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Stamping Chores Chart

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Here is your list of things to do today, Saturday June 10, 2017.


Today is the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! exclusive papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail.

We want to make sure every NEW customer can have the full Paper Pumpkin experience, so our Creativity Starts Here promotion is offering first-time subscribers (YOU!!) an introductory 25% discount on June, July, and August 2017 kits. Not only will you like saving money, but you’ll also love starting a new creative journey. It has never been easier to skip to the fun! USE PROMO CODE:  STARTHERE (all caps, in the Promo Code box, then hit “APPLY”).

JOIN HERE!  This link takes you directly to my page so you won’t have to find my Demonstrator name!  Promo Code:  STARTHERE

Here are videos of the past three months kits!

Besides a great introductory discount, what are the other perks of having a Paper Pumpkin subscription?

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month. So fun to wait for that box!!
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Join Paper Pumpkin today to get this 25% discount before 11:50 PM (MT).

You deserve a summer  treat!

2.  Your Stampin’ Up! Wish List!

Sit down with your new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and pen and paper (or laptop) or view it online while you have your feet propped up and a summer drink by your side (I make no judgments….soda, lemonade, margarita, gingerale, wine, water).  Make a list of what you want to order!

Stampin’ Up! Catalog PDF

3. Stamp something!

Now that you’ve been inspired looking through the Stampin’ Up! Catalog, go get out some stamps, ink, and paper and stamp something!


That’s it!  That’s all you have to do today!  Just make sure to order your monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit today to get a discount on your June, July and August Paper Pumpkin kits!  That way you can try Paper Pumpkin and find out if you like it…..and you probably will!  No risk, no obligation! Very simple!

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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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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

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!




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!

Coins on Military Tombstones

Memorial Day Cemetary

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary

Today is Memorial Day, a day commemorating those men and women who gave their lives in military service to our country. It’s something we should all think about as we often go about our holiday activities on this day. It used to be called Decoration Day and used to be celebrated on the real day, May 30, until we went to the Monday holidays.

On the local news yesterday, I heard this story about leaving coins on a military tombstone. I’m not sure that I’d heard of it, or if I did, I didn’t remember what it meant. This story said that leaving a coin on a tombstone lets the family know that someone stopped by to pay respects to their soldier.  A penny shows that someone visited. A nickel means you trained with the soldier. A dime means you served with that soldier. A quarter means you were there when that soldier was killed.

You can watch the video below, it’s quite touching, or read the article HERE.

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!

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A lot of exciting things are coming up and you won’t want to miss anything! Hard as it may be to believe, it will soon be time for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  And before that comes the Retirement List, which you don’t want to miss. Stampin’ Up! will be holding their OnStage event and news of new products will be coming out!  Neither will you want to miss the last two months of the Occasions Catalog!

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For The Birds Mailbox Thinking of You Card


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How are you going to keep up with all the latest Stampin’ Up! news?  We’re about to enter an exciting time period with Stampin’ Up!  Soon the Retirement List will come out for the current annual catalog and before we know it, it will be time for the new catalog! Right now Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end soon. Will you need a reminder? Do you know about the newest Sale-A-Bration items released? What about the April Paper Pumpkin Kit?? Do you like to see stamping projects to make that aren’t available online anywhere else??

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One of our favorite parts is my “12 Weeks of Christmas” emails with a new project each week to help you with your holiday stamping! You will get this FREE as one of my mailing list subscribers!  It’s my gift to you!

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Are You Backing Up Your Photos??

Computer photos

Do you back up the photos that are on your computer or even on your phone?? Do you intend to do it just as soon as you get the laundry done, after your vacation, after dinner, after you buy an external hard drive, after you get a new computer, after you organize all your photos first??!

Yesterday I listened to a Facebook Live video (it was live the day before) by Becky Higgins, the founder of Project Life®. Stampin’ Up!, of course, has partnered with Becky and Project Life on kits using Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors to make memory-keeping easier so we “get it done”. But this isn’t about Project Life, nor even Becky Higgins.

I know we all assume our “stuff” is all safe on our computers, laptops and phones and hard drives crashing is something that happens to someone else. Well, on this video, you can hear how one of Becky’s employees, who DOES know better, had her external hard drive crash where she had thousands and thousands of photos stored. You’ll hear the very human story at the beginning of her realizing what had just happened. The good news is that as she searched the house she found a pile of old CD’s on which she had backed up photos a long time ago and previous hard drives and she took all these devices and probably retrieved most of her photos, as best she can remember, without paying a LOT of money to try to recover data on her external hard drive that crashed. The two ladies have many suggestions for how to keep your photos backed up in case anything happens, although, as they claim, they are not experts and different systems work better for other people, but at least you can get some real ideas and then do your own research.  If nothing else, maybe it will remind you that this is something in this digital world, that we need to do in exchange for the convenience of all this computer stuff! As they say, if your hard drive hasn’t crashed yet, it will! Sometime!

Watch this recorded Facebook Live Video on Becky Higgin’s Facebook Page and start thinking about your digital photos and files and what would be best for you to do to protect them!  If you aren’t on Facebook, it probably will eventually be on her YouTube channel.

Back Up Your Photos! Don’t lose them!!

Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Runner Card

Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Runner Card

This morning was the Chevron Houston Marathon, a very big event here in Houston, Texas, so I thought I would celebrate the day with a marathon runner card! Early this morning 27,000 runners began running through the streets of Houston, either running the half-marathon of 13 miles or the full marathon of 26 miles! It’s amazing to see the massive crowd of runners passing by, from the elite runners to the regular people who are just doing it for the experience.  There are people of all kinds – I saw a few little kids running with their mom, men older than my husband (who was running the half-marathon), super-skinny people, not-so-skinny people, lots of dogs out with their owners watching from the sidelines, families watching for their loved ones, lots of people with cowbells or in costume, music, whistles, boxes of tissues, anything they could think of to inspire the runners and entertain them to take their minds off the difficult task of the run. Runners come from all over the world and from right here in Houston. It’s amazing!  Only to watch, of course, for me!

To commemorate the Houston Marathon, I put together this card with Stampin’ Up! punches and paper, just making it up as I went!

Congratulations to all the runners, the people who put on the marathon, and ALL the Houston Police (HPD) and other security people I saw EVERYWHERE keeping the streets closed off, keeping the runners and observers safe. It really is a tremendous undertaking!

If you would like to make cards or scrapbook pages to commemorate the special events in your life, and just for fun, please consider Stampin’ Up! products!  Everything you need for papercrafting and stamping!


Did You See Sara Douglass on the Today Show?!

Sara Douglass on Today

Image Stampin’ Up! 2016

Did you see Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up! on the Today Show yesterday??  She was there to donate $2.5 million dollars in Stampin’ Up! papercrafting products to the annual Today Show 2016 Toy Drive.  In fact, the donation was so generous that the Today Show electronic screen didn’t even go above $2 million!

On display was the Tin of Tags Project Kit, and Sara mentioned part of the donation would be kits, that make it easy for anyone to create!

To read more about Sara’s appearance on the Today Show, check out the Stampin’ Up! Blog HERE!  We’re all so proud to be associated with Stampin’ Up! and their generosity!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

See Stampin’ Up! Cardstock Being Cut and Packaged!

Stampin' Up! Cardstock Cutting and Packaging

I LOVE seeing behind the scenes for just about anything! Yesterday Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, was in Kanab, Utah at the Stampin’ Up! manufacturing facility and did a Facebook Live video showing how our beautiful cardstock is cut and packaged. I love finding out things like this! The top Demonstrators who always got to go on a special retreat always got a side trip to Kanab to tour this facility and meet the employees, but for the rest of us, this is mostly our first glimpse.

You will see the giant sheets that our cardstock starts out being and how it is cut with an amazing cutter that slices right through the stack and then how it is packaged before it is shipped out to us!  Sara says she will do more videos for us! Kanab is also where they make our stamps!  That would be interesting to see!

Click on the photo above or HERE which just takes you to Sara’s Facebook business page. Then depending on when you see this, you will have to scroll down or find the video in her feed. I don’t think there is a way to link directly. Perhaps it will be on YouTube at some point if you are unable to view it on Facebook. I also shared it on my Facebook page, Stamping with Karen.

I hope you enjoy the video. And if you need any of that cardstock, you can order it from Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

Paper Pumpkin at the Pinners Conference in Arlington Texas!

Paper Pumpkin Pinners Conference Booth

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2016

Paper Pumpkin is at the Pinners Conference today in Arlington, Texas!  I see Carrie Cudney in the black Stampin’ Up! apron from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office manning the booth! Use the code “Stampin'” to get a discount on your tickets.

Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit that comes to you once a month in your mailbox!  So fun to get that red box and find out what is inside! Each month is a surprise project, but what is NOT a surprise is that each kit contains an exclusive stamp set, ink and all the supplies, cut and ready to go, for you to sit down and enjoy making the project!  Of course you get directions for the project but you can also watch a video in addition from Stampin’ Up!  Follow the directions or do your own thing with the supplies! Often there are extra pieces leftover.

Stampin’ Up! has a special offer going for Paper Pumpkin right now! Subscribe today and purchase the September Kit for $19.95 + tax (shipping is included!) and get the October Paper Pumpkin Kit FREE!  Use Promo Code BOGO.


If you miss the deadline today for the September Kit, you can still subscribe between September 11 – October 10 to purchase the October Kit and get the November Kit!  Use Promo code BOGO.

State Tax Free Holidays

Tax Holiday 2016

Click Chart!

This weekend, starting today is a State Sales Tax Holiday in Texas and several other states (AL, AR, FL, LA, MO, NM, OH, SC, and VA). While most people will be shopping for school clothes and supplies during the Tax Holiday, we stampers can also shop at Stampin’ Up! for certain items! Please click the chart above to see a readable version and check your state.

Here are the products available in Texas (and most of the states) during the Tax Free Weekend August 5-7!  Check the chart above to see exactly what is available in your state!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE this weekend!

Don’t forget the new Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies!

Buy them in a Bundle and save 10% or buy them separately!  Use your Bonus Coupons from July!