Thursday, April 25, 2019

Christmas Stampathon 2019 April - Inspiration Photo

Be inspired every month with a Christmas Challenge on the 25th of the month.

Our April Challenge is to create 4 cards using the below inspiration photo. You all have till May 24th to get your entries in and play along.

Here is my card for this months challenge...

Measurements for Card, Supplies listed at end of post:
Whisper White - 11 x 4 1/4, 4 x 5 1/4, 3/4 x 3 3/4
Early Espresso - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Wood Textures DSP - 3 1/4 x 1 3/4
Champagne Foil Sheets - 4 x 1
Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Garden Green - enough to punch 3 sprigs

I am joined by the 3 other demonstrators from around the world:

Ruth Trice - Artful Stampin  from the U.K.
Ellen Woodbridge - The Happy Stamper from Australia
Rosalie Desmond - Stampin with Rosalie from Australia

Here is my video tutorial...

Info and rules about the Christmas Stampathon 2019
  • This is a collaboration between Stampin' Up! Demonstrators in the US, UK and Australia.
  • Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge.
  • The Challenge will be set on the 25th of the month (January-October) on each of the organizers social media. The deadline for submission is 11pm on the 24th of the following month in your respective time zone.
  • Join the Facebook group for up to date announcements and to submit entries
  • To be entered into the Prize Draw in November you need to complete 1 or more of the challenge. You will earn 1 virtual ticket entry every month you complete a challenge and an addition 10 virtual tickets if you complete all 10 months.
  • Photos of your projects need to be posted on the Facebook group post for that month or emailed to one of the organizing demonstrators to be shared, please state your country of residency.
  • To be eligible to win a prize you need to live in the USA, UK or Australia.
  • All entries must use at least one Stampin' Up! product - ideally a stamp.
  • The winners will be randomly selected by an online generator from all the eligible participants.
  • By submitting a photo you give the organizers permission to use the photo on their blog and social media.
  • There are prizes available for each country. The first prize is US $60, UK £50, AUS $88 of product that the organizers will choose and ship free of charge. The second prize is a sample of each of the items the organizer/s from your respective country makes.
  • Everyone who participates will be allowed to use our specially designed badge that can be displayed on your blog.
  • Please use the hashtag #christmasstampathon2019 in any social media you post your entries to.
Sound like fun? Want to play along and be ready for Christmas 2019? Come join us!!!

Product List
Dashing Deer Clear-Mount Bundle
Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Sprig Punch
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Champagne Foil Sheets
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
Real Red 3/8" (1 Cm) Cotton Ribbon
Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stamping Sponges
Big Shot
Paper Snips Scissors
Sponge Brayers
Take Your Pick
Silicone Craft Sheet
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive
Clear Block D
Bone Folder

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New from Stampin' Up! - Everything is Rosy


Something new is coming from Stampin’ Up! on May 1st.  They will be offering a Product Medley!!


Product medleys are new to Stampin’ Up!, and they’re a concept based on demonstrator feedback. In addition to being filled to the brim with cute, coordinating products, they have designed the product medleys to provide you with endless creative possibilities.

Stamps, dies, embellishments, foil, shimmer paint, foiled designer paper, die cut shapes, accents and more!

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is the first product offering of this kind, and we are all so excited!

This is a limited edition suite, only available in May (or while stocks last and we know they’re going to fly fast!) and it contains beautiful products.

Stampin' Up! is making the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley available to me and you simultaneously, and I strongly encourage you to purchase as soon as it's released. As a new (and fabulous!) product offering, the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is likely to run out quickly.

he Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1" 
  • 6" x 6"  Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6" x 6"  rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4" 
  • Melon Mambo 1/4" Ruched Ribbon—10 yards 
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards 
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. 

***Picture Taken at OnStage***

So don’t forget, it will be Wednesday May 1st that you can get your hands on this. I will be sharing a link here, and my Facebook Page.

Current Shopping Code

Stampin' Up! New Storage - Check out my Facebook for Unboxing & Review 

Order Paper Pumpkin Prior to May 10th, 2019 
Shellie Gardner, Founder of Stampin' Up! Specially Designed Kit

Have a great day, and if you have any questions please contact me via email or through my Facebook Page.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Nothing Lasts Forever & Giveaway

By now you may have heard some of the news: 
The Stampin’ Trimmer and Big Shot will be discontinued.

Why did they do this and what will replace them?

Everyone has had numerous issues with the trimmer blades not cutting, not cutting well, not lasting long ( especially if you’re a demo and cutting a ton for classes). So, they have tried to fix the issue, and come up with solutions but to no avail, therefore they are working on a replacement.

There will be no trimmer in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog, once they have come up with a great solution, it will be announced.

You may want to purchase the below supplies for the Stampin’ Trimmer:

Cutting Blades ( limit 3, next week it will be limit 6 until supplies run out)
Scoring Blades

There are a few videos out there on how to care for your trimmer and blades to make them last longer.

Another thing that will be retiring is the Big Shot. From what we have been told, Stampin' Up! will be ending their partnership with Sizzix, including all accessories, folders, and dies.

However, they will offer new dies and embossing folders in the 2019–2020 annual catalog. Since they are using a new supplier, the dies and folders will be manufactured differently; this means the way you use the new style of dies and folders will be a little different than how you used the old style. Both the new-style and old-style dies and embossing folders can work with any die-cutting & embossing machine (in some cases, adaptations like shims may be required because the gap between rollers on machines may vary slightly between manufacturers).

You may want to purchase the below supplies for the Big Shot:

Cutting plates
Magnetic plate
Embossing Folders

I promise to keep you as updated as I learn more details.

As with every annual catalog, we may retire (lose) items, but there are always new items that we get excited for.

 The leaders have been having fun thinking of old products that have retired that they miss:

-Stampin’ Wheels- I never could get them straight
-MDS (My Digital Studio)
-The guillotine trimmer
-The Spritzer (great idea, but dried out our markers incredibly fast!!)
-The Bigz dies
-Colours like Chocolate Chip
-Project Life (when we actually had the brand Project Life)
-The mini stapler
-The Blendabilities (these were our original alcohol markers which Stampin’ Up! had to recall as they ended up not meeting our high quality standards)
-Stampin’ Pastels
-Our original watercolor pencils

Is there a product you were happy went anyway or one you really miss?

One other thing of note. Most companies when they no longer carry an item, do not warn you ahead of time, it just is there one day and gone the next. I am really thankful Stampin’ Up! has at least given us a heads up to prepare.

Ok now for the giveaway...I have an extra "brand new" Big Shot and have been holding onto it until a good time, well this is it.

How to Enter: Go to my Facebook Page to Enter!!!

If you have any questions please let me know, and again as I learn and able to share I will.

Hugs from the Bug,