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New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for Oct 6 – 12, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 6 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Purchase these items at a discount while supplies last today through Monday, October 12. These are always a good chance to pick up some accessories at a lower price!  Maybe you can use the Gusseted Cellophane Bags for Halloween treats or birthday parties or stock up for the holidays. And there are LOTS of ideas for using the Hamburger Box Die. Of course sequins are big right now as are metallics so you have both in the Metallics Sequin Assortment. And did you know the White Perfect Accents can also be colored with Sharpie Markers if you want accents in different colors than white? I admit, it took me awhile to get used to the Fast Fuse Adhesive, but now I really like to use it. Make sure you have the main Fast Fuse Adhesive before you stock up on the Refills available on the Deals! If you want some tape adhesive that HOLDS, this is it!

Here’s a fall box I made last year with the Hamburger Box Die and the For All Things Stamp Set.

Hamburger Box Die Fall Box For All Things

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How to Make Cotton Paper Flowers with the Floral Framelits

The Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies are on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal this week, and you will probably want them after you watch this video! This video uses the new Stampin’ Up! Cotton Paper in the new Annual Catalog, but you could also use card stock or colored tissue paper or whatever you like.  The Cotton Paper comes in an assortment of pretty colors as you see in this video.  It is lightweight but sturdy so good for a project like this where you want it to not be too heavy but hold up while making it!

We Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who have seen Bonnie (in this video) present on stage just love her and her humor. But there is a catch to this video! Be sure to watch it all the way through! I think you will enjoy the project! It might even take you back to your childhood when you made paper flowers out of tissue paper or kleenex!

The Floral Frames Framelits will make making cotton paper flowers easy!

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Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament Front

We go from the first day of autumn to an Embellished Ornaments picture frame ornament! Believe me, pretty quickly time will seem to go that fast when we get rolling here!  I saw something resembling this idea on some non-stamping website and it reminded me of this stamp set.

I stamped two ornaments in Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. I also stamped the ornament hangers and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. Then I glued the hanger on to the ornament with either a bit of Fast Fuse Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

To make this pretty ornament into a picture frame, I used the 1″ Circle Punch to punch a hole in the center of one ornament to fit a photo.  You might punch the hole and then make sure the photo you choose will fit in the area nicely, Cut the photo a little larger than the hole so it can be adhered on the backside of the ornament. Then glue together the two ornaments so you have a front with the photo and the plain back of the ornament.  Tie a bow around the hanger, perhaps with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament

There you have it!  I nice little photo ornament that you could hang on the tree, tie on a package for a tag, or even attach to a Christmas card. Very easy to make!  You could make it even simpler by just stamping with ink and not embossing.

Embellished Ornaments Frame back

You can do a lot with this Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set.  Make some ornaments fancy or plainer. No matter which you do, they will still look elegant on your projects and cards!

Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card with Gold Glitter

Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card with Gold Glitter

Yesterday I made a super simple, easy Christmas card for my stamping newsletter with this same stamp set, and today I made this more elegant Embellished Ornaments Christmas card with gold glitterI was actually copying a sample card in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog on page 15. I used the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set for the whole card.  It also has a nice sentiment to stamp inside the card.

I stamped the holly leaves on the Whisper White card front layer overlapping in the center , which I knew would be underneath the ornament and not show. I inked up the leaves in Old Olive and then used a Blender Pen to remove the green ink from the berries and colored the berries with Real Red marker. Then I went back with the Blender Pen and colored the holly leaves in lightly with Old Olive ink.

The ornament is stamped with Real Red ink and cut out with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  The little ornament hanger/topper piece is also die cut after being stamped with Smoky Slate ink. You could also stamp this piece with Versamark ink and emboss with Silver Embossing powder. The sample in the catalog used the very thin, fine Gold Metallic Thread behind the ornament. I own it, but have lost it! So instead, I used the Gold Cording TrimI’d prefer the Gold Metallic Thread for a lighter look. The cording is just gathered haphazardly behind the ornament and stuck down with Stampin’ Dimensionals which then adhere the ornament to the card.

For a finishing touch, I used the splatter technique with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue diluted with water from my Aqua Painter as I did in THIS POST.   Since I didn’t look very closely to see my splatters, I kept splattering and got a little carried away!! If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t do quite so much splattering; but oh well, a lot of glitter on a festive Christmas card never hurt anybody! Once you have splattered with the watered down glue, shake on Gold Glitter to cover, then dump off the excess.  Voila!  You have a glittered splattered card!

Use your Holiday Catalog to shop but also to get ideas!  Copy the projects exactly or just take part of the idea for inspiration and make up your own creative idea! That’s why lots of samples are provided in the Holiday Catalog as well as the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  Enjoy!

Here is a close-up so you can see the glitter better.

Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card close up

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Paper Pumpkin Breast Cancer Support

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 15 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for September 15-21, 2015. In my opinion, there are a couple of GREAT deals on here:  the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (one of my favorites!) and the beautiful Butterflies Thinlits Dies. If you don’t own these already, I really think you will like them and get a lot of use out of them. You can use the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits for Halloween coming up for treats, even for Christmas for candy treats, small gifts or gift cards. The sizes of the treat bags can even be varied.  Also, you get so many other pieces to use with the basic treat bag die. And of course I’m sure you’ve seen beautiful cards and projects made with the die cut butterflies. The other items are the buttons, ribbons and Fringe Scissors, all things you can use to enhance the look of your creations! Get the discount while it is available!

Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack, too, for more bargains!


Stamp Out Breast Cancer with Paper Pumpkin

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going PINK . . . or at least our October boxes are! And because we know our subscribers want to share the love too, we will be making a donation on their behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

To find out about Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting monthly kit that comes in the mail, click HERE.

Stampin’ Up! will donate:
$1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.

Together, we will make a difference!

Here’s how you can help:

Subscribe! If you’re new to Paper Pumpkin, click here to get started. Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you’ll want to hold onto forever-and we’ll donate $2 because you’re new!
Stay active if you’re a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
Spread the word! Help us get as many new subscribers as possible. Every current subscriber adds $1 and for new subscribers it’s doubled, so let’s get the word out and raise as much as possible.
Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.

More About BCRF

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year BCRF has invested $58.6 million in research, to support over 235 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit:

Additional Details:

New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past.
All funds will be donated in US dollars.
Mini spoiler alert! The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but we should probably let you know that it is not a pink project. That’s all we’re saying. ;)
Funds will be donated based on number of subscribers instead of boxes shipped. But, if you want more than one pink box, you can always increase your subscription quantity by logging into your account at before October 10.


Howl-O-Ween Treat Mini Treat Bag Halloween Card

Howl-O-Ween Mini Treat Bag

You know I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Diesso for Halloween I made this Howl-O-Ween Treat Mini Treat Bag Halloween card.  I just used Pumpkin Pie card stock to make the treat bag with the die and the Big Shot and then I stamped the words “Trick or Treat” all over with matching Pumpkin Pie ink. That’s how you make your own designer paper! I wrapped a little strip of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper around the bottom of the bag just for a little something.  The owl from Howl-O-Ween Treat Stamp Set is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and die cut with the Boo to You Framelits Dies.  I also die cut the witch’s hat from the Black Glimmer Paper in the Holiday Catalog and just put a little strip of Gold Glimmer Paper on the hat.  Then I also punched a few Gold Glimmer Stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Easy to make a deluxe Halloween card!

Here is what the inside card looks like.  I added two bits of ribbon, the Basic Black 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and stapled on with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler to help pull the card out.

Howl-O-Ween Mini Treat Bag inside

Notice the strip of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper!  What do you see?  Just a black and white design?  Or do you see the bats?!  Cute, huh?!

Remember, this year you can buy a pack of card stock that coordinates with the designer series papers rather than buying separate colors, such as this Happy Haunting Cardstock Pack.

So the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies aren’t just for bags or birthdays or treats!  They can be used to make a Howl-O-Ween Treat Mini Treat Bag Halloween Card!

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Jingle All the Way Bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Labor Day!  If you are just relaxing at home today and perusing the internet catching up on ideas for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, here is a Stampin’ Up! video about using the Jingle All the Way Bundle. I’m sure this will be a popular set as it is unique and fun! Watch the video for cute ways to use this Jingle All the Way Stamp Set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies. You will be able to make a stack of Christmas cards with just this Bundle (and of course a Big Shot!) The Bundle saves you 15% and also comes in wood-mount, of course. Be inspired for the upcoming holidays! Get an early start!

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Back to School Bravo Star Card

Back to School Bravo Star Card

Here in Houston it is almost the end of the first week of school, so I thought maybe people would want to make a Back to School Bravo Star Card either for the student that has completely their first week of school or perhaps for the teacher who has completed a week (and probably more) of back to school! Use the Bravo Stamp Set and some stars cut with the Stars Framelits and Big Shot to choose an appropriate greeting. Change the greeting and make the card for someone getting ready to start school next week or after Labor Day!

For the card base I just used the new Whisper White Thick Cardstock. You will love the weight of this card stock if you would like to make a card with less layers. Then just die cut a bunch of assorted stars with the Stars Framelits and play around with the arrangement until you are happy with the placement of the stars and greeting.  Use a lot or use a few!  Place one framelit inside the other to make the stars with the center cut out.

I’ve always said everyone should have some star punches, star stamps, or in this case Star Framelits because stars can be used for just about anything. They are so good for congratulations, birthday, promotions, achievements, baby, thank you, anything special that you are making!

I loved making this simple Back to School Bravo Star Card using multiple stars and the Bravo Stamp Set! If you need any supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Back to School Big News Awesomeness Gift

Back to School Big News Awesomeness Gift

Tomorrow is Back to School time in Houston and probably lots of other places. If not tomorrow, probably very soon! Maybe you are looking for a little card or something for your child’s first day of school to encourage them, surprise them in their lunchbox or backpack. Rather than make this a card, I chose to tie some ribbon across the top to make it a hanger. Now the child can hang it up in their room or school locker and be inspired everyday and know you were thinking of them!

We have yet another power outage at our house as I am writing this so I’m not even sure how the colors are showing up. The base is Basic Black with a Real Red layer embossed with the Big Shot and Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.  The sentiment from Big News is stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool. Be sure you have the Embossing Buddy to wipe across the card stock before stamping and applying the embossing powder because it helps eliminate the static that makes specks of embossing powder cling to the paper where you don’t want them! This embossed piece is cut out with the largest of the Deco Labels Framelits DiesYou could also just trim it whatever size you wanted to fit the card base. The smallest stars are punched out with the star in the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the smallest star in the Stars Framelits DiesOf course the Gold Glimmer Paper is perfect for this as would be the Gold Foil Sheets. And I had to use a couple of Brights Candy Dots because they are so cute!

While you could easily copy this and make it a card in the usual fashion, I inserted some Gold 1/8″ Ribbon for a hanger. Any little thing you can make for your child for back to school I’m sure will be appreciated, even a note in their lunchbox!

Be sure to check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end Monday night, August 24 as well as the Clearance Rack.

And if you are in the USA and do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that you work with and don’t have access to the gorgeous new Holiday Catalog coming September 1st, please contact me at and  I will send a catalog out to you! I’m always happy to assist people in discovering and enjoying the fun and creativity of stamping and the products of Stampin’ Up!

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Making Mini Treat Bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Watch Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office make cute mini treat bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies! She shows some really cute ideas, plus watch for the tip about the little heart embellishment!  I never heard that one before!

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are on sale during the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals through Monday June 29, 2015.  I also love the Silver Glimmer Paper and the embossing folders on this deal, not to mention the buttons and the ribbon!  It’s all good!

Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag

Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag

One more idea for using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, which are $10 off through Monday night on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. Make the regular mini treat bag, then fold over the top edge. Add a belly band to hold it in place and you’ve got a cute little envelope for a card and/or treat! Don’t forget all the cute embellishments that come in the set of dies, such as the strip of stars, hearts and dots, the heart and star, the words, etc. You can decorate your Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag any way you like!

For this project I just used a 6″ x 6″ piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  No cutting involved.  But you do need to to place the large treat bag die carefully on the paper and make sure it is properly placed as you cover it with the cutting plate before running through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  The Magnetic Platform helps hold it in place but you can also use some post-it type notes or washi tape to hold the die in place.  As you can see, there is very little paper waste!

Die Cut Mini Treat Bag

Make the mini treat bag, then fold over the top.  You can just do this or you can score first about 3 1/2″ from the bottom edge of the bag. Just figure out what size you want the bag/envelope to be.

Mini Treat Bag Folded

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check out all the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Then if you liked my Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag, be sure to place it on your order before 11:50 pm MT Monday June 29, 2015. All the other items on the Weekly Deals are really great too so be sure to look!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal June 23 2015

Smaller Mini Treat Bags

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bags

I’ve let go of Christmas today and have another way to use the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies I think you will find useful!  The die pieces include one large one which forms the front of the bag, and we used two of them to make the larger gusseted bags. Today we will use the smaller die piece which normally forms the back of the bag and cut two of those to make these Smaller Mini Treat Bags!

Cut two of the small bag die pieces.

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bag Pieces

Fold the score lines made by the die to form the bag.  Since the bottom edges of these pieces are just straight, trim off a little bit, maybe 1/2″ from the bottom of one that will be the back piece of the bag. On the other piece, make a 1/2″ score line and fold (maybe even trimming the corners off as shown.  This piece will be the front piece of the mini treat bag.

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bag Folds

Apply adhesive of your choice as shown.  I used the new Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bag Tape

The Mini Treat Bag on the left is made with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. Such a cute stack of colorful papers! As you can see the front and back top edges are the same length. The heart and words are die cuts in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. Not only do you get the mini treat bag dies but you get extra dies that cut embellishments for your projects.

The treat bag on the right is made from the new In Color Envelope Paper. On this bag, the front piece is folded down a bit and I tied a string of the Burlap Ribbon around the top edge. The star is a die cut in the set of thinlits dies.

 Mini Treat Bags

Remember, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals through Monday night, June 29. You can save $10 when you purchase these dies! To see some other altered  Mini Treat Bags I have made, check out this post and this post. To see some of the “regular” mini treat bags you can make with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, please click HERE.

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Altered Mini Treat Bag

Altered Mini Treat Bag

With the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies on sale for $10 off this week on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, I thought I would make an altered Mini Treat Bag so you can see some versatility with this die! By just doing  a few different things, you can make a larger gusseted treat bag with the same dies! You can make a smaller one too!  And this die comes with so many different pieces and coordinates with a new stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. That stamp set is You’re So Sweet on page 57.

The negative image of the word “Enjoy” is leftover from something else I made with the word cut out that I just happened to save and it came in handy for this bag!  I had a scrap piece of the same Bohemian Designer Series Paper so I just turned it over and glued it to the front of the bag with a scrap strip of Gold Glimmer Paper across the front. I also used the star die in the package to cut out the star out of the Gold Glimmer Paper. So easy!

Tomorrow I will take a few more photos and show you have to make this altered Mini Treat Bag.

Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of June 23, 2015. These are good through Monday night, June 29. Every item on there is worth having!  But I know you’ll have fun with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits!

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal June 23 2015

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Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Mini Treat Bag

Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Mini Treat Bag

When I broke out my new Cherry on Top Cotton Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog I decided to make a treat bag with it using the Big Shot and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits because you get so many pieces with it, and of course other people have figured out ways to alter the size of the treat bags and things you can make with the bag die. So it is a little pricey but you get a lot with this set.

But back to the Cotton Paper! It’s a little heavier, I would say, than tissue paper. It is lightweight but sturdy. I love my treat bag I made with the Cucumber Crush color, but I did find it a little difficult to work with in making the bag. It was a little bit difficult to fold on the score lines since the paper is lightweight.  I found using SNAIL adhesive to not work with it at all – seems the paper was too slick for the SNAIL to catch on to.  But the Fast Fuse worked great and I imagine the new Tear & Tape Adhesive would work great. After making the treat bag, I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to fit inside and stamped it with Watermelon Wonder ink with a birthday greeting from the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set. (You can also buy a Bundle with the matching Banners Framelits if you like and save 15%.)

To decorate the bag, I punched ten flowers with the Pansy Punch from the Watermelon Wonder Cotton Paper. I could also have used the Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies. Just stack the flowers together, staple in the center with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld StaplerThen just smoosh each layer up and toward the center to make the flower! The Cotton Paper works well for this! Just smoosh and fool with it and get it to your liking. If you are mailing it, you can flatten the flower and tell the recipient to fluff up the flower when they receive it! I also stamped a banner from the Amazing Birthday stamp set to decorate and applied a piece of Cherry on Top Washi Tape over a strip of Whisper White card stock since the tape is transparent. Then I just adhered it to the bottom of the treat bag. And since I had an already stamped and die-cut leafy image from the other day, I stuck that on behind the flower.  So cute!

Cotton Paper

Cotton Paper Stapled Flowers


Cotton Paper Flower


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Chalk Talk Petite Petals For You Card

Chalk Talk Petite Petals For You Card

The Chalk Talk Stamp Set is one that I hate to see retire on June 2nd when the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog comes out. I decided to use it again on this all-occasion card. I think this card even has an elegant look to it that you could use for an invitation, maybe a wedding invitation, or a wedding card. I stamped it with the Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink Pad which I especially liked stamped on the Whisper White card stock. The Chalk Talk Stamp Set also has matching framelits, the Chalk Talk Framelits and you can also buy the stamp set and framelits in a bundle. Surprisingly, and happily, the Chalk Talk Framelits are in the new catalog!

For some extra interest, I decided to also stamp the Petite Petals flowers with the Rose Coral Chalk Ink and punched out with the Petite Petals PunchI have found these little flowers and punch to be so handy on many projects when you just need a little something else. Both Petite Petals Stamp Set and Punch are carrying over to the new catalog! And then I added some Basic Pearls and Rhinestones to the little flowers.

Easy, elegant card to make for almost any occasion. If you are interested in the Chalk Talk Stamp Set be sure to order it by Tuesday, June 2. It is only available in the wood-mount at this point, but that is what I have. I like all three kinds of stamps that Stampin’ Up! carries, but it always feels good to hold a wood block in your hand to stamp!

Once again, here is the Stampin’ Up! Retired List (link below).  You will see an “x” in a box if the item is no longer available, but of course this can change at a moment’s notice.  So if you do not find it in the Online Store, then it probably is no longer available. But email me at if you need help finding something or have any questions.

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List PDF

My Stampin’ Up! Online Store

And don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end Monday night June 1st.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 26 2015


Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Cards for Twins

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

My twin nieces had a birthday this week so I wanted to make them cards that were almost alike but slightly different. I made both of them pocket cards with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DiesThis die is a good investment because you get so many pieces with it besides the treat bag. And you can make more than just treat bags with it. Click the link to see all the dies that come in this set – words, shapes, strips!

The bags are made with the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. Such bright and fun patterns on these papers! The banner and the words at the bottom of the bags are from the same Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  The butterflies, of course, are from the Butterflies Thinlits DiesI cut them out of two of the papers in the Sweet Taffy paper and added some Rhinestone Jewels. There’s a little piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon attached to the inside card to indicate there is a card inside to pull out.

And here are the cards showing the inside card with birthday greetings!

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card For You

This card is stamped with the cake from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set and the greeting from Fabulous Four Stamp Set.

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card Enjoy

This card is stamped with a greeting from the Fabulous Four Stamp Set and the cupcake from Cupcake Party.

Be sure to notice the handy dandy Handheld Stapler from Stampin’ Up!. I love it! Order the box of Silver Mini Staples, too. It’s great for attaching tags or embellishments or pieces of ribbon like on these cards!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals which will end on Monday night. You might get busy with the holiday weekend and forget.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Wildflower Meadow Butterfly All Occasions Card

Wildflower Meadow Butterfly All Occasions Card

One of the retiring stamps is Wildflower Meadow with a matching embossing folder, Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing FolderThey are discounted now on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List so check them out! Wildflower Meadow is very pretty although I know I didn’t use it as often as I could have. It’s a large background stamp so I actually prefer the wood-mount verson which is a little easier to use I think.

I decided to use the Wildflower Meadow stamp in kind of a monochromatic look on this card, stamping the Crumb Cake card stock with Crumb Cake ink.  You could also use Versamark Ink for the same look. The card base is Soft Suede. I wanted to see a pretty background but I wanted a butterfly to be the focal point.

The butterfly is a piece of paper from the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper which is so pretty with its Metallic Gold and is discounted 50% on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List also! The butterfly is die-cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies. I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments for the butterfly’s body and just adhered it with a Stampin’ Dimensional (a thin scrap from the edge of the Dimensional page to fit) so the butterfly would look 3D. Then for just a little more embellishment I added a strip of Venetian Crochet Trim across the bottom.

This card could be used for almost any occasion so I decided to leave off a greeting until I need to send the card and see what I want to put on it. It certainly could be used for Mother’s Day which is coming up next Sunday, May 10, 2015. It could also be birthday, thinking of you, get well, graduation, sympathy, even a wedding card.

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now and see all the great products and certainly many discounted prices available!

Starburst Sayings Happy Day Card

Starburst Sayings Happy Day Card

Starburst Sayings is one of the stamp sets on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List that I was so surprised to see on there! It’s a fun stamp set to use and can cover many occasions from congratulations, birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, encouragement, and even weddings. All it takes is using the appropriate colors, papers and embellishments.  Dress it up or dress it down, as they say! You can use circle punches with several of the stamps if you don’t mind punching inside the starburst edges.  Use the matching Starburst Framelits Dies to use with these stamps or just paper.

The Starburst Sayings Stamp Set is discounted on the Retired List right now or you can purchase the Bundle with the stamp set and the framelits and save a little money.

Starburst Saying Stamp Set Images

Here’s another card I made awhile back with one of the other sayings:

Starburst Sayings and Retro Fresh

This card is from last year and has retired paper and trim on it, but you can easily change it with something current.  You can read that blog post HERE.

To shop for any of the Stampin’ Up! Retired products, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  You can choose Stamps or Accessories. Click the View ALL dropdown box so that you can just scroll through all the products rather than having to go to the next page and the next.

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Stampin’ Up! was hoping these Butterflies Thinlits Dies would be available today, but not quite! Here is the update from Stampin’ Up! hot off the press:

We have received notice from our supplier that the container with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies was finally unloaded from the ship; however, there is a shortage of trucks, which has delayed the container being picked up. We have secured a truck to pick up the container, and, as of now, it is scheduled to be delivered to Stampin’ Up! on Friday. We will post an update as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to await their arrival!

So hang in there! Stampin’ Up! is trying as hard as they can!  I will continue to keep you updated.

In the meantime, I made this card the other day, playing with the butterfly thinlits and the Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Best Year Ever.  Such an easy way to make multicolored pretty butterflies!  And once these butterfly thinlits become available, Stampin’ Up! will have a special offer for you:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)

My card is an odd size. The card base is 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half, so the card is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. I don’t even know why I made this size, but there it is! I stamped a couple swooshes on the background with Work Of Art before I adhere the die-cut butterflies. The greeting is stamped from the  And Many More Stamp Set, chock full of greetings just like my favorite greeting stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes!  And I added some bling with both Rhinestones and Pearls!  Why not?!

Stay tuned for more updates about the Butterflies Thinlits Dies so you can purchase them or the Bundles as soon as they are available!

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Colorful Butterflies Thinlits Dies

Work of Art Butterfly Thinlits CardYou never know what you will come out with when you start making a card, or any creative project! I decided to combine some “swaths” of color from the Work of Art Stamp Set with the Butterflies Thinlits DieI tried using some Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper, the ombre turquoise pattern, and both sides of the butterfly I thought turned out beautiful! It was too hard to fit on three butterflies, so I ended up with just two and used the same pattern of the designer paper on both butterflies since I already had a colorful background. I thought the butterflies needed something to stand out a bit, so I drew in the antennae with a retired (I think) journaling pen and colored some Basic Pearls with my Blendabilities Markers and stuck those on along the body. Do you love it because it is so colorful and the butterflies so pretty or do you hate it because it is too busy??

The butterflies, made with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies are incredible embellishments to put on a project or card! Of course you need the Big Shot for the die-cutting.  I use mine almost every day for something. If you would like a Big Shot, think about purchasing it during Sale-A-Bration. Get the Big Shot, some accessories (dies, framelits, thinlits or embossing folders), maybe some card stock and if you reach $150 you will get all that plus 3 free Sale-A-Bration items, plus $25 in free Hostess dollars to spend! Best way to get more bang for your buck!

Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now and choose your $50 bundles to earn a free Sale-A-Bration product!