Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sparkle & Shine Technique Blog Hop

If you've arrive from Darlys' blog, you're in the right place! If you've become dazed by all the shiny things, Melissa has a list of all the participants this month.

The calendar may say August but crafters know it really the beginning of the holiday season! Last month my card class theme was Christmas and CTMH gave us a Christmas in July Flash Sale.

But, just like embossing, why do we save the Sparkle and Shine for only once a year?? 

My friends and I often show each other our latest creation and ask, "What does this need?" Sometimes there is a missing element but other times, just changing an element can make a big difference.  Adding a little bling can take your artwork up a notch. Let Me Show You How...

This is a perfectly lovely card. There is nothing wrong with it. 
The Gold Embellishing Thread already adds a little something.

Here is the same card design. I added a little more Shine with the Gold Sequins. I also embossed the sentiment and hearts.

 Then I went for all Sparkle. I replace the cardstock with Sugarplum Glitter paper. On the sentiment and hearts I highlighted them with Shimmer Brushes.

Shimmer Brushes are a great way to add a little more to your project. They are available in a variety of colors, not expensive, and easy to use.

On this sticker from True Love Complements, I accented the diamond with Clear Shimmer Brush.

For the rings on the cut-apart sheet from the paper pack, I also used the Gold Shimmer Brush on the rings.

The Mint Shimmer Brush was perfect to embellishing the glasses of champagne!

For the flowers, I completely covered the pink one with Sugarplum, but only accented the grey shading on the white daisy with the Clear Shimmer.

What is your favorite use for the Shimmer Brush?
Which version of my card do you prefer?
You can post your answer below before following the glitter trail to see what Rebecca has to share.

Colors featured: Sugarplum, Sapphire, Ballerina. Other products used:
S1908: From Me to You, set of 38Z3298
Sapphire Exclusive Inksâ„¢ Stamp PadSugarplum Exclusive Inksâ„¢ Pigment Pad
VersaMarkâ„¢ Ink PadAnti-static Pouch
Clear Super Fine Embossing PowderDual-tip Permanent Glue Pen
Glue Dots® Ultra-thin DotsMake It from Your Heart™ Volume 4

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sold Out and Retired List

Here's a link to the retired list. 

These items have been added to the Going Soon section of my website.

This is a list of products from the current Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog that will retire at the end of August. All available items are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. A few things are already sold out (see below). As more items become unavailable, I will update the list.

If you think there are some odd things on this list (all the cardstock), it's because the packaging is being changed, not necessarily the product. Sometimes the manufacturer changes, that's also a new item number. If you have a question, or are in a panic, just ask me.

If your list is really long, click above on the Host an Event or Opportunity for You tab and let's get some of those things FREE!

The following items from Seasonal Expressions #2 Idea Book for 2019 are SOLD OUT and no longer available to purchase:

Z1204Bone Folder
Z1839Tabbed Dividers
Z5202My Legacy™ D-ring Album—Brown
Z3500Cricut® Artistry Digital Collection
Z3504Paper Piercing Tool Kit
Z4067Party Balloons Stamp + Thin Cuts (Stamp set is still available alone.)
Z4193Gold-flecked Gems
Z4241Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders
Z4258Thin Cuts Quilted Shapes
Z4305Thin Cuts—Fancy Tags

What will sell out first?

Wait a minute while I get my crystal ball...oh right, I don't have one. But, here are my educated guesses (and I was totally wrong on colors last year!).
  • More than once, demand has exceeded supply and we've surprised the corporate office wizards  who study trends, buying habits, etc. 
  • Paper collections are promoted in same order as they are in the catalog. They may sell out in the same order. Close To My Heart specifically plans for quantities of the last collection (Craft On) to be available through the end of August, but anything can happen.
  • Items for the retiring colors usually sell out fast as consultants rush to fill existing orders, buy supplies for upcoming workshops, complete collections and get back ups for their favorites.
  • It is easier to control items made "in house" than those we carry from other manufacturers. That is why sometime a product is just gone forever with no warning. When we attempted to re-order from the supplier, they had discontinued the product, or moved on to a new model. Stamp sets are made by CTMH, so if a quantity is low, they make more. 

The following colors are retiring:

You already know one of the new colors...French Vanilla! It will be nice to have an off-white again!! French Vanilla is included in Seaside, the Bring Back My Pack special for  July and August.

And you know there will be a color of the year! Any guesses??

Can't find an item on my website? 

                           What do the banners mean?

                                                                            Is it sold out?

  • Back Order/Delayed Shipping
    • More are on the way. 
    • Item may cause order shipping to be delayed (up to 6 days) until it becomes available.
    • We know they'll be here soon so we're going to wait X days and ship everything together.
    • If you don't want to wait, remove the delayed items from your order before submitting. You can always ask me if I have something in stock (especially cardstock).
  • Low Quantity
    • Is is almost gone forever? 
      • current items-not necessarily
      • clearance and going soon items-likely
    • Is it going on back order? 
      • current items- maybe.
      • clearance and going soon items-unlikely
    • Will they be gone in 5 minutes or 5 months? Yes.
      • there might be 100, or 1000
  • Out of Stock
    • Is it gone forever?
      • Apparently not. This seems to be code for "be back soon." Example: Sugarplum reinker, I would not be surprised if it was gone forever, but more stock is coming within a week. 
    • Is it during a Flash Sale?
      • The "quantity set aside for the sale" is probably gone. Look for the item (especially current products) to return to stock (at regular price) after the sale.
  • Where did it go?!?!
    • During a flash sale, I had something in my cart, and then it disappeared! Now I can't find it online!! 
      • The item probably sold out. If it is a regular, current item, it will probably be back at regular price after the sale.
      • If it was a retired item, it is probably out of stock and gone forever.
    • It's only 3 weeks into the new catalog and I can't find a new product online.
      • Sometimes it's glitch.
      • I can tell you if the item actually sold out.
      • It may be temporarily unavailable to order. More are coming, but it will be too long to hold on back order. The items is "gone" temporarily until more are back in stock. (Example: several thin cuts sets from Seasonal Expressions #2)
    • It was in Going Soon or Clearance forever, now it's gone, along with several similar items.
      • They may have been pulled for an upcoming sale. (I saw this before Stamptacular.)
      • They may be gone, especially if they are really old and not selling.
      • It sold out. - These are generally a guess, unless I happen to catch it right after it goes. Retired items don't get placed on the list I receive.

 (NOTE: At some point, I will move this post to a page so you'll have the reference info but not have to dig through the blog to find it.)