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Friday, July 6, 2012

Holiday Sneak Peek

I got my preorder for Stampin' Up!'s Holiday catalog and just had to play with the new products.  You can order from this catalog starting August 1.

This card uses the Scentsational Season stamp set and coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits.  You can buy the Scentsational Season stamp set and coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits for 15% off by buying the two of them as a bundle.  More details are in the Stampin' Supply list below.

Using the Wonderfall stamp set and coordinating Autumn Accents Bigz Die was fun. I love fall and design at least one card with fall leaves every year. Both cards have bold images and I was thankful to have Stampin' Up!'s new firm foam stamp sets.

One item on this card was stamped using an ink pad with the original felt pad.  Can you tell which one?  Leave a comment on this post with your guess by July 13th.  I'll draw names from the correct guesses and the winner gets a $5 gift certificate! 

Stampin' Supplies Scentsational Season Card

Item Description Price
121190 Scentsational Season Stamp Set* $14.95
122497 Petite Pairs Stamp Set $20.95
127814 Holiday Collection Framelits* $24.95
129946 Scentsational Season Bundle 15% off!* $32.95

Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper $10.95

Stampin' Supplies Wonderfall Card

Item Description Price
128087 Wonderfall Stamp Set* $17.95
120510 Curly Cute Stamp Set $14.95
127812 Autumn Accents Bigz Die* $21.95
126846 Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon $8.95

*Remember that you can order the items from the Holiday catalog on August 1.  I've starred those items on the supply list.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Reason to Smile

In my July newsletter, there was a card made by Stampin' Up! that inspired this card. The embossing resist technique was perfect for featuring the Reason to Smile stamp set. With this technique, you use clear embossing powder on a light colored paper. When you sponge on darker inks, it makes the embossed images pop.

I started by stamping the two flowers on watercolor paper with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged on Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo. The inks blended nicely on the watercolor paper.

The Reason to Smile stamp set is Stampin' Up!'s July promotion.  When you buy $50 in product (before shipping and tax) the stamp set is only $5.

I'm also offering a special on Stampin' Up!'s new firm foam ink pads to my newsletter subscribers.  When you buy 5 ink pads, the 6th one is free.  Sign up for my newsletter to get the coupon for the ink pad special. 

Combine both specials for extra savings!  Both specials end on July 31st.

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
131275 Reason to Smile Stamp Set $5.00
120516 Perfect Punches Stamp Set $17.95
102283 VersaMark Pad $7.50
126944 Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
126948 Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
122959 Watercolor Paper $4.95
109130 Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder $4.75
129053 Heat Tool $29.95
126877 Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Ribbon $4.95
120907 Decorative Label Punch $16.95
119859 Extra-Large Oval Punch $16.95
101610 Stampin' Sponges $3.50

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Stampin' Up!'s Firm Foam Stampin' Pads

I cased this card which uses Betsy's Blossoms stamp set and Stampin' Up!'s new firm foam ink pads. Check out my special on the new ink pads at the end of this post.

Many of us find it easier to get consistent results with the new firm foam ink pads.   Stamps with a lot of smooth surface area like the images in Betsy's Blossoms stamp set can be more difficult to ink. My stamp club members noticed the difference when they made their cards using Betsy's Blossoms and the new ink pads.

Here you can see the same image stamped using a freshly inked felt pad and then a firm foam ink pad.  With the felt pads, I avoided images like this bird because it was difficult to get consistently good results.  There are many tips posted on the internet about how to stamp bold images with a felt pad, but you'll probably find it quicker and easier to use Stampin' Up!'s firm foam ink pads.

Initially, a skeptic about Stampin' Up!'s new firm foam stampin' pads, I've become a happy camper.  Now I'm  changing all of my ink pads to the new firm foam style.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Stampin' Up!'s Firm Foam Stampin' Pads

1.  Coordinating colors with Stampin' Up!'s card stock, designer series paper and embellishments is easy.
2.  The new labels make it easy to color coordinate in English, Spanish, French or German.
3.  You won't misplace the permanently attached flip and lock lid.
4.  The ink pads are designed to store your inked pad upside down so your ink is right at the surface.
5.  The firm foam makes it a breeze to ink your stamps, especially bold images.
6.  You can buy the ink refill for every color!*
7.  The design of the ink pad make it easy to hold.
8.  The firm foam stays flat and does not become wavy.
9.  It's easier on your hands to ink up a stamp since it takes less pressure and less tapping.
10.  The new labels are easier to read and have the name of the color on the front edge of the pad.

*Stampin' Up! does not recommend that you use the old formula ink refills in Basic Black, Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, and Tempting Turquoise with the new firm foam pads.  Ink refills purchased after June 1, 2012 have the new formula ink.  You can use the new ink refills in the old and new style ink pads.

For the month of July, I'm offering a special to my newsletter subscribers on Stampin' Up!'s firm foam ink pads.  Buy 5 of the ink pads, you'll get the sixth one free from me.   Sign up for my newsletter now to take advantage of this special offer.  You'll get a monthly newsletter with Stampin' Tips and more details about how to get your free firm foam ink pad.

View Stampin' Up!'s video about the new ink pads on my Facebook Business Page.

View the Stampin' Supplies for the Betsy's Blossoms card.

Visit my online store to get your supplies for this project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store