Get This Party Started – 2016 In Colors!

Today is the first day of pre-order for demonstrators.  Some lucky crafters already have the 2016-18 In Color range in their hot little hands.

I am waiting {patienty} for my products to be packed, boxed & shipped before they begin their long sloooooowwwwww journey west.  The Nullarbor always seems the longest at pre-order time!

In 2016, we are excited to have Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum joining us.

2016-17 In Colors. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you seen some sneak peak posts showing off these beautiful colours?  I’m looking forward to sharing some with you once I get my very own cardstock, inks, markers & refills.

Until then, I love this set of cards made by Carolina Evans.


Thankfully, I’ve still been able to have a play with the new colours, even if it is in digital form.  Here are the new marker & ink refill inserts for the 2016-18 In Colors…

Free printable inserts for 2016-2018 In Color range - Stampin' Write Markers & Ink Refills. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Click on the links below to download each of the inserts through Dropbox.  Or, click on the photo above to download both the inserts in a Word document (via Dropbox).

2016-2018 Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (printed size: 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2016 – 2018 Ink Refill Insert (printed size: 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

You can find inserts from previous years here:

Stampin’ Write Marker Inserts

Ink Refill Inserts

If you have any issues accessing any of the files, please send me an email so I can help you.

The inserts are designed to fit the Stampin’ Up! clear cases.  If you live in Australian and don’t own these already, you can purchase in my online store by following the links below.


Purchase Stampin' Write Marker Inserts or Ink Refill Inserts custom designed for the colors you own. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Although many of you have the full range of markers & ink refills to store in your clear cases, I know not everyone collects or stores by colour family.  So, this year I am trialling custom inserts.

How will it work?  Send me an email with the colour selection you required on each insert – up to 10 markers & 5 ink refills will fit on each design.  I will create your custom insert & email you the digital file once payment is received, which you can then print & use when you store your markers or ink refills.

Payment? Marker inserts will cost $2 and ink refill inserts will cost $1.  Prices are in Australian Dollars.  Once we have finalised your request, I will send a PayPal invoice.  You can expect to receive your files within 48 hours of payment.


Thank you for all the lovely crafters that share the link to these inserts.  Your support is wonderful and inspires me to keep updating the inserts year after year.

Now, to start stalking the postie so I have something to put in my 2016 cases!  Kelly x

PS, some of you have asked about the RGB codes.  Many thanks to Caroline Hallett – you can find them here and also here from Carol Dunstan.

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Looking After Your Photopolymer stamps – including DIY Photopolymer Cleaning Cloth

I love the new style of photopolymer stamps that Stampin’ Up! introduced last year (or was it the year before now?  I lose track!).  The quality is amazing, the price is excellent and they stamp as well as clear or wood rubber.  But … they show the signs of use – particularly the not-so-attractive hot pink hue they take on once you start cleaning them.

Here are a few tips that may help with using photopolymer stamps:

  • Always clean your PP stamps straight after use (see below for a great DIY cleaning cloth)
  • Some stampers swear by first stamping in a light colour (ie, Blushing Bride) for the stamp’s first use to reduce the dark ink the stamp takes up in subsequent uses
  • PP stamps WILL stain if you use dark colours – particularly those with red bases (Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler), so if you can’t handle the stain, don’t use dark colours!
  • You can use Staz On ink with your PP stamps, but make sure to clean immediately afterwards.  Staz On cleaner can be used but it’s not recommended by Stampin’ Up! If you need to use it, use it straight away and be sure to remove all traces of the cleaner before storing your stamps again.  Other stampers have recommended Hero Arts Ultra Clean as a safe way to clean Staz On ink from photopolymer stamps.
  • PP stamps prefer to be stored away from direct sunlight
  • If your PP stamps lose their ‘sticky’, wash them in warm water & a small amount of gentle dishwashing liquid  & allow to air dry on some clean paper towel.  This will restore them to their usual tacky selves.
  • Mount PP stamps by placing the stamp face down on your work surface and lower the block directly on top.  This will help to keep the intended shape & alignment of your PP stamp before you ink it up.
  • Take PP stamps off your blocks gently and avoid pulling them.  If you’re not careful, you can unwittingly stretch or tear your PP stamps.

I’ve long suspected that the pink staining that is so comment with PP stamps had more to do with cleaning the stamps using the Stampin’ Scrub than the actual ink use itself.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I love my Stampin’ Scrub and will continue to use it religiously for all red rubber stamps (clear & wood sets).  But, for photopolymer, I wanted to share this idea with you from Maggie Mata (Maggie Made Cards).  Maggie uses a PVA car cleaning cloth to clean her PP stamps.  I’ve been trying this for a couple of weeks now and it works a treat.  And I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you!  Thanks Maggie!

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If you’re in America, you can purchase a cleaning cloth from Maggie’s website.  If you’re in Australia (or the rest of the world), try a car supplies store.  You need to buy a “PVA chamois”.

This is Maggie’s how-to video:

 

You may get the same results from using baby wipes, but as a rule, I’m against single use items wherever possible.  These clothes are great in that you can use them continuously for a long period of time and they can be washed and used again. They need to be kept wet to maintain their quality, so ironically, I’m storing mine in a recycled wipes case!

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I’d love to hear from you if you’re using a similar method for cleaning your stamps or if you’ve got any other PP tips.  Thanks again to Maggie for sharing a tip that has rocked my stamping world.  Kelly x

UPDATE – September 2015

Wow!  This post gained some serious Pinterest momentum this month.  What would we do without Pinterest?  Thanks everyone for stopping by.

When I first wrote this post (in an excited flurry after coming across Maggie’s PVA chamois idea), I stored my cloth in an old baby wipes container that I had on hand.  Which means,  I completely missed the obvious choice of storing it in a Stampin’ Up! clear-mount case {strange for me – it’s my go-to storage option!!!}.

I have now made the change and my photopolymer cleaning cloth is now suitably homed in a clear case.  Thanks to Di Barnes & Randi Henry for the storage suggestion.

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There has been some discussion about the using the PVA cloth for more than just cleaning your photopolymer stamps.  Fellow Aussie stampers Cheryl Algie and Wendy Hodkinson have also been using it for cleaning their brayers and inky embossing folders.  Thanks to Cheryl & Wendy for sharing their clever ideas.

As well as the love for the actual hobby, one of the things I love the most about Stampin’ Up! is the sense of community.  It’s always a good feeling to be among people who are as passionate (? crazy) about something as you are.  Kelly x

Stampin’ Storage – Share the Fun in 2015!

Guess what?  My pre-order arrived today which was a very nice welcome after returning home from a long day at work! New products, means new storage!!!  I love things that match! image

Here are the links to the inserts for the DVD cases:

{in case you’ve missed these in the past, the Stampin’ Up! empty cases are the perfect way to store markers and inks}

2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (correct size for printing = 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2015-2017 In Colour Ink Refill Insert (correct size for printing = 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

Updated: Looking for 2016 inserts?  Click on the photo below….

Printable Inserts for 2016-2018 In Color range - Stampin' Write Markers & Ink Refills.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


You may also like to download:

2013-2015 In Colour Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (Retired)


You can find the links to download the inserts for other color collections here:

Stampin’ Write Marker Insert

Ink Refill Insert


I hope you enjoy using these as storage solutions for your stamping products.  Be sure to share the links with your friends, customers and other stamping addicts.  Share the fun! If you need storage cases, click on the links below to be magically transported to my online store where you can purchase as much storage style as you need!  Kelly x

Half Cases Wood-Mount Stamp

USE FOR INK REFILLS
$8.95

Clear-Mount Stamp Cases

USE FOR STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS
$9.95

 

 

Storage Style … the next installment … Blendabilities

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I was a little late to jump on the Blendabilities train, but now that I’ve boarded, I’m loving my growing collection.  As the pile grows taller, I realised it was time to design some stylish storage for them.  Like the Stampin’ Write Markers, they are best stored flat, so the DVD style cases are once again a perfect fit.

The main collection fits perfectly into two wood mount cases (18 markers, 6 sets in each).  The skin tone assortment and color lifter store nicely in a clear mount case.  And because there are 4 new sets in the Occasions catalogue, I’ve created a wood mount case insert just for them!

Note: To fit 18 markers in each wood case, you’ll need to stand your markers up on the skinny side.

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Once again, I’ve used MDS to create free printable inserts, ready for you to download.  Simply click on the links below to download the jpg files you need, or download the Microsoft Word file which contains the full set ready for printing, including a blank insert to customize the sets you have at home.  Kelly x

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These are the links to the files (hosted on Dropbox to maintain the correct file size):

DVD insert (wood-mount) – Blendabilities Case 1

Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo

DVD insert (wood-mount) – Blendabilities Case 2

Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder

DVD insert (wood-mount) – Blendabilities Occasions 2015

Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi

DVD insert (wood-mount) – Blendabilities BLANK

DVD insert (clear-mount) Blendabilities Skin Tone & Color Lifter

DVD insert for Blendabilities – Microsoft Word version – contains all jpg files ready to print.

Still need more Blendabilities to complete your collection?  Buy them using these links:

Or earn them during Sale-A-Bration.  You can earn 1 free set for every $90 you spend.  Free Blendabilities to go with your free printable inserts – that’s a great deal!

Coordinating Storage – Stampin’ Write Markers

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Now that you’ve put all your ink refills into cases, it’s time to organise your Stampin’ Write Markers.  As they have tips at both ends supplied by a cartridge in the middle of the pen, it is ideal to store your Stampin’ Write Markers horizontally so that each end stays moist.  Storing them in clear mount DVD style cases is perfect.  If you’d like printable inserts for them (made by me in MDS), click on the links below.  You can download just the jpg files you need in each colour story, or download the Microsoft Word file – ready for printing.  There’s also a ‘blank’ insert if you don’t own whole colour collections, you can colour the ‘splatter’ with the matching pen and write it’s name on the line.  Each insert measures 17.8cm (5-5/8″) x 14.3cm (7″).  I love it when everything has a place.  In theory that should make it easier to clean up…. Kelly x

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JPG files:

DVD insert – SU markers In Colours

DVD insert – SU markers Brights

DVD insert – SU markers Subtles

DVD insert – SU markers Regals

DVD insert – SU markers Neutrals

DVD insert – SU markers Retired (blank to add your own colours)

DVD insert – SU markers Blank (blank to add your own colours)

 

DVD insert for markers – Microsoft Word version – contains all jpg files ready to print.

2015 update – find more inserts here for the new colours introduced in 2015.

Storage Style – Ink Refills in Half Cases

I’ve been planning a revamp of my stamping ‘wall’ for quite some time.  One day I might be lucky enough to have a craft room, but for now I’m nestled in between the kids play table and the dollhouse/toy kitchen.  Earlier this year I added a 4×4 Expedit unit to my wall and just recently I added a Colcraft unit.  It looks amazing and I’m so happy with the quality and the finish.  Col from Colcraft made it just for me, based on a sketch I emailed him.  So, now I’m on a roll.  As you know, I love using the Stampin’ Up! cases to store all things stamping – stamps is just the start of their use.  [See here for ideas for the clear mount cases].  Well, this time around I used the Half Wood-Mount Stamp Cases to make a storage solution for my ink refills.  5 little ink bottles fit perfectly into a case.  You need 10 cases to house the current colours (they come in packs of 4, so you’ll need 2 & 1/2 packs).  Using my trusty MDS, I made inserts by colour collection for them, which I am delighted to share with you today.  What’s your storage style?  Make me jealous with descriptions or pictures of your craft haven.  Kelly x

My Colcraft unit in action

My Colcraft unit in action

 

Ink Refill Case

Ink Refill Case

These inserts have been made in MDS and saved as a jpg file.  Update (28.06.2014) – I have fixed the issue with resolution by hosting the files on Dropbox.  Click here to download the full size jpg files for each insert.  The finished size is 16.1cm x 8.3cm.  I found the easiest way to print (and ensure actual size) was to put each jpg into a word document, check the size, then print.  This also saves on paper as you can print more than 1 insert on each sheet of paper.

Full collection includes:

2012-14 In-Colours

2013-15 In Colours

Brights Collection – Case 1

Brights Collection – Case 2

Neutrals Collection – Case 1

Neutrals Collection – Case 2

Subtles Collection – Case 1

Subtles Collection – Case 2

Regals Collection – Case 1

Regals Collection – Case 2

*** 2014-16 In Colour insert available here.

*** 2015-17 In Colour insert available here.

*** 2016-18 In Color insert available here.

Added June 2015 by request – Blank Insert for Ink Refills