Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Updated Clearance Rack and The story on the new and improved Stampin' Up! Ink Pads (you're going to love them!)

Clearance Rack has been updated

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in my online store. Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. Shop now and stock up.

Ink Pads are changing


Stampin’ Up! has improved their ink pad cases and ink formula!

Why did they change the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. They can only use a mold a limited number of times before they need to replace it, so they had to decide if they wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. They chose to improve it!

What’s better about the case?

Using research, focus group feedback and comments, they discovered a few things that could improve the design of the Classic Stampin’ Pad case.
They 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. They 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.
    • They’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.
    • They’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?

They improved their ink formula because they noticed that their 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 they’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 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.

Where is the archival ink?

Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StāzOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of Stampin’ Up!’s ink offering. Stampin’ Up! is confident that both the Memento and StāzOn pads are high-quality inks that perform to our customers’ needs.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy?

Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast. Stampin’ Up! is working on a new storage solution for the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case and do not yet have a launch date.
Hopefully that clarifies a few things for you, let me know if you have questions about the ink pads too!  

Interested in placing an order? 

Go to my ONLINE store and use the Host Code SPKTHNJK to place your order.  Use this host code when ordering and receive a free gift from me! I'll send you a set of 4 cards as a Thank You gift so you can make at home. 
If your order is over $200, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift. 


Host Code: SPKTHNJK

Check Out My Upcoming Classes And Classes By Mail

I've got a lot of classes planned that you can sign up for either in person or by mail. Check them out on my Classes and Events page.  If you're interested in hosting a class or a party and getting your friends together to make some cards and share some fun, email me.  I have availability for private classes.

Happy Stamping'!
Melva

Friday, 13 April 2018

Have you heard about the Stampin' Up! Ink Revamp?

Stampin' Up! has release the retirement lists for both the Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue.  That means they are making room for the new Annual Catalogue to be released June 1st.  I've been lucky enough to have a sneak peek and you're going to LOVE it.  But what it means for you now is that it's your last chance to get these products before they are gone forever!  
As part of the new Catalogue, our colors are getting a refresh! Stampin' Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When we see changes happening, we review our colour spectrum to ensure they remain consistently on top of the trends. This brings me to the 2018 Colour Revamp! In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colours, Stampin' Up! will be retiring thirteen colours plus the 2016-2018 In Colors.
Retiring Colours: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder
Retiring In Colours: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugar Plum. Flirty Flamingo is returning!

NEW IN COLORS:

NEW COLOURS COMING 



There are still 4 collections, but the colours have been re-organized.


In addition to the changes to the colours, the ink pad has been redesigned.  If you see that some of the colours are on the retired list but are shown in the charts above, it's because of the redesign.  Those colours are not going away, but they will be available with the new ink pad design.  I'll share more about the redesign in my next blog post.
Our retiring products lists can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking below. Please note these lists may not be updated when supplies are no longer available. Reviewing retiring products online is the best method to ensure what is available.  Products will no longer be available after May 31, 2018.

Interested in placing an order? 

Go to my ONLINE store and use the Host Code SPKTHNJK to place your order.  Use this host code when ordering and receive a free gift from me! I'll send you a set of 4 cards as a Thank You gift so you can make at home. 
If your order is over $200, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift. 

Host Code: SPKTHNJK

Check Out My Upcoming Classes And Classes By Mail

I've got a lot of classes planned that you can sign up for either in person or by mail. Check them out on my Classes and Events page.  If you're interested in hosting a class or a party and getting your friends together to make some cards and share some fun, email me.  I have availability for private classes.
Happy Stamping!Melva

Friday, 6 April 2018

Heading to Stampin' Up! OnStage event

I'm in Red Deer, Alberta taking the opportunity to visit with my sisters before the Stampin' Up! OnStage event tomorrow.  It was quite an eye opener yesterday to get off the plane here to cold and snow!  I left Vancouver Island in the rain, but at least it was warm!

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is being able to attend Stampin' Up! events.  I always find them so inspiring.  There will be card and technique shares, business talks and card swaps.  The new Annual Catalogue will be unveiled tomorrow!

Today I want to share with you the card I will be swapping.  I used the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for this card as well as the Basket Weave embossing folder.

I used my Stamparatus to make this swap quicker than it would have been if I had stamped it by hand.  Here's a picture of how it worked - sorry for the poor quality of the picture.

For this card, I was able to set up the Stamparatus to stamp 2 flowers, the leaves and the sentiment all in different colours since there are 4 stamping surfaces.  Then I stamped the yellow flowers and flower centres!  Quick and easy!

You can see that I cut a piece of grid paper to put down on the Stamparatus.  It made it easy to line up the card stock to stamp on.  The Stamparatus will be available for purchase in the upcoming Annual Catalogue!

Interested in placing an order? 

Go to my ONLINE store and use the Host Code SPKTHNJK to place your order.  Use this host code when ordering and receive a free gift from me! I'll send you a set of 4 cards as a Thank You gift so you can make at home. 


If your order is over $200, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift. 

Host Code: SPKTHNJK


Check Out My Upcoming Classes And Classes By Mail

I've got a lot of classes planned that you can sign up for either in person or by mail. Check them out on my Classes and Events page.  If you're interested in hosting a class or a party and getting your friends together to make some cards and share some fun, email me.  I have availability for private classes.

Happy Stamping!
Melva
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