Stampin’ Up! is selling Grab Bags in the Clearance Rack – you can order them through my Online Store on my website – – then click SHOP NOW and then view the Clearance Rack.  I order some and thought I would show you what I got in mine along with a card I created using some of the pieces in the Grab Bag.

The Grab Bags contain components from retired Simply Sent Card Kits.  Which means they have pieces of card stock all cut, ready to stamp, layer and create a card.  Plus the envelopes are included.  Just add ink and stamps and you can put together some quick cards.  So here is one of the $5 grab bags that I got –

$5 Grab Bag

The card components are from the Petite Pansies Simply Sent Card Kit.  The ribbons and brads are from two other Simply Sent kits and then there is a pack of gift cards with mini envelopes.  I wanted to make a card using these pieces so this is what I created:

I used the Strength & Hope stamp set that will be available in the Summer Mini Catalog and is a special stamp set with a portion of each sale being donated to Breast Cancer Research.  All the details will be in the Summer Mini Catalog which should start showing up in mail boxes soon.  I also added some pearls, Vanilla Smooch Spritz and used a couple of my tools including a punch and the color spritzer.

The cut pieces that I used are a Close to Cocoa 4×4 card base, a strip of Elegant Eggplant, a strip of Perfect Plum, a strip of Old Olive, and a piece of Very Vanilla.  There is also a Very Vanilla envelope in the package.  There are enough pieces to make 5 of these cards and then enough other pieces to make 5 different cards – I’ll create something with those later.

I used Old Olive ink, Chocolate Chip ink and Elegant Eggplant ink – all of these are current ink colors in our catalog.  I also used the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker to add the spritz spots on top of the shimmer mist.

If you order a $5 grab bag you might get the same one I did or a different one.  Here are pictures of some of the others that I got – another $5, two $10s and a $15 grab bag.

$5 Grab Bag

$10 Grab Bag

$10 Grab Bag

$15 Grab Bag

The $15 grab bags actually sold out so if you order one of those you will actually get a $10 and a $5 bag in your order.

And if you can’t get your creative juices flowing once you get all your card pieces then send everything off to a group like From Our Hearts – they will use the pieces to make cards to send to soldiers over seas – who can then use the cards to send home to their loved ones.  Visit the From Our Hearts blog and read some of the letters.  I just sent a box of over 200 cards and card fronts to them earlier this week.  I’ll link to their blog again when they post that they received my box.  Have fun with your Grab Bags!