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Sales Tax Holiday Coming!


Happy August!!  Is today really the first day of August?!  What happened to July?? At least it is almost my birthday!

Since it is August, thoughts turn to the start of school! And with that, some states have a Sales Tax Holiday to help families with back to school expenses.  Twelve states are having a sales-tax holiday for school supplies on certain dates in August. The states typically define school supplies as “any items normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes.”  Stampin’ Up! is, therefore, limiting our exemptions per the state statute based on item description and price.

Here is a chart Stampin’ Up! provided with the states and dates and links to more information. Check and see if your state is listed. Some products that Stampin’ Up! sells can be considered school supplies and therefore, you may be able to save the sales tax. Even though a state is listed, not all communities may be participating.  The dates are very limited to be sure to order during that time if you are able to take advantage of your state’s sales tax holiday.

Sales Tax Holiday 2015

Each state has specific rules they consider to be school supplies–this may be by description or by price. The table below shows the items that are included per state statute definitions. The list of items below will be state tax-free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin’ Up!® during the tax holiday period (which is midnight on the first day to midnight on the last day of the tax holiday) in order to receive these items tax-free . Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales-tax holiday and may not apply to additional county, city, and special-jurisdiction taxes.

Here’s a specific chart of which Stampin’ Up! items apply in each state.  You’ll have to click to enlarge.

Sales Tax Holiday Chart 2015

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Many of my crafting supplies through the years when my kids were in school often came in handy for school projects, even the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby! So make sure you are stocked up with your papercrafting supplies before school starts!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online for all your papercrafting and school supply needs!

You’ve Got This Flower Card with Glitter Splatter

You've Got This Flower Card with Glitter

I’m still trying to catch up after vacation, but I watched some of the livestreaming recordings from the Stampin’ Up! Convention and saw this neat technique, splattering with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhering Gold Glitter. I used the You’ve Got This Stamp Set to stamp and watercolor the beautiful flower and add a little pizzazz with splatters of gold glitter! I can still add a greeting to this card and I forgot to color the center flower parts, so maybe it is not completely finished!

Someone from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office at Convention demonstrated this glittering technique. You need an Aqua Painter (or a small paintbrush) (but you really should own an Aqua Painter!  I love mine!) and some Multipurpose LIquid Glue. Squeeze out a little glue, you don’t need much.  Then dilute it with some water from your Aqua Painter. You don’t want it too thin and not too thick, but different consistencies will give you different size splatters.  Then with the diluted glue on the Aqua Painter, splatter it on the card, however little or much you want.  Sprinkle the card with Gold Stampin’ Glitter and dump off the excess.  The glitter, of course, will stick to the glue splatters!

You've Got This Flower Card Gold Glitter Splatter Technique

In my painting days, I learned to splatter by tapping the splattering brush onto another brush handle or pencil or Aqua Painter held in your other hand over the project.  It gives you a little more control.

You could also splatter some color on to your card with a matching ink if you wanted.

I love watercoloring with my Aqua Painter!  To color in this flower, stamped with Stazon Ink, I just put a dab of reinker in the lid of the ink pad and picked some of that up, diluted with a little water with my Aqua Painter. If you want a darker shade, either pick up a bit of reinker that hasn’t been diluted OR touch your Aqua Painter to the corner of the ink pad itself to pick up ink.

Experiment with this splattering technique using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, the Aqua Painter, and some glitter!

You've Got This Flower Card Glitter Splatter

If you need any supplies for your cardmaking and other papercrafting or scrapbooking projects, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Deals For You!

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Quantities at these prices are limited so don’t delay if you see something you want to order!  Lots of ribbon, for sure!  Think about the black for Halloween coming up, not to mention just some elegant looks with black on your projects! All of the Stitched Satin ribbons are beautiful!
Also, be sure to check the Clearance Rack for more bargains!
And don’t forget Paper Pumpkin!!  Take advantage of this special deal now through September 10th!
Paper Pumpkin 50 off July 2015

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Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 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).

What Is Paper Pumpkin??  Each month a papercrafting kit arrives in your mailbox! Everything is included – stamps, ink, and paper – and is ready for you to put together. Follow the directions or do your own thing! Each month is a surprise! And once you are a subscriber, you can order any available past kits or refills. No obligation. Pause your subscription for a month or two if you want, and cancel any time if Paper Pumpkin is not for you. You can even order extra kits any month for gifts or for friends and family.

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.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).

Just contact me if you have any questions!  I love getting my Paper Pumpkin Kit each month!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and the other wonderful Stampin’ Up! products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Great Deals for Papercrafters!

Paper Pumpkin 50 off July 2015

A great deal is back for Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month! New subscribers can sign up for 50% off the first two months.  Use Promo Code:  HALFOFF .

Join Paper Pumpkin and receive a kit in the mail.  Follow the directions and watch the video to see how to make your project!  If you want to make something completely different or even just a little bit different, you can!  With your first kit, you will receive a clear block to use with your stamps. New stamps included and an ink spot. Everything you need except maybe adhesive.

No obligation!  You can try it and pause your subscription any month or cancel if you must.  But it is a treat to receive that bright box in the mail, just for you!  Or give as a gift to someone! Call some friends and get together to make your kits!

To join Paper Pumpkin, just click HERE to go to my Paper Pumpkin site.  Read more about it and sign up! Let me know if you have any questions. The kits are not always cards, it’s always a surprise!

PLUS:  Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for July 21 – 27. Supplies at this price are limited and will go back to regular price. See something you want?  Order it soon!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal July 21 2015

Click on the link or photo above to go to my store and see the Weekly Deals page in regular size!

Have fun shopping for Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and try out the Paper Pumpkin 50% off deal if you are a new subscriber!

Crystal Effects Water Drops

Crystal Effects Water Drops

This is a portion of a card I made with the Gift From the Garden Stamp SetThe sprinkling can and the flower stems come from this stamp set but the water drops are a stamp from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. In order to make the water drops look real, I put dabs of Crystal Effects on the water drops. They are wet in this photo and I tried to draw them out a little bit to look more like a drop of water.  Then dry, the Crystal Effects will be clear.

Crystal Effects can be used as an adhesive or as a glossy, lacquer finish to objects. It gives a raised, embossed look to stamped images. There are actually many techniques you can use with Crystal Effects.

Don’t forget to check the Weekly Deals!  These are good through Monday night, July 20.

Weekly Deal July 14

For fun papercrafting shopping, just visit the Stampin’ Up! Online Store this weekend!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal July 14 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal July 14 2015
Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for July 14 – Monday July 20. Click the link or photo above to view in the Store.  If you see something you really want, better grab it because once a quantity sells out, that deal is gone. Also check the Clearance Rack for any new things they might add. Honestly, I can’t remember what was on there before each time I look at it, so just remember to check when you are ordering to see if there are any bargains on there that you want!

The Color Me Irresistible Designer Paper is on the Weekly Deals.  This is similar to the embossed paper that was free during Sale-A-Bration but BETTER because you also get paper that is already colored. Use the white paper plain or color it with sponging or spritzing or whatever method you like!  You also might really like the other designer papers available on the “deals” as well as the new pearls, washi tape and sequins, plus twine for embellishing.  And if you like an easy way to make gift boxes, then the discounted Gift Box Punch Board is for you!

The Watercolor Wishes Card Kit was not available until this month, and now it is so popular that it is nearly on backorder. If you are thinking about ordering this kit, I would do it today! More kits are on the way but there might be a backorder situation for a little while,   unfortunately. It really is a cute kit and easy to make some beautiful cards! AND a very nice stamp set comes with it! What a deal! You can see it displayed on page 80 of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Order several kits (if they are available) and get your friends together for a cardmaking day or evening! And the stamp set is one you will be able to use a lot!

Have fun choosing or get it all!! Check my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for the Weekly Deals, the Clearance Rack, the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, and all the other Stampin’ Up! goodies!

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals July 7 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal July 7 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for July 7 through Monday, July 13. Remember, these products will only be available at these prices while supplies last.  Last week two of the items sold out the first day. There are more items so it is harder to get one big picture to post here!  Just click the link or the photo to go to the store page where you can see each product and get the information!

Also check the Clearance Rack before you finalize your order, just in case you find a bargain you want!

Something new on the Online Store:  Project Ideas from Stampin’ Up! in the left sidebar!  Click on that link when you are in the store (or the photo below!) to see some of the catalog projects and the materials you need for them.

Online Store Home Page Screenshot

Today is July 7th so if you would like to join Paper Pumpkin and get the July kit in your mailbox in just a little over a week, be sure to subscribe HERE on my page! If you would like to add a month or more to your regular Stampin’ Up! order, you can get a prepaid subscription HERE.

Paper Pumpkin Box

Red Mailbox for Mailing List Sign UpAre you on my Mailing List??  If you are reading this blog post, or any of my other ones, I would love to have you sign up for my Mailing List to receive my monthly newsletter plus one other mid-month with the latest Stampin’ Up! news and offers plus exclusive projects you won’t find on my blog or Facebook Page. Occasionally I send out an extra email if there is BIG NEWS or something urgent I wouldn’t want you to miss.  But you won’t be bombarded by emails from me! Just sign up in the box in the top right or the pop up box and you will receive a FREE gift! Do it today so you will be set to get my July newsletter soon!

Stampin’ Up! Deals! Check Them Out!

Weekly Deal Banner 2015

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal June 30 2015

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal June 30 2015

Check out these new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for June 30, 2015 through Monday, July 6. Click on the photos to see the page in my Online Store.  I see several products I want! For sure you want the 2″ Circle Punch to fit in with some others you might have. If you don’t have the new In Color ink pads yet, get the In Color Markers and you can “marker up” your stamps if you want to use a new In Color. Sequins, ribbon, button and twine – always good for embellishing!  Sometimes it is the little bit of embellishment that makes the card. The Fast Fuse Adhesive, I admit is a little tricky to use, but now that I have the hang of it, I LOVE it. Very good adhesive. Sometimes I have to advance the tape myself a little bit in the dispenser, but otherwise it works great. (Not on the Weekly Deals, but I also love the new Tear & Tape Adhesive.  You should put that on your next order for sure!)

Clearance Rack Banner 2015

Also check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  There are new items on the Clearance Rack, while supplies last. Not quite what I was expecting and I don’t know what they did with the previous stuff, but there you have it. Check it out!

***Apparently Stampin’ Up! is working on some corrections to the Clearance Rack right now!  We’ll see! Check back a little later on.

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!

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