Q & A

Q & A ~ My Stampin’ Write Markers Have Dried Out. Any Suggestions?


Real Red Stampin' Write Marker #100052

Q: My Stampin' Write Markers aren't as juicy as they once were. Do you have any tips to bring them back?

A: The Stampin' Write Markers are hollow inside and that is were the ink is held. As you use your Stampin' Write Markers, you will use up the ink inside and eventually they won't be as wet when you use them. Use the following Storage Tips to prolong their use.

Storage Tips:
1) If you store your Stampin' Write Markers upright then the other tip doesn't have any ink. If that is the tip that you want to use, there won't be any ink, so it will appear that the Stampin' Write Marker has dried out. I suggest to store your Stampin' Write Markers laying down and not upright. If it has been upright, then lay it down before you use it and give the ink time to redistibute to both tips.
2) Don't store your Stampin' Write Markers in direct sunlight or by a heat source. This will prematurely dry them out.
3) Ensure that both of the caps are on tightly when not in use.

If these Storage Tips don't help, then you can always re-ink your Stampin' Write Markers using a few drops of Classic Stampin' Ink Refill of the same color. Gently pull out the Brush Tip of the Stampin' Write Markers and add a couple of drops of Classic Stampin' Ink Refill. Re-insert the Brush Tip and lay it down to redistribute the ink.

Email me at nancy@nancyfancystamping.com if you have any other questions that you would like me to answer


Q & A ~ Do You Have A Hand Made Sweet Idea For My Sweetie?


Valentine's Day Hand Made Chocolates and Dipped Strawberries

Q: With Valentine's Day right around the corner, do you have any ideas on how to make some Hand Made Sweets for my Sweetie?

A: I did a previous blog post on the perfect Hand Made Sweets ~ Valentine's Day Hand Made Chocolates and Dipped Strawberries.

Click here for all of the Valentine's Day Hand Made Chocolates and Dipped Strawberries Blog Post


What is the difference between Classic and Craft Ink?

Q: I am new to Rubber Stamping and I noticed that Stampin' Up! offers Classic and Craft Ink. What is the difference?
A: The Classic Ink is a Dye Based Ink, which means that it dries really quickly.  Once you stamp the image it dries and you don't have to do anything else. This is the best Ink for Beginners.
All of the colors come in the Large Classic Stampin' Pads and it is the most popular Ink that Stampin' Up! sells.
The Craft Ink is a Pigment Ink, which means that it is sticky and dries slowly. It stays wet so you can add Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set the image using a Heat Tool #100005. The image will be raised and not flat like when you used the Classic Ink.
Stampin' Up! only sells Large Craft Ink Pads in Very Vanilla #104308, Whisper White #101731 and Basic Black #102192. They sell all of the colors they offer by Color Families (In Color, Brights, Subtles, Regals and Neutrals) in Craft Stampin' Spots. Craft Stampin' Spots are small 1" x 1" Stamp Pads.
If you would like the Large Craft Stamp Pads, you would purchase an Uninked Craft Stampin' Pad #122265 and the Craft Stampin' Ink Refill in the color of your choosing and ink up the Stamp Pad yourself.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to email me at nancy@nancyfancystamping.com


Does Stampin’ Up! Sell Chocolate Chip Embossing Powder?


Uninked Craft Stampin' Pad #122265

Recently I had a customer ask if Stampin' Up! still sells Chocolate Chip Stampin' Emboss Powder. Unfortunetly they don't, but I have a solution. All you need is an Uninked Craft Stampin' Pad #122265, Chocolate Chip Craft Stampin' Ink Refill #102847, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder #109130, Powder Pals #102197 and a Heat Tool #100005.

1) Ink up the Uninked Craft Stampin' Pad using the Chocolate Chip Craft Stampin' Ink Refill.
2) Stamp the image and hold it over a Powder Pal. Pour the Clear Embossing Powder over the image. The Craft Ink is sticky and the Clear Emboss Powder will stick to it.
3) Tap off the excess Clear Emboss Powder onto the Powder Pal and return it to the jar.
4) Heat set the image using a Heat Tool.
5) The Chocolate Chip color won't be as intense a color as if you used Chocolate Chip Stampin' Emboss Powder, but it will be an Embossed raised image.

I hope this helps.


Please email me at nancy@nancyfancystamping.com if you have a question you would like me to answer.


Q&A: Where do I find the Supplies used in the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue?


2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue


Q: I really like the color that is pooking out from behind the Pink Card Stock in the Card sample on page 29 of the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue. Can you tell me the color?

A: It is Calypso Coral. Stampin' Up! provides a Supplies List for every Catalogue that they issue. Below you will find the Products used to make the beautiful Congratulations Card that you like so much.

The "29a" refers to the page number in the catalogue and the "a" refers to the project on the page. In this case there is only one project, but if there were more you would see "29b", "29c" etc.

Sample of the Supplies Listing:
29a – Congratulations card Love & Laughter Set; Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, and Whisper White Card Stock; White Waffle Paper; Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pads; Subtles Craft Stampin’ Spots; Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Scallop Trim Border Punch; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Big Shot; Hearts Collection Framelits Dies; Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; sewing machine and thread. (C) 2012 Stampin' Up!

Click here if you would like to see the Supply List for the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue

Full Heart Punch #119883 ~ What are the Dimensions?


Full Heart Punch #119883

Q: What are the dimensions of the Full Heart Punch #119883?

A: With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to be thinking of hearts. The Full Heart measures 1 5/8″ tall by 1 3/4″ wide. If you look on page 210 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue, there is a photo of the Full Heart Punch that is true to size.

Check out pages 209-213 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue for all of the Punches that Stampin’ Up! offers.


Watercolor Paper #105019~ Where Did They Go?


Watercolor Paper #122959

Q: I have been looking for the Smaller Watercolor Paper #105019 and all I can find is the Larger Sheets. Am I overlooking the Smaller Watercolor Paper?

A: The Smaller Watercolor Paper #105019 retired on Jun 30, 2011 and was replaced by the Larger Sheets of Watercolor Paper #122959. It is still the same great quality paper that you love, only in Larger Sheets ~ 5 Sheets in a package, measuring approx. 6" X 9" each.

The Larger Sheets of Watercolor Paper #122959 are perfectly sized to use with Stampin' Up! Letterpress Plates.

If you need a smaller size, you could always cut the Larger Sheets down to the size that you need. The old Watercolor Paper measured 3 3/4" x 5" in case you wanted to know.


Click here if you would like to purchase the Larger Sheets of Watercolor Paper #122959

Why Are There So Many Stampin’ Up! Catalogues?


2011 Summer Mini Catalogue Expires August 31, 2011

Q: Why does Stampin' Up! releases so many Catalogues and how do I keep track of them?

A: In the world of Rubber Stamping, Scrapbooking and Card Making, the trends of "What's Hot and What's Not" are always changing. By releasing different Catalogues, it helps Stampin' Up! stay on top of the latest thing.

The Idea Book & Catalogue is the staple of Stampin' Up! business and has the tried & true Stamp Sets and Products that we know and love and a sprinkling of the Stamps Sets and Products that they know will become our favorites. The Idea Book & Catalogue comes out in July and runs through to the end of June of the next year. This year, 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue is jammed packed with 241 pages of Samples and Products that live up to our expectations.

The Occasions Mini Catalogue comes out in January and runs through to the end of April.
The Sale-A-Bration comes out in late January and runs through to the end of March.
The Occasions Mini and the Sale-A-Bration Catalogues over laps each other, which make it a very exciting time of year.
The Summer Mini Catalogue comes out in May and runs through to the end of August.
The Holiday Mini Catalogue comes out in September and runs through to the end of December.
This schedule ensures that there is always a Mini Catalogue running at the same time as the main Idea Book & Catalogue.

Please Note: The Catalogue dates will not always start and finish on the same day every year or fall on the first day of the month or go through the last day of the month.  Exact dates are communicated just before the Catalogues are released.

I hope that this answers your question. By following these guidelines I hope it helps you not to miss out on your favorite Products in a Mini Catalogue.

Presently the Summer Mini Catalogue (expires on August 31, 2011) and the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue are in effect. Email me at nancy@nancyfancystamping.com, if you would like a copy of either one or both.

What Is Your Number One Paper Crafting Question?


As you know I answer your Questions about Paper Crafting on Sunday ~ Q & A section and I am running out of Questions to answer.

Can you help me out?

It can be anything. I want to help you enjoy this wonderful hobby to the fullest.

All you have to do is post your question in the comment box of this post or email it to me at nancy@nancyfancystamping.com.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Can I use my Hair Dryer to Emboss?


Heat Tool #100005

Q: I would love to be able to Emboss my Cards. I have seen some Cards that were Embossed and I love that Technique. Can I use my Hair Dryer to Emboss?

A: Unfortunetly your Hair Dryer blows too much air and doesn't have enough heat to melt the Stampin' Emboss Powder. What ends up happening, is you blow all of the Stampin' Emboss Powder off of the Card, before it has a chance to melt/cook.

What you need to use is a Heat Tool #100005. It has 360 Watts to cook the Stampin' Emboss Powder. When you apply this heat, you will see the little granulars start to bubble and melt.
Caution it will be very hot for a moment, after it is first set, so don't touch it. Let it cool first.

Also, you can use the Heat Tool #100005 to melt Heat & Stick Powder and to set Craft Stampin' Ink.


Click here if you would like to purchase the Heat Tool #100005


Click here if you would like to see a Card Sample using a Heat Tool #100005