If you have rested and recovered from all the delicious Thanksgiving foods from yesterday and want to take a break from the crazy Black Friday shopping, enjoy this appearance of Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, (Shelli’s daughter) show the ladies on a local Utah TV show how easy it is to make Christmas tags with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit!
I already made my tag kit! You get 10 different designs, 3 tags each! Follow the directions or do your own thing! They are really pretty and easy to make. Just divide up all the pieces first so you know you have everything for each tag before you begin!
You do need to purchase the stamp set Oh What Funfor the greetings, unless you have another stamp set you want to use. But you can also use this stamp set on your Christmas cards and other holiday projects so it’s not just for making these tags and nothing else!
If you don’t need all these Christmas tags, make some of them into birthday tags or other occasions using other greeting stamps! It doesn’t have to be just Christmas!!
Watch the Stampin’ Up! video for tips on making these fun holiday tags!
And the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza is ongoing today! Be sure to check the list! I highly recommend the Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot, which is 40% off. I use mine almost every time I am stamping! It is well worth the money at $24 instead of the regular price of $40! It’s even worth the regular price, that’s how much I use mine!
Stampin’ Up! has announced their ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZAthat begins Monday, November 23 and runs through Monday, November 30! Save up to 50 percent on select products!
To make it even better, there will be flash sales that last 24 hours on November 23 and November 30, the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. But remember: Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them while you can!
TIP: Do not add these items to your cart ahead of time or they will still come up at regular price on Monday. Just write down your list and shop on Monday!
Dates: November 23-30, 2015
Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products will happen during this promotion: one on November 23 and one on November 30.
Past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by subscribers and non-subscribers.
You must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza.
There is no minimum purchase necessary for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will range from 20 to 50 percent.
Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
All order types qualify for the Online Extravaganza discounted items and bundles.
Orders must be placed by Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM (MT)
In order to cut the Delicate Ornaments with the Big Shot, I used the dryer sheet and waxed paper technique! I do not (yet) own the Precision Base Platein the Holiday Catalog. I had heard both good and bad about it, and of course I had plenty of other products I wanted to order from the Holiday Catalog. Even I can’t have everything! But recently I have heard very good things about this plate and might be inclined to put it on an order soon. It is supposed to help greatly cutting out these intricate dies with all the little pieces. But today I used this sandwich:
Magnetic Platform (or regular platform)
Dryer sheet (new) (can be used over and over)
Card stock (in this case, the red foil)
Wax Paper (you could also try Parchment Paper)
Thinlit (cutting edge down)
Top cutting pad
I ran this through and rolled it right back again, then ran it through and back again. This worked perfectly, I only had a very few pieces to poke out of the ornaments, no problem at all. The design is so intricate that you really don’t even notice if a few tiny pieces do not all come out. I used some tiny pieces I cut from Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the ornaments on the red striped foil. Then I tied little bows from the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. The silver ribbon would have been pretty also.
If you want any of these items, just add them to your order or place a separate order. Also, keep in mind the products Stampin’ Up! has listed as “retiring” from the Holiday Catalog. This means that these products will not carry over after the deadline from the Holiday Catalog so if you want any of them and have put off ordering, be sure to get them ordered pretty soon. Unfortunately, the accessories will only be available while supplies last as there is not enough time for reordering by Stampin’ Up! However, stamp sets will continue to be made until December 28 since Stampin’ Up! makes the stamps themselves.
Yesterday I posted photos of the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit. I made all 30 tags, three each of ten designs. They are easier enough to make and come with directions. If you don’t like the directions (or following them!) just make your own versions! But it is nice to have pieces all die cut and easy to punch out plus some extra-special pieces like jingle bells and gold bows! Just have fun with it! If you don’t need 30 tags, invite two friends over and each one of you make a set of 10 tags! It’s always fun to stamp with friends!! As Holly says in the video, divide up the supplies for each group of tags so you don’t inadvertently use more than you should on other tags and then run out. Enjoy the video and see how great this Tag Kit is!
It is suggested that you separate the materials you need for each tag so that you are sure you have the right pieces in the right places for the right tags!
Then you are ready to stamp and go for it! In the kit, you receive enough materials to make 30 tags, 3 each of 10 designs! Just think how much fun you can have making these easy tags and how lovely your gifts will look with a fancy tag attached!
This is the time to start stamping things like this so that you are not rushed in December when you will be wishing you had done these projects much farther in advance! I need to listen to my own advice, believe me — but I do have these tags made! On the back you can stamp the “To & From” so you can write in the names when you actually wrap the packages. A friend of mine said she was going to enclose a tag with her Christmas cards as a gift for the recipient! You could also use the tag as the focal point on the front of your card! You could also use some of the tags on scrapbook pages for the holidays, even on Project Life pages.
So there are lots of ways to use the tags in the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit, whether you use them all for gift wrapping or whether you use them for decorations, cards, scrapbook pages or other projects!
This Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card is one of the easiest and most beautiful Christmas cards you could ever make! With Stampin’ Up! having the 15% Off Stamp Sale this week,
October 19 – 23, I would like to encourage you to make sure you have this stamp set, Lovely As a Tree, in your collection. If you have been with Stampin’ Up! for many years, you probably DO own it. But if you are newer, you should know Lovely As a Tree is one of the most classic stamp sets Stampin’ Up! has ever sold! It has been around since 2001, I believe, which is around the time I started stamping. The fact that it is still in the catalog means that it is still very popular and still getting sales. This is a stamp set every stamper should own!
I saw the design of this card way back when I was first a demonstrator. The stamping is so easy on this card. Simply ink up the single evergreen tree and stamp. Then immediately stamp again right next to that tree. Since there is less ink on the stamp, that tree will stamp lighter. Then ink up the stamp again and stamp – and then stamp again without inking up. Continue stamping this way over the Very Vanilla card front until it is filled with trees. Stamp a greeting at the top. I used the greeting from the Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set.
One of everyone’s favorite embellishments back then, and probably still, was Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. This doesn’t require any thought or expertise! Simply take the 2-Way Glue Penand scribble on each tree from top to bottom. Shake Dazzling Diamonds Glitter all over the trees on the card front and dump off the excess. You will be amazed at how beautiful your Lovely as a Tree Christmas Card is now!
We go from the first day of autumn to an Embellished Ornaments picture frame ornament! Believe me, pretty quickly time will seem to go that fast when we get rolling here! I saw something resembling this idea on some non-stamping website and it reminded me of this stamp set.
To make this pretty ornament into a picture frame, I used the1″ Circle Punch to punch a hole in the center of one ornament to fit a photo. You might punch the hole and then make sure the photo you choose will fit in the area nicely, Cut the photo a little larger than the hole so it can be adhered on the backside of the ornament. Then glue together the two ornaments so you have a front with the photo and the plain back of the ornament. Tie a bow around the hanger, perhaps with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.
There you have it! I nice little photo ornament that you could hang on the tree, tie on a package for a tag, or even attach to a Christmas card. Very easy to make! You could make it even simpler by just stamping with ink and not embossing.
You can do a lot with this Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set. Make some ornaments fancy or plainer. No matter which you do, they will still look elegant on your projects and cards!
Yesterday I made a super simple, easy Christmas card for my stamping newsletter with this same stamp set, and today I made this more elegant Embellished Ornaments Christmas card with gold glitter. I was actually copying a sample card in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogon page 15. I used the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Setfor the whole card. It also has a nice sentiment to stamp inside the card.
I stamped the holly leaves on the Whisper White card front layer overlapping in the center , which I knew would be underneath the ornament and not show. I inked up the leaves in Old Olive and then used a Blender Pento remove the green ink from the berries and colored the berries with Real Red marker. Then I went back with the Blender Pen and colored the holly leaves in lightly with Old Olive ink.
The ornament is stamped with Real Red ink and cut out with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Diesand the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. The little ornament hanger/topper piece is also die cut after being stamped with Smoky Slate ink. You could also stamp this piece with Versamark ink and emboss with Silver Embossing powder. The sample in the catalog used the very thin, fine Gold Metallic Threadbehind the ornament. I own it, but have lost it! So instead, I used the Gold Cording Trim. I’d prefer the Gold Metallic Thread for a lighter look. The cording is just gathered haphazardly behind the ornament and stuck down with Stampin’ Dimensionalswhich then adhere the ornament to the card.
For a finishing touch, I used the splatter technique with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue diluted with water from my Aqua Painter as I did in THIS POST. Since I didn’t look very closely to see my splatters, I kept splattering and got a little carried away!! If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t do quite so much splattering; but oh well, a lot of glitter on a festive Christmas card never hurt anybody! Once you have splattered with the watered down glue, shake on Gold Glitter to cover, then dump off the excess. Voila! You have a glittered splattered card!
Use yourHoliday Catalog to shop but also to get ideas! Copy the projects exactly or just take part of the idea for inspiration and make up your own creative idea! That’s why lots of samples are provided in the Holiday Catalog as well as the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Enjoy!
Here is a close-up so you can see the glitter better.
Sara Douglass, daughter of Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!, appeared on a local Utah TV show and showed how easy the Season to Season Wreath Project Kit is to assemble and use for multiple occasions. She also shows the completed Witching Decor Project Kit (the witch hat that I love!!). I always enjoy when Stampin’ Up! makes a TV appearance!
Listen to the cute little reporter! She sounds pretty excited with these projects, but I don’t think she has stamped before! Wouldn’t we all love to get our hands on her at a workshop and show her all about stamping and papercrafting?! It’s always fun to see a new person’s eyes light up when they discover the fun of stamping!
If you would like to watch the Stampin’ Up! videos about assembling these two project kits, here they are!
I hope you enjoyed those! The kits in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog this year are just fantastic! I hope you will choose at least one to make!
I’m happy to mail you the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs if you do not have a Demonstrator to help you yet! Just email me your contact information at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
To shop for the Season to Season Wreath Kit and the Witching Decor Project Kit, as well as all the other wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE or let me put your order in for you if you prefer!
Happy Labor Day! If you are just relaxing at home today and perusing the internet catching up on ideas for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, here is a Stampin’ Up! video about using the Jingle All the Way Bundle. I’m sure this will be a popular set as it is unique and fun! Watch the video for cute ways to use this Jingle All the Way Stamp Set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies. You will be able to make a stack of Christmas cards with just this Bundle (and of course aBig Shot!) The Bundle saves you 15% and also comes in wood-mount, of course. Be inspired for the upcoming holidays! Get an early start!
If you want a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog mailed to you, just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
If you love these ideas and want to shop for any of these great Stampin’ Up! products, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. If you prefer, I can place an order for you.
Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, available while supplies last, until Monday September 7, 2015. Don’t miss out! Great embellishments for your cards and projects in the Candy Dots and Rhinestones, of course! Both are adhesive-backed so all you do is stick them on! Any Washi Tape is fun to use, and the White Seam Binding Ribbon is always useful!
With my big box of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, I’ve copied some samples in the catalog itself. Here is one on page 8, a Christmas card using the stamp set Cozy Christmas for the greeting and the stamped bells on the card. There is a strip of the fabulous Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper going across the card, accented with a strip of the new Red Foil. And you will love the cute Home For Christmas Designer Buttons, 10 each of 3 designs!
The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, especially for the upcoming holidays, and would like a catalog, just contact me.
If you are real anxious to get your hands on the new Holiday Catalog products, you can join Stampin’ Up! and either choose some of the products to go in your Starter Kit, or join and get your Demo number, then go ahead and place a Pre-order since you will be a demo! Start your own stamping business and take advantage of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Let me know if I can answer any questions or provide you with more information.
All the details are here, if you are interested in being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator:
Yes, my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog pre-order arrived and I have quickly made this easy Christmas tag, my first of this upcoming holiday season! I haven’t had time to really sit down and take in all my holiday goodies yet in my order, so I just grabbed the Holiday Catalog and a couple of items in the box.
The new Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper was one of the things I was anxious to get in my order! If you like vintage (or you ARE vintage, like me!) this paper will just take you back to your childhood or that nostalgic look! I copied this tag in the catalog on page 8 where the whole Home For Christmas Suite of products is shown. To make this tag, all it took was to punch a Christmas tree from the paper with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. Grab a small piece from the edge of the paper you punched, turn it over and make the little light blue banner you see sticking out the side. I also added a scrap piece of Old Olive for another banner. Glue that down on to a 3″ x 3″ tag (or have it be a 3″ x 3″ card with a 6″ x 3″ card base). Stamp a greeting from the Cozy Christmas Stamp Set and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The pièce de résistance is the Home for Christmas Designer Button on the top threaded with the Gold Cording Trim. So cute!
Easy to make tag, takes just a minute or two, you could sit down and make a stack of them with one sheet of Home For Christmas Designer Paper and a container of buttons!
Holiday Catalogs should be arriving in the mail pretty soon if you are a regular customer of mine! If you are not a regular customer of mine and want to be, just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and request a catalog. I have some extras I can mail to you! You will also find the catalog live online beginning September 1st!
Do you realize that six months from today is Christmas Day?! That means there are less than six months to get ready for Christmas! Now that the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are on sale this week, $10 off, on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, I thought I would learn how to make an altered size bag, rather than just the flat kind of treat bag into which you would slip a card or gift card or something not very thick. Since it is only six months today until Christmas, I thought I would make a Mini Treat Bag Altered Christmas Gift Bag!
Here is a little tutorial for you:
Instead of cutting the two different pieces to make the bag like you would normally, cut two pieces with the large bag die. This one piece would normally be the front of the regular Mini Treat Bag. Then just trim off that extra little piece as shown. Just snip it off with a scissors. That side of the bag will be the gusseted side of the bag when assembled.
Now score just that right side of the large piece at 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ as shown. There will also be a score line made from the die. For the bottom of the bag, cut one or two pieces of paper 1 1/2″ x 3 5/8″. I say one or two because it depends on what kind of paper you are using and how strong and sturdy you want the bottom of the bag to be. With card stock probably just one piece is fine; with designer paper you probably want to glue two pieces together.
This is how you will fold on the score lines on both pieces to form the gusset for the side of the bag. If you just want the side flat, then just score at 1/2″ and use the score line made by the die. You won’t need the center one. Play with the two pieces and see how they will fit together so you have the folds going the correct way.
There you have it! Really the process is pretty easy to make a Mini Treat Bag Altered Christmas Gift Bag. Take advantage of the $10 savings on this die this week. Weekly Deals are good through Monday night, June 29 until 11:50 pm MT. Shop for these Mini Treat Bag Diesand any other stamping and art supplies you need at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. PS: That Silver Glimmer Paper is also on sale this week on the Weekly Deals!
Yes, I know star boxes from the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit were supposed to be made before Christmas, but much as I wanted to, it just didn’t happen! I frequently do Christmas things AFTER Christmas – like bake cookies, make decorations! I could have saved the whole kit for next year, but for one thing, I’m in the mood now to make these, I’ve been looking forward to making them since I first heard of them, and by next Christmas there will be something new and shiny I am interested in! So better to just make them now and have them ready next Christmas! What a joy that will be!
There are tons of supplies in the kit and the star boxes really were quite easy to make. They suggest starting with a medium size star box to get the hang of it on an easier size. I also followed someone else’s directions to make two of the boxes into boxes with a lid and bottom so that next year perhaps I can use them to put something inside. Otherwise you are just adhering the back on to the bottom of the sides of the box and the whole thing is closed up. Still cute and you can string a ribbon through at the top in the beginning of assembly to make an ornament. I haven’t tried all the variations yet!
Really, you could made some of these stars for just any occasion or for a birthday, not everything is Christmas-themed in the kit!
Just want to let you know it is okay to make Christmas things AFTER Christmas, in case you want to!
Hope you had a happy New Year’s Day yesterday! It seems like the holiday goes on and on with this weekend after! Time for a little more holiday stamping and then on to spring and the new Occasions Catalog and the start of Sale-A-Bration on January 6th! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like the new catalogs, I have some extras I can mail to you. They will also be available online January 6th when the catalogs and promotion go live! If you are a customer who regularly receives catalogs from me, I think you should have received them already, so hunt through that Christmas mail you might have put aside and find them!
This is a card I received from my dear friend, Jan, and I love it!! I thought it was the perfect card for Christmas Day! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas with your families, friends and loved ones! And I hope that Santa brought everything you wished for!
This card was made by my friend from years and years ago when I was dating my husband and when we were first married and lived in Oklahoma. We haven’t seen each other in over thirty years, yet we have always kept in touch with Christmas cards every year. A few years ago she mentioned she was interested in stamping so we re-connected with Stampin’ Up! on a “stamping level”. Even though we had kept in touch all those years, it’s been even more fun to do so with our common interest in stamping and cardmaking through phone calls, emails, and cards! Never underestimate the power of stamping which goes beyond paper, ink and stamps!
If you want to do some shopping for YOURSELF today or in the days after Christmas, remember that Stampin’ Up! added more items, even from the Holiday Catalog, to the Year-End Closeout Clearance Rack.
Do you open Christmas presents tonight or on Christmas Day? Growing up my family and grandparents always opened presents on Christmas Eve – basically the presents that were at our house we opened Christmas Eve. Christmas morning Santa had come and left presents, unwrapped, and a stocking (too bad my parents were so “poor” that they could only give us one little package to open on Christmas Eve! Ha! Ha!). In the afternoon we would go to my grandparents’ house and open the presents at their house (from them). So we spread it out and I still like it best that way but nowadays we just open presents on Christmas Day, with a pretty late start!
I hope all of your family members who are traveling today have a safe journey as you look forward to their visit, or that you have a safe trip as you travel.
However you are celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a very merry one!! And I hope that Santa is very good to you!