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Have you been thinking about joining my Stamps in the Mail Club? Good for you! You should know that I’ve been offering this club for over 7 years, and about 98% of my participants continue for 6 months or more!
There are several frequent questions about the club, so I thought I’d drop a few updates:
1. Q: Do you get all the supplies to make the projects?
A: Yes, you get ALL the supplies. With SITM, everything will be pre-punched as needed, pre-die cut and pre-dry embossed. That way you only need the supplies in the kit and the SITM order to make the projects. The only exception is that this month you’ll need a dark brown ink pad that’s not included (Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip or Soft Suede are all good). You could even use black if you don’t have a brown.
2. Q: What if I already own the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch?
A. No problem! Every month I send a list of the items included in the $45 SITM fee, and you can swap out ANY product that you might already own. It’s quick and easy, and if want something more expensive, you just pay the difference on your item.
3. Q: What do you mean that the Round lasts for 3 months? What if I want to cancel?
A. SITM kits are grouped together in 3 month periods. The new SITM “round” is May/June/July. So each month you’ll get a new kit that builds on the previous month and will add a combination of new stamps/inks/accessories. I’ll send an email with a PayPal link each month and you’ll have a chance to change/add supplies before I place your orders. You can cancel any time you need to — just let me know and you won’t get that next month’s kit.
I hope those questions help you understand a bit more about your Stamps in the Mail Club opportunities!
I’ve also gotten a few notes from very happy SITM Club Members recently, and wanted to share a couple with you:
Thanks for sharing your ideas. I am making much better use of the stamp sets I have thanks to your club – and one of my goals has been to use each set for multiple projects. — Cathy L.
I loved my last SITM kit. I made everything and they all turned out beautiful. Thanks for putting so much time into making every kit!!!!
I am so excited about the next 3 months of SITM!!! Learning a new technique sounds AWESOME!!!! — Vicki
I just saw the new SITM projects. They look great!! I love getting your projects to do, you come with the best ideas.
If you haven’t already signed up for this new SITM round, be sure to visit my Stamps in the Mail Club page and click the giant “email Meg” button to request your invoice.
I’m away from my desk until May 9th, but I’ll get your invoice sent as soon as I return, and you’ll be stamping before you know it!
It’s that time again! Yup, time to sign up for a new Round of my Stamps in the Mail Club! This Round (#27!) we’ll be featuring the new A ROUND ARRAY stamp set from the Sneak Peek of the upcoming new Catalog. Stamps in the Mail Club is the perfect chance to add this set to your collection, AND receive ideas for using it!
Plus during the May/June/July Round, you’ll receive your FREE copy of the NEW CATALOG with your June Kit. I saw a Demonstrator Sneak Peek of the whole catalog this weekend, and I know you’re going to love it, too!
So… What is Stamps in the Mail Club?
Delivered right to your doorstep–it’s the stamps, inks and accessories you need to complete these projects. Plus printed directions, exclusive Video Tutorials and pre-cut, pre-embossed card stock, ready-to-stamp! It’s my Stamps in the Mail Club, and you can sign up today! Above are the 4 projects you’ll make with your supplies and your Month 1 Club Kit.
Look at what the Stamps in the Mail Club can do for you!
- Build your stamping supplies: kit includes $30-35 value in Stampin’ Up! product each month for 3 months in a row, and you get to keep all the coordinating stamps, inks, accessories and embellishments to use in other stamping projects
- Easy to follow: Pre-printed directions for all 4 projects in a color handout with photos and step-by-step instructions will be sent with the kit each month and necessary supplies are listed at the top of each project so you know exactly what to have at your fingertips.
- Flexible Kit Contents: build on what you own! Select alternate Stampin’ Up! product each month if you already own a Stampin’ Pad color or accessory item
- No sorting or struggling: materials to create each project arrive pre-packaged separately for each project
- Stampin’ Up! exclusive materials: the best products on the market including heavy-weight Designer Paper and cardstock, timeless images, and perfectly coordinated color scheme
- Learn more each month: the 3-month subscription teaches you how to use what you’ve purchased and presents inspiring ideas on how to make the most of your investment in supplies
Here’s a review from a past Stamps in the Mail Club subscriber:
From Jill F: “[Stamps in the Mail Club] is the BEST club I have been involved with. It is so nice to go to my stamp room, pull out the directions and the cello bag and get busy!! Thanks for offering this club.”
You can subscribe to the 3-month Stamps in the Mail Club for just $45 each month! Click here for details on the kit contents for May, as well as details on the Exclusive Video Tutorials for Stamps in the Mail Club Members and free catalogs.
Ready to sign up now? Need more details? Click here and use the big “email Meg” button to request your Paypal Invoice!
Still not sure? I think you’ll love these projects! If you’d like to see what all kinds of projects we’ve made in the past, I have a few of them shared on my blog — look at the gallery now.
I look forward to stamping with you by mail!
Sometimes simple is just what you need! Here’s a card with only 2 colors — Basic Black and Summer Starfruit. The Betsy’s Blossom stamp set (see it online) is great for bold images and strong colors.
Love the banner and the stamp to match the shaped card stock? Here’s what you’d need to make these shaped banners at home:
- Big Shot (see it online) – 113439
- Bitty Banners Framelits (see them online) — 129267
- Itty Bitty Banners stamp set (see it online) — 126257 (clear) or 126255 (wood)
Be sure to check out more Betsy’s Blossom card ideas on my blog.
Nope, it’s not just for Valentine’s Day! The Hearts A Flutter Bundle (see it online – 131097) with the Hearts A Flutter stamp set plus the coordinating Framelits is great for birthday cards, girlfriend cards, pretty much anything all year long.
Do you like the effect on the little banner? I used two layers to make that piece — Whisper White for the bottom (stamped with the heart in Island Indigo) and a piece of Vellum Card Stock for an overlay.
Adhesives show THROUGH the vellum when you stick it down. I know, big bummer.
Here’s the trick — cover your adhesive spot with something…like a Large Rhinestone!
Looking for an alternate card shape? Here’s a fun one using your Big Shot dies to cut your card background. Simply fold your card stock and place on the die so the fold is INSIDE the die cut shape. When you cut with the die, your fold will remain and your card is ready to decorate!
The die for this card is the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005 – see it online).
Perfect for spring, this card features the Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set (see more Betsy’s Blossom card ideas on my blog).
Stamps: Betsy’s Blossoms, Itty Bitty Banners; Inks: Basic Black; Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Midnight Muse; Accessories: In Color Dahlias (may vary), Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Big Shot, Oval Accents Bigz Clear Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits
Pleasant Poppies is another of the gorgeous full-size images currently available from Stampin’ Up! (see it online – 129499). Last week I mentioned a few tips for using large stamps on small projects. Today I have a couple more technique tips for you: the Spotlighting Technique and a Watercolor Refresher! Both techniques are wrapped up in this paper lunch sack turned into a Gift Bag.
This project was actually one from my Stamps in the Mail Club during the last round. If you haven’t ever participated, get ready for the next round. Signups begin in April for the May Round!
Spotlighting is a nice way to highlight a certain part of a larger stamp, like with Pleasant Poppies or Swallowtail.
- Stamp your large image on the background.
- Stamp again on scrap paper and use a Circle Punch to punch out the piece(s) you’d like to highlight.
- Color the circles differently from the background and match them back onto your main image.
Refresher Technique Focus: Watercolor
- Gently wipe the wet tip of the AQP across the end of the WWC, picking up color
- Begin with the lightest color layer: use a light touch and extra water to thin out your color
- Add a 2nd color layer, either of the same tone or different. Be sure to leave some of the lightest layer showing
- Add a 3rd color layer as the darkest layer, using the most pigment from the crayon and the least amount of water
- Consider your shadows – which direction does the light in your picture shine? Objects with a shadow around the outer stamped black line look more dimensional and realistic
Curious about how the gift bag works? I have a Video Tutorial that shows how to make these Card Topper Gift Bags.
And be sure to check for more Pleasant Poppies ideas on my blog!
Supplies: Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Curly Cute; Inks: Jet Black Staz-On Ink; Cardstock: Watercolor Paper, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pacific Point; Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbon (Sale-A-Bration gift), Jumbo Rhinestone, Pacific Point Stitched Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Brights Collection, Aqua Painters, Distressing Tool (optional – Spring Catalog), 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1 ¾” Circle Punch
For the Birds (see it online) is a great all-occasions stamp set, plus it’s a perfect one for perfecting your watercolor skills! My absolute favorite tools for watercolor are the Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Brights Collection here - see them online – 119804) and the Aqua Painters (see them online – 103954).
You’ll have the best luck with your watercolor if you use really nice watercolor paper (like from Stampin’ Up!).
For ink, my preference is definitely the Jet Black Staz-On Ink (see it online)
Want to learn more about watercolor crayons? Here’s my Video Tutorial for watercoloring! Or I also have a 3-in-1 Video Tutorial for Watercolor Wonder Crayons.
I think in all my years of stamping, I’ve only seen 1-2 stamps EVER that come close to meeting the beauty of the Swallowtail stamp (see it online – 129216).
I know the Swallowtail image is huge — nearly bigger than a standard card front (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). Don’t let it intimidate you!
Here are a few of my suggestions for using it:
- Use only a portion of the butterfly (like in the samples here)
- Go monochromatic – a single color shows off the beauty in the stamp perfectly
- Heat emboss the butterfly – be sure to use high end embossing powder (like from Stampin’ Up!) to capture all the detail
What do we all need? More time. Really, who can’t agree with that?
The good news is that you CAN get more time. I can help you!
Think about the time you spend sitting down to craft. How much time do you spend:
- searching for coordinating materials?
- trying 3-4-5-6 different colors of designer paper to see what matches?
- deciding what die cut embellishment to add?
What if it was REALLY easy to skip all those steps? Hello!! More CRAFTING time to enjoy putting your projects together!
One of my favorite Spring Catalog products for making this easy is the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (see it online -131395). Here’s what you get:
- 9 embossed paper tags (the cute Crumb Cake ones)
- 9 fabric cover brads (*TIP* – dye them by pressing into your ink pad!)
- Precut paper flower pieces (tons and tons and tons of them)
- 9 pieces of Vanilla butcher’s twine
- “Just for You” wood-mount stamp (exclusive to this kit)
And the whole kit is only $12.95! Really, it’s pretty clever to put it all together and make it easy to use.
Love the designer paper in this project? It’s Summer Starfruit (to match the brad on the flower), and it’s from the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (SAB – free item with a $50 order– #127540).
(Or you could always sign up for my Stamps in the Mail Club, which is a whole set of projects ready-to-create, direct to your mailbox.)
Supplies: Stamps: Oh Hello, Inks: Calypso Coral, Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Accessories: Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, Rhinestone Jewels, Decorative Label Punch
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.
I’m in love with this gorgeous stamp! The Swallowtail single stamp from the Spring Catalog (see it online – 129216) is absolutely breathtaking – I don’t think my photo or the catalog do it justice!
And the Triple Stamping Technique is a perfect way to use your Swallowtail stamp. It may look complicated, but really, this technique is simple once you have your card stock cut to the right size.
I can help you with that! You’re going to want a good Paper Trimmer (love the new one from Stampin’ Up! – see it online).
Who knew, but it turns out that this paper trimmer is super convenient to use when you can’t get around easily… like if you’ve broken your leg and you’re supposed to keep your foot up in the air, but you just can’t help wanting to stamp!
Back to the technique – here are the sizes I used for my card stock:
- Whisper White card stock:
5 1/4” x 8
3 x 4 1/4”
2 x 3 1/4”
- Island Indigo card stock:
4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
3 1/4” x 4 1/2”
2 1/4” x 3 1/2″
The technique itself is simple. You’ll arrange the layers of white card stock, then stamp on all the layers at the same time. Then just take the layers apart and put the colored card stock layers in between. Voila!
I definitely have some special tips though:
- Adhere just the white layers with small amounts of SNAIL adhesive so they don’t move while stamping
- With a small image, be sure to cover most of the card stock surface
- Don’t worry if your image leaves a small gap where the layers change – this is normal and will be mostly covered by the colored card stock layers you’ll add at the end.
- After stamping, pull the layers of card stock apart by twisting them, rather than peeling them back. This will keep the fibers in the paper from breaking and no one will be able to tell that they have been pulled apart
- Re-layer the white card stock with the colored layers in between.
Other elements from this card? I used the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (see it online -131395) for the flower. Watch for more samples with this fun kit in upcoming blog posts! There are tons of flowers in the kit…I think they must multiply when you’re not looking…
The lucky stampers in my Stamps in the Mail Club are making this card in March as part of their Month 2 Club Kit! It’s not too late — I have a few Stamps in the Mail kits from Month 1 if you’d like to jump in and join us! Just drop me an email or check the details on my website.
Stamps: Oh Hello, Swallowtail
Inks: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Designer Build A Brads, Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit
Pre-Punched: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Bitty Butterfly Punch
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.