Holiday Catalog Inventory Update

So I have some good news, and I have some not so good news…the good news is that this year’s Holiday Catalog has been wildly popular! The bad news is that certain items have been SO wildly popular that they are in danger of selling out before the end of the Holiday Catalog ordering period.
Most of these items are not carrying over into a later catalog, so at this point, once they are gone, they are gone for good.   While these items are still available as of the writing of this post, that could change at any time.  If you have your heart set on any of the products shown below, please order ASAP to avoid disappointment!

In addition to the above items being close to selling out, there are a handful of items that have already officially SOLD OUT. These products are no longer available, and unfortunately, Stampin’ Up! will NOT be getting more in before the end of the Holiday Catalog ordering period. They are:

While it is disappointing that these products are no longer available, there are many others that still ARE, and would be wonderful for you to use in your Holiday crafting!  If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know!

Thank you for visiting today!

Nicolle

A Big Change is Coming January 3rd!

Starting January 3rd, 2019, Stampin’ Up! will no longer sell red rubber stamps in a choice of wood mount or clear mount.  There will only be ONE option for red rubber stamps, and it will be a new and improved stamp called “cling” stamps!  These new cling stamps are new and improved clear mount stamps, with a new stamp decal that is sticky and clings amazingly well to clear stamping blocks!  I had a chance to use some of them at OnStage last week, and they are fantastic!  I love them already, and I am sure you will too!

So what does this mean exactly?  It means that beginning January 3rd, wood mount stamp sets will no longer be available.  There are two exceptions to this: large background stamps, and any stamp sets in the Annual Catalog that are currently offered in wood mount.  Moving forward, however, any NEW red rubber stamp sets produced will come only in the cling option!

Here’s a short and fun video demonstrating some features of the new cling stamps:

New stamp labels have been in the works for the last few years.  I absolutely love the clear mount stamps, but I don’t like how they don’t always stay on the block!  The new cling stamps will NOT come off your blocks!  Here’s a sneak peek at the instructions:

There will be lots more info on the new stamps as we get closer to their release!  In the meantime, please feel free to ask questions!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

My OnStage Team Swap Card

One of the best parts about going to OnStage is swapping with other demonstrators!  While I did not have time to make swap cards for general swapping, our team decided to do a team swap.  This is the card I made for that!  It is based on one I made earlier this year, with a few minor changes. Click HERE to see my original card!

For this version, I used Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand, Soft Sea Foam, and Whisper White as my colors.  The flowers, spatters behind the flowers, and the linen texture stamp on the Blackberry Bliss strip across the middle are from the Touches of Texture stamp set; the sentiment is from Ribbon of Courage; and the leaves in the corners are from the Rooted in Nature set.  The card is embellished with Linen Thread and Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins.

While most everything on the card was stamped with regular classic ink pads, the flowers were stamped in Memento ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light Blackberry Bliss blends on them.   I love how smooth and uniform the color is!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Blackberry Bliss middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Sahara Sand top layer:  3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

Blackberry Bliss strip:  1-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches

Whisper White banner piece:  2 x 3-3/4 inches

 

I made 35 of these for our team swap, and got some really beautiful cards in return!  I will share them all hopefully soon!  If you have any questions about today’s card, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

A Monochromatic Card for Merry Monday (One Day Late!)

My card today features the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper and the His Light stamp set!  It is a sparkly, monochromatic card featuring multiple shades of green, and is accented with white and silver!

Products other than the paper and stamp set include: Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon, Leaf Punch, Sprig Punch, Sparkle Glimmer Paper, Vellum, and Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Shimmery White card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

DSP Background:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece:  2-5/8 x 3-1/2 inches

Vellum and Sprig pieces:  approximately 2 x 2 inches each

 

This card is very simple in design, but elegant in the detail and embellishments!  If you are looking for a simple, but elegant card to make for friends and family this year, then this could be a good one for you!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

OnStage Day 3 Highlights and Products

I am officially home from my trip to Orlando.  It was a fun five days, and I couldn’t be happier that I went!  The OnStage events are SO much fun!  This was a live event, which means it was a multi-day event.  This one was Thursday, November 8th through Saturday, November 10th.  Each day is filled with crafting, new products, training, and lots of fun!

For today’s post, I wanted to share some new products and gifts I received on Day 3, as well as some highlights from the day!

One of the first things we did when we got started on Saturday was to honor our veterans.  There were many, many of them in the crowd, and I loved that we took the time to do this.  They received a standing ovation for their service, and Stampin’ Up! lit up the stage in red, white, and blue in their honor!

As the day went on, there were two all attendee giveaways.  One was the new stamp set above, which will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog, and the other was the very cute tote bag shown below!  This bag is amazing, and completely saved me on the way home, as I needed some extra space for all of the extra stuff I went home with!  And the best thing about this bag is that it folds up and zips inside itself for easy storage!

 

One of the highlights of EVERY OnStage event is when our CEO, Sara Douglass, and her mom, Shelli Gardner, stamp together on stage.  It is always hilarious, and they are both incredibly talented!  In case you don’t know, Shelli was one of the founders of Stampin’ Up! 30 years ago, and was the CEO up until a few years ago when Sara took over.  Shelli is still very much a part of the company, and is always at OnStage events.  They are both genuine and real, and such a pleasure to watch and learn from!

Here are a couple of the cards they shared in their presentation:

The card on the left was created by Sara for her daughter, Stella, who loves horses and the color purple!  Shelli created the two samples on the right.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Some big news for me personally was that I got to walk the stage to celebrate my 5 year anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  (A big thanks to my upline Stella for getting pics for me!)  🙂

At the very end of the event, there was a HUGE amount of confetti released!  It was a total surprise, but was a nice, festive way to end the event!

The first picture above is what the confetti looked like as it was coming down.  The second is what the floor looked like after it was all over.  (I feel bad for whoever had to clean that up!)  And the third picture is the pieces that fell out of my bag when I emptied it back at the hotel.  My bag was under a chair and I still ended up with a bunch!  It was EVERYWHERE!

Even though I am sad that this OnStage event is over, I am already looking forward to the next one!  If you would like to attend an OnStage event, all you have to do is sign up to be a demonstrator!  ANY demonstrator is eligible to attend.  I would love to have you join me at the next one!  Here is a pic of the date and locations for the next event:

The next US events are only one day events, as opposed to three days.  I will most likely attend the one in Atlantic City, as it’s close enough to drive, but there is a possibility I may go elsewhere.  Not sure yet!

If you sign up as demonstrator after January 1st, you will be eligible to attend!  And just to give you the head’s up, there is a GREAT sign up special coming for new demonstrators during Sale-a-Bration, which starts in January!  It’s definitely a win-win!  I REALLY hope you’ll think about it!  Click HERE for more info about joining Stampin’ Up!  (And let me know if you have any questions!)

Beginning tomorrow, I will be back to sharing my own projects.  Please check back for a Merry Monday project (one day late) for tomorrow’s post!

Thanks so much for checking in today!  🙂

Nicolle

 

 

 

 

OnStage Day 2 Highlights and Products

Today was Day 2 of OnStage in Orlando, FL!  It was a day full of crafting, presentations, recognition, and FUN!  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite moments/products seen today!

In the two pictures below, there are two card kits, both available in the upcoming Occasions Catalog!  They are so elegant and beautiful, I an sure you are going to want these kits so that you can always have a card on hand for when you need it!

We also made two make and takes with new product!  They can be seen below:

I also won two new products:

And finally,

Here’s a picture of my friend, Lisa, and me.  We were very excited!

There is probably more that I can share, but I am literally falling asleep as I write this!  I will be back very soon with Day 3 highlights!

Nicolle

 

 

OnStage Day 1 Highlights and Products (plus check out the NEW Catalog!)

The first day of OnStage is over.  It was a long, but FUN day!  For my post today, I will share some of the pictures from the event, as well as the goodies we’ve received so far!  (Including sneak peeks of the covers of the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure!)

The picture above and the one below are pictures of the main stage.  There are literally over 6000 demonstrators here!   It’s quite the show, with flashing lights, loud music, and lots of cheering and dancing!

 

Wednesday, we checked into the convention center and registered.  At registration, we received this beautiful box:

 

Inside the box were the following items:

 

Today, we also received the NEW Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  There are some AMAZING new products in here that I KNOW you are going to love!!!  While I can’t show you the inside of the catalog, I can at least show the covers:

 

We also received this gorgeous zippered tool case:

 

And I won this new stamp set called “Part of My Story”:

 

And here’s one of the projects we created using one of the NEW product suites from the Occasions Catalog:

 

I also just remembered that I got a super comfy hooded sweatshirt that I forgot to take pictures of!  I will try to remember to add it tomorrow’s post!  All of this so far, and this was just the first day.  We have two more days to go!  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!  🙂

FYI:  IF you have EVER considered joining Stampin’ Up!, you are going to want to do it during Sale-a-Bration!  There is going to be a fantastic sign up special that you are GOING to want to take advantage of!  More details on THAT as we get closer!  And if you join, you too could attend OnStage events!  Just something to think about!

Thanks for visiting today!  Please check back tomorrow for Day 2’s highlights!

Nicolle

 

It’s Going to be a Party in Orlando!

I just landed in Orlando for Stampin’ Up’s 30th Anniversary OnStage Live event for demonstrators!  I have been looking forward to this trip for MONTHS!  I will probably not have too many original products to share this week, but I will still try to post as much as I can.  While I am here, I will get to see the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I will give updates and share as much as I can with you as the week goes on.  I am 100% positive that I will have lots of exciting news to share!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Coming Soon: The 2018 Online Extravaganza!

It’s almost time for the 2018 Online Extravaganza!  (And just in time for Holiday shopping!)  This sale has taken place for the past few years, and it has always been full of fantastic deals.  I fully expect this year to be as well!  I do not have any details other than the dates, but as soon as I get more info, I will post it.  For now, please plan to check back as we get closer to November 23rd for more information!

Also, with the Holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to download and print my holiday wish list!  You can access it HERE.  Just print, fill it out , and give it to whoever you think needs to know!  Orders containing products as gifts should be placed no later than December 5th to ensure delivery in time for Christmas!

Thank you for visiting today!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Nicolle

It’s Merry Monday: Time for a Festive Wood Ornament!

For this week’s Merry Monday project I made an ornament!  We have so many gorgeous Designer Series Papers this year for the holidays, that I wanted to showcase them in ways other than just cards.  I was browsing for craft supplies on Amazon, and I came across these 3 inch wood circles.  They are perfect for what I had in mind!  I also purchased the small screw in eyes for the string on Amazon as well.  I will share the links for both items at the end of this post!

For now, let’s take a peek at the Stampin’ Up! products used on this.  I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut a piece of polka dot Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  Before doing that, I applied a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of the paper, then ran it through the Big Shot.  This made it so that the entire back of the DSP piece was covered with adhesive for a very strong, uniform hold!  (Plus there’s NO MESS!)

Once the DSP was adhered to the circle, I used the Big Shot to cut the tree from the Joyous Noel 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper.  The tree was cut with a die from the Sweetly Stitched Framelits.  I also cut a small star from gold glimmer paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch.  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set, and the ends were punched using the Triple Banner Punch.  Colors for this project are Real Red, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, and Gold!

Just a note about the string on the top: it is actually a piece of Gold 1/8 inch Cord.  The cord was too big for the opening in the eye hook, so I unraveled the metallic thread, and pulled out the inner core of the cord.  There are actually TWO cords together inside, and they have a really pretty gold color to them that made them perfect to still use on this project!

 

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Real Red Polka Dot DSP:  2-15/16 inch in diameter

Green Glimmer Paper tree:  1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches (approximate)

Gold Glimmer Paper star:  1/2 inch

Whisper White sentiment piece:  1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

 

 

As promised, here are the links for the non Stampin’ Up! products used on this project (wood circles and screw eye hooks):

Wood circles: find them HERE.

Screw eyes: find them HERE.

This project would be a good beginner crafting project, or even something fun to make with kids!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today.  🙂

Nicolle