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Fall Leaves Card For the First Day of Autumn

Fall Leaves Card For the First Day of Autumn

If you like fall colors, here is an easy fall leaves card for the first day of autumn.  If you have a Big Shot and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, you can easily make the beautifully die cut leaves for a card.  I love the delicate look of the leaves! The rest of the card is super simple, of course, except for maybe delicately gluing the leaves! But tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and a Silicone Craft Sheet make that easier.

Yes, today is the first day of fall, not that there is ANY hint of it here in Houston, Texas where the heat and humidity is miserable!  So I have to make my own fall by using fall colors and thinking ahead to Halloween! And making the air conditioner cool the house down more! The weatherman promises(?) fall weather in a week from now.  We’ll see.  Even if we have it, no telling if it will last, and it most likely will not!  We had some lovely cooler weather after Hurricane Harvey, a blessing for those who had damaged homes and no power or air-conditioning. But now it is hot again….and worse, very humid.

This card is made with Early Espresso Cardstock for the card base and layered with a piece of paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I wanted the colored leaves against the wood-look background.  The greeting is stamped with a stamp in the Wood Words Stamp Set. On the inside, I will probably put a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and adhere a small leaf or a strip of the Wood Textures paper along the side or at the bottom. When you have a dark card base like this one, you need to put a light layer of cardstock inside so you can write or stamp your message.

If you want to be precise, the 2017 Autumn Equinox today will be at 3:02 PM Central Time. Celebrate this afternoon by making your own fall cards or projects!  If you have the September Paper Pumpkin kit, this afternoon would be a good time to sit down and make the projects inside to celebrate autumn arriving.

Watch this video for extra inspiration, even if you don’t have the kit!  And if you don’t own the kit, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin today, and if any extra kits are available, you will be able to purchase one on your regular Stampin’ Up! order after you are officially a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Besides, you won’t want to miss the coordinating holiday crafting kits coming in October and November!  Join Paper Pumpkin today!

Enjoy the first day of fall and look forward to the upcoming holidays!  Do some fall stamping today, on the first day of fall, whether just for a “Thinking of You” card or a card you will send over Thanksgiving.

Quick and Easy Christmas Card in Green and Black

Quick and Easy Christmas Card in Green and Black

Here’s a quick and easy Christmas card made in the trendy colors of green and black.  What do you think? Often there are different colors and combinations of colors that pop up to use for Christmas just to get away from the traditional red and green. Sometimes there are really different colors like pink and light blue or purples, etc. So I think ultimately almost any colors CAN be used and can be very pretty and holiday-like, but maybe are just not what we are used to!

The Stampin’ Up! suite in the new Holiday Catalog is called Merry Little Christmas that has these colors in the designer papers. If you look closely at many of the patterns in the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper you will see that they can be used outside of Christmas.  For example, the Basic Black and Old Olive plaid on the card above could be used for birthdays, invitations, masculine cards, and more.

The greeting is from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set.  This stamp set is not in the Merry Little Christmas Suite but certainly can be used on any cards.  It is die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and layered on the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

For a little pizzazz, I added some Gold Mini Sequin Trim underneath the greeting as well as some Metallic Enamel Shapes in Gold adhered to the greeting.

If you need to make a lot of Christmas cards, you might consider just a basic card like this – a card base, a layer of designer paper and a nice die cut greeting!  Very quick and easy to make!

Take a look at the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper!  Some of the patterns are more clearly for the holidays, but take a look at the stripes and the plaid, the polka dots and the leaves!  Those leaves can be used on spring cards with flowers!

Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper

Check out the entire Merry Little Christmas Suite!  There are so many fun products and embellishments to use on your projects!

 

Make a Fall Card With Painted Autumn Paper

Painted Autumn Split Card

You can make a beautiful fall card so easily with the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! I had been doing a lot of stamping with the flower stamps in the Painted Harvest Stamp Setbut there is this sheet of paper printed with sunflowers in the Painted Autumn paper package that I decided to use instead of stamping.

The card base is Very Vanilla with an Early Espresso layer over it. I had a slightly different idea for using the designer paper, but once I cut this sunflower paper, I saw that the other side of it had the blue and green patterned paper and thought maybe I could use it somehow. So instead of using a Very Vanilla pattern on the other side of the flowered paper, I used the other side of the patterned paper that coordinates. Before gluing down to the Early Espresso layer, I wrapped a piece of Copper Trim around the center of the designer papers.  It’s easier to either glue both pieces of designer paper down on to Very Vanilla cardstock or to make one piece larger so they can be glued together before layering.

I also cut out a sunflower from the patterned paper including the leaves and adhered that to the corner of the card, popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  This gives a little interest to that plainer paper without overpowering the card. Paper Snips are great scissors to use for detailed cutting like this.

For the greeting I used a stamp in the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.  It is stamped in Early Espresso and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  This piece is then layered on a piece of Early Espresso die cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  For an extra touch, I tied a bow with the Copper Trim and adhered it to the greeting with a Glue Dot.

The amazing thing about the 1/4″ Copper Trim is that you can pull it apart a little bit to give it a different look.  And if you don’t like it, just pull on it and it goes back to the original shape! Really fun!

You can see a card I made with another pattern of the Painted Autumn Paper here.

I’m sure once you take a look at the Painted Autumn Suite of products, pictured in the Holiday Catalog on pages 48-49, you will want to purchase many, if not all, of the beautiful products. You can make cards to send to friends and family for any occasion or for Thanksgiving or lovely gift bags for fall birthdays or hostess gifts.

Be sure to notice the Painted Harvest Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and Leaf Punch at a 10% savings.

Once you have some or all of these products in your hands, you will want to make lots of fall cards!

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Make a Nostalgic Birthday Card With Birthday Memories

Nostalgic Birthday Card with Birthday Memories

I love this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and the whole Birthday Memories Suite of products in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog, so I thought I would make this card for a friend’s birthday. It was a “big” birthday for her and I debated what kind of special card to make for her. I just thought she would like this “vintage” look kind of card.

The card base is the new Powder Pink Cardstock, randomly stamped with the little bouquet in the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set with the same color ink.  This gives a little bit of interest in the background without taking away from the focal point. I used a piece of Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon wrapped around the card.

The cute little girl is die cut from the Birthday Memories Paper with one of the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies that fits the girl!  Also, the red polka dot package is die cut! The other little package I just cut out by hand with my Paper Snips. Something new that we can use the framelits to die cut images on the designer paper!  And very handy!

The little girl is adhered to a Whisper White oval die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  This is layered on a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper die cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  

The greeting is stamped from the Birthday Delivery Stamp Set. If you want to save 10%, you can purchase the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and framelit dies.

I also stamped the envelope with a birthday cake in Powder Pink.  Stampin’ Up! has the best envelopes!  Try the Whisper White Medium Envelopes! Once you do, you’ll never go back to ordinary envelopes for your precious cards!  I can identify them by feel if I get a Stampin’ Up! envelope in the mail!!

And here is a glimpse of the inside of the card!

I just die cut another character on the designer paper and adhered him inside the card on a piece of Whisper White!  So fun! I wrote a note to my friend saying we weren’t getting older, just “nostalgic”!  I knew she would enjoy the “vintage” characters!

Take a look at the Birthday Memories Suite in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog and see if you can resist ordering it for making some fun cards and projects!

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Enjoy Some Stampin’ Up! Holiday Videos!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!  You can view it online and order from it! Start enjoying all its gorgeousness!  It really is time to begin thinking of the holidays and all the cards and projects we want to make.

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Summer has ended and now it is almost fall, at least that’s what Labor Day weekend tells us! Here in Houston we still have plenty of hot weather to go, although after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey last weekend, I think we are going to be treated to a little bit cooler weather for a few days. It’s hard to believe a week ago we’d had 3″ of rain with another 32″ to go by Sunday morning. And even as I write this post, people are still being evacuated from places that are still flooding and from places east of Houston where Harvey’s path took it after it hit here. By some grace of God, we are still fine in our home.

That’s why it is so good to have something to help us relax and take our minds off the troubles of the world for a little while. That’s why we say “Stamping is cheaper than therapy!” Of course a lot of stampers and other Demonstrators are still trying to save their stamps and papercrafting supplies from the flood or will have none left when this is all over with.  Stampin’ Up! has already stepped up to help some of those people.

Here are some Stampin’ Up! videos for you to enjoy and to get a better feel for some of the products in the Holiday Catalog!

When you look through the catalog, when you see that little “play” arrow near a product description, that means there is a video for that product or suite of products.

If you do not have a Demonstrator and would like a Holiday Catalog, it seems that our mail service is back up so I can send you a complimentary copy.  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information and let me know if you would also like a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Be sure to order your favorite products as soon as you can as some could go on backorder temporarily as we have seen in the past!  If something is backordered when you want to order it, I always think it is best to go ahead and add it to your order anyway rather than wait until the stock is resupplied because Stampin’ Up! will send it out to you as soon as they have it.

To check out some other Stampin’ Up! product videos, look at THIS POST.

Enjoy your Holiday Catalog and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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Quick and Easy Birthday Card with Birthday Memories

Birthday Memories Card in Red

Want to make a quick and easy birthday card?  Then reach for the Birthday Memories red print in the designer paper package and make a card like this one!  I love the color red, and I thought this card might be a different one than a person would expect using this designer paper and stamp set. Just a quick and easy, simple birthday card to make in a couple of minutes!

Start with a card base of Real Red Cardstock.  Layer with Whisper White with just a thin border to help the Real Red patterned paper stand out against the red card base. The Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper has so many pretty papers in it, although most are colorful and filled with child-like or vintage type images. But this plainer red paper caught my eye and I thought I would make more of a monochromatic card with no much fuss so the paper can stand out on its own.

The greeting is from the same suite, from the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set. I stamped it in Real Red on Whisper White and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die. Then I layered it on a scalloped oval die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The paper is the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I think I just as easily could have left the greeting without the glimmer paper layer underneath and it would have looked fine.  The ribbon wrapped around twice is the Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon.  It’s always good to have some basic white ribbon on hand because you can use it on most any project.

Be sure to check out this wonderful, happy Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Order this amazing suite of products, the Birthday Memories Suite .  Save 10% by ordering the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and framelit dies.  Add on the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and you are good to go!  Add any of the extra embellishments if you like.

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July before the end of August!  They will expire August 31.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack as new items were added yesterday, although many sold out right away, but there is still a selection and you might find good things to go along with the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

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Birthday Mini Treat Bag With Birthday Memories Die Cuts

Birthday Mini Treat Bag

Isn’t this Birthday Mini Treat Bag With  the Birthday Memories Die Cuts such a cute way to send your Happy Birthday wishes to someone?  I have always loved making these mini treat bags and putting a card inside. But now that we have the new designer paper and stamp set in the catalog that I used here, we can do many more fun things with the treat bag!

Did you see the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog?  It is so fun and cute and almost a little vintage looking!  Perfect for young children but really for anyone!  I don’t know who wouldn’t smile upon receiving a card made with pieces of this paper.  The only problem with the paper is that you will hate to cut into and use it!

What’s even better is that there are die cuts that match the designer paper! The Birthday Friends Framelits Dies  will cut out several of the images in the paper, like this foxy guy and his banner!  I also stamped on the banner with the coordinating stamp set, Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Lots of cute images in the stamp set as well.  If you want to save 10%, get the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle that has the stamp set and framelit dies together.  You WILL want both!

You’ll be able to use this Birthday Memories Designer Paper and Birthday Delivery Stamp Set for more occasions that just birthdays.  It will be cute for party favors, invitations, and many other projects!

Birthday Mini Treat Bag Inside Card

This is what the inserted card looks like.  I stamped the balloons and die cut with one of the framelit dies in the set.  I purposely made them stick up at the top off the card a little bit so when it is inside the card, you will see the edge of the balloons and know to pull out the card. You can see how you could easily make this into a birthday party invitation or some other congratulatory occasion.

And let’s not forget to mention the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  These have been in the catalog before and I have so much fun with them!  To make the bag, there are two dies, one cuts the front of the bag and part of the back.  The other die cuts the other half of the back portion plus the fold that adheres to the front of the bag. It’s so simple, plus the die set comes with so many other fun pieces. I chose to make this mini treat bag simple by just adhering the die cuts from the Birthday Memories Paper on the front.  I could have done lots more embellishing, but I thought this was cute enough as is!  There are even other options to make besides a basic gift bag, such as I made in THIS POST.

Be sure to check out the Birthday Memories Suite in the catalog.  You can order the Bundle and Designer Paper plus any other embellishments that you want so that you can make some fun cards and projects like this Birthday Mini Treat Bag With Birthday Memories Die Cuts.

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Happy Birthday Greeting Card Die Cut

Happy Birthday Greeting Card Die Cut

Today is MY birthday, but I have a friend who has a birthday tomorrow (and I don’t think she looks at my blog!) so this is the card I made for her! I was glancing through some cards I had made recently, and I LOVED a card I made with the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and a watercolor background and I LOVED a card I made with this same Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  So I just combined the two ideas!

The card is made with Basic Black Cardstock so you do need to put a piece of Whisper White Cardstock inside so you can stamp or write a greeting or note. I glued a strip of this designer paper to the side of the Whisper White inside the card so I could decorate the inside a little bit. There is a layer of Powder Pink underneath the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

The greeting, of course, is just the Happy Birthday die cut!  I love the script, the size and everything about it!  Glue it down with just tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Or try the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.

I think the new Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon is just beautiful with this designer paper pattern and the card!  So soft and such a pretty pink!  I wrapped the strip of ribbon around the layer before adhering to the card.  Then I tied the bow separately with another piece of ribbon and attached it to that strip of ribbon with a few Mini Glue Dots . Sometimes that is easier than trying to tie a perfect bow with the whole piece of ribbon around the card!

I think this Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper is actually a whole lot of lovely!!  I suggest you put a package or two on your next order!  And if you ever make birthday cards (surely you do!) I would also get the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies!

Since today is my birthday, I’m giving YOU the gift!  I’m celebrating all weekend (why not?!) so if you place a Stampin’ Up! order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping, of course!), I will send YOU a little grab bag of “stuff”!  And who doesn’t need more “stuff”?! Some might be new, some might be retired, but it will be a surprise! Order today through Sunday, August 13, 2017 at midnight.

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Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend

Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend
If you make this Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend, be sure to mail it, because we never know when someone might especially need that card that comes from you in the mail. Not to mention that it is just fun to get some “real mail” because we seldom get anything but bills and junk mail!

I just love the Naturally Eclectic Suite in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!  It is also the suite of products that are shown on the cover of the catalog!  I think the colors are all so pretty together and the flower designs are very nice to use.

With the Oh So Eclectic Bundle, which includes the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Diesyou can save 10% over buying the two things separately, plus you will have everything you need…….stamps and dies!  And one of the dies is very artistic and different! You’ll enjoy it!

For this card, I used the Berry Burst Cardstock for the card base and Whisper White on top of that. Layered on top of that is the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  Be sure to tie a strip of Berry Burst  1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon around the designer paper before you adhere it to the card.

Stamp some flowers and leaves and die cut with the framelits dies and Big Shot. Arrange them how you like on the front of the card, popping up a few flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to all three flowers, but the shimmer doesn’t really show up in the photo. It is so fun to use the Wink of Stella!  And the name is incredible to me, too!  The greeting I used is also included in the stamp set.

Here is another card I made with the die cut flowers from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  I love this die cut flower!  You can layer it on top of another layer or use it as is.

Be sure to check out this interesting suite of products, the Naturally Eclectic Suite, and maybe you will want to make a Naturally Eclectic Card for a friend!

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Carols of Christmas: Early Release From the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Carols of Christmas Banner

In September, the much anticipated Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog will go live!  In the meantime, the Carols of Christmas stamp set and dies have been released early for customers beginning today! When you saw information about this bundle last month, it was because the stamp set was part of a bonus offer for new Demonstrators who joined during July.

But now, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are available separately AND as a Carols of Christmas Bundle if you would like both and want to save 10%!

Here are samples of the beautiful cards you can make with this set! These are samples from Stampin’ Up! but I have seen many other samples from Demonstrators and everyone agrees this is a beautiful set. You will want to order yours as soon as possible!  Get an early start on Christmas cards!

Carols of Christmas Card Peace on Earth

This card is fairly simple, using the die cut trees and deer and coloring the stamp with markers to get a multi-colored effect on the greeting.

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I love the red on this card paired with the green and a bit of Copper Trim Ribbon behind the greeting.

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If you want a different color scheme, these blues are beautiful using silver ribbon and sequin trim. This card uses the negative piece of paper after the trees are die cut.

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A lot of young families like to send photo cards at Christmas. Here is an example of dressing up the photo with a piece of die cut vellum and Christmasy greeting and ribbon on the top.

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This is my favorite sample because of the red and gold! So elegant and festive!

If you are wondering how you can make Christmas cards in August without Christmas paper, look in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 188 and check out the Be Merry Designer Series Paper!  This is very cute paper that will get you started until you have more choices in the Holiday Catalog!

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

It’s too hot in some places, like here in Houston, to do much of anything, so go ahead and treat yourself to this new Carols of Christmas Bundle and get a head start on Christmas! Put on some holiday music and pretend like it is snowing outside, as you run the a/c and wear your swimsuit or shorts!!

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July!  You should have received an email immediately after you ordered from Stampin’ Up! with your codes.  When you place your August order(s), you will see prompts on how to use your codes.

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Flowery Thank You Card With Beautiful Bouquet

Flowery Thank You Card With Beautiful Bouquet

This flowery thank you card is made with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle, and the variations you can make with this set are endless! This Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set comes with a multitude of images and sentiments. There are 37 stamps in this set!  You can also purchase the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies which comes with 21 dies for all the different flower shapes, stems, and leaves.  Buy the stamp set and dies together in a Bundle and save 10%!

The card base is Pool Party Cardstock with a layer of Whisper White.  I embossed the Whisper White with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.  I like that this adds just a little bit of interest and texture to the background.  The greeting, of course, is from the stamp set, stamped in Pool Party ink, and die cut with one of the squares in the Layering Squares Framelits Dies . There are also scalloped edges squares in this set of dies and that makes a nice background layer for the greeting.

The flowers and flower stems are all die cut with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies.  I will say that if you are making a lot of cards at one time with this Bundle, it will take some time to do all the die-cutting. The best way to approach this would be to stamp images using different framelits all on one sheet of paper if you can or at least place as many as you can on the Big Shot platform so that you can cut as many images as possible in one pass. If you run each flower and each leaf, one at a time, through the Big Shot, you will be doing lots of cranking away!

I really love the stems die cut because the stems are already arranged for you and all you have to do is adhere some flowers on top!  You con’t even have to hit every stem tip. Add as many or as few flowers as you like.

You can stamp the flowers on Whisper White with colored ink or on the same color of cardstock. You can see both examples on my card.  Add some flower centers, either stamped or with Enamel Dots or other embellishments.

Before I adhered the flower stems piece, I tied a piece of Linen Thread around it.  Linen Thread is one of those staples you should have in your supply. You may not use it a lot, but it is the perfect thing to use at certain times.

Purchase the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle today or tomorrow (by July 31st) and get a $5 Bonus Coupon to use in August on a Stampin’ Up! order!  Remember, Bonus Days end on Monday, July 31.  No limit to how many coupons you can earn, with each $50 purchase.

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You’re the Best Greeting Card

You're the Best Greeting Card

How about a “You’re the Best” greeting card to have in your stash for just the right occasion or person? I wanted to use my new washi tape, the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape so I looked in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog for inspiration. I found a card sort of like this one, and this is what turned out! For the card design, I used the stamp set Watercolor WordsI’ve loved that stamp set ever since it came out!  Very easy to use in cardmaking and good sentiments as well!

The card base is Melon Mambo with a Whisper White layer, plus a layer of Basic Black behind the white.  I applied two strips of the washi tape at the bottom of the card layer and then stamped Melon Mambo flowers from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set across the front of the card. I actually stamped the greeting right over the flowers, but didn’t think it stood out well enough. If I was trying this card again, I might try stamping the flower each time off on scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock to get a lighter image. In that way, the greeting might show up better as the focal point on the card. But as it was, I just stamped the greeting on a new Whisper White piece of cardstock and die cut it in a circle and layered on a scalloped circle. These dies are the Layering Circle Framelits DiesSome are plain circles and some have the scallop edge.

And is a card without an extra little embellishment?  Just had to add some Glitter Enamel Dots!

Don’t forget!  The Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are coming to an end on Monday, July 31.  For every $50 you spend on an order, you will be emailed a $5 Bonus Coupon to use on an order in August.  No limits!

Or better yet, become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator this month and get extra perks! Click here for more information and to join!  Just takes a little while to fill out the Demo Agreement and choose your products for your Starter Kit.  After you submit everything, you will be emailed your Demo number and you are official in minutes!

Use my “You’re the Best” greeting card design as inspiration to make your own card! As long as you have your stamps, ink and paper out, make several cards of the same design, then you’ll have them ready to go!

 

Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card

Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card

Want to make a simple yet elegant card for any occasion?  This Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card will fit the bill!  You will need a Big Shot in two ways to make this card. The top card layer is embossed with polka dots and the flowers are die cut with thinlits. Then just assemble it!

The card base is Whisper White, layered with another piece of Whisper White cardstock that has been embossed with the Big Shot and the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a great folder to have, polka dots work with a lot of designs and sometimes just add that little something that the card needs!  You could certainly also make this card with a card base the same color as one of the flowers instead of white.

The flowers were meant to be one of each of the new InColors, but I somehow got two of the same colors in there.  But there are no mistakes in stamping and this didn’t make a bit of difference. No one will say, “Oh no, she didn’t use the right colors!”  The flowers are die cut with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  The greeting is stamped with an image in the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and just punched out. I think it works real well with this card.  It’s there but not real intrusive so you notice the flowers more.

Overall, the Oh So Eclectic Bundle (save 10%!) and the coordinating beautiful Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper make for a beautiful suite of products!  The samples on the cover of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are made with this suite of products.  You know they must be good if they are on the cover of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

If you would like to see another card I made with this suite, click HERE.

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, please email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com.  I have a few more catalogs left before I have to order more. It’s always better to have the hard copy to look at, in my opinion! I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator to help you in your stamping and papercrafting!

How To Use the New Stampin’ Up! Dynamic Embossing Folders

Learn how to use the new Stampin’ Up! Dynamic Embossing Folders with Donna Griffith from the Home Office!  I find it handy to write down the various sandwiches for the Big Shot, now that we have various tools and techniques (too many to keep in my head all the time!), on a post-it note or piece of paper and keep it right by my Big Shot. Some days I might remember and some days I might not, so that note is always there to remind me!

These Dynamic Embossing Folders came out in the last Holiday Catalog and are really something! It’s amazing what a different look it gives to embossing than the regular folders. It’s just a very strong, deep, dimensional image on your paper.

It is suggested that you spritz the paper a little before embossing and run through the Big Shot twice. It only takes a little and dries pretty quickly. Don’t soak the paper or get it too wet, just a spritz!  You can even order the Stampin’ Up! Spritzers, or several, to use in other ways as well.

Click here to see a card I made using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.

Just click on the images below to get more information on each Dynamic Folder.

Try at least one Dynamic Embossing Folder on your next Stampin’ Up! order! They are really interesting! Be sure to choose the ones with the word “Dynamic” in the name! They are mixed in with the regular embossing folders – and you might want to choose one or more of those as well! Embossing Folders are so great for adding just that little bit of texture or interest when your card or project needs a little something more.

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Using Paper Scraps on a Birthday Card

Using Paper Scraps on a Birthday Card

Here’s a fun way of using paper scraps on a birthday card!  The other day I cut into my Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and as scraps, I had these very narrow little scraps. They were at least several inches long.  Normally, I would throw those small scraps away (yes, I would!) but being as this was brand new designer series paper from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, I hated to do that!  But I couldn’t just leave the scraps laying around, so I decided to find a way to use them on a card.  You can see another example on THIS POST.

This card was a little more complicated.  I actually covered the front of the top card layer of Whisper White with all the little scraps. I laid them out in offset lines so it wouldn’t all be lined up perfectly.  Some scraps I put down lower and some higher, which then necessitated cutting some strips of paper shorter to fit in the empty spaces. Instead of measuring and guessing how long to make the shorter strips to fit, just glue them on in the empty space and trim them off later along the edge of the Whisper White.  Obviously you don’t want to adhere this layer to the card front until you have all the strips glued down.  Mine is off a tiny bit in a spot or two. Perhaps you can cover yours, if that happens, with a greeting or some other embellishment.

The greeting is from the new stamp set Icing on the Cake Photopolymer Stamp SetI die cut the greeting piece with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, the square shape, obviously, but you could use whichever shape you liked. For a little accent, I had to add the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Another thing you could do with this card is after you have all the strips applied to the card front, you could run it through the Big Shot inside an embossing folder, which would give it a quilt-like look!  Try it and see!

Just have fun stamping and experimenting and see what you come up with! You don’t have to save all your paper scraps, but you might want to experiment with some once in awhile and see what unique creation you come up with. I’ve given you a way to use paper scraps on a birthday card, now it is your turn!