Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Like many of you, we are continuing to follow the Coronavirus (COVID-19) coverage. We are monitoring news of the situation as it unfolds and we’re working to account for its possible impact to several business aspects that will affect demonstrators and customers (manufacturing, transportation, travel, events, etc.). The health and safety of demonstrators and staff is important to us and we appreciate your partnership and patience as we work to address this global issue.
We are doing all we can to mitigate the impact to your business, including air freighting products when possible. Each week we will update the list below with the products in your market that we know will be (or already are) affected by these delays:
  • 149615: Subtles 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper
  • 151474: Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder
  • 151566: Bonanza Dies
  • 152881: Woodland Embossing Folder
  • 151154: From My Heart Faceted Gems
  • 151193: Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • 151310: Assorted Pompoms
  • 151512: Garden Gateway Dies
  • 151526: Detailed Bee Dies
  • 151594: Poppy Moments Dies
  • 151605: Painted Labels Dies
  • 151296: Label Me Lovely Punch
  • 151297: Label Me Fancy Punch

Product Production
We are happy to share that all the factories we use in China are up and running. Some are at 100% capacity and others are still moving in that direction. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused more delays than usual in our ability to replenish products, and in North America, we currently have several items in Not Orderable status. It is possible that our European, Japanese, and South Pacific markets will begin to see some products move to Not Orderable status as well. However, it is very good news that all factories are working again as they are also producing new products for our upcoming annual catalog. We are doing all we can to minimize delays on 2020–2021 Annual Catalog products.
Our manufacturing facility in North America continues to work overtime and operate on two shifts. However, we have separated the shifts by an hour in an effort to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk, which has caused a small decrease in production. We are working hard to minimize backorders of stamps, Classic Stampin’ Ink, and cardstock, but there may be some intermittent backorders on these products in the coming weeks.
To lower the COVID-19 exposure risk, we split our order fulfillment operation from one shift into two shifts. Each group works 12-hour days with one coming in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the other reporting in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. (With this change in schedule, you may receive an order confirmation on Saturday, however, be aware that orders fulfilled on Saturday will not be picked up and processed until Monday.)
We are doing the best we can to get orders out, but as of the end of last week, we were picking orders four to five days after the order was placed. These delays are likely to increase the longer we work the split shifts, and, as we come upon the end of Sale-A-Bration, they could increase more significantly than we have seen in the past. We will continue to update you on the situation. Please be patient with us as we work to balance the health of our employees with the needs of our demonstrators and customers.
In order to minimize risks for employees, customers, and communities, UPS is no longer requiring a customer signature for deliveries (until further notice). For more information about how UPS continues to respond to this situation.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sale-a-bration ending March 31

Stampers are not gathering to share ideas and learn new techniques during  the Covid-19 crisis.  I will be placing an order on March 28.   If you want to order something before the Sale-a-bration sale is over you can simply click on "Online Store" on the tab at the top of the page or if using your cell phone; click on the down arrow at the top of the page on my website at www.stampupwithme.com  and select "Online Store".  Use Hostess Code H2PTAVZJ before submitting your order.  Your order will be delivered directly to your home.  Now is the time to use your creativity to brighten someone's day by sending a handmade card to someone at home! Stay healthy and safe. Hugs, Cheryl


Thursday, March 5, 2020

People have been doing scrapbooking for many years. An outsider may not see the reason why people spend time scrapbooking. If you are one of them, then you will understand why. Did you know that scrapbooking has many health benefits? If you never knew or you want to know more, then this article was written with you in mind. So without further ado, here are the health benefits of scrapbooking:

1. Lowers stress levels

Whenever you are stressed or anxious, consider scrapbooking as it will help you calm down. Just take a deep breath and engage in this creative process and the stress or anxiety will start disappearing. In fact, it has been proven that engaging in a creative hobby can help reduce anxiety.

2. It is a form of meditation

When creating a scrapbook page, your mind will be forced to focus on the task at hand. You will be thinking of how to fit photos onto one layout, the color of the ink that would suit a certain stamp, how wide the strip of paper should be cut and so on. Therefore, your mind will be distracted hence giving you the much-needed reprieve from worries of life and everyday demands.

3. Scrapbooking gives your brain a workout

Trying to remember details such as how old you were during a certain trip or the name of the person you are seeing in a particular picture can be hard for your brain. Taking part in an activity that makes your brain work out will help keep your mind sharp.

4. It is a perfect social mechanism

You can choose to either do scrapbooking alone or with other people. If you need solitude, just lock yourself in a craft room for a few hours and do scrapbooking. You will come out of that room refreshed and ready to rejoin the ranks of society.

If you need some human interaction, gather up your family members or friends and do scrapbooking together. Scrapbooking suits introverted and extroverted people.

5. Scrapbooking can keep your heart happy

This is one of the major reasons why you should consider scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is not just about paper, ink, and photos. It is something that gives you a source of pride and joy as you do it by yourself. Scrapbooking also brings friends and families closer together and makes a person feel a sense of belonging and make the heart happy.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you should consider scrapbooking. So, it may be a good idea to start scrapbooking today regardless of whether you will be doing it alone or with other people and enjoy the health benefits given in this article.

And the best thing is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to do scrapbooking as computer programs such as Photoshop Elements can help you do scrapbooking from the comfort of your home.

If you like traditional scrapbooking, you can order the tools and supplies at the comfort of your home and have them delivered to you and within a few days, you will have completed your scrapbook.