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December 31, 2009

NEW PROJECTS FOR THE JANUARY STAMP OF THE MONTH CLUB

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Here are the projects:

VINTAGE VOBUE FLOWERS
This card features the winning combination of Dusty Durango and Taken with Teal.  We will also be using one of the papers from the brand new Sweet Pea Paper Stack.

VINTAGE VOGUE EGGPLANT CARD
This card uses Eggplant Envy, So Saffron as well as Always Artichoke all from the Rich Regals color collection.  We will be using both craft and classic inks to get this look.

VINTAGE VOGUE PEARLS
This is my favorite card of the class.  It's very elegant with the new Scallop Trim, Pearls, Organza Ribbon and Specialty Paper from the Bridal pack.

VINTAGE VOGUE QUILT CARD
If you're a quilter you will love this card!  Using the Top Note Die Cut for the Big Shot I created a patchwork quilt using the Bella Bleu designer paper.  The flower is one of the stamps from the Vintage Vogue set but you will have to come to class to learn how to achieve this look!

VIEW THE CLASS DETAILS & REGISTER

December 30, 2009

A BRAND NEW PUNCH STYLE IN THE OCCASIONS MINI

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With a larger cutting surface and a sleeker body, our new punches give you greater cutting precision, better punching leverage and space saving storage.  We are also introducing  the Two-Step punch which offers you more than one image with just one punch!  You can layer the images together to create a collage or you can use one of the single images as an accent on your projects. 

To celebrate the release of these new punches I'm hosting a class where you can get some hands on experience using these great new products.

 

HERE ARE THE PROJECTS FOR THE CLASS:

BIRD PUNCH CARD

EXTRA LARGE 2-STEP BIRD PUNCH

BUTTERFLY EASEL CARD

SCALLOP TRIM BORDER PUNCH

FRIEND VALENTINE FRONT VIEW

FRIEND VALENTINE CARD FRONT VIEW - PINKING HEART BORDER PUNCH

FRIEND VALENTINE INSIDE VIEW OF POP OUT

FRIEND VALENTINE CARD INSIDE VIEW - PINKING HEART BORDER PUNCH & SMALL HEART PUNCH

FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS CARD

SCALLOP TRIM BORDER PUNCH AND SCALLOP TRIM CORNER PUNCH 

Why not come and bring a friend, for this fun night out of stamping and punching?

VIEW CLASS DETAILS & REGISTER

December 29, 2009

THE HOLIDAY STAMPING CLUB PROJECTS FOR JANAUARY 2010

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If you love to be well prepared for all the Holidays and Occasions during the year then you might want to consider joining the Holiday Stamping Club.  The projects for the January 16th class are all in a Valentine Theme.  The other great bonus for this club is that if you sign up for the year, which includes 10 months of classes you will receive a free stamp set which is just perfect for Holidays and Occasion greetings.  The Well Scripted Stamp Set has 6 different greetings and is available in the New Occasions Mini Catalogue available on January 5-2010.

Well Scripted Stamp Set

Here is my favorite project for the January class:

With all my Love Easel Card

This is an easel card and features many of the new products from the Occasions Mini Catalogue including:

  • Brand New Pinking Hearts Border Punch
  • Small Heart Punch
  • Pretty in Pink Corduroy Button
  • With All My Heart Stamp Set
  • Sending Love Specialty Designer paper which is very sparkly
  • Gorgeous Satin Ribbon which is now available in 9 colors

Contact me today to attend this club on a regular basis or just drop in for the Valentine's Class.

December 28, 2009

CAN I HAVE A DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!

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Please join me in congratulating the 2009 CUSTOMER CONTEST Winners!

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Nancy Flecknell had the highest customer sales for the year and has won a  $100 shopping spree of any current products!

Heather Lomas won the highest hostess saless for the year and has won a full set of our Marvelous Markers valued at $179.95!

Heather Lomas also attended the most Rubber Stamping classes and has won a $50 shopping spree and 2 free classes of her choice!

Sheree Delaney attended the most Scrapbooking classes and has won a $50 shopping spree and 2 free classes of her choice!

Congratulations to all the winners and a sincere thank you for your business in 2009!

December 11, 2009

12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY SALES

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Dates: December 11-22, 2009

For 12 days only, you can get discounts on select Big Shot dies and materials, as well as Decor Elements product.

Things to Remember:

  • The sale begins Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT), and ends Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Discounts range between 15-25 percent.
  • All items on sale will be posted on the first day of the promotion and can be purchased for all 12 days.
  • There are no quantity limits.
  • There are no qualifiers to receive the discount.
  • For online orders, discounts will be reflected in the "regular price"; "catalogue price" will show the non-discounted price.

Product Offering:

Item

Page #

Description

Regular Price

Discounted Price

114515

195

Flower Burst Embosslits die

$15.95

$11.96

114516

195

Cherry Blossom Embosslits die

$15.95

$11.96

115957

195

Thanks Embosslits die

$15.95

$11.96

114513

195

Sweetest Stem Embosslits die

$15.95

$11.96

115952

195

Hi Embosslits die

$15.95

$11.96

115951

197

Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits die

$99.95

$79.96

113446

197

Build a Flower #2 Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die

$26.95

$22.91

114509

197

Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlits 4-Pack die

$29.95

$25.46

113448

197

Hearts Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die

$26.95

$22.91

113457

198

Tulipe Bigz die

$29.95

$22.46

115954

198

Two Tags Bigz die

$29.95

$25.46

114524

199

Fringed Flower Bigz die

$26.95

$21.56

114523

199

Decorative Accents Bigz die

$26.95

$21.56

114534

199

Flower Bigz Clear die

$26.95

$21.56

113473

199

5-Point 3D Star Bigz die

$26.95

$22.91

113472

199

Circle 3D Ornament Bigz die

$26.95

$22.91

113470

199

Flower Layers w/Leaf Bigz die

$26.95

$22.91

113465

199

Bird w/Leaves and Flower Bigz die

$26.95

$22.91

115961

200

Perfect Setting Bigz XL die

$57.95

$43.46

113483

200

Pennant Bigz XL die

$53.95

$40.46

113484

200

Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die

$53.95

$43.16

116760

201

Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die

$53.95

$40.46

116759

201

Pop-Up 3D Ball Bigz XL die

$53.95

$40.46

114890

201

Matchbox Bigz XL die

$57.95

$49.26

113458

202

Flower Layers Originals die

$21.95

$18.66

114336

158

Kraft Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

114334

158

Dark Gray Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

114337

158

Chocolate Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

114335

158

White Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118797

n/a

So Saffron Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118798

n/a

Rose Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118799

n/a

Taken With Teal Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118800

n/a

Pretty In Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118801

n/a

Bashful Blue Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118802

n/a

Real Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118803

n/a

Old Olive Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118804

n/a

Black Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118805

n/a

Night of Navy Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118806

n/a

Certainly Celery Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118807

n/a

Tempting Turquoise Décor Elements Sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118808

n/a

Clear Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118809

n/a

Pumpkin Pie Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118810

n/a

Pixie Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118812

n/a

Sahara Sand Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118813

n/a

Gable Green Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118814

n/a

Basic Gray Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$15.50

$11.63

118815

n/a

Chalkboard Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$17.50

$13.13

December 04, 2009

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING OUR NEW CLEAR MOUNTED STAMPS

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Q: Why have we decided to offer clear-mount stamps?
A: We have long known of the demand for repositionable clear-mount stamps from both demonstrators and customers. The problem has been how to offer these features without sacrificing the quality of our product. It took us a while, but we did it! With these new repositionable rubber stamps and clear blocks, you get the same superior image quality and durability you are accustomed to, along with the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable stamps.

Q: How is clear-mount stamping different from wood-mount stamping?

A: Clear-mount and wood-mount stamps are both made with the same quality rubber and foam. You will not see any difference in your stamped images with the clear-mount stamps. The clear-mount blocks have grooves on all four sides; the grooves in the block will feel the same in your hand as a wood-mount stamp. Your stamping experience will be the same with either format. The difference lies manly in their features and benefits. Clear-mount stamps require less storage space, and you can place multiple images on the same block. Also the image on the back of the stamp can aid you in stamp positioning.

Q: Is Stampin' Up! eventually going to stop carrying wood-mount stamps?

A: We have no plans to discontinue our wood-mount stamps. The benefit of offering stamps in both formats is that your customers will be able to choose the medium that works best for them.

Q: Are the stamps completely clear, so the whole stamp is see-through?

A: No. The blocks are completely clear, but the stamps use our same high-quality rubber and foam. There is, however, an image label for the back of the stamp (between the block and the foam) that will help you position the stamp on the paper.

Q: Are there plans for acrylic (photopolymer) stamps in the future?

A: No. Photopolymer would have been an easy solution for repositionable clear-mount stamps, but it is prone to stretching, tearing, and discoloration, and cannot produce the kind of crisp, finely detailed images Stampin′ Up! stamps are known for. Our commitment to offering the very best products in the crafting market simply would not allow us to offer an inferior product like photopolymer.

Q: Is the clear-mount rubber different from the wood-mount rubber?

A: The rubber on the clear-mount stamps is identical to the rubber used on the wood-mount stamps.

Q: Is the clear-mount foam different?

A: The density of the clear-mount foam is the same as the wood-mount foam. However, the foam on the clear-mount stamps has adhesive on one side (to adhere it to the rubber) and a cling coating on the other side to adhere it to the block. There is also a slight color difference to help you tell them apart. The wood-mount foam color is Going Gray, and the clear-mount foam color is Sahara Sand.

Q: Will all stamps be available in a clear-mount option?

A: Most of the new stamps in future catalogs will be available in both wood-mount and clear-mount options. However, the à la carte stamps and Build-A-Bear Workshop stamps will only be available in wood-mount.

Q: How do you store clear-mount stamps?

A: Clear-mount stamps come in a DVD-sized storage case, and can be housed in any storage system designed to hold DVDs. The artwork on the storage label is shown at 100% on the cover, and thumbnail size on the spine. The back of the case is clear, allowing you to see the actual stamps from the back of the case.

Q: Will larger stamp sets (alphabets) come in larger cases?

A: Stamp sets that are too large for one storage case will be packaged in multiple storage cases and will be labeled 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.

Q: Can I get extra storage containers or labels?

A: You can purchase a four-pack of clear-mount storage cases (item 119115). Extra labels are not available for purchase.

Q: Do I need to use the labels on my clear-mount stamps?

A: The labels are designed as a tool, and you can use them or not, as it suits your preference. The stamps are designed to cling to your blocks with or without the label.

Q: How do I apply the labels?
A: Applying the stamp labels is quite simple, and you will find detailed instructions located on the back side of the storage case label. The most important thing to remember is to leave the label on the sheet until you apply it to the stamp. If you remove the label first and then to try to apply it to the stamp, you will be unsuccessful.

 Q: Are the labels removable?
A: The labels are not removable. It could damage the foam if you try to remove the label once it has been applied.

Q: Does the cling ever wear away?

A: The cling is a static cling and will not wear out. However, you do need to keep both your blocks and stamps clean in order for the cling to function properly.

Q: Why isn't my clear-mount stamp sticking to the acrylic block?

A: Both the stamps and the blocks need to be clean for the cling to function properly. Clean both your blocks and stamps with Stampin' Mist and try again. Also, if you have applied labels to your stamps, you need to press the stamp to the block with a moderate amount of pressure for a few moments in order for it to cling.

Q: How do I clean clear-mount stamps?

A: You simply use your Stampin' Scrub and a few sprays of Stampin' Mist. Use your Stampin' Mist sparingly—if you get your Stampin' Scrub too wet, the excess liquid can cause your stamp to come off the block, and may also result in some cosmetic damage.

Q: How do I clean the acrylic blocks?

A: Acrylic blocks need to stay clean in order to work well. Stampin' Mist and Stampin' Scrub will clean StazOn, Classic Ink, Craft Ink, Versamark, and metallic ink stains from your blocks. Avoid using StazOn cleaner, as it leaves a slightly oily residue that inhibits the functionality of the cling.

Q: How many sizes of blocks are available?

A: The blocks come in nine different sizes, and have grooves on all four sides. Each block is labeled with "Stampin' Up!" on one edge and the block letter on the opposite edge. You can buy the blocks individually, or can purchase the entire set as a discount bundle for 10 percent off the price of the combined blocks.

Q: Can I convert my current un-mounted stamps to clear-mount stamps?

A: We do not recommend converting your wood-mount stamps to clear-mount stamps. The foam on the wood-mount stamp was not designed to be cling foam, and it is possible that you could damage your stamp if you try to alter it.

Q: Can I use my clear-mount stamps on wood blocks?

A: No. The static cling is designed to work on the clear-mount blocks, and will not work on the wood blocks.

Q: I prefer traditional wood-mount sets, so why should I invest in clear-mount?

A: We know most demonstrators and customers will prefer one system over the other. As a demonstrator, we recommend that you bring at least one set of each type to all your workshops. Your customers will then be able to see and feel both the clear-mount and the wood-mount stamps and decide for themselves which option best fits their stamping style.

Q: Will I still need to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig?

A: While the labels on the clear-mount stamps are closely aligned with the rubber, it is not exact. We recommend using the Stamp-a-ma-jig if your project requires exact alignment.

December 03, 2009

BRAND NEW! CLEAR MOUNT RUBBER STAMPS COMING JANUARY 5TH!

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Enjoy the same high-quality rubber and foam you've grown to love on our wood-mount stamps in a new clear-mount stamp option! New to stamping? Need to save on storage space? Want to mix and match your images on any clear block? Our repositionable clear-mount stamps offer you an ideal solution. Like our wood-mount stamps, clear-mount stamps are also die-cut, which makes it easy to start stamping right away. And an optional label makes it easy to locate your stamps and also helps you easily position the rubber on your clear blocks. All the new stamp sets in the Occasions Mini Catalogue will be available in the regular wood mounted option or the new clear mounted rubber option; with the latter available at a lower price! Our new clear-mount stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount stamps. Each of your clear-mount stamp sets comes in a handy storage case about the size of a typical DVD case—which makes storing stamps in your existing shelves a cinch! Case front displays an insert with all stamp images at 100 percent. Spine shows thumbnail images of all stamps, making it easy to find the stamp set you're looking for.

Clear-Mount Features:

  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy
  • Lower price than the wood mounted stamp sets

DORMANT STAMP SETS WILL BE DISCONTINUED!

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Many of the stamp sets currently on our dormant list have been available for a year and now it is time to say goodbye. The following stamp sets will be discontinued on January 4, 2010.

 Item Number

 Stamp Set

 113407 

 Back Woods

 114492

 Beautiful Baby

 114486

 Birthday Wish

 113200 

 Branch Out

 114496 

 Celebrations

 113732 

 Central Park

 113206   

 Classic Sketches

 113226

 Classy & Fabulous

 114498

 Flowers in Silhouette

 113405

 Font of You

 113216   

 For the Bride

 114494

 Forever

 109425   

 Friend by Definition

 114488   

 Fun Flowers

 113716   

 Garden Greetings

 114490   

 Glad Friends

 111580   

 Grand Soiree

 113242   

 Hit the Road

 113710   

 Lexicon of Leaves

 113236  

 Man's Best Friend

 114423   

 Ocean Commotion

 113728  

 Playful Petals

 109276   

 Polka Dot

 111544   

 Putt Putt

 113240   

 Quilt Quips

 113754  

  Really Retro

 113403   

 Sip by Sip

 113726   

 Sweet Stems

 113250   

 That's Funny

 113688   

 Wonderful Watercolors

 114028  

  Para la novia

 114032   

 Acuarelas Maravillosas

If any of these stamp sets are on your wish list, make sure to purchase them before they are gone for good! To view the stamp sets you can see them at my online store.

December 02, 2009

CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & DECORATED BAGS

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On Friday, December 11-09 from 7-10pm I am hosting my first annual cookie exchange. To participate each person must come armed with 3 dozen of their favorite Christmas cookie or goodie recipe done up in packages of 6. 5 of your packages will be exchanged and the 1 package will be shared with the group for some delicious snacks for the evening. Each participant will make 5 beautifully decorated gift bags to take home their cookies in. The cost of this class will be $25. Guaranteed to be fun and tasty. I'll provide the Christmas music and the Hot Apple Cider.

The bags we are creating are so unique and beautiful. We will be taken vintage Christmas images that I printed on My DIgital Studio and using them as the focal point on the bags. Of course we will be adding lots of glitter, embellishments and ribbon to really dress them up. I think you will agree tha the results are fabulous.

To register contact Cindy by phone: 864-0825 or by email: cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

PLEASE REGISTER BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 7-09.



December 01, 2009

SNEEK PEEK FOR JANUARY 5TH BRAND NEW PRODUCTS!

Before you know it Christmas will be over and we will be into the new year with brand new products on the way! Just to get you excited I wanted to share this adorable card made with our new SWEET TREAT HEART CUPS, the new SWEETHEART STAMP SET. Wait until you see all that is coming in the brand new Mini Occasions catalogue which you can be expecting in your mailbox in January. I'm busting to tell you so I'm going to prime the pumps by featuring a new product a day over the next few posts. If you'd like to see the flyer for this particular promotion simply download the file.

SWEETHEART FLYER

Here are a few samples made with these adorable heart shaped cups, punch and the Sweetheart Stamp Set

 

HEARTFELT THANKS CARD

Stamps
Sweetheart stamp set

Paper
Bashful Blue textured card stock
Old Olive textured card stock
Real Red textured card stock
Whisper White card stock

Ink
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories
Heart Treat Cup
Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon
Full Heart punch
Scallop Edge punch

Instructions

  1. Adhere strip of Bashful Blue textured card stock to center of card.
  2. Adhere to Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon to card.
  3. Stamp Be Mine in Old olive ink on square of Whisper White card stock.
  4. Punch out center of heart image with Full Heart punch. Insert Heart Treat Cup and fill.
  5. Peel off adhesive cover and adhere Heart Treat Cup to a second square of Whisper White card stock to seal the cup.
  6. Punch scallops from Real Red textured card stock with Scallop Edge punch. Adhere scallops to back of Whisper White square.
  7. Adhere Whisper White square to card.

 

BE MINE CARD

Stamps
Sweetheart stamp set

Paper
Bashful Blue textured card stock
Old Olive textured card stock
Real Red textured card stock
Whisper White card stock

Ink
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories
Heart Treat Cup
Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon
Full Heart punch
Scallop Edge punch

Instructions

  1. Adhere strip of Bashful Blue textured card stock to center of card.
  2. Adhere to Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon to card.
  3. Stamp Be Mine in Old olive ink on square of Whisper White card stock.
  4. Punch out center of heart image with Full Heart punch. Insert Heart Treat Cup and fill.
  5. Peel off adhesive cover and adhere Heart Treat Cup to a second square of Whisper White card stock to seal the cup.
  6. Punch scallops from Real Red textured card stock with Scallop Edge punch. Adhere scallops to back of Whisper White square.
  7. Adhere Whisper White square to card.

 

 

 

 

 


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