It has been awhile since I used my Circle Card Thinlits Dieand this birthday baseball card presented the perfect opportunity. This card copies a couple ideas I saw online in making a baseball card and I thought using the Thinlits Die so that it would open like this made it extra special. The Circle Card Thinlits Die makes it easy to make a card base as it does all the work for you! Then just decorate up a storm to make it into the card you want.
Here is what the card looks like on the inside when it is unfolded. The hardest part of this card is photographing it, not making it!
I really liked adding the sequins on the card from the In Color Sequin Assortment.Those three were just enough, though. I had planned to put some on the birthday greeting too. You have to know when to stop!
If you don’t own a Big Shot, you want to consider the August Big Shot special from Stampin’ Up! Purchase a Big Shot and choose a select bundle free! If you already own a Big Shot, choose any of the bundles at a 15% discount. Everyone who has a Big Shot loves it and uses it a lot.
If you are not familiar with a Big Shot, watch this Stampin’ Up! video! I had chosen a little notebook cover in the catalog on page 155 to copy as a card. When I watched this video again, well, check out the last project she shows you! My ESP has been working overtime lately! Yes, I had seen this video before, but really was not thinking about it when I chose the design for the card! Must have been buried in my subconscious!!
I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine almost everyday on lots of projects! I couldn’t do without it! If you don’t already own one, I think it would really enhance your papercrafting experience!
But if you do already own a Big Shot or similar machine, you can order any of these bundles and save 15%! In case it doesn’t jump out at you, the Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle has the new Stars Framelits that just came out in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog AND comes with the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set that WILL be available in the upcoming Holiday Catalog! Get a Bundle and get a Sneak Peek! Maybe even a head start on your Christmas cards and decorations!
As you know, we have had several colors of the new Blendabilities alcohol markersavailable, but as of today, August 1st, ALL the colors are available to you!
Here are the newest colors, available starting today, August 1st!
Night of Navy (Item 131001 – $11.95 )
Wisteria Wonder (Item 131002 – $11.95 )
Calypso Coral (Item 130996 – $11.95 )
Melon Mambo (Item 130994 – $11.95 )
Crumb Cake (Item 131004 – $11.95 )
Smokey Slate (Item 131005 – $11.95 )
These colors and items have already been available:
FYI: Texas Sales Tax Holiday August 8 – 10! Since school supplies will be tax free during this period, certain Stampin’ Up! products, including the Stampin’ Blendabilities, will be included. More details coming!
This is a good day and weekend to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Storeand check out the Big Shot Bundles Promotion and the new Blendabilities you can order!
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.
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.
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.
Today is June 25th which means Christmas Day is in 6 months! But really our Christmas preparations have to be done before that so we actually have less than six months to get ready for Christmas! Yes, that is still a lot of time that even I won’t take advantage of, I admit, but I did feel compelled to make a Christmas card today! Now we don’t have new Christmas sets in the Stampin’ Up! Catalogand we won’t get the Holiday Catalog until September, but I bet we all have stamp sets and accessories with which we can make Christmas cards starting today! I got an idea for this card on Pinterest, but I have always loved using Lovely as a Treefor Christmas cards! Lovely As a Tree is a classic stamp set, one that has been around as long as I have been a demo. In fact, it probably was one of the first stamp sets I owned. I also used the Northern Flurry Embossing Folderfor the top Whisper White layer. I thought we needed snowflakes with a Christmas tree!
I stamped the tree with Old Olive ink and then die-cut it with the Ovals Collection Framelits Die, the third oval from the center. To cut the larger oval out of the Whisper White card front layer, I used the oval fourth from the center. Since that left a little bit of an embossing edge mark, I decided to cover it with a Gold Foil layer, which is cut with the fourth and fifth ovals. It turned out perfect and I think adds an elegance to the card! The Whisper White layer is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals as is the Christmas tree oval.
To decorate the tree, I colored Rhinestone Jewelswith the new Blendabilities alcohol markers. The Blendabilities should be available to order from Stampin’ Up! on July 1st! Only six colors will be available, the same ones Demos were able to preorder, plus a few other items:
Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
Old Olive (item #130999)
Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)
In addition, the following accessories will also be available:
Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)
Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
Color Lifter (item #129369)
There really wasn’t much space for a greeting on this card, but I did choose “Very Merry” from the new stamp set And Many Moreand used the Word Window Punchto punch it out.
Are you going to make some Christmas cards today to get a head start? If you find a design you like, like this Christmas card with Lovely As a Tree, make at least five cards the same. Make some more of another design another day.
Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!for the week of June 24 through June 30. Last ones of the month! If you are looking to add to your Big Shot collection, this is the week for you – Envelope Liner Framelits, Squares Framelits, and Window Framelits! And you might as well throw in some Regals buttons while you are at it!
Why not treat yourself, and maybe a friend or loved one as well, with a subscription to Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes to you in the mail every month! Add a prepaid subscription to your order (just write in the appropriate kit item number on your order) for one month,3 months, or 12 months. You will receive an email with a special code to redeem your subscription. Do this before the 10th of July to receive the July kit! No idea what it is yet! There have rarely been “sneak peeks” of the kit so it is almost always a complete surprise when your kit arrives and you open it! It’s part of the fun, really! It’s a gift you give yourself!
Just contact me if you have any questions. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
It was time to play with the Flower Patchstamp set and the Flower Fair Framelits Diesto make a birthday card. You can also purchase this stamp set and framelits in a bundle, the Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle, and save 15%! Now that summer is officially here, you are bound to be inspired by lots of beautiful flowers blooming and this set will be perfect to use in your projects. The framelits make it easy to cut out most of the stamped images. The greeting I used comes with the set, but to cut it out I used a framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits. I stamped the greeting on a narrow strip of Whisper White and centered the framelit over it so I could have a narrow piece but fancy ends. Rather than try to layer it, I lightly sponged the edges in Real Red just to make it stand out a bit from the Whisper White layer. The large Daffodil Delight and Real Red flowers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Rich Razzleberry flower just adhered right on the paper.
If you wanted, you could “bling up” this card, but for today I kept it simple except for the Candy Dot on the Rich Razzleberry flower!
Here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of June 17, 2014, good through Monday June 23. Be sure to check them out while you are placing your order for the newest merchandise in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Also, check the Clearance Rackand time you are ordering and see if any new items have been added.
Remember, the new photopolymer stamp set Calling All Heroesis available under “New Arrivals” in my Online Store. Mine just came last night! I will try to get a sample made and post it for you soon!
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.
Check out the Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products HERE in my Online Store! Click the “Show: ALL” dropdown choice and it makes it easy to scroll through all the products rather than keep going to the next page!
Hit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now to check out all the current Stampin’ Up! products listed in the left sidebar of my store!
When we watch the Academy Awards or any of these glamorous awards shows, most people are pretty interested in what outfits the stars are wearing on the Red Carpet! I’ve been busy with my Stampin’ Up! Dress Up Framelits making fancy dresses that I’m sure we will see the stars wearing tonight!!
Here are some more Red Carpet dresses for the Oscars tonight! Which one do you like?
Who are you wearing tonight??! Gold is in so do you think we’ll see lots of gold on the Red Carpet? This was like playing with paper dolls!
Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for the week of February 11 2014. That Artisan Label Punch is a good one. I would snatch that up. Of course ribbon and ink is always good and might as well get any Big Shot supplies while you can on discount! Just click on the image above to go to my Online Store page. Check out the other items from Stampin’ Up! by looking at the categories in the left sidebar of the store.
At Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014 last week, I was able to see the Spiral Flower Originals Diein person and see the flowers made with it. Now I want to order it! They were showing the die and a ton of flowers made with it for demonstrators to see up close and personal. The Stampin’ Up! employee I was talking with said each flower will turn out different according to who made it and how tightly or loosely you roll it up. It is suggested you use your Bone Folder after cutting out the flower to loosen up the paper fibers to make it roll easier. The die, like other dies of this kind, are not just for paper either! You can use other materials, such as fabric, so think of the possibilities! Just roll it with your fingers or around a pencil or skewer, however you want to do it. You can leave the center as it comes out or push it down and put a button inside or rhinestone or something.
After Leadership there was a public event and some Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were ‘demonstrating’ at booths. One was doing these paper flowers so here are some photos and ideas:
To add the Spiral Flower Die #129379 to your next order, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! You could have a table full of flowers in no time for spring!
‘Tis the season (or almost!) for making pretty gift wrap boxes for the holiday gifts we have shopped for or handmade for our friends and family. Why not get a head start with the Stampin’ Up! Extra-Large Gift Boxes? They come three in a package and are one of the Weekly Deals, if you order by tonight. Just fold them up into their box shape and start decorating! It needn’t be elaborate, unless you want it to be. Here I have just adhered pieces of the Season of Style Designer Series Paperto the top and sides of the box. On the top, I layered it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock but the sides are just the designer paper. And before I put the Christmas tag on, the decorated box could be for any other occasion, not just Christmas! Also on the Weekly Deal, ending Monday November 18, is the Gift Bow Bigz L Die. Grab it for a discount today and you can easily make the double bow like on the top of this box. It probably only took me about ten minutes to decorate this box! Nothing could be simpler!
For the little tag in the corner of the gift box, I used one of the MANY tags in the Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags package in the Holiday Catalog. I chose one and made a little card to layer it on and stuck it on the top of the box. Now all I have to do is write the “to” and “from” inside when I see what gift is going in the box! Of course I had to add a little bling with two small Rhinestone Jewels on the snowflakes. You can use these die-cut printed tags for scrapbooks, photo albums, even cards. You’ll enjoy playing with them!
Don’t delay, check out the Weekly Deals ending today! You’ll probably want all the items! But even if you miss the sale, they are still good values to have.
Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and get your order in! Let me know if you have any questions! From the Home Page of my store, be sure to check all the categories in the left sidebar. Don’t forget the Clearance Rack either!
Have I said before that I think you will love the Circle Card Thinlits Die for making cards? I needed a baby card for a little boy and thought the Thinlits Die would make a cute card! The paper I used is retired (Nursery Nest), but of course you could use any paper of your choice. The stamp set I used is also retired, unfortunately. I loved the Easy Events stamp set because it was so versatile for many occasions. I loved the little duck so I had to use it for this card.
The Thinlits Die practically makes the card for you! Just decide what to put for the focal point on the front of the card in the circle and probably a greeting for the circle on the other side inside the card. Add a little designer paper if you like or do some stamping on the plain card stock.
Lots of days I can have or see hundreds of ideas for cards and stamping projects I want to make, but sometimes when I need a card for someone special it’s like I’ve never stamped before and can’t think of a thing to make. Does that ever happen to you?! Sometimes I can look around in all the usual inspirational places and not see anything I like, just because I NEED something right then.
Cards for guys always seem a little harder to come up with, although they really shouldn’t be. Often it’s just a matter of changing the color or the paper or using less bling or more texture. Anyway, when I needed a card for my son for his birthday I found this one at StampingSchool.com. I used the “You’re Amazing” greeting on the front of the card from the stamp set You’re Amazing and used the Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelit to cut it out. Love, love, love the little Candy Dots and the Candy Dot Brad Bases (or the Candy Dots by themselves!). While the sample I was copying used a more feminine designer series paper, I changed it to our current Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.
The inside of the card is a pop-up! And it’s made the old-fashioned way, with two little strips of paper making a box shape on each side of the card hidden by a front panel that you can then add things to so that it pops up. I copied the sample pretty closely except for the greeting and the designer paper. Then if you like you can stick a gift card, check or cash in that opening or even engineer it to have a pocket, or any other design along the pop up portion!
This was a good male birthday card to make. It could be for anyone, but the Sweater Weather Designer Paper makes it look like fall and more masculine. With a whole pack of paper, you can choose any of the patterns and know they will look good together because Stampin’ Up! has done all the work of coordinating colors and patterns. And did I mention that I love the Candy Dots??!!!
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