Sara Douglass, daughter of Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!, appeared on a local Utah TV show and showed how easy the Season to Season Wreath Project Kit is to assemble and use for multiple occasions. She also shows the completed Witching Decor Project Kit (the witch hat that I love!!). I always enjoy when Stampin’ Up! makes a TV appearance!
Listen to the cute little reporter! She sounds pretty excited with these projects, but I don’t think she has stamped before! Wouldn’t we all love to get our hands on her at a workshop and show her all about stamping and papercrafting?! It’s always fun to see a new person’s eyes light up when they discover the fun of stamping!
If you would like to watch the Stampin’ Up! videos about assembling these two project kits, here they are!
I hope you enjoyed those! The kits in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog this year are just fantastic! I hope you will choose at least one to make!
I’m happy to mail you the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs if you do not have a Demonstrator to help you yet! Just email me your contact information at Karen@KarenStamps.com.
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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, available while supplies last, until Monday September 7, 2015. Don’t miss out! Great embellishments for your cards and projects in the Candy Dots and Rhinestones, of course! Both are adhesive-backed so all you do is stick them on! Any Washi Tape is fun to use, and the White Seam Binding Ribbon is always useful!
This is my favorite Thanksgiving decoration, my turkey from years ago. I bought a floral arrangement in this turkey one year at the grocery store and really loved the turkey. Every year I would take it back to the grocery store to have them put flowers in it for Thanksgiving. More recently I have just been buying a bouquet of fresh flowers and making my own arrangement. Flower arranging is not one of my skills, but I do love my turkey and I love having fresh flowers to look at.
If you are going out for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and want a little something for your hosts, make a quick and easy tag for a wine bottle you are taking to them or some other beverage of choice! Or just make the tag portion to accompany some other hostess gift.
The tag is made with a base of Brown Sugar card stock, cut at 2 7/8″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 2 3/8″. Punch a hole to fit over the bottle (sample uses 1 3/8″ Circle Punch) and if you like, also punch out a 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle to fit around the punched hole. Layer the tag with a piece of the beautiful Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. I also love the stamp set For All Thingsand stamped the images on the Deco Labels Framelits die cut piece and the greeting just on a scrap of Very Vanilla which I hand-trimmed in a banner shape and sponged with some Cajun Craze ink. The leaves are just cut out of some of the Color Me Autumn DSP!
Keep the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza in mind that will be going on this whole holiday weekend and on through Tuesday, Dec. 2. Don’t forget the Doorbusters on Monday, Dec. 1st!
If you haven’t had time yet to make some kind of Thanksgiving treat or table favor, here is something easy. Put your candy or treat into a cello bag and decorate with a topper made with the always popular Top Note Die and Big Shot. Just fold it in half and decorate! I stamped some leaves from the Fall Fest Photopolymer Bundleand cut out with the matching framelits, both of which come in a Bundle so you can save 15% if you buy the stamps and framelits together. The words are from a stamp in the For All Things Stamp Set, only the words I wanted colored in with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker and punched out with the Extra-Large Oval Punch.
If you are looking for a Thanksgiving favor with a candy treat for your dinner table or maybe a little gift for someone, here is a bag of M&M’s made into a Thanksgiving turkey! I filled a Stampin’ Up!Cellophane 4″ x 6″ Bagwith candy and tied the top with the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon.I cut off about one inch of the top of the bag and then adhered the turkey head (1 3/4″ Circle Punch) with SNAIL Adhesive. Make the turkey facial features however you like, but I used the Owl Punch for the eyes and just colored with a black marker. The beak is the tip of the Triangle Punch and the wattle is made with the wing on the Bird Punchbut trimmed down a little more evenly. You don’t need punches for any of these pieces, just cut them yourself. For the turkey feathers, I just punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. You could also use Oval Punches, and you could emboss the feathers with an embossing folder. You could also use designer paper for a little more interest and varied colors. So many options!
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I found this glass jar in my craft stash and decided to add some Stampin’ Up! Burlap Ribbon and paper flowers made with the Originals Flower Spiral Bigz Die. The Burlap Ribbon also has a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim adhered to the bottom of the ribbon. I made the paper flowers with the Flower Spiral Die using the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.It’s the same sheet of paper, just using the other side for one flower. The center of the big flower is made with a strip of Old Olive card stock, cut with the Fringe Scissors and rolled up and glued to the inside of the flower. For some extra embellishments I snipped a piece of Gold Sequin Trimand attached it with a Glue Dot. Then I took another piece of Burlap Ribbon, pulled off the bound edge and pulled several threads off to fray the edge of the ribbon. Then I just circled those burlap threads and adhered them behind the flowers with Glue Dots.
There is a white candle inside the jar although it can’t be seen very well in this photo. You could add some candy corn to the bottom of the jar and set the candle on top of that, or add some coffee beans or whatever you can think of to make the bottom of the jar more interesting. I bet if you look around your cabinets or craft supplies, you can find something like this jar to make into a bit of fall home decor and use it for Thanksgiving! If you don’t own the Flower Spiral Die, just make flowers with punches or simply tearing some circles out of paper, crumpling them up and distressing them a bit and putting them together into flowers. Or attach some paper or real colored leaves, perhaps even a Thanksgiving greeting. So many choices!
Burlap is so trendy right now. I was surprised walking around a craft store the other day how they have burlap on just about everything! And mason jars and similar are very popular right now as well.
See what you can find to make a piece of home decor for the Thanksgiving holiday….before it is time for all Christmas decor!
Finally I played with my Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set! Funny how some sets can get a little lost in the shuffle sometimes, but then it’s a thrill to “find” that new set one day and play! I stamped the “Thanks” in Versamark Inkand embossed with the Crystal Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.After the image was embossed, I sponged on various fall colors of ink and rubbed it right over the embossing (which is really fun in itself!). Then to clean it up a bit and make sure the embossed images shows through, I rubbed a tissue over the image to get off any excess ink. That’s it!
You might think the Fall Fest Stamp Set is only for Halloween, but the leaves and pumpkins can be used any time. I stamped the leaves and then used the Fun Fall Framelitsto cut them out. You can buy the stamp set and the framelits in a Bundle and save 15%!
Make a pretty Thanksgiving card (or several!) and send them out this week to your friends and family!
The Simply Created Banner KIt was a new product in last year’s Holiday Catalog, but it is still available in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. This is a “Thankful” Banner I made with the Simply Created Banner Kit for a birthday gift for a friend since she had been over recently and admired my “Spooky” Halloween Banner in THIS POST! The Simply Created Banner Kit comes with the stencils to decorate the banners as you see here,even the alphabet letters. You can spritz the ink on lightly (lightly is all it takes) but for me I preferred sponging on the ink. You can use a piece of a Stamping Sponge(I cut mine into 4-6 pieces) orSponge Daubers. I think I used Sponge Daubers!
For the leaves (since I do not have the Autumn Accents Die, which would have made this SO much easier!), I simply stamped some leaves to cut out with my Paper Snipsand then used some of those “negative spaces” as stencils and sponged in several colors of ink on the banner pieces to make my fall leaves. The Designer Series Paper I used on the in between strips is retired, I believe from last year, but of course you could substitute anything you like. Of course I was using some samples I saw online to make my banner and liked the idea of using chalkboard style pieces to write names with my White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. As a long-time lover of chalk, this marker is the next best thing! You should have one on hand to use when the mood strikes you in a project! My friend can clip on some photos of her family if she likes on the extra strips in between the banners or just leave them plain for decoration.
When this Simply Created Banner Kit first came out, I did not see it as anything I would have a need for. But after seeing it demonstrated at the previous Convention, it looked like so much fun that I ordered it right away. You can also still order refill banners for the kit, Simply Created Bannerand it also comes with the jute twine you can use to hang the banner. You can use these banners for any holidays, for weddings, for birthdays, just any kind of decoration you like. And banners are IN!
The Hamburger Box Bigz XL Dieisn’t just for hamburgers! It really is a fun little box to make and decorate, whether as a fall gift box or favor or certainly for any occasion. I’ve found that the easiest way to assemble the box is to cut on one side of those little inside fold lines that are scored for you. That makes a tab on all the corners that can be adhered inside the box. Use a strong adhesive,
The box is tied together with the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon and the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon. Did you know you can turn the Natural Chevron Ribbon to the other side and just have a plain ribbon? That is what I was going to do since I was putting the Tangelo Twist ribbon on top of it, but then I changed my mind! You’re allowed to do that in stamping!
One of the reasons this became a fall box rather that a Christmas one was because when I was looking for my Real Red card stock and came across the Crushed Curry card stock, I remembered I already had some extra fall leaves stamped and cut out from the For All Things Stamp Setthat I had made but didn’t use on another project. I also had the little circle punched with the acorns. So I just punched holes for the Gold Baker’s Twine and stamped a greeting tag with the set Good Greetings. I also attached a strip of Gold Foil that I found laying on the table.
Wouldn’t this box make a cute table favor for your Thanksgiving guests or part of a hostess gift?!
The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paperis so beautiful and works wonderfully for any of your fall cards and projects. On this card, I chose a paper that had compatible patterns on both sides – well, they all coordinate but when I tell you what I did you’ll see. After making the card base with Cajun Craze card stock, I took a piece of the Color Me Autumn DSP and folded the bottom edge up about 3/4″. Very easy to get that contrasting strip without having to cut another piece of paper. Just think about the two sides of the paper if you try this. Check which direction the pattern would be going on both sides if you fold one edge up. Adhere the folded edge down with some SNAIL Adhesive or or use some kind of brad both to hold it and to embellish the card, such as the Antique Brads, the Silver Brads or (if I would have thought of it!) the Candy Dots Brad Bases. Buttons would also be great, such as the Gold Basic Metal Buttons. I just added some Candy Dots.
I also used the Labels Collection Framelits Dies to cut Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow card stock and stamped the greeting from For All Things. It still needed a little something, so I stamped the other leafy image from For All Things. Since I was stamping it with Mossy Meadow ink, I had to stamp it off about four times before finally stamping on the label for it to be light enough!
Easy Thanksgiving card to make to make with the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper! Try the technique of just turning up an edge of the paper for the contrasting strip.
There are some birds, squirrels or critters having a party in our tree that are causing a lot of small branches and leaves to fall in our front yard, and as I was picking them up one day, I thought maybe I could use some in a crafty way. Well, today was the day as I decided a small real branch might look good on a fall gift box made with the Tag A Bag Gift Box. These are really nice quality boxes and clear plastic lids, worth picking up on your next order! I think at a previous Stampin’ Up! Convention we made similar boxes as a make & take so it was easy to use the idea in another way.
We might all think the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Setis only for making Christmas cards, but that is absolutely not the only use we would have for it! As you can see, the Wondrous Wreath can be made into a fall wreath card just as easily as a Christmas wreath. Simply stamp the wreath in a light fall color and then stamp the overlay leaf stamp in a darker fall color.
If you are looking for an easy to make card for fall or Thanksgiving, this one fits the bill. I just grabbed a 4″ x 8″ piece of Soft Suede card stock, folded it in half to make a 4″ x 4″ card base, and stamped on a Whisper White layer. I used the For All Things Stamp Set, which I just love! I inked up the little background stamp with Soft Suede but stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping on the card. That way I could stamp the bouquet of greenery right over it. I stamped it in Old Olive ink but then used a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to color the little ribbon on it. You could also adhere a little linen or Baker’s Twine bow if you like. The word “Grateful” comes from part of a stamp that I just colored the one word with the Old Olive Marker. Handy things, those Stampin’ Write Markers!
You could jazz up this card a little bit more – or I was thinking you could make it a little smaller and make place cards for your Thanksgiving table with it. I used to always love to make placecards for a nice dinner!
You can find the For All Things Stamp Set, paper, ink, markers, and coordinating paper all in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Be sure to check out all the categories in the left sidebar of the store! You don’t want to miss a thing!
To view the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, just click HERE.
To get started on this fall card, I pulled out the package of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors and patterns on this paper are just so beautiful! I decided to use a strip of this piece with Blackberry Bliss art on it. After that I kind of lost my “mojo”! I stamped and stamped acorns using my Stampin’ Write Markers to color them, die cut them with various framelits, layered them on different colors of card stock – nothing was quite right! I also stamped several leaves and cut them out with my Paper Snips, but they didn’t seem to have a place on this card. I tried coloring just the word “Grateful” and stamping that on the banner stamp, but that didn’t do it. I tried different framelits and punched out the group of acorns with the 2″ Circle Punch.
Finally, I decided to cut out the three acorns and use them as accents on the greeting. The greeting was stamped on a rectangular piece of Whisper White card stock, but then I rounded the corners with the cute little Project Life Punch Corner.I used the Deco Labels Framelits Die to cut out a piece of Hello Honey card stockfor the layer for the greeting. I even did a little paper piercing on the top and bottom curve. Then I adhered the little cut out acorns around the greeting.
For one more thing, I decided to emboss the acorns on the Blackberry Bliss layer with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.It didn’t photograph too well, but it just gives a little dark shiny texture to the background. And then, one of my favorite things to do, I frayed a couple strands off the Burlap Ribbon to tie around the designer paper on the side.
It took me awhile with this card to get it to all come together! Sometimes that happens and sometimes you can come up with a card in two minutes! Just keep playing and you’ll know when you have it right!
Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?! The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Cataloggoes 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!
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!
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Years ago I bought a flower arrangement in this ceramic turkey for my Thanksgiving table. The next year I didn’t see one as cute, so I brought this one back and had them put fresh flowers in it. I’ve been doing that every year for our Thanksgiving centerpiece. Lately I’ve just been buying a bunch of flowers and putting them in the turkey myself, but as you can see, flower arranging is not one of my talents!! But I still love my little Thanksgiving turkey with some pretty fresh flowers!
I’m sure your family has its special traditions for Thanksgiving. I hope you are enjoying them today and building those memories!
There are no mistakes in stamping. There are no mistakes in stamping. Well, maybe not in stamping, but sometimes in pasting!! This was my project with the Circle Treat Cups that I had to rip apart because I realized I hadn’t put the treat cups in the punched out circle yet!
But it all worked out! Just cut out my Chocolate Chip paper and redid it! Do you like all my cute turkeys for my Thanksgiving table today?!
Punch art is the term given to using our Stampin’ Up! punches to make an image of some kind. This punch art turkey is easy to make with some ovals and circles and goes great on a Thanksgiving card. You could also make a punch art turkey like this and use on place cards or decorations on your Thanksgiving table.
I’ve been cleaning out my craft room and going through all the pages I printed out of card ideas, etc. Some are so old and out of date, plus with ideas so prolific on the internet I seldom print things out any more. But when I came across this cute turkey idea I’d printed many years ago I had to set it aside to make!
The Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper is perfect to use for this card! The coordinating colors that go with the paper are Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip so I used those for the card base and layer and parts of the turkey. Then I just punched a body for the turkey with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, the head with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, the feathers with the Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch. Of course for the eyes and feet the Owl Punch came in handy! The waddle is the Small Heart Punch upside down. The Thanksgiving greeting is from one of my favorite stamp sets Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the ever-popular Word Window Punch.
Here is the inside of the card. I added a Whisper White layer since the card is too dark to write on. I inked up the Magnificent Maple stamp in Crushed Curry (the lighter color first) and then “rock ‘n rolled” the stamp on the edges in the Tangerine Tango to get the two-toned effect. The greeting is from the Four You stamp set.
Only today and tomorrow left of Stampin’ Up! Digital Scrapbooking Days! Today this beautiful Autumn Traditions Kitis available for 50% off the regular price, today only! If you think you might make a fall digital album or photobook or even if you just want to print off the paper or words yourself, this might be the set for you! Sometimes if I don’t have quite the right words or greeting I want in regular stamps, I can check on My Digital Studio and print my choice from there right onto my card stock. Also downloads, stamp set, and paper do not retire on My Digital Studio.
If you live where there are/were beautiful fall colored leaves or have taken photos on trips, like I have, this paper and images would be beautiful to design your pages and album. Or maybe you’d like just a simple “swatchbook”. Not that you are limited to scrapbooks with digital software because you absolutely are not! You can make all sorts of projects with My Digital Studio!
For more information on My Digital Studio, please visit HERE.