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Posted on August 7, 2018

Why Should I Buy Stampin’ Up!’s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! Today I wanted to tackle a question I've been getting from some customers. Why should I buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?  This product is only available for one month so why do I need it? This is such a great question and I've got a couple of answers.

First, while this stamp set is only available during August, you will be able to use it for years to come. This stamp set was designed to be versatile, perfect for more than one season and occasion.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

You'll notice there are floral, fall foliage, and winter/Christmas images. There are six sentiments, covering any occasion or event.

Another reason you might want to add this to your collection is there is a coordinating set of framelits dies so you can create beautiful layers in a snap.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

The best value would be to purchase the stamp set and dies as a set or “bundle” and save 10%! The bundle is available in both clear and wood mount.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

Now, last, but not least, here is the best reason you need this stamp set and/or bundle. You can color purple flowers! You DID know my favorite color is purple, right?! 🙂

 

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

This sample was colored with the new assortment of Watercolor Pencils, which are only available while supplies last. I can see so many different sentiments for this card. As a matter of fact, I think I'll make several sets of these, with sentiment pieces, put together in one of our acetate card boxes. What a great gift!

If you'd like the PDF tutorial for this card, just click below, and save to your computer.

Blended Seasons watercolor card

That's all for today! Please do email me if I can help you at all! Need any Stampin' Up! supplies? Shop HERE.

 

 

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Posted on July 18, 2018

Green With Envy – Shaded Spruce

Customer Q & A/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! I have to confess; I'm not all here today. Only ONE more sleep and we'll be off on our Alaskan Adventure. I think Stamp Slave Dave just might be more excited than I am and that's pretty excited! 🙂 Before leaving, I wanted to share one more “green” post today, Green With Envy – Shaded Spruce. This new color joined the Regals family with our recent color revamp, joining old favorites Old Olive and Garden Green. The vellum piece over the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper adds just a little sumthin' sumthin' to this card. Sometimes just a subtle addition is better than over the top embellishments.

Green With Envy - Shaded Spruce

If you've missed seeing all the details for the recent color revamp, I've provided a printable PDF for your reference.

color revamp

Here are all the details for today's project.

SUPPLIES:

  • Stamp Sets: Varied Vases  – Item # 146644
  • Cardstock – Whisper White – #100730, Shaded Spruce #146981, Tropical Escape DSP # 146916, Vellum – #101856
  • Inks – Blushing Bride #147100, Shaded Spruce #147088
  • Miscellaneous: Whisper White Sheer Ribbon #144172, Vases Builder Punch #147040, Classic Label Punch #141491, Clear Block E #118484, Snail Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430

MEASUREMENTS:

  •             Whisper White CS – 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 1” x 3”, small scrap
  •             DSP – 4” x 5 ¼ “
  •             Vellum – 2 ½ “ x 4”
  •             Shaded Spruce – 1 ¾ “ x 3”
  •             Whisper White 1 ½ “ x 2 ¾ “

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fold 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock and crease.
  2. Using 1 ½ x 2 ¾ piece of white, stamp stems in shaded spruce and the fill in with blushing bride. Punch vase from DSP with builder punch. Stamp “birthday wishes” in shaded spruce ink on white scrap. Punch with classic label punch.
  3. Attach DSP panel to white card base.
  4. Attach vellum piece. (apply adhesive in center only as this will hide it)
  5. Attach white stamped piece to shaded spruce piece. Attach vase to flowers with dimensional.
  6. Attach stamped flower panel with dimensionals.
  7. Attach ribbon with glue dot.
  8. Attach “birthday wishes” with dimensionals.

If you missed yesterday's “green with envy” project, click here to see it.

Any questions on the color revamp? Please reach out; I'd love to help! Next post should be from Alaska, internet connection willing! 🙂

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Posted on June 26, 2018

Tuesday Tip – Strategically Purchasing New Products

Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hello Stampers! Hope you're all having a great week so far!  Today I wanted to share some thoughts on a topic that has cropped up so often at my monthly events. Since the release of our beautiful new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, I have customers asking me the same question.

Tuesday Tip - Strategically Purchasing New Products

Q: Anne, I want all the new colors in all the new products but I can't afford to buy them all now. What do I do?

A: What a great question and I have a couple of answers. My first answer is always…purchase the best bundle in the catalog; the Demonstrator Starter Kit! You get to choose $125 of products and you only pay $99 plus tax, no shipping! If you want to get a little more information about this option, click here. Of course, if you end up with questions after looking at the opportunity, please give me a shout! Whether you want to just get the discount on your products or share our products with your friends to put a little extra cash in your pocket, this option might be for you.

If the starter kit isn't an option for you right now, I definitely have a purchasing strategy for you.

• START WITH A BLACK INK PAD. It’s a neutral color; you can use for everything.
• PICK ONE ASSORTED CARDSTOCK PACK. Purchase other products that coordinate with the colors in this pack—inkpads, accessories, and Designer Series Papers.
• GET A VERSAMARK INK PAD. You’ll instantly have multiple colors from the tone-on-tone watermark effect when you stamp using a Versamark.
• CHOOSE A PRODUCT SUITE. Stick with the suite’s color scheme and buy a few inks or papers to match.
• BUY WATERCOLOR PENCILS. If you’re not quite ready to invest in Stampin' Write Markers or Stampin' Blends, the pencils will give you a spectrum of color to match any project.

You can check out all our new colors and product suites at my online store.

 

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Posted on June 14, 2018

Inside Look at Stampin’ Up! DSP Creation

Customer Q & A/ Stamping/ Videos

Hey Stampers! If you've been around Stampin' Up! for any time at all, you know we have some of the most beautiful patterned paper; otherwise known as Designer Series Paper. I truly think the paper in our 2018-2019 catalog is the best we've ever produced. One of my favorites is Petal Promenade.  Did you ever wonder how the designers come up with their paper ideas? Today I wanted to give you an inside look at Stampin' Up! DSP Creation; it is really an interesting process!

The photographs in our Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper are more than just a “look”—real flowers were used! Talented Product Designer and Specialist, Kaitlyn Zumbach, used floral arrangements with technology to design this paper. You’ll be blown away be the entire process!

Pretty cool, huh?!

Here's a project idea with one of the sheets in the pack. Each sheet is double-sided and you get 2 of each one!

Project instructions follow after picture; enjoy!

https://youtu.be/zb6pF-RCs2Y

Supplies:

  • Card Stock – Fresh Fig (144242) Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads
  • Misc. – Layering Circles Framelits (141705) Petal Promenade Designer Paper (146913) Rose Glimmer Paper (146959) Fresh Fig Mini Ruffled ribbon (146945) Thank You Thinlits (146832)

Measurements:

  • Fresh Fig  cardstock                       8 ½” x 5 ½:
  • Shimmery White cardstock             4” x 5 ¼”
  • Shimmery White cardstock             3 ½” x 5”
  • Shimmery White cardstock             3 ¼ x 3 ¼
  • Fresh Fig cardstock                        3 ¼ x 3 ¼
  • Designer paper strips                      1” x 4 ¾”
  • Rose Glimmer paper                       3” x 3 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Score and fold the ½ sheet of Fresh Fig cardstock – set aside
  2. Adhere 3 1” strips of Petal Promenade designer paper the 3 ½ x 5” piece of shimmery white cardstock
  3. Wrap a length of Fresh fig mini ruffled ribbon around layered cardstock from step 2 – tie off with know or bow
  4. Adhere layered piece to front of folded Fresh Fig cardstock
  5. Die cut circle from the 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ piece of Shimmery White cardstock
  6. Die cut scalloped circle from 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” piece of Fresh Fig cardstock
  7. Die cut Thank you thinlit from piece of Rose glimmer paper
  8. Adhere Rose thank you to Whisper White circle
  9. Adhere whisper white circle to Fresh Fig scalloped circle
  10. Adhere layered circle greeting to front of card (I used dimensionals to pop it up over the ribbon)
  11. Add 4” piece of Shimmery White cardstock to inside of card

Need any of these products? Just “click on a pic” below!

 

 

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Posted on May 22, 2018

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

Announcements/ Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! Are you as excited as I am that the Stampin' Up! Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here?! It's true! Stampin' Up! is updating their color collections as well as adding five NEW In Colors starting June 1st. AND…that's not all. There is a new stamp pad design that makes our great ink pad even better! I've had a chance to use the new ink pads and colors and here's everything you need to know.

There are still four color collections, ten colors in each. A new group called “Basics” has been added, made up of Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

This allowed for the addition of three new colors into the “core” collections. Here's a quick breakdown of all the colors, starting with the new 2018-2019 In Colors and the returning 2017-2019 In Colors.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

I love the bold, bright colors in the 2018-2019 In Color collection. If you've been around Stampin' Up! for awhile, a few of these new ones might be reminiscent of some colors retired long ago: Glorious Green and Brilliant Blue. While they look similar, the new colors are totally different. I'm so glad that SU realized we needed some bold, bright colors added back into our color palettes!

Next, here are all the “new” colors.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

My personal favorites are Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather. I'm definitely a “purple” girl!

Last, but certainly NOT least, here is each 10 color collection:

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

You might notice that some of our current colors have “jumped ship” from one collection to another and you might also see some old favorites (YES…that IS Blackberry Bliss you see!) have returned. I've included a chart below that gives you a revamp summary from our OnStage event last month. I think you'll find this a helpful bit of information!

Color Revamp Summary

Don't miss your chance to grab a  re-inker or cardstock in one of your favorite colors that are retiring to make room for the new colors shown above!

Now, a bit about the new ink pad design.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

Why the change to the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. We can only use a mold a limited number of times before we need to replace it, so we had to decide if we wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. We chose to improve it! We also wanted to align the updated case with the color revamp and improvements to our ink. In addition, we chose to time these changes with Stampin’ Up!’s rebranding and packaging updates. This way, you only need to invest in the new colors and ink pads at one time. (For example, if we revamped the colors last year and then changed the cases and improved the ink this year, you’d likely be purchasing twice to stay current.) We wanted to make these updates and changes in the most cost efficient way for you.

What's better about the case?

  • Less confusing to  open
  • Tighter fit between the lid and the base
  • Stackable
  • Improved stickers and labels.

How is the ink different?

  • Reduce ink bubbles
  • Help you  get an even coating of  ink on the stamp.
  • Help the stamped image have a smoother, solid look

Since we were improving the case we decided to make improvements to the ink as well! We added a defoamer to the ink ingredients because we noticed that our old ink would sometimes bubble (especially on new pads and with lighter colors). When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as we’d like to see it.

Tomorrow I'll have some projects featuring some of the new colors and some free color tools you can download!

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