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Problem: knockoffs from China

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When you see a knockoff from China like this advertised, not only are they illegal (STEALING the designs, marketing images and sales) from a legitimate company like Stampin' Up! , but you take a risk yourself by giving them your credit card info and other data. China-based shopping sites want as much as you’ll give up - The info you provide, like your name, address, and phone number, credit card info and other data. They (and therefore Communist China) can also grab other details like your birthday, photo, and social media profiles, your phone or computer’s operating system and version, your IP address, GPS location, and browsing data.

Buy from legitimate American companies - what seems like a bargain may not be worth it in the end. Don't even click on their links - it just helps them reach more people. 
SALLYOne of my crafting friends, Sally, sent me these stamped pieces to demonstrate  this problem.  This is a copy of a Stampin' Up! set that you may remember from earlier this year ~ it was a saleabration set ~ THANKS A BUNCH.  Sally ordered this because she wanted to learn more about these knockoffs.  She says "The stamp set is very hard to work with, the stamps are flimsy and don't stick to the blocks well.  The dies worked just fine although not the quality of SU!"

Stampin' Up!'s Fresh New Colors

We’re all about creativity and sharing what we love with those we love. And that means providing a compelling selection of high-quality craft supplies in coordinating colors and designs. We’re always working to not only meet trends but set them. That means evaluating and even refreshing our current products—and this year we’re refreshing our complete color collection!

You’ll find some new friends and returning favorites among our Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles. And you won’t want to miss our new 2023–2025 In Colors. We hope you’re as excited as we are to start crafting with these fresh new colors and to share them with your customers and fellow crafting enthusiasts.




Paper Pumpkin w In Colors


Say hello to mountain landscapes and new In Colors! This month’s kit features nine outdoors-themed cards in our new 2023–2025 In Colors plus exclusive FREE stickers. Want more? Get the cards & envelopes add-on (available 2 May while supplies last) and continue your creative adventure!  Be a Paper Pumpkin customer of mine and receive a package of four handmade (of course) cards in the mail as a thank you!




Guest Artist: Melissa Burroughs

IMG_9589Abigail Rose designer series paper (#159037) is retiring.  But, you may have some tucked away with your other pretty papers that you can use for Melissa's project.  It makes a very pretty card!  Thank you, Melissa, for sharing!  Here's her instructions ~

Download Melissa's Tri-Color Project Sheet

IMG_9587Here's my card that I made using the instructions she provided.  The difference is the colors (of course) and my card has one less layer.  Try it.  If you like to color with your blends it is a very relaxing way to spend some crafting time!



Stampin' Up! has created a COLOR COACH for the Color Refresh and I know it will help all of us make sense of which colors are available now and how to use them.   The Color Coach is a wonderful tool and a creativity resource that all of us can use every time we dream up a new project!  What colors to use?  And, for heavens sake, what colors go with the color I have chosen?  There are ten pages and I printed mine on Basic White and adhered each one to the color highlighted.  Let me know if you have questions or if you would be interested in a class to create your own Color Coach.  If you LOVE COLOR you will love this tool!!!

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The Zoo Crew

ZOO CREW SUITE is on page 46 in the new Annual of my favorite!  I have been working on this card all day, actually working on making twenty- two of this card for a swap that will be in the mail on Monday morning.  The suite includes the ZANY ZOO BUNDLE, the Ribbon Duo combo Pack and some fabulously funny designer series paper ~ ZOO CREW.  It just makes me laugh!!!


The cardstock for the base card is Lemon Lime Twist.  The panel is Pumpkin Pie (that looks almost as dark as Cajun Craze, sorry).  The dotted DSP is the back of one of the very funny animal antics 12" x 12" in the package.