Stampin' Up! Host Set Bloom with Hope

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How about a clean and simple card to help get us past the dreaded hump-day? This card uses an image and sentiment from our currently host-only Bloom With Hope stamp set.

Once the image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I simply colored the flowers using 2 of the Bermuda Bay Blendabilities markers. After adding the sentiment and outline to the panel, my stamping ladies said it needed "something more" in the bottom left. If you have read my blog at all, you know my go-to choice: Jewel Basic Rhinestones! A little bling goes a long way :)

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Adriana B.

p.s. Please note that our Blendabilities are currently not available for purchase due to quality control issues. We're hoping to fix the problem quickly; I will update you as soon as I get the 'all clear'.

p.s.s. The ribbon is a left-over from a previous project kit. I'm trying to use up my stash of goodies. To make room for more, of course ;)

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Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler
Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler


Easy pop-up diorama card

Hello everyone! Today's card is a bright and cheerful card. I'm trying to make up for all the rain we've had over the last few days. (Isn't Florida supposed to be sunny?!) Anyway, a challenge to use a pop-up diorama tutorial was posted on Splitcoaststampers this month and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to add some fun to the not-so-fun weather :)

First, here is the card front (measuring 3-1/2" x 5-1/2"):

And once you open it, you have a fun little window in which to place a message! This is a great way to use your paper punches or framelits!

Fun, right? Be sure to check out the tutorial (linked above) so you can see how EASY it is to make this cutie-patootie card. Samples can be seen in the Creative Crew challenge gallery or simply do a search containing the tutorial name. Have fun!

Adriana B.
p.s. The message inside the card was created using a stamp from a My Paper Pumpkin kit. These stamps are not available individually, so it is not shown below. Visit MPP for more info regarding this kit-to-your-door service.

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New Selections for your Sale-a-bration!

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Stampin' Up! has introduced four new product offerings for March, our last month of 2015 Sale-a-bration! Here are some company samples as well as a peek at the goodies!

*Reminder: You get to choose two Sale-a-bration items as part of your starter kit if you choose to sign up as a Demonstrator by March 31, 2015. It's only $99 to join and you receive $125 worth of your choice in merchandise plus 2 SAB items or one Occasions Catalog project kit. (No shipping is incurred on starter kits.) Check pages 22 of the Sale-a-bration brochure for a look at the kits or feel free to contact me for additional information.

Adriana B.


Stampin' Up! Tuesday updates plus new Weekly Deals

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First, this week's weekly deals - embellishments, anyone?:


As a special perk for Paper Pumpkin subscribers, Stampin' Up! offers a selection of past kits and refill kits for purchase, while supplies last. We just added new kits to the offering. Click here  to learn more and visit Paper Pumpkin to shop.



An update to the backorder situation:

A tentative deal has been reached with the West Coast ports but it will take several months for them to catch up on the backlog created. The following are the back orders as they stand today. Please note that when certain stock items are depleted their number will be "turned off" - meaning you will not be order it until we begin receiving shipments again. I will continue to provide updates on this blog so you know what to expect.

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER;  backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated. 

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Dies--February 25
137364: Happy  Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder--February 27
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Ink Refill--March 3

Currently the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
138634: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration)
137951: So You Simply Created Kit
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit
131262: Regals Stampin' Write Markers
126199: Stampin' Pierce Mat


Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the "Not Orderable" list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

102193: VersaMark Ink Refill
126189: Paper Piercing Tool
131003: Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers

Please note: When items are on backorder, we will ship each item as it becomes available. At times this may result in one order being shipped in multiple boxes and possibly arriving at different times. If a product is not shipped within 21 days from the date the order is received by Stampin' Up!, you may call Demonstrator Support and cancel the order for a full refund or exchange it for another item. All orders and backorders weighing less than one pound where standard shipping was selected will be sent using UPS Mail Innovations--a share program with the US Postal Service. UPS provides the pick-up, processing, and interim transportation, with the final delivery being made by the US Postal Service. This change should not affect your normal order delivery timeframe and in some cases will allow us to ship small orders more quickly with the option for Saturday delivery. When your order ships, you will still receive an e-mail confirmation from Stampin' Up! with a tracking number and a link to the UPS website. If your order was placed with expedited shipping, the order will be sent using the normal expedited process.

Thanks for viewing today's post!
Adriana B.


Stampin' Up! Berry Basket & other info in the news

So if you have heard the news lately you might have caught the news that there are labor strikes going on at the ports along the west coast. As these strikes have yet to be resolved and are affecting the arrival of products from overseas, Stampin' Up! has cautioned us that there may come a time where we are unable to receive materials from some of our manufacturing partners in other countries. The products most likely to be effected are tools - our Big Shot framelits, embossing folders, etc. (
See the much longer explanation at the foot of this post.)

Why am I sharing this with you? The main reason is so that you will know what to expect when you when you want to place an order. For example, our new Berry Basket Bigz die is an item that has been on my wish list since I first reviewed our Occcasions 2015 Catalog. I have a number of gifts I want to make using this die this spring, so I went ahead and ordered it just in case there are issues later.

Before we get to the nitty gritty of inventory stories, how about a break? Check out the Berry Basket and how easy it comes together. Psst! You can see videos regarding other Stampin' Up! products on the Stampin' Up! YouTube channel.


West Coast Port Labor Negotiations
Nearly 40 percent of all US imports pass through ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. As ongoing contract negotiations continue between the ILWU and PMA, a record number of containers are arriving at the ports due to new “jumbo” freight vessels. In addition to these record numbers, there is also a shortage of equipment used to actually deliver the containers. You can follow news about the ports and the labor negotiations here. Unfortunately, there is no end in sight for the negotiations or the congestion at the west coast ports.

Like almost everyone else who imports through these ports, we are looking for alternate routes to bring in our products and distribute them to you and your customers.

Because of the congestion at the west coast port, more companies—us included—are using air freight from China to bypass the congested ports, which, ironically, is now causing congestion with imported air freight.

Chinese New Year
During Chinese New Year (Feb 15 - March 9)—a very important holiday to the Chinese people—our Chinese manufacturers shut down and none of those products will be shipped to the US during this time.

Unfortunately, these factors have combined to create the “perfect storm” of backorders and, sadly, we foresee the situation getting worse before it gets better.

The Temporary Solution
Because backorders cause so much consternation and are very costly, we have decided that until we see improvements in the factors causing backorders, we will turn off accessories that become unavailable, rather than allowing them to go on backorder. Please note: because stamps are manufactured locally, stamp sets will be allowed to go on backorder status as needed.

If you currently have an item on backorder, we will fill your order as soon as we have the item in stock. Occasionally the product shipments we receive will not cover all backorders; in these instances, the remaining backorders will have to wait until subsequent shipments are received.

**I will continue updating you on the shipping and manufacturing situation weekly—even if there is nothing new to report—so you’ll know as soon as I do when the situation changes. We apologize for the frustration the backorders may cause, but we hope this information has helped you understand some of the circumstances that are affecting how quickly we can replenish our inventory.**


Is it Tuesday already? Weekly Deals 021715

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Here's what's on special this week - enjoy!
2014-2016 In Color Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up!
Price$21.95 $16.46
Amped Up Ampersands Kit -- Digital Download
Price$9.95 $5.97
Celebration Basics Kit
Price$14.95 $11.21
Daffodil Delight 1/4 Cotton Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Price$5.95 $4.46
Mosaic Punch
Price$15.95 $11.96
Pansy Punch
Price$15.95 $11.96
Pumpkin Pie 1/4 Cotton Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Price$5.95 $4.46
What's Up Punch
Price$16.95 $12.71

Thanks for viewing today's post! For additional information on the items shared above, please click the birdies below. Thanks :)
Adriana B.

Backorder report:
Currently, the following items are on backorder; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.
131197: Bermuda Bay Cardstock-February 19
140463: Better Than E-Mail Photopolymer Stamp Set-February 19
131199: Crushed Curry Cardstock-February 19
131157: Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Ink Refill-February 18
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers-February 28
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit-March 13
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers-February 28
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers-February 28
138634: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration)-February 27
131262: Regals Stampin' Write Markers-March 2
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-February 20
132133: White Stampin' Chalk Marker-Availability not yet determined

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