Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekly Deals are SWEET!

The Weekly Deals are SWEET this week!  We have framelits, punch boards, Baker's Twine, and hearts!  Here are a few of my favorite projects that use some of these products:


This card highlights the Floral Frames Framelits.  I love the gradation of shapes and sizes!  This is a good buy at $20.25 (regularly 2$27.00).
Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!



A square card needs a made-to-fit envelope.  The Envelope Punch Board to the rescue!  You can make nearly any size envelope you need easily with this board.  It is a must-have!  Regularly $20, now only $15.00!  And you can watch a video to see how easy it is to use.  Click the link above.
Envelope Punch Board by Stampin' Up!



Another square card...and you know I made an envelope to fit.  But I wanted to show you a different way that I used the Hearts Border Punch.  These little hearts scattered around are the perfect tiny size. This punch normally sells for $16.00.  Get it now for only $12.00.
Hearts Border Punch by Stampin' Up!

Other sweet deals are:  
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, normally $3.00, now just $2.25
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up! 

Gift Box Punch Board, normally $20.00, now just $15.00
Gift Box Punch Board by Stampin' Up! 

Handpicked Framelits Dies, normally $26.00, now just $18.75
Handpicked Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up! 

Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! 

Are you ready to shop?  Click HERE to access my online store and add any of these deals to your shopping cart.

Happy Shopping...  and Happy Stamping!  Have a wonderful week ~

Karen  





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Snowy Night


Wow, this Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Pack has some truly gorgeous papers!  It's a 6" x 6" paper stack with half of the papers showing gold embossing and half a soft black.  The gold embossing looks silver on the back, so you can choose whichever color you like best!

Placing these gold snowflakes in front of Night of Navy cardstock makes me think of a beautiful snowy night.  I attached the vellum with tiny gold brads in the four corners, although it could have been attached with glue behind the greeting labels.  

I heat embossed this greeting from Joyful Season with gold embossing powder and cut it out using Lots of Labels Framelits.  I then cut one bigger out of a Gold Foil Sheet.  I finished it off with a new wooden Snowflake Element topped with an Iced Rhinestone.  Small Rhinestone Basic Jewels placed in the center of random snowflakes give this card some extra sparkle.

The supply list will be at the bottom of this post, underneath the Weekly Deals.  Scroll down, click, shop, and enjoy!

Today is Tuesday and yes, that means new WEEKLY DEALS!  Scroll down to see the specials for this week, now through next Monday, Sept. 28.   It's in the stars this week.  Check out how I used the Stars Framelits and the Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - they are both 25% off this week!


Enjoy your week!  Until next time ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen
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Monday, September 21, 2015

A Time For All Seasons


I have been wanting to make a collection of all four seasons with my Sheltering Tree stamp set, and when I saw Linda Heller's new post today, I thought I would borrow her layout and use this stamp set!  For all four cards, I used the Circles Framelits # 6 & 7, glued the colored piece right over the stamped circle, then popped up the white piece over it with Dimensionals, then added it to the base.  Here are the individual cards:


A fall tree has Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie leaves, a rake, and a pumpkin that I found in one of last year's sets, Holiday Invitation (2014 Holiday Catalog).  The sentiment is from Sheltering Tree.  I stamped it in Crumb Cake and cut a little banner.  The base for this is Pumpkin Pie.  A double bow of Linen Thread finishes it off.


A winter card with Soft Sky snowflakes and ring sits on a base of Whisper White.  I added a little sparkly paper for the snowy ground and some diamond Stickles in the branches.  Unfortunately they are coming off a little yellow, perhaps pulling color from the tree - something to work on!  The little snowman is from Holiday Home (2014 Holiday Catalog).  He's a little smaller than I would like, but I think he's awfully cute!


This one may be my favorite!  A spring card with Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride blossoms in the tree with tiny Perfect Plum hearts from You Plus Me (2015 Spring Occasions Catalog).  The swing and plum flowers on the ground are part of Sheltering Tree.  The base for this one is Blushing Bride.


And summer...  Wild Wasabi and Garden Green leaves shelter some red apples and a sweet red bicycle that is parked underneath.  The ring and base on this one are Garden Green.

Which do you like best? It was fun looking through my old sets to find stamps that would work with the seasons.  I always say, work with what you've got!  It is gratifying to get some more use out of our older stamp sets!  Now go see what you can come up with from your cabinet!  With the basic set, Sheltering Tree, you can add all kinds of things and make it fun.  This would make a cute gift set of cards.  Make a coordinating box to go with them.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow is Tuesday and that means Weekly Deals.  Check in again tomorrow to see what specials are running this week and get in on the 25% discount.  Until then ~

Happy Stamping!

Karen




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Friday, September 18, 2015

Toadally Awesome!


The minute I saw this card design on Dawn Olchefske's web site, I knew I had to make some!  Is this not the cutest frog ever?!

I'm going to send this card to my grandson, who I miss very much since they moved up to Washington.  He is the most awesome kid...I know he will get a kick out of this card.  He's in fourth grade now, but when he was in first grade he was in the "frog" class.  Too bad this stamp set wasn't available then!

First off, I stamped the image with Staz-on black ink (our new Archival Black would also be a good choice) and watercolored the frog using a Blender Pen with Wild Wasabi and Garden Green ink pads.  I gave him a little sandy ground to sit on with Sahara Sand.

Using a 3 1/4" square of Sahara Sand DSP from the Neutrals Pack, I punched three times with the Note Tag Punch, once vertically, then two more times horizontally, once in each direction.

I backed the dotted paper with a thin layer of Wild Wasabi, cutting out the center with my Stampin' Trimmer.  The three pieces are attached with 1/8" Mini Brads.

A layer of Garden Green, embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder is glued directly to the Garden Green base (4 1/2" square card).  The top three layers are then attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

Probably my favorite part of this whole card are his eyes!  His eyes are the small circles shapes from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers.  Don't they add the ultimate cute factor?

The twine was an afterthought.  But since my top layers were popped up, I could slide the Linen Thread between the layers and tie my knot.  I pulled the thread ends apart, leaving a frayed look.

I hope my pictures and directions have inspired you to try this card.  If you need any of the mentioned supplies, I would be very grateful if you would purchase them from my online store.  Each of the supplies are listed below and they are directly linked to my site, so you can just click and shop!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time,
Happy Stamping!

Karen


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Woodsy Birthday


I'm blending a little new with a little old today with this birthday card.  We live among the oak trees here in California.  I could be wrong, but I'm calling this image an oak!  I stamped it with Mossy Meadow on Whisper White cardstock, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The photo doesn't show it, but it is super shiny in parts of the tree, but not all.  It's a cool effect!

I took Mossy Meadow cardstock, cut it to a 4 square, then cut on the diagonal to get two triangles.  I ran one through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  The fun wood stack paper is from last year's Adventure Bound DSP Stack.  I am on a mission to use up my old papers, and I thought the print went well with my tree :-)  The cute little acorn embellishment falling from this oak tree is in our new 2015 Holiday Catalog.  It is nestled up next to Linen Thread and adhered with a glue dot.

The overall card measures 4 1/4" square, so it fits into a regular envelope - which I dressed up a bit with some more DSP...


A masculine card for the guy who loves his wood pile!  This makes me excited for the cool weather ahead and the back yard fire pit.  Oh! the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and I stamped it in Early Espresso to match the card base and inner layer.

Have a great day ~

Karen
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Awesome Weekly Deals!


Here are your Weekly Deals for one week only, Tuesday, Sept. 15 - Monday, Sept. 21.  Add them to your shopping cart for a 25% discount!




Brights Designer Buttons by Stampin' Up!  
  Brights Designer Buttons
  Price:  $8.00, Now $6.00


 Butterflies Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up! 
 Butterflies Thinlits Dies
  Price:  $25.00, Now $18.75


  Early Espresso 1/4 Cotton Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
      Price:  $6.00, Now $4.50


Fringe Scissors by Stampin' Up!    
   Fringe Scissors
 Price:  $10.00, Now $7.50 


 Gold Basic Metal Buttons by Stampin' Up!  
 Gold Basic Metal Buttons
 Price:  $8.00, Now $6.00


 Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!
    Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
             Price:  $40.00, Now $30.00


Whisper White 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up! 
Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  Price:  $7.00, Now $5.25 


Here are a few of my projects using the Thinlits Dies:
 
Small Butterfly - Thinlits Dies
 Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
 Medium Butterfly - Thinlits Dies

Large Butterfly - Thinlits Dies

Shop now by clicking on the "Shop Now" button above.  It will connect you to my online store.  From there, click on Weekly Deals on the left side of the screen and it will take you to that page.  Happy Shopping!

Karen 

 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thanks AND Giving


I had in mind a different Designer Series Paper for this Thanksgiving card, but because of a mistake, I ended up using these Farmer's Market prints.  And I'm so glad I did!  I am quite happy with the way it turned out.

I started with a base of Mossy Meadow, then embossed the top layer of Very Vanilla with the Boho Chic folder.  When I started putting strips of DSP on it, I realized that my paper had a white background, not vanilla.  So my search for vanilla brought me to Farmer's Market with Blackberry Bliss accents. The colors are so rich together, aren't they?

I hadn't received my new embellishments yet when I made this, so I went through my retired box of goodies and found this wooden leaf that I sponged with Blackberry Bliss, and then I added the bit of Blackberry thick Baker's Twine, also from my retired box.

The sentiment is from Lighthearted Leaves.  The little flourish above and below the text is from Tin of Cards stamp set.

What do you think?

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Karen
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maple Syrup Thanks


As some of you know, I recently went to visit my brother's family in Minnesota where we spent a week at their cabin in the northern part of the state.  It was beautiful there, and we had great weather for all kinds of lake play, until the last day we were there.  It rained, thunder and lightning...no lake play that day!  So we piled into the car and drove east to Duluth and Lake Superior where we took in some sight-seeing and spent the day in museums and restaurants.  We found a fish store along the way and bought several types of dried fish for our picnic dinner, which was wonderful.  Inside this little roadside store they had some local gifts -- this pretty maple leaf bottle of Minnesota maple syrup became mine!

All that story to say, I wanted to thank my brother and sister-in-law for the fun week, and 2 things fell into place.  My Leaflets Framelits arrived in the mail, and I saw a card by Linda Heller that I knew I wanted to CASE.  Here is my card:


I used a base of Whisper White, a layer of Early Espresso, and a layer of Sahara Sand.  From the Sahara Sand layer, I cut out the maple leaf using my new framelits.

After cropping the leaf out, I put the sheet through the Big Shot a second time, with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

A 1" wide strip of vellum wraps around the Sand and Espresso layers, held together in the back with Glue Dots.  I cropped the white "thanks" out using the Greetings Thinlits and glued it to the vellum with our new Fine-tipped Glue.

I didn't take a picture of it, but I did stamp the matching maple leaf stamp from Vintage Leaves in Sahara Sand on the inside and then wrote my note of thanks right over the top of it.


To the back flap of the envelope, I glued a 2 1/4" x 5 3/4" piece of the Espresso woodgrain print from Into the Woods DSP.  It just needed the slightest bit of trimming to fit perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by and "listening" to my story!  I hope you will enjoy making a similar card of your own.  If you need any of the supplies, my list and links to my store are at the bottom of this post.  Have a great day!

Karen
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hop On and Check Out the Pals Blog Hop!




Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September.  This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  We hope you enjoy our projects!
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, number 22 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.



I am just "over the moon" loving everything in this 2015 Holiday Catalog!  It's been hard to pick and choose what I want to buy (since I can't have it all!), but perhaps my favorite thing of all is the selection of Designer Series Paper.  I am a bona fide paper fanatic.  I use DSP on most of my projects.  This one came from the Happy Haunting pack.  Do you see the tiny Jack-o-Lantern faces in the pattern?  Pretty cute!  I am definitely the "let's be cute" on Halloween, not scary, person.

The other products in my project that you'll find in this "faboolous" catalog are the Spider Web Doilies (this one cut in 1/4), Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape, and the sentiment which is from the stamp set, A Little Something.


Even though the orange in this paper and in my ink pad are Tangelo Twist, the Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon is nearly a match.  The Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Cotton Ribbon and cardstock go perfectly with the Washi Tape in this suite.


Isn't this fun?!  I have to credit Susan Itell for the pattern for this Party Popper.  She made a fantastic video to teach you how to do it.  Click HERE to see her video.  They are so easy to make and such fun.  I'm going to be filling mine with mini Tootsie Rolls.  Any small favorite treat will fit.  I'm guessing my grandson will be tearing into this pretty fast without hardly a glance at the cuteness of the packaging!  And that's OK!



Here is what I did with the inside.  This stamp comes from Six Sayings.  It's a Host set that you can order with a qualifying purchase of $150.00 or more.  That sounds like a lot of money, but if you host an event with a few of your friends and family, it is easy to achieve! I would love to help you reach that goal.

The bottom strip is another piece of Washi Tape from the Happy Hauntings collection.  The third color in the pack, of course, is black - with a fun pattern in it. You can see a list of all the products that I used in my projects at the very bottom of the post.

 Have fun creating all of your BOOtiful projects this fall!

~Karen


The next stop is Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com, number 1 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

PALS HOP LINE-UP:
  1. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  2. Jennifer Michalski at Stampin’ Serenity
  3. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  6. Ronna Butt at www.cardstockcastle.com
  7. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  8. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  10. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  11. Lisa Pretto at InkBIg Academy Stamps!
  12. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  15. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  16. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  17. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  18. Sue Becker at www.rnrstamping.com
  19. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  22. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!




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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Weekly Deals amidst Technical Difficulties


I'm wondering if anyone else is having trouble getting into the Stampin' Up! website this morning?  I keep getting the message that the site is experiencing difficulties at this time.  However ~ some of my fellow demonstrators have been able to get the Weekly Deals up on their computers, so with the "magic" of copying and pasting, I can bring them to you!  Here you go...


137415s
Confetti Hearts Border Punch #137415
$22.00    $16.50

138390s 
Metallics Sequin Assortment #138390
$5.00    $3.75 

119247s 
Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments #119247
$5.00    $3.75 

134574s 
Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon  #134574
$7.00    $5.25 

133324s 
Tag Topper Scalloped Punch  #133324
$23.00    $17.25 

134548s 
Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon  #134548
$7.00    $5.25 

135314s 
Silver Glimmer Paper  #135314
$5.00  $3.75 

There are some great deals on items for your holidays projects - the sequins, silver ribbon, and glimmer paper are some of my favorites.  And what a great price on the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  If you don't already have it, now is the time!

Hopefully the site will be up and running again soon!  Or maybe it is just local to my area.  Anyway, I do hope you can get through and order some of these goodies.

Come back tomorrow for the September Pals Blog Hop!  We will be featuring projects using the products from the new Holiday Catalog.  You are sure to get some wonderful ideas.

See you tomorrow on The Hop!

Karen