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Today is the Day!

Today is the day….  to Reserve a Stamparatus!!

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  • 2pm Mountain Time
  • 3pm Central Time
  • 4pm Eastern Time

Please note that this is a new process – please read all the details below to better understand it.

Here’s how you reserve a Stamparatus

  1. Create an Online Account with Leslie Benson on my Stampin’ Up! Store Here.
  2. If you already have an account, skip step one!
  3. Click here to Reserve your Stamparatus 
  4. Fill out form and add credit card info.
  5. Return to The Plaid Poodle and Click Here to fill out my form to receive a FREE GIFT (from me) when the Stamparatus ships.
  6. Watch for an email in early February from Stampin’ Up! that the Stamparatus is in your shopping cart.
  7. Finalize order by logging in to your account and at this point you can choose to add to your order (so that you’ll qualify for a Sale-a- bration item).

Here’s a recap of the Stamparatus:

 

The Stamparatus is an innovative stamp placement tool.  The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Here are just some of the features of the Stamparatus:

  • Make multiples with ease.
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp – no need to start over.
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money.
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.

Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! to see the five things you need to know about the Stamparatus:

More Product Details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

There are three opportunities to reserve a Stamparatus (see chart below).

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! will be using a new reservation system.  The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships.

If you’re like me you’ll want to get it during the first round.  Here’s how you can Reserve your Stamparatus on November 16, 2017 (see picture below for each step)

    1. If you do not have an online account with me you will need to do that first.  You may visit my on-line store HERE to set up an account.  Here’s the info you need…
    • Leslie Benson
    • Demo ID 2127415
    • Lee’s Summit, MO  64082
  1. CLICK HERE to Reserve your Stamparatus on November 16th

View all the Stamparatus FAQ’s here.

 

Introducing the Stamparatus

The Stamparatus is an innovative stamp placement tool.  The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Here are just some of the features of the Stamparatus:

  • Make multiples with ease.
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp – no need to start over.
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money.
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.

Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! to see the five things you need to know about the Stamparatus:

More Product Details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

There are three opportunities to reserve a Stamparatus (see chart below).

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! will be using a new reservation system.  The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships.

If you’re like me you’ll want to get it during the first round.  Here’s how you can Reserve your Stamparatus on November 16, 2017 (see picture below for each step)

    1. If you do not have an online account with me you will need to do that first.  You may visit my on-line store HERE to set up an account.  Here’s the info you need…
    • Leslie Benson
    • Demo ID 2127415
    • Lee’s Summit, MO  64082
  1. CLICK HERE to Reserve your Stamparatus on November 16th

View all the Stamparatus FAQ’s here.

 

Stampin’ Blends

Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. To cover all the blending bases, Stampin’ Up! is also offering a limited-time 16-card project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images.  With the Color Me Happy Project Kit and Color Me Happy Stamp Set you can make 12 sweet cards using the Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky Stampin’ Blends.  When using Stampin’ Blend Markers you will want to use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and Whisper White card stock.

Each Stampin’ Blend color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.  You can also purchase all 26 colors plus the Color Lifter as a Collection.

Watch this quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing just how easy the Stampin’ Blends Markers are to use and how great they will make your projects look!

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Be Merry

Be Merry All-Inclusive Kit

 

SPOILER ALERT:  I like to surprise my Stamp Club Members each month with a free gift and this month they will each receive one of these festive rosette ornaments I made using the Be Merry Kit from Stampin’ Up!  The rosettes are 4″ in diameter and would look great hanging on a tree or wreath but would also make gorgeous package toppers in place of a bow.

These were so much fun to put together because most of the work was done for me and the only thing I needed to add was adhesive.  Everything was pre-cut, pre-scored and folded.  The instructional video from Stampin’ Up! below shows using a glue-gun to assemble the ornaments but I didn’t want to go to the bother and the ornaments went together perfectly using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Be Merry Kit can be assembled in just a couple hours but the rosettes look like you spent hours.  Wouldn’t it be nice to impress your family and friends with something you made especially for them during the holidays?  Place one on top of a wrapped plate of handmade (or store bought) goodies for your neighbors. Tie one around a bottle of sparkling cider or wine for the perfect hostess gift.  Adhere a gift card to the back of the ornament for the teachers in your life.  I purchased two kits because the uses are endless.  Grab a kit or two for yourself by clicking on the link below.

August 2017 Paper Pumpkin

`The August Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up!, Giftable Greetings, is so cute!  The kit came with enough supplies and embellishments to make eight cards and included coordinating envelopes.  What made it extra special though is the coordinating gift box along with gift tags to embellish and a sweet length of ribbon to wrap it up!  It makes the perfect gift for someone.

I designed the cards as the kit was intended making three thank-you cards, three congrats cards and two sympathy cards.  Along with the stamp set and ink-spot from the kit here is what I had left-over after completing the kit:

There are plenty of tags, stickers and embellishments to put in my stash for other projects.  I did make a greeting card and a gift card holder using the stamp set, ink and left-over bits and pieces that I will post on my Facebook Page in the next few days.  You can “Like” my page so you won’t miss them here:  https://www.facebook.com/theplaidpoodle/

The best part about a Paper Pumpkin subscription is the happy mail surprise arriving in my mailbox each month.  It’s so fun to tear into the box and tissue paper to see what fun project awaits me.  I very rarely show my face in my videos but you’re in for a treat because today I actually had makeup on so threw caution to the wind and filmed myself un-boxing the kit.  Enjoy!

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Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try because Stampin’ Up! is offering new subscribers half-off their first month’s kit when they subscribe by September 10, 2017 using Promotional Code HALFOFF0917.  There is absolutely no risk – you can cancel or put a hold on your subscription at any time.  Find out about getting your own Paper Pumpkin subscription by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin box below.

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July Starter Kit Deal!

JULY STARTER KIT DEAL!  When you purchase the $99 Starter Kit in July (1 – 31), you’ll get $125 in YOUR CHOICE of Stampin’ Up! products for $99 (that’s $26 in FREE product and the kit ships FREE) PLUS receive a  BONUS Essentials Gift Pack including the Carols of Christmas stamp set, a Bone Folder, Paper Snips, two D Acrylic Blocks, a pack of grid paper and snail adhesive.  That’s a $72 value for FREE!

  • For $99 you choose:   Up to $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for your kit and the kit ships to you FREE, for another 10% savings
  • Enjoy a Discount!  Once you purchase the $99 Starter Kit and join, you save 20% or more on your favorite Stampin’ Up! products PLUS earn more free and discounted products thru Stampin’ Rewards and Stampin’ Up! promotions.
  • Pre-Order Perks!  See the Holiday Catalog now and get your hands on the new products early!  The holiday catalog pre-order, for demonstrators only, begins tomorrow, August 1st.  The Occasions Catalog pre-order begins on December 1st.
  • Earn $ and FREE Products!  There is absolutely no obligation or pressure to do anything more after you receive your Starter Kit but the opportunity is always there to earn extra income and free Stampin’ Up! products.  The choice is yours!
  • No penalty to drop! Enjoy your discount and all the perks that come with being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator until December 31st.  If you reach $300 in sales you’re “in” for another quarter.  If not you just drop.
  • Treat Yourself!  Did I mention, there’s no obligation to host workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit?

 

I WELCOME HOBBY STAMPERS!  YOU’LL FEEL RIGHT AT HOME when you purchase the kit and join through me.  You’ll instantly become a member and have access to my private Plaid Paper Dolls Community in addition to other great resources and a nationwide team of stampers.  Give it a test drive – there’s no risk and no pressure to hold workshops or parties – do it for YOU!

But hurry, today is the last day for the Christmas in July promotion.  Join today to receive the additional $72 in FREE products from Stampin’ Up! along with the other great benefits!

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Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Card

We are certainly in the Dog Days of Summer here in Kansas City.  Temps have been over 100 degrees for several days straight and to add insult to injury recent storms have caused several areas to be without power.  We are all doing our best to stay cool.  My card today is perfect for this time of year and just looking at it makes me feel refreshed!

I used the Lemon Zest Bundle that includes the Lemon Zest stamp set along with the Lemon Builder Punch to make this card along with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist inks.  The card is topped off with Stampin’ Up!’s new 1/4″ Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon.  Love that ribbon!  It comes in several colors and just reminds me of sherbet which is another great option for cooling off!

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE PROJECT SHEET FOR THIS CARD

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Christmas in July!

With just a few days left in the month of July I also wanted to remind you that this month is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!  For just $99 you choose $125 of any Stampin’ Up! product and just during the month of July will receive these additional products – a $72 Value!

Stampin’ Up’s Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! You can receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20)! The Stampin’ Up Starter Kit is ALWAYS an amazing deal, and joining my team comes with a mountain of perks. Check them all out here. If you have questions let me know! You can purchase the starter kit here .

Join today risk free.  Although we know you’ll want to stay around there is absolutely no obligation to do anything further.

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Make-it-in-Minutes Thank-You Card

I’m sharing a pretty little card today that you can make in a matter of minutes.  I call it a Make-it-in-Minutes project.  Let’s face it, life is sometimes busy.  Okay maybe life is mostly busy but making one or several of these cards to have on hand is not going to put a huge dent in your schedule.  And imagine the smile it will bring to the faces of the recipients!

The Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes from Stampin’ Up! is key to giving this project a quick head start.  The All Things Thanks stamp set is a great set to have in your collection.  It’s one you’ll own forever because it can be used over and over again.  That, along with the coordinating inks and Designer Series Paper, make putting this card together a snap!  Here’s my Make-it-in-Minutes video tutorial for the card:

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One in a Melon Garden Trellis Cards

This month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! is so sweet!  It’s one in a melon – lol!  Just look at all the bright colors and the fun pre-printed note cards!   And what about that adorable tissue paper and those tiny clothespins?  I love everything about this kit!

Here are two alternative cards that I made using the stamp set from the kit.  The card on the left-hand side is an A2 card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ finished size) and the one on the right is a smaller version of the card using the Whisper White Note Cards from Stampin’ Up!  The stamped watermelon image can easily be cut out by hand but I used the Layering Circles Framelits Dies  and they cut the image out perfectly!

One in a Melon Garden Trellis Card #1

One in a Melon Garden Trellis Card #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the links below to get your FREE copy of the project recipes for these cards.  Do you love this kit but aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  Past kits are available for purchase by subscribers while supplies last.  Subscribe now to receive your own fun mail each month HERE. 

One in a Melon Trellis Card #1 Project Recipe

One in a Melon Trellis Card #2 Project Recipe

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Soft Sayings Card Kit

Kits simplify the creative process with pre-cut pieces for amazing projects.  I just created this stack of all-occasion cards using the Soft-Sayings All-Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin’ Up!  The card kit makes 20 cards, 2 each of 10 designs.  There is also a refill kit so you can keep on making!   The only thing I needed to complete the kit was adhesive.

Stampin’ Up! trainer, Holly, shares some tips and tricks for creating the cards that come in the kit in this video:

 

All-inclusive kits make great gifts.  This one even comes in a giftable kraft box.  Contact me today to order yours or click on the images below to shop 24/7.

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Lovely Words & A New Stampin’ Up! Catalog

It’s finally here!  The new Stampin’ Up! Catalog went live today and I couldn’t be more excited!  To help celebrate the launch of the new catalog I’m sending a FREE gift to everyone who places an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping) with me during the month of June using Hostess Code UD6VFPGD.  Visit my catalog page HERE to find out how you can get your own copy of the new catalog.  You may view the catalog online HERE.

I used one of my favorite new products from the catalog in today’s card.  The Lovely Words Thinlits Dies are so pretty and can be used in multiple ways.  They are great by themselves but can also be framed using other Framelits by Stampin’ Up!  There is also a coordinating stamp set; Lovely Inside & Out.

Here is a video tutorial of my Lovely Words Hello Friend Card.  In the video I share a great tip on getting your images stamped exactly where you want them to be.  Check it out!

Project Dimensions:

  • Card Base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Whisper White card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half.
  • Whisper White Cardstock = 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock = 3″ x 3″
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock = 3/8″ x 1″

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Swirly Bird Father’s Day Card

The calendar is fast approaching to the month of June and that got me thinking about Father’s day.  That in turn got me thinking about making some masculine cards.  Today’s card is full of whimsy and soft colors.  It’s not one you would traditionally think of as a masculine card but it works.  It’s another card that could be used for all sorts of different occasions just by changing up the greeting.

Blue and yellow are classic colors that coordinate so well with each other.  This card pairs Dapper Denim and Soft Sky with Daffodil Delight.  The sailboat images require some fussy cutting but it’s not too cumbersome.  Using die-cuts for the rest of the card makes it a quick and easy card to put together.  Here is my video tutorial:

Project Dimensions:

  • Card Base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half.
  • Whisper White card stock:  4″ x 5-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 2-3/4″
  • Dapper Denim card stock:  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Soft Sky card stock:  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog today!  I would love to hear your thoughts so let me know what you think of my card by leaving a comment below.

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Paper Pumpkin Sprinkled with Love

Each month in my Paper Pumpkin kit, I receive a brand new exclusive stamp set to add to my collection.  It’s  one of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin.  Here is a card I created with a stamp and a few left-over embellishments from this month’s kit:

If you’re wondering how I made that little chocolate donut here is a video tutorial:

Card Dimensions:
  • Card base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half on the score line.
  • Donut:  2-1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip card stock, 2-1/2″ piece of Powder Pink card stock
  • Tag:  1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Powder Pink card stock, 1″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Whisper white card stock

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If you haven’t heard of Paper Pumpkin, it’s a subscription kit by Stampin’ Up!  With Paper Pumpkin, you’ll save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies. Every month you’ll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won’t repeat a color in a 12-month period). In no time at all, you’ll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes a free clear stamping block that you’ll use every month.

Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try.  First-time subscribers who subscribe by June 10th get the June, July, and August kits at 25% off.  Want to add a little creativity to your life?  Click on the little orange box below to subscribe now and don’t forget to use the promo code STARTHERE to save 25% off!

 

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Envelope Punch Board Envelopes & Liners

In yesterday’s post I shared a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ square card.  I made a square envelope with a liner that coordinated with my card using the Envelope Punch Board by Stampin’ Up!  I used simple printer paper for the envelope and a piece of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper for the envelope liner.

Here is a quick video tutorial that includes a tip to estimate what size Designer Series Paper your envelope requires for a liner:

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Stampin’ Up! Banners for You Card

I decided to think outside-the-box today by creating a square card. (Did you see what I did there?)  I’ve been going through my Designer Series Paper listed on the Stampin Up! Retiring List to make room for new, and the beautiful colors and impressionistic style of my selection from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper called to me.  The blues and greens in this paper combined with the Island Indigo card base look fantastic!

 

The Delicate White Doily helps to highlight the tag and Detailed Dragonflies, and the Silver Metallic Thread adds more depth and a little shine to the card.  I’ll be posting a video soon on how I created the coordinating envelope.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE so you don’t miss an episode.

The card has a lot of elements but is actually very simple and quick to put it together.  Here is my video tutorial:

 

 

To create the card base I cut an 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock, scored it at 4-1/4″ then folded it in half.  The Designer Series Paper is cut at 4″ x 4″ which means you can make nine of these cards out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper!  The “Congrats” tag is stamped onto a piece of 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock and the dragonflies are cut from a piece of 4-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock.  I cut a piece of 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock for the card insert.

 

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