Category Archives: Houston TX

Fall Leaves Card For the First Day of Autumn

Fall Leaves Card For the First Day of Autumn

If you like fall colors, here is an easy fall leaves card for the first day of autumn.  If you have a Big Shot and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, you can easily make the beautifully die cut leaves for a card.  I love the delicate look of the leaves! The rest of the card is super simple, of course, except for maybe delicately gluing the leaves! But tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and a Silicone Craft Sheet make that easier.

Yes, today is the first day of fall, not that there is ANY hint of it here in Houston, Texas where the heat and humidity is miserable!  So I have to make my own fall by using fall colors and thinking ahead to Halloween! And making the air conditioner cool the house down more! The weatherman promises(?) fall weather in a week from now.  We’ll see.  Even if we have it, no telling if it will last, and it most likely will not!  We had some lovely cooler weather after Hurricane Harvey, a blessing for those who had damaged homes and no power or air-conditioning. But now it is hot again….and worse, very humid.

This card is made with Early Espresso Cardstock for the card base and layered with a piece of paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I wanted the colored leaves against the wood-look background.  The greeting is stamped with a stamp in the Wood Words Stamp Set. On the inside, I will probably put a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and adhere a small leaf or a strip of the Wood Textures paper along the side or at the bottom. When you have a dark card base like this one, you need to put a light layer of cardstock inside so you can write or stamp your message.

If you want to be precise, the 2017 Autumn Equinox today will be at 3:02 PM Central Time. Celebrate this afternoon by making your own fall cards or projects!  If you have the September Paper Pumpkin kit, this afternoon would be a good time to sit down and make the projects inside to celebrate autumn arriving.

Watch this video for extra inspiration, even if you don’t have the kit!  And if you don’t own the kit, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin today, and if any extra kits are available, you will be able to purchase one on your regular Stampin’ Up! order after you are officially a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Besides, you won’t want to miss the coordinating holiday crafting kits coming in October and November!  Join Paper Pumpkin today!

Enjoy the first day of fall and look forward to the upcoming holidays!  Do some fall stamping today, on the first day of fall, whether just for a “Thinking of You” card or a card you will send over Thanksgiving.

Enjoy Some Stampin’ Up! Holiday Videos!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!  You can view it online and order from it! Start enjoying all its gorgeousness!  It really is time to begin thinking of the holidays and all the cards and projects we want to make.

Click HERE to View the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Click HERE to See the Holiday Catalog Products Online in the Store!

Summer has ended and now it is almost fall, at least that’s what Labor Day weekend tells us! Here in Houston we still have plenty of hot weather to go, although after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey last weekend, I think we are going to be treated to a little bit cooler weather for a few days. It’s hard to believe a week ago we’d had 3″ of rain with another 32″ to go by Sunday morning. And even as I write this post, people are still being evacuated from places that are still flooding and from places east of Houston where Harvey’s path took it after it hit here. By some grace of God, we are still fine in our home.

That’s why it is so good to have something to help us relax and take our minds off the troubles of the world for a little while. That’s why we say “Stamping is cheaper than therapy!” Of course a lot of stampers and other Demonstrators are still trying to save their stamps and papercrafting supplies from the flood or will have none left when this is all over with.  Stampin’ Up! has already stepped up to help some of those people.

Here are some Stampin’ Up! videos for you to enjoy and to get a better feel for some of the products in the Holiday Catalog!

When you look through the catalog, when you see that little “play” arrow near a product description, that means there is a video for that product or suite of products.

If you do not have a Demonstrator and would like a Holiday Catalog, it seems that our mail service is back up so I can send you a complimentary copy.  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information and let me know if you would also like a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Be sure to order your favorite products as soon as you can as some could go on backorder temporarily as we have seen in the past!  If something is backordered when you want to order it, I always think it is best to go ahead and add it to your order anyway rather than wait until the stock is resupplied because Stampin’ Up! will send it out to you as soon as they have it.

To check out some other Stampin’ Up! product videos, look at THIS POST.

Enjoy your Holiday Catalog and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Live Today! Sept. 1st!

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2017 Catalog is LIVE today! Finally the day is here!  Can you believe it? Time for stampers and papercrafters to get going to get ready for the holidays!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017

Click on Photo to View Catalog!

Click HERE to View the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Click HERE to See the Holiday Catalog Products Online in the Store!

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and want a Holiday Catalog, email me your contact information at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  As of this moment, I don’t know when our regular mail service will be restored after Hurricane Harvey so it might take me until next week to find an open post office and know that it will get out of Houston! The airports opened yesterday so maybe mail will start coming in and out as far as planes are concerned, and by truck as more and more roads completely open up!

And during September and October, Stampin’ Up! has this special Host Promotion! If  you have your own large order or gather some orders from friends, if your workshop or order total reaches $300 or more, you will receive this FREE exclusive stamp set, Merry Patterns!  This is in addition to your normal Hostess Rewards benefits!

SU Merry Patterns Host and SampleMore information on my blog post yesterday HERE.

SU Merry Patterns Stamp SetGo ahead!  Start enjoying the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!  Ordering begins today, September 1st. Get your favorites right away before they are backordered!

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New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog 2017 Starts Friday, September 1st!

SU Merry Patterns Host and Sample
Merry Patterns Host Stamp SetFinally the day is coming!  The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog begins tomorrow, Friday September 1, 2017! If you have already received a Holiday Catalog, you have probably been pouring over it since you opened your mailbox! If you do not have a catalog, you will be able to view the catalog online or visit the Online Store HERE at this link.  If you click that link tomorrow, you will see all the Holiday Catalog products in the store, but they are not there yet today!

One exciting thing that will start tomorrow is this special promotion from Stampin’ Up!  If you host a party or gather some orders together with friends or make your own big order (not just from the Holiday Catalog) that total $300 or more, you will receive this free, exclusive stamp set called Merry Patterns.  This stamp set is only available through this promotion and the promotion lasts through October 31.

Catalogs and Hurricane Harvey:

I have a few extra Holiday Catalogs here, all untouched by Hurricane Harvey! Even if it was a wet copy I’m sure you would enjoy it!  If you need a Demonstrator and a Holiday Catalog, please just send me an email with your contact information at Karen@Karenstamps.com. I will get one out to you as soon as we have mail again! If you also want the main annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog if you don’t have one, I’d be happy to send you a complimentary copy of that, too.

We haven’t heard yet when the post offices will open and when we will have mail delivery. It’s not even just about the local post offices, its about the main office and the transportation bringing mail in and taking it out, all of which is disrupted. Just haven’t heard much about it yet.

We were fine at our house, no flooding, no power loss, but of course such a huge area of Texas is affected. I’d advise getting your car filled with gas wherever in the country you live as gasoline prices will go up since several refineries in Texas got hit by Hurricane Harvey. They say last year from January to August we got around 50 inches of rain —- during Hurricane Harvey over a few days most areas got 50 or more inches! We think we got about 35 inches at our house since Friday when it first started raining and it didn’t stop until Tuesday evening. Almost constant during that time, whether drizzle or heavy bands of rain for hours. But we are fine which is an incredible blessing to be home!

Here are a few Stampin’ Up! videos to get a taste of some of the new products in the Holiday Catalog!

Of course you can shop at Stampin’ Up! today if you want to, but if you wait until tomorrow, September 1st, you can order any of the products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I will have a link to it on my blog tomorrow!

You can click this link today or tomorrow to shop. If you click it tomorrow, you will see the new Holiday Catalog products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

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Handmade Gift Box and Card For a Birthday–For Me!

Handmade Gift Box For a Birthday

I was so lucky to receive this handmade birthday gift box and card from my friend Jan recently! Such a happy thing to see after opening the mailing box! So many gifts now are given in gift bags, which are fine, so it was an extra treat to see a package to “open”! And of course my friend made it herself plus the card!  So pretty! She makes such beautiful cards and things!

The box is made with the pretty Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration several years ago. There are lots of instructions online of how to make a box out of paper, very simple. You can find directions to a box I made recently in THIS POST.

The birthday card she made me is made with the stamps, dies, and stickers in the Eastern Palace Suite.  This suite was released the month before the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog came out, but of course it is still available now. You can make very pretty cards and projects with this group of products, and the stickers are such high quality and fun to use.

We made it through Hurricane Harvey just fine last evening and overnight. We’ve gotten almost 5″ of rain at our house in our rain gauge. It’s just the outer bands of rain from the hurricane, not anything like the people close to the eye had.  So it might rain lightly or more heavily for a few minutes and then let up. No heavy wind, maybe some light wind gusts, like we had last night when we tried to go for a walk after dinner and misjudged the radar! There was a tornado that struck at 1:00 am several miles from here in a very nice neighborhood with lots of young families, about fifty homes damaged. The pictures on TV look pretty horrible but I’ve heard only one minor injury. They say these tornadoes drop down quickly and go back up quickly, but this one looks like it was pretty strong.  As long as these bands of rain keep moving through and don’t stop over one location they think things will be much better.  Every break in the rainfall gives the water time to drain.  Still a mess and the storm can do whatever it wants, no matter the weather predictions, so who knows!  Our power just blipped off for a second last night but we are very lucky at this moment to still have power, internet and air-conditioning!

Here is a screenshot of the radar on my phone at 9:00 am today, Saturday Aug. 26. I’m the blue dot!

Hurricane Harvey Aug 26 9 am

That’s the hurricane update for now!  Keep your fingers crossed for us!  The worst is yet to come I think for our location and the city of Houston.

Wouldn’t you love to receive a beautiful handmade gift box and card like my friend sent me? Make one for your friend and send it!  It really only takes a little bit of time to make something like this and you know it will be very much appreciated! Love it, Jan!  And the gifts inside! Guess I should say……if you are curious….she sent me a cute candle in a little bottle with a birthday cake scent and a cute boxes of matches – which we may have to put to use this week!! – and a cute little Halloween decoration because she knows I love Halloween!

Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons before August ends!!

Enjoy your weekend if you’re not in Hurricane Harvey’s path!

Getting Ready For Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey

You may have heard about a horrendous storm about to hit Texas today!  What started as some disorganized broken up storm in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to turn into a Category 3 hurricane by the time it hits the south Texas shore. Houston won’t be in the direct path of the hurricane, but we will get the moisture pulled up, not to mention the storm is expected to possibly just sit in one spot for days and/or move along the coast toward Louisiana. This can bring TONS of rain and that’s never a good thing for us.

Almost all day yesterday I went to stores and checked our hurricane supplies, something you’ve got to have on hand for hurricane season. Except at the last minute, there’s always something else you think you have to have…… a few more batteries, more bottled water, cans of soup, snacks, etc.  Get out the ice chests. Fill the cars with gas, get cash, dig out the paper cups, plates and utensils. More to do today, like laundry, get ice, make sure the bills are paid.  Everything you might need or need to do beforehand JUST IN CASE you lose electricity, something happens to the water, and you have food to eat that doesn’t need cooking or can be cooked on the gas grill unless it is raining buckets of rain every minute.

So here is my checklist:

Batteries of all kinds: CHECK!
Storm BatteriesBottled Water:  CHECK!

Bottled Water

Nutrious, Non-Perishable Food:  CHECK!

Storm Candy

Okay, well, these were supposed to be fall craft supplies, but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Couple bags of ice! (with memories of our lemon refrigerator a few years ago and living out of our ice chests!):  CHECK!

ice

Canned goods and non-perishable foods and snacks!  CHECK!

Canned goods

Paper Plates, Cups, Plastic Utensils – most saved from previous hurricane prep!  CHECK!Paper Goods

Ice Chests Ready to Go!  CHECK!
Ice ChestFreezer Stocked with Food, Ice, and, of course, Blue Bell Ice Cream!  CHECK!

Freezer

Hurricane Harvey Reading Materials:  CHECK!

Stampin' Up Catalog and Holiday Catalog Hurricane Harvey Reading MaterialsHurricane Harvey Activities – Paper Pumpkin Kits:  CHECK!

Paper Pumpkin Boxes Stacked

Today we are getting bands of rain off the hurricane, nothing too bad, just a rainy day, but this is only the beginning!  It’s just going to rain and rain and rain and rain and rain…..and rain some more! Thank goodness for stamping!  I have plenty I can work on while it rains and rains and rains outside, and I can even do it if the electricity goes off!  I can still even use my Big Shot!

Keep your fingers crossed, not only for us, but for everyone along the Texas Coast. Sometimes these storms can not be as bad as predicted, but I have a feeling that isn’t going to be the case with this storm.  We’ll see. As long as my house stays dry, that’s really all I need through this.

This is a very late posting but storm preparations had to be done first. Now that I’ve had a rest, I can get busy on some other storm tasks.

 

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin, don’t forget about the great special offer on the September Kit! Join Paper Pumpkin by September 10th (but don’t wait that long or you’ll forget!) and use Promo Code HALFOFF0917 to get the September Kit 50% off!  No risk, no obligation to continue long term, although hopefully you will love the surprise each month in your mailbox and a project ready to go!  I saw a few hints about the September Kit and it sounds lovely!  Watch my Facebook Page and I’ll post the hints when I find them!

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017CLICK HERE TO JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN!

If I lose power or internet, I won’t be able to remind you about Paper Pumpkin and about using your Bonus Coupons from July!  You have to use those by August 31, which is Thursday. And it might still be raining here!

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A Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin’ Up! Color Theory

A Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin' Up! Color Theory

You may see this and say “Bite your tongue!” if you live in a climate that has winter, but here in Houston, Texas we have to do what it takes to take our mind off the relentless heat and humidity of summer.  With that in mind, I made this Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin’ Up! Color Theory.

I saw another card along this same idea and didn’t realize at first where the greeting came from. The greeting is a card in the Color Theory Card Pack, part of the new line of products Memories & More from Stampin’ Up!  Actually, I was looking for the card that said, “Let It Snow”, but came across this one, “Bring on the Snow”!  I loved it for my purpose today!

The card base is Whisper White cardstock with a layer of ombre Dapper Denim piece of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper StackOf course I had to cut down the 6″ x 6″ piece of paper from the stack, so I first cut it at 4″ wide, but for the length I wanted all the ombre shades to show. Instead of cutting off the length at just 5 1/4″ and losing a bigger chunk of one of the shades I cut strips off both ends to eventually make the 5 1/4″ piece.

The snowflakes are die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits DiesThey cut beautifully and were easy to remove from the die with the Big Shot Die Brush(This year in the catalog this Die Brush comes with TWO foam pads instead of one like last year.)

In laying out the card, I found another card in the Color Theory Card Pack that looked good behind the greeting so I just angled them (which I don’t usually do) and adhered them to the card front.  Finally I added the little snowflakes!  So cute!

This card was so quick and simple to make using the Color Theory Card Pack! It is definitely not just for scrapbooking and memory-keeping!  If you know someone who would like to dabble in cardmaking, maybe buying them some cardstock and some of the Memories & More card packs plus adhesive will provide just enough supplies to give them a taste of easy cardmaking!

The weather forecast in Houston this week is temperatures in the high 90’s with “feels like” temperatures even higher, plus the humidity, PLUS Saharan Dust from Africa that is bothering some peoples’ allergies and health issues.  So why not think about the remote possibility of snow on such hot days?!  And when I say “remote possibility of snow” I mean in the dead of what we call winter down here!  It’s a nice thought, anyway, and cooled me off just making the cute little snowflakes!

Last Week for Bonus Days! Spend $50 in July and get a $5 Coupon to use in August! No Limits! Ends July 31.

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online for all the Color Theory Products!

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Have you joined the “Stamping With Karen” mailing list yet?  If not, consider this a personal invitation!  Just add your name and best email in the red box in the upper right of this blog page!  This is the best way to keep up with the latest Stampin’ Up! news, especially during times like this with a new Stampin’ Up! catalog, new products, new project ideas! And get a FREE GIFT from me when you do that you can download!

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At holiday time, I always do an exclusive weekly email for my subscribers called “The Twelve Weeks of Christmas”. Each week will feature a different project for the holidays such as cards, gift items and gift wrap ideas that you can copy or be inspired by to create your own thing.

Every Tuesday (if not more often) Stampin’ Up! puts out the latest updates for us, so I’ve begun sending out shorter weekly emails on Tuesday to keep you up to date. Each email contains one or more projects for you or stamping tips and news. Sign up today so you won’t miss out!

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Watch Some New Stampin’ Up! Product Videos!

I’m sure with all the excitement over the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, you would enjoy watching some new Stampin’ Up! product videos to find out more about the great things you are seeing in the catalog!


For yourself or someone who doesn’t have a lot of craft supplies and would enjoy making all these cards from one kit! You can even get a refill! The Soft Sayings Card Kit is on pages 10-11 of the new catalog.


You might recognize this Oh So Eclectic Bundle and Suite from the samples on the front of the catalog.  You will find the beautiful papers and everything in this suite on pages 132-33. One of my favorites!  It’s on my order!


While I don’t have THIS Embossing Paste, I have used a similar product as few years ago on picture frames in THIS POST and THIS POST. At that time, it didn’t occur to me to use it on cards! You can color the paste with ink refills if you want, and use the Decorative Masks (stencils) and Palette Knives to apply the paste.


Isn’t this Love Today Planner Kit the cutest thing?!!  I just love the designs on the pages and the colors! I’m just wondering, for myself, would I use a planner? If I’m not sure I would use it as a planner, though, I could use it as sort of a daily or weekly scrapbook or journal. Sara Douglass at her OnStage demonstration, used it more as a scrapbook/journal writing in what she or her family did that day or week, added a few small photos, embellishments, etc. Let me know what you think about the Planner! Planners are certainly a hot, trendy item out there in the world! The dates are not preprinted in this planner so you can start it now, not wait until January, and you can buy the Refill for another year.

If you are relaxing on the weekend or if your Saturday is a rainy day like ours might be here in Houston, enjoy watching these Stampin’ Up! videos showcasing the new products just like you are at the movies!

Everything is ready for you to order now from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

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Stampin’ Up! Is Taking Orders From the New 2017-18 Catalog!

New Stampin' Up! Catalog 2017-18

Stampin’ Up! is taking orders from the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog now!

Shopping has begun!

If you click the photo of the catalog or the link, you can view the new catalog online. If you are new to Stampin’ Up! or do not currently have a Demonstrator to help you with your ordering and projects, I would be happy to be yours! If you would like a real copy of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog I can mail you  a complimentary copy if you just contact me with your information. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

Need a Shopping List??  Just click HERE!

Stampin' Up! Shopping List

Need Color Help?  Stampin’ Up! In Color Combinations Chart

Special Promotion For Hosts (or very big orders!)

During the month of June, if you hold a workshop or put some orders together from friends or have your own really big order of $350 or more, you would earn an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards.

We Love Hosts June 2017 Promotion

Catalog Corrections:

  • Empty stamp cases are still available but were left out of the catalog. They can be used for your stamps or storing other items. Maybe you want to cut this illustration out of your OLD catalog and paste it into your new catalog. Or print out this photo below.

  • In the Regals Collection (page 4), the color swatch for Garden Green is incorrect. Click here to see the correct color.
  • The Soft Sayings Card Kit Refill (page 11) does not include a clear stamp block. The text should read as follows:
    “Includes everything from the Soft Sayings Card Kit—minus the stamp set, ink, clear stamp block, and box—so you can create 20 cards.”
  • The It’s Your Birthday sample (page 73) uses the bows from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (in the 2017 Occasions catalog), which retired May 31.
  • The Super Duper Stamp Set artwork (page 74) makes it appear as though the dotted line image is part of the Yay! Image. They are actually two separate images.
  • The photo for the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (page 188) shows the two center papers with the wrong designs on the back. The black paper with the bold flowers should be shown with the multicolor stripe design on the back, and the green paper with white leaves should be shown with the pink and white flowers on the back.
  • The Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Mat (page 205) includes two replacement mats, instead of one as listed.
  • Some of the images in the Tranquil Tulips Stamp Set artwork (page 223) are sized incorrectly.

I hope you will find the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog exciting and inspiring!  Just think of the millions of ideas, card and projects that will come out of all those wonderful products in the catalog!

The Store is open! You can shop for anything you want in the new catalog.  There are a few things backordered.  You can figure those were extremely popular with Demonstrators during our Preorder. There are some things that we blasted through more than Stampin’ Up! could ever have imagined or predicted, but don’t worry, they are working on getting everything back in stock as soon as possible!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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The New Stampin’ Up! Catalog Begins Today!

Quick and Easy Birthday Card with Doily

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for!  The new Stampin’ Up! Catalog begins today! At least, this afternoon! Ordering from the new catalog should begin by Noon (Mountain Time).

Here is a birthday card I made with the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp Set.  The card base is one of the new In Colors, Berry Burst, and the layered designer paper is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  This paper is copied from the popular Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper from the previous catalog, but in the In Colors. It’s beautiful!

The Happy Birthday greeting is stamped on a piece of Whisper White with Berry Burst ink and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die.  The little stamped flowers are also in that stamp set. Then this circle is layered on a pretty Delicate White DoilyAfter adhering that to the front of the card, I couldn’t resist adding one of the new Glitter Enamel Dots. You for sure will want at least one package of these in your stash, although they were so popular with Demonstrators that they are backordered but more are on the way early next week! Get some while you can in case they go on backorder again.

This was just a quick and easy card to use some new products to celebrate the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog!

New Stampin' Up! Catalog 2017-18

Click the photo above or the other links to view the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE at Noon (Mountain Time) TODAY!

Punch Art New Baby Giraffe Card

Punch Art New Baby Giraffe Card

Surely you have heard of the new baby giraffe the whole world has been watching and waiting for! I heard about it, but was not one who was constantly paying attention to the whole saga, but I did make a punch art card for the new baby giraffe!  Apparently the baby giraffe was born in New York on Saturday, April 15. The little newborn baby giraffe is probably about 6 feet tall and likely would weigh about 100-150 pounds!  Now that’s a baby!

While the New York giraffe made the headlines because the birth was live-streamed and millions of people watched, there was also a baby giraffe born in Houston, Texas several days before at the Houston Zoo! So it’s been a good month for baby giraffes!

To make my punch art new baby giraffe card I just used various circle punches, some retired, oval framelits, whatever I had. There are lots of examples of punch art animals online if you do a google search!  I used the Owl Builder Punch for two sizes of the circles.  I can’t believe the Owl Punch is retiring, it has been so useful over the years we’ve had it! There was no limit to what we could create with the Owl Punch.  So be sure to grab one while they are still available!

The little piece of grass on the bottom of the card and the flower I happened to already have die cut from the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. The dies and Basket Bunch Stamp Set come in a Bundle, which is retiring as all Bundles are, but actually, since both items are on sale separately, it is a better deal to buy the stamp set and then buy the framelits, not in a Bundle!

I wanted some kind of greeting on the card, but I didn’t have much space left, so I came across the word “Celebrate…” in the Beautiful You Stamp Set so I used that.  It fit perfectly in the space and was perfect since we are celebrating the births of baby giraffes!

Any time you need to celebrate something, even the birth of a giraffe in New York or in Houston, you can make a card for that! Isn’t stamping wonderful?!

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The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List for 2017 Is Here!

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products Banner 2017

It’s certainly sad to see some of these Stampin’ Up! products being retired, but it is fun to shop the retirement sale and to look forward to new products coming June 1st in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!

Click HERE for the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List and Sale!

Click HERE to go shopping at the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Remember, products are available “while supplies last”! However, since the stamp sets are manufactured by Stampin’ Up!, they will continue to manufacture all retiring stamps until May 22 and then they will be available “while supplies last”.

Be careful that you are not choosing one of the foreign language stamps unless that is what you want! With so many things to choose from, sometimes we choose the wrong number item!

More information later!  Just go enjoy the list and the shopping!

If you were a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you could be getting a peek at the new catalog online right now! Just buy the Starter Kit for $99 and choose $125 worth of product and you’ll be a Demo in minutes online!

Baseball Opening Day Card For Baseball Fans

Baseball Opening Day Card for Baseball FansHooray! Today is Opening Day for Houston Astros Baseball here in Houston, Texas! Here is an opening day baseball card for baseball fans nationwide, no matter what day your Opening Day is on. Any time I think about baseball, it takes me back to so many memories, and the sounds remind me of summer time during my childhood.  The first baseball game I ever went to was with Girl Scouts and I wasn’t even that excited about going.  My mother, a baseball fan, told me it would be fun and that she loved the hotdogs at the ballpark. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but in my memory, the best hotdog I ever had in my life was at that ballpark at my first baseball game! That game was at the old Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, long gone now. Later, Busch Stadium was built and that was where I attended the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Now there’s another new stadium in St. Louis!

My family didn’t attend many baseball games at all, we probably didn’t have the money to spend at that time, and my dad wasn’t that big of a sports fan to say the least, although he thought baseball was okay. Being a baseball fan really came from my mother’s side of the family, especially my grandpa. One time when his eyesight was failing, he said he would buy the tickets if a family friend (huge baseball fan!) would drive him and us kids to the game. We had field boxes that night so he could sit as close as possible to see! Schools often gave free baseball tickets if you got “straight A’s” and sometimes my brother or I earned those and we got to go to the game. When I was in 6th grade, I got in trouble for bringing my transistor radio to school and loaning it to a classmate to listen to a Cardinals World Series game during class. She had the earplug in with the wire underneath her sweater but we still got  caught!

After my husband and I moved to Houston, one of the first things I wanted to do was go to a ballgame at the Astrodome! Back when it was new, my family visited Houston and we went on the Astrodome tour, something I loved and still remember, and how I wished I would have bought a square of the AstroTurf in the gift shop I think for a dollar! When my husband and I went to our first game at the Astrodome, I remember even dressing up a bit because I thought going to the Astrodome was a special experience. Now, of course, the Houston Astros have a newer stadium, but I still like seeing the Astrodome, dwarfed by the big new football stadium!

So for Opening Day, I made this baseball card.  You can copy it or be inspired by it to make one to send to your favorite baseball fan! Click here to see a class valentine I designed for a boy who is a big baseball fan.  The card base is Night of Navy with a little strip from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  You wouldn’t think this paper had anything to do with baseball, but when I saw the white with blue stripes pattern, it reminded me of the pinstriped uniforms some baseball teams wear.  The “hooray” is from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, which I love.  The baseball is die cut with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies and the faux stitching is made with a Paper Pumpkin stamp. The stars I found in my box of scraps already die cut from Gold Glimmer Paper. I added a Real Red layer on the front to help everything stand out.

The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List comes out a week from today!  The only thing we know is that the In Colors from 2015 will be retiring so if you want any of those colors or coordinating products and especially the reinkers, I suggest you grab them now while they are available because they could go fast once the list comes out!

Enjoy baseball’s opening day by making a card for a baseball fan!

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Super Bowl 2017 Punch Art Football Game Card

Super Bowl 2017 Owl Punch Football Game Card

Today is the big day! It’s Super Bowl Sunday in Houston, Texas! Here are my little Owl Punch football players ready for Super Bowl 2017 on this card! Don’t think this card is only for a Super Bowl game.  You could make this for the sports fan in your life. But when you have such a big event in your city, it’s fun to be able to make a card or project out of stamps, ink and paper.

Isn’t the Owl Punch probably the most versatile punch ever created??! There’s always something you can do with the Owl Punch! Here the owls represent the football players on the field. I wonder who kicked the final field goal?

This is a pretty easy card to make. Just cut some very narrow strips of paper for the goal post and the lines on the football field. Make the football out of a circle punch, as I described in this post. The “Awesome” greeting is stamped from the Marquee Messages Stamp Set. Just change the greeting and have it be a birthday card or “thinking of you” card or maybe congratulations on the big game.

There were lots of Super Bowl parties going on last night around Houston. And apparently it is the biggest aviation day of the year with 1600 private aircraft arriving! Someone said they will all want to leave right after the game, too! All I can think of is how much money is involved just in those private planes! Oh, and for and extra $5000, you can get a helicopter ride for up to 6 people from the airport to beat the traffic to a golf club near the NRG Stadium where the game will be played.

President George Bush and his wife Barbara are expected to do the coin toss! I’ve seen them before at an Astros baseball game so they are quite the sports fans and quite the icons in Houston! They make their home here in Houston so they have always been an important part of the city.

I heard one newscaster say she would be sad when all the Super Bowl excitement is over for Houston. It’s been a big deal here, to say the least. Now we will just see who wins the game, how well the commercials played, and how the halftime show with Lady Gaga goes. Rumor has it that hundreds of drones flying around are involved. Who knows?

When it comes to finding a way to celebrate almost anything in life, there is probably some way to express yourself with rubber stamping and papercrafting, so check out all the great supplies in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Enjoy the game!