paper to make those Holiday cards!


Fine Print:

Promotion period: October 1–31, 2016
All order types qualify for this promotion.
There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion.
Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for this promotion.
Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.

Like what you see:  SHOP HERE!!!

Here are a few really great template samples of cards where the paper stands out and stops the show.

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