Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Have You Ever Seen These Videos?



Let's revisit some not too old Stampin' Up! produced videos that you may have missed that contain valuable information about some important products still in use today. Specially handy to view if you are a new stamper.

New Basic White Paper Introduction v.s. Retired Whisper White

Stampin" Up! Current Ink Pad Case Design - Watch this Video for some reminders on how to use the ink pad to its fullest potential.

An Oldie but Still Valuable - Using Photopolymer Stamps

Two Years ago when Cling Stamps were Introduced - Valuable Info here!

Stamping Technique - Distinktive Stamps (Photo Realistic Stamps)

Below is an example of Two Step Stamping. In this case the "blobs" you would stamp first in a lighter ink, then second you would stamp the flower line art with darker ink. Using stamps like these are a fun way to keep your stamping simple but end up with a gorgeous card.

A few weeks ago, I had a post about Adhesives, but I forgot to include Stampin' Up!s video on their newest adhesive Seal and Seal + that they introduced with the 2020 Annual Catalog, so check it out now. I have to say I am liking these products more and more every time I use them. 

Even though today's post was a mash up of topics, I hope you found them helpful to your stamping skills.  Have a lovely day!

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Sneak Peek of NEW 2021 Annual Catalog Cover

Are you getting excited to see what is coming in the new Annual Catalog on May 4th? You are going to love the new items Stampin' Up! is bringing to all of us creative types! I've had a chance to look inside and there are many beautiful stamp sets and products to drool over!

If you don't have a demonstrator, I'd be happy to be your demonstrator and provide you with a new free catalog if you are local to me.  If you are not local to me, the catalog is free but shipping would be anywhere from $6-$8 depending on how you would like me to ship to you (First Class or Priority Mail.) Just email me at homemadewithheart@comcast.net, and I'll send you a Paypal Invoice for the shipping. 

I didn't order a lot for my first demonstrator preorder, but I decided there were a few more items I just had to have and placed second order today. That is one just one of the many perks of being a demonstrator - early purchase opportunities! 

If you want to know more about being a demonstrator, visit my "Join The Fun" page tab above. I detail all the perks and benefits of being a demonstrator, whether you just want the discount or would like to build a business. The sky is the limit! I know I've sure enjoyed my 10+ year journey in Stampin' Up! I've met so many great people along the way! You will too if you join the Stampin' Up! family!

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Batter Up! with May's Paper Pumpkin Kit

Step up to the plate, take a swing, and knock it out of the park! With the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit, it’s your turn to go to bat for all the people who’ve gone to bat for you. This month’s timeless kit with a “throwback” theme contains enough grand slam supplies to create nine cards—and coordinating envelopes—featuring classic colors, pinwheel and pinstripe patterns, and vintage-washed paper pieces. There’s no “batter” way to root, root, root for your home team and honor the all-stars in your life!

A beloved baseball-themed kit would be incomplete without the sport’s signature, sticky snack—the official bubble gum of the MLB! A favorite in the field, the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit contains a couple sticks of the chewy staple; chew while you craft, slide a piece into a card, or save it for later.

You know a pack of old fashioned baseball cards always did come with some gum!

  • Masculine Appeal

    Whether you’re crafting for a father, grandfather, nephew, or brother, we’ve got all your bases covered with the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit! This month’s kit is the perfect pick for making masculine masterpieces.

    Then again, we know that grass-stained pants and sliding into home aren’t just for the boys—this month’s kit is a triple threat! Designed with men, sport-lovin’ ladies, and baseball fanatics in mind, anyone would bounce from their spot in the bleachers if they received a classic card from the Batter Up! kit. After all, this month’s kit was made for celebrating the all-stars, MVPs, and the greats—no matter what team they play on!

  • This Kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and coordinating envelopes. The all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
    • Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
    • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic White, Bumblebee, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede
  • Exclusive 13-piece stamp set can be used to cheer on any champion—on and off the field!

Don't Miss out on the May Kit! Sign up here!

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Deadline for April Paper Pumpkin Sign Up is TODAY

Today is the deadline for subscribing to the April "So Cool" Kit. Don't miss out on these fun shape cards you can share with your children or grandchildren!

Visit my previous post HERE with all the details about signing up and what comes in the kit!

I'd love to have you join me in the fun of these monthly kits. I have a private Facebook Group where I share alternates every month so you can expand your kit and get more value for your money. 

Thank you for considering this opportunity!

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Friday, April 9, 2021

History and Inspiration - Read all About It!

When I started cardmaking well over 20+ years ago I didn't give it a second thought to inform myself about the interesting history of rubber, rubberstamps, or greeting cards. The only place I went for inspiration was the Stampin' Up! catalog because back then, I purchased one from my local demonstrator. Inside those wonderful catalogs were beautiful photos of cards that I could make or CASE (copy and share everything) if I purchased the needed products. No wonder for a long time Stampin' Up! called it "The Idea Book." 

Sitting here in front of my computer screen this morning, I decided to go down a little rabbit hole and see what I could find on the internet that would cover some of the history of greeting cards, the tools we use to make them, and places we find and share our cardmaking ideas. 

Here's what I've found:

1) A short time line of the History of Greeting Cards


2) A very interesting article about the History of Stamping


3) Next, I looked up when the "famous" greeting card companies here in America began. American Greetings was first in 1906, followed by Hallmark in 1910. Both of these companies are still in business today. A good product lasts a long time!

4) Of course, none of us would be where we are today without computers. So if you've wondered what all the abbreviations mean - ftp, html, url - here's a short explanation - do go thru all 10 short webpages at the link below. I think it is pretty interesting (but I love history!)

Microsoft was formed in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Apple was formed in 1976 by Steve Jobs. Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Computers have turned how we do things upside down. Mostly for the better, but sometimes they can be very frustrating to use.

5) A decade or so later, here comes Stampin' Up! in 1988. Read about their history here

6) What I find interesting is Stampin' Up! existed before all these other companies.

Amazon 1994, Ebay 1995, Google 1998, Splitcoast Stampers 2002 (the first website especially for stampers to share their card designs), Facebook 2004,  You Tube 2005, Etsy 2005, Pinterest and Instagram 2010, and Tik Tok 2016. 

That's pretty cool in my opinion. 

7) Most of us today can't live without our smartphones. I bet many of you think that the first smartphone was from Apple, but read the info at the link below and you'll be surprised. I was!

Smartphone History


So this little dive into history brings us to today. We have the knowledge of the world at our fingertips. We can create artwork, send digital ecards, do our finances, and shopping all from the comfort of our smartphones no matter where we are in the world.  Back in 1962, AT&T coined this phrase "Let your fingers do the walking" to encourage their customers to use the Yellow Pages section in a paper phone book to find businesses and what they offered in your surrounding community. Now our fingers do the walking across our smartphone screens to find whatever we want around the WORLD! Amazing! Many people can't live without this modern convenience. Neither can I.

Some of us slightly older folks (me!) who were growing up prior to computers and smartphones, still like the ability to make things with our hands. That's why making your own greeting cards, scrapbooks, gift items, and home decor items are still such big business today. We did Do It Yourself when DIY wasn't cool!

Going back to my beginning paragraph idea, Stampin' Up! still puts out an annual catalog and two mini catalogs each year, stocked with beautiful card images and the products for sale to make them with. I give the catalogs away free to my customers so they can be inspired and hopefully purchase something.

Thanks to Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and other websites, you can post your finished card projects to share with the world. You can also see other designer's great ideas to adapt for your own cardmaking projects. You may have some favorite companies or card artists that you follow, or You Tube Channels you subscribe to. The creativity and possibilities are limitless!

You might even be one of those people that just sit down and start moving paper, shapes or greetings around until inspiration hits and an amazing project comes to life.

No matter how you approach your cardmaking or papercrafting projects, just be grateful for all that has come before to help us make the awesome projects we do in today's world!

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