Fun Ideas With the Any Occasions Stamp Set During Sale-A-Bration

From now through the end of March is Stampin’ Up!’s favorite promotion – Sale-A-Bration! During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you purchase from Stampin’ Up! (no limit!) you may choose a FREE product in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  The free choices are highlighted with a pink hot air balloon beside them.

One of the stamp sets you may choose is the Any Occasions Stamp Set, a stamp set of little banners you can make for many occasions. You’ll find it on page 14 in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! video above to see the ideas and tips for using this stamp set!

Need a Sale-A-Bration Brochure or the new Occasions Catalog?  I have a few copies on hand right now.  Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information.

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Red White and Blue Patriotic Card for Inauguration Day

Red White and Blue Patriotic Card for Inauguration Day

Today, January 20, 2017 is Inauguration Day here in the United States. No matter everyone’s political choices, it is the day we celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one President to the other. In honor of today, here is a red, white and blue patriotic card for Inauguration Day!

This card is made with the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits DiesI made it extra glitzy with the Gold Glimmer Paper, die cut with the big pop-up piece. Then I stamped the balloons with Real Red and Pacific Point Ink, punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch and adhered them over the Gold Glimmer paper balloons.  I also stamped the banner and greeting and just cut out by hand. The red paper behind the balloons is in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  The card base is Pacific Point cardstock and cut the length of the paper, 11″ x 4 1/4″ with a fold at the top.

Just in case you don’t need an Inauguration Day card, you can easily use this card for a birthday!  Lots of possibilities with this stamp set and dies! Want to save 10%?  Buy the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle!  Get both the stamp set and set of dies at a discount.

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A Card For a Rainy Day in Houston

A Card For a Rainy Day in Houston

Yesterday we woke up to rain that was forecast, but as it turned out, it continued to rain over the same area of Houston. And when rain does that in Houston, flooding occurs. The path was from just a little southwest of us in Sugarland, up the freeway into downtown and beyond.  So it was a morning of local TV stations broadcasting continuously regarding flooded areas and streets and school delays and showing alternate routes around the flooding. I don’t think we could have gotten out of our neighborhood very easily so my husband didn’t leave for work until almost lunchtime. We got a little more rain in the afternoon but nothing like overnight. Today there was even more rain this morning, but somehow it didn’t cause flooding, thank goodness, because today I had to go for an appointment! I only came across one huge puddle which probably yesterday completed flooded the highway access road I was on.

Because of two rainy days in Houston, I thought a rainy day card was in order, using the Beautiful You Stamp Set. One image has the lady with an umbrella.  Perfect! I sponged on some gray clouds in the sky with Smoky Slate ink with a piece of the Stamping Sponge. Then with one of the squiggly stamps in the set, I stamped rain puddles with  Marina Mist  by stamping off first on scrap paper so the color would be lighter. I actually like the way the puddles turned out!

If there is one thing I think you should buy from the Occasions Catalog, it would be the Watercolor Pencils! I love these and they are so easy to use!  Just barely color in, scribble if you like, then blend with the Blender Pen which smooths it all out! I colored in the lady’s clothes in this way.

To jazz up the card a little, I paper-pieced the umbrella.  That means I stamped the umbrella part of the stamp on a piece of designer paper and then cut it out. A very easy technique for something a little different. It just adds a little interest!  I thought this Houston lady, out in the rain, should look snazzy with her colorful umbrella!

What a great way we have to express ourselves with stamps, ink and paper! We can even make a card for a rainy day – and other than maybe baking chocolate chip cookies, what else is better to do on a dark and gray rainy day than to stamp?!

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The Stampin’ Up! Party Animal Circus Elephants

The Stampin' Up! Party Animal Circus Elephants

This new designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! in the Occasions Catalog is called Party Animal, and when I saw the pattern with all the animals on it, the elephants jumped out at me. Just recently it was announced that the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus would be shutting down in May after 146 years, so the elephants on this paper made me think of the circus elephants.  Of course the circus elephants were taken out of the circus several months ago, and that may have contributed to the decline in interest in the Barnum and Bailey Circus among other circumstances. Even though I have not really been that much of a circus person, I know I have been to several performances in my lifetime, and I think it will always be thought of as an American tradition.

I  think the animals on this Party Animal Designer Series Paper look so cute with their party hats on! I decided to just cut out one of the elephants from the designer paper and adhere him to an Emerald Envy piece of cardstock, punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Then I found a Layering Circle Framelit with a scalloped edge to die cut a piece of Crushed Curry to layer underneath the punched circle.

I started the card with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock base and layered it with a narrow strip of the squigley pattern of the paper just on the left and then a thin strip of Emerald Envy cardstock before I layered on the animal pattern.  The greeting and banner are from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set.

Does this pattern of the Party Animal Designer Paper remind you of going to the circus, perhaps when you were a child? What was your favorite act??  If you want to see the famed Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus before it comes to an end you better find a show to see before May. And maybe the elephants have their party hats on and are enjoying their retirement.

To purchase this paper and other papercrafting and stamping supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies Are Available Again!

If you recall, back in November, Stampin’ Up! released these new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies as an early release from the upcoming new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Well, they were SO popular that Stampin’ Up! couldn’t keep up with the demand until they got a lot more in stock! Well, that day was yesterday so now the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are available again!  I ordered mine at the time and have been using them ever since.  I really love these dies!  They just add a little something to the piece with the stitched look, just a little something that looks really nice.  And as stampers, we are always looking for that little extra that finishes a card or project.

Easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder

Here is just one sample I made with the Stitched Framelits Dies to add that stitched look border to my greeting, If you have some of the other shape dies with the scalloped edges, you can add another layer underneath the stitched shape and it adds a nice look, too.

Watch this Stampin’ Up! video for more ideas on using these framelits!  Then go to Stampin’ Up! Online and order yours today! (And remember, these were originally released before the holidays!!)

Check out these dies and other products at Stampin’ Up! today!  And don’t forget, with every $50 purchase you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

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Big Shot Die Cut Window Box

Big Shot Die Cut Window Box

Here is my first try making this Big Shot Die Cut Window Box with the dies from the Occasions Catalog. This was one of the products I was excited to purchase because I think it makes a beautiful little gift box and lots of other projects. To make this box I used the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  For my first time, I would say the process is a little bit tedious and I don’t think this first box is the best I can do……but on the other hand, how else would you make a cute box like this in just a few minutes without Stampin’ Up! products?!

You can just use the box die to make a plain box or you can die cut the top design with any of several different dies and or the sides of the box.  Lots of possibilities to explore! You can line the die cuts underneath with another color paper or Window Sheet or Vellum or whatever you like,

You can also use the dies to just make intricate designs on cards! There is also a coordinating stamp set, the Window Shopping Stamp Set that you can use for greetings with the box.  Save 10% when you buy the Window Shopping Bundle  to get the stamp set and thinlits dies together.  The clear-mount Bundle costs $50.25 which then earns you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how Donna Griffith at the Home Office uses these dies. You need to cut two of the box pieces in order to make the full box and she shows you how to cut off the side tabs on one of the pieces.  You will see when you assemble the box that you don’t need those side tabs on the one piece because the other piece has them!

With a little practice and patience I think we will all be able to make beautiful boxes of many designs!  I can’t wait to play some more!

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Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Runner Card

Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Runner Card

This morning was the Chevron Houston Marathon, a very big event here in Houston, Texas, so I thought I would celebrate the day with a marathon runner card! Early this morning 27,000 runners began running through the streets of Houston, either running the half-marathon of 13 miles or the full marathon of 26 miles! It’s amazing to see the massive crowd of runners passing by, from the elite runners to the regular people who are just doing it for the experience.  There are people of all kinds – I saw a few little kids running with their mom, men older than my husband (who was running the half-marathon), super-skinny people, not-so-skinny people, lots of dogs out with their owners watching from the sidelines, families watching for their loved ones, lots of people with cowbells or in costume, music, whistles, boxes of tissues, anything they could think of to inspire the runners and entertain them to take their minds off the difficult task of the run. Runners come from all over the world and from right here in Houston. It’s amazing!  Only to watch, of course, for me!

To commemorate the Houston Marathon, I put together this card with Stampin’ Up! punches and paper, just making it up as I went!

Congratulations to all the runners, the people who put on the marathon, and ALL the Houston Police (HPD) and other security people I saw EVERYWHERE keeping the streets closed off, keeping the runners and observers safe. It really is a tremendous undertaking!

If you would like to make cards or scrapbook pages to commemorate the special events in your life, and just for fun, please consider Stampin’ Up! products!  Everything you need for papercrafting and stamping!

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Quick and Easy Party Animal Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Party Animal Birthday Card

When in doubt, refer to the Stampin’ Up! catalogs for an idea to make a card, like this Quick & Easy Party Animal Birthday Card that I copied directly from the new Occasions Catalog! I got my order of MORE things from the Occasions Catalog the other night but haven’t had time to play yet so I felt overwhelmed at all the possibilities! When you need ideas, one place to head is to look at the samples of the stamp set that you perhaps want to use. Of course in the Party Animal Suite in the Occasions Catalog on pages 4-5, there are tons of samples on page 4.  I chose to start with the Quick & Easy card down in the corner, just to see if it was indeed “quick & easy” …… and it was! If, like in cooking, I had all my materials right at my fingertips instead of spread around the house due to Christmas decorating (which isn’t totally undone yet!), it indeed would have probably only taken me ten minutes or less!  As it was, maybe it took 15-20 minutes.

To make this card, I used a Emerald Envy Cardstock card base. The Whisper White layer for the panel is cut smaller than usual, 3″ x 5″. First I stamped the polka dot balloon from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalog. I stamped it with Crushed Curry Ink on Crushed Curry cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Once you have the balloon punched out, you can place it on the Whisper White panel to see where to stamp your balloon string and bow (but pick up the balloon while you do your string and bow stamping!). The balloon can cover up the top part of the string. Then adhere the balloon with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals. Stamp the greeting from the same set with Emerald Envy ink.

Now the sample in the catalog also has some stamped squiggles on the green card base on the sides of the white layer that I didn’t see at first, so my card was even quicker and easier!  Wrap some of the new Emerald Envy 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the card front. A quick & easy birthday card made in minutes! Make a bunch maybe in different colors and you will be set for at least a few birthdays that will be coming up!

Check out the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog HERE!

If you are interested in ordering Stampin’ Up! products and need copies of the catalogs, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information.

Remember Sale-A-Bration is going on! With every $50 you spend, you choose one FREE item from the special Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

Sale-A-Bration Catalog 2017

Click HERE!  Free items are marked with the pink hot air balloons!

Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card

Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card

I received a nice big box of new products from the Occasions Catalog, but I’ve been working on a project where I used this big dahlia stamp and got the idea for this Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card. Sometimes we forget about the products in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog when we have the new seasonal catalogs. When I used the Definitely Dahlia Stamp Set (really just one big single stamp!) on the other project it reminded me how elegant and pretty the stamp was.

The dahlia is first stamped with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with the Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I think heat embossing is one of the most dramatic and easy techniques you can do. You never get tired of watching that powder melt and turn into your beautiful stamped image. I also embossed the greeting in gold at the bottom of the card. The greeting is from Floral Phrases. You could also offset the dahlia to be more in the corner of the card.

I prefer the wood-mount stamp on large single stamps like this one, although you can also buy it in clear-mount. I just like the wood-mount because it is ready to go and you don’t have to take time sticking this large stamp to the acrylic block and hoping it doesn’t fall off. Often times it is easier to lay the stamp facing stamp-side up on the table, pat the ink pad onto the stamp rather than the stamp onto the ink, and then place the cardstock on which you are stamping onto the inked stamp. Then if you don’t want to get inky fingers, grab a piece of computer paper to lay over the cardstock and rub gently with your fingers over the whole stamp area without letting the cardstock move. It usually works fine! This way you aren’t handling a large block and stamp in your hands.

The card base is Whisper White with just a bit of Gold Foil around the border of the dahlia image.  You can cut out the center of the gold foil since it won’t show anyway and use that piece for something else.

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January 10th! It’s Paper Pumpkin Sign Up Day!

Paper Pumpkin Boxes Shipping

Today, January 10th, is the day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin so that you will receive a red box like one of these in your mailbox around the middle of this month! You’ve had a busy holiday season, I daresay even a busy clean-up season after the holidays, and it’s time to sit down and do something for yourself when your Paper Pumpkin Kit comes in the mail with an exclusive surprise project inside! With your very first kit you will receive a clear block on which to mount the stamps that come in the kit. In each kit is an exclusive stamp set as well as an ink spot plus all the other materials you need for the project. Almost always the project is a surprise. Sometimes we get a hint or a peek, but not usually.  Have some fun, relax, and be surprised!

Each project comes with directions and a Stampin’ Up! video to watch. If you don’t care for the project, make something else with the materials! For example, the December project in the kit was to make an album, but people who didn’t feel that was for them, took the pages of the album and turned them into cards!

This was the December kit:

And for another example, here is the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, which, from what I could tell, was very popular and really made some lovely Christmas cards! Not to mention all the alternate ideas people made with the kit! I know I thought it was beautiful!

Paper Pumpkin November 2016 Kit Wonderful Winterland

Sign up by the 10th of  any month to get that month’s kit. If life gets busy, pause your subscription by the 10th of any month to skip that month or to cancel. Once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any past Paper Pumpkin Kits or refills that are available. Refills come with the materials but not the stamp set or ink spot.

Sign up by the month or prepay for kits on your regular Stampin’ Up! order. For example, during Sale-A-Bration you can put the 3-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Kit on your Stampin’ Up! order and save $5, perhaps helping you earn hostess rewards at $150 or more, not to mention earning you one free Sale-A-Bration item!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN BY THE MONTH HERE!

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Please choose me as your Demonstrator in the appropriate spot or go directly to my Paper Pumpkin website HERE if you are doing the monthly version.

I feel sure if you try at least a few months of Paper Pumpkin, in order to get a variety of kits, you will enjoy receiving that red box in your mailbox every month!  If you have any questions, just let me know!

Today is January 10th, so sign up TODAY to get the January Paper Pumpkin Kit.  If you sign up tomorrow or after, that is fine, too, you will receive the February Kit in mid-February.

Go ahead.  Do it right now!

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Falling in Love Paper Easy All-Occasion Card

Falling in Love Paper Easy All-Occasion Card

When you think about it, the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, really has lots of different patterns in it, and this flowery pattern I chose for this easy all-occasion card wasn’t one that I particularly liked.  But sometimes you just have to use the paper or the stamp set to find out that you do indeed like it!  I loved this card after I made it!

For any Stampin’ Up! designer paper, you can look on the back of the package and see what colors coordinate with the designer paper.  In this card, it was Sweet Sugarplum that went with this paper. I happened to have the tiny strip after trimming down the card, so I used that as a design element along the side of the card.

For the greeting I stamped “a happy hello” from the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp SetI use this stamp set a lot for the greetings. I used Sweet Sugarplum Ink and die cut with the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (coming back to inventory soon!). To make it stand out, I die cut a scallop circle to go behind the greeting from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  

This card is very basic and simple to make. I was on an easy card-making spree while I was making this one!  We don’t always need to be making the most spectacular card there ever was. Sometimes simple is best!  And we know that whatever we make with Stampin’ Up! products will be very high quality even in a simple design!  Just make cards, don’t be afraid to make them simple and easy!  Make them and mail them!  Someone needs that card you are hoarding in your stash!

For your own pack of this very pretty Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and the coordinating products in this Suite on pages 50-51 of the new Occasions Catalog, just click to shop Stampin’ Up! Online below!

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Choose the Inside the Lines Specialty Paper for FREE During Sale-A-Bration!

One of the great new products in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, available FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase, is the Inside the Lines Specialty Designer Series Paper.  “Adult Coloring” is such a big trend right now, but I’m sure the Stampin’ Up! stampers of the world will come up with many creative ways to use this paper! Just enjoy coloring in the designs or use it on cards and projects. Color it yourself, leave it black & white for the recipient to color, or use it just black & white. Check it out on page 11 of the SAB brochure.  Watch the Stampin’ Up! video to see a couple ways to use this paper!

Shop Stampin’ Up!, perhaps the new Occasions Catalog! But you can purchase any Stampin’ Up! products!  For every $50 you spend, you get to choose one of the FREE products in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  Look for the pink hot air balloons with the word “FREE” to find the free choices.

Don’t forget!  If you missed getting something from the Holiday Catalog, there are a few products still available on the Carryover List!  

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Handmade Paper Lace Gift Bag

handmade paper lace gift bagAfter having fun yesterday making a gift bag (in THIS post)  with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (and using the hearts pattern to make  it look a little like Valentine’s Day), I decided to make another one with the OTHER side of the paper, this realistic-looking, beautiful lace pattern!

Once I made the bag, I just punched two holes in the top and threaded the new Sale-A-Bration ribbon that you can get FREE with a $50 purchase, the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601).  You might overlook this ribbon in the brochure, but I can give a high recommendation for it!  It’s very soft and easy to tie and beautiful, way prettier than you can tell in the photo.  You get both the gold and silver rolls in the pack!

To embellish the bag, I didn’t want too much to take away from seeing the lace pattern on the paper so I just made a simple label with the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies Since I had a scrap of Shimmery White Cardstock laying on the table, I just used that since it is just the slightest bit off-white and stamped “Love” from the  Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp Set. I love that stamp set’s greetings – almost something for everything! For some pizzazz, I added a layer behind the greeting of Silver Glimmer Paper Easy to do that layering with the graduated sizes of the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies!

You can get all the measurements on my post from yesterday! This would be a good time to get out your retired paper stash and make a few gift bags of several sizes and keep them on hand for gifts throughout the year like this Handmade Paper Lace Gift Bag.

The new Occasions Catalog is live as is the Sale-A-Bration promotion, so go ahead, order your heart out!

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Make a Falling in Love Handmade Gift Bag

Falling in Love Handmade Gift Bag

Here’s how to make a Falling in Love Handmade Gift Bag very easily! The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper will make any number of beautiful gift bags and other projects with the lovely patterns and bokeh look on many of the sheets. This bokeh look is actually a little difficult to photograph because by definition it has some blurriness in it, which also photographs as being blurry! But you will love the paper when you see it in person!

I started off making this gift bag to be for Valentine’s Day with the heart patterned paper and of course it could be.  But it could also be for a wedding or shower or baby gift or birthday or any occasion! And if I used the pattern on the opposite side, that would also be beautiful!

To make this gift bag, I just cut a 12″ x 12″ piece of designer paper in half.  Think about your pattern as you make something like this so the pattern doesn’t end up upside down (as I almost did!) or sideways. Your scoring and cutting will determine which way the pattern goes.

You could easily use the Gift Bag Punch Board, but today I chose to use my Simply Scored board. Score at 1 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 11″.

Gift Bag scoring

Then turn and score lengthwise at 1 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.  This is where you need to think about which way the pattern of the paper is going because the 1 3/4″ area will be the bottom flaps.

Gift Bag Scoring2

Then crease all the score lines and see how your bag will go together.  Cut out the small piece on the bottom edge and cut up on the score lines that will make the bottom flaps of the bag.Gift Bag assembly

Apply strong adhesive to the narrow flap on the right in the photo above. Fold the bag flat in half so that you adhere the other side to this sticky flap.  I used Fast Fuse Adhesive.Gift Bag assembly

Decorate the gift bag how you like.  I made a banner out of the Falling in Love Designer Paper that the bag is made out of but a piece that had more hearts printed on it, with a layer of Blushing Bride behind it. For a greeting, I inked up the “Celebrate…” stamp from the Beautiful You Stamp Set with a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker so I could omit the “…” at the end of the stamp and used that color so it would show up better on the Blushing Bride cardstock. I just stamped this on plain cardstock first and then punched with the Sweetheart PunchTo jazz up the little heart, I used the Silver Metallic Thread just wrapped around my fingers and then adhered down a little bit on the back of the heart and then adhered to the banner on the bag. I also punched two holes in the top of the bag and tied a bow with the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon.

You can adjust the size of any bag you want to make by doing a little math.  Leave the bag open at the top if you like.  I almost did on this bag because the inside is so beautiful.

The Stampin’ Up! computers and systems are up and running today so if you are ready to order from the new Occasions Catalog (and who isn’t??!) and get your Sale-A-Bration rewards FREE with each $50 purchase, go right ahead!  If you have any questions or problems, just let me know and I will try to help!

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It’s Time For the New Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog & Sale-A-Bration!

Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs

It’s time!  The day is here!  The new spring/summer Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! is here as well as the biggest promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration!

(As I write this, the whole Stampin’ Up! system is down worldwide! We hope it will be back up soon.  Rest assured, they are working on it! Of all days!!!)

Here are the links for the catalogs, though!  I hope you can access them!

Occasions Catalog

Sale-A-Bration Brochure

Hopefully the system will be up soon and you can order!  If you have any questions, just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. I will get back to you soon.

One More Day Until the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!

Today is the last day for some things at Stampin’ Up! and tomorrow, January 4, 2017, is the first day for some things, namely the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the first day of the annual promotion called Sale-A-Bration!

In case you need help with choosing new products from the Occasions Catalog, you might enjoy watching some of these Stampin’ Up! videos! I know I want everything when I see the videos of the new products!

See the fun ways to use the Balloon Adventure Stamp Set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits.

And wait until you see this beautiful So in Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies! Perfect for making wedding cards or any elegant card or project!

Here’s a new look from the new Happy Celebrations Stamp Set and Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

And something I think everyone should put on their first order, the new Watercolor Pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors!
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Check out the Year-End Closeouts Sale today before it comes to an end. Otherwise, wait until tomorrow, January 4, 2017 to order and take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion where for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you get to choose one free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure will both be online tomorrow when they go live, if you did not receive a catalog in the mail.  If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and don’t already have a Demonstrator you are working with and would like beautiful hard copies of the new catalogs, please email me with your contact information and I will mail them out to you.

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Beautiful You Watercolor Rainy Day Card

Beautiful You Watercolor Rainy Day Card

Since it was going to be a rainy, stormy morning here in Houston, Texas, I thought this Beautiful You Watercolor Card would be perfect! From our Demonstrator pre-order, I would guess this Beautiful You Stamp Set is one of the most popular out of the Occasions Catalog, in my opinion from samples I have seen. I even chose the background paper pattern in the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper that was the most “blurry” to look something like the rain that was expected. That “blurriness” on some of the paper patterns is called “bokeh”, a term in photography, that means a blurred, out-of-focus look to the background. Sometimes you see this look with Christmas lights blurred in the background of something.

The card base I used is Blushing Bride. The lady with the umbrella is stamped with Stazon ink on Shimmery White Cardstock.  I chose this cardstock because it is the next best thing to Watercolor Paper….. and it is beautiful with just a very subtle shimmer to it!

To color my stamped image, I broke out my new Watercolor Pencils  (141709) and just colored away, lightly and scribbly. Then I used my Aqua Painter to soften and blend the coloring. You could also use a Blender Pen or even a small paintbrush you have in your supplies. There are many ways to use the Watercolor Pencils, which we will explore in the future, so I would put these on your first order from the Occasions Catalog!  They are in the lower right corner on page 24 of the Occasions Catalog, so don’t miss them!!

For the greeting I stamped on a piece of Vellum Cardstock. The Beautiful You Stamp Set has many wonderful greetings to use. I wanted to add a bit of bling somehow, so I came up with adding just tiny strips of Silver Glimmer Paper and then I was able to add a tiny bead of glue underneath those strips to glue the vellum piece on to the card without having the glue show!

When in doubt for new ideas, be sure to use your Stampin’ Up! catalogs for inspiration!  I looked through my new Occasions Catalog and made my card somewhat similar to the sample on page 24, but also added my own touches.  Sometimes you might copy directly, as long as you are not submitting to a contest or something like that.

I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s celebration, whether it was at a big party or home alone in your pajamas watching the New Year’s Eve shows or a movie on TV. (Did you see Mariah Carey?! Oh my!!) I used to think I was missing out by not being out at a fancy party in a beautiful ball gown, but now I’m satisfied to be home safe and sound eating some special snacks and a sip of champagne at midnight. (Or this year we tried sparkling grape juice, since we rarely find a champagne we like, but I didn’t care for that either!!)

I think this Beautiful You Watercolor Rainy Day Card  was perfect for our stormy weather early this morning, but now the sun is coming out!  I suppose today is the last day of the whole Christmas/New Year holiday so spend some free time looking through your Occasions Catalog, if you received it in the mail, and be ready to order in just two more days!!! The Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration both begin January 4, 2017! Last day for the Holiday Catalog and Year-End Closeouts Sale is January 3rd (tomorrow!).

Time to Scrapbook Those Christmas Photos Easily With Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

We all have those photos on our phones and cameras from the holidays, so let’s get those printed (doesn’t have to be all of them!) and do something with them that we and our family can enjoy and SEE! Put them in some kind of album and do a little journaling (YES, in your OWN handwriting!) while you remember the dates and stories. I promise you will appreciate having this in a few years and your family will really appreciate this years from now when they look back! The easiest system to use is Project Life by Stampin’ Up!!

You can do traditional scrapbooking and make it as fancy as you want, and if that’s what you like and have time for, do it! But if you feel intimidated by that, then just print out some photos, slip them into the Project Life Photo Pocket Pages  and add some cards for decoration and/or journaling. Project Life by Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy! And the card kit and accessory packs make it so easy and fun!

Becky Higgins is the founder of Project Life and has partnered with Stampin’ Up! with products that coordinate with our colors. Even Becky Higgins, the famous scrapbooker, advocates just getting some photos into an album, don’t fuss over it. You don’t have to even add the embellishments and make it all fancy, JUST slip some photos in the pockets, add some journaling….DONE. Just do it! Just do something simple.  You will be glad you did.

You can probably find sales on photo printing at your local drugstore right now or other places so we should all pause and get those photos printed.  Once you’ve done that, then just slip them into the pockets. Becky even really pares down her photo choices, which is something I would have to work on because I love to use ALL the photos! It’s too difficult, too many choices that way! Just choose a few. Before you know it, you will have an easy album of your holidays or your December, or your year!  Whatever you want!

You might already have some Project Life supplies in your stash, but if you don’t and would like to order some, just click HERE for the main page to start selecting your items!

While you are sitting around today waiting to get ready for that New Year’s Even party, or better yet, if you are staying home and relaxing, either get some photos printed or go through a box you already have. Becky says to start with what you are the most excited about.

Watch this video of Donna from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office show you how to use Project Life! It will give you lots of ideas!

Have a safe, happy and fun New Year’s Eve!

Falling in Love Designer Paper Lacy Wedding Card

Falling in Love Designer Paper Lacy Wedding CardI’m calling this a lacy wedding card made with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper because of the lacy patterned paper, but really this card could be for lots of occasions. The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper has lots of beautiful patterns in the pack, but the one that really catches my eye is this lace pattern. It’s one of those papers that you hate to cut into! The lace made me think of a wedding dress so this is theoretically a wedding card, but it could be birthday or any of a number of occasions.

This designer paper coordinates with Very Vanilla so I used that for the card base with a layer of Basic Black. Behind the paper I have Silver Glimmer Paper.  The greeting is from the upcoming stamp set, sure to be a hit, Beautiful You. If Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator reaction is any indication, I would say this stamp set will be very popular.  The beautiful silver metallic ribbon is a Sale-A-Bration item, called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack. You get both white ribbon woven with shiny silver and vanilla ribbon woven with shiny  gold accents.

Remember, the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog begins January 4th as well as the annual favorite Stampin’ Up! promotion called Sale-A-Bration.  During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase you make, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item in the special brochure!  These catalogs will be available online January 4th. If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like complimentary copies of the catalogs, send me your contact information via email at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeouts Sale going on now through January 3rd and make sure you get everything from the Holiday Catalog that you want!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!