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Spring Has Come to Houston!

Azaleas in Houston Spring 2015

The weather is gorgeous here in Houston, Texas and our azaleas are in full bloom! I just have to show them off! If you are still experiencing snow, I hope this will give you some comfort that spring will soon come to you as well! Perhaps just looking at these beautiful blooms will inspire you to stamp a card with pretty flowers or make you feel like Easter is on its way. There was an older stamp set with a flower stamp that I used to use to look like my azaleas. But any flower stamp that gives you the same feeling as looking at this picture will do!

While you have some free time this weekend, be sure to shop Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs and Online Store and make your list before the end of Sale-A-Bration.  Tuesday, March 31 will be your last day to get your free Sale-A-Bration goodies with each $50 purchase.  No limit on multiple increments of $50! Any current merchandise counts toward the $50, even My Digital Studio downloads, if you need a couple more dollars to reach $50 or $100. My Digital Studio is going away May 31 so purchase any downloads, or the software, that you want before them – might as well do it now and take advantage of Sale-A-Bration! You can still use My Digital Studio even when Stampin’ Up! no longer carries it.

You might consider stocking up on card stock, adhesives, refills, or In Colors that will be retiring in a few weeks.  Beat the rush and avoid a sell-out.

Remember you have extra choices in Sale-A-Bration products beside the brochure! Click on the links below!

Sale-A-Bration Brochure

New Sale-A-Bration Choices

Newest Sale-A-Bration Choices

Place your Stampin’ Up! order at my Online Store or email me and I’ll be happy to put it in for you! Continue reading

Get Your Paper Pumpkin During Sale-A-Bration!


During Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration you can buy products from the Annual Catalog or the Occasions Catalog or get a pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription! For every $50 that you spend, you can choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product – and, guess what?  The 3-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription is on sale $5 off and earns you a Sale-A-Bration item! Just add the 3-month Paper Pumpkin subscription to your order #137859. (Shipping is already included in the Paper Pumpkin kit, and while the SAB item is free, you will be charged minimum shipping if that is all you order – so I suggest adding some other stamping supplies or kits to your order.)

After you place your order, you will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! telling you how to get your Paper Pumpkin subscription set up.  If you ordered one as a gift for someone, you just pass along that information to them. When the three months are up, you can order another prepaid subscription or put in your account information so you will be set up to receive the kits on a monthly basis.

It’s such excitement to receive your red box in the mail and be surprised by what’s inside!  If presentation is important, then Stampin’ Up! got it right because your Paper Pumpkin kit comes all wrapped up as a gift for you!  It’s a gift of time for you to take to make the project inside and enjoy yourself! Follow the directions exactly or strike out on your own with the materials – or a little bit of both!

You can be a non-crafter and still enjoy Paper Pumpkin!  Try something new!  Maybe you want to send a gift to your friend, or your mother, or aunt, or niece, or nephew, or grandma, or granddaughter, or college student, or neighbor. You deserve a papercrafting kit in your mailbox once a month and maybe someone else you know does too!

Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and place your order for any of the wonderful stamping and papercrafting supplies Stampin’ Up! offers AND add a prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription just like any other item. For every $50 you spend, you will then choose your free Sale-A-Bration item and you have lots to choose from this year!

Sale-a-Bration Brochure (Blendabiltiies Markers no longer available)

New Sale-A-Bration Choices

Newest Sale-A-Bration Choices

Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on Tuesday, March 31.  Don’t delay!!!

 

Stampin’ Up! Updates

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 24 2015

Here are the current Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for Tuesday March 24 through Monday March 30.

Also, last week when I was on vacation, there was an announcement about My Digital Studio (MDS). This program has been evaluated by Stampin’ Up! and determined that this product has not been as successful as Stampin’ Up! had hoped.  Therefore, it will no longer be offered after May 31, 2015. If you own MDS you can certainly still continue to use it and have your products printed anywhere other than the SU printer. Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer support, although if you ask your demonstrator about any questions or problems, we may be able to find out the answer for you within our demonstrator community. Be sure you have downloaded all the downloads you have purchased (I need to do this!) before May 31 and it is suggested you have everything backed up because you will not be able to go back to Stampin’ Up! to download again. You can use the SU Printer up until May 31 (I need to do this too!). I hate to see MDS go, as do a lot of demonstrators and customers, but I didn’t use it as much as I intended to and maybe that was true with a lot of people.

However, for your memory-keeping, we do have Project Life by Stampin’ Up! created by Becky Higgins that is very easy to use! Stampin’ Up! continues to bring us exciting new products so while I am sad to see MDS go, change is a part of life and stamping! Just be sure you purchase any downloads (or the software) before May 31 and if you have any projects you have made but not printed, have them printed by the SU printer before May 31. You can always print things yourself or have them printed at other local businesses.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end March 31, a week from today!

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Save Some Green on St. Patrick’s Day with These Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals & a SURPRISE!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 17 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 17 – 23. Save on pretty ribbons and embossing folders!  And a fun stamp set!

And a SURPRISE!!!

SAB Banner Newest Items

Newest Sale-A-Bration Items

With the loss of the Blendabilities Markers, Stampin’ Up! has added some new items to choose for FREE with a $50 purchase during these last couple weeks of Sale-A-Bration!  All Sale-A-Bration items (except stamp sets) are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patricks Day Pot of Gold and Lucky Shamrocks

Butterfly Berry Basket

Butterfly Berry Basket

I may not have the fancy dishes and table decorations that I saw on the Houston Azalea Trail last Friday, but at least I can make my own basket with the Berry Basket Die and decorate with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies #137360.

I got this idea from the sample in our demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success. Mine is made a little differently, but I copied the main elements. Stampin’ Up! made their sample with Coaster Board, a heavier material that would truly be better for making a sturdy basket. Rather than stamping a smaller butterfly, I just die cut the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper available during Sale-A-Bration. The larger butterfly is die cut from the paper in the Sweet Taffy DSP.

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 10 2015

It’s always fun to see the new Weekly Deals! Stock up on two colors of Baker’s Twine and the bright and happy All Abloom DSP Paper Stack. If you’re looking for spring, get the Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set and matching embossing folder. There’s also Gold Glitter for pizzazz and you’ll love the Cotton Ribbon!

The Butterflies Thinlits Dies, as  I write this, are backordered and they can’t be ordered at this time. As soon as Stampin’ Up! gets more in stock, they will turn the number back on.

In the mean time, you can purchase the Berry Basket Die and any of the Weekly Deals in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Mar 3 2015

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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 3 – Monday, March 9. You have a digital download for My Digital Studio or any design software on your computer to help you make some St. Patrick’s Day decorations! Did you know you can purchase the software download for My Digital Studio, receive it immediately since it is a download (no shipping!) and you get a ton of content to use with it? You don’t have to be a knowledgeable digital scrapbooker to use it, it’s very easy to use and learn and there are plenty of videos to help you at www.mydigitalstudio.net.

The other products on the Weekly Deals can be used for packaging treats or gifts.  The Filter Paper can be used to make those tissue flowers we used to make in school or cut it in strips and moosh up to make Easter grass or paper shred in a box or package. Stampin’ Up! products are usually so versatile you can use them for things other than what they obviously are intended.

Remember we have four extra products to choose from for your FREE Sale-A-Bration product with a $50!

New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

Just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and you will see all your choices!

Does March Come In Like a Lion? Sale-A-Bration Does with New Products!

March Lion and Lamb

Today is the first day of March! Weather lore suggests that if March comes in like a lion then it goes out like a lamb. I think most parts of the country would say the weather has already been like a lion for quite awhile now with so much snow and ice.  One day I read that there was snow in 48 states! Some parts of Texas can be wintry but not here at my house, except for feeling really cold, and that usually means temperatures in the 40’s! So if March is coming in like a lion at your house, I hope it will soon settle down and act like a lamb!

Stampin’ Up! has been like a lion since January when Sale-A-Bration began, their biggest promotion of the year. When you purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise you earn a FREE Stampin’ Up! product from the special Sale-A-Bration Brochure. And no limits, so for every $50 you spend, you earn a free product! Unfortunately, Stampin’ Up! has had quality issues with the Blendabilities Markers so those numbers are turned off in ordering as well as the ones available in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. No Blendabilities Markers are available at this time and we will all have to wait for further announcements from Stampin’ Up! about this problem.

Also, if you have any difficulty ordering certain accessory items (not stamps), it could be that those numbers were turned off due to backorder problems which stem from the west coast port situation. As you may have heard on the news, the west coast ports have reached a tentative agreement and operations should return to normal, but there is such a backlog that it will take awhile to recover. Some Stampin’ Up! products may be affected and their numbers may have been turned off to keep customers from having to wait an undetermined amount of time. If you have any questions about backordered products, just ask. Stampin’ Up! manufactures their own stamps in Utah so those are not involved.

The good news is that four new products are available today from which to choose during Sale-A-Bration!  That is only until March 31 and then Sale-A-Bration is over!

Sale-A-Bration Brochure 2015

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New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

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You can begin Sale-A-Bration shopping today with these new products as choices with every $50 purchase! Also, remember to check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, the New Arrivals, and the Clearance Rack!

Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to order!

 

 

New Sale-A-Bration Free Products Coming!

New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

Stampin’ Up! is spicing things up with some new FREE products you can earn during Sale-A-Bration beginning in March! Starting March 1st you will also have these products to choose as your free item with every $50 purchase!  You can choose from two stamp sets, printed vellum paper, and a combination of beautiful colorful twine and buttons!! You’re going to want to have some Blendabilities for the coloring opportunities with these new products! Click each photo below for an up-close look at the products and samples.  Then go make your Stampin’ Up! list to be ready to order March 1st! Remember, this is one month only, the final month of Sale-A-Bration!

Reminder:  Today is the last day for these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Weekly Deal Feb 17 2015

 Shop any time at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Best Day Ever Happy Card

Best Day Ever Happy Card

Use the Best Day Ever Stamp Set, available as a free product you can earn during Sale-A-Bration, and the Hello You Thinlits Dies in the Occasions Catalog, you can make a simple card in bright, happy colors to cheer someone for whatever reason.

To make this card I just grabbed the stamp set and the little flower-looking stamp, and stamped it in Melon Mambo to match the card base, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango randomly on the Whisper White card front. Then I die cut the “Happy” from Gold Foil. To make it show up better, I decided to adhere it to Whisper White layered on Melon Mambo. That layer is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. And I stamped a few hearts from the Best Day Ever Stamp Set. The Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon adds a nice, bright embellishment to the card.

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration is at the halfway mark, ending March 31. To see all the items available with every $50 purchase, browse through the Sale-A-Bration brochure at this link! Look for the items marked “FREE”!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Weekly Deal Feb 17 2015

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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for Tuesday February 17 through Monday February 23. Be sure to check them out when you place an order. With every $50 purchase from now through March 31 you can earn a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! No limit! And I’d sure like to see you get free Stampin’ Up! products!!

Speaking of Sale-A-Bration, here is one of the stamp sets you can earn with a $50 purchase.

You Brighten My Day Stamp Set

The You Brighten My Day Stamp Set (Item 139103 [w]) is very versatile. Think about how many days you can brighten with the You Brighten My Day Stamp Set! No need to spend precious time cutting out all the adorable images; this set coordinates with three different punches: the Banner and What’s Up Punches, and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Plus, the triple star and triple heart images fit right on the little house, making it ever so easy to customize your creation. And with four different sentiments, this stamp set works for just about any occasion.

You Brighten My Day SAB

 

Please check out all the great Stampin’ Up! products available to you to make your stamping and crafting projects look beautiful and professional!

Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE today!

Be sure to check your merchandise total to make sure you reach $50 – or $100 – or $150 – and so on to earn your free Sale-A-Bration products!

 

 

How to Store Your Paper Stack

Paper Stack Storage in Case

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, you may have used a lot of papers in your Stacked with Love Designer Paper Stack and have a lot of partial scraps or torn out patterns. Even though you try to keep them inside the pad, they probably tend to fall out. You could put them in a plastic bag, but, I don’t know, that doesn’t fit well into your perfect organizational scheme, does it?! So here is an idea I saw recently and I thought it was a great storage idea for the paper stacks!

The whole paper stack fits nicely into a Stampin’ Up! Clear-Mount Stamp Case. Did you know you could purchase extra empty stamp cases and use them for projects or storage? The Clear-Mount Stamp Cases (119105) are available for purchase!  You get 4 cases for only $5.95. They are so useful for storing extra stamps (like from Paper Pumpkin kits) or paper scraps or decorating to hold a notebook and pen – whatever you can imagine! Since you can see through the cover of the stamp case, you can read the name of the Paper Stack through the cover or you can label it as yo like.

Next time you place an order, think about including a set of Clear-Mount Stamp Cases.  You can also purchase the larger Wood-Mount Stamp Cases (full-size) and the Wood-Mount Half Cases. All these empty stamp cases are good to use for storage. And I know we stampers are always looking for new storage ideas!

Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals as well. Monday nights are the last time to purchase the current Weekly Deals and then on Tuesday there will be new ones.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 10 2015
We’re moving along through Sale-A-Bration, the Stampin’ Up! promotion where you earn a free product with a $50 purchase, so don’t delay!  Get your goodies so you don’t forget!

Try the Stampin’ Up! Clear-Mount Stamp Cases to store your paper stack and not have scraps and pages falling out all over the place. Use the extra ones for other storage or stamping projects!  They are great!

Shop 24/7 at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me if you have any questions!

What’s New at Stampin’ Up! Today?

Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set

A brand new photopolymer stamp set is being released today by Stampin Up! that was introduced at the Leadership Conference!  It is called Lovely Amazing You and has such cute sayings in it! Can you resist “love you more than chocolate”?? Or “you make my heart happy”??

And here are some cute samples provided by Stampin’ Up!

Lovely Amazing You Stamp Set Samples

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Click HERE for PDF Flyer!

And here are the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, good today through February 16, 2015. Remember, with a $50 purchase you can also earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 10 2015As you place any Stampin’ Up! order, always remember to check the top categories in the store in the left sidebar of the ordering site as shown below so you don’t miss anything!  Under HOME you see Weekly Deals, New Arrivals, Clearance Rack, 2015 Occasions Catalog and Returning Favorites. Easy to click and make sure you’re not forgetting something!

 You can do all your Stampin’ Up! shopping HERE at my Online Store!

Or contact me, if you prefer, and I’ll be happy to put your order in for you! Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals February 3 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 3 2015

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals out today until next Monday, February 9. The items that jump out at me of course are the three punches! The Ornate Tag Topper Punch is in the Occasions Catalog right now! And what’s more timely right now than the Hearts Border Punch and the Sweetheart Punch for Valentine’s Day, but really hearts are good year round.

At Leadership last week, Carrie Cudney of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office made a cute project using just the bottom of the Hamburger Box Die to hold cute little Cheerful Critters Notecards. Here is a photo from my laptop screen as I was watching from home!

Hamburger Box Die Note Card Holder
Check out all the Stampin’ Up! products by going through your Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog, as well as the categories in the left sidebar in my Online Store. When you place your order, remember you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you spend!

Class Valentines for Girls & Weekly Deals

Two Hearts 3 x 3 Valentine

It’s about time to start thinking about class valentines for school parties! Over the weekend I had two moms come over and get an early start on valentines for their three school classes. Since I knew we would be making LOTS of valentines, I needed to keep them simple and doable. That meant we probably wanted to punch rather than crank the Big Shot fifty times, make sure I had enough supplies for that many valentines, and basically keep them fairly simple to make and remember that it would be little children receiving these who weren’t going to care how creative we were, who might only barely look at them before tossing aside.  YET we were making them and enjoying doing that so we didn’t mind putting in a little work!

I knew Elsie liked pink and would want some bling and shine on her valentines for her all-girl 2nd grade class! I had some retired Pretty in Pink 3″ x 3″ notecards in my old stash so that saved cutting and scoring and were just the right size. Melon Mambo is a color that goes with Pretty in Pink so I made the layer from Melon Mambo paper in the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack.  The hearts are punched with the retired Heart Punch. One is made from the Silver Glimmer Paper and the other heart is stamped with a retired stamp set P.S. I Love You. The greeting is stamped on a little 1/2″ wide banner from a stamp in the January Paper Pumpkin Kit! The little staple from the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler adds a cute little touch. And for some bling, we added a little Rhinestone Jewel to the heart. The hearts are popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The inside of the card is stamped with the “You’re the Best” stamp in the Just Sayin’ Stamp Set  that Elsie chose herself to use.

After the valentines, Elsie wanted to play (not with toys but with stamps!), and I had already spotted this past kit that I thought she might have fun with. In just a few minutes she had a whole bunch of flowers made! I have no doubt she can now use these flowers to embellish some other projects at home! She also made the popular rubber band bracelets for everyone in her class to give out with her valentines! Elsie is quite the stamper even at her young age.  She knew exactly what she was doing when she was helping us with the valentines, and I loved having a child’s touch to all the valentines for herself, her brother Wyatt, and her friend Carl. Isn’t she the cutest thing?!

Elsie

Don’t we all have the best memories of elementary class valentine parties, of decorating the shoe box or the bag, cutting hearts out of construction paper, using doiles, maybe even some glitter and glue?! I think I remember having a kit to assemble my own valentines rather than the typical store-bought valentines. So maybe it has all come full circle!

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for January 27 – February 2. If you like embossing with the Big Shot or the Texture Boutique, you will LOVE these deals!  Stock up on some embossing folders! The Texture Boutique is way less expensive than the Big Shot, but remember, you can only emboss with it. To do more, get the Big Shot, some paper, some embossing folders, whatever you like to total $150. Then get $25 in Hostess Dollars to spend on anything, plus 3 Sale-A-Bration items FREE!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Jan 27 2015

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Easy Red, Black and White Valentine Card

Easy Red, Black and White Valentine Card

Since I’ve been talking about using up scraps recently, I had to show you this card I made in minutes from a few extra pieces I found on my table. They turned into my easy red, white and black Valentine card! Some other day when I was cutting out hearts with the Hearts Collection Framelit Dies I just saved these scraps. This card began when I just paged through the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and chose this paper with the x’s and o’s. I was debating exactly what to put on the front when I remembered these spare hearts and things over at the corner of the table. When I found them it was easy just placing them on the card and feeling satisfied with my creation. Then I just added a little bow with the Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon. The greeting is stamped with the You Plus Me Stamp SetI suggest the Bundle of Stacked with Love Paper Stack and the stamp set and save 15%!

Don’t forget the new stamp set, Better Than E-mail Photopolymer Stamp Set! If you are making and selling cards, even if you are not a Demonstrator, you must add the Stampin’ Up! copyright stamp to your cards or any Stampin’ Up! images you are selling per the Angel Policy. Even if you are just making cards, I think these are great to stamp on the back just like the big card companies! Then sign or initial your card and put the date if you like.

Better Than Email Stamp Set

These can be ordered in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  And with a $50 purchase you can choose a FREE product during Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration!

Make a Card From Scraps

Make a Card Out of ScrapsOver the weekend, I found a plastic bag full of paper scraps, and I made this Valentine card mostly out of those scraps! My “system” is to shove scrap pieces into the card stock package, but these must have been some that were just loose for a long time and finally got collected into one bag when I HAD to clean up. Some of the colors were even retired! These Mixed Bunch stamps were already stamped on some scraps so I punched those out with the Blossom Punch. For the flower centers, I copied an idea I saw on Pinterest, making centers from little hearts! I used the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the 7/8″ Circle Scallop Punch.  The Honeycomb Embossing Folder was also in the bag of scraps so I used that as my background layer on a card base of Tempting Turquoise since the weather has warmed up and the sun has come out.  I thought we needed a bright card! The designer paper on the card is from the Stacked with Love Paper Stack in the Occasions Catalog. The greeting is stamped with the You Plus Me Stamp Set. There is also a bundle if you like that paper and stamp set, the You Plus Me Bundle.

Find some scraps that you have and make an effort to use them in a card or other project today!

Weekly Deals

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for January 20 -26, 2015!  If you need markers or baker’s twine you are in luck this week!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Jan 20 2015

 

Find all these good products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! 

New Catalogs! New Products! Free Stuff! at Stampin Up!

You Plus Me Card

The stamp set, You Plus Me, to make this card is now available in the new Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog, which is live today! Yes, you can view it and order from it until June 2, 2015.  If my card above looks a little like the one from yesterday, it is very similar!  The same designer paper I used on yesterday’s card from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack is just turned over to the other side, the black and white chevron pattern. To jazz it up a little I added some Silver Glimmer Paper to each side. The background on the Whisper White layer is stamped in Real Red Ink with a stamp in the set. I thought that was very cute! The hearts are die cut with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies even the little ones.

Click on the Occasions Catalog photo below to view.

Stampin' Up! Occasions 2015 Catalog

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And the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year begins today as well!  Sale-A-Bration! 

During Sale-A-Bration, purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! products (before shipping and tax) and choose a free Sale-A-Bration product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2015 Catalog

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As if all that wasn’t enough, here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Really, really great items discounted this week!

Weekly Deal Jan 6 2015

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For all your shopping needs, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today!

Don’t Get Confused! New Catalogs Coming!

Occasions Catalog with SAB Cover

Don’t get confused! New Stampin’ Up! catalogs are coming on Tuesday, January 6, 2015! You may think you have received or are viewing two Sale-A-Bration Catalogs, but THIS one pictured above is the new Occasions Catalog with all the new spring goodies in it!  Wow!  Wait until you see them! The cover on the front is just sort of a flyer advertising Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration, the year’s greatest promotion for Stampin’ Up! But flip that cover page over and you see the beautiful cover of the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Occasions Catalog Cover Open

And here is the smaller Sale-A-Bration 2015 Catalog, filled with FREE PRODUCTS you can earn with every $50.00 purchase plus suggestions for extra products you might like to purchase.

Sale-A-Bration Catalog Cover

If you usually get catalogs mailed to you from me, then you should have received your copies of both the Occasions and the Sale-A-Bration Catalogs already. If you did not, let me know and I’ll check on it.  I order and pay for Stampin’ Up! to send these catalogs out to my best customers, but sometimes they don’t reach their destination unfortunately. I also have some extra catalogs on hand if you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like a copy in your hands rather than online. Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information and I’d be happy to put them in the mail to you. Let me know if you also need the Annual Stampin’ Up! (main) catalog.

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit Boxes

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit BoxesYes, I know star boxes from the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit were supposed to be made before Christmas, but much as I wanted to, it just didn’t happen!  I frequently do Christmas things AFTER Christmas – like bake cookies, make decorations! I could have saved the whole kit for next year, but for one thing, I’m in the mood now to make these, I’ve been looking forward to making them since I first heard of them, and by next Christmas there will be something new and shiny I am interested in!  So better to just make them now and have them ready next Christmas! What a joy that will be!

There are tons of supplies in the kit and the star boxes really were quite easy to make. They suggest starting with a medium size star box to get the hang of it on an easier size. I also followed someone else’s directions to make two of the boxes into boxes with a lid and bottom so that next year perhaps I can use them to put something inside.  Otherwise you are just adhering the back on to the bottom of the sides of the box and the whole thing is closed up.  Still cute and you can string a ribbon through at the top in the beginning of assembly to make an ornament. I haven’t tried all the variations yet!

Really, you could made some of these stars for just any occasion or for a birthday, not everything is Christmas-themed in the kit!

Just want to let you know it is okay to make Christmas things AFTER Christmas, in case you want to!

And at this moment you can still purchase the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit on the Year-End Closeouts Clearance Rack HERE. Only available while supplies last.

Hope you had a happy New Year’s Day yesterday! It seems like the holiday goes on and on with this weekend after! Time for a little more holiday stamping and then on to spring and the new Occasions Catalog and the start of Sale-A-Bration on January 6th! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like the new catalogs, I have some extras I can mail to you.  They will also be available online January 6th when the catalogs and promotion go live! If you are a customer who regularly receives catalogs from me, I think you should have received them already, so hunt through that Christmas mail you might have put aside and find them!

Many Merry Stars Green Boxes

Many Merry Stars Red and Green Boxes

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Bargains! Get Them Today!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 30 2014

The bargains aren’t just at the mall, you can find bargains at Stampin’ Up! in the Weekly Deals and the Year-End Closeouts! And you don’t even have to get out in the traffic or the crowds! In the Weekly Deals this week, until next Monday night, you have a very cute birthday stamp set, several accessories for the Big Shot, a punch, embellishments and a photobook download for My Digital Studio (or whatever design software you own). Click the picture above or the link HERE.

Don’t forget the Year-End Closeouts, good through January 5, 2015.
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Shop for anything you want at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!