Weekly News / New Sale-a-Bration

By | March 10, 2015

Happy Tuesday!  This week, there are new Weekly Deals, a new photopolymer stamp set, news about Blendabilities Markers and more Sale-a-Bration inspiration.  Whew!  I better get started:)

The Weekly Deals feature lots of Spring related products, including the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and Wildflower Meadow stamp set and coordinating embossing folder.

Weekly Deals Mar 10

Do you like creating humorous cards now and then?  Well, then you’ll love the new Just Kidding photopolymer stamp set!!!  (Item #140667 for $15.95)

Just Kidding

Blendabilities Update:

With a heavy heart, I found out this morning that Stampin’ Up! has decided to discontinue the Blendabilities Marker line of products.  I reported last week that Stampin’ Up! had reported a quality issue with the markers, and that it was working with the manufacturer.  However, due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer has been unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin’ Up! is certain would meet its high quality standards and provide it with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

I know that this is extremely disappointing.  I absolutely love these markers, and I know many of my customers do as well.  Stampin’ Up! is aware of the fact that the markers have been very popular, and that demonstrators and customers will be disappointed at this news, especially ones who have invested money in purchasing the line.  More news will be forthcoming, and I will let you know as soon as I here.

In the meantime, if you have the markers and they are working, use them and have fun!  If you discover a dried out tip, there is a fix you might want to try.  This advice is something I read on the internet.  It is not sanctioned advice from Stampin’ Up!  However, I tried it once and it worked.  I learned that you can add a little alcohol to re-wet the markers.  Here’s how:  Use some needle-nose pliers to gently remove the nib tip.  Use an eye dropper to add a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the chamber of the marker, and then replace the tip and shake it up.  At first, the marker will color clear, but eventually the ink will be re-activated.

Sale-A-Bration Inspiration:

Today, I’m featuring two new Sale-a-Bration items, the For Being You stamp set and Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum.  I LOVE this new vellum so much that I could hardly decide which piece to use first!  It’s all so pretty!!!

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The For Being You stamp set was originally designed to color with Blendabilities Markers.  While those markers are now discontinued, I know many of you have the markers and want to use them.

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I also tried coloring the back of some of the flowers on the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum with Bermuda Bay Blendabilities (shown) and regular Stampin’ Write Markers.  The Blendabilities Markers produce lighter and slightly shaded coloring, while the Stampin’ Write Markers produce brighter and more uniform coloring.

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To create my flowers, I used three different punches — the Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, and flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I worked each flower with a bone folder and adhered them with glue dots.  I was trying to mimic the flowers in the background, to the extent possible with the punches I had on hand.

Supplies used on my card:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Stampin’ Up! is featuring the Nature’s Perfection stamp set as its Sale-a-Bration inspiration this week.  Remember that Sale-a-Bration goes on through the month of March.  You can earn a free Sale-a-Bration product each time you spend $50.
Check out all the beautiful examples:
Natures Perfection 1
Natures Perfection 2
Natures Perfection 3
Hope you have a great week.  Please know that you can rely on me for help with your crafting needs.

Tami Hewlett

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