Thursday, 28 December 2017

Lots of Happy

Hello, Crafters.

I spent most of yesterday getting myself organised for the start of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue and Sale-a-bration which both start on 3rd January 2018. 

I photocopied all the fronts of my stamp sets, and cross-referenced them with co-ordinating die sets or punches! These, and the photocopies of my embossing folders  will go in my easy reference files. Next I went through the list of products in the Christmas (Autumn/Winter) Catalogue that are being carried over until 31st May 2018. The carry-overs have been put in one area of my storage system, and the rest, which will retire on 2nd January 2018 have been put in a different section waiting for 1st June 2018, when I'll be allowed to sell them  on. 

Trouble is with me, once I start I find it difficult to stop, and the ribbon drawers have been in my sights for quite a long time! I now have one drawer of metallic thread, Baker's Twine (retired and current) and unopened retired ribbons! The next drawer is full of retired ribbons but in current colours, and the third drawer is full of current ribbons! 

Then I moved onto the small plastic drawer units that sit on my desk - three to the left and three to the right. Maire, one of the ladies in my team, found them in ASDA earlier this year and sent me three, and because I was so impressed, hubby searched our local ASDA's for another three. I have reorganised all the drawers so that on the right-hand side the drawers are mainly filled with products for me to create boxes for. On the left-hand side I have my tools e.g. scissors, Watercolour Pencils, stamp blocks, etc. 

Isn't it a lovely feeling you get after a spring clean? 

Unfortunately, I didn't allow myself enough time to make a card to share with you today, so I took the easy option and started on the Lots of Happy All-Inclusive Kit (page 15 in the new Spring/Summer Catalogue).

I started on the smallest cards, and I'm doing the same as I did with the last all-inclusive set I shared with you, and that is I'm making them all Thank You cards. The stamp set that comes with this kit has four great sentiments, and one small and one medium sized flower stamps. There is a stamp in the set I could use but it would have meant masking off the "For being a friend" so I'd be left with just Thank You, but I chose to use a stamp from my stash!

There are four Watercolour Pencils in the kit: two are in the box of thirteen that's available for purchase, as well as two that are only available in this kit: Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist. 

There is one ink spot which is Archival Basic Black Ink, which I found was very dry! I hadn't thought about it when my kit arrived, but I should have made sure the ink spot was upside down so the ink stayed at the top of the ink pad! I re-inked the Stampin' Spot, and it was much better, but not perfect, as you can see in the photographs. When I tidied up last night, I re-inked the pad again and left it upside-down. This morning it worked perfectly! 

I've bought a set of the Tutti Fruitti Classic Stampin' Spots that is available in the new catalogue, which I will test today, and I'll give you the feedback tomorrow. The four Stampin' Spots are in Daffodil Delight Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, and Soft Suede. 

I've seen a great storage idea for these Stampin' Spots, and I have my own extra idea that I want to share in a video so I might make that for this Sunday's video. 

I think these Stampin' Spots are going to come into their own when we use the Stamparatus. It's going to be so much easier to use a small ink pad on a small stamp.

If you're still sitting on the fence about pre-ordering a Stamparatus, I hope this will help you decide that you do need one! Pre-order ends on 31st December 2017 at 7:50 CET and 6:50 am GMT.

By the way, I added some of the new Self-Adhesive Sequins to my cards, which are in the new catalogue and I put a rhinestone in the centres!

That's it from me today, until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


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