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Please replace the cap on your Fine Tip Glue Pen

The design of the Fine Tip Glue Pen is brilliant. A Stampin' Up! Fine Tip Glue Pensmall needle in the cap is inserted into the fine tip to prevent the glue pen from clogging. And it works beautifully. But please do replace the cap on your Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Here’s what happened. I was working on a handmade card for the Stamping Playground while waiting for my husband to finish getting ready so we could leave. The door bell ran. I got up to see who had stopped by. As soon as she left I grabbed my purse and left leaving my project was temporarily abandoned.

The next day I discovered that I had not replaced the cap on my Fine Tip Glue Pen when my crafting was interrupted by the door bell. Well, that turned out to be a big mistake. No matter how hard I tried, I could not fully feed the needle into the fine tip. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. Look at the bent needle.

Fine Tip Glue Pen

It was clogged and clogged good. I asked my husband if he could straighten the needle. He was successful. But I knew I still needed to get the glue out of the fine tip. I poured boiling hot water into the cap (holding it with tongs).

Boiling hot water was run through until the water was clear. Still no luck. Next I filled the cap with lighter fluid. Lighter fluid probably seems like a strange choice. I always have at least one bottle on hand because I grew up using it t remove adhesive. Still no luck.

At first I was thinking I’d need to toss the bottle and was glad it was far from new and inexpensive. A new Fine Tip Glue Pen is on its way to replace it, but there isn’t any need to throw away the one with the clogged tip. The glue is just fine. One day I’ll use the tip from the new bottle on the first bottle.

And always remember to replace the cap – even if the doorbell rings. :)

The Fine Tip Glue Pen is excellent for intricate detail. Or a bottle in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

 

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Lots of Kisses for a 50th Wedding Anniversary Gift!

Yesterday I shared my handmade 50th wedding Handmade 50th Anniversary Giftanniversary card made with the May Flowers Framelits Dies. It was designed to coordinate with a jar full of lots of Kisses for a 50th wedding anniversary gift.

The idea started when I spotted gold wrapped Hershey Kisses with Almonds. Then I remembered my retired S.W.A.K Stamp. This was going to be fun a design challenge.

The jar filled with the Hershey Kisses with Almonds was immediately attractive, making it easy to decorate. The design started with the golden anniversary sentiment.

To tie the Hershey Kisses to my lips stamp I came up with the sentiment of celebrating 50 years of kisses. Once that was done the rest fell into place.

The kisses greeting was printed on Whisper White Cardstock and then die-cut with one of the retired Circles Collection Framelits Dies. It was then layered onto a Gold Foil Sheets paper die-cut with one of the also retired Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies.

The lips stamp was embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Whisper White Cardstock and then hand trimmed with Paper Snips.

50th Annivesary Gift Idea

The finishing touches were Gold Foil die-cut numbers from the Large Numbers Framelits Dies adorning the jar lid and 1/8″ Gold Ribbon wrapped around and tied into a bow with long tails.

A girlfriend was with me as I decorated my candy filled jar. I told her it was sad because of the retired products I used I wouldn’t be able to share it here. Her advice was to share this anniversary gift idea because many of you purchased the now retired Circles and Windows Frames Dies. And then asked if I was going to sell those retired dies. It is on my to-do list to make my retired dies available to purchase.

 

But not my S.W.A.K. stamp. Because it’s an intricate part of the design, I searched for one that is available to purchase and found the Lips Rubber Stamp on Amazon. Not the same but fairly close.

Quite a few Stampin’ Up! products were used that are available to order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com now. They are all pictured below.

If you’d like to purchase my retired Circles Collection Framelits Dies or retired Window Frames Framelits Dies, each are available to purchase for $27 plus $3.50 First Class shipping in a bubble wrap envelope to an U.S. address. Sorry, as an U.S. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I am not permitted to mail any Stampin’ Up! products to any non-U.S. address.

There is only one set of each of the retired dies available making them available only while supplies last. Please send an email to [email protected] if you’d like either or both.

 

50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Supplies Available in My Online Store

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A jar full of Hershey Kisses with Almonds for a 50th wedding anniversary gift. The gold foil wrapped candy with equally elegant decoration!

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Easy and elegant with touch of gold May Flowers card

A special handmade greeting card was needed for a Stampin' Up! Falling Flowers Cardvery special couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. She’s also a card maker with a preference of fast & fabulous cards, nothing too fussy. With that in mind I designed an easy & elegant with a touch of gold May Flowers card.

 

 

Look at the gorgeousness (that’s a word, right?) of the die-cut flowers and leaves! They are from the May Flowers Framelits Dies.

 

Stampin' Up! May Flowers Thinlits Dies 
It looks like the flower and leaves were die-cut and then adhered to the Whisper White Thick Cardstock layer. But you’ll see in the picture below Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to give the card depth making it more attractive. The gold die-cut flowers and leaves were adhered to Whisper White Thick Cardstock, hand trimmed with Paper Snips and then adhered to the cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.They are like a secret weapon. Stampin’ Dimensionals are hidden with the ability to make a marked difference on your handmade cards.

 

Stampin' Up! Timeless Love Stamp Set

Gold Foil Sheets were used for both the flowers and to layer the Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The color and shine are perfect with the Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder used for the anniversary greeting. Easy and
elegant.
 
Stampin' Up! May Flowers Framelits DiesThe May Flowers Framelits Dies are designed to coordinate with the Falling Flowers Stamp Set. You will save 10% on both when you order the Falling Flowers Bundle. All the supplies to make this easy and elegant card are pictured lower in this email. You’ll see the options of wood-mount and clear-mount stamps are also shown.
 
Many of you have told me the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the BEST ever! I completely agree. Because so we all have a long list of stamp sets, dies and punches. The Summer Bonus Days Special will help you save money with that list!

Summer Bonus Days Special!

Here’s how. For every $50 in product totals ordered by July 31 you will receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon to use August 2 – 31!

  • There’s no limit to how many Bonus Days Coupons you can earn!
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May Flowers Card Supplies

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It’s easy to make an easy and elegant with touch of gold card when you have the May Flowers Framelits Dies!

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Keeping it clean & simple with a Love & Affection card

There is a lot of elegance to be found in simplicity. Stampin' Up! Love and Affection CardToday I’m keeping it clean & simple with a Love & Affection card.

Very clean and very simple. And elegant. This is card with no layers and an eye-pleasing color combination of Dapper Denim, Always Artichoke and So Saffron.

If you want to make clean and simple cards on a white cardstock base, I highly recommend the Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock. It has the same finish that provides excellent stamped images on a heavier weight cardstock that is ideal for a card base.

Clean and Simple Stampin' Up! Love and Affection Card

The Stampin’ Up! Love & Affections Stamp Set is a sweet set that also includes two more greetings, flowers and leaves. You can see all the images when you click on the picture of the stamp set listed with the five ingredients to make my clean and simple card.

Dapper Denim is one of the new 2016-2018 In Colors. Stampin’ Up! always creates the new colors to coordinate with each other. But if you’d like help in moving outside of the group of five colors (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum) for appealing color combinations, you will benefit from ordering the Stamping Smiles 2016-2018 In Color Combinations e-book!

There are 50 three-color combinations for the 2016-2018 In Colors! These 50 color combos have become my go-to tool every time I want to use any of the In Colors. With 10 color combinations for each In Color, you’ll also find one you like for the paper craft project you’re creating. Click HERE to learn how to order your 2016-2018 In Color Combinations e-book.

 

Love & Affection Card Supplies

 

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Making more elaborate handmade greeting cards is also desirable. But sometimes keeping it clean & simple with a Love & Affection card is just the right look for the mood or occasion.

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Have you earned your $5 Bonus Days coupons yet?

We’re half way through the Stampin’ Up! Summer Stampin' Up! Summer Bonus DaysBonus Days Special. Have you earned your $5 Bonus Days Coupons yet?

With the Stampin’ Up! Summer Bonus Days Special you will receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon for every $50 in product orders placed July 7 – July 31, 2016 that you can redeem August 2 – 31!

Here’s how the Stampin’ Up! Summer Bonus Days Special works:

  1. Starting this Thursday, July 7 through July 31, place your $50 or more order for Stampin’ Up! products in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com or over the phone 702-513-9997.
  2. You will receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon emailed to you for every $50 in products ordered (total before shipping and sales tax). There’s no limit to how many Bonus Days Coupons you can earn!
  3. Use on your Bonus Days coupons for your Stampin’ Up! order placed August 2-31, 2016!

This is worth repeating. There’s no limit on how many bonus coupons you can earn!

Just think, you can earn Stampin’ Rewards (free shopping dollars) AND Bonus Days Coupons with your order of $150 or more placed July 7 – July 31, 2016! FREE Stampin’ Up! products in July and August from the same order! This is my kind of special!

You’ll see that you’ve earned Bonus Days Coupons under Special Offers when reviewing your online shopping cart. Keep in mind you’ll receive one coupon for every $50 in product order (total BEFORE shipping and sales tax).

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Stampin' Up! Thoughtful Branches Stamp SetExcited? Well, there’s more. You can also use your Bonus Days Coupons on the exclusive Thoughtful Branches Bundle available starting August 2 through August 31 (if supplies last)! Click here to see the stamp and die images. These look like they will be A LOT of fun to play with!

Very important: Be sure the email in your online profile is correct. An email will be sent with all the Bonus Days Coupons you earn for each order placed July 7 – 31. The emails cannot be resent. Save the email and also write down the coupon codes (in case your computer eats your emails) so you will have them for your August order.

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How to make homemade Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder!

Were you shocked to see Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on the retiring list? Just a year before it was out-of-stock because we ordered it like crazy for our Christmas cards. Now what are we to do?

Here’s what we’ll do – we’ll make our own! Now that it’s gone, it was time to test my theory that Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder was simply Clear Embossing Powder with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter mixed in it.
 
Mix equal parts Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for homemade iridescent ice embossing powder.
Homemade Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
That’s it – it’s ready to use. Ink die-cut strands from the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies with VersaMark.
Ink cardstock with VersaMark ink
Sprinkle on homemade iridescent ice embossing powder and melt with your Heat Tool. 
Homemade iridescent ice embossing powder
 Decorate as desired. 
Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird Card

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Fast & Fabulous Flourishing Phrases Card

Everything had to be set aside because it was time Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Stamp Setto play when my new Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set & coordinating Flourish Thinlits Dies were delivered! Oh, the fun of trying out all the new dies and then making a fast & fabulous Flourishing Phrases card.

It’s the combination of both the flourishes and the phrases that make this such an appealing pair. The greetings are a mix of script and print. Quite attractive. The “Just a Note” on my card is one of the greeting stamps in the set.

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set

Three of the four flower dies are designed to be used alone, as I did, or layered. Very pretty. A friend stopped by, fell in love with my card and ordered the Flourishing Phrases Bundle and was also in awe of all the die-cuts on my crafting table that didn’t get used on this card. There were flowers die-cut out of all three colors of cardstock – Dapper Denim, Rose Red and Tip Top Taupe.

I can’t decide which is more stunning – the dies or the color combination. Either way, they are gorgeous together!
 
It was easy choosing a color combo to use with the new Dapper Denim because it’s one of the 50 custom 2016-2018 In Colors three color combinations I created.

Then those 50 color combinations were made to create the Stamping Smiles 2016-2018 In Color Combinations e-book. The color combination sheets have become my go-to tool whenever using the 2016-2018 In Colors.

The Stamping Smiles 2016-2018 In Color Combinations e-book can be your go-to color tool too! Click here to learn how to order one of your own!

All the cardmaking supplies to make my fast & fabulous Flourishing Phrases card are pictured below and available to order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com. Click on the picture of the products you’d like to order. You will be taken directly to my online store.

Flourishing Phrases Card Supplies List

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With the Stamping Smiles 2016-2018 In Color Combinations e-book, you will also be able to make great looking cards like my fast & fabulous Flourishing Phrases card!

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There are no more Color Coaches. Now what do we do?

A couple of weeks ago I received this question from one of my sweet customers:

“Now that there are no more Color Coaches how can I find out what goes together?”

Stampin’ Up! used to have a tool called the Color Coach that gave us two 3-color combinations for each color. So many of us are at a loss without a Color Coach for the new In Colors. Including me! 

So what I did was create my own 2016-2018 In Color combinations mixing and matching eye-pleasing combinations. And I didn’t stop at two color combinations for each color because two color combinations really were never enough. There are 10 color combinations for each of the five 2016-2018 In Colors for a total of 50 custom color combinations!

2016-2018 In Colors

 
50 2016-2018 In Color CombinationsThen put them all together in an e-book that includes:
  • Color photos of the 10 sheets of the 2016-2018 In Color Combinations you can download and print!
  • All 10 Color Combination Sheets read to download, print and fill!
  • Directions on how to download and print
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  • Five samples of my handmade cards using the color combinations!
 
You’ll save a lot of time with this go-to color tool!

 

Order your original Stamping Smiles 2016-2018 In Color Combinations e-book now for only $14.95!

 

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Will you bend your Thinlits dies removing them from the tape?

Framelits and Thinlits dies are thin metal dies. They are stuck to piece of cardstock with very strong tape. Will you bend your new Thinlits dies removing them from the tape? Watch my video now for a tip!

Watch my Do you know how to remove Thinlits and Framelits dies from the packaging tape video here if the video above is not displaying properly on your device.

If you gently but firmly pull your new Thinlits or Framelits dies off that strong tape, you will not bend your new dies. Below you’ll find the links to the Falling Flowers Bundles I promised. Under them you’ll find a form to sign up for The Stamper’s Insider.

Falling Flowers Bundles

(available only through approximated May 31, 2017)

Add your name and email address to receive your first edition of The Stamper’s Insider and an exclusive cardmaking video!

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If you’re going to play with your new Thinlits and Framelits dies, you need to get them off of that strong tape. Go ahead and pull them off. I’ve yet to have one bend, even a long thin Edgelits dies. Have faith and then enjoy!

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A great cloud stencil might be in your scraps!

It’s always fun to discover a new use for a product. Stampin' Up! Floral Phrases Stamp SetThat’s what happened the first time I used my new Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies to make this card.  You just may have a great cloud stencil in your scraps!

Looking at the scrap piece of paper after die-cutting with the border die, I thought that it sure looked like clouds. Can you see them too?

 

Cloud Stencil Made from Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies
 
Making a cloud stencil is as easy as saving the scraps! I do recommend making your cloud stencil from cardstock instead of paper.

 

Place your cloud stencil on your cardstock and sponge in your choice of color. I used Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad ink with the Bella & Friends Stamp Set
Sponging Clouds with Homemade Cloud Stencil

 

Turning the stencil over each time you add a new row of clouds will prevent a repeated pattern.

 

Stampin' Up! Bella & Friends Stamp Set

 

Easy to do and looks so good.

 

The Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies are as popular as they are beautiful. And now you know how to use the scraps from the border die to make your own cloud stencil!

 

Order them with the coordinating Floral Phrases Stamp Set and save 10% on both in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

 

Bella & Friends Card Supplies

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Making clouds is an easy way to make your handmade cards more attractive. And a great cloud stencil just might found in your scraps!

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