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Clearance Rack has been stocked with new items!

Hello Stamping Friends,

The clearance rack has been stocked with new items – up to 60% off on some!  Click on the red to visit!

    Hey, Karen, I thought Paper Pumpkin was always a surprise?! 

That is generally true, Sal, but the home office wanted our customers to know about the coordinating kits so they are letting the cat out of the bag- or puppies out of the box in this case!  Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to go to the site and sign up!

Stampin’ Up! is also offering special grid paper for Paper Pumpkin coordinating with their new slogan that Paper Pumpkin is “better than a box full of puppies” !   Click to see the video .

And while supplies last we have a smaller grid sheet with a holiday tone:

Click on either image to learn more.

Don’t forget the paper special through the end of this month:

Last but not least in our plethora of announcements – we have an upgraded website!  If you have bookmarked my website – not the blog – you will get an error message when you try to access it and it will say it is not secure.  That is not true – it is actually more secure than before.  The new link eliminates the “www” on the front but the rest remains the same, so click here and take a look at the new website:  karendecker.stampinup.net 

    But then they won’t see me. 🙁

That is true.  That link goes directly to my Stampin’ Up site but our stamping friends may have bookmarked the old one with the “www” before you were introduced!  So friends, if you are following my blog and access the website through it, you shouldn’t have a problem.

SAL,  Sending Announcements Lovingly





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!




October Is Rocking With Specials!

Hello Stamping Friends,

(Click on little SAL at the header to view the full blog, some phones won’t play the videos from the post!)

Here is a summary of all the exciting happenings followed by the details:

**The Holiday catalog is live and lovely with fabulous products for all your seasonal events!

**October and November Paper Pumpkins are going to be coordinating kits for Christmas!  Sign up before October 10th.

**Select Designer Series Paper is on sale – buy 3 get one free!

**In honor of World Cardmaking Day – select stamp sets are on sale (they coordinate with the papers on sale) and the fast fuse is buy one get two refills for free!  10 days only on this sale!

**Through October 31, Host a $300 party and receive FREE the Merry Patterns Christmas stamp set along with all your other hostess benefits!

**Stampin’ Up! will be reintroducing the alcohol markers!  Sign up as a demonstrator and you can get the entire set as your first demonstrator kit!  And the kits ship for free.  Demonstrators may purchase the markers in October so become one now and save!

**RSVP for October’s Card Buffet by next Friday, October 13.  Two sessions 9-12 and 1:30-4:30.  There will be six cards – (different from the cards in August and September).  Pictures of the card designs will be emailed to those who have sent an RSVP.  You will select which ones and let me know how many of each you would like.   Three cards of one design = $10;  Two cards of one design = $8;  One card of a design = $5.  I will have snacks and drinks and of course chocolate and a door prize at each session.


*The Holiday Catalog:

Click on the picture for a pdf version.  Call or email me if you would like a hard copy.

*Coordinating Paper Pumpkin Kits!

Each kit is complete by itself but they match and you will have tags and cards and gifting helps that all match!

Click on the picture below for a one minute video from the home office:

Click here to order:  paperpumpkin.com

*Select Designer Series Paper  – Buy three -get one free!

*World Cardmaking Day Celebration October 1-10!

**An additional hostess gift when you hold a $300 party – or place a $300 order:

Check out Brandi’s video of how to use this stamp set and see samples of what you can create!

**Alcohol Markers!  Early Release for demonstrators!

Sign up to join our team and you, too, can buy the alcohol markers as part of your starter kit!

Click on the image to go to the “Join” page.


**Christmas Card Buffets!

The third Christmas card buffet is October 21;  the last one will be November 18.  They are held at my home in Castle Rock, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way.  There will be two sessions:  Morning 9-12  and afternoon 1:30-4:30.

RSVP for October by the 13th of October.  RSVP for November by the 10th of November.   I will email all those who RSVP a picture of the six card designs (numbered) and you will select which cards you want to create and email me the card number and how many of each you plan to make.  Make 3 of a single design for $10,  2 of a single design for $8, or one of a design for $5.  Snacks and drinks, chocolate and door prizes add to the fun!  RSVP by texting 303-815-0838 or email karen@stampalosopher.com

Stay tuned for another post this week with the August and September Christmas cards!

SAL,  (Save A Little with all these specials!)


50% Off Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stamping Friends,

I love to resubscribe to Paper Pumpkin in September, October and November.  September usually has something to give those special Trick or Treaters, October has beautiful fall cards and then December has Christmas cards. “Usually” is the key. It is always a surprise.

In the past it has been a fast way to add another 8-10 cards to your Christmas handmade card stack.  This is last year’s Christmas card modified by me to change the sky to black with stars instead of white but all the other pieces are from the kit.

And this was the October kit, a beautiful shaker card, the envelopes are always beautiful:

And in September we received a kit with cute little test tubes to fill with goodies:

This month you can get one month for half price if you are a new subscriber.

And for those of us who aren’t new subscribers you can buy three months using your online order account set up in my store.  A code will be sent to your email and then you will go to paperpumpkin.com and enter the code.  The system asks for your credit card info but there is no need to enter any information since you are prepaid. 

There are many holiday products still in the Clearance Rack- Left hand side of the store is the link.

hmmmmm……. I see some potential door prize basket stuffers for my upcoming Christmas Card Buffets!

You only have four more days to RSVP for the first session on August 26!  Contact me by Friday to reserve a spot.

This year’s Christmas Card Buffets will be at my house in Castle Rock. I will hold one a month on a Saturday for the next four months and there will be three sessions each day:

– Morning   9-12

-Afternoon 1:30-4:30

-Evening     6-9

– Limit of six guests per session. (Of course you may sign up for more than one.)

-Six different card designs from which to choose;  shoebox style buffet where

everything to make your card is in a tray that you take to a table to construct

your cards, then exchange it for another style from the buffet and craft away!

-$5 fee for each session includes light meal, raffle ticket for door prize, thank you

gift (and chocolate)!

-Card kits to purchase (bring your own scissors and adhesives):

– $5 for one card

– $8 for two cards of same design

– $10 for three cards of same design.

In a three hour session most stampers can complete three different designs with two of each.  Some do the stamping and cutting here and put them together at home.

Join us each Saturday but please RSVP so I have the previous weekend to prepare:

– August 26         RSVP by Friday, August 18

-September 16   RSVP by Friday, September 8

-October 21         RSVP by Friday, October 13

-November 18     RSVP by Friday, November 10

With three sessions once a month you can create handmade Christmas cards for many of your friends and family.

RSVP by emailing me at karen@stampalosopher.com or text me at 303-815-0838.

Hope to hear from you soon!  Click for a printable flyer to post on your fridge….Christmas Buffet.

SAL,  Stamp A Lot with the Stampalosopher




New Sale A Bration Items Added

Hello Stamping Friends,

I almost missed the new products offered as SAB items for our final days. They are from the regular catalogs.

The codes are changed from the catalogs so be sure and use the codes shown above.  They are available while supplies last!

If you would like the ideal way to “Skip To The Fun” of creating without stocking up on all the supplies yourself, consider Paper Pumpkin!  You can pay ahead to subscribe or give the subscription as a gift by prepaying.  You will order a prepaid subscription online and then a code will be sent to your email which you can use or give to another creative friend.  You (or your friend) will go online to www.PaperPumpkin.com and subscribe with the code.  You can suspend the subscription until you want to use it or cancel when the subscription is over.   Subscribe by April 10 and you will get a very special gift in the April box from our CEO, Sarah:

Hmmmm….. I just want the black box!!

The $4 savings on a three month subscription is good through March 31 and with that purchase you would qualify for a Sale A Bration item.

Order now and receive a free gift from me as well!



Paper Pumpkin November 2016

Hello Stamping Friends,

Thanks to Paper Pumpkin, I am eight cards closer to completing my Christmas cards!


I chose to add a Basic Black background (4 1/4″ X 3″) to the layers instead of the velum layer over the base as the kit instructed.   I needed a little star and found the one in The Newborn King retired set to be just the right size.  A medium size rhinestone gave emphasis to the star and added that little sparkle I like to have on cards.  The kit had white sequins for the sky that now go to my stash!

For the inside I used the Peaceful Pines stamp set – still available, see page 28, and a scripture verse from the Every Blessing retired stamp set.



It feels good to look at the whole set of cards and know you only have a few dozen left to make!


My next set of cards will be the Stamp A Stacks that we did in Elizabeth!



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Fall Warm Wishes Card with Leaves Acrostic

Hello Stamping Friends,

Thank you to all who were able to take part in the online extravaganza!  Now that December is here Stampin’ Up! has closeout specials with some, not all, products on sale for a great price!  They have a new category in the online store:


The Year-End Closeout contains the Clearance Rack Items, Holiday Retiring Items, and excess inventory items.  Here is a list in an excel file which shows which category each product falls in: clearance, excess or retiring.  However, bundles that retire do not mean the stamp and framelits retire, just the bundle with its discount.


or click on the picture above to go directly to the store where you can see pictures of the products.

While sales are fun, card examples are even more inspiring and I have been slack in posting all the fun cards and techniques we have been doing.

October Club:



I know October seems so long ago and though the card we made is for fall, imagine doing the same Watercolor Wash technique with Christmas colors and making ornaments instead of leaves.  Send me an example if you do!

The Watercolor Wash technique comes from a video by Patty Bennett on pattystamps.com


I did a few things differently than Patty.  I used the retired spider web embossing folder to emboss the leaves after cutting them out, you could get the same effect by scoring, and I used the retired “Think Happy” stamp set for the little smiles on the leaves, though it would be quite easy to draw them in.

The acrostic was one I wrote when teaching poetry to my third graders one lovely fall afternoon.  I wrote the above for the example and then had them all sit outside and write their own acrostic from something they saw, or smelled, or touched, or heard – hopefully not tasted!  What a fun memory!

Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Paper #122959 is 6″ X 9″ and makes enough leaves for two cards.  You could also use Shimmery White cardstock #101910.  Remember to leave enough room to stamp and punch out your greeting from the paper.

Watercolor Wash Technique

Step 1)  Put 4 drops of various reinkers in a paint palette (or a cool whip lid)

I used Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz

Step 2)  Wet one side of the paper and then the other side so it lies flat

Step 3)  Dip a paintbrush in the ink and then dab it on your paper, wash out the brush and apply a different color,

repeat until the watercolor paper is covered.  Let dry.

Step 4)  Using Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141898 flick gold flecks on your dried sheet by flicking the brush against the edge of its case

Step 5)  Cut out your leaves with the Leaflets Framelits #138283 and cut out one leaf with the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper #142029

-note, cut the leaf with the glimmer side of the paper facing down so the framelit cuts into the white backside to protect your framelit.

The base of the card is Cajun Craze  4 1/4 X  11  Scored at 5 1/2

The Woodland Embossing Folder is used with Very Vanilla card stock  4 X 5 1/4  for a great background to the leaves.  I typed the acrostic on Word, making four card insides from one sheet of Very Vanilla.

The greeting is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (pg. 113) and is punched out of the watercolored paper with the Decorative Label Punch #120907. Remember, stamp first -then punch. A small dab of glue is run around the edges and then the label is dipped in Pumpkin Pie glitter.

A little piece of burlap ribbon #141487 is glued on the Very Vanilla, the leaves are added with glue dots, and a gold ribbon tied on top.

Faux Icing/Snow Technique

The Technique I taught at club came from last spring’s Stampin’ Up! convention where we learned how to make faux icing.



My glitter was not Dazzling Diamonds #133751 so it has a rose tint.  Lesson learned!  Stay with the best!  The cupcake and the tree are from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, pg. 106.  I loved how the ink from the stamped image bled through the ‘icing’ to give the shadowed effect.  Be careful that your mixture isn’t too thick or you won’t get that result.  If you store the leftover mixture in a jar be sure and add a bit of water to make up for what has evaporated.  The Tree Builder Punch #138295 was used for the birds and the cherry on top.  I wish you could see the 3D effect of the snowman built from the Owl Punch 5/16″ circle on top of the 3/8″ circle punch.

And finally,  I must put in a plug for Paper Pumpkin, the October kit was a set of 8 shaker cards and the kit was exceptional!



Go to paperpumpkin.com to sign up before December 10 and you will receive your kit around Christmas.  Last year the December kit was a calendar for each month of the new year with a gold display stand.  It was an exceptional kit.  Hmmmm…I think I am saying that about all of them!

I will be posting again soon with the details of the Magic Christmas class I held at the first of November and then the Stamp A Stacks held in Elizabeth.

Stay tuned for more….



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Fabulous New Product, 25% off select stamp sets, November events

Hello Stamping Friends,

I was going to post my October Class card and technique but that can wait; Stampin’ Up! is having a sale and has introduced a new product that you will LOVE – stitched framelits.  Do you remember the Top Note die and the cool stitching around the edge?  Well, now we can create that look with squares or ovals or circles.  12 framelits with stitching for only $30!  Take a few minutes to watch this video and look at the samples and then check out the list of stamp sets on sale this month for 25% off.  The hostess code this month is:  F626YQ7P if your order is under $150; over that amount be sure and get the free hostess products yourself.

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Ovals, and circles and squares – Oh My!  Just in time for our Christmas cards! And,if that wasn’t awesome enough, we have a sale:

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-11-01-25-amJot down the product number and then click to go to my store.

November is here!!  Email or call me to sign up for any or all of my November events:

November 12:  A class with luncheon using the Christmas Magic Stamp Set, page 22 of the Holiday catalog, or the Joyful Nativity Stamp set- page 35 of the big catalog.  Learn how to make the fancy diamond fold card, take home your own stamp set and two cards, enjoy a Christmas luncheon, take a chance at a door prize, and have fun!  10-2 here at my home: 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock.

$38 for Christmas Magic in wood

$30 for Christmas Magic in clear

$30 for the Joyful Nativity in photopolymer.

$3 for each additional card kit

Prepayment required by November 7.  Use Paypal (pkdeck@gmail.com) or mail a check to Karen Decker, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock, CO  80104.  We will be casing Stephanie Fischer’s card shown here.  I will be designing the Joyful Nativity card.


screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-8-41-25-amHere is a flyer you can print for a reminder:  diamond-fold-card

November 14th and 19th my Stamp A Stacks will be at the Elizabeth Library:

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-11-57-02-amWe will be casing Juana with a card so beautiful I couldn’t top it with any other design; the star on front is three layers- silver foil, dazzling diamond glimmer paper and then another silver foil star and rhinestone to top it off.  It is stunning:

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-8-27-03-pmWe will make two each of three designs.  The Star of Light card, Santa’s Sleigh, and Wrapped In Warmth.

Here are examples of the other two sets I am working with, not sure what mine will actually look like just yet:


screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-9-22-44-pmThe above is casing the catalog but I think those new stitched framelits would make it just that little bit better.  Sign up now and come see what I decided to make for you!  There will be snacks and of course a door prize at each event!

Paper Pumpkin in November is usually 8 Christmas cards with everything included in the kit.  This month Stampin’ Up! is teasing us with the announcement that the Paper Pumpkin box will be out of the ordinary.  Hmmmm……. I am anxious to see it!

The October Paper Pumpkin was fall shaker cards and everyone at my Paper Pumpkin event (the last Tuesday of each month) finished their kits and the cards were exceptional!


Subscribe before November 10 to get your kit in a very special box!  Mypaperpumpkin.com

Go to the store and subscribe for 3 months or more and I will mail you a Paper Pumpkin travel bag, pen, and a storage box for your stamps.

So let’s calculate – if you made eight simple cards through Paper Pumpkin and attended each of my three November events, you would have 22 Christmas cards made, a stamp set of your own, maybe a door prize and food and fun with friends!  Call or email soon!

SAL,   Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards


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$5 One Day Only deal on Paper Pumpkin



Run to http://www.paperpumpkin.com

For one day only you can get a month of Paper Pumpkin for only $5 (plus tax of course but no additional charge for shipping!)


If you have wanted to try Paper Pumpkin- now is the time.  Click on the above advertisement to hear  the home office tell you more….

If you aren’t interested in further shipments just go back to Paper Pumpkin.com before July 10 and cancel.

Bring your Paper Pumpkin to our June 28 Paper Pumpkin Pizza Party for fun working the kit with others.  Stay subscribed for three months and I will send you – a snail, a Paper Pumpkin stamp case, a Paper Pumpkin pen and a Paper Pumpkin travel bag to bring your kit to the parties!



Click on the computer to visit the online store for other fun products:

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Sale A Bration Has Begun!

It is here dear stamping friends!  The new Occasions catalog and the Sale A Bration mini with free products to choose from for every $50 you order.

The Occasions Catalog is good through May 31, 2016 and includes several carryovers from the Holiday catalog!  Yay!

These images have a PDF  link so you can download on your mobile device and page through the catalogs wherever you are.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.59.05 AMThe Sale A Bration mini catalog shows all the free products you can earn during Sale A Bration- January 5-March 31, 2016 with 3 limited time products on page 16 and 19.  Club starts January 16 at 10:00 here at my home on Eagle Ridge Way so sign up now or RSVP as a guest for $5 to cover the kits.  Need catalogs?  Call me at 303-815-0838 or email karen@stampslosopher.com.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.59.19 AMFor those of you who are Paper Pumpkin Partiers, you can purchase another block of Paper Pumpkin at a discounted price and earn one of the products from Sale A Bration!  Save a few dollars and get a free product!  Check out the video below of the December Paper Pumpkin.

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One alternative idea I saw was to use each month for a birthday card front and circle the special date!

Weekly specials are still ongoing and the clearance rack has many items so check them out.  Each $25 order is entered into a drawing.  Use hostess code RFM9K44H if your order is under $150 and our club hostess for the month will get benefits.  With $150 or more do not use the code since you will get hostess benefits.

Winner of the hostess product for the Year End Clearance and last Holiday Hurrah was Deana!  She earned $22 of hostess product.  Thank you all for your orders.

Winner of the December prize is Melissa!  Each blog comment and each $25 order was an entry in the prize drawing.  So thank you for following and may your new year be blessed!


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