My Top Five Favorite Stampin’ Up! Products & Why.

My Top Five Favorite Stampin’ Up! Products & Why.

I love lots of our Stampin’ Up! products but I have to say my top five  favorites right now August 1st 2018 are:

  1. The big shot: I would not want to not have a big shot as it adds so much to your paper crafting projects. You can add dry embossing to cards, die cuts to your scrapbooks, make boxes, bags and much more. Here are the big shot details as described on the Stampin’ Up! Website. Say hello to your crafty friend—the Big Shot. It’s a manual, multipurpose die-cutting system that you can use to quickly and easily create die-cut or embossed shapes, envelopes, tags, and 3D items.

      *  Portable; no electricity required

      * Includes Standard Cutting Pads and Multipurpose Platform

          • Cuts a variety of materials depending on the die used

      Therefore I think the big shot is number one in my book and a must have in your craft room. 

2. Stampin’ Trimmer: This trimmer is my second favorite product

    at Stampin’ Up! There are many other trimmers out there on the

    market, but I find this trimmer to be superior over all the others. I love that it has a lock for traveling, a six inch base, grid lines that won’t  wear down and there is storage for extra blades underneath. It is light weight, can be expanded to over 14”, and has a cutting and scoring blade.

  I would recommend this trimmer to everyone because it can

      be used as a trimmer as well as a score board and it is good  quality.

   

3. Another product that I feel is an essential in paper crafting is

    our snail adhesive. This adhesive is strong yet you can

    reposition it and if you get some any place it should not be, 

   you can rub it off very disillusioned. Stampin’ Up! describes it

   as follows: SNAIL is double-sided, permanent adhesive. It

   applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your

   project, so your hands and work area never get sticky. 

   * 13.1 yards (12 m) of adhesive

   * Easy to apply and refill

   * Refills available

    There only $7.00 and they are refillable, so why not grab a few

     and try them.

   

   

4. Stampin’ ink padsMy next favorite item for paper crafting from Stampin’ Up! is our  new Stampin’ ink pads.

 These ink pads are the best I have ever

    seen, the are large pads, refillable, and they store up side down

    so the ink stays at the top. Stampin’ Up! Discribes them on

    their website as follows: 

    Make a colorful impression with our signature ink. Classic

    Stampin’ Pads come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, grouped

    in collections to take the guesswork out of product

    coordination. The innovative ink pad design has a patented

    flip-top lid and a firm foam pad to give you a superior stamping

    experience. 

    * 10 pads, 1 each of 10 colors:    * Fast drying, dye-based ink

    * Acid free

    * Flip top for upside-down storage: pads stay inked during           

       storage

    * Firm foam pad lasts longer than felt pads and provides

        exceptional ink coverage, especially with solid-image

        stamps

     * Can be re-inked with matching Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

     * Coordinates with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, markers, and

         embellishments 

   These inks are the best like I said before, the lids are attached so they don’t fall off. Try yours today.

    5.  The last favorite of mine is our new Stamparatus this great tool makes it so much easier and faster to stamp, re-stamp and do multiple Stamping. You will love this tool and it will make life so much easier. Stampin’Up! say this about this tool. 

A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.

It was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want:

* Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps

* 2 magnets to hold the paper in place

* Rulers on 2 sides for quick measuring

* 2 open sides so you can use larger paper

* Multiple hinges for more placement options

* 2 reversible plates for 4 sides to work with

* 1 foam mat for use with photopolymer

* 1 base with grid

* Magnet storage areas

 

Hope you enjoyed my top pick and if you are ever interested in any of these products you can visit my website at www.bringjoywithstamping.stampinup.net

Or visit my blog at www.bringjoywithstamping.com

Happy Stamping Brenda

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Adhesives

  

Adhesives 

Glue dots, snail, fast fuse, oh my!

Have you ever wonder which adhesive to use for which project. We’ll I am going to help you out and tell you which works best on what.

SNAIL ADHESIVE: Snail is a double sided adhesive that is acid free. Therefore it is great for scrapbooking because it won’t ruin your photos. It is also great for card making and adhering light weight papers and card stock.

TEAR AND TAPE: Tear and tape bonds instantly like fast fuse and can be torn easily. It is in my opinion that it is the same strength as fast fuse, and therefore is awesome for box and bag making.

GLUE DOTS: Glue dots are great for adhering buttons, pearls, ribbon and little embellishments. It is easiest to add the item to the dot and then to your paper instead of taking the glue dot off and adhering it the the item then to paper.

TOMBO MULTIPURPOSE GLUE: Tombo is used to adhere glitter, paper, card stock and more. It dries quickly and dries clear.

DIMENSIONALS: Dimensionals are used to prop up your paper and give it dimension.  These are great for card making and scrapbooking, and I love them for putting embellishments on boxes and bags. We also now have mini dimentionals as well.

FINE TIP GLUE PEN: This glue pen is new to Stampin’Up! and is great for adhering small cut outs, embellishments and more to cards and scrapbooks.

FOAM ADHESIVE STRIPS: These thin long strips are a great idea for making shaker cards.  It is more cost effective to use these thin strips then the more thicker ones and it saves time too.

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets: Easily adhere shapes you cut with the big shot and dies. 12 sheets in each pack 6” x 12”

Hope this helps.

ENJOY1 

Stamping hugs Brenda

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Adhesives

Adhesives
Glue dots, snail, fast fuse, oh my!
Have you ever wonder which adhesive to use for which project. We’ll I am going to help you out and tell you which works best on what.

SNAIL ADHESIVE: Snail is a double sided adhesive that is acid free. Therefore it is great for scrapbooking because it won’t ruin your photos. It is also great for card making and adhering light weight papers and card stock.

FAST FUSE: : Fast fuse is a newer product but it is great for paper crafting, especially box and bag making. It is also acid free and great for scrapbooking.

TEAR AND TAPE: Tear and tape bonds instantly like fast fuse and can be torn easily. It is in my opinion that it is the same strength as fast fuse, and therefore is awesome for box and bag making.

GLUE DOTS: Glue dots are great for adhering buttons, pearls, ribbon and little embellishments. It is easiest to add the item to the dot and then to your paper instead of taking the glue dot off and adhering it the the item then to paper.

TOMBO MULTIPURPOSE GLUE: Tombo is used to adhere glitter, paper, card stock and more. It dries quickly and dries clear.

DIMENSIONALS: Dimensionals are used to prop up your paper and give it dimension. These are great for card making and scrapbooking, and I love them for putting embellishments on boxes and bags.

FINE TIP GLUE PEN: This glue pen is new to Stampin’Up! and is great for adhering small cut outs, embellishments and more to cards and scrapbooks.

FOAM ADHESIVE STRIPS: These thin long strips are a great idea for making shaker cards. It is more cost effective to use these thin strips then the more thicker ones and it saves time too.

Hope this helps.
ENJOY1
Stamping hugs Brenda

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Product Review: Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Pencils

These new watercolor pencils are so great, they are light weigh, easy to sharpen and they bring out the creativity in everyone. What is also nice about them is they coordinate with all our ink and paper colors and the names are on each pencil. There are many different techniques you can do with them and on February 25th I will be teaching a class on them.

The Stampin’ Up! description is as follows:
High-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.
* 13 pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
* Acid free
Lignin free

Hope this helps
Happy Stamping Brenda

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Product Review: Big Shot

                                Product Review
Big Shot

If you are thinking of buying the big shot, then here is a review for you. The big shot is an awesome piece of machinery, and has lots of great potential. Here I will go over what it comes with, it’s added accessories, the pro and cons of the big shot, and any additional information.

  1. What is included when you buy the big shot:
    The big shot
    2 standard cutting pads
    Standard multi-purpose platform

Added accessories:
Extra cutting plates, standard and extra long
Extra long multi purpose platform
Magnetic platform
Big shot die brush and pad
Extended and regular crease pads
Precision base plate
Framelits
Thinlits
Edgelits
Steal rule dies
Embossing folders
And more

Pro’s and Con’s of the big shot:
Pro’s:
This machine is multi functional- It does the following:
1. Cuts with wafer thin dies
2. Cuts with steel rule dies
3. Flattens metals such as bottle caps
4. Dry and wet embossed with embossing folders
5. Can be used for home decor
6. For quilting and sewing
And more

It can be used with lots of different materials:
1. Paper
2. Card stock
3. Chipboard with steel rule dies
4. Fabric
5. Leather
6. Thin metal
7. Vellum
8. Window sheets
9. Craft foam
10. Cork
11. Rubber
12. Shrink plastic
And more

Projects you can do are endless- Here are just a few:
Paper crafting
Scrapbooking
Home decor
Kids crafts
Jewelry
Appliqué and quilting

Cons:
It is kind of navy, depending how strong you are 7.50 lbs and the dimensions are 14 1/2″ x 12 3/8″ x 6 5/8″.
Also, it is not electric you have to crank the dies through, so if you don’t like that maybe this machine is not for you.

Other things about the big shot:
The big shot is a great tool to have in your craft room if you are looking for a manual die cutter. I actually prefer it over my electric one because it is quick and easy to use. The others thing you need to know when shopping for a big shot is that the big shot is the same machine, just in a different color as the big kick. The big shot is also available in three sizes, the big shot, the big shot plus and the big shot pro. They are all the same but just a wider opening to put bigger dies through. In conclusion I would recommend and buy a big shot over any other machine on the market, because it is strong durable and multi-functional.

Stamping Hugs Brenda

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My Top Five Favorite Stampin’ Up! Products & Why

My Top Five Favorite Stampin’ Up! Products & Why.

I love lots of our Stampin’ Up! products but I have to say my top five favorites right now January 2017 are:

The big shot: I would not want to not have a big shot as it adds s much to your paper crafting projects. You can add dry embossing to cards, die cuts to your scrapbooks, make boxes, bags and much more. Here are the big shot details as described on the Stampin’ Up! Website. Say hello to your crafty friend—the Big Shot. It’s a manual, multipurpose die-cutting system that you can use to quickly and easily create die-cut or embossed shapes, envelopes, tags, and 3D items.
* Portable; no electricity required
* Includes Standard Cutting Pads and Multipurpose Platform
Cuts a variety of materials depending on the die used
Therefore I think the big shot is number one in my book.
2. Stampin’ Trimmer: This trimmer is my second favorite product
at Stampin’ Up! There are many other trimmers out there on the
market, but I find this trimmer to be superior over all the
pthers. I like that it has a lock down arm for traveling, a wide
six inch base and it includes a scoring and cutting blade. Here
are the details according to the Stampin’ Up! website:
I would recommend this trimmer to everyone because it can
be used as a trimmer as well as a score board.

This is the paper trimmer that all other paper trimmers want to be! This lightweight, portable trimmer is specially designed to make stable and straight cuts.

* Full 12″ cut or score
* 1 cutting and 1 scoring blade included
* Extra-wide, 6-1/4″ cutting base for most projects; 14-1/2″ extendable ruler for large projects
* Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover
* Point on cutting handle for precise measuring
* Right-side grid for cutting thin strips
Includes storage compartments for Bone Folders and more

3. Another product that I feel is an essential in paper crafting is
our snail adhesive. This adhesive is strong yet you can
reposition it and if you get some any place it should not be,
you can rub it off very disillusioned. Stampin’ Up! describes it
as follows: SNAIL is double-sided, permanent adhesive. It
applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your
project, so your hands and work area never get sticky.
* 13.1 yards (12 m) of adhesive
* Easy to apply and refill
* Refills available
There only $7.00 and they are refillable, so why not grab a few
and try them.

4.My next favorite item for paper crafting from Stampin’ Up! is our
Stampin’ ink pads. These ink pads are the best I have ever
seen, the are large pads, refillable, and they store up side down
so the ink stays at the top. Stampin’ Up! Discribes them on
their website as follows:
Make a colorful impression with our signature ink. Classic
Stampin’ Pads come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, grouped
in collections to take the guesswork out of product
coordination. The innovative ink pad design has a patented
flip-top lid and a firm foam pad to give you a superior stamping
experience.
* 10 pads, 1 each of 10 colors: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight,
Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real
Red, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise
* Fast drying, dye-based ink
* Acid free
* Flip top for upside-down storage: pads stay inked during
storage
* Firm foam pad lasts longer than felt pads and provides
exceptional ink coverage, especially with solid-image
stamps
* Can be re-inked with matching Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills
* Coordinates with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, markers, and
embellishments
These inks are the best like I said befor, the lids are attached so
they don’t fall off. Try yours today.
5. And last but not least is our Stampin’Up! card stock. When I
first started paper crafting I used to use regular card stock
from the big box craft stores. Then when I was introduced to
Stampin’ Up and their card stock, oh my goodness, what a
difference.it is think and colored all the way through to the
core. Stampin’Up! describes it as follows: The best projects
start with the best products. Start your projects with our high-
quality cardstock, formulated especially for discerning
crafters. The ultra smooth surface is ideal for stamping, so you
get clean, crisp images. And it’s dyed with pure color all the
way through so there’s no white core. Each assortment
includes 20 sheets, 2 each of 10 colors.
* 8-1/2″ x 11″
* 20 sheets, 2 sheets each of 10 colors: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil
Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie,
Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Tempting
Turquoise
* Acid free
* Lignin free
Therefore in my book it is the best card stock you can get.
Hope you enjoyed my top pick and if you are ever interested in any of these products you can visit my website at www.bjstampingtreasures.stampinup.net
Happy Stamping Brenda

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Paper Crafting Classes

Here is a list and description of my up and coming classes.

Stamping hugs Brenda

June 4th 2016 12 to 4pm
Card Making Bingo

Please join us for our monthly card making class where you will make 5 awesome cards, learn new techniques and have fun too. This class is designed for both beginners and advanced card makers and you do not have to have taken any of our other classes with me to attend this one. This class is held in my home and if it is your first class with me it is free. Class is four hours but may not take that long, and the cost is $20.00. You only need to bring a tape runner, payment and a smile. Classes are held on Saturdays and payment and your reservation are due by that Thursday before class. You can email me at [email protected] or call me at 413-203-5196 for details
June 11th 2016 12 to 4pm
60’s Scrapbooking Crop

Please join us for our monthly scrap booking crop, where you bring all your scrapbooking projects you have been working on or want to work on and we get together and get lots done. This crop includes the space to work, snacks, a make and take and lots of fun. It is four hours but you can stay as long as you wish. Class is open to all ages 8 and up, and would be great for a mother and daughter or even you and your grandchild. The crop is $15.00 and you need to pay and register 2 days prior. Call or email me for details at 413-203-5196 [email protected]
June 7th 2016 10 to 12 pm
Technique Class: letter O for opposite or mirror stamping

Join us for our monthly technique class that is meant to teach you different techniques that you can use in your card making or crafting. We are working our way through the alphabet, learning new techniques, but you do not have to have started from the beginning. You can start any where you wish, take one class or all of them. Cost is $20.00 and includes supplies and instructions. You must register at least 2 days prior to the class, call or email for details at 413-203-5196 [email protected]

June 16th 2016 from 6pm to 8 pm
Technique Class: letter O for opposite or mirror stamping

Join us for our monthly technique class that is meant to teach you different techniques that you can use in your card making or crafting. We are working our way through the alphabet, learning new techniques, but you do not have to have started from the beginning. You can start any where you wish, take one class or all of them. Cost is $20.00 and includes supplies and instructions. You must register at least 2 days prior to the class, call or email for details at 413-203-5196 [email protected]
June 25th 2016 from 12 to 4pm
Stamp a stack

Stamp a stack is a new class for us, and the idea of stamp a stack is that you go home with a stack of cards ready to mail out. Just bring your tape runner,and a smile and have fun. Cost of the class is $20.00, last two hours, and includes 8 envelopes. Please register at least 2 days prior to the class, you can call or email me for details413-203-5196 [email protected]

Hope to see you there!

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Product Review: Big Shot

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If you are thinking of buying the big shot, then here is a review for you. The big shot is an awesome piece of machinery, and has lots of great potential. Here I will go over what it comes with, it’s added accessories, the pro and cons of the big shot, and any additional information.

What is included when you buy the big shot:
The big shot
2 standard cutting pads
Standard multi-purpose platform

Added accessories:
Extra cutting plates, standard and extra long
Extra long multi purpose platform
Magnetic platform
Big shot die brush and pad
Extended and regular crease pads
Precision base plate
Framelits
Thinlits
Edgelits
Steal rule dies
Embossing folders
And more

Pro’s and Con’s of the big shot:
Pro’s:
This machine is multi functional- It does the following:
1. Cuts with wafer thin dies
2. Cuts with steel rule dies
3. Flattens metals such as bottle caps
4. Dry and wet embossed with embossing folders
5. Can be used for home decor
6. For quilting and sewing
And more

It can be used with lots of different materials:
1. Paper
2. Card stock
3. Chipboard with steel rule dies
4. Fabric
5. Leather
6. Thin metal
7. Vellum
8. Window sheets
9. Craft foam
10. Cork
11. Rubber
12. Shrink plastic
And more

Projects you can do are endless- Here are just a few:
Paper crafting
Scrapbooking
Home decor
Kids crafts
Jewelry
Appliqué and quilting

Cons:
It is kind of navy, depending how strong you are 7.50 lbs and the dimensions are 14 1/2″ x 12 3/8″ x 6 5/8″.
Also, it is not electric you have to crank the dies through, so if you don’t like that maybe this machine is not for you.

Other things about the big shot:
The big shot is a great tool to have in your craft room if you are looking for a manual die cutter. I actually prefer it over my electric one because it is quick and easy to use. The others thing you need to know when shopping for a big shot is that the big shot is the same machine, just in a different color as the big kick. The big shot is also available in three sizes, the big shot, the big shot plus and the big shot pro. They are all the same but just a wider opening to put bigger dies through. In conclusion I would recommend and buy a big shot over any other machine on the market, because it is strong durable and multi-functional.

Stamping Hugs Brenda

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