Quick Tip and Weekly Deals

During Christmas and this past week, I have been lucky to spend a lot of time stamping with Mom.  What fun!  I sometimes take for granted that my big hands can easily hold background stamps and can punch paper with ease.  As the mother of a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Mom gets to play with all the new products from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog – long before many are able to order.  She’s excited about the upcoming catalogs, and I’m sure you will be too!

As Mom struggled to punch out some shapes with some of the new punches (she was punching a lot of the same shapes over and over), we played around with a couple of alternatives so that she could still get the clean, lined-up punch she wanted.  We started by turning the punch upside down on the table – she could just punch with the palm of her hand.  After the punch slid across the craftroom table a couple of times, I looked for something that would better hold the punch in place.  I grabbed a Stampin’ Pierce Mat – thinking maybe that would also add a little cushion to make the punching easier.  I was right!  After deriving this alternative, Mom was on a roll!

Easier punching: punch upside down on a Stampin' Pierce Mat, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTry it out, and let me know what you think!

Weekly Deals.  Stampin’ Up! releases its list of Weekly Deals every week on Tuesday.  A handful of items that might already be on your wish list – marked down by 20% – 25%.  What a great variety of products on this week’s deals!  Check them out here:

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Kick Off January 5.  Are you prepared for the kick off of Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration event on January 5?  I have mailed new catalogs to all of my customers – if you haven’t received yours, please email me at [email protected].  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like to be my customer, please contact me!  🙂

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2016 Occasions Catalog Swatch Books with LabelsProduct Shares and Designer Series Paper Swatch Books.  I announced my Project Shares and Designer Series Paper Swatch Books on Sunday – I’ll be placing the order on January 5.  If you want to participate (you know you do), please join in on a share now.  To learn more about the shares and register for a seat in one of my shares, CLICK HERE.  To order the books (just $20 and free shipping), CLICK HERE.

What is Sale-a-Bration?  Do you want to learn more about the huge benefits of the upcoming Sale-a-Bration sales event?  I’ve created a blog page to explain it all – click here to learn more.

weekly dealsWeekly Deals.  Stampin’ Up! releases new Weekly Deals every Tuesday – some of your favorite products at a discount for one week only (or while supplies last).  To check out this week’s deals, click here.

year-end saleYear-end Sale.  There are still lots of great products available at huge discounts in Stampin’ Up!’s Year-end Sale.  To see what’s on sale, click here.


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  1. So kind of you to care enough to think of alternative solutions!! 🙂

  2. Awesome tip Brian … i thought maybe using the silicone mat might prevent slipping too … hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a wonderful New Year x

  3. GOOD idea, Brian!

  4. I too have smaller hands and use the upside down technique for all the punches but I never thought of using a mat underneath it. Thanks for the tip!

  5. What an awesome method you have shared today for easier punching!

  6. Love your tip, Brian! I must try this…never thought to use the pad underneath, 😉

  7. Brilliant idea . . . especially for old ladies like me!

  8. Thanks for another great tip Brian.

  9. Good Morning Brian!

    First of all, I love that you let your Mom play with your toys. Some children are very spoiled and don’t like to share. LOL

    Secondly – I love that you think of us older folk and give us tips on how to more enjoy this fantastic hobby of stamping.

    Thirdly – I just love your blog. Thank you for all you do.

  10. Thanks for the tip about using the piercing mat! I have been punching upside down for a long time but never thought of using the mat to hold the punch in place. Great idea!

  11. Chris R. from Iowa

    Cool beans, I will try that! I have small hands and using the 2″ punch for 12 projects definitely caused discomfort and not so clean punches! Of course the gold foil sheets are a bit thicker I think and then 12 more out of the scallop punch and the glimmer paper, I was done for the night!

  12. Great tip Brian! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great tip Brian! I have lots of customers who struggle with the punches. I had been doing the punching for them but think they will like this better. Thank you.

  14. Oops! I forgot to ask you to say “hi” to your mom, Brian. I am sure you’ve had a wonderful time playing in the Fungeon with her.

  15. Great punching idea! Thank you!

  16. Thank you for this tip. Will be sharing it! SU should, too!

  17. Eureka!! Why didn’t I think of this earlier? For years now I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis and my fingers have moved in a direction God never intended – they now go around corners. I have great difficulty with the punches and have used them upside down for some time yet still struggled. Thank’s for the great tip.

  18. Great idea. Thanks for sharing so that more people can enjoy this craft throughout more years of their lives.

  19. Great tip, Brian! I never thought of using the piercing mat! Thanks to you and your dear Mom. Happy new year!

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