Chocolate Egg Easter Card with Punch Art Bunny

Chocolate Egg Easter Card with BunnyThis gigantic chocolate Easter egg on this Easter card is really making me hungry! I think the Easter bunny even looks a little surprised at the size of the Easter egg! The egg is the oval I cut out of THIS Easter card the other day! I knew I wanted to use it in another way on another card and here it is. Of course I used the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies. It was already embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing FolderI just decorated it with a little bit of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and a few punched out flowers accented with Rhinestone Jewels. The strip of grass is cut with the Fringe Scissors in the Occasions Catalog.  They are just fun!

You can make the punch art Easter bunny with whatever punches you like. Just play with it and make something! Use some circle punches or ovals and see what you come up with.

The greeting on this card is from the Four You stamp set and I stamped the “Thinking of You” on the inside.

Don’t forget about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals available until Monday night!

Happy Easter!

Make a Punch Art Bunny Easter Card

Punch Art Bunny Easter Card

There are so many cute ways to make punch art Easter bunnies. Here is one you can make easily with the Oval Collection Framelits Dies and just trim to fit on your card! I used three sizes of the framelits and for the Easter Bunny face and ears and the Small Oval Punch for his cute little nose! I drew in his eyes and whiskers by hand with a black marker. His rosy cheeks are made with Blushing Bride Ink and a Sponge Dauber. For the inside of his ears I used a Melon Mambo gingham pattern in the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper. The layer on the card is a piece of the pretty Coastal Cabana pattern in the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper. The Easter greeting is stamped with the Easter stamp in Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of the handiest stamp sets you can own! It is cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies.

Try your hand with your punches or framelits and see what kind of cute Easter bunnies you can make for your Easter cards or Easter decorations!

Shop for all your Stampin’ Up! supplies at my Online Store HERE.

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins!

Stampin’ Up! made an exciting announcement this morning!  Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Becky Higgins is famous in the scrapbooking world and has developed the Project Life concept of using scrapbook pages with pockets into which you can slip photos and designed cards to simply and quickly record the moments of your everyday life….or any occasions! Now you will be able to purchase Project Life products in Stampin’ Up! colors and designs!

Beginning May 1st you will be able to purchase a selection of Project Life products and with the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog on June 2nd you will be able to order the complete line of Project Life products!

Project Life Stampin' Up! Launch

 

Project Life Products List

 

Stay tuned!  I’m sure there will be a LOT more buzz about this in coming days!  You know it won’t ONLY be for scrapbookers either! Everyone can join in with various papercrafting projects using the materials! Just wait until you see the creativity! And–what a great way to spend your tax refund!!

Blessed Easter Oval Card

Blessed Easter Oval Card

I admit I was late ordering this Blessed Easter stamp, but it is so beautiful I eventually had to have it. It is just a single stamp so not expensive and can be used without the Easter greeting for many occasions!  Just think of what all you could use these tulips for – birthdays, Mother’s Day, sympathy, wedding, anything!

I used the Oval Collection Framelits Dies to cut the oval shape in the front of the card.  First I did adhere a piece of Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper on the front of the Whisper White card base and THEN cut out the oval. (Make sure you open the card first before running it through the Big Shot so you don’t cut out the back also!). I just loved the color of the paper, especially for Easter.

To get the flowers placed properly on the inside of the card, I could have used a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig but I just took the oval that had been die-cut, put it back in the oval space and lifted up the front o of the card so the oval shape stayed in place on the inside of the card.  I lightly put some pencil marks where the edge of the oval was so I could place my stamp within that oval. It worked great! I could have put an acetate window sheet in that opening in the front or a piece of vellum, but I decided to just keep it simple.

I stamped the flowers with Black Stazon ink so I could watercolor with my Aqua Painter and ink refills. First I colored mostly in the center of the tulips with So Saffron, since that is a coordinating color with the Retro Fresh paper and then added the Tangerine Tango as highlights (also a coordinating color). Don’t be afraid of watercoloring.  The beauty of it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect!  In fact, in lots of cases, you do NOT want to stay right inside the lines when you are watercoloring! So little slips here and there really only enhance your art!! For the leaves, I used Gumball Green with a little bit of So Saffron also added to the leaves  An artist friend years ago always said every green should have a little yellow in it. And for a little pizzazz, I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with the 2-Way Glue Pen. (See my Facebook page today for a good use for the 2-Way Glue Pen – and “Like” me while you are there!)

For the front of the card, I wanted to do “something” else, but finally saw that a little Whisper White Taffeta bow would be just fine, nothing more. Sometimes you have to know when to STOP and today was one of those days!

Blessed Easter Oval Card Inside

Even if it is too close to Easter this year or past Easter, as I said this Blessed Easter single stamp is beautiful and you can still use it.  Just cut off the greeting and use it separately. Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and place your order! It’s also available as a digital download for My Digital Studio!

Ears to You Oval Easter Card

Ears to You Oval Easter Card

Easter is fast approaching, next Sunday to be exact, and of course I am behind in making Easter cards! This “Ears To You” stamp set is no longer available from Stampin’ Up! but perhaps you already purchased it – or you certainly can use the same idea with something else stamped in the background.

I started out trying to just have an oval punch with one rabbit showing through but that wasn’t working out so I decided to punch out the whole oval with one of the Oval Collection Framelits Dies. It reminds me of chocolate bunnies!  And now I have the punched out oval shape to use in another project that looks like another big chocolate Easter egg. The front of the card is embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing FolderI simply tied a piece of Pink Pirouette 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the edge and punched out a little Pink Pirouette flower with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog using the scallop punch in the Punch Pack of 3 small punches. For a finishing touch I added a pink Candy Dot in the center!  Love those Candy Dots!

Speaking of the Punch Pack, it is one of the items in the Weekly Deals which end tonight! Just because the punches are small doesn’t mean they aren’t useful!  I use them often!

Here are the current Weekly Deals!  Place your order by midnight tonight!

Weekly Deal April 8 2014

An Easy Easter Card for You to Make

Easter Egg Card

Next Sunday is Easter so it is time to be making some easy Easter cards. For this card, the easy way to make Easter Eggs is to punch designer series paper with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. I chose the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper to use because of the lovely colors and even the variations in shading, which is often how dyed Easter eggs come out when you make them. You can choose any pretty paper you like. For the strip of grass, I used my new Fringe Scissors and then pulled it a little back and forth with my fingers to give it some texture like grass. Then just arrange the paper Easter eggs however you like, perhaps adhering some flat on the card layer and popping some up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the Happy Easter greeting in the upper corner with Tangerine Tango ink with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny WishesLove that stamp set, if I haven’t said that already in other posts!  It always has something I can use, and if just the stamp is too small for your card, you can always layer it on some punched pieces to make it appear larger.

Now lest you think an experienced Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator can stamp easily with no mistakes, I’ll tell you the story of the butterflies! After I stamped the Easter greeting and turned it over to apply adhesive, somehow it got a smudge of Tangerine Tango ink on it!  And I already had the eggs glued on and everything. Sometimes a good tip is to do your stamping first so in case you mess that up, you haven’t ruined the whole card. So in order to cover my two little smudges of ink in the wrong place, I punched out a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with the Elegant Butterfly Punch and layered it with the smaller butterfly, punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch out of a scrap of Watercolor Wonder DSP and added the Pearl Jewel AccentsThen for fun I punched another Bitty Butterfly from the Watercolor Wonder DSP, added some pearls and stuck him on another Easter egg!  Ink smudge fixed!

If I had it to do over, I would have probably put another egg or two on the front of the grass, not all of them behind the grass.  But I still like this card a lot the way it is!

Before the Easter Bunny comes to hide the eggs in your yard, you might want to check for any poison ivy in the yard that someone could get into! Why do I say that?  Because over a month ago my husband was raking leaves in the backyard by the back fence and apparently got some poison ivy oil on him. I guess he suspected it soon enough and was able to wash it off, although he did get a small blistery patch on the inside of his arm above his wrist but it went away pretty quickly. But then SOMEHOW I got it on my arm, maybe from the laundry, and have been battling it ever since, even having to go to Urgent Care one weekend when we were out of town for a stronger dose of steroid. That worked great and it went away – but as soon as that medicine was out of my system, the itching started again and the rash came back. I think it is mainly my body having an allergic reaction to getting poison ivy for the first time. It took awhile, but my husband finally identified a plant by the fence where he had been raking leaves that is most likely the poison ivy. Why is poison ivy growing in our backyard??!!! So don’t let your Easter egg hunt be ruined by any poison ivy in your yard!!

For any stamping supplies you need, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Remember, there are lots of other occasions coming up, like graduation, Mother’s Day, and weddings!

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Card

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Card

Easter is late this year, but as fast as time goes by, it will be here soon! The Eggstra Spectacular stamp set can help you make an easy Easter card that looks lovely and delicate. The card base is Coastal Cabana. I really liked this pattern of paper in the Retro Fresh Designer Series PaperIn fact, I love it on this card!

After die-cutting the two labels with the Labels Collection Framelits, I decided to use the Festive Paper Piercing Pack to make a pierced border around the background label. Doing the paper-piercing sometimes really adds a nice touch sometimes! The Very Vanilla label is stamped with the bunny from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set with Coastal Cabana ink to make it monochromatic. For the bunny’s cottontail I used a White Pearl Jewel AccentAnd to finish off the card, I used the Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, which was perfect! I thought the Very Vanilla stamped layer needed a little something so I just drew some lines with my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge.

Yesterday I could NOT get a card made with this same stamp set and paper! I stamped upside down, I couldn’t “omit” the words on the stamp without getting excess ink in the wrong place – just everything I tried to do went wrong!  But today, this card came together perfectly! So even Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have bad stamping days sometimes!

I hope you enjoy this card.  If you need any stamping supplies, just visit my Online Store HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stampin’ Up! New Weekly Deals for April 8-14

Weekly Deal April 8 2014

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for the week of April 8 – 14. If I didn’t already have them, I would grab the Punch Pack, a set of little punches that are oh so handy for various things. The one punch has a little scalloped edge circle that is great for using as the center of flowers. You could really use any of them for that or even use just the punch itself as an itty bitty flower.

Here is a card I made last year using the Itty Bitty Scallop Punch in the Punch Pack.

Itty Bitty Punch Pack Easter Cross

Be sure to check out all the Weekly Deals! If you already have the Secret Garden stamp set, now’s the time to get the coordinating Secret Garden Framelits. And of course who doesn’t want more Baker’s Twine and ribbon?

Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to shop today!

Peachy Keen Retro Fresh Card

Peachy Keen Retro Fresh Card

Who do you know who is “peachy keen” and would love a handmade card? “Peachy Keen” means very good or excellent. Use the Peachy Keen stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper to make this quick and easy card.

Just cut some strips of designer paper, wider one for the center strip, slightly narrower on each side, shorten the lengths and you have a colorful background on the Brown Sugar card base. Stamp the “Peachy Keen” greeting on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out with the Labels Collection Framelits and the Big Shot. Also die-cut a layer behind the Very Vanilla from Tangerine Tango, one of the coordinating colors of the Retro Fresh Designer Paper.

And for a little extra pizzazz, add some arrows that you can stamp and cut out with the On Film Framelits Dies.

You can also purchase the Peachy Keen Stamp Set and the On Film Framelits Dies as a Bundle in the Occasions Catalog and save 15%.

To shop, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Don’t forget to check the current Weekly Deals!

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Did you know you can make a lot more things with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch than just tags? I’ve seen various creations but got the idea to make a Spring Basket using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. It’s available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog along with the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.

To make the basket, I cut two strips of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 7 1/2″ and punched one end on each strip with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Score at 3″ from the scalloped top and fold. Those will be the ends of the basket and you can adhere the bottom pieces together.

Scalloped Tag Topper Basket Base

Cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score 1/2″ at each end. These pieces will be the front and back sides of the basket. If you need to, make a brace to put in the center with a 1″ x 4″ piece scored at 1″ at each end and glue inside the basket.

The handle is a piece 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I added a piece of Whisper White 1/2″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon to the top of the handle using Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. You can see how the handle is inserted and adhered inside in the photo below.

Decorate your basket however you like!  If you want to stamp on it, be sure to do it before assembling!  I added a layer of Island Indigo card stock to the basket and then the Watercolor Wonder paper on top of that. I made the flower with the Pansy Punch. It was just the right size and I punched several flowers out of the sheet of Watercolor Wonder paper that had shades of yellow and blue on it to get a variation in color. A retired Printed Designer In Color Brad held the flowers in place. Then I foofed them up and down and all around to give them some dimension.

You could also make a paper box the right size and just use the tag punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the ends. So many different ways to make these great papercrafting projects!

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket Side

The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is one of my favorite items in the Occasions Catalog because it would sure be difficult to make that pretty scallop at the top by hand! Go shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and find your favorite products!

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card

Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card

The only thing more fun than stamping is stamping with friends and making an Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card! That’s what I got to do the other day and here is one of our creations! I wanted to show them how to make this very popular style of card, the pop-up box card. Although I knew I wanted to make this style of card, I hadn’t made a sample for them, so I had to just “wing it” as we went! I wasn’t even trying to make a “great” card. I just wanted to make one with them so they would know how to do it.  But I think this one turned out pretty cute! The pop-up box card is basically a simple card, it just has the look of being a difficult one.  That’s what I love about Stampin’ Up! and stamping – there is nothing that is too difficult for a beginner to do as long as they have the materials and tools and someone or some way to show them how to do it.

The basic instructions for making a pop-up box card like this one are simple.  Start with a half sheet of card stock as with any card. Score across that 8 1/2″ width at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That leaves a narrow 1/2″ edge on the end which will become the tab that adheres the box together. Turn the half sheet of card stock longways on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or on the Stampin’ Trimmer and score at 2″ to make the box flaps. Now cut from the edge of the paper up to the 2″ scored line to cut apart those flaps. Now also cut off the 1/2″ tab even with the flaps, leaving the bottom portion, so that the box can be assembled. There will not be a bottom to the box, only the flaps at the top that will fold outward. Fold on all the score lines and assemble the box. Also cut two pieces to go inside the box to hold the pop-up images. They should be two pieces cut 1″ x 3″, and scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ (or 1/2″ at each short end) so that those braces can be adhered inside the box spaced evenly apart. They are a little tricky to get glued in there, but you can do it.  I like using the Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive so I can move it around to get it placed evenly and correctly.

Decorate the outside of the box first with either stamped images or designer series paper or card stock or leave plain. It’s all up to you! Once you have the basic box assembled, you can adhere whatever stamped images or punch art or greetings you want for your card to the inside braces and to the outside of the box flaps. If you want the folded card to fit inside a certain size envelope, be sure that any items you adhere inside the card do not “hang out” past the edges of the folded card. This size card as made here will fit inside a Stampin’ Up! Medium Whisper White Envelope (my favorite envelopes in the whole world, by the way!)

The stamp set I used on this pop-up box card is called Eggstra Spectacular, a cute Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. The little lamb is stamped with Black Stazon ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers. It was then just cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The Easter eggs were stamped with various colors of ink. The Extra-Large Oval Punch was too large to punch them out, much to my chagrin, as was the smallest Oval Framelit, so it was just easiest to use Paper Snips to cut them out by hand. I couple printed flowers were cut out of the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper to add something extra besides the Easter eggs.

The little flowers on the flaps are punched with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog and some Petite Petals flowers are stamped on the sides of the card. The designer paper used on the flaps are small squares of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. A Bundle can be purchased with the Petite Petals Punch along with either the wood- or clear-mount stamp set. The center of each flower is from the Punch Pack. And for extra measure I added a Candy Dot to the center of each flower!

When you want to send a special card to a special someone, this pop-up box card fits the bill and is easy enough to make. Use the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set for an Easter-themed card or whatever stamp set fits the occasion!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for any of your stamping and papercrafting needs!

Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card Inside

It’s April Fool’s Day….I Thought This Was an April Fool’s Joke!

Fine Print Greeting Cards Templates

Happy April Fools Day!  Happy April 1st! It wasn’t like I could think of an April Fools joke myself to put on my blog (at least not yet!), but then I saw Stampin’ Up! had the new Weekly Deals up as well as the new My Digital Studio Downloads as they do every Tuesday. There are only two new MDS downloads. When I saw the download pictured above, I thought, Stampin’ Up! came up with their own April Fools joke with this silly stamp set. But it’s real, and you obviously have to read the FINE PRINT! Click on the image above to go to the store page – and then click on the magnifying glass – and THEN click on the arrow to the side to click through each image so you can read the FINE PRINT!

Fine Print Close-up

Maybe these aren’t your type of greetings for your friends – but then again, maybe they are! The description says:

 Have fun on April Fool’s Day or any day with these quirky cards,
just don’t forget to “read the fine print” 

And here is the other CUTE My Digital Studio download for this week!

Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Brush Set

To purchase the My Digital Studio software or take the 30-day Free Trial, click HERE.

And here are the new Weekly Deals for April 1-7, 2014:

Weekly Deal April 1 2014

Sale-A-Bration ended late last night!  I hope you were able to order what you wanted to get some free products! Always sad to see Sale-A-Bration come to an end, but we always know there are good things ahead with Stampin’ Up!

Check my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for the Weekly Deals and more!

Paper Pumpkin Is a Year Old! Sign Up Tonight!

Paper Pumpkin Birthday

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating the one year birthday of their monthly papercrafting subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, at the Home Office! What a fun thing to do!!

This is what Stampin’ Up! said about Paper Pumpkin’s first year:

  • We’ve sent out 229,000 Paper Pumpkin projects (say that three times fast!) to our friends.
  • We’ve helped over 45,000 women bring out their creative sides—(and we know that they were just waiting to break out)!
  • We even had 13,000 take advantage of our Free Marker offer—which is available until midnight tonight!

So if you haven’t signed up for Paper Pumpkin YET, you still have a few hours left, until midnight Mountain Time. Get in on the fun and get in on the FREE MARKERS!  Why not?!

JOIN Paper Pumpkin, get a cute package in your mailbox, and get Free In Color Markers if you sign up NOW! Tonight!  

Paper Pumpkin Birthday Cake

Last Day! Sale-A-Bration 2014! Get Your Free Gift with $50 Order!

Sale-A-Bration

Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration, has been going on for over two months – but today is the last day, sorry to say! Today, Monday March 31, 2014 is the last day you can place an order of $50 or more (no limit) on any current Stampin’ Up! merchandise, and choose a FREE GIFT from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! For EVERY $50 you spend!! Who doesn’t like FREE stuff??! Choose your FREE GIFT on pages 11-17 of the brochure!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time today!  Just don’t wait until the last minute – unless you have to!

Sale-A-Bration Heartfelt Banner

Paper Pumpkin…A Monthly Papercrafting Kit in the Mail!

Paper Pumpkin Papercrafting Kit

Wouldn’t you like to find a package like this in your mailbox once a month?  Sign up today and get a FREE set of In Color Markers! Read all about it and sign up for a subscription HERE. You can always sign up for Paper Pumpkin but today is the last day for the free set of markers! Might as well get them, I say!! Take about half an hour a month for yourself to make a pre-planned papercrafting project (always a surprise!) that comes in the cutest box! Just the package will make you happy! (This is separate from other Stampin’ Up! ordering and Sale-A-Bration.)

Weekly Deals

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Last day for last weeks Weekly Deal!  Be sure to get that Glimmer Paper!  You’ve got to have it!

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to place your order or just contact me by phone or email.

Here are some Sale-A-Bration photos from Stampin’ Up! Leadership in case you need inspiration! Don’t miss out!

Sale-A-Bration 2014

Sale-A-Bration Twisty Treats

Sale-A-Bration Good As Gold Card Kit

Sale-A-Bration Hooray For Parties Digital Ensemble

Sale-A-Bration Hooray For Parties Digital Ensemble

Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack

Sale-A-Bration Petal Parade

Sale-A-Bration Petal Parade

Sale-A-Bration See Ya Later

Sale-A-Bration You're Lovely

Sale-A-Bration Banner Blast

Don’t miss out on the fun of Sale-A-Bration! Any current or Clearance products count toward your $50 merchandise, not just items in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Go there to choose your FREE gift. Or if you would like help in choosing bundles! Just visit my Online Store!  Let me know if you have questions or problems ordering!

March and Stampin’ Up! Specials Coming To An End Quickly!!

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2014 Promotion

Can you even believe that Sale-A-Bration, the biggest promotion of the Stampin’ Up! year, is coming to an end Monday, March 31?!  I can’t believe March is ending already, much less Sale-A-Bration! It began in January and seemed like it would go on forever!  But if you don’t get your order in by Monday, you will miss out on your free gift with a $50 purchase!  Back in the day, there were just a few free stamp sets to choose from for your free gift!  Now you have many choices for whatever suits you! You’re not restricted to the Bundles in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure; you can purchase any $50 in current Stampin’ Up! products and earn your FREE Sale-A-Bration gift!  Just ask me if you have any questions or need any help in your choices!

It’s not just about one free gift with a $50 purchase!

  • Join Stampin’ Up! by purchasing the Starter Kit for only $99 and get $150 worth of Stampin’ Up! products! Start your OWN BUSINESS with Stampin’ Up! for only $99 and see what you can do with it! I can help you!
  • Earn a FREE SALE-A-BRATION GIFT with EVERY $50 you spend!  Spend $150, get three free gifts PLUS Hostess Benefits!! That means choose an extra $25 in Stampin’ Up! products FREE!
  • Digital products to buy and free digital product gifts to use with My Digital Studio!
  • Gather some orders from your friends!  You be the Hostess! Even non-stampers can use ribbon, scissors, personalized stamps, adhesives, envelopes, gift boxes and bags and more!

Paper Pumpkin Free Markers

Paper Pumpkin will continue, but if you want to get a FREE set of In Color Stampin’ Write Markers – a $14.95 value – you NEED to sign up by Monday, March 31!

  • Go HERE and click the SUBSCRIBE button at the top of that page! Put Quantity 1 in the box.  No Promo Code required or needed. Click “Continue” at the bottom of the page. Fill in your account information on the next page!
  • Mid-April you will receive the pictured Welcome Kit in the mail with your free clear-block on which to mount these and future stamps. Everything for the project is included in the kit except adhesive.
  • Mid-May you will receive the next kit that goes out to everyone! (as long as you don’t cancel!) I can tell you that since January 2014 the kits have been getting even better!  It’s just fun to receive a gift in the mail!  This is the cutest package and something special just for you!  Get a couple month’s worth of kits and see how you like them! No obligation, you can always cancel or even just PAUSE your subscription and come back to it. You can even order extra kits in a month.  Just make any changes in your subscription before the 10th of any month to take effect that month!
  • Ask me if you have any trouble signing up or questions! You’re worth a special gift for yourself!!

TRY Paper Pumpkin Today!

Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets

Even though Stampin’ Up! released these special Best of 25 Years stamp sets to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! of past images (plus one new!) over the past year, they have still been available all this time – but now only until MONDAY, MARCH 31! Purchase six stamp sets altogether and send in your proof of purchase Collector’s Card and get a free stamp set! If not six, at least make sure you have the images you want before they are gone!

***As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we’re including a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.***

Whew!  Lots of information, but you just have this weekend and MONDAY, MARCH 31 to get in on these deals!  Don’t want you to miss out because you forgot or weren’t sure! Don’t wait until the last minute if you can do it sooner! Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com if you have any questions or need any help with ordering or anything!

Have fun Sale-A-Bration shopping HERE at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! All Wrapped Up Bundle Livestream

If you missed it last night, you missed a fun new event from Stampin’ Up! It was free and for anyone to watch! Donna Griffith, a Stampin’ Up! home office employee, presented LOTS of projects using the All Wrapped Up Bundle in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! It was a live stream, shown at various times for various time zones, even in French and Spanish.  Donna always has great projects to show us at Stampin’ Up! Convention, Leadership, and other events! Not only was there the live stream of Donna explaining her projects but also a lively chat box going on the side! I’m sure that all of us who watched hope they will do this again!

Here is the third live stream of the evening for North America.

And to see photos of just the projects, click HERE for a .zip file.

Inspiration: So Very Grateful Tempting Turquoise and Gumball Green

So Very Grateful Turquoise and Gumball Green

Do you wonder how to come up with with inspiration for ideas for cards, scrapbook pages, and any other projects? Often it just takes seeing a combination of colors or textures or a focal point. One day I came across this color combination in a catalog or magazine ad and it just struck me. I tore the page out and actually used the idea!  The colors reminded me of our Tempting Turquoise and Gumball Green, plus Whisper White.

Inspiration: Turquoise and Green

As you can see, I made the card at the top based on this color combination. I also added some Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper which had Gumball Green in it to the side panel and tied on a piece of Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. I stamped the pretty flower image from So Very Grateful and colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and a Blender Pen. You can see my technique for that on my Stamping With Karen Facebook Page HERE. Go over and “LIKE” my page and be a “fan”! And I added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with my 2-Way Glue Pen.

I decided not to add a greeting yet, depending on how I want to use the card in the future.  Doesn’t hurt to just have a plain card for a note either!

I hope this will show you one way to find inspiration in creating your projects!  Often it just takes one little thing to get started–maybe a scrap of paper, maybe a color combination, maybe a piece of ribbon, who knows?! Just keep working and it will come to you easier and easier! Go page through a magazine now or look through your designer paper for color combinations and make something!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Birthday Pop Up Box Card

I’ve been making a lot of these popular pop-up box cards lately! They’re not difficult and are quite cute to make. If you make them the right size, they will fit in a regular size envelope when folded flat. There are two little folded strips inside the box to which you attach whatever stamped images you want to be part of your card. I used several different stamp sets and greetings on this card. You can leave the back piece of the box unfolded and put a long layer on the back if you want to write a greeting.  But you don’t have to. Put more layers of designer paper on the box or not.  It’s all up to. you.

Birthday Pop Up Box Card Back Greeting

These cards are really fun to make! Remember, it folds flat and fits inside an envelope as long as you are careful where you place your popping up images.  Lay the card on your envelope so you see how much space you have.

Start with half a sheet of cardstock like always.  Lay sideways in your Simply Scored Tool.  Score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. Turn the other way and score at 2″ for box flaps. Then cut those scored sections up to the score line.  The little 1/2″ piece on one end will be the part you attach to the inside of the box. Use Sticky Strip or Tombow Multi Glue.  The little braces that go inside are two 1″ x 3″ pieces, each scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″. Those fit inside, the trickiest part! Then attach whatever decorations you want for your card!

Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31.  That’s a week from today!  Just enough time to make your list and get your order in!  Don’t procrastinate until the very last minute!

Shop anytime at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! If you prefer not to order online, please contact me, email Karen@KarenStamps.com, and I will be happy to make arrangements with you and put the order in for you.

Also the special with subscribing to Paper Pumpkin ends March 31st also! Get a pack of FREE MARKERS with your Welcome Kit!  Your also receive a free clear block for your stamps with the Welcome Kit to use on future kits!  It’s a papercrafting kit in a box, easy to do, quick and simple, unique, exclusive to Paper Pumpkin, and a surprise in your mailbox for only $19.95 which includes shipping!  Just keeps getting better!

Join Paper Pumpkin for Papercrafting Fun and Free In Color Markers

Paper Pumpkin Papercrafting Kit Boxes

If you don’t have a stack of Paper Pumpkin boxes, then you’ve been missing out on all the fun every month! Every month a new kit for a quick and easy papercrafting project! Usually you have leftover materials you can use on another project. Follow the Stampin’ Up! directions or reinvent the project to suit yourself.

Paper Pumpkin is for you if:

  • You like to do a papercrafting project now and then but can’t design one yourself.
  • You like to make things but you don’t really have that many supplies.
  • You don’t have much time for yourself to devote to crafting but if you could make a quick, cute project in about 30 minutes, you would enjoy it.
  • Sometimes you would like to do something fun with a friend or loved one and if you could just pull out two projects all ready to make, you would be happy.
  • You get excited when you get a package in the mail!
  • You’ve got tons of supplies, but if someone is going to put a project in a box all ready to go for you, it would be great!

If you join Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up!’s papercrafting kit that comes in the mail once a month, you will get your own pretty red box in the mail once a month with a project all ready to go, except for adhesive.  Join before March 31 and get a free set of In Color Markers (worth the price of the kit itself $14.95).  Try it risk free, no obligation, cancel when you are ready before the 10th of any month to stop that month’s subscription.  Or just pause it if you want to take a break and start up again the next month or the next after that. A monthly subscription is only $19.95 which includes shipping!

Join Paper Pumpkin by clicking this link HERE.  Your markers will come with your Welcome Kit with a free clear block for stamping.  After the first month you will receive the same kits that everyone gets that month.  You can still sign up after March 31, but why not do it right away and get the FREE Markers!