Today a present from Stampin' Up! Get this FREE digital download HERE for My Digital Studio or your other digital design software. It's called "Free For You From Us Designer Template" and is the trendy chalkboard-style art!
While you are selecting your free download, check out the other new downloads for My Digital Studio out today HERE. You can purchase a matching download with the chalkboard style! I can't wait!
I saw this idea in a papercrafting magazine although that one was made with washi tape and I used paper scraps! It just caught my eye! I'm not sure I would make a bunch of these cards, but to make one or a few it would be fun.
First I cut some strips 3/4" wide from the pack of paper in the Holiday Catalog
called Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
. This is a fun pad of designer papers to have since they all coordinate and are small to use on lots of projects! I made the first ones 1" long and the red polka dot batch 3/4" long for the top layer. I suggest playing around with your wreath pieces until you see how they fit together, how big of a wreath you want, what will fit on your card layer or project. In the end I used 9 of the longer pieces and "scootched" them closer together. The red ones probably the same number. At first I was going to do the same green print but it didn't show up well enough on top although I might have tried dimensionals.
Once I had it all laid out on the card layer, I realized I didn't want to take it all apart to glue it (or even put it on Very Vanilla card stock like I intended to do!) so I left the pieces where they were and just slipped a dot of Multipurpose Glue underneath each piece. That would be enough to hold them and if I wanted, I could ruffle up the tips of the pieces.
I just added a Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding bow and stamped a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes. This would also make a nice embellishment on a scrapbook page, too, if you just made the wreath!
Don't forget the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza
continues tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday….thru Nov. 28th. Be sure to do a little shopping and get your bargains. You may add any other merchandise on to your order as well, including Clearance Rack and MDS Downloads.
It may be Black Friday, but if you are not into that shopping craziness it would be a good day to stay home and read over the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza shopping list! There are so many great bargains on there, discounts from 20% – 50% off regular price! You'll notice that one set…Special Events…. of the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps is on the list at 30% off!
It's been over a year now that Stampin' Up! came out with these Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps! I'm not an experienced dough baker…..I can mix up some cookie dough and then drop globs on a cookie sheet and bake, but I've never been good with cookie cutters and rolling pins and all that. But the Stampin' Up! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps are easy to use! I had a friend coming from out of town and of course I was making these at the last minute in between trying to finish cleaning the house….so I was under a lot of pressure! Normally that would guarantee the 'fancy" cookies not turning out at all. But, honestly, I whipped these out with no trouble and they tasted great! I'm not saying I took time to make them look REALLY nice (like trimming the edges if I didn't get the stamp centered properly), but they turned out! That's all I cared about….having some home-baked cookies that tasted good!
These still basically met my "drop cookie" method of baking….just take a glob of dough, roll it in a ball, put it on the cookie sheet and stamp! The main tip is to ALWAYS dip the stamp into a bowl of sugar (or maybe flour) EACH TIME before you stamp and you won't have much trouble with dough sticking to the stamp.
I didn't take much time for decorating either which would have been nice! I might even have some special cookie glitter (not to be confused with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!!), but there was no time for that. I just sprinkled on some cinnamon sugar and some sprinkles and called it good!
The recipe comes in the box with the stamps, and the cookies are delicious. My friend even commented that they lasted well over a couple of days (since we really didn't eat them all the first night!)
Before you start your holiday cookie baking, consider these Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps from Stampin' Up! While all the designs are fun, it is the Special Events set that is on sale right now during the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 30% off! Add them to your Online Order HERE.
Holidays Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps #125152
Special Events #126903
As my gift to my mailing list subscribers and customers, I have been sending out a weekly email with a Christmas idea to make. We are now on Week 7 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign. You've already missed the first 6 weeks, but you can still sign up and get the remaining six weeks of emails! Just subscribe to my mailing list at the top of the column to the right! It's that easy! We are on gift ideas now and next will be tags and gift-wrap ideas. Each is a project you can do with a supply list and complete instructions. If you need any supplies, you can order from my Stampin' Up! Online Store. Mainly I hope the ideas inspire you to create some projects yourself as cards and gifts for those on your list. You can copy or you can follow your own creative thoughts!
Sign up now for my Mailing List to receive the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails plus my monthly email with the latest Stampin' Up! news and project ideas!
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New downloads for My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! so it must be Tuesday! This is the new Merry Monograms Stamp Brush Set #132716. Stamp brushes are just like stamps in traditional rubber stamping. You could use this monogram set for monogrammed stockings or other gifts. Use them with iron-on transfers or any other projects. Since this is an SVG file, you can enlarge it without any fear of pixelation if you have MDS2.
Other downloads were also released today….some journal templates that would make great gifts for the holidays! You can see them all at my Online Store under "Newest Downloads" and under today's date.
It's not too late to try out My Digital Studio free for 30 days! You have time to learn a little and create some projects and still get them printed for the holidays!
AND….if you already own My Digital Studio Version 2, be sure to "Check for Updates" to get the latest version and the last elements of the new 75 design features. The software discs are coming soon too, if you prefer those, although there are advantages to just purchasing the download.
Let me know if you have any questions! It's time to get digital!
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I have loved this single stamp, Heart of Christmas, in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog since I first saw it! I love the sentiment! This is a project from Stampin' Up! They made a box with Crumb Cake card stock, decorated with some Snow Festival Designer Series Paper and 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon. To display the Heart of Christmas sentiment, they made it very decoratived with the Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies. Notice the cute little heart punched out of the bottom of the label and backed with Glimmer Paper! What a great project! You could also use the Kraft Gift Boxes as well for something similar. Wouldn't this be a cute gift box under the Christmas tree?!
To shop for any stamping supplies for so many projects, just shop online at my Stampin' Up! Store here.
Here is the supply list Stampin' Up! provided:
• Heart of Christmas*
• Crumb Cake Cardstock
• Very Vanilla Cardstock
• Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
• Champagne Glimmer Paper*
• Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write® Marker
• Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
• Stampin’ Dimensionals®
• Owl Punch
• 1/16" Circle Punch
• Big Shot™
• Fancy Favor Bigz™ XL Die
• Apothecary Accents Framelits™ Dies
New Tuesday downloads for My Digital Studio are out! If you want digital papercrafting to help you out with the holidays, My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! has some solutions…and fun, of course! To see all the current downloads, check here at my Stampin' Up! Online Store.
Holiday Lists of All Lists
The Best Year Photobook Template
Winter Wonders Kit
If you don't own My Digital Studio, you can purchase it here in my Online Store. I think the MDS +2 with the software and over $500 in content is the absolutely best deal. And if you prefer to try it out first, do the 30-Day Free Trial of My Digital Studio. I think you will love it! You can read about My Digital Studio and watch a short video here. Click the images above for more information.
I had to play again with the design of the ornaments on the cover of our Stampin' Up! Demonstrator magazine called Stampin' Success. You can make these Christmas ornaments with just strips of paper! This time I decided I wanted a fancier one…I only intended to add some ribbon and maybe some rhinestones. But once I pulled out the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, I noticed the beautiful flocked clear window sheet "paper"! I thought that would make something pretty! So here it is!
Once I made the ornament, I attached a bow at the top with some mini glue dots and added just a few Rhinestone Jewels here and there.
My strips this time were 4 3/4" for the center one, two strips 6" each and 2 strips 7 1/4". I think you just need to play with the lengths of the strips to get the size of ornament that you want. These strips are only 1/2" wide. You can read my directions for how I put the ornament together on my post the other day here. I think you can see in this photo above that I put rhinestones near the top, middle and bottom of the outside strips and one on each side of the center strip. I used Baker's Twine for the hanging thread. Just feed it in through the center of the ornament and pull tightly for it to come up to the top in between the strips.
I might not be done yet! I think the next one I will try will have another set or two of strips!
If you want a pack of the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, you know where to go! While you are there, check out the Merry Christmas special which includes the Candlelight Christmas paper, and also the Clearance Rack! New items were just added on Friday! Although some products sold out the first day, there still are great bargains to be had, so don't miss out!
I know you have seen this ornament before…it's on the cover of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog and a lot of people have been making them! I finally stopped the world and made the hanging ornament myself! It really is beautiful in person and the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter around the edges of each little ornament really makes it look fantastic. This is made with the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies. The only difficult part is cutting out your stamped images of the ornaments with the Framelits as it just takes awhile to do twenty of each! But once you have that part done (you can also just cut out designer paper, not stamped images) the rest is fairly easy to assemble and glue. Mine has Linen Thread loops in each of the large ornaments, but I think something more sparkly would be better. The Scalloped Tulle Ribbon was fun to work with and insert and twist between some of the ornaments. The rosette in the center is made with the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper. Then a Vintage Faceted Designer Button is hot-glued into the center of the rosette with a Large Pearl Basic Jewel adhered to the center of the button.
I hope you will take some time to make something special for Christmas, just because! Just to relax and enjoy the creative side of yourself! Sometimes we all have to do that!
If you need any stamping or scrapbooking supplies, please visit my Stampin' Up! Online Store or email with your order. Don't forget to check the Merry Christmas October Promotion by Stampin' Up! which is only good until the end of October….which is sure sneaking up on all of us!
Have fun making your ornament! You'll be glad you did!
gives us so many options for designing our handmade Christmas cards
and other projects. One of the big trends right now is paper-piercing
. If you look closely at my card, stamped with the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set
, you can see three different styles of paper-piercing
. On the Gumball Green
ornament, I went around the outside. On the Cherry Cobbler
ornament I made a circle inside the ornament, and on the Baja Breeze
ornament the piercing is on the center design. Then I free-handed piercing for the ornament strings up to the top of the card.
is offering this Merry Christmas promotion
through the month of October….which means you only have two weeks left!
Feel free to email me with any questions at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
Anybody remember these Christmas porcelain ornaments Stampin' Up! used to sell? I'm thinking it was back in the beginning days of my association with Stampin' Up! And that's now been over ten years ago if you count from the time I first heard about Stampin' Up! from my friend I was visiting. If you've been around Stampin' Up! that long, I'm sure you will recognize the stamp set, too!
As I was cleaning out my craft closet recently, I knew I was going to find a bag of plain porcelain ornaments….but I didn't remember that I had already stamped them! What a nice surprise to find something stashed that was actually used, so now I am happy to bring them out of the darkness and hang them on the tree this year! They would also make a cute Christmas tag on a package! Just remember that a handmade Christmas ornament can be very special.
I believe these were stamped with Stazon and then colored in with markers. For the sparkly finish they probably were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder #101930.
Find something in your stash that you've been putting off or forgot you even had and make something with it today! You might find some Christmas gift ideas that you didn't know you had!
Order yourself a pack or two of these Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags! You'll be glad you did!
You will find the Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog on page 17, and look how you can pair one with the Petite Pocket Die and make a cute little gift! Honestly, I passed these up when I saw them in the Holiday Catalog because I didn't know why I would want to buy tags for packages from Stampin' Up! Well, of course they were cute, but when I wanted so many other things, why would I spend money on these? But since then, I have seen so many cute ideas for using these for more than tags, that I ordered two packages of them!
The Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags come in a little pad so you just tear off the one you want to use. Each of the 25 tags is double-sided with five different holiday designs on each side, so that makes ten different designs to use in your projects!
Here is one cute project…..it was in the magazine that Stampin' Up! Demonstrators receive with craft ideas, business tips and news. Just use the Petite Pocket Die cut out with the Big Shot and adhere the sides to make the pouch. Then take a tag of your choice and adhere just the center on the front of the pouch.
Wrap the sides around to the back and adhere. Stamp a greeting or embellish with some ribbon. I used Baker's Twine and stamped the greeting from Chock-Full of Cheer (best to stamp the greeting before you attach the tag!)
If you want to add on these Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags to your order, just go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store and shop! It's not too early to get started on your Christmas projects!
And if you want to see a creative Christmas idea every week, be sure you are on my newsletter mailing list! My next "12 Weeks of Christmas" newsletter comes out tomorrow!! Don't miss another one! Sign up at the top of my blog today!
You can take advantage of the Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas special by purchasing the beautiful Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set…or even adding the Holiday Ornaments Framleits Dies. But today I was creatively inspired by the other holiday paper in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, Snow Festival! I like the Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green color scheme. The greeting is from the Chock-Full of Cheer Stamp Set (another cute set!) in the regular Stampin' Up! Catalog.
Remember, that if you want to purchase one of the Merry Christmas Bundles, you MUST use the numbers in the special in order to receive your FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.
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Would you like to receive a new idea for a Christmas card, gift, or wrapping in your inbox every week from now until Christmas? Then sign up for my mailing list here at the top of my blog because the "12 Weeks of Christmas" starts in just 4 hours! Make sure you receive each and every issue by signing up before the first one goes out today!
The "12 Weeks of Christmas" is my free gift to you, my subscribers, as a thank you for joining me in all this stamping fun and also to inspire you with creative ideas that you can use for the holidays. Maybe something you see in my emails will save you a trip to the mall or urge you to create a one-of-a-kind gift or card for someone special!
Don't delay! The first email goes out in a little bit! And it will only be delivered to my mailing list! If you are already on my list and receive my monthly newsletters, you don't have to do a thing!
Email me if you have any questions at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
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Only 24 hours until my "12 Weeks of Christmas" email campaign begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Be sure you are on my mailing list to receive all 12 issues. This is my free gift to my subscribers to thank them for their loyalty. Starting on Wednesday, you will receive an email from me with a free holiday project! We will start off with a Christmas card.
In order to receive this gift, you must be on my mailing list before the first email goes out! Please join us by signing up in the box near the top of my blog! It will be loads of fun! If you're like me, you love to get new ideas for Stampin' Up! projects! Even if I don't get a chance to make everything I come across, I enjoy seeing the idea!
Please sign up for my mailing list while you are thinking of it! We'll miss you if you don't!
Looks like Santa came early this year!
Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.
Choose from the following options:
You must use the special Item numbers to get this offer, not the numbers in the Holiday Catalog!
You may choose the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (wood- or clear-mount) plus the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and get the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
You may choose the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (stamp set and Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies) plus the Candlelight Christmas paper and get the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.
So it is stamp set & paper – or – stamp set, framelits, and paper.
I would strongly suggest that you will want the Framelits Dies as well if you get this stamp set! Just my opinion! Or at least buy a Paper Snips scissors #103579 if you prefer to cut out!
You can check the various Bundles in the Holiday Catalog. This Ornament Keepsakes Bundle is on page 3 BUT be SURE you use the proper numbers for the offer as displayed above! Click on the picture of the flyer to go to the pdf.
To order this special offer, just go to my Online Store….or email me any time at Karen@KarenStamps.com. I'm happy to help you!
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This week I will be starting my annual "12 Weeks of Christmas" email campaign! This is my free gift to you, a thank you for being on my mailing list. Every week, starting this Wednesday, October 3, up until Christmas, you will receive an email with a free holiday project. This will be either a card, a gift idea or a bag, tag, or wrap. You will get complete instructions to make each project and a list of Stampin' Up! supplies so you can get started now on your holiday preparations!
In order to receive ALL of these emails, you MUST be on my mailing list by 1 pm Wednesday, October 3. This will only be delivered to my mailing list!
If you are already on my mailing list (thank you!), you don't need to do anything!
If you want to be on my mailing list and receive my "12 Weeks of Christmas" emails and my monthly newsletters, please sign up in the box here on my blog. Do it now so you won't forget! Then Wednesday afternoon watch for my first project in your email!
Last year I received many nice comments from my subscribers about these holiday projects. Sometimes I even add bonus projects because there are just too many cute things to make! And nothing is too difficult for anybody!
I hope you will enjoy my "12 Weeks of Christmas"! I can't wait to get started!!
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Here is my Merry Minis Teeny Tiny Wishes Christmas Card! Cute name, cute card….if I do say so myself! This is a 4" x 4" square card of Real Red that I just pulled out of my package of card stock scraps and decided to use it. I wanted to emphasize the Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon because tomorrow, Sunday September 30th, is the LAST DAY for the "Back to Spool" Promotion by Stampin' Up! With a $40 purchase of Stampin' Up! product from my store, you can choose a free roll of this ribbon, in any of the 5 colors. These are the current In Colors so you will love them!
So back to the card….I cut two of the Labels Collections Framelits shapes in Whisper White and Gumball Green. Then I just punched out three Christmas trees with the fun little Merry Minis Punch Pack from the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper (in the annual catalog) and stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I was going to jazz up the card more maybe with a designer paper layer, some Dazzling Details around the edge of the framelit, maybe a rhinestone on top of each tree…but once I put just the two Basic Rhinestones on top and bottom of the label…that was it! Perfection! Keep it simple!! Done! I love this card!
Now I need to go my make own Stampin' Up! order so I can get some FREE RIBBON!!