Monthly Archives: March 2012

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration! LAST DAY TODAY, MARCH 31st!!!

SAB 2012 Hostess Options

Don't miss out on Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration! Spend $50 and earn one FREE product from the beautiful Sale-A-Bration Catalog! Place your order today before 11:50 pm Mountain Time (Stampin' Up! time)! That's the end of it!  My, how the time flew by from Jan. 24th when Sale-a-Bration began until now! If your order is $150 or more, please contact me (do not put it in online yourself) because I can get you the extra Hostess goodie with an order of that size.

Hostesses were entitled to a free tote bag, but since they were running low, Stampin' Up! added some items to choose from.  See the choices above or click HERE.

Here is a card I copied from Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, on her blog.  I love the Elegant Bird Die #125593, but I especially LOVE the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper #126154 in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  I'm sure lots of us wish they would carry that over into the new catalog!  But Sale-A-Bration items are only available during Sale-A-Bration.

Elegant Bird Card

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage (SAB), Loving Thoughts (Occasions Mini), Tiny Tags

Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic Ink

Paper:  Pool Party Card Stock, Very Vanilla Card Stock, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (SAB)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Elegant Bird Die, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack (SAB), Brights Designer Buttons (SAB), Linen Thread, Sponge, Adhesives, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Crumple the paper for the wings to get the textured effect.

Place your Sale-A-Bration order HERE today!!

(Or email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com)


 



We’re Still Sale-A-Brating! Today & Tomorrow!

SAB 2012 Banner

You have today and tomorrow to earn your free product from Stampin' Up! when you spend $50 or more….for EVERY $50 you spend….no limit!! Grab your catalog and place your $50 order HERE, then add on your choice of free product from the special Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog HERE. There are wonderful products to pick from this year, such a variety!  And if you didn't hear me say it before, we have loved the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper!  If you want something more practical, get the pack of In Color Card Stock! And of course there are great stamp sets to choose from!  Who doesn't want free stamps??!

Today and tomorrow!!!  Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow, Saturday March 31st!!

SHOP ONLINE HERE!

Little Chick Easter Basket

Little Chick Easter Basket

This little Easter Basket with a punch art chick has been around for a long time and is so easy to make! You can use card stock or designer series paper. You can decorate or embellish however you like, for whatever occasion.

  • To make the basket, just start with a square piece of paper.  I used a piece of Twitterpated Designer Series Paper #125406 for my basket. The double-sided paper makes for a nice lining also!
  • Score your paper into three equal parts.  My paper is 6"x6" so I scored at 2" and 4", turned and scored again also at 2" and 4". It will look like a tic-tac-toe board when you are finished.  You can use the Paper Trimmer to score or the fun new Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334.
  • After scoring, you need to cut the flaps apart as shown the photo below.  Just cut on the score line down to the next score line. If you want, round the corners on the flaps that will be visible on your basket.

Easter Basket Scoring

  • Cut a strip 1/2" x 8" (for this size basket) for the handle.
  • Adhere the flaps together to form a basket.  I prefer the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 just because it allows for a bit of time to get everything placed where you want it. But you could also use SNAIL or Sticky Strip. Also adhere the handle.

Folded Easter Basket

For the punch art chick, you can make him lots of different ways with different punches, so just play and experiment if you like!

  • Use the  3/4" Scallop Circle Punch #119854 for the body.
  • Use it also for the chick's wings….just cut into smaller pie-shaped pieces.
  • For the little tuft on top of his head, use the Boho Blossoms Punch #119858. Use this same punch with Tangerine Tango to punch two feet…just hide part of the punches behind the chick to show a small portion.
  • For the eyes, use the circle punch in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309.  Punch two white circles and one yellow.  Cut the yellow in half for the eyelids.  Either punch a smaller black circle or just color in the white with a black marker. Highlight with a little white Gel Pen
  • For the beak, just cut a very small square of orange and fold in half. 
  • Sponge most of the pieces if you like a little shading.
  • Assemble your cute little Easter chick and attach to Easter basket!

Easter Punch Art Chick

Make one of these Easter Baskets today and see how fun they are to make!  You could make a punch art bunny.  You could stamp a flower or animal or Easter bunny on cardstock, layer and attach.  To any of these, you could add a tag with a name and use for a place card for your Easter table.  Fill with some Easter grass and treats and you're all set! Have fun!! (Bet you can't make just one!)

Final Four!! It’s Here!

Final Four Card-001

Yes, the Final Four!  It's the Final Four days of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration! Much like the excitement of basketball's Final FourSale-A-Bration is the biggest promotion of the year for Stampin' Up! and rubber stamping.

Sale-A-Bration actually dates back to the early days of Stampin' Up! Everyone looks forward to it every year.  Why?  Because you can earn "free stuff"!!  And who doesn't want free stamps….or now…. free paper, free brads, free ribbon, free fabric….so many choices this year!!  Just purchase $50 in Stampin' Up! products….check all the catalogs HERE…..and then you earn a free product from the special Sale-A-Bration Catalog!  For every $50 you spend, you get one free product! What a deal!

You can really SCORE in the FINAL FOUR days of Sale-A-Bration!!!  :)    

And if you're into basketball, just page through the Stampin' Up! catalogs while you are watching the game and make out your Wish List.  Then go to my Online Store here and place your order!

But hurry……Sale-A-Bration ENDS on Saturday, March 31st!  Don't wait until the last minute!

The card above was made in My Digital Studio!  I started with a 6×6 card template and just changed the paper to the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, changed the greeting, and added some embellishments….Basic Rhinestones and also Everyday Enchantment Brads from Sale-A-Bration.  It only took minutes to make this card!  You can do it too!  Try the FREE 30-Day My Digital Studio Express Trial today!

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Easter Card

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Easter Card

Here's an Easter card made with some products from the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog. Easter is April 8th so you still have time for some handmade Easter cards!

With a $50 purchase from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs, you can earn a free product from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.  On this card I used my free Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper #126154, the matching ribbon from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack #127279, and even the Pool Party and Lucky Limeade In Color card stock #127713. All three items are free in the Sale-A-Bration catalog with a $50 purchase.

The Everyday Enchantment ribbon is really fun, so thin and sheer…and you can curl the ends with a scissors like you might do with regular gift-wrapping ribbon.

The Easter eggs are punched with the Extra-Large Oval Punch #119859. The Sahara Sand medallion is cut from the Perfect Pennants Die #123126. The little chick is punched from the Bird Builder Punch #117191 (with his tail cut off!).

Why not make a few Easter cards to send to your family and friends?

Sale-A-Bration ends on Saturday, March 31 so don't wait to place your order HERE.

Last Week for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration: Petite Purse

Petite Purse Sale-A-Bration Paper

Something old and something new! This is the last week for Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion, Sale-A-Bration, and I have used a piece of the Sale-A-Bration "Everyday Enchantment" Designer Series Paper #126154 on this NEW Petite Purse Die for the Big Shot, coming April 1st!

It's a cute little purse, perfect for parties and favors…and just a fun thing to make! Then embellish like crazy or leave it fairly plain….your choice! Besides adding a bit of designer paper on the top of the purse flap, I took some Poppy Parade card stock and punched a strip with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275.  I cut the punched strip in half lengthwise so I could just use the scalloped edge, snipped it a little to get it to bend around the curve and glued under the purse flap.  Then I added a little Twitterpated Designer Button #125579 from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The purse handle comes with the die or you could make your own with some ribbon or another punch or something.

You'll have to wait until April for the Petite Purse Die but DON'T wait for Sale-A-Bration because that ends Saturday, March 31st.  Spend $50 in merchandise from any of the current Stampin' Up! catalogs and earn a free product of your choice from the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog! For every $50 you spend, you earn a free product, so there is no limit!  If nothing else, you might as well stock up on paper or adhesives or whatever basic supplies you use a lot so that you benefit by getting FREE merchandise.  You can add My Digital Studio downloads to your order as well, if you want (as long as you are ordering online).

Don't miss Sale-A-Bration! It is the biggest promotional event of the year for Stampin' Up! Get your order in by March 31st.  Order at my Online Store HERE or contact me with your order!

Newest My Digital Studio Downloads

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MDS Downloads_Mar 20 2012 prices

Here are the newest releases in My Digital Studio!  Click on the images above to go to the pdf…and from there you might want to zoom in a bit. Be sure to always read the Contents of each item because sometimes you also get a template or something more than what you just thought the item was.  

If you don't have My Digital Studio, try the FREE 30-Day Trial of My Digital Studio Express! There's no obligation…..use it for 30 days and see how you like it!  At the end of 30 days either purchase My Digital Studio Express and add on more downloads that you like or purchase the My Digital Studio version full of artwork already.

To read and see lots more about My Digital Studio, just click HERE.

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Hello Card

Everyday Enchantment Hello Card

The Stampin' Up! promotion known as Sale-A-Bration is rapidly coming to an end, but here is a card I made with the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.

Sale-A-Bration is Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year and only lasts until March 31st!  With a $50 purchase, you may earn a free product from the special Sale-a-Bration Catalog. If you order Online, after you put in your $50 worth of items (or more!), then add your Sale-A-Bration items to your order….one for every $50 you spend!

When I see this patterned paper I always think it is Real Red and I LOVE red…..but it is Poppy Parade!  Still love it anyway!!  The card base is Poppy Parade with a layer of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  The stamped flower and little border-type stamp is from the Sale-A-Bration set Fresh Vintage.  Notice the little piece of scalloped Everyday Enchantment DSP right under the flower layer piece.  The "Hello" is a greeting from the stamp set Elementary Elegance, also in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  You could choose either of these stamp sets for FREE with a $50 purchase! But if you're more of a ribbons and brads girl, just choose the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack to coordinate with the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. I used two on the Hello label, which is punched with the Decorative Label Punch #120907.

Grab your Stampin' Up! catalogs and make out your Wish List today….then go order HERE and get your Sale-A-Bration items for every $50 you spend!  Who doesn't want free stuff?!

10 More Days of Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration!

Today is March 21 and Sale-A-Bration ends March 31…..so after today there are only ten days left to earn your free Sale-a-Bration product with a $50 Stampin' Up! purchase.

SAB 2012 Catalog

Click on the catalog image above to see what is inside!

You can participate as a Customer….. Place an order of $50 or more and choose a free product from the above Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  No limits!  Order $100 (before shipping and tax) and choose two FREE products…and so on! For an order of $150 or more, contact me first so I can place it for you and get your free Hostess tote. Otherwise, you can order online at my Stampin' Up! store HERE!

You can participate as a Hostess…… Time is running out on this one….invite some friends/neighbors/family and we'll have some stamping fun. Orders count toward Hostess Benefits for you!

You can participate by becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator….. Sign up by March 31 for only $125!  We have two Starter Kits to choose from….Standard stamping supplies or Digital with My Digital Studio. And as an extra bonus, new recruits get a free paper pack or digital download every month that they place a demonstrator order for the rest of the year!  You can contact me for more information at Karen@Karenstamps.com. Read more about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator HERE and you can sign up online!

First Day of Spring! Summer Smooches Butterfly Card

Summer Smooches Butterfly Card

Today may be the first day of spring, but it was a dark and stormy morning here in Houston. However, I think this Summer Smooches Butterfly card would brighten up anyone's day!  Summer Smooches is the new set of products coming out from Stampin' Up! in April (which is SOON!), a sneak peek of the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.  I love the bright colors in this Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper and the lovely Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon…..and you will, too, when you can purchase these products and more on April 1st.

The butterflies are punched with the Butterfly Punch #119848 and the paper is the new Summer Smooches.

Summer Smooches Butterfly Card Inside

And here is the inside of the card, stamped with a cute image from the new, upcoming stamp set Bright Blossoms. I used different Stampin' Write Markers to color the stem and various flowers.  So cute!!

Hope you are having a beautiful First Day of Spring Day!

3×3 Everyday Enchantment Thank You Card

Everyday Enchantment 3x3 Thank You Card

If you need just a small little note card or thank you card, this 3"x 3" notecard is just perfect.  They are so fun to make.  And easy enough to put a piece of designer paper for the background and punch a matching flower from the new Blossom Punch #125603 in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The background paper is Everyday Enchantment, which you can earn for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration, which ends March 31st. The "Kind Thanks" is from Thank You Kindly #111700.

Be sure you place your Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration order before the deadline!

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Paper

Stampin' Up! has lots of wonderful products in it's 2012 Sale-a-Bration Catalog that you can earn for free with a $50 order, but I have to say (and a lot of other people say too!) that my favorite is the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. Nothing is as good as seeing it in person, but maybe you can get a good idea of the look of this paper from these photos I took.

Everyday Enchantment DSP

Everyday Enchantment DSP2

Everyday Enchantment DSP3

You just need to place a Stampin' Up! order with me before March 31st of $50 or more (excluding tax and shipping of course!) and you can earn a free product in the Sale-a-Bration Catalog for every $50 you spend!  You can email with your order or just go to my Online Store HERE and place it yourself.  After you enter your order go ahead and enter the products you want for Sale-A-Bration.  The price should come up as $0.00.  Let me know if you have any questions!

The Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper may not be your favorite, but I'm sure you will find plenty to love in the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog! It's the biggest promotion of the year!  Don't miss it!


St. Patrick’s Day Punch Art Leprechaun Card

St. Patrick's Day Punch Art Leprechaun Card

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's a little punch art leprechaun on a St. Patrick's Day card that you can make for fun!  The leprechaun certainly wasn't my creation, but I saw it on display at Stampin' Up! Leadership and thought he was so cute! If you notice some new designer series paper on the card, it is from the new Summer Smooches, which is going to be a sneak peek of new products in the upcoming Stampin' Up! Catalog….and as demonstrators, we get to preorder certain new things! You will get that chance April 1st!

You can make the leprechaun with these punches:

Face: Ornament Punch, 1/2" circle punch for nose, ears and eyes; 1/4" punch for black eyeballs with little white gel pen highlights

Beard: Scallop Circle Punch  Mustache: Heart Punch

Hat: Large oval punch (cut in half), Word Window Punch, Flower: Blossom Punch

 

Make a St. Patrick’s Day Paper Pin

St. Pats Pin

If you want to make a St. Patrick's Day pin to wear on St. Patrick's Day March 17th, just get out your Full Heart Punch and some paper! I punched six hearts out of Old Olive card stock and three out of green designer paper and glued them onto a circle of Old Olive on the back.  The stem is just hand cut.  To jazz it up a little and add a greeting, I used the stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes (talk about a versatile stamp set!!) and inked up the words separately with a Stampin' Write Marker, punched it out with the 1" Circle Punch and then a 1 1/4" Circle Punch layer of Old Olive. But for a little bling, I added some Champagne Gold Glass Glitter around the edge. Put a pin on the back from the craft store and you're good to go with some green to wear on St. Pat's.

For any stamping and crafting supplies, please visit my Stampin' Up! Online Store HERE.  Be sure to check the Clearance Rack if you are ordering online!

My Digital Studio Candid Frames Download

MDS Download Candid Frames

Images copyright Stampin' Up! 2012

Candid Frames – Digital Download 129929
Price: $2.95

Yesterday Stampin' Up! released six new downloads you can purchase for My Digital Studio (or even most digital design programs) and this Candid Frames was one of them!  It makes me think of the years of trying to make layouts that looked like a filmstrip…..I would take a strip of black card stock and punch holes in the sides usually with the Hand-held Rectangle Punch!  But now you can do an online frame or even print it out and use it on your traditional project.  And the "slide" frame reminds me of all the old slides from my childhood and even the ones my husband took for years of the kids and our vacations.

One of the great things about these MDS downloads every week is that you can save them up and add them to your regular Stampin' Up! order (and not pay shipping on them!) or just order them separately whenever you want (and no shipping!) AND have immediate access to them because it is a digital download!  I think I will be ordering these frames right away! To see all the most recent My Digital Studio downloads, click HERE.

If you don't own My Digital Studio, you can get a FREE 30-day Trial of My Digital Studio Express! To learn more about Stampin' Up!'s digital papercrafting software, click HERE.

Are You Hungry For Some Cookies?

Stampin' Up! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

Are you hungry for some good homemade cookies?  With the recipes enclosed in the Stampin' Up! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, you can bake a delicious cookie and have fun stamping at the same time….the dough, that is! Stampin' Up! tells you how to bake cookies that work well with the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps…..shortbread works well to hold the design of the cookie stamp.

And after you bake some cookies, you might like to share a few….and we all know presentation is everything!  Here are some ideas from the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference displays!

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

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Sweet Pressed Cookie Jar

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps Kraft Gift Box

These Kraft Gift Boxes are found in the Occasions Mini along with the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps.  What a cute idea to add the Paper Doily as part of the gift-wrapping!  And then you can decorate the Kraft Gift Box any way you would like!

Be sure to check the Occasions Mini Catalog for these wonderful products!

Stampin’ Up! San Antonio Regional Teabag and Cookie Holder

The next day after the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference ended, Stampin' Up! held a Regional Event for a day.  One of my favorite projects (and there were many!) was this Teabag and Cookie Holder demonstrated by Debi Pippin, a very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. We could wander from one demonstrator booth to another watching a new project or idea and taking pictures of their samples on display.

Teabag and Cookie Holder

Don't you just love this project made with the cute Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper #125408 plus the Sweet Shop Designer Stickers #125584?!

By the way, the cookies I put in the holder are Girl Scout Thin Mints, in honor of the Girl Scout 100th Birthday today! The Girl Scouts were founded by Juliette Low in 1912.

Teabag and Cookie Holder Side

The way I saw it demonstrated, she put the bag of cookies in the middle area of the bag with a tea bag on each side in the pouches.  You could do it however you like….maybe a bag of candy in the center?!

I just thought it was the cutest idea with so many possibilites!  What a nice little gift for someone!

Daylight Savings Time: Did You Change Your Clocks?

Daylight Savings Time Postcard in My Digital Studio

It's Daylight Savings Time! Did you remember to change your clocks today? "Spring forward" an hour! And they often recommend to check your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks.

I know Daylight time is earlier nowadays than it used to be, so I was surprised to hear it was starting this weekend already.  But it makes us think spring is coming soon!

I made this little reminder postcard in My Digital Studio. So fun!

Houston’s River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Home and Garden Tour

This is the big weekend for the annual River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail in Houston. Unfortunately, the weather is a little iffy but I hope there is more cloudiness than rain for the weekend so everyone can see the beautiful homes and gardens. Sometimes you just tour the garden and sometimes you get to walk through the house to get to the yard and garden in back….that's my favorite part, to see the inside of the private homes!  The Garden Club makes beautiful floral arrangements inside all the rooms in the house that you get to see and you often can get decorating ideas or just enjoy the lovely homes.

Our home is not on the Azalea Trail, but we do have blooming azaleas!

Azaleas

Azaleas Close-up

Azaleas

Azaleas

Azaleas


St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Treat Bag

St. Patrick's Day Treat Bag

Are you looking for a St. Patrick's Day shamrock treat bag idea? This one was easy to make with the new Stampin' Up! Labels Collection Framelits Dies #125598 and the Small Heart Punch #117193. I used the Framelits Die to cut the Pear Pizzazz label and folded it in half to cover the small cello bag. Then I used the next smaller size Framelit Die to cut the Whisper White card stock and stamped with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The shamrock is made with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies #125599, the smallest heart, cut out of the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper #125406 and then smaller hearts from the Small Heart Punch. The Designer Printed Brad #122940 adds a cute decorative touch!

If you need any of these new fun dies to use with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for future projects, you can order online at my Stampin' Up! Store.

St. Patricks Day Treat Topper