Happy August!! Is today really the first day of August?! What happened to July?? At least it is almost my birthday!
Since it is August, thoughts turn to the start of school! And with that, some states have a Sales Tax Holiday to help families with back to school expenses. Twelve states are having a sales-tax holiday for school supplies on certain dates in August. The states typically define school supplies as “any items normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes.” Stampin’ Up! is, therefore, limiting our exemptions per the state statute based on item description and price.
Here is a chart Stampin’ Up! provided with the states and dates and links to more information. Check and see if your state is listed. Some products that Stampin’ Up! sells can be considered school supplies and therefore, you may be able to save the sales tax. Even though a state is listed, not all communities may be participating. The dates are very limited to be sure to order during that time if you are able to take advantage of your state’s sales tax holiday.
Each state has specific rules they consider to be school supplies–this may be by description or by price. The table below shows the items that are included per state statute definitions. The list of items below will be state tax-free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin’ Up!® during the tax holiday period (which is midnight on the first day to midnight on the last day of the tax holiday) in order to receive these items tax-free . Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales-tax holiday and may not apply to additional county, city, and special-jurisdiction taxes.
Here’s a specific chart of which Stampin’ Up! items apply in each state. You’ll have to click to enlarge.
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Many of my crafting supplies through the years when my kids were in school often came in handy for school projects, even the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby! So make sure you are stocked up with your papercrafting supplies before school starts!
Washi Tape is always fun to use. Just tear off a few strips and stick them on your card or project. Washi Tape is repositionable and can be used in oh so many ways. The Cherry on Top Washi Tape has such cute designs and matches theCherry on Top Paper Stack. I used a pattern from the Paper Stack for a layer on the Pool Party card base.
The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set comes with a special bonus! While you are stamping beautiful cards and projects with it, you will know that you are contributing to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® by purchasing this stamp set. With every set sold, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to this worthy charity, plus makes an annual contribution.
I’m still trying to catch up after vacation, but I watched some of the livestreaming recordings from the Stampin’ Up! Convention and saw this neat technique, splattering with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhering Gold Glitter. I used the You’ve Got This Stamp Setto stamp and watercolor the beautiful flower and add a little pizzazz with splatters of gold glitter! I can still add a greeting to this card and I forgot to color the center flower parts, so maybe it is not completely finished!
Someone from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office at Convention demonstrated this glittering technique. You need an Aqua Painter (or a small paintbrush) (but you really should own an Aqua Painter! I love mine!) and some Multipurpose LIquid Glue. Squeeze out a little glue, you don’t need much. Then dilute it with some water from your Aqua Painter. You don’t want it too thin and not too thick, but different consistencies will give you different size splatters. Then with the diluted glue on the Aqua Painter, splatter it on the card, however little or much you want. Sprinkle the card with Gold Stampin’ Glitterand dump off the excess. The glitter, of course, will stick to the glue splatters!
In my painting days, I learned to splatter by tapping the splattering brush onto another brush handle or pencil or Aqua Painter held in your other hand over the project. It gives you a little more control.
You could also splatter some color on to your card with a matching ink if you wanted.
I love watercoloring with my Aqua Painter! To color in this flower, stamped with Stazon Ink, I just put a dab of reinker in the lid of the ink pad and picked some of that up, diluted with a little water with my Aqua Painter. If you want a darker shade, either pick up a bit of reinker that hasn’t been diluted OR touch your Aqua Painter to the corner of the ink pad itself to pick up ink.
Experiment with this splattering technique using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, the Aqua Painter, and some glitter!
If you need any supplies for your cardmaking and other papercrafting or scrapbooking projects, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Quantities at these prices are limited so don’t delay if you see something you want to order! Lots of ribbon, for sure! Think about the black for Halloween coming up, not to mention just some elegant looks with black on your projects! All of the Stitched Satin ribbons are beautiful!
And don’t forget Paper Pumpkin!! Take advantage of this special deal now through September 10th!
Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015
Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).
What Is Paper Pumpkin?? Each month a papercrafting kit arrives in your mailbox! Everything is included – stamps, ink, and paper – and is ready for you to put together. Follow the directions or do your own thing! Each month is a surprise! And once you are a subscriber, you can order any available past kits or refills. No obligation. Pause your subscription for a month or two if you want, and cancel any time if Paper Pumpkin is not for you. You can even order extra kits any month for gifts or for friends and family.
The Fine Print:
For new subscribers only.
Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
Just contact me if you have any questions! I love getting my Paper Pumpkin Kit each month!
I’m back from ten days of vacation, but don’t quite have my feet back on the ground yet! After spending several days in St. Louis visiting family and a couple friends and eating some of our favorite foods, we went to beautiful Michigan for several days visiting very kind friends who invited us to experience summer there and stay at their lake house. This was our second visit because we loved it so much the first time! Besides the beautiful, relaxing views of their smaller lake, Lake Michigan was stunning, having colors of blues just like the ocean! The scenery was beautiful, lots of interesting wineries, cute small towns along the way, and water everywhere!
While I was away, though, Stampin’ Up! was holding their convention in Salt Lake City. Obviously I wasn’t there this year, but I have attended many previous years and always thought it was one of the most fun things I have ever experienced! What could be more fun than to be with thousands of people who enjoy the same craft you do and be inspired by the presentations on stage of new products, creative ideas, displays of phenomenal projects by Stampin’ Up! employees and Demonstrators!
While I catch up on life again and recent Stampin’ Up! news, I am posting this video of Stampin’ Up! Convention 2015 highlights! It opens with Demonstrators visiting the Home Office in Riverton, Utah. You can get a taste throughout the video of the culture of Stampin’ Up! and the fun of being a Demonstrator! And maybe you will decide to join the Stampin’ Up! family and be a Demonstrator, too!
This was a unique year, with Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!, not in attendance as she and her husband are serving a mission in Hawaii for a year. But her daughter Sara Douglass, from accounts I have seen, served admirably in her place. So that is who you see on stage rather than Shelli!
A great deal is back for Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month! New subscribers can sign up for 50% off the first two months. Use Promo Code: HALFOFF .
Join Paper Pumpkin and receive a kit in the mail. Follow the directions and watch the video to see how to make your project! If you want to make something completely different or even just a little bit different, you can! With your first kit, you will receive a clear block to use with your stamps. New stamps included and an ink spot. Everything you need except maybe adhesive.
No obligation! You can try it and pause your subscription any month or cancel if you must. But it is a treat to receive that bright box in the mail, just for you! Or give as a gift to someone! Call some friends and get together to make your kits!
On this super simple card, it’s all about the watercolor! Watercolor Wash for the background and Watercolor Words for the stamping and greeting! Use the new Whisper White Thick Cardstockand you don’t even need any layers of cardstock. The new thick Whisper White is great just by itself for the card base!
The Watercolor Wash is a background stamp. Lay the stamp face up on the table and ink up with the ink pad. Then place the card you are going to stamp on top of the Watercolor Wash (certainly doesn’t have to be exact with this design). Best to place a scrap piece of computer paper over the card and then rub to make sure you are getting the impression of the stamp on the card. Putting the scrap paper over it will keep your fingers clean!
Then choose some colors that will stand out from the background to stamp some flowers, hearts, or stars from the Watercolor Words Stamp Setand a greeting. Couldn’t be easier! It’s fun to just do some basic stamping and turn out a masterpiece!
To embellish the card more if you wanted, you could tie a ribbon around, or twine, to match. Add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Stamp the flowers on Whisper White scrap, cut out and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. But if you want to keep it simple, it will be a nice card to send as is!
Watercolor is in right now, so choose some watercolor stamps and you’ll look like an artist in minutes! Try the Watercolor Wash background and the Watercolor Words Stamp Set for a simple handmade card!
This is a portion of a card I made with the Gift From the Garden Stamp Set. The sprinkling can and the flower stems come from this stamp set but the water drops are a stamp from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. In order to make the water drops look real, I put dabs of Crystal Effects on the water drops. They are wet in this photo and I tried to draw them out a little bit to look more like a drop of water. Then dry, the Crystal Effects will be clear.
Crystal Effects can be used as an adhesive or as a glossy, lacquer finish to objects. It gives a raised, embossed look to stamped images. There are actually many techniques you can use with Crystal Effects.
Don’t forget to check the Weekly Deals! These are good through Monday night, July 20.
The Definitely Dahlia Stamp is almost as big as the card front, which makes for very simple cardmaking! Just stamp it and add a greeting or embellishment and you’re done. I tried this before on another dahlia card but this time I made the colors really different, like Pink Pirouette and Rose Red. Instead of stamping on an ink pad, I colored rather randomly with Stampin’ Write Markers to try to get a shaded look with this stamp. I actually missed some spots on the flower and then tried to color in (not a good idea), but overall I think it still looks pretty good. The greeting is from the new stamp set Watercolor Words. For a little embellishment I added some Venetian Crochet Trim tied around the front of the card.
If you want to try the Definitely Dahlia Stamp, available in wood- or clear-mount, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.
Today we got a pile of mail, maybe they have been hoarding it at the post office! You may recognize this as a Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin card from the June 2015 kit. Can you imagine how pleased I was to find a personal card in the stack and not just bills and credit card applications and solicitations of all sorts?! This card was from my college friend Sally, who lived across the hall in my dorm. By our fourth year we were roommates in an apartment and have remained in touch all these years. Sally has always been good about sending cards in the mail, but I think she has stepped up her game recently to help keep the post office going! We all need to be doing that because there is nothing like a note from a friend, especially these days when we mostly communicate by email and text messages.
This was her first Paper Pumpkin kit and she said she enjoyed it. Unlike some of us (me!) she said she has already sent out half her cards. I’m sure those recipients enjoyed finding a real card in the mailbox as much as I did!
With Paper Pumpkin you can make the card exactly as suggested by Stampin’ Up! in the directions or you can branch out and do whatever you want with the supplies. Each kit includes a stamp set and Stampin’ Spot for ink.
If you join Paper Pumpkin now through August 10th you will be signed up in time to receive the August kit in the mail. It is always a surprise what papercrafting project we will receive!
Just click HERE to sign up for Paper Pumpkinand see how much fun it is to get that red box in your mail! You can pause or cancel your subscription at any time. Hopefully you will enjoy some crafting time when your kit arrives and feel like you have given yourself a gift!
Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Dealsfor July 14 – Monday July 20. Click the link or photo above to view in the Store. If you see something you really want, better grab it because once a quantity sells out, that deal is gone. Also check the Clearance Rackfor any new things they might add. Honestly, I can’t remember what was on there before each time I look at it, so just remember to check when you are ordering to see if there are any bargains on there that you want!
The Color Me Irresistible Designer Paper is on the Weekly Deals. This is similar to the embossed paper that was free during Sale-A-Bration but BETTER because you also get paper that is already colored. Use the white paper plain or color it with sponging or spritzing or whatever method you like! You also might really like the other designer papers available on the “deals” as well as the new pearls, washi tape and sequins, plus twine for embellishing. And if you like an easy way to make gift boxes, then the discounted Gift Box Punch Boardis for you!
The Watercolor Wishes Card Kit was not available until this month, and now it is so popular that it is nearly on backorder. If you are thinking about ordering this kit, I would do it today! More kits are on the way but there might be a backorder situation for a little while, unfortunately. It really is a cute kit and easy to make some beautiful cards! AND a very nice stamp set comes with it! What a deal! You can see it displayed on page 80 of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Order several kits (if they are available) and get your friends together for a cardmaking day or evening! And the stamp set is one you will be able to use a lot!
Have fun choosing or get it all!! Check my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for the Weekly Deals, the Clearance Rack, the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, and all the other Stampin’ Up! goodies!
Talk about a quick and easy stamping project! You can’t beat this Mini Muslin Stamped Gift Bag! Keep some of these Mini Muslin Gift Bags on hand and when you have a small gift that will fit inside, make a unique packaging by stamping or otherwise decorating the front of the muslin bag.
You never know where inspiration will come from, and in this case, it came from a Christmas magazine I was about to throw out! I saw some little bags that looked like this one that held dark chocolate pecans (Yum!) and the printing on the front reminded me of our stamp set Big News.So I got out my Mini Muslin Gift Bags, slipped a piece of cardboard inside to give a stiffer surface on which to stamp and to prevent the ink from going through, just in case. I chose this sentiment from Big News and stamped using Stazon Ink. I also added the little heart in the stamp set. I thought about coloring it in, but decided I liked the look of just the ink and no color. Then just add your gift inside! If it is food, I would put it in a cello bag first. There could not be a faster way to decorate a gift bag!!!
There are even more packaging supplies and ideas in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog! Check them out! And if you don’t have a Demonstrator and need a catalog, please contact me and I will send you a catalog.
One of the new Stampin’ Up! Card Kits is called Cottage Greetings. You can make 15 cards, 5 each of 3 designs, with the kit. You’ll want to add the stamp set Cottage Greetings available in wood- or clear-mount. It’s a lovely stamp set, whether or not you buy the kit. You can use it easily without the kit so don’t worry you won’t get your money’s worth out of it! I love the font and the sayings.
This is the first card I’ve made with the new stamp set Gift From the Garden. I saw a gift set of cards and things that Stampin’ Up! posted one day by a UK demonstrator and decided to get the stamp set. So cute! I haven’t started on the gift set yet but here’s my first card. Very easy! Use the marker technique to color the flower pots and the plants separately, breathe on the stamp to remoisten and then stamp. I layered with matching colors, Cajun Craze and Wild Wasabi and adhered to the Sahara Sand card base. The greeting is stamped in Cajun Craze ink and comes in the set, of course. I think the flower pot stamp is cute in itself so I placed it in the photo!
I love this cute gift set! Maybe it is the colors! If you have a gardener in your life, maybe you need this Gift From the Garden stamp set! Place your order today!
If you are interested in a Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, just click here on my Paper Pumpkin page for more information and to join! Paper Pumpkin would love to have you, and if you join by tomorrow your first kit will go out in another week! Join by July 10th!
Your first kit comes with a clear block to use with the included stamps. You also receive an ink spot to use in the kit and sometimes even adhesive. Each month the kit is a surprise so it is not always cards, for better or worse. We have also had kits that made gift bags, albums, a framed picture, and other projects. Each kit comes with instructions and a link to a video to see how to assemble the kit. After that you are free to do what you want with the kit! Make everything exactly how Stampin’ Up! shows you or put your own spin on it and use extra materials if you like. Whatever you want to do! After a few days of everyone getting their kits, there will most likely be alternate ideas online that you can copy if you want.
No risk, no obligation. Try it for a month and if it doesn’t suit you, just cancel. Too busy or going on vacation? Just “pause” your subscription that month. You can go into your account any time and set it how it works for you. Just let them know by the 10th of any month if you want to “pause” or “cancel”. That’s why I suggest you sign up today because everyone signed up by July 10th will receive the July kit that goes out around the 15th.
Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can go check out the past kits and whichever ones are available you can purchase along with your regular Stampin’ Up! order.
Paper Pumpkin kits make great gifts as well! Order more than one and gift one or sit down with your friend or loved one and make your kits together!
OR if you prefer, if you are placing a Stampin’ Up! order and want to add to it, just order the prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptionsfor any length you prefer. Order a subscription for a gift and you will get an email from Stampin’ Up! with a code to pass on to the gift recipient for them to use to activate their account.
If you want to make a simple, easy handmade card, then try this Definitely Dahlia Thank You Card. Stamp the card, stamp the greeting, done and beautiful! The beautiful Definitely Dahlia single stamp will do all the work for you! It is one big stamp, as you can see, and I am sure there are lots of possibilities for colors and creativity. Apparently dahlias come in lots of colors so there is lots of leeway in stamping your flower!
The Definitely Dahlia stamp comes in clear-mount or wood-mount. My personal preference is wood-mount for large stamps like these and also background stamps. I like having that large stamp already mounted on the wood and I think it is sturdier for stamping a large area like that. Plus the stamp itself, this one, is decorative just as a stamp to set on your shelf!
The card base is Daffodil Delight card stock and the dahlia is stamped on Whisper White with Daffodil Delight ink. The greeting is from the new stamp set One Big Meaning. This stamp set contains all kinds of “Thank You’s” and we can all make use of those! The greeting is stamped with Memento Ink.
If you wanted to jazz up this simple card, you could certainly do that with ribbon, with a little bit of glitter and maybe the greeting on a banner or other die-cut shape. Stamp the dahlia on another paper and cut it out and make it a pop up on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Lots of possibilities!
Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for July 7 through Monday, July 13. Remember, these products will only be available at these prices while supplies last. Last week two of the items sold out the first day. There are more items so it is harder to get one big picture to post here! Just click the link or the photo to go to the store page where you can see each product and get the information!
Also check the Clearance Rack before you finalize your order, just in case you find a bargain you want!
Something new on the Online Store: Project Ideas from Stampin’ Up! in the left sidebar! Click on that link when you are in the store (or the photo below!) to see some of the catalog projects and the materials you need for them.
Today is July 7th so if you would like to join Paper Pumpkin and get the July kit in your mailbox in just a little over a week, be sure to subscribe HERE on my page! If you would like to add a month or more to your regular Stampin’ Up! order, you can get a prepaid subscription HERE.
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In the Sunday paper, I read an article about how coloring for adults is really a craze right now. Apparently there are all kinds of coloring books for grown-ups out there. The author described coloring as “transporting” because she was just concentrating on the page and what she was doing, not her worries and problems. While that is nice, we stampers have known that for a long time! When we sit down and stamp a card or project or get together in a class with other stampers, life tends to take a backseat and we can relax and just enjoy the creative experience. We often call it stamping therapy or say that all our stamping supplies are “cheaper than therapy”! We don’t even need to spend money on coloring books for grown-ups because we can just stamp an outline image, such as this flower from the You’ve Got This Stamp Set, and be “transported” while we color away!
The only trick to this card is masking. Stamp the flower on the Whisper White card stock with black Stazonor Memento Ink (I didn’t have any trouble with the Memento ink even though it is not waterproof like Stazon). Then stamp it again on computer paper and cut out with Paper Snips (believe me, they make “fussy cutting” so much easier than other scissors). This cut out flower becomes the “mask”. Lay it over the stamped image (good to apply dots of 2-Way Glueand let dry so it will be like a post-it note to hold it in place) and then stamp that background right over the mask and the flower! The mask will protect the flower image from the background ink. Remove the mask and then color in! If you are still using your Blendabilities, this flower is perfect for them. Otherwise, use the Stampin’ Write Markers, in different shades if you like. Use Watercolor Paper and you can really work the coloring without making the paper pill.
The card base on this sample is Melon Mambo, the layer Blushing Bride. To color in the flower I used Pink PIrouette as the lightest color, Blushing Bride and thought I was using Melon Mambo for a few dark accents but it turned out to be Rose Red! All Stampin’ Write Markers. The flower stem colors are a couple of greens, Wild Wasabi and Old Olive. The background ink color is Blushing Bride.
If you prefer not to color in, stamp the flower image, then stamp right over it without a mask, with the background image and your flower will automatically be colored in! Looks great that way also!
So if you would like to join the adult coloring craze, just stamp the “You’ve Got This” flower and color! Use Stampin’ Write Markers or use Blender Pens or the Aqua Painter. You have all kinds of choices. Just relax and enjoy the process! In the end you’ll have a lovely work of art!
If you are looking for a fun little party favor or table decoration for your 4th of July party, you might have fun making this 4th of July Uncle Sam Scalloped Tag Topper Treat Holder. It’s just a single strip of paper, scored to hold a piece of candy inside, with the top tied together and decorated on the front! You can use this basic idea for any size or any occasion! But this one will be very cute for a 4th of July Independence Day celebration!
This treat holder is made with a 2″ x 8″ strip of Pacific Point card stock. I found the center (4″) and then measured equal distance from that to allow room for my single Ghirardelli candy, so I didn’t need it to be very wide. I probably scored it about 1/2″ off the center on each side. Then I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the top of each end. Next I measured a piece of Whisper White card stock to fit in the space on the front of the treat holder. It looked too plain so I embossed it with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.