Curious About the New Ink Pads?

As you may, or may not, know, Stampin' Up! has re-designed their stamp pads.  Because they make these pads themselves, the molds are good for only so many years before becoming cracked or unusable.  Since they were going to have to make new molds anyway, they decided on a new, sleeker design.  Because they were not satisfied with some of the newer inks, they've also improved the inks and the refills.

Here is a video you can watch all about the new stamp pads:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybWeSn-tqc&feature=youtu.be

The new pads open easier, have a lower and smaller profile, and they stack!  No more stamp pads sliding off my craft desk!

Right now you can purchase a set of the new In Color ink pads and save 10% on the set.  Aren't these yummy colors?  When the new catalog goes live on June 1st (around noon) you'll be able to get any color in the new cases.

Did You Know? Current Bundles Going Away

In the current catalog there are loads of bundles.  Whenever a bundle is introduced, it lasts only until the next catalog and then it goes to full price.Some are stamps and dies and some are stamps and punch bundles.  While some of the stamps and dies or punches may carry over to the new catalog, those bundles will not!  If you purchase them now, you'll save 10% so while you can wait to get the stamps and dies that you want, you won't be able to save on the bundle.  And not all of the items are carrying over!  Those will just go away and you'll have to search for them elsewhere, often at hugely inflated prices.  

Some examples of bundles that will be going away:  The Eastern Palace bundle--both stamps and dies will carryover but not the bundle!  And this bundle makes some gorgeous cards!

   

That beautiful paper is going away.  I'm always sad to see all of our beautiful papers retire but love all the new things coming up!

One of my absolute favorite bundles is the Coffee Cafe bundle.  I loved making this Coffee Cafe gift card holder.

 

And another favorite is the Oh So Eclectic Bundle.  This bundle also comes in wood mount if that's what you prefer.  I love all the things you can do with the dies that don't even require the stamp set.  But this set makes me happy!

  

One bundle that includes a punch is the Daisy Delight Bundle.  

  

And there are so many more!  Don't forget about all the bundles in the Occasions catalog too!  Purchase any of the bundles now and save 10%!  After May 31, those items will no longer be bundled together and will be full price.

Share What You Love Suite

Ongoing right now are some bundles of the Share What You Love Suite that you can order in advance of the new catalog.  This is a fabulous suite and I thought I'd share some more cards with you that feature parts of this suite. You can also purchase the new 2018-2020 In Color collection of ink pads in a bundle and save 10%.

 

Here is a card that uses the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, the True Gentleman buttons, and the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, and the stamp set Love What You Do.  It's easy to make some cards that require very little to have great impact.

This card features the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder, the sumptious 1/4" velvet ribbon and the artisan pearls.  Another quick and easy card to make that has great impact.  You could also sponge over the flower if you wanted more color, add Wink of Stella, or a watercolor wash to step up the card.  Don't have the artisan pearls?  You could color regular pearls with Blends or Sharpies, use pearls as is, or add rhinestones!

The last card I want to share is also an easy card to make.  It features the Love What You Do stamp set, the pearlized doilies, the velvet ribbon, artisan pearls, and the Share What You Love DSP.

There are 3 bundles to choose from and each has at least one FREE item.  These bundles will go away when the catalog goes live on June 1. 

   The first bundle is the "Just Getting Started" bundle.  It contains Very Vanilla Cardstock, an "E" clear block, a Grapefruit Grove ink pad, an Old Olive ink pad, the Love What You Do Stamp Set, and the free item is a set of very vanilla note cards with envelopes.  The cost is $57.00

The second bundle is the "A Little More, Please" bundle.  This bundle includes Very Vanilla Cardstock, the Share What You Love Cardstock (old olive, rich razzleberry, grapefruit grove, and mint macaron), the Love What You Do stamp set, the Make a Difference stamp set (and you'll want this one!),  Pearlized Doilies, Artisan Pearls, Grapefruit Grove ink pad, Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon, and there are two free items:  Very Vanilla Envelopes and the Share What You Love Embellishment kit (4 large diecut labels, 8 small labels, Tranquil Tide baker's twine, pearlized thread, 8 silver adhesive-backed roses, 8 silver paper clips, and 8 grapefruit grove paper clips).  This bundle costs $91.50.

The third bundle is the "Gotta Have It All" bundle.  This bundle includes Very Vanilla cardstock, the Share What You Love Cardstock pack (24 sheets, 6 of 4 colors), The Love What You Do stamp set, the Make A Difference stamp set, pearlized doilies, grapefruit grove ink pad, rich razzleberry velvet ribbon, artisan pearls, the Lovely Floral embossing folder, the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper and 3 free items:  the Statement of My Heart stamp, very vanilla envelopes, and the Share What You Love embellishment kit.  The cost is $127.50.

This suite and these bundles make it sooo easy to create beautiful cards!

 

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Who Needs Catalogs?

Mr. Brown came to my house today.  

 

                                               

Those boxes are mostly catalogs.  I did get one box with new cardstock, ink pads, markers, pretty papers, and a few stamp sets.    

Do you need a free new catalog?

Request one today!  Click on the link above or here.  I am happy to mail out a catalog to anyone who requests one.  And if you don't currently have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours!

Paper Pumpkin Special Ending

The 50% off special on Paper Pumpkin is ending on the 10th.  If you would like to try Paper Pumpkin (and the kits have been really fantastic lately!), you need to subscribe by the end of day on Thursday, May 10.  

Subscribe here and you will save 50% on your May and June kits.  Use the Promo Code (SAVEFIFTY0418) to get the reduced rateAfter you've received your two kits, you can then cancel if you don't like them.  Now, that's a great deal!  You'll get exclusive stamp sets, ink spots, a clear block in your first kit, and all you need to put your kit together.   They are designed to be put together in about 30 minutes or so and take up very little space.  There are always extra pieces in your kits, so you can make alternatives using some of your own craft supplies if you'd like.  They even list on the directions what color cardstock coordinates with the kit!

I have a Pinterest board with alternatives, Paper Pumpkin has a Pinterest Board, and there is a fabulous Facebook group (Paper Pumpkin Fan Club) where people share what they've made with their kits and loads of alternative ideas.

I am going to the beach for the month of June and I have a few kits I haven't made yet, so I am taking them with me to work on them.  They will be quick and easy things I can do so I don't have to totally give up crafting while I am away.  

 

NEW! Discounted up to 50% Off on Some Retiring Products

Stampin' Up! announced today that they are reducing the price of some retiring products up to 50%!  YAY!  I love to buy quality craft products at a discount!

 

                                        

You can view the PDF of the products.  Here is a photo of the items as well

  

Here are some quick links to all the retired products and you will be able to see those that are discounted:

Stamps:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/products/100501/retiring-stamps?dbwsdemoid=2141057

Bundles:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/products/100502/retiring-bundles?dbwsdemoid=2141057

Everything Else:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/products/100503/everything-else?dbwsdemoid=2141057

Items are selling out really fast so don't delay if you want any of these products!

AND Stampin' Up! has turned back on ordering for the complete set of Blends!  (Even though it will say it is retiring, that is because the complete set will not be available to order and Pink Pirouette is in this bundle and is retiring).  This set is $121.50 and I have to say I absolutely love coloring with mine! Just click on the photo to be taken to the ordering page so you can see what is available!

 

                                            

New In Colors Available NOW

You can now purchase the new In Color stamp sets now before the catalog goes live in June.  You can purchase them in a bundle and save 10%!  Aren't they gorgeous?                            

Also available now is the Share What You Love Suite.    You can view the video that Stampin' Up! has put out and see the pdf.

You can purchase a variety of bundles, save and receive FREE items in each bundle.  These bundles will not be available in the new catalog so you should get them while you can.  To purchase these items you can go to my store  here

I have created some thank you cards (as well as other cards), using this suite,  to mail out to my customers who have ordered this past month.  Here are two of those cards

You can't see from the photos but this designer paper is gorgeous with pearlized accents.  I love this paper and the fact that Stampin' Up! doubled the size of the paper pack (24 12x12 sheets).  I will be making a lot of cards out of this paper and it is a heavy weight paper so could easily make 3-D items as well!

I will be closing out my April host code tomorrow night so if you are placing an order today or tomorrow, please use the host code HY7EQVS3 if your order is below $150 and I'll enter you to win host prizes from me.

Tomorrow, demonstrators will be able to Preorder some items from the new catalog

If you are interested in getting items early, grab a Starter kit tomorrow and fill it with new products from the new catalog!  You can choose $125 worth of products for just $99 (plus tax, shipping is FREE).  Stampin' Up! will also send you free catalogs, a Paper Pumpkin kit and other business materials.  You will then receive 20% off all future orders.  You don't have to do anything else!  No further obligation and you'll receive your discount until the end of September.  Of course, if you want to continue past that time, you certainly can.  I'd love to have you on my team!  

Statement of My Heart

Stampin' Up has always had the Statement of the Heart but they have now updated it and it is the Statement of My Heart.  In the Share What You Love Suite (available now to demonstrators and to everyone beginning May 1), there is a new stamp showcasing this new statement.  I wanted to showcase this stamp and create a decor item for my craft room.  Here is that framed piece:

I found this frame at Hobby Lobby and thought it would match the Designer Series Paper in the Suite.  I chose a background of MInt Macaron (yay!  It's coming back in the new catalog) layered over Tranquil Tide.  The lacy oval is from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  This laser-cut paper is  gorgeous and very delicate.  You get 8 sheets of paper in 2 different designs and one design is a sheet with 6 different patterns that can be cut out for card fronts--easy peasy!  NOTE:  This Laser-Cut paper will not be available until June 2 when the catalog goes live.

 

I stamped the Statement onto Very Vanilla cardstock and then layered the lacy oval on top.  I colored in the heart using ink from the top of my Rich Razzleberry ink pad.

All of the flowers surrounding my piece are fussy cut from different sheets of paper in the Share What You Love DSP (this paper is more expensive but is a heavier weight and comes with 24 sheets of 12 x 12 paper instead of the usual 12).  There are loads of pearlized accents on this paper!  This year is the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up! and the gift for 30 years is pearls!  So there are a lot of pearl accents, colored pearls and more in the new catalog.  

Beginning May 1 (that's this Tuesday!) you will be able to purchase several bundles showcasing the Share What You Love Suite.  Each bundle comes with something free!  

Here is a video showcasing these bundles

The Just Getting Started Bundle includes: Love What You Do Stamp Set, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Grapefruit Grove Stampin' Pad, Old Olive Stampin' pad, clear block "E" and the FREE item is Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes.  Cost is $57, value of $64 (item # 149524)  

The A Little More, Please Bundle includes the Love What You Do Stamp Set, the Make a Difference Stamp Set (this is an alphabet/word stamp set, which has script letters as well as block letters that can be put together to create words plus there are several sayings in the set),  Very Vanilla cardstock, Share What You Love Cardstock pack (grapefruit grove, mint macaron, old olive, rich razzleberry), pearlized doilies, Grapefruit Grove stamp pad, Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon, Artisan colored pearls, and FREE are the very vanilla medium envelopes and the Share What You Love embellishment kit (labels, baker's twine, metal flowers, small paperclips in a beautiful box). Cost is $91.50, value of $109.50 (item # 149525)

The Gotta Have It All Bundle includes the Love What You Do Stamp Set, Make a Difference Stamp Set, Very Vanilla cardstock, Share What You Love cardstock pack, pearlized doilies, Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, Grapefruit Grove Stamp pad, Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon, artisan colored pearls, Lovely Floral Embossing Folder, and FREE:  Statement of My Heart single stamp, Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes and Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.  Cost is $127.50, value of $157.50 (item # 149526)

The Pearlized Doilies are a pearlized white on one side and plain on the back.  I have sponged color on the back side to use on cards needing some color so they are very versatile.

To get the gorgeous Share What You Love Designer Paper you have to purchase the Gotta Have It All Bundle.  Otherwise, you'll have to wait until June 2, when the new catalog goes live.  And the Statement of My Heart Stamp will not be available except in this bundle.  Once the ordering period (May 1-31) is over, this stamp will not be available.

In a hurry to get those new In Color stamp pads?  You can preorder them now before the catalog goes live on June !  You can purchase the 5 new In Color ink pads in a bundle for $33.75 and save 10%!

Check back in a day or two and I'll be sharing the thank you cards I am sending out to my customers for their orders this past month.  They will all be featuring this gorgeous paper.

This month's host code HY7EQVS3 will be ending and I will close out the order on May 2.  If you place an order of below $150 and use this host code, you will be entered to win a new Grapefuit Grove stamp pad (if you order one of the above bundles and will already be getting the ink pad, I will send you something else of greater value).

                   

 

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