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Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

Usually I don’t know what I will end up when I start to make a card or project even when I “think” I know what I am going to make, as is the case with this Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card.  And you never know where your inspiration will come from – and how much your final project will change from that inspiration!

On a store website, I saw a pillow with “Fa La La” printed on it, and I immediately thought of the Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set.  I thought their colors looked a lot like Cherry Cobbler so that is how I started. I decided to stamp the letters and then die cut with the new  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  These dies are unavailable right now but will be back! The Garden Green background layer is cut with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.

I couldn’t fit just the three words on the card very well so I tried to see what else I could do.  I thought the Christmas tree from Santa’s Sleigh would be nice. You can get the stamp set and framelits in a Bundle and save 10%! And in the Bundle you also get little bows, which I used to decorate the tree!  I added a Rhinestone Jewel to each bow since I hadn’t stamped the bows first, and I like the way they look!  I thought the background needed a little something, so as I looked for the Sparkle Embossing FolderI came across the Cable Knit Dynamic Folderwhich is probably good for almost anything!  It’s so beautiful!

And that’s how my card turned out that started with just “Fa La La” in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla turned out!

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Stampin’ Up! Retiring List and Year-End Closeout Sale

Stampin' Up! Closeout Sale Banner 2016

Today begins the Stampin’ Up! year-end closeout!  Year-End Closeouts will include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products.

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The Retiring List will be updated daily with what is no longer available. You will see an “X” in the “Available” column.

  • Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.
  • Following the Year-End Closeouts promotion, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack; other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
  • High-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3; beginning
    January 4, they will still be available, but at regular price.
  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will be only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last. Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag

Last year I decorated a kraft gift bag much like this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag and it was quite popular. This year I thought I would try something similar with one of my favorite products, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  I loved this project because you can use the treat bag as a treat holder, a small gift holder, or as a Christmas card! If you look closely you can see the top of the card I inserted in the treat bag with a strip of the Candy Cane Lane Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag Card

To make the mini treat bag, of course I used the Big Shot and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I made this bag out of our Kraft 12″ x 12″ Cardstock. Rudolph’s antlers are punched with the Tree Builder Punch.  The eyes are punched with the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch out of Whisper White and the black pupils with the 3/4″ Circle PunchI marked a little “highlight” on the eyes with my White Stampin’ Chalk MarkerThe Red Glimmer Paper nose is punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  And I had to tie a bow on the reindeer with the Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon.

The card is cut from Whisper White Cardstock to fit inside the treat bag. I adhered a strip of designer paper to the top and stamped a greeting from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. You don’t have to have the Tin of Tags in order to make good use out of this stamp set. It stands on its own!

LAST DAY For STITCHED FROM THE HEART STAMP SALE!!

Stamp Set Sale Nov 2016

Today, November 30, is the last day for the Stitched From the Heart Stamp Sale! Check out the list one more time (click HERE) and see if you can pass up any of these great stamp sets at 25% off!

Year End Closeout 2016 Banner

New Announcement!

Check back tomorrow, December 1st (if you can believe that December will be here tomorrow!!!) to see the list of all items from the 2016 Holiday Catalog that are retiring and will no longer be available for purchase after January 3, 2017.

I don’t know yet what is on the list!  We will all find out tomorrow! Check back here on my blog or at my Online Store HERE.  I’m sure you will be able to click on the banner you see there to see all the products!

I hope you got a kick out of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag and can use this inspiration for one of your own projects!

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It’s Cyber Monday! 24-Hour Flash Sale at Stampin’ Up! & Last Day Online Extravaganza!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Shop with Karen

It’s Cyber Monday, and today is the LAST DAY of the Online Extravaganza by Stampin’ Up! Take advantage of the 24-Hour Flash Sale during this last day!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Nov. 28, 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Exravaganza 2016 Flash Sale Nov 28

Here are all the other sale items available, from 10% to 40% off!  Today is the last day!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016

Download the whole Online Extravaganza list HERE!

You can add any other Stampin’ Up! products to your order as well!

Online Extravaganza ends at 11:50 pm MT on November 28, 2016.

Don’t forget the Stitched From the Heart Sale on stamp sets.  This sale ends November 30.

Order directly from my Online Store Here!  Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to put an order in for you. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

 

Stampin’ Up! Specials & Sales! Don’t Miss Any!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016

The Online Extravaganza is Stampin’ Up!’s version of all the Black Friday sales out there this weekend except it has been going on longer!  And certainly more fun to buy Stampin’ Up! products on sale!! Be sure to check out all the choices from 10% to 40% off!  This sale is ongoing today and tomorrow, Monday November 28 and then it comes to an end!

Go directly to my Online Store HERE!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Nov. 28, 2016

AND TOMORROW, November 28 is the 24-Hour Flash Sale!  This second 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 28 and runs through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.Stampin' Up! Online Exravaganza 2016 Flash Sale Nov 28

If you don’t already own the Big Shot Magnetic Platform, this would be the first thing I would order!  I use mine almost everyday!  Great for holding those metal framelits and thinlits in place over a stamped image! Otherwise, take advantage of the other great items, including the Bell Punch, which is not just for Christmas!  Think of wedding cards and wedding bells!

**Because of the strong magnetic field, the Magnetic Platform may not be safe for pacemaker wearers, according to Stampin’ Up!

And there’s MORE!

Stitched Framelits and Stamps Flyer

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Besides the Online Extravaganza, don’t forget the Stitched From the Heart Stamp Sale! Although the number for the Stitched Shapes Framelits has been turned off until Stampin’ Up! is re-supplied, all of these stamp sets are on sale 25% off! This sale continues through the last day of November, Wednesday November 30th.  I picked up the Suite Seasons Stamp Set and have already used it a multitude of times.  I already owned the Tin of Tags Stamp Set and the Oh, What Fun Stamp Set and have used those Christmas and other greetings a lot also! And no denying, the Christmas Pines Stamp Set makes beautiful cards and projects as well!  What choices you have!!

Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving

Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving

If you are taking a bottle of wine or another beverage to your Thanksgiving dinner for the host or even if you just want to fancy up your own wine bottle, make a tag to decorate the bottle, something like this Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving.  It is so easy and won’t take you more than a few minutes to make a simple one. Of course you can embellish it to your delight, but if you are short on time, just make the tag and stamp something simple on it. That’s it!  Your host or hostess will be thrilled!

To make the bottle tag, cut a piece of cardstock 9″ x 3″ and score at 2 1/2″. Punch a hole in the small portion using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. Add a Very Vanilla layer to the tag base of 8 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and stamp or decorate.  I used the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and die cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies. To get the multi-colored fall colors, I first stamped the wreath in Crushed Curry and then took Stampin’ Write Markers to color in various leaves randomly with Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and a little Cherry Cobbler, I added a bow of Peekaboo Peach and popped the wreath up with Stampin’ Dimensionals,  The greeting is stamped from the Suite of Seasons Stamp Set (on sale now, 25% off!). I’m so glad I purchases that stamp set for myself on the sale because I have used it many times already!

If you aren’t taking a bottle of wine, perhaps your hostess would enjoy a few cards that you made and are hoarding in your craft room!  Put them in a cello bag and tie on a ribbon or make some easy pretty presentation!

Don’t forget about the Online Extravaganza during the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Stampin’ Up! Online will be open all through Thanksgiving!

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Baby Cards

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Baby Cards

Would you guess you could take a Christmas stamp set and make a baby card with it? Take a good look at your holiday stamp sets and see if you can get some other uses out of the stamps during the year before you put them away! For example, these Cookie Cutter Christmas bear baby cards are made with the bear in a Christmas stamp set and even with holiday or wintery designer paper. But if you don’t use the holiday patterns in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, there are plenty of generic patterns you can use at other times. While the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set is obviously for the holidays, once you notice the cute bear stamp, face, and ears, you can see that you can use that stamped image for other occasions!

These cards are square, 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock base. The designer papers are from the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack.  The bear is stamped on Whisper White and then the circle is cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits DiesLove these!! If you put them on your order now, even though they are backordered, you will be in line to get them sent to you as soon as they are available again. They have been so popular that Stampin’ Up! will have to turn the number off until they have sufficient supply again.

On the card on the left, I added a Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle layer die cut with the Layering Circles Framelits DiesI also added a strip of Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon across the middle of the card.  The greeting is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. I added two In Color Enamel Dots because I LOVE these little dots!

The baby card on the right is very similar.  I added a strip of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon underneath the banner greeting.  That greeting is from the Better Together Stamp Set.  Once I looked at these two cards side by side I noticed the word “Congratulations” looks exactly the same even though they are two separate greetings from two different stamp sets! Hmmm!

So look at your stamp sets a little diffferently and see if you can get even more use out of them that they seem intended! This is very difficult for me until I see someone else’s idea!

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Petals & Paisleys Copper Foil Thanksgiving Card

Petals & Paisleys Copper Foil Thanksgiving Card

I will say the photograph of this Petals & Paisleys Copper Foil Thanksgiving Card does not do it justice!  I think it is one of the prettiest cards I have ever made, not because I made it because it is a very simple design, but because of the materials! Just get the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper and you will see why! Inside that package is this gorgeous Night of Navy paper with copper foil embossing on it! So pretty!!

I made the card base with Night of Navy Cardstock. When you are not sure what color to use with Stampin’ Up! designer paper, just look on the back of the package to see the list of coordinating colors (you might need your reading glasses though!)! It’s a great resource right at hand!

The greeting is from the Suite Seasons Stamp Set and is perfect for Thanksgiving. I wiped a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with my Embossing Buddywhich lessens the static on the paper and prevents the stray specks of embossing powder, for the most part. I stamped with Versamark Ink, sprinkled on the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powderand heated with the Heat Tool. I can guarantee that each time you do heat embossing you will be amazed like the first time you ever saw it! It is just magical!

After looking through my framelits, I decided on the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut the stitched oval shape around the greeting.  Then I die cut a layer from Copper Foil with the Layering Ovals Framelits DiesI choose the scalloped edge die.  Love it! Then I decided to use my Copper Metallic Thread to wrap around the designer paper. It’s very thin so I had to wrap it around many times!  It barely shows on the photo but it’s there and very pretty.

I like this card so much I think I will make more cards with the rest of that foil designer paper to send out at Thanksgiving! I often forget my own piece of advice – I used to always say “when you make one card, make three” because as long as you have the supplies out and the design in mind, make extras to have on hand!

Remember, the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are or will go on backorder this week and by next week they will not be able to be ordered until Stampin’ Up! receives sufficient supply to fill orders. If you want them, I would add them to an order and hope that you still get one of the thousands of sets coming in to the warehouse by the end of the month.  Otherwise it might be a longer wait.

The stamp sets on the November sale are still available so be sure to check those out!

I hope you will make a few Thanksgiving cards to mail out to special people. Just think how happy that will make their holiday!

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Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Square Christmas Cards

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Square Christmas Cards

The other day I mentioned taking inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, which I did with these two Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear square Christmas cards. Even if you have paged through the catalogs hundreds of times, on any one particular day something new might jump out at you.  Today it was a sample card for the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set that I noticed and realized I had never thought about the bear image being in that stamp set!

I made the card base with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and layered on a pattern from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper StackDon’t think that this paper is only for Christmas or the holiday season because as you can see from these patterns, you could use them almost any time. There are some Christmas patterns in the stack but remember there is always another side to the paper!

The circles are cut with the Big Shot and the newly introduced Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. Stampin’ Up! announced this morning that these Stitched Shapes Framelits have been SO popular they are going on backorder and the number will be turned off in a week so they can replenish the supply. If you want these sooner rather than later I would order them right away, even if they say “backordered”.  This will put you in line to get the ones that do come in, probably the end of the month. The entire supply they thought would last until the end of the year sold out in two weeks! These dies are great and I highly recommend them, but it’s too bad there will be a delay. But try to order them as soon as possible if you want them without waiting too long, hopefully!

The bear is stamped on the circle and then you do have to stamp his face and his ears!  It took me a minute to realize what was wrong with the bear just stamped! In fact I was going to punch out the bear with the Cookie Cutter Punch and then I realized the ears were separate and I would have to stamp, cut out and glue on to the bear.  That is doable, I just decided on the stamping for today! The bow tie is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Real Red ink and punched out.  The greeting comes in the stamp set. Just imagine how you could change the greeting and have a cute baby card or birthday card for a child! The catalog sample has a piece of Linen Thread tied around the card, but I did change it to the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. This twine is white with a red metallic thread. So pretty!

Save some money by purchasing the Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Bundle which comes with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.

Remember, put those Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies on your order today or tomorrow, if possible!

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Flourish Thinlits Dies Thanksgiving Card

Flourish Thinlits Dies Thanksgiving Card

Can you believe it is the middle of November, the month that just started, and that Thanksgiving is on its way?! I realized I should probably make a card with fall colors and ended up with this Flourish Thinlits Dies Thanksgiving Card.  I really just kind of grabbed some scrap pieces of card stock in fall colors and I ended up with a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ square card, Crumb Cake cardstock as the base. Later I decided to put the Very Vanilla front layer of the card over a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock for a thin border.

I just used my Big Shot and Flourish Thinlits Dies to cut as many pieces as I could fit on the cardstock scraps I had to make a bunch of pieces and then I could play with them and come up with something!  The greeting is stamped from the Suite Seasons Stamp Setone of the stamp sets on sale during November.  I ordered it, along with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, and I’m so glad I did.  I’ve already used it several times on cards and projects! You can never have too many greeting stamp sets.  As a side note, this stamp set has a greeting you can use for a sympathy card or some other kind of serious caring type card, and we often do not have a good saying to use for a card like that.

Be sure to check out the Stitched From the Heart collection of the new framelits and all the stamp sets on sale until November 31.

If you are new to stamping or do not have a Demonstrator, I’d be happy to mail you the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs! I have some extras right now and can send them out pronto!  They make the best reading material!!

Time to be making some Thanksgiving cards if you plan to mail some out or Thanksgiving favors or decorations, so let me know if you need any ideas or help.

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders

Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat HoldersWhile we are on the subject of chocolate (from yesterday!), here are two more versions of Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders. Honestly, once you get started on these, you hate to stop! So many possibilities!

The first candy treat holder on the left is a folded over piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, cut 9 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. It is scored at 3 1/4″ from each end so that the paper is scored in thirds.  That gives a flap to fold on the inside to hold the candy (you could also do this for tea bags) that is trimmed at a diagonal so you can see the candy. Use an adhesive to hold the bottom of the triangle shut to hold the candy like Fast Fuse. Then just decorate the front of the candy holder however you like. I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to cut out the greeting from the Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp SetThis stamp set is one that is on sale during the month of November.  You will be able to get lots of use out of this stamp set making your holiday cards and projects.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Folded Candy Treat Holder Inside

The smaller chocolate candy treat holder is cut 5 1/2″ x 2″ with each end punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Then it is scored at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″. Fold, put the candy inside, perhaps with a Glue Dot to hold it inside, and tie with a ribbon at the top. I used the Gold 1/8″ RibbonI chose a piece of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper for the small piece on the front of the candy holder. The little greeting is from the Oh What Fun Stamp Setdie cut with the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  You DO want these dies in your collection!

Go stock up on some candies you can use in your holiday crafting, then have fun making all kinds of cute things like these Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders.

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Easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder

Easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder

Here is an easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder for you to make, perhaps as a little table favor for your Thanksgiving guests or really for any occasion.  All you need are the basics on how to make this and you can decorate and embellish for any occasion. The other day I came across one of these I had made a long time ago for Valentine’s Day and I thought it was time for an update!

I cut my Delightful Dijon Cardstock 3″ x 9 5/8″. Actually, once you have the idea, you can modify the measurements to whatever you like. Then I scored this strip at 2 3/4″, 3″, 6 1/4″ and 6 1/2″. We used to use the Word Window Punch (retired) for the candy slot so today I tried the Classic Label PunchBefore you punch, fold on all the score lines and see how the packet will go together. I made the area that was a bit shorter to be the top flap. Therefore the longer area went inside and was punched to make the candy slot. From the bottom of the strip then I inserted it into the punch all the way, being careful on the sides to make sure it was centered. In this case, the punch was as wide as the paper, but you still need to make sure where the punch is in relation to the paper. After punching, I adhered the punched flap just about 1/4″ below the inside score line and used Fast Fuse Adhesive to hold it. If you are using SNAIL Adhesive, I would probably put the SNAIL on both areas that I was adhering.  I think that makes it hold better and stronger if you need that.

Candy Holder Inside

Now once you have the basic candy holder made, you can decorate it however you like! If you don’t find the exact greeting you want, just look through your stamps and surely you will find something generic you can use.  I opted for this “For You” greeting from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.  I’ve used that greeting over and over because I love the font and it suits almost any occasion.

I stamped the greeting on Whisper White and die cut with the Big Shot and the wonderful new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. Yes, you are going to love these new dies when you order them!  These dies put just a little bit of a stitched look around the shape. Many times it is just a little something that you need to make your card or project “pop” and these dies will do that! I could have put an oval layer behind the greeting, but for one thing, there wasn’t much space and for another, it looked good the way it was! I stamped it in Mint Macaron ink because that is one of the coordinating colors of the designer paper. Cut some designer paper for the front flap, leaving either a 1/4″ or 1/8″ border around the outside.  Since my outside flap was 2 3/4″ x 3″, I cut the designer paper, a pattern from Petals & Paisleys, to 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. I think this paper is beautiful for all your fall and Thanksgiving projects!

To finish my candy holder project, I used a piece of Delightful Dijon ribbon in the Ribbon 3/8″ Trio Packjust tied around to hold the flap down, in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  You can view the catalog online or if you would like your own hard copy, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps. com.  I’ll be happy to mail one to you. It’s not too late to enjoy the Holiday Catalog and enjoy you will!

So go hit the “craft supply” section in the candy department and pick up some candies you know you can use during the holiday season, starting now! These square chocolates are good for a lot of projects!

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Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas Card

Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas CardMy new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies arrived and I had to try them out on this quick Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas Card. Just making this quick card, I can tell you I love the Stitched Shapes Framelits!  As you can see the stitched look just adds a little something, just a little accent.  I think these framelits are going to be very popular!

I made the card base with Soft Suede. (I actually meant to grab Crumb Cake Cardstock, but decided that Soft Suede would be fine, too!) For the Real Red layer, I embossed it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  The greeting is stamped from the Suite Seasons Clear-Mount Stamp Set.  You can get this set ON SALE during November for 25% off! Don’t miss it!

Suite Seasons Stamp Set

The greeting was stamped in Real Red ink, but then I wiped off the pine needle image and colored it with an Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. Then it is backed with a layer from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies, one with a scalloped edge.  So pretty!

Order your Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies today so you can begin using them on your cards and projects!

 

5 Ways to Relieve the Election Stress

American Flag with AMERICA

Here are 5 ways to relieve the election stress the day after!  Whether you are celebrating or disappointed today, take some time for yourself, and of course, Stampin’ Up! has all the perfect things! We all know stamping is therapy!

  1.  Join Paper Pumpkin and have stress-free crafting time once a month when your Stampin’ Up! kit arrives in the mail! All supplies are included in the box (normally red!).  All you have to do is sit down and craft! It comes with a video and directions. Subscribe by tomorrow to get the November Kit in this Special Edition Holiday Box. Stampin’ Up! says if you like the box, you’ll love what’s inside!  Can’t wait! Click HERE!Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Special Edition Holiday Box

2.  Treat yourself to the brand new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies that just came out November 1st.  These will be in the new annual catalog later on so this is an exciting pre-release! Mine are coming today!! And of course get yourself a Big Shot, too, if you don’t have one!  I use mine almost everyday!

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

3.  Order anything you want from Stampin’ Up! Go ahead, your husband said you could after the election! See, even Stampin’ Up! says on their banner, “now do something nice for you!” Click HERE to shop!Stampin' Up! Do Something Nice for Yourself

4.  Sit down with the therapeutic Stampin’ Up! catalogs and enjoy the inspiration! Every time you look through the catalogs you will notice a new idea or want to try something you see! Best reading material on the planet!!

Stampin' Up! Catalogs

5.  STAMP!!  Go ahead!  Just sit down with your supplies at hand and STAMP!  That stamp and block in your hand can work miracles! Just STAMP! Get your desk all messy with your paper, ink and stamps, then stand back and admire all the beautiful colors and materials!

Stampin' Up! messy desk

There you go!  The 5 ways to relieve election stress!  Hope you enjoy your day!

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Easy Christmas Card Ideas…and the Stamps Are On Sale!

Tin of Tags Christmas Cards

Yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced a 25% off sale of select stamp sets that perhaps coordinate nicely with the newly introduced Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Here I used one of the stamp sets on sale, Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set, to make two easy Christmas cards! It’s that time of year! I don’t have the framelits yet, but I think they would add a nice touch to my greetings on my cards as a border.

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how to use the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies!

My Christmas cards were very easy to make. I decided to make a 4 1/4″ square card. Instead of cutting the cardstock in half horizontally as we usually do, cut the length to 8 1/2″, then cut in half vertically (well, if you start with a full sheet of  cardstock, cut in half vertically and then trim each strip to 8 1/2″.) Score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half. I used a layer of the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack as a background. The greetings on each card are stamped from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. I die cut the squares with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, but if you don’t have those, just cut your own squares. I also used the gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to add little accents on the one card.

The Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set of course coordinates with the cute Tin of Tags Project Kit.  Such a fun and easy way to sit down for a little while and make 30 tags to use on your Christmas gifts!  And you still have the cute red tin!  I love red, so in my case, I bought the red tin and the kit just came with it!!  But you can use the stamp set a million ways without the project kit, so don’t let that stop you.

To see all the stamp sets on sale during November and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, just click the link below!

Shop the 25% off Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sale on select stamp sets!

NEW!! Stitched Shapes Framelits and Stamp Sale!

Something brand new for November from Stampin’ Up!  And a stamp sale!

Stitched Shapes Framelits Banner

Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. Giving a stitched gift shows just how much you value that relationship. Now you have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets. These stamp sets bring out the beauty of the framelits.

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies Flyer

With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.

Stitched Framelits and Stamps Flyer

Item

Description

Retail Price

Sale Price

145372

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—set of 12 dies which includes four circles, ovals, and squares

$30 USD

No discount

142069 (HC p. 11)

Greetings From Santa Wood-mount Stamp Set

$27 USD

$20.25 USD

143269 (HC p. 11)

Greetings From Santa Clear-mount Stamp Set

$19 USD

$14.25 USD

142114 (HC p. 15)

Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD

$15.75 USD

142049 (HC p. 19)

Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set

$35 USD

$26.25 USD

142142 (HC p. 23)

Merry Mice Wood-mount Stamp Set

$23 USD

$17.25 USD

142145 (HC p. 23)

Merry Mice Clear-mount Stamp Set

$17 USD

$12.75 USD

142180 (HC p. 33)

Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD

$15.75 USD

142206 (HC p. 43)

Suite Season Wood-mount Stamp Set

$28 USD

$21 USD

142209 (HC p. 43)

Suite Season Clear-mount Stamp Set

$20 USD

$15 USD

140386 (AC p. 31)

Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD

$15.75 USD

141859 (AC p. 61)

Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

$26 USD

$19.50 USD

141784 (AC p. 139)

Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD

$15.75 USD

*AC refers to the annual catalog; HC refers to the holiday catalog.

Details:

  • Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning November 1, 2016
  • November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
  • Stamp sets also available in French
  • Ordering Deadline (25% off stamp sets): November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

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How to Make Ghosts Out of Hearts for Halloween

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I made this Halloween card to show you how to make ghosts out of hearts because it reminds me of when I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

I was first introduced to Stampin’ Up! when I went to my friend’s house, probably over fifteen years ago, to go to a wedding shower for a mutual friend. She only had time to tell me she had signed up to be a Demonstrator and showed me some projects she had made at a stamp camp. I didn’t really know much at all about rubber stamping but I was surprised how cute her little projects were! Later on that summer we were back in town for the wedding and I got to spend several days with my friend, and all I wanted to do was stamp with her and look at all her samples! I was mesmerized! Sometime later she suggested I sign up so we could go to the Stampin’ Up! Convention together. It took me awhile to be convinced, even though I did think it would be great to go to the next convention with her. I think it was yet another visit that I went with her to a group meeting of Demonstrators in her upline and sideline that I saw so many cute ideas on display of cards and other projects. One that I really fell in love with was a card something like the one I made above. The person made a ghost by cutting a punched heart in half, and I thought it was one of the most clever ideas I’d ever seen!

It has now been fourteen years since I bought my Starter Kit (don’t think we had any choice of products back then!) and I have loved every minute of it! Customers couldn’t even order online themselves back then, only through a Demonstrator and I don’t think any (or certainly not many) people had blogs or social media. Our Demonstrator websites were new sometime after I joined.  Lots of changes in catalogs, products, ink pads, types of stamps over the years!

If you would like to be a part of this great company, Stampin’ Up!, now is a great time to join! Someday you might be saying “I joined Stampin’ Up! 14 years ago!” I love that Stampin’ Up! values all Demonstrators, whether you want to work hard and turn this into a big business or whether you want to just get the discount and benefits for yourself, or something in between.

For an introduction, click HERE to find out about joining Stampin’ Up! All you need to do is purchase a “Starter Kit”, which means you choose $125 worth of current products (your choice) and only pay $99.  You also get about $50 in catalogs and business supplies to get your business started. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have. When you feel ready to join, just read the Demonstrator Agreement, enter your information, choose your Starter Kit and submit.  Within minutes you will be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and have your Demo ID# and can start looking around on the Demo side of the website.

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As for the Halloween card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock for the card base and layered with a piece of paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series PaperFor the ghosts I just die cut some hearts of different sizes with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies out of Whisper White Cardstock. Then I cut each heart in half with a scissors and adhered them to the card front. Use a black marker or Sharpie to draw in some eyes on each ghost. The greeting is from the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set and I added just one Halloween Night Enamel Dot. I love these enamel dots because they are cute and flat enough for mailing! For a little extra pizzazz I die cut a strip of stars from Gold Glimmer Paper with the stars die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. Adhere a few of the stars with a tiny drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Maybe this card will inspire you to join the Stampin’ Up! family for lots more creative ideas! Look over the information on the Stampin’ Up! website and then email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com  if you would like more information or answers about your particular situation.

Anniversary Card with a Silver Glimmer Flourish

Anniversary Card with a Silver Glimmer Flourish

Recently I made this anniversary card with a silver glimmer flourish. I wanted to use the new Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper because it is so beautiful, and I knew it would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card. In spite of the name and the fact that it appeared in the Holiday Catalog, doesn’t mean it is only for Christmas! There are a few patterns that do suggest the holidays a bit, but the rest are definitely “plain” and can be used for anything. This paper is a little difficult to photograph but I think you can see the pattern I used.

I thought some Silver Glimmer Paper would look pretty with the white patterned paper, so I die cut a flourish with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  Apparently I am short on “Happy Anniversary” greetings, but I thought “Celebrate” would also work! I found the word and the banner in the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set. After punching out the banner stamped on white with Elegant Eggplant ink I trimmed it down a little and layered it on Elegant Eggplant cardstock and then on Silver Glimmer Paper.

You can purchase the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and Duet Banner Punch so you will be all set and save 10% in the process!

Try the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It’s different than anything else we have had since it is a dry embossed textured pattern. You can leave it white or you can color it a bit with Sponge Daubers, Brayer or Sponges.

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Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag

Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products in the catalog are the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  I just think the little bags you can make for treats, for money, for gift cards, and used as envelopes are the cutest things and so versatile.

On this Halloween mini treat bag, I used a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper for the bag.  You could really use either side of the paper for this project! I also stamped the skeleton in the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  So easy!  Then I stuck him on the front of the bag for decoration as well as tying around some Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.  The greeting is stamped from the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set and made into a little banner.  The ghost I thought would be cute, from the same stamp set!

Just put a candy treat inside or a Halloween note card or whatever you like!  Just be sure it is spooky when you make this Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag!

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Sweet 16 Birthday Card for a Girl

Sweet 16 Birthday Card

Recently I needed a birthday card for my niece turning 16, not that I can believe that little girl is 16 years old already, but I came up with this Sweet 16 Birthday Card for her. You could modify the background stamping for a boy and maybe not use the Glimmer paper.

The card base is Melon Mambo with a layer of Whisper White. I die cut the numbers with the Big Shot and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  The background is stamped with the stems and flowers from the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set. I did cut out a few flowers for a more 3D effect. And I loved adding the little Enamel Dots to the flowers!

The greeting is stamped from the set and then I used two Oval Framelits to cut the curved banner shape.  I accented the bottom of the card with strips of Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape. It’s so fun to play with washi tape!

Stampin’ Up! Updates!

  • We are happy to announce that we are bringing back the replacement Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Mats and Scoring Blades. These items will be available for you  to start ordering today.Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Cutting Mat (item 131375); $4.00 US

       Stampin’ Trimmer Scoring Blades (item 126996); $5.00 US

We came to this decision by taking another look at the overall strategy of the Stampin’ Trimmer and its supporting pieces, and we were able to work out issues with our supplier to be able to offer these items to you. Keep in mind that the cutting blade that comes with the Stampin’ Trimmer does not make contact with the cutting mat so it should not wear it down. Like the cutting mat, the scoring blade is made to last and will not wear out. These replacement items may be helpful for you if you lose a piece or prefer to have extras on hand.

  • Handheld Stapler Being DiscontinuedDue to supplier issues outside of our control, the Handheld Stapler (item 139083) and coordinating Silver Mini Staples (item 135847) will be discontinued after our current inventory runs out. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I LOVE my Stapler!  If you want one, be sure to order one right away.

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