Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card

Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card

Not sure why I decided on this Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card, but it’s what I came up with while playing with the new Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and the Flourish Thinlits Dies. I really thought I would stamp something randomly all over the background of the card, but then I ended up just stamping the two flower stems.  I actually the thinlit was going to cut out the stamped flower stem, but I was wrong! Which only makes sense since it would be very difficult to match up all those  flowers and stems inside the thinlit! That would have taken a “framelit” not a “thinlit”!

Anyway, when I die cut the flower stem, I was blown away by how beautiful and intricate it was! I have to say, with the new platform, the Precision Base Plate and rolling it through twice, the die came out perfect!  Then I used my Die Brush to get all the pieces out, and it was all very easy and quick!

I used Daffodil Delight for the card base with a Whisper White layer on the front.  I could have embellished the card further, maybe with pearls or rhinestones or glitter, but for today I just kept it simple. I think this will be a beautiful stamp set to work with along with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.

You can purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies in a Bundle HERE.

You, too, can make a beautiful card like this easy Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card.


Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card Inside

Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card

When I discovered these Pop Up Corner Cards, I loved them and made several including this Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card for my daughter. They are so easy and the recipient will think you are so clever!

Start with an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock for the card base.  Score in the middle vertically and horizontally so the paper is divided into fourths.  In the upper left quadrant, score than on a diagonal.  Fold on all the score lines back and forth, then cut the right horizontal line just to the center.

Pop Up Corner Card Diagram

Fold the top half down.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Fold the top piece back on the diagonal score line.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Fold the top quarter down.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

That piece you just folded down and the piece to the right are the areas where you will put adhesive and glue those two pieces together when you fold over the right area.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Open the card, make sure you have it all going in the right direction and decorate!  As you get experienced, it’s probably easier to adhere paper and embellishments on the sections before those two areas are glued together to actually make it the folded card,

Pop Up Corner Card Open

I hope you will try one of these cards like my Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card.

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Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach

Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach

I was really anxious to play with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies and my Big Shot as soon as I got them, and this Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach is one of the results. I actually started using the Floral Thinlits with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paperbut of course these Floral Thinlits are beautiful with other colors as well, such as this new In Color Peekaboo Peach.  The Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon is gorgeous to use on the card!  In fact, the ribbon is so gorgeous, that it is on backorder at the moment.  As I write this, it is due to be back in stock around July 11th. You really do have to get your hands on this beautiful ribbon as soon as it is available! The thank you greeting is stamped with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set.  Right now the Clear-mount version is backordered but you can purchase the Floral Phrases Clear-Mount Bundle and get both the stamp set and the Thinlits – and save 10%. You can also buy the stamp set in wood-mount.  While it is inconvenient and disappointing to have backordered products, it shows that Stampin’ Up! has some real hits in the new catalog!

If you would like a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information. Or you can view it HERE online.

With these new really intricate dies, if nothing else I would suggest you purchase the Big Shot Die Brush to help get out those little pieces from both the die and the die cut. And if you can take it another step, the Precision Base Plate might be beneficial to you. There is also the new Big Shot Platform that has a special adapter that comes with it and has a raised center portion to work better with these new dies. It probably all depends on your personal Big Shot and how it works for you. If it works on these fancy dies and you’re happy, then no need to purchase any of the newer accessories (except maybe the Big Shot Die Brush!). You can go from there and see what you need.

If you want to be able to make some really elegant cards, these Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies are for you for sure!  Check out the Floral Boutique Suite in the new catalog on pages 76-77 and the products online HERE.  You will be able to make cards like my Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach and many other variations!

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The First Day of Summer Sitting Here Porch Swing Card

First Day of Summer Sitting Here Porch Swing Card

Today is the first day of summer or Summer Solstice and I thought what seems more summery than sitting outside on a porch swing and sipping iced tea or lemonade! This First Day of Summer Sitting Here Porch Swing  Card expresses that perfectly with the Sitting Here Photopolymer Stamp Set and a little coloring. The images are just stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers and maybe a little help from my Aqua Painter and Blender Pen.

There are no mistakes in stamping, as they say, so I will admit that when I stamped the flower pot, it didn’t stamp completely since it was new.  I should have stamped with it several times to get it conditioned first. SO I just stamped it again on a scrap paper and cut that out and adhered it right over the original flower pot!  I even colored in the one on the card front a little bit in case any of it peeked out around the cut version.  Then I popped up the flower pot on a Stampin’ Dimensional so it would  be 3D.  Very cute!

You can’t really see how the pillows turned out in this photo, but they are very cute! If you stamp and color the pillows and cut out, place them stamped side down on a foam mat and take the top end of the Aqua Painter or a stylus and run it around and around on the backside of the pillows.  This makes them poof out a little bit and you can put a Stampin’ Dimensional underneath and they look like real pillows on the porch swing.

I think today is hardly the first day of summer here in Houston, Texas. It was even hotter last week! I don’t know how people out west in Phoenix and other places can take any more heat than we have here! A flight from Houston couldn’t even land in Phoenix yesterday because the temperature was too high and apparently airplanes can’t land or take off when the temperature hits 120!  I never heard that before. I remember landing in Phoenix to change planes at least once and having to pull down all the window shades so the heat wouldn’t get in the plane any worse than it was.  But it wasn’t 120 degrees that day.

I hope you are enjoying your first day of summer and sipping some cool drink on a pretty porch swing like on my First Day of Summer Sitting Here Porch Swing  Card.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Card Ideas

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! 

In case you are needing a last minute Father’s Day card idea, I thought I would go back in the files and offer some suggestions and inspiration! You won’t even need all the new stamp sets for these, some may even be retired, but if you have the products in your stash, it works!

Layered Letters Father's Day Card

Layered Letters Alphabet and Crazy About You Stamp Set.  See the post HERE.

Lovely As a Tree Father's Day Card

Lovely As a Tree – always a classic!!  See my post HERE.

Chalk Talk Father's Day Card

Easy to duplicate with whatever supplies you have!  See my post HERE.

A Saying about a Dad

If you are looking for some quotes and sayings about fathers, read my post HERE.


I made this as a birthday card but all you have to do is change the greeting!  See my post HERE.

Lovely As a Tree Father's Day Card

And one more, a great masculine card for any occasion, just change the greeting, using the favorite Lovely As a Tree.  See my post HERE.

Hope these ideas provide some inspiration for last minute Father’s Day card ideas for you, especially if you are a procrastinator like me!


Make a Father’s Day Pop Up Card

Father's Day Pop Up Card

Make a Father’s Day Pop Up Card very easily for your father this weekend! Dad deserves a special card, don’t you think?! For the card base, I used one of the new In Colors, Dapper Denim. It turned out to be a red, white and blue card so I suppose you could turn this into a patriotic card for the 4th of July! There is a Real Red layer with Whisper White on top with stamping and some Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon.

The greeting on the front is stamped with part of a stamp from the Better Together Stamp Set and also an “A” from the “Happy Birthday” stamp in the set.  I just colored with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to get portions of the stamp that I wanted. I used the marker to put the little dots. The stars are stamps from the same set as are the arrows at the bottom.

To make the pop up portion inside, just fold the cardstock layer in half like you normally would. Cut from the fold up with the Paper Trimmer or just scissors to make as large a pop up as you want. Then the pop up part folds out while the rest layers inside the card like normal.  When you do it, you will know exactly how to do it.Father's Day Pop Up Card Side View

Decorate the inside of the card however you like.  I used the Layered Letters Alphabet to spell out “Dad”.  The greeting inside is stamped with words from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set. Lots of word and phrase choices in there!

Father's Day Pop Up Card Inside

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Lovely As a Tree Father’s Day Card

Lovely As a Tree Father's Day Card

It felt so good to use this “old” stamp set to make this Lovely As a Tree Father’s Day card! Lovely As a Tree has been a favorite stamp set since I joined Stampin’ Up! many years ago and I believe it is still going strong! Every year we wonder if they will retire it, but so far they have not. It is just a classic stamp set, good for so many occasions and projects, so many techniques you can do with it. Lovely As a Tree is a must-have stamp set if you are a Stampin’ Up! stamper!

To make this card, I stamped the tree with the Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad and colored in with various Stampin’ Write Markers. An artist I used to know always said every green should have a little yellow in it, so first I randomly colored areas of light yellow, like So Saffron on the tree leaves. Then I colored (lightly) with lighter to darker shades of green, choose whatever colors you like. You don’t want to use a heavy hand when coloring with the markers, usually. To get a lighter look with some colors you could use a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter rather than coloring direct with the marker, which might be too dark. For the tree trunk and branches, I first colored with Crumb Cake and then used Soft Suede on the shaded areas of the tree. I also added some Crumb Cake and various greens to make the grassy area and sponged on some Soft Sky in for the sky in the background. (Cut the sponges into wedges.)

For a little background on the plain Crumb Cake card base, I was going to emboss, but then thought of just stamping the little leaf in the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set randomly around the card in Crumb Cake ink.

“Dad” is spelled out using the Layered Letters Alphabet. I could have also made a banner across the bottom of the card with a “Happy Father’s Day” greeting instead.

If you don’t already own Lovely As a Tree, I highly recommend you put that on your next order! I love my wood-mount set, but now it is also available in Clear-Mount.

Whatever you do, be sure you have a Father’s Day card for your dad or special man in your life for Father’s Day, this Sunday June 19th! Make it today so you don’t have to rush at the last minute! If you already have the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set, go ahead and dig it out and use it to make a Father’s Day card!

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Floral Boutique Thank You Card

Floral Boutique Thank You Card

I think one of the most amazing collections of products in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Floral Boutique Suite, and this Floral Boutique Thank You Card is one of my first creations from that suite. This new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, I think, has the most amazing products and display of samples and products on its pages. In this suite are a stamp set, intricate thinlits for die-cutting, Baker’s Twine, Washi Tape, and designer series paper. Everything you need to make amazing projects! Not that you have to stick with the colors shown. Do your own thing!  But the inspiration is there on pages 76-77 for the taking to get you started!

This card is just a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the fold at the top (it would have been better to use the Whisper White Thick Cardstock if I would have thought of it!), so it is cut lengthwise at 4 1/4″ instead of horizontally.  Then I scored it at 5 1/2″.

After getting my first big order (of course, not counting my pre-order!) the night before, I spent yesterday afternoon experimenting with the new Detailed Floral Thinlits DiesOn this card, I only used the one large die cut on the bottom of the card and stamped with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. When you stamp with this big flowery stamp, you may think it is not stamping properly, but it actually is designed to have lighter and darker areas, so don’t worry! It’s that “denim” look. After stamping the flower in the top center, I stamped the ends of the stamp on each side so that it would go all the way across the top of the card.

I used the new Big Shot Platform that comes with a Thin Die Adapter, kind of like a shim. If I didn’t use that piece, it didn’t come close to cutting. I also used the Precision Base Plate which is very helpful in cutting these intricate dies. I find the Die Brush to be indispensable! It’s not very expensive, so I would put that on your next order for sure. I tried to do various combinations of old and new platforms, Precision Plate, etc. but I got myself mixed up so I have no conclusions to share right now! I did find, that with MY Big Shot, cutting both the larger and smaller dies on cardstock on the same run through the Big Shot was VERY hard to go through the Big Shot but each one separately worked fine.  With all of these things, you will have to see what works best with YOUR Big Shot!  But these dies are beautiful and will make gorgeous cards and projects. If you don’t own a Big Shot yet, I would put that on your Wish List because I use my Big Shot all the time and you will want to get in on using these fancy new dies!

On the bottom of the inside of the card, I just adhered a strip of the Floral Boutique Designer Series PaperI could have used a piece of Washi Tape or added some Rhinestones to the front of the card. Lots of possibilities!

You will want to put this whole Floral Boutique Suite on your next order, if you haven’t already, so you can make a card like this Floral Boutique Thank You Card.

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Layered Letters Father’s Day Card With Bowtie

Layered Letters Father's Day Card Bowtie

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th, so if you haven’t already made a Father’s Day card maybe this Layered Letters Father’s Day Card with a bowtie will provide some inspiration to you. It’s very easy to make and you can customize it to your father or husband. It doesn’t even have to be just for Father’s Day.  We are always looking for good masculine card ideas and you could customize this card to any special occasion for a man.

To make the bowtie, I checked the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and found that this black and white pattern would be perfect for a bowtie! You can cut two triangles and a circle any way you like, but I happened to think of the triangle in the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and used that to cut two triangles. Then I used the 1″ Circle Punch for the bowtie knot.

For the greeting, I could have used the Father’s Day stamp in the Crazy about You Stamp Setbut I opted to use the Layered Letters Stamp Set.  This is another stamp set that I just find to be fun and useful. After stamping the rectangles with Crumb Cake ink on the Whisper White card front and getting some ink smudges in the corner (ugh!) I just cut out the rectangles instead and adhered them to the card!  Another proof there are no mistakes in stamping! (usually!)  Simple card to make, I think, and you can change the colors and the greeting style any way you like.

The card base is Basic Black with a Crumb Cake layer.  The letters are stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink.

Get started on the Father’s Day card or cards you need to make for the special men in your life! I hope this Layered Letters Father’s Day Card with a bowtie will give you some ideas!

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Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

On Friday I needed a quick birthday card before I left town for the weekend, and I came up wtih this Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card.  I decided to combine the new Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper with one of my favorite things, the Mini Treatbag Thinlits Dies.

I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Big Shot to die cut the mini treat bag out of this cute paper.  I love how the inside pattern is as cute as the outside and provides a good contrast. Out of a thin scrap, I made a belly band around the bag so I could showcase that pattern from the inside of the bag a little bit more. Then I die cut a Daffodil Delight piece of cardstock with a thinlit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies to kind of look like  a flower and put a large rhinestone (retired) in the center. I already had the white flower pieces die cut from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies in my pile of scraps so I used those and added sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment plus a couple of the retired In Color Blossom Accents since I was hand-delivering the card. They make mailing the card a little difficult!

I used the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Bundle (the stamp set and punch) to make the little greeting on the front. And on the top of the card inserted inside the treat bag I stapled on a piece of the retired lace to pull out the card. I used my favorite Handheld Stapler by Stampin’ Up!

I hope you are enjoying the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  If you need one and do not have a Demonstrator, please contact me.

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Learn to Make These Cute Popcorn Boxes!

Popcorn Box Samples

Images (c) Stampin’ Up! 2016

If you don’t want to get coerced to buy these Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies, then don’t watch this Stampin’ Up! video with Donna Griffith from the Home Office! I was NOT interested in these (well, I’m “interested” in every single product Stampin’ Up! sells, but being as I can’t have it all, I have to limit myself!), but then I watched this video and these Popcorn Boxes sure look cute!!!

Just think how cute these would be as party favors, teacher gifts, Christmas gifts, neighbor gifts, treat holders, even popcorn boxes!! Just think of how you could decorate them for Halloween parties!! Or something in red, white and blue for July 4th! Yep, they just might have to go on my next order!!

Popcorn Box Birthday Blooms Sample

Images (c) Stampin’ Up! 2016

Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies

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It’s a One Day Deal For the Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek June 2016

Here is a rare sneak peek from the upcoming June Paper Pumpkin Kit, shipping out mid-June! Read below about the special FLASH SALE going on right now!  Today is the last day!  Order your Paper Pumpkin Kit before 11:50 pm Mountain Time tonight!!  It’s only $5!  Don’t miss it!! Use the promo code:  ONEDAYDEAL   Join Paper Pumpkin today!

Paper Pumpkin One Day Deal

It’s a One Day Deal for Paper Pumpkin! The special offer started last night but it runs all day today until 11:50 pm Mountain Time!

Have you ever said, “One day I’ll sign up for Paper Pumpkin.” Well, THAT DAY is today. For 31 hours, first-time subscribers can get their first kit for only $5 USD! This deal doesn’t last long so don’t delay and forget!


Use Promo Code:  ONEDAYDEAL

What is Paper Pumpkin anyway??! It’s a complete kit to make a papercrafting project of some kind! It’s almost always a surprise and could be cards, home decor, a calendar, holiday items, a mini album, etc. Every once in awhile there is a sneak peek!

In your first kit you will receive a clear acrylic block on which to mount your stamps. Every Paper Pumpkin Kit includes a set of exclusive stamps, an ink spot, and all the paper, pieces and embellishments to make the project, already die cut and ready to go! Instructions are included plus a link to a Stampin’ Up! video. Anyone can make the project, newbie or experienced stamper.


  • The price of the kit is $5. Shipping is included.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only. Discount applies to one kit for June 2016. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD. You can cancel at any time or simply pause your subscription when you need to.
  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN! Get Your First Kit for only $5! It’s a no-brainer!!

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Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag

Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag

Here is a quick and easy project to make a Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag. I simply punched a tag with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch out of the polka dot pattern of one of the papers in the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. I first was going to use some other die cut flowers, but then I thought it might be fun to see how the Swirly Scribbles die cuts might work. I chose three colors in the Brights family:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. I also die cut some green leaves.

The banner is stamped with the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Setboth on Whisper White and Real Red so that the greeting cut be cut and adhered to the Real Red banner. These were punched with the Duet Banner Punch. You can purchase this stamp set and the punch in a Thoughtful Banners Bundle and save 10%!

***Be sure to check out Paper Pumpkin today so you are ready for the FLASH SALE!  Purchase your first Paper Pumpkin Kit for only $5 beginning today, June 9th at 5:00 pm Mountain Time and ending on Friday, June 10th at 11:50 pm Mountain Time.

The first Paper Pumpkin Kit comes with a clear block on which to mount the stamps that come in the kit. Everything you need for the surprise project is inside the box!  Stamps, ink, and everything cut and ready to use!  You can follow the enclosed directions, watch a Stampin’ Up! video, or change up the project however you like.


  • The price of the kit is $5 USD.

  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only. Discount applies to one kit for June 2016. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 USD.

  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.


Do Not Join Paper Pumpkin…..Today!

Paper Pumpkin One Day Deal

Whatever you do, DON’T join Paper Pumpkin today!

I’ve been saying Paper Pumpkin is the fun monthly subscription papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail and encouraging you to try it out!  BUT NOT TODAY!!  Nope!  Not today! Don’t do it!!  What’s the deal??!!!

WAIT until TOMORROW June 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM (MT)!!!

On Thursday, June 9th at 5:00 PM (MT) 6:00 PM (Central Time), you can join Paper Pumpkin for only $5 using the Promo Code:  ONEDAYDEAL.

  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Discount applies to one kit for June 2016.
  • After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).
    Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.

Tomorrow, at the appointed time (or from then until June 10th at 11:50 PM (MT), just click this link below to join Paper Pumpkin and get the June kit for only $5 (plus tax)!


The special price includes shipping and your whole Paper Pumpkin kit! A Paper Pumpkin includes a stamp set, an ink spot, instructions, and all the materials for the project.  You MAY need some scissors and possibly some glue or adhesive, but often what you need is included in the kit. For your first kit, you will receive a clear block on which to mount your stamp.

Listen to Carrie Cudney from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office tell you about the offer!

Be ready!  On Thursday, June 9 click the link and JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN! It is CERTAINLY worth the $5 to try it out, and if it is not for you, just cancel before the next month.

Email me if you have any questions!  Karen@KarenStamps.com

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN FOR $5 on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 pm (Mountain Time)!

(Promo runs until Friday, June 10th at 11:50 pm Mountain Time)

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Painter’s Palette Card for a Friend

Painter's Palette Card for a Friend

I think this stamp set, Painter’s Palette, is going to be a perfect one for us stampers, papercrafters and creative types! It actually gives us a “palette” to express ourselves like an artist.  There is so much possibility with this stamp set.  I made an easy version by just stamping on the front of this card, Painter’s Palette Card For a Friend. If you wanted to put more work into it, you could die cut the easel with the new Layering Squares Framelits Dies and make it 3D.

I was actually kind of missing the color Watermelon Wonder so I decided to use that color for the card base and to stamp the artist’s easel. I think it is a bright and unexpected color for this card.  I made the card so that the fold is at the top, so the cardstock is cut in half at 4 1/4″ vertically and scored on the 5 1/2″ line instead of the other way around. I chose some other Brights colors – Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise along with some more Watermelon Wonder. I stamped these “paints” on the palette, some full strength and some stamped off to be a lighter shade. I put sticky notes on each side of the frame so that the paint colors would stay just on the palette. They caught the overstamping and then when I removed them, the frame didn’t have any stamping on it! The little splatters also come in the stamp set.  I always think those are fun for just adding a little something.

Check out this Painter’s Palette Stamp Set and see if it is one you want in your stamping collection!

Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Today I thought I would make a Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag with the pretty new Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I have always loved this die set, so many opportunities for creativity! The die set contains not just the ones to make the treat bag, but also many dies for the extra embellishments, like hearts, a banner, star, bow, a couple of greetings and more. This can be a treat bag but it can also hold a card or gift card or monetary gift! There are even ways to modify this bag to make it more 3D.

I made the bag with the diagonal stripe pattern from the Pop of Pink paper and die cut a heart out of the same paper but turned it over on the other side. I die cut a banner, but cut off the one end so it would be straight and cut a slightly larger piece of Basic Black as a layer underneath the Whisper White banner. The greeting on the banner is from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. For a little interest I added a strip of Pop of Pink Designer Washi TapeI attached a piece of the Silver Sequin Trim with the Handheld Stapler. (Love this stapler by the way!) I die cut the strip of hearts from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and used the individual hearts for some embellishments and pizzazz. And for a  little something on the Pop of Pink heart, I took two strands of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine to make a bow and adhered with a rolled up Glue Dot.

The Pop of Pink Designer Paper  has been so popular it is backordered, but you can still order it now and when Stampin’ Up! gets more they will send it to you. A big supply is due in about a week so it won’t be long!

You can purchase the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits along with the You’re So Sweet Stamp Set in a Bundle and save 10% if you wish.

Check out the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and and Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and consider ordering the dies to go with your Big Shot and have fun making the Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Learn About the Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

Big Shot Machine

If you already have the Big Shot, then you know what an amazing tool it is in making projects.  I use mine almost everyday! It is just left out all the time so that I can use it at a moment’s notice. Now that Stampin’ Up! is selling fancier and more intricate dies, there is a new platform for the Big Shot which they say will work better with the more detailed thinlits. This is great except it is starting to get confusing about what to use for a platform for which thing! I will be ordering the new platform, but I don’t have it yet.

I found some Stampin’ Up! videos that will help answer these questions!

These videos will give you some explanation of all these new-fangled things!

The new Big Shot Platform comes with an adapter for the thin dies. You can purchase this platform to go with the Big Shot Machine you already own. If you purchase a Big Shot, your new Big Shot will come with this new platform. They also recommend using the Precision Base PlateThe Precision Plate first came out in the Occasions Catalog. There is also the Magnetic Platform, which is useful for holding dies in place on your paper as they go through the machine.

Another less expensive accessory for your Big Shot is the Die Brush. You can place the foam pad in an empty stamp case and then your pieces will fall into the stamp case and not all over your table! The die brush is handy for helping to release the die cut from the die or to help the design release from the paper.

Houston Flood Swirly Bird Boat Card

Houston Flood Swirly Bird Boat Card

For many people in the Houston area and in other parts of Texas this week, this card made with the Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies represents the only way the people affected by the Houston flood have of getting around. While we are fine here in our neighborhood,  some of these other areas just outside of Houston are completely flooded and some neighborhoods an island unto themselves. I’ve seen videos of horses up on someone’s front porch to keep them out of the water, cattle being herded across a roadway and train track, and an airboat sailing through the water right next to a highway. It’s amazing.

It’s always good to have stamping to lift your spirits on a rainy day, so I thought making a boat and floodwaters with the Swirly Bird Bundle was a good idea. Of course if the rivers aren’t flooding where you live, you could make this same card and have it be a boat sailing along in calm waters! I stamped some of the swirly circle stamps for the water background and overlaid that with die cuts made with the Swirly Bird Thinlits. The pieces that make up the boat are stamped and cut out with Paper Snips. I added some dark clouds punched with the Tree Builder Punch. I also sponged some Soft Sky ink in the background.  The greeting is from one of my favorite stamp sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with a new punch, the Duet Banner Punch.

This Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies are proving to be some of the most popular items in the new catalog! It is a stamp set that will take some creativity to get full use of, but you can bet that plenty of Demonstrators and stampers will be coming up with lots of cute ideas that we can all copy! If you want both the stamp set and dies, you can purchase them together in a Swirly Bird Photopolymer Bundle  and save 10%. And if you didn’t want both, I would suggest just the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies.  I think you will be able to do a lot just with those.

Hopefully all the rain in Texas will move on soon and people can get out of their boats and use the streets for cars again.  Then I can take the dark clouds off my Houston Flood Swirly Bird Boat Card and replace it with a swirly sun!

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The New Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 Catalog Is Here!!

New Stampin' Up! Catalog 2016-17

It’s here! The new Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 Catalog is here with new In Colors, new stamps, new accessories, new Project Life products for memory-keeping, new designer paper, and MORE!

View the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog Online HERE!

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Contact me if you need a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog to hold in your hands or to put in an order for you!  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.


During the month of June, if you host a workshop, gather orders together from some of your friends, or put in your own BIG order of $350 or more, you will earn an EXTRA $35 in Hostess Stampin’ Rewards!

Stampin' Rewards Extra June 2016

Let me know if you have any questions about the new catalog or ordering! Be sure to flip through the catalog online today if you don’t have your own copy!  It’s worth a view for sure!!



Out With the Old …. Stampin’ Up! Catalog Last Day!

Stampin' Up! 2015-16 Annual Catalog

Today is the last day of May and the last day for the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  Can you believe it?! My how I loved that tin on the front of the catalog that went with the Tin of Cards Kit!

Stampin' Up! Occasions Spring 2016 Catalog

Today is also the last day for the beautiful Occasions Catalog 2016!  Fortunately, a lot of the products you will see in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but not all, so check it out one more time!

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List

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When can you order from the brand-spankin’ new Stampin’ Up! Catalog??!!

Online Ordering will be down from midnight until 3:00 AM (MT) on June 1 while we transition the system to the 2016-2017 annual catalog. During this time, no orders can be placed in Online Ordering. Customers can order products from the catalog starting at 3:00 AM (MT) on June 1. So if you can’t sleep and try to order in the middle of the night, the website might be down for the transition!!

As I always say on big days like this, be prepared for glitches such as a slow website. Just keep trying because you will eventually get in. Lots of people will be very excited about the new catalog and trying to order right away! And maybe there won’t be any problems!

As excited as you may be about the new catalog, just take a few minutes (or hours!) and check the retiring list and see if there is anything you want before it is gone. Last chance for Bundles 15% off!

Then get ready for Wednesday, June 1st!!  New Catalog Day!!! Woohoo!

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