Sunday, 17 January 2021

UK SHIPPING UPDATE

Latest information received regarding deliveries from Stampin' Up!...

We’ve received some additional information regarding current UK shipping challenges from our logistics and shipping vendors in Europe. We were just notified that all shipments UPS has in its possession will be released to leave for the UK this weekend, and the balance of shipments will be on their way by Tuesday.

As an example... I have a parcel which was ready for despatch/UPS collection on 4 Jan... and so on its way in the UPS carrier part of the system since then... which was showing as being scheduled for delivery last Tuesday 12 Jan, then/now last Thursday, 14 Jan... now expected this Tuesday, 19th Jan...

Our logistics vendor is preparing the correct documentation and meeting customs requirements. They are running behind largely due to higher sales/order volume and are staffing two shifts, six days per week in an effort to get caught up. As of 15 January, our Europe logistics vendor is picking orders that were placed on 10 January.

UPS is currently at maximum capacity and doing all they can to process shipments. They have a task force operating 24/7 to work on process and customs issues. Other shipping carriers are not processing orders into or out of the UK at this time, which has increased volume for UPS. We’ve also been informed that Europe customs has been updating software required to process export applications to the UK, which has contributed to delays.

We will continue requesting updates from our logistics and shipping vendors, and share information as we are able.


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Wednesday Wideos - Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

Finally introducing the new baby on the block, the Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine ! The cutting and embossing block that is... 

Details are in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue (pages 170-172) or here in the Online Store... but launch stocks were delayed... but they are finally here... and it was worth waiting for... 

And remember that if you were to buy this now... there is a free Sale A Bration product waiting for you too...

The perfect size for easy storage and crafting on the go! And for night time crafting in front of the TV!!! Now where can I put those scissors!!

This cute machine has a compact footprint for easy storage and travel. The 3-1/2" (8.9 cm) platform works with many of Stampin' Up!'s smaller dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Mini Base Plate, 2 Mini Cutting Plates, 1 Mini Embossing Plate, and 1 Mini 3D Embossing Plate


But please note that the Mini Magnetic Cutting Plate is not available yet... 

And I am delighted to be able to share not one... but 3 product videos with you... just click on the image(s) to play...

1. Get to know your Mini Machine

2. Die Cutting Sandwich

3. Embossing Sandwich

But before I go... don't forget that we also have the new Full Size Stampin Cut & Emboss machine too... working in perfect harmony...


But I will save all its details to another day... as I am sure you want to pass on somewhere else by now!






Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Basic White is in the House...

Just shouting out about our new Basic White card and paper product line... which is replacing our Whisper White product line... which is exciting news... but full background details at the end of this post...

Just click on the photo below for the full size printable document... you could even print and pop it into the Basics page (page 153) in your catalogue... as you will be needing those new codes... Alternatively just add them to the page in your best handwriting !

And here is a video comparing and contrasting the two... 

The Notecards and Envelopes are still on their way to Europe... but the following Basic White products are now available...

  • BASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCK (159228)
  • BASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCK (159230)
  • BASIC WHITE 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) CARDSTOCK (159231)
  • BASIC WHITE C6 ENVELOPES (159235)
  • BASIC WHITE 3" X 3" (7.6 X 7.6 CM) ENVELOPES (159233)
Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long with a huge fan base. We love it and we know you love it, too. 

So we were devastated that it's going (gone) away... but unfortunately the supplier’s mill producing Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, Stampin' Up! weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of the other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.

Even though this decision was out of our hands, rest assured we jumped straight into action to find the best replacement card possible. Many hours were dedicated to source and test alternative cardstock options from several suppliers to find the perfect fit that still maintains the Stampin’ Up! quality you know and trust. And as a result... we have found a winner in our new cardstock, Basic White!

The quality of our new Basic White was thoroughly tested by our quality assurance and product teams. It also tested very well with demonstrators and concept artists who gave it a huge thumbs up. We believe in the quality of the new Basic White cardstock and we know it will become your new crafting staple!

I know I can't wait to give it a good go!



Monday, 11 January 2021

Love You Always Suite #2 & Kit in the Mail


Getting back to the lovely Love You Always suite... full of products to celebrate any occasion but particularly Valentines & Friends with a few hearts, flowers and lovely words thrown into the mix!

However just the floral papers and foil sheets make this a must have for me... for any occasion... so read on about the co-ordinated UK only Kit I have put together.... And of course any stamps and dies etc can be added as desired... just let me know which you would like adding... 

Though I have now updated the Kits...as I hadn't spotted or included the stunning Speciality papers or the Heart Charms which I think are too good to miss!! So now there is a second upgraded-version of the Kit for you... for you foil lovers! 

See end of this (long) post for further details... but orders and payment by 14th Jan please. 

So starting with the products in my Kits-at-Home... which "seems like a very good place to start"...  Anyone else singing that song now? Do-Re-Mi...Yes I did watch - and absolutely loved watching - The Sound of Music over the Christmas period... totally took me back to my childhood and listening (and dancing around the lounge) to the whole album most weekends... and desperately trying to yodel!!!!

Sorry I digressed there... 

Back to crafty goodness... and sorry about the 2 parts...this post was pretty much ready to go apart from "saving & adding photos and links" but that part still takes an hour or two... so I had to abort and come back to it Sunday... and so here I am ! 

Just click on the product picture or highlighted name to find all the product information... or see yesterdays post for a quick video showing you all the products in this suite.. 

First up... 12x12 True Love Papers... lovely floral images in black and white so you can colour away and use them in any colourway... including black and white! Half pack in Kits. Click here to see every sheet... 

Then the gorgeous 12x12 Love You Always Foil papers in Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and Sahara Sand... 1/4 pack in original Kit but double the amount (so full 12x12 sheet) in the upgraded Kit... as if you love your foils... you love your foils... so why settle for a half sheet... right! Click here to see every sheet...

Then the fabulous foiled 12 x 12 Love You Always Speciality Designer Papers... 1/4 pack (3 colours x12x12 sheet of each ) now in my upgraded Kit ! Click here to see every sheet...

Then moving onto embellishments...

Matte Black Dots ( 1/2 pack in Kits)

Heart Charms... again 1/4 pack ( 5) now included in the upgraded Kit... 

Champagne Rhinestones... these aren't 'officially' part of the suite... but they are a perfect match... and so I have included 1/2 pack in my Kits... so thought I should add an image here...

Also in my Kits are A4 card... 2 sheets each Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Sahara Sand, Basic Black & the NEW Basic White... 


And Stitched Satin Ribbon... one metre each of Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Basic Black... Note that these are retired ribbons... but they are a perfect match so it seemed rude not to use them seeing as I had them! But only available while my stocks last!

And then we have the co-ordinating stamps and dies, packaging and ribbon... all of which can be added to the base Kits....

Forever and Always bundle... combining Forever Always stamps and Always dies... I am gutted now that I didn't pre-order these.. as they are fantastic for all year round use... love the die-cut words and flower images... 

Particularly at this time of year... especially during a lockdown... as we can all do with a bit more love and knowing that people are always thinking of us... Don't know about you but I am on a mission to send more cards and ring more friends up during January... as it is always the "low month" of the year... and this set would have been perfect...

Always in My Heart bundle... combining Always in My Heart stamps and Floral Heart dies... isn't that die cut decorative heart just beautiful...

Then some gift packaging, Love You Always Treat Box... which has proved so popular that it they are in back order already... although still orderable... but it is a good job I didn't include it in my kit after all... 

And finally the Blushing Bride 3/8" Metallic Ribbon...

And in order to round things off... here are lots of projects to showcase these beautiful products... and hopefully inspire you... 









And to finish things off... back to my Kits...

Basic Kit £21 includes ½ pack True Love papers, ¼ pack Foil Sheets, ½ pack Matte Black Dots and Champagne Rhinestones, 10 sheets co-ordinating A4 card in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Rococo Rose, Basic Black & Whisper White plus 3mtr co-ordinating Stitched Satin ribbon in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand & Basic Black.  Note that the 12x12 True Love papers & Foil Sheets will arrive in 6x12 pieces . If you prefer full 12x12 sheets… the total posted cost will be £22.50

Upgraded Kit £30 also includes 3 full 12x12 sheet (1/4 pack-one of each colourway ) of Speciality Foil papers, 3 full 12x12 sheet of  
Foil paper (one of each colourway - so 1/2 pack not the Basic 1/4 pack) and 5 (1/4 pack) Heart charms. And postage for 12x12 sheets....

Orders and payment by 14th Jan please. Payment by Bank Transfer, Paypal or cheque.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Sunday Suite - Love You Always #1


Introducing the beautiful Love You Always suite... but in 2 parts... as today's plans were somewhat diverted... as being honest...  friends in need have to come first... and today was one of those day for two of mine... 

So I have a video for you today... but I will be back with the individual product break down sometime soon... 

Just click on the "Love You" image below to load up the video...


And don't forget my co-ordinated kit offer for part of this suite... stamps and dies etc optional... just let me know which you would like adding... Edited to Add 7pm - now 2 options The Basic Kit and The Upgraded Kit. See tomorrows post for more detail... 

Love You Always Co-ordinated Paper Kit  (see pg 11 Jan-June)

Basic Kit £21 includes ½ pack True Love papers, ¼ pack Foil Sheets, ½ pack Matte Black Dots and Champagne Rhinestones, 10 sheets co-ordinating A4 card in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Rococo Rose, Basic Black & Whisper White plus 3mtr co-ordinating Stitched Satin ribbon in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand & Basic Black.  Note that the 12x12 True Love papers & Foil Sheets will arrive in 6x12 pieces . If you prefer full 12x12 sheets… the total posted cost will be £22.50

Upgraded Kit £30 also includes 3 full 12x12 sheet (1/4 pack-one of each colourway ) of Speciality Foil papers, 3 full 12x12 sheet of  
Foil paper (one of each colourway - so 1/2 pack not the Basic 1/4 pack) and 5 (1/4 pack) Heart charms. And postage for 12x12 sheets....

Orders and payment by 14th Jan please. Payment by Bank Transfer, Paypal or cheque.

 Back with more soon... click here for the 2nd or full post on the suite...


Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Wednesday Wideo - Jan to June Mini Catalogue

Quick introductory video for you... lots to love in this new catalogue! 

Just click on the image below to play...
And be sure to check out all the details of the Sale A Bration promotion, Craft Spa offers & some likely stock-outs in my post yesterday...  Just click here....



Monday, 4 January 2021

Time for a Spring Summer feel to occasions.... with FREE goods too....


It is time... Time for a new mini catalogue... one that covers a whole range of occasions that are between Jan and June... be it Valentines, Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter, Weddings, stuff for the Boys etc etc etc... and lots of lovely flowers!

And a great day for launch... as a "new national lockdown" hits the UK... Maybe the best tonic there is in the circumstances... (especially as it is January so it is Dry January in these parts!!) as new products always lighten our mood!! We crafters are all so lucky to be able to spend more quality time crafting after all!! 

Click here or on the image below to download your own copy of the Jan to June catalogue - or click to email me for a hard copy if you are wanting craft supplies and have not already received yours... AND/OR CLICK HERE for the Online Store

And that's not all the news for today... it's also Sale A Bration time... you know the one...

Earn a free exclusive gift for each and every £45 ordered... AND/OR for orders over £275... OR a fantastic paper pack with a Demonstrator Starter Kit...

Click here or on the image below for all the products and details... AND/OR CLICK HERE for the Online Store

Please note that this Sale A Bration promotion will run for 2 months (January & February) only...  not for 3months to end March as previously... 

BUT the really good future news is.... there will be another Sale A Bration promotion come July & August!!

Oh and there's more...  a few Craft Spa specials for you early birds... as for orders before 14th Jan ...

 

Order online by 14th Jan quoting HOST CODE USG3WHAN for a DOUBLE VALUE GIFT from The Craft Spa.

Eg £45 order, £15+ gift value.  In addition to your Sale A Bration freebies...

Gifts arrive separately in the post approx. 3 weeks later.

 

Love You Always Co-ordinated Paper Kit £21 posted  

(see pg 11 Jan-June)

Kit includes ½ pack True Love papers, ¼ pack Foil Sheets, ½ pack Matte Black Dots and Champagne Rhinestones, 10 sheets co-ordinating A4 card in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Rococo Rose, Basic Black & Whisper White plus 3mtr co-ordinating Stitched Satin ribbon in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand & Basic Black.

 Note that the 12x12 True Love papers & Foil Sheets will arrive in 6x12 pieces . If you prefer full 12x12 sheets… the total posted cost will be £22.50

Orders and payment by 14th Jan please. Payment by Bank Transfer, Paypal or cheque.

 

Welcoming Windows Class in the Post £46.75 

(see pg 58 Jan-June)

Free Class in the Post with every Bundle purchased. Class will include prepped cardstock and embellishments for at least 4 card designs.

Order by 14th Jan please. Preferably online for direct shipment of bundle with class pack arriving separately by end January 
OR email order and Payment by Bank Transfer, Paypal or credit/debit card

But there is some bad news amongst all this good news... as there are a number of products that have already out pre-sold above forecast... and that are likely to go out of stock/ onto back order on launch… These include many products in the Dandy Garden, Well Suited and Fine Art Floral suites… Please check out the specific list below.  

However… if they are at the top of your wish list … please don’t delay placing an online order for the products straightaway before they go un-orderable (albeit some products probably arriving separately on back order) …

As a result I am delaying plans for co-ordinating Kits and Classes in the Mail for these suites until February when things settle… but (if interested) please register your interest with me by email at thecraftspa@gmail.com and /or watch The Craft Spa blog space for details as they unfold… 

  • BLACKBERRY BLISS STRIPED RIBBON (item 154569)
  • BLENDING BRUSHES (item 153611)
  • BLUSHING BRIDE 3/8" (1 CM) METALLIC RIBBON (item 154283)
  • DANDY GARDEN 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (item 154297)
  • DANDY GARDEN MEMORIES & MORE CARDS & ENVELOPES (item 154301)
  • DANDY LASER-CUT PAPER (item 154300)
  • DRAGONFLIES PUNCH (item 154240)
  • FINE ART 3/8" (1 CM) RIBBON (item 154561)
  • FINE ART FLORAL DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (item 154558)
  • FLORAL GALLERY DIES (item 154316)
  • GILDED LEAFING EMBELLISHMENT (item 154560)
  • GOLDEN GARDEN DESIGNER SPECIALTY ACETATE (item 154557)
  • GORGEOUS GRAPE 3/8" (1 CM) SHEER RIBBON (item 154572)
  • ICE CREAM CONE BUILDER PUNCH (item 154241)
  • ICE CREAM CORNER DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (item 154567)
  • ICE CREAM CORNER SPRINKLES (item 154568)
  • LADYBUG TRINKETS (item 154299)
  • MOSSY MEADOW 3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIM (item 154298)
  • PAINTED TEXTURE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER (item 154317)
  • PASTEL PEARLS (item 154571)
  • SUIT & TIE DIES (item 154322)
  • WELL SUITED DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (item 154562)
  • WELL SUITED TWINE COMBO PACK (item 154566)
  • YOU ARE AMAZING PROJECT KIT (item 155370)

This information may create an even higher demand on many of these items, but we feel it’s better to let you know now so you can adapt your purchases.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

May 2021 be the Best Year Ever!

 

Eventually... 

I definitely think it will be.... But in the meantime... just let's all hang in there, think of and take care of each other and stay safe until it gets going...

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Tuesday Trio of Tags

 


A few quick shares of a few things made for our christmas this year...

A few tags (made with no minutes to spare!) to finish off gifts from my brother that arrived very last minute... perfect! Love these! Might even make a few more of these in readiness for another year... 

My brother lives in Boston, USA... so sadly couldn't be with us this year... which was a first... But we got to spend time and unwrap presents with him virtually... as we didn't want him totally missing out!! Not the same... but much better than not actually seeing each other... God Bless Technology!

Sorry I didn't get to post these before Christmas... but all got a bit mad in December!

Stapin' Up! Products Used

Delightful Tag Tag Punch 

Pine Tree Punch

Perfectly Plaid stamps

Make A Difference stamps

Friday, 25 December 2020

Merry Christmas...


Just popping on to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas... 

Most of us will be doing things differently this year... so I hope that your different has some very nice parts... and some lovely new memories...

Take Care...

And I will leave you with something creative but different... with lots of past christmas projects that I know some of you would recognise... and a few of you will even have them on show in your homes... 

Our village have done Advent Calendar windows this year... and so here is mine from last weekend... didn't go quite as planned... but the end result was more or less the same... it just took longer to get there!

Can't tell you how much enjoyment these windows have given... all so different and all so fabulous... so lovely to see such creativity all around...and a great excuse for a quick walk everyday...

And as sharing these photos has taken so long to do today...  I have to admit that the "Tech firms" have changed so many things this year that blogging became so more time consuming... hence why (sadly) there has been less... 

BUT I won't be beaten anymore... so I will be back with more again next year... though with less photos and for less days per week... Thanks for sticking with me in the meantime...