Elephant Spinner Card – Swap #3

I had given away all of these cards without taking a photo first. I had to create one more copy in order to share it with you! That’s because all of my prototypes were different.

First, the swap card:

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Stamps: A Little Wild, Burlap background

Ink: Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin’ Blends (Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette)

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Layering Circles framelits, Little Loves framelits, Silver metallic thread, Fine tip glue pen

Before you put the card into the envelope, you would “wind up” the elephant on her string. When the card is pulled out and opened, she spins! (I say “she” because she has pink toenails!)

Getting everything lined up was quite the challenge, and I wouldn’t do it again, in retrospect. The background is stamped in the same position on all 4 card surfaces. That’s how the images line up, even though the card front is folded back. I even tried to line up the burlap background stamped onto the backing circle. I got the idea to stamp the backgrounds in the same place from a similar card design by Jennifer McGuire.

Side note: I used a MISTI to stamp the backgrounds, because that is what I have. But, the new Stamparatus can be used as well. I don’t actually have one yet (I reserved one!), but it can do the same as the MISTI, plus more. (You can still reserve one, to receive next spring, by going to my online store and clicking on the image to reserve a Stamparatus. Reservations close on December 30.)

I ran out of time to put a sentiment on mine, but that’s okay! Now it can be used for anything … baby, hi, thanks, etc.

The silver metallic thread is sandwiched between the front and back of the elephant. I had to snip off the tag loop, but otherwise, the die makes it easy to turn the elephant into a spinner element. (She’s also fairly symmetrical, which makes it easy to spin and fit into a shape.)

The thread is then attached to the inner fold of the z-fold of the card front. I used my Fine tip glue pen. Don’t use Tombow, because it’s still tacky, even when dry. Because the thread is fine enough, it will blend into the cardstock enough, even if someone looked at the back of the z-fold.

I used washi tape to hold the thread in place while the glue dried.

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Once the glue was dry, I snipped the thread to be even with the card base. Here’s a closeup of the glue in the fold.

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On the prior incarnation of this card, I added a flower to the elephant, and stamped grass on the backing circle, rather than stamping a background. Both elements come from the A Little Wild stamp set.

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I thought that mass production wouldn’t be simple. Using a craft blade to cut around her trunk wasn’t easy and it didn’t look neat enough for my tastes. You’ll see that I used Stampin’ Write markers to color.

When I first prototyped this card, it started out with a different background and a different card base color.

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I used the floral image from Wood Words to stamp around where the elephant would be. It took three images to fill each panel. I really liked how this turned out. However, for mass production, I decided that this would be too time consuming (12 total stamping per card, rather than 4), so looked to another background (which led to using Burlap).

At the time, we didn’t know we were getting the Stampin’ Blends. I had originally cut the elephant out of Basic Gray cardstock and painted her toenails with a Stampin’ Chalk marker.

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Free Shipping – Monday Dec 11

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Today only, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping on all orders! Offer valid until 11:59pm Mountain Time.

Don’t forget that the Year-End Sales Event is still going on. Now is the time to head on over to the online store and snag those items you’ve been deciding on!

In case you miss today’s offer (and really, why would you?), the last day to order from Stampin’ Up! to receive items in time for Christmas is December 14.

 

Stamparatus Reservations Start Tomorrow

Come back to the online store tomorrow at 2pm MT to reserve your Stamparatus.

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You will need to create an account at the online store, to place a reservation. I recommend creating one ahead of time.

A banner will be on the home page, for the reservation system. Click on the banner to go to the reservation system. (If reservations are not quite ready, you will get a message that indicates the status.)

You will need a credit card to save your reservation, but your credit card will not be charged until the Stamparatus actually ships.

The Reservation Window is from December 5 to December 30. Unlike the last window, which closed in 15 minutes, this reservation window will stay open until December 30. Stampin’ Up! will accept as many reservations as are entered until the end of the reservation period, rather than closing the reservation system after a specific number has been reserved.

Limit of 1 (one) Stamparatus per person.

With this change, shipping dates may also vary. Shipments will occur in a first in, first out basis. Shipments will start around March 19, and continue as stock arrives into the warehouse over the next few months. You will be notified by Stampin’ Up! when your Stamparatus is ready, and will be given the opportunity to add to your cart, modify your payment option, and/or update your shipping address.

The Stamparatus will be available in the 2018 – 2019 catalog. At that time, you will be able to purchase the Stamparatus through the regular ordering process (such as directly to your shopping bag in the online store).

Ready to put in a reservation? Head over to the online store on December 5, at 2pm MT.

Information on the reservation screens.

Information about the launch.

Video showing 5 things about the Stamparatus.

Year-End Sales Event

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2017, but this is your opportunity to get retiring items from the Holiday catalog. From now until January 2, 2018, get retiring items while they last: Stamp sets will be guaranteed to be available until December 21, but all other retiring items are “while supplies last”.

Some items are being offered at a discount, and a couple of Annual catalog items are discounted as well. You can check all discounted items on the store. (Discounted Annual catalog items will be offered at their regular price again starting January 3, 2018.)

Other items are just marked as retiring. The retiring items category on the store is here.

Note: some bundles are marked as retiring, but the individual stamp sets and die sets will be carrying over. Feel free to contact me if it seems confusing!

If you like to see it all in list form, here is the PDF.

Learn about the Stamparatus

While at OnStage, Stampin’ Up! announced a new product that made everyone present go crazy! It’s called the Stamparatus.

What is this you ask? Here’s a video showing 5 things about this new product.

 

But, what is it? What can it do for me?

The Stamparatus is a stamp positioning / placement device. If you have ever used a MISTI or a Tim Holtz stamping platform before, or even a Stamp-a-ma-jig, then you have some idea of what it can do.

Do you make multiples often?

Do you sometimes (many times?) get frustrated that your image did not stamp well, or that it needs more coverage?

Do you have difficulty holding or placing traditional stamps onto paper?

This may be a tool that can help you.

If you already have a MISTI or a Tim Holtz stamping platform, you may think that you don’t need one. I have used a MISTI for a few years, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this tool. There are improvements that make this new tool more versatile. You’ll have to watch the video to see what I mean.

The Stamparatus comes with two plates that connect with hinges on two different sides. The plates are reversible, offering 4 surfaces on which you can position a stamp. The hinges are also designed so that the plates can be positioned in different spots, allowing to do what Stampin’ Up! is calling the “hinge step”. Easily “walk” a stamp along one hinge to create images that are evenly spaced every time. Much easier than moving your cardstock.

How can you get one?

The Stamparatus will be officially released in the 2018-2019 catalog that goes live on June 1, 2018. BUT. They are offering the opportunity to get it earlier through a different reservation system. Since factories can only produce a certain quantity each week, Stampin’ Up! is holding reservations to receive the Stamparatus 3-4 months later. During each reservation period, customers will be allowed to reserve one unit. The reservation period closes at a specific date, or until the number of units that are available are reserved.

The first reservation window came and went in under 15 minutes, people were that excited about it. There are at least two more reservation windows scheduled.

Reservation Windows Available to Ship
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

You will need to have an account created at the online store.

On the day the reservation window opens, a banner will appear on the online store. Click that, and it will take you to the reservation system. You will need a credit card to reserve your Stamparatus, but it will not be charged until you actually place your order.

When the Stamparatus arrives in the warehouse, and your reservation is ready, you will be contacted by Stampin’ Up! that they created a shopping cart for you with the Stamparatus. At that time, you will then be able to update your cart with other items, enter a different payment method, update your shipping address if needed. You can then check out and your Stamparatus will be shipped to do. However, do NOT remove the Stamparatus from your cart at any time unless you no longer wish to receive one. It cannot be added back to your cart and you will not be able to order one until June.

Also note, that if you reserve a Stamparatus in the next reservation window (opening December 5), you will be able to participate in Sale-a-bration. You can earn free items for each $50 in product you purchase. The Stamparatus retails for $49, so add something and get a free item, too!

Here is information from Stampin’ Up! about the early launch.

Here is more information from Stampin’ Up! on how the reservation works.

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