2013 - 2014 Catalog, Breaking News!, Posts, Retired List

Is it Wednesday yet???

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe we have to wait another 48 hours for the retired list, 2013 – 2014 catalog to be released to demonstrators, and for me to be able to preorder products from the new catalog!  UGH…I don’t know how much longer I can hang on.  What I can tell you is to be ready to purchase anything you may want off the  retired lists as soon as it is published!  Everything – but the stamp sets are while supplies last.  Is it Wednesday yet?

Breaking News!, Posts

New and Improved Stampin’ Up! Black Ink


After months of testing and working with our vendor, Stampin’ Up! has been able to make some important changes!


What’s changed?
Stampin’ Up! has accepted a formula with their supplier that shows improvement. The new formula has a reduced dye concentration that will allow it to better absorb into the cardstock. Reducing the concentration didn’t change the rich black color we all know and love; it only affects how the cardstock takes the ink.


What about drying time?
Because the ink absorbs better into the cardstock, it will dry in under a minute in some cases. It can take longer depending on the run of your cardstock and the age of your ink pad. If you are using an old ink pad, one of the refills with the improved formula will rejuvenate your pad. Also keep in mind that larger stamps or a more solid image may require a longer drying time.


What’s the deal with Whisper White Cardstock?
Stampin’ Up! initially discovered that our specification tolerance is too broad, meaning that there is a broad variance in ink absorption and drying time. Our Whisper White Cardstock is not a custom cardstock for Stampin’ Up! like our other cardstock colors, so we don’t have control over its tolerance. We have since requested that our supplier provide us with cardstock within a tighter range of tolerance. Still, our tests proved that the new ink formula works better on most, not all, of our Whisper White Cardstock. The performance of the ink depends on the run of the cardstock. It is not possible to tell when a packet of Whisper White Cardstock was produced. If you are concerned with the quality of your cardstock, we recommend using StazOn ink, instead of Basic Black.


What if I need to exchange or return my Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad?
If you have experienced problems with your Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad AND purchased it through me, please email me (mary@stampinpretty.com) with the lot# on the back of the pad (lower left), your name, address and original order number for replacement.


The Improved Basic Black Ink is NOW Available!
The improved Basic Black ink pad (#126980) and refill (#102512) are currently being sold. However,  depending on the Whisper White Cardstock you are using, you may still experience smearing and high drying times. Stampin’ Up! recommends that you use StazOn instead of the Basic Black Classic ink pad.


Stampin’ Up! is pleased with the results so far. Not only has our Basic Black ink formula improved, but the testing process has also shown how to make improvements to the quality of our Whisper White Cardstock.


Breaking News!, Paper Pumpkin, Posts

All New Paper Pumpkin!


NEW!  SUBSCRIBE TO STAMPIN’ UP! MY PAPER PUMPKIN KITS!  Take a monthly creativity escape with paper crafting kits delivered right to your doorstep.  You’ll love what you find on the inside: All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects.  All you will need is adhesive.  Stuff like cards, 3-D items, and more!  Sign up TODAY with first kits shipping in mid-March.  Get the details HERE.


Breaking News!, Posts

You asked, Stampin’ Up! Listened!

Do you ever see a stamp set and wish you could purchase JUST ONE STAMP out of it? Stampin’ Up is trying something new and selling some stamps from a set INDIVIDUALLY!

Promotion Details

  • These stamps are available on any order type-customer, workshop, or online.
  • To find the item numbers, click on the flyers.
  • These won’t be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they’ll be packaged in cello bags. If you’d like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won’t come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you’ll need to buy a block separately if you don’t already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers.
  • There’s no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!

The stamp sets they are trying this out on are as follows:

2012 Holiday, 2012-2013 Catalog, Breaking News!, My Digital Studio, Posts

New Products! New Fun!

Today is a HUGE, HUGE day!  There is so much to share!

Today you can upgrade your MDS software to the MDS 2.  It’s spectacular and only 19.95 to upgrade.  Of course if you are new to MDS, you will want to see our new packages that you can purchase.  They are an exceptional deal.  Click HERE to find out all the latest details.

There are even NEW MDS downloads today.  They are super fun.  Check them out HERE.

Become a demonstrator TODAY and receive this COOL new Halloween Kit below! It’s spooktacular.

I would love to have you as a part of my team.  I have a GREAT team of ladies that love to share ideas.  We have a great facebook group that keeps us busy with lots of great ideas, challenges and fun.  Check out this spooktacular flyer of all the information with this amazing special HERE.  You can contact me directly if you would like to become a demonstrator.  The kit is an unbelievable price of $99 and YOU choose $125 in merchandise of YOUR choice.  You have nothing to loose and everything to gain by joining.

More Big NEWS!!! Save 31% on Printing products with MDS.    You can see the flyer HERE with all the great information.

Lastly, the Holiday Mini Catalog is LIVE! Yes, you can see all the beautiful products available now.  Check out my Online Store today.

Breaking News!, Posts

Schools Out For Summer!

Well…not…quite.  We have a few more days to go.  Don’t think I’m not counting down only 3 more school wake ups!  I think I can, I think I can!  With school coming to an end for summer, it will give me lots of time to focus on stamping.  I hope you will join me over the summer.  I will be updating my calendar soon with added stamp camps and workshop dates.  We will have weekday morning, afternoon and evening sessions along with a weekend session.

In the mean time, I’d like to share a few summer specials with you.  From now until June 20th, you can participate in the following specials – and still earn tokens towards your free stamp set. Orders can be placed online or with me directly.

  • These special offers are only available through me.
  • Online orders will earn tokens on your Rewards Card.
  • If you order these bundles in person, your freebies will be in your bag when I deliver your order.
  • If you order these bundles online, I will mail your freebies with your Thank-You card.
  • Click here to view the Stitched Satin Ribbon.
  • The embellishment “grab bag” contents will be a surprise… but will make you very happy!


2012-2013 Catalog, Breaking News!, My Digital Studio, Posts

Breaking News – MDS2!

With this new My Digital Studio software you’ll be able to:

  • Design in spreads
  • Create with custom canvas sizes
  • Add more than one color to a single stamp image
  • Resize vector stamp images while keeping them crisp
  • See color combination suggestions
  • And much more

The new software will be available late 2012. Until then, purchase My Digital Studio (item 118108) or My Digital Studio Express (item 124483) and upgrade to MDS 2 for FREE when it becomes available. So don’t wait!

Do you  already have My Digital Studio and want MDS 2? Don’t worry; you’ll be able to purchase an upgrade to enjoy all the new design features.

Breaking News!, Posts

I <3 the new Firm Foam Ink Pads!

With the introduction of the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog, Stampin’ Up! has made a significant change to their ink pads to make your stamping experience even better!

Click on Shannon West’s You Tube video above for an excellent discussion of the new pads!   I would love to hear your feedback.  Please leave me a comment below!

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have had a chance to experiment with the new firm foam pads for the past couple weeks.  I immediately found that there’s a short learning curve.  My former “thump, thump, thump, swivel, swivel, thump”  technique gets too much ink on the stamp using the new pads.  Once I mastered the lighter touch, this new style earned a big thumbs up from me!

Here’s a few tips:

  • Light-tap stamping produces crisp, complete coverage on both line and solid stamps.   There’s no question you’ll notice a difference, especially on solid stamps.
  • The pads are juicier and are designed to stay juicy longer.
  • No more “dip” in the middle of the pad!  Even Steven, baby!