Yesterday Shannon West, from the Stampin’ Up! Corporate Office, was on a local Utah morning show with some stamped birthday cards with the Build a BirthdayStamp Settalking about her idea called #ImBringingBirthdaysBack. Shannon West is one of our favorite presenters at Stampin’ Up! events and on videos, etc.
Shannon was feeling that social media, with its quick and easy way to just type a birthday greeting online to friends, was ruining birthday cards, so she decided she wanted to send a birthday card to anyone who wanted one! She even made her own hashtag stamp #imbringingbirthdaysback. If you aren’t familiar with hashtags, they really are kind of like search terms that group those certain terms together. Sometimes they are specific and sometimes they are just funny or silly. Of course Shannon was deluged with requests.
Stampin’ Up! got behind her movement since making and sending cards is what we do! At least we intend to!! So maybe this will spur more of us on to not just type a birthday greeting on social media but to send a card, especially a handmade card! Let’s make the post office busy again! Stampin’ Up! is going to manufacture Shannon’s hashtag stamp! I can’t wait!
I made a card similar to the ones she showed, as you can see in the photo above. I also loved the idea of how she stamped the back flap of the envelope! Remember, we should not be sending out “naked envelopes”! Stamp something on them!
Let’s all get those birthday date books out and start making cards, or pull out the ones you have made but not mailed, and start sending real birthday cards, IN THE MAIL, to your friends and loved ones! Bring back the good old days when postmen delivered cards and letters in the mail!
You never know what card design you might come up with from scraps on your desk, such as this Birthday Card with Stars. In order to make space for our Christmas tree, we have to move a desk to another room. This desk is where I heap lots of stamping stuff, not where I actually stamp. The Christmas tree has been down for a little while but we haven’t moved the furniture back where it belongs. Yesterday I was putting designer papers back in their packages which were in a holder (or not!) on this desk, when something tipped over, which knocked my ribbon storage things off the back of the desk with ribbon rolls going everywhere underneath the desk. Even when I tried to catch things and straighten everything back up, there was another domino effect with more stuff going crashing everywhere. It was almost funny except for the mess it was making! So I guess I need to do some major tidying up on that desk when we move it back!
But in the process of the little bit of tidying up I found all these stars I had already cut out with the Stars Framelits Diesso I decided to just go ahead and make a card with some of them! I placed the stars around on the card, adhered them, and then added a greeting from Remembering Your Birthday. I even decorated the inside a little bit with a couple small stars.
One exciting product on the Weekly Deals is the Party Punch Pack, which is in the new Occasions Catalog on page 4. If my math is correct, if you want the Party Punch Pack along with the coordinating stamp set Party Wishes, then it is a better deal to purchase the Bundle. If you just want the punches, then the Weekly Deals discounted price is better.
And of course the other products on the Weekly Deals are all great. I think markers are very useful to have, especially if you don’t own the ink pads. The Berry Basket Die is fun for lots of projects, and who doesn’t need plenty of buttons on hand for embellishing?!
Even the Weekly Deals count toward Sale-A-Bration, where you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item in the brochure with every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration and the product choices.
You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and here I have made a Mini Treat Bag birthday card using one of the patterns in the English Garden Designer Series Papercollection. I’m not sure I had noticed this particular pattern before, but it jumped out at me the other day. I knew it was perfect for this project. The other side is also nice, wide dark pink stripes, which you can barely see on the inside of the treat bag at the top. For the card part, I just slipped a piece of Whisper White that fit inside and stamped with a greeting from the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set. I have used the “Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you” greeting over and over again in birthday cards I have made. I attached one of the Mini Metallic Clothespinsto the top of the card so it is clear that the recipient needs to pull out that inside card, and to make it stand out I die cut the little bow that comes with the dies and adhered that to the clothespin, along with a small Rhinestone Jewel. Why not?!
The front of the mini treat bag card is pretty simple. I stamped the banner in the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and just cut it out by hand. Then I stamped the birthday cake, punched it out, layered it on a larger circle punch, and then mounted it on the Silver Glimmer Paper scallop punch. For a little more pizzazz, I added a piece of the Silver Sequin Trimto dangle.
The Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die card is perfect for slipping a gift card inside, too, if you like, or folding the top over and adding a belly band. So many possibilities! And you get lots of pieces in the die package. I love making cards and other projects with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits such as this birthday card.
Before we get totally inundated in Christmas, after watching all the Star Wars movie promotions on TV I remembered I had made this Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card for my favorite son-in-law (my ONLY son-in-law, but a favorite nonetheless!). I’m trying to get slightly interested in Star Wars so perhaps I will go see the movie with my family at Christmas so I will know what everyone is talking about. I did see the first Star Wars movie way back when so I slightly know about the characters and such. Sometimes you just have to keep up with this stuff!
I found this idea to make R2D2 character on Pinterest or somewhere. I don’t think there were specific directions and when I made this card I was in a hurry to get it in the mail that day so I was lucky I remembered to take a photo of it, so unfortunately I can’t say for sure what size punches I used, but I am confident you can figure it out from the photo!
The head, of course, are two circle punches, the bottom blue piece another circle but trimmed into the shape shown. The body was probably just a rectangle with rounded corners on the bottom, punched with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.The arms are made with the Word Window Punch (talk about a handy punch!) and the hands are just little scraps cut by hand. The little circles are probably cut with the Owl Punch (another super-useful punch). The background of the card is Basic Black card stock embossed with the Decorative Dots Folder.
If you want to see other Star Wars cards I have made, check THIS POST for a Yoda card and THIS POST for a Yoda and Darth Vader card.
Shop at Stampin’ Up! Online if you need any of the punches or materials to make this Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card or contact me if you have any questions or need help with your order.
Now that my brother’s birthday has come and gone, I can post the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card I made for him. The background layer of the card is made with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (retired), but an alternative thing you can do is just sponge some White Craft Ink onto a blue background to make some wispy clouds in the sky. I even have one “cloud” in the sky made with one of the Scallop Circle Punches, depending on which size you want to use.
The airplane is made with the Word Window Punch for the wings and the tail. The front of the plane is made with one of the circle punches. I forget which size! But you can experiment and see which size works for your airplane! For the windshield, use a smaller circle punch and cut it in quarters. Use two of the quarters for the window. Then, of course, the plane nose and jet engines are made with two small circle punches, I probably used the 1/2″ circle or so. For the body of the plane, I used some retired Silver cardstock but you could use Silver Foil for a shiny plane or one of the gray colors. I “tied” on a banner like an airplane pulls for advertising for the birthday greeting and just cut the banner by freehand.
A fun and easy birthday card to make. You could use a design like this for a birthday party theme. Try the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card and customize it!
Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for August 11 – 17, 2015. The main item I would point out is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch! If you don’t already have this punch, I would put this on my order for sure! Not only does it make a cute tag with that decorative edge at the top, but you can make longer ones, punch both ends and make a cute favor or belly band or —- ??! Always lots of cute ideas out there!
When I needed a fun little gift for a friend, I thought of this cute tea light birthday cake! It’s so easy to just wrap a piece of designer paper or washi tape around the side of the tea light and then decorate the top with a 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch. Poke a hole in the center of the scallop piece, cut some little slits so the scallop will slip over the light bulb, then decorate to your heart’s content! I punched the little flowers with some retired punches, but you can use whatever you have in your stash or perhaps stamp a design on the top. I also added some Candy Dots and Rhinestone Jewels, plus a little doodle dot on each scallop edge with my White Signo Uni-BallGel Pen. There are lots of fun ways to decorate these little tea light cakes! You just have to purchase some tea lights at the craft store and play with them!
I also made some kind of box to package the cake in, but I failed to take a photo so we’re out of luck on that one!
The only tricky part of this project is the little switch on the bottom of the tea light. If you want to set the tea light on some kind of base, perhaps resembling a plate, then you have to cut or punch a hole to allow access to that switch (and if yours has it, don’t forget to pull out the little piece of plastic protecting the connection so that it won’t get accidentally turned on before you buy it!).
I added a Metallic Foil Doily in Goldfor the presentation! I think I adhered the Watermelon Wonder card stock to the base of the tea light but then just added a tidbit of adhesive for the doily to hold the cake in place in the box.
Here you see what it looks like with the tea light lit. I also happened to photograph it from the backside in my rush, but at least you can see how I adhered the piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.
This is a really fun project to make, quick and easy really. Just keep a few cheap tea lights on hand and you’ll be ready to go! It’s always good to have things on hand that you can make an easy gift or card with and impress your friends and family!
For the best in papercrafting supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Or contact me if you need assistance or would like me to put your order in for you. Try this Tea Light Birthday Cake project soon!
Washi Tape is always fun to use. Just tear off a few strips and stick them on your card or project. Washi Tape is repositionable and can be used in oh so many ways. The Cherry on Top Washi Tape has such cute designs and matches theCherry on Top Paper Stack. I used a pattern from the Paper Stack for a layer on the Pool Party card base.
The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set comes with a special bonus! While you are stamping beautiful cards and projects with it, you will know that you are contributing to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® by purchasing this stamp set. With every set sold, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to this worthy charity, plus makes an annual contribution.
If you know a piano player, you might like to make a piano card for them! It’s very easy to make a card like this in spite of how different and difficult it looks! You will need the Word Window Punch to make the piano keys. And that’s about it – really!
Make a card base with Whisper White card stock. Make a Basic Black layer on which you will build the piano. I heat embossed the greeting with the White Stampin’ Emboss Powderusing the Heat Tool. Rub the Embossing Buddy around on the card first to eliminate static and keep the powder from sticking where you don’t want it.
Punch thirteen white piano keys with the Word Window Punch and line them up along the bottom edge of the black layer. When you know you have them fit correctly, adhere them to the black card stock. The back edge of them will be hidden under the ribbon. Punch nine black keys with the Word Window Punch and adhere them as shown over the white keys. Don’t glue down the very back end of the punched piece. You will need to trim the back end of the black keys to match the back edge of the white keys so they won’t stick out. Just trim them with the Paper Snips. Tie a ribbon of your choice around the layer as shown. Mine is a retired polka dot ribbon but you can use what you like. Make a bow or just tie a knot.
For a little more pizzazz I added some sequins and rhinestones in the sequin centers. Try the Brights Sequinsin the new catalog.
Try a piano card! Make it suit the occasion with the proper greeting and ribbon!
If you didn’t join Paper Pumpkin by May 10th, this is what you missed! And if you did get your Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail already, you might like to watch this video to see how it goes together – OR you might want to wait and be surprised when you open your kit! I don’t know what is coming in the June kit, but you need to sign up by June 10th to get your kit shipped by mid-June!
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My twin nieces had a birthday this week so I wanted to make them cards that were almost alike but slightly different. I made both of them pocket cards with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. This die is a good investment because you get so many pieces with it besides the treat bag. And you can make more than just treat bags with it. Click the link to see all the dies that come in this set – words, shapes, strips!
The bags are made with the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. Such bright and fun patterns on these papers! The banner and the words at the bottom of the bags are from the same Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. The butterflies, of course, are from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies. I cut them out of two of the papers in the Sweet Taffy paper and added some Rhinestone Jewels. There’s a little piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbonattached to the inside card to indicate there is a card inside to pull out.
And here are the cards showing the inside card with birthday greetings!
Be sure to notice the handy dandy Handheld Stapler from Stampin’ Up!. I love it! Order the box of Silver Mini Staples, too. It’s great for attaching tags or embellishments or pieces of ribbon like on these cards!
My first sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog just had to be with the new Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set! This set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. With every purchase of this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities! This is such a perfect opportunity for all of us to buy something we love and will enjoy and know that we are helping an important cause.
I think this Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set is one of the best RMHC sets we’ve had. Not only that, but there is a new punch that coordinates with it to punch out some of the elements! On this card I made I punched out the frosting on the cupcakes! But could you also see the frosting as clouds?? Other similar stamps serve as leaves on a tree or a batch of flowers! But maybe they are fancy frosting designs! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set and punch!
The card base is the new In Color Watermelon Wonder. It’s a very different red, not quite as bright or deep as I was expecting. I was determined to use the new matching 1″ Dotted LaceTrim. It is VERY soft and flexible, not stiff like you might imagine. I ran some Fast Fuse along the bottom edge of the paper on the back and just kind of gathered the lace trim and stuck it down as I went. No fancy process, just stuck it down, trying to get it rather straight, but not perfect. The designer paper is the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. It’s full of bright, fun and pretty patterns, some clearly for birthday and others for any occasion whatsoever. There is also matching Washi Tape! And to decorate the cupcakes a little bit, I had to use a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, adhered with the 2-Way Glue Pen. One of my favorites!
The new catalog will be out soon, June 2nd is the big day! But don’t forget about the outgoing stamps and accessories! It is probably easiest to shop HERE at my Online Store where you can scroll through all the available products! If you change the drop down box in the upper right to “Show: ALL” you can just scroll continuously and not have to keep going to the next page and the next.
If you are one of my regular customers, local or out-of-town, I will be getting the new catalogs out as soon as they are ready. If you do not have a Demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and let me know you’d like a catalog. If you have been a “No Contact” customer of mine and would like a catalog, please get in touch. This means that when you placed an order with me you checked the boxes that said you did not want contact from a demonstrator. If you are interested in ordering again and want a catalog, just let me know. Otherwise, of course, the catalog will be available online on June 2nd.
Last day for these Weekly Deals, too! Check them out if you are ordering today!
I decided to use the Wildflower Meadow stampin kind of a monochromatic look on this card, stamping the Crumb Cake card stock with Crumb Cake ink. You could also use Versamark Inkfor the same look. The card base is Soft Suede. I wanted to see a pretty background but I wanted a butterfly to be the focal point.
This card could be used for almost any occasion so I decided to leave off a greeting until I need to send the card and see what I want to put on it. It certainly could be used for Mother’s Day which is coming up next Sunday, May 10, 2015. It could also be birthday, thinking of you, get well, graduation, sympathy, even a wedding card.
Starburst Sayings is one of the stamp sets on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List that I was so surprised to see on there! It’s a fun stamp set to use and can cover many occasions from congratulations, birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, encouragement, and even weddings. All it takes is using the appropriate colors, papers and embellishments. Dress it up or dress it down, as they say! You can use circle punches with several of the stamps if you don’t mind punching inside the starburst edges. Use the matching Starburst Framelits Diesto use with these stamps or just paper.
Here’s another card I made awhile back with one of the other sayings:
This card is from last year and has retired paper and trim on it, but you can easily change it with something current. You can read that blog post HERE.
To shop for any of the Stampin’ Up! Retired products, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. You can choose Stamps or Accessories. Click the View ALL dropdown box so that you can just scroll through all the products rather than having to go to the next page and the next.
Is it really going? Label Love Stamp Set? It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List so I guess it is true. This was a set that even if I wasn’t planning to use it, the greetings were so “usable” that if I couldn’t find quite the right thing, this set would usually fill the bill.
As you can see, the sentiments cover just about everything! And even better, this stamp set coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch. This punch is also retiring and is discounted. Of course it is only available while supplies last as are all the accessories. On this card, I actually cut out the stamped label and then punched out a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock for the layer behind it. You could also color the edge of the stamped image and punch out and it would look like a layer. To make the label stand out a little bit, I punched a piece of Tangerine Tango with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.
I think almost everything I used on this card is retiring so be sure to check the list and availability. Don’t wait too long because you never know what or when something will sell out. Stamps, however, will be available throughout most of May.
Here are the lists again. If Stampin’ Up! has updated the availability, you will see an X in the last column meaning it is no longer available.
Don’t forget about My Digital Studio!! You don’t pay shipping on these digital products and you access them right away. But you do put them on a regular order with any other products you want. They do not have to go on a separate order just for MDS.
And if you want to try Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, subscribe today (April 10th)! If you subscribe by today, you will receive your first kit in a few days when they ship about mid-April. Subscribe after April 10th and you’ll receive the May kit first. Only $19.95/month and that price includes shipping!
With each Paper Pumpkin Kit, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, you can choose the make the project, whatever it might be, exactly as described or you can change up the design and perhaps add some extra materials of your own. This kit for March, Sew You, comes with little prepunched cards all ready for some embroidery! If you’ve never picked up a needle and thread (or it has been awhile!), the instructions with the kit tell you how to do it. It’s very simple. You can even change up the stitching if you like, as I did on the middle Thank You card. On the bottom card, I cut one of the black and white card bases in half and used that as a layer on top of my own Coastal Cabana card stock to which I added some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon. The little acrylic stickers come with the kit. They are a fun little accent to add to the card!
Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase any past kits that are available or any refills for the kits. Maybe you want to make more or maybe you missed a kit that you would like to have. The refill kits come with just the supplies, not the stamp set, so you might have to supplement with your own stamps and greetings but that shouldn’t be so difficult.
If you haven’t made your kit yet, here is a GREAT way to thread the needle without fighting with the multiple strands in the thread. Just take a piece of paper, folded in half that will fit through the eye of the needle. Lay the end of your thread inside the folded paper and insert through the needle. Your thread goes through easily and perfectly! I love it! There are all kinds of threading gadgets, but this tiny piece of paper worked great!
There’s a lot behind this foxy birthday card using the stamp set Life in the Forest. I got the idea from a couple of samples I found online and I was pleased when it all came together. I made it for my sister-in-law who had a little problem with several sightings of a fox on the playground last summer at the preschool where she works. She set a trap for it but never caught anything, and the fox must have wandered off into the woods from whence he came and was never seen again, at least not at preschool! So of course we’ve had to tease her a little bit about the fox!
I stamped the fox with Memento Black Ink and colored with Blendabilities Markers and cut out with my Paper Snips. The “grass” is made from torn Old Olive card stock with some grass cut with the Fringe Scissors. I stamped the trees on designer paper and cut them out so I could adhere them around on the card. Some cutting but no coloring involved! The quote from the fox is from the stamp set Just Sayin’. The saying at the top of the card I wrote on the computer and printed out. Too bad there wasn’t a stamp! The background of the card layer is Soft Sky with some clouds sponged in with White Craft Ink. Just punch out a scallop circle and use that to sponge the edges to get the puffy cloud look. And the fox has a little Rhinestone Jewel for his nose.
Here is the inside of the card:
Since the Blendabilities Markers would bleed through the Whisper White card stock I made a layer for inside the card and stamped and colored on that. And sponged a little Soft Sky ink in the background for a sky.
It was a fun card to make! I love how we can make almost anything one way or another with Stampin’ Up! products!
How about some chocolate inspiration for a card? My daughter gave me this box of chocolates for Christmas (I know, you can’t believe I haven’t eaten it all by now!) but it is almost too cute to eat! At least it is so colorful that I enjoy looking at it on the counter. The other day I thought, those colors would make a good card! So this is my chocolate inspiration card below:
I just matched up some colors of card stock to the wrappers in the candy box. They didn’t have to be perfect but I was going for the look. I wanted to stamp just a fun greeting at the bottom, so I chose “Yippee-Skippee!” from the Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set.Just imagine the different greetings you could put on this same card!
I thought the top portion needed a little something, and then I noticed the candy box had some multi-colored twine wrapped around it! That was perfect! I just grabbed some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twineand wrapped it around. I like it!
So you never know where your inspiration can come from! It can come from anywhere, not just a card website or magazine or something only stamping related. It might be a canned goods label in your pantry, a pillow at the store, a dress or scarf in a magazine, a map in an atlas – anything!
The other day I bought a birthday gift for a friend in a nice gift shop and got this pretty shopping bag. I wanted to create a large design to cover the store label on the front and back of the bag so I altered the shopping bag and turned it into a birthday gift bag! Since I needed a large design, I chose the Labels Collection Framelits Dies for the background. I also added a banner underneath from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. You can choose a pack of this paper FREE during Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Brationwith a $50 purchase.
Next I needed a large stamp set for the design so I pulled out the Big News Stamp Set. I stamped the greeting and put a birthday candle on each side of it. I also stamped the “Woohoo” and cut it out by hand to add to the label. Everything was colored in with Blendabilities Markers, not so much for the blending opportunity but just because I love the feel of coloring with those markers!
There was some printing along a band at the bottom of the bag so I simply embossed a strip of Whisper White with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folderto adhere over the printing.
Since there was also some store printing on the back of the bag, I also covered the back to match. I liked the saying in the stamp set “Enjoy the fuss.” Great saying for enjoying one’s birthday!
Don’t forget Sale-A-Brationis underway so with any $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) you can choose a free product in the brochure. Click on the link above. Look for the “FREE” label in the brochure to choose your product. No limits, so with a $100 purchase you choose two products, with $150 choose three products and so on! Get together with some friends and submit the orders together and you, as a Hostess, with a $250 merchandise total will not only get the normal $40 in Hostess Dollars to spend, but during Sale-A-Bration you will also get an extra $25 in Hostess Dollars!