Introducing Stamparatus – New Stamp Positioning Tool by Stampin’ Up!

It was so exciting to see the reveal of the new Stamparatus at Onstage last week!  Partly because I was honored to have a small part in the design of this new tool!   After input from demonstrators on the Leader 2 Leader group Stampin’ Up! came up with a stamp positioning tool that is not only sleek and sturdy but has features no other stamp positioning tool on the market has to offer!  It’s two plates and hinge design is just a WOW!!

  • Do you struggle with getting your images perfectly lined up and precisely placed! Not any more with the Stamparatus!
  • Do you frequently create multiple projects?  Easy Peasy…set it up once and stamp as many as you want!
  • Do you ever partially stamp an image?  No problem…you can re-ink and stamp again in the exact same spot!
  • Is it difficult for you to hold on to a stamp block? The Stamparatus holds it for you!

Stamparatus Features

Some great features that will want you wanting your very own Stamparatus!

  • Gridlines and rulers built right in for easy measuring and placement
  • Use with both rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat for a nice cushion when stamping with photopolymer stamps
  • Two clear reversible hinged plates with gridlines – This gives you 4 surfaces for your stamps which is great for 3 and 4 step stamping and stamping multiples
  • Two strong bar magnets to hold the paper in place – I think I’m going to like these better then the circle magnets
  • Magnet storage built into the bottom of the tool
  • Hinged plates for new techniques and stamping of patterns
  • Two open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • $49 in the US

Would you like to see it in action?  Watch the video below.

I’m doing a happy dance because I’ll be able to get my hands on the Stamparatus before most.  The project has been in the works for about a year and it was so hard to keep it a secret!
Are you wondering how you can get your hands on the new Stamparatus?

This release will be different then new product releases in the past. We will be using a new reservation system that will reserve your tool and guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.  There will be 3 reservation periods with one tool per customer though you may participate in multiple reservation windows.  You will need to provide your credit card to reserve your Stamparatus but it will not be be charged to your account until the tool actually ships.

These are the dates of the reservation windows:

  • November 16-30th, 2017 (for delivery around Feb 1st, 2018)
  • December 5-30th, 2017 (for delivery approx March 15th, 2018)
  • January 15-30th, 2018 (for delivery about April 15th, 2018)

Here are some answers to questions you may have:
Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please CLICK HERE.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, CLICK HERE and set up your account.  You can do that now so you are ready.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets? A: Yes.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?

A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions? A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods? A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window? A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding.

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked block or die or other instrument

Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose

Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus



Ribbon of Courage – All Things Are Possible

October is National Breast Cancer awareness month and like others my family has been touched by breast cancer and other forms of cancer.  I myself have battled non-hodgikins lymphoma and want to tell you first hand how important it is to reach out to those fighting this terrible battle.  I cherished every card and phone call I received.  Every visit and prayer that was said for and with me.  I learned how important it was to be remembered by others during a difficult time.

I plan to share other pink project throughout the month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and want to remind all my family, friends, customers and followers how important it is to remember to have your mammograms and exams.  I just had mine yesterday and then spent the rest of the day shopping and with my sweet baby grandson…Lucas. Every day is a blessing!

Ribbon of Courage - Support and encourage friends and family that are fighting breast and other kinds of cancers. With faith all things are possible

  • The stamp set Ribbon Of Courage has both a solid ribbon and this beautiful flower and heart design ribbon.  You can keep it simple like I did here or have fun coloring.
  • The sentiments are ones that can be used whenever you want to send a message of encouragement.  I am partial to this one…’with faith all things are possible’.  Faith that my God was in control no matter the outcome is what got me through each and every day of my treatment.
  • The colors are Pink Pirouette with the floral design stamped in Melon Mambo.  The sweet die cut heart and rhinestone add a special touch to a very simple card.
  • You will notice this is a case from the annual catalog on page 97…just a very simple version.
  • Measurements below.

Important for October:

  1. Shop with my Host Code – EJG2Y29C when shopping my Online Store this month and receive a free gift of black rhinestones from me (any size order).
  2. This is an awesome month to purchase the Starter Kit – Choose new Stampin’ Blends and 15% off stamps.  Click here to learn more.
  3. It’s an awesome time to be a customer – 15% off stamps, designer series paper sale (buy 3 get 1 free) and an opportunity to receive a free exclusive Christmas stamp set for hosting a qualified party or private card class. Click here to learn more.

Measurements:
Pink Pirouette Card base – 4-1/4 X 11 scored and filled in half
Layer – 2-1/2 X 4
Scrap for the ribbon
Whisper White layer – 2-1/4 X 3-3/4

Directions:

  • Stamp the sentiment on the right side of the whisper white layer in smokey slate ink and adhere to the pink pirouette layer with snail.
  • Add this to the card base with dimensionals.
  • Stamp the ribbon in Melon Mambo and die cut along with the pink heart.
  • Add the heart to the ribbon with a mini glue dot and then add the ribbon to the card with dimensionals.


Painted Autumn Designer Paper/Buy 3 Get 1 Free Paper Promotion

The past two mornings in north Georgia have actually felt a bit like Fall!  I was ready to pull out my fall and winter clothes until I looked at the weather app…looks like I have to hold off for at least another week.  But today I’m going to enjoy the cooler temps and share a fall card!

Pretty Stampin' Up! paper is now on sale - Buy 3 packs and get 1 pack FREE. This is one of the papers in the Painted Autumn Pack

  • Pretty paper makes me smile and when it’s on sale I smile even more!  Stock up on your favorite during our October Pretty Paper Promotion,  Buy 3 packs from a selected group of papers and get 1 pack for FREE!  You can double up on the papers you like or get one of each.  This sale is NOT limited to just 3 so have fun and go on a shopping spree!!

Fun Fall colors in the Painted Autumn designer paper - and it's now on sale

  • The all over pattern of this pretty fall paper makes it so the rest of the card can be kept simple.  Just add a sentiment if you like or dress the sentiment up a bit like I did here.
  • Stampin’ Up!’s color coordination is what made me a fan early on.  It’s just so easy to pull colors from the printed paper knowing the card stock will match perfectly.

Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper

  • The fall patterns and colors make this paper perfect for fall projects but when you flip many of the patterns over you will see colors and patterns you can use all year long.  So now you have two things to love about our paper…the coordination and the versatility!

The Pretty Label Punch can appear like it is matted by cutting the label in half and adhering to the top and the bottom

  • The Pretty Label Punch from the Annual Catalog has a sweet shape. I like it the most when it looks like it’s matted with a second layer.  It’s a trick I teach in my classes and I love to see the newbies smile when they realize how easy it is to do.
  • The fall sprigs are from the Pick a Pumpkin Bundle and add some interest while keeping the card simple.
  • The final touch…a little bow made with our Solid Crushed Curry Twine and added with a mini glue dot.

  • Punch your sentiment with the Pretty Label Punch and then punch another layer in your mat color
  • Cut your mat layer in half
  • Adhere it to the back of the sentiment with a little peeking out on the top and bottom.
  • The back will look like the bottom pic with a space between the two halves.

Remember:
The World Card Making Day 15% off sale – October 1 – 10!  Click here to shop.
New alcohol markers (Blends) coming soon!  Want them now?  Small window of opportunity to own your own set right now!  Learn more.




Today’s Project:
Measurements:

  • Crushed Curry Card Base – 5-1/2 X 8-1/2 folded in half
  • Cajun Craze 4 X 5-1/4
  • Painted Autumn paper  3-3/4 X 5
  • Scraps of Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla