Tomorrow! Tomorrow! The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog comes out tomorrow! And it’s only a day away!! If you have been excitedly flipping the pages waiting for September 1st to arrive, the day is finally just about here!
2016 HOLIDAY CATALOG SALES PERIOD begins at 2:00 AM (MT) September 1st and runs through January 3, 2017.
Online Ordering will be down from midnight until 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1 while Stampin’ Up! transitions the system to the holiday catalog. During this time, no orders can be placed in Online Ordering. You can order products from the catalog starting at 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1.
Please be patient if you experience any computer glitches or slow website, etc. It has happened, maybe all will be fine tomorrow! But from the excitement I’ve heard about this catalog, there could be a lot of ordering going on tomorrow! Please don’t wait to order the things you really want so you get your products right away without dealing with any possible backorders!
And here are a few things you might want to ADD to your order! These Special Offers have taken the place of the old Weekly Deals. Just a few things with a 25% discount. I LOVE the enamel shapes, by the way! There will be two more weeks of new products after this week.
When Stampin’ Up! introduced the limited-time Thoughtful Branches Bundle on August 1, they said it would be available through August 31 or while supplies last. Well, happy day—there is still inventory available! Stampin’ Up! will continue to make the Thoughtful Branches Bundle available while they have supplies; once the inventory is depleted, this exclusive bundle will no longer be available, nor will it be offered in future publications.
The Thoughtful Branches Bundle, as well as the individual stamp set and dies, will all only be available while supplies last and will not be featured in any future publication.
So if you have put off ordering this bundle or whichever piece of it you want, add it to your Holiday Catalog order right away just to be sure you get your set. You really can make many beautiful samples and for all seasons and occasions so you will get a lot of use out of this Bundle.
Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to use your Bonus Coupons from July!
Get a good night’s sleep so you will have plenty of energy tomorrow to place your Holiday Catalog order! The Online Catalog will be available tomorrow. I will link to it as soon as I can. If you do not have a hard copy of the Holiday Catalog, let me know and I will send you one. If you already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that you are currently working with, please ask them about a catalog. If you are new to Stampin’ Up! I would be happy to be your Demonstrator!
Sometimes the best gifts come in tiny boxes, just like this Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box. There is nothing simpler than this way of packaging a small gift or treat! The Clear Tiny Treat Boxesare food safe and acid free and only 2″ x 2″ x 2″ in size! You get 16 treat boxes in a package!
There are limitless ways to decorate and use these little boxes! You will have fun seeing what cute ways you can use these boxes. For this one, I assembled the flat-folded box, added the candy treats inside, and tied with the new Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (available September 1st in the new Holiday Catalog!). For the little gingerbread house on the front, I found that the smaller ones printed on the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper on one of the sheets fit perfectly after I cut it out with my Paper Snips scissors. That’s all there was to it! Instead of candy, you could put a very small gift inside tucked inside some shredded paper or wrapped in some tissue paper. Instead of being able to see inside so easily, you could wrap designer paper around the outside like a wide belly band. Use these boxes for any occasions! They are great to have on hand!
Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st! You will LOVE it!
Do you like to stamp? Do you like to sew? Now you can do both! In the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, coming September 1st, you can purchase the Festive Season Stamp Set and Festive Stitching Thinlits Dies in a Bundle! Save 10% and be almost ready to go! Add the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and gold twine for stitching!
The thinlits actually poke holes in your stamped image and you are ready to stitch! Now if you do not want to stitch, you could draw on fake stitches with a fine marker! Who will know the difference when you send the card?! Or maybe even leave it plain and have it look paper-pierced!
Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below and see how Carrie at the Home Office makes these cards!
Don’t worry! September 1st will be here before we know it! Perhaps you have already received your Holiday Catalog in the mail, if you are lucky! If you are new to me and would like a copy, please email me with your contact information!
What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?! Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!
This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!
Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear. But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.
The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!
If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. You will love this catalog!! It will be online Sept. 1st as well.
If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself! We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too! It only takes minutes to sign up! Join the Stampin’ Up! family!Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!
I was so excited to receive my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog preorder and get to play with my new products today! This card, stamped with the Father Christmas Stamp Set, has the monochromatic look, which means you don’t have to do all the coloring! I also think it has the old-time Christmas look which I love. I actually got the idea for this card from another Demo in a group I’m in, although hers was larger and a square card. I wouldn’t have bought this stamp set had I not seen her card! A few other things are different on my card, too.
The card base is Real Red cardstock with a layer of the new Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper. One of the coordinating colors is Crumb Cake, so I used a thin border of Crumb Cake for a layer under the stamped piece. I stamped on Whisper White because that is the coordinating color with the designer paper, but I think you could get away with using Very Vanilla cardstock if you wanted to. I intended to sponge a little Soft Suede on the card front but I forgot until I had the card all put together! I was going to try to carefully sponge anyway and then I listened to the advice I often give people which is the recipient of this card is not going to throw it down in disgust and say, “Why didn’t she sponge this Whisper White cardstock?!” It looks fine the way it is and no one who gets this card will know there was another choice! The images are stamped in Soft Suede ink.
I did use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the top and bottom borders placed correctly. I don’t often use this tool, but sometimes it totally comes in handy. Today I was NOT getting that border stamped straight so it was just easier to take time to use the tool rather than waste my effort!
For the side of the card I decided to use a strip of Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon and tied on a piece of the new Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine, coming in the Holiday Catalog. This is Whisper White twine with red metallic thread twisted in. Very pretty!
On the inside of the card I stamped a piece of Whisper White with the holly bough stamp in the set in two of the corners with the same Soft Suede ink.
I will also try stamping a coloring a card with this same Father Christmas Stamp Set to see what that would look like!
If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with, I would be happy to help you with Stampin’ Up! products! Contact me and I will send you the new Holiday Catalog when it comes out and the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.
Here is a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches that will be available during the month of August only, while supplies last! There is also a coordinating set of thinlits to die cut the images, called Beautiful Branches. And you can buy the stamps and thinlits in a Bundle and save 10%! If you receive coupons from your July orders of $50 or more, you can use those to help purchase the Thoughtful Branches products in August!
This promotion runs August 2-31. Here is the ordering information:
Here is what you get!
Remember, these products are not available YET, but they will be beginning August 2, 2016 from Stampin’ Up! Stay tuned!!
Order $50 or more (kind of like Sale-A-Bration) during July and get a $5 coupon with every $50 multiple of your order to spend during August! Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are here!
Can you believe it?! It’s January 1, 2016! And if you didn’t know, the Chinese New Year is the Year of the Monkey! Just think! A whole new year ahead of us of fun stamping projects, papercrafting “therapy”, crafting with friends, new catalogs, new creative ideas! I can’t wait!
Christmas may be over, but I bet you still have your Christmas paper and ribbons handy and could make some of these handmade Christmas tags to use for next year! I guarantee you, you will be so happy to come across beautiful tags NEXT year when you go to wrap packages and are in such a rush you don’t have time to make new tags then! I found some tags I didn’t know I had from previous years this year when I started to wrap gifts and I was so happy to have them! So in just a few minutes I made some of the tags above and others you have seen on my blog (and I forgot to use THIS year!!). Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, but if you don’t have one, just cut a rectangle for the tag and round the corners or snip off the top corners in a diagonal for a tag shape. Easy peasy and fun to do now that you are more relaxed! If you are not out partying on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, relax by stamping and making tags and things for next year! Perhaps even a few cards just to have on hand!
Just a quick idea for today! Use that paper and embellishments so that you can restock next year when the Holiday Catalog comes out and you want all the NEW stuff! It’s a good way to de-clutter! Make some handmade Christmas tags now to enjoy next year!
It’s down to the wire for Christmas ideas for crafters and stampers and anybody, but there are always ideas for something simple and easy, even if you have just a few minutes! I still need to make a few gift card holders today!! Here are some easy ideas you maybe can use at the last minute from Christmases past!
Don’t run to the drugstore for more tags – just do a little stamping and glueing and you’ve got tags like the ones in the photo above!
Grab a candy bar and wrap some paper around it and decorate as simple or complicated as you want!
Punch a few circles and make a snowman!
Make a box or use a box you have and adhere designer paper to the sides and top and embellish with ribbon and a tag!
This was always a favorite! Print out this poem and stick it on a chocolate bar, preferably one of those big ones!
Don’t forget Lovely As a Tree makes one of the best and easiest Christmas cards ever!
I love getting mail and I especially love getting my Paper Pumpkin Kit by Stampin’ Up!in the mail every month, so if you need a quick Christmas gift for someone, just give them a subscription to Paper Pumpkin! It’s a papercrafting kit that comes in the mail! Every month is a new surprise and comes with all the materials you need except perhaps adhesive and scissors. You receive a set of stamps, an ink spot and all the materials for the project. Sometimes there are even leftovers you can use another time. Follow the directions or do your own thing! Paper Pumpkin is good for anyone and I would even hazard a guess that someone who never crafts would even enjoy it. It might surprise you! And maybe YOU deserve a subscription for a little crafting time every month after all the time you have put in making everyone else’s Christmas a happy one!
We’re getting down to the wire, and don’t forget, you can decorate an easy Christmas Gift Bag on a moment’s notice! If you need more gift bags or run out of wrapping paper, just grab one of the plain shopping bags with handles that you undoubtedly have somewhere in your house! Even if it has printing on it, you can probably cover it with cardstock and make your own personalized Christmas gift bag quickly and easily.
On this gift bag, I just cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock and added some strips of Gold Glimmer Paperto the top and bottom of that cardstock. You could add just colored card stock or designer paper instead. Then I just punched out five trees with the Tree Punchfrom the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stackand added Gold Glimmer stars, punched with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I use that star punch SO much! Your gift bag is done! Perhaps add some ribbon to the handle or stamp a greeting on the bag as well.
I have had such good luck with these little shopping bags! You can also buy them at the craft store if you want to be sure to have some on hand. But you probably have been getting them at the store and not thinking about how you could recycle them much more creatively!
If you would like some more gift-wrapping ideas, just sign up for my Mailing List and get your free gift, A Dozen Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas. Be sure you watch for the confirmation email and click the link in there to get your free gift!
Check your shopping bags and see if you can decorate an easy Christmas gift bag for the holidays!
I have a quick and simple project for you today. Here’s an idea to make an easy Santa Gift Bag just out of some red paper and a strip of black and a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper! I used the Gift Bag Punch Board using a full sheet of Real Red 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. If you don’t have the punch board, just score and fold your paper according to the size you want, making flaps at the bottom. Perhaps you have a red craft sack in your stash somewhere! Then wrap a strip of black around for Santa’s belt. For the buckle just punch a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper with the Decorative Label Punch. To make it look like a real belt buckle, just cut a scrap of Basic Black to fit inside the punched piece the same width as the belt.
Now this is the simplest version! I’m very short on time as you probably are. This version is fine! But if you want to add maybe torn white strips of paper, or Glimmer Paper, for his fur down the center of his jacket or some buttons or a fur collar or whatever, go ahead. I opted to just stop with this. This would be super cute as a very small little gift bag too! Put a gift inside and some tissue paper and you have a great Santa’s Gift Bag!
Here is another Christmas card using the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper using the Santa and the Christmas tree on the paper. Two days ago I told you, in this post, how easy and basic this design was to just make a card with a strip of designer paper on the bottom portion of the card layer, stamp a greeting at the top, and maybe add some ribbon or embellishment across the middle. I did the same thing on this card except I cut out (by hand!) some of the designs on the paper.
I LOVE this vintage-look paper! If you have Paper Snips, it makes cutting by hand SO much easier. A regular scissors is just too big. The smaller Paper Snips with their sharp blade really make a difference and you can get into the curves and corners so much easier. You can see in the photo below that I don’t cut right on the line of the picture. I leave a very slim border around the edge, or at least I try to! This is something I learned through Stampin’ Up! and you don’t have to worry about cutting absolutely exactly! Originally I was only going to cut out the Christmas tree – then I decided to add the cute Santa – and then I thought the little packages would add a great touch! I popped each one up with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.
You could also use the poinsettias in the Home For Christmas paper to decorate a card or use as the designer paper. Just have fun! So many possibilities! Try the basic layout for this Home For Christmas Santa and Tree Card for a card or perhaps a gift card holder for a lucky recipient!
Time is getting short so I thought I would show you a quick and easy card in this Home For Christmas Gold Glitter Ribbon Card. It’s one of the simplest ways to make a card. Make a card base – in this case – Mossy Meadow Cardstock. Cut a layer of a neutral cardstock – in this case- Very Vanilla. Add a strip of designer paper to the bottom and stamp a greeting in the blank space above. Tie a ribbon or another strip of cardstock across the card at the top of the designer paper. So easy!
On this card, as I was cutting the strip of designer paper from the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paperin the Holiday Catalog, the other side of the ornament pattern is the red and white stripe! I had a narrow strip of that left over, so I thought why not put a strip of the stripe at the bottom?! Then I adhered a piece of the Gold Glitter Ribbon (on sale!) across the top of the designer paper (SNAIL on back edges) and tied a little piece of ribbon on for a knot (easier than a bow!). I stamped a greeting from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Setand it was done! Since the card base is a dark color, I also cut a layer of Very Vanilla to put inside and stamped the other greeting from the stamp set for the inside of the card.
If you haven’t made some Christmas cards yet, there is still time, especially if you choose an easy design like this Home For Christmas Gold Glitter Ribbon Card.
Sometimes it pays to do a little housecleaning because I found an old idea I had saved for a card similar to this layout for this Embellished Ornament Christmas Card. It’s a little stamping, a little Big Shot die-cutting and pretty paper!
Die cut an ornament with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Diesand the Big Shot. Make. a card base of Real Red cardstock. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the center panel about 3″ wide x 5 1/4″ high. Stamp holly leaves at the top of the panel from the Embellished Ornamentsstamp set. I colored mine in a bit using a Blender Pen and picking up a little bit of ink from the Old Olive ink pad. I should also mention I used the Blender Pen to pick up ink off the holly berries on the stamp and used a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the berries. Then the ornament is placed on the panel with a little Gold Cording Trim to “hang” from the holly leaves and to tie a bow around the ornament top. The greeting is stamped at the bottom and is from the same stamp set. There is also a greeting to use to stamp inside the card.
I adhered two narrow strips (about 1″) of the green stripe pattern from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper to the Whisper White panel and then adhered all this to the card base. As you can see, even if you do not have “Christmas” paper, you can use something else on a Christmas card and no one will know it is not “Christmas”.
Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Year End Sale! Lots of good discounts on there and products you can use right now, like boxes and ribbon for gift-wrapping! Only available while supplies last so order early for best selection, as they say! For all the details, read my post from yesterday.
This is a great weekend to make some simple Christmas cards to send out to your friends and family. Try something like this Embellished Ornament Christmas Card – use a stamp if you don’t have the particular framelit.
It’s the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory and making room for new products–and we’re offering you some great savings while we do it! We’re adding more products to our clearance rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalog. (Products on the Holiday Retiring List are now discounted up to 40 percent.) During the Year-End Sale, you can find ALL discounted products in one location in the online store: under the Year-End Sale category. So don’t fret if you don’t see the category “Clearance Rack” on the online store right now–it has been integrated into the Year-End Sale.
Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
No minimum purchase required.
No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
You can add non-Year-End-Sale items to your order.
Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders
Following the Year-End Sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
Orders must be placed online or as demonstrator orders.
Online orders: January 4, 2016; 11:50 PM (MT)
Here is my Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag, a sample tag I had made for our tag-making day last weekend. The designer paper I used is retired, from last year I think, a paper stack called Festival of Prints. This was a sample to see if I liked the tree so it didn’t matter what I used. Of course you can use any paper or stamped card stock. I also had cut out circles of Gold Glimmer Paper to use as layers instead of the designer paper and that looked really pretty too – just didn’t take any photos. The tag base is Cherry Cobbler (because I was out of Real Red, if you can believe it!) The stars are stamped in Crushed Curry ink from the To You and Yours Too Stamp Set.This is the stamp set that coordinates with the To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit.
To make the tree, just punch two trees with the Tree Punch and either cut off the tree trunks and add one you cut yourself from a sliver of a scrap or leave the bottom one on. Fold the trees in half lengthwise, open, then using the Stampin’ Up! cute Handheld Stapler, staple in the center longways on the fold. This will hold the trees together but allow them to be separated and fluffed up to look 3D. I guess no reason you couldn’t staple three trees together for more oomph! Punch a hole in the top and string ribbon through for a tag or use it for an ornament!
It’s time to remind you about Paper Pumpkin! The 10th of the month is always the date to be signed up by to receive that month’s kit. Sign up today or tomorrow and get the December kit in the mail around mid-month. Order extras and give as a gift or give it to yourself as a gift for all you are doing for everyone else right now in this busy season! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! with a surprise inside that comes in the mail. Each month is a new papercrafting/stamping kit complete with all the supplies for the project except for basic adhesive and scissors (if even needed). You receive a set of photopolymer stamps, a small ink spot, and all the supplies for the project. It might be cards or gift boxes or a mini album or a decor piece or party favor or candy holder — it’s always a surprise! Paper Pumpkin has gotten tons better since it started so if you tried it way back when, you really need to try again and see how it has improved. Lots more stuff!! Make the project the way it is designed or do it your own way. No obligation, stop when you need to or just pause your subscription for a month or two.
As I was looking through Instagram, I found cute little reindeer boxes made with the Baker’s Box Framelits by @thepapercaper, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia named Jessica. It reminded me that I had a small plain kraft gift bag laying on my desk waiting to be decorated, so I thought this might be the perfect inspiration! So easy, so simple! Jessica’s had the box lid open and little ears and candy canes, but of course my bag was different and I didn’t have any candy canes yet.
I made a great big red nose for Rudolph with theRed Glimmer Paper, punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. The eyes are punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch. For the antlers, I came up with punching the tree branch with the Tree Builder Punch (the one that coordinates with the Ronald McDonald stamp set, Sprinkles of Life). I punched four branches or trees and trimmed the ends of two of them so I could glue one behind the other to look like antlers. Since they are rather delicate being so thin, I didn’t have them pop up from the top of the bag or they would probably get bent up pretty easily, so I just glued them to the top corners of the gift bag. And for a little extra color, and to resemble the candy canes, I tied on a bow with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.
If you are looking for a cute and simple way to decorate a gift bag or a gift box or even the front of a card, try making this cute punch art Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Yes, I just missed the discount on the Precision Plate! Haven’t even opened the box I got from UPS last night yet! Oh well!
Yesterday my friend and I (and her little daughter) had a wonderful Sunday afternoon making Christmas tags for a certain group of children, teenagers I believe. Not only is it fun to stamp, but it is especially fun to stamp with someone else! I had made several tag designs for her to choose from and in the end, she let her daughter choose which tag we would make! Then we all dove in and stamped and punched and Big-Shotted and glued!
I chose some retired paper to use called Under the Tree. It is a heavier weight kraft paper, kraft colored with a white pattern on one side and a colored design on the other. So once we punched 24 tree shapes with the Tree Punch, as I was cleaning up, I noticed I now had a bunch of trees with the colored pattern on the other side! Something cute to use on another project! So today I decided to use that same tag design to make a Christmas card and insert the punched out tree back into the tree shape hole but flip it over so the colored pattern on the back would show. Yesterday to make the tags, we stamped the tree with one from the Festival of TreesStamp Set in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
Here is a photo of our pile of finished Christmas tags for the kids.
Whether or not you have this exact paper, you can use something similar – or look around in your retired stash and remind yourself of what you have! Make some tags, decorate some bags, or make cards, but just enjoy the process! And if you can do it with a friend, all the better!
It’s not too late to order some Christmas stamp sets or supplies to make Christmas cards and projects if you haven’t already!