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Posted on August 28, 2018

Which Stampin’ Up! Ink Should I Choose?

Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! In my email newsletter today I addressed a frequent question asked by my customers. “There are  so many choices…which Stampin' Up! Ink should I use?”

Which Stampin' Up! Ink Should I Choose?

Is there a chart somewhere that gives me all of my options?” Well, I got busy and had my “Stamp Slave”,Dave, put the info in a handy dandy chart! I shared this chart with my newsletter subscribers today…did you get it? No? Well, that means you are missing lots of great information and exclusive content!

Here's the chart:

Do you ever get a little confused when trying to decide which of our inks to use on a particular project? I've summarized in a quick little chart for you below.

INK USES COLORS CLEANING
Classic Stampin' Pad Dye-based, fast drying, acid free. Upside down, flip-top, pads stay juicy. Firm foam pad gives you complete coverage. Matching ink refills Neutrals, Brights, Subtles, Regals, In Colors Stampin' Scrub & Mist
Simply Shammy**
Memento Pad Fade-resistant dye ink , acid free. Use with images you will color with Stampin' Blends, re-ink with Memento ink refill Tuxedo Black Stampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Staz On Pad Permanent ink, acid free. Use with images you will watercolor. Vellum and window sheets Jet Black Staz On Cleaner
VersaMark Pad Clear, translucent ink used to produce a watermark effect, Also used for heat embossing and resist techniques. Re-ink with Versamark Refills. Clear Stampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Uninked Stampin' Spots Felt 1″ x 1″ squares. Ink with Classic Stampin' Ink Refills Stampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Craft Uninked Pad & Refill Thick, slow-drying pigment ink. Use for embossing.
Can also use on wood and fabic. Flip top. Use to create an opaque look on dark cardstock.
Whisper White Stampin' Scrub & Mist (use wet wipe or paper towel first to get off some of the ink.
Uninked Spectrum Pad Contains five small pads. Can be used individually or combined for ombre type stamping. Re-ink with Classic Stampin' Ink Refills. Stampin' Scrub & Mist

**Simply Shammy is a new product specifically designed to clean photopolymer stamps and leave no fibrous residue behind. It also works with wood and clear mount stamps.

If you find a chart like this helpful, I think you'll enjoy being part of the Stamp Maven Community! I'd love for you to fill out your name and email in the “sign up forour newsletter box” above. You'll get an exclusive free video tutorial and PDF just for signing up. (hint: it's a fabulous Christmas project that you could actually create for other occasions, too)!

You'll also get a short series of tool tips and a special offer that is only available to my subscribers. We never want to slam your inbox, but we try to provide timely interesting tips, techniques, samples and current offers from Stampin' Up! Hope you'll join us!

 

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Posted on August 21, 2018

Don’t Worry…Be Crafty!

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! Remember the Bobby McFerrin song from nine or so years ago? It was titled “Don't Worry Be Happy”. If you're too young to remember, catch the tune here on You Tube:

It's a snappy little song that gets my fingers to snappin' and my toes to tappin'…lol.

I think if more people  had the motto of today's title, we'd all get along much better, don't you agree? So, to that end,  today I have a special gift card project to share with all you crafty friends! 🙂

Don't Worry...Be Crafty!Don't Worry...Be Crafty!

This project is done with the Blended Seasons Bundle and Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, available now from Stampin' Up! Both of these products are “limited edition” so if they are on your wish list, I'd order them now. It's Bonus Days for the rest of this month which provides a little extra incentive to shop right now! For every $50 you spend, you'll get a $5 coupon to use in September. There's no limit on how many coupons you can earn AND you can stack them when purchasing next month! Here's some FAQ's on the Bonus Days:

Bonus Days FAQ

If you'd like the instructions for today's project, here is the pdf: Blended Season Gift Card

One more thing, if you are not a subscriber to my email newsletter, please do subscribe in the box above. My new “subscriber only gift”, a paper cone ornament video tutorial with PDF instructions will give you a great holiday project! Thanks for stopping by today. If I can help you with anything “crafty” please give me a shout!

 

 

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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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