Category Archives: Cards

Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card

Santa's Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card

Can you tell the difference in these two Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Cards?  I found this sample in a magazine we Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators receive from Stampin’ Up! quarterly, in an issue from last year, when the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set was new.  The sample was made pretty much like my card on the left. When I looked at it closely and looked at the list of supplies to make it, I was surprised that it wasn’t actually made like my card on the right!

The original sample, the card on the left, is actually made with some brown colors rather that metallics like my card on the right. In the sample, one tree is die cut with the Santa’s Sleigh Dies Thinlits out of Soft Suede Cardstock and the other tree out of Crumb Cake Cardstock. The center tree is stamped with Soft Suede Ink and die cut.  The card base and layer are made from the beautiful Shimmery White Cardstock. The center tree is made with this cardstock as well.  There are also some Soft Suede stamped stars and some die cut stars.

Since I originally thought the sample was made with metallics, I made another card with the Shimmery White cardstock.  The center tree is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool. The other two trees are die cut from the Gold Foil Sheets and the Copper Foil Sheet.

The center tree on both cards are popped up with both Stampin’ Dimensionals and the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. In some cases, even the Mini Dimensionals are too large. If this is the case you can cut along the edges of the dimensional sheet as necessary.

To finish off the card, Linen Thread is wrapped around the card layer. On the metallic card, I tried some other ribbons, but mostly they were too large since the trees take up a lot of space. The greeting is stamped, in both cases, with Soft Suede Ink, although it could also be embossed in gold. In the original sample, the linen thread goes entirely over all the trees (not tucked under the center tree) and the greeting as well was adhered up by the trees and tucked under the linen thread. I chose to just put the greeting at the bottom of the card.

Both of these styles of Christmas cards are very pretty!  I would say using the embossing and foil steps it up a bit. I’m even going to try some other designer paper.  I think you could do many variations with this card!  Just get started and then see where your creativity takes you!  You can copy these samples of the Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card and see what you come up with!



Easy Christmas Cards to Make: Watercolor Christmas Kit

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

It’s December already and if you are looking for a quick way to make some nice Christmas cards, check out this Watercolor Christmas Project Kit!

This kit will make 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs and gold foil-lined envelopes are included! The cards are the usual size we make.  In fact, everything is included except ink, adhesives, and the recommended stamp set, Watercolor Christmas(If you like the wood-mount set, it is on sale!)  This is a great holiday stamp set, with or without the project kit really!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video to get a better idea about the kit and pick up some tips as well!

These are cute cards, the watercolor look is trendy, and you’ll be able to send out handmade Christmas cards!  Be sure to order right away because the kit is “while supplies last”!

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Join the Stamping With Karen Mailing List Today!

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Every Wednesday I have been sending out a special holiday email with one project to make.  Only the people who are subscribers on my mailing list receive these as their special gift.

While you have missed the first 8 weeks, today begins the last four (can you believe Christmas is coming so fast??!) so if you sign up before 1:00 pm Central time you will receive Week 9 and all the rest.

I also send out an email usually every Tuesday with projects and instructions plus the latest Stampin’ Up! news that comes out every Tuesday morning.  Don’t miss any special offers and fun by signing up for my mailing list! It’s free!  Plus you get a free gift when you do sign up! And perhaps it will be helpful to you right now in this holiday season!

You can unsubscribe any time with a link in every email if you feel my newsletter is not for you.  I know we all have to be choosy in which emails we have time for, but if you like stamping and Stampin’ Up!, you will want to join us!

Just put your name and email in the red box on this page! That will sign you up for my regular emails PLUS the last 4 holiday emails!

Little Thanksgiving Turkeys

Little Thanksgiving Cookie Turkeys

I think I have posted these little Thanksgiving turkeys before, but in case you need some fun little Thanksgiving favor or something, these are something I have made for years!  These would be great to put at each place at the Thanksgiving table or take along to your hostess where you are going!

You will need chocolate Kisses, candy corn, caramels, and fudge-striped cookies.

Put a few caramels on a plate and just barely heat in your microwave.  You want to just soften them, not melt them.  Do a few for a test and see how your microwave operates.  I did mine about 10 seconds or a tiny bit longer. You can probably do about 4 at a time and still make them all before the caramel hardens again.

Soften the caramel (take off the wrapper first!). Have the Kisses unwrapped also and candy corn and cookies handy.  As soon as the caramel squares come out of the microwave, press the caramel on top of a Kiss for the base. Then smoosh the fudge-striped cookie up against the back of the caramel until it sticks.  Take the candy corn and smoosh it into the caramel as you see in the photo. This is supposed to look like a turkey!

Someone taught me how to make these a million years ago!  There are other versions out there but these are super simple.  I used to make them for preschool Thanksgiving lunches and on to elementary school for the kids, as well as our own dinner.  It’s always fun to have a Thanksgiving favor for everyone at the table or to take to a party!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza is underway!  The stamp sale is over, but plenty of select products are available for 10% – 40% off!  And a to-be-announced FLASH SALE of something next Monday!

Online Extravaganza HERE!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Is Here! 24-Hour Stamp Sale Today!

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Today is the day!  The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins! Check out all these sales! And today, for 24 hours only, these select stamp sets are 20% off! Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM.

These are the regular catalog prices show here.  Take off 20% for the sale price! Or click any stamp set to see the sale price in the Online Store.

The next part of the sale are the Exclusive Deals for November 20-26. These are not the sale prices.  Click on any item to go to the Online Store to see the sale price. These products 10% – 40% off!!

Items offered may vary by market, based on inventory and availability.  Paper Pumpkin items only available while supplies last.

And the third part of the sale is a FLASH SALE on Monday, November 27!  We’ll have to wait and see what that turns out to be!

Click HERE for the PDF of the Extravaganza!

Time to go shop!  You can add any other regular-priced items to your order as well!  Remember, the stamp sale on these select stamps is today ONLY!

Shop the Online Extravaganza at Stampin’ Up! HERE!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Begins Monday, November 20!

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Beginning tomorrow, Monday November 20, 2017 Stampin’ Up! begins their Online Extravaganza! On Monday only, there is a 24-hour sale on select stamp sets!  Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM.  Don’t delay! Choose the stamp sets from the list that you want!

In addition, beginning Monday Nov. 20 – 26, you can choose other items that are on sale!  There are ribbons, thinlits, framelits, embellishments, Watercolor Pencils, In Color markers, punches, and more!  Check the list!  Click on the PDF below to print out the list.  Tomorrow you will be able to go to my Online Store and see the sale items in the store.

Online Extravaganza 2017 24 Hour Stamp Sale page1 Online Extravaganza 2017Online Extravaganza 2017Today you can look over the list and be prepared to order tomorrow if you want the stamp sale and other things or any other day if you don’t want to take advantage of the stamp sale.

AND – Once this sale ends on November 26, there will be some sort of FLASH SALE on Monday, November 27! Stay tuned to find out what that flash sale will be!  Stampin’ Up! has not unveiled it yet!

Tomorrow, Monday November 20 check my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to see all the items on the Online Extravaganza Sale!  Remember, the stamp sale is ONLY Monday, Nov. 20, but the other items will be on sale all week through Nov. 26.

Painted Autumn Card For Thanksgiving

Painted Autumn Card For Thanksgiving

One of the best sources for inspiration when you want some is to look in any of the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, even past ones!  This card, however, is from the Holiday Catalog on the page with products from the Painted Autumn Suite. I didn’t copy it exactly, but pretty much!  Usually once you get started, even if you think you are going to copy exactly, your own creativity takes over and you see ways that YOU want to create your card or project!  I even cut extra pieces for more cards while I was at it.  Better to do it as you go along and make cards assembly style than to start over completely each time!

This card base is Garden Green Cardstock, which I would think that I don’t use very often, yet my package is empty and I have a new pack coming in my order today!  But any other color of green would be fine too. Some of the other cards I plan to make will be in Old Olive. This card has the Garden Green layered on the Garden Green card base.  You could have another color, like Very Vanilla, for the card base.

To begin, I stamped the fern-like image randomly on the card layer in the same Garden Green color.  You could also use Versamark Ink.  The strip of designer paper is Painted Autumn, some of the most beautiful paper we have had, in my opinion!  I hate to see the fall season end.

For some texture, I added a piece of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, which wrapped around the designer paper strip and the card layer. The piece of Baker’s Twine is Crushed Curry.

The greeting is stamped from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, as well as the leaves and acorns.  Although there are no dies to use to cut out these pieces, we do have a fun punch, the Leaf Punch.  You can even save 10% by purchasing the Bundle with the stamp set and punch!

I”m sure you have a few people you would like to send or give Thanksgiving cards to in gratitude. Look in the Holiday Catalog if you need ideas for the stamp set you want to use.  I’m sure you will get ideas and you can change it up to make it simpler, faster, or easier than the sample in the catalog.  Or if you have time, go ahead and take some crafting time for yourself and enjoy making a deluxe card for someone special!

Check out the Painted Autumn Suite for Thanksgiving card ideas!



What Is a Stamparatus?

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A new tool from Stampin’ Up! that positions your stamps precisely, stamps multiples with ease, easily creates 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images, compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps, and more!

I feel like we should play “Jeopardy”!  “What is the STAMPARATUS, Alex!”

Yes, we are getting a new stamp positioning tool called the Stamparatus!  How about that name??!  As you probably know, there are other similar products out there on the market, but Stampin’ Up! has stepped up all the features in order to be the BEST stamp placement tool on the market!

Watch the video below from Stampin’ Up! to hear and see Carrie explain how to use this new tool coming SOON!

Since this tool is brand new, first announced at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event over the weekend and announced to the public yesterday, there is going to be a new way to order your Stamparatus!  Sort of like a preorder!  You will reserve your spot and Stampin’ Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

This is how it will work:

From Nov. 16-30, 2017 you can RESERVE your Stamparatus. There will be a limit of 1. Reservation quantities are while supplies last. I suggest you plan to reserve yours as soon as possible. You will be required to provide your credit card information, but it will not be charged until the product ships from Stampin’ Up! During this reservation window, the Stamparatus will likely ship around February 1st, 2018.

You will go HERE to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store on Nov. 16 (or after) beginning at 2:00 PM Mountain Time. You will click on the banner for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions.  These are the steps you will take on the day you RESERVE your Stamparatus HERE.

You will need to have your own Stampin’ Up! online account set up, which is easy to do, if you haven’t ordered from me as yet.  Just click HERE to go to my Online Store, then under the Stampin’ Up! logo on the left side of the page, you will click on “Create Account”. That’s all there is to it!

How to create a Stampin' Up! Account

It’s a lot of information to take it all at once, but I think we will all figure it out! Basically, you can order/reserve a Stamparatus beginning Nov. 16 at 2:00 pm MT and it will ship around the first of February. This gives Stampin’ Up! a better way to control inventory since it is a new product.

If you aren’t ready to reserve the Stamparatus Nov. 16-30, the second window is Dec. 5-30 with availability approximately March 19, 2018. The third window to reserve will be January 15-30, 2018 with estimated availability April 15, 2018. The Stamparatus will be available in the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalog for 2018-19 and ordering will be as usual at that point.

When the Stamparatus is available after you have reserved one, the reservation will be put into your shopping cart in your account. At that time, whenever you are ready, you can add other products to your order if you like, just don’t delete the Stamparatus reservation from your account or you lose it!  Then you just complete your order as usual and your order will be shipped to you.

Just circle November 16 2:00 PM on your calendar and check it out!  If you really want to reserve a Stamparatus, go ahead and do it as soon as you can in that window of Nov. 16-30. Be patient with the website early on, I suspect a lot of people will be on it!  I will be one of them!

Let me know if you have any questions!  I will TRY to answer them!  Watch the video, especially to the end to see the extra special features of the new Stamparatus, the new stamp positioning tool!

How to Use the New Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

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The new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up!, Stampin’ Blends, are here and ready for purchase!  These markers will take your coloring to new heights! Everyone can look like an artist!

The markers have dual-tips and each color has a light and dark shade.  You can buy the markers individually or in a complete collection. The Memento ink is recommended to use with the alcohol markers.  You can use Whisper White Cardstock, but it is recommended to use the Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  The Shimmery White Cardstock also works well and is pretty as well!  The ink from the markers is likely to bleed through the paper so you always want to have a scrap piece of paper of some kind underneath your work.

Watch these videos to learn more about the Stampin’ Blends Markers and how to use them!  They really have a delightful feel to them when you color!

As you can see in the videos, you can start with the most basic coloring just to get used to the  feel of the markers.  Then add in blending and even blending different colors together rather than just the light and dark shades of one color. As Brandi showed at the end of her video, she used various colored markers to make different skin tone colors. You can be as basic or as stepped-up as you want!  They are your markers to use!

I think you will find the Stampin’ Blends have a really nice feel to them when you color.  And we know coloring is good for the soul! Just sit and color and relax, forget everything else for awhile! I remember how I used to love it when I was young if my mother would sit down and color with me because, of course, I thought she did the best coloring in the world!  Now you can do the best coloring in the world with the Stampin’ Blends Markers!


Quick and Easy Birthday Card With Birthday Memories Paper

Quick and Easy Birthday Card with Birthday Memories

If you want to make a quick and easy birthday card, use the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die!  I LOVE this die!  It is just perfect to put on so many birthday cards.

The card base is Real Red to match the Happy Birthday diecut. Actually I had already cut out this red diecut for another card, but it didn’t look right on that card so I just saved it. To make this card, I looked through the Birthday Memories Designer Paper and picked out this plainer background for this card. Real Red is one of the coordinating colors of this designer paper so it was perfect to use this diecut in red.

For something else on the card front, quick and easy, I decided to cut out one of the birthday cakes from one of the patterns in the Birthday Memories package.  I just cut it out by hand, only took a few seconds, and adhered it to the card front with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

You have a few options for gluing down the Happy Birthday diecut.  This time I just put tiny dots of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue all around on the back.  Very tiny. I could have also sponged on some of the glue. Or I could have used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets if I would have stuck one onto the back of the cardstock before I diecut it!

If you would like to see the Happy Birthday diecut on another card, there is THIS POST with one of my favorite cards ever because of the beautiful background paper!

That is all there is to this card!  Simply make the card base, adhere a plainer piece of designer paper, adhere the Happy Birthday Diecut, and cut out a birthday cake, or maybe some other image from the Birthday Memories Paper.  There you have a quick and easy birthday card with the Birthday Memories Paper!

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Stampin’ Blends Just Add Color Teapot Card

Stampin' Blends Just Add Color Teapot Card

I’ve read many times that coloring is actually very relaxing and good therapy for us, so because I wasn’t feeling well this morning, I decided to get my mind off myself by coloring with the fun new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and the Just Add Color Designer Series Paper. One of the patterns in the package have teapots and teacups, and that is what I chose to color.

Just Add Color Designer Paper Teapots

Do you have teapots or fancy teacups?  There seems to be something special about them. Perhaps we don’t use them as much these days, but when I see a nice teapot I think of my grandmother. I also think of all the fancy luncheon plates and teacups I have packed away in the closet because we just don’t entertain with nice things like that these days. My grandmother had a “tier table” with all kinds of tea cups on display.  She said some of them my grandpa got as party favors when he was young! That sounds very odd to me, but that’s what she told me. I did get a teacup at a bridal shower a few years ago as a favor!

Here are some of my teapots!  The one in front is my own from a trip to Canada a million years ago (before kids) and the two behind were my grandmother’s. There are more scattered around my house!  So I think there is something special about teapots!


After starting to color the teapot and teacup on the Just Add Color paper, I decided I would cut them out and put them on a little “shelf” with some lace trim underneath!  The card base is Berry Burst, one of the new In Colors. The Naturally Eclectic Designer Paper background is layered on Whisper White Cardstock to help it stand out.  The little shelf is made from a scrap of the wood-look paper in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper StackAlong the underneath edge of the shelf, I adhered a piece of the Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim.  The greeting is stamped from one in the Special Celebrations Stamp Set.

The Stampin’ Blends are the new alcohol markers and so pleasant to color with!  You can buy the markers individually or get the whole collection.  There is no price difference, so you can choose whatever works best for you!  Get at least a few and try them out and see how you like them! For coloring, they do work better than the Stampin’ Write Markers that are always so popular, but they have their advantages and the Blends have theirs! So of course you need both!

If you like my Stampin’ Blends Just Add Color Teapot Card and have a special story about teapots or teacups, please add a comment!  Click the Reply button at the top of the post.

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Have Fun Coloring with the Color Me Happy Project Kit

Color Me Happy Project KitThe Color Me Happy Project Kit is perfect to go along with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!  Get some practice using the Stampin’ Blends while making 16 cards. One of my favorite parts of this kit are the foil-edged envelopes that match the cards!  Very pretty!

Here are the contents of the kit:

Color Me Happy Project Kit ContentsYou get the card bases and envelopes plus all the card pieces and embellishments for the cards.  These are cute little tassels, sequins and gold foil seals. Opening these project kits are so much fun to see all the pieces you get, all right there ready for you to use!

You will also need the Color Me Happy Stamp Set.  These are outline images, perfect for coloring with your new Stampin’ Blends!  You can buy the stamp set and project kit together in a Bundle and save 10%.

Color Me Happy Stamp SetThose two little birds are really cute, don’t you think?  And great sentiments to add to add to any of your cards!  You can certainly get lots of use out of this stamp set in all of your stamping. Get it while it is still available.

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Houston Astros World Series Stampin’ Blends Card

Houston Astros World Series Stampin' Blends Card

Well, the Houston Astros did it last night, they WON the WORLD SERIES!!! That’s never been done before in Houston so I thought I would also use something new to make this card, the new Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!

The sentiment is one of the images in the new Color Me Happy Stamp Set, available now to help you get used to the Stampin’ Blend markers and have some good images for coloring to use. This stamp set and matching card project kit are avaiable while supplies last.

I didn’t so much worry about “blending” today making this card. The word was pretty narrow and really I just wanted to emphasize the colors that “sort of” represent the Astros colors. I just love the feel of using these new markers!

The word “Astros” is die cut with the Little Letters dies, which are retired. (Too bad!  I like those!)

It’s fun to have my stamping supplies with which to make cards for special occasions like this! Otherwise I would probably have to run to the craft store and buy something or other to use to make some project. As you can see, even though my card is about winning the baseball World Series, there’s not one “baseball” thing on my card!  This shows that you can often make cards without having the exact stamp for that occasion. Often you can just get across the idea using colors, stars, embellishments, etc.

Check out the new Stampin’ Blends markers!  Order just a few colors to try them out if you like or go for the whole collection!

I thought using the Thank You in the new Color Me Happy Stamp Set was perfect to thank the Houston Astros for all their work this season and all the effort they put into the World Series games. Nobody can deny their heart wasn’t in it. You could probably say that about any teams that make it into a championship, but after Houston and the larger area around us were so affected by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding, the players were really playing for the city of Houston as a whole! One player said he had a picture of a flooded home taped in his locker so that if he thought he had problems if he had a bad game, all he had to do was look at that picture and realize that others had it much worse than him.  Many of the players stated in interviews that they were playing to win for Houston after all so many have been through!

Did you see Carlos Correa propose to his girlfriend and give her a ring, on the field, after the game while he was being interviewed?!  What a night for him!

Tomorrow is a parade in downtown Houston for the Astros and all the fans!  They are even closing schools I just heard!  People from far and wide are invited.  What a day it will be to celebrate the Houston Astros World Series win for the first time ever!!!

New Stampin’ Blends Markers Available Today!

Stampin' Blends Brochure

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Today is the day!  The new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! are called Stampin’ Blends and are available for purchase by customers today, November 1, 2017 in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store! I love the feel of these new markers while coloring! Since they make blending easy, you can make the shading on your images look beautiful without even being an artist!

Click the photo above or HERE to view the Stampin’ Blends Brochure!

The Stampin’ Blends are being sold singly so that you can easily choose which colors you want or which ones you need to replace down the road.  These markers are consumable, which  means they won’t have refills or anything like that – the pricing makes it easy enough to simply replace a used marker.  To save time, just enter #147475 for the entire collection.  The markers will still come singly in your box, but you don’t have to enter each number in order to get all of them!

Stampin' Blends Price List

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If you purchase the whole collection, add a little more to your order to reach $150 to get Stampin’ Rewards, which means you will get 10% of the amount to spend on free merchandise!

Make sure you have the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad to use with these markers because of the alcohol. I strongly suggest buying the Refill right away to have on hand.  With the introduction of these markers, I think the Memento ink might go fast so I’d suggest ordering as soon as possible.

Stampin’ Up! recommends using the Whisper White Thick Cardstock with these markers.  The Shimmery White Cardstock is also good (and beautiful to use on special cards all the time!)

If you like, check out the Color Me Happy Project Kit and the Color Me Happy Stamp Set (in wood-mount or clear-mount).  You can buy both together in a Bundle, as well, and save 10%.

Color Me Happy Project Kit

Check it all out at the Stampin’ Up! Online Store and let me know if you have any questions!