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Gingerbread man and woman for Christmas holidays

Christmas Is Coming!

Do you need ideas for handmade Christmas cards, gifts, wrapping and tags?

If you do, then join my Stamping With Karen mailing list today to receive my special holiday newsletter every week up until Christmas! Sign up in the red Mailing List box in the upper right!

I’m excited to announce that I will begin sending out my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas holiday emails one week from today on Wednesday, October 5, 2016!  Every week you are going to receive via email a holiday project idea complete with instructions and list of supplies.  We will   start with Christmas cards, then some gift ideas, and finally wrapping ideas, bags and tags.

The 12 Weeks of Christmas emails are a gift from me to my newsletter subscribers! I appreciate your loyalty and interest and hope that you enjoy these extra holiday ideas!  These projects will not be seen on my blog, Facebook page or anywhere else, just in this special email. By the end of twelve weeks, you will have twelve wonderful holiday projects that you can complete or be inspired by!

If you would like to receive these 12 Weeks of Christmas holiday emails, you must be subscribed to my mailing list by October 5th at 1:00 pm Central time or you will not receive these great projects!

Sign up in the red Mailing List Box in the upper right side column of my blog! You will also get a free gift just for signing up!

*If you already receive my regular newsletters, then you are already on my list and will be getting the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails. You do not need to do anything!

The 12 Weeks of Christmas emails always get a positive response, so I hope you will join us at Stamping With Karen for this gift I love to send to my newsletter subscribers!

World Card Making Day Is Coming October 1st!

World Card Making Day Discounts

World Card Making Day is coming Saturday, October 1, 2016! Let’s all make and send  AT LEAST one card to someone to brighten their day. Don’t we all love to get real mail in our mailbox rather than all this junk mail that isn’t even worth the trip to get the mail?!

To celebrate #WCMD, Stampin’ Up! will be offering these specials beginning October 1 through October 5. Be sure to check them out in the chart above! The products are pictured below but do not reflect the discounted price YET because the sale does not start until Saturday!

Click on the images above to see them in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store for more information!  Remember, these deals and discounted prices are not available until October 1, 2016!

Purchase the regular Fast Fuse and receive a Fast Fuse Refill free October 1 – 5, 2016.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Start making some cards or getting ideas for cards today to mail on World Card Making Day on Saturday!

Fun Gift Wrap with the Stampin’ Up! White Gift Boxes

Christmas Decorated White Gift Box

Something you might overlook in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog are the White Gift Boxes that can be decorated in so many different ways for Christmas and any occasion! These boxes are 3″ on each side, so a decent size for a gift or treats – not too big and not too little. Leave them plain and just tie on a ribbon and a tag or decorate fully however you like. An added bonus is that they come with acetate sleeves that you can slip over the box. It just doubles the decorative possibilities! The boxes themselves have a rather slick surface so it is best not to stamp directly on the box. If you really want that look, I would just stamp on Whisper White cardstock and then adhere that to the sides of the box.

To decorate my White Gift Box, I decided to cut squares from the 6″ x 6″ sheets of the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper StackOn the top of the lid I adhered a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and made sort of a double-ended banner strip to lay across the top. I glued down the top and the back but left the front flap unglued so the person can open the box!  It stays down with the Kraft Rope Trim. This is a fun kind of “ribbon” to use on packaging and projects – not too heavy and easy enough to tie in a bow!

Here is what the White Gift Boxes look like out of the package!

Stampin' Up! White Gift Boxes

You get 8 boxes for $8.00 and they are food safe. You know right well you will be scrambling for just the right size box for a gift during the holidays, so grab a couple packages of these and have them ready to go.  Even if you don’t decorate them except for ribbon and a tag, they will look snazzy and high quality, especially with the acetate sleeve around them!

Since these boxes are food safe, maybe you would put in a stack of homebaked cookies or candy! You could also put the treat in a cello bag and then into the box. And the boxes aren’t just for Christmas, obviously. Special Halloween treats or a Thanksgiving mix or cookie would be great. Not to mention birthdays and any gift-giving occasion!

For the tag on my gift box, I just grabbed a scrap of Cherry Cobbler and put it in the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I trimmed the Whisper White layer with a scrap piece from the Warmth & Cheer paper to match the box.  The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink with a stamp from the Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Find these White Gift Boxes, paper, ribbon, adhesives, tag punch, stamps – everything you need for gifting – in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! If you need help with your order, just contact me.  I’m happy to put your order in for you if you prefer!

Do you need a copy of the spectacular Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog? Email me with your contact information if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products at Karen@Karenstamps.com. I have some extra catalogs in stock!

See Stampin’ Up! Cardstock Being Cut and Packaged!

Stampin' Up! Cardstock Cutting and Packaging

I LOVE seeing behind the scenes for just about anything! Yesterday Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, was in Kanab, Utah at the Stampin’ Up! manufacturing facility and did a Facebook Live video showing how our beautiful cardstock is cut and packaged. I love finding out things like this! The top Demonstrators who always got to go on a special retreat always got a side trip to Kanab to tour this facility and meet the employees, but for the rest of us, this is mostly our first glimpse.

You will see the giant sheets that our cardstock starts out being and how it is cut with an amazing cutter that slices right through the stack and then how it is packaged before it is shipped out to us!  Sara says she will do more videos for us! Kanab is also where they make our stamps!  That would be interesting to see!

Click on the photo above or HERE which just takes you to Sara’s Facebook business page. Then depending on when you see this, you will have to scroll down or find the video in her feed. I don’t think there is a way to link directly. Perhaps it will be on YouTube at some point if you are unable to view it on Facebook. I also shared it on my Facebook page, Stamping with Karen.

I hope you enjoy the video. And if you need any of that cardstock, you can order it from Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

It’s Time for Pumpkins! Get Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up!

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Yesterday was the first day of fall so as we think of pumpkins, colored leaves, cooler temperatures and Halloween, remember Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! and this special BOGO (buy one get one free) offer!

Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month with a surprise project all ready for you to sit down and craft! Inside the cute red box is a craft gift for you, all wrapped just like a present! Included is an exclusive stamp set, an ink spot, and all the materials you need for the project already die cut if need be.  Each month is a surprise, not always cards, but sometimes cards. There are instructions and a video you can watch. Or you can do your own thing with your box!

Try Paper Pumpkin with this special offer.  Subscribe before October 10th, purchasing the October Kit and get the November Kit FREE!

Use Promo Code:  BOGO

Offer Details: Use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com.  You’ll pay the regular price of $19.95 and get your second month for FREE!  Subscribe by October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.

The Fine Print:

  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void. You can’t put your subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Go ahead.  Get Paper Pumpkin!  You deserve it!!

Sign up on my Paper Pumpkin page HERE!

Use Promo Code:  BOGO

First Day of Fall Sheltering Tree

First Day of Fall Sheltering Tree

To celebrate the first day of fall I had to break out my Sheltering Tree Stamp Set that I hadn’t used in awhile. Well, fall begins at 9:20 EDT I think I heard!  I guess at that moment all the trees in my neighborhood will change their leaves to fall colors and the temperature will drop about 30 degrees this afternoon!  Maybe in Houston we need it to drop 40 degrees to get that crisp autumn feel!

What do you enjoy the most about fall?  The cool, crisp air?  The colored leaves? Halloween coming?  I wish I could zap myself right now to somewhere cooler that has colored leaves! Those of you who have colored leaves now or coming can count yourselves lucky!

Sheltering Tree is an all purpose stamp set!  You can stamp the leaves on the tree to be any season you want.  Make them all one color or do like I did and use Stampin’ Write Markers randomly to apply several colors. Then I stamped again with yellow in case I missed any spots.  The set comes with a small stamp of leaves so I used that to put a few leaves on the ground to be raked up with the cute little rake stamp!  The grass can be stamped with just the solid swoosh piece or the individual blades of grass.  I used both.  You also get several nice greetings in the stamp set.  The card base is Garden Green with a layer of Pumpkin Pie.

Enjoy your first day of fall!  Go jump in a pile of leaves! Or stamp something with fall colors!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online for the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set or fall products in the Holiday Catalog!

Petals & Paisleys Scalloped Tag Thank You Card

Petals & Paisleys Scalloped Tag Thank You Card

The other day I was making several cards with the beautiful Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, and I think this one, the Petals & Paisleys Scalloped Tag Thank You Card, might be my favorite — well, it’s hard to pick a favorite, I liked them all!  I didn’t even buy the matching stamp set or framelits, just the paper (at least not yet!), but I thought I could make some beautiful cards with just the paper and greetings from other stamp sets.

This package of paper actually surprised me with the different patterns in it. It’s always fun to flip the new paper over and see what pattern is on the other side!  The papers I used on this card are from the same sheet, opposite sides!  I decided to use the patterned paper and leave a wide margin rather than another color of cardstock for a layer. Then the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch came in handy for the focal point on the card. Just cut the paper a smidge under 2 inches to fit into the tag punch. It may seem very narrow, but once the tag is punched and embellished, it is not too small at all.  You could even add layers to it if you wanted.

The greeting is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.  The ribbon is the Mint Macaron which comes in the Ribbon 3/8″ Trio PackSo great to get three ribbons that coordinate in one package!  And I think these designer papers and ribbon are perfect for any fall or Thanksgiving cards. For a little fun, I added one of the new Brights Enamel Shapes, the heart shape in Rich Razzleberry, to the tag. One thing I love about the Enamel Shapes is that they are pretty flat so easy to mail!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online for all your stamping and papercrafting supplies!

Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card

Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card

My Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card was copied with a few changes from a sample in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I was looking for a card idea for my husband’s birthday, and this one seemed to fill the bill!  Even though it is still so miserably hot here in Houston, I know my husband loves the colors of fall leaves and perhaps this card would make him believe that cooler temperatures will eventually come!  Probably not for the first day of fall this week, though!  And wow, do these Flourish Thinlits make beautiful diecuts!

The card base is Early Espresso card stock. I’m not sure what Stampin’ Up! used in their sample, but I chose the Copper Foil SheetsI cut a piece of the foil for the background for the leaves. The Copper Foil is beautiful and comes packaged with chipboard covering both sides of the foil so that nothing can scratch it.  You do need to be a little careful working with it. But if you order it, don’t think Stampin’ Up! sent you an empty package!  Look inside!!

For the leaves, I chose Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry cardstock. As long as I was die cutting, I decided to make the cute little individual leaves also, in case I wanted to use them on my card.  The greeting is from Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set and layered with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, which are discounted this week on the Special Offers through Wednesday, September 21. For some extra texture and embellishment, I used a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

On the inside of the card, I adhered a layer of Very Vanilla since the Early Espresso is so dark and adhered one of the small single leaves. Sometimes it is fun to put a strip of designer paper or stamp something on the inside of the card.

Don’t miss these Flourish Thinlits Dies in the main catalog!  You get lots of pieces and they all will make beautiful die cuts as you can see here on this Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card.

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Shop the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack for Gift Wrap Supplies

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack If your weather is like ours is in Houston, it is so stinkin’ hot and humid outside that it is best to just stay inside in the air-conditioning and shop the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!  What is more fun than Stampin’ Up! products up to 60% off?!  Some have already sold out, but there is still plenty left to have fun with!

Know someone who gives lots of gifts?  Or do you?  Pick up every ribbon on the Clearance Rack and give that as a gift! Packaged nicely, of course!

Every ribbon for $3.00 or less on the Clearance Rack! And the Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon is one of my favorites!!

Also add these items to help in gift-wrapping or gift-giving!

Good old Stampin’ Up! Glue Sticks!!!  I always particularly liked these if I was wrapping designer paper around a can or tin or box. They have a square shape so good for getting into the corners!  Pick up some for your kids to have for school projects!

If you live somewhere that isn’t going to be 95 degrees today with enough humidity to make you sweat like a pig just walking outside to get the newspaper, then count yourself very lucky! And check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack before things you wanted are gone!

Petals & Paisleys Cajun Craze Thank You Card

Petals & Paisleys Cajun Craze Thank You Card

Some of the patterns of paper in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper may come as a surprise such as the one I used on this Petals & Paisleys Cajun Craze Thank You Card.  You might think almost every paper would have some kind of paisley pattern on it.  But the pack comes with many different patterns! Although I did not purchase the stamp set and framelits that go with the paper (even a Demonstrator can’t have everything!), I knew I could make lots of pretty cards with just the paper, especially for fall.

This design, of course, is one of the most simple you could make for any card. The card base is Rich RazzleberryI adhered the designer paper and added some Mint Macaron ribbon that comes in the Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog.  The “Thank You” is a greeting in the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. It is die cut with the  Layering Oval Framelits as well as the little scalloped layer underneath.  The Oval Framelits are on the Stampin’ Up! Special Offers this week through Wednesday, September 21 so get them at a discount while you can!

And on the inside of the card, I glued a narrow strip (about 1/2″) of designer paper along the bottom edge of a Very Vanilla layer (since the Rich Razzleberry is too dark to write or stamp on for a message or note), just to add a little interest inside the card!

Cards made with the Petals & Paisleys Designer Paper are going to look so elegant, you might want to add an envelope liner to your envelope or glue a piece on the back flap of the envelope!

Some designer papers are called “Specialty” because they come with one or two sheets with something special on just one side – like copper foil design in this pack!

Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper Assortment

You know Stampin’ Up! paper always looks better in person, photos just do not do it justice, so just trust me on this one, the paper is beautiful, especially that last blue sheet with the copper foil!

Order your Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper Today!

Check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack also for bargains up to 60% off!

 

Stampin’ Up! Offers Galore!

Special Offers September 15-21 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Special Offers good today, September 15-21. This is the last group of Special Offers for now so check them out!

There are a few other versions available in French, too.

Whether you are doing any Project Life memory-keeping with the cards and accessory packs, they are just so cute and fun to own! You can use them to make cards or even framed art and other projects!

The Hello Lovely cards are ESPECIALLY beautiful!  You should get these just to have and maybe sometime in the future you will try Project Life memory-keeping or other papercrafting projects!!Project Life Hello Lovely Cards

You can see these cards and the Hello Lovely Accessory Pack on this video and see how you can use them in the pocket pages for scrapbooking or memory-keeping, or the new way Pam Morgan from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office uses these products as “mail art”!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Special Offers

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Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit

Enjoy the Little Things Project KitOne of the things on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack (right now!!) is this Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit.  You get a nice quality easel to hold a different display each month.  Nothing has dates or anything so it can be “perpetual”.  I bought several on the Clearance Rack yesterday to make for gifts.

The kit includes everything you need except stamps (Enjoy the Little Things Stamp Set – retired) but I’m sure you can substitute with something you have.

Kit includes
* 6-1/4″ x 8-5/8″ | 15.9 x 21.9 cm chalkboard stand with clip
* Gold brads
* Gold cord
* Wood veneer pieces
* Gold metallic thread
* Sequins
* Doilies
* Faceted button
* Muslin fabric
* Die-cut shapes
* Printed pieces
* Cotton paper
* White label with gold foil
* Star confetti
* Adhesive balloon dimensional
* Balloon window sheet

Here is a video Brandi made at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office showing off the kit!

If this is still available on the Clearance Rack, you might want to pick up a kit at this price for yourself and maybe extras for Christmas gifts or any time gifts! Maybe you will change up the design and make something else with the supplies!  Who knows!

If you are interested in this Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

 

Bargains!! Stampin’ Up! Bargains on the Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner 2016

Wow! This is how to start off your day!! Tons of Stampin’ Up! products added to the Clearance Rack today!

RUN, don’t walk to check them out and don’t hesitate to order if you see things you want! Products only available while supplies last. Lots of ribbon! Designer Papers! The Black Spider Web Doilies from last year! Punches! Lots of things!

Shop the Clearance Rack NOW!  Don’t delay!

Also:  Special Offers available today and tomorrow!

Thoughtful Branches still available, too!

Candy Cane Lane Handmade Christmas Gift Box

Candy Cane Lane Handmade Christmas Gift BoxIf you think this Christmas gift box is cute that I made with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, you will be happy to know you can easily make handmade gift boxes also!

Today I watched a Stampin’ Up! video with Donna Griffith who shows us how to make a square box like this out of a sheet of designer paper for the lid and  cardstock for the box itself. She also demonstrates how to make a rectangular box and explains her formula for making any custom size box. It is really a great video and plenty of extra tips, like how to use Fast Fuse Adhesive!

I’ve made boxes from templates before, but somehow watching this video made it look very easy even without a template! The box I made in the photo above uses a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Real Red cardstock, which you can purchase in the Holiday Catalog if you want a whole package of red!  You probably will want it to use with the darling Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper.

I tied the box with the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon. This ribbon will be a beautiful embellishment on any packages or projects!

Watch this video and tell me that you do not want to rush right over to your crafting table and make a box after watching Donna!

If you need the beautiful Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Paper that Donna used or the Candy Cane Lane DSP that I used, or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! I’m also happy to put in your order, too! And while you’re at it, be sure to check the Special Offers and the Clearance Rack.

Need a Stampin’ Up! Catalog and/or Holiday Catalog?  Just email me with your contact information at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

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Paper Pumpkin at the Pinners Conference in Arlington Texas!

Paper Pumpkin Pinners Conference Booth

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2016

Paper Pumpkin is at the Pinners Conference today in Arlington, Texas!  I see Carrie Cudney in the black Stampin’ Up! apron from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office manning the booth! Use the code “Stampin'” to get a discount on your tickets.

Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit that comes to you once a month in your mailbox!  So fun to get that red box and find out what is inside! Each month is a surprise project, but what is NOT a surprise is that each kit contains an exclusive stamp set, ink and all the supplies, cut and ready to go, for you to sit down and enjoy making the project!  Of course you get directions for the project but you can also watch a video in addition from Stampin’ Up!  Follow the directions or do your own thing with the supplies! Often there are extra pieces leftover.

Stampin’ Up! has a special offer going for Paper Pumpkin right now! Subscribe today and purchase the September Kit for $19.95 + tax (shipping is included!) and get the October Paper Pumpkin Kit FREE!  Use Promo Code BOGO.

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN HERE!

If you miss the deadline today for the September Kit, you can still subscribe between September 11 – October 10 to purchase the October Kit and get the November Kit!  Use Promo code BOGO.

Join Paper Pumpkin Today For a September Crafting Surprise!

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Have you tried Paper Pumpkin yet? If not, join today!  Enter Promo Code BOGO. Purchase the September Kit and get the October Kit FREE!  But you have to sign up today or tomorrow, deadline September 10. Sign up September 11 – October 10 and get the October and November Kits.  This offer is for new subscribers only.

Get a crafting surprise in a cute red box delivered to your door for only $19.95 + tax (shipping included!).  You deserve the treat and the crafting time!!  You know you do!  Every month is different and a surprise.

Here is a video showing the recent August Paper Pumpkin Kit.  You will have directions and a video every month, plus you can find alternative ideas online if you want to use the supplies to make other things! Each kit contains all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to make an amazing project. All the prep work is done so you can just open the box and skip to the fun!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY AND TREAT YOURSELF!

Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas Card

Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas CardWhat’s not to love about this Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper with all the cute images and pretty patterns?! Once I had the idea, it was very simple to make this Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas card mostly by just cutting out the cute gingerbread houses on one of the sheets of designer paper.

The card base is just Crumb Cake and covered with a pattern in the Candy Cane Lane DSP that looks like snow. To look almost like real snow, I cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer PaperI measured the width of the card for the strip and then just freehanded the curvy cut. The houses are cut out from the DSP with my Paper Snips and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. Mostly to use another piece of the fun paper, I cut a 3/4″ strip of another pattern to place at the top of the card and tied some Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (the white with red metallic thread!) around the top.  For the greeting, I needed something small and I found this cute greeting in the Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Here are the Week 2 Special Offers from Stampin’ Up! 

Stampin' Up! Special Offers Week 2

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Special Offers today! Add them to your order!

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

I’ve been playing with the pile of extra stamped or cut out pieces on my table and this Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card is one card I’ve come up with! Sometimes when I am die-cutting pieces with my Big Shot, I cut extra pieces while I am at it and/or sometimes I just change my mind about what I am doing and don’t use the pieces I cut out.  Instead of throwing them all out, save the decent ones (in a pile on your table!) and if they don’t collect too much dust, get them out one day and see what you can make with them!

On this card, I had extra Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies pieces plus used the Swirly Bird Stamp Set to stamp the solid pumpkin image in Peekaboo Peach, one of the new In Colors and the little vines on the pumpkins. The pumpkin stems are pieces cut from leaves made with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The colorful moon is a Swirly Scribbles die cut sponged with some Pumpkin Pie ink.  The tiny little bats are die cuts from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits DiesI was trying out those new dies and since I had black cardstock I just cut a bunch of bats! They are perfect on this card!

For the background sky of the card, I used my Aqua Painter and various ink colors to make a colorful, spooky night sky! You could also sponge colors on with Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers.

While I don’t necessarily think this is my best card ever, it was fun playing with the pieces and coming up with a Halloween card! Even though the sky isn’t the best I’ve ever done, it’s okay because it is for Halloween and why couldn’t a fall sky look like this?! Not everything has to be a masterpiece! (I should use that for a quote!)

Look at your scraps (I know you have them!!) and see what you can make! We need to use up those scraps every now and then. They don’t do anyone any good just being in a pile or bag or box.  Use them!  Create something! Mail the card!

Need more cardstock to make more scraps??!  Order some today from

Stampin’ Up! Online!

Halloween Night Candy Bars

Halloween Night Candy Bars

The other day I posted the first candy bar I made, but it was so fun I had to make some more Halloween Night Candy Bars with the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set plus Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Depending on the kind and size of candy bar you use, just wrap designer paper, or even card stock around the candy bar and secure with strong adhesive like Tear & Tape.  Stamp the Cookie Cutter characters, color in and punch out. Add a few other stamps for embellishments or whatever else you come up with!  So fun and easy!

Are You On My Mailing List?

This week my September newsletter will come out with several stamping projects and all the latest Stampin’ Up! news!  PLUS it won’t be long until I begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas email with a new idea and full directions each week for cards, bags and tags, and gifts. This is a special gift for my newsletter subscribers so be sure you are one of them!  Sign up in the box in the upper right of my blog!

Last Day for Stampin’ Up! Special Offers!

Just like the old Weekly Deals, here are the current Special Offers which have been out since last Tuesday and will end tonight. Tomorrow there will be new ones and one more week of special offers the following week.  Add them to your order!  If you like the Enamel Shapes or haven’t tried them yet, this is your chance to get them at a 25% discount – or a punch, ribbon or embossing folder!

Stampin' Up! Special Offers Week 1

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online even on Labor Day!  The Online Store is OPEN!

Paper Pumpkin Buy One Get One Free (BOGO)!

Paper Pumpkin BOGO Ad

What is Paper Pumpkin anyway?  Paper Pumpkin is a surprise papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! in a cute red box, wrapped up delightfully inside.
Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Box

When the red box shows up in your mailbox around the middle of the month, you get all excited, open it, and find all the supplies you need inside to make the mystery project!  There is a stampin’ spot (mini ink pad), an exclusive set of photopolymer stamps, and all the materials die cut and ready to go, usually adhesive like glue dots or dimensionals, plus directions of course and a link to a video of how to make the project!
September Paper Pumpkin Kit 2014

September Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents

Then when you have some free time for yourself, or your child comes home from school to make a craft with you, or your grandchild comes over and wants to make something, or your sister, grandmother, mother, neighbor loves to make things but doesn’t know how, you sit down and assemble your kit! As you can see, it might be cards, it might be a calendar, a mini album, a home decoration, gift bags, treat bags, you name it! Follow the directions or do your own thing!  The box is yours! Just play and enjoy yourself!

Try out Paper Pumpkin now with the BOGO offer!  Just click HERE to join and use promo code BOGO.

Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016

Use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com. Pay the regular price of $19.95 and get your second month for FREE!

If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit FREE. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit FREE.

The Fine Print:
IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void. You can’t put your subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Except for the first two months of signing up for this offer (because you are buying one kit and getting one free) you can always cancel Paper Pumpkin if it doesn’t live up to your expectations or “pause” your subscription if you get too busy or are on vacation that month or whatever.  No risk involved with Paper Pumpkin!

What is better than a cute red box showing up in your mailbox once a month with a surprise inside?!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY! (receive the September kit and October kit FREE)

(Or wait until October 10 to receive the October and November kits).  Your choice!

Here are some photos of past kits this year!

Paper Pumpkin January 2016

Paper Pumpkin March 2016

Paper Pumpkin April 2016

Paper Pumpkin May 2016

Paper Pumpkin July 2016

For more information or to join to Paper Pumpkin and start getting your Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail from Stampin’ Up!, click HERE.