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.

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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.

Lion Card – Swap Card #2

Here is another card I made to swap at OnStage in November 2017.

I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire in this post. She uses other companies’ products, but I wanted to show that we can do this with Stampin’ Up! products, too!

I decided to use the cute lion from A Little Wild.

Partial die cut card with lion

Stamps: A Little Wild, Ribbon of Courage

Ink: Soft Sky, VersaMark, Stampin’ Blends (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Bronze)

Paper: Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Little Loves framelits, Basics Pack 2 Washi tape, Pattern Party decorative masks, clear embossing powder, Copper embossing powder

Here’s another view to show the partial die cut.

Isn’t the lion so cute? He was just the right size for this technique, and BONUS! There’s a die to cut him out. There is also a image and die for his back side, which I used, too. The Stampin’ Blends will bleed to the back of even Thick Whisper White, so I wanted to cover that up with something cuter.

Back of lion die cut

I left the inside undecorated, except for the sentiment and washi tape that you see. I did add clouds to the top of the card, since it felt a little bit empty. Jennifer McGuire left her card tops empty, but I think she added more details to the partially-cut images on her cards.

 

Glittery Butterfly – Swap Card, Plus a Sale!

Hi all!

A quick post here to show, yes, I am here and crafting. It just seems to take longer these days.

This is one of the cards I made to swap at the OnStage event at the beginning of the month. I actually designed this card in August, and I still had to assemble in the hotel! I think it was Halloween and the craft fair that seemed to steal a lot of time away …

Glittery butterfly card, OnStage Nov 2017 swap

Stamps: Ribbon of Courage

Ink: VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pieces and Patterns DSP

Accessories: Butterflies thinlits, Bold Butterfly thinlits, Dazzling Diamonds, Big Shot Multipurpose adhesive sheets, Powder Pink finely woven ribbon, Subtles enamel dots, White embossing powder

I hope you can see all the shininess on the butterfly. I tried this technique on other die cuts, and it was amazing.

I am actually surprised I didn’t see more of this on people’s blogs, but perhaps people had done this technique when we last sold the adhesive sheets. I’ve seen blog posts of adding just glitter with the sheets, and sponging different colors on die cuts, but not combining the two.

I sponged ink onto Whisper White cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist in the middle, Flirty Flamingo to each side, and finished with Melon Mambo around the outside edges. I applied the multipurpose adhesive sheets to the front and the back of the cardstock. Die cut with the detailed butterfly die. Even with all the layers on there, I didn’t have any trouble getting the die to cut.

Peel off the backing from the top of the die cut and sprinkle on the Dazzling Diamonds. I burnished with my finger, to make sure the glitter was stuck on well, but I’m not sure if that mattered.

I backed the glittery die cut with the solid butterfly image in Basic Black. Hence the adhesive sheet on the back of the die cut.

One thing I learned after making the prototype that you see above: Make sure you center the die cut on the Lemon Lime Twist ink. Looks a bit off, don’t you think? 🙂

To make mass production easier, I actually sponged ink over bigger pieces of cardstock. Each piece to be die cut measured 2-1/2 by 3-1/2. The adhesive sheets are 6 inches wide, and I realized that a 2-1/2 inch strip next to a 3-1/2 inch strip is 6 inches! So, I cut a 8-1/2 x 11 piece down to 6 x 11, and added an adhesive sheet to the back. I drew lines where I would cut apart the cardstock later, and sponged ink as if I was using the whole sheet. I masked between the two sections to prevent accidental mixing of ink, but it wouldn’t matter.

Here’s what one sheet looked like after I sponged ink:

Cardstock sponged for butterflies

I added another adhesive sheet on top, then cut apart. I then die cut each piece. I cut into individual pieces to make it easier to manage in the Big Shot. Plus, I could cut the solid image at the same time.

Thanks for sharing this technique with me. You should try it, it’s so cool! I was also thinking that you could add clear embossing powder and heat set, instead of adding glitter. That would give you a nice glossy finish which brings out the colors.

And for making it this far, let me give you a heads up for tomorrow’s sale!

Stampin’ Up! is closing out its online extravaganza tomorrow with free shipping all day (12:00am to 11:59pm MT). Looking for a quick small order? Want to send a gift directly to someone? Monday is the day to do it!

BTW, there are some items still for sale until tonight. Check out the flyer here. (sorry for the late notice)

Hello and Get Ready

Hi there! It’s been over a year… I know, it’s been crazy. Exciting changes, though, and I’m finally crafting and ready to blog again. I hope I can keep up with regular posts.

But, first. While I get ready, I want to tell you about TWO sales coming up in October. That way you don’t kill me for missing out on these great deals.

To help you celebrate (and hopefully craft on) World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! is having a sale on select items. World Card Making Day is October 7 this year (it’s usually the first Saturday of October), but one day was not enough. The sale will last for 10 days, October 1 to 10.

The sale is for 15% off all notecard and envelope sets, as well as select stamp sets. You can view the flyer here.

There is also a great deal on Fast Fuse, a super duper sticky tape runner. Buy one Fast Fuse, and get TWO refills FREE! That’s a $25 value for just $10. I’m stocking up.

The second sale is one that I’ve been waiting for! This sale lasts the whole month of October, and many papers will coordinate with the stamp sets on sale for World Card Making Day. How this works is that you add three packs of qualifying Designer Series Paper to you cart, then the fourth pack will come up free. In my interface, I have to add the fourth pack to get it free; I’m not sure how if you would get prompted in the customer online store. Just make sure you get all of your packs!

In previous years, we could only order regular 12×12 packs as part of this sale, but this year, it has been expanded to include one specialty pack and three 6×6 packs. Wow! Two packs from the holiday catalog are also included. Here’s a link to the flyer so you can see the details.

I would be remiss in telling you about other deals going on, too.

Host a qualifying party (or put in an order with your wishlist) from now until October 31, and if your total is $300 or more (before tax and shipping), you get a free stamp set for the holidays on top of your regular Stampin’ Rewards.

I’m still trying to decide how I want to do my Christmas cards, and I haven’t qualified for this set myself, but don’t be surprised if it does make it onto one card or another…

The reindeer, sentiment, and candles are outline stamps with matching solid stamps that you can use to color the outlines or to use alone. Pretty nifty.

Here’s the flyer to see more details, as well as images of the set.

Okay, this is not really a deal. More like a special reason to get Paper Pumpkin in October and November. If you like hand crafted cards and gifts for the holidays, the October AND November kits will feature those for you. Plus, the two kits are designed to go together. We don’t get any previews either, so I’m excited to see what’s in store for these two kits. Just sign up by the 10th to get that month’s kit. So, go! 🙂

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