Saturday, 29 March 2008

Simply Sent kits

Stampin' Up! has reduced the price of both Simply Sent card kits by 10% to £44.96 each for the month of April. You can see them on pages 74 and 75 of the UK catalogue; please contact me if you would like to arrange a workshop or demonstration.

Please click here to view the Stampin' Up! information leaflet on this promotion.

These kits are great for inexperienced stampers who don't yet have any (or many) materials; the sheet of rubber has been die-cut around each of the images for you, so all you need to do is remove the stamps from the sheet of rubber and stick them to the wood to mount them - simple! Three mini Stampin' Spot ink pads are included with each set, plus loads of ribbon (far more than is shown in the catalogue) and pre-cut cardstock. The "Sending Happy Thoughts" kit also includes a glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue, whilst the "Happy Day" kit includes three pastels (chalks) plus applicators for colouring the stamped images, a chalk eraser and some crystal gem brads. Both kits come with full instructions to make multiples of two sample cards.

The kits are equally suitable for those with more experience, as you will be able to use the contents of the kit with additional cardstock or patterned paper.

If you add up the cost of the individual bits and pieces, the kits are, in my opinion, very good value. Once you've used up the cardstock and ribbon included with the kits, you can, of course, add a pack of cardstock and/or some patterned paper and make many more cards using the stamp sets and inks/pastels/glitter etc.

I love the stamp sets included in each of the Simply Sent kits in their own right and I've made lots of cards with them other than the sample cards included with the kits. Two cards made using the "Sending Happy Thoughts" set are shown above. A sample I'm demonstrating at the moment using the stamp set, ink pads and brads from the "Happy Day" set is shown below; all you need to add is some Certainly Celery ribbon, a pack of Cutie Pie patterned paper, some So Saffron cardstock and some Bashful Blue cardstock (the latter for the base card itself); the sample is quite basic as many of my customers have just started stamping and I didn't want to overload them with too much information in one go. Bear in mind that one pack of Cutie Pie paper goes a long, long way if you are using it for card-making rather than scrapbooking; the card below uses a thin strip approximately 2 inches in width, together with a tiny scrap of ribbon adhered with a glue dot.

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