Category Archives: Tools and Accessories

Making Mini Treat Bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Watch Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office make cute mini treat bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies! She shows some really cute ideas, plus watch for the tip about the little heart embellishment!  I never heard that one before!

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are on sale during the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals through Monday June 29, 2015.  I also love the Silver Glimmer Paper and the embossing folders on this deal, not to mention the buttons and the ribbon!  It’s all good!

Smaller Mini Treat Bags

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bags

I’ve let go of Christmas today and have another way to use the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies I think you will find useful!  The die pieces include one large one which forms the front of the bag, and we used two of them to make the larger gusseted bags. Today we will use the smaller die piece which normally forms the back of the bag and cut two of those to make these Smaller Mini Treat Bags!

Cut two of the small bag die pieces.

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bag Pieces

Fold the score lines made by the die to form the bag.  Since the bottom edges of these pieces are just straight, trim off a little bit, maybe 1/2″ from the bottom of one that will be the back piece of the bag. On the other piece, make a 1/2″ score line and fold (maybe even trimming the corners off as shown.  This piece will be the front piece of the mini treat bag.

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bag Folds

Apply adhesive of your choice as shown.  I used the new Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Cherry on Top Mini Treat Bag Tape

The Mini Treat Bag on the left is made with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. Such a cute stack of colorful papers! As you can see the front and back top edges are the same length. The heart and words are die cuts in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. Not only do you get the mini treat bag dies but you get extra dies that cut embellishments for your projects.

The treat bag on the right is made from the new In Color Envelope Paper. On this bag, the front piece is folded down a bit and I tied a string of the Burlap Ribbon around the top edge. The star is a die cut in the set of thinlits dies.

 Mini Treat Bags

Remember, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals through Monday night, June 29. You can save $10 when you purchase these dies! To see some other altered  Mini Treat Bags I have made, check out this post and this post. To see some of the “regular” mini treat bags you can make with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, please click HERE.

Place your order at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Fantastic Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal June 23 2015

I am SO excited about these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for YOU! I just did a blog post yesterday about the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and now today they are on the Weekly Deals! Save $!0 on the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits! What’s really great about these thinlits is that not only do you get the ones for cutting the bag, but you get all the other fun pieces that you can use with the bags or any other cards and projects. Love both of the embossing folders, and need I say anything about the two kinds of Glimmer Paper??!  Love it! And then you also have two kinds of ribbon to stock up on and the Vintage Faceted Buttons! I think you need everything on the Deals this week!

Here are a few other Mini Treat Bags I have made. You can use them as bags to hold a treat or maybe a gift card or cash or just use them as a card. And you can even alter the sizes of the bag. Some people are clever enough to figure all that out!

Mini Treat Bags

And a few more:

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card Enjoy

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card For You

And only a week left if you would like to join Stampin’ Up! and get two stamp sets in the new catalog FREE!  The Starter Kit is enough of a good deal in itself, but to get to choose two extra stamp sets as well is just icing on the cake! Join by June 30, 2015!  (You can go to the link above, click the Melon Mambo “Join Now” bar, the check off the acknowledgements and THEN you can see what is involved in choosing the Starter Kit.  This way you can get in there and then make up your mind if you want to go through with joining.  No obligation. And there’s never any pressure from Stampin’ Up! (or me) to take your business to any certain level.

$125 Retail Value

The choice is yours. When you join Stampin’ Up!, what you want is what you get! You choose what goes in your Starter Kit so you know you’ll love each product. And don’t worry about shipping and handling on your kit—it’s on us!Pick your products, pick your pack. It’s so easy: choose the catalog products you want (up to $125 worth) and one business supply pack so you can start sharing Stampin’ Up! your way with friends and family.

Stampin’ Up! has plenty of resources to help you get started in your new stamping business, at whatever level you would like to take it, plus I will be there to help you every step of the way. Email me if you have any questions about becoming a demonstrator at I’d be happy to talk to you about it!

Let me know what questions you have!

Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Mini Treat Bag

Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Mini Treat Bag

When I broke out my new Cherry on Top Cotton Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog I decided to make a treat bag with it using the Big Shot and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits because you get so many pieces with it, and of course other people have figured out ways to alter the size of the treat bags and things you can make with the bag die. So it is a little pricey but you get a lot with this set.

But back to the Cotton Paper! It’s a little heavier, I would say, than tissue paper. It is lightweight but sturdy. I love my treat bag I made with the Cucumber Crush color, but I did find it a little difficult to work with in making the bag. It was a little bit difficult to fold on the score lines since the paper is lightweight.  I found using SNAIL adhesive to not work with it at all – seems the paper was too slick for the SNAIL to catch on to.  But the Fast Fuse worked great and I imagine the new Tear & Tape Adhesive would work great. After making the treat bag, I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to fit inside and stamped it with Watermelon Wonder ink with a birthday greeting from the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set. (You can also buy a Bundle with the matching Banners Framelits if you like and save 15%.)

To decorate the bag, I punched ten flowers with the Pansy Punch from the Watermelon Wonder Cotton Paper. I could also have used the Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies. Just stack the flowers together, staple in the center with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld StaplerThen just smoosh each layer up and toward the center to make the flower! The Cotton Paper works well for this! Just smoosh and fool with it and get it to your liking. If you are mailing it, you can flatten the flower and tell the recipient to fluff up the flower when they receive it! I also stamped a banner from the Amazing Birthday stamp set to decorate and applied a piece of Cherry on Top Washi Tape over a strip of Whisper White card stock since the tape is transparent. Then I just adhered it to the bottom of the treat bag. And since I had an already stamped and die-cut leafy image from the other day, I stuck that on behind the flower.  So cute!

Cotton Paper

Cotton Paper Stapled Flowers


Cotton Paper Flower


If you need any of these supplies, you can find them at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.


Jump Into Project Life By Stampin’ Up! With Moments Like These

Project Life Moments Like These Cards

Stampin’ Up!, as you know, has partnered with Becky Higgins and Project Life to provide us with these wonderful kits for memory-keeping! These special kits coordinate with our Stampin’ Up! colors and come with an optional accessory pack plus coordinating stamp set. When you buy the Bundle (the card collection, the accessory pack and the stamp set) you save 15%!

The Project Life by Stampin’ Up! system is easy!  Just gather your photos, insert them into the pocket pages, add some of the cards to decorate or explain, write in some journaling, and you are done!  Now if you like, add some stamping and add some embellishments with any of your stamping supplies or use the too cute accessory pack that coordinates with each card collection. Do as little or as much as you like.

Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins featured the new Moments Like These set on their blogs! Check out Becky’s post HERE.

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals & A Tropical Storm!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal June 16 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today through Monday, June 22, 2015. Some good tools and accessories, plus three pretty ribbons for your Stampin’ Up! cards and projects. We’ve got the 1″ Square Punch and the Sweetheart Heart Punch, plus the popular Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  Think of the bee stamp in the Garden in Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set and the English Garden Designer Paper with bees to go with it!

Check out the Weekly Deals and add them to your order from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog! Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me to order!

As I write this blog post, we are getting a little bit of rain from Tropical Storm Bill out in the Gulf of Mexico. I woke up to hear a bird chirping so I knew the dreaded heavy rain did not occur during the night. The good thing is that nothing is flooding yet and most people can easily get to work. The bad thing is most people can easily get to work this morning, but then what happens?! I don’t think anyone knows for sure yet, which is often the case with these tropical storms. The weather people can be sure they are moving in a certain direction and forecast heavy rain and flooding for an area, and then the storm moves a bit, speeds up or slows down, and everything changes. So while it seems like nothing is happening, we are getting bands of rain moving through in Houston, and Galveston and coastal areas are getting high surf and big waves.

I spent yesterday gathering storm supplies that we are always supposed to have on hand during hurricane season. I didn’t think much about it for this storm until I saw on Sunday night on the news that some store shelves had been emptied of bottled water! I didn’t have any trouble getting the supplies I needed early yesterday morning, but by later in the day grocery stores were mobbed and bottled water was gone!

Tropical Storm Bill SuppliesHere are some of my supplies I picked up yesterday!  Fresh bottled water, canned soup, tuna, batteries, chocolate of course, paper towels, and why not some chocolate?! I also filled an ice chest with bags of ice to cool it down just in case and bought a power pack to charge my phone in case the power goes off. Usually you don’t need much of this stuff, it’s “just in case”! So far so good, except my bags of ice are probably going to melt before we might need them.

During our lemon of a refrigerator saga a year or so ago, we learned that even with a good ice chest, it really made a difference to insulate it with old blankets covering it. Really helped keep the cold in or the hot out!

So with my preparations made, hopefully I can do some stamping today during these bands of rain and hopefully we won’t get too much until everyone gets home from work tonight. It was only a few weeks ago, on Memorial Day, that Houston flooded from storms that unexpectedly formed right over us and didn’t move for hours. Those people whose homes flooded are just now starting to get them repaired, so it would be horrible for them to get more flooding. I also feel bad for people who rented a beach house in Galveston for a week and this is the week they got!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and see if there is anything you need!


A Few New Stampin’ Up! Products

New Stampin' Up! Products 2015

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was able to preorder some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog 2015, but then I needed some more catalogs for customers and to have on hand so why not order a few more Stampin’ Up! products as long as the catalogs are coming?!

The Layered Letters Alphabet was something I saw online when Stampin’ Up! streamed a preview of the new catalog from the South Pacific event. I thought it was so cute, yet I didn’t put it on my order right away.  But then I did! I think there will be lots of things to do with it!

The stamp set that looks like lined paper is called Writing Notes and is a large background stamp. I should have ordered it in wood-mount because I think it is easier to use background stamps already mounted on wood. But you have your choice, wood- or clear-mount. Of course it is good to use for journaling in traditional scrapbooking or Project Life, but I think there will be other cute things to use it for, like a background on a card or something. We’ll see what everyone comes up with!

One popular item for sure is going to be the Tin of Cards, which is displayed on the front cover of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. The tin is so cute in itself and comes with enough materials inside to make 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. Of course you can make whatever designs you want if you like to change things up so that you have 16 unique cards. Either way you are being creative! The Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set is separate but has great greetings to use with the kit and just with any stamping.  Get a few friends together to each order a tin and perhaps the stamp set also and then get together to make all your cards! Or if you are local to me, we can plan something with everyone ordering the Tin of Cards and I will bring the greeting stamp set!

I also stocked up on some black and white ribbon, the 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, which comes in five colors! And some of the new Gold Metallic Thread for a little pizzazz!  There are also new Metallic Foil Doilies in gold and silver, plus a new accent called White Perfect Accents. Not exactly sure what all you can do with them yet, but they can be colored with Sharpie Markers to match your project. And then there is the new embossing folder, Brick Wall which will be interesting to play with! It’s the new larger size. Oh, and I almost forgot the new Tear & Tape Adhesive which I can’t wait to try! Supposed to be easy to use and have a strong hold for our 3D projects!

If you would like to see the fun little Flipagram video I made of the Tin of Cards Project Kit, check out my Instagram at @stampingwithkaren or my Facebook page HERE.

Paper Pumpkin Special SAVE50

Don’t forget, today is the last day to get the special deal on Paper Pumpkin!  Get 50% off the first two months of your subscription! The kits have only gotten better, so I feel confident you will enjoy whatever kit shows up in your mailbox in about a week, IF you subscribe today! Use Promo Code SAVE50.  Click HERE to join Paper Pumpkin or find out more information! Paper Pumpkin is for new crafters, non-crafters, and super-crafters!  Anyone who likes a surprise in the mail, especially the gift of a little time for yourself for crafting without having to have a ton of supplies or lots of time. It comes in a cute red box just like a gift!  Try it today! Otherwise you have to wait a whole other month to get your first kit!


Deals & Deals!! Paper Pumpkin Deal & Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Paper Pumpkin Special May 2015

Paper Pumpkin Special!

Promo Code:  SAVE50

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail, now is a great time to sign up-get 50% off your first two months! If you have passed up previous Paper Pumpkin deals, here is a second chance!

It’s like getting a present for yourself in the mail once a month – or SENDING a present to someone special.

This offer is good May 12 – June 10, 2015.

Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, SAVE50 when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Please add my name, Karen Fontinelle, when it asks for the name of your Demonstrator.

Let me know if you have any questions. Email me at

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 12 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for May 12 – 18, 2015.  Lots of variety this week! Two kinds of ribbon, In Colors Markers (the ones that are sticking around another year!), the Hexagon Punch, the handy and fun Kraft Grid Journal (you get two in a package, almost the size of a card 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), the pretty Lullaby Designer Series Paper (absolutely not just for babies!), and the outgoing Sticky Strip. Take advantage of these bargains if you see something you like!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 5 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for May 5 through Monday, May 11.  Great punches and ribbons to choose from, plus the cute Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper! And if you’d like to make your own small gift boxes, the Gift Box Punch Board is for you!

While you are shopping, be sure to check the current Retired List of stamps and accessories:

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List PDF

Since Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying My Digital Studio, the digital design papercrafting software, the software and all the downloads are 30% off! Since the software was already a fantastic price at $20, it is now more than a bargain at only $13.97. I would REALLY suggest you pick this up just to have on hand because the software itself contains SO much artwork and content for you to use. And it is easy enough to learn. Then look through the downloads (or even just pick up some downloads you like to use with just your computer) and choose special things you like and might want to use in the future. My Digital Studio is not just for scrapbooking! You can make anything you like with it!

Check out the downloads available for My Digital Studio and the software!

My Digital Studio PDF

My Digital Studio Software

Check out all the great Stampin’ Up! products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Remember, retiring accessories are only available while supplies last!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April 28, 2015


Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal April 28 2015

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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for today, April 28 through Monday, May 4, 2015. Wow, is it really going to be May so soon??! Three fun punches, especially the Sweetheart Punch for hearts.  Hearts are like stars – you can always use them!! I just used the Retro Fresh This And That Washi Tape on my card I posted yesterday. This is your chance to get the Fry Box Die at a discount which will make all kinds of cute projects! Pick up some of the gorgeous Hello Honey ribbon before it is gone! And if you haven’t yet tried the Fast Fuse Adhesive, you might want to give it a try with the discount. It might take awhile to get the hang of this adhesive, but I think I have it now and I’m liking it. It’s a little more temperamental than SNAIL Adhesive, but it sticks really well.

Click on the photo or links above to shop.  You can add these items to a regular order along with any current, retired or Clearance Rack products.

You can also add My Digital Studio software or downloads to your order! Remember, My Digital Studio (MDS) is going away, but it doesn’t mean you can’t own it and use it. If you buy the software you will have PLENTY of content to keep you busy for a long time, but you can also choose any of the extra and newer downloads that appeal to you. The good thing about MDS downloads is there is no shipping charge and you can access them immediately!

And I would especially suggest you get the Project Life digital downloads! Not only can you scrapbook and make other projects digitally with these, but if you own the physical card kit and want more copies of a certain card, you will be able to print your own with these downloads.

All MDS downloads are discounted 30%!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Retired List!

Shop all these great deals at Stampin’ Up! Online!


Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Is it really going?  Label Love Stamp Set? It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List so I guess it is true. This was a set that even if I wasn’t planning to use it, the greetings were so “usable” that if I couldn’t find quite the right thing, this set would usually fill the bill.

Label Love Stamp Set

As you can see, the sentiments cover just about everything! And even better, this stamp set coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch. This punch is also retiring and is discounted. Of course it is only available while supplies last as are all the accessories. On this card, I actually cut out the stamped label and then punched out a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock for the layer behind it. You could also color the edge of the stamped image and punch out and it would look like a layer. To make the label stand out a little bit, I punched a piece of Tangerine Tango with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The card base is So Saffron with a Whisper White layer on which I have adhered Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape for a little background.  I wound up some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine to put behind the label, which is kind of “in style” now. For the little bow, I took some White Baker’s Twine and used my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker to just put some stripes on the baker’s twine to make it match my project. For a little pizzazz for this birthday card, I punched some stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack out of the Champagne Glimmer Paper.

I think almost everything I used on this card is retiring so be sure to check the list and availability. Don’t wait too long because you never know what or when something will sell out. Stamps, however, will be available throughout most of May.

Here are the lists again. If Stampin’ Up! has updated the availability, you will see an X in the last column meaning it is no longer available.

Stampin’ Up! Retired List PDF

Stampin’ Up! Retired Sortable Excel List

Don’t forget about My Digital Studio!!  You don’t pay shipping on these digital products and you access them right away.  But you do put them on a regular order with any other products you want.  They do not have to go on a separate order just for MDS.

Retired List My Digital Studio PDF

Retired List My Digital Studio Excel

Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and choose the Retiring Products you can’t live without!


Easy Way to View the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products

How to View All the Products on the Page

I just remembered a tip for viewing items in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

For example, if you clicked on the page for Retiring Accessories HERE, the page would probably display 12 pictures of products and then at the bottom you would have to click on the next page and the next page to view all the pages and products.  And it only displays about 5 pages at a time, so you might think you were at the end.  You would then have to click on the three dots to continue on.  A little confusing!

To make viewing easier, if you look at the photo at the top of this post, over on the right side and underneath the “Retiring Accessories” banner, you see the drop down menu for Show: and Sort By:  If you click the drop down arrow for “Show:” and change it to “ALL”, then that page will display ALL the retiring accessories on that one page and you only have to scroll down to see them all, not change to the next page and the next.

Try it and you won’t miss out on seeing ALL of the retiring items!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE

Last Chance Lists & More!

Stampin' Up! Retired Products

Yesterday was kind of a crazy, rushed day to say the least with the Stampin Up! Retired List coming out, new Weekly Deals, the Stampin’ Up! website crashing, and an eye doctor appointment to go to in the morning when all this was happening!

So let’s slow it down and take it one step at a time today!

Here is the official Stampin’ Up! Retired List that came out yesterday.  Just click on the links. The print is small and you’ll probably need to zoom in to look at it online.  But keep reading.

  • Retiring List PDF  (this list has been updated since yesterday with x’s in the boxes of products that are Not Available).
  • Retiring List Larger Print Sorted By Page Number (This one is not updated with unavailable products and a few page numbers may be incorrect). But if you want to mark your catalog, this one works better!
  • Easiest perhaps:  Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE and you can scroll through the products.  Anything Stampin’ Up! is no longer selling will not be listed or the product number will not work.  Lots of discounts!

Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.  Due to high demand, retiring stamps will be produced by Stampin’ Up! until May 26.

My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio is being discontinued by Stampin’ Up! much to the chagrin of many customers and demonstrators. BUT, if you are interested, all digital products are discounted! It’s not too late to buy the software and have it, especially since it is discounted.  You get SO MUCH CONTENT to use. You can use it to just print out words or greetings.  You don’t even HAVE to use it to scrapbook. Make cards, make party favors, calendars, photo albums, just print out a stamp you don’t own. Check the downloads and see what you want. You CAN use it without the software, but gee, the software now is only $13.97. Such a deal! Even if you just have it on hand!

Clearance Rack

New items were added today on the Clearance Rack, not too many though! Check it out and add anything you want to your order along with your retired items.

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April 21 – 27. Add them to your order along with Retiring Products, Clearance Rack, My Digital Studio, everything!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal April 21 2015

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Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with your order! If you see accessories you want, especially, be sure to order them SOON, so perhaps you won’t miss out! Stamps you have a little more time on!  Email me:

Have fun shopping HERE!




Thinlits Multicolor Butterfly Card

Thinlits Multicolor Butterfly Card

Yes, Stampin’ Up! has the long-delayed Butterflies Thinlits Dies in stock now and ready to order! And to make up for the long delay, Stampin’ Up! has this special offer, available only until April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

The background layer on this card is actually made from the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, which you can choose FREE with the purchase of a Butterflies Bundle. The paper is embossed with white patterns so that when you apply some ink over the paper, the embossed pattern will pop out! Then just wipe with a tissue to clean it off and get off any excess ink.

The multicolored butterfly is made by sponging on several colors of ink on Whisper White card stock and THEN die-cutting with the butterfly thinlit. It will be a surprise what your butterfly will look like! Really fun to do!  Then I placed it over a Tea Lace Paper Doily adhered to the card.  The butterfly has three Candy Dots on its body.

If you want the Butterflies Thinlits, don’t hesitate!  Go get them at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store while you can get a discount!  Be sure to check the Weekly Deals for this week, ending Monday night.Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Calling All Heroes Stormy Night in Houston

Calling All Heroes Stormy Night in Houston

We were having such a stormy night in Houston, Texas last night that I got the idea to make a stormy card with the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set right in the midst of the lightning, thunder and buckets of rain. Those lightning bolts in the stamp set popped into my head, plus the tall buildings for a skyline, as well as the word bubbles that could serve as angry clouds.

In spite of looking dark gray in my photo, the card layer is actually Basic Black. At first I stamped the buildings in one of the gray inks, but they barely showed up. Then I thought of stamping with Versamark Ink and embossing with Clear Emboss Powder using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. It made the buildings show up subtlely in the dark and stormy night, and they certainly were soaked in rain!

I stamped the “word bubble” stamps in Memento Ink on Basic Gray cardstock and cut out with my Paper Snips. I stamped the lightning bolts also in Memento Ink on Crushed Curry card stock and cut out.

I was stamping this card in the midst of this storm with all kinds of thunderstorm warnings and flood warnings beeping loudly on the TV plus on my cellphone, the lightning was flashing like crazy, and it was raining harder than I’ve heard it in a long time. So I had plenty of inspiration going on around me!!

Just as I finished photographing the card, the power went off!  All these years we have been on the lucky side of the street with the power, for the most part, even after hurricanes, but lately something has been wrong and the power has been off several times as they made repairs. Last night I didn’t hold out much hope that it was going to get fixed any time soon and it didn’t.  It came back on about 7 am today, which was great.  Thank goodness for a charged laptop and a small battery TV so we could keep up with the weather and watch some of the late shows before bed. Not to mention doing some reading with a flashlight.

The good thing is, stamping does not require electricity (except for heat embossing) so any time your electricity is off, you can still stamp by a window or with a flashlight!

The other good news is the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set, which I surprisingly love, is good for stormy nights and not just super heroes!

And maybe the best news of the weekend, if you saw my late post yesterday, is that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies are available again! Due to the west coast port situation, plus the delay of unloading the ships and finding a truck to transport them, Stampin’ Up! has been out of them for ages.  But the Butterflies arrived yesterday in Riverton, UT and are available now! To make up for the delay, Stampin’ Up! is offering them at a discount OR if you want the already-discounted Bundle with the coordinating Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item (while supplies last!)


Butterflies Thinlits Dies Are Here!!

Butterflies Thinlits

After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in our warehouse and are now available for purchase!

You can take advantage of two special offers through April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Of course you can purchase the Butterflies and more at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or I can always put the order in for you!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Work of Art Butterfly Thinlits Card

For more information on this card, read my blog post HERE.

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Stampin’ Up! was hoping these Butterflies Thinlits Dies would be available today, but not quite! Here is the update from Stampin’ Up! hot off the press:

We have received notice from our supplier that the container with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies was finally unloaded from the ship; however, there is a shortage of trucks, which has delayed the container being picked up. We have secured a truck to pick up the container, and, as of now, it is scheduled to be delivered to Stampin’ Up! on Friday. We will post an update as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to await their arrival!

So hang in there! Stampin’ Up! is trying as hard as they can!  I will continue to keep you updated.

In the meantime, I made this card the other day, playing with the butterfly thinlits and the Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Best Year Ever.  Such an easy way to make multicolored pretty butterflies!  And once these butterfly thinlits become available, Stampin’ Up! will have a special offer for you:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)

My card is an odd size. The card base is 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half, so the card is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. I don’t even know why I made this size, but there it is! I stamped a couple swooshes on the background with Work Of Art before I adhere the die-cut butterflies. The greeting is stamped from the  And Many More Stamp Set, chock full of greetings just like my favorite greeting stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes!  And I added some bling with both Rhinestones and Pearls!  Why not?!

Stay tuned for more updates about the Butterflies Thinlits Dies so you can purchase them or the Bundles as soon as they are available!

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New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals good today through Monday April 20, 2015. Click the link or the photo above to view in my store!

With Mother’s Day coming up in May, you might want to pick up the Mother’s Love Photopolymer Stamp Set on the Deals this week! Of course it is not just for Mother’s Day, it can be for any time! And I have to mention the Handheld Stapler – yes, you probably have a stapler, but I just LIKE this cute stapler! (You do need to buy the staples in addition!) Of course all the other framelits and the Pansy Punch are worth owning as well.  If you are in to washi tape, you might want to try the Birthday Bash Designer Washi SHEETS.  You can cut larger pieces, or use framelits, or use them in many creative ways!

Keep in mind, the Retired List is due to come out next week. If you want any of the outgoing In Colors, especially the ink refills if you already have the ink pads, everyone suggests you beat the rush and order them ahead of the Retired List coming out. Those are items that usually sell out fast.

Haven’t heard any more, but Stampin’ Up! was hoping to have the Butterflies Thinlits back in stock tomorrow, April 15 with a special offer, if you missed those during Sale-A-Bration. Stay tuned!

Go check out the new Weekly Deals in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Use Your Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folders For Stamping!

Have you thought of using your Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folders in a different way?  Just ink them up and insert card stock to “stamp” with your folder! Try these techniques after watching this video!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Last day to order is Monday, April 13.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 7 2015

Choose some framelits dies and embellishments from the Weekly Deals and choose some embossing folders with which you can try the inking techniques.

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Butterfly Thinlit Mother’s Day Card

Butterfly Thinlit Mother's Day Card
The Butterflies Thinlits Dies in the Occasions Catalog may soon be available again at Stampin’ Up! Due to the port situation on the west coast, lots of products have been backordered, due to no fault of Stampin’ Up! Now they are able to announce they “expect” to receive these in-demand dies, that are sitting on a ship, by later next week hopefully.

Here is part of the announcement from Stampin’ Up!:

We realize you and your customers may be disappointed you were not able to purchase the Thinlits in time to receive Sale-A-Bration rewards–especially in the discounted bundles. Therefore, from the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

My butterfly card in the photo is made with a card base of Coastal Cabana card stock and the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. The butterfly is die cut from another piece of the DSP with the Butterflies Thinlits with a few Pearls for an embellishment.  The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More.  I bought the wood-mount stamp set since the stamps are small and I like to just be able to stamp without putting on a clear block. This would make a pretty Mother’s Day card, birthday, thank you, thinking of you, even sympathy.

So if you missed out on getting the Butterflies Thinlits Dies or would like the coordinating stamp set Butterfly Basics in the bundle, keep your fingers crossed that they will arrive at the Stampin’ Up! Distribution Center very soon! And you’ll get to take advantage of the discount or the already discounted Bundle plus a free Sale-A-Bration item.

Check out the Occasions Catalog while you are waiting!