Showing posts with label Blendabilities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blendabilities. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blendabilities Issue

I am sad to tell you that Stampin' Up has discontinued the Blendabilities line.  This is a major announcement received today from Stampin' Up:

Due to the nature of the defect, we have concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that we are certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. 

As you know I am a huge fan of Stampin' Up! product and the Blendabilities were no exception.  I think I have all the pens except a couple of colors.  While I am disappointed to lose this product line, I am pleased that Stampin' Up! is keeping its standards high and not trying to "make a buck" and sell you an inferior product.

Most of the markers that have already been sold have been absolutely fine, but there have been some packs with problems.  If you have bought these pens from me and have any concerns about them, please let me know.

Luckily there are other ways of coloring your images with colors that match Stampin' Up! paper and accessories.  Pull out those markers, blender pens and aqua pens!  They will work great!


A friend sent me this today and, wow, it really hit home with me.  Don't know about you, but we had lots of burned biscuits when I was growing up and I was famous for burning the biscuits when my kids were growing up!

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.  And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.  On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!  Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.
I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits."
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"
You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
So please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine!  And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. I just did!
Life is too short to wake up with regrets! Love the people who treat you right and forgive the ones who don't, they could just be having a hard day.

Ain't that the truth?  There are a few people who I'd like to send this along to but, I'll just take another burned biscuit please!

Have a great day!

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Stamp Club

My February Stamp Club continues to drag itself out.  I have had gals come last Thursday, Saturday and the final two are coming on Tuesday .... all due to Mother Nature!  But we will get there.  I thought I'd at least share the cards we made this month in club:

Isn't this a great masculine card?  And oh so easy!!  If you haven't taken a look at the Adventure Bound Paper Stack in the Occasions catalog along with the Hello You Thinlets Dies, run (don't walk) to your catalog and look at it!  You can make some great cards with very little effort with this paper.  I put the paper on the table with some card stock backings and let the gals create their own card.

This beauty is a bundle that you can purchase - getting the Butterfly Thinlet Dies and the Basic Butterfly stamp set.  They makes beautiful cards.  The stamp set also coordinates with the Bitty Butterfly and 3/4" Circle punches.

This card had lots of parts to it but was another simple one to make using the Saleabration DSP and the pretty embossing folder.

This set is one of my favorites in the Occasions Catalog - Painted Petals.  I love how the Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant all blend together.


STARTING TODAY!  Stampin' Up! has added FOUR new products to the Sale-a-Bration list of free gift choices.  Earn an exclusive, free Sale-a-Bration gift with every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).  Sale-a-Bration ends March 31.


IMPORTANT BLENDABILITIES UPDATE!  Unfortunately there have been quality issues with the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers.  They are currently unavailable (including as a Sale-a-Bration gift) and back orders cannot be filled.  I'll keep you posted when the problem is resolved, and they are available for purchase again.  I know this is frustrating for those who were planning on ordering them through Sale-a-Bration, but I'm glad that Stampin' Up! believes that quality comes first.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stamp Club Cards

I had Stamp Club this week and we made these cards:

Our first Christmas card!
This was such an easy card to make!  The sentiment is from Everyday Wishes which will be available to order from the Holiday Catalog in about a week.  It was offered last year and I purchased it then so I was happy to see that it was carried over to the Holiday Catalog.  The strips of DSP and the yarn are retired.  The Cherry Cobbler Sweater Trim has been on the Clearance Rack for a long time.  But I just checked and this color is gone but Gumball Green is still available for $3.59.  First I used the Mosaic Punch to punch the ornament shape into a piece of Silver Glimmer paper and then used the 1 3/4" Circle Punch to punch out the circle shape.  The pretty Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon is also from the Holiday Catalog.  It ties like a dream!

Flower Frenzy Die
 I won this Flower Frenzy Bigz Die at the Late Night Stampers event in Salt Lake City.  It makes a really cute flower.  The dots are stamped in white ink with a stamp from Kinda Eclectic.  The "happy birthday" sentiment is from another photopolymer stamp - Endless Birthday Wishes.  It is not in the catalog but is available for sale for $13.95.  It is a very versatile stamp for birthdays.
Endless Birthday Wishes - #137553

Kinda Eclectic
I was given this stamp set at Convention - Kinda Eclectic.  I have seen a lot of cards made using this stamp.  I used all the new In Colors on this card!  And the inside a detachable bookmark!

Kinda Eclectic card - opened to reveal a bookmark
I cut the Mossy Meadow card stock 5.5" x 10.5".  Score it at 4.5".  Perforate a score line at 8.5".  Click HERE to watch a video showing you how to make a similar card:

I had a Card in a Box planned for us to make but one of the gals who wanted to do that card was unable to attend so we will do it next month.  Instead I substituted the next card.

The final card we made uses a darling hostess stamp set Hello Love.  You can only get this set by being a hostess at one of my clubs or by hostessing your own workshop.  (I would love to do a workshop for you!)  I try not to purchase many of the hostess sets each year for my own use but this year, I will be breaking that rule for sure!  I already have two of them and have my eye on a couple of more!  They are so cute.  Another feature of this card is the DSP.  I used Back to Black  (pg 187) and used my Blendabilities to color the DSP.  It is so cool and you can coordinate your DSP to your card!

This is the front of the card with a 1 3/4" circle punched so you can see the bird.
I used the lightest Melon Mambo Blendabilities to color the DSP.

This is the inside of the card.  This is a small 4" x 4" card with Melon Mambo as the backing for the white card.

Here are two strips of Back to Black DSP - one is colored with the dark Melon Mambo Blendability and the other with the light Calypso Coral.

Monday, July 7, 2014

July 4th Thank You

I made this card and sent it last week to Ashley to thank her for her service to our country.  I used the new Stars Framelits for this card.  The red striped square is Fancy Foil DSP (pg 193).  The stripe is actually silver but I colored it red with my Blendabilities!!  I made this card for a challenge to use a word bubble but I can not remember whose challenge it was!!

Saturday when I was checking out a few other blogs, I ran across a blog by Erin Gonzalez who lives in San Antonio too.  She said that her family made a pact to spoil some of the many service men and women that they ran into around town on July 4th. (If you have never been to San Antonio, believe me, they will have no trouble finding any military people.) They were going around with treats, thank you cards and other goodies to give to the service men and women that they came in contact with.  Erin said that she wanted her kids to know the sacrifices these service men and women make.  Isn't that cool?!  If you get a chance, check out Erin's blog and leave her a comment on her July 4th posting as I did to thank her for what she and her family did on July 4th.

Here are a few of the photos I took on Saturday while we were on the lake waiting for the fireworks.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to Use Blendabilities

Blendabilities You Tube Video

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blendabilities are coming!!

If you're tired of waiting to order Blendabilities, you'll be happy to know that Stampin' Up! has finally published a release date of JULY 1st!!  That's next Tuesday!

If you don't know what Blendabilities are and what all the excitements is about, read on.

First off, Blendabilities are very different from our Stampin' Write Markers.  They are alcohol markers instead of water-based ink markers.  That means you can actually BLEND the colors which you can't do very well with the water-based markers.  Each color assortment includes light, medium and dark shades of one color.  I've been playing with mine and I think they are awesome!  Alcohol markers work very differently than the water-based markers.  The ink actually soaks into the card stock, as opposed to sitting on top.  You can go over and over the area with different shades without degrading the card stock.

One of the Blendabilities pens is called a COLOR LIFTER.  It doesn't act as an eraser exactly; it's more like it moves the ink you've applied around a bit.  It's also alcohol based and when applied to an area, it can push the colors into the card stock more.  That's how you can get light areas into whatever you are coloring.  The Color Lifter is great for blending layers of colors.

The are also super great for coloring your rhinestone, pearls and even buttons!

They work best with Stampin' Up's Whisper White card stock.  And another must have item is the Black Memento Ink.  It is the best black ink I have ever used and you really need this ink for the Blendabilities.  You can find it on page 212 along with the Blendabilities markers.

To see one of the cards I have made using the Blendabilities Markers, go to Blended Bloom and check it out.  Also, here are a couple of other cards I made:

Can you tell I also really love the Blended Bloom single stamp???  It is a bargain too - pg. 167 - $11.95.

If you are ready to order your very own Blendabilities, click above ORDER ONLINE and then SHOP. Please use the July Hostess Code when inputting your order:   7TJFYD2M 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Watercolor Background Technique

Hope your weekend was a fun one!  We took my Mom out on the lake yesterday in our boat.  She really enjoyed it although she had her nose in her book the whole time.  She was towards the end of her book (For One More Day by Mitch Album) and couldn't put it down.  I am so happy that she is still able to read - large print books only but that is ok.  When we came off the lake, she wanted to take a bath in my garden tub.  She just loves that tub!  It's funny because I hardly ever take a bath and she would take one every day if she lived here.  The hardest thing is trying to get her in and out of it since it is so deep!  Then we met Angela, Marianne and Greg for dinner and had some yummy fish and shrimp!!  

I have been working all day today on my 80 swap cards for convention.  Let me just say, I'm sick of this card!  I thought I'd chosen a pretty easy card, but I realize it has too many layers - 3 circles and a Word Bubble that need to be cut out with Big Shot; a tiny heart that is punched out with the Owl Punch; plus tying 80 tiny bows with Bakers Twine!!  I have got everything punched, cut and glued together.  Now I just have to put the whole thing onto my card front!!

I took a break and made another card for fun today.  I had seen this card on another website and loved it.  So I made a few changes and ..... I love it!!

For the background, I sponged inks -  Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Coastal Cabana - onto the Hexagon Embossing Folder and then spritzed it lightly.  I put a piece of watercolor paper inside and ran it through the Big Shot.  I stamped the Blended Bloom and used the Blendabilities to color it.  The sentiment is from the photopolymer stamp set, Endless Birthday Wishes.  It has been such a popular stamp set that is has sold out but Stampin' Up is going to restock and it will be available for sale again soon.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Blendabilities Blended Bloom

Have I mentioned yet how much I am enjoying using the Blendabilities markers?   You will see me using them a lot this year.  I know you want to order yours and I hope they will be available to you soon.  Here is the latest update from SU:   They are telling us that certain colors (the same ones currently available to demonstrators for pre-order) should be available to customers to order in late June or early July!  That is a lot better than August.  I believe the main reason for this delay is they want to make sure they have enough in stock to meet the demand that they anticipate.  These are the colors that should be available:
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Skin Tone Assortment
  • Color Lifter
This card was made using the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities along with some of the Skin Tone Assortment and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities for the centers.  The flower stamp is a new single stamp called Blended Bloom.  It is so fun to color!!  I used Stippled Blossoms for the leaves in Garden Green.  The watercolor marks were made using Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Sate ins and they are from the fabulous Work of Art stamp as is the sentiments.

All of these items will be available starting Monday, June 2 at noon MDT (2 pm EDT).  If you need a catalog, please let me know.

The last day for ordering Retiring Products is June 4 so if there is something on those lists you have your eye on, now is the time to order them!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Charleston, Blendabilites and Endless Wishes

I was in Charleston last week and had a great time.  We met Ashley there.  She was attending a medical convention of some sort (and was one of the lecture-ers!)  But she still had time to spend with us.  We took a  bus tour around the city Wednesday morning before she had to go to work.  On Thursday our plans got changed around a bit. Originally, Sonny was going to go to Fort Sumter with one of Ashley's friends who was flying in from Houston and I was going to go to one of the local beaches.  Well, best laid plans .... first off, it was pouring rain most of the day Thursday so the beach was out. And to top it off, Julie missed her flight and instead of arriving in Charleston at 11 a.m., she didn't arrive until around 5 p.m.!!   So Sonny and I drove over to Wadmalaw Island to tour the Charleston Tea Plantation where Bigelow American Classic Tea is made.  It was very interesting to see what goes into making a tin of tea.  I didn't realize that tea is grown from a version of the camelia plant.  Right down the road from the tea plantation, we found the Firefly Vodka Distillery!  They have a tasting room where you get a tasting shot glass (to keep) and you can select 6 alcohols to test.  I had only heard of Firefly sweet tea vodka so I was surprised they have many flavors of the sweet tea vodka but also rum, bourbon, liqueurs, and moonshine, too!  You do only get a sip of each, which ends up being about a shot in total.  Despite the fact that Sonny is not that into infused vodkas or 'fruity flavors,' we both had a fantastic couple of hours here. Indeed, at the end of it, the tasting was just a very small part of it. We walked away with Lemonade Vodka for me, Apple Pie Moonshine and Chocolate Pecan Pie Liquor for Sonny!  For a beer drinker, he surprised me!  The Irvin House Vineyards was next on our list!  It is owned by the same people as Firefly.  Sonny does not drink wine so he came in and sat next to me during my tasting.  The wine was right up my alley .... a sweet muscadine wine!  They have 5 varieties of wines and I walked away with the Magnolia Wine (for my health you know)!! Muscadines, once thought of as "the fountain of youth", have been praised for its significant levels of resveratrol, an organic molecule and powerful antioxidant. A study by the National Institute of Health found that muscadine wines have seventtimes more resveratrol than other wines.  

Good to the last drop!


Me and Waddy having a "cuppa" tea
tea fields

I was playing around last week with my Blendabilities.  I really love them!!  They blend really well and makes me look like a great water-color-er (is that a word???).  Anyhoo ... here are a few images I colored using the markers.

For the Birds stamp - Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities

Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities

Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!  I hope to be spending much of the day with my mother.  And although I won't be with my own children for Mother's Day, I hope to at least get a phone call!  I will see Ashley next week in Charleston and can't wait!

This is the card I made for Mom using the wonderful Blendabilities!  I love them and will be sharing more in the coming weeks.