New Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Choices

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2017

Time is sure flying by since Sale-a-Bration started in January soon after Christmas. Seems like only yesterday, doesn’t it?! And even though we knew it was a long promotion, Sale-A-Bration is so much fun getting free products that it is hard to believe that it is going to end March 31, in just ten more days!

In case you are new and hearing about Sale-A-Bration for the first time, Sale-A-Bration is the biggest promotion from Stampin’ Up!  With every $50 purchase, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product from the special brochures. There is the original SAB Brochure, the second release with three more products, and today — a few more items to choose from! See below!

SAB 2017 New Releases Flyer

Here are several products from the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and the Occasions Catalog offered now as additional Sale-A-Bration choices for the last days of Sale-A-Bration! If you have already placed orders and chosen Sale-a-Bration items, you might like a few new choices! The bad news is that a couple of Sale-A-Bration choices have sold out and are no longer available:

  • The Card Tin (143833)
  •  6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831)

Also, the Ribbon Metallic 3/8″ Combo Pack is low on inventory. It is one of my favorites!I

You must use the given numbers for the products in the flyer above, not the regular catalog numbers, in order to receive these as free Sale-A-Bration items.

Besides free products, there are other benefits during Sale-A-Bration you may want to consider! Get some orders together with friends or place your own large order and  get extra Hostess Rewards.

SAB Hostess Rewards

As you can see, with an order of $250 or more, you will receive an EXTRA $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. This can be just your own order or you can go in with friends.

SAB Join

I hope you will contact me if you have any questions about perhaps joining Stampin’ Up! and starting your own business. It can be a rewarding opportunity, both personally and professionally, whether you choose to work hard and build a highly successful full-time business or whether you just order for yourself and possibly a few customers. If you love Stampin’ Up!, you will love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Read more HERE for some basic information about joining Stampin’ Up!. I’m happy to answer the additional questions or concerns you will have. During Sale-A-Bration, through March 31, you will get to choose two free stamp sets in addition to the contents of your Starter Kit.

Now it’s time to get your Stampin’ Up! order together and choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration products with EVERY $50 increment of your order! Don’t delay, because more of your choices could become unavailable. But now you have some nice additional products to choose from!

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Sale-A-Bration Adult Coloring Card

Sale-A-Bration Adult Coloring Card

If you like adult coloring, as it is called these days, you will enjoy the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper available FREE during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. Just spend $50 on any Stampin’ Up! merchandise HERE (which we all know is easy enough to do!) and choose a free product in one of the two Sale-A-Bration Brochures. And after you finish your adult coloring, you can make your creation into a card!

Now if you REALLY like coloring like we did as kids, you will love coloring in every image on this paper. Personally I find it a little time-consuming although I like it for a little while. A faster way it to take a sponge and ink it up with one color at a time and just sponge color on to the coloring paper.  You can do it in rows like I did on this card or do it randomly around the card, covering all the white space.

Today I have jury duty, or at least I have to report, we will see what happens, so besides magazines and my phone, I have cut pieces of the Inside the Lines DSP to take along and will color those with my Watercolor Pencils and soften with the Blender Pen. I don’t mind having a lot of sitting around time, I just hope I do not get chosen for something, but I’m afraid my luck might run out this time. I will definitely need “stress relief” while I wait so hopefully plenty of coloring will help to de-stress me! I absolutely love using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen! Hopefully playing with some of my Stampin’ Up! stuff will keep me calm!

If you are interested in the Watercolor Pencils, I would order them as soon as possible because they expect inventory to run really low soon. Blender Pens are backordered but you can add them to your order anyway and they will be sent when they come in.

This card is much like this one I made another day. However, for this card, I stamped with Stazon on a piece of Vellum Cardstock which I thought would soften all the colors a bit. To adhere the vellum, I wrapped the left edge around to the back of the designer paper with adhesive and also used a Glue Dot, but then covered it with an Enamel Shape.

Sale-A-Bration does not go on forever – in fact, it will be ending March 31 so we are getting real close to the last day!  Be sure to think about an order before you run out of time!  Remember, you choose a free Sale-A-Bration item for EVERY $50 you spend!

Go Spend $50 for Sale-A-Bration! Who Doesn’t Want Free Stuff?!

 

Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard

Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard

Stampin’ Up! has so many great products that it is difficult to keep up with all of them! One very overlooked product, I think, are the notecards and envelopes which make creating a card such as this Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard so simple and quick. The notecards are available in Whisper White and also in Crumb CakeSometimes you would even rather have a smaller card with less space because you just want to write a short and quick note and notecards are perfect for this!

Another great product in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper StackThere are many different designs, a lot that are perfect for masculine cards. On this Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard I used a Whisper White Notecard but put a layer of Soft Suede Cardstock on top and then a woodgrain patte.rn from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack.  The greeting is from the Window Shopping Stamp Set and die cut with the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then this piece was layered on a die cut made with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  For an embellishment, I wrapped a piece of the Kraft Rope (retired) around.

While we get very excited about the seasonal catalogs, such as the current Occasions Catalog, don’t forget to look in the main Stampin’ Up! Catalog because there are lots of goodies in there, too! In fact, this catalog will fairly soon be on it’s way out, so it would be a good idea to look through it and reacquaint yourself with the catalog so you know if there are any products in there that you want before the retirement list hits!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Notecards and Envelopes, both in Whisper White and Crumb Cake, although I would suggest the Whisper White ones are a little more useful. You can simply stamp right on the notecard with an image and/or greeting and be done. You can’t get any quicker and easier than that! Yet you can also embellish to your heart’s desire if you want! It is also great to know that you have the proper size envelopes with the notecards.

Click here to see a similar masculine notecard I made with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. We’re always looking for ideas for masculine cards and the Serene Scenery paper will really help you out!

Remember, with a $50 purchase, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  This promotion ends March 31.

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Retiring Stampin’ Up! In Colors 2015-2017

Stampin' Up! In Color 2015-2017 Ink Pads

Can you believe that it will be time for a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog before too long and with it the retirement of the Stampin’ Up! In Colors 2015-2017?!  Every two years we get a new set of current, trendy colors in ink, paper, and accessories and that means the set from two years earlier will be retired.

Why should you be thinking about it now?? Because often these colors sell out really quickly after the retirement list comes out. I guess we all procrastinate and even though these colors and accessories have been available for two years, now we decide we really must have them! If there are any of these colors in any of the In Color products that you want, I suggest you go ahead and order them as soon as you can.  In fact, if you order them during Sale-A-Bration, perhaps they will help you earn a free Sale-A-Bration product!

Just click on any of the photos below to go to the 2015-2017 In Colors Page.

In Color Products

In Color Products

In Color ProductsIn Color Products

If you are buying any of the ink pads, be sure to get the ink refills so you can keep using your pads in the future!  You don’t want to have to go online to buy them when they are in high demand! And if you already own the ink pads, get the ink refills right away!

Here is a card I made with some of the In Colors that are retiring.

Sprinkles Punch Easy Holiday Card

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A Fun St. Patrick’s Day Card Idea

A Fun St. Patrick's Day Card Idea

If you are wearing green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, here is a fun St. Patrick’s Day card idea. This is a card I had a little bit of a hard time getting it to come out like I had it in my head, but then it all came together!  I think  the stamped rainbow in the background really pulled it all together, and now I love the card!

Do you notice one of my favorite tools on the card?  It’s the Owl Builder Punch to make a St. Patrick’s Day owl!  I punched the owl out of Crumb Cake Cardstock and dressed him in a vest punched from Emerald Envy Cardstock.  I had tried various designer papers, but finally decided on plain green with a Gold Glimmer Heart. The owl’s hat is made from the Sale-A-Bration freebie, the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831).

The pot of gold is made from Basic Black Cardstock punched with the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, cut in half. Then I used the Owl Punch again to punch the gold coins from Gold Glimmer Paper.

The card base is Whisper White with a layer of designer paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper package. The smaller Whisper White center panel is 3″ x 4 1/4″. The rainbow is stamped with an image in the Work of Art Stamp Set. You can use whatever colors you like. I chose Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy and Pumpkin Pie inks. I did stamp off a little bit before stamping on the card.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The words are die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and layered on piece of Emerald Envy cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

You can use the St. Patrick’s Day Owl on a candy treat or little gift bag if you are doing something special today for someone. Or just make a pot of gold and stamp a greeting!  So many fun choices when you are a stamper!

Need some other St. Patrick’s Day ideas? Check out the votive I decorated.  Want to make some shamrocks?  See how I made them by stamping hearts HERE. And if you need a leprechaun, here’s a punch art one on a card on display at a Stampin’ Up! event. If you need more ideas, just type in what you are looking for in the Search box here on my blog down on the right side.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on March 31 which is starting to get closer and closer so don’t delay!  If you want this fun Glimmer Paper Pack I mentioned earlier, check out the new release SAB brochure.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making something fun like a St. Patrick’s Day card or a treat!

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April Paper Pumpkin Kit Designed by Sara Douglass

Paper Pumpkin Inspired by Sara Douglass

I think we may all be in for a special treat with the April Paper Pumpkin Kit because Sara Douglass, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! has designed it!  “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Sara described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin. We don’t know what the project is inside the box, but we do know that when Sara presents a stamping demonstration at any Stampin’ Up! event, we all enjoy seeing her projects.

Sara said she wants everyone to have a “creative successful experience” with the Paper Pumpkin Kit. And to make it extra fun, Sara has included a FREE GIFT in each kit! Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes in the mail each month. One of the great benefits of the kit is that the project, whatever it is, is all ready to go.  You don’t have to design anything, gather supplies or own a lot of stamps and ink.  Just open the box and create!

SUBSCRIBE TO PAPER PUMPKIN HERE TODAY!

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Purchase any of the Prepaid Kits on your regular Stampin’ Up! order and activate your account by April 10 to receive the April Kit. Spend at least $50 and receive a free Sale-A-Bration item. Prepaid Kits can help you reach Hostess Rewards, too!

The only clue Sara would divulge about the kit was the box itself!  It will be black rather than the usual Paper Pumpkin Red. I’m not sure what we can tell from that, but that’s a clue! Sara said in designing the project, she took inspiration from Pinterest, fashion magazines, and home decor and said that “inspiration is everywhere”.

Don’t miss out!  Join Paper Pumpkin TODAY so you won’t forget!  If you have skipped a month or two, be sure to reactivate your subscription so you will receive the April Paper Pumpkin Kit designed by Sara with a free gift inside! If you want to share, you might even want to go in to your account and order extra kits! Just be sure to be an active subscriber by April 10th!

St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick's Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 17th, so if you are looking for a fun little treat maybe for your family, your co-workers, teachers, whomever, here is a St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder. You can put a chocolate square on the inside or whatever you find that fits. Or modify the measurements to suit your treat!

This project is so easy to make and as usual, can be made and decorated for any occasion.  Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 2″ so that it will fit inside the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Score at 2 5/8″ and at 2 7/8″.  Then insert each end of the strip into the punch for the fancy top. If you don’t have this punch, you can leave it plain or snip off the corners at an angle.

For the decoration on the front, I made a pot of gold!  The pot is just a 1 3/8″ Circle Punch cut in about half. Either just cut little strips for the pot legs or use, as I did, the Classic Label Punch, cut in half or smaller. I first thought I would like the pointy ends for the legs, but I changed my mind. I also punched another strip to go across the top of the pot. If you have the retired Window Punch, that works great, too!

For the gold coins, I used the always-useful Owl Builder Punch!  If you don’t own this punch, you really need to put it on your next order. It’s so fun! I use it in so many ways. For the coins, I punched the small circles that would be eyes. They are adhered with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

Click here to see a similar St. Patrick’s Day design I made last year. As you can see, I used Gold Sequins.

The greeting is from another of my favorite things, the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There aren’t many places you will find a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” stamp but this set has it!

The ribbon is the one with gold accents, free in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, with a $50 purchase.  You get a Combo Pack of two ribbons, one with the silver accents and one with the gold accents. It’s called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.  The ribbon is very soft and nice.  You will like it.

Sale-A-Bration ends the last day of March and we know that will sneak up fast!

Be prepared for all special occasions by knowing how to make this St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder! 

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Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card

Here is a quick and easy Easter Bunny card that is fun to stamp and make! The stamp set, Basket Bunch, has so many possibilities and it’s not just for Easter! This bunny is so cute, he can be used for Easter, spring or baby cards and many other occasions.

For this card, I simply stamped the bunny randomly on the Whisper White card layer in Soft Suede ink. To color in the bunny ears and bow, I used the Pink PIrouette marker. That’s all I colored at first, but then I decided to add some brown to the one bunny to let him stand out from the others. I colored very lightly with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil and then blended the color with a Blender Pen. So fun to color with the Watercolor Pencils!  I also thought about coloring the ears and bows on all the bunnies on the card. There’s no one perfectly right way to design this card. Just do what you like. The card base is Soft Suede cardstock.

The greeting is one that is included in the stamp set.  I stamped it in Soft Suede ink and die cut with one of the ovals in the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and also die cut a pink glimmer layer with one of the scalloped ovals in the same set. The glimmer paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices when you spend $50 on a Stampin’ Up! purchase.

If you are interested in the Watercolor Pencils, order them soon before the supply runs out!

The Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set is in the Occasions Catalog and also has coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies together in the Basket Bunch Bundle, you will save 10% and have everything you need for this fun stamp set!

I hope you remembered to change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time! Just “spring” forward, this is when we lose an hour of sleep! But I think I’m looking forward to more daylight in the evening after dinner to go for a walk!

Try your hand at making a card like this Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card with whatever stamps you have, just stamp randomly on the cardstock and see what you come up with! It’s so much fun to just stamp this way!

If you need any stamping supplies and want to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration before it ends March 31, just check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

What You Need to Know About the Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine almost every time I am stamping or making a project. Sometimes I even realize I am using Big Shot die cuts more than I am stamping!  Since I use mine SO often and love it, I think I expect that “everyone” knows about the Big Shot and probably already owns one.  But I doubt that is really true, so I thought perhaps if you are person who does not own a Big Shot, maybe you would like to hear more about it.  After all, during Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to buy a Big Shot because you will get at least TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration products with the purchase of a Big Shot! And you probably will want some other accessories, too.

The BIg Shot is a die-cutting system that you can use to to make a multitude of die cuts and embossed shapes for cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and gift and decor items. It is manual, not electric, and easy to use and move around. There are many accessories that you can add on over time to give you so many choices for projects.

The Big Shot comes with a platform and cutting pads. Then you can add on more items when you are ready. One of my favorites is the Magnetic Platform, which holds the framelits and thinlits in place. But until you have one, if you think the die might move, you can lightly use a piece of washi tape to hold the die in place.  If you are going to be using the newer intricate dies, then it would be good to have the Precision Base Plate and, one of my favorite, the Big Shot Die Brush, which helps get all those little pieces released.

If you happen to watch any older Big Shot videos, you will see that the Big Shot used to come with a different platform.

If you are already a Big Shot owner, I’d like to suggest that you watch Holly’s video above for a refresher!  So many things have changed with these new platforms and intricate dies that we can all use a review now and then. Perhaps make a checklist to keep by your Big Shot to remind you what goes with what!  The instructions are on the platforms, I just forget to pay attention there!

Purchase a Big Shot for $110.00, add on another $40 either in accessories or other Stampin’ Up! products, and you will have a sales total of $150 which will entitle you to THREE Sale-A-Bration products, PLUS 10% ($15) in Hostess Rewards….another $15 to spend however you like! Now that’s a deal! Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2017 so don’t delay!  You will love your Big Shot!

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How To Make An Easy All-Occasion DIY Gift Bag

DIY Gift Bag

Save yourself a trip to the store and learn how to make an easy all-occasion DIY gift bag out of designer paper! You can make a gift bag using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board or you can make one by just scoring paper to determine the size you want. I use my Paper Trimmer as I cut the paper to score with the Scoring Blade, (one comes with the Paper Trimmer)  but you could also use the Simply Scored Board.

Decide what paper or cardstock you want to use.  I used the beautiful Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. While I could have used either side of paper, I had planned to use this soft bokeh-look pattern and that is what I cut.  But when I turned the paper over, I saw that the pattern on the other side was a butterfly print. Had I wanted to use that side and didn’t give it any thought, as you can see in the photo below, I would have the pattern going wrong, so be sure you check which way you want your pattern to go and make sure you cut the paper in the correct direction.

Designer Paper Pattern Wrong Direction

For this particular gift bag, I cut the paper at 6″ x 11 3/8″. I placed the paper “long-ways” (portrait) in my Paper Trimmer and scored at 1 3/8″ for the bottom flaps. Then I turned the paper “sideways” (landscape) and scored at 2 1/8″, 5 1/4″ 7 3/8″, and 10 7/16″. You can’t really see all the score lines in the photo below and the photo is not blurry!  That’s the design on the paper!

Designer Paper Scored for Bag

As you can see, I cut out that tiny little piece on one end that you will see after you score your paper. And just to make the flap easier to fold without the top and bottom edges showing, I trimmed off the edges of the flap. This flap is where you will put adhesive to start assembling your box. As for the bottom of the paper with the 1 3/8″ scored area, just snip each score line up to the 1 3/8″ scored line to form the flaps.  Assemble your gift bag and decorate!

To decorate my gift bag, I die cut a butterfly with the Big Shot and the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, the largest butterfly, out of a Gold Foil Sheet. (My daughter used to call butterflies “foof-flies”.) How beautiful is this large gold foil butterfly? And to make it even more elegant, I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the body. After I punched a hole in the top of the bag I tied on a Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (my all-time favorite ribbon!) using the ribbon with the gold accents in the Sale-A-Bration 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601)You can also add a greeting or tag if you want for whatever occasion you need.

Check out another card I made when the Butterflies Thinlits Dies first came out. These butterflies are made with the smaller medium size butterfly die, cut out of designer paper.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on March 31 so don’t let time fly by and miss it! Remember, there are three new releases since February 21 so you have two brochures to view at that link above.  One thing that is no longer available is the gold-striped Card Tin. Everything is available only while supplies last so don’t wait too long!

Make some easy all-occasion DIY gift bags to keep on hand for any last-minute gifts!

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Are You Backing Up Your Photos??

Computer photos

Do you back up the photos that are on your computer or even on your phone?? Do you intend to do it just as soon as you get the laundry done, after your vacation, after dinner, after you buy an external hard drive, after you get a new computer, after you organize all your photos first??!

Yesterday I listened to a Facebook Live video (it was live the day before) by Becky Higgins, the founder of Project Life®. Stampin’ Up!, of course, has partnered with Becky and Project Life on kits using Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors to make memory-keeping easier so we “get it done”. But this isn’t about Project Life, nor even Becky Higgins.

I know we all assume our “stuff” is all safe on our computers, laptops and phones and hard drives crashing is something that happens to someone else. Well, on this video, you can hear how one of Becky’s employees, who DOES know better, had her external hard drive crash where she had thousands and thousands of photos stored. You’ll hear the very human story at the beginning of her realizing what had just happened. The good news is that as she searched the house she found a pile of old CD’s on which she had backed up photos a long time ago and previous hard drives and she took all these devices and probably retrieved most of her photos, as best she can remember, without paying a LOT of money to try to recover data on her external hard drive that crashed. The two ladies have many suggestions for how to keep your photos backed up in case anything happens, although, as they claim, they are not experts and different systems work better for other people, but at least you can get some real ideas and then do your own research.  If nothing else, maybe it will remind you that this is something in this digital world, that we need to do in exchange for the convenience of all this computer stuff! As they say, if your hard drive hasn’t crashed yet, it will! Sometime!

Watch this recorded Facebook Live Video on Becky Higgin’s Facebook Page and start thinking about your digital photos and files and what would be best for you to do to protect them!  If you aren’t on Facebook, it probably will eventually be on her YouTube channel.

Back Up Your Photos! Don’t lose them!!

How To Make a Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is fairly easy to make and turns out really cute! I strongly suggest you watch the Stampin’ Up! video below on how to make the box, even if you have watched it before because you might need a review like I did!

To make this hexagonal gift box, use the Big Shot and Window Box Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! This set of dies is amazing! Besides the basic hexagonal box shape, it has pieces to decorate the to and sides of the box with decorative little cutouts! There are also other little pieces, one makes a tag and one makes those flag ends on a strip of paper.

On this box, even though it has those decorative dies to use, I opted to just make the basic box and then decorate it with designer paper and balloons for a birthday! You can make these boxes for ANY occasion or holiday! I’ve even seen them online where it is like they are stacked to make a taller box.  I’ll have to learn about that and try it! After I made the Hexagonal Window Box, I die cut  a piece of the polka dot paper in the Party Animal Designer Series Paper package with just, the lid portion of the basic box die. Then I cut along the score lines or slightly inside, so that it would fit on the top lid of the box. Around the side of the box, I cut a strip of the candles pattern paper to go around. Luckily a 12″ strip does fit and even overlaps a little on the back. For the candle pattern, I cut it so that the candles themselves would be fully pictured, which meant I first cut off a strip on the edge that just had partial images of the candles. My strip is 1 3/4″ wide, but you can make yours narrower if you like depending on the pattern or look you want. Another choice would be to stamp on the box before you assemble it. After I had the paper around the side, I tied on some 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Emerald Envy. For the top of the box, I stamped and punched three balloons with the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I attached some Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine to the balloons and tied on a bow.  If I hadn’t tied the bow, I might have put a “Happy Birthday Banner” instead. This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is a cute box and can be made in any colors for any occasion. It’s big enough for a small gift or some candies or treats.

Hexagonal Birthday Gift Box

To make the window box (with or without windows!), die cut two of the basic box pieces. If you want the decorative inserts you can cut them now or cut them before you assemble the box.

Window Box Pieces

One thing to remember is to cut off the end tabs of the straight strip portion on ONE piece. That is because when you go to assemble the box, you won’t need two tabs matching up, just one. Use a strong glue like the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Window Box Assembly

Fold the scored lines for the tabs.  I think it is easiest to glue the beginning part with the box laying flat. Just make sure everything is straight.

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! video to learn about and how to use these Window Box Thinlits Dies!

Now are you ready to make these beautiful boxes for gifts or even just decorations or party favors? Order yours today at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  Get the Bundle with the Window Shopping Stamp Set  so you have everything you want and save 10% over buying them separately. The cost of the Bundle will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration product as well!

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It’s Paper Pumpkin’s 4th Birthday in March!

Paper Pumpkin Fourth Birthday

This month marks the 4th Birthday of Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail each month from Stampin’ Up! in the cute red box! It’s wrapped just like a special present to you each month because it is! It’s the gift of crafting time for you to sit down and relax, de-stress, and only think about the contents in the box. You don’t have to design anything or gather supplies.  Just open the box! It’s all in there! Read the directions and watch a video if you like, then either make the project as designed or do your own thing with the supplies. Yes, you can change it up if you want!

Paper Pumpkin is a surprise every month! Even if you don’t like surprises (some people don’t!), live dangerously and try it out! It is not always cards to make.  We have had mini albums, candy treats, party favors, a calendar, small home decor items – it could be anything – anything that fits in the box! Some people would only like cards and some people want something other than cards, so a variety eventually pleases everyone, and, as I said, you can use the supplies to make something else if you don’t like the project. And if Paper Pumpkin is not for you, just cancel your subscription. If you know you are going to be too busy, skip a month.

Many people order an extra Paper Pumkin kit or subscription for another friend or loved one and do the kits together or know that their family member is working on their kit across the country at the same time! I send one to my daughter every month. Getting just the Paper Pumpkin Kit works for her and she has come to enjoy that amount of stamping. She doesn’t want the big collection of stamps and things that I have, so having it contained in a box and then being able to give out the project to her friends at book club or sending to her husband’s coworkers or mailing out the cards works for her. If she gets behind, she goes into her account and “skips” a month or two.

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For sure do it by March 10th so you get the March Kit! That is FRIDAY!

If you join after March 10th, you will receive the April Kit. Once you are a subscriber you will have access to purchase any of the past kits or refills that are available.

Another option is to add a prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order. This may help you reach Hostess Rewards or get an additional Sale-A-Bration product. Check it out in the Online Stampin’ Up! Store!

PREPAID PAPER PUMPKIN KITS

I have no information on the March kit, so far! No sneak peeks or clues about it! All I can say is that since the first kits, Paper Pumpkin has done nothing but improve! Just be sure to sign up by March 10th to receive the March kit which will go out mid-month!  Barely any wait once you sign up!

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Placing Glimmer Paper Under Die Cuts on a Card

Using Glimmer Paper Under Die Cuts

This blog post will be about placing glimmer paper under die cuts on a card so that you can use the beautiful new 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831) that you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration. You’ll find this Glimmer Paper Pack in the extra Sale-A-Bration Brochure that came out February 21 to give you a few more choices during Sale-A-Bration,  which ends March 31.

I love the beautiful Special Reason Stamp Set and especially the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. If you buy both in a Special Reason Bundle you can save 10% and you will be all set to go! It seems that Stampin’ Up! never wants us to be without flower choices!  These dies are particularly unique in the way they can cut out the flowers so that makes them even more interesting.

This card isn’t what I started out making, and I have to say, I don’t like my card! But since it is really about how I made the card rather than if I loved it and since I’m a bit under the weather today, I don’t really care that this isn’t one of my favorite designs!

I was going to just die cut a big flower and two smaller ones and place the new Glimmer Paper underneath. But then I realized that what I was thinking of was having the top card layer popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, so placing the Glimmer Paper underneath was going to be just a wee bit trickier. I couldn’t just place the glimmer paper underneath the die cuts directly, seeing what I was doing. I was going to have to adhere the glimmer paper to the card base and have it lined up perfectly with the die cut images on the layer I was going to place over it.

Glimmer Paper Placement Under Die Cuts

There was just a bit more playing around to make sure the color was under the entire area of the die cut flower without sticking out underneath the sides of the top layer or running into an adjacent flower. Once I thought I had it placed perfectly, I put a few pencil marks where the glimmer paper would go and glued down with my Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next I added the Stampin’ Dimensionals, with a few in the center of the card for support.

Using Glimmer Paper Under a Layer

Finally I stuck on the top layer on which, of course, I had already die cut the flowers with the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies.

Now after I did that, I realized I should have already stamped a greeting on the card front! I did finally take a chance and stamped a happy birthday greeting from the stamp set but it doesn’t look that eye-catching on the card. But for today, “oh well”!

The card still looked like it lacked something so I die cut some glimmer paper leaves!  They are pretty but I’m not sure they worked that well on this card.  Maybe they did on the big flower, but then the little flowers didn’t have anything!  So I took a chance and stamped some leaves with Mint Macaron ink around the little flowers. That didn’t look great so I added Clear Wink of Stella to the leaves. That didn’t do much, so I added the Gold Wink of Stella to the leaves! Finally I stamped the leaf veins and then I liked it a little better!

Maybe you like the card after all!  In some moments I do, but I think I could do better. Sometimes you have to know when to STOP when you are designing something! My friend and I used to always say that back in the day when we were painting tee shirts and wine glasses and plates! Maybe I will give this card another shot later, but now you know one way to use the Glimmer Paper, one of the new releases for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration, with die cuts!

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Easy Stamped Flower Card with Special Reason Stamps

Easy Stamped Flower Card with Special Reason Stamps

Here is an easy stamped flower card with the Special Reason Stamp Set. I wanted this to be a quick and easy card and it was.  For the card base I just used the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and I have no layers except for the greeting. To stamp the flowers and leaves, I used the 2016-2018 In Colors, all of them except Dapper Denim.  The greeting is one that is in the stamp set, Special Reason, as well as the shape that it is stamped on. I forgot that the matching Stylish Stems Framelits Dies have a shape to cut out both the greeting shape and the layer underneath, so I actually just hand cut them with my Paper Snips! Not too hard at all if you don’t have the framelits!  The ribbon is one of the Sale-A-Bration FREE choices with a $50 purchase of Stampin’ Up! merchandise. It’s called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601) and is on page 11 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. One ribbon is white with silver accents and the other is vanilla ribbon with shiny gold accents woven through. It’s very soft and easy to tie and very pretty! I’ve ordered it twice!

I find that stamping a LOT on a card or scrapbook page is therapeutic. It just feels good having that stamp and block in my hand and fun to stamp randomly and see what turns out. If you need to get some stress-relief, just get out a clean piece of cardstock, choose a stamp and some ink and just stamp all over! And after what happened in our neighborhood on Tuesday, some stress-relief was in order! As I sat down to eat lunch and checked my phone, I also checked our neighborhood website for new posts.  Wow!  There was  a warning for my street and some others nearby to stay inside, there were burglary suspects on the loose!! In about another hour, someone posted that they heard gunshots. Very unfortunately, a neighbor down the street who is a policeman, answered the call even though it wasn’t for him, and he and another policeman went into a backyard to check out a shed where the door was open. At least one suspect was in there and shot both officers, although the gang member criminal was shot and killed by a third officer. Luckily the other officer was hit “only” in the leg and foot but our neighbor was critically injured. At that point, even more police, helicopters, ambulances and news media flooded into our neighborhood and we were “sheltered -in-place” all day while they searched for the suspect who got away.  Our neighborhood is not like this at all but for some reason this all happened the other day. I guess we never know what can happen from minute to minute. I plan to stamp some notecards that the officer’s wife down the street can use later on if she has people to thank and I’m sure she will. At least it is reassuring to know that the whole police community will be by their family’s side through this.

So on a lighter note, consider this pretty Special Reason Stamp Set and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, which you can purchase in a bundle and save 10%. The stamps have just a little texture on them, so don’t think they didn’t stamp well if you see some lighter areas. You will be able to make lots of beautiful cards and projects with this stamp set and dies.

Sometimes you just need to do some stamping, and by that I mean really pounding that ink pad and stamp to paper!  Try it!  It feels good! And when you do some random stamping, you can make an easy stamped flower card like this one with the Special Reason Stamp Set!

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Last Month for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Choices

Today marks the start of the last month for Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion, Sale-A-Bration! Although it began in January, time has passed quickly and now it is March, the last month for Sale-A-Bration choices! Purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise (before tax and shipping, of course) and choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!  It’s that simple.  No limit.

  • Get a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 multiple of your order.
  • Once you reach $150 you will also receive Hostess Rewards, a little extra money to spend on more products!
  • If your order reaches $250, you will receive $25 MORE in Hostess Rewards!
  • JOIN Stampin’ Up! by purchasing the $125 Starter Kit for only $99 PLUS get two free stamp sets of your choice during Sale-A-Bration!

Remember, there are three new Sale-A-Bration choices available now through the end of Sale-A-Bration! View them at the previous link or click on the brochure below.

New Sale-A-Bration Choices 2017

Please watch the video at the top of the page as Carrie from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office shows how to use one of the recently added Sale-A-Bration choices, Make a Medallion Stamp Set!  There is also another stamp set plus a 6″ x 6″ pack of beautiful colored Glimmer Paper.

Enjoy making YOUR choices with a $50 or more order during Sale-A-Bration from Stampin’ Up!

A Great Card to Say Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras CardHere is a great card to say “Happy Mardi Gras” today!  Today, February 28th is Mardi Gras, also know as “Fat Tuesday”, the day of feasting and eating fatty, rich food before the fasting of the Lenten season begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. There are all kinds of parties and parades, great food, and beads, mainly in New Orleans, Lousiana, but not limited to New Orleans.  Mardi Gras celebrations take place in many places along the Gulf Coast. These parties, parades and celebrations in New Orleans have been going on for a couple weeks, but today is the culmination. Mardi Gras is actually a legal holiday in Louisiana!

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. To make this great card to say “Happy Mardi Gras” to someone special, I used those three colors. The card base is Emerald Envy with a layer of paper from the Party Animal Designer Series PaperI liked the confetti look of the paper to go with this Mardi Gras card. I die cut an oval with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, the largest oval, to provide a backdrop for the balloons again the print paper. The balloons are punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch out of Gold Glimmer Paper, Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry. Some are stamped with the balloon images from the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Stamp Set as well as the greeting.

This was really an easy card to make once I had the idea!  And guess what?  It doesn’t have to just be a Mardi Gras card! I think it will be perfectly fine to mail to someone for their birthday! I happened to have some Mardi Gras beads from years ago when the man my husband worked for would have a Mardi Gras party every year since he was from Louisiana. It was always a fun party with delicious food!  And beads!!  I think Louisiana food is the best and I think he had a chef from Louisiana come prepare the food.

Whether or not you are celebrating Fat Tuesday today, or Mardi Gras, I hope you enjoy this card saying “Happy Mardi Gras” to you!

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Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit February 2017

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit February 2017

Did you receive this Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit for February 2017 in your mailbox a few days ago? It has the directions and all the supplies you need to make nine cards, three each of three different designs. It’s a fun design where you pull the bottom tab to read the greetings through the peek-a-boo slot in the front of the card. It’s something different and we can even copy this idea and make more cards like this technique in the future. And if you choose, you can use the same supplies to make some other design of your choosing. There are always lots of alternative ideas for each kit online.

If you did NOT receive this February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail, perhaps you would like to join Paper Pumpkin now so that you WILL receive the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit in your mailbox! And, as soon as you join Paper Pumpkin, you will be eligible to purchase any past kits or refills (just the supplies, not the stamps or ink spots) if there is something you liked in the past.

You have two options with Paper Pumpkin!

During Sale-A-Bration, you can purchase the 3-month Paper Pumpkin option on your Stampin’ Up! order, save $5, and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! (Be forewarned that if you ONLY have this on your order, you will pay $6.95 to have your free product shipped to you….but surely, you want to add some other products to your order to make the shipping worthwhile!)

If adding a Paper Pumpkin subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order puts your order at or above $150, then you will receive Hostess Rewards as well! Even if you have a monthly subscription, you can purchase the Paper Pumpkin subscription on your order and it will use that subscription first before continuing on with your monthly subscription. Let me know if you have questions about this!

Watch this video to see how to assemble the February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit. Every month there is a video you can watch if you choose!  And remember, you can use the supplies in the box any way you like, you don’t have to make the exact design!

Go right now to my Paper Pumpkin page to sign up for a monthly subscription to Paper Pumpkin beginning with the March 2017 kit!

Then you won’t forget to do it by March 10th! Or if you prefer, make a note to add it to your next Stampin’ Up! order before March 10th and be sure to set up your account right when you get the email.

Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card

Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card

If you need an engagement card for an engagement party, use the Shimmery White Cardstock, which is beautiful in itself, and the gorgeous Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies to make a Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card. 

Here is how I made the card.  The card base is Shimmery White Cardstock. The next layer is embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. To me, this looks like little hearts, but I guess they are meant to be flower petals! It makes it hard to remember the name because I think the folder should be named “heart-something”! But it is a beautiful embossing folder and will be great to use on many, many cards.  The heart and little flowers are die cut with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits. It’s best to use the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot since this is a more intricate die, and be sure to run it through twice, depending on your machine.  And I also highly recommend that you have the Big Shot Die Brush to use to get the little pieces out of the die and the die cut. Then adhere the little flowers on to the heart. I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the heart and flowers. And for a little bling, Rhinestone Basic Jewels are always good! The “Congratulations” greeting is from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set.

This card doesn’t photograph well because of the subtle shimmer of the Shimmery White Cardstock and the dazzle from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper! In person, it looks very pretty and elegant.  You wouldn’t even have to have the Falling Petals embossed background, the die cut heart is pretty enough by itself on a card. You could even color the glimmer paper with a little reinker and Aqua Painter or brush to add some lightly colored flowers on the heart.  You can see this coloring technique that I did on some punched hearts on this card here on my blog.

They say June is the month for weddings, so maybe you need to start an engagement and wedding stack of cards!  It’s always nice to have some extra cards on hand.  When you make one card and like it, make a couple more of the same while you have the supplies out. You could also make this same card for other occasions, just by changing the greeting or leaving any greeting off. This Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card is well suited for an engagement card, wedding, birthdays, congratulations and many occasions.

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Choose New FREE Sale-A-Bration Items Today from Stampin’ Up!

SAB 2017 Glimmer Paper Cards

Beginning today, you can choose from three NEW Sale-A-Bration products during the big Stampin’ Up! promotion going on through March 31. Just spend $50 on any Stampin’ Up! products and choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item from the special brochure or the 2nd Release Brochure! You get to choose a free item for EVERY $50 you spend on your order, no limit! Just to make Sale-A-Brating more fun and exciting for you, Stampin’ Up! released three new choices today! Of course, all the other Sale-A-Bration free choices are also available.

Check out these new releases in THIS Sale-A-Bration Brochure today!

  • Reverse Words Stamp Set (wood – 143326, clear – 143319):  Two words in a watercolor wash type background.
  • Make a Medallion Photopolymer Stamp Set (143274):  These coordinate with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.
  • 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831):  Four sheets of each color – Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum.  These coordinate with the suites in the Occasions Catalog.

Watch this video with Shannon West in the Stampin’ Up! Home Office showing off the sparkly new Glimmer Paper!

Now go check out what you want to order so you can get your hands on your free Sale-A-Bration items!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE  and choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration products with every $50 purchase (before shipping and tax)!