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Reserve your Stamparatus now!

The window for reserving and pre-purchasing your Stamparatus is now open.

Click here to reserve your Stamparatus now.

Not sure what the Stamparatus is? Pop over here for more details.

The reservation window will remain open until 31 December 2017 then, beginning 19 March 2018, Stampin’ Up! will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond, as product arrives in the warehouse.

After 31 December your next chance to order the Stamparatus will be when next annual catalogue comes out around June next year.

You don’t get billed for your Stamparatus until it ships and you can change your mind and cancel your reservation at any time – so you have nothing to lose in placing your reservation now.

The following Q&A should help to answer any questions about the reservation system but if you have any unanswered questions then please email me.

Customer Stamparatus Reservation Questions

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.

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: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: No, though you will need a credit card to make the reservation. 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: Not at the time of the reservation. 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.

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.

As I said, if you still have any unanswered questions then please email me.

Click here to reserve yours now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Another chance to pre-purchase the Stamparatus

This stamp positioning tool is amazing! The first reservation window sold out within 15 minutes!

The second (and now final) reservation window to pre-purchase the Stamparatus  will open at 9pm tomorrow (Tuesday 5 December).

This time around though, rather than have so many disappointed people unable to reserve theirs, Stampin’ Up! will take as many orders as they receive, no cut-off, until 31 December 2017. Then, beginning 19 March 2018, they will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond, as product arrives in the warehouse. So, I would still recommend ordering early if you can, otherwise you may have to wait until April or possibly even later, to receive your Stamparatus.

Since SU! are leaving the second reservation window open for an extended period, there will no longer be a third reservation window in January as previously advised. After 31 December your next chance to order the Stamparatus will be when next annual catalogue comes out around June next year.

You don’t get billed for your Stamparatus until it ships and you can change your mind and cancel your reservation at any time – so you have nothing to lose in placing your reservation tomorrow night.

In case you missed it the first time around this is why the Stamparatus is so great:

  • make multiples with ease,
  • restamp an image to make it crisper,
  • easy positioning for 2/3/4 step stamping,
  • rulers and grids for lining up
  • designed for use with with both clear and photopolymer stamps,

the stamparatus also has:

  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • magnet storage areas
  • retail price–59,00 €/£44.00

Here’s a video showing what the Stamparatus can do.

Interested?

Just pop back here from 9pm tomorrow night to order direct.

Sara xx

Reserve your Stamparatus – Update

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The first reservation window sold out within 15 minutes! I knew this was going to be popular but it’s even bigger than that 🙂

The next reservation window opens on 5 December to reserve your Stamparatus for delivery in March (no payment is taken until it’s ready for despatch). If you’d like one then please email me to discuss options (I may be able to secure a limited number if you won’t be near a computer at that time/date).

I bought one of the other stamp positioning tools on the market because SU! didn’t have one at the time but to be honest this is streets ahead of the others, so I’m getting one of these and putting my other on eBay 🙂

For more details about the Stamparatus or the reservation system please pop over to this earlier post.

Please remember that reservation windows are only open until the scheduled date or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! If supplies are gone then you have to wait until the next reservation window. The reservation windows are:

If you have any questions then please email me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Check out the Stamparatus!

Wow! We have been needing one of these for sooo long. Stampin’ Up! took their time to get this right though and it is amazing!

This fantastic stamp tool has been developed by a volunteer team of experienced demonstrators and takes the other stamping tools on the market a step further!

As well as:

  • making multiples with ease,
  • restamping an image to make it crisper,
  • easy positioning for 2/3/4 step stamping,
  • rulers and grids for lining up
  • designed for use with with both clear and photopolymer stamps,

the stamparatus also has:

  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • magnet storage areas
  • retail price–59,00 €/£44.00

Take a look at the video to get a better idea.

With the launch of this tool, SU! are trying something different: testing a new reservation system. And it acts like a true pre-order. You reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

The reservation window opens at 9:00 p.m. (GMT) on 16 November for shipping around 1 February 2018. I’ll share the reservation link here on this website as soon as possible once the window is open but if you’re interested please reserve quickly as the window will only be open until 30 November or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! (I don’t expect it will make it through to 30 November). If supplies are gone then you have to wait until the next reservation window. The reservation windows are:

The following Q&A should help to answer any questions about the reservation system but if you have any unanswered questions then please email me.

Customer Stamparatus Reservation Questions

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 I’ll share as soon as it’s available) which will take you to the reservation page.

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: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: No, though you will need a credit card to make the reservation. 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: Not at the time of the reservation. 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.

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.

As I said, if you still have any unanswered questions then please email me.

I’ll be back with the reservation link as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Turning a Many Merry Star into a box

star box

The stars in the Many Merry Stars kit are 3D and fully enclosed but they can be converted into a shallow box. Here’s how:

star box 1

Step 1 – Cut the adhesive backed box side into two lengthways.

 

 

 

 

star box 2

Step 2 – Apply one of the box sides to one of the stars, keeping it so that it is just a teeny smidgeon (technical term 🙂 ) outside the star. This becomes the box lid.

 

 

star box 3Step 3 – Place the other box side into the constructed box and join the points where they meet. Remove the backing from the adhesive and apply the other star to create the box base.

 

 

star box 4Step 4 – Use the aperture of the star that has been pressed out as a template to trace the lining from DSP.

 

 

 

star box 5Step 5 – Cut out the DSP star and adhere within the box.

 

 

 

 

Have fun!

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Non-blended shading with Blendabilities

sassy feminine

I recently shared this card and I’m back now to share how I used a non-blending technique for giving some “depth” to the flower.

Usually when you use Blendabilities you aim to avoid creating any “lines” in your colouring (by using the pens in small circular motions) however, as the Blooming with Kindness image already has lines in it (to give the impression of shading), I wanted to repeat this effect within the colouring.

As the trio of pens are a light, medium and dark shade of the same colour you can be confident that they’ll work together. Here’s how:

blendies 1

Step 1 – Stamp the image in Black Memento ink onto Whisper White card and then colour the whole flower with the lightest shade of the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities. (Compare this image with the final one and you can see how much more 3D the effect is).

blendies 2

Step 2 – Using the medium shade of Daffodil Delight, add some shading to the middle and outer petals by starting at the base of the petal and drawing a short line with the brush end of the marker, lifting the pen away from the card with a slight flicking motion. Tip – it’s worth practicing this a little first (above the flower you can see my practice marks – drawing the pen from left to right).

blendies 3

Step 3 – Using the darkest shade of Daffofil Delight, colour the centre most petals fully and add the teeniest of “flicked” shading to the base of the middle and outer petals.

blendies 4

Step 4 – Go back over and add a few more “flicked” brush stokes with the lightest colour again – this helps to just soften the effect a little.

Let me know how you get on with this technique 🙂

Sara xx

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Creating your own background paper

sassy birthday

A few days ago I shared this card by guest designer Mari Rayner and it reminded me what a great technique this is for creating your own quick and easy background paper.

Sometimes called a one sheet wonder (because you cover a whole sheet with a design) you can use any combination of stamps. Teaming a large sentiment with a couple of graphic designs lets you tailor the background for a special occasion.

I particularly liked how Mari had used Gorgeous Grunge and Sassy Salutations and I’ve CASEd her stamp combo here but used a different colour combo. I’ve used a half A4 sheet of Whisper White as my base so that I’ll be able to create two card fronts with it but it would only take seconds longer to stamp a full sheet and end up with four card fronts.

sassyonesheet

Step 1 – Stamp your base in either a random or repeating pattern (here we used the stripes from Gorgeous Grunge with Daffodil Delight ink). Stamp over the top with the sentiment in a darker/contrasting colour ink (here – the birthday sentiment from Sassy Salutations with Smoky Slate ink).

sassyonesheet2

Step 2 – Stamp a more scattered/smaller design in a pale colour in between the patterns created already (here we used the small speckles from Gorgeous Grunge with Metallic silver ink).

Step 3 – Cut the background card down to appropriate sizes to use on your card front.

So next time you don’t have exactly the background you need, try creating your own custom design 🙂

Sara xx

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How to apply the dryer sheet technique

by the tide sparkle

Yesterday I shared this By the Tide card where I’d used the dryer sheet technique.

The pic doesn’t do it justice but it gives a very sparkly, soft focus feel to your image. You’ll need a (used) tumble dryer sheet (the very open weave sort that’s almost transparent) and a pot of Dazzling Diamonds (102023).

Here are the steps to achieve the look:
dryer 1Step 1 – Begin by creating your image. As the dryer sheet gives a soft focus effect, it helps to use slightly brighter, bolder colours than you want to end up with.

 

 

dryer 2Step 2 – Cover the image liberally with glue from a glue stick and place the dryer sheet over the top.  Sprinkle generously with Dazzling Diamonds and burnish with a bone folder. This works the glitter into the gaps in the weave of the sheet.

 

dryer 3Step 3 – Tap off the excess glitter and either trim away the excess dryer sheet, or fold it behind the image. Your glittered image is now ready to use.

Note the difference in the intensity of colours between steps 1 & 3.

Have fun recycling your used dryer sheets!

Sara xx

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How to get started with Zentangles

I had  a question from Vicki about yesterday’s card. This was the card:

secret garden zentangle

And this was her question:

“I haven’t heard of zentangle’s so what are they? Is this a new trend coming in stamping?”

Thanks for asking Vicki 🙂

A zentangle is an abstract drawing with structured patterns. It’s similar to doodling, except for the fact that patterns are repeated rather than fully freeform. It’s a bit of a trend in card making or art more generally at the moment, rather than stamping specifically, but I think it’s always great to draw on any artistic trends and see how they relate to stamping 🙂

My efforts aren’t the real deal zentangle by any stretch, but here’s how I combined the technique with my stamping:

zentangle tech 1Step 1 – To use the zentangle technique I chose some stamps that had defined areas where I’d be able to add zentangle patterns. I stamped these in Black Stazon onto Whisper White card.

 

zentangle tech 2

Step 2 – Taking my marker, I added a pattern at a time to the separate areas, repeating patterns and building them up gradually.

 

 

It takes quite a bit of patience, these aren’t quick to complete, but on the other hand you can stamp them out, pop them in your bag with a marker and just add a bit more whenever you have a few spare minutes, no need for lots of supplies.

My patterns were very basic – dots, solids, stripes etc. For ideas of more complex patterns and how to build them then simply google “zentangle” or search for it on Pinterest and you’ll find lots of beautiful examples.

Have fun.

Sara xx

How to create a washi tape rosette

washi rosette

A few days ago I shared this circle card with a washi tape rosette at the centre.

Here is the technique I used to make it, along with a couple of tips along the way.

Step 1 – Cut your card strip. The width of the rosette will be approximately twice the short edge of your strip.

Step 2 (optional) – Punch the edge of your strip if desired (here I used the Scallop Trim Border 118402).

Step 3 – Score evenly along the length of the strip. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334) makes this very easy and this rosette was scored every 1/4″. Fold back and forth alternately along each score line.

Step 4 – Apply the washi tape along the length of the scored strip. The washi tape both looks decorative and helps strengthen the scored strip.

washi rosette 1

Step 5 – Glue the ends of the strip together to form a cylinder, then force the cylinder flat and apply more glue in the centre (Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Crystal Effects work best), top with a punched circle (or similar) and hold in place whilst the glue sets (placing clear blocks, or similar, either side and on top allow you to leave this to set whilst you complete the rest of the card).

Step 6 (optional) – If popping the rosette up, then it’s worth considering using shaker frames (124155) instead of dimensionals as these will provide a bond all the way around the rosette and help stabilise it.

washi rosette 2

Step 7 – Apply more glue to the front centre of the rosette and top with another punched circle (or similar), this helps prevent your rosette from popping apart.

washi rosette 3

Now have fun creating your own washi tape rosettes.

Sara xx

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