Did you know Stampin' Up! has a special Spanish-language supplement to the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog? It's called Celebrando Creatividad! You can find many of the same stamp sets, but with the greetings in Spanish. There are even a few unique stamp sets in this catalog.
After looking through the samples and projects in this catalog, here are the list of supplies you need for the projects: Materiales para estampar Celebrando Creatividad
If you would like to order any products from Celebrando Creatividad, please visit my Stampin' Up! Online Store here!
One of the many things that is on the Stampin' Up! Retirement List
is the Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die
, so when I found one already die-cut in my stash, I decided to make a spring card
with it! I attached a 4" x 8" card base (folded in half) to the back of the scallop square. The scallop square is Melon Mambo
with a Daffodil Delight
layer. The Spring Sampler Stamp Set
seemed like the perfect set to use for this card. So many cute little images to choose from!
Since it is snowing in some parts of the country, raining and flooding in others, and here we have a cold front on its way to drop the temperature from near 80 this morning down to 44 by tomorrow morning, I thought a card that reminds us of spring was a good idea! Although I will be miserable in the cold the next two days, I'm hoping it will cool down the upcoming summer!! Any cooler weather we can get here in Houston, especially from this month on, I am all in favor of it!
A card like this with nine little stamped squares is a little tedious to make, but once I colored on the stamps with markers and stamped on Whisper White card stock
, it was easy to punch them out with the 1" Square Punch
and then the layers with the Postage Stamp Punch.
If you have nasty weather where you live, why not make a card to cheer yourself up!
Here's an Easter card that just popped into my head to make. I know years and years and years ago someone made these little individual wooden crosses to stand on wooden bases for our family with an artificial flower stuck on the middle. Perhaps one had little white flowers all over the cross, I don't quite remember, but it is the image I had in my mind when I made this card. I just punched out some white flowers with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, poked them with my bone folder to get them to curl up a bit, and put a rhinestone in the middle.
I hope you are spending a wonderful Easter Sunday with your family…and if you have little ones, really treasure this time!
Here are some Texas Bluebonnets in our yard that always make me think of Easter time!
And some of the last of the azaleas for the season!
I know from the weather map this morning that half the country is covered in snow! While I can easily wish we had some of that snow here in Houston, just for the novelty of it, I really don't know if I could adjust to the cold weather anymore! After all, when it gets below 50 here in the morning, we think it is miserable just going from the house to the car! I told my husband this morning, "Think of August! Think of August! Think of August!" when we will be drenched in sweat in those few steps from the house to the car! In July and August we would be on our knees praying for cool weather like we have today!
To help you over the winter weather, if that's what you have when you look out your window, here are some photos of our beautiful azaleas in full bloom the other day. The only thing snowy here is the one wild white bloom on the otherwise pink group of bushes!
So with this inspiration, get your stamps, ink and paper, or your punches, and make yourself some flowers!
Or get out some fabric and make fabric flowers! Stampin' Up! has fabric on sale this week until Sunday, 50% off, so don't miss it! Go check it out here at my Online Store…and don't forget to check the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack for more great bargains!
They say "It's all in the presentation" or "Presentation is everything!" but I do have to say "almost" because the pie inside this presentation is beautiful! Notice all the individual leaves on the crust around the edge (and the crust is my favorite part of any pie!).
This year we are doing Thanksgiving a little differently. My friend Dixie and her friend Sherrie have a cooking/catering company so I ordered a Cajun fried turkey from them as well as some chicken and sausage gumbo, a pecan pie and some chocolate Whoopie Pies! No cooking a turkey for me!!! Oh my gosh, when I saw how they had decorated the pecan pie package and whoopie pies with this cute turkey tag and ribbon I just went crazy! See how such a simple thing can make such a great impression?!! Paper, ink, and stamps! Aren't we part of such an impressive craft?!
And a peek inside the foil covering the cajun fried turkey! I don't know how I restrained myself from taking just a little taste from this turkey!
Are you hungry now? If you live in the southwest Houston/Richmond area, email me and I'll give you Dixie's contact information.
If you're taking a pie or some plate of food to someone's house for Thanksgiving, consider taking a few minutes to make some kind of cute little tag or card just for a little something special! I know it will be appreciated! And make the food look even more inviting!
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It was fun to play around with the Toxic Treats stamp set and the Champagne Glimmer Paper….and all the other elements on this card! First I used the Spider Web Embossing Folder for the front of the card and then lightly rubbed the new Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad over the web to give it some shimmer.
I stamped the witch image on Glossy White Card Stock and then sponged the Daffodil Delight moon in the background using a Post-it Note for a stencil. Then I covered the moon with the punched out circle from the Post-it Note to mask it while I sponged some More Mustard ink around the moon…and then around the rest of it I sponged Cajun Craze. I also used the Labels Collection Framelits to cut out the Toxic Treats image, the Cajun Craze layer and the Champagne Glimmer Paper. LOVE the glimmer paper!!! I HAD to put a little spider in the web, although I'm not sure he matches…but oh well, it's Halloween!
Oops, almost forgot to show you the inside of the card, since the card base is black. I just added a layer of Whisper White card stock that I stamped with some images from Toxic Treats stamp set.
I hope you will make some fun Halloween cards or projects for your family and friends or maybe neighbors. It is 90 degrees here today in Houston so anything I can do to make me think it is actually fall here makes me happy!
If you need any Halloween stamping supplies you can find plenty in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog AND the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog! Find everything you need in my Stampin' Up! Online Store!
Here is the list again of Stampin' Up! products that fulfill the requirements for tax-exempt status during this weekend's Texas state sales tax holiday! Any Texas customers can take advantage of this savings during those dates only: Aug. 17-19th. Have some extra school supplies on hand for those projects for the kids or for the moms when the kids go back to school! :) Might as well save that 8.25%!
You can order online with any other purchases you would like to make at my Stampin' Up! Online Store here or email me your order and I can put it in for you.
||2-Way Glue Pen
|| $4.50 (new price)
||Mini Glue Dots
||Craft & Rubber Scissors
||Craft & Paper Scissors
||uni-ball Signo® Gel Pen
||Stampin' Write® Markers
||Subtles (10) Markers
||Regals (10) Markers
||Brights (10) Markers
||Neutrals (8) Markers
||Subtles (10) Watercolor Crayons
||Regals (10) Watercolor Crayons
||Brights (10) Watercolor Crayons
||Neutrals (10) Watercolor Crayons
||Multipurpose Liquid Glue
||Anywhere Glue Sticks
||2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
||Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker
||Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker
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The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. But it's also an opportunity to eat a lot of Mexican food! Of course in Houston we eat a lot of Mexican food all the time! This is my favorite guacamole recipe (even better than what some restaurants serve, I think!) and I made a page in My Digital Studio for the recipe. I just started with a template (already designed page), took off some elements, and added the flowers, the title and the text box with the recipe.
Would you think about making a recipe album in My Digital Studio? You can, and what a great idea to collect your relatives' favorite recipes or even just your own in one place and make a fun digital album with My Digital Studio!
Try the My Digital Studio Express FREE 30-Day Trial today!
If you are looking for Spanish stamps, Stampin' Up! has them in their Celebrando Creatividad Catalog! This catalog is good until May 31st and then there will be a new catalog available June 1st. Let me knows if you need one.
Check the list of retiring Spanish stamps HERE. These will make room for NEW stamps in June!
Fabulous Florets (p. 107) is one of those sets in my collection that has been a little bit neglected, but with springtime here it was time to pull it out! It coordinates with the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper #122342, which you can see I used as a strip near the bottom of my card. I imagine most of the designer paper will be retired soon so I wanted to use some of this before it is gone. The colors and designs of flowers are so bright and cheerful!
I stamped the flower stem on my Whisper White card stock and a flower or two, but then I also stamped three flowers on scrap paper and cut them out. Then I adhered to my stamped stems, popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals #104430 (who could live without Stampin' Dimensionals??!). The center flower used one of the new Summer Smooches Fabric Brads #125589. They add so much…..but be careful, they are only available during April and will NOT be in the next new catalog in June.
And here are photos of some real flowers from the Houston Azalea Trail in March that I don't think I posted yet. After touring this garden along the bayou, the rains came and we got soaked! Glad we went to this garden first!
Have a great weekend! Don't forget to check out the retiring stamp set list!
Let's not forget about the fun Build-A-Bear products Stampin' Up! offers! My kids aren't little any more, although when the Build-A-Bear store opened in Houston at the Galleria they were just young enough I guess that we were able to experience the Build-A-Bear fun with each of them making a bear.
At Stampin' Up! Leadership last month there was a nice display of Build-A-Bears in various costumes on cards….really great creativity! I'm sure you will enjoy seeing these photos!
Check out the great Build-A-Bear Workshop Suite of products in my Stampin' Up! Online Store HERE. I know you can have lots of fun with Build-A-Bear, whether you have little children or not!
It's supposed to be a dark and stormy day here in Houston, thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches are already out, but I think these bright and happy swap cards that I got at Leadership last week using Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and the beautiful Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper really can lift your spirits! With a $50 order of Stampin' Up! products, you could choose any of these stamp sets or paper….or other Sale-A-Bration items!
This is a swap card from Karen Hambright. I LOVE this Everyday Enchantment Paper in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.
This is a swap card from Charlene Monroe using the Fresh Vintage stamp set, some of the Everyday Enchantment Paper, and a cute little bow from ribbon in the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack. You've GOT to get that assortment with the adorable brads!
Here's another pretty swap card using the Fresh Vintage stamp set but she used markers to color on the stamp. She was also busy with the Big Shot and the new Labels Framelits Dies #125598 as well as the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder. This card was made by Jackie Walker.
This swap card was made by Sheila van Uitert and is stamped with the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set and then embossed with the Big Shot and the Lattice Embossing Folder. This gives it such an interesting texture!
This card uses two Sale-a-Bration stamp sets…..Sprinkled Expressions and the very cute Outlined Occasions stamp set. This swap card was given to me by Anne Matasei.
If you're ready to shop and choose your free Sale-A-Bration products, just go to my Online Store HERE and place your order….be sure to order your Sale-A-Bration items at the end! If you prefer, email me with your order and I'll take care of it.
It worked last week so I am hoping it will work again this week! The Houston Texans have their second playoff game today against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, so maybe this card will bring them good luck again! This is the first time the Houston Texans have advanced to the playoffs so this is a big deal, to say the least, in Houston!
This card was made digitally in My Digital Studio, the digital papercrafting software from Stampin' Up! Easy to learn and fun to work in…..everyone should have it! And more downloads come out every Tuesday!
This has been a big sports weekend for Houston with the Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, choosing three men and three women from a field of hundreds to go to the Olympics in London this summer. Today is the "regular" Chevron Houston Marathon….if any marathon can be "regular"……always an important and fun event in Houston whether you are running or watching from the sidelines or TV…..and then the big Texans game at noon!
I heard the commentator mention yesterday one of the women runners kept a scrapbook for her baby daughter so someday when she is older she will know what her mother accomplished! Would you think marathons and scrapbooking would go together?!
Images Copyright Stampin' Up! 2012
Not that this card has anything to do with running, but it is made for the runners who will be participating in the Olympic Trials Marathon today in downtown Houston. This is a big weekend for Houston, Texas! On Sunday is the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, always a big event for the city…..but Houston is also hosting the Olympic Trials Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 14th which will have top runners competing for spots on the Olympic team this summer. This race will determine the three men and three women who will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
This card was made in My Digital Studio, the Stampin' Up! software that provides all types of digital papercrafting fun! To order My Digital Studio, just click HERE.
There is excitement in Houston today as the Houston Texans football team play their first playoff game this afternoon at Reliant Stadium! They are playing the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans are a relatively new team, ten years old, and haven't made it to the playoffs….until now! So everyone is very excited and optimistic!
In honor of the Houston Texans, I made this spirit card in My Digital Studio, the Stampin' Up! software program for digital papercrafting. I made my own "designer paper" background by typing "Houston Texans" in a text box, changing the color to white, lowering the opacity, and copying and pasting the text box all over the page! Since I didn't have a football digital stamp, I was able to go to Stampin' Up! and order it online and have the download in seconds! Really cool!!
The big red circle is from a free download Stampin' Up! is offering on their Facebook page! If you scroll down through the posts and find it and take a short easy survey, you too can get this free download….it's more than the circle!! Go to the Stampin' Up! Facebook page HERE.
The football is actually a little tricky….it comes as just the black outline as you can see in the "motion" footballs being thrown! In order to add color digitally, you have to add punches that match the shape of the football, add color to them and then send them "behind" the football. Not hard, you just have to know to do that!
I can teach you all about My Digital Studio and direct you to even more resources as well as any other Stampin' Up! products….stamps, inks, papers, accessories, gifts and home decor items. Stamping offers so much variety and so much inspiration for creativity! Sign up for my mailing list in the upper left and keep up with the latest stamping news. Or contact me at Karen@Karenstamps.com for more information about having fun stamping!
Go Texans!!! Win Big!!
It MUST be fall now because there was a tinge of coolness in the air this morning….and it's usually hot and humid forever here in Houston. But it is actually only about 74 this morning and perhaps will stay below 90. Now that's FALL! It's great that it feels a little like fall on the first day of fall!
Here is a card made with the stamp set Autumn Splendor. I love the design of these fall leaves in this stamp set I stamped with Black Stazon and colored in with Blender Pens and Classic Ink. Nothing properly artistic about it, just filling in with color to make them look like fall leaves and acorns….it was so relaxing! The card base is River Rock (which you can barely see due to the background) with Spice Cake Designer Series Paper. The ribbon is Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon ruffled with some Sticky Strip and an Antique Brad (gotta order more of those beautiful things!).
When I finished this card, I absolutely LOVED it! (if I do say so myself!) The leaves in this stamp set are so beautiful…I bought it after our fall trip to New England two years ago. You can't go wrong with the Spice Cake paper or fabric. As I added the embellishments, it all just seemed to come together. Stampin' Up! products always "come together" eventually, but this one was one of the extra-easy ones!
If you would like to learn about these techniques and others in stamping or scrapbooking, contact me at Karen@Karenstamps.com to set up a workshop with your friends!
Enjoy your first day of the fall season!
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15, 2011, so now is the perfect time to take a look at the Hispanic product line that Stampin' Up! has developed. Celebrando Creatividad is the supplemental Stampin' Up! catalog with Spanish language stamp sets, hostess sets and accessories.
Click HERE to look at this beautiful stamp set you could use for a Quinceañera!
There are so many occasions to have fun making your own cards, invitations, decoration or gift items. If you would like to learn about rubber stamping and would like to purchase Spanish language stamp sets, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. I can answer any questions you have.
Check back tomorrow when I tell you how you can find out about a business opportunity with Stampin' Up!.
Just click on the photo above to view the Celebrando Creatividad catalog!
What do the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, the Kiss Cam, George and Barbara Bush all have in common?? If you live in Houston, Texas you probably know!
My husband got baseball tickets from work for last night's game at Minute Maid Park which was between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals. We love to go to the ballgame when we can, especially when the Cards are here since we both grew up in St. Louis and will always be Cardinal fans in our hearts (although after 28 years here I guess we are legitimate Astros fans as well!) Attendance at the game was pretty low and we didn't have many people around us, except for the other couple who got the other pair of tickets from work. So I KNEW this was going to happen! I just knew it. When they did the "Kiss Cam" between innings, toward the end, if not the end of it, I was stunned to see my husband up on the big new screen, then me and a glimpse of the lady next to us in orange and the big heart! I think they were trying to get all four of us in the shot, I'm not sure, but we kissed just in case!
To add to the fun of the night, President and Mrs. Bush (George and Barbara) were in attendance in their seats behind homeplate. Barbara had her scorecard and kept score during the game while chatting with her husband! They have lived in Houston since they left the White House and frequently attend Astros games! Another time when we were at a game, they put the Kiss Cam camera on them! It was very cute!
Here's an easy card to make in My Digital Studio with a bit of a baseball game feel!
Oh, and the game got very exciting, the Astros even loaded the bases after the Cardinals had taken the lead and we got some runs but no grand slam homer….if an Astro had hit a grand slam that inning a lucky family would have won $25,000 from Sonic!! I bet they were on the edge of their seats! The game was tied in the ninth, but finally the Astros prevailed with a win! Just goes to show, always still until the end of a baseball game!!
Confederate Star Jasmine! We have this area in our front yard next to the driveway and they are in full bloom right now! Funny thing is, you don't really smell their fragrance when you are standing right by them! But walk down the driveway to the back of the house and wow, what a beautiful smell! It must get caught in a pocket or something in between our house, our neighbor's and our garage! I wish you could scratch and sniff these photos!!
I hope you are having as beautiful a spring day as we are here in Houston! It doesn't get much nicer than this!
The first day of spring was yesterday, and I took pictures of our beautiful azaleas that have really burst into bloom this past week. The weather was a perfect spring day as well….and you won't normally hear people raving about how good the weather is here in Houston…except for this time of year when other cities are still experiencing snow and we are looking at beautiful spring flowers and digging short pants out of the closet.
Here is a Stampin' Up! card to commemorate the first day of spring.
I just grabbed a Note Card #107311 (did you know you can buy a pack of 20 note cards 5"x 3 1/2" including envelopes?!) to make a simple card with the stamp set Bold Blossom in the Occasions Mini (page 31). I assumed I would put a little greeting on the card or embellish the flowers with some kind of center layer, but in the end I decided to just go with simple! When I looked in the drawer to possibly use my glitter, I spied the Basic Rhinestones #119246 and decided just a little bling was what the flowers needed….and that was enough!
Here are some photos of our azaleas! You should be able to click on each photo to enlarge it.
If you need any stamping supplies to make some beautiful spring cards, please contact me or shop online at my store HERE.
I realize this card doesn't exactly look like a real azalea, but its inspiration came from going on the River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail yesterday! My husband and I enjoy going on the Azalea Trail every year, even if the azaleas aren't in full bloom yet. We really like seeing the inside of the homes that you can walk through, and the floral arrangements and gardens are always beautiful. The flower colors are so gorgeous, so I made my pink azalea with Melon Mambo card stock. Our own azalea bushes are just starting to bloom. You can see one of the flowers I picked beside my card!
The flower on this card is made with the Fun Flowers Bigz Die #121812 in the Occasions Mini. Even though I didn't think I "needed" this die, once I saw all the beautiful flowers other people were making, I knew I had been mistaken! The leaves are stamped with the Build a Blossom stamp set, page 12 Occasions Mini, and punched with the Blossom Petals Punch #121808 on the same page. I added some Subtles Brads #119738 to look like the azalea stamens and put a greeting from the Hostess Level 2 set in the Occasions Mini, Something to Celebrate. The background paper is Springtime Vintage #121782. I also used my bone folder to curl the edges of the azalea petals a bit.
Now that spring is coming, you will want to start stamping flowers, so if you need some new supplies, check out my Online Store at my website HERE or email with any questions or help with your order.
You have one day left to hit the Azalea Trail if you are in Houston this weekend!