Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Got Kits?

We’re excited to let you know that there are more Paper Pumpkin kits available for purchase, while supplies last:
  • Seriously Amazing Refill Kit (August 2014; item 136918)
  • Hey, Man Kit (May 2014; item 135878)
  • Glittered Greetings Refill Kit (March 2014; item 135506)
  • Hello to You Refill Kit (June 2013; item 131521)
You can find all of the kit details on the Paper Pumpkin website: www.MyPaperPumpkin.com/pastkits

You do need to be a subscriber to purchase these kits.
You can sign up under my site here: www.mypaperpumpkin.com

And if you do that before September 10th you can get 50% off!

I am all about kits!  They make creativity easier!

Sharon Armstrong

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Photopolymer Stamps and What Inks to Use

Photopolymer stamps have been used in the printing industry for over 50 years and are designed to transfer ink. If your stamps get dusty or dirty you can simply wash them with warm soapy water and they will stick to your acrylic block again. Do not sand them like you would with some of the acrylic stamps as you will take off the top layer of the stamps and lose detail. You can hold amazing detail much finer than with acrylic ones. 

Polymer is like us in that it doesn’t like too much sunlight or too much alcohol! The solvent in Staz-on is amongst the most aggressive on polymer stamps and will attack the upper surface on contact. 

This gives the stamp more grab on the paper and makes it feel sticky when removed. In reality, the solvent is only affecting the stamp whilst it's liquid, which is only for a few seconds before it evaporates and even then only the thinnest surface of the stamp.  

After repeated stamping this effect is reduced as the stamp becomes protected by a layer of pigment. We use performed long term trials with Staz-on on polymer stamps, and even with repeated use (stamping many times a minute) they still last for many months.

I found this article online HERE 

The Best Inks to use are Stampin' Up! New Foam type pads because they are so juicy!  Also the Black Memento Ink works well too!

Hope this helps you!

Sharon Armstrong


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Online Card Kits for you

Sharon Armstrong Online Card Classes
This is a Monthly 6 Part Series. My online class members received a PDF with their Precut cardstock kits and a PDF that includes a Stamp Diagram each month. You do all of the stamping and assembly work in the comfort of your homes!
I create a video each month to help them with tips and tricks! You are invited to join us! Email me for more information sharon@txstampin.com

Place your orders on my store here: www.sharonarmstrong.stampinup.net

Add Hostess Code ZCU7CHC3 if placed before August 18, 2014

I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for over 17 years! I love teaching you how to use our products! And finding your Creative Side!

Information about Monthly Online Clubs.
  1. You receive a FREE Current Stampin' Up! Catalog.
  2. If you remain with me for 6 months you receive 2 FREE Hostess Stamp Sets or Any One Stamp Set from current catalog.
  3. Each month you receive a simple PDF, Pinterest links to give you more ideas PLUS a video for each card!
Please email me sharon@txstampin.com all of you shipping information including your telephone number so that I can ship your card kits to you each month.
All orders are due by the 10th of each month so that supplies can be ordered for your card kit.
Card Kits are shipped around the 20th of each month via Priority Mail.
Each month you will purchase the stamp set and any ink colors that you may need.
I supply all of the cardstock, precut for you, any ribbon or embellishments.
I use Snail adhesive on most cards. If you need any additional adhesives I let you know each month.
Ink Colors used in August are the 2014-2015 In Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist. The cardstock used is fairly generic so you could use any inks that you have.

With that said you really need to have Stampin' Up! Newer Foam ink pads. Because we are using the Photo Polymer stamps and they need a juicer ink source!
Here are the YouTube Videos I created for each card.  There are six.  If you like what I am showing and you want these kits then email me ASAP as I will be cutting this weekend and sending them out.  

In July's class I said that we would use the Flower Patch stamp set in July and August. We would add additional stamps in August, so if you are just joining me then you will need to purchase all of the ones listed below:
  • Flower Patch Bundle (includes the Framelits)  Item code 136788 
  • Dimensionals #104430 $3.95



  • HARDWOOD BACKGROUND STAMP (pg 175) Item #133035, $13.95 clear mount; OR Item #133032 $ 17.95 wood mounted
  • FABULOUS FOUR Item #134174 $14.95 clear mount, or Item #134171 in wood mount for $19.95
  • Dimensionals #104430 $3.95
  • Paper Piercer Mat #126199 $4.95 $4.95 (not required but sure helps achieve better stamped image when using the Photo Polymer Stamps
You will need a Big Shot to complete these cards.
Otherwise you will have to hand cut all of the flowers!




If you've been waiting for the right time to purchase a Big Shot, that time is now! If you buy a Big Shot during the month of August, you'll receive a choice between one of five FREE exclusive stamp set and framelit bundles listed below. (these are valued up to $60) 

And.....if you already own a Big Shot, they are offering 15% discounts on these select bundles! 

All the details are posted on my website  www.sharonarmstrong.stampinup.net

Sharon Armstrong

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More YouTube Videos

I am growing my YouTube Channel!

You should go check it out when you need to learn some tips and tricks!  Simply click on the photo below and it will take you right on over!

While you are there give a Thumbs up to the videos you like and make sure you subscribe to my channel to receive future videos!

You will notice that some of the newer ones refer to my Online Card Classes.
Members receive a PDF of instructions, stamping diagrams, pre-cut card kits delivered to their door each month!  Contact me to join us next month!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ever been lonely?

At the end of May I moved from Texas to Arizona.  My husband got a job.  That was a good thing!  He has had his share of job disappointments over the past 5 years.  I wanted to support my husband and follow him to Arizona. After I was here about 3 weeks he was sent to Germany for two months!  

Can I just tell you all how hard it was to leave a house full of kids, grandkids, stampers and friends?  

Then to move to a small town that you are alone?  I lived in Texas for 40 years!  In the same town for 28!  Everywhere I went I knew someone!  I used to tell my kids not to do anything wrong because someone would tell me!  One of my friends used to tell her kids, don't do anything wrong because Sharon knows everyone!

So what's a person to do?  How do I meet people?  

I searched for classes in my town.  Thinking I could take a crafty kind of class and meet fellow crafters!

I found a group that meets every Friday.  The information about them was to bring your unfinished craft projects (I have a T-shirt that proclaims me as the Queen of unfinished projects!) come work on your projects and socialize!  Perfect!  Just what I need!

They were very welcoming and even invited me to a local monthly stamping group in the next small town!

I attend that event in June (I couldn't go in July due to Stampin' Up! Annual convention)  but I can't wait to go in August!

My husband is coming home TODAY!!! Friday!!!!!  I feel like it's Christmas!  This is the longest I have every been alone in my life!  It has given me a chance to do some thinking and some more unpacking!

I would like to encourage anyone that is like me (lonely) to reach out and find someone or something to help you with the loneliness!  

Since I mentioned Stampin' Up! Annual Convention I would like to share some card swaps that I received!  I made about 75 cards and swapped with others!  It's like the most fun ever to do that!


These were two that I did myself.
If you want to know how to do any of these let me know!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Helping you save money

Every Week Stampin' Up! offers savings to you!  To see these deals on my online store click on the picture and look at each item that you are interested in!

I bet you didn't know this!

Part of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I can have an online store with Stampin' Up!
Oh wait you probably already knew that!  Since my previous posts may have directed you there!

But did you know that on my website there are IDEAS???

I invite you to go over and check them out!  Simply click on the photo below and it will take you there!

Have FUN!

When you arrive, click on any of the pictures and it will take you to more details of the card.  Like this:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

How gorgeous Blended Bloom by Stampin' Up!

At convention these were demonstrated!  I think you will agree they are gorgeous!

They used the Journaling Pen from Project Life by Stampin' Up! to make all the marks on the flower.  Plus they used the Blendabilities!  Now that they are all available I think you will want to try this!!!
Oh and you will need the Memento Ink pad too to stamp the flower with.  This pad will not bleed when you use the alcohol based Blendabilities!

Visit my online store for all of the Blendabilites that are now available!

This technique is called Zentangle!  Love it!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Today is Big Friday in My Stampin' Up World

So much going on right now!  Today is August 1 and Stampin' Up is offering that Big Shot deal I mentioned previously.  To see all about that check it out below.  To make it easier for you these are direct links click and shop!

The other fun thing happening today is that Demonstrators get to PreOrder from the Holiday Mini Catalog that will be available to order from on August 25.  Decisions, decisions!  I have to go shopping now!  So Tah-Tah see you tomorrow!

So if you purchase the Big shot for $99 you can save up to $54.25!  Wow!  And just so you know these bundles are already 15% off when you buy them as a bundle instead of individually.

I use my Big Shot daily!  And love the Magnetic Platform too.  It keeps the framelits right where I want them!