Friday, April 13, 2018

New Stampin Up Stamp Cases

Stampin' Up! has changed the ink pad case.
Why did we change the case?
The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. We can only use a mold a limited number of times before we need to replace it, so we had to decide if we wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. We chose to improve it!
We wanted to align the updated case with the color refresh and improvements to our ink. In addition, we chose to time these changes with Stampin’ Up!’s rebranding and packaging updates. This way, when you invest in the new colors, you are also getting the new and improved ink pads at the same time! We wanted to make these updates and changes in a way that was most cost efficient for you.
What’s better about the case?
Using research, focus group feedback, comments in the Product Sandbox, and the L2L program, we discovered a few things that could improve the design of the Classic Stampin’ Pad case.
We wanted the new case to:  
  • Be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
  • Have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
  • Be stackable. The ability to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
  • Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
    • The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
    • The stickers include a new In Color icon.
    • We’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • We’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.
How is the ink different?
We improved our ink formula because we noticed that our old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as we’d like to see it.
The improved ink formula will:
  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help lay down the ink better.
How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink?
Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.
Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad?
Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Blooming Basket

Good Friday to all, I hope your week has been going well!

I made this card to send to a customer who recently placed a order with me.  When I send cards to my customers, I always leave them blank so that they can re-use them, if they want.  I place a hand-written note inside with a few mailable goodies from me!

This is a Sale-A-Bration stamp set and a embossing folder that was offered as a bundle.  The embossing folder is called Basketweave and will be offered in the new annual Stampin' Up! catalog in June 2018.

For this card I used Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. I used my Sahara Sand ink pad and lightly tapped the embossing folder to add some color to the background.  I used my Stampin' Blends, because you all know how much I like to color and I love how it turned out!!  I also use some Linen Thread and made a double bow the the basket handle.  This I a stamp set that I will keep and use long after the Occasion catalog has retired!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and will try to come back next week to share again.  Mary

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms

Awhile back I made two cards, the same, for my two aunts who both had birthdays coming up.  I when with this stamp set, Heartfelt Blooms and love how the cards turned out!

For the two cards I used Thick Whisper White for the card bases, then cut a piece of Sweet Sugarplum, then stamped the image in Sweet Sugarplum on regular Whisper White.  I heard from my cousin that she thought the card was so pretty.  Simple, clean and simple and no extra postage needed!  Sorry I don't remember which stamp set I used for the sentiment, but you can easily use your favorite!

Thanks for coming....Mary

Monday, March 12, 2018

Paper Pumpkin December 2017

Well, I'm back after a month off.  Didn't realize that it had been the long since I've been gone.

Today I'm sharing a card that I made with my December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I need a quick card and this is what I reached for and had one done really quick!

I did add the framelits that is available during Sale-A-Bration, but Stampin' Up! has told us that this set of framelits will be available in the new Annual Catalog coming in June 2018!

I sent this card to a high school friend who is going through a rough time, health wise.

I hope you have a great day and thank you for coming by!  Mary

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are the hardest cards to make because you know someone is hurting from the loss of someone that was dear to them.  I made this card to send to my friend who's husband had just recently loss his mother.

Here is what I used:

Stamp set: Heartfelt Blooms (SAB 2018) and Flourishing Phrases
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum
Inks: Smoky Slate, Sweet Sugarplum and Stampin' Blends

Thanks for coming by!!  Mary

Monday, February 5, 2018

Icing on the Cake

When the new annual catalog came out last July, I spotted this stamp set and knew it would be on my list to have, as I use to decorate cakes for awhile when my daughters' were young.  They loved it when Mom have left-over icing to have on either graham crackers or vanilla wafers!  Makes me want to get my cake decorating supplies out and make a real cake now!!

Now I made this "no calorie" cake for my uncles' upcoming birthday, I hope he likes it!!

Here are the details:

Stamp sets: Icing on the Cake and Stylized Birthday
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White
Inks: Calypso Coral (I forgot I was using Flirty Flamingo) and Pear Pizzazz

It's not a hard card to make and I will be using this set some more in the future!


Friday, February 2, 2018

Bird Banter

Hi, today I'm sharing a card that I made for my friend, Linda's birthday, which is today!!  She doesn't follow my blog but wanted to give her a Happy Birthday wish!

I found this cute card on Jackie B. blog, she was kind in sharing the measurements for all of the card stock.  Since it used some bright colors, I knew Linda would like it!

Here is the inside of the card too.

Here are the details:

Stamp set: Bird Banner (in the Occasions 2018 SU catalog)
Ink: Black Memento
Card stock: Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White
I used Stamp' Blends to color the images with
Dots Embossing folder-retired

I won this cute stamp set at the November 2017 OnStage, I really like those cute birds.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sunshine Wishes Valentine

When I saw this card in my in box for my e-mails, I knew I would be CASE'ing this simple but pretty card that Mary Fish shared!

Here is what I used:

Stamp set: Sunshine Sayings
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose-retired
Candy Dots-retired

Very simple but pretty card!  Mary

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sheltering Tree Valentine

Here is finally of the three cards for Wesley's daycare teachers.

For this card I used:

Stamp set: Sheltering Tree and Bloomin' Love
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Inks: Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake
Heart punches-retired

Next I will show you the Valentine cards that I made to send to my daughters.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Beautiful Bouquet

Here is the second of the three Valentine cards that I made.  I believe I was inspired by a fellow demonstrator, who posted her's on the FB group I belong to for demonstrators, I searched but couldn't find her name.

For this card I used:

Stamp set: Beautiful Bouquet and Bloomin' Love
Framelits: Bouquet Bunch
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake
Varies Heart punches-retired

I really like how this one came out, I think the teacher will too!