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One of the favorite new stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! catalog was Work Of Art, and here I used it for a thank you card for some of my customers. I chose an orange, a green, and a yellow color to make it more of a “fall” card! It’s so easy to stamp really any of the designs in the stamp set on your card, add a greeting of any kind and maybe an embellishment or two and you have a classy card made in a minute or two! The “Just For You” greeting comes in the stamp set. Just think of all of the occasions or reasons you could use that for in your card-making!
For a little pizzazz, I added some star sequins from the 2013-15 In Color Sequin Assortment. Even though they aren’t technically matching colors, they still work on the card, probably because of the shine.
This is a smaller square card (I probably made it 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″) with the Whisper White top layer popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it look a little more elegant.
We might all think the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Setis only for making Christmas cards, but that is absolutely not the only use we would have for it! As you can see, the Wondrous Wreath can be made into a fall wreath card just as easily as a Christmas wreath. Simply stamp the wreath in a light fall color and then stamp the overlay leaf stamp in a darker fall color.
I’m not bragging, this is the Amazing Birthday card! It’s made with the Amazing Birthday Stamp setby Stampin’ Up! and it is going to my husband. This stamp set is so versatile, you can make it for anyone, you can use the stamps to decorate birthday party favors and make decorations like cupcake toppers. I happened to choose Soft Suede and Pool Party, along with Whisper White, with a touch of Chocolate Chip thrown in. The background paper is from the In Color stack. Stamp the large greeting stamp a couple of times, cut out some of the words and then mount them with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop on the card over the same greeting. The little star I just punched to put a little something in that space. Notice I even stamped the corner of the envelope!
If you are looking for an easy to make card for fall or Thanksgiving, this one fits the bill. I just grabbed a 4″ x 8″ piece of Soft Suede card stock, folded it in half to make a 4″ x 4″ card base, and stamped on a Whisper White layer. I used the For All Things Stamp Set, which I just love! I inked up the little background stamp with Soft Suede but stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping on the card. That way I could stamp the bouquet of greenery right over it. I stamped it in Old Olive ink but then used a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to color the little ribbon on it. You could also adhere a little linen or Baker’s Twine bow if you like. The word “Grateful” comes from part of a stamp that I just colored the one word with the Old Olive Marker. Handy things, those Stampin’ Write Markers!
You could jazz up this card a little bit more – or I was thinking you could make it a little smaller and make place cards for your Thanksgiving table with it. I used to always love to make placecards for a nice dinner!
You can find the For All Things Stamp Set, paper, ink, markers, and coordinating paper all in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Be sure to check out all the categories in the left sidebar of the store! You don’t want to miss a thing!
To view the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, just click HERE.
The Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kitin the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog really appealed to me after seeing some photos of the cards Demonstrators made at the Stampin’ Up! Convention. They are cute cards, but I found them a little bit more difficult to make than I expected. I think Stampin’ Up! could have done a little better job with the directions and they could have included color photos of all the finished cards. But you can look online or in the Holiday Catalog on page 37 to see the cards. The cards are not difficult to make, really, probably a little more detailed and tedious what with tiny pieces and waiting for the watercoloring to dry. If you are looking for super simple and quick, this kit is probably not for you. If you can handle taking some time and handling some small pieces and looking at another source to see what the cards are supposed to look like, then you might like making these cards just fine. You do get PLENTY of pieces of “stuff” in this kit so you can follow some or none of the directions and do your own thing. Or make some of the cards according to the kit directions and then branch out with your own ideas! Don’t forget the coordinating stamp set, also on page 37 of the Holiday Catalog, called Watercolor Winter Too.
As per the title of the kit, there is watercoloring involved with these cards! A watercolor is even included. It’s best if you have some reinkers that match the cards so that you can add the reinker to a bit of water or use your Aqua Painter instead of the brush, to color the items in the kit, such as the letters on this card. For these letters I chose to do the “ombre effect”. Notice the gradation of shades from light to dark. Well, now that I look at the photo, I’m not sure the medium shade shows up, but however you want to do it, or however it turns out, is fine! It is easiest to color the letters while they are still attached and then you can pop them out when they are dry.
Here is the other card in the kit:
On this card, I actually painted on those gray stripes going across the card front! They don’t have to be perfect (and aren’t!) because you are watercoloring! Lots of room for imperfection and it still looks good! Then you just stick on one of the vellum snowflakes that comes in the kit and add a few sequins. The small letters are watercolored on their sheet, but here is a twist! Turn the piece containing the letters and other card die-cuts over to glue the linen thread to the back of the letters. Directions on that ARE included in the kit. Again, a little tedious, if you are not into that kind of thing, but it does work! I used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You could also color the letters, punch them out and then just glue them onto the card. But they are small!
Using the classic stamp set Lovely As A Tree, I made this quick and easy fall card in just a couple of minutes with some stamping, watercoloring and sponging. Yesterday at the grocery store, the pumpkins were piled on display outside the door. I know fall is on its way, so this card is very timely!
If you don’t already own Lovely As A Tree, it should be on your next order. It’s just a go-to stamp set for many occasions and has been around for as long as I’ve been doing Stampin’ Up! I suspect there will be quite the uproar if it is ever retired someday. Everyone loves it.
I stamped the trees in Early Espresso ink and the leaves are colored with an Aqua Painter and fall colors like Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Tangerine Tango. Just squeeze the lid of the ink pad before you open it to get a pool of ink in the lid. Or put a drop or two of ink refill in the lid or on the plastic stamp case and pick up the ink from there with the Aqua Painter or a watercolor brush. Just randomly color in the trees and the grass with the ink. It’s fun and easy, no perfection required! You could also color in the sky the same way, but I took just a small piece of a Stamping Spongeand sponged on some Soft Sky ink and a little Basic Gray very lightly. The greeting is stamped from the set For All Things in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.Then it is just layered on Cajun Craze and Soft Sky card stock on the Old Olive card base.
This is an easy card to make, just change the greeting for a different occasion or color the leaves with greens if it is not fall. Lovely As A Tree is a must-have stamp set in your collection!
DON’T FORGET!!! Today, September 10th, is the last day to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin promotion! Get the first two months of Paper Pumpkin at 50% off (regular price $19.95 per month) when you sign up today and use the Promo Code HALFOFF2. This offer is for new subscribers only.
What is Paper Pumpkin anyway? It’s the monthly papercrafting kit (not just cards,not just projects) that comes to you in the mail in the fancy red box! Everything for the project is included, except adhesive. No need to design your own project (unless you want to!), get out supplies, HAVE supplies, spend all day making something (unless you want to!). It’s your treat, your creative escape! I think that is worth $10 a month for two months to TRY Paper Pumpkin. Be surprised! Have some fun! If it is not for you, just cancel, no obligation. If you like it, but don’t want it every month, just “pause” your subscription whenever you like and then start up again. Just make any changes for that month by the 10th of the month! That’s why you MUST SIGN UP TODAY because it is Sept.10th and the new kits will go out in a few days for this month!! Email me if you have any questions.
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Surprise! A beautiful new photopolymer stamp set for September from Stampin’ Up! this morning called “You’re Wonderful” #139158. You can read the story of the creation of this stamp set on the Stampin’ Up! Blog. Funny how the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit has actually led to the creation of new stamp sets as people discover their inner “designer” and creativity by carving their own stamp!
Here are some samples on the Stampin’ Up! blog using this lovely stamp set!
For sure I would say if you do not own the 2″ Circle Punch you should put that on your list! And what stamper can be without Dazzling Diamonds Glitter! Be sure you have the 2-Way Glue Pen as well – works great for adhering the glitter! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter has long been the “go-to” product when your card needs just a little something for pizzazz. Everything else is good, too, just choose what you like!
To shop for any and all of these items and MORE, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! And I’m always happy to put an order in for you if you prefer.
Make an easy Christmas card with the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set. Yes, there are matching framelits and even the Bundle you can buy at a discount. But today I wanted just a quick card and made just this basic one – which I think turned out lovely in spite of myself! I intended to do the two-step stamping technique with the wreath, where I would ink up the wreath stamp but stamp it on scrap paper first and then stamp lightly on my paper, so I could overstamp with another leafy stamp to make some darker wreath leaves. But I forgot. This wreath is full-strength Old Olive, overstamped with the red berries. The bow is stamped separately and cut out with Paper Snips and mounted on the wreath with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting comes with the set and even includes a sentiment for inside the card, which is often lacking. The Holiday Catalog Christmas sets this year do include sentiments to use inside the card.
My point in making this card is that if you want to just use this stamp set the simple way, you can still make a beautiful card. If you want to jazz it up by die-cutting the wreath and doing all sorts of fancier things to make a card, you certainly can – but you do not have to. Even keeping it simple, you could add drops of Crystal Effects on the berries to make those shine a little or add a dab of Dazzling Detailsor Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Change the colors of the card base and layer.
Sign up for the Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit by Wednesday, September 10th to take advantage of the 50% off your first two months offer! Use Promo Code HALFOFF2. Your first kit in the mail will be shipped by mid-September so you can get crafting!
Sometimes you never know what you will come up with when you are stamping! I had already made a card with the Work of Art Stamp Setand thought maybe I could make a Halloween card with it. Maybe I could use the small figures in the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. And when I looked through my stamp sets for Halloween words, I liked the small-sized words in the Project Life stamp set, Holiday Cheer,The “Boo!” was fun to stamp so I stamped it more than once! The “Happy Halloween” is from the And Many More Stamp Set.For a little sparkle, I added some Dazzling Detailsover some of the lines.
Don’t forget!! Just a few more days to get in on the Paper Pumpkin monthly papercrafting kitthat comes to you in the mail in a cute red box at 50% off your first two months!! Just use the Promo Code HALFOFF2. Regular price, which includes shipping, is $19.95 a month, so for only $10 a month, you can enjoy a surprise kit that will come in the mail to you complete with all supplies you need except adhesive. No thinking, no getting out supplies, just open the box and enjoy! To take advantage of this 50% off offer, you must sign up by September 10th! That is the last day to get this great deal! It’s not just a great deal, it is a FUN deal! You deserve it. Cancel or “pause” your subscription at any time, just do it by the 10th of any month to stop that month’s delivery.
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This is what comes from looking at the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, which has such cute Halloween monsters on it, and thinking, “Why not just cut out some of these cuties with my Paper Snips and make a Halloween card that way?!” And also looking through my stamp sets for a greeting and seeing this “S’Up?” stamp in the set Hi There. It struck me very funny at that moment! I used the Fringe Scissors for the grass and sponged it a little bit with Old Olive ink. The woodgrain background is actually the opposite side of the paper with the monsters on it.
Just a fun, silly card for Halloween!
If you love Halloween as much as I do, you’ll probably want to shop the Halloween and fall stamps, paper and embellishments in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. Just shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Storeany time! AND be sure to check the Clearance Rack because there are a few Halloween items from last year on there at a great bargain! Just add them to your order!
To get started on this fall card, I pulled out the package of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors and patterns on this paper are just so beautiful! I decided to use a strip of this piece with Blackberry Bliss art on it. After that I kind of lost my “mojo”! I stamped and stamped acorns using my Stampin’ Write Markers to color them, die cut them with various framelits, layered them on different colors of card stock – nothing was quite right! I also stamped several leaves and cut them out with my Paper Snips, but they didn’t seem to have a place on this card. I tried coloring just the word “Grateful” and stamping that on the banner stamp, but that didn’t do it. I tried different framelits and punched out the group of acorns with the 2″ Circle Punch.
Finally, I decided to cut out the three acorns and use them as accents on the greeting. The greeting was stamped on a rectangular piece of Whisper White card stock, but then I rounded the corners with the cute little Project Life Punch Corner.I used the Deco Labels Framelits Die to cut out a piece of Hello Honey card stockfor the layer for the greeting. I even did a little paper piercing on the top and bottom curve. Then I adhered the little cut out acorns around the greeting.
For one more thing, I decided to emboss the acorns on the Blackberry Bliss layer with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.It didn’t photograph too well, but it just gives a little dark shiny texture to the background. And then, one of my favorite things to do, I frayed a couple strands off the Burlap Ribbon to tie around the designer paper on the side.
It took me awhile with this card to get it to all come together! Sometimes that happens and sometimes you can come up with a card in two minutes! Just keep playing and you’ll know when you have it right!
I was surprised when I finally opened up the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit package and saw ALL the pieces that come in it! It took up half my kitchen table to lay everything out to show you! The kit has enough materials to make 20 cards and includes envelopes. You DO have to have some reinkers with which to watercolor the pieces, adhesive, and a couple of clear blocks for the stamps. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t pleased with the directions they put in the kit, and I think they should put color photos of each card so you have a better idea what to do. I made one of each of two of the cards for today exactly like the directions say, which you will see below. I think when I strike out on my own making similar cards but not following the directions I will enjoy it more. I think it helps to lay everything out on the card before adhering parts to see if it all fits and see if you like it and which kind of adhesive you want to use. At the very end you will see a Stampin’ Up! video that helps in seeing how to make the cards.
I love the look of these cards, but you do need more things than come in the kit. You also need a Bermuda Bay ink pad and a greeting, like the Watercolor Winter Too stamp setthat coordinates. But with a little patience and the right supplies, you can make a set of beautiful Christmas cards out of this Watercolor Winter Kit,whether following the directions or going out on your own!
Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?! The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Cataloggoes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!
Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know. And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. I would be happy to get a catalog to you!
Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer: Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product! Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started! It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!
The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live tomorrow, August 28th, and one of my favorite products in the whole catalog is this gorgeous Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. I really love the colors of fall and all the traditional autumn sights: colored leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, hay bales, acorns, just to name a few. That’s why this pack of designer paper really appeals to me. It’s not all leaves and acorns, though! Most pages have very pretty softly colored designs that all coordinate. Remember, you can find the names of coordinating colors on the back of every pack of designer series paper these days! It’s on the back label.
This was a great opportunity to use the Mossy Meadow In Color card stock for the card base. And I was really drawn to using the Gold Foil Sheets as an accent on this card with this beautiful paper. The stamping is from the For All Things Stamp Set, coming in the Holiday Catalog. Love that stamp set as well! It has that soft watercolor look to it. For the centerpiece, I die cut the shapes with the Labels Collections Framelits and the Big Shot. (You can purchase the Apothecary Art stamp set and the Labels Framelits as a Bundle in the Annual Catalog.)
With the summer heat, a lot of us are anxious to be able to say “Hello, Fall!” like on this stamp! Using the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper and the For All Things stamp set can get you in the mood for fall!
I have no link today for the Holiday Catalog tomorrow, but to put in your order tomorrow, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and you will see where to click for the Holiday Catalog somewhere!
The Festival of Trees Stamp Set is coming soon in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog beginning Thursday, August 28. That’s less than a week away! Here is a simple card I made with the cute tree stamps in the set and the really cool Tree Punch! All will be revealed in the Holiday Catalog soon! It’s a Bundle so you’ll be able to save 15%! After kind of laying out the basic card, Soft Sky and Whisper White card stock on a Pear Pizzazz card base, I thought maybe it needed snow in the background. And I’m not usually the one who thinks up alternate uses for things, but today I thought of using the tree stamp that has just dots on it to make snow flakes randomly across the front of the card! I stamped with Versamark, turning the dotted tree stamp this way and that so each bunch wouldn’t look like a triangle. Then I embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powderusing the Heat Tool. It’s handy to use the Embossing Buddy to rub across your paper before applying the ink so that stray flakes of embossing powder don’t stick where you don’t want them.
This what the card looked like after I stamped with Versamark. The torn strips of Whisper White representing snow are sponged with Soft Sky ink.
The stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog often have good sentiments to put on the front AND on the inside of the card, so after stamping the greeting on the front of the card that comes in the stamp set, I also adhered a Whisper White layer inside the card and stamped the rest of the greeting inside the card. Then for a little extra decoration, I punched another tree out of the beautiful All Is Calm Designer Series Paper.
The Holiday Catalogs are arriving in mailboxes of customers this week, it seems! If you do not have a demonstrator and would like me to mail you a catalog, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. The Festival of Trees stamp set is going to be a fun one to use on Christmas cards this holiday season!
Just had to share a beautiful handmade birthday card I received last week in St. Louis from my friend Jan using the stamp set Another Great Year. I almost always forget this stamp set is retired – I really like it and it seems like it should be current! She used some pieces of Back To Black Designer Series Paper on each side, non-SU baker’s twine around the top and glitter and glimmer for bling on the cupcakes. The main image is embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The little heart at the bottom is punched out with the word “friend” stamped on a paper behind it. Also, I love how she decorated the envelope with some stamping and coloring! We always say you shouldn’t send a naked envelope,although I have to admit sometimes I don’t take that extra second to do it or maybe I don’t think about it until the card is sealed in the envelope and sometimes that makes it too bulky to stamp on it and have the image come out clearly. Such a happy card, I think! Maybe you already own the stamp set or you can get an idea with some other current set we have.
If you don’t already own a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, now is the time to get one with the August Big Shot & Bundles Offer. Buy a Big Shot and choose one of the select bundles free! And with this week’s Weekly Deals, you can purchase several items at a discount for the Big Shot and you’ll have lots to work with! Be sure to take advantage of it before you run out of time. Offer ends August 31.
It has been awhile since I used my Circle Card Thinlits Dieand this birthday baseball card presented the perfect opportunity. This card copies a couple ideas I saw online in making a baseball card and I thought using the Thinlits Die so that it would open like this made it extra special. The Circle Card Thinlits Die makes it easy to make a card base as it does all the work for you! Then just decorate up a storm to make it into the card you want.
Here is what the card looks like on the inside when it is unfolded. The hardest part of this card is photographing it, not making it!
With this card, I was still playing with the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack! I just need a small strip of it on the end of the card and choose to accent it with two narrow strips of card stock, Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo. I stamped the greeting on the front of the card using one of my favorite stamp sets, Four You. The flower is Daffodil Delight, stamped with the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set. The flower is stamped twice, this time in a different color, Lost Lagoon, so I could punch out the center portion with the 7/8″ Circle Scallop Punchand accented with a small Pearl Jewel.The leaves were just cut by hand from some scraps! Easy, sweet card to make!