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Make Your Own Cake with Build A Birthday

Make Your Own Cake with Build A Birthday

If you are a cake decorator, or at least a papercraft cake decorator, you will enjoy the new Build A Birthday Stamp Set. Use the rectangular shapes to stamp the various layers, whatever design or size you like. Use one of the shapes for the birthday candle, too. It comes with a cake plate stamp, which I have mostly covered up using the new Mint Macaron In Color Lace Trim. I was experimenting with making a little lace edge on my cake plate, but I think I should have cut it in half or doubled it over so it wouldn’t be so long! I just eyeballed the cake layers, which luckily turned out fine, except there was a tiny space in between the top and second layer.  It really wouldn’t have mattered, but I decided to add a line of Basic Pearls across there that would look like a cake decoration anyway.

Since my cake and candle really took up most of the space on the card, I had to get creative with the greeting. At first I wasn’t sure what I would do, but then I remembered that photopolymer stamps can be bent a little on a curve. I tried that but it was still kind of high up to put over the candle. Next I decided I could just curve each word and color with a marker, just one word at a time and stamp one word on each side of the candle. That worked fine!

The cake layers and marker I used are all the new Stampin’ Up! In ColorsWatermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, and Tip Top Taupe for the top “chocolate” layer! The cake plate that you can’t see I stamped with Mint Macaron. The only color I left out is Cucumber Crush. Should have used that for the greeting!  The card base is Mint Macaron.

Remember, Tuesday June 2nd is the day you can order from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. On that date you can also order from the current catalogs if you want to do it all together and perhaps take advantage of Hostess Benefits. On June 3rd, only the new catalog will be in effect.

Shop HERE at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for any current or retiring products!

Sprinkles of Life Rainy Day Card

Sprinkles of Life Rainy Day Card

When I began making this card this morning, it was another misty, moisty, rainy morning in Houston, after a flooded day yesterday. Before I could finish the card, though, I decided to race out of the house ahead of another blob of rain on the radar in hopes of making it to my appointment this morning.  By the time I came home, the sun was out and all threats of rain gone from the radar. So after all the clouds, we had a silver lining with a lovely, bright day – at least maybe until afternoon pop-up storms!

If you saw news reports about the floods in Houston yesterday, yes, it was pretty bad. Monday night we saw a line of storms reaching all the way across Texas and up into Oklahoma headed right for us, yet before that line got here, a bad storm formed right over my part of town. When the line of storms finally arrived, it combined with the first storm and wow, it rained and rained and rained, like we haven’t seen in years and didn’t move. Even when we thought it was about over, another storm had formed behind all that and it kept raining all through the night, We were perfectly fine in our house, although this time I wondered if this could be the first time we could get water up in the yard or even into the house somehow.  Thankfully that didn’t even come close to happening, but others weren’t so lucky, waking up to step into water from their beds or hearing the slosh of floodwater waking them up in the night. Certain streets in Houston like to flood just with any rain storm because we are so flat, but this one filled streets and highways, and when the bayous rose tremendous amounts in an hour and overflowed their banks they also filled streets and in some cases homes. People were stranded on the roads overnight waiting for the water to go down, some got caught as the water rose quickly. Quite a mess, not to mention dangerous and deadly for some.

As you can imagine, when we all woke up to more rain and thunder this morning, it was a little unsettling. But these storms went a little more north, sparing those of us inundated the other night, and widespread flooding didn’t seem to be a problem today. Other places in Texas have had it as bad or worse, as you have probably heard. Maybe the drought is over.

So that brings me to the card I was inspired to make this morning using the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set, the set that benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities. With every set sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the charity. I stamped and colored in some of the clouds to look like storm clouds with Smokey Slate and Night of Navy ink, and punched them out with the new Tree Punch, coming in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog June 2 that coordinates with this stamp set. The tree and leaves are also punched out and lots of raindrops are stamped in the background. Of course if you were making cupcakes, you could use the raindrops as little candies on top if you wanted.  The “sprinkles” stamp I used to stamp over and over to make grass at the bottom of the card with Old Olive ink. And for all the rain coming down, I sponged on Night of Navy ink to look like the sheets of rain we had Monday night. Several greetings come with this stamp set so it is very versatile.  I’m sure you will want to add it to your collection!

You just have through June 2nd to order from the Retiring List, while supplies last. On June 2nd the new catalog also takes effect, so you will have that day only to order from both the old and new catalogs and the outgoing Occasions Catalog! The new catalog should be online that day for your perusal if you don’t have a hard copy of the catalog.

If you do not have a Demonstrator to assist you with Stampin’ Up! products, I would be happy to be yours!  Just send me an email letting me know you are interested in Stampin’ Up! and we can see about getting a new catalog sent to you.

So go check out the Retiring List of stamps and accessories plus the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and make your list!

Painted Blooms Hello Card

Painted Blooms Hello Card

When I wrote this post, I didn’t know the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper would be on the Weekly Deals! So if you are inspired by this card, you can also get the paper and some matching accessories at a discount!

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Not much time left now for Stampin’ Up! Retiring products and the end of the Occasions Catalog! Where has the time gone?! Last day to order retiring products is June 2.

Don’t you love this beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper? As far as I know now, it won’t be around much longer so I thought I should use some of it, and you shouldn’t delay in ordering it! The card base is Pacific Point card stock, and then I used two patterns of the Painted Blooms designs on the front. I LOVE the “hello” stamped on the front from the Hi There Stamp Set. This set is another retiring item, so check it out and see if you want it before it is gone. I tied a bit of my favorite ribbon around the designer paper, Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon. Luckily it will be sticking around. I love it because it is pretty without being super fancy, it’s white so it goes with most everything, and it could be dyed if you wanted it another color. And then for just a little extra something, I cut out two of the blue flowers from the paper and a leaf and adhered them to the patterned paper.

To check out all the retiring Stampin’ Up! products that are available when you shop, go to my Online Store HERE and click on the Retiring Products link. Then over on the upper right, click the drop down box to say “Show:  ALL” and you’ll be able to scroll through and see everything without clicking to the next page.

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 26 2015

May 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit

If you didn’t join Paper Pumpkin by May 10th, this is what you missed! And if you did get your Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail already, you might like to watch this video to see how it goes together – OR you might want to wait and be surprised when you open your kit! I don’t know what is coming in the June kit, but you need to sign up by June 10th to get your kit shipped by mid-June!

Take advantage of the 50% off special for the first two months! It’s for new subscribers so join NOW! Good through June 10, 2015. Use Promo Code SAVE50

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Watch the video and see how fun and easy the kits are!

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Cards for Twins

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

My twin nieces had a birthday this week so I wanted to make them cards that were almost alike but slightly different. I made both of them pocket cards with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DiesThis die is a good investment because you get so many pieces with it besides the treat bag. And you can make more than just treat bags with it. Click the link to see all the dies that come in this set – words, shapes, strips!

The bags are made with the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. Such bright and fun patterns on these papers! The banner and the words at the bottom of the bags are from the same Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  The butterflies, of course, are from the Butterflies Thinlits DiesI cut them out of two of the papers in the Sweet Taffy paper and added some Rhinestone Jewels. There’s a little piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon attached to the inside card to indicate there is a card inside to pull out.

And here are the cards showing the inside card with birthday greetings!

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card For You

This card is stamped with the cake from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set and the greeting from Fabulous Four Stamp Set.

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card Enjoy

This card is stamped with a greeting from the Fabulous Four Stamp Set and the cupcake from Cupcake Party.

Be sure to notice the handy dandy Handheld Stapler from Stampin’ Up!. I love it! Order the box of Silver Mini Staples, too. It’s great for attaching tags or embellishments or pieces of ribbon like on these cards!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals which will end on Monday night. You might get busy with the holiday weekend and forget.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Stacked With Love Cheerful Critters Congratulations Card

Stacked With Love Cheerful Critters Congratulations Card

The Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack is not just for Valentine’s Day! It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week. I wanted to play with my Cheerful Critters Stamp Set that is in the outgoing Occasions Catalog so I used the Stacked With Love Paper Stack to make my card. The Cheerful Critters are all stamped with Stazon ink, colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and cut out with Paper Snips.  Paper Snips make “fussy cutting” fairly easy and not tedious because they can fit into small spaces. I consider them an essential tool!

This stamp set as several cute sayings, like “Let’s Party” and “Hooray”, not to mention “I Like Your Face”. I suppose that’s more of a younger generation saying! Just a fun set to play with and makes great cards for congratulatory and happy situations that you might want to make a card for!

Less than two weeks for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products!  Check the lists and get your order in before the last minute rush! If you want to order a combination of retiring and new catalog products, then your day to order is Tuesday, June 2 when all catalogs will be available!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online today!

Sneak Peek: Sprinkles of Life Cupcake Birthday Card

Sprinkles of Life Cupcake Birthday Card

My first sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog just had to be with the new Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set!  This set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. With every purchase of this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities! This is such a perfect opportunity for all of us to buy something we love and will enjoy and know that we are helping an important cause.

I think this Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set is one of the best RMHC sets we’ve had. Not only that, but there is a new punch that coordinates with it to punch out some of the elements! On this card I made I punched out the frosting on the cupcakes! But could you also see the frosting as clouds?? Other similar stamps serve as leaves on a tree or a batch of flowers! But maybe they are fancy frosting designs! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set and punch!

The card base is the new In Color Watermelon Wonder.  It’s a very different red, not quite as bright or deep as I was expecting. I was determined to use the new matching 1″ Dotted Lace TrimIt is VERY soft and flexible, not stiff like you might imagine. I ran some Fast Fuse along the bottom edge of the paper on the back and just kind of gathered the lace trim and stuck it down as I went.  No fancy process, just stuck it down, trying to get it rather straight, but not perfect. The designer paper is the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. It’s full of bright, fun and pretty patterns, some clearly for birthday and others for any occasion whatsoever. There is also matching Washi Tape! And to decorate the cupcakes a little bit, I had to use a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, adhered with the 2-Way Glue Pen. One of my favorites!

The new catalog will be out soon, June 2nd is the big day!  But don’t forget about the outgoing stamps and accessories!  It is probably easiest to shop HERE at my Online Store where you can scroll through all the available products!  If you change the drop down box in the upper right to “Show:  ALL” you can just scroll continuously and not have to keep going to the next page and the next.

If you are one of my regular customers, local or out-of-town, I will be getting the new catalogs out as soon as they are ready. If you do not have a Demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and let me know you’d like a catalog. If you have been a “No Contact” customer of mine and would like a catalog, please get in touch. This means that when you placed an order with me you checked the boxes that said you did not want contact from a demonstrator. If you are interested in ordering again and want a catalog, just let me know. Otherwise, of course, the catalog will be available online on June 2nd.

Last day for these Weekly Deals, too!  Check them out if you are ordering today!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 12 2015

Better Late Than Never: Making the April Paper Pumpkin Kit

Paper Pumpkin Kit April 2015

Better late than never!  I finally sat down to do my April 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit – before my May Kit arrives. Not that it matters WHEN you do your kit, just that you enjoy it!

Check out this special deal HERE going on now for Paper Pumpkin! 50% first two months!

First off, I was excited to see that the little pocket folders already had adhesive tape applied! The first one I folded wrong, with those flaps showing on the outside on the back – not that it matters, but then I figured out that they probably go on the inside and I just needed to fold them to the inside first. I made a few bows and attacked the belly bands.  Glad Stampin’ Up! is supplying some glue dots and dimensionals to use! Everything is right there! Well, I did need scissors to cut the baker’s twine to tie through the little hole at the top!

Then I started stamping my little white cards – great choices in stamps to choose from! I sloppily stamped a few, set an inked stamp down on the colored card, smudged one white card front and back, and dropped my iPhone in the ink pad! Otherwise, it all was great!  It’s always a good idea to clean your photopolymer stamps first, ink them up and stamp several times on scrap paper, just to get them kind of conditioned in case there is any residue on them from manufacturing. If you don’t get a good impression you might be able to use a Stampin’ Write Marker or a  Blender Pen and ink to lightly fill in the less than perfect portions.

Paper Pumpkin Kit April 2015 Love You a Lot

There are some great alternate ideas for making this kit.  I needed “Thank You” cards so I made those. I’ll have to see what materials I have left and see what else I can make.  Stampin’ Up! is pretty generous with supplies in these kits and sometimes you can even use the scraps for making projects!

Go to my Stamping With Karen Facebook page and watch how quick it is to assemble one of these cards! :)  Click the “LIKE” button while you are over there!

Making Lullaby Baby Cards for Gifts

Baby Gift 3x3 Cards

This is what I had planned to make the other day, little 3″ x 3″ cards that could be used for a gift enclosure or tag – or even made into a larger card for baby. I used the Lullaby Designer Series Paper, which is retiring and is also on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. The papers are just soft colors and patterns that you could use for anything, not strictly baby.  But they are lovely for babies!

The little bunny is my favorite stamp in the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set! This stamp set is also retiring so check it out. The greeting on the other card is from the set Crazy About You.  I think that one is sticking around. Lots of words to choose from to use singly or in combinations.

And I had fun making matching envelopes the correct size with my Envelope Punch Board.  Easy peasy once you use it!

If you need any of these supplies, just visit my Online Store.

Lullaby Paper on a Z-Fold Card

Lullaby Paper Z-Fold Card

I think this is called a Z-Fold card!  It uses the Lullaby Designer Series Paper, which is on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week. In spite of the name, you won’t find anything “baby” about it on any of the patterns unless you could little tiny hearts. If you like the colors –  Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White – then you should get it!  Don’t pass it up because it is called “Lullaby”.  But it is also soft and pretty for any baby projects!  So very versatile.

I happened to find a piece of card stock in my Coastal Cabana stash, that was already scored in this template. Basically, if you had a regular card base, you would just fold the front back on itself in half!

For a piece of card stock that is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, place the card stock horizontally and score at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″.  Then fold the card in half the normal way, but then fold the right hand side of the front of the card back toward the fold.  You can see better in the photo below.

Z-Fold Card

Then I used the Deco Label Framelits to die cut the labels on the front and stamped with one of my favorite greetings which is in the Yippee-Skippee Stamp SetThis stamp set is on the Retiring List so get it while you can.  The Lullaby paper is also retiring since it has the outgoing In Colors in it, plus it is on the Weekly Deals.

For a little embellishment, I used a Rhinestone Jewel on each side of the Deco Label. If you are going to stamp a greeting on the inside, you would want to do it so that it is hidden behind that label when the card is closed, if you can.

If you need any of the supplies to make this card, please shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Special Note:  When you order, you have the choice to check off whether or not you want to be contacted by Stampin’ Up! or by a Demonstrator. I completely understand the choice some people make to not be contacted because sometimes we want to buy our stuff and not be bothered any further.  But I feel bad when I cannot send you a card thanking you for your order, or now that new catalogs are coming out, I cannot send you a catalog. If you have ordered as “No Contact” from me and are reading this, if you like, just send me an email if you would like a new catalog when I send them out. I promise I won’t bother you otherwise! Some people like to have the hard copy in their hands, but if you prefer to just look at one online, that is fine too!

Easy Sweet Taffy Good Thoughts Card

Sweet Taffy Perfect Pennants Card

Sometimes it is easy to just grab the nearest pack of Stampin’ Up! designer series paper and the coordinating colors of card stock and make a card.  Add a greeting, maybe a few embellishments, and you’ve got a card in minutes!

For this card, I picked the orange pattern out of the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper and choose Pumpkin Pie card stock for the card base. Then with a scrap of the polka dot pattern, I backed that with a piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock and then another after I stamped a greeting from Perfect Pennants Stamp Set.

For a little bit of embellishment, I added three stamped and punched Petite Petals flowers, accented with Brights Candy Dots.

The Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper is available at a discount today for the last day on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  You can add the Weekly Deals to any order with the Retiring products you want to grab.

Check the Retiring List of products  PDF or shop HERE.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 5 2015

Mini Treat Bag Card or Gift Card Holder for Mother’s Day

Mini Treat Bag

Happy Mother’s Day!  

Maybe you still need a quick card or something in which to put a gift card for your mother or special someone. The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die is great for this! It die cuts two pieces with which to make a little bag and comes with plenty of extra die pieces, such as the heart strip on the bottom, the Pumpkin Pie banner piece and the “For You” words.  I went kind of bold with this, choosing a large polka dot pattern from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series PaperIt’s such happy paper, cute patterns and is on sale through tomorrow night on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Grab some while you can! I added a strip of Melon Mambo across the top with a belly band around the bag with another paper in the Sweet Taffy pack. The little metallic threads are pulled out of the Gold Baker’s Twine! It seems to be the “in” thing to just  adhere some circles of twine or threads behind another element on a card.

You can slip a card inside with a greeting or you put a gift card!  Either way this makes a great unexpected card or gift holder. And you can use it for many occasions!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals good through Monday night, May 11th!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 5 2015

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Make Six Cards With a Sheet of Painted Blooms Paper

Painted Blooms Cards

This beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper is in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, which will be ending soon!  Just so you don’t miss out, I wanted to remind you of how you can make six easy cards with one sheet of Painted Blooms paper! The “beauty” is already done for you, you just add a greeting and maybe an embellishment. This paper came from an actual watercoloring! Since you get two sheets of the same design in the package, you can cut one up and frame the other one for artwork! Don’t be afraid to use it!  Better to be made into cards or in a frame than to be stuck in a plastic package unused! Release it!

Here’s how you do it!

Painted Blooms Cut Apart

Just cut 3/4″ off the top and the bottom of the sheet of paper. At first I wondered why I wouldn’t just cut 1 1/2″ off the bottom or top, it would be the same, but following these directions you are just trimming off the bottom of the grass on the bottom and the white area on the top, leaving almost all of the design intact!  Then cut the middle piece in half at 12″ x 5 1/4″ horizontally and then cut each strip at 4″.  So your card layer pieces will be 4″ wide and 5 1/4″ tall.

Then just add these layers to card bases, stamp a greeting if you like, maybe add some ribbon or a butterfly or whatever you like, maybe some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on a flower. Keep it simple and you will have six cards made in no time!

Painted Blooms Cards and Paper

If you need some pretty Mother’s Day cards this weekend and you have this paper, try this out! Don’t be afraid to use your designer paper! I know we are all paper hoarders! If you don’t own this paper, look through your stash and see if there is another pattern you can use similarly. It’s easy!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals as well!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store during May while you can still buy retiring stamps and accessories from the current catalog and Occasions Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 5 2015

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Give the Gift of Paper Pumpkin For Mother’s Day

Give the Gift of Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin for Mother's Day 2015

What a perfect time to order a prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail, for Mother’s Day, for your mother, your grandmother, your daughter, your aunt, your niece, your godmother, your granddaughter – whoever that special person is in your life! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th and you won’t even have to shop!

Just place your order with Stampin’ Up! by clicking HERE  and then fill out the Gift Certificate and put it inside a Mother’s Day card! Could not be easier!

***You will receive an email with the special redemption code that you can write on the gift certificate or just email to the recipient. Then they will go to paperpumpkin.com/signup and get their account set up to receive their kit in the mail. (If they do this on May 10th then they should receive the May kit mid-month. If they do it later, they will receive the June kit.)

Anyone can enjoy this papercrafting kit because all supplies (except maybe scissors and adhesive) are included along with directions – and a video online!

And maybe the special person who deserves a Paper Pumpkin Kit is really YOU!!!  Why not?! Order just the prepaid subscription or, if you want other Stampin’ Up! products, just add those to your order as well.

If you like, watch the Paper Pumpkin livestream at YouTube.com/PaperPumpkin this Friday, May 8th, at 7:00 PM (MT).

Watch this video of April’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com if you have any questions!

Wildflower Meadow Butterfly All Occasions Card

Wildflower Meadow Butterfly All Occasions Card

One of the retiring stamps is Wildflower Meadow with a matching embossing folder, Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing FolderThey are discounted now on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List so check them out! Wildflower Meadow is very pretty although I know I didn’t use it as often as I could have. It’s a large background stamp so I actually prefer the wood-mount verson which is a little easier to use I think.

I decided to use the Wildflower Meadow stamp in kind of a monochromatic look on this card, stamping the Crumb Cake card stock with Crumb Cake ink.  You could also use Versamark Ink for the same look. The card base is Soft Suede. I wanted to see a pretty background but I wanted a butterfly to be the focal point.

The butterfly is a piece of paper from the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper which is so pretty with its Metallic Gold and is discounted 50% on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List also! The butterfly is die-cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies. I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments for the butterfly’s body and just adhered it with a Stampin’ Dimensional (a thin scrap from the edge of the Dimensional page to fit) so the butterfly would look 3D. Then for just a little more embellishment I added a strip of Venetian Crochet Trim across the bottom.

This card could be used for almost any occasion so I decided to leave off a greeting until I need to send the card and see what I want to put on it. It certainly could be used for Mother’s Day which is coming up next Sunday, May 10, 2015. It could also be birthday, thinking of you, get well, graduation, sympathy, even a wedding card.

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now and see all the great products and certainly many discounted prices available!

Petite Petals Top Note Thinking of You Card

Petite Petals Top Note Thinking of You Card

Lots of times when I start out, I don’t know what I will end up with, even when I THINK I know what I am going to make! This card with Petite Petals is another example! I just like this stamp set, and I own the wood-mount set. Although I like all the other kinds of stamps, there is something about holding that wood block in your hand and stamping with it that feels good!

I planned to use some pattern from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper so I chose the Daffodil Delight card stock for the card base. Then I found this Whisper White piece cut with the retiring Top Note Die in with the scraps so I decided to use it on this card.  The Top Note Die was one of the things I was totally surprised to see that it was retiring! It seemed to be really popular, but I guess it ran its course. The greeting is from the Four You stamp set and is on the retirement list. I think it is a very useful stamp set so grab it while you can!

And then I had fun just stamping and stamping a bunch of flowers with the Petite Petals in the Brights colors.  I used Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda BayRich Razzleberry, and Melon Mambo. The Petite Petal Punch made it super easy to get all those flowers cut out perfectly! Some of the flowers I adhered flat with Glue Dots on the Top Note Die and some I popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And for a finishing touch, I added some Brights Candy Dots for centers on some of the flowers. Sometimes you have to know when to stop!

Check out the products that are retiring HERE!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Retired List HERE.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Sortable Retired List Excel HERE.

Starburst Sayings Happy Day Card

Starburst Sayings Happy Day Card

Starburst Sayings is one of the stamp sets on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List that I was so surprised to see on there! It’s a fun stamp set to use and can cover many occasions from congratulations, birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, encouragement, and even weddings. All it takes is using the appropriate colors, papers and embellishments.  Dress it up or dress it down, as they say! You can use circle punches with several of the stamps if you don’t mind punching inside the starburst edges.  Use the matching Starburst Framelits Dies to use with these stamps or just paper.

The Starburst Sayings Stamp Set is discounted on the Retired List right now or you can purchase the Bundle with the stamp set and the framelits and save a little money.

Starburst Saying Stamp Set Images

Here’s another card I made awhile back with one of the other sayings:

Starburst Sayings and Retro Fresh

This card is from last year and has retired paper and trim on it, but you can easily change it with something current.  You can read that blog post HERE.

To shop for any of the Stampin’ Up! Retired products, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  You can choose Stamps or Accessories. Click the View ALL dropdown box so that you can just scroll through all the products rather than having to go to the next page and the next.

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Is it really going?  Label Love Stamp Set? It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List so I guess it is true. This was a set that even if I wasn’t planning to use it, the greetings were so “usable” that if I couldn’t find quite the right thing, this set would usually fill the bill.

Label Love Stamp Set

As you can see, the sentiments cover just about everything! And even better, this stamp set coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch. This punch is also retiring and is discounted. Of course it is only available while supplies last as are all the accessories. On this card, I actually cut out the stamped label and then punched out a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock for the layer behind it. You could also color the edge of the stamped image and punch out and it would look like a layer. To make the label stand out a little bit, I punched a piece of Tangerine Tango with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The card base is So Saffron with a Whisper White layer on which I have adhered Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape for a little background.  I wound up some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine to put behind the label, which is kind of “in style” now. For the little bow, I took some White Baker’s Twine and used my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker to just put some stripes on the baker’s twine to make it match my project. For a little pizzazz for this birthday card, I punched some stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack out of the Champagne Glimmer Paper.

I think almost everything I used on this card is retiring so be sure to check the list and availability. Don’t wait too long because you never know what or when something will sell out. Stamps, however, will be available throughout most of May.

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For The Birds Little Red Wagon Card

For The Birds Little Red Wagon Card

One of the stamp sets on the Retirement List is For The Birds, which is kind of a shame because it’s one of those nice stamp sets, pleasing images, all-occasion greetings and easy to color in.  You can also stamp the image in just one color and leave it plain without coloring it in and make a monochromatic card.

In this card, I used a Mossy Meadow card base and a piece of designer paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack for the layer. The image is stamped with Jet Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White.  The wagon, flowers, and bird are colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers and Blender Pens. Isn’t it fun to feel like a little kid again while you sit and color?! For a  little sky color I just sponged on a little blue with a Sponge Dauber in the background.

When I found a little scrap of Real Red that was already embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, I tried it as a layer under my stamped image and thought it worked. This Polka Dot Folder is retiring also!  I use this one a lot so will be sorry to see it go! It’s a good all-purpose/want-a-little-something embossing folder!

For a finishing touch I added a small bow made with the Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon.  I thought it finished off the card nicely. When the card was finished, I felt very satisfied with the colors and look of this card! It’s nice when that happens!

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Diagonal Paper Strips Thank You Card

Diagonal Paper Strips Thank You Card

One of everyone’s favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is receiving the Stampin’ Success Magazine. Inside we will find the latest Stampin’ Up! news and products, stamping tips and ideas, business tips and more.  The part I love, of course, are the pictures of samples of cards and other projects! This thank you card is based on a card I saw in my new magazine, although I changed it up a little. I made a regular size card and used the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper cut in 3/4″ strips and adhered on a diagonal on Whisper White card stock.  The card base is Daffodil Delight.

To make the card, I just laid out the strips of paper so that they covered the Whisper White down to the bottom.  If you miss a little bit, like I did, just trim it off later. I stamped the greeting from the Fabulous Four Stamp Setpart on the Whisper White and part on the designer paper strip.  I got lucky just eyeballing it, but you could be more precise with the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig. I only put a little bit of adhesive on the back of that first strip until after I did the stamping, so in case I messed up, I wouldn’t be ruining the whole card! But as I said, I got lucky!  The ink is Blackberry Bliss, one of the coordinating colors of the designer paper.

For a little embellishment, I added a bit of Gold Baker’s Twine. You could also use the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, as I did in another card I made while I had the supplies out.

Here’s how I laid out my strips on the Whisper White layer.  Then I just trimmed off the excess strips. This is easier than trying to measure exactly!

Making Diagonal Paper Strips

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