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Top 2 guesses for my Retiring Stamp Sets List Contest

2014-2015 Stampin' Up! CatalogMy subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider had the opportunity to win free shipping on their next Stampin’ Up! order with my annual Retired Stamp Sets List Contest. They were asked to look through their copies of the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog and email their top list of stamp sets they think will be on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List that will be released tomorrow, April 21.

One of the contest players thought it would be interesting to know what the top guesses were. Having done this contest for years, I knew the guesses were as varied as the stampers. Still, sounded like fun.

Interestingly, of all the entries, the highest number of guesses for any particular stamp set was only five. And, only two stamp sets received five votes.

The two stamp sets with most guesses

We’re the most popular guesses right? We’ll know tomorrow morning! I’ll be up bright and early to get the retiring stamp sets and accessories list emailed to my customers. And, the winner of my 2015 Retiring Stamp Sets List Contest!

 

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Been waiting for the Butterflies Basics Bundles to be available . . .

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics Card Idea .  .  . to show you the beautiful handmade card my upline sent me. That I’m showing it off can mean only one thing – the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Bundles (in all three stamp styles) and the Butterflies Thinlits Dies are once again available to order!

Have you ever embossed the Brush Gold or Brushed Silver Cardstock? If I have, it sure hasn’t been recently. Certainly do need to give that a try after looking at this beautiful Butterfly Basics card! The Brushed Gold Cardstock is embossed with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder from the Occasions Catalog.

The Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper along the bottom third compliments the aged look of the Brushed Gold Cardstock.

See that big die-cut butterfly with fern leaves in the background? He’s the reason for the hold up on being able to order the Butterfly Basics Bundles. But, wasn’t he and his two friends worth the wait?!

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics Card Idea

The Butterfly Basics Bundles are available to order now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com! Through April 30, choose one of three Sale-a-bration gifts with the purchase of a Butterfly Basics Bundle!

Butterfly Basics Bundles and free selections with purchase

 

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Remember, the bonus product is only through April 30!

 

 

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Throwback Thursday to the Pretty Pansy Punch

Stampin' Up! Flower Shop Stamp SetSure hoping not, but I’m starting to suspect we just might see the Pansy Punch and Stampin’ Up! Flower Shop Stamp Set on the Retiring Accessories and Retiring Stamp Sets Lists next week. Why? Because the Pansy Punch is included in this week’s Weekly Deals. That’s the second time in two months (25% off through Monday, April 20).

Just in case my suspicions turn out to be right, I wanted to remind you, or introduce you to, the sweet and simple handmade card I designed with both the Flower Shop Stamp Set and Pansy Punch. If they end up on the retiring lists, accessories are always while supplies last. Last year stamp sets were too. Have not been find out if it will be again.

Of course, my hunch could be completely wrong. Either way, you’ll save 25% when you order the Pansy Punch by April 20 in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

You can see additional photos and learn more about my simple and sweet Flower Shop card here.

 

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Back to Black for A Happy Hooray

Stampin' Up! A Happy HoorayPulled out my package of Stampin’ Up! Back to Black Designer Series Paper, looked at all the fun  patterns and started thinking up different ways to use them for quick, clean and simple cards. I have more card ideas up my sleeve with the Back to Black paper, but thought how this would have been a good card to include in my Hassle-Free Cards subscription service.

My Hassle-Free Cards include more than clean and simple card ideas; there is a nice variety of styles. Because all the cards are personally designed by me, they all have that “Shelly touch”.

What’s the hardest part of copying a card idea? It’s always the measurements! How much time and paper have you wasted trying to get it right? Sure know how that feels the times I wanted to make a card from a Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

What’s the second most difficult part of copying a card idea? Flipping through page after page in the catalogs trying to find out what stamp set, background paper or colors were used. That hassle is all taken away when you subscribe to the Stamping Smiles Hassle-Free Cards!

If this were a Hassle-Free Card (it isn’t because they are exclusive), this is how the supplies and measurements would be listed.

Supplies used to make this card

Stamp Set: A Happy Hooray

Paper: Back to Basics Designer Series Paper and Whisper White Cardstock

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive

Tools: 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips

 

Card dimensions

4-1/4″ x 11″ Whisper White Cardstock

1″ x 5-1/2″ Back to Black Designer Series Paper

1″ x 3-1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock (to stamp and handcut)

2″ x 2-1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock (to stamp and punch)

 

You can see how easy it will be to make this card now that you have all the ingredients and measurements!

If you’d like to take the hassle out of finding great card ideas, you’ll want to subscribe now to my Hassle-Free Cards! Every 15 days a fresh, new card idea is delivered to your inbox for only $4.95 a month!

Here’s just two of the many comments I’ve received from Hassle-Free Cards subscribers:

Another stunning card  ~ thank you.  – Margaret from CO

Very, very pretty!  I like a lot!  – Michele from PA

 

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Card ideas are nice to have, but copying them can be time-consuming without the supplies and measurements. Just like with my A Happy Hooray card idea, you get a great card idea with the measurements and supplies with your subscription to the Stamping Smiles Hassle-Free Cards!

 

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You’ll save more with the Wondrous Wreath Bundle

Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath CardTip for the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies on sale with the new Weekly Deals: You’ll save more with the 15% savings purchasing the Wondrous Wreath Bundle (Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set + Wonderful Wreath Framelits) compared to saving 25% on the Framelits and paying full price for the stamp set.
The Labels Collection Framelits Dies are included in the new Weekly Deals. This die set has an elegant shape that is easily used with many stamp sets. It does have a coordinating stamp, Apothecary Art that is available in a bundle for a 15% savings on both with the bundle purchase. If Apothecary Art doesn’t float your boat, by all means, order the Labels Collection Framelits while you can save $4.74.

 

 

If you’d like to save on any of the Weekly Deals, order them in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

 

 As always, please be sure to contact me if I may be of any assistance to you.

 
Stamping Smiles,
 

702-513-9997

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My Digital Studio is going away

My Digital Studio Printed CardMy upline designed this congrats card for me with MDS (My Digital Studio) and used the Stampin’ Up! printing service to have it made. This was the first digitally designed card she sent me, and now, probably the last. Stampin’ Up! is going to stop selling the software with its over $500 worth of content and optional downloads we can purchase.

As much as I personally enjoy using the software to create banners and such for my business, Stampin’ Up! customers, for the most part, enjoy creating handmade cards and scrapbooks by hand with rubberstamps, die-cuts, buttons, ribbons and all that good stuff. We have to touch and feel the texture. So Stampin’ Up! is discontinuing the digital design software and concentrate on doing what they do best – provide us with high quality rubberstamps and accessories to create handmade cards, gift items and more.

MDS will be available through May 31, 2015. So, this is what you will want to do before then if you own it or wish to purchase it before it’s gone. If you purchased the software on a disk, great. You’ve got it. If not, be sure to back up your download and save it in case your computer crashes and you need to reload it.

For any additional downloads you purchased, save them to your computer for use with MDS and for Non-MDS uses. Stampin’ Up! has been storing them for us in our online accounts in the event we ever needed to download them again. They will be removed after May 31. Also, by storing the additional downloads you’ve purchase, if somehow your software becomes unusable, you’ll have the downloads you can use in another photo editing software.

This would also be a good time to open up your MDS program to find out if it’s working properly. Stampin’ Up! will provide support through May 31.

I hope my software lasts forever because I use it several times a week. Just today I used it to create a color challenge for the Stamping Playground. Easy to do when all the Stampin’ Up! colors are included. But when it comes to handmade cards, I want to feel the cardstock and hold the rubberstamps to create a hand-stamped smile. :)
Stamping Smiles,

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Remember, May 31, 2015 is the last day to purchase the Stampin’ Up! digital design software and to save any MDS downloads stored in your online Stampin’ Up! account. Please do this soon and not wait until the last day.

 

 

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Beautiful Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bunch Card

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bunch Card www.stampingsmiles.comWhat’s better than a pretty flower stamp set? A pretty flower stamp set with a coordinating punch! That’s exactly what you get with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set and Fun Flower Punch. Both were used to make my beautiful Beautiful Bunch card.

The Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set coordinates with a couple of other Stampin’ Up! punches too. You have the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and 1/2″ Circle Punch. They were also used to give more dimension to the punched flower for my handmade card. 

Easy to do, really. The flower was first stamped with the retiring Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pad and punched with the Fun Flower Punch. Then stamped with Strawberry Slush ink again on Whisper White Cardstock. For the second stamping, the entire image was not needed, just the center. The petals lined up quite nicely with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Added it to the center of the flower with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Even if it had been flat against the flower, it would have given it some dimension. Amazing how much that embellishes a greeting card. Even though it was stamped in the same color.

The flower stamp was then cleaned with Stampin’ Mist on the Stampin’ Scrub and ready to be inked and stamped again. This time with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad ink. Again, just the center was all that was needed. The 1/2″ Circle Punch was the perfect size. A Stampin’ Dimensional gave the center a little lift. Very nice.

The background was very easy to do. Stamped the same Beautiful Bunch flower all over a piece of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock in Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar. You can see the flowers are overlapping each other a bit. The idea was to have little white space.

The stripes are Baked Brown Sugar from the Lullably Designer Series Paper. From a name like that, you’d think it would be all cows jumping over the moon and teddy bears. The patterns are varied and not babyish. The soft colors of Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are great for baby projects but certainly not exclusive to baby projects, as you can see with my Beautiful Bunch card.

The Fun Flower Punch is one of the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. Order it by Monday, April 13 and save 25%! Did you know the Fun Flower Punch also coordinates with the Bloom for You Stamp Set? What’s better than a pretty flower stamp set and coordinating punch? A flower punch that coordinates with another flower set! Order the Fun Flower Punch and Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

 

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Coordinating flower stamp sets and punches like we have with the Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set and Fun Flower Punch is a beautiful thing.

 

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Last day to get FREE shipping on your Stampin’ Up! order!

Free shipping on all Stampin' Up! orders through April 10!FREE shipping on all Stampin’ Up! orders ends today! You only have through 11:59MT today, April 10, to place order it in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com to receive FREE shipping!

If you can order it in my online store, it will ship for FREE.

As the day goes on, the Stampin’ Up! online ordering will mostly likely get a bit overwhelmed because time is quickly running out to get FREE shipping. If you can’t get your order placed in my online store, you are welcome to call me at 702-513-9997. I’ll do my absolute best to get it placed during the FREE shipping promotion!

The direct link to my online store has been slow this morning. You may also go to www.stampinup.com and then select me, Shelly Godby, as your demonstrator.

Please note: Your first order placed during the April 6 – April 10 FREE SHIPPING special will be included in my exclusive Stamping Smiles Online Ordering Oasis rewards program!
 
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The story on the date changes of Butterflies Thinlits Dies

Shipping container holding the Butterflies ThinlitsIn a nutshell, so close by yet so far. The expected date to turn on the ordering again for the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and Buttefly Basics Bundles was originally April 8. I was so excited for all of my customers. They missed out on ordering them during Sale-a-bration, but at least they could order them during the free shipping promotion (by the way, ending today, April 10).

Then Stampin’ Up! gets a notification from their supplier that although the ship was sitting in the west coast port since April 3, the container was still on the ship. Rut-ro. That shoots the April 8 date right out the door.

As of this morning, April 10, the container is still on the ship. But the hope and expectation is for the Thinlits to be delivered the week of April 13 (that’s this coming Monday). That was the second estimated date. It was then updated to April 15. Holding out hope this estimate will be accurate.

Stampin’ Up! knows many folks were frustrated not being able to order during Sale-a-bration. Depending on the bundle you chose, you were very close to definitely eligible to earning a free Sale-a-bration gift. I want to add that my customers have been so very sweet and patient through the unavailability and date changes. Thank you. And Stampin’ Up! wants to thank you with a special offer!

From when they Butterfly Basics Bundles are available to order again, hoping April 15, through April 30, you’ll receive your choice of the Sale-a-bration Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper or Best Year Ever Accessory Pack!

April 15 (hopefully)!

Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

$0.00
Free choice with Butterfly Basics Bundle purchase through
April 30

Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper

$0.00
Free choice with Butterfly Basics Bundle purchase through
April 30

Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

$0.00
Free choice with Butterfly Basics Bundle purchase through
April 30

 

Did you already order the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set?  If you only need to order the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, there’s a special for you too. You’ll save 15% through April 30!

I have a list of customers that I’ve been emailing with updates on the availability of the Butterfly Basics Bundles. If you’d like to be added to my mailing list, send an email to [email protected].

Stamping Smiles,

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The Butterfly Basics Bundles will be available to order soon! Order by April 30 to receive a bonus!

 

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Throwback Thursday with Beautiful Bunch Card

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bunch Thank You CardThe Fun Flower Punch on sale for 25% off with the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals brought to mind my cheery thank you card I made with the coordinating Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set. Perfect for a throwback Thursday post! Click here to see the post AND video of how I made this handmade thank you card.

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