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

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

 

 

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

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

Stampin’ Up! and Scouting

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before or not, but I am the den leader for my son Luca’s cub scout den.  This is my third year with my crew, and I adore them!  It’s a lot of work, and sometimes dealing with five 6 year old boys at once can be a little overwhelming, but it’s also a lot of fun!  Believe it or not, I use a lot of my Stampin’ Up! stuff with the boys.  We’ve done crafts, made signs, made cards for nursing home residents, and more!  Today I am featuring a few projects that I have created specifically for scouts using Stampin’ Up! products!

The card above was made for local businesses who allowed the boys to sell popcorn outside their stores this year.  The Girl Scouts sell cookies…we sell popcorn!  I made a bunch of these that they will all sign at our meeting tomorrow night.  This whole card is made with Stampin’ Up! products, with the exception of the fleur de lis stamp in the background.  That came from the local craft store.  The thank you stamp is from the Daisy Delight stamp set, and is stamped in Basic Gray ink.  The fleur de lis is stamped in Crushed Curry, and the cardstock colors are Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White – perfect colors for Cub Scouts!

 

Here’s another project I completed for our meeting area.  I purchased a piece of navy blue foam board from the local craft store and cut out all of the letters for the words with the Large Letters Framelits.  I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back of the cardstock before running through the Big Shot so that I could just peel the backing off and adhere to the board.  Super easy!  Again, Crushed Curry and Whisper White cardstock were used on this project.

 

And finally, this last project was actually made for our local Girl Scout troop!  A friend of mine is a Girl Scout leader and she asked me to make these signs for an event they were having.  Some of the colors used are now retired, as I made these awhile ago, but other colors could easily be substituted.  The Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets were used with these as well.  I LOVE using the multipurpose adhesive sheets with projects like this!  While they are a little more work at the start, they definitely make the final assembly of projects so much easier (and a lot less messy!) I highly recommend them for adhering die cut images!

I thought I’d share these projects today for something a little different.  They’re just one way to show how versatile Stampin’ Up’s products are! Questions?  Please ask!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

Please Consider Sending a Card to Enoch!

This past weekend, a teammate posted on our team Facebook page about a little boy who was asking for cards.  His name is Enoch, he is two years old, and he lives in Maine.  He was badly injured on October 4th under very tragic circumstances, and is in the hospital facing a very long recovery.  My card today was made just for him, and I will be sending it out in tomorrow’s mail.  If you would also like to send this sweet little boy a card, please send it to:

Enoch

c/o EMMC

489 State Street

Bangor, Maine 04402

If you would like to read more about Enoch’s story, you can do so HERE.  (Please be aware, however, that the pictures and info may be disturbing to some.  🙁  )

I hope that you will consider sending a card!  It would probably very much brighten Enoch’s day!

Thank you!

Nicolle

The World Cardmaking Day Sale Has Begun!

October 6th is World Cardmaking Day, but Stampin’ Up! is celebrating all this week with a SALE on many Stampin’ Essentials!  Save 10% on select items, now through October 7th!  The list of all sale items is shown below.  You can also see the full gallery below this post for all products OR visit the World Cardmaking Day section of the online store HERE.  This is a great time to stock up on crafting basics such as notecards and envelopes, adhesives, Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock, and SO much more!  Here’s a peek at everything that’s on sale:

There are some GREAT deals in there!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy shopping (and saving)!

Nicolle

Please vote in my Facebook poll!

In my post from yesterday, I discussed all of the Christmas Suites available in this year’s catalogs!  This week, on my Facebook page, I am running a poll and having a giveaway!  The prize will be an embellishment from the new suite of your choice!  If you are on Facebook, and would like to vote, please visit my Facebook page HERE.  The post will be pinned at the top of the page and voting will close FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th!  (I would love it if you liked my page while you’re there as well!)  😉

Happy Sunday!

Nicolle

A Boo-tiful Bitty Banner made with the Toil & Trouble Suite

I love making small banners for the holidays!  Usually, I make horizontal ones, but for today’s project, I decided to go vertical!  So maybe this would be more of a wall hanging than a banner?  Oh well, whatever it is, it was certainly fun to make!  🙂

For this project, I used lots of different products, mostly from the Toil & Trouble Suite.  The whole suite can be found on pages 48-51 of the Holiday Catalog.  I absolutely LOVE how the Halloween products this year have not only black and orange, but also green and purple (or in Stampin’ Up! speak:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape!)  Take a look at these colors together:

 

Don’t they look great together?

 

 

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Basic Black scalloped squares:  3 x 3 inches

Pumpkin Pie square layers:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

DSP squares:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Scalloped circles:  1-5/8 inches in diameter

Whisper White letter circles:  1-1/2 inches in diameter

Length of project from top of top square to bottom of bottom square:  9-1/2 inches long

Length of whole project including ribbon on top and bottom:  13 inches long

 

All of the stamping on this project was done in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and all of the coloring was done with Stampin’ Blends markers.  The letters were stamped with the Layering Alphabet stamp set, and the whole banner was attached together with Black 3/8 Inch Glittered Organdy Ribbon and embellished with Spider Trinkets and Rhinestones!

To see the entire Toil & Trouble Suite of products, please visit the online store HERE.

This was definitely a fun project!  Although I love to make cards, it’s nice to make something different every once in awhile.  If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to ask!

Have a great day!

Nicolle