It’s Crunch Time!

Max finishes preschool tomorrow for the year and Luca finishes Kindergarten next Thursday!  I will probably not be posting too much for the next few days as I volunteered to make a bunch of end of year treats for school staff.  Between that, my sister coming from New Mexico for the weekend, and Father’s Day on Sunday, I don’t know if I’ll have too much time to post!  I’ll try to get on if I can, and I will definitely post what I come up with for the different gifts when I have them all done!  I have to make them for bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, plus a few more!  (And I have to get them all done and to the school by Monday!)  YIKES!  🙂

I’ll be back ASAP!

Nicolle

 

Meet the NEW Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads

By now, you may have heard (or even seen) that the Stampin’ Up! ink pad case has been redesigned with the release of the new catalog.  The new case was redesigned with some great new features, and is sure to be a hit with customers!  Let’s take a look at some of these features, as well as a comparison of the old vs. the new case!

A side by side comparison of the old vs. new case

Here are two Flirty Flamingo cases.  The one on the left is the old style case, and the one on the right is the new style.  You will notice that the new case has been streamlined a bit.  It is slightly smaller, and has cleaner, straighter lines.  The label has also been changed to reflect the new packaging style, and is consistent with all other new products in the catalog!

Here’s an end view of each of the two cases shown above.  Again, the new case is smaller and sleeker, with much straighter edges.  The label is now along the bottom edge of the case rather than the top, and the case is completely flat, rather than rounded, as the old style case was.  Which leads to my next point…

Here are five pads of each style, stacked one on top of the other.  You’ll notice that the new pads stack much more neatly and compactly than the old style pads.  The old pads slide around quite a bit and don’t stack neatly, due to the rounded edges of the top and bottom of the case.  Compare this with the new cases, which stack really nicely due to them being flat.   Another great feature that goes along with this is that there are also little bumps built into the bottom of the new cases that fit into indentations on the top of the cases.  So not only do the new cases stack better, they also “nest” inside one another so that they stay put and don’t slide around!  Check out this feature in the two pictures below:

 

 

Additional features of the new pads

There are two additional features of the new pads that I think are fantastic!  First, the new pad comes with an extra solid color strip that can be placed on the INSIDE of the ink pad, so that when it is opened and in use, you can easily see what color pad it is!  I can’t tell you how many times I have almost messed up pads because I thought it was a different color!  This extra feature will make it much easier to keep track of which pad is which, especially when you’re working on a project and have multiple pads open at once!  Here’s a peek at this new feature:

Another great new feature is how the pads open.  With the old style pad, you used to have to push the lid forward a bit and then lift it to open.  These new pads just open straight up, almost like a compact.  So no more struggling with pads to open them.  The new pads simply open straight up and back, and then slide right into the lid!  So easy!

If you would like to learn more about the new pads, as well as see them in action, you can watch a short video that was released by Stampin’ Up! below.  There are lots of additional tips and tricks to using the new pads.  I hope you’ll find it helpful and informative!

And of course, the new ink pads also have a full line of new refills as well!  You absolutely can use the old refills for returning colors (except Basic Gray!  You DO NOT want to use the Archival Basic Gray to refill the new pads!)  However, all of the new refills moving forward contain a de-foaming agent, which cuts down on the bubbling that some demonstrators have reported with the older refills.

You can shop the entire line of new pads and ink in the online store.  Please click the image below to shop!

If you have any questions regarding the new pads, please feel free to ask!  Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

 

 

 

A Delightfully Detailed Birthday Card!

Today’s project is a make and take project from OnStage!  And almost everything on this card is a NEW product that will be available June 1st when the new catalog opens for ordering!  This gorgeous card is a note size card, meaning it’s slightly smaller than most handmade cards.  A regular sized card is usually 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches in size, where this one is 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size.

Pretty much everything used on this card is a product from a NEW suite of products called the Delightfully Detailed Suite.  The base of this card is from the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes set.  The set includes 20 color washed cards, including Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron bases.  The top is cut from the new Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper, and the sentiment piece is stamped and cut with items from the Detailed with Love Bundle.  This new bundle includes the 12 piece Detailed with Love stamp set, as well as the new and improved Detailed Trio Punch!

The sentiment piece for this set was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then two of the corners were punched with the corner rounder punch on the Detailed Trio Punch, while the other two corners were punched with the flourish punch on that same punch.  The sentiment piece is layered with Grapefruit Grove cardstock pieces, and a short piece of 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.  The card is finished with a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot.

All of the products used on this card will be available on June 1st!  If you would like a copy of the new catalog, and do not have a demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to send one to you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

I’ll be Back on Monday Morning!

A combination of soccer, an emergency trip to the vet for my cat, and technical difficulties with my internet has gotten in the way of me posting anything new for the past couple of days!  But I plan to be back bright and early Monday morning!  I will be sharing a new creation with the winning NEW In Color from my Facebook poll last week.  I hope you’ll come back soon to check it out!

Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your patience!  🙂

Nicolle

Share What You Love Suite Early Release Begins May 1st

Over the past couple of weeks I have shared a number of projects I created using a brand new stamp set called the Love What You Do stamp set.  It is definitely my favorite of the three sets that I received for my OnStage display board!  I only received the stamp set, but it is actually part of an entire suite of products that is going to be released on May 1st to customers, a WHOLE MONTH before the Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st!  For the early release, the stamp set will be available as part of three exclusive bundles which will ONLY be available during the month of May.  Once the catalog ordering period begins on June 1st, everything in the bundles will still be available, but will only be available separately.  Each bundle also includes at least one FREE GIFT when purchased during the early release, which makes this offer even sweeter!  So let’s take a peek at each of the bundles and what is included in each:

The Just Getting Started Bundle

This bundle is the most basic of the three, and is perfect for beginning stampers!  It includes a free gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes (a $6.50 value)!  This bundle costs $57.00 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149524.

 

The A Little More, Please Bundle

This bundle is a bit of a step up from the first and includes TWO stamp sets, as well as TWO free gifts: a package of Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes AND the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit (an $18.00 combined value)!  This bundle costs $91.50 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149525.

 

The Gotta Have it All Bundle

This is the most inclusive bundle available and includes THREE free gifts!  The free gifts include the two gifts from the previous bundle, as well as an exclusive stamp called the Statement of My Heart Stamp (a $30.00 combined value).  This bundle costs $127.50 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149526.

 

2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads Bundle

In addition to the three Share What You Love bundles, the early release also includes a bundle of the NEW 2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads!  Get all FIVE colors in the NEW ink pad style for only $33.75, which is a savings of 10% off the cost of them separately!  This is a great way to get the new colors early AND save a bit of money at the same time!  The item number for the In Color ink pad bundle is 147153.

So there you have it!  Which one(s) will you choose?  All of these bundles are available for purchase starting May 1st!  They may be ordered in the online store, or directly through me via email at nicollebelesimo@gmail.com!  If you are a new customer, purchasing any of these bundles through me will also guarantee you a copy of the NEW Annual Catalog, which will be delivered sometime in mid-May!  I would love to add you to my list!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  🙂

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Copper Tea Tin and Mini Note Card Set

My project today features items from a NEW suite of products called the Tea Room Suite!  All products in this suite will be available starting June 1st when the NEW 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live.  For this project, I used four products from the suite: Copper Tea Tins, Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers, Tea Room Ribbon, and Spot of Tea Framelits Dies.  There is also a coordinating stamp set, Designer Series Paper, and a Memories and More Card Pack in the suite!

For this project, I decided to keep it simple and do a coordinating set of three mini notecards with envelopes.  The tins measure 3-3/4 x 3-5/8 x 2-1/4 inches in size, making them the perfect size for holding 3 x 3 inch note cards and envelopes!

I wrapped the tin with a piece of Vellum, and then wrapped a piece of the Tea Room Ribbon around it as well.  I cut a doily from Fresh Fig cardstock using the Spot of Tea Framlits Dies and my Big Shot, then applied one of the stickers from the Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers.  I cut a 1-1/2 inch circle from the vellum as well, then applied the butterfly sticker.

Inside the tin are three mini notecards.  I used sentiments from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for each card!  I used the same ribbon as on the outside of the tin, and used both of the doily dies from the Spot of Tea Framelits, one in Fresh Fig and the other in Whisper White.  I LOVE mini note cards, as they are the perfect size to tuck into gift bags, lunchboxes, or coworkers mail boxes!  You can also punch a small hole in the corner, thread some ribbon or twine through the hole, and use as a gift tag.  I kept all three cards exactly the same except for the sentiment and the sticker on the envelope:

I really love the combination of Fresh Fig and Copper.  I think it’s a really pretty color combination!

All of the items from the Tea Room Suite will be available June 1st.  When you receive your new catalog, you can find the suite on pages 14 and 15.  Need a demonstrator?  I would love to help you with whatever you need!  Please feel free to contact me anytime, or visit my online store to shop!

Although most of the products used on this project are not available just yet, there are still lots of fantastic products available NOW! Click the image below to shop current products, and don’t forget to check out the last chance products section!  All products in there are retiring, and are only available until May 31st or while supplies last.  Some products have started selling out already, so be sure to stock up on your retiring favorites before they are gone for good!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

My OnStage Display Board in Hartford, CT

Today I am sharing my display board from OnStage!  I was sent a box of new product in February and asked to create 15-20 projects to display this past weekend in Hartford.  I had originally planned to make everything coordinate, but then I decided to go the opposite route, and use lots of different colors and patterns instead!  I made sure to make a variety of projects, including card fronts, mini note cards, tags, a banner, a scrapbook page, and even a couple of 3D items.  I’m very happy with how it came out, and I will be sharing each in more detail here on my blog and on my Facebook page over the next couple of weeks!

The three stamp sets I was sent to make my projects are called Sitting Pretty, Love What You Do, and Lined Alphabet.  All of these sets will be available in the NEW Annual Catalog on June 1st!  Love What You Do will actually be available a month EARLY as an early release item (more details to come on that!)  Here’s a closer look at the three sets I was sent:

Sitting Pretty

 

Love What You Do

 

Lined Alphabet

 

These are only a few of the amazing new sets that will be available starting June 1st!   Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to check back tomorrow for the first project that I will be sharing from my board!  🙂

Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

The Retiring List is Coming!

The current Annual Catalog will retire May 31st! In order to make way for exciting new products, many current products will need to be retired. The full list of retiring products from both the current Annual Catalog, as well as the 2018 Occasions Catalog, will be released on April 9th. On that date, I will post the list here on my blog, as well as my Facebook page. Once the list is posted, all tools, accessories, embellishments, etc. will revert to “available while supplies last” status. This means that if something sells out right away, it will no longer be available even though the current catalog does not retire until May 31st. Retiring stamp sets are the only exception to this. Because Stampin’ Up! manufactures all of its own stamps, they will continue to produce retiring stamp sets according to demand until sometime around the third week of May. At that point, retiring stamp sets will also become “available while supplies last“. Be sure to check your wish lists once the list comes out to see if there’s anything you wish to order. Once retired items sell out, they are gone for good!

Don’t forget that retiring In Color items tend to sell out FAST!  Be sure to stock up on all of your favorite 2016-2018 In Color products before they are gone!  The following colors are retiring this year:

Please note that in years past, some In Color items have sold out within a day of the Retiring List being posted!  If you really love these colors, I suggest stocking up sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.  These are gorgeous colors and are very popular, so I expect that they will go quickly! To shop retiring In Color products, click HERE.

Be sure to check back in the afternoon on April 9th.  The retiring list is scheduled to post at 1:00 PM Mountain Time.  I will post the list, as well as links to the online store, as soon as possible after the list posts!  I will also post the info on my Facebook page as well!

Please contact me with questions!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

It’s the LAST DAY of Sale-a-Bration!

I can’t believe today is the last day of Sale-a-Bration!  It went by SO fast, but what a great sale it was!  This year’s Sale-a-Bration items were just amazing, and there was such a great selection.  I will be sad to see them go!  If you would like to get your hands on some last minute items, there is still time!  All orders place TODAY before 11:50 pm Mountain Time will still earn Sale-a-Bration rewards!

There is still also time to join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-Bration and get a fabulous deal on a starter kit!  Get over $300 worth of items for only $99!  (And it ships to you for FREE!)  Here’s what you get if you join Stampin’ Up! TODAY:

  • $125 in product of your choice from any current catalog or the online store!
  • TWO additional stamp sets of your choice (up to $101 in added value)!
  • A Paper Pumpkin Kit ($20 value)!
  • Demonstrator supplies ($65 value)!
  • A welcome gift from me ($25 value)!

But this fabulous deal is only good for TODAY!  So if you’ve been considering joining, be sure to do it while there’s still time!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle