September Special! Paper Pumpkin Kit at 50% Off For New Subscribers

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017

This is a very special invitation to join Paper Pumpkin at an amazing introductory rate during our Fall into Savings promotion. Subscribe from August 11–September 10 and Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!

Just sign up using promo code HALFOFF0917 HERE by September 10.

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • No risk, no obligation.  Just cancel by the 10th of any month or simply “Skip” a month if you need to!

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Don’t delay!  Go ahead and sign up today! Then your subscription will be ready to go when Stampin’ Up! starts shipping out the kits mid-September!  Yours will be ready to go! You’ll experiment the fun of receiving your Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail one day and have everything you need in one box to sit down and craft!  Just for you!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY!  (click the link)

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Quick and Easy Birthday Card with Birthday Memories

Birthday Memories Card in Red

Want to make a quick and easy birthday card?  Then reach for the Birthday Memories red print in the designer paper package and make a card like this one!  I love the color red, and I thought this card might be a different one than a person would expect using this designer paper and stamp set. Just a quick and easy, simple birthday card to make in a couple of minutes!

Start with a card base of Real Red Cardstock.  Layer with Whisper White with just a thin border to help the Real Red patterned paper stand out against the red card base. The Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper has so many pretty papers in it, although most are colorful and filled with child-like or vintage type images. But this plainer red paper caught my eye and I thought I would make more of a monochromatic card with no much fuss so the paper can stand out on its own.

The greeting is from the same suite, from the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set. I stamped it in Real Red on Whisper White and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die. Then I layered it on a scalloped oval die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The paper is the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I think I just as easily could have left the greeting without the glimmer paper layer underneath and it would have looked fine.  The ribbon wrapped around twice is the Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon.  It’s always good to have some basic white ribbon on hand because you can use it on most any project.

Be sure to check out this wonderful, happy Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Order this amazing suite of products, the Birthday Memories Suite .  Save 10% by ordering the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and framelit dies.  Add on the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and you are good to go!  Add any of the extra embellishments if you like.

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July before the end of August!  They will expire August 31.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack as new items were added yesterday, although many sold out right away, but there is still a selection and you might find good things to go along with the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

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Stampin’ Up! Products Added to the Clearance Rack! Run, Don’t Walk!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner

Stampin’ Up! announced this morning that new products have been added to the Clearance Rack!  New deals, up to 60% off!  The best will go fast so scoop up what you can quickly!

There are punches, framelits, ribbons, cardstock, designer papers……things that have retired but are now on the Clearance Rack!  Be sure to check it out and order as soon as you can because it’s usual for some things to sell out right away!

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Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Use your Bonus Coupon Codes you earned in July!  They are only good through August!  After putting in your order, you will see a button that says “Manage Codes”.  Just click on that and follow directions to add your code(s).  Then check the total to make sure the discount went through.

Don’t forget the Paper Pumpkin special discount for new subscribers for the September Kit!

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017

Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting kit all ready for you to sit down and craft!  It comes in your mailbox once a month and everything for the project is included in the box!  You receive an exclusive stamp set, an ink spot, and all the materials you need, often even adhesive!  Sometimes there are extra supplies left over that you can use on other projects.  Make what the kit offers or change it up!  A Stampin’ Up! video is available for every kit if you like to see the process in action. Directions are included, of course.  And new subscribers get an acrylic block for the stamps in their first kit!

Order Today!  JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN HERE!

 

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Birthday Mini Treat Bag With Birthday Memories Die Cuts

Birthday Mini Treat Bag

Isn’t this Birthday Mini Treat Bag With  the Birthday Memories Die Cuts such a cute way to send your Happy Birthday wishes to someone?  I have always loved making these mini treat bags and putting a card inside. But now that we have the new designer paper and stamp set in the catalog that I used here, we can do many more fun things with the treat bag!

Did you see the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog?  It is so fun and cute and almost a little vintage looking!  Perfect for young children but really for anyone!  I don’t know who wouldn’t smile upon receiving a card made with pieces of this paper.  The only problem with the paper is that you will hate to cut into and use it!

What’s even better is that there are die cuts that match the designer paper! The Birthday Friends Framelits Dies  will cut out several of the images in the paper, like this foxy guy and his banner!  I also stamped on the banner with the coordinating stamp set, Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Lots of cute images in the stamp set as well.  If you want to save 10%, get the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle that has the stamp set and framelit dies together.  You WILL want both!

You’ll be able to use this Birthday Memories Designer Paper and Birthday Delivery Stamp Set for more occasions that just birthdays.  It will be cute for party favors, invitations, and many other projects!

Birthday Mini Treat Bag Inside Card

This is what the inserted card looks like.  I stamped the balloons and die cut with one of the framelit dies in the set.  I purposely made them stick up at the top off the card a little bit so when it is inside the card, you will see the edge of the balloons and know to pull out the card. You can see how you could easily make this into a birthday party invitation or some other congratulatory occasion.

And let’s not forget to mention the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  These have been in the catalog before and I have so much fun with them!  To make the bag, there are two dies, one cuts the front of the bag and part of the back.  The other die cuts the other half of the back portion plus the fold that adheres to the front of the bag. It’s so simple, plus the die set comes with so many other fun pieces. I chose to make this mini treat bag simple by just adhering the die cuts from the Birthday Memories Paper on the front.  I could have done lots more embellishing, but I thought this was cute enough as is!  There are even other options to make besides a basic gift bag, such as I made in THIS POST.

Be sure to check out the Birthday Memories Suite in the catalog.  You can order the Bundle and Designer Paper plus any other embellishments that you want so that you can make some fun cards and projects like this Birthday Mini Treat Bag With Birthday Memories Die Cuts.

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Try Paper Pumpkin For 50% Off in September!

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017

This is a very special invitation to join Paper Pumpkin at an amazing introductory rate during our Fall into Savings promotion. Subscribe from August 11–September 10 and Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!

Just sign up using promo code HALFOFF0917 HERE by September 10.

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • No risk, no obligation.  Just cancel by the 10th of any month or simply “Skip” a month if you need to!

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Don’t delay!  Go ahead and sign up today! Then your subscription will be ready to go when Stampin’ Up! starts shipping out the kits mid-September!  Yours will be ready to go! You’ll experiment the fun of receiving your Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail one day and have everything you need in one box to sit down and craft!  Just for you!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY!  (click the link)

USE PROMO CODE:  HALFOFF0917

Try Paper Pumpkin For 50% Off in September!

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017

This is a very special invitation to join Paper Pumpkin at an amazing introductory rate during our Fall into Savings promotion. Subscribe from August 11–September 10 and Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!

Just sign up using promo code HALFOFF0917 HERE by September 10.

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • No risk, no obligation.  Just cancel by the 10th of any month or simply “Skip” a month if you need to!

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Don’t delay!  Go ahead and sign up today! Then your subscription will be ready to go when Stampin’ Up! starts shipping out the kits mid-September!  Yours will be ready to go! You’ll experiment the fun of receiving your Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail one day and have everything you need in one box to sit down and craft!  Just for you!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY!  (click the link)

USE PROMO CODE:  HALFOFF0917

Happy Birthday Greeting Card Die Cut

Happy Birthday Greeting Card Die Cut

Today is MY birthday, but I have a friend who has a birthday tomorrow (and I don’t think she looks at my blog!) so this is the card I made for her! I was glancing through some cards I had made recently, and I LOVED a card I made with the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and a watercolor background and I LOVED a card I made with this same Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  So I just combined the two ideas!

The card is made with Basic Black Cardstock so you do need to put a piece of Whisper White Cardstock inside so you can stamp or write a greeting or note. I glued a strip of this designer paper to the side of the Whisper White inside the card so I could decorate the inside a little bit. There is a layer of Powder Pink underneath the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

The greeting, of course, is just the Happy Birthday die cut!  I love the script, the size and everything about it!  Glue it down with just tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Or try the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.

I think the new Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon is just beautiful with this designer paper pattern and the card!  So soft and such a pretty pink!  I wrapped the strip of ribbon around the layer before adhering to the card.  Then I tied the bow separately with another piece of ribbon and attached it to that strip of ribbon with a few Mini Glue Dots . Sometimes that is easier than trying to tie a perfect bow with the whole piece of ribbon around the card!

I think this Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper is actually a whole lot of lovely!!  I suggest you put a package or two on your next order!  And if you ever make birthday cards (surely you do!) I would also get the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies!

Since today is my birthday, I’m giving YOU the gift!  I’m celebrating all weekend (why not?!) so if you place a Stampin’ Up! order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping, of course!), I will send YOU a little grab bag of “stuff”!  And who doesn’t need more “stuff”?! Some might be new, some might be retired, but it will be a surprise! Order today through Sunday, August 13, 2017 at midnight.

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August Paper Pumpkin Kit: Join Today!

Paper Pumpkin August Mood BoardIf you want to receive the August Paper Pumpkin Kit in another week or so, join Paper Pumpkin today!  Today, August 10th is the deadline for the August Kit.

Usually each month is a surprise, but every now and then Stampin’ Up! gives us some clues or a sneak peek!  This month Stampin’ Up! has been giving us glimpses of the mood board they used for the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. You see the final one above.

Here is the clue from Stampin’ Up!:

” Navy baker’s twine and gorgeous coral ribbon are the perfect finishing touch to our August inspiration mood board. You don’t want to miss out on finding how these elements work with the rest of August’s coral-hued kit! Think warm CARDS and gifting! Share our finished mood board with a friend and subscribe at paperpumpkin.com before tomorrow, August 10th at midnight!”

Here is my direct link! CLICK HERE TO JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY!

Paper Pumpkin is the cute red box that comes in your mailbox once a month with a project inside designed to take you away! You deserve a few minutes of crafting time, with no preparation, no designing, no extra supplies needed.  Everything is included!  You get an exclusive stamp set with every kit and ink spot. With your very first kit you will also receive an acrylic block for mounting your stamps.  Directions are included and there is a video you can watch!  No risk, no obligation!  Cancel if Paper Pumpkin isn’t for you or just skip a month if you get too busy. Easy peasy!  Try it!

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Make a Christmas Card With the Carols of Christmas Bundle

Deck the Halls Cherry Cobbler Card

This is my first try at making a Christmas card with the Carols of Christmas Bundle. While I could have ordered it earlier in July, somehow with planning our vacation, going on vacation and getting back from vacation, I didn’t order it until the end of the month and just received it night before last. I had other things to do all day, and finally just before time to make dinner, I stopped and wanted to make a card with this new set, Carols of Christmas!

I pulled out my new Christmas paper in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s called Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  If you are anxious to get started on Christmas cards and projects this month before the Holiday Catalog comes out, go ahead and order this Be Merry paper.  For this card, since Cherry Cobbler is one of the coordinating colors with the Be Merry paper, I chose Cherry Cobbler Cardstock for the card base. The patterned paper I chose was also Cherry Cobbler and to help it stand out a bit, I put a layer of Whisper White over the card base and the designer paper on top of that. I stamped the “Deck the Halls” greeting on a piece of Whisper White and decided to add the cute little ornaments to decorate.  These ornaments are very small, but adorable, so I was happy to use the Card Front Builder Framelits Dies to cut out the little bitty ornaments.

The ornaments are just placed above the greeting and I adhered a piece of Gold Metallic Thread to each one with either a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional (boy are they nice!) for the ones I wanted popped up or a Mini Glue Dot for the ones flat on the card. Then I draped the thread behind the top of the card held down with strips of Snail Adhesive.  I wanted something at the top so I decided on a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon.  After that, all the pieces were just glued down layer by layer with Fast Fuse Adhesive to hold real well.

Deck the Halls Cherry Cobbler Card CloseupI admit I wasn’t all that thrilled with this stamp set and bundle at first, or at least wanted to wait and see what was going to be in the Holiday Catalog.  As usual, as I saw some samples that other Demonstrators were making during our preorder opportunity, I knew I had to have it and placed it on my order!

You can make something simple, like my card today, or you can make some really fantastic cards and projects. I always say there is nothing too hard for even a beginner in stamping, as long as you have the materials and maybe someone to show you what to do! That’s just one of the many things I love about stamping! Nothing takes great SKILL, a person just has to know the techniques.

Carols of Christmas 2017

Get the  Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Framelits Dies together in a Bundle and save 10%!  You will have something new from the Holiday Catalog before the Holiday Catalog comes out!  Then you can make a Christmas card With the Carols of Christmas Bundle like I have!

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Handmade Daisy Gift Box

Handmade Daisy Gift Box

Make a Handmade Daisy Gift Box  like this one or similar when you need a small gift box quite easily!  Sometimes we need a gift box or gift bag in a hurry and it’s really quite easy to make one yourself rather than take all the time to run out to the store.

This gift box was made with a paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. This paper has natural, rustic patterns in so many designs on 6″ x 6″ sheets.  You will want to have this in your “stash” because woodgrain works very well as a background or backdrop for your projects. The woodgrain, whether dark or light, works as a neutral when you are creating something.

Wood Textures

To make the box lid, I used the full 6″ x 6″ paper because I wanted the box to be 4″ x 4″ with a 1″ border to fold down for the lid. So 4″ across for the box plus 1″ on each side equals 6″. Then I scored on all 4 sides at 1″ to make the lid. I trimmed off the corners at an angle just to make it easier for fold in. It’s not absolutely necessary to do, but I like to.  Then cut up on the little score lines up to the score line above on two opposite ends.  That makes the tabs to fold to form the lid.

Box Lid

To make the box bottom, I did the same thing but with a piece of Soft Suede Cardstock. Now you can make it the exact same size, but I made the bottom just a “smidge” smaller, which means I cut the paper just 1/16″ inch shorter on each side.  This makes the lid fit better without having to squeeze the two pieces to fit.

Now you can have fun decorating your gift box!  I tied mine with the interesting and fun 1/4″ Copper Trim. The fun thing about this ribbon is that you can pull the sides apart to make it wider and with a different look, as I did to the ends of the ribbon.  If you don’t like it, you can just yank on the end of the ribbon and it will go back to the original shape.

The daisies are stamped with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set with So Saffron Ink on So Saffron Cardstock and then punched with the now-back-in-stock Daisy Punch.  I also stamped a few leaves and cut them out, plus the greeting that was in the stamp set.  And for a finishing touch, why not a Gold Faceted Gem?

Here is another post where I made a Christmas gift box, a larger one, out of 12″ x 12″ paper. Click HERE!

This Handmade Daisy Gift Box can be for most any occasion and is easy enough to make! Your recipient will appreciate that you made the box yourself and just for the occasion!

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Quick and Easy Card With Fresh Florals Paper

Quick and Easy Card With Fresh Florals Paper

This really is a quick and easy card with the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper. And if necessary, you can make one even quicker and easier probably than this one! Sometimes we need something simple and that can suit the occasion on a moment’s notice, and this card can do that just by the greeting that you add to it!

I started with a card base using the Thick Whisper White Cardstock, which is just a little heavier weight than the regular Whisper White Cardstock. The regular is okay, the Thick is just a little bit nicer to use on a simple card, a little sturdier.  You can make the card base however you like, but for this card I cut the paper 4 1/4″ x 11″ with the fold at the top at 5 1/2″. You could even cut it like this but turn it sideways so the fold is on the left, but it would be wider than a regular card and not as tall.  Just a slightly different look if you are in the mood for change!

The Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper is beautiful and comes in all the new In Colors.  This pattern is Fresh Fig. To jazz it up, I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  If you don’t have this punch yet, just use strips of Fresh Fig Cardstock down the sides.  But this punch really does make a pretty accent along an edge so I do like it.

Now if I had the Fresh Fig 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, I would have used that, but since I didn’t, I just used a strip of cardstock behind the greeting. You wouldn’t have to do this.

The greeting is made with the Label Me Pretty Bundle, a combination of the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and the Pretty Label Punch. You can buy them separately, but the Bundle will save you 10%. To help the label stand out a little more against the designer paper, I just punched another label out of the Fresh Fig Cardstock and cut it in half from side to side, then glued it underneath the label for a layer.  That leaves a tiny bit on the sides open, which wouldn’t have showed against the cardstock strip I had underneath, but I did punch another label and just cut off the sides and glued those under the sides of the label for a layer on each end. Tiny detail, but you can do it if you want!  And why not add a couple of Rhinestone Jewels on the label as well?!

Here’s another very similar card I made with the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, this one in Powder Pink. Click HERE to see this card.

A couple reminders:

  • Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons from July if you earned any!  They will be in an email!
  • Several states are having back-to-school sales tax holidays beginning this weekend and certain Stampin’ Up! products are eligible for this tax holiday! Check the chart here!

I do think the dates for Texas are incorrect on this chart, sales tax holiday in Texas is NEXT weekend, August 11-13, so make sure the dates for your state are correct and that you are not charged sales tax on your order for those particular items.

Don’t forget to just make simple cards sometimes, like this Quick and Easy Card With Fresh Florals Paper. Have some designer paper and stamp sets on hand that will do for multiple occasions!  You can add extra embellishments, but you can also keep it simple!

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Buy Stampin’ Up! During Your State Sales Tax Holiday!

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It’s State Sales Tax Holiday Time for Back-to-School!

And You Can Get Stampin’ Up! Supplies Tax-Free!

 

There are 13 US states having state sales tax holidays for school supplies. What does that mean

for you? Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax-free for a limited time! If

you live in one of the lucky states, make sure to take advantage of the holiday!

Click on each chart below to enlarge it.

Click HERE to see the full Sales Tax Holiday Chart (there are two parts).

Double-check with your state to make sure these dates are correct.  I believe the Texas dates are wrong….I’m seeing next weekend August 11-13 advertised as our Sales Tax Holiday, not this weekend as shown on this chart. Put some tax free items on your order and make sure you are not being charged sales tax!State Tax Holiday Chart 2017 page 1

State Sales Tax Holiday Chart 2017 page 2

You must place your order with Stampin’ Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free (midnight on the first day to 11:59 PM on the last day of the tax holiday).

Keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional county, city, and special jurisdiction taxes.

Happy Shopping!  Be sure to check the dates!

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Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend

Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend
If you make this Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend, be sure to mail it, because we never know when someone might especially need that card that comes from you in the mail. Not to mention that it is just fun to get some “real mail” because we seldom get anything but bills and junk mail!

I just love the Naturally Eclectic Suite in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!  It is also the suite of products that are shown on the cover of the catalog!  I think the colors are all so pretty together and the flower designs are very nice to use.

With the Oh So Eclectic Bundle, which includes the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Diesyou can save 10% over buying the two things separately, plus you will have everything you need…….stamps and dies!  And one of the dies is very artistic and different! You’ll enjoy it!

For this card, I used the Berry Burst Cardstock for the card base and Whisper White on top of that. Layered on top of that is the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  Be sure to tie a strip of Berry Burst  1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon around the designer paper before you adhere it to the card.

Stamp some flowers and leaves and die cut with the framelits dies and Big Shot. Arrange them how you like on the front of the card, popping up a few flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to all three flowers, but the shimmer doesn’t really show up in the photo. It is so fun to use the Wink of Stella!  And the name is incredible to me, too!  The greeting I used is also included in the stamp set.

Here is another card I made with the die cut flowers from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  I love this die cut flower!  You can layer it on top of another layer or use it as is.

Be sure to check out this interesting suite of products, the Naturally Eclectic Suite, and maybe you will want to make a Naturally Eclectic Card for a friend!

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Black and White Washi Tape Greeting Card

Black and White Washi Tape Greeting Card

Make a black and white washi tape greeting card if you want to make a quick and easy modern card!  Washi tape is so much fun, but I think we forget to use it sometimes! I used it on this card with just a little bit of stamping.

There are new washi tape designs and patterns in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog on page 195. The black and white washi tape I used is the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  The bottom of the card has a wide strip of dotted washi tape, and right above it is a very narrow strip with the little scallops.  I placed the black strip of washi tape at the top of the card.  When you have an assortment of washi tapes, you can make up your own design with them!

The card itself is a Basic Black card base with a layer of Whisper White Cardstock. It’s probably best to stamp first, but I think I might have broken that rule and put the washi tape on first and then stamped!  I used the Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set for the  sentiment and the little black dots.

And for an extra little embellishment, I added some Rhinestone Jewels scattered around randomly.

Sometimes it is fun to make just a simple black and white card, but it doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  Here is a black and white card I made several years ago that I really liked. Sometimes just the stamping will be enough and sometimes adding a little embellishment with jewels or ribbon just finishes off the card.

Get out your washi tape that you have or order the new Pick a Pattern Washi Tape I used on this card to make a black and white washi tape greeting card and see what you can come up with!

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Carols of Christmas: Early Release From the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Carols of Christmas Banner

In September, the much anticipated Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog will go live!  In the meantime, the Carols of Christmas stamp set and dies have been released early for customers beginning today! When you saw information about this bundle last month, it was because the stamp set was part of a bonus offer for new Demonstrators who joined during July.

But now, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are available separately AND as a Carols of Christmas Bundle if you would like both and want to save 10%!

Here are samples of the beautiful cards you can make with this set! These are samples from Stampin’ Up! but I have seen many other samples from Demonstrators and everyone agrees this is a beautiful set. You will want to order yours as soon as possible!  Get an early start on Christmas cards!

Carols of Christmas Card Peace on Earth

This card is fairly simple, using the die cut trees and deer and coloring the stamp with markers to get a multi-colored effect on the greeting.

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I love the red on this card paired with the green and a bit of Copper Trim Ribbon behind the greeting.

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If you want a different color scheme, these blues are beautiful using silver ribbon and sequin trim. This card uses the negative piece of paper after the trees are die cut.

Carols of Christmas4

A lot of young families like to send photo cards at Christmas. Here is an example of dressing up the photo with a piece of die cut vellum and Christmasy greeting and ribbon on the top.

Carols of Christmas5

This is my favorite sample because of the red and gold! So elegant and festive!

If you are wondering how you can make Christmas cards in August without Christmas paper, look in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 188 and check out the Be Merry Designer Series Paper!  This is very cute paper that will get you started until you have more choices in the Holiday Catalog!

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

It’s too hot in some places, like here in Houston, to do much of anything, so go ahead and treat yourself to this new Carols of Christmas Bundle and get a head start on Christmas! Put on some holiday music and pretend like it is snowing outside, as you run the a/c and wear your swimsuit or shorts!!

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July!  You should have received an email immediately after you ordered from Stampin’ Up! with your codes.  When you place your August order(s), you will see prompts on how to use your codes.

Shop for the Carols of Christmas Bundle at Stampin’ Up! Today!