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Stampin’ Up! Switching Back to 1 Catalog a Year

February 21, 2009

Stampin’ Up! is switching back to 1 catalog a year!  Here’s the details:

Change in Catalog Program Announced
February 20, 2009

During [our CEO’s] teleconference Wednesday night, it was announced that we will be moving back to an annual catalog. We have been evaluating our catalog strategy for some time to determine what is most effective for you, and based on what we’ve learned and the feedback you have provided, we have decided to return to an annual catalog.

Because of the lead times involved in creating a catalog and the products that go into it, we had originally planned to make this change in July 2010. However, after considering the current economic situation and the effect it is having on your businesses, we have re-evaluated the timeline for this change and decided to launch the annual Idea Book & Catalog this coming July 2009.

What does this change mean to you?

  • Beginning in July 2009, we will go back to an annual catalog.
  • The US Hispanic supplement will also become an annual catalog.
  • The Décor Elements catalog will continue to be separate from the Idea Book & Catalog, and will come out twice a year.
  • The mini catalog program will change to include three mini catalogs a year, each lasting for four months.

In addition to the changes mentioned above, we will be introducing a small selection of hostess sets in each mini catalog.

Hoooray!

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Sizzix Big Shot Extended Premium Crease Pad – A Solution…

February 19, 2009

Some of you have been asking me when Stampin’ Up! is going to get the Big Shot Extended Premium Crease Pad… and it is coming soon… but not quite yet… so I’ll keep you posted… in the meanwhile… here’s a solution… and this comes from Stampin’ Up! themselves:

Coming this spring, we are excited to announce the introduction of a wonderful new product into our Sizzix line – the Extended Premium Crease Pad! The extended pad is just as easy to use as our current Premium Crease Pad and will create the same great fold lines in your Sizzix Big Shot projects, but it is specially sized to work perfectly with the larger Bigz XL dies.

We realize that many of you have already purchased some of our Bigz XL dies with score lines in their design. If you have used these dies with the Extended Cutting Pads, you may have experienced the die cutting through the score lines and not leaving the fold creases that you desired. While this is not a common occurrence, this may happen due to the range of tolerances in the Big Shot machine as well as the variances in paper and other materials. If you are having this experience with your Bigz XL dies, we have come up with a way you can avoid this problem until the Extended Premium Crease Pad becomes available this spring. This is not a technique that we would recommend under normal circumstances, and we don’t recommend using it for any other purpose. However, in this case, it is the best alternative, and it is safe for both your Big Shot and your dies.

Create the following sandwich as a temporary solution for Bigz XL dies with score lines:

  • Place the Bigz XL die face up, with no cutting pad beneath it.
  • Place the material you wish to cut on top of the die.
  • Place two Premium Crease Pads, end to end, on the material. If you don’t have two Premium Crease Pads, consider borrowing one from an upline, downline, or friend if possible.
  • Place an Extended Cutting Pad on top to complete the sandwich. (This will maintain an equal amount of pressure over both crease pads to eliminate the possibility of unwanted creases.)

Remember that this is only a temporary fix and soon you will no longer have to worry about your Bigz XL score lines with the Extended Premium Crease Pad! Once you have the Extended Premium Crease Pad, you will simply follow the sandwiching technique found in the instructions.

So now you can enjoy the extended Sizzix Big Shot Dies without worrying about cutting the fold lines… drop me a line and let me know if this is working for all of you…

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Spring/ Summer Occasions Mini Spoiler #2

February 19, 2009

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I think the theme for the Spring/Summer Occasions mini is versatility – you can use so many of the items in the Mini Catalog for so many different things… and in today’s economy we need it! Why with a few stamp sets and the Big Shot Dies you can really make an assortment of gifts… for wedding showers, for baby showers, for birthday parties… and these stamp sets work so wonderfully with scrapbooking… the beautiful frame in the stamp set above could be used to frame a cute phrase that describes the picture or even a short journal entry… or use it to top the matchbox die with a simple monogram inside! And the butterfly – so summery… imagine using our embossing powders to emboss a butterfly or two on the new designer papers… wow!

Don’t forget our Rub-Ons… and our new Corduroy Buttons… in Baja Breeze and Basic Gray…

The Color Scheme for this mini:

  • Baja Breeze
  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Cameo Coral
  • Basic Gray
  • So Saffron

Of course… you can always go with your own color schemes as well… that’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up! Color Versatility!

One more spoiler:  There’s an awesome father’s day stamp set!  Hooray to dads!

As soon as March 1 rolls around you bet I will be preordering some of the items I have shown here… stop by the Studio so that we can have fun playing with them!

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Spring/Summer Occasions 09 Mini Catalog Spoilers!

February 19, 2009

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Oh boy I cannot wait to show you all the wonderful things inside this new mini catalog – I want everything… but I had to narrow it down to three picks… so here they are:  {enjoy!}

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And just think…. this is just the tip of the iceburg… there’s ribbons, easter stamp sets, train stamp sets, designer series paper and new button colors!  Can’t share everything with you… but again these are my favorites!

You can place an order from this mini catalog April 1, 2009 – June 30, 2009!

Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration ends March 31, 2009!

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Using Stampin’ Up!’s Scallop Edge Punch

February 16, 2009

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{ Click on picture for Card Recipe! }

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Scallops make me think of spring!  and oh what fun it is to use Stampin’ Up!’s Scallop Edge Punch { page 184 112091 $15.95 }… but how do you get the scallops to line up so that you have perfect scallops everytime?  Here’s a few tips and tricks to help you have a lot of fun with this punch:

Scallop Edge Punch Tutorial Basics:
After watching this video… my scallops are always coming out wonderfully!  Click Here for Video!

Scalloped Squares and Rectangles:
Also if you are wanting to make scallop squares and scallop rectangles… it’s really easy… simply add 1/2″ to each side of your desired size rectangle or square and cut the rectangle/square out… then using the scalloped edge punch… punch out the scallops… for corners… I turn my scallop edge punch upside down where I can see the actual silver punch and try to match up the last scallop punched on my cardstock to the scallop punch edge… it works every time!  Now you can make scalloped squares and rectangles that are any size! With one punch!  Here’s a great website that gives you a tutorial on how to make scallop squares/rectangles with the scallop edge punch:  Click Here for Tutorial!

New! Here’s the Eyelet Border Tutorial!  Using this tutorial you can make a square or rectangle with your new Eyelet Border Punch!

Umbrella Tops/ Egg Shells:
One more idea… did you know you could make an egg shell/ or umbrella top { depending on which way you turn it } with the scallop edge punch and the 1 3/4 ” Circle Punch?  Simply punch the scallop edge and then using the circle punch, punch a half circle… the scallop edge will become the straight edge!

Ric Rac Tutorial:
You can also make Ric Rac as well… Click Here for Tutorial!

Texturize Your Scallops:
When you finish punching out your scallops, run it through the Big Shot! using our new Texturz Embossing Plates… now that is really cool!

Where can I get this tool?
As you can see this punch is really versatile and fun to use… So how can you get a hold of this nifty tool?  Simply go to my Stampin’ Up! Website and click Shop!  The Scallop Edge Punch is located on page 184 of the Big Idea Book and Catalog!

Happy Stampin’,

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In-Color Color Combinations

February 4, 2009

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{ Click above for ’09/’10 In-Color Combining Chart! }

Oh I just absolutely love the new In-Colors… but have you ever wondered which standard Stampin’ Up! color matches with our new In-Colors?

My favorite In-Color combination is:

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If you click on either picture above, you can get an In-Color Combining Chart to help you see which of the non-In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! match the new In-Colors!

Sweet!

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Sale-a-bration 2009!

February 1, 2009

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Oh…. I am soooo excited!  This year’s Sale-a-bration stamp sets are wonderful!  My favorite is the 113782 Yummy stamp set!  I give it four monkeys! monkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-sm { that’s top bananas! }

Did you see all the yummy things you can make with this set?  I just adore the scrapbooking picture!  And for gifts you could use this with our top note bigz die… oh wow! Now imagine how many creative and beautiful gifts you can make with this set! … and you cannot beat the price! monkey-face-sm

mmmm…. this really is a fun set and for those of you who are new to Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration is a wonderful time of the year where you can earn free stamp sets – for every $50.00 you spend, you get a free stamp set, ribbon bundle or designer series paper.  Check out the Sale-a-bration brochure !

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February 2009 Featured Product

January 25, 2009

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newAdd dimension and depth to your pages by using Stampin’ Up!s exclusive Texturz Plates!  Whether you are making cards or simply adding a few embellishments to your scrapbook page, these texturz plates are sure to be a hit!

Here’s a neat technique:

step1 Take a sponge and ink up the sponge with the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink color of your choice.
step2 Take the inked sponge and apply the ink to the embossing plate.
step3 Place your Stampin’ Up! cardstock on top of the inked embossing plate and make a sandwich for your Big Shot Machine.
step4 Run the sandwich through the Big Shot Machine.
step5 You now have an embossed cardstock that is colored! Rinse off the embossing folder immediately so that it will not stain!

Here’s a gallery of ideas that use this technique:

Wow this is a quick and easy way to enjoy your new Texturz Plates…

Happy Scrappin’…

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Welcome Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog!

January 19, 2009

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…. {think huge drum roll…}

Ooooooooooooooh… {think sock monkeys dancing…monkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-sm}

Mmmmmm… {think your favorite chocolate…chocolate}

It’s here… it’s finally here… all 208 beautifully designed pages!  It has something for almost everyone in it!  Whether you love to scrapbook or love to make cards, looking for wall words to decorate your home with or simply want some items to make gifts… there’s a whole lot of wonderful things that are sure to please you…

There are a few color styles too to help you coordinate your project colors:

  • Manhattan Style  { kiwi kiss, baha breeze, kraft, chocolate chip, basic gray, basic black }
  • Retro Fresh Style { rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, pacific point }
  • Sweet Bella { baja breeze, so saffron, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, pink pirouette, riding hood red }

I really enjoy the Manhattan Style and Sweet Bella style colors!

The ordering link is now up and you can order here:

PS: Don’t forget to order yourself a catalog!

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Computer Fonts Overview

January 17, 2009


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Ever wonder if you can use your computer to create really cute tags and cards?  Well… you can and I like to mix the rubber stamping and the digital scrapbooking.  You can simply print onto your cardstock the phrase that you desire.  You can set the font color to match the Stampin’ Up! papers.

Of course… monkey-face-sm the fonts you get when you purchase your computer are not as creative and fun as they should be.  So I put together a little tutorial on where to go to get these creative fonts for free and how to install them as well as how to change the colors.  The RGB/CMYK Stampin’ Up! chart was done by Stefani Williams (I want to thank her a lot for this one…)!

Well… I decided to put together a Tip and Technique page that helps you with this (you can always find this page on the menu on your right underneath a section called Stampaloooza Unplugged):

Happy Scrappin’…

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