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Paper Pumpkin Kit October 2017 Cards and Envelopes

These are the two cards you can make in the October Paper Pumpkin Kit, which was already mailed out to subscribers.  These are really easy and fun shaker cards, great for the holiday season!  Not only are the cards cute, but the kit comes with matching envelopes, lined with the same paper pattern as the card base.

The October Paper Pumpkin Kit coordinates with the upcoming November Paper Pumpkin Kit!  This is something new for Paper Pumpkin, to have coordinating kits. This is particularly great for the Christmas holidays when kits are so popular to save all of us time and enable even beginning and non-crafters to make something fantastic with only the supplies in the box and only a little bit of creative time. No figuring out what to make or how to make it or buying supplies.

Watch the video and see how easy these cards are to make! Then read more to find out how to get this kit.

If you missed the October Paper Pumpkin Kit and these cute shaker cards, you have another chance to get this kit! This afternoon, October 23, Stampin’ Up! is adding the kits to the Stampin’ Up! Online Store to be available for purchase. Past Paper Pumpkin Kits are only available to current Paper Pumpkin subscribers, so in order to purchase these “past” October kits, you must subscribe to Paper Pumpkin first.  After you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can go to the Online Store, as if you were placing any Stampin’ Up! order, and look under the Paper Pumpkin category. If you are a subscriber, then you will see a sub-category of Past Kits. That is where you will find the October 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit called “Pining For Plaid”.

If you like the October Paper Pumpkin Kit and the cute shaker Christmas cards, you will certainly want whatever is coming in the coordinating November Paper Pumpkin Kit. In order to receive the November Paper Pumpkin Kit, you will need to subscribe by November 10, 2017. However, I think the October kits being released later today (after they get them all assembled) might go fast so I would suggest getting subscribed to Paper Pumpkin right away and then be ready to place your order for the October kit when it becomes available.

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Houston Astros For the Win! Going to the World Series!!!

Houston Astros Going to the World Series

Woohoo! What an exciting two nights, watching the Houston Astros play two must-win games and they DID win!  They will be in the World Series playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers! This is the second time the Astros have made it to the World Series, the other time being 2005.  I even got to go to one of those games, thanks to my friend!

This World Series will be a family affair as our daughter and son-in-law are big Los Angeles Dodgers fans! We’ll see how this turns out!

It’s nice to have stamping to commemorate various events and activities in your life! So when the Astros win the American League Pennant and are going to be playing in the World Series, you have to post a handmade baseball card!  I think stars whether in stamps or die cuts are always great to have on hand for congratulatory and exciting times!

After Hurricane Harvey and all the flooding and damage so many people experienced here the end of August, it will be great for our city to have the Astros playing in the World Series!

Congratulations Houston Astros!

Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween Card

Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween CardIt’s certainly time for a Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween Card.  I’ve used this Spooky Night Designer Series Paper a lot but hadn’t stamped the owl in the tree yet!  The paper comes printed with a partial tree and branch with the moon in the background, leaving space to stamp the owl from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set. I’m not into owls, but here is my token owl card since it came in the stamp set!

Except for stamping the owl and the greeting, this card is mostly about layering the various patterns of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  The card base is Basic Black Cardstock with a layer of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock.  Then we have striped layer on top of the Pumpkin Pie with the owl and tree stamped piece on top of that,

At the bottom of the card are a couple layers of the Spooky Night Paper with the little banner stamped with “Happy Halloween” from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.  The owl is also in this stamp set.

This card can be jazzed up more if you like, with some ribbon or Black Rhinestones. I was happy with it the way it was!

Click HERE to see a Halloween Treat Bag I made with the Spooky Night DSP.

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I hope you enjoy my Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween Card!  Just gather your stamps, ink,  and paper and make a Halloween card for someone special!  Have fun with this holiday!

Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween

Spooky Night Scrap Card Assembly

This is the beginning of a Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween! Can you imagine this will become a card? It’s actually a fun way to use up scraps of designer paper that you may have to make a Halloween card. Of course you can use any designer paper and any cardstock to make a card for any occasion using the same technique!

I started with a card base of Basic Black and adhered these strips right on the card front.  If you preferred, you could adhere the strips on another piece of cardstock to layer on top of the card base. It’s better to do it that way if you want to wrap ribbon around the card front.

This card just began with laying one 3/4″ strip of the Spooky NIght Designer Series Paper diagonally across the card front.  Then everything else plays off of that piece.  You can make the pieces touch if you prefer.  I left a small space in between the strips.

After all the pieces were glued down with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (to give me some wiggle room to place them properly), I flipped the card over.  It’s easier to let the strips extend off the card than to try to cut them to an exact length and angle.

Spooky Night Scrap Card Assembly BackTake a scissors and trim the excess strips off from the back.  That’s the easiest.  You might have to clean your scissors later from getting a bit of glue on them but that’s okay.

Spooky Night Scrap Card Assembly Front

After trimming the excess paper strips, the card front will look like this!  Then just finish embellishing the card or whatever you would like to do with it.  I stamped a greeting in the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.

Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween

Don’t forget the Designer Paper Sale going on through October!  Good time to stock up on the select papers!  Buy 3 Get 1 Free!

Try your hand with this technique of using scraps adhered to the card front and make something like my Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween.

New Stampin’ Blends Coming Soon!

Stampin Blends Are Coming

Stampin’ Blends, the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! will be released for customers to purchase on Wednesday, November 1, 2017!  They have been available for Demonstrators to order for a short time, but soon they will be available for customers, sooner than I expected!

Alcohol markers allow you to color and blend easily, making everyone look like an artist!  These Stampin’ Blends come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in two shades.  They are dual-tipped markers, one end a brush tip and one end a narrow tip. There is also a Color Lifter in case you want to remove some color to make something lighter. Two other markers that will be available are Bronze and Ivory.

While supplies last, there will be a limited-time stamp set called Color Me Happy plus a Color Me Happy Project Kit to make cards.  These two items will get you started with the Stampin’ Blends!

Here is a card I made by stamping the two birds in the Color Me Happy Stamp Set. It sort of copies one of the cards in the project kit, but without the extra embellishments.

Color Me Happy Stampin' Blends Birds Card

This card is a 4 1/4″ square card with the fold at the top.  The birds are stamped on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. The Thick cardstock is recommended, as well as Memento Ink, which is what works well with alcohol markers. The birds are stamped and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends in Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie, plus Daffodil Delight for the little beaks and a touch of Crumb Cake for the legs. I decided to add some grass for the birds, so I just drew in the blades of grass willy-nilly with the Old Olive markers and kind of filled in with some light Crumb Cake. Next I sponged in the sky, with masked clouds, with Soft Sky Ink.  The greeting is from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and I stamped on a scrap, cut it out and adhered it to the front of the card.  The card base is Soft Sky. That’s it!

While I haven’t done a tremendous amount of coloring yet, I have found the markers to be really easy to color with, very smooth, and very fun and relaxing! You can use just one shade for basic coloring.  You can use both light and dark shades of one color and blend to soften the edge. Or you can use different colors together and blend and see how it looks!  Just play!

The lids at each end are pretty tight to take off and put back on.  Just make sure you hear it snap when you put the lid back on.  That means it is sealed properly to keep the air out. The marker shape is square so no rolling off the table!

Stampin’ Up! has spent time testing these Stampin’ Blends for evaporation and life testing, and they feel confident with the results. There will be videos to help you learn to use these markers the best way.

You will want to have a scrap piece or two of paper underneath when you color as the color does bleed through to the other side.  Here is the back side of my birds which I colored on my Grid Paper. The markers haven’t bled through my Grid Paper, but if you want to be extra careful, just use a couple sheets of paper underneath.

Stampin' Blends Other Side of PaperIt won’t be long and these Stampin’ Blends Markers will be available to purchase! Mark the date  on your calendar! I’m sure you will hear even more about the markers as the time gets closer!

Check out the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway by Stampin’ Up! on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page HERE!

A Halloween Ghost Black & White Card

A Halloween Ghost Black & White CardThe other day when I was stamping with the ghost in the Sweet Home Stamp Set, I got the idea to make a card like this Halloween Ghost Black & White Card. That little ghost is just a fun one to stamp!

This card couldn’t be simpler to make!  It’s all just black and white!  Of course you could change it up any way you wanted to, by adding other colors, for example! Maybe stamping fewer ghosts randomly on the card front. Whatever suits your Halloween fancy!

The card base is Basic Black Cardstock. The stamped layer is Whisper White!  You probably guessed that already!  I stamped that little ghost just randomly on the paper trying to fill up almost all the space. Since it was a photopolymer stamp I used my Stampin’ Pierce Mat just in case the stamp needed a little cushioning. In order not to get ink on my mat, I covered the mat with a scrap piece of computer paper so I could stamp ghosts off the edge of the cardstock in places.

The greeting is from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set. First I tried punching the greeting with the Classic Label Punch and layering it on Basic Black, but I didn’t quite like that small size. Next I stamped the greeting again and die cut it with an oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and then layered that on one of the scalloped dies in the set in Basic Black.

The ribbon is the Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmery Ribbon.  I think you can see a bit of the shimmer in the photo.  Very pretty ribbon and perfect for Halloween! And finally I added a few of the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the greeting. I tried them randomly scattered but didn’t like that so I just put them in a row!

This Halloween card reminded me of a baby card I made HERE in this post.

If you need some quick and easy ideas for Halloween cards, try this Halloween Ghost Black & White Card!

Birthday Memories Birthday Card

Birthday Memories Birthday CardThis is a birthday card I made for my niece with the Birthday Memories Paper, and I loved it when it was finished! Sometimes you make a card or project and it’s fine, and sometimes you make a card or project and you really like it! And this is just a simple card! Anyone can make it!

The interesting part of this card is that part of the front of the card is cut off so that you get a peek at the inside. It’s kind of like a z-fold card without the fold! It’s just half a card front! The greeting is fairly large to decorate the front, partly, but it also hides the greeting that you might stamp on the inside of the card. And then I used cut out images from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to decorate both the front of the card and the inside.

Here are the measurements I used:

Card base: Powder Pink:  5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″

Basic Black front layer:  2″ x 5 1/4″

Basic Black Inside layer:  5 1/4″ x 4″

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  Powder Pink pattern 1 3/4″ x 5″

Whisper White inside layer:  5″ x 3 3/4″

Greeting on front:

Basic Black:  3″ x 3 1/2″ (depends on your greeting)

Whisper White:  2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ (depends on your greeting)

Birthday Memories Birthday Card OpenYou do have to think about the size of the greeting on the front and where to place the greeting on the inside so that the greeting inside doesn’t show.  You might need to make a light pencil mark or use a sticky note to help with placement, whatever works.

The greeting on the front of my card is from Big on Birthdays and the greeting on the inside is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. To decorate the inside, I cut out some images from the Birthday Memories paper and adhered them to the inside.  Such cute paper!

Click HERE to see a very similar card with a z-fold using this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Memories BIrthday Card InsideThis designer paper is one of the many selections on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale.  Be sure to check out the choices and stock up!  There are a couple of papers priced at $10.00, most at $11.00, and one at $13.00. When you order, put in the least expensive 3 papers first so that when you enter the 4th one, which will be free, it will be the more expensive one.  If you have any questions, just let me know.

Designer Series Paper SaleStock up on all the paper you want, but don’t just hoard it…….use it!  Make a batch of cards like this Birthday Memories Birthday Card and mail them out to your friends!

Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose Wonder

Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose WonderI’ve been getting kudos on Facebook after my daughter posted a picture of this Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose Wonder I sent her and her husband.  I almost didn’t remember this stamp set and die were current!  Sometimes we forget what is in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog when we get so caught up in the Holiday Catalog!

There are many ways to use this stamp set and thinlits dies!  The stamp set, Rose Wonder, comes with a great selection of greetings and sentiments, which may be one of the reasons I bought this stamp set!

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp set

I used Shimmery White Cardstock, a must-have in your inventory, for this card for the stamped layer. The card base is Concord Crush (retired), but you can substitute something else.  The reason I used a retired color is because Concord Crush is the cardstock I used when they got married to make their wedding invitations! I stamped the flower in black ink (probably my old Stazon) and then colored in with the Concord Crush ink refill and my Aqua Painter. It’s always best to watercolor on Watercolor Paper, but Shimmery White works pretty well and has that oh so subtle shimmer to it.

The funny thing is, I think I just used lighter and darker shades of the ink (using less and more water) and the flower came out kind of multicolored.  I think some of those colors were hiding in the purple ink!  The greeting came from the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Now the card was pretty at this point, but to add some extra pizzazz, I used the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies to die cut the flower and leaves out of Gold Foil.  The photo might look like Silver with the lighting, but it was the Gold Foil Sheets. It would be good to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. Since I didn’t have any, I used tiny dots of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Even though this stamp set isn’t “brand new”, it’s a good one to own for the beautiful flower and leaves plus all the wonderful greetings. I was able to make this Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose Wonder pretty easily even though it looks very elegant!

Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House Card

Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House CardHow fun to make this Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House Card with the Sweet Home Stamp Set that came out last year. I’d almost forgotten about it.  Be sure to look at ALL your stamp sets from time to time and not totally get caught up in the current seasonal catalog!  There are great sets and products in the regular Stampin’ Up! catalog, too!

The card base is Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and I was going to use Basic Black for a layer but then decided to use Dapper Denim Cardstock to match the ink I was using for the sky. The black you see is just the paper I laid the card on for the photo, but it does look good with it so you could have the card base be black if you wanted!

The Sweet Home Stamp Set has images for little houses that can be designed for any season.  There are matching dies, the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies , that can be used to cut out the various pieces and even make the homes 3D. For today I just wanted a stamped haunted Halloween house. After stamping the house and the various parts on to it, I stamped and cut out two ghosts and the banner.  I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to draw in some grass at the bottom of the card, because, well, you should have grass and because there was a slight stamped line out of place that I needed to cover up!

The sky is sponged in with a Sponge Dauber and Dapper Denim Ink around a punched out cloud from the Tree Builder Punch.  Then I went back over the clouds likely with some Smoky Slate Ink.

The ghosts and banner are popped up with the Mini Stampin’ DimensionalsBoy, were those handy on those small pieces!  Be sure to get some on your next order!

The “Happy Halloween” greeting at the top is from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set. There are other ways you could embellish this card even more but I was sticking with relatively simple today!

Here is another card I made with the Sweet Home Stamp Set, so you can see how versatile it can be!  It’s a fun stamp set to have for lots of holidays or any occasion, and if you like a physical little house, be sure to get the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies.

Have fun making a Halloween card for a friend or loved one like this Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House Card.

Quick and Easy Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Fall Card

Quick and Easy Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Fall CardWho can get enough of this Painted Autumn Suite of products, especially, of course, the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper?! The Painted Autumn Paper is one of the selections on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale going on now through October 31.

This is one of those quick and easy cards to make basically with just the designer paper and a greeting.  I chose Soft Sky Cardstock for the card base. After I chose the sunflower pattern, I chose Crushed Curry Cardstock for a layer underneath to help make it stand out. Every package of designer series paper comes with a list of coordinating cardstock colors printed on the back (in teeny tiny print!  I always write the list in black marker on the back cardboard!!)

I glued the designer paper on to the Crushed Curry layer and decided if I wanted to use some ribbon wrapped around or not.  I chose the Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon, which is gorgeous. It doesn’t wrap all the way around, just the ends are adhered on the back to save ribbon!

The greeting is stamped in Early Espresso ink and die cut with the oval Stitched Shapes Framelits Die and layered on a scrap of Gold Foil Sheet die cut with a scalloped edge.

I think it turned out to be a beautiful card and that’s all you need to do to it!  Card base, layer,  designer paper, a bit of ribbon and a greeting!

This card would be beautiful with another greeting on it, as a “Thinking of You” type card, a birthday card, or a “Just a Note” type of card.  If you have seen lots of samples using this stamp set and this paper, it’s because it is all so pretty and can really be accented with some of the other products in the Suite.

Check out the Painted Autumn Suite and make a card like this Quick and Easy Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Fall Card!

Last Day For Two Stampin’ Up! Offers!

World Card Making Day Sale

World Card Making Day SaleToday, October 10th, is the last day for the World Card Making Day Sale!  You can get these select stamp sets for 15% off as well as the Whisper White and the Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes. I love having these note cards on hand!  And super nice that they come with envelopes in the package!

These are all great stamp sets that you will enjoy using over and over!  If you don’t already own some of these, take advantage of the sale to save 15% on each one! You might also want to check out the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale going on this month as well! These stamp sets were meant to coordinate with the papers.

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Today, October 10th, is the last day to join Paper Pumpkin so as to get the October Kit which coordinates with the November Kit!  This is something new Stampin’ Up! is doing with two holiday papercrafting kits with cards and gift giving projects. It’s all a surprise but soon we will start receiving our kits in the mail, but only if you have signed up by October 10. If you don’t sign up by Oct. 10, you can get in on the November Kit by Nov. 10, but you’ll be missing the October Kit!  Might as well sign up today and get both!

This will be an easy way for crafters of any age or experience to have fun making some holiday cards and projects that you will surely be glad to have on hand when December rolls around.

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Be Merry Christmas Card with Decorative Ribbon Border Punch

Be Merry Christmas Card with Decorative Ribbon Border Punch

I love this cute little bitty reindeer pattern in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper package. This is a simple card to make, but the Decorative  Ribbon Border Punch makes it look pretty fancy.

Since one of the coordinating colors for the Be Merry Paper is Cherry Cobbler, I used that for the card base. I cut the designer paper 3 1/4″ wide x 5 1/2″ long so I would have space on each side. The Decorative Ribbon Border Punch makes it easy to add a fancy edge along the designer series paper panel.

The greeting is stamped with the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set.  I love the font in this stamp set! And it comes with a couple of nice sentiments to stamp INSIDE the card, plus a “To: and From:” plus snowflakes! The Bundle includes the stamp set plus Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.  These dies are beautiful but you can use the stamp set on its own.

I used the Big Shot and the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to die cut the greeting plus make the scalloped oval in Whisper White for the bottom layer. The Cherry Cobbler layer is die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Love those! And for one final step, I added a small bow with a Mini Glue Dot using the Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer RibbonThis is a very narrow little white ribbon, perfect for a card like this when you just want a little something!

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World Cardmaking Day 2017

Tuesday, October 10 – Last day for World Cardmaking Day Sale! This sale has several stamp sets 15% off plus the packages of Note Cards & Envelopes 15% off. This sale originally included Fast Fuse, but the applicator and refills just FLEW off the shelves at Stampin’ Up! so they have to wait to until they restock to offer a “rain check” of 5 sale days sometime in the future!

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Tuesday, October 10 – Last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin in order to receive the October Kit which is a holiday kit that coordinates with the November Paper Pumpkin Kit!! Holiday kits are often very popular so you don’t want to miss this one!  Great opportunity to get the supplies and designed project with which to make cards or whatever the kit project will be without having to buy select supplies yourself. Just sit down, open the box, and start crafting!

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Christmas MailboxWouldn’t you like to get a special box in your mail in a couple of weeks?  Join Paper Pumpkin by October 10th and one of the two coordinating holiday papercrafting kits will be on its way to you!

Paper Pumpkin is the kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes in your mailbox once a month with a complete project inside for you to make. Everything you need is included –  paper pieces, exclusive stamp set, and ink spot to use.

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is offering two coordinating Paper Pumpkin kits, one for October and one for November.  Each kit stands on its own, so you don’t HAVE to have both, but surely you want to!

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If you want to make some holiday projects without buying a lot of supplies or designing a project, these kits are for you!

If you are a new crafter or have never been a crafter, these kits are for you because they are easy enough for anyone.

If you tried Paper Pumpkin before, these kits are for you to try again!  Holiday projects are always the best!

If you are an experienced papercrafter and/or stamper, these kits are for you! Fun to just open the box for a change and have a project ready to go! Nothing for you to plan unless you want to change up the planned project with your own spin on it! The supplies are for you to use however you like!

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Two Tips For Making a Be Merry Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Two Tips For Making a Be Merry Quick and Easy Christmas Card

I wanted to make a quick and easy Christmas card with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper, and as I went along I realized I had several tips to share with you. I like this Be Merry Paper. It seems like a traditional, nice little unassuming Christmas paper that will do the job! It’s mixed in with all the designer papers in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 188 so you might have overlooked it. When the catalog came out, none of us were thinking about Christmas just as summer was coming on. If you like this paper (and some of the patterns can be used any time of year, not just the holidays) take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale going on right now!

Back to the card.  The card base is Cherry Cobbler, cut at 11″ x 4 1/4″ so the fold will be at the top. The patterned paper is cut at 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″. The greeting from the Labels to Love Stamp Set is stamped on Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler ink and punched with the Everyday Label Punch. 

Tip #1:  I was catching the edge of the greeting stamp every time when I stamped, so I just trimmed the rubber around the words carefully, like we used to have to do in the “olden days” with our little Craft & Rubber Scissors or whatever they were called. Just be careful you don’t cut into the image. I don’t normally do this but this stamp just seemed to have quite a large border around the edge, and since I was having trouble stamping, I just trimmed it.

Trim a Stamp

Tip #2:  Somewhere online I saw something about using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch as a layer for the Everyday Label Punch. I didn’t even find out about all the details, but I thought I would try it today. I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock 2″ wide and punched one end, then estimated where I wanted the other end, cut it, then punched that opposite end.  You can see that tag in my first photo. It’s not an exact match with the Everyday Label Punch but the curved ends so match up nicely and I think it provides an easy way to layer this punched piece!

Next I wondered how to use the Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon. I’d already glued down the patterned paper onto the card front, so I would have had to wrap the ribbon around the inside of the card, which would be okay.  But then I got the idea to punch a hole in each end of the greeting and just tie some ribbon through those holes.  Then the greeting is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Two Tips For Making a Be Merry Quick and Easy Christmas CardReally, if you have the materials and tools handy, this card takes no more than a couple minutes to make! And there are other variations you could try as well!

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Designer Paper Sale 2017

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Stock up on some of your favorite designer series papers during the month of October! ONLY THESE SELECT PAPERS ARE INCLUDED IN THE OFFER!  Purchase 3 packages of paper and THEN choose the 4th package that you want to get FREE. When entering your order, enter the 3 packages you want to pay for and then the 4th package will come up as $0.00. In other words, don’t order the more expensive one first and expect to get that free.

WORLD CARD MAKING DAY SPECIAL OFFERS

World Cardmaking Day Shareable 2017Check out the flyer for World Card Making Day with select stamp sets and Note Cards & Envelopes on sale for 15% off just for the first 10 days of October! These stamp sets coordinate with the designer series papers offered for sale. Note that Fast Fuse is no longer available on this sale, but will be offered again when Stampin’ Up! replenishes their stock.  It sold out faster than they ever could have predicted!

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