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Deals & Deals!! Paper Pumpkin Deal & Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Paper Pumpkin Special May 2015

Paper Pumpkin Special!

Promo Code:  SAVE50

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail, now is a great time to sign up-get 50% off your first two months! If you have passed up previous Paper Pumpkin deals, here is a second chance!

It’s like getting a present for yourself in the mail once a month – or SENDING a present to someone special.

This offer is good May 12 – June 10, 2015.

Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit PaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, SAVE50 when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Please add my name, Karen Fontinelle, when it asks for the name of your Demonstrator.

Let me know if you have any questions. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 12 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for May 12 – 18, 2015.  Lots of variety this week! Two kinds of ribbon, In Colors Markers (the ones that are sticking around another year!), the Hexagon Punch, the handy and fun Kraft Grid Journal (you get two in a package, almost the size of a card 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), the pretty Lullaby Designer Series Paper (absolutely not just for babies!), and the outgoing Sticky Strip. Take advantage of these bargains if you see something you like!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 5 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for May 5 through Monday, May 11.  Great punches and ribbons to choose from, plus the cute Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper! And if you’d like to make your own small gift boxes, the Gift Box Punch Board is for you!

While you are shopping, be sure to check the current Retired List of stamps and accessories:

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List PDF

Since Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying My Digital Studio, the digital design papercrafting software, the software and all the downloads are 30% off! Since the software was already a fantastic price at $20, it is now more than a bargain at only $13.97. I would REALLY suggest you pick this up just to have on hand because the software itself contains SO much artwork and content for you to use. And it is easy enough to learn. Then look through the downloads (or even just pick up some downloads you like to use with just your computer) and choose special things you like and might want to use in the future. My Digital Studio is not just for scrapbooking! You can make anything you like with it!

Check out the downloads available for My Digital Studio and the software!

My Digital Studio PDF

My Digital Studio Software

Check out all the great Stampin’ Up! products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Remember, retiring accessories are only available while supplies last!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April 28, 2015

 

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal April 28 2015

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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today, April 28 through Monday, May 4, 2015. Wow, is it really going to be May so soon??! Three fun punches, especially the Sweetheart Punch for hearts.  Hearts are like stars – you can always use them!! I just used the Retro Fresh This And That Washi Tape on my card I posted yesterday. This is your chance to get the Fry Box Die at a discount which will make all kinds of cute projects! Pick up some of the gorgeous Hello Honey ribbon before it is gone! And if you haven’t yet tried the Fast Fuse Adhesive, you might want to give it a try with the discount. It might take awhile to get the hang of this adhesive, but I think I have it now and I’m liking it. It’s a little more temperamental than SNAIL Adhesive, but it sticks really well.

Click on the photo or links above to shop.  You can add these items to a regular order along with any current, retired or Clearance Rack products.

You can also add My Digital Studio software or downloads to your order! Remember, My Digital Studio (MDS) is going away, but it doesn’t mean you can’t own it and use it. If you buy the software you will have PLENTY of content to keep you busy for a long time, but you can also choose any of the extra and newer downloads that appeal to you. The good thing about MDS downloads is there is no shipping charge and you can access them immediately!

And I would especially suggest you get the Project Life digital downloads! Not only can you scrapbook and make other projects digitally with these, but if you own the physical card kit and want more copies of a certain card, you will be able to print your own with these downloads.

All MDS downloads are discounted 30%!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Retired List!

Shop all these great deals at Stampin’ Up! Online!

 

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Is it really going?  Label Love Stamp Set? It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List so I guess it is true. This was a set that even if I wasn’t planning to use it, the greetings were so “usable” that if I couldn’t find quite the right thing, this set would usually fill the bill.

Label Love Stamp Set

As you can see, the sentiments cover just about everything! And even better, this stamp set coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch. This punch is also retiring and is discounted. Of course it is only available while supplies last as are all the accessories. On this card, I actually cut out the stamped label and then punched out a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock for the layer behind it. You could also color the edge of the stamped image and punch out and it would look like a layer. To make the label stand out a little bit, I punched a piece of Tangerine Tango with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The card base is So Saffron with a Whisper White layer on which I have adhered Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape for a little background.  I wound up some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine to put behind the label, which is kind of “in style” now. For the little bow, I took some White Baker’s Twine and used my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker to just put some stripes on the baker’s twine to make it match my project. For a little pizzazz for this birthday card, I punched some stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack out of the Champagne Glimmer Paper.

I think almost everything I used on this card is retiring so be sure to check the list and availability. Don’t wait too long because you never know what or when something will sell out. Stamps, however, will be available throughout most of May.

Here are the lists again. If Stampin’ Up! has updated the availability, you will see an X in the last column meaning it is no longer available.

Stampin’ Up! Retired List PDF

Stampin’ Up! Retired Sortable Excel List

Don’t forget about My Digital Studio!!  You don’t pay shipping on these digital products and you access them right away.  But you do put them on a regular order with any other products you want.  They do not have to go on a separate order just for MDS.

Retired List My Digital Studio PDF

Retired List My Digital Studio Excel

Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and choose the Retiring Products you can’t live without!

 

Easy Way to View the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products

How to View All the Products on the Page

I just remembered a tip for viewing items in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

For example, if you clicked on the page for Retiring Accessories HERE, the page would probably display 12 pictures of products and then at the bottom you would have to click on the next page and the next page to view all the pages and products.  And it only displays about 5 pages at a time, so you might think you were at the end.  You would then have to click on the three dots to continue on.  A little confusing!

To make viewing easier, if you look at the photo at the top of this post, over on the right side and underneath the “Retiring Accessories” banner, you see the drop down menu for Show: and Sort By:  If you click the drop down arrow for “Show:” and change it to “ALL”, then that page will display ALL the retiring accessories on that one page and you only have to scroll down to see them all, not change to the next page and the next.

Try it and you won’t miss out on seeing ALL of the retiring items!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE

Last Chance Lists & More!

Stampin' Up! Retired Products

Yesterday was kind of a crazy, rushed day to say the least with the Stampin Up! Retired List coming out, new Weekly Deals, the Stampin’ Up! website crashing, and an eye doctor appointment to go to in the morning when all this was happening!

So let’s slow it down and take it one step at a time today!

Here is the official Stampin’ Up! Retired List that came out yesterday.  Just click on the links. The print is small and you’ll probably need to zoom in to look at it online.  But keep reading.

  • Retiring List PDF  (this list has been updated since yesterday with x’s in the boxes of products that are Not Available).
  • Retiring List Larger Print Sorted By Page Number (This one is not updated with unavailable products and a few page numbers may be incorrect). But if you want to mark your catalog, this one works better!
  • Easiest perhaps:  Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE and you can scroll through the products.  Anything Stampin’ Up! is no longer selling will not be listed or the product number will not work.  Lots of discounts!

Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.  Due to high demand, retiring stamps will be produced by Stampin’ Up! until May 26.

My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio is being discontinued by Stampin’ Up! much to the chagrin of many customers and demonstrators. BUT, if you are interested, all digital products are discounted! It’s not too late to buy the software and have it, especially since it is discounted.  You get SO MUCH CONTENT to use. You can use it to just print out words or greetings.  You don’t even HAVE to use it to scrapbook. Make cards, make party favors, calendars, photo albums, just print out a stamp you don’t own. Check the downloads and see what you want. You CAN use it without the software, but gee, the software now is only $13.97. Such a deal! Even if you just have it on hand!

Clearance Rack

New items were added today on the Clearance Rack, not too many though! Check it out and add anything you want to your order along with your retired items.

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April 21 – 27. Add them to your order along with Retiring Products, Clearance Rack, My Digital Studio, everything!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal April 21 2015

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Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with your order! If you see accessories you want, especially, be sure to order them SOON, so perhaps you won’t miss out! Stamps you have a little more time on!  Email me:  Karen@KarenStamps.com

Have fun shopping HERE!

 

 

 

Thinlits Multicolor Butterfly Card

Thinlits Multicolor Butterfly Card

Yes, Stampin’ Up! has the long-delayed Butterflies Thinlits Dies in stock now and ready to order! And to make up for the long delay, Stampin’ Up! has this special offer, available only until April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

The background layer on this card is actually made from the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, which you can choose FREE with the purchase of a Butterflies Bundle. The paper is embossed with white patterns so that when you apply some ink over the paper, the embossed pattern will pop out! Then just wipe with a tissue to clean it off and get off any excess ink.

The multicolored butterfly is made by sponging on several colors of ink on Whisper White card stock and THEN die-cutting with the butterfly thinlit. It will be a surprise what your butterfly will look like! Really fun to do!  Then I placed it over a Tea Lace Paper Doily adhered to the card.  The butterfly has three Candy Dots on its body.

If you want the Butterflies Thinlits, don’t hesitate!  Go get them at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store while you can get a discount!  Be sure to check the Weekly Deals for this week, ending Monday night.Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Calling All Heroes Stormy Night in Houston

Calling All Heroes Stormy Night in Houston

We were having such a stormy night in Houston, Texas last night that I got the idea to make a stormy card with the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set right in the midst of the lightning, thunder and buckets of rain. Those lightning bolts in the stamp set popped into my head, plus the tall buildings for a skyline, as well as the word bubbles that could serve as angry clouds.

In spite of looking dark gray in my photo, the card layer is actually Basic Black. At first I stamped the buildings in one of the gray inks, but they barely showed up. Then I thought of stamping with Versamark Ink and embossing with Clear Emboss Powder using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. It made the buildings show up subtlely in the dark and stormy night, and they certainly were soaked in rain!

I stamped the “word bubble” stamps in Memento Ink on Basic Gray cardstock and cut out with my Paper Snips. I stamped the lightning bolts also in Memento Ink on Crushed Curry card stock and cut out.

I was stamping this card in the midst of this storm with all kinds of thunderstorm warnings and flood warnings beeping loudly on the TV plus on my cellphone, the lightning was flashing like crazy, and it was raining harder than I’ve heard it in a long time. So I had plenty of inspiration going on around me!!

Just as I finished photographing the card, the power went off!  All these years we have been on the lucky side of the street with the power, for the most part, even after hurricanes, but lately something has been wrong and the power has been off several times as they made repairs. Last night I didn’t hold out much hope that it was going to get fixed any time soon and it didn’t.  It came back on about 7 am today, which was great.  Thank goodness for a charged laptop and a small battery TV so we could keep up with the weather and watch some of the late shows before bed. Not to mention doing some reading with a flashlight.

The good thing is, stamping does not require electricity (except for heat embossing) so any time your electricity is off, you can still stamp by a window or with a flashlight!

The other good news is the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set, which I surprisingly love, is good for stormy nights and not just super heroes!

And maybe the best news of the weekend, if you saw my late post yesterday, is that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies are available again! Due to the west coast port situation, plus the delay of unloading the ships and finding a truck to transport them, Stampin’ Up! has been out of them for ages.  But the Butterflies arrived yesterday in Riverton, UT and are available now! To make up for the delay, Stampin’ Up! is offering them at a discount OR if you want the already-discounted Bundle with the coordinating Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item (while supplies last!)

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Butterflies Thinlits Dies Are Here!!

Butterflies Thinlits

After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in our warehouse and are now available for purchase!

You can take advantage of two special offers through April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Of course you can purchase the Butterflies and more at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or I can always put the order in for you!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Work of Art Butterfly Thinlits Card

For more information on this card, read my blog post HERE.

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Stampin’ Up! was hoping these Butterflies Thinlits Dies would be available today, but not quite! Here is the update from Stampin’ Up! hot off the press:

We have received notice from our supplier that the container with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies was finally unloaded from the ship; however, there is a shortage of trucks, which has delayed the container being picked up. We have secured a truck to pick up the container, and, as of now, it is scheduled to be delivered to Stampin’ Up! on Friday. We will post an update as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to await their arrival!

So hang in there! Stampin’ Up! is trying as hard as they can!  I will continue to keep you updated.

In the meantime, I made this card the other day, playing with the butterfly thinlits and the Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Best Year Ever.  Such an easy way to make multicolored pretty butterflies!  And once these butterfly thinlits become available, Stampin’ Up! will have a special offer for you:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)

My card is an odd size. The card base is 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half, so the card is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. I don’t even know why I made this size, but there it is! I stamped a couple swooshes on the background with Work Of Art before I adhere the die-cut butterflies. The greeting is stamped from the  And Many More Stamp Set, chock full of greetings just like my favorite greeting stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes!  And I added some bling with both Rhinestones and Pearls!  Why not?!

Stay tuned for more updates about the Butterflies Thinlits Dies so you can purchase them or the Bundles as soon as they are available!

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New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals good today through Monday April 20, 2015. Click the link or the photo above to view in my store!

With Mother’s Day coming up in May, you might want to pick up the Mother’s Love Photopolymer Stamp Set on the Deals this week! Of course it is not just for Mother’s Day, it can be for any time! And I have to mention the Handheld Stapler – yes, you probably have a stapler, but I just LIKE this cute stapler! (You do need to buy the staples in addition!) Of course all the other framelits and the Pansy Punch are worth owning as well.  If you are in to washi tape, you might want to try the Birthday Bash Designer Washi SHEETS.  You can cut larger pieces, or use framelits, or use them in many creative ways!

Keep in mind, the Retired List is due to come out next week. If you want any of the outgoing In Colors, especially the ink refills if you already have the ink pads, everyone suggests you beat the rush and order them ahead of the Retired List coming out. Those are items that usually sell out fast.

Haven’t heard any more, but Stampin’ Up! was hoping to have the Butterflies Thinlits back in stock tomorrow, April 15 with a special offer, if you missed those during Sale-A-Bration. Stay tuned!

Go check out the new Weekly Deals in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Use Your Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folders For Stamping!

Have you thought of using your Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folders in a different way?  Just ink them up and insert card stock to “stamp” with your folder! Try these techniques after watching this video!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Last day to order is Monday, April 13.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 7 2015

Choose some framelits dies and embellishments from the Weekly Deals and choose some embossing folders with which you can try the inking techniques.

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today!

Butterfly Thinlit Mother’s Day Card

Butterfly Thinlit Mother's Day Card
The Butterflies Thinlits Dies in the Occasions Catalog may soon be available again at Stampin’ Up! Due to the port situation on the west coast, lots of products have been backordered, due to no fault of Stampin’ Up! Now they are able to announce they “expect” to receive these in-demand dies, that are sitting on a ship, by later next week hopefully.

Here is part of the announcement from Stampin’ Up!:

We realize you and your customers may be disappointed you were not able to purchase the Thinlits in time to receive Sale-A-Bration rewards–especially in the discounted bundles. Therefore, from the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

My butterfly card in the photo is made with a card base of Coastal Cabana card stock and the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. The butterfly is die cut from another piece of the DSP with the Butterflies Thinlits with a few Pearls for an embellishment.  The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More.  I bought the wood-mount stamp set since the stamps are small and I like to just be able to stamp without putting on a clear block. This would make a pretty Mother’s Day card, birthday, thank you, thinking of you, even sympathy.

So if you missed out on getting the Butterflies Thinlits Dies or would like the coordinating stamp set Butterfly Basics in the bundle, keep your fingers crossed that they will arrive at the Stampin’ Up! Distribution Center very soon! And you’ll get to take advantage of the discount or the already discounted Bundle plus a free Sale-A-Bration item.

Check out the Occasions Catalog while you are waiting!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals April 7 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 7 2015

If you like framelits for the Big Shot, this is a great week for you for the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! These deals are good through next Monday, April 13 (but free shipping ends this Friday so don’t miss it!). Click on the photo above to be taken to the page in my store or the link to see the details of each product up close. I’ve loved my Burlap ribbon and all my Seam Binding Ribbon so if you are a ribbon-holic you might want to stock up on those while they are on sale!

Check out everything because this week is also FREE SHIPPING!!!

Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to place your order!  With free shipping, you can order everyday!

Stampin' Up! Free Shipping 2015

Stampin’ Up! Updates

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 24 2015

Here are the current Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for Tuesday March 24 through Monday March 30.

Also, last week when I was on vacation, there was an announcement about My Digital Studio (MDS). This program has been evaluated by Stampin’ Up! and determined that this product has not been as successful as Stampin’ Up! had hoped.  Therefore, it will no longer be offered after May 31, 2015. If you own MDS you can certainly still continue to use it and have your products printed anywhere other than the SU printer. Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer support, although if you ask your demonstrator about any questions or problems, we may be able to find out the answer for you within our demonstrator community. Be sure you have downloaded all the downloads you have purchased (I need to do this!) before May 31 and it is suggested you have everything backed up because you will not be able to go back to Stampin’ Up! to download again. You can use the SU Printer up until May 31 (I need to do this too!). I hate to see MDS go, as do a lot of demonstrators and customers, but I didn’t use it as much as I intended to and maybe that was true with a lot of people.

However, for your memory-keeping, we do have Project Life by Stampin’ Up! created by Becky Higgins that is very easy to use! Stampin’ Up! continues to bring us exciting new products so while I am sad to see MDS go, change is a part of life and stamping! Just be sure you purchase any downloads (or the software) before May 31 and if you have any projects you have made but not printed, have them printed by the SU printer before May 31. You can always print things yourself or have them printed at other local businesses.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end March 31, a week from today!

Oh No!!!

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Stampin’ Up! Coloring Techniques for You!

Maybe this is the end of your Spring Break, or the beginning.  Maybe you are snowed in or rained in. Maybe you are having a relaxing and lazy Sunday and would just like to sit back and watch some videos!  Here are some that Stampin’ Up! released the other day showing various coloring techniques that you might enjoy.

Coloring Techniques with Sale-a-Bration Papers:

Watch Carrie use the Sale-A-Bration Irresistibly Yours paper that is already embossed AND the printed Sheer Perfection Vellum Paper Stack!

Watercoloring with Blender Pens – A Happy Thing Stamp Set

When I first started stamping, Blender Pens were one of the main things we used! They are still tons of fun to use with ink pads or ink refills in many ways!  Get re-acquainted with your Blender Pens or order new ones!

Watercolor Wash Technique – For Being You Stamp Set

Have some fun by embossing with White Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool, then use the Aqua Painter and ink to do a watercolor wash!

Order any of the current Stampin’ Up! products and with a $50 purchase you qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!  Remember, besides the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, new Sale-A-Bration products were added! And a few more were added last week!!

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Save Some Green on St. Patrick’s Day with These Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals & a SURPRISE!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 17 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 17 – 23. Save on pretty ribbons and embossing folders!  And a fun stamp set!

And a SURPRISE!!!

SAB Banner Newest Items

Newest Sale-A-Bration Items

With the loss of the Blendabilities Markers, Stampin’ Up! has added some new items to choose for FREE with a $50 purchase during these last couple weeks of Sale-A-Bration!  All Sale-A-Bration items (except stamp sets) are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patricks Day Pot of Gold and Lucky Shamrocks

The Good and the Bad from Stampin’ Up!

Just Kidding Card

Let’s start with the good!  Here is a new photopolymer stamp set, Just Kidding, released this month by Stampin’ Up! The designer of this stamp set said she created it to honor her long-time friends and their journey through life together with lots of laughter. I’m sure we can all appreciate that and know that probably the older we all get, the more we appreciate our dear friends. Now you can enjoy making funny and endearing cards to send to those special people with this new stamp set!

Just Kidding Photopolymer Stamp Set

 

Just Kidding Photopolymer Stamp Set         #140667          $15.95

To view ALL the photopolymer stamp sets available from Stampin’ Up! – some in the catalogs and some just shown online – please click HERE.

Blendabilities Update

Not such good news! Stampin’ Up! has discontinued the Blendabilities markers due to quality manufacturing issues.  When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink. As Stampin’ Up! noticed more and more issues and complaints with these markers, they stepped up their quality testing and discovered that there was a serious problem with the entire line. While not all the markers were bad, the failure rate from the manufacturer was unacceptable to Stampin’ Up! After much consideration, they said, they decided to discontinue the product. You will need to contact your demonstrator if you are having issues with your Blendabilities or if yours were backordered. No backorders will be filled as all markers have been sent back to the manufacturer.

The good news, I suppose, is that the popularity of the Blendabilities with customers and demonstrators showed that we like alcohol-based markers! So Stampin’ Up! is looking into this. It will probably be awhile until this is all sorted out and Stampin’ Up! has all issues addressed and hopefully a new product to offer us.

With Blendabilities no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration option, it is anticipated that the demand on other Sale-A-Bration items will be higher than forecast. For that reason, all Sale-A-Bration items (with the exception of stamps) will now be “while supplies last.”

If you have Blendabilities that work, just enjoy them! Not all of them will have problems, and keep in mind, none of them were meant to last forever. There was even talk of possible refills for them down the line. But certainly they shouldn’t have arrived dry or dried out after just a few uses.  Be sure to store them flat, not on either end, so the ink will be distributed evenly.

The Memento Black Ink and Refill ARE still available to order!  The Memento Black Ink is great to use and isn’t just for Blendabilities.

 

 

The Bokeh Technique in Card-Making

Bokeh Technique Happy Card

Bokeh is a photography term meaning the way the camera lens renders out of focus points of light, but we can produce a similar look of bokeh on the background of a card using our Stampin’ Up! inks and accessories. You might think about bokeh if you see a Christmas photo with a clear close-up of one ornament on the tree and the tree and lights in the background have a blur to them.

Here is an example of bokeh in photography:

Bokeh Background

The bokeh technique is really popular right now in cardmaking!  And so fun to do! There’s almost no right or wrong (as in most stamping techniques) and there are several ways to do it. You can use watercolor paper and the Aqua Painter to spread around drops of ink. Or you can sponge ink in various colors on Whisper White card stock. Then you take circle stencils and sponge White Craft Ink inside the circles, overlapping, wherever you would like them.  That softens the colors in the background and gives you the spots of light look.  You can make it as soft or as bold as you like.

To see my little Flipogram video of the Bokeh technique, go to my Facebook Business Page right HERE and watch!  It was fun to make! There’s even music! You may have to scroll down depending on when you are reading this!

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 Important Stampin’ Up! Update:

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.

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

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I love my Blendabilities and use them quite often, although I had to call the other day about a dry one in one set. Maybe I won’t get a replacement now.  I do know Stampin’ Up! has excellent customer service so I feel sure they are working on this problem and will update us further as soon as they know something else to tell us. In the meantime, please look at the other fun items you can choose for your free Sale-A-Bration item with a $50 order!

And speaking of Sale-A-Bration, remember tomorrow, March 1st, there will be four new free items to earn with a $50 purchase. Click the photo below for a close-up!

New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

Click to view flyer!

Remember, March will be the last month for Sale-A-Bration, the biggest promotion from Stampin’ Up! Choose from the FREE products you can earn in this Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Look for the products marked “FREE” as there are other products available for purchase to coordinate with the free products.

Shop here at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

And go visit my Stamping With Karen Facebook Page!  Click the LIKE button while you are there!

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Feb 24 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Feb 24 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today February 24 – March 2. Sequins are trendy right now so pick up these In Color Sequins and add some sparkle to your cards and projects! Choose some ribbons and trims to embellish your projects – two kinds of twine in three colors, seam binding ribbon and beautiful white satin! The Simply Created Banner is just the canvas pennants and jute twine to hang them (not the original kit) but they are fun to decorate for sure! Use them for any occasion or holiday and decorate to your heart’s content!

The Celebrate Easter is a download for My Digital Studio, but did you know you can use it even if you do not own MDS?  Just print out the greeting or paper design or template with your computer and home printer. Or for only $19.95 you can own the My Digital Software and have access to ALL the content that comes with the software which is A LOT! I recommend the digital download so you get it immediately and you don’t have to worry about losing or damaging the disc. But the choice is yours. You CAN get the hang of digital designing, and it’s not just for scrapbooking.

Add any of these discounted Stampin’ Up! products to your order and they do count toward your Sale-A-Bration total – once you get to $50 in merchandise you can choose one of the Sale-A-Bration free products! And if you order March 1st or after, you will have the four extra new free products to choose from that were announced in yesterday’s post HERE.

If you want to order online, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Store HERE or contact me to place your order if you prefer.