Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?! The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Cataloggoes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!
Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know. And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. I would be happy to get a catalog to you!
Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer: Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product! Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started! It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!
Happy Halloween! Today is the day! I can’t believe October 31st is here and with it, the end of all things crafty for Halloween! I don’t think I got my fill of making cards and treats for Halloween. Today’s project is probably the easiest thing you can make with Stampin’ Up! designer paper! Two of the sheets in the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper are this printed design with lots of Halloween treat words on it. Just cut it apart and you can frame this top portion of the sheet! It fits perfectly into a cheap frame. If you have a larger frame, just use a larger piece of card stock or designer paper as a mat behind it. You could also add some extra elements and embellishments to this sheet and even leave the glass off for a real 3D piece of framed Halloween art!
You can still order this Witches’ Brew paper and save it for next year! Go ahead and make the frame and you’ll have a pleasant surprise next year when you get out your Halloween decorations!
It’s probably going to be a wet and muggy Halloween night here in Houston! It is raining like crazy and supposed to keep up all day. With our flat landscape, that’s not good for streets that flood easily. But I hope it stops so I will have some trick-or-treaters at my door tonight!! Usually I have quite a few!
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Yes, it is almost Halloween!! Here is a Halloween treat bag idea that you could easily do! Just grab a 4″ x 6″ Medium Cello Bag, decorate the outside, and fill with delicious Halloween candy! I applied some strips of Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape (so fun!) to the front of the bag and added a tag to the front. The stamp is from the Halloween Bash stamp set. To get the multi-colors on the stamp, I inked up the border with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker and the words with Basic Black. Breathe on the stamp before you stamp on Very Vanilla card stock to remoisten. I cut out around the edge with my Paper Snips (on sale on the Weekly Deals this week until Monday!). The black background is easy to cut out with the smallest of the Labels Collection Framelit Dies. Just adhere with Mini Glue Dots. Tie the bag with some 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon and you are all set! Easy to make for class parties, neighbor gifts, treats for your kids, etc.
What could be more fun than decorating some candy and a tin for Halloween? I had this tin with the clear window on top in my “stash” but if you couldn’t find an exact match, I’m sure any tin or container would do. I have always loved these tins because they make sure cute, quick and easy gifts to make up in minutes for someone. Of course you could use different types of candy or other contents in the tin, but this is just to give you some ideas! I used Hershey Nuggets for my candy and wrapped each one with a 1″ x 3″ strip of designer series paper. You just want to be sure when using adhesive and candy that you don’t let the adhesive make contact with the candy. I just used a Mini Glue Dotto secure the strip of paper to itself so it is not attached to the candy piece.
To decorate the tin, I just took a strip of designer paper and wrapped it around the tin for a bellyband. You could also layer it on a strip of card stock if you wanted. For the flower on top, just use one of the flower punches to punch about three or more flowers or even one of the scallop punches. Crinkle up each layer of the flower if you like that look, then reopen and layer one on top of the other. Secure in the center with a brad of some sort (looks like I used a retired one!). Adhere to the bellyband with Stampin’ Dimensionals or Mini Glue Dots.
We got back home Saturday from a wonderful fall vacation to Michigan! There has been no sign of fall here in Houston, Texas except for the date on the calendar, so to see REAL fall, with colored leaves beyond expectations, cooler (okay, sometimes COLD!) weather, that overcast fall look was just a wonderful change! The people up there decorate for fall, not just Halloween, because it IS fall there! I saw so many pumpkin stands and corn shucks and fall flowers plus Halloween decorations. I loved it all!
The Halloween framed art above was a gift for my friend we were visiting. I happened to have a frame with a square opening of 10″ x 10″ so I was able to use 2″ squares for the “art”. As you can see, I made two elements 2″ x 4″ to fit into the design. Some of the stamps were retired ( I couldn’t resist going through some of my “old” Halloween stamp sets) and some designs were ideas I got online or at least got me started on my own ideas. It was fun to make and an easy project for anyone to make. Make it as small or large as you want. Check to see what picture frames you already have in your stash and start there. You could do something with four squares or 16! Whatever you like! There’s a glare because I did put the glass in the frame but you can also omit the glass, especially if you want to put a lot of 3D layers on your art.
I’ll tell you more about my trip when I get all the photos sorted out. The trees were unbelievably gorgeous – if they weren’t at “peak” color, I don’t know how they could be any more beautiful. A lot of my photos were shot through the car windshield or passenger window, sometimes through the windshield wiper and raindrops! Here’s a sneak peek of some trees along the highway when we first arrived! I just held my camera in my hands at all times as we were driving!
We made this Halloween card at my recent stamp camp. I got the idea in a magazine and it was very easy to make. There are many ways you can vary the design too, even use it for other occasions. Just apply three strips of Washi Tape spaced out a little on the top card layer. Carefully stamp the images you like in between or randomly on the card. I used the Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tapeand the Halloween Hello Stamp Set on this card. I also tied a piece of Baker’s Twine around the card. Very simple and a fun design!
What can you make with a few pieces of Washi Tape? Remember it is easy to tear and is repositionable! No mistakes!
Get your washi tape and other fun embellishments at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Click and shop today! Of course I am always happy to help you with your order.
Here’s a cute Halloween card idea, one I received as a swap at the Stampin’ Up! Convention last summer! It’s very simple. Just use the candy stamp and greeting in the Halloween Hello stamp set. The designer paper is pieces from Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paperor you could use anything similar. Stamp on Pumpkin Pie card stock and mount on Basic Black.
You can shop MORE EASILY at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now! Stampin’ Up! has made some much-needed improvements to your shopping experience! Here are some of them:
Customers can now easily save bag contents. Also, when adding items to your bag, you can choose to go directly to the bag or continue shopping.
There is a new progress bar to guide customers through the ordering process.
Enjoy more images. . Additional product images are bigger and easier to view.
Now you can sort merchandise based on newest or oldest–a real plus when you want to see the latest MDS downloads.
Sale prices are clearly marked. Items on sale are clearly marked without having to add them to your bag. You can also sort products by the sales price (instead of according to the original price).
I thought this week I would post a new Halloween project everyday but then I went on vacation and did not have wifi!! Worse than that was that I thought I had a new plan that would give me wifi but it did not work! Don’t try to add a new technology on a day before you are leaving for vacation, especially without trying it out first! But now I do have wifi, so here is a Halloween card I LOVE! It’s been around on the internet and I certainly did not come up with the original idea.
Cut a window sheet the same size as your top card layer. Stamp that top card layer however you like. Use Washi Tape on three sides of the window sheets, half of the tape on the front window sheet and half wrapped around to the page. ONLY DO THREE SIDES! Then punch or stamp the “confetti” you want inside the card. First insert a couple of the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons in between the window sheet and card layer. This will separate the two layers so that the confetti can move around a little. Then insert all the confetti pieces you have made. Once you have that all how you like it, apply the last pieces of washi tape to the open side. Then adhere that whole packet to the card base. Shake it around and try it out! What a fun card to send somebody!
Stampin’ Up! adds new downloads to the collection every Tuesday! Be sure to check every week! Even if you don’t own My Digital Studio, you can still use the download if you have some other design software, such as Photoshop.
Stampin’ Up! started a new blog feature on the My Digital Studio blog, called Our Favorite Things. The Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio Team is sharing their favorite Halloween downloads! Can you even begin to imagine what you could do with all these downloads?!
If you want to see their favorites on their blog post, check it out HERE.
You might like to look around www.mydigitalstudio.net and see all the information that is there for demonstrators and customers alike. You’ll be able to learn anything you want about My Digital Studio right there, but really it is almost intuitive enough that you won’t have much trouble just learning on your own!
Happy October! October sounds a little more “fallish” than September, doesn’t it? Time to start making those Halloween cards and decorations!
This card was easy to create with just the Halloween Hello stamp set, some Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape, and a 1″ Circle Punch. Just stamp some Halloween skulls around on the card front and on two scraps of Pumpkin Pie card stock. Punch a couple of circles out of the card layer and adhere the Pumpkin Pie stamped pieces underneath. Stamp the greeting and adhere some Washi Tape (It’s repositionable!). Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black layer with Stampin’ Dimensionalsand adhere that to the Pumpkin Pie card base. If you have some Googlie Eyes in your stash or left over from last year, just stick a few of those on! Fun, fun, fun!
A new photopolymer stamp set was released by Stampin’ Up! just in time for Halloween! It’s called “Bite Me” and has a spooky spider web, a black cat, and of course spiders! You also get some splotches and some Halloween greetings for your handmade Halloween cards and other projects.
When I realized today was Friday the 13th, I came up with this black cat card idea. The cat face is cut with aCircle Framelit, the eyes with the wing on theBird Punch. That black ear I punched with the 1″ Square Punchand then cut that square in half diagonally to make the triangle shape. Then I punched a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper in a square, cut the square in half on a diagonal, and then trimmed down the triangles so they would fit on the black.
For the eyeballs, I punched a 1/2″ Circle of Old Olive and colored in the pupil with a black marker.
The whiskers are just cut by hand from Silver Glimmer Paper and stuck on the back of the Small Heart Punchfor the nose. The mouth is just drawn on with the new White Chalk Marker. I’m afraid people may have overlooked the Chalk Marker in the Holiday Catalog. I’ve found it very useful and think you should check it out on page 20, top right, of the Holiday Catalog. I also used it to draw the little glimmer in the cat eyes.
Do you have any Friday the 13th superstitions? Why is Friday the 13th lucky? My one grandfather was born on a Friday the 13th so he always considered it lucky! My mother’s aunt considered the number 13 unlucky, so if there were already twelve people seated at the dinner table, she wouldn’t sit down. I don’t know if Friday the 13th is always unlucky, but I think my black cat turned out kind of fun looking so hopefully it will be a lucky day!
Wow! If you ask me, I think Stampin’ Up! has hit the jackpot today with their new weekly downloads for My Digital Studio! There are several Halloween downloads, the BURLAP RIBBON, the cute coffee cup stamp brush set, “Perfect Blend“, washi tape, and MORE! One amazing download, Simply Life Photo Templates, is a bunch of divided pages that you can put in an album, using digital images plus traditional elements. Check out the blog post from a Stampin’ Up! concept artist, Arika, showing how she used these elements for her trip scrapbook.
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You can find all these new downloads and previous ones at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. You don’t pay shipping on MDS downloads and you have instant access to them! Isn’t that great?! Go check them out now!
This Halloween card was primarily made with scraps after I had made another Halloween card! The background is a piece of the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paperand the banners are scraps of the same designer paper, card stock, and the Champagne Glimmer Paper. It was all just laying their on my table anyway! I punched the ghost with the Owl Punch, cut off the feet, and turned it upside down. I thought it would be funny for the ghost to be peeking out from the banners!
For the greeting, I stamped the Tags 4 You Trick or Treat image on Summer Starfruit card stock. And then I cut each letter apart with my Paper Snips! I like the way it looks on this card! And on that tag were two little spiders, so I cut out around those two spiders also….not super crazy but just around them. For just using scraps, I like the look of this card.
Click on the link to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store if you need some Halloween paper and stamps! The time is getting close! You can view the Holiday Catalog items in the store or view the catalog HERE.
I found it worked well to use Sponge Daubers to dab on the ink from the ink pad over the stencils onto the pennants. Most videos show using alcohol and reinkers sprayed on (lightly!) with the Spritzers, but some people were having trouble with that, and it just seemed easier and cleaner to use the sponge daubers. I think the Black Stazon works better than the Basic Black, although then you have to scrub that Stazon off the stencil!
This might look like a complicated project, but I really found it pretty simple and quick. I could have made two more rosettes on my own, but I mostly stuck with what came in the kit, although I used my own modifications a little bit.
Put these supplies to make a Halloween banner on your next order! I’m sure you will enjoy making one!
Here are some close-ups! You can use your own imagination and decorate yours how you like.
Please order your supplies on my Stampin’ Up! website HERE or contact me with your order.
You never know where creative inspiration will come from! I got an email advertising Halloween gifts. The designs on the items were so cute, and I thought, “I could make a card using that idea!” So here is a fun Halloween spider card!
The Halloween spider is made by cutting a Gumball Green circle with one of the Circle Framelits. In order to get the stripes, I used a technique I’ve seen a million times but hadn’t tried myself. Before I embossed the circle with the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I inked the inside stripes of the embossing folder with a darker green color, Garden Green. That made some of the stripes colored! It looked really neat when I took it out of the folder! For the eyes, I punched two Pumpkin Pie circles and smaller Basic Black circles and colored in the whites with the Signo Gel Pen. I hand-drew the squigly mouth with a black marker and just hand-cut two little triangles for his teeth. Do you know what the legs are? They are punched from the new Chevron Border Punch!
The card base is Elegant Eggplant layered with a piece of the new Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper.For a little greeting I used a stamp from the Halloween Bashstamp set and punched out with the Ticket Duo Punch. You could use this stamp and this card as a Halloween party invitation! Since the card is such a dark color, I put a Whisper White layer on the inside and stamped with a another greeting from the same Halloween Bash stamp set.
It’s fun to spot something cute that you know you can duplicate or at least copy to some extent with your stamps, ink, and paper. Keep your eyes open for ideas in unusual places for papercrafting inspiration!
For the inside circle, I thought a surprise was in order since it is a Halloween card and what could be a better surprise than a ghost! Do you know how I made that ghost? Just use the Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch! Snip off the feet of the owl and turn him upside down! You could punch out some eyes and mouth but I just used a black marker. The “Boo” is handwritten with the brand new White Stampin’ Chalk Marker in the Holiday Catalog.
Here is a close-up of the focal point of the card. The scallop circle die cut does not come with the holes in the scallops. I wanted more of the Glimmer Paper to show through so I grabbed a hole punch in my stash and punched those holes. I had also considered doing some doodling with the Chalk Marker. So whatever works for you! The Summer Starfruit circle is also sponged with some Pumpkin Pie ink and even a little bit of Gumball Green.
I hope you enjoyed my first Halloween card. You know the fall season is fast approaching!
Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check out the products in the Holiday Catalog and get yourself in the mood! I’m sure you will want and enjoy the new Thinlits Dies, too!
I think one of the many hits at the Stampin’ Up! Convention was seeing the making of the holiday banners offered in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and variations using the kits. Shelli Gardner’s daughter Sara fascinated all of us with her holiday banners made from kits and the extra projects she also made. It was one of those products that I didn’t necessarily think I was interested in from the catalog until I saw her demonstrate them at Convention. They were in my first order home from Convention!
You can purchase this Build a Banner Simply Created Kitand receive the canvas banners with grommets, the stencils with the designs and lower-case alphabet, jute twine, stencil mask and spritzer. In the spritzer you mix 70% rubbing alcohol and reinker and spritz VERY lightly and from a distance with the stencil on the banner. When I saw it demonstrated I thought that surely wasn’t enough color to show up, but it was! The moisture will pool on the stencil so you have to be careful lifting the stencil off. Some demonstrators have found using a spray adhesive on the back of the stencils help hold them in place better.
Images copyright Stampin’ Up! 2013Here Sara used Gumball Green for the chevrons and Coastal Cabana I believe for the letter.
Here’s another technique you can use. Dip a Sponge Dauber into ink and apply to stencil. This method may work better than spritzing but might take a little longer. Sara only colored some of the dots so it wasn’t a big job to fill in all the dots.
To celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 25 years, every month they are choosing favorite stamp images plus one new one and putting them together in one stamp set. Although these sets are coming out once per month, you can purchase any of them until March 31, 2014. Be sure to save the Collector’s Sticker and place it on your card. Once you have purchased six of these sets, you can redeem your card (mail it in to Stampin’ Up!) and get a free stamp set (valued up to $14.95). All “Best of” stamp sets are available in Clear-mount only!
This month’s favorite stamp images set is “Best of Halloween”. You can order it here and add on anything else you would like from Stampin’ Up!, too!
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!