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Your Top Ten?

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I was hoping to post this morning but I have been getting ready for my ALL OCCASIONS CARD CLASS all day ~ heavens, it's after four!  So sorry.  I have received one LIST email today ~ from DORY and it is a huge LIST!  Oh my gosh, Dory, I do hope you have been saving up for that order!!!!  Remember, as soon as I receive YOUR LIST, your name goes in a drawing for a prize from our fabulous new catty ~ LIVE TOMORROW AT 2 PM!

I said that I would post my list today.  Keep in mind as a demonstrator I get to order a month early (so that I have time to create for YOU) so I do have some treasures in the Cat/Art Studio.  Here's my WISH LIST ~

1.  Darling Label Punch Box, page 209

2.  Ready to Layer stamp set, page 170

3.  Bokeh Dots stamp set, page 153

4.  Healing Hugs stamp set, page 110

5.  Itty Bitty Greetings, page 46

6.  All the Good Things stamp set, page 151

7.  Tea Room Suite, page 15

8.  Botanical Bliss Bundle, page 20

9.  Enjoy Life stamp set, page 58

10.  Peaceful Place stamp set, page 59

Enjoy making YOUR LIST ~ email me the list so I can add you to the PRIZE PATROL!  The PRIZE DRAWING will be on Tuesday evening, June 5th.


Making a list and checking it twice.....

I love this picture!  I think Patty is relaxing AND planning which new products to add to her Wish List.......

Patty ~ new catty

No, it's not Christmas but it seems like it when we get this close to NEW CATALOG DAY!   I'll add my list tomorrow ~ TOP TEN 'Have to Have Now' products in the new catalog.  Do you have a list?  Share your Wish List with me and I will add your name to my TOP TEN DRAWING for a new catty PRIZE on Tuesday, June 5!


(Stampin' Up! will be updating their website from midnight to noon (MT) on June 1.  Ordering from the new catalog for all of us will be available  at 2 PM our time.)

Share What You Love Last Chance

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The Share What You Love Promotion ends on May 31st.  The products will still be available in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, but the bundles will not.  There are three different bundles to review and each bundle includes FREE products from Stampin' Up!

Below are the bundle options you can choose from, you can also download this flyer and see all the products available.   


The "Just Getting Started Bundle" includes a
FREE package of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes.

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The "A Little More, Please Bundle" includes several more items, and two free items: the Very Vanilla Medium envelopes, and the "Share What You Love Emellishment Kit".
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The "Gotta Have It All Bundle" includes even more products, and this is where the double pack of the  Designer Series Paper comes in.  This paper is very lovely and has a beautiful silvery finish.  Three free items come with this bundle: a stamp set, the Very Vanilla Medium envelopes, and the Share What you Love embellishment Kit. 
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You can order these early release products in my online store until May 31st.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.  I'm happy to help you. 

Have fun shopping!

New Ink Pad Cases Video

In addition to the new colors that are coming your way is the new ink pad case design.  To help you better see and understand the changes in the case, Stampin' Up! has created this video.  Take a look at what the new ink cases will look like when the new catalog goes live: 


Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast. We are working on a new storage solution for the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case and do not yet have a launch date.

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 We think you will love these changes!  The redesigned case and formula turned out exactly as we hoped. With change, there are often questions, and we wanted to provide you with information:

Why did we change the case?
The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. We can only use a mold a limited number of times before we need to replace it, so we had to decide if we wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. We chose to improve it!
We wanted to align the updated case with the color refresh and improvements to our ink. In addition, we chose to time these changes with Stampin’ Up!’s rebranding and packaging updates. This way, when you invest in the new colors, you are also getting the new and improved ink pads at the same time! We wanted to make these updates and changes in a way that was most cost efficient for you.
What’s better about the case?

Using research, focus group feedback, and comments in the Product Sandbox, we discovered a few things that could improve the design of the Classic Stampin’ Pad case.

We wanted the new case to:
• Be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
• Have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
• Be stackable. The ability to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
• Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
o The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
o The stickers include a new In Color icon.
o We’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
o We’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.
How is the ink different?
We improved our ink formula because we noticed that our old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as we’d like to see it.

The improved ink formula will:
• Reduce ink bubbles.
• Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
• Help lay down the ink better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink?
Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, once you order an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.
Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad?
Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.
Where is the archival ink?

Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StāzOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of our ink offering in the new catalog. We are confident that both the Memento and StāzOn pads are high-quality inks that perform to your needs.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy?
Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast. We are working on a new storage solution for the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case and do not yet have a launch date.

Price changes & free shipping............


The Cat/Art Studio is recovering from the BRUSHO Class this morning.  I love using those fabulous crystal colours because there are so many ways to use them but I still haven't had time to clean up and organize my projects.  I will post them this coming week ~ along with a little of the 'how to' information.  I loved seeing Julie, Janet, Dena, Lynne & Gigi this morning!

In the meantime I thought you would want to know, now that you have your new catalog (right?) that some of the product prices are increasing in the 2018 -19 catalog.  You have probably already figured that out but I thought I would list some of them for you.  All colored cardstock (.50); ink pads (1.00); Many Marvelous Markers (presently $110 for 38, new catalog #123 for 41 ~ refreshed colors); Grid paper (.75); VersaMark pad (.50); VersaMark refill (1.00); Linen & Metallic Thread (.50); Thick cardstock (.75); 12" x 12" cardstock (.75); Glossy cardstock (.75); Shimmery White (1.00); Whisper White & Very Vanilla cardstock (.75); Vellum (.75); Envelopes (.50).  (To check which colors are retiring go back to my blog post on May 4!)

So, let's have a little last minute SALE to take advantage of the present prices.  I will place the order on Wednesday, May 30.  You must email me your order and pay with your credit card or Paypal.  Any order over $40 will get FREE SHIPPING!  !


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This is a super set for those of us who love to color!  You can find it on page 41 in Stampin' Up!'s  OCCASIONS CATALOG and, yes, it is retiring soon.


And, if you do like to color, here's another set for you.  The stamp set if Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts on page 34 in the same catalog.  It is also retiring on the 31st.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!  Susan Elise

2018 - 2020 In Color CLUB!

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If Stampin' Up!'s 2018 - 2019 Catalog hasn't made it to your mailbox yet, please don't worry.  I know that some of you have received it but the majority of my stamping friends, haven't.  Stampin' Up! does not send them out themselves but contracts with another company to do it.  The catalogs do not all go out at the same time but are staggered over the month of May.  I know we are getting close to the end of the month and that you are worried but relax and know that I ordered boxes of catalogs and my boxes have arrived ~ you are covered.  I know how badly you would like to see the new and I don't blame you ~ call me if there is a problem.  Please.

The picture above shows the new In Colors ~ aren't they pretty?  Every year I plan an IN COLOR CLUB for the benefit of stampers who would like to have all the new In Color products but don't feel that they can write one check for EVERYTHING at the same time.  The Club has five members, five colors and lasts for five months.  The total for all of the products (stamp pad, package of cardstock, grosgrain ribbon, ink refill and marker) in all five colors is $184.81.  Divided by five months is a payment of $37.00 per month (actually $36.96 ~ I just didn't want to deal with pennies).  Each member of the CLUB is a hostess for one month and receives the 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper and the Mini Binder Clips PLUS Hostess $$$$ to spend on products.

EMAIL ME if you re interested and I will send you my In Color Club form and give you a call to answer any questions.  There are only 5 spots per share.  The Share will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Susan Elise

Karen Benton

Karen Benton Stamping on Vellum

KAREN BENTON is the creator of the winning swap card for May.  Karen's base card is vellum (4 1/4" x 11" scored at 5 1/2")  with Whisper White stamped and cut at an angle on the front and the back of both of the vellum panels of her card.  The flamingo is from the set FABULOUS FLAMINGO on page 177 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  This stamp set is included in the 2018-2019 catalog.  Congratulations Karen ~ great technique!