Category Archives: Scrapbooking

It’s Time For the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2014

Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?!  The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!

Here’s a little gift tag card I made in minutes with the Festival of Trees stamp set, some Brights Candy Dots, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and a greeting stamp called Good Greetings that you can earn FREE! Just host a $300 party or place your own $300 order!

Festival of Trees Tag Card

Don’t miss the Festival of Trees Bundle with the stamp set and NEW Tree Punch!

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know.  And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  I would be happy to get a catalog to you!

Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer:  Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product!  Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started!  It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for all your stamping needs!

August My Digital Studio Downloads! Check Them Out!

My Digital Studio Downloads Aug 2014

Check out these new digital downloads for My Digital Studio! You might notice you can get the Love Story Digital Project Life Cards and print out as many as you need! Instead of weekly, new downloads will come out monthly.

Today is the last day for Weekly Deals!  Great day to buy some ink pads!!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 5

Click on the link above or the photo for more information about the products. Let me know if you have any questions!

And of course, don’t forget about the Big Shot & Bundles opportunity!  Buy a Big Shot, choose a free Bundle. Or if you have a Big Shot, purchase a Bundle (or more than one!) for 15% off. Check the Bundles and prices HERE in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

Big Shot Bundle Promo Ad

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals June 3 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals June 3 2014

Even with all the excitement over the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog going live yesterday, Stampin’ Up! still has some deals for you today!  These Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals are good today through next Monday, June 9. You might want to add one of these items to your new catalog order!

Instead of offering new downloads for My Digital Studio every Tuesday as in the past, Stampin’ Up! will offer new downloads the first week of every month. Here are the latest digital downloads:

Quatrefancy Hello Lovely Panel Card

Quatrefancy Hello Lovely Panel Card

Time is really getting short on retired Stampin’ Up! products, so I thought I would use some of my Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Hello, Lovely Stamp SetI have to admit, I haven’t been crazy about this pack of paper, but if I looked more at each paper individually, maybe it wasn’t too bad!  On this card, I just cut some 3/4″ strips of paper from scraps in the package and staggered them a little on this card front. Although I tried to center the center strip, I got it off a little bit which made the strips too far over to the right.  Since there “are no mistakes in stamping!” I decided to fix it by covering the extra wide margin on the left with some of the Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (my favorite ribbon for a long time!). I stamped the greeting in Island Indigo ink and layered on pieces of Strawberry Slush and Pool Party card stock. Kind of a fun design to show off the papers in the Quatrefancy pack.

So much happening at Stampin’ Up!

Retiring Stampin’ Up! products available through June 4th, while supplies last!

Retired Stamps

Retired Accessories

See them all in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store (some are discounted!) Click the “View:  ALL” so you can see them easily on one page.

New Catalog begins Monday, June 2, Noon MT (Mountain Time) Be patient with computer glitches as there will undoubtedly be a lot of traffic at first.

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Good things on there this week!

Don’t forget the Occasions Catalog! Ending June 1st? or 2nd? Anything not in the new catalog most likely won’t be available again unless there are any carryover items.

Clearance Rack Might as well check it before you put in your order!

The new Project Life by Stampin’ Up!    Available NOW!

Want to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? You can sign up and start your own business for only $50 ($55 product value) or the regular Starter Kit for $99.  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com if you would like more information!

Be sure to shop for the retiring items you want from Stampin’ Up! as soon as you can so you won’t miss out on availability.  But you will have an overlap from June 2 to June 4th to place your order out of the retiring products and the new catalog!  What a deal!!  Contact me if you have any questions!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals May 13 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 13 2014

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of May 13 – 19, 2014. Remember, these deals are only available through Monday night next week.

One thing I would recommend would be purchasing the Project Life Corner Punch rather than the one on sale this week. The rounding is slightly different and I think you should have the latest thing that might work best for you.  The Project Life cards come with square corners that you CAN round if you want to – or leave as is!

You might LIKE to get the Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags because you can use those with Project Life or just to add to cards or other projects! Of course you also can see designer paper on the deals plus Big Shot dies and an embossing folder!?!

Just announced this morning, but probably won’t last long!  Stampin’ Up! has a LIMITED QUANTITY of 2012-14 In Color card stock available only while supplies last, which I bet won’t be long!  If you want some, GET IT right away! Just go to my Online Store HERE.

In Color Card Stock Limited

Only two weeks left to buy Stampin’ Up! retired products!  Don’t wait much longer!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Project Life Everyday Adventure Traditional Scrapbook Page

Project Life Everyday Adventure Traditional Scrapbook Page

One of the things I love already about Project Life by Stampin’ Up! are the many ways you can use the materials, for example in this traditional scrapbook page with the Everyday Adventure products. The simplicity of the basic concept of Project Life is using the Photo Pocket Pages to easily slip in photos and the cards for journaling or embellishing. But if you prefer making traditional scrapbook page layouts, you still can do it and use the Project Life cards and accessories. You’re only limited by your own imagination and creativity! And that comes much easier when you have those Project Life products to hold right in your hands for inspiration!

You can find any of these early release Project Life products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! More will be in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog – coming soon!!! Contact me if you are interested in Stampin’ Up!’s many product offerings and would like a copy of the catalog.

It’s National Scrapbooking Day 2014! Get Your Stampin’ Up! Project Life Products!

Project Life Everyday Adventure Card Collection

Today, May 3, 2014 is National Scrapbooking Day, so what a great time to start thinking about incorporating Project Life into your scrapbooking, if you haven’t already. And if you have heard of Project Life with Becky Higgins or have been using Project Life, now’s the time to incorporate the special sets and products offered by Stampin’ Up! using Stampin’ Up! colors and designs! There will be a selection of new Project Life offerings in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog out June 2, 1014 BUT you can get in on the pre-order RIGHT NOW at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store with the Everyday Adventure Card Collection and the Accessory Pack, plus several other Project Life product such as the Project Life Corner Rounder Punchthe Cards & Labels Project Life Framelits Dies, the Variety Pack 12″ X 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages and even MORE!

The only hard part for me is to choose some current photos on my computer to get printed so they can be USED or to start with older photos in the boxes in my craft room (which, I’m sure you can understand, might require some rearranging of “stuff” and stepping over some valuable excess craft items in order to reach those boxes of photos!).

Just LOOK at the variety of cards you get in the photo above in the Everyday Adventures Project Life Card Collection to use for decoration, embellishment, and journaling (or whatever you want!).

Project Life Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack

And the photo above shows all the cool stuff you get in the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory PackIt looks really fun but might be hard for us “papercrafting hoarders” to actually USE these fun things – stickers, die-cuts, washi tape, wooden embellishments, acetate page, etc. But we must!  We can always order more!

To view and to order the new Stampin’ Up! Project Life offeringsavailable RIGHT NOW (you don’t have to wait for the new catalog!), just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE or email me if you would like me to put in an order for you. Digital downloads are also available!

Stampin’ Up! Project Life Also Available In Digital!

Stampin' Up! Project Life Digital Downloads

By now you probably heard about Stampin’ Up! partnering with Project Life and Becky Higgins, but did you know you would also be able to purchase digital versions of Stampin’ Up! Project Life?

All of the Project Life cards and stamp sets will be offered as downloads that are compatible with the Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio design software and other design and photo editing programs.

Each digital card kit will include all the Project Life images from the traditional card collections and some stamp brushes. Stampin’ Up! will also offer our Project Life Photopolymer Stamp Sets as downloads (English-only).

New to digital design? Here are some of the perks:

  • With just a few clicks on your computer, you can print your cards from home and add them to your projects.
  • Digital downloads are a great companion to the traditional products because you’ll never run out of cards.
  • Add stamps to your photos to create stunning overlays before you get them printed.
  • Create custom cards by recoloring and resizing the embellishments and stamps.

The possibilities are endless!

You can view the regular Project Life products that Stampin’ Up! has available now plus the digital downloads right HERE in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! And the digital downloads will be available to you immediately with no shipping! Be sure to also click on page 2 of the products!

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What’s New? Project Life Pre-Order Available Today for You!

Project Life

Get in on the Project Life® craze in scrapbooking now in Stampin’ Up! colors and designs!

You can begin ordering this set of products TODAY, MAY 1st at my Online Store!

More products will be available in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog coming out June 2nd. Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins who created Project Life and who has been well-known in the scrapbooking world for many years. In recent years she developed her successful Project Life line of products to simplify the scrapbooking process and leave more time for creating those moments we often want to scrapbook! Project Life consists of slipping your photos into scrapbook page pockets along with cards which can simply be used as a decoration on the page or as a journaling card. Embellish if you like or as much or as little as you like.  Use the cards for other projects, in journals or on cards.  The sky is the limit as it always is in papercrafting!!

Here’s something brand new you can get in on TODAY! Place your Project Life pre-order today and start playing! Much more will be coming in the future!

Project Life Photo Everyday Adventure Collection

You can choose from photopolymer stamp sets, 12×12 Pocket Pages, cards, journaling pens, and more! Place your pre-order yourself or I will be happy to do it for you! Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps and we can arrange it.

Project Life Everyday Adventure Products

Project Life Everyday Adventure Product List and Prices

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and shop around! Don’t forget the Weekly Deals, the Clearance Rack, and the Retiring Products as well if you want to add to your order. Let me know if you have any questions!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal April 29 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal April 29 2014

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, April 29 – May 5 2014. These are some good choices!  I really like the little star in the Merry Minis Punch Pack. The Downtown Grunge Photobook Template Digital Download has been popular since it came out. Have a look at it and see if you can use it, whether you have My Digital Studio or not! The Dress Up Framelits Dies are fun, you can get lots of uses out of those. And of course you must need new ribbon, don’t you?!  Get these products while they last!

Check out the Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products HERE in my Online Store! Click the “Show:  ALL” dropdown choice and it makes it easy to scroll through all the products rather than keep going to the next page!

Hit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now to check out all the current Stampin’ Up! products listed in the left sidebar of my store!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins!

Stampin’ Up! made an exciting announcement this morning!  Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Becky Higgins is famous in the scrapbooking world and has developed the Project Life concept of using scrapbook pages with pockets into which you can slip photos and designed cards to simply and quickly record the moments of your everyday life….or any occasions! Now you will be able to purchase Project Life products in Stampin’ Up! colors and designs!

Beginning May 1st you will be able to purchase a selection of Project Life products and with the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog on June 2nd you will be able to order the complete line of Project Life products!

Project Life Stampin' Up! Launch

 

Project Life Products List

 

Stay tuned!  I’m sure there will be a LOT more buzz about this in coming days!  You know it won’t ONLY be for scrapbookers either! Everyone can join in with various papercrafting projects using the materials! Just wait until you see the creativity! And–what a great way to spend your tax refund!!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Let’s Get Digital with My Digital Studio During Sale-A-Bration

Let's Get Digital Bundle

Don’t forget about the My Digital Studio products during Sale-A-Bration! My Digital Studio is the digital papercrafting software from Stampin’ Up! You can make way more than just scrapbook pages digitally. This is the Let’s Get Digital Bundle offered in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure as a suggestion to get to the $50 price point to earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. After purchasing this, or any other current Stampin’ Up! products or My Digital Studio products, you can choose a FREE Digital Ensemble during Sale-A-Bration (more stuff to play with on My Digital Studio!) or any other free product in the brochure.

Here is a video that gives you an inside peek at making a card in My Digital Studio. One of the things you will see is recoloring a stamp, one of the newer features! Closer to the beginning of the video you will see a color put behind a see-through word in order to change the background color. You can send layers forward and backward to achieve what you want. The best way to learn My Digital Studio is to get in there and play! It’s all pretty intuitive and you will learn it all in no time!

You can try My Digital Studio free for 30 days, although at a price of only $19.95 I feel confident you will like it when you try it and you should just go ahead and purchase the MDS software, either as a download (recommended) or the disc. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Save Money on Stampin’ Up! Products

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 25 2014

Save a little money on some Stampin’ Up! products this week in the new Weekly Deal! Every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! has been offering several products at a discount.  This special is good until the following Monday night.  Add these items to your order and when you reach $50 you can ALSO take advantage of Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

Here are some tips for these products!

  • The Backyard Basics Framelits Dies coordinate, of course, with the Backyard Basics Stamp Set, available in wood- or clear-mount. There is also a Bundle, too, if you prefer which includes the stamp set and framelits.
  • You might like to use Clear Embossing Powder with the Gold Metallic Encore Pad. You can use the ink without being embossed but if you touch the stamped image you might get a dab of ink on your finger, although the image itself doesn’t smear.
  • The Paper Doily Sizzlits Die is beautiful but a little more labor intensive, sometimes. Sometimes it depends on the amount of pressure exerted in your own Big Shot. It may help to place a piece of wax paper on the die and then the card stock which helps the pieces come out. Or just use your Paper Piercing Tool or something sharp to poke out the little pieces. But sometimes they don’t even all have to be poked out because sometimes/usually you are covering part of the doily with some other element. But it is a beautiful die and can add a lot to your project!

Also, today:  New My Digital Studio Downloads for February 25, 2014

MDS Downloads Feb 25 2014

I’m excited to see the Word Bubbles Punches and the Just Sayin’ Digital Stamp Brush Set included!  Click the link above to see all the downloads for this week.

Check out all these products and more at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal February 11 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal February 11 2014

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for the week of February 11 2014. That Artisan Label Punch is a good one.  I would snatch that up. Of course ribbon and ink is always good and might as well get any Big Shot supplies while you can on discount!  Just click on the image above to go to my Online Store page. Check out the other items from Stampin’ Up! by looking at the categories in the left sidebar of the store.

Don’t forget about the ongoing Sale-A-Bration promotion going on at Stampin’ Up!  Simply purchase $50 or more in current products and choose a free product from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Who doesn’t want free stamping stuff?!

New downloads released for My Digital Studio today, also! Check these out! Click on the image below! Just image a scrapbook page with the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper! And if you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day decorations, check out the Luck O’ the Irish Ensemble!

My Digital Studio Downloads Feb 11 2014

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal at my Online Store! Why not get some current discounted stamping products and add them to your Sale-A-Bration order?! Just get to $50 in merchandise and earn a free product!  No limits!  Buy $100 in product, get two free Sale-A-Bration products.  Buy $150 and get three free Sale-A-Bration products PLUS $25 Hostess Dollars to choose more items!  Let me know if you have any questions!  You can put in your order online HERE yourself or I can do it for you!  I’m happy to help!

Super Bowl Scrapbook Page Idea

Super Bowl 2014 Scrapbook Page

Today is Super Bowl Sunday! Perhaps you are having a party or going to a party. Wouldn’t it be great to take some photos of your friends and put them on a scrapbook page to remember the day?  This scrapbook page was made easily in My Digital Studio, the digital papercrafting design software from Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio is about way more than making scrapbook pages, though. You could have designed matching party invitations, table decorations, banners for house decorations, and more! The best way to learn to use My Digital Studio is just to get in the program and play. You can start with pre-designed pages or projects and just add your photos, or change the color of the paper but keep the design.

You can try My Digital Studio FREE for 30 days if you like.  But at a price of only $19.95 for the full program, why not just purchase My Digital Studio from the start and you are ready to go with the software and TONS of content! I recommend the download so you have immediate access and can always access it rather than keeping track of the disc.

Enjoy the game and enjoy the parties!

Stampin’ Up! Leadership Occasions Catalog Samples

One of my favorite parts of ANY Stampin’ Up! event is looking at the display boards and taking pictures of the samples! Here are some from the Occasions Catalog.  Enjoy, and then go stamp something! Be inspired!

Leadership Samples Occasions Catalog

Retro Fresh Scrapbook Page Occasions Catalog

Leadership Samples Chalkboard Gift Bag

Leadership Samples High Tide Suite

Leadership High Tide Card

Leadership Samples Happy Watercolor

Leadership Samples Fancy Foil Vellum Scrapbook Page

Leadership Samples Watercolor Scrapbook PageLeadership Samples Geometrical Scrapbook Page

Sara’s samples of the new Photopolymer stamp set coming soon!

Leadership Samples Photopolymer Stamps

If you need some of these new stamps, papers, and accessories from the Occasions Catalog, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and place your order!

 

 

Occasions Catalog Displays at Stampin’ Up! Leadership

Retro Fresh Suite

It’s nice viewing all the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, but it’s even nicer seeing them all in person under the bright lights in the displays at Leadership! They really know how to make anything look artistic, even the way they display buttons or Baker’s Twine!

Retro Fresh Stickers

Retro Fresh Stickers to use in the coordinating journal or on any project.

Retro Fresh Peachy Keen

The Polaroid and film look of Peachy Keen is in now!

Retro Fresh Journaling Tags

Retro Fresh Journaling Tags – Use them for journaling or making cards or other projects!

Retro Fresh Journal

Retro Fresh This and That Journal, much like the popular smash books where you add mementos and memorabilia in a casual style. I love the look of the debossed camera on the front!

Kaleidoscope Suite

Look how cute the Basic Metal Buttons are displayed!

Hip Notes

Hip Notes coordinates with the Essentials Wooden Elements and Retro Fresh Suite.

High Tide Suite

Cute striped grosgrain ribbon display!

High Tide Designer Paper

Seeing the new designer paper in person is always great!

Framed Chalk Art

Love this chalk art with the very trendy garland from the Springtime Hello Simply Created Garland Kit on the frame!

Watercolor Wonder

Beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards and Envelopes.

Display Fox Card

Cute, cute card with the new stamp set Life in the Forest.

Essential Wooden Elements

Go natural with the Essentials Wooden Elements which can be stamped on.

Blessed Easter Card

Beautiful Blessed Easter Stamp card watercolored and accented with gold.

Arrows Embossing Folder

Arrows must be in! Use the new Arrows Embossing Folder.

See Stampin’ Up!’s Donation to the Today Show Toy Drive 2013

Two days ago I happened to change the TV channel to NBC and the end of the Today Show was on and here was Sara Douglass, daughter of Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!  Every year Stampin’ Up! donates to the Today Show Toy Drive.  Sara says in the video that the company is donating $650,000 in papercrafting products to the Toy Drive!  This year, though, Stampin’ Up! didn’t tell us in advance that they would be on the show so it came as a complete surprise!  Shelli wasn’t there herself as she is still recuperating from her horse accident a few months ago (quite well, I believe!) and Sara has had experience doing it in the past anyway. It’s great to know Stampin’ Up! is making such a generous donation and getting national exposure to the company. And I love the scrapbook pages Sara is holding up!  Sara always does great presentations on stage at Convention and she does a good job in her television appearance as well representing Stampin’ Up!