Category Archives: Big Shot

Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard

Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard

Stampin’ Up! has so many great products that it is difficult to keep up with all of them! One very overlooked product, I think, are the notecards and envelopes which make creating a card such as this Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard so simple and quick. The notecards are available in Whisper White and also in Crumb CakeSometimes you would even rather have a smaller card with less space because you just want to write a short and quick note and notecards are perfect for this!

Another great product in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper StackThere are many different designs, a lot that are perfect for masculine cards. On this Easy Masculine Thinking of You Notecard I used a Whisper White Notecard but put a layer of Soft Suede Cardstock on top and then a woodgrain patte.rn from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack.  The greeting is from the Window Shopping Stamp Set and die cut with the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then this piece was layered on a die cut made with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  For an embellishment, I wrapped a piece of the Kraft Rope (retired) around.

While we get very excited about the seasonal catalogs, such as the current Occasions Catalog, don’t forget to look in the main Stampin’ Up! Catalog because there are lots of goodies in there, too! In fact, this catalog will fairly soon be on it’s way out, so it would be a good idea to look through it and reacquaint yourself with the catalog so you know if there are any products in there that you want before the retirement list hits!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Notecards and Envelopes, both in Whisper White and Crumb Cake, although I would suggest the Whisper White ones are a little more useful. You can simply stamp right on the notecard with an image and/or greeting and be done. You can’t get any quicker and easier than that! Yet you can also embellish to your heart’s desire if you want! It is also great to know that you have the proper size envelopes with the notecards.

Click here to see a similar masculine notecard I made with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. We’re always looking for ideas for masculine cards and the Serene Scenery paper will really help you out!

Remember, with a $50 purchase, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  This promotion ends March 31.

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What You Need to Know About the Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine almost every time I am stamping or making a project. Sometimes I even realize I am using Big Shot die cuts more than I am stamping!  Since I use mine SO often and love it, I think I expect that “everyone” knows about the Big Shot and probably already owns one.  But I doubt that is really true, so I thought perhaps if you are person who does not own a Big Shot, maybe you would like to hear more about it.  After all, during Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to buy a Big Shot because you will get at least TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration products with the purchase of a Big Shot! And you probably will want some other accessories, too.

The BIg Shot is a die-cutting system that you can use to to make a multitude of die cuts and embossed shapes for cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and gift and decor items. It is manual, not electric, and easy to use and move around. There are many accessories that you can add on over time to give you so many choices for projects.

The Big Shot comes with a platform and cutting pads. Then you can add on more items when you are ready. One of my favorites is the Magnetic Platform, which holds the framelits and thinlits in place. But until you have one, if you think the die might move, you can lightly use a piece of washi tape to hold the die in place.  If you are going to be using the newer intricate dies, then it would be good to have the Precision Base Plate and, one of my favorite, the Big Shot Die Brush, which helps get all those little pieces released.

If you happen to watch any older Big Shot videos, you will see that the Big Shot used to come with a different platform.

If you are already a Big Shot owner, I’d like to suggest that you watch Holly’s video above for a refresher!  So many things have changed with these new platforms and intricate dies that we can all use a review now and then. Perhaps make a checklist to keep by your Big Shot to remind you what goes with what!  The instructions are on the platforms, I just forget to pay attention there!

Purchase a Big Shot for $110.00, add on another $40 either in accessories or other Stampin’ Up! products, and you will have a sales total of $150 which will entitle you to THREE Sale-A-Bration products, PLUS 10% ($15) in Hostess Rewards….another $15 to spend however you like! Now that’s a deal! Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2017 so don’t delay!  You will love your Big Shot!

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How To Make An Easy All-Occasion DIY Gift Bag

DIY Gift Bag

Save yourself a trip to the store and learn how to make an easy all-occasion DIY gift bag out of designer paper! You can make a gift bag using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board or you can make one by just scoring paper to determine the size you want. I use my Paper Trimmer as I cut the paper to score with the Scoring Blade, (one comes with the Paper Trimmer)  but you could also use the Simply Scored Board.

Decide what paper or cardstock you want to use.  I used the beautiful Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. While I could have used either side of paper, I had planned to use this soft bokeh-look pattern and that is what I cut.  But when I turned the paper over, I saw that the pattern on the other side was a butterfly print. Had I wanted to use that side and didn’t give it any thought, as you can see in the photo below, I would have the pattern going wrong, so be sure you check which way you want your pattern to go and make sure you cut the paper in the correct direction.

Designer Paper Pattern Wrong Direction

For this particular gift bag, I cut the paper at 6″ x 11 3/8″. I placed the paper “long-ways” (portrait) in my Paper Trimmer and scored at 1 3/8″ for the bottom flaps. Then I turned the paper “sideways” (landscape) and scored at 2 1/8″, 5 1/4″ 7 3/8″, and 10 7/16″. You can’t really see all the score lines in the photo below and the photo is not blurry!  That’s the design on the paper!

Designer Paper Scored for Bag

As you can see, I cut out that tiny little piece on one end that you will see after you score your paper. And just to make the flap easier to fold without the top and bottom edges showing, I trimmed off the edges of the flap. This flap is where you will put adhesive to start assembling your box. As for the bottom of the paper with the 1 3/8″ scored area, just snip each score line up to the 1 3/8″ scored line to form the flaps.  Assemble your gift bag and decorate!

To decorate my gift bag, I die cut a butterfly with the Big Shot and the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, the largest butterfly, out of a Gold Foil Sheet. (My daughter used to call butterflies “foof-flies”.) How beautiful is this large gold foil butterfly? And to make it even more elegant, I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the body. After I punched a hole in the top of the bag I tied on a Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (my all-time favorite ribbon!) using the ribbon with the gold accents in the Sale-A-Bration 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601)You can also add a greeting or tag if you want for whatever occasion you need.

Check out another card I made when the Butterflies Thinlits Dies first came out. These butterflies are made with the smaller medium size butterfly die, cut out of designer paper.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on March 31 so don’t let time fly by and miss it! Remember, there are three new releases since February 21 so you have two brochures to view at that link above.  One thing that is no longer available is the gold-striped Card Tin. Everything is available only while supplies last so don’t wait too long!

Make some easy all-occasion DIY gift bags to keep on hand for any last-minute gifts!

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How To Make a Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is fairly easy to make and turns out really cute! I strongly suggest you watch the Stampin’ Up! video below on how to make the box, even if you have watched it before because you might need a review like I did!

To make this hexagonal gift box, use the Big Shot and Window Box Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! This set of dies is amazing! Besides the basic hexagonal box shape, it has pieces to decorate the to and sides of the box with decorative little cutouts! There are also other little pieces, one makes a tag and one makes those flag ends on a strip of paper.

On this box, even though it has those decorative dies to use, I opted to just make the basic box and then decorate it with designer paper and balloons for a birthday! You can make these boxes for ANY occasion or holiday! I’ve even seen them online where it is like they are stacked to make a taller box.  I’ll have to learn about that and try it! After I made the Hexagonal Window Box, I die cut  a piece of the polka dot paper in the Party Animal Designer Series Paper package with just, the lid portion of the basic box die. Then I cut along the score lines or slightly inside, so that it would fit on the top lid of the box. Around the side of the box, I cut a strip of the candles pattern paper to go around. Luckily a 12″ strip does fit and even overlaps a little on the back. For the candle pattern, I cut it so that the candles themselves would be fully pictured, which meant I first cut off a strip on the edge that just had partial images of the candles. My strip is 1 3/4″ wide, but you can make yours narrower if you like depending on the pattern or look you want. Another choice would be to stamp on the box before you assemble it. After I had the paper around the side, I tied on some 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Emerald Envy. For the top of the box, I stamped and punched three balloons with the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I attached some Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine to the balloons and tied on a bow.  If I hadn’t tied the bow, I might have put a “Happy Birthday Banner” instead. This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is a cute box and can be made in any colors for any occasion. It’s big enough for a small gift or some candies or treats.

Hexagonal Birthday Gift Box

To make the window box (with or without windows!), die cut two of the basic box pieces. If you want the decorative inserts you can cut them now or cut them before you assemble the box.

Window Box Pieces

One thing to remember is to cut off the end tabs of the straight strip portion on ONE piece. That is because when you go to assemble the box, you won’t need two tabs matching up, just one. Use a strong glue like the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Window Box Assembly

Fold the scored lines for the tabs.  I think it is easiest to glue the beginning part with the box laying flat. Just make sure everything is straight.

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! video to learn about and how to use these Window Box Thinlits Dies!

Now are you ready to make these beautiful boxes for gifts or even just decorations or party favors? Order yours today at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  Get the Bundle with the Window Shopping Stamp Set  so you have everything you want and save 10% over buying them separately. The cost of the Bundle will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration product as well!

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Placing Glimmer Paper Under Die Cuts on a Card

Using Glimmer Paper Under Die Cuts

This blog post will be about placing glimmer paper under die cuts on a card so that you can use the beautiful new 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (143831) that you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration. You’ll find this Glimmer Paper Pack in the extra Sale-A-Bration Brochure that came out February 21 to give you a few more choices during Sale-A-Bration,  which ends March 31.

I love the beautiful Special Reason Stamp Set and especially the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. If you buy both in a Special Reason Bundle you can save 10% and you will be all set to go! It seems that Stampin’ Up! never wants us to be without flower choices!  These dies are particularly unique in the way they can cut out the flowers so that makes them even more interesting.

This card isn’t what I started out making, and I have to say, I don’t like my card! But since it is really about how I made the card rather than if I loved it and since I’m a bit under the weather today, I don’t really care that this isn’t one of my favorite designs!

I was going to just die cut a big flower and two smaller ones and place the new Glimmer Paper underneath. But then I realized that what I was thinking of was having the top card layer popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, so placing the Glimmer Paper underneath was going to be just a wee bit trickier. I couldn’t just place the glimmer paper underneath the die cuts directly, seeing what I was doing. I was going to have to adhere the glimmer paper to the card base and have it lined up perfectly with the die cut images on the layer I was going to place over it.

Glimmer Paper Placement Under Die Cuts

There was just a bit more playing around to make sure the color was under the entire area of the die cut flower without sticking out underneath the sides of the top layer or running into an adjacent flower. Once I thought I had it placed perfectly, I put a few pencil marks where the glimmer paper would go and glued down with my Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next I added the Stampin’ Dimensionals, with a few in the center of the card for support.

Using Glimmer Paper Under a Layer

Finally I stuck on the top layer on which, of course, I had already die cut the flowers with the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies.

Now after I did that, I realized I should have already stamped a greeting on the card front! I did finally take a chance and stamped a happy birthday greeting from the stamp set but it doesn’t look that eye-catching on the card. But for today, “oh well”!

The card still looked like it lacked something so I die cut some glimmer paper leaves!  They are pretty but I’m not sure they worked that well on this card.  Maybe they did on the big flower, but then the little flowers didn’t have anything!  So I took a chance and stamped some leaves with Mint Macaron ink around the little flowers. That didn’t look great so I added Clear Wink of Stella to the leaves. That didn’t do much, so I added the Gold Wink of Stella to the leaves! Finally I stamped the leaf veins and then I liked it a little better!

Maybe you like the card after all!  In some moments I do, but I think I could do better. Sometimes you have to know when to STOP when you are designing something! My friend and I used to always say that back in the day when we were painting tee shirts and wine glasses and plates! Maybe I will give this card another shot later, but now you know one way to use the Glimmer Paper, one of the new releases for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration, with die cuts!

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Easy Stamped Flower Card with Special Reason Stamps

Easy Stamped Flower Card with Special Reason Stamps

Here is an easy stamped flower card with the Special Reason Stamp Set. I wanted this to be a quick and easy card and it was.  For the card base I just used the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and I have no layers except for the greeting. To stamp the flowers and leaves, I used the 2016-2018 In Colors, all of them except Dapper Denim.  The greeting is one that is in the stamp set, Special Reason, as well as the shape that it is stamped on. I forgot that the matching Stylish Stems Framelits Dies have a shape to cut out both the greeting shape and the layer underneath, so I actually just hand cut them with my Paper Snips! Not too hard at all if you don’t have the framelits!  The ribbon is one of the Sale-A-Bration FREE choices with a $50 purchase of Stampin’ Up! merchandise. It’s called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601) and is on page 11 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. One ribbon is white with silver accents and the other is vanilla ribbon with shiny gold accents woven through. It’s very soft and easy to tie and very pretty! I’ve ordered it twice!

I find that stamping a LOT on a card or scrapbook page is therapeutic. It just feels good having that stamp and block in my hand and fun to stamp randomly and see what turns out. If you need to get some stress-relief, just get out a clean piece of cardstock, choose a stamp and some ink and just stamp all over! And after what happened in our neighborhood on Tuesday, some stress-relief was in order! As I sat down to eat lunch and checked my phone, I also checked our neighborhood website for new posts.  Wow!  There was  a warning for my street and some others nearby to stay inside, there were burglary suspects on the loose!! In about another hour, someone posted that they heard gunshots. Very unfortunately, a neighbor down the street who is a policeman, answered the call even though it wasn’t for him, and he and another policeman went into a backyard to check out a shed where the door was open. At least one suspect was in there and shot both officers, although the gang member criminal was shot and killed by a third officer. Luckily the other officer was hit “only” in the leg and foot but our neighbor was critically injured. At that point, even more police, helicopters, ambulances and news media flooded into our neighborhood and we were “sheltered -in-place” all day while they searched for the suspect who got away.  Our neighborhood is not like this at all but for some reason this all happened the other day. I guess we never know what can happen from minute to minute. I plan to stamp some notecards that the officer’s wife down the street can use later on if she has people to thank and I’m sure she will. At least it is reassuring to know that the whole police community will be by their family’s side through this.

So on a lighter note, consider this pretty Special Reason Stamp Set and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, which you can purchase in a bundle and save 10%. The stamps have just a little texture on them, so don’t think they didn’t stamp well if you see some lighter areas. You will be able to make lots of beautiful cards and projects with this stamp set and dies.

Sometimes you just need to do some stamping, and by that I mean really pounding that ink pad and stamp to paper!  Try it!  It feels good! And when you do some random stamping, you can make an easy stamped flower card like this one with the Special Reason Stamp Set!

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Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card

Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card

If you need an engagement card for an engagement party, use the Shimmery White Cardstock, which is beautiful in itself, and the gorgeous Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies to make a Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card. 

Here is how I made the card.  The card base is Shimmery White Cardstock. The next layer is embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. To me, this looks like little hearts, but I guess they are meant to be flower petals! It makes it hard to remember the name because I think the folder should be named “heart-something”! But it is a beautiful embossing folder and will be great to use on many, many cards.  The heart and little flowers are die cut with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits. It’s best to use the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot since this is a more intricate die, and be sure to run it through twice, depending on your machine.  And I also highly recommend that you have the Big Shot Die Brush to use to get the little pieces out of the die and the die cut. Then adhere the little flowers on to the heart. I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the heart and flowers. And for a little bling, Rhinestone Basic Jewels are always good! The “Congratulations” greeting is from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set.

This card doesn’t photograph well because of the subtle shimmer of the Shimmery White Cardstock and the dazzle from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper! In person, it looks very pretty and elegant.  You wouldn’t even have to have the Falling Petals embossed background, the die cut heart is pretty enough by itself on a card. You could even color the glimmer paper with a little reinker and Aqua Painter or brush to add some lightly colored flowers on the heart.  You can see this coloring technique that I did on some punched hearts on this card here on my blog.

They say June is the month for weddings, so maybe you need to start an engagement and wedding stack of cards!  It’s always nice to have some extra cards on hand.  When you make one card and like it, make a couple more of the same while you have the supplies out. You could also make this same card for other occasions, just by changing the greeting or leaving any greeting off. This Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card is well suited for an engagement card, wedding, birthdays, congratulations and many occasions.

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Stylish Stems Cutout Die Birthday Card

Stylish Stems Cutout Die Birthday Card

I saw a card like this one and immediately thought I needed to make one like it, a Stylish Stems Cutout Die Birthday Card.  I used a Pool Party card base with a Whisper White layer die cut with a flower die with a glimmer paper behind it. I love the simplicity and elegance of the card, and it has tons of possibilities! I want to make more!

Just think!  Using this basic card idea, you could make a card for almost any occasion! Die cut the flower, put some contrasting paper behind it, and stamp a greeting! So simple and so easy! I was going to make the card white on white like the sample I saw online, but decided to add some color with the Pool Party cardstock. To make the flower I just used my Big Shot and the Stylish Stems Framelits DiesThese dies are special because the large flower die just cuts out the flower pieces as you see on the card above. If you want to die cut the whole flower to use elsewhere, then you can add the shape around it to die cut it. I just adhered a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper behind the die cut flower for some pizzazz!  The greeting is from the Window Shopping Stamp Set.

There is a coordinating stamp set, Special Reason, to use with these dies. If you want to save 10%, the Special Reason Bundle comes with both the stamp set and the framelits dies. I’m sure you will want both sets to make beautiful cards and projects.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how to use this stamp set and framelits dies!

And don’t forget……Sale-A-Bration is going on!  For each $50 you spend at Stampin’ Up!, you get to choose a FREE product in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

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Die Cut Hearts Easy Valentine Card

Die Cut Hearts Easy Valentine Card

In playing with my new Love Notes Framelits Dies, I decided to cut a lot of hearts and make a die cut hearts easy Valentine card.  I just chose some Real Red card stock and Silver Glimmer Paper for the hearts. Then I just played with arranging the hearts until I came up with a pleasing layout.  You can see that one of the dies makes the hearts pop up on a center fold! On one of the them I snipped the inside heart off so that I had just the thin outline heart. The card base is just Whisper White Thick Cardstock although I have it laying on a piece of red cardstock for the photo. But as you can see, it would be a pretty card with a Real Red card base and a Whisper White layer with the hearts adhered. In fact, you could use pink or many colors of hearts! Makes me want to play some more with this same idea!

The greeting is a stamp in the Sealed with Love Photopolymer Stamp Set.  There are so many great stamps in this set and they don’t all have to only be used on Valentine’s Day. We can use hearts in lots of ways for lots of occasions. And along with the Love Notes Framelits Dies, you will really be in business!  One of the dies even makes cute little bitty envelopes! If you would like to save 10%, just purchase the Sealed with Love Bundle to get the stamp set and framelits!

Valentine’s Day is coming, but you do still have time to order Stampin’ Up! supplies to make your cards and projects! And remember, you can use them for more than Valentine’s Day!  You will be making wedding cards, baby cards, birthday cards, love notes, all-occasion cards!

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Do you need the current catalogs and Sale-A-Bration Brochure? If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and I’d be happy to mail you complimentary catalogs! More fun than looking at them online, I say!

Stamp Tee Shirts and More with the Custom Tee Stamp Set!

Custom Tee Bundle

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One stamp set you possibly could have overlooked in the new Occasions Catalog is the Custom Tee Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! along with the T-shirt Builder Framelits Dies.  You can purchase both of these in a Bundle, the Custom Tee Bundle, and save 10%! Just add a little something more to your order and you will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Surely you want free stuff! To go along with this Bundle, one thing you might want to choose is the Designer Tee Stamp Set on page 19 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  You could use these greetings on your tee shirts you stamp but also on any cards or projects as greetings!

Here is a new video from Stampin’ Up! telling you about the t-shirt products!  Enjoy!

This stamp set also reminds me of when I was a young girl and I loved designing and drawing clothing. It wasn’t a phase that lasted too long but I do remember a little booklet I put together drawn with colored pencils! If you yourself or a future clothing designer in your family likes that sort of thing, they could have lots of fun with this tee shirt stamp set.

This stamp set is also good for making masculine cards, something we always seem to have a bit of difficulty with.  And as Holly describes in the video, you can use some of the stamps just for adding a little background interest or as greetings on other projects.

To order any or all of these tee shirt products, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Red White and Blue Patriotic Card for Inauguration Day

Red White and Blue Patriotic Card for Inauguration Day

Today, January 20, 2017 is Inauguration Day here in the United States. No matter everyone’s political choices, it is the day we celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one President to the other. In honor of today, here is a red, white and blue patriotic card for Inauguration Day!

This card is made with the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits DiesI made it extra glitzy with the Gold Glimmer Paper, die cut with the big pop-up piece. Then I stamped the balloons with Real Red and Pacific Point Ink, punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch and adhered them over the Gold Glimmer paper balloons.  I also stamped the banner and greeting and just cut out by hand. The red paper behind the balloons is in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  The card base is Pacific Point cardstock and cut the length of the paper, 11″ x 4 1/4″ with a fold at the top.

Just in case you don’t need an Inauguration Day card, you can easily use this card for a birthday!  Lots of possibilities with this stamp set and dies! Want to save 10%?  Buy the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle!  Get both the stamp set and set of dies at a discount.

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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies Are Available Again!

If you recall, back in November, Stampin’ Up! released these new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies as an early release from the upcoming new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Well, they were SO popular that Stampin’ Up! couldn’t keep up with the demand until they got a lot more in stock! Well, that day was yesterday so now the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are available again!  I ordered mine at the time and have been using them ever since.  I really love these dies!  They just add a little something to the piece with the stitched look, just a little something that looks really nice.  And as stampers, we are always looking for that little extra that finishes a card or project.

Easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder

Here is just one sample I made with the Stitched Framelits Dies to add that stitched look border to my greeting, If you have some of the other shape dies with the scalloped edges, you can add another layer underneath the stitched shape and it adds a nice look, too.

Watch this Stampin’ Up! video for more ideas on using these framelits!  Then go to Stampin’ Up! Online and order yours today! (And remember, these were originally released before the holidays!!)

Check out these dies and other products at Stampin’ Up! today!  And don’t forget, with every $50 purchase you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

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Big Shot Die Cut Window Box

Big Shot Die Cut Window Box

Here is my first try making this Big Shot Die Cut Window Box with the dies from the Occasions Catalog. This was one of the products I was excited to purchase because I think it makes a beautiful little gift box and lots of other projects. To make this box I used the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  For my first time, I would say the process is a little bit tedious and I don’t think this first box is the best I can do……but on the other hand, how else would you make a cute box like this in just a few minutes without Stampin’ Up! products?!

You can just use the box die to make a plain box or you can die cut the top design with any of several different dies and or the sides of the box.  Lots of possibilities to explore! You can line the die cuts underneath with another color paper or Window Sheet or Vellum or whatever you like,

You can also use the dies to just make intricate designs on cards! There is also a coordinating stamp set, the Window Shopping Stamp Set that you can use for greetings with the box.  Save 10% when you buy the Window Shopping Bundle  to get the stamp set and thinlits dies together.  The clear-mount Bundle costs $50.25 which then earns you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how Donna Griffith at the Home Office uses these dies. You need to cut two of the box pieces in order to make the full box and she shows you how to cut off the side tabs on one of the pieces.  You will see when you assemble the box that you don’t need those side tabs on the one piece because the other piece has them!

With a little practice and patience I think we will all be able to make beautiful boxes of many designs!  I can’t wait to play some more!

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One More Day Until the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!

Today is the last day for some things at Stampin’ Up! and tomorrow, January 4, 2017, is the first day for some things, namely the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the first day of the annual promotion called Sale-A-Bration!

In case you need help with choosing new products from the Occasions Catalog, you might enjoy watching some of these Stampin’ Up! videos! I know I want everything when I see the videos of the new products!

See the fun ways to use the Balloon Adventure Stamp Set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits.

And wait until you see this beautiful So in Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies! Perfect for making wedding cards or any elegant card or project!

Here’s a new look from the new Happy Celebrations Stamp Set and Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

And something I think everyone should put on their first order, the new Watercolor Pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors!
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Check out the Year-End Closeouts Sale today before it comes to an end. Otherwise, wait until tomorrow, January 4, 2017 to order and take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion where for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you get to choose one free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure will both be online tomorrow when they go live, if you did not receive a catalog in the mail.  If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and don’t already have a Demonstrator you are working with and would like beautiful hard copies of the new catalogs, please email me with your contact information and I will mail them out to you.

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Coming January 4th ! New Stamps & Framelits in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog!

Now that Christmas is over, we can look forward to the new Stampin’ Up! spring catalog, the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration! I loved the Holiday Catalog and hated the thought of it going away.  By New Year’s though, I think we will all be more than ready for fresh new products!

One of the new Bundles coming in the Occasions Catalog will be the Special Reason Bundle. When you purchase a Bundle, you save 10% on the products over buying them separately. This Bundle contains the Special Reason Stamp Set with flowers and greetings and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. When you watch the video, you will see the new design of these particular dies! I have to admit, when I first saw this stamp set and framelits I did say, “More flowers!” but after watching the video,  I know I will have these on my list for sure!

If you are new to Stampin’ Up!, Sale-A-Bration is a special annual promotion from Stampin’ Up! With EVERY $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item in the special brochure.

If you are a regular customer of mine, I ordered these catalogs for you from Stampin’ Up! and hopefully you received them in your Christmas mail (unless the mail lady is reading them first in the back of the post office!). If you don’t receive them by January, let me know.  If you are new and would like the hard copies of the catalogs and do not have a Demonstrator you are working with, then email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com and I would be happy to send you some catalogs. They will be online when the Occasions Catalog goes live and Sale-A-Bration begins on Wednesday, January 4th.

Watch the video above with Holly from the Home Office explaining how to use these new framelits and stamp set!

Floral Thinlits Dies 40th Anniversary Card

Floral Thinlits Dies 40th Anniversary Card

When you’re kids and growing up, you probably can’t imagine that someday it will be years, and years, and years since you used to play together and be part of each other’s everyday lives. I recently made this Floral Thinlits 40th Anniversary card for the “boy” who lived next door to us and was best friends with my brother. When he met his future wife, she would sit in a lawn chair on the carport while my brother and his friend would fix a car or a lawn mower or go cut a neighbor’s grass or whatever they were up to. They eventually got married, 40 years ago, and my husband and I got engaged the following weekend if I remember correctly. How can we “kids” be celebrating forty years of marriage??!

Apparently 40 years is “Ruby”, if anyone still goes by things like that for anniversary gifts and cards. I decided to make the card pretty fancy since it was for such a special occasion. I found a sample online that I liked and fashioned my card mostly after that one. The Floral Thinlits Dies are perfect for when you want to make a fancy card!  I used a Whisper White card base and die cut the Red Foil (retired). I only used the bottom piece, not the top piece. The card opens at the top so I could wrap the Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon around the card. To jazz up the ribbon, I also used a piece of Silver Sequin Trim and a piece of Silver trim that I just tied into the white ribbon.  The greeting is from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set and is embossed with Silver Emboss Powder  and the Heat Tool.  The little hearts are punched or die cut (I forget how I got those!) and just glued individually above the Floral die cut piece.

There are other ways you could make this same card.  You could use Gold or Silver Glimmer Paper for the die cut piece or a piece of cardstock and put some glimmer paper behind it.  You could stamp the greeting above the die cut piece rather than tie on the greeting on a tag. You could turn the card sideways, putting the die cut piece on the other side. For sure, the Floral Thinlits Dies can make any project look spectacular!

Notice the Floral Thinlits Dies are on SALE in the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeouts, so don’t miss it!

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Santa’s Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card

Santa's Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card

I saw an idea on Pinterest similar to this Santa’s Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card, but the person used washi tape behind the tree. I thought it looked like a nice simple design, but I got the idea to use the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (It’s on sale right now for half-price on the Year End Closeout Sale!) behind the die-cut tree.

Just start with a card base of Whisper White and add a layer of colored cardstock. I decided to use three of the different green patterns in the pattern stack, so on two cards I used Real Red cardstock for a layer and on one I used Garden Green. Just to make another change, I used Crumb Cake for the top layer. I used my Big Shot and the tree framelit in the Santa’s Sleigh set of dies. Then just adhere a piece of the patterned paper behind the cut out, making sure the whole open area is covered!  Save the trees you cut out, maybe you can use them on another project! If you wanted to, you could adhere a piece of brown cardstock for the tree trunk. There is a small star die in the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies so I cut a gold foil star for each card. The greeting is in the Santa’s Sleigh Photopolymer Stamp Set, but you could use any greeting you liked.

Here is a close up so you can see the die cut and the patterned paper underneath.

Santa's Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card

You could probably even add some bling to this card if you wanted to like some sequins or Enamel Dots or some die cut bows, but I think it looks perfectly fine simple as it is! Sometimes you have to know when to stop!  Try this Santa’s Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card for a simple design and easy assembly.

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Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

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

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

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

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

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

Stampin' Up! Closeout Sale Banner 2016

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

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Click HERE for the Retiring List

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

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

JUST GO SHOP!  See what you can pick up at a discount from the Stampin’ Up! Closeout Sale!  CLICK HERE!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag

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

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag Card

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

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

LAST DAY For STITCHED FROM THE HEART STAMP SALE!!

Stamp Set Sale Nov 2016

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

Year End Closeout 2016 Banner

New Announcement!

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

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

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

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