Category Archives: Cards

First Day of Fall Sheltering Tree

First Day of Fall Sheltering Tree

To celebrate the first day of fall I had to break out my Sheltering Tree Stamp Set that I hadn’t used in awhile. Well, fall begins at 9:20 EDT I think I heard!  I guess at that moment all the trees in my neighborhood will change their leaves to fall colors and the temperature will drop about 30 degrees this afternoon!  Maybe in Houston we need it to drop 40 degrees to get that crisp autumn feel!

What do you enjoy the most about fall?  The cool, crisp air?  The colored leaves? Halloween coming?  I wish I could zap myself right now to somewhere cooler that has colored leaves! Those of you who have colored leaves now or coming can count yourselves lucky!

Sheltering Tree is an all purpose stamp set!  You can stamp the leaves on the tree to be any season you want.  Make them all one color or do like I did and use Stampin’ Write Markers randomly to apply several colors. Then I stamped again with yellow in case I missed any spots.  The set comes with a small stamp of leaves so I used that to put a few leaves on the ground to be raked up with the cute little rake stamp!  The grass can be stamped with just the solid swoosh piece or the individual blades of grass.  I used both.  You also get several nice greetings in the stamp set.  The card base is Garden Green with a layer of Pumpkin Pie.

Enjoy your first day of fall!  Go jump in a pile of leaves! Or stamp something with fall colors!

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Petals & Paisleys Scalloped Tag Thank You Card

Petals & Paisleys Scalloped Tag Thank You Card

The other day I was making several cards with the beautiful Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, and I think this one, the Petals & Paisleys Scalloped Tag Thank You Card, might be my favorite — well, it’s hard to pick a favorite, I liked them all!  I didn’t even buy the matching stamp set or framelits, just the paper (at least not yet!), but I thought I could make some beautiful cards with just the paper and greetings from other stamp sets.

This package of paper actually surprised me with the different patterns in it. It’s always fun to flip the new paper over and see what pattern is on the other side!  The papers I used on this card are from the same sheet, opposite sides!  I decided to use the patterned paper and leave a wide margin rather than another color of cardstock for a layer. Then the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch came in handy for the focal point on the card. Just cut the paper a smidge under 2 inches to fit into the tag punch. It may seem very narrow, but once the tag is punched and embellished, it is not too small at all.  You could even add layers to it if you wanted.

The greeting is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.  The ribbon is the Mint Macaron which comes in the Ribbon 3/8″ Trio PackSo great to get three ribbons that coordinate in one package!  And I think these designer papers and ribbon are perfect for any fall or Thanksgiving cards. For a little fun, I added one of the new Brights Enamel Shapes, the heart shape in Rich Razzleberry, to the tag. One thing I love about the Enamel Shapes is that they are pretty flat so easy to mail!

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Petals & Paisleys Cajun Craze Thank You Card

Petals & Paisleys Cajun Craze Thank You Card

Some of the patterns of paper in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper may come as a surprise such as the one I used on this Petals & Paisleys Cajun Craze Thank You Card.  You might think almost every paper would have some kind of paisley pattern on it.  But the pack comes with many different patterns! Although I did not purchase the stamp set and framelits that go with the paper (even a Demonstrator can’t have everything!), I knew I could make lots of pretty cards with just the paper, especially for fall.

This design, of course, is one of the most simple you could make for any card. The card base is Rich RazzleberryI adhered the designer paper and added some Mint Macaron ribbon that comes in the Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog.  The “Thank You” is a greeting in the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. It is die cut with the  Layering Oval Framelits as well as the little scalloped layer underneath.  The Oval Framelits are on the Stampin’ Up! Special Offers this week through Wednesday, September 21 so get them at a discount while you can!

And on the inside of the card, I glued a narrow strip (about 1/2″) of designer paper along the bottom edge of a Very Vanilla layer (since the Rich Razzleberry is too dark to write or stamp on for a message or note), just to add a little interest inside the card!

Cards made with the Petals & Paisleys Designer Paper are going to look so elegant, you might want to add an envelope liner to your envelope or glue a piece on the back flap of the envelope!

Some designer papers are called “Specialty” because they come with one or two sheets with something special on just one side – like copper foil design in this pack!

Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper Assortment

You know Stampin’ Up! paper always looks better in person, photos just do not do it justice, so just trust me on this one, the paper is beautiful, especially that last blue sheet with the copper foil!

Order your Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper Today!

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Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas Card

Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas CardWhat’s not to love about this Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper with all the cute images and pretty patterns?! Once I had the idea, it was very simple to make this Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas card mostly by just cutting out the cute gingerbread houses on one of the sheets of designer paper.

The card base is just Crumb Cake and covered with a pattern in the Candy Cane Lane DSP that looks like snow. To look almost like real snow, I cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer PaperI measured the width of the card for the strip and then just freehanded the curvy cut. The houses are cut out from the DSP with my Paper Snips and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. Mostly to use another piece of the fun paper, I cut a 3/4″ strip of another pattern to place at the top of the card and tied some Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (the white with red metallic thread!) around the top.  For the greeting, I needed something small and I found this cute greeting in the Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set.

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Stampin' Up! Special Offers Week 2

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Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

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!

On this card, I had extra Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies pieces plus used the Swirly Bird Stamp Set to stamp the solid pumpkin image in Peekaboo Peach, one of the new In Colors and the little vines on the pumpkins. The pumpkin stems are pieces cut from leaves made with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The colorful moon is a Swirly Scribbles die cut sponged with some Pumpkin Pie ink.  The tiny little bats are die cuts from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits DiesI was trying out those new dies and since I had black cardstock I just cut a bunch of bats! They are perfect on this card!

For the background sky of the card, I used my Aqua Painter and various ink colors to make a colorful, spooky night sky! You could also sponge colors on with Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers.

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!

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Paper Pumpkin Buy One Get One Free (BOGO)!

Paper Pumpkin BOGO Ad

What is Paper Pumpkin anyway?  Paper Pumpkin is a surprise papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! in a cute red box, wrapped up delightfully inside.
Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Box

When the red box shows up in your mailbox around the middle of the month, you get all excited, open it, and find all the supplies you need inside to make the mystery project!  There is a stampin’ spot (mini ink pad), an exclusive set of photopolymer stamps, and all the materials die cut and ready to go, usually adhesive like glue dots or dimensionals, plus directions of course and a link to a video of how to make the project!
September Paper Pumpkin Kit 2014

September Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents

Then when you have some free time for yourself, or your child comes home from school to make a craft with you, or your grandchild comes over and wants to make something, or your sister, grandmother, mother, neighbor loves to make things but doesn’t know how, you sit down and assemble your kit! As you can see, it might be cards, it might be a calendar, a mini album, a home decoration, gift bags, treat bags, you name it! Follow the directions or do your own thing!  The box is yours! Just play and enjoy yourself!

Try out Paper Pumpkin now with the BOGO offer!  Just click HERE to join and use promo code BOGO.

Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016

Use promo code “BOGO” at Pay the regular price of $19.95 and get your second month for FREE!

If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit FREE. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit FREE.

The Fine Print:
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Except for the first two months of signing up for this offer (because you are buying one kit and getting one free) you can always cancel Paper Pumpkin if it doesn’t live up to your expectations or “pause” your subscription if you get too busy or are on vacation that month or whatever.  No risk involved with Paper Pumpkin!

What is better than a cute red box showing up in your mailbox once a month with a surprise inside?!

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY! (receive the September kit and October kit FREE)

(Or wait until October 10 to receive the October and November kits).  Your choice!

Here are some photos of past kits this year!

Paper Pumpkin January 2016

Paper Pumpkin March 2016

Paper Pumpkin April 2016

Paper Pumpkin May 2016

Paper Pumpkin July 2016

For more information or to join to Paper Pumpkin and start getting your Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail from Stampin’ Up!, click HERE.

The Gnomes Sneaking a Peek at Stampin’ Up!

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I hope you will enjoy these Stampin’ Up! videos about the sneaky gnomes trying to get a peek at the new Holiday Catalog products at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office!  You’ll also get to see some sample projects!  We Demonstrators got to see these videos as our sneak peek at the new products right before we got to preorder and now they are available for our customers to watch!  Enjoy!!

And after you are dying to get your hands on some of these new Holiday Catalog products, just click HERE to shop!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Ready For You!

Holiday Catalog 2016 Banner

Today is the day!  It’s September 1st (can you believe it?!) and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!



Special Offers Week 1

AND Special Offers September 1-7! (Kind of like the old Weekly Deals!) Add these to your order!

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!Stampin' Up! Holiday Houses

Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now!  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!

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Home Sweet Home Schoolhouse Card

Home Sweet Home Schoolhouse Card

You might think that the Bundle coming in the Holiday Catalog with the Sweet Home Stamp Set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies are only for making cute Halloween or Christmas houses. But as I discovered when I made this card, you would be wrong! Honestly, I was going to make this a flat Christmas house on the front of this card, but once I started making it and put the red door on the front, I just pictured an old schoolhouse! I really like the way it turned out, if I do say so myself!

I die cut the piece from Crumb Cake cardstock that would turn out to be half of a 3D house and trimmed off the tabs and the side I didn’t need so that I just had the front shape of the house. With the lined stamp from the Sweet Home Stamp Set I stamped the wooden siding on the house. I also stamped the red door and cut it out. I also stamped the roof right on the card, which was a risk, but it turned out okay! I also could have stamped it on cardstock and cut it out to make it fit perfectly. I had a little trouble figuring out the window dies because one cuts out the window entirely and the other cuts out the window shape. After cutting out the window on the building, I just out the window shape from Real Red cardstock and placed it inside the hole I’d cut for the window.  Perfect fit of course and so easy.  The banner and the word “Welcome” are also included in the stamp set.  The grass I stamped with stamps from Sheltering Tree. The bare spots in the grass I just colored in with Crumb Cake ink to look like dirt! I also sponged some Soft Sky ink in the background for the sky.

The main greeting is a stamp from the Better Together stamp set. I originally wanted something about “Back to School” but I didn’t have that so I thought this message suited the card.

Don’t forget!  The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog will come out on Thursday, September 1st! It will be an exciting day for sure!  There will also be a few new “Special Offers” kind of like the past Weekly Deals that you might want to add on to your Holiday Catalog order. (Just some little extras.)

You may have already seen this card on my Facebook page or on my Instagram Feed.  If you did not, then maybe you need to “Like” my Facebook Stamping With Karen page HERE and my Instagram @stampingwithkaren.

The Holiday Catalog will go live online on Thursday September 1, 2016.

  • Online Ordering will be down from midnight until 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1 while we transition the system to the holiday catalog. During this time, no orders can be placed in Online Ordering. You can order products from the catalog starting at 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1.

Just in case you stay up all night to order!!  Remember, on the first day there sometimes are computer glitches and whatnot so please be patient.  If you have not been on my list for catalogs and would like a hard copy, please email me with your contact information at  karen@karenstamps.

Something For Baby Card

Something For Baby Card

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,

To make the ring stack, just color each ring with a different colored Stampin’ Write Marker. I used several Brights colors plus Crumb Cake. Just color with the markers but then breathe (huff) on the stamp before stamping to remoisten the ink. Then cut out with the Big Shot and the Baby’s First Framelits DiesI popped it up on a Stampin’ Dimensional or two.

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.

If you need some supplies for making cards, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Only One Week of August Left! Don’t Forget These Things!

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!Redeem Stampin' Up! Bonus Coupons

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

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 Pumpkin BOGO

Paper Pumpkin is 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 HERE by 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!


Use Promo Code:  BOGO

  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.  Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95+ tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended.
  • Offer will be void if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months.
  • Offer ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Paper Pumpkin Box

Wouldn’t you LOVE to have this cute box waiting for you in your mailbox once a month?!


Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Here’s something fun to make with the Cookie Cutter scarecrow on a Mini Treat Bag all ready for Halloween!  The Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set is coming soon (September 1st!) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and coordinates with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (and there is a Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set too that you won’t want to miss!).

I had already stamped and punched out the scarecrow another day and he was right there on my table so I colored him in with Stampin’ Write Markers and mounted him on a layer of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Basic Black.

You already know how much I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  When I got the idea to make a treat bag, I grabbed a piece of the new Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper toward the back of the Holiday Catalog.  I think the little pumpkin pattern looks so cute with the scarecrow! I decided to fold over the top of the treat bag and tie closed with the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.

Don’t forget to put the candy or treat in the bag before you tie it shut!  You could also make it like a little envelope with a greeting or gift card inside. So many uses for the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!

Holiday Catalogs are starting to arrive in mailboxes so be sure to watch for yours if you have been a regular customer of mine! Sometimes they get lost along the way, so let me know if yours doesn’t arrive by September 1st.  If you are new and would like a catalog, just let me know and I can send one to you.

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Do You Like to Stamp? Do You Like to Sew?

Festive Stitching SU

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!

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Cookie Cutter Skeleton Halloween Card

Cookie Cutter Skeleton Halloween Card

Oh it does my heart good to make a Halloween card!  I love Halloween and the feeling and colors of fall! On my first Halloween card with the skeleton from the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set I used several of the new products in the Holiday Catalog!  The card base is Pumpkin Pie cardstock with a layer of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s a trick! The bottom portion of the card is not striped Pumpkin Pie cardstock, it’s the opposite side of the designer paper you see on the top.  I just made the designer papers the full width and height of the card so you will only see the Pumpkin Pie cardstock on the inside.

Right where the two pieces of paper met, I covered the seam with the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape instead of ribbon. For a little accent, I tied a bow with the Halloween NIght Baker’s Twine. (There are two rolls of twine in the package!)

The Halloween skeleton is really easy.  Just stamp with black or dark gray ink (I used Stazon) and punch out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch! You’ll find that punch in the Christmas section of the catalog. So great that it can be used for Christmas and Halloween both!! I popped him up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I could have used another new stamp set with a Halloween greeting in it, but when in doubt, grab the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set! There’s bound to be some words you can use on any card in there!  And sure enough, there was a “Happy Halloween” stamp! I stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White and punched with the new Classic Label PunchI trimmed off the pointy ends but realized I also had to make it skinnier to fit on a Basic Black layer also punched with the Classic Label Punch. I think it all fit perfectly and was just the right size for this card!

Hard to believe we are more than halfway through August already so Halloween can’t be far behind! There will be so many cute cards, candy treats, and other projects to make for Halloween! It’s almost time to get started!

New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog comes out September 1st!

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Holiday Catalog Videos by Stampin’ Up!

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  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!

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog videos!!

Father Christmas Monochromatic Christmas Card

Father Christmas Monochromatic Christmas Card

I was so excited to receive my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog preorder and get to play with my new products today! This card, stamped with the Father Christmas Stamp Set, has the monochromatic look, which means you don’t have to do all the coloring! I also think it has the old-time Christmas look which I love. I actually got the idea for this card from another Demo in a group I’m in, although hers was larger and a square card. I wouldn’t have bought this stamp set had I not seen her card! A few other things are different on my card, too.

The card base is Real Red cardstock with a layer of the new Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  One of the coordinating colors is Crumb Cake, so I used a thin border of Crumb Cake for a layer under the stamped piece. I stamped on Whisper White because that is the coordinating color with the designer paper, but I think you could get away with using Very Vanilla cardstock if you wanted to. I intended to sponge a little Soft Suede on the card front but I forgot until I had the card all put together! I was going to try to carefully sponge anyway and then I listened to the advice I often give people which is the recipient of this card is not going to throw it down in disgust and say, “Why didn’t she sponge this Whisper White cardstock?!” It looks fine the way it is and no one who gets this card will know there was another choice!  The images are stamped in Soft Suede ink.

I did use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the top and bottom borders placed correctly. I don’t often use this tool, but sometimes it totally comes in handy. Today I was NOT getting that border stamped straight so it was just easier to take time to use the tool rather than waste my effort!

For the side of the card I decided to use a strip of Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon and tied on a piece of the new Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine, coming in the Holiday Catalog. This is Whisper White twine with red metallic thread twisted in.  Very pretty!

On the inside of the card I stamped a piece of Whisper White with the holly bough stamp in the set in two of the corners with the same Soft Suede ink.

I will also try stamping a coloring a card with this same Father Christmas Stamp Set to see what that would look like!

If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with, I would be happy to help you with Stampin’ Up! products! Contact me and I will send you the new Holiday Catalog when it comes out and the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Swirly Scribbles Flowers and Watercolored Background

Swirly Scribbles Flowers and Watercolored Background

It was time to play with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and make some Swirly Scribbles Flowers on a watercolored background. Once you cut out the flower pieces with the Big Shot, just glue them down with tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Then add any greeting you like for the occasion and any embellishments. I like to cut out extra scribbles to use another time.

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 CardstockYou 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 AccentsThese can even be colored with Sharpies if you like.

For the little bit of stamping on the card, I used the leaves from the Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set and a small “Hello” greeting, making this a card for any friendly occasion, from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set. Almost any greeting you could need is in this set and you can make your own combinations since the words are separate from each other.

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.

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Order the Thoughtful Branches Bundle in August!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

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%!

Order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle now!

Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Want to see some lovely ideas using this stamp set and dies?  Visit the Stampin’ Up! Pinterest Board HERE.




Affectionately Yours Pocket Card

Affectionately Yours Pocket Card

I could say this is a pocket card I made with the pretty Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper, and it is, but what it started out to be was a Z-Fold Card! If you envision this card sideways, maybe you can see how it would have been a Z-Fold Card. This is one of those “there are no mistakes in stamping” cards!  I adhered my larger piece of designer paper onto the inside of the card when I meant to glue it to the front 3″ panel of the card!  That left no room for a message inside and just didn’t look right from the inside. So I turned the card on its side and could see a way to make it a pocket card!

The only thing about pocket cards is by the time you put adhesive on the sides of the card to form the pocket, the space to slide in your greeting card is made smaller.  You don’t want it to get stuck in the adhesive. I just used my Fast Fuse, but I could have made my strip of adhesive narrower if I had used the Tear & Tape. If you wanted the full space, you could just tie a ribbon around to hold the card together instead of using adhesive. I tied on a piece of the new Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped RibbonFor a greeting on the front, I stamped with the Crazy About You Stamp Set and made a little banner, accented with an Enamel Shape. These little things are so fun, kind of like the rhinestones and pearls but flatter, so better for mailing. Sometimes they add just that little something you need on your card.

Here is the inside of the card:

Affectionately Yours Pocket Card Inside

I used the Tin of Cards Stamp Set to stamp the inside card, layered on Cucumber Crush. I find this stamp set so useful because I like the greetings and the font and all the little extra borders and do-dad stamps in the set.

So don’t let your stamping mistakes get you down!  Chances are you can still make something out of what you messed up, maybe even better than what you originally planned…..and if not, it’s only paper!

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“I Stamped This” Stamp Set

I Stamped This Stamp Set

Doesn’t everyone, after they open a card, turn it over on the back to see the marking that big card companies always print on the back along with the price?! But when you make a handmade card to give someone, what do they see when they turn the card over out of habit? Probably nothing. Here is your answer with the I Stamped This Stamp Set!  It is really fun if you have a stamp for the back of the card that you can personalize with your name or initials or date or whatever you want. You don’t have to put the price!!

If you are selling cards and other things you make with Stampin’ Up! stamps, you must stamp the Stampin’ Up! copyright on each item according to the Stampin’ Up! Angel Policy. (Click HERE to read the full Angel Policy.)  In this stamp set, you get two stamps that cover this copyright issue.  The rest of the stamps are for fun for you to make your card or project look professional and personal. Be proud of your work!

Of course some of the stamps can be used in many other ways so you can get lots of uses out of the I Stamped This Stamp Set.

To purchase this stamp set, just go to the Stampin’ Up! Store HERE!