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Making Festive Flurry Ornaments

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit from Stampin' Up!

No snow in Houston except on my kitchen table where I played with my Stampin’ Up! Festive Flurry Ornament Kit and made some of the beautiful ornaments. Once you assemble these ornaments you can use them as ornaments, as package toppers, on a super-fancy card, or string them together to make a garland. Lots of ways to use them which you will think of as you make them!

There are no written instructions in the kit but there is a good video from Stampin’ Up! you can watch. I would say be a little more patient with the hot glue as you “squish” your ornament together toward the center than on the video because I’m sure in the interest of time, they didn’t make you wait and watch the full time it takes for the hot glue to set up in the video. If you have the Stampin’ Up! Silicone Craft Sheet it makes it a little easier to work with the hot glue.

Let’s start at the beginning! You will receive ten sheets with die-cut pieces to make your ornament plus a stack of the glitter layer pieces. Just punch out the pieces. You will see two of the pieces, the blue snowflake and the glitter snowflake are pre-scored so that is helpful. Carefully fold on these score lines. Those narrow tips are a little delicate so take your time and remember nothing has to be perfect! I suggest doing the longest points with the fold lines so the fold is “up” and the smaller ones with the  fold “down”. It’s going to be almost like rosettes you have probably made in the past, one fold up, one fold down and so on. Check to make sure you have all the pre-scored lines folded around the ornament and then “practice” squishing them toward the center hole. Once you are sure they will all fold and work together correctly, it’s time to glue. You can put a puddle of hot glue on your silicone craft sheet and then place the snowflake so the center hole is in the glue and “squish” the ornament toward that center and hold until the glue sets and you can safely set it aside. Once you have the blue snowflake and the silver glitter one made in this fashion, you can layer all the ornament pieces together and that is the easy part! Don’t forget the beautiful large rhinestone in the center! Attach a piece of ribbon on to the back if you want to make a hanger.

I also tried, as another demonstrator suggested, just putting glue around the inside edges of the center hole and not using the big puddle of hot glue, and then squishing it to the center. This did seem to hold just as well and didn’t take as long to set up as the big puddle of hot glue.

And for my last try, I attached the snowflake to a small circle on the back as I was gluing it, punched or the center you punch out of the blue snowflake. I thought this worked the best, maybe gave it a little stability while the glue was setting up.

Once you discover what works easiest and best for you and what you want to make, I think you’ll be able to breeze through these ornaments just fine. You will find the Stampin’ Up! video on the sale page for the Festive Flurry Ornament KitThese are SO beautiful you MUST give them a try!!

Festive Flurry Ornament

Is It Now ‘On To Christmas’?

Christmas tree clip art

Thanksgiving is over so I guess the Christmas season is officially underway! I can never quite believe it until I get our house decorated for Christmas, then it seems perfectly natural! I hope you had as nice a Thanksgiving as I did. My boys are home plus one girlfriend, who was quite helpful in the kitchen all day as we prepared the many side dishes with the turkey. Then she got my son to help her hand wash everything that didn’t fit in the dishwasher and I got to sit down!!!  What a welcome treat!

Stampin’ Up! has the Holiday Sale going on and just the other day announced they would have a few 24-hour specials on Cyber Monday (December 2). On that day you can go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check in the ’24-hour’ category in the left sidebar to find the specials. You’ll also be able to purchase the final “Best of 25 Years” stamp set as well.

I’ve been cleaning up my craft room (although I stamp at the kitchen table!) and found some old papers with stamping Christmas songs!  Here’s one to get you in the mood! Since it has been a wintery weekend in many places, here is one to the tune of “Winter Wonderland“!

Brayers roll…..are you listening?

On the card….ink is glistening.

A beautiful sight…we’re happy tonight,

Stamping in a winter wonderland!

In the kitchen we can stamp a snowman.

Then add color to his carrot nose.

You’ll say, “Are you finished?”

I’ll say, “No ma’am,

I need to add some glitter to the snow!”

When we stamp……isn’t it thrilling?

Even when…..the powders spilling.

We’ll create and we’ll play….the art stamper way,

Stamping in a winter wonderland.

 

 

 

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale Starts Today

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale

It’s time for online holiday shopping with Stampin’ Up! You can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products! This is the perfect time to stock up on some of your favorite items or for a new stamper to give Stampin’ Up! a try.

The Holiday Sale begins with some 24-hour-only DOORBUSTERS today only!!

The 24-hour sales period on these three products ends at 11:50 PM (MT), November 20.

All the other products are on sale from November 20 – December 2. Check out the full list HERE.

  • Hostesses who have earned a 50%-off item may not apply that discount to an already-discounted product.
  • There’s no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion. Sale on!
  • For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided. If you use individual item numbers, you won’t get the discount-bummer.
  • You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogs on the same order.

Time to SHOP here at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or if you prefer, you can contact me to put in your order for you!

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Fun Making Christmas Gift Boxes

Extra-Large Kraft Gift Box with Gift Bow and Tag

‘Tis the season (or almost!) for making pretty gift wrap boxes for the holiday gifts we have shopped for or handmade for our friends and family. Why not get a head start with the Stampin’ Up! Extra-Large Gift Boxes?  They come three in a package and are one of the Weekly Deals, if you order by tonight. Just fold them up into their box shape and start decorating!  It needn’t be elaborate, unless you want it to be. Here I have just adhered pieces of the Season of Style Designer Series Paper to the top and sides of the box.  On the top, I layered it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock but the sides are just the designer paper.  And before I put the Christmas tag on, the decorated box could be for any other occasion, not just Christmas! Also on the Weekly Deal, ending Monday November 18, is the Gift Bow Bigz L Die. Grab it for a discount today and you can easily make the double bow like on the top of this box. It probably only took me about ten minutes to decorate this box!  Nothing could be simpler!

For the little tag in the corner of the gift box, I used one of the MANY tags in the Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags package in the Holiday Catalog. I chose one and made a little card to layer it on and stuck it on the top of the box.  Now all I have to do is write the “to” and “from” inside when I see what gift is going in the box! Of course I had to add a little bling with two small Rhinestone Jewels on the snowflakes. You can use these die-cut printed tags for scrapbooks, photo albums, even cards.  You’ll enjoy playing with them!

Don’t delay, check out the Weekly Deals ending today! You’ll probably want all the items! But even if you miss the sale, they are still good values to have.

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and get your order in!  Let me know if you have any questions! From the Home Page of my store, be sure to check all the categories in the left sidebar. Don’t forget the Clearance Rack either!

Extra-Large Kraft Gift Box with Gift Bow

Decorate Your Kraft Gift Box with Daydream Medallions

Daydream Medallions Kraft Gift Box

The Christmas season is just about upon us, and soon it will be time to wrap all those gifts!  Get a head start by purchasing the Extra-Large Gift Box #132147 (3 in a package) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and then decorating to your heart’s content.  Make it simple or make it fancy! If you order by Monday November 18 you can get a discount on the kraft gift boxes and also the Gift Bow Bigz L Die #129977 during the Weekly Deals!  The Gift Boxes are food safe, so you can fill them up with homemade goodies if you like! They come flat and then you fold and assemble.  You will be surprised how large they are! They measure 4 3/8″ x 6″ x 6″. And of course you can use kraft gift boxes any time of year so they aren’t just for Christmas!

I chose to decorate my gift box with a series of stamps in the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set. I stamped each stamp in alternating colors and cut out with the Floral Frames Framelits DiesI also cut out the matching color card stock with the dies for a layer. The largest framelit (which doesn’t have a matching stamp) I used to cut out the Champagne Glimmer PaperThere’s also a little bit of Glimmer Paper punched with a small scallop punch under the smallest layer.  And then I had to top the design with a Large Pearl Basic Jewel!  Just perfect! The ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler 1″ Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog. I thought the box still needed “something” so I stamped some vine images from the Forever With You Stamp Set in Soft Suede.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals which end Monday night! Order your Extra-Large Gift Boxes and Gift Bow Bigz L Die. Might as well get the Burlap Ribbon as well!

Daydream Medallions Kraft Gift Box Top

Daydream Medallions Topper

 

 

My Digital Studio New Downloads & More!

Every Tuesday there are new digital downloads for the Stampin’ Up! digital design software called My Digital Studio. These are extra designs you can purchase to add to your content on My Digital Studio or even other kinds of design software. This week Stampin’ Up! has added a new twist:  some of the downloads include an online class to show you how to use My Digital Studio!

Stampin’ Up! will continue to release new classes and coordinating exclusive digital downloads every month, on the last Tuesday of the month. You can go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to view the projects and techniques to see what is included in the content.

Each class includes an exclusive digital download and instructional project-based video training that will guide users through a number of different techniques as they create a variety of projects in MDS. My Digital Class prices will vary depending on the content included.

MDS Downloads1 Nov 12 2013

MDS Downloads2 Nov 12 2013

MDS Downloads3 Nov 12 2013

MDS Downloads4 Nov 12 2013

You can order any of these downloads and past ones at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the Week of Nov. 12

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Nov. 12

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Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week beginning November 12 through November 18:

1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon

Extra-Large Gift Box

Gift Bow Bigz L Die

Mini Muslin Bags

Orchard Harvest Swatchbook Template

Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit

Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit

Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper

I’m happy to help you with your order if you email me or use my Stampin’ Up! Online Store at your convenience!  Let me know if you have any questions!

***Also, remember that the Holiday Tag It Bundles are only available through November 19!

Holiday Tag It Bundles

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Make Beautiful Festive Flurry Ornaments with an Easy Kit

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit

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A new kit from Stampin’ Up! and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Add a little festive flare to your holiday decorating with the new Festive Flurry Ornament Kit! Top presents, embellish cards, create a wintery garland, or trim the tree. How you use them is up to you!

The kit includes everything you need (minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including
* 10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon
* Printed cardstock – die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper)
* Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40)

Order this kit from my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Watch the video below!  All you have to do is punch out the snowflakes, fold where scored and glue together with a glue gun! Then let your imagination run and decide how you will use them!

 

 

New Best of 25 Years Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!

Best of 25 Years November Best of Snow

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Here is the November Best of 25 Years, celebrating Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary!  This stamp set, Best of Snow, has one of everyone’s favorite images “Frosty” plus a couple of hedgehogs!! The Frosty stamp set was one of the first ones I bought when I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Frosty became one of those stamp sets that no one wanted to see retire. Although I didn’t own the hedgehogs, I know they were very popular as well.

It’s time to be working on those Christmas cards so if these images speak to you, you should order them right away!  Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Digital Studio Seasonal Sale

My Digital Studio Seasonal Sale

Stampin’ Up! is offering 30% off select holiday downloads and print products in My Digital Studio to help you get a head start on the holidays!  Try your hand at My Digital Studio with the 30-day Free Trial or just jump right in for only $19.95 for the software.  You will have PLENTY content to keep you busy and the whole My Digital Studio program is easy enough to learn! You could be making photo Christmas cards in minutes or adding photos or your own designs to a calendar for the new year or a photo album.  You can do so much with My Digital Studio!

See the festive downloads on sale HERE.

This sale begins NOW and ends November 30, 2013.

Please contact me if you have any questions about My Digital Studio (MDS).

Are You Getting My “12 Weeks of Christmas” Emails?

Christmas Mailbox

Are you receiving my “12 Weeks of Christmas” emails every Wednesday with a new idea for a Christmas card, gift or wrap idea? If not, then you must not be on my mailing list!  This is a gift for my mailing list subscribers that I do every year. Although you have missed the first four weeks, if you sign up today you can receive the remaining eight emails! It’s fun and a surprise every week to help and inspire you with your holiday crafting!

Just fill out the Mailing List Sign up Form here on my blog or click this link:

http://forms.aweber.com/form/96/1174594296.htm

As one of my mailing list subscribers, you will also receive my free monthly email with stamping and papercrafting ideas and tips and all the latest Stampin’ Up! news and offers. You’ll also receive a short mid-month email with any new offers or reminders. PLUS there is the FREE GIFT you receive right away just for signing up in the first place!  Just be sure you watch for the Confirmation email that should come pretty quickly:  read it and click the link inside which confirms that we have your permission to send these emails. It’s a good practice to assure you are getting email you really want.

If you are already on my mailing list and receiving the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails, you don’t have to do anything! Please share with your friends if you know someone who would be interested! You can also click any of the social media links below!

New Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set Endless Wishes

Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set Endless Wishes

Stampin’ Up! keeps adding to their photopolymer stamp set collection!  This week it is a new Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set called Endless Wishes.  Photopolymer stamps are great because they are extra sticky to stick to your clear blocks and since the stamp itself is see-through, you can see exactly where you are placing it.  Everyone will have their own preference on whether or not they like the wood-mount stamps the best, the clear-mount, or now the photopolymer stamps.  At least we have choices!  Maybe you like all of them and just choose which images you like the best.  If you are looking for another Christmas stamp set, take a look at this one!  With the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set you’ll be ready with festive greetings for all the little gifts, tags, and holiday projects you’ll make this season!

Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store where you will find this stamp set and MANY other ones to choose from!

Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set Images

Make Your Own Holiday Gift Tags Easily and Early!

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags

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The other day I told you about the new Stampin’ Up! Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags and the coordinating Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set and the combination bundles you can purchase. These all look to me like a fun way to get a head start on your gift wrapping by making these tags NOW so they will be ready when you start wrapping your holiday presents!

Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! that shows you what you get with this new product and then go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to place your order!

New Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags and Matching Stamp Set

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags

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It’s not too early to start Christmas preparations! Just think how great it would be to sit down and stamp some tags now for fun before we really get into the craziness of the holidays and then you have one project already to go when it is time to wrap packages and gifts!

The new Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags come in a booklet of 70+ tags in five designs–created from our existing punch and die shapes. These tags coordinate with the Season of Style products in the 2013 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.

There is also the coordinating photopolymer stamp set, Christmas Tagables, that you can use to stamp the tags. It has many traditional sayings for gift tags with an updated style, including a funny one about “no peeking” and the best one of all about it being a handmade gift!  Check it out!

  • To make it easy for you, you can purchase the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book together with the Christmas Tagables Stamp Set here in this Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle.
  • And for a new stamper, choose the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle which includes Includes the tag book with 70+ tags, coordinating photopolymer stamp set Christmas Tagables, a Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot, and Clear Block C.

Get one for yourself and one Starter Bundle for someone as a gift!  Then sit down together and make a bunch of Christmas tags!

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags

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Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle

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Item Description Price
134975 Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book $9.95
134623 Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set $13.95
135921 Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle includes

  • Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book
  • Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set
$19.95
135290 Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle includes

  • Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book
  • Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Clear Block C
$24.95

Shop for anything you need at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

 

 

 

 

 

Get All the 12 Weeks of Christmas! Sign up Today!

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Today begins my 12 Weeks of Christmas series of weekly emails with a different Christmas idea every week! We’ll have cards, gifts, bags, tags, and wrapping ideas!  The only way you can see these projects is to be on my mailing list! These particular projects will NOT be on my blog or Facebook page, so you will definitely want to be on my list and get them delivered to your email address!  And the only way to get all 12 is to sign up before the first one goes out this afternoon.

Just use the Mailing List Sign-Up Box on the right or HERE and be sure to confirm your subscription when you receive my first email in a few minutes after signing up. Then my emails will be on their way to you!  I hope you will enjoy them and be inspired to make some things for the holidays! This is a gift ONLY for my mailing list subscribers.

If you are already on my mailing list, no need to do anything.  You’ll start receiving the 12 Weeks of Christmas this afternoon!

Need More Christmas Stamps?

Best of 25 Years October Best of Christmas

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The new “Best of 25 Years” stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. in honor of their 25th anniversary has been released!  It is the Best of Christmas stamp set and contains four favorite images.  If you are looking for more Christmas choices in stamps, here are a few!

Remember, if you purchase 6 of these “Best of 25 Years” stamp sets, you get to send in your stickers that come with each set and choose a FREE stamp set valued at $14.95 or less.

Best of Christmas Stampin' Up! 25 Years

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And for even more choices in Christmas stamps (besides the ones in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!), there are these Holiday Single Stamps (really neat – 50% larger than shown!) or these carryover stamp sets from last year in my post HERE.

Shop for ANY Christmas stamps and accessories at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

 

Sign Up for the Stamping with Karen “12 Weeks of Christmas”!

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It’s that time of year again!  Time for my 12 Weeks of Christmas! What is the 12 Weeks of Christmas?? It’s a free gift for my Mailing List Subscribers! Each week, starting THIS week, subscribers will receive an email containing a project idea for a holiday card, gift, tag or wrapping, along with all the directions to make it! These emails are ONLY for my Mailing List Subscribers so if you haven’t signed up to be on my list, please do it today!

If you are already on my mailing list, no worries!  You are IN!  You don’t need to do anything! But if you have a friend who also might enjoy weekly holiday projects, just have them sign up too!

Getting these 12 Weeks of Christmas emails is really fun so I hope you will join us! I try to choose projects that I think you will enjoy and can make easily. We’ll start with ideas for Christmas cards for several weeks, then progress to gift ideas, and finally something to wrap them in, box them up in, or cute tags to make for your gifts.

These projects will not be on my blog or my Facebook page, so the only way you can get them is via my email list! I appreciate those who sign up for my mailing list and this is something special only for them. So if you have been visiting my blog, please sign up in the Mailing List Sign-Up Box in the upper right corner of my blog!

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Go ahead! Sign up now! Only 48 hours until the first email goes out!

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Christmas MailboxToday I am working on a Christmas project for my Twelve Weeks of Christmas special newsletter that will start coming out soon. I’ll give you the details later but if you are reading this, be sure you are on my Mailing List so you will get this special edition of my newsletter in the twelve weeks leading up to Christmas!  (Hard to believe, I know!)

Just fill out the information in the Mailing List Sign-Up Box on the right and get your free gift! Within a few minutes you will receive a confirmation email which you MUST open, read, and click the link to CONFIRM that we have your permission to send you our newsletter.  You’ve undoubtedly done this for other company emails.  If you don’t receive that email, either try signing up again, check your Spam folder and your multiple Gmail folders, or let me know and I’ll try to help!  Some people are signing up in the box but not confirming and that doesn’t get you anywhere.  But as in all things “computer”, we know there are sometimes glitches! So let me know if you have any problems!

Sign up now and receive my October newsletter next week and you’ll be all ready for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas newsletters with a new holiday idea every week!

Carryover Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sets for the Holidays

Just a reminder that there are several stamp sets for the holidays that are available for purchase that are not shown in the Stampin’ Up! catalog. For the first time, there are no holiday stamp sets available in the annual catalog, but these six stamp sets are still available during the 2013-14 catalog year. They are available in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store or through your demonstrator (like me!). Of course these stamp sets are available in wood- or clear-mount.

Evergreen Stamp Set

Evergreen Stamp Set

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Greetings of the Season

Greetings of the Season Stamp Set

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Jewish Celebrations Stamp Set

Jewish Celebrations Stamp Set

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More Merry Messages Stamp Set

More Merry Messages Stamp Set

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Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set

Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set

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Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set

Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set

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These holiday stamp sets really add to your choices for your holiday cards and projects besides what stamp sets and products are in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I don’t know about you, but I like to know all my choices when I am shopping for anything (which is sometimes a curse!!). So I just wanted to remind you of these past stamp sets that are still available this catalog year.

Whatever you need, you will find in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  Or feel free to ask if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Single Stampin’ Up! Holiday Stamps

Single Stamps Flyer Holiday 2013

Stampin’ Up! has just released some new holiday single stamps you can purchase! Sometimes you don’t need a whole set, you just need one stamp of a certain style or greeting. Here are some great choices you can use on your holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and projects. Click the image above to read the whole flyer.

To purchase any or all of these holiday single stamps, just go to my

Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.