Wow! This is how to start off your day!! Tons of Stampin’ Up! products added to the Clearance Rack today!
RUN, don’t walk to check them out and don’t hesitate to order if you see things you want! Products only available while supplies last. Lots of ribbon! Designer Papers! The Black Spider Web Doilies from last year! Punches! Lots of things!
I’ve been playing with the pile of extra stamped or cut out pieces on my table and this Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card is one card I’ve come up with! Sometimes when I am die-cutting pieces with my Big Shot, I cut extra pieces while I am at it and/or sometimes I just change my mind about what I am doing and don’t use the pieces I cut out. Instead of throwing them all out, save the decent ones (in a pile on your table!) and if they don’t collect too much dust, get them out one day and see what you can make with them!
While I don’t necessarily think this is my best card ever, it was fun playing with the pieces and coming up with a Halloween card! Even though the sky isn’t the best I’ve ever done, it’s okay because it is for Halloween and why couldn’t a fall sky look like this?! Not everything has to be a masterpiece! (I should use that for a quote!)
Look at your scraps (I know you have them!!) and see what you can make! We need to use up those scraps every now and then. They don’t do anyone any good just being in a pile or bag or box. Use them! Create something! Mail the card!
Need more cardstock to make more scraps??! Order some today from
New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though! You will love the Enamel Shapes! Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!
Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalognow! Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!
It’s so fun to play with the Sweet Home Stamp Set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies to make all kinds of little houses for holiday home decor, party favors, treat holders or gift box like my Home Sweet Home Halloween House. You can make these as simple or as involved as you like. Cut two pieces with the dies to make a house, then stamp or add additional die cuts, like for windows perhaps, and then glue it all together! The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog gives you photos of three types of houses – Halloween, Christmas, and a regular house. There are plenty of stamps and dies to embellish your houses for whatever occasion you like!
Purchase the Sweet Home Stamp Set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies in a Bundle and save 10%! #143516
For my Halloween house, I stamped the lines to look like the wood siding and die cut all the rest of the pieces. I put a gray ghost up in the top window! For the windows I just cut the black frames and cut pieces of Daffodil Delight yellow for the “light” behind them, sponged with a little Pumpkin Pie to look spooky for Halloween. I also sponged the house with Crumb Cake ink to look spooky. The roof shingles are all die cut, plus I sponged those with Craft White ink. The little doorknob is one of the new self-adhesive Brights Enamel Shapes.
The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes LIVE in just a few days, on September 1st! You will be overwhelmed with fantastic choices for all the holidays coming up! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to send you a complimentary catalog.
And don’t forget to order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle by August 31! This stamp set and dies has been extremely popular and you can make beautiful cards for all seasons with this set! You can even make a pumpkin out of the flower/tree top in orange!
I needed a baby card so I turned to the Something For Baby Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. If you look on page 59 you will see the sample that I copied. I loved the little stamp that looks like the stacking colored rings that I’m sure we all had for our babies to play with! However, I did use a greeting from a retired stamp set, Big News. I also used a piece of retired designer paper on the front of the card,
The little hearts are stamped from the Big News stamp set. I couldn’t resist using some of the Brights Enamel Shapes.
Don’t forget to use your Stampin’ Up! catalog for ideas and inspiration for your cards and projects! There are more ideas than you can possibly use! Even if you tried to follow each one, you would change it up some of the time and make something different. It’s an easy way to find ideas.
There are several things going on in August at Stampin’ Up! so here are reminders! There is only one week left in August! Can you believe it?! My husband and I have noticed how much earlier it is getting dark out in the evening, but it doesn’t feel like fall is on the way at all here in Houston! It’s still August and hot as can be! But only for one more week!
If you ordered in July and earned any Bonus coupons, be sure you use them on an order in August. The coupons expire August 31.
Thoughtful Branches Bundle
This beautiful stamp set and thinlits dies are only available in August or while supplies last! I have seen cards made for all seasons with this Bundle. Be sure to get it while you can, the Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Bundle.
Paper Pumpkin BOGO
Paper Pumpkinis the crafting kit that comes in your mailbox once a month. If you are a new subscriber, you can buy one kit, get one free! Sign up HEREby September 10th to purchase the September kit and get the October kit for FREE! Or sign up between September 11 and October 10th to purchase the October kit and get the November kit FREE!
Do you like to stamp? Do you like to sew? Now you can do both! In the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, coming September 1st, you can purchase the Festive Season Stamp Set and Festive Stitching Thinlits Dies in a Bundle! Save 10% and be almost ready to go! Add the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and gold twine for stitching!
The thinlits actually poke holes in your stamped image and you are ready to stitch! Now if you do not want to stitch, you could draw on fake stitches with a fine marker! Who will know the difference when you send the card?! Or maybe even leave it plain and have it look paper-pierced!
Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below and see how Carrie at the Home Office makes these cards!
Don’t worry! September 1st will be here before we know it! Perhaps you have already received your Holiday Catalog in the mail, if you are lucky! If you are new to me and would like a copy, please email me with your contact information!
What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?! Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!
This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!
Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear. But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.
The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!
If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. You will love this catalog!! It will be online Sept. 1st as well.
If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself! We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too! It only takes minutes to sign up! Join the Stampin’ Up! family!Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!
It’s always best to use Watercolor Paper if you are going to do any watercoloring, but perhaps the next best thing is our Shimmery White Cardstock. You can barely see the watercoloring on my card behind the flowers. It is very light and subtle. I used Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, and Soft Sky inks with my Aqua Painter to pick up the color. There’s no skill to it, honestly, it’s just picking up the ink with the Aqua Painter and smearing it on the cardstock in each area! Anyone can do it! The Shimmery White Cardstock is so beautiful with its very subtle shimmer and glimmer! You can perhaps see it in this photograph at the top of the card.
For some accents on the card, I turned to the new Brights Enamel Shapes . These are small and flat, great for mailing, and oh so pretty. They come in each Color Family, too, so you can have any color you need, plus Metallic. I also used the White Perfect Accents. These can even be colored with Sharpies if you like.
The Swirly Bird Bundle has been very popular! If you don’t want to have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) then order yours from Stampin’ Up! today! If you have Bonus Coupons to use, remember to use them during August.
The Thoughtful Branches Bundle is available only during the month of August (while supplies last) so be sure to order yours today! It is quite the versatile stamp set, for all seasons and all kinds of projects! I have seen too many beautiful and creative cards made with this stamp set. The Bundle also comes with the coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlets Dies. Buy the stamp set and thinlits together in the Bundle and save 10%!
TheThoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin’ Up! is available to customers starting today, August 2! Get yours right away because these will only be available during August while supplies last! I’ve seen so many pretty sneak peek samples that I imagine this limited time product will be very popular.
If you ordered in July and received those Bonus Days Coupon Codes, you can use them starting today! Apply them to this Bundle or Stamp Set or any other products you would like! Use your Bonus Coupons before August 31!
Stampin’ Up! Trimmer Blades will be available TOMORROW (Limit of 3) if you need some! They are unavailable today, but will be available tomorrow! Be sure to put them on your order because when these are gone, we will have to wait until the next shipment arrives.
I’m still copying cards, like this Watercolor Words You’re the Best Card from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogor at least getting some inspiration! The catalog is a great resource when you are looking for any kind of idea. Even if you see an idea for a card, you might be able to use it on a scrapbook page. If you see an idea for a tag, you might be able to use that on a card. You will find ideas for boxes and gift-wrapping and home decor items, and the samples in the catalog are there for you to take inspiration from!
This is another sample I have made from page 135 in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. It didn’t turn out exactly like the catalog sample, but it doesn’t have to. Change it up according to what products and stamps you have. You could have used different flowers on this card, a different greeting or different paper.
For this card, like yesterday’s card, I used Watermelon Wonder Cardstock for the card base. Then I die cut five squiggles with the Big Shotfrom the Cupcake Cutouts dies, also out of Watermelon Wonder, just to add a little texture to the background. I love those squiggles! They are probably the reason I bought the framelits! To adhere them, I just used tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I like to use the Silicone Craft Sheet underneath any narrow pieces like the squiggles so that I don’t get glue on my Grid Paper where I am working on the whole card, and the glue can be wiped off the Silicone Craft Sheet.
I stamped the cupcake the same way I did in yesterday’s postusing Pink Pirouette and Watermelon Wonder ink for the frosting and So Saffron and Crumb Cake for the cupcake bottom (or wrapper). I die cut this cupcake and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For some extra pizzazz on the cupcake, I used a few of the Brights Enamel Shapes. This is a product that you might overlook in the catalog, but once you have them you know that they are SO CUTE! Really a fun embellishment!
If you have them, use the Layering Squares Framelits Dies for the background for the cupcake and the little scalloped edge. The Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set comes with lots of great greetings for both the front of the card and the inside so you will get lots of use from this set!
If you are new to my blog or Stampin’ Up! and would like a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com I would be happy to send you the fantastic new catalog if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products or would like to get started in the fun hobby (or even BUSINESS!) of stamping, memory-keeping, and papercrafting! Or if you prefer, check out the catalog online HERE.
It was finally time to play around with the Sweet Cupcake stamp setand make this Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card! I think you can even see the glimmer on the frosting from the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. (Once you start painting on that glitter, you don’t want to stop!) I didn’t realize that these cupcake stamps are actually 3-step stamping. You can experiment with them with ink choices and whether to stamp them 1-2-3 or 3-2-1. The stamps are numbered inside on the plastic so you can use that for a guide. That may sound crazy but the choice will be yours. You can stamp this cupcake and cut it out with the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies and the Big Shot and pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionalsto give it a 3D look. Get the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle with both the stamp set and framelits and save 10% plus be all set to make some cute cards and projects!!
To stamp the cupcake frosting, I used Pink PIrouette Ink and Watermelon Wonder. I meant to use the new Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbonon the card but I completely forgot! Maybe the next one! The cupcake itself (or the cupcake wrapper) is stamped with So Saffron Ink and Crumb Cake. There are lots of combinations or single inks that you can experiment with.
And I love the sayings in this stamp set. I even took a picture of the inside of the card because we seldom show that. Since the Watermelon Wonder card stock base is rather dark for writing a greeting, I added a Whisper White layer and stamped my greeting. Also, if you noticed on the front, since the stamps are photopolymer, you can actually bend them a little as I did for the greeting above the cupcake. I also love all the die cuts you can make with the framelits, like the word “Sweet”. At the bottom I added a piece of doily, it’s not one of the new Delicate White Doilies, but I wanted to use up the ones that I already had. If you don’t own any doilies, they are great to have on hand for just a little bit of texture or embellishment sometimes.
Don’t forget Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are going on! When you spend $50 or more, or any number of increments of $50, you will receive (by email) a $5 coupon to spend in August! Spend $100 in July, get 2 $5 coupons to spend in August, etc. You must have an email address and keep track of your coupons yourself to take advantage of this offer. Bonus Days end July 31. You can redeem coupons August 2-31.
Can’t you just imagine all the birthday cards you can make with this cute stamp set?! Remember how important it is to send real birthday cards in the mail to our friends, not just take one second to write a greeting on social media! If you want to join the movement started by Shannon West of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, you might like to invest in this #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK stamp to use maybe on the back of envelopes!
Here is a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches that will be available during the month of August only, while supplies last! There is also a coordinating set of thinlits to die cut the images, called Beautiful Branches. And you can buy the stamps and thinlits in a Bundle and save 10%! If you receive coupons from your July orders of $50 or more, you can use those to help purchase the Thoughtful Branches products in August!
This promotion runs August 2-31. Here is the ordering information:
Here is what you get!
Remember, these products are not available YET, but they will be beginning August 2, 2016 from Stampin’ Up! Stay tuned!!
Order $50 or more (kind of like Sale-A-Bration) during July and get a $5 coupon with every $50 multiple of your order to spend during August! Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are here!
Today is National Ice Cream Day so why not celebrate by making a card about ice cream! Last year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set by Stampin’ Up! was carried over to the new catalog this year (which I think is a first, that I can remember) and is perfect to use to celebrate National Ice Cream Day! The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set,with which you can make ice cream cones, also comes with a coordinating punch, the Tree Builder Punch by Stampin’ Up!,
I made the card with a card base of Crumb Cake card stock and a layer of the new In Color Flirty Flamingo. The background layer of the card is Very Vanilla embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder. The ice cream cone is stamped with Delightful Dijon Ink on Delightful Dijon Card Stockand just cut out with Paper Snips. The ice cream scoops are punched with the Tree Builder Punch. I made the flavors out of Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede. The punch even has a little cherry (or in some cases it could be an apple!) to put on top of the ice cream! I added a little glimmer with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the cherry. So fun to play with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!
The greeting comes in the stamp set and I layered it on the new Layering Squares Framelits Dies. Since I had a little space at the top, I added a little knot tied with the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. This ribbon has been around for awhile and it is so useful. It also comes in silver so be sure you have both!
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day by eating a big bowl of ice cream with all your favorite toppings! And if you must save calories, then make an ice cream card instead!
Sometimes an occasions calls for an extra-special card and the new detailed thinlits in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog sure make it easy as with this Anniversary Card with Floral Thinlits and Floral Phrases. This was basically an easy card to make, just use your Big Shotand one of the new pretty framelits.
The card base is just Whisper White with a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper. You can cheat and cut out the center of the layer of glimmer paper to save and no one will be the wiser! Then another layer of Whisper White on top of that, although I recommend doing your stamping and gluing before adhering to the actual card. I used the beautiful new Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, just the larger piece, cut off with the little curvy piece that goes across the top. I’m not sure it is necessary, but I did peel off the backing of the glimmer paper before die-cutting just in case it made it easier. Be sure to roll through at least twice, forward and back, with the Big Shot. Then use the Big Shot Die Brush to get the die cut to release from the framelit and then to get the itty bitty pieces out of the glimmer paper. Love that tool! If you don’t have that but you have a clean vegetable brush, someone told me that works too. But then you wouldn’t have the foam pad, too. I also used the new Big Shot Platform by Stampin’ Up! that comes with an adapter to use with the thin dies.
Today is our 39th wedding anniversary so I will give this card to my husband, who will look at it, put it down, and later I will rescue it for my collection of samples! He never gets to keep his cards! Honestly, it is hard to believe we are even 39 years old, much less married for 39 years and if you add on the extra few years we dated beforehand, wow! Where does the time go??!
If you need a special anniversary card, wedding card, any kind of special card, you need these Floral Thinlits in your collection! You don’t have to die cut glimmer paper, any color paper will be beautiful and with embellishments you can dress it up even more or probably even dress it down. It is an impressive set to own, along with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. Get them all in a Floral Phrases Bundle and save 10%! That will be just under $50, though, so add something else to your order so you can take advantage of Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days and receive a $5 coupon to use in August on another order!
Today begins the 4th of July weekend here in the USA so I made this 4th of July Flag Card with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to start the celebration! This is a big holiday weekend (as it falls this year) for families often with travel, family gatherings, picnics, and certainly fireworks! Be sure to fly your flag, if you have one. We have a realtor who always places American flags at every house in the whole neighborhood so it looks quite festive and patriotic!
I had seen versions of this card made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, I changed mine just a little bit. These Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are just ripe for all kinds of creativity! You just have to start die-cutting pieces in various colors and see what comes to your mind to make! I cut about three strips of the wavy thinlit in Real Red to represent the flag’s stripes, adhered on Whisper White. You might need to add in some of the “scraps” from the die to fill in some empty space. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glueto adhere the thin strips. Just put tiny dots of glue. For the star field I just cut a rectangle to fit in Night of Navy cardstock. The stars are diecut from the strip of stars in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. (I keep telling you how much I love that batch of dies!!) I die cut them from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
If you don’t need a 4th of July card, make this but adhere it to some layers and frame it for a home decor item for the holiday! Either way, just play with your new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and see if you come up with a card for the 4th of July or some other project!
Not sure why I decided on this Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card, but it’s what I came up with while playing with the new Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and the Flourish Thinlits Dies.I really thought I would stamp something randomly all over the background of the card, but then I ended up just stamping the two flower stems. I actually the thinlit was going to cut out the stamped flower stem, but I was wrong! Which only makes sense since it would be very difficult to match up all those flowers and stems inside the thinlit! That would have taken a “framelit” not a “thinlit”!
Anyway, when I die cut the flower stem, I was blown away by how beautiful and intricate it was! I have to say, with the new platform, the Precision Base Plate and rolling it through twice, the die came out perfect! Then I used my Die Brush to get all the pieces out, and it was all very easy and quick!
I used Daffodil Delight for the card base with a Whisper White layer on the front. I could have embellished the card further, maybe with pearls or rhinestones or glitter, but for today I just kept it simple. I think this will be a beautiful stamp set to work with along with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.
You can purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies in a Bundle HERE.
You, too, can make a beautiful card like this easy Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card.
I was really anxious to play with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies and my Big Shot as soon as I got them, and this Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach is one of the results. I actually started using the Floral Thinlits with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, but of course these Floral Thinlits are beautiful with other colors as well, such as this new In Color Peekaboo Peach. The Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbonis gorgeous to use on the card! In fact, the ribbon is so gorgeous, that it is on backorder at the moment. As I write this, it is due to be back in stock around July 11th. You really do have to get your hands on this beautiful ribbon as soon as it is available! The thank you greeting is stamped with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. Right now the Clear-mount version is backordered but you can purchase the Floral Phrases Clear-Mount Bundleand get both the stamp set and the Thinlits – and save 10%. You can also buy the stamp set in wood-mount. While it is inconvenient and disappointing to have backordered products, it shows that Stampin’ Up! has some real hits in the new catalog!
If you would like a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information. Or you can view it HEREonline.
With these new really intricate dies, if nothing else I would suggest you purchase the Big ShotDie Brush to help get out those little pieces from both the die and the die cut. And if you can take it another step, the Precision Base Platemight be beneficial to you. There is also the new Big Shot Platformthat has a special adapter that comes with it and has a raised center portion to work better with these new dies. It probably all depends on your personal Big Shot and how it works for you. If it works on these fancy dies and you’re happy, then no need to purchase any of the newer accessories (except maybe the Big Shot Die Brush!). You can go from there and see what you need.
If you want to be able to make some really elegant cards, these Detailed Floral Thinlits Diesare for you for sure! Check out the Floral Boutique Suite in the new catalog on pages 76-77 and the products online HERE. You will be able to make cards like my Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach and many other variations!