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Watercolored Die Cut Medallion Card

Watercolored Die Cut Medallion Card

Did you know you can watercolor the medallion die cuts in the Eastern Palace Suite to make a pretty card? Although the Eastern Palace Suite obviously has that Eastern design look to it, I think you can use parts of the suite to make cards and projects without that Eastern look to it by changing the colors or using just certain elements of the design. I saw an example of an Artisan Design Team member, I think from Germany, who had watercolored on Watercolor Paper and then made the Eastern Medallions die cuts into that paper without cutting them out separately. If you are on my mailing list for my Stamping With Karen newsletter then you saw the card I made like that in my newsletter.  (If you are NOT on my mailing list, please join us and sign up in the red box on the top right side of my blog today!)

Yesterday when I first began the watercoloring, which I did on Shimmery White Cardstock rather than the Watercolor Paper, I didn’t care for my first try. But since there are no mistakes in stamping, I just kept that piece and die cut this medallion you see on this card.  Instead of leaving it embedded in the paper, I snipped the tiny connecting edges to release the die cut from the paper. Then today I was able to use it on a new card!

To make this card, I used two of the new In Colors for 2017-2019, Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist for the card base and first layer.  For the top layer of the card, I used a piece of Whisper White and stamped just a small image from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set randomly with the pink and green inks.  The card needed a little something besides just the medallion. The ribbon is the 1/2″ Finely Woven Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.  You can tie it all the way around the backside of the card, but if you would like to save a few inches, just adhere the ends to the back of the card after stretching it across the front.

The medallion was already watercolored on Shimmery White Cardstock with my Aqua Painter and three reinkers put into the lids of the ink pads:  Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst. When dry, the paper was die cut with the Big Shot and the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.

The greeting is in the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and is one I love. What a great phrase to send to people!  I stamped it with Powder Pink and die cut with the smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I wasn’t sure it would be big enough but I also didn’t want to cover up much of the pretty medallion.  Fortunately, if you work on the placement a bit, that die is just big enough! I didn’t think it even needed another layer behind it.

Remember, the Eastern Palace Suite is available in either the Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle only until May 31.  And each Bundle has it’s own FREE GIFT! Check the lists carefully to see the contents so you get what you need.

There are lots of possibilities with this Eastern Palace Suite!  If you think this is something you like, I’d urge you to get it in the preorder before May 31 so you get the Very Vanilla free gift in each Bundle!

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A Quick and Easy Card Layout For All-Occasions

A Quick and Easy Card Layout For All-Occasions

If you need a quick and easy card layout that you can use for an all-occasion card or any occasion really, this card fills the bill! Just make a card base with some matching designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!, add a greeting and you’ve got it!

To make this easy card, I started with a card base of one of the new In Colors, Powder Pink (144244). For a card base, just cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and then fold in half for your card. Just for a little extra, I made a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White to go on top of the card base with a layer of the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (144131) on top of the white. This new paper stack is 12″ x 12″ so you will have lots of beautiful papers to use!

For a little embellishment, I tied a new ribbon, the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Powder Pink (144134) around the designer paper layer before I adhered it to the Whisper White. When you add ribbon, you don’t really have to have it go all the way around the layer, just adhere the ends to the other side.

The greeting is a stamp from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. This is a stamp set being carried over from last year’s catalog and I’m so glad because it is a beautiful set! You will see it in the Retiring Products section in the Bundles because all the bundles of matching stamp set and dies are retiring.  However, you will be able to purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies separately in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. If you want to save 10%, get the Bundle now before May 31st! To make it extra fancy, I layered the greeting, die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dieson to a Powder Pink oval and then onto a scalloped oval of Silver Glimmer Paper. Then just adhere the whole layered greeting over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you don’t have a Big Shot and dies, you could just cut or punch your own greeting and layers and adhere to the card.  There is always a work-around.

When you need to make a quick and easy card, this is a layout you can use, or even if you want to make several cards at once to have on hand. Make them assembly-line fashion and you will have many cards in the same design very quickly!

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Make a Cute Paper Crate With the Wood Textures Suite

Make a Cute Paper Crate With the Wood Textures SuiteSoon you will be able to make this very cute little paper crate with the Wood Textures Suite, coming in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog! This was my first try and to put something inside, I grabbed two of my Mother’s Day chocolate covered strawberries and put them in a little bag and stuck them in the crate! The crate is small but large enough to cram two gigantic strawberries inside!

The Wood Textures Suite contains a stamp set, Wood Words, and the Wood Crate Framelits Dies plus two ribbons, cello bags and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. The patterns in the paper stack are all wood grain looks of various kinds on both sides of the paper, so when you have the wood grain on the outside of the crate, it will also have a similar wood grain look on the inside. The stamp set is very cute and useful with a very pretty flowery stamp for perhaps making note cards to go in the crate or even to decorate the crate.  There are quite a few words in the set to go with the crate or notecards. Lots of creative possibilities with this whole suite. The ribbon I used to tie my cello bag closed is the 1/4″ Copper Trim.  This is a real interesting ribbon because you can leave it as is, like you see at the top of my bag, or you can pull it apart to make it wider and give it a different look.  If you don’t like it, you can pull it and it will go back to its normal shape.

For some decoration on my crate, I just cut a Delicate White Doily in half and put it draped over the front and the back. If you want stamping on the crate, be sure to stamp the paper before you assemble (note to self!)!

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and need a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog which will go live on June 1st, please send me your contact information and I will mail you a complimentary catalog. If you already have a Demonstrator you want to continue working with, she will have a catalog for you.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Retiring Products and the Clearance Rack. There are some great bargains on the Clearance Rack, things you can use for upcoming holidays and other stamping projects.  But hurry, because I see there are not as many items left any more!



Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits

Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits

I think the two favorite things of everyone in the Eastern Palace Suite of products, an early catalog release from Stampin’ Up! during the month of May, are the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. Instead of hoarding them (tempting!), I used the largest Gold Vinyl Sticker for the background of this medallion on this Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits.

The card base is the new Tranquil Tide Cardstock, one of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors.  It is one of three new In Colors you can get in one of the Suite Bundles, both in the ink pads and cardstock. For the card layer, I used a piece of Very Vanilla, but you could also use Whisper White.  These vinyl stickers are  high quality! They are not flimsy, they are sturdy and easy to handle…and sticky, so you want to make sure you get them in the right place! Next I cut a piece of Gold Foil to go in the center underneath the medallion die cut.

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies are some of the prettiest you could have and offer so many possibilities the way they are designed.  Some cut the shape all the way out, some do not, so you have so many creative ways to use them.  And you can mix and match a lot of the pieces. The Layering Circles  Framelits Dies work great with this set.

The greeting is from another set and die cut with the Layering Oval Framelits Dies. The greeting is stamped with the Tranquil Tide Ink and the scalloped layer is a die cut piece of Gold Foil.

This was really an easy card for looking so elegant and fancy! Remember, you can choose from two bundles of new products in the Eastern Palace Suite during May, before the new catalog comes out June 1st. You also get a Very Vanilla FREE GIFT in each one!  If you are a new stamper or do not own a Big Shot (yet!), just choose the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle that comes with the NEW Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes as your free gift!  If you have a Big Shot, then you will surely want the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle that has the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies.

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Easy Birthday Card With Die Cut Greeting

Easy Birthday Card With Die Cut Greeting

This is an easy birthday card to make with a big die cut greeting on the front. One of the new products in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the Happy Birthday Thinlit that die cuts “Happy Birthday” all in one piece.  The designer paper is the reverse side of the paper I put on the card I made yesterday in this post. That’s all there is to this card!  So easy!

The card base is made with Pool Party cardstock, one of the coordinating colors with the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I used this beautiful floral print for a layer on the card. The greeting is die cut from Calypso Coral cardstock, but I felt like it needed some kind of layer behind it.  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, but that didn’t seem to be enough. Then I cut a larger layer of Calypso Coral to go behind it. Usually I don’t like the off-kelter style of layering, but somehow the layers turned out this way on this card and I liked it! Or at least I thought it was fine for this card!  That helped the die cut stand out from the busy print background without  taking away from the beautiful paper. Like I said yesterday, just keep playing with your card or project if you aren’t satisfied with it, and when you get it, you will know it!

This card could probably be further embellished in many ways, but I decided to keep it super simple and easy because we often need a birthday card in a hurry.  This one would be perfect to make under those circumstances, although it would be better to have already made up in your stash! This Happy Birthday Thinlit Die was one I had seen online and thought was very cute in the samples, so I was happy it was on the preorder list for Demonstrators and was one of the first new products I wanted to use!

When the new catalog ordering begins June 1st, check out this Happy Birthday Thinlit Die (143700) so you, too, can make some quick and easy birthday cards!

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Eastern Palace Medallion Card With Gold Accents

Eastern Palace Medallion Card With Gold Accents

This Eastern Palace Medallion Card With Gold Accents is made with products in the newly released Eastern Palace Premier Bundle.  This Bundle contains products that will be in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog coming out in June. This is your chance to get your hands on brand new Stampin’ Up! products right now while you wait for the new catalog! In face, these two Bundles that are being offered, will not have all these products bundled together in the new catalog, only the stamp set and thinlits dies.

These Bundles have so many exciting products, you will barely know where to start creating!

Let’s talk about the card I made. It starts with the card base made from the new In Color, Tranquil Tide. I originally chose two patterns of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper to layer on the front of the card, one on top and one on the bottom, but then I changed my mind and only used the one piece!  I took the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies to the Big Shot with a piece of the Tranquil Tide Cardstock just to experiment with the dies. No matter what dies you use, I’m convinced the medallions will turn out just beautiful! Since I had a scrap of Shimmery White Cardstock on the table, I used that, and that ended up being the piece I used as the focal point on the card.  It is adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals snipped a little smaller to make them fit on the back of the medallion. This pops up the medallion a little bit for a nice look. Then I put another die cut piece layered on the center of that medallion. This piece the petals can be pulled up for a 3D effect if you like. The little “hello” greeting is in the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, and I punched it out with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers are a new item in the Bundle and are going to be fun to use! They have a clear border that is cut very close to the design so they aren’t going to scream “stickers!”. You get a lot of stickers in the package.  You can see the strip of gold accents I added to the bottom the designer paper. For two more accents on the card, I folded over a small piece of the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim.  Thankfully this ribbon is not being retired because I think it will go quite well with the Eastern Palace products! And for a little bit more bling, I used the Metallic Enamel Shapes which come with both gold and silver in the one package.  These are sticking around as well!

Here’s a close up of the focal point of the card so you can see the dimension.

Eastern Palace Medallion Card Close Up

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New Stampin’ Up! Product Available Today! Eastern Palace Suite Bundles!

Eastern Palace Suite Flyer Banner

If you are too excited to wait until June to get new Stampin’ Up! Catalog products, here is your chance to get a whole SUITE of products during the month of May! Beginning today, May 1, 2017 you can purchase the Eastern Palace Suite in a Bundle!  Choose from either the Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle.  These products will be available separately in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but not in the Bundle with the FREE GIFT! So take advantage of the Bundle while you can!



Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

Notice that with each Bundle, you get a FREE GIFT!

  • Starter Bundle:  Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes (NEW!)
  • Premier Bundle:  Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes AND Very Vanilla THICK Cardstock (NEW!)

Get your hands on the these colorful and exotic products from the Eastern Palace Suite one month before they’re released in the 2017-2018 annual catalog!  I can tell you that the Eastern Medallion Thinlits available only in the Premier Bundle right now are really amazing!  Lots of creativity with these dies!

By purchasing one of the Bundles, you will have lots of new product to make lovely cards and projects while you wait for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!!




Make a Birthday Gift Bag

Make a Birthday Gift BagYou might be doing some shopping this weekend, so here is how to recycle your shopping bag and make a Birthday Gift Bag. We often have these plain kraft bags in our stash at home, so use them to make nice gift bags and save a trip to the store to buy one! Even if the store name is printed on the bag, it can often be covered up with cardstock and the recipient will never know!

To decorate this small shopping bag, I used some Stampin’ Up! retiring products. The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack is on sale for only $4.00.  I started with wanting to use that paper.  One side of each sheet is more Christmas-y, but the other side is absolutely non-holiday. There are plaids and stars that you can use for lots of other occasions and would be useful making masculine cards.

Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack

Once I chose the star pattern to use, I picked the coordinating color Delightful Dijon Cardstock on which to layer the 6″ x 6″ piece. Since stars are great for lots of occasions like birthdays, graduations, patriotic holidays, congratulations and more, I decided to make some stars with the Stars Framelits Dies (on sale!) If you place one star framelit die inside another you can make the outline stars – and then you still have the center star that you cut out! For the stars, I also used some more of the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack as well as some Gold Glimmer Paper.  Why not have some sparkle on a birthday gift bag??!  The greeting is stamped in Garden Green Ink with a stamp in the Big On Birthdays Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Here is a close-up of the decorated front of the gift bag.

Make a Birthday Gift Bag closeup

Be sure to take a look at the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack on the Retirement List until May 31 or while supplies last!  You can see some baby cards I made with this paper HERE.  And if you want something to suit a lot of purposes, you might want to pick up the set of Stars Framelits Dies at a discount!  And don’t forget the Clearance Rack!

Recycle those cute shopping bags with all your stamping supplies into birthday gift bags or whatever occasions you need one for!

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Elegant Gold Foil Botanical Blooms Card

Elegant Gold Foil Botanical Blooms Card

I thought this Elegant Gold Foil Botanical Blooms Card would be difficult to photograph, but I think it turned out better than I thought! With all the gold foil, I knew the glare from my lighting would be a problem. I think it is a surprise that this gold foil patterned paper comes in the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper! That is why it is called “specialty” but you wouldn’t think it would be included in something called “Pop of Pink”! Somehow I came up with the idea of adding Gold Foil flowers and just making an all white and gold card.  This would be perfect for a 50 Year Golden Wedding Anniversary!

The card base is Whisper White cardstock and the paper, as I already mentioned, is the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. This designer paper is on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List so be sure to check it out and order it if you are interested in case it runs out at some point. It’s even on sale! To make the flowers, I used the Botanical Builders Framelits Diesalso on the list AND on sale 50% OFF!!  I wouldn’t pass that up if you don’t already have these dies! In fact, I can’t believe these are being retired.  There is also the coordinating stamp set, Botanical Blooms, on sale and retiring, too.  The paper I used is the Gold Foil.

Now as I assembled this card and tried to place the flowers (I also cut out extras while I was at it!), it just seemed like the card needed something. I looked at some previous cards I made recently using these flowers, like this black & white cardand thought I would try adding a Gold Glimmer Paper strip to the side. I like that, and decided to just have one large gold foil flower on the card instead of more.  For one more little something, I added some pearls (retired) to the flower centers. I didn’t even add a greeting, but I can if I use the card for an occasion that needs a greeting.

If you already own some retiring designer series papers, don’t hoard them!  Get them out and use them!  Then you will be ready for the “new stuff” in a month when all the new products comes out in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  You KNOW you will want the new papers and products! And if you don’t already own some of the popular papers that are retiring May 31, be sure to order what you want while it is still available.


Eastern Colors and Design Coming in New Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Palace Suite Link to Video
A week from today, May 1st, you can get your hands on the Eastern colors and designs coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!  During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be offering two different suites of products that all coordinate to make beautiful cards and projects.  Click the video above (it will go to YouTube) to see a group of people gathering together to stamp with the new Eastern Palace Suite!  New In Colors, new ink pads, stamps, and more!

Eastern Palace Suite Flyer

Click the flyer above to read the details!

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits themselves will help you make beautiful projects!

These Bundles will be available to customers May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.  This will ease your waiting for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle is a little more for the beginning stamper and you receive the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes FREE!

The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle has everything!   Besides the new stamp set, ink pads, designer paper, and stickers, it also comes with tassels and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies. For a FREE gift, you will receive the brand new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock and Envelopes.

Remember, these Bundles cannot be ordered until May 1st, but in the meantime, you can check out the Retiring Products List by Stampin’ Up! The easiest way to check if an item is still in stock is to look it up in my Online Store.  If it comes up, it is still available to purchase!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video and enjoy dreaming about the Eastern colors and design coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

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Make an Easy Elegant Birthday Card With the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Elegant Birthday Card With Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Make an easy elegant birthday card with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies for someone special! Let the Big Shot and the dies to most of the work! I am SO glad that these dies are not on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List of products!  There are a lot more beautiful cards to be made with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies!

To make this easy elegant birthday card, or card for any occasion, I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock. If you have it, I would recommend the Whisper White Thick Cardstock which is a little sturdier than the regular cardstock. Use the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies to cut cardstock in the color of your choice. For this card, I used the In Color Flirty Flamingo. This is the grouping for 2016-2018 that is sticking around for another year! For an embellishment, I tied around the Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon. This ribbon, as I write this, is on sale on the Retiring Products List, not because of the color but because they are retiring the ribbon style!  I loved this type of ribbon, though.  You can get it on sale right now, while supplies last.

I stamped the greeting on Whisper White and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies that give that little stitched look around the die cut.  I love those dies!!  Then the greeting is layered on the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Click here to see a similar card I made with these beautiful dies.

When you are using the intricate dies like these Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, you will get the best results with your Big Shot if you use the Precision Base Plate and use the Big Shot Die Brush to help get out any stubborn little pieces.

You may notice on the Retiring List that the Floral Phrases Bundle is retiring, but that just means that all Bundles in the current catalogs retire and will not be offered as bundles any more.  However, in a lot of cases you can still buy the components separately! But if you want to save 10%, get the bundles that are available before May 31 while they are available. If the two items are on sale, you might want to do the math and see which is the better deal, the separate items on sale or the 10% off Bundle!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List of Products!

The easiest way to see the Retiring Products that are still available is to just go to my Online Store HERE.


Make Easy Animal Party Favor Treat Boxes and More!

Pyramid Pals

Two of the items on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List are the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set which can help you make easy animal party favor treat boxes and more! It’s an infinite number of cards, party favors, gift boxes, party decorations and more that you can make. Fill these Pyramid Pals with candy or a treat or just make them for fun or for a decoration.  Just think of the fun you could have with your children or grandchildren if you make the box and then they help you decorate the pyramid to make an animal. Or just make a pyramid box, decorate with some designer paper or stamping or perhaps a clear window cut out, and use it as a party favor or gift box. Use the stamp set to decorate the boxes or just to make cards and other projects.

Both the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies are still available as I write this post, so if you think this is something that would be fun and useful to own, grab it while you can.  All retiring items are available until May 31 or while supplies last.

Playful Pals Bundle

The Playful Pals Bundle may not still be available but you can order the dies and stamp set separately. It’s a fun and different product to use!


Die Cut Flowers Black and White Birthday Card

Die Cut Flowers Black and White Birthday CardDie Cut Flowers Black and White Birthday Card

Grab a bunch of die cut flowers in bright colors and put them on a card against black and white for a snazzy-looking birthday card. These flowers were all die cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dieswhich sadly are retiring.  If you don’t already own these dies yet, you an get them for 50% off during the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Sale!  I love the way the one flower has the petals partially die cut so that you can fold up the petals a little bit if you like. Then there are all kinds of little die cuts that you can add for flower centers or as little smaller flowers. Cut some extra flowers while you are at it with your Big Shot  so that you have some on hand for a last minute card!

The card is made with a Whisper White card base and layered with Basic Black Cardstock. You will be surprised to know that the designer paper that the black and white stripe piece belongs to is called Pop of Pink! The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was one of my favorites.  And now it is on the Retiring List at a good discount!  You can also get the matching Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape for a fun accent on your cards or envelopes. There is also the  Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine and the Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine for more coordinating items for your projects.  And for a glittery accent, I adhered a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper between the black cardstock and designer paper in the center of the card.

The greeting on the card is stamped with Melon Mambo ink and is from the Build a Birthday Stamp Set.  You could make this card for almost any occasion, or none! It’s pretty enough to stand alone and just write a note inside.

Be sure to check out the Retiring List from Stampin’ Up!  Some products are already gone but there is still lots to choose from if you don’t want to miss out after May 31.

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Easter Cross Card

Easter Cross Card

I was amazed when I saw someone make a cross out of the die cut strips in the Flourish Thinlits Dies  for this Easter Cross Card. You will have to trim some of the ends with your Paper Snips to get the correct size you want. After I made the cross, I stamped some flowers from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and die cut with the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. Both the stamp set and framelits are on sale right now on the Retiring Products List, actually a little cheaper than buying the Bundle. I cut out quite a few flowers and colored them in with markers and tried to fit them on to the cross. I just wasn’t getting the right layout. Then I finally just put one single flower in the center of the cross and that was it! Actually, when I did that it reminded me of some small wooden crosses my brother made a gazillion years ago, me might have copied one someone gave my grandma as a gift, I don’t remember. And each white painted cross had a lovely plastic flower in the center! That was the thing back then!

I also die cut several pieces of the grass with the Basket Builder Framelits and played around with using three pieces or one. In the end, I liked the simplicity of one piece of grass just as the base of the cross.

The Easter cross card base is Whisper White although it is difficult to see in the photo. Next is a layer of Soft Suede with a layer of Soft Sky over that. It’s really a very easy card and will certainly mean something to whomever you send it!

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Don’t Delay!

Make Easy Punch Art Easter Bunnies

Easy Punch Art Easter Bunnies

If you are making some last minute Easter cards or bunny tags for Easter baskets, here are two ways to make easy punch art Easter bunnies.  Punch art is always fun and easy to make and you can be so creative with your punch shapes and of course Big Shot dies.

I started with the card on the right with the Crumb Cake card base. To give a little interest, I stamped the Easter eggs from Basket Bunch randomly on the background of the card. You can do each one individually or do as I did, put all three eggs on a block and stamp! I stamped off once after inking up the stamps with Crumb Cake ink to give a very light watermark look on the card.  You can achieve the same look with Versamark Ink.

For the bunny on the Crumb Cake card — I used a heart shape from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies and turned it upside down. The ovals for the ears are made with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The face is stamped with the bunny face pieces in the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I often forget to use the exclusive stamp set I get in each Paper Pumpkin Kit, but today I remembered!  The Easter greeting is stamped with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set!  Boy, was I glad THAT set was not on the retirement list!  I use it all the time!  Such a good “go-to” stamp set for almost any greeting you need! I prefer the wood-mount set. Those are little Enamel Shapes on the end of the greeting, punched with the Classic Label Punch.

The other punch art Easter bunny on the Pink Pirouette card base, is made with the 2″ Circle Punch for the face.  The ears are made with the same oval die cuts as the other card.  The greeting has little pearls (retired). I couldn’t resist putting a little blush on the bunny’s cheeks with some Pink PIrouette ink and adding a little bow with the Smokey Slate 1/8″ Ribbon.

Here’s another Punch Art Easter Bunny I made a few years ago.  Just click the link.  If you would like more ideas, just do a search in the box on the right for “bunny”.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box for new ways to use your punches and dies and other tools and accessories.  There are so many creative ideas out there!  If only there was enough time to make everything that is cute!

You could also use a punch art or die cut bunny on a baby card or tag for a baby gift!  Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!

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Basket Bunch Easter Card

Basket Bunch Easter Card

Easter will be here in just one week! I don’t know where the time has gone considering Easter is late this year! Here is a Basket Bunch Easter Card that I got the basic inspiration from a card I saw online that was an egg-shaped card.  Instead of making mine an egg-shaped card, which I have done in that past, like THIS CARD,  I gave the impression of an egg by die-cutting an oval in the front of the card with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I cut a Whisper White layer to put behind the opening and placed some of the Basket Bunch images on that layer inside the oval as well as stamping the greeting from the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set.

There are a lot of little dies in the Basket Builder Framelits Dies  that you can use with the stamped images to die cut Easter eggs, bunnies, grass, a basket, a bow and more!  So many fun choices! As I was putting this little scene together, I thought I should have had a scalloped border around the oval, but the largest scallop was too small for the shape.  However, since the bottom portion was going to be covered up anyway, I just die cut the largest scalloped oval and then cut it open at the bottom to that I could “stretch” the oval around my opening to make it fit!  I think it worked pretty well!

Basket Bunch Easter Card Scallop

Here is a close-up of the die-cut elements of the card:

Basket Bunch Easter Card Close Up

While there are a lot of Easter elements in this Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle , I’m sure you can see how it can also be a good set for lots of occasions leaving out the parts that say “Easter”. A basket full of flowers, for example, is good for any occasion and is made even cuter with this die cut basket. And bunnies are cute any time!

Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List comes out tomorrow, April 10th at 1:00 pm MT, which is 2:00 PM Central Time. Remember, on big days like this, there can always be computer glitches and delays so just exercise patience if you have any problems viewing the website or putting in an order.

To order anything today or to see the Retiring Products tomorrow afternoon, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! Back in Stock!

Decorated Egg Cartons Stampin' Up!

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2017

The Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! are back in stock!  What a shame that they were unavailable for this length of time, but you can get them now. If you do want them for Easter and depending on where you live, you still might be able to get them in time to decorate if you order today or even over the weekend. There is even Expedited Shipping if you REALLY want them FAST!

With the popularity of the Hey Chick! Stamp Set at Sale-A-Bration, I would say these Mini Egg Cartons could be used for cute projects even after Easter, so don’t hesitate to think of other creative ideas beyond Easter.

Mini Egg Cartons Plain

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2017

As you can see, the Mini Egg Cartons come very plain, just like real egg cartons.  You can spritz them with a color if you like, using the Stampin’ Spritzer and ink refills, or leave them plain and embellish according to the occasion.  In the photo at the top of my blog post, you can see there is a piece of designer paper inside the lid and a matching belly band around the carton plus decorations made with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle.  These can be used as a gift box or treat box. If you are looking for a different kind of presentation, this just might be it!


Remember, the Retirement List for the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog comes out on Monday, April 10th at 1:00 pm Mountain Time. If there are things you REALLY wish you would have ordered already, it’s time to get them before someone else does, whether you know it’s going to retire or not. Once the Retirement List hits, all bets are off; some things sell out in the blink of an eye and many do not.  So you never know.  We don’t know what is on the list except for the In Colors of two years ago, so be sure to consider those first of all! You don’t want to pay high prices on Ebay later!

Check out the Mini Egg Cartons and perhaps add some In Color products to your order before Monday!

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Last Day of Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration 2017!

Sale-A-Bration Brochures 2017

This is it!  Today, March 31 is the last day of Sale-A-Bration! This is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year so don’t miss out!  Just spend $50 on any Stampin’ Up! merchandise and choose a FREE GIFT from the Sale-A-Bration products!  A few are no longer available but there are still plenty to choose from! No limit to the number of gifts you can earn!

Need suggestions?

  • If you ever wanted a Big Shot, this is a great time to buy one! The Big Shot comes with the platform and cutting pads for $110.  That earns you TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts! If you want to buy some dies or anything else for $40 more, you will be at $150. You will receive THREE FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts PLUS 10% in Stampin’ Rewards….so at $150 you will get $15 to spend on MORE products!
  • Stock up on Adhesives!  You’re going to use them anyway, might as well get $50 worth to keep on hand….or less plus other stuff, like cardstock!
  • Stock up on the outgoing In Colors while they are still available! There could be a rush when the Retirement List comes out in April.
  • Your husband called and said you should buy anything you want today from Stampin’ Up! Go for it! (especially in $50 increments!)
  • Buy a 3-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription on your Stampin’ Up order – or even if you subscribe monthly, put the 3-month prepaid subscription on your order and this will be used before your monthly subscription and then revert back to your monthly order. (It’s easy, really!) The only caveat is that if you ONLY order the prepaid subscription to get a free Sale-A-Bration gift, you will have to pay minimum shipping to receive the SAB gift.  So add on some other Stampin’ Up! items you want to make it worthwhile! But it’s still a way to get a free SAB gift!!

Have fun doing your Stampin’ Up! shopping today!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Two of my favorites here in this blog post:  I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make this treat bag turned into a birthday pocket card AND the Cool Treats Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog! I used the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper for the Mini Treat Bag.

Watch the pattern when you run it through the Big Shot because the popsicles on the paper are going in one direction!  The first one I did I had it upside down! Since there are no mistakes in stamping, however, I will save that upside down treat bag and cut it apart and use the smaller pieces of paper on other projects! When you are working with patterned paper on any project, you do have to think about which way your design is going to go on your project and cut it or lay it out accordingly!

Although this die is named “Mini Treat Bag” you can design a card to add on the inside, which can be a greeting or hold a gift card. If you like another design, you can fold the top over and make a smaller type of little package. Click HERE to see my Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag. It was very cute, if I do say so myself!

There are lots of dies in this collection that can help embellish your Mini Treat Bag.  Use plain cardstock or designer paper, your choice.  It is easy to assemble and fun to make!

Today, tomorrow and Friday — these are the last 3 days of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to get your order in! If you are new, Sale-A-Bration has been going on since January but is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion! You can order from the Occasions Catalog or the Annual Catalog or even the Clearance Rack!

With every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise (before shipping and tax) you get to choose a FREE product in one of the Sale-A-Bration Brochures.

Remember, we had a few new options released last week! Here are the choices!

Original Sale-A-Bration Brochure

New February Releases

Final Days New Releases

Not all items are still available, so if your online order says an item cannot be added that means the supply is exhausted,

It’s time to shop! Get whatever you want! If you get close to another $50 increment, add on some adhesive or reinkers or cardstock so you can get another FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

Have fun! Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE!


Cool Treats Ice Cream Sundae Card

Cool Treats Ice Cream Sundae Card

When I first read the Occasions Catalog, the suite that stood out to me was the Cool Treats Suite! I didn’t order it right away, but I loved everything on pages 32-33. I haven’t really had time to stamp with it yet, so when I finally did, I started with inspiration from the Occasions Catalog.  I decided to mostly copy one of the cards on page 32.

Really the only stamping on the card is the greeting, the rest are all die cuts with the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies. I also did not make my card square as I believe the catalog sample is. Did you know that if you mail a card in a square envelope you have to pay a surcharge? Even if you make a square card, it is better to put it in a rectangular envelope. To stamp the greeting in the two colors, I inked it up with the lighter color, Peekaboo Peach, and then colored over on the “cherry” word with the Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker. Always remember to “huff” or breathe on a stamp when you have delayed stamping with it to remoisten the ink.

Before I adhered the ice cream scoops and bowl onto the Whisper White layer, I sponged some Pool Party ink for the background. For the little spoon, I die cut the Silver Foil paper.  How cute! Now you can die cut the sprinkles, but oh my, they are as tiny as a strand of hair! I don’t know how you glue those down, or barely even see them without magnifying glasses!  So instead, I used the Sprinkles Embellishments! These are a combination of sequins and tiny pearls, all very small. Just put a tiny drop of glue on the ice cream and then add the Sprinkles Embellishments. Or maybe punch some tiny circles or stars!

The little ice cream dish is die cut from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. Such cute designs on this paper!  Remember that usually Stampin’ Up! makes their designer paper so that one side is bold or graphic or themed, and usually the other side is something more generic that you can use for other things as well.

You probably have seen many yummy samples of cards and other projects with this Cool Treats Suite of products. I love the colors and all the cuteness! Not to mention I love ice cream!  If you like the stamp set and the dies, be sure to use the Cool Treats Bundle number to order and save 10%!

The Occasions Catalog will come to an end but not until May 31.  However, if you wish to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration, this is the last week!!  Can you believe it?! Get your $50 or more orders in by March 31 to take advantage of this fun promotion! A few Sale-A-Bration choices are no longer available.

If you love ice cream and other frozen treats, you might enjoy the Cool Treats Suite of products, especially with summer coming up!  Lots of potential for party invitations, birthday cards, neighborhood get-togethers, happy cards!

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