If you are going as a guest somewhere to a Thanksgiving dinner, perhaps you will be taking along a bottle of wine or some beverage as a hostess gift, so why not make a special Thanksgiving Wine Topper to personalize the gift?!
This is really simple. Basically, just cut a piece of cardstock that will be the correct width and length for the wine bottle. Add the extra section that will go over the neck of the bottle. Punch a hole in the top. For mine I used the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. Then just decorate the front for whatever occasion!
Today, November 16, is the first day that we can all “reserve” the new Stamparatus, the Stampin’ Up! stamp positioning tool! Beginning this afternoon, the first “window” to “preorder” your Stamparatus, will open at 2:00 pm MT.
1:00 PM Pacific Time
2:00 PM Mountain Time
3:00 PM Central Time
4:00 PM Eastern Time
Here’s how to reserve your Stamparatus! You know you want one!
Go to my Online Store as if you were placing an order. You must have an account, which you do if you have ordered online from me before. Make sure you see my name and information on the top right corner of the Account page. If you don’t have an account, just look on the left side, under the Stampin’ Up! logo and click “Create Account”.
You will surely see some big banner about the Stamparatus! It is not there now as I write this. Click that and it will take you to a reservation page. Or here is the link to the Reservation Page (which is not “live” yet).
Fill out the form with your name and credit card number. Your credit card will not be charged today! It is just a “reservation”.
In early February, you will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! saying the Stamparatus is in your Shopping Cart! Be sure not to accidentally delete it or it will be gone!
Now you can add other products to your order like usual, at any time, or simply order the Stamparatus. Remember, in February it will be Sale-A-Bration (spend $50, get a Sale-A-Bration product FREE!) so it will almost be like getting a bonus for ordering the Stamparatus! The cost of the Stamparatus is $49.
If you miss the November 16 -30 window, there will be two more “windows” during which you can reserve the Stamparatus. This November window will have expected delivery of the Stamparatus around February 1st. Reservations will be taken in each window only as long as supplies last. If you think you are interested, I would go ahead and try to do this November window. You can always delete your reservation.
Here’s how to reserve your Stamparatus!
And if you missed the video from Stampin’ Up!, here is Carrie explaining all about it!
I know this is a busy time for everyone, including me, but if you are excited about the Stamparatus, I would try to put in your reservation TODAY or very soon. That way it will be done before Thanksgiving and hopefully they will not fill all the spaces! I would guess the website will be VERY busy right at the time it opens so just be patient. We often crash the website when something big is happening!!
If you have any questions, please let me know! Remember, this is just reserving the tool so you can get your hands on one around February 1st when Stampin’ Up! gets them in stock! I’m sure there will be heavy demand. Eventually it will be available in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog and ordering will be as usual. This method is just to get it available to us as soon as possible!
One of the best sources for inspiration when you want some is to look in any of the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, even past ones! This card, however, is from the Holiday Catalog on the page with products from the Painted Autumn Suite. I didn’t copy it exactly, but pretty much! Usually once you get started, even if you think you are going to copy exactly, your own creativity takes over and you see ways that YOU want to create your card or project! I even cut extra pieces for more cards while I was at it. Better to do it as you go along and make cards assembly style than to start over completely each time!
This card base is Garden Green Cardstock, which I would think that I don’t use very often, yet my package is empty and I have a new pack coming in my order today! But any other color of green would be fine too. Some of the other cards I plan to make will be in Old Olive. This card has the Garden Green layered on the Garden Green card base. You could have another color, like Very Vanilla, for the card base.
To begin, I stamped the fern-like image randomly on the card layer in the same Garden Green color. You could also use Versamark Ink. The strip of designer paper is Painted Autumn, some of the most beautiful paper we have had, in my opinion! I hate to see the fall season end.
For some texture, I added a piece of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, which wrapped around the designer paper strip and the card layer. The piece of Baker’s Twine is Crushed Curry.
The greeting is stamped from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, as well as the leaves and acorns. Although there are no dies to use to cut out these pieces, we do have a fun punch, the Leaf Punch. You can even save 10% by purchasing the Bundle with the stamp set and punch!
I”m sure you have a few people you would like to send or give Thanksgiving cards to in gratitude. Look in the Holiday Catalog if you need ideas for the stamp set you want to use. I’m sure you will get ideas and you can change it up to make it simpler, faster, or easier than the sample in the catalog. Or if you have time, go ahead and take some crafting time for yourself and enjoy making a deluxe card for someone special!
Check out the Painted Autumn Suite for Thanksgiving card ideas!
A new tool from Stampin’ Up! that positions your stamps precisely, stamps multiples with ease, easily creates 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images, compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps, and more!
I feel like we should play “Jeopardy”! “What is the STAMPARATUS, Alex!”
Yes, we are getting a new stamp positioning tool called the Stamparatus! How about that name??! As you probably know, there are other similar products out there on the market, but Stampin’ Up! has stepped up all the features in order to be the BEST stamp placement tool on the market!
Watch the video below from Stampin’ Up! to hear and see Carrie explain how to use this new tool coming SOON!
Since this tool is brand new, first announced at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event over the weekend and announced to the public yesterday, there is going to be a new way to order your Stamparatus! Sort of like a preorder! You will reserve your spot and Stampin’ Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.
This is how it will work:
From Nov. 16-30, 2017 you can RESERVE your Stamparatus. There will be a limit of 1. Reservation quantities are while supplies last. I suggest you plan to reserve yours as soon as possible. You will be required to provide your credit card information, but it will not be charged until the product ships from Stampin’ Up! During this reservation window, the Stamparatus will likely ship around February 1st, 2018.
You will go HERE to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store on Nov. 16 (or after) beginning at 2:00 PM Mountain Time. You will click on the banner for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions. These are the steps you will take on the day you RESERVE your Stamparatus HERE.
You will need to have your own Stampin’ Up! online account set up, which is easy to do, if you haven’t ordered from me as yet. Just click HERE to go to my Online Store, then under the Stampin’ Up! logo on the left side of the page, you will click on “Create Account”. That’s all there is to it!
It’s a lot of information to take it all at once, but I think we will all figure it out! Basically, you can order/reserve a Stamparatus beginning Nov. 16 at 2:00 pm MT and it will ship around the first of February. This gives Stampin’ Up! a better way to control inventory since it is a new product.
If you aren’t ready to reserve the Stamparatus Nov. 16-30, the second window is Dec. 5-30 with availability approximately March 19, 2018. The third window to reserve will be January 15-30, 2018 with estimated availability April 15, 2018. The Stamparatus will be available in the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalog for 2018-19 and ordering will be as usual at that point.
When the Stamparatus is available after you have reserved one, the reservation will be put into your shopping cart in your account. At that time, whenever you are ready, you can add other products to your order if you like, just don’t delete the Stamparatus reservation from your account or you lose it! Then you just complete your order as usual and your order will be shipped to you.
Just circle November 16 2:00 PM on your calendar and check it out! If you really want to reserve a Stamparatus, go ahead and do it as soon as you can in that window of Nov. 16-30. Be patient with the website early on, I suspect a lot of people will be on it! I will be one of them!
Let me know if you have any questions! I will TRY to answer them! Watch the video, especially to the end to see the extra special features of the new Stamparatus, the new stamp positioning tool!
The new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up!, Stampin’ Blends, are here and ready for purchase! These markers will take your coloring to new heights! Everyone can look like an artist!
The markers have dual-tips and each color has a light and dark shade. You can buy the markers individually or in a complete collection. The Memento ink is recommended to use with the alcohol markers. You can use Whisper White Cardstock, but it is recommended to use the Thick Whisper White Cardstock. The Shimmery White Cardstock also works well and is pretty as well! The ink from the markers is likely to bleed through the paper so you always want to have a scrap piece of paper of some kind underneath your work.
Watch these videos to learn more about the Stampin’ Blends Markers and how to use them! They really have a delightful feel to them when you color!
As you can see in the videos, you can start with the most basic coloring just to get used to the feel of the markers. Then add in blending and even blending different colors together rather than just the light and dark shades of one color. As Brandi showed at the end of her video, she used various colored markers to make different skin tone colors. You can be as basic or as stepped-up as you want! They are your markers to use!
I think you will find the Stampin’ Blends have a really nice feel to them when you color. And we know coloring is good for the soul! Just sit and color and relax, forget everything else for awhile! I remember how I used to love it when I was young if my mother would sit down and color with me because, of course, I thought she did the best coloring in the world! Now you can do the best coloring in the world with the Stampin’ Blends Markers!
If you want to make a quick and easy birthday card, use the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die! I LOVE this die! It is just perfect to put on so many birthday cards.
The card base is Real Red to match the Happy Birthday diecut. Actually I had already cut out this red diecut for another card, but it didn’t look right on that card so I just saved it. To make this card, I looked through the Birthday Memories Designer Paper and picked out this plainer background for this card. Real Red is one of the coordinating colors of this designer paper so it was perfect to use this diecut in red.
For something else on the card front, quick and easy, I decided to cut out one of the birthday cakes from one of the patterns in the Birthday Memories package. I just cut it out by hand, only took a few seconds, and adhered it to the card front with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
You have a few options for gluing down the Happy Birthday diecut. This time I just put tiny dots of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue all around on the back. Very tiny. I could have also sponged on some of the glue. Or I could have used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets if I would have stuck one onto the back of the cardstock before I diecut it!
If you would like to see the Happy Birthday diecut on another card, there is THIS POST with one of my favorite cards ever because of the beautiful background paper!
That is all there is to this card! Simply make the card base, adhere a plainer piece of designer paper, adhere the Happy Birthday Diecut, and cut out a birthday cake, or maybe some other image from the Birthday Memories Paper. There you have a quick and easy birthday card with the Birthday Memories Paper!
Don’t miss out on the November Paper Pumpkin Kit! Today is the last day to sign up to have it arrive in your mailbox mid-month! It promises to be some kind of gifting item, I believe, and if it is from Stampin’ Up! you know it will be cute!
Stampin’ Up! says “When they open the box they’ll find ten little somethings that they might want to hang by the chimney with care—or on a wrapped gift or a neighbor’s door.”
And considering the October Season of Style kit came in the green and black plaid box, you won’t want to miss the black and white plaid box that it surely is coming in! Total cuteness!
Watch the Paper Pumpkin video for the October Kit to get an idea of what a Paper Pumpkin kit is like!
Paper Pumpkin Kits are fun for everyone! Crafter or not, adult or child, old or young, friend or loved one. All you do is open the box for crafting fun! All the supplies are there, an exclusive stamp set, and an ink spot (a tiny ink pad) to make the project! All you have to do is sit down and enjoy!
If you need a cute little gift box for a treat or small gift, try making this easy triangle box with the Year of Cheer Designer Paper. I learned to make this triangle box a long time ago and it is SO easy! You can vary the size, decorate it for any kind of occasion, make it as plain or simple as you want….it’s up to you! And did I say it was quick and easy?!
My sample starts with a piece of the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. This is beautiful paper with foil designs, one-sided, and perfect for special cards and projects. I used a piece of paper cut 5″ x 10″. All you have to do is score the paper at 5″, then mark on the short ends the center spot which would be 2 1/2″. Score from the 5″ score line to the center mark on the short ends on each side on each end.
This is what the scored paper will look like:
Fold all the score lines and practice folding into the triangle box shape. Then on each end you will need to punch holes so that you can tie all the ends together once you put the contents inside.
We’re getting close to November 10th and that’s the last day to sign up for November’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!
Why should you sign up for Paper Pumpkin?
It’s fun to get the Paper Pumpkin box in the mail just for you!
Even those people who aren’t big crafters often like to make holiday projects. Paper Pumpkin makes that easy with all supplies included right in the cute box!
It’s a treat for experienced crafters to just open the box and GO! No designing a project or pulling out supplies. It’s all in the box!
Each kit is easy enough for anyone, crafter or non-, old or young, male or female! Get an extra kit and make yours together or send one to a loved one far away.
What’s special about the November Paper Pumpkin Kit?
When you open the box you will find ten little somethings that you might want to hang by the chimney with care—or on a wrapped gift or a neighbor’s door!
You won’t have to figure out something to make, just open the box!
You must subscribe by November 10 at 11:50 PM (MT) to get this Santa-approved kit! Do it today so you won’t forget!
(Last month there was an opportunity for Paper Pumpkin subscribers or those who subscribed after the 10th of the month to purchase the “past” October kit in the Stampin’ Up! online store, but they sold out in 30 minutes! No guarantee there will be extra kits this month! Don’t depend on this opportunity. Go ahead and subscribe now! If it turns out you are really unhappy with your kit, contact Stampin’ Up! and let them help you.)
Subscribe today and you will be billed Nov. 13 and kits will ship out! You will receive an email that that your Paper Pumpkin Kit is on its way! Even if you were a past subscriber, this might be a good time to renew your subscription to get what promises to be a cute kit for the holidays!
I’ve read many times that coloring is actually very relaxing and good therapy for us, so because I wasn’t feeling well this morning, I decided to get my mind off myself by coloring with the fun new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and the Just Add Color Designer Series Paper. One of the patterns in the package have teapots and teacups, and that is what I chose to color.
Do you have teapots or fancy teacups? There seems to be something special about them. Perhaps we don’t use them as much these days, but when I see a nice teapot I think of my grandmother. I also think of all the fancy luncheon plates and teacups I have packed away in the closet because we just don’t entertain with nice things like that these days. My grandmother had a “tier table” with all kinds of tea cups on display. She said some of them my grandpa got as party favors when he was young! That sounds very odd to me, but that’s what she told me. I did get a teacup at a bridal shower a few years ago as a favor!
Here are some of my teapots! The one in front is my own from a trip to Canada a million years ago (before kids) and the two behind were my grandmother’s. There are more scattered around my house! So I think there is something special about teapots!
The Stampin’ Blends are the new alcohol markers and so pleasant to color with! You can buy the markers individually or get the whole collection. There is no price difference, so you can choose whatever works best for you! Get at least a few and try them out and see how you like them! For coloring, they do work better than the Stampin’ Write Markers that are always so popular, but they have their advantages and the Blends have theirs! So of course you need both!
If you like my Stampin’ Blends Just Add Color Teapot Card and have a special story about teapots or teacups, please add a comment! Click the Reply button at the top of the post.
The Color Me Happy Project Kit is perfect to go along with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers! Get some practice using the Stampin’ Blends while making 16 cards. One of my favorite parts of this kit are the foil-edged envelopes that match the cards! Very pretty!
Here are the contents of the kit:
You get the card bases and envelopes plus all the card pieces and embellishments for the cards. These are cute little tassels, sequins and gold foil seals. Opening these project kits are so much fun to see all the pieces you get, all right there ready for you to use!
You will also need the Color Me Happy Stamp Set. These are outline images, perfect for coloring with your new Stampin’ Blends! You can buy the stamp set and project kit together in a Bundle and save 10%.
Those two little birds are really cute, don’t you think? And great sentiments to add to add to any of your cards! You can certainly get lots of use out of this stamp set in all of your stamping. Get it while it is still available.
Well, the Houston Astros did it last night, they WON the WORLD SERIES!!! That’s never been done before in Houston so I thought I would also use something new to make this card, the new Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!
The sentiment is one of the images in the new Color Me Happy Stamp Set, available now to help you get used to the Stampin’ Blend markers and have some good images for coloring to use. This stamp set and matching card project kit are avaiable while supplies last.
I didn’t so much worry about “blending” today making this card. The word was pretty narrow and really I just wanted to emphasize the colors that “sort of” represent the Astros colors. I just love the feel of using these new markers!
The word “Astros” is die cut with the Little Letters dies, which are retired. (Too bad! I like those!)
It’s fun to have my stamping supplies with which to make cards for special occasions like this! Otherwise I would probably have to run to the craft store and buy something or other to use to make some project. As you can see, even though my card is about winning the baseball World Series, there’s not one “baseball” thing on my card! This shows that you can often make cards without having the exact stamp for that occasion. Often you can just get across the idea using colors, stars, embellishments, etc.
Check out the new Stampin’ Blends markers! Order just a few colors to try them out if you like or go for the whole collection!
I thought using the Thank You in the new Color Me Happy Stamp Set was perfect to thank the Houston Astros for all their work this season and all the effort they put into the World Series games. Nobody can deny their heart wasn’t in it. You could probably say that about any teams that make it into a championship, but after Houston and the larger area around us were so affected by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding, the players were really playing for the city of Houston as a whole! One player said he had a picture of a flooded home taped in his locker so that if he thought he had problems if he had a bad game, all he had to do was look at that picture and realize that others had it much worse than him. Many of the players stated in interviews that they were playing to win for Houston after all so many have been through!
Did you see Carlos Correa propose to his girlfriend and give her a ring, on the field, after the game while he was being interviewed?! What a night for him!
Tomorrow is a parade in downtown Houston for the Astros and all the fans! They are even closing schools I just heard! People from far and wide are invited. What a day it will be to celebrate the Houston Astros World Series win for the first time ever!!!
Today is the day! The new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! are called Stampin’ Blends and are available for purchase by customers today, November 1, 2017 in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store! I love the feel of these new markers while coloring! Since they make blending easy, you can make the shading on your images look beautiful without even being an artist!
The Stampin’ Blends are being sold singly so that you can easily choose which colors you want or which ones you need to replace down the road. These markers are consumable, which means they won’t have refills or anything like that – the pricing makes it easy enough to simply replace a used marker. To save time, just enter #147475 for the entire collection. The markers will still come singly in your box, but you don’t have to enter each number in order to get all of them!
Images (c) Stampin’ Up!
If you purchase the whole collection, add a little more to your order to reach $150 to get Stampin’ Rewards, which means you will get 10% of the amount to spend on free merchandise!
Make sure you have the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad to use with these markers because of the alcohol. I strongly suggest buying the Refill right away to have on hand. With the introduction of these markers, I think the Memento ink might go fast so I’d suggest ordering as soon as possible.
This Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Papermight be a pack of paper you would overlook, but now that the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers are coming out tomorrow, you might want to consider this paper! You can make something with the paper, or you can just sit down and color! The paper is heavyweight so it is nice to color on. Do a little at a time or a lot! Coloring is good for us!
The new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers will be available for ordering starting tomorrow, November 1st! There will also be a project kit and stamp set available for purchase that goes with the Stampin’ Blends to practice with your new markers and blending! Don’t worry that you have to be an artist in order to use these markers. These markers make YOU look like an artist with ease! You will get two markers, one dark, one light, with which to blend. And if you want, JUST COLOR! You don’t HAVE to do any blending and all that…..just color…..although I bet you won’t be able to resist trying both! Even coloring some of these sprinkling cans on this page, I would think I would “just color” but then I just had to use the other marker and play with that too. These markers are just fun to use, I almost can’t describe it. They do kind of bleed through the paper, even this heavyweight paper, so always have something underneath. On this paper I can see the coloring from the other side, but it didn’t really make any marks on my paper underneath.
Today is the last day for the Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free and this “Just Add Color” DSP is on the list! Buy three packs of paper and the 4th one you enter will be free. So put the most expensive ones first.
This Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free has been going on all month, but amazingly October is almost over! If you wanted to stock up on some designer paper, you have today and tomorrow to take advantage of this sale.When you order, be sure to put the three least expensive papers in first, then the fourth paper you put in will be free!