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 Togetherstamp 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.)
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.
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,
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.
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!
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
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 Pumpkinis 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 HEREby 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!
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 Markersand 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.
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!
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 Punch. I 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!
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 Karen@KarenStamps.com. 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!
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.
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 Cardstock. You 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 Accents. These can even be colored with Sharpies if you like.
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.
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%!
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 Ribbon. For 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:
I used the Tin of Cards Stamp Setto 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!
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!
I’ve been seeing these “Z-Fold” cards all over and since it’s been awhile since I’ve made one, I thought I would give it a try again with this Z Fold Thank You Card using the beautiful Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s just a simple card, really, but the extra little fold just adds a little something! And we cardmakers are always looking for a way to add another little something!
Start with a regular card base, scored in the middle at 4 1/4″, then also score 1 1/4″ from one edge. Fold the card in half as always and then fold back the “z-fold”. Add whatever designer paper you like on the front, on the folded over portion and/or on the edge of the inside of the card. Or put it on all three places! Whatever you like! Just play until you see the combination of paper patterns that you like. Or make two of them the same as I did on this card.
Add a greeting to the front. I stamped a Thank You from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set in NIght of Navy ink, which coordinates with this paper. (Look on the back label of the paper to see which colors coordinate with it.) Then I used the Layering Squares Framelits Diesto frame it. I used Night of Navy and a layer of Watermelon Wonder cardstock. Just make sure you don’t glue down the greeting to the front of the card (like I did at first!) because you want that fold to be able to open and not be adhered down.
This is what the card looks like open so you can see how it should be folded.
Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons from July if you have them when you place an order in August.
Paper Pumpkin is the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month! It is so fun to check your mailbox and find that red box in there with crafting fun just for you!
The box contains an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, an ink spot (a 1″ square little ink pad!) and all the materials you need for the project, already cut and ready to go. Your first kit includes a clear block on which to mount the stamps. You of course get instructions and even a video you can watch from Stampin’ Up! Make the kit as designed or do your own thing with the contents.
You can subscribe month by month for $19.95 a month, which includes shipping.
Paper Pumpkin is almost always a surprise and not always cards. There have been many different kinds of projects in the boxes. BUT every now and then, Stampin’ Up! offers a sneak peek. You can see the sneak peek of the stamp set and find out what kind of project is in the August kit if you click this link HERE, or just wait and be surprised when your kit arrives!
To get the August kit in the mail, subscribe by August 10th. Your kit will ship out soon after and you will receive it about mid-month. No risk, no obligation. Try it for a few months and if it is not for you, just go in your account and cancel or even just contact me and I will have Stampin’ Up! cancel for you. Or if you are busy and want to skip a month, just “Pause” your subscription! It’s as easy as that!
Here are videos for the May, June and July Paper Pumpkin kits for you to get an idea of what they are like! After you watch, just click the link below the videos to get your subscription started. As a bonus, subscribers are able to order any past kits or refills that are still available if you missed something you really liked.
I almost surprised myself one day, in the middle of this summer heat wave, to realize that Halloween would indeed be here some time not too far off so I thought I would get in the mood by stamping this card with the Stampin’ Up! Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, My Hero.Every year Stampin’ Up! makes one stamp set to benefit the RMHC which helps families dealing with their children’s illnesses. When you purchase this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the charity! You can stamp and know that you are helping someone at the same time!
This stamp set has stamps for many occasions you need during the year: Get well, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and more! I’m really not sure what the little stubby stamp is for but I used it for the stem on my pumpkin! I stamped the pumpkin (or should I say Jack-o-lantern) randomly on the card, then colored in the face with the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker.The little stem is stamped with Old Olive.
Such and fun and easy card and I know I’ve helped the Ronald McDonald House Charities a tiny bit by purchasing the My Hero Stamp Set.
Remember, this weekend (and other dates) are Sales Tax Holidays for certain states. After you get finished shopping at the mall, come home and check the list for Stampin’ Up! products that qualify for the tax free days! Here is the chart with the details.
And if you earned any Bonus Coupons in July, remember to use them in August! Enter the codes on your next order!
This weekend, starting today is aState Sales Tax Holiday in Texas and several other states (AL, AR, FL, LA, MO, NM, OH, SC, and VA). While most people will be shopping for school clothes and supplies during the Tax Holiday, we stampers can also shop at Stampin’ Up! for certain items! Please click the chart above to see a readable version and check your state.
Here are the products available in Texas (and most of the states) during the Tax Free Weekend August 5-7! Check the chart above to see exactly what is available in your state!
Stampin’ Up! helps support the Ronald McDonald House Charities (R) by making a contribution for every special RMHC stamp set sold, and this My Hero Stamp Set is the stamp set for 2016-17. For every stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the RMHC. You can purchase this stamp set in wood- or clear-mount and know that your stamping is fun for you but also helping a good cause! The Ronald McDonald House Charities helps support families whose children are undergoing medical treatment away from home. You can read more about it HERE.
To make this easy card, I used Real Red for a card base with the fold at the top. Just cut the cardstock in half lengthwise at 4 1/4″ and then fold in half at 5 1/2″. I have a layer of Whisper White and then Soft Sky for – the sky! I darkened the sky a bit with a little sponging of Smoky Slate ink. I actually used the coordinating punch for last years RMHC stamp set, the Tree Builder Punch, to punch out some clouds (on another card they might be cupcake tops!) and sponged those as well.
Next I actually used the My Hero Stamp Set. I stamped the umbrella on Whisper White cardstock with Real Red ink and cut it out with myPaper Snips. The umbrella handle is stamped with Basic Gray and cut out. I adhered the clouds to the top of the card and next the umbrella, popping up the umbrella with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The little greeting at the bottom is from the stamp set and punched out (just the ends) with the new Classic Label Punch. You could also put this greeting on the inside of the card.
For a little fun and pizzazz, I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brushto make tiny raindrops! I think you can see them on the photo if you look closely! It’s always hard to photograph shiny and glimmery things.
I hope you will consider adding the My Hero Stamp Set to your next order and help Stampin’ Up! support a worthy charity that helps children and families, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
TheThoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin’ Up! is available to customers starting today, August 2! Get yours right away because these will only be available during August while supplies last! I’ve seen so many pretty sneak peek samples that I imagine this limited time product will be very popular.
If you ordered in July and received those Bonus Days Coupon Codes, you can use them starting today! Apply them to this Bundle or Stamp Set or any other products you would like! Use your Bonus Coupons before August 31!
Stampin’ Up! Trimmer Blades will be available TOMORROW (Limit of 3) if you need some! They are unavailable today, but will be available tomorrow! Be sure to put them on your order because when these are gone, we will have to wait until the next shipment arrives.
I’m still copying cards, like this Watercolor Words You’re the Best Card from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogor at least getting some inspiration! The catalog is a great resource when you are looking for any kind of idea. Even if you see an idea for a card, you might be able to use it on a scrapbook page. If you see an idea for a tag, you might be able to use that on a card. You will find ideas for boxes and gift-wrapping and home decor items, and the samples in the catalog are there for you to take inspiration from!
This is another sample I have made from page 135 in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. It didn’t turn out exactly like the catalog sample, but it doesn’t have to. Change it up according to what products and stamps you have. You could have used different flowers on this card, a different greeting or different paper.
Are you a Harry Potter fan? On July 31, 2016 the new Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” by J.K. Rowling will be released. To commemorate that and to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday I made this Harry Potter card.
Not that I came up with the design myself, but I found several samples online and came up with this card for Harry Potter fans. The card base is made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and the scarf is made with a strip of Crushed Curry with pieces of Cherry Cobbler adhered to it. The hair is just cut by hand (reminded me of cutting Frankenstein’s hair at Halloween!). The glasses are made with black punched circles with smaller white circles inside and then small circles from the Owl Punch for the eyeballs. Always put a little dab of white on the eyeballs with a white gel pen or the White Stampin’ Chalk Markerfor that reflection of light.