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Saturday, June 1, 2019


This is just a quick reminder that
Monday, June 3rd
is the last day to order from
the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog
and the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

GOOD NEWS: Stampin'UP! has recently discounted some retiring product.





  Do you have your new 
2019-2020 catalog yet? 



Friday, May 10, 2019

Copper Embossed Sheltering Tree

I love the monotone look of this card made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree stamp set.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp Set and Copper Embossing Powder

. . . and the fact it was achieved by combining 3 different color products. The brown paper is Soft Suede, which coordinates beautifully with Copper Embossing powder. The Petal Pink Metallic Ribbon is a perfect compliment to achieve this overall monotone look. A complete list of products is at the end of the post. Its easy to color coordinate a project when the materials all come from the same company.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp Set and Copper Embossing Powder

The copper embossing powder has a rich creamy look when heat set. Embossing powders all work the same, they contain bits of plastic and metal that you heat set to melt into the paper.  You need something to hold the powder to the paper in the desired pattern. This can be glue or a gooey ink.  Most stampers use Versamark ink to stamp the image. Due to the copper metal in this powder it is more granular and ends up with the beautiful creamy look you see in the picture above.

The Sheltering Tree stamp set has been a favorite. . . Check this card that uses the Rock and Roll technique to color the grass . . . or this spooky Halloween card with googly eyes in the tree.

Sheltering Tree is retiring the end of May, when the current catalog expires.   Click here to see all the retiring product.

I'm happy to answer your questions about heat embossing or any other stamping questions. Thanks for visiting - I hope I've inspired you to spend some time today in a little creative play. Have an INKcredible day . . .

If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.



Versamark Pad
[102283] - $9.00
Heat Tool
[129053] - $30.00

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Last Chance for the May Craft Kit

Does the name Shelli Gardner mean anything to you?  Shelli is the founder of Stampin'UP! and she designed the May Craft Kit. Her style is earthy and full of texture.

There are several different cards in the May Paper Pumpkin kit. Here is one of them ...

Card designed by Shelli Gardner, from the May Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit by Stampin'UP!

The kits are all-inclusive.  They have all the supplies you'll need: envelopes, twine or ribbon, ink, embellishments and every kit has its own little stamp set too! 

Card designed by Shelli Gardner, from the May Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit by Stampin'UP!

The only thing extra you need to supply with these kits is your favorite adhesive.


Project Samples from Stampin'UP!'s April 2019 OnStage ConventionSNEAK PEEK?  

... this card is from the May Kit which won't ship for another week.

You may be wondering how I got a sample early? When demonstrators attend convention we get to make samples of the new stuff.  The sample posted above was just one of many we made. The photo to the right shows a couple of others.



FAQ about Stampin'UP!'s monthly craft kit subscription called Paper Pumpkin cost and shipping info: The cost of the kit is charged to your credit card on the 10th of the month and they ship out a few days later. 

Its a little over $20 a month, depending on state tax where you live, but shipping is already included in that price. Its really a super deal for everything you get.
 Deadline for the May Kit

 If you are interested in Shelli's Kit 
you need to be signed up by the 10th.



I'm glad you visited today.  I'm here to answer your questions about the Monthly Craft Kits or anything else about paper crafting. Contact me any time.

Have an INKcredible day . . .

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Beautiful Promenade Embossed

I love the high contrast of bright colors against black; and heat embossing helps to give even more contrast.  This was a card from our April Technique class which focused on heat embossing.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Beautiful Promenade stamp set, heat embossed with Memento Ink and Clear Embossing Powder

While contrast is good, you don't want to over do it.  I did make this card with a plain background but decided it was too much flat black. If you look closely at the card you'll see I used a very subtle background stamp to break up the solidness of the card front. Versamark Ink leaves a subtle watermark image on cardstock that was just right for the image from Stampin'UP!'s Crackle Paint background stamp.  This background technique really makes a difference visually.

Image from Stampin'UP!'s Beautiful Promenade stamp set, heat embossed with Memento Ink and Clear Embossing Powder
The reason for heat embossing was for even more visual impact.  This close-up shows how the heat embossing helps with the contrast on the Coral Cardstock.

HINT:  If you use clear embossing powder you can heat emboss in any color.  You just need ink "gooey" enough to hold the powder in place while you heat set it.  

I used Memento Black Ink with the Clear Embossing Powder on this flower. Memento Ink is not advertised as an embossing ink, but I found that it worked just fine. There is a complete list of products used on this card at the end of the post.I

Thanks for visiting - I hope I've inspired you to spend some time today in a little creative play.  The purpose of this site is to educate and inspire and I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project.  

Have an INKcredible day . . . 
If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.

Crackle Paint Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Crackle Paint
Background Stamp
Wood-Mount 
[148755] - $20.00
Cling -Mount
[148752] - $16.00
Versamark Pad
[102283] - $9.00
Heat Tool
[129053] - $30.00

Friday, May 3, 2019

May Special: Everything is Rosy Medley

BUNDLES - - - SUITES - - - KITS - - - and now a MEDLEY

Today's post is going to be a bit of a vocabulary lesson. Stampin'UP! likes to group product -  both as a way to help you save money (Bundles) and as a way to help you know which products coordinate well with each other (Suites).

Suites make your life Easier:
A product Suite has stamps, dies, designer paper, matching ribbon and embellishments that are all color coordinated and use the same imagery. Shopping is easier because you know this product grouping will coordinate well on your projects.

Bundles save you money.
Stampin'UP! will often offer a new stamp set and matching die or punch as a bundle. When you buy the bundle you save 10%.

FYI: Product is only bundled for its first catalog year.  When you read the list of retiring product ALL bundles will retire, but many of the stamp sets and dies will still be available, just without the 10% saving option.  Are there any bundles on your shopping list?  If so, be aware that the 10% savings on them will expire the end of May.

NEW . . . for the avid crafter  . . . a Medley
a suite of products at a bundle price

The special for May is something different - its a Product Medley.
The Everything is Rosy Medley has a ton of coordinating product that is drop dead gorgeous.

Priced at $80 its more expensive than the average bundle but it also contains so very much more product. Its well worth the investment when you see everything you get.

If this interests you then read through to the bottom for a way to save 20% on your purchase.
  • a Stamp Set: "Everything Is Rosy" (Photopolymer)
    ...18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Dies
    ...10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1"
  • Designer Series Paper
    ... 6" x 6"  48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • Foil Paper: Rose Gold
    ... 6" x 6", 8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts
    ... 2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts
    ... 4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments
    ... 60 embellishments; 1/4"
  • Ribbon:
    ... Melon Mambo 1/4" Ruched Ribbon - 10 yards
  • More Ribbon:
    ... Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon - 10 yards
  • Shimmer Paint: Rose Gold
    —1/2 oz.

I've seen this product at the most recent convention and I can tell you it is absolutely gorgeous. see it for yourself in this video. The designer paper has foil in it. The rose gold is so pretty and very trendy right now. Its hard to say what my favorite part of this medley is, the rose shimmer paint, the metallic trim ribbon or the designer paper with the foil.  Probably the paper.

Your eyes will be spinning when you see so much pretty stuff collected in one box. This collection will help you make some truly awesome projects.

This is not a KIT (notice one more vocabulary word) because there are no specific projects or directions. Its just a large amount of coordinating product that will help you make some really beautiful projects. Here is a screen shot from the demonstrator site of some projects that were made with this medley of product.


As always, with special product like this, its available in a limited quantity and therefore, only while supplies last.  The advertising period is the Month of May but they will undoubtedly sell out sometime before the end of May.

BTW: the same goes now for all retiring product - available while supplies last.
Click HERE to see the available retiring product.
 
If you love Rose Gold, foil papers, fancy dies and matching stamp sets, shimmer paint and sets of product that match then consider purchasing the Everything is Rosy Medley.
 


One final tip to pass on - a way to soften the impact of a large purchase like this and its impact on future spending for craft supplies.  You can save 20% on the Medley as well as getting a guaranteed 20% discount on future purchases.  How?  Buy the Medley as part of the Starter Kit.

Many people join Stampin'UP! as Discount Buyers.  The Starter Kit is any combination of product you choose (up to a $125 value) and you pay only $99. That's a 20% discount PLUS shipping is free.  If you are considering spending $80 on the Medley then for $11 more you can get $45 more product. Its kind of a "no brainer".
calculated with Wisconsin Tax the exact amounts will vary depending on your state

For an additional $11.61 you get $45 more product and a 20% discount on future purchases. There is no downside to joining the company and I will be there to answer questions. You can join as a Discount Buyer. The purchase of the starter kit does offer the opportunity to run a business and have the hobby pay for itself, but there is no pressure to sell and no requirements to purchase anything beyond the Starter Kit itself.

I look forward to connecting with you soon.
Have an INKcredible day and take some time for creative play.