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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.

INKUSESCOLORSCLEANING
Classic Stampin' PadDye-based, fast drying, acid free. Upside down, flip-top, pads stay juicy. Firm foam pad gives you complete coverage. Matching ink refillsNeutrals, Brights, Subtles, Regals, In ColorsStampin' Scrub & Mist
Simply Shammy**
Memento PadFade-resistant dye ink , acid free. Use with images you will color with Stampin' Blends, re-ink with Memento ink refillTuxedo BlackStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Staz On PadPermanent ink, acid free. Use with images you will watercolor. Vellum and window sheetsJet BlackStaz On Cleaner
VersaMark PadClear, translucent ink used to produce a watermark effect, Also used for heat embossing and resist techniques. Re-ink with Versamark Refills.ClearStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Uninked Stampin' SpotsFelt 1″ x 1″ squares. Ink with Classic Stampin' Ink RefillsStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Craft Uninked Pad & RefillThick, 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 WhiteStampin' Scrub & Mist (use wet wipe or paper towel first to get off some of the ink.
Uninked Spectrum PadContains 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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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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Posted on March 16, 2018

STAMPARATUS Window 2 UPDATE

Announcements/ Customer Q & A/ Stamping

STAMPARATUS WINDOW 2 UPDATESTAMPARATUS WINDOW 2 UPDATE  Happy Friday Stampers! I have some TIGGERiffic news from Stampin' Up! if you reserved your Stamparatus in the Reservation Window 2. This was at the end of 2017. Here is the update direct from SU:

Isn’t it awesome when everything goes pretty much according to plan? We think we can say that about shipments during Stamparatus Window 1, and now we can’t wait for more of our demonstrators and customers to get their Stamparatuses during Window 2.

And we have good news! While we announced that Window 2 would have two different shipment dates—March 20 and one in early April—we’re excited to tell you that all reservations from Window 2 will be ready to ship in March.

Please note that (due to factory shipment schedules) we will stagger our deliveries by market: North America, the South Pacific, and Japan can begin finalizing their orders on Tuesday, March 20, while our demonstrators in Europe—who may experience shipment and customs delays—can begin finalizing their orders approximately one week later.

As you prepare to finalize your order for Window 2, please keep the following in mind:

Take care not to delete the Stamparatus from your order. If it is deleted, we will return it to the order; however, there will be a delay.
You may add other items to your order; also, current promotions will apply depending on when the order is closed. – So if it is during Sale-A-Bration, add to your order and get a SAB item for free!!
Thanks to everyone for their amazing support as we work to get this fantastic stamping tool in the hands of as many demonstrators and customers as possible—before it goes live in the 2018–2019 annual catalog!

I am so  excited about this! I have my Stamparatus and Stamp Slave Dave and I have been busy testing it and figuring out all the tips and tricks to share with you!

 

You will get an email from Stampin' Up! telling you the Stamparatus has been placed in your shopping cart at my online store. You will just log in at annebrown.stampinup.net, put in your user credentials and complete your order. ANY questions once you are ready, please call or email me!! I can't wait for you to get your hands on this wonderful new tool!

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Posted on December 30, 2017

Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Announcements/ Contests/ Customer Q & A

Are you ready for some fun? Want to win a cool prize? Then let's get started with my all new Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt!

Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Here's how it works: click on the PDF below (it will starighten!) and you'll see partial pictures of eight new products from the upcoming Occasions catalog. Figure out all eight, then take the first letter from each to spell out a hobby we all enjoy.

Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Once you've completed the scavenger hunt, send me an email telling me the products you found AND the hobby. You can also call me if that's easier (214-293-4461).

If you identify all the products and give me the correct hobby, you'll get $8.00 off any order in January!

YOU MUST EMAIL OR CALL ME WITH YOUR ANSWERS NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018 at 5:00PM.

Have fun!

 

 

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Posted on December 21, 2017

Retiring List Countdown AND 2018 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks!

Announcements/ Customer Q & A/ Join My Team/ Sale-A-Bration

The Countdown has begun! We are counting down the last few days to order these retiring holiday catalog products as we look forward to the release of the uh-MAAAAZing new products in the 2018 Spring Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure.

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Today I have two sneak peeks to give you a little taste of some new catalog products that you will love.

Retiring List Countdown AND 2018 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks!

Petal Palette – Occasions Catalog

Retiring List Countdown AND 2018 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks!

Bubble Over – Sale-A-Bration Catalog

Every catalog is a big deal but our Spring Occasions catalog is always the biggest and best because it coincides with our annual Sale-a-bration,  Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sales event of the year. Look what awaits you!!

1. FREE gift with purchase of $50 or more and… NEW this year are two”level 2″ choices for purchases of $100 or more. Of course, you can choose to spend any amount in $50 increments and can select FREE Sale-a-bration gifts for every $50 or $100 you spend. Now, if you have a large list and are thinking of spending more than $100, pay special attention to #3!

2. Extra Host Rewards – when you select a personal order of $250 or more, or if you gather orders from friends there are additional host rewards during Sale-a-bration.

3. Join Stampin’ Up! – those who decide to jump on in with the “I want it all” bundle of Stampin’ Up! products can choose two stamp sets of any price!  Yep, you heard that right!  For $99 plus FREE shipping on all of it, starting on January 3, you can:
a. Choose $125 in product of your choice…plus
b. select TWO additional stamp sets
c. Enjoyand benefit from an ongoing savings of at least $20% on everything you purchase or sell
d. Have 6 months to  meet the quarterly minimum.There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to continue once you've enjoyed the above bennies but hey, I think with some of the added perks you just might want to stay a part of our Stampin' Up! family!

4. Demonstrators enjoy earning FREE Flex rewards points and free product during Sale-a-bration – so you if you join you can, too! Many of my current team members joined during Sale-A-bration when I started over 15 tears ago, and we all are still enjoying all the perks!

I hope today's sneak peeks and added info have perhaps enticed you just a bit! If you have any questions, need a catalog (if you don't have a demonstrator), or just want to share your excitement with me, please give me a shout!

 

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Posted on November 16, 2017

A New Way to Stamp! Reserve Your Stamparatus! 2 pm MT TODAY!

Announcements/ Customer Q & A

A New Way to Stamp! Reserve Your Stamparatus! 2 pm MT TODAY!

Retail Price – $49.00 (plus shipping & tax)

Stampin' Up! is on its game once again by introducing the BEST stamp positioning tool on the market! What makes it the best and why should YOU want it?

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression (or to fill in a “missed spot”), apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

 

Product details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides 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 underneath the Stamparatus.

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and Stampin’ Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in their warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow Stampin’ Up! to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and Stampin’ Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in their warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow Stampin’ Up! to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

SO, HOW DO YOU GET IT??

The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16 for the November 16 – 30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018.

You will reserve yours at my Online Store. (IF YOU HAVEN”T SHOPPED WITH ME BEFORE YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT).

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • 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
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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 23, 2017

Common Stamping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Customer Q & A

Hi stampers! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I was busy with stamping events and putting the finishing touches on the homecoming mums. If you didn't see my post about these and want to catch up, click here. Today I wanted to share with you some common stamping mistakes and how to avoid them! I get questions from my customers all the time so I've compiled a mini database of the most frequently asked questions.

Q. Why are my images looking blotchy or uneven?

A. There are several reasons for this: too much pressure has been applied, pressure has been unevenly applied, or too much ink has been applied to the stamp. When Stampin' Up! redesigned their ink pads a few years back, they switched from felt to foam. The new foam pads are much juicier! The technique to use is “tap, tap, tap” rather than “knock, knock, knock”. I tell my customers to start out softly and then add more ink if necessary to cover the stamp. It's much easier to add than to take away.

Q. I keep seeing cards on Pinterest I want to create, but I've blown my craft budget for the next ten years; what can I do?

A. This is a common “challenge”; we want it all! Beginner stampers can (and often do) spend a small fortune buying stamps for every occasion! Instead of purchasing every stamp you like, be smart about your purchases. Simple floral images, for example, work well for birthdays, weddings, thinking of you, sympathy, etc. Instead of purchasing tons of stamps, try using different coloring tools like colored pencils and markers. Vary your techniques and colors; the same stamp set can give you varied results. In the photo below, the Pieces and Patterns stamp set was used for both cards but they look so different.

Common Stamping Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemCommon Stamping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Q. I get bored making cards all of the time; what else can I do with my stamps?

A. Great question! Stamping isn't just for paper. Try stamping on something new like glass, fabric, clay, ribbon and more.

The bottom line here is HAVE FUN! Like any other hobby, or business, stamping should bring you joy and RELIEVE stress, not cause it! 🙂

Speaking of joy, I am all about adding color when I create so I am so uber excited about my new Stampin' Blends! As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order this fabulous new tool and let me tell you, you are definitely going to want the whole set of markers! They will be available to order on November 1 at my online store. In the meantime, here's a brochure you can download to read all about the features and benefits of this awesome new product!

Info_Stampin' blends

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Posted on October 3, 2017

What’s Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut

Hey stampers! In today's post I wanted to answer a question I've been getting a lot from my customers. What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder? The answer is NOTHING! Let me explain the question and I'll give you my answer.

Customer Question: Anne, I just opened my new Stampin' Up! Quilt Top Embossing Folder (EF) and noticed that the design inside the folder is not centered (side to side). On the left side of the EF there is about 1/8″ open space before the design starts.  However, on the right  edge of EF, the design ends right up on the edge of the folder. Because the design is not centered, you have to fiddle with the CS to get it lined up before running through the Big Shot when using a larger piece of paper. Is there something wrong with my folder?

Answer: NO, there is definitely nothing wrong with your Embossing Folder! It was designed so you could get a continuous pattern on larger paper without the creased edge that happens when it is centered. Simply run the paper through, then rotate the previously embossed paper 180 degrees and run it through the Big Shot a second time. You'll get a continuous pattern without the creased edge. (You won't have this problem when embossing a regular-sized card or card layer.)

Here are pictures to show you what I explained above.

Run first time through Big Shot like this:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Rotate paper 180 degrees and run through second time:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Voila! A perfect patterned piece to use on a larger card or project, with no pesky ridge in the center:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

I hope this answer to “What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?” has helped you today! If you have a question about any technique or stamping “challenge” you are having, please email me or post your question in the comments section below and I'll be glad to help!  I don't want to just sell you products. I want to help you get the most out of them! 🙂

 

 

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