Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box

Freaky Friends Halloween Treat BoxIf you were wondering what I did with the Back To Black Designer Series Paper that I colored in with Blendabilities Markers yesterday, I made this Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box! You can see the designer paper wrapped around the box which was originally just black and white until I colored in random dots with the markers. It was so much fun!

First of all, I had fun making the box itself with the new Gift Box Punch Board, now available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. The top pieces lock together with the little slits you can punch in them with the Gift Box Punch Board, but they won’t stand up to a lot of wear and tear so try to put your gift or treat in there before hooking those together! You can make different sizes of boxes with the punch board. Be sure to watch the video below if you haven’t seen it yet or if you want a refresher, The board may seem confusing at first, but once you see the video and make a box, you won’t have any trouble.

The Frankenstein guy is stamped in Black Stazon from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set, also available in the Holiday Catalog. I colored in his face and legs with a green Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used the Labels Collection Framelits to cut him out and also the Tangelo Twist layer behind. I thought the layer needed something, so I just used one of my Project Life Journaling Pens to draw some squiggles and dots around the border. The little banner is stamped with a “Happy Halloween” greeting from the And Many More Stamp Set. This is a stamp set like the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set that is so useful making cards and other projects when you want just the right greeting.

And to finish off the cute little Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box I just tied the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Ribbon around it!

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Don’t forget the Weekly Deals!!  Today is the last day for these!

Coloring In Back To Black Designer Series Paper

Coloring In Back To Black

You never know when just looking at a pack of paper might inspire a project, like with this Back To Black Designer Series Paper that I colored in with Blendabilities Markers. Funny how an idea can just jump out at you! I decided to use Halloween colors so I chose the Pumpkin PieDaffodil Delight, and Old Olive Blendabiltiies Markers. It’s just kind of fun to color in random dots here and there on the paper with various Blendabilties markers.  I had no pattern or system, just colored in here and there and then switched markers.  I wanted to leave some dots white also. You don’t even have to stay inside the lines because the background is black so it won’t show if you get outside the white shape!

Colored Back To Black

Coloring in the white designs on the Back To Black Designer Series Paper is fun and expands the ways you can use the paper. Besides, it is just fun!  Especially with Blendabilties Markers!

More Watercolor Winter Kit Christmas Cards

Watercolor Winter Kit Merry Christmas Card

The Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog really appealed to me after seeing some photos of the cards Demonstrators made at the Stampin’ Up! Convention. They are cute cards, but I found them a little bit more difficult to make than I expected. I think Stampin’ Up! could have done a little better job with the directions and they could have included color photos of  all the finished cards.  But you can look online or in the Holiday Catalog on page 37 to see the cards. The cards are not difficult to make, really, probably a little more detailed and tedious what with tiny pieces and waiting for the watercoloring to dry. If you are looking for super simple and quick, this kit is probably not for you. If you can handle taking some time and handling some small pieces and looking at another source to see what the cards are supposed to look like, then you might like making these cards just fine. You do get PLENTY of pieces of “stuff” in this kit so you can follow some or none of the directions and do your own thing. Or make some of the cards according to the kit directions and then branch out with your own ideas! Don’t forget the coordinating stamp set, also on page 37 of the Holiday Catalog, called Watercolor Winter Too.

As per the title of the kit, there is watercoloring involved with these cards!  A watercolor is even included. It’s best if you have some reinkers that match the cards so that you can add the reinker to a bit of water or use your Aqua Painter instead of the brush, to color the items in the kit, such as the letters on this card.  For these letters I chose to do the “ombre effect”.  Notice the gradation of shades from light to dark. Well, now that I look at the photo, I’m not sure the medium shade shows up, but however you want to do it, or however it turns out, is fine! It is easiest to color the letters while they are still attached and then you can pop them out when they are dry.

Here is the other card in the kit:

Watercolor Winter Kit Merry and Bright Card

On this card, I actually painted on those gray stripes going across the card front! They don’t have to be perfect (and aren’t!) because you are watercoloring!  Lots of room for imperfection and it still looks good!  Then you just stick on one of the vellum snowflakes that comes in the kit and add a few sequins. The small letters are watercolored on their sheet, but here is a twist!  Turn the piece containing the letters and other card die-cuts over to glue the linen thread to the back of the letters. Directions on that ARE included in the kit. Again, a little tedious, if you are not into that kind of thing, but it does work! I used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You could also color the letters, punch them out and then just glue them onto the card. But they are small!

So if you are interested in this Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit, here is where you get it!

Be sure to watch this video so you can see what other supplies you need and see how they cards go together – and all the supplies you get in the kit! And let me know if you have any questions!

Lovely As A Tree Easy Fall Card

Lovely As a Tree Easy Fall Card

Using the classic stamp set Lovely As A Tree, I made this quick and easy fall card in just a couple of minutes with some stamping, watercoloring and sponging. Yesterday at the grocery store, the pumpkins were piled on display outside the door. I know fall is on its way, so this card is very timely!

If you don’t already own Lovely As A Tree, it should be on your next order. It’s just a go-to stamp set for many occasions and has been around for as long as I’ve been doing Stampin’ Up! I suspect there will be quite the uproar if it is ever retired someday. Everyone loves it.

I stamped the trees in Early Espresso ink and the leaves are colored with an Aqua Painter and fall colors like Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Tangerine Tango. Just squeeze the lid of the ink pad before you open it to get a pool of ink in the lid. Or put a drop or two of ink refill in the lid or on the plastic stamp case and pick up the ink from there with the Aqua Painter or a watercolor brush. Just randomly color in the trees and the grass with the ink. It’s fun and easy, no perfection required! You could also color in the sky the same way, but I took just a small piece of a Stamping Sponge and sponged on some Soft Sky ink and a little Basic Gray very lightly. The greeting is stamped from the set For All Things in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. Then it is just layered on Cajun Craze and Soft Sky card stock on the Old Olive card base.

This is an easy card to make, just change the greeting for a different occasion or color the leaves with greens if it is not fall. Lovely As A Tree is a must-have stamp set in your collection!

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Wondrous Wreath Joy Card

Wondrous Wreath Joy Card

The other day I stamped a Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set just simply and easily. This card, however, is stepped up cutting out the Wondrous Wreath with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Diesadding drops of Crystal Effects on the berries, some fancy 1/8″ Gold Ribbon for a bow, and die cut the word “Joy” (and the wreath hanger piece) from the Gold Foil Sheets. The greeting is stamped from the free set Good Greetings you can earn by placing your own order or having a party and gathering orders amounting to $300.

You can see the simpler Wondrous Wreath easy card HERE. You can see that whichever way you like to stamp, easy or fancier, you can make a beautiful card!

Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! for LOTS of tips about using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  Be sure to catch the one about cutting out the center of the wreath first!

For a better deal, if you want both the stamp set and framelits, purchase the Wondrous Wreath Bundle and save 15%. Place your order at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

DON’T FORGET!!!  Today, September 10th, is the last day to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin promotion!  Get the first two months of Paper Pumpkin at 50% off (regular price $19.95 per month) when you sign up today and use the Promo Code HALFOFF2. This offer is for new subscribers only.

What is Paper Pumpkin anyway? It’s the monthly papercrafting kit (not just cards,not just projects) that comes to you in the mail in the fancy red box! Everything for the project is included, except adhesive. No need to design your own project (unless you want to!), get out supplies, HAVE supplies, spend all day making something (unless you want to!). It’s your treat, your creative escape! I think that is worth $10 a month for two months to TRY Paper Pumpkin. Be surprised! Have some fun! If it is not for you, just cancel, no obligation.  If you like it, but don’t want it every month, just “pause” your subscription whenever you like and then start up again.  Just make any changes for that month by the 10th of the month! That’s why you MUST SIGN UP TODAY because it is Sept.10th and the new kits will go out in a few days for this month!! Email me if you have any questions.

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY FOR 50% USING

PROMO CODE HALFOFF2. Click HERE!

Beautiful New Stamp Set “You’re Wonderful”

 

You're Wonderful Stamp Set

Surprise!  A beautiful new photopolymer stamp set for September from Stampin’ Up! this morning called “You’re Wonderful” #139158. You can read the story of the creation of this stamp set on the Stampin’ Up! Blog. Funny how the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit has actually led to the creation of new stamp sets as people discover their inner “designer” and creativity by carving their own stamp!

Here are some samples on the Stampin’ Up! blog using this lovely stamp set!

You're Wonderful Samples

And here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for September 9 – 15:

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 9 2014

For sure I would say if you do not own the 2″ Circle Punch you should put that on your list! And what stamper can be without Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!  Be sure you have the 2-Way Glue Pen as well – works great for adhering the glitter! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter has long been the “go-to” product when your card needs just a little something for pizzazz. Everything else is good, too, just choose what you like!

To shop for any and all of these items and MORE, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE And I’m always happy to put an order in for you if you prefer.

Wondrous Wreath Easy Christmas Card

Wondrous Wreath Easy Christmas Card

Make an easy Christmas card with the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set. Yes, there are matching framelits and even the Bundle you can buy at a discount. But today I wanted just a quick card and made just this basic one – which I think turned out lovely in spite of myself! I intended to do the two-step stamping technique with the wreath, where I would ink up the wreath stamp but stamp it on scrap paper first and then stamp lightly on my paper, so I could overstamp with another leafy stamp to make some darker wreath leaves.  But I forgot. This wreath is full-strength Old Olive, overstamped with the red berries. The bow is stamped separately and cut out with Paper Snips and mounted on the wreath with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting comes with the set and even includes a sentiment for inside the card, which is often lacking. The Holiday Catalog Christmas sets this year do include sentiments to use inside the card.

My point in making this card is that if you want to just use this stamp set the simple way, you can still make a beautiful card.  If you want to jazz it up by die-cutting the wreath and doing all sorts of fancier things to make a card, you certainly can – but you do not have to. Even keeping it simple, you could add drops of Crystal Effects on the berries to make those shine a little or add a dab of Dazzling Details or Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Change the colors of the card base and layer.

Don’t Forget!

Last day for Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Sign up for the Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit by Wednesday, September 10th to take advantage of the 50% off your first two months offer!  Use Promo Code HALFOFF2. Your first kit in the mail will be shipped by mid-September so you can get crafting!

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Work of Art and Freaky Friends Halloween Card

Work of Art and Freaky Friends Halloween Card

Sometimes you never know what you will come up with when you are stamping! I had already made a card with the Work of Art Stamp Set and thought maybe I could make a Halloween card with it. Maybe I could use the small figures in the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. And when I looked through my stamp sets for Halloween words, I liked the small-sized words in the Project Life stamp set, Holiday Cheer, The “Boo!” was fun to stamp so I stamped it more than once! The “Happy Halloween” is from the And Many More Stamp Set. For a little sparkle, I added some Dazzling Details over some of the lines.

Don’t forget!!  Just a few more days to get in on the Paper Pumpkin monthly papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail in a cute red box at 50% off your first two months!!  Just use the Promo Code HALFOFF2. Regular price, which includes shipping, is $19.95 a month, so for only $10 a month, you can enjoy a surprise kit that will come in the mail to you complete with all supplies you need except adhesive. No thinking, no getting out supplies, just open the box and enjoy! To take advantage of this 50% off offer, you must sign up by September 10th! That is the last day to get this great deal!  It’s not just a great deal, it is a FUN deal!  You deserve it. Cancel or “pause” your subscription at any time, just do it by the 10th of any month to stop that month’s delivery.

Paper Pumpkin Box

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off Special

Sign Up HERE: https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en/?demoid=54345

Get Your Paper Pumpkin Kit HERE! Use Promo Code HALFOFF2

 

 

 

 

Paper Snips and the Motley Monsters DSP to Make a Halloween Card!

Motley Monsters Halloween Card

This is what comes from looking at the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, which has such cute Halloween monsters on it, and thinking, “Why not just cut out some of these cuties with my Paper Snips and make a Halloween card that way?!” And also looking through my stamp sets for a greeting and seeing this “S’Up?” stamp in the set Hi There. It struck me very funny at that moment! I used the Fringe Scissors for the grass and sponged it a little bit with Old Olive ink. The woodgrain background is actually the opposite side of the paper with the monsters on it.

Just a fun, silly card for Halloween!

If you love Halloween as much as I do, you’ll probably want to shop the Halloween and fall stamps, paper and embellishments in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday CatalogJust shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time!  AND be sure to check the Clearance Rack because there are a few Halloween items from last year on there at a great bargain!  Just add them to your order!

Using Blackberry Bliss and Color Me Autumn For a Fall Card

Blackberry Bliss and Color Me Autumn Fall Card

To get started on this fall card, I pulled out the package of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors and patterns on this paper are just so beautiful! I decided to use a strip of this piece with Blackberry Bliss art on it. After that I kind of lost my “mojo”! I stamped and stamped acorns using my Stampin’ Write Markers to color them, die cut them with various framelits, layered them on different colors of card stock – nothing was quite right! I also stamped several leaves and cut them out with my Paper Snips, but they didn’t seem to have a place on this card. I tried coloring just the word “Grateful” and stamping that on the banner stamp, but that didn’t do it. I tried different framelits and punched out the group of acorns with the 2″ Circle Punch.

Finally, I decided to cut out the three acorns and use them as accents on the greeting. The greeting was stamped on a rectangular piece of Whisper White card stock, but then I rounded the corners with the cute little Project Life Punch Corner. I used the Deco Labels Framelits Die to cut out a piece of Hello Honey card stock for the layer for the greeting. I even did a little paper piercing on the top and bottom curve. Then I adhered the little cut out acorns around the greeting.

For one more thing, I decided to emboss the acorns on the Blackberry Bliss layer with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. It didn’t photograph too well, but it just gives a little dark shiny texture to the background. And then, one of my favorite things to do, I frayed a couple strands off the Burlap Ribbon to tie around the designer paper on the side.

It took me awhile with this card to get it to all come together!  Sometimes that happens and sometimes you can come up with a card in two minutes!  Just keep playing and you’ll know when you have it right!

For any of the supplies to make this card, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit Cards

Watercolor Winter Pieces

I was surprised when I finally opened up the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit package and saw ALL the pieces that come in it!  It took up half my kitchen table to lay everything out to show you! The kit has enough materials to make 20 cards and includes envelopes. You DO have to have some reinkers with which to watercolor the pieces, adhesive, and a couple of clear blocks for the stamps. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t pleased with the directions they put in the kit, and I think they should put color photos of each card so you have a better idea what to do.  I made one of each of two of the cards for today exactly like the directions say, which you will see below. I think when I strike out on my own making similar cards but not following the directions I will enjoy it more. I think it helps to lay everything out on the card before adhering parts to see if it all fits and see if you like it and which kind of adhesive you want to use. At the very end you will see a Stampin’ Up! video that helps in seeing how to make the cards.

Watercolor Winter Pieces2

Watercolor Winter Pieces3

Watercolor Winter Trees and Sled Cards

Watercolor Winter Tree Card closeup

Watercolor Winter Sled Card Closeup

I love the look of these cards, but you do need more things than come in the kit. You also need a Bermuda Bay ink pad and a greeting, like the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set that coordinates. But with a little patience and the right supplies, you can make a set of beautiful Christmas cards out of this Watercolor Winter Kit,whether following the directions or going out on your own!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal Sept 2, 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 2 2014

Here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of September 2 through September 8. If you haven’t tried the Stampin’ Up! clay, this might be your chance!  Get the molds and the reinkers to color the clay – or get the reinkers for your ink pads while they are discounted! And how timely is the Back To School Ensemble Digital Download? Whether you have little ones going off to school about now or you still have all those “first day of school” photos tucked away in boxes somewhere, you can make a photo book or scrapbook pages, digital or traditional, with this Back To School download. Use it with My Digital Studio or whatever design program you have on your computer. You CAN get a trial version of My Digital Studio to use for 30 days and try out. It’s the full software and has some content and you can purchase any downloads you would like to use with it. But my suggestion, for the low price of $19.95, just buy the software and go for it!  You get an amazing amount of art and content on that software! I suggest the digital download version of the software My Digital Studio is easy to learn just by playing with it, plus there are plenty of tutorials online from Stampin’ Up!

Check out all the Holiday Catalog products and more in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

If I missed sending you a Holiday Catalog or you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and don’t have a Demonstrator, just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and I’ll get one out to you.  The best way to enjoy the Holiday Catalog is to hold it in your hands! But you can also see it online HERE.

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day

This Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Some people go on trips this weekend, some go to the beach, some shop the sales, and some like us just relax and try to catch up on some things we need to do. I hope that whatever you are doing, you are enjoying yourself!,

Now that it is September, don’t forget about the ongoing Paper Pumpkin promotion. Until September 10th, you can get two months of Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit in the cute red box that comes to you in the mail, for half-price! Just use Promo Code: HALFOFF2. Each kit normally costs $19.95 a month, which includes shipping, so basically you can get two kits for $10 each month during this special. That is WELL worth it as the kits have been getting better and better each month!  Chances are you will have some materials left over after you make the project to make other things.  You can follow the Stampin’ Up! directions for the project in the box or you can change it up however you like.  Everything is included except adhesive (and sometimes you even get glue dots or dimensionals in the kit anyway!).

Labor Day marks the start of another “stage” in the year, whether it means the kids are all back in school, summer is over, or it is time to get back to a “regular” schedule for us. Why not treat yourself to something new, just for you?! It’s time to take about 30 minutes for yourself for a little creative time without having to come up with a plan, a design, or dig out your materials! If you want to, you CAN do all of those things even with your kit, but you can keep it simple, too.  Paper Pumpkin kits are great for new crafters, non-crafters, people who don’t have a boatload of supplies, stampers WITH a boatload of supplies, crafters who never tried stamping and papercrafting, kids, grandmas, aunts, nephews, sons, you name it! Send a kit to your new college student for a little break in studying!

No obligation, no risk! Cancel your subscription if you need to OR just “pause” it for a month or two and then restart.  Order extra kits if you want to share one with a friend or someone special or for a gift. Just make your decision by the 10th of any month to take effect that month. And if you are ever not happy with a kit, please call Stampin’ Up! and speak to one of the delightful support people and they will try to make things right for you.

To order your Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit, just click HERE! On the sign-up page, just enter the Promo Code HALFOFF2 in the little box! Each month is a surprise (although I do know what the September kit is, so if you must know in order to make a decision, email me and I can let you know). It’s not always cards and it’s not always “not cards”.

Go ahead and sign up today  for the Paper Pumpkin Special so you don’t forget before September 10th! Get your first two months at half-price with this code HALFOFF2.

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off Special

Click to Get Your Kit!

Last Day of August! Last Day of Big Shot & Bundles Promo!

Big Shot Promo

Ends Today! Click to Shop!

If you have been wishing for a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, you shouldn’t pass up this offer! Buy a Big Shot and choose one of these Bundles FREE!  Then buy more if you like at a 15% discount! You will really want the Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle for the holiday season, if you would like a suggestion!

Remember, if your order reaches $150, you get Hostess Rewards and get to shop with $25 in Hostess Dollars! Don’t get close and then miss out!

Shop HERE at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Just because it is a holiday weekend, doesn’t mean you can’t buy that Big Shot you’ve been wanting!

You will be so happy to own a Big Shot! And getting a Free Bundle is a good way to get started!

Learn to Use the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board

One of my favorite new items in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is the Gift Box Punch Board. At first glance I didn’t think I “needed” it, I’m not even sure why I put it on my order! But I did, and I like it! I think this Stampin’ Up! video will help you see how to use it because there are some steps involved – but once you get the idea, it isn’t hard. If you can fit your gift or treat inside without gluing the flaps down inside the box, it is really super simple. Otherwise, you can add some glue or glue dots or Sticky Strip to make the inside neater and more structured.

Use the new Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, cardstock-weight kraft sheets with a colored design on one side and white printed design on the other side to make sturdy boxes – but other kinds of paper are fine, too! Wait until you hear what Holly Linford from Stampin’ Up! says you can do with this paper!

Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper

 

 

 

 

 

To purchase any of these exciting new products from Stampin’ Up!, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me with your order and I’ll be happy to put it in for you!

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

It’s fun playing with the new Gift Box Punch Board to make a Halloween Treat Box with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  To make the tag, I stamped the bird from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. The words are from the new special set Good Greetings that you can get FREE with a $300 party or order.  I added a little Linen thread to tie the tag on to the box, a strand of the Burlap ribbon for some interest and some Gold Sequin Trim. The box itself is made with the new Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s a little bit heavier than regular card stock.

It’s going to be fun playing with the new goodies in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! What do you think?  Is it the best one yet??

To purchase any of the Holiday Catalog products, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

It’s Time For the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2014

Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?!  The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!

Here’s a little gift tag card I made in minutes with the Festival of Trees stamp set, some Brights Candy Dots, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and a greeting stamp called Good Greetings that you can earn FREE! Just host a $300 party or place your own $300 order!

Festival of Trees Tag Card

Don’t miss the Festival of Trees Bundle with the stamp set and NEW Tree Punch!

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know.  And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  I would be happy to get a catalog to you!

Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer:  Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product!  Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started!  It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for all your stamping needs!

Color Me Autumn Hello Fall Card

Color Me Autumn Hello Fall Card

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live tomorrow, August 28th, and one of my favorite products in the whole catalog is this gorgeous Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. I really love the colors of fall and all the traditional autumn sights:  colored leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, hay bales, acorns, just to name a few. That’s why this pack of designer paper really appeals to me. It’s not all leaves and acorns, though! Most pages have very pretty softly colored designs that all coordinate.  Remember, you can find the names of coordinating colors on the back of every pack of designer series paper these days! It’s on the back label.

This was a great opportunity to use the Mossy Meadow In Color card stock for the card base. And I was really drawn to using the Gold Foil Sheets as an accent on this card with this beautiful paper. The stamping is from the For All Things Stamp Set, coming in the Holiday Catalog. Love that stamp set as well! It has that soft watercolor look to it. For the centerpiece, I die cut the shapes with the Labels Collections Framelits and the Big Shot.  (You can purchase the Apothecary Art stamp set and the Labels Framelits as a Bundle in the Annual Catalog.)

With the summer heat, a lot of us are anxious to be able to say “Hello, Fall!” like on this stamp! Using the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper and the For All Things stamp set can get you in the mood for fall!

I have no link today for the Holiday Catalog tomorrow, but to put in your order tomorrow, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and you will see where to click for the Holiday Catalog somewhere!

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box and Blossom Punch

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Side

Soon you will be able to make your own gift boxes with the new Gift Box Punch Board #135863 when the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on August 28!  That’s in only a couple more days! Yesterday I finally got a chance to play with the new punch board and just grabbed a retired piece of designer series paper, Urban Garden, to use in case I messed up. So in this project you are seeing the new with the old!  You may find the punch board a little confusing right at first, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t have any problems. After all, I did make that box myself and didn’t even mess up! This post isn’t about how to use the Gift Box Punch Board, but just a sneak peek at something you can make with it and an idea for the Blossom Punch, on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week!

Here is the 4″ x 4″ gift box before I decorated it. This is the largest size you can make with the Gift Box Punch Board.

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box

Here is a view of the partially open box. You can see the little clasp closure on the points of the top of the box. You can use the Gift Box Punch Board to make these. If you do not like all the folds of the box being pushed to the inside of the box, there are a couple things you can do to change that to adhere those sides.

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Inside

Here is a close-up of the flower decoration I made with the Blossom Punch. First I wrapped the box with the Pear Pizzazz 3/4″ Chevron RibbonI thought it matched pretty nicely! With the Blossom Punch, I punched three flowers from the Urban Garden DSP.  One pattern is different from the other two and is layered in the middle. The layers are all held together with a Silver Mini Brad, which is later covered up by the button.  I spritzed the flower with water and gathered the layers up toward the center and mooshed them together to get a little texture. The Very Vintage Designer Button is threaded with the Gold Baker’s Twine with a little bow and adhered with Glue Dots. Do you know you can color the buttons with the new Blendabilities?!

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Top

Even though this box was my first attempt with the Gift Box Punch Board, coming in the Holiday Catalog, and even though I didn’t even like this pack of designer paper very much, I was VERY pleased with my first little box! Especially after I so easily decorated it!

When you place your Holiday Catalog order later this week, check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and get the Blossom Punch if you don’t already own it.  It is a punch I have used a lot. It coordinates with the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, too! Everything is available at my Online Store!