Monthly Archives: November 2011

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Coming to an End Wed. Nov. 30th!

Is tomorrow REALLY the last day of November??!  Are you kidding me?! Well, I guess it is, so if you want to take advantage of the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza before it ends Wednesday Nov. 30th, be sure to check it out!!  Don't delay!  You do NOT have to place your own order online, you can call or email me to do it for you….but you do have to do it before the end of the day November 30th!

Note:  The price you see at first on a product is not the sale price…click on the product itself and you will then see the sale price in red ink.  If you want one of the bundles, you have to put in the bundle item # to get the sale price so double-check that.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you get some good deals!!

Glimmer Holiday Stocking Christmas Card + Cyber Monday!!

Glimmer Paper Holiday Stocking Christmas Card

Both the Red (#121790) and the Silver Glimmer Paper (#124005) by Stampin' Up! are so beautiful to use!  A person might even want to hoard this paper, but really, isn't it better to use and let others enjoy it also??! The glimmer and shimmer of the paper, especially the silver, is so beautiful in person one could just look at the whole sheet all day playing with it in the light!

Here is a very simple, easy, but elegant card using just a little bit of the Glimmer Paper.  I love the tone on tone layers, and I used my Simply Scored Tool (#122334) to make the borders on the Whisper White top layer.  Love the Mini Jingle Bells (#124116) and the Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine! (#123125).  The greeting is from the stamp set Grateful Greetings (#116511).

And today is Cyber Monday, perhaps the busiest online shopping day as people go back to work or shop from home on their computers!  Stampin' Up! is already offering their Online Extravaganza (check it out HERE!) through the end of the month!  If you haven't checked out the discounts, be sure to do it today because I am offering a free tutorial to make an easy Christmas mini album with a $25 Stampin' Up! order placed through me or my Stampin' Up! website only today, until midnight! Of course you can order anything you want, not just the Online Extravaganza merchandise.  You have plenty of time to order your supplies for Christmas cards and projects and still have time to make them!

Check out my Free Tutorial offer in my post here.

And don't forget the special Hostess Promotion going on until Dec. 15th! Hostesses will receive an additional $35 in free Stampin' Up! products when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more (excluding tax and shipping)! This is in addition to all the other benefits they already get as a Stampin' Up! hostess. Or place your own very large order!  You know you want to!!

So lots going on at Stampin' Up! Let me know if you have any questions, want anything, need anything!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving…..and now it's on to Christmas!!

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Bonus Treat

Sneak Peek of Mini Album

Perhaps you would like to avoid the crazy shopping rush called Black Friday this weekend….or maybe AFTER you have done your shopping this weekend you would like to just relax and check out all the wonderful products Stampin' Up! offers!  If you look through the catalog as if you were choosing a gift for someone, you might find that there are quite a few suitable items even for the non-stamper….or the crafter!

Stampin' Up! has already started their Online Extravaganza through November 30.  But to have a little Black Friday and Cyber Monday fun, I'm offering a special tutorial as a treat for you when you place an order of $25 or more (before shipping and tax).  It's an easy mini album to make, perfect for a few Christmas photos.  This offer is good now, Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Nov. 28).  When I see you have placed your order, I will email you instructions on how to receive your tutorial.  You can order online at my Stampin' Up! Online Store or contact me to place your order.  Just email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com.

Happy Holidays!

A Scrapbook Page for Thanksgiving

After all the turkey is eaten and the last of the leftovers are put away and the kitchen cleaned up, why not make some scrapbook pages of your Thanksgiving Day?  It only takes minutes if you do it in My Digital Studio.  If you prefer, make them the traditional way with card stock and embellishments.  It will be something to treasure for years to come. Maybe your guests will want to help or make their own little album!

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I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thankgiving!

What To Do With Old Family Recipes

Framed Vintage Recipe

As you are looking through lots of old family recipes as you prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, you might consider doing something creative with those real special ones. A friend asked me to do something with this favorite recipe of her mother's. I love how it turned out and I think she did, too.

She had already made copies of the recipe, so I scanned it again and printed on Very Vanilla card stock.  I did a little stamping in the corners using markers on the stamp, which, as it turned out, gave it that lighter, more vintage look.  The edges are sponged with Soft Suede very lightly.

For the paper flower and the bottom border I used the retired Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper.  It looked perfect for this project.

As I have said before, if you ever think your handwriting is not good enough for journaling or scrapbooking or writing notes in cards, just take a look at this handwritten recipe and realize how it brings the person to life for the people who knew her.  Get off the computer and pick up a pen once in awhile!  Your handwriting will be a real treasure to someone in later years, I guarantee it.

With an assortment of stamping supplies you can make more than cards or scrapbook pages.  Explore your creativity and see what wonderful projects you can come up with!

For Stampin' Up! supplies, just visit my Online Store! Be sure to check out the Online Extravaganza from now until November 30.

Holiday Shopping Begins with the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza!

Online Extrav Ad 2011

Holiday Shopping begins today!  The Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza has begun!  Be sure to check all the discounts available to you!  We have Stampin' Up! products 20% – 60% off Nov. 21 – 30 only!

24 Hour Only Sale!!!

For 24 hours only, all day today until 11:59 PM (MT) tonight ONLY!!

These two items discounted 20% TODAY ONLY!!

Click on each image for more information!

 Simply Scored - by Stampin' Up!Stamp Set Sweet Pressed Cookie

Item

Description

Retail Price

24-Hour 
Sale Price

122334

Simply Scored

$29.95

$23.96

125152

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

$16.95

$13.56


Click HERE to see the PDF with ALL the sale products listed!  Or click HERE to go directly to my Online Store.

  • Discounted products are available on all order types.  If you prefer to contact me to place your order that is fine!  Orders do not have to be Online only (except for digital downloads).
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided. Bundle discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are used.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.

Be sure to check out these great deals!  Start your holiday shopping….for yourself…and others!!….TODAY!

ORDER HERE NOW!

 

Raining Flowers Sympathy Card

Raining Flowers Sympathy Card

Raining Flowers is one of the several free stamp sets we received in our bags at the Stampin' Up! Convention this past summer. While doing some other stamping project, I learned how to make a smaller panel embossed with the Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die #121809 and decided to use it on this card.  I like the white on white look of layers, or in this case, Very Vanilla layered on top of Very Vanilla.  The frame is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and sponged just the tiniest bit with some Pear Pizzazz ink. I just stamped some Raining Flowers in the middle, cut out and popped up the Rose Red flower and the So Saffron flower.  The flowers are actually stamped and then punched with a smaller punch that doesn't really match the shape of the stamp, but it looks fine.  It was fun to experiment with something new!

DON'T FORGET!!!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza begins tomorrow, Monday Nov. 21!

Don't miss the first 24 hours!

Two items on sale November 21, 12:01 AM – 11:59 PM (MT) Only!

Consider the time zones, so for us here in Central Time, the sale will begin at 1:01 AM CT.

Just click HERE to go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store to order!

Other items available entire length of sale:

  • FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express
  • 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics
  • 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle


Kick Off the Holiday Shopping Season on Monday! Online Extravaganza!

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Be sure to check back on Monday, Nov. 21, to see how Stampin' Up! is kicking off the holiday shopping season a little early! Take advantage of great savings on your stamping supplies PLUS , there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM – 11:59 PM [MT]) - so don't miss the first 24 hours of  the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza

I don't know what the two items are, but I'll find out with you Monday morning!  Be sure to check back!

Get Extra Hostess Money for Stampin’ Up! Products!

It's Good To Be The Hostess

It's not too late to get in on this deal!  Have a fun workshop with your friends and everybody stamps something!  I can help you plan something easy and fun!  For a workshop with $350 in sales, the hostess will get an additional $35 in Hostess Dollars to spend on Stampin' Up! products….in addition to your normal hostess benefits with a workshop of $150 or more!

Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and we can start planning!

Click HERE or the image above to find out about having a Stampin' Up! workshop!

Spice Cake Fall Birthday Card

Spice Cake Fall Birthday Card

 

Most of us just can't get enough of this Spice Cake Designer Series Paper! It is so versatile it can be used on any number of types of cards. This one is a birthday card for a friend with a fall birthday.  This is another idea I got from our Stampin' Up! demonstrator website, Stampin' Connection, where other demonstrators post samples, ask questions, and post helpful tips and information.  The card I got the idea from was made by Sherianne.  I loved how it incorporated the Spice Cake fabric, the Spice Cake paper, and the very large Spice Cake Designer Buttons! I used the stamp set Gently Falling to stamp the leaves and then adhered a stamped greeting over the background using Bring On the Cake. The Scallop Square is easy….a die cut for the Big Shot, and then I poked the little holes with my Paper Piercing Tool.

If you need any of these wonderful stamping supplies, you can order them online HERE.

My Digital Studio New Downloads

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MDS Dwnlds 11 15 11 prices

 

Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! comes out with new My Digital Studio downloads you can purchase to add to your digital papercrafting program.  Here are the new ones for today.  You can click on the image to go to the page which hopefully you can see better and then use your magnify or zoom tool to really see it!

The holidays are coming and if you want to create cards, calendars, photo albums…whatever!….with My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up! recommends ordering them from the Stampin' Up! printer by December 7….or if you need a few more days you can expedite your order.  You can also print yourself if you like….but if you want to match the Stampin' Up! colors exactly, the official printer is recommended.

Find out about My Digital Studio and go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store to order any time!

Card for a Male Birthday

Lots of birthdays in our family recently and mostly male!  I think I mailed my other son's card before photographing it, but my other little boy's birthday is today!  Okay, he's not so little any more, but you know how it is…when you are a mother, our children really never grow up in our hearts!  

I wasn't feeling so creative when I made this card, and of course was in a hurry to get it in the mail at the last minute.

Postage Stamp Punch Male Birthday Card

It often seems to be a challenge to come up with a "male" card, but look how easy this one is!  I just used the Postage Stamp Punch #122344 and scraps of Halloween paper, Frightful Sight #122351 on a card base of Cajun Craze. So don't put your Halloween paper away just because it is close to Thanksgiving!  Turn it over, look at the parts without a Halloween image, just see what you can use!  The squares are each popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here is the inside:

Male Birthday Card Inside

This stamp is from the stamp set "Bring On the Cake", available in wood- or clear-mount.

If you need any stamping supplies, please order from my Stampin' Up! Online Store or email me!

Star Wars Punch Art Birthday Card

Star Wars Birthday Card

Here is a Star Wars punch art birthday card with Darth Vader and Yoda I made for my favorite son-in-law.  Yes, he's my favorite….well, he's my only son-in-law, but he's still my favorite!  :) Apparently I hit a home run with it because my daughter says he really liked it!  He's a big Star Wars and all-kinds-of-other-stuff fan so I thought this idea would be perfect.  

Of course, it is not my original idea because I can't come up with creative things like this!  Fortunately, other demonstrators can and they share and it is okay to copy ideas!  I found this idea in our Stampin' Up! demonstrator website called "Stampin' Connection". (So if you want to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but feel you are not creative, this is one of many resources provided by Stampin' Up!)  A demonstrator from Canada, Rose Marie Coleman, had made these Star Wars punch art figures and I was able to figure out what she did! I'll add her blog link at the end.  

I have to tell you about my greeting on the front!  I didn't have much space left for one and I got the idea to have it be something Yoda would say. Would you believe there is a website that will translate anything you write into "Yoda-speak"?!  http://www.yodaspeak.co.uk/  Just type in what you want to say, and it will translate it for you!  Try several versions until you get something interesting!

Then I used several different stamps from On Your Birthday #111664, cut the words apart after I stamped them on scrap paper, and pasted them in order to make my own greeting!

My card is made with a Basic Black card base with a Brushed Silver card stock layer on the front (which doesn't photograph very well!). Here is the inside:

Star Wars Birthday Card Inside

 

If you need to add to your collection of punches so you can make interesting characters like this at a moment's notice, just Shop Online at my Stampin' Up! website.

Here is a link to Rose's blog post about how she made these characters…because I already don't remember how I did it and someone is sure to ask!  http://www.stampingwithrose.com/2010/05/star-wars-card-instructions-and-winner.html

This Day in History: The Debut of Sesame Street!

Sesame Street

In 1969 on this date, a television show called "Sesame Street" made its broadcast debut.  It was created by Joan Ganz Cooney to provide an educational and entertaining show for preschoolers, particularly to help underprivileged 3- to 5-year olds prepare for kindergarten. A puppeteer named Jim Henson was hired to create the characters for Sesame Street who, of course, became institutions.  

The Sesame Street characters are so fun to make with "punch art". Get out your punches and your card stock scraps and go to town!  This is a great way to make party invitations, favors, cards, etc. for little children!

Stamping and papercrafting, I think, is the perfect hobby for moms of young children.  So many birthday parties, school parties, school events, sports…you name it….and with stamping you can make all the things you need with little cost and little time….or ON little time, as you discover it's time for the birthday party and you haven't bought a card yet.  You can make one in minutes, right before you go out the door!

If you are interested in learning this easy, easy craft, just contact me at Karen@Karenstamps.com!

Become a Big Shot, Get a Big Shot!

Big Shot Flyer Nov

Yes, you will be a Big Shot if you become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator because that's how much Stampin' Up! values their demonstrators. I can tell you, but you will see for yourself when you become part of the Stampin' Up! family and participate in your own stamping, scrapbooking and/or digital papercrafting business with Stampin' Up! and especially when you attend any Stampin' Up! events, like Regionals or Convention.

You can become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator any day, but if you do it on or before Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 you will be able to order a Big Shot die-cutting machine…or…if you already own one….order $100 in free products…perhaps more dies and things to use with your Big Shot! This offer began in October but was extended until November 11th.  So time is running out!  Don't put it off!  Give it a try!  There is no obligation to do anything more….but you just might find that you LIKE being able to run your own business and have fun while you do it!  After all, the holidays are coming up fast and this could provide a little extra cash for those holiday gifts!

I'm happy to talk with you about becoming and being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  Just email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com and we can set something up.  

If you find you are ready, you can join online in minutes! After clicking on that link, click on the "Join Now" button on the left of that web page.  Be sure you are seeing my name in the upper right corner. You can watch the video or sign up right away.

To see the Starter Kits available to you for only $175 (free shipping!), just click HERE.  Click on the picture below to see the list of contents.

Stampin' Up! Starter Kits

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New My Digital Studio Downloads for This Week!

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MDS Dwnlds 11 08 11 Prices

 

Here are the new downloads for My Digital Studio. You'll notice three of them are the same ones that were free over the weekend….I hope you took advantage of that deal for Digital Scrapbooking Day!  The Delight in the Day Photobook Template is a larger kit than what was offered in the free downloads.  Plus the Wintergreen Designer Series Paper and the Snow Flurries Stamp Brush Set.

To purchase these or any other My Digital Studio downloads, just go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store and click on "Digital Designing" on the left.  You'll see all the options available to you!

Let me know if you have any questions!  You will love My Digital Studio once you get your feet wet!

Home for the Holidays Ensemble…Free Digital Downloads!

Home for the Holidays Tree-001

If you haven't heard, Stampin' Up! has a wonderful digital papercrafting design program called My Digital Studio. It is intuitive and easy to learn, and I think everyone who has it loves it!  There is also a website available to demonstrators and customers alike called MyDigitalStudio.net.  You can go there to see samples of projects, tutorials to help you learn, questions and answers in forums, etc.  It is a great resource and it is free and for everyone.

Today is the last day, Nov. 7th, to get your FREE digital downloads!  Just go to www.mydigitalstudio.net, take a short survey, and then get your free downloads for My Digital Studio.  If you don't own My Digital Studio, but you have some other design program, most likely you will be able to use the downloads.  You can purchase the My Digital Studio software at my Stampin' Up! online store.  You have a couple of options available.

The image at the top of this post is one I made from one of the free downloads.  It was cute enough as it was, but just to play with it I changed the background sky color to a darker one, moved the trees and snowman around and moved the holiday greeting tree over to the left.  It all only took a few minutes.

To see the downloads you can get for free, just click HERE or go to www.mydigital studio.net.