LIft Me Up meets Wild West Balloon Adventures

Hello Stamping Friends,

Tomorrow starts a new sale from Stampin’ Up!  Buy one Fast Fuse Adhesive and get two refills free.  Fast fuse is stronger than our regular snail adhesive and the refills have 21.9 yards, about 67% more than a snail refill.   Stampin’ Up! offered this sale last fall and sold out faster than anyone could imagine so they promised they would have the sale again, but it is only while supplies last and only for five days starting tomorrow, February 8, and ending February 12.  So stock up now and save!

Use hostess code VJHRB73X if your order is under $150 and remember it is Sale A Bration days so every $50 order earns you a free product (and a special thank you gift from me)!  Click to see the video:

Have you ever been on a hot air balloon ride?   My Son In Law, Jonathan (Bud), gave Paul and I a ride for my birthday a couple of years ago and it was phenomenal!  He has been a balloon pilot for Wild West Balloon Adventures in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for years.

With a balloon pilot in the family, the Lift Me Up stamp set with matching thinlits was a must have for me.  It is on page 58 of the Annual Catalog; the matching Up & Away thinlits  are on page 216 and have an extra-large balloon thinlit with smaller thinlits for the colors behind the main balloon so you can build your own balloon with no fussy cutting.  My husband built this balloon birthday card for Jonathan casing one from Pinterest:

The birds are from the High Tide stamp set on page 140 of the Annual Catalog.  The sun is from a retired set but we have a new stamp set in the Sale A Bration brochure which has the same type of sun image.

My daughter, Stacia, just announced that she and Jonathan are purchasing the Wild West Balloon Adventure Company of Steamboat Springs!!  What a thrilling new chapter for them.  Time for a celebration card!

I used the Amazing You free Sale A Bration stamp set shown above with the Lift Me Up stamps and Up & Away Thinlits to make a Double Z fold congratulations card for them:

I took a screen shot of one of the balloons shown on their website and then printed it on card stock to make the card personal. Julie Davison has a great video tutorial for this card at  http://juliedavison.blogspot.com/search?q=Lift+Me+Up 

Is going for a ride in a hot air balloon something you have dreamed of doing?  Visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Jonathan and Stacia will make the experience a wonderful one for you!   Click on the picture to visit their website:

Don’t forget that Fast Fuse Five day sale!

SAL,  Sail ALong – together you and I – for we can fly!

Karen

 

Heartfelt Blooms Thank You!

Hello Stamping Friends,

 

My daughter brought me “Heartfelt Blooms” and I loved how they resembled our new Sale A Bration stamp set!

The detail on this set is fabulous!  It is free with a $50 purchase.  I used this set and two other free Sale A Bration (SAB) products to send out the thank you gifts for the last months orders.  The free SAB set of cards and envelopes and the free shimmery ribbon pack worked wonderfully to highlight the Heartfelt Blooms set:

I didn’t realize how poorly the pictures of the cards turned out until I downloaded the images, so bear with me a bit. 

It looks like I have an orange filter on the camera, sigh…. the cards are gone and I can’t retake the picture.

The free Tutti-Frutti card bases have a nice designer paper look, front and back, and the envelopes are colored to match with a great inside design as well.  I cut the first layer at 5″ X 3 3/4″ to leave a nice designer border from the base card.  I used crumb cake to match the two envelopes that had crumb cake linings and black for the first layer on the cards with black envelope linings. The top layer is Whisper White cut at 4 3/4″ X 3 1/2″.  The flowers are stamped in Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry.  The Pool Party image is fussy cut and popped up for an extra bit of dimension.  A 4″ length of ribbon and three sequins dressed up the card without taking away from the detailed flower image.  For the inside I used the greeting from Paisleys & Posies “I thank you for your part in my journey.” since without all of you supporting my business there would be no business.

That little strip at the bottom is black – uh huh.  Sad, but don’t you just love the little mums stamped in the corner?

The Wild Wasabi image came out the very best so I made another set of cards using Wild Wasabi card stock as the base and stamping the edge with Versa Mark and the little tiny flowers and leaves from the vine of the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

The first layer is black and the ribbon is black- you are wishing you had this wonderful filtering lens right?   The dimensions of both layers are the same as above.  For the inside I chose a greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set:

I am looking forward to using our new alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends, to color the flower images!  The markers are shown on page 31 of the Occasions catalog.

Imagine the possibilities!

I would love to earn your business and help you receive great Sale A Bration free products.  Contact me to host a party or place an online order and earn your free products!  Use hostess code VJHRB73X and receive an additional little gift from me.

SAL,  (Share A Laugh as you look at these crazy orange pictures!)

Karen

 

 

Party Pandas Sale A Bration Free Stamp Set

Hello Stamping Friends,

What a flurry of a month this has been!  Our new grandson, Emmitt, was born January 9!

The Buchholtz family! Big brother, Jaxson, says – “Yay!”

 

Glad Grandma!

Proud Papa!

Adoring Auntie!

What a miracle is a new little life!  Fun and adventures for all in the future!

Meantime back to business and the cool new products I have to show you.  Today I will feature the Party Pandas stamp set in the Sale A Bration catalog which is free with a $50 order:

I saw this card setup on stampsnlingers.com with the pandas and balloon, then changed the designer series paper and the balloon and the circles and added hearts; so I guess this is a CASE that is copy and selectively edit instead of copy and share everything! What I would recommend with this stamp set is doing what I did here with the panda’s eyes to make them friendlier.  I used a white gel pen to increase the size of the whites and then made a bigger black dot in the middle of the white.  I thought the eyes were too beady.  Can you tell a difference?

The Designer Series Paper is Pop of Pink which is in the clearance rack for only $3.90 but it won’t last long because it is perfect for Valentines as you can see with the heart paper I used above. Click on the image to visit the clearance rack.



  • Base of the card:  Melon Mambo  5 1/2″  X  8 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″
  • 1st Layer:  Whisper White   4″ X  5 1/4″   make two so you have one for the inside
  • Top Layer:  Designer Series Paper (DSP)  3 3/4″  X  5″
  • From the DSP punch a balloon for the inside – Balloon Bouquet Punch #140609, page 207
  • From a scrap of Melon Mambo punch a balloon for the front, sponge the edges and use a white gel pen for the line
  • With the Big Shot, cut two Melon Mambo 1 7/8″ Stitched Shape Circle Framelits and two Whisper White same size
  • Melon Mambo 4 x 4 and Whisper White 4 x 4 needed for the circles, they are offset and pink on white then white on pink
  • Whisper White 2 1/2″  X  4″  for stamping the two pandas with Tuxedo black, color the circles in the hat and then fussy cut
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on Whisper White Scrap and cut with the Bunch of Banners framelit
  • The hearts are from the Brights Enamel Shapes on page 196 of the Annual Catalog #141680
  • The Baker’s Twine I used is retired but there is solid white #124262 or black and white striped  #134576  on page 199.  Trick:  to adhere your Baker’s Twine, position the twine, put a small dab of liquid Tombow on a scrap of paper, slightly lift the twine and slide the scrap with the glue under the twine, let the twine absorb a little glue then remove the scrap.  No mess!
  • Melon Mambo Marker and Black Marker were used to add a little line on the balloon to look like a tie from the twine
  • The inside greeting comes from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set page 96, the confetti is from Party Pandas

Ribbon of Courage in clear mount is $19, the Balloon Punch is $18, The DSP is $3.90, the Enamel Shapes are $9.00 and twine is $3.00 so you can reach your $50 with those purchases and get the Party Pandas for free!!

Contact me if you need a catalog!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little and Share A Love

Karen     (Click on the image to go to the store)

 

 

 

Occasions Catalog and Sale A Bration Brochure Go Live Today!

 

Happy New Year Stamping Friends!

It is time to make new resolutions and laugh at the ones we made last year!  How about making a resolution to send XX number of handmade cards this year?  Or resolving that everyone on your birthday list will get a special handmade card from you this year?  I can help with those challenging resolutions.  Today we are introducing the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale A Bration brochure!  During Sale A Bration you can earn free products for each $50 or $100 (new this year) purchase of products from the Annual Catalog, the Occasion Catalog or the items in the Clearance Rack!  It is a great time to stock up and get ahead with your card making!  Be sure and check out the new all inclusive kit on page 15 of the Occasions catalog which makes 20 cards and the Tutti – Frutti Cards and Envelopes on page 14 of the Sale A Bration brochure which has card bases and envelopes for 16 cards.  Or buy the Perennial Birthday Project Kit and the stamp set on page 16 of the Occasions catalog and get the Tutti Frutti set free!  You will be prepared!  Check out these new product offerings and come back to the blog anytime and click on the catalog tab at the top of the blog to view the catalogs 24/7!  See them here by clicking on the catalog image:

Did you notice the logo at the upper right hand corner?  Stampin’ Up! is thirty years old this year so expect some fun celebrations in the future!

New this year are two products in the Sale A Bration brochure, pages 17 and 19, which are unique sets which you can get free with a $100 order.  Let’s check out the first free set on page 4 of the Sale A Bration brochure by watching the home office demonstrate the new product- just click on the image to see a Youtube video with many examples of how to use the set:

Leave me a comment with your goal for handmade cards you are aiming to send this year!

SAL,  Set A Lofty goal

Karen

 

 

Hearts Come Home

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today I send you the Hearts Come Home Christmas card I designed.  I am sure you all have your cards made and mailed so you may want to consider these products for next year!  Imagine being that far ahead….  so Merry Christmas and may your heart find its home in the Father as your family returns home to celebrate with you!

I enjoy this card style with its flap on the front that reveals all the layers on the inside to make an eye pleasing card.

The stamp set and framelits are on page 39 of the Holiday catalog, bundled for a 10% discount- wood #146065, clear #146068.

The inside greeting and the bow  are from Holly Berry Happiness, pg. 118 of the Annual Catalog – #142061

The medallion is made with the hearts square from Window Box Thinlits and then cut with the #3 Regular Circle Framelit and backed by a red foil circle cut with the same framelit and offset just a little.

Card Base – Thick Whisper White, 7 3/4″ X 4 1/4″    Score at 5 1/2″

Red Foil Inside Layer – 4″ X 5 1/4″

Top Layer Inside – Regular Whisper White,  3 3/4″ X 5″  First, stamp the greeting and run through the Big Shot to cut out the village, then emboss with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder #139672.  Pull back slightly on the village pieces to make them stand out.

First Layer of the outside panel – Red Foil – 2″ X 4″

Second Layer of the panel – Regular Whisper White – 1 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ – Embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder

First Layer of the outside flap – Red Foil – 4 1/4″ X  3″

Second Layer of the flap – Regular Whisper White – 4  X  2  3/4″ Stamp the greeting close to the right edge so you have room for the church.  After stamping, emboss with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Third Layer of the flap – Village Cut out – regular Whisper White –  4 1/2″  X  3″  The trick here is to line your framelit up so the tree on the right side of the house is just at the right edge of the paper.  The framelit will not reach to the left edge so you will fussy cut to the edge and then you will cut off the tree at the right hand side and mount it at the edge of the left hand side, covering up the dent made by your framelit. The goal is to move the church to the right to leave room for the medallion.

Behind the scene – Red Foil – 4 1/2″ X  3″   – use the same alignment as you did with the white top layer detailed above.

Medallion – Red Foil – 2″ X 2″  Cut with #3 circle framelit, (old set) – 1 1/2″  circle framelit in the new set.  The Window Box Thinlits dies #142762 is used with a 2″ X 2″ piece of regular Whisper White.  The hearts are cut and then they are cut again with the circle framelit.

The bow is white embossed with the Holly Berry Happiness #142061 outline bow stamp on red foil – 1 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ and punched with the Holly Berry Builder Punch  #141843.

A touch of grey on the bell topped with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush #141897 finishes up your card!

SAL,  Sending A Love card to you

Karen

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Musical Season

Hello Stamping Friends,  (click on the little SAL to go to the blog instead of just this post)

Did you squeal with delight when you saw the Musical Season bundle on page 25 of the holiday catalog?

I wanted to use all the instruments, the greetings and the treble clef so after a bit of thought I came up with this:

The ‘Peace-Joy-Love’ is not glitter.  It is black embossed and caught the flash of the camera.  In real life it is shiny embossed black. The lute is silver embossed on black paper and the harp is copper embossed on black paper and each are cut out with the framelits. The detail of the instruments embossed beautifully.  The french horn is cut out of gold foil paper and adhered to a basic black cut out of the same.  Our metallic sequins #144214 have copper, gold and silver so I could use a sequin of each color next to the instrument it matched.

The base is Thick Whisper White 5 1/2″  X 4 1/4″

The Basic Black is 10 1/2″  X  4  scored at 5 1/4″ But – DO NOT BEND the score line until after you cut down 1 1/2″ from the top. Fussy cut around each instrument ending at the 1 1/2″ cut from the top.

Merry Music Specialty Designer Paper #144623 (page 13 of the Holiday Catalog):  3 3/4″  X 5″

If you have a large acrylic block you can mount both greetings on the block, stamp in Versa Mark and emboss with black embossing powder.

Gold Foil for french horn – 2 1/2″ X 3 1/4″

Gold Foil strip for left hand side – 4″ X 1/4″

Basic Black backing for the horn – 2  3/4″ X 3 1/2″

Basic Black Strip for the lute – 1 1/2″ X  4 1/4″  Emboss in Silver

Basic Black Strip for the harp – 1 12″ X 3″  Emboss in Copper

Basic Black for the treble clef – 2 1/4″ X 1″

Simple yet perfectly stunning for all your music loving friends’ Christmas cards.

SAL,  Send A Lot of Christmas cards you made yourself!

Karen

I would love to earn your business and be your demonstrator!  Hostess code for December is TRSWNNDN

 

 

Night In Bethlehem

Hello Stamping Friends,

Page 26 of your holiday catalog has the Night In Bethlehem stamp set that I will be featuring here.  The bundle, in wood #146043, or clear # 146044, includes the stamp set and the Bethlehem Edgelits Dies which have the most amazing city scenes that fit one over the other to make a phenomenal card!

I chose to do a black and white scene and used white embossing for the stars and the greeting.  I placed a star above Mary with one of the Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678.  The shooting star was an accident from rolling the stamp a bit but my stampers loved it and wanted to recreate it in the sky.  Mary and Joseph were stamped with the Memento Black Tuxedo Ink #132708 and then cut out with the Bethlehem Edgelit Die.

The inside could just as well have been the outside of a card, (you will find that with most of my designs.)  The white on black designer paper is on page 13 of the holiday catalog- Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper- #144623. (DSP is my shortened version of ‘designer series paper’ when I give measurements.)   Note: the city is stamped at the bottom of the whisper white layer and lined up with the base without leaving the standard bottom border of black DSP.  This alignment makes the city stand out better.  The Whisper White layer starts as 5″  X 3 3/4″.   This top piece is cut diagonally 1″ up from the bottom and 2″ over on the top of each side.  Hint:  When you align it on your Stampin’ Trimmer, place pieces of sticky note on the trimmer to mark the diagonal and you can cut many pieces without remeasuring.  Another Hint:  put all three stamps, the star, the greeting and the city,  on a large acrylic block, use your grid paper to test and make sure they are straight, and then you can stamp the inside all at once making this a very easy card for making multiples.  Other measurements:

Base, Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 5 1/2″  X  8 1/2″ ,  scored at 4 1/4″

Outside first layer, Basic Black, 5 1/4″  X  4″

Outside city, Regular Whisper White, 5″ X 6″

Mary and Joseph, Regular Whisper White,  2 1/2″  X  2″

Inside Merry Music DSP – 5 1/4″  X  4″

Top Inside Layer – Regular Whisper White –  5″  X  3 3/4″

Start by stamping the greeting and stars with Versa Mark then embossing with white embossing powder, I used the Stamp A Ma Jig for placement of the greeting.  The stars are stamped and embossed on the top 1 3/4″ of the basic black. Don’t go down too far or you will have stars in your street!

The back of the city, the framelit with three palm trees, is adhered directly to the basic black 1″ up from the bottom.  The second layer of the city is popped up with dimensionals lining up its bottom with the bottom of the first layer.

Mary and Joseph are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out with the framelit, and popped up with dimensionals. It is important to put the dimensionals below their heads so the bottom part is popped up and the heads are directly on the city.

Stamp your name on the back and you are done!

SAL,  See A Light shining in Bethlehem

Karen

December’s hostess code is TRSWNNDN.  Year end close outs are happening now.  Click on SAL to go to the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2017 Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stamping Friends,

The year end close out is ongoing and this month’s hostess code is TRSWNNDN!

Before I post all the fun cards from the last events I want to show you my version of November’s Paper Pumpkin.  The kit is an adorable set of 10 little stockings with a black plaid top to match the green plaid cards from October’s Paper Pumpkin.  My creative juices started flowing when I saw a Zum Bar of soap in the grocery store made with frankincense and myrrh.  They had small ones that would fit perfect in the little stockings. I ordered some gold plated coins and a gold looking Reagan dollar to fill the stocking with gifts representing the gifts from the wise men to the Christ child.  I didn’t order this year’s wise men stamp set (Wise Men From Afar #144875)  so I used the Come To Bethlehem stamp set from a few years back.  With Stazon black ink I was able to get a nice image on the stocking.

I used a Swarovski crystal for the star and 6″ of black and white gingham Stampin’ Up! ribbon from days past to create a hanger for the stocking.

I discovered that one side of the “Merry Music Specialty Designer Paper”  #144623  had the music to ‘We Three Kings’ so I substituted a little banner from the designer paper instead of the white one provided in the kit.  I did use the white banner as a template for cutting but cut the banner 2 1/4″ long instead of the 2 7/8″ original.  It needed a little something else so I added the treble clef from the Musical Instruments Framelits Dies #144677. This set is a must have that will be used well beyond Christmas.

The stocking still had room so I googled the lyrics to ‘We Three Kings’ and found a great printable version that I cut down, sponged and then distressed the edges before rolling it up on a skewer like a scroll.  Click to download:

We Three Kings – printable lyrics

The retired stamp set had the greeting:  “O come let us adore Him….”   I pray you all find time to do just that this wonderful Christmas season!

SAL,  Seek And Listen for He is still waiting and wants your love above all other gifts!

Karen

 

 

Stamparatus Reservation Window Opens at 2:00 MT

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today at 2:00 Mountain Time the second reservation window opens for the Stamparatus.  The window will stay open through December and the Stamparatus will be shipped in the order of reservations received.  Shipping begins mid-March and your credit card will not be charged until the item ships.

At 2:00 or after you will need to go to your online store and click on the banner advertising the Stamparatus.  You will enter your credit card number and be in line to receive the amazing Stamparatus.

While you are visiting the store, check out the December close out specials.

Get the items you love now before they are gone!  Every $50 or more order receives a thank you gift from me when you use hostess code TRSWNNDN.  Orders over $150 earn hostess dollars to spend on anything you would like.

Do you still need a gift for someone?  Consider a prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription.

Thank you for your continued support!

SAL,  (Sing A Lovely carol this month)

Karen

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