Thursday, April 30, 2015

Too Kind

Too Kind is another of my favorite go-to stamp sets that I have used a lot.  It is being retired, and like I said yesterday about Polka Dot Pieces, I'm reluctant to let them go!  I have gotten a lot of mileage out of this one though.  Here are some of my cards using this set:

In case you don't know, this is a two-step stamp.  Before photopolymer stamps came out, you needed the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get these stamps to stack perfectly.  (Side note - I love my Stamp-a-ma-jig!)  The colors I used here are Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.  The bottom portion of the card is Smokey Slate.

On this card I combined Crushed Curry with Cajun Craze.

Here I used Island Indigo with Marina Mist on a Daffodil Delight card base.  The cute Designer Series Paper is the retired Gingham Garden.  The sentiment is from Polka Dot Pieces.

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Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

So Long to a Favorite

Polka Dot Pieces

Stamp sets come and go.  We have had this one for a while now, and it is one of my favorites.  It is so cheerful.  I hate to see it go away!  Here are a few samples of cards using this cute stamp set:

This one uses Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive - and - the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, which is also on the retiring list (tell me it isn't so!).

Remember Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper?  I'm still using mine up.  This one has Soft Suede, Midnight Muse, and Cajun Craze.  The sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners and matching framelit are also on the good-bye list.

This is a card I received at a Pals Card Swap, and I love it so I'm going to share it!  Karen Bone made this card using a Whisper White Note Card and Envelope, Blackberry Bliss, and Decorative Dots embossing folder. The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants. Her envelope is lined with a sheet from Moonlight Paper Stack.  So CUTE!

The sentiment from Polka Dot Pieces, "thoughts of you bring smiles" and leaf stamp make a super cute stem on flowers or shamrocks, as the case may be.

So long, Polka Dot Pieces.  It's been fun.  I can't wait to see what is coming in your place!  Out with the old, in with the new.  I know Stampin' Up! will not disappoint us.  Tomorrow is the day we demonstrators get to see the new catalog!!  
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Until tomorrow ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen


 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's Free!

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It comes to your email inbox every Tuesday morning.  If you miss this week's post, you will be on my list to start next week.  This week I'm going to show and tell how I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make this card:


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Happy Stamping!

Karen

Monday, April 27, 2015

Flashback to PPA 249



          Challenges are so much fun!  They keep the creative juices flowing.  Plus they just give a great springboard for card ideas!  This one is the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #249.  The sketch was provided by Nicole Watt, and everyone can play.  Here is her sketch:

          You are given the liberty to interpret it pretty much any way you want.  I chose to take it quite literally this week, as you can see.
          I took a look at my Designer Series Papers and chose one that I haven't used very often, Flashback.  I love the reds and curry together, and I really like the fact that this is a gender-neutral card.  You could bedazzle it a little if you wanted to send it to a girl, but I'm kind of liking it with the option open.
          I layered the red onto the very thinnest of a black border.  Since only the outer rim of black shows, I used the largest square framelit and cut out the middle.  Why not?  It doesn't show, it takes away some of the bulk, and now I have a nice black square to use on another card.  Smart, yes?

Measurements:
Very Vanilla - 5" X 10", scored at 5"
Basic Black - 4 7/8" square
Red DSP print - 4 3/4" square
Red and Curry print - 2 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Curry circle - #6 framelit or 2 3/4"
Vanilla circle - #5 framelit or 2 5/16"


          Since this is a square card, it needs a special envelope.  Out comes the Envelope Punch Board!  If you don't have this, it is so worth the money for such a versatile tool!  I made the envelope with Very Vanilla and lined the back flap with a piece of the matching red from Flashback.

          Check out all the PPA entries for this week HERE. You are welcome to play along.  See all the products I used on this card below.  To purchase any of these items, just click on the picture and it will take you directly to my online store.  The paper and stamp set I used here will be going away at the end of May, so if you would like to add them to your stash, be sure to get them before they are gone.  See the full Retiring Product List HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Silhouettes for Spruced-Up Sunday

          Good Sunday morning to you!  Yesterday I posted a simple version of this card for Simple Saturday.  And today I have spruced it up a bit.  I added a few layers, lifted it up, and added a yarn bow.

          Here was yesterday's card to compare:
          Changes:
  • The Crisp Cantaloupe block print was cut to size and adhered with Dimensionals onto a white layer.
  • The Whisper White layer (5" x 3 3/4") has a scored line around every edge at 1/4". 
  • The Whisper White layer was glued to a Crisp Cantaloupe layer (5 1/4" x 4").
  • The Crisp Cantaloupe layer was adhered to the base card with Dimensionals.
 
          Inside, I stamped the bird and branch image over the sentiment after stamping off once onto scratch paper.
          The final step was to add a Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine bow to the front.

          I hope you have enjoyed my two versions of this card!  Go out and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Until next time ~

Happy Stamping!

Karen

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Silhouettes for Simple Saturday

          Hello Everyone!  Happy Saturday to you!  If you are new to my blog, I've started a 2-part weekend post.  On Saturday I show you a very simple card that is quick and easy.  Then on Sunday I "dress it up" a bit and call it Spruced-up Sunday.  I hope you will enjoy seeing my two versions of the same card.  Here is today's Simple Saturday card:

          This is super quick, yet a little different with the block print.  I simply inked up my 2 7/8" square clear acrylic block with Crisp Cantaloupe and stamped it onto the Whisper White card base (5 1/5" x 4 1/4").  I love the crinkly texture it gave, and I didn't do anything special to get it that way!  Sweet surprise!  After it dried, I stamped the bird and branch stamp from Serene Silhouettes over the top with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

          I did a little "surgery" on my stamp from Thoughts and Prayers:  the "Thinking of You...Please know that I care." is one stamp.  I simply cut it between the two so I could easily stamp half on the front and half on the inside.


          The envelope is lined with a Crisp Cantaloupe print from the now vintage Sweet Sorbet DSP.  Regrettably I never purchased the Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack for the 2013-15 In Colors. They are perfect for lining envelopes.  If I'm not too late, I may still be able to get it this month.  Check out the current Retired List here for any products that you know you will regret if you don't get them before they are gone!

That's it!  Check back tomorrow for the Spruced-up Sunday version of this card.  I think you will like it!

Until tomorrow ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Name, Same Blog

Vintage Clip Art – Pointing Hand Sign – Steampunk I've picked a new name for my blog!  Karen's Stampin' Site is now Karen's Stampin' Habit!  As the name implies, stamping is my habit.  And what a fun habit it is!  I love to create new cards and share them with friends.  So thanks for indulging my Stampin' habit and viewing my posts! 

          Congratulations to those of you that were able to get online and purchase some of the retiring products yesterday.  I know it was a struggle, with the website crashing and overload of activity.



A few of the items are sold out already (I warned you, yes?) but there are many, many things still available.  If you weren't able to check them out yesterday, try today.  I've been told that it will be much easier.  For a quick way to get to that site, click on the Promotions button above.  Also, new items have been added to the Clearance Rack - click HERE to access.

          Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back with new projects in the next few days.  Until then,
Happy Stamping!

Karen

         

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Retiring List and Weekly Deals

        


          That day has come!  Today is the day that the retiring  lists for all the Stampin' Up! catalogs have been announced.

          These are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  When they are gone, they're gone.  So get your favorites while you can.  I suspect the In Color products will go first, so keep that in mind!

          Click HERE to see the list in my online store and shop right from your own computer.  With items selling out quickly, this will give you a much better chance of getting the products you want.

          ALSO - today being Tuesday, that means Weekly Deals!

Click HERE to see the selections that will be on sale today through Monday, April 27, as supplies last.

Happy Shopping!

Karen

Monday, April 20, 2015

Time to Say Goodbye

          Happy Monday to you!  Today is April 20.  You know what that means... Tomorrow is the day that Stampin'Up! publishes their 2015 retiring product list!  That can be sad, as we have to say goodbye to many of our favorites, BUT it is exciting because that means the new stuff is right around the corner!  Yay!  I can't wait to see what the new products will be.  What will the new In Colors be?  Another exciting aspect of this is that you will be able to snatch up some of your favorites at a discount!  We all love a discount!  I'm not kidding about this - everyone will be placing orders, and when it's gone, it's gone.  First come, first serve.  Don't wait.  Don't put it off till the next day.  Get them while you can!

          OK, so I thought I would dig into the archives and find some cards that I made using some of the 2013-15 In Colors to post here.  I'm looking for anything with Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, and Coastal Cabana...




          
          Oh, I do love these soft colors.  We'll have fun using up our old and making room for new.  I'm sure I will love the new colors, too!  Check back tomorrow to see what will be retiring in addition to these colors.  

And please remember to access my online store to order.  Here is the link:  point, click, and shop!

See you tomorrow ~

Karen


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spruced-up Sunday


          Happy Sunday to you!  I hope you are having a very nice weekend.  Yesterday I showed you a simplified version of this card and promised that I would give you a dressed-up version of it today.  She's dressed up in her Sunday best!
          
          Here is yesterday's card:

          She is pretty, if not a little plain.  For today's card I cut the front panel 1/8" smaller on both sides and layered it over a piece of Rose Red cardstock cut at 5 1/4" x 4".  I popped the 2 pieces up off the base with Dimensionals, then added her jewelry:

          Not too much.  A girl doesn't want to look cheap!!  A tiny red button from the Regals Collection, and 3 tiny rhinestones give her a little sparkle.

          Last but not least, let's give a little attention to the envelope:


          Pretty cards should come dressed in pretty outerwear, don't you agree?

          There you have it!  Simple Saturday to Spruced-up Sunday.  There weren't a lot of changes.  Just enough to give it a little more punch.  Which do you like better?

          Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Be sure to pop back by on Tuesday morning.  I will have this year's Retired Product List posted.  I know you're going to want to take advantage of the discounted prices and get your favorites before they are all gone.  Shop with me at www.karenhallam.stampinup.net.

Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Simple Saturday


          Sometimes you just want a simple yet elegant card to send, and Painted Petals provides the beautiful stamps to make such a card.  Sometimes its a matter of time, and it doesn't get much quicker than this!

          The petals are stamped in Rose Red, the leaves in Wild Wasabi.  The sentiment is in Blackberry Bliss.  I stamped these onto a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of white, then adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals to a white card base - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

          Super simple, super quick, super pretty.  And you have lots of time left in your day to have a super Saturday!  Tomorrow I will show you a dressed-up version of the same card.  Let's just say it will be dressed in its Sunday Best!

Go enjoy your day!
Until tomorrow ~
          Happy Stamping!

Karen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Big News for PPA 248


As I stand back and look at  my card, I'm thinking...maybe, just maybe...I've been reading too many Dr. Seuss books with my grandson!  You think?!!!  Well, at least it's a cheerful card.  Hmmm, maybe I should give it with a gift of Horton Hears a Who!


This week's Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge got me started.


  • The polka dot paper from Moonlight DSP Stack provided the background, which I layered on top of Lost Lagoon and lifted up over a Whisper White card base.
  • The small polka dots inspired some large polka dots, which I cut from the 3 colors - Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, and Crushed Curry - using the1" Circle Punch.
  • The sentiment is from the Big News stamp set, stamped with Lost Lagoon ink.  I separated the 2 lines in the phrase.  I colored "Big News" with a Lost Lagoon Stampin' Write Marker and adhered it with Dimensionals.
  • One last touch - MORE polka dots! - tiny dots using the Crushed Curry and Basic Gray Markers on the Big News ticket.
 All in all, a bright, happy card for a very happy occasion!

Thanks for looking!  Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Amazingly Amazing!




     What a great way to congratulate someone after a big achievement!  Or - to wish someone a Happy Mother's Day.  Or - just to tell someone how much you admire them!  The pink on this card makes it very feminine, but if you changed up the colors - say to a blue or brown geometric pattern - it would be just as great for a guy. 

This sweet DSP is from the All Abloom Paper Stack.  I've layered in onto Melon Mambo with a Whisper White card base 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Two quick cuts with the Big Shot and Circles Framelits #5 and 6 (the smallest being #1 and counting outward) of Melon and White.  The sentiment comes from Painted Petals.  The three Candy Dots are from the Brights Collection.

Gotta dress up the envelope...


I took the colors from the DSP -- Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Pistachio Pudding - and searched my cupboard for a similar flower and leaf to those in the floral print.  I got close!  The little flower stamp is from Something to Say, and the leaf - well, that was a little trickier.  See the spray in Thoughts and Prayers...
 

I inked up just the tip of that spray in Pistachio Pudding and stamped it onto the envelope.  Sneaky, right?
 
I hope you've enjoyed this card.  It was easy and quick to make (once I found all the little stamps I needed!)  If you would like to purchase any of these items, it's a quick click of this link to my Stampin' Up! website store.  I would appreciate your business!  You can also sign up for my weekly Newsletter at the same site.  It's free for the asking.  Just click onto "Request My Newsletter" and fill in the short info page.  You will start to receive it in your inbox next Tuesday.  

Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen




Monday, April 13, 2015

An Easel Card for Mother's Day

            
          This lovely card looks like a regular A-2 sized card until you open it and find that it sits up like an easel for display!

        
          I used Vivid Vases on the front and paper-pieced the vases with a variety of the Something Borrowed Designer Series Papers, also used in the background and bottom section of the inside.

        
          Wouldn't this be so sweet with a photo of a child or grandchild attached to the inside to surprise Mom or Grandma on her special day?
         
          Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped and punched out with the Word Window Punch and backed with the Modern Label Punch provides the hook that holds up the easel when opened.

         
          Want some specific instructions and measurements?  I'm highlighting this card in my weekly Newsletter this week, coming out on Tuesday.  Sign up for it HERE and receive a copy in your inbox tomorrow!

          You can SHOP HERE for any of the items used on this card.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen



Friday, April 10, 2015

A Gift Idea For You



These fun little mini notepads were a snap to make.  They are perfect for a little gift -- I'm planning on giving them to my ladies who have come to my card classes this month. The original design (the blue one in the middle) was Sam Donald's from Pootles.  I love her work, especially her little boxes, and try much of what she demonstrates.  Check out her website and videos here.

These start as a pack of 5 mini notepads, purchased at the Dollar Tree.  They measure 5" x 3 1/2", so I cut colored cardstock at 5 1/2" x 3 1/2".  You can get two notepads with one piece of cardstock.  Score one short end at 1/4", then 3/8" beyond the first scoreline.  Put a piece of sticky strip along the edge.  This adheres to the back of the notepad.  The folded 3/8" section covers the top edge of the papers.  Decorate using a 4 1/2" x 3" piece of Whisper White.  I stamped the white with Painted Blooms in matching colors.  The sentiments were stamped, again with matching colors, cut out with framelits and sponged around the edges.  Pop them up with Dimensionals, wrap a bit of Linen Thread around the back and glue a tiny piece of bling on the front.  The only one I did differently was the Calypso Coral one.  I stamped leaves with Early Espresso and added a butterfly to the front.

I hope you'll try these.  If you have any questions about them, email me at karenshallam@gmail.com. Check out my Stampin' Up! website at www.karenhallam.stampinup.net, to see my other projects, sign up for my weekly newsletter, or to shop!  I would love to hear from you!

Until next time ~
Happy stamping!

Karen



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Purple Bridal Bouquet for PPA


          The PPA challenge this week is to use 3 shades of purple - Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, and Perfect Plum.  I was kind of stumped until I saw a picture of a beautiful purple bridal bouquet, and I thought, "That could work!" 

          I stamped the handle and a few leaves using Mossy Meadow and the Painted Petals stamp set. I took the sentiment from Your Perfect Day and stamped it onto Whisper White.

          I punched several flowers using the 3 colors with the Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, and Itty Bitty Punch Pack flower punch.

          The bouquet is "wrapped" with Blackberry Bliss thick twine.  A few random pearls dress it up a bit.  The base color is Blackberry Bliss.

          It's so pretty, I want to stick some Baby's Breath in it and carry it down the aisle!!!    

Shop with me at my Stampin' Up! website:  www.karenhallam.stampinup.net.  You can also request my weekly newsletter and view some of my other projects in the gallery and blog on that site.  Remember that this is FREE SHIPPING week, through tomorrow, Friday, until 6:50 p.m.(MT) by phone, or 11:50  p.m.(MT) online.  Don't miss out!  Stock up with your basics and/or order those heavy items that have higher shipping costs.  It's a great deal from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Until next time ~ 
Happy stamping!

Karen

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reuse, Recycle for April Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April where every day is Earth Day.  This month we are showcasing projects that use recycled, reused or other earth inspired elements and colors.  We hope you enjoy the Pals creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Candy Ford at Stamp Candy, number 10 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

 From Bread Crumb containers to Stampin' Write Marker storage:

          I needed to find a way to store my markers.  Did you know that they need to be stored on their sides?  I found that out when mine were drying up on one end!  Hello!  After storing them on their sides, they returned to their original, juicy selves (whew) but I still needed something to put them in.  Boxes took up too much space, but these round bread crumb containers worked perfectly.  That is re-MARK-ably ecological.  OK, I hear you groaning :-)

          I had to make them pretty and add some organization to the project.  So here is what I did...


          I chose these 3 coordinating papers from a Designer Series Paper pack and cut them to 6 1/2" x 10 3/4".  I put a strip of Sticky Strip to one short end then wrapped it around the container.




          Cylinders roll, and since I wanted them to stack together and stay put in my cupboard, I punched holes and held them together with brads.




          Because I like to be organized, I labeled my containers ~ one for Brights, Regals, and one set of In-Colors, one for Subtles and the other set of In-Colors, and one for Neutrals.



          They fit nicely in my cupboard.  They were super inexpensive.  They are colorful and usable!  And I saved them from the landfill.  Pretty great!
       


          The next stop is Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations, number 12 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery' s Owlery
  3. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  4. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  5. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  6. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  7. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen's Stampin' Site
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  13. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  14. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  17. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains 
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