Weekly Deals & Important Announcement!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I shared with you a number of products that were no longer available to purchase due to over selling the expected inventory (which means we all love them) and the strike at the shipyards. I will keep you posted on their availability.

In addition, yesterday I also notified you of the product quality concerns we’ve been experiencing with Blendabilities, and we thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through this sensitive issue. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that we are certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

For those of you who have purchased or chose them for your Sale-a-bration item through me, please let me know if you see or have a problem with yours … I will help you get a replacement or refund. Please note that not all the markers are bad, if that is the case … enjoy.

Now on to our Weekly Deals ….

 

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We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

129168L Wildflower Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item # 129168
Regular Price: $13.95
Discounted Price: $10.46
Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 129376
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96
Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine Item # 134578
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21
Old Olive Baker’s Twine Item # 134579
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21
Gold Stampin’ Glitter Item # 133457
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96
All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack Item # 133703
Regular Price: $6.95
Discounted Price: $5.21
Marina Mist 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon Item # 134561
Regular Price: $5.95
Discounted Price: $4.46

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Have yourself a wonderful day today and everyday ~

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You’re Simply Wonderful …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Happy Monday to you!! Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Today I’d like to share with you a different twist to the “Love is Kindness” card that I shared with you yesterday. You can use the same layout, yet change the color, add a ribbon and the look is changed!

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From Daffodil Delight to Pink Pirouette, and instead of a button … I’ve added a bow. Both super simple, both really cute!

I also “omitted” the words today and added a greeting from the Sale-a-bration stamp set; Simply Wonderful 🙂

I have some news from Stampin’ Up! that I would also like to share with you today …

 

Stampin’ Up! Announcements:

1. Blendabilities Quality Issues

We are experiencing a quality issue with our Blendabilities product line. Except for the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad Refill (item #133456), all item numbers have been turned off; this includes Blendabilities Sale-A-Bration item numbers.

At this time, backorders for Blendabilities will not be fulfilled.

 

2. Back Order List

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER;  backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated. 

131202: Smoky Slate 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 9
137362: Balloon Framelits Die–March 13

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)

We thank you for your patience and will update you as soon as we have more information.

I’ve posted these lists due to the many questions I have been receiving from you while trying to place orders. I will let you know as soon as I hear from Stampin’ Up!

I thank you for your patience and will be here for you if you have any further questions.

Thank you for checking out my blog today, hope yours is a good one!

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Color Combination … put to the test!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

How are you doing this fabulous day?  I’m feeling better every day, so I felt it was time to challenge my brain!   I decided to pick a color combination … then design the card.  What was I thinking?  In reality, it wasn’t that hard.  You’ll understand as you follow me through the steps.

It began with the Sweet Taffy designer paper and my choice of “Pumpkin Pie” …

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Once I had the designer paper color, I when through the Color Coach to get my color pallet for my card.  As you can see … Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy completed my color combination.

For some fun and texture I embossed the base of my card with the new “Large Polka Dot”  embossing folder.  Oh boy … this one is going to get used a lot!

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With the base done, it was time to adhere the designer paper, I matted it with the Night of Navy and scalloped one edge with the Scallop Edge Border punch.  The combination of these two colors emit a burst of energy!

Next I wanted a focal point that really stood out, so I picked the Hostess stamp set: Bloom with Hope.  This is the perfect stamp set to play with your Blendabilities, and as you have seen if you follow me … I use it a lot.

I used the Pumpkin Collection of Blendabilities, then added the Cherry Cobbler.  These two combined created such a warm and beautiful flower.  The Old Olive collection was used for the greenery and ties in nicely with the color scheme.

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I used the Circle Framelit dies to cut out my flower image, then chose the 2-1/2″ punch to mat it because it is smaller & there was not as much of the Cherry Cobbler cardstock showing.   I used the Cherry Cobbler for the mat so it would pull out the cherry highlights out of the flower.

Finally my greeting … I must say, I have wanted to use the “Endless Birthday Wishes” stamp set for a long time, so I pulled the Happy Birthday from there!  This is the cutest stamp set and is Photopolymer.  If you like your stamps clear and stickin’ to your blocks … these are for you!

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The greeting was popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I tried really hard to add a 3rd circle (in the flower shop, we always designed with odd numbers) but on this card … it just didn’t work!  Sometimes less is more.

Stay tuned because in the next few days I’ll tell you how you can get the Bloom with Hope Hostess set and a Free color collection of Blendabilities Markers!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and it’s brightens your day a bit.

Take care ~

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The Beauty of Blendabilities …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yes …  I missed a day but I’m back with the my “how to” as promised.  To be honest, the best way to learn how the Blendabilities work is to play with them, but until you get yours, I’m here to help.

Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and relax while I take you through the steps to coloring magic 🙂

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Let’s start at the beginning.  You will want to pick a line  image (like our friends up above) and stamp it with the NEW Memento Ink Pad onto our Whisper White cardstock – as that works beautifully .  Memento™ dye ink is fast drying and fade resistant. The innovative pad delivers finer impressions and exceptionally even coverage.  It is also acid free!

Now you are ready to choose your color pallet … today I’m using Coastal Cabana! There are three markers per color assortment. They are alcohol based markers are made for blending and shading. They are Acid Free and Lignin Free too!
You can work from light to dark, or dark to light … depending on your color technique. I’ve always used Stampin’ Up!s design to guide me … makes me look like an artist!!

On my first sample I am beginning with the light color first, and I color the entire petal (1). Then I’ve added the medium color (2) and last, the darkest color in the assormtment (3). You can go back over the image again with the light color to blend (4).

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On this sample, I started with the darkest color first – again following their image and only coloring where there are the lines(1). Next I brought my medium color into the center, and coloring over the dark color to create a soft blend(2). Then I added the lightest color, going over the other two previously colored areas(3). And finally going over it again with whatever color works best for blending and getting you the impact you desire (4).

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As far as which tip you use, it really is your preference. I like the brush tip for larger areas, however, I know other demonstrators who prefer the harder tip as it feels more like coloring. I must admit, when working in small spaces, the smaller tip works wonders!

If you use the brush tip … color at an angle, it gives you a softer effect and you won’t damage the tip. I will say that the construction and materials used in the tips of these markers are very sturdy.
Just remember that different images will require different coloring techniques … I obviously did not spend that much time and layer of colors with the stem and leaf.

It’s learning some basic techniques and then just having fun with it. And don’t worry when you see the color coming through the back … it’s alcohol based and will do that. I suggest making sure you are stamping on your scratch pads.

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The designer paper I used for our card is the “Back to Black” and part of the buy 3 get one free promotion.

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My greeting comes from the stamp set “Starburst Sayings” and I used the coordinating framelits to cut it out.  I used Bermuda Bay ink for the greeting, and the cardstock behind the flower to pull out the darkest color of the flower.  I did however use the “Coastal Cabana” Blendabilities assortment to color the flower.  Don’t you just love how easy it is to pair up the Stampin’ Up! colors!

The other colors used to color are Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities.  I hope you enjoyed the card and explanation. I realize it gets a bit wordy … so thanks for sitting through it.

 

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Again, thank you for stopping by today… I would appreciate your comments.

Have an awesome day and a Safe and Happy Holiday Weekend!

 

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Color me Happy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

There is so much to share with you today!  Let me start with the announcement I am most excited to share …

The wait is over!  Stampin’ Up! officially released one of our most exciting new products, Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers! These exclusive, alcohol-based marker sets come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same color), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors.

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We recommend using Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock with your Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities, but choosing any one of our cardstocks will add a unique look to your project. And because traditional alcohol markers require a bit of training, Stampin’ Up! has developed a few videos to ensure that Blendabilities are easy-to-use for everyone!  You can visit www.youtube/com/user/stampinupvideo to view them.

You WILL WANT the Memento Black pad and Color Lifter! The Momento pad was created to work with alcohol markers and won’t smear.  Watch the video to learn more …

What Sets Them Apart:

  • The Stampin’ Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!

  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.

  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine.

  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.

  • Color coded caps.

  • Stampin’ Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our cardstock, and can be used with transparent sheets.

Here’s a look at my very first card created with the Blendabilities markers …

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Not bad, but I’ve learned much more about blending, and how nice they really work with just a bit of time.  If you love to sit back, relax and color … you will fall in love with these markers.

I will be hosting a special class, make sure your on my e-mail list so you get an invitation!

MORE NEWS …

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The new list of Weekly Deals are here … Just click on the product description for details on the item or to begin shopping.

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Hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers Item # 131260
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21
Gold Sequin Trim Item # 132983
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71
Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum Item # 133364
Regular Price: $10.95
Discounted Price: $8.21
Label Bracket Punch Item # 132153
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96
7/8″ Circle Scallop Punch Item # 129404
Regular Price: $12.95
Discounted Price: $9.71
Neutrals Designer Buttons Item # 130031
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96
Silver Baker’S Twine Item # 132976
Regular Price: $3.50
Discounted Price: $2.63
Summer Home Digital Kit – Digital Download Item # 118464
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $8.97

ONE MORE THING …

Have you been waiting for a great deal on Designer Series Paper? Well, wait no longer! When you purchase three Designer Series Paper Packs during the month of July, you’ll get one absolutely free. Don’t miss out on this chance to save money and stock up on beautifully designed paper!

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You can CLICK HERE TO VIEW the Designer Series Papers!

Oh my … so much information today!  I will keep you in tune with the specials by sharing more samples and projects, and the links.

Stop back tomorrow … I will take you on a step -by- step guide to using the new markers.  I know you’ll love the finished card!

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