Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weekly Deals 3/24-30/2015

The Weekly Deals below are listed with their sale prices. Always some good ones, and new ones every week. And until the end of the month we are still doing the Sale-A-Bration promotion. For every $50 spent you get something free!! Click on any item below and check 'em out!


http://tinyurl.com/SUweeklyDeal
 
Happy craftin'
XOXO

Sally

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sad News

I'm sad to let you know that Stampin' Up! has made the difficult decision to discontinue the line of Blendabilites alcohol markers. In short, the welding process of attaching the marker tip to the barrel of the marker can result in microscopic holes in the tip of the marker. This can lead to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink, resulting in a dried up, unusable marker.
I've included a brief Q&A about this problem posted below.
Please note that this defect does NOT affect all the markers that are out there. It's estimated that approximately 30-40% of the markers were affected by the defect. Thankfully my markers are fine, and I will continue to use them to color images on occasion. If you have purchased any Blendabilites, or earned some as a free Sale-A-Bration item, I encourage you to test your markers and make sure they are in working order. If they are unusable, or you find anything questionable about them, please contact me by June 15, 2015, so we can determine whether to get you a refund or exchange for a different product.
The success of the Blendabilites line has certainly opened a door. Stampin' Up! is very aware that alcohol based markers, and all the crafting possibilities that they allow, are a high demand product. They are continuing to work on finding a new manufacturer or method of producing these markers that will result in a high quality, stable product line that meets SU!'s high standards while remaining affordable.
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. I know this is disappointing and frustrating news, but I am very glad that Stampin' Up! has acknowledged this issue, and I must applaud SU! for their ethics in business practices.

Q&A

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?   

A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. We ask that you use your best judgment to determine whether your product is in good condition or if you need a refund. 

Q: What are the quality problems with this product? 

A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.  

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item#133456) still be available for purchase?  

A: Yes. These items will also be featured in this year’s 2015 – 2016 annual catalog.  

Q: Can I replace my Blendabilities for non-defective Blendabilities?  

A: No. We’re returning our entire inventory of Blendabilities to the manufacturer.  

Q: If I selected Blendabilities as my Sale-A-Bration item and it is on backorder,do I have to choose another Sale-A-Bration item?  

A: Yes. We have fourteen other Sale-A-Bration items from which to choose.

 

Hope this was helpful, and again, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.

Hugs,
Sally  

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals

Here's the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals ... you have until next Monday night, February 23rd to order these items with the sale price!! =)
See them all here>>> http://tinyurl.com/SUweeklyDeal

XOXO,

Sally

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Building a Building

This is my daughter's Valentine's Day box this year. I think we may have overdone it a little this year. Just a little though. Once I get an idea and I have her approval, we give it 110%!

I literally found a big long box on the side of the road, and stopped to pick it up knowing it would be PERFECT!
To create the Empire State building, I cut about a foot off the top of the box to reduce the height and have extra cardboard to use for added layers. Here is how I cut and scored a piece to add on one side...

We did use a picture of the building as inspiration, and opted to make our version similar, but not exact...but if I'd had another box for the base part of the building, we would have added it too.


Natalie was right there helping through the entire process, and she took my picture too. =)


Here the bottom part is completed.
Then with the center section scored and folded inward I taped panels behind it down the middle until it was filled in.

The top was scored and folded down toward the middle of the box, then we pieced together and inserted a rectangle into the hole on top. Then two little rectangles on top of it to give strength and allow a place to add the next series of layers for the top.

After the box was all taped together, I used the hot glue gun to reinforce the top piece we inserted and to glue the stack of cardboard on top with a vitamin bottle. lol

It's not pictured, but I cut a large slot in the back so kids can put her valentines in there. The whole thing was spray painted gray...and the tip of the buiding is a pencil (also added using hot glue)!

We waited about an hour after the base coat was painted and Natalie did all the windows herself using a stencil I made for her.


The finishing touches include a gorilla stuffed toy, Polly Pocket, and two paper hearts we cut using one of my Stampin' Up! Punches. I would estimate the whole thing took about 3 hours to make. And I only spent $3.99 on a can of spray paint, we had all the other supplies on hand.

Here's a photo of Natalie at school with her box the next day. She is very proud of her box this year. I don't know how we'll manage to do better in 2016!

Hope you have an awesome Valentine's Day!!
XOXO
Sally


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