Friday, September 27, 2019

Purple Posy is Here!

I am excited to announce that Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Pads and Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills are available to order. You may now also purchase the 2019–2021 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads (includes all five of the 2019–2021 In Colors).  Purple is one of my favorite colors, so I've been waiting for this announcement for a few months!  
  • Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 150084)
  • Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 150091)
  • 2019–2021 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads (item 150087)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


If there is a disadvantage to living on the West Coast, it is when a big sale happens we are the last to know!  This morning I was looking at my emails and saw that the Clearance Rack had been updated.  Of course I went to shop.  The website was moving slowly and I'd put things into my cart that were then removed because they were selling out.  I still managed to place an order and got some really great deals.  Check it out!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Paper Sale!

By popular demand, Stampin’ Up! is bringing back the Designer Series Paper Sale! During September 4–30, you can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper, and get one FREE!
Here are the details:
  • Sale Dates:  September 4–30
    • Order Deadline:  September 30, 2019; 11:50 pm (MT)
  • Only Designer Series Papers listed in the table below qualify for this promotion. You may mix and match papers from any of the listed papers.
  • There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper, and get one free during this sale.
  • In the online ordering system, when three qualifying Designer Series Paper packs are entered, a prompt to add a free Designer Series Paper will appear.
  • In the online store, if a you order four packages of the same qualifying Designer Series Paper, you will need to enter three together and then order the fourth free item separately.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this sale.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with Stampin’ Hostess Rewards does not qualify for this sale.
Here are the Designer Series Paper Packs included in the sale:

Also, items in the Holiday Catalog are now available to purchase.  I love, love, love this catalog.  I think it's the best one we've had in many years.  Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Trimmer Blades and a DSP Sale

Do you need trimmer blades?  Today at 9 AM the last batch of the blades will be available for sale.  They will be limited to 3 packages per customer and will still likely sell out quickly.  If you need blades for your Stampin' Trimmer, be sure to be online ready to order promptly at 9 AM PST.  The item number for the blade refills is 126995.   The good news is that there is a new trimmer in the works.  Hopefully it will be available to customers early next year. 

As you may already know, the new Holiday catalog items will be available starting September 4th.  Here's another important thing to note about that day... paper will be on sale!  Select designs of Designer Series Paper will be Buy 3, Get 1 free.  This is one of the most popular sales of the year, so be sure to plan ahead which paper you need and order early. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hallo! Over the Moon meets Milk Chocolate

This summer I had a crazy idea.  I decided to take a beginning German class so I could learn a new language.  Other than the few words I picked up from The Sound of Music, I really had no German language skills.  I also had not attempted to learn a foreign language since my teacher, Jackie Short, tried to make me into a fluent Spanish speaker back in the early 1980s.  I should mention here that despite taking Spanish for 2 years, I still know very little.  So, why then did I think I'd be a fluent German speaker after one short summer class at the community college?  Evidently I had forgotten how hard it is to learn a language.  The class ends this week and thus far I can say important phrases like, "My name is Vanessa" as well as the more important, "Where is the bathroom?"  Other than that, I'd say I'm a l-o-n-g way from being fluent.  I will continue my online studies at Duolingo, but will say that I'm so happy that many people in other countries are fluent in English.  It makes it much easier for this "English-speaking-only" tourist to successfully visit foreign lands.

Since the class ends this week, I decided to make parting gifts for my classmates and my teacher.  I chose a cow from the Over the Moon to decorate a candy bar wrapper.  (I figure it's fitting since I'm giving them milk chocolate.)  I found a German language stamp online, so I am using that for the greeting.  It says, "You are marvelous." 

Speaking of marvelous.... Are you one of my marvelous customers who placed an order last month and got a coupon (or coupons) to use this month?  If so, don't forget to redeem those.  They are only good during the month of August.

If you ordered $150 or more from me during the last 6 months, you will be receiving a holiday catalog in the mail.  Mine arrived today, so that means they are on the way!  Be sure to look for it because it's awesome! 
Happy Stampin!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Spot the Difference!

As a child, I remember my favorite thing to do on Sunday was to grab the comic section out of the newspaper.  It wasn't that I loved comics, although Garfield was pretty great, but I wanted that section for the game that was always hiding near the back.  It was a game of Spot the Difference where you'd look at 2 photos to try to figure out what was different.  Some of the items were easy to spot and others, well, were more of a challenge.  Today I have a similar challenge for you!  Below you will see three greeting cards.  Can you spot what's different?

So first off, I'm sure you noticed the colors were a little different.  That, however, isn't what I was hoping you'd notice.  I used the same stamps (Sea of Textures and Colorful Seasons) on all three.  I applied the ink with my oval makeup brushes and splattered all three with the same water. 

What do you think about the style?  The splattered style of backgrounds has been popular for a while now, but I only just tried it this weekend.  Why did I wait?  Well, after watching a bunch of youtube videos, I decided I didn't have the right supplies.  I decided I needed different ink pads. 

That, my friends, is what is different on the above card samples.  I have used 3 different brands of ink.  (I confess, I don't just have Stampin' Up items in my craftroom.  Please don't judge me!) 

So here's the answer to the Spot the Difference challenge:

The 1st card is made with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inkpads.  I used the colors Pine Needles, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio on the background.  Then I used Barn Door, Shabby Shutters, and Milled Lavender for my stamped images. 

The 2nd card is made with inkpads from Catherine Pooler.  I used Something Borrowed, All That Jazz, and Mint to Be on the background.  Then I used Party Dress, Sweet Sixteen, and Melon ice for stamping. 

The 3rd card was made with my Stampin' Up inkpads.  For the background I used Bermuda Bay, Balmy Blue, and Mint Macaroon, which started looking like Pear Pizazz, so I switched to Coastal Cabana.  Technically it's a blend of the two on the bottom layer.  For the stamped images I used Calypso Coral, Highland Heather (2nd generation) and Soft Seafoam. 

So guess what?  All this time I thought I couldn't get that splattered effect with my Stampin' Up inkpads.  I was wrong.  Those inks reacted just as nicely to my water spots as the others.  So which is my favorite?  I think they all look great! 

My least favorite of the bunch was the Catherine Pooler ink.  It was messy and I found it hard to stamp a crisp image.  I still haven't gotten all the ink out of my makeup brush.  The ink is VERY pigmented and it would be easy to overdo it.  However, I did like her Midnight Black for the embossed sentiment, so much so that I used it on all three cards.  (It stays wet a while so it does a good job holding the embossing powder.)  It stains like Staz-On but is supposed to be good for watercolor, as well as alcohol markers.  While I haven't tried it with watercolor, I did use it with my Stampin' Blends and it bled.  I also tried it with my Copics and had the same disappointing results. 

In terms of ease of use for this technique, I'd pick the Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.  The ink flowed onto my Whisper White cardstock like butter and blended with almost no effort.  I applied the water exactly the same way, but the ink reacted differently and gave me a different look that the other two ink brands. 

I think the Stampin' Up ink did a great job too.  It did take more work (I think I worked off some upper arm flab while working to blend my inks on the paper!) but once down, I think it looked really nice.  I also liked that the water splatters were more formed into circles on the Stampin' Up (and the Catherine Pooler, for that matter,) version than the Tim Holtz variety.  My only regret is that I didn't try this technique with my Stampin' Up inks BEFORE I purchased inks from other brands.

I will continue to play with all three brands to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of each. 

This is the longest blog post I've written in years!  If you need Stampin' Up items, this is a good month to buy them.  The company is giving a $5 coupon to be used in August for each $50 spent (before shipping & taxes) in July.  It's sort of like the Kohl's cash deal.  You don't have to do anything special to get the coupons.  Once you place a qualifying order, those coupons will be sent to your email.  The trick is to save them and not lose them.  I won't get a copy of your coupon, so it'll be up to you to keep up with the emails and don't accidentally delete them. 

Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Holiday Stamp Clearance + Trimmer Blades

Were there stamps in the last holiday catalog that you wanted, but didn't buy?  If so, now you have a 2nd chance.  For the first time ever, Stampin' Up is adding retired stamps to the Clearance Rack!  I'm not sure how they will be priced, but usually things on the Clearance Rack are a great deal.  I'm also assuming these are just stamps (no dies,) but maybe I'll be surprised.  Here are some examples of stamps offered beginning  at 12:01AM June 26th (midnight - Mountain time) and while supplies last:

Signs of Santa

Alpine Adventure (likely only the stamp set, not the dies)

Cauldron Bubble

Be sure to check out the clearance rack tomorrow to finish up your shopping from last year!

Also - The Trimmer Blades are coming (a day later.)  On Thursday, June 27th, the trimmer blades will be back in stock (while supplies last.)  They will, however, have purchase limits per customer.  With such limits, it may be easier for more people to get the blades they need for their Stampin' Trimmer.  

Happy Stampin!