Thursday, April 24, 2014

There's A Card Thursday - April 24, 2014 - Another Hip Hip Hooray Card

Again today I needed a fast card.  I went to the Hip Hip Hooray Kit and made a great fast card.

Here is information about the Hip Hip Hooray Kit
Price: $19.95
Why get your cards at the store? You’ve got 20 cards at your fingertips. They’re thoughtful, they’re beautiful, they’re handmade, and they take just minutes to make! The Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit contains everything you need (minus scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for a variety of occasions. The kit is excellent for people who are just getting started as papercrafters, and also makes a great gift!

The Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit includes:
* Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
* Twine, clips, and adhesive die-cut embellishments
* Three-piece Hip Hip Hooray Stamp Set & clear stamp block
* Stampin Dimensionals
* Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot (mini ink pads)
* Full-color instructional brochure

I really love this kit for cards I need in a hurry or if you are new to stamping and would like to make cards.  Sometimes I just need a card and don't want to get everything out and here even when making a video I had a card ready in under 5 minutes. It was hand made and far better than a store bought one. 

Hope you enjoy this video.


Get your Free Stampin' Up! 2014 -2015 Catalog.

Don't you love a new catalog?  I love to feel it in my hands,  I love to look at it all the time.  I love to mark it up with what I have and what I want.  So I love the time when it comes out.  Being a Demonstrator has it's advantages we usually get to see it first (one of the reasons I became a demo). I have been ordering catalogs for my customers to be delivered to their homes all evening today, free from me to you - only catch is you have had to order at least $50 worth of merchandise with me in the past year (You still have time to do that until April 26 this year).  Stampin' Up! will start mailing them out May 1, that does not mean you will get them the next day but you should have them well in advance of when you can order from them on June 2.  You may place an on-line order with me at http://marytrautner.stampinup.net or click here. All orders must be placed by Noon April 26 so that I can get the orders for the catalogs in.  If you do not want to order but would still like a catalog delivered to your home until April 26 it will be $5.50, let me know your e-mail and mailing address and I will send you a Pay Pal Invoice for the amount.  After April 26 it will be $5.50 plus $5.80 for mailing, as I will be mailing from my house after that time.  So hurry and be the first on your block with the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Happy Stamping
Mary

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We love Demo Support or #weloveds

Today we #stampinup Demonstrators want to send a little love to our Demo Support Folks.  #weloveds Demo Support is great.  They help us Demos with problems, answer our dumb and tough questions and sometimes just listen to us vent.  Everyone I dealt with is upbeat, helpful and fun.  They help make our job easier while we just make their job tougher.  So today is your day and we all just want to say a big THANK YOU for all you do.  Here is just a little something from me to you.


Happy Stamping Mary

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekly deals, Retirment Information and Other Stampin' Up! News


Price: $11.95 $8.96
Sandable cardstock for an antiqued, distressed, color-popping look. Outside layers are exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors—one side textured, one side smooth. Inside layer monochromatic color. Reveal inside layer by sanding, tearing, distressing.

* 80-lb. weight
* 20 sheets; 4 ea. of 5 colors
* 12" x 12"

* Acid free, lignin free
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Add vintage charm to your projects with this beautiful, high-quality crochet trim. Tie it, dye it, knot it, gather it, or stitch it--with 5 yards in each package, you'll have enough for many projects.

* Approximately 5 yards per package
* 100% cotton
* Can be dyed using Classic Stampin' Ink
* 5/8" wide
Price: $9.95 $5.97

This download was added on 6/26/2012

Download includes:
* 8-piece stamp brush set
* 4 Designer Series Papers
* 58 embellishments

Features:
* A nice complement to the Daydream Medallions Stamp Brush Set

Coordinating colors:
Basic Gray, More Mustard, Pool Party, Primrose Petals
Price: $10.95 $8.21
Sit back. Relax. Enjoy an afternoon creating with vintage patterns and subtle colors. Coordinating colors: Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder.

* 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12" x 12"
* Acid free, lignin-free
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Our Pearl Basic Jewels—now in a larger size! Add these half-back pearls to your stamped images and paper flowers for a touch of elegance and dimension. Adhesive on back makes them easy to adhere. 40 pearls, ea. approximately 8mm diameter.
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Add a trendy, wood-like adornment.
* 24 buttons: 8 ea. of 3 designs
* Sizes: 3/8"; 5/8"; 7/8"

Price: $4.95 $3.71
White stitches right down the middle for texture and dimension. Key colors. 10 yds.
Price: $4.95 $3.71
White stitches right down the middle for texture and dimension. Key colors. 10 yds.

Click here to purchase the Weekly Deals


We also need to Congratulate Laurel for winning the Retirement Contest.  

Some of the retirement accessories and Stamp Sets are already sold out.  So if you would really like anything that is retiring please get it now, you can also take advantage of free shipping now through Friday April 25.  Which means you can buy 10% more goodies.

Click here to see everything that is still available from the retirement list.

Happy stamping
Mary

Tips & Techniques Tuesday - April 22, 2014 - April Paper Pumpkin

Today on Tips & Techniques Tuesday we will be doing the April Paper Pumpkin.


Isn't the packaging beautiful.  I really need this Home Decor Item as we are getting ready to sell the house and we need Neutral things for our wall, no Kayla or Meigan photos on the wall anymore, that is sad and we had them up all over the house.  Now I am filling frames with Designer Series Paper.  Here are a few I have done.


Do you think that these will look good on our walls?

Then I think I will also add April's Paper Pumpkin. 

I really love this.

Hope you enjoy the video.

Don't forget that there is free shipping all this week and check out the Retirement List.  Order all the items you can't live without and get them shipped to you free.  Click here to see up to date retirement items remember Only while supply last or until June 4.

For Now here is the list of stamps that are retiring.
Page    Item     Product Description    Retail Price
11        129222            Make a Wish (Clear) FRA DE            $17.95
11        131928            Make a Wish (Wood)  $23.95
13        121982            Create a Cupcake (Clear) ESP FRA DE        $16.95
13        128520            Create a Cupcake (Wood)      $22.95
14        121958            Bring on the Cake (Clear)       $27.95
14        128490            Bring on the Cake (Wood)     $38.95
15        126722            You're Amazing (Clear) FRA DE      $22.95
15        132103            You're Amazing (Wood)        $30.95
16        130390            Birthday Cake (Wood)           $8.95
17        126742            Make a Cake (Clear)   $11.95
17        132036            Make a Cake (Wood)  $14.95
18        122742            Pennant Parade (Clear) FRA DE        $16.95
18        128697            Pennant Parade (Wood)          $21.95
18        122512            Sweets for the Sweet (Clear) FRA     $18.95
18        128742            Sweets for the Sweet (Wood)            $25.95
22        130243            Hello, Lovely (Clear) ESP FRA DE   $24.95
22        130240            Hello, Lovely (Wood) $32.95
27        122652            Delightful Dozen (Clear) ESP FRA DE         $24.95
27        128547            Delightful Dozen (Wood)       $32.95
30        131071            Crazy, Mixed-Up Love (Clear) ESP FRA DE           $14.95
30        131068            Crazy, Mixed-Up Love (Wood)         $19.95
31        123592            It's a Wrap Occasions (Clear) ESP FRA DE  $19.95
31        128616            It's a Wrap Occasions (Wood)            $27.95
32        128009            Seasonal Sayings (Clear) ESP FRA DE         $16.95
32        131937            Seasonal Sayings (Wood)       $22.95
34        130733            Oh, Hello (Clear)        $18.95
34        131931            Oh, Hello (Wood)       $25.95
37        131459            Thanks & Hello (Wood)         $8.95
37        131658            Thanks & Hello--not available in English (Clear) FRA DE   
38        126522            Fabulous You (Clear)  $11.95
38        131995            Fabulous You (Wood)            $14.95
38        132575            Mr. & Mrs. (Wood)     $8.95
40        125477            Love & Laughter (Clear) FRA DE     $17.95
40        128433            Love & Laughter (Wood)       $22.95
41        129210            Just Married (Clear)    $14.95
41        131925            Just Married (Wood)   $18.95
41        126457            Sweet Essentials (Clear) FRA DE      $14.95
41        132085            Sweet Essentials (Wood)        $19.95
42        126337            Words of Courage (Clear)      $12.95
42        132097            Words of Courage (Wood)     $16.95
43        126392            Animal Talk (Clear) FRA DE $18.95
43        132569            Animal Talk (Wood)   $26.95
44        126547            Road to Happiness (Clear) ESP FRA DE      $21.95
44        132572            Road to Happiness (Wood)    $29.95
45        130303            Tag It (Clear) ESP FRA DE   $16.95
45        130300            Tag It (Wood) $22.95
48        132690            Filmstrip (Wood)        $10.95
49        125946            Blast Off (Clear) FRA DE     $20.95
49        131958            Blast Off (Wood)       $28.95
51        130523            Rev Up the Fun! (Clear) FRA DE      $14.95
51        130520            Rev Up the Fun! (Wood)        $18.95
51        130309            You're My Hero (Clear)          $14.95
51        130306            You're My Hero (Wood)        $19.95
52        126317            Pure Gumption (Clear)            $12,95
52        132067            Pure Gumption (Wood)          $16.95
52        126737            Storybook Friends (Clear)      $17.95
52        132079            Storybook Friends (Wood)     $24.95
53        124307            Great Sport (Clear)     $18.95
53        132010            Great Sport (Wood)    $26.95
55        127319            Dress Up (Clear)         $17.95
55        131981            Dress Up (Wood)        $24.95
55        130703            Stylin' Girl (Clear)       $14.95
55        130700            Stylin' Girl (Wood)     $18.95
56        125472            Baby Prints (Clear)     $21.95
56        128418            Baby Prints (Wood)    $27.95
56        127314            Cuddles & Kisses (Clear) ESP FRA DE        $18.95
56        131913            Cuddles & Kisses (Wood)      $25.95
57        130586            Sweetest Gift (Clear) ESP FRA DE  $17.95
57        130583            Sweetest Gift (Wood)            $24.95
58        131118            Fishin' Around (Wood)           $8.95
58        126382            One in a Million (Clear) FRA DE       $18.95
58        132052            One in a Million (Wood)         $26.95
58        131091            Worth the Wait (Wood)          $9.95
62        126612            Papaya Collage (Clear)           $23.95
62        132055            Papaya Collage (Wood)          $31.95
65        123804            Gently Falling (Clear) $28.95
65        128430            Gently Falling (Wood)            $39.95
67        122762            Field Flowers (Clear)  $17.95
67        128583            Field Flowers (Wood) $24.95
68        126527            So Sorry (Clear) FRA DE       $16.95
68        132585            So Sorry (Wood)         $21.95
70        120501            Fabulous Phrases (Clear)         $26.95
70        128577            Fabulous Phrases (Wood)       $37.95
71        123608            Sunflower (Clear)       $13.95
71        128736            Sunflower (Wood)      $17.95
72        126347            Horse Frontier (Clear) FRA DE         $14.95
72        132019            Horse Frontier (Wood)           $18.95
73        126452            Harvest Blessings (Clear)        $13.95
73        132016            Harvest Blessings (Wood)      $17.95
74        122199            Zoo Review (Clear)    $16.95
74        128769            Zoo Review (Wood)   $22.95
75        126517            Fine Feathers (Clear)   $12.95
75        132578            Fine Feathers (Wood) $16.95
75        127808            Woodgrain (Clear)      $13.95
75        128763            Woodgrain (Wood)     $17.95
76        123052            Blessings from Heaven (Clear) ESP   $14.95
76        128487            Blessings from Heaven (Wood)          $18.95
79        129258            Backyard Basics (Clear)         $17.95
79        129255            Backyard Basics (Wood)        $24.95
84        128087            Wonderfall (Clear)      $17.95
84        131949            Wonderfall (Wood)    $24.95
85        126577            Bug Me (Clear)           $12.95
85        131970            Bug Me (Wood)          $16.95
85        131088            Five-Way Flower (Wood)       $9.95
87        126006            Betsy's Blossoms (Clear)        $21.95
87        131955            Betsy's Blossoms (Wood)       $28.95
88        126767            World Treasures (Clear) FRA DE      $17.95
88        132100            World Treasures (Wood)        $23.95
89        125497            Bright Blossoms (Clear)          $12.95
89        128424            Bright Blossoms (Wood)        $16.95
92        126312            Take Care (Clear)        $13.95
92        132088            Take Care (Wood)      $17.95
93        123027            Fabulous Florets (Clear)          $17.95
93        128574            Fabulous Florets (Wood)        $23.95
94        129144            Secret Garden (Clear) $18.95
94        131940            Secret Garden (Wood)            $25.95
95        122892            Perfectly Penned (Clear)         $12.95
95        128703            Perfectly Penned (Wood)       $16.95
100      127790            En Fran├žais (Clear)     $13.95
100      128562            En Fran├žais (Wood)    $17.95
104      127072            Layered Labels (Clear) FRA DE        $25.95
104      132028            Layered Labels (Wood)          $33.95
105      122647            Creative Elements (Clear) FRA DE   $24.95
105      128523            Creative Elements (Wood)     $32.95
106      129496            Ex Libris (Clear)         $13.95
106      131992            Ex Libris (Wood)        $17.95
106      125845            Loving Thoughts (Clear)         $23.95
106      128436            Loving Thoughts (Wood)       $29.95
108      126262            Lovely Little Labels (Clear)    $10.95
108      132033            Lovely Little Labels (Wood)  $13.95
108      130736            Off the Grid (Wood)  $11.95
109      127292            Clockworks (Clear)     $17.95
109      131973            Clockworks (Wood)   $23.95
112      130297            Happy Day (Clear) FRA DE  $16.95
112      130294            Happy Day (Wood)    $21.95
113      130895            Beautifully Baroque (Wood)  $14.95
113      126727            Forever with You (Clear) FRA DE    $17.95
113      132004            Forever with You (Wood)      $23.95
114      130387            This Day Forward (Clear) ESP FRA DE       $15.95
114      130384            This Day Forward (Wood)     $20.95
116      129192            Amazing Family (Clear) FRA DE      $18.95
116      131907            Amazing Family (Wood)        $25.95
117      127913            Friendship Preserves (Clear) FRA DE            $16.95
117      131919            Friendship Preserves (Wood)  $21.95
117      122887            Lacy & Lovely (Clear)            $17.95
117      132025            Lacy & Lovely (Wood)          $24.95
118      122587            My Friend (Clear) FRA DE    $19.95
118      128670            My Friend (Wood)      $27.95
119      129150            Background Builders (Clear)  $16.95
119      129147            Background Builders (Wood)            $22.95
122      122592            Delicate Doilies (Clear)           $16.95
122      128541            Delicate Doilies (Wood)         $21.95
122      122847            Hello, Doily (Clear)    $13.95
122      128610            Hello, Doily (Wood)   $17.95
122      130589            Trefoil Cross (Wood)  $8.95
124      129252            Hearts a Flutter (Clear)           $18.95
124      131922            Hearts a Flutter (Wood)          $25.95
124      130892            Simply Stars (Clear)    $10.95
124      130889            Simply Stars (Wood)  $13.95
130      126357            Notable Alphabet (Clear)        $34.95
130      132047            Notable Alphabet (Wood)      $46.95
131      130568            ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers (Clear)        $19.95
131      130565            ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers (Clear)         $19.95
131      126592            Morning Post Alphabet (Clear)           $34.95
131      132042            Morning Post Alphabet (Wood)         $46.95
132      130438            Alphabetized (Clear)   $13.95
132      130435            Alphabetized (Wood) $17.95
134      123598            Occasions Alphabet (Clear)    $31.95
134      128688            Occasions Alphabet (Wood)   $43.95
202      129714            Banner Greetings  (Clear) ESP FRA DE        $8.00*
202      129711            Banner Greetings (Wood)       $10.00*
202      129696            Happy Flowers (Clear)            $10.00*
202      129693            Happy Flowers (Wood)          $14.00*
203      129678            Morning Meadow (Clear) FRA DE    $10.00*
203      129675            Morning Meadow (Wood)      $14.00*
204      129240            Postage Collection (Clear) ESP FRA DE       $12.00*
204      129237            Postage Collection (Wood)     $17.00*
205      130339            Express Yourself (Clear) ESP FRA DE         $11.00*
205      130336            Express Yourself (Wood)       $15.00*
205      129672            Simply Sketched (Clear) ESP FR DE            $10.00*
205      129669            Simply Sketched (Wood)       $14.00*
205      129702            Sweetly Framed (Clear) ESP FRA DE          $9.00*
205      129699            Sweetly Framed (Wood)        $12.00*
HC      131841            Morning Post Numbers (Clear)           $17.95

Happy Stamping
Mary

Monday, April 21, 2014

Stampin' Up! Retirement Lists are here

 Check out the retirement lists for Stampin' Up!  Click here to see everything on the retirement lists and it is up to date.  Only as supplies last.
Order from my website and get free shipping until April 25.

How many things are you sad to see leaving.

Happy Stamping

Mary

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Grandma's Rocking Chair - April 20, 2014 - Clear Mount Blocks How do you use them


Grandma's Rocking Chair - How to you use and care for the Clear Mount Blocks?

Clear blocks are used for the Clear Mount Rubber Stamps and the Photopolymer stamps.  They are clear hard Plastic and have a great rounded edge.  There are 9 sizes. They go from 1 3/16 x 1 1/4 as the smallest to 4 7/8 x 6 as the largest used for background stamps.

I love mine  I love how they feel in my hand, that they don't hurt like some other clear mounts, when you stamp.  I love that they are clear and so far have not been discolored, even though I get tons of ink on them.  I really am a messy stamper.

Here are some of the things Stampin' Up! says about Clear Blocks
  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Blocks are durable and easy to clean with your clear block cleaning cloth.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.


Features & Benefits
  • Made from high-quality, sturdy acrylic
  • 3/4" thick with letter etched on side for easy identification

Available in nine sizes:
  • Block A: 1-3/16" x 1-1/4"
  • Block B: 1-5/8" x 1-15/16"
  • Block C: 2" x 2-1/4"
  • Block D: 2-7/8" x 2-11/16"
  • Block E: 3-7/16" x 4-7/16"
  • Block F: 4-7/8" x 6"
  • Block G: 3/4" x 2-1/2"
  • Block H: 1-5/8" x 4-7/16"
  • Block I: 2-1/4" x 5-7/8"

The acrylic block bundles include one block of each size
Available in two bundles:
  • Clear Block Starter Bundle includes blocks C, D, and H
  • Clear Block Bundle includes all blocks (A–I)

Clean most inks from acrylic block using Stampin’ Mist
FYI
  • To adhere the stamp to the clear block, press it on the block using moderate pressure and hold for a few moments.
  • Stamps will adhere best to a clean block. Although you don’t need to clean the block after each use, you’ll need to clean it occasionally so the stamps adhere well.
  • You can remove most ink stains from the block using a Clear-Block Cleaning Cloth and Stampin’ Mist.
  • Do not use StazOn cleaner on the blocks. StazOn cleaner will leave an oily residue on the blocks, making it difficult for stamps to adhere to the block. Avoid staining the blocks with StazOn ink.

So now you know all about them let me tell you a few tips about using them.

1.  First DO NOT put the stickers on the back of the stamps.  I did that and they do not stick well to the blocks.
2.  If you have put the stickers on the back of the stamps do not try to take them off. If you do then get some clear mount cling because you will need to remount them as you will rip and tear the cling taking the stickers off.  Do not ask me how I know.

3. If you have put the Stickers on the back or if haven't and they do not seem to stick well you can do the following:
a. Clean the block with the Clear Block Cleaning Cloth. I usually just skip to 2 as I can't find my cleaning cloth or they really are dirty.

b. Clean the block with warm soapy water and dry well.
c.  Try huffing on the block or the back of the stamp and then firmly pressing on the block.
d. If all else fails then you can put some temporary adhesive on your block, like spray adhesive, dotto or 2 way glue pen. I hate doing this as it really messes up your blocks and gets everything sticky, but it works.
4. If you have a full set or close to it, you should get the Clear Block Storage Caddy, and use it.  When you leave them laying around they are sometimes easy to miss.  I try to always put them into their case since I have lost one for over a week and it was just sitting on my table when I finally found it.

5. Do not use scissors, knives, screwdrivers or anything hard to get the blocks out of the Storage Caddy as the blocks will scratch and get nicks in them. I even though using my bone folder would be OK but it still scratched them up.  They will still work but they will not be as pretty as when new.

6. If you are a perfectionist then get the Clear-Mount Perfectly Placed Guides. I love them on the bigger blocks, smaller blocks not so much. I do not put my stamps on the side with the guides as then I have to remount the guides almost all the time when I take the stamp off.


7.  Have fun and try other stamping techniques with the Clear Mount Blocks, such as



Block Stamping.
Here is how you can do that.


But just have fun with the Clear Mounts and do not be afraid of them.

I hope that this has helped you in learning how to use the Clear Mount Blocks.

Just a reminder that I have a few great classes coming up this week and you can sign up for them.

Basic Stamp Class
April 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM I will also be presenting two basic stamping classes Each class is $15.  If you would like to attend this class please RSVP to me by April 21.
Great class to learn basics of stamping, what are the different inks, stamps and card stock and then make a card.

Stamp and Whine Class
April 25 7:30 – 9:30 PM Stamp and Whine Class.  I will have extra projects available if you would like to work on some projects.  You will have the use of all of my tools and scraps. Wine will be provided. Cost $15. Reserve a spot by April 23.

Spring Stamp a Stack
Spring Stamp a Stack – Sunday April 27 1:30 to 3:30 PM or Tuesday April 29 10:00 AM to Noon. I will have four card stations set up to make Spring, Birthday or other cards.  Cost is $15 for 5 cards.  Free with Qualifying Order. Reserve your spot by April 22.
The cards we will be doing are here.





Happy Stamping and remember that Retirement lists come out tomorrow if you would like to receive yours sign up for my newsletter.

Happy Stamping
Mary