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
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Greetings of the Season
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Jewish Celebrations Stamp Set
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More Merry Messages Stamp Set
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Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set
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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!
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
It may be August, but it is none too early to start thinking about the upcoming holidays! And just in time is the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, chock full of creative ideas and new products! Now is the time for us crafty stampers to start working on all these projects we intend to do before each holiday and season and often run out of time to do! Get an early start now with the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!
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Holiday Catalog Flipbook
Holiday Catalog PDF
Holiday Catalog Stampin’ Supplies
Holiday Catalog Spanish Flyer
If you have a copy of the catalog, don’t forget to try out the new feature with your smartphone: little videos!
If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like a copy of the Holiday Catalog mailed to you, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
Yes, you can place an order today, August 1st from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!
And there are even more goodies available starting today! Check back later!
Out of the many things on display at the Stampin’ Up! Convention, here is one I thought was so cute! Use three clear blocks to build a snowman! Then dress him up how you like! Christmas isn’t that far off, especially for us crafters. Always good to start collecting some good ideas early!
If this is REALLY the last week of July (I think it is!), don’t forget to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Buy 3/Get 1 Free special offer before Wednesday, July 31, the last day! What a great time to stock up on the new papers in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!
If you have looked at the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, you probably wondered what happened to all the holiday stamp sets that were usually in the front of the catalog. Stampin’ Up! is making the annual catalog more of a core catalog and then the extra “mini” catalogs (which aren’t so mini anymore!) will have the newest seasonal and on trend stamp sets and products. And if the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog isn’t enough excitement, the new Holiday Catalog will be out August 1st!!
Having said all that, there are some past holiday sets, framelits, and punches that are being carried over and are still available! Certainly some of these are favorite sets!
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Click the image above to view the WHOLE document (there are three pages!) or click this link here to view the entire list in the document.
You can also go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here to view “Online Stamps”……however, that won’t bring up the punch pack or the framelits.
Here’s the list with links! (I’m putting in the clear-mount stamps but you can also choose wood-mount)
Greetings of the Season Stamp Set #128033
Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set #128051
Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies #127816 (these are what we all used to make that beautiful ornament on the front of the Holiday Catalog last year)
Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set #127925 (gorgeous stamp set!)
Evergreen Stamp Set #127973
More Merry Messages #126402
Jewish Celebrations #128045
Merry Minis Punch Pack #126882 (star, ornament, tree punches)
There’s one stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that you can feel GOOD about purchasing! Doesn’t matter how many stamp sets you already have or how full your craft room is or how much paper you are hoarding! The purchase of the “Tag It” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will help the Ronald McDonald House Charities program because for the sale of every Tag It stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the charity!
Tag It is a great stamp set, one of those versatile ones that you can use for lots of occasions AND the new Chalk Talk Framelits will also work with it. You won’t have to cut out the tags by hand!
For the first time, the Ronald McDonald House set is available in four different languages: English, Spanish, French, and German. If another language appeals to you, now you have a choice!
To purchase this Tag It stamp set and have Stampin’ Up! donate $3 for each one sold, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here and place it on your next order!
January 2, 2013 is the last day for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! Wow! How time flies! I feel a bit sad since everyone loved this catalog….so many great products for everything from Halloween to Hanukkah to Christmas to cookies to jars to fall to love to My Digital Studio! If you received your new Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog you will see that some items from the Holiday Catalog can still be ordered….and who knows what might pop up in the new Annual Catalog when that comes out…..but you better take a minute today to browse through here at least one more time and see if there is anything you can’t live without!
Then hop over to my Online Store and place your order! Be sure to check the Clearance Rack because Stampin’ Up! added 15 new items over the holidays. Only available while supplies last on the Clearance Rack!
And if you are tired of the holiday stuff and are ready for the gorgeous new products in the Spring Catalog, just hold on ONE MORE DAY!
If you don’t have a demonstrator, and would like a copy of the new Spring Catalog, please email me and I’ll send you a copy in the mail.
At the end of the year I suppose we all get caught up in the "lists" of what happened during the year…."The Top 10 This…", "The Top 5 That", "The Most This….", "The Favorite That…". So I looked back through my blog posts of 2012 to see if I could make a list of my own! You can click on the links to go back to see the posts and projects!
- In January 2012 I went to Stampin' Up! Leadership in San Antonio, TX….AND the Stampin' Up! Regional held the next day! I'd have to say all of the posts about Leadership were favorites, but one of my favorite projects I learned to make at the Regional were these cookie holders, made just from folded Designer Series Paper!
- One of my digital projects was making a calendar with My Digital Studio, first one for my son, and then one almost the same, for myself! It didn't matter that it was already past January! It was fun pulling all the photos together of various events in the previous year to put on each month. And I save my calendars so not only will this be a reminder of dates but I'll have the photos!
- The Petite Purse Die became such a vehicle for creativity! I could only think of making purses that would make such cute party favors or gift containers, but other people made all sorts of projects with this die!
- Seems like everyone needs graduation cards, and my posts with graduation cards are always popular. But this past May we had our own son's college graduation so I made his announcement rather than purchase the college ones.
- Just a simple "Thank You" card but it turned out so pretty! I love the Two Tags Die and the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.
- I didn't go to the Stampin' Up! Convention but I LOVED this video that Stampin' Up! produced! I can't tell you how many times I have watched it! I hope you enjoyed it too and got a sense of what a wonderful company we are part of!
- When in Los Angeles we happened to see a movie being filmed on the road. Amazing that we were able to later find out what it was while watching The Tonight Show! I made a scrapbook page on My Digital Studio to tell the story!
- While I do make a lot of cards, I also love making a gift for someone or a piece of home decor. This was a Christmas gift that turned out especially nice and really looked great in this frame!
(I have to say it is hard leaving out the Cookie stamps and the delicious cookies I made with the enclosed recipe!!)
I hope you will think about what YOUR favorite stamping projects were this past year! And with Stampin' Up! coming out with the most wonderful new products with every catalog, who knows what fabulous projects of all types we will be creating in 2013!
Have a safe, fun and happy New Year's Eve!!
Once again I recognized the feel of a Stampin' Up! envelope in the mail yesterday ( I know it sounds crazy, but that's how good Stampin' Up! envelopes are!). I actually gasped when I pulled out this card from my friend Annette because it is SO beautiful! There's that Lovely As a Tree stamp set that I keep telling you about! There is nothing like it! I don't even know exactly how she made this card but I can tell you it is even more gorgeous in person than in this photo! She probably used some masking technique. And of course there is nothing like a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter to add just the right finishing touch!
Annette and I were friends WAY WAY back when when our husbands worked together and when I was first married (and before!). Even though we haven't seen each other in over thirty years since we got transferred to Houston, we have always kept in touch with Christmas cards. So if you have ever wondered if there was any point in sending Christmas cards, even to people you haven't seen in years, this proves it is absolutely a wonderful thing to do to keep in touch! A couple years ago Annette wrote me after Christmas and said she had liked my stamped card and that she had been trying to do some stamping herself. Of course I sent her a Stampin' Up! catalog and we began calling and emailing about stamping. It's been so nice to have a renewed friendship over stamping. And I feel SURE that someday we are going to get together in person and just have a stamping extravaganza!
Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Day with your families and loved ones. I just had to share a few Stampin' Up! Christmas cards I received.
One I knew was from my dear friend who got me started stamping in the first place. She has always had a simple, beautiful style.
We received this card from my husband's cousin who I heard was making cards or maybe doing Stampin' Up! Well, as I was sorting through the mail that day, I could tell by touch that the envelope was Stampin' Up! Stampin' Up! has the nicest envelopes! They have a nice smoothness to them and you can stamp on them so well. Now I'm looking forward to hearing from this cousin again and hear how she got started stamping! (I had to hold the card up so I could get a good photo of the sparkly reindeer!)
And today I received a card from a cousin of my mother's, and again, I thought, "This feels like a Stampin' Up! envelope!" Well, sure enough, there was a Stampin' Up! card inside, stamped by someone named "Judy" on the back. She didn't comment in her note how she got the card…maybe it was stamped by a daughter-in-law or grand-daughter or just some other stamper. But what a surprise to receive a Stampin' Up! card from this lady!
Sure, it's faster to send an email or e-card, but I hope real cards in the mail never die out. I believe it is a real gift to receive any card or note in the mail from someone, but what an extra-special treat to get a handmade card! And that handmade card deserves a Stampin' Up! envelope!
I hope you received lots of Christmas cards from your friends and family! It's one of my favorite parts of Christmas!
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Make a simple Christmas card starting with a template already designed in My Digital Studio! I changed the background paper from plain red to a designer paper! That's it!
If you need a last minute Christmas card or gift tag, I highly recommend using the tree in Lovely As a Tree. If there is a stamp set you are likely to own, it is this one (and if you don't, I would put it on your after-Christmas list!). This is a display card from a Stampin' Up! Convention, but I have made a similar card over and over again in all my years of stamping. Just ink up the tree, stamp it and without re-inking, stamp again to give that lighter image. Before you know it, you can have a forest of beautiful trees. For some lovely glitz, add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the Two-Way Glue Pen, just scribbling, nothing fancy. You will be amazed at the beautiful card you can make in a minute!
I have a gift for someone in my family that has to be refrigerated! So it also has to be "hidden" from sight in the refrigerator….not easy! While I was sticking the gift in a brown lunch sack to hide it, I naturally folded over the top of the sack and was planning to attach a note saying to "Keep Out!". But then I thought, why not just punch some holes in the top of this bag and tie a ribbon through, attach a Snow Festival Designer Printed Tag that I can later write the "To & From" on and it's done! It's nothing fancy but then I don't want fancy if it is going to be sitting in the refrigerator until Christmas Day!
So don't forget to use something simple that you can personalize that will save you time with your wrapping!
This is a beautiful Christmas card with a special fold made with the Joyous Celebrations stamp set, the Designer Frames Embossing Folder, and paper from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. I copied it from another demo, Dawn Griffith, who learned to make it with some other demos while they were at Founder's Circle.
Here is the inside of the card. You can see that the ovals are punched through all the card layers after just that front portion of the card is scored on the diagonal. The reindeer image is stamped and embossed on a 3"x3" piece of vellum card stock.
Here is the card opened up with that fold, and the greeting popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals holds it open. Then just put one of those little tealights behind the oval to light it up! So cute!
Here is the card with the little tealight behind the reindeer showing through the vellum. Thanks to Dawn and some other demos for sharing the projects they made with their friends!
Aren't these Snowman Christmas tags the cutest things?! And so easy to make! This is a great way to make any package special! You could use just circle punches if you didn't have the scallop punches, or probably even vary them other ways according to your preference and supplies!
For these snowman tags, I used the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch #118874, the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch #119854, and the 1 3/8" Circle Punch #119860. The hat is punched with the 1" Square Punch #124094 and just a thin strip cut for the hat brim. The carrot nose is hand cut out of scrap. The little hearts are punched with the Owl Builder Punch #118074. (What would we do without that Owl Punch?!) The eyes and mouth I just dotted by hand with a Black Stampin' Write Marker. The "To: From" is from the stamp set Chock-Full of Cheer.
I punched holes in some of the hats to tie with Baker's Twine #124262 , but left some without string in case I wanted to just stick them on a package. You could use Stampin' Dimensionals #104430!
Isn't it great all the things you can make with Stampin' Up! punches?!
You MUST just stop now and then in all the busy-ness of the season to do a little something fun for yourself! Why not make some cute tags for all those holiday gifts?!
This little Christmas card with Christmas lights on it was fun to make! I just LOVE Christmas lights! Unfortunately, the rest of my family does not enjoy driving around oohing and aahing over beautiful Christmas lights. But I also love to decorate the outside of our house with lights, and this year my husband and our boys put up the lights Thanksgiving weekend. We also have some "cutouts", as I call them, that my husband cut out with a saw years ago and we painted. In the daylight now the paint looks pretty bad but at night they are fine. Then as the air-blown decorations came out we purchased some of those. The first one, a moose popping out of a package, finally came to an end and we got new ones, our current ones…Santa in the chimney and Snoopy on a plane! If I had more room, I could be one of those houses that is completely covered in lights and with every square inch of the yard filled with something fun! Not junky looking but well-planned out! But we're not there yet, that's for sure!
But on Sunday morning, my husband discovered this sign in our yard! The neighborhood judging was Saturday night and apparently they liked our house!
I was so excited since I am pretty pleased with at least most of our lights and decorations and love seeing the Christmas lights around the neighborhood. Some houses have REALLY gone all out with the blow-up things and other decorations! I love it!
To make my Christmas card with the little lights, I just stamped the little light bulb from Merry Minis and punched with the Merry Minis Punch Pack #126882. I placed the bulbs around the card and drew in the green cord with a marker. The bottom was punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch so that I could add a strip of Red Glimmer Paper #121790 to the bottom of the inside of the card. If Ihad more time, I would put a little Crystal Effects on each bulb which would make them each look shiny! Maybe next year! :)
Don't forget the Clearance Rack Blitz! I don't know what is left or what will be left when you look…and don't forget to look over the "older" Clearance Rack too! A good sale is a good sale! Have fun!
Here is a great gift you will enjoy making and your friend will enjoy receiving! This is a "partial" copy of a Christmas collage I saw online made by Connie Tumm. I had some 5" x 7" frames so my collage is a smaller version of hers! The beauty of this gift is not only can you use your papercrafting skills for making something special, but you can customize it to the size of frame you have, colors you want to use, theme, occasion, simplicity or detailed work. Since I had a small frame, I chose to put my greeting from Sweet Essentials in the center on a banner. Also, you can make your squares whatever size works for you, according to the look you want or according to the size of your frame. Mine at 2" square.
I started with a background of Whisper White card stock and embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335. The squares are made with the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper #126908 and the coordinating card stock. For each square I used the Scentsational Season stamp set and coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, plus the cute Mitten Builder Punch #127824 and the Snow Flurry Bigz Die #127813. And for some bling, some Silver Glimmer Paper #124005, Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885, Baker's Twine #123125, a Rhinestone Jewel #119246 and some Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126877.
If you want to have some stamping fun, find a frame in your house you can use and make one of these collages. They are fun and easy to make!
For any Stampin' Up! supplies, you can shop online at my store here! Do you know Stampin' Up! has expedited shipping (for an extra shipping charge) if you want it in a hurry?
Stampin' Up! announced recently that they would be putting little flyers in the order boxes, so this is the one I got in my most recent order. I think it is a great idea, a little bonus for our customers (and us!). Mine was about how to make those paper bows that we often buy in gigantic bags. I've seen directions around the internet on how to make them, but until I got these directions from Stampin' Up! I didn't really stop and make one myself.
Amazing that you can make a pretty bow just out of several strips of paper and glue! My first one is a tiny bit wonky but it's not very noticeable…probably just to me.
I also took one of the Kraft Gift Boxes #124106 and decorated it with the brightly colored International Bazaar Designer Series Paper #126920. I measured the sides of the box and cut my pieces of paper just 1/8" smaller on two sides, allowing for a narrow margin of the Kraft Box to show. Since all the paper coordinates, I could choose anything I wanted to. The box was the perfect size for a bracelet I was giving my friend. It's good to keep some of these Kraft Gift Boxes on hand for all those gift-giving occasions! Be sure to add them to your next Stampin' Up! order!
You can get anything you need at my Online Store here….and maybe you will get a bonus flyer in your package from Stampin' Up!
Did you know that the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper #126908 in the Holiday Catalog has a sheet that looks like this in the package? I think the first thing everyone thought when they saw it was "gift tags"! Just cut the whole page apart into the individual 3"x3" squares and mount on 3"x3" Whisper White cards (3" x 6" folded in half).
Now these are just basic…and just fine! If you want, you can punch a hole and tie on ribbon. You could stamp some greetings and adhere to the front if there isn't already a greeting. You could probably jazz these up even more….maybe add some glitter! Make a bunch and put them in a cute gift box for a present to someone. Who doesn't need more gift tags?!
To get your paper, card stock, adhesives and ribbon, just shop online at my Stampin' Up! store here!
What would Christmas be without a Lovely As A Tree card? This stamp set was popular when I started stamping with Stampin' Up! over ten years ago and it is just as popular and beautiful today! Talk about a timeless classic! If you don't have Lovely As A Tree in your stamp collection, you really need to get it. It could retire some day (gasp!!) but I hope not any time soon! I've made countless Christmas cards similar to this….just stamp the tall evergreen, stamp it again without reinking…and repeat. Then just SQUIGGLE side to side from the top of the tree to the bottom with the 2-Way Glue Pen and sprinkle on Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Elegance as easy as can be!