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Saturday, March 30, 2013

New Photopolymer Stamp Set: Designer Typeset

I've tried some clear stamps in the past. They're OK, but I prefer my Stampin' Up! stamps! So when Stampin' Up! introduced a photopolymer stamp set, I didn't know what to think. I decided to order it and it came on Monday, about an hour before I was going to leave for our group Stamp Share. I just had to try it out!
This is the card I came up. I had seen the curved banner on a card made by one of the Stampin' Up! designers and wanted to see if it was hard to do. Not at all! The stamps are very sticky, so it was easy to stick it to the clear block. I moved it a few times before I had the curve the way I wanted it. I decided to stamp it with an old style Basic Gray pad.
I put all the letters for "Birthday" on another block and colored each letter with Stampin' Write Markers. I love how the color stayed dark- sometimes when I color with markers the color seems "faded" when it's stamped.
I did the letters for "Happy" individually and used the new firm foam pads to ink them. I need to re-ink my Midnight Muse pad so the "H" is a little light. Overall, I am impressed with the way these stamps worked with all 3 types of ink.
The balloons are from Patterned Party and I used the 2012-2014 In Colors.

This picture shows the size of the stamps compared to a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card, as well as the staining from stamping this card. You can definitely tell which stamps I used! The stamps are totally clear- the black is printed on the clear plastic that the stamps are stuck to. I'm not sure if the staining is from the ink or from my Stampin' Scrub. I did start with a clean scrub, but we all know they don't stay that way for long!
I'm looking forward to seeing what other designs Stampin' Up! makes in photopolymer! I like them more than I thought I would.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Use It Up Designer Series Paper Card Box

This was the other project I showed at our Stamp Share Monday night. Another way to use up Desginer Series Paper- a card box!
The finished box- 4 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 1"

Card stock base, DSP cover, ribbon and card stock to decorate

A 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card fits perfectly- so will an envelope (I just checked to make sure- didn't think of it when I took the pictures)
Card Stock base: 6 1/2 x 7 3/4, scored at 1" on all sides
DSP cover: 6 5/8 x 7 7/8, scored at 1" on all sides
To come up with those sizes, I started with the size of a standard card, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, and added 1/4 inch to both (4 1/2 x 5 3/4) to have the finished size of the bottom fit the card and envelope, then added 2" (1" for each side).
I used a stamp from the new A Round Array set with 7/8" Scallop Circle (Spring catalog), 1" Circle, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle (Holiday and Spring catalogs) and Fancy Flower punches and 5/7" Organza Ribbon. 
Tomorrow I'll share the card that's sitting in the box- it's made with the new photopolymer set!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Use It Up Designer Series Paper Gift Bag

At our Stamp Share I demonstrated how to use Designer Series Paper to make gift bags! This was really popular a few years ago- the directions I have are so old they include Jumbo Eyelets!
To go with the old directions, I used some old DSP! "Bali Breeze" was in the Spring-Summer 2008 catalog. This bag is 8 1/2" tall, 7" wide and 2 1/2" deep. It's the third size listed in the box below:

There was no name, so I don't know who to give credit to for these directions. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Top Note Take 2

Katie did our second Make and Take at our Stamp Share Monday night. She showed us another way to use the Top Note Die that she calls Top Note Take 2.
Stamp Set: From My Heart
Colors: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Top Note Die, Chevron Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Sponge, Dimensionals
Cut out the top note, then turn it 90 degrees and run it through again to get the shape on this card. Make sure your edges line up so the stitching matches.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happy Easter Everybunny

We had our group Stamp Share last night and had a really fun night! Even though Betty wasn't with us, a turkey almost hit my windshield as I was driving, we didn't have all the parts for dinner, and one of the other ladies got her car stuck in the one deep snowy spot in the parking lot so we had to shovel and push her out. Such excitement!
Jen had an adorable easel Easter card for us to make:

Stamp Set: Everybunny
Colors: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
(I forgot to color my bunny before I added Shimmer Paint, so I colored the inside of the ear Pretty In Pink when I got home)
Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Folders,Extra-Large Oval, Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches, Seam Binding, Shimmer Paint, Blender Pens, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
I'll be sharing more projects from last night all week!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Simply Sent App

Simply Sent App for Android

March 25, 2013

Last November, we announced that we'd created and launched a card-making application-Simply Sent-for iPhone. We are delighted to announce that we now have a Simply Sent for Android as well! As a refresher, we'll repeat what we said last fall: it's not My Digital Studio on a mobile device, not even close. This scaled-back version will only give you a taste of what they can create with MDS. We want to get our name and our art out there so more people than ever before will know about Stampin' Up!

We hope you'll get excited about it as well and that you'll do the following:

From your Android device, go to the Google Play Store.
Search for Simply Sent, select the application, select install and follow the prompts.

Or, click here to go to the Google Play Store and download.

As a reminder for iPhone: Download it from iTunes or the App Store.

For both devices, we hope you'll love it, share it with all your friends, and post a review! The more positive reviews it gets, the more prominent place it takes in the Play Store and iTunes stores.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Introducing...This And That

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. So we're happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That will debut in the 2013-2014 annual catalog, but we're giving you the chance to get it now.

Epic Day This and That Journal
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper
Remember This and That Rotary Stamp
Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers
Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
Epic Day This and That Bundle
Includes the five This and That products listed above. Only available in a bundle until April 30.
15% Off Retail Value!

Read On . . .
  • We're introducing the line with these five products, but we'll be adding more This and That stuff as time goes on.
  • Bundle Dates: March 23-April 30 (remember the items that come in the bundle will be available in May and in the new catalog, but we're only offering the discounted bundled until April 30).  
  • You can get as many This and That products or bundles as you want.
  • You can buy the This and That products separately. But why would you do that when you can get all five together and save 15 percent?
  • Did your spidey eyes see that two of our In Colors (Calypso Coral and Pool Party) are included in the products? Your eyes were right. You'll just have to wait for the new catalog in June to see what that's all about.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Stamp-A-Stack Feeling Sentimental

CASE'd from Justin K.- my favorite card from the March Stamp-A-Stack
Stamp Set: Feeling Sentimental
Colors: Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Whisper White, bronze
Accessories: Creped Filter Paper (Spring), Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (Spring), 2 1/2" Circle and 1" Square punches, Pool Party Baker's Twine, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons (from the Holiday catalog- unfortunately not available anymore- sorry!), retired Bronze specialty paper
You could substitute the Naturals or Neutrals Designer Buttons from page 176 of the 2012-2013 Catalog and then use a matching shade of brown card stock to recreate this card. I grabbed the Holiday buttons by mistake and decided to use the bronze paper I had to try to use it up.
Place your order online or contact me NOW so you don't miss out on the opportunity to get FREE product with a $50 order or an awesome deal on the Starter Kit!
Here are two more cards made with Feeling Sentimental:

Colors: Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Accessories: Argyle and Adorning Accents Embossing Folders

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stamp-A-Stack Patterned Occasions

Card #4 from the March Stamp-A-Stack...two versions:

I received several swap cards at Leadership with this fold and they're all over Pinterest, so I decided we needed to try it out! It's very easy- start with a piece of card stock that is 4 1/4 x 11" and score it 4 1/4" and 8 1/2". Then center a 2 1/2" Circle Punch on the 8 1/2" score line and punch out the circle. The 2 3/8" Scallop Circle is attached to the 4 1/4" section so it just fits into the 2 1/2" opening and makes the card 5 1/2" overall.
Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions (SAB)
Colors: top- Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
bottom- Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle and Small Heart punches, Circles #2 Originals die (for the 2" Whisper White circle), Perfect Polka Dots and Stripes Embossing Folders, Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon (Spring Catalog), 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stamp-A-Stack Madison Avenue & Sycamore Street

Card #3 from the March Stamp-A-Stack...

Stamp Sets: Madison Avenue (SAB), Teent Tiny Wishes

Colors: Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Whisper White

Accessories: Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (SAB), Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (SAB), Vine Street Embossing Folder (SAB),1" Circle, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls

Hostesses with a workshop or book party of $400 or more get a special Sale-A-Bration bundle FREE: Madison Avenue stamp set, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack. Collect orders from friends and you could get the bundle- but hurry! Sale-A-Bration ends Friday!

Here are two more cards using the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper:

Stamp Set: Vintage Verses

Colors: Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder (Spring catalog), Basic Rhinestones 

Stamp Set: You're Amazing

Colors: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake

Accesories: Ovals Collection Framelits (Spring catalog), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (Spring catalog), Basic Rhinestones

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stamp-A-Stack Pretty Petites

Card #2 from the March Stamp-A-Stack...
Stamp Set: Pretty Petites
Colors: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories: Petite Curly Label (SAB), 1" Circle and Curly Label punches, 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Simply Scored & Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (SAB and 2012-2013 Catalog)
The background is made with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate. Very easy- just score on every inch to make the diagonal grid. You could make it without the Diagonal Plate, but trying to get your card stock to stay at just the right angle might be hard. The Diagonal Plate makes it so much easier! And you can get it FREE with a $50 order before Friday- it's one of the catalog items you can choose for Sale-A-Bration!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Stamp-A-Stack Bloomin' Marvelous

The March Stamp-A-Stack was last Saturday so it's time to share the cards! The theme this month was Sale-A-Bration (SAB) so we used the stamp sets from the SAB flyer. First up, Bloomin' Marvelous:
CASE'd from Dawn O. after seeing the card on Pinterest. Love that site!
Colors: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbon (from the SAB Ribbon & Button Pack), Delicate Details Lace Tape and Bitty Butterfly Punch (Spring Catalog)
I LOVE the Lace Tape- so easy to use since you can pick it up and restick it if you didn't get it where you want it the first time! A tip from Leadership- use the tape as a stencil and sponge around it for a cool design! You can reuse the piece of tape many times.
Sale-A-Bration ends this Friday! If you haven't placed your order yet (or want more FREE stuff!), contact me soon! Get a FREE SAB product for every $50 you order! You can order online or call, text or e-mail me with your order.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Suprise! New A Round Array Stamp Set

Spring is Full of Surprises . . .

Spring is in the air and full of stampin' anticipation! Check out your first taste of the new 2013-2014 annual catalog: A Round Array! With cute and quick designs and greetings, the A Round Array Stamp Set gives you endless, adorable possibilities for cards, banners and scrapbook pages.

Buy the A Round Array Stamp Set now!
Get the stamp set or get it in a bundle with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch for 15% off.
129090 A Round Array Stamp Set $14.95
(only offered in clear mount, wood mount will be available in the 2013-2014 catalog)
133899 Spring Surprise Bundle $23.95
A Round Array clear mount set and 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Spring Surprise (from the Stampin' Up! Blog)

I was thrilled when I heard about the Spring Surprise Promotion. Getting a brand new stamp set will definitely make waiting for spring a little easier, especially because the set is full of charming flowers—and you can buy it with the coordinating punch for a special bundle price.

I used my new A Round Array Stamp Set and the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch to make this “Happy Day” card:
I used the Ciao Baby Stamp Set for the greeting since the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch also coordinates with this set. Of course, then you’ll want the Petite Curly Label Punch and the Pretty Petites Stamp Set, too! It’s so fun that everything coordinates together!

Remember the Pretty Petites Stamp Set and the Petite Curly Label Punch are Sale-A-Bration items that are only available until March 22. So place your order for the A Round Array Stamp Set soon and earn your Sale-A-Bration items for free!

Here is a complete list of the supplies I used for the card.

Carrie C.
Demonstrator Training

A Round Array Stamp Set
Ciao, Baby Stamp Set

Cardstock and Paper
Baja Breeze Cardstock
Gumball Green Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper

Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
Dazzling Details

Accessories and Tools
Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Petite Curly Label Punch
7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Paper Pumpkin- Your Creative Escape!

Sign up by the 10th of the month to receive that month's shipment, which will be sent around the 15th of the month.
Please choose me, Dena Lenneman, as your demonstrator!
There is also a "Try It" kit you can order from me to check it out!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Just Thinking Parker's Patterns

The swap I made for a special Star event at my upline's recently:
Stamp: Just Thinking
Colors: Marina Mist, Bot Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Versamark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Window Frames Framelits, Argyle Embossing Folder, Basics Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon, Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper, Dimensionals 
Please notice that I SEWED the button on! I don't sew, so this was a major accomplishment for me!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Festival of Prints Nugget Tin

Another project I haven't shared yet...
Stamp Set: Tags Til Christmas
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo
Accessories: Decorative Label and 1" Circle punches, Window Frames Framelits, Lattice Embossing Folder, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack and 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (Holiday Catalog), nugget tin

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Use It Up Snow Flurry and Snow Much Fun

Last weekend was "Stamp & Scrap Weekend at the Building", and I thought I would have all kinds of cards to share with you this week after having that much time to stamp. Um, I hate to admit this, but I didn't stamp anything. Nothing, nada. So, what did I do all weekend, you ask? Get this! I actually worked on scrapbooking! Right now I'm just trying to get everything into scrapbooks so I don't lose anything. I have saved everything so there's lots of stuff! Then I'll go back and add journaling and decorate the pages more. I'm working on "our" album and one for Chase, so there are duplicates of most things. I got one year of stuff onto pages this weekend! I'm excited- now I'm only two years behind. At one point I was actually caught up, but it's been many years since then!
I did find pictures of two more cards from my last stamping spree that I haven't shared yet. And since we just got about 8 inches of snow last night and today, it seems fitting to share these snow themed cards:
Stamp Set: Greetings of the Season (Holiday and Spring catalogs)
Colors: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Snow Flurry Bigz Die
I had the blue snowflakes cut out from another project so I came up with this card to use them up. I think I might add a rhinestone or pearl to the center to finish it off.

Stamp Set: Snow Much Fun
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke 
Accessories: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (Holiday Catalog)
I had the triangle piece of DSP left over from prepping the Twisted Christmas card for the December Stamp-A-Stack and came up with this card as a different way to use it.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Introducing Photopolymer Stamps from Stampin' Up!, March Best of Stamps

INTRODUCING...Photopolymer Stamps from Stampin' Up!
We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options.
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time!
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last.
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time.
  • They use FDA, food-safe material. How far can you stretch your stamping creativity?
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
They are clearly a great choice.


Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set
Recommend clear blocks A, B, G, F, and I. Purchase separately.
Includes 57 pieces. (Don't faint! This is a good overwhelming feeling.)
 The Fine Print
  • Photopolymer stamps will be offered on a trial basis. Based on popularity, we hope to release more photopolymer stamp sets over the coming months. At this time we don't plan on offering a line of photopolymer sets as expansive as our wood-mount and clear-mount lines.
  • Available March 1, 2013.
  • Not available in wood-mount or clear-mount.
  • All photopolymer will be packaged in cello bag w/insert, but don't forget you can store them in our clear cases.
Q: How long will each stamp set that's released be available for purchase?
A: Since this product line is being offered on a trial basis and is not currently included in our catalog, we won't have a standard amount of time that each set is offered. We'll let you know when each set is no longer available as well as when new ones become available.
Q: What should I know about this line and its future plans? A: We're trying it out and if it's popular we'll keep the photopolymer sets coming! So if you want to see more,you need to buy! And if you like a set you see, buy it now since there are no guarantees how long it will be available

Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! Check back here every month to see a flyer for a new Best of stamp set.

Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014
 The March set is "Best of Flowers", item #133342, $14.95

The February set is "Best of Love", item #132987, $14.95

The January set is "Best of Birthdays", item #132929, $14.95

Use It Up Play Date Designer Series Paper

I really like how these turned out! One of the sheets of Designer Series Paper had 1" squares with a number in each- they were the inspiration for this layout...

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned
Colors: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, So Saffron
Accessories: Play Date Designer Series Paper, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals