You will find these Floral Frames Framelits on sale in the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that I used on my Floral Framelits Wreath Christmas Card. You can use these Floral Framelits by themselves with any paper you want, but they also coordinate with the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set.You can make all kinds of beautiful designs with this stamp set and certainly adding the ability to cut out the designs with the Floral Framelits makes things even easier and more fun.
Here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of October 14 – 20, 2014. It’s a good time to stock up on the Decorative Window Gift Box for those holiday treats you might be giving to neighbors or even treats for a few special people at Halloween. You can even cover up the clear window with some punches and stamping.
Have you already signed up for my Stamping With Karen Mailing List? If you have, then you are already receiving my email series “12 Weeks of Christmas”every Wednesday, a special gift only for my mailing list subscribers. If you are reading this blog post and you are not on my list, go ahead and sign up today! Not only will you begin receiving the “12 Weeks of Christmas” but you will also receive a free gift of creative gift-wrapping ideas! Sign up in the red box at the top right of my blog! Next Christmas issue comes out tomorrow!
Don’t forget about this beautiful new photopolymer stamp set, Gentle Peace, if you are looking for a religious stamp set for Christmas. It will be beautiful embossed and colored in with Blendabilities. Or stamp (or emboss) in one color with no coloring. You will have a beautiful card regardless perfect for Christmas.
Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set #139523 Price $15.95
The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paperis so beautiful and works wonderfully for any of your fall cards and projects. On this card, I chose a paper that had compatible patterns on both sides – well, they all coordinate but when I tell you what I did you’ll see. After making the card base with Cajun Craze card stock, I took a piece of the Color Me Autumn DSP and folded the bottom edge up about 3/4″. Very easy to get that contrasting strip without having to cut another piece of paper. Just think about the two sides of the paper if you try this. Check which direction the pattern would be going on both sides if you fold one edge up. Adhere the folded edge down with some SNAIL Adhesive or or use some kind of brad both to hold it and to embellish the card, such as the Antique Brads, the Silver Brads or (if I would have thought of it!) the Candy Dots Brad Bases. Buttons would also be great, such as the Gold Basic Metal Buttons. I just added some Candy Dots.
I also used the Labels Collection Framelits Dies to cut Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow card stock and stamped the greeting from For All Things. It still needed a little something, so I stamped the other leafy image from For All Things. Since I was stamping it with Mossy Meadow ink, I had to stamp it off about four times before finally stamping on the label for it to be light enough!
Easy Thanksgiving card to make to make with the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper! Try the technique of just turning up an edge of the paper for the contrasting strip.
Look at the cute Halloween pumpkin card I made on World Cardmaking Day using the Oval Framelits and surprisingly, the Geometrical Stamp Set. I didn’t even know what card I was going to make until I went to my shelf of stamp sets, and for some reason, the Geometrical Stamp Set jumped out at me and I got the idea to use the images to make a pumpkin face! Now you might have other stamps with pumpkin face features in the set, but I don’t have a current one. This whole moment reminded me of a teacher I worked with years ago who told me her mother always said, “If it speaks to you, you must buy it!” Of course that became my mantra for shopping, but in today’s case the Geometrical Stamp Set “spoke” to me and I used it! I cut out three ovals with the Oval Framelits and sponged the edges. I think that makes a big difference. I didn’t get my triangles exactly centered, but then no pumpkin needs to be perfect!
I used my Fringe Scissors to cut some narrow strips of Old Olive card stock for the vines, curled them up, and just hand cut a little stem.
I thought the card required a moon, so I used the 2″ Circle Punch (could have even used a larger one!) to punch a piece of Crushed Curry, sponged the edges, and stamped a little bat from Freaky Friends.The greeting is from the stamp set Good Greetings. Right now you can get that stamp set free with a $300 order of your own or hosting a $300 workshop with friends through the end of October.
As I mentioned, today is World Cardmaking Day! So take a few minutes today and make a card! Or make two of the same cards, keep one and ACTUALLY MAIL the other card to someone! Think how special you will make their day to get a surprise handmade card in the mailbox! Or make three cards, keep one and send two cards to two people as a surprise! You know you have someone who needs a card! I often say that when you make one card, go ahead and make a couple more of the same card while you have the idea and the supplies out!
Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Stamp, Stock & Save Sale going on in honor of World Cardmaking Day 2014! It ends on Monday so take inventory this weekend and see what you need! It’s a great sale! When have you seen Stampin’ Up! ink pads on sale for 15% off?? And the Medium White Envelopes are the BEST!
If you read my post the other day about the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kitand all the materials that came in the kit and all the cute burlap treat bags I made with it, you knew that I still had materials left over. Here are the extra projects I made with the tags from the kit and a few extra materials from my stash.
Here’s a little candy treat holder, made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and a 2″ wide piece of Crumb Cake card stock. You can put a couple of Ghirardelli chocolates inside or some other treat. I tied some ribbon at the top with a piece of the sequin trim from the kit and added the tag I had already made with the kit. And I just had to add another one of the little adhesive bats from the sticker sheet!
Here’s an easy project, with or without the Paper Pumpkin Kit! Just find one of those lunch sacks in your pantry, cut a little off the top and fold the top edge over a couple of times. I used a little SNAIL Adhesive to hold it down. Then I took one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies and sponged a little Rich Razzleberry ink on it for some spookiness. The tag, of course, is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit. The bag needed something so I just used the 1″ punch to punch out some circles to glue to the bag!
Did you know once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can usually purchase extra kits or refill kits depending on availability of past kits?
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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.
The Fine Print:
For new subscribers only.
Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).
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!