Quick and Easy Gift Bag To Make

Quick and Easy Gift Bag To MakeLast night I needed a generic gift bag for a little care package for a friend whose house flooded during Hurricane Harvey, so this is the quick and easy gift bag I made that suited the purpose!

I found a medium size kraft gift bag that happened to have a business name printed on it.  That wouldn’t do, of course, so I cut a piece of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack to cover the printing. If I was going to take a little more time with it, I probably would have put a layer of cardstock underneath the designer paper. But this was fine.

Next I stamped two daisies from the Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp Set in the same color as the paper, Berry Burst and punched them out with the Daisy Punch.  You can buy both the punch and the stamp set together in the Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle and save 10%. I guarantee you, you will also want the coordinating Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Rather than stamping a center for the daisies, I layered them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and used a Gold Faceted GemThese Silver and Gold Faceted Gems are different than other adhesive “dots” we have had, very rich looking!  You have to have them in your stash!

This is what I love about stamping!  Instead of feeling like I didn’t have an appropriate gift bag and running out to buy one, I just found something I already had and decorated it in a very simple fashion and it was good to go!  It only took a few minutes.  I probably couldn’t have gotten out of my neighborhood to go to a store that fast!  You know that a gift bag you decorate yourself, however simple or elaborate, will bring a smile to the recipient over the standard gift bags in the stores! (and if it doesn’t, then they are not “worthy”, as we like to say!!)

Save a few of these little shopping bags you probably receive at least in some of the stores where you shop, or you can buy a bunch at the craft store.  Then you have those on hand to decorate with paper and embellishments for any occasion! You also can make a quick and easy gift bags!


Make a Nostalgic Birthday Card With Birthday Memories

Nostalgic Birthday Card with Birthday Memories

I love this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and the whole Birthday Memories Suite of products in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog, so I thought I would make this card for a friend’s birthday. It was a “big” birthday for her and I debated what kind of special card to make for her. I just thought she would like this “vintage” look kind of card.

The card base is the new Powder Pink Cardstock, randomly stamped with the little bouquet in the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set with the same color ink.  This gives a little bit of interest in the background without taking away from the focal point. I used a piece of Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon wrapped around the card.

The cute little girl is die cut from the Birthday Memories Paper with one of the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies that fits the girl!  Also, the red polka dot package is die cut! The other little package I just cut out by hand with my Paper Snips. Something new that we can use the framelits to die cut images on the designer paper!  And very handy!

The little girl is adhered to a Whisper White oval die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  This is layered on a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper die cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  

The greeting is stamped from the Birthday Delivery Stamp Set. If you want to save 10%, you can purchase the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and framelit dies.

I also stamped the envelope with a birthday cake in Powder Pink.  Stampin’ Up! has the best envelopes!  Try the Whisper White Medium Envelopes! Once you do, you’ll never go back to ordinary envelopes for your precious cards!  I can identify them by feel if I get a Stampin’ Up! envelope in the mail!!

And here is a glimpse of the inside of the card!

I just die cut another character on the designer paper and adhered him inside the card on a piece of Whisper White!  So fun! I wrote a note to my friend saying we weren’t getting older, just “nostalgic”!  I knew she would enjoy the “vintage” characters!

Take a look at the Birthday Memories Suite in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog and see if you can resist ordering it for making some fun cards and projects!

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Lots of Love Fall Sunflower Card

Lots of Love Fall Sunflower Card

Even here in Houston we might be getting a taste of fall in a day or two with slightly lower temperatures so this fallish designer paper and sunflower from the Painted Autumn Suite of products in the Holiday Catalog is perfect for the season.

I have to say, once you get the hang of stamping these flowers from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, it’s almost impossible to stop! The flower on this card is stamped with Crushed Curry and the Pumpkin Pie ink and even stamped a third time with the Crushed Curry ink one more time for extra fullness. After stamping the flower center with Soft Suede ink, I used the Clear WInk of Stella to blend the brown into the flower more and add a bit of glimmer. For this card, I just cut out my stamped flower with my Paper Snips. It’s not as hard as you might think!

The card base is Garden Green and the designer paper layer is from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  I think this is some of the prettiest paper Stampin’ Up! has had. So many pretty patterns to choose from!

The greeting is from the Lots of Love Stamp Set.  I love the big bold greeting and the sentiment expressed. It was perfect for this card. I stamped it in Early Espresso, a very dark brown ink, on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock over a piece of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock because the flower had that color in it. I also wrapped a piece of Pumpkin Pie 1/4″ Stitched-Edge Ribbon around the greeting.  The ribbon is white and the cardstock is vanilla so while not a perfect match, this is when I stand back and say ,”The person receiving this is not going to say ‘Oh my! Why didn’t she use a different ribbon!'”  And the flower covers part of it anyway.  This ribbon is so nice and soft, you have to try it to see for yourself!

If you want to see another type of card using the “Sending Lots of Love” greeting, click HERE.

I bet the Painted Autumn Suite of products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog will be one of the most popular products.  It certainly seems to be a favorite among Demonstrators! If you need a Holiday Catalog, email me with your contact information.

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Spooky Cat Halloween Moon Card

Spooky Cat Halloween Moon Card

How about making a spooky cat on Halloween night looking up at the moon sitting on a fence? Halloween cards are so much fun! All the varieties of Halloween stamps in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog give you so many design options for different scenes and Halloween themes for cards, party invitations, decorations, and more! And this card uses a fun (but a little messy!) technique for the spooky sky!

The card base is Fresh Fig Cardstock, one of the new In Colors this year. I also have a narrow layer of Basic Black, but you could try another color.  Then the card front layer is the fun part.  It is Glossy White Cardstock, something we used to have and now it has been brought back.  I always loved Glossy Cardstock since I first began stamping.  I still remember the lollipop cover I made with it!

The moon and background on this card is just made by sponging various colors of ink onto the Glossy White Cardstock. First I die cut a circle from a sticky note so that I could use both the circle and the negative piece that was left to make this card.  You could also use a punch. First I stuck down the negative piece on the layer where I wanted the moon to be and sponged on some yellow like Crushed Curry, then some Pumpkin Pie orange, and then a little of the Fresh Fig purple.  I love the Stamping Sponges we sell and usually cut them into smaller pieces for sponging. I just sponged inside the cut out circle making sure the paper didn’t move which is the reason to use a sticky note so the adhesive will hold it in place.

Here is another card I made for the Eclipse with the sponging technique.

When I was happy with the moon, I removed the negative piece of sticky note and then adhered the cut out circle over the moon to cover it while I sponged on the sky colors.  You can use whatever you like!  I used a bunch of colors, probably some Night of Navy, some Daffodil Delight, some Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, whatever you like to make a spooky sky!

For the fence, I took a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack and just cut the triangles at the top to look like the top of a fence.  You can draw a line on the back to keep them straight but mostly I just eyeballed it!

The cat is super simple, at least if you have the Cat Punch!  This is a new punch in the Holiday Catalog and if you like cats or Halloween it should be on your list right away!  You will also be able to use the cat on lots of other projects, like Christmas cards!  My punched cat is just stuck behind the pickets of the fence, easy peasy!

The greeting is stamped on a sponged scrap piece of the Glossy White.  I managed to smear it  a little as I was adhering it to the card, but since “there are no mistakes in stamping” I fixed it! Can you tell?!  I looked in the Spooky Cat Stamp Set, where the greeting came from, and found  a rat stamp!  I stamped the rat in Basic Gray and cut him out with my Paper Snips.  Yes, a little tedious since he is so small but I did it and adhered him with a tiny piece of a dimensional so he would cover my smear! I also added a couple of the new Black Rhinestone Jewels in the Holiday Catalog. They are all ready to go, already colored black for you to use at Halloween and beyond!

If you want both the Cat Punch and the Spooky Cat Stamp Set, the be sure to purchase the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Bundle and save 10%!

Yes, it is time to start thinking about Halloween and start making those cards and craft projects! Maybe that will make fall get here sooner!

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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!


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!


Painted Autumn Card During Hurricane Harvey

Painted Autumn CardYou might think that I’ve been sitting around stamping a bunch during Hurricane Harvey here in Houston, but that just didn’t happen until last night. I thought this Painted Harvest Stamp Set might be a good one to make a bright card with since we have not seen the sun in days. This is a new set you will love in the Holiday Catalog coming September 1st. Surprisingly, that is just days away!!  You will be able to view the Holiday Catalog online on that date and start ordering. I hope my customers have received catalogs that I ordered for you.  I know there were some problems with addresses and sometimes the catalogs just do not arrive for whatever reason. If you haven’t gotten yours, let me know or if you do not have a Demonstrator and would like a Holiday Catalog send me your contact information if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products. If you are new to me, let me know if you would also like the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

Just a reminder, please periodically check your online account and make sure you have your best address in there. Even if I know you moved, I can’t go into your account unless I have ordered online for you, but that is still separate from your account.

We have been absolutely fine in our home and neighborhood during Harvey which means we are VERY lucky indeed. No flooding and no loss of power.  The storm is beginning to move off to the east although plenty of people are still affected and being rescued and in shelters and evacuating, etc. etc. It is unbelievable! Equally as unbelievable is how many people have come with boats, or even BOUGHT boats to come and help and get people out of flooded homes and helped in many other ways. It is actually still raining at our house but very lightly. Some places south and east are still getting heavy rain as the storm moves off to Louisiana. We think we have had 35″ of rain where we live but areas east of us that got bigger and heavier bands of rain from Harvey Saturday night got at least 10 more inches and some places will record more than 50″.  These kinds of storms are so unpredictable as they are approaching, that all you can do is prepare as best you can and hope that the path changes or that it is not as intense as predicted. This one moved so slowly and then backed up, which is unusual. Our worst storm had been Tropical Storm Allison but Harvey is breaking all those records.

But back to stamping! It’s hard to tear yourself away from all the TV news and updates and trying to keep friends and family updated about our safety, but it’s good to have something like stamping to take you away for a little while!  This Painted Autumn Stamp Set is going to be so fun for you to play with, try out various color combinations and ways of stamping the flowers.

Painted Autumn Combinations

You might want to just practice on scrap cardstock to see what you like. It’s really two-step stamping so you can stamp off the first color, then stamp with that full color, or use a different color, or even stamp a third time with another color.  You just have to play!  The photopolymer pattern on these stamps is the watercolor look so it doesn’t stamp a “full” image all around. There’s nothing wrong with the stamp, it’s the way it is made for this look.

My card base is Old Olive and that is the ink I used to stamp the leaves.  The ribbon on the card is the cool 1/4″ Copper Trim. I stamped my flowers with Daffodil Delight first and then Crushed Curry.  I didn’t get too adventurous!  In my practice page I also used Cajun Craze as the third color. You could use oranges, too and even unusual colors like blues and purples.

REMEMBER to use your BONUS COUPONS from July if you earned them!  August 31 will be the last day!  If you are waiting to order from the Holiday Catalog but you have these coupons and want to use them, you could at least order basics like adhesive, cardstock, ink pads, ribbon and then you can order holiday products starting Sept. 1st.  Just a suggestion! And if you want something “holiday” you can get the Carols of Christmas Bundle, available now, while you wait for the Holiday Catalog



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!


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!


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!



Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes with Spooky Cat

Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes with Spooky Cat

How do you like these Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes with Spooky Cats?  I bet that one of the most popular items in the upcoming Holiday Catalog will be this Cat Punch! If you are interested, I would order it right away when the catalog comes out. What is really great, is that you can punch the cat right out of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper!  You can also stamp and punch with the Spooky Cat Stamp Set!

If you are ordering in August, I would go ahead and order the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes from the Annual Catalog.  They are currently backordered, but yours will come as soon as they are resupplied, which will be faster than if you wait until they are back in stock and then order.  You get 16 boxes that are 2″ x 2″ x 2″ and are food safe!  And the cost is only $7.50. These are great for having on hand any time you need a little treat for someone or to hold a small gift.  You can decorate them however you like.  You will see this Halloween idea in the Holiday Catalog. I chose to just punch out some cats from the Spooky Night Paper and tie with some ribbon, plus I added a stamped greeting from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.  So fun!  So many creative possibilities!

This is such a quick and easy Halloween treat to make and will be so fun with the new Cat Punch!!

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July by August 31.

I can’t believe how fast August is flying by!

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Happy Halloween Pick a Pumpkin Card

Happy Halloween Pick a Pumpkin Card

This is my first Halloween card of the season and of the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, made with the Pick a Pumpkin Bundle.  I wondered if some of you were “on the fence” about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month!  And then I thought about making a card with pumpkins on the fence!  You never know where inspiration will come from!  LOL!

New Paper Pumpkin subscribers can join and get the September Paper Pumpkin Kit for 50% off! Just use Promo Code:  HALFOFF0917. The only clue for September is that it is an “exceptionally beautiful kit”. That’s all I know, but if you like fall, there’s no reason not to try Paper Pumpkin at least for September because it is well worth the special offer price!  It is well worth the regular price, too, but might as well take advantage of a bargain I say!

Click HERE to Join Paper Pumpkin!  No risk, no obligation! Do it for yourself!

Now back to my Halloween card!  If you changed the greeting, this card could be any occasion. The card base is actually Crumb Cake, even though the front layers completely cover it up. I have a piece of Whisper White at the top on which I sponged some colors like Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry to make an interesting sky. The greeting is stamped in Early Espresso ink and is from the new stamp set Spooky Cat.

The fence portion is the Hardwood background stamp stamped on Crumb Cake Cardstock with Early Espresso ink. To make the pickets at the top, I drew a pencil line across the top a little ways down so I knew how far down to cut.  Then I used my Paper Snips to just cut by hand. Very easy!  If you don’t own the Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips, you really need a pair, more than you know!  They can do things regular scissors can’t!  I love mine! I’ve mentioned this before, but in the large background stamps I do prefer the wood-mount.  I just think it gives them a little more strength to have them already mounted on the wood and they are ready to go. It also saves you from buying the largest acrylic block if you don’t have the whole set.

The pumpkins, stems and vines are stamped with the Pick a Pumpkin Stamp Set and die cut with the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies.  Now as I mentioned, if you buy them together in the Bundle (144670), you will save 10%. I also discovered that the pumpkin dies also fit some of the pumpkins in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper if you would like to die cut some of those from the paper!

The pumpkin on the ground on this card with the die cut little stars is backed with a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper that I hand cut for a sparkly layer behind the stars!  Cute!

The Holiday Catalog will be out September 1, 2017! I believe customers are starting to receive the ones I ordered in the mail.  Some will take longer than others to arrive, just depends where you live and how long the postal employee sits in the back room and reads it first!  I do have some extras if you are new and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products. Just email me with your contact information. If you already have a Demonstrator you are working with, she will be able to provide you with a catalog.

Don’t forget!  Try Paper Pumpkin with the special 50% offer for September!  Don’t just sit on the fence and miss out!  To find out more about this offer, click HERE.


Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun Greeting Card August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun Greeting Card August 21, 2017

Today is the total solar eclipse of the sun!  Finally, the day is here!  I thought I would commemorate the eclipse by trying to make some sort of card. Thankfully we now have Glossy Cardstock back at Stampin’ Up! because this was the perfect paper to use for my eclipse card!

The card base is Basic Black with a layer of Gold Foil. On the Glossy White Cardstock piece, I sponged on ink of various colors with pieces of a Stamping Sponge.  For the sun, I used the new Starburst Punch.  I actually punched a piece of a sticky note with the Starburst Punch when I started making the card and stuck it down on the clean sheet of glossy, then did all the sky colors around it.  That way the sun itself would not be colored. Next I took off that mask, and placed the negative of the sticky note over the Starburst shape on the card, carefully lining it up, and sponged in the sun with Crushed Curry ink.

For the moon covering the sun, I punched a 2″ Circle in another sticky note and used the negative over the sun for the mask and sponged on Memento Black Ink in the center of the sun inside that outline of the 2″ Punch.

The adirondack chair die cut is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  The little greeting is from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp SetI die cut that and the gold foil layer with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.

My son is off camping in Oregon on a ranch to experience the solar eclipse of 2017 in totality, so we are partly more interested in the eclipse because of that, but we would be interested anyway!  Just hoping for no clouds at the time of the eclipse today!

Hope you enjoy your eclipse experience!  Just be sure NOT to look at the sun for even a second! You can look online for many ways to safely experience the eclipse.


Making a Z-Fold Card with Birthday Memories Designer Paper

Birthday Memories Z-Fold Card Open

Making a Z-Fold Card for a birthday is easy and with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, your card will be so cute and fun! Z-Fold cards give an added dimension to cardmaking and thereby make you look like such an expert and professional! And yet, if they only knew, it is SO EASY!

To make the Z-Fold card base, just make a regular card. Then fold the front of the card base back on itself in half! In other words, score the front of the 4  1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card front at 2 1/8″ (in the middle of the 4 1/4″ card front) and fold the right side backwards toward the card fold. This is easy to see on the photo above. You can add whatever designer pieces of paper, if you want, to decorate the panels.

As you design the front square or rectangle which is the focal point of the card, consider what size the greeting on the inside of the card will be. You will want that focal point to cover the greeting when the card is closed. Once I decided on the size I wanted that focal panel to be and cut the pieces, I closed the card with the focal piece on top and lightly penciled in the outline of it on the Whisper White layer that was going to be inside the card so that I could see where I had to stamp my greeting inside the card.

As you can see, I used the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, which is such a happy and whimsical collection of papers. I don’t think we have had anything quite like it in the past.  I just love it!  The Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set coordinates with the paper, and that is what I used to stamp the greeting on the fox’s banner and on the inside of the card. The other amazing product is the Birthday Friends Framelits DiesThese dies not only cut some of the stamped images, but also some of the images in the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

You do have to have it all, you know you do!!  Get the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle and get the stamp set and framelits all at a 10% savings. Also order the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and if you like, get some embellishments you can use like ribbons or Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments.

You can see another birthday card I made with this set HERE in this post!

Be sure to use any July Bonus Coupons you have before the end of August!

Also, check the Clearance Rack as new products were added the other day!  Only available while supplies last!

Birthday Memories Z-Fold Card

Place your Stampin’ Up! order today so you can get your hands on this fun Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, stamp set and dies and start creating!


September Special! Paper Pumpkin Kit at 50% Off For New Subscribers

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017

This is a very special invitation to join Paper Pumpkin at an amazing introductory rate during our Fall into Savings promotion. Subscribe from August 11–September 10 and Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!

Just sign up using promo code HALFOFF0917 HERE by September 10.

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join by Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • No risk, no obligation.  Just cancel by the 10th of any month or simply “Skip” a month if you need to!


Don’t delay!  Go ahead and sign up today! Then your subscription will be ready to go when Stampin’ Up! starts shipping out the kits mid-September!  Yours will be ready to go! You’ll experiment the fun of receiving your Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail one day and have everything you need in one box to sit down and craft!  Just for you!

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