Friday, April 12, 2013

Stampin' Up News and Promotions

Color Refresh
The release of the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalog is right around the corner on June 1. With the new catalog will be some changes to the color collections, and I love them! There are a total of 10 “new colors”.  Most are returning In Colors from previous years, plus one brand new color called Smoky Slate. Here's a snapshot of the new collections (click on the image for a larger view):

As you can see on the bottom of this chart, ten colors will be retiring for good. That means that current inventory of ink pads, refills, card stock and markers are only going to be available while supplies last. Don't miss out on your last chance to get your favorites; order them today!

See the Color Refresh flyer by clicking here.

New Wood Mount Cases
Introducing our new wood-mount stamp set packaging! These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier. Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging. Empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalog. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $4.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $6.95. Get ready for all the exciting new products in the catalog - especially the new wood-mount boxes! 

To see a fun video featuring the new wood mount cases, click here.
New Photopolymer Stamp Set: Bombs Away Birthday
We're excited to announce that our second photopolymer stamp set is now available. Photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option and give a perfectly stamped image every time. Best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price! Bombs Away Birthday is a fun, unique set that will certainly bring a smile to anyone. Clear blocks recommended are sizes C and H (not included). Try it out today! 

Bombs Away Birthday, Item # 133411, $13.95

To see the Bombs Away Birthday flyer, click here.

Best of Butterflies Stamp Set
Every month during 2013, Stampin' Up is combining some of our all-time favorite stamps with a new, never before seen stamp to create a monthly "Best Of" stamp set. Best of Butterflies is the April offering, but don't forget to check out the sets from previous months as well. They're available all year!

Best of Butterflies, Item # 133345, $14.95

To see the Best of Butterflies flyer, click here.

New and Improved Basic Black Ink Pads
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 contact me for replacement.
Basic Black Ink Pad, Item # 126980, $5.95

Basic Black Ink Refill, Item # 102512, $2.95

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