Sale-a-Bration (SAB) - Perk #1 - Customers get FREE product!

 

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Can you name all 3 (4, actually) ways that a papercrafter can benefit from the perks of Stampin' Up!®'s annual Sale-a-Bration (SAB) season?

If you've been around the Stampin' Up! community for very long, I'll bet you can name at least ONE of the perks. But be sure to follow this week's series of 3 posts, so you don't accidentally miss out on the *other* 2 (3, actually) available perks, too!

Let's begin by reviewing a bit of SAB history (that is, as far as my memory recalls...), and then we'll touch on what (I think) is probably the most well-known feature of Sale-a-Bration. 

I wish I could tell you exactly when this fun tradition began in Stampin' Up!, but I don't exactly know. What I DO know is that "Sell-a-Bration" was already going on back 23 years ago (in January of 1996), when I first became acquainted with the company. But although it was an exciting time of year way back then, the format wasn't even close to the generous SAB season we are familiar with nowadays. The way I remember it as a brand-new customer, is (I think) we could choose a stamp from a unique collection (note: a small, single wood-mount stamp) - for a dollar. I remember being really excited about getting that additional bonus with my order, and I chose a teddy bear. (I even got to take that stamp home with me that night!) And I know I've come across that stamp from time to time throughout the years, so it MIGHT still be in my collection of stamps that are deeply buried in storage somewhere.

Through the years, the name "Sell"-a-Bration morphed into "Sale"-a-Bration, and the perks evolved, too. In general, they've become more generous over time (especially compared to that year when you could buy a small stamp for only $1!), but it's always been the biggest season of the Stampin' Up! year, and a whole lotta fun!

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So for *my* stampin' peeps over the years, certainly the most popular attraction has been getting their choice of free product (usually) created for, and available exclusively during, that season.  For a long, long time now, there has been the opportunity to choose one such special item with each $50 product order placed. And for the past few years, there have also been some bigger choices included, too - for product orders reaching $100 or more. (Examples this year include the "Tea Time Framelits Dies", which coordinate with the gorgeous stamp set "Tea Together", shown on page 49 of the Occasions Catalog. And don't overlook the Distinktive stamp set called "Lasting Lily", if you've had some experience with the line of Distinktive stamps. Btw, in case you might be admiring the "Tea Time Framelits Dies", but also have other  SAB freebie items on your wishlist, we've been notified that that set of dies will carry over beyond the Sale-a-Bration season - but of course it'll have a price tag attached to it once it does, lol.)

Anyway, certainly my stampin' friends have found Sale-a-Bration to be a great time to make some of their major investments in tools or pricer products, OR to replenish basic supplies that may have been starting to run a little thin during the past year.

But here's yet another tip you'll want to take into consideration when planning your Sale-a-Bration order(s):

Sale-a-Bration items are available on a "while supplies last" basis. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard me preach this before, haven't you?) But it's true, and in recent years, the deeper we get into the SAB season (which ends on March 31, btw), the smaller the inventory of choices has become. So I doubt that the full inventory of choices will be available to those who wait until later in the season to submit orders. So my advice will always be to place your orders early in the season, especially until you've earned all your most favorite freebie choices. 

Whew! But all that said, did you also notice this statement that appears on the inside cover of the Sale-a-Bration brochure? "Watch for another set of exclusive FREE items coming February 15!"

So take another look through your Annual and Occasions catalogs, along with the SAB brochure, and see what's fresh and new that you'd love to work with this Spring!


Snowflake Showcase - Last call

November's exclusive "Snowflake Showcase" has certainly been an amazing collection, hasn't it? So many beautiful snowflakes and versatile images - in both stamp sets and dies; I'm super-sad to see it coming to an end. But yep, today's its last day of availability; the curtain falls in just a few more hours.

In the meantime however, I thought I'd share some of the thank you cards I've been sending out recently. Featuring... well, what else, lol?!? Not only some of my favorite winter-time images, but some of my very favorite winter colors, too!

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Besides the "Snow is Glistening"  and "Kindness & Compassion" stamp sets, these cards feature "Layering Ovals" dies; Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Coastal Cabana inks; Frost White Shimmer Paint; Clear Rhinestone Jewels; and Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, and Whisper White cardstocks (WW in both regular and thick). And of course, the Stamparatus helped place that "Thank you" image exactly where I wanted it... nice and bright!

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There are still a few remaining hours to claim all or part of this collection for yourself. If you're still debating, let me help. The answer is "Yes!" - because snowflakes of this classic art style will never look dated, they can be used solo or in conjunction with other images on almost any winter project, and look fabulous in pretty much any color. (Well, maybe not so much Real Red or Cajun Craze, come to think of it..... but YOU know what I mean, lol!) 

See what's still available from the Snowflake Showcase here!


Color Your Season - Part 4

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I'm back with my next installment of this 6-part "Color Your Season" series.... this time with a fresh Fall theme! (As implied by the title of this limited-edition bundle, "Color Your Season", this set of stamps & dies will earn its keep in your collection year-round, due to its seasonal versatility.)

This card features all 3 elements of this August's offering:

  • "Blended Seasons" 2-volume stamp set (also available bundled with its coordinating dies for 10% discount)
  • "Stitched Seasons" framelits dies (also available bundled with its coordinating stamp set for 10% discount)
  • Brand-new assortment of watercolor pencils "Assortment 2" (adds 10 fresh colors to our current Assortment 1).

Each of these products features exclusive availability during August 2018, although we're told the watercolor pencils may show up in a future catalog. Oh, and fair warning that all 3 of these products are on a "while supplies last" status, too!

If you've followed me for very long you probably already know that watercoloring with Stampin' Up!® inks is one of my very favorite techniques. I find it both fun and relaxing. Watercoloring an image entirely with ink is fairly quick, but watercoloring over hand-colored images such as these take me a little longer, so I don't tend to make very many (if any) duplicates with this technique.

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How this card came together:

  • I stamped the leaves in Stazon ink (Jet Black) onto watercolor paper and then colored in with watercolor pencils from both Assortments 1 and 2.
  • Blended the leaf colors with an Aqua Painter.
  • Aqua Painter & Pool Party ink provided the background wash. (Squeeze pad to transfer ink to the lid to watercolor with.)
  • Using the Stamparatus for perfect alignment, I stamped the sentiment multiple times in Rich Razzleberry ink. (Such repeated stamping provides a deeper, smoother image on the textured watercolor paper.)
  • Once the watercolored layer was complete, I layered it onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then onto the card base of Pool Party cardstock.
  • The bow consists of 2 layers of Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Top layer is simply die cut the traditional way using the bow die in the "Stitched Seasons" set. That upper layer appears as the outline texture in the close-up below. The bottom layer of the bow was created using the Embossing Mats with the same die to create a textured image, and then I carefully cut out that layer by hand. Ultimately, I adhered the top layer to the lower one to get the finished element.
  • Finally, 3 adhesive-backed sequins were added for visual interest and more texture. (Note that I usually add embellishments such as these in a general triangle shape.)
  • Oh, and the envelope liner? It's actually just Rich Razzleberry cardstock because I don't yet have the new Designer Series Paper available in the newly-configured color families. And the shape is cut out with the envelope liner dies that retired a few years back. (No, I'm NOT letting go of mine, so don't even ask, lol!)

20180817_164722-detailKeep an eye out for the final 2 cards I'll feature in this series, and if you haven't already snagged your own "Color Your Season" stamps, dies and watercolor pencils, I still recommend doing it sooner rather than later, since supplies are limited. See them in detail and catch 'em here!

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So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
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Updating Stampin' Up!'s color line

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Well, they did it. Stampin' Up! caught me a little off guard this spring by updating their color line while my focus was on other significant things going on in my life. So I'm a little bit late to the table with this "news", but here's a quick run-down of what's up.

Every so often Stampin' Up! refreshes our color line. This is a really good thing as it keeps us on-trend and doesn't allow our color offerings to stagnate. But while my time and attention have been largely focused on other elements of life recently, I guess I hadn't really paid attention to how long it had been since we'd had a significant color update. And apparently, it was time, lol.

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So on June 1st, with the debut of the upcoming 2018 - 2019 Annual Catalog, we'll have a shiny, new collection of colors to work with!

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Here are some of the highlights of this update:

  • The In Color program will remain the same as it's been; every year 5 new colors will be introduced in the Annual Catalog, remain available for 2 years, and then retire. Given that each In Color collection has a life-span of 2 years, there will always be 10 In Colors in effect at any given time: the 5 just beginning their 2-year term, and the 5 on the 2nd year of their 2-year term. This year's new In Colors are bright and remind me of primary colors, which will be awesome for kid-themed projects and/or graduation stamping because many schools use one or more of these as their school colors!
  • 13 Core colors are retiring at the end of May (unless they sell out first, of course). (That's about 1/3 of our previous core collection.)
  • 27 Core colors (about 2/3 of our previous collection) will remain active, but individual colors may shift from one color family to another.
  • 10 Brand-new colors will join our core collections.
  • 6 Popular In Colors from previous years will return and take their places as new core colors. (Note that Flirty Flamingo is one of those colors, even though previously scheduled to retire this year as a current In Color.)
  • 3 "Basic" colors (Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black) have staged an uprising and formed their own mini color collection (called "Basics"), which leaves space for 3 MORE colors in our regular line than we've had previously! 

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You may have heard that at the same time as these colors become effective, the ink pad cases themselves will be redesigned as well. That's true, and I'll share more information about that later. But for now, here's Stampin' Up!'s color line-up as it will stand on June 1st. If you'd like to download and study a PDF with this information you may get it here. (For best color reproduction when printing you may wish to print onto photo paper using your printer's "best" setting.)


Happy Halloween!


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Today I'm excited to share the artwork of a sweet stampin' friend, Jane Downs. She showed up to card class last week with a basket of The. Most. Adorable little Halloween treats.... same size as this one, but each a different color and character.... totally appropriate for the trick or treating occasion!  She offered each of us the opportunity to pick one, and although the choice was really hard (they were ALL just so stinkin' cute!), I finally selected Garfield. Jane's little boxes were filled with candy (of course), and although not made with Stampin' Up!'s retired "Curvy Box" die, they were the same shape and style of the die, just a little bit larger. (Apparently she's got some fancy crafting gadget that makes that kind of thing easy.) At any rate, we were all charmed - both by the delightful designs, as well as her thoughtfulness! Thanks for such a sweet surprise, Jane!

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Next, I just had to stick this in here before the holiday got away and it would be too late to show it off. This was my very first attempt at using our brand-new, "available TOMORROW" Stampin' Blends alcohol markers earlier this month, and this happy pumpkin just makes me grin every time I look at him! He's part of the "Seasonal Chums" bundle, which includes the Jack-o-lantern, a snowman and an adorable little reindeer. These charming little characters have both their front and back images on each stamp, and then the corresponding dies cut the entire piece out at once, so all you have to do then is fold it in the middle for a clever little tag. (Hey, the die even punches the hole thru which you can string your twine!) So for this one, I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and then used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Stampin' Blends to color it in. Each color comes in both light and dark markers so they'll blend beautifully.  

Now, one of the features of alcohol markers is that they bleed through your paper, so I did have to cut a 2nd piece of white cardstock with the same die and use it as a liner so the inside of the tag is clean and white...... but that was no big deal. 

Can't wait to share some of the other fun I've been having with my new markers, and I'm sure you're gonna want your own set soon, too!

 


My new favorite stamp set - Painted Harvest

Well, "Painted Harvest", from the 2017 Holiday Catalog might not only be MY new favorite stamp set, but it seems to have a pretty good track record among stamping enthusiasts in general, so far! Watch for some more ideas and tips for the "Painted Harvest" bundle as September's "Bundle of the Month".

First up, this card, which I made about a dozen of:

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One of the things I particularly love about the Painted Harvest stamp set is that the 2-step images aren't designed to fit perfectly, so you don't have to stress about perfect alignment. As long as you get them "close", it'll all look fine when finished. That said, I do look to match up the centers of the flower elements as a guide. The centers aren't exactly round, but more oval (kind of), and I have found that if I key in on that unique shape and align that general shape from stamp to stamp, it all works ok.

This card  features the flowers, fern-like leaves, acorn and speckles from the "Painted Harvest" stamp set, the tag die from the "Wood Crate Framelits" set, sentiment from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set, and linen thread and stamping sponges.  (The ribbon and doily are now retired.)

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Main colors (other than Whisper White, of course) include:

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Stamping tips: 

Interestingly, there is not one single, fail-safe "success rule" that applies to all 2-step stamp sets. While I usually put down the lightest color first (which usually uses the stamp with the least detail), and follow that with progressively more detailed images (and usually darker ink), every once in a while I'll come across a stamp set that seems to demand a break from that general pattern. The fern images on this set turned out to be one such instance. I found that when I was attempting to align the Garden Green detail stamp atop a Pear Pizzaz base,  for some reason or other I couldn't get the images aligned to save my life. So I simply switched the stamping order, laying down the darker detail image first, and then it was a breeze putting the lighter shade over that. Go figure why that made *such* a difference in success to me, but it did!

And I stamped both elements of the acorn with the same color (Soft Suede), but the lower section was stamped off once, while the cap was stamped with full-strength ink.

144783GWhile this card didn't use it, there is also an adorable coordinating Leaf Punch, which you can bundle with this stamp set to save 10% on both!

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 Check back in a few days for more Painted Harvest ideas.

 

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Paper Pumpkin Mash-up

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There are lots of reasons crafters enjoy Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin program: it delivers a crafting surprise to your mailbox every month, introduces products that sometimes go on to show up in the regular line later, offers color combinations you might never have tried, and so many more. Personally, I particularly appreciate getting a new stamp set every month that often compliments others I already own. And these projects are perfect examples of that.

Both the gift bag and the "Hooray" card came from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. I was immediately captivated by the bright, fun colors in this kit, and sat down to assemble every element immediately. (June's kit included enough supplies for 4 gift bags, tags & tissues + 6 coordinating cards with envelopes..... and as usual, sufficient extra elements to use on future projects, too.)

I knew right away who would be the first recipient of one of my bag/card combos, but the occasion called for a little bit different sentiment on the tag than those that came with the kit. So a quick exploration of my stamp sets turned up "So excited to see you!" - from "Marquee Messages". 

Visit http://paperpumpkin.yourpaperdreams.com/ and click on "How it works" to learn more about Paper Pumpkin. And if you decide you'd like to try a subscription (either month-to-month or prepaid), please select my name - Lynda Glassmoyer (Post Falls, ID) - if the system asks for the name of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. (Thank you kindly for choosing me.)

I can't say as I've ever really been captivated by the color Emerald Envy; it reminds me of Glorious Green, from oh, SO many years ago..... which only saw daylight at my place around Christmastime. But when this kit paired Emerald Envy with Melon Mambo for this charming watermelon, well, ok, I had to admit I liked it. In fact I liked it so well I had to keep using it, even after all the elements of this Paper Pumpkin kit had been assembled!

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So here's the next thing I made a pile of..... using not only the same colors and watermelon stamp from June's kit, but a sentiment from April's Paper Pumpkin kit, along with a "wreath" die from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits. (The die proved perfect for taking a "bite" out of the watermelon!) And having taken a queue from last year's "Pop of Pink" Designer Series Paper (retired), I've come to really love pairing Melon Mambo with Basic Black. Talk about making a statement! So a strip of each color anchors the bottom of the card, and the watermelon and sentiment elements are then balanced with a set of 3 small rhinestones. A very basic card with a big helping of sass, don'tcha think?

Oh, and did you know that if you're already a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin you can get a refill for the consumable elements of the kit? (While supplies last, that is.)  As of today, the refill for June's kit is still available in my online store here - for only $8 US.


My first Stampin' Up! sampler

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Well it finally happened. My first 12" x 12" framed sampler. 

Not that I haven't adored all the gorgeous themed samples I've seen through the years; I guess I was just a little intimidated. But I finally bit the bullet last week, put together a color palette inspired by Fruit Stand DSP, and dug in. I hit a creativity roadblock after the first 7 squares, so I lost a bit of time 'cuz of that, but at least I got the project finished on the same day I started it.

Ironically, I think the hardest thing about this was getting a half-way decent picture, lol! It's been raining, cloudy and dark around here for days, and since I shoot under natural light.... well, there just hasn't been any. So I ultimately decided to just run with what I had, and maybe someday, should we ever see the sun again, I'll try for a better shot then!

Here's what my thinking went like when planning this:

  • Size - well, I already had the 12 x 12 frame, which I'd purchased a number of months ago. So that was a no-brainer.
  • Color Palette - primarily inspired by the Fruit Stand DSP collection (Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White), and I substituted So Saffron for Daffodil Delight, then added Soft Sky (for some of the backgrounds) & Basic Black for punch. (Every square has both white and black in it.) I even used 2 pieces of the DSP itself.
  • Theme - flowers & nature
  • Dimension - I knew I wanted "some", but had to keep it modest because this would be displayed behind glass. (You can go all kinds of crazy with dimension if you're using a shadow box, though..... and I'm anxious to do one of those one of these days, too.)
  • Techniques - I also wanted to showcase a variety of techniques, as well, so I was deliberate about doing something different with each square as I developed it.

Each decorated square is 1-7/8" square (Whisper White CS or watercolor paper), which is then mounted on a 2" square of Whisper White, and then mounted on either a Pear Pizzazz or Tangerine Tango 2-1/4" square. I first laid out the pattern for the largest layers, then stamped the 9 decorated squares, mounted each to its white backing, and then spent quite a bit of time experimenting with overall arrangements before anchoring them down to their colored backgrounds.

Can't wait to do my next one!


Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper

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One of my favorite Designer Series papers in the Annual Catalog this year is the Fruit Stand DSP.  And even though we're heading into the season of more subdued colors, I still find myself being pulled back towards the fresh and happy colors of this delicious sherbet-inspired palette!  


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So lucky thing, isn't it, that during the month of October, for every 3 ($11 US) packages of Designer Series Paper you choose, you can get the 4th one FREE!?!

 

Buy 3, Get 1 free

 

These cards were pretty darn simple to make. Two of the samples feature Pear Pizzaz cardstock for the base, and I used a sponge brayer to apply Peekaboo Peach ink onto thick Whisper White cardstock for the other one. I stamped "Happy Birthday" with Watermelon Wonder onto a piece of Whisper White, and then cut it out with one of the new "Layering Ovals Framelits". A little more Peekaboo Peach ink highlighted the edge.

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The peach itself is just fussy-cut right from the DSP, and then both the oval and the peach are lifted up on Stampin' Dimensionals.... placed onto a piece of the very same Designer Series Paper (actually, the reverse side of the peaches). 

And then a bit of rhinestone bling, and it's done! Just THINK of how many fruit-filled birthday wishes you could make & send with just these very same products!

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Designing with Bits and Pieces - Part 3

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This is the last of the Bits & Pieces design session that I'll be sharing from my personal stamp-a-thon last weekend.  

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This one began centered around balloons because my scrap bag already held the Rich Razzleberry balloon (already punched and embossed), and it also had scraps of the two other colors of cardstock - each one just about the perfect size for a punched balloon. So the 3 balloons together quickly became my focal point..... but then I had to figure out where to go from there!

Further digging in my scrap bag turned up this scrap of striped Designer Series Paper (of the narrow-ish width you see here), and fortunately I was able to find a complementary piece of DSP (the polka dots) I could trim to go along with it. Placing the balloons directly on top of the printed backgrounds tended to wash them out, so the next 2 layers were born - to provide a simple white surface for the sentiment and focal point.

One more dive into my scrap bag brought me the silver bow, which I set off with a few rhinestones for a little extra bling. 

The arrows below show the 5 elements I was able to rescue from my "left-overs" scrap bag! Yee haw!!

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