Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Valentine Chocolate Sleeves and a Sneak Peek!


This is one of my favorite projects ever!  I've been making these little Ghiradelli Chocolate sleeves for 3 years now, each year with the new Stampin' Up! products from the Occasions Catalogs.  Yep, this is a sneak peek at  a couple of new products, available for purchase on January 5, 2016.  Aren't these papers cute?  They are just 2 of the sweet prints that come in the new 6" x 6" DSP Stack called Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack.  I can't wait for you to see the rest ~ they include Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Rose Red, and Whisper White.  Perfect for Valentine's Day and beyond.

This "Be Mine" sentiment comes in a new stamp set called Bloomin' Love, also available January 5.  Here's what it looks like:
Won't this make lovely valentines?  It comes in a bundle too with a gorgeous heart Thinlit.  You've probably seen it on other blogs - very lacy and large!

I'm showing you this project today with this week's Weekly Deals in mind.  The Ornate Tag Topper Punch is on sale for only $17.25 now through Monday, Jan. 4.  Click HERE to see the 25% savings on 4 popular items.  Here is how I used the punch...

Start with a 6 1/2" x 2" strip of cardstock.  Locate the middle and score 1/8" to the right of the mid-line, and 1/8" to the left of the mid-line.  Then punch both ends with the Tag Topper Punch.  
Place and glue a 2" square of DSP just above the top score line.
Decorate as desired.  Fold on the score lines, bringing the two holes together.  
Thread a ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow.  
Slide the candy square through the sides and give it to someone you love!  
 
 You can stamp a To/From on the back as well.  So easy and so cute!

 

P. S. The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch works well on these, too.  See it HERE.

Now go make a bunch of them.  They are very easy and very fast.  If you have any questions about the project, please ask!  I will get back to you right away.  Have fun!

Until next time ~
Karen



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Terrific Tuesday ~ New Weekly Deals!

Here are the Weekly Deals for the week of 
Dec. 29 - Jan. 4


Click HERE to link to my online store to see more details of this week's specials.

This Amazing Birthday stamp set has been around for awhile now.  It has some fun images that coordinate with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and the Banners Framelits Dies.  I pulled a few samples from my archives to share with you.  This collage uses one of the stamps, and I masked off part of the "Happy"s to fit each card:


This circular tag uses one the the set's images, punched out with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch:

Another sample I found was a project I made at Convention last year.  It was a fun box that housed 3 Note Cards that we made using this stamp set:


Another great selection this week is the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  This is a fun one to use when making Valentine Chocolate "sleeves."  I'll post a picture of those another day this week.  Check back in - you'll want to see it.  It has been a favorite project with everyone that I've shared it with. 

Until next time~
Happy Stamping!

Karen

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Simple Thank You Card


Here's a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card for you today.  It's a quicky - you could make several of them easily in 1/2 hour.

I used the pre-cut and scored Note Card & Envelope for this card. These come ready to use, in a great size - 3 1/2" x 5" - and you get 20 of them for only $6.00.  They are so handy for quick cards.  You find them on page 149 of the Annual Catalog and they come in Whisper White and Crumb Cake.

I made a layer of holly paper with a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of DSP from Season of Cheer.  

I stamped Watercolor Thank You in Real Red on a layer of Whisper White measuring 3 1/2" x 2 1/4." I glued that on top of a skinny layer of Real Red.  It's just 1/8" bigger than the white piece.  These got popped up with Dimensionals and centered on the card.

For the embellishment, I fussy cut 3 holly leaves from my scrap of DSP (it was easy, really!) and punched out 3 berries from red Glimmer Paper and glued them on.


And because I have all this great red envelope paper, I lined the envelopes with it, using my Envelope Liner Framelits.  These framelits come in 3 sizes and the middle size is perfect for this envelope.  I love the way it finishes off the card, making it a bit more special.


As I always say, make this your own!  Pick a DSP you love, then match the ink color and envelope lining paper.  You can use this for any thank you all year long.  Of course, mine are going as Christmas thank yous!!  And I think this little card, as simple as it is, is just striking.  Don't you agree?  Go make some ~ and have fun!

Karen 

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Christmas Thank you for PPA 281



It's time to think about writing those thank you cards for Christmas gifts.  This sweet little card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge and here is the sketch that I created from:


As usual, I have Christmas DSP left over, so what better opportunity to use some of it up!  This DSP is from Home For Christmas and I love the rich colors in it.  I pulled out some of the gold touches in the paper by backing it with some Gold Foil and by putting Gold Foil behind the Peaceful Pines Christmas tree to shine through like ornaments.  (Hot Tip:  Cut out the center of your Gold Foil rectangle.  You will save on that special paper and the card won't be as top-heavy.  It's covered, so no one will ever know! :-) )

The base is Real Red, as is the ink color and ribbon.  The green is Mossy Meadow and the neutral is Very Vanilla.  I used the Circles Framelits to cut my circular layers.  The stamps came from Another Thank You.


Inside, I glued 3 ornaments that I cut from the scrap of paper I had left over.  I didn't stamp a sentiment - leaving me more room to write my personal note of thanks.


Will you be sending out thank you cards?

I'd like to thank YOU for visiting my blog and offering support throughout this past year.  I've been encouraged by your comments and am so thankful to those of you who name me as Demonstrator in your online orders!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!!!

Karen
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Be The Star for a Happy New Year!

When Be The Star stamp set came out on Weekly Deals yesterday, I immediately started thinking about how I could use the stamps for a Happy New Year card.  This is what I came up with:

It's super sparkly, thanks to the silver Glimmer Paper that is also on sale this week!

 Order from Weekly Deals HERE.

I used several products on this card, all lined up for you in the rolling carousel below.  I did put all 4 ways to buy the stamp set in the blog, because I know that everyone has their preference as to stamp type, bundle or not, and this covers it for everyone.  The set in the Weekly Deals is just the wood mount set however, so FYI on that. 

I will give you the bare bones on this card, as I don't want to put you to sleep!  But if you want to know more details, please leave a question in the comment section, or feel free to email me with your questions at karenshallam@gmail.com

I created the "DSP" with four of the stamps in Be The Star, Whisper White Cardstock, VersaMark ink and silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.

I layered it on a frame of silver Glimmer Paper and glued that to a Basic Black card base.

The black and silver stars were cut with the Stars Framelits.  The tiny stars were punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch.  

"Happy New Year" is in the host set, Six Sayings, cut with a Banner Framelit.  The '16 was cut using the Little Numbers Thinlits.


Tomorrow is the Pals Paper Arts Challenge for the week.  I will be posting a card that I think turned out so cute.  Come back to check that out and to see the other PPA entries.  After that I will be offline for a few days -- spending Christmas with family.

Until tomorrow ~
Happy Stamping!

Karen

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Be The Star on Weekly Deals!

Yay!  It's Tuesday and that means - new deals!  This week features one of my favorite stamp sets.  It is so much fun... Be the Star!!  This offer is only in Wood Mount, but at a great price of $21.75, that is hard to pass up.  There are 10 stamps in the set, which makes the price only $2.17 per stamp!

And from the archives are a couple of cards I made with this stamp set:




Aren't they fun?!  And this stamp set pairs up nicely with the Stars Framelits #133723 and the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #135817.  Click my links to see those items.

I'm thinking as I type that this set would make a fun New Year's card.  Check back later to see what I come up with :-)

But that 's not all in this week's deals.  They are offering Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon - perfect for Spring cards coming up, Color Me Irresistable DSP - that fun embossed paper that you can color to make your own, and Silver Glimmer Paper - another great New Year's card making essential.  See the Weekly Deals HERE on my website, or simply scroll down to the bottom of this post.

While you are online browsing, check out the Year End Clearance Rack (click HERE).  They are adding to it regularly and there are some smokin' good deals.

If you would like more details on how to make the cards I showed above, please leave me a comment on this blog, or email me and I will provide the how-to's.

Enjoy your day!  Christmas is almost here - I trust you are all ready?!!  Almost?  Have a fun one ~

Karen
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cozy Christmas for PPA 280



I know this is a bit of a stretch for my Pals Paper Arts entry.  The sketch that inspired me is this:


I started off with the house image in an oval, but decided that I liked it stamped directly on the light blue "sky" with snowfall.  I ended up stamping it with Night of Navy onto that light blue piece of DSP from Home For Christmas.  Then I stamped it again onto a long piece of white with Night of Navy ink, added the cozy Christmas greeting on the same piece of white, then cut out just the snow and house together in one long piece. I fit it right over the top of the first stamped image, leaving the trees, chimney and smoke from the original stamp.  The snow on the trees was colored with a white gel pen.

I cut out a strip of Christmas light bulbs from Season of Cheer DSP and glued it over the snow piece.

I added a few gold Glimmer Paper stars punched out with the Confetti Stars Punch. Now I realize that if it's snowing, you probably won't see any stars - but oh, well - artistic license!  Then I glued the whole piece onto a base of Navy cardstock.


Inside I stamped a greeting from Versatile Christmas, then glued my scrap of light bulbs that I had left over to the top of the page.


If you squint and use your imagination, you can see the shapes of the sketch, right?!!  I find it interesting to see where a card design ends up after working on it for awhile! Would you like to see what other Pals have done with this sketch?  Click HERE to see all of the entries, and add one of your own!  It's fun ~  give it a try.

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

Karen
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hello, Tuesday! Weekly Deals!


It's Tuesday and you know what that means!  New Weekly Deals!  This week you can get one of my favorite Designer Series Paper Stacks for $6.00, marked down from $8.  You get 40 -  
6" x 6" sheets of beautiful prints in this Pretty Petals DSP Stack.  

Here are some of my cards that I made with this stack - love the tiny prints! And it's pretty obvious that I think they go well with butterflies!!!






Click HERE to get a closer look at the four sale selections, then go ahead and put them into your shopping cart!  A treat for YOU! :-)

Have a wonderful day!

Karen

Monday, December 14, 2015

Oh So Tiny and Cute!




Oh my goodness!  Are these seriously cute or what?!  Pardon me while I geek out just a little!

I have made it an annual tradition to bake Christmas goodies and take plates of them to my neighbors.  I needed a card to put with them, and this little 3 x 3 is what I came up with.

It's very easy to see how I made them.  Here are the details:  Whisper White cardstock cut to 6" x 3" and scored to make a 3" square card.

Cherry Cobbler paper from the Merry Moments DSP Stack - 2 3/4" square. (On sale now for $5.60/pack)

1/4" strips of Crumb Cake and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.


The trees from Peaceful Pines are stamped in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow on white cardstock and cropped out with the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies. (Buy them as a bundle and save 15%)

The stars are punched out of silver Glimmer Paper with the Confetti Stars Border Punch.

The square envelopes are lined with Merry Moments DSP, cropped out with the smallest of the Envelope Liner Framelits Dies.

 Stampin' Up is cleaning out the closet to make room for the new items coming in the January 5th Occasions Catalog.

Check out the newly discounted items added  HERE.

And a reminder of the Holiday Retired List HERE.

Holiday items are available until January 4th.

You can shop my ONLINE store HERE 24/7 and see the Weekly Deals ~ they will change tomorrow.  Want the Precision Plate?  Get it today for 25% off.

  

That's it for today!  Come back tomorrow to see the new Weekly Deals!  I wonder what they'll be???

Karen
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thinking of You...




This is a card that is so clean and simple and can be used for many different occasions.  You could easily make several in different colors with different sentiments and package them into a gift box.  Here are the particulars:

Whisper White card base 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", Lost Lagoon layer 5 1/4" x 4", whisper white layer 5" x 3 3/4".

I used three colors of blue on this card:  Pool Party for the Blossoms, Soft Sky and a Blender Pen to lightly color in the petals, and Lost Lagoon for the greeting.

Stamp Sets: Birthday Blossoms, Thoughts and Prayers.

Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Corner Rounder, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

On the inside I stamped the sentiment with Lost Lagoon, then stamped the blossoms over the words with Soft Sky.  It's very light, so no need to stamp off.

I lined the envelope with a piece of Lost Lagoon from the DSP Stack.

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

Karen

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Peaceful Poinsettia for PPA 279


It's a color challenge at Pals Paper Arts this week!  Here is the banner that I used to create my card:

12-10 PPA279 

Look at all the beautiful cards created this week over at the PPA site by clicking HERE

For my card, I used the poinsettia print and the music sheet print, both from Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I backed the music print with a thin layer of Basic Black and glued it to a Cherry Cobbler base.  The poinsettia print is 2" wide with 1/4" strips of Gold Foil glued to the top and bottom.  (TIP: when gluing thin strips of paper together like this, use the silicone mat underneath.  It makes it so easy to glue without sticking to everything around it!)  

Embellishments:  I stamped and hand cut two poinsettia leaves from Mossy Meadow.  With a glue dot, I wrapped some gold thread around the top of the leaves.  "Peace" was cut with several layers, the top being gold foil and the "shadow" underneath is Basic Black.  It is part of the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies.


You can find all of the supplies I used listed at the end of this post.  I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the amazing work posted this week over at the PPA site.  Come see another challenge and join in on Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen
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It's Your (40th) Birthday!



Do you have a color that you just can't let go of?  This is mine - Midnight Muse.  I wish Stampin' Up! would bring it back.  It was definitely one of my favorite In Colors.

Another birthday request...this time for a 40 year old man.  I originally envisioned 40 candles on this card, but could only fit 24!  Then the greeting covered up quite a few of them anyway, so I just left it at that :-)

Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe, and Early Espresso are my colors for the candles.  The stamp set is Big News.  I cropped the 40th out with my Big Shot and framelits that I picked up from the Clearance Rack.  It's a very simple layout - quick and easy, with the only time involved was the stamping with the random colors.  But fun!  I gave the flames a Wink of Stella (cool new glitter pen that comes out in the 2016 Occasions Catalog - Jan. 5th).


And on the inside, one quick stamp, "enjoy the fuss."  And that is it!  What do you think?


Have a great day!

Karen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

HUGE SALE Year-End Clearance Savings!


Get in on savings up to 60% between now until January 4th.  Plus ALL retiring Holiday products are marked down 40%.  Supplies are available until sold out, so get them now.


Have fun shopping and saving!
Karen 

Birthday Wishes


A little break from Christmas cards...

My friend asked me to make a birthday card for her 12 year old daughter.  When I saw this card that Susan Itell had made, I thought...perfect!  I changed it only slightly, as it really was just what I was looking for.


The image is from You're Sublime.  I placed tape over the sentiment that is on the stamp and heat embossed the flower cart with black embossing powder onto water color paper.  Then the fun part ~ I watercolored the cart and flowers with my Aqua Painter and several different colors of ink.  I used the flower print in the English Garden DSP as a color reference and applied ink until I liked that way it looked.

The birthday wishes sentiment comes from Endless Birthday Wishes and I stamped it on with Basic Black Archival ink.

For added interest, I put a tiny silver brad through the center of the wheel, and a clear epoxy sticker over the heart in the cart.

I love the shine that sticker gives along with the embossed outline!

It is a 4 1/2" square card with Pool Party, Soft Suede, and So Saffron layers.  I made my envelope with Pool Party paper and my Envelope Punch Board, then lined it with the English Garden DSP.

On the inside, I stamped another sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes and lightly stamped the cake over the top in Soft Sky.  Here are all the fun sentiments that come in the set.  You can mix and match them as you please:
Endless Birthday Wishes #140273
Give the Aqua Painter a try!  I was really intimidated by it for a long time.  But I found that the raised outline from the heat embossing helps keep the ink and water where it belongs - great tip!  Let the ink dry between layers and just keep layering on the color until you get the look you want.

Go have a great day!

Karen

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

(New Post) Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!

New Weekly Deals From Stampin’ Up! Dec 8-14

Here are this weeks' Weekly Deals:
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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through December 14.
I recommend...
 
Bitty Banners Framelits Die

The Bitty Banner Framelits Dies fit many of our current and past stamp sets.  Sure makes it easy to crop them out without the fussiness of cutting them with your scissors!  And YAY!  They also fit around many of the sentiments in the new upcoming 2016 Occasions Catalog (Jan. 5)!  
25% off this week!

Enjoy your day!  And makes someone else's day by sending them a card to let them know you are thinking about them ~

Karen

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