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Clean & Simple Wow Card with Stampin’ Up! Indescribable Gift!

Like the Stampin’ Up! Indescribable Gift Stamp Set but don’t want to spend a lot of time coloring? Watch as I demonstrate how you can have a clean and simple card that will wow in no time at all!

 If the video is not displaying properly, watch my clean & simple Indescribable Gift wow card tutorial here.

Stampin' Up Indescribable Gift stampingsmiles.comYou could watercolor the apple blossoms for much more precise placement and depth of color, like I did for my March Virtual Stamping Club Class. It’s a very pretty card. Sponging in the color is an easy way to make a lovely Easter or spring card that is quicker to make, as you saw in my video demonstration.

Indescribable Gift is the prettiest Stampin’ Up! Easter stamp set we’ve had in the past few years. If one you loved is escaping my memory, remind me of the stamp set by leaving a comment below.

I may be partial to apple blossoms because I’m from Michigan. Did you know it’s the Michigan State Flower? The spectacular display of apple blossoms every spring is something for your eyes drink in. Washington DC is famous for their apple blossoms every spring too.

If you’d like to share beautiful apple blossoms through your handmade cards, order the Indescribable Gift Stamp Set now in my online store! All the supplies to make my clean & simple wow card are pictured below and linked right into my online store for easy ordering.

Indescribable Gift is from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and available on through June 2, 2015.
Indescribable Gift Card Supplies

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$99.95

 

If you have any questions about my Indescribable Gift card, send an email to [email protected]
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Make clean and simple wow Easter or spring cards with the goregeous Stampin’ Up! Indescribable Gift Stamp Set!

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Blendabilities news

Stampin’ Up! has rStampin' Up! Blendabiliitieseceived notification of a few of uninked Blendabilities. In order to provide us with the high quality of products we’ve come to expect from Stampin’ Up!, Blendabilities will be unavailable to order until the quality issue is resolved.

Blendabilities are incredibly popular. Stampin’ Up! is undoubtedly working around the clock on this. I don’t believe it’s a widespread problem. I’ve sold a ton of Blendabilities and own them all myself and only had one report of an uninked marker.

I will keep you updated when there is any new information. My hope is to be telling you they’re available to order very soon.

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Exciting Sale-a-bration News! And new A Happy Thing Card idea

There are so many great free* Sale-a-bration products to choose from this year! Like the adorable hummingbird stamp from the A Happy Thing Stamp Set. Thank goodness Sale-a-bration is for three months so we can get everything we want from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.

Or do we? Do you have your Sale-a-bration purchases planned out through the end of March? If so, I’m about to throw a monkey wrench in to those plans. Stampin’ Up! just announced the addition of four new Sale-a-bration products starting Sunday, March 1! We’ll only have 31 days to get them!

 I’m letting you know now so you can make a plan or revise your current plan. Do you want to spread your purchases out? You can place an order now in my online store and make your choices from the Sale-a-bration Catalog and then sometime in March place an order for any of the new four Sale-a-bration choices.

Here’s a look at the four new choices!

March 1- March 31 only!

Nature's Perfection Stamp Set

Nature’s Perfection

wood mount or clear mount
$0.00

Nature's Perfection Card

Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum

For Being You Stamp Set

For Being You Stamp Set

wood mount or clear mount

$0.00

For Being You Card

In Color Assortment

In Color Assortment Pack

$0.00

In Color Accessory Pack

 Click on New Sale-a-bration products to download and print the new products flyer.

*One free Sale-a-bration choice for every $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase.

A Happy Thing Card Supplies

Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Crumb Cake Assortment

$11.95

or FREE Sale-a-bration Choice!

Big Shot

$99.95
 
As always, please get in touch with me if I may be of any assistance to you.
Stamping Smiles,
 

 
 Four new 2015 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration products are coming March 1!

 

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Love those big polka dots!

Stampin' Up! Everyday Occasions Cardmaking KitThis large polka dot card is another from the Stampin’ Up! Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit. My next favorite element to the large polka dots is the ruled paper and paperclip. I don’t know what it is about office supplies. Since I was a kid I’ve loved office supplies. I remember when I was about eight or nine years old eating box after box of Chex Cereal, even the bitter wheat cereal, to save up enough box tops to get my own roll of transparent tape. Boy was I thrilled when that was delivered!

Still today I’m like a kid in the candy store when I get to roam through an office supply store. So many great gadgets and organizational tools! What’s not to love?

Making the cards from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit has taken me a bit by surprise how much I’m enjoying it. I do so much enjoy coming up with new designs, but I must admit there are times when it’s made this easy to make a few nice cards.

If you’d like to have a cardmaking kit on hand for those times you need a quick card, consider ordering the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit in my online store.

 

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Like ribbon? Then you’ll love the new Weekly Deals!

Love the Stampin’ Up! Seam Binding. Soft yet holds a bow beautifully.  The Satin Ribbon is so elegant. Baker’s Twine is fantastic when you want a touch of trim that doesn’t take much space. Select colors of each are 25% through Monday, March 2 with the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Save now on in my online store!

The 2013-2015 In Color Sequins are the soon to be retiring In Colors that include Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush. Save 25 % on the Sequin Assortment through March 2 too.

Side note on the 2013-2015 In Colors. If you already have the Classic Stampin’ Pads, I cannot urge you enough to order the ink refills now. They will be the first products to sell out when the retiring accessories list is released. Last year the In Color Ink Refills started selling out before the retiring accessories list was released. Expecting the same this year with the most popular In Colors ever.

 

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Okay, that just stinks

Last week I posted how starting Monday, February 23 Stampin’ Up! would turn off the ordering on accessories that would be backordered longer than normal. Below is a list of backordered items you can order and when they will be available, products that are unavailable to order and products that could be unavailable to order any time.

Here’s what stinks. Four Blendabilities Assortments are unavailable to order. The item number listed is from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. I was hopeful that meant some were slated for Sale-a-bration selections. My call to Stampin’ Up! put an end to that hope. As of now, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities are unavailable to order or choose as a free Sale-a-bration product. Rich Razzleberry could join the unavailable list soon.

If you have been wanting Rich Razzleberry Blendabilites for your free Sale-a-bration choice, you’ll want to place your order ASAP.

I do believe there will be less frustration from not being able to order an accessory than waiting weeks and weeks for either something to be delivered whether if it was free or not.  It just stinks that any of the Blendabilities were made unavailable to order. Hopefully the backorder situation will be resolved a whole lot earlier than later.

In order to help you plan your ordering, here’s the lastest update on the backorder situation:

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER;  backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

138232: Arbre protecteur Photopolymer Stamp Set–February 26
137364: Happy  Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–February 27
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–February 27

Currently the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
137951: So You Simply Created Kit
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit
131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
126189: Paper Piercing Tool

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
131003: Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
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The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit is one of the temporarily unavailable to order Stampin’ Up! products. Thankfully this is not a calendar specific to a year. These are fantastic to have every month and for years to come. When it becomes available to order again, it should be on your list.

 

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Easy greeting substitution for Everyday Occasions card

Stampin' Up! Everyday Occasions Card KitThe third card in the Stampin’ Up! Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, it was shown with the Congratulations stamp. It’s the same length as the Think of You stamp. An easy substitute for a card to better suit my needs. I send a lot of thank you cards. Thinking of you can be used for virtually every handmade greeting card. After all, aren’t you sending a card because you’re thinking of the person?

This card is 5″ x 3-1/2″ card. Did you know this is the smallest mailable size card? Envelopes that fit just right are included in the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit. An envelope that is the right size is always more attractive than an ill-fitting envelope.

Did you see the first two kit cards I posted late last week? Click to see Card #1 and Card #2.

If you’d like to have a back-up plan for quick cards, order the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit in my online store!

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit and Supplies

Unlike store bought cards, with a change of a stamp you can change the greeting to say just what you want.

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Mini Treat Bag Die for Adorable Baby Shower Favors!

Gail Dvorak had the pleasure of designing and making baby show favors.Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die Baby Shower Favors The theme and colors were owls, gray chevron, orange, yellow and green. The new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog caught Gail’s eye. Great choice. Just adorable and roomy enough to hold a bag of animal crackers.

The Owl Builder Punch was a given. All that was left was how to use it to decorate the treat bags. Gail artfully worked in all the elements of the theme.

The colors are Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizzazz. The thanks stamp is from the free Sale-a-bration Simply Wonderful Stamp Set. And if you look closely, you’ll see the gray banner is chevron embossed. Embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder in her Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.

Gail’s baby shower favors also served to decorate the tables.

Baby Shower Decorated Tables

How festive! Gail also decorated the Hershey Nuggets you see.

Baby Shower Nuggets

I was told they were making owls out of pinecones. This I really wanted to see and also thought you’d like to see too. So glad Gail took pictures for us!

Baby Shower Decorated Tables

Baby Shower Decorated Tables

The baby favors are so cute, you just know clean up was easy. I’m sure none were left. :)

It all started with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. What adorable projects could you make if you had it? You’ll find out when you order it now in my online store! Bump your order up to $50 by March 31, 2015 and get your choice of one FREE Sale-a-bration gift! You could also choose the Simply Wonderful Stamp Set.

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Have you had a backordered Stampin’ Up! product?

What I’ve always appreciated about Stampin’ Up! is how they handle products not currently in stock. Other than the rare occasions it was known a product would be unavailable for a longer than normal time, we’ve been able to add the products to our orders. I’ve seen backordered items ship separately the same day or the following day. That told me how important it is to Stampin’ Up! to get your orders to you. More important than saving money on shipping by holding our orders even for a couple of hours.

Over the last couple of months we’ve experienced longer than normal backorder items. It’s frustrating for you. It’s frustrating for me. It’s frustrating for Stampin’ Up! For you because you want your stuff. Frustrating for me because I want you to have your stuff (it’s good stuff!). Frustrating for Stampin’ Up! because customer service is their highest priority. Being a representative of Stampin’ Up! as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for 14 years has been a real pleasure because I know they will go out of their way to make things right for my customers. Many, many times above and beyond any expectations.

A west coast dockworkers strike that started in 2014 is a large factor in longer than normal backorders on some Stampin’ Up! accessories. I’ve read newsletter articles about how it’s affecting many, many companies. Hopefully they will come to an agreement soon.

A couple other wrinkles have been added. One is our enthusiasm for the Occasions Catalog. Who can blame us? It’s fabulous! We blew threw the expected sales. The second is the Chinese New Year. They’re apparently having one good time. The end date of that is known, it’s March 5.

To avoid frustration over long shipping delays, starting on Monday, February 23, until an improvement in the factors causing the backorders is seen, Stampin’ Up! will turn off the ability to order accessory supplies that are temporarily unavailable instead of letting them go on backorder.

The way I see it is you have two ways to use this information over the weekend. The first is to place your order for products you want and then be first in line if you have any backorders to be filled as new supplies are received.

The second is to wait and see if what you want will be available to ship as normal.

To help you make the best choice for you, below is the most up-to-date Backorder Report as of the writing of this post.

Backorder Report

February 19, 2015

This report is current as of Thursday, February 19.

Currently, the following items are on backorder; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–February 23
138634: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration)–February 27
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers–March 2
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit–March 13
137951: So You Simply Created Kit–March 13
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat–March 20

I’ve watched as Stampin’ Up! fills my customers backordered products. The projected dates are often worst case scenario. Good surprises are so nice.

I’d much rather be inspiring you with a handstamped card, but hope providing you with the why of the backorders makes it a little less frustrating. 

 

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