Category Archives: Cards

Back To Black Designer Paper Congratulations Card

Back To Black Congratulations Card

I think just using black and white can make a beautiful card, and that’s why the Back To Black Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! is so useful. Here is an easy black and white Congratulations card that you could be proud to send to anyone. Or change out the greeting and make it a birthday card or whatever occasion you need. I just chose several scraps of my Back To Black DSP and cut strips and made them into banners of varying widths and lengths and adhered them to my card front (stamp first in case you mess up!). I tend to just cut the flag end of the banner with my Paper Snips, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but you could also punch with the arrow punch or the square punch or some others.

The greeting is from the Hey You Stamp SetAnd for a finishing touch, I added some black Neutrals Candy Dots to look like they are holding up the banner.

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Back to Black Designer Paper Colored with Blendabilities

Back to Black DSP Black and WhiteWhat if you take this Back to Black Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! and color all the white images on the paper with Blendabilities alcohol markers?

Back to Black DSP Colored with Blendabilities

You get this! Since the background is black, it doesn’t matter if you color outside the lines! I even used two colors on some leaves or used the Color Lifter just to add some different shades of green. I love the feel of coloring with the Blendabilities! All of the Blendabilities colors (so far!) will be available to order August 1.

Back to Black DSP back

What if you turn the designer paper over to apply Liquid Multipurpose Glue (in the green bottle) and see the other side since the color soaks through from the Blendabilities Markers and think “Wow! Even the wrong side looks kind of cool with the color showing through!”?

Back to Black Blendabilities Colored DSP CardAnd then what if you adhere the colored piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper to a card base and layer and start adding some other elements to make a card? What if you cut off a tiny scrap strip of another pattern of the designer paper and adhered it to a strip punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch for a little accent piece? What if you looked through stamp sets and found this greeting from the Yippee Skippee Stamp Set and then by chance pulled out an already punched piece of Melon Mambo in a tag shape with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and made a tag for the focal point of the card? The little flowers are punched from the Boho Blossom Punch and the flower punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch PackThe small leaves are from the Bird Builder Punch. I added some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon to the tag and of course, a bit of bling with a Rhinestone and Candy Dots!

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Back to Black with Gold Birthday Card

Back to Black with Gold Birthday Card

I’m finally taking the time to play with the new Back To Black Designer Series Paper to make a birthday card with a touch of gold. I learned a long time ago in my stamping that black and white could be very stunning – and really all you need sometimes to make a card. That’s all I was going to use on this card, but somehow a little bit of gold snuck in! Once I made the flower using the Blossom PunchI decided the Gold Baker’s Twine would look good with the Vintage Faceted Button. I thought little strips of the Gold Foil Sheets would look great against the black and while. If you could see this card in person, you would see that the extra glimmer really looks nice. Once I had the gold foil accent, I had to emboss the greeting from the Four You stamp set with my Heat Tool and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Remember, before you emboss, rub the Embossing Buddy on the card stock to try to keep stray flecks of the embossing powder from sticking. Then stamp with Versamark.

I also have another technique I saw recently that I will share with you soon using this paper!  With the July special offer on Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, now is the time to stock up on paper! Get all the new ones in the catalog while you can get one free!

Be sure the Back To Black Designer Series Paper is on your Wish List!

Stampin’ Up! Convention – Inspire.Create.Share.2014 – From Home!

InspireCreateShare 2014

I may not be attending the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this year, but I’m trying to keep up with every tidbit of it that I can find from home!  Thank goodness for the internet! Stampin’ Up! even had a live stream yesterday morning of the opening of Convention (this year called Inspire.Create.Share.2014) and a good part of the first General Session. I was beyond thrilled that they broadcast more than a few minutes of it! My live stream worked great until it got to Becky Higgins of Project Life being interviewed by Shelli Gardner, then it konked out! I can’t wait until they live stream another segment of Convention this morning! It really is just like being there, except my feet don’t hurt! Of course my feet wouldn’t have hurt yesterday morning yet, but there is a great amount of walking all over that convention center and to and from the hotel.

Often the Stampin’ Up! convention begins with many Stampin’ Up! employees standing just inside the doors when the demonstrators enter. It’s a thrill to be greeted by all of them, it makes us feel like celebrities! But this year, the employees, by department, were part of the opening on stage which looked fun! Looked like some fireworks on stage, too! Real fireworks!

Shelli Gardner came out, tissue in hand. She often gets emotional on stage during her presentations, part of her charm, and it’s not hard to feel emotional about Stampin’ Up! She barely got started in her remarks when everyone in the audience got a free stamp!

Pam Morgan gave her presentation about the Holiday Catalog! I think most people are saying this is the best catalog ever, which I know we said last year and probably the year before that! This year’s Holiday Catalog will have lots of Sizzix products in it, so be sure you have a Big Shot (and next month will be a good time to order one!). Lots of packaging products and ideas for the holidays, kits for making cards, more stamp sets with sentiments for the front of the card AND the inside! More of the photopolymer stamps for easy alignment, Project Life, and builder sets. The beautiful photopolymer stamp set Endless Wishes, that sold out quickly last fall when photopolymer stamps were new, will be reissued. There will be gift wrap, ribbon, a gift box punch board, more Project Life for the holidays, beautiful papers, and more, of course!

Also, the most recent demonstrator to reach $1 million in sales, Connie Heisey, was brought up on stage by Shelli to be recognized! She had previously been invited to the Home Office to spend the day and celebrate this amazing milestone! While on stage, the “delivery man” wheeled out about four Stampin’ Up! boxes (you can barely see him leaving behind Connie) (wish I’d gotten a better photo of him!) as Shelli told Connie she would be receiving EVERYTHING in the Holiday Catalog! Then there was a poof of confetti to celebrate this amazing milestone!

Connie Million Dollars

Here are some more of the photos I took of my laptop screen while I watched the live stream yesterday! Didn’t think of doing it from the beginning!

Pam Morgan on stage

Holiday Catalog Package

Holiday Catalog packages

Peace on Earth Bag

Shelli Gardner and Becky Higgins

In the afternoon and evening there were classes and additional demonstrations, which, from what I read online, sounded like they were terrific!

I know that at the Paper Pumpkin party the night before, demos got to make one item in the September Paper Pumpkin kit. It looked pretty cute to me! And apparently they got to view some other months’ kits, with a guard nearby, so no one would take photos! But they say the Paper Pumpkin kits just keep getting better so if you would like a Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit to come to you in the mail each month, remember the special going on! Save 50% on the first two months, for new subscribers only, by using the code: HALFOFF2 

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And now I have to go check on the time for the live stream from Convention!

Owl Punch Anniversary Card

Owl Punch Anniversary Card

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and this is the card I made for my husband using the Builder Owl PunchThe Owl Punch is so incredibly versatile you can’t believe it – unless you look online and see all the ideas people have come up with for dressing up the owl shape or cutting it differently to make something else. I found this basic idea online for my card, of the owls and the moon, and changed mine up a little bit. I figured the owl silhouette shapes were fine for my husband’s card because while he might appreciate it, he wasn’t going to ooh and aah over the card if I dressed up the owls!

Since we just had a “supermoon” here in Houston, I thought the owls and the moon were appropriate.  I punched a 2 1/2″ circle out of Hello Honey, our new In Color card stock, and then shaded it a bit by sponging on some Tangerine Tango ink and White Craft ink. It’s barely noticeable but sometimes it is the tiny little things you do that add a lot.

The little branches are punched with the Builder Bird Punch but I hand cut the tree branch out of Basic Black scrap. For the Night of Navy background, I embossed it with the Cloud embossing folder (retired). Since it didn’t emboss all the way to the bottom of the layer, I used a wider strip of the Silver Glimmer Paper to cover and put my greeting from Loving Thoughts (retired) on top of that with a couple Candy Dots. Couldn’t resist playing with the Glimmer Paper some more so I punched out a few stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for the nighttime sky! The little Real Red hearts are punched with the Owl Punch.

Today the Stampin’ Up! Convention gets underway! Actually, this year they are officially calling it “Inspire. Create. Share. 2014″ They are livestreaming a little bit of Convention each day for those of us sad demos at home!  I can’t wait and have an alarm set so I don’t forget! I’ll keep you posted on whatever news I hear out of Convention. Check back here, or better yet, follow me on my Facebook page at by clicking the “Like” button. You can also follow me on Twitter  (which I use now and then!) at

You can bet that Salt Palace lobby is filled with demos already in line for General Session to get a front row seat and tons of swapping of card fronts going on! They swap while waiting in line, while walking by, while sitting down, everywhere, any time!  It’s so much fun and makes for such a friendly experience!

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Join Paper Pumpkin For 50% Off First Two Months

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months! Paper Pumpkin is the paper crafting kit that comes in the mail to you once a month. The projects vary and it’s always a surprise. Just take 30 minutes for yourself, once a month, to enjoy some fun crafting time.  All you need (sometimes) are scissors and adhesive. The rest all comes in the box!

Offer Dates: July 16, 2014–September 10, 2014

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It’s like a class coming to your door, for brand new and experienced stampers and crafters alike! Instructions are included so anyone can follow along.  Make it according to directions or strike out on your own and make your own creation.

Kits are mailed around the 15th of every month. No risk, no obligation:  change your subscription, pause, or cancel it by the 10th of any month to take effect that month. You’re welcome to call Stampin’ Up! any time the kit doesn’t not meet your expectations or you have questions and they will try to make it right for you.

Order some extra kits or get a few friends together to order and then make a gathering out of it every month when everyone receives their kit! It’s a Girls’ Night Out with no muss or fuss, just fun!





Pop Up Box 60th Birthday Card

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday

When I needed a birthday card for a special friend for her 60th birthday (a special birthday for sure!), I wanted to make a “pop up box” card. Yes, the designer paper, Birthday Basics, is retired, but I love it so I used it for this personal card. The base (box) is Crisp Cantaloupe. You can see a photo of the front down below.

Even though the designer paper is retired, the stamp sets are new and current! The banner on the front flap is stamped with the Banner Banter stamp set and punched out with the Banner Punch. I added some Candy Dots to make it look like it was strung across the flap.  I LOVE the Candy Dots! They come in the color families and only cost $5.95. Just a cute touch to your cards and projects! Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine is tied around the front flap.

The cupcakes are from the new stamp set Cupcake Party and punched out with the Cupcake Builder Punch. (See some more Candy Dots on the cupcakes?!) The “60″ is from the Memorable Moments Stamp Set. The greeting in the back is from Chalk Talk and cut out with the coordinating framelits. You can buy the Chalk Talk Bundle and save 15%! The “Celebrate You” greeting is also from the Cupcake Party stamp set.

Here is the front of the pop up box birthday card:

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday Front


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A few new things added to the Clearance Rack!

July Offer:  Buy 3 Designer Series Papers, Get 1 FREE!

Christmas in July: New Christmas stamp sets out early! (Beauty of the Season and Christmas Bliss)

New Photopolymer “Boy” Stamps:  Dear Heart


Another Flower Pot Designer Series Paper Card

Flower Pot DSP Hello Card

I really got into using this Flower Pot Designer Series Paper yesterday and using this simple layout. This small flowery pattern is another sheet in the pack so I just jazzed it up with some of the new Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon (really nice in person!) and stamped the “hello” greeting in the corner from the Four You stamp set. I thought the Whisper White front was still a little plain so I stamped the little flower in the Something To Say stamp set. I stamped with the ink colors that coordinated with the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper which were Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon and Tangerine Tango. I like the way the card turned out. Very simple, yet cute! And you could even embellish with a few Candy Dots or Rhinestone Jewels on the little flowers or a contrasting piece of card stock along the Flower Pot paper or the greeting stamped on a tag or punch with a layer behind it.

Be sure to get your choice of Stampin’ Up! designer paper this month during the Buy 3 Get 1 Free offer!

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Make an Easy Card with the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper

Flower Pot Designer Series Paper

This is an easy basic card. If you need to make a card in a hurry or just don’t have a creative idea in your head at the moment, make a card like this and everything will be right with the world! I used the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog – either side of the sheet would have been fine on this card. I cut the designer paper about 2″ high and 5 1/4″ wide to fit on the Whisper White layer over Tangerine Tango (one of the coordinating colors for the Flower Pot DSP). Do this before adhering to the card base so you can adhere a piece of ribbon around the card (just the ends tuck under the sides of the card). I used my favorite ribbon, the Whisper White 5/8″ Organza RibbonI tied the bow separately and attached it with Mini Glue Dots. The greeting is stamped with Night of Navy ink using a stamp from A Dozen ThoughtsThat’s a stamp set worth owning with all the choices of greetings included.

This is an easy layout for a card for any occasion. Make a card base, with or without a layer on top, and adhere a strip of designer series paper either horizontally like I did on this card or vertically on one side. Stamp or punch out a greeting, maybe add some ribbon or a contrasting strip of card stock and you are set. This card is just as nice as anything more complicated! Or start with this design and MAKE it more complicated if you like!

Stampin’ Up! is offering Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper this month, so it is a great time to get all your favorite packages or multiples to have on hand! Specialty papers and Paper Stacks are not included, but you can get all the brand new DSP right now!

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Stampin' Up! July Offer

Here is a close- up of the two sides of the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper I used on this easy card:

Flower Pot Designer Series Paper

Flower Pot Designer Series Paper

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Christmas in July at Stampin’ Up! Plus Weekly Deals

Beauty of the Season Stamp Set

A sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday CatalogBeauty of the Season stamp set, available NOW in wood- or clear-mount.

Wood 135776 $21.95

Clear 135779 $16.95

Christmas Bliss Photopolymer Stamp Set

Another “Christmas in July” new stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, Christmas Bliss!

Christmas Bliss Photopolymer Stamp Set #138897   $15.95

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set

If you loved the photopolymer stamp set Sweetie Pie with the little girl faces that sold out super-quickly and you also needed little boy faces, the Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set is for you!

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set       #128157     $25.95

And last, but not least!  Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for July 8-14:

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal July 8 2014

All great things on the Weekly Deals!  Surely you want all of them!

And as a Heads Up — New items will be added to the Clearance Rack on Thursday, July 10th! Be there or be – left out! You know some of those items go faster than the speed of light. You can put all of these products on one order, plus any new catalog items, like the new Blendabilities Markers as well!

So whatever is convenient and works for you, you can order online any time at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me and I can put your order in for you!

Sympathy Card Made with Flower Shop Stamp Set

Sympathy Card Flower Shop Flowers

Sympathy cards are something we should all make to have a few on hand, because, unfortunately, we will need them now and then. This one is going to the daughter of my mother’s best friend. Our mothers had been friends since they were seven years old! I lost my mother many years ago and I know her friend missed her all these years. I remember them being on the phone almost everyday the years I was growing up. I remember “way back in the olden days” it was even a toll call for them to talk on the phone even though they only lived about fifteen minutes apart and in the same city! The night I met my husband I was struck by how much he looked like this lady’s oldest son!

I found this card design on Pinterest I think, and meant to keep track of the lady’s name who made it, but I forgot. I was going to make my card slightly different, but hers was so pretty as is I only have minor changes, such as the greeting and the card base color. The card base is Soft Suede and the designer paper layer is a page from the 2013-15 In Color Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack (soft suede). I used two of the dies in the Apothecary Accents Framelits on Very Vanilla Paper. I stamped the flourish from the Everything Eleanor Stamp Set on the large framelit piece in Old Olive and then embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. For the sympathy greeting I had to dig out my recently retired stamp set Loving Thoughts and used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the two words placed one above the other on the smaller framelit piece.

The flowers are stamped with the Flower Shop Stamp Set with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and outlined a little more with the Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin’ Write Marker since they were a little light. Not that hard, just use the thin tip. Punch out the flowers with the Pansy Punch. Then embellish with Pearl Basic Jewels.

This card would make a beautiful birthday card, get well, thinking of you – just change the greeting. When we lose someone, it is so comforting to hear from all the people in your life. Be sure to write a personal note inside, don’t just sign your name. I think making a handmade sympathy card for someone really shows you care.

Stampin’ Up! Star Framelits 4th of July Card

Stampin' Up! Star Framelits 4th of July Card

What says “4th of July” more than sparkly stars and fireworks?! These stars were cut out with the Big Shot and the new Stampin’ Up! Stars Framelits Dies plus the new little star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The little “fireworks” in the background were stamped with the smallest petals in the Too Kind Stamp Set. The word “Celebrate” is from the Cupcake Party Stamp Set except I only colored the word “celebrate” with a Stampin’ Write Marker. And I love the Goil Foil paper and the Champagne Glimmer Paper for this card for the stars!

If you have time to play today with crafts, make something sparkly and/or red, white, and blue to celebrate our freedom and the birth of our nation!

I hope you have a fun and wonderful 4th of July!

Go see some fireworks!!

A Surprise in My Stampin’ Up! Box

Card in Stampin' Up! Box

Normally I wouldn’t be posting this late in the evening, but when I opened my box tonight from Stampin’ Up!, this is what I found inside!!  A little handmade notecard!  I did a double-take and realized whoever packed my order had snuck in this little treat!  When I turned it over, it was a little note from “Julia” at Stampin’ Up!

Card in Stampin' Up! Box from Julia

Isn’t that just the nicest thing??!!!  We shouldn’t underestimate how much our handmade cards, notes, and projects mean to people. Who would think such a little piece of paper could bring such a nice feeling of surprise and happiness in one ordinary evening?!  I don’t know who Julia is, but she is obviously a special lady and special employee at Stampin’ Up! who loves what she does and shares what she loves!  Thanks, Julia!  Made my Stampin’ Up! order even more extra-special!

And yes, that is my order of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper that is on sale during July, buy 3 get 1 FREE! (Specialty papers and Paper Stacks not included.)

A Cupcake Party Birthday Card

Cupcake Party Birthday Card

For a fun birthday card, how about making one with the stamp set Cupcake Party?!  Add some punched dots confetti and In Color Sequins for some bling and pizzazz! You can also use the Cupcake Builder Punch to punch out the cupcake! No snipping required! If you already have the Cupcake Punch, you might as well get this stamp set to go with it!  I like the saying on this card, and it was a good opportunity to try out the new sequins! The Silver 1/8″ Ribbon really adds a special touch. It’s so sleek and shiny!

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list in the box in the right sidebar.  My July Stamping With Karen Newsletter will be coming out next week with projects to make and the latest Stampin’ Up! news. And get a free gift when you sign up and confirm!  Watch for that confirmation email and be sure to click on the link inside!

For the Birds Easy Card Colored With Blendabilities Markers

For the Birds Easy Card with Blendabilities Markers

Sometimes when you need inspiration, just look through your stamp sets and see what strikes your fancy for stamping. When I saw the For the Birds stamp set on my shelf I decided that would be a fun and easy stamp set to use, and I could also color in with my new Blendabilities Markers. I just wanted to make an easy card with some of the new designer series paper. For the card base, I chose one of the new In Colors, Tangelo Twist and decided that the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper would probably work with that paper. I stamped on Whisper White with the new Memento Ink and layered that on Hello Honey and then on Old Olive. At the end I added a little strip of Hello Honey accented with Brights Candy Dots.

The Blendabilities Markers are not available quite yet but they will be in just a few days!! Tuesday, July 1st is when Stampin’ Up! will make these products available to customers:

  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370
  • Memento Ink Pad  (item #132708)
  • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
  • Color Lifter (item #129369)

Remaining Blendabilities Colors will be available August 1.

Don’t forget about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals which end on Monday, June 30.

Shop anytime at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  Let me know if you have any questions or if you want me to put your order in for you!  I’m happy to do that.


Everything Eleanor Blendabilities Flowers Card

Everything Eleanor Blendabilities Flowers Card

I was looking for stamps that were an outline image so I could practice with my Blendabilities markers, and I found the beautiful set Everything Eleanor that had some nice flowers I could color in. The flowers are stamped on Whisper White with Memento ink, which is recommended to use with the Blendabilities because they are alcohol markers. These flowers already had a lot of lines on them for shading so I only used two of the colors in the marker set, the medium and light shade. I cut each one out with my Paper Snips (a must have for cutting around images!) and popped up a few with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also wanted to use the new In Colors so I stamped the swirl in Blackberry Bliss ink and the medallion with Hello Honey (stamped off once). The ribbon underneath is the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon. The greeting is stamped in Blackberry Bliss from the Fabulous Four Stamp Set.

Soon you will be able to play and color with the new Blendabilities Markers, too!  Stampin’ Up! says ordering will begin for customers on July 1st!  You won’t see them in the Online Store until July 1st.

In the meantime, you can check out all the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting products in my Online Store HERE.

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Today is June 25th which means Christmas Day is in 6 months! But really our Christmas preparations have to be done before that so we actually have less than six months to get ready for Christmas! Yes, that is still a lot of time that even I won’t take advantage of, I admit, but I did feel compelled to make a Christmas card today! Now we don’t have new Christmas sets in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and we won’t get the Holiday Catalog until September, but I bet we all have stamp sets and accessories with which we can make Christmas cards starting today! I got an idea for this card on Pinterest, but I have always loved using Lovely as a Tree for Christmas cards! Lovely As a Tree is a classic stamp set, one that has been around as long as I have been a demo. In fact, it probably was one of the first stamp sets I owned. I also used the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder for the top Whisper White layer. I thought we needed snowflakes with a Christmas tree!

I stamped the tree with Old Olive ink and then die-cut it with the Ovals Collection Framelits Die, the third oval from the center. To cut the larger oval out of the Whisper White card front layer, I used the oval fourth from the center. Since that left a little bit of an embossing edge mark, I decided to cover it with a Gold Foil layer, which is cut with the fourth and fifth ovals. It turned out perfect and I think adds an elegance to the card! The Whisper White layer is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals as is the Christmas tree oval.

To decorate the tree, I colored Rhinestone Jewels with the new Blendabilities alcohol markers. The Blendabilities should be available to order from Stampin’ Up! on July 1st! Only six colors will be available, the same ones Demos were able to preorder, plus a few other items:

  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)

In addition, the following accessories will also be available:

  • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)
  • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
  • Color Lifter (item #129369)

There really wasn’t much space for a greeting on this card, but I did choose “Very Merry” from the new stamp set And Many More and used the Word Window Punch to punch it out.

Are you going to make some Christmas cards today to get a head start? If you find a design you like, like this Christmas card with Lovely As a Tree, make at least five cards the same. Make some more of another design another day.

Flower Patch Birthday Card

Flower Patch Birthday Card

It was time to play with the Flower Patch stamp set and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies to make a birthday card. You can also purchase this stamp set and framelits in a bundle, the Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundleand save 15%! Now that summer is officially here, you are bound to be inspired by lots of beautiful flowers blooming and this set will be perfect to use in your projects. The framelits make it easy to cut out most of the stamped images. The greeting I used comes with the set, but to cut it out I used a framelit from the Apothecary Accents FramelitsI stamped the greeting on a narrow strip of Whisper White and centered the framelit over it so I could have a narrow piece but fancy ends. Rather than try to layer it, I lightly sponged the edges in Real Red just to make it stand out a bit from the Whisper White layer. The large Daffodil Delight and Real Red flowers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Rich Razzleberry flower just adhered right on the paper.

If you wanted, you could “bling up” this card, but for today I kept it simple except for the Candy Dot on the Rich Razzleberry flower!

For any of these stamps and stamping supplies, check out all the new products available in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Today is the last day for the current Weekly Deals, too!

Summer Begins Summer Solstice Sun Card

Summer Begins Summer Solstice Sun Card

Today is the first day of summer, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Well, it’s not really any “longer” than any other day of the year, but it is the day with the most hours of daylight. If you walk outside here in Houston you will know that it is the beginning of summer because it is very hot and humid outside! (But then I can say that for most days in Houston!)

I decided to make a “sunny” card for the first day of summer.  I used our new 2″ Circle Punch for the body of the sun, punched out of Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper StackThen I punched more of the same paper with the Banner PunchThe polka dots are actually the opposite side of the pattern I used for the sun! The word “Summer” is from the new Project Life stamp set Day to Day.  And just for a little something, I couldn’t resist using some Brights Candy Dots on the front of the card!

Go enjoy the first day of summer 2014! And when you’ve had enough of the sun and heat, come inside and stamp since you have those extra minutes of daylight today!

Work of Art Hello Card

Work of Art Hello Card

I saw an ad in the magazine the other day of a striped sofa in something close to these two colors, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango,  so I decided to use the Work of Art stamp set and the Hello stamp from the Hi There stamp set to make a card. The Work of Art stamps are so fun to play with – anything goes! You just feel free to create! I stamped the word “Hello” at the top and liked it so much I made another card, which you will be able to see later on my Facebook Page HERE. The flower is made with the new punch called Fun Flower Punch. Although the flower itself is only punched from card stock and not stamped first, I did stamp the flower image on the single wood stamp Bloom For You. twice, once in Melon Mambo and once in Tangerine Tango ink so I could punch out pieces for the center of the flower. I used the 1/2″ Circle Punch and the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Then I mounted those center pieces on the flower using Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up.

If you wonder where inspiration comes from, here is part of an ad I saw in a magazine of a striped sofa.  I think the one color was fuschia, but I used Melon Mambo. Just think of these three colors:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, and Tangerine Tango. They are  a summery combination for sure! Make something with these three colors and brighten your day!

Colorful ad Inspiration

Get ready for summer! Stamp something bright and colorful!  You will find all the latest colors here at Stampin’ Up! in my Online Store!