Back to School Bravo Star Card

Back to School Bravo Star Card

Here in Houston it is almost the end of the first week of school, so I thought maybe people would want to make a Back to School Bravo Star Card either for the student that has completely their first week of school or perhaps for the teacher who has completed a week (and probably more) of back to school! Use the Bravo Stamp Set and some stars cut with the Stars Framelits and Big Shot to choose an appropriate greeting. Change the greeting and make the card for someone getting ready to start school next week or after Labor Day!

For the card base I just used the new Whisper White Thick Cardstock. You will love the weight of this card stock if you would like to make a card with less layers. Then just die cut a bunch of assorted stars with the Stars Framelits and play around with the arrangement until you are happy with the placement of the stars and greeting.  Use a lot or use a few!  Place one framelit inside the other to make the stars with the center cut out.

I’ve always said everyone should have some star punches, star stamps, or in this case Star Framelits because stars can be used for just about anything. They are so good for congratulations, birthday, promotions, achievements, baby, thank you, anything special that you are making!

I loved making this simple Back to School Bravo Star Card using multiple stars and the Bravo Stamp Set! If you need any supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Love a Dog With a Card For National Dog Day

National Dog Day 2015 CardLove a dog with a card for National Dog Day 2015! Today, August 26, is National Dog Day, a day to celebrate dogs! It’s a day to recognize our pets, dogs that need to be rescued, dogs that serve others, dogs that give comfort, dogs that are fun to play with. Whatever your reason for caring about dogs, today is the day to celebrate!  So why not make a handmade card for a friend or loved one with a dog theme!

There are lots of “punch art” designs out there to make dogs out of punches and paper so there are no shortage of ideas. All it really takes, though, is to get out some paper and punches and play. Pick your dog color, maybe a couple of colors, choose their features, whatever you like. Just play. I decided to make a dog house using the Hardwood Background Stamp.  I had no directions, I just stamped the whole stamp and then cut it down to the size that would fit nicely on my card. Then from the scraps I made the roof, as if it were nailed up there. The doghouse door is cut from part of an Oval Framelit but you could also use the  2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  The card base is Marina Mist sponged with some Whisper White Craft Ink to look like clouds. Here are the punch art pieces (I just hand cut the tail) I used to make my dog:

Punch Art Dog Pieces

I used the Extra Large Oval Punch for the dog body and also another Extra Large Oval piece to punch out a small piece for the dog face with the 1 3/8″ Circle PunchThe dog head is punched with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. The ears are punched with the Large Oval Punch, you might need to trim them a little bit. The black nose is from the 1/2″ Circle Punch and trimmed to look like a dog nose.  The eyes and mouth are drawn on. To make the red collar, punch into a piece of card stock with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, then reach in a little farther in order to cut out a piece to look like a collar. Make it wider than you want so you have space to put adhesive.

Stampin’ Up! also carries several stamp sets with dog images in them!  Check them out!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 25 2015

It’s Tuesday and that means new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Check out two great punches, the Sweetheart Punch and the Pansy Punch, plus one of my favorite products, the Gold Glimmer Paper. Then for jazzing up your project, we have the Eclectic Paper-Piercing Pack, the Silver Stampin’ Glitter, and the pretty Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.

These specials good through Monday, August 31 or while supplies last!

Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack as well when you order!  You might find some bargain you can use!

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Paper Pumpkin Kits to the Rescue!

Paper Pumpkin August 2015 Kit ProjectsI have to say my Paper Pumpkin kits saved my sanity yesterday! Pictured above are just some of the projects in the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. I stopped with those in case I wanted to make anything different with the remaining materials. I would vote the August Paper Pumpkin Kit probably the easiest and prettiest kit to date. There were lots of other kits I also loved, but this one was really so easy and turned out so nicely. And that’s what I needed yesterday!

Our power went off yesterday at 8:30 am, not due to any storm or anything wrong that I could see.  I even thought we had a new transformer or something for our part of the neighborhood put in recently due to the frequent outages we were having. In the many, many years we have lived here in Houston, we have never had the power go off as much as it did there for awhile a couple months ago.  Even after hurricanes and tropical storms, OUR power came back on in a few hours, even if others’ didn’t for a couple weeks.  Maybe this is payback!

Thank goodness now for email notifications from the electric company telling us what was going on (or not going on!). As we passed the first estimated time of repair and another couple hours was estimated, I suddenly realized the air-conditioner was not running and would not be and it was going to get HOT in here! For lunch I went to Subway and picked up sandwiches and a cold, icy Coke since we couldn’t open the refrigerator with the power off. As the next email said “repairs were taking longer than estimated”, but, by golly, they were trying really hard to fix it, the temperature climbed to 93 degrees outside, according to my phone. Now that’s cool compared to what we had not long ago, 100+, so I should be grateful. We closed all the blinds to keep the heat out, didn’t talk or move much.

Finally I decided I needed something to do to take my mind off how hot it was getting inside, so I got out my new August Paper Pumpkin Kit that just arrived the other day! What a blessing that kit was, this one in particular! I really liked it from seeing the kit and it was oh so easy to make! It was too hot to think about designing something or even copying something, too hot to be hopping up and down for supplies. The Paper Pumpkin kit made it easy. I didn’t have to think about what to make, I liked what I was making, and everything I needed was right there in the box except for scissors to cut the ribbon. The cards and gift boxes went together quickly. When I was finished with that kit, I moved on another kit I hadn’t worked on yet. Again, it was cute, easy to make, and everything was right there.  No need to get sweaty making a card!

Paper Pumpkin Kits Power Off

To wind up my power outage story, we went out for dinner to cool off and went somewhere where I could sit by an electric plug to recharge my laptop. That was all great and while we were gone it rained at home so maybe it cooled off a bit. As we sat here in the dark in the evening, and the latest repair estimate of 9 pm came and went, we decided maybe it was time to head to a hotel for the night.  Good news!  As we began throwing a few things into a suitcase, in the dark with flashlights, the power came back on!!! Perfect timing, and saved us at least $100 to stay cool for the night. The power was off for 13 hours, but we survived.

My Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kits really came in handy yesterday to keep me occupied during a stressful time (and who doesn’t have stressful times even with the power on?!) and gave me a sense of accomplishment knowing I got something done even without electricity! Stamping is something we can do even without power. And maybe it’s a good idea to keep at least one Paper Pumpkin kit on the shelf for just such an occasion when you need it!

You’re in luck right now because a monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription is 50% off for the first two months if you sign up by September 10th!

If you’re a mom and you just sent your kids back to school or will soon, go ahead and get Paper Pumpkin for yourself!  You deserve it! No risk, no obligation.  Pause your subscription any month or cancel if you must. Order extra kits for a gift any month! Have some fun with your friends!

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Back to School Big News Awesomeness Gift

Back to School Big News Awesomeness Gift

Tomorrow is Back to School time in Houston and probably lots of other places. If not tomorrow, probably very soon! Maybe you are looking for a little card or something for your child’s first day of school to encourage them, surprise them in their lunchbox or backpack. Rather than make this a card, I chose to tie some ribbon across the top to make it a hanger. Now the child can hang it up in their room or school locker and be inspired everyday and know you were thinking of them!

We have yet another power outage at our house as I am writing this so I’m not even sure how the colors are showing up. The base is Basic Black with a Real Red layer embossed with the Big Shot and Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.  The sentiment from Big News is stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool. Be sure you have the Embossing Buddy to wipe across the card stock before stamping and applying the embossing powder because it helps eliminate the static that makes specks of embossing powder cling to the paper where you don’t want them! This embossed piece is cut out with the largest of the Deco Labels Framelits DiesYou could also just trim it whatever size you wanted to fit the card base. The smallest stars are punched out with the star in the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the smallest star in the Stars Framelits DiesOf course the Gold Glimmer Paper is perfect for this as would be the Gold Foil Sheets. And I had to use a couple of Brights Candy Dots because they are so cute!

While you could easily copy this and make it a card in the usual fashion, I inserted some Gold 1/8″ Ribbon for a hanger. Any little thing you can make for your child for back to school I’m sure will be appreciated, even a note in their lunchbox!

Be sure to check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end Monday night, August 24 as well as the Clearance Rack.

And if you are in the USA and do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that you work with and don’t have access to the gorgeous new Holiday Catalog coming September 1st, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and  I will send a catalog out to you! I’m always happy to assist people in discovering and enjoying the fun and creativity of stamping and the products of Stampin’ Up!

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Vivid Vases for a Dark and Stormy Morning!

Vivid Vases NotecardIt was a dark and stormy morning, lots of lightning and thunder here in Houston, so I decided to make an easy, bright card with the Vivid Vases stamp in contrast to the rainy weather! With our recent history of power going off pretty easily, I wanted to stamp something very quick with all the lightning and thunder before the electricity could possibly go off.  (So far it has stayed on!) I also wanted something happy and bright.  The Vivid Vases Wood-Mount Stamp jumped out at me from my shelf!

Coming in the new Holiday Catalog is a new Basic Black Archival Ink Pad so I tried it out on this card.  It stamped beautifully! Then I colored in the vases and flowers with my Stampin’ Write Markers and Blender Pen. Using a Blender Pen to pick up the colors rather than coloring directly with the markers gives a lighter look.  I just scribbled some marker on the stamp case itself and picked up the ink from there.  You could also touch the corner of your ink pad or use ink refills for the color.  So many ways to do things in stamping!

You might notice I drew in some stems since I made the vases look like they were clear with water inside.  If you colored the vases as solid containers, then you wouldn’t need to do that.

To make this card even simpler, I just grabbed a  Whisper White Note Card.  No cutting, no fuss, just stamp!  Just the right size.

I hope your day is bright and sunny, but if it is dark and rainy stamp something to brighten up your life!

Using Clear-Mount Stamps and Stickers

Clear-Mount Stamps and Stickers

Sometimes we have trouble with the clear-mount stamps staying stuck on the acrylic block when we are stamping. The clear-mount stamps come with stickers to label them, but that covers up the foam meant to stick to the block. Some people remedy this by not applying the stickers at all to the stamp.  I have tried this but found I like having the sticker on there so I can remember what stamp I am using! It’s just what I am used to!

Here is one way to make your clear-mount stamps stick on the block better. If you want to use the stickers, kind of take a trip down memory lane years ago before the stamps were all die-cut and we had to cut out the rubber stamps ourselves with the appropriate scissors. Instead of cutting the rubber, trim the sticker down closer to the image so that when applied to the stamp, a little border of foam will not be covered and will stick to the block better.

Owl Stamp and Sticker

Is that extra work?? Yes!  Can we all use a little mindless trimming with our Paper Snips while watching TV or just relaxing?  Yes!  You don’t have to be exact so that makes it pretty easy.  Just go around the image in order to leave a little bit of a border.  Some stamps might have more than others.  Peel off the white paper covering the foam on the stamp. Then remove the split paper on the sticker itself and apply the sticker to the foam.  Then remove the backing from the sticker so that you can see it.

Here’s an ornament stamp with the sticker trimmed and applied, before the backing is removed. You can see the foam around the edge that will now be able to adhere to the block.

Ornament Sticker

After the sticker is applied to the stamp, peel off that white covering.

Owl Clear-Mount Stamp and Sticker

Look closely and you can see the trimmed sticker on the stamp.

Sticker on Stamp

Of course if you still have trouble, or don’t want to trim your stickers, there are other solutions to clear-mount stamps that don’t stick.  Sometimes the acrylic blocks get dirty or greasy, so just cleaning off those oils will help stamps stick better.  Use the Clear Block Cleaning Cloth  or wash with some grease-cutting dishwashing soap.  The Multipurpose Liquid Glue can be applied lightly to the stamp and allowed to dry for a temporary adhesive. And if I am just in a hurry with a stubborn stamp, sometimes I just apply a little SNAIL! Also when you apply the sticker, make sure the stamp is flat and doesn’t get a bend in it from sticking the sticker on too tightly.

Clear-mount stamps are less expensive than wood-mount and take up less storage space, but the disadvantage is that they have to be placed on an acrylic block and taken off and sometimes they do not stick too well. If this is a real problem for you, I would recommend you purchase wood-mount stamps that are always ready to go, and that wood block just feels good in your hand!

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals August 18 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 18 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for August 18 – 24, 2015.  Be sure to check them out in case you want to add some to your order. Offer available while supplies last at these prices. Make custom envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board! Make cute little paper bows with the Bow Builder Punch! Always good to have embellishments, like ribbons and buttons! And why not have another embossing folder?!

Shop for these Weekly Deals and more at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Home For Christmas Christmas Wishes Card

Home For Christmas Christmas Wishes Card

With my big box of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, I’ve copied some samples in the catalog itself. Here is one on page 8, a Christmas card using the stamp set Cozy Christmas for the greeting and the stamped bells on the card. There is a strip of the fabulous Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper going across the card, accented with a strip of the new Red Foil. And you will love the cute Home For Christmas Designer Buttons, 10 each of 3 designs!

The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, especially for the upcoming holidays, and would like a catalog, just contact me.

If you are real anxious to get your hands on the new Holiday Catalog products, you can join Stampin’ Up! and either choose some of the products to go in your Starter Kit, or join and get your Demo number, then go ahead and place a Pre-order since you will be a demo! Start your own stamping business and take advantage of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Let me know if I can answer any questions or provide you with more information.

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Save Your Sanity On a Plane

Relaxation Travel Kit

As the end of August approaches and people try to fit in a vacation or one more trip before school starts, I thought I would suggest a way to save your sanity on the plane ride! As we all know, flights these days are super-crowded and we’re packed into our seats like sardines.

I read yet another article this morning about coloring books for adults as a way to relax while traveling. The article says it can be like art therapy, a way to relax and to express feelings. You might choose bright or dark colors depending on your mood or maybe the more subtle pastel colors. Just doing the coloring can enhance our creativity. If nothing else, it’s something to do while you are crammed into your seat on a plane, nervous about flying, or trying to ignore the crying babies or the person edging in to your seat space. It can take your mind off whatever is troubling you or at least distract you a little bit! And that might be enough to get your through the plane ride!

Instead of going out and buying adult coloring books, some of which are quite expensive, I’ve noticed, just use your stamps! Before the trip, stamp some images on Whisper White with Stazon Ink. Then take along your choice of coloring – Stampin’ Write Markers, a Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, ink spots (if you have some from way back or are getting them in Paper Pumpkin KIts) – whatever you like. The Stazon ink will not run (and stay tuned for the new Basic Black Archival Ink coming in the Holiday Catalog!!)

Use an empty stamp case to keep your supplies in.  You could even use the case for a tabletop if you needed to! You can purchase these cases in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store, 4 cases for only $4.00.  They are very handy for more than just storing stamps.

When you get home or to your destination, maybe you can cut out or punch those images you colored and use them on cards or projects.  But the real purpose is relaxing by coloring while you are traveling!

So before you pack your clothes in your suitcase, stamp some outline images first, gather your coloring supplies, and stick all those things in an empty stamp case.  Now you are ready to travel and save your sanity on the plane!

Make an Easy Cozy Christmas Tag

Cozy Christmas Tag

Yes, my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog pre-order arrived and I have quickly made this easy Christmas tag, my first of this upcoming holiday season!  I haven’t had time to really sit down and take in all my holiday goodies yet in my order, so I just grabbed the Holiday Catalog and a couple of items in the box.

The new Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper was one of the things I was anxious to get in my order!  If you like vintage (or you ARE vintage, like me!) this paper will just take you back to your childhood or that nostalgic look! I copied this tag in the catalog on page 8 where the whole Home For Christmas Suite of products is shown. To make this tag, all it took was to punch a Christmas tree from the paper with the 2 1/2″ Circle PunchGrab a small piece from the edge of the paper you punched, turn it over and make the little light blue banner you see sticking out the side. I also added a scrap piece of Old Olive for another banner. Glue that down on to a  3″ x 3″ tag (or have it be a 3″ x 3″ card with a 6″ x 3″ card base). Stamp a greeting from the Cozy Christmas Stamp Set and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The pièce de résistance is the Home for Christmas Designer Button on the top threaded with the Gold Cording Trim. So cute!

Easy to make tag, takes just a minute or two, you could sit down and make a stack of them with one sheet of Home For Christmas Designer Paper and a container of buttons!

Holiday Catalogs should be arriving in the mail pretty soon if you are a regular customer of mine!  If you are not a regular customer of mine and want to be, just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and request a catalog. I have some extras I can mail to you! You will also find the catalog live online beginning September 1st!

In the meantime, if you want to stock up on some basic Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!  Be sure to check the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack always. You might find a bargain!

Project Life Let’s Get Away Bundle

Project Life Let's Get Away Bundle

Summer vacation is coming to an end soon with the start of school!  Are your photos just on your phone and you’re only going to enjoy them when you happen to scroll through your pictures looking for something else?

I have a better solution! Print those photos right away! Then order the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Let’s Get Away Bundle and save 15%. Also order an album or at least the Page Protectors, whatever size you like. Maybe start with a Variety Pack of 6″ x 8″Choose the photos you want to include and insert them into the pockets. Add the Project Life cards and some journaling. If you want, add some stamping and maybe embellishments with the Accessory Pack included in the Bundle! Such cute items in there always!  These Project Life products are nearly irresistible!!

I’m working on choosing my vacation photos to be printed.  And then I’ll use Project Life to make a fun scrapbook of our trip! Easy with no scrapbook page designing. But if you do like traditional scrapbooking, you can still use some of the Project Life cards and embellishments on your traditional pages.

You’ll have fun preserving your memories and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction once your album is complete. And if you haven’t gone on your trip yet, make the basics of the album first and it will be ready to just add your photos and journaling when you get home!

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New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Aug 11 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 11 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for August 11 – 17, 2015. The main item I would point out is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!  If you don’t already have this punch, I would put this on my order for sure! Not only does it make a cute tag with that decorative edge at the top, but you can make longer ones, punch both ends and make a cute favor or belly band or —- ??! Always lots of cute ideas out there!

And then for fun, there are these good embellishments, the Seam Binding, Clothespins, Buttons and Washi Tape!  And who doesn’t need more washi tape?? And if you would like to make your own filing system or organizing system or just some cute cards and projects, then the File Tabs Edgelits Dies are for you!

Be sure to check the Clearance Rack for any additional bargains you might find to add to your order!

Here is a birthday tag you could make with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and just the Whisper White Thick Cardstock with a little Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim tied with a piece of Metallic Gold Baker’s TwineI used several of the new In Color Markers to color right on the stamp.

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Birthday Tag
Just in case you know someone whose birthday is today! :)

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Hearts Treat Bag Envelope

Hearts Treat Bag Envelope

I wanted to make a special little note card of some kind for a little girl, and this Hearts Treat Bag Envelope is what I happened to come up with! As usual, it wasn’t at all what I planned to make! I was looking in my “stash” for some 3″ x 3″ envelopes that I already had, and I spied this retired package of Sweetheart Treat Bags and that inspired me. It probably was out for Valentine’s Day in a past Stampin’ Up! catalog, but really, when you look at it, there is no reason not to use it for other occasions.  Hearts are good any time!  To fit inside, I cut a little 3 1/4″ square piece of Whisper White card stock and trimmed it with a Real Red border punched with the Hearts Border Punch.

This retired kit contained the treat bag, little die cut banners and the baker’s twine. I wrote my note and put it inside, then folded the top of the treat bag over. I thought it would be cute to staple the banner piece on to the bag, but I was afraid it would make it difficult for a little girl to open or would cause her to rip open the envelope. So the trick was to put a staple with the Handheld Stapler in the banner but not attached to anything!  Then I adhered the banner to the top of the bag with a few Glue Dots.

For a little more decoration, I stamped the heart in Perfect Pennants and cut it out with Paper Snips.  I also stamped the “Hello” banner and cut that out.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the heart on the banner and wrapped the Baker’s Twine around.

So easy and I used something in my stash! Even if you do not have this kit, all you have to do is copy the idea! Use any little bag you have! Stampin’ Up! sells two kinds you could use:  The Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags and the  Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags or even make your own with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (as you know, one of my favorite products!). Use them as treat bags or gift card holders or envelopes!  It’s all fun!

Today is the last day for the current Weekly Deals:

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 4 2015

And while the Paper Pumpkin special offer does not expire for another month, if you would like to receive the August Kit (which I have heard is very cute from people who saw it at Convention), you do need to subscribe today. The 10th of any month is the magic date for anything concerning that current month’s kit. If you subscribe later on, you will receive the September Kit as your first kit, followed by the October Kit.

So what is this special offer??  It’s a good one!  For new subscribers, join Paper Pumpkin at 50% off your first two months!  Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit that comes in your mailbox once a month from Stampin’ Up! with a creative opportunity inside! It’s a creative project in a box, all supplies included except for maybe some extra adhesive.  Your very first kit comes with a clear block to use with your stamps.  New stamps and ink spot inside every kit. It’s win-win for non-crafters, new crafters and stampers, experienced stampers and crafters. You can always order extra kits if you want to share them with someone.  And once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order any past kits or refills as they are available. Use the Promo Code HALFOFF.

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How To Store Your Ink Pads and Refills

Stampin' Up! Color Caddy

How do you store your ink pads and ink refills?  I use the Stampin’ Up! Color Caddy and have for years. Since I do all my stamping at my kitchen table rather than in a “studio” at a real stamping-designated desk, this works great for me. The Color Caddy is portable, which means I can have it on the floor and out of the way, or I can have it on the kitchen table when I am stamping (although I usually leave it on the floor!) or I can carry it into the dining room if I am stamping at the dining room table with a group. For me, if I had all my ink pads in a different kind of holder on a desk, I wouldn’t have the portability.

The Color Caddy as pictured in my photograph does have an extra extension on it that Stampin’ Up! used to sell. So the Color Caddy you can buy now, does not hold as many ink pads as mine. But it does hold 48 ink pads and 48 ink refill bottles so you have plenty of room.

I also love the trays at the top to hold the ink refill bottles. They are right there, handy, and grouped by color family so they are easy to find. The In Color refills I usually keep separately. Yes, occasionally I might need to dust everything – but that’s pretty “occasionally”! Now, being in the kitchen, if you spill sugar all over the place and it lands on your Color Caddy as I did one time, then you do need to do a little extra cleaning!!

Here is the Color Caddy by Stampin’ Up!

Color Caddy by Stampin' Up!

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Catching Up With My July Paper Pumpkin Kit

July 2015 Paper Pumpkin

My July Paper Pumpkin Kit came while we were on vacation so I’m still playing catch up.  But sometimes you just have to stop “life” and sit down and stamp! And an easy way to do that is to just open up a Paper Pumpkin Kit because the decisions are all made for you! The project is decided, the materials are all there, cut and ready to go. Mostly I just needed to fold the card base, adhere the gray designer paper, adhere the colored sticker strips to the bottom of the “notepaper” piece, stamp the cups and plants, adhere everything and slide on the paper clip and bow!  And the bow came already tied on the paper clip!

I had planned to make some of the cards as they were designed and then make some alternate ideas, but in the end I just made all of them! Really cute cards, I think, and I mostly made the thank you cards because I need some of those. I have a few extra cups left over and I might eventually make something else with them. The envelopes are cute that come in the kit.  You just fold and use the adhesive strips provided in the kit to stick the sides together.

And now I still have the cute stamps in the kit to use again and the ink spots! Two colors came in this kit!

If you would like to have a Paper Pumpkin Kit coming to you in the mail each month, take advantage of the special offer from Stampin’ Up! for your first two months 50% off!  This is for new subscribers only to try out Paper Pumpkin. No risk, no obligation if Paper Pumpkin isn’t for you. Use the Promo Code HALFOFF to get your special price.

This offer is good until September 10, but if you sign up by August 10th you will receive the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. After August 10th your first kit will be in mid-September, which is fine too! Whatever works for you!  Once you are a subscriber, if any past kits or refills are still available that interest you, you can purchase those, so if you missed out on something you liked, you can go back and get them.

Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents July 2015

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Take Advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend!

Timeless Elegance Small Flowers Card

The other day in this post, I used the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper to make some cards and was inspired to color the designs on some of the cards. On this card I am showing you, I just used the paper as is. I didn’t even add a greeting, because at the time I liked it as is, maybe just a note card that doesn’t need a greeting on the front. I think this paper can stand on it’s own for most of the designs.  And if you don’t care for the bolder designs, there are smaller and more subtle papers as well.

You can get an idea of the designs in this photo. Visit my Stampin’ Up! Store page and click on the photo slideshow to see all the patterns in larger views.

If you need some Stampin’ Up! products and if you live in one of the states and communities with a Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, place your order for these specific products and save the sales tax! It’s not a huge savings, depending on your tax, but it’s a little bit! Check the information below.

Note:  Stampin’ Up! did make a correction on those states that they initially stated the entire catalog was on the tax holiday list, but now it looks like only Louisiana is.  Be sure to pay attention to the dates given! These products can and will be used as school supplies by your children if you have them on hand, so you might as well have some extras!

Sales Tax Holiday 2015

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Don’t Miss Out on the August Paper Pumpkin Kit!


Watch the video above to get an idea of what Paper Pumpkin is like. What is shown is the July kit so yours will be different, if you subscribe!  Take advantage of the special half- price offer from Paper Pumpkin!

Paper Pumpkin is the creative papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month in a nice red box from Stampin’ Up!  Everything you need for that project (it’s always a fun surprise!) is included except maybe some adhesive. Directions are included and there is a video you can watch online if you like (like the one above). Once you are a subscriber, you can even purchase past kits or refills if you have to have something you missed (while supplies last)!

But even better than Paper Pumpkin once a month, is Paper Pumpkin half price for two months (for new subscribers only) to try it out! Just use the Promo Code HALFOFF. No risk, no obligation! If Paper Pumpkin is not for you, simply go into your account and cancel. Want to skip a month?  No problem, just go in and “Pause” your subscription for a month or two whenever you like.

After the two months, subscriptions will continue at the regular price of $19.95/month which includes shipping.

New subscribers receive a clear block with your first kit, so you will be all ready to stamp! Stamps and a small ink “spot” are included in each kit. Perfect for the beginning stamper or even the never-tried-it-before stamper! Fun for the experienced stamper, too, because we always like a new project to do and new ideas! Follow the directions or use your own ideas with the materials. There are almost always extra supplies left over after you complete the project that you can use for future papercrafting.

Order a kit (or an extra one) for your friend, your mother, your niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor, college student, roommate. Even children can enjoy making these kits and think of the special memories you will create if you sit down with them to make something fun!

I haven’t seen the August Paper Pumpkin kit but those who saw it at Convention say it is cute! Of course that is always a personal opinion, but if it is true, I would hate for you to miss out on a really good Paper Pumpkin Kit. In order to get the August kit, you need to sign up by August 10. The special half-price offer is good through September 10th, but if you want to start with the August kit, sign up by Monday, August 10th. After August 10th, the first kit you receive will be the September kit and then the October kit. Either way, it is all good!

Paper Pumpkin Special Offer Aug 2015
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Join Paper Pumpkin today so you won’t miss out!

Timeless Elegance Designer Paper Makes a Beautiful Card

Timeless Elegance Painted Small Flowers Just Because Card

This beautiful Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper can be used to make all kinds of different kinds of cards. This paper was so popular it was on backorder for awhile and I only got mine recently. The coordinating colors are Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand so you can tell how neutral the colors are, but very dramatic. Of course the papers are double-sided so while one side has a bold pattern, the other side is very subdued.

On this card, I loved the tiny flower pattern and decided to try coloring in the little flowers with my Aqua Painter and some Melon Mambo ink. I didn’t try to carefully color in each little flower, I didn’t even have my reading glasses on! Watercoloring does not have to be exact so I just put down some color inside each little flower. Then I added a few Cucumber Crush green stems here and there, you can see I didn’t do every little line and I didn’t worry if they were exact either. I just had fun!

The greeting is from A Dozen Thoughts and the ribbon is Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon.

Here are the patterns of the Timeless Elegance Paper:

Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper

Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper Patterns

I love the beautiful lace patterns printed right onto the paper!

If you would like your package of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper for making beautiful and elegant cards and projects, then visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and place your order! I’m also happy to do it for you, if you prefer!  Be sure to check the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack with newly added items today!

Deals Going On at Stampin’ Up!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 4 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for August 4 – Monday, August 10. Be sure to check them out!  Not too many this week, though. If you don’t have the 1/16″ and 1/8″ Circle Punches, you might be interested in those.  Good for making tags and other projects,  The In Color Blossom Accents are brand new in the new catalog and very cute! Not so good for mailing on a normal card, but if you are enclosing a card in a package or giving the card in person, it makes a cute accent.  Just attach with a glue dot. I love the Venetian Crochet Trim, it makes a pretty embellishment on certain projects. And of course, if you need more items to add to your ribbon collection, any color of Baker’s Twine is always handy and we all love the Seam Binding Ribbon. Remember, these products are only available at these discounted prices while quantities last, then they go back to regular price.

Also, Stampin’ Up! has announced they will add more items to the Clearance Rack tomorrow!

Today is the big day for Demonstrators! We can start ordering from the Holiday Catalog which comes out for customers September 1st. But if YOU want to preorder from the Holiday Catalog right away, just sign up to be a Demonstrator! To become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you just need to purchase the Starter Kit, $99 for $125 worth of products plus business supplies to get you started in your new business! Beginning today you can even choose Holiday Catalog pre-order products for your Starter Kit! It’s fun having your own business selling Stampin’ Up! products and can be very rewarding if you work hard at it, like any business endeavor.

 Want to join the Stampin’ Up! family?  Just click HERE for information and to sign up!

Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com  if you have questions or want more information!

Paper Pumpkin 50 off July 2015

Don’t forget about trying out Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes  in your mailbox once a month from Stampin’ Up! Right now new subscribers can sign up and get the first two months for 50% off, using the Promo Code HALFOFF. After the first two months, your subscription will continue at the regular price of $19.95 per month which includes shipping.  But no obligation!  If Paper Pumpkin is not for you, you can just cancel before the 10th of the month after you receive your two kits. If one month isn’t good for you, just “Pause” your subscription and then activate it again when you are ready! No obligation, no risk, just FUN!

Join Paper Pumpkin HERE!

If you are not familiar with Stampin’ Up! products because you do not have a Demonstrator, I would love to be yours!  Please sign up for my Mailing List to get a monthly newsletter in your inbox with the latest Stampin’ Up! news and offers plus many project ideas! Email me if you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Catalog and are interested in our products, because you are missing some great reading and inspiration!