I recently purchased the Cottage Greetings card kit and coordinating stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® I absolutely love the font on the sentiments in the stamp set and thought all the foil and wood veneer elements of the card kit were really pretty, too.
This was my first time purchasing a card kit from Stampin’ Up!, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Considering the kit makes 15 cards, including foil lined envelopes, for only $16, it seemed like a really good deal so I decided to give it a try and I’m really glad I did. I made all the cards a couple of days ago and they are great!
Each card in the kit starts with a 5×5″ card base with foil accents. The kit also includes everything you need, including instructions, to create five cards each of three separate designs. The only things not included in the kit are the stamp set and ink. While I opted to purchase the coordinating stamp set, you could certainly substitute and use sentiments you may already have in your stash.
The instructions for the kit had one of the cards (the circular floral design above) designed to be a “Congrats” card. Since I tend to send more birthday cards than anything, I opted to make the design into another batch of birthday cards.
The floral elements on each card were already colored, so that definitely helps these cards go together very quickly. All of the sequins, enamel dots, and baker’s twine were also included in the kit, as were the Stampin’ Dimensionals® used to pop up the wood veneer panels.
I really love the juxtaposition of the shine of all the foil elements against the more earthy feel of the wood veneer. It doesn’t seem like they should work together so well, but they really do. I like them so much, I may end up ordering another kit. Since you get 15 cards out of the $16 kit, it works out to only $1.07 per card which is hard to beat! Even if you factor in the cost of the stamp set, which can be used for years to come, the cost is still only $2.14 per card.
For those of you familiar with the Stampin’ Up! world, January through March is their biggest time of the year. This is their annual Sale-A-Bration promotion period where customers can earn a free product for every $50 (before tax & shipping) they spend. They also offer an added bonus of an extra $30 in free product for anyone who signs up to be a Demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration. For just $99 (which includes free shipping), new Demonstrators can select up to $155 worth (normally only $125) of any current Stampin’ Up! products to create their own customized starter kit.
Since the order I placed earlier this month was going to cost $97.35 total anyway ($88.50 plus shipping), I opted to just go on and spend the $99 and sign up as a new Demonstrator. By spending an extra $1.65, I got to pick up another $66.50 in product for FREE ! Since there is absolutely no obligation to continue as a Demonstrator once my initial period ends on June 30, it became a no-brainer decision for me. As an added bonus, signing up as a Demonstrator now means I’ll also have early access to purchase items (with my Demonstrator discount!) from the new annual Idea Book & Catalog when it comes out later this Spring.
If any of you would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! product and don’t have a Demonstrator already, please feel free to shop my online store. If you purchase at least $30 in merchandise (before tax & shipping), I will send you a handmade thank you card. If you purchase at least $50 in merchandise (before tax & shipping), I will include a free gift along with the card.
When creating your account, be sure to check the tick box shown above that says it’s OK for me to contact you. Checking that box is the only way I’ll be able to access your address so I can send you the card.
If, like me, you are interested in signing up as a Demonstrator in order to get the extra free product available exclusively during Sale-A-Bration, I would love to have you join my team. If you have any questions about signing up as a Demonstrator, please feel free to contact me. If I’m not able to answer your question, I have no doubt Angie (my upline and fellow Tennessee girl) will be able to since she’s been a Stampin’ Up ! Demonstrator for almost 15 years.
I know this post was long and the end turned into a bit of a commercial, so thanks for bearing with me. I just wanted to share what I’m doing right now so everyone would know because I’m a firm believer in full disclosure. While every post here won’t be limited exclusively to Stampin’ Up! projects, I have added a link to my online store in the sidebar over on the right side of my blog, as well as a widget showing the current weekly specials, so you will always be able to get to my online store from there.
Until next time …