Category Archives: 3-D, Gifts & Things

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

It’s fun playing with the new Gift Box Punch Board to make a Halloween Treat Box with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  To make the tag, I stamped the bird from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. The words are from the new special set Good Greetings that you can get FREE with a $300 party or order.  I added a little Linen thread to tie the tag on to the box, a strand of the Burlap ribbon for some interest and some Gold Sequin Trim. The box itself is made with the new Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s a little bit heavier than regular card stock.

It’s going to be fun playing with the new goodies in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! What do you think?  Is it the best one yet??

To purchase any of the Holiday Catalog products, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

It’s Time For the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2014

Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?!  The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!

Here’s a little gift tag card I made in minutes with the Festival of Trees stamp set, some Brights Candy Dots, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and a greeting stamp called Good Greetings that you can earn FREE! Just host a $300 party or place your own $300 order!

Festival of Trees Tag Card

Don’t miss the Festival of Trees Bundle with the stamp set and NEW Tree Punch!

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know.  And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  I would be happy to get a catalog to you!

Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer:  Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product!  Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started!  It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for all your stamping needs!

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box and Blossom Punch

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Side

Soon you will be able to make your own gift boxes with the new Gift Box Punch Board #135863 when the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on August 28!  That’s in only a couple more days! Yesterday I finally got a chance to play with the new punch board and just grabbed a retired piece of designer series paper, Urban Garden, to use in case I messed up. So in this project you are seeing the new with the old!  You may find the punch board a little confusing right at first, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t have any problems. After all, I did make that box myself and didn’t even mess up! This post isn’t about how to use the Gift Box Punch Board, but just a sneak peek at something you can make with it and an idea for the Blossom Punch, on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week!

Here is the 4″ x 4″ gift box before I decorated it. This is the largest size you can make with the Gift Box Punch Board.

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box

Here is a view of the partially open box. You can see the little clasp closure on the points of the top of the box. You can use the Gift Box Punch Board to make these. If you do not like all the folds of the box being pushed to the inside of the box, there are a couple things you can do to change that to adhere those sides.

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Inside

Here is a close-up of the flower decoration I made with the Blossom Punch. First I wrapped the box with the Pear Pizzazz 3/4″ Chevron RibbonI thought it matched pretty nicely! With the Blossom Punch, I punched three flowers from the Urban Garden DSP.  One pattern is different from the other two and is layered in the middle. The layers are all held together with a Silver Mini Brad, which is later covered up by the button.  I spritzed the flower with water and gathered the layers up toward the center and mooshed them together to get a little texture. The Very Vintage Designer Button is threaded with the Gold Baker’s Twine with a little bow and adhered with Glue Dots. Do you know you can color the buttons with the new Blendabilities?!

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Top

Even though this box was my first attempt with the Gift Box Punch Board, coming in the Holiday Catalog, and even though I didn’t even like this pack of designer paper very much, I was VERY pleased with my first little box! Especially after I so easily decorated it!

When you place your Holiday Catalog order later this week, check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and get the Blossom Punch if you don’t already own it.  It is a punch I have used a lot. It coordinates with the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, too! Everything is available at my Online Store!

Festival of Trees Christmas Tag

Festival of Trees Christmas Tag

Only a week and a day until the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog goes live and you’ll be able to make this Festival of Trees Christmas Tag yourself! If you are a customer of mine, your catalog is on its way or maybe you have already received it!  The one I sent to myself came yesterday in the mail so yours shouldn’t be far behind. (Unless your mail carrier is reading it in the back room of the post office before she delivers it!)

Since I left on vacation right after my Holiday Catalog preorder arrived (a perk for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators!), I haven’t had a chance to play with my new goodies – and didn’t want to tempt you too much when it wasn’t time for you to order anyway! So here is a little Christmas tag I made with the new Festival of Trees stamp set (#135059) and the new Tree Punch (#135856) (both available in a Bundle #137640 and you save 15%!). I started out planning to make a card, but came up with this tag instead, getting an idea from a tag in the Holiday Catalog.

The Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock was punched first with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and then with the Tree Punch  and a piece of the new All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper #135823 is adhered behind the punched tree area.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to put the paper a little more behind the punched image. The greeting is stamped in Real Red from the Festival of Trees Stamp Set. The “To and From” is also in the stamp set! To jazz it up, I added some Rhinestone Jewels (and I could have colored them with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker if I had thought of it beforehand!) Since I couldn’t find my new container of Frosted Sequins #135835, I used a star sequin from the In Color Sequin Assortment to top the tree. And for a finishing touch, I stamped a redbird from the same Festival of Trees stamp set, cut it out, and popped it up with a Dimensional scrap right on the side of the tree,  The tag is tied with the new Gold 1/8″ Ribbon in the main catalog.

Enjoy the last days of summer because the holiday are upon us! But it is fun to have new holiday products with which to make easy and personalized tags, cards and more such as my Festival of Trees Christmas Tag.

Easy Gift Bag with Chevron Tag A Bag Gift Bags

Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bag

If you keep a package of these Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags on hand, you’ll always have something cute you can use for a small gift or even a gift card. Just put your gift or treat inside and decorate the front in any one of thousands of ways! On this gift bag I just made a tag and tied some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine around the bag to keep it closed. The tag was cut with the Banners Framelits Dies. I added some strips of Retro Fresh This and That Washi TapeThe greeting is stamped with the Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set. I absolutely love that saying “You can never have too much happy”! Just makes you happy to read it! It is punched out with the 2″ Circle Punch and then layered on the 2 3/8″ Circle Scallop PunchI love the Glimmer Paper so I punched out a little star from the Gold Glimmer Paper with the star in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

The Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags are fun to have and use! You could even use them as an envelope or an envelope in a scrapbook. You can even turn this little flat sack into a little 3D bag! You can check my Facebook page to see how I made a bagalope out of a regular envelope.  The same basic principles would apply! You can find them in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

So Very Happy Mini Album

So Very Happy Mini Album

This is one of those cute little mini albums that can be made for a little gift or special treat. It’s just 3″ x 3″. The inside pages are made from one piece of 12″ x 12″ designer paper scored, cut, and folded a certain way. the covers are made with just pieces of chipboard (like scraps from the cardboard in our designer paper packages or a cereal box) and covered with designer paper.

The flower and greeting are stamped from the set So Very Happy.  I actually stamped the flower several times, in different colors, so that I could cut out parts of each with my Paper Snips to make a layered flower for more pizzazz.

Here is the inside:

So Very Happy Mini Album Inside

It’s fun to make these little albums.  There are all different kinds you can make and of course just changing the paper and covers and embellishments make each one look different.  With people taking so many photos with phones these days, these little albums could work really well with smaller photos cropped to fit and with a little journaling.

Things to Remember:

New Big Shot & Bundles Special - Buy a Big Shot, Get a Bundle OR Have a Big Shot, Buy a Discounted Bundle(s)

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals – Last Day - 2 punches, buttons, and 2 Big Shot dies on there!

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off Special - Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to your door! Use code HALFOFF2 and get the first two months at half-price! It’s fun, try it! (new subscribers only and not good on prepaid subscriptions). Sign up by August 10 to get the August kit!

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

Last Day! Buy 3 DSP Get 1 Free!

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get One Free Offer

Today is the last day to get a free package of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper when you buy 3!  That’s like ordering 4 and getting $10.95 off your order! Just put in the three sets of papers you want to order and the fourth one will come up free. Today is the last day! You can chose from the papers on pages 186-7 in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

As I’ve been enjoying looking at the DSP I already ordered, here is a cute box I made with the Big Shot and the Hamburger Box Die! (Don’t buy the Big Shot today, though!) I die-cut the tag with the Chalk Talk Framelits and just tied it on with a piece of Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine. The greeting and heart are from the stamp set Something To Say.

Flashback DSP Hamburger Box

Here’s a tip when making the Hamburger Box!  Instead of following the directions to fold in all the corners of the box on the score lines, it is much easier if you cut one of the score lines in each corner.   Do NOT cut the center score line, cut one on either side of the center score line like in this photo. It doesn’t matter which side, just do not cut the center one.  Then use a Glue Dot to adhere.

Hamburger Box Cut Corners

When choosing DSP, don’t go by the title or the main sheet shown on the top.  Many patterns in each package are good for other projects rather than just what you think they are.

Shop Today at my Online Store to take advantage of the

Buy 3 DSP Get 1 Free Offer!

Watching the Stampin’ Up! Inspire.Create.Share.2014 Convention from Home

Donna Griffith of Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! was kind enough to live stream a portion of the Inspire.Create.Share.2014 Convention from Salt Lake City so those of us who did not attend this year could watch it. It’s almost as good as being there! And I still found myself trying to take photos of my laptop screen and write down notes of the projects all at the same time like I would be doing if I were there! This morning Donna Griffith was the presenter on stage teaching about using the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers. I missed a little bit of the beginning since they started a few minutes earlier than they’d planned, but I still saw plenty of cute ideas!

Did you know you can color the Vintage Faceted Buttons? Just be careful on the sharp edges with your marker so you don’t wear out the tip. You can also color pearls, rhinestones, and other embellishments.

Button colored with Blendabilities

You can color on Window Sheets. Here she stamped the flower with White Stazon Ink but did not let the coloring touch the Stazon ink. The ink sits on top of the window sheet so you have to let it dry and add more if you want.

Window Sheet Blendabilities

You can use Blendabilities on the Mini Muslin Bags.

Muslin Bag with Blendabilities

Start with light colored lines at the bottom and make them darker as you go for the ombre effect!

Muslin Bag Ombre

Coloring Washi Tape

Amazingly, you can color on black & white photos! This is Donna’s granddaughter! See the headband?

Coloring on Photo with Blendabilities

And how about a mask on the superhero! (Donna’s grandson!)

Coloring on Photo Boy

To see another really neat idea, come over to my Stamping With Karen Facebook Page HERE!

Stampin’ Up! Convention – Inspire.Create.Share.2014 – From Home!

InspireCreateShare 2014

I may not be attending the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this year, but I’m trying to keep up with every tidbit of it that I can find from home!  Thank goodness for the internet! Stampin’ Up! even had a live stream yesterday morning of the opening of Convention (this year called Inspire.Create.Share.2014) and a good part of the first General Session. I was beyond thrilled that they broadcast more than a few minutes of it! My live stream worked great until it got to Becky Higgins of Project Life being interviewed by Shelli Gardner, then it konked out! I can’t wait until they live stream another segment of Convention this morning! It really is just like being there, except my feet don’t hurt! Of course my feet wouldn’t have hurt yesterday morning yet, but there is a great amount of walking all over that convention center and to and from the hotel.

Often the Stampin’ Up! convention begins with many Stampin’ Up! employees standing just inside the doors when the demonstrators enter. It’s a thrill to be greeted by all of them, it makes us feel like celebrities! But this year, the employees, by department, were part of the opening on stage which looked fun! Looked like some fireworks on stage, too! Real fireworks!

Shelli Gardner came out, tissue in hand. She often gets emotional on stage during her presentations, part of her charm, and it’s not hard to feel emotional about Stampin’ Up! She barely got started in her remarks when everyone in the audience got a free stamp!

Pam Morgan gave her presentation about the Holiday Catalog! I think most people are saying this is the best catalog ever, which I know we said last year and probably the year before that! This year’s Holiday Catalog will have lots of Sizzix products in it, so be sure you have a Big Shot (and next month will be a good time to order one!). Lots of packaging products and ideas for the holidays, kits for making cards, more stamp sets with sentiments for the front of the card AND the inside! More of the photopolymer stamps for easy alignment, Project Life, and builder sets. The beautiful photopolymer stamp set Endless Wishes, that sold out quickly last fall when photopolymer stamps were new, will be reissued. There will be gift wrap, ribbon, a gift box punch board, more Project Life for the holidays, beautiful papers, and more, of course!

Also, the most recent demonstrator to reach $1 million in sales, Connie Heisey, was brought up on stage by Shelli to be recognized! She had previously been invited to the Home Office to spend the day and celebrate this amazing milestone! While on stage, the “delivery man” wheeled out about four Stampin’ Up! boxes (you can barely see him leaving behind Connie) (wish I’d gotten a better photo of him!) as Shelli told Connie she would be receiving EVERYTHING in the Holiday Catalog! Then there was a poof of confetti to celebrate this amazing milestone!

Connie Million Dollars

Here are some more of the photos I took of my laptop screen while I watched the live stream yesterday! Didn’t think of doing it from the beginning!

Pam Morgan on stage

Holiday Catalog Package

Holiday Catalog packages

Peace on Earth Bag

Shelli Gardner and Becky Higgins

In the afternoon and evening there were classes and additional demonstrations, which, from what I read online, sounded like they were terrific!

I know that at the Paper Pumpkin party the night before, demos got to make one item in the September Paper Pumpkin kit. It looked pretty cute to me! And apparently they got to view some other months’ kits, with a guard nearby, so no one would take photos! But they say the Paper Pumpkin kits just keep getting better so if you would like a Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit to come to you in the mail each month, remember the special going on! Save 50% on the first two months, for new subscribers only, by using the code: HALFOFF2 

Subscribe HERE for Paper Pumpkin!

And now I have to go check on the time for the live stream from Convention!

Join Paper Pumpkin For 50% Off First Two Months

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months! Paper Pumpkin is the paper crafting kit that comes in the mail to you once a month. The projects vary and it’s always a surprise. Just take 30 minutes for yourself, once a month, to enjoy some fun crafting time.  All you need (sometimes) are scissors and adhesive. The rest all comes in the box!

Offer Dates: July 16, 2014–September 10, 2014

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit MyPaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, “HALFOFF2” when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).

It’s like a class coming to your door, for brand new and experienced stampers and crafters alike! Instructions are included so anyone can follow along.  Make it according to directions or strike out on your own and make your own creation.

Kits are mailed around the 15th of every month. No risk, no obligation:  change your subscription, pause, or cancel it by the 10th of any month to take effect that month. You’re welcome to call Stampin’ Up! any time the kit doesn’t not meet your expectations or you have questions and they will try to make it right for you.

Order some extra kits or get a few friends together to order and then make a gathering out of it every month when everyone receives their kit! It’s a Girls’ Night Out with no muss or fuss, just fun!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY HERE!

HALFOFF2

 

 

A Handy Baby Shower Gift for the New Mother

Sock Monkey Baby Memory Tin

Hopefully this will be a handy baby shower gift for the new mother. I used to use a (clean) paint can that I wrapped designer paper around and decorated, but since I had these “purse tins” in my stash, it will serve the purpose just as well. While the new mother can use this for anything she wants, the purpose of it is for the mother to write a little note to herself about the baby – a milestone, a funny story, a baby first, etc. – and just stick it in this can to remind her to write it down in the baby book later when she has more time! Someone came up with a poem (YEARS ago!) and I’ve saved it and printed it out on a tag that I enclosed in the tin (but didn’t take a photo of). I also decorated a little notebook and pen with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper for her to write the notes to herself.

The tin is wrapped in the Lullaby Designer Paper in two pieces.  One strip doesn’t completely wrap around. I started by adhering the back piece, using the Liquid Multipurpose Glue (in the green bottle). In the past, I have used Stampin’ Glue Sticks on both the paper and the container on these kinds of projects and they worked well. Right now I don’t have any new glue sticks to use so I better put them on my next order! But I like using the Tombow Glue because it gives you some “wiggle room” to get the paper placed exactly how you want it. Sticky Strip works but you have to be very careful adhering the paper so that it goes in the right place or things become very “sticky” and difficult to move! So if you adhere the paper on the backside first, when you apply the paper on the front, the edges on the side will overlap facing the back which just looks a little nicer. I used to try to cover the top with paper, cutting out around the handle and on the front cutting out around the latch – but that is all too much trouble!  Now I do it the easy way! Just decorate the lid some other way!

I used my retired Sock Monkey stamp because it sort of matched the expectant mother’s nursery decorations. I even kind of altered the Sock Monkey to color it like the nursery decoration. And I used my new Blendabilities to color him. The tag on the front has a bow made with the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine. 

The decoration on top of the tin is from the stamp set Label Love. Just tying some ribbon on to the handle adds a nice touch, like my favorite ribbon, Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon.

Sock Monkey Baby Memory Tin

Here’s a photo of the little notebook I covered with designer paper and stamped a little title for Baby, We’ve Grown. The pen is another oldie but goodie:  Use an RSVP pen that has a clear barrel and you unscrew the top part and insert a small rolled up piece of designer paper to show through the barrel.

Altered baby notebook and matching pen

Take advantage of the special offer on designer series papers this month of July, Buy 3 DSP, Get 1 Free. Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store 24/7. If you have any trouble, I’m happy to put your order in for you.

Make a Special Baby Shower Gift

Baby Flip Album Lullaby DSP

This weekend I was invited to a baby shower so I thought it would be fun to make a baby flip album for the mother-to-be! Hopefully she will get some baby photographs printed out so she can put a few in this mini album. I absolutely LOVE making these albums. Even though they look fantastically complicated when flipping through them, they are basically very easy. The only time-consuming part is in how they are decorated and embellished, and that you can do as detailed and fancy as you want or as simple and plain as you want.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

You do need 12″ x 12″ card stock for the pages (hmmm, might be interesting to figure out the measurements to make a small version out of regular size paper). I knew I would be working with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper so I just used card stock that coordinated with the colors in the Lullaby paper. Whether you order this paper for a baby project or not, notice that it is just pretty patterned paper – there is nothing that says “baby” on any of the pages. Each paper is just a pretty design so you can use it for any occasion or project. The album is tied together with the Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

I used the new baby stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog plus had a few retired stamp sets in the stack to choose from as I worked. As always, the Big Shot was put to use with several of the framelits and embossing folders!

This little bunny is in the Baby, Grown stamp set. The photo frames are cut out with the On Film Framelits Dies.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

A few stamped flourishes from Everything Eleanor on one page and a baby buggy from the new set with coordinating framelits that you can purchase in a Something for Baby Bundle.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

The tag is made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and stamped with the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby PagesThis heart is die cut with the Hearts Framelits and then embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and has a little Boho Blossoms punched flower with a Candy Dot on it.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

Here I used the new Stampin’ Up! Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon on the center pages.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

Here is a mix of old and new! The page on the left side is stamped with words from Celebrate Baby and the flower from Something For Baby stamp set. The little baby on the right is from an old retired stamp sets, one of my favorites, called Baby Firsts. I colored her little outfit with Calypso Coral Blendabilities (coming in the next batch of Blendabilities August 1st!).

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

Another stamp and die-cut with the Something For Baby Bundle. I added a little bow with Baker’s Twine and some tiny Pearl Jewels.

It’s so fun to make these flip albums! Even if pictures were never added, they would still be fun to flip the pages back and forth and all different ways! You can make them for any occasion and decorate however you like. Every time I make one I almost hate to give it away!

If you need some 12″x 12″ card stock to make an album like this, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Don’t forget about the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper Special going on during July!  Great time to stock up on some Lullaby DSP in case you might be making some baby gifts!

Pop Up Box 60th Birthday Card

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday

When I needed a birthday card for a special friend for her 60th birthday (a special birthday for sure!), I wanted to make a “pop up box” card. Yes, the designer paper, Birthday Basics, is retired, but I love it so I used it for this personal card. The base (box) is Crisp Cantaloupe. You can see a photo of the front down below.

Even though the designer paper is retired, the stamp sets are new and current! The banner on the front flap is stamped with the Banner Banter stamp set and punched out with the Banner Punch. I added some Candy Dots to make it look like it was strung across the flap.  I LOVE the Candy Dots! They come in the color families and only cost $5.95. Just a cute touch to your cards and projects! Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine is tied around the front flap.

The cupcakes are from the new stamp set Cupcake Party and punched out with the Cupcake Builder Punch. (See some more Candy Dots on the cupcakes?!) The “60″ is from the Memorable Moments Stamp Set. The greeting in the back is from Chalk Talk and cut out with the coordinating framelits. You can buy the Chalk Talk Bundle and save 15%! The “Celebrate You” greeting is also from the Cupcake Party stamp set.

Here is the front of the pop up box birthday card:

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday Front

 

For all your Stampin’ Up! shopping, please visit my

Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

A few new things added to the Clearance Rack!

July Offer:  Buy 3 Designer Series Papers, Get 1 FREE!

Christmas in July: New Christmas stamp sets out early! (Beauty of the Season and Christmas Bliss)

New Photopolymer “Boy” Stamps:  Dear Heart

 

Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath for the 4th of July

Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

The 4th of July is coming up on Friday and I love to have a few decorations for every holiday, like this Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath. The June Paper Pumpkin Kit contained enough materials for 24 pinwheels, so I made some and put in a “bouquet” in my entry hall and also made a bunch of pinwheels but didn’t put them on the straws in the kit.  Instead I ripped apart my spring wreath I had made from the kit in the Occasions Catalog and reused this burlap ribbon-wrapped flat wreath as the base for my pinwheels. For the top I made some stars with the two retired star punches (wish I’d had the new Star Framelits!) and even hand-cut some larger stars. I just used some hot glue to adhere the pinwheels, but for the stars I put on later, I was too lazy to get out the hot glue and just used Mini Glue Dots or Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you aren’t already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you might want to sign up as the kits have just gotten better and better! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription to a papercrafting kit you receive in a bright red box in the mail! You can subscribe in prepaid subscriptions, if you would like to add them to your Stampin’ Up! order. OR you can simply sign up to receive a kit every month.  Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you have the option of purchasing certain past kits and refill packages while supplies last! Even though you missed getting this June kit, if you began a subscription to Paper Pumpkin, you could then purchase the Pinwheel Party refill kit (doesn’t include the stamps or ink).

There’s no risk! Try it out and pause your subscription if need be for a month or two and then restart. Or cancel at any time. Just decide before the 10th of any month before the kits ship. But I think you will enjoy getting that gift in the mail, just for you, with a quick and easy project of some kind inside (it’s not just cards!) with all the supplies you need except maybe adhesive.

Check Out Paper Pumpkin and Subscribe Today!

If you prefer a prepaid subscription, just add it to your Stampin’ Up! order using these order numbers:

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Prices Chart

Let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to getting my Paper Pumpkin kit every month and know you will too!

Check Out Stampin’ Up!’s New Kits! Make Papercrafting Easy!

Stampin' Up! A Little Sumthin' Sumthin' Gift Box Kit

Stampin’ Up! has several new kits available to you to make papercrafting easy! For a small gift package, perhaps for a gift card, consider the A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Gift Box Kit that comes with cute pillow boxes, good for men, women or children and all the supplies to jazz it up a bit!  Watch Sara Douglass in the video below explain the contents of the kit and how to assemble it! Good thing to do on a hot summer day!

And if you are into the chalkboard style of decorating you’ll be interested in the new Chalkboard Banner Simply Created Kit.

To purchase any of the Stampin’ Up Simply Created Kits, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Make a Gift Box with the Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Box Die

Coastal Cabana Hamburger Box Die

I finally got around to playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Box Die for the Big Shot. I made this one with Coastal Cabana card stock and a partial belly band with a piece of Lullaby Designer Series Paper. The greeting is from the new stamp set Something to Say. I thought the heart needed a little something so I used the little flower punch in the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to make a little flower with one punched out of the Coastal Cabana card stock and one punched out of the designer paper. If you can poke the center of the flowers, it will cause the petals to pop up a little making it 3D. I put a little Pearl Jewel in the center. And for a little more bling, I added some individual sequins from the Sequin Trim.

The box is not big enough for a double cheeseburger from Whataburger, but maybe it would hold a slider! It is smaller than you think but makes a nice gift box for a Hostess cupcake, a few small to medium size cookies or even any other gift.  You can decorate the inside of the box, the inside of the lid, tie it with ribbon, put a belly band around it, or stack a couple together as you see in the new catalog on page 17.

Stampin’ Up! has a video to show how to make the box and give you some ideas!  Watch it below.

Shop Online at my Stampin’ Up! Store at your convenience!

Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card

Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card

This Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card was one of the projects we made yesterday at my Stamp Camp with some stamping friends. It’s actually easy to make once you know how and can be varied in size if you want it smaller or larger.  This size is made with half a sheet of card stock and will fit in a regular size envelope. It’s amazing that something that looks so 3D can be folded up to fit perfectly in an envelope! You can design a card like this for almost any occasion! Just change up the images, the greeting, the colors and you can make anything!

Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card Folded

This is the pop up box card folded. I made a belly band to go around it just to hold it flat and decorate it.

If you are in the Houston or Sugarland area, sign up for my Mailing List in the upper right corner of my blog and you’ll find out when I am having a stamp camp. Stamping is not too hard for anyone, not even a beginner, so feel free to join in! If you prefer a free private beginner session to get the hang of it, just contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and we can arrange something.

For all the best in stamping supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Decorated Flip Album

Flip Album Cover Decorated

I actually got my flip album decorated yesterday that I first told you about in THIS POST and mailed off for a gift. You can see the way it folds from the photos on that blog post better there than here. I have to say I had so much fun decorating this flip album and coming up with ideas, but finally ran out of time and wanted to get it in the mail. I usually start out kind of slow, not many ideas of what to do, and then maybe I’ll look through all my stamp sets to see what words or images might be appropriate. I almost always look online for ideas, maybe by the stamp set name, paper name, or accessory name, or something like “paper flowers”. Out of all that, my brain will usually start coming up with its own ideas or I can just copy. The more you stamp and design, even in one day, the better you will get at it! In a little while, I had so many ideas and was having so much fun, I didn’t want to stop. I hope the recipient will like it, From the first time I saw one of these flip albums (that’s what I call it anyway) I thought it was one of the neatest things I’d ever seen!

The designer paper I used is Sweet Sorbet from Sale-A-Bration that isn’t available any more, but maybe you have some, or you can substitute something else.  Mainly I chose the colors that went with the designer paper (you can see the list on the back of every designer paper package now). That makes it easy to coordinate everything without thinking! The “Oh Happy Day” is from Starburst SayingsThe Gold Foil is cut out with the Starburst Framelits Dies. Now the “Oh Happy Day actually stamps as a starburst but you can very carefully punch it out in a circle with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.

Flip Album Decorated Pages on Film Framelits

These pages are just inside the front cover. I used the On Film FramelitsThe little camera is stamped with the Peachy Keen Stamp Set. The filmstrips are stamped with the single stamp, Filmstrip, which retired and I think is no longer available.

Flip Album Decorated Pages2

I stamped the smaller image in So Very Grateful with ink the same color as the cardstock Crisp Canteloupe

Flip Album Decorated Pages4

Flip Album Decorated Pages5

Just use whatever strikes your fancy! You can leave some pages plain so there will be room for photos and memorabilia. Also, be careful when adhering elements. Maybe just adhere the corners where no photo is going to go and then leave the other corner free so a photo can be slid underneath.

I hope you will try a flip album!  It really is fun and easy to do after you do the first one!

For any stamping supplies and accessories, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

 

Make Something New From An Old Idea: A Flip Album

Flip Album Open

This flip album is something I haven’t made in several years, but I’ve always thought it was one of the neatest ideas ever! This one is going to be a gift, hopefully. It’s not even that hard to make, although it appears to be very complicated.  I think these albums are so much fun! I’m not sure what the official name of it is, but I think I’ve always known it as a Flip Album and there are other variations.

This flip album isn’t finished yet, but it is the basic layout. Now I need to go through and add some embellishments of some kind. But since the pages are relatively small, I don’t want to add too much and not leave room for photos.  I will post pictures when I finish it up. The paper I used is the beautiful paper from Sale-A-Bration 2014 called Sweet Sorbet. I chose that based on my paper supplies and what I thought the person would like who I plan to give this album to. You do need some 12×12 paper in order to make this.

So now I need to go finish up my little flip album and hopefully get it in the mail today!

Why don’t you take an old idea and make something new with it today?!

For any stamping supplies, retiring products, Weekly Deals, the new Endless Birthday Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

Flip Album Pages

Flip Album Cover

Cookie Monster Celebrates Chocolate Chip Day

Cookie Monster Celebrates Chocolate Chip Day

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!  Could there be a better holiday?!  Have you ever just dug into a bag of chocolate chip morsels to get your chocolate fix? Think of all the chocolate chip cookies that have been baked and all the variations that exist!

And who would celebrate this day more than anyone but Cookie Monster!  If you have baked some chocolate chip cookies as a gift for someone, you could put a few in this Stampin’ Up! Decorative WIndow Gift Box and decorate the box with a cute punch art Cookie Monster! He’s so fun and easy to make and you can vary the size or even make him into a card.  For this box, I punched his face with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. His mouth is die-cut with a 2″ Circle Framelit and then part cut off to look like a mouth. His eyes are punched with the 1/2″ Circle Punch and the circle in the Itty BItty Punch Pack. The all important cookie is punched with the 1″ Circle Punch and the eaten part punched out with the 7/8″ Scallop Punch.  I just colored in the chocolate chips with the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker rather than deal with glueing tiny dots! You can use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up certain parts or the whole Cookie Monster face.

And now I think I will go bake some chocolate chip cookies to put inside that box!

Need some punches for your collection?  Just shop at my Online Store!

Cookie Monster Punch Art Close-up