Category Archives: Birthday

Ways to Use the Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch

Owl Punch for a Baby Card

There are so many ways to use the Owl Punch by Stampin’ Up! and for those reasons I really hate to see the Owl Punch on the Retiring Products list. In looking back, I see that it has been around for many years, but the punch is so versatile I cannot believe that we will not have it available soon.  If you do not already own the Owl Punch, I would urge you to grab one before they are gone. I’m sure most serious stampers already have one, but if you are new, you may not be famiiar with all the creativity this one punch affords.

The baby card I have posted above has been one of my most popular cards! All I did was punch out the portion on the Owl Builder Punch that would be the chest area of the owl. Yes, you can make baby clothes out of this piece of the Owl Punch! Click the link or the card photo above to go to the blog post for more information.

Owl Punch Anniversary Card

Here’s an anniversary card I made using the Owl Punch to make a couple of loving owls in silhouette! And I can’t tell you how many times I have punched those little hearts to use on various cards and projects!

Owl Punch Monsters Birthday Card

The Owl Punch can also be used to make monsters for a birthday card! Just add some arms and scary faces!  Click the link or the photo to go to my blog post for details.

If you have made a great project with the Owl Punch, click the “Leave a Reply” button at the top of this post and leave a comment! I’d love to hear!

These are just a few examples of ways to use the retiring Owl Builder Punch, and I can’t begin to tell you about all the creative ideas I have seen out there using the Owl Punch.  Do a search online and you will find them.  If you are so inspired, be sure to purchase the Owl Punch on the Retiring List before it goes away May 31.

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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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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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How to Make a Z Fold Birthday Card With Pop of Pink

Z Fold Pop of Pink Birthday Card

Learn to make a Z-Fold card and everyone will think you are extremely talented, as with this
Z- Fold Pop of Pink Birthday Card.  The fact that you can make a card with a fancy fold such as this example will really impress, and YOU know that really all you had to do was fold back the front of the card!  Look at the photo below!

Z Fold Plain Card

How to Make a Z-Fold Card

1.  Make the usual card base, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half.

2.  Grab the right edge of the front of the card and fold back to the left edge of the card.

3.  Embellish!

OR, if you prefer to measure and score, score the front of the card at 2 1/8″ (center of the 4 1/4″ card front) and fold back as in the photo above.

The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and coordinating Washi Tape is on the Retiring List of the outgoing Stampin’ Up! Catalog so grab some while you can! I have always loved the white, pink and black mixed in with some gold, which is why it is called “Specialty” paper.  There are two sheets with gold foil, as I used for the birthday present on this card. And the designer paper is ON SALE!

The only “trick” to this card is to make a panel for the front of the card and glue it ONLY to the front z-fold panel. Hold it on the card before you apply adhesive and just make sure you know where to put the glue. Make sure none will extend beyond that front of the card fold or it will also stick to the inside of the card! My panel on this card is 3 1/4″ x 4″ but you can make yours whatever size you like.

Since I decided to put some Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside of the card where the greeting would go or note, I had to make a Whisper White panel to go inside.  I made it slightly smaller than the front panel and made sure it lined up BEHIND that front panel. When the card is closed completely flat you do not see the white panel on the inside. Now I have space to write or stamp a note or greeting even though I have decorated the card with the designer paper. There also is the back of the card which is plain where you could write more of a note if you wished.

If you want to see another example of a card like this one, check out my Z-Fold Valentine Card HERE.  This one is just a slightly different orientation.

Try this z-fold card today and check out the Pop of Pink paper in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

 

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.

 

Punch Art New Baby Giraffe Card

Punch Art New Baby Giraffe Card

Surely you have heard of the new baby giraffe the whole world has been watching and waiting for! I heard about it, but was not one who was constantly paying attention to the whole saga, but I did make a punch art card for the new baby giraffe!  Apparently the baby giraffe was born in New York on Saturday, April 15. The little newborn baby giraffe is probably about 6 feet tall and likely would weigh about 100-150 pounds!  Now that’s a baby!

While the New York giraffe made the headlines because the birth was live-streamed and millions of people watched, there was also a baby giraffe born in Houston, Texas several days before at the Houston Zoo! So it’s been a good month for baby giraffes!

To make my punch art new baby giraffe card I just used various circle punches, some retired, oval framelits, whatever I had. There are lots of examples of punch art animals online if you do a google search!  I used the Owl Builder Punch for two sizes of the circles.  I can’t believe the Owl Punch is retiring, it has been so useful over the years we’ve had it! There was no limit to what we could create with the Owl Punch.  So be sure to grab one while they are still available!

The little piece of grass on the bottom of the card and the flower I happened to already have die cut from the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. The dies and Basket Bunch Stamp Set come in a Bundle, which is retiring as all Bundles are, but actually, since both items are on sale separately, it is a better deal to buy the stamp set and then buy the framelits, not in a Bundle!

I wanted some kind of greeting on the card, but I didn’t have much space left, so I came across the word “Celebrate…” in the Beautiful You Stamp Set so I used that.  It fit perfectly in the space and was perfect since we are celebrating the births of baby giraffes!

Any time you need to celebrate something, even the birth of a giraffe in New York or in Houston, you can make a card for that! Isn’t stamping wonderful?!

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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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April Fool’s Day! Making Christmas Cards From Paper Scraps!

Christmas Cards From Scraps

It’s time to make Christmas cards and tags! Happy April Fool’s Day! Actually, I’m not really purposely making Christmas cards on April Fool’s Day, but I am using up some paper scraps! And I found this sleigh all made up and this die cut reindeer plus the Candy Cane Lane scrap of designer paper in my scrap box! Even the Z-Fold card and the Early Espresso tag was in the box as well! The other card stock was also scraps which I keep in my cardstock package as it comes from Stampin’ Up!

Box of Paper Scraps

Here is my box of scraps of die cuts and punched shapes and whatever miscellaneous got thrown in here!  You might recognize the box as a Paper Pumpkin box with the lid cut off! Looks like a perfect size to keep just enough but not too many paper scraps in!

Made From Paper Scraps

Here is another card I made with my paper scraps on April Fool’s Day!  I had lots of die cut flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and some stamped with the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I even had two halves of doilies and this punched Whisper White tag on which I placed the flowers and leaves. And guess what else I found in my box of scraps?  A tiny watercolored butterfly!  Or “fooffly” as our daughter used to say! For some pizzazz I added Rhinestone Jewels on the flowers and Pearls on the butterfly.

On another Early Espresso tag made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I made a birthday tag with some die cut balloons from the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer BundleI just drew on some black lines for the balloon strings and added a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

What kind of paper scraps do you have laying around?  Time to dig in and use some of them up! Challenge yourself to create with what you already have on hand – plus it saves time of making those elements.  You’ll probably be surprised how much you can make with your scraps!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

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!

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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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A Great Card to Say Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras CardHere is a great card to say “Happy Mardi Gras” today!  Today, February 28th is Mardi Gras, also know as “Fat Tuesday”, the day of feasting and eating fatty, rich food before the fasting of the Lenten season begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. There are all kinds of parties and parades, great food, and beads, mainly in New Orleans, Lousiana, but not limited to New Orleans.  Mardi Gras celebrations take place in many places along the Gulf Coast. These parties, parades and celebrations in New Orleans have been going on for a couple weeks, but today is the culmination. Mardi Gras is actually a legal holiday in Louisiana!

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. To make this great card to say “Happy Mardi Gras” to someone special, I used those three colors. The card base is Emerald Envy with a layer of paper from the Party Animal Designer Series PaperI liked the confetti look of the paper to go with this Mardi Gras card. I die cut an oval with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, the largest oval, to provide a backdrop for the balloons again the print paper. The balloons are punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch out of Gold Glimmer Paper, Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry. Some are stamped with the balloon images from the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Stamp Set as well as the greeting.

This was really an easy card to make once I had the idea!  And guess what?  It doesn’t have to just be a Mardi Gras card! I think it will be perfectly fine to mail to someone for their birthday! I happened to have some Mardi Gras beads from years ago when the man my husband worked for would have a Mardi Gras party every year since he was from Louisiana. It was always a fun party with delicious food!  And beads!!  I think Louisiana food is the best and I think he had a chef from Louisiana come prepare the food.

Whether or not you are celebrating Fat Tuesday today, or Mardi Gras, I hope you enjoy this card saying “Happy Mardi Gras” to you!

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Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit February 2017

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit February 2017

Did you receive this Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit for February 2017 in your mailbox a few days ago? It has the directions and all the supplies you need to make nine cards, three each of three different designs. It’s a fun design where you pull the bottom tab to read the greetings through the peek-a-boo slot in the front of the card. It’s something different and we can even copy this idea and make more cards like this technique in the future. And if you choose, you can use the same supplies to make some other design of your choosing. There are always lots of alternative ideas for each kit online.

If you did NOT receive this February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail, perhaps you would like to join Paper Pumpkin now so that you WILL receive the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit in your mailbox! And, as soon as you join Paper Pumpkin, you will be eligible to purchase any past kits or refills (just the supplies, not the stamps or ink spots) if there is something you liked in the past.

You have two options with Paper Pumpkin!

During Sale-A-Bration, you can purchase the 3-month Paper Pumpkin option on your Stampin’ Up! order, save $5, and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! (Be forewarned that if you ONLY have this on your order, you will pay $6.95 to have your free product shipped to you….but surely, you want to add some other products to your order to make the shipping worthwhile!)

If adding a Paper Pumpkin subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order puts your order at or above $150, then you will receive Hostess Rewards as well! Even if you have a monthly subscription, you can purchase the Paper Pumpkin subscription on your order and it will use that subscription first before continuing on with your monthly subscription. Let me know if you have questions about this!

Watch this video to see how to assemble the February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit. Every month there is a video you can watch if you choose!  And remember, you can use the supplies in the box any way you like, you don’t have to make the exact design!

Go right now to my Paper Pumpkin page to sign up for a monthly subscription to Paper Pumpkin beginning with the March 2017 kit!

Then you won’t forget to do it by March 10th! Or if you prefer, make a note to add it to your next Stampin’ Up! order before March 10th and be sure to set up your account right when you get the email.

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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Making a Birthday Card With Easy Adult Coloring

Making a Birthday Card With Easy Adult ColoringMake a birthday card with easy adult coloring using the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (143830) during the biggest promotion Stampin’ Up! has, Sale-A-Bration! Sale-A-Bration is in full swing now and we have about another month and a half to go. During Sale-A-Bration with every $50 purchase, you will get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from the special brochure.  One of the items you can choose is a pack of the Inside the Lines Paper which fits in with the adult coloring trend.  There are different patterns in the package of paper so you can choose what you like. There are many ways to use this paper as well.

At first glance you might think the only way to use this designer paper is to color every single image in the design.  You certainly CAN do that but it might take awhile. However, coloring is supposedly a stress-reliever so it might be good for us to do that on some of the pages!  If you are looking for an easy adult coloring method to make a card, just grab a sponge and color across the card with various colors of ink, or color randomly around on the card.  There is no wrong way.

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral card base. Then I randomly chose five ink colors: Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz. I started sponging a line of ink going across the card front, the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, until I’d used all the inks and filled the card.  I did go back, since the card base was Calypso Coral, and sponged a little of that color in between each of the other colors.  I should have stopped before I did that, but it is okay! No one else is going to look at that card and say, “She never should have sponged that extra Calypso Coral on to the card!”

Inside the Lines Adult Coloring Birthday Card

The greeting is from the Better Together Stamp Setfound in the  Annual Catalog. I die cut that with the oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. For an embellishment, I added the Pool Party 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.

I think my card turned out very pretty and was easy to make, if not a little messy on the fingers! Try the Stamping Sponges and cut them into smaller sized pieces if it suits your purpose. Some stampers have a  quarter or smaller piece of sponge designated for each Stampin’ Up! color. Always start lightly sponging, you can always add more ink.  This way you don’t get the color too dark to begin with.

To see another way to work with this Inside the Lines Designer Paper, check out how I made a card in THIS POST.

With your next $50 Stampin’ Up! order, you might consider choosing the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to make projects like this Easy Adult Coloring Birthday Card.

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Easy Masculine Birthday Card to Make

Easy Masculine Birthday Card with Serene SceneryFor some reason, we all seem to find it difficult to make a card for the men in our lives, but here is an easy masculine birthday card to make. I think often in the whole crafting world, there is a lot for women but not so much for men. But if we look carefully and think outside the box creatively and often with the help of Stampin’ Up!, we can always find something appropriate for any occasion.

Sometimes an idea just pops into my head, and the other day it was to use the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. I find that I often get carried away with the seasonal catalogs, like the recent Holiday Catalog and now the spring/summer Occasions Catalog, and forget all the great products in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I paged through the stack of designer paper and choose the pattern that looks like wood strips (it would make a pretty wood floor!) What I wanted to do was make a simple card with designer paper and a bold greeting stamped on the front.

The card base is made with Soft Suede Card Stock, incidentally not one of the coordinating colors with the Serene Scenery paper, but I liked it better with this paper than Crumb Cake. Then I stamped in Early Espresso Ink the birthday greeting from the stamp set Big on Birthdays which is in the Occasions Catalog on page 6. There are so many birthday stamps sets with fabulous greetings to choose from in the Occasions Catalog this year!

To embellish my masculine birthday card, I tied on a piece of 5/8″ Burlap RibbonBurlap is not just for masculine cards and projects at all. It’s a very thin and loose weave ribbon, not big and bulky like you might think of burlap ribbon. It’s very nice and I think something everyone should have in their stash for certain cards and other projects.

Often we don’t show the inside of cards, usually just stamping a greeting or writing a note inside is all that is required and is personal to your recipient. Since I was using Soft Suede, I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock inside, stamped another greeting from the same Big on Birthdays Stamp Set. Since I had a strip of the patterned paper left over, I just added it to the bottom of the inside piece of cardstock. Often it works to turn the paper over and show the pattern on the other side of the paper!

Easy Masculine Birthday Card with Serene Scenery Inside

Put this Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack on your list to order and choose a stamp set you like in the Occasions Catalog for birthdays or whatever occasion you are looking for. If you don’t have lots of cardstock colors, you hecan make an easy decision by choosing the Serene Scenery pack of cardstock which contains Crumb Cake, Pool Party and the Whisper White Thick Cardstock. That will at least get you started! Maybe choose some ribbon or embellishments you like, extra paper, and probably you will get up to $50. Then choose something for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  We always like “free”! You’ll be all set to make some easy masculine birthday cards or other 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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Quick and Easy Party Animal Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Party Animal Birthday Card

When in doubt, refer to the Stampin’ Up! catalogs for an idea to make a card, like this Quick & Easy Party Animal Birthday Card that I copied directly from the new Occasions Catalog! I got my order of MORE things from the Occasions Catalog the other night but haven’t had time to play yet so I felt overwhelmed at all the possibilities! When you need ideas, one place to head is to look at the samples of the stamp set that you perhaps want to use. Of course in the Party Animal Suite in the Occasions Catalog on pages 4-5, there are tons of samples on page 4.  I chose to start with the Quick & Easy card down in the corner, just to see if it was indeed “quick & easy” …… and it was! If, like in cooking, I had all my materials right at my fingertips instead of spread around the house due to Christmas decorating (which isn’t totally undone yet!), it indeed would have probably only taken me ten minutes or less!  As it was, maybe it took 15-20 minutes.

To make this card, I used a Emerald Envy Cardstock card base. The Whisper White layer for the panel is cut smaller than usual, 3″ x 5″. First I stamped the polka dot balloon from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalog. I stamped it with Crushed Curry Ink on Crushed Curry cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Once you have the balloon punched out, you can place it on the Whisper White panel to see where to stamp your balloon string and bow (but pick up the balloon while you do your string and bow stamping!). The balloon can cover up the top part of the string. Then adhere the balloon with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals. Stamp the greeting from the same set with Emerald Envy ink.

Now the sample in the catalog also has some stamped squiggles on the green card base on the sides of the white layer that I didn’t see at first, so my card was even quicker and easier!  Wrap some of the new Emerald Envy 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the card front. A quick & easy birthday card made in minutes! Make a bunch maybe in different colors and you will be set for at least a few birthdays that will be coming up!

Check out the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog HERE!

If you are interested in ordering Stampin’ Up! products and need copies of the catalogs, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information.

Remember Sale-A-Bration is going on! With every $50 you spend, you choose one FREE item from the special Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

Sale-A-Bration Catalog 2017

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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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Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card

Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card

A few weeks ago I came up with this Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card  for my son-in-law’s birthday and I liked it so much I made another one for my son’s birthday a few days later. By now they both have received their cards in the mail so it’s safe to show it on my blog!

When you have a Star Wars fan in the family (who even appreciates your handmade cards), you just have to come up with a new idea for each birthday or occasion. After searching the internet of course, I came up with this card of BB8, one of the characters in the Star Wars movie that came out last year. The background paper is the foil embossed paper in the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I think it is perfect for this card. To make BB8 I used several circle punches. I probably used the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch for the lower body, maybe the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch for the upper body, and then smaller punches for all the details.  I’m sure you can try the punches you have and see what fits on your card the way you want it!  Of course the birthday balloons are punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch and punched out of Silver Glimmer Paper. The greeting piece is punched with the Classic Label Punch and I added a silver star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.  

I love these Enamel Shapes and ordered the Bundle of all of them yesterday on the 24-Hour Flash Sale on the Online Extravaganza.  You missed that but you can still add them (not discounted) to your Online Extravaganza order any day this week until November 28! Don’t miss out on anything else!  And be ready for the Flash Sale on the last day, Monday November 28!

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