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Posted on November 14, 2017

Stampin’ Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16

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While I wasn't able to attend On Stage in person this year due to other business commitments, I do have some exciting news from the event to share with you. I was in the Top 100 of US Demonstrators AND in the top 200 globally. THANK YOU to my wonderful customers and team members for all your support that helped me earn this prestigious accomplishment. I am truly blessed! Now, I think the most exciting news to come out of the event can be summed up in this statement: Stampin' Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16! What is the Stamparatus you might ask…and why do YOU need one?

Stampin' Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16

You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiple projects with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clear images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and just re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2, 3, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 that open so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage area on the bottom of tool
  • Retail price – $49.00

This Stampin' Up! video gives you an up close and personal look at all the features and benefits:

I’ve MUST have a Stamparatus. How do I get in line? **Note; you cannot reserve one until November 16th. 

The Stamparatus will be ordered differently than your other online orders.

Beginning Nov. 16, 2017 at 2pm MT, a LIMITED QUANTITY will be released for reservation.

  • Beginning Nov. 16, at 2pm MT (3 pm CST here in Texas) CLICK HERE, then click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions. If you've never shopped with me online before, you will need to open an account and here is my info to put in:
  1. Anne Brown
  2. Demo ID:49697
  3. Wylie, Texas
  • After receiving the reservations, Stampin' Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery on approx. Feb. 1, 2018.
  • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will not be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship.
  • You will receive an email from Stampin' Up! letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order.
  • You can ADD other Stampin' Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME if you'd like to receive Sale a Bration benefits!
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
RESERVATION WINDOWSAVAILABLE TO SHIP
November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018Approx. April 15, 2018

Stamparatus Launch Q & A

How to Reserve Your Stamparatus

Download the Stamparatus flyer

I have been waiting for so long for this tool to arrive. I participated in some of the “pre” surveys giving feedback to help Stampin' Up! design the very best tool to market. I will be reserving mine, too and I truly believe this will help all of us become better stampers! Any questions, please give me a shout.

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Posted on November 10, 2017

Vellum Embossing Tip – Cheers to the Year Wedding

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Hey stampers! One year ago tomorrow, our daughter married the love of her life. I truly can't believe a whole year has passed; I wish we were just getting ready for the wedding so I could enjoy it all over again…ha! Since that isn't possible, I have a wedding project to share with you. Also, a Vellum Embossing Tip – Cheers to the Year Wedding card.

Vellum Embossing Tip - Cheers to the Year Wedding

2 tips to think about when using vellum. First, since adhesive will show through the vellum layer, be sure to hide it under an embellishment (such as a button or rhinestone) or use ribbon to adhere vellum layer to card . Second, as in today's project, when you stamp on vellum, be sure to use your heat tool to “set” the ink. Even better, emboss your sentiment and then you can be sure the ink will not smudge.

Here are the instructions for the card. If you would like to make it, all the supplies can be purchased at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Cheers to the Year-144925 w, 144928 c
  • Stampin' Up Paper– Thick Whisper White-140272, Whisper White-100730, Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper-144640, Champagne Foil-144748 (from Year of Cheer Suite, page 36 of 2017 Holiday catalogue), Vellum cardstock-101856
  • Stampin' Up Ink– Basic Black-140931
  • Other Stampin' Up Supplies and Tools– Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-143705, Big Shot, Sweet & Sassy Framelits-141707, Banner Triple Punch-138292, Pearls Basics Jewels-144219, Stampin' Dimensionals-104430, SNAIL Adhesive-104332, Mini Glue Dots- 103683, Heat Tool- 129053

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Thick- 4.25”x11”, scored at 5.5”
  • Champagne Foil Sheet- 4”x 5.25”, plus piece for die cutting
  • Year of Cheer DSP- 3.75” x 5”
  • Whisper White- small piece for die cutting
  • Vellum- about 1” x 4” strip

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut and score the Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Add the Champagne Foil sheet with SNAIL Adhesive to the card front.
  3. Run the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper through the Big Shot in the Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder– making sure to keep the heart centered. Adhere this embossed layer to the Champagne Foil sheet with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  4. Then, cut a piece of Champagne Foil sheet with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to create the large heart.
  5. Cut a smaller heart from a piece of Whisper White cardstock to fit on top with a smaller heart die.
  6. Stamp the Mr & Mrs from the Cheers to the Year stamp set in Basic Black ink on the Whisper White heart.
  7. On the strip of Vellum Cardstock, stamp the supporting greeting with Basic Black ink and heat set with the Heat Tool so it doesn’t smudge. Trim ends with the Triple Banner Punch.
  8. Adhere the hearts to the debossed heart on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  9. Add the vellum over top with some Mini Glue Dots, then hide the glue dots with some Pearls Basics Jewels.

 

If you like to take classes but find yourself too busy, my Facebook LIVE classes are a great solution. You can pop in for the live class, or watch later at your convenience. My latest class is coming up on November 16 at 7:00 pm CST and I'll be making three projects with the Quilted Christmas Bundle.

 

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Posted on October 25, 2017

My Wood Blocks Don’t Fit Back Into the Case – HELP!

Customer Q & A/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

Hey stampers. Today I want to share a problem that many stampers have AND I'm going to give you solutions. If I've heard this once, I've heard it 50 times from my customers: My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case – HELP! I personally purchase photopolymer stamp sets whenever available but I have many customers who prefer our red rubber, wood mount sets.

The sets that have lots of pieces, like Work of Art, can often present a challenge after using them; how DO I get all the pieces back into the case? Believe it or not, many of these wood mount stamp sets only go back in one way. I actually have heard of customers who purchased this set, couldn't get the pieces back in so they just put all the stamps in a baggie on the shelf!

My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!

You can create such a variety of  projects, no matter the occasion.

My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!

My sweet husband, Dave (AKA The Stamp Slave) recorded a You Tube video on my channel that gives you several solutions to help you if you experience this.  Hope it helps you!

https://youtu.be/GarT3KJQgpY

If there are any particular “challenges” you have in your papercrafting, let us know. Others are probably experiencing the same thing and we love sharing videos to help!

 

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Posted on October 20, 2017

Fall is the Perfect Time for a Stampin’ Up! Swap

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I think Fall is the perfect time for a Stampin' Up! Swap. Last night, some of my team members, customers and some other “crafty friends” got together for our monthly Swap Your Heart Out card exchange. This time our theme was cards with buttons. When we exchange cards, we make one for each participant. Here is my “haul”:

I love all of the fall themed cards and the variety. My card is the button ornament one at the bottom.

Now I have to confess something straight up…I am a button hoarder. My craft room is filled with buttons and I cannot possibly use them all in even two lifetimes. So when this month's swap hostess chose cards with buttons as her theme, my heart literally skipped a beat. WHAT? I'm going to have to part with some of my treasures? There were 12 ladies in the swap this time so I had to use SIXTY of my precious stash…GASP!

I'm happy to say I survived and still have plenty to use on new creations!

Thanks for popping in today and have a fabulous weekend!

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Posted on October 11, 2017

Quick Technique Tip Today – Leaf Veins

Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! I have a quick technique tip for you today – leaf veins. Did you know that Stampin' Up! has an Instagram site? This is where I found this great tip for today. No need to reinvent the wheel every day, right! 🙂

Quick Technique Tip Today - Leaf Veins

Simply stamp the leaf from Gourd Goodness Stamp Set, line up the Leaf Punch with the image you just stamped and…voila! You'll have a detailed leaf that will add beauty to any card!

For more great tips like this one, be sure you receive my email newsletter. Just put your information in at the top and you'll receive a free gift PLUS you'll start receiving great information and tips.

 

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