Ten Ways To Know If The New Stampin’ Up! Catalog Is For You!

Starting June 1, the brand spankin’ new Stampin’ Up! Catalog will be LIVE for everyone and this one is the best yet!  I was oohing and aahing through the whole thing and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on some of the new things in there not just to share but to have some plain old stampin’ fun of my own!

Here’s the cover so you can get yourself all giddy:

Brand New Stampin' Up! Catalog

Yes, those are the new In Colors, yes those are jar Framelits and yes, the whole catalog is amazing!  Here are my ten ways to know if the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is for you:

10. If you like to save money by buying product bundles, then this new catalog is for you.  There are NINETEEN bundles waiting for you!

9. If you have ever wanted to create punch art foxes – cute ones, really cute ones -  in a crazy simple way, then this new catalog is for you.  And if you’ve ever wanted to make a skunk or a racoon, well, let’s just say you are going to CRACK UP!

8. If you are a lover of washi tape that coordinates with Designer Series Paper, then this new catalog is for you. With more designs than ever before on the tape, you are going to LOVE the possibilities!

7. If you like the trend of mixing fonts in your sentiments, then this new catalog is for you. Stampin’ Up! is ahead of the trend with this!

6. If you like dies with lots of intricate cuts and designs in it, then this new catalog is for you. There are PLENTY of others, but the detailed ones are beyond gorgeous!

5. If you like patterned paper with bright colors in it, then this new catalog is for you. Stampin’ Up! has overhauled their patterns and the papers are fun and fabulous!

4. If you have ever felt the need to have a llama you can die cut, then this new catalog is for you. Nope, not kidding – die cute llama. And it makes sense!

3. If you have every wanted to have die cut flourishes that match stamp sets, then this new catalog is for you. Not just matching shapes but shapes that accent and enhance the stamps.  Again, Stampin’ Up! ahead of the trend!

2. If new, fun, and bright colors are your thing, then this new catalog is for you.  There’s just something about this year’s In Colors that sparks up all the colors!

1. If you like getting your hands on new stamps, new colors, new accessories, new punches, new dies, new paper and more PLUS like seeing a few hundred project samples at the same time, then this new catalog is for you!!!  Seriously, this catalog is a benchmark.

So how can you get one? It’s very complicated.  Are you ready?  Email me at Meg@iteachstamping.com and I will send you one.  It’s that simple!  There are some requirements though.  First, you have to live in the US – Stampin’ Up!’s rule. And I don’t send catalogs out to current Stampin’ Up! demonstrators (’cause that would be silly, right?).  Otherwise, just email me, let me know you would like to receive one, include your snail mail address and phone number (so I can deliver my top-rated customer service) and one will be mailed right out to you.

I can’t wait to share the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalog with you so be sure to come back after June 1 so we can SQUEEE together!

 

Soften Bright Colors With Vellum

When you’ve made a card where you love the shades but they seem to be “shouting” at you, try this trick and soften bright colors with vellum.  Take a look:

Soften Bright Colors With Vellum

I LOVE bright colors and I really didn’t want to fade these hearts out using stamping off but I really wanted that greeting to pop.  So I added a layer of vellum over the top to “quiet” the brightness of my images AND added the greeting over a circle backed with a thin edge of black by layering two circles.  When you do this, you add a frame around an element so you can call attention to it without adding a competing color or a shape that doesn’t flow with your project.  (For a darker background, just flip it and add a lighter frame around your element.)

Adhering vellum can be tricky since it’s beautiful sheer frostiness allows not just your images to show through but the adhesive as well.  One tip is to always include an element OVER the vellum and hide your adhesive behind it.  Here, I ran some SNAIL on the vellum under that Bermuda Bay band.  You can also hide adhesive with vellum under things like buttons, pearls, teeny punched shapes or a length of ribbon.

Here are the items I used to make this card – please note that the stamp set, Groovy Love, and the ribbon ARE on the retiring list!

 

I am really sad that Groovy Love is going away – this was a fun set! But of course that makes room for NEW goodies and coming up tomorrow I will be sharing my top ten things that will tell you if the new catalog is for you and how to get one FREE (US residents only – sorry, it’s the rule).

In the meantime, experiment with vellum and see if you agree that this innocent looking paper can really change how you can use bright colors.

Keeping Crafting Supplies On Hand

Keeping Crafting Supplies On Hand

I am a firm believer that keeping certain crafting supplies on hand is a cardinal rule.  Why?  Well, imagine you are on a creative streak with ideas flowing out of you almost faster than you can nail them down…….and you are OUT OF ADHESIVE!  Or WHITE CARD STOCK!  Or nice envelopes.  Or your favorite color ink pad runs dry?  Let yourself go to that scary place……..  Not fun, huh?

So here are my top five supplies on hand I think every crafter needs:

1. PLENTY of adhesive.  It doesn’t spoil or get stale and if you are out of adhesive you are OUT of your crafting time.  Whatever your favorite is, I recommend having at least three extra refills (SNAIL, Fast Fuse) or one extra container/package (Liquid Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals) of what you use the most.  That one day that you unexpectedly run out and realize with joy that you have more, trust me, you will thank me!

2. Whisper White Card Stock.  And now with the THICK White Card Stock – which I use all the time for card bases now – you might want to add one package of each to your supplies on hand.  Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Card Stock is known across the industry for being one of the smoothest, whitest (without being blue!) and best-to-stamp-on products available.  At under $10 a package, it’s low cost insurance to guarantee you will always have the perfect medium.

3. Ink Refills.  Yes, they are available all the time, so what’s the rush, right?  Well ink pads and ink refills are ALL going to vary in the most miniscule ways – most invisible to our eyes.  BUT when you purchase an ink refill at the same time you purchase the ink pad you are far more likely to receive ink that was produces in the same or almost same batches meaning your colors will age at the same rate meaning you will always have a perfect match, even if you can’t see it.  Plus, if your pad arrives a little dry, which they sometimes do depending on where and how they are shipped, you can re-ink right away.  And lastly, there are more and more techniques out there that call for drops of ink.  You don’t want to fall in total love with a color and not be able to play!

4. Envelopes.  Yes, you can get them cheaper at the office supply store.  But did you know that you can’t stamp on the majority of those less-expensive-and-they-look-it envelopes?  The ink bleeds outside of the stamping AND bleeds through.  Plus why would you put a beautiful card that you made with your own two hands and stick it in a cheap looking and feeling envelope?  Your cards deserve to be coddled in something befitting their fabulousness and at just a few cents more, the envelopes from Stampin’ Up! are luxurious looking and feeling and wears ink like a queen wears her tiara!

5. Stampin’ Mist.  Honestly, I think this is one of the most underrated products in the catalog.  This stamp cleaner and conditioner is like nothing else out there in terms of thoroughly cleaning your stamps – rubber and photopolymer – without damaging the stamp or degrading the materials.  I have seen lots of concoctions for substitutions and if you follow some of the threads about them you will see people come back later sharing that they’ve not had results worth the “savings”.  I always have one of the refill bottles on hand and it lasts a good long time.

There are lots of other things I personally love to stock up on because they are my faves but your having these supplies on hand will ensure that you have plenty of the basics in stock and ready to use when you are ready to craft!

Christmas in May?

I know, I know – who talks about Christmas in May?  Well, when you have a card that can come together in just a few minutes, can easily be mass produced and uses items on the Stampin’ Up! retired list, I DO!!  Let’s take a look and then I can share some details:

Christmas in May

Isn’t that cute?  And different enough that it’s clearly your own creation.

So here are a couple of really great things about this card.  The Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder doesn’t just add that fabulous white on white texture I love so much but it also gives you a totally built in template to line up your strips of paper.  And speaking of strips, is this not one of the best ways EVAH to use up Designer Series Paper scraps?  Even those teeny pieces can be used on the short strips.  And by cutting them to 3/8″ of an inch you get a LOT of strips out of a sheet of paper or even partial sheets.

And this card isn’t just great for a Christmas in May card making sesh – you could change up the paper, greeting and swap out those trees for anything and have a stinkin’ cute card for any occasion!

Here’s what I used for this project – please note that the paper, tree punch, star punch, tree stamp set and embossing folder are ALL on the retiring list!

Big Shot

$110.00
Tree Punch

$18.00

So if scraps are piling up in your craft space or you are looking to get a head start on the holidays and are thinking Christmas in May, think about how using this card idea can solve at least two of your crafting problems!

Megan Daves Factoid #2

Megan Daves Meets A Sea Turtle Snorkeling!

Here’s another little factoid about me that you might get a kick out of:

I love to snorkel.  It is one of my favorite things to do while on vacation.  I usually forget to slather up my back and the back of my legs, until I have been snorkeling for over an hour, and then vow to never forget to apply it before getting it the water to snorkel again – but I just get too excited! Once I have my fins in my hand, mask at the ready, and the tubey thing I am sure has a technical name, I just forget about everything else.

I don’t like the first three minutes of snorkeling though, as it is always a long time in between snorkel adventures and I have to remind myself that the Darth Vader sound that is created when breathing in and out of the tubey thing is a good thing.  I have to focus on making that sound for a few minutes and then I am good for hours.  Literally hours. Like I look like a golden raisin hours.

My favorite places to snorkel so far is in Cozumel and Hawaii (both on trips earned through my being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator).  I love Cozumel because all the vibrant colors of the Caribbean are also found under the water.  The fish, the coral, the everything. It’s almost like you can hear the Caribbean music under water while snorkeling with all the bright colors.  I didn’t like seeing eels last time; that was a bit unnerving and not my favorite.

I LOVED snorkeling in Hawaii because we had giant sea turtles come up and swim with us.  Like one hit me in the face swim with us.  (Yes it startled me enough that I am pretty sure I tinkled a bit in the waters of Hawaii.)  There we were just doing our snorkel thing and BAM – sea turtle!  Not sure if that is how they let everyone know that they are going to swim with you or if I was just the chosen one. Either way it was a seriously cool experience (once I figured out they don’t eat humans).

When I was a kid and thought about all the things I would do as a “grownup” I can tell you that snorkeling was never on my list.  But now that I have tried it and discovered I love it, you can bet that will never pass up a chance to spend some time visiting our underwater friends.

How about you?  Anything you love to do that you never even thought about before?  Are you a snorkeler, too?  Where was the most fun place you’ve snorkeled, or, if you haven’t, where would you like to?