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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Stamparatus Is Here!

This past weekend I spent time with fellow demonstrators at our Onstage event in Birmingham.
One of the most exciting things unveiled was our new stamping tool - the Stamparatus.
I've been so excited waiting for the unveiling as I am part of the Leader 2 Leader Team which has been involved in the development of this product.
Real demonstrators developing product for real customers. So you can understand why I'm so excited to share with you!
It's big news when something breaks the mould and changes everything.
The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!
Before I give you all the details and tell you how  to get one, watch this super video - 
Why do you need one? You'll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialised stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.
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  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
Retail Price–59,00 €/£44.00

Okay, I need one, how do I get it?   
You can reserve your Stamparatus from tomorrow to be one of the first to get your hands on it!
  • At 9pm on TODAY - Thursday 16th November, you can participate in the first of three different reservation periods.
16–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
5–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
15–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018

Simply log into the Stampin' Up! online store and follow the prompts. The chart below will help.
(Please note that  Stamperatus in the UK will show metric measurements, not imperial as in the picture below)
Need to know more? Check out this Q&A

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account? A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship? A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets? A: Yes.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus? A: No. You will be billed when you finalise and close your order.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus? A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. At this time you will pay for and finalise your order.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation? A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address when I open my shopping bag to complete my order? A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation? A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalogue? A: Yes. Once the annual catalogue ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there? A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions? A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods? A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window? A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus? A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding.

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked block or die or other instrument
Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

I really do believe that this is the best placement tool to be released....and I intend to one of the first inline!
Don't miss out on your chance to be one of the first to have this exciting tool in your hands - 9 pm this evening!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Onstage - Solihull 2017

So this weekend is our local Onstage event. An event we are all anxious to attend twice a year. We get together with other demonstrators to share our love of all things Stampin' Up!, meet with old friends, make new ones, swap cards, watch demonstrations, get training and ... get to see the Salebration information, next catalogue and some of the goodies therein!!!
I will be travelling up in the fairy bus along with my friend Kim and her team of fairies.
I haven't got any general swaps this time around, unusual for me, but I have prepared a few other bits to take with me.
First, a little Pot of Gold for each of the ladies I'm travelling with. They're filled with gold covered sweets - Belgian chocolate coins and Werthers.
 A close up of one of the jars-
A gift for one of my downline who will be attending too.
Inside, a glass cup and saucer withe the words 'create, inspire,dream' written in gold.

Some ceramic tree decorations which I've stamped as a gift for some friends.
Not a great photo but you can just about see Rudolph's nose which is a rhinestone xoloured with one of our new Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends.
Some gift wrapped Prosecco Marshmallows, yum!

My Upline, Natalie always gives each of us a gift. I thought it would be nice to give one in return.

I do love the tiny embellishments - you can see one here a little more clearly-

At an event sometime back, she'd apparently liked a scarf which I'd given to Kim. The scarves are no longer available despite me trying to hunt one down! So I've got the nearest thing I can find, covered in stars as her team are the Stampin' Stars.
 I love the silver edging on it too!

Finally a little card to share. It's for a friend who has moved house. I'm a little disappointed as it hasn't come out quite how I planned. I've popped it in the envelope and sealed and now realise that one of the trees is bent...not happy!
A little too late to change, ugh!
By the time you're reading this our event will be in full swing! If I can, I'll try to share some photos on my Facebook page so pop on there over the next couple of days.
Whatever you're doing, have a good weekend.
Lesley x

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Black & White Christmas

I recently attended a demonstrator retreat run by Kim Fee & Charry Wijers and loved the cards so much that I decided to follow up with a class for my own ladies.
The class theme was Black & White Christmas and the ladies just loved it!
We made 8 cards. Four designs, 2 of each but on two of the cards we changed up just a little by adding gold foil card behind the houses to imitate light. On another we changed the rhinestone to a large metal rimmed pearl.
The dies, along with coordinating stamps, are available as a bundle or you can purchase each on their own.
First card, black and white version
 First card with the gold
Second card black and white version
 Second card with gold
Third card with faceted gem
 Third card with large Metal Rimmed Pearl
The fourth card is a very different fold, as you'll see in the photos. The stamp set is Merry Mistletoe. For some reason the stamp set reminds me of Ikea! I just absolutely LOVE the delicate garland stamp in this set which is stamped on the inside of the card.

This is how it stands
Towards the end I told the ladies that we'd be making a bonus project as a surprise. Unlike the photo of my own bauble made on retreat, the ladies used silver ribbon instead of string.
Here it's shown in it's gift box

A close up....
The cards with gold behind were a little more fiddly but make a nice alternative.
Such a super set that I couldn't fail to share them. Thanks go to Kim for these.
The ladies were delighted with their makes and I hope you've enjoyed them too!
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Coffee & Card

If you'd like to join me for my next Coffee & Card session, I will be in Costa, Goldsworth Park this coming Tuesday, the November, between 10 am - 11.30 am. Drop in, no need to book. Just £5 to make a card and enjoy a primo sized drink.
Look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

8 Projects - Don't Miss Out!

Stampin' Blends UK

Remember Blendabilities? So many of us were disappointed when Stampin' Up! so rightly chose to withdraw them from sale. The company expect a very high standard of their products and wanted to give us something better.
Well, I can tell you that from today 'better' has arrived!!!
Woohoo! Give a big cheer to welcome -

A whole new range of alcohol pens in colours that will coordinate with all our other products.
Here are some important features for you -
  1.  Stampin’ Blends come in Stampin’ Up! colours.  Because they fit right alongside our other product  lines, they give you an opportunity to play with  colour in a way that adds to your Stampin’ Up!  experience.
  2.  Add just the right amount of colour where you need   it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  3.  We have done in-house testing for evaporation and  also life testing, and were pleased with the results,  so you can feel confident sharing them with your  customers. Each marker is sealed with a press-fit that prevents air from entering the barrel (which  would lead to evaporation).
  4.  They are sold as individual markers and as a combo   pack (with a light and dark shade).
  5.  The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and  have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.
Take a look at this introductory video
Here is a list of the available colours

Other Stampin' Blends products available for purchase: 

  • Two additional colours (Ivory and Bronze)
  • A Color Lifter—perfect for giving your blended images a finishing touch
  • The Stampin' Blends Marker Collection—all 26 colours and the Color Lifter bundled together!
To help you create with the Stampin' Blends we also have the Colour Me Happy Project Kit and coordinating Colour Me Happy stamp set (wood £24/clear mount £17), These two items can be purchased as a bundle to save 10%. Bundle price Wood £41.25/ clear mount £35
Stamps -
Project Kit -
During the rest of this week I'll share 4 more videos with you to help you as you learn to love our new Stampin' Blends - all available from my shop NOW!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Birthday Panic!

Every year I get Pat's birthday wrong. I ALWAYS think it's in November, even if I write it into the diary for October, and this year was no different.
She always gets a card though rarely on the correct day but I did manage to make one from scratch and get it to her house on the day itself.....basically because another friend delivered it for me! Talk about skid in on the seat of me pants!
The only thing I knew was that I was going to use dragonflies and glue the wings together. Huh! Really inspiring...not!
I was happy enough with my final card and loved the colourway, though I'm not sure it's to Pat's taste. But anyway, she got a handmade card from me and I will expect her to be eternally grateful!
I started with the inside and the front just came together later. 
The photos show the card base as a little darker than it actually is - Marina Mist. The next layer is silver foil card stock, the top piece has been sponged with Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral and Tangerine Tango ink. I used the Happy Birthday thinlet die in silver foil and also used the same foil for the dragonflies which are from the Detailed Dragonfly thinlets. The die actually cuts 5 linked together but I just used 3. The wings are Marina Mist card which has had gold Wink of Stella (retired) added to it. The clouds are vellum punched with the Pretty Label Punch.
To create the inside I punched out a shape from some scrap card using the Pretty Label Punch again and used it as a mask, sponging white ink through it into the inside of my card base. I die cut 5 dragonflies (same thinlet set as before) in silver foil attaching wings behind, three in the orange shades and two in blue with gold Wink of Stella. Next I scored and folded the dragonflies then glued them together before attaching them to the card. Below you can see the detail a little more clearly.
By the skin of my teeth and with a little help from a friend I made it on time!
I hope she had a fabulous day!
Lesley x