New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though! You will love the Enamel Shapes! Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!
Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalognow! Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!
What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?! Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!
This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!
Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear. But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.
The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!
If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. You will love this catalog!! It will be online Sept. 1st as well.
If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself! We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too! It only takes minutes to sign up! Join the Stampin’ Up! family!Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!
I am thankful to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for many reasons, perhaps the main one being the people I have met through the years, even customers who I have never met (yet!) in person. My customer, Louise, sent me this beautiful card that she made for Thanksgiving with a sweet note inside. She probably didn’t know, but this For All Things Stamp Sethas been one of my favorites since it came out last year. Not only do I love getting mail (who doesn’t?!) but in this day and age of so much junk mail, to get a real card, handmade, made my day! So never doubt what mailing one of your cards to someone might mean.
You may be very busy with Thanksgiving preparations, company coming, traveling yourself, or who knows what, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself and check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza! It’s Stampin’ Up!‘s answer to all the Black Friday sales! But it lasts for a week, so when you get time, check it out before Monday, November 30. And on Monday is another Flash Sale! It’s all on the list HERE! Products are available while supplies last. At least you don’t have to go out and fight the crowds to order from Stampin’ Up! You can order onlineor contact me if you would like me to put your order in for you.
And if you aren’t on my Mailing List yet, there’s time! Sign up right now, my special 12 Weeks of Christmas email with a new holiday project goes out this afternoon at 1:00 pm! Just put your name and email in the sign up box in the upper right.
And if you would like to meet the wonderful people who are or will become stampers and papercrafters by becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, check out the information HERE. Think about it and we can talk about it after Thanksgiving if you wish! The spring Occasions Catalog will come out in January and there will be the special Stampin’ Up! promotion called Sale-A-Bration so lots of excitement and you can get in on it early if you are a Demonstrator!
If you are already one of my mailing list subscribers, check your Inbox this afternoon for Week 9 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas!
Do you need some table favors for your guests at your Thanksgiving table or a little something to take to a hostess? If so, you might try this Thanksgiving Pumpkin box or something like it. You can put a little treat in the little open box behind the “pumpkin” on the front.
Here is where I got the inspiration for this project! My friend gave me this little pumpkin box holding some pumpkin soaps and right away I said, “I could make something like this!” and she said, “I’m sure you could!”
So I got busy and figured out how to make the box that was going to be the base behind my pumpkin on the front. Here are the measurements I came up with for the size I was using, but feel free to modify for your project: Cardstock 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. With the 5 1/2″ side at the top of your scoring tool, score at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″. Turn the cardstock so the 6 1/4″ side is at the top of your scoring tool. Score at 2 1/2″ and 3 3/4″. Crease all the scored lines so you can see how the box will go together. Then cut as indicated in the photo to make the side flaps. Apply adhesive and make your box. Actually, I intended for my box to be a little wider but must have made a boo-boo on the math! But it is okay as is. You can adjust yours.
To finish the pumpkin, I cut a little stem in green, just by hand and glued it to the top of the pumpkin. Then I added some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon and Gold Sequin Trimto the handle just for fun! I also stamped a Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and just glued it on like a little banner.
Look around at things you have at home or see in a store or in a catalog and think about how you can make it your own creation by papercrafting! You never know when inspiration will hit! Put a little treat in a cello bag and put it in this Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box!
The other day I had pulled out a past gift bag project as inspiration for something else I was making with a friend, and looking at that project inspired me to make this Thankful Gift Bag. So you never know where inspiration will strike! I updated this gift bag by using the Gift Bag Punch Board. At first, though, I had pulled out the Gift BOX Punch Board and was wondering why this bag was not likely to come out right as I started to use the wrong punch board!! I wasted a few pieces of paper on that one! Anyway, it’s easy to make a gift bag with the Gift BAG Punch Board.
You choose the size bag you want by the measurement you want on the bottom of the bag. Then you can make it any length (tallness) you want. This is a very basic bag with Soft Suede Cardstock. I think I would have liked it more with a little stamping or embossing, but sometimes plain is okay too. The tag on the front is stamped with a greeting from the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I used different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the stamp with multiple colors. Just remember to “huff” (breathe) on the stamp after coloring with markers to remoisten the ink before you stamp. Then I stamped the acorns in the For All Things Stamp Set (a beautiful fall stamp set from last year, still current, in the Annual Catalog). I cut out a couple of the acorns and adhered them to my greeting, which was die cut with the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.
Use this Thankful Gift Bag to tuck in a little gift for a hostess when you go out during the holiday season.
I absolutely love this Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set, especially the cute animals, so today I made this Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card! After stamping the card, there wasn’t much room for a greeting, but I managed to fit one on.
The card base is Soft Suede, cut 6″ x 6″ and folded in half to be 3″ x 6″. The top layer is Very Vanilla. The animals are stampin in various brown inks, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze for the fox. The leafy garland with acorns I colored in with various Stampin’ Write Markers. The grass is from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Setand I overstamped the blades of grass over the grass stamp. The greeting is also from the same stamp set.
You may think this stamp set is for Thanksgiving, but just think what cute baby cards you can make with these animals! Or make some cute scrapbook pages for baby or outdoor adventures!
As long as I had my supplies out after decorating a bag in THIS POST, I decided to make this Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card. I used to always say when you make one card, go ahead and make three cards of the same. You’ll be able to use them eventually and you won’t have to get all the stuff out again.
This card uses the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Setwhich I just ordered recently and I do absolutely love! The animals are so cute for any occasion and the words are great for Thanksgiving and any other thankful time! Just don’t ink up the acorns and leaves if you want to send it in the summertime! Use markers to ink up only the words!
I don’t know what the term is or if there is one, but I had never tried the “staggered paper” look before. Maybe it should be called tipsy paper, I don’t know! Usually I like things straight and even, but I thought I would live dangerously and stack these layers differently today! It’s okay, not sure I love it, but it’s okay and something different. Maybe I will grow to love it! The designer paper is the beautiful Into The Woods Designer Series Paper. This stamp set and paper pack are both available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. This paper originated with one of the Stampin’ Up! artists handpainting these designs and then Stampin’ Up! did all their magic to turn it into our designer paper. This paper really is gorgeous! Just remember, every Stampin’ Up! paper is more beautiful in person, no matter how good it already looks online!
For a little interest, I pulled some threads out of the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon. Just cut off a length that you want to use, cut off the selvage edge on one side and you will be able to fray the ribbon to get however many strands you want to use as its own embellishment. I used this Burlap Ribbon so much I had to order more! You might not think you would use it a lot, but you will! Burlap is so on trend right now and has been for awhile.
My card still needed a little something, so I stamped the little leaf stamp in the background with Versamark Ink.Versamark has many uses, one being matching the card stock that you are stamping on. You could get the same look if you stamped on the Tangelo Twist card stock with Tangelo Twist ink – and sometimes I do that as well! Versamark Ink is also used in heat embossing. I think the Versamark stamping gave the background and the card just a little something that it needed.
You don’t need to make this exact Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card, you can also use the same basic design to make any other card. Try it!
How about using some of those bags you are hoarding and turning them into gift bags such as this Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag?! It’s so easy and fun and makes good use of the excess we all have around our house.
I was cleaning my house getting ready for company and just happened to notice how there were grocery bags and other store shopping bags stuck in a basket on a shelf in the utility room plus a whole grocery bag in itself filled/stuffed with all kinds of miscellaneous bags just sitting there on the floor. These are the kinds of things you just live with until company is coming and then you (hopefully) notice them. I started pulling out bags and bags and bags and realized we certainly did not need to keep this many on hand (although my husband might disagree, just in case!). And while I had these bags pulled out, I separated out some of the smaller bags with the handles, like you can also buy at the craft store, and decided to do some decorating.
I love this Holiday Catalogstamp set, Thankful Forest Friends. I only recently ordered it because, of course, I can’t order everything the first time around! The animals are so cute and the greetings are perfect for Thanksgiving. You will also be able to just ink up the words on the “Thankful for You” stamp and use that for any occasion, not just Thanksgiving.
This bag had the name of the store printed on the front, so that determined how wide my paper was going to be in order to cover it up, which was 4 inches. The bag is 8″ wide. I used the Into The Woods Designer Series Paperand chose Old Olive as the back layer. Every package of designer paper comes with a list of coordinating colors so that makes matching easy.
I colored the greeting stamp with several Stampin’ Write Markers to get the various colors. Just breathe (huff) on the stamp after coloring on it with markers to remoisten the ink, then stamp. Next I used theDeco Labels Collection Framelits and the Big Shotto cut out the greeting and the layer underneath. You could add ribbon and other embellishments, but I kept it quick and simple.
So go through your bag stash today and pull out the ones you can turn into gift bags for free! And your house will look a little neater too! If you need this beautiful paper or stamp set I used to make my Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag to take to your hostess this Thanksgiving, just visit the Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me to put your order in for you!
Is it too early for a punch art turkey card?! Probably not because Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Once I put up my Halloween decorations I know I will continually be changing them out through Christmas. It all happens so fast! Happy November!
Two years ago I made a punch art turkey Thanksgiving card, and I thought maybe it was time for an update. You can view it HERE. I made this card the same way, just used the current new paper, Into the Woods Designer Series Paper. I only recently got this paper (even a Demonstrator can’t have it all!) and let me tell you, it is gorgeous! I could barely stand to cut into it and punch pieces for my card!
This may be a wild and crazy looking turkey, but that’s okay because I made it myself and used some beautiful paper! I played around with the feathers and placement and finally I was satisfied with it. If you don’t feel right about your design the first time, just keep playing, move things around, change the colors, it will come!
You might enjoy this Stampin’ Up! video with the artist of these beautiful papers!
To purchase this beautiful Into the Woods Paper or any of the other supplies I used to make this Punch Art Turkey Thanksgiving Card, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.
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.
To shop for the Season to Season Wreath Kit and the Witching Decor Project Kit, as well as all the other wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE or let me put your order in for you if you prefer!
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!
Pssst! There’s a Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza coming next week! Be sure to keep in touch! Better yet, make sure you are signed up for my Mailing List as I will probably send out an email with these specials! Sign up in the red box at the top of this page on my blog!
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?!