Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday Special

Hmmm...what do you do when your friend borrows the stamp set that you want to use more than any other...
you pull out the matching framelits and your collection of Designer Series Paper!


I think I love the way this wreath looks, made from Into the Woods DSP and a gold foil doily underneath.

The wreath is hanging on the side of a barn (Farmers Market DSP).

I used the Wonderful Wreath Framelits to cut the wreath and the hole in the middle of the doily, then glued them together, offsetting them enough to let the gold shine through.  That perky red button is from the Home for Christmas collection and the bow is Gold Cord.

I heat embossed the greeting from Peaceful Wreath using Gold Metallic ink and Gold Embossing Powder onto a strip of Vellum, back it on Whisper White and glued that to a banner of Mossy Meadow.  The wreath is popped up with Dimensionals.

On the inside, I heat embossed the greeting from Versatile Christmas, again using the gold ink and powder.  That cute little star is from Santa's Gifts.





I cannot believe it is October 31st already!  I want to wish each of you a safe and fun Halloween, and tomorrow -- out come the Thanksgiving decorations!  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Karen
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oldy-but-Goody Birthday Card


I realized that my friend's birthday was coming up, so I went through my collection of previously made cards.  I found this one which is perfect as the inside says, "to someone who makes others so happy."  I tend to think I need to make new cards for each occasion, when I have so many in my room that are just waiting for the right occasion!  Can you relate?

This was not my original design (disclaimer).  I CASEd it from Dawn Olchefske, whose work I adore and get much inspiration from.  The paper is Flower Pot, yes, last year's print - BUT - this card would look terrific using any of our designer papers.  It's so easy yet super cute.  Here's how:

With your Hexagon Punch, punch out 7 hexagons from the DSP that you choose.  On the white front panel, which is 4" x 5 1/4", push the punch all the way up from the bottom, but off-centered sideways, and punch.  Stamp your greeting on white and punch it out with the Hexagon Punch.

Arrange your DSP hexagons in a random manner around the hole and glue them down. Trim any that are hanging over the edge from the back.  Punch out 3 coordinating flowers with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and adhere them with Glue Dots.  Place a tiny pearl in the centers of each one.

Use Dimensionals to attach the front to the card base.  Last, carefully glue the greeting hexagon down flat  through the hole you have punched.

For the envelope, I glued down a matching strip of DSP with a 1/4" strip of coordinating paper on the top.  Turn the flap over and trim the excess.

I hope you will try this easy card with any wonderful paper that you have.  Maybe you're like me, with lots of leftover papers from previous catalogs that you would love to use.  This is a great project for scraps, as it takes very little paper.  Have fun!

Karen

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Week, New Deals!

Good Morning to you!

Today is Tuesday, so you know what that means...   new Weekly Deals!  Here they are...


...and here are some projects I've made using a couple of these items ~


2015-2017 In Color Blossom Accents

 Hearts Border Punch

If you would like to place an order with me, click on the pictures below to get directly to my on-line store.  I appreciate your support!  Thank you!

Have a wonderful week,

Karen
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bling Bling for PPA 273


How about a little sparkle and shine for this weeks Pals Paper Arts challenge?  Here is the banner that inspired my design:
I saw the square in the middle and went right for this square-shaped sentiment in my newly acquired "Six Sayings" host set.
Six Sayings Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
I also have a new adhesive for vellum (thank you Pals for the conversation that made me aware of this awesome product!)  It is a double sided tape, but doesn't show through the vellum.  Hooray!  I can now use the pretty vellum papers that I have been avoiding for so long.

The base card and the ink are Pacific Point, a cool icy blue that I thought this card needed.  I put the snowflake vellum over Whisper White.  Silver Foil, silver Glimmer Paper, and rhinestones give this card all the sparkle and shine of a frozen winter scene.  We used to call them silver frosts up in the northwest.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Visit palspaperarts.com to see the rest of this week's entries.  Have a blessed day!

Karen
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Christmas Wreath...on a Fence!


I'm back after what seemed like a long stretch on traveling!  It was all wonderful, but I missed my stamping and blogging, so I'm very glad to be able to bring you my latest wreath project.

I found the original layout to this card on Pinterest, created last year by Tina Rappe.  She has some really creative and fun cards.  I love this one!  I took the idea and gave it a 2015 update.

I made the fence by running a piece of Crumb Cake through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  Then I cut it into 1/2" strips and glued the bottom halves on top of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of  Home for Christmas DSP.  I left the tops unglued to hang my wreath. 

Next I stamped the sentiment from Wondrous Wreath using Real Red onto a strip of Whisper White, then I tore the top edge to resemble snow.  I glued the whole piece to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" base card of Real Red.

I used Mint Macaron and Garden Green for the wreath with Real Red for the berries.  I attached a bow using our new red and white striped ribbon.

I slipped it over one post of the fence and secured it with Glue Dots.


Inside, I stamped a sentiment from Versatile Christmas and randomly stamped some snowflakes using Mint Macaron.

I almost forgot to tell you about the envelope!  I made it using Red Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board.  I didn't need a special sized envelope, but I love how the red paper looks with the card.

I hope you like my updated version of Wreath on a Fence.  I'm a bit obsessed with this Wondrous Wreath stamp set.  Check out my Halloween Door card HERE.  If you don't already have the stamp set and would like to purchase it, I would be so grateful if you bought it through my online store!  Click here to get there.  You can also click on any of the pictures below to order from my store.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day ~

Karen


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Weekly Deals and so much more!


Happy Tuesday to you! 

Here are the new Weekly Deals for you.  I wish I could show you a sample of something I've made with these items, but I have to admit, I don't own any of these!  Wow, you know they will be going into my shopping cart.  The bow maker punch and the silver vellum will be perfect for Christmas gift and card making!  Click HERE to add them to your cart...


Reminder --

For this week only, 15% off all stamp sets, with the exception of host sets, clearance items, and bundles (which are already marked down 15%).  Here is the link to read all about that.

Here is a project idea for you:
 
Stamps
• Holly Jolly Greetings Stamp Set

Paper
• Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock
• Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack
• Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
• Silver Metallic Foil Doilies

Ink
• Smoky Slate and Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pads® 
• VersaMark® Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Silver Stampin’ Emboss® Powder
• Winter Wonderland Embellishments
• Fine-Tip Glue Pen
• Banner Triple Punch
• 2-1/2” Circle Punch
• Square Pillow Box Thinlits™


Have a great day!  Until next time ~

Karen 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Halloween Door for Pals Oct. Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for October where we are celebrating an early Fall season by sharing Halloween and Autumn projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.  We hope you enjoy our creations!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Sue Becker at RnR Stamping, number 5 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.



Welcome...come on in!  This is my front door on Halloween.  Not very spooky, but all kinds of cute!  


I created the "door" by cutting two panels of So Saffron at 1 1/2" x 2", and two panels at 1 1/2" x 2 1/2", then sponging around the edges with So Saffron ink and gluing them to the front of my 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card.

For the wreath, I stamped the main image with Pumpkin Pie, then stamped the second leaf image first with So Saffron and again with Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped the berries once with Cajun Craze and a second time with Chocolate Chip, then I lightly sponged around the outside and inside of the wreath with Cajun Craze to define the edges just a little.  I made several loops around my hand with the Linen Thread, tied it in the middle and secured it with a glue dot in the center of the wreath.  Then I tied a double bow with Pumpkin Pie ribbon and secured it with a glue dot.

The pumpkin is just three ovals punched out of Pumpkin Pie, edges sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink and held together with a Dimensional.  The tiny black eyes came from the Cupcake Builder Punch and the mouth is the 1/2" circle punch.  I free hand cut the stem from Pear Pizzazz and the door handle from Chocolate Chip.

"Happy Halloween!" is stamped with Cajun Craze onto Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with the Word Window Punch.


I never like to waste paper!  I found this little piece of "old school" DSP Stack in Pumpkin Pie.  It was just the perfect size for the back flap of my envelope, so on it went!  The newer paper would look just as good, but I really like to use up all of my old supply :-)

I hope you enjoy my card and I hope you are having fun looking at all the entries in our October Pals Blog Hop!  If you would like to order any of the items I have used on my card, please scroll down to the bottom and click on the pictures.  It will take you directly to my online store.  Thanks for hopping with us today!

Karen

The next stop is Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn, number 7 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:
  1. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  3. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  4. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  7. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  10. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  13. Ronna Butt at www.cardstockcastle.com
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  16. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  19. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  21. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  22. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  23. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts




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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PPA 271 ~ Give Thanks






Today my card features Hello Honey, Old Olive, and Soft Suede - the three colors in this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge.

PPA271

I almost always go to my Designer Series Paper for these color challenges, just in case I find one that uses all three colors.  Farmers Market!  It was meant to be!

I used Soft Suede for the base, layered with Hello Honey and Very Vanilla.  The Olive plaid in Farmers Market is the perfect background for the pears and artichoke, which I fussy cut and glued down with liquid Tombow and Dimensionals.  The pears are glued flat but I popped up the leaves with tiny bits of Dimensionals. 


The sentiment is from Thankful Forest Friends.  I masked off the floral bits around the sentiment and stamped with Soft Suede.  A few scattered leaves are stamped in Old Olive and Hello Honey.  The bow is Linen Thread.

See all of this week's entries over at palspaperarts.com.  I'm always so inspired by their creations!


Today is Tuesday ~ New Weekly Deals for you can be seen HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow for our October Pals Blog Hop.  We're featuring projects for Halloween/Harvest.  It should be spooky fun!  See you then ~

Karen

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Wine Tags


Good Monday Morning!  I hope you have all had 
a wonderful weekend!

My daughter asked me for a tag to go with a bottle of wine that she was giving as a gift to her friends.  I got this idea from Mary Fish who designed a similar gold tag a while back.  I made this silver tag with this particular bottle in mind -- isn't it pretty?


I cut a piece of Silver Foil paper 6" x 2" and punched one end with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  I lined up the 1 1/4" Circle Punch in the center.  I lightly scored it 4" up from the bottom.  Then I cut another piece of Silver Foil 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" and ran it through the Big Shot with the Boho Chic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and glued it to the tag.

"Thanks" is from Another Thank You, stamped with Cherry Cobbler, and punched out using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  The leaves are from last year's framelits and I used Cherry Cobbler and Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The cherry button is from the Regals Collection.  I wrapped a few loops of silver thread behind it and attached it with Glue Dots.




The shiny foil looks so good with the wine bottle top.  But it would be fun to make these in different colors and papers to compliment the bottle that it sits on.  I also made one that says Happy Birthday and another that says Congrats!  

Supplies are listed below.  To order simply click on the pictures and it will take you right to my online store.  Orders of $150 will give you $15.00 worth of free product in Stampin' Rewards.  And Stampin' Up! is offering an additional 3% in Rewards for orders of $300 or more now through Nov. 9.  That's 15% on orders over $300!  If you are planning a large order, keep these numbers in mind -- free stuff is always exciting, yes?

Now go have a great day!

Karen

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Color Challenge for PPA 270

Good Morning!  Today's color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts includes Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand, and Always Artichoke: 
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I love this color combination!  I decided to use the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and cut the middle sized butterfly using a Blackberry Bliss print from Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The subtle tone-on-tone design is so pretty on this butterfly.  It is hard to see from this photo that I used Sahara Sand for the card base.  This background color helps to see it a little better:


I then layered Always Artichoke, Blackberry Bliss, and the wordy print from the DSP Stack in Artichoke.  
A piece of Sahara Sand Lace, a few spikes of Silver Thread, and a Rhinestone on the butterfly give the card the dressed-up look.

Pop on over to the PPA site at www.palspaperarts.com and see all of the fabulous projects the Pals have created today.

I would be delighted to help you with your Stampin' Up! crafting supply needs.  You can access my online store at www.karenhallam.stampinup.com or click on any of the supplies listed below and get a direct link to that particular item in my store.  Thank you so much!  Have a wonderful day!

Karen
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