Category Archives: Tools and Accessories

The Bokeh Technique in Card-Making

Bokeh Technique Happy Card

Bokeh is a photography term meaning the way the camera lens renders out of focus points of light, but we can produce a similar look of bokeh on the background of a card using our Stampin’ Up! inks and accessories. You might think about bokeh if you see a Christmas photo with a clear close-up of one ornament on the tree and the tree and lights in the background have a blur to them.

Here is an example of bokeh in photography:

Bokeh Background

The bokeh technique is really popular right now in cardmaking!  And so fun to do! There’s almost no right or wrong (as in most stamping techniques) and there are several ways to do it. You can use watercolor paper and the Aqua Painter to spread around drops of ink. Or you can sponge ink in various colors on Whisper White card stock. Then you take circle stencils and sponge White Craft Ink inside the circles, overlapping, wherever you would like them.  That softens the colors in the background and gives you the spots of light look.  You can make it as soft or as bold as you like.

To see my little Flipogram video of the Bokeh technique, go to my Facebook Business Page right HERE and watch!  It was fun to make! There’s even music! You may have to scroll down depending on when you are reading this!

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 Important Stampin’ Up! Update:

We are experiencing a quality issue with our Blendabilities product line. Except for the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad Refill (item #133456), all item numbers have been turned off; this includes Blendabilities Sale-A-Bration item numbers.

At this time, backorders for Blendabilities will not be fulfilled.

We thank you for your patience and will update you as soon as we have more information.

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I love my Blendabilities and use them quite often, although I had to call the other day about a dry one in one set. Maybe I won’t get a replacement now.  I do know Stampin’ Up! has excellent customer service so I feel sure they are working on this problem and will update us further as soon as they know something else to tell us. In the meantime, please look at the other fun items you can choose for your free Sale-A-Bration item with a $50 order!

And speaking of Sale-A-Bration, remember tomorrow, March 1st, there will be four new free items to earn with a $50 purchase. Click the photo below for a close-up!

New Sale-A-Bration Products March 2015

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Remember, March will be the last month for Sale-A-Bration, the biggest promotion from Stampin’ Up! Choose from the FREE products you can earn in this Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Look for the products marked “FREE” as there are other products available for purchase to coordinate with the free products.

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Feb 24 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Feb 24 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today February 24 – March 2. Sequins are trendy right now so pick up these In Color Sequins and add some sparkle to your cards and projects! Choose some ribbons and trims to embellish your projects – two kinds of twine in three colors, seam binding ribbon and beautiful white satin! The Simply Created Banner is just the canvas pennants and jute twine to hang them (not the original kit) but they are fun to decorate for sure! Use them for any occasion or holiday and decorate to your heart’s content!

The Celebrate Easter is a download for My Digital Studio, but did you know you can use it even if you do not own MDS?  Just print out the greeting or paper design or template with your computer and home printer. Or for only $19.95 you can own the My Digital Software and have access to ALL the content that comes with the software which is A LOT! I recommend the digital download so you get it immediately and you don’t have to worry about losing or damaging the disc. But the choice is yours. You CAN get the hang of digital designing, and it’s not just for scrapbooking.

Add any of these discounted Stampin’ Up! products to your order and they do count toward your Sale-A-Bration total – once you get to $50 in merchandise you can choose one of the Sale-A-Bration free products! And if you order March 1st or after, you will have the four extra new free products to choose from that were announced in yesterday’s post HERE.

If you want to order online, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Store HERE or contact me to place your order if you prefer.

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!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Projects

Last Minute Valentine's Day Project Ideas

Looking for last minute Valentine project ideas?  Here are two Valentine cards and one Tiny Treat gift box decorated for Valentine’s Day.

If you have a small gift you are giving your Valentine, just use one of Stampin’ Up!’s many gift boxes, such as this Tiny Treat Box. Or use any box you have and get some inspiration for decorating from this box. Do a little stamping, embellish a little and tie on a pretty ribbon! I always keep some Stampin’ Up! packaging products on hand because you never know when you might need one, and once you have the box, it is easy to decorate! I used the You Plus Me Stamp Set and some coordinating Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape.

The Wood You Be Mine Photopolymer Stamp Set is great for masculine cards with loving greetings that aren’t “too mushy”! I even WON this stamp set as a Prize Patrol from Stampin’ Up! during the Occasions Catalog Reveal that was livestreamed! Who would think you could win a prize sitting at your computer?! While I wasn’t crazy about this stamp set at first, you can’t but fall in love with this woodsman and his cute flannel shirt that you can stamp or color any way you want! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set, and of course it won’t just be for Valentine’s Day with different greetings. I cut out the woodsman with my Paper Snips so I could place everything on the card the way I wanted (copying a sample in the Occasions Catalog!). He was surprisingly easy to cut out so don’t be afraid! Of course using Paper Snips Scissors makes cutting easy! They REALLY make a difference! Every stamper should have a pair.

And for a fun Valentine, how about the Cheerful Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set?! These “critters” just make you happy no matter what project you are making!  And with their signs and arms up you can add any greeting you like. After coloring the bunny critter with the Blendabilities Markers, I cut out with Paper Snips and cut out her arms without the sign so she could hold up the heart, die cut with the Hearts Collection Framelits Die. The background is stamped with the little grouping of tiny hearts from the You Plus Me stamp set.  Just think of how often you can use those cute little hearts because hearts and stars are for any occasion!  Good to have on hand!

If you are making valentines at the last minute today, I hope these ideas inspire some creative ideas for you whether or not you have these exact stamp sets or materials.

Of course you can order any stamping supplies you need at your convenience online at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store by clicking this link! Remember, with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product! You will see the details at my Online Store.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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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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.
Year-End Closeouts Banner

 

Shop for anything you want at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

New Stamin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Weekly Deal Dec 16 2014

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Monday, Dec. 22.

Don’t forget about the new photopolymer stamp set that came out last week, Snuggles and Smooches! You might want to put one on your order and get a head start on Valentine’s Day!  Not that it is just for Valentine’s Day!

Snuggles and Smooches Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up! suggests you order by tomorrow, Dec. 17th for delivery (hopefully) by Christmas!

Don’t forget, if you need, or SOMEONE needs a gift for YOU, I can make up a gift certificate for Stampin’ Up! merchandise in any amount, which might be especially useful starting January 6th when the new Occasions Catalog goes live and Sale-A-Bration begins!

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

New Items on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Year End Closeouts New products added to the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack this morning!  Go check!  Available only while supplies last!

Details:

Promotion Dates: December 5, 2014 – January 5, 2014.

  • No minimum purchase required
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Closeout items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Closeouts are while supplies last.
  • Online customers can add non-Year-End Closeout items to their order.
  • Year-End Closeouts orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.

Following the Year-End Closeouts, some remaining clearance items will be moved to the Clearance Rack.

Don’t forget the Weekly Deals, the Holiday Catalog and the Holiday Supplement!

Shop ALL Stampin’ Up! Products Right Here!

 

Many Merry Stars Christmas Tree Card

Many Merry Stars Christmas Tree Card

Today I decided to make something with the Many Merry Stars Stamp Set and this is what turned out – Christmas trees punched with the Tree Punch rather than stars!  See, you never know when you start creating!  The one stamp in the set looked like it should be stamped on a tree shape so that’s where I got the idea. Maybe that’s not what it is really intended to be, but it doesn’t matter.  I stamped that shape with Versamark and embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder with the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. I used several shades of green colors (I think Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow, and Old Olive) and punched out with the Tree Punch. The one tree embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder was just a scrap piece of paper in my bag of colors, and I thought why not use it?! Then for more variation, I stamped the snowflake in the Many Merry Stars Stamp Set all over a scrap of green, embossed with the Gold Powder and then punched out. The background paper is from the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is layered on Whisper White and the card base is Pear Pizzazz, one of the coordinating colors in the All Is Calm set. What are Christmas trees without a little layer of snow, so I tore some strips of Whisper White and added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with the 2-Way Glue Pen. And of course I had to punch some stars with the star in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack from the Gold Glimmer Paper but one for each tree seemed a bit much. And the greeting is from Holiday Home.  I needed something really small and this was perfect!

Tonight Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators all across the country will be attending livestreaming events at certain movie theaters to watch Stampin’ Up! unveil the new Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogs! I’ll be watching the livestream from home, which will be so much fun, although I miss out on getting the catalogs and “swag” by not being at the theater in person. But those of us at home livestreaming are eligible for the door prizes!  Not that I will win, probably! It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for Sale-A-Bration and spring things when we are right in the midst of Christmas, but crafters always have to be working ahead of the game!

Now go make a Christmas card! It’s time to get going!

 

Stampin’ Up! Deals and More Deals!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2014

LAST DAY for the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza!

Shop HERE at my Stampin’ Up! Onine Store, but please ask if you would prefer me to put the order in for you!

And with ANY Stampin’ Up! order today you will also receive my special bonus, a PDF with four easy and quick Christmas projects to make!

Karen's Christmas Project Bonus PDF

And MORE!  Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals today through Monday, December 8, 2014.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 2 2014

 Build Your Own Bonus: Join Stampin' Up!

Want to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Last day for this great deal!  Buy the Starter Kit to join for ONLY $74.25 (regularly $99).  Choose $125 worth of product for your Starter Kit (you choose!). THEN you get an EXTRA 5% off on orders you place in December! It’s like a Christmas Bonus for you! For more information, just CLICK HERE. Then click the JOIN NOW Button, check off the Agreements, and then you will see the opportunity to start building your Starter Kit and take advantage of this special deal! I’m happy to answer any questions about being a Demonstrator and I will be your guide in getting your business started in the way you want to go.

Happy Cyber Monday! Last Two Days of Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza!

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Bundle

Two days left of the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza and today has these two Doorbusters available, while supplies last! (Sorry, Blendabilities sold out quickly!)  If you have ever wondered about Project Life, a quick and easy memory-keeping solution.  Just slip your photos and any of these cards and embellishments into pocket pages, perhaps do a little journaling, and you have your special memories recorded.

Project Life Bundle – 15% Off  #140352
Black Leather 12″ x 12″ Project Life Album (135292)
Design 1 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages (135295)
Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection (135830)
Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack (135832)
Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set (135188)

Stampin' Up! Gift Box Bundle

Gift Box Bundle! #140353 Save 30%! This bundle (retail value $17.85) includes these amazing products:
* Tiny Treat Boxes
* Decorative Window Gift Boxes
* Takeout Boxes

You can make so many cute projects and of course wrap gifts in these nice gift boxes!

Click HERE to see the whole Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza List PDF!

A BONUS for you!  Place any order today or tomorrow and receive a PDF of some easy Christmas projects from ME!

Bonus

Click HERE to shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

I’m happy to put your order in for you, if you prefer!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Starts Today! Doorbusters!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Holiday Sale

 

The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins today! For the first day, Nov. 24, there are special Doorbusters!  These are available at the sale price only while supplies last! The Doorbuster Sale lasts today until 11:59 pm MT tonight! Of course you can add any of the other sale items to the Doorbusters as well as any current catalog items.

Shop HERE for all the specials!

BONUS from me! Place an order during the Online Extravaganza and I will send you a special PDF with some fun and easy Christmas craft ideas!

Bonus

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Join Stampin’ Up! This Week to Save and Earn!

Get a 25 percent discount on the Starter Kit when you join Stampin’ Up! between November 24  and December 2 . You’ll receive all the same great products AND get five percent cash back on all commissionable orders placed in December. Choose $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products and only pay $74.25 + tax (no shipping). Regular price is already a great deal at $99.

Trying to remember the last time we had a cash back offer? Here’s a tip: NEVER!

It’s a first-time-ever deal that you absolutely cannot miss!

More details on this limited-time offer are listed below. Can’t wait to get in on the fun? Get started here .  Click the Join Now Button, check off the agreements, and on the next page you will see the special price on the Starter Kit and can get started on your Kit order!

Details:

All orders must be finalized in the month of December to qualify for the five percent cash back offer.

  • A demonstrator must remain active to receive the five percent cash back.
  • The five percent cash back will be awarded in January.
  • Deadlines:
    • Mail: All Starter Kit orders must be received by the end of the business day onDecember 2 .
    • Online: All Starter Kit orders must be finalized on December 2  by 11:50 PM (MT).

Let me know if you have any questions about the Online Extravaganza or the Recruit Special!

 

Sneak Peek!! Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza 2014 – Starts Monday!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2014

Get your Wish List ready because the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins on Monday! Get Hot Deals Monday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 2, 2014. There will be discounts on select products and bundles, Plus DOORBUSTERS on the first day and again on Monday, Dec. 1st! You don’t want to miss them!

Click HERE to print out or view the Online Extravaganza List!

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Don’t let the term “Online Extravaganza” scare you off if you don’t like putting your order in online. Just contact me and I can put it in for you!

Print out your list, think about it over the weekend and be ready to get your deals on Monday! Let me know if you have any questions that I can answer for you!

Click Here:  Karen’s Stampin’ Up! Online Store

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Great Accessories To Own!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 18 2014

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Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for November 18 -14, 2014. These deals are available until midnight Monday Nov. 24 so be sure to put them on your order this week!

And don’t forget about this beautiful new stamp set, Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set, just released last week!

Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Banner Blessings Thanks Card

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time it is handy for you!  Or I can always put your order in for you!

If you are reading my blog, are you on my Mailing List??  If  not, sign up in the top right of my blog and receive my next “12 Weeks of Christmas” email tomorrow with another holiday idea you can make!

Christmas Mailbox

Snowflake Shaker Christmas Card

Snowflake Shaker Card

Stampin’ Up! sells these little sticky circles in lots of sizes called Shaker Frames, and here is a Christmas card I finally made using snowflakes and a Shaker Frame! Shaker Frames use punches and window sheets to make a dimensional shaker. (If you don’t have window sheets, you can use a scrap of plastic packaging you might have or a transparency.) They’re really fun to play with after you get the hang of it. And it’s also fun to fill them with something to shake around! In this case, I had a stack of tiny little Glimmer Paper stars from the Confetti Stars Punch that I wanted to use in a Shaker Frame.  I also added some snowflakes and sequins from the Frosted Sequins package. I probably could have added a bit more “stuff” in my Shaker Frame, but you can also add too much so I wanted to avoid that. The snowflake stamped in the background is from the Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set. The scalloped Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper frame around the Shaker Frame is die cut with the framelit in the Circle Card Thinlits Die. The Soft Sky card layer is embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and a hole was punched in the card stock to accomodate the shaker. Since I was going to pop up the Soft Sky layer, I decided to push the shaker frame into that layer. I tied some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon around the Soft Sky layer and added some of the Frosted Sequins and Rhinestones to the front of the card for some pizzazz.

Shaker Frame and Window Sheet

Shaker Frame

Shaker Frame Snowflake

Shaker Frame Closeup

This Shaker Frame started out to be a snowman! That’s what I was going to make when I began making this card.  So you don’t always know what you will end up with when you start your stamping project! And it’s good to let your creativity flow wherever it takes you!  Just have fun!

Reminders!

Last Day Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Don’t forget the 2014 Holiday Supplement!  (while supplies last)

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack (add on to your order!)

New Stamp Set, New Weekly Deals & More!

Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set

Today Stampin’ Up! introduced this beautiful new stamp set, Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set #136720. You can read the whole article on the Stampin’ Up! Blog about the Demonstrator who created the Banner Blessings Stamp Set for a contest. Very interesting story and especially poignant today on Veteran’s Day as she was in the Air Force for nine years. You’ll read about where she came up with the “Shine” stamp in this set.

Here are some projects you could copy to make with this new stamp set! You’ll see more on the SU Blog!

Banner Blessings Thanks Card

Banner Blessings Friend Bag

If you would like to order this stamp set, please click HERE to add it to your order.

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It’s so fun to find out on Tuesdays what the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals are!

Stampin’ Up! New Weekly Deals & Project Life By Stampin’ Up!

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Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 4 2014

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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of November 4,  2014. These products will be available for purchase through next Monday at midnight, November 10. It’s always good to have these extra embellishments and tools on hand to add that extra special touch to your card or project.

And Stampin’ Up! has a new campaign to let people know all about their partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life!  To kick off this campaign, you can enter a Stampin’ Up! Giveaway! You won’t win if you don’t enter, so be sure to do it today!

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Click HERE to learn more about Project Life By Stampin’ Up!