New Design Case

The new design case for the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads is innovative and a long time coming.  Have you ordered any new stamp pads from the new catalog?  If you have, I hope you have found the new design as impressive as I have.  I think they are a bit easier to open as they have less steps.  They will have a bit of a tighter fit at first.  This will loosen a bit with use.  New things always take a bit of breaking them in.  Have you also noticed the larger color swatch on the case?  If you have not purchased the new design stamp pads yet, please take a look below.  Cheryl and John from Stampin’ Up! Product Development have a video below to give you a look at these new stamp pads and help with some tips and tricks. 

New Design Case in Action

Also, I love that it’s still very easy to use the lid for watercolor techniques.  Because of the bolder look, the colors are so easy to identify.  Another great feature are the stickers.  They give you options as well which is great because not everyone stores or handles their stamp cases the same way. Lastly, how great is it that they are stackable now?  Stacking the cases is a benefit I know I am going to enjoy.  After I pull out all my supplies to work with, it will be great to have my pads stackable and neat in my crafting space.  

I know it will help some of you to see how they open and close.  I’m a pretty visual person and enjoy videos like this.  I remember when we moved away from the basic open and close stamp pads years ago.  As with anything new, it did take a little getting used to.  This time will be no different, so join me in embracing the new design case.

Learn Calligraphy While You Create

Elegant New Kit

Do you feel like it’s too difficult to learn calligraphy?  Stampin’ Up! may have the answer.  Each year they take great care in creating their project kits throughout the year.  Today I would like to introduce you to the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit.  It has such soft colors and designs.  I have to admit, I love calligraphy so I was so excited when I saw this particular kit in the new annual catalog.  There is a coordinating stamp set, but more on that later.

Learn Calligraphy

Each kit is always unique and this one is no different.  Create beautiful hand-lettered cards while you learn calligraphy.  The kit makes 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  It includes printed card bases and printed envelopes (which is my favorite thing about the kits).  You get 8 sheets of  labels, calligraphy practice sheets and adhesive-backed sequins.  Everything you need tucked all in one package.  The colors coordinate with some of your favorites and even some new colors – Coastal Cabana, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizzazz.  In addition to the Essentials Kit,  you can purchase the Calligraphy Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set (seen above) that coordinates with the kit.  Also, together they make the complete Calligraphy Essentials collection.

If you are like me, you want to see it in action.  Well I can help with that too.  Take a look at the video Stampin’ Up! put together which let’s you see the kit up close.  In addition, you can follow Shannon as she uses the products and helps guide you on how to use them.

When you are done practicing with the kit, you will be able to create beautiful calligraphy of your own.  Finally, you can be proud when you finish all the practices sheets.  Maybe even feel like a calligraphy expert.  LOL

Let’s Feature Coloring Tools

A Variety of Coloring Tools

Stampin’ Up! offers an array of coloring tools designed to help color all your paper crafting projects.  I thought I would take a minute and outline some of the different options and how they work.  I know you may think coloring is coloring, but that’s simply not the case.  It really does make a difference because color technique can change the look of a project. Take a look below at some of Stampin’ Up!’s coloring options and the specific purposes they have.  

Coloring Tools Make a Difference

First up are the Aqua Painters.  They are a watercoloring tool that allows you to use water without dipping.  The Aqua Painter is designed to hold liquid in the tube base to make watercoloring easy.  Give it a squeeze and the water is released.  Add color with our Watercolor Pencils or any Stampin’ Up! Classic pads.  Touch the brush to the ink and then transfer the ink to your image on the paper. It’s advised to use watercolor paper for your project. 

 


Watercolor Pencils are high-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring. You can use these alone, with our Blender Pens or the Aqua Painter.  All you have to do is color your image and then bring in the Aqua Painter or Blender Pen if you are going for a watercolor look.  There are 13 pencils in various Stampin’ Up! colors

 

Blender Pens combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. Also, they are dual-tipped pens filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily. It is recommended to use Watercolor Paper.  Remember to clean off the tip after each use.  Finish using the color and simply stroke the tip on scrap paper to remove color and move on to the next color without worry.  They give a different look to the finished product than Aqua Painters.

 


Our Stampin’ Write Markers allow you to expand your ink selection.  These artist-quality markers come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors to take the guesswork out of product coordination. Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Color on paper, or color directly on a stamp for a multicolor effect.   They are fast drying, dye-based ink and coordinate with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, ink and embellishments. Coloring is smooth and bold with these markers. 

 


Lastly, we have our Stampin’ Blends.  Our newest to the coloring tools, the Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers.  Each color comes in one dark and one light sets to give you the best blending experience.  Controlling the color is easy when using either the brush tip or the fine-point.   Purchase by individual colors or combo packs.  The Blends are not refillable, however, you can purchase the individual color when you need to replace them in your collection.

 

Variety of Embellishments

In addition, you can combine any of the above tools with a number of our embellishments.  As a result, you can have Glitter, Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Embossing Paste, Sponge Daubers and even Brayer to help you further enhance your projects.  Furthermore, once you add color to any of those options, the possibilities are endless.  Hence, I encourage you to give some of them a try and see what you can create.   While I know it’s a lot to absorb, I hope you have learned a little more about some of our coloring options.  Most of all, you get to see what benefits each tool has.  Please contact me with any questions on these or any of our Stampin’ Up! products.  

 

Memories & More

Creating Memories to Last a Lifetime

As with every new catalog, comes new card packs.  There are new Memories & More card packs in 2018-2019 annual catalog.  The best part about these new card packs is that they have been redesigned to support card making a little more.  Although they are designed for scrapbooking, it’s nice that they coordinate with some of our suites.   I do appreciate the Memories & More line because it makes memory keeping so much easier.  Since so many people either don’t have time to scrapbook or don’t know how, it’s great to have something that supports scrapbooking and helps guide even the novice scrapbooker.  

What Can You Do With Memories & More

These kits are the perfect way to create cards, tags, scrapbooking and anything you can think of using your adhesive.  There are envelopes, stickers and a variety of cardstock sizes of paper to all coordinate with our suites.  When you add a few of your own embellishments or accents, the possibilities are endless.  There are a few different card packs to choose from and each one coordinates with a suite.   Each suite has a number of products that also coordinate.  All of these products make it so much fun for any level crafter to have fun with.  They also make it easy to do projects with children and groups.

Stampin’ Up! put together this new video to give you an idea about what is new with the Memories and More line as well as show us some samples from the card packs.  Take a look as Tanner walks us through it:

You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to make use of any of these card packs.  Think outside the box.  You can check out all the Memories and More products in my store.  Use them for scrapbooking, cardmaking, tags, or anything you can think of.  If you need any assistance with these products, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’m happy to help. 

New Designs Are Here

Unique Designs for You to Love

Designs are always fun to check out when the new catalog is released.  Do you love new designs? Each year I spend a little time looking through all the new Designer Series Papers.  They always coordinate with new colors and stamp sets so beautifully.  I have to admit, DSP’s can be addicting.  Do you find yourself hoarding Designer Series Paper?  I always envision what  I can create and then when I get the paper, it’s almost like I don’t want to part with it.  Above is just one of the many new Designer Series Papers – Broadway Bound.  Which is also the suite that My Paper Pumpkin coordinates with this month. 

Beautiful Designs

Some of the papers have such unique designs.  I do usually love the florals.  Although there are a bunch of beautiful floral designs with Petal Promenade, Tranquil Textures is a very interesting pack.  In addition, we have the Graceful Glass pack which is amazing when using the Stampin’ Blends.  Let’s not forget the gorgeous designs in Share What You Love.  Finally, the Wood Textures can make for some amazing masculine cards and projects.  We all know how hard it is sometimes to create a masculine card.  You can judge for yourself.  Stampin’ Up! has created a video to give you a glimpse at all the new Designer Series Papers in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.  You may have to watch it twice to take it all in.  

I’m still not sure which is really my favorite because there are so many great new ones.  However, I am sure that I will be trying out many of them.  Of course, we also have all the cardstock available in all of our core colors.  You can also see all the cardstock and papers together in my store and see what works for you.  

New Catalog Launch

It’s that time of year again, the New Catalog is here! 

The new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog will be live today at 12noon MT, which means at 2:00pm here on the east coast you can start placing your orders.  I know you cannot wait to see everything the new catalog has in store.  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary and it shows in all the beautiful new products.  One of the most anticipated products is the Stamparatus.  If you were not able to get it during the pre-order a few months ago, you can order it now.  Here is a brief video from Stampin’ Up! with more information about the Stamparatus: 

You Can Now Get the Stamparatus

In addition, I want to share with you a sample card below that was created using the Stamparatus.  This great tool is a much needed addition to my craft room, and I’m sure you will think so too.   What a pleasant experience to stamp with such precision.  As a result, you will be able to take you stamping to the next level.  Since you control where you place the stamps, you can also control the pressure used to stamp the image.  There is a rubber mat to use with Photopolymer stamps as well.  

Notice the greeting in the bottom corner stamped on each side.   What I like most of all is the ability to line up all my stamps on the cardstock.  Whether it’s inside the card or outside the card, having everything line up gives the card a crisp look.  The design of the Stamparatus allows you to use any size cardstock.  This makes it possible to use it with scrapbooking as well as card making.

Grab your favorite coffee or tea and sink into your favorite chair while you explore all the wonderful new products.  Let me know if I can be of any assistance as you create that wish list.