From now through the end of March is Stampin’ Up!’s favorite promotion – Sale-A-Bration! During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you purchase from Stampin’ Up! (no limit!) you may choose a FREE product in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. The free choices are highlighted with a pink hot air balloon beside them.
One of the stamp sets you may choose is the Any Occasions Stamp Set, a stamp set of little banners you can make for many occasions. You’ll find it on page 14 in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.
Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! video above to see the ideas and tips for using this stamp set!
Need a Sale-A-Bration Brochure or the new Occasions Catalog? I have a few copies on hand right now. Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information.
Today, January 20, 2017 is Inauguration Day here in the United States. No matter everyone’s political choices, it is the day we celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one President to the other. In honor of today, here is a red, white and blue patriotic card for Inauguration Day!
Just in case you don’t need an Inauguration Day card, you can easily use this card for a birthday! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set and dies! Want to save 10%? Buy the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle! Get both the stamp set and set of dies at a discount.
Yesterday we woke up to rain that was forecast, but as it turned out, it continued to rain over the same area of Houston. And when rain does that in Houston, flooding occurs. The path was from just a little southwest of us in Sugarland, up the freeway into downtown and beyond. So it was a morning of local TV stations broadcasting continuously regarding flooded areas and streets and school delays and showing alternate routes around the flooding. I don’t think we could have gotten out of our neighborhood very easily so my husband didn’t leave for work until almost lunchtime. We got a little more rain in the afternoon but nothing like overnight. Today there was even more rain this morning, but somehow it didn’t cause flooding, thank goodness, because today I had to go for an appointment! I only came across one huge puddle which probably yesterday completed flooded the highway access road I was on.
Because of two rainy days in Houston, I thought a rainy day card was in order, using the Beautiful You Stamp Set. One image has the lady with an umbrella. Perfect! I sponged on some gray clouds in the sky with Smoky Slate inkwith a piece of the Stamping Sponge. Then with one of the squiggly stamps in the set, I stamped rain puddles with Marina Mist by stamping off first on scrap paper so the color would be lighter. I actually like the way the puddles turned out!
If there is one thing I think you should buy from the Occasions Catalog, it would be the Watercolor Pencils! I love these and they are so easy to use! Just barely color in, scribble if you like, then blend with the Blender Pen which smooths it all out! I colored in the lady’s clothes in this way.
To jazz up the card a little, I paper-pieced the umbrella. That means I stamped the umbrella part of the stamp on a piece of designer paper and then cut it out. A very easy technique for something a little different. It just adds a little interest! I thought this Houston lady, out in the rain, should look snazzy with her colorful umbrella!
What a great way we have to express ourselves with stamps, ink and paper! We can even make a card for a rainy day – and other than maybe baking chocolate chip cookies, what else is better to do on a dark and gray rainy day than to stamp?!
This new designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! in the Occasions Catalog is called Party Animal, and when I saw the pattern with all the animals on it, the elephants jumped out at me. Just recently it was announced that the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus would be shutting down in May after 146 years, so the elephants on this paper made me think of the circus elephants. Of course the circus elephants were taken out of the circus several months ago, and that may have contributed to the decline in interest in the Barnum and Bailey Circus among other circumstances. Even though I have not really been that much of a circus person, I know I have been to several performances in my lifetime, and I think it will always be thought of as an American tradition.
I started the card with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock base and layered it with a narrow strip of the squigley pattern of the paper just on the left and then a thin strip of Emerald Envy cardstock before I layered on the animal pattern. The greeting and banner are from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set.
Does this pattern of the Party Animal Designer Paper remind you of going to the circus, perhaps when you were a child? What was your favorite act?? If you want to see the famed Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus before it comes to an end you better find a show to see before May. And maybe the elephants have their party hats on and are enjoying their retirement.
If you recall, back in November, Stampin’ Up! released these new Stitched Shapes Framelits Diesas an early release from the upcoming new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Well, they were SO popular that Stampin’ Up! couldn’t keep up with the demand until they got a lot more in stock! Well, that day was yesterday so now the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are available again! I ordered mine at the time and have been using them ever since. I really love these dies! They just add a little something to the piece with the stitched look, just a little something that looks really nice. And as stampers, we are always looking for that little extra that finishes a card or project.
Here is just one sample I made with the Stitched Framelits Dies to add that stitched look border to my greeting, If you have some of the other shape dies with the scalloped edges, you can add another layer underneath the stitched shape and it adds a nice look, too.
Watch this Stampin’ Up! video for more ideas on using these framelits! Then go to Stampin’ Up! Online and order yours today! (And remember, these were originally released before the holidays!!)
Check out these dies and other products at Stampin’ Up! today! And don’t forget, with every $50 purchase you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!
This morning was the Chevron Houston Marathon, a very big event here in Houston, Texas, so I thought I would celebrate the day with a marathon runner card! Early this morning 27,000 runners began running through the streets of Houston, either running the half-marathon of 13 miles or the full marathon of 26 miles! It’s amazing to see the massive crowd of runners passing by, from the elite runners to the regular people who are just doing it for the experience. There are people of all kinds – I saw a few little kids running with their mom, men older than my husband (who was running the half-marathon), super-skinny people, not-so-skinny people, lots of dogs out with their owners watching from the sidelines, families watching for their loved ones, lots of people with cowbells or in costume, music, whistles, boxes of tissues, anything they could think of to inspire the runners and entertain them to take their minds off the difficult task of the run. Runners come from all over the world and from right here in Houston. It’s amazing! Only to watch, of course, for me!
To commemorate the Houston Marathon, I put together this card with Stampin’ Up! punches and paper, just making it up as I went!
Congratulations to all the runners, the people who put on the marathon, and ALL the Houston Police (HPD) and other security people I saw EVERYWHERE keeping the streets closed off, keeping the runners and observers safe. It really is a tremendous undertaking!
If you would like to make cards or scrapbook pages to commemorate the special events in your life, and just for fun, please consider Stampin’ Up! products! Everything you need for papercrafting and stamping!
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!
I received a nice big box of new products from the Occasions Catalog, but I’ve been working on a project where I used this big dahlia stamp and got the idea for this Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card. Sometimes we forget about the products in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogwhen we have the new seasonal catalogs. When I used the Definitely Dahlia Stamp Set(really just one big single stamp!) on the other project it reminded me how elegant and pretty the stamp was.
The dahlia is first stamped with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with the Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I think heat embossing is one of the most dramatic and easy techniques you can do. You never get tired of watching that powder melt and turn into your beautiful stamped image. I also embossed the greeting in gold at the bottom of the card. The greeting is from Floral Phrases. You could also offset the dahlia to be more in the corner of the card.
I prefer the wood-mount stamp on large single stamps like this one, although you can also buy it in clear-mount. I just like the wood-mount because it is ready to go and you don’t have to take time sticking this large stamp to the acrylic block and hoping it doesn’t fall off. Often times it is easier to lay the stamp facing stamp-side up on the table, pat the ink pad onto the stamp rather than the stamp onto the ink, and then place the cardstock on which you are stamping onto the inked stamp. Then if you don’t want to get inky fingers, grab a piece of computer paper to lay over the cardstock and rub gently with your fingers over the whole stamp area without letting the cardstock move. It usually works fine! This way you aren’t handling a large block and stamp in your hands.
The card base is Whisper White with just a bit of Gold Foil around the border of the dahlia image. You can cut out the center of the gold foil since it won’t show anyway and use that piece for something else.
Today, January 10th, is the day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin so that you will receive a red box like one of these in your mailbox around the middle of this month! You’ve had a busy holiday season, I daresay even a busy clean-up season after the holidays, and it’s time to sit down and do something for yourself when your Paper Pumpkin Kit comes in the mail with an exclusive surprise project inside! With your very first kit you will receive a clear block on which to mount the stamps that come in the kit. In each kit is an exclusive stamp set as well as an ink spot plus all the other materials you need for the project. Almost always the project is a surprise. Sometimes we get a hint or a peek, but not usually. Have some fun, relax, and be surprised!
Each project comes with directions and a Stampin’ Up! video to watch. If you don’t care for the project, make something else with the materials! For example, the December project in the kit was to make an album, but people who didn’t feel that was for them, took the pages of the album and turned them into cards!
This was the December kit:
And for another example, here is the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, which, from what I could tell, was very popular and really made some lovely Christmas cards! Not to mention all the alternate ideas people made with the kit! I know I thought it was beautiful!
Sign up by the 10th of any month to get that month’s kit. If life gets busy, pause your subscription by the 10th of any month to skip that month or to cancel. Once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any past Paper Pumpkin Kits or refills that are available. Refills come with the materials but not the stamp set or ink spot.
Sign up by the month or prepay for kits on your regular Stampin’ Up! order. For example, during Sale-A-Bration you can put the 3-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Kit on your Stampin’ Up! order and save $5, perhaps helping you earn hostess rewards at $150 or more, not to mention earning you one free Sale-A-Bration item!
Please choose me as your Demonstrator in the appropriate spot or go directly to my Paper Pumpkin website HERE if you are doing the monthly version.
I feel sure if you try at least a few months of Paper Pumpkin, in order to get a variety of kits, you will enjoy receiving that red box in your mailbox every month! If you have any questions, just let me know!
Today is January 10th, so sign up TODAY to get the January Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you sign up tomorrow or after, that is fine, too, you will receive the February Kit in mid-February.
When you think about it, the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, really has lots of different patterns in it, and this flowery pattern I chose for this easy all-occasion card wasn’t one that I particularly liked. But sometimes you just have to use the paper or the stamp set to find out that you do indeed like it! I loved this card after I made it!
For any Stampin’ Up! designer paper, you can look on the back of the package and see what colors coordinate with the designer paper. In this card, it was Sweet Sugarplum that went with this paper. I happened to have the tiny strip after trimming down the card, so I used that as a design element along the side of the card.
This card is very basic and simple to make. I was on an easy card-making spree while I was making this one! We don’t always need to be making the most spectacular card there ever was. Sometimes simple is best! And we know that whatever we make with Stampin’ Up! products will be very high quality even in a simple design! Just make cards, don’t be afraid to make them simple and easy! Make them and mail them! Someone needs that card you are hoarding in your stash!
For your own pack of this very pretty Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and the coordinating products in this Suite on pages 50-51 of the new Occasions Catalog, just click to shop Stampin’ Up! Online below!
One of the great new products in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, available FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase, is the Inside the Lines Specialty Designer Series Paper. “Adult Coloring” is such a big trend right now, but I’m sure the Stampin’ Up! stampers of the world will come up with many creative ways to use this paper! Just enjoy coloring in the designs or use it on cards and projects. Color it yourself, leave it black & white for the recipient to color, or use it just black & white. Check it out on page 11 of the SAB brochure. Watch the Stampin’ Up! video to see a couple ways to use this paper!
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 ThinlitsDies! 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!
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 tomorrowwhen 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.
Since it was going to be a rainy, stormy morning here in Houston, Texas, I thought this Beautiful You Watercolor Card would be perfect! From our Demonstrator pre-order, I would guess this Beautiful You Stamp Set is one of the most popular out of the Occasions Catalog, in my opinion from samples I have seen. I even chose the background paper pattern in the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper that was the most “blurry” to look something like the rain that was expected. That “blurriness” on some of the paper patterns is called “bokeh”, a term in photography, that means a blurred, out-of-focus look to the background. Sometimes you see this look with Christmas lights blurred in the background of something.
To color my stamped image, I broke out my new Watercolor Pencils (141709) and just colored away, lightly and scribbly. Then I used my Aqua Painter to soften and blend the coloring. You could also use a Blender Pen or even a small paintbrush you have in your supplies. There are many ways to use the Watercolor Pencils, which we will explore in the future, so I would put these on your first order from the Occasions Catalog! They are in the lower right corner on page 24 of the Occasions Catalog, so don’t miss them!!
For the greeting I stamped on a piece of Vellum Cardstock. The Beautiful You Stamp Set has many wonderful greetings to use. I wanted to add a bit of bling somehow, so I came up with adding just tiny strips of Silver Glimmer Paperand then I was able to add a tiny bead of glue underneath those strips to glue the vellum piece on to the card without having the glue show!
When in doubt for new ideas, be sure to use your Stampin’ Up! catalogs for inspiration! I looked through my new Occasions Catalog and made my card somewhat similar to the sample on page 24, but also added my own touches. Sometimes you might copy directly, as long as you are not submitting to a contest or something like that.
I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s celebration, whether it was at a big party or home alone in your pajamas watching the New Year’s Eve shows or a movie on TV. (Did you see Mariah Carey?! Oh my!!) I used to think I was missing out by not being out at a fancy party in a beautiful ball gown, but now I’m satisfied to be home safe and sound eating some special snacks and a sip of champagne at midnight. (Or this year we tried sparkling grape juice, since we rarely find a champagne we like, but I didn’t care for that either!!)
I think this Beautiful You Watercolor Rainy Day Card was perfect for our stormy weather early this morning, but now the sun is coming out! I suppose today is the last day of the whole Christmas/New Year holiday so spend some free time looking through your Occasions Catalog, if you received it in the mail, and be ready to order in just two more days!!! The Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration both begin January 4, 2017! Last day for the Holiday Catalog and Year-End Closeouts Sale is January 3rd (tomorrow!).
I’m calling this a lacy wedding card made with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper because of the lacy patterned paper, but really this card could be for lots of occasions. The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper has lots of beautiful patterns in the pack, but the one that really catches my eye is this lace pattern. It’s one of those papers that you hate to cut into! The lace made me think of a wedding dress so this is theoretically a wedding card, but it could be birthday or any of a number of occasions.
This designer paper coordinates with Very Vanilla so I used that for the card base with a layer of Basic Black. Behind the paper I have Silver Glimmer Paper. The greeting is from the upcoming stamp set, sure to be a hit, Beautiful You. If Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator reaction is any indication, I would say this stamp set will be very popular. The beautiful silver metallic ribbon is a Sale-A-Bration item, called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack. You get both white ribbon woven with shiny silver and vanilla ribbon woven with shiny gold accents.
Remember, the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog begins January 4th as well as the annual favorite Stampin’ Up! promotion called Sale-A-Bration. During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase you make, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item in the special brochure! These catalogs will be available online January 4th. If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like complimentary copies of the catalogs, send me your contact information via email at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
The Stampin’ Up! Closeout Salegoes a little bit past the end of the year, until January 3rd, but since you have been busy with the holidays, you want to be sure to check this out, or check it out again and see if any of these deals are for you! Be sure the drop down box on the right of the Closeout page shows: “ALL” so you don’t miss anything. Other wise you have to click for the next page and the next.
Pay special attention to the Bundles, because even if the items are carried over, they won’t be in a bundle and you won’t save 10% like you will now.
Don’t forget! The Holiday Catalog is retiring January 3rd! I HATE to say that! I loved this catalog, as I usually love the holiday catalogs the most!
Now that Christmas is over, we can look forward to the new Stampin’ Up! spring catalog, the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration! I loved the Holiday Catalog and hated the thought of it going away. By New Year’s though, I think we will all be more than ready for fresh new products!
One of the new Bundles coming in the Occasions Catalog will be the Special Reason Bundle. When you purchase a Bundle, you save 10% on the products over buying them separately. This Bundle contains the Special Reason Stamp Set with flowers and greetings and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. When you watch the video, you will see the new design of these particular dies! I have to admit, when I first saw this stamp set and framelits I did say, “More flowers!” but after watching the video, I know I will have these on my list for sure!
If you are new to Stampin’ Up!, Sale-A-Bration is a special annual promotion from Stampin’ Up! With EVERY $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item in the special brochure.
If you are a regular customer of mine, I ordered these catalogs for you from Stampin’ Up! and hopefully you received them in your Christmas mail (unless the mail lady is reading them first in the back of the post office!). If you don’t receive them by January, let me know. If you are new and would like the hard copies of the catalogs and do not have a Demonstrator you are working with, then email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com and I would be happy to send you some catalogs. They will be online when the Occasions Catalog goes live and Sale-A-Bration begins on Wednesday, January 4th.
Watch the video above with Holly from the Home Office explaining how to use these new framelits and stamp set!
Time for the After-Christmas sales today – but don’t forget the Year-End Closeouts Sale at Stampin’ Up! Go ahead! Pick anything you want! You’ve worked hard to make Christmas good for everyone else, now it is your turn!
Want to know what will be retiring from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog? Be sure to get what you want before the last day, January 3, 2017.
If you were a Seinfeld fan back in the day (and still are!) as we were, you must know that December 23 is Festivus! Festivus is a non-commercial holiday celebration with a Festivus dinner (meatloaf), an unadorned aluminum pole, the “Airing of Grievances” and more. My only “grievance” today is lack of time before our kids arrive this evening!
Since many of you probably feel the same way, I thought I would pull up some past Christmas ideas from last year that might help with tags and bags for wrapping gifts at the last minute (I haven’t started!). Maybe you have these stamps and paper as opposed to some newer ones from this year. Just click on the photo to go to the blog post if you need the instructions and information!
Hope these last minute Christmas ideas give you some inspiration for today! If you are celebrating “Festivus” today, just “air your grievances” for a minute and then get back into the holiday mood! Do what you can and let the rest go! If you need more ideas from my blog, just click on the drop down box in Categories and select Christmas!